A Pop Up Wedding: 6 Ways to Tell if It’s for You

If you’re on the fence about having a pop up wedding, today’s post is for you.  This new, trendy wedding alternative – being brought to you locally by The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Company – has recently become all the rage among contemporary couples looking for a twist on the old wedding favorites.  What’s a pop up wedding, you ask?. It’s a non-traditional, fun, care-free, stress-free wedding in a theoretical box.  It consists of a 90-minute, all-inclusive ceremony and celebration for a small group of guests, and includes a unique venue location, flowers, photographer, officiant, music, cake, a styled set, etc. etc. etc.. But how to tell if this idea is for you?. Read on, my friends, read on.

1.) If you want to get married but don’t want to spend a million dollars.

One price.  All inclusive.  Wam bam thank you ma’am.  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding includes everything from a bouquet to a small cake to the venue to a photographer and even someone to perform the ceremony, all at an affordable price.  The average cost of a wedding has soared to over $35k.  Why go into all of that debt when you can literally spend a fraction of that amount and still have an awesome day?!

2.) If you want to get married but don’t want to do any of the work.

Planning a wedding can be exhaaaaaaausting.  Not to mention totally overwhelming.  Don’t want to spend all of that effort on just one day?  There’s an easy solution – let someone else do it for you.  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding arranges e.v.e.r.y.thing.  You literally just need to show up.

3.) If you want to get married but want to keep it small.

Can’t imagine a 300 person wedding?  Me neither.  If you want to keep your day intimate, consider a pop up wedding.  Limited to 20 guests, the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding ensures that you share your wedding with only your nearest and dearest…not those third cousins twice removed whom you haven’t seen in ten years or that creepy family friend whose name you always forget.

4.) If you want to get married and FAST.

Harry Burns said it best with, “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”  (Name that movie!)  You’re in love, you’re engaged, why wait?  While the average proposal lasts 12 – 18 months, pop up weddings are planned with only a few weeks or months’ notice.  Whatever your reason for not wanting to wait, the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding could be your answer!

5.) If you want to get married but don’t know where to begin with styling a wedding.

Don’t you worry about a thing, girl!  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding takes care of that too.  Conveniently, it’s the sister company of Vintage Alley Rentals, a local biz specializing in antique, boho, and whimsical furniture and décor rental pieces.  They bring their truck full of goodies and make sure that the venue looks picture perfect.  There might even be a surprise or two!

6.) If you want to get married and want do something totally unique!

Long gone are the days of cookie cutter weddings.  Give your family and friends (and yourself!) something to remember by thinking totally outside the box.  Hydrangea centerpieces?  I’ve seen ‘em a million times.  Sparkler exits?  Pretty, but over it.  Ballroom wedding?  They’ll always be popular but I long for a new flavor.  But a pop up wedding?  Now THAT’S unique!

So what do ya say?  If you answered YES to any of the above questions, you might want to consider the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding.  They’ve got two amazing pop ups coming up – the traditional Pop Up Wedding on October 27 at the Pump House and a holiday Pop Up Wedding on December 29 at the Allegheny County Courthouse.  Give them a ring for a free consultation!

Bridal Accessories: 10 Tips for Choosing Yours

Your wedding day look doesn't stop with a dress.  You need to think about it from head to toe – hair, makeup, nails, shoes, and especially the bridal accessories!  And nobody knows bridal accessories better than Kata Banko Couture.  Colleen, the designer behind this Pittsburgh-based company (a Burgh Brides Vendor Guide member!) is visiting today and sharing her 10 best tips for choosing your wedding day accoutrements!

10 Tips for Choosing Your Bridal Accessories from Kata Banko Couture and Burgh Brides

From Colleen…

In my years of working in the fashion and bridal industries, I have learned much about the ins and outs of pulling your look together with accessorizing.  I would love to share some insight with you. I realize that it can be overwhelming: everyone has an opinion, everyone wants to sell you as much as they can, and somewhere in between all of this, the look you envisioned becomes lost.  So here are some tips on how to bring your entire wedding day look together!

1.) No one knows you better than you know yourself.

First and foremost, never abandon your personal style. Just because you are getting married doesn’t mean you need to go outside of your personal style.  If you don’t normally wear a lot of jewelry, don’t start now.  If you are more laid back in your everyday look, keep it simple.  In most cases, less is more!

