Bachelorette Party Must Haves: 8 Great Gifts from Cheeks

Whether it’s going to be wild and crazy at your favorite local watering hole or more subdued with spa services and lots of wine, there are some bachelorette party must haves you simply can’t forget about!  For fun gifts for the ladies’ night, pieces to use beyond the wedding, and everything in between, Cheeks is the go-to boutique!  The sister store to Glassworks Pittsburgh, this shop features the best in lingerie, sleepwear, and hosiery.  With brands like Natori, Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Spanx, and On Gossamer, you’ll find luxury and quality.  In addition to great every day pieces, Cheeks also has a ton of items perfect for any soon-to-be Mrs.!  Before her bachelorette party, stop in and pick up one of my favorite gift ideas for the bride to be!

Wrap Up by VP Romantique Long Robe

Getting wedding ready has never looked more gorgeous.  This long pink and white patterned robe is light weight and cozy yet chic.  Let the bride spend the morning of the wedding in style, while also making the hair and makeup artists’ lives easier!

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Eberjey Colette Chemise

Tres chic, no?  The soft but sexy Eberjey Colette Chemise is perfect for the wedding, honeymoon, and beyond.  Unique enough for a special night but comfy enough for every day, this lovely lace number is versatile and sophisticated.

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Bride Lace Cheeky Hipster

While the wedding dress is SUPER important, you can’t forget what goes underneath of it.  Let the bride celebrate the road to a new relationship status with these lace cheeky hipster bottoms from Hanky Panky that spell out Bride is baby blue rhinestones.

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Mr. & Mrs. Ring Dish

Make sure the bride-to-be has a secure place to keep her ring whenever she takes it off.  This dainty, porcelain heart-shaped Mr. & Mrs. ring dish is perfect for safe-keeping.  It even comes in a cute box for easy gifting!

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Hanky Panky Roslyn Garter

A teeny tiny bow on this Hanky Panky Roslyn Garter makes for the perfect something blue.  The pretty lace just might make her forgo the traditional garter toss.  Who wouldn’t want to keep this beauty forever?!

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PJ Salvage Eye Mask

No girl wants to wake up to dark circles and bags under her eyes.  Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with a fun and flirty PJ Salvage Eye Mask.  Available in a variety of cheeky sayings, these satin masks with an elastic band really are a girl’s best friend.

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Commando Matchsticks

Avoid a major wardrobe malfunction with these small but mighty adhesive strips.  Perfect for strappy dresses, low necklines, or even a fallen hem, there isn’t any fashion faux pas these babies can’t fix in a jif!

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Bridesmaid Low Rise Thong

Hey, BFFs do A LOT for each other!  Show your girl gang a little gratitude with a fun thank you gift.  This cute Bridesmaid low rise thong from Hanky Panky can be worn during the bachelorette weekend or even on the wedding day!

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Shop all of these finds on the Cheeks website, or stop in their Shadyside or Squirrel Hill locations for even more selection!

While this post was sponsored by Cheeks, all opinions, insight, and recommendations are my own.

A Wedding Website: 5 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Have One

On the fence about creating a wedding website?  Don't be.  People spend SO.MUCH. time online these days.  I’m actually embarrassed by the amount of time I spend a computer.  Whether it’s shopping, stalking, or pinning, most of the time my fingers are tapping away at a keyboard or on my phone.  The web is the first place I go to for any and all information.  And I’m sure you’re the same.  So it sort of only makes sense that your wedding guests should have a place on the web where they can find all of the details about your big day, right?  Creating a wedding website should definitely be on your to do list as a bride!  Not convinced?  Here are my top five reasons why you might want to reconsider!

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1.) It keeps guests informed.

People like knowing what to expect.  A wedding website allows you to give all of the big day details to your guests in a convenient way.  It will limit the number of questions you receive and you can add more information as it becomes finalized.   

2.) You can include an infinite amount of information.

You have a limited amount of space to work with on your invitations.  You simply won’t be able to include every single detail that guests need to know.  That’s ok; throw it on your website!  Plus, there are some details that aren’t appropriate for your invitation, like your registries and the suggested attire.  A wedding website is the perfect place for those details.

3.) It’s easy and, in most cases, free.

You don’t need to be a programmer or know any fancy codes.  If you can use Word, you can create a wedding website.  It’s as easy as selecting a template and adding copy, a few hyperlinks, and some pics.  Most online wedding website vendors offer free styles, in addition to some fancier ones, plus upgrades, like a custom domain name or a hidden copyright.  It just all depends on what you want to spend and how fancy you want to make it! 

