Top 2017 Wedding Trends Revealed by The Knot

The Knot Wedding Trends Report for 2017

Reduced Carbon Footprint Fetes
Hosting an incredible wedding while also reducing the carbon footprint is on trend in 2017. For food and flowers, opt for in season and locally sourced. Earth-friendly invitations can be made by printing with soy-based inks on recycled paper. For place cards, forget the paper and have a calligrapher write each guest’s name on stones that can be kept as personalized favors afterward. Once the guests have gone home, don’t toss the flowers. Donate to a hospital or nursing home to spread joy to others.

Ask for What You Really Want
From cash to camping gear and even museum memberships, couples can ask for just about anything today—including supporting a cause close to heart. Charity registries are on the rise and couples can register for a charity on TheKnot.com. For each gift purchased, The Knot will donate to their chosen cause.

The Ultimate Guest Gifting Lounge
This fun twist on the hotel welcome bag is ideal for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering them yourself, let your guests do the work. Set up a room full of swag like snacks, drinks and local sweet treats and let guests choose their favorite items. This also gives you the opportunity to meet and greet guests in person when they arrive.

Icebreaker Guest Games
Weddings today are an all weekend affair, so it’s essential your guests meet and get to know each other. What better way to get your guests mixing and mingling than with the ultimate grown-up icebreaker: games. Personalized Mad Libs about your first encounter and crossword puzzles that keep guests guessing your favorite date spot are great ways to break the ice before the ceremony or during the cocktail hour. Lawn games like croquet, horseshoes and corn hole are perfect for promoting new friendship at an outdoor wedding or cocktail hour. 

Exceptional Entertainment
When it comes to entertainment, couples are pulling out all the stops to entertain their guests. Aerialists, acrobats, live painters and even choirs belting out Beyoncé have made their way into weddings. If that’s too trendy, try a traditional route with music, but pair it with a performance—like a classical quartet and ballerinas in tutus. Have a noise ordinance at your outdoor locale? Host a “silent disco” where guests wear headphones and dance to their own beat.

One With Nature
If you ­­­­­can’t celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add oversize potted trees and shrubbery to a ballroom for an enchanted forest look. Natural elements like wood and stone can be incorporated into your table settings, and hanging flowers over tables or the dance floor creates an instant wow factor. 

Image Mapping Technology
Want to turn your indoor venue into a lush garden, but don’t have the budget for thousands of flowers and potted trees? Try a new projection technology called image mapping that allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. Give your ceremony and reception its own special vibe by changing scenes from one to the next. You can even use this technology on your wedding cake. Not only is this trend tech forward, it benefits the environment and will save you money on flowers and décor.

Metallic Dresses & Breezy Silhouettes
Metallic dresses—think tasteful gold threading and silver beading—flooded the runways during Bridal Fashion Week. Wearing a metallic dress may seem like a bold move, but it’s perfect for a sophisticated, evening affair. Also big this year, effortless dresses with flowing fabrics. They’re a must-have for providing a lightweight, ethereal vibe for destination weddings or even to wear for a second look. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off-the-shoulder looks will also make an appearance on the aisle.

Formal Portrait Studios
There’s a new twist on the traditional photo booth: portrait studios. Just like the traditional photo booth, there’s a designated space and sometimes props, but instead of posing with feather boas and silly sunglasses, a live photographer asks you to vogue for the camera. The result is a glamorous, intimate portrait in your finest attire. Also in for 2017 is the live illustrator who walks the party sketching guests throughout the night.

Translucent Cakes
The new take on the naked cake is the translucent cake. Instead of totally bare tiers, translucent cakes have a thin veil of frosting with just a bit of the cake showing. Typically iced in buttercream, these sweet delights are topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake filling. 

Furry Friends
The hottest wedding guests of 2017 have four legs and supersoft coats. From bunnies and donkeys to llamas and pigs, couples having rustic barn weddings are incorporating farm animals into the wedding day.

A Moveable Feast
With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is starting to be replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like a raw bar with a waiter live-shucking oysters or wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on tradition.

