Planning Tip Tuesday: Choosing a Honeymoon Destination

So now that you have every detail of your wedding planned out, all you can possibly think about is when you will be able to relax on your perfect honeymoon. The only issue is, how to choose between so many amazing destinations? Here are some steps that will help you narrow down and decide between laying on a beach in Cancun or Exploring the gardens of Paris.

1. Set a Budget: This is one of the most important steps in the process of choosing your dream destination. With all of the expenses you incur during your wedding, you want to set a realistic budget that will still allow you to have the best time, without being stressed. 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian

Photo by Aaron and Jillian

2. Discuss your Honeymoon Dreams: All of us have that one place we imagine when we think of paradise. Sit down with your spouse and brainstorm ideas that you would both like to visit during your vacation. A way to brainstorm is to discuss what you want to experience on your honeymoon. More adventure or relaxation? Sun or snow? The options are endless!

3. Make a List: Once you have discussed what you want to experience during your honeymoon, and have brainstormed potential ideas, go off and do some research on places that you would each possibly enjoy. Once you have a list of possible destinations, come back together and narrow down to two or three options. Don't forget to be open minded! Doing something out of the ordinary for your honeymoon will allow for amazing memories and fantastic stories for years to come! There can be a lot to take in, so you can also consider hiring a travel agent to take some of the pressure off. 

Photo by Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay

Photo by Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay

4. Make Mini-Itineraries: Make an itinerary for your visit, this can include excursions, restaurants, hotels, spas, or even touristy things to do in that area. Once you have a back bone of a game plan, see what is acceptable in your budget but also enjoyable for the both of you. 

5. Book Your Honeymoon: Probably the most exciting step is to book your honeymoon! This is where the realization sets in that you will be going somewhere new on an adventure with the love of your life. How exciting! 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian 

We hope these steps help plan out your dream honeymoon! Wherever this adventure takes you, just know that you will have the time of your life!

Fabulous Friday: Four Wedding Myths Unveiled

Do this. Do that. Go here. Go there. Oh, and one more thing...keep your sanity.

As a bride-to-be, you know the struggle all too well. You and your groom discuss the details of your wedding for months on end. Color palettes, cake styles, venue details, the in-law's lodging, the guest list, wedding favors and the list goes on. Your only dream is for your big day to be the most memorable, romantic day of your life. But, what if all your wedding worries are coming from a misconception or myth of what you're supposed to do? We have good news that may relieve some of the wedding stress.

  1. You have to invite everyone you know, including your third cousin you haven't talked to since Christmas '05. Yes, you want to include as many people as possible. But, stick with your gut and invite people based on these considerations: The size of the venue, the people who have been consistently by your side in the past and will be in the future, and limit how many people can bring a guest. The numbers add up quickly.
  2. Weddings are always so expensive. If you want it to be, yes. But, thanks to our best friends Pinterest and DIY ideas, you and your groom can gather affordable wedding ideas that are breathtaking and won't break the bank. Trust your planner to guide you in this on where to cut and splurge! 
  3. Your wedding is about the entire family just as it is the bride and groom. Pure Luxe Bride 100% values the family aspect of weddings. Two families becoming one - how beautiful! However, trying to meet expectations and process the opinions of family members can tremendously add to stress levels. The bride and groom are the only people saying "I do" at the altar. Bride and groom, it is your wedding.
  4. Wedding planning is way too stressful. I can't even. You've got that right. It is stressful. But the reward of marrying your best friend is worth every moment of planning. There are many ways to soothe stress during the planning process. Some tips include using essential oils to calm anxious feelings, eating healthy, working out daily, and surrounding yourself with people that encourage and uplift you.

At Pure Luxe Bride, we want to encourage our soon-to-be newlyweds to enjoy the ride. Afterall, how many times in your life will you truly be able to throw an amazing celebration as this?! Your wedding is going to be the best day of your life. Avoid the misconceptions, myths, and fears we've all heard and known for years. Focus on what's most important and remember that these are joyful times. Here's to the first day of the rest of your lives.