4.) It can reflect your wedding style.

From Riley & Grey and Wedding Window to Minted and My Wedding, there is a plethora of providers to choose from.  Each of them offer all sorts of designs so you’re bound to find one that fits the look of your big day.  Consider it one more piece of your wedding stationery; it should coordinate with the overall tone, style, and other paper pieces.   

5.) It’s actually kind of fun.

You can share the story of how you met, photos of your time together, and even funny stories about each other.  Celebrate your love and give your guests a peek at what being engaged and planning a wedding is really like.  If you’re really into it, you could even blog about the planning process, wedding details, and getting ready for your new life together.  Friends and family members like feeling involved and this is just another way to connect with them.   

Did I convince you?  Hope so!  Stay tuned for another post where I break down the anatomy of a wedding website that will help you to determine what to include and where!  In the meantime, I want to hear from you.  Do you have a wedding website?  If yes, why did you feel it was important to have one?  Has it been beneficial so far?  If no, why not?  Do you wish you would have created one?  Comment below!

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: 7 Reasons to Make This Your Honeymoon Destination

Looking for a tropical honeymoon destination?  Forget Cancun, Punta Cana, and the Bahamas.  Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic is the new Caribbean hot spot!  This small city on the island’s northeast coast is a unique combination of relaxation, adventure, and romance.  If you’re looking for the perfect spot to celebrate your newly married status, here are 7 reasons why you should choose Puerto Plata for your post-wedding vacation!

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: 7 Reasons to Make This Your Honeymoon Destination from Burgh Brides

Perfect beach conditions await.

White sands, blue skies, and warm waters.  It’s the beach trifecta and you’ll find it in Puerto Plata.  With an average high of 81 and a low of 73, the weather is surprisingly mild, while the mountains of the region mean they miss much of hurricane season.  Whether you’re the type that likes to lounge in a beach chair under a palm tree, or you’re into water sports, boogie boarding, or swimming, you’re bound to spend a lot of time in or near the water.

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Aerial of Playa Dorada

There’s now a direct flight!

Visiting Puerto Plata just got a lot easier thanks to Apple Vacations.  Operating through Allegiant Air, you can now fly non-stop to this Dominican destination, beginning on March 2 and running on Fridays through August 24.  This short, 3.5-hour flight will get to you into Puerto Plata in no time.  No one wants to start a honeymoon off with a long layover, and Apple’s Exclusive Vacation Flights just made getting to your final stop a whole lot easier.

All-inclusive resorts abound.

It’s easy to treat yourselves to some all-inclusive service in Puerto Plata.  The Playa Dorada section of the city is a private, secluded beach area that boasts 8 all-inclusive resorts, including Iberostar Costa Dorada, Emotions Playa Dorada, VH Grand Ventana, and Sunscape Puerto Plata.  Or travel a little further east along the coast and you’ll find the excellent Viva Wyndham Tangerine in the cool beach town of Cabarete.  At each, you’ll find great restaurants, luxe accommodations, fun entertainment, and adults-only amenities for those who want a kid-free honeymoon.

There’s so much to do!

Zip lining, snorkeling, hiking to waterfalls, sailing on catamarans, exploring museums and more can be found in Puerto Plata.  This isn’t one of those you-shouldn’t-really-leave-the-resort towns.  Here, it’s perfectly safe to step foot off the all-inclusive and discover what the area has to offer.  From natural landscapes to local history to rich culture, there’s something to entertain just about any taste.  My personal recommendations are the Outback Adventures Safari tour for a glimpse into how the locals really live and the Puerto Plata City Tour that includes a cable car ride to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres!

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Kite Surfing at Cabarete Beach

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: 7 Reasons to Make This Your Honeymoon Destination from Burgh Brides

Cable Car Ride to the Top of Mount Isabel

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: 7 Reasons to Make This Your Honeymoon Destination from Burgh Brides

Puerto Plata City Center

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Outback Safari Tour

The locals can’t wait to meet you.

Unlike other places to which I’ve traveled, Puerto Plata welcomed me with open arms.  From the resort staff to the tour guides to the people I met on the street, everyone greeted me with a smile and a friendly hello.  Because tourism is such an important part of the Dominican economy, those living there are always happy to see new faces and to show off their home.  Despite the DR having over 5 million arrivals and being the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean, the city of Puerto Plata will still feel very much like a small town full of warm people.

Planning your trip is smooth sailing.

