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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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    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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    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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    Bridal Shower Themes for Every Bride

    If you’ve been asked to plan a bridal shower, congratulations! While it may seem overwhelming now, the bride-to-be trusts you and your taste, and this can be a great pre-wedding activity to bring you closer together. 

    The first thing you should do is sit down with the bride and discuss her expectations. You’ll want a guest list and an idea of what kind of party she’s looking for. Some brides want a traditional, girls-only get together, while others are excited to celebrate with their partner and all of their combined friends and family. 

    The Adventurous

    Wedding Shower

    Get this party started with the perfect playlist and fun bridal shower games. These themes are perfect for the creative bride who just wants to share some laughs and make some memories.

    A Casual

    Bridal Shower

    Wonderful people and a comfortable environment are the core to any great party. Start a bonfire or just put on a movie and give your guests a good time with these laidback bridal shower themes.

    An Elegant

    Bridal Shower

    With a great menu and gorgeous venue, you’re nearly done planning the chic and sophisticated party of the bride’s dreams. Simple decor can highlight these elegant themes.

    Once you have an idea of who’s coming and the vibe your bride is looking for, you get to choose the bridal shower theme and the beginning of all of your Pinterest planning boards. Whether she’s dreaming of a garden party or a tropical luau, Zola has the perfect bridal shower theme to get the fun started.

    Be sure to reach out to Reynolds Treasures for your wedding planning needs.

     

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    Charleston Wedding Venues

    Charleston Wedding Venues that include Chairs and Tables

    When it comes to searching for the perfect wedding venue, you must also keep in mind some of the top expenses you will incur including the venue itself, catering, bar, photographer and rentals.

    Many venues nowadays require a day-of coordinator, wedding insurance, food and beverage minimums if using an in-house caterer, as well as rentals such as chairs and tables which many couples overlook.  We have listed a few of our favorite venues that include chairs and tables that will help keep your costs down.

    Venue Venue Cost Capacity** Outdoor Space Catering Kitchen Catering Tables/Chairs 

    Included

    Charleston Harbor Resort $1500-

    $11250

    500 Yes N/A In-house Chairs

    Tables

    Charleston County Masonic Temple $1500 170 No Yes Bring Your Own Chairs

    Tables

    Cooper River Room $500-

    $3500

    125 Yes Yes Bring Your Own Chairs

    Tables

    Francis Marion Hotel $5000-

    $13000*

    300 No N/A In-house Chairs

    Tables

    I’On Meeting House $1500-

    $1750

    125 Yes No Bring Your Own Chairs
    Merchants Hall $1700-

    $3500

    200 No Yes Bring Your Own Chairs

    Tables

    South Carolina Society Hall $1000-

    $5500

    150 No Yes Bring Your Own Chairs

    Tables

    The Historic Rice Mill $1500-

    $5500

    200 Yes N/A In-house Chairs

    Tables

    Wickliffe House

    $2000-

    $3500

    100 Yes   N/A In-house

    Chairs

    Tables

    *Rental Fee is waived if a minimum amount is spent in food and beverage
    **Please note that the capacity is what we recommend and should also include vendors

    Make sure to let the venues know that Reynolds Treasures referred you.  Reynolds Treasures Wedding Services is here for your wedding planning and coordination needs.  Contact us today to learn more.

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    Achieve Your Dream Wedding with a Wedding Planner

    How Wedding Planners Can Help You Achieve Your Dream Wedding

    Planning a wedding can be stressful, even overwhelming at times. After all, this will likely be the largest event you’ve ever hosted in your life, and most of us have little to no experience in the matter. If only there was someone out there… anyone that could help. Oh wait, that’s what wedding planners are for! But aren’t wedding planners only for movie stars? Not quite. In fact, a wedding planner is really quite affordable in the grand scheme of things. If you find yourself ready to elope to escape planning stress, read on and see why a wedding planner is your perfect solution.

    Planners can help make wedding planning stress-free

    Weddings require a lot of research, phone calls, negotiations, and so on. When you have a wedding planner, much of this can be done for you. In many cases, it’s easier for vendors to communicate with a planner. Why? Because many are often reluctant to burden couples with last-minute details as the wedding fast approaches. A planner can work out these issues so you can focus on looking forward to and enjoying your big day.

