Introducing Kata Banko Couture & A Discount!

Handmade, a bit bohemian, but absolutely beautiful, Kata Banko Couture is redefining wedding day accessories.  For the loveliest of veils, belts, headpieces, and more, be sure to head here!

Visit Ribbon Bridal and mention Burgh Brides to save 15% on your Kata Banko Couture accessories!  You’ll also receive a free custom consultation with Colleen (a $75 value)!  Appointments are required.

Or head to Instagram today, where Kata Banko is taking things over!  So.much.prettiness. coming your way!

A Beginner’s Guide to Table Sizes

Various table sizes and what each of them mean for your wedding reception may seem like a mundane topic, but it can be a very helpful one.  When it comes to ordering linens, selecting centerpieces, and working on the dreaded seating chart, having a basic knowledge of table sizes and what works best with each can mean the difference between smooth sailing and wanting to rip your hair out.  Here’s a quick breakdown of the most common ones!

A Beginner's Guide to Table Sizes from Burgh Brides

Rounds

Six Foot Rounds

  • You may also hear it called a “72”.
  • It's 6’ in diameter (obviously, and hence the nickname) and there are 30” from the ground to the top of the table.
  • Typically, 10ish guests can be seated here comfortably.  Caveats apply, of course; see the end of this post for just what I mean!
  • The table could look a little sparse with any fewer than 7 or 8 guests.
  • A 132” round linen will fall to the floor.  Do the math…30+72+30 = 132.

Five Foot Rounds

  • It's also known as a “60”.
  • The table is 5’ in diameter.  Again, there are 30” from the ground to the top of the table.
  • It will seat 8ish comfortably.
  • Fewer than 6 or 7 guests and it starts to look a little sparse.
  • A 120” round linen will fall to the floor.

Four Foot Rounds

  • AKA a “48”.
  • That's 4’ in diameter.  Yet again, 30” from the ground to the top of the table.
  • Between 4 and 6 guests will sit comfortably, but it's better suited for things like a cake or sweetheart table!
  • A 108” round linen will fall to the floor.

Cocktail Tables

Low Cocktail Tables

These generally come in two sizes.

36” round

  • 36” in diameter (duh) and 30” from the ground to the top of the table (are you seeing trend here?)
  • It seats 4 comfortably but you might be able to squeeze in 5, depending on the chair size.  You would use these for seating at the cocktail reception, not dinner.
  • They also make great sweetheart and cake tables!
  • A 96” round linen will fall to the floor.

30” round

  • 30” in diameter and 30” from the ground to the top of the table
  • Three or four guests could be seated comfortably at the cocktail hour.
  • A 90” round linen will fall to the floor.

High Cocktail Tables

These also come in two sizes but I’ll let you in on a little secret – a high cocktail table is usually just a low cocktail table with an extender on the base (to make it taller).

36” round

  • Still 36” in diameter but this time 42” from the ground to the top of the table.
  • A 120” round linen will fall to the floor.
  • BURGH BRIDE TIP: If you plan on tying a sash around the base, go for a 132” so the ugly table legs remain hidden!!!

30” round

  • 30” in diameter; 42” from the ground to the top of the table.
  • A 120” round linen will puddle on the floor about 3” on each side, but this can make for a really pretty look.  It can also make for a bit of a tripping hazard.  You decide.
  • High cocktail tables are typically used without chairs; guests use them for leaning or standing around instead.  However, they do make high chairs specifically for these tables.  Usually four fit comfortably but you might be able to squeeze in five.

Banquets

In the past, banquet tables were typically been used for things like the DJ, gift table, buffet lines, or anything that was placed against a wall.  These rectangle tables are still used for these purposes, but in recent years, the trend has become to use them for seating, usually with a mix of round tables.  This adds visual interest and a modern twist to your reception space.

Six Foot Banquets

  • You'll hear it also called a “90×132”.
  • That's because it's 6’ long, 30” wide, and there are 30” from the ground to the top of the table.
  • It can seat 6 (3 on each side) or 8 (3 on each side, plus 1 on each end).
  • A 90×132” banquet linen will fall to the floor.

