Planning Tip Tuesday: How To Be The Best Bridal Party

Being asked to be a bridesmaid or groomsmen is a huge honor! Today we are sharing the top 5 ways to be the best member of a bridal party, and how to play an important role on the biggest day of your friend's life. 

-Keep track of your items: Stay organized! A photographer will likely be with you for getting ready photos, so be sure to keep your items in one place and not scattered all over the room. A clean room will give a better backdrop for getting ready photos and give more space to move around. 

-Be on time: Timeliness on the wedding day is key. Be sure to read the timeline and know where you should be and when. Keeping everything on track and helping the bride stay on schedule is a great task for the maid of honor! 

-Be positive: There are unforeseen issues that may arise on the wedding day, but it is your job to keep the bride and groom calm! If you notice something is not right, try not to bring it up to the couple directly, but rather find the planner or a different way to fix the issue! For example, don't be negative if it is raining, but rather have an umbrella ready to go and be sure the bride is covered! 

-Tend to the bride and groom: So much time and planning has been poured into this one day, so be supportive and help as you see fit! Carrying the brides train, or making sure her lipstick is fresh, are all things that help the day run smoothly! 

-Lastly, don't over indulge: We all love mimosas, but be careful not to drink too much! Its a long day, so be sure to take it slow so you can last until the fun party! You don't want to miss the special moments or be too buzzed to concentrate on the details. 

Boone Hall Elopement: Calla + Thomas

Calla was in love with picturesque Boone Hall Plantation because of its long southern driveway lined with swooping oak trees. She invited her closest family and friends to Charleston for their ceremony followed by an intimate dinner on the back patio. Their family heirloom blue and white porcelain china was our inspiration for the design, accented with green and white florals by Petaloso.  Take peek into this gorgeous intimate wedding styled for the bride and groom and captured by the amazing Aaron and Jillian Photography!

Fabulous Vendors: 

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Photographer | Aaron and Jillian Photography
Cake | Sablee
Lounge | 428 Main 
Rentals | Snyder
Catering/Bar | Cru
Florist | Petaloso
Ceremony Music | Micah Gangwer
Hair and Makeup | Paper Dolls

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Jenna + Luke

Jenna and Luke's Magnolia Plantation wedding was the perfect day from start to finish! Jenna is an industry friend, and we were so excited when she reached out to us to help plan her big day! Jenna + Luke's passion for nature and horses inspired the equestrian details and all things western which was the perfect vision for the Carriage House. Horseshoes were set at each seat as a guest favor, custom tribal patterned napkins, and dream catchers as the backdrop of their sweetheart table. Their organic florals were full of natural greens and potted terrariums complimenting the laid back environment of the wedding day. Jenna looked stunning in her gorgeous custom gown, but we expected nothing less from a bride that works at a local bridal gown boutique! We wish Jenna + Luke a lifetime of love and happiness! See all the beautiful photos captured by Sara Bee Photography here! 

Fabulous Vendors: 

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride  

Venue | Magnolia Plantation  

Rentals | Event Works

Florist | Petaloso   

Photographer | Sara Bee Photography   

Lighting | IES  

Hair/Makeup | Canary Rock  

Dessert | Swank  

Videographer | Dockhouse Digital

 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Welcome Bags

Welcome bags are the new and improved wedding favor! When having a destination wedding, there is no better way to greet your guests than with a personalized bag as they arrive into town and check into their hotel.  Fill the bag with goodies that reflect the couple's personality such as your favorite snack and/or sweet and items local to Charleston. You can incorporate your wedding colors, monogram, location etc. to reflect your destination wedding. Southern Surcie and A Signature Welcome are two companies based out of Charleston who offer this service to make it a nice, fun, easy process! 

Custom made by Southern Surcie Custom made by A Signature Welcome 

Fabulous Friday: Bridesmaids Hacks

Bridesmaids play an integral part of the wedding day! It is the bride's big day, but the bridesmaids should feel just as beautiful standing by her side!   We are sharing some bridesmaids hacks on how they can feel confident and stylish on the wedding day! Here are our top 5 tips: 

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-Opt to have your hair and makeup done by a professional stylist 

-Pick a dress that fits your body type best

-Keep your personal items organized in the bridal suite and bring only the necessities 

-Accessorize and coordinate with the other girls in the wedding party and bride so you look cohesive 

-Purchase heel protectors if at an outdoor wedding so you can walk with ease 

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Most importantly, be sure to remember its all about the bride! You are her support system to help calm the nerves and keep everything on track! Check out the 2017 Bridesmaids trends below as we have partnered with Adore Me for this post! 

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If you are looking for something cute and stylish to wear under your attire, be sure to check out their intimates page, there are some great ideas for bridal gifts too! 

