Ask the Expert: How Soon After My Wedding Should I Preserve My Bouquet?

An example of one of Hana Willow's shadow box bouquet preservations.

An example of one of Hana Willow’s shadow box bouquet preservations.

Question: I want to preserve my bouquet, but do I need to get it to the preserver before we leave on our honeymoon? Or can I hang it upside down until afterward?

Answer: “The best plan is to get the bouquet to whoever is preserving it as soon as possible after the wedding—we recommend within about four days,” says Stefanie Kitcher, floral preserver and artist at Old City’s Hana Willow Design. (She also suggests appointing a loved one to keep and deliver the bouquet after the wedding.)

Until then, “Keep the bouquet in water, even the fridge if possible.” If life happens, though, don’t sweat: Miracles can still occur. “The flowers will likely need to be painted, because hang-drying often turns them brown—but it’s still doable, and they usually come out looking great.”

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PW Reader Ring: Allie & Patrick!

Allie's ring!

Allie’s ring!

The couple: Allie Luceri and Patrick Rowley, from Fairmount.

The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut diamond surrounded by a diamond halo set in white gold. It’s by Henry Daussi. I absolutely love my ring—and I love that Patrick picked it out himself, without me! I think that makes the story so romantic.

We never went shopping together and I never left photos around, although I did occasionally share feedback on rings I did and didn’t like when appropriate—and Patrick is a very good listener, so I am sure he made note of these details. He is big on surprises and wouldn’t have wanted to pick something out together. I had shared photos of my dream ring with my sisters and mom, which I know they shared with him when the time was right.

He bought the ring at Benari Jewelers in Exton. The staff mentioned how detail oriented he was in selecting the perfect ring. It’s absolutely beautiful, classic, romantic, sparkly and timeless. It’s suits our relationships and my personality. After he proposed, he told me he wanted me to say Wow when I saw the ring—and let’s just say I still say Wow whenever I look down at my hand!

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Mid-January Bridal Trunk Shows

Photo courtesy of Inbal Dror.

Photo courtesy of Inbal Dror.

The Wedding Shoppe, Wayne

January 16-22: International Collections Trunk Show

During this week-long event, dresses by international designers such as Inbal Dror, Le Spose di Gio, Rosa Clara, Francesca Miranda and more will be discounted by 10 percent—and you’ll also receive a $50 coupon towards your veil with your dress purchase. Call to make an appointment.

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PHOTOS: Come Swoon Over BHLDN’s Spring 2017 Bridal Collection With Us

BHLDN's new Spring 2017 collection is available now.

BHLDN’s new Spring 2017 collection is available now.

Philly-based BHLDN just unveiled its new Spring 2017 bridal collection this week, friends, and well, we have been staring at it every since.

It’s the brand’s largest collection to date: There are over 200 pieces in this beautiful batch of bridalwear, from gowns for you and your girls to clutches, shoes, jewelry and lingerie, plus frocks, accessories, bathing suits and the like for your honeymoon that you are going to have an insanely difficult time choosing between. (So just get ’em all, we say.)

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PW Reader Ring: Samantha & Zachary!

Samantha's ring!

Samantha’s ring!

The couple: Samantha Michlovitz and Zachary Hammond, from South Jersey.

The ring: My ring has a center oval diamond with a diamond halo and smaller diamonds wrapped around the band. He even remembered that I love surprise diamonds, which can be found on the underside of the ring frame.

I love my ring! I know everyone says that about their ring but it’s so true! I knew I wanted an oval shaped diamond but I had a really hard time finding one. Zach and I went to three jewelers and none had an oval diamond ring for me to try on. It was discouraging. At best, they had oval emerald rings, so I tried that and kept reminding him to envision a similar shape and size but with a diamond. I tried different ornate bands but ultimately wanted something simple. I left these jewelers wondering if he really understood my vision.

When he proposed, one look at the ring and I knew he killed it. It was exactly what I wanted and more. Zach did his research before buying the ring and is now the expert on all things bling. He worked with Jewelry by Jakup in Wayne, New Jersey.

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Early January Bridal Trunk Shows

Photo courtesy of Watters.

Photo courtesy of Watters.

Bridal Garden, Marlton

January 6-8: Watters Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive special incentives to order the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

January 13-15: Sottero Midgley Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive special incentives to order the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

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PW Reader Ring: Cassandra & John!

Cassandra's ring!

Cassandra’s ring!

The couple: Cassandra McFarlane and John DiMartino, Jr., from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring has a round-cut diamond with a diamond cushion halo set on a platinum band. It’s truly a work of art, and just what I wanted

We had gone ring shopping at a few places a year before we got engaged, and I had found the style, diamond and setting of my dreams. John knows just how particular I am, and he wanted to be sure he had a clear understanding of what expectations I had. He ended up getting the ring from a small jeweler that we have a personal relationship with.

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The Logan Hotel Wants to Help Philly Get Engaged With Their New “Just Say Yes” Package

The Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan Hotel.

The Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan Hotel.

Philly’s Logan Hotel (it took over the Four Seasons’ spot on the Parkway around this time last year) is launching a new romance package just in time for their first anniversary, and it’s aimed, ever so nicely, at couples looking to get engaged at this special spot in the city.

The “Just Say Yes” Package has got quite a few options if you’re looking to pop the question—or, you know, ever so subtly nudge someone to pop it to you:

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Here’s Why You Should Get Your Tickets Now to 2017’s ‘Love Is in the Air’ Bridal Event at the Horticulture Center

An Uncommon Events tablescape from last year's Love Is in the Air. Photo by Alison Conklin.

An Uncommon Events tablescape from last year’s Love Is in the Air. Photo by Alison Conklin.

On February 23, 2017 from 6-8:30pm, Philly’s Uncommon Events and Starr Events will again be throwing one of the loveliest bridal events of the year with their Love Is in the Air soiree. It’s one we always recommend to local brides—you’ll get so much planning inspiration from amazing vendors in a truly magical setting—and today, we are here to encourage you to nab your tickets early, because they will go up in price in the new year.

During the event, you’ll enjoy a gorg bridal fashion show from Old City’s Lovely Bride and Rittenhouse’s Henry Davidsen, sip on cocktails and nibble food from Starr Events, all the while mingling with Philly’s finest vendors who set up seriously beautiful shop throughout the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. (Take a peek at all of this year’s participating vendors here.) This recap video of the 2016 event by CinemaCake should give you a good idea of the evening:

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The Kimmel Center & Garces Events Are Giving Away a Wedding And We’ve Got All the Details

A ceremony setup in the Hamilton Rooftop Garden at the Kimmel Center. Photo by Cliff Mauntner.

A ceremony setup in the Hamilton Rooftop Garden at the Kimmel Center. Photo by Cliff Mautner.

To celebrate the farewell tour run of Mama Mia! as part of Philadelphia’s Broadway season, the lovely folks at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Garces Events have teamed up to give a away a wedding to a Philadelphia couple (that will take place right at the Kimmel Center. They’re calling it the Mama Mia! Wedding Giveaway, and guys—this is pretty good. Here’s the deal:

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