Fabulous Friday: Bridesmaid Gifts

Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique is your one-stop shop for stylish, trendy, and affordable bridesmaids gifts. Here are some ideas that will have your bridesmaids beaming with excitement!

 Bridal Crew Tank Tops

Bridal Crew Tank Tops

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There's not much cuter than this custom gift box. Personalized for her with a custom monogram, this elegant tumbler and robe will make the perfect bridesmaid gift! This arrives in a stylish gift box engraved with her name in gold script. You can choose from many color options to make it personal or to go with your wedding colors.  

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Planning Tip Tuesday: Everything You Need To Know About Seating Chart

If you have been a bride or are currently a bride-to-be, you know that seating assignments can be a lot of work. While the wedding reception is a joyous time of celebrating with loved ones, the seating chart can be one of the most stressful parts of the wedding. Unfortunately, this isn't something you are able to delegate to someone else since only the two of you know your guest list best. We have come up with a few ways to help you match your guests with others and create the most enjoyable table assignments for everyone involved – little to no awkward silences guaranteed.

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Keep it simple. Hopefully, most of your guests will be breaking the ice at the rehearsal dinner prior to the reception. But, if that’s not the case, keep the table assignments simple. Try to seat friends and family with familiar faces and with people you know they enjoy. You and your groom have enough things to consider; keep the table setting as easy a task as possible. Don't overthink it! 

Consider the personalities. You and your groom know your guests. You know those talkative family members that could make friends with a tree stump and you also know those friends who need an extra boost in holding a conversation. Match your guests in a way that can enhance conversation flow and make the atmosphere more enjoyable.

Don't talk politics. The dreadful, argument igniter: politics. If you know Uncle Bob fiercely holds to his Second Amendment and your hipster cousin Becky just got back from a passionate women’s march in D.C., try not to sit them together. While it should be very unlikely that they would dare talk politics at your wedding, just omit the problem and sit them apart if possible. 

Singles vs. Couples Try to mix it up, you don't want to embarrass your single friends by putting them all at the same table. On the other hand, don't put a single friend at a table full of gushing newlyweds, try to do a nice mix! 

Put Family First After you seat yourselves, then seat the wedding party. Next, place your parents and family closest to you. Ask your parents for help if you don't know who to seat their friends with. Consider common ground of your guests and life experiences where they can share common interests. 

A good method of matching guests at tables can greatly enhance the ambiance of a wedding reception. Keep the champagne pouring, the music bumping, and your guests will ease into their comfort zones in no time. 

Catherine Ann Photography

Fabulous Friday: Father Daughter Dance

We know choosing the songs for your special dances can be tough, so we have created a list of song ideas to help when selecting your father daughter dance. This is such a special part of the night, so no matter what you choose, make sure it is a song that you can both enjoy and will remind you of this moment years from now. 

 Photo by Aaron and Jillian 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian 

"My Girl" - Temptations 

"What A Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong

"Isn't She Lovely" Stevie Wonder

"How Sweet It Is" - James Taylor

"Into the Mystic" - Van Morrison 

"You Look Wonderful Tonight" - Eric Clapton 

"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" – Stevie Wonder

"The Way You Look Tonight" – Frank Sinatra

"Just the Way You Are" – Billy Joel

"Stand By Me" – Ben E. King

Fabulous Friday: 10 Things Not to Say to the Bride

There's no doubt about it: Weddings are exciting, exhilarating, and thrilling. The engagement announcement, the planning process, and then *BOOM!* the wedding day has arrived. With all the stirring of emotions and racing thoughts about the soon-to-be-newlyweds, it can be easy for friends and family to slip, let's just say, uninvited words to the bride.

 Photo by Aaron and Jillian 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian 

A simple phrase or question can erupt a ton of stress for a bride or groom. Loved ones certainly have the right to share how they feel and, in some cases, it is very necessary for them to do so. But the following phrases are better left unsaid. Trust us.

