By: Tyler Bishop

The city of St. Louis is filled with it’s own culture. Those who grew up in the area understand the nuances of this dynamic as they share commonality and address each other with questions such as; where did you go to high school, and what’s your favorite italian place? But what does it look like when these people from St. Louis get married? If a people embody their culture, how do St. Lousian’s reflect their culture in ceremonies, receptions, and celebration? Today we are going to look at three things that are indicative of a St. Louis wedding.

  1. St. Louis weddings are thrifty:

    According to CostOfAWedding.com, St. Louis couples spend far less on weddings than the national average. While living costs and wedding event costs are slightly more affordable in the area, there is no doubt that St Louis natives know how to extract some big bang for their buck.

    The demographic in St. Louis is also consistent with the national average as well. This tells us that those getting married in St. Louis aren’t just less well off than the rest of the country, they simply spend less. You could argue that those planning a wedding should glean a few tips from St. Louis folks if they want to save a few bucks. As it stands, St. Louis brides and grooms just know how to come in under budget I suppose.

    “Couples that live in or travel to Saint Louis City, MO spend between $12,722 and $21,203 on average for their wedding. However, most couples spend less than $10,000… On average, US couples spend $25,656 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $19,242 and $32,070. This does not include cost for a honeymoon.” – CostOfAWedding.com

  2. St Louis weddings are close and personal:

    The average St. Louis wedding contains between 147-157 guests, according to The Wedding Report. The national average is closer to 187. Perhaps there is an easy correlation we can draw upon between the cost of the wedding and the number of guests. St Louis brides and grooms enjoy a simple, personal, and affordable wedding, makes sense. Again, the demographics are similar to those across the nation, so we can largely attribute much of this to a cultural dynamic in “The Lou”.

    The culture of shared experiences and attitudes in St. Louis make sit very interesting that many brides and grooms would select a smaller more personal experience for their big day. However, one could also make the leap that relationships are exceedingly important in this sort of climate, and that something that is smaller and more personable could make the experience more memorable as well.

  3. St Louis weddings are early:

    Perhaps this is a no brainer. St. Louis’ peak months for weddings are April and May, compared to June and July in most other environments, according to SoundVision.com and TheKnot.com. Anyone who has sat outside on a June or July day in St. Louis knows that the heat and humidity can be brutal. It’s no surprise that many brides forgo signing up for an exhaustive photo shoot or ceremony exposed in that kind of heat for a date that could be a little cooler in an earlier month.

    While not all weddings or photo shoots will take place outside, it’s hard to escape the transfer from building to building on an action packed wedding day. For those that have walked out the door on a 95 degree, high humidity day here in the Midwest, you’ll remember that it doesn’t take long for the hot thick air to start sticking to everything. Brides and Grooms alike in St. Louis likely take this into account when booking their big day.

When considering everything together, you get a nice picture of the typical St. Louis wedding. A typical St. Louis wedding strongly reflects the St Louisian we’ve all come to know. They appreciate strong personal relationships, enjoy a simple and timeless atmosphere, and enjoy the comforts of the Midwest environment. It’s a perfect mix to describe life in “The Lou”.

For more information on planning and developing the perfect St. Louis wedding contact the crew at Barnett on Washington, one of St. Louis top wedding venues, for more information. Use the contact form below, and we will respond the same day.

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