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    The Top 5 Ways a Wedding Planner Will Help You Save Money (And Your Sanity)

    The Top 5 Ways a Wedding Planner Will Help You Save Money

    What they don’t tell you about weddings is that they’re only as beautiful, grand, and memorable as the people behind them.

    Almost everyone knows this by now: the planning stage of every wedding isn’t as glamorous as how the movies play it out to be. There’s so much pressure from every side that you can’t help but feel overwhelmed, especially if you’re the one doing all the planning. 

    It’s truly a serious and extremely tedious business. And that’s probably why couples who’ve already gone through this very demanding journey towards their walk down the aisle will tell you to leave it to the experts. 

    Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t just help you save your sanity, they will also do their best to make the most out of your budget. You’ll even end up saving more money than you planned as—and we cannot emphasize this enough—a good wedding planner knows the ins and outs of the industry. They’ve been through this many times over. 

    You might think that hiring will only be an added expense, but you’d be surprised. Here are the top five reasons why you should consider hiring an experienced professional right at this very moment. 

    Track and Keep You Within Your Budget 

    This might sound counterintuitive at first as wedding planners are an investment themselves, but they can help you save money in the long run. 

    Budgeting is more difficult than it seems. It’s not just writing what you need on paper or a spreadsheet and comparing the prices of one vendor after the other. With a wedding planner, budgeting starts the moment you hire them. Planners will keep things as realistic as possible, but they will still base each element on your preferences. 

    How wedding planners do their magic is quite simple: they take your budget and break it down into prioritized categories. They do this for transparency so that you’ll know how much you have to spend on each. 

    From venues to decors and flowers, planners know the real cost of everything that goes into a wedding. This knowledge comes from years and years of building relationships with trusted and reliable vendors. Your wedding planner will constantly keep track of the numbers so that they can guide you into making choices that you can actually afford. 

    1. Endorse The Right Vendors 

    Choosing the perfect wedding photographer, venue, caterer, hair and makeup pros, florist, musicians, and a host of other vendors might seem a little intimidating. That’s a lot of people you need to consider. If you want top vendors for the wedding of your dreams, you can rely on your wedding planner to give you the best recommendations that will still fit your budget. 

    Your wedding planner has a direct link with the vendors in your area. Behind the scenes, they’ve built long-lasting relationships with these professionals. 

    Your planner knows who can nail your desired wedding style or follow or take inspiration from the mood board you created without breaking the bank. It’s your planner that can also help in negotiating vendor contracts so you’ll never have to worry about going overspending.

    If the planner you’re eyeing to hire has been in the industry for a long time, chances are that the preferred vendors they work with will pass along discounts or waive certain fees. They might even offer special packages or be more flexible with their services. 

    2. Look Into The Nitty-Gritty Details 

    Part of a wedding planner’s job is to thoroughly examine contracts for any hidden fees. They will then educate you on what the contract does and does not include that might incur additional expenses on your end. Your planner will also make note of payment deadlines to ensure that you won’t have to deal with any late fees. 

    These details can easily go over your head especially if you’re talking to other vendors and keeping everything on track. With a planner, your contracts are reviewed with great accuracy to make sure that every tiny detail is covered. 

    Remember that no good wedding planner wants their client taken advantage of so they will always read between the lines. They will also make sure that you understand cancellation and postponement policies, what they could mean for you, and how to protect yourself. 

    Give You Tips To Save Money

    With years of experience in the industry they are in, wedding planners know exactly what couples can do to cut costs. And any good wedding planner will be happy to share these with you. 

    They might tell you to really examine your guest list and cut it here and there. How large your guest list has a direct effect on every aspect of your wedding so if you’d like to be wise about your money, it’s best to keep it reserved for your closest family and friends. Another common tip you might hear is to choose an off-peak wedding date. 

    Most wedding planners will also advise you to reserve a portion of your budget for unexpected expenses. This is just to keep you secure should anything arise. 

    Free Up Your Time 

    Wedding planners save not just your money and your sanity, they also save you your precious time. Planning for as grand an event as your dream wedding will require you to sacrifice a significant chunk of your day. It will be hard to juggle everything from your demanding job to your list of chores and other obligations. It’s going to be even harder if you have zero experience coming into this. 

