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Create A Nostalgic ’90s Bridal Shower Your Guests Will Love

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A good theme can elevate a bridal shower from ordinary to incredible. Perfect for just about any event, the nostalgic 1990s is always a win. We’ve put together a list of our favorite ideas that celebrate the bride and the best decade ever! 

Lisa Frank Neon Colors & Holograms

Did you have iconic Lisa Frank notebooks, pencil cases, trapper keepers, or folders to keep your school work organized? What about holographic sneakers, jewelry, or purses? These items scream ‘90s and are perfect for using as decor for a bridal shower. Lisa Frank has made a come back in recent years and party decor can be found at many online retailers. 


Create a candy table where guests will be able to satisfy their nostalgic sweet tooth. Include treats like Airheads, Gushers, WarHeads, Pop Rocks, and Fruit Stripe gum. Don’t forget to include a Ring Pop for every guest so they can enjoy some sweet bling! 


Remember puffy paint? It is now known as 3D fabric paint and you can find it at your local craft stores. Pick up white t-shirts in various sizes so guests can have fun creating shirts that celebrate the bride-to-be. 

Fun Games

Guests will have a blast taking turns at smacking a pinata until prizes break free. Have a custom piñata made in the shape of an iconic ‘90s symbol like a cassette tape, the MTV logo, or a smiley face. Mad-Libs were all the rage in the ‘90s, so have guests fill in the blanks using a feather-tipped pen that the cast of Clueless will approve of.

Party Favors

Send guests home with a goodie bag full of nostalgia. Include items such as a Pez Dispenser, mood rings, yoyos, wax lips, Lisa Frank stickers, pogs, sticker earrings, and slap bracelets. 

To get more inspiration for your ’90s themed shower, head over to Kara’s Party Ideas to check out this rad ’90s Birthday Party she planned!

Did you plan a totally tubular ‘90s themed bridal shower? If so, we would love to get the low-down on it! Contact us today!

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Plan a Earth-Friendly Green Wedding With These 5 Tips

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For most couples, their wedding is one of the most important days of their lives. Weddings require a lot of planning and are usually a one day event, so waste is inevitable. If you want to make an ecological impact on your wedding by planning a sustainable green wedding, look no further. We’ve put together ideas to help you plan an earth-friendly wedding. 

Choose A Central Eco-Friendly Location

One of the biggest impacts that a wedding can make on Mother Earth is the travel involved for guests. Choose a central location that is as close to as many guests as possible. Guests will appreciate a shortened travel time and reduced costs that may have otherwise needed an overnight stay at a hotel. Choosing a sustainable venue not only helps the environment, but it also supports local businesses. Consider reciting your vows and holding your reception at a local farm or garden. For our favorite Philadelphia-area venues to partner with, check out our EBE Venue Spotlights!

Buy Thrifted or Borrow A Wedding Dress

The sticker shock alone of a brand new wedding dress can be totally avoided by choosing to wear a dress that a friend or family member wore when they walked down the aisle. Thrifting a beautiful vintage dress and having it altered to fit is another sustainable option that helps save the environment and the green in your wallet. 

Choose Flowers Sustainably 

Finding flowers for your wedding can be equal parts sustainable and beautiful. If you live in an area where you can forage flowers, consider making a DIY flower crown or headpiece with your floral finds. If foraging isn’t an option, work with your florist to choose flowers that are in season and locally grown. A sustainable alternative to flowers is to use potted plants or lanterns that double as decor or favors.

Shop Small For Your Wedding Food

Supporting caterers that choose locally-sourced food that is grown and raised by local farmers helps keep your dollars within the local community, AND supports sustainable farming practices. Choose local brews crafted by your favorite brewery instead of buying commercially made beers.

Recycled Paper Products

Mailed invitations are considered the norm when it comes to notifying your guests of the wedding event. More supplies are moving toward using sustainable products to craft their invitations with recycled materials or tree-free paper. If you want to skip paper invites totally, there are websites available to help you build beautiful electronic invitations, such as Paperless Post.

Did these tips help you create a greener wedding event? If so, we would love to hear all about it! Contact us today!

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Build A Bridesmaid Survival Kit That Your Bridal Party Will Love

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There’s a famous phrase that applies to nearly every aspect of life: “Sh!t happens.” Sometimes that “sh!t” is out of our control, and weddings are no exception to this phrase. Being prepared for those setbacks as best as possible can turn a wedding from a near disaster to smooth sailing. Your bridesmaids will thank you if you give them a survival kit to keep those little disasters at bay during your big day! 

Two Words… Fabric. Tape.

If hem decides to loosen, a bra strap keeps slipping, or a flower applique falls off of the flower girl’s dress, don’t fret. Fabric tape will fix things right up. You can find fabric tape at your local sewing and craft store or at online retailers

Handle the Aches & Pains.

