Utah Valley Bride’s 2018 dress feature, “Seam Stealers,” includes 19 gowns. This vintage, modern dress by Harlow Brides was photographed at La Caille. (Photo by Kristina Curtis Photography)

Utah Valley Bride Editor Bri Stewart took a break from filling your Instagram feed with beautiful wedding images and perfectly planned puns to share her bride expertise with Spanish Fork’s “Studio Chatter” on Tuesday night.

“Utah has the best vendors in the world,” Stewart said. “Our wedding community is celebrated throughout the nation and the world.”

“Studio Chatter,” a talk show exclusive to Spanish Fork 17, invited “I-do” experts to share tips and trends before wedding season is in full swing. Stewart — who edits our website’s sister magazine, Utah Valley Bride — shared words of wisdom with brides-to-be.

1. Get a wedding planner

“I think automatically we price ourselves out of wedding planners, but honestly wedding planners offer a variety of services,” Stewart said.

Many wedding planners offer an array of services from planning the whole wedding to merely helping make sure the treat trays are filled the day of the wedding.

2. Engagement time period

Utahns are known for their speedy engagements, Stewart said. She recommends planning an engagement that lasts between four to six months in order to get all the planning done you need for a wedding.

3. Dressed in white

“Here comes the bride all dressed in white” isn’t necessarily a thing anymore. Stewart says a popular new trend is colored dresses. In the newest edition of Utah Valley Bride, a real-life cover bride wore a pale pink dress.

4. Yes capes

Capes are also a new popular trend that is a good alternative to veils, Stewart said.

“I’m thrilled with it, because who doesn’t want to be Wonder Woman?”

5. Pick a venue, any venue

From Thanksgiving Point to Sundance and beyond, Stewart said Utah was made for venues both indoors and outdoors.

“We’re so lucky here in Utah,” Stewart says. “I think of it with venues and with bridals. There are so many places. We have like 20 locations in one: we have the sand dunes, the Salt Flats, the red rocks, open fields, the mountains. You can get any backdrop that you like here in Utah.”

Hear more tips and tricks from Stewart in the video. Then for even more wedding tips for planning your Utah wedding, follow Utah Valley Bride on Instagram at @UtahValleyBride and visit the website at UtahValleyBride.com.

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