Charleston Strut

The best Chucktown spots for the bride to-be

Having spent countless vacations strolling the cobblestone streets of Charleston, I've become quite the expert tour guide for any friend in need. I've honed my repertoire of restaurants, memorized my favorite stretches of shops, weeded out the mediocre hotels through many travel trial and errors. From the heart of downtown to the outer boroughs and beaches, I've thoroughly experienced it all–and I can never get enough. Having just returned from a refreshing trip (not to mention respite from this tiring cold Charlotte weather) for Charleston Fashion Week, I can't seem to get Charleston off my mind. So I decided to put together a guide of relevant spots for my lovely brides to-be. 

Place to stay:

In downtown: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, outside the city: Wild Dunes Resort

Best bridal shop:

Modern Trousseau

Shoe Boutique:

Bob Ellis

Quick mani/pedi:


Dinner with the future in-laws:


Brunch spot:

High Cotton

Picking up something special for your fiancé:

M. Dumas & Sons

Night out with the bridal party:

Gin Joint

Patio afternoon cocktails:

Xiao Bao Biscuit

Ultra-romantic dinner for two:

Circa 1886

Quintessentially Southern lunch:

Cru (be sure to make a res ahead of time–it's small and always packed)

Gift shop:

Lily Charleston

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Categories: Bride + Groom