    If you don’t have time to spare and you’d rather rely on someone who knows what they’re doing, your wedding planner will do the extensive research and sourcing for you. They will present you with the options that fit your theme and your needs so that you wouldn’t have to think about it that much. 

    That’s time back in your life. Just imagine how fresh and stress-free you’ll look on your big day!

    A picture-perfect wedding starts with a well-thought-out plan. Your wedding planner will iron out every detail to give you a smooth and stress-free event because you deserve to enjoy every second of it without any kind of worry or anxiety crossing your mind.

     

    Be sure to contact us today for your wedding planning needs.

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    To-Do’s After You Say I Do

    To-Do’s After You Say I Do

    So many people talk about the tasks leading up to your wedding, but do they talk about your to-do’s after
    you say “I do?” Some of the most important things in life happen after your wedding. Enjoying and
    planning your honeymoon, buying your first home together, changing your last name, and merging bank
    accounts are just some of the milestones that are traditionally done after the wedding. If you’re

    approaching this monumental stage in your life, read on to learn about how to prepare for your post-
    wedding life.

    Enjoy and Plan Your Honeymoon

    Typically, your honeymoon is something that’s planned for immediately after your wedding. This is your
    time to celebrate your marriage one on one and travel! If you are planning your honeymoon for right after
    the wedding, make sure you book well in advance to avoid last minute headaches. However, many
    couples start planning their honeymoon far after their wedding in order to save money for large expenses
    that may come sooner, like buying a home. Another option is to plan a more budget friendly honeymoon
    by traveling somewhere nearby or a destination that isn’t as popular or expensive as others. This way,
    you can celebrate your marriage while also being money conscious for the other exciting things you have
    in store.

    Buy a Home

    Buying a home for you and your spouse to share together is one of the bigger steps in your new
    marriage. Ideally, you both have been saving up and being mindful of your credit so that you both have
    the proper credit score to buy a house. If so, it’s time to shop the housing market! Finding the home that
    fits your budget, needs, and style can be so exciting. Keep in mind that if the house you get isn’t exactly
    what you were looking for, you can do simple home renovations that give it a brand new look and feel.
    Then, all you have to do is move in. Bring in items that you both love to create a safe and comfortable
    space as you start your life together.

    Change Your Last Name

    If you choose to change your last name once you’re married, you should know it’s a lot of work! Your
    best bet is to get this done sooner rather than later. You’ll need to file the paperwork for updating your
    ID, passport, Social Security card, and other forms of important documents and identification. This is vital
    if you are planning to do any traveling shortly after the wedding. If you’re planning on joining your bank
    accounts, you’ll also need your name changed beforehand. There are several steps you may need to
    take according to your local guidelines like meeting with an attorney, filing paperwork at your local court,
    going to the DMV, and more that you’ll want to research as soon as possible after your wedding.
    Joint Bank Accounts
    Merging bank accounts has become less common compared to past years, but many couples still do this
    to simplify the tracking of shared household and life expenses. Once you’ve officially changed your
    name, if you chose to do so, you should be able to visit your bank and create a joint bank account. Some
    benefits of married couples joining bank accounts are easing the way you pay your shared bills, a sense
    of togetherness, and transparent expenses so you know what you and your partner are spending your
    money on. This way, you can budget better and not have to worry about who is spending what.

    Final Thoughts

    Prioritizing post-wedding to-dos as equal or greater than your pre-wedding checklist can benefit you as a
    couple in the long. Confirm which or all of these tasks you and your spouse want to focus on and
    plan accordingly. While your wedding day can be the best day of your life, know that there are many more exciting things to come for you and your partner.

     

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    Top 3 things to know before contacting Wedding Vendors

    Top 3 things to know before contacting Wedding Vendors

    Congratulations on your engagement.  As you are both taking it all in and announcing it to your family and friends, thoughts of the wedding begin.  Below are the top three items you should discuss and know prior to contacting wedding vendors.

