Newlyweds Moving In Together: 7 Valuable Tips You’re Sure to Need

Whether you’ll be living with your soon-to-be spouse before the wedding, or you’re waiting until after you’re officially married, transitioning to a co-habitating arrangement is not easy.  And if you’ve been living on your own for a while, this new way of life can be even harder.  Blending two independent lives, styles, financial statuses, and even ways of organizing and cleaning can take its toll on a relationship.  To make the process a little less of a nightmare, here are seven tips for anyone – especially newlyweds – preparing to move in together!

Newlyweds Moving In Together: 7 Valuable Tips You’re Sure to Need from Burgh Brides

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1.) Prepare to Compromise

If you ignore all of the other living together tips in this post, at least remember this nugget of wisdom.  Someone once told me that “Marriage isn’t about how many times you win.  It’s about how many times you lose.”  The point isn’t to see the relationship as a game, but rather it’s a reminder that marriage is about sacrifice and partnership.  Deciding whose bedspread to keep or which style couch to purchase isn’t worth an argument.  Be prepared to compromise and “lose” some battles.  Your relationship (and your partner) will thank you in the long run.

2.) Open the Lines of Communication

It’s no question that the secret to any great relationship is healthy and honest communication.  This becomes even more important when merging two daily lives together.  Swallowing opinions and burying feelings is a sure-fire way to build a wall between you and the other person.  So, if you dislike their taste in furniture or would reallllllly love to hang that piece of art even though they hate it, speak up!  You’re just as much a part of this relationship as they are, which means you get equal say.  Just keep it respectful, kind, and productive and you’ll be golden.

3.) Consider Self Storage

Running out of room for your things?  Until you decide what you want to do with it or until you purchase your dream home, a self-storage unit just might be the solution.  Guardian Storage has been offering the most convenient, secure, and reputable storage solutions to the Pittsburgh area for over 30 years.  At every one of their 17 local properties you’ll find climate-controlled units ranging from 25 to 300 square feet, 24-hour surveillance, covered loading docks, helpful full-time staff members, free moving carts and dollies at your disposal, and even packing and shipping supplies.  With “peace of mind” being their top priority, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings are in excellent hands until you’re ready to have them back in yours.

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New to self-storage and don’t know where to start?  Here’s how to choose the perfect storage unit for you.

4.) Consolidate Your Stuff

You don’t need two sets of towels, two toasters, or two coffee makers.  Take an inventory of who has what and then consolidate!  More “stuff” means more clutter and more clutter means more stress.  Embrace the minimalist life and only keep what you use or really need.  Better yet, if the items are well past their prime, add a request for an upgrade or replacement to your wedding wish list!  Don’t forget about these big ticket items you might not think to add to your wedding registry and this one MUST HAVE every newlywed home needs!

5.) Get Rid of the Junk

After you’ve consolidated, get rid of anything that didn’t make the cut.  Host a yard sale, put it on Craigslist or donate it; whatever you do, just get it off your hands.  Items that don’t bring you joy or serve a purpose have no business in your home.

To make the most out of your unwanted goods, consider donating them to one of the 40 community and non-profit organizations that Guardian Storage supports.  Throughout the year, they host various donation drives and community events where they happily accept office and school supplies for The Education Partnership, gifts for Toys for Tots, and at certain times of the year, items for Habitat for Humanity, Bethlethem Haven, and local food banks.  To find out when and where these events take place, follow Guardian Storage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.

6.) Talk Money

No one likes to talk about money but it’s a necessary evil for anyone living together and sharing expenses.  Don’t be afraid to have a hard, honest conversation about finances.  You need to be on the same page when it comes to bills, savings, and splurges, and the only way to get there is to talk about it!

7.) Have Fun!

Remember that this whole process is happening because two people fell in love!  Moving in with your significant other is supposed to be one of the most exciting times of your life.  Try not to let the stress of moving and co-habitating weigh on you too much.  Remember to laugh at the chaos, lean into the craziness, and enjoy every single moment of your life together.


What are you most looking forward to when finally living together?  If you’ve already made the leap, what advice would you give to other newlyweds moving in together?  If you have other tips for couples moving in together, comment below!  For more home and storage solutions, be sure to check out Guardian Storage!

