Here’s What’s Going On at the Bellevue Gets Engaged Bridal Event

Here's What's Going On at the Bellevue Gets Engaged Bridal Event

The Bellevue Gets Engaged happens on Sunday, September 29.

For the 4th year in a row, on Sunday, September 29th, a host of the city’s top wedding vendors will descend upon the Hyatt at the Bellevue at 200 South Broad Street in Center City—which, in case you didn’t already know, already plays host to a plethora of wedding peeps, what with housing Nicole Miller, Williams-Sonoma, Tiffany & Co., Teuscher Chocolates, Volt Salon, Ralph Lauren, and, you know, being a venue and all—for an incredibly lovely bridal event called the Bellevue Gets Engaged.

There, from noon to 4, there will be a ton of awesome Philly vendors to chat with—florists, photographers, stationers, you name it—plus:

  • A live band showcase from CTO Artists
  • Local fashion illustrator Denise Fike will be there sketching brides on the spot
  • Light bites and wedding cake samples
  • A fashion show featuring the Nicole Miller bridal collection
  • Champagne, champagne, champagne
  • A seriously good goodie bag

It’s an event that Philadelphia Wedding is happy to be a part of again—that’s right, we’ll be there!—as it’s always a huge hit! Get your tix here—they’re $50 a pop—and we hope to see you there. Tell your friends!

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PHOTOS: Gorgeous Non-Floral Centerpieces for Your Wedding

BEYOND THE BLOOM: Who ever said your centerpieces have to be made of flowers? We love the sometimes rustic, sometimes elegant, always creative ways florists are using non-floral elements to design eye-catching arrangements for the cold-weather season. Photography by Brett Thomas.

PHOTOS: Gorgeous Non-Floral Centerpieces for Your Wedding

Plants and branches that look like they were just foraged the day of your wedding give an earthy, pretty look to your tablescapes. Centerpiece of birch branches, Old Man’s Beard moss, lamb’s ear, amethyst basil, ‘Silver Scrolls’ heuchera, ‘Earth Stars’ cryptanthus, fern-leaf lavender and coleus in a locally foraged tree stump, starting at $250, created by Sullivan Owen, Philadelphia.
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58 Photos That’ll Make You Want to Use Mint As Your Wedding Color

58 Photos That'll Make You Want to Use Mint As Your Wedding Color

BHLDN's Jadette cake stand. Photo by Ryan Lavine.

We have been into mint for quite some time now, as evidenced by the full page we dedicated to the lovely, soothing, pretty-on-everyone and for-everything color in our last spring/summer issue of Philadelphia Wedding. We just like it.

And honestly, although you’d first think of it as a warm-weather hue, now that the warm-weather season is officially on its way out (even though it’s 82 today, yes, yes—Labor Day is over; it’s officially on its way out), we still find ourselves wanting to use it, to see it. Because the hing is, it can totally be used in creative ways into the fall—and, we think, even into winter. You’d just use cooler, icier tones of it, and in different ways than the great swaths of the more ice-creamy hue that you might during the summer.

And then, lo and behold, we see this! Other people agree! Look at it all!

And so, here it is, then: 51 minty-wedding photos, and 7 minty-wedding photos.

Are you using pretty shades of mint in your wedding? What season? In what ways are you using it? We’re totally with you!

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VIDEO: Vogue Weddings Features 5-Part Gorgeous Mexico Society Wedding On Their YouTube Channel

Each day this week, we have killed a few minutes of our day by watching the latest Vogue Weddings installment on the VOGUE YouTube Channel about the lovely nuptial celebration of Flavia Kelson and Ricardo Pintado in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

You know how sometimes when you’re looking at Vogue—specifically any coverage of society events and society celebrations, you’re intrigued, but also baffled? Like, it’s all so pretty and interesting and aspirational and voyeuristic—but you’re also kind of thinking, “What’s going on here? Who are these people? How are these the lives they lead?” Well, expect to feel that way times a lot whilst watching an actual video of it.