    Wedding Date

    Now is the time to think about your wedding timeline.  It is highly recommended that you have your date confirmed before contacting any vendors.  This is typically the determining factor of whether or not a vendor is available for your date.  However, it is okay to not have a date set when securing a full wedding planner and/or venue. If this is the case, it is recommended to have 2 to 3 dates in mind. You would hate to lose out on your dream venue because the wedding planner you hired is not available for your date.

    Budget

    It is important to know your budget and drumroll….and to respect it.  I know that this sounds silly but set a budget before getting too excited and booking various vendors will only put you in a financial strain when trying to secure your remainder vendors.  We see too many couples get overly excited and begin booking the venue along with other vendors prior to figuring out their budget and then they unfortunately have to short cut other aspects of the wedding due to money constraints.

    Expectations

    It is important to have an idea of what your expectations are.  While you don’t have to have every detail set in stone, it is important to have an idea of style or type of wedding you are having.  You should be upfront with wedding vendors on this as it will only help you secure the right match.

     

    Now you are ready to contact wedding vendors.  Remember to provide a date/dates, location, and your general expectations.  Contacting a vendor with a generic I am interested doesn’t leave us much information to respond to.

    We look forward to helping you treasure your wedding day.  Contact us for more information on our wedding packages, wedding coordination and wedding planning.

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    Charleston’s Micro Wedding Ceremony & Reception Ideas

    Planning a micro wedding with family and close friends of a guest count 50 of under?  Reynolds Treasures has you covered. Our wedding packages offer all of the services (officiant, photographer, ceremony music, floral) needed for you to say your “I Do’s”. Need coordination for your wedding reception?  You can add this onto your wedding package as well.

    After your wedding ceremony, many couples ask where to go to have a reception.  We have listed some idea’s below.

    Folly Beach

    Beach Ceremony:

    Have your ceremony on the beach followed by a reception at a rented beach house.  You can pick up or have rentals dropped off and hire a private chef or caterer to feed your guests.

    Folly Beach Pelican Watch:

    This venue is located on the beach front so that you can have your ceremony on the beach and celebrate in the covered pavilion.

     

    Bowen’s Island:

    Bowen’s Island is an iconic rustic restaurant with gorgeous views that has 3 different rental spaces available. You can have your reception or ceremony and reception at this venue.

     

     

    Downtown Charleston

    There are many options for downtown Charleston, so we have listed a few favorites.

    Downtown Park:

    For parks, we love Hampton Park, Washington Square Park, or the iconic White Point Garden Gazebo.  After your ceremony and photos, you can celebrate with your guests at 82 Queen, High Cotton, Leon’s Oyster Shop, 5Church, or Edmonds Oast which all have semi to private rooms.

    Lodge in Same Location:

    The Francis Marion Hotel offers smaller grand ballrooms that can host both your ceremony and reception.  Otherwise, there is Vendue Inn, Planters Inn, The French Quarter Inn, and Emeline that offer lodging as well as wedding spaces.

    Isle of Palms Beach

    Beach Ceremony:

    Have your ceremony on the beach followed by a reception at a rented beach house.  You can pick up or have rentals dropped off and hire a private chef or caterer to feed your guests.

     

    Indoor Options:

    While there are not as many options on Isle of Palms, there is Citadel Beach Club, Isle of Palms Exchange Club, and The Boat House at Breach Inlet.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contact us today to learn more about our wedding packages and coordination services.

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    Planning a Wedding while Dealing with Debt: 5 Tips

    The average cost of weddings in the United States is $19,000 — pretty steep, considering that the cost of a honeymoon is not even factored in yet. Not to mention the expenses you will incur as a couple all the days thereafter. If you were the one who proposed to your partner, you have probably already incurred a pretty hefty amount to cover the cost of an engagement ring.

    In planning a wedding — and preparing for marriage — sorting out your finances early on is probably the best advice you can take. And pre-wedding is also the best time to talk about the D-word: debt. 

    Paying off debts can definitely influence your decision to get married. Some may find a wedding unaffordable considering their debt situation. There are also some who hesitate to bring in personal debt to their marriage, and would rather pay it off first before getting hitched. 

