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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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Everything You Need To Know About Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

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Traditionally, a wedding rehearsal dinner is for the family and wedding party to enjoy one another’s company before the couple says I do. The couple will take the time to thank everyone involved with the planning of the event. Are you ready to start planning your rehearsal dinner but are not sure where to begin? We’ve put together a list of everything you need to know about your rehearsal dinner.

Photo by Alison Dunn Photography

Who is invited?

Of course these rules are only a guideline! Most couples usually invite their wedding party and their plus 1s. If you have children that are participating in the ceremony, it is a nice gesture to include them and their parents in the event as well. All parental figures, siblings (and their plus 1s), and grandparents should be included in the rehearsal dinner as well.

Where is the ideal place?

You’re probably going to want to skip McDonalds for this meal, but you don’t need to have everyone dress in black-tie either… save that for the wedding! Keep it simple and private by renting out the private dining room of a restaurant or hosting in someone’s backyard if weather permits.

Who foots the bill?

This is where the lines get blurred and it’s ultimately up to you and your families. Traditionally, the bride’s family takes care of the cost of the wedding, so it is customary for the groom’s family to take care of the bill for the rehearsal dinner. However, the dynamic of every family is different, so don’t discount the to-be-married couple from paying or have the bill split evenly between the two families.

Photo by Alison Dunn Photography

When does the dinner happen?

Most couples choose to have a run through of the ceremony the day before the wedding, and then have the rehearsal dinner immediately after. If a different day is better suited to you and your guests, then don’t feel obligated to do it the day before the wedding.

What happens?

It is customary for gifts to be given to the wedding parties from the to-be-married couple to thank them for all of their efforts in planning the event and participating in the ceremony. Toasts are very common and often given by the host of the dinner. The to-be-married couple may even want to say a few words to their family and friends.

 

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5 Dos and Don’ts For Crafting Your Wedding Website

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After the question is popped and you’re wearing a sparkly new engagement ring on your finger, the millions of questions will begin rolling in! Did you set a date? Did you find a venue? Where are you registered?

A wedding website is a fantastic resource to allow guests to obtain the details of your event on their own time. Not sure where to begin? We’ve put together a list of some dos and don’ts when you’re in the process of creating your wedding website.

Do: Tell Your Story

Everyone loves love, so including the story of your relationship on your wedding website will make your friends and family say “Aww!”. Stick to the happy times and leave out details that may make folks a little uncomfortable.

Don’t: Leave It Unprotected

Your wedding website will include personal details with dates, times, and addresses of your event. Protecting your website with a password is becoming a pretty standard practice these days and ensures that your event remains private.

Do: Include Detailed Information

Your guests will need details! This includes guest arrival times, detailed directions to the venue, hotel block information, the open bar/cash bar options, the wedding dress code (check out the EBE blog to decode it!), registry information, and transportation options. Make sure the information is formatted clearly and in a way that makes sense to your guests.

Don’t: Mention Invite-Only Pre-Wedding Events

Typically bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and the rehearsal dinner are smaller invite-only events. Keep the details of these events off of the website, as most of your guests will not be in attendance.

Do: Stick To Your Theme

Keep your wedding website in line with the theme of your wedding event by using similar colors, patterns, and photos that match your wedding style. If you’ve chosen to take themed engagement photos, they will blend perfectly into the website and add personal flair.

Did these tips help you craft your wedding website? If so, we want to hear all about your event! Contact us today!



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Uncork The Secrets To A Wedding Bar Spread Guests Will Love

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Although guests hope for an open bar at wedding receptions, it isn’t always a feasible option for couples that are sticking to a budget. With a little know-how and creativity, you can create the ideal bar spread for your guests and your wallet.

Do a little math…

Before you make any decisions on what you plan to serve at your reception, you will need to take a look at your guest list and do a little math. To get a rough estimate of how many drinks each person is expected to have during the event, this handy calculator does the hard work for you!

Offer what you can afford.

Even though your Great Aunt Sally has a preference for top shelf liquor, it doesn’t mean you’re required to serve it at your event. Don’t feel pressured by your guests’ preferences, and offer the beverages that fit best into your budget.

Signature drinks are a big hit.

Choosing two or three signature drinks offer hard liquor to guests, but keep your budget in mind. Your signature drinks can match the theme of your event, the season, and can even represent you and your future spouse! For example, if you are hosting your event in the summer, consider a fruity cocktail and give it a catchy name that speaks on your relationship or the overall event.

Limit champagne to the toast.

