Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Weddings that give back will always be cool.  Whether it's partnering with a sustainable caterer, hosting your celebration at a venue with green practices, sourcing everything locally, or even asking that guests not wrap their gifts, there are lots of ways your wedding can help to change the world for the better.  But because I love Pittsburgh so much, my favorite is when couples find ways to give back to their own community.  There are countless locally based non-profit organizations who would absolutely love to partner with you  Here are four of my favorites!

412 Food Rescue

According to 412 Food Rescue's website, forty percent of the food produced globally goes to waste.  This sickening statistic doesn't have to include your wedding menu though.  With 1 in 7 people going hungry, 412 Food Rescue aims to end food waste while simultaneously ending hunger.  Among other programs, the group works with local restaurants, groceries, and other retailers to collect surplus food and deliver it to nonprofits who serve those who are food insecure.  Rather than ending up in the landfill, this perfectly good food can go to people who need it instead.  After appetizers has been passed, dinner has been served, and the cookie table has been raided, the leftover food from your wedding can help to fill up some bellies, while your generosity can help to fill up some hearts.

Brides/grooms can decide to donate their extra food, providing it has been prepared in a commercial kitchen.  It is best for couples to contact us as early as possible so we can connect with caterers to maximize the amount of leftovers that is appropriate for a donation.  We will provide signage for wedding festivities so guests know that the couple is promoting sustainability and the end of hunger as part of their celebration.  Additionally, rather than using completely floral centerpieces or decorations, some couples opt for edible, seasonable decorations that include fruit, gourds, nuts, or herbs.  Guests can be encouraged to bring a healthy nonperishable pantry item like rice, broth, beans, flour, or spices (which are very difficult to obtain for many food insecure families).  Lastly, monetary donations directly support our operational and programmatic efforts to #endhunger and #endfoodwaste in Pittsburgh.

If brides and grooms believe that all people deserve direct access to fresh and healthy food, then they should partner with 412 Food Rescue.  As new couples begin their journey together, we encourage them to start giving back to their communities and support neighbors in need, who may be families that struggle with food insecurity.  Furthermore, many of our Food Rescue Heroes are young families who seek to instill these community-centered values within their children and themselves.

– Becca Sufrin, 412 Food Rescue

Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Mercedes, one of the 412 Food Rescue Heroes, and her daughter

Centerpieces 4 Seniors

Ever wonder what happens to the flowers and centerpieces after a wedding?  Sadly, they usually end up in the trash.  Upon realizing this, Kelli Burns and Rose Davidson started Centerpieces 4 Seniors in 2015.  Their pair collects leftover floral arrangements, repurposes them, and then delivers the blooms to local nursing homes and senior care facilities.  The impact is two fold: the flowers get a second life and the lives of seniors are brightened by this simple act of kindness.  Burns and Davidson work out of Davidson's Mt. Lebanon garage, rearranging centerpieces and getting them ready for a new home the day after the wedding.  With the help of many volunteers, as many as 125 new arrangements are created in any given weekend.  That's 125 smiles on faces.  And if that doesn't put one on yours, I don't know what will.

We are now in our third year of making a difference in seniors' lives.  The repurposed centerpieces are delivered to local nursing homes to bring happiness and cheer to the residents and caregivers.  We share small details of the fun event and residents begin to connect with pleasurable memories from their past.  Seeing seniors smile as they talk about the centerpieces and enjoy their dining tables keeps the party going!


  
Let us know if you have an event and are willing to join us in brightening the lives of seniors.  Donated centerpieces will be picked up from your event and delivered by friends of Centerpieces 4 Seniors!

– Kelli Burns, Centerpieces 4 Seniors

Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Kelli Burns (left) is also a local wedding DJ (and a great one at that)!

Beverly's Birthdays

Weddings are a celebration, and each anniversary can be thought of as a “birthday” of the big day!  Sadly, not everyone gets to experience the child-like joy of celebrating a birthday though.  Beverly's Birthdays was started when a young girl shared with the organization's founder the fact that she had never had her own birthday party or had a piece of her own birthday cake.  Over six years later, the nonprofit has created over 25,000 birthday celebrations for children experiencing homelessness and families in need.  No child should ever feel forgotten on their birthday, and this group works to ensure that through gifts, parties, and even their Classroom Cheer Program, which supports teachers working with at-risk youth populations.  While your wedding might be your own special day, you can use it to spread some birthday cheer and guarantee local kids have their own special day too.