Island House Wedding: Jess + Nick

Jess and Nick had every intention on getting married in October, however, hurricane Matthew had different plans for this fun couple's Island House Wedding . They re-scheduled their wedding day for a cool, sunny Saturday afternoon in December. Without a cloud in the sky, Jess + Nick did their intimate first look on the dock, wonderfully captured by, Amanda Seifert. The ceremony took place on the front lawn under a floral covered driftwood arbor by Wildflowers surrounded by water and family and friends while their said "I Do". The weather paired perfectly with the couple’s jewel toned and bohemian design. The flowers were in shades of burgundy, purple, deep blues, greens, and peach with peasant feathers integrated throughout. With the couples love for the water and outdoors, their tables were adorned with gold gilded oyster shells and crab claws to accent the water-side venue. After dancing the evening away to Charleston Groove Factory, the couple left the reception to an amazing after party at Prohibition!

Fabulous vendors:

Ceremony & Reception Venue | The Island House

Catering & Bar Service |Mosaic

Mini Desserts | Swank

Florist | Wildflowers

Rentals | Eventworks

Lighting | The Island House

Ceremony/ Reception Music | Charleston Groove Factory

Photographers | Amanda Seifert

Videography | Dock House Digital

Hair & Make up | Paper Dolls

Transportation | ACW Limo

Bride’s Dress | Enzoani from Gown Boutique of Charleston

Live Painter | Briahna Wenke

Planning Tip Tuesday: 12 Months +

Hi, it's Blake here! We thought it would be fun to give updates on the planning progress and things I learn along the way now that I am an official bride-to-be (yay!). I am excited to share my thoughts being on this side of the wedding planning process and hope it is helpful to you! 

With my wedding date over a year away, I am in the beginning phase, so here is what I am up to: 

-Set a budget! Talk with everyone who is contributing and get an overall number as this dictates everything else! 

-Choose a destination, venue, and date: This is the first thing I did once I got engaged! Charleston is such a popular destination so locking in the venue was a must! I weighed the pro's and con's of each venue and what is important to us for the day. So many factors to consider; weather, time of year, budget, location, even the bathrooms (hehe)! 

Photo by Whimsey Photography

-Guest list: Gone are the days of address books for us millennials! My fiance and I sat down to put together a rough guest list to have a better idea of the overall number of guests we are anticipating. Gathering addresses is definitely a process, so I have begun reaching out to friends and family so I have it ready when I need it. 

-Timing: Now that we have the venue and date locked in, setting the timing for the ceremony and reception is so important. Take a look at the sunset time, and decide how many hours you would like your reception to be. Most vendor contracts ask for timing so it is important to have this going forward. 

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Photo by Aaron and Jillian 

-Planning the engagement party and photos! Engagements sessions are so much fun and a way to get comfortable with your photographer! Celebrating with friends and family is something we are really looking forward to since we got engaged in a private setting. 

-Choose your wedding party: There are so many fun creative ways to ask your girls and guys to stand by your side! Have fun with it! Anything you love, they will love too, that is my motto :)

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Photo by Whimsey Photography 

I'll check back in as I have more updates! 

Fabulous Friday: Packing List

With the gorgeous spring weather we have been having in Charleston lately, we are day dreaming of Caribbean vacations. We have put together a packing list for your honeymoon or upcoming vacay's for all you jet-setters! 

Swell Bottle so you can stay hydrated in between sipping a fruity cocktail!

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The cutest bikini 

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Weekender bag with your new monogram! 

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The perfect floppy hat 

Cover up-who doesn't love tassels!? 

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Middleton Place Wedding: Stephanie + Brett

A warm, sunny Saturday afternoon was perfect for Stephanie and Brett’s Middleton Place  wedding. After the couple's intimate first look, wonderfully captured by Dana Cubbage, the ceremony took place in the octagonal garden with the large oak tree and Ashley River as their backdrop. The weather paired perfectly with the couple's light and romantic décor. Pretty in pink, the pavillion was set with gorgeous white and blush blooms and soft draping with mini chandeliers and special bride and groom chairs. The couple loved to travel so as their favor they had a plane shaped bottle opener topping each napkin. The favor was adorned with a tag that read 'let the adventure begin' so cute! This perfectly complimented the couple’s personalities and guests were thrilled as they took their seats for dinner. Following dinner, guests danced under the stars with music provided by Darby Event. We wish Mr. + Mrs. Vlasek love, laughter, and happiness ever after!

Fabulous Vendors:

Wedding Planner + Designer | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception Venue | Middleton Place

Catering/Bar | Middleton Place

Cake | Sablee

Florist | Wild Flowers Inc.

Rentals | Event Works

Lighting | IES

Ceremony Music | Palmetto strings

Reception Music | Stephen Darby

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Vidoegrapher | Dockhouse Digital

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Guest Transportation | Carolina Executive Limo

Wedding Dress Designer | Mori Lee

Fabulous Friday: Holy Matrimoji

Hayley Paige, a young bridal designer, has launched a new emoji app called Holy Matrimoji and it is fabulous! Blue Unicorns, fairy godmothers, and a slightly comical nod to bridezillas, she has got it all! The Holy Matrimoji app is a fun way for brides to communicate throughout the planning process! As if our obsession with emoji's wasn't enough, this has changed the game.