Bridal Bouquet: Urban Planning

Planning along this quaint stretch is more like a treat than a chore


If you like to make quick checks on your matrimonial to-do list, head to quaint Chestnut Hill. In the span of a few cobblestone blocks and one afternoon, you can find everything a harried bride needs — including a little pampering for a job well done.

You won’t mind an early start if it’s at Bredenbeck’s (8126 Germantown Ave.), a Philadelphia mainstay since 1889. After a cake tasting and complimentary coffee with owner Karen Boyd, you’ll have energy to spare for other bridal errands.

If your sweet tooth isn’t satisfied, stop by Cake (184c East Evergreen Ave.). Call ahead to this small bakery, and they’ll pack up samples of their cakes for you to take on your way (think spice cake with pumpkin cream-cheese filling and espresso buttercream).

Duck into BE Monograms (8127 Germantown Ave.) for the cutest personalized gifts. Choose from one of their monogram styles and add it to spa robes, handkerchiefs, purses and cosmetic bags. Owner Molly Ellis sets up registries upon request, so you can nab monogrammed photo albums, ice buckets, picture frames and more.

If you have more than 40 guests, the Chestnut Hill Hotel (8229 Germantown Ave.) is too small for your wedding. But this historic locale is perfect for rehearsal dinners, day-after brunches or lodging out-of-town guests. Check out its packages, or just stop for lunch at the Chestnut Grill & Sidewalk Café.

Inspiration blooms at Robertson’s Flowers (8501 Germantown Ave.), a first-rate family-run florist. In addition to a full greenhouse and attentive wedding-day service, the retail shop offers darling gift items such as sweet-smelling monogrammed soaps.

Move on to Caleb Meyer Studio (8520 Germantown Ave.) for the all-important wedding bands. If none of the artful platinum and gold specimens say “forever” to you, design your own ring to have and to hold in 4-8 weeks.

Finally, take the edge off at 3000BC (8439 Germantown Ave.), where the services are anything but primitive (microdermabrasion, anyone?). Book an appointment for your maids — or a his-and-her session.