    There are a lot of couples who choose to delay tying the knot because they are still paying off their debts — specifically student loans for 21% of the respondents in a study conducted by the American Student Assistance. A lot of millennials are choosing to put off milestones so that they can enjoy a debt-free marriage later on. However, if you do not see yourself delaying getting married any further, there are ways to plan a wedding even when you are currently paying off your debts.

    Sit down and talk about your financial situation

    When you tie the knot, you and your partner become one — so do your finances. So, it is very important to lay it all on the table before even talking about how much money you’d set aside for the wedding, how many guests, where you’re holding it, and so on. You have to be, first and foremost, on the same page when it comes to your debts. How much do you owe? For how long are you paying the debts? Remember that you are not just planning a wedding. You are planning a marriage, which includes paying off all your debts at some point. 

    Have a serious budget talk

    Now that you know how much you owe and for how long you’ll be paying them, it’s time to set the budget. This does not only mean setting the amount you’re going to spend for the wedding in general. Planning your budget should entail figuring out the percentage to allot for each area — reception, ceremony, wedding planner, photography, and so on. 

    There are areas that you may want to forego, so make sure that you also discuss which ones are non-negotiable. What are your must-haves for your big day? Figure them out and discuss them, and work around your budget.

    Plot your budget on your calendar

    You’re not paying for everything in one go, so map out your major purchases, anticipated deposits, and scheduled payments along with your debt payment schedules and utility bill due dates. This way, you will not get lost or carried away when talking with vendors and accidentally miss important debt and bill payments. 

    You may also consider setting up a separate bank account for your wedding budget to make sure that you don’t use up money intended for utility and debt bills for wedding expenses. 

    Make your guest list small

    This is obviously a good way to cut costs, especially in areas such as stationary, catering, and chair rental. It can be very tempting to invite a lot of guests, but keep in mind that every single guest is an expense — may be a little harsh, but all so true. 

    Having an intimate wedding will also let you enjoy your day with people close to you and who know you both personally to really celebrate your union. 

    Ask for help

    You may have relatives and friends who are willing to help out in any way they can. You may have a photographer friend who’d be willing to cover the event for free, or at a discounted price. A cousin who bakes can make your wedding cake, or maybe an aunt has a huge garden you can use for your ceremony or reception. As long as you are not imposing, it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a helping hand.

    You can also ask your vendors for budget-friendly options, and be honest with them about your budget. Keep in mind, though, that vendors have their own budget, too. So, it is best to look for vendors at a price point more aligned with your budget. 

    Final thoughts

    Planning a wedding while dealing with personal debts may seem like an impossible task, but it is definitely doable. It may take cutting corners here and there, but with careful planning, you can still have a wedding that you can be proud of without compromising your financial goals. 

    The important thing is to have healthy conversations about your finances through and through. Hold yourselves accountable when it comes to your finances, and make plans and decisions as a couple.

    Author Sophia Young

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    Charleston Venue Options

    Charleston Wedding Venues for Your Ceremony and Reception

    Although we work all over the Charleston area, we wanted to share some of our favorite Charleston wedding venues that we love working at and of course that couples love just as much.

    Charleston Harbor Resort

    What we love:

    This venue is a Resort Hotel and provides a fun experience for your guests.  There are many indoor and outdoor venue options here as well, along with gorgeous views.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Arbor, Cutlery, Food & Bar.

     

    Citadel Beach Club

    What we love:

    We love venues that have options for your ceremony and this one certainly does including out on the beach, on the lush yard facing the ocean, or inside.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Wedding Suite

    Founders Hall

    What we love:

    This venue has so much character and many different spaces, both outdoor and inside.  It reminds us of a Frank  Lloyd Wright style.

    What’s Included:

    Chairs, Tables, Dressing Suite

     

    Francis Marion Hotel

    What we love:

    This hotel has all of the elegance and Southern Charm.  It boasts 4 indoor spaces and overlooks Marion Square Park.

    What’s Included:

    Chairs, Tables, Cutlery, Linens, Food and Bar.

     

     

     

    Regatta Inn

    What we love:

    This is a luxurious B&B with the most striking sunsets in Charleston.  Located in the famous Folly Beach town, this venue sits back secluded from all of the hustle and bustle. You are able to rent out the entire inn for you and your family, which makes this space completely private and all yours!