So, what are you doing for your wedding that is unique and reflects who you are as a couple?  The best answer submitted by Friday, March 10th, 2017 receives 2 FREE Tickets to the Chocolate Festival Bridal Show on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at Bear Creek Golf Club.  Send you submissions to bride@bridestlouis.com.

Create a Fun Seating Chart Using Old Photos

Here’s the overall plan: find a meaningful picture for each of your wedding guests and write their table number on the back. Display all the pictures at the wedding. Guests will find their picture, take it down, and know where they’re sitting, while having a ready-made conversation starter in the form of a picture of you and them.

It’s a way to have a photo display of every person at the wedding, but also serves as an opportunity to put up some pictures of friends and family.  Ideally, the picture is of one of you together with this guest.

  • Two poles
  • Twine
  • Clothespins
  • Labels (or a pen)
  • A picture of each of your guests (preferably posing with one of you)
  • An instructional sign

The first step is to source pictures of you with your guests. Choosing the pictures is the time-intensive part, so make sure to set aside enough time for that. Once you’ve chosen your pictures, you’ll need them to all be printed at the same size.  

Next, you’ll need to create labels for the backs of the photos. You can also write directly on the backs, but if you have a large guest list, computer-printed labels are the way to go. We used a label template to print our guests’ names, our wedding date, and the words “Table Number” on the back, leaving the actual number blank. We also chose to print out instructional signs to include in the display, letting people know that these were their table numbers.

Finally, setting up the actual photo display depends on your venue. We liked the idea of being able to walk around it—some of the pictures might not have been very recognizable to our guests—so we wanted to set up a freestanding display. But if you don’t have the option or space to create that, you could suspend this on a wall instead, and your guests could always just flip the pictures over.

To create our freestanding display, the wonderful owners of our venue found two pieces of rebar that were about two feet tall and stuck them in the ground. They covered these shorter pieces of rebar with seven-foot tall pieces of bamboo. The rebar provided a strong, sturdy base to the nicer looking bamboo.

The size of your guest list will determine the number of rows of twine and the distance of the poles. To hang 133 pictures plus three 8″ x 11″ instructional signs, we placed our poles ten feet apart and tied eight rows of twine. When you’re determining the width of the display, it’s important to leave enough space so the pictures aren’t crowded—wider is better. Also, we wanted people to be able to reach the pictures without having to crouch down or stretch up too high, so we took that into consideration when figuring out how large to make it.

 

 

The vast majority of the pictures were meaningful and sweet for us and each guest. The picture of my brother telling me a secret while I giggle my fool six-year-old head off. That picture of my fiancé’s grandmother giving him a kiss while he focuses on his bacon biscuit—she didn’t put it down all night.

Even if we didn’t get to discuss each picture with each guest the day of the wedding, we certainly thought about it in the weeks leading up to the wedding and people have brought it up now, post-wedding. This was also a great way for our moms to get involved and in the wedding mood. Looking back at old pictures of their friends, some of whom they had not seen in years, who would be attending the upcoming wedding was a good change of pace from predictably tense conversations about specific wedding logistics.

On the wedding day, I loved looking around at all our people and seeing the pictures as a conversation starter. Guests seated at tables with people they didn’t know could ask about the other person’s picture and immediately have a story to tell or a connection to explain.

Image Credit:  Jesse Kitt Photography

Real Questions to Ask A Potential Photographer

Patrick_Pope_Photography_sm-147Forget the bridal magazines and their list of questions to ask a photographer during the interview process. They have no idea! There are some questions suggested by the magazines that have no bearing what-so-ever on the real world of wedding photography, and others that are hopelessly out of date.

Here are some questions that actually matter. Take it from a working wedding photographer.

• What makes you different from other wedding photographers? This is one of the single most important questions to ask, and I’ve never seen a magazine suggest it. Photographers are not identical grains of sand. Photographers are all different. If a shooter can’t adequately define what makes his or her work or style different, they don’t really have a handle on it themselves.

 How would you describe your style of photography? Don’t settle for a simple one or two word answer like “candid” or “traditional.” Ask them to elaborate. “I specialize unplanned moments and emotions. I’m drawn to great expressions and interactions between people.” I’m not talking about advertising tag lines, but they should be able to define their style with some degree of detail. This shows that they have a handle on their own priorities and aren’t simply shooting at everything that moves.