A HUGE thanks to Guardian Storage for teaming up with Burgh Brides to bring you this post!  While I was compensated for my work, all writing, thoughts, opinions, and love for the brand are my own.  You can read my full sponsored content disclosure policy here.

Favorite Pittsburgh Bridal Shower Venues from Olive & Rose Events

Still need a place to host your pre-wedding party?  Lucky for you, Kim of Olive & Rose Events is guest-blogging today about her favorite Pittsburgh bridal shower venues!  From downtown to the North Hills, the South Side to the Strip, there are hidden gem venues all over this city.  Some are charming, some of quirky, and some are downright classic.  But ALL of them are a perfect locale to celebrate your new relationship status!

From Kim…

Morning Glory Inn

Looking to host an elegant yet laid back garden party shower?  Morning Glory Inn is your place.  Formerly a row of 1892 townhouses, Morning Glory Inn oozes charm.  What better way to celebrate a special occasion than enjoying food and drinks with your loved ones in a gorgeous brick courtyard?  The rental fee and food prices are both reasonable and the on-site attendant allows you to relax and know that everything is being taken care of.  We also love that the retractable roof allows for a back-up plan in case of inclement weather.

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Capacity

40 guests.  Please contact them for more information if your guest count is higher than that.

Helpful to Know

Showers are only booked on Sundays due to the amount of weddings that are booked on Saturdays.  Shower hosts may choose from the in-house caterer or a list of required caterers provided by the venue.

Tarenbee

Built in 1889, Tarenbee was originally St. Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Historical features abound including a working Estey antique pipe organ, original stained glass windows, antique hand-carved altar, and the original hemlock hardwood floors and exposed beams.  If you are a native Pittsburgher, you probably know Tarenbee’s owner, Michelle Wright from WTAE news.  Over the course of a year, Michelle and her crew undertook the renovation and transformation of this gorgeous space.  We love this space not only for its historic elements, but for the new upgrades including WiFi, a handicap accessible ramp and commercial kitchen.  You’ll also be hard pressed to find a shower venue big enough to accommodate up to 85 guests – making this the perfect choice if you have a large guest list!

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Capacity

Chapel Capacity is 50 – 85 guests and the Gathering room holds 20 – 40.

Helpful to Know

You are permitted to serve alcohol, but are required to obtain liquor liability coverage.  Tarenbee makes it easy to rent all the items you need for your shower including flatware, wine and champagne glasses, and chair covers.  Food and beverages may be brought in or party hosts may select a caterer.

Sapphire & Lace Cottage

It will only take you about 30 seconds on the Sapphire & Lace website to see why we are completely obsessed with the cottage!  The entire space is totally “Pinterest-worthy” and the ladies are an absolute delight to work with.  We love that the cottage offers two great packages that can really work with any budget.  Being able to bring in outside food and beverages is always a big cost saver and allows hosts to really customize the type of food they want to serve.  The Sapphire and Lace team are total design professionals, so they are going to ensure your event is both beautiful and memorable.

Capacity

25 people for sit-down and up to 30 for cocktail style

Helpful to Know

The Sapphire and Lace ladies offer a bunch of fun a la carte options including upgraded linens, farm tables, floral centerpieces, a floral crown for the bride and a bouquet bar that can serve as a fun activity/favor for guests!

PointBreezeway

Charm, charm, and more charm.  This place exudes it.  PointBreezeway is actually Lauren’s childhood home and boasts two historical rooms, the Team Room, and the Speakeasy.  The space features floor to ceiling French doors, handmade café tables, and amazing natural sunlight.  We absolutely love that Lauren has created not just a venue, but a true gathering space.  The flexibility to bring in your own food and drinks is a huge plus and you truly need very little in the way of decorations.

Capacity

Inside seating for up to 40 guests with additional outdoor seating

Helpful to Know

The rental fee includes use of the space for 4.5 hours, tables, chairs, dish ware, and glasses.  The lovely team at PointBreezeway will also supply fresh flowers for the tables, use of the house WiFi and Sonos speakers and a personal host that will assist with setup, logistics and breakdown.  You will also have an on-site parking attendant to direct guests.

