Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Interns!

We are pleased to announce our two new fabulous interns Kathryn and  Elaine!  Elaine from University of Georgia and Kathryn from University if South Carolina, are both a perfect fit to our team at Sweetgrass Social!

Kathryn Peters grew up in Baltimore Maryland, after graduating from Catonsville High school moved to the south to attend the University of South Carolina. Kathryn will be a senior next year at USC and is majoring in Hospitality Restaurant Tourism Management with a focus in event planning; she has also attended the Culinary and Wine Institute program at USC as well as studied abroad at in Italy at Apicius International School of Hospitality where she studied event planning, culinary management and Wine and beverage management. Kathryn has done events at the James Beard foundation, Astor Center and Macy Herald Square through Apicius. Prior to studying abroad she has worked at Family Circle Cup in Charleston, Master tournament in Augusta Georgia, among many other hospitality related jobs in hotels and restaurants.

Elaine grew up in the small town of Florence, South Carolina.  After graduating from West Florence she went on to the University of Georgia where she studied Consumer Economics.  Throughout college she took on many event coordinating roles within her sorority which sparked her interest with planning and putting on events.  She then worked for The Classic Center, a venue, in Athens where she supervised weddings along with countless other events.  After graduating this May from UGA she knew she wanted to move to Charleston and Sweetgrass Social was the perfect fit.   She is so happy to be working with Jacqueline and Meredith and has already learned so much from her time with Sweetgrass Social.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A year's worth of Congratulations

As our 2012 Spring wedding season comes to an end we want to wish a very happy one year anniversary to the amazing 2011 Spring couples we worked with just one year ago!

Ann & Ryan Treat, March 5

Bonnie & Matthew Ivester, March 19

Erica & Brandon Hooks, April 16

Katie & Keegan Sacko, April 16

We also want to congratulate all of the newlyweds from our Spring 2012 wedding season!

Alisa & Enrique Via-Reque, February 26

Kelly & Brandon Schneider, March 3

Lauren & Matthew Barker, March 10
Take a look at their adorable wedding trailer!

Meagan & Liam McDonough, March 24

Sheena & Chris Aldrich, April 14

Shana & Alex Beach, April 21

Shanna & Justin Taylor, April 27

Jennifer & Steven Loveless, May 27

We wish all of you the very best in your new lives together! We hope your first year has been, or will be, the best year of your lives! Thank you for allowing Sweetgrass Social to be a part of each of your special days.  CONGRATS!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spoleto Festival

Mark your calendar to visit Charleston during Spoleto Festival, May 25-June 10, 2012

Every Spring, the Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston South Carolina for 17 days and nights. Charleston historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces are taken over by 140 performances by renowned artist as well as emerging performers in disciplines ranging from opera, theater, music theater, dance and chamber, symphonic choral and jazz music as well as visual arts

Spoleto Festival USA has firmly established its self as one of the worlds major arts festivals presenting 100 world premieres and 93 American premieres since its inception in 1977. The festival is an artistic home for a large group of artists, both traditional and experimental, who found the mix of dance, theater, opera music and visual arts to be both exiting and stimulating.

                                                                                               Joy Kills Sorrow

       Trombone Shorty & Orland Avenue: One of the best Jazz jam
              bands out there. All proteges of New Orland's these talent young men have been playing    on  the  street of New Orland's at young ages, they now tour throughout the US.

Check out some of these great videos from artist preforming this year

Jake Shimabukuro

Leo of Circle of eleven

                                                                                           Rebirth Brass Band

                                                                                      Old Crow Medicine Show

                                                                                   Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Check out this years program and a schedule at:

View full website at:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

6 Must Have Wedding Photos

Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, so it is certainly a day to remember.  Picking out a photographer that will capture all of the special moments is one of the most important aspects of planning your wedding.  We've all seen the cute and typical wedding shots, the bride getting ready, holding hands without seeing each other before the ceremony, and so many more! While these are definitely must haves for your wedding album, we wanted to point out a few more shots that you won't want to miss out on!

1. A (really good) Kissing Shot
This is a great photo to look back on and remember all of the love you shared on your wedding day!

2. Your Dresses (Bride's and Bridesmaid's)
You will of course have a photo of your amazing gown, but getting a shot of your bridesmaid's dresses is a great and unique idea!

3. Your Favors
A lot of thought goes in to these and you will want to remember them! 

4. Getting Ready with Your Mom
Such a special time to share with Mom!

5. Before the Ceremony Toast
Celebrating with your bridesmaids!

6. A Scene Setter
Of course you want to remember the beautiful city you got married in! Hopefully it's Charleston!

With these unique & fun photos, plus all of the other amazing shots your photographer captures you are sure to have many great memories from your special day!