Eight Foot Banquets

  • AKA a “90×156”.
  • It's 8’ long, 30” wide, and there are 30” from the ground to the top of the table.
  • You can seat 8 (4 on each side) or 10 (4 on each side, 1 on each end) guests.
  • A 90×156” banquet linen will fall to the floor.

Whew!  Got all of that?!  Who knew there was so much to know about tables?!

When it comes to how many guests can comfortably fit at a table, the answer depends on a few things.  If the chairs are wide or have arms, you may not be able to fit quite as many.  Likewise, if your place setting is very formal, you’ll need more space per person, which means you can fit fewer people per table.  I recommend discussing the best scenario with your venue or rental company and caterer!

Above anything else, don’t be overwhelmed by all of the numbers!  This guide was meant to be educational and helpful.  There aren’t hard and fast rules or a magic formula.  This is where hiring excellent vendors can play to your favor.  Work with those who know all of this backwards and forwards and let them determine what is best for your wedding.  Happy table-ing!

4 Simple Reasons Why You Should Consider a Small Wedding

Are you looking for a few reasons why you should consider a small wedding?  Here are four of them from Lauren, owner of PointBreezeway, the hippest, cutest little venue around.  At the end of this post, if you still have a guest list a million miles long, we need to have a little chat…

From Lauren…

Hello Burgh Brides!  My name is Lauren and I am the owner of PointBreezeway, an urban barn in the Burgh.  I converted my childhood home into a pretty amazing little venue with the hopes of preserving its rich history of a utility barn (circa 1880), tavern, speakeasy, tea room, and ultimately my family home for over 25 years.  It is an absolute privilege to share something so special.  PointBreezeway is a match made in heaven for low-key celebrators and lovers of old-world charm, everything vintage, historic, and eclectic.  Since opening PointBreezeway, I've discovered lots of reasons why small weddings are the way to go.  Here are my top four!

1.) Unique Location

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by,  And that has made all the difference.”
– Robert Frost

This one is probably my favorite.  Why?  Well, I own one of the most unique spaces…ever.  Hosting a small wedding opens up a world of possibility with the venue you choose.  Hell, you could probably get married in your favorite coffee shop!  Give your guests something to talk about, kids.  Different = Beautiful

2.) Intimacy

“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.”
– Walt Whitman

It’s your thing.  Do what you wanna do.  Parents are probably giving me the evil eye right now.  Invite your closest, most awesome people.  Love them.  Be married with them.  Share a night of cozy togetherness and hearty laughter with them.

3.) Budget

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Heck yes, Mr. Roosevelt!  The thrill of creative effort.  Let that sink in for a moment.  Small weddings are all about creative effort and that’s what makes them so perfect!  I’m going to speak to PointBreezeway on this one.  I can confidently say that with a guest list of 60, you can have a fantastic wedding here for under $10k.  Let me repeat that.  Under $10k!  Imagine if your wedding was even smaller.  The key is finding spaces that are charming and ready to go, allowing you to focus on the food, drink, and extras.  I’ve hosted weddings that served their favorite beer and pizza, hired a photographer, and picked up their florals beforehand.  The evening was spectacular and it was a dream come true.

4.) Simplicity

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
– Jack Kerouac

When great changes are about to happen, you want to feel as calm and healthy as you can.  Mentally.  Physically.  Emotionally.  Am I right?   The more simplicity that can be added to the start of a marriage is key.  When you choose to celebrate small with a big focus on what is truly important…well, as John Lennon once said, “All you need is love.”

There you have it…4 reasons why you should consider a small wedding!  What about you?  Are you considering a more intimate affair?  Why?  Comment below!

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends: Kelsey & Trey

A Mt. Washington engagement session with furry friends?!  Gimme gimme.

My love for dogs is so outrageous.  I'm literally the person that avoids people at parties and instead just plays with the dog.  I once cut a date night short because I missed my dog.  True story.  But I'm so happy that there are other people in this world who share my affinity for our four legged friends.  People like Kelsey and Trey.