Hotel Monaco

Trendy and gorgeous yet still welcoming would best describe Hotel Monaco.  From the unique décor to the amazing staff to the gorgeous view from the rooftop, everything at Hotel Monaco is designed to stimulate the senses and create an unforgettable experience.  When planning your shower, the linens, food, and alcohol are all taken care of by the hotel, so there's no need to coordinate with a bunch of different vendors.  Kristen, their Catering Sales Manager, is an absolute pleasure to work with and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

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Capacity

The Rialto Suite will hold 40 nicely, but the hotel has various spaces to accommodate groups of just about any size. If you’re a sucker for a rooftop on a gorgeous day, Hotel Monaco has one of the best rooftop spaces in the city.

Helpful to Know

There is a rental fee that includes use of the space for 4.5 hours, tables, chairs, dish ware, and glasses.

The Terrace at Hyatt House

Have. You. Seen. This. Terrace?  The tented area is such a romantic, gorgeous spot for your shower.   If you are looking for a venue that you’ll be able to basically walk into and have everything taken care of for you, Hyatt House is your spot.

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Capacity

The Hyatt House offers three unique spaces that fit a group of just about any size.

Helpful to Know

You will work with a professional event coordinator to make sure your event is pulled off without a hitch.  Space rents for a four hour time slot.  Need rooms for out of town guests?  Hyatt House can help you create a room block with easy online booking.

Carnegie Coffee Company

Italy’s best espresso and hand-crafted food.  Say no more.  Carnegie Coffee Company is another totally “Pinterest-worthy” space located in the old Carnegie Post Office.  The décor is fun and inviting while still maintaining some of the building’s original charm.  The prices are great and the friendly staff will work with you to create a flawless event.

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Capacity

If you are holding your shower doing business hours, the space accommodates up to 35 guests.  For events held after hours, the space boasts room for 150 guests.  During business hours, you will have private use of the mezzanine level.  After hours, you basically have access to the entire space.

Helpful to Know

If you opt for a shower during business hours, the food must be purchased from Carnegie Coffee Company.  You will have the ability to run a tab for guests’ drinks.  For after hour events, you may order food from Carnegie Coffee Company or bring in outside catered food.  After hours, there is a barista charge, but guests can indulge in unlimited drinks from the espresso bar, coffee, tea, and smoothies.

Slate Studio

Style and flexibility.  This place is a dream for anyone that really wants control over the look and feel of their shower or event.  You’ll be hard pressed to find any other venue in Pittsburgh that gives you such a beautiful blank canvas to design to your liking.  The team is a joy to work with and can recommend top vendors within your style and budget.

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Capacity

Up to 125 guests

Helpful to Know

From the room layout to the vendors to the décor, everything can be customized and designed around your vision.  You have the flexibility to use any caterer or bring in your own food and drink.  You can serve alcohol at your event, but insurance is required.

The Union Hall at Bar Marco

Bar Marco is a full-service events space in a turn of the century firehouse building.  With its textured ceiling and huge windows, the space is absolutely gorgeous.  We love the look of the long banquet tables, but there are a number of ways to configure tables and chairs in the space.  The rental fee is quite reasonable considering everything that is included and the food is always amazing!

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Capacity

Bar Marco can host showers for groups as large as 60 attendees.  If you plan on playing a lot of games or want more space for mingling, it would be best to cap your guest list at around 50.

Helpful to Know

As a “hospitality included” restaurant, you won’t need to worry about those pesky service and gratuity charges surprising you at the end of your party.

Smallman Galley

There are so many reasons to love Smallman Galley for a shower or special event.  The space itself is industrial cool perfection. Smallman Galley is actually two bars and four restaurants all in one space, which creates a totally unique dining experience.  They describe themselves as a restaurant incubator and food hall and because all four of the restaurant concepts partake in catering each event, the food is always guaranteed to be phenomenal!   If a good cocktail is your thing, they specialize in local, draft beer, small vineyard wines, and craft spirits and cocktails.

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Capacity

Smallman Galley can accommodate up to 24 guests in the Private Dining Room and Patio areas and 100 – 200 guests in the entirety of the space.

