Planning Tip Tuesday: Gifts for the Newly Engaged!

Your bestie just got engaged! You're over the moon for her and her new fiancé and you're so excited to help her along the journey towards the big day! In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, why not personalize something unique and special for her and her soon-to-be hubby? There are so many gift ideas online that the task of choosing can be overwhelming, especially if she's a friend who seems to have everything! We have done all of the work for you and compiled a list of our favorite finds, and gifts we're sure the beautiful couple will appreciate and adore!

HelloWorld Paper Co. & Stamps have fun custom stamps that would help your favorite couple addressing all of their heart-felt Thank You's after the big day and as they enter their new life as Mr. & Mrs! This self-inking stamp will stamp over 10,000 impressions before needing to be refilled - amazing! With such pretty fonts, there's a style for everyone!

Rifle Paper Co. is one of our favorite stationary brands, with such delicate soft prints and beautiful colors, they have the ability to make mundane look magnificent! This floral personalized portrait print of the happy couple is something so unique and special, and is definitely the perfect gift for a new home or office! 

BrinnyK Designs on Etsy has a great collection of drinkware that can be personalized for your newly engaged bestie and her beau! This pick is for that coffee loving couple, however there are plenty of wine glass selections. We love the gold font for that extra touch of glam! You can never go wrong with a cute mug!

Kate Spade has something for EVERYONE. Their fun, colorful gifts are sure to make a friend smile! We love the Kate Spade bridal collection and this cosmetics bag is adorable. With two sides, one for "I DO" and the other proudly announcing "I DID!", this is the perfect gift for a gal pal thats always on the go, for honeymoon essentials + beyond!

When it comes to newly weds, we love monogrammed gifts with the couples initials. Mark & Graham have a vast collection of home goods and personal items. For a new home, we love this wooden circular tray for the couple that loves to entertain or that has so many bits & bobs that need a pretty catchall! An added bonus: Mark & Graham offer free monogramming & gift wrap - one more thing checked off of your list!

Planning Tip Tuesday:What to Wear for your Engagement Session

Engagement sessions are great in so many ways. It gives you the chance to be in front of the camera together before the big day, feel comfortable with yourselves and your photographer, and have beautiful pictures to use for your website, save the dates, guest sign in books, etc.! With all of that being said, there can be a little bit of pressure and lots of questions to prepare. Pure Luxe Bride interviewed photographer Jill Osteen with Aaron and Jillian Photography , and got some insight on engagement sessions. Hopefully this can ease some your mind for your shoot! PLB: How should a couple choose the location of their shoot?

Jillian: Location is really important for these photos so find a place that's special for the two of you! One of our couples loved the movie The Notebook, so we shot their engagement session at one of the locations used for the movie! If you own a boat or are on the water a lot, consider scheduling 1/2 of your session on a boat or at the marina.

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PLB: Should they bring anything with them?

Jillian: This really depends on the couple and the location! Say your fiancé is in the military, consider bringing an American flag to the shoot. Any interests that you two may share, bring something to display that. If you both really love coffee, bring your two favorite mugs and grab a seat on a bench downtown. Or did you meet on an airplane like one of our Pure Luxe Bride couples? Bring a toy replica of the airplane to commemorate that aspect of your love story!

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PLB: Can their fluffy friend tag along for the shoot?

Jillian: Of course! We personally love dogs, so we definitely want to see furry four-legged friends at our clients engagement shoots! Remember to ask your photographer beforehand if this is okay, and always arrange for a friend to come "doggy sit" while your photographer is finishing taking photos of just you and your fiancé.

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PLB: What should our couples wear to the shoot?

Jillian: Definitely wear a color that you look great in! The more color you wear, the better; as long as your outfits are complimentary colors! Most pastels work really well for downtown shoots in Charleston! For girls, cute dresses are a fabulous option, especially paired with a beautiful necklace and some cute shoes! Try to embrace dark blue jeans and fun colorful shoes! Plaids and stripes tend to photograph really well, we personally prefer them over a solid color shirt for guys.


PLB: Is there anything our brides should avoid wearing?

Jillian: Flowy Shirts! While the flowy shirt is stunning in person, it runs the risk of making you look bigger and it really doesn't photograph well. Aside from that, try not to be too matchy-matchy with your significant other, and plan out what you are going to wear with one another before the shoot! This may be a given, but avoid athletic shoes unless your shoot is literally on a track!


PLB: Any reminders for the day of the shoot?

Jillian: Clean your ring! Chances are your photographer is going to take a couple photos of your sparkly companion. Professional hair and makeup is another huge thing, it takes your photos from great to fabulous. If you're not good at doing these things on your own, try taking a day for yourself and getting dolled up. Its worth your investment to make sure you look your absolute best for these! At the end of the day, if you feel great, you'll look great, and that's what really matters!

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Questions to Ask Your Potential Wedding Planner

Charleston is a huge destination wedding city with tons of planners to choose from! There are so many different planning firms that focus on different styles of weddings- not every planner is going to be the perfect fit for your needs, so we've helped compile a list of questions to ask a potential planner and tips to make sure you get the best planner for you. Charleston+wedding+photography-2622457677-O

“Are you a full-time or part-time planner?”

Knowing that your planner is full time makes certain they are focused on you and can provide prompt responses.

“How many weddings do you do a day/weekend? s

Asking this questions allows you to find out how much attention you will be given on your day. One wedding per day ensures that you get the upmost respect and service you deserve.

“Do you have insurance?”

Make sure your planner has liability insurance. A professional planner will have insurance to protect against any unforeseen mishaps.

“How many people from your team will be on site for my wedding day?”

One of the perks of hiring a wedding planner is that they will be on site the day of your wedding to coordinate all of the details. One person cannot handle it all, make sure there are two or more people there assisting on your wedding day.

“Do you have a business license?”

Make sure your planner has a legitimate business license to give you peace of mind and know that they are running a real business.

“What is your level of experience?”

Before entrusting a planner with your big day, make sure they have experience in the industry. Find out how long they have been in the business and look at previous weddings to see if they match your style.


Tips to Ensure You Hire The Best Planner for You!

Day-Of Coordination Doesn’t Exist: If you want the timing and details of your big day to run smoothly then details must be coordinated prior to the wedding day. Your planner needs get familiar with your wedding plans, timeline, and last minute details.

One Company Can’t Really “Do It All”: A wedding planners job is to coordinate all of the vendors and details. Your other vendors should be focusing on the details related to their own service that you hired them for and let your planner handle the rest.

You Get What You Pay For: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Read Your Contract Carefully: You want to make sure you know exactly what services you are being provided and that everything is covered.

You Need to Feel Comfortable With Your Planner: Our motto is Planning with Personality for a reason. Personality counts just as much as experience and reputation. You need to find a planner that you can get along and trust to create your vision. If the relationship doesn’t feel like a good fit, find another one that does.