Maybe it’s just us, but it seems a little too coincidental that “hitch” rhymes with “bitch” and “witch.” Steer clear of the stereotypes for your big day. Stress doesn’t impress.
Don’t let shopping for the gem in question become an ethical dilemma. See the ladies at Bario-Neal for a custom engagement ring made from 100 percent recycled metals and ethically sourced stones.
Put guests on alert with something from Philly stationery company Bird & Banner. With whimsical details and materials like wood and layered paper, stitching, and funky fonts, these invites are a neat way to say save the date.
A little atmosphere goes a long way. Host a city wedding at Washington Square; the private event space has an outside courtyard that leads into a lofty dining room with space for a dance floor and band.
Bailey Hale, Judith Campbell, and Armas Koehler at Moda Botanica create gorgeous, cutting-edge bouquets, centerpieces, and floral arrangements. They’ll match their designs with your style for something to perfectly suit your tastes.
Dessert Can’t Hurt
Any bride worth her salt should meet the friendly folks at Bredenbeck’s Bakery. Hook up in the old-school baker’s private consultation room for tastings and mock-ups. New for fall: pumpkin pound cake, an unexpected but delicious addition to any wedding.
Give and Let Live
They came; they wept; they danced. Don’t let guests leave empty-handed. Antoine Amrani, former chocolatier at Le Bec Fin, makes his signature wedding bonbons in banana rum, coffee, or sour cherry. Try the chocolate palets (squares with fillings) in raspberry, coconut Kaffir lime, or almond praline.
The fete, the guests, no mess: success.
Photos: Courtesy of Bario-Neal; Courtesy of Bird & Banner; Courtesy of Starr Restaurants; Michael Persico / Courtesy of Moda Botanica; Courtesy of Bredenbeck’s Bakery; Iggy Ruggieri / Courtesy of iggyshoots.com