“WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!!” By now you are probably so excited about the big proposal..as you should be. Now how do you plan to let everyone know. Who will you let know? And who’s going to know first? There are many traditional ways to announce your engagement and now a days, there are several contemporary ways, too.
If you and your fiance are from traditional families, your parents may already know, as he may have asked your father for your hand in
marriage. If the traditional route was not taken, your parents should be the first to know. And not by text or Facebook but in person…unless you are in different states then a phone call will be sufficient (but that may be a great reason for a road trip). If your fiance’s parents aren’t aware of your new engagement, they are next to know. After all of your parents know, everyone else is open game to know and of course, at your discretion. So how will you let everyone else know?
Visit us soon to hear our ideas of how to break the news to your loved one~!
You are now pronounced man & wife! After the applause and whistles, have a perfect photo opp with a fun send-off. After the recession,
you, your new husband and your bridal party can tuck off somewhere while guests exit the ceremony site. As they leave, your ushers can pass out your send off item and have them line up outside. Another option is have your send off after the reception, evening send offs are great for sparklers or floating lanterns. Here are a few ideas for a variety of send-offs:
If you and your fiance are party-goers, you may not want the party to end at the reception! What’s a girl to do, right? There are so many things you can do to keep the celebration going! Here are a few ideas:
Plan for an after party at your venue…this can be a separate room that can be set up like a night lounge. This is great for weddings that end before 9pm. The after party can go on until midnight. Make sure your close friends & family make plans to stay after so you don’t have flowing drinks and party music playing for an empty room.
***(No budget for another room and more cocktails, no problem, take the party to your favorite local nightclub. Make sure you have a gorgeous cocktail dress you can change into!)
The night club may not be your scene but you want to continue your celebration with your family. A post-wedding brunch is a great way to spend more time with your out of state guests. The day after your wedding, mom would probably love to cook a big breakfast for your close family and friends at her home. Or maybe you all can out to breakfast together (of course, around noon).
If you and your new husband are athletic, schedule a softball or kickball game for the day after your wedding. You don’t have to worry about sprains or bruises anymore since the wedding is over, so play hard!!!
Or maybe after your honeymoon, you want to give a special thanks to your bridesmaids. Do something fun with them once you return, host a wine & cheese party for just them!
Rafael’s sister, Gaby (one of our 2010 brides) called us to help her and her mother plan Rafael’s wedding day. The bride was still in South Peru while the wedding plans were underway. This was the first wedding we planned without the bride but she loved all the decisions we made for her special day. Julissa & Rafael’s wedding ceremony was small and sweet held at Crossway Church in St. Charles, MO. They had a small dinner for their guest immediately following the ceremony, catered by Pasta House. And their beautiful cupcake tower was created by Kelly’s Cupcakes. (Photography by Phillips Studio)
I was introduced to this fun couple in 2010, they planned to marry on August 20, 2011. We had all the arrangements booked and finalized right on time. Two weeks before their big day, Dan was involved in a serious accident while traveling for his job. Dan’s injuries were serious enough to post-pone the wedding. After the accident, Cheryl left St. Louis immediately to be by his side. Her concern and awareness of Dan’s condition was so inspiring to us as she filled the shoes of his wife not his fiance. How amazing is this bride to put the brakes on EVERYTHING to leave the country to be by her man’s side! After Dan was in a better condition to travel they returned home to recover.
We immediately jumped in to assist the couple to notify their guests of the accident and the postponement of the wedding. (We used an automatic phone service to make the guests aware that Dan was well and the wedding will be rescheduled.) After contacting family, friends and vendors, their new wedding date was set for March 2012. We were so glad that Dan had survived his accident and grateful that they had a second chance at planning their wedding all over again!
Cheryl & Dan’s wedding colors were crimson red, cornflower blue and white. Their gorgeous ceremony was held at St. Stanislaus Kostka performed by one of Dan’s fraternity brothers. The reception was held next door at the Polish Heritage Center and catered by Chef Maurice Reed. Their four tier wedding cake was created by Wedding Wonderland. All floral was created by KayDi’s Events. Their wedding day was captured by Gerald Lyles.
Soo…we are a little behind on blogging about our previous events and it’s time we catch up! At the end of 2011, we had the privilege of providing full planning services to Tabatha & Sam of Detroit, MI. It was our second out of state bride we assisted and we were thrilled to help! Tabatha was born in Alabama and Sam in St. Louis so they decided to marry here where most of the groom’s family resides. Tabatha was a lot of fun to work with even though she had a VERY busy plate with being enrolled in school, working full time and also taking care of her son. We managed to arrange plans via Google Talk, text and emails for over 6 months. In the end, her big day was great!!
