Vendor Spotlight: Betty Bridal Atelier

For this week's vendor spotlight, we are excited to welcome Betty Bridal Atelier to Charleston! This new store boasts 15 years of bridal experience among their team and they could not be more excited to come to such a great wedding destination. They offer high end and fashion forward dresses from designers Liancarlo, Ines Di Santo, Mira Zwillinger, Caroline Herrera and Oscar De La Renta just to name a few! They are located in a quaint upstairs location on 463 King Street, Unit C. We are so excited to have them be apart of the Charleston community, be sure to say hello!

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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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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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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. 

Fabulous Friday: Why We Love First Looks

The moment the bride and groom see one another for the first time on the wedding day is an emotional and beautiful moment that we love to see captured! The grooms face when he first sees his gorgeous bride in her gown is simply priceless. The 'first look' is something we recommend to all our brides, it is a very special moment that the couple spends together in private and really get the chance to take it all in.  No matter how creative the first look is, it makes for some amazing photos that the bride + groom will love to cherish forever! Look at these moments of laughter and tears of joy, so sweet!

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The girls standing by your side on your big day are just as important as the groom! Getting ready shots of the bride + bridesmaids show the true friendships between them. Helping their bride prepare to see her groom make some of the cutest snapshots!

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Lastly, we can't forget about our sweet dad's. There is something so special about the moment a dad see's his little girl for the first time. These photos are absolutely breathless so make sure your photographer is there to capture all the love!

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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: How to Make Your Wedding Ceremony Unique

Looking for some ideas to make your ceremony unique in your own personal way? Here are a few ideas to add a creative touch to your ceremony: Flowers! You may be thinking flowers, well duh. But you can get creative with the flower selection and arrangement. A flower arbor is an adorable way to draw attention to the ceremony space. Flower pedals down the aisle can be arranged in all kinds of ways to make the aisle look more appealing for pictures and for the grand entrance of the bride!

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Ceremony music is a way to show creativity from the bride and the groom! If youre tired of hearing "Air from Water", switch it up! Acoustic versions of your favorite songs make for great ceremony music! Have your parents seated to a fun acoustic version of their favorite song, like "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles. After the ceremony is over, you'll want to make your exit to something fun! Try "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," by Stevie Wonder.

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Vows, writing your own vows is a simple way to create something special between you and your groom. This also adds a personal touch to your ceremony.

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Don't forget about all the other men that make your life so special! If you have someone other than dad that has been a big part of your life, let them share in your experience. Step-dads or grandpa's also love to walk you down the aisle on your big day! Have a man on each arm, or have your dad walk you half way and someone else walk you the rest!

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Also think of having both of your parents walk you down the aisle, so they both can give you away!

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Chandeliers! A little bling hanging over top of the bride and groom is a cute and fun way to make your ceremony shine! Not to mention the great pictures!

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If you have someone special in your life.. other than your fiancé, bring them along!  Pets are a great way to liven up the ceremony, have your pets run down the aisle to greet you or have them escorted by friends or family! Cute bow ties and leashes and Dog Nanny recommended!

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Love Locks! This is such an adorable idea to add into your ceremony. You and your groom pick a cute lock and key set, engraved or painted! During the ceremony, the Officiant will tell you to place the lock on whatever you choose and toss the key! This is great for weddings on the water because the bride and groom can lock in their love by throwing the key "overboard". This is also a sweet idea to use with both sets of parents who present their own love locks as well.

Memory tables are a sweet way to remember those that could not be at the ceremony. Normally a table is dedicated to those who have passed with pictures of them and a cute little saying like, "We know you would be here today, if heaven wasn't so far away."

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Make your ceremony unique to you as a couple- it's about the two of you!

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.

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Top Father Daughter Dance Songs for the Modern and Traditional Bride

The Father-Daughter dance is such an important moment in both a bride's and her father's lives. The only suggestion we have for our brides is to make it one they'll remember! Choose a song that is special to you both or learn a cute dance to do together and just have fun with it! This is a pivotal moment that your dad has been looking forward to his entire life. We chose our favorite Father-Daughter Dance songs and have established our top picks. Which song will you choose?
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Francesca's Pick:Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton. I'm partial because it's my Daddy's favorite song and the song he and I danced to on my wedding night. It's not what I originally planned - but was able to find out it was what he really wanted and surprised him the night of the wedding.
Blake's Pick: Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. It's hard for me to choose just one but this song is so special!
Anayis' Pick: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. I've always imagined my dad and I dancing to this on my wedding day!
London's Pick: My Girl by The Temptations. My dad and I have known that this is the song we will dance to at my wedding for a very long time! Even now whenever I hear it, I let the him know I'm thinking about him.
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Classic Choices:
Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder Unforgettable by Nat + Natalie King Cole
What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Your Song by Elton John Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles I Wish You Love by Frank Sinatra
Modern Choices:
Through the Dark by Alexi Murdoch My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
My Wish by Rascal Flats
Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Sweet Child O' Mine by Taken By Trees

Fabulous Friday: Cakespiration

At Pure Luxe Bride, we get the pleasure of seeing (and even sampling!) some of the most beautiful wedding cakes. If you love sweets, this may be one of the most exciting decisions you make during the wedding planning process!