Living with the chronic stress that comes from a housing crisis can be crippling, but your gift will be a break from that stress to just smile, laugh, and create family memories that will last a lifetime.  People can get involved by visiting our website and signing up to volunteer.  Another idea that a few brides and grooms have done is to make a donation to Beverly's Birthdays in lieu of wedding favors.  Additionally, couples could collect birthday presents, which would then be gifted to the children we work with.  The couples that get into it have done amazing jobs!

– Josh Whiteside, Beverly's Birthdays

Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Some of the smiles created thanks to the celebrations hosted by Beverly's Birthdays

Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue

As the dog mom to a 150 lb Cane Corso mastiff, this organization is near and dear to my very own heart.  Gentle Ben's is dedicated to rescuing, fostering, and placing large breed dogs, such as Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, and Mastiffs.  As the NPO's name would suggest, these pups are giant – but gentle.  However, given their sheer size and the responsibility that comes along with it, they likely wouldn't be adopted if they were in a typical shelter.  Noreen Kohl and her late husband made it their mission to ensure these dogs are not forgotten; that they get the socialization, training, and medical treatment they need; and ultimately that they find their forever home.  If you love dogs (especially big ones) as much as I do, you'll feel so good about helping them out.

Brides/grooms can work with us in many ways!  They can ask their guests to bring an item which can be donated to Gentle Ben's.  We can always use leashes, collars, toys, beds, etc.  Monetary donations go towards vetting, food, and especially the very expensive surgeries some of the dogs require.  One of our current rescues – Harley, a fourth month old mastiff – was very sick when he came to us and spent several days in the hospital.  He will also require a life-saving surgery in a few months, which will be thousands of dollars.  We have helped so many families who need to find a new home for their dog for one reason or another, many times at no fault of their own.  When we take in their dog, they become part of our family.  I will keep their original family updated with photos and emails.  This gives them peace of mind so that they can focus on getting their lives back in order.

– Noreen Kohl, Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue

Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Some of the many dogs at the Kohl's Zelienople home, which doubles as Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue

Do you have a local NPO that is special to you?  Are you giving back to them through your wedding festivities?  Comment below and tell me about the organization and how you're helping!

Burgh Brides Bash is Goin’ Down November 30!

Have you heard the good news?  The annual Burgh Brides Bash is taking place on November 30 and you're all invited!

Join us for an evening of sips, snacks, sweets, and socializing with fellow Pittsburgh wedding lovers.  We'll toast to the past year and say “Cheers!” to whatever 2018 has in store for us.  It's going to be SO MUCH FUN!

Get full details and ticket information!

A HUGE special thanks to our sponsors! 

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The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List

Forget Napa.  A Sonoma wine country honeymoon is the way to go.  Very much the road less traveled, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Sonoma.  Less touristy, less expensive, and slower-paced than Napa, Sonoma is peaceful and serene yet it can still provide that full wine country experience.  Romantic tastings, adventurous activities, and world class luxury with a small town feel, there is something for everyone in Sonoma.  So I say head there instead!  Take a look at my ultimate Sonoma wine country honeymoon bucket list and start planning your post-wedding getaway!

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Skip the Chain Hotel

With a plethora of bed and breakfasts ranging from quaint to luxurious, I say shop small when it comes to accommodations.  Staying at a B&B comes with so many more perks – you’ll feel more pampered while still getting that privacy you’re longing for.  Plus, hello home cooked breakfast!  And because you’re in wine country, most feature a tasting and/or cheese pairing reception nightly.  My personal favorite home-away-from-home is Camellia Inn.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

What was once the first hospital in Healdsburg is now a small but mighty B&B within walking distance of many attractions.  Owner Lucy is a sweet-as-pie innkeeper who treats each guest like family.  However, it was the bed and sheets that made my stay worthy of penny.  BEST.  NIGHT'S.  SLEEP.  OF.  MY.  LIFE.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Purchase a Wine Pass

Available through The Wine Road, this $30 pass will allow you a free tasting at any of 60+ wineries.  It’s a great way to check out many of Sonoma county’s delicious sips while saving a buck.  If you were to go at it on your own, most tastings range from $8 to as high as $55.  It doesn’t take a math genius to realize the wine pass will easily pay for itself.  And don’t think that it only includes sub-par wineries either.  You’ll find such recognizable names as Clos du Bois, Kendell-Jackson, and Korbel, to name just a few.  Make your rounds on Sonoma County with this tasting pass to a sampler’s paradise!