    What’s Included:

    While nothing comes with the venue, it does provide a blank slate to have the wedding of your dreams.

     

     

    The Island House

    What we love:

    Situated on the Stono River on Johns Island, this venue boasts a stunning sunset and free parking for all of your guests. We love that it also already has a permanent tent which will save you a few thousand.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Arbor and Lighting (additional fees), Tent w/lighting, Wedding Party Suites

     

    The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation

    What we love:

    This venue is off the beaten path and is perfect for the county chic themes and is on a lake.  Located in a quite equestrian neighborhood, you are likely to see horses trotting by.

    What’s Included:

    The space includes a lakeside gazebo, indoor and outdoor wood burning fire places, porches, and onsite parking.  There is a dressing suite available for an additional fee.

     

    The Planters Inn

    What we love:

    Tucked away on the main strip is a gorgeous courtyard, along with indoor ball rooms.  While this space is for a more intimate crowd, we love the ambiance and romance of the venue, not to mention the superb service.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Food, Cake and Bar.

     

    The Wickliffe House

    What we love:

    What’s not to love about an old mansion in downtown Charleston.  This venues offer both indoor and outdoor space.

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Food and Bar.

     

    Wild Dunes Resort

    What we love:

    There is so much to do at the resort, you and your guests wouldn’t need to ever leave. This resort has so much versatility in regards to their indoor and outdoor spaces for both large and small groups.  One of our favorite hidden locations here is the

    What’s Included:

    Tables, Chairs, Linens, Food, Cake and Bar.

     

    Contact us today to start planning your dream wedding.

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    5 Tips for Creating a Fun DIY Photo Booth

    We don’t see them much nowadays, but photo booths are still popular, especially at wedding receptions. It’s an excellent option for couples who have a small budget because you don’t need sophisticated equipment.

    Whatever the occasion, you’ll want to ensure you capture all the memorable pictures. Professional photographers are expensive. If you want to save money and still get lots of shots, a kiosk is a creative and fun way to do that.

    What’s more, you can make one yourself. Here are five tips for creating a DIY snapshots section for you and your guests.

    Choose a Spot

    It’s not only in real estate that location is essential. It would be best if you placed your booth where all the attendees can see it. You’ll want as many people taking their photos as possible to commemorate your event.

    The area close to the entrance or registration table is perfect as everyone will have to walk past your kiosk to get to their seats.

    You could also have ushers to show guests to the stall and encourage them to take pictures for the occasion and themselves.

    A great way to have fun is to have someone teach your invitees how to take a group selfie.

    Set up a Backdrop

    Deciding on a backdrop can be fun, but don’t get too carried away with it. While it needs to be eye-catching, it shouldn’t be a distraction. Keep it uncomplicated.

    Plain backgrounds, such as simple patterns and neutral colors, are recommended. The focus should be on the topic of the shot, which is the people in it.

    Correct Lighting

    Every photographer will stress the importance of lighting to get high-quality pictures. You’ll need to have the right light to showcase your image fully.

    If your booth is in a dark area, make sure the location for the photo-taking is well-lit. Avoid placing the object in a spot where a shadow will cover guests’ faces.

    You can also use colored bulbs for a different effect, as long as they’re bright. If you want less of a DIY look and can afford it, use professional studio lights.

     

     

     

     

     

    Provide Props

    Nothing makes a picture-taking stall more fun than props. You’ll want memorable photos, not the boring posed-for ones. If your event has a theme, choose items that fit the occasion.

    Otherwise, go wild. The wackier the accessories, the more likely people will open up and take lots of snapshots. Some top suggestions include hats, masks, jewelry, or oversized glasses.

    You should also know your guests and how they’ll respond to the objects you choose. Avoid anything that may be offensive to anyone.

     

     

     

     

     

    Instant Prints

    A photo booth’s idea is to capture memories of the affair by having attendees take pictures of themselves for the album and their keepsake.

    There are several options you can use, depending on your budget.

    You can provide an instant print camera such as a Polaroid. Guests can take selfies, or another person can take a shot of them. Ideally, they should take two snaps—one for themselves and one to add to the guestbook.