Watch Part 1 right here, then click here for the rest. Parts 2 and 3 are up; 4 will air Thursday, and 5, Friday. There’s a teeny, private ceremony in the couple’s NYC apartment; a custom dress by Erdem, a gorg flower crown, two beautiful celebrations by the sea in Mexico, super cool custom watercolor save-the-dates and menu cards, and, as you can imagine, lots, lots more to ooh and ahh at.

Happy procrastinating whatever it is you should be doing.

RELATED: You’re Totally Going to Want This: The New Vogue Weddings Book

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PHOTOS: Gown, Venue, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower and Cake Ideas For a Beach Wedding in Philadelphia

PHOTOS: Gown, Venue, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower and Cake Ideas For a Beach Wedding in Philadelphia

Below, find ideas for a gorgeous beach wedding in Philadelphia.

Not that we think you should put your wedding in a box, of course. But chances are you at least have afeelingwhen it comes to your Big Day: Will it be a swanky formal affair in a candlelit room with a marble rotunda? An airy soiree where your guests sip cool drinks from mason jars with fields of wildflower-dotted wheat in the background and cotton-candy clouds overhead? Whatever your vision for your wedding day, we’re here to help you plan it. In the following pages, you’ll find ideas for five different types of weddings—not just for gorgeous venues in the Philadelphia area, but for your flowers, gown, cake and bridesmaids’ dresses, all from local vendors and shops. Just find the one that feels like you, and you’re on your way.

{This article originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue ofPhiladelphia Wedding.}

 

PART FIVE: On the Beach

The sun, the surf, and a vibe as carefree as the two of you …
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PHOTOS: Gown, Venue, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower and Cake Ideas For a Modern Gallery Wedding in Philadelphia

PHOTOS: Gown, Venue, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower and Cake Ideas For a Modern Gallery Wedding in Philadelphia

Below, find ideas for a gorgeous, modern wedding at a gallery in Philadelphia.

Not that we think you should put your wedding in a box, of course. But chances are you at least have afeeling when it comes to your Big Day: Will it be a swanky formal affair in a candlelit room with a marble rotunda? An airy soiree where your guests sip cool drinks from mason jars with fields of wildflower-dotted wheat in the background and cotton-candy clouds overhead? Whatever your vision for your wedding day, we’re here to help you plan it. In the following pages, you’ll find ideas for five different types of weddings—not just for gorgeous venues in the Philadelphia area, but for your flowers, gown, cake and bridesmaids’ dresses, all from local vendors and shops. Just find the one that feels like you, and you’re on your way.

{This article originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue ofPhiladelphia Wedding.}

PHOTOS: Gown, Venue, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower and Cake Ideas For a Philadelphia Rustic Country Farm Wedding

PHOTOS: Gown, Venue, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower and Cake Ideas For a Philadelphia Rustic Country Farm WeddingWedding

Below, find ideas for a gorgeous, rustic farm wedding in the Philadelphia area.

Not that we think you should put your wedding in a box, of course. But chances are you at least have afeeling when it comes to your Big Day: Will it be a swanky formal affair in a candlelit room with a marble rotunda? An airy soiree where your guests sip cool drinks from mason jars with fields of wildflower-dotted wheat in the background and cotton-candy clouds overhead? Whatever your vision for your wedding day, we’re here to help you plan it. In the following pages, you’ll find ideas for five different types of weddings—not just for gorgeous venues in the Philadelphia area, but for your flowers, gown, cake and bridesmaids’ dresses, all from local vendors and shops. Just find the one that feels like you, and you’re on your way.

{This article originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Philadelphia Wedding.}


Click here for PART ONE: City Ballroom

Click here for PART TWO: Garden Party

PART THREE: Rustic Country Farm

Laid-back and natural and full of easygoing charm …

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How to Break Down Your Wedding Budget

How to Break Down Your Wedding Budget

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We asked planner Susan Norcross of South Jersey’s Two Rings One Circus to show us how you can have a fabulous wedding on any budget.