It’s no surprise that many of your guests will want to drink champagne at a wedding. Only offering a glass during the toasts of the reception will satisfy guests enough if it isn’t in your budget to provide all night. Some couples even choose to skip it entirely and guests will raise their glass of whatever they happen to be drinking.

Think outside of the box!

Offering big batch cocktails in beverage dispensers are a big hit! Cocktails like sangria, bourbon punches, and boozy iced tea will win guests over in the warm months. In the colder months, consider fall versions of these cocktails by using autumn fruits, ciders, and spices.

All inclusive catering.

Some caterers offer alcohol within their catering packages, whereas others offer it as add-on options. Make sure all of the details of what exactly is offered is laid out in the contract.

Did these tips help you create a wedding reception bar that your guests enjoyed? If so, we want to hear all about your event! Contact us today!



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Skip The Shore: Philadelphia Waterfront Wedding Venues That We Love

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It is human nature to seek out bodies of water. Millions of people flock to lakes, rivers, and go down the shore for vacations every year. It’s no surprise that couples are drawn to waterfront venues for their wedding day. The water is calming, romantic, and often nostalgic.

Destination weddings to tropical lands and heading to sunny beaches along the Jersey shore are often the first thought to host a waterfront wedding, but hosting a destination wedding can be difficult to accommodate guests at times. If waterfront is a must-have for your wedding, don’t fret! There are some incredible venues right in the Philadelphia area with spectacular waterfront views.

Water Works by Cescaphe

This incredible venue provides a rich contemporary environment to host any wedding event. One of a kind views featuring the Philadelphia Art Museum perched perfectly atop Boathouse Row lining the Schuylkill River, beautiful walkways, and a stunning vintage gazebo will make your day picture perfect. With three dedicated spaces to hold ceremonies at Water Works, there are many options to make your wedding event uniquely you. The Engine House, which holds up to 140 guests, has an old world Philadelphia appeal. The Grand Pavilion provides 180-degree views of Philadelphia outdoors and holds up to 180 guests. The Mill House can hold up to 400 guests for the most grand affairs.

Moshulu

Located on Penn’s Landing, The Deck at Moshulu offers dining, drinking, and special events aboard the only restaurant on a tall ship in the world. Spectacular views of the river, city skyline, and Ben Franklin Bridge are all visible from the deck. Their multi-level decks offer three open air decks, two year-round heated tented decks, and seven dining rooms, including the newly remodeled State Room. Seating up to 200 guests, this venue is a beautiful option for any waterfront wedding.

Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Just 20 minutes from downtown Philadelphia, your guests will enjoy the unforgettable and historic Glen Foerd. Their fully-customizable Riverside Pavilion can seat up to 300 guests, and you’ll have full access to the mansion and gardens that reside on the 18-acre estate. A second floor bridal suite in the mansion overlooks the river, and the soft, natural light makes it perfect for bridal portraits. Glen Foerd’s exclusive caterer, Jamie Hollander Catering Events, will work tirelessly to create delicious meals for your guests.

Lambertville Station | Riverside Ballroom

Just after crossing the bridge from New Hope into New Jersey, you will arrive at the Lambertville Station. Seating up to 200 guests, the Riverside Ballroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous views of the Delaware River. Their outdoor terrace is perfect for portraits and guest mingling, with a stunning backdrop of the New Hope-Lambertville bridge and the towpaths.

River House at Odette’s

Debuting in Spring 2020, the River House at Odette’s is the sister venue to the Reeds at Shelter Haven. This all-new luxury lifestyle hotel will be located in New Hope along the Delaware River banks. Its rustic-contemporary style will feature reclaimed materials, soft textures, and a serene color palette. Equipped with 34 well-appointed guest rooms and suites and event seating of up to 200 guests, this hotel will be the perfect location for a waterfront getaway wedding – only 1 hour from Philadelphia!

Hilton Penn’s Landing

Guests won’t need to travel far if you choose to get married at this waterfront 4-star hotel. Hilton Penn’s Landing‘s spacious venue can hold up to 500 guests with a huge menu to appease even the pickiest of eaters. This is the only waterfront hotel in Philadelphia and is conveniently close to Spruce Street Harbor park, so the gorgeous views don’t just stop at the water.

Pen Ryn Estate

Just a skip and hop outside of the Philadelphia city limits in Bensalem, Pen Ryn Estate is downright beautiful. Couples can tie the knot at the perfectly placed pergola that faces the Delaware River. Inside the mansion, your guests will find a library, gallery, dining room, a parlor with a grand piano, and antique decor. You will forget that you are close by to one of the biggest cities in the United States on this 100-acre property, especially while entering through the gorgeous and stately 200-foot tree lined entrance to the estate.