Being huge dog lovers themselves, Kelsey and Trey knew they wanted to incorporate their pooches into their engagement photos.  So the bride and groom, their dogs, Tucker and Izzy, and their photographer, Steven Dray, took in the landscape of Mt. Washington.  Not only is it the neighborhood where the couple had their first date, but it's also where they currently live.  So it seemed only natural to capture these special photos there.  This little “family of four” had quite the adorable e-session full of puppy kisses, wet noses, and wagging tails.  Simple, sweet, and showing off two things they love the most – the dogs and their city – Kelsey and Trey's engagement pics are too cute for words.  Tucker and Izzy may or may not have had a lot to do with that.

JK, Kelsey and Trey!  You're the real stars of this show!  But if Tucker and Izzy will be present at your June 11th nuptials, you might have some real competition.  😉

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends from Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
At work…I was his boss!  Trey had just moved here from West Virginia.  I had recently started working running a fundraising campaign office in Pittsburgh.  His best friend, Lex, was one of my colleagues.  Lex helped Trey find a job…and the rest is history!  He started working in our office and we started dating shortly after.  Last summer, we celebrated our third anniversary.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
When Trey was getting ready to propose, he had just started a new job and had been traveling for about five months.  So we hadn't been able to spend more than a few days at a time together.  We found out that Trey was going to be working out of Pittsburgh for an entire week and we were so excited!  We made lots of plans and were looking forward to being able to spend more than 48 hours together.

While I was at work on Monday, Trey got a phone call.  There had been a change of plans and Trey had to leave first thing the next morning for St. Louis.  Trey was so upset.  Little did I know, he had made plans to propose later that week by taking me to a restaurant on Mt. Washington, where we had our first date.  Not knowing what to do, Trey grabbed the ring, put it in his pocket, and left to pick me up from work.

When Trey picked me up, he broke the news that he had to leave the next morning.  During the drive home, we were both visibly upset, talking about how much it sucked and how unfair it was.  When we pulled up to the driveway, I could tell that Trey was just as upset as I was, and I felt badly.  So I started being silly, trying to cheer him up.  All of a sudden, Trey got a big grin on his face, said that he didn't want to let such terrible news ruin our night, and pulled out the ring!  I could not have been more surprised!  Of course, I said yes, and we spent our last night together celebrating the fact that we would have the rest of our lives to spend with each other.

Describe the engagement session.
For our engagement pictures, we definitely wanted to incorporate our dogs, Tucker and Izzy.  We are huge dog people, and our dogs are our family!  They were a tad uncooperative (Tucker, the golden retriever, even managed to wrangle out of his collar at one point!).  But our photographer, Steven Dray, was great.  Our first date was on Mt. Washington and that's where we live now, so taking the photos up there felt natural.  Plus, we're both from out of state, so we wanted to show off the city to all our friends and family.

Jade & Gray Wedding Inspiration

I'm sharing a little jade & gray wedding inspiration today.  Light colors are all the rage this year.  Serenity and rose quartz are everywhere, thanks to Pantone, and other soft shades are sweeping the wedding world as well.  So it's no wonder this month's color palette idea has my heart all aflutter.  Jade is a refined take on mint green.  Think more muted and less pastel.  It can even look grayed in some lights.  But when you intentionally pair these two colors together, the combination can be magical.  Soft, sophisticated, yet still feminine, jade and gray go hand and hand with this year's hottest wedding style, organic chic.  You're in luck when it comes to florals.  Air plants, eucalyptus, succulents, lambs ear, and dusty miller are all excellent choices.  They'll look beautiful next to pops of cream and ivory, obviously.  But if color is your thing, opt for lavender, peach, plum, or even marsala.  The richness of the darker shades against the lightness of jade and gray will simple ooze drama and romance.  Keep the decor natural and simple…kraft paper, wood, crossback chairs, chalkboards, greenery garlands, and white pumpkins in the fall.  Heck, you can even revisit the cement vase tutorial I featured last year!  Either way, jade and gray is fresh, organic, and oh-so-stylish.

Jade & Gray Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of jade and gray!  What do you like about this combination?  Are you using either of these shades in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

Wedding Advice from a Photographer Bride

Open your eyes and ears…you're about to receive some EPIC wedding advice from a photographer bride!  Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member Eva Lin has been on both sides of a wedding…usually as the one capturing beautiful images of the big day.  But last year, she had her own.  And it was just as stunning as you can imagine.  Today, she's guest posting with some great tips for those getting ready to make their own walk down the aisle.