    Alternatively, you can use an iPad. Everyone knows how to use it, and it takes high-quality pics. All the images are stored in one location and can be shared and printed afterward.

    A more expensive choice is to use a printer that allows people with smartphones to print photographs immediately after taking them. They’ll likely need to download an app to do that. It’s costly because of the instant film price, and you’ll need enough batteries for the printer. 

    Easy Peasy

    You can capture your momentous events without breaking the bank if you set up a DIY photo booth. As you’ve seen from the ideas given, it’s not difficult, and it doesn’t cost much. All it takes is some creativity and planning, and you’re good to go!  Be sure to contact Reynolds Treasures for all of your wedding planning needs.

    Written by Ashley Lipman
    Content marketing specialist
    Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart – all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.
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    Why Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean You Have to Postpone

    It seems, in the past few months, that we’ve moved from lockdown to footloose and back to something in between. As quickly as states began to reopen, suggesting to revelers that the celebrations were back on, sudden spikes in covid-19 cases signaled a return to more stringent safety measures, such as mask requirements and continued emphasis on social distancing. But for those looking

    to get their wedding on, social distancing doesn’t have to mean no nuptials.

    New Ways to Celebrate

    There’s something in the wedding spirit that loves a challenge, and covid-19 has brought out the creative in the soon-to-be hitched party planners. You may have to rethink the big gathering you once envisioned, but you can still have a truly memorable wedding, even under social distancing restrictions. Here are some ways to celebrate:

    ● The Minimony: this covid-driven term now bouncing around the internet means creating a more intimate wedding plan. Cull your list down to a core group of family and closest friends, find a wonderful small venue, and let the vows fly. The added benefits are you can save money from that big wedding budget that can be reinvested in a high end open cocktail bar or gourmet food. Or you can always throw a party later for those you had to cull from the list.

    ● Hitch Now, Party Later: speaking of delayed parties, some couples are opting to hold a private ceremony now and celebrate with friends and family later after the crisis has passed. Another variation of this is to hold the ceremony via a digital platform for all to see.

    ● Destination Weddings: another way to use those saved wedding funds is to turn your intimate celebration into an adventure. Pick a dream location and give your guests advanced warning that the road (or plane) trip is on. Many popular destinations have now geared up to help couples celebrate in style and covid safety.

    ● The Outdoors I Do: taking your nuptials into the great outdoors is a perfect way to find large spaces that help you space even bigger groups out into that six-foot safety zone. And research suggests that outdoors is the safest place to be to prevent the spread of corona.

    ● Satellite Celebrations: Planning your event where there are multiple areas or rooms can be another effective way to pull off larger groups while maintaining safety. Hold your ceremony outside and then gather guests in smaller groups that the wedding couple can visit while still maintaining safe group sizes. You can even pipe the ceremony into each room via a digital platform and remove the necessity of moving people around.

    ● Creative Alternatives: Okay, why not try something crazy. How about a ceremony viewed from a parking lot where guests stay in their cars and parade past the happy couple afterwards. Or turn that on its head, and let guests spread out in a large open space and revel as the newlyweds move from group to group via decorated golf cart. Get married on a rooftop while others watch from balconies or hold your ceremony in an interior courtyard of a hotel where balconies face inward and where guests can watch from the safety of their rooms.

    ● The Virtual Tying of the Knot: and, of course, as with everything covid these days, you can always choose to hold your wedding, ceremony and all, digitally. For an added touch, create a celebration package you send to guests with favors, perhaps a shared treat, and even a link to a digital register where they can share their well wishes.

    So What’s Likely to Change?

    It’s inevitable that should you choose to hold your wedding during covid that some things will be affected by social distancing measures. Here are some things you may want to consider as you plan.

    Smaller guest lists are inevitable. This can be particularly tricky if you’ve sent out invitations pre-covid and have to disinvite guests. The good news is that you can blame venues for your size limitations as many have had to reduce capacity to meet covid restrictions. With a little forethought and some diplomacy, you can accomplish the disinvite off without causing offense.

