Best of 2015: Advice from former Burgh Brides

Since we are in the midst of proposal season, I thought I'd offer up some advice to all of you newly engaged gals.  Except it's not my advice per se.  It's straight from those brides who have already been there.  From staying calm and being yourself to scheduling your hair trial the day of your dress fitting, this year's brides had a lot to say.  To wrap up this Best of 2015 series, let's revisit the best tips, tricks, and ideas from those who were featured on the blog!

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Advice from Former Burgh Brides

Jessica
Our best pieces of advice for future brides and grooms would be to relax, EAT, and don’t follow tradition if it’s not you!  Brian and I did a first look and decided to forgo the formal bridal party introductions, cake cutting, and bouquet and garter tosses. We also made it a point to sit down through the entire dinner and eat with our wedding party.  Having that time allowed us both to relax and enjoy ourselves. Everyone kept commenting on how calm the bride and groom were, and to them we would say, “Shouldn’t we be? It’s the happiest day of our lives!”

Molly
Be creative.  Pittsburgh has A LOT to offer!  Start by figuring out what is important to you and build upon those ideas.  We wanted a party so we started with the concept of a cocktail reception rather than a sit down dinner and went from there.

Erika
The best advice I can give is to just be you.  Corny, I know, but so true!  It feels wonderful looking back on our wedding knowing that Mike and I decided on details regardless of what the “norm” was or the heart attack we may have induced in our mothers.

Kelly
If you’re planning to do an engagement shoot, try to schedule your makeup practice run the same day.  The practice run is often the same cost as the real one, so why not get something out of it?  I did this, and it was such a great call.  I got to have beautiful, professionally-done makeup for my engagement photos and I also got to see how it photographed to decide if I needed to tweak anything before the wedding.

Try to schedule your practice hair appointment the same day as one of your dress fittings.  This way you get to see the whole look put together before the big day.

Rachel
Let others help you!  I couldn’t have done all the decorating and planning without my mom and bridesmaids.

And don’t stress about EVERY detail that day.  As long as you have each other and someone to marry you – everything else could go wrong and that’s all that matters!

Aubrey
My advice to other brides is to try to stay calm!  Things are going to happen during the planning.  Our church music director quit days before the wedding, then our honeymoon had to be canceled 10 days before because of a hurricane. We then had to book a new trip even though we couldn’t get refunded for the original one for 10 days…and lots of other little things along the way.  Just stay calm and everything will work out!

Lauren
I would tell future brides to definitely talk with their fiance and get a clear idea of what they both want for the wedding and reception.  Find a few things that are important to both people and focus on those first.  I would also tell brides to not let the opinions of other people influence how the wedding day will be.  This is your and your fiance’s day and you should plan it together.

Heather
Planning a wedding is like planning your own Christmas but better!  Don’t worry about what you think other people expect from or want for you!  The day is about you, your husband, and the beginning of your forever.  Trust me, once everything comes together, NO ONE will leave saying “I wish she would have….”  There is no other time in your life when you can have a day ALL ABOUT YOU!  Embrace every second of it!

Christen
It doesn’t take money to make it nice!  Save your money for the important stuff (house, savings, etc.!).  There are plenty of ways to make your day special without splurging.  And don’t fret about the guest list.  It’s a day between you, your significant other, and God!

Janae
Everyone always told me not to sweat the small things and not to stress, that everything would fall into place.  Of course, being a crazy bride, I thought this was the worst advice ever and that no one knew what they were talking about!  Sure enough, they did!  The night goes by so fast; those details that you stressed over day in and day out aren’t going to matter.  Your wedding is going to be perfect, even if the napkins aren’t centered or someone forgets to include something.  The fact that you and your hubby, family, and friends are together is all that matters.

