Local Bridal Guide: Design Your Custom Wedding Invitations At One of These Gorgeous Philly-Area Studios

Two Paper Dolls. Photo by Courtney Apple.

Two Paper Dolls. Photo by Courtney Apple.

When you’re putting together a wedding day that’s a perfect reflection of you and your to-be, the last thing you want to do is send out cookie-cutter invitations to all your nearest and dearest. Luckily, the Philadelphia area is home to several custom invitation studios helmed by talented designers who can take your vision for your wedding day and literally put it down on paper. After all, your invitations are the first glimpse your guests have of what’s in store for them on your Big Day—you want to make sure they see nothing but the best.

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Here’s A Helpful Guide To Navigating The Mixed-Gender Bridal Party

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned about modern-day weddings, it’s that there really are no rules when it comes to making the day uniquely yours. Sure, many couples still take the conventional route, but we’re seeing more and more of them throw tradition out the window in favor of whatever feels right for them.

As is the case with mixed-gender bridal parties, where the bride and groom choose to have members of the opposite sex as attendants on their respective sides. Bridesmen and groomsmaids are the terms we’ve seen used most frequently, and honestly, we’re not all too surprised that more couples are going in this direction. After all, your attendants are supposed to be your nearest and dearest, so if your best friend is a dude and you want him to be your man of honor, why not go for it!

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PHOTOS: 25 Fun Summer Wedding Ideas From Pinterest

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Colorful shades come in handy at sunny ceremonies.

The end of summer may be approaching more quickly than we’d like, but that doesn’t stop us from obsessing over all of the creative food and décor ideas that come along with warm weather weddings.

Naturally, Pinterest is full of great ideas for summertime affairs, but even we were surprised by some of the amazing ideas that people are coming up with these days to keep their guests cool and comfortable in the hot summer sun.

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Ask the Expert: Am I Expected To Bring A Gift To Every Pre-Wedding Event?

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Question: In addition to being a guest at my friend’s wedding, I’ve also been invited to quite a few of the showers and parties that happen before the Big Day. It seems a bit excessive, not to mention costly, to bring a gift to each one of these celebrations but I feel uncomfortable showing up empty-handed. For the engagement party, bachelorette party, and other events of that nature, are gifts expected or required?

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Birchbox Just Launched a Bridal-Focused Landing Page and It’s Filled With Gifts and Inspiration For Your Big Day

Monthly subscriptions make for fun gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen

Surprise your bridesmaids and groomsmen with Birchbox gift subscriptions in the months leading up to your wedding.

If you’ve never heard of Birchbox—the monthly subscription service that sends you a pretty box of skincare and cosmetic samples—boy are you missing out. We’ve been fans for quite some time and can attest to the excitement that comes with finding a Birchbox on your doorstep each month.

The truth is though, there’s much more to the company than just the beauty products; Birchbox also has an awesome digital magazine that covers lifestyle topics of all varieties. In the past, they’ve featured some really neat content pertaining to brides (we linked to one of their articles here), and we can expect many more wedding-related posts now that the company has launched “The Birchbox Wedding Planner,” a new landing page created exclusively for brides-to-be.

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5 Favorite Things With Local Wedding Photographer Sarah DiCicco

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Local photographer Sarah DiCicco

For 13 years, Sarah DiCicco has been capturing the emotional, spontaneous, and intimate moments of weddings in Philadelphia and beyond. Along with her husband and second photographer Tony, she’s shot destination weddings near and far, traveling to locations both stateside and all over Mexico and the Caribbean (although she’s still holding out for a wedding in Italy).

We caught up with Sarah to see what goes on behind the lens…

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