Rent Our Showroom

Our Allegro Showroom is the perfect location for your upcoming engagement party, wedding shower, birthday celebration, or family get-together!  When you rent our showroom, you’ll have the flexibility to bring in your own food & beverages.  Need help with décor? No problem!  We have some linens and centerpieces to help spruce up your event.

Event Capacity:
Seated Lunch/Dinner 18
Shower / Cocktail Seating 24


Weekdays $200
9:00am – 1:00pm


Weeknights $250
4:00pm – 8:00pm


Saturdays Daytime $350
9:00am – 2:00pm


Saturday Night $500
4:00pm – 11:00pm


Sundays $400
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Rental Includes:

•Bar Area

•Mini Refrigerator

•Beer Tubs & Cooler

•Buffet Table

•Dessert Bar Table

•Tables & Chairs Setup

•Lounge Area

•Flat Screen TV

•PA Speaker for Music

+ADD-ON Selfie Station $250
+ADD-ON Unlimited Prints $75
+ADD-ON Karaoke $300
+ADD-ON Gobo Light $100

“2022 Floral Designs Revealed”

WEDDING SUSHI – S1E7 – “The New ‘I-Do’ in Floral Design” GUEST: Kim Brannan, owner of Stems Florist in St. Louis, MO On this episode of Wedding Sushi, Kim shares some of the upcoming trends to be expected in floral design for 2022 & 2023. Her daughter, Jennifer Thomasson, one of our nation’s top trend setters in floristry, recently released a book that showcases some of the most cutting edge concepts and displays the floral world has ever seen. Need Wedding Flowers? http://www.stems4flowers.com

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Wedding Sushi S1E6 “Top 6 Ways To Make Your Wedding Day YOU-nique”

today’s guest:

Today I’m in the studio with Julie Swaney, owner of Limelight Events, a local St. Louis business with upscale event venues in St. Peters and Ellisville, Missouri. Parties and events are tailored to your group with personal service and design touches, and many options for food and desserts. Specializing in “petite events” such as Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, and Micro-Weddings. https://meetatlimelight.com/about/

TOP 6 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING DAY YOU-NIQUE!

Your Wedding Day should be all about you, so Julie Swaney has provided us with some helpful ideas to personalize your BIG DAY!

#1.) CREATE A VISION BOARD – Before you purchase any items, or book any vendors, you should sit down and think about the overall concept that you’re wanting to achieve. Choose a theme. Do you two share in special interests or hobbies? Is there a certain style you prefer? Rustic? Elegant? Beachy? What colors are important to you? You should have 3 colors…. A Dominant, Paired, Accent. (*Color Schemes will be the focus of another episode…Stay Tuned)

#2.) USE MUSIC TO CREATE A MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE – Talk to your music professional about creating a custom playlist. Think about songs that reflect moments in your relationship, or family traditions. Have you thought about writing a song?! Do it!! OR hire someone to write a song for you! Music is a fabulous way to personalize your event.

#3.) CREATIVE FLORALS – Flowers will be one of the most expensive items on your Wedding List…. but they don’t have to be. Julie suggests trying some interesting centerpiece alternatives, such as “floating flowers” in a beautiful glass vase. Or, build a floral wall for your ceremony backdrop, then reuse it at your reception for a photo wall.

#4.) PERSONALIZED FAVORS & GIFTS – Think of fun ways you can add your monogram or family crest to items that will be given as favors, and/or add your wedding party member names to their gifts. Looking for personalized items? Visit our sister company, YippeeWear at www.yippeewear.com where all Allegro Couples get a FREE custom design created for their own wedding swag.

#5.) IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT CAKE ANYMORE – Showcasing different dessert options is a fun way to share some of your favorites with guests. Did you two meet New England area? Perhaps a blueberry pie should be served… or maybe you met here in St. Louis, and you’d like to have Gooey Butter Cake as a special treat. Julie recommends having some bite size candies or cake-pops incorporated into your tablescape.

#6.) FUN WITH PROPS – Do you remember the couch featured in the intro to the “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” tv show? Maybe you’d like to setup a “scene” at your reception, where your guests can have memorable pictures taken. By adding a chaise lounge, or a set of wingback chairs, you’re setting the perfect location for fun photos! If you’re looking for more ideas, visit partiesandprops.com

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Wedding Sushi S1E5 – “Wedding Transportation and Things To Consider”

In today’s episode of Wedding Sushi, we hear about Brian Klimaski’s fascinating career path, and how he went from baseball in New Jersey, to nightclubs with rockstars in Vegas, to becoming the Sales Director for Missouri’s largest transportation company: JED www.jedlimousine.com

We touch on all of the Frequently Asked Questions that engaged couples typically ask during the booking process, PLUS very important aspects most people wouldn’t even think about.

what style?