    You also need to be prepared to work with masks, provide hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations, and maybe even consider asking guests to sign waivers. Furthermore, you will have to consider spacing issues for seating, for dancing, and for food and drinking areas.

    As far as food and drink are concerned, you will probably have to rethink your presentation styles. Although it has been popular recently to serve food buffet style, sharing utensils may not be the best option right now. Better to forego that family style meal or the finger food for individual plate servings. Some caterers are finding ways to create individual portions that don’t require shared utensils, such as ceviche served on an oyster shell or delicious picadores skewered into a melon. Cocktail celebrations can be difficult, but if you’re determined, consider the satellite model of multiple small stations spaced out over a venue rather than one or two large set ups.

    Another concern will be that traditional preparation with the wedding party. The safest option is to share preparations via digital conferencing. Hairdressers and makeup artists are taking precautions such as wearing gloves and masks, using disposable applicators where possible, and sterilizing those that are not between usages. If you just need that personal feel, then book a space with multiple rooms where the party can prepare and where the bride and groom can move from room to room to share the experience.

    Photography will almost certainly change as well. You will still be able to get those beautiful couples poses, but you will have to rethink large group shots. An experienced wedding photographer should be able to use techniques like staggered line shots or walking shots to make the group photos work.

    Be sure to contact us today to see how we can still make your dream wedding a reality.

    Written by Writer Megan Glenn

     

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    COVID-19 Tips on Rescheduling Your Wedding

    We were in the process of writing a blog regarding rescheduling your wedding, and then our friend Kate sent hers which is perfect.

    First of all, my heart goes out to you. This is such an important time in your life and the current situation can be stressful.
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    5 Do’s and Don’ts for a Charleston Beach Wedding for 2020

    5 Do’s and Don’ts of a Charleston Beach Wedding

    Charleston Beach Wedding Dos:

    Do hire a wedding coordinator.

    Not only will the coordinator be available to setup your Charleston Beach Ceremony, he/she will know and understand the tides, lighting, permit requirements, along with all other technicalities that come along with a beach wedding. Not hiring a coordinator will leave your setup crew hot and tired as dragging decorations and setting up in the sand is no easy task.  It’s really a lot of work.

    Do provide transportation for your guests.

    With many beaches, parking is at a minimum or a premium price.  Providing transportation for your guests cuts any worries out and ensures everyone will be there on-time.

    Beach Wedding

    Do prepare for wind.

    Beaches typically have wind!  Take this into account with your hair style, veil, and dress unless you want to recreate the all so known famous Marylin Monroe pose!

    Do hire business professionals.

    Did you know that anyone getting compensated must have a business license to be able to conduct business! So if you find a great photographer at a discounted price, make sure they are licensed to conduct business where your wedding ceremony will take place.  If not, they may be asked to stop conducting business which would leave you without services or getting hit with a hefty fine.

    Do let the guys go informal.

    The beach is just too hot for tuxedos and heavy suites.  Opt for light weight fabrics such as cotton pants or even Bermuda shorts.

    Charleston Beach Wedding Don’ts:

    X Don’t have your beach wedding in the middle of the day in the summer.

    Not only will the sun be beating down on you and your guests, there will be many beach-goers around that may make it into your wedding album or worse, cheering for you like their favorite team just won the Superbowl.

    X Don’t wear heels.

    Heels and sand do not go well together. I recommend wearing flat sole sandals or even no shoes.  Having on heels will make your strut down the aisle look quite funny.

    X Don’t bring glass on the beach.

    Think about it.  Can you have glass at your neighborhood pool?  Same applies to the beach as it wouldn’t be fair if it broke and was left for someone to get cut or worse, an animal to eat it.

    X Don’t use a runner on the beach. Charleston Beach Wedding

    It does not work out well at all!  No matter how even the sand is prior to its placement, sand moves and thus so does the runner.

     

    X Don’t use artificial flower petals

    Artificial (faux) floral is bad for the environment and not allowed on Charleston beaches.  Remember earlier we mentioned wind at the beach, well the flower petals will eventually blow around or be taken out to sea by the tides.  If using flower petals, real petals will have to be utilized.

    Be sure to check out our Beach Package and let us help you plan your dream beach wedding.

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