I spent this past weekend hosting a bachlorette party for my main girl, Brooke in Charleston, SC. I’ve gotta say, Charleston’s per capita of brides this weekend was legendary; every fifth girl we met was there for a bridal shower which made it the perfect atmosphere for a girl’s weekend.
As someone who is a planner and is familiar with how long it takes girls to get ready, I put together a little itinerary for the weekend. I planned to loosely follow it and allow wiggle room for other activities and change of heart. Shockingly (at least for me) we ended up following most of it. We stayed in Mount Pleasant which is adjacent to Charleston. If you want to be closer to the nightlife, a hotel or an airbnb downtown is probably your best bet. But as someone who doesn’t drink who owns an eight seat vehicle, I was happy to play Uber to the girls for the weekend.
We arrived in Charleston Friday in time for lunch and met up at the restaurant. I made reservations for all things on the agenda three weeks before our trip. I know how the lines get sometimes. We had lunch at Husk and then went back to the hotel to shower for theevening. As one of two maid of honors and a consummate planner, I made this little kits for the girls for the weekend, which we promptly broke into for the bandages and snacks for the night. I also made these little hats (DIY to follow).
We followed our itinerary but excluded Rainbow Row and added a trip to “the pineapple” near the battery before heading to Pawpaw’s for dinner. If you need a recommendation the chicken and the mac and cheese are out of this world! For an after dinner dessert, I recommend Carmella’s which is almost down the street before heading to the Rooftop at the Vendue for drinks. We saved Stars for Saturday.
We started Saturday with brunch at Old Village Post Inn which was a very intimate affair since I made reservations for opening at 10am. We had the entire dining area to ourselves which was a dream. From there, I packed up my favorite tote (c/o L.l. Bean) and we headed to the beach at Sullivan’s Island for an afternoon on the sand.
We had plans to spend our evening tasseling at Cannonborough Collective with one of the favorite girls in Charleston but first we stopped at Rainbow Row. One of the things we spontaneously ended up doing was that one of the girls brought along a polaroid camera. Because we had a limited number of pictures, we each planned a picture we wanted to take with the bride for a keepsake. I saved my photo for Rainbow Row which turned out perfect because look at that colorful little lady! The camera even cooperated by giving me the Rainbow strip. Because we had such limited photos and a polaroid only gives you one shot at greatness, it made it so special.
From Rainbow Row, we headed to Cannonborough Collective to make tassel earrings with the hostess with the mostest, Mimi of The Tiny Tassel who set up a private workshop, complete with drinks and swan plates after the store closed. I would highly recommend this class as something a little different to do at a bachelorette. It made for a great trip for my girl who showed up in tassels even though the weekend was a surprise for her. So it was spot on for her interests. What I love about these kinds of activities is that they, give you a chance to support a small maker but also come home with something unique. Aside from just thinking the world of Mimi, who has the patience of a kindergarten teacher and a saint all rolled into one, making four tier earrings really helped me appreciate how affordable these earrings really are for the work that she puts in.
We finished off our evening with dinner at Low Country Bistro and Stars Rooftop bar on King Street. At 11, Stars turns into a nightclub downstairs which makes it a great one stop shop if you want to have dinner there first. When leaving Stars, stop at Callie’s Biscuits. They’re open 10pm-2am on Friday and Saturday.
We polished off the weekend with Poogan’s Porch for Brunch and a walk down King Street to work off some of the food before piling in the car to be homeward bound.
I had so much fun this weekend with these girls. A sweeter, more kind hearted bunch, I’ve never seen. Let me know if I missed any must dos for a bridal weekend.