All About Your Grand Debut

All About Your Grand Debut

From Summer Parties To Winter Balls, Southern Protocol Bridal Has Your Debutante Dress

As the heat of Charleston summer sets in, you may not be thinking about your Debutante Ball this winter…but we are.

From sweet soiree shorties to your belle of the ball gown, the right white dress is a staple for budding Debutantes. Steeped in southern tradition, our team knows a thing or two about making sure you shine as you step out onto the social scene, while making sure to be mindful of Mom and Dad’s budget.

From gowns to gloves and all the alterations in between, let us help you find the one for your grand debut! 

You’ve likely already started receiving invitations for the summer parties lining up from June through September. For these affairs, we are fans of Katherine McDonald’s Little White Dress line. A Charleston darling and local designer, Katherine is known for premier fabrics and clean construction that promises classic elegance with preppy flair.

Katherine McDonald Little White Dress

We also love Lea Ann Belter’s lacy Jolie for these occasions.

Lea Ann Belter's Jolie

For the big day itself, Southern Protocol Bridal has inventory from its exclusive designers that will fit the bill for cotillion rules while making sure you are the belle of the ball.

Like the divine draping in Carol Hannah’s Mulberry gown…

Carol Hannah's Mulberry

The tremendous trumpet silhouette of Heidi Elnora’s Ginger Stevens dress…

Heidi Elnora’s Ginger Stevens

Or the sassy silk organza from her Scarlett Mitchell gown…

Heidi Elnora's Scarlett Mitchell

Lea-Ann Belter’s Adele puts on a show with pristine ruching and a crystal-clad bow…

Lea-Ann Belter’s Adele

Or a classic choice with her Cherish gown featuring clean lines and cumberbund waist.

Lea Ann Belter's Cherish

Beyond helping you find the perfect dress for your debut, Southern Protocol Bridal provides in-house alterations with a seasoned seamstress who is adept at altering gowns to accommodate club regulations, or modify for a family member to wear for her event around the corner. As for cleaning and storing, we are armed with vetted recommendations on this front as well.

We will also keep a running list of which belle plans to wear which dress for each major event, so you can be sure your gown is unique for your big day.

Not one to forget the details, Southern Protocol Bridal has plenty of divine shawls and furs to keep your shoulders warm during that winter evening.

For Mom, who deserves to feel just as fabulous during your grand debut, we are proud to offer formal evening wear from Katherine McDonald, such as the divine metallic Miller or hand-painted silk McLeod skirts.

Katherine McDonald Ballgown Skirts

Now that we’ve covered the details and protocol, it’s time for the fun part – your appointment! Make it a date with your besties and their mommas. We’ll have bubby for Mom, and plenty of pretties for you to try on.


Photos by Petry Photography.

Models from Trinity Modeling & Talent Management.