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.


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

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 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 especially if you received a ring over the Holidays.  Here at 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? 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? 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  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

18 Reasons to Come to the Cake & Champagne Tasting Event/Bridal Show

Cake & Champagne Tasting Event/Bridal Fair - Bride St. Louis, Sept. 24 2015

Cake & Champagne Tasting Event/Bridal Fair – Bride St. Louis, Sept. 24 2015

Brides – Here are 18 reasons to come to the Cake & Champagne Tasting Event/Bridal Show tomorrow night, Thursday – Sept. 24, 2015 from 6pm to 8:30pm:

  • The Moonrise Hotel will have a drawing for a complimentary FREE night’s stay.
  • Creative Visions Photography will have a drawing for a FREE Engagement Session if you book by September 30, 2015.
  • Mia Grace Bridal will have a drawing for a pair of beautiful earrings.
  • Thirty One Gifts will have a drawing for a Hot Iron Traveling Case with a compartment for the hot tool and a separate compartment for the cord.
  • Arnold Bratton will have a drawing for one bride to win FREE MUSIC for her ceremony and reception.
  • Big Bow Events will be having a drawing for a FREE wedding backdrop
  • Creve Coeur Camera will have a drawing to win $200 toward your invitations.
  • It Works Global – Deserea Howard will have a drawing for a Bride On The Go Weight Loss – Skin Care Raffle Basket.
  • IKON Photographs will have a drawing for a FREE Engagement Session.
  • Dillard’s has a drawing for a $150.00 Gift Card.
  • The Sheraton St. Louis City Center has a drawing for One Night’s Stay.
  • Savvi Formalwear will be there with gifts and drawings all night long.
  • Crown Valley Winery will be offering “Sparkling Wine” samples.
  • Myers Photography will have a drawing for a FREE Engagement Session and if you book a wedding with two weeks you will receive a $200.00 Visa Gift Card.
  • Holiday Inn Airport West will have a drawing for one night’s complimentary stay.
  • com will have a drawing for a $200.00 Gift Certificate that can be used with any vendor from the show.
  • Have Fun, Get your Cake Testing Done in One Night – and choose your wedding cake.
  • FREE Appetizers, Music, Champagne, Cake and so much more!

That’s over $1000 in gifts that will be given away!!!

NOTE:  On-line Registration at ENDS on Thursday, Sept. 24th, 2015 at 10am.  At the door tickets available the night of our event.

Come vote for the best tasting wedding cake in St. Louis!!!

September 24th 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Holiday Inn Airport West
3400 Rider Trail South, St. Louis, MO 63145
(Just Off Hwy. 70 at the Earthcity Expressway)

CAKE & CHAMPAGNE Tasting Event/Bridal Show

September 24th 6pm to 8:30pm

Holiday Inn Airport West
3400 Rider Trail South, St. Louis, MO 63145

(Just Off Hwy. 70 before crossing into St. Charles)

Go to for more information and to pre-register.

All pre-registered brides will receive a FREE gift, plus save $2.00.

Come VOTE for the best tasting wedding cake in St. Louis.  Enjoy Music, Appetizers, Champagne and so much more. You can visit with professional wedding vendors and possibly be the $200.00 Grand Prize Winner.

Cake & Champagne Tasting Event and Show,

Cake & Champagne Tasting Event and Show,

Some of the participating bakers & vendors are as follows:

Angelo Sax Shaw –

Arnold Bratton – Keyboard

Atrium Gallery & Event Space

Big Bow Events

Cake Creations

Celebrate DJ

Celebrating Life Cake

Creative Visions Photography

Creve Coeur Camera – Invitation & Print

Crown Valley Winery

Cupcake – Amore

De la Crème Creative Studio

Dillards Gift Registry

Fun Photo Events

Hermann Hill

Holiday Inn Airport West

Icing Café

Ikon Photographs

It Works Global/Deserea Howard


Matt McCallie Orchestra

Mia Grace Bridal

Moonrise Hotel

Myers Photography

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Patrick Pope Photography

Ruth Chris Steak House

Savvi Formalwear

Sheraton St. Louis City Center

Susie G. Cakes

The Sweet Divine

Thirty One Gifts – Candice Salmon