As promised, we are back with a few insider tips, tricks, and sources for Emily + Monty’s fabulous Charleston wedding! If you missed their blog debut, check here and here for the feature. Big thanks to Calder of Calder Clark Designs, Emily + Monty’s wedding designer, for her help with this post!
A. Calder recommends scouting Target (once a week, and in person, not online) for fun and inexpensive melamine trays. Hand them over to your caterer for a fun splash during cocktail hour or for a late-night snack. Calder also loves CB2, which is where we found these gray platters.
B. Pom poms are easily bought at discount craft supply stores. Calder recommends Craft Supplies For Less; we found these at Factory Direct Craft. Be prepared for someone to be out at the end of the night with a ShopVac, however!
C. Tuck those poms into a plastic folding box from Paper Mart, the best discount bulk packaging supply store we know.
D. Emily’s maids wore dresses from J. Crew. Though it doesn’t look like her exact style is available anymore, the smoky blue of the current Siren dress would be a nice substitute. Calder also recommends LulaKate, who can custom make anything your heart might desire and competes with the mass retailers on price.
E. Top those plastic pom boxes with a custom set of labels. These are from My Own Labels, but if you’re crafty, you could just as easily whip something together using Paper Source stickers or Adobe Illustrator.
F. Emily’s gold locket (LOVE!) was a family heirloom, but, as Calder says, “there’s nothing to stop you from finding your own and passing it down from generation to generation.” After all, traditions have to start somewhere! Calder recommends Southern Classic Jewelry, and we loved this monogrammed piece from Ruby Lane.
G. The exact pillows Calder and Emily chose were these from Koko Company. Try searching at Target, World Market, and Ikea throughout the year!
H. Fuzzy blankets tucked into a woven basket? We can’t think of anything more cozy in the cooler months. These three are extremely reasonably priced at Ikea (here, here, and here).
I. The pattern used on trays and as a background throughout Emily + Monty’s celebration was actually to-the-trade wallpaper, but we think this fabric would stand in nicely! We found the best price on the Fioretto at Mary Jo’s.
Not pictured here are the vintage keys and hankies, which Calder and company collected over several weeks on eBay.
Questions? Anything else you’d love to see a source for? We’ll try our best to help out!