Bridal Week

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Lacy Branch, chief event stylist and owner of Lacy Branch Events had the pleasure of attending Bridal Fashion Week in New York City and report her fashion findings of what brides can expect in 2014.  

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What’s Going to Be
 on Your Plate?

Five top wedding food trends

whatsonyourplate GONE ARE THE DAYS of wedding goers choosing meat or fish for their meal and waiting for the dancing to begin--today’s couples are more culinary conscious and want to dazzle their guests with fabulous and memorable food and drink. Kathy Costello, director of catering sales at Russo’s Catering, has noticed how our foodie culture had effected couples’ changing tastes and expectations when it comes to choosing their menus. “Couples are now better educated about food options and possibilities,” Costello said. “They are attentive to specific ingredients and want to customize their menu to make it unique to their wedding and them as a couple.” How are couples, now and in the near future, making sure they throw not a great party, but the ultimate dinner party? Following are five trends that local caterers have spotted and/or already implemented with their events:  

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 on Your Plate?

Ask Anna Post: Seating


Q. What’s the order for seating divorced parents at the ceremony?

ANNA: In the lucky event that all the parties get along, there’s no reason why divorced parents can’t share the front row, but in most cases divorced parents are seated separately at the ceremony and at separate tables at the reception.  In general, the mother of the bride or groom and their respective spouses or escorts, children, parents, and relatives are seated in the first rows, followed by the father of the bride or groom and their respective spouses or escorts, children, parents, and relatives. Here is the standard order of seating when parents are divorced:

The Caribbean’s Calling

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Listen: Blue, balmy, breezy. (Repeat.) That’s the subtle siren call of the Caribbean islands. Their appeal makes them a honeymoon magnet; their rewards range from gorgeous market deals, crispy fried conch and idle hours of snorkeling to post-volcanic panoramas and grand sweeps of beach that turn honeymooners into beach swooners.  

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After the Party

How to keep the romance going when you finally get to be alone

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You’ve said “I Do,” taken dozens of pictures, had your first dance and greeted hundreds of guests. It’s finally time for you and your husband to be alone. Together. As husband and wife. So how can you to make your wedding night as wonderful as the day that leads up to it?  

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If I Had a Do-Over

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Even Brides in our "Real Moments" feature have some things they'd do differently now

EVERY ISSUE of Saint Louis Bride magazine highlights several recent weddings in the St. Louis area in our “Real Moments” feature. Photographs from these gorgeous gatherings have been submitted by the couples, wedding planners, photographers and other vendors who were particularly proud of their labors of love. Even with weddings as wonderful as those previously included in “Real Moments,” not everything goes perfectly.  And given some time and perspective, some former “Real Moments” brides share what they might do differently.  

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Lessons From Reality TV

Tune In, Take Note, Say “I Do”

By virtue of being “the bride” you are the star of the wedding day. It is all about you. Don’t worry, your fiancé knew that when he proposed. You are the one everyone is looking at. You are the one who is the princess of the day. You are the one getting all the attention.

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Bird Watching

Bird accents are hatching throughout weddings

Couples madly in love often are called “lovebirds.” Now many couples are taking that slang term to heart and using it as part of their wedding celebration.

Shelli Alred, owner of Alred Wedding Consultants, says she has seen a trend toward using natural elements, such as moss and birch branches in weddings. Birds are a fit without being the focus.

“Birds can be used as accents to the wedding. I’ve had couples use bird-shaped wine stoppers and beer bottle openers as their favors. Another couple decorated the reception with lighted trees and placed birds on some of the branches. Birds work well with the natural or vintage wedding,” she says.

Jane Winter, owner of Wildflowers, says many brides are asking for a natural, handpicked look for their floral designs. When using trees, twigs and branches in the arrangements, birds are a natural extension of that look.
Another way to use birds as an accent is with the cake. 
“Since many couples are using more natural elements in their weddings these days, it makes sense that birds are a popular motif right now. We have helped couples incorporate birds into their cake design using fondant appliqués, piped designs or sometimes simply as a topper,” says Erika Robertson Frank, owner of the Cakery.  

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The Honeymoon Decision

Local couples share how they chose their honeymoon destinations

Though this decade’s B&Gs might consider an adventure honeymoon, like hiking in New Zealand, biking across old Europe or wrangling on a working ranch, it’s heading to the beach that often wins the day. Maybe it’s our landlocked location or abundance of cooler fall weddings that incite beachy thoughts, but St. Louis loves heading to the warm. 

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Ask Anna Post: Social Media

Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of “Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition” 

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Q. I’m really excited to be engaged. Is it okay to post pictures and information about the wedding on my Facebook page?

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Chevrons, Quatrefoils, and Stripes... Oh My!


Patterns are popping up in weddings

Patterns are a beautiful way to add some color and spark to your wedding. Stripes have been popular for sometime in weddings. Striped invitations, striped cakes and even a lovely striped bow in the bridal bouquet add a modern twist to your wedding. 

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Delectable Dishes

Chefs suggest ways to be creative with the menu at your reception

Couples are becoming increasingly creative with their wedding planning, scouring Pinterest and flipping through magazines in search of the perfect, unique touches to add to their special day.

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Ask Anna Post

Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of “Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition”

Q. My daughter is getting married at our church, and while it would be nice to be able to invite everyone who attends our church to the wedding, it is not at all budget friendly to invite them all to the reception. Would it be O.K. to put something in our church bulletin like: “While we would love for all of you to be able to attend our wedding, space and budget do not allow us to invite the entire church family to the reception. We hope you understand”?

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Are we there yet?

A Honeymoon checklist
By Diana Losciale

Choose a sturdy suitcase, zip it open at least a few weeks prior to departure, and get packing.  Unless the honeymoon is for one or two nights and therefore requires only a toothbrush, little black dress, bathing suit and flops, go for the big, checkable bag.

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