From Eva…

As many of you know, Art and I tied the knot last year, and after our wedding I feel like I have SO much that I want to share with upcoming brides!  Obviously, there are things that worked for me, and I know there are hundreds of opinions out there, so take what you need and leave the rest!

Pre-Wedding Planning

Your wedding day is one of MANY “best days” of your life.  When people say that your wedding day is THE best day of your life, does that mean it's only downhill from there?!  While your wedding day is a huge and super important milestone, it should be one of just many best days to come.  When you think of it as this end-all-be-all-ultimatum date, it becomes this giant thing in your head, creates so much unnecessary pressure, and honestly, makes you go crazy.  Try to think of it more as just planning a big party for all your favorite people, which leads me to my next point…

Remember WHY you're doing it.  It's SO easy to get caught up in the details – and there are a LOT of details.  Remember that a wedding is the celebration of the love between the two of you, not about the decor or the food.  Yes, everyone wants to throw the best party ever, but at the end of the day, remember the WHY behind this giant party to help you stay focused.

Pick and choose what traditions you want to follow.  If a tradition doesn't feel like you as a couple, don't feel pressured to do it.  If it does, go for it!  It's as easy as that.

Set aside 5% of your budget for last minute things the week of your wedding.  So many unplanned things come up last minute (and during your “wedding week,” cost becomes a non-issue!).  If you don't want to break the bank, it's better to account for this stuff ahead of time so there are no surprises!

Once you've set your budget, prioritize what's the most important to you, spend your money there, and be okay spending less in other areas.  Of course for me, photography and videography were on the top of my list, so I chose to spend my money there and less on everything else.  I was so lucky to find vendors who were able to work with my budget in other areas to still execute my vision!  I also plan on re-selling my dress, and I bought my shoes from DSW (which no one could see under my dress anyway).

Spend your money where it counts.  I've been to enough weddings to realize what is memorable and what is not.  As much as I adore beautiful hand-written calligraphy, we usually throw away the envelopes.  So as an effort to save on our invites, we just included one card and had our guests RSVP online.  Invitations can cost up to $1000+ with all the bells and whistles, and we ended up spending $250 on them (helllllo more money for cake pops!).   We chose to do a family-style dinner to avoid the need for individual place cards (we still had a seating chart – having completely open seating is kind of a nightmare).  The week of my wedding, I went a little nuts and wanted to change the backs of the flower crowns for my flower crown station from a white twine to ribbon, which would have been extra.  Luckily, my florist and my wedding planner reminded me that this is one of those things that people will not care about, and I would have regretted spending extra money on it (thank you)!

Do NOT compare yourself to Pinterest or your friends.  Chances are, you've scoured Pinterest for ideas and also have attended many friends' weddings in recent years.  And we all know comparison is the thief of joy.  No comparison, only inspiration.  Let you be you.  Your wedding will be perfect because it's yours.

The Day of Your Wedding

Take time to breathe.  I had my friend, Lauren, teach a yoga class the morning of my wedding – to get grounded, to be reminded of why we do all the crazy things we do for this one day, and to be rooted in gratitude for everyone in my life.  It was AMAZING to help me be completely present for the upcoming day.  Even if yoga is not your jam, take some time in a quiet room by yourself to just breathe some long deep breaths.  Inhale what you need to be reminded of – gratitude, love, happiness, excitement.  Exhale out what isn't serving you at the moment – anxiety, nerves, annoyance.  Repeat.  I did this a few times the day and week before – anytime I started to feel myself getting crazy over silly things.

Stick together.  I got this advice from my yoga/life teacher, Anna, who put it so well.  On your wedding day, everyone will be pulling you left and right, but make sure to stick together as you go around.  When you're talking to guests or dancing, do it together.  It's a beautiful metaphor for the rest of your life – as life takes you in different directions, move through it all together!

