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Martha Stewart Weddings

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Amy Atlas Events

The Bride Shop – At Zazzle





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Wedding Dresses 2011   Leave a comment

I love Wedding Dresses! I could browse for hours…maybe even days!


Another Christos….this time a Sheath.

A Ball Gown by Kenneth Pool


White by Vera Wang – Ball Gown

Platinum by Priscilla

Okay.  That’s it for now.  I’m SURE that I’ll find more that I LOVE!  Maybe you’ll find something that you love too!


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Posted April 26, 2011 by Michelle in Wedding Design, Wedding Dresses

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Budget Tips: Reception   Leave a comment

My last blog entry centered around Budget Tips for Invitations.  Let’s take a look at Budget Tips for the Reception.  By all means, this is not exhaustive!  There are money saving tips all over the place!  Just take a look at some of your favorite Wedding Sites!

Beware of hidden costs!  They can sneak around the corner and get you!  So your Reception site vendor says that you can have chairs decorated with Tulle and a ribbon of your color.  The cost? $$$.  Do you need chair covers?  How about going with just a sash of your color?  Don’t be lulled into multiple menu/meat choices.  You don’t have to have multiple menu/meat choices.  Just have one meat.  If you feel that you would like your guests to have multiple choices, consider a Finger Food dinner, or work with your vendor to supply smaller portions of two different choices.  Don’t ever forget, Vendors will negotiate.  The worst they can say is “no”.  Skip the dessert course, you already have cake!

While we are on the topic of vendors.  Look for a one-stop venue to save $$
(your Wedding Ceremony and Reception will be held in one location).  Also, look for a location that will let you bring your own caterers, alcohol, food, etc., without penalty.  This will take some organizing, but will save you lots of your hard-budgeted dollars.  Consider having your Wedding and Reception on an off-day.  Even Friday nights are cheaper than Saturday.  Sundays are cheaper, too.  When you call to get estimates and quotes, don’t tell them that you are getting married, tell them that you are holding a dinner for X amount of people.  You will find that the estimate is a lot different!  Take a step back and take a look at your family and friends.  Maybe someone has a beautiful home or property (even a barn!) that would be willing to host your Ceremony and Reception.  If you have your Ceremony outside, you have the natural decor, which means less flowers, less ribbon, less cost!  You could even have a backyard BBQ!  Most of the time, outdoor locations = free Venues!

When it comes to your Wedding Cake, you definitely have alternatives.  Lots of them!  You could have a Candy Bar, Pie Bar or a Cupcake Bar.  Use Butter cream Icing instead of Fondant, or consider using fruits, flowers and/or ribbon.  Also consider a smaller cake along with a sheet cake, or even a Fake Cake.  Yes, I said a Fake Cake. At Cake Rental, you can design your own, or use one of their pre-designed cakes.  Some locations and/or bakeries will make you a cake that is part real and part fake!


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Or take a look at Fake The Cake.

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Or check out Ultimate Fake Cakes.

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For your Reception decorations, use your Ceremony flowers at the reception.  Delegate a family member to help transport.  For your centerpieces, consider fruit or vegetable centerpieces, intertwined with fresh cut flowers or greenery.  Remember the greenery is less expensive than blooms.

Don’t get caught up in favor overload.  Skip the favor or have something small, such as a candy bar in a small cellophane gift bag.  Make sure that favors can be re-used (or edible) and the packaging can be re-used.

For alcoholic beverages, check to see if your venue will let you bring your own (this is a much cheaper option, sometimes).  Check out an alcohol superstore such as Lukas Liquor.  Make sure that they will allow you to bring back unopened bottles.

Okay.  I think that’s it for now.


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Wedding Postage   Leave a comment

There sure are some cute, adorable Wedding Stamps out now!  Zazzle has some great stamps!  Engagement, Wedding, R.S.V.P, Thank You’s, etc!  You can browse by color too.  You can even create your own!  You can even insert your picture into the design and they have many different denominations.  At Snapfish you can create photo stamps also.

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Perfect Postage is another great site.  You can choose from their templates or make your own.  They have Monogram Stamps, Save The Date Stamps and Magnets, too!  You can get matching sets, too, such as the same design for Save The Date stamps, Wedding Invitation stamps, RSVP stamps and Thank you stamps.




Artistic Postage is another site that has a great selection. They also have coordinating postage, postage by Season and postage by themes (But they come from Zazzle!).

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Even the USPS has a couple of different designs that you might like (but they come from Zazzle).

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Unique Wedding Venues   Leave a comment

Here are some ideas for Wedding Venues that are a little different than the traditional locations.  Some are very unique and some are more budget-friendly than others.  Enjoy!

