Top Spots for Engagement Photos

It doesn’t surprise me that there were lots of wedding proposals over the last few weeks.  And now that your wedding is official, here are some perfect locations for your engagement photos.  The St. Louis area has a plethora of iconic settings and eye-catching public parks that are prime for unforgettable photos.  (When the snow melts!)  So, all you new brides-to-be, now is a perfect time to schedule your session with Spring just a few weeks away.

Most of these are FREE public places.  Places not included are those that charge – like Missouri Botanical Garden or Union Station.  Have special interest and hobbies?  It’s always fun to incorporate your likes into these photos.  For example, if you love baseball, get some matching baseball shirts and have them personalized.   And, if you have pets, brings them along for a few snaps as well – and then have someone take care of them while you tend to photos of just the two of you.

A new option, is not only still photos – but video as well.  That’s a great way to introduce your special other, especially if you have not had an opportunity to meet extended family and friends.

This is not an all-inclusive list – but places that readily come to mind.  Do you have a special place that you think should be included?  Send it to us (bride@bridestlouis.com), and receive a $3.00 discount to our next Bridal Show on February 28th, 2021 at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon.

Ballpark Village
Bee Tree Park
Butterfly House
Carondelet Park/Boat house
Castlewood State Park
Chesterfield Central Park
City Garden
City Museum
Creve Coeur Lake Park
Drace Park
Faust Park
Forest Park – Bridges, Walkways,
Fort Zumwalt Park
Graffiti Wall Downtown
Great Rivers Greenway – Bike Trail
Jaycee Stage – Historic St. Charles
Jewel Box in Forest Park
Laclede’s Landing (Neat Old Bldgs.)
Lafayette Park
Landing in St. Louis, The
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Longview Farm
Missouri River in St. Charles
Mississippi River Front
Moonrise Hotel
Muny in Forest Park
Oak Knoll Park
Quail Ridge Park
Sandy Covered Bride, The
Shaw Nature Reserve
St. Charles Gazebo on Main Street
St. Ferdinand Park
St. Louis Zoo
Tower Grove Park
Wineries
Washington Boulevard
Water Tower
World’s Fair Pavilion

 

Here’s How to Make Those Engagement Photos Great

Engagement Photo Ideas by Bride St. Louis

With the new year it’s time to welcome a new group of newly engaged couples who will begin their wedding journey.   Besides setting a date and a budget, many couples, especially if the wedding has a short planning period, want to get their engagement photos early in the process.  Generally, I suggest scheduling your engagement session at least six weeks prior to the date you want to mail your announcements.  And earlier than that if you are sending out Save the Date cards and want to personalize them.

A question that many couples have concerning their engagement photos is “What to wear?”  Engagement photos should reflect who you are and what you love.  So if you love casual jeans and a more relaxed look, go for it.  If you’re a fashionista, just be sure that both of you have outfits that match your level of dress.  Wear clothes that are complimentary.  Your personality and style will greatly influence your choice of clothing, but keep it simple.

Having talked to several photographers, here are a few other guidelines for you to keep in mind.

What’s Good:

  • Wear solid colors with little or no pattern. Avoid prints and stripes as well.   If you both want to wear the same color, try different shades or varying hues.
  • Dark colors are always slimming.  Many couples like blue jeans and black shirts.  And gals, a cute dress is always a good way to go.
  • Keep in mind your body type.  Anything baggy will make you look bigger than you are.  And jersey material will cling to your body, and may reveal unflattering curves.  Also avoid tight fitting clothes that accentuate every curve of your body – unless that’s the look you are going for.
  • The layered look is great for almost anyone.  Casual jackets, sweaters, etc. would be perfect.
  • Gals can jazz up their outfits with cute heels, a terrific hat, or other accessories.
  • And speaking of accessories, bring along fun signs, maybe other personal items like a guitar, or even your dog…if these items are part of who you are.  And you guys with a motorcycle, don’t be shy about getting a few photos with your bike.