  1. "Have you checked the weather" Under no circumstances, do not bring up the weather to the bride or groom as the wedding day approaches. We can promise you, they have been checking the weather every day, reading the farmers almanac, and burying the bourbon. Asking them about the weather will just add stress to an already stressful situation. Instead, be positive, bring a rain jacket, and embrace the weather-rain or shine! 
  2. "How much was your dress?" In most cases, a lot. Just assume that the bride spent the amount she thought it was worth. Unless you paid for the dress, this information is normally irrelevant anyways. Tell her how truly beautiful she looks in her gown and keep the financial portion unsaid. Another question to avoid on this topic "Is that the dress". If there is something you don't favor about the brides dress choice, consider rephrasing the question by asking what her favorite pieces are about the dress as you may be surprised to see the small details that made her fall in love. 
  3. "Are you worried he'll get cold feet?" With this question, you might as well find the nearest exit. No matter how long the bride dated her groom prior to the wedding, scenarios of things going awry have crossed her mind. She doesn't need other people to add anxious, irrational thoughts to her racing mind.
  4. "Can you both afford that?" Hm, give us a minute while we let the bride and groom look at their budget. Again, unless you are a loved one who swiped your credit card in the purchase of an item for the wedding, financial concerns do not apply to you. Mention the pieces that you like about the wedding and leave it there.
  5. "I don't want to wear that." Bridesmaids, as much as you want to look your best on one of the biggest days of bestie's life, let us remind you that this is her big day. If she finds a set of bridesmaids dresses that she adores, pick your right size and wear your bridesmaid dress with your shoulders rolled back and a full smile on.  
  6. "You're so young to be getting married." As if there's only one certain age you should get married. When two people are willing to commit to one another in love, encourage it. Love is one of the greatest gifts; don't let your own rules take away from the joy of others.
  7. "Your wedding has cost me a lot to attend." Or, in other words, "Bride and Groom, I need a check written out to me after you take care of all your other expenses." If your finances were affected by attending the wedding, keep that between your bank and employer; not the bride and groom. Countless hours of planning have gone into the wedding day to make it a fun experience for their guests. 
  8. "Wow! You're getting married finally." This is a nice punch to the gut. If there was any way to get uninvited from a wedding, this would be it. It not only belittles the bride, but takes away from the pure excitement of finding your forever love. No matter the age of a bride when she marries, true love is worth the wait.
  9. "Stop being a bridezilla." Oh, honey, you haven't even met her. You've just only awakened her. Absolutely do not, we repeat, do not say this to the bride. When she is overwhelmed, love her through it. Maybe she needs space or to simply rest. While she's at it, pour a glass of prosecco for her and maybe have some tasty goodies on hand. Champagne and dark chocolate are a cure for almost anything. At least that's what we like to think. 
  10. "Hopefully [insert ex's name here] isn't coming." And even if he or she is coming to the wedding, it's not your place to manage invitations. Whoever is at the wedding, act with dignity, walk with class, and let the dancing keep you from awkward conversations with the less-than-desirable guest.
 Photo by Virgil Bunao 

Photo by Virgil Bunao 

Fabulous Friday: Creative Wedding Favors

You've made it. The ceremony and reception have commenced, you've danced the night away, and, let's be real, you and your new hubby are ready for some quality time. The best day of your life is coming to an end and you are beyond grateful for the friends and family who traveled near and far to spend these special moments with you. How could you ever express your gratitude? Besides warm hugs and kind words, the right wedding favors can go a long way in expressing just how great you and your husband appreciate your guests.

So, what exactly are the right wedding favors to give? We have wedding favor ideas that will leave a memorable gift of appreciation your wedding guests won't soon forget. Check these out!