Savor each moment.  It's 100% true when people say your wedding day flies by.  One of my favorite parts of our wedding was when we were eating dinner – Art and I had our own sweetheart table, and we just took a moment to look around at all of our friends and family eating, laughing, and talking.  It brought us so much joy just to sit, enjoy that moment, and feel grateful that they had come to celebrate the day with us.

Delegate!  I was lucky I had so many helpers for our wedding.  My friend was my day-of coordinator to organize everything at the venue and make sure the ceremony and reception ran smoothly (some venues offer this, but if yours doesn't – I highly recommend hiring a day-of coordinator).  The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is have people asking you tons of questions left and right!  And this may seem like common sense, but you also need someone, usually your maid of honor, to be your right-hand-woman for the whole weekend.  My sister made sure I got everywhere on time, organized the entire day-after brunch for us so we wouldn't have to worry about it, and was just an amazing help the entire time.  It also helps if this person can operate with little to no direction (#bosslady).  Our friends and families also were a huge help the whole weekend – don't be afraid to ask for help!

After the Wedding

Host a morning-after brunch.  The toughest thing about weddings is that there are so many people who come who you may not have talked to or seen in a long time – and you have NO time to catch up at the wedding!  We originally weren't going to do this, but realized how nice it was to actually be able to catch up with the bride and groom at our friend's wedding a few weeks before.  So our families helped to whip up a brunch last minute and we are so glad they did.  It's also a great time to be able to say goodbye to everyone and thank them for everything!

Get a massage.  I didn't even wear heels on our wedding day, but my feet and body were just so exhausted from standing and dancing all day!  We booked a spa day at Bedford Springs, and it was definitely one of the best decisions we've ever made (that, and getting married)!

No regrets.  What's done is done.  With SO many moving pieces, there are plenty of things bound to go not as you had planned.   Thinking about them over and over will not change anything.  At the end of the day, if you are married and had a wonderful time with all your favorite people, wasn't that the hole point of it all anyway?  If you just can't let something go – just remember – you can always renew your vows in 5 or 10 years and do it again!

Thanks for all of the fantastic tips, Eva!  You're a beautiful soul, inside and out.  Any other vendors have their own advice?  What did you learn from being on the other side of a wedding day?  Comment below!

The Top 5 Reasons You’ll LOVE Having a Wedding Film

If you're on the fence about hiring a videographer, Post Script Productions is here to give you the top 5 reasons you'll LOVE having a wedding film.  Honestly, after reading this list, you should be totally sold on one.  I was one of those brides…I originally thought a videographer wasn't a necessity.  I figured I'd just splurge on a really good photographer instead.  A few months before my wedding, I changed my mind and decided I had to have a video.  BEST.  DECISION. EVER.  Seriously.  I'm so, so glad we did it.  Without it, I'd never be able to see my grandfather, who has since passed away, smile again, or hear our best man's hilarious speech, or relive the epic air guitar battle that happened on the dance floor.  If you don't believe me, maybe Carolyn, one half of this uber-talented Burgh Brides Vendor Guide member, can convince you!

From Carolyn of Post Script…

We got into the wedding film business by accident and we are SO glad we did.  We started our business and someone asked us, “Do you film weddings?”  We, of course, saw that as an amazing opportunity to not only grow our business but, more importantly, as an avenue to tell stories that people would love for a lifetime.  Having a wedding film used to be an “extra” or something that often got overlooked.  As more and more couples decide to include a wedding film into their budgeting, they are also seeing it as a necessity, just like photography.  That makes us so happy!  The moments we’ve been able to capture are incredible.  And we feel so blessed to be invited into our couple’s homes, churches, synagogues, and reception spaces to capture one of the happiest and most significant days of their lives.

Here is just a short list (we could go on forever!) of our top five reasons why you’ll absolutely love your wedding film.  We think you’ll agree that it’s definitely a necessity and definitely worth it!

1.) Family & Friends

We are there to capture the special moments…the moments you experience with your friends and family throughout one of the best (and busiest!) days of your life.  There will be SO much you won’t remember.  And there are so many people who mean so much to you that will be there to support you.  We want you to have memories of not only yourselves, but of those amazing people in your lives.  Grandparents and parents, your mentor, your college roommate – everyone.  We believe love, success, a life is nothing without people to share it with.