The engagement period can be one of the happiest and most romantic time of your life, and your photos should reflect that casual, crazy, fun-loving attitude.

On our next post, we will give you a list of favorite St. Louis locations for your photos.  And don’t forget about purchasing your tickets for our next Bridal Show “My Dream Wedding” another great St. Louis Bridal Show at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, MO on Feb. 28, 2021.  Tickets and details at BrideStLouis.com.

How to Care for Your engagement Ring, Wedding Bands and other Wedding Jewelry

How to Care for Your Engagement Ring by Bride St. Louis

 

Congratulations to all your newly engaged brides-to-be.  We thought this would be an excellent time to share with you some tips on how to care for that newly acquire ring.  Wedding rings will last a lifetime, and maybe longer if you pass it down to future generations, so extend the shine and sparkle and keep your stones safely in their settings.

  1. Clean your wedding jewelry at home with warm water and a baby soft tooth brush. Stay away from sinks and drains.  Lotions, powders, soaps – even the natural oils from you skin will create a film and reduce their brilliance.   You can use a small bowl of warm suds containing a mild household liquid detergent, but don’t use any cleaners containing chlorine.  Be sure to rinse and avoid touching the diamond with your fingers.  There are also ultrasonic cleaners available that you may purchase, and there are some liquid jewelry cleaners that you can buy as well.
  2. Store your rings in a separate soft compartment, fabric lined case or box with dividers to avoid scratches. Be careful when using ring holders or jewelry dishes as these tend to stack rings on top of each other which can cause damage.
  3. Don’t remove your ring in public. Hand washing with COVID-19 is recommended, but resist the temptation to remove your engagement ring.  It’s very easy to leave your ring on the ledge of the sink or worse, drop id down the drain!
  4. Avoid wearing your diamonds while doing housework, yard work or other kind of rough work. Even though a diamond is extremely durable, a hard blow could chip it.
  5. Insure them! Get comprehensive coverage against loss, theft, damage and mysterious disappearance.
  6. Once a year take your engagement ring and wedding bands to a jeweler for inspection and cleaning. They will check for loose settings, any worn prongs and other potential problems.  However, if you see a loose stone or prong between your annual checkup, immediately take your piece to the jeweler.  Your jeweler can also professionally clean your ring at the same time.  If you have a 14K white gold setting, it can look a little worn with time and wear, but your jeweler can rhodium plate it to bring back its shine.

 

8 Things to Do Right After Getting Engaged

8 Things to Do Right After Getting Engaged - BrideStLouis.com

 

Congratulations on your engagement!  This is such an exciting time in your life.   So – just how do you start to plan a wedding?  Where do you start?

 

First – Celebrate the Engagement!

Take a moment to relax and truly enjoy the feeling of being engaged.  It’s a moment worth celebrating and you deserve to relish every minute of it.

 

Make Announcements

Tell your family and closest loved ones first.  They should learn about the good news before you post on social media.

 

Insure Your Ring

This is really important.  If something should happen to your ring, this insurance will give you some peace of mind and save you from a budget busting situation.

Engagement Ring - Bride St. Louis.com

Throw an Engagement Party

This doesn’t have to be something big – just a few of your closest friends.  After all, we are still limited due to the pandemic.

 

Start choosing a time frame for your wedding.

You will be asked over and over, “When’s the wedding?”   Give yourself enough time to plan the details and not stress over limited time to make decisions.  Check out our 2021 Wedding Date Guideline HERE.

 

Discuss with your future spouse – the kind of wedding you prefer.

Do you want an outdoor wedding, a destination wedding, something small and intimate?  What’s your style – casual or formal?  Do you want to dance the night away with a big band in a grand ballroom.  Bear in mind, you might each have different ideas.  Wedding planning is a good time for couples to really see how well they work together.  If your ideas are different – can you agree on something both of you will love?

