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430 King Street; http://www.teasedrybar.com/

I am so excited to announce the opening of Charleston’s newest hot spot, Tease (Blow) Dry Bar at 430 King Street. It’s the first of its kind in the city. You are in and out in less than 45 minutes with a wash, blow dry, and an amazing style of your choice. Choose from 6 different distinct hair styles and no appointment is needed.   Maybe you are a trendsetter or a goddess? The choice is yours. There are also some great add-ons and specialty styles to consider as well.

Tease Dry Bar also gladly welcomes groups. This is a perfect start to your wedding weekend shared with your bridesmaids.  Relax, have fun, and enjoy each other’s company before “the” big event.  They call it “party primping.”

The team can help you coordinate on-site catering so you do not have to worry about a thing. Let them help you create a stress free day. They are conveniently located just a few blocks from our hotel. Beauty and relaxation is just steps away from the Francis Marion.

One of my favorite items to have at a wedding is a candy display! Mainly because I have a major sweet tooth. It’s a great way to add a pop of color to your reception or use as a fun favor for your guest.

 Here are some great ways to help you decide how to get started.

*Choose candy that color coordinates with your wedding. If your colors are orange and pink, use different shades of each color to make your table pop. Use different size containers to display your candy in such as glass jars with ribbon, wooden boxes, or vases. Have fun with it!

*Choose candies that were your childhood favorites or that the two of you love to eat. This is a good way to showcase your personalities.

*Choose candy that is locally made in your town. Charleston has some great local treats such as benne wafers, pralines, and locally made chocolates from Sweeteeth. See what your town has available.

*Mix in different sweets such as kettle corn, a variety of cookies, or mini donuts. You can really let your imagination run wild.

A popular new trend in the wedding world is hosting a Sunday farewell brunch. It’s a great time to say one last goodbye to out-of-town guests and the newlyweds. Below is one of our most popular menu options.

            Sliced Fresh Fruit with Seasonal Berries

            Assorted Muffins and Pastries

            Scrambled Eggs with Cheddar Cheese

            Crispy Bacon or Sausage Links

            Stone Ground Grits

            Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Bagels

            Assorted Juices

            Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee

            Herbal Teas

 Menu enhancements such as an omelet station, a shrimp and grits station, or a carving station can be customized to your particular desires.  Perhaps you would like to add bloody marys and mimosas to the menu? Your options are endless.  We’re happy to help plan a perfect event to say farewell to your special guests.

Looking for a way to customize your wedding, why not celebrate with a fun signature cocktail? Maybe it’s a drink that both of you enjoy, a remembrance of where you met, or a way to bring in a splash of color. Our mixologist at the Francis Marion Hotel will be happy to create the perfect cocktail for your special day. Below are a few of my favorites. 

The Something Blue

Every bride needs a little “Something Blue” for her wedding day! This simple and elegant white wine and Hypnotiq drink is easy to make and is perfect for any of your wedding festivities.

Wedding Cake

My kind of cocktail.  You can have your cake and drink it too. This delicious cocktail has 1 ½ oz of Amaretto, ½ oz. of white crème de cacao, milk, and pineapple juice.

Southern Bride

A gentile cocktail for every Southern (and northern) Bride, this simple mix of 2 ½ oz of gin, 1 oz grapefruit juice and a splash grenadine would make a great addition to any wedding.

Blushing Bride

A wedding would not be complete without a Champagne toast to the bride and groom. The Blushing Bride is an extremely easy cocktail for just that purpose that adds just 1 oz of peach schnapps and 1 oz of grenadine to your bubbly.

Lowcountry Lemonade

A staple here in the south! Just simply mix sweet tea vodka with lemonade and add a lemon wedge to garnish. This cocktail is best served in a small mason jar.

One of the best ways to impress your guests with a signature cocktail is through its presentation. Serve the drink in a different type of glass such as a mason jar or Tom Collins glass. Use bright colored fruits, a bright colored sugared rim, or candy to garnish. Get creative and have fun with it! Hand passed cocktails or a display near the entrance are a quick way to get drinks into your guests’ hands, get the party started and minimize long lines at the bar.

Caroline Bean

Francis Marion Wedding Expert