Going on a honeymoon is nice and easy.  Planning one?  Now that can be another story.  Lucky for you, Apple Vacations makes arranging your trip a total breeze.  Apple’s website is a one-stop vacation planning shop.  You can book everything from flights, accommodations, upgrades, and even excursions and tours managed by their sister company, Amstar.  At most resorts, a brand rep will even greet you once you’re on the ground and be available to answer any questions and help you get settled.  Try finding that level of service from another on-line booking site.

You’ll get an authentic experience.

While tourism is their number one source of revenue, don’t think for one second that Puerto Plata is overly commercialized.  Many Caribbean destinations can quickly become cheapened by touristy gimmicks and over-saturation of major chain brands.  However, Puerto Plata is full of real people living real lives who want to show you the real magic of the Dominican Republic.  Unlike preplanned, man-made destinations, such as Cancun, Puerto Plata provides an authentic experience in a beautifully natural setting.

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Visiting a Village Farm on the Outback Safari Tour

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: 7 Reasons to Make This Your Honeymoon Destination from Burgh Brides

Tasting Freshly Ground Cacao Beans

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: 7 Reasons to Make This Your Honeymoon Destination from Burgh Brides

Visiting a Village School on the Outback Safari Tour

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Watching Cigars Being Hand-Rolled

Well, have I totally sold you on a Puerto Plata honeymoon yet?  Comment below and tell me what you’ve love to see and do while there!

While this trip and post was sponsored by Apple Vacations, all opinions, insight, and recommendations are my own.

Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding

If you’re still on the hunt for a wedding photographer and/or videographer, take some time to get to know Oakwood Photo + Video.  Alexa and Wes are a wife/husband duo who take their craft seriously.  With a rustic, folk vibe and sweet as can be dispositions, they’re two of my favorite talents.  From the smallest details to the biggest belly laughs, they long to capture every element of your wedding day with photography AND videography.  There are lots of reasons you should put them in charge of your wedding day footage, but here are my top six!

They’re a photo and video TEAM.

You guys, this is SO important!  If your wedding photographer and videographer haven’t worked together before, they could have a difficult time.  They need to stay out of one another’s shots, someone needs to take the lead and pose you, not to mention that’s just a lot of feet in the way.  Alexa and Wes work together every.single.day.  That means they know how to move around one another seamlessly, so they aren’t tripping and you aren’t annoyed.  They can read each other’s body language easily and know what the other is thinking or where they’re headed.  This TEAM performs a gorgeous, silent dance around you as they capture your love.

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Wes and Alexa hard at work!

Your wedding day coverage will have a cohesive look.

When you look back on your wedding photos and video, it’s a magical thing if they can both reflect the same style and vibe.  Alexa and Wes apply their photography editing style to their videos as well, creating a consistent look to all of the day’s coverage.  Similar lighting, perspective, and focus can mean you’ll be re-experiencing the day in the exact same way, no matter if you’re looking at still or moving images.  Check out what I mean with this photo and highlight from Alex and Chris's wedding!

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You’ll feel relaxed around them.

It’s easy to feel nervous with a camera in your face.  But Alexa and Wes try really hard to make you forget they’re even there.  Well in advance of the wedding, they get to know their clients, whether over coffee, a few drinks, or even FaceTime.  They ask questions about your wedding, but also about you as a couple, what makes you tick, what makes your relationship unique.  By the time the wedding rolls around, they’re almost like old friends, making you feel more relaxed and comfortable while they’re your personal paparazzi.

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They’re down to earth and fun to be around.

You’ll spend A LOT of time with your wedding photographer and videographer.  You better actually like being around them.  Alexa and Wes are kind, friendly, gracious, and humble.  Always smiling, their energy is practically contagious.  I can’t think of two people I’d rather have following me around for an entire day.

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Oakwood Photo + Video: 6 Reasons You Should Hire Them to Capture Your Wedding from Burgh Brides

They love adventure and are up for trying anything.

Climbing mountains, standing under waterfalls, or laying in a pile of fallen leaves, Alexa and Wes love to push their limits, both physically and artistically.  Got a crazy idea for a cool photo?  I bet they can make it happen.  These two love trying new things and getting outside their comfort zone.  They even have a travel bucket-list and offer a nice discount to anyone getting married in one of their must-see locations!

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They love to create long-lasting, woodsy boho magic.

If wearing a flower crown and a long, soft dress is your thing, go for it.  If you’ve always imagined going barefoot on your wedding day, Alexa and Wes will be there for it.  And if the folksy, woody thing is your jam, these are your people.  Their free-spirited style lends itself to their signature blend of nature-meets-wedding-day artistry.  While their work is whimsical and organic, it’s simultaneously timeless, meaning you’ll love it for years to come.

