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Sequin Stunners

Winter weddings are a perfect excuse for some serious glitz, and these chilly temperatures are making us think BLING!

It’s no secret that we have a love for metallic textures and sparkle. There is something about metallic and sequins, where we feel like it’s the perfect amount of sparkle that can make a wedding look stunning without looking tacky.

CZs can look cheap or overdone at times but there is nothing fake about metallics and/or sequins, they are what they are, and they do the perfect job of catching your eye.

A touch of this metallic madness can really be complimentary to any bride and almost any wedding colors you are working with. We know you have seen our Plum Perfection Photos but we wanted to send more sequin stunners your way.  Enjoy!

 

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Transportation and Planning your Exit

Transportation always poses a lot of questions for couples when planning their wedding. Should you provide transportation for your guests and what would be a fun option for you to arrive in and depart in on your wedding day? Transportation for your guests is a luxury and something that they are sure to appreciate, especially if you are planning a destination wedding or if your ceremony and reception are in two different locations. However, you must remember that no one expects you to provide them with this, but they appreciate the gesture if it falls within your planned budget.

In terms of your transportation, this is certainly a must. The last thing that you want to worry about is transportation and you want to make sure that it is comfortable and you can even have a lot of fun with planning your exit in a fun mode of transportation. We are here to help you explore all of those options and we can certainly tell you that there are tons of fun options in Charleston! We love it when couples have fun with their exit and it really makes for some great photographs that can capture the essence of the whole night and a wonderful ending to the evening.

Check out our pinterest board to see some alternative exits and contact us to learn more about your transportation options and how to plan for a fabulous exit or consider contacting one of the great transportation companies in the area to help get you started right now!

Shannon Noel Photography, Fabulous Fete

 

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Fabulous Fete couple Lauren + Bucky

What more can we say about our Fabulous couple Lauren & Bucky?

Beth at Wildflowers Inc didn’t disappoint with the succulent-sprinkled bouquet to the peony centerpieces, the bridesmaids looked stunning in their ivory lace dresses which echoed the lace runners, and the couple’s Arizona roots & love of vino showed with their wine barrel accents and decor.

Below are a few teaser pictures from Philip at Studio 1250, be sure to check out the gallery for more of Lauren & Bucky!

 

Studio 1250, Fabulous Fete

Studio 1250, Fabulous Fete

 

Studio 1250, Fabulous Fete

Studio 1250, Fabulous Fete

 

Studio 1250, Fabulous Fete

Studio 1250, Fabulous Fete

 

 

 

Marni Rothschild, Fabulous Fete

Fabulous Fete couple Karanda + Bill

What more can we say about our Fabulous couple Karanda & Bill?

From the stunning black-center anemones in the bride’s bouquet from Sara York Grimshaw Designs to the delicous spread from Hamby Catering, the entire evening was a success!

Below are a few teaser pictures from Marni Rothschild, be sure to check out the gallery for more of Karanda & Bill!

Marni Rothschild, Fabulous Fete

Marni Rothschild, Fabulous Fete

 

Marni Rothschild, Fabulous Fete

Marni Rothschild, Fabulous Fete

 

Marni Rothschild, Fabulous Fete

Marni Rothschild, Fabulous Fete

 

 

Fabulous Fete, Chi Photography

Extreme Couponing Goes Bridal

When we think of couponing, we generally begin to think about the grocery store and the local Sunday ads that are displaying all the two for one specials in aisle six.  Even TLC  has a new show called Extreme Couponing, which has what we would consider professional couponers saving some serious cash. If you go check out the shows website, they have a Dollars and Sense guide, Coupon Chatter, and even an extreme coupon offer right there on the site. There are some really great budgeting ideas on the site and throughout the show that we could all learn from and begin incorporating into our daily lives.

What does this have to do with being a bride and planning a wedding?

Well, first of all, if we save money on groceries, we have more to play with for the wedding. Second of all, who says the wedding industry doesn’t have coupons? Of course they do! I just spoke with a bride the other day that saved fifty dollars because she Googled coupon codes for her save the dates and then on top of it she found a 50% off coupon for all wedding supplies at her local craft store. Many of us have geared towards shopping online and there are always online codes that offer a sweet discount on the product, but you can’t forget to do a google search and look for that coupon code.

Also, the wedding industry can be a pretty competitive market, and a lot of wedding professionals offer discounts or coupons if you “like” them on facebook, follow them on twitter, or if you post a comment to their blog. Vendors also have some sweet give-a-ways and raffles that are worth checking out and submitting your information if you can get free or discounted services. This all helps vendors with their marketing, and since you are helping them, they want to help you.