Photo by Aaron and Jillian Photography 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian Photography 

Magnolia Veranda Wedding: Devon + Alan

Devon + Alan chose Magnolia Plantation to say their “I do’s” in October at the Veranda. After arriving to the venue, the bride and groom were snuck away to do an intimate first look under the Spanish moss of the plantation oaks shot by Amanda Seifert. The ceremony took place in the garden with the white bridge as their backdrop. Petaloso provided beautiful flowers in fall shades of burgundy, burnt orange, and yellow with gold accents. To end their perfect evening, the Bride + Groom were shown off with a sparkler exit and departed in a Rolls Royce.

Vendors: 
Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride
Venue | Magnolia Plantation Veranda
Florist | Petaloso
Caterer| Salthouse
Bar | Spike
Linen | Nuage
Rentals | Event Works
Photographer | Amanda Seifert
Hair/Makeup | Ash & Co. 
 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Invitation Etiquette

Invitations follow a strict set of rules, so today we are breaking it down to answer some of your frequently asked questions.

When do we send them out? For destination weddings, where guests need ample time to plan, send them out 10-12 weeks from the wedding date. RSVP's should be due 5-6 week out, so you have a week to contact guests who have not responded (it happens for every wedding!). Your vendors will require a final count 30 days out so this gives you enough time to get a final head count. You don't want to send them out too early or give a huge gap in response time as it might be misplaced or forgotten. Timing is key! 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian

Photo by Aaron and Jillian

Adults Only: If you want an adults only reception, be sure this is noted at the bottom of the invitation. If many attendees have kids, consider getting a baby sitter for the duration of the reception. It is not required, but a nice gesture if you want those guests to be able to attend. 

Wedding Website: Be sure to list your wedding website on the save the date, and if you would like to also include with your invitations, insert an accommodations card.  Your wedding website is where you want to put all the pertinent information for your guests i.e. registries, timing, hotels etc. 

Plus One: You do not have to give everyone a plus one. If a guest isn't married or in a serious relationship, it is perfectly okay to invite them solo. Rule of thumb, if they have been dating for longer than a year (or they know the name of your pet) extend an invite. 

Photo by Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay 

Photo by Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay 

Addressing Invitations: Be as clear as possible when addressing invitations so there isn't any confusion on who is invited. If you don't want a plus one, only address that guest on the invitation.  For example, if you put Sarah Smith & guest, she can assume she can bring anyone.

Registry: Putting your registry on the invitation is a faux pas, your guests should know the wedding website and can access all the crucial wedding information there. Your families and bridal party should be in the know, and can send guests asking to the correct place. 

RSVP Card: Be sure to include a stamp so guests can easily drop in the mail promptly. If they are required to purchase a stamp, it may prolong the responses. 

Photo by Dana Cubbage 

Photo by Dana Cubbage 

Stamps: Before buying stamps, bring your entire invitation suite in to the post office so they can weigh it and can provide you with the appropriate amount of postage needed. Remember that the type of card stock, larger envelope or shape, additional inserts (such as a map), add weight. Ask if you are able to hand stamp your invitations, as this is much more appealing than if they were to run it through their automatic system.

Planning Tip Tuesday: Wedding Cake Alternatives

While we love a traditional wedding cake, lately we are seeing a trend of cake alternatives. Instead of having cake for everyone, bride and grooms are opting for mini desserts to offer a variety of options. Cookie and milk shots, cannoli's, brownies, macarons, you name it! If you still want to capture 'cutting the cake' moment, you can always do a small cutting cake for the two of you to cut into for pictures. Here are some of our favorite mini dessert displays! 

Blake's Planning Progress Part 2

Blake here-Happy New Year! It is officially 2018 which means our wedding year is here! I'm back again with updates on the wedding planning process, here is what I have been up to! 

-Pick bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen attire: Woo, this was a doozy! When choosing the bridesmaids dresses, I wanted to make sure the dress was something they would love and want to wear again for a different occasion! I picked the color combo, and let the girls choose from a variety of dresses by the same designer. With different body types, I wanted to make sure they felt comfortable, and like that there will be a variety among them! I want them to feel their best too!

Monika Gauthier

Monika Gauthier

-Select, stamp, and send save-the-dates: These pretties have officially been delivered! 

