10 Save the Dates from Minted That I’m Totally Obsessed With

Affiliate-LinkYou got the fiance, the venue, and the date.  Now you just need to announce all of that to your family and friends.  Minted will help you do that in style with their selection of artisan save the dates.  Beautifully designed, expertly printed, and customizable in all sorts of ways, Minted's save the dates will have your guests counting down the days until your wedding.  From floral to minimalist to traditional, here are 10 that I'm currently loving.

1.) Agate Inspired
Pressed with real foil and about as pretty as can be, this agate inspired save the date is 1000% YES!

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

2.) I'm Here For the Cake
I know Pittsburghers are all about those cookie tables, but this wedding cake save the date is the clear winner in my book.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

3.) Black & White All Over
This chic, modern save the date is anything but boring.  I am loving the large numbers and the minimalist approach.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

4.) Foil Flowers
Lush garden roses and real gold foil make this floral save the date perfect for a spring or summer wedding.  Plus, it's so pretty, I'd keep it hanging on my fridge long after the wedding day.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

5.) Cue the Confetti
You know I love a little sparkle and this confetti save the date is a party in postcard form.  The real foil adds a little bit of extra pizzazz.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

6.) Fancy Fonts
A little vintage-y and a little whimsical, this hand lettered save the date will help set the tone for one hell of a party.  It reminds me of an old school carnival billboard!

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

7.) Museum Worthy
As if Monet himself painted it, this brush stroke watercolor save the date is a work of art in and of itself.  Hey, I'd frame it.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

8.) Fresh Floral
Bright colors and fun stripes make this floral save the date feminine and flirty.  It's Kate Spade meets garden chic.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

9.) When You Can't Pick Just One
I love that this photo save the date allows you to choose not one, not two, not even three, but four of your favorite engagement pics.  Because let's be honest…you know you love them all.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

10.) Rustic Charm
With the craft paper look, stamp-like fonts, and even the wheat stalks, this rustic save the date will set to tone for your farm wedding.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

Which one is your favorite?  Comment below and then head over to Minted to see their endless save the date selection!  You're bound to find so many that you love that narrowing it down to just one might be kind of difficult.

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Ask Burgh Brides: A Cocktail Style Wedding Reception & Guest Seating

A cocktail style wedding reception can be comfortable, hip, and super fun.  But how do you handle seats for guests, particularly older ones?  Read on, my friend, read on.

Ask Burgh Brides: Do We Need to Provide Seating for Everyone at Our Cocktail Style Wedding Reception?

Bride A writes…

What's your advice for a non-sit down wedding?  I've attended two that had food stations for 2 – 3 hours and music the whole time, so it was a little less traditional.  I love the idea and my venue will work with me to design it.  The problem I'm dealing with is seating.  My fiancé and I only want tables for about 50-60% of the people and some extra high top tables to encourage people to stay up and dance.  We'd still have seats for older people.  But my mom insists on seats for 100% guest list. What are your thoughts?

Hey A!  First of all, kudos to you for thinking outside the box!  Cocktail style receptions are relaxed, modern, and memorable; I personally love the idea of one!  I would just set expectations and state that it is a cocktail style reception on your wedding invitation or website.  Think of any cocktail reception that you've been to – there certainly isn't enough seating for every single person.  The point of a reception in the true sense of the word is to mingle, mix, and work the room.  As long as you provide some seating for elderly guests or those who don't want to dance, you'll be golden.  I would definitely set up lots of high cocktail tables for leaning, setting drinks on, etc. too!  If you want more chairs without more tables, add some extra seating against the wall along the perimeter of the room or set up some amazing vignettes with rented vintage settees or modern lounge furniture.

Does anyone have any other ideas?  Have you been to a cocktail style wedding reception?  Was there seating for everyone?  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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Bridesmaids Dresses: What’s HOT in 2017 from Bella Bridesmaids

What are the hottest trends when it comes to bridesmaids dresses?  Fresh off their trip to New York Bridal Fashion Week back in October, here are my pals at Bella Bridesmaids to dish on what to dress your ladies in this year.  I'll just be over here obsessing over all of these gorgeous looks!  Hey, if you're ever looking for an extra bridesmaid, I'm always available…(only half joking; please someone give me an excuse to buy one of these amazing gowns!)

