The Photo that Tells the Story

Cowboy Smile Groom with Ring on Finger Baby Smiling Boy on Tractor Bride and guest Bridesmaid Smiling Fake Smile Friends and Smiles Girl laughing Groom with Big Smile Guy getting kiss Guy laughing Wedding Party having Fun Fisheye Wedding PartyWhat’s the Story?  The first bride that tells us the correct answer gets a nice gift from Take Notes.

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.

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.

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The Path to Wedded Bliss

The journey to your big day includes many memories as well as decisions to be made.  So we thought we would check just what you, our St. Louis Bride, are all about.  So get those fingers ready and send us a reply.  We will post conclusions and answers in a few weeks.

Give us your feedback to the 10 questions below:

  • When did you first say, “I Love You?”
  • How many months are between your engagement and the marriage?
  • How long were you dating before you met your fiancé’s parents?
  • How many hours per week do you spend planning your wedding? (Average)
  • What wedding colors did you choose?
  • Do you have a wedding theme?
  • What has been the most frustrating part about planning your wedding?
  • Who has the final say regarding the major decisions about your wedding?
  • What’s the most important part of your wedding?
  • Is money an issue in planning your wedding?

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We are anxious to hear from you.  Don’t be shy.

Are you searching for the perfect wedding dress?

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Once you have that ring on your finger, the quest begins for the “perfect” wedding dress.  After all, you want to look amazing for your walk down the aisle.  Before you begin, let’s review a few guidelines.

Start EARLY. Get started early so you don’t cut it too close to your wedding day.  In most situations you want to allow 9 to 12 months in advance.  This allows plenty of time for your dress to arrive and alterations to be made.

Shop with Bridal Vendors that offer FULL SERVICE.  Their experience is invaluable in helping you find a gown that flatters your body type.   It’s great to have an idea of what you want before you begin, but do consider a shop’s recommendation of various styles.  They know what’s “in” and what styles would look good on your body shape. Wear the right undergarments – the ones that you will wear with your gown.

And finally, this is for you brides on a very, tight budget.  Don’t worry – there are ways to have your beautiful dress and still not break the bank.  Check these out:

  • Military Veterans & Free Dresses:Select Bridal shops in the area promote this event in November around Veteran’s Day.Free Dresses are available to brides of active duty military servicemen and women.
  • Running of the Brides:Go to Filene’s Basement “Running of the Brides” sale – usually held in late July.Filene’s is located in Chicago at 1 North State Street.They usually have over 1700 gowns priced from $249 to $699 – (originally priced as high as $9000).  Bring along a support team and be ready to fight for your dress.
  • Eva’s Midwest Room in ChicagoYes it’s out of our area – but they have hundreds of dresses which can be taken home theday of purchase.  They feature over 60 designers and thousands of dresses.  This is a greatplace for weddings with a short planning period.
  • White ChicagoLove couture but hate the price?  Here you can find sample and “once wed” dresses.They carry designers such as Olge Cassini, Reem Acra, Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang andmore.  Call first, as you will need an appointment.
  • Locally Check out Whatzenstore.  They bought out a bridal shop and have a few remaining dresses at significantly reduced prices.  Check our “Bridal Fashions” wedding resource guide for contact information.One of the best places to go for Plus Size Wedding Dresses is Syndey’s Closet as they have a large selection of Size 18 dresses to try on.   (Check in the Wedding Resource Guide for contact information.)  And finally, ask your preferred store if they have “special” discounted gowns available.  Many of the stores offer older stock at discounted prices.

Do you have a great find?  Share back with all our brides to be.  And have fun, and enjoy the experience

 

 

 

Creative Cake Toppers

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One great way to express your personality is to choose an unusual wedding topper.   Conventional toppers are rapidly disappearing.  One couple recently crafted a “bride and groom” out of Lego’s and used some matching material from her wedding dress.  She carried that theme to the head table with name card “Lego” people.

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Are you into Super Heros?  There are plenty of Hero figures that can be purchased for the top of your cake.  You can also have an acrylic cutout made of the two of you for the top of the cake.  A favorite passion or pastime also makes it fun.  And finally, you can always add flowers, bows or votive candles as well.

As they say, “Express Yourself.”  Pick a topper that fits your wedding theme.

 

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