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!

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


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

Fast Casual:

Basic Kitchen
39 Rue De Jean
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

Planning Tip Tuesday: RSVP Etiquette

If you have ever hosted a shower, dinner party, wedding, or any type of event, then you know the importance of an RSVP. RSVP is of french origin and it stands for répondez s'il vous plaît, which literally means, 'please respond'. When you receive an invitation, please take the time to respond in a timely manner, and before the deadline. A successful event relies heavily on the guest count, so the host is patiently awaiting your response. Unless the RSVP says 'regrets only', then you are still expected to respond yes or no, either way. Please find below some of our tips for RSVP Etiquette. 



-Respond in a timely manner: We understand that we are all busy, but take the time to respond, as the host took the time to send you an invitation. This will give the host the chance to prepare in advance. 

-Show up: If you do respond with a 'yes' to the request, then show up! Try to stick to your word, as the host is planning for you to be there. In proper RSVP etiquette, don't miss the party unless you are ill or there is an emergency. 

-Be Respectful: The host has given a lot of thought to the list of invitees, so read the invite carefully, and respect their request. Don't even ask.."May I bring?.." If they are extending a plus one, then it will be noted 'and guest' on the invitation. 

Bottom line, it may just be an RSVP to you, but for the host, it is a lot of time, energy, money, and necessary for throwing an event! Don't be that person that the host has to call or text to get an answer because you forgot to respond. 

Thanks Style Me Pretty for the real talk, we couldn't agree more! 


Fabulous Friday: Framed Florals

We love the idea of framing your flowers, read more about this company that can turn your bouquet into a work of art! 


Don't throw out your wedding flowers! Memorialize your wedding with this custom curated Framed Florals piece. This unique keepsake will be treasured for years to come. The frame is adorned with flowers and foliage from your centerpiece, bouquet, or a sampling of flowers. This unique piece makes a perfect bridal shower gift, wedding gift, or a special gift to yourself.


Fabulous Friday: 8 Alternative Wedding "Cakes"

While wedding cakes are a timeless feature, personalizing your wedding with a cake alternative is an opportunity to incorporate details into your big day that reflect you and your husband-to-be. If you worked together at a donut shop, why not have a donut cake? If you stayed late at an ice-cream shop on your first date until they closed, opt for an ice cream cart. If you bonded over not loving desserts, what about having a “cheese” cake? 

Just like picking your dress, décor, and writing your vows, picking your wedding “cake” is an opportunity to give tradition a creative twist and have your personality come through. Here are 8 wedding cake alternatives we love to get your stomach grumbling! 

1. Macaroons

They're small and dainty, and come in endless flavors, what's not to love? 


2. Cookies

Imagine a cookie cake tower, with each tier being a different flavor of your favorite cookies: oatmeal, chocolate chip, red velvet, lemon, double chocolate...

3. Cupcakes

They're like a miniature cake, only a lot easier to pass around. 


4. Ice-cream 

If you prefer the creaminess of ice-cream over the iciness of a pop, but want something equally as fresh on a hot day! 


5. Ice Pops

Also the perfect refresher for a summer wedding! 

6. Donuts

Fried, filled, frosted, or unfrosted, you will drive your guests glazy! 



7. Waffle, Crepe, or Pancakes 

Frosted with syrup and fresh berries.  

8. Cheese Cake 

Who says cake can't be cheesy? This one's a Gouda alternative if sweet isn't your thing!