Have your Wedding at a State or City Park.  Out in the open or under the trees.  The Bride and Groom, as well as the guests, will have a beautiful, natural setting.  Very little decorating is needed. Take a look at The Conservatory or The Lalumondiere Mill.

The Conservatory

The Conservatory

the Lalumondiere Mill & Rivergardens

The Lalumondiere Mill

How about a Barn?  Yes.  A Barn.  Picture it: lights, rustic, romance.  You could even go with having the Ceremony outside, by a spring, pond or meadow.  Then everyone can move into the barn for the Reception.  Or.  have “historical” and “barn”.  Take a look at Historical Hawken House Barn.  They have some good reviews at Project Wedding.

The Hawken House

Have your Ceremony and/or Reception at a local Theatre.  I’m talking where plays, musicals and operas occur.  What beautiful decor! Try The Fox Theatre or The Sheldon Concert Hall.

The Sheldon Concert Hall


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The Fabulous Fox

How about a Museum?  Or an Art Gallery?  Many Museums have various areas that can be used for events like a Wedding.  Have your Ceremony in one area and your Reception in another.  Or, just have your Ceremony here and head to a Riverboat or Barge for your Reception. Take a look at The Randall Gallery.  Again, great reviews at Project Wedding.


What more could you ask for in a beautiful setting.  Have your Ceremony and/or Reception at a Vineyard.  In the Washington, Missouri area, you have Vineyards that advertise romantic settings, such as these, specifically for your Wedding. Here’s a link: Riverbend Chapel.

Riverbend Chapel at Caroline’s Vinyard

How about having your special day at a Botanical Garden?  Talk about decor’!  And you couldn’t get much more natural than this!  Here is a link to Missouri Botanical Garden. Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Missouri Botanical Gardens



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guide to daytime weddings   Leave a comment

Alright, so let’s talk daytime weddings.  There are just a few tidbits of information that might be different from a late afternoon/early evening wedding.  These suggestions are just that, suggestions.  Things are changing in the “wedding world” and a lot of things are a “go” that wouldn’t have been a “go” just 10 years ago.  Just think about what you would think was acceptable, if you were watching from afar.  Would you find it "etiquettely” acceptable to see a cathedral train at an informal daytime wedding?


First, the Bride (after all, she’s most important!  JK!).  What you will wear should depend on the formality of your Wedding.  If you are having a large Wedding, very formal (200+ guests), you can wear a dress with a long train OR a short train.  Both are appropriate for daytime weddings.  The veil should complement the dress and long sleeves or gloves can be worn.  If you would say that your wedding is not top of the notch formal, and just formal (100+ guests), you can wear a long dress with a chapel or sweep train. Again, the veil should complement the dress and sleeves or gloves can be worn.  The difference here is that an elaborate, short dress worn with a bridal headpiece and short veil is also acceptable.  For a semi-formal daytime wedding (<100 guests, often held at home), a street-length dress, white or pastel color and a short veil, can be worn with a small bouquet. For an informal daytime wedding, consider a suit or street dress. Hat, gloves, shoes, and bag are acceptable along with a nosegay or flowers to wear.


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Next, the Bridesmaids.  For a very formal daytime wedding, usually you will have four to twelve Bridesmaids. Long dresses can be worn as well as gloves to complement the sleeve length. Any style bouquet, shoes to match or harmonize.  Dresses are often less elaborate. For a formal daytime wedding, you will usually have two to six bridesmaids. Dresses should either be long or street length, but not too elaborate. Include matching or harmonizing accessories, including bouquet. For a semi-formal daytime wedding, seldom will you have more than one bridesmaid, plus an honor attendant. Dresses can be street length, but less elaborate with small bouquets. For an informal daytime wedding, you will usually have a maid of honor only. A dress or suit similar to bride’s is acceptable with flowers to wear.






The Groom and Attendants. For a very formal daytime wedding, traditionally, they will wear a Cutaway coat, gray striped trousers, gray waistcoat, wing-collared shirt, ascot or striped tie. (Optional: Top hat, spats, gray gloves.) For a more contemporary look, Contoured long or short jacket, wing collared shirt. For a formal daytime wedding, traditionally, they will wear a Gray stroller, waistcoat, striped trousers, shirt, striped tie.  For a more contemporary look, a formal suit in white or light colors for summer, darker shades for fall, dress shirt, bow tie, vest or cummerbund. Groomsmen coordinate with similar ensembles. For a semi-formal wedding AND an informal wedding, a more traditional look would be a favorite suit, white, colored or striped shirt, four-in-hand tie. For a more contemporary look, a dinner jacket or formal suit, dress shirt, bow tie, vest, or cummerbund.