Planning Tip Tuesday: Maid of Honor Duties

The maid/matron of honor is first and foremost the bride's bestie, life-coach, and has a get-things-done mentality. The MOH plays an important role before and on the wedding day and today we have compiled a list of our top 5 duties. 

1. The dress! Your honest opinion is valued, so go with the bride to help pick out her dress. Pay attention and learn how to do the bustle so you can assist if needed. Be dressed and ready before the bride begins to put on her gown on the wedding day so you can help her get into her dress and veil. Keep an eye on the train and help the bride maneuver for photos, especially if she has a big train! It will need do to be fluffed and straightened throughout the day. Lastly, assist the bride with wardrobe changes including her getaway outfit. 

Photo Credit: Dana Cubbage

Photo Credit: Dana Cubbage

2. Activity Planning: Be the ringleader and help plan fun activities to celebrate the bride-to-be!  Help to coordinate the Bachelorette party and fun details to make for the best trip and photos! Host or help co-host a bridal shower. For destination weddings, get into town a few days early to be there for the bride and offer emotional support. Plan a fun luncheon or happy hour the week of the wedding once the bridal party gets into town to kick off the festivities! 

Photo Credit: Lydia Ruth Photography

Photo Credit: Lydia Ruth Photography

3. Timekeeper:  A huge duty for the MOH the day-of is keeping the bride and bridal party on schedule. Keep a copy of the timeline on hand and help to make sure all of the girls are ready on time. Help keep the bridal suite tidy and keep the girls organized so the room stays neat for photos.

Photo Credit: Dana Cubbage 

Photo Credit: Dana Cubbage 

4. Touch-ups! Be the bride's right hand girl, helping with hair/makeup fixes, especially re-applying lipstick through the day and night. Make sure the bride is eating and staying hydrated, the nerves and excitement can sometimes overshadow this but is very important so she can enjoy the whole day. 

Photo Credit: Hyer Images 

Photo Credit: Hyer Images 

5. Lastly, enjoy yourself! Your best friend just got married so get out there and dance! Give a meaningful toast to the newlyweds! At the end of the night, help the bride gather her items so she has everything she needs and all of her belongings make it safely back to her hotel room. 

Photo Credit: Lydia Ruth Photography

Photo Credit: Lydia Ruth Photography

Vendor Spotlight: The Wheely Good Ice Cream

What better way to beat the Charleston heat than to have The Wheely Good Ice Cream come to your wedding or event! Serving all natural premium ice cream and sorbet, they will give your guests an experience they will never forget! With over 30 different flavors to choose from, why not add some fun to your day by having this adorable bike at your event! They also offer ice cream sandwiches, made to order with a fresh baked cookie, yum!! This is the perfect way to surprise your guests with a delicious and unique dessert and a nice refresher from the summer heat! 

Photos by Catherine Ann Photography 

Real Luxe Wedding: Amy + Craig

This New York City couple had a beautiful southern wedding here in Charleston! Her vision was to have an elegant, glam, and tropical wedding with a palette of gold, blush, white and ivory. The couple fell in love with the avenue of oaks at the Legare-Waring House so they chose to take advantage of that space for their ceremony, and then utilizing the modern,spacious inside of Founders Hall for the reception. The couple was one step ahead of the summer heat by providing their guests with a portable fan that plugs into your cell phone!  Amy's Galia Lahav gown was accessorized with a bouquet of gorgeous naturally hanging orchids by Fox Events. Founders Hall was elaborately decorated with soft draping, lush centerpieces, tons of candlelight, and one luxurious head table with hanging greenery and florals! To take a break from dancing, guests stopped at the slow motion photobooth, grabbed a gourmet popsicle,  and enjoyed a fine cigar. At the end of the night, guests left with mini boxes of Baklavah that were made by the bride's mother, perfect way to end the evening. Congratulations, Amy and Craig!

Photos by Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay 

Thanks to all our fabulous vendors!

Ceremony Venue | Lagare Waring House

Reception Venue | Founders Hall

Catering | Cru

Bar Service | Mix

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Fox Events

Rentals | Event Works

Specialty Rentals | Nuage

Lighting | IES

Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings Quartet

Cocktail Hour Music | Chris Crosby

Reception Music | DJ Wade

Photographer | Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

Hair | Charlotte Belk

Makeup | Johnny Cosmetics

Draping | InventivEnvironments

Guest transportation | Charleston Style Limo

Hotel Blocks | Mills House

Photo Booth | Charleston Booth Company

 

Planning Tip Tuesday: First Kiss

We are sharing our top 5 tips on how to make your first kiss look great on camera! 

1. Ask your officiant in advance to move to the side so they don't photo-bomb your first kiss! 

Photo Credit: Monika Gauthier 

Photo Credit: Monika Gauthier 

2. Hold the kiss for longer than you normally would so your photographer can get an amazing shot! Kiss, and then kiss again, so you have multiple shots to choose from. 

