When Tim Thornton’s parents moved from Philadelphia to Florida, his mom always missed real Philly soft pretzels. Tim and his sisters weren’t even allowed to visit if they didn’t bring a few pretzels along, he says—and he knew there must be tons of Philly natives out there who miss the Wawa coffee, Tastykakes and other iconic products that you can’t get anywhere else. So he set out to create a gift box service that would deliver Philly’s favorite treats to anyone who wanted them—and BrotherlyBox was born earlier this year.
Question: I’ll soon have to provide our calligrapher with a list of our guests’ mailing addresses, but I only have a handful of them. What’s the best way to go about collecting addresses from our friends and family?
Your engagement party is the first of many celebrations that’ll be thrown in your honor in the months leading up to your Big Day, and as with all things wedding-related, it comes with its fair share of etiquette guidelines. We’re not talking hardcore rules here, but there are a few basic things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that both the party planning, and the party itself, go off without a hitch.
In this day and age, where wedding toasts are now full-on performances, there’s a whole new kind of pressure for best men and maids (or matrons) of honor to make the most of their time on the mic. Thanks to all of those creative, musically-inclined people whose epic wedding speeches went viral, the bar has been raised—as if the job of reciting a touching, sentimental and funny but not at all offensive or inappropriate speech in front of a crowd of people wasn’t stressful enough.
When Philly native Mairin Barnes noticed that the gift-basket and favor options for weddings had become all too predictable, she decided to reinvent the gift-giving business with Sweet Whistle, her Bryn Mawr-based company that designs personalized gift boxes filled with artisanal snacks and wares from across the country. “My inspiration was to provide a modern, fresh and more celebratory approach to gift giving,” she says. “Our philosophy is that each box ‘wraps an experience.’”
If you haven’t already created a wedding website, chances are it’s somewhere on your list of to-dos—they’ve become standard among engaged couples these days. We’ve seen “wedsites” (that’s what the cool kids are calling ’em) of all kinds floating around the web, but no matter how elaborate or simple of a design you choose, they all serve the same helpful purpose: to keep your guests in the loop about the details of your Big Day.
Oof, that’s awkward: When moments you just can’t plan for arise—an uncomfortable conflict, an inappropriate declaration, an unfortunate blunder—you’ve got to handle it on your feet. Read these local couples’ stories to learn from their discomfort—or, at the very least, to know you’re not alone.
In last year’s Fall/Winter issue of Philadelphia Wedding, we asked you (and our friends, family and coworkers) to share with us the biggest party fouls you’ve witnessed as a wedding guest. And you responded with some nightmarish tales: a wedding with no dinner, a sobbing officiant, one bartender for a 130-person party. It’s safe to say those weddings will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Today’s Friendly Wedding PSA: If A Guest Doesn’t Show at Your Wedding, Please Do Not Send Them a Bill for Their Meal
Remember when we had that bride who felt that because one of her wedding guests had not bestowed upon her a thoughtful—and more importantly, monetary—gift that that guest had somehow managed to attend her celebration “for free”?
Well, seems here we’ve got a couple of the same ilk, who felt the need to invoice one of their guests who couldn’t attend their wedding at the last minute, lest she get away with sticking them with the bill for her uneaten meal.
I have been to three destination weddings—in the Bahamas, Cabo, and Punta Cana—and each of them was absolutely fantastic. I’m so glad I went. In each of those cases, the friends were close enough that I wouldn’t have missed their weddings no matter where they were—but that aside, I’m able to look at each of those experiences and be really glad that I was a part of them.