Lastly, consider a sweetheart table.  We integrated our bridal party in with the guests so those with significant others or dates weren’t stuck at a table with no one they knew.  We had our sweetheart table, just the two of us, on top of the staircase.  We were able to enjoy the food and really spend time together.  The rest of the night, we were apart from each other, so I’m thankful for that dinner and the time to talk without interruptions other than the clanking of glasses.

What was the most helpful piece of advice you read on Burgh Brides this year?  Have any of your own advice to offer?  Comment below!

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P.S. Things will be a bit quiet on the blog until the new year!  You'll see a fun post on Monday and some social media activity.  Other than that, the next week and a half will be filled with Christmas movies, baking, yoga pants, dirty hair, dog cuddling, and QT with family.  I hope everyone has a FABULOUS holiday!  2016 is shaping up to be a BIG year!  I can't wait to see you then!  🙂

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Best of 2015: Moments

While I love flowers and linens and dresses and all the other frilly details as much as the next girl, I know they aren't the most important part of a wedding day.  What is?  Moments.  The little moments and the big ones and all of the sad, funny, or crazy ones in between.  Those are what matter.  The look of pride your mom and dad have on their faces when they see you in your dress for the first time.  The innocent way your new husband kisses your hand at dinner.  The look on your face when your maid of honor told that embarrassing story during her speech.  The flower girl and ring bearer sharing a hug on the dance floor.  The first kiss as Mr and Mrs.  Whether monumental and witnessed by everyone or subtle and quiet, these moments are what you want captured in photographs.  Of course, it will be nice to have pics of your centerpieces…but those won't be what you cherish in 20, 30, 40 years.  Today, I'm recounting the ones I loved the most from this past year!

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Best of 2015: Dresses

THE dress!  You spend a lifetime dreaming about it, probably a few weekends shopping for it, and maybe 10 hours wearing it, if you're lucky.  Doesn't seem fair, right?  Luckily, you can relive every beautiful stitch in your wedding photos.  Over the past year, I've become increasingly convinced…Burgh Brides have some crazy good taste when it comes to wedding dresses.  Ballgowns, all over lace, or even color, area ladies aren't afraid to pull out all the stops for this once-in-a-lifetime look.  Today, I'm revisiting some of my favorites from 2015!

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Brynne
Stripes?!  On a wedding dress?!  I DIE!  This number from JLM Couture, that Brynne purchased at Bridal Beginning, is simply stunning!  The asymmetrical layers and the dainty encrusted sash allows this dress to be chic but still classic.  The main attraction is the stripe-on-stripe organza though.  A perfect combination of a timeless bridal look and modern fashion!

Photos by Steven Dray Images

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Julia
Only a ballerina could look this good in this dress.  Julia's art deco-inspired Lazaro gown fit her gorgeous dancer's figure like a glove.  The gray-blue beading that encrusted the piece from head to toe gave it a cool vintage vibe, along with a pop of color.  Julia looked like she stepped right off of the red carpet and she oozed classic Hollywood glamour.  A favorite indeed!

Photos by A Fist Full of Bolts

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Lauren
I couldn't get enough of Lauren's bridal look.  Maybe it was because her dress reminded me so much of my own?  Or it could have been because she chose a Monique Lhuillier piece from Anne Gregory for the Bride and anything Monique Lhuillier makes is incredible.  This one was no exception, of course.  The pleated bodice transitioned to layers upon layers of flowy chiffon, allowing for both a form-fitting yet princess-y look.  Lauren topped the dress off with a beaded pearl belt, also from Anne Gregory.

Photos by Ann Louise Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Sarah
When Lazaro shared Sarah and Greg's feature on their social media pages, I did about about 879823 million cartwheels.  Because why shouldn't the world know about this incredible dress?!  The blush pink ballgown and its structured, satin bodice were completed by a tulle skirt and beaded, floral waist.  Sarah looked like a classic beauty and allowed the dress to take center stage by keeping jewelry dainty and hair and makeup fresh and natural.  Wowza!

