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St. Louis Weddings and how we compare

Date: October 22nd, 2009; By: JASON

So some of the interesting facts about couples getting married today that we learned on our trip.

Average age of the groom…29.  Of the bride…27

Weddings in the Midwest are the largest on average, over 180 guests versus the national average of 155 guests.

By the time it is all said and done, a destination wedding (inviting friends and family  and getting married in some remote site like Mexico or Hawaii) ends up costing about the same as throwing a traditional wedding ceremony and reception.

Brides spend up to 20 hours a week online preparing for their big day and the high traffic times are the same as most business hours, so what are you doing at work today? 

Decisions, decisions, decisions…. the bride and groom have more than 190 decisions to make planning their big day.  That is a lot of information overload.

And speaking of the big day, it is more like a big weekend or weeks now that most couple plan or attend a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and post reception function. 

I would say that this all sounds like what we experience at Moulin.  The other interesting thing that we learned is that the bride and groom in the midwest is more apt to marry in a church, synagogue or place of worship versus getting married at a non-traditional site than any other part of the country.  Again not surprising.


Let me know what you think of this and whether your experience plays out that way or is entirely different.  Cheers.


Vegas Baby!

Date: September 30th, 2009; By: JASON

Ann and I just got back from a couple of days in Vegas.  Went out there for the Wedding MBA show that highlights the latest trends in the wedding industry.  Stayed at the Wynn hotel and we got a rgeat deal from Southwest Airlines vacations.  6 room nights and roundtrip air for under $1,200. 

As far as the Wynn goes, I was not feeling the love.  In the past 10 years I’ve been out there 5 times and stayed at the Bellagio, Venetian, Treasure Island and the Planet Holleywood when it was under renovation.  Treasure Island was the most fun as far as stuff hapenning.  Bellagio was the most opulent and the fountain is now a landmark.  I don’t think that the Planet Hollywood was great, but hard to judge as it was still being converted from the old Alladin hotel.  Pound for pound the Venetian was the coolest set-up, had the best choice of dining options and was the most fun to explore.  The Lake of dreams at the Wynn is great for diner or a cocktail at one of the restaurants and the pool looked amazing when we saw it after the conference, but the rest of the hotel was just alright.  Maybe I was expeting more.

More on our trip later including our the meal and show, the conference and some of the new trends in weddings, how the midwest difers fromt he rest of the nation when it comes from weddings.





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