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  

Planning Tip Tuesday: Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Everyone has heard the age old tradition of the bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue on her wedding day in order to bring good luck and prosperity. Here are a few ways to incorporate that into your own special day!

Something Old

A few ways to incorporate something "old" into your wedding day attire could be to wear your favorite pair of heels, or jewelry. Wear your mother's wedding dress, or even try to find a designer to help incorporate a piece of her wedding gown into your own or into your bouquet. Even if it can't be seen, you will know it's there! 

Something New

This can be almost anything you're wearing on your wedding day, perhaps a gift from any relative,  maybe a new pair of earrings for the big day, a new pair of shoes, or even your wedding dress. 

Something Borrowed

Perhaps the most special of them all, this one helps include those special people into your in your big day! Whether it's borrowing your grandmother's pearls, or a family photo locket, pins or charms to put on your bouquet.

Something Blue

This one can be fun to incorporate into your attire, no matter what your wedding's color palette is. Shoes can be a fun way to add this little pop of color for good luck and can also double up as new and blue. Another idea could be getting something special embroidered in blue thread on the inside of your dress.

Many of these can be combined as well, and however you decide to include these in your own bridal look will be the perfect finishing touches to what is sure to be the best day of your life!

Planning Tip Tuesday: In Lieu of Favors

Looking for alternate idea to wedding favors for your guests? A different option in lieu of wedding favors is to donate to a charity of your choosing. Pick a charity whose mission statement is near and dear to you as a couple and present it at the wedding so guests know you made a donation on their behalf. This choice of 'favor' would not only allow you to give a little back, but leave your guests feeling good long after they depart the wedding. Another idea is to provide an item that can be used at the wedding and taken home later as a memory. Koozies to keep your beer cold, pashminas for winter weddings, rescue flats for the ladies, place cards such as oyster shells, and the list goes on! There are tons of fun options! 

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Planning Tip Tuesday: Pre-Wedding Relaxation Week

With your big day quickly approaching, you might feel like you need some time to yourself before all of the wedding festivities begin. Our advice is to grab your bestie (or Mom) and hit up some fun, relaxing things to do while you are waiting for your guests to arrive to Charleston. Not sure exactly what to do? Here's our ultimate go-to guide for all things relaxing and fun!

1. Pre Wedding Yoga

Be focused and present for you special day. Your wedding is about you and your love, but it is easy to get lost in the details, and planning and making everyone happy. Choose to start your day with a one on one private yoga session to quiet the chaos, to connect to your place of balance, to ground and be reminded that it’s all about love and that everything else will fall into place. Melora with Serenity Tree Yoga offers private lessons for the bride to be and can come to you or a beach location. What a perfect way to start your wedding week!

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2. Wine Blending - The Grand Bohemian Hotel

A new trend in Charleston, wine blending is a great way to relax and create the perfect bottle of wine to celebrate your special day! Not only is your wine designed and blended by you, but you also get to create your own label to finish it off. Blend. Sip. Repeat!

3. BYOB Candle Making Class at Candlefish

Nothing says relaxation like the scent of a candle! Candlefish, a candle store that carries every type of candle you could imagine, offers BYOB candle making classes. You and your MOH can pop some bubbly and create a memorable scent to remind you of such a special occasion!

4. Happy Hour on a Rooftop

The Charleston skyline is a must-see and what better way to take in the gorgeous view than from a super chic rooftop bar!

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The Grand Bohemian

5. Get a spray tan from Canary Rock! Want a nice bronzed glow and don't live at the beach or get much sun? We recommend a spray tan just a few days before the big day from Canary Rock Salon.

Planning Tip Tuesday: The Perfect Gift Registry

On this Planning Tip Tuesday, we are talking all things registry. Registering for your wedding gifts can be stressful and confusing, but we are here to help! Here are a few tips for setting up your gift registry.

Pick Two to Three Retailers: This tip makes everyone's life easier. Picking a minimal amount of retailers to register with is not only convenient for your guests, but it helps makes picking up all your gifts a breeze while also giving variety. Not sure which retailer is right for you? Try to pick a store like Bed Bath & Beyond or Target that has everything you could possibly need.

