Brides: Here’s How to Win a Tour of the New York Flower Market With Barbara King of Valley Forge Flowers

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As lush, vibrant, and beautiful as the New York City Flower Market appears to be, it’s pretty obvious that it’s not the type of place you just venture into without a little bit of know-how.

Anyone who is familiar with this Manhattan institution can advise you that the experience of shopping there can be quite overwhelming—crowds, endless variety, and all of the tips and tricks for making it out alive (and without breaking the bank) make picking up a bouquet, or choosing the flowers for your DIY Big Day arrangements, a bit more daunting than you probably imagined.

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Local Bridal Guide: Say ‘Thank You’ To Your Groomsmen With One Of These Found-in-Philly Gift Ideas

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Shopping for gifts for your bridesmaids is usually one of the more fun, stress-free (we hope!) tasks on your pre-wedding to-do list. And while we have plenty of ideas to inspire you, we think it’s safe to say that your groom is the one who is likely in need of our gift-giving suggestions.

With that being said, we’ve compiled some of our favorite local gift ideas and a few places where you’re hubby-to-be is sure to find some stylish mementos for his guys. Whether you pass this list along to him, or do the shopping yourself, is completely up to you.

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Add A Decorative Touch To Your Table Settings With Cutlery Couture’s Burlap Silverware Pouches

This pouch doubles as a place card when labeled with each guest's name.

This pouch doubles as a place card when labeled with each guest’s name.

We’ve all been in situations—usually there’s a buffet involved—that test our ability to balance an overflowing plate of food, a drink, and a pile of silverware all while making our way back to the table unscathed. When at a wedding, this challenge also includes heels, which, as we know, often only complicates things further.

It’s at moments like this that Cutlery Couture—a locally-based company that creates adorable burlap pouches to decoratively store your silverware—comes in really handy. And since they just launched a weddings and special occasions collection, there’s no better time to place an order for your Big Day.

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We’re Totally In Love With Our Latest Local Find: Manayunk Calligraphy

All of Shrack's calligraphy styles are named after cocktails, like this one called Mimosa.

All of Shrack’s calligraphy styles are named after cocktails, like this one called Mimosa.

We’ve often talked about how your invitations are the first impressions your guests will have of your celebration—and really, your invites’ envelopes are the first impressions of your invites! So it makes perfect sense that when we find something that makes that first standing-at-the-mailbox-impression extra gorgeous, we get a little squealy about it—and our latest discovery has us doing just that.

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Score Discounted Wedding, Bridesmaid & MOB Dresses at This Fab Three-Day Sale in South Philly 

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Brides on a budget, rejoice! We’ve just caught wind of an exciting bridal event that’ll make shopping for your Big Day easier than ever for you and all of the ladies in your party.

On September 10-12, Carolyn Verdi Boutique will partner with neighboring shop Mia Philadelphia to host a special sale on bridal gowns, dresses for bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom.

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Two Local Wedding Planners Join Forces To Create New Full-Service Company Lauren James Events

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Jamie Fishman and Lauren Lerner. Photo by Walnut Street Photo.

As longtime colleagues in the events department at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Lauren Lerner and Jamie Fishman coordinated quite a few impressive Philadelphia weddings. Their combined resume boasts 15 years of planning experience—including over 150 weddings—and now they’ve taken their expertise to the next level by joining forces to create their own full-service event planning company, Lauren James Events.

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Rizzieri Salon & Spa Will Be Opening A 14,000-Square-Foot Location At The Moorestown Mall In September

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A rendering of the new Rizzieri Salon & Spa coming in September.

A new salon is coming to town and it’s going to be massive. Come September, Frank and Sal Rizzieri—whose cosmetology empire includes multiple salons, a beauty school, and a school for the healing arts—will be relocating the Marlton outpost of Rizzieri Salon & Spa to a 14,000-square-foot space at the Moorestown Mall.

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Local Bridal Guide: Host A Lovely Bridal Shower At One of These 5 Philly-Area Tea Rooms

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One of our favorite bridal shower ideas is to gather all of the ladies in your life for a classic tea party—complete with big pots of hot tea, too-cute-to-eat sandwiches, and decadent mini pastries. Sure, there are plenty of places in the city where you can stop in for a proper afternoon tea, but we’re partial to the quaint tea rooms that offer the full tea party experience (floppy hats and parasols optional).

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Spend Your Saturday Afternoon Soaking In Inspiration At Terrain’s Bridal Open House

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Host an intimate affair inside Terrain’s antique greenhouse.

Clear your calendar for this coming Saturday because you’ll most definitely want to spend a few hours in Glen Mills at Terrain at Styers‘s bridal open house. On any ordinary day of the week, we could easily spend quite a bit of time checking out the gorgeous grounds and doing a bit of shopping here, but when weddings are involved, we can hardly contain ourselves.

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PHOTOS: 25 Beautiful Aisle Ideas From Pinterest

Imagine yourself floating down this lush floral aisle.

Imagine yourself floating down this lush floral aisle.

The bride’s walk down the aisle is undoubtedly one of the most special, breathtaking, and memorable moments of any wedding. The stage is set, everyone is in their place, and all eyes are on you as you make your way down the path that leads to your groom.

Such a magical moment, we think, should be accompanied by an equally magical backdrop, which is why we’re suckers for a really gorgeously decorated aisle. No matter if your wedding is a modern, minimalist affair or a brightly colored, over-the-top occasion, you’d be surprised just how many different ways an aisle can be embellished for your Big Day.

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