Fabulous Friday: rEvent

We love the sense of community that our beautiful Holy City of Charleston encompasses and we love it even more when we get to take part in giving back through our magnificent weddings! rEvent is a Charleston based nonprofit whose mission is to extend the beauty of events in the Charleston area.

Specifically working with the Event industry, rEvent is reducing waste and maximizing re-use through their free of charge service. Instead of throwing away your beautiful floral arrangements at the end of your special day, you, as a donor, can choose from a local list of charitable organizations to donate your gently used wedding day goods. Your wedding details can extend their use that benefits those in need in our community! Your floral arrangements can be picked up on site at the end of the day by rEvent, given a fresh cut and rearranged into bedside bouquets that are hand delivered to your choice of recipient. WOW! Floral arrangements that are not able to be reused are locally composted instead of sending them to landfill. It really doesn't get much better than that. 

rEvent is currently delivering repurposed flower bouquetsto MUSC Hospital, MUSC Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, and Our Lady Of Mercy. Even better news is, rEvent doesn't just accept floral donations - they are able to redistribute nonperishable event items such as table linens and votives for efficient reuse within the community to affordable housing initiatives and arts programs. Some of the recipients of nonperishable are Habitat for Humanity & Goodwill. 

Allow your floral after party to continue, don't let your beautiful florals go to waste! Donate to rEvent and bring a smile to someone else's face! We love this idea, and we cannot wait to use this service with our Brides.

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Planning Tip Tuesday: Engagement Ring Dos + Don'ts

As we are heading into engagement season, here are a few tips on how to care of your sparkly new ring!

DOs

Do clean it often! It is important to do so because you'll be wearing it for years to come, and cleaning it often will keep it looking brand new!

Do keep it some place safe when not wearing it! This not only helps you keep track of it, but also ensures it won't get scratched or damaged when it's out of your sight. This gives you an excuse to go buy an adorable ring box. 

Do get it insured! This will cover you for any mishaps. 

DON'Ts

Don't wear it for activities that might put wear and tear on it! These can range anywhere from cooking, to going to the gym, or using household cleaning products. You don't want these to cause the gems to come loose or cause damage to the setting.

Don't wear it while washing dishes! Not only is the hot water and excessive amount of soap not good for it, it is also a bad idea to be doing so over an open drain.

Don't swim with your ring on! Cold water can cause your fingers to shrink making it easier for the precious diamond to fall off. Chlorine can damage or discolor the band or stone. 

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: 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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Fabulous Friday: Groomsmen Gifts

Today's post is all about the groom! We have come up with ten creative gift ideas that your groomsmen will actually want and be able to use long after the wedding celebrations are over. It's so important to say thanks to these guys for standing by your side on your big day, so pick a gift that is personal to you and your handsome groomsmen!

1. Leather Travel Kit or Toiletries Bag - Groovy Groomsmen GiftsNot only are these gifts usable for the actual wedding weekend, but they are customizable as well! 

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2. Personalized Decanter - Groovy Groomsmen GiftsTo ease the nerves on your big day, there's no doubt that you and your groomsmen will be having a few drinks while getting ready. Why not make it personalized with these custom decanters? Perfect for the spirt of your choice!

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3. Unique Bowties - BrackishThese bowties are the real deal, y'all. Handcrafted with real turkey and bird feathers, these eye-catching bowties are sure to be a hit with everyone. Your groomsmen can also wear them to events for years to come, making them an extremely practical gift. Not to mention, they'll look awesome in your photos!

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4. Custom Brass Collar Stays - Owen and Fred: Another practical, yet custom gift...what's not to like? Add a special touch by engraving them with your groomsmen's nicknames or initials! 

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5. Drink Rocks - AreawareThese Drink Rocks are  unique, as well as functional. Made of soapstone and marble, these rocks are designed to be chilled in the freezer before they go into your drinks, acting as a stand-in ice cube to keep your drinks undiluted and strong as ever!

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6. Beer Making Kit - Brooklyn BrewshopWhat guy wouldn't want his own personal brewing kit? This Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit serves as a fun activity for you and your groomsmen to do together pre or post-wedding weekend!

