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 Gifts: Not only are these gifts usable for the actual wedding weekend, but they are customizable as well!
2. Personalized Decanter - Groovy Groomsmen Gifts: To 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!
3. Unique Bowties - Brackish: These 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!
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!
5. Drink Rocks - Areaware: These 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!
6. Beer Making Kit - Brooklyn Brewshop: What 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!
7. Custom Cuff Links - Custom Made: Custom 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!
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!
9. Party Socks - J. Crew: Party 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!
10. Sunglasses - Ray-Ban: With so many styles and options, you can find a pair of shades to keep each of your groomsmen looking cool on your big day.
"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!
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!
Photo Credit: Reese Moore
Photo Credit: Aaron and Jillian
2. Colorful Flowers: Bye bye neutrals, hello color! We're loving the colorful bouquets our brides have been sporting this spring!
Photo Credit: Aaron and Jillian
Photo Credit: Aaron and Jillian
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.
Photo Credit: Hyer Images
Photo Credit: Dana Cubbage
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!
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.
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.
No 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.
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
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...)
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.