Trend Alert: Alternative Engagement Rings

Thanks to Glamour, we’ve been able to learn some brief history behind the style evolution of the engagement ring, which became an accepted custom as far back as the 1900s.

For example, the 1920s were noted by geometric and Art Deco designs. In the 1950s, we saw the appearance of ornate and hand-engraved settings in white gold. Then in the 1970s, rings with colored gemstones came into fashion – and are reappearing on the scene today (i.e. The Princess Diana/Kate Middleton sapphire trend).

We personally love the cushion cut diamonds and white gold solitaires as much as any other couple, but we’re also on board with the latest trends in rose gold, colored gemstones and raw material rings.

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After some digging on sites like Etsy, we found a whole section dedicated to alternative engagement rings, all of which are completely unique and often hand-made by the artist.

The site also allows couples to search through sections of bling based on their budget, or by the cut (pear, marquis, round, emerald) or the stone – everything from moonstone to onyx to emerald.

Some of our favorites, and Etsy Editor’s Picks, are shown in the list below:

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Rose Cut Natural Grey Diamond Ring with 14k Yellow Gold Band ($575+)
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Oval Cut Morganite Ring with Rose Gold Band ($849)


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Bezel-Set Emerald and Diamond Engagement Ring ($810)


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Custom-made Pear Engagement Ring – White, Rose or Yellow Gold Band ($650+)

With a selection of natural, gorgeous colors and shapes, along with several options for eco-sensitive and conflict-free diamonds or stones, the availability of alternative engagement rings is nearly endless.  Not to mention, the use of morganite or moissanite stones (if you still like a clear diamond center) is a budget-friendly alternative to the price of the traditional diamond.

If you’ve been shopping for an alternative engagement ring, or if you have an amazing jeweler you’d like to recommend for unique and custom rings, leave a comment below!






The 6 Things Couples MUST Practice Before Their Wedding Day

Just as each detail with the decor, the cake and the guest list must be thought through carefully, couples should also consider paying close attention to a few key things before the big day. After all, if you’ve put all this time and effort into having everything be perfect, then you should practice to make it perfect! Continue reading “The 6 Things Couples MUST Practice Before Their Wedding Day”

Wedding Trends | Brunch Reception

Whether you’re an early bird who wants to have a morning wedding or someone who is a firm believer that breakfast food is the best kind of food, the 2016 Brunch Reception wedding trend is for you!


The possibilities on what to serve as the main dishes for your brunch reception are endless! Utilizing a buffet (or build your own biscuit station or cereal bar) can give your guests the opportunity to try everything that your reception has to offer. But you can also have a plated receptions well! Allow your guests choose which omelette, crepe, waffle, or pancakes ingredients and toppings they would prefer and have waiters serve them at their table for an elegant feel.



It’s no secret that deserts are an integral part of wedding receptions. Thankfully, there are many different cake options for your brunch reception that work beautifully! Have a cake of stacks of delicious breakfast foods or consider asking a your baker for a muffin batter cake!


Making sure that your guests have appropriate drinks for your reception is a must! Coffee, hot chocolate, and tea bars are the perfect way to make sure your guests top off their delicious brunch food with some much needed drinks!

But what about Bloody Mary’s? Mimosas? Beer and wine? Liquid Catering‘s got you covered with their Wake-Up Bar! Give your guests the chance to enjoy their favorite alcoholic brunch beverages while enjoying the best breakfast foods!



No matter what time of day, you can’t go wrong with a Brunch Reception! Visiting us for a consult soon? Be sure to tell us that you’re thinking about a Brunch Reception and we’d be happy to give some recommendations to assist you in your search for YOUR perfect vendor list!

Like these photos? Check out Cheryl and Phillip‘s brunch reception! Photos by Ryan & Alyssa Photography

Tips & Tricks | Love Your Bar

You have the dress. Your girls and guys know what they’re wearing on your special day. You’ve picked out your caterer, DJ, and florist. You definitely know what your colors are. Now comes one of the most important parts–the bar! Whether it’s a high priority on your list for your wedding or a detail that you decide on a month or two before, it’s important that you LOVE you bar!

A way to provide something extra to help your guests celebrate your love even more, your bar should have everything that you need for a good time and a good drink! Thankfully, Liquid Catering, the exclusive alcoholic beverage provider for The Old Cigar Warehouse, knows how to help you LOVE your bar!

1 | Keep it Local

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If you love your area, then showcase it to your guests! Feature local brews and wine for your guests to try and to demonstrate why your wedding location is better than the rest!

2 | Have a Signature Drink


Signature drinks really bring an extra something to the table. Having a drink that is catered to your specific tastes or to match the colors of your wedding will really up the wow factor of your day! Giving the drink a cute and catchy name doesn’t hurt either!

3 | Pick Your Favorites


The best part about choosing a package? Getting to pick your favorite beers, wines, and liqueurs! Choosing a package that matched your tastes and the tastes of your guests will not only make you and your guests happy, but will also make your night even more enjoyable!

4 | Have a Champagne Toast


Even if you don’t have complete bar service or you opt for a mocktail bar, having a champagne toast will make kind words about you and your spouse even more special and will give you the opportunity to have some beautiful pictures of champagne flutes!

5 | Make It an Open Bar


Having your bar be an open bar instead of a cash bar is the ultimate way to show your guests that you care about them having fun and also a great way to say thank you to them for coming! No matter what package you order, keeping it an open bar definitely goes the extra step to making your event a special one.