2.) When it comes to accessorizing, start with the dress.

That’s where it all begins.  If your style is heavily beaded or blinged out, keep your accessories minimal.  Choose a plain veil, which is super classy, and forgo the necklace.  Actually, in fact in most cases, forgo the necklace, unless it is a dainty little heirloom that is special to you.  If your gown is plain, you have more options: add a belt, do a crown, add some lace or florals into your veil, or keep the entire look chic and simple.

3.) To match or mix metals?

Match your metals.  If you are wearing rose gold earrings, you want to keep that rose gold flowing.  On the other hand, you can also have a fair mix of metals.  Just make sure they are cohesive.

4.) To veil or not to veil?

I always say veil. You are getting married; the veil is a tradition just as much as the gown.  Do it…but!…

5.) Choose a simple, little hair accessory for after the ceremony.

When it comes to choosing your veil, always remember you probably will not want to wear it at your reception. With every hug, the veil gets tugged.  So having a hair accessory to add for the reception is always a nice touch.

6.) Too much bling is possible.

You want to be careful with over embellishing.  You want the eye to be focused on how beautiful you look in your gown.  The gown should always stand out more than the accessories.

7.) Skip the matchy matchy look.

Lace dress, lace veil, lace accessories. It’s just too much and it takes the focus off of your whole look.  Even worse, you’ll get lost in it.

8.) Incorporate something old with something new.

I always create custom items for brides, incorporating heirloom veils, lace from grandma’s dress, etc. This can be very beautiful and it’s one of a kind.

9.) Work accessories into your wedding day budget.

Be prepared to spend money on your accessories, just as you are prepared to spend money on your dress.

10.) And the most important advice of all…

Be yourself and be comfortable.

This process should be FUN!  But it can be daunting, I know.  When you look through magazines and on Pinterest and see all of these editorials, remember this – they are not real brides.  Most of the time, they are styled, edited shoots, which are great for inspiration but aren’t always realistic.


Thanks for dishing your expert advice, Colleen!  Be sure to check out Kata Banko Couture for the most amazing head pieces, veils, belts, and even luxe bridal garters.  Then comment below and tell me what accessories you'll be wearing on your big day!

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Copper & Marble Wedding Inspiration

Looking for something totally chic and contemporary?  Enter this copper and marble wedding inspiration.  The light and dark shades of gray and white of marble make this palette nearly monochromatic, but add the copper and you've got just enough metallic to make it interesting.  Knock your guests socks off with a marble invitation suite that is complimented by foil copper calligraphy or even a copper envelope with white hand lettering.  Allow all-white floral arrangements to be accented with silver brunia balls, silver thistle, and dusty miller.  Turn heads in a silver wedding dress or dress your maids in ombre gray shades for the ultimate in marble nods.  Meanwhile, your gentlemen will look dapper in gray suits with copper-toned ties.  Really bring the marble and copper elements to your tablescape with chargers, flatware, candle holders, moscow mule mugs, menu cards, and the like.  The pièce de résistance though should be your cake!  A marble, multi-tiered confection overlaid with edible metallic flakes will definitely WOW!  Actually, no matter how you use marble and copper, your guests are going to be left speechless.  It's just THAT beautiful!

Copper & Marble Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: Pinterest; Mango Studios via Wedding Chicks; Harlow & Grey; via Pinterest; via Pinterest; via Stay Glam

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of copper and marble!  What do you like about this combo?  Are you using any marble elements in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

Ask Burgh Brides: Registries & Wedding Invites

There are a lot of times when I think etiquette is outdated and stuffy.  And then there are times when I agree with it 100%.  This is one of those latter times.

Ask Burgh Brides: Should Our Registry Info Be Included on Our Wedding Invitations?

Bride A writes…

Settle this debate, please: My sister, who is my MOH and planning my shower, says you don't include a registry card with the shower invitations, and instead you print it on the actual wedding invitations.  So, are the registry cards for the shower invite or wedding invite?

Please help me!

Sorry, A, but your sister is wrong on this one.  Including your registry information on your wedding invitation is a major faux pas and should be avoided at all costs.  Ideally, your registries should only be listed on your wedding website, which should have been included on your save the date.  When shower guests check your website, they'll find the registry info and the gift buying can begin.  However, including the registries on your shower invitation or on a small card included in the envelope is acceptable in this modern wedding world.

