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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Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly-Area Illustrators Who Can Do a Sketch of You in Your Wedding Gown

Here's a peek at one of Dallas Shaw's stunning bridal illustrations.

Here’s a peek at one of Dallas Shaw’s stunning bridal illustrations.

From the moment it’s hung in the bridal suite to your grand send-off after the reception, your white dress will likely be the most photographed element of your entire wedding day. And while these photos will surely capture your gorgeous gown in all its glory, one of our favorite ways to commemorate your bridal style is through a custom illustration.

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Local Bridal Guide: 6 Locally-Brewed Beers To Serve At Your Wedding

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Not too long ago, we put together a trusty guide to all the different Philly-roasted coffees you can serve to your wedding guests, just in case you felt like treating them to something a bit more special than your generic cup of joe.

That idea got us thinking, and we decided that the same concept can apply to the beer that’s being poured at your party, too. Yuengling, of course, is an obvious choice, but there are so many other locally crafted beers that are worthy of a spot at your bar.

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Local Bridal Guide: Shop For Your Wedding Shoes at One of These 6 Philly-Area Boutiques

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The shoes we see walk down the aisle are as varied as the brides wearing them—from sparkly heels to pretty flats and bright jewel tones, Converse and even a few bare feet (which we only condone for beach weddings), wedding footwear comes in many forms depending on the style and personality of the bride-to-be.

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Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly-Roasted Coffees You Can Serve at Your Wedding

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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?

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Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly-Area Calligraphers Who Can Pen Your Invitations & Wedding-Day Paper Goods

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Kimberly Shrack of Manayunk Calligraphy offers multiple styles of calligraphy, like this one called Sidecar.

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.

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Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly-Area Wineries That Can Host Your Big Day and All of Your Pre-Wedding Celebrations

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Laurita Winery’s rustic space can accommodate parties of all sizes. Photo by Suzette Lucas.

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.

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Local Bridal Guide: 7 Philly-Area Bakeries That’ll Whip Up Tasty Pies For Your Wedding

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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.

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