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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Destination Wedding Charleston

Words by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Paige Winn Photo

Emily and Keith first chose to do a destination wedding in Charleston, South Carolina, because they were looking for something different. “I have five siblings, some of whom were married close to home so I wanted to change things up a bit,” explained the bride. Emily’s siblings were ecstatic, while her parents were much more hesitant. They were nervous their family would not be financially able to travel to the event. However, as soon as Emily and Keith shared their plans for the unique destination wedding, her parents quickly jumped on board.

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Although the couple had never been to Charleston, Emily’s twin sister had once been and promised the two they would fall in love with it – and indeed they did! With the unfamiliarity of the town, came difficulty in choosing vendors and locations. “We had to go in blind with a lot of our vendors and base our choices off of reviews and website research,” said the bride. Emily and Keith also hired a wedding planner half way through the process to ensure everything was going smoothly in Charleston.

As far as travel logistics went, the flight from their home in New York City to Charleston was only about two hours so it was an effortless trip. However, some guests waited too long to book their flights and ran into costly airfare, which was the only major issue.

With some DIY projects incorporated into the event, the couple was able to personalize their destination wedding while keeping the cost similar to what it would have been had it taken place in New York City. Each table was named after a location significant to the couple’s relationship. Also, a friend officiated the ceremony, which made the event extra special.

All in all, the couple’s favorite aspect about their wedding was the time they got to spend with their loved ones in the days leading up to the main event. Most guests decided to start the festivities a couple days early to make a vacation out of the trip. “The days leading up to the wedding were full of buzz and excitement. I wouldn’t take that back for anything,” exclaimed Emily.

For other couples interested in a destination wedding, the bride states, “My best advice is to HAVE FUN, stay organized from the beginning, and not stress about any one element too much.”

Vendors: Photographer: Paige Winn Photo, Event Planner: Pure Luxe Bride, Ceremony/ Reception Site: Legare Waring House, Gown Designer: Pronovias, Florist: Wild Flowers, Groom’s Designer: Banana Republic, Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale, Caterer: Duvall Catering, Bar Service: Icebox, Rentals: Event DRS and Stage Presence, Videographer: Hart to Heart Media, Photo Booth: Other Brother Entertainment, Band: Two Three Ways, Cakes: Twenty Six Divine, Make-Up: Kelly Campbell and Elina Mille, Hair: Article 5 Salon by Kim Williams and Elysium Salon, Transportation: Lancaster Tours of Charleston and Charleston Black Cab

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