Introducing Bridal Beginning!

When it comes to all the fabulous ladies being featured on Burgh Brides, nine times out of ten, they were a Bridal Beginning bride.  And there's good reason for that…Bridal Beginning boasts a vast selection of national and international wedding dress designers, all matching that urban-meets-glam style the Mt. Lebanon boutique is known for.  They carry gowns that bring that little extra something special to your big day.  If you consider yourself a fashion lover and want to look and feel like an absolute dream, visit them in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide to read more about how they can help!

Introducing Exhale Events & A Special Offer!

Newly engaged?  Congrats!  Here's my first piece of advice to you – hire a wedding planner.  Here's my second piece of advice – hire Exhale Events.  Nicole and Katharine bring a tag-team approach to their clients, excelling at both design aesthetics and logistical management.  Talented, knowledgeable, and just about as sweet as can be, these two are the newest wedding planners to join the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide.  See more of their work and then take advantage of this amazing offer – book your package by March 1, 2018 and mention Burgh Brides to save 10%!

Introducing Hello Rachel Creative!

Combining delicate paper, swoon worthy fonts, and thoughtful white space, the designs from Hello Rachel Creative are feminine and timeless.  Save the dates, wedding invitations, and day-of paper, Rachel creates it all and you won't be disappointed by any of it.  Don't believe me?  Take another look at some of her latest designs in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide, then give her a holler to talk about how she can help you!

Hello Rachel Creative - Pittsburgh Wedding Stationery Designer & Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member

Hey, Pittsburgh Wedding Vendors! You’re Gonna Want to Read This!

Now that I have your attention, here is the full scoop: If you've ever thought about joining the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide, NOW is the time!

Until the end of the year, packages* are discounted by 10%!

 

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide

That's right…now you can work with Burgh Brides for less.

But why would you even want to join the BB family in the first place?  Here are just a few reasons:

  • Burgh Brides is the ONLY wedding planning resource of its kind in Pittsburgh.  Literally nothing beats it.
  • Burgh Brides connects you with more LOCAL brides than other national sites can ever dream to do.  They may beat me in numbers but I beat them in target.
  • Burgh Brides is a trusted INFLUENCER that provides reliable recommendations and helpful ideas.  At least that's what my readers tell me.

Need even more convincing?

CHECK OUT MY BRAND NEW 2018 MEDIA KIT!

Learn about reader demographics, hear what other vendors have to say, and basically have your mind blown.

Sounds great, right?  Let me let you in on a little secret…it is.  Just ask around.

This limited offer expires when 2017 does so you better act fast!

READ ABOUT PACKAGES AND APPLY NOW!

I absolutely cannot wait to work with you!!!

Fine Print (READ ME!)

  • You MUST reference this promotion in your Vendor Guide application.
  • *Discount does NOT apply to the List Me Package.
  • Please note that I reserve the right to only accept those businesses that fit with the goals, standards, and image of Burgh Brides.  In order to provide readers with only the best of the best, there is a limited number of listings per category.  Double check that there is availability in your category before applying!
  • If accepted to the Vendor Guide, you will be sent an invoice with the discount reflected.
  • New listings ONLY!  Promotion does NOT apply to renewals or former listings.
  • Offer ends at 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2017.  Application and ALL necessary materials MUST be submitted by that time in order to receive the discount.

Pittsburgh Wedding Vendors Offering Thanksgiving Weekend Savings!

Start your wedding planning a little early (and save some money at the same time!) by taking advantage of these Pittsburgh wedding vendors offering Black Friday or Small Business Saturday deals!  Your wallet can thank me later!  Now I'm gonna go eat some pie…I'll see ya with some new content on Monday.

Christina Montemurro Photography

Save $200 off any wedding package booked by December 2!  Be sure to mention Burgh Brides to get the discount!

Syncopated Pictures

Save $200 off any 2018 Wedding booked by December 2!  Be sure to mention Burgh Brides to get the discount!

Sandrachile

Ready to pop the bling?  Then make sure you document the experience with professional pictures of the epic moment.  If you are planning to propose in December, this deal is for you!  Normally $350, but if you purchase NOW you'll save one hundred bucks.  Hurry!  Limited availability!  *Includes hand warmers to make sure your hands don't look purple in pictures. #JokingNotJoking

La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans

Celebrate Small Business Saturday at La Pomponnee with their Customer Sip and Shop event on Saturday, November 25.  Enjoy 20% off $100+ gift cards, champagne, sweets, and prizes!

