One thing I absolutely love about weddings is the small and unique touches. Something as simple as a table place card can really add character and creativity to any Hilton Head, Charleston or Myrtle Beach wedding! Not to mention it can completely influence the entire décor of the reception area. Table place cards are truly a necessity in making sure your reception runs smoothly and that guests sit at the right table. So why not make yours unforgettable?! Here are some great ideas for wedding table place cards:
Have you heard the big news!?! We’re launching our first ever online publication this summer and we’re over-the-moon with the fabulous response we’ve already seen. We’ve got big plans to shower Lowcountry brides with dreamy weddings from the coast of South Carolina ranging from Hilton Head and Beaufort to Charleston and Myrtle Beach (and a few of our other favorite cities in between!). You’ll find a selection of the most sought after Southern bridal selections from the top, local gown boutiques and, of course, all the best tips and inspiration to make your wedding planning process a breeze! In the meantime, we won’t keep you waiting! Today we’re sharing this charming Downtown Charleston engagement session from LindseyK Photography!
Last, but certainly not least, I’m excited to officially introduce you to Elizabeth, who some of you may lovingly refer to as Spelly! I’ve got a feeling everyone will soon be falling in love with her envious sense of style, her humorous approach to wedding planning and her love for all things Lowcountry. Y’all say hi to Elizabeth!
Tell us a little bit about yourself…and by a little, we mean a lot :)
My name is Elizabeth and I’m your typical 20-something recent graduate who is trying to navigate the super murky waters of the “real world”. I’m was born and raised in beautiful Charleston, SC and am so excited to explore all my amazing hometown has to offer in the upcoming months with A Lowcountry Wedding! I played competitive tennis for the majority of my life but hung up my rackets after playing for two years for the women’s team at Villanova University. While I still play from time to time, now I like to mix it up and stay active by running, doing yoga, spinning, barre, taking my puppy to the beach… you name it. I’m a complete Francophile – French cities, people, language, culture, food – I love it all and would move to Paris tomorrow if I could. I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm and a complete Harry Potter nerd. Other slight obsessions: shopping, any beach or boat related activity, eating awesome food, and spending time with my family and friends. Speaking of my family I have a little sister who often gets mistaken for my twin, awesome parents who have recently become my “roomies”, and Maddie my precious mutt-dog. Like any family they can drive me crazy, but without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.
Top Five All-time favorite TV Shows…
Ok, so I wasn’t able to narrow it down to 5 but I’ve got 3 categories for you!
Go-to’s: Sex and the City and Friends. I’ve seen all the episodes so many times that I can recite them but the story lines and characters never fail to put a smile on my face.
Guilty pleasures: Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. I watch these religiously for a weekly dose of absurd drama, romance, and mystery.
Nerdy obsessions: Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones. Downton appeals to my love of historical fiction and GoT to my epic/fantasy obsession (and I’ve read the whole series). Like I said, NERD.
. What are you excited to bring to the table this summer?
I have always had a passion for writing, which is what drew me to the editorial opportunity at A Lowcountry Wedding. I’m excited to put this to use as well as explore my creative potential as my new teammates and I continue to expand the blog and combine our talents to create the new virtual magazine!
What’s your favorite thing about weddings?
I’m not a super emotional person and rarely cry, but weddings can really get to me. From the bride and groom, to their family and friends, everyone is filled with so much love and genuine happiness for the couple – gah when my first friend got married last summer I was a wreck! It took some practice but thankfully I’ve learned to keep my tears in check.
It’s Friday and you just cashed your paycheck….what’s your first splurge?
In my real life? A night out with my friends. In my dream life? I’m bringing in the big bucks, so a ridiculously awesome pair of shoes.
If you were a major league baseball player, what would be your ‘at-bat’ song?
O wow this is so hard because my taste in music is all over the place. Back in my tennis days Nelly’s “Heart of a Champion” always got me fired up because he yells “Did you hear that Elizabeth, here comes the big one!” in the intro so I guess I’d have to pick that!
