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Monday, June 20, 2011

Image courtesy of Modern Trousseau

June 20, 2011

Get Set to Shop!
Sample sales, trunk shows, tax-free time, and more

Written by Melissa Bigner

Hats off to all the summer brides out there braving the recent swelter wave that’s swept across the city! For those of you still in the planning mode, head indoors where the AC’s all icy and perfect for shopping for sweet gowns. And be sure to mark your calendar for August 5-7; it’s tax-free weekend and you can save big on big purchases—like big white gowns.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the trunk shows going on in the area (see below). But also know that Bridal House of Charleston is participating in the “Brides Across America” campaign again this year. Women who are active military—or engaged to someone currently serving in the military—can score a gown (valued between $500-5,000) if they show up at the store July 20. Gowns tend to be samples or overstock and run the gamut of sizes, but they are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. In other words, they will likely run out, so be there early. For more information, contact the store. Bridal House of Charleston, 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant; (843) 971-1477;

June 23-25
Sample sale alert! While you’re checking out the gowns and bridesmaids frocks, ask about the new togs LulaKate’s offering for little boys and girls. Ring bearers and flower girls never looked so sharp, nor have wedding parties ever coordinated so well. LulaKate, 324 King St., (843) 805-7193;

June 24-25
Watters and Wtoo come to Myrtle Beach to make a twice as nice trunk show. The Little White Dress Bridal Boutique, 5001 North Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, (843) 449-4940;

July 8-9
Haven’t checked out Modern Trousseau, the newest wedding shop in town? Head over during the summer trunk show and drool over the stylish boutique that hosts all of Callie Tein’s high-end designs. We dig the hipster paper chandelier there…almost as much as the classic gowns. Modern Trousseau, 418 King St., (843) 722-6300,

July 20
Brides Across America Event. Bridal House of Charleston, 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant; (843) 971-1477;

July 22-23
Vera Wang’s new frocks come to town. Maddison Row, 171 Spring St., (843) 720-7979,

August 5-7
Not only is it a tax-free weekend but Romona Keveza’s trunk show is happening—double score! Maddison Row, 171 Spring St., (843) 720-7979,

August 19-20
Elegance personified comes to Charleston with Reem Acra’s latest trunk show. Maddison Row, 171 Spring St., (843) 720-7979,

August 24-27
Australian chic via Martina Liana at Bella Vista Bridal, 60 Calhoun St., (843) 884-7191;