Welcome to 2017!

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Raise your hand if you can hardly believe it’s the beginning of January 2017!  Your wedding day will be here soon and planning a wedding isn’t easy. Planning a wedding to happen in 6 months or less is even harder. Here are a few steps that are helpful in planning a fantastic wedding in such a short time.

Prepare yourself mentally. Get into the right frame of mind. Be prepared to compromise. Enter into the planning of your wedding with an open mind and flexibility. You may have it all planned out in your mind but not keeping your ideas flexible will leave you frustrated and disappointed. Be ready to alter your ideas of what your dream wedding is. Not only will you need to be flexible with your planning but you need to be willing to make compromises financially. Don’t try to over plan or be too controlling. Take everything with a grain of salt and a sense of humor.

Attend our BRIDAL SHOW on January 22, 2017 from 12 noon to 3:30pm at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, Missouri.  Here you can make connections with over 50 Vendors who are the top professionals in their industry.   It’s just $5.00 if you pre-purchase your tickets on line at www.BrideStLouis.com.   There is a link on the home page to make it quick and easy.

Attend our FREE Wedding Planning Seminars at The Tuscany Gallery at Six East Main in Wentzville, Missouri.  Don’t do it alone!  Experts will be here to share their experience and knowledge, give guidance, answer your question, and maybe save you a few dollars.  Enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers as we have fun planning your wedding.  Register for one or all classes.  Attendance is limited to 25 couples so register early.

Thursday – January 26th, 6pm to 8pm – Wedding Planning 101

Sunday – January 29th, 1pm to 3pm – Finding Your Venue & Choosing a Caterer

Thursday – February 16th, 6pm to 8pm Real Questions to Ask A Potential Photographer

Sunday Feb. 19th – 1pm to 3pm; Invitations & Print Products for Your Wedding

Thursday – March 9th – 6pm to 8pm – MakeUp Hair & Being the Best You

Sunday  – March 12th, 1pm to 3pm – Home Buying for Newly Weds

Thursday – April 6th, 6pm to 8pm – Flowers & Decor – Make it You

 REGISTER HERE for One or ALL Seminars

 

2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

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A delicious wedding cake is the sweetest ending to a perfect wedding celebration.  Collect inspiration at the 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show on Thursday night, September 22, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Airport West located in Earth City just off Highway 70 from 6pm to 8:30pm. Whether you style is modern and trendy, traditional, or vintage you can not only see a large selection of beautiful cakes, but you will also get to TASTE the cakes.

When you arrive you will receive a ballot to vote for your favorite cake.  Cakes will be plated and numbered and you will vote by number – so it’s a blind taste test.  We will also vote for the best, most artistic looking cake as well.   Vote results will be announced at 8:15pm.

Enjoy champagne, appetizers and a fun evening.   There will be 35 to 40 professional wedding vendors there as well so it’s a great time to start planning your special day.  Be sure to bring your wedding party, friends, family, and yes, the groom too.

You could be the winner of the $200.00 GRAND PRIZE from BrideStLouis.  Additional prizes will be awarded during the night as well.

What’s not to love – great music, good fun, and cake, of course!

To register now and save $3.00 go to www.BrideStLouis.com and you will find a link on the home page of our web site.    The first 100 brides to register will receive a FREE gift as well.  Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door.

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

 

Cake 6 - 2016 Cake & Champagne Tasting Event & Bridal Show

Making the Most of a Bridal Show

I don’t know about you, but I need something – anything – to help warm up!  You, too?  Well, why not stay warm by attending our upcoming bridal show, My Dream Wedding, being held this Sunday January 24th, 2016 at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, Missouri.  It starts at 11am and closes at 3:30pm.  You will experience the #1 Bridal Boutique Event of the year with exquisite décor, uplighting, a great free lunch (The Christy has amazing food!), a mimosa when you arrive, lots of gifts & prizes, a fashion parade that goes on from 12 noon to three in the afternoon (including the cutest flower girls), over 40 select professional wedding vendors, and three free educational seminars on wedding planning, photography, and some quick 30 minutes of ballroom dance lessons for that first dance.

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The newest trend in Bridal Shows is the smaller, more boutique shows that don’t feel like an “expo” and where you can have fun, ask questions, and not be ran over by people just trying to get “free” stuff.

Many brides tell me that they are thoroughly overwhelmed the first time they attend a bridal fair, so I thought it might be good to lay out a few guidelines to help you make the most of your time.

Before you go to any show – print several sheets of adhesive address labels with your name, contact information, AND wedding date.  Quickly peel off a label and stick it on an inquiry sheet at any booth that you would like to receive additional information.

Bring your checkbook – you just might want to book or hold a date.  High demand dates can go quickly.

