PW Reader Ring: Neha & Jack!

Neha's "moi y toi" ring!

Neha’s “moi y toi” ring!

The couple: Neha Sachdev and Jack Herrmann from Philadelphia.

The ring: It’s a sterling silver band with a round-cut diamond and a round-cut ruby, with smaller diamonds inset in the band. I love it because it’s totally unique and exactly what I wanted.

He designed it himself, with input from my best friend. I always knew I wanted a “moi y toi” ring, which is a two-stone ring that stands for “me and you.” I love the meaning of the ring, and since red is the color of marriage in Indian culture (my parents are from India but I’m US born), I wanted a diamond and a ruby. My best friend helped pick some design ideas, but he did most of it on his own and worked with a jeweler in New York to have it custom made. It’s perfect!

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Photos & Inspiration: 31 Gorgeous (and DIY-able!) Hairstyles for Your Wedding

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We’ve talked before about how impressed we always are with brides who do their own hair on their wedding day—first, with how brave they are to tackle that particular task on that particular day, and second, with the skill set it actually takes to create a hairstyle deserving of your wedding day all by yourself.

And because of that, we are always on the lookout for inspiration that we can pass along. (And for those of you who are more like me, so that you can, you know, pass it along to the professional hairstylist who you will pay to make you pretty on your Big Day.)

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On Wedding Announcements: To Send or Not to Send?

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Recently on HuffPo, we spied this etiquette question: “Only immediate family is invited to our wedding. Are announcements okay? Or is that looking for a gift?”

I was thinking to myself, Well no, you had a teeny wedding, an announcement seems appropriate, there—and then I read the first line of the answer, from Anna Post (great-great granddaughter of Emily, of course):

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Get Your Engagement Ring (Or Other Jewelry!) Cleaned for Free at Craiger Drake in Rittenhouse This Month

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If you are the typical bride-to-be, when you first got that rock on your left ring finger, you cleaned her meticulously every night before you went to sleep, banishing any and all traces of hand lotion and fuzz, dried her with a soft, lint-free organic cloth, whispered, “Goodnight, my love,” and then put her to bed on fluffy poof of feathers and angel wings.

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Find Your Wedding-Day Makeup Look—and Makeup Artist!—at Bluemercury’s Spring Makeover Parties

Photo courtesy Bluemercury.

Photo courtesy Bluemercury.

As if you need another reason to go and linger inside whichever of the area’s Bluemercury locations is nearest you (I know I’m not the only one who heads there to scoop up a pretty lipgloss or candle during my lunch hour when I need a treat), the beauty boutique has just announced the dates of their spring makeover parties, which are just about the perfect hunting grounds for brides looking for wedding-day makeup inspiration—not to mention, the artist who’ll make it happen.

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Groupon Has Just Launched an E-Commerce Wedding Shop Offering Discounts On Dresses, Rings, Venues, Honeymoons & More

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If you’re like me, you mostly think of Groupon as the online service that offers deals and savings on everything from dental visits to yoga classes for a limited time—but it also has an e-commerce arm to it. And this week, they launched a brand new portion of it that will be open until April 16th: the Wedding Shop.

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I Don’t Even Know What to Do With This Couple’s Save-the-Date Wedding “Trailer”

So, I just saw this on Gawker. It’s a wedding “trailer,” and seems to be serving as some sort of save-the-date for the wedding of the starring couple, Janice and Bambo. (Oh, which they call their “Boss Wedding.”)

I have watched it twice. I have a lot of questions.

But I guess it worked, because all I want in life now is to see their actual wedding.

Bambo + Janice Epic Wedding Trailer from Major Diamond Productions on Vimeo.

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Lacquer Lounge Nail Salon’s Got a New Rittenhouse Location—and Some Awesome Bridal Services

The new Rittenhouse location of Lacquer Lounge is open for business.

The new Rittenhouse location of Lacquer Lounge is open for business.

Yesterday, our friends over at Shoppist have informed us, Philly nail salon Lacquer Lounge opened their brand new Rittenhouse location! The satellite location has a few more nail stations and foot baths than their Queen Village original, and a few new services—some of which involve tasty treats from next door neighbor Pure Fare. (Here are all the deets.)

But obviously, the first thing we picture when we hear about a fab new nail salon is a group of ladies—a bride and her bridesmaids, say—sipping champagne and getting primped before heading out to a wedding-related soiree. So of course, we had to check and see what Lacquer’s offerings would be for brides.

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The Newly Renovated Blue Bell Inn Is Ready to Host Your Wedding

All photos in this post courtesy of the Blue Bell Inn.

All photos courtesy of the Blue Bell Inn.

When renovations first began at the historic Blue Bell Inn around this time last year, soon after changing ownership (Bruce Goodman of Goodman Properties along with Kevin Clib and Scott Dougherty of M2K Restaurant Group—who own nearby steakhouse, Bridget’s—purchased the inn from the Lamprecht family, who had owned it since 1963), the original plan was just to do a bit of facelifting. Menu changes, things like that.

But those little tweaks and fixes ended up getting scratched in favor of significant, long term changes, and last week, after being shut down for 14 months, the inn reopened and unveiled its multimillion dollar new outfit.

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