Unique Philly Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Brunch Spots

We're loving Philadelphia, not just for the incredible wedding venues, but also for the crazy cool restaurants and bars that are popping up around town. Whether you're looking for a spot for your rehearsal dinner, wedding brunch, or even casual drinks with your out-of-town guests, these three spots are our new favorites! (and could also be awesome for a wedding itself!) 

Bourbon Blue - Manayunk

Photo courtesy of BourbonBlue.com

Photo courtesy of BourbonBlue.com

A view of the canal, gorgeous industrial decor, and delicious New Orleans-style food make for one awesome restaurant. Bourbon Blue has live music almost every night of the week, and can host seated events for 65, and cocktail style events for up to 150. 

Mission - Rittenhouse

Photos courtesy of MissionTaqueria.com

Photos courtesy of MissionTaqueria.com

Newly opened on Sansom Street (by the same folks who brought you Oyster House downstairs), Mission is a large, airy, and festive Mexican cantina. Their decor is bright and eccentric, with everything from a foosball table near the bar to a Virgin Mary statue in a small outdoor alcove. You can bring family and friends for a taco night and margaritas, or host an event of 180 in the full space! 

Harp & Crown - Rittenhouse

Photos courtesy of HarpCrown.com

Photos courtesy of HarpCrown.com

Directly across the street from Mission is our ultimate new favorite, Harp & Crown. We like it so much we considered not even mentioning so we can keep it a secret! As you enter you're greeted with tons of greenery, huge chandeliers, and antique portraits covering perfectly distressed walls. There's even a bar and 2 bowling lanes in the basement, which is perfect for smaller events! 

Polka Dot is Now in Philly, Too!

The Polka Dot Events Team is very excited to announce that we are now coordinating weddings in Philadelphia (in addition to good ole' NYC)!

Allie, our Month-of Manager, is originally from the City of Brotherly Love, and after some planning and day trips, we've decided to start offering our coordination services to engaged couples in her hometown. Philadelphia has some incredibly unique venues like the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park (a greenhouse available for weddings year round? Yes, please!) and the Cira Centre  (check out the view!), not to mention the beautiful parks and outdoor spaces that are perfect for getting amazing photos. 

So it's official - we are officially open for business for Philadelphia weddings in 2017!  Click here to email us for pricing and here to learn about our services. We can’t wait to work with all the amazing Philadelphia vendors and engaged couples! 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Fairmont Park Horticulture Center

Philadelphia City Hall

Things We Like - Escort Cards and Boards

Nothing excites us more than coming across design ideas we've never seen before, and one of the areas we see the most creativity in is escort cards! This is one design element that literally everyone at your wedding is going to see (or else how will they know where to sit?), so make it pop with personality! Whether you're thinking about doing individual cards or a board with everyone listed alphabetically, take a look at some of the unique ideas we found for your inspiration! 

First up we found some ideas for individual cards. We love when couples use this opportunity to continue the theme of the wedding, whether that theme is rustic farmhouse, Latin dance party, or travel! Or if you really want to make sure people pick up those cards, place them on champagne flutes so everyone gets a drink too. 

Photo courtesy of HappyWedd.com

Photo courtesy of HappyWedd.com

Photo by Jessica Burke Photography 

Photo by Jessica Burke Photography 

Photo by Emily Clack Photography

Photo by Emily Clack Photography

Photo by Vue Photography

Photo by Vue Photography

If you're not sure how you feel about individual cards for everyone, a board with names will more than suffice! We love the gemstone and terrarium look, but any board will do, especially if you add some florals to the top. 

Photo by Rachel Zee

Photo by Rachel Zee

Photo by Michael M Waite

Photo by Michael M Waite

Lastly, if you're looking to kill two birds with one stone, have your escort cards do double duty as favors! You can make this work with almost anything, but we love the look of names sticking out of succulents, and sending guests to their table with little bottles of your favorite drink.

Photo by Jenna Bechtholt Photography

Photo by Jenna Bechtholt Photography

Photo by Amber Gress

Photo by Amber Gress

There are so many other great options out there for getting your guests to their seats, I honestly thought Pinterest might explode when I searched for escort cards. Take a look and let us know your favorites! 

What To Do, Post -"I Do"

We love giving advice on what to do before your wedding, but what happens after the big day is just as important! The IRS created this fun and helpful infographic to help newlyweds figure out where to start, whether they're worried about changing a last name, combining bank accounts, or even writing thank you cards. 

Newlywed checklist