Rainy Day Weddings

Did you know that rain on your wedding day means good luck?  Take the weather in stride and add a bold, fun umbrella and make it a fashion statement.  I recently came across these fabulous umbrellas at a local store called Pure by Jen located in Wildwood.  And while you’re at it, if it’s extremely soggy, add a pair of cute, fun rain boots.  Being prepared never looked so fashionable.

Umbrella Fashion BSL














Another benefit of a rainy day is that your photographer might catch some very subtle alluring photos in the soft light of an overcast day.  The sky may be dark and ominous, but it can make for a dreamy look much more than a bright and beautiful day.

Thanks and welcome!

Guest at Wedding Show at Wildwood HotelA quick shout out to all the to-be brides who stopped by our booth at The Wedding Show at the Wildwood Hotel and a big “Welcome” to our family of Bride St. Louis subscribers and wedding professionals.   We really enjoyed visiting with you.  It was great to here that you love our site, and that you are delighted to find one source for all your wedding planning needs.  We encourage your participation in our “chime in” blogs and always listen to what you need and want.

One of our brides was looking for an “elegant barn wedding venue” in the west county area.   Unfortunately we are not aware of that type of facility ourselves, so if any of you know of such a venue, please let us know.  In fact, you are welcome to share with us any special requests or needs and we will do our best to assist you in your endeavor.  We really want to know more about what you are looking for and want for your wedding.

Wedding Favors that your guest will love!

I’m not a big fan of the standard little wedding favors such as the box of colored M&Ms or mints in a tin.  Um…I’ve seen them many times.  Boring.   I think the bride today who uses a little imagination can add a lot of fun and flair to the party.  I’m not talking about breaking the bank with elaborate favors…just something a little different that your guest will appreciate and remember.

For instance, at one wedding the couple gave out small oak tree saplings.  The guest could take them home and plant them.   And even if you’re not a domestic type, it’s easy to make your own jam or chutney …put them into little jars with the message, “Spread the Love” and, of course, the date of your wedding.  It’s all in the presentation.   Another nice touch is sweet smelling soaps.   Why not some homemade soap, wrap with a little twine.   And what about this for a country wedding – small brown burlap bags filled with coffee beans, and a tag that says, “The Perfect Blend”.    So, I think you get my drift.

What are you planning to use for your wedding?  Send you inspirations and ideas and we’ll share the love with all our brides who would love to hear more.

Destination Wedding – Hermann, Missouri

Hermann, Missouri is known by most Missourian’s as a fabulous wine destination to visit, but it’s also a fabulous destination for a Wedding.  What’s nice is that it’s only about 70 miles from St. Louis, and it offers a friendly, small town atmosphere that’s hard to beat.  It’s situation on the Missouri River and is surrounded by vineyards.  It’s an old German community, with lots of neat older architecture.  Hermann was founded back in 1937 and has been chosen several times for the title of Missouri’s most beautiful town.

Hermann Misouri

Hermann Hill is one of the top wedding venues period.  They built their venue just for weddings with great attention to detail and potential for great photography on the Missouri river bluff.   I personally have worked with their staff, and they are awesome!   Service is exceptional as well as the food.  One of their specialties is a “Signature Champagne Toast” with family and friends at the ceremony.  Every guest receives a complimentary glass of champagne or grape juice to toast the new couple.  And there is more –  you and your new spouse enjoy a complimentary honeymoon night tucked away in your own Riverbluff Cottage suite.   Additional amenities include the best Bride’s room I ever seen; a Groom’s Room with a big-screen television, couch, recliners, and bar; a Gazebo overlooking the Missouri River, and the Pavilion with sconces, chandeliers, and an entire side of windows offering additional views of the river.

Hermann Hill Brides Room

Hermann Hill chapel

Reception Room at Hermann Hill

Gazebo at Hermann Hill overlooking Missouri River

Wedding couple at sunset

Another great wedding venue – relatively new – is Valentine Hall in Starkenburg – just 8 miles outside of Hermann.  It’s an absolutely beautiful site.

When you are in Hermann, just park the car and hire Hermann Trolley.  They will take you and your guest to all the best wineries in town based on YOUR schedule.  You simply call them when it’s time to move to the next spot you want to visit.  Out of town guest won’t get lost – but most importantly – everyone will have a great time.

See more information about these Wedding Professionals under our Vendor Category – Venue, Transportation or Winery.

Budget Tip #5 – Saving Money on Alcohol at Your Reception

Bar LiquorIf you are trying to keep the cost of your wedding reception in line, here are a few tips to reduce the alcohol expense at your reception.  This is a big chunk of the reception expense, and while you want your guests to have a good time, there’s no need to break the bank.

One of the easiest ways to save money is to provide your own liquor – this can save up to 50% of your alcohol bill.  While this can’t be done at all venues, if you can, this is a significant cost saver.

Use bar brands not premium brands of liquor.  They are less expensive and most people will not notice.

If you are paying corkage fees or by the bottle, consider the larger containers like a magnum or a keg of beer.

Limit the number of hours you open the bar.  Open during cocktail hour but close over dinner if the guests will have wine.  Then open again after the dancing starts.  Close the bar one hour before the reception ends and have a coffee and tea bar.

Don’t use family help to man the bar.  They might pour larger drinks and negate any savings you might otherwise have.  So arrange your own bar service with a professional bartender.

And another idea – serve a signature drink only such as a specific cocktail, along with soft drinks, coffee and tea.  This save a lot of money plus it is a fun way to express yourself and tie it into the theme of your wedding.

If you pay a flat rate per guest for alcohol, ask to subtract the number of children expected from your overall total bill.

ENGAGEMENT STORIES – Is your guy the romantic type?

A big “Welcome” to all you new to-be brides that got your ring yesterday on Valentine’s Day.  We’re glad you are here…the hub of all things bridal in the St. Louis and St. Charles Metro area.

We have all seen and heard about proposals made at family get togethers and fun public events, like hockey games etc.   Something tells me that there are a lot of guys out there that are definitely more romantic than that.

Did your guy find a special and unique way to surprise you?  We really want to hear about it.  Tell us your story and win a $25.00 gift certificate to any of our advertising vendors of your choice.   We will select ten of the most creative and romantic responses and beginning posting these the first week of March.  Send your story to bride@bridestlouis.com.

Couple on Bench