Selecting the perfect gift for the special loved ones in your wedding party can be hard work. A bride and groom want to give something meaningful, useful, and within budget that symbolizes their appreciation for loved ones who are part of this special day. While writing my new novel, A Lowcountry Wedding, I poured over all of the latest Southern wedding trends to help me envision every detail of my characters’ weddings.
Here are my favorite items that embody Charleston and the Lowcountry life:
Give gold: The Gold Bug Collection at Croghan’s Jewel Box features earrings, necklaces, bracelets and cufflinks made locally in Charleston, SC.
Fun in the sun: The Spartina 449 Beach Bag is designed locally in Hilton Head Island featuring colors inspired by the Lowcountry islands. Everyone needs a good bag!
Southern books to treasure: Among my personal favorites right now: Charleston Salt and Iron, which features a collection of photographs and essays; Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by my friend and award-winning chef Nathalie Dupree; and Reflections of South Carolina: Volume 2, which features stunning photography and writings.
Literary keepsake: For couples getting married in Charleston, my new novel A Lowcountry Wedding would be a sentimental keepsake for the bridesmaids and mothers, a bookshelf reminder of the beauty of their own lowcountry wedding.
Southern spirits: Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka embodies the flavor of the south in a bottle. A Charleston-born company, Firefly Distillery also offers other southern-inspired specialities, including flavored moonshine and whiskey.
Jewelry to treasure: The Dewees Inlet Embossed Cuff Bracelet, custom-made by Sweet Charleston Designs, is modern classic jewelry that any bridesmaid would treasure. And the collection is inspired by the art and history of sweetgrass basketry.
Perfect gift for wine lovers: Rewined hand-crafted soy candles poured in repurposed wine bottles and blended to mimic the aromas of your favorite wines. They look as beautiful as they smell.
Notes of art: “Southern Imagery” Notecards Box features art by Jonathan Green, a world-renowned artist whose artwork showcases the history and his love for Charleston.
Aw, shucks: Oyster roasts and lowcountry life go hand in hand. These engraved Charleston shuckers by The Charleston Shucker Company are a great gift sure to be appreciated every oyster season.
The modern bow tie: Bow ties and seersucker suits are the epitome of southern style. Brackish Bow Ties modernizes the look with its handcrafted, unique, sustainable feather bow ties and pins made in Charleston, that represent the natural beauty of South Carolina.