Philly Ranks Shockingly Low On List of 150 Top Cities To Get Married In the Country

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Well, we’ve heard before that Philly frequently ranks as one of the more expensive cities in the country for tying the knot, and a new study suggests that while our lovely city certainly has pros when it comes to throwing a wedding celebration here, the financial cons haven’t changed.

WalletHub just put out a new report that breaks down, for 150 different cities, the main factors that come into play when a couple is planning a wedding. They use a lot of very technical words like “key dimensions” and “metrics,” but how it basically shakes out is like this: They analyzed 18 different points (number of hotels per 100,000 residents, number of party equipment rentals per 100,000 residents, etc.) across three main categories—wedding cost, wedding facilities and services, and activities and attractions—and then crunchcrunchcrunch.

The result?

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We’re Obsessed With the New Jimmy Choo Bridal Collection (and Campaign!)

We don’t know about you, but we’ve been staring dreamily at Jimmy Choo’s new bridal campaign ever since we realized it had been debuted to the world. (That, and clicking longingly through the new collection.)

Here’s a peek:

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PW Reader Ring: Erika & Ellis!

Erika's ring!

Erika’s ring!

The couple: Erika Hafetz and Ellis Geer, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring has a round brilliant center diamond with a cushion diamond halo set in a platinum, split-shank, micro-pave setting. Ellis designed the ring completely by himself with a jeweler at Rosenberg Diamond Company on Jewelers’ Row! He told me how incredible it was to get really precise digital versions of what the ring would look like because then there was no guessing of how the actual ring was going to look.

We were never really subtle about talking about getting engaged. One night, Ellis asked me what my dream ring would look like. I asked him what he thought it would look like. His response: “Gold, thick band, with an oval diamond.” Even though that would make a beautiful ring, he couldn’t have described something more different than what I had imagined. When I told him that, he asked me to send him photos of what I liked.

I sent him two photos a few days later after going to try on different rings by myself. (Note to future brides: That’s the best thing I did! Sometimes what you see on Pinterest doesn’t look as good on your finger!) I didn’t want to send a whole bunch of pictures and make it confusing for him (which could result in something unexpected).

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The Internet Is Going Bonkers for This Harry Potter Cake Made By a Local Philly Baker

Every Harry Potter enthusiast in the country wants this cake right now. Caitlyn Clausen, Night Kitchen Bakery.

Every Harry Potter enthusiast in the country wants this cake right now. Caitlyn Clausen, Night Kitchen Bakery.

It has long been a regret of mine that I have somehow never made it to the Harry Potter Festival held in Chestnut Hill each fall, and today, as I got off the phone with Amy Edelman, owner of Chestnut Hill’s Night Kitchen Bakery, I felt that regret heightened.

Caitlyn Clausen, one of Night Kitchen’s cake decorators, made a cake for the most recent festival, when they turned the bakery into Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop (which HP enthusiasts might remember as a spot where Harry romanced Cho Chang), and then posted it online. It was pretty popular, and all—but this week, Buzzfeed Weddings got a hold of it, and now, well, let’s just say it looks like the Night Kitchen team will be turning out a lot of Harry Potter-themed wedding cakes for the foreseeable future!

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You’re About to Be So Mad That You Didn’t Think to Recreate Solange’s Glorious Wedding Photo

Luckily for bride Viviana Strauss, she had a genius for a photographer at her recent NYC wedding. When shutterbug Sade Joseph noticed how similar Strauss’s venue was to the background in the now-legendary pic from Solange Knowles’ wedding, she declared that Strauss and her bridal party simply had to recreate it. Because look:

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The 23 Most Romantic Hotels for Your European Honeymoon

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I have long agreed with the notion that not only can your hotel truly make your trip, but that an amazing hotel is even worth planning your trip around. And having just returned from a honeymoon stay at the Four Seasons‘ outpost in Maui, I now nod my head even more vigorously at the concept. When your home base is nothing short of divine, even taking a shower and laying around adds to the novelty and luxury of a special vacation.

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