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Here is where you will find all my wedding tips, vendor recommendations, suggestions, etc. I've curated this to be as helpful as possible and have taken all the knowledge I've learned over the years and bottled it right here for you! 

Use this space to guide you as you plan, feel free to email me at hello@stepheniemasat.com should you have any questions that you don't see answered here! 

A NOTE FROM STEPH

Rouge Events & design

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Florists

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Signed Sealed Delivered Events

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Planners

Hair & Makeup

DJ Black Guy

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DJ's
& Bands

Belle Bridal Atelier | CHicago, IL

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INquire

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Catering

Dress Shops

INquire

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Custom Invitations

INquire

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INquire

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Officient

Videography

Danielle Style

By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Roses & mint

Walter Knoll Florist

Amy Rose Stylist

Abigial Joy HAMU Artistry

Lili HU Looks

Coda's Events

Matchless Gem

Lustre Lights

Gold Standard Musicians

bride KC | Kansas City, MO

Katie, the owner and lead designer, is such an incredible florist and person. She loves what she does and it absolutely shows in her work and they way she tends to her clients' needs. 

ROUGE EVENTS & DESIGN

By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

FLORIST

THESE ARE MY FAVES

By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Ask for Tina, she's absolutely incredible and her designs are modern, whimsical and stunning. 

Walter Knoll FLorist

FLORIST

THESE ARE MY FAVES

By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Kira and Sarah, and their whole team,  are some of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet. Naturally designed, garden style florals are their jam. They truly LOVE what they do and are incredible at it! 

Roses And Mint

FLORIST

THESE ARE MY FAVES

By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Danielle is one of the most sought after luxury wedding hair and makeup stylists in the STL area. She's incredible at what she does and will give you that high end service. 

DANIELLE STYLE

HAIR & MAKEUP

THESE ARE MY FAVES

By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Kira and Sarah, and their whole team,  are some of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet. Naturally designed, garden style florals are their jam. They truly LOVE what they do and are incredible at it! 

ABIGAIL JOY HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTRY

HAIR & MAKEUP

THESE ARE MY FAVES

By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Lili is so kind and such a pleasure to work with. She has an easy personality and creates incredible looks on everyone who sits in her chair. 

Lili Hu Looks

HAIR & MAKEUP

THESE ARE MY FAVES

By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Amy creates incredible looks and I have used her for so many of my own  personal work. She creates flawless but natural looks and isn't afraid to do something timeless or artsy. 

Amy Rose Stylist

HAIR & MAKEUP

THESE ARE MY FAVES

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Any of these florists will make your flower dreams come true! They are all amazing! 

Florists

All of these ladies are incredible and will make you look and feel fierce. 

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The #1 thing I hear from brides is "I wish I hired a wedding planner!" Learn from them and hire one, you won't regret it. 

Planners

Hair & Makeup

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NOTHING kills a reception or cocktail hour faster than a sucky DJ/Band. The ones listed here have ZERO suck factor!

DJs & Bands

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These ateliers and parlours are my fave and will bring you unique looks that you won't see anywhere else in the midwest.

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Arguably your cake could be the centerpiece of your reception menu, these artists will make your cake dreams come true. 

Cake & Catering

Dress Shops

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Opting for custom invites is such a treat for your guests. These designers are amazing and will treat you right. 

Custom Invitations

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I love working with amazing videographers. Here are a couple of my favorite! 

If you aren't having someone special officiate your wedding, these officiants will help guide you through the process!

Officiants

Videography

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The cornerstone of your wedding experience, after your love, is surrounding yourself with amazing vendors who will serve you, take care of problems before they arise and are exceptional at the services they provide. Having these types of people in your corner ensure that you and your loved ones can sit back and relax and soak up every moment.

Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals with whom I have personally worked or who have a reputation from trusted sources of exceptional service. 

Vendor REcommendations

First Things First

Katie, the owner and lead designer, is such an incredible florist and person. She loves what she does and it absolutely shows in her work and they way she tends to her clients' needs. 

ROUGE EVENTS & DESIGN

By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

FLORIST

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Ask for Tina, she's absolutely incredible and her designs are modern, whimsical and stunning. 

