Planning Tip Tuesday: Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Everyone has heard the age old tradition of the bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue on her wedding day in order to bring good luck and prosperity. Here are a few ways to incorporate that into your own special day!

Something Old

A few ways to incorporate something "old" into your wedding day attire could be to wear your favorite pair of heels, or jewelry. Wear your mother's wedding dress, or even try to find a designer to help incorporate a piece of her wedding gown into your own or into your bouquet. Even if it can't be seen, you will know it's there! 

Something New

This can be almost anything you're wearing on your wedding day, perhaps a gift from any relative,  maybe a new pair of earrings for the big day, a new pair of shoes, or even your wedding dress. 

Something Borrowed

Perhaps the most special of them all, this one helps include those special people into your in your big day! Whether it's borrowing your grandmother's pearls, or a family photo locket, pins or charms to put on your bouquet.

Something Blue

This one can be fun to incorporate into your attire, no matter what your wedding's color palette is. Shoes can be a fun way to add this little pop of color for good luck and can also double up as new and blue. Another idea could be getting something special embroidered in blue thread on the inside of your dress.

Many of these can be combined as well, and however you decide to include these in your own bridal look will be the perfect finishing touches to what is sure to be the best day of your life!

Vendor Spotlight: Betty Bridal Atelier

For this week's vendor spotlight, we are excited to welcome Betty Bridal Atelier to Charleston! This new store boasts 15 years of bridal experience among their team and they could not be more excited to come to such a great wedding destination. They offer high end and fashion forward dresses from designers Liancarlo, Ines Di Santo, Mira Zwillinger, Caroline Herrera and Oscar De La Renta just to name a few! They are located in a quaint upstairs location on 463 King Street, Unit C. We are so excited to have them be apart of the Charleston community, be sure to say hello!

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Magnolia Plantation Veranda Wedding: Samantha + Jeromy

Labor Day weekend was the perfect weather for a Magnolia Plantation Veranda Wedding for Samantha + Jeromy. The couple had their first look under swooping oaks at the plantation captured by Rachel Red Photography. The ceremony began at the wedding garden with the beautiful white bridge as the backdrop. Once they tied the knot, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the front lawn of the house followed by dinner on the porch. Tables were set with garland, gold lanterns and lots of candlelight for a simple, elegant southern look. The bride and groom had a beautiful chandelier hanging over their cozy sweetheart table. Following dinner, drinks, and a lot of dancing, Samantha + Jeromy exited through a tunnel of sparklers as Mr. and Mrs. Hyman!

 

Vendors

Wedding Planning | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue | Magnolia Long White Bridge

Reception Venue | Magnolia Veranda

Catering | Mosaic

Bar Service, Florist + Lighting | Duvall

Cake | Dulce Truck

Rentals | EventWorks Rentals

Ceremony + Cocktail Music | Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music | DJ Jon

Photographer | Rachel Red

Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls

Transportation | Charleston Style Limo

Photobooth | Charleston Photobooth

Magnolia Plantation Carriage House Wedding: Kira + Brent

On a lovely Friday afternoon, Kira + Brent tied the knot at their Magnolia Plantation Carriage House Wedding. After an intimate first look, exquisitely captured by Dana Cubbage, the ceremony was beautifully set up underneath the large oak.  The bridesmaids making their way down the aisle in mismatched burgundy, pink and purple dresses before Kira, looking stunning in her blush tulle gown and bold red lipstick.

 

Inside the carriage house, the 2 white farm tables, making up the head tables, were adorned with gorgeous centerpieces filled with flowers of sandy pinks, burgundy, and touches of white and green. Pomegranates were incorporated into the tabletop to add some texture and accent the deep fall hues. The wagon wheel chandeliers were embellished with complementary florals to the centerpieces.  After a fun night of eating, drinking, and dancing the night away, the newlyweds departed the reception via vintage Rolls Royce as Mr. + Mrs. Greenberg!

Thank you to our fabulous vendors!

Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony/Reception | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House

Catering | Mosaic

Bar Service | Squeeze

Cake | Swank

Florist | Miele

Rentals | EventWorks

Lighting | IES

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Officiant | John W. Leininger

Bride + Groom Transportation | ACW Vintage Rolls

Specialty Rentals | French Eclectic

Dress Designer | Pronovias

Guest Fashion

Are you having a hard time deciding how to adhere to a wedding dress code? Not sure if your dress is Black Tie appropriate? Here is your go-to guide for all things dress code!

White Tie - As formal as formal gets

If the invitation says "white tie" you will definitely want to dress to the nines. Women should wear a floor length gown and the men should wear a tuxedo with a long black jacket with tails, a white shirt, vest, and bow tie, and dress shoes. Think the Oscars! 

