Oceans, rivers and marshes define the Lowcountry area that stretches the 200 miles between Charleston, SC to St. Mary’s, GA. Filled with history, culture, natural beauty and the friendliest people in America, it’s no wonder engaged couples flock here year after year for their destination weddings.
There are several important things to consider when planning your Big Day in the Lowcountry:
Time of Year – The best months to get married are April-June and September-October. March and November are close runner-ups because I consider them to be transitional months between the extreme seasons. July and August is by far the hottest and most humid time of year. If your wedding day vision entails the outdoors, avoid these months at all costs. You want your guests to remember the kiss, food, music and decor…NOT how hot and sweaty they were.
Massive Tides – Tides average 6-8 feet here in the Lowcountry so be sure to check when high/low tides will take place on your wedding day so you can plan accordingly (Here is the site I refer to).
Pesky Pests – Mosquitos, no-see-ums and palmetto bugs are sure to pay a congratulatory visit to your outdoor wedding. While it’s nearly impossible to completely eradicate them, there are a few things you can do to help the situation:
- Hire a professional to spray the morning before and morning of your wedding.
- Buy a few of these and place them around the perimeter of your wedding site.
- Provide guests with a few bottles of herbal, scent-free insect repellant such as this one.
Afternoon Showers – The weather forecast changes constantly here so do yourself a favor and try to avoid checking NOAA until about 3 days prior to your Big Day. When the forecast says 30-40% chance of rain, it’s probably because a brief 5 minute shower is expected. Be prepared with a backup plan just in case. I also like to have plenty of beach towels in the trunk of my car in case a quick downpour drenches the ceremony chairs.
Embracing the Culture – Incorporate the Lowcountry history and culture into your wedding via menus, cocktails, decor, welcome bags, organized activities and music. When I think Lowcountry, I think of the following:
- Shrimp ‘n Grits
- Palmetto Trees
- Back Rivers
- Plantation Homes
- Expansive Porches
- Cotton Fields
- Horse & Carriage
- Rocking Chairs
- Sweet Tea
- Mason Jars
- Hospitality at it’s finest
- “Carolina Girls” by Chairmen of the Board
If you’re planning a Lowcountry wedding, give us a call! We would be honored to assist you in covering all the details.
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