Don't believe me?  Let's ask an expert, shall we?  Jen of Blush Paper Co. says, “I'm a fan of tradition and etiquette!  It's true that gift registry information should be included on the actual bridal shower invite (or on a small, separate registry card, if you'd like!) and never, ever, included with your formal wedding invitations.”

What do you think?  Where did you list your registry info?  Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride out!

Planning a wedding and need some help?  You’ve come to the right place!  Submit your question to Ask Burgh Brides and you could see it answered right here on the blog.

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Behind the Veil: 5 Reasons You NEED to Attend this Event!

Have you marked your calendar for Behind the Veil?  Get on it because this event on August 27 is bound to be amazing.  Presented by The Wedding Factory and Modern Era Weddings (a Burgh Brides Vendor Guide member!), this isn't your average bridal show.  Sure, you'll get to meet and mingle with some of Pittsburgh's talented wedding vendors.  But it's so much more than that!  Need some convincing on how you should be there?  Here are five reasons!

1.) Free mimosas!

Because on Sunday's we brunch.  And speaking of brunch… there will be free brunch too!

2.) Live entertainment!

The best way to know if a wedding DJ is the one for you is to see (and hear) them in action.  Meet the talent of Modern Era and The Best DJs and treat your ears to some jams.

3.) Lighting demos!

I just said this yesterday – lighting is the easiest way to transform your venue.  Play around with some cool features and see different lighting combos come to life.

4.) Cross some things off your wedding planning to do list!

Meet vendors, get ideas, and be inspired by this “bridal show” that is meant to make your job of planning a wedding so much easier.

5.) Prizes!

You could win some sweet discounts for your big day.  Because who doesn't like saving money, amiright?

So are you in?  Register here to attend!

 

Win Tickets to Rocked! A Couture Bridal Event from Pittsburgh Magazine

Have you marked your calendar for Rocked!?  This couture bridal event is being brought to you by Pittsburgh Magazine and it's all going down at the Rivers Club on August 17.  Think styled vignettes, the best of the city's wedding professionals, cocktails, light bites, and an evening of wedding planning with your favorite pals.  Sounds like a blast right?

Now's your chance to attend for FREE!  I've teamed up with Pittsburgh Magazine to give away a pack of five tickets to TWO lucky readers!  Keep scrolling to enter and then save the date for this wedding event that bound to be epic!

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Black & Gold Wedding Inspiration

A wedding isn't a Pittsburgh wedding unless it's a black & gold wedding, right?  But trust me when I say this…there is a right way to do black and gold, and there is a (very) wrong way to do it.  What's the right way?  THIS.  First, choose metallic gold over yellow gold.  That will lead to a chic, not kitschy, color combo.  Then, choose another shade to be your accent color.  Emerald, raspberry, blush, it doesn't really matter because black and gold are pretty much neutrals.  You can even throw in a little Kate Spade inspo with stripes, polka dots, or other geometric pattern.  Keep things sophisticated with LBDs for bridesmaids dresses, traditional tuxedos for the gents, monochromatic white florals, and lots of sparkle.  No Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates motifs here…this black and white wedding inspiration is nothing but class.  Pittsburgh done right, my friends.

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of black and gold!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

Berry, Blush, & Emerald Wedding Inspiration

Ohmyword.  I may have found my new favorite wedding color combo.  Berry, blush, & emerald is IN.CRED.IBLE.  It's bold, vibrant, feminine, and vivacious.  Faint of heart brides need not apply.  This palette is for those who aren't afraid to make a statement.  That's exactly why I think you need to just go for it if you're using these shades.  Start off with an emerald invitation suite that embraces the richness of this color while adding pops of metallic gold.  Save the full scheme for the actual wedding day, dressing your maids in beautiful berry dresses that flatter all skin tones while you don a blush wedding dress since that trend seems like it's never going out of style.  Imagine the floral magic that will be your bouquets and centerpieces…peonies, garden roses, snapdragons, ranunculus, dahlias, magnolia leaves, even protea…I'm already dying just thinking about it.  I like the idea of this palette mixed with a few boho vibes…geode “escort cards” or table numbers with gold calligraphy, hammered gold flatware, and even gold trimmed terrariums to add an earthy touch.  Serve up a sparkling rose cocktail garnished with fresh raspberries and even your taste buds will be embracing these colors.  However you spin it, I am head over heels for the drama of this mix and I'm certain you will be too.