From Bella…

Hello ladies!  Bella Bridesmaids here coming at ya on Burgh Brides with the latest and greatest in bridesmaids fashion.  We’re positively giddy over these new collections, so take a seat, grab a champagne, and feast your eyes on what you’ll find waiting for you in our Pittsburgh showroom.

Mauve?  Yes, Mauve.
A color that loved the 1980’s and also might be on your grandmother’s couch.  It’s back!  And it’s better.  With blush being so 2016 (and 2015, and 2014), brides are moving on to a little more color, but still pink.  Mauve is the light and airy version of all the sparkly rose golds we saw and are still seeing in bridesmaid collections.  LA-based Joanna August, known for her boho look, introduced several new colors and she nailed mauve with a shade called Bohemian Rhapsody.  Nouvelle Amsale also just introduced a color aptly named Mauve.  And Monique Lhuillier, whose palette of romantic, neutral shades has been spot on, can give you ombre mauve with shades like Shell, Blush, Rose, and Cerise.  Bonus points for mauve: it is lovely with Pantone’s Color of the Year, greenery.  Mauve bridesmaids dresses, greenery bouquets?  Now that’s a breath of fresh air.

Bridesmaids Dresses: What's HOT in 2017 from Bella Bridesmaids

Left: Jenny Yoo; Right: Amsale

Separates Style
Separates are a great way to make a fashion statement with your bridal party.  Nearly all of our designers opted to introduce separates this season, and we couldn’t be more excited about the options!  Jenny Yoo has added more florals as well as lace and sequin separates options in both her namesake lines and her JY Jenny Yoo for Dessy collection, perfect to mix and match in with just about anything.  For more sequin separates fun, look at these Theia beauties, tailor made for any bridesmaid who wants to stand out from the crowd.  For a dreamy look that still says romance, look no further than Watters sequin and chiffon separates.  And for all things bling, Adrianna Papell introduced sequin and tulle separates.  The best thing about separates?  After the wedding, style them with different pieces from your closet to wear them again and again.

Floral Romance
Nothing says romance quite like floral prints, and our designers really wowed us this season with new patterns and colors that can be worked into any bridal vision.  Amsale joined the party with print additions to her most popular Amsale tulle and Nouvelle Amsale chiffon styles, and their new sequined lace collection brings a little sparkle to the floral look, perfect for mixing and matching together.  Jenny Yoo, the queen of floral prints, added more styles and separates to her floral offering and added five (5!) new print options, all of which can be mixed and matched with her classic chiffon and tulle styles.  She also introduced the Julianna and the Claire, both made of embroidered tulle called Enchanted Floral Lace.  So don’t be afraid of the floral print – it’s a modern bride’s best friend.

Bling for Days
Sparkle is definitely here to stay, thanks to the mixed metallic trend that really wowed us last wedding season.  Our favorite part about bringing the bling is that you can really bring it with a fully beaded gown, or just hint at it with dresses that glimmer in the light but don’t overwhelm you with shine.  For a more subtle approach, look no further than Donna Morgan, Hayley Paige, and Monique Lhuillier.  Donna Morgan’s newest, Carla and Kyle, are glamorous takes on some of their best-selling styles.  Monique Lhuillier introduced metallic chiffon, and Hayley Paige, always fashion forward, added four styles in new Caviar Lace.  Yum!

If Academy Awards sparkle is what you’re looking for, we’ve got that too!  Adrianna Papell, who really started this whole sequin bridesmaid trend, added a new color way (champagne gold!) and a new bead pattern to the classic taupe/pink blouson style.  Theia, Watters and Jenny Yoo also introduced new styles to their sequin offering.  And as you can see, rose gold is still all the rage, but look for new colors like deep reds as well as softer hues this season.

Bridesmaids Dresses: What's HOT in 2017 from Bella Bridesmaids

Left: Watters; Right: Jenny Yoo

Work it, Bridesmaid!
So long, frumpy – say hello to sexy.  Long gone are the days where bridesmaids were buried under yards of fabric.  There are no rules anymore so if you dare to bare, we’ve got you covered – or actually, uncovered!  One of our most anticipated new collections is from designer Katie May, who builds her gowns to accentuate the female form, and that she does!  These sleek, sexy, and form fitting beauties are true showstoppers.  If it’s both sexy and sequin that you’re looking for, Theia offers both fitted sequin dresses and separates that leave little to the imagination.  So go on, girl – if fitted and fabulous is what you want, put your bridesmaids in these jaw-dropping stunners.