Headaches and heartburn don’t care if you’re relaxing at home or about to watch your best friend marry the love of her life. Popping a few single-serving packers of Tylenol, Advil, and antacid tablets in the bridesmaid survival kit will keep discomfort at bay. [While you’re at it, throw in a few Electrolyte Replenishers to help with the inevitable alcohol-induced dehydration.]

Bobby Pins Can Save The ‘Do.

If your bridesmaids are all rocking beautiful hairstyles for your wedding, stock their kits with bobby pins just in case a hair emergency arises. 

Avoid the Mess.

Like fabric tape, Stain Removal Sticks can be a life saver. Some sauce from that appetizer landed on the flower girl’s dress? No problem! A little dab of the stain removal stick will have her cleaned up in no time.

Don’t Skip The Food & Drink.

With so much going on throughout the wedding day, it can be easy to forget to eat and drink. Include a tasty energy bar and a bottle of water for your bridesmaids to keep their energy high all day long. 

Did these tips help you build a bridesmaid survival kit for your bridal party? We’d love to hear about it! Contact us today!

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EBE Wedding Venue Spotlight: Cairnwood Estate

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Finding a great venue for each step of your wedding weekend can be an overwhelming task. To make it even more difficult, Philadelphia is filled with hundreds of incredible venues where couples choose to get married every year. We’ve done the legwork for you and highlighted some of our favorite venues to partner with in our EBE Venue Spotlight. This month, we’re featuring Cairnwood Estate.

Located 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia, you will find the beautiful Huntingdon Valley – home to Cairnwood Estate. This Beaux-Arts style estate was designed by Carrère and Hastings, and is filled with incredible decorative elements from classical Greek and Roman architecture with French Renaissance influence. This historical estate, built in 1895, is one of the Philadelphia area’s best places to celebrate your wedding.

Although Cairnwood Estate does not host ceremonies, it is perfect for hosting unforgettable wedding receptions. Prior to the start of cocktail hour, brides are invited to take advantage of the bridal suite, which features 2 rooms and several bathrooms to relax and be pampered in. Grooms can kick back with a cocktail and relax in the groom’s suite.

The Garden House is a charming building located on the estate property, and it is perfect for hosting your wedding rehearsal dinner. The space can comfortably hold up to 40 guests and is convenient for guests to access, especially if they are staying nearby for the wedding day. 

Weather permitting, your guests can enjoy the cocktail hour outside in the breathtaking gardens. Beautifully manicured lawns with walking paths are surrounded by immaculately maintained gardens, which is the perfect spot on the property to begin celebrating life as newlyweds. 

If you choose to get married at Cairnwood Estate, you will be granted private access to the estate, as only one wedding is held at the estate per day. Receptions are held on the first floor of the estate with access to six historic rooms that include the Great Hall, Music Room, Music Room, Library, Billiards Room, and Dining Room with a maximum capacity of 275 guests. The estate allows couples to utilize as many of these spaces as they would like during the celebration. Most receptions held at Cairnwood last 5 hours, but additional time is available as needed. 

Cairnwood Estate offers weekly wedding tours from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday evenings. If this conflicts with your schedule, private tours are also available by appointment on the weekends and during the week.

Did you host your wedding at Cairnwood Estate? If so, contact us! We would love to hear all about it.

Photos: Anastasia Romanova – To see more images of Michelle & Anthony’s Wedding with DJ Everett, click here!

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EBE Vendor Feature: Stephanie Carr from the Fitler Club

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In our industry, it’s impossible to execute an incredible event without the help of other dynamic vendors. In our Vendor Features, we learn more about the people who we love to work with event after event, and year after year. Next up is Stephanie Carr, Catering Director at the Fitler Club.

 Stephanie Carr has been in the events industry for 14+ years, and joined the Fitler Club pre-opening team in the Summer of 2018. The Fitler Club itself opened in January of this year, and has been thriving since!

The Fitler Club is one of Philadelphia’s up-and-coming private clubs. The membership offers some pretty incredible benefits such as hotel suites, an incredible restaurant, and an outstanding game room. One pretty cool feature of the Fitler Club is that you don’t have to be a member to host your wedding event here. Everything within the Fitler Club is brand new, modern, and provides the perfect environment to celebrate love.


To learn more about the club itself, head to April 2019’s EBE Venue Spotlight!

I was able to sit down with Stephanie to ask her a few questions… check it out!

What makes the Fitler Club stand out next to companies like it?

An incredible attention to detail and guest experience. Exceptional homemade food by Marc Vetri.

Favorite Wedding Month?

December. I love a great winter wedding. Especially with light snow on the ground that doesn’t impact travel!

Favorite Spot in Philadelphia?