Photos by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Erika
After attempting to find her dream dress at a boutique, Erika turned to online shopping.  She took a gamble with PreOwned Wedding Dresses and it paid off beautifully.  This Matthew Christopher number takes me right back to the roaring twenties with its smooth satin and cord details.  But it's the scalloped hem that will leave you totally awestruck.  I've never seen anything like it.  Erika also wins the award for Best Accessories.  Her faux fur wrap and teal gloves kept the winter at bay for her March wedding.

Photos by Beth Insalaco Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Jaymie
Last, but certainly not least…who could forget Jaymie and her out-of-this-world, black Joelle by Vera Wang?!  It takes a certain bride to wear color on her wedding day but it takes someone even more extraordinary to wear black.  But Jaymie totally rocked it!  This dress was dramatic while still being dreamy and romantic.  Good luck 2016 brides; your dress has some big shoes to fill!

Photos by Beth Insalaco Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

What 2015 dress was your favorite?  Why did you think it was the prettiest?  Comment below!

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Best of 2015: Engagements

First comes love, then come an engagement.  After that comes an e-session, of course!  With all of the gorgeous weddings featured this year, I haven't forgotten about the numerous noteworthy engagement features.  From urban and very Pittsburgh to casual and downright romantic, all of the engagements were hits with readers but here are my favorites from the past year!

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Cait & Josh
No props, no styling, no major wardrobe changes.  Just a pond, a beautiful blue sky, and a sea of colorful wildflowers…it didn't take a lot to make this session special.  Sometimes the bells and whistles are nice, but other times, all you need is to let your love be the focus of your photos.  And with this session, it's easy to see how much Cait and Josh totally adore each other.

Photos by Vanessa Costantino Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Betsy & Kurt
Shut up.  That is literally what I said when I saw these pics for the first time.  That wall.  Those leaves.  That hair.  THOSE COLORS!  I die every time.  If I didn't already love fall enough, this session totally sealed the deal for me.  Nothing beats autumn in Pittsburgh.

Photos by Steven Dray Images

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Erin & Joey
This McConnells Mill session was woodsy and whimsical.  Erin, in her long, lace white dress looked like a fairy princess frolicking in a magical forest.  After traipsing on fallen trees and dipping their toes in the water, the pair climbed behind a waterfall for a super cool perspective.

Photos by Michael Will Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Laura & Matt
Any couple who braves a literal snow storm to snap a few pre-wedding photos deserves major props.  Lucky for us, their fearlessness led to these incredible images.  The weather wasn't the only unique feature, though.  The North Side's Randyland was the perfect quirky backdrop for this fun session.

Photos by Steven Dray Images

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Stephanie & Randy
Who can forget the first engagement session featured on Burgh Brides?  Simple white roses and a gorgeous, glowing sunset were all these photos needed to make them memorable even a year later.  Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it.

Photos by Kristi Telnov Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Engagements

What 2015 engagement session was your favorite?  What made you love it so much?  Comment below!

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Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

The beauty is in the details.  At least that's what they say.  I'm not sure who “they” are but I'm inclined to agree.  Over the past year, I've loved seeing all of the thought that went into couples' special days.  I really appreciate when brides and grooms are thoughtful and go out of their way to make an aspect of their wedding personal or impactful.  Whether a large gesture or a small one, here are the ideas and details from the past year that I found extraordinary!

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Bowling After Party
In lieu of traditional favors, Lisa and Adam treated their guests to a little friendly ten frame competition in the basement of the PAA, their reception venue.  Guests enjoyed drinks, pizza, and cookies while trying to knock down some pins.  Now THIS is an after party!

Photos by Milla C. Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Cue the Confetti!
After saying “I do”, Kelly and Nate recessed back down the aisle under a colorful shower of pastel paper confetti, making for the coolest post-ceremony pics I saw all year!

