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Apr 22, 2018

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Everyone knows what a wedding destination Charleston has become, as well as a fashion destination0- and now they are coming together with a new player in the designer arena. We are big big fans of Mason Hosker, whose flagship boutique is now open in Charleston.  I can’t wait to wear a couple of their pieces this week to Charleston Wedding Week.

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Mason Hosker is a designer dress label made in New York City’s garment district by southern designer and Charleston resident Danielle Mason Hosker.  Known for its glamorous silhouettes, decadent fabrics and couture craftsmanship, Mason Hosker is sold in boutiques nationwide, online at Rent the Ruway and now at the flagship store in Charleston, South Carolina.

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In conjunction with Charleston Wedding Week, their bespoke bridal collection will debut tomorrow during a champagne reception at the store on 17 State Street from 4-6 PM.  They will also be hosting an Emmy of London shoe trunk show.  These haute couture shoes are a favorite of HRH Kate Middleton and sister Pippa.

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I see so many of their pieces working for the fashion forward bride looking for something different for Friday night festivities, or debuting their new bauble at an engagement party or celebration.  And, many options for the super chic Mother of the Bride, and Bridal Party.  I mean, scroll all the way down to the red gown with pockets- super fab!

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4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another Monday and another Monday roundup! One of my favorite parts of designing a wedding is the tabletop. We love seated dinners, not only because there is nothing more glamorous than enjoying a celebration while being served amazing food, but also because we can make so many special details.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Printing menus or place cards on different papers or materials is one of our favorite design details.  Finding different ways to fold the napkins or tying a pretty ribbon elevates a place setting in simple ways.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Some of our favorite tabletops include menu “booklets”. For a rustic but glam Colorado wedding, leather bound menus embossed with the guests’ names were also takeaways. We’ve done velvet bound, wood grain paper, and acrylic just to name a few.

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We also have fun with the table numbers-painting on agate slices or marble tiles have been pretty ones. We’ve hung die cut paper shapes from chairs or lights, and glued flowers onto numbers, sometimes just the placement of them can give a nice look.

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Lamps on tabletops mixed with candles is one of my favorite tricks. They key to a good party is lighting!  This takes the tent easily from day to night and the ambience it creates is amazing.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Mixing the candles can be an easy and affordable idea- tall candlesticks mixed with complimentary votives and using a lot of them makes a table look dreamy.

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We also love embroidering linen napkins with the couples special monogram or motif. If not, the entire wedding, the head table is always nice, and is a great gift for the couple to have in their home after the wedding.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018

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When I first heard of Jen Glantz and her role as a “professional bridesmaid” I was instantly intrigued.  But with several appearances on television shows like Rachael Ray and an upcoming memoir about her experiences I figured who better to offer up some tips to ladies who will be performing the bridesmaid role themselves this year!

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There are a lot of rules that come along with being a bridesmaid, whether those rules around what dress you have to wear to the wedding or what color nail polish the bride wants you to wear on her big day. It can feel, at times, that being a bridesmaid, is the same if you’ve done it once or thirteen times.
But being a bridesmaid can be a lot of fun and can feel different every single time that you do it. Before I became a professional bridesmaid, I was a bridesmaid for my own friends over a half a dozen times. To keep it from feeling mundane and generic each time, here are three ways you can spice up being a bridesmaid if you’ve find yourself walking down the aisle a couple of times a year.
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1. Take the Lead With Planning

If you’ve been a bridesmaid quite a few times, chances are you have a long list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to planning some of the pre-wedding events. Even if you’re not the maid-of-honor you should still share some of that advice to optimize the wedding experience. If you’ve been to Vegas thee times already for a bachelorette party, perhaps you can recommend some other fun and cool spots to make the bachelorette party an unique experience for everyone.

2. Convince the Bride to Pick Unique Bridesmaid Dresses

When the bride is starting to go through the dress picking process, perhaps shed some insight on cool bridesmaid dress trends you’ve seen before or worn before as a bridesmaid. Slowly, yet surely, the trend is moving away from matching bridesmaid dresses to having the bridesmaids find a dress that makes them feel awesome instead.

3. Find New Ways to Save Money

For now on, whenever you are a bridesmaid, make it a goal to find different ways to save money. Whether it’s finding the bridesmaid dress for a discounted price or hunting for great travel deals online, make it a bridal party challenge to see who can find the best deals when it comes to buying whatever the bride or the maid-of-honor wants you to buy.

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Jen Glantz is the world’s first professional bridesmaid and founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the author of the new book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire). She’s the heartbeat behind the website The Things I Learned From, and the author of the Amazon-bestselling ebook, All My Friends are Engaged. She can be found in New York City wearing old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store, on first dates, or double-fisting slices of one-dollar pizza.

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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