How to Put Together the Perfect Philly Welcome Bag for Your Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

Illustration by Katy Dockrill

Illustration by Katy Dockrill

What A tasty local treat

Why So your guests don’t get hangry between your ceremony and reception.

Try The originals from Federal Donuts or Philly Pretzel Factory, or Philly Series truffles from Marcie Blaine Chocolates.

Get It $11 per dozen doughnuts,; 75¢per pretzel (tip: ask for them individually wrapped so they stay fresh),; $4.25 for a box of two chocolates or $7.95 for a box of four,

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PHOTOS: BHLDN Now Has a Bridal Boutique in Philly!

The new BHLDN space inside the Rittenhouse Anthropologie. All photos by Madalynne.

The new BHLDN space inside the Rittenhouse Anthropologie. All photos by Madalynne.

Philly brides, rejoice! For how many years have we begged and pleaded with the bridal universe to bring us a BHLDN (the wedding-focused sister brand of Anthropologie is, after all, Philadelphia based) in our very own city? (Well, since the brand’s launch five years ago, I guess, to be exact.)

Ladies, the time has come.

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BHLDN’s New Party Dress & Honeymoon Collections Have Us Swooning

We're swooning over BHLDN's new collections. All photos courtesy of BHLDN.

We’re swooning over BHLDN’s new collections. All photos courtesy of BHLDN.

Last week was a pretty and productive one for Philly-based BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding-focused little sister: They unveiled a new honeymoon collection (which we have consistently crushed on since they first debuted their first beachy capsule collection last year) and a new batch of party frocks, perfect for your ‘maids—or that list of weddings you’ve got coming up that aren’t yours.

The Swept Away honeymoon collection, as per usual, is filled with things that are beachy and flowy and white (you’re still a bride on your ‘moon!) and super easy to wear—and the party-frock collection features fun dresses in jewel tones and with sparkly embellishment that will immediately make you feel like dancing, which to us is a very important aspect of the perfect party dress.

We’ll put a few of our favorites from each collection, below—but you can view (and shop!) ’em all here and here.

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Science Says This is the Reason Why Wedding Guests Buy Off-Registry Gifts

We talk a lot here on the blog about the process of shopping for your wedding registry and the importance of choosing items that are true to your personalities and lifestyle. It’s a bit of a painstaking task, for sure, but it’s worth it when at the end of the day you’re left with items you’ll really make use of (as opposed to those that’ll gather dust for years to come).

That is until someone decides to shop off-registry: Despite all the time and effort you put in to selecting the perfect items for your wedding wish list, there will always be a few guests who decide, for better or worse, to choose their own giftand now we finally have a scientific reason as to why this happens.

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You Know Someone Can’t Come to Your Wedding. Should You Send Them An Invitation Anyway? Newman Newman

I have a comfy blue chair in my office that colleagues sit in for all sorts of reasons and for all lengths of time—and it is also frequently the setting where people pose all manner of wedding etiquette questions to me.

Most recently, a member of PW’s marketing team popped over to ask me this: Her friend (a bride) knew of someone who could definitely not come to her wedding, and wasn’t sure if she should send them an invitation anyway—or if, since they had already basically covered her RSVP, mailing one out would be redundant and unnecessary. Weirdly enough, that’s the very question a friend had asked me at dinner the other week, and this week, a scan of HuffPo turned up this post. So apparently, this dilemma is a common one!

Now, I had offered up a vehement yes; that it’s still always the right idea to send an invite anyway, because it’s nice to give them the courtesy of being formally invited, and for them to have the courtesy of officially replying, and anyway, plans change! You might not necessarily know if their conflict goes away after they tell you about it. But the Huffington Post response was not as vehement, and anyway, with this coming up so frequently, I thought it time to check in with a few of our local wedding-planning experts. Here’s what they had to say:

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This New Website Makes Dressing for Wedding Season Easier (and Cheaper!) Than Ever

Le Tote

As we all know by now, wedding wardrobeswhether you’re hosting one, participating in one or simply attending one—often do not come cheap. Try as we might, sometimes it seems like there’s just no way around it, so it’s always helpful when a company makes the whole process a tad bit easier for both you and your wallet.

Meet Le Tote, a new fashion subscription service that lets you borrow clothing and accessories for just $59 per month. Each shipment contains three garments (think dresses, skirts and tops) and two accessories (jewelry, scarves and handbags), and unlike similar sites, you can keep the loot as long as you’d like. Once you send one batch of clothes back, they’ll immediately send you another one—or you can choose to purchase any or all of the pieces at discounted prices.

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