 

BUY Tickets now for our Premier Wedding Expo on January 9th and January 10th.  Sign up for some of the seminars.  I recommend Wedding Planning 101 if you are totally new to being a bride – this seminar will guide you through the entire process.  (If you don’t attend this seminar, sign up online for our FREE E-BOOK on Wedding Planning available at our home page on our website, BrideSTLouis.com.)

The St. Louis Wedding Expo 2021 by Bride St. Louis

 

Create a Timeline and a Schedule.     The Venue should be selected first, as it sets the date and tone of the entire wedding.  From there create a schedule of activities leading up to your wedding date, spreading out tasks in manageable segments.

 

And One More Idea: Snap Photos.

Keep photos on your smart phone – dresses you like, flowers, and any other details that inspire you.

Use Camera of Phone of Favorite Images - BrideStLouis.com

 

Planning a wedding is easy if you stick to your plan and your schedule.   Have a fantastic wedding!

Evaluating Your Relationship for the Long Term – Is he really the one?

Photo Credit: Rich Hawman, Elan Images

What makes for a great date and a great time may not be all you need for a long term great marriage. Check out these factors to see if your relationship has all the right stuff:

HUMOR

Does your guy make you laugh and lift your spirits?  A sense of humor can help you through some tough times and difficulties. 

CARES ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK and VICE VERSA

Does he really listen to you and consider your feelings?  Do you feel comfortable talking to him about problems that you have.  Can you trust him in difficult situations?  Does he show empathy, sincerity, and caring?   Good communication skills goes both ways.  Can you discuss your differences without becoming defensive or sarcastic?  Do you work together to find a solution?

BALANCE

Being together 100% of the time is not necessarily a good thing.  It’s important for each party in the relationship to participate at their own interests, sports, and hobbies.  It’s all about proper balance – a zealous personal interest might result in too much separation and less focus on your relationship. 

SHARING

And now just the opposite.  Do you share interests and hobbies?  Do you both like to travel, bike, read…whatever?  While opposites attractive, you need some type of “common interests” to keep the relationship alive and interesting.

EMOTIONAL MATURITY

Are you both ready to take responsibility in this new relationship to make it the best it can be?  Maturity in a relationship calls for modesty, some humility, and a balance self ego.  It’s now about “we” rather than “me”.    

If you scored a 5 – say “YES” march down that aisle!!!  You found a winner!

 

More Creative Ways to Announce Your Engagement

One of the very best things about getting engaged (besides the handsome fiancé, gorgeous ring, and the prospect of love and happiness hereafter) is announcing your engagement to your friends and family!   Etiquette always expects you to tell your mothers and fathers in person first.  But after that, besides shouting it from a roof top, you can then proceed to more creative announcements (and with a lot less fear of dealing with parental pressure).

It’s a special moment that means more than just changing your facebook status.   So why not do it a little differently.  I’ll share a few ideas with you, and in turn, if any of you have something to add, we would like to hear how you made the big announcement.

Photo Announcement:   A photo of the two of you with perhaps a sign that says, “I said yes”.  It’s simple, easy and fun.  Or perhaps share a series of photos that starts with when you first met, and proceeds through the first date, first kiss and then a photo with the ring on the finger.  You can add some dates and notes along with these photos.

Say it with a Video: Most smart phones today have the ability to make a short video that you can share.

Say it with Fashion:  Get t-shirts made up that says, “The Future Mrs. ____”, “Soon to be Married”, or with a “Save the Date XX/XX/XX printed on the shirt.”  Wear a shirt over the t-shirt and at the right moment, take off the top shirt to make the big reveal (like Superman).

Flash Mob:  Got lots of friends?  Get them all in the action.

Host a Party:  Never a better time then when you’ve got everyone together.

So, how did you or will you make the big announcement?

All answers will be entered into a drawing for 5 FREE Tickets to the January 21, 2018 My Dream Wedding BRIDAL SHOW at The Christy in O’Fallon, Missouri.  Send your responses to Bride@BrideStLouis.com.  All responses need to be submitted by Nov. 13, 2017.