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Quick Tips for Beginning Your Wedding Planning by Michael Henson

How do I start!?!?

That's possibly the most common question in the entire wedding industry. It seems simple, but it's overwhelming once you start looking at all the moving pieces you must put together. To shed a little bit of light on the question, I asked a couple local St. Louis wedding professionals to weigh in with their experience and expertise.

Some quick tips from Inspired Design Wedding Events, a 14 year veteran in the industry, include:

  1. Budget // How much do you want to spend? Who is contributing?
  2. Goals // What are your goals for the event? If it's just to "get hitched" you could do that at a courthouse! What do you want to get out of the event itself? Photos, memories, time with family? 
  3. Important Elements // What is most important to each member in the couple? Don't just assume that you both care about the same things!

I also had a couple questions that I sent over to VSM Event Creations and Vanessa gave me some great feedback as well. Budget topped the list and she mentioned some incredible resources for those struggling with budgeting - The Knot & WeddingWire are great starting sources. In addition, she mentioned:

  1. Venue // The next step when getting into the "nitty-gritty" is to look at your ceremony and reception venues and get them booked. She suggests making a list of the top 3 places you'd like to check out and to start communicating with them as soon as possible.
  2. Wedding Planner // Hiring a wedding planner is an investment in your sanity. They can certainly help in choosing high quality vendors and really help out with the tiny details that make your wedding everything you want it to be!

Hopefully, this is beneficial and gives you a bit of direction as you start planning your St. Louis wedding! If you have other topics you'd like to chat about, shoot me a message or drop me a comment. Also, check out our bridal resource group on Facebook and join up!

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Instagrammer Meet-Up! @BRIPHILLIPS | St. Louis Photographer by Michael Henson

A project that I've been working on is to meet some of the inspirational people that I follow on Instagram to chat about creativity, life, and their work. I'll be sharing their stories, some pictures, and our time together here so keep checking back!

I had the chance to meet Brianna, @briphillips, in the Shaw Neighborhood a couple weeks back at Gelateria del Leone on Grand. From the nice weather, to the incredible environment, to the inspiring conversation, the evening was great! We talked music, school, design, and coffee for a while before stepping outside for a few photos. 

The part of the conversation that excited me most was getting to hear Brianna discuss Trifold Roasters, a collaboration that she's working on with a friend that will seek to provide locally sourced, locally roasted coffee to businesses and churches in the area. Started in someone's kitchen with a vision and some coffee beans - It's an inspiring story that reminds me (and hopefully reminds you) that, regardless of your vision, you have to "go for it" if you ever expect anything to come of it! Don't simply entertain daydreams of something that you would "like to do someday" and get out there and do it! 

Embrace the conflict you encounter along the way and live an incredible, daring story. Remember, if things get too hectic and you just need a break, you can always take a break and snag some gelato!

(As always comments and feedback are appreciated! If you have any questions you'd like me to ask the next Instagrammer, let me know!)

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Bri Phillips Trifold Roasters St. Louis