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?

Ask Burgh Brides: July

This month's question is one I think most Burgh Brides (and just brides in general) struggle with.

Ask Burgh Brides: Should I invite non-local family and friends to the bridal shower?

Bride M writes…

“What is the etiquette when inviting out-of-town people who you know definitely can't make it to your wedding shower?  I don't want them to think I am fishing for a gift, but I also don't want another family member to mention my shower and for them to wonder why they didn't hear about it.  I know if the situation was flipped, I wouldn't mind receiving an invitation or buying a gift for someone.  Everyone I ask says something different… please help!”

Yes, this is definitely an issue that all brides have trouble with!  And I totally get it.  On one hand, you don't want those who live far away to feel left out.  But on the other, you don't want to appear as if you are just inviting them (despite knowing that the is no way they could attend) in order to get a present.  But I think perhaps brides worry about this a bit more than the out-of-town guests do.  Like you said, if the situation was reserved, you wouldn't feel like you were just being hit up for a gift!  So it's quite possible that you're non-local guests wouldn't feel that way either.

Personally, I think it's nice to include everyone.  You can always include a hand-written note with your invitation saying that you know they won't be able to attend but that you'll be thinking of them that day and wishing they were there.  It shows that they are important to you and that you want them to feel included, even if they physically can't be.  I don't think your closest friends and family members would view an invitation from you as a ploy to get something from your registry.  But if they choose to send a gift, great!  If not, that's great too!  Because it's not about presents, it's about people, right?  Right!

Readers, what do you think?  How did you handle out-of-town guests when it came to your bridal shower?  Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride out!

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How To Be a Gracious Bride

Every engaged gal fears being called the B-word.  You know which one I’m talking about.  The one that insinuates that you’re being selfish, controlling, and/or unrealistic.  I’ll be honest – when you’re planning your wedding and things aren’t going quite as you had thought they would, it’s actually not all that difficult to slip into the role of a bridezilla.  We’ve all been there a time or two and it’s not pretty.  I get that planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful.  Really, I do!  But that doesn’t give you the right to be a crazy person.  Instead, follow these few tips and be a kind, gracious, glowing bride who is beautiful both inside and out.

Burgh Brides Tips On How To Be A Gracious Bride

Say “thank you.”  A lot.  Be grateful.  To your fiance, your bridal party, your family, and your vendors. They are helping you; don’t forget that.  Acknowledge the time, money, or effort that someone has given up all in the name of your big day.  So overuse the words “thank you.”  They’re simple, they’re free, but they go a really long way.

Be nice to your vendors.  I can’t stress this one enough.  You will totally reap what you sow when it comes to relationships with your vendors.  If you’re kind and gracious to them, I guarantee they’ll work extra hard to make your day spectacular.  Be considerate of the fact that your wedding likely isn’t the only one they’re working on.  Cut them some slack when it comes to responding to emails or phone calls.  And please, for the love of Pete, feed the ones who will be working all day.  A real meal.  It doesn’t need to be the filet and lobster tail your guests will be eating, but something substantial that will keep them fueled and focused.  Back in my wedding planner days, I had numerous clients ask if they had to provide meals for their vendors.  Yes, yes, yes, 1000% yes.  This is not the place to save a few dollars.

Diversify your conversations.  By all means, be excited about your wedding!  It’s an exciting time! But try to not talk about it 24/7.  Your friends and family are happy for you, but they don’t want to hear about your wedding alllll the time.  If someone asks you a question about the wedding, go right ahead and answer them.  But be sure to follow up with a question about them.  Ask about what they’ve got going on and be genuinely interested in their answers.  Take the same approach with your fiance too.  Make a rule to routinely do non-wedding related activities together and have a weekly “Absolutely No Wedding Talk Allowed” evening.

Remember it’s not just “your” day.  As a matter of fact, vow to never let the words “It’s my wedding!” cross your lips.  Sure, you’re the bride and you’ll undoubtedly be the center of attention, both during planning and on the wedding day.  But the celebration belongs to other people besides yourself, such as your fiance and your parents.  Let them share the excitement and joy with you.  Involve them, take their opinions into thoughtful consideration, and pick and choose your battles wisely.  Often it’s better to concede on something small than it is to deal with the hurt feelings later.

Don’t expect too much from your bridesmaids.  They are not your actual maids.  Don’t treat them as such.  You want to be friends with these girls after the wedding is over.  So don’t make demands on their time; ask for their help instead.  And if they can’t help with or attend something, be understanding.  Keep them involved but don’t expect them to run errands or do things that aren’t wedding related.  Also, be thoughtful of how much money you are asking them to spend.  A dress, shoes, jewelry, bridal shower, bachelorette party, gifts…the costs add up quickly and can be exorbitant.  Have an honest discussion with them early in the planning process to get an idea of how much they are comfortable spending and then try your best to stick to that.

Roll with the punches.  Some things will go wrong, both during the planning process and on your wedding day.  It’s just Murphy’s law.  Maybe your favorite photographer will already be booked, maybe the flowers you were dying to have are just too expensive, maybe it will rain on your wedding day, or maybe the DJ will play the wrong intro music.  Whatever it is, in the grand scheme of things, are any of those really a big deal?  You’ll still be married to your sweetheart at the end of it all.  Have a Plan B for everything.  Accept that minor obstacles or mishaps will happen, let them roll off your back, and move on.  When it comes to snafus on the big day, keep in mind that you are likely the only one who knows how things were “supposed to” be or go.  Guests are typically none the wiser when something goes awry. I guarantee they won’t even notice. Don’t stress about it too much and get back to partying.