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Still need some convincing?  See more photography and videography work from Oakwood in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

6 Big Ticket Wedding Registry Items You Won’t Think to Add

You might hesitate to add a few big ticket wedding registry items to your wish list, but you shouldn't!  Believe it or not, some guests will want to really spoil you with an expensive present!  Others will go in on a large item with a few others and purchase a group gift.  So while you're adding those kitchen gadget, towels, and sheet sets to your wedding registry, don't forget to round up a few things with a little bit of a higher price tag!  Here are some of my favorite ideas!

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A High Quality Mattress

While a new mattress might seem like an expensive wedding registry item, it's the single home item that you and your new spouse will both use literally every day.  If that isn't reason enough to put it on your wish list, I don't know what is.  Add this every day must have to your wedding registry to ensure a lifetime of restful slumber.  If you're looking for just the most amazing bed you've ever laid your head on, read my recent review of Tomorrow Sleep's bed in a box!

Don't forget…use the code BURGH100 and get $100 off any $500 Tomorrow Sleep purchase through March, 31, 2018!

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A Grill

If you're anything like my husband and me, your diet basically consists of nothing but grilled food from April until October.  Chicken, fish, burgers, veggies, it doesn't matter; we use our grill almost every day as long as the weather cooperates (and sometimes even if it doesn't).  For the best in deck cooking, throw a Weber grill on your registry.  They're well made and they offer a ton of great recipes on their website.  The best part of grill cooking?  You don't have to clean the kitchen when you're done eating.

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An Espresso/Cappuccino Machine

For the caffeine obsessed, adding an espresso maker to your wedding registry seems like a no-brainer.  But this one from Nespresso takes things to a whole new level.  The espresso and cappuccino machine can brew a tazzo cup full of heaven AND it can froth milk so you can be your own at-home barista.  Save money by skipping the coffee house and ask for one of these babies instead!

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Deck Furniture

If your backyard is your favorite place to be, make it extra cozy with some swanky deck furniture.  A sofa, a few chairs, and a “coffee table” will make sure your patio is ready for summer.  Throw a wicker furniture set on your registry and your friends and family will consider it their unofficial invitation to all those barbecues you'll inevitably be hosting.

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A Home Security Camera System

It doesn't matter if you live in the nicest neighborhood in the world, a home security camera system is always a good idea.  Since I'm sure your parents will always be concerned with your safety (despite how old you are), adding this protective item to your wedding registry is a great idea.  This one is rechargeable, wire free, has night vision, and works with Amazon Alexa.  Any family member or friend who wants your first home together to be a safe one will definitely pick this up for you!

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A Smart Thermostat

Speaking of your home, make sure it's always a cool 68 degrees no matter where you are.  A Nest Learning Thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your house from anywhere with a WiFi connection.  These smart thermostats are the wave of the future and a great gift idea for any new married millennial couple!

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What pricier items are you adding to your wedding registry?  Any of these items?  Comment below!

While this post was sponsored by Tomorrow Sleep, all opinions, insight, and recommendations are my own.

Snowy Pastel Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

The pale pinks and blues of a gorgeous winter sunset inspired this styled shoot that will make all pastel wedding lovers go gaga!  The light shades are a feminine contrast against the white snow of the season.  Taking place on Heaven Sent Farms, stylist Jessica Garda Events set up a sweetheart table dressed with airy fabrics, pink taper candles, and simple bud vases.  Two light blue high back vintage chairs save the place for the “bride and groom” – a real life couple who just got engaged!  My favorite feature though?  The V-neck icy blue dress with a lace bodice and tulle skirt worn by the model.  While a non-white wedding dress isn't for the faint of heart, this gorgeous spin on tradition will win the hearts of even the most classic bride.  The dress paired beautifully with the lush bouquet created by Allison Brooks Events, which incorporated color, texture, and whimsical vibes.  Soft hair by Glam to Go and natural makeup by Dominika Bronner completed the look.  Captured by Dawn Derbyshire Photography, this styled shoot is sweet, girly, and a winter dream come true!

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From the stylist…

The inspiration for this shoot came about on a Monday evening after a winter storm.  The sunset that night was a beautiful combination of pale blues and pinks that made me think of spring.  Typically with winter shoots, you see the use of bold colors to contrast the white snow.  But I thought the pairing of this pastel palette with the winter environment would make for a sweet and whimsical take on a winter wedding.

