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

Photo by Suzette Lucas.

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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Local Bridal Guide: Add a Sweet Touch to Your Wedding With Macarons From One of These 8 Philly Bakeries

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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.

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Local Bridal Guide: 5 Philly Officiants Who Can Lead Your Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremony

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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.

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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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