Wedding Trends | First Look v. Traditional Aisle


In recent years, couples have been forgoing the tradition of waiting until the bride walks down the aisle for a more modern first look in the hours before the ceremony. With these two options, we think you can’t go wrong with either and below we have the list to prove it!

Pros of a First Look

A first look can be very beneficial for couples when it comes to saving time. Not only will a first look allow you to get pictures of the complete bridal party with ample time to spare, but it also allows you and your future spouse to have more time together after your ceremony to take pictures with family or to spend time alone together. The first look is also good for couples:

  • Worried about nerves getting the best of you? A first look is a great way to get the nerves out of the way.
  • Intimate, private moment before the excitement of the day.
  • Opportunity to get most photos done = more time to celebrate! Doing a first look allows photos with your wedding party and family before the ceremony. Always note that if you want formal photos with extended family, you may have to consider how big your family is and how much space you have for photos.

Pros of Traditional Aisle First Look


There’s beauty in tradition and we love how that translates in our couples’ photos. The tradition of waiting to see each other allows you both to spend the last moments before being wed with your family and friends. Not to mention the possibilities of sweet photos that can be taken beforehand! Other pros to the Traditional Aisle First Look:

  • It’s exciting! You can’t beat the feeling of seeing each other for the first time as you are about to pledge your life to each other in front of your family and friends.
  • Genuine emotion from the bride, groom and parents of the bride and groom as the bride walks down the aisle.
  • Traditional parents or guests? This is a great way to please them!
  • Opportunity to reflect and reminisce about your journeys that special day.
  • Extra time with your girls and guys in the moments leading up to your ceremony!

Here are some of our favorite photos of both the modern first look and traditional aisle first looks!



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Check back soon for more on first looks featuring parents, children and your wedding party!


Event Trends | Keeping It Local

A major trend taking over events for 2016 is keeping your event locally sourced. Not only is this trend great for the community, but it also allows your guests (both local and out of town) to appreciate what your wedding location has to offer. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to “keep it local” for your event!

1 | Local Food


The Upstate offers a variety of different vendors who are not only unique to Greenville, but also provide locally sourced food. Wow your guests with tasty options from some of the great food service providers that that the area has to offer. From traditional caterers to local restaurants to food trucks, you can’t go wrong choosing a local business!

2 | Local Breweries

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Want to make a big impact on your guests? Show them the different wines, beers, and spirits that the Upstate produces! Liquid Catering offers two packages* that provide an excellent taste of what local breweries, wineries and distilleries have to offer! These drinks will leave your guests wanting more and provide a way to help your guests experience the greatness of the local community!

*Liquid Catering‘s Southern Spirits Package Coming soon!

3 | Local Musicians


Up the wow factor at your event by featuring local musicians! A surefire way to impress your guests is with live performances that are unique to the Greenville area. Not only will your guests be able to listen to the talent that the Upstate has to offer, but a great band will also have an arsenal of songs ready to tailor their performances to your event.

Some other great ways to consider keeping your event #local?

  • DIY Favors: Have a favorite shop around town that is special to your wedding location? Ask them about doing a wedding favor! One of our favorite locally sourced favor has been little bags filled with Downtown Greenville’s favorite popcorn from Poppington’s Popcorn!
  • DIY Flowers: A little investigating can go along way! Research local flower farmers so you can handpick your wedding flowers. IMPORTANT: Using local flowers (like food) means you may only have access to certain flowers and colors due to the season that your wedding is taking place.

We know that there are many other ways to keep your events locally sourced. Share your favorite ways with us in the comments below or on social media!

2016 Summer Wedding Trends

Summer is just around the corner and we could not be more excited about the summer weddings this year! With a new season comes new trends, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the summer trends that we’re excited to see in our space this summer!

Laid Back Live Music

We love live music here at The Old Cigar Warehouse, so we’re thrilled to see the trend of having laid back, live music playing during the cocktail hour! Whether it’s a lone guitar playing classics or a string quartet giving your guests a taste of classical music, having live background music adds so much character to your cocktail hour!


Nothing says summer like wildflowers! Completing your wedding décor with some of these wild blooms will really make your wedding stand out and add extra dimension and color to your wedding photos without seeming overdone. We definitely are loving these natural looking bouquets being held by our beautiful brides!

Bringing the Outside Inside

The beauty of nature inside of a beautiful venue? Sign us up! We love the trend of bring foliage inside of venues! Have the best of both worlds by bringing a wedding that looks like it’s outside, indoors!


Emphasis on the Couple’s Story

Your guests are already at your wedding to celebrate your love and commitment to one another, but allowing them to see even more into your love story is a trend that we adore. Hanging pictures up as decoration during cocktail hour, producing a timeline of major events in your relationship, making table numbers that mean something to you, or even writing your vows as your wedding altar backdrop are just some of the ways to make your wedding day more personalized and unique to you!

Wow Factor Backdrops

You and your fiancé are already going to look stunning on your big day. You’ll be getting married in front of all your family and friends, so why not step up your altar a little more? Backdrops that bring a wow factor to your big day  will not only draw everyone’s eyes to you even more, but will help create whatever atmosphere you want. TIP: Note that some of these gorgeous backdrops are not all elaborate. Sometimes a simple backdrop (consider the written vows) brings the WOW just as much!

Hanging Lights

One of the best features at The Old Cigar Warehouse is our hanging lights…they’re in every space! So it’s no surprise that we love the trend of hanging lights at receptions and ceremonies! Whether dimmed or fully lit, hanging lights can change the atmosphere of your event and really wow your guests.