The best advice we can give you is to make a list of all the things that you need to buy for the wedding (this includes bridal jewelry) and begin regularly looking in your Sunday paper and online for coupons and slowly you can begin purchasing your items as they go on sale. Think about those fancy napkins or tablecloths that you want for the wedding, but they are not so budget friendly. In all honesty, they may be cheaper to purchase than rent if you are keeping your eyes peeled for spectacular sales or drastic discounts!  Couponing can actually be a ton of fun and nothing feels better than conquering the battle of the budget and getting everything you want at a phenomenal price!

The holidays are going to come and go before we know it, and the stores are going to start advertising their after the holiday or end of the year sales, so start looking for those shopping steals! Feel free to share your favorite coupon or coupon sites with our other readers, and don’t be afraid to call on Fabulous Fête for your shopping or couponing needs!

There is nothing these two Charleston wedding planners love more than finding brides the best bargains!!

Fabulous Fete, Chi Photography

The Incredible Shrinking Wedding Budget

This week I read an article that encompasses everything we believe in and do with our budget-conscious brides here at Fabulous Fête, so I couldn’t resist sharing it with you!

Below is a list of 14 different ways you can “slash” your wedding budget… and of course remember the ladies at Fabulous Fête always have the best deals in town – so we save you money as well!

  1. Avoid peak season. Get hitched in late summer or winter to shave up to 20% off your venue fee
  2. Cut in packs.  Shrinking your list by a table (8-10 people) for saving across the board, from staffing to rentals.
  3. Embrace all-inclusives.  A venue with catering packages (country club, hotel, banquet hall) or a private room in a restaurant can save up to $25 a head. (SOMETIMES!!)
  4. Local-ize buds.  Stick to seasonal and local flowers – they’re eco and econ-friendly.
  5. Have fewer VIPs.  A large bridal party equals a hefty florist bill.  Cut your posse from 6 to 2 and save big on blooms.
  6. Sorry, not shots.  Limit booze offerings to wine, beer, and a couple specialty cocktails for 25% cheaper tab
  7. Focus on deliciousness.  Pass 4 crowd-pleasing apps (in lieu of 10) and offer a plentiful spread of cheeses and bruschetta to save $10 per guest.
  8. Knock a star off the five-star meal.  Serve taste-alikes: prosecco instead of champagne, hanger steak in lieu of filet mignon, and grouper over cod.
  9. Welcome turntables.  Book a DJ.  On average, a talented one costs 5 times less than a live band of the same caliber.
  10. Don’t gild the cake.  Top it with one extra large sugar bloom instead of a cascade of edible flora to save $10 per slice.
  11. Give your photographer a curfew.  Who wants to pay for shots of drunk, sweaty guests at the end of the night anyway?  If you are a interested in an grand exit, just fake it so the photographer can get the shot and go home – and you can head back to the dance floor.
  12. Honk once for love.  Avoid having a fancy car on standby the entire day.  Choose to make a grand entrance or a big exit.
  13. Rein in albums.  Make one group-friendly exit so you can order the same album for yourselves, your parents, and your in-laws.
  14. Skip letterpress.  Print all your stationary digitally.  Go for great color and typography rather than pricey techniques and chunky paper stock.

-Brides Magazine

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Fabulous Fete couple Lauren + Bucky – Video

A VERY BIG thank you to Chap Films for this amazing video of our Fabulous Fete couple Lauren + Bucky – at Creek Club at I’On!

It was a beautiful day!

 

 

Fabulous Fete, Joyelan

Cutting The Cake

Depending on if you are a traditional bride or a more modern bride, a great way to save a buck – is to consider your dessert options.

Brides are generally shocked to find out the continuously climbing cake costs and often times haven’t budgeted appropriately for this. The cost of your cake could potentially add up to $8 per person, which may not be a price you’re willing to pay!

There are tons of options to consider when booking a baker. If you are really traditional and have your heart set on a big cake, that can be doubled as a centerpiece/decor for your reception hall, then we strongly encourage you to fake it! That’s right, ask your baker if they have any “presentation” cakes you can rent or even create your own dream cake but ditch the flour and the eggs and head straight for the Styrofoam and icing (or fondant)! Once you cut the cake, it is swept from right under your nose so that your caterers can begin cutting it in the back, so none of your guests will have a clue that they are being served sheet cake. This way you can have a stunning cake and save over half of what you have set aside for your cake budget!

Other options, for our more modern brides, is to have a dessert table filled with your favorite treats. This could represent you or even the city that is hosting this fabulous celebration. Put out a table with classic treats like gummy bears, M&M’s and everyone’s favorite candies that will also bring a pop of color to your reception! These “Candy Bars” double as a wedding favor for your guests and you can always include a little bag if they would like to take some sweets to go.

Finally, consider a smaller cake and you can still have a dessert table or the sheet cake in the back that can be handed out by your caterers. Don’t be duped into thinking your display cake has to feed all of your guests! Get creative and don’t get caught up in the cake. It’s a sweet sentiment but it will not make or break your special day! We encourage you to contact use for more help, shop around, go to tastings, but just don’t let the sweets steal the budget!

