Wedding Planning

7 Common Errors Bride Make When Planning Their Wedding

Photo Credit: Mirage Photo Any bride who has spent even just a little time wedding planning knows it takes an enormous amount of organization.  Since this is most likely your first time, it’s easier than you’d think to fall prey to wedding pitfalls. Here are 7 Common Errors Brides Make When Planning Their Wedding.  I have more,…

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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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Wedding Traditions – Where Did They Come From?

  If you have ever attended a wedding, then you have seen wedding traditions.  You probably never thought about why does the bride where white? Why does the groom have his own cake? Bury the Bourbon, what for? Why do the bride and groom cut the cake at the reception? So let’s take a look…

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2022 Wedding Trends

It is the week of LOVE in February, Valentine’s Day Week.  Yes, I said week!  With Valentine’s Day on a Monday, I think that we need to share and celebrate love all week long…. So how about some 2022 Wedding Trends! The past two years have been a little unusual not only in the wedding…

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How to Have a Low Cost Wedding in Missouri

  The average wedding and reception in 2020 cost right around $15,000. This is lower than the average for the past 5 years at $18,000 (pre-COVID) according to the Wedding Report.  The average household income in Missouri is $55,500.  That would mean that the average couple would be spending over 27% of their income on…

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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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Selecting Your Wedding Date in 2022

SELECTING YOUR WEDDING DATE IN 2022 The joy of being engaged is an excitement like no other, but it can also be overwhelming, thinking about how to plan the wedding of your dreams. One of the first questions you will be asked is, “Have you set a date?” The date you choose is key to your…

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Fall Wedding Colors – What’s HOT

FALL WEDDINGS  – Hot Color Choices As Fall approaches, it’s a good time to start planning your 2022 Fall Weddings.  Take a look at the colors of autumn and consider some of the perfect fall color palette options that will reflect the season for you. Cream, Red Crimson, Golden Amber: This is a classic color…

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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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Your Ultimate Guide to Planning a Backyard Wedding

Getting married is a major life event that you’ll never forget. If you’re planning to walk down the aisle with that special someone, a backyard wedding could be a great way to say your vows and tie the knot.  However – it may not be as “budget” friendly as you might think.  So, be sure…

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Brides – Don’t Make These Mistakes

  As you are preparing for your wedding day, you might want to refer back to this blog post to remind yourself exactly what a wedding is about – getting married to the one person who’s the love of your life.  The Wedding Day Ceremony and Reception is a celebration of your love and commitment…

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Are you considering a First Look?

A “First Look” is the term used when a bride and groom decide to see each other before the wedding ceremony.  Many couples go back and forth on this decision.  While, a traditional bride might prefer to have her groom enjoy the first sight of her as she walks down the aisle, there are many…

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Wedding Gown Shopping? 13+ Tips for Stress Free Wedding Gown Shopping

13+ Tips for Stress Free Wedding Gown Shopping! Create a budget.   Most brides will spend about 10% of their wedding budget for their dress. 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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8 Things to Do Right After Getting Engaged

  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…

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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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Beautiful Outdoor Locations for Romantic Weddings/Elopements – Low or NO Costs

With the weather turning nicer, many brides have requested information about LOW COST or NO COSTS locations where they can get married.   We put this list together some time ago, but I think it was a great idea to update it, as there are some new additions we wanted to include. Did we miss something? …

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Colleen’s Journey – Gift Registries and More – Part 5

  Welcome to part five of our wedding planning journey.   I am sad to report that I did not meet my goal of finding a photographer.  I had every intention of sitting down for a few hours and doing research, making a spreadsheet, and narrowing down my options.  However, my laziness got the best…

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Coleen’s Journey – Saying “Yes” to the dress! (Part 3)

I said YES…to the dress!  A wedding dress can take anywhere from 5-6 months to come in (not including alterations) and with my wedding coming up in less than 6 months, I knew what I had to do next!  As much as I dreaded dress shopping, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had expected….

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Colleen’s Journey – Wedding Planning – Part 2 “Choosing a Venue”

  Welcome back, St. Louis brides!  The next step in your wedding planning process definitely requires a glass (or three) of wine!  It’s time to think about your venue!  This was definitely the most stressful part of wedding planning that I’ve experienced so far.  Yet, once it’s over you can breathe a HUGE sigh of…

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Colleen’s Journey To Her Dream Wedding – Introduction

Hello St. Louis Brides! We are introducing a new “feature.”  Colleen, one of our very own team mates is getting married this year, and we’ve asked her to share with you her journey as she prepares for her wedding this coming July.  Witness her decisions, frustrations, and joy as she journeys to her “Dream Wedding”….

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11 Things to Know BEFORE you talk to any Wedding Vendor

As couples begin planning for their wedding most are in completely new territory. Hiring a venue, photographer, bakery, caterer, florist, and all the other services that make for a wedding isn’t something they do regularly. As a result, most couples have no idea what questions to ask potential vendors. Then, armed with limited and often…

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7 Color Themes for Your Fall Wedding

So many of us here in the St. Louis area absolutely love FALL – and as October is one of the busiest months in our industry, it’s obvious that our brides love Fall too!  Fall represents COLOR!  Find inspiration from the leaves changing and seasonality around you.  There are so many shades of autumn’s color…

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Are you looking for a Distinctive Destination for your wedding?

Are you looking for a Distinctive Destination for your wedding?    Here are fourteen suggestions of great wedding venues that will set your wedding apart.   These are just a few of the great locations you can find at our sister site, VenuesofStLouis.com.   Garth Woodside Manion, Hannibal, Missouri  – www.garthmansion.com Contact: Julie Phone:  888-427-8409 Of the…

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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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100 Money Saving Tips for Your Wedding

  Your wedding budget should not be something you are paying off for the next 5 years! There is a lot of pressure from family and friends to spend lots of money and I am here to tell you that you don’t have to! Make your budget something you are comfortable with and not what your family…

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Treating Your Bridesmaids (Your Best Friends) Right

  Your bridesmaids are very special friends in your life. So much so, that you want them to take a special place on your wedding day. Bridesmaids end up spending a lot of time, money, and effort on the wedding and deserve some special thanks and consideration.  Learn how to personalize your bridesmaid requests and…

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Your Guide to Purchasing Alcohol for Your Wedding

How to Save on Open Bar Costs: Open bars are fun, but they get expensive fast. Cut down on the open bar cost by only keeping it open during certain times. For example, you could have a cocktail hour during the reception, and then switch over to just beer and wine during dinner. Or you…

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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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Personalizing Your Vows

  Wedding vows today no longer necessarily follow the standard “love, honor, cherish…” verbiage.  Couples use their vows to express their feelings and commitments to one another. Here are some examples: I, (Bride/Groom), take you (Groom/Bride), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for…

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Read this first – before you buy your Wedding Dress

All women want to look their very best on their wedding day – beautiful, confident and radiant!  Here are some tips to ensure that you make a GREAT choice when it comes to your choice of bridal gown. Start NOW to find your dress. If you plan to order a designer gown it can take…

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