Invites So Pretty You Could Wear Them: Wedding Paper Divas and Marchesa’s Debut Collection

The "Breathtaking Blossoms" from Wedding Paper Divas Marchesa-inspired collection. (Business Wire)

The “Breathtaking Blossoms” from Wedding Paper Divas Marchesa-inspired collection. (Business Wire)

Fresh off the runway: wedding stationery?

Yup – you read that right! If you’re still on the hunt for pretty invites, check out the lovely line that came from the genius mash-up of stationers Wedding Paper Divas and iconic fashion house Marchesa.

The invites, save-the-dates, RSVP cards and more were inspired by the gorgeous gowns in Marchesa’s spring 2014 collection and feature Marchesa signatures like intricate lace detailing, watercolor prints and florals. They’re like your favorite dress in paper form!

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Can’t Decide Where to Register? Give ‘Zola’ a Try

A look at the Zola iPhone app.

A look at the Zola iPhone app.

Choosing where to register can be a modern bride’s most frustrating conundrum – Crate & Barrel or Williams Sonoma? Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s? What about Sears for that toolset hubby wants to add to the list? And should you ask for honeymoon donations? Ugh…decisions!

But just in from the tech world, a fix: You can have it all (or at least register for it all) with Zola, a website and just-released iPhone app from the founders of Gilt.

Zola lets you and your significant other create an everything and anything wishlist with items from the big department stores and your favorite small boutiques, online retailers and more. After you sign up for a free account, get about creating your custom list of products, experiences, services, honeymoon funds and more. The possibilities are limitless!

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CinemaCake Has Brought the Slow-Motion Video Booth for Weddings to Philly

After stumbling upon a film from a slow-motion video booth last summer when they were first arriving on the wedding scene, obviously falling in love and declaring it the next new wedding trend, we were so excited in the fall when we saw that CinemaCake filmmakers had brought this awesome new toy to Philly! (Here are many of Philly’s fine wedding vendors, goofing off in fabulous slo-mo at the NACE conference back then.)

Now, local brides and grooms can treat their guests to an interactive experience that goes way beyond the still frames of your typical photo booth. Behold:

Vanessa and Ken’s Slow Mo Cinema Booth from CinemaCake Filmmakers on Vimeo.

The Slow Mo Cinema Booth encourages guests to step in for a few minutes (either alone or with some buds), engage in silly performances, whether it be tossing a drink in the air, throwing confetti, or blowing up a balloon until it pops. All of the action is caught on camera and played back, in slow-motion, on the booth’s built-in monitor.

So what about those fun photo strips that guests can take away after the affair? CinemaCake offers those, too, if you’d like to give them to your guests as a favor. Just ask for the add-on and each person will receive photos from their performance and a URL address where they can watch the film once it goes live.

The standard booth starts at $4,000, (which includes a three-person crew, lots of fun props, and set up and tear down time) for three hours of service, though everything can be customized to fit larger or longer parties.

So what do you think? Are you in?

RELATED: If Slow-Motion Video Photo Booths Are the Next New Wedding Trend, I Am Completely On Board 

RELATED: Watch Philly Wedding Vendors Rock Out in CinemaCake’s Slo-Mo Video Booth 

11 More Wedding Traditions It’s Totally Okay to Skip



It’s funny: On one hand, wedding traditions are such a lovely way to create memories, and come with the opportunity to honor those who did them before you—we doubt you’ll ever regret that you did the whole cake-cutting ceremony, using the same cake knife that your great-grandparents used at their wedding to cut the first slice of cake that you then shoved up your new spouse’s nose, resulting in perhaps the best picture of the day.

But on the other hand, we do often see them causing couples stress: what if the bride doesn’t want to do the bouquet toss? What if his parents want to chip in for the wedding, and yours for the rehearsal dinner? And what if you’d rather have a wedding-day pie?

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We Love the Tousled, Pretty Bridal Updos Coming Out of Rittenhouse’s Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique

Our fave hairstyle coming out Rittenhouse's Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique.

Our fave hairstyle coming out Rittenhouse’s Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique.

Since we consider it our duty here at PW to keep you up-to-date on all things wedding-worthy, we just had to clue you in to the pretty bridal styling we’ve recently seen going on at Heads & Tails Beauty Boutique.

The Rittenhouse Square salon—known for full-bodied blowouts and expert waxes (we dubbed their bikini wax the Best of Philly last year)—has become quite a hit among bridal parties prepping for the Big Day.

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And Here Is a Photo of Jenny McCarthy’s Gigantic Engagement Ring



If you are a child of the ’90s, today you watched as two beacons of your teeny-bopper pop culture life, the funny blonde girl from Singled Out and one of the less hot members of New Kids on the Block (I mean, he was no Jordan, just sayin’), declared their engagement.

Jenny McCarthy announced this morning on the View that boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg had just proposed last weekend, and now, we can see that it was with an extremely large yellow-sapphire engagement ring.

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6 Tips for Having a Social Media-Free Wedding Without Annoying Your Guests


If you don’t want your wedding guests to look like this, see below. Photo via Shutterstock

With the extreme and all-encompassing grasp that social media has on our lives these days, by this point there’s no doubt you have heard of or even been to weddings that are strongly on one side of the fence or another: couples who very much want you to Instagram and Facebook their wedding and all that jazz, and even give you the hashtag you should use to do so—and then there are couples who very much do not want you to have your face in your cell phone during their celebration or share their wedding-day business on social media. We’ve heard of couples who even wish to check their guests’ cell phones at the door, but unless you are Beyonce, we’ve already told you how we feel about that.

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Late April Bridal Sample Sales & Trunk Shows

Style RK529 by Romona Keveza. Photo courtesy of the designer.

Style RK529 by Romona Keveza. Photo courtesy of the designer.

The Wedding Shoppe, Wayne

April 10-30: Theia Sample Sale

Both short and long Theia bridal gowns will be discounted between 25 and 40 percent during the sale; call to make an appointment.

April 22-27: Romona Keveza Couture Bridal Trunk Show

You’ll receive special incentives to order the featured designer’s dresses during the trunk show; call to make an appointment.

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This Fresh-Flower Necklace from a Philly Florist Is Our New Favorite Thing for Weddings

A fresh-flower necklace from Love 'n Fresh Flowers, photographed by Love Me Do Photography.

A fresh-flower necklace from Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, photographed by Love Me Do Photography.

It is not often that I audibly yelp at my computer screen when I see something pretty/fun/amazing—an under-my-breath ooh or ahh every once in a while, maybe—but this, brides, I squealed at, and so did every other lady who peered over my shoulder: It is a fresh-flower necklace made by Jennie Love of Philly’s Love ‘n Fresh Flowers!

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Brides Who Want to Get Dress-Ready: Unite Fitness Is Giving Away 10 Weeks of Free Workouts

PW-yoga class shutterstock


Philly brides, listen up, because thanks to our friends over at Be Well Philly, we’ve just caught word of a pretty awesome sweepstakes that could take your wedding workout regimen to new heights: Whether you’re well on your way to the bridal body you’ve always dreamed of, or you need a little boost to get started, Unite Fitness can help you hit your goal—with their contest to win 10 weeks of free personal training.

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