Helpful to Know

Are you busting at the seams with creative ideas for your party?  Smallman Galley has an awesome Brand and Marketing Manager that would love to partner with you to make your event truly one-of-a-kind

Sage Green, Taupe, & Ivory Wedding Inspiration

Naturally elegant and subtly rustic, this sage green, taupe, & ivory wedding inspiration is both versatile and modern.  The earthy tone of taupe and the ever-classic ivory keep things neutral, but sage green adds just a soft touch of color.  Together, this muted palette is anything but boring.  Incorporate soft details with silk ribbons, airy fabrics and tons of fresh greenery.  Dress it up with metallic touches or dress it down with woodsy pieces; either way, this color palette is beautifully organic.  Head to my Pinterest board for even more sage green, taupe, and ivory wedding ideas!

Loving the idea of a sage green, taupe, & ivory wedding?

What do you like about this palette?  Are you using any of these colors in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

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Honeymoon Must Haves Every Newlywed Will Love!

Whether you're headed to a relaxing tropical resort or busy European adventure, these honeymoon must haves are perfect for any newlywed!  Celebrate your “just married” status by treating yourself to one of these adorable Etsy finds.  From a cute tee that will let your fellow airplane passengers know exactly what you're celebrating to a travel scrapbook for documenting all of the fun you're bound to have, these items are sure to make your trip extra fun.  Head to my Etsy page for even more honeymoon must haves and my favorite take-along pieces for this vacation of a lifetime!

Honeymoon Must Haves Every Newlywed Will Love from Burgh Brides

  1. World Map Travel Scrapbook $30+
  2. Mrs. Custom Floppy Hat $28
  3. Honeymoonin' Tank $19
  4. Mr. & Mrs. Passport Holder $25
  5. Wifey Life Shirt $18.95
  6. Wifey Beach Cover Up $29.99
  7. Married AF Tee $16.99
  8. Personalized Honeymoon Beach Towel $38+
  9. Pair of Personalized Luggage Tags $19.99
  10. Travel Savings Shadow Box $28.74

Check out some of my other shopping guides!

Wedding Planning Stress: 6 Ways to Deal with It

If you’re nerves are shot and you’re looking for a few ways to deal with wedding planning stress, you’ve come to the right place today.  I’ve said it many times before…weddings don’t have to be stressful.  They really don’t.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t.  I’ll be the first to admit that I wanted to rip my own hair out on several occasions when planning our big day.  And I knew what I was doing for the most part!  If you’ve never planned a wedding before, it can be totally overwhelming.  No wonder you’re stressed out!  But you’ve got to find ways to deal with all of those nerves and pressure.  Here are a few of my favorites!   

6 Ways to Deal with Wedding Planning Stress from Burgh Brides

1.) A No-Wedding-Talk Date Night 

Your fiancé might thank you for this one too.  Plan a special night for just the two of you.  It can be a fancy new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try or even a night in sweats with plenty of wine, take out, and Netflix to go around.  Whatever it is, just make sure the topic of your wedding doesn’t come up.  Make it a wedding-talk free zone and I guarantee you’ll feel better in a few hours. 

2.) Step Away from Instagram

I love Instagram.  I really do.  I think it can be really helpful to brides at times.  But dang it if it can’t just confuse the heck out of you too.  After all, comparison is the thief of joy, right?  All of that scrolling may be leaving you with unrealistic expectations of your own wedding and stressing you out way more than you realize.  So step away from social media and just do what is in your heart. 

3.) Get Out of Your Own Head 

I’m an overthinker.  BIG time.  I analyze and I reanalyze and then I consult someone and then I analyze some more.  If you’re like me, STOP IT!  No, for real.  Worrying will get you nowhere and it’s probably part of the reason you’re so stressed out.  Make a decision and move on!  I guarantee the nitty gritty details that you’re agonizing over most likely won’t even be noticed by your guests. 

4.) Sleep On It 

Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, right?  Wrong!  When Justin and I get in an argument, sometimes it’s best to just go to sleep.  I used to want to stay up and fight until the issue was resolved.  But he taught me that usually if we just go to bed, we both waking up having realized how silly we were being.  The same can be said for something that is stressing you out.  Sometimes the best thing you can do it just walk away and come back to it later.  You’ll feel refreshed and your head will be clear. 