Walter Knoll FLorist

FLORIST

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Kira and Sarah, and their whole team,  are some of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet. Naturally designed, garden style florals are their jam. They truly LOVE what they do and are incredible at it! 

Roses And Mint

FLORIST

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Danielle is one of the most sought after luxury wedding hair and makeup stylists in the STL area. She's incredible at what she does and will give you that high end service. 

DANIELLE STYLE

HAIR & MAKEUP

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Kira and Sarah, and their whole team,  are some of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet. Naturally designed, garden style florals are their jam. They truly LOVE what they do and are incredible at it! 

ABIGAIL JOY HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTRY

HAIR & MAKEUP

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Lili is so kind and such a pleasure to work with. She has an easy personality and creates incredible looks on everyone who sits in her chair. 

Lili Hu Looks

HAIR & MAKEUP

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Amy creates incredible looks and I have used her for so many of my own  personal work. She creates flawless but natural looks and isn't afraid to do something timeless or artsy. 

Amy Rose Stylist

HAIR & MAKEUP

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

I highly, HIGHLY recommend a wedding planner so you and your family can relax and enjoy your day. Ashlee and her whole team at SSD Events are a total party and huge assets throughout the whole wedding planning process. 

Signed Sealed Delivered Events

PLANNERS & DESIGNERS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

When you meet Jess & Lydia at Matchless Gem, you will immediately feel at home. They are so easy to be around, incredible wedding designers and planners and will walk with you each step of the way. 

MATCHLESS GEM

PLANNERS & DESIGNERS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Joyce's events are a cocktail of southern luxury. She has a beautiful approach to her clients events and would be an amazing addition to your wedding planning team. 

Joyce Randall Designs

PLANNERS & DESIGNERS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Charley is such a badass and will bring fun, go getter energy to your wedding planning process. She's a rising star in the STL area and I've worked with her numerous times on different projects. She won't disappoint! 

Coda's Events

PLANNERS & DESIGNERS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

DJ created, hands down, one of the best dance floor experiences at one of my weddings last fall. A true DJ and not just a wedding DJ, he'll have you on the dance floor all night long. 

DJ BLACK GUY

DJS & BANDS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

DJ created, hands down, one of the best dance floor experiences at one of my weddings last fall. A true DJ and not just a wedding DJ, he'll have you on the dance floor all night long. 

SpinCity Djs

DJS & BANDS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

This band is amazing. If you haven't had the pleasure of attending a wedding where the Lustre Lights are performing, you are missing out. They are spectacular and immediately set your reception or cocktail hour on a level 11. So, so fun. 

The LustreLIghts

DJS & BANDS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

If you are needing a live ceremony music option or a classic cocktail reception ambiance, Gold Standard will take care of you. They are extraordinary musicians and so good at what they do. 

Gold Standard Musicians

DJS & BANDS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Belle Bridal is by far, my favorite bridal shop in the region. Located in Chicago, the owner Giselle has curated an incredible collection of artistic designer gowns like Savannah Miller, Elizabeth Fillmore and so much more. It's not your run of the mill bridal shop. 

Belle Bridal Atelier | Chicago

DJS & BANDS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Another favorite bridal shop because of it's fashion forward designers like Sarah Seven and Rue De Siene. The perfect option for brides who want something effortlessly sexy. 

Bride KC | Kansas City

DJS & BANDS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Heather is by far the sweetest human being on this earth and she will take such great care of you! Located in Shiloh, IL, just across the river, this is a great option if you want to stay local and wand something modern and classy. 

Bridal Parlour | STL AREA

DJS & BANDS

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Heidi's cakes are OUT OF THIS WORLD works of art. Don't believe me, check out her website. She's on another level of refinement and luxury cakes and she so, so easy to work with. Cannot recommend her enough! 

De La Creme Creative Studio

CAKE & CATERING

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Lia is a rising star in the STL area and make the most amazing cakes. She also specializes in Vegan and Gluten free options for those of us that have that reality in our lives. Cannot recommend her and her desserts enough! 

Made by Lia

CAKE & CATERING

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

If food could be art, The Social Affair would win all the awards. Seriously, southern comfort has met gourmet refinement and it's so, so good! 