2017 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year for bridesmaids.  To see all of these beauties and more, visit our website to schedule your appointment.  See you soon!

xoxo,
The Bella Girls

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6 Wedding Dress Trends You’ll See A Lot of in 2017

October's New York Bridal Fashion Week presented to the world the hottest wedding dress trends for 2017.  Bridal fashion is where clothing design and art meet tradition, and it never ceases to amaze me.  From bows to sleeves, here are a few of my favorites looks that I think we'll be seeing everywhere this year!

Blush
Nope, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.  Blush is still hot, hot, hot.  Consider yourself a classic bride?  Maybe you don't see yourself in blush, and that's A-OK.  If you're the type of girl who doesn't mind being the center of attention, a non-white wedding dress just might be for you.  If you're somewhere in the middle, blush is a great compromise.  It's airy, romantic, and downright lovely.

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Monique Lhuillier via BuzzFeed Weddings

Bows
This just might be my favorite of all the hot new looks.  Bows bring a dose of femininity and a demure vibe to any wedding dress, no matter how modern.  Whether it's a huge, focal-point in the back or a dainty one at the waist, bows will be everywhere.  I'm not mad about it.

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Lihi Hod via Martha Stewart Weddings

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Oscar de la Renta via Martha Stewart Weddings

Capes
Really want to make a statement?  Wear a cape.  Channel your inner super hero and embrace this bridal trend that will certainly leave all of your guests talking.  Lace, satin, or even tulle, no matter the fabric, you'll definitely turn heads.

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Kaviar Gauche via Martha Stewart Weddings

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Rivini via Martha Stewart Weddings

Interesting Backs
Make a statement leaving a room with an interesting back.  This trend came on the scene a few years ago and I'm so happy that it has some staying power.  Lace ups, buttons galore, or even a giant bow (see above!), an interesting back will mean your wedding dress will leave a lasting impression.

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Liancarlo via Martha Stewart Weddings

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Marchesa via Martha Stewart Weddings

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Oscar de la Renta via Martha Stewart Weddings

One Shoulder Necklines
Party on the left, business on the right.  A one shoulder neckline screams glamour.  But depending on the style of the dress, it can work on a boho bride just as well as it can on a classic princess.  I dare you to give it a try.  You just might fall in love.

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

JLM via Martha Strewart Weddings

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Elizabeth Fillmore via Martha Stewart Weddings

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Alon Livne via Martha Stewart Weddings

Sleeves
You can thank Kate Middleton for this one.  Ever since her wedding, sleeves are all over the place.  Cap, short, or even long, sleeves are classic and feminine.  The look of sleeves can even be created with a shrug or capelet.  A perfect alternative for fall and winter brides who want to party later!

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Maggie Sottero via Martha Stewart Weddings

6 Wedding Dress Trends You'll See A Lot of in 2017 from Burgh Brides

Monique Lhuillier via BuzzFeed Weddings

What trend do you love?  Any that you dislike?  Will you be wearing any of them on your wedding day?  Comment below!

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How to Plan a Wedding: The First 5 Things You Need to Do

The question has been asked, the engagement has been announced, and you’ve shown off that sparkly ring.  Now, you probably find yourself Googling “How to Plan a Wedding” because the reality of the situation has finally set it – YOU NEED TO PLAN A WEDDING AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO START.  Lucky for you, I’m here with the five things you need to do first!

How to Plan a Wedding: The First Five Things You Need to Do from Burgh Brides

1.) (and most importantly) Set a budget. Before you spend one dime, make one wedding decision, or basically do anything else, you need to determine a budget. This will impact almost every other aspect of the wedding, and you don’t want to start off in the hole.  Do some research on how much weddings cost.  They aren’t cheap.  As a matter of fact, the average wedding costs around $32k.  That doesn’t mean you have to have a $32k wedding, but you do need to be realistic about how much dough is needed to throw a huge party for 100ish of your friends and family.  So do your homework.  Then, have an honest conversation with your fiancé, and perhaps even with each of your parents (here are a few tips on how to do that!), and come up with a number that everyone is comfortable with.  Then, STICK TO IT.  A wedding is NOT worth a mountain of debt.