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10 Tips When Registering for Wedding Gifts

This week we went to the all-knowing, all-seeing, completely extensive wedding website – The Knot – for our blog post!

Registering for your wedding sounds super easy, and it is, but it will be much more beneficial for you (and your guests) to read these tips before grabbing that Crate & Barrel price gun…

  1. Register early.  What are you waiting for?  Registering for wedding gifts should be one of the first tasks you tackle when you get engaged.  Friends and relatives will be looking to buy gifts as soon as he pops the question, so take the guesswork out of gift-buying and make sure they know what you want.  You don’t need your complete list just yet, but at least have a selection for guests to browse.
  2. Do it together.  Hitting the stores together is essential. After all, the gifts are for both of you. To decide what you need, take inventory of the things you already have and see where the gaps are. Talk about the style of home you’d both like, and split up the final say (you could alternate items) to make it fair. (Maybe he gets to make final decisions on electronics, while you get to choose the kitchen stuff since you’re the chef.)
  3. Register for whatever you want.  Don’t feel like you just need to register for china and flatware. Many stores have wedding registries now, so feel free to include whatever it is that will make your new house a home, be it electronics, appliances, or even camping equipment.
  4. But… think about how you live.  Try to avoid filling your list with things you’re never going to use. If you two aren’t the formal party types, then you probably won’t need a crystal punch bowl, as compelling as it may seem when you walk by with that registry scanner. Also, be extra-sure before you register for anything that’s monogrammed. Once your name is on it, you probably won’t be able to return it.
  5. Check the store’s return policies.  It’s always a good idea to inquire about a store’s exchange/return policies. The great thing is many wedding registry retailers have amazing customer service to accommodate to-be-weds’ needs (for example, you might suddenly realize that you don’t really have room for 24 chargers and want to return, say, eight of them). That said, being aware of the store’s return and exchange timelines will help you better plan and manage your registry.
  6. Make sure you hit all the price points.  As much as you may be hankering for that gorgeous $350-a-place-setting silver, be sure to register for items in a wide range of price points: under $50, under $75, under $100, under $200, and beyond, so all of your guests can choose gifts they can afford. You don’t want your college friend feeling overwhelmed by the fact that he can’t find a single gift; and on the opposite side, you don’t want your parents’ closest friends to have to buy you a multitude of smaller items to give you a generous gift.
  7. Be considerate of your guests.  At least one (and preferably all) of your registries should be available online. Guests should also be able to place their orders in person, over the phone, or by fax. If you’ve registered at a boutique retailer that doesn’t offer online services, you should be okay, as long as that’s not the only place you’ve registered. We live in a hectic world and you want to let guests be able to order you a gift — even if it’s 2 a.m.!
  8. Update often.  When a guest buys a gift for you, your registry should automatically update, allowing other guests to see what’s been purchased (and allowing you to see what’s on its way!). Make sure to revisit your registry often (trust us, you’ll be visiting several times a day once the wedding day nears), and update it with additional selections as products are purchased so that guests always have a variety of things to choose from. Aim to have at least twice as many items on your list as guests at your wedding.
  9. Think gift cards.  Sure, some couples love receiving cash, but asking for it is not exactly Future Mr. and Mrs. Manners-approved. A more etiquette-friendly option? Try gift cards. Many stores allow you to register for them and you can use them to buy the things you want and need…later. If you are anxious for cash gifts, ask one or two close friends and immediate family members to politely spread the word.
  10. Say thanks.  Be gracious — let your guests know their gifts have arrived — promptly. Thank you notes for gifts received before the wedding should be sent within two weeks of their arrival. Notes for gifts received on or after the wedding day should be sent within a month of your return from the honeymoon. In all notes, be sure to mention the gift by name.

To read the article on The Knot click here

 

Caroline Ro, Fabulous Fete

Am I Being A Bridezilla?

Most of you have seen the show Bridezillas on WE Tv, have caught a glimpse of the Kim Kardashian chaos that surrounded her sprint to the alter, or have been lucky enough to have witnessed a full bridal meltdown in person. We look at these brides and think “I would never require a weekly weigh-in for my bridesmaids before my upcoming nuptials” or “I can’t believe she is flipping out over a shade of peach” the truth of the matter is you could very well go down that path when it is your turn.

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Karanda + Bill, Citadel Beach House

This week we bring you a highlight video from our friends at KLC Video Productions – of our FABULOUS couple Karanda & Bill’s wedding day!

If this doesn’t bring tears to your eyes… well it might be time to check your pulse!

Thank you again to Kristy at KLC for sharing this amazing video with us, we were so happy to be a part of this beautiful day – congratulations Karanda & Bill!

