Help with Wedding Planning

Today we are listing and linking some of our most popular blog posts for you.  As you begin your wedding planning, these are some of our bride’s favorite articles from past years.  Need more help?  We have almost 500 blog posts that you can search by category on our site that can help you with just about everything!

Do you know anyone that just got ENGAGED?   Forward this information to them to help them discover all the helpful wedding services and inspirations offered at BrideStLouis.com.

 

Topic:  ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

What to Wear for Your Engagement Session

What to Wear for Your Engagement Session

 

Topic:  WEDDING DRESS

7 Points to Consider as You Shop for Your Wedding Dress

7 Points to Consider as You Shop for Your Wedding Dress

13 Tips for Stress Free Wedding Gown Shopping

13 Tips for Stress Free Wedding Gown Shopping

 

Topic:    WEDDING PLANNING

 

Choosing a Theme or Color for Your Wedding

Choosing a Theme or Color for Your Wedding

3 Ways You Can Help Your Photographer Capture YOUR Memorable Moments

3 Ways You Can Help Your Photographer Capture YOUR Memorable Moments

7 Tips to Make Your Wedding Day Stress Free

7 Tips to Make Your Wedding Day Stress Free

10 Tips to Stay on Budget for Your Wedding

10 Tips to Stay on Budget for Your Wedding

20 WOW Ideas to Personalize Your Wedding

20+ WOW Ideas to Personalize YOUR Wedding

How to Keep Formal Portraits Stress Free at Your Wedding

How to Keep Formal Portraits Stress Free at Your Wedding

Outdoor Places for Low Cost Ceremonies

Outdoor Places for Low Cost Ceremonies

7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Venue

7 Things to Consider When Choosing A Wedding Venue

 

Topic:  GETTING MARRIED

The Marriage License

The Marriage License

14 Snippets of Ideas When Writing Your Own Vows

14 Snippets of Ideas to Help When You are Writing Your Own Vows.

First Look or Not?

First Look or Not?

Music to Walk Down the Aisle

Music to Walk Down the Aisle

Miss, Ms to Mrs. – The Name Change Checklist

Miss, Ms to Mrs. – The Name Change Checklist

 

 

Making the Most of a Bridal Show

Wedding Planning and Bridal Shows by BrideStLouis

 

Bridal Shows can be fun and exciting, as you put together the pieces of your wedding day.  And they are indoors…where it’s warm!  So you can warm your body and excite your spirit.

Many brides tell me that they are thoroughly overwhelmed the first time they attend a bridal show, so I thought it might be good to lay out a few guidelines to help you make the most of your time.

Before you go – print several sheets of adhesive address labels with your name, contact information, AND wedding date.  Quickly peel off a label and stick it on an inquiry sheet at any booth that you would like to receive additional information.

Bring your checkbook – you just might want to book or hold a date.  High demand dates can go quickly.  Is your wedding date in May, June or September, October? If you find a vendor you like, and they are available, you better book it now.  Photographers book sometimes a year out, and so do venues.  They can only host one event on any one day, so don’t take a chance and find them booked next time you inquire.

Bring family or friends you trust, and whose opinion matters.  But be careful of the size of your group.  Too many opinions – and you could be overwhelmed with indecision.

Invite your groom – but take him only if he wants a voice in this part of the wedding planning.  If this is not his thing, don’t torture him!

Know what you are looking for and what’s your budget.

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Many vendors will have special SHOW specials.  This is a great time to take advantage of these show specials to help stretch the budget.  Be sure to ask questions about their service.  And service is what the top professional vendors provide – that’s what puts them in demand.  Weddings are a very personal service, and without GOOD service, you could have problems.  Not a way to remember a wedding.

Whether your wedding is a few months away or an entire year, a bridal show will help you pull everything together.