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• What’s your professional photography experience? Not necessarily how long they’ve photographed weddings, but that’s good to know too.

• Why do you photograph weddings? You’re going to have to read between the lines with whatever answer you get, but it’s certainly an interesting insight into the photographer’s motivations. No photographer is ever going to say, “Because I thought it would be a good way to make some weekend cash,” even though that may actually be the truth for some. Instead you want the answer to show some real passion and drive. You want someone who’s going to say something like, “I love people and telling stories of an amazing day in their lives.”  Maybe even, “It’s such an important day, I want to do create photos that are meaningful and lasting.” A bit self-serving, granted, but at least there’s some real motivation beyond a paycheck. Regardless of the exact answer, you want to get the feeling that this person is genuinely passionate and motivated to do the very best job possible.

 If a CD is included, are the photos enhanced or are they straight out of the camera? How much enhancement is done? Nobody ever asks this, but it’s very important. Many photographers who offer digital images simply give you whatever comes out of the camera, good, bad, and ugly. All photos benefit from some degree of enhancement. The fact is, cameras simply don’t see the world the same way our eyes do, even when everything is captured perfectly with just the right camera settings. Abandoning a photo after it’s captured is not a sign competency. However, a photo can be over-processed. The right balance is important. The degree of enhancement depends on the look the photographer is trying to achieve.

• How many photos are typically included? Now, bear in mind, this is not the same as asking if you get all the photos. A good photographer will not give you everything. A wedding may generate  between 1000 to 3000 or more actual exposures, depending on the individual photographer, but they are not all fit for consumption. There are doubles, people blink, and some photos simply don’t turn out. Quality photographers base their reputation on delivering good photos, not all photos. This is similar to movie making. How many hours of footage ends up on the cutting room floor to deliver the absolute best two hours of the final film?

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Remember, a good photographer is interviewing YOU at the same time you’re interviewing him or her to determine whether you’re a good match for their particular style of work. For instance, if a couple is looking for a day full of posed photos, a candid or documentary photographer knows this isn’t the best couple to work. Likewise, personality plays an important role in how well everyone can work together on the big day. A poor match means unhappiness all around.

Be very honest and upfront about what you are looking for. But don’t be afraid to keep an open mind. Some couples have conflicting needs, such as wanting a day full of posed photos but also wanting the photography to be unobtrusive at the same time. A good photographer will be honest about what can and can’t be done, they won’t simply nod and promise anything and everything just to get the booking.

So there you have it. Some slightly unconventional real-world advice that can help you get some real insight into the photographer you’re interviewing for your wedding.

 

Guest Blogger – Patrick Pope of Patrick Pope Photography

www.PatrickPopePhotography.com

Patrick@PatrickPopePhotography.com

636-345-1948

December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 – Monthly News & Updates

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Planning your dream wedding can be an exciting, but also overwhelming experience. So we help brides experience all the inspirations, ideas, and resources available to them, at one spectacular event, My Dream Wedding Bridal Show on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 12 Noon to 3:30pm. Start with a complimentary mimosa, smell the flowers, taste the cakes, see the photos,enjoy a spectacular fashion show and hear the music. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair or a lavish, extravagant event, you’ll find everything you need to make it special. And, the first 100 brides will receive a complimentary gift from BrideStLouis.  
There is also a $200.00 GRAND PRIZE for one lucky bride!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Save by purchasing your tickets on line at BrideStLouis.com.
Tickets in advance are $5.00 and if you pay at the door they are $7.00.
You can also go to these vendors who are participating in the show to receive a COMPLIMENTARY FREE TICKET.  Tickets are available any time after December 26th, 2016.

Harter Bakery (The Winner of the 2016 Best Tasting Cake)
Buse’s Flower & Gift Shop,
The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, MO
Bear Creek Golf Course (See Elizabeth) in Wentzville

mimosasBrideStLouis produces the #1 Bridal Boutique Show in the area – and our shows are different because we offer so much more.  There will be 2 FREE Seminars. One on “How to Choose Your Catering Company” and a second seminar on “Being the Most Beautiful YOU on Your Wedding Day.”

Our Shows are also FUN! We have some great surprises in store for you. Many other prizes and gifts will be awarded all day long as well.

