Are you hosting an intimate wedding?

Are you hosting an intimate wedding?

Photos by Kristina Cipolla Photography.

Are you hosting an intimate wedding?

Ya’ll know at Signed Sealed Delivered Events, we are addicted to love + we ain’t afraid to show it!

Any + all weddings are our fave!

Especially intimate weddings.

Which brings us to Sam + Warren + their most memorable beach nuptials topping out at 52 guests. 

Some of you may recognize this pretty face (Sam, not Warren’s although he is pretty too) as one of our newest weddings extraordinaires. 

While Sam + Warren’s wedding was intentionally small, our current climate has intimate weddings on the rise. 

With the dreaded COVID-19 getting in the way of our party plans, many of our couples are choosing to postpone their receptions + host ceremonies with their parents. While others are choosing to stick with a smaller guest count for the whole shebang!

You make my dreams come true!

As your wedding fairy godmothers + besties for the resties, we are here to support either decision (while tossing confetti your way)!

Things might feel downright sucky with a lot of ambiguity, but as your trusted wedding resource, we are not going to let this pandemic take away your planning excitement! 

How cool are these GQ cover looking dudes?

It may not be what you originally envisioned, but it’s still going to be your best day ever because you are marrying your boo!

If you are hosting an intimate wedding this year, here is something to keep in mind: You don’t have to skip on the details just because you have a smaller guest count! We can still create a beautiful day no matter the size. 

Because every wedding day calls for puppy socks!

Plus local wedding pros are still open for business + ready to make magic!

Whether you are having a vow renewal next year or this is your official wedding day, you will want this magical moment documented. Have a professional there to capture this special time in your life! We highly recommend a photographer + a videographer!

One other thing you may consider is having your event live streamed so family + friends can tune in as you say I do! 

These programs doubled as bags that held rose petals that guests tossed as Sam + Warren recessed down the aisle!

Have you always imagined the bridal march when you walk down the aisle towards your forever?
Or a song that reminds you of how you met, or describes your relationship to a T?
Then let’s play it! Hire a DJ or musician. 
Plus depending on how intimate, you may consider a sound system for all your guests to hear. 

Don’t forget personal flowers:  bouquet, boutineers, corsages plus altar arrangements, we can make that happen.

Instead of a big bridal party, pick 2 people to stand beside you!

Have champagne or a signature drink on standby to toast the moments after you say We Do!
Or before!
Heck, there’s no wrong way to celebrate when it comes to bubbles!

What’s your favorite drink to toast with?
If you ask our crew, Sam will tell you margaritas while Kate would say Prosecco. 
Bonus if it’s
pink Prosecco.

If you opt out of a sit down meal, having hors d’oeuvres or a variety of desserts will make all bellies in attendance happy. There may be some new procedures in place as far as food service goes, but your professional caterer + planner can share those details based on the county where you are getting hitched. 

And let’s be real, you definitely need cake. A party without cake is just a meeting.

In a perfect world, all meetings would involve cake. 

Don’t skip on the moments either, because remember, we have professional paparazzi coming so you might as well have an album’s worth of photos to remember this amazing day! 

Do a first look or a first touch! 
Exchange cards!
Write your vows!
Cut your cake!
Dance your first dance!
Dance with your mom!
Dance with your dad!
Have sparklers or bubbles!
Remember, SSD has the confetti toss covered! HOORAY!

Carrie + Warren danced to a live version of Unforgettable

Now that we have all the fun details in place, let’s also talk a bit about keeping your celebration of love a safe + healthy one.

Remember earlier I mentioned the different phases + regulations by county + state. That will come to play again for a few more things: 

  • Check in with your local courthouses on how to obtain a marriage licence during this time. Some may be closed or have limited hours. 
  • Keep in mind there may be social distancing + max guest counts at venues that incorporate the 6 foot rule between seating – this will effect your lay out + guest counts. 
  • When confirming your invite list, be sure to count your vendors as some county regulations require that wedding pros/ staff be included in that guest count max. 
  • Will your guests be wearing masks? It might be a lovely nod to have some available for your guests upon entry + it wouldn’t hurt if they matched your decor. You guys know I couldn’t help myself. 
  • Sanitation stations will be a necessity at all events moving forward as will new cleaning standards for all venues to ensure the healthiest environment possible. 
  • If you are planning on serving refreshments of any kind be prepared for regulations on food presentations. Some venues/caterers may offer plated entrees only. Additionally disposable place settings might be the safest bet for events moving forward. 
In case you missed these hand painted cookies by Sweet Cheeks, here they are up close!
We are dog lovers at SSD so any time we can include your fur babes, we will!

Please notice my overuse of “may” + “might” throughout this post. It is intentional as guidelines are changing often. Seek the advice of your local government + venue for most up to date regulations. 

If you are ready to jump in to plan your wedding, big or small, hollatcha girls at Signed Sealed Delivered Events + we can walk you through every step of the way… holding hands + skipping at some point. 


