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: 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!

Fabulous Friday: Essentials for Your Tropical Honeymoon

What could be more fabulous than buying new essentials for your tropical honeymoon? Pure Luxe Bride has compiled some of our most favorite items that we deem essential to any tropical honeymoon. Let the packing begin....

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1 | This everyday, black clutch from Madewell is a necessity on any vacation - including your honeymoon! It’s always useful to have a small, cross body bag for moving through crowds or even just so that you don’t have to think about keeping your belongings safe. Black and gold go with everything, and so will this bag on your honeymoon!

2 | These beautiful, leather travel sized cases from Cuyana make traveling a breeze. Use them to store makeup, toiletries, jewelry, or carry it as a clutch to dinner! Small case sets like these are very useful, no matter where you’re traveling with your hubby!

3 | Josie Maran's nourishing, bohemian mist that textures, volumes and moisturizes your hair so it looks like beach waves. The mist is perfect for when you don’t feel like styling your hair for dinner, or want to control those salty locks.

4 | This is my favorite new look from Jack Rogers for the Spring/Summer 2014. While flip-flops are essential for tiptoeing on the sand, cute sandals are important to have for meals, dressing up or heading into town.

5 | Is there anything easier to accessorize with other than a set of bangles? These Ralph Lauren hammered bangle bracelets can be worn to the beach, to climb a waterfall or for brunch with your new husband - and did we mention gold goes with everything?!

6 | Another of my favorite looks from Tory Burch are her Panama Sunglasses. Timeless and simple in nature, but stylish and elegant no matter the occasion. Sunglasses are a must for everyday use to protect our eyes - why not do it in style?

7 |  One of the best lip balms I’ve seen yet - Clinique’s Chubby Stick is full of color, moisture and comes in 16 colors for all moods! Protect your lips from wind and sun burn with a moisturizing lip balm that’s full of color.

8 | Find a nude, lacey bra to compliment your tan. It’ll go with all your outfits, and look great against that freshly bronzed skin by itself...

9 | Just like sunglasses, hats are a must for everyday use to protect our skin and eyes. With a little more edge and style than a baseball cap, this Panama hat from Cuyana completes any bathing suit/cover up duo.

10 | Lush Cosmetics' Bare Naked Lady is formulated to give us a little extra shimmer on our skin before a night out on the town. Complete your sun-kissed glow from the beach with an extra golden sparkle. Leaves your skin feeling “sextraordinary”.

11 | Why not have a coverup that can be used both day and night? Hair tossed up in a bun with a bikini underneath makes for the perfect beach look from MILLY, while heels and some gold bangles will give this dress the look it needs at night.

The Do's and Don'ts of Honeymoon Booking

Planning a honeymoon can be stressful and overwhelming. Where do you start? What honeymoon destinations are best for a fall wedding? Can we get a honeymoon package at our resort? These are all questions and concerns that couples find themselves struggling with as they start to plan their dream honeymoon. Lucky for you, we have contacted Tara McCoy with Destination Wedding Experts and she was provided helpful information and advice for the stressed Luxe Bride. This information will be extremely helpful as you not only pick your destination, but plan excursions and other details along the way. IMG_1282

How far in advance should the bride and groom book their honeymoon? 

As early as possible! Some boutique resorts or unique room categories fill up a year in advance. Often times there are booking incentives and you’ll save on airfare when you book early. Most packages don’t require final payment until 6 weeks prior to arrival so you’ll have plenty of time to pay off your trip too!! And did I mention that it just feels great to mark things off the list?!

What are some tips for saving money when booking a honeymoon?

Book early.  Use a knowledgeable travel agent, they keep up with all of the deals.  If you’re flying, consider alternate airports. Visit more popular destinations vs. exotic. Also, be flexible with your travel dates.

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Where are the best places for brides and grooms to go on their honeymoon when having a fall, summer, and spring wedding? (Where are the best places to go for each of these seasons)

For couples that want to travel abroad in the fall and spring, it will be much less expensive than in summer months. The Caribbean and Mexico are great year round but, be sure to purchase a good travel insurance policy for the fall hurricane season.

Should one person, or one side of the family, be expected to pay the cost of the honeymoon? (How has the issue of paying for the honeymoon evolved/changed over time) 

Traditionally the honeymoon was the financial responsibility of the groom’s family. Today, most of the couples that I work with pay for at least a portion, if not all of their honeymoon expense.

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What are some additional things that need to be booked/taken care of in advance before arriving at the resort? (airport pick up, etc...) 

Again, I suggest doing as much as possible before you arrive but, things like transfers to/from airport are very important and any rentals (wheelchairs, etc) that you may require. If you have any allergies or special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to notify the resort in advance.

Honeymoon registries have become more popular, can you explain what this is? 

I’m a very big fan of honeymoon registries. Couples these days are combining households when they marry so towels and sheets aren’t necessary. And let’s face it, will you remember who gave you that blender 10 years from now?? But a honeymoon registry allows couples to register for “items” they would like to experience on their trip. It could be something like a special dinner, excursions, or even a room upgrade. Gifts from a honeymoon registry help them make memories that they’ll cherish a lifetime. I’ve even written a comparison of some of the more popular registry sites… check out the Destination Wedding Experts Blog.

What are some tips for determining if a honeymoon destination/package is ‘too good to be true?’ (How can the bride and groom detect if they are being scammed) 

Read the fine print. Most of the deals will have limitations and specific travel dates. Also, don’t be fooled by flawless photographs. It’s always better to work with a travel agent that has actually been there.

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What are some unique honeymoon destination ideas that you have worked on/seen? 

I’ve worked with a few couples planning eco-honeymoons in South American countries including Costa Rica and Peru. In these destinations you’re surrounded by lush rainforests, exotic vegetation, and breathtaking landscapes. These destinations are a dream for the adventure lover with activities like zip lining, rafting, and hiking.

Another unique honeymoon experience is “honeyteering”, it’s a honeymoon mixed with volunteering. This can be an immensely powerful bonding experience for newly married couples. Volunteering abroad takes you out of your comfort zones where you’ll share experiences that bring you closer together. I haven’t had an opportunity to plan a honeyteering trip yet but, would love to help a couple make their first getaway as man and wife a meaningful, life-changing experience.

What are some additional tips that you have to offer Brides and Grooms booking  their honeymoon?

Choose a destination and resort that fits your personality and style. Don’t travel somewhere because you know someone that went there, find the honeymoon getaway that is perfect for you!

Look for a honeymoon package that is a good value, not a good “deal”. Compare the benefits, amenities, and features, not just the price.

Find a travel agent to work with. A qualified, knowledgeable travel professional can help you find the best destination, resort, and package that perfectly fits your style and budget. And when you work with me or other agents at Destination Wedding Experts, our travel planning services are completely free, and you’ll always pay the same as booking it online.

 

Pure Luxe Bride would like to extend a special thank you to Tara McCoy with  Destination Wedding Experts. All of the information found in this post, as well as the gorgeous pictures, were provided by Tara and her broad knowledge and experience working with brides and grooms to plan the perfect honeymoon experience.