Planning Tip Tuesday: Save-The-Date

You’re officially engaged and have chosen your dream venue and date, so what’s next!? If you are planning a destination wedding, you will want to send a save-the-date to all of your guests so they can mark their calendars and appropriately plan for travel. When to send? What to include? We are listing the etiquette below:

 Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

When to send save-the-dates?

With destination weddings, we recommend sending these 9-11 months out so guests have ample time to request off work and plan. The save-the-date also let’s guests know that a formal invitation will follow, so you can keep these short and to the point.

Types of save-the-dates

This is the time to be less form so you can have fun with this, it doesn’t have to match exactly to your invitation or wedding design! You can opt to go the traditional paper route and use an engagement photo, or the more casual option is a post card or magnetic design. If you don’t want to use a picture, you can also do a map of Charleston or a sketch of your venue as a preview for what guests can expect.

Who to Invite?

Only send these to the guests on your ‘A’ list because the guests who receive a save-the-date should automatically receive an invitation

What to Include

Bride + Groom names, wedding date, location (keep this more general with just city and state), wedding website URL, and ‘formal invitation to follow’

Check out Minted.com for all your save-the-date needs!

Legare Waring House Wedding: Rebecca + Aaron

Rebecca + Aaron said their “I Do’s” under the majestic avenue of oaks at Legare Waring House followed by dinner al fresco. The bride looked gorgeous in her sparkling Berta dress which complimented the grooms blue tux perfectly for their May wedding. The reception consisted of calming hues of mauve, blush, champagne, white, and ivory. The couple wanted to show their northern friends and family hailing from New York and New Jersey true southern cuisine, and Mosaic didn’t disappoint with their shrimp and grits and other tasty bites! Rebecca + Aaron's wedding was a true testament to the fun, kind, and loving couple that they are. 

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Fabulous Vendors: 

Wedding Planning | Pure Luxe Bride 

Venue |  Legare Waring House  

Photography |  Catherine Ann Photography

Florist | Petaloso

Rentals | Ooh! Events

Hair/Makeup | Paper Dolls

Catering | Mosaic

Videography | DockHouse Digital Videography

Bar Service | Squeeze

Music | Entertainment Charleston (Ceremony) & Other Brother Entertainment (DJWade)

Fabulous Friday: Wedding Veils

A wedding veil has the power to pull your entire look together and is a component that definitely deserves some attention. For example, if you are wearing a simple understated dress, then a veil could have a special lace or detail element that could elevate the whole look! When dress shopping, be sure to try on veils with the dress to find the right length and style for your bridal look. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites to share with you! Don’t let this accessory be an afterthought since it has the ability to complete your outfit! Etsy has some beautiful handmade unique veils at a variety of prices!

SHOP NOW: Etsy.com




The Cedar Room: Charlotte & Drew

Following their "I Do" at First Baptist Church, Charlotte & Drew joined their guests as Mr. & Ms. Painter for the first time at The Cedar Room for their reception. Picture tall gold stands, each topped with an arrangement of blush and white florals and lush greenery. Guests spent the majority of the night on the dance floor, under a chandelier adorned with Italian Ruscus & Jasmine Vine. By the end of the night, guests had danced up an appetite for the late night happy hour of Nutella Milkshake sippers, Truffle & Parmesan Fries, and three-cheese tomato and basil calzones that awaited them. Charlotte & Drew's wedding was elegant and romantic, with the perfect touch of glam, and we wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!

Tip: Opt for your first look the week before the wedding! With all the nerves that comes right before a wedding, Charlotte chose to use her bridal portrait time to get all dressed up and do their first look at Magnolia Plantation with her photographer! It took all of the anxiety out of the day knowing they had seen each other, so they could just enjoy and have a great time! A bonus, she got beautiful photos under live oaks at a plantation with their sweet pup, plus photos downtown, best of both worlds!



Vendors: 

Reception Venue | The Cedar Room

Catering/Bar Service/Cake | The Cedar Room

Florist | Branch

Rentals | Event Works

Specialty Rentals/Lighting | Ooh! 

Entertainment | Atlanta Groove Factory

Photographer | Happy Bloom

Videographer | Dockhouse Digital

Hair + Make up | Pampered & Pretty 

Blake's Planning Progress: Part 3

Hey y’all! I’m back with one last post on what we’ve been up to and the final stages of wedding planning. It’s bittersweet typing this since I know the weekend will soon be here and it will go by so quickly! I am going to try to take it all in and really enjoy every single little moment.

 Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

Whew, the last few months have been a whirlwind! Piece of advice, try to do things ahead of schedule if you can, so it doesn’t all build up at the very end. I feel like that is why brides feel so stressed the month of their wedding, because all of the little things add up right at the end. I have been trying to do things in stages, so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming. This is also true for purchasing details, I tried to space these out as well.

-Design Meeting: Loved picking out all of the beautiful linens, florals, and rentals! I’ve been dreaming of the design since the day we got engaged and can’t wait to see it all come to life! Finally got to put my wedding day Pinterest board to good use :)

-Send out Invitations: This was one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning process! I worked closely with our vendor to create a custom invitation suite, and I just love the way it all turned out! Stuffing and stamping these made everything feel so real!

-Hair/makeup trial: It was so fun to feel like a bride and get pampered! It is so important to do a trial, so you can make sure it is perfect. Tip: If you can, do the trial closer to the wedding day, so your hair will be the length and color you expect it to be on the wedding day.

-I have to admit, that even as a wedding planner, I’ve had wedding nightmares too! Its a real thing! In times like these, I just remember this quote: “A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day, you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly.”

-Checklist: I am a type-A list maker, and having a checklist to refer to, has been a huge help and kept me on track!

-Finalize guest count and details for rehearsal dinner and wedding day. Mark your RSVP date early, since you will have to contact MIA guests to get their RSVP’s.

 Photo by Dana Cubbage

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Here is what I have planned for the final week in preparation:

-Get a massage
-Getting my teeth cleaned (lol)
-Steam dress
-Get a mani/pedi
-Eat, drink, and get married!!! Eeek!

Final piece of advice, enjoy the process and don’t get stressed out by the little things, I know easier said than done! If I was having a hard time making a decision, I would present two options, and let the groom pick :)

Cheers! XOXO





The Cedar Room: Carly and Dalton

Once Carly and Dalton said their “I Do’s” at The Cedar Room, they kicked off their cocktail hour with a stocked champagne tower as an official welcome to their guests. The venue had a contrast of cream linens, dark mahogany farm tables, and greenery to create an urban, organic feel. The gold accents added a touch of glam and elegance to the mix. We loved how the earth tone palette of the decor and the lush greenery of the floral design was enhanced by the deep jewel tone of the emerald green velvet sofas. The reception ended with a sparkler departure after a night filled of love, singing, and dancing! Congratulations, Carly and Dalton!

Vendors:
Venue | Cedar Room
Wedding Planning | Pure Luxe Bride
Florist | Petaloso
Lounge and Lighting | Ooh!
Rentals| Event Works
Champagne Tower | 428 Main
Invitation | Studio R
Wedding Dress | Modern Trousseau
Photographer | Jenna Marie
Hair and Makeup | Paper Dolls

Planning Tip Tuesday: Bridal Luncheon

We frequently get asked about locations for bridal luncheons so we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of some of our favorite lunch spots to enjoy with your ladies. We have broken it down into two categories, a quick and casual setting verse a longer, more formal dining experience. Grab your girlfriends and kick off the wedding weekend with a ladies lunch to celebrate the bride to be!

 Photo: The Happy Bloom

Photo: The Happy Bloom

Semi-Formal:

Halls Chophouse
High Cotton
Palmetto Cafe
Henrietta’s at The Dewberry
Chez Nous

Fast Casual:

Basic Kitchen
39 Rue De Jean
Pawpaw
Le Farfalle
Cru Cafe

Wingate Plantation: Haley + Austin

Tracing back to their small town roots, Haley and Austin said their vows at Wingate Plantation which was the perfect spot for their intimate elopement. The vast lowcountry and draping oaks welcomed in the newlyweds and their loved ones with open arms. Wingate was covered with warm breezes and bright sunshine as Haley and Austin prepared for the big day. Haley and Austin said their vows underneath the large plantation oak with a beautiful mantle, and a bounty of beautiful florals to fill the space. We loved the pops of yellow and peach in her flowers, it was the perfect palette for spring!

Venue | Wingate Plantation
Wedding Planning | Pure Luxe Bride
Cake | Sablee
Photographer | Catherine Ann
Hair/Makeup | Pampered and Pretty
Florist | Flora