Vedge Restaurant

Favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

Dining al fresco

What is your Best Advice for Potential Clients?

Trust the event professionals you’ve hired. We do this Every.Single.Weekend. Weddings and planning doesn’t have to be stressful – that’s what we’re here for.

Do you play any instruments?

No! I am nowhere near musically inclined.

What wedding trends are you loving?

Dark, moody colors and tones — and hanging/suspended decor

What wedding trends are you ready to see go away?

Mason jars and burlap

What motivates you to work hard?

My profession is very rewarding – I often get to see my client’s dreams come true on one of the most memorable days of their lives. I strive to make every single client feel special and attended to.

What is your zodiac sign?


Tell us about your favorite event!

I have so many! One that stands out was a gala for the opening of a children’s hospital, where cocktails took place in the lobby, followed by dinner in a tent on top of the parking garage. It was one of the most logistically-challenging events I have ever worked in my career, but incredibly rewarding when all went as planned. What I remember most is celebrating with our entire team and client afterward. There is no better feeling!

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I’m seriously good at pinball and a fairly good bowler. I’m getting to hone in on those talents here at Fitler Club’s Trophy Room!

What is your go-to at karaoke?


If you could join any past or present music group, which would you want to join?

Though I wouldn’t be able to contribute anything musically, I would love to go on tour with DMB!

What is your favorite thing about your career?

Being challenged to create fun ways to tell stories through food & beverage. And… tastings. All the tastings.

Let’s see some of your work!

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5 Creative “Save The Date” Ideas

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The date is set. The venue is booked. What’s the next step? Spread the word about your upcoming wedding by sending out “Save the Dates”! If you want your Save the Dates to match the theme of the wedding invitations and decor, plan out those details as soon as possible! 

Save the dates are generally sent via mail about 8 to 12 months prior to the wedding event and the formal invitations are sent about 8 weeks before the wedding. If you’re looking for some fun and unique ideas for your save the dates, look no further. We’ve put together a list of some creative save the date ideas for you!

Infographic Save The Date

Tell the story of your love from the first date to when your love popped the question with these unique infographic Save the Dates. The “fun fact” section is particularly adorable on these save the dates from Zazzle!

Magnet Save The Date

Most people keep reminders stuck to their refrigerator, so it makes sense to create Save the Dates that double as magnets! You can easily make your own magnet Save the Dates with this DIY tutorial from Something Turquoise.

Vintage Library Card Save The Date

Although a thing of the past, paper library cards were used for decades to keep track of books that were borrowed. Keep your love of books alive by spreading the word of your upcoming nuptials with vintage library card Save the Dates. We love the vintage paper look of these found on Etsy.

Puzzle Piece Save The Date

Add a touch of playfulness to your wedding event celebration with puzzle piece Save the Dates. Step it up a notch by opting to use wood instead of paper to create a more rustic appeal that will set the tone for your wedding event. These puzzle Save the Date Wood Magnets are perfect.

Pet Save The Date

If you and yours have a pet, allow it to take center stage in your Save the Dates! These cute oversized dog tags from Etsy are the perfect way to spread the news about your wedding. You could make this a fun DIY project, or enlist the help of a professional photographer.

If you sent out creative Save the Dates, we’d love to hear about them! Contact us today!

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Everything You Need To Know About Choosing Your Flower Girl

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Cute as a button and totally endearing, the flower girl you choose will add an extra pint-sized sweetness to your big day. Although she is the smallest member of your bridal party, her important role within the ceremony is anything but tiny. If you’re not sure where to start when choosing a flower girl, keep reading! We’ve put together a list of everything you need to know about choosing your flower girl. 

The Flower Girl’s Age

Most brides usually choose a flower girl between the ages of 3 and 7 years old. Is this a rule? Absolutely not – it is your wedding! If you choose to have a young child that is not walking yet as your flower girl, consider having her ride along in a cart or wagon while being pulled by an older child. If you choose to include older children in your bridal party, give them the title of junior bridesmaid instead! 

How Many Flower Girls?

Do you have a couple of cute little girls that you just adore? Ask them both! The power of the buddy system will be in your favor here. They will walk down the aisle side-by-side scattering flower petals, confetti, or blowing bubbles. Your guests will love it. Most brides choose to limit the number of flower girls to one or two.

The Flower Girl Attire

Some people like to have their flower girl in a white dress like the bride, whereas others choose to match her to the wedding party. The bride will have the final say on the flower girl’s accessories and dress, but work together with her parents to ensure everyone is happy. Choose a few different dresses that you love and allow the parents to make the final choice. Keep in mind that kids grow pretty quickly, so if you’re buying your dress far in advance, consider sizing up a bit to account for growth.