2.) Confidence in the Filmmaker

One of our favorite compliments we’ve received is “I didn’t even see you!”  To us, that means we were doing our job.  We don’t want to be part of your wedding day; we want to capture it.  We take that very seriously.  We want to capture it as it unfolds, as it actually happens as opposed to staging things or directing the day’s events.  We believe your wedding ceremony is sacred, regardless of where it is.  We are respectful of whatever space it’s in, the people that are involved, and those that attend.  This is your day and your film, not our film.  And, we absolutely love capturing weddings.  It’s such a joy for us and it’s a new experience with every couple.  We like to blend in with the crowd, not only in the way we dress but also by the smiles on our faces 🙂

3.) Protect your Investment

You’ve worked so hard to plan this event.  And unless you’re a professional event planner, it is probably the biggest event you’ve ever, and maybe will ever, plan.  It takes a lot of time, energy, and effort to put it all together – but how awesome is it gong to be?!  SO awesome!  A wedding film allows you to protect the investment you made.  Your wedding film is like a time capsule.  Everything will be captured – the laughter at cocktail hour, the moment you and your bridesmaids cheers with the mimosas made from your favorite champagne, the design of your bouquet, the look on your groom's face as you walk down the aisle, the speech from the best man, the words you and your husband-to-be say to each other as you promise to spend the rest of your lives together and so much more.  It all happens in a flash and a wedding film preserves it forever.

4.) Relive the Day

I can definitely relate to this topic because I just got married this past January.  It was crazy!  It went by so fast and after the day was over, after we returned from our honeymoon, and after we opened all our gifts, all I wanted to do was rewind and relive it all over again.  A wedding film is different from photographs.  They’re images, but they move!  (Our motto is “Images That Move”…get it?)  And there’s audio.  Yes, yes, the audio!  We love it.  Bridal prep/pre-ceremony footage can sometimes be audio gold.  And all that hilarious and/or tear-jerking stuff your maid of honor says in her speech  – we got it!   These are memories you’ll get to relive for years to come.  We don’t film for the wedding, we film for the marriage.  We want our couples to be able to relive their wedding day and how their marriage started – where they were, how they felt, what they promised, and who was there to support them.

5.) Two Places at Once

Yes, with a wedding film you can actually be in two places at once!  Ever wonder what’s going on with the groomsmen before the wedding?  We have it covered!  (Hint: they’re probably watching sports and enjoying a couple of beers up until about 20 minutes before they have to leave, LOL!)  Some of our favorite goofy moments (and sometimes sentimental moments) came during the pre-ceremony time with the groom and his groomsmen.  And, depending on the timeline of your day, you may not have a chance to see what cocktail hour looked, felt, and sounded like – we’ve got that covered too!  Our classic package includes two filmmakers so we can divide and conquer!  And, even if your budget only allows for one filmmaker for the day, we can usually work it out so that we can be in all those places for specific, significant moments.

There you have it – our top 5 reasons why you'll LOVE having a wedding film!  We’d love to hear about the moments you want captured on your wedding day.  We know every couple is different and therefore every wedding is different.  Comment below and let us know what’s important to you and your families!

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Classic Art Deco Wedding at the Grand Concourse: Stephanie & Patrick

A classic art deco wedding at the Grand Concourse in the dead of winter?  It's a burst of sunshine on an otherwise typical March day.  Since Stephanie and Patrick met in January and got engaged in February, a March wedding only seemed logical to them.  Plus, they wanted to prove the “weddings are meant for summer” naysayers wrong.  I'd say mission accomplished.

