What Some Wedding Planners Won’t Tell You To Your Face…

Let’s have a heart to heart, (pats the couch) come have a seat sister girl. 

I want to talk about a not so glittery side of wedding planning.
It’s a slippery slope, so I want to make you are aware of the potential risk of wedding addiction.

First of all, I want you to know that I fully understand how exciting, stressful, and all consuming everything can be when you’re trying to balance the multiple aspects of planning a wedding, AND keep up with regular daily life. 

I get it girl.  It’s a lot.

Since most of us woman LOVE a good to-do list that we can sink our teeth into, we relish in the organization of our wedding binders, pinterest boards, and don’t even get me started on the spreadsheets.  Gah!  Its deliciously detailed.  I mean, its like we can’t get enough of it…. 😬

And that is exactly what I want us to focus on today….

Once it’s planned….  Let it be (clap👏)

Imagine this… You get your hands on your grandmother’s insanely scrumptious flourless chocolate fudge cake recipe.  It’s your favorite!  You’re so excited that you immediately head to the store, get all the ingredients, rush home, put on your perfectly adorable apron, and go to town like you’re Betty Freakin’ Crocker.

Pinch of this, dash of that, stir stir stir, little batter taste, and viola!
It’s time to pour this gooey goodness into your super cute cake pan, EEK!

Then into the oven it goes!

But guess what?!  Once it goes into the oven, the OVEN does the work from there.

You can’t pull it back out, and start adding or removing the ingredients from the batter.

At this point, you need to just patiently let the cake bake, sweety♥

What most planners won’t say to your face is this…

“Stop overthinking things!”   Your wedding is less than 2 weeks away, and you’ve done a great job making all of your decisions. Now, listen to me baby girl…. it is time to accept the fact that the planning has officially concluded. (holds your hand, and nods slowly).

Yep.  It’s done babe.

You chose all of the perfect flowers. You chose all of the best food items.  Your linens are going to look great!  Your hair trial went flawlessly!  Your bridesmaids’ dresses have all been altered, and look stunning.  Your out-of-town guests have all confirmed their accommodations.  The weather forecast is looking incredible.  Your photographer got the exact time of the sunset for your wedding date.  The Earth is still rotating.  The sky isn’t falling….

You see where I’m going with this?

Stop. Nit. Picking. Every. Little. Detail. Trying. To. Find. Something. To. Plan. Or. Revise.  (clap, snap, hair flip)

What some planners won’t say to your face is that you are literally making yourself crazy, driving your fiancé nuts, and quite frankly, making your wedding planner’s job a little difficult to finalize everything, with all of these teeny tiny last minute changes.

This overthinking is NOT helping you, or anyone else around you.

Here’s a trick to ween you off of “wedding plans”, and ease the withdrawals.

Since you’ve been primed to dive into planning mode as soon as you arrive home from work,

Turn that energy towards another outlet…. Like journaling!

What are some things you want to do in your first 12 months of marriage?

•Buy a house?
•Remodel a kitchen?
•Start a family?
•Move to another state?

Divert your attention from away from overthinking wedding plans, and redirect it towards a new project that you can look forward too! I promise that your wedding day is going to be magical & memorable!

Now exhale, trust, and change the channel in your brain. It’s all going to be fabulous♥

The Block Party

The Foundry Art Centré hosted a Block Party on Saturday, June 19th, which featured live music, art demonstrations, and local food vendors. Our owner – Dori Abell, and Event Specialist – Maggie Winchell were on the scene with our Wander Selfies to provide fun photos for all who attended!

Grafik House, a new print shop and art producer in St. Louis, provided an interactive art demonstration, which included a steamroller and large pieces of fabric stretched over ink soaked design templates. The outcome created beautifully and strategically printed tapestries!

Here’s a glimpse into the fun that was had VIEW FULL ONLINE GALLERY

Why Won’t My Guests RSVP?!

