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 I-pads, Cell Phones and Consumer Cameras, many great moments are totally ruined.  Technology allows people to take photos at a moment’s notice, but there is no way that you can compare the quality of those images to that of a professional photographer.  In addition, most couples really want their guests to be sharing the “experience and emotions” of exchanging those vows.

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Here are ways to gently ask your guests to honor your wishes:

  1. Have a sign created that is placed at the ceremony entrance requesting all technology devices be turn off, and to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony.
  2. Ask your wedding officiant to remind guests to silence their phones and not to take photos – leave it to the professionals.
  3. Add a note to your invitations – letting guests know that you will be having an “unplugged wedding.”

The Destination Wedding Trend


There has been an increase in what is known as destination weddings – those weddings held where neither the bride nor the groom lives, or necessarily has family there.  It has been estimated that one in ten weddings are destination weddings – a massive increase over the last decade.

Today’s couples marry later in life as compared to 15 or 20 years ago and they are often more well-traveled, plus they may want something more exotic. Top destinations for U.S. couples include:

  • Mexico – It’s close and couples love the warm, sunny weather, culture, coastlines and wide choice of accommodations.
  • Hawaii – No passport required and great almost any time of year.
  • The Caribbean – Fine boutique hotels and price competitive all-inclusives attract many couples.

longdresstrainNo matter which destination you choose, using a reputable Destination Wedding Specialist who knows all of the ins and outs of the particular resorts you have chosen will be invaluable.  Plus most will be able to get you a better deal and more extras than you can by yourself – and it’s a lot less stress.

Check the “travel” category of our vendor listings for companies that you may wish to consider.  Something I learned just recently, Ambassador Travel, in Belleville has a Honeymoon Registry.   With so many couples now having most of the basics they need for daily life, contributing to a Honeymoon Registry is a nice gift that all couples can enjoy together.


A Review of 2015 Favorite Blog Posts

We published a lot of articles and blog posts this year, providing lots of great tips and introducing new trends.  (In fact, there are now over 325 Blog Posts for you.)  Now that 2015 is behind us, I thought we would list some of our readers’ favorites:



2015 Update – Venues that permit Outside Caterers







Weeks_sm-267How Many Formal Photos – And How Much Time Should I Allocate







Dent-9210 Secrets to Success






Getting Ready 1 - BrideStLouis.comInformation your Bridesmaids Need to Know Prior to Your Wedding Day






Visionary BrideWhat Kind of Bride Are You?






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Fish Eye Fun Photo Booth Image

Photo Booth Trends for 2016








Evans-170Answers to Questions about Wedding Dilemmas








A Few Facts about Military Weddings







Lintker_sm-118The “Easy” Stress Free Wedding in 3 Steps







The Truth about the Price of Wedding FlowersGregory_sm-130







If you know anyone recently engaged, be a good friend, and tell them about and our My Dream Wedding Shows coming up on January 24, 2016 at The Christy Banquet Center and February 28, 2016 at Our Lady of Snows in Belleville.  (Go to the Home Page of our Web Site for more information and to register for the shows.)   With over 325 Great Blog Posts and a “Guide” Section, it’s everything they need to plan their perfect wedding.

And, of course, coming very soon – OUR VENUE PROFILE GUIDES.  Complete and detailed information on over 300+ Wedding Venues.


Say “Goodbye” to Stilettos!

If your feet hurt – you feel terrible – and is that any way to spend the most important day of your life?

Let’s face it, there are lots of reasons NOT to wear stilettos including the risk of falling flat on your face, the difficult task of wandering down the garden path for photos, and perhaps the fact that it makes you look way too tall!   Take a look at these today brides and how they put style under their dress.


So, what will you be wearing?

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Blue Jewel Flats








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Bare Sandels


Brides – Tell Us How We Can Better Help YOU has been growing, growing, and growing and we love hearing from you – our brides.  We are getting ready to launch the next update to our web site and want to know how we can better help you.    Here are some items we are considering:

A Countdown Clock to know exactly how many days are left until your big day.

Vendor Tracking – Tracking all your favorite vendors, and keeping a list of the wedding professionals you have hired.

Personal Calendar – Keep track of all due dates for payments and appointments.

My Favorites – Images and ideas saved from our website/blog that you want to remember

Budget Planner – See where you are spending your money and where you are within your budget.

My Checklist – A personal interactive list can where you can add or delete items and keep notes.

We want to hear from you.  What will help you?

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How to Have a Country Wedding

Getting married on a farm or family homestead?   Perhaps you have chosen a location such as Dodson Orchards, Overlook Farms or the Rocking J. Ranch.  Country chic is influenced by the nature that surrounds the area.    It’s time to beg, borrow, and buy items that appeal to your unique style.  Arrangements of sofas and comfortable sitting areas, along with lots of pillows add to the comfort.  Trunks, old doors, windows and lanterns (if permitted) can add jazz to the guest area.

For the reception area many brides like to use antique china of all different colors and patterns, old dollies, and perhaps burlap runners.  I also like the pink or green color glass serving pieces.  Table centerpieces can be made using various styles and types of vases or antique pitchers filled with natural groupings of wildflowers.  Another possibility is old mason jars as is, or the new trend – painted silver or gold.  Rustic décor can be found at resale and estate sales and there are two companies here in town that rent items as well:  Finch Vintage Rental ( and Worn Vintage Rentals (  And finally, church rummage and basement sales can offer some great opportunities to find your décor at a bargain basement price.

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Natural bouquets can be very stylish as well as save tons of money.  Sunflowers are a natural, and early in the year you can see bouquets made with peonies, roses,  bridal wreath, and other early spring flowers.  And best of all, you can make your bouquets yourself.


Other ideas might be hay bales for guests to sit on, boots for all those in the wedding party, burlap table runners and bows, and lots of outdoor lights or lanterns strung around the area.   Make available ice cold lemonade in a huge antique lemonade jar to keep your guests hydrated.  And one of my favorite idea, hire a horse drawn wagon to make your exit after you exchange your vows.  Then make it available for guests for a fun ride around the farm.

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The best part about country chic is that you can add your personality to the wedding and have a wedding that can be easy on the budget.  However, be sure to make adequate arrangements for inclement weather.    Are you planning a country wedding?  Share with us your ideas.

And be sure to check back tomorrow as we will review some of the more popular farm type venues in our area.