Blush Paper Co.

They're kicking off the biggest sale of the weekend with 25% off all lifestyle goods in the Blush Paper Co. online shop! Use code BLACKFRIDAY25 to save on address stamps, mugs, make up bags and totes!  Plus, save even more by joining their email list!

 

Modern Era Weddings

Book the award-winning Tim Harris as your wedding DJ between now and December 31 and save $200!  Modern Era is also offering $300 off any videography package until December 10!  Their sister company, the Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative, is also offering $200 off any show with three or more performers!

Clarissa Boutique

Save 15% off all in-store merchandise on Small Business Saturday!

Tyler Norman Photography

Now through Cyber Monday, save 15% off any photo service with Tyler Norman Photography INCLUDING WEDDING PACKAGES!

Kristin Ryan Weddings

Save half off the standard ceremony fee!  The normal price is $250, but the deal price is $125!!  Deal runs through November 27 (Cyber Monday); couple must have made initial contact before midnight (local Pittsburgh time) on November 27, 2017 and have signed electronic contract before midnight (local Pittsburgh time) on December 2, 2017 to deal.  Contact Kristin to book!

Fresh Cut Prints

There's nothing more fun than sending holiday cards featuring your engagement or wedding photos.  In an unprecedented sale, Fresh Cut Prints is so excited to offer 25% off photo Christmas cards from November 23 – 27.  That means you could be getting completely unique and custom designs for as low as $1.65 per card!  Now that's something to be excited about!  Use the promo code BRIGHT17 at checkout to receive the discount.

Not ready with your photo yet?  Simply purchase now and send your photo when you're ready (through December 13)!

Oakwood Photo + Video

Book both photography and videography with Oakwood Photo + Video by December 8, 2017 and mention the promo code “Burgh Brides” to receive $300 off your total and a set of gift prints! Visit their website for info and to schedule your consultation!

Hello Rachel Creative

Hello Rachel Creative is currently offering 15% off your entire project if you book before November 30th!  This offer includes any save the dates, invitations, and day of paper goods you may want. It's never too early to think about your wedding stationery, especially with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season going on. Visit the website or email Rachel to get started!  Be sure to mention this offer!

Olive & Rose Events

Save 10% off any planning package PLUS choose one add-on service for free:

  • Up to 8 hours of Rehearsal Dinner Assistance
  • Up to 8 hours of Bridal Shower Assistance
  • Hotel Guest Bag Idea Generation and Delivery

Call or email and mention Burgh Brides.  Black Friday promotion expires February 28, 2018.

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel

Book your wedding at Pittsburgh's Wyndham Grand Hotel and earn 75,000 points WORTH A FREE 5 NIGHT STAY!!!  Points can be used worldwide at any Wyndham property and are perfect towards that honeymoon trip!

Heaven Sent Farms

Heaven Sent Farms is offering $500 off available dates June-August 2018 if you book before the New Year and mention Burgh Brides!  Please visit their website and contact them to schedule a tour!

Kaitlin Powell Photography

Receive *$300 off your wedding package when you book by December 31, 2017!

*Does not apply to engagement/portrait sessions.

Erin Art Design

All custom art work pieces – including canvases for your new home, hand-painted clutches to match your bridesmaids dresses, and even cool favors for your guests – are 20% off the entire month of November.  But Burgh Brides readers can save an extra 10%!

Jenni Grace Photography

Save 15% off all wedding day packages PLUS an extra $500 in product credit for weddings booked before December 15!  Also, save 20% off all destination weddings and portrait sessions booked before December 31.  And!  Save $200 off all Full Portrait Sessions booked before December 31!  Allllllll the savings.

Oh Joyful Day

Stock up on these cozy ceramic camp fire mugs from Oh Joyful Day for just $15 plus FREE shipping!  Perfect for shipping hot cocoa while snuggled up next to your love, or a great favor idea for fall weddings!!!

Leight Up Life Photography

Save $150 off any wedding package booked now through December!  Mention the “Thankful for Love” promo when booking!

Brewed 2 Burn

Use code GLOW at checkout to receive a free silver/gold 10 oz.holiday candle in their signature Winterberry Scent with the purchase of two Brewed 2 Burn Candles.  These hand-poured, all natural soy candles make for a fun wedding favor, a great way to “pop the question” to your bridal party, or just the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life!