Think About PriceRange:  As newlyweds, it can be easy to want to splurge on everything to fill your new home. But realistically, you probably don't need that $300 picture frame. So when you're picking out items for your registry, think about the items that are worth asking people to buy for you, like this Le Creuset Cookware!

Skip the Crystal: Crystal has been a staple in wedding gift registries for years, but in the twenty-first century it is now becoming outdated. Instead of having guests purchase those champagne flutes that are going to sit in your cabinet forever, opt for something a little more fun and modern like this glassware set!

Register Together: Not only is it fun to shop for gifts you will both enjoy, it will also help the two of you get the most use of out these gifts in the future! Picking them out together ensures that you agree on which items have a place in your home and which ones you might not use as much. 

Don't Forget the Thank You: Post wedding, sending a thank you note is a necessity for anyone who gave a gift. Being a gracious host is just as important as your guests picking out a great gift from your wonderful registry, so don't forget to show your appreciation!

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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Photo credit: Hyer Images

Photo credit: Dana Cubbage Weddings

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. 

Planning Tip Tuesday: How to Properly Put in a Veil

We have this question come up a lot, so today we are teaching how to put a veil in properly. First of all, if you don't know, ask! Your planner or hair stylist will be able to assist. The last thing you want is the bride's veil falling out during her walk down the aisle. Be sure to know where the bride wants the veil placed; crown of the head or lower at the base or back of head. This will certainly depend on her hair style as well! 

How to insert the veil: 

  1. Hold the comb upside down with the teeth of the comb angled towards your face (with the rounded inside facing upwards).
  2. Rotate the comb backwards so the rounded part is against your head, and the teeth are now facing down.
  3. Slide the comb into the hair until it feels secure 
  4. Secure the comb using bobby pins, wiggle the veil to make sure it does not move and is anchored to the head.  
  5. You're done! 
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Planning Tip Tuesday: Best Charleston Engagement Photo Spots

When it comes to Charleston, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery, so sometimes it can be difficult to choose a location for your Charleston engagement photos. Whether looking for gorgeous waterfront venues, or historic homes, there are tons of options to choose from, so we've complied a list of our top 5.

Downtown Charleston

Cobblestone streets, palm trees and colorful homes, you can't beat the gorgeous scenery of downtown Charleston. After all, you chose this beautiful city as a destination wedding location for a reason, right? Show it off to your guests in your engagement pictures!

Photography by: Monika Gauthier

Edisto

Another one of South Carolina's beautiful islands, Edisto will not disappoint. With beautiful marshes and huge driftwood on the beach, you'll definitely fall in love all over again (and again).

Photography By: Hyer Images

Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall is gorgeous. But if you've seen The Notebook, you already know that. We love engagement sessions at Boone Hall because of its simple, southern elegance.

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Photography By: Dana Cubbage

Lowndes Grove Plantation

If you're in Charleston, visiting a plantation is a MUST, and Lowndes Grove is no exception. This beautiful historic house with a stunning waterfront view is the perfect scene for an engagement session.

Photography By: Dana Cubbage

Folly Beach

Folly Beach might not come to mind when you are thinking about engagement session in Charleston, but it will surely change your mind. We love these dreamy engagement pictures because of the calm, nautical feel they bring!

Photography By: Dana Cubbage

Planning Tip Tuesday: RSVP Etiquette

The rules of wedding traditions are constantly changing and evolving, but today we are talking about why a paper wedding RSVP is still the way to go! While technology is making an easy outlet for guests to RSVP online, we still think you should stay true to tradition on this one, hear us out! First, its proper etiquette, and guests will be expecting an RSVP card alongside your beautiful invitation. If there are guests who are not tech-savy or are a member of the older generation, they may have trouble RSVP'ing online or not do it at all. People are more likely to send it  in the mail when they are provided with a tangible card and postage vs remembering to get on the computer. The less people you have to call and check up on the better, trust us! Lastly, it's way more exciting to get the reply's via snail mail in the midst of all the wedding planning! Enjoy the thrill of checking the mail each day and getting so excited each time you open an RSVP from a loved one! Plus, as lovers of all things paper, we just think these cards are adorable and make your invitation suite that much better! 

Don't forget- when choosing an RSVP date, make sure it's at least 5 weeks out from your big day! Final counts are often due by the 1 month out mark, so this will give you an opportunity to follow up before it's due!

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