The Grand Concourse not only provided the stunning backdrop for the soiree, but it also inspired the overall look of the day.  Its vintage decor and nod to the 1920s and 30s brought the art deco theme to life.  And it was incorporated in everything from Stephanie's shoes and the invitations to the escort card display and the cake.  The jade green, cream, and gold of the infamous ceiling of the restaurant also influenced the color scheme.  But the bride added in pink for a touch of femininity.  The entire day was full of other thoughtful details, like:

  • Stephanie's cathedral length mantilla veil.  The lace trim framed her face beautifully and it fit right in with the traditional vibe.
  • The bouquets and other floral arrangements.  Stephanie is the the talent behind The Blue Daisy Floral Designs, and she's a favorite around these parts.  It's no wonder the blooms were so pretty!  Lush light pink and cream roses, hellebores, and fresh greenery kept the florals classic and soft.
  • The cake.  The colors of the fondant covered-confection were striking and the vintage pattern was just another way the day's design was brought to life.
  • The time of year.  The muted color palette, Stephanie's wool pea coat worn over her Sophia Tolli lace gown, and the beautiful gray skies (yes, I said beautiful) are proof that a wedding in one of Pittsburgh's most dreaded months of the year can actually be wonderfully delightful.
  • The bridal portraits.  Wow, what a stunning job Ryan Zarichnak Photography did in capturing the adorable love between Stephanie and Patrick.  I fell in love with every single uniquely composed image…which could probably explain why I included a million of them in this post.

As we sit on the cusp of spring, the prettiness of this wedding is sure to warm you right up.  Summer brides, bow down.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
CatholicMatch.com.  I know; I didn't think it would work either!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
It was Valentine's Day 2013.  We went out to dinner, followed by ice skating at Schenley Park, where we had gone on our fourth date and where we shared our first “real” kiss about a year before.  After skating to the cheesy 80s love songs under red lights, Patrick suggested we take a walk on the hill side next to the rink (where we had that first kiss).  We were searching for the exact spot when he said “I guess this the perfect spot to get down on one knee.”  And so he did!  He asked me to marry him under the stars and we shared another beautiful kiss.  It makes me smile just remembering it all over again!  Of course, I said yes!

Describe the wedding.  The look, style, theme, colors, etc.
We wanted a romantic, vintage/art deco feel that would fit with both our personalities and the Grand Concourse.  We got married in the winter so we chose a soft color palette of rose, jade green, ivory and gray.  The jade green was really inspired by the ceiling at the Grand Concourse and it tied everything together nicely.  It was worked into our invitations and collateral, my reception shoes, our cake, and the flowers.  We used lots of silver and mercury glass in the details but worked gold into the cake and escort card table to bring in the brass details.  We really wanted the day to be elegant without being over the top.

What inspired your vision?
The colors and architecture at the Grand Concourse were really where we started.  The ceiling is just gorgeous and it gave us the green, rose and ivory color palette.  Of course, flowers were a big part of the day and, having a winter wedding I knew I wanted hellebores, so I made sure they would fit right in.

What made your wedding unique?
Patrick and I bonded instantly over vintage/classic motifs.  When we first met, we were exchanging the details of our historic homes (his 1940 bungalow where we currently live, and my then-apartment, a 1903 school house).  We absolutely loved the history and detail at the Grand Concourse and were thrilled to have it as our reception venue.  We wanted something truly unique and “Pittsburgh”.  We had a lot of details that were very hands-on for us, like having a friend design our wedding invitations and me designing all of the flowers.  Besides all of this, we are proud to have had a Pittsburgh winter wedding without the theme being based around winter.  It's a lost season here in the Burgh and we wanted to show that you can have a beautiful wedding any time of year.  A lot of people asked us “Why March?” and our answer is that we met in January, got engaged in February, and March seemed pretty logical.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Oh gosh, all of it.  But if I had to choose, I think it was finally meeting Patrick at the end of the aisle.  There's no better feeling (so far) than knowing that you are about to marry the man of your dreams and your childhood dream is coming true in that moment.  I knew I was (still am) the luckiest girl in the world.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Make sure you hire vendors that you trust.  Do your research.  Don't settle.  Good vendor relationships while planning and executing your wedding can take so much stress off of you so you can enjoy your wedding day.  But remember to be nice to them too!  (BB here…yesssssss, great reminder!)

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I would have asked one of my bridesmaids to pack us a bag of cookies to enjoy later!  By the end of the night, only the ones with coconut were left and boy, could we have used some cookies while waiting for our plane to take off on Monday morning!  Never underestimate the speed of depletion of a good cookie table.