 Photo by Aaron and Jill 

Photo by Aaron and Jill 

 Photo by Aaron and Jill 

Photo by Aaron and Jill 

 Photo by Aaron and Jill 

Photo by Aaron and Jill 

  • Customized Bottle Openers
  • Classy Hangover Kits (for the friends and family that go the extra mile.)
  • Sweet treats
  • Mini champagne or cocktail kit 
  • Koozies
  • Place cards that double as a favor (oyster shells, luggage tags, etc.)

The list could go on and on, but these were a few hand-picked ideas that enhance the awesome memories made on your big day. As you conclude on which wedding favor you and your groom favor the most, remember to take a deep breath and keep the best party favor at the forefront of your mind: The union between you and the love of your life. Now that is the right party favor. A memory that will last a lifetime.

 Photo by Dana Cubbage 

Photo by Dana Cubbage 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Things to Pack + Bring Back

You've probably written and re-written; checked and re-checked; solidified and revised your packing list. Brides, you're not alone in stressing about things to pack for the big day. Especially, if you're a bride coming from the opposite coast, the idea of forgetting something is a nightmare. Today we are giving tips for all the packing essentials.

 Photo by Monika Gauthier 

Photo by Monika Gauthier 

While you're 100% focused on what to bring to the wedding, don't forget the little things that you want to bring back from the wedding as well. There are little keepsakes during the planning and wedding process you may want to keep as a memory down the long, happy road ahead. Pure Luxe Bride has provided some fun, creative keepsakes that you might like!

 Photo by Catherine Ann 

Photo by Catherine Ann 

  • Signed Picture Frame. This is so fun and can be an awesome memory piece for your cozy home. Simply purchase a large picture frame with a wide white border around the cropped picture placeholder. On the wedding day, have a space for guests to sign their name. 
  • Bride's bouquet. Save a single stem or have the whole bouquet professionally preserved or pressed after the wedding
  • Guest Book. Think of something you will want to actually display or have in your home and be able to re-purpose. 
  • Hand drawing of your wedding dress. See if your dress designer will draw a sketch of your dress, or reach out to a local artist!
  • Champagne Flutes. This is a sweet detail that you can bring back home and use on your anniversary! 
  • Shoes. Bride and grooms, pick a pair of shoes you love that you can re-wear and not leave in the box after the wedding. 
  • Pillows and/or cocktail napkins. get an overage on napkins to have when you host events at your new house or place your custom pillows on your living room couch 
 Photo by Aaron and Jill 

Photo by Aaron and Jill 

We hope this helps you start brainstorming ideas that you will want to save and re-use long after the wedding day! 

 

Fabulous Friday: You're Speaking My Love Language

We all love differently. Some people might agree that a box of chocolates and roses are necessary every day - not just on cupid's day. Others may suggest that love is shown by a massage after a 12-hour shift at the office. Perhaps a kind act, like washing the dishes after a tasty, home cooked dinner, is enough to say "I love you."

As you and your loved one approach the big celebration day, creating space to make quality time with each other is a must. Stress levels are high and opinions are coming in left and right from family members, friends, and that one co-worker who seems to have an answer for everything. But, you and your future spouse are a power team ready to take on the planning and adventures together.

As the saying goes, "There's no 'i' in team." You and your soon-to-be bride or groom can hit the finishing touches by being sure the two of you are on your A game by receiving the much needed affection from one another.

Here are some ways you both can silence the background noise and de-clutter the anxious thoughts that may ruminate in your minds as the big day approaches:

  • Sleep. This seems like common sense, but it is often missed. Getting enough sleep will create room for sound thoughts and positivity within your relationship.
  • Take the road less traveled. Find a new path or location to go for walks with one another. Establish at least one day a week to go on a morning or afternoon walk.
  • Sync up with an awesome playlist. Music is powerful. Take advantages of creating a playlist that you both can enjoy in preparation for the wedding. Who knows? You might even use it at the wedding!
  • Ask questions. And ask more, and more, and more. You know your soon-to-be spouse very well, but there's always room for growth. You may be surprised at the wonderful details you find out that can enhance everything from your vows to simply knowing an interesting detail about your best friend.
  • Turn towards each other; not away. This is a busy time for you both. Work, answering questions from family, contacting your wedding planners at Pure Luxe Bride to cover all the bases, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, all while trying to keep a positive mindset. With everything going on, arguments may erupt. But, when they do, don't leave the other half behind. Refresh, regroup, and you both will come out stronger on the other end. 

