Local Bridal Guide: Build Your Wedding Registry at One of These 8 Philly-Area Boutiques

Scarlett Alley. Photography by Courtney Apple.

Scarlett Alley. Photography by Courtney Apple.

Wedding registries call to mind a familiar scene: an engaged couple, barcode scanners in hand, strolling the aisles of a department store in search of everything they’ll need to furnish their future together. And while that’s one efficient, if not traditional, way of racking up your wish list, it’s certainly not the only option.

The Philadelphia area is brimming with cool, eclectic independent boutiques that offer official registries of their own, complete with personalized attention and a bevy of beautiful items that will turn your house into a home.

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Local Bridal Guide: Treat Your Guests to Philly-Made Chocolates From These 6 Local Confectioneries

Your guests will leave happy with these Tradestone treats in hand.

Your guests will leave happy with these Tradestone treats in hand.

With Valentine’s Day just two days away, it’s really quite impossible to avoid thinking about chocolate. It’s everywhere (not that that’s a bad thing), so we decided to channel our sugar-craving energy into something positive: a blog post about where to find the best local chocolates for your Big Day.

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Local Bridal Guide: Pose For a Pre-Wedding Boudoir Photo Shoot at One of These 5 Philly-Area Studios

Photo by Dollface Studio

Photo by Dollface Studio

Whenever we crunch a few numbers here at PW and jot down a list of the posts that you, our lovely readers, are clicking on most, the majority of our most popular posts will come from the previous week. The exception: this post, which chronicles our editor’s experience at a boudoir photo shoot. It always lands somewhere in our top 10.

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Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly Food Trucks Your Wedding Guests Will Go Crazy For

Imagine this beauty pulling up to your venue. Photo by Erik Lu.

Imagine this beauty pulling up to your venue stocked with desserts galore. Photo by Erik Lu.

Food trucks have been a growing trend for quite some time now, and there’s no denying that the mobile food scene here in Philly is thriving: At any time of day you can find a number of these restaurants-on-wheels parked throughout the city, serving up their famous grub to lines of loyal fans.

Since the whole food truck concept has become so popular, we weren’t surprised when it began to seep into the wedding world as well. Whether you have your favorite local truck pull up to your venue at some point during the reception (this is especially great if you have a chunk of downtime between the ceremony and the party) or you have one ready as a late-night, post-reception snack for (over-served?) guests coming off the dance floor, food trucks are a pretty fantastic accent to your Big Day.

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Local Bridal Guide: Treat Your Wedding Guests to Donuts From One of These 5 Philly-Area Bakeries

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When it comes to wedding-day desserts, there are few baked goods more versatile than the donut. Whether it be for a dessert spread (at your reception or any one of the affairs leading up to it), as a sweet breakfast for your girls the morning-of, packaged up as favors for your guests or tiered up into a makeshift cake, donuts have a place in every couple’s journey to the alter—and we have been seeing them more and more.

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Local Bridal Guide: Host a Private BYOB Painting Party for Your Bachelorette Party at One of These 6 Philly-Area Studios

You can host your party here at Phoenixville BYOB & Paint.

You can host your party here at Phoenixville BYOB & Paint.

BYOB painting parties have been all the rage these days—it seems our Facebook feed is always filled with posts that show (most usually) groups of girlfriends holding up their finished artwork, wine glasses in hand—and it got us thinking that the concept would work really well for a bachelorette party. After all, you can’t really go wrong with good friends, good wine and a fun activity, right?

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Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly Salons That’ll Do Gorgeous Bridal Nail Art for Your Wedding 

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I doubt we need to explain to you, lovely readers, why bridal manicures are a valuable topic of conversation: We’ll venture to guess that ever since that rock landed on your left hand, your nails have been perfectly painted and at the ready should anyone ask to see your new ring.

And when it comes to manicures for your Big Day, we’re big fans of nail art. A hint of glitter on your ring finger, a subtle chevron design or even your groom’s initials are a few of our favorite ways to mix up your classic pale pink bridal mani.

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Local Bridal Guide: 7 Places for the Guys to Get Groomed Before the Big Day

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When it comes to wedding party pampering, our first thought is usually the many treatments (hair, makeup, nails, tanning, etc.) that the bride and her girls require in order to look their best on the Big Day. What we don’t often focus our attention on though is the other team of equally important players—led by the guy you’re about to marry—who also need to be as handsome as ever come wedding time.

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Local Bridal Guide: Find a Pretty Fur Wrap for Your Winter Wedding at These 7 Philly Shops

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Now that the (dreary) winter weather has finally set it, we’ve switched our mindset from fall-inspired weddings to those that involve warm seasonal cocktails, rustic winter blooms and lots of sweet holiday treats.

As with a wedding’s decor and food offerings, bridal fashions are also influenced by the change in seasons, and it’s safe to say that Philly’s winter brides will need a bit of extra help keeping warm on their Big Day. A fantastic—and fashionable—way to combat winter’s chilly temps: Top off your dress with a snugly fur wrap or stole.

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