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Speaking of Giving Thanks…

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 29, 2013

Speaking of Giving Thanks…
Put down the pumpkin pie and feast your eyes on these special sales and trunk shows

Written by Erin Walters

The season of being thankful is upon us, and considering the plethora of sales and trunk shows on the books for November, area brides and grooms have many a reason to be just that. Reap this month’s bountiful harvest of discounted designer dresses, glamorous jewels, and Black Friday bargains—read on for the scoop!  

Throughout November
Make an appointment for you and your gals at Bella Bridesmaid stat! The King Street boutique has an ongoing sample sale that keeps growing and growing. Bella Bridesmaid, 341 King St., Suite C, (843) 425-8079,

Throughout November
’Tis the season to sparkle, no? Get to Croghan’s Jewel Box this month to score Tacori jewels—from engagement rings and wedding bands to everyday fashion baubles—between 30 and 70 percent off. Croghan’s Jewel Box, 308 King St., (843) 723-2594,

Throughout November
Here’s a must-attend happening for your man’s calendar: throughout November, Tuxedo Junction is offering 50 percent off all clothing store-wide. Tuxedo Junction, 7685 B. Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston, (843) 553-8470,

Throughout November
Searching for that perfect gift for your groom? Visit Kiawah Fine Jewelry this month to receive 25 to 30 percent off Tag Heuer watches. While you’re there, snag a little something for yourself, too—all blue topaz and Mexican fire opals are 40 percent off. And last but not least, some good news for any groom-to-be: all engagement rings purchased in November qualify for interest-free financing for 12 months. Kiawah Fine Jewelry, 560 Freshfields Dr., Kiawah Island, (843) 768-5357,

Throughout November
If you’re on the hunt for your dream dress at a can’t-miss price, head to Bridal House of Charleston this month, where budget-friendly frocks will be waiting for bargain-hunting brides. Select gowns will be on sale from 25 to 70 percent off, so get there fast for the most stocked selection. Bridal House of Charleston, 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., (843) 971-1477,

Throughout November
Men planning to pop the question this holiday season would be wise to stop by Paulo Geiss Jewelers. In celebration of the upcoming holidays, the East Bay Street jeweler is offering discounts on various items throughout the store, including engagement rings in select styles for less than $5,000. Paulo Geiss Jewelers, 116 East Bay St., (843) 577-4497,

Throughout November
Guys—gather the groomsmen and head to Charleston Tuxedo to snag the latest in Southern style—on sale. Purchase or rent a group of suits or tuxes this month to receive 15 percent off each. Charleston Tuxedo, 60 Calhoun St., (843) 974-5938,

November 1 & 2
Known for light, airy frocks in classic cuts, Donna Morgan’s bridesmaid dresses are destined to be worn long after the Big Day. Visit this two-day trunk show at Bella Bridesmaid to see the newest styles. Bella Bridesmaid, 341 King St., Suite C, (843) 425-8079,

November 2
When it comes to wedding gifts, Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant is serving up deals on a silver platter (literally). Mosey over to this Mariposa trunk show featuring silver tableware and accessories, and find everything from Thanksgiving entertaining essentials to a silver-pearled bowl for your favorite bride-to-be. Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant, 916 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, (843) 884-9518,

November 9
Attention DIY brides, helpful mothers, or crafty maid of honors: calligraphy classes at The Charleston Museum will teach you the ins and outs of penning pretty letters—ideal for addressing invitations or making wedding signage. Natasha Lawrence of South Carolina Calligraphy  leads the group lessons, and attendees walk away with a calligraphy pen, guide, and practice paper to keep. Introduction to Calligraphy: 9 a.m.-noon; Wedding Calligraphy: 1-4 p.m. The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, (843) 722-2996, $30 for museum members, $40 for non-members,

November 6 & 7
Discover dark, architectural textures and simple, chic street wear during this Mantu trunk show at King Street’s RTW. The glamorous, versatile pieces are perfect for those fall and winter wedding celebrations. RTW, 186 King St., (843) 577-9748,

November 7-10
Amsale’s signature collection is known throughout the wedding world for simple yet intriguing gowns. Shop the latest sophisticated styles from the couture designer during this three-day Amsale trunk show at White on Daniel Island. White on Daniel Island, 259 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island, (843) 471-2975,

November 12 & 13
Find ensembles for those upcoming weddings, showers, and rehearsals during the Dušan trunk show at RTW. Featuring unique fabrics and couture cuts, the minimalist Italian designer offers perfect pieces for any fabulous fête on your calendar this holiday season. RTW, 186 King St., (843) 577-9748,

November 14
Seeking stationery for your Big Day? Head to Open House to check out a full-service stationery selection, along with a boutique chock full of sophisticated Southern gifts. Join them Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a holiday party, during which you can score 10 percent or more off store-wide, including gift items for your future in-laws (or yourself—we won’t tell!) and custom wedding invites. Open House, 28 Windermere Blvd., (843) 766-2467,

November 15 & 16
Charleston’s own Katherine MacDonald of LulaKate knows the secret to flirty, fun bridesmaid dresses. See the latest of her “Sassy Stripes” frocks (one of her many staple designs) this weekend at Bella Bridesmaid. Call now to book an appointment for you and your maids. Bella Bridesmaid, 341 King St., Suite C, (843) 425-8079,

November 16
Wedding design pros agree: candlelight adds romance and coziness to any reception. DIY brides, join SpaceCraft Studios’ drop-in candle pouring workshop to create your own custom candles for your Big Day. Pour scented soy wax into a Mason jar provided, or bring your own unique vessels that match your décor to fill (class fee includes 16 ounces of wax, to be used in one large vessel or split between multiple containers—think vintage teacups or glass votive holders.) The wax starts warming at noon, and the pouring ends at 3 p.m. SpaceCraft Studios, 8 Avondale Ave., (843) 284-6253, $25, additional wax available for $12/pound,

November 20 & 21
Snag some of Peter Cohen’s sleek, silky essentials at this mid-week trunk show at RTW on King Street. The Los Angeles-based designer’s practical designs would make for smart honeymoon or shower wear—a best bet for Lowcountry brides-to-be. RTW, 186 King St., (843) 577-9748,

November 29
Calling all bow tie buffs: take a trip to Charleston Tuxedo this month to scope out a fresh shipment of the stylish accessories. Especially noteworthy? If you purchase one on Black Friday, you’ll receive 10 percent off. Charleston Tuxedo, 60 Calhoun St., (843) 974-5938,

November 29 & 30
Black Friday’s notorious for big sales—and why shouldn’t your Big Day essentials be included in the day’s discounts? Visit Bridals by Jodi to find couture gowns at huge discounts during this special Black Friday sample sale. Bridals by Jodi, 7800 Rivers Ave., Suite 1040, North Charleston, (843) 863-8400,

November 30
Looking to send some love to the ladies set to stand beside you on your Big Day? Score 10 percent off seldom-on-sale Alex and Ani bangles—a dainty and delightful bridesmaid happy—one day only at Kiawah Fine Jewelry. Kiawah Fine Jewelry, 560 Freshfields Dr., Kiawah Island, (843) 768-5357,