10 Websites to Buy Sweets for Your Bridal Shower Favors or Wedding-Day Candy Bar 

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So somehow or another, I rabbit-holed myself onto a website earlier this week—that of Sugarfina, a Beverly Hills-based candy shop—and well, I basically haven’t closed it yet. I want everything.

The packaging and the candies themselves are so pretty, they lend themselves perfectly to gifts—and surprise surprise, I immediately thought of bridal shower favors. Then I thought of candy bars at weddings and how they are still so fun and pretty and … well, basically, my brain took me anywhere it could to find an excuse to start filling up my e-cart.

With all this candy on the brain, we thought we’d round up for you some really great sites where you can fill up your cart with candy for a legitimate purpose like a bridal shower or wedding. (Remember how it’s really not that hard to DIY your own candy bar for your wedding?) Depending on what you’re looking for, different sites will appeal to different people, so by all means, get clicking. Just make sure to brush.

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Here’s How Much You’ll Probably Spend On Catering for Your Wedding: An Infographic

We love a good infographic around here, as I believe we have mentioned before—and today we’ve got one from Newtown-based Piccolo Trattoria Catering that breaks down some interesting stats concerning food and beverage costs, along with other aspects of weddings in the US.

Some of the numbers were not at all surprising (yep, a lot of brides are shocked by how stressful they find wedding planning to be), and some of them reveal info we were not aware of. (Did you know the average age of the American bride has gone up to 29?)

It’s fun, and might give you some helpful perspective on how your own nuptials stack up. Take a look.

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The 12 Most Expensive Celebrity Wedding Cakes (Hint: Kim Is In There Twice, But Not at the Top!) 

Surprisingly, Kim and Kanye's Big-Day confection does not rank near the top! INSTAGRAM/KIMKARDASHIAN

Surprisingly, Kim and Kanye’s Big-Day confection does not rank near the top! INSTAGRAM/KIMKARDASHIAN

We all know that celebrity weddings can be mega expensive and/or over-the-top, and maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the wedding cake isn’t necessarily something we always think of as being a major part of that. The venue, the dress, the catering, the flowers—the diamonds—for sure, but the cake?

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5 Gorgeous Spring/Summer Wedding Cakes & 5 Made-in-Philly Favors

Sweets & Treats: Let your wedding’s pretty palette wash over everything, from the favors your guests take home (ours are all made in Philly!) to your Big-Day confection that’s the star of the show.

 
 
 
This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2014 issue of Philadelphia Wedding. Photography by Brett Thomas. Styling by Lauren Kozakiewicz. 

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Here’s How to Be Smart About the Make-Your-Own Cocktail Bar Trend at Weddings 

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Recently, we saw a story about how various make-your-own-cocktail bars—with vodka and Bloody Marys, champagne and mimosas, etc.—were becoming quite the trend at weddings, and a few things about this caused us to raise our eyebrows:

Like, make-your-own meaning guests are literally wielding their own bottles, pouring their own pours? Wouldn’t couples go through a bajillion gallons of alcohol this way? Wouldn’t this lend itself to guests getting rather potentially bombed? Such a thing can easy happen at just an open bar, after all—and this is a seriously amped-up open bar.

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Vanilya Bakery Is Now Open In South Philly’s Passyunk Square

Vanilya Bakery in Passyunk Square. Photo via Passyunk Post.

Vanilya Bakery in Passyunk Square. Photo via Passyunk Post.

As if my love of desserts wasn’t obvious from previous posts, I can barely hold back my enthusiasm about another new bakery that opened its doors in Philadelphia this past Friday.

Vanilya, located in South Philly’s Passyunk Square, is the brainchild of Bonnie Sarana Noll, a former New Yorker who left the world of finance in 2007 to pursue a degree at the Culinary Institute of America, and then trained under legendary cake artist Betty Van Norstrand.

After a few years of whipping up gorgeous wedding cakes and hand-decorated cookies for clients in NYC, Noll and her husband relocated to Philly, where he accepted a job with Stephen Starr. “We were drawn to [Philadelphia] for its great food scene,” she says of the city that’s now home to her bakery’s first storefront.

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