Photo Credit: Alice Keeny

Black Tie

A black tie wedding often means that women should wear a floor length formal gown or a nice cocktail dress. Men should still wear a black tuxedo or evening jacket with matching trousers. 

Photo Credit: Amelia and Dan

Formal - Sometimes called "Black Tie Optional"

Women can wear a formal gown if they want, but a cocktail dress is definitely appropriate. For the men, your best suit will do fine! You could wear a tuxedo if you want, but it's not required.

Photo Credit: Aaron and Jillian

Dressy/Casual

Most weddings that are dressy casual are likely outside or in the summer. With that being said, women should feel free to wear a cocktail dress or a cute two piece. A suit with a fun tie will do just fine for the men!

Photo Credit: Aaron and Jillian

Some things to keep in mind: 

  • "You can never be overdressed or overeducated" 
  • You can't go wrong with neutral colors or floral patterns
  • The time of the ceremony helps to determine what to wear, for example, an evening ceremony lends itself to more formal attire. 

Fabulous Friday: Romantic Sweetheart Tables

Your wedding day is all about you, and your new husband - but with each guest to thank and friends to mingle with, it's hard to find a quiet moment to pause and bask in your beautiful day as a couple. One way to allow for a few moments to sit down together and enjoy each others company in the midst of your many guests, is a stunning sweetheart table! With the growing popularity of couple's choosing a sweetheart table over a traditional head table, there are so many ways to personalize your table as a short refuge to enjoy your first meal as a newly married couple! We also love how sweetheart tables serve as a focal point for your guests with just you and your groom at the table.

To distinguish your table from your guests', we love sequined table linens to add that extra touch of glam! The delicate draping of your chairs can be accented with florals and greenery to really set you both apart!

Photo credit: Evan Laettner

Having a sweetheart table allows for intimate, relaxed photographs to be captured throughout the night. The sweet candid moments that are captured during toasts and enjoying a few moments together at your own table are our favorites!

Fabulous Friday: Wedding Traditions

There are so many things we love about a new engagement and the planning process running up to your big day, and we love that so many brides bring with them their own unique traditions as well as abiding by the tried and true wedding traditions! Here are some of our favorites and a little history behind these well known wedding elements:

“Something old, something new…”

This good luck saying dates way back to Victorian times and today, it may be one of the most infamous wedding traditions that many brides partake in. Something old represents the link with the bride's family and the past. Many brides accessorise their wedding attire with a piece of antique family jewelry or a mother's or grandmother's wedding veil or pieces of their gown – we love this, especially seeing the mother or grandmothers pride in seeing their beautiful bride is something so dear to their hearts Something new represents good fortune and success in the bride's new married life. The stunning wedding gown is often chosen as the new item. Something borrowed is used to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her and her new husband when help is needed. The ‘something borrowed’ might be something such as a piece of jewelry or a handkerchief. Something blue is used to symbolize faithfulness and loyalty, most often the blue item is the garter, but we have seen lots of pretty blue details incorporated into the dress, such as beautiful shoes. Last but not least, a silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe is to wish the bride and her new husband wealth.

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Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Burying the Bourbon

With Charleston being located on the southeastern coast, we are no stranger to rain! Although we are always prepared to make your beautiful day run as smoothly as possible despite torrential downpours, some couples abide by this old southern folklore of burying a bottle of bourbon at the site of their wedding in order to ward off any rain that might put a damper on their big day! According to the tradition, it must be done exactly one month prior to the wedding (who doesn’t need another excuse to visit the Holy City?), the bottle must be completely full, and buried upside down to ensure maximum results! Whether or not the bourbon proves successful, be sure to dig it up post ceremony and enjoy while looking at your stunning new wedding photos!

Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Cutting the Cake

The wedding cake has always been a beautiful center piece of any wedding, and the tradition of breaking the cake over the bride's head dates back to the Ancient Romans (we are sure you are very glad we have moved past that!). Today the cutting of the cake has become one of the most classic elements of the reception, that also happens to be one of our favorite photo opportunities! It is symbolic as the first task the newlyweds perform together and sharing a piece of cake symbolizes their union and the promise to provide for each other. Through out time as cakes went from simple to elaborate, multi-tiered pieces of yummy art, it became almost impossible for the bride to cut the cake on her own, she needed her new husband's muscles to help her cut through the layers of delicious frosting. Despite many cakes now being delicate and much easier to slice, the bride and groom still cut the cake together, and why not? Your guests and photographers love it!