    Planners can help make your wedding dreams come true

    Once a planner is aware of your wedding dreams, they have one mission: making it come true. That is, after all, what they’re being paid to do. Unlike the average couple who probably doesn’t have a background in wedding planning, most wedding planners take on more than one wedding per day or per weekend. Therefore, they’re able to leverage professional experience and vast pre-established networks to ensure your day goes exactly to your liking. It will take a huge load off your shoulders knowing there is someone out there willing to see your journey through from beginning to end.

    Planners can help keep your budget in check

    One of the main responsibilities of any planner is being able to do the most with whatever budget is given. Given their extensive experience, a planner knows how to make a dollar stretch and when a vendor’s quote is too high. They’ll also be able to recommend which vendors and services align perfectly with your preferences, making sure you get the best for your money. If you have a lot of time until the big day, consider utilizing mobile banking apps that can expedite your savings each month before the wedding. You’ll be able to explore more possibilities and allow your planner more creative freedom with a larger budget.

    Planners can help save your money

    Many planners manage to get a vendor discount. Why? Because planners give vendors repeat business. Vendors will want to make sure their services are meeting or exceeding expectations so that they can make sure they’re contacted again. When multiple vendors are giving your planner a better rate, it can amount to huge savings overall!

    Contact us today so that we can begin planning the wedding of your dreams.

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    A Modern Twist on Wedding Traditions

    A Modern Twist on Wedding Traditions

    In the 1800’s, wedding ceremonies were mainly conducted in churches followed by a small reception at the bride’s parents home.  In the early 1900’s, sleeveless dresses would have been considered inappropriate, but anything goes today.  Every decade wedding traditions tend to evolve and customization is the key for couples today. This is getting harder with todays busy lifestyle. We have listed a few ways to shop for your wedding online.

    The Bling

    Reynolds Treasures Ring

    Ohhh… the ring shopping!  While this is an exciting time for the ladies (I mean you get to go ring shopping, what is there not to like), you should also consider online shopping too!  Cutting out the middle man, you can get fantastic quality at phenomenal prices. Be sure to check out Blue Nile Wedding Ring Options.

     

    Suit and Tux Rentals

    Did you know you don’t even have to leave your home to rent your wedding attire?  Yes, you heard me right.  This is a great way to ensure the bridal party has that great look, even when they live all across the country. Be sure to check out Generation Tux and contact us for your discount code.

     

    Centerpieces and Décor

    Reynolds Treasures Decoration I’ll bet the first place you look to get wedding décor idea’s is Pinterest.  Well, if you haven’t seen the show “Nailed It”, you may want to consider watching!  While many of the decorations look wonderful, implementing them can be a challenge.  In addition, after your wedding, what do you do with your decorations?  Many try to sell them, but that too can be a challenge, not to mention all of the time that went into buying the supplies and making the decorations.  We recommend renting your décor centerpieces or purchasing floral for your big day.  Don’t know what to do with all of the floral after?  Be thoughtful and ask your wedding planner to donate it to a local retirement/nursing home.

     

    Let us help you take care of your wedding for you. Be sure to check out our Charleston Wedding Packages that can be customized to fit all of your needs.

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    Wedding Packages & Additional Package Options

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages for Charleston, SC

    Our packages were designed for destination and local couples that don’t want to be overwhelmed with all of the details.  Every package can be customized to your unique situation. All wedding packages are considered a template.  After contacting us with which wedding package best meets your needs, we will email you a package option sheet.  You will then customize your package by taking off the items you don’t need, and adding items you want. We then schedule your wedding team and coordinate the work for you, all while saving you money.

    Reynolds Treasures Wedding Packages:

     Helicopter Elopement Package

    Say your “I Do’s” over the Charleston Skyline. Please note that the maximum weight per person for the Helicopter is 280 pounds. Venue included.

     Romantic Elopement Package

    Get married in beautiful Charleston, SC. This package includes professional photography as well as an officiant. Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

     Garden Elopement Package

    Get married in one of the most beautiful gardens  in America among the live oaks, bamboo forests, cypress swamp gardens, bridges, ponds, and many alcoves. This package includes floral, a professional hair and makeup artist, a professional photographer, and an officiant. Please note that Magnolia Garden elopements can occur Monday – Friday between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The bridal suite can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed for elopements. Venue included. No guests are allowed per Magnolia Policy.