The wedding colors were cornflower blue & silver for the December winter feel. The wedding ceremony and reception was held at Windows on Washington. The ceremony was heartfelt with singing, family vows, and a couple who is head over heels over each other. Their love of dance was captured during their reception and continued throughout the night with their families. Guests were given a taste of Tabatha’s southern roots; mini glass canisters with black eye peas and New Year’s wishes attached. Their day was photographed by Pinxit Photography and videographed by Captured in Frames. KayDi’s Events arranged Tabatha’s bridal bouquet. Earlier this year, Pinxit Photography submitted Same & Tabatha’s beautiful wedding to DELUX magazine where they highlighted their relationship and images of their special day. Take a look!
Photography Provided by Lance Thurman
Cheers to you! YOU’RE MARRIED! After all of the many checklists you had planning your big day, there’s one last final checklist to complete. It’s so important to make sure you tie all lose ends up to your special day. Show your appreciation and gratitude to everyone involved with your wedding day. We’ve listed 7 important items you should DEFINITELY take care of after your wedding. Please feel free to post more!!!
- Send Thank You Letters – It’s really important to send a handwritten letter to your wedding guests for their attendance and their gifts. Even if they didn’t give you a gift, send them a thank you note for attending. They took time out to celebrate a special day in your life, why not say thanks? (And you never know, they may send you something later…) If either of you have moved, stick a special message in to give everyone your new address. (2 birds and one stone) It’s also important to thank your vendors for a job well done. This can be done with a handwritten letter or an awesome review. Many vendors have online sites where you can post a testimony or review. Call or email them for their information so you can do so.
- Change Your Last Name – If you plan to change your last name or hyphenate your last name, you may want to do this really soon. You’ll need to have your name changed on the following: social security card & drivers license. Most likely you will have a few checks with your new last name and this can definitely put a hold on depositing them. In the state of Missouri, a certified copy of the marriage license can be ordered when applying for the marriage license if the bride plans to change her name. The certified copy can be used at your local DMV and most Social Security offices.
Here are a few other things you may need to change:
Car Registration, Car/Health Insurance, Voter Registration, Bank Accounts/Credit Cards, Will, Passport
- Get Rid of the Extras - After your big day, you may have several favors, candles, decorations, vases, and accessories. If you paid a pretty penny and want a portion of your money back, post the item(s) on Craigslist or eBay. This way you get to see some of your money back. If someone close to you will be getting married or hosting a party, they may be interested in the item(s), you can gift the items to them or sell it to them at a low cost. Depending on the type of favors you have, you can donate them to a local shelter to extend love to those who could use a smile. Also, your wedding vendors may be interested in purchasing certain items, so you may want to ask them. Whichever you decided to do with your extras, try NOT to keep them, as much as you think you may use them again, it will most likely end up collecting dust or in your garage sale, a year later.
- Make Your Job Aware – Be sure to give notification of your name & marital status change to your Human Resources Department. They’ll need this information for tax and insurance purposes. They’ll also need to change your email address for your new name.
- Clean House – It’s time to clean out the corners, dust the cobwebs and merge households! TOGETHER, it’s time to decide what goes and what stays. This is one of the first newlywed challenges you will face…letting go of the past and embracingthe future. Gifts & keepsakes from ex-relationships are probably not a great conversation starter…It’s time to let it go. That college furniture you’ve been holding on to for over 10 years…It’s time to let it go. Clothes that you will never wear or fit again….It’s time to let it go (you’ll need the closet space and it gives you a perfect reason for a shopping date together!)
- Schedule a Date with Your Photographer & Videographer – If your vendors have given you a time frame of when your images and video will be ready, give them a call around that time to schedule a date when you can sit down together to review them.
- Trash Your Dress – Most brides in St. Louis decide to preserve their dress for keepsake or in hopes of starting a new tradition for her future daughter. If you haven’t decided what you want to do with yours, why not take awesome pictures and have a keepsake that you can share with everyone??? Trashing your wedding dress doesn’t mean you are forsaking your vows or wishing bad luck on your marriage. It’s a fun way to get the most out of your wedding dress instead of it sitting in a box for decades. Trashing Your Dress can be very conservative or very extreme. Ask your photographer if they have shot any of these sessions before, if not ask for a referral. These shots can be so fun and exciting to reflect your personality and style. They can include water, fire, mud, animals, trees…anything to make great pictures. How sexy is this shot?!?!