The Styled Note – April 2018
Happy April to you! We are so excited to to start spring with our couples who are just as kind as they are creative, and we also get to spend many weekends this month and throughout the year with some of the most talented wedding professionals in Philadelphia and beyond. Let’s check back on March!
March included a wedding video share from Tweed Video – one of the best perks of any month, if you ask us – as we welcomed Kelsey and Max to our Facebook page. We’ve mentioned their Weyhill Guest House wedding before, but K+M’s video allows you to see all of their classic details much more closely. Plus, Kelsey’s dad made a sweet speech, and the rain toward the end of the night did not stop anyone from continuing to dance underneath their tent.
March also allowed us to network with industry professionals thanks to a day of learning with The Knot! We were named one of the The Knot’s 2018 Best of Weddings picks for wedding planning, and our Wedding Director/Owner, Susan, arrived to her seat and was greeted by a delicious cookie from Nutmeg Bakeshop and prosecco to celebrate! That wasn’t our only day with professionals, however. We caught up with photographer Pat Furey and his wife Claire, met Magi from Magdelena Studios, toured the Museum of the American Revolution – a beautiful new venue where Brulee Catering is also a partner, visited Maggpie Vintage Rental’s new home, and traveled to Delaware with Coastal Tents, Sullivan Owen, and Nage Catering to prep as a group for an upcoming June wedding at Good Earth Market. March was its own whirlwind!
As our spring wedding season kicks off, you will find us at The Logan for two beautiful weddings, the Horticulture Center, the Kimmel Center, and Royal Oak, Maryland where we will plan and style a tented fete at our bride’s father’s home on the water. And, those are just April’s weddings! Make sure to follow along on Instagram (don’t forget to check Insta Stories!) and Facebook as we share behind the scenes peeks throughout the month.
Cheers to a wonderful April!
Susan & The Styled Bride Team
We’re thrilled to share a peek behind the wedding day of Alaina and James! A+J were married in August, and they both spent the morning getting ready at The Logan Hotel before their ceremony at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Post vows, Alaina and James traveled throughout the city for one of our favorite portrait sessions to date. Photos began in front of the church, and they continued to the Rodin Museum (one of our go-to locations because it’s stunning in every season) and finally down Broad Street for a classic, must-have photo in front of City Hall. They rejoined their family and friends at The Logan for one of the most elegant weddings we have planned at this hotel to date. The ballroom was filled with neutral blooms and tons of candles thanks to Beautiful Blooms Events, the couple’s chairs included vinyl decals from The Papery (we loved them, and so did they!), plus their dance floor even had a monogram where guests gathered all night long. Sarah DiCicco and CinemaCake captured A+J’s day beautifully!
Gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen are some of the toughest things to find, and we’re so excited to share we have found a great option for groomsmen. Meet Knotty Tie Co.! This U.S. based company creates custom ties, bow ties, and pocket squares for gents. You can choose from one of their many patterns, or you can have them create a custom option. They can even color match to the fabric from the dresses your bridesmaids will wear. There isn’t a minimum order either, so feel free to order one for your groom or 20 for everyone in your wedding party.
Q: We know it’s tradition to cut a wedding cake, but is it something we must do?
A: Absolutely not! We have many couples who have chosen to go against the grain and not formally cut a wedding cake. You can opt for a dessert bar with many options, serve donuts, ice cream, or even offer pie to your guests. Of course, you can still have cake too! Another idea is to cut your cake off to the side for the photo op, but never mention you’re doing so to your guests who can keep dancing instead. There are many options, but you shouldn’t feel as though you have to continue a tradition that doesn’t feel authentic to you.
We’re asked often to share our favorite stores and boutiques for bridesmaid dresses, and we think this article from Philadelphia Wedding is the BEST! Just like their previous article about the 19 best places to shop for your wedding dress, they have also explored the 19 best places to shop for bridesmaids’ dresses. Of course Bella Bridesmaids is on the list, but we also love their inclusion of BHLDN, Anthropologie, Weddington Way, and Elizabeth Johns. There are many more in their post, so make sure to check out the full list!