     Intimate Wedding Package

    Have that intimate wedding you have always dreamed of in the romantic city of Charleston! The Intimate Package includes professional photography, floral, and a wedding officiant. Feel free to customize this package to fit all of your dreams. Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

     Charleston Wedding Package

    Get married in one of Charleston’s very scenic parks. This package includes floral, professional photography, a professional musician, an officiant, and the park permit. Wedding consultation and guidance to planning your big wedding day is also provided via email and phone support. Venue included.

     Beach Wedding Package

    Have the beach wedding you have always dreamed of! This package allows you to choose from Folly Beach or Isle of Palms Beach and can be customized to fit your needs. The Beach Wedding Package includes floral, professional photography, a professional musician, and an officiant. Wedding consultation and guidance to planning your big wedding day is also provided via email and phone support.

     Charming Wedding Package

    Planning a wedding of about 50 guests? The Charming Wedding Package provides all of your needs for your big wedding day. We offer a partial coordinator to setup and direct your ceremony. We offer Floral, Hair and Makeup, Officiants, Photography, Musician, Flower Girl Basket and Ring Bearer Pillow. Venue not included, but we can make recommendations.

     Plantation Oaks Inn Elopement Package

    Picture your “I Do’s” with a beautiful tidal creek and marsh with 300 year old oak trees as your backdrop. This package includes a 2 night stay at the Inn, breakfast, photography, floral, champagne, and an officiant.

    Additional Wedding Package Options:

    Floral

    We offer common seasonal floral with most of our packages. Whether it be aWedding Bouquet just the couple or a wedding party, we have you covered.

     

    Officiants

    We have a professional team of officiants for you which includes both male and female. Each ceremony is personalized to the couple.  Average time is 10-20 minutes, depending on what the couple chooses to include in their ceremony. The length of the ceremony depends on many variables such as: will someone read a poem or sing a song; number of the wedding party, etc. Couples are not charged based on the length of the wedding ceremony.

    Photographers

    We work with a team of professional photographers for your wedding. 50 images equates to about 1 hour of time. Your photo package can be upgraded to best fit your needs.

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    Coordination

    Coordination is also available. Whether you need assistance with coordinating the ceremony or your entire day, we are here to help!

    Hair and Makeup

    We have hair and makeup artists that travel to you on your special day. We offer both traditional makeup and airbrush makeup. Need hair and makeup for your wedding party? We have you covered.

    Decoration Rentals

    When you rent decorations for your ceremony, we deliver, setup, and take down all décor leaving your friends and family to enjoy your day with you.

    Items include

    • Shepherd hooks to hang your decorations on to create aisle
    • White lanterns/Brass lanterns with LED candle to hang on hooks or placed on ground
    • White lanterns with flowers to hang on hooks or on ground
    • Medium arrangements to hang on shepherd hooks or place on ground to create aisle (can be used at reception/restaurant)
    • Large floral arrangements (can be used again at reception/restaurant)
    • Aisle of 8-10 starfish

    Other Rentals

    • Arbors

    • Chair Rentals: White Garden Chairs

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    Musicians

    We offer solo, duo, or a trio of musicians for your special day. Need a musician for cocktail hour as well, we have you covered.

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    Charleston’s Beautiful Wedding Locations without Breaking the Bank

    The most common question asked is, “Where can I have my wedding ceremony?” There are literally hundreds of Charleston wedding locations within the area, but listed below are some that will not break the bank.  Whether it is a beach wedding or a Charleston park wedding, we have wedding packages to fit your needs.

    Beach Wedding Locations:

    Combine both the Historic Charm of Charleston and its gorgeous coast lines and there you have it, elegant beauty. The two beaches that we recommend include Isle of Palms and Folly Beach.
    Beach Information: Alcohol is not permitted on all beaches, free and paid parking is available
    Recommended Packages: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, or Beach Package

    Charleston Wedding Locations:

    White Point Gardens/AKA Battery Park:

    Located on the waterfront with Live Oaks, gorgeous Charleston Mansions and panoramic views.
    Park Information: no restrooms, free street parking, 1 hour permit fees for the gazebo, gazebo guest count around 25
    Recommended Packages: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, or Charleston

    Waterfront Park:

    Gorgeous views of Charleston Harbor, Gardens, and Fountains, including the iconic Pineapple Fountain.
    Park Information: restrooms nearby, 2 parking garages nearby, No chairs or decorations allowed
    Recommended Packages: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, or Charleston

    Washington Square:

    Lots of charm with brick paths and surrounded by buildings, also offers gorgeous oak trees to hide from the sun.
    Park Information: no restrooms (1 block away), metered street parking and/or a parking garage
    Recommended Packages: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, or Charleston, Charming

