Hilton Head Weddings and Bridal
Every year thousands of flowers are used in weddings around the world. What most people do not know is that most flowers used are flown in and are not local. That is not the case with local shop Make it Pretty as they truly work hard to use locally grown flowers and greenery from the environment.
Love in the Lowcountry
Allison Wessel and Nick Cuca wanted to treat their guests to an authentic Lowcountry wedding. Though Wessel grew up in the Lowcountry, her groom was from Chicago, where the couple lives, and for many of their guests, the wedding would be their first time on Hilton Head Island.
“We wanted to make it feel like you weren’t just anywhere, you were in the Lowcountry,” said Wessel, 28, a digital manager for the McDonald’s Corporation. “There’s no better place for that than Honey Horn. It being an outdoor venue was just perfect.”
Locals know it’s not uncommon to walk by three weddings on the beach on a typical Saturday in the summer. Locals also know that while the Lowcountry’s beauty shines through no matter the season, the summer gives us temps that hover in the 90s and humidity so thick it forces many of us inside. So what makes June, July and August so popular for destination weddings on Hilton Head?
“I think obviously the beach is one of the biggest draws,” said wedding planner Beth Baldwin of Baldwin Events. “There’s certainly a vibe to Hilton Head that appeals to a lot of brides looking for the perfect destination vacation spot.”
The word “vacation” is the key to why so many pick summer to exchange vows in front of all their loved ones.
After years of Pinterest trends morphing weddings into more casual or uniquely themed events, this summer’s weddings are returning to tradition in everything from décor to flowers to cakes.
“That traditional, classical, elegant look is definitely back,” says Beth Baldwin of Baldwin Events. “Three years ago, the majority of my brides wanted the décor to reflect the Lowcountry ‘look’ – with burlap, mason jars, farm tables and benches instead of chairs – that whole ‘gone to the country’ feel, with a little Lowcountry spin on it. I see that trend kind of disappearing. Brides now want a little bit of a more lush, elegant, blingy look.”
Elegance, glam and classical style are popping up in various ways. Here’s a look at some of the biggest trends this year for Southern summer weddings.
HERE COME THE BRIDES!
We asked couples who attended Hilton Head Monthly's 2015 Hilton Head Bridal Show to submit an engagement photo for a chance to have their wedding featured in an upcoming issue. Photos were posted to our Facebook page and readers voted on their favorite couple using "likes."
When planning a wedding, one area you won’t want to overlook is the food. Next to how the bride looked or how great the entertainment was (or wasn’t), the food that is served at weddings is one of the top talked-about topics among guests. Your wedding reception is one giant party, and at your party, you want guests going home feeling full and catered to. If you are hosting a wedding on Hilton Head Island or elsewhere in the Lowcountry, rest assured that our local professionals have you covered with top-notch cuisine and innovative ideas. Get ready for your mouth to water (and be prepared to run to the kitchen!). Monthly has you covered with all the latest in food for weddings.
As many people become more conscious about their environmental footprints, even brides and grooms are finding ways to go “green” at their weddings. Whether you’re incorporating just a few eco-friendly practices or you are planning an all-out eco-friendly affair, there are a variety of ways to have a “green” wedding. From flowers, décor, food, paper and even transportation, rest assured you can feel good about your wedding’s impact on the earth on your big day — and here are a few tips on how:
When you hear “‘green’ wedding,” does the image of a barefoot, hippie bride with a flower halo getting married in a field come to mind? Think again. “Green” weddings — which incorporate environmentally friendly practices — are on the rise all over the country with all types of people. It’s not just for hippies anymore. “Green” is en vogue. Chic, even. And people are finding unique ways to be “green” in their nuptials. Will “going green” be part of your wedding?
Alli Meany was born and raised in northwest New Jersey, but was drawn to South Carolina as a young adult and attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where she studied criminal justice. Even at an early age, Alli displayed a passion and aptitude for planning.