-Choose rehearsal dinner location: We have decided to do a welcome party for all of our guests! With everyone traveling from out of town (for the most part) we want to be able to spend as much time with them as we can! 

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-Book caterer, entertainment, photography, cinematography; we have been busy planning bees! 

-Schedule dress shopping appointments and purchase dress: To my surprise, this is something you should begin doing 9-12 months out! Now cue the wedding diet :) 

Stay tuned for more! 

2017 recap!

Wow, what a year, and how time flies! As we move into 2018, we wanted to take a look back at 2017 and all the fabulous PLB weddings that took place! See some of our top picks below! 

Bouquet

Blake's Pick:

Photo by Dana Cubbage Flowers by Wild Flowers Inc.

Photo by Dana Cubbage
Flowers by Wild Flowers Inc.

Francesca's Pick:

Photo by Monika Gauthier Flowers by Branch Design Studio

Photo by Monika Gauthier
Flowers by Branch Design Studio

Cake

Blake's Pick: 

Photo: Aaron and Jillian Cake by PPHG

Photo: Aaron and Jillian
Cake by PPHG

Francesca's Pick: 

Photo by Aaron and Jillian Cake by Sablee

Photo by Aaron and Jillian
Cake by Sablee

Dress

Blake's pick: 

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Francesca's Pick: 

Photo by Sara Bee 

Photo by Sara Bee 

Design

Blake's Pick: 

Photo by Monika Gauthier 

Photo by Monika Gauthier 

Francesca's Pick: 

Photo by Monika Gauthier 

Photo by Monika Gauthier 

Editorial Shot

Blake's Pick: 

Photo by Manor Studios 1848

Photo by Manor Studios 1848

Francesca's Pick 

Photo by Lydia Ruth Photography

Photo by Lydia Ruth Photography

Detail

Blake's Pick:

Photo by Manor Studios 1848

Photo by Manor Studios 1848

Francesca's Pick: 

Photo by Sara Bee 

Photo by Sara Bee 

Accessory

Blake's Pick:

Photo by Sara Bee 

Photo by Sara Bee 

Francesca's Pick:

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Photo by Dana Cubbage

Tabletop

Blake's pick:

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Photo by Monika Gauthier

Francesca's Pick: 

Photo by Nine Photography

Photo by Nine Photography

Planning Tip Tuesday: Snap Chat Geofilters

A fun, personable way to include everyone from bridesmaids to guests on your wedding day, is to add a snapchat geofilter! Snapchat has upped their game since their debut in 2011, and have released many options such as sending videos, adding colored filters, and decorating your snap with writing and stickers. Geofilters add a special border to the moment that you capture, and can include anything from captions, to dates, and even bitmojis! They can be professional, romantic, or even silly.  Choosing to add a geofilter can add a super fun way to capture all of your special moments from many different perspectives. 

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So now that you decided to use a snapchat geofilter, where to begin? It’s actually very simple and user friendly to design and launch your geofilter. Snapchat provides a website that takes you step by step on how to create your filter. Make sure you are using a laptop or desktop when designing, it is not mobile friendly. 

Once you get comfy with your cup of coffee or tea at your computer, time to log onto snapchat's website and begin creating your masterpiece! Snapchat will allow you to choose your geofilter type; such as celebrations, love, and of course weddings! Once you choose your type, you can choose some of the pre-made frames or borders and then add colorful text, stickers, or even your bitmoji! After you are done designing, all you have to do is choose the dates and location of your geofilter and you're done! Snapchat will approve your geofilter within a day or so, but other than that it is a pretty easy and fun process to add that personalized touch to your wedding! 

 

 

 

Fabulous Friday: Wedding Send Offs

One detail not to miss on your wedding day is your big sendoff. This can come after the ceremony, after your reception, or even both! Consider the time of day and what will show up in photos day versus night. Also, be sure to know your venues guidelines to know what they will allow on the property. Here is a list of unique wedding send offs that we love!

1. Flags

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2. Bubbles

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3. Flower Cones 

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4. Pom poms for Alma Mater or wedding colors 

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5. Sparklers

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6. Glow Sticks

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7. Lavenders

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8. Balloons 

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9. Pom Poms

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10. Tambourines

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