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
College/Major: University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and Management
Favorite Item of Clothing…
My Lululemon crop wunder under pants – I could live in those things.
Favorite Summer beverage..
I know its finally summer when I can scoop up a Painkiller (recently renamed “Gamechanger” just FYI) from Home Team on Sullivans and head to the beach.
Current favorite color palette…
Pale blues or purples mixed with neutrals always manage to catch my eye!
“It’s no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature… Points become games become sets become tournaments, and it’s all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest. Our darkest. It’s our choice.”
- Andre Agassi, Open
Must have Lowcountry Wedding detail…
Sweetgrass anything – it is such a unique part of Lowcountry culture and can make a beautiful accent!
As many of you have heard, The NotWedding is heading to the Lowcountry in TWO short weeks! This big ol’ fake wedding is taking place at one of our favorite Charleston wedding venues, the Historic Rice Mill Building, and is bound to blow your little socks off. Literally! They’ve assembled a cast of crazy, talented wedding vendors to provide you an evening of amazing food, awe-inspiring décor and one heck of a good time. But you know what’s really awesome…they’re offering 2 lucky ALW readers a pair of tickets to attend the event! That’s right, grab your hubby-to-be, mom or MOH to enjoy this Lowcountry bash! To enter, leave a comment, tweet us or facebook us telling us just how much you want to attend! Winners will be chosen next week
So, if you thought we were kidding, or semi-exaggerating about just how awesome this event is going to be, check out The NotWedding Charleston Save-the-Date photo shoot from Lime Green Photography and tell me you aren’t dying to see what else they’ve got up their sleeves. It’s insane…
After the long and enjoyable holiday weekend, we (reluctantly) decided to get back to work this week…even though the beach is still calling our name! What better way to kick off summertime then to meet Miss Blake, who will be joining us this summer as we produce our first ever online publication! As an editorial intern, Blake will put to work her incredible eye for all things stylish as she helps us bring to life our styled shoots, fashion editorial and selects which real weddings will grace our pages. We are so thrilled to welcome Blake to the team and can’t wait to see what Lowcountry flair she adds to our new mag! Y’all say hi to Blake!
Tell us a little about yourself, and by a little, we mean a lot
Hi, my name is Blake Bush. I was born and raised on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I am a true southern girl. Weird fact about me, I don’t like sweet tea. Crazy I know I am a recent graduate from College of Charleston. I majored with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication and a Hospitality and Tourism minor. I am an only child. I am a dog lover. In my free time I enjoy spending time at the beach, boat rides, oyster roasts, and bonfires in the winter. I was a cheerleader for 9 years and still enjoy being active whether it’s going for a run, doing yoga, or just taking a nice walk to the battery. I love all types of music and enjoy going to concerts whenever I have the time (and money! hehe). Recently, I have seen Dave Matthews Band, Hootie and the Blowfish, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Slightly Stoopid and so many more. Every summer I go to New Jersey to visit my family. In the future I hope to travel the world, there are so many places and things I want to see.
Let me know if there is anything else you want to know!
Top 5 All-time favorite TV shows…
Sex and the City
Seventh Heaven (an oldie but goodie)
What are you excited to bring to the table this summer?
Well, I am excited to bring creative new ideas to the blog, help with photo shoots, and develop the new publication! I plan to bring my passion for weddings and enthusiastic energy to the table this summer. I am ready to get started and see what A Lowcountry Wedding is all about!
Must have Lowcountry wedding detail…
Shrimp and grits, it’s a crowd pleaser!
What’s your favorite part of wedding planning…
My favorite thing about weddings is being able to watch the entire event unfold. From the dreams and inspirations, to the tiny little details, and then seeing it all come together.
It’s Friday and you just cashed your paycheck..
what’s your first splurge? Clothes! I am a huge shopaholic, just ask my friends!
If I were a major league baseball player, my ‘at-bat’ song would be….”
Hometown: Hilton Head Island, SC
College/Major: College of Charleston/Communication
Favorite item of clothing…
That’s a hard one but I would have to say my white pants. They are my go-to in the summer and every girls necessity.