Credit:; Chi Photography; Liz Duren Photography

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Unique dessert bar ideas

Candy and Dessert bars are becoming very popular at wedding receptions especially if you’re trying to save money. If a traditional wedding cake isn’t the most important aspect of your wedding, a dessert bar could potentially allow you to have extra money in your budget to go elsewhere. If you worried about having too much left over, provide boxes or bags for you guess to take treats home. You can find many of these desserts from bakeries, you caterer, grocery stores or you can make them yourself as a fun bridal party activity!   Here are some great alternatives and additions to having a traditional or small weddings cake!

Creating your own-These ideas are a great way for guest to get interacting with each other and be creative!

Fondue, who doesn’t love a fountain of flowing chocolate!  You can use anything you like salty or sweet, pretzels, fruit, and even small brownie or cheesecake bites can be delicious.

Sunday/ ice cream cone station and Banana split:  you can have different toppings and ice cream flavors to please every taste bud. It may be a good idea to have someone for this station to help out with scooping the ice-cream, not only to keep things clean but for potion control. This easiest way would be to purchase ice cream and toppings from any grocery store, and have a nice family member, friend, or someone with your caterer to watch over things.

Candy apples: better for fall weddings. Have caramel, nuts, candy, chocolate chips, have sticks and small plastic bags to wrap around for guest to take home. All these things can easily be purchased at a grocery store and craft store. This can also double as a great party favor!

Fruit and yogurt:  healthier alternative for people to choose from, you can have fruit, yogurt, granola and allow guest to pick and choose what they want.  Having different types of glasses to make the parfaits in, give a classier look. Martini glasses, wine glasses, cute juices small glasses or even tall shot glasses can be used for a smaller parfait.

Cake Pops!

Cake pops are basically a small piece of cake dipped in candy coating or frosting, on a stick like a, lollipop. A large wedding cake can many times be wasted, cake pops allow a perfect bit size of sweetness and can customize to your flavor of choice and wedding colors. They can also compliment a smaller size wedding cake, if you just want one for the cut of the cake, then the pops can be passed throughout. You can find easy recipes online such as this one from Martha Stewart, cupcake-pops-and-bites or check out Ashley’s bakery in Charleston,

Cookies and Cupcakes

Cupcakes have become very popular alternative to a cake, they are cute, fun and a great proportion for guest to enjoy and take home. Cupcakes also provide for a large variety of flavors to please everyone, and you can choose color frosting to match you wedding theme and colors.

Don’t forget about cookies! There are so many varieties, you can easily make them yourself or pick up a platter at any grocery store, many restaurants and bakeries. If you make them yourself, there are numerous ways to decorate in a unique way to reflect your wedding ideas. Everything from cookie cutters of diamond rings, champagne flutes, hearts, weddings bells or letter cutters to create the initials of bride and groom. You can get this wedding set of cookie cutters at Michaels,default,pd.html.  Using appropriate colors of frosting and monograms can make a big impact with a small treat.  

Decorate your own cookies or cupcakes can be fun for adults and kids! Word of the wise, you may want to have someone monitoring the station, especially if you have kids  involved, this can tend to get a bit messy .  Bliss wedding market has some goo options for bags as well as Michaels, target and other craft stores.

Candy bar

Peanut brittle, cotton candy, caramel popcorn, and any candy the colors of you wedding are also a great party favor for guest to take home. Make sure you have bags or boxes so guest can take as much as they please, you don’t want to have a tone of candy to take home and waste. Riverside on sweets on Market Street has some great options,

Decorating Dessert Bar

Use different colors, preferable your wedding colors, of bowls dishes, and plates. The buffet should be pleasing to the eye, don’t keep everything at one level, use stands to create different levels and of desserts. Use flowers and other decorations used throughout you wedding to tie everything in.  Of course you want to use small labels or larger lables, like calk boards to explain what everything is.

To see some of these ideas at real weddings, check out on gallery on our website, and our Facebook,

Friday, May 11, 2012

Real Wedding: Megan & Liam

The key is in the details:
Megan and Liam kept the feel of their wedding simple, yet chic with a rustic twist. Farm tables dripping with lace and floral add an elegant feel to a family style of dinning. Outdoor seating areas create more opportunity to add decor and lighting. Take a look at all these great ideas and more! We were thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful day in their lives, best of luck to Megan and Liam!
A sweetgrass rose, perfect small touch and makes a great gift for guest



Perfect color scheme for the beginning of spring
Vendors: Bride & Groom: Meagan and Liam, Photographer: The Connelly, Florist: Charleston Stems, Linens: Eventworks, Lighting and draping: TEC - Technical Event Company, Lounge, Farm Table, and Lace Runner: Ooh! Events, Catering: Middleton Place, DJ: Rob Duren, Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid

Also get a sneak peak at Britton and Blake's Stunning Wedding, more pictures soon to come!

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