2.) Draft your guest list.  Start off by writing down every single person you’d want to invite to your wedding if money were no object.  But of course, money is an object and whatever your determined budget is will greatly impact how many invites you can dish out.  Have your fiancé write down his or her dream guest list as well, and then each of you consult your parents to make sure you didn’t forget anyone.  Then, start making cuts until you’re in a place where your guest count is realistic with how much money you plan on spending.

3.) Determine a style.  I think nailing down your wedding style early will save you time in the long run.  Have you always envisioned a princess dress and getting married in a big ballroom?  Is the grittiness of an old warehouse more your vibe?  Love the outdoors and want to dance all night under the stars?  The answers to these questions and others like them will help you determine your wedding style.  Sure, the vibe may change and adapt a bit as your wedding draws near.  But I think it’s super important to know what kind of wedding you’re dreaming of, especially before doing the next two steps.

4.) Set a date.  Whether it’s a date that is meaningful to you and your better half, one that works best with work/school schedules, or a day that is totally random, you need to decide WHEN you’ll be getting married.  At the very least, have a general time frame in mind if you’re flexible with dates.  This will allow you to hire vendors (see next step), choose colors, and a make a myriad of other decisions.

5.) Book priority vendors.  Securing a venue first!  It will be the backdrop to 75% of your wedding day and it should coincide with the style you’ve determined.  Find one that best suits your vibe, guest count, and wallet!  Booking a wedding planner (if you’re hiring one, and I highly recommend you do) and a photographer should be the next items crossed off your to-do list.  Other providers like a florist, caterer, DJ, and videographer should be considered after that.

There are a whole lot of other steps that follow, but these first five are a great start to the wedding planning adventure!  No matter what you do, remember to have fun!  This is supposed to be one of the happiest, most joyous times of your life…don’t let the stress of it all ruin that for you.

What were the first few steps you took in the wedding planning process?  Have you crossed any of these items off of your to do list yet?  Comment below!

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Local Gift Ideas for the Newly Engaged

Affiliate-LinkWith proposal season in full swing, I'm sure you know a person or two who just popped the question.  Congrats to them!  Kill two birds with one stone by shopping small and local AND celebrating their new relationship status.  Here are my favorite gift ideas for the newly engaged, all of them from small businesses based right here in Pittsburgh!

Fun Home Goods
From drink ware with catchy phrases to love-declaring throw pillows and everything in between, locally based Sweet Water Decor has loads of cute, chic products that can help any girl (or guy!) celebrate their newly engaged-dom.

Art Print
This watercolor love quote art print would be a sweet reminder on the wall of the home of an engaged couple.  It's all hand-lettered and hand-painted by Pittsburgh's own Fresh Cut Prints!  They also make incredibly gorgeous wedding day stationery.  Check them out in the Vendor Guide!

Custom Return Address Stamp
Speaking of home, my friends at Blush Paper Co. offer the cutest self-inking return address stamps.  The newlyweds will be sending lots of thank you notes so give them a hand by making the upper left hand corner of each envelope nice and easy.  You can find Blush Paper Co. in the Vendor Guide too!

More Bling
Hit up Chloe + Isabel from local consultant and Burgh Brides vendor Amy Hart for some seriously stunning accessories that will almost rival that new rock.  Give her a head start with her bridal look with one of these statement necklaces, both of which would look incredible paired with a wedding dress.

Monogrammed Robe
Girlfriend changing her last name?  Let her show off her new initials with a custom monogrammed robe from locally-owned Fox Blossom Co.  It'll also come in handy on her wedding day when she's gettin' gorgeous!

Pop the Champagne
Or just serve up a champagne flute candle instead.  These custom creations from Soyil Candles are poured right here in Pittsburgh.  Her winter collection also features a Rose Champagne scent!

Gift Ideas for the Newly Engaged from Burgh Brides

Custom Champagne Flute Candles

Or Pour the Wine Mead
Mead is honey wine and it's deeeeelicious.  Everyone brings a bottle of wine or champagne to an engagement party.  Do something a little different and gift a bottle of local KingView Mead instead.  They even offer small, customizable bottles that can be used as wedding favors!

Get Glowing
Give a head start towards that bridal glow with Rutz Naturals skincare products.  All naturally (and locally!) made, Rutz products range from eye creams to serums to scrubs.  They'll have her skin wedding-ready in no time!

