Drum roll please! Panache & Promises is rolling out a new promotional video to highlight why we have the happiest brides and the perfect wedding team. For those of you who haven’t worked with us, you probably don’t know how deep our passion for perfection goes. We love to create the perfect style for each bride that is 100% unique and 100% beautiful. Our day-of-coordinators are master problem solvers and make sure your day runs smoothly. What can I say, we aim to please!
Know someone getting married? Let the happy couple in on this little secret: Panache & Promises has the happiest brides!
Cody Krogman is one of my FAVORITE photographers. She photographs a large chunk of my Panache & Promises brides. Her eye for the perfect shot gives my clients intimate and beautiful shots of their wedding that they can always remember. Her photos have a softness to them. Her angles and subject matter aren’t just “wedding-ish” but also artistic. Check out her website to see more of her beautiful work and read about why a professional photographer is a wedding must here!
Besides obviously looking Instagram- and Pinterest-ready, a swatch of your wedding design is pretty useful. It serves as a visual guide for your shopping and DIY projects without having to keep your linens and flowers in your purse at all times. There will be a day (or ten) when you’re out thrift shopping and you’ll find a perfect vintage piece that just might have to be added to the wedding décor. If it’s purple, is it the right shade of purple? Is it too blue? Is the gold, like, gold-gold or bronze-gold? Having a thousand shades of purple or mismatched gold hues will make the décor clash. Avoid that, if at all possible. And make a swatch! Your wedding planner can put this together for you so you’ll have a visual for the planning process in the months following. Bring this along to the cake bakery, invitation designer, linen rental company, bridesmaid dress fitting… you get the point! Swatch everything and show everyone your fabulous plans.
Lately I seem to be talking a lot about desserts, and not as much about dinner! The appetizers and reception meal are as important as the cupcakes and cookies, and dinner will be a BIG chunk of the wedding day budget. Obviously you should choose a catering company that serves excellent food; no one wants a disappointing dinner after a long day! And of course, I recommend going local! Chef’s Table STL is one of St. Louis’ top catering companies that I have had the pleasure of working with many times. Their chefs and wait staff are friendly and the food is gorgeous. Your guests will DEFINITELY be Instagramming this meal. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for my tips on planning that perfect meal and how to accommodate everyone’s special requests! Shout out to Chef’s Table and their photogenic platings! #yum
Photo by Carretto Studios
Recent Panache and Promises couple Hannah and Nick had quite a large wedding party… 7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen! That’s a bit larger than the average. Most couples choose 4 friends and family for each side. But there are no hard and fast rules for picking that magic number. But there are many variables to consider…
Big groups of styled, beautiful bridesmaids and groomsmen can look and feel fabulous… but with greater numbers come more problems. Take these things into consideration before you ask your friends and family to have such a huge role.
Photo by Carretto Studios
I’ve seen a lot of viral posts lately of wedding couples running into celebrities on the street and then “photo-bombing” the shoot. It adds a fun dimension to a few of your photos, right? It’s a little unlikely to happen to my Missouri brides because we don’t have too many celebrities here, but a girl can dream! But if you’re NOT a cool celebrity, then DO NOT photo-bomb a newlywed couple’s photo shoot. Photographers are expensive and these people are trying to remember the biggest day of their lives. They don’t want to remember you! So if you’re a bystander, leave them alone.
What about at the wedding? Photo-bombing a few shots here and there as a guest is ok if it is appropriate and cute. But don’t make faces during an emotional speech and don’t make gestures when the photographer is trying to get a candid shot. Again, photographers are expensive and you want the bride and groom to have as many GOOD shots as they can. Most wedding moments can never get a re-shoot. If you’re making a funny face in every photo, suddenly the wedding album is about you and not the happy couple.
Maybe the married couple is silly and fun, but play it safe and save your photo-bomb face for another day. Just have fun and pretend there is no photographer. Let them do their job to keep the shots candid and sweet. You don’t want a call a few weeks down the line saying you ruined the photos! Just play it cool, pranksters.
What’s an overlooked detail that can transform your reception location? Lighting! You don’t have to necessarily go with the venue’s lighting. Consider something softer, more mood-setting, and unique. Before you get too creative, though, consider a few things like:
Don’t think your venue will provide the perfect lighting for you… many banquet halls have fluorescent overhead lighting (gross!) so ask your wedding planner to organize another option that is more stylish and beautiful. Lighting is important for mood and for photos… so don’t forget to examine your options WELL BEFORE your wedding day!
I stumbled across this elegant strawberry and rose tower on Instagram. It is from a little shop in Australia called Chocolate No. 5 and it is a BEAUTIFUL take on chocolate covered strawberries! The strawberries are covered in tinted chocolates and pearly sprinkles, some even with edible gold paint. They’re so beautiful you may not even want to eat them. But WOW imagine how fabulous this would look on your dessert table!
Instagram is an amazing place to find wedding inspiration. Most of the crazy and unique things you can find can be replicated by a local bakery… don’t limit yourself to a book of previous designs, and don’t be shy about bringing in some photo inspiration! Just because a dessert or cake design was made out of town DOESN’T mean you’re out of luck! La Patisserie Chouquette is one of my favorite places for custom cakes and desserts. Their croquembouche was featured at a previous Panache & Promises bride’s wedding. Their work is amazing! Now excuse me while I stare at Chocolate No. 5’s Instagram gallery of dessert towers…
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