8 Steps to Enjoy Your Wedding!


Every bride needs some practical advice for relieving wedding stress so that you can ENJOY the day.   You won’t feel overwhelmed if you follow these simple eight steps:

  1. Lists are your best friends! This is the biggest party that you probably will ever plan so there will be hundreds of details, and more details.   The beauty of lists, spreadsheets, budgets, and timelines is that they will keep your life organized.   Stress is many times caused by that feeling that you have no idea of what’s going on.  And being organized and on top of things definitely keeps you in control and minimizes that stress.
  2. Delegate! Your maid of honor and bridesmaids are there for a purpose.  Also just ask friends when you need some additional help.  You will be surprised how eager everyone will be to be a part of your big day.
  3. Appoint a Wedding Day Contact: On your big day you really don’t want to be dealing with last minute details, like which tables get which centerpieces, etc.  Choose a reliable person who knows your like and your dislikes, and make them the go-to person for last minute coordination.
  4. Eat small meals throughout the day. We all get cranky when we are not full, as the commercial says, so eat lightly throughout the day.  At this point, that sandwich is not going to make a difference about how you’re going to look in your dress.
  5. Take a deep breath. If you find yourself overwhelmed, take several deep breaths.    Relax.  Think about all the things about the groom that you love.  Think about the time you first met.   It’s amazing how that will transform you.
  6. Schedule Time to Relax & Rejuvenate. Okay, you’re getting married and I tell you to rest and maybe even try to get more sleep.  Impossible!  I understand.   Take that day before the wedding and pamper yourself, visit a spa near you, or just relax at home with a favorite movie.   Keep the alcohol in check, because a hangover is no way to start your big day.  There will be plenty of time to party on your big day.
  7. Be prepared for emergencies: For Red Wine Spills – use stain removal wipes. For a Ripped Hem – double sided fabric tape will come to the rescue.  A Tide stain removal pen is a must.  Also pack needle, thread and buttons!  See our complete list on emergency items in this blog post:   https://bridestlouis.com/emergency-bridal-kit/
  8. SMILE. You’re there.  This is your wedding day!  Just have a wonderful time.  You worked hard for this day, so let happen what may be, and just enjoy the day.

Be the Best You!


Brides – Stop fretting over trying to become the “perfect” you and just be you on your wedding day.

Are you feeling a lot of pressure to perhaps lose weight for your wedding?   Are you concerned about what you perceive as imperfections in your appearance such as a chipped tooth?   Is this self-examination and self-criticism leading to low self-esteem as your days lead up to your walk down the aisle?

Don’t get into the mindset about what others think brides need or the latest trends – fake nails, hair extensions or fancy updos, new cut/color, etc.   The only thing you should do is what makes the real you feel like yourself and feel beautiful.   If it’s something that you will notice and feel better about doing, and if it’s in the budget, go for it.

Spending hours every day at the gym and then adding the extra demands of time planning a wedding means less time with your fiancé.  And this time should be spent together, as you start to build a life together.  He asked you to marry him just like you are.

And then there is the issue of being comfortable on the day of your wedding.   Tightly laced corsets and Spanx can make your uncomfortable even after a few minutes.  You’ll be in agony after a whole day.  Don’t you want to be having FUN at your wedding!   High heels – if you don’t wear them regularly – ditch them.

The thing that’s going to make you feel incredible on your wedding day is the glow that comes from the true happiness of marrying the person you love.

How to Choose A Venue

ChandlerHill - BrideStLouis.com

ChandlerHill – BrideStLouis.com

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 concepts to consider when deciding on a location.


This is the most important factor.  The reception cost is generally about 50% of your entire budget.  If you are on a tight budget and the venue you want is beyond your price range, think about having a brunch or cocktail reception at the venue instead of a plated dinner.


Consider the number of guests you anticipated inviting.  If you are having a small wedding you might feel dwarfed in a venue that is too large.  Conversely, if you are having a large number of guests, you want to make sure that you don’t feel cramped.


Did you always dream of an outdoor wedding?  Do you like the ideal of a grand ballroom?  Be true to you feelings, and make it meaningful for you.  Bear in mind, with an outdoor wedding you might be at the mercy of the elements, so have a Plan B in place.

Finally, be flexible with the day of the week.  Fridays & Sundays are generally less expensive and more available.  Popular places can book up over a year in advance, so start your search for a venue early.

One of the easiest ways to find your venue is to read the Venue Profile Reviews on BrideSTLouis.com under the blog section. (www.BrideStLouis.com/blog)   Just search for “Venue Profile Reviews.”  (Soon we will be updating our web site with a venue review search feature that provides COMPLETE information on all venues by seachable fields.)  Currently, you can also use the Venue Section of the Vendor Guide where venues are listed in one of seven areas:  St. Louis City, St. Louis Midtown, South, North, St. Charles, Missouri Other, Illinois.

Randall Gallery - BrideStLouis.com

Randall Gallery – BrideStLouis.com

10 Secrets to Success



1.  How You Think is Everything.

Always be positive.  Think success, not failure.  Beware of a negative environment.

2.  Decide Upon Your True Dreams & Goals.

Write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them.

3.  Take Action.

Goals are nothing without action.  Don’t be afraid to get started now.  Just do it!

4.  Never Stop  Learning.

Go back to school or read books.  Get training and acquire skills.

5.  Be Persistent and Work Hard.

Success is a marathon, not a sprint.  Never give up.

6.  Learn To Analyze Details.

Get all the facts, all the input.  Learn from your mistakes.

7.  Focus Your Time and Money.

Don’t let other people or things distract you.

8.  Don’t Be Afraid to Innovate;  Be Different.

Following the herd is a sure way to mediocity.

9.  Deal and Communicate With People Effectively.

No person is an island.  Learn to understand and motivate others.

10.  Be Honest & Dependable;  Take Responsibility.

Otherwise, number 1-9 won’t mater.

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