5.) Work It Out 

Running, yoga, cross fit, whatever…just get those endorphins flowing.  Working out makes you feel better because you’re forced to focus on something else (like breathing, form, or generally just not dying because you are like me and work out once every 87 days).  Move your body and your stress levels are bound to go down! 

6.) Take Care of Yourself 

Girl, you can’t forget about numero uno!  Stress can wreak havoc on your health.  So make sure you’re getting enough rest, eating properly, and drinking a boat load of water.  Take a nap, read a book, go get a massage, or treat yo’ self to a new pair of kick ass heels.  Wedding planning is not worth risking your health!  So make sure your brain and body stay in tip top shape!     

What other ways can one deal with the stress of wedding planning?  How do you combat it?  Comment below! 

5 Tips for Giving a Killer Wedding Toast

Are you a best man, maid of honor, or even father of the bride?  Then listen up!  You have a BIG responsibility at the wedding…giving a toast.  Some people cringe at the thought of speaking in public, but it’s part of the job for these important wedding players.  In front of all of the couple’s family and friends, you have to honor them and acknowledge the significance of that special day.  It seems daunting (and downright terrifying for some).  But lucky for you, I’m dishing out my five best tips for giving a killer wedding toast! 

Don’t wing it.

Do some prep work.  You don’t need to write your toast out word for word (and if you do, please don’t read it that way from paper at the reception).  But you should at least have a general idea of what you want to say.  An outline or even a few bullet points are the way to go.  You have a very important job.  Don’t leave it to the last minute, going with whatever pops into your head in the moment! 

Keep it brief.

Seriously.  2 – 3 minutes MAX!  No one wants to listen to you go on and on…and on…and on.  Sorry, but it's the truth.  When I was a wedding planner, I had to sit through some painfully long speeches.  In fact, our own day-of coordinator told my dad he had 3 minutes for his toast, during which he said that he had paid for more than 3 minutes.  Everyone got a good laugh at his joke, but I could see some of our friends start to lose focus at about minute ten.  Sorry, Dad, I love you but far too long.  If you want to keep people’s attention, be concise! 

Be funny.

It’s ok to be funny when giving a toast.  Actually, it’s much more entertaining!  Crack a few jokes or one-liners and you’ll be a hit with the crowd.   

But limit the inside jokes.

The above bullet point has a caveat.  Tell jokes…but make sure the jokes will be understood by most in attendance.  Inside jokes are only funny to a few people; that’s what makes them inside jokes.  You may get a few laughs from those in the know, but the rest of the guests will be left wondering what’s so funny.  Leave the cool kid jokes for another time. 

Remember: It’s a toast, not a roast.

This is not your opportunity to embarrass the newlyweds!  Keep it clean.  Leave exes out of it, no dirty jokes, and don’t do or say anything that a.) you will regret later or b.) will upset the happy couple.  Instead, think good thoughts, speak to the future, and celebrate the love and accomplishments of the couples. 

BONUS TIP: Don’t drink too much beforehand.

I know it seems like a few glasses of wine could loosen the nerves, especially if you’re already dreading speaking.  But alcohol could have some other side effects.  Slurred speech or even a case of the giggles could ruin your toast and make it memorable for the wrong reasons (ask me about the best man speech at my wedding…).  Keep it light at the cocktail hour; you can party hard when you hand the mic back to the DJ. 

Any other tips?  Have you ever given a toast at a wedding?  What helpful advice did you receive, or what should others learn from your experience?  Comment below! 

Navy & French Blue Wedding Inspiration

Light shades and moody hues come together in the navy & french blue wedding inspiration.  Since my college days of being a Kappa Kappa Gamma (Go Greek!), I've always loved the combination of dark and light blue.  Pair it with ethereal vibes and sophisticated wedding details and I just about melt.  French blue seems to be all the rage this year, but it becomes absolutely striking when put with classic navy blue.  I love the sophisticated juxtaposition of the combination.  To keep up with this vibe, stick to lighter fabrics like tulle, silk, chiffon, and even lace.  Opt for an icy or smoky blue wedding dress if you dare and style the gentlemen in dapper navy suits.  Dark colored glassware against soft table linens will have your guests talking, while blue thistle, blue bells, and delphinium will bring some of the palette to your centerpieces and bouquets.  Keep the Parisian vibe alive with beautiful china patterns, a dark velvet settee for lounge seating, and even a custom monogram that incorporates both initials and hues.  Tres chic!

