11th Annual Hilton Head Bridal Show

Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 from 1-4 pm. at Hampton Hall
157 Hampton Hall Blvd - Bluffton

The 11th annual Hilton Head Bridal Show will be the premier event of the year for brides, grooms, families, and wedding parties. Come see the best vendors Hilton Head has to offer to give you the wedding of your dreams!

With nearly 60 fantastic vendors under one roof, you can meet many bridal professionals, see their work and get an idea of who would be the best fit to help you bring your vision to life. You can taste cakes, view wedding portraits, and see the latest in bridal fashions — including bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, and suits.

Tradtions that never die:

1. The Threshold:
According to ancient tradition, the groom would pick up and carry his bride into the bedroom to protect her from evil spirits. In the old days, the bride would often resist and not give in to her new husband’s intentions.

2. Something Blue: The old saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe” dates back to Victorian England. The saying symbolizes purity, fidelity and love, and the silver coin in the shoe is a good-luck token to bring the couple wealth.

FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES PAPERWORK

If you’re getting married in the Lowcountry, you’ll need to apply for a marriage license in person at the Beaufort County office of the probate judge. You and your fiancé will both need to be present and present your full names, Social Security numbers, ages and places of residence. This is a sworn statement, so you’ll both sign the document and it will be notarized in the office.

PROFESSIONALS CAN HELP EASE WEDDING STRESS

With a plethora of Pinterest ideas and other information available online, right at every bride’s fingertips, today’s couples can do plenty of wedding planning on their own. But things go smoother with the help of professionals. Bride Amy Loizides found this out when Hurricane Matthew battered Hilton Head Island one week before her planned Oct. 15, 2016, nuptials to Jason Loizides. In that moment, Celebrations Catering & Events coordinator Jackie Brino became more than a wedding planner: She became a miracle worker. “Jackie Brino really saved the day; she was a huge help,” said Amy, whose planned Honey Horn wedding went off without a hitch thanks to a last-minute move to Windows on the Waterway.

GREAT FOOD AND LIBATIONS ARE CROWD PLEASERS

When Maggie Lowther and Robbie Kelly got married, they wanted a truly Southern meal to match their casual Southern vibe. Jimmy Fitts Catering delivered just that, wowing the crowd at their September wedding at Honey Horn with fried chicken made on-site, baked chicken, mac and cheese and collard greens. 

PETALS, GREENERY SHOWCASE LOVE IN FULL BLOOM

Wedding flowers are not just pretty accessories to have and to hold. They can also help showcase your personal style or your unique love story. Just ask Bluffton bride Halle Keiffer. For her May 2017 nuptials to Nicholas Keiffer at Maurene Plantation in Hardeeville, she carried a simple bouquet of greenery, light pink and white roses, and gold-tipped deer antlers, a personal touch that was the perfect nod to the couple’s love of the outdoors.

BE OPEN-MINDED TO FIND YOUR DREAM WEDDING WARDROBE

On the day of your wedding, all eyes are on you. You’ll want to look and feel your best, which means finding the dress that fits both your style and your personality. When Hilton Head Island bride Caroline Santorum didn’t find a single wedding dress she loved, she bought two and combined them to create the perfect princess gown.

TO KEEP YOUR CEREMONY ON TRACK WITH THESE TIPS

When Katherine and Mike Palmeri look back on their October wedding at Palmetto Bluff, their minds go immediately to one thing: the ceremony itself, which the couple wrote together, including their vows.

“Neither of us is religious, but it was really nice for us to write the whole thing together,” Katherine said.

THESE TECH TIPS WILL KEEP YUOR #WEDDINGGAME STRONGA

Social media is perfect for milestones like your wedding day. But before you announce your engagement by changing your relationship status on Facebook or sharing the perfect shot of your ring on Instagram, let your closest friends and family in on your big news. And then be ready to watch your social media channels light up with “likes.”

guestlistHOW TO KEEP THE GUEST LIST FAIR AND MANAGEABLE

One of the biggest decisions in planning your wedding is the guest list. It sets the mood for the rest of the planning, along with the party itself. Katherine and Mike Palmeri wanted an intimate event, so they stayed on the same guest list page, inviting only close friends and relatives.

PLAN THE BIG DAY WITH A REALISTIC BUDGET AND STICK TO IT

Casey and Joshua Tierney got married last July in Bluffton on a strict budget that necessitated a solid plan.

“Josh and I paid for the wedding ourselves,” Casey said. “And we really wanted a sit-down dinner and open bar at Callawassie Island Clubhouse, so that was most important to us. And everything else was ‘Let’s see what we can do.’”

SHOW YOUR STYLE WITH THE PERFECT FIRST DANCE SONG

Some couples come to the altar with a tune that’s always been “theirs,” while others hem and haw over finding a first dance song that fits. Lowcountry couple Halle and Nicholas Keiffer didn’t select their first dance song until the week before the wedding, when Nick happened to hear Brad Paisley’s “Then” on the radio.

MARCH  19TH , 2017

Leah Bloom’s 2017 wedding was notable for its familiarity as much as for its novelty.

“Growing up as a rabbi’s daughter, I had been to many, many weddings, and I had seen my dad do what he does best many times,” said Leah, whose father, Rabbi Brad Bloom of Congregation Beth Yam, married his daughter and her beau, Michael Miller, on March 19, 2017. The wedding took place at Congregation Beth Yam on Hilton Head.

BRIDE AND GROOM LEAVE HARBOUR TOWN IN A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE

PHOTOS BY ZIELENBACH PHOTOGRAPHY / WEDDING PLANNED BY BETH BALDWIN WEDDINGS

A Harbour Town ceremony overlooking the water followed by a horse drawn carriage: For Katie and Matt Launspach, it was their perfect Hilton Head Island fairytale wedding.