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.

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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PLEASE JOIN US!

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.

 

 

8 Great Reasons to Come to the Cake & Champagne BRIDAL SHOW and Tasting Event

Over the next few days we will be sharing with you 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.  Make a Note and Remember these facts….it could win you a prize that night!

 

Reason #1:  Champagne! 

Cake and Champagne Bridal Show Nov 15th 2018

 

Champagne isn’t just for the rich these days, but it sure gives you that glitz and glamorous feel.  A lot goes into a fine glass of bubbly. In fact, it takes years to craft a fine bottle of champagne. The three grape varieties used for champagne can only be grown in a certain region in France—and if they’re not grown there the beverage legally can’t be called champagne. In the 17th century, champagne started to be associated with royalty, and today it’s used by celebrities, rappers, and for every kind of celebration imaginable. But you already knew that. Here are a few fun facts you may not have known about champagne:

 

  1. Champagne is just sparkling wine

Yeast and sugar is added to wine for a second fermentation, which then creates the bubbles that makes champagne. This is why readers of our site will see champagne included in many wine of the month clubs, such as Vinesse’s Sparkling Wine Club.

  1. The most expensive bottle of champagne costs $2.07 million dollars

This bottle literally has a diamond ingrained in the design on the outside.

  1. The chalky remains of ancient sea-creatures are the “soil” for champagne’s grapes

The champagne region of France was actually once the floor of an ancient pre-historic sea. Now it’s the perfect foundation to grow grapes.

  1. “Sabrage” is a term for opening a champagne bottle with an actual sword

It’s only done in certain ceremonial occasions and the wielder uses the blunt side of the sword. It was made famous by Napoleon and his army when they celebrated victories in battle.

  1. It can help prevent memory loss

According to new research, one to three glasses of champagne each week could counteract memory loss associated with aging – so cheers!

  1. Marilyn Monroe took a bath in champagne

It took 350 bottles to fill up the tub.

  1. The pressure in the bottle led it to be called the “Devil’s Wine”

Early champagne manufacturers came down to their cellars to find some corks had blown out of their bottles prematurely. They attributed this to spiritual beings. This caused many champagne-makers to wear iron helmets to prevent injury.

  1. The pressure in a champagne bottle is 90 pounds per square inch

This is three times the amount of pressure than the tires on a car.

  1. The longest recorded flight of a champagne cork was 177 feet

This translates to roughly 54 meters, more than half of a football field!

  1. Dropping a raisin into champagne causes it to travel from the top of the glass to the bottom continuously

You can use this trick at parties to impress your friends!

  1. Christening ships with champagne started in Babylonia

They would pour liquid over the hull to check for holes, and this gradually turned into a ceremony using many different kinds of liquids and beverages. Champagne became the favorite in the late 1900’s. Some go to great lengths to make sure the bottle does in fact break every time.

  1. There’s currently 1 billion bottles of champagne in storage worldwide
  2. Champagne corks fly out at speeds near 25 mph

It can get this high when it’s “vigorously shaken”

  1. Queen Victoria and Edward VII especially loved champagne

They drank Joseph Perrier, which can be found in the International Wine of the Month Club” that we reviewed on our site.

  1. Workers called “Riddlers” twist champagne bottles 1/8 of a turn every day to push the “lees” into the neck of the bottle

It’s a bizarre process that makes the champagne journey that much more complex for manufacturers.

Source:  Revuezzle.com

 

Make a Note and Remember these facts….it could win you a prize at the Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & BRIDAL SHOW.