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25
Jan

How to Avoid Bridezilla Status

by Ashley in General | Weddings on January 25, 2011

1077748 bridal stance How to Avoid Bridezilla StatusWe’ve all seen it on television, the bride who just ever so slightly tips over the edge when something goes wrong during planning or on the day of her wedding.

She’s the bride who may just be stressed out enough to drop an f-bomb here or there when speaking to a family. She’s the bride that nobody wants to upset, but everyone is afraid to be around. That’s her. That’s the Bridezilla. Side note: You DO NOT want to be her!

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7
Nov

Jenny & Ryan: A Quick Recap

by Ashley in Recent Events | Weddings on November 7, 2010

Well we wrapped up our final Dishy wedding for 2010 last night and what a way to end the wedding season, with a BANG! Mr. and Mrs. Ryan and Jenny Kiernan :-) are such an amazing couple and it shined through in everything about their wedding day. Both Mizzou grads, Jenny a cheerleader and Ryan a basketball player, they couldn’t be more of a match made in heaven! I was honored to be a part of their wedding day and even more impressed with the amount of thought they put into each and every detail. Between the dueling pianos and DJ mixes, the limbo and several dance offs, this was a wedding to remember!

Here are a few quick shots taken by my always amazing Event Coordinator, Amanda. And as usual, even better photos will follow from the true photographer, Steven Seward!

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11
Oct

Jen & Tim: A Quick Recap

by Ashley in Recent Events | Weddings on October 11, 2010

So who could have guessed that it would be 88 degrees on October 9th in St. Louis!!? Well it was, and while the weather was somewhat of a shocker, Jen and Tim’s wedding day was fantastic! I met Jen in college and was super excited when she allowed my assistance on her wedding day! Her creativity shined through in everything about the day and I was so happy to be a part of it!

I wanted to share a few of my always fabulous (but not always in focus) snap shots from the wedding day! Of course, these will be blown away once I receive the AH-MAZING photos from Dustin Steller, a well-known Kansas City, MO wedding photographer, that made the drive for Jen and Tim’s wedding. But I’ll take my chances until then! P.S. When Dustin’s not shooting, he is fairly impressive on the dance floor! No joke! :-)

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5
Aug

Going to the Chapel…

by Ashley in General | Weddings on August 5, 2010

1195971 walking down the aisle Going to the Chapel...As all of my event planning professional friends here in St. Louis approach yet another wedding weekend in the Lou, I feel the need to throw some advice into the wind for all those blushing brides out there! Your wedding is a once (or twice) in a lifetime experience, one that you should enjoy and savor for as long as you can! For many of us, the wedding bug only hits once and therefore you must take advantage!

If you’re feeling a little stressed, so much so that you are putting your big day at risk, I highly recommend taking a small chill pill to keep it all together. Besides, it’s pretty likely you want to remember your wedding day as one of the most memorable events in your lifetime, and I don’t mean memorable because you spent the whole day freaking out!

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18
Jul

The Rise of the Photobooth

by Ashley in General | Weddings on July 18, 2010

Camera Film The Rise of the PhotoboothUntil a few years ago, if someone had suggested you have a photobooth at your wedding reception, you probably would have laughed right in their face. And yet here we stand just a few years later where a photobooth has actually become quite a staple for all wedding receptions. With the increase in number of companies offering the service, a slew of new ideas on props for the booths and well just a crazy amount of fun, the photobooth has started to take over the wedding reception world! If it hasn’t in your town yet…just wait, it’ll be there soon, which means you have reason to be excited!

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8
Jul

Prepping for a Summer Wedding

by Ashley in General | Weddings on July 8, 2010

If you live in or around the St. Louis, Missouri area (or the Midwest region in general) you know that we tend to have some vicious and unpredictable summers. If you’re planning a wedding in St. Louis, well, you know that you absolutely need to be prepared between the months of June and August for some serious heat! We’re talking 90 to 100 degree weather here!

So, if you’re thinking an outdoor wedding might be in your future, be sure to throw out some goodies or appropriate time frames to help your guests make it through the day. They’ll thank you for it, and you’ll probably thank yourself when you put on the fabulous dress, get your hair done and apply all that gorgeous make up!

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23
Jun

The St. Louis Wedding Planner

by Ashley in General | Weddings on June 23, 2010

stlwp blog The St. Louis Wedding PlannerTo all my fellow St. Louisans, the St. Louis Wedding Planner is coming soon! It’s my new web site and it should be here by mid- July (at least that’s the plan)! In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s called the St. Louis Wedding Planner and my hope is that it will be an amazing resource for all of the brides and grooms in St. Louis Metro area looking to plan the wedding of your dreams!

The St. Louis Wedding Planner is a web site dedicated to helping brides and grooms learn more about all of the fabulous wedding ceremony and reception venues in the St. Louis area. By conducting in-person interviews and walk-throughs myself, I hope to give brides and grooms information that is more than valuable in helping them select their wedding ceremony and reception locations! And I’ll be categorizing each venue by St. Louis neighborhood for all of you interested in a particular area of the city!

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1
Jun

Seeing Before the Wedding To See or Not to See Before the WeddingIt’s an age old question…literally. Remember that guy named William Shakespeare? I swear I think he started it all with his to be or not to be. Choosing whether or not to see your bride or groom before your wedding ceremony is a personal decision each couple must make for themselves. There are many reasons to support either option and no one reason is right or wrong, just your own! So never let anyone make you feel different! It’s all about what is most important to you and whether or not you like to stick to tradition.

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28
May

Kitchen Utensils1 A Pampered Chef Wedding Shower...Say It Aint So!Last week I received an anonymous tip from a male friend of mine notifying that his wife received of one of the most interesting bridal show invitations I have ever heard of…a Pampered Chef Wedding Shower! That email sent an immediate chill up my spine! After all, multi-level marketing and wedding showers DO NOT go together in my mind. And I don’t think it should be any bride’s intent to earn a gift or a reward based on how many gifts her guests give her, let alone buy in front of her. What happened to being grateful for giving and supportive family and friends??

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8
May

Making a Wedding Inspiration Board

by Ashley in General | Weddings on May 8, 2010

Making an inspiration board for your wedding day is NOT a new concept. However, it is becoming increasingly more popular and it has gotten A LOT more savvy than what most people were used to back in the day. Do you remember the old days of cutting out pictures from magazines and putting them away into a special keepsake box for when that magical day finally rolled around? I know I do and I know others do too!

A wedding inspiration board is a fantastic way to share your vision with your wedding planner and other vendors involved in the design of your big day! With everything from colors, flowers and styles you like, your wedding inspiration board is  a collage of images and photographs which represent the spirit and tone of your wedding, and it can be created by you (the bride) or your event planner/designer. Don’t be afraid to verbally share your vision and let someone else put together an inspiration board to match! It’s all about creating the day you dream of!

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