Belle Voir Manor

Sharing the Pen Ryn Estate is their sister venue, Belle Voir Manor. Though they share the grounds and spectacular views, Pen Ryn and Belle Voir are separated by landscaped lawns and gardens. Their 22-foot ceilings, grand staircase, twinkling chandeliers, and breathtaking river views will leave your guests as swoony as you are.

Did you choose to get married at one of these incredible Philadelphia-area waterfront venues? If so, contact us! We would love to hear all about it.



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Small Details To Remember For Your Big Day

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They say that the devil is in the details and a wedding celebration is no exception to that. Covering all of your bases and ensuring that no stone is left unturned is part of what makes an amazing wedding reception. We’ve put together a list of details that your guests will absolutely love to help them feel comfortable throughout your wedding day.

Tissues

Weddings are an emotional experience for guests, especially those closest to the married couple. Place tissue boxes or small travel packs of tissues strategically around the venue for guests to use when emotions are running high.

Paper Fans and Water

Hosting an outdoor summer wedding ceremony? Providing paper fans and bottles of cold water for guests during the ceremony will help to keep them cool.

Flip Flops

Wearing high heels can become downright painful after a few hours. Give the ladies a break by providing a basket full of flip flops they can wear while dancing the night away. They (and their feet) will thank you!

Blankets

Hosting a fall or early winter wedding ceremony outdoors? Guests will need to bundle up to stay warm so providing them blankets will be appreciated. Go one step further and allow guests to take them home as a thank you for celebrating your wedding event.

Heel Protectors

If your ceremony will be held in a grassy area, it is a thoughtful idea to provide heel protectors for guests so their high heels don’t sink in the grass.

“Recovery Kits” for The Day After

An open bar with access to loads of booze can lead to a headache the day after the wedding event. Send guests home with recovery kit, which can be a fun DIY project!

Did you remember to include these details on your big day? If so, we want to hear all about your event! Contact us today!



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5 Dos and Don’ts for Choosing Your Bridal Party

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Choosing who will stand up next to you when you say “I do” to the love of your life should be one of the most fun and memorable parts of the wedding planning process. However, for some people, this may not be the easiest decision in the world. If you have siblings, cousins, or other family members that may expect to be chosen to fulfill the role of a bridesmaid, it can leave you confused. To help relieve the stress, we’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts for choosing your bridal party.

Do think about what you want.

Before you start bouncing ideas off of your fiancé, friends, or family about who you should include in your bridal party, think long and hard about who you really want to stand up next to you when you tie the knot. Following your gut feeling is really helpful in this situation. Remember, this is your wedding that is being celebrated!

Don’t be stressed about numbers.

Regardless of the grandeur of your wedding, the number of bridesmaids that you choose is your decision. If you have a big family and lots of close friends, you can absolutely have 10 bridesmaids. On the flip side, if you decide to have a more intimate affair, selecting one or two of the people closest to you is also wonderful.

Do include family members.

What defines family? Well, that varies from person to person, but including siblings in the bridal party allots them a special role in the wedding party. Siblings are usually our first best friends, so give them the highest honor by asking them to stand by your side and celebrate your wedding.

Don’t ask a friend just because you were in their bridal party.

You aren’t obligated to include anyone in your bridal party that you don’t want to. If a friend included you in her bridal party, that doesn’t mean that you have to include her in yours. Think about your friendship carefully and how you see her fitting into your future before making any decisions.

Do talk with your spouse-to-be.

The person that you plan on marrying should have some input in the bridal party. Making decisions together is a big part of marriage, so get used to it now! The love of your life may help you look at things in a new light that will steer you in choosing the best bridal party for your wedding event.Did these tips help you choose your bridal party? If so, we want to hear all about your event! Contact us today!



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EBE Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Loews Philadelphia Hotel

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Finding a great wedding venue to set the stage where your marriage vows will be recited can be an overwhelming task. Philadelphia is filled with some incredible venues where couples choose to get married every year. We’ve done the legwork for you and highlighted some of the best venues that Philadelphia has to offer in our Wedding Venue Spotlight. This month, we’re featuring The Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is one of Philadelphia’s top hotels that also offer event spaces. With a convenient location on Market Street in Philadelphia and only a short 20 minute ride from Philadelphia International Airport, guests from near and far will have stress-free travel to this beautiful venue. This beautiful and unique location can accommodate virtually any type of wedding celebration with an incredible 22 event spaces available within the hotel. A single event space can hold up to 1,500 guests!

