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Setting the Tone with Stationery

Guest Blogger and recent Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo Bride: Heather Dombrowski

Owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC

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Darianna Bride & Groom Heather & Tom Dombrowski Heather is the owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC

Planning your wedding requires thoughtfulness regarding the theme and tone you want to set, and it’s going to start with your Save the Date cards.

Whether you are having your wedding on a tropical island, a formal grand ballroom, a funky winery, or at home with your family members including the furry ones, sitting down with someone like Heather Dombrowski, owner of Pretty Ink Press, LLC, will allow you to thoughtfully plan this announcement piece, as well as your invitations, with your wedding guests.

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Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo’s Real Bride: Heather Wilkinson-Slobodinsky

Heather in Enzoani’s “Jenny” and Mark wearing Ike Behar
Heather in Enzoani’s “Jenny” and Mark wearing Ike Behar

The Meeting:

Mark and I met in January 2013 in physical therapy school at Temple when both of our classes were at a conference in San Diego and have been together since then.

The Proposal:

August 8th, 2015 in LBI. I absolutely thought he was going to propose the night before since we were going to have dinner at our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia and was pretty bummed when I was wrong!  But little did I know, both of our families were totally in on the surprise for the proposal to happen in LBI where Mark’s parents own a beach house. My parents and sister had planned to come down to LBI for the weekend and my mom suggested that we take “family photos by the beach” before dinner. This was actually the ploy to get everyone to the beach for Mark to pop the question.

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Destination Wedding – Jackson Hole, WY

destination weddingDo you dream of having your wedding in a gorgeous outdoor setting?  We found one of the most perfect places yet:  The Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

In mid-September we headed out there for a quick getaway.  We love to travel, and having never been to Wyoming it was truly an experience in everything from scenery (breathtaking!) to food (elk nachos!) to altitude (10,450’!).  It was pure beauty.  The temperatures were in the 70s, the majestic Aspens were full golden yellow, and there were acres and acres of unspoiled nature.

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Guest Blog: Daneene Jensen Talks Wedding Hair and Makeup

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo bride Lindsey Farthing-Minnisale with Daneene Jensen and Associates, September, 2016. Dress by Justin Alexander, headpiece by Edward Berger.
Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo bride Lindsey Farthing-Minnisale with Daneene Jensen and
Associates, September, 2016. Dress by Justin Alexander, headpiece by Edward Berger.

We met Daneene Jensen almost four years ago at a bridal show when she offered to do our models’ hair and makeup as a demonstration.  It was brilliant.  It worked for us to have our models looking amazing and for her to show her incredible skills.  In about 20 minutes she turned one from pretty to Vogue photo shoot.

Her company,  Daneene Jensen and Associates, is everything you want for your wedding day hair and make up.  She’s featured in Philly in Love, Borrowed and Blue, and Style Me Pretty, and is a Hall of Fame vendor on the Knot with 296 5-star reviews.

I am so proud to know her and refer her as a professional stylist and genuinely caring, lovely woman.  Read on to learn more about Daneene Jensen and her work!

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Q&A With Finley Catering

Finley CateringDo you need a place to host your special day? Consider choosing one of the five Finley Catering venues in the Philadelphia area.

Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo is proud to have relationships with some of the best and most well-respected venues in the tri-state area!

We are excited to have tapped Kathryn Phillips of Finley Catering for some insight into each of their gorgeous properties, along with a few other FAQs that can help guide you when choosing a venue.

They host not only weddings, but events with guest lists that include Presidents, dignitaries, and celebrities. And let’s not forget that one of their properties was featured in an iconic scene of an Academy Awarded nominated movie.

But beyond all of that, they are the one of the finest caterers you will find anywhere!  Read on to find out more.

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The Wedding Planner

Philadelphia Wedding plannerWe are so fortunate this week to have Lynda Barness as our guest blogger.

Lynda is the Master Wedding ConsultantTM
 for I DO Wedding Consulting in Philadelphia. She’s one of only 69 people in the world to receive this distinction.

Lynda is a member of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) and is consistently featured in magazines including Philadelphia Style, Philadelphia Magazine, and Main Line Today just to name a few.  She is regularly quoted in industry magazines and was recognized last year as a Woman of Distinction in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

In addition, Lynda published a book in 2015 entitled, I Do: A Wedding Planner Tells Tales.

Recognized as a Master Wedding Consultant by the Association of Bridal Consultants, she has the experience, education, and contacts to make your day stress-free perfection.

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Should We Hire a Wedding Band or a DJ?

weddingdjPart of what makes a great wedding is the entertainment, but what kind of entertainment should you choose?

You’re about to throw your biggest party ever, so why not put some thought into this decision and make it the event of your lifetime?

Fortunately, Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo can help you with that decision. We’ve recently got the opportunity to ask some questions of a true expert in the entertainment field: Mike Gendler, founder of Philadelphia’s own EBE Talent and EBE Entertainment.

Read on to find out more about choosing between a band and a DJ for your wedding.

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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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How to Pick and Pack Destination Wedding Gowns

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A Philly bride and her girls at Philadelphia International Airport, on their way to Cancun!

Destination weddings at beautiful and exotic locations require beautiful and exotic gowns.

Fortunately, Darianna Bridal & Tuxedo has gowns to fit virtually any wedding.

To help you get started in choosing the look you want, you will need to know a few things such as heavier satins are not a good choice for beach weddings and that pouffy gowns with crinoline need much more space to pack.

Your wedding gown is an important part of your big day, and it’s important to pack and ship them with care.

Here are some tips on how to pack destination wedding gowns:

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