It's an odd conundrum: They say a wedding is 'your big day,' but to brides taking on the challenge of planning, it may be more like 'your big year of hard work.' That's where local wedding and event planning company Absolutely IN! comes in, offering services to help brides through the many areas of the matrimonial celebration.
Creating a wedding registry is (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime event, so many couples understandably are in need of some advice before they start out. We asked local experts about the dos—and don’ts—of creating a registry.
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, local wedding experts share essential checklists to help couples prepare as early as possible—so that once the big day arrives, the bride and groom can cherish every moment.
The Piccadilly at Manhattan is a bit off the beaten path, nestled in a largely residential neighborhood in Maplewood, and easy to miss if you're not in-the-know. Luckily, we got wind of this venerable eatery and finally got to make a visit recently.
Looking to get married in St. Louis? Today’s weddings and receptions no longer are confined to the four walls of a church, synagogue or banquet hall, but can be held at a variety of magnificent locations around the area.
Michelle Moulden, director of events; Allison Randall, event coordinator; Teresa Randall, partner; Alecia Beyers, partner; and Ellen Condie, owner and founder
What’s more ‘St. Louis’ than getting married with the Arch in the background? The outdoor terrace at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis provides just that, plus diverse menus, an in-house pastry chef and an on-site spa for all of a bride’s and groom’s big-day needs.
Love is aflutter at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, where ceremonies can be held in a stone-pillar gazebo, on a deck over a babbling brook or in a tented pavilion. Evening receptions are held at the Emerson Lakeside Terrace and Pavilion (pictured), and guests are welcome to stroll through the Butterfly Conservatory and outdoor paths.
The classic features and unique ceiling in The Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Ballroom makes wedding guests feel as though they’re under the stars. Booking the Khorassan includes the extra perk of having a personalized message on the hotel’s classic marquee, making it a great backdrop for photos.
The concrete, stainless-steel mesh walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, courtyard terrace and dynamic array of ever-changing contemporary art exhibits make the Contemporary Art Museum an effortlessly modern setting for couples in-the-know.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre offers the Grand Staircase (pictured), as one of several settings for lavish nuptials. Guests can enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of stepping behind the curtain and dining center-stage, and the wedding party can even opt to use ‘star’ and ‘chorus’ dressing rooms backstage.
Breathtaking views and beautiful landscaping at The Gardens at Malmaison and The Studio Inn at St. Albans provide a destination-wedding feel without leaving St. Louis. Renovations will be completed in September; the venue will include four luxury bed-and-breakfast cottages and a large pavilion.
Weddings at the Missouri History Museum’s gorgeous MacDermott Grand Hall are taken to new heights, as the newlyweds and their guests celebrate under a replica of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, Spirit of St. Louis, built in 1928. The Museum has spectacular views of Forest Park and stunning Classical Revival architecture to make each event unforgettable.
Monsanto Hall at the Missouri Botanical Garden (pictured), offers a bright, crisp atmosphere. Couples also can choose the Spink Pavillion for a fun outdoor venue. The bride and groom receive a basic 1-year membership to the Garden, and, along with their guests, are free to explore its 79 acres.
The Sheldon can host every element of a wedding, from start to finish. Couples can hold intimate ceremonies on stage in the Concert Hall, before enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres surrounded by gorgeous art in the galleries and Atrium, followed by dinner and dancing in the Ballroom.
Several areas of the Saint Louis Art Museum are available to use as a venue, including the Sculpture Hall (pictured). Guests can enjoy private, docent-led tours during the cocktail hour, giving them a special viewing of the galleries after-hours.
The Saint Louis Club Ballroom recently has been renovated to include a soft color palette of creams and grays to complement any wedding, as well as 17-foot ceilings and new furnishings, draperies and flooring. The Ballroom also offers one of the best panoramic views of St. Louis; and on most days, the Gateway Arch and downtown skyline are highly visible.
There’s no shortage of originality and art at weddings held at Third Degree Glass Factory. The bride and groom can opt for glass-blowing demonstrations to entertain guests, or forego the traditional colored sand used in a unity ceremony, and combine colored glass crystals, called frit, into a vessel that is then turned into a one-of-a-kind piece with the help of a Third Degree artist.
There’s just something romantic about train stations. The Grand Hall, the heart of the historic 120-year-old St. Louis Union Station, combines the romance of yesteryear with stunning architecture and recent renovation and restoration for a one-of-a-kind experience. All aboard!
History and beauty intertwine at Ambruster Great Hall, built in 1931 by Robert J. Ambruster. The family-owned venue, conveniently located in Clayton, can host both the ceremony and reception, and includes china, silverware, lighting and a complimentary DVD of the event.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is giving guests something to celebrate: The award-winning hotel will unveil the stunning new makeover of its ballroom this fall. And a new holiday party package will allow local groups and businesses to be among the first to experience the elegantly redesigned entertainment space.
Last month, an impressive gathering of business, civic and community leaders, as well as family and friends, came together to celebrate Tom Voss and his contributions to St. Louis. The longtime CEO of Ameren officially retired this month, following a remarkable 45-year career with the company.
A recent wedding that I had the honor to provide service for was a lovely affair... But why in the world would a parent allow their pre-teen boys to attend this beautiful event in cargo shorts, T-shirts and athletic shoes?