It’s time to polish up the champagne flutes and pop open a bottle of bubbly because you’re getting married! You’ve finally bought your dress, chose your venue, and sent out those gorgeous handmade calligraphy invitations that express you and your fiancé perfectly.
But even if you feel that you’ve figured out all the details of your wedding, you still have out-of-town guests to think about. Because chances are, even if your guests have visited the destination previously, they’ll be looking to you for guidance on how to spend their time when they’re not involved in wedding festivities.
It may feel like yet another stressor to wrangle family together and make everyone happy. But accommodating for traveling guests doesn’t have to push you to elope after all. Read on to learn how you can make everyone feel right at home on your wedding day.
Provide Your Guests a Welcome Bag
When your guests arrive, be sure to have a welcome bag prepped for everyone at the first event. Include items like a map of the local area, snacks, or a bottle of bubbly alongside your wedding itinerary and a personalized note thanking your guests for making it to the wedding. You may also consider including a personalized item like a monogram tote bag or a local magazine sharing the best things to do in the area,
Whether you provide a welcome bag right at check-in or simply wait until the rehearsal dinner, this simple but lovely gesture will help your out-of-town guests feel right at home.
Invite Your Guests to The Rehearsal Dinner
Regardless of where or when you have the rehearsal dinner, you don’t want to skip out on having one if you have lots of out-of-town guests arriving for your wedding. Although your main event may leave you with plenty to do, guests who aren’t in the wedding need to be entertained.
It may also be a good idea to make sure there isn’t too much time before the rehearsal dinner. And, if you’re having a cocktail hour or meet up ahead of the rehearsal dinner, don’t leave too much time between the two events. Keeping your guests on a consistent schedule will make the weekend even more exciting for everyone.
Provide an Itinerary
You don’t want your guests feeling confused or out of the loop. Even if you provide your guests with a wedding itinerary in their welcome bag, make sure to check in with everyone individually if possible.
If you’re having a larger wedding and it isn’t possible to speak with everyone ahead of the wedding, make your wedding website available for people to access the calendar of events. You may also consider putting members of your wedding party in charge of checking in with everyone to make sure they’re settling nicely.
Coordinate a Hotel Block
While some couples simply recommend places for their out-of-town guests to stay, it’s even better to take the extra step of coordinating a hotel block so everyone can stay in the same place. This is among the best ways to make sure your guests feel included in every activity.
Plus, if other guests want to get together and do sightseeing, all they have to do is meet up in the lobby. We recommend using Hotel Planner to coordinate a hotel block. Make sure your hotel is in a fairly central location so it’s easy for guests to enjoy all the area has to offer!
Since most of your guests will likely stay more than one day when traveling for your wedding, give your guests some options of fun things to do outside of wedding festivities! Not only will your guests feel valued, but they’ll also have something fun to do while you’re prepping for the special day.
There are many ways to communicate the activity ideas to your guest. One easy way is to simply include a list with the welcome bag you provide for your guest. You can also include a “Traveling Guest” section on your wedding website in case you do not provide a welcome bag. If you are feeling a bit more creative, try to make a scavenger hunt or a check list of all of you and your significant others favorite places for your guests to visit. This will keep things fun and meaningful.
It can be stressful to figure out how to make all your guests happy but making their stay a little more fun will make the whole wedding experience even more fun for everyone. Of course, the best way to accommodate your traveling guests is to let them know how much you appreciate them. A simple thank you goes a long way!
Blog Contribution – Amanda Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
David Tutera + Lifetime TV meets Charleston
Charleston is a gorgeous city full of unique wedding venues that fit almost any preference. We are so glad David Tutera with Lifetime TV My Great Big Live Wedding, decided to bring this opportunity to our town, and thrilled we were able to work together and truly demonstrate how Charleston Strong our community is!
This past February, us gals at Intrigue Design + Events had the exciting opportunity to work with Lifetime TV David Tutera’s, My Great Big Live Wedding, in our location of choice—Charleston, South Carolina! Okay, so maybe we are biased since we are based out of this breathtaking place on the water called the Holy City. Charleston has an abundance of unique venues to choose from, and David and his crew certainly took advantage of this opportunity and we were honored to share in the process!
