PHOTOS: Gorgeous, Natural, Rustic Bouquets and Centerpieces for Your Wedding

WILD FLOWER: This warm-weather season, go for an au naturel, loosely gathered arrangement, with blooms that look like you picked them yourself.

 

{Photography by Alison Conklin. Styling by Styled Creative. Shot on location at Brownsberg Park, Bucks County. Furniture and props from Maggpie Vintage Rentals, Northeast Philly. This article originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Philadelphia Wedding.}

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5 Money-Saving Tips for Couples Planning Their Wedding On a Budget

Ginger Zee, Good Morning America’s meteorologist, is also a bride-to-be—and, she says, one who’s on a pretty tight budget.

So this morning, the show launched a new series on money-saving tips for couples looking to put their wedding-day together without completely breaking the bank. The first one had some good stuff in it—from how to make monetary cuts with your decor that won’t detract from the prettiness of your celebration to a few ways to get tricky with your cake that could easily save you upwards of $1,000.

Take a look. Chances are you’ll get a few ideas for your own Big Day budget cuts!


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PW Reader Ring: Neha & Jack!

Neha's "moi y toi" ring!

Neha’s “moi y toi” ring!

The couple: Neha Sachdev and Jack Herrmann from Philadelphia.

The ring: It’s a sterling silver band with a round-cut diamond and a round-cut ruby, with smaller diamonds inset in the band. I love it because it’s totally unique and exactly what I wanted.

He designed it himself, with input from my best friend. I always knew I wanted a “moi y toi” ring, which is a two-stone ring that stands for “me and you.” I love the meaning of the ring, and since red is the color of marriage in Indian culture (my parents are from India but I’m US born), I wanted a diamond and a ruby. My best friend helped pick some design ideas, but he did most of it on his own and worked with a jeweler in New York to have it custom made. It’s perfect!

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Photos & Inspiration: 31 Gorgeous (and DIY-able!) Hairstyles for Your Wedding

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We’ve talked before about how impressed we always are with brides who do their own hair on their wedding day—first, with how brave they are to tackle that particular task on that particular day, and second, with the skill set it actually takes to create a hairstyle deserving of your wedding day all by yourself.

And because of that, we are always on the lookout for inspiration that we can pass along. (And for those of you who are more like me, so that you can, you know, pass it along to the professional hairstylist who you will pay to make you pretty on your Big Day.)

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On Wedding Announcements: To Send or Not to Send?

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Recently on HuffPo, we spied this etiquette question: “Only immediate family is invited to our wedding. Are announcements okay? Or is that looking for a gift?”

I was thinking to myself, Well no, you had a teeny wedding, an announcement seems appropriate, there—and then I read the first line of the answer, from Anna Post (great-great granddaughter of Emily, of course):

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Get Your Engagement Ring (Or Other Jewelry!) Cleaned for Free at Craiger Drake in Rittenhouse This Month

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If you are the typical bride-to-be, when you first got that rock on your left ring finger, you cleaned her meticulously every night before you went to sleep, banishing any and all traces of hand lotion and fuzz, dried her with a soft, lint-free organic cloth, whispered, “Goodnight, my love,” and then put her to bed on fluffy poof of feathers and angel wings.

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Find Your Wedding-Day Makeup Look—and Makeup Artist!—at Bluemercury’s Spring Makeover Parties

Photo courtesy Bluemercury.

Photo courtesy Bluemercury.

As if you need another reason to go and linger inside whichever of the area’s Bluemercury locations is nearest you (I know I’m not the only one who heads there to scoop up a pretty lipgloss or candle during my lunch hour when I need a treat), the beauty boutique has just announced the dates of their spring makeover parties, which are just about the perfect hunting grounds for brides looking for wedding-day makeup inspiration—not to mention, the artist who’ll make it happen.

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Groupon Has Just Launched an E-Commerce Wedding Shop Offering Discounts On Dresses, Rings, Venues, Honeymoons & More

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If you’re like me, you mostly think of Groupon as the online service that offers deals and savings on everything from dental visits to yoga classes for a limited time—but it also has an e-commerce arm to it. And this week, they launched a brand new portion of it that will be open until April 16th: the Wedding Shop.

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