Vendors
Band: The Boilermaker Jazz Band | Bride's Dress: Sophia Tolli from The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Accessories: The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung from The Exquisite Bride | Cake: Madison Avenue Specialty Cakes | Calligraphy: Purple Wagon Designs | Caterer & Reception Venue: The Grand Concourse | Ceremony Location: Church of the Immaculate Conception | Favors: Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Hair & Makeup: Synergy Salon & Day Spa | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Ryan Zarichnak Photography | Stationery: Designed by a friend and printed by Metal Photo Service, Inc.

Introducing Soiree by Souleret & an IG Takeover!

A fine arts background helps Shayne of Soiree by Souleret bring the beauty of a wedding to life.  With a love of details and an appreciation for what a big day is really all about, this wedding planner creates stunning events that are executed seamlessly.  Hear from Shayne and see more of her artistic touches here!

Then, head on over to my Instagram feed to see lots of pretty inspiration from Shayne today!

Think Outside the Bridal Salon: 5 Unexpected Websites Where You Can Find Your Dream Wedding Dress

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If you aren’t one of those ladies who has dreamed about their wedding since they were a little girl, you may dread the thought of wedding dress shopping.  Or maybe the idea of pushy saleswomen fussing over you just doesn’t sound appealing (who can blame you?).  Or maybe you’re like me and you try to do as much online shopping as you possibly can because malls and crowds and trying on clothes in ugly florescent lighting is absolutely the worst thing ever for your self-esteem.  Whatever your reason, I encourage you to think outside the bridal salon.  Dress shops aren’t the only place you can find the perfect wedding day look.  Why not turn to the world wide web?  You probably do for everything else, so try saying yes to the dress virtually.  Although you may never have expected it, here are 5 websites were you can find your dream wedding dress!

5 Unexpected Websites to Find Your Dream Wedding Dress from Burgh Brides

1.) Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses – Remember Erika and Mike’s wedding at J. Verno Studio?  And remember her KILLER art deco-inspired Matthew Christopher gown with the UNBELIEVABLE scalloped train?  I die. Erika got that beauty from a little website called Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses.  As the name suggests, they connect buyers and sellers of gently used bridal gowns.  But they also feature brand spanking new ones and samples too.  This listing service allows new brides to find their dream dress, often at a lower cost, while helping former brides recoup some of the money spent on their wedding.  As Pre-Owned puts it, “wedding gowns…deserve to be loved more than once.”  I couldn’t agree more.

Photos by Beth Insalaco Photography

5 Unexpected Websites to Find Your Dream Wedding Dress from Burgh Brides

5 Unexpected Websites to Find Your Dream Wedding Dress from Burgh Brides

2.) Target – This shopping mecca has everything else.  Why wouldn’t they sell wedding dresses?  While the selection isn’t huge, what they do offer are perfect options for those on a tight budget or who are maybe getting married for the second time.  They even have collections for bridesmaids and flower girls too!

3.) Rent the Runway – Why buy when you can borrow?  I recently used RTR for the first time and it was super fun.  With pieces from Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen, Nanette Lepore, Marchesa, and even the goddess of wedding dresses herself, Monique Lhuillier, you can be a haute couture bride at a fraction of the price.  While I’m all about finding that one special dress that makes you look and feel like a million bucks on your wedding day, I’m anti actually spending a million dollars on it.  Guys rent their tuxes!  Why can’t a bride rent her dress?

4.) TJ Maxx – Stay with me here.  I didn’t believe this either until a co-worker introduce me to TJ Maxx’s new website.  What I found (in addition to various home goods that I definitely don’t need but bought anyways) was a long sleeve, lace Valentino gown for under $2k.  I kid you not.  They actually have a pretty wide selection of dresses for brides, maids, and moms.  The best part?  You can try on at home and return to any TJ Maxx store.  I’m sold based on that fact alone.

5.) Amazon – From attire to jewelry and accessories to even décor and gifts, you can actually get a lot of wedding shopping done on this one site. Amazon is so great for just about everything.

What do you think?  Could/would you ever buy your wedding dress online?  Any other unexpected websites where you can find wedding dresses?  Comment below!

While I did team up with Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses to include them in this post, all opinions are my own.

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