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November 24, 2008

Gateway Bridal Show Collinsville, IL

The Gateway Center located in Collinsville, IL is hosting the 12th Annual Gateway Bridal Show on Thursday, January 8, 2009 from 5 PM - 9 PM. Brides receive free admission to the show. Brides can request a free coupon on the Gateway Center website Regular admission is $5.00.

Prior to the show, couples can enter the Rock Your Reception Contest with a prize package worth $4600. Participating companies: Sizzor Shak Salon & Spa, Starry Eyed Studios, Night Magic Entertainment, Weck Events & Weddings, Gateway Center and Eurest Dining Services. The winners of the Rockstar Treatment Prize Package will be annouced live at the show.

At the show, couples can also enter to win a 4 night honeymoon including airfare to an all inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico courtesy of Pic-A-Place Travel.

View a runway Bridal Fashion Show courtesy of Elegant Brides. Gather decoration ideas in the Lobby and Wedding Show Room courtesy of A-1 Party and Wedding Rental and Weck Events and Weddings.

Enjoy creative and delicious cuisine and cocktails courtesy of Gateway Center's in-house caterer, Eurest Dining Services.

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Posted by GATEWAY BRIDAL SHOW 2009 on November 24, 2008 at 06:31 PM

Thanksgiving Special Savings: 11/24-30/08

In the spirit of being thankful for all the wonderful relationships we enjoy with brides all across the country, this week MagnetStreet Weddings is offering a HUGE Thanksgiving special all week long.

Here are the details:
15% discount on EVERYTHING for the week of November 24th-30th, 2008.

Save the Dates
Wedding Invitations
Reception Items
Favor Cards, Magnets & personalized Notepads
Thank Yous
Holiday Cards
Return Address Labels & Seals

Receiving the savings is easy! Order online and enter promotional code: WBCTK15 at checkout. Offer is valid November 24 through Sunday, November 30, 2008.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted by MAGNETSTREETWEDDINGS.COM on November 24, 2008 at 09:24 AM

November 16, 2008

St. Louis Wedding Photography

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Posted by VIEWPLUS PHOTO VIDEO on November 16, 2008 at 11:24 PM

November 14, 2008

Finding Your Perfect Place To Wed

Now that you are engaged, you are starting to think about where and when to have your wedding. You have probably already thought about how your dress will look and what colors you like for flowers and bridesmaid dresses. The venue you pick for your ceremony and reception will affect many other decisions. OR you can determine ahead of time what you want for color scheme and style of wedding and then find a location that FITS what you want.

I suggest you ask yourself a few questions before you decide on a venue:

Do you want to have your ceremony and reception at the same location?

How many guests will be coming?

Do you want to marry indoors or outdoors?

What time of year do you want to marry?

Once you know these things, you are one step closer to selecting the right venue for you. Maybe you have already searched online to see what venues are available that fit your criteria. Once you have found a few locations that appeal to you, now ask a few more questions

What will the venue look like at the time of year you are marrying? Which plants, trees or bushes will be blooming at that time?

What is the maximum capacity for the venue?

What are the permanent colors in the space such as walls, carpeting, and maybe even the chair colors? Will these go with the colors you want to have or will the colors clash?

For reception venues, do they have an exclusive in house caterer or do they allow other outside caterers to use their facility?

What is included in the fee to rent the venue? Are tables, chairs, linens or their sound system included? Can you use the whole venue or only certain rooms?

Do they have a preferred vendor list and do you have to use their chosen vendors?

Your budget and timing for the day can be affected by all of the above. When you go and look at a few venues, ask lots of questions before signing a contract.

If you would like a full check list of questions for selecting a venue, call or email me for a complimentary consultation. I offer many wedding services including researching and recommending vendors to brides.

Posted by on November 14, 2008 at 08:58 AM

Blue and Brown Color Palette

There is a reason that brown continues to be a mainstay within color schemes. Brown is a deliciously inviting and universal color. The variety of shades allow it to play dominantly in the scheme or subtly as an accent color. Brown is flexible and its softness as a color warms (or neutralizes) pairing fabulously with pinks, purples, golds, yellows, orange-reds, greens...and in this particular inspiration board, blues! A cool favorite are the blue tones... here we have teal and aquamarine dancing with chocolaty goodness. So beautiful with the ivory, white and silver accents to help the board pop with energy and liveliness.

Are you using an inspiration board to get that cohesive look for your wedding that is well-rounded and entails all that you dream for your wedding? Discover your options. Explore the color palette and wedding theme inspiration boards at Visit our wedding blog at for additional resources and tips. Have a suggestion? Leave a comment. We love comments!

BridesClub members... please enjoy 10% discount off your entire online order! Just enter promotional code: WBCTK15 at checkout, that's it. Offer is valid until November 30, 2008.

All the Best,

Brown and Teal Inspiration Board
(over 30 boards to linger over at

Posted by MAGNETSTREETWEDDINGS.COM on November 14, 2008 at 08:35 AM

November 7, 2008

Bride appreciation wine and cheese social

There been way to much bad news so I say let us lighten up with a fun wine and cheese social. November 21st from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. You will find here new veils and Tiaras that will be brought in just for this event. Come try on some head peices with your freinds and enjoy some wine or champagne on us.
We think its time to give Thanks for all we do have and we can't think of a better way then with elegant brides to be having fun here at the bridal shop.
Please call so we plan on how many to count on. Bring your freinds!

Irina and Steve

Posted by ELEGANT BRIDE,THE on November 7, 2008 at 05:10 PM

November 5, 2008

Save Money on Your Wedding Flowers

Beautiful wedding flowers are a must have! I totally believe in using professionals to create the most gorgeous bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages for you, your attendants and your family members. But, the decorations and centerpieces... another story. With a little creativity and research, I believe you can be quite thrifty and save a great deal of money on your decorations and centerpieces. Let me explain...

~ Use a venue that will already be decorated because of a special holiday or a major holiday. Of course, inquire into if the colors of the venue and decorations will coordinate with your colors. Some holidays are easier than others i.e. Christmas where you can anticipate the color scheme.

~ Use SEASONAL, LOCAL flowers available in your region. Use a floral generator so you can search for flowers available in your region.

~ Prepare your own arrangements based on flowers you purchase from a wholesaler and create your own centerpieces, pew decorations, etc.

~ Use the natural surroundings: I was married outside in the spring with gorgeous spring blooms all around. I picked (don't you pick...DELEGATE) the most beautiful lilacs the morning of my wedding for the reception table centerpieces. So fragrant. So beautiful. So FREE!

~ Gardens, arboretums, city parks, farms... are naturally decorated and just need a few finishing touches.

~ Flowers for thought: Consider what is blooming in your area. Perhaps softly strewn petals from a most gloriously blossoming tree would be a lovely addition to a walkway or entrance way.

If there are tips for saving on flowers that you would like to share PLEASE DO... share them on, the wedding blog of MagnetStreet Weddings. We love comments!

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Posted by MAGNETSTREETWEDDINGS.COM on November 5, 2008 at 10:15 AM