Making the Most of a Bridal Show

 

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.

Here are tips to get the maximum benefit from any show:

Before you go to any show, print several sheets of adhesive address labels with your name, contact information, AND wedding date.  If you have not yet set a wedding date, add something like Spring 2018.  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 go quickly.  September and October dates book quickly here in our area.  It’s prime wedding season, and many vendors like venues and photographers book a year out!

Bring family and friends you trust, and whose opinion matter.  But be careful of the size of your group because too many opinions, and you could be overwhelmed with indecision.

Invite your groom, but take him only if he wants to have a voice in this part of the wedding planning.  If this is not his thing, don’t torture him!  (Note:  Bring your groom along to our January 21st My Dream Wedding Bridal Show at The Christy Banquet Center and try out some complimentary dance lessons provided by Dance Pizazz.)

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

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Be ready with phrases such as, “I’ll think about that.”  And always give yourself a set amount of time and make a decision.  One of the biggest causes of stress in wedding planning is not making decisions on a timely basis…and then things start to really back up and you’ll find yourself in a spin trying to finalize decision.

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

Bridal Show Tips

 

 

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.

Here are tips to get the maximum benefit from any show:

  • Before you go to any show, print several sheets of adhesive address labels with your name, contact information, AND wedding date.  If you have not yet set a wedding date, add something like Spring 2018.  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 go quickly.  September and October dates book quickly here in our area.  It’s prime wedding season, and many vendors like venues and photographers book a year out!
  • Bring family and friends you trust, and whose opinion matter.  But be careful of the size of your group because too many opinions, and you could be overwhelmed with indecision.
  • Invite your groom, but take him only if he wants to have a voice in this part of the wedding planning.  If this is not his thing, don’t torture him!  (Note:  At our April 23rd, 2017 My Dream Wedding Show in April he can tour all the OLD VINTAGE CARS at the Gateway Classic Event Space, while you plan your wedding.  Plus, we are offering a FREE, complimentary photo of you and your groom with a vintage car.) 
  • Know what you are looking for and what’s your budget.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Be ready with phrases such as, “I’ll think about that.”  And always give yourself a set amount of time and make a decision.  One of the biggest causes of stress in wedding planning is not making decisions on a timely basis…and then things start to really back up and you’ll find yourself in a spin trying to finalize decisions.

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

 

13 Reasons to Love Chocolate!

 

It’s time to register for the CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL BRIDAL SHOW on Sunday, March 19th at Bear Creek Golf Course in Wentzville and not only are our shows FUN but the Chocolate Festival is actually GOOD for your health!

Forget death by chocolate. More and more research is showing that high quality, dark chocolate (or cocoa or cacao) may actually improve your health. Here are 13 reasons to love chocolate and come to our Bridal Show:

  1. Chocolate, cocoa, and cacao are high in the mineral magnesium which is essential for over 500 functions in your body, including:  heart health and muscle function.
  2. Chocolate may reduce the risk of heart failure.
  3. Cocoa and cacao contain plant nutrients called proanthocyanidins. These phytonutrients have been shown in research to protect against carcinogens and nervous system toxins.
  4. It lowers blood pressure in people whose blood pressure is high.
  5. Chocolate helps support the production of dopamine in the body.  Dopamine is a brain chemical that helps us feel good.  Impaired dopamine production is involved in brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Foods that aid the production of dopamine may be helpful in the prevention of such illnesses.
  6. Cocoa, or chocolate with high amounts of it, lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol).
  7. According to preliminary research cocoa and dark chocolate may help protect the kidneys from disease.
  8. Eating chocolate increases the levels of endorphins—the body’s own natural pain killers. Eating dark chocolate may help reduce pain.
  9. Raw cacao increases the amount of a substance calledN-arachidonoylethanolamine in the brain (try saying that 10 times fast, or even just once correctly!).  It is a neurotransmitter that improves communication between brain and nerve cells.
  10. Consumption of raw cacao increases weight loss in overweight individuals, according to research in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
  11. Eating dark chocolate causes the release of hormones called phenylethylamines (PEAs) that are also released when we are in love, helping us to feel happy.
  12. The high concentration of phytonutrients called flavonoids in dark chocolate are potent antioxidants. Antioxidants help eliminate free radicals associated with aging and inflammation in the body.
  13. It just tastes great. That’s enough reason for most people.

Now that you understand that CHOCOLATE is GOOD for you – register online at www.BrideSTLouis.com and save $2.00.  Online registration just $5.00 and walk in tickets are $7.00.

 

BRIDAL SHOW – Sunday, January 22, 2017 – Come and have fun!

 

BRIDES – Here are 22 reasons to come to the “My Dream Wedding BRIDAL SHOW” on Sunday, January 22th, 2017 at The Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O’Fallon, MO 63366.

