PHOTOS: 10 of Our Favorite “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” Ideas From Etsy

How cute is this glittery banner? | Etsy.

How cute is this glittery banner? | Etsy.

Asking your best girls to stand by your side as you say I Do is one of the first steps you’ll take as you begin to plan your wedding. And now, thanks to the creative minds on sites like Pinterest and Etsy, it’s one of the most fun: Both sites are teeming with pretty, playful ideas for how to pop the question to your bridesmaids.

You could spend all day (trust us, we have) searching through all of the “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” cards you can buy on Etsy, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. To go along with your darling cards, you can also pick up confetti poppers, balloons, mini piñatas, custom wine labels and jewelry to surprise your ‘maids too.

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Watch This Bride Help Pull Off a Proposal at Her Own Wedding

Apparently the new thing in weddings is proposals!

Now, as we mentioned the last time something like this happened a few weeks ago, even if the bride is in on it, a proposal at someone else’s wedding still feels a little risky to us, just in case the bride woke up on her wedding day and felt regret (inside of excitement) at having given her blessing for such a thing—but we have to say, this story is just so incredibly sweet that we’re starting to relent!

Newlyweds Chelsea and Tyler opted to share their special day with Chelsea’s cousin, who got the surprise of a lifetime during the bride’s bouquet toss. Watch what happened:

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Dollface Studio is Offering a Major Discount on Their Classic Boudoir Photography Package

Photo by Dollface Studio

Photo by Dollface Studio

You know those boudoir photo shoots we’re always raving about? (This post continues to be one of the most popular on the blog, so we know, dear readers, that y’all are interested.) Well, if you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and booking a boudoir session before your Big Day, now’s the time to do it—literally, since Dollface Studio is offering a pretty sweet discount if you make an appointment by the end of June.

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PW Reader Ring: Crystal & Christopher!

Crystal's ring!

Crystal’s ring!

The couple: Crystal Hayes and Christopher Casazza, Philadelphia.

The ring: I wish I could take any measure of credit for my ring, but it was all my fiance! He has a classic and slightly vintage style that is definitely reflected in my ring, which is more than I could have ever dreamed up myself.

The center diamond is Old European cut, which is very hard to find these days, so he traveled back to Michigan (where he’s originally from) to find the perfect stone with an estate jeweler, Joseph DuMouchelle. He then went to D’Antionio & Klein (on Jewelers Row in Philly) to have the setting custom made. The stone is beautifully set in a split shank with a diamond halo made of white gold. As a nod to the Art Deco era that I love, he also had hand engraving done on the top and underneath of the setting, so I see a lovely etched pattern whenever I look at my hand.

Of course, I wondered how he was able to create such a unique piece of jewelry that I swoon over on a daily basis without ever discussing the topic with me … Turns out he enlisted the help of my best friend and co-worker months in advance to consult on the process!

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Gift-Giving Etiquette

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Shutterstock.

Over the years we’ve fielded tons of questions about wedding gifts, and so we’ve done our very best to fill the blog with plenty of advice on the topic for both the bride and groom and their guests. For the engaged set, we’ve tackled the ins and outs of wedding registries and the best ways to ask for cash or honeymoon donations instead of kitchen gadgets and bath towels. And for the party goers, we’ve discussed how much to spend and whether or not gifts are actually necessary for all of those pre-wedding celebrations.

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The Beese Knees is Hosting an Ice Cream Cake Tasting Event on Sunday

How delicious does the Ed Rendell ice cream cake look?

How delicious does the Ed Rendell ice cream cake look?

We’ve been drooling over The Beese Knees‘s gourmet ice cream cakes ever since we first caught wind of the local treats back in January, so you can imagine our excitement when co-owner Kristina Beese reached out to tell us that they’re hosting a wedding tasting event this weekend.

On Sunday, June 28, from 1-4 pm, engaged couples and event planners are invited to join The Beese Knees team at their West Philly kitchen for a tasting of their delicious ice cream cake creations (like the Ed Rendell: a nutter butter cookie crust layered with pretzel-infused and peanut butter ice creams and chocolate covered pretzel “crunchies”).

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Cooking Site Food52 Just Launched a Wedding Registry Service

Here's a look at Food52's new registry.

Here’s a look at Food52’s new registry.

If you and your to-be consider yourselves foodies, this news is for you: Food52—a community-based cooking site brimming with recipes and kitchen inspiration (their Instagram is positively drool-worthy)—just launched a wedding registry service where couples can fill their Big Day wish lists with beautiful cookware and artisan goods from the site’s online shop.

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This Handy Infographic Shows You How Much Cash You Should Give as a Wedding Gift

If you’ve ever debated over how much money to give as a wedding gift (and let’s face it, every wedding guest has) the below infographic is sure to be a helpful resource—especially over the next few months when it seems like your calendar is overflowing with affairs and you’re constantly whipping out your checkbook.

Tendr, an online service that lets you register for cash gifts, gathered a bunch of data from couples who have used their site and broke down the average cash gift amounts by month, season and state. As you’ll see, the national average comes to $120, though Pennsylvanians seem to be a bit more generous, giving on average $188 per wedding.

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Infographic via Tendr

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