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!

Pure Luxe Bride's Wedding Week Do's & Don't's

Pure Luxe wants to share with all of our brides the do's and don't's of your wedding week. Make sure to review all of these tips and tricks; one of them could be the one that saves the day! DO touch base with your planner. The best way to put yourself at ease to talk it out: go over all of the details (again), discuss the timeline (again), and take a breath. Have faith in your planner and/or vendors to make your day as special as you’ve always imagined.

DON’T turn into a weather woman. Let us track the weather and come up with plan B for you. Chances are if you look at Charleston weather 5-10 days out, it's going to change before the big day.

DO delegate. Speaking of the in-laws, sisters, uncles and cousins, have them help you with all those last minute errands and details. They’re going to be constantly offering so why not just let them make that call to the officiant or schedule that appointment for you to get your mani/pedi.

DON’T forget to pamper yourself during your wedding week - or even for a couple weeks beforehand! We know you’re getting your hair and makeup done the day of, but why not schedule a massage, mani/pedi and a facial?! Squeeze some last minute relaxation in. Go with your mom, your maid of honor or just take some time to go by yourself.

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DO make a plan for the end of the night with your planner, family members and bridal party. It’s important to have a plan for all the items that need transporting at the end of the night. Your bags, veil, any leftover food and decor items you may have brought need an exit strategy - just like you! Don’t forget to pack your overnight back as well!

DON’T wear too much makeup. Do a trial run with your makeup artist beforehand and remember to not wear anything you normally wouldn’t. The last thing you want to do is look back at your wedding photos and wonder what you were thinking.

DO get a spray tan - but again, do a trial run. It is recommended that spray tans get done roughly 2-3 days before your special day. Plan accordingly!

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DON’T ignore your final payments! Typically, during the week of, or even on the day of, your final vendor payments will be due. Absolutely do not forget to make these payments and balance your checkbook before leaving for your honeymoon.

DO take a few days of work during your wedding week. It’s enough having those last minute errands and details to cover, but to do it all with your in-laws, sisters, uncles and cousins hovering or staying in the guest room, work is going to be the last thing on your brain.

However, DON’T take the entire week off. You can use work as an escape from all the craziness: a reason to leave your house, a reason to dodge a lunch date with ALL of the future in-laws, or just a reason to focus on something other than the big day!

DO go to the gym. Take a yoga or zumba class with your bridesmaids. Get moving, get sweating and get those endorphins pumping! No reason to be cooped up all the time stressing about those last minute details. Get your mind off of the wedding and take a moment to laugh with your ladies about how inflexible you all are…

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DON’T show everyone what you look like in your wedding dress before your special day. We understand how exciting it is, but trust us - it’s more special when you wait until the day of.

DO get your groom a little something to open on your wedding day. Write him a card or buy him a little something to remind him of how much you love him. His pre-wedding jitters will definitely calm at the sight of something that reminds him of you.

DON’T freak out if things don’t go as planned. For example, if the cake doesn’t look exactly how you want it to, remember that it tastes good. Take the day as it comes and just have fun!

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DO be a guest at your own wedding! Be in the moment on the day of; trust us, you won’t want to miss a thing. All of your planning, anticipation and excitement all comes down to this one day so stop worrying about each and every detail and just enjoy yourself. Enjoy the celebration, the guests and most importantly, your new hubby.

DON’T forget to love your family. Thank them for everything they have done to make this special day possible. No matter how stressful your parents have made you the weeks, months and year before, on the day of your wedding, you’ll be so grateful to have them with you.

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How Much Does a Charleston Wedding Really Cost?

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The reality of budgets and vendor costs can be easily forgotten in the midst of all the excitement of planning your special day. To help our beautiful Pure Luxe brides stay on track, we've created the budget guide above! We calculated these ranges based on averages from our most frequently used vendors and venues. With over ninety weddings per weekend in Charleston, one can only imagine why the prices must remain competitive between the different vendors and venues. Charleston has a lot to offer its brides, but like with any destinations, it has a price.

Couples that choose Charleston as their wedding destination strongly believe that the event was more fun and lasted longer. Essentially, our couples have invited their closest family and friends to go on a mini-vacation with them; what could be better than that?! But like we said, this comes at a price not only for the bride and groom, but for guests too. Hotels, transportation and food increase in price for guests, like at any wedding where travel is involved. In exchange for the additional arrangements that must be made, guests get to enjoy a true Charleston weekend - and we can guarantee it'll be one they never forget!

Fabulous Friday: Vendor Spotlight on Mackenzie Image Consulting

Mackenzie Image Consulting offers services in wardrobe consulting and personal image transformations both in the Charleston are and around the country. Nichole Dunst, of Mackenzie Image Consulting, recently reached out to Pure Luxe Bride to introduce a new package they are offering, exclusively for Mothers of the Bride. Often times, the mother of the bride gets caught up in taking care of the daughter during the wedding planning process that their day-of wardrobe becomes an afterthought. Mackenzie Image Consulting has created a package to ensure the mother of the bride’s day is just as special and flawless as their daughter’s. The package includes:

The hunt for the perfect dress: Leave it to our team to find the perfect MOB dress based on your budget, personal style, skin tone, and body type. We will also set you up with a tailor if needed, to make sure your dress is the perfect fit.

Accessories: Your dress isn’t complete without shoes, jewelry, a matching handbag, and the necessary scarf, cape, or jacket to keep you comfortable and warm in the case of a cool weather wedding. The perfect complementary accessories will help pull the entire look together.

Undergarments: The perfect foundation garments will ensure that you feel beautiful and confident on the big day.

Hair & makeup suggestions: We will work with you to put together a hair & makeup plan to bring to your hair stylist and makeup artist. If you are still in need of a makeup artist, we have one on staff for an additional charge.

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If this is something you’d like to offer to your brides as a gift idea for their mom, we’d be happy to offer a discounted package price for being a promotional partner of ours. By working with you, they will get a discount, making this is a win-win opportunity.

Package Total: $350