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Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Honeymoons

In ancient times the now cherished practice of the ‘honeymoon’ began. The Teutonic people only held weddings under the full moon. After the wedding celebration, the bride and groom would drink honey wine for a full moon cycle - thirty days. This became known as the "honey moon." While the name endured, the purpose of the honeymoon obviously changed, but we are still advocates of toasting a glass of bubbly every day for thirty days! After the wedding, newlyweds would say goodbye to their family and friends to go and start their life as the new Mr. + Mrs. ( Send-offs are such a great photo opportunity, whether or not you're leaving straight away for your honeymoon or waiting!) Today that purpose continues, only now a fun vacation is included, usually to a sunny beach resort or your favorite city! Check out our guide to your honeymoon essentials!

Photo credit: Hyer Images

Fabulous Friday: Free Alterations at Gown Boutique!

For Fabulous Friday we are sharing a special that Gown Boutique of Charleston is currently offering in celebration of their 10 year anniversary! They are offering free alterations to all brides who order a gown between now through the end of October! Don't miss out on this amazing deal!

Your FREE alterations will include:

  • A first fitting where we will take your measurements and pin the dress.
  • Taking in or letting out through the bodice, waist and hips per your measurements taken at the first fitting.
  • Adding cups if requested.
  • Hemming the front, sides and all layers of the skirt, including lining and crinolines.
  • Designing and sewing the bustle.
  • A second fitting appointment to check your gown fit.
  • A final fitting to teach someone of your choosing how to bustle your gown.
  • Hand pressing of your gown and veil, if purchased with us, prior to pickup.

Fabulous Friday: Top it off!

This Fabulous Friday, we have a sweet tooth! With a wedding cake as one of the major centerpieces of your Big Day, why not top it off with a pretty personalized cake topper? We love the personal touch that these toppers add to your cake - it is an opportunity for you to continue to show off you and your significant others' personalities! There are so many styles to go for, and even if you don't go for the 'traditional' tiered cake route and opt for individual desserts, you can have fun styling them also!

We are obsessed with putting fresh blooms on the cake to bring in some color, and coordinate the cake with the rest of your design!

Photo credit: Aaron & Jillian Photography

To make your topper unique to your special day, personalize it with your names in handwritten calligraphy, a monogrammed letter, or even porcelain elephants!

Photo Credit: Paige Winn Photo

Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

For those couples that prefer the individual desserts or mini cakes, opt for varying heights of trays to display your fun treats:

Photo Credit: Reese Moore Weddings

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If you have multiple desserts or toppers are not appropriate, decorate your table with pretty details. Lace, flowers, candles, linens, there are so many options! This dessert display was inspired by a couples engagement story at their favorite winery in California. 

Photo credit: Aaron & Jillian Photography

Another option is to use fruit as a topper! Peaches, berries, figs you name it! Fruit brings an element of color and texture to your cake: 

Photo Credit: Amelia and Dan

Make your dessert something your guests will not only love to eat, but love to look at!

Fabulous Friday: Spring Honeymoon Essentials

We're so excited for our beautiful Spring 2016 weddings, and we know you are, too! BUT we are also so looking forward to hearing all about your relaxing honeymoons. Whether you're hitting the soft white beaches of an exotic island, or exploring the sights of a bustling city, here are some Fabulous Friday honeymoon essentials! We are sure you will love to add these goodies to your suitcase!

As a newly wed, it's imperative that you have your new title on your vacation necessities! So, here is one of our favorite Passport sleeves, by Kate Spade.

Now you've got your travel documents secure, it's time to add some accessories to your outfit! We love this saddle leather K. Slade clutch. There are many styles and colors to choose from, so why not treat yourself to a gorgeous bag for a trip to remember? An added bonus: it's available for monogramming with your new initials!

A Spring or Summer vacay isn't complete without a pretty sun hat. Anthropologie has a stunning collection, here is our friday pick. (We also love that it is named after our fair city!)

S'well bottles have taken the world by storm, and we're so glad! The large selection of the prettiest colors make us beam with joy, and we believe that they should be an everyday essential, particularly for beach and city breaks! This stunning coral color screams "fun in the sun." The wide variety of colors & styles means your SO can also pick a fun bottle to bring, too!

Now you've completed your diamonds on your finger, its time to add some sparkle elsewhere! Kendra Scott has such a stunning selection, you could never go wrong. This rose gold pendant necklace is one that we love and will complete any honeymoon outfit!

Whether your are strolling along a boardwalk or exploring the cobbled streets of beautiful Charleston, these flat Tory Burch espadrilles will be sure to keep your feet comfortable and pretty. We are obsessed with the ivory, but the navy & coral options are also perfect for the Spring & Summer!

With all this traveling, whether by air, boat, horse-drawn carriage, your hands needs a little TLC. Treat yourself to this luxurious Vitamin E hand treatment by Jo Malone. It's size is perfect for travel!

We're sure that you will love some of our picks, and we're excited to hear your own vacation essentials!