Berry, Blush, & Emerald Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: The Calm Collective via Every Last Detail; Minted; Kelsea Holder via Wonderful DIY; Candace Jeffrey Photography; Loft Calligraphy; center via Pinterest

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of berry, blush, and emerald!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

A Wedding Stationery Timeline from Blush Paper Co.

Wedding stationery can be a very confusing topic.  There are a million paper options, guidelines about what fonts should be paired together, and even rules about you should and shouldn't include on your invitations.  Where is a bride to even begin making sense of all of that?  Easy.  Let's start at the beginning.  And the beginning is knowing WHEN to send all of those pretty mailings and print your day-of materials.  Blush Paper Co. to the rescue with this wedding stationery timeline that will keep you on schedule!

A Wedding Stationery Timeline from Blush Paper Co. featured on Burgh Brides

From Jen of Blush Paper Co…

I created the timeline in response to the #1 question I am asked at consultations:  How are we on time?  How long will this process take?

It's incredibly helpful to have a breakdown of timelines and deadlines.  When brides book with me, we will also create a calendar together to further create deadlines, so they know exactly when to expect proofs and revisions.  It's tailored to their specific needs, so no two calendars are alike.  But in general, this guide is a great resource.  It's so helpful to know when to start the custom stationery process!   Since you're working with a live designer and having your stationery professionally printed, the timeline is a bit different than ordering from a big-box store.

AMEN!  I dare you to try and find this kind of customer service or tailoring at an online stationery printer.  While those sites have their advantages, absolutely nothing beats working with an independent stationer to design and print your wedding day paper goodies.  So check your calendar, make sure your on time with creating your paper suite, and then head on over to the Vendor Guide when you can find more from Blush Paper Co.!

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Ask Burgh Brides: To Veil or Not to Veil

This edition of Ask Burgh Brides is dedicated to what is quite possibly the most asked question by brides to be…

Ask Burgh Brides: To Veil or Not to Veil

Bride M writes…

I am getting married beach-side in Newport, RI.  So here is my burning (and somewhat trivial) question for you: veil or no veil?  I realize this is a preference but I keep going back and forth.  We are getting married outside on a beach, so when I purchased my dress I said no to buying a veil.  Then, the more I thought about it, the more I was like, “When in my life will I ever be able to wear a veil again??  Never.”  So, then I got on the band wagon and started looking at veils.  Turns out, like most wedding details, they are pricey.  So is a veil going to just be in the way, blowing my maid of honor in the face or, worse, hitting my groom while we say “I do?”  Or, is it a necessity because you only marry once and it really makes you feel like a bride?

Hey M!  Thanks for writing, and for addressing a question that I think SO many brides struggle with.  But let's get one thing straight first…wearing a veil doesn't make you a bride.  Or make you not a bride.  You're getting married.  Therefore, you're a bride.  Nothing is a necessity and you don't have to do anything, including wearing a veil.  The best weddings are those that are personalized and reflective of the couple and where the couple is totally comfortable and happy.  So if wearing a veil doesn't make you comfortable or happy, don't do it!

However, back to your original question…to veil or not to veil.  Personally?  I love veils.  I think they're demure and feminine and they can really add something to your bridal look.  Plus, like you said, when in your life will you ever have another opportunity to wear a veil?  Likely never.  So I'm all about seizing that opportunity.  However, it's a totally personal choice and if you don't think a veil is for you, it won't make you any less of a bride.

There are some veil choices for those brides like you who might be on the fence.  Because let's face it, not everyone can rock a cathedral length, and I tend to think they get in the way more than anything else.  Think bird cage or finger tip length.  You could also opt for a hip hair piece or fascinator instead (how very Kate Middleton of you!).  Either way, you'll be absolutely beautiful and 100% a bride!

What about you readers out there?  Will you be sporting a veil?  Why or why not?  Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride out!

Planning a wedding and need some help?  You’ve come to the right place!  Submit your question and you could see it answered right here on the blog.

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