Gift Ideas for the Newly Engaged from Burgh Brides Gift Ideas for the Newly Engaged from Burgh Brides

Arm Candy
Why should the ring finger have all the fun?  Dress up her wrist with a few of Trending Above's crystal bracelets.  If these won't suit her fancy, this Pittsburgh jewelry designer has an entire collection geared towards brides and bridesmaids!

Burgh Bride Gear
My course my personal favorite gift idea is anything from the Burgh Brides shop!  Tees, tanks, tumblers, mugs, and more, I've got everything to help you or your girl have so much fun on the road to becoming a Burgh Bride!  SAVE 20% WITH CODE ENGAGED!!!

What do you think?  How will you be celebrating the newly engaged folks in your life?  Will it be with any of these locally made or sourced gifts?  Comment below!

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Shop the Burgh Brides Black Friday Sale!

Start your Black Friday shopping early in the Burgh Brides shopSave 20% with code GIVETHANKS now through Monday.  Kick off proposal season with your favorite gear that lets everyone know you're a soon-to-be Burgh Bride!  Tees, tanks, mugs, tumblers, and more for you or that newly engaged friend (hello gift idea!)!  Happy shopping, loves!

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Wedding Ceremony Music: 3 Things to Consider When Selecting Yours

When we were planning our wedding, I spent waaaaay too much time agonizing over the various music selections, especially those at the ceremony.  Is this song too fast for walking down the aisle?  Are these lyrics appropriate for a wedding ceremony?  Where should the pianist sit?  Oh how I wish I would have had a post like this one!  Today, our very own Steven Vance is giving you the scoop on wedding ceremony music and three things you need to consider when selecting yours!

From Steve…

Among the many other things you need to think about, you might not realize that there are a number of factors to consider when getting your wedding ceremony music right.  While it may seem like there are a million details, your musician or DJ can help you to make it absolutely perfect.  Before I get into them though, first things first…

What are the key ceremony music choices you’ll have to make?

The answers, in some order of importance:

  • The Bride's Procession – This is your big moment!
  • Bridesmaids’ Procession – If you want a separate selection from yourself.  For some very short aisles this may not be practical.
  • Mom's Procession – Again, if you want a separate selection from yourself but it may not be practical with some very short aisles.  Some combine the Moms and the Bridesmaids and then do a separate selection for the Bride.
  • The Recessional – This is at the end of the service and is usually bright and celebratory, announcing “Let's get this party started”.
  • Selection(s) During the Ceremony – You may want music for a Unity Candle Lighting, presenting roses to the moms, etc.  My recent favorite was the Unity Science Experiment.  This couple was right out of “The Big Bang Theory” and they turned two different colored chemical liquids into a unified third color when they combined them.
  • Prelude Music – A selection of 5 – 6 tunes as guests arrive to set the tone and create the atmosphere you want.

Now that you know what music selections you will have to make, here are 3 very important things you’ll want to consider.

1.) Indoor or Outdoor
Most sacred settings, like a church or synagogue, have built-in music and sound system options.  A lot of couples come to us because they want to limit or eliminate the organ.  Adding a violin, harp, flute, cello, guitar, or vocalist can enhance the music at your ceremony.  Make sure you know the music restrictions of your faith!  For example, the Catholic Church rarely allows any popular music to be played and Wagner's “Bridal Chorus” (“Here Comes the Bride”) is usually forbidden in the Jewish service.

In a hotel, club, or banquet hall, music restrictions are diminished but you will have to think about microphones for the officiant and musicians.  Many hotels have an A/V department but there is an extra charge for that service.  Your DJ may be able to handle this but be prepared to pay extra for the earlier set-up that would be required.  Some live music performers may be able to provide a mic into their sound system but most acoustic performers would not offer this option.

In an outdoor setting, the music and sound issues are the same but the key is access to power.  No power, no sound system.  Very few musicians or DJs offer a generator but that could be rented separately. You may not need sound at all outside if your guest list is small and your officiant has a strong voice.  My counsel is always better to have it and not need it than to later wish you had sound.