Photos by Beth Insalaco Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Costume Change
As much as it pained me to see Brynne change out of her stunning striped JLM Couture wedding gown, I was even more floored by her second dress.  For her and Zach's grand exit, the bride slipped into a sequined LBD that sparkled almost as much as the tiny fireworks going off around them.

Photos by Steven Dray Images

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Terrible “Vowels”
Heather's words, not mine!  But they refer to the fact that her husband, Dante, wrote his vowels on the back of a Terrible Towel..and read aloud from it during their ceremony!  Only in Pittsburgh…but hey, that's what makes us so awesome, right?!

Photos by Willa J. Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Brunch Reception
When Heather and Zach were able to snag a slot at Heinz Chapel on their desired day but not-so-desired time of 10:30 a.m., they decided to roll with it.  That meant a brunch reception, complete with waffles, donuts, omelettes, mimosas, and all the fixings.  Yes, yes, and more yes!

Photos by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Just Hitched
Staying true to the country chic theme for their big day, Danielle and Mike opted for an antique horse trailer as their “getaway car”.  A little spray paint and a sweet message made this unique mode of transportation wedding-day appropriate!

Photos by BNK Photo

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Almost Too Pretty to Eat
I said almost!  Let's be honest, I'd dive right into Lauren and Chris's wedding cake from Prantl's Bakery.  But not without pausing to take in all its beauty first.  Those are sugar flowers, people!  The detail and realism is crazy!

Photos by Ann Louise Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

DIY Flower Garland
Rachel and Reid exchanged vowels in front of strands of brightly colored carnations hanging from the tree in the bride's grandfather's backyard.  This dainty backdrop was DIY'd by Rachel's bridesmaids the night before the wedding!

Photos by Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

A Little Something for the Guys
Janae and Robert set up a cigar station at their Grand Concourse reception for the gentlemen to enjoy.  A nice stogie selection, some personalized match books (that doubled as favors), and an oh-so-cute sign completed the display!

Photos by Joey Kennedy Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Out of the Ordinary Ceremony & Reception
Guests sat in-the-round style for Molly and Zach's wedding ceremony at Clear Story Studio.  Every seat was the best seat in the house.  Afterward, they enjoyed hors d'oeuvres at the cocktail style reception, meaning no seated dinner, no stuffy formalities, just eating, drinking, and dancing at their leisure.  More of this please!

Photos by La Candella Weddings

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Wall of Hats
Jessica and Brian brought a little family tradition to their wedding day.  At their family's cabin, there is a hat wall; everyone picks a funny hat and it's theirs for the weekend.  The couple brought the custom to their Armstrong Farms reception, where guests had a ball swapping hats on the dance floor.

Photos by Veronica Varos Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

A Sweet Ending
To cap of the night, guests at Nicolet and Gregory's wedding were treated to an endless display of goodies from Bella Christie.  From cookies and cake pops to parfaits and even a s'mores station, there was certainly no shortage of sugar at this reception!

Photos by Elizabeth Craig Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Ideas & Details

What idea or detail from 2015 did you love best?  What made it your favorite?  Comment below!

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Best of 2015: Flowers

As 2015 winds down, I'm taking a look back at the best of the blog this year.  First up?  Flowers!  Besides the bride's dress of course, the flowers are the one thing I can't wait to check out at a wedding.  I don't understand people who say flowers are a waste of money. Flowers are gorgeous and anything that brings beauty to this world is never a waste of money IMHO.  Whether bouquets or boutonnieres, centerpieces or even chuppahs, I'm always amazed at what beautiful creations florists come up with.  And those featured on Burgh Brides in 2015 were no exception.  Here are my favorites (in no particular order)!

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Abby & Tim
Flowers by Jade paired bright wildflowers with mason jars for Abby and Tim's carefree centerpieces.  They popped against the greenery garland that ran along the head table.  Thistle, caspedia, and stock brought color to the white flowers and other greens in Abby's bouquet.