For even more navy & french blue wedding ideas, visit my Pinterest board!  And then tell me what you think of this palette!  What do you like about it?  Are you using any of these colors in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

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EF Lighting: 6 Ways They Can Totally Transform Your Wedding Space

Do me a favor, ok?  Pretty, pretty please leave room in your wedding budget for lighting.  Did she say lighting?  Yes, lighting.  What’s the big deal with lighting?  Well, it’s only the easiest and most cost-effective way to totally jazz up a space.  NBD.  Want to dress up those ugly banquet room walls? Want to feel like a superstar with a dance floor spot light?  Want your guests to feel like they are in a completely new world?  The answer to all of these questions is lighting, my friends.  And speaking of friends, my pals at EF Lighting are the best in the biz.  Whether it’s creating something completely unique or making your Pinterest dreams come true, Amanda and her team love bringing a client’s personality alive through lighting.  Their process is to make the lighting design fit the style, budget, and desires of their couples – not the other way around.  Not only will you love working with Amanda and her team (nicest.people.ever.), but they’ll help you completely transform your wedding space with their lighting know-how.  Here are six ways how!

Uplighting

Uplighting has been super popular for years, and I’m so happy about it.  It’s pretty self-explanatory…uplights are LIGHTS that shine UP and they’re normally cast vertically on a wall from the floor.  Whether it’s a splash of color or even just a soft white wash to give the room a glow, uplights can make a venue look and feel completely different.  They create an ambiance, which is exactly what you want!

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Gobos

A gobo is metal plate that projects a certain image or words on to a surface.  Ever see a bride and groom’s name or initials on the dance floor?  That’s a gobo, and it’s one way to get totally personal with your lighting.  A custom-made gobo can show off just about any image or phrase that you want.  Keep it simple with your first names and wedding date or get really fancy with the filigree pattern and custom monogram from your invitations.  Either way, a custom gobo really allows you to put your own mark on the occasion.

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Pin Spots

You’ve spent THOUSANDS of dollars on the flowers, linens, cake, etc. etc. etc.  Do you really want all of that to fade into a dark background and be unseen by everyone?  Highlight all of your details with pin spots!  These tiny lights hang from the ceiling and are literally a personal spot light for all of your wedding details.  Your four-tier buttercream cake might be pretty now, but it’s going to be ABSOLUTELY STUNNING when showcased under one of these babies!

Traveling Spot Lights

Elevate your first dance as newlyweds with a traveling spot light.  It’s very Cinderella-esque and you’ll feel like the star of your very own show.  During those three or four minutes, all of your guests will be staring at you anyways.  Make sure they can actually SEE you!  Don’t let this special dance fall into the shadows.  Instead, really call attention to it with a spot light that follows every move.

Bistro & String Lights

Add a whimsical look to your space with hanging bistro or string lights.  Strung above your dance floor or even hung vertically behind your sweetheart table, these lights bring a touch of romance and fantasy no matter where they are.

Statement Lighting Pieces

Really want to make jaws drop?  Go for a statement lighting piece that I guarantee your guests have never seen before.  From Edison bulb chandeliers to colorful, glowing lampshades suspended over dinner tables, EF Lighting has a ton of cool, funky ideas that will WOW.

EF Lighting: 6 Ways They Can Totally Transform Your Wedding Space from Burgh Brides

Trust me when I say this – you won’t regret allocating some of your wedding budget for lighting.  But if you still need some more convincing, head on over to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide to read more about how EF Lighting can help to BRIGHTEN UP your wedding day!  (See what I did there?)

Wedding Websites: What to Include on Yours

I’ve already made my case on why wedding websites are so important.  Sites like Minted, Zola, and even The Knot have made it super easy to have your own little space on the world wide web with simple-to-use templates.  But what kind of information should you included on your website and how should you organize it?  Today, I’m breaking down for ya!  Make your wedding website a one-stop-shop for big day details and your guests will be thanking you for keeping them well-informed.  Here are a few key pieces of info yours should include!

What to Include on Your Wedding Website from Burgh Brides

The Scoop on the Two of You! 

