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

Reason #3 to come to the 2018 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show – Eat Lots of Cake!

 

There are 8 Great Reasons to come to the Cake and Champagne Tasting Event and Bridal Show which is being held on Thursday Evening, November 15th, 2018 at The Holiday Inn Airport West, 3400 Rider Trail South, Earth City, Missouri 63045.  Here is….

 

Reason #3:  Eat Lots of Cake!

 

Wedding Cakes have lots of old traditions.  Test your bridesmaids to see how much they know about these traditions.

 

  1. Saving the top layer

Lots of couples still freeze the top layer of their wedding cake and enjoy it together on their one-year anniversary. But couples didn’t originally save it for their anniversary — they’d save it for their first child’s christening.

In “the olden days,” married couples often had children much earlier than couples do today. It certainly wasn’t unusual to have a child within the first year of marriage. And as wedding cakes grew taller, the top layer was often left over. Religious newlyweds quickly recognized the leftover confection as a perfect dessert for the (undoubtedly upcoming) christening.

Of course, couples eventually started putting off having children, and that frozen layer only stays edible for so long. Now, the one-year mark is the more common occasion for devouring the sweets.

  1. Cutting the cake together

Well, obviously you have to cut the cake to serve it, but we’re talking about the big event of cutting wedding cake. This tradition hasn’t endured just because it’s an adorable photo op! Slicing the cake is the first task or activity the newlyweds do together, so it’s a special moment.

Historically, the cake was cut by the bride alone (as a symbol of losing her virginity…uh, awkward). But as cakes became bigger and more intricate, it became more difficult for the bride to do it alone, so she’d enlist the help of her new hubby. While we’re pretty sure a bride could totally manage to cut a cake on her own, most couples continue to cut the cake to carry on the sweet tradition.

Also, worth noting: The cake cutting is typically the last “event” of the night, so it gives your guests a cue that it’s OK to head out.

  1. Smashing cake in each other’s faces

Not everybody is into the idea of smearing frosting all over their partner’s face, but its silly nature has kept this tradition going! Turns out that messy food traditions have been in place for years.

For example, in Yorkshire, the bride would eat a small piece of bride’s cake (which was more of a pastry than the cakes we think of today). Then, she’d throw the rest of the cake over her head to ensure a life of wanting nothing (and to ensure a huge mess to clean up). In even older times, the groom would break bead over the bride’s head and guests would pick up the crumbs.

It’s not totally clear how we got from picking up crumbs and throwing cake to smearing frosting across someone’s face, but one thing’s for sure — brides and grooms have always played with their food!

  1. Serving a creative groom’s cake

Grooms got a little jealous of the bride’s cake, so by the 17th century, the desserts were made in pairs — a bride’s cake and a groom’s cake, which was typically a small fruitcake. But instead of being served at the reception, the groom’s cake was cut up, packaged and given to guests as favors.

The tradition of groom’s cakes actually died out in the U.K. after a while, but resurged in the U.S. more recently. Of course, groom’s cakes now aren’t fruitcakes but more creative creations.

  1. White wedding cakes

These days, white frosting and cake are far from required for weddings, but white was the norm for quite a while.

There’s the whole white symbolizing virginity and innocence thing, but the real reason was more for practicality than tradition or symbolism. Icing is made of sugar…and sugar is white. But as time went on, a whiter-than-white frosting became a status symbol — a more refined (and expensive) sugar resulted in a purer white.

Another fun tidbit: “Royal icing” got its name from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s cake in 1804, which was decorated in white.

  1. Lots of tiers

While we love small wedding cakes (one or two tiers can be adorable), traditionally, wedding cakes had up to seven tiers.

That’s a tradition that likely stems from a different baked good. In medieval times, spiced buns were stacked as high as possible in a giant pile. If the newlyweds could kiss over the tower of pastries, they’d be in for a lifetime of prosperity. As wedding sweets moved from buns to cake, chances are that nobody wanted to do away with the towering display of dessert.

Who knew that dessert could be so symbolic? Of course, some of the symbolism has worn off over the years, so if any of the weird roots make you uncomfortable, just know that most people won’t relate the tradition to its unusual origins. And like all wedding traditions, none of these is mandatory! Want a purple cake? Go for it!

Source:  Kirstin Doherty

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Save $3.00 NOW by purchasing your ticket in advance at www.BrideStLouis.com for just $5.00. At the door tickets available the day of our event for $8.00.  Brides get a FREE COMPLIMENTARY TICKET when you register on line – apply the promo code “2marry”!

 

This is an event not to miss!

Thursday Evening – November 15th, 2018

Time:  6pm to 8:30pm

Place:  Holiday Inn Airport West

3400 Rider Trail South, Earth City, MO 63045

(Located just off Highway 70 at the Earth City Expressway)

 (You can register right on the HOME PAGE)

Reason #2 to come to the Cake & Champagne BRIDAL SHOW & TASTING EVENT: Complimentary Hot Appetizers

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Come after work and enjoy some hot appetizers with your champagne!

Holiday Inn staff will serve six different types of passed appetizers.  And while you are here, check out the fabulous accommodations that Holiday Inn at Airport West can provide for your wedding, rehearsal dinner or other event.

Holiday Inn has over 15000 sq. feet of space available for up to 375 guests.

Save $3.00 NOW by preregistering at www.BrideStLouis.com.  At the door tickets available the day of our event for $8.00.

 

Now you see why this is an event not to miss!

 

Thursday Evening – November 15th

Time:  6pm to 8:30pm

Place:  Holiday Inn Airport West

3400 Rider Trail South, Earth City, MO 63045

(Located just off Highway 70 at the Earth City Expressway)

For more information go to:  www.BrideSTLouis.com.