Book Stilt Walkers, Ice Cream Trucks, and More at This Alternative Wedding Expo

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Want to prep for your big day in an off-beat way? Well, mark your calendars — the Lovesick Expo is setting up shop in our ‘hood, and they’re bringing booze, burlesque, and the best talent to brides-to-be.

The seventh annual showcase will be held at the World Live Cafe from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 13th. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For all the info, check out Lovesick Philly’s official website.

A variety of vendors — everyone from glass blowers to boudoir photographers to non-traditional hairstylists — are coming out for the event. We’ve got details on what to expect from some of the unique vendors showcasing their talents at the expo below — for a complete list of participants, see the websiteRead more »

How Philly-Area Bridal Salons Are Helping Alfred Angelo Brides

A “Store Closed” sign hangs on the door of the Cherry Hill Alfred Angelo boutique. Photo by Danielle Iannetta.

The out-of-nowhere closure of Alfred Angelo stores has left brides and bridesmaids across the nation stranded without dresses, Philadelphia-area girls included. Thankfully, our local bridal salon community is stepping up to help those in need with steep discounts, free rush shipping, an extension on the National Bridal Day Sale, and even the occasional comped dress. Read on for where to shop if you’re in need of a new dress.  Read more »

How to Submit Your Wedding to Philadelphia Wedding Magazine

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First off: congratulations! Whether you’re a vendor or a newly married person, you just participated in a major life event. We’re beyond honored you’re interested in sharing that moment with us here at Philadelphia Wedding. Here’s what you need to know about getting published on our blog and in our print magazine.  Read more »

Update: National Bridal Day Sale Extended in Wake of Alfred Angelo Closure

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It’s confirmed! The National Bridal Day Sale, which was originally a one-day super sale at bridal boutiques nationwide, has officially been extended for two weeks.

For some, the big savings are coming in the wake of an even bigger let down. This past Thursday, Alfred Angelo closed its doors across the country — leaving many brides confused and dress-less. PW confirmed the Cherry Hill closing last week.

Founder of the National Bridal Day Sale and owner of Jay West Bridal in Haddonfield, Sue Maslowski calls the closure “unethical.” She adds, “We posted in our private Facebook group and the overwhelming majority of the 740 participating vendors wanted to extended the sale. The brick and mortar shops are stepping up to help the brides.”

To all the panicking Philly brides out there: check out this list of stores in the area that were participating in the original event. Give them a call to verify that they are participating in the extended sale.

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Confirmed: Cherry Hill’s Alfred Angelo is as Closed as the Rest of Them

A “Store Closed” sign hangs on the door of the Cherry Hill Alfred Angelo boutique. Photo by Danielle Iannetta.

In what is sure to be a devastating turn of events for some area brides, wedding dress chain Alfred Angelo abruptly closed its doors across the country yesterday. The closest Alfred Angelo location to Philly is the Cherry Hill, NJ store located in the Plaza Grande at Garden State Park shopping center, and Philadelphia Wedding can confirm that it, sadly, has closed as well.  Read more »

The National Bridal Sale Brings MAJOR Wedding Dress Discounts to Philly This Weekend

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Gowns at Bijou Bridal in Ardmore will be marked down 50 percent or more this Saturday.

You guys, it’s here. The big day has almost arrived. Well, not your big day, per se, but definitely one of the biggest days of the year. What are we talking about, you ask?

The National Bridal Sale is taking place this Saturday, July 15th. The annual event gathers over 850 bridal shops and boutiques nationwide, plus Canada, Mexico and Africa, to offer discounted dresses and accessories. The mission? Dress brides-to-be in their dream gowns at unbelievable prices. Sue Maslowski, creator of the National Bridal Day Sale and owner of Jay West in Haddonfield, says, “In our industry there is an abundance of dresses that are tough to get rid of, which makes this event great. It’s almost like Black Friday for the bridal industry.”  Read more »

A Wilmington Bride Recreated Solange Knowles’s Wedding Dress and Photos

Photographs by Aaron Ricketts

Here at PW, we LOVE a bride willing to get a little more fashion-y with her wedding day look, so we were immediately smitten when we saw Bria Shelton’s daring ensemble. The 24-year-old wed college sweetheart Eric Brown at Wilmington’s recently closed World Cafe Live this past April, and let’s just say she did NOT go the traditional sweetheart ball gown route. Instead of taking her style cues from Cinderella, she turned to arguably the coolest bride of the aughts: Solange Knowles.  Read more »

A FREE Bridal Boot Camp Starts July 8th in Fairmount Park

Universal Truth #1: It is way more motivating to work out with others than it is on your own. Universal Truth #2: Showing up for a workout class when you’re in the throws of spending large amounts of money on your wedding is significantly easier when the the workout class is free. Thankfully, event planner Lauren Westerman of Classic Events by Lauren has teamed up with Philly musician Shawn King to bring you Rockstar Bridal Bootcamp, five free weekends of outdoor workouts at Ridgeland Mansion in west Fairmount Park. The sweat sessions begin July 8th and run from 9 to 10 AM every Saturday and Sunday through August 6th. Westerman, who led a similar course in Austin and is bringing it to Philly for the first time, tells us to expect old-school but effective exercises such as uphill sprints and calisthenics like jumping jacks and push-ups. The programs are lead by King, who trains Westerman and has developed an extensive repertoire of outdoor moves thanks to years of working out on the road while touring.  Read more »

Plan Your Wedding By Attending A Fake One at UPenn’s Perelman Quadrangle

Photo by Amy Hutchison Photography via The Big Fake Wedding

Wedding expos are a great way to meet a lot of wedding vendors at once, but they’re not always the greatest way to see what wedding vendors are fully capable of. How much can you learn about a band’s performance skills, for example, but talking to a company representative in a little booth?

The creators of The Big Fake Wedding aim to change that by turning the traditional bridal expo into a full-blown party. Brides- and grooms-to-be can experience food, drinks, cake, music and dancing, décor, and general revelry in the way they would at an actual wedding. So, less moving from booth to booth making awkward small talk, more feeling completely immersed in wedding-like atmosphere. To add to the romance, you’ll also witness a live vow renewal. It’s a great way to see vendors in action before signing on the dotted line, and this USA Today clip is a great preview of what to expect.  Read more »

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