Guests will be blown away by the outstanding Millennium Ballroom. “The Millennium Ballroom is very impressive, especially when the giant blinds are opened to reveal a view of the surrounding buildings, particularly at night,” says EBE’s Director of Business Development, Joe Napoli. The beautiful Regency Ballroom is nearly 2,000 square feet and can accommodate 1,000 guests. Known as the crown jewel of the hotel, The 33rd Floor features direct access to The Terrace from the two interior event spaces.

A customized menu will be crafted to the request of the soon-to-be-married couple by the amazing catering team at the Loews. “Amanda Congar (Director of Catering) and her team are top notch and will take very good care of you,” says Joe. The wedding reception packages also include a beautiful custom designed 3-tier wedding cake. 

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel has 581 guest rooms which are available for your guests to take advantage of during the wedding event celebrations. Discounted room blocks are available and the hotel will even set up a personalized website where guests can book rooms directly!

Ready to relax? Your bridal party and guests can enjoy the wonderful amenities the hotel offers during the stage, such as the outstanding spa. Joe suggests, “Take advantage of how close the hotel is to everything – you can step right out front with your photographer to get shots in front of City Hall. Also, take advantage of the convenience of their restaurant, Bank & Bourbon.”

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Shop Philly: The Best Places To Order Your Custom Invitations

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So it’s time to start thinking about invitations. Should you opt for a digital design? What about calligraphy? Or maybe even letterpressed text? It can be overwhelming to design your wedding invitations, and most couples don’t even know where to begin!

Luckily, Philadelphia is home to some outstanding local businesses that will help you design and print your wedding invitations, as well as your save-the-dates, escort card, thank you cards, and more! We’ve put together a list of the best local places to order your custom invitations from.

The Paperia

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With two locations in the area, Ardmore and Chestnut Hill, The Paperia offers so much more than just invitations. Their gift shop features unique gifts for all occasions, many of which are paper-themed. This family-owned business has been providing invitations, announcements, and stationary to Philadelphians since 1983. “We have years of knowledge and experience with wording and etiquette and we love to share it with our customers,” shares Ben from the Paperia. Although the wedding invitation industry has experienced change in recent years, the Paperia remains a Philadelphia staple in this era of everything electronic. “If you believe marriage is forever and your wedding day is one you will never want to forget, come to our store and let us help you make it the day you’ve dreamed of all your life,” says Ben.

The Papery of Philadelphia

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Owner and operator Carolyn Brandhorst has an extensive background in fashion retail, graphic design, and advertising. Through passion for these industries and hard work, The Papery of Philadelphia was born. “Our customers love that we not only do invitations, but we create a complete brand for their special day, from the beginning to the end. It starts with the save the dates, continues with the invites, the welcome boxes/bags that we create for them, bridesmaid proposal boxes, custom logo design, and more,” says Carolyn. The Paperia creates a bond with their clients to make the design and print process stress free, unique to their event, and most importantly, fun.

Papertree Studio

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After over 10 years of experience in graphic design, advertising, and marketing, owner Christy opened Papertree Studio in 2012. At the time, she was the Marketing & Advertising Designer at Philadelphia magazine, and was creating wedding invitation designs on the side. As word of mouth grew and her client base expanded, she decided to take the leap and make Papertree Studio official. Conveniently located in Old City, Papertree Studio isn’t just limited to wedding invitations. They also offer stationery, baby announcements, vow books, and more! “I think we have a unique take on the invitation design. We design to evoke a feeling and I think that in itself is a different approach,” shares Christy. Their custom designs take time to create, so book early with Papertree Studio.

Chick Invitations

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This custom design studio opened in 2010, and celebrated the grand opening of their retail store in Old City in April 2019. Don’t let the name deceive you… Chick Invitations is so much more than just wedding invites, offering custom crafted products from bridal party robes and cocktail napkins to drinkware. “Since we are a custom studio, we have so much more flexibility than places that are beholden to simply selling designs. We’re able to pull concepts from our client’s stationery and apply them throughout their Big Day, so their entire event feels coordinated, personal, and thoughtful,” says Caitlin from Chick Invitations. Chick Invitations loves going the extra mile to make their clients happy. “Whether they need a last minute engagement gift or help creating welcome boxes for their hotel guests, we have all the supplies needed to make it possible!,” shares Caitlin.

 

Did you use one of these Philadelphia businesses to have your wedding invitations printed? If so, we would love to hear all about your experience! Contact us today!



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How Long do Wedding Bands Play and What Songs Should You Choose?

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