WHY AREN’T MY GUESTS RSVP?

 We live in a super hectic world, with a million things fighting for our attention every moment of everyday.  Think about your work schedule, and all the tasks you’ve had while planning your wedding, and social events you’ve committed too…… now think of that thing that you want to do, but keep putting off….

Trust me, I’m the first person to tell you that poor responders frustrate the crap out of me, BUT I’m also the person who will put the DSW 20% coupon on my fridge, promising that I’m going to get over there soon, and then next thing I know the deal expired over a month ago.

Wedding guests are normal people too.  Of course they’re excited about your wedding!  And YES they are super honored that you invited them, and I bet that their RSVP card is sitting on their counter ready to go in the mail, but maybe they ran out of stamps.

BUT, if you are an instant gratification lady, like me, then let’s come up with a game plan to make sending an RSVP simple and stamp free.

There are several ways for engaged couples to create online RSVP options….

  1. TheKnot.com – Have you created your wedding website? TheKnot.com is a prime example of a quick and easy way to create a special page for your wedding day, that also includes RSVP options.
  2. EventBrite.com – This is a FREE event website, that you can use to track your RSVP’s
  3. Facebook Events – Let’s face it, this is not the sexiest option, but it works AND most of your wedding guests our already on FB anyway.

Just because you’re offering an online option doesn’t mean you have to skip the process of having beautifully printed invitations created.  It’s simply another way you can connect with your invited friends & family, to make sure you receive an accurate headcount.

Should I Hire A Wedding Planner?

by Amy Robertson of TheKnot.com

You may have helped a friend plan their wedding day or spent hours on Pinterest creating your dream board, but that doesn’t mean you have to tackle it solo. There are so many different reasons why we suggest hiring a wedding planner. Between booking vendors, organizing your RSVPs, and managing your budget, planning can be a lot of work. Add in your normal day-to-day responsibilities, and it’s enough to make even the most organized to-be-weds stressed. Working with a pro can take a huge weight off you and your partner, leaving you time to enjoy the process. Here are six reasons why you should hire a wedding planner.

They’re Experts

Here’s the number one reason why you should hire a wedding planner. Trust us—whether you’re expecting 50 or 150 guests, planning requires a lot more than just picking out pretty flowers or tabletop décor. A planner essentially juggles the roles of designer, legal counsel, budget manager, coordinator and so much more—all while helping you pull together your wedding. They can be tapped to take care of everything on your to-do list, from choosing aesthetic details to going over vendor contracts and dealing with day-of emergencies. All of this makes planners a huge asset for busy couples hoping to approach the checklist with minimal stress. They’re clued into everything there is to know about throwing a wedding, and all that comes along with such an emotionally charged event, so you’ll be in good hands whether your issue is bouquets or overbearing in-laws. Plus, they’re connected with top venues and pros in your area, ensuring you have the best team of experts to pull off your celebration. Simply put, an experienced planner is one of the key investments you can make when bringing your wedding day to life.

They’ll Help You With Your Specific Needs

There are essentially three types of wedding planners: full-service, à la carte and month-of coordinators. A full-service planner will handle it all, start to finish—from crafting the vision for your event to hiring and meeting with your vendors, and coordinating a weekend of activities for guests. This option is best for a pair looking to host a multi-day affair or destination wedding, or for couples who simply want a professional to guide them through every step of the wedding planning process. 

Prefer a part-time pro you can contact on an as-needed basis? An à la carte planner can help you iron out specific details, like your tabletop rentals, or give suggestions for the perfect caterer to execute your French bistro menu. Ideal for couples who just need someone to help refine their wedding day blueprint, an à la carte or part-time planner is also a more price-conscious choice. They give you the help you need for a price that doesn’t put you over budget. 

