There’s no better way to unwind and beautify before your walk down the aisle than with a stress-relieving massage, a glow-boosting facial or some pretty polish—with your brides- maids soaking it all in right alongside you, of course. Whether you’ve decided on a low-key bachelorette party or you simply want to gather your best girls for a bit of pre-wedding pampering, you can’t go wrong with a few hours spent at one of the Philadelphia area’s most luxurious spas.
We live in a city that’s photogenic year-round (the architecture, tree-lined streets and historic landmarks are perfect photo subjects, no matter the season) but once autumn hits, Philly really shines: Vibrant fall foliage covers every inch of this city, and we’re sure you’ve whipped out your phone on more than one occasion to snap a photo as you’re walking around outside.
There’s no better time than right now to capture the city in all its colorful glory, so whether you’re posing for engagement photos to use in your save-the-dates or just to have for framing around your home (hello, Christmas cards!), get outdoors and take advantage of Philly’s stunning scenery. These five local spots make for fantastic backdrops, especially during the fall season.
Local Bridal Guide: Stock Up on Party Supplies For All of Your Wedding Events at These 6 Philly Shops
In the months leading up to your Big Day, pretty party supplies are a must: Between your engagement party and bridal shower(s), you can basically never have enough confetti, frilly garlands, giant balloons and festive paper straws.
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.
Local Bridal Guide: Your Bridesmaids Will Adore a Thank-You Gift From One of These 5 Philly-Made Jewelry Lines
Deciding on the perfect thank-you gift for your bridesmaids can take a bit of thought: You want it to be something sweet and sentimental that shows just how much you appreciate them standing by your side throughout the whole wedding process.
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.
Local Bridal Guide: Pose For a Pre-Wedding Boudoir Photo Shoot at One of These 5 Philly-Area Studios
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.
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.
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.
Local Bridal Guide: Host a Private BYOB Painting Party for Your Bachelorette Party at One of These 6 Philly-Area Studios
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?