Philadelphia’s New Avance Restaurant Is Ready to Host Your Wedding

The main dining room at Avance.

The main dining room at Avance.

Over the holiday season, Philly’s newest fine-dining restaurant moved into the hallowed space that once held Le Bec Fin. That restaurant, Avance, helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Justin Bogle, has been making a buzz in Philly’s foodie scene—and now, too, they have outlined their partying plan for Philly brides who’d like to hold their wedding-related events in the Progressive American spot.

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PHOTOS: 26 So-Pretty Wedding Dresses All Under $1,000

BHLDN's beautiful $800 Ruth gown.

BHLDN’s beautiful $800 Ruth gown.

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: Stick to your budget, especially when it comes to your dress! Nothing will send a bride over the edge more than realizing, while twirling through a bridal salon in the dress of her dreams, that it is so over budget it’s not even a possibility—and that the dress she does end up with is going to have to compete with the memory of this one. Whatever you do, just don’t let that happen to you.

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Just-Launched Expedia Weddings Wants to Help You Plan Your Destination Wedding

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Just last month, travel site Expedia commissioned a study to find out what, exactly, the people of this good nation felt and thought about destination weddings. They did this via Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm, checking in with 1,000 Americans across all kinds of demographics.

They call it the Expedia American Altar Report, and to save you from reading the whole thing, this was the gist:

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12 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs Without Being Tacky

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Because we are always on the look out here at PW to share tips that can make your wedding-planning lives a little bit easier, today we’d like to present to you this Martha roundup by way of CNN of all the smart little ways you can, as they say, cut a few corners with class.

Their tips go beyond the ones we often see (suggesting you book on a Friday instead of a Saturday, etc), pointing out, for instance, not just that using in-season flowers is a much more cost-friendly option, but that super-sizing your flower choice (bigger flowers equals less stems, which means less flowers to buy!) can make even more of a bottom-line difference. And it’s tips like this that may just help lead you (and your wedding-budget contributors!) further away from the crazy train and closer to that wedding-planning bliss.

Just repeat after us: No. Cash. Bar.

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“Ambush Weddings”—Or, Surprising Guests With On-the-Spot Weddings—Are Apparently Becoming a Thing

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Surprise! There just might be a new trend in the wedding world.

We’ve been seeing quite a bit lately (New York Post, Jezebel, New York Times) on the idea of “ambush weddings,” which are weddings that happen when would-be guests are gathering together for some other sort of occasion—they think they’re arriving for a birthday party or somesuch—and end up finding out that their hosts are, in fact, going to be tying that knot right then and there.

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New Website Helps You Figure Out What Your Married Name Should Be Before You Change It

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Changing your name may not be at the top of your planning to-do list right now, but once the party (and honeymoon!) is over and the marriage license is signed, you may realize that the whole changing-your-name thing isn’t as easy as you think.

Here at PW, we’ve discussed before how your married name effects your online identity, and with more and more things being attached to your maiden name these days (how will old friends on Facebook ever find you now?), taking your last name out of the equation completely may not be the best option for you.

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The Container Store Is Opening in King of Prussia!

Closet heaven via the Container Store!

Closet heaven via the Container Store!

Few things excite us more than a good selection of organizational products, and nothing screams organization heaven quite like The Container Store. And of course, when PW thinks Container Store, our minds instantly go to their awesome registry services for brides. So when we got word that there was a new location opening in King of Prussia (it’s their first one in PA!), we couldn’t, ahem, contain our excitement.

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Solutions to 24 Tricky Wedding-Etiquette Questions

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When I was invited to my first engagement party, that excited first-timer feeling was instantly overtaken by panic: Should I bring a gift? How much should I spend? Do I dress up? Of course, I turned to my mom for the answers, who helped the best she could. But when I showed up to the party wearing boots and carrying a bottle of wine while the rest of the guests wore sky-high heels and carried elaborately wrapped gifts, the panic immediately washed over me once again.

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42 Awesome Ideas for Unusual, Frame-Worthy Wedding Photos

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We absolutely love when couples have a little fun with their wedding photos (here)—engagement photos, too! (here)—so we loved scrolling through this Buzzfeed roundup of 42 clever, funny, and adorable wedding-photo ideas that you just might want to steal for your Big Day.

Some are a little on the what-were-they-thinking-side (tiny bride? Really?), for sure—but a lot of them might just provide the perfect little hint of inspiration you need to snag those frame-worthy pics. After all, don’t you think it’s those most memorable ones that’ll have you smiling for years to come?

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