 

 

 

Fabulous Fete, Joyelan

Fabulous Fete couple Erin + Ryan

What more can we say about our Fabulous couple Erin & Ryan?

From the AMAZING flowers from Pretty Petals of Charleston, to the ridiculously beautiful day she had out at Creek Club at I’On, to the FIVE different flavored cakes – they really had it all, and everyone could feel how much they were in love!

We really appreciated how kind and thoughtful the whole group was, it was a pleasure to be a part of their day – congratulations to our Fabulous Fête couple Erin and Ryan!

Below are a few teaser pictures, check out the gallery for more of Erin & Ryan!

 

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Fabulous Fete, Joyelan

 

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10 Tips to a FABULOUS Wedding by Jung Lee

Sure this week’s blog isn’t written by us – but it is for good reason!

The queen of event planning, Miss Jung Lee, has written a blog entry “10 Tips to a FABULOUS Wedding” for the Huffington Post and we couldn’t resist sharing it with you…

1.  Ceremony Music: Ceremony music is as much about group cohesiveness as it is musical pedigree. Musicians that have not played together tend to struggle with starting and stopping songs simultaneously. Quite often, the “head” musician tries to play, track the procession and direct the group at the same time. This results in sloppy ceremony music. You need to have a separate person dedicated to tracking your wedding procession and cueing the head musician. And ideally this person is communicating by walkie or cellphone with another person who is sending the bridal party down the aisle.

2.  Cocktail Reception: Make sure your caterer has the wait staff ready with trays of drinks as guests enter! Initially, canapés can wait. When guests arrive at cocktails, they’ll want a drink! For the first five to 10 minutes, waiters should focus on getting drinks into everyone’s hands. If not, the bar will get overcrowded and your guests’ first experience will be bad service and frustration. Once drinks are in hand, waiters can start passing canapes. Stress to your catering manager the need to actively manage this process and constantly monitor cocktails to ensure canapés are distributed evenly and no bar lines form. Should a bar line form, immediately throw a waiter behind the bar.

3.  Décor: Décor is everything you see at a wedding: the way tables are laid out, the presentation of a food station, how glasses are set up at the bar, wait staff attire, even the ugly carpet with swirls. When discussing décor with your designer, discuss the overall environment including how to hide, remove or mask unsightly elements. Lowering house lights and relying more on candles or pin spots is an effective way to hide a venue’s less attractive features.

4.  Dinner Service: Discuss the order of table service with your caterer ahead of time. Think of your guests first — if you have grandparents or elderly guests, serve them first! Oftentimes, our couples serve the head table last to allow time for socializing and greeting guests. Also, younger friends tend to be more forgiving and can be served last.

5.  Keep Things Moving Part 1: Weddings often lose steam toward the end of a food course. Some guests are just starting to eat while others are finishing. Waiting for things with nothing happening leads to a drop in energy. Up to this point, you have guests captivated, but now guests are glancing at their watches. To keep things moving, start toasts (one to two max) once all guests have been served. This will fill the “in-between” time and inject momentum. Just make sure your photo and videographer are not in the bathroom before you start!

6.  Keep Things Moving, Part 2: If your wedding calls for dancing before serving a course, instruct your waiters to start serving the food course five minutes before the dance set ends. This gives waiters a jump start so that by the time guests are seated, all guests will be eating at the same time. The key, however, is for tight communication between the kitchen and band. And never serve a course before guests enter a room! Guests should see their food come out so they know it is fresh out of the kitchen.

7.  Toasts and Dances: Toasts, dances and other “traditions” are special moments at a wedding, but guests have only a limited attention span. Use your toasts to keep things moving during the wedding (at the end of a course) and give speakers three to five minutes maximum. A couple’s first dance starts the dancing off, but I like to schedule parent dances to start off a dance set later in the evening.

8.  Announcements and Music: For some reason, bandleaders and DJs can’t stop talking at weddings. And they like directing people — “Stand up, sit down, put your hands together, get on the dance floor”! I am a believer that less is more. Set ground rules for your DJ/bandleader! Discuss and even script how you want to be introduced for your first dance and what level of “talking” you are comfortable with. A nice alternative is to ask a friend or family member to make an introduction during the night.

9.  Lighting: Lighting is key to the overall mood. Most weddings tend to be too bright. Even if you don’t have a lighting person, you always have lights on dimmers and candlelight. If you can’t get the house lights down, think turning them off and supplementing with more candlelight. I like to gradually reduce the lighting level throughout a wedding. By the end of the night, the darker room feels more appropriate for the heavier dancing.

10.  Getting Ready: It is essential to create a hair and makeup schedule for you and the bridal party that has realistic start and end times. Treat this time like a salon by asking everyone to arrive early and make sure your stylists stay on schedule. A lot goes on before you walk down the aisle. When things run late and get unorganized, you may be on your way to an extra stressful day.

     ~ Jung Lee

 

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