Bridal Buzz: What’s New in the Wedding World

Edited by Nicole Barley
Ellis Bridals

Ellis Bridals, a 100-year-old manufacturer from the United Kingdom, features striking silhouettes and distinctive lace details.


Brides-to-be in Western Pennsylvania have been asking for it, and now, The Exquisite Bride’s Gibsonia location has expanded to more than three times its original size with the addition of 4,000 square feet. You’ll find the boutique in the same location, but from the layout to the dresses, the entire store is fresh and new. New designers and lines include Victor Harper from Kenneth Pool, UK designer Ellis Bridal, Simone Carvalli, and high-end couture from Yumi Katsura. With the additional space, they’ve added bridal suites and very special, new web capabilities for sharing the dress-shopping experience with far away loved ones. At three times the size, we expect three times as many dress success moments. — Lauren Schmeer

The Exquisite Bride, 5349 William Flynn Hwy., Gibsonia, 724.443.0400.


Embrace social media at your celebration! Ask guests (either in the ceremony program or with cards at the tables) to hashtag your wedding on their Instagram and/or Twitter posts during the event, i.e. #JonesSmithWedding. The next day, you’ll already have a collection of photos, tweets, and possibly videos to peruse and reminisce over. #Loveit!


Dozen Bake Shop

Dena Rupp + Doreen Valentine of Dozen Bake Shop at last year’s showcase.

The Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase returns to the city on March 24! Grab your wedding posse, and head to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the 24th year of the event, set to feature more than 200 local vendors and experts, fashion shows, and the chance to win prizes. Plus, every bride through the door receives $1,000 in Bridal Bucks to be used with participating vendors on the day of the show. Tickets are $15 each, or round up the whole wedding party (groom, moms, dads, and bridal party) and get a group rate of $35. All guests will take home the Pittsburgh’s Best Wedding Professionals Pocket Guide, with information on each of the event vendors, along with planning tips, and advice from local couples.

Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase,



Lucy McClure is the Pittsburgh artist behind bel monili, a jewelry line made from repurposed vintage pieces. McClure discovered her talent for jewelry making two years ago, and her handcrafted necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are now sought after for daywear and bridal affairs alike. She is on the “eternal hunt” for the vintage borrowings that make each of her pieces one-of-a-kind, including vintage lace, buttons, and flowers. She also offers custom bridal work to achieve the right shade and style jewelry for each gown. A feminine bridal sash in soft pink with crystal, lace, and floral embellishments is one romantically dreamy creation. Visit the bel monili shop on Etsy, find her pieces at several local boutiques — including Boutique 208 and Wildcard in Lawrenceville — and follow the bel monili blog and social media outlets for some vintage inspiration. — L.S.

bel monili,


All Occasions Party Rental is giving away a $5,000 wedding rental package to one lucky couple in its second annual “Keep the Memories…Return Everything Else” contest! Apply the winnings to rentals on tents, tables, chairs, linens, floors, and more. After creating the wedding of their dreams with help from the professionals at All Occasions, the winners will have their wedding featured in an upcoming issue of WHIRL! Submit your wedding by “liking” All Occasions Party Rental on Facebook, uploading an engagement photo, and encouraging friends and family to cast their vote! The couple with the most “likes” wins. Entries are being accepted through April 30. May the best bride and groom win!

All Occasions Party Rental, 877.788.8100.


Brand new to the South Hills is Bella Bridesmaid, an upscale dress store catering to modern bridal parties. The store is part of a nationwide franchise, which was launched in 2000 in response to “an overwhelming need for stylish, wearable, and chic bridesmaid dresses.” Peruse the collection of frocks, including designs from Amsale, Jenny Yoo, and Lula Kate.

Bella Bridesmaid, 1752 N. Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.854.4422.

Bella Bridesmaid

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