Planning Tip Tuesday: A Perfect Reception Deserves A Perfect Playlist

If you want a reception that gets your four-year-old flower girl twirling, your friends slow-dancing, your parents singing their way back to their era, your grandpa busting his stylish moves, and of course, you and your Mr. doing all of the above, it’s important to spend some time planning the perfect playlist for your wedding.

To help you get started, we’ve made four playlists with song suggestions to help you pack the dance floor, have your guests reeling in romance, close out the night, and—since we are in South Carolina—bring out the Southern Charm of every guest!     

Monika Gauthier Photography

Monika Gauthier Photography

Photography by Rachel Red 

Photography by Rachel Red 

Packing the Dance Floor

  1. “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” by The Proclaimers
  2. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
  3. “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift
  4. “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  5. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses)
  6. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  7. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
  8. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  9. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  10. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice 

Reeling in Romance

  1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill
  3. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  4. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  5. “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  6. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  7. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  8. “How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee Gees
  9. “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
  10. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain

Ending the Night

  1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  2. “(I’ve Had) Time of my Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  3. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  4. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  5. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
  6. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  7. “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  8. “All you Need is Love” by The Beatles
  9. “Angels” by Robbie Williams
  10. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers

Southern Charm

  1. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  2. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
  3. “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
  4. “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton
  5. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  6. “Hey Pretty Girl” by Ki Moore
  7. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
  8. “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  9. “Baby Be My Love Song” by Easton Corbin
  10. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes  

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Jenna + Luke

Jenna and Luke's Magnolia Plantation wedding was the perfect day from start to finish! Jenna is an industry friend, and we were so excited when she reached out to us to help plan her big day! Jenna + Luke's passion for nature and horses inspired the equestrian details and all things western which was the perfect vision for the Carriage House. Horseshoes were set at each seat as a guest favor, custom tribal patterned napkins, and dream catchers as the backdrop of their sweetheart table. Their organic florals were full of natural greens and potted terrariums complimenting the laid back environment of the wedding day. Jenna looked stunning in her gorgeous custom gown, but we expected nothing less from a bride that works at a local bridal gown boutique! We wish Jenna + Luke a lifetime of love and happiness! See all the beautiful photos captured by Sara Bee Photography here! 

Fabulous Vendors: 

Wedding Planner | Pure Luxe Bride  

Venue | Magnolia Plantation  

Rentals | Event Works

Florist | Petaloso   

Photographer | Sara Bee Photography   

Lighting | IES  

Hair/Makeup | Canary Rock  

Dessert | Swank  

Videographer | Dockhouse Digital

 

Legare Waring House: Katie + Adam

It was a gorgeous July summer day for this sweet couple to become husband and wife!  Katie + Adam wed at The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul before returning via ACW Trolley to the Legare Waring House for the reception.  The couple chose vibrant colors of coral, orange, pink and yellow floral arrangements, which looked stunning against the bridesmaid's aqua floor length dresses, yet no one upstaged Katie who looked absolutely stunning in her Hayley Paige wedding gown.  Guests enjoyed drinks and dinner from CruCatering while mingling under the reception tent or taking in the many scenic views of the historic southern home.  Gold IES chandeliers hung from the tent to set the mood for the celebration.  King of Pops arrived to provide guests with a late night snack to cool them off from the Charleston summer heat.  The glow stick straws that guests could put in their drinks were a huge hit and such a fun detail! The night ended with a glow stick departure while Katie + Adam drove away in a 1957Chevrolet Bel Air to spend their first night as husband and wife before heading to Costa Rica for their honeymoon.  We wish you the best, Katie + Adam!

 

Thanks to our fabulous vendors!

Wedding Planning | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony Venue | The Cathedral of St. Luke + St. Paul

Reception Venue | Legare Waring House

Catering | Cru

Bar Service | Cru

Florist | Branch

Cake | Ashley Bakery

Lighting | IES

Specialty Dessert | King of Pops

Rentals | Eventworks

Reception Music | Plane Jane Scott Sain

Photographer | Dana Cubbage

Officiant | Peet Dickenson at The Cathedral

Hair and Makeup | Vanity Salon

Guest Transportation | ACW Trolley

Bride + Groom Getaway Transportation | Lowcountry Valet

Specialty Rentals | All-Mist

Wedding Dress Designer | Hayley Paige

Fabulous Friday: The Perfect Charleston Wedding

Charleston: known for its incredible history, beautiful plantations, and southern charm.  With the wedding industry booming, it's no surprise that the Holy City No has been ranked as the #2 city in the world! The Pure Luxe Bride team is located right here in Charleston, SC, and although most of our clients are destination brides, who can resist a little southern flair on their wedding day! Our design team knows how to incorporate just the right amount of Charleston into your big day to reflect the culture and beauty of the city. Here's just a few of our favorite Charleston touches from our real Luxe weddings! 

 Use a Rickshaw as your getaway vehicle! Anyone can use a traditional car to depart their wedding ceremony, but why not surprise guests and add a little Charleston touch by renting a rickshaw for the night! You can even dress it up and add a personal touch by attaching flowers or a sign to make it that much more special. 

bike taxi

Photo Credit: Jennifer Bearden

Serve traditional southern dishes as your passed appetizers! Chicken and waffles, although it may seem odd to our Northern brides, is a very popular dish in Charleston! Serve guests a little taste of Charleston culture with these adorable (and delicious) appetizers! Other favorites include shrimp and grits, crab cakes, and fried green tomatoes. 

chicken & waffles

Photo Credit: Jennifer Bearden

Tie in the South into your wedding flowers! Using cotton in a boutonniere is a beautiful and light touch for any southern wedding, and it looks great with any wedding colors! A sweetgrass rose is another way to incorporate Charleston into your wedding flowers! Made right here by local vendors, these are an undeniable part of the city's culture and charm.

© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

Photo Credit: Dana Cubbage
© Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

 Photo Credit: Dana Cubbage

If you've ever been to Charleston in the summer, you know it gets HOT. Cool your guests off by turning the ceremony program into a fan on every chair! What an easy way to add another personalized detail to your wedding, and for a summer ceremony, your guests will thank you! 

fan

Photo Credit: Amelia + Dan

Last but not least, Charleston is known for its gorgeous iron gates all across the city. It's hard to walk down one of the historic downtown streets without seeing one of these masterpieces. To capture the history of the city, take photos using the gates as a backdrop! As a timeless and classic backdrop, these gates will ensure your wedding photos never go out of style!

gates

 Photo Credit: McBee Photography