You're engaged!!!! Congratulations!!!!

As everyone will tell you, the most important thing to do next is to figure out a date or a season to hold your ceremony and reception.

The most popular and highly sought after dates are in Spring and Fall, so mostly the end of April, May, June and then for fall; the end of August, September, October and early November. These dates reserve the fastest, so if there's still availability in one of those months, it's best to secure your date early.  With your date reserved, you can then select your vendor team with ease.

We, like many other venues, offer discounted rates for off peak times and for Fridays and Sundays, so keep that in mind when it comes to budgeting.


To get started figuring out what will work for you, and how many guests you can afford to invite, it's really important to have an idea of how much money you have to put towards your total wedding budget.  Whether it's your money, parents money, or any combination, a budget is essential.

We've looked at lots of websites but this one is really great because you can do it by your zip code and number of guests, and the items you check off are pretty specific, so it gives you a better sense of all the options that go into a wedding budget calculation:

Another great way to see whether or not your budget is on track for your expectations, is to give our Vendor Coordinator / Day of Wedding Planner, Renee Joshu a shout.  She is a pro at working up a spreadsheet based on all our vendors, options and pricing, and she's happy to help.  She can be reached at 314-616-4600 or by email at:

We hope this helps make everything a little bit easier :-)