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!

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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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!

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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!

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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!

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Planning Tip Tuesday: Wedding Hashtags

We're obsessed with social media and with so many of your guests also equally in love with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, your wedding can be documented by your near and dear in real time! With unique hashtags, you’ll be able to view your guests photos whenever you want! Not only can you use a hashtag for your big day, we also love the fun bachelor and bachelorette weekend hashtags. Picking a hashtag will be one of the most fun things you will get to do (besides cake tasting!) Here are some tips to pick the punniest, sweetest hashtag that your guests will LOVE! 

  1. Put your names together!

We love when couples have names that can be combined into funny puns or cute combinations of their names. Also, for a bachelorette party, we love #AshleysLastBash or using the Bride's maiden name #HuntersLastStand. Your man and his guys may also want to join in the fun for his bachelor weekend, for example, #AndrewsLastHurrah

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2. Incorporate your story!

Whether you have been dating for 6 months or 6 years, use the hashtag to make your guests giggle at your story! For example, a couple who have been together for many years, a cute hashtag could be #FinallyaSmith, #JohnsonAtLast. A cute one that is a classic and loved by everyone, for example, #HereComeTheJones or #ShermanPartyof2

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3. Alliteration is key!

It's all about how the hashtag rolls off the tongue, or your fingertips! Alliteration makes your hashtag sound smooth! If you're stuck for ideas, you can guarantee you will find one using alliteration. For example, #NicholsonNuptuals, #HarrisonsGetHitched. 

If you're still having a hard time coming up with something creative, try using The Wedding Hashtag Generator!

Once you pick your hashtag, you can use it from the moment he pops down on one knee! Use it to document fun engagement adventures up until your wedding day. Then, all you need to do is pick fun frames to place around your venue to encourage your guests to use your hashtag! You will be able to look back on moments that your guests captured and cherish them forever. 

Planning Tip Tuesday: Your Pre-Wedding Tasting

What's a wedding reception without dinner and drinks?! Selecting the cuisine that will be served at your wedding is a crucial step in the planning process. To make the most of your tasting appointments, we have some helpful tips for you to keep in mind...

1. Stay on Budget: Don't tease yourself by booking a tasting with a caterer who you know is way over your budget. Research caterers that you know you can afford, and move on from there. Also, trust your planner when they are recommending vendors to you; they have your best interest at heart, and know which caterers will fit with your taste and style. Delicious fare and excellent service is sure to follow!

2. Compromise: Opposites attract! You and your husband-to-be might not see eye to eye on just what provisions will be at your wedding, but fear not; your caterer will work with you to compromise and create flavors that the both of you will enjoy. If your groom is dead-set on a chicken biscuit appetizer, and you're sold on a mini tomato tart, get the best of both worlds and serve the chicken biscuit as a yummy late-night treat and have your mini tomato tart as a passed hors d'oeuvre. 

3. Speak Up: It's your tasting, so don't be afraid to speak up if you don't particularly enjoy certain ingredients, or if you want to make modifications to the dish! The chef will do their best to work with you to create a meal you'll remember forever. Also, keep your options open so that you can make an informed decision, and don't be afraid to ask your planner for their input as well!

4. Be adventurous: Don't be afraid to step out of the box! Tastings are the time to try new things and you might be pleasantly surprised by a new dish! Your guests will be expecting the standard carving station, so surprise them with a unique southern cuisine! Create a menu that represents you as a couple... put a spin on the region your from or a special meal from the night of your engagement! 

Grab your eating pants and get tasting - the options are endless!

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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]

 

 

 

Fabulous Friday: Vendor Spotlight on Felice Designs

Friday's are always better with a bit of sparkle – so we just could not resist sharing this fab jewelry courtesy of designer, Felice, of Felice Designs. We have had a crush on her custom design work for brides and bridal parties and we are thrilled to share her beautiful work with our readers. couple-smile-569x480

Located in the heart of Upper King, Felice Designs is known for it's unique jewelry design.  The bridal jewelry is a collection of sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, and freshwater pearls. The colorful murano glass comes from Italy that Felice heats and forms each bead by hand to create her one of a kind handmade jewelry. We love that you can make your very own custom design that is incomparable to any other jewelry company. These are pieces that you can wear again and again, even after the wedding day is over!

