The Best Pre-Wedding Party Resources in Philadelphia

It's Best of Philly time, y'all.

Photo by Lauren Driscoll Photography.

Photo by Lauren Driscoll Photography.

The 2015 Best of Philly issue is out, everyone, and in it, you will find a bajillion businesses (yes, we counted) recommended by the Philly Mag staff to make your life easier and more enjoyable here in the lovely Philadelphia region. And luckily for us wedding types, you’ll find quite a few awards in this issue bestowed upon local businesses that you’ll like to know about especially when it comes to all those pre-wedding parties you’re going to be throwing—or rather, that will be thrown in your honor—in the coming months.

We’ve highlighted a few below that you’ll want to be sure to take a look at. You can take a look at all the rest of the winners—remember, there’s a bajillion of them—by grabbing the August issue at a newsstand near you or checking out the listings online.

Party PlanningEvents by Renee

Planning a big bash? You’ll want to use party planning veteran Renee Patrone of Events by Renee. Equal parts creative spirit and Type-A organizer, she’ll help you with any (or every) part of the process, from conception to execution. Her spin-off brand, Party Host Helpers, means she can also staff your shindig with pros she’s trained herself — people who’ll greet guests, top off drinks and clear plates. 4347 Main Street, Philadelphia, 484-432-7202.

Valet ServiceChariot Valet

If you’re throwing a soiree that happens to need valet service, this Main Line company parks your cars and expertly directs traffic (using white cones for corralling instead of garish orange) — and its offshoot, Chariot Services, rents out photo booths and bouncy houses to boot. 610-337-2435.

Party FoodBirchtree Catering

The wonderful Birchtree Catering uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients to customize your dream menu, whether that’s vegan, Italian or Southern-inspired. (Huge perk: They also do party rentals and day-of coordination services, should you realize the food isn’t the only thing you need help with.) 215-744-9479.

Chalkboard-Art WorkshopBelovely

Co-owner Lauren Weintraub instructs on how to make a beautiful, professional-quality handwritten board (for a wedding, a birthday, a shower … ), and she lets you drink (BYO) while you learn. 1005 Farm Lane, Ambler, 215-628-4400.

Party Decorations: Occasionette

Occasionette is your go-to for festive paper, coasters, candles, and owner Sara Villari’s Forever Fleurs — felt flower bouquets perfect for centerpieces and favors. 1825 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-465-1704.

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