  1. Who doesn’t love a good mimosa?  It’s easy, refreshing, and the perfect excuse to have a fun drink.  Enjoy a compliment glass with early arrival.
  2. Enjoy TWO Fashion SHOWS – Beautiful Bridal Gowns and Flower Girl Dresses by Margo’s A Wedding Place and Elegance Made Simple.  Shows are at 1pm and 2:15pm.
  3. The CHRISTY BANQUET CENTER will be giving away a free DJ package.
  4. Get $500.00 off if you purchase the MONSTER Photography Package by Patrick Pope Photography.
  5. Come see a BALLROOM DANCE Show at 1:30pm followed by 30 Minutes of FREE Ballroom Dance Lessons presented by Dance Pizazz
  6. Cha Cha Chow will be giving out Free Taco Coupons and they will be serving complimentary Margaritas!
  7. Landolfi Quartet will be giving 10% off any booking at the show.  They will also be entertaining you as you enter the show!
  8. Susie G’s Cake will have a $25.00 gift card.
  9. Rivercity Catering will be hosting a FREE SEMINAR to answers all your questions about catering plus they are giving $300.00 OFF a booked catered wedding.
  10. Love Shack Vacations will be giving a complimentary bottle of wine.
  11. Buse’s Flowers will give $50.00 off any wedding order $600 or more, and a 5% discount for wedding orders under $600.  They will also be providing a free toss bouquet.  Buse’s will provide the flowers for the fashion shows.
  12. Margo’s A Wedding Place will be giving a $100.00 Certificate toward a Bridal Gown.
  13. Celebrate Photo Booth will have a $100.00 Discount Show Special.
  14. Marry Me Cottage will be giving away a FREE Floral Arrangement.
  15. Sweets to Remember will give $100 off any cake order of 100+ servings.
  16. Beautiful Obsessions will be doing makeup demonstrations and have a drawing for a FREE Makeup Trail.  They will also be doing the makeup for some of our models.
  17. Miha Photo will be giving 1 Free 1 Hour Engagement, Boudoir or Trash the Dress Shoot to one lucky bride.
  18. Nagles BBQ will be giving a $100.00 Gift Certificate.
  19. Savvi Formalwear will be there with gifts and drawings all night long.
  20. Pure Romance has a $20.00 Gift Certificate.
  21. Complete Weddings & Events will be giving $50.00 off any service, and have just a $50.00 Deposit to hold your date.
  22. BrideStLouis.com will have a drawing for a $200.00 Gift Certificate that can be used with ANY vendor from the show.

 

 

Lots of food and cake tastings, Music, Mimosas (Orange Juice & Champagne), sample Margaritas, and so much more!  Come have fun and enjoy planning your wedding.

And over $2000 in gifts that will be given away!!!

On Line Tickets are just $5.00 and there is a link on the HOME PAGE to register.

ON LINE Registration WILL CLOSE at 8pm tonight, but you may still purchase tickets at the door the day of our event for $7.00.  (Did you know the first 100 brides receive a free gift?) 

Now you see why MY DREAM WEDDING is the BEST Bridal Boutique Show

The Christy Banquet Center

9000 Veterans Memorial Parkway

O’Fallon, Missouri 63366

(Between Highway K & Bryan Road)

Welcome to 2017!

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Raise your hand if you can hardly believe it’s the beginning of January 2017!  Your wedding day will be here soon and planning a wedding isn’t easy. Planning a wedding to happen in 6 months or less is even harder. Here are a few steps that are helpful in planning a fantastic wedding in such a short time.

Prepare yourself mentally. Get into the right frame of mind. Be prepared to compromise. Enter into the planning of your wedding with an open mind and flexibility. You may have it all planned out in your mind but not keeping your ideas flexible will leave you frustrated and disappointed. Be ready to alter your ideas of what your dream wedding is. Not only will you need to be flexible with your planning but you need to be willing to make compromises financially. Don’t try to over plan or be too controlling. Take everything with a grain of salt and a sense of humor.

Attend our BRIDAL SHOW on January 22, 2017 from 12 noon to 3:30pm at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, Missouri.  Here you can make connections with over 50 Vendors who are the top professionals in their industry.   It’s just $5.00 if you pre-purchase your tickets on line at www.BrideStLouis.com.   There is a link on the home page to make it quick and easy.

Attend our FREE Wedding Planning Seminars at The Tuscany Gallery at Six East Main in Wentzville, Missouri.  Don’t do it alone!  Experts will be here to share their experience and knowledge, give guidance, answer your question, and maybe save you a few dollars.  Enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers as we have fun planning your wedding.  Register for one or all classes.  Attendance is limited to 25 couples so register early.

Thursday – January 26th, 6pm to 8pm – Wedding Planning 101

Sunday – January 29th, 1pm to 3pm – Finding Your Venue & Choosing a Caterer

Thursday – February 16th, 6pm to 8pm Real Questions to Ask A Potential 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 – Make it You

 REGISTER HERE for One or ALL Seminars

 

2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

A delicious wedding cake is the sweetest ending to a perfect wedding celebration.  Collect inspiration at the 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show on Thursday night, September 22, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Airport West located in Earth City just off Highway 70 from 6pm to 8:30pm. Whether you style is modern and trendy, traditional, or vintage you can not only see a large selection of beautiful cakes, but you will also get to TASTE the cakes.

When you arrive you will receive a ballot to vote for your favorite cake.  Cakes will be plated and numbered and you will vote by number – so it’s a blind taste test.  We will also vote for the best, most artistic looking cake as well.   Vote results will be announced at 8:15pm.

Enjoy champagne, appetizers and a fun evening.   There will be 35 to 40 professional wedding vendors there as well so it’s a great time to start planning your special day.  Be sure to bring your wedding party, friends, family, and yes, the groom too.

You could be the winner of the $200.00 GRAND PRIZE from BrideStLouis.  Additional prizes will be awarded during the night as well.

What’s not to love – great music, good fun, and cake, of course!

To register now and save $3.00 go to www.BrideStLouis.com and you will find a link on the home page of our web site.    The first 100 brides to register will receive a FREE gift as well.  Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door.

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

 

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show