Favorite summer beverage: Seabreeze
Current favorite color palette: I go back and forth all the time but right now it’s mint, navy, and crisp white (with a hint of gold).
This is a hard one because there are so many quotes I go to for different situations and times in my life. One that always applies..“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.”
While prepping for next week, I rolled across a gorgeous coastal engagement session from CivicPhotos and I knew the time had come to share it! Krystin + Zeke spent a relaxed afternoon down by the marina where they moseyed around the pier and enjoyed eachother’s company. For any Lowcountry lady that has a hankering for an engagement session down by the water, then you won’t want to miss this one…
There are a few things that make my heart skip-a-beat quite like a Southern wedding venue paired with an oh-so lovely tent. Now add our friends at Sperry Tents to that mix and you’ve got a little slice of Lowcountry wedding heaven. Sperry Tents is the end all, be all when it comes to breathtaking Southern tents and, lucky for us, they’ve stopped by today to share a few tips to assist in planning your outdoor reception…
Considering an outdoor reception under the classic, Lowcountry backdrop of Spanish moss-covered live oaks? Here is our quick guide to what you need to know as you begin to plan your outdoor wedding reception.
Using a tent isn’t just about keeping your family and friends out of the elements (they can be heated and cooled!), but also about creating your own unique venue, customized for your celebration. The exact same tent can lend itself to a modern-style aesthetic featuring clean lines and crisp colors or be transformed into a romantic haven with draped fabrics and crystal chandeliers.
Our Sperry Sailcloth tents are undeniably special. Any bride-to-be who has spent time clicking around on wedding blogs or Pinterest has surely come across these tents. The tents are round or oval-shaped, installed on custom milled wooden poles and topped with pennant flags on each peak. They’re reminiscent of a great old teak sailboat you might see gliding through Charleston Harbor.
Okay, you’re sold on hosting a tented reception. Now what?
While I always recommend hiring a wedding planner, if your reception venue is outdoors, your first call should be to the tent company. What you may not realize is that the tent provider usually offers a range of services including flooring (dancefloor and stage or even custom-built decking), lighting, custom draping, and furniture rental. In fact, our company also provides power distribution equipment, restroom trailers, and onsite event service. We also create scaled layout drawings for every event—from a 50 person cocktail reception to a 5,000 person seated dinner. We will become fast friends as we help you navigate through some fun decisions (Customized pennant flags! Bistro lights! Hanging lanterns!) and some not-so-glamorous ones (fire permits and restroom trailers, anyone?).
Before picking up the phone, pull together a few details to have on hand during our conversation. Here’s a quick list of questions to help you prepare:
When is your wedding?
What is the reception location and how many guests will you have?
Do you plan on hiring a DJ or a band?
Have you picked a service style for the reception (seated dinner, standing reception, etc.)?
What is the terrain surface and topography of the site?
Is there any power available to the area or will you need to have this provided?
Where will the guests use the restroom?
Should any specific décor / style details be included in the proposal?
What is your budget range?
Don’t stress if some of these details are still up in the air—we’ll help you work through your numbers and prioritizing equipment based on your location and budget. A site visit will also ensure all of the planning comes together seamlessly.
What else should you expect before saying “yes!” to the Sperry Tent?
Many clients mistakenly assume that a home wedding will be more cost effective than a traditional wedding venue. While the word “savings” and “wedding” should never coexist in the same sentence, consider the extra money you’re spending to host the wedding at your home as an investment in the venue that holds the most meaning for you. Parts of the ‘outdoor equipment package’ are not always the most exciting, but are necessary to make everything function. Generators are not as beautiful as hand-engraved invitations; however, walking down the aisle in your grandmother’s garden might land higher on the priority list.
Finally, make sure to bury the bourbon. We can’t control the weather, but we can control how to manage it on your wedding day. Hire a company you trust, one that provides emergency numbers and holds weekend hours. Weddings are truly a team sport— leave covering home plate to us.