Do your research on the baker's you have in mind and be thorough. Before you go in for a tasting and especially before you book them, check out their previous work: price, size, style, and reviews. It's important to see how this baker or bakery works with their customers.

Ideally, you should order your cake six to eight months before your special day. This will leave ample time for the cake's design to fully compliment the wedding's style. Make sure you give yourself enough time; the worst thing could happen is that you choose a bakery and a style only they can do, and they get booked for your wedding day.

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Make sure to include your budget when choosing your baker, cake size and style. Don't set your sights on someone or something too extravagant that doesn't fit with your budget. When sticking with your budget, remember that you will get what you pay for. If you have your sights set on that elaborate cake instead of what works with your budget, sometimes it's worth reorganizing the budget to fit your wants! It's even possible to have a mini-version of your favorite flavors made for you and your groom, with the same-flavored sheet cakes in the kitchen to be cut and distributed to guests for dessert.

Portions dictate size. Portion your cake size according to how many people will be at your wedding, how many pieces you want to be cut and the amount of leftovers you want to bring home!

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White, yellow or chocolate; lemon, carrot and hazelnut; champagne, red velvet and coconut, just to name a few.... How can you even choose?! Not to mention choosing the flavor of the filling... If you're having a hard time deciding, just remember that it's very possible to do multiple flavors on your cake! Make it multi-tiered. Choose your flavors based on your meal, bring more flavor to the cake or just pick three... just because! Frostings are also an important part of the decision: buttercream, jam, fruit pureés, and chocolate fudge are all possible cake icings! Make sure you taste all of the possible options before deciding; this seems obvious but not everyone does it! If a bakery is known for their delicious red velvet flavor, don't assume that their yellow cake is just as good.

After the most important decisions about flavor and design have been made, ensure that all these details are established in a contract with the bakery. Also, be sure to establish a set price and a payment schedule or agreement. Lastly, get excited about your wedding cake! Between the time you go to your tasting and your actual wedding day, you'll forget how deliciously sweet your cake is until it melts in your mouth!

Take a look below to see some favorite cakes from past PLB weddings!

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Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Cake by Wild Flour

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Gillian Armour and Stuart Nugent's wedding at the Island House on John's Island SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

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Wedding Traditions You Don't Have to Follow

"Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue..." Wedding traditions can sometimes feel as old as the concept of marriage itself, and for the modern couple, these traditions just won't do! We love tradition here at Pure Luxe Bride, but we understand that your wedding day must be perfectly suited to you. Below, we've compiled some of the wedding traditions we don't think you and your hubby have to follow!
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One of the oldest wedding traditions in existence is not seeing each other before the ceremony. It is also the tradition that has since been the most modernized. Nowadays, what the industry calls a "first look" is not only popular, but utilized more frequently than not. A "first look" is an intimate time when the bride and groom see each other right before the ceremony, coordinated by the photographer and the planner. With just the photographer standing by to capture the special moment, the "first look" is a chance for the bride and groom to see each other, calm their nerves and exchange their last words and kisses as an unwed couple. It's also a time for the photographer to capture potentially more creative and better photos, without being rushed.
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Traditionally performed after the cake cutting, the groom will remove and throw the garter to the unmarried gentlemen, and the bride tosses her bouquet to the unmarried ladies. Whoever catches these items will be the next to wed! While it remains a fun tradition, the bouquet and garter tosses aren't totally necessary. If you and your hubby would rather keep your guests on the dance floor after the cake is cut, or you don't want to draw attention to those guests that are still single - skip this tradition! Don't worry - you're not missing out and you'll be just as happy dancing the night away.
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So there's your sister (she's your Maid of Honor), your three roommates from college and the two girls from work... but oh! You can't forget about your cousins and it'd be nice to put the Best Man's girlfriend on the altar. Hmm and even though you wish you didn't have to keep your future sister-in-law up there... wait! It's a common wedding tradition to have a huge bridal party with everyone and their mother (literally) included. Why not break tradition and just have a Maid of Honor and a Best Man standing by your sides? Keep your bridal party (and inherently your budget) small!
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It would be wonderful to get married in the church your parents were married in, but does it really suit you and your fiance's wedding day vision? If not, consider a destination wedding! Location traditions are limiting to one of your hometowns. Why not start a tradition of your own, in a city you can call your own. Destination weddings also act as a mini vacation for guests so pick a place they'll love (like Charleston)!