Photo Credit: Monika Gauthier 

Photo Credit: Monika Gauthier 

3. Practice makes perfect! This might seem obvious, but practice who goes to what side and if you plan to do a dip. 

Photo Credit: Perry Vaile 

Photo Credit: Perry Vaile 

4. Have an 'unplugged ceremony'. Ask your guests to turn off their phones during the ceremony so they are not obtrusive to the photo that your professional photographer is capturing for you. Trust us, it will be much better than any iphone photo! 

Photo: Aaron and Jillian Photography Calligraphy: J.Lily Design

Photo: Aaron and Jillian Photography
Calligraphy: J.Lily Design

5. Enjoy the kiss! Let it be natural and with a smile! 

Photo Credit: Amanda Seifert 

Photo Credit: Amanda Seifert 

Fabulous Friday: Why Chairs Are So Important

Today we are doing a guest blog with photographer, Dana Cubbage, on why chairs are so important to your wedding design! Your reception chairs are in every photo whether it be details, first dance, speeches, you name it! With that being said, this is definitely a place we encourage our couples to splurge as they have a huge impact on the overall design. We asked Dana why she thought chairs were so important and she replied, "I honestly think chairs are the unsung hero of the wedding design!  They play such an important role, yet they are often overlooked. Choosing the right chair is vital – the wrong chair can ruin a beautiful design.  On the flip side, a beautiful chair can elevate a so-so design. " Coming from a photographers stand point, it is important to understand how they can change the overall look + feel of your wedding design. Dana says, "As a general rule, a light colored chair will help make your reception space feel light + airy.  A dark chair will do the opposite. A chivari chair will give your space an elegant feel, whereas a wooden X-back chair will give you a more rustic feel." Thanks Dana, we couldn't agree more!

 

Photos by Dana Cubbage Weddings 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Postable

Gathering addresses for your wedding guest list can be a pain, so we are sharing a new way to collect all of your mailing addresses in one place! With Postable, they make this a free and easy process! How it works; they provide a link, you email the link to your friends and loved ones, and they add in their information. Easy as that! Once they add in their info, your address book fills up, and voila! Other great features; their site is private and secure, and all of your info is safe in the cloud so you don't have to worry about losing it! They have the option to export the list to excel whenever you need to. This is a great feature since many invitation companies require the addresses to be in excel format. It is simple, easy, and saves tons of time!

William Aiken House Wedding: Katrina + Denis

On a beautiful spring day, Katrina + Denis tied the knot in a gorgeous Gatsby inspired wedding at the William Aiken House! The morning started with the bride and groom getting ready and then meeting for an intimate first look under the covered porch. Hues of black, white, and gold accented the venue with crystal chandeliers,  a black and white dance floor, and gold sequin linens. The bar and lounge area was one of the focal points of the reception, with oversized white feather arrangements atop the bar full of ostrich feathers, gold shelves for glasses, and white lounge furniture. Katrina's lush bouquet was full of white peonies and accented with gold brushed leaves. The art deco cake complimented the decor perfectly with their personalized cake topper! After a memorable evening, Katrina and Denis departed as Mr. + Mrs. Churunov!

Thank you to our fabulous vendors!

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Ceremony/Reception Venue | William Aiken House
Catering/Bar/Cake | Patrick Properties
Florist | Wild Flowers Inc. 
Rentals | Event Works
Lounge | Ooh! Events
Champagne Tower + Bar Light | 428 Main
Lighting | TEC
Reception Music | Emerald Empire Band
Photographer | Monika Gauthier 
 

 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Wedding Guest Gift Guide

For Planning Tip Tuesday we are talking about the do's and don'ts for giving wedding gifts and all things registries.

-Mail your gift! If the couple is having a destination wedding, mailing the gift is the best way to go. They are likely flying into the city, and going on their honeymoon immediately following, so mailing their gift will make sure it gets to them and they won't have to carry it with them as they travel (especially if it is a bigger item). 

-Link your registries on your wedding website, but opt for no more than 3! There are so many registries to choose from, so having variety is great but having too much variety can be overwhelming to your guests. 

-Offer low, medium, and high price points so everyone can find something that works within their budget. 

-Stick to the registry! Couples spend hours upon hours picking out every item on their registry, so sticking to the registry will ensure they are getting what they need for their new home. 

 

Zola is an awesome option for all your wedding registry needs! Thank you for partnering with us on this post! 

Fabulous Friday: Spotlight on Minted

We cannot sing enough praises about Minted! They have paper options for every stage of the wedding process including bridal shower, engagement party, save the dates, bachelorette party, and full wedding invitation suites! They have a community of independent artists who offer a style for every brides design. Minted makes it a seamless process and gives you the option to edit or create a completely custom design. They offer guest addressing for you at no charge which is also a huge plus and time saver! You can choose from 100's of unique wedding websites with matching invites available. Minted is a one stop shop for all of your stationary needs! Here are some fun invitations from brides in the past! 

Fabulous Friday: Groomsmen Gifts

Being  a groomsmen is a great honor, so thank your guy friends with a thoughtful gift for standing by your side! groovygroomsmengifts.com has amazing gifts for even better prices! They have so many options that anyone would love! Flasks, travel bags, accessories, mugs, wallets, just to name a few! What we love even more is that you can customize any gift so it is personal to each groomsmen. Here are some of our favorites!