Bring family or friends you trust, and whose opinion matters.  But be careful of the size of your group.  Too many opinions – and you could be overwhelmed with indecision.

Invite your groom – but take him only if he wants to have a voice in this part of the wedding planning.  If this is not his thing, don’t torture him!

Be ready with phrases such as, “I’ll think about that.”  And always give yourself a set amount of time and make a decision.  One of the biggest causes of stress in wedding planning is not making decisions on a timely basis..and then things start too really back up and you’ll find yourself in a spin trying to finalize decisions.

Select your venue – photographer – videographer first.  Photographers and videographers book fast as they usually accept only one client on any one day, and prime dates go fast.  Honestly – lots of photographers have their May, June, Sept. and October dates almost all full already!   It’s not too early to put down that deposit.  Florists, Bakeries and other items can be booked a bit later as they usually can handle more than one wedding per date.

Whether your wedding is a few months away or an entire year, a bridal show will help you pull everything together.

Come Snow, Rain, Sleet or Sunshine – we hope to see you this Sunday.  For more information and advance ticket purchase for the My Dream Wedding go to www.BrideStLouis.com

Just Engaged?

I said YesIs your head still spinning, your heart still a flutter? Of course, your whole world is about to change. Excitement prevails. You probably can’t stop talking about how he proposed, and family and friends are all wanting to know all the tiniest details.

Some of you may also be feeling overwhelming. All of a sudden, you recognize that you have lots of work ahead of you, putting together the wedding of your dreams. But stop. Enjoy just being engaged. Your guy has probably planned his proposal for some time, so let him enjoy this moment. You will also start getting lots of advice from family and friends, acknowledge their ideas and thank them kindly even if you don’t agree with their advice. It’s what happens. Everybody who just got married, thinks they are experts, and those who have been married a long time, think they know everything about weddings.

Now stop looking at your ring, and go get a manicure. There will be lots of people taking a look at your hand. And after the Holidays, come to our bridal show “My Dream Wedding” being held at The Christy Banquet Center on January 24, 2016 or our Illinois “My Dream Wedding” being held at Our Lady of Snows Banquet Center on February 28,2016.  (Find more information about both shows on the front page of our web site.)   This event sponsored by BrideStLouis.com is more than a wedding show, it’s a workshop where you can learn everything you need about creating that fabulous wedding all in one afternoon.  See you soon.  Save the dates.  Come to one or both for great ideas and help to have the Wedding of Your Dreams.

For The Newly Engaged

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Welcome to BrideStLouis.com especially if you received a ring over the Holidays.  Here at BrideStLouis.com you will find everything you need to plan your perfect wedding.  Over 1700 wedding vendors are listed in over 62 categories.  Plus over 325 posts to help you plan your dream wedding.   Be sure to opt-in to receive our opt-in welcome gift and ongoing coupons and savings announcements.  PLUS  come to our Bridal Shows “My Dream Wedding” – January 24, 2016 at The Christy Banquet Center and the Illinois show on February 28, 2016 at Our Lady of the Snows.

Just Engaged?

BrideStLouis.com Bride and GroomRecently engaged?  Do you anticipate receiving a ring this Holiday Season?  Congratulations!  Take some time to enjoy the excitement (which may take weeks) and take pleasure in this wonderful time.

Once you get past these next few days you need to sit down with your fiancé and make a few decisions together – especially if you want to have a 2016 wedding.  The first thing you need to discuss is:  What Kind of Wedding Do WE Want?  Small Intimate, Grand & Elegant, Religious, Ballroom with All Your Friends & Family – what type of wedding do you envision?  Don’t say “Nice.”  That can be any of the above.  What’s your style – casual or formal?  Do you plan to have lots of family and friends?  Do you love the outdoors and want a sunset ceremony?  Do you want to dance the night away with a big band and a ballroom than makes you feel like Cinderella & Prince Charming?

BrideStLouis.com has a FREE E-Book called “Wedding Planning for the St. Louis/St. Charles & Southern Illinois Bride” and you can receive your FREE COPY by opting into our web site or email us at bride@bridestlouis.com.  Inside this eBook is a quick and easy form that you and your fiancé can use to determine each of your priorities.  Once you complete that we will guide you into the next step which is creating a budget and determining where the funds will come.  But that’s for another day.

Also – mark your calendar for our JANUARY 24th, 2015 Bridal Show “My Dream Wedding” to be held at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, Missouri.  (See our Home Page for more information about this show.)  This is the best wedding boutique show that offers free wedding seminars, free dance lessons, and the opportunity to meet some of the best wedding professionals in the industry.

Photo Credit:  Leya Russell, Edward Ross Photography