Planning Tip Tuesday: Gifts for the Newly Engaged!

Your bestie just got engaged! You're over the moon for her and her new fiancé and you're so excited to help her along the journey towards the big day! In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, why not personalize something unique and special for her and her soon-to-be hubby? There are so many gift ideas online that the task of choosing can be overwhelming, especially if she's a friend who seems to have everything! We have done all of the work for you and compiled a list of our favorite finds, and gifts we're sure the beautiful couple will appreciate and adore!

HelloWorld Paper Co. & Stamps have fun custom stamps that would help your favorite couple addressing all of their heart-felt Thank You's after the big day and as they enter their new life as Mr. & Mrs! This self-inking stamp will stamp over 10,000 impressions before needing to be refilled - amazing! With such pretty fonts, there's a style for everyone!

Rifle Paper Co. is one of our favorite stationary brands, with such delicate soft prints and beautiful colors, they have the ability to make mundane look magnificent! This floral personalized portrait print of the happy couple is something so unique and special, and is definitely the perfect gift for a new home or office! 

BrinnyK Designs on Etsy has a great collection of drinkware that can be personalized for your newly engaged bestie and her beau! This pick is for that coffee loving couple, however there are plenty of wine glass selections. We love the gold font for that extra touch of glam! You can never go wrong with a cute mug!

Kate Spade has something for EVERYONE. Their fun, colorful gifts are sure to make a friend smile! We love the Kate Spade bridal collection and this cosmetics bag is adorable. With two sides, one for "I DO" and the other proudly announcing "I DID!", this is the perfect gift for a gal pal thats always on the go, for honeymoon essentials + beyond!

When it comes to newly weds, we love monogrammed gifts with the couples initials. Mark & Graham have a vast collection of home goods and personal items. For a new home, we love this wooden circular tray for the couple that loves to entertain or that has so many bits & bobs that need a pretty catchall! An added bonus: Mark & Graham offer free monogramming & gift wrap - one more thing checked off of your list!

Planning Tip Tuesday: Pre-Wedding Relaxation Week

With your big day quickly approaching, you might feel like you need some time to yourself before all of the wedding festivities begin. Our advice is to grab your bestie (or Mom) and hit up some fun, relaxing things to do while you are waiting for your guests to arrive to Charleston. Not sure exactly what to do? Here's our ultimate go-to guide for all things relaxing and fun!

1. Pre Wedding Yoga

Be focused and present for you special day. Your wedding is about you and your love, but it is easy to get lost in the details, and planning and making everyone happy. Choose to start your day with a one on one private yoga session to quiet the chaos, to connect to your place of balance, to ground and be reminded that it’s all about love and that everything else will fall into place. Melora with Serenity Tree Yoga offers private lessons for the bride to be and can come to you or a beach location. What a perfect way to start your wedding week!

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2. Wine Blending - The Grand Bohemian Hotel

A new trend in Charleston, wine blending is a great way to relax and create the perfect bottle of wine to celebrate your special day! Not only is your wine designed and blended by you, but you also get to create your own label to finish it off. Blend. Sip. Repeat!

3. BYOB Candle Making Class at Candlefish

Nothing says relaxation like the scent of a candle! Candlefish, a candle store that carries every type of candle you could imagine, offers BYOB candle making classes. You and your MOH can pop some bubbly and create a memorable scent to remind you of such a special occasion!

4. Happy Hour on a Rooftop

The Charleston skyline is a must-see and what better way to take in the gorgeous view than from a super chic rooftop bar!

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5. Get a spray tan from Canary Rock! Want a nice bronzed glow and don't live at the beach or get much sun? We recommend a spray tan just a few days before the big day from Canary Rock Salon.

Planning Tip Tuesday: Best Charleston Engagement Photo Spots

When it comes to Charleston, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery, so sometimes it can be difficult to choose a location for your Charleston engagement photos. Whether looking for gorgeous waterfront venues, or historic homes, there are tons of options to choose from, so we've complied a list of our top 5.

Downtown Charleston

Cobblestone streets, palm trees and colorful homes, you can't beat the gorgeous scenery of downtown Charleston. After all, you chose this beautiful city as a destination wedding location for a reason, right? Show it off to your guests in your engagement pictures!

Photography by: Monika Gauthier

Edisto

Another one of South Carolina's beautiful islands, Edisto will not disappoint. With beautiful marshes and huge driftwood on the beach, you'll definitely fall in love all over again (and again).

Photography By: Hyer Images

Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall is gorgeous. But if you've seen The Notebook, you already know that. We love engagement sessions at Boone Hall because of its simple, southern elegance.