 


Harter Bakery – Winner of the Best Tasting Cake in St. Louis

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Congratulations goes to Harter Bakery for winning our Cake & Champagne Tasting Event earlier this fall and receiving the coveted title BEST TASTING CAKE in St. Louis. Brides, Grooms, and Guests participated in a blind taste test and voted for their favorite. Harter brought their white cake with strawberry filling and it was delicious!
They have been in the St. Louis area for many years and all cakes are made from scratch. You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for, and they can also create your custom designed cake as well. Call Montanna today at 636-464-6767 to schedule an appointment.
HarterBakery.com
4050 Jeffco
Arnold, MO 63010
636–464-6767
info@HarterBakery.com


Blossom’s Bridal

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Did you know that Blossom’s Bridal is having an End of the Year Off Rack Sale? Enjoy 55% Off Bridal Gowns!, 65% Off Discontinued Bridal Gowns, and 50% Off Bridesmaid/Mother Of Bride dresses! Hurry before they are all gone.  And the new owner is adding some new designers like the Christina Wu collection.  Blossom’s Bridal is located at 15882 Clayton Road, Ellisville.  You can also schedule an appointment by calling 636-527-7130.

BlossomsBridal.com
636-527-7130
15882 Clayton Road
Ellisville, MO 63011


Patrick Pope Photography’s MONSTER DEAL! 

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Check out this super deal for your wedding photography. Great Photos, 2nd Photographer, Album, Engagement Photos – all with a 50% by Wedding Date Payment Program. With less then $1000 due before the wedding – you get a great way to stretch that wedding budget AND get good images. Hiring the best photographer you can afford is important because your photos will be shared with your family for years and year!
PatrickPopePhotography.com
Patrick@PatrickPopePhotography.com
www.PatrickPopePhotography
636-345-1948


 

Tuscany Gallery is now OPEN!

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The Tuscany Gallery & Events offers a beautiful setting indoors for the small wedding.  Experience the beauty of a ceremony in an area that resembles an Italian Courtyard with stucco like walls, water
fountains, and greenery – a beautiful venue with lots of atmosphere and character. Guests can mingle in the open areas of a casual art gallery. Plus, all weddings have the option of visiting Quail Ridge Park for spectacular outdoor photos.
Come to their GRAND OPENING Event, Thursday Night, January 12th from 5pm to 7pm.
www.TuscanyGalleryandEvents.com
weddings@TuscanyGalleryandEvents.com
636-887-2788 Gallery Phone
6 East Main, Wentzville, MO 63385


Buse’s Flower & Gift Shop

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Buses is having a STOREWIDE Sale on Exciting Merchandise. This is a great time to get those last minute gifts. And while you are there be sure to talk with them about your wedding bridal bouquet and other floral needs.
333 First Capitol Dr. St. Charles MO
(636) 724-0148 (888) 414-8057
www.busesflowershop.com


 

What’s coming in 2017 with BrideStLouis

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So much will be happening in 2017.
In January we roll out our new secondary web site, www.WeddingVenuesofStLouis.com. This
site is awesome – get complete information on over 325 Venues. Includes details like room sizes, outdoor area, what’s included, catering options, and so much more! Watch for our big announce coming very soon. It’s the EASIEST WAY TO FIND YOUR PERFECT VENUE.
We’re doing FREE WEDDING PLANNING SEMINARS:
Thursday – January 26th, 6pm to 8pm – Wedding Planning 101
Sunday – January 29th, 1pm to 3pm – Venue Selections – – Let’s Find Your Venue
Thursday – February 16th, 6pm to 8pm Planning & Choosing Your Photographer
Sunday Feb. 19th – 1pm to 3pm; Invitations & Print Products for Your Wedding
Thursday – March 9th – 6pm to 8pm – MakeUp Hair & Being the Best You
Sunday – March 12th, 1pm to 3pm – Home Buying for Newly Weds
Thursday – April 6th, 6pm to 8pm – Flowers & Decor – Designs & More
NEW EBOOK for Wedding Planning – Available 1/1/17

FUTURE BRIDAL SHOWS:
March 29th – Chocolate Festival Bridal Show. This show will combine two loves – great desserts (lots of chocolate) and a great bridal boutique Show. Come taste a delicious assortment of sweets & plan your wedding. What’s not to love about chocolate!
August 24 – Our 4th CAKE & CHAMPAGE Tasting Event. Come place your vote for the BEST TASTING CAKE for 2017! Professional Wedding Vendors,champagne,cake – and great appetizers.