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7. Custom Cuff Links - Custom MadeCustom cuff links will make all of your groomsmen look extra sharp on your wedding day, and they'll also make a great detail shot for your photographer!

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8. Engraved Flask and Cigar Holder - Home Wet Bar: Your groomsmen can hold their spirits and cigars in one place and tuck it away into their tux pockets for later on during the wedding reception!

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9. Party Socks - J. CrewParty socks should be a staple for all groomsmen. With so many options, you can go for polka-dots, stripes, your alma mater's logo, animals, funny sayings, crazy patterns, and much more!  

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10. Sunglasses - Ray-BanWith so many styles and options, you can find a pair of shades to keep each of your groomsmen looking cool on your big day.

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Fabulous Friday: Wedding Shoes We Love

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." Nothing feels better than rocking an awesome pair of heels, and we always love to see what shoes our Pure Luxe brides wear on their special day. Your wedding shoes are a great way to show off your personal style and truly compliment your dress. Plus, they make for a beautiful detail shot, and not to mention, you can wear them again for years to come and bring back all the cherished memories! Check out some of our favorite shots of wedding shoes below and get inspired!

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Fabulous Friday: Top 3 Wedding Trends We Love Right Now

Just like fashion, wedding trends come and go with the seasons. So far this spring, we have seen so many gorgeous trends and details, but these 3 "take the cake" as our current favorites!

1. Naked Cakes and "Partially" Naked Cakes: Naked cakes are all the rage right now! Just like a regularly frosted cake, these cakes come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors, and often include layers of frosting between each sheet of cake. We love when they are topped with lush flowers or fresh fruit. Be unique at your wedding and indulge in one of these naked beauties!

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2. Colorful Flowers: Bye bye neutrals, hello color! We're loving the colorful bouquets our brides have been sporting this spring!

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3. Rustic Chic Weddings: There's no better place than Charleston to find the perfect rustic venue to compliment your chic wedding theme! We love to see light, romantic touches added to soften these spaces, while also pulling together a complete rustic chic look. Accent colors such as light pinks, ivories, and soft shades of blue work great, as well as pops of vibrant color here and there.

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Fabulous Friday | Original Bouquet Portaits

Brides all over are spending crazy amounts of money to be able to hold the perfect bridal bouquet on their special day. The problem is, however, it doesn't last very long! Until now. We are OBSESSED with the amazing idea to have your beautiful bouquet painted by a wonderful, local artist, so you can cherish your wedding day for years to come. This idea encompasses all of the color, flare, and originality present in your live bouquet, and transforms it into a stunning work of art. Check out a few examples from one local, Charleston artist, Lulie Wallace- absolutely gorgeous!

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Fabulous Friday: Draping

  Wanting to add a little extra flare to your venue? Draping is a great way to make the space feel more intimate and try to cover up some of the less beautiful details! No matter what venue type, there are multiple ways to drape a space and make the reception look more complete.

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Want to hide those metal tent poles? Pole draping is a great way to create a beautiful illusion! Flowers can also be used over top of the draping to give a stunning addition to your reception space.

 

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Chair draping for the new Mr. + Mrs. is a fun way to make the newlyweds feel like royalty. With the back of the chairs looking different from everyone else's, it helps them stand out, and makes for some great photos!

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Pure Luxe Bride offers in-house draping services for weddings and events in Charleston, SC and surrounding areas. Not our client, no problem! We happily contract out our services to brides and grooms looking to add this special touch for their big day. Learn more about our services here or e-mail francesca@pureluxebride.com for more details . 

Fabulous Friday: Epic Charleston Slow Motion Booth

One of our fabulous vendors, Epic Charleston has their very own Slow Motion Booth! Epic is the first one in Charleston to take part in this growing trend. During your wedding, guests and you + your groom can go in the booth do any fun pose or any fun idea in front of the camera then Epic will go back and slow the video down. They use special cameras designed to shoot slow motion video along with studio lighting and a white video background. They have their own props they can bring along, and you are welcome to bring your own as well! whatever  One of the more popular ideas is throwing confetti, and it looks awesome! Check out the slow motion video Epic made! [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.pureluxebride.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/EPIC-slow-motion-booth-HD.mp4"][/video]