Photos by Red Flats Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Brynne & Zach
Oh peonies…you'll always be my favorite!  Brynne looked like she was carrying fluffy clouds in her hands, thanks to Mocha Rose.  Peonies are only available for such a short period of time but their exclusivity makes them all the more beautiful.  Spring brides, you're so lucky!

Janae & Robert
Traditionally, a bride's bouquet is all white.  Being that I love a healthy dose of color, especially against a white dress, I tend to like bouquets that are bright.  Janae's, designed by Hens & Chicks, is a happy medium.  The light pink, peach, and gray provide just enough color to make the flowers pop while still being classic.

Jaymie & Jonas
The ladies of Jaymie's bridal party wore chiffon dresses in a dusty rose hue.  But the dark rose bouquets from Fox Petal Floral Design that they carried were DRA-MA!  Hello romance!  I still swoon over this combo every time I see it.

Photos by Beth Insalaco Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Kelly & Nate
Gone are the days of symmetrical bouquets.  You'll rarely find a bride carrying only one kind of bloom.  Those bouquets that combine flowers of varying textures are the prettiest.  Leave it to Kelly to know this.  She's the owner of Fox Petal Floral Design and the lady behind Jaymie and Company's bouquets above!  For her own wedding day, she worked with Bloom Brigade to combine shapes, sizes, and textures for flowers that were out of this world.

Photos by Beth Insalaco Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Molly & Zach
For a little something different, Green Sinner combined flowers, beads, candlesticks, and feathers for Molly and Zach's cocktail style reception.  The bold bouquets perfectly matched the day's style with their bright blue ribbon and peasant feathers.  Unique but so oh pretty!

Photos by La Candella Weddings

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Nicolet & Greg
This wedding wins the Best Variety award.  I love how Hens & Chicks created a plethora of looks with centerpieces of varying shapes, sizes, and heights, coupled with the different textured and patterned linens.  This is the best and easiest way to spice up your reception space!

Photos by Elizabeth Craig Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Rachel & Reid
Rachel looked like a carefree bohemian princess in her colorful flower crown from Mt. Lebanon Floral.  Her textural bouquet of traditional blooms and wildflowers completed the style.

Photos by Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Flowers

What flowers from 2015 did you love best?  What made them your favorite?  Comment below!

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6 Tips for Selling Your Wedding “Stuff”

One of the best ways to recoup some of the money spent on your wedding is to sell leftover or reusable items afterwards.  I know some brides have a sentimental attachment to anything and everything used at their wedding.  But let’s be honest…what on earth are you going to do with table numbers, a card box, and chargers?  In my opinion, getting some of your cash back is much better than having these items sit in your basement or attic collecting dust.

Obviously, Craigslist is a great place to list items you’ll never use again.  The bonus is that the buyers will be local and you won’t have to deal with packing up items and shipping them.  I prefer sites like The Knot and Ruffled Blog, both of which have classified sections where you can list items for sale.  Not only is it free to list and sell items, but these well-known sites are nationally, not just regionally, based.  Therefore, the market is much larger and the potential for selling much higher.  You could even open an Etsy shop for those items you DIY’d.  I personally don’t bother with Ebay much because I’d rather purchase something outright, rather than getting into a bidding war, but you could also try selling some wedding items there.  I’ve also had luck with simply posting pictures of items for sale on Facebook.  Everyone knows someone who is getting married and the word spreads quickly. Regardless of what method you choose, here are my six tips on how to unload the leftovers!

6 Tips for Selling Your Wedding Stuff from Burgh Brides

Don’t expect to get what you paid.  In the first sentence of this post, I say “recoup some of the money spent,” not all of it.  If you are anticipating getting what you paid for an item, you’ll likely be disappointed.  Brides who shop on these sites are there for a reason – they are looking for a bargain.  So don’t ask for the retail price.  With that being said, do list an item a bit higher than your bottom line price, in anticipation that potential buyers will try to haggle.

