Planning Tip Tuesday: Your Pre-Wedding Tasting

What's a wedding reception without dinner and drinks?! Selecting the cuisine that will be served at your wedding is a crucial step in the planning process. To make the most of your tasting appointments, we have some helpful tips for you to keep in mind...

1. Stay on Budget: Don't tease yourself by booking a tasting with a caterer who you know is way over your budget. Research caterers that you know you can afford, and move on from there. Also, trust your planner when they are recommending vendors to you; they have your best interest at heart, and know which caterers will fit with your taste and style. Delicious fare and excellent service is sure to follow!

2. Compromise: Opposites attract! You and your husband-to-be might not see eye to eye on just what provisions will be at your wedding, but fear not; your caterer will work with you to compromise and create flavors that the both of you will enjoy. If your groom is dead-set on a chicken biscuit appetizer, and you're sold on a mini tomato tart, get the best of both worlds and serve the chicken biscuit as a yummy late-night treat and have your mini tomato tart as a passed hors d'oeuvre. 

3. Speak Up: It's your tasting, so don't be afraid to speak up if you don't particularly enjoy certain ingredients, or if you want to make modifications to the dish! The chef will do their best to work with you to create a meal you'll remember forever. Also, keep your options open so that you can make an informed decision, and don't be afraid to ask your planner for their input as well!

4. Be adventurous: Don't be afraid to step out of the box! Tastings are the time to try new things and you might be pleasantly surprised by a new dish! Your guests will be expecting the standard carving station, so surprise them with a unique southern cuisine! Create a menu that represents you as a couple... put a spin on the region your from or a special meal from the night of your engagement! 

Grab your eating pants and get tasting - the options are endless!

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Planning Tip Tuesday: Cake Cutting Songs

Cake cutting songs are a great transition into the dancing portion of the night or a perfect time to pick a slower song for other couples to enjoy. The cake cutting is a way to incorporate a sweet song for you and the groom - maybe your runner up song for your first dance or another song that's special to the two of you. We've found that while many brides are opting out of a traditional wedding cake and having a smaller cutting cake with mini desserts they still enjoy the tradition of cutting and eating their first slice together.  We've compiled our top 10 favorite cake cutting songs: 

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1. "Better Together" by Jack Johnson

2. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz

3. "Grow Old with You" by Adam Sandler

4. "All You Need is Love" by The Beatles

5. "You and Me" by Dave Matthews


6. "Marry You" by Bruno Mars 

7. "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor

8. "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations

9.  "Sugar" by Maroon 5

10. "The Sweetest Thing" by U2


Planning Tip Tuesday: Welcome Bags

What better way to kick off your wedding weekend than with a bag full of goodies for all of your guests?! Favors are becoming a thing of the past and welcome bags are the perfect way to say "thank you" in advance to your sweet guests for traveling from near and far to celebrate you + your man on your big day! While favors often get left behind at the reception, a welcome bag is a great way to greet your guests as the arrive in Charleston!

Welcome bags are also a great way to incorporate more of your unique style, and even the local Charleston flare, into your wedding. Our custom welcome bags incorporate Southern staples such as Charleston sweet tea, astisan truffles, and local homemade pralines! Other fun welcome bag items include custom-built hangover kits with essentials such as Advil, Emergen-C, a pack of gum, lip balm, face masks, and more. You could even include a small note with a list of local restaurants, shops, and sites for guests to check out while in Charleston! Have fun and get creative with these one-of-a-kind bags, and don't forget to stash away two for you + your hubby!


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Planning Tip Tuesday: Naming Your Wedding Hashtag

Have you ever wondered what your guests are up to while you're busy getting married? They're snapping pictures left and right! A wedding hashtag is the perfect way to keep all the fun, candid photos that your guests take in one safe place: Instagram. If you do not already have an Instagram, start an account asap to ensure you don't miss out on these great shots. This allows your photographer to post same-day edited shots as well, so you can get an early sneak peak when they hashtag your wedding! Here are a couple of tips to help you create the perfect wedding hashtag for your special day. First, you want to make sure that the hashtag you choose is unique to you. You do not want pictures of weddings from all over to come up on your hashtag! Second, make the tag something easy for your guests to remember. Use words like "newleywed","happilyever", or "hitch". A few examples of previous Pure Luxe Bride hashtags are #121314Forever, #AJuryWedding, #NickandSufiaWedding, #STADwedding, #GibbHerYourLove, and #TheFredding. Once you have decided on your personal hashtag, makes sure it is visible to all your guests by displaying a framed note on your bar asking them to please tag their photos. Have fun with this and get creative. We can't wait to see what you come up with!


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Planning Tip Tuesday: Something Old, Something New...

...Something borrowed, and something blue! Every bride is all too familiar with the old saying and eager to uniquely incorporate the tradition into her wedding day look. This charming Victorian rhyme symbolizes tokens of good luck for the bride, and everyone could use a little luck, especially on their big day! Below are some of our favorite ways to incorporate these special touches.