BUDGET: $20,000

  • Venue/Catering >> $10,000: Get creative and pick a place where you can control the catering, like a park or Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Make it a cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres, mini desserts and a limited open bar.
  • Photography >> $2,000: Limit the number of hours your photog is there, or look into using an assistant or photography student. (Just be sure you get to see work examples first.)
  • Flowers & Decor >> $2,000: Carry a bouquet of simple baby’s breath or one single stem, like a lily. Order flowers from an online wholesaler and DIY your centerpieces—or forgo flowers altogether and use candles instead.
  • Invites >> $400 to $1,000: Compare and contrast online vendors; great deals are easily had.
  • Favors & Extras >> $400 to $1,000: Make a donation to a foundation that means something to you both in honor of your guests, or go for something simple and inexpensive, like custom-labeled matchbooks or CDs of your favorite music.

BUDGET: $50,000

  • Venue/Catering >> $25,000: Look at hotel ballrooms and manors and estates; try a dual entrée offering everyone both salmon and chicken.
  • Photography >> $5,000: Opt for a second shooter, to make sure every perspective of your Big Day is captured.
  • Flowers & Decor >> $5,000: Work with your florist to use in-season flowers to get the most bang for your buck, and for help steering clear of budget-eating blooms like peonies.
  • Invites >> $1,000 to $2,500: Look for customizable ready-made templates, and stick to digital printing or thermography, which will save you money over more expensive methods like letterpress or engraving.
  • Favors & Extras >> $1,000 to $2,500: Go for an edible favor or one that doubles as an escort card. Or do something fun for your guests, like a photo booth; they can keep their pictures as favors.

BUDGET: $80,000

  • Venue/Catering >> $40,000: Choose a raws pace,then have an event designer and lighting expert totally customize it for you. With food, add in extras where you can—a dessert and cordial lounge, a candy bar, a visit from a late-night cupcake or food truck.
  • Photography >> $8,000: Go for a full package that includes an engagement shoot and even a post-wedding session, which many couples do in full wedding-day regalia without the stress and time constraints of the actual day.
  • Flowers & Decor >> $8,000: Add pearls or crystals to your arrangements, use a real-flower aisle runner, and go all-out with something like floral centerpieces suspended from the ceilings.
  • Invites >> $1,600 to $4,000: Work with a custom stationer to design invitations from scratch, and ask about options like printing on Lucite, wood or laser-cut metal, or about presenting the invites in something like a silk box instead of an envelope.
  • Favors & Extras >> $1,600 to $4,000: Send each guest home with a miniature replica of your wedding cake.

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    PHOTOS: Gown, Venue, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower and Cake IDeas For a Philadelphia Garden Party Wedding

    PHOTOS: Gown, Venue, Bridesmaid Dress, Flower and Cake IDeas For a Philadelphia Garden Party Wedding

    Below, find ideas for a gorgeous garden party wedding in the Philadelphia area.

    Not that we think you should put your wedding in a box, of course. But chances are you at least have a feeling when it comes to your Big Day: Will it be a swanky formal affair in a candlelit room with a marble rotunda? An airy soiree where your guests sip cool drinks from mason jars with fields of wildflower-dotted wheat in the background and cotton-candy clouds overhead? Whatever your vision for your wedding day, we’re here to help you plan it. In the following pages, you’ll find ideas for five different types of weddings—not just for gorgeous venues in the Philadelphia area, but for your flowers, gown, cake and bridesmaids’ dresses, all from local vendors and shops. Just find the one that feels like you, and you’re on your way.

    {This article originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Philadelphia Wedding.}

    Click here for PART ONE: City Ballroom.
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    Bride-to-be Blogger Stephanie: Finalizing Our Décor—Linens, Tableware, and Reception Flowers

    Bride-to-be Blogger Stephanie: Finalizing Our Décor—Linens, Tableware, and Reception Flowers

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    I think of myself as a creative person, but it’s very hard for me to envision the execution of an idea without something tangible.

    My mom, my wedding planner Kathy and I had researched and debated all kinds of décor possibilities for the Four Seasons ballroom, yet I was left feeling utterly confused about what might work best within the room. It wasn’t until we got into the ballroom a few weeks ago that the ideas came to life, and I was able to come to some decisions.
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