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Wedded Bliss Tip: 12 Makeup Mistakes We Don't Want Our Brides to Make

What could be more important than the dress, the veil, the shoes... nothing right?! Wrong! After spending money on all of these wedding day necessities, not to mention the photographer and the videographer, the perfect look starts with the perfect make up!
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1. Book a makeup trial Don't skip scheduling a trial with your makeup artist! This is a very important step in figuring out what look you want on your special day. Make sure you and your makeup artist are on the same page - the last thing you want is a smokey eye for your light and romantic wedding.

2. Looking like someone else Your wedding day really isn't the time to experiment with makeup. You should look like the best version of yourself. Makeup is meant to accentuate your best features, not change your face entirely! You want your groom to recognize you as you walk down the aisle...

3. Skimping on waterproof Just don't. You're hugging, kissing, crying, dancing, and more on your special day so just don't skimp on the waterproof anything! Primer, foundation, setting powder, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, and whatever else you can think of.
4. Keeping makeup looks uniform between you and your bridesmaids As the bride, you should definitely stand out from the rest of the bridal party. You're already wearing a stunning dress so why not continue the trend by making your makeup different from that of your bridesmaids too?! If you don't want to see a dramatic difference, just steak your look a little so that you remain the focus.
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5. Using lipstick instead of lip stain Some lipsticks "promise" long-wear coverage that won't come off, but just to be safe, we recommend using a lip stain in stead! We don't want red lipstick on his collar, or worse, your dress.

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6. Leaving your wedding makeup look as the last detail you think about Your makeup is as important as your veil - don't forget about it! As soon as you've chosen your gown, figure out what makeup look you want to go for. This can help you create the entire look.

7. OD'ing on highlighter You will be a glowing goddess on your wedding day, we can guarantee it! You don't need to OD on the highlighter or it will leave your face looking shiny and oily, instead of happy and glowy. Apply highlighter only to your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and on the inner corners of your eyes.

8. Trying false lashes for the first time Again, not the time to experiment. If you want fuller, thicker lashes, use makeup to get the same effect or opt to glue on individual lash clusters with clear glue because they're easy to apply yourself. If you're getting your makeup done, practice this with them as well.

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9. Plucking your eyebrows the day of It's never a good idea to mess with your face the day of your wedding. If you wax or have your eyebrows done professionally, make your appointment several days before. This way, no rash or unsightly red bumps will appear on your face on the morning of.

10. Getting your first spray tan the day before your wedding Spray tans are practically impossible to remove. If you've never gotten one before, schedule a trial run a month before your date. You can discuss what you want and get a peek at how it'll look beforehand.

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11. Caking on foundation because you think it'll make your skin look better in photos No one looks better in photos with more base makeup on. Use waterproof foundation base only where you need it. Too much makes brides look like they're wearing theater makeup - unnatural, and caked on.

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12. Go bold or go home! Play up one area of your face - your eyes, your lips, whatever - just do it! Choose only one feature to accentuate and then balance out the rest of your face. Whatever you decide, you will look beautiful!

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Fabulous Friday: Our 4 Favorite Ways to Depart the Reception!

When the bride + groom depart from their wedding, their exit is the last thing the guest get to see and their last memory. So why not make it creative?! Below are our favorite 4 ways to depart the reception. 1. Sparklers! Everyone loves sparklers and it's super easy. Sparklers add one last final pop to your wedding. We recommend purchasing the 20 inch sparklers from Sparklers Online. These have a nice long burn time so you have plenty of time for fabulous photo opps!

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2. Vintage Car A classic, vintage car is a classy, unique way to depart your wedding. If you have an old, vintage car you love then that makes this departure even more special, but you can easily rent one from ACW Limo or Lowcountry Valet .

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Also, don't forget about bike taxis! These are so fun, and a great way to sight-see downtown on your ride home.

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3. Bubbles

Bubbles are so easy and so fun especially if your venue doesn't allow sparklers. Release your inner child and walk through a tunnel of luminescent bubbles.

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4. Balloons Balloons are such a fun, non-traditional way to end the night! Be sure that they are bio degradable as well as the string before you release- we wouldn't want to harm our gorgeous Charleston environment.

Kellianne Boyle and Peter Tang's wedding at St. Luke's Chapel and Marion's in Charleston, SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com