Fabulous Friday: Bridesmaids Gifts

Today's post is all about your bridesmaids. After many years of friendship and the promise to stand right next to you on your big day, why not surprise them with a little something else to say thank you? Below are ten of our favorite bridesmaids gifts!
 
1. Stone Bangles - Bourbon & Bowties: These gorgeous handmade bracelets are guaranteed to receive endless compliments! They are sold at many boutiques in Charleston, and are also available for online purchase. With tons of color options, you're bound to find bracelets that will perfectly compliment your bridesmaid's dresses.
 
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2. Local Sweets: Charleston Pralines or Benne Wafers - River Street Sweets: Locally made sweet treats for you and your bridesmaids to enjoy while getting ready for your wedding or late night!
 
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3. Personalized Coffee Mugs: Etsy has the most adorable custom coffee mugs that can be used for long after the wedding day festivities. Not to mention, throw in some delicious Charleston Coffee Roasters and it will give everyone that extra boost of energy for the big day!
 
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4. Rewined Candles - Rewined Candles: These candles seriously smell amazing!! Handcrafted in Charleston from discarded wine bottles, these candles each have their own scent that mimic the tasting notes of wine and will remind them of your wedding day. With scents like Mimosa, Pinot Grigio, Rose, Merlot, and more, there's a scent for each of your wine-loving bridesmaids!
 
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5. Monogrammed Luggage Tags - Mark and GrahamAdd a little swag to your bridesmaid's wedding weekend luggage with these monogrammed luggage tags. These leather tags also come in a variety of colors, so there's one for each of your girls!
 
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6. Mini Champagne Bottles - Grand Wine Cellar: A miniature bottle of bubbly while you and your bridesmaids are getting ready is the perfect gift! Attach a fun paper straw and a custom tag for added glam. Mimosas in the morning are a must! 
 
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7. S'well Water Bottles - S'wellThese S'well water bottles are all the rage right now! Made from stainless steel, these insulated, reusable water bottles keep drinks cold for 24 hours or longer and hot for 12. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, making them a unique, usable gift.
 
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8. Essie Nailpolish - EssieA bottle of Essie nail polish accompanied by a mani/pedi gift card is the ultimate pampering gift for your girls. Treat them to some relaxation and fresh nails before the big day!
 
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9. Statement Earrings - Kendra ScottWe've loved seeing these statement earrings on our Pure Luxe brides and their bridesmaids this year! These beautiful hand-crafted earrings come in a variety of colors and stones, all with that recognizable Kendra Scott shape. They make a gorgeous accent to your girl's dresses! Bauble Bar is another great online jewelry store with a variety of jewels for any bridesmaids look. 
 
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10. Lily and Laura Bracelets - Lily and LauraThese bracelets are the best layering accessory and won't break the bank. Each and every bracelet is handcrafted by local female artists in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal so you are giving back at the same time. Every bracelet is different with its own design and colorful glass beads. They come in a variety of colors and are great for a little extra sparkle!
 
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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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Bridemaid Dress Trend Alert- Our Favorites from 2013

With 2013 coming to an end, we wanted to show our love for the recent trend in bridesmaid fashion. Mismatched dresses adds a unique touch to your bridal party style and lets your girls embrace their own personality. Charleston+wedding+photography-2622458757-O

We have seen some really cute ways to incorporate different textures and patterns into your bridal party.  It also gives your bridesmaids the chance to choose what best suits their body types and ensures they will want to wear that dress again.  Use the accessories and bouquets to bring the whole look together.

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Sometimes coordinating bridesmaids dresses can be tricky so we have come up with a few tips on how to master this modern fashion:

  1. Pick a color scheme.
  2. Choose similar textures.
  3. Use a variety of necklines.
  4. Make sure the look is cohesive.
  5. Do a trial run before the big day.

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How to plan the perfect Charleston Bachelorette Party!

You've got the ring, the perfect man, and you have already started checking tasks off of your long list of to do’s. In the midst of all the planning that is taking place for your big day, you cannot forget to enjoy one last celebration as a single lady with your closest girlfriends. This is a time to reminisce on all the fun times you and your girlfriends have shared, and to celebrate the next stage in your life. What better way to celebrate than with a bachelorette party? Ladies of Leisure is a new service offered by the award-winning planning team of Pure Luxe Bride that plans exciting getaways in Charleston for bachelorette parties and ladies weekends without experiencing the stress around planning and research for an out-of-towner. We specialize in providing clients with a unforgettable weekend in the lowcountry guided by our expertise. With our go-to Luxe List of vendors ranges from hotels, restaurants, activities and other related accommodations for our clients to choose from. Ladies of Leisure clients are able to choose from different alternatives, varying in price in order to accommodate their budget.  By choosing from various weekend activities we have provided, clients are able to customize the perfect weekend based on recommendations that we just know you will love! Find additional information on this planning service here.

