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Sep

Do What You Love

by Ashley in General on September 1, 2010

1287582 love collage Do What You LoveAnd now for some deep thoughts, brought on by some recent life activity. To sum it up…I realize that with each wedding I work, each vendor I connect with and as I continue to build these amazingĂ‚  relationships, this is the life I love! Making someone’s day unforgettable and special is what it’s all about for me! And as with anything you do in life, you should always do what you love and what makes you most happy! Don’t settle for less, especially not for any longer than you absolutely have to! Same goes for love and weddings!

So how does this apply to weddings you ask? Well, actually I say – how DOESN’T this apply to weddings?!? When you’re planning your wedding or even if you hire someone else to plan your wedding, remember to always follow your heart. If you’re not in love with the burnt orange, speak up! If you’d rather have calla lilies instead of roses, you better let it be known! If you want to include some LED place cards, then make it happen! (Sorry had to throw that one in there, I think I’m obsessed) :-)

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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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21
Jun

Running Planning Your Wedding is Like Running Two MilesI know, I know! You were probably expecting me to say something more along the lines of “planning your wedding is like running a marathon!” Well, you’re right. And if I could RUN a marathon that’s exactly what I’d compare it to. HOWEVER, right now I can run two miles (especially when there’s a 100 degree heat index outside). So yeah, for now you get the “two mile” analogy – planning a wedding is like running two miles. It takes a lot of stamina to keep you going and a lot of drive to complete it!

Everyone knows there is a lot that goes into planning a wedding, but sometimes, people forget just exactly HOW much there really is! That’s why it takes a good training strategy to make your wedding a success, and well to make it enjoyable!

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14
Jun

Building a Wedding Plan

by Ashley in General on June 14, 2010

Checkbox Building a Wedding PlanComing from my project management background, of course I would think that having a wedding plan is a definite must for your wedding day planning process. Why you ask? Because it’s an easy way to keep track of all the tasks you need to complete for your wedding day and the time frame in which you hope to complete them. I know it seems completely lame and maybe even a little redundant, but it really can help!

If you’re like me, when you have a busy day, week or even month coming up, I make a task list of every detail I need to accomplish. And I LOVE my lists, it’s quite a weird obsession actually! :-)

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7
Jun

Wedding Receptions: Think Outside the Box

by Ashley in General on June 7, 2010

First Dance Wedding Receptions: Think Outside the BoxJust because you been to dozens (if not hundreds) of weddings in your life, doesn’t mean your reception has to happen in the exact same way as every wedding reception you’ve ever seen! Sometimes it’s fun to think outside the box and change the order of events and surprise people! It keeps everyone on their toes, not to mention it usually means more dancing and more good times all around!

If you’re looking to change a few things up on your wedding reception, consider some of these ideas. P.S. Several of them I heard via the infamous Ali Phillips from Engaging Events by Ali, based out of Chicago, Illinois! She’s an outside-the-box thinker for sure!

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4
Jun

It’s almost time! June 16th is the Wish Upon a Wedding official Launch Party in St. Louis, Missouri! The board and committee members have been working their tails off to put on a great celebration for the organization in our town and we hope you can make it! The Launch Party theme is Caribbean Chic and the location is Lumen Private Event Space, so you know you’re in for a treat! We’ll have complimentary grill stations from some of St. Louis’ finest caterers and island cocktails that will cool you off for the summer, so you won’t want to miss out!

If you haven’t been to Lumen yet, now is the time to check it out! For some great pics, see below.

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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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27
May

A 40th Birthday in St. Louis!

by Ashley in Recent Events on May 27, 2010

IMG 0615 A 40th Birthday in St. Louis!This past Saturday, Dishy Events was lucky enough to be a part of Jeff Bast’s 40th birthday celebration which took place in Granite City, IL. The party was put together by his lovely girlfriend, Tyra Saunders, and she was amazing as Dishy’s first birthday party client! We were able to help Tyra select a venue as and a few other vendors. And I must say, overall it was a great success!

Unfortunately during the always important picture taking process for the party, I learned a very valuable lesson, one every event or wedding planner should know – don’t drop your camera while trying to take pictures of your work! Duly noted to not fumble and drop my camera in the future! I missed out on some fun pics to share!

Nonetheless, I was able to salvage one great photo of Jeff’s Over the Hill cake put together by SugarBritches Cakery, a great new cake maker located right here in St. Louis. I think Shannon did a great job and I can’t wait to work with her again in the future. She’s anal about her work just like me, and that’s one of the things I love about her!

In case you can’t read the note on the cake, it says “To whom it may concern, I will be out of my office on 5/22/10 at Jeff’s 40th Birthday Party!” - G. Reaper

Love it! Two thumbs up for SugarBritches!

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