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Wedding Trends for 2023

If this year’s trends have taught us anything, it’s that 2023 is all about expressing individuality. After months of delays, reschedules and compromises, couples are ready to be themselves.

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Here’s a LOW- COST décor Item that speaks romantic nights!

  Something borrowed, something blue, let’s plan the perfect wedding for you. Here’s a LOW- COST décor Item that speaks romantic nights! Nothing sets a romantic mood like candlelight so why not add the romance of candles at your wedding ceremony and reception. From large oversized candles to small delicate candles the options are endless…

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Traditions that come from Irish Weddings

Traditionally in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is considered the luckiest day of the year to be married. Whether you have ancestral roots in Ireland or just want to add a little luck o’ the Irish to your celebration, we are sharing some ways to bring some Irish wedding traditions into your wedding day! Origin of…

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Wedding Gown Shopping?

Wedding Gown Shopping? 13+ Tips for Stress Free Wedding Gown Shopping 1.       Create a budget.  Most brides will spend about 10% of their wedding budget for their dress. 2.       Start shopping early. It takes anywhere from six to twelve months from the time you place the order to when you bring your wedding gown home. Bridal designers need four or…

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Beware of these 5 Major Budget Busters!

Having a wedding isn’t as simple as saying “I do” — and it can be expensive.  The average cost of a wedding in 2020 was over $20,000. Figures for 2021 were just a bit lower, and 2022 weddings are toping the charts once again. Exclusive Venues While recommended vendors are great, having exclusive vendors is much…

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Looking for Unique Ways to Personalize Your Wedding?

Looking for a unique way to personalize your wedding? You may want to consider a Monogram Wedding – one where you and your future husband’s names are intertwined to create your own custom monogram.  Starting with the invitations and carrying through to thank you cards, your monogram will be prominently displayed and will be truly…

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Tips to Cutting Your Guest List

With many brides opting to have fewer guests at their wedding, the question often arises as to how to cut your wedding guest list without stirring up any tension.  You and your future spouse probably know a lot more people combined than you realize.  So – here are a few tips on how to cut…

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What are YOUR Safety Plans for Your Wedding?

What are YOUR Safety Plans for Your Wedding?   (Note:  This Blog Post was written during the Covid Pandemic) We have been talking with a lot of brides about their upcoming wedding and a typical topic that surfaces is “What Safety Plans are you putting in place for your wedding.” Now that some weddings will be starting…

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Colleen’s Journey – Part Four

Welcome back, brides! Now that you have heard my wedding dress saga, I have to share a little dress hack that I recently learned about.  How many of you have helped your friends use the bathroom on their wedding day? 🙋‍♀️ I’ve been a bridesmaid 6 times now so I’ve gone through this experience quite…

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Creative Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

20+ Ideas to Create a Wedding Reception that will Entertain and Wow!

What will guests most remember about your wedding?  While great food is always important,  it’s so much more than that.  Your reception is the biggest party that you will ever plan, and while it marks the importance of the fact that you just married the love of your life, your guests will look to you…

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Choosing a Wedding Dress

Mermaid, Trumpet or Fit & Flare – Wedding Gown Styles and Silhouettes

Over the next few posts we will introduce you to some basic information about wedding gown styles and silhouettes. We will start with details about the Trumpet, Mermaid, and Fit and Flare.  For the brides who is just starting to look at wedding gowns, they can appear very much alike. A trumpet wedding dress fits similar to…

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5 Points to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Venue

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make in planning your wedding is where to have it.  Because there are over 350+ Venues, your decision can be difficult.   Here are some basic options to consider when deciding on your wedding venue. BUDGET This is the most important factor.  The reception cost is generally about 50% of…

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Wedding Gratuity Guide

    Tipping vendors and wedding providers isn’t always mandatory, but I can guarantee that they always appreciated it when you do tip.  Many vendors put their heart and soul into making your day the very best possible.  If they have done a good job for you and the service was exceptional, just do it.  …

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12 Great Tips from Previous Brides about their Big Day

  We recently had a wonderful opportunity to speak with brides who not long ago tied the knot, and we asked them what they recommend (as well as not recommend) the day of the wedding or just a few days before the wedding. Here are some of their suggestions: Watch what you eat. If you…

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10 Tips to Stay on Budget for Your Wedding

Saying “I DO” can be a budget buster.  Here are some tips and hints to save on your celebration:     Keep the wedding guest list under 100. Limit the wedding party – keeping it small. This cuts down on the cost of attendant bouquets and gifts to each member in the wedding party. Consider…

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Selecting the Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Style

  Selecting a wedding dress is more than just a fitting.  It’s selecting the right type for your body shape.  What’s follows is a guide to selecting the right silhouette for your body type.  This allows you to find the best figure flattering wedding gown.  Petite, tall, thin, plus size – here is your go…

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Top 2 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer – It’s a decision you won’t regret!