As you embark on your journey into the exciting world of marriage, reflect on how you can build one another up. Get to know your groom's love language. Understand your bride's specific needs for affection. 

 Photo by Monika Gauthier 

Photo by Monika Gauthier 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Dress Shopping

Dress shopping is a day that is highly anticipated, and we are here to offer some tips to help the day run smoothly! Every girl dreams of the day she finds THE dress, and we want to help make it a day you will never forget! 

-Research: Just like any big purchase, do some research to get an overall idea of the style of dress you are drawn to and the designers you like, this will help you choose which bridal shops to go to. 

 Photography by Monika Gauthier 

Photography by Monika Gauthier 

-Try on something out of your comfort zone: We all go into the day with a vision of what dress we think we will like, but try on something totally different, it may end up being the dress you pick! It could also be fun to have someone in your group pick out a dress for you to try! 

-Sizes: Wedding dress sizes are totally different from everyday shopping, so don't get hung up on the number. You are going to be trying on sample sizes, so try to look past the clips and see the overall picture. 

 Photography by Aaron and Jillian

Photography by Aaron and Jillian

-Choose your group wisely: This is such a special day, and while you may want the whole bridal party there with you, try to limit the size of your group so there aren't too many opinions. 

-Go into they day with an open mind! Try on different shapes and silhouettes because they all look different on your body than on the mannequin.  

 Photography by The Happy Bloom

Photography by The Happy Bloom

-Budget: set a budget for the dress before you go shopping, so you are only trying on dresses that are in your price range.

-Consider venue and time of year:  If you are getting married at a plantation in the summer then keep that in mind when picking out your dress. You don't want a huge train that is going to be heavy and hard to maneuver throughout the venue! 

-If you are going to multiple dress stores in one day, be mindful of your appointment times so you don't feel rushed, and make sure to pack snacks! 

 

 

 

Fabulous Friday: His Responsibilities

Grooms, take the wheel. Take it from her hands! It has been a common perception that the bride takes on most of the wedding planning responsibilities. There's no doubt about that. Brides may hold stronger opinions on details and decor than their grooms, but that does not exempt the groom from certain tasks.

So, grooms, we've made it easy for you! Here is a list of some of the responsibilities you can conquer as you and your beautiful bride prepare for the big day. 

  1. Writing + practicing vows. Men, this is not a last-minute task. Take the time to thoroughly write a heartfelt message to your beautiful bride. Don't forget to practice! Read it aloud, face a mirror, shoulders rolled back, and game face on. You've got this!
  2. Groomsmen + Best Man gifts. Your bride has a fierce army of bridesmaids and a maid of honor she has to take care of. Lighten the load and prepare a gift list for your fellow men. We'd take a wild guess and assume you have some good ideas in mind.
  3. Bring sexy back. And keep it. Well, at least through the reception. Practice your dance moves and teach your bride a thing or two, too. Maybe plan a fun, choreographed dance or dance lessons so you feel comfortable on the dance floor.
  4.  Guest list + RSVPs. It takes two for this one. With two families becoming one, this needs double the help. Grooms, stay in touch with your family, decide on the people that you would like to invite, and gather their addresses.  
  5. Help to create menu + attend tasting: Think about what the two of you enjoy eating when you go out to dinner and have fun creating your wedding menu! Attend the tasting together, we promise this is the fun part, you won't want to miss it!

There's no doubt that the grooms can take on more responsibilities than the what's listed above but we think this is a pretty good start. Stay calm and plan on!

 Photo by Rachel Red Photography

Photo by Rachel Red Photography