Having the opportunity to assist David and his team as well as these two high school sweethearts Chris Singleton and Mariana De Andrade, have the wedding of their dreams was priceless. With Chris’s love for baseball and starting spring training with the Chicago Cubs just a few days after he said “I do” we knew we couldn’t just have a their wedding at any venue. Can you guess? I am sure baseball park came to mind, but can you imagine building a full ceremony & tented reception in the middle of the field facing the water and centered off home base. Thanks to Shipyard Park we were able to create something these two would never forget. However, a baseball field doesn’t come fully equipped with a wedding setup (weird, right?). Our team faced the task of utilizing our Charleston vendor relationships to construct this fabulous wedding venue! Charleston’s industry talent, such as Loluma Events, Queen Street Catering, Darby Events, and Event works Rentals, were happy to lend their helping hand to David and his team to get this tremendous feat accomplished for this deserving couple.
Shipyard Park was nothing short of accommodating for David’s plans, organizing its baseball practices around the production teams schedule and lending help when needed. Southern hospitality extends beyond everyday manners, it would seem—most venues in Charleston have offered assistance and thoroughness beyond what might be expected. In addition to this, the city’s various event spaces are unique due not only to their Charleston charm but their own distinctive features as well. Our city offers a multitude of centuries-old locations that are filled with gorgeous vegetation and seaside views, as well as more modern settings such as renovated historic buildings and newly-constructed ones. Examples, such as Lowndes Grove Planation, the William Aiken House on King Street, 159 Rutledge, Legare Waring House, and many more!
We are so glad David Tutera decided to bring this opportunity to our amazing city, and thrilled we were able to work together and truly demonstrate how Charleston Strong our community is. We travel the world for our couples and have visited cities such as Sydney Austria, Toronto Canada, Bahamas, Mexico, and many other city’s across the US and we are always humbled to share Charleston with our amazing couples. Creating a venue on a baseball field was definitely new for us and our city, but with the help of David’s crew, Chris and Mariana’s good-heartedness, and Charleston’s natural beauty and experienced vendors, our teamwork produced a memorable day for this young couple with memories to last a lifetime.
Venue | Shipyard Park
Floral | Lush Flowers
Rentals |Eventworks Rentals
Lighting | Loluma
Cake | Cakes by Kasarda
Photography | Kim Craven Photography
Entertainment | Darby Events + Cece Winan
Catering | Queen Street Catering
Bridal Ensembles | Focus on the Bride + Bari Jay Fashions
2018 has been a dream and certainly one for the books. Filled with wonderful clients, top notch vendors, fabulous feats, new business ventures, inspiring ideas and design elements, challenges and growth, we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to the adventures of 2019. We say thank you as the year has comes to an end, and a new chapter of life begins. Reminisce with us in some of our most memorable events and milestones of the year.
Kat + Matt’s Wedding | Venue | The Cedar Room
Rentals | Snyder Events| Loluma
Photography| Catherine Ann Photography
Floral| Roadside Blooms
Catering|The Cedar Room
Entertainment| Darby Events
Hair + Makeup|Paper Dolls
Leslie + Peter’s Wedding | Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation
Rentals|Eventworks | Snyder Events | Loluma | Ooh Events
Photography|Rachel Red Photography
Hair + Makeup|Ash + Co.
Kristina + Nick’s Wedding | Cancun |Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Rentals|Love Memories Weddings
Photography|Love Memories Weddings
Floral|Love Memories Weddings
Charleston Food + Wine | Amaro Montenegro
Kelly + Elias’s Wedding | Venue | Runnymede Plantation
Rentals| Loluma | Ooh Events | Snyder Events
Photography|The Image is Found
Floral| Roadside Blooms
Entertainment|Dj Rehab | Classical Charleston
Hair + Makeup|Pampered + Pretty
Collen + Andrew’s Wedding | Venue | Creek Club at I’on
Photography|Clay Austin Photography
Catering|Creek Club at I’on
Hair + Makeup|Ash + Co.