The most precious day of your life is surely your wedding. You want to ensure that every moment of your special day is captured in a unique and beautiful manner.   I have heard from many couples after the fact about their poor decision in hiring a friend or family member to do the job.   Their…

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7 Different Ways to Add a Unique Touch to Your Wedding

7 Different Ways to Add a Unique Touch to Your Wedding using locally sourced flowers and floral elements. Flowers are a key component to any wedding décor.  The Color, Texture, and Smell – all combine to add to the intimacy of the day.   Yes, you and your bridesmaids will carry bouquets, but there are so…

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How to Protect Your Wedding Dress

    Whether you are wearing a new wedding gown or an heirloom wedding gown, you want your wedding dress to be perfect in every way.  Here are some tips to make sure your dress stays in tip top shape. Prior to the Wedding: Avoid excessive handling of your gown.  Clean hands are a must. …

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Photo Album or Photo Book

Weddings are a milestone in life and there’s no better way to keep those memories of that special day that a quality Photo Album or Photo Book.  So, what’s the difference between a Photo Album and a Photo Book you ask?   Here’s the difference. One of the most obvious differences between Albums and Books is…

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Tips about PHOTOGRAPHY for Your Wedding Day

      How much time do you need for photography on the wedding day? A good rule of thumb is to plan about 30 minutes for family formals at the church or ceremony location and between 1.5 and 2.5 hours for creative (out-and-about) photos. Seriously, after a couple hours it gets very tiring, so…

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13 Reasons to Love Chocolate!

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! 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…

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FREE Wedding Planning Ebook

People who know me know that I am very cautious when it comes to money.  However, I love beautiful things.  When planning your wedding you will find that having the right attitude is 99% of the reason that your wedding can capture those great ideas that save money but yet not compromise too much on…

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4 Things to Consider Before You Say “I DO”

GETTING MARRIED IS A BIG CHANGE Some of the biggest challenges in your life when you get married are the little things that can make or break a marriage. Sharing space can be a big adjustment in itself.  Having a mate might mean clothes tossed in a chair, toilet seats up, and if you are…

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Receptions with a Different Twist

Are you the kind of bride that wants to see your guests and friends having a great time and mingling at your reception?  A reception is a party and creating a party atmosphere can be easily accomplished with food stations.  From a carving station to a pasta station, guests can enjoy a night to remember…

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The Love Letter and Wine Box Tradition

Many couples are not familiar with the “Love Letter and Wine Box” tradition that you can add to your ceremony.  The box contains a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a love letter from each to the other.  The letters describe the good qualities you find in one another, the reasons you fell in love, and your reasons…

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The Unplugged Wedding – A Great New Trend

More and more brides are insisting that guests turn off their cell phones because all the ringing and flashing can be very disturbing during their wedding ceremony.  And in addition, many professional wedding photographers are very outspoken about how cellular devices get in the way of capturing some great photos.  With guests holding up their…

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Missouri and Illinois Marriage License Requirements

This is the information for getting a marriage license in St. Charles County, St Louis City, St Louis County, Jefferson County, Franklin County and Warren County. You both have to be present to apply for the license, you have to be at least 18 years of age or have a parent with you. Every county…

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7 Tips when planning your MUSIC for Your Wedding Reception

Deciding on songs for your wedding day can be tough and stressful .  BrideSTLouis.com want to remove that stress by giving you some general guidelines. Cocktail Hour This is where you fun will begin.  The best thing to do is have your DJ start with some songs that are more your style. This will set…

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Wedding Coordinator or Venue Coordinator? There is a difference

It’s probably a good time to clear up some confusion with regard to wedding coordinator versus venue coordinator.   There are many venues that will offer you a Venue Coordinator complimentary.   A Venue Coordinator deals with everything having to do with the reception venue – food, setup, etc.   If your ceremony is at a location other…

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