55 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. Char l es tonBr i des A Property Made for Parties Salty Oak Farm Finding the perfect dress to wear at the altar, not to mention gathering the coordinating bridesmaid dresses, is often one of the most important details for a bride’s big day. Picking out these gowns, however, takes time and patience, so it’s even more important to be aware of how long it will take to actually get your hands on the dress once you’ve found it. “Bridal gowns take a lot longer to come in than most people realize. From the time a bride orders a dress until she has it in her hands, it takes four to six months,” explained Jessica Kiss, owner of Verità. A Bridal Boutique. “In most cases, there is not a warehouse somewhere with lots of dresses on shelves that can just be pulled and shipped. On the back end, alterations take two to three months to complete.” It’s a rarity for brides and the bridal party to have the option to leave a store with the dresses they’ve chosen. Stores carry samples of gowns, but not in a variety of sizes, so it’s important that brides are aware of how long it will take to get their dress. In a pinch, bridal shops like Verità can pull from off-the-rack or check stock options, but for the perfect fit, it’s important to start shopping early. “We recommend ordering your bridal gown no later than 10 to 12 months out,” Kiss said. “For bridesmaids and mother’s dresses, the rule of thumb is to order six months out. In most cases, this means you’re going to want to get started on your shopping a little before that — more like seven to eight months.” January to March is the busiest time of year for bridal shops, so for brides looking for their dream dress, make sure to make an appointment today. Just the R ight Time When to Shop for and Order Your Wedding Gown Lowcountry weddings are renowned for their charm and elegance, and Salty Oak Farm, a fresh face to the venue scene, is no exception. Located just a short drive away from Mount Pleasant in the wooded countryside of McClellanville, Salty Oak is a hidden gem. Venue manager Stephanie Czerwinski and her brother Alex purchased the property in 2018. “We immediately got to work cleaning it up and restoring it. We kept all the original structures. We renovated the two houses and a barn that are on the property,” they said. With newly-renovated homes on the property, Salty Oak can also house visiting friends and family or provide a modern, clean space to prepare for any party or gathering. The iconic red barn has tall ceilings, updated bathrooms and plenty of seating for an outdoor party. “The great thing about the farm is that it’s a blank canvas. People have come up with all kinds of fun things they want to do with the property. We’ve had weddings, overnight stays in the farmhouse and a couple of big birthday parties,” Czerwinski explained, “but then we’ve also had cooking classes in the farmhouse, some oyster roasts and farm dinners — things you may not typically do in a standard interior venue.” Of course, the farm also has multiple outdoor locations for a wedding ceremony. So whether you’re looking for an intimate gathering under the oaks or a space beside a pond to hold all your friends and family, Salty Oak has you covered. BY AL L I SON SHERMAN BY AL L I SON SHERMAN To learn more, visit saltyoakfarm.com. expert advice expert advice To learn more, visit veritabridal.com, or call 843-388-7064.