Beth + Tyler’s Wedding | Venue | Legare Waring
Photography|Kaitlin Poirier Photography
Ford – Team Building Event | Venue | William Aiken House
Rentals|Ooh Events | Nuage | Snyder Events
Devon + Jeremy’s Wedding | Venue | William Aiken House
Photography|Jolie Connor Photography
Hair + Makeup|Pampered + Pretty
RMC DMC |Rewards Weekend | Palmeto Bluff
Catelyn + Luke’s Wedding | Venue| William Aiken House
Photography|Aaron + Jillian Photography
Floral|Branch Design Studio
Intrigue Team Expansion + New Business Ventures
Updo’s for I do’s Launch Party | Venue | Cannon Green
Photography|Kelly Vann Calaway Photograph | Copahee Media
Lauren + Austin’s Wedding | Venue | Lowndes Grove Plantation
Rentals| Snyder Events | LaTavola
Photography|Catherine Ann Photography | Dockhouse Digital
Entertainment|Paint by Chloe
Jazmine + Andrie’s Wedding | Venue | The Governor Thomas Bennett House
Rentals|Loluma | Ooh Events
Photography|Aaron + Jillian Photography
Hair + Makeup|Lashes + Lace
The Event Group Weekend | Venue | The Charleston Place | Shipyard Park | Lowndes Grove
Intrigue’s 10 Year Anniversary
Kaley + Pete’s Wedding | Venue | Magnolia Plantation
Rentals|Eventworks | Lowcountry Entertainment
Photography|Britt Croft Photography | Surrender Films
Callie + Michael’s Wedding | Venue | The Cedar Room
Rentals|Eventworks | Loluma
Photography|Clay Austin Photography
Catering|The Cedar Room
Entertainment|Epic Entertainment | Classical Charleston
159 Rutledge Grand Opening
Photography|Kelly Vann Calaway Photography | Copahee Media
Floral| Juniper + Jasmine Designs
Catering|Cru Catering | Queen Street Catering | Mosaic Catering | Thurston Southern Catering
Charleston Wonderland NYE | Venue Memminger Auditorium
Rentals|Eventworks | Nuage | The French Eclectic | Loluma
Photography|Magic Moments Photography | Low Country Films
Floral| Roadside Blooms
Entertainment|Quiana Parler + Friends
As a Bride,
you go to great lengths planning your wedding day to ensure everything will be picture perfect, enjoyed by your guests, and seamlessly executed. Of course all of these elements are extremely important, however, it is crucial to take time to prepare yourself mentally and physically for your big day! Yoga is the perfect outlet to rejuvenate your mind and body during the stress of wedding planning, and the perfect opportunity to relax with your bridesmaids before the big weekend. Treat yourself and your crew to a yoga session and brunch party here at the Rutledge House. Breath, let go of stress, relieve tension, enjoy the moment, and stretch your body. Have the instructor read passages that invoke thoughts of love and happiness. It will be the calm before the storm, literally!
Ditch The Studio: To make your yoga session an intimate affair, researchvenuesthat have private popup event packages, equipped with vendors and specialized personnel that will take care of the logistics and legwork for you.
Home Grown: After taking time to replenish your spirit and your mind, you and the girls can refuel your bodies by partacting in a healthful brunch. Take advantage of local artisans and indulge brunch-y selections such as cold pressed juices, Kombucha, organic blends of hot tea, chia seed pudding, homemade granola with almond milk, acai and smoothie bowls, avocado toast, and fresh heirloom bruschetta.
Goodbye to nuptial traditions & hello to modern couples eager to travel!
The uptrend in both domestic and international destination weddings means saying goodbye to nuptial traditions, hello to modern couples eager to travel, and welcoming the bridal party to do the same. We can part with the days when throwing a bachelorette party meant a one night affair filled with bar hopping, tacky matching attire, and far too many shots! The bachelorette party is all about the bride making special memories with her closest friends, and a one night rendezvous just isn’t going to cut it. Bachelorette Weekend it is – and even better – make it a destination…maybe even to Charleston, SC! Organizing activities and getting a group somewhere for a destination weekend can be a tough task! Here are some of our favorite tips + ideas to make your weekend away (or stay) as smooth as possible, and fun for the whole group!
Land Your Lodging: Try an Airbnb instead of a traditional hotel
There is no better way to bond with the entire group than sharing a common space such as a home in the destination you are visiting. Everyone is able to get ready together, encouraged to hangout and chat in lounge areas, and eliminate any left out feelings within the group. Not to mention, splitting the cost of an Airbnb property can be substantially less expensive than buying individual rooms in a hotel or resort. ProTip: Buy communal snacks and drinks to keep in the kitchen for your clan, to satisfy any munching or quick bite needs.
Value in a Venue: If your lodging can’t accommodate all your activities, rent a swanky venue to host the weekend’s festivities! Check out venues that offer special packages specifically for bachelorette weekends or popup events for small groups. Check out one of our favorites here!
ProTip: Here are some unique private event ideas to host during your bachelorette weekend
- Sweat It Out – Jumpstart your day and spend the morning breaking a sweat to getting those endorphins flowing and burn some wedding planning stress. A cardio, pilates and/or dance class at The Rutledge House is the perfect start to the weekend for you and your girls. After, reward your hard work, by indulging in a yummy brunch. Get more info about their yoga & brunch special here!