Use quality photos.  Buyers like to see the item in action.  Rather than uploading a poor image you took with your iPhone, why not use some of the details shots from your wedding photographer?  It will give potential buyers a better idea of how that item will look on their big day.

Be honest.  Divulge information.  If there is a stain on the linens, say so.  Don’t try to bamboozle people into buying damaged goods.  Not cool, Robert Frost.

Package well.  If an item is fragile, use lots and lots of bubble wrap, newspaper, or anything that provides a cushion.  Heck, I’ve even wrapped breakables in old towels I didn’t care about getting back.  You do not want to deal with a refund if your items arrive in a thousand pieces.

Don’t underestimate shipping fees.  Familiarize yourself with shipping prices and procedures.  It is completely ok to ask the buyer to pay for shipping, but most sites ask that you list an estimated shipping cost.  If you underestimate, you’ll likely be left to eat the difference.  Just to put things into perspective, it costs $6 to ship one mug from my shop.  While it's small, it weighs a lot.  On the other hand, an item may be light but if you're sending it across the country, it will cost you more.  Bottom line?  Do your shipping homework first!

List almost anything.  You’d be surprised at what people will buy, as long as it’s reusable or in good condition.  After our wedding, we had a bunch of unopened packages of cocktail napkins.  At first, I thought I’d just put them in our kitchen, knowing that we’d use them up eventually.  But on second thought, I decided to chance listing them, just in case I was able to make a few bucks.  Someone bought them almost immediately!  So list questionable items anyways, even if you don’t think anyone would buy it.  You never know what people are on the prowl for.

Bonus Idea: Put the money you earn toward something fun, like a second honeymoon or an anniversary photo session!

Are you too attached to your wedding items or did you part with them?  Did you have success selling things post-wedding?  What other tips would you offer to former brides?  Comment below!

Ask Burgh Brides: Where can I hold a small bridal shower brunch?

For as many websites and vendor listings and pages of a “Pittsburgh bridal shower venue” Google search there are, it's surprisingly difficult to nail down a location to hold this event that honors you.  Especially when you're looking for something very specific, like this month's Ask Burgh Brides submission.

Ask Burgh Brides: Where can I hold my small bridal shower brunch?

Bride T writes…

I'm in dire need of suggestions for bridal shower venues for a small party of about 20 for brunch or appetizers.  Please help!

My pleasure, T!  I myself had a bridal shower brunch and it was lovely.  Mainly because brunch food is delicious and anytime I can drink champagne before noon is a winner in my book.  But I digress.

There are several options for an intimate bridal shower that could accommodate an early morning affair.  My favorites?

  • The Grand Concourse – The River Room provides a beautiful view of Pittsburgh and ummm helllllllooooo have you ever had their freshly-made donuts?!  One word: Amazeballs.  And I'm not even ashamed of using that word because it's appropriate.  TIP: Private brunch rentals are only available on Saturdays!  On Sundays, they feed the masses of Pittsburgh with their epic brunch buffet.
  • PointBreezeway – I've made my love of PointBreezeway very clear.  Small, quaint, and just down right adorable, this urban barn in the heart of Point Breeze will provide a perfectly unique setting for your small shindig.
  • The Johnston Tea House – A tea party bridal shower complete with pretty china, scones, and finger sandwiches…so girly!  Add some lace gloves and a big hat and I'm back in my childhood play room.  Except this time I'm all grown up and people are giving me presents!  It's a darling venue to celebrate a bride-to-be!
  • The Inn on Negley – One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is have lunch at the Inn on Negley.  This luxury B&B in Shadyside can also be rented for showers and and other intimate events.  With its antique furniture and period decor, you'll fall in love with the Victorian charm in no time.

Any other ideas?  If you had a small or a brunch-style bridal shower, where did you hold it?  Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride out!

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Ask Burgh Brides: Is it ok to add small furniture items to our registry?