Jessica Garda Events

Save 25% off Wedding Management Services for your 2018 wedding if you book before December 15!

Wedding Management Services include:

  • An initial meeting to go over every detail of your wedding
  • Creation and distribution of a detailed timeline for you, your party, your family, and your vendors
  • Communication with your vendors starting two weeks out
  • Rehearsal supervision and coordination
  • Delivery and set-up supervision
  • On-site supervision and coordination on your wedding day – ceremony and reception
  • Ensure wedding gifts are transported to their final destination and payments and gratuities are delivered to vendors

PLUS – Wedding Management clients will receive access to their Aisle Planner software, which includes a personalized, detailed checklist to help you along the way!

Who will be checking some things off their wedding vendor shopping list this weekend?!  Comment below and let me know which deal you'll be taking advantage of!

Introducing the Carnegie Science Center!

With a view of the city skyline, built in entertainment courtesy of the museum's exhibits, and numerous nooks and crannies for unique portraits, the Carnegie Science Center just might be the coolest Pittsburgh wedding venue.  From their existing spaces to the brand new PointView Hall that's opening in July 2018, the Science Center has a room that is perfect for your celebration.  Have I piqued your interest yet?  Go read more about them in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Introducing GreenSinner!

The most amazing of Pittsburgh wedding florists has joined the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide and I couldn't be more excited to tell you all about them!  GreenSinner wows like no other artist can.  They believe in creating experiences, not just pretty arrangements.  That's why they aim to stimulate all the senses when designing a client's dream wedding.  If you're really looking to bring an element of genius artistry to your big day, you'll love them!  Go see more of their work in the Vendor Guide!

Introducing The Pittsburgh Stylist!

Talk about that bridal glow!  Jeni was absolutely beaming on her wedding day!  If you want to be too, I highly recommend working with The Pittsburgh Stylist.  Not only is Tamie bubbly, warm, and super fun to be around, she's also extremely passionate about her work.  She loves working with clients on skin care, facial treatments, and, of course, makeup application for their big day.  Her knowledge and skills coupled with your vision mean you'll look and feel like yourself, only a little bit extra special.  Because who doesn't want to feel extra special on their wedding day?  If you're still on the hunt for the perfect wedding makeup artist, head on over to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide to see more work from The Pittsburgh Stylist.

Introducing EF Lighting!

Really want your guests' jaws to drop when they walk into your reception space?  Lighting.  Want to totally transform the ambiance of your venue?  Lighting.  Want to up the decor ante but don't have a million dollars to spend?  Lighting.  The answer is always lighting, my friends!  And I'm so thrilled to introduce you to one of the best providers in the city – EF Lighting.  This newest member of the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide has decades of know-how under her belt and she's got a passion for wowing her clients.  From the oh-so-popular bistro lights to custom gobos and spots, EF does it all.  If you have wedding day lighting dreams, check out EF Lighting in the Vendor Guide.  They'll help make them come true!

EF Lighting - Pittsburgh Wedding Decor & Lighting Provider & Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of

When you think of “wedding vendors”, please don't forget about the stationery designer!  While they may not physically be present on the day you get married, they still work just as hard as those other pros who will be.  In reality, your stationery designer is a very essential part of your wedding day.  Without the save the date and invitation, how would your guests know when and where to show up?!  It might seem silly but from consultation to conception to design to the proofing and printing process, stationery designers are true artists who care about your wedding day as much as you do.  Get a behind the scenes look at a designer in action as Kimberly of Purple Wagon Designs shares her process with us!

From Kimberly…

While wedding stationers like myself are certainly considered wedding “vendors,” we’re different than most of your vendors because we aren’t AT the big event!  All of our work happens BEFORE the wedding…but that doesn’t make it any less important.  In fact, without invitations, no one would show up to the wedding!

To give you a little insight about what goes into creating the perfect wedding stationery for someone’s big day, I’ll be giving you the play-by-play with my recent bride, Clare, and our journey to create her dream invitations!

CONSULTATION

Thursday, February 16, 7:36 p.m.

Five months prior to Clare’s wedding, she contacts me to inquire about invitations and we schedule an in-person consultation.

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

Friday, February 17, 9 a.m.

I meet with Clare to discuss the details of her July 8th wedding: the overall feel of her wedding – traditional ceremony with a casual and relaxed cocktail reception; the locations – St. Bernard Church and The Mansions on Fifth; and the color scheme – pine and blush.

