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: Emerging Bridal Fashion Trends

New York's Bridal Week was a just a few week's ago and we are happy to report that all the featured bridal collections for Spring 2015 were fabulous! The Pure Luxe Bride girls love what we see and can't wait to see some of these couture items on our brides in the upcoming seasons. Take a look below and get ready for the unexpected!

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Modesty is appearing more and more in bridal fashion, without being stiff and hot. The trick to the sleeve look is just the right amount of coverage. Shown left is Monique l'Hullier with lattice, open lace embroidery with Carolina Herrera middle left, and a coral-inspired organic look with Vera Wang on the far right. For brides looking for something a bit more delicate, Oscar de la Renta used long tulle shoulders in the middle right - this favors a faux-sleeve look without actually wearing one.

1930's Style

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Jenny Packham, de la Renta and Reem Acra are featured here from left to right. Bias-cut silks and satins, body-slimming silhouettes and capped sleeves are in full swing with these 1930's styled gowns. We also see a lot of art-deco embroidery and jewels.

Transparent Layers

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 1.50.58 PMNo stiff or traditional shapes here; only whispy layers of tulle and transparent fabrics! Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang are pictured above with bustles of lace and tulle. These gowns appear as if they are made out of air, as the bride floats down the runway.

Major Veils

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Personally, we love veils! They add a timeless piece of both tradition and fashion to a gown and complete the bride's entire look. Veils appear to be back in style and I'm thrilled! Naeem Khan's silver-edged veil (middle) and de la Renta's embroidered fringe pieces (left and right) are what's in! These veils are entirely head-covering, and fall at least to brides' waists.

Hippie 1970's Style

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Simple, flowy and fuss-free - these are the looks of the 1970's. Barefoot and carefree, high necklines and messy hair have emerged on the runway as an upcoming trend. De la Renta, shown left, is simple with cap sleeves, Khan's middle gown long-sleeved and Wang's, shown right, just fits in.

Shades of Grey (ironically...)

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Out with the color, and in with the grey and silvers! Gleam and glam is what's trending now. Jenny Packham's unique and detailed beading brings out the grey in her line (center). Khan has gone all out with her embossed and embroidered silver gown (left), while Acra went for a more subtle approach with a light grey background to her lace gown (right).

All images courtesy Brides.com and InStyle.