 

Our Thanks & Appreciation

12246971_10153252812973450_7797677576449912606_nThanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect back on the past year. We’d like to take this time to sincerely give our thanks and appreciation to you!

2017 Wedding Planning Calendar

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Wedding Planning – Important Dates for 2017 to keep in mind

Some of you may be anticipating rings over the holidays and many couples start with deciding on the date for their wedding.   If you are on a tight budget there are some dates you will want to avoid and if you choose a date around a Holiday, you might find your favorite vendor already booked.  To save money, go for a Friday or Sunday wedding as many vendors will offer a reduced price on those days.   We also listed the 3 day weekends – these are great for guests who need to travel.   October is a very busy wedding month.  If fact, it ranks up with June as one of the most popular wedding months. 

Let’s start –

January 1 – It’s a Sunday this year.  So either end the year or start the year with getting married!

(Note:  If you marry on Dec. 31, 2016 you can claim 2016 for a “married tax deduction” –which usually saves you money over filing as singles.)

January 13-14-15 – A 3 day weekend for many to celebrate Martin Luther King’s Day.

(January 22 – Our First Bridal Show of the Year at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, MO.)

February 11-12-13  –  Lincoln’s Day is a State Holiday in Illinois.  That another longer weekend for some.

February 14 – Valentine’s Day (Tuesday).  Florists will be super busy, and you might pay more for those red roses.

February 18-19-20 – Washington’s Birthday – A 3 Day National Holiday.

(February 19 – Our Illinois Bridal Show at Our Lady of The Snows in Belleville.)

March 12 – Daylight savings time begins.  (Longer Days)

March 17 – For You Irish Lads. (It’s a Friday.)

March 20 – First Day of Spring.

April 16 – Easter Sunday.  Most couples avoid that date.  Many churches will not perform weddings the Saturday before (April 15th).

May 13-14 – Mother’s Day.  (Be sure to check with your Mom’s about that weekend.)

May 27-28-19 – Big Wedding Weekend – Memorial Day Weekend.  If you are thinking about one of those dates, you need to get your contracts signed NOW.  Photographers and favorite venues may already be booked.  Vendors know that they can book these dates – so don’t look for price deals.

June 18 – Father’s Day. 

June 20 – First Day of Summer.

June 30 to July 4 – This could be a busy time for many places so get your reservations in early.  If you have folks who need to travel this could be an ideal time for them to come.  It’s generally HOT so consider an indoor wedding.

(August 24th – Bride St. Louis’s Cake & Champagne Event at The Holiday Inn in Earth City.)                  

September 2-3-4 – Labor Day Weekend.   Book quickly if you want this date.  Good again for those with out-of-town guests.

September 22 – First Day of Fall

September & October Weekends

            Extremely popular in the St. Louis area.

            Great time for those Wine Vineyard Weddings.

            Ties with June as the most popular month.

October 7-8-9 – Columbus Day is October 9th (Monday).  Another good long weekend.

Nov. 5 – Daylight Savings Ends

November 10 – 11 Veterans Day  (Friday & Saturday)

            Many in the military choose this day.

November 23, 24,25, 26 –          Thanksgiving Weekend. These dates book fast.

December 21 – First Day of Winter

December 22h, 23, and 24 – Celebrate the holidays as Mr. & Mrs.

December 29, 30 and 31 – End the year married!

 

Also, be mindful of religious and cultural holidays (Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, Christmas, and Kwanzaa) when planning your wedding.  There may be restrictions at your house of workship.

And if your family is deeply involved in sports – avoid weekends with the Super Bowl, Final Four March Madness, and perhaps some local college games as well.

And finally, for number “13” fans – you have:  January 13th (Friday), May 13th (Saturday), August 13th (Sunday), and October 13th (Friday).   This is for Friday, Saturday or Sunday events as noted.