Because Burgh Brides are the best kind of bride, I'm sure you knew all of this already.  But a friendly reminder never hurt anyone.  What other advice would you give for being a gracious bride?

Ask Burgh Brides: June

I'm loving all of the great questions that have been submitted to Ask Burgh Brides so far!  This month's question comes to you from a soon-to-be Pittsburgher who is wondering when to book her reception venue.  She writes…

“I was wondering how quickly venues book in Pittsburgh.  I just got engaged and I am moving to Pittsburgh at the beginning of June.  Since Pittsburgh will be our new home we decided, it would be the best place to get married.  However, I am not too familiar with wedding planning in the area!”

First of all, let me tell you how happy I am that you've decided to tie the knot in the Burgh!  Not too long ago, my friends at Modern Era Weddings wrote a blog post on the top five reasons to get married in Pittsburgh and it's AWESOME!  From lower costs to spectacular views to crazy unique venues, the Pittsburgh wedding scene is popping.  And no wonder.  We're pretty sweet.

But speaking of venues, most sources advise booking yours at least a year prior to your wedding date.  However, I think this could be a bit flexible, depending on a few things:

  • The time of the year.  May through October marks “wedding season”.  This is when most venues and vendors are booked solid.  If you're open to getting married in the “off season,” say in January, you may have a better chance of securing your choice venue with less notice.
  • The day of the week.  Obviously, Saturday is the most popular day for weddings.  Friday is a close second.  Opt for a Sunday or even a Thursday wedding and there will be more openings for you to choose from.
  • The popularity of the venue.  Places like the Carnegie Museum, the Heinz History Center, the Pittsburgh Opera, and other wedding reception hot spots book up quickly, sometimes even more than a year in advance.  If you don't have quite that long, try looking for a new, not-yet-heard-of-by-everyone venue.  If not much word about a place has gotten out yet, the chance of them having some openings is higher.  Similarly, try searching for non-traditional venues, which are more likely to have some free weekends.  A private residence, a restaurant, or even a park pavilion can easily be transformed into a beautiful wedding venue with just a little TLC.
  • How far you're willing to travel.  Go outside the city a little bit and you'll increase your chances of finding a venue that doesn't fill up quite as quickly.  Plus, weddings outside downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods tend to be less expensive all around.

Readers, what do you think?  How far in advance did you book your venue?  Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride out!

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An Introduction to Evermine + A Discount!

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When I discovered this amazing website a few years ago, I think I literally jumped for joy.  Evermine is like the holy grail of cute, personalized wedding accoutrements.  From water bottle labels to envelope seals, coasters to Save the Dates, magnets to buttons, postage stamps to gift tags, and stickers, labels, and tags in every shape, size, and color, Evermine has everything you need for make your wedding full of those extra special touches.  Here are a few of my favorite ideas on how you can use Evermine products to make your wedding stand out!

Keep things classic with a simple floral wedding invitation.

Evermine - One Stop Shop for Custom Wedding Labels, Stickers, Invites, & More!

These oval gift tags are the perfect finishing touch when tied to Pittsburgh themed welcome bags.

Evermine - One Stop Shop for Wedding Paper Accessories

Jazz up boring Aquafina with customized water bottle labels.

Evermine - One Stop Shop for Custom Wedding Labels, Stickers, Invites, & More!

These Gatsy-inspired custom drink coasters will have your cocktail hour feeling more like a speakeasy.

Evermine - One Stop Shop for Custom Wedding Labels, Stickers, Invites, & More!

Hey all you home brewers, why not serve some of your own creations to your guests? (And slap these clever labels on the bottles!)

Evermine - One Stop Shop for Custom Wedding Labels, Stickers, Invites, & More!

Start dinner off right with these pretty watercolor wedding menu cards.

Evermine - One Stop Shop for Custom Wedding Labels, Stickers, Invites, & More!

Mixed tapes will never go out of style.  Give guests a CD of your favorite love songs and personalize it with these cute CD labels.

Evermine - One Stop Shop for Custom Wedding Labels, Stickers, Invites, & More!

Homemade favors are the way to go, and these square custom stickers would blend right into a kraft box.

Evermine - One Stop Shop for Custom Wedding Labels, Stickers, Invites, & More!

Turn each thank you card into a little party with these confetti return address labels.

Evermine - One Stop Shop for Custom Wedding Labels, Stickers, Invites, & More!

Every product is completely customizable, and the website is very easy to use.  You can whip up your own versions in no time at all using their templates.  Select the shape, size, and color, change the text, and see a preview of the final product immediately.  Since lines have character limits, you might need to get creative with your wording, but that’s part of the fun.  They also use high quality papers and printing, the shipping is quick, and the prices are very reasonable.  With dozens of designs in a rainbow of colors, there is something to fit the look of every wedding.  Each design is also offered in a variety of formats, shapes, and sizes, meaning you can create something for every facet of your wedding to maintain a cohesive look all around.

I’ve ordered from Evermine dozens of time and I’ve always been happy with the products.  I’m not being compensated in any way for this post; I just really love what they have to offer and I think you should know about them!

Now go create something awesome!

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