Rent a Beach House on Folly BeachRenting a beach house on Folly Beach, instead of staying in a hotel downtown, is a great way to save money and be surround by all of your close friends. Also, who wouldn't want to stay right on the beach? With the beach at your front door, and only a 15 minute drive to downtown Charleston, Folly Beach is the perfect location for a bachelorette party weekend.

  • Check out the Home Away  or VRBO websites for rentals with great rates and amazing views.
  • Check out Folly Beach websites Folly Beach or City of Folly Beach for additional information on what to do, where to eat and where to stay.

Explore Downtown Charleston:  

  • Shop on King
  • Take a carriage ride tour with Old South Carriage Tours- Take a bike taxi to the battery (or walk for a better view of historic homes and cobble stone streets)
  • Explore the open air market
  • Stop by WildFlour Pastry for the perfect afternoon pick me up, a delicious cupcake or another baked goodie!

Pamper yourself at Spa AdagioBrides will find Spa Adagio located inside the Francis Marion Hotel. This award winning day spa is the perfect spot to unwind and relax after a day of shopping. With spa packages consisting of massage therapy, skin care services, body treatments, and nail care services, this spa offers everything for the pampered bride and her girlfriends.

  • Location: 387 King Street Charleston, SC

Enjoy lunch at one of our downtown favorites, Leaf Enjoy southern cuisine selections in this cafe + bar, located just off of King Street. With indoor and outdoor seating, Leaf is a great place to enjoy lunch and a cocktail on the beautiful outdoor patio.- Location: 15 Beaufain Street Charleston, SC- Other downtown favorites for lunch:Bull Street GourmetTwenty Six DivineCru Cafe and Caviar and Bananas.

Take a cruise through the Charleston Harbor aboard a catamaran with Sail Prevailing WindsWhat a great way to see Charleston, aboard a catamaran! Enjoy a dolphin eco sail, a sunset sail, a trip to Morris Island, or even take sailing lessons. Sunset sails, either public or private, is a great option for bachelorette parties.

  • Location: 10 Warfside  Street Charleston, SC

Paddle Board you way though the Charleston coastline: You and your bridesmaids can take a paddle board tour through the lowcountry with Charleston Outdoor Adventures! This sport is huge in the Charleston area, and is a beautiful way to see the coastline., dolphins, and other wildlife.

  • Location: 1871 Bowens Island Road Charleston, SC

For transportation, rent a Party Bus for your night out on the town: Complete with custom bars, a dance floor, and great music, party buses are the perfect source of transportation for large groups who are looking to have a great time!

Grab Happy Hour Cocktails at the Pavilion BarWith beautiful views of downtown Charleston and the Charleston Harbor, Pavilion Rooftop Bar is the perfect spot to grab cocktails. This swanky rooftop bar is great for celebrations and is located in the heart of the nightlife scene of Charleston. Reservations for private rooms and/or tables are available for large parties.

  • Location: 225 East Bay Street Charleston, SC

Spend a late afternoon on Shem Creek: For additional happy hour fun, as well as beautiful views of Charleston sunsets, venture on over to Shem Creek. Located 15 minutes outside of downtown Charleston, close to Sullivans Island, this is a great spot to enjoy cocktails by the water while watching boats stroll by. Live music is another advantage of this spot. Bars such as Reds Ice House and Water's Edge are located directly on the water with outside bars and live music.

Make a dinner reservation at one of Charleston’s delicious southern restaurants: 

 For nighttime entertainment, explore East Bay Street, upper King Street, and Market Street: Bachelorette parties will have many options for nightlife in downtown Charleston. Market Street, upper King Street, and East Bay Street offer the most nightlife options for the bride and her friends.Popular spots include: MidtownHenry's HouseStars and many more! These are just a few spots that guests to Charleston often enjoy, but there are many bars in the downtown area ranging in atmosphere.

Enjoy live music: Charleston is a great destination for enjoying live music from local bands.  In addition to local bands playing nightly at spots downtown, there are also many industry favorites who come to the area. What better way to enjoy a night out on the town than with live music in a great atmosphere?- The following spots have great live music from local artists and industry favorites:=

All of these ideas are great for bachelorette parties in the Charleston area. Although we have only named a few of our favorite options for brides and her girlfriends, Charleston is an adventurous and lively town with so many activities occurring nightly. Bachelorette parties will find many options for their stay in Charleston, and may find themselves never wanting to leave!