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As sad as we are to see the summer go, our event wedding planning and design team is getting super excited as we prepare for the upcoming fall wedding season. This November we are taking on a traditional Indian wedding full of elaborate traditions and gorgeous celebration! We absolutely love all of the detail that is often used in the design elements of these weddings and can’t wait to bring our visions to life.


One of our favorites ceremony details is the Mandap. The Mandap is an altar that is used during the wedding ceremony. Mandaps are traditionally built the day of the wedding and is the place where the bride and groom stand. Many Mandaps are embellished with fabrics, lights, crystals, flowers, and unique objects.



We often see Henna on brides and bridesmaids that are celebrating an Indian Wedding. Henna that is painted on a brides hands and feet is call the Mehndi. This tradition was originally meant to keep the bride and her body cool. It has evolved since and we love seeing the beautiful details and designs that henna artists create.

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The 2015 wedding season has been fabulous for our wedding planning and design team and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed being able to incorporate some incredible new wedding trends into our client’s events. One of the newest event elements on our radar is the “Go Pro” or “Drone” wedding.

Go Pro cameras and drones have allowed photographers and videographers to capture super creative shots of your BIG day. These incredible devices can capture every angle of you and your guests. Picture this; an aerial shot of your ceremony that captures every detail of the scenery! The possibilities are endless.

A few months back we planned and designed ‘Love Is in The Air 2015‘, a bridal event at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center in Philadelphia, PA. One of our favorite Philadelphia wedding videographers, Cinemacake Filmmakers captured the incredible evening using a drone. The aerial shots, especially of the Lovely Bride fashion show are to die for!

Take a peek at the amazing video of Love is In The Air 2015!

We can’t wait to incorporate this new trend in our next Philadelphia wedding or event.

Xoxo Melissa, FairyGodmotherBadass

New Wedding Video
  • by Melissa Brannon

The wedding less than one week ago! CinemaCake Filmmakers make magic happen!

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Thank You!
  • by Melissa Brannon

Dear Melissa, Amanda and Jess:

How can I begin to thank you for the spectacular place you created for us?  Every nook and cranny had another lovely scene to visually enjoy, with your painstaking efforts in full view.

We will have the photos in about six weeks, so we will be able to show you more, but just know the environment you helped us create was executed beautifully.  We have received so many kudos for the library table, the dessert bar (loved the swings!!!) ,  and so many compliments for the “reveal” into the magical twinkling dining room.  Our family and friends  provided the love, and the warmth to surround ourselves, but you made the glorious space a perfect venue to celebrate.  We danced and danced, loving every minute in your gorgeous creation.

Our family is on Cloud 9, emotionally thrilled, physically exhausted.

With huge gratitude and many, many thanks.

Charlotte and Joe
Bride and Groom
Horticulture Center

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Kudos! Dream Wedding Come True
  • by Melissa Brannon

Dear Melissa

A much longer thank you is on its way, just cannot do it justice right now. Suffice it to say we are so proud of our collaboration with you, the end result was superb.

We got so many compliments on all fronts which we will share with you soon. The kudos to you and your team were numerous.  You did a spectacular job making our daughters dream wedding come true. We were extremely proud hosts and We are so grateful for your very diligent, tasteful  and attentive work.

More later. We are all happily exhausted.

Connie Carter
Mother of the bride
Horticulture Wedding

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Published Wedding Articles
  • by Melissa Brannon

Philadelphia Magazine
Darbi and David met at George Washington University through both of their involvement in Greek life, and eventually, had their first date at Pod in Philadelphia. Read More >

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Always the start of amazing celebration, Philadelphia wedding florist Melissa Brannon understands the wedding industry better than virtually any expert out there. Read More >

Philadelphia Magazine
Our outdoor ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. If the forecast calls for rain, I really want to wait until the last minute for Plan B. How long beforehand does…  Read More >

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Wedding Tip #41
  • by Melissa Brannon

Tip your wedding helpers before they get busy. If you tip ahead of their duties, they know you already appreciate them and they will go that extra mile.

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Wedding Tip #38
  • by Melissa Brannon

Why hire a Wedding Planner

A bride is given the enormous task of planning the most important day of her life having had no experience in this arena and no need to do it more than one time (fingers crossed). Even the most organized Type A personality can be unsuccessful at wedding planning. In this Google world, one would think it would be easy to go it on your own. In reality, it makes it more difficult because the choices are endless. The opportunities to DIY and Pinterest yourself to death are out there. The new relationships that have to be researched reviewed and established takes hours, weeks and months to organize. Where to begin? Who can you trust with the most important day of your life having never had this task before? Think of it as a business. You would not entrust your business to anyone you did not “know”. Building these relationships takes time.

When you want photos of your wedding, you hire a professional photographer. When you want music at your party, you hire a professional band.  When you want a video, you hire a professional cinematographer. When you want to plan the biggest day of your life, you go at it alone not having any knowledge or experience. Does that make sense? Wedding planners exist for a reason. If all people could successfully do it on their own, they would.

A wedding planner should be the first person you call after the engagement ring is on your finger. Imagine the ability to find out everything you need to know without searching the web for countless hours thereby adding to the stress of planning what is supposed to be the most important day of your life. The multitude of questions that arise include: should we send a save the date, how many people should we have in the wedding party, where should we host the reception, where do we block rooms for our out of town guests, how do we get everyone transported and the list goes on and on and on. A professional wedding planner can answer all of those questions easily and keep you from second guessing your choices. What a wedding planner owns is intellectual property, much like any other consultant; be it attorney or financial planner. A Wedding Planner has done the research, has the knowledge and has the professional connections that you need. The Wedding Planner also has the ability to organize a winning team to insure your wedding weekend is exactly what you wanted and paid for.

Planning the average wedding from beginning to end requires about 600 to 800 hours of work. (15-20 weeks full time) Planning your wedding can become your “job”. A wedding planner is not a luxury item; a wedding planner is your “General Contractor”.  You certainly would not build a house without a GC, why would you plan your wedding without a Wedding GC?

Think of it as an investment.

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Tented wedding at home
  • by Melissa Brannon
This was an incredible wedding because the family was so amazing. The warmth and love shared by all was so heartfelt, we all became best of friends. There was a bit of an Up Movie theme. The groom wore a grape soda bottle cap, we had an adventure book and the tent ceiling has 5 foot balloons. It was an amazing celebration!
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