When it comes to the vehicle of your choice, would you prefer perimeter seating? Or forward-facing seating?

where to?

Think about where you will need to be picked up from, and all of the stops along the way…. Do you want a limo or party bus to pick you up from home, to take you to your wedding location?  Or do you only need transportation from your ceremony to the reception, with picture stops in between?  Where will you be stopping to take photos?  Have you created a travel timeline with your photographer?

are you local?

Have you selected a wedding venue that is in the St. Louis metro area? Or have you booked a venue that is further away?  When you’re budgeting for your transportation, there may be travel fees involved.

need a restroom?

If you and your wedding party will be traveling for an extended period of time, have you considered choosing a vehicle that has restrooms? JED offers 19 different coaches/shuttles that offer this option.

how many people?

Let’s talk about capacity…. Who will be riding along?  Wedding party, family, photographers…. Come up with a headcount so you know how many people you need to account for when looking at vehicle options.

extra space!

Brian recommends building in extra buffer space for your wedding day.  You do not want to be squished in like sardines, so choosing an option that has MORE room is always the best choice!  For example, if you have 25 people riding along, book a coach or bus that can seat up to 35.  You’ll appreciate the elbow room.

road restrictions?

Some small towns have road restrictions due to vehicle height, width, and weight.  Will you need to be traveling down tiny country roads? Ask your venue coordinator if they know about any road restrictions you should be aware of.

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Wedding Sushi S1E4 – “How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Venue”

WHERE DO I START?

Just remember- planning a wedding is not a sprint and it’s not a marathon…. It’s more like a nice long walk. With a little thoughtful pre-planning, you should have a great experience!

Before you begin to look for any vendors- sit down with your peeps and outline what you’re looking for. There are no right answers. Go with what speaks to you and your fiancé and families.

· A big wedding with lots of guests or an intimate affair. Think about how many guests you’d like.

· What type of wedding? Outdoor/Indoor? Art Gallery? Hotel Ballroom? Country Club? Barn? Winery?

· What day of the week and times? Is brunch your ideal party or would you prefer a traditional sit-down dinner on a Saturday night.

When you work out these questions- the whole process will be much smoother.

After you outline your ideal ceremony and reception- now it’s time to DIG IN with BUDGET!! UGH. I know. Thinking about money sucks. But it is a must. There are plenty of FREE Budget Planners out there that will do the work for you.

HOW MUCH SHOULD BRIDE AND GROOMS ALLOT FOR THE RECEPTION?

You put in your budget and it will separate how much couples will typically spend in that category. For example—your OVERALL reception costs should be about 50%-55% of your budget. This includes venue, beverages, food, rentals, etc. This doesn’t include décor or entertainment.

I have seen exhausted couples and parents touring venue after venue- eating up their entire weekend. Touring totally different styles of venues and places that they could not afford.

WHAT SHOULD B&G’S PUT IN THEIR INQUIRIES

Your Name / Your Fiance’s Name- They Count Too.

How to contact you. Email/Phone

The Date(s)

The Times

How many guests

The type of wedding- Give a little information

Why you’re asking about their venue.

When their sales team gives site visits.

After you book the interview- don’t forget to let the tour guide know who is coming with you. Try to keep the group to immediate family and maybe key players.

WHAT ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK ON THE TOUR THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T THINK TO ASK

How many hours are included with the rental? When can my vendors/family arrive for set up?

Are there any décor restrictions?

How many parking spaces? How many handicapped?

Are you ADA Compliant?

How many restrooms do you offer? Take a look!

What is the deposit? What is the payment structure?

What about cancelling?

Tell me about your insurance.

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Calligraphy Engraving

Susan houseman designs

Hello, my name is Susan Houseman and I would like to tell you a little more about my work. I fell in love with calligraphy at a very young age.  I was self taught until my early 20’s when I began studying with Master Calligraphers and Master Pen men and women from around the world.

I have all types of clients, professional and private.  My calligraphy has been published in national magazines and I have been in numbers gallery shows. I have developed a stamp line for Stampington & Company.  In 2020 I add engraving to my portfolio, and that is when my Soul Stones were developed. 

For More Info visit SusanHousemanDesigns.com

traditional calligraphy

Calligraphy for your wedding invitations, parties, or just sending a card is so important these days.  It’s a way to connect with people in a very personal way. 

what is calligraphy engraving?

Engraving adds a unique touch to any event by providing a personalized shopping experience for your guest and customers.  Susan’s goal as a calligraphy engraver, is to make a memorable item for my customers.

What are soul stones?