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Photography By: Dana Cubbage

Lowndes Grove Plantation

If you're in Charleston, visiting a plantation is a MUST, and Lowndes Grove is no exception. This beautiful historic house with a stunning waterfront view is the perfect scene for an engagement session.

Photography By: Dana Cubbage

Folly Beach

Folly Beach might not come to mind when you are thinking about engagement session in Charleston, but it will surely change your mind. We love these dreamy engagement pictures because of the calm, nautical feel they bring!

Photography By: Dana Cubbage

Planning Tip Tuesday: RSVP Etiquette

The rules of wedding traditions are constantly changing and evolving, but today we are talking about why a paper wedding RSVP is still the way to go! While technology is making an easy outlet for guests to RSVP online, we still think you should stay true to tradition on this one, hear us out! First, its proper etiquette, and guests will be expecting an RSVP card alongside your beautiful invitation. If there are guests who are not tech-savy or are a member of the older generation, they may have trouble RSVP'ing online or not do it at all. People are more likely to send it  in the mail when they are provided with a tangible card and postage vs remembering to get on the computer. The less people you have to call and check up on the better, trust us! Lastly, it's way more exciting to get the reply's via snail mail in the midst of all the wedding planning! Enjoy the thrill of checking the mail each day and getting so excited each time you open an RSVP from a loved one! Plus, as lovers of all things paper, we just think these cards are adorable and make your invitation suite that much better! 

Don't forget- when choosing an RSVP date, make sure it's at least 5 weeks out from your big day! Final counts are often due by the 1 month out mark, so this will give you an opportunity to follow up before it's due!

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Fabulous Friday: Bridal Hairstyles We Love

Every last detail is meticulously thought out and perfectly planned for your big day, and your bridal hair is no exception. We recommend a trial run with your hair stylist weeks in advance so that there are no surprises on the day of your wedding, and your vision is brought to life without a hitch! Check out our pictures below to see what bridal hairstyles we love!

1. Down with soft waves: Go natural, let your locks down, and show off your long hair! An added sparkly head piece makes it glam!

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Photo Credit: Julie Livingston Photography

Hair Stylist: Paper Dolls

2. Flower accented updo: We love this intricate updo with added blush tone flowers! This hairstyle is an extra way to tie your wedding flowers into your complete bridal look.

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Photo Credit: Aaron & Jillian Photography

Hair Stylist: Paper Dolls

3. Elegant updo with a jeweled headband: Shine a little brighter and opt for a glamorous headband to add to your elegant updo. Complete with loose tendrils, we are swooning over this hairstyle!

Photo Credit: Hyer Images

Hair Stylist: Ash and Co.

4. Braided updo with a flower crown: This hairstyle is perfect for the rustic chic bride, tying in natural, rustic elements to compliment a chic braided updo.

Photo Credit: Hyer Images

Hair Stylist: Paper Dolls

5. Half-up, half-down: Get the best of both with this half-up, half-down hairstyle! A side part with loose curls makes for a soft, elegant look.

Photo Credit: Amelia + Dan

Hair Stylist: Gibson Hair + Makeup

 Get inspired, try a few out, and see what will work best to complete your beautiful bridal style. We can't wait to see your finished look on the big day!

Fabulous Friday: Charleston Wedding- Dress to Perfection

Every Bride dreams of finding the most perfect dress for her big day, one that speaks to her and makes her feel fabulously flawless! Obviously, the Bride is the focal point of her entire wedding, so when the personalized details within her dress are able to be incorporated into the design and details of the wedding and venue itself, it's absolutely breathtaking! Check out the stunning Charleston Wedding gowns designed by some of our favorites!

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Fabulous Friday: Charleston is Named No. 1 City

It's a Fabulous Friday here at Pure Luxe Bride: recently, Charleston was named the No. 1 City in the U.S., No. 2 City in the world, and one of the most romantic cities in the world by Condé Nast Traveler...and it's no secret why. From the beautiful Spanish moss to the charming characteristics of the historic homes and venues, Charleston is like a scene straight out of an old romance novel. Whether you want to have a homey feel at Lowndes Grove, a natural feel under the trees at Magnolia Plantation Carriage House, or opt for a downtown feel at William Aiken House, the romantic venues are endless. Below are some of our favorite photos that truly emphasize Charleston and its romantic atmosphere!

bride + groom on King Street

Photo Credit: Aaron + Jillian 

Magnolia Plantation

Photo Credit: Richard Bell Photography

Catherine + Alex's Magnolia Plantation Carriage House

Photo Credit: Aaron + Jillian 

Rice Mill Wedding

Photo Credit: Jennifer Bearden

Hyer Images

 Photo Credit: Hyer Images