Side note, we joyfully plan destination weddings + are ready to travel! Just say the word!

If you guessed this was not in St. Louis, you were right Dorothy! There’s no place like home, but there’s also no place like the beach!

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendor friends who made this intimate celebration happen:
Photography – Kristina Cipolla Photography + Kaori Devine Photography
Venue & Catering – L’Auberge Del Mar
Hair + Makeup – Jellis Faces
Men’s Grooming – V’s Barbershop
Bridal Attire – Clarice’s Bridal, Town & Country Bridal, + The Ultimate Bride
Bridesmaid’s Attire – Azazie
Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire – Savile Row Custom Clothiers, Express, + Knotty Tie Co.
Music – Still Listening Productions
Cake + Cookies – Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Florals – Isari Flower Studio
Stationery – Unique Moments
Rentals – Folklore Rentals

2020 Wedding Trends Coming Your Way

2020 Wedding Trends Coming Your Way

Photos by Chosen Photography

2020 Wedding Trends Coming Your Way

We were admittedly kinda sad about saying goodbye to 2019 because it was such a good year!!! Amiright!!???!! Just reminiscing on the fun trends that showed up – helllloooo llamas (You’ve most likely seen these at The Venue at Maison du lac), ceiling installments on head tables (like ones that the incredible talent as Roses + Mint produces), customized neon lights, embroidered jackets (have you checked out the Daily Disco?) + the earthy texture of pampas grass! But rest assured friends, these trends will be around for while. 

We were thrilled to see classic blue as the 2020 Pantone Color of the year and while something blue usually makes an appearance somewhere on wedding days like getting ready robes, shoes + the groomsmen tuxes, we know blue will be more front + center this year!

Think glass goblets, dresses, silk ribbons … the whole 9 yards …. of luxurious suede linen. Can you just feel it now?

Other trends coming down the pipeline are dried florals incorporated with real flowers. Say what??? True story, designers like Ashley McDonald Florals + Agape are combining the two for some super unique looks + textures + we are here for it!

And you thought you’d never see the day, but we ditched the mason jars + gave baby’s breath a more updated modern look + feel.  You will see it in centerpiece hedges, ceiling installations + ceremony statement pieces, just like our girl Mandy Moore rocked at her wedding!

Loads of color! And bold at that! You will see color as a neutral that sets the tone! You know we love the classic white gold + blush look but pops of vibrant color have us giddy for this year’s wedding seasons! Plus color brings a whole new element of personalization!

We will start seeing more nontraditional wedding attire- think contemporary, playful, cropped, jumpsuits, capes + skirts (oh my)! And I’m talking maids too!

Speaking of non-traditional, we also anticipate seeing more couples hiring their favorite local restaurant chefs to add another level of personalization + interaction! Last fall we had Pastaria pizza truck come to one of our weddings + chefs made stone oven pizzas + signature salads! It was a huge hit + dish delish!

One trend that will never go out of style is YOU! Bringing in nods to your relationship makes your event that much more memorable!

Ruthie the rescue dog loves her parents sooooo much!

Our winter styled shoot at Verde on Cherokee, an urban green house, was featured in the newest issue of Perfect Wedding Guide!

Thank you to all of our vendor friends who helped bring in these 2020 trends:
Photographer – Chosen Photography
Beauty – Emily Miller Makeup + Hair Stylist
Bridal Attire + Hair Accessories + Earrings – Signature Bridal
Groom Attire – Men’s Wearhouse
Cake + Desserts – Cake House Design 
Paper + Calligraphy – Seven Cranes Calligraphy  
Floral – Grimm + Gorly Flowers 
Rentals (linen + place settings + vessels)  – An Affair To Remember
Rentals (chandeliers + lanterns) – Grand Rental Station Fairview Heights
Snow Machine – CJ’s Disc Jockey Service
Venue – Verde on Cherokee 
Real life couple – Leshay + Colby
Puppy – Ruthie Reed

Aren’t these green walls + upcycled door frames the bomb.com?
Because hanging desserts are a must if you ask Lyndsay of Cake House Design!
Gorgeous hand lettering by Seven Cranes Calligraphy.
Stunning beauty by Emily Miller Makeup + Hair team + show stopping florals by the one + only Grimm + Gorly!
An Affair to Remember has THE best inventory of linen in town! Not to mention loads of other amazing goodies like these slate chargers, black plates + flatware, dripless candles, marble vessels + blue goblets.
As much as we don’t like to cover the amazing sparkly details of a wedding gown, when snow is in the air, a fancy fur is always a good idea!
Speaking of snow, CJ of CJ’s Disc Jockey Entertainment can bring this lifelike snow to any event + we are obsessed!!!
Real life couple Leshay + Colby were so here for this modeling gig. It only took a year of asking/begging Colby.
xo