Also during our initial consultation, Clare picks out the shape and structure of her invitation.  She chooses a modern and functional pocket card in dark sage, a beautiful paper patterned with pink magnolias, and a lovely natural linen stock.  I’m IN LOVE with her choices!

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

PROPOSAL

Tuesday, February 21, 1:34 p.m.

I put together the proposal and contract for Clare’s wedding stationery and email it to her for review.

Tuesday, February 28, 9:03 p.m.

Receive email from Clare stating that “We are go for launch!!!!” and asking what the next steps are. Reply, share her excitement, and ask her to mail out the signed contract and deposit so we can get started.

Monday, March 6, 12:15 p.m.

Find Clare’s contract and deposit mixed in amongst the junk mail.

4:53 p.m.

Order all the necessary paper and envelopes for Clare’s invitations, along with that of three other couples with summer weddings.

DESIGN

Thursday, March 9, 2:30 p.m.

Begin working on the initial design of Clare’s wedding invitations.  I also have a few deliveries for other clients today, so I don’t get as far as I’d like.

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

Friday, March 10, 11 a.m.

Arrive back home following my daughter’s field trip to the Mt. Lebanon police station (so cool!) and put the finishing touches on Clare’s initial design.  Send it off and hope she likes it!

7:04 p.m.

Receive an email from Clare with feedback.  She LOVES it!  I do a little happy dance then quickly make her minor changes and send back to her.

Thursday, March 16, 1:25 p.m.

PAPER DELIVERY DAY!!  I haul two massive boxes into my office (paper is HEAVY!) and check that everything is accounted for.  I also let my kids make a huge mess playing in the packing peanuts 🙂

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

Tuesday, March 23, 1:06 p.m.

Finish up the initial design of all the inserts for Clare’s invitations and send off for review.

Friday, April 7, 4:30 p.m.

After some back and forth with Clare making sure the wording, details, and designs are absolutely perfect on every part of her invitation, I send the artwork to print.

ASSEMBLY

Monday, April 10, 12:52 p.m.

Receive a message that Clare’s invitations are ready to be picked up from the printer – in record time. It’s always so exciting to open the box and see the printed versions for the first time! They turned out exactly as I had hoped!

Tuesday – Saturday

Print the envelopes for Clare’s invitations and work on assembly.  Unlike the designing which is done during the day in my office, the assembly part of my work happens in my cozy basement in the evening while watching TV, so it’s a bit more relaxed.

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

Sunday, April 16, 10:35 p.m.

Assembly on Clare’s invitations is complete and they’re packaged up and ready to go!

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

DELIVERY

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

Wednesday, April 19, 8:15 p.m.

Meet with Clare to deliver her invitations – she loves them!  Seeing the look on a bride’s face when she sees her invitations for the first time is an incredible feeling!

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

“DAY OF” STATIONERY

Friday, May 12, 6:25 p.m.

Time to get started on Part Two of Clare’s wedding stationery!  In addition to the invitations, I will also be creating her ceremony programs and thank you notes.  I send her some examples of ceremony programs that she can use as a guide.

Thursday, May 25, 2:29 p.m.

I use the information Clare sent for her program and put together the initial designs for that and the thank you notes using the same theme and design that was used on her invitations.

Tuesday, June 6, 10:33 a.m.

After a little back-and-forth on the content of the program, both pieces are approved so I send them off to print!

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

Monday, June 19, 10:15 a.m.

Pick up Clare’s wedding day stationery from the printer and package it up.

Tuesday, June 20, 2 p.m.

Meet with Clare one last time to deliver her programs and thank you notes.  She is as happy with these items as she was with her invitations, and that makes the whole process totally worth it!

Purple Wagon Designs: A (Wedding) Day In The Life Of from Burgh Brides

As you can see, a whole lot of behind-the-scenes time and effort goes into designing and creating the stationery for a wedding, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!  I consider it an honor to work with each of my couples on such an important element of their wedding!


While you can't be there in person, Kimberly, I know you're there in spirit, cheering on each and every client on her big day.  Thanks for peeling back the curtain for us!

If you have some catching up to do, check out a wedding day in the lives of Traveling Heart Productions, Sapphire and Lace Design and La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans.  I've still got a few more up my sleeve so keep your eyes peeled.

You can also revisit some of my favorite posts from this series in the past!