Local Bridal Guide: 5 Places to Find Philly-Themed Canvas Totes For Your Welcome Bags or Bridesmaid Gifts

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The local designers at Pilot & Captain are behind this stylish carry-all.

When your guest list includes family and friends who are making the trip from out-of-town, it’s always a really kind gesture to have some sort of welcome bag or basket awaiting their arrival at the hotel. After traveling to the city, and especially after partying into the wee hours of the morning at your reception, they’ll be appreciative of the drinks, snacks, and maybe a few Advil, that you’ve stashed in their rooms.

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Local Bridal Guide: Get Fuller, Longer Eyelashes For Your Wedding With Extensions From One Of These 7 Philly Salons

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If you’re of the mindset that a coat or two of mascara is all you’ll need to make your eyes pop on your Big Day, we advise you to read on. While mascara can indeed do wonders on its own, you’d be surprised what a little extra TLC can do for your lashes, especially with all of the services that promise to lengthen, thicken, and darken your fringe.

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Local Bridal Guide: 6 Philly Bakeries That Can Whip Up Custom Sugar Cookies For Your Bridal Shower and Wedding Favors

One of the many Will You Be My Bridesmaid? treats from Flour Pot Cookies.

One of the many Will You Be My Bridesmaid? treats from Flour Pot Cookies.

At the risk of setting off your sweet tooth (we apologize in advance), our topic of conversation for today is cookies. Here at PW, we’re perfectly happy to snack on crunchy confections of all varieties, but when it comes to weddings, we’re partial to the decorated sugar cookies that make for pretty party favors, treats at your bridal shower, or a fun way to ask your best girls to be your ‘maids.

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Local Bridal Guide: Say ‘Thank You’ To Your Groomsmen With One Of These Found-in-Philly Gift Ideas

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Shopping for gifts for your bridesmaids is usually one of the more fun, stress-free (we hope!) tasks on your pre-wedding to-do list. And while we have plenty of ideas to inspire you, we think it’s safe to say that your groom is the one who is likely in need of our gift-giving suggestions.

With that being said, we’ve compiled some of our favorite local gift ideas and a few places where you’re hubby-to-be is sure to find some stylish mementos for his guys. Whether you pass this list along to him, or do the shopping yourself, is completely up to you.

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Local Bridal Guide: Host A Lovely Bridal Shower At One of These 5 Philly-Area Tea Rooms

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One of our favorite bridal shower ideas is to gather all of the ladies in your life for a classic tea party—complete with big pots of hot tea, too-cute-to-eat sandwiches, and decadent mini pastries. Sure, there are plenty of places in the city where you can stop in for a proper afternoon tea, but we’re partial to the quaint tea rooms that offer the full tea party experience (floppy hats and parasols optional).

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Local Bridal Guide: Learn A Few Moves For Your First Dance With Lessons At One Of These 8 Philly-Area Studios

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When most couples go about planning their first dance as husband and wife, the conversation often revolves heavily around the song that’ll be playing (possibly one of these?) and not so much the dance itself. Yes, the tune that you choose is very significant and will forever be known as “your song,” but it would also be nice if neither you nor your groom took a tumble on the dance floor.

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Local Bridal Guide: Get Luxurious Locks for Your Wedding With Hair Extensions From One of These 10 Philly Salons

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Choosing the hairstyle that you’ll don on your wedding day is not as easy of a decision as it used to be. The options are no longer just up or down, curly or straight—there are seriously a million different ways (here’s 25 pretty ones) you can style your hair depending on the design of your dress and the kind of veil or headpiece you’re wearing.

For brides-to-be with either short or fine hair—which can make it difficult to pull off many updos and elaborate styles—hair extensions are becoming quite popular. Whether you dream of rocking a giant top knot or just want to add length and volume to your cascading curls, extensions can make a world of difference when your own hair just won’t cut it.

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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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Local Bridal Guide: 8 Philly Places to Shop for Swimwear Before Your Honeymoon

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It’s no surprise that most of the shopping that goes on around the time of your wedding either involves the Dress, accessorizing the Dress (including lingerie), or choosing the dresses that your bridesmaids will rock down the aisle. Obviously we’re totally onboard with shopping of this nature, but we’re also advocates for picking up a few new things for your honeymoon too, which can oftentimes get overlooked in the midst of it all.

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Local Bridal Guide: 12 Philly Juice Bars & Cleanses to Help You Get Dress-Ready for Your Wedding

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As evidenced by the many posts that have been penned on the topic (like here and here), juicing is quite a popular trend amongst all of us Philly Mag staffers, not just here at PW. But the thing is, over the years, juicing has become so popular, and so many juice spots have opened up in Philly, that we’ve needed to keep up to help our readers know what’s best.

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