For assistance during your wedding day (but not throughout the entire process), opt for a month-of coordinator. Different from an on-site venue coordinator, they’ll be solely focused on your priorities and responsible for making sure your wedding day runs smoothly. Typically, a month-of coordinator will begin working with you anywhere from two weeks to a month ahead of your wedding to make sure everything is in order. They’ll coordinate both your ceremony and reception setup, keep you and your wedding party on schedule, and handle any necessary, immediate post-wedding duties, like tipping. If you’re unable to include a full-service or à la carte planner in your budget, adding a day-of coordinator to your team will help you and your partner relax and enjoy your wedding day festivities to the fullest.

They Can Help You Stick to Your Budget

Packages can range depending on the pro you hire, but a wedding planner typically charges their clients a flat fee, an hourly rate, or a percentage of their overall wedding budget. These days, most planners list a flat fee for their contracted services. If they don’t, expect to set aside around 10 to 20 percent of your overall budget for a full-service planner. An à la carte planner will charge an hourly rate or flat fee for each service they provide, while day-of coordination is generally a flat fee. While hiring a planner may seem like a big chunk of your budget, it’s an investment that will give you peace of mind and ensure you enjoy the moments you’ve spent months planning. Plus, with an expert behind all your decisions, purchases and negotiations, you’ll save money in the long run. Their pull may be able to score you insider deals, and they’ll always look out for your budget so you don’t have to.

They’ll Bring Your Vision to Life

The right planner will help you make the wedding of your dreams a reality—but only if you pick the right one. Think of your initial meeting with a planner like a first date—you want to make sure the two of you get along and have the same vision, as you’ll be spending a lot of time together over the next year or so. Arrive armed with a few basic questions, and then listen to their responses carefully. Whether you’re envisioning a formal ballroom affair or a rustic outdoor ceremony, the right planner will know all of the best venues and vendors to pull it off. 

They Can Help You Enjoy the Day 

Think of your planner as a safety net on your wedding day. If anything goes wrong (and something typically does) they’re there to troubleshoot so you won’t have to fret. They’ll be the one able to make the rain call to move your affair indoors when you can’t bear to or hunt down your set of heirloom champagne flutes before the first toast of the evening. On your wedding day, your only order of business is to soak up every memorable second, which is why so many couples hire a wedding planner. Trust the pro you’ve hired to do their job, and let go of control day-of. Working with a pro also means you’ll get to spend precious extra time with loved ones instead of worrying about the cake not showing up or a missing flower arrangement. Trust us on this one—you want (and deserve) a helping hand on your wedding day. After all, this is going to be the happiest day of your life.

Fun Activities for Your Wedding Reception

Everyone knows the ceremony is bound to be beautiful, but the reception is where the party REALLY starts…and continues into the night, sometimes even after the happy couple has left for their honeymoon! To make sure you have a rocking good time ready for your guests – and for yourselves, too —remember to include some fun activity stations that encourage everyone to mingle, circulate, and capture moments the whole evening through. With a little planning, you’ll create memories that last forever for everyone who attends. There’s no better way to celebrate your happiest day!  

  1. DJs—With a DJ running the show, you have a built-in party steward making sure the music matches the moment, getting everyone on their feet, and keeping the energy flowing from start to finish. They’ll call out the toasts, the special dances, the garter and bouquet tosses, and all the other moments you’ll be too busy reveling to call out yourself. In other words: with a DJ at the helm, you can relax and enjoy the party with everyone else!
  1. Live Bands—Few elements add stratospheric levels of happy energy to a reception like live bands! Imagine a lounge band playing standards, an R&B unit cranking out smooth-as-silk classic tunes, or a dance band turning your reception hall into a house party. If you’re a lover of live music and you want a real treat for the occasion, you can’t go wrong with a live combo to bring the magic alive. 
  1. Lighting—Atmosphere is everything at a reception; you can shift from sweet and romantic to lively and energetic with the flip of a switch. Colored gels can lend mood, disco lights can signal all the party people to the dance floor, and soft spotlights can call out the cake cutting and first dances like no other aspect of your event. With a lighting professional on hand to make the most of your reception space, you’ll know the spirit of your special day will be captured at every turn.
  1. Photo Booth—What better way to get your guests laughing with one another than a fun photo booth? You can supply props for fun wedding hashtag moments, encourage long-lost friends reunited for the occasion to capture new memories, and catch impromptu family reunions among long-distance relatives in digital form to share on social media and to store away for sweet memories. It’s the best way to catch all the beautiful faces in their most relaxed revelry for reliving the moments long after the reception has ended! 
  1. Sentiment Stations—From a registry that allows your guests to leave their best wedding advice to a shadow box frame filled with wooden hearts signed by your friends and loved ones, a sentiment station or two set up around your reception allows everyone to leave their thoughts and wishes for the happy couple. You’ll end up with a collaborative keepsake that captures the spirit of your big day forever, and your guests have a chance to participate in the evening in a special way. Everybody wins! 

