When you think about the drinks that will be served at your wedding—signature or otherwise—your thoughts are most likely focused on the cocktails, and not so much on the coffee and tea service that’ll wrap up your reception. More often than not, your venue or caterer has the whole thing taken care of—but why not treat your guests to a smooth, small batch cup of joe from one of Philly’s many local roasters?
Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly-Area Calligraphers Who Can Pen Your Invitations & Wedding-Day Paper Goods
Back in the day, when I was, say, 10 years old, I was gifted a kids calligraphy kit for Christmas. It wasn’t anything fancy—I believe it included an instructional book, a pen or two, some ink and paper to practice on—but since it came from my artist aunt whose handwriting is as perfect as a computer font, I thought it was pretty cool.
Looking back, I think I made one attempt at using that kit. It wasn’t due to a lack of interest—it just so happens that calligraphy is one of the more challenging hobbies you can choose to take on, whether you’re 10 or a grown adult. And that’s exactly why we always try to caution you to think twice before deciding to learn calligraphy for your wedding (which is something we’ve heard more than one bride declare they were going to do). Sure, it may sound like fun to hand write the addresses on your invites or the place cards for your reception, but we’re here to warn you that it’s much more difficult and time-consuming that it appears.
Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly-Area Wineries That Can Host Your Big Day and All of Your Pre-Wedding Celebrations
After attending my first winery wedding last month (and visiting a gorgeous Maryland vineyard just a few weeks ago), I’m pretty much sold on the idea that wineries are an ideal venue for outdoor fall weddings. With lush rolling hills, acres of breathtaking vineyards, rustic indoor spaces to host your reception and tons of yummy local wine, wineries can be an amazing backdrop to your Big Day.
I have no shame in admitting that wedding cake ranks pretty high up on my list of favorite foods. Do I get the chance to eat it often? Unfortunately, no, but when the opportunity does present itself, it’s safe to say I savor every last bite.
But as much as I love a delicious, buttercream-layered cake, I also appreciate a little variety when it comes to wedding-day desserts (the more desserts, the better in my opinion). When there are so many other amazing, scrumptious sweets out there, why just offer cake? And we’ve actually seen many a Philly bride completely forgo a Big-Day confection and opt for a pie bar as their main dessert spread.
Local Bridal Guide: Add a Sweet Touch to Your Wedding With Macarons From One of These 8 Philly Bakeries
If macarons were as trendy as they are now back when I was in Paris seven years ago, there is no doubt that I would have spent every minute of my free time camped out in Ladurée or any other darling shop that sold the little treats. Unfortunately though, macarons had yet to cross my radar, but since discovering them a few years ago, I’ve made up for lost time by devouring them by the dozen at every chance I get.
We’ve gone on and on about how every aspect of your wedding—from the invitations to the Dress—should be a reflection of you and your to-be, and when it comes to your ceremony, this point couldn’t be more true. Whether you choose a religious ceremony, a traditional one, or something completely unique and different, the words and rituals that make up your ceremony should be meaningful and significant to you.
Local Bridal Guide: 5 Places to Find Philly-Themed Canvas Totes For Your Welcome Bags or Bridesmaid Gifts
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.
Local Bridal Guide: Get Fuller, Longer Eyelashes For Your Wedding With Extensions From One Of These 7 Philly Salons
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.
Local Bridal Guide: 6 Philly Bakeries That Can Whip Up Custom Sugar Cookies For Your Bridal Shower and Wedding Favors
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.
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.