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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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. 
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!

Real Luxe Party: The Knot Market Mixer

Pure Luxe Bride was honored to have been asked to design and plan The Knot's Charleston Market Mixer for the second year in a row! The event took place March 19th, outdoors behind the Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown Charleston. Pure Luxe Bride's very own Francesca and Blake dreamed up this incredible design, layout, and decor and worked with some of Charleston's top vendors to make this vision come to reality. Over 250 of Charleston's wedding industry professionals attended the event and we couldn't have been happier to see so many familiar faces supporting us. Let's hear from the girls at PLB themselves...."When deciding on a venue, we knew we wanted it to be completely outside with open air. The Gibbes was the perfect place for this as it is truly a blank canvas. Our inspiration for this event came from a color palate that's not often used for weddings and we were dying for some bright hues. We created this 'Moroccan Glam' look based off of a bold color palate with touches of sparkle and gold. One of our favorite ways to incorporate unique design elements into an event is by adding custom fabric that can be mixed into all décor aspects. The 'kaleidoscope' fabric that we chose for the front panels of the bar is what we used to create the vision for the entire event. You can see this pattern integrated in all of our stationary and design details. For this event, we really wanted to express our individual design style as you can see in the table arrangements, tabletop chandeliers, fuchsia seat cushions, and station displays. We decided to go a different route with our station signs by using plates with mini easels as a way to show what's being offered which we are really loving! Take a closer look at these images to really get an eye for Pure Luxe Bride design."





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Mosaic catered the event with the most delicious, Moroccan cuisine-inspired stations. At the Meatball Bar, guests could choose from Classic Beef, Chicken, and Potato meatballs, with Classic Tomato Sauce, Spicy Teriyaki or Gorgonzola Cream, topped with either Crispy Basil Leaves, Savory Onion Straws or Crunchy Rice Noodles. The Mediterranean-inspired Antipasti table was a plethora of roasted vegetables like zucchini, carrots and asparagus; squash, okra, artichokes, and tomatoes. The Antipasti was complemented by hummus, pimento cheese, tzatziki sauce and green olives, all offered on the side. What Moroccan themed event isn't complete without a flatbread station?! With three delicious options to choose from at this station, all of our guests were sure to find something yummy to munch on throughout the event.





To compliment the Casablanca cocktail fountain, Squeeze On Site created two scrumptious Sangria recipes for guests to enjoy. The first was Sweet Honey White Sangria; the other, a Mixed Berry Limoncello Sangria - both were filed with color! The circular maude bar was decked out with colorful cocktail stirrers, hand-painted napkins and paneled with specialty fabric!




Without help from all of our wonderful vendors, The Knot Market Mixer wouldn't have been the same! We must thank Aaron Nicholas Photography and Film Anywhere Productions for capturing every unique detail and moment on film! Everything from the gold sparkly table runners to the custom-made hot pink seat cushions, from Connie Duglin, complimented the Moroccan-inspired evening perfectly. Rewined Candles set up next to the registration desk and offered free candles to the first 25 guests to arrive. Meghan and Demi from Pink Dot Beauty Bar offered their makeup expertise via their "smooch bar". Tabbuli set up hookahs at each of our fabulous lounges; with the assistance of "hookahristas", guests enjoyed flavorful hookah and hookah bubble blowing all night long! Wed on Canvas stood by our rockin' band, Charleston Groove Factory, and captured the entire evening in a painting which was auctioned off for charity at the end of the evening. The stunning invitations, bar signs, programs and more were created by The Silver Starfish. Our rental and technical teams deserve a huge shout out too: Snyder Events, Innovative Event Services, and Stage Presence Event & Production Rentals.





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And lastly, you can see the entire day unfold through this incredible video by Film Anywhere Productions.

The Knot 2014 Charleston Market Mixer from Film Anywhere Productions on Vimeo.

Fabulous Vendors from This Event: Planning & Design: Pure Luxe Bride Venue: The Gibbes Museum Catering: Mosaic Bar Service: Squeeze On-Site Flowers: Wild Flowers Inc. Rentals & Lounge: Snyder  Cake: Declare Custom Linens: Connie Duglin Entertainment: Charleston Groove Factory / Other Brother Entertainment Photography: Aaron Nicholas Photography Videography: Film Anywhere Productions Paper Goods: The Silver Starfish Smooch Bar: Pink Dot Beauty Bar Hair & Make Up: Ziba Salon Hookah: Tabbuli Live Painting: Wed on Canvas Favors: Rewind Candles