At Allegro Entertainment, we specialize in making your wedding celebration an 

occasion to remember. From lighting to DJs, from live bands to photo booths, our specialty is turning up the fun and excitement, removing the stress from the happy couple so they can enjoy a worry-free wedding and reception. Visit our Look and Book sign-ups (did we mention they come with a free cocktail party, complete with beverages, live music and appetizers?) and let us show you how we can bring even more magic to your most enchanted day!

Open House Review

Summer is just getting started and already there’s been a bunch of exciting 

changes happening for the Allegro family. Music, weddings, concerts…so much magic we’re practically bursting at the seams! We thought we’d take a minute or two and tell you all about how we’ve grown, the new services we offer, and what you can look forward to in the coming summer weeks. 

Allegro Entertainment 

Our office renovation is complete, and we are over the moon about the freshen up! The renewed space is the perfect place to plan the entertainment aspects of your upcoming wedding. So why not stop in and take a look and how brand-spanking new everything looks? Better yet, schedule a Book and Look session with us, and you’ll get an hour-long private party complete with cocktails, snacks, photo booth fun, live music, and more – all focused on you and what Allegro can do to make your wedding the most incredible event possible! Click here to learn more and get yourself signed up for what we like to call a “tea party for adults”! 

Allegro Studios launch

The open house was also our opportunity to show off and officially launch the shiny new Allegro Studios! Our dream studio is a state-of-the-art recording, engineering, and production facility that offers music lessons for a huge variety of instruments, top-notch recording and sound facilities for professional and budding musicians alike, as well as for recording audio books, podcasts, advertising voice-overs…the possibilities are endless. We’re so excited to share this new endeavor with you, your family, your friends – anyone you know who needs cutting-edge recording services. Take a look here to see everything we offer and learn more about how we can help you sound your absolute best! 

AllegroLive Summer Concert Series

Our summer concert and entertainment series is underway, and boy is it ever a rocking good time! Every other Friday from May through August, you’ll find a different hot live band cranking out sweet tunes and a host of food vendors, local artisans, and assorted vendors selling their wares and lending a festival vibe to the evening. There’s fun stuff for the kids to do, and you can even rent a table so the whole crew has a place to park for the night while they wander around and enjoy the evening. It all happens between 4:30 and 9 pm at New Covenant Church Grounds in Chesterfield MO, located at Hwy 64/40 & Timberlake Manor Parkway. Head here to see the schedule and grab your tickets. Seats are filling up fast, so sign up quickly…you don’t want to miss what’s coming!

Group Dances for Your Reception

It’s a moment in the wedding reception that everyone looks forward to, when all your guests can jump up and get their groove on regardless of age, relation or dancing skill. Yes…it’s the time-honored tradition of the group dance! Also known as line dances, these are great energizers for your party, providing the more reluctant dancers a chance to lose themselves in the crowd while reliving popular moves they’re all familiar with – or learning some new ones with the help of everyone on the floor. With such a wide tradition of group dances, it can be hard choosing which to include. We’ve thrown our favorites together on a list to give you some ideas.