Susan’s love of calligraphy and a desire to have a tangible reminder of life’s priorities helped to bring these Soul Stones to life. 
They are glass stones that are hand engraved with words that resonate with our heart and mind. The Soul Stones are hugs that you can give to yourself or to others. They also make great team building gifts.

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Lighting Décor 101

let’s talk about lighting decor

There are two main types of lights that are used for décor, in the event world. Uplights & Gobos. Today, I’m going to give you a crash course on both of them. What do they look like? How do they work? How can they be personalized?

uplights

An uplight is a small round LED fixture, that measures about 8 inches in diameter, and stands about 6 inches off the ground. The models we use at Allegro Entertainment are called Chauvet 56 Pars, which means that each light has 56 individual LED bulbs per uplight.

COLORS – These uplights operate on an RGB Coding system, allowing us to program them to over 10,000 different colors, by adjusting the percentages of red, green, and blue.

SETUP – Uplights are usually used as perimeter lighting around a room, to add pops of color, depth & dimension, or to accentuate interesting architectural structures or texture.

gobo light

This one always makes me giggle when I hear people ask about it. 99% of the time, I’ll have clients ask me what a “BOGO” is. When they do, I tell them that it’s a sale at Payless Shoes that offers customers a Buy One Get One special…. But that if they’re interested in the light, it’s called a “GOBO”

What’s up with the name? Well, the word “GOBO” is actually a mixture of an abbreviation and an acronym, that stands for GO-BETWEEN-OPTICAL.

GOBO LENS – This is a small round piece of metal, or mirrored glass, that has a design laser cut into it. Whether you choose to have a personalized monogram or pattern cut into it, the gobo lens sits in between a light source, and a projector lens, so that the light is forced through the laser cut design, displaying the image on a wall or dance floor. FUN FACT! The lens itself is only about the size of a quarter.

At Allegro Entertainment, we have a graphic design team that will help you to create your perfect gobo design!

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Cocktail & Dinner Playlists

HOW MANY SONGS DO i NEED TO PLAN FOR?

Let’s talk about creating a playlist for your cocktail and dinner music…
One of the most commonly asked questions we receive is, “Can we create our own playlists?”

Absolutely! But let’s talk about that for a minute….. Before you head over to Spotify, or open a new spreadsheet in Excel, it’s important for you to understand how much time you’ll be needing to fill during your cocktail and dinner hours. With the average song ranging from 3 to 4 minutes long, there are approximately 20 songs per hour. It’s not a bad idea to add a few more than that, but make sure you’re not supplying so many song titles that we’ll never have time to accommodate all of them within the timeframe of your event.

should there be a theme?

Every well crafted playlist should be creating an experience. Music helps set the tone for an event, so as you’re choosing your songs, you should be thinking about what type of vibe or mood you want your guests to feel.

One of the most popular genres we see our wedding clients selecting for their cocktail & dinner hour is Jazz & Big Band. Timeless singers like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, mixed with some of today’s favorites like Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, and Nora Jones. These tunes are classic, and add a touch of sophistication to any atmosphere.

Some other options we see couples gravitate towards are Acoustic & Soft Rock artists. These would be songs that feel light, happy, easy-breezy, and upbeat (*Without feeling too powerful). Think of music by Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Mumford & Sons, and ballads by some of the greats like Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Elton John. Having familiar music playing in the background makes your guests feel welcomed and comfortable.

FUN FACT! Did you know that the music you choose will also help your guests remember your wedding day better? According to PsychologyToday.com, A 2009 study from the University of California, Davis mapped the brain while people listened to music and found specific brain regions linked to autobiographical memories and emotions are activated by familiar music.

make your day unique through music!

A fun way to make your special day different from other weddings, is by creating a musical “journey” to transport your guests to a different locale altogether! Ask your music professional to help you create a flavorful playlist that incorporates genres from around the globe!

One of my personal favorite “off the beaten path” go-to’s is Brazilian Jazz. The soothing grooves of samba & bassanova is like a sip of ice water on a sweltering hot day. It quenches the thirst to escape the daily mundane, and infuses a lightheartedness into the air. Seek out artists like Stan Getz, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and João Gilberto and enjoy the listen!

Are there songs I should avoid?

It’s never a good idea to play songs, with lyrics about break-ups or heartaches, but other than that, it’s entirely up to you. At Allegro Entertainment, our Event Specialists encourage couples to slowly build the energy as the night progresses. Play your mid-tempo tunes earlier in the evening, and save the high BPM & heavy bass songs for later in the evening.

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Allegro Entertainment offers many different options when it comes to Live Music, DJ Services, Photobooths, Event Planning, and Lighting Decor! Interested in connecting with one of our Event Specialists?