Brides nowadays have a much wider selection of choices than ever before. From fake cakes to wedding dresses with pockets, the choices are limitless when planning out wedding details. It can be overwhelming having to plan out every small detail from décor to choosing the right location. Fortunately, there are some recent trends you can take advantage of in order to have a fun, affordable wedding at your St. Charles wedding venue.
Ever considered food trucks? It’s the new trend for weddings throughout the country. Whether its after midnight, or during the reception, food trucks are a fun way to keep the celebration going, and it’s affordable. With prices ranging from $6 to $12 per person, hiring a food truck is an enjoyable way to make your special day a memorable one for you and your guests
Yes, you’ve had your dream dress planned out in your head, but nowadays there are many more choices than the conventional white. Colors can now be seen in every aspect of a wedding gown, including lining and accessories. Brides are also now allowing their bridesmaids to choose the color and style of their dresses. Let go of your former ideas and have fun with your bridesmaids.
And finally, brides all over the nation are taking part in wedding cake alternatives with choices such as sweet buffets. These “candy buffets” can include chocolate bars, whoopee pies, cupcakes and anything else your sweet tooth desires. It’s fun and can be a cheap alternative to an expensive wedding cake. Another alternative many are employing are fake cakes. The trick is to display a fake cake, then take a sheet cake and deliver that to your guests. No one will be the wiser,
and you will save hundreds.
If you are interested in learning about our St Charles wedding venue, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to help host your big day.
Games can add an element of competition to your bridal shower, giving your guests the chance to win something small like a candle or gift card. There are traditional games that have been played for years, but feel free to play anything you think your guests will enjoy. Just keep them fun and make sure they focus on the bride! Here are some ideas…
Purse Bingo: Each guest holds their purse while a list of items is being read aloud. The list begins with common things like lipstick or a makeup compact, but moves towards more unusual objects like a sewing kit or toothbrush that not as many people carry around. Whoever pulls the item out of her purse first wins a prize!
Safety Pins: When guests arrive, give them a safety pin to affix to their clothing. Post a list of words like “wedding” or the groom’s name that people aren’t allowed to say, and anytime a person says one of them, another guest can take her safety pin. The guest who winds up with the most safety pins wins!
Marriage Recipe: Hand-out recipe cards to every guest and ask them to write down a creative recipe for a good marriage. Then have the bride read them aloud and try to guess who wrote what.
The Dating Game: Before the shower, ask the bride a list of questions about herself and the groom. These questions can include things like “When was your first kiss?”, “Where was your first date?” Be sure that she keeps her answers a secret from attendees, and at the shower, give everyone a list of the questions to fill-out. The couple will sit on chairs in front of everyone and the groom answers each question, “Dating Game” style. Whoever gets the most answers right wins a prize!
We’ve all watched the entrances and exits on YouTube that have millions of hits. And of course, there was the famous episode of “The Office” when Jim and Pam finally tied the knot. Who can forget that entrance? When it comes to exiting your wedding creatively, here are some ideas!
Go For a Ride: Put a “Just Married” basket on the front of a bike and the fun tin cans on the back. It’s a cute way to ride away from your wedding!
Umbrellas: Rain or shine, colorful umbrellas can make for a great photo-op. Hand them out to your bridal party to form an arch as you leave your ceremony.
Scooters: Consider renting scooters that you can ride off on. Or, if you’re motorcycle fans, you might give that some thought too!
Light the Way: Give your guests sparklers to light at the end of the reception. They look great in photos and will make a fantastic exit!
Golf Carts: Sitting in the backseat of a golf cart means you’ll be able to wave goodbye to your family and guests as you drive off towards your new life together.
Vintage Car: An old-fashioned car is a great way to go from ceremony to your reception.
Get Carried Away: Nothing is quite as romantic as the idea of the bride being carried over the threshold by her groom. Make sure you pose for a few photos at your threshold so you have the memory to add to your wedding album!
Throw Flower Petals: It’s classic, and classic things never go out of style! You can buy or make simple paper cones and fill them with rose petals, or any other kind of petal you like. Then simply leave them hanging at the end of each aisle or assign someone to quickly hand them out as guests exit the church.
You probably think you have ever detail covered for your big day, but this list of details that most brides overlook may have you thinking twice! Make your list, and then check it twice against this one to ensure that every last detail is accounted for.
- A Pretty Dress Hanger: Your dress will likely be professionally photographed, so don’t ruin it with a plastic or wire hanger.
- Advising Family of Reserved Seating: Make sure your family knows at the rehearsal where they’re allowed to sit.
- Cell Phone Charger: Your phone will be ringing off the hook the day of your wedding, so pack that charger!
Wedding Night Bag: Make sure you pack and overnight bag with the items you’ll need for the morning after your wedding. Have a bridesmaid drop it off wherever you’re staying.
- Extra Cash. You’ll need extra cash the day of your wedding to tip vendors, so make a stop at the bank the day before.
- International Travel Documents: Honeymooning in Fiji? Make sure you have a valid passport!
- Thank-You Speech: If you’re going to give a speech, don’t forget to bring it with you!
- Assign a Gift Collector: You don’t want to be responsible for the gift table when your guests leave, so appoint someone to handle your gifts.
- Day-of-Transportation: How are you getting to your venue? Make sure that someone is available to drive you!
- Pack an Emergency Day-of Kit: It should include bobby pins, a sewing kit, safety pins, clear nail polish, extra pantyhose (if you are wearing it), bandages, aspirin, antacids, tissues, etc…
- Bridal Party Gifts: It doesn’t need to be big, but make sure you bring them something to say thank you.
- Toasting Flutes: If you received special toasting flutes, make sure you have them with you on your big day!
If yours or your fiancé’s parents are divorced, it can cause a lot of anxiety when you’re planning a wedding. Where do you seat everyone? Will they get along? This is your big day, and you shouldn’t be playing the role of mediator while at the same time reciting your vows. Here are some tips for dealing with divorced parents at your wedding!
- Treat Parents Like Adults: It seems silly, but what you should do is treat your parents how they should behave. Adults are, by and large, reasonable creatures, but sometimes they have their moments. If your Dad has his heart set on walking you down the aisle but is afraid your Mom will want her new husband to do it, nip it in the bud from the start. Sit them down and tell them how it’s going to be. Remind them you’re not taking sides, and move on.
- You Too Should Act Like an Adult: No tantrums, no screaming, etc… This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to be bullied into something you don’t want, but you will have to lead by example in some regards and act like an adult in front of your divorced parents. You can’t change their behavior, but if you change your own, eventually it will rub off on them.
- Remember Their Intentions: Hopefully, both sets of parents have your best interests at heart, but remember that each set of parents can have different ideas of what that means. Remind them that you love them both and are really happy that they’re both going to be there to celebrate with you, and that’s all that you want.
- Don’t Let Their Failed Marriage Reflect On Your Big Day: Remember, this is your big day and your future marriage has nothing to do with theirs that broke-up. Keep in mind what makes your relationship great, and enjoy your wedding day!