The Social Affair

CAKE & CATERING

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Another catering option that isn't your typical "wedding food". Ces and Judy's has stood the test of time in the STL area and they create delish dishes that your guests will talk about for years. 

Ces and Judy's Catering

CAKE & CATERING

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Amanda is an artist and incredible at what she does! She specializes in custom invitations but also has semi-custom options for those with a tighter budget. Custom invites are a beautiful way to personalize your day and create a piece of art. 

Leighwood Design Studio

CAKE & CATERING

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Anisa is so sweet and truly gifted at her work. She'll bring all your custom calligraphy dreams to life and is so easy to work with!

Seven Cranes Calligraphy

CAKE & CATERING

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Anisa is so sweet and truly gifted at her work. She'll bring all your custom calligraphy dreams to life and is so easy to work with!

SwitzerFilms

CAKE & CATERING

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Anisa is so sweet and truly gifted at her work. She'll bring all your custom calligraphy dreams to life and is so easy to work with!

Matthew Jay Films

CAKE & CATERING

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By now you might have figured out that not all wedding vendors are the same. Here is my exclusive list of wedding vendor recommendations where you will only find trusted professionals I have personally worked with and trust. 

Vendor REcommendations

Anisa is so sweet and truly gifted at her work. She'll bring all your custom calligraphy dreams to life and is so easy to work with!

Clair Forrest Films

CAKE & CATERING

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"Write down your top 3 priorities for your wedding day. Refer to that list when making decisions. If you're stressing over something that doesn't relate to your top 3, forget/minimize it. Also, build in 10 minutes of alone time with your partner at some point to pause and soak it up." 

- Hannah

What's your #1 recommendation to other couples planning their weddings?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

"No matter how prepared or how much of a perfectionist you are, you can't do it all on your own! Find someone you trust and ask or hire help! 
-Lydia

What's your #1 recommendation to other couples planning their weddings?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

"Start planning 3-6 months earlier than you think you need."
- Mary

"Build a relationship with your vendors, they get what you are going through."
- Kaitlyn

What's your #1 recommendation to other couples planning their weddings?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

"I would have made it a more intimate affair. Quality over quantity. I would have done a hair trial. Finally, buy a dress from a trusted shop, instead of gambling by ordering on the internet." 

- Lydia

What's something you wish you had done differently in the planning process?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

"I wish I wouldn't have let my family dictate what I should  do."
- Mary

*This is so important. Families are wonderful, but your day should reflect you and your lover. That means having conversations about expectations and boundaries with your families. 

What's something you wish you had done differently in the planning process?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

"I wouldn't have spent hours making the PERFECT dinner playlist then forget to use it. ;) I wish I had my brothers and my mom present for my first look with my dad and husband."
- Hannah

What's something you wish you had done differently in the planning process?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

"I wish we had chosen a venue that included a day of coordinator, decor, linens etc. Our A La Carte choice didn't save us much money."
- Rachel

*This is such good advice! Your venue choice may be cheaper, but you may be making up for it by having to source and buy all your decor and linens yourself, which is a LOT of legwork. Also, hire a planner. :) 

What's something you wish you had done differently in the planning process?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

"I wish we would have picked more meaningful photo locations. Why get photos at the City Garden if you've never been? I also wish we would have had professional invites vs. printing and creating them myself. 

- Mary

*Check out my vendor rec's for custom invites! 

What's something you wish you had done differently in the planning process?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

"1. Partner with Steph! 2. Write down your vows 3. Maintain an intimate guest list for reception."

- Hannah

What's something you would do all over again and you're so glad you included in your day?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

"We surprised friends and family with a fireworks display on June 25th (one week before July 4th) and everyone loved it! Also, THREE Made. by Lia cakes, all day every day!"

- Hannah

What's something you would do all over again and you're so glad you included in your day?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

A first look! The only thing I remember about our day was eating lunch with him right after our first look. 

- Lily

What's something you would do all over again and you're so glad you included in your day?

Wisdom from past Brides when asked

wisdom

DON'T FORGET

Use any print credit included in your collection toward one of these beautiful wedding albums. 

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Ceremony

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