Registering for gifts is a necessary, albeit somewhat stressful, part of wedding planning.  This month's submission to Ask Burgh Brides may be one you've wondered about yourself.

Ask Burgh Brides: Is it ok to add small furniture items to our registry?

Bride M writes…

“We were recently working on our registry.  Fortunately, we have the problem of having to add more items!  Is it acceptable to add small furniture items, such as end tables, night tables, lamps, etc.?  We want to stay practical with things that will actually be used regularly, but are running out of kitchen items!”

First, let me just admit to you all that there were tears when we attempted to tackle our registry.  It's a tough task and should not be taken lightly or done without snacks, adult beverages, and a nap beforehand.  But back to Bride M!

I think it's absolutely acceptable to registry for items like the ones you mentioned!  Heck, you can even register for things like power tools, patio furniture, and outings or upgrades while on your honeymoon!  Here's how I see it…guests would rather purchase something that they know you'll actually use or that you really want, versus just buying something put on your registry because you need to fill it up.  If an item is practical or would make you really happy, I think your family and friends would be willing to spend money on it…no matter what it is.

Think of it this way…if a couple is already living together, they likely have all of the kitchen, bath, and bedding essentials.  So why register for things you already have or don't need to replace?  Who wants another kitchen gadget they likely won't use when what they really want is a new couch or coffee table?

If you're feeling a little guilty about the heftier price tags of furniture items, remember that some people like to go in together for a bigger gift.  Even if the price is still higher than what one or two couples would likely spend, you might at least get a gift card that you could put toward the purchase in the future.  I think anything that can be used in your future life as a couple is fair game!  Go for it!

What do you think?  Are small furniture items ok on a registry?  What surprising items were on your lists?

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Ask Burgh Brides: August

When I saw this one in my inbox, I thought, “Wow, what a great question!”  Seriously.  How has no one asked this yet?

Ask Burgh Brides: What are some fun wedding-morning activities for guys?

Let's be honest…while it takes hoooourrrrsss for the bride and her ladies to get wedding-ready, the gents can be dressed and out the door in under 30.  This means they usually have a lot of time to kill the morning of the the wedding.  Susan Stefko recently had a client ask her for some suggestions on what the guys can do to entertain themselves until it's go time and she brought the question to me.  An obvious answer is a golf game…but this groom isn't into the sport (plus it takes forever).   So what else is there?  I came up with a few fun options!

  • Head to the Strip District for a tour of the Wigle Whiskey Distillery (includes tasting!)
  • While you're in the Strip, grab a big brunch at Pamela's and then hit up one of the many flower markets for some fresh blooms for your bride.  Have the best man deliver them to her hotel room in your honor.  Brownie.  Points.
  • Go from lumbersexual to smooth as a baby's bottom with a straight razor shave.  This throwback isn't offered at too many places, but The Cultural's Elite, a downtown salon and barber shop, is one of them.
  • Find the nearest field and square off against your groomsmen in a friendly game of football.
  • Try to win some honeymoon spending money by hitting the slots or table games at Rivers Casino.
  • Enjoy one of Pittsburgh's best features…the rivers!  Rent some kayaks from Kayak Pittsburgh on the North Shore.  If you prefer to stay dry, pay Golden Triangle Bike Rentals a visit and enjoy the rivers from one of the many trails that run along the shores.
  • Test your marksmanship with some clay shooting.  Seven Springs and Nemacolin Woodlands both offer ranges, as do some other local clubs.
  • Speaking of shooting, how about a paintball match at one of the many places around the city?  The first man out buys the first round of drinks.
  • For a bird's eye view of North Park, try the Go Ape tree top adventure course, which includes zip lining, obstacles, and more.
  • If you like to enjoy a good stogie every now and again, head to one of Pittsburgh's cigar bars – Cioppino, The Cigar Den, or Leaf & Bean, to name a few.

Any other suggestions?  What will your guy and his buddies be doing the morning of your wedding?