  • Tell the story of how you met and what made you fall in love with each other.  Have your spouse-to-be write their own version of the story, in addition to yours, for extra brownie points.   
  • Give all of the proposal details…how, when, where, whether you cried, who you called first, etc.  People want to know!   
  • Don’t forget photos!  They don’t have to be engagement or even professional photos!  Pics from your vacation, their birthday, or just a random date night are a-ok!   
  • Include some fun stuff, like a random list of your favorite things, little known facts, or even mildly embarrassing stories about each other just for kicks.   

Ceremony and Reception Information 

  • Provide the address for both the ceremony and reception sites. 
  • List the start time of all events, including the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.   
  • You can also include the suggested attire here. 
  • A list of bridal party members 
  • Go the extra mile and include a photo, a short description of who they are, and what makes them so special to you.  Don’t forget flower girls and ring bearers!   

Honeymoon Information 

  • Let guests know when and where you’ll be honeymooning!   

Registry 

  • It’s a major faux pas to include your registries on your wedding invitations!  It is much better suited for your website.  But be sure to link to your personal registry and not just the store’s general site!  Save your guests the trouble of having to search for your wish list.   

Hotel Information 

  • Provide the address, phone number, and website of the hotel.   
  • If you’re negotiated a discounted rate, make sure to include that and instructions on how guests can receive that rate.  For example, some hotels provide you a code that can be used with online booking; others prefer reservations are made over the phone.   

Transportation Information 

  • Driving directions from the hotel to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, and from the reception back to the hotel.  Don’t assume everyone has an iPhone (my grandparents sure don't) or knows where they are going! 
  • Shuttle departure times and locations, if you are providing this service 
  • Phone numbers or websites for local rental car companies and taxi services 

Visitor Information 

  • Out of town guests will likely make a mini vacation out of your wedding weekend.  Give them plenty of entertainment options by providing a list of your favorite attractions, restaurants, and other not-to-be missed spots.   

A Guest Book 

  • Create a section where friends and family, particularly those who cannot attend, can leave well-wishes.   

Song Requests 

  • To ensure your guests will be keeping the dance floor full all night, give them to opportunity to request songs that get them up on their feet! 

RSVPs 

  • For some couples, collecting RSVPs online is the way to go.  Personally, I still like to see a response card in an invitation suite, but I think websites are a great place to gather RSVPs for your rehearsal dinner, farewell brunch, or even your bridal shower! 

Some other tips to make your wedding website extra awesome: 

  • Post any last minute changes on the homepage.  This will ensure guests see it!  You don’t want them to have to dig through pages of information to find an important update.   
  • Make it fun!  People like to laugh so tell funny stories, act a little goofy, and just be yourself in your writing.  Reading it should feel like your guests are speaking right to you.   
  • Keep it clean.  Make your information easy to find with clear page names, lists of bullet points, and short paragraphs.   
  • Have a basic skeleton of your website ready when you send your Save the Dates.  That way you can include the URL (the web address) on them.  Post basic information that you know at that time, such as date and location, and let guests know that more details will be posted as they’re finalized.   
  • And last but not least, don’t put your phone number on your website!  You DO NOT want people calling you with questions on the day of your wedding!!!  Trust meeeee! 

Any other information you like to see on a wedding website?  What did you include on yours?  Do you think your guests find it helpful?   

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas Your Girls are Going to LOVE!

Looking for the perfect way to thank the ladies in your bridal party?  Look no further than these cute and affordable bridesmaids gift ideas from Etsy!  I scoured the site and found my faves, ranging from makeup bags, tumblers, jewelry, and more!  Show your appreciation for all of the time and energy your gal pals are putting into your big day by gifting them something symbolic of your gratitude.  These something on this list to fit just about any taste, but if you still need some inspiration, check out other bridesmaids gift ideas from Etsy!

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas from Burgh Brides

  1. Custom Wine Cup or Tumbler $15
  2. Homemade Sugar Scrub $9
  3. Personalized Ring Dish $12
  4. Bridesmaid Hanger with Name $8.25
  5. Floral Tumbler $16
  6. Personalized Leather Keychain $16.45
  7. Personalized Makeup Bag $16.95
  8. Dainty Monogram Necklace $35
  9. Sideways Initial Necklace $26
  10. Personalized Glass Box $45