On Tuesday, with still just the start of an idea, I put out a message on Facebook to see who would want to do a spur-of-the-moment shoot that weekend.  The result was an amazing team of wedding professionals who came together (most of them meeting for the first time!) to make some magic.  We all had a blast collaborating on this project – each one of us throwing out ideas when inspiration struck.  Even our models – a real couple who were recently engaged – chimed in with ideas and helped with set-up!  This whole experience was a prime example of the spirit of “community over competition” that makes Pittsburgh's wedding industry so special!

Vendors

Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Stylist: Jessica Garda Events | Shoot Location: Heaven Sent Farms | Desserts: Bartram House Bakery | Dresses: ASOS | Flowers: Allison Brooks Events | Hair: Glam to Go | Makeup: Dominika Bronner | Models: Alexis Zmijowski and Ryan Lemerich | Rentals: Copper & Sage Event Design & Vintage Rentals

Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Stylist: Jessica Garda Events | Hair: Glam to Go

Opal Wedding Inspiration That is Sure to WOW!

Taking inspiration from the iridescent sheen of a precious gemstone, an opal wedding is bound to win hearts.  Pink, blue, yellow, green, and even purple pastels come together seamlessly against a pale background in this pretty jewelry piece.  Given the various color tones, making this work for your wedding day is easy.  Rather than incorporating all of the hues, stick with your two or three favorites, mine being rose and lavender.  When it comes to wedding day fashion, keep things light and airy with soft, flowy fabrics that drape beautifully.  For a little extra glitz, look for dresses with a beaded bodice or belt, or wear statement jewelry with pearls and opaque rhinestones.  Upgrade to a pearlized paper for your invitations, menu cards, and other wedding stationery pieces for that hint of metallic this color combo so desperately needs.  Even your wedding cake can have a shiny finish!  A variety of flowers are at your disposal so pick your favorites and use a mix of colors from the palette to give life to the opal vibe.  Dreamy, feminine, and fit for a modern day princess, this opal wedding inspiration just might be a my new favorite!

For even more opal wedding ideas, visit my Pinterest board!  And then tell me what you think of this palette!  What do you like about it?  Are you using any of these colors in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

Custom Bridal Jackets: The HOTTEST New Wedding Trend

What's the hottest trend in wedding accessories?  Custom bridal jackets!  This look came on the scene a short while ago and I hope it's not going anywhere anytime soon.  Nothing – and I mean nothing – is more totally bad ass than a modern jacket over a wedding dress.  If looking for a way to keep warm on your big day, or just want a personalized prop to add to your portraits, a custom bridal jacket is for you.  From denim to leather to even faux leather for the vegans out there, there are plenty of fabrics and styles to choose from.  Whether you sport your new last name, the word “Bride” or another simple message, there's no better way to let the world know you just got hitched.  Here's a round up of some of my favorite custom wedding day jackets as found on Etsy!

Custom Bridal Jackets: The HOTTEST New Wedding Trend from Burgh Brides

  1. Mrs. Custom Embroidered Denim Jacket 
  2. Bride Popped Collar Denim Jacket
  3. Custom Mrs. Leather Jacket 
  4. Custom Wedding Jackets
  5. Custom Hand Lettering Jacket
  6. Just Married Denim Jacket
  7. Denim Jacket with Personalized Decal
  8. Custom Hand Painted Leather Jacket

How to Save Money on Your Wedding: The #1 Sure Fire Way

If you're looking to save money on your wedding, you've come to the right place today.  Weddings are EXPENSIVE, with the national average cost being over $35k.  THAT'S INSANE.  While there are a million little ways you can shave a few hundred off your wedding budget here and there, there is only one way you can make a big impact on it – CUT THE GUEST LIST.

Ok, that's no secret, right?  Other wedding bloggers and magazines have talked about this before.  But none of them have really broken it down, showing you all of the ways that inviting fewer people to your wedding affects the overall cost.  Here are all the little ways that cutting your guest list can help you save BIG! 

