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After being voted the #1 city 5 times in a row, it’s not hard to see why Charleston has become a top bachelorette party spot.  Today, we’re sharing a Charleston Bachelorette Weekend guide. Forty eight hours of around the clock ideas for where to stay, eat, and hang.

Bachelorette Hotel

For those looking for the modern or boutiquey places to stay- there are new places coming on the Charleston market all the time, but a few of our favorites are The Spectator Hotel (one of our past brides was the interior designer), the Dewberry, and the newly redesigned Restoration Hotel.  If you want a more Southern traditional Charleston abode then The Charleston Place is a classic, and the Mills House has more than a few historic claims to fame.

And for a big group of girls all wanting to stay together of course there are AirBnB properties, but another great resource focusing on Charleston and the beaches is Luxury Simplified Retreats.


Figuring out where to dine in Charleston for an upcoming visit can be a full time planning job in and of itself, but, we’ve got you covered. Start with an early dinner of Lobster Rolls and Rose Friday evening at 167 Raw. Then, head back to the hotel for an early nightcap at your lobby or rooftop bar.  You can’t miss Chez Nous – it’s truly one of my most favorite spots and such a special little place. Lunch at the large outside table would make for a lovely afternoon. Saturday night calls for Upper King- dinner at Darling Oyster Bar makes for an effortless first stop.  Duck into any of the other hot spots around as you make your way to late night dancing at The Commodore. Cure the “Blew it Out Blues” over Sunday brunch at the Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island.


Charleston is wonderful on foot of course, but bikes can get you farther into the upper and lower areas of town (helpful for getting you to lunch at Chez Nous). Affordabike offers rentals and deliveries throughout downtown. If you are staying at the Spectator or the Restoration, inquire about the bikes they have in house. King Street is known for it’s shopping, from national and worldwide chains, to local boutiques. Hampden Clothing is a must hit, as well as Finicky Filly across the street.  Since, you’ll be on Sullivan’s for brunch, plan on staying for the afternoon and enjoy the beach!

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Kerr Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

Who needs an excuse to wear two dresses in one night??? While I definitely appreciate many of our brides wearing their ceremony wedding dress throughout the entire evening, I also love the idea of getting more comfortable for dancing, or honoring the tradition of the departing dress. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite before and after- meaning ceremony dress into going away dress! Above, the first and second dresses are by Nardos Imam.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Our bride, who lived in Dallas at the time of her wedding used locally based Nardos Imam for her two custom dresses. We love a feathery frock for dancing and departing!

Reed Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

For a beachside wedding on Kiawah Island, our bride wore a strapless gown by Augusta Jones.  While on a family trip in Europe during the planning process, Lisa and her mother made a side stop at Christian Dior in Paris, and found the perfect send off dress (with a little story behind it, which we love!).

photos by Corbin Gurkin

One half of design house, Dee Hutton, Stephanie wore two custom dresses both designed by her best friend and other half of Dee Hutton Bridal.

Carrabba Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

We love how this bride remained classically bridal all night with a lace covered gown and Little White Dress, both by Monique Lhuillier.

Davis Collage

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, the departure dress doesn’t have to be shorter… We love this beaded flowy gown worn by Annie after her Issa London confection earlier in the evening.

Dendy Collage

photos by Gayle Brooker

Our bride Dr. Dendy Engelman, celebrity dermatologist, looked flawless in a Priscilla of Boston gown before changing into a white hot little number by Peter Soronen.

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

I love the traditional route our bride Katie took on her wedding day. After a mermaid style Amsale with sheer sleeves, she departed in a crisp and classic Armani Suite- very Grace Kelly!

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 20, 2018

Greenberg white dinner jacket

photo by Adrienne Page

You see and hear so much about fashions for the Bride, Bridesmaids, and Mother of the Bride that it may seem that the groom is often overshadowed. Of course all eyes on him as well (people always look to see the look on his face when the bride is walking down the aisle ) and he is in all of the photos too!  There are many options for the men out there, these are just some that our grooms have sported over the years. Since we are considered a “coastal climate” and here in the South we like our formality and traditions when called for, we see white dinner jackets quite often. White dinner jackets came to be when gentlemen in warmer climates wanted an alternative to the heavy dark tuxedo jackets.

photo by Liz Banfield

“Evening Dress” is considered the most formal attire and only appropriate for evening weddings beginning at 6pm or later.

Kerr ties

photo by Liz Banfield

A dark gray suite with a coordinating tie is the perfect solution for those not wanting black tie. Get a custom tailored suit, though, as a nod to the formality of the occasion.

Kassen grey suits

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Lightweight grey suits are a great consideration for summer affairs outdoors or near the water.


photo by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Corbin Gurkin

You can’t go wrong with a  classic formal tuxedo, but customize with accessories. The wedding party above sporting coordinating Ralph Lauren loafers. And, Brackish Bowties have become a statement piece for Southern grooms.

photos by Liz Banfield

For weddings with a noteable color palette, our grooms have opted to gift ties to their wedding party in patterns or colors that match…


photo by Liz Banfield

 “White Tie” affairs call for a strict dress code of a formal tuxedo (usually a waistcoat) with a white cotton bowtie.  There are very specific guidelines on “white tie”, so make sure to research those to make sure you hit all of the proper notes.  We like this guide.

sanjay attire

photo by Liz Banfield

Finally, For Sanjay Gupta’s Indian nuptials full traditional Hindu attire was adorned- he even rode in on a white horse (a white elephant wasn’t allowed at the venue!)

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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