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Hire a Driver

All those wine tastings can take a toll on your sobriety, and a DUI is never worth it.  Stay safe and hire a driver for the day.  The expense will not only ensure that you don’t break the law, but it will also allow you to sit back and enjoy the day.  While someone else navigates the road, you can relax and revel in the beauty outside your window.  And if you want a driver who is knowledgeable, helpful, and always up for an adventure, I recommend Aaron of Healdsburg Vino Tours.  Dude knows his way around the vineyards.  Oh, and if you’re thinking you’ll just call a Uber….yeah….ummm, not likely.  Not only are there not many drivers in the area, but you likely won’t get services in the valley either.  That’s where having a personal driver comes in the most handy!

Treat Yo Self

After the craziness of the wedding, you’ll be in desperate need of some personal TLC.  Relieve some of that stress and work off those post-wedding blues with a few spa treatments.  The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg offers head to toe services that will have you feeling like a new person in no time.  Try the oxygenating facial to keep that bridal glow long after the honeymoon, or a side-by-side Himalayan salt stone massage in the couple’s suite.  Afterwards, take advantage of their outdoor pool and jacuzzi, complete with water-side beverage service.  Because nothing says luxury quite like a glass of prosecco while basking in the California sunshine.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Hit the Skies

If you thought the area was pretty from the ground, just wait until you see it from the air.  Wake up early and face your fear of heights with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Sonoma wine country courtesy of Up & Away Ballooning.  You’ll soar over lush vineyards, rolling foothills, and skyscraping redwoods.  Talk about breathtaking.  In that basket sipping champagne in the sky, you’ll feel like you’re in your own little world of two.  I can’t think of anything more romantic post wedding day.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Take a Romantic Stroll

If you blink while driving through “downtown” Healdsburg (the keystone town of Sonoma wine country), you’ll miss it.  It’s small but this little wine town has a lot to offer.  It is very much a walking town and the main drag is full of cute boutiques, inviting tasting rooms, and yummy cafes.  Spend a few lazy hours meandering through the adorable streets and you’ll find yourself plenty entertained.  Whether its window shopping, wine sipping or even restaurant hopping, spend some quiet time together, holding hands and taking in all Healdsburg has to offer.

Eat More Sugar

Now that the wedding is over, you don’t need to worry about fitting into that dress, which means you can go back to indulging in delicious treats.  Moustache Baked Goods can help you overcome that sugar craving.  Cupcakes (try the banana brown butter chocolate!), macarons, whoopie pies and more grace their display cases, making choosing just one very difficult.  If cold desserts are more your thing, visit their close-by sister shop Noble Folk.  Featuring locally sourced ice cream, it’s a great way to beat the California heat.  For an even bigger treat, try their homemade pies.  Or go all crazy and opt for an a la mode slice to combine the best of both worlds.

Spend Some Time with Nature

You can’t go to northern California and not partake in some outdoor activities.  Whether it’s heading to a near by national forest to be impressed by the redwoods, renting a canoe and hitting the water, or riding bikes and taking in the scenery of the valley, make some time for nature during your stay.  There is an outdoor adventure for everyone and every skill level.  The weather is gorgeous pretty much all year round and you’ll be in awe at how beautiful this earth really is.  Plus, you’ll need to do something to work off all of those wine calories.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

So what do you say…have I totally sold you on a Sonoma wine country honeymoon yet?  Comment below and tell me if you've ever been there and what you loved most about it!  I'm already planning our return trip!!!

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

Burnt Orange & Dark Teal Wedding Inspiration

Future fall brides, this one's for you!  Looking for a way to bring the colors of the season alive on your wedding day without screaming “FALL WEDDING”?  How about this burnt orange and dark teal wedding color palette for ya?  I am obsessed with this dramatic shade of peacock.  It's moody, a little edgy, and reminds me of rich jewel tones.  When you pair it with burnt orange, it's absolutely perfect for fall.  But in order to keep the look far from kitschy, #justsayno to the pumpkins.  As much as I love them, they'll make your wedding look theme-y and no one wants that.  Instead, bring that orange alive with flowers.  Zinias, ranunculus, dahlias, and even spider mums (you know…if you really want fall) all look amazing when paired with succulents, seeded eucalyptus, and even blue thistle for that touch of teal.  Because this combo speaks to a boho vibe, let those florals play centerstage with lush arrangements and dripping bouquets.  Accent your day with metallic detailing in the way of gold foil invitations, vintage brass candle holders, and hammered flatware on the tables.  Want to bring this color to your bridal party?  Think dark teal and black tuxedos for your guys and the same shade of green for your girls.  I may have found a new favorite palette for fall weddings because this one is earthy, autumnal, and oh-so-happy!

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

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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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