20+ WOW Ideas to Personalize YOUR Wedding

 Decor Ideas for Your Wedding by BrideStLouis
I am going to start you off with 20+ ideas to personalize your wedding, and by the time you get to the bottom of this list, you will have probably thought of several things as well. Here we go:
  • Dress doors and entrances with flower garlands and fabric swags.
  • Have a garden wedding and hang lanterns lit by candles from sturdy branches. At night keep guests warm by setting up ceramic chimineas (small outdoor firepots) or bring in a fire pit.
  • Food Stations – South Sea Island Menu & Drinks, Mexican Station, Sushi Bar, Mashed Potato Bar, Salad Bar, Pasta Bar — anything goes.
  • Order your own wedding Converse shoes as dancing shoes for the reception.
  • Don’t number the reception tables – name them after your favorite places, pets, travel destinations, movies, songs, etc.
  • Add a line to your RSVP cards for a DJ song request.
  • Brand your wedding with a logo or monogrammed initials that are displayed everywhere – napkins, favors, etc.
  • Pick wedding colors that mean something to you. Cardinal Fan – it’s definitely Red. Missouri Tiger fan – go for that Black and Gold. You get the idea.
  • Why not choose a getaway vehicle to compliment your theme – Humvee limo, antique Rolls Royce, Motorcycle & Side Car, any 30s – 40s or 50s car, London style double decker bus, or just an old yellow school bus. If you are getting married by the water, think about a boat for your getaway.
  • Choose a venue that fits your theme – Moto Museum in downtown St. Louis has over 50 antique motorbikes  Like animals? Check out the Zoo. If you like to garden – there are lots of choices like Missouri Botanical Garden, the Lily Pond at Tower Grove Park, or the Jewel Box. Barns? Check our new sister site, www.VenuesofStLouis.com and search the barn category. In fact, if you don’t have your venue that the best place to start looking.
  • Pick an unconventional start time – like 5:12 – the exact time that you first meet, or when he proposed.
  • Create a signature drink. Check out www.stirrings.com to find drinks that match your wedding’s theme and color.  Have bartenders rim guests’ glasses with salt or sugar in your wedding colors. Want to conjure us some glamour…add a fountain that gushes champagne or your speciality drink.
  • Love vintage. Rent vintage china, linen and décor. Choose flowers that reflect the period like lavender, jasmine, etc. Mix and match seating options using couches and chairs with pillows.
  • Bottle your own wine complete with romantic custom labels. Serve at the reception or give as gifts.
  • For a great departure, provide sparkers for guests.
  • Love to dance? Jitterswing the night away. Be sure to pick a band that plays your favorite 50s, 60s, 70s tunes.
  • Elegant invitations are appropriate for elegant weddings. But if your wedding theme is designed around a theme that shouts “YOU”, make the invitation appropriate to the theme. For example, if you both love western movies and horses, and plan to have a barn wedding – send something more appropriate to the theme.  Perhaps send a red bandanna and invite your guest to dress appropriately. Ask your guest to wear their favorite boots and western hat.
  • Put a guest book next to the photo booth. Ask guests to make an additional photo to paste in the guest book.  They can add their personal message on that page as well.
  • Serve up decadent chocolate truffles, custard from Ted Drewes, or popsicles spiked with liquor.
  • Ask your videographer to set up a stationary camera and let guests record messages – a video guest book.
  • Hire specialty musical performers for a brief performance at the reception – conga players, banjo, and even a bagpiper.  It adds a lot of excitement to the evening.
  • Let everyone have a good time – set up blackjack and casino card game tables.
  • Give guests the words to your first dance and let the guests serenade you as you dance.
  • And finally, serve the super popular, tiny white castle hamburgers at 11pm before your guests leave.

Wow, the ideas are endless. So, we want to know what you are planning to make your wedding special. Send us your ideas now, and we will be posting them during the month on our Facebook page.  Everyone who submits their ideas will receive 2 complimentary tickets to our January 27th, 2019 bridal show at The Christy Banquet Center. Send to Bride@BrideStLouis.com.

A New Trend – The Brooch Bouquet

Rather than an expensive floral bridal bouquet, you might want to consider a new look that is becoming very, very popular – the brooch bouquet.  This alternative for brides who want to avoid carrying flowers can be something fun to have created.  Many brides raid their grandmother’s jewelry box to find the perfect heirloom pieces to be included.  Classic pearls, sapphires, cascading gold – just about anything can be used.

At our January 27th,2019  My Dream Wedding Show at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, Missouri, you will want to visit with Jo Ann of I Do Brooch Bouquet (http://www.idobroochbouquets.net).  She’s coming from Virginia with an exceptional assortment of amazing brooch bouquets.  What’s super great about this company is that you will deal directly with the designer, Jo Ann.  She will coordinate your “CUSTOM” look, color and style through email, text, and phone consultation.  Let Jo Ann create an heirloom bouquet that will last forever!

Reason #5 to come to the Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show – Great Wedding Professionals

 

Reason #5 to come to the Cake and Champagne Tasting Event and Bridal Show – Visit our Wedding Professionals!

  • Travel Companies
  • DJs
  • Venues
  • Hotels
  • BAKERIES!!!
  • Photographers
  • Formal Wear
  • Photo Booths
  • Videographers
  • Artists
  • Home Ownership Realtors/Lenders
  • Gift
  • Beauty

First of all, Complete Weddings & Events will be our Master of Ceremonies keeping the night swinging with great music and awarding gifts.  Anna from Physical Memories will be creating a video of our event – see her in action and check her booth out as well to schedule a high lite video of your wedding.  Also, we have photographers – Aurora Photography, and Patrick Pope Photography here.  Have you scheduled your honeymoon?   Talk to Vista Travel.  And, of course, Holiday Inn Airport West, wants to share with you information about their great venue.  And – there are many more that you can visit with as well.

Be sure to stop by and see Nancy and let her show you our new sister web site, VenuesofStLouis.com.  Everyone who likes our page will receive a complimentary gift.

Some of the bakers include McArthur’s Bakery, Cupcake Amore, Susie G’s, Sweets to Remember, Sweetology, Nothing Bundt Cake and New Day Gluten Free.

So, it’s a great time to come and have a fun night – sip champagne, eat cake, and just relax.

 

Reason #4 to come to the Cake & Champagne Tasting Event this THURSDAY Evening – Prizes!

Reason #4 to come to the Cake & Champagne Bridal Show and Tasting Event:

REASON #4 Win Prizes

Hopefully you have been reading the little informational tidbits (Reasons#1 thru #3) about champagne and cake because we will be giving out gifts based of your recall of various facts.  In addition, some of the vendors will be having drawings for prizes at their booth space.

And each of our bakers is hoping that you give then your vote for “Best Tasting Cake”.  When you check in at the registration table you will receive a BALLOT to cast your vote.  All cakes will be color coded with a color ribbon:  red, blue, green, aqua…etc.  and you vote by color.  About 8pm we close voting and will count the votes, with the best tasting cake award given out about 8:15pm.

Cake, Champagne, More Cake, and Prizes……what’s not to LOVE about the Cake & Champagne Bridal Show and Tasting Event.

2018 Cake and Champagne Bridal Show