- Belt It Out – Let’s be honest…We all love karaoke, but hate doing it for the whole bar to see. Host your own karaoke night and let loose with your ladies. I promise, Insta-worthy stories and videos will commence, especially with a group of ladies who feel no shame in belting their favorite 90s pop melodies.
- Paint & Prosecco – Give your gals an opportunity to tap into their imaginative side and pour their creativity onto a canvas! Pop some bottles, sip on some bubbly, and paint away! Not only does this create lasting memories, it leaves you with a piece of artwork to cherish after the weekend is through.
It can be tough establishing reservations for meal times that accommodate larger groups, especially when seeking a dining experience. Host a private dinner with an entirely chef selected menu. Set up a wine or beer tasting with appropriate food pairings. Showcase a chef demo with interactive elements. These intimate experiences will cater to everyone’s needs, and make the most out of your use of a venue. The Rutledge House Wine Cellar is the perfect backdrop for wine tastings and private dinners, and we offer a variety of options for you and your group. Check more info here!
Get that pep back in your step after the weekend and try an unconventional approach to Sunday Brunch. Go on a caffeine crawl! Research local Coffee Shops, Tea Artisans, and Bakeries to try a little bit from everywhere. The fresh air and cups of joe might just be your bridal party’s saving grace.
Hire a Photographer/Videographer:
Quick, add this to your list of bachelorette weekend must-haves! Gone are the days of alternating between which girls take what photos, and the stress of posting photos in the moment. Why not hire a killer photographer/videographer to capture you and all your best gals during the celebration? Any photographer & videographer would be happy to capture these moments for you! ProTip: Plus..it’s the perfect surprise gift for the bride!
It’s not just a city, but an experience! Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place. Our beautiful city manages to preserve its historic architecture, prime coastal settings, picture-perfect landscapes, creative culture, southern charm and friendly locals. There is no question as to why Charleston remains one of the most notable destinations to visit- and to live! […]
Lexus Charleston Fashion Week, held in Marion Square here in Charleston, South Carolina, is a five night fashion event aimed to showcase emerging designers, model talent, fashionable boutiques and trendsetter personnel. Organized by industry experts, Charleston Fashion Week is recognized as a premier event and serves as a pathway to New York. This truly multimedia event harvests Charleston’s talent along with nationally renowned designers, runway shows, activities, and of course shopping! Here are a few tips you can try on for size.
1. Do Your Research
Review the official program. There you will find all onsite and offsite events that take place throughout the week. Hint: Review the official map or download it to your phone for easy access. With so much going on, it is easy to get lost in the hustle – Save yourself the stress.
2. Don’t Over Commit
In theory, It may seem like a great idea to attend every single event during the week. Highlight what peaks your interest and start from there, it is easier to add to your schedule rather than take away.
Don’t shy away from attending a show that seems far fetch or not your style..expand your horizon, you might surprise yourself.
4. What to Wear
Picking your ensemble might be the biggest question for anyone attending a fashion event. It is good to dress the part, but do not feel pressured to conform to the norm. This is your chance to show your own personal style. The fashion world is your oyster, time to display your pearls.
5. Have a Plan
Don’t linger at doorways, stand in aisles, sit in seats that aren’t yours, or do anything that stops the ease and flow of traffic at the show. The coordinators, staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to execute a seamless event – Don’t be a bump in the road.
Manage your space – Manage your accessories, no matter how fabulous. Hold umbrellas downward, handbags and clutches to your side, and please – tuck your feet under your seat.
7. Be Inquisitive
Fashion Week is a such a great networking opportunity. Make it a point to seek out industry experts, local designers, social media buffers, and fashion bloggers.
Let’s face it, people in fashion don’t always look the most approachable. However, under that fab exterior they share the same passion for fashion as you – Break the ice and introduce yourself to fellow attendees seated around you. You never know, you may bond over your love for accessorizing or hate for sneaker wedges.
9. Have a Good Time
You’re there – watching an amazing show, mingling with knowledgeable patrons, witnessing new looks, absorbing new ideas, your creative juices are flowing – there is only one thing left to do – Enjoy yourself! Soak in the atmosphere and observe the details of the garments. Be dazzled!
10. Say Thank You
Don’t forget to thank anyone and everyone working the Fashion Week Events. Many of the coordinators and models are volunteers – they do this for their love of fashion!