Something Old:

Opt for your mother's or grandmother's old gems. This is a great way to save some money and add a touch of vintage flare to your look. You could go with a strand of pearls, diamond earrings, or an elegant hair clip or brooch. Also, incorporating an old photo into your bouquet is a great way to display something old while remembering loved ones.


Something New:

This one is a great way to splurge on something for yourself! Whether it be your wedding gown, a new pair of shoes, or a set of monogrammed champagne flutes for you and your groom to toast with, just make sure it's personal to you!


Something Borrowed: 

We love the idea of borrowing your mother's veil or pieces of lace and beading from her wedding dress to add onto yours! You can also ask your parents or grandparents for their wedding rings for the ceremony, and tie them onto your bouquet. 


Something Blue:

Take a page out of the Carrie Bradshaw handbook and get yourself a fabulous pair of royal blue Manolo Blahnik's to finish off your look. Also, you could take one of your father's old blue dress shirts and sew a heart to the inside of your dress with the material - a touching way to have your dad just a little closer to you on your big day.



Whatever you decide, the possibilities are endless! 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Building Your Perfect Registry

When you create your registry, you are picking the items that will help you and your hubby start your new life together- no more college cups and plates or bedding! Building your registry can be an overwhelming task, especially in light of all the wedding planning, but with a few simple tips, you can build the perfect registry to meet your needs, totally hassle free! Start off by linking your registry to your own customizable wedding website. While it not only makes gift giving easy and quick for your guests, it is also the perfect place to add  your engagement photos, personalizing your registry and reminding guests of the sweet couple that they are buying for. Next, stick to the essentials. With the power of the registry clicker in your hands, the ability to scan everything and anything is quite literally at your fingertips. Go in to your stores with a list of absolute must have’s, and then add your wishes later on. It is so important to get what you truly need so that you and your hubby can start your new life together at home with all the right tools. Lastly is keep track and say “thanks!" Writing a handful of thank you notes all at once can be tiring, but if you write thank you notes as you receive the gifts, it makes the process ten times easier, and it ensures that no gift goes unseen. Some of our favorite spots are Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and Sur La Table. Building your registry can be tons of fun, and a great way for you and your future husband to get excited about the next phase in your lives, so build away!

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Planning Tip Tuesday: The Perfect Bouquet

There are so many special components in each wedding, and one of the ones we love to see come together is the bridal bouquet. The bride’s bouquet should be distinctive to her taste, and it is often adorned with beautiful, personal accents such as a special broach, colored ribbon, or precious jewels. When designing your bouquet, make sure to think about things like what the flower symbolizes, how it will look at your venue, and whether or not it fits with your specific style and colors. Make sure to also take into account what color your bridesmaids will be wearing so their bouquets will coordinate with their dresses and the brides bouquet.  Your bouquet will be photographed nearly as much as you , so it is very important to pay close attention to detail when creating your dream bouquet. Above all, trust your florist's knowledge when deciding which flowers fit best for your day. 

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Planning Tip Tuesday: How to Ask Your Maid of Honor

After your fiancé has popped the big question to you, it is now your turn to ask the big question to a dear friend: "Will you be my maid of honor?" Your maid of honor plays an integral part in the planning process and making sure your big day is a success, and you want to make her feel special throughout the entire process. Whether it be a cute card, fun favor, bottle of champagne, or a special memento between the two of you, make sure your question is personal and from the heart. Have fun with it and use cute stationary quotes such as "Can't Say I Do-Without You" and "I Found My Man, But I Still Need My Girls." Popular gift ideas include "The Bridesmaid" box from Packed Party, fun jewelry, or a gift specific to her, just a little something to make her feel special.  From helping you get ready in the morning to dancing the night away, your bridesmaids will be by your side helping to make your wedding day the best it can be! Such an exciting day to share your with girls! 

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Planning Tip: Getting Ready Location

When planning your wedding day, be mindful of where you choose to get ready. If your venue does not have a bridal suite, there are many factors to think about. How big is the room? Is there a lot of light? Can multiple people get ready? What is the décor?  Your photographers are going to want to be with you while you are getting ready to snap some photos, so a room with lots of windows and sunlight always make the best photos. The décor makes a huge difference, opt for a room with lighter wall colors and pretty accent pieces. You also don't want to be crammed and hot with all of your bridesmaids and parents in a small room, so make sure the place can accommodate your bridal party. You will likely have your hair and makeup come to you, so keep this in mind as well. Lastly, make sure the room is clean, you won't want clutter and trash in your photos. These bride + grooms chose some great places for getting ready and their pictures tell it all...IOP beach house, suite at Middleton Place, Zero George Street, etc... what a fun relaxing start to the day!

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Planning Tip Tuesday: Go Out With A Bang!

Wedding departures are not only a terrifically fun way to say goodbye to your guests, but they're also the perfect opportunity to snap some pics! Make sure you and your hubby go out with a bang when departing from your wedding- whether it be sparklers, pom-poms, bubbles, glow sticks, or something in between, an original departure will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on your guests, as well as your photo album. Check out a few of our most popular departures- so fun!  


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