2.) Contemporary or Classical Music
Are you thinking “Canon in D” or “A Thousand Years”?  Bach and Beethoven or The Beatles?  There is no wrong answer.  As I mentioned earlier, in some settings there may be restrictions but you should try to get as close to what you envision as possible.  Generally, a DJ can provide virtually any song than be downloaded.  It's more complicated for live music.  Most classical favorites are readily available but, for example, a string ensemble needs to have an arrangement for that specific set of instruments to properly perform a piece.  Many arrangements you may have heard by the Vitamin String Quartet have not been published so they are not for sale.  Some ensembles can have an arranger work one up for an extra charge. Vocalists need some sort of backing, which could include organ, piano/keyboards, guitar, or a backing track.  Make sure you know the comfort level of your singer working with other musicians or with a track.

3.) Where to Set Up the Music
The obvious answer is where it can be best heard.  An important factor to consider is sight lines; the musicians need to see what is going on with the procession.  It may look easy in the movies but, believe me, it is not.  Generally, the best spot is toward the front where they can see the entrance area.  But in some spaces, being in the back can work, too.  If it's a huge church, often there is a choir loft but all of the guests – and you – are up front.  Putting the musician(s) at the front will allow the guests to enjoy hearing the music more and the visual impact of seeing the performers do their thing adds value.  A choir loft is extra tough if there is no organist or another person to cue them because they can’t see what is going on underneath them and they are trying to read music at the same time.

In an outdoor setting, you should keep them close to power – if they need it – and shade.  Remember, the musicians or DJ are out in the sun longer than anyone.  Besides them melting, the instruments are vulnerable to going out of tune and even risk serious damage in direct sunlight.

Hope you found this overview helpful but free to contact me if you have more specific questions.

BB here…

Thanks for the guest post today, Steve!  This guy knows his stuff!  To read all about what he can do (and it's a lot), head on over to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide where you can ask him all your burning wedding music questions.

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12 Wedding Registry Must Haves

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What's one of the best things about getting married?  All of the presents!  It's like Christmas morning every day when you come home from work and see packages on your doorstep.  While the UPS man might get sick of stopping at your house, you'll never get tired of opening all of those fun boxes.  Whether you're registered at Amazon, Target, Crate & Barrel, or any of the other million stores, here are 12 items that are must haves on any wedding registry!

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

KitchenAid Mixer

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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The Mack Daddy of stand mixers.  A kitchen isn't complete without one if you ask me.  With all sorts of capabilities and attachments available, you'll be whipping up homemade cakes, fresh pastas, and even freshly ground beef in no time.  Martha Stewart who?  Plus, KitchenAid offers a rainbow of colors but isn't the mint a-freaking-dorable?

Decent Flatware

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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You're married now.  It's time to upgrade to quality flatware.  No more hand-me-downs from your parents and no more mix of random, mismatched forks and spoons.  I personally love the Knork brand.  It's stainless steel, feels heavy in your hand, and the knife-like edge forks make cutting through food a breeze.  Don't worry; the inside of your mouth is safe though.

Glass Bakeware

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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It seems like Pyrex makes an appearance on every wedding registry.  And rightfully so…this stuff is amazing.  Cakes, casseroles, side dishes, whatever…it's all tastes better when cooked in a Pyrex dish.  Plus the oven/microwave/freezer/dishwasher safe-ness makes it super convenient.  Trust me…you need some.

Fluffy Towels

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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High quality towels are an absolute must!  There is nothing worse than stepping out of the shower and wrapping yourself with a large-scale equivalent of sand paper.  Treat yo self to spa-like luxury with Egyptian cotton towels and your skin will thank you.

A Nespresso Machine

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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Move over, Keurig.  You have nothing on Nespresso.  I first fell in love with this little espresso-making machine in Europe, where they seem to be all the rage.  Imagine having a delicious cup of espresso or another fancy schmancy drink in your own kitchen every morning.  I'm trying to convince my husband that we need one of these.  If you're a caffeine lover like me, you need one too.

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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Because who doesn't want to basically have a machine cook dinner for them?  I like to think of the slow cooker as God's gift to wives and moms (or whoever is in charge of meal-making at your house).  This baby literally couldn't make dinner any easier for you…throw a bunch of stuff in a pot, wait 4 – 8 hours, and dig in.  Thanks to Pinterest, there are a ton of recipes available.  Go find your favorites and then invite me over.

A Good Vacuum

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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I loooooove my dog.  Like LOVE.  But oh my word…the hair…I can't take it.  Tumbleweeds of dog hair blow across the room like it's the wild wild west.  Luckily, my Shark gets my carpet looking so fresh and so clean again.  Whether you have pets or kids or just a messy fiance, a good vacuum is a must have in any home.