  1. Chicken Dance—Beloved by young and old and easy to learn as shaking a tailfeather, the Chicken Dance has been enjoyed at weddings for generations. It’s a perfect opportunity for children to dance with their grandparents in a fun, silly way that gets the whole room squawking and rocking! 
  1. Macarena— Just try to keep your head from bobbing when you hear the bouncing rhythm of this 90s classic. The lyrics issue a friendly warning that, while Macarena is showing you how to dance, her interest is fully innocent. Once you’ve learned the moves, it’s hard not to bust them out anytime you hear a snippet of the song—or any song with a similar beat!
  1. Electric Slide — There’s nothing quite like seeing a room filled with partygoers dancing in unison, and few dances get everyone in sync like the Electric Slide! Just try to stop them all from chanting the “IT’S ELECTRIC…boogie-woogie-woogie” refrain every time it crops up. Interesting facts: the 22-step dance was created in 1976, though it gained popularity as a wedding dance in the 1990s.
  1. Cha Cha Slide— It’s practically impossible to get this one wrong, since the song literally spells out the dance moves for you—in order! It’s an easy and fun dance for parents of young children to do alongside one another, listening for their instruction of “Two hops one time – two hops two times!” And the freestyling that happens at the break is a spectacle not to be missed.
  1. Conga Line—The whole room becomes a single snaking chain of celebration, kicking and shuffling around the dance floor when the DJ calls for a conga line! It’s such a doable dance that no one needs to be left out of the good times. Try a classic version of a conga tune to get things rolling, or opt for a more contemporary take, such as —you guessed it—“Conga” by Gloria Estevan and Miami Sound Machine!

There’s no reason not to include a few group dances in your special evening sprinkled among the slow dances and the all-out thumpers. It’s a great way to encourage friends, family and strangers to come together all at once to celebrate your special occasion. And with so many possibilities available, you can make sure everyone gets a chance to hit the floor dancing with a group dance that suits their abilities. In fact, you might have trouble getting them all to stop when it’s time to cut the cake!

JOIN US ON FRIDAYS!

Our AllegroLive Summer Concert Series is FUN FOR EVERYONE!
Featuring live music, great food & drinks, preferred seating, local artists, crafts, and activities for kids!
Get your tickets, and join us every other Friday MAY – AUGUST 4:30pm – 8:00pm on the New Covenant Church Grounds in Chesterfield MO, located at Hwy 64/40 & Timberlake Manor Parkway.

Live Concert Series

The season has changed, the weather is beautiful, and outdoor activities are once again on the schedule! It’s time to enjoy the sweet air and linger in the sunset hours as you drink in the happy summer vibes…and that, of course, includes live music. As of April 30, we’ve kicked off our AllegroLive Summer Concert Series 2021, and we have some major talent lined up this year! Just take a look at the incredible bands playing throughout May and June:  

  1. May 7th – Lady J Huston

What doesn’t this multi-talented entertainer do? She’s an internationally acclaimed vocalist, trumpeter, songwriter, recording artist and entertainer extraordinaire who sings a mix of soul, blues and jazz with her stunning multi-octave range, and she’s got a burner of a show for you! 

  1. May 21st – Red Carpet Rampage

Throw today’s dance hits in a shaker with just a dash of your favorite classic party songs, shake it all around, and what comes pouring out are the exciting sounds of Red Carpet Rampage. They’re the ultimate party band, and they’ve put together a set that’s sure to get your summer holidays off to a banging start!

  1. June 4th – Sound Unlimited

Sound Unlimited is a live jukebox, rolling out a timeless list of classic tunes, everything from Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole to Tony Bennett and Dean Martin! There’s even an Elvis tribute in the mix to make sure your hips will be shakin’ and your hearts will be quakin’!

