Newly Engaged? Get That Wedding Planning Ball Rolling!

We were so thrilled when  A Lowcountry Wedding asked us to guest blog to their newly engaged readers! And, what better topic to discuss than how to get that wedding planning ball rolling?! After some serious Pure Luxe brainstorming, we came up with the five most important steps to help you get started.

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1. Do your research.

The very first step in planning your wedding must include research. It is very important that you weigh all your options when it comes to venues and vendors, price ranges, and of course, planners. To get married in coastal South Carolina or the church your parents were married in? An indoor or outdoor ceremony? How much does a wedding cake typically cost? These are all very important questions that your research can help you answer.


2. Discuss your budget and stick to it.

After you've begun your research, you'll become more familiar with the pricing of all things weddings. You'll learn that getting married on a week day or in the off-season could cost exponentially less than a Saturday wedding in March. You'll decide whether you and your spouse-to-be prefer a band or a DJ to help you dance the night away. Discussing a budget and sticking to it is the most important aspect of wedding planning - hands down. Get your finances in order and figure out the best allocation of your resources for your special day. Unfortunately, you can't spend money that you don't have BUT you can do a lot with the money you do have. Figure out what number works for you and do your best to stay within it. Everything else will fall into place with the help of your planner and vendors.


3. Be realistic.

Creating a budget is a difficult task in itself, but creating a realistic budget can be even more difficult. Your dream wedding is within reach; it just requires a creative spin and a few adjustments here and there. The worst thing that can happen in the planning process is when reality becomes a distant memory, and the ideas of draping the entire tent emerge. If details like this aren't in your budget, don't even go there! A bride who's dreams become bigger than her budget makes for a disappointed bride and the last thing we want is for our brides to be disappointed!


4. Think about your guest list.

One way to combine your research and budget in a realistic and all-encompassing fashion is through a tentative guest list. Discussing who the essentials, probably's, maybe's and definitely not's are ahead of time can really help you manage your budget. A huge amount of your decisions and costs will be based upon how many people will be invited/attending your wedding. Small pricing details also come into play once you're familiar with your guest count such as save the dates/invitation pricing, escort/place cards, favors and more.


5. Work as a team

As exciting as planning your wedding can and will be, it is very easy to get caught up in the craziness of it, and even forget the real purpose behind it all. Remember that you and your future-hubby are a team and your decisions should be joint. Include him not only in the big decisions such as guest count and catering choices, but also in the smaller details like the color scheme and florals. Chances are, he'll leave these decisions to you but he'll love that you included him and wanted his opinion. Most importantly, make sure to just simply spend some time together, sans wedding details. Have a movie night, take a cooking class, or just sit on the couch and catch up - whatever you do, make time for one another.

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Southern Sparkle Styled Shoot with Lowcountry Wedding

We have been patiently waiting to be able to share this fabulous styled shoot with you! This past summer we teamed up with some of our favorite vendors and Lowcountry Wedding Blog to bring you a true Pure Luxe Bride original. When we were approached to be a part of the shoot we were given a bracelet that was pink and navy tied in a sailor knot with an anchor clasp to incorporate into the inspiration. We turned this piece of jewelry into our inspiration for the theme: Nautical Meets Kate Spade (with lots of sparkle!). View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: Someone look familiar? Yes! That's our fabulous associate planner, Blake and our office pooch Ginger. View More: View More: View More: View More: View More: View More:

A huge thank you to Erin a A Lowcountry Wedding Blog for thinking of us for this shoot. And of course, these fabulous images courtesy of Dana Cubbage  Weddings.

And these other fabulous vendors for being involved in making our inspiration come to life!

Floral: Charleston Flower Market Rentals: Event Works Stationary: Modern South Catering: Salt House Catering Dress: Modern Trousseau Cake: Declare Hair & Make Up: Ash & Co. Venue: South Carolina Aquarium