A Memory Foam Mattress Topper

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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Ever wonder what it feels like to sleep on a cloud?  With this pillow of fluffiness, you can find out.  I've slept on one for the last five years and have reached a point where it's very difficult to sleep on a regular old bed now.  Do your back a favor…invest in one!  Better yet, registry for one so someone else can invest in it for you 😉

Casual Dinnerware

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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We aren't fancy fine china people.  If you're like us, I encourage you to invest in quality casual dinnerware.  Fiestaware is a personal favorite of mine because a.) it comes in literally every color you can imagine b.) it's is pretty much indestructible and c.) if you should prove me wrong on point B, pieces are easily replaceable.

A Cute Bar Cart

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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And let's be honest…it doesn't get much cuter than this one.  The gold is right up my alley.  Stock it with crystal decanters, chic accessories, and your favorite libations to not only keep your bar supplies in one place but also to create a conversation-starting decor piece.  It can also double as a serving cart for all those parties you'll be hosting now that you're a married couple.

Good Knives

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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Any self-proclaimed foodie has a good set of knives in his or her kitchen.  I love this Calphalon option because it includes just about everything you'll need – Santoku knives for chopping, a bread knife, paring knife, steak knives, a honing steel, and even kitchen scissors.  The wooden block allows for counter top display while also protecting your precious investment.  Band aids not included.

His & Her Luggage

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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Luggage with spinner wheels will CHANGE.YOUR.LIFE.  No more dragging your suitcase through the airport, no more sore arms.  With all of the traveling you're bound to do in your married life (ahem, honeymoon!), it's the perfect time to upgrade to some adult luggage.  Fitting all of your belongings into a carry on is a whole other problem…

What items are on your wedding registry?  Any of the above?  Comment below and let me know what you scanned with that little machine!

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Wedding Favorites from Zazzle & A Giveaway!

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Zazzle is one of those websites that seems to have just about everything.  From pillows to dog collars to phone cases to art prints, and everything in between, Zazzle is like the mecca of online shopping.  The extensive inventory doesn't stop at weddings either.  Here are a few of my Big Day favorites from Zazzle!

Wedding Favorites from Zazzle

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Clockwise from top left:

Spring for these green vintage marquee letters in your and your new hubby's first initials for the brightest reception decoration.

This monogram floral acrylic serving tray is a great gift idea for the next bridal shower you attend.

Add a fun addition to your bar and say cheers to love with customizable cocktail napkins.

I'm sure the newlyweds would absolutely love this Mr. & Mrs. pillow, complete with their names and wedding date.

Celebrate the first few hours of her new last name by drinking out of this Mrs. script mason jar at your reception.

Jazz up your Save the Dates, invites, and thank you cards with these completely legit custom wedding stamps.  USPS approved!

I'm LOVING these watercolor wedding invitations featuring the most popular florals in recent history…succulents!

These craft paper favor bags would make the sweetest addition to your cookie table.  No Pittsburgh wedding is complete without one.

Welcome all of your family and friends to your celebration with this hand lettered gold foil wedding sign.

Move over escort cards.  This floral chalkboard inspired wedding seating display is on point with a trend that is all the rage.

This custom return address stamp is not only made by Pittsburgh's own Blush Paper Co. but it's almost the best housewarming gift idea for the newlyweds.

You know I'm all about these gold glitter thank you stickers.  They'd add the perfect amount of sparkle to your favor boxes!

Which ones are your favorites?  Luckily, you don't have to decide right now because Zazzle is giving one lucky reader a $50 gift card to spend on their own wedding day must haves!  Use the widget below to enter.  Giveaway runs until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9.  Until then, head on over to Zazzle and start filling up that shopping cart!

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Zazzle Giveaway Ts & Cs

  • Prize: One $50 gift card to Zazzle.  No cash value.
  • Giveaway Dates: 8/4/16 8:15 a.m. EST – 8/9/16 11:59 p.m. EST
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  • One winner will be randomly drawn using Rafflecopter and announced on this page and via Burgh Brides social media channels on 8/10/16.  The winner will also be notified via email.
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be selected.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • All readers and social media followers of Burgh Brides are eligible to enter and win. 

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