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Darianna Bridal Real Bride: Allison Barrett-Ferraro

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The Meeting:  Alex and I first met when we were introduced by a mutual friend during our sophomore year at Gettysburg College. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, and we only chatted briefly before going our separate ways.

Two years later, we were reintroduced by another mutual friend, and as we got to know each other better I developed a crush on Alex. With the encouragement of my girlfriends, I got up the courage to ask Alex to my sorority’s formal. Alex agreed to be my date, and I was thrilled when he also asked me out to dinner.

We started dating in March 2012, two months before our college graduation. After graduation, Alex moved to Pittsburgh for law school and I moved home to Philadelphia and started working at an advertising agency. It wasn’t easy being so far apart, but I knew he was the one so the countless hours spent in the car driving across the state to visit each other were worth it. Continue reading "Darianna Bridal Real Bride: Allison Barrett-Ferraro"

Here’s to Cocktail Hour

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Gracie Giedgowd and her partner, Marielise, enjoying cocktail hour at Osteria via Stato in Chicago. Photo by Andrew Barkulus Photography.

 

There’s no requirement that you include a cocktail hour at your wedding, but it’s definitely a great way for your guests to settle in and get into the party mood. They can grab a drink and a few snacks, and mingle with other guests while you are having some more photos taken.

Here are some great ideas for planning a cocktail hour your guests won’t forget.

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Showering the Bride

planning a bridal showerIt’s a long-standing tradition: Before the wedding, we shower the bride with love and good-wishes.

In the months or weeks before the wedding, the brides closest friends and family gather together to offer her gifts and celebrate the start of her new married life.

When planning a bridal shower, there are many things to consider. What will you serve? How should you decorate? What can you do to keep your guests entertained and make it a fun day for the bride? Do we make party favors?  And — last but not least — who pays for it?

There are a lot of questions, but don’t worry, we have you covered! Here is Darianna Bridal’s go-to guide for bridal shower success.

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Selecting Your Maid of Honor

selecting your maid of honorIn some cases, selecting your maid of honor is a no-brainer. You may have known for years who you’d choose to be your right hand woman (or man) at your wedding. It could be your sister or your best friend from grade school, even your mom or your brother.  

Perhaps it’s not an easy choice for you at all.  Either way, selecting this VIP should be done wisely!  They should know what is expected if they accept this position in your wedding.

An unmarried MOH choice would be called your maid of honor. Typically a married choice would be a “matron of honor,” but some  women do not like the word “matron” and keep the “maid” title.  Some brides choose a man to fill this role and he is called the “man of honor.”

They will be involved in your wedding from start to finish.  You need someone in whom you confidence and that you trust making decisions for you.  An easy-going disposition will be a must for you both if (when) things get a little stressful.  Read on to determine if your selection will be the right person for the job.

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