Duties For The Flower Girl

After the maid of honor takes her stroll down the aisle during the ceremony processional, the flower girl will walk down the aisle. Typically she has a basket in hand and will toss flowers, flower petals, confetti, or candy as she walks. If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional item to toss, some brides choose to have the flower girl hold a parasol, or hand out single flowers to guests that line the aisle. The options are endless! To make sure she is familiar with the other members of your bridal party, include her in the bridal shower and other age-appropriate events you have planned for your bridesmaids. Lastly, make sure she understands her duties and have her practice what she needs to do often!

Did these tips help you choose your flower girl? If so, we would love to hear all about your wedding event. Contact us today!

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Wedding Day Timing Tips To Make Your Day A Breeze

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Are you having a formal black-tie wedding with 200 guests or a laid back garden wedding with your nearest and dearest? Maybe something in between? Regardless of the type of wedding you’re having, the timing on your big day can make your day perfect or make it a near-disaster. Emotions and stress will be running high on the day of, so leaving the timing of the day’s events up to fate could cause a mishap. Creating a schedule of events a few weeks in advance is a sure-fire way to ensure the day runs as smooth as possible. We’ve put together a list of some helpful tips to keep your wedding day timeline on schedule. 

Include every major event.

Although the wedding toast, first dance, and cake cutting are important chapters in the story of the day, there are other details that should be on the timeline too. Adding in events like getting dressed, hair, makeup, transportation, and gift exchanges will take up valuable time in the day. 

Allow ample of time for photos.

One of the biggest mistakes that a couple can make is not allowing enough time for staged photos to be taken of family, friends, and the wedding party. If you have a large wedding party and a lot of family that you would like to be captured in your wedding photos, it can seem like a daunting task to corral everyone together. Giving someone the task of gathering everyone together will help keep things orderly.

Let guests enjoy their meal.

If you have decided to serve a multi-course plated meal at your wedding, allow guests to enjoy the food without them feeling rushed. Each course should be given 20 to 30 minutes before moving on to the next. To cut down on time, allow guests to move to a buffet style dessert table so they can enjoy sweet treats at their leisure. 

Give yourself time to relax with your new spouse.

You just got married… now is the time to celebrate as newlyweds! Take time to be alone with your new spouse and enjoy one another’s company at the wedding, even if it is only for 15 or 20 minutes. That alone time after getting married is special.

Your schedule won’t be perfect. 

Give yourself a buffer of time in events and understand that delays happen. If you schedule your timeline down to the minute and it doesn’t go according to plan, your stress may go through the roof. Things like traffic and road construction can cause delays so give yourself a little extra time to get from one venue to the next.

Choose a company or professional who will handle it for you.

At EBE, our bandleaders and event captains take pride in their ability to create comprehensive timelines for events. Your photographer and stylist team will also be able to give you timing pointers to fill the rest of the day. If you’re worried about staying on time, a day-of coordinator will be a great option to create (and hold you to) a timeline.

Did these tips help you create the perfect timeline for your wedding? If so, we would love to hear all about it! Contact us today!

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What is the Cost to Hire a Wedding Band?

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Learn Beautiful Calligraphy For Your Wedding DIY Projects

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Most brides-to-be spend a lot of time daydreaming about the details of their wedding, even before they get engaged! Part of that daydreaming includes the decor. Beautifully crafted calligraphy on the invitations, table numbers, signs, and more add a touch of elegance to any wedding event. What if we told you that you can learn how to write delicate calligraphy to add a touch of DIY to your event?

Calligraphy is fairly easy to learn if you have a steady hand and can commit the time. Wedding planning can be an incredibly stressful time and many folks turn to calligraphy as a way to relax and de-stress from the wedding planning process.

A Beginner’s Course

If you do well with following a course to learn something new, The Postman’s Knock offers an online course for a very reasonable $25. They teach both left handed and right handed folks how to use a dip-pen. There are a few supplies that you’ll need that can be purchased online or at your local craft store.

Take Your Time and Practice

Calligraphy is not something that is learned overnight. It will take time to perfect those letters to the standard that you’re happy with producing. Set aside some time every day to practice and before you know it, you’ll be a pro!

Plan Ahead

If there are certain aspects of your event that you would like to take the reins on and craft a calligraphy project, allow yourself ample time to perfect the letters that will be featured on your craft. If you have a moderate guest list and would like to tackle place cards and table numbers, don’t try to tackle everything at once – your hands will thank you. Take the total number of cards and signs that you need to prepare and break it up into manageable chunks to work on.

Ask For Help!

Hobbyist calligraphers are happy to help one another. Search online or seek out local calligraphers to help you jump over those hurdles that you may experience while learning this new craft. Make sure to compensate them for their time!

Did these tips help you start the process of learning calligraphy for your wedding DIY projects? If so, we would love to see the projects you crafted and hear all about your wedding event! Contact us today!

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