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wedding flowersThere are a million ways to have flowers at your wedding.

Go over-the-top with mounds of arrangements in opulent vases or go for an understated look with simple blooms in mason jars. Here are a few tips to help you pick the best blossoms for your big day. 

SHOP IN SEASON

Though it’s possible to get any flower at any time of year, your costs will skyrocket if you select flowers that are not in season. Do your homework. Know what will be in bloom when you are getting married and go with those options for your centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets, petals for the flower girl and any altar decorations. On average, flowers usually make up about 5 percent to 12 percent of a bride’s overall wedding budget.

bridaldressWedding gown shopping can be overwhelming. Know your body type and style preference before you begin the search.

CHOOSING YOUR BRIDAL GOWN

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. But how to find “The Dress” out of the millions of beautiful wedding dresses out there?

ido01The ceremony is perhaps the most important part of your wedding. Make sure it’s both memorable and official.

Before you can walk down the aisle, you need to make sure you’ve filled out all the forms — dotting your “I”s and crossing your “T”s. The ceremony isn’t just a beautiful moment between two people in love; it’s a binding moment in the eyes of both the local government and, depending on your personal preference, your house of worship, and there are several things you need to do before you say “I do.”

weddingbudget01Marrying the love of your life is a dream come true. But in all the fun of dreaming up the details of your big day, it’s easy to get caught up in the fantasy — and it’s easy to forget all those magical little elements really add up. That’s why it’s important to be realistic about your budget. What exactly does a wedding cost here in the Lowcountry? Here are some numbers that may bring you to reality.

photographers01Create more excitement and buzz around your wedding with photos, videos and other digital tools.

The band or DJ will stop playing, the cake and food will be eaten, the flowers will sadly die. How will you make your memories of this day last? Turn to your photos and videos. This area is home to many fantastic photographers to fit any budget — from students to celebrity photographers who have retired to the Lowcountry.

She fell in love with Hilton Head Island in the summer of 2008 when she came to visit her then boyfriend, Mike. His passion, genuine interest and respect for the natural beauty of the area were evident – to the point of being contagious, says Jill.

“Whether we were riding bikes on the beach (which I personally love because you are not allowed to ride bikes on the beach in New Jersey where my family vacations!), gawking at the wild armadillos of Pickney Island, or sharing a cocktail at Coco’s on the Beach – we were always having fun.

All of these factors draw many highly talented wedding professionals to the area, but with so many fabulous vendors and venues to choose from, how do you know where to start?

The 2016 Bridal Guide was created to help you navigate the complicated process, from the engagement ring all the way through the honeymoon. We feel it is the one thing you can’t live without while planning your perfect Lowcountry wedding.

What is it about weddings that make us swoon?

From the impeccably designed paper details to the time-honored traditions mixed with personal touches, exceptional flowers, delicious food, rockin’ music and, of course, the happy couple surrounded by family and friends, weddings are magical.

Congratulations, you’re getting married!

You know you want to have your perfect day on Hilton Head Island. Why wouldn’t you? Whether your dream wedding is a small and intimate beach gathering or an extravagant country club affair, Hilton Head is the perfect destination. Recently ranked the fifth best island in the United States by TripAdvisor.com, Hilton Head offers beautiful views, a sunny climate and a vast array of talented wedding professionals to choose from.

Fall wedding season is upon us on Hilton Head and Bluffton and in this dynamite destination wedding locale, you better believe there are some outrageous shindigs being planned. So what can you expect at the weddings you attend this Fall? What last minute trends can you incorporate into your own Fall wedding? Monthly magazine has you covered with the latest from fashion to food to favors – and everything in between. This season promises to shake things up more than ever and break the mold like no other season before. Here are some of those trends, in no particular order!

A kiss at the end of the rainbow

With every glance at the forecast leading up to her nuptials last March, Lindsay Finger thought she might be facing every bride’s nightmare: A rainy wedding day.

“The weather forecast called for stormy weather on March 14, and we even went to the extreme of renting a tent because it didn't look like the weather was going to cooperate,” says Finger, who married Hilton Head Island native Mark Finger that spring day at Belfair Plantation. “The morning of our wedding, I woke up, looked outside and saw the sun shining for the first time in three days.”

Monthly is proud to announce its first luxury bridal magazine, coming later this year. Everything about the publication will be top-of-the-line — outstanding editorial, stunning photography and beautiful presentation. Contents will include the hottest tips and trends, beautiful southern brides and a comprehensive listing of the industry’s top vendors. If you or someone you know is planning the ultimate wedding in the Lowcountry, don’t miss this inaugural issue. For advertising opportunites, call 843-842-6988, 238.

Mark your calendars! Monthly Media proudly presents the 2016 Hilton Head Bridal Show hosted by The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa on February 7, 2016. 

Whether your dream wedding is a small and intimate beach gathering or an extravagant country club affair, Hilton Head Island is the perfect destination.

It’s no secret that Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are full of wedding venues. Couples travel from all over the country to get married here for that very reason. Depending on the size of your wedding, your budget and the style and vibe you are looking for, you are sure to be able to find something in the area. One of the most sought-after venues is The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Stretched along the island’s pristine sandy beaches, this AAA Four-Diamond oceanfront resort is an ideal wedding location for a variety of reasons. Because of the endless options, exceptional food and service, comfort of the resort, and oh — that spa! — The Westin is one venue that should not be missed.