  1. June 18th  — Yacht Party

Rolling out the smooth sounds of the 70s and 80s with touches of jazz, soft rock, and R&B, Yacht Party is all you need to keep the warm weather celebration rocking and rolling along! You’ll hear covers of songs by some of the biggest stars in music, including Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffet, Steely Dan and more! 
And that’s just the beginning! In addition to soaking up the sweet sounds of these spectacular live musicians, you can enjoy a slew of local artisans and crafters, grab some delicious food and drinks, and take a bunch of selfies in our hilarious photobooths. There are plenty of activities for the kids, too, not the least of which is a petting zoo where they can get up close and personal with a host of happy little critters. It all takes place at the New Covenant Church Grounds at 1401 Timberlake Manor Parkway in Chesterfield. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Visit the schedule posted at https://www.allegrostudiostl.com/allegrolive-summer-series/to learn more and buy your tickets now. See you there!

Alternate Venues for Fun Weddings

Your wedding can take place literally in any locale you want it to, which sounds amazing…but it can also make choosing a venue that fits the occasion something of a challenge! If you can’t afford to rent an actual castle to bring your fairytale to life in and the idea of a church ceremony sounds a little too traditional for your sensibilities, why not get a little creative with your venue and think outside the chapel? Our favorite alternative venues are listed below, places that may surprise you at first, but with a bit of imagination, these spots can make wonderfully memorable spaces to celebrate your most important occasion! 

  1. Brew Pubs

A quaint corner pub nestled in the heart of a central downtown corridor makes a perfectly charming background for an intimate, personal wedding. In addition to providing warm corners for your guests to huddle in, you have a ready bar and potentially even catering services that suit the theme right on the premises, offering sampler flights of local concoctions and bringing community businesses a bit of needed exposure. It’s a special choice for couples with a fondness for craft ale and the cozy comfort of beloved neighborhood bars. 

  1. Museums and Galleries

For a striking setting that’s sure to elevate the vibe of your wedding, research the availability of museums and galleries in your area; many offer their spaces as event halls and wedding spots. Think modern art for a vibrant, contemporary backdrop, or something more classical to surround yourselves with age-old romance. And for an extra stroke of whimsy, check into a science museum or an interactive exhibit that will lend a sense of kinetic fun to the evening!

  1. Libraries

An obvious choice for book lovers, a marriage among the stacks can turn an ordinary library setting into something unexpectedly magical. If the library in your town happens to occupy a building of the historical sort, you can add to the atmosphere with dramatic lighting and choose a picturesque stairway or glowing wooden archway for the ceremony. And don’t forget to schedule your photos among the volumes…a few shots of you and your beloved reading sonnets to one another would make classic and elegant images for your album.

  1. The Woods

Nature is always welcome at a wedding, provided the weather cooperates. If you’re an outdoorsy couple, you can choose a nearby forest cove to add a little festive lighting to; if you’re a bit more reserved, you can opt for a woodsy garden setting exploding with blooms to provide natural flower arrangements. Both of these options provide plenty of opportunity for enchantment when it comes to both the ceremony and the reception. An added bonus: a sunset ceremony leading into a reception beneath the stars will add a touch of cosmic spectacle to the occasion.

  1. Theater

Since weddings are something of a production to begin with, why not opt for a literal theater as your venue? If you’re a film-loving couple, explore a movie locale during off-hours and throw a Golden Age of Cinema-themed wedding that makes use of the screen as a cinematic backdrop. And if you’re lovers of live theater, seek out a community theater that will provide all the staging and seating for a wedding production that suits your tastes to a T – complete with a chamber orchestra to provide sonic inspiration in a space tailor-made for just this sort of wonder!   

You get the idea now…a wedding can take place practically anywhere you decide it should (as long as it’s available). The more creative your choice, the more personal your event will feel. Just remember: no matter where you decide to have your wedding, as long as it reflects your personal interests and your sense of fun and romance, you’re bound to have the evening of your dreams!