    Hampton Park:

    This local park boasts gorgeous floral displays, a gazebo, fountains, as well as large live oaks. Think of this as the Central Park of Charleston.
    Park Information: restrooms on-site, free parking
    Recommended Packages: Romantic Elopement, Intimate, or Charleston, Charming

    Angel Oak Tree:

    This park hosts the largest southern live oak tree east of the Mississippi.
    Park Information: 25 Guest Maximum. No Decorations or Chairs, Free Parking, Restrooms on-site
    Recommended Packages: Romantic Elopement or Intimate

     

    Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park and Pier:

    This park is situated right next to the Ravenel Bridge on the Cooper River and is home to fountains, green space, and a pier.
    Park Information: 15 Guest Maximum. No Decorations or Chairs, Free Parking, Restrooms On-site
    Recommended Packages: Romantic Elopement or Intimate

     

    Sunrise Park/AKA Melton Peter Demetre Park:

    Situated on water with a little beach, this park has gorgeous views of the Ravenel Bridge and downtown.
    Park Information: 25 Guest Maximum. No Decorations or Chairs, Free Parking, Restrooms On-site
    Recommended Packages: Romantic Elopement or Intimate

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    Wedding Planner or No Planner? That IS the Question……

    After the question is popped; what’s next? Many Brides don’t even think about hiring a planner. Why would I do that? Great question. Why wouldn’t you! A wedding planner can make your life, at least during the process of planning a wedding a lot easier. Let’s think about the whole picture. A professional planner knows the venues and vendors. The planner’s job is to help you in the decision making process that will best suit your vision and budget. Many times Brides are NOT aware of costs associated with weddings; it can be a real wake up call once you start factoring in all the elements such as venue, decor, rentals, floral, photographer, music, caterer, and cake to mention a few.

    Wedding Planners Save you Money!

    Did you know that your planner works with these wedding professionals all the time and may be able to save you money$$$? Yes a planner can be a great investment for your wedding. A wedding planner can help with those details you may have not thought about. Its our job to help create your vision. How do they do that? Simply by getting to know the Bride and understanding her vision. During the planning meeting; its the planner’s responsibility to ask questions and get started working with and for YOU. Its during this time, both the wedding planner and Bride should be clear about what is expected from each other. Know what you are getting and if you need something specific, ask. Don’t expect your planner to know that you had your heart set on a certain element if you did not tell her. On a brief side note: A wedding planner should be a professional that you hire. They should work with and for you; seeing your vision come together for your special day.

    They should shield the Bride from all the unnecessary questions, especially on the wedding day! Your wedding planner should handle all vendors and set up/break down; by providing a timeline and staying in contact with everyone. A planner needs to be someone who is NOT in the wedding party, a family member or your hair dresser. The planner should be outside those perimeters.

    All to often a Bride will have someone other than a professional to help them plan the wedding and things happen. What could happen, you ask? Lots! The first thing I have seen is punctuality. Your friend my not be on time and this can cause an issue especially if they are in charge of set up or a rehearsal. Then everyone starts looking at Bride to answer questions (don’t forget its the planner’s job shield the Bride). Its the planner’s job to be there before the Bride and her wedding party; to prepare for whatever is needed. The Bride should NEVER be waiting on her planner!!! Or any other vendor for that matter.

    Secondly, will your friend take the planning seriously? Meaning are you going to be their top priority? Maybe but maybe NOT. Will your friend be able to separate them self from friend to hired professional planner? Can they not partake in the festivities? No drinking or partying on the job, remember they are now your planner and not your friend. Many times by the reception they believe their part is done. That is not the case most times. You still have to break down the venue and walk through to make sure everything is put up, clean and picked up by the rental company; this could last until 1 or 2 a.m. (depending on what time the ceremony started). Is your friend going to want to stay and finish the job or are they going to want to partake in the after party? If you hire a professional planner; they do events all the time and its their job as a professional to keep everything running smoothly. They are able to have enough separation from a friend to manage vendors, family and rowdy friends without hurting anyone’s feelings.

    Your planner should also be able to handle family and friends that can be over bearing. We all know they mean well but sometimes friends and family can just be too much; opinions and all. A professional planner is a great diplomat! Hiring a wedding planner is a great investment. Why not hire someone who is looking out for you and your vision. Hire a professional and protect your investment; after all this is one of the most important days of your life!

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