How to Save Money on Your Wedding: The #1 Sure Fire Way from Burgh Brides

  • Fewer guests means fewer save the dates, invitations, and thank you cards to be printed.  Don’t forget about all the money you’ll save on postage because you won't have quite as many mailings! 
  • Speaking of fewer mailings, you also won’t need to pay a calligrapher to address as many envelopes. 
  • With fewer people, you can look at smaller venues, which tend to be less expensive than larger ones. 
  • If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, you won't need to make as many hotel welcome bags.   
  • Providing transportation to and from your host hotel?  A smaller shuttle (read: cheaper) for a smaller crowd! 
  • A smaller crowd also means fewer tables and chairs to rent. 
  • Since we’re talking tables, let’s talk tablescape.  Fewer tables equals fewer linens and fewer centerpieces.  It also equals fewer place settings and all of this adds up big time.
  • You’ll obviously save on food since you won’t need as many hors d’oeuvres and meals.  But you won’t need as many servers either.  More money in your pocket. 
  • A smaller crowd demands fewer bartenders.  It also means less alcohol consumed (and a less expensive corkage fee if you’re supplying your own booze)! 
  • In terms of your day-of wedding paper, you can get away with printing fewer ceremony programs, escort cards, and menu cards. 
  • Favors can be sort of a waste anyways (although here are some of my favorite wedding favor ideas!).  But with a smaller guest list, you won’t need quite as many. 
  • A two or three tier cake, which is more than enough to feed a small crowd, won’t break the bank quite like the way a four or five tier one will.   

Individually, these savings are seemingly insignificant, but together, they make a HUGE difference!  Add them all up and you can easily save thousands.  Your wallet can thank me later. 

What other ways can cutting the guest list help you save on your wedding?  Did you invite fewer friends and family so that you didn’t have to spend quite as much?  What was the outcome?  Comment below! 

Blue & Gold Literary Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

Taking a page out of Shakespeare's book, this literary inspired wedding styled shoot imagines a new ending for Romeo and Juliet.  Rather than star-crossed lovers, the pair wind up magnificently in love in this adaptation from Exhale Events and Kaitlin Powell Photography.  They imagined what the couple's wedding celebration might have looked like.  Pairing varying shades of blue with gold and fields of greens and taking inspiration from medieval Italian styles, a stellar vendor team – including Burgh Brides own Mediterra Bakehouse, Vintage Alley Rentals, Community Flower Shop, and All Occasions Party Rental – created an ethereal display.  Ornate stationery complete with gorgeous gold calligraphy and wax seals, brocade linens, and brass candlesticks brought a vintage vibe to the tablescape while Mediterranean-inspired place settings and dramatic navy napkins offered a touch of modernity.  Blue thistle, seeded eucalyptus, and even fresh berries brought the color palette to life while white ranunculus and silver brunia balls introduced complimentary shades.  In what would have been typical Shakespearean fashion, a feast of bread, pudding, and other old-age inspired foods graced the table and dessert display.  Thanks to hanging bistro lights, a multi-dimensional star display, and a circular canopy of florals, a heavenly ambiance exuded from every angle.  Even the bride looked like an angel in a beaded Anna Campell gown from Blanc de Blanc which made her look like a walking constellation.  Dreamy doesn't even begin to describe it!

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Watch it all come to life with this highlight clip from Danielle Durbin Film & Photo.

From the stylists…

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and wanted to write a new ending for it? (You and I both know there was plenty of room for Jack on that door, Rose…)  Well that’s exactly what the design team for Exhale Events aimed to do with Shakespeare’s tragic romance of Romeo & Juliet.

In this literary inspired shoot, we decided to re-imagine what it would’ve looked liked if the family feud between Montague and Capulet had come to an end, allowing the star-crossed lovers to live happily ever after.  Influences of medieval Verona can be identified throughout, with the floral selections being indigenous to that region of Italy as well as a dessert table adorned with fresh baked breads and puddings, which suited that time era.  The reception is a display of the stars finally aligning for the couple with an elegant and intimate table overlooking the skyline of downtown Pittsburgh, PA.  This is the ending, or quite possibly the beginning, we had envisioned for this infamous tale.

Vendors

Banner: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Cake & Desserts: Mediterra Bakehouse | Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals | Design & Styling: Exhale Events | Dress: Sydney by Anna Campbell from Blanc de Blanc | Food: Mediterra Bakehouse | Flowers: Community Flower Shop | Hair: Bon Giorno Bella | Hair Piece: Blanc de Blanc | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Bon Giono Bella | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Models: Bonnie Chun & Curry Dewhirst | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Photography: Kaitlin Powell Photography | Shoes: Blue by Betsy Johnson | Shoot Location: Hotel Monaco | Stationery: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Videography: Danielle Durbin Film & Photo

Cake & Desserts: Mediterra Bakehouse | Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals | Design & Styling: Exhale Events | Food: Mediterra Bakehouse | Flowers: Community Flower Shop | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Photography: Kaitlin Powell Photography