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Throwback Tuesday: Abby & Price’s Local Love Story

Abby & Price’s engagement was featured in our October 2018 issue. They’ve since been married, but we loved their submission so much, we knew we has to feature them as a #ThrowbackTuesday on our blog!  From Abby: It was mid September of 2016 when we met in an astronomy course at Wheaton College, a private […]

Throwback Tuesday: Ceres & Brad’s Local Love Story

Ceres and Brad were featured as one of the Local Love couples in our April 2019 Issue. Haven’t read their story? We’re featuring it here on the blog so you can check it out!  From Ceres:  “Do you know that feeling deep in your soul when you’ve never been more sure of a decision in […]

Throwback Tuesday – Bethany & Allyus’ Local Love Story

Bethany and Allyus are one of the amazing couples that were featured in our April 2019 issue. Most of the submissions we receive are from the bride’s perspective, so it was refreshing to feature a story from the groom’s point of view. We loved it so much that we just couldn’t resist sharing it on […]

Throwback Tuesday – Tayler & Blake’s Local Love Story

Tayler and Blake’s wedding was featured in January 2019. Enjoy this “blast from the past” blog post about their big day!  From Tayler:  Tayler and Blake met at HyVee grocery store in Quincy when Blake would bag Tayler’s family’s groceries every Sunday. They both attended Quincy High School but finally connected after one Sunday grocery […]

8 Ways Instagram Can Help You Plan Your Wedding

Pinterest has been the go-to app for wedding planning for almost a decade, but recently, Instagram has become an excellent tool to utilize when planning your big day, too. Here are 8 creative ways to utilize the app that you may not have thought of!  You can follow wedding magazines and blogs for inspiration. If […]

Planning A Budget-Friendly Wedding

We get it, planning a wedding is expensive. However, there are little things you can do along the way to save some dough. Here are our tips for planning a beautiful wedding on a budget!  Set a budget and stick to it. If you know how much you have to spend right off the bat, you […]

Bible Verses To Include In Your Wedding

More than anything, you want your wedding day to be a celebration of your love and a reflection of who you are. Many couples share a relationship that is centered around their faith. If your love of Christ plays an important role in your relationship, you might consider incorporating scripture into your big day. Here […]

Top Songs to Play at Your Wedding Reception

The pictures have been taken, the ceremony is over…now it’s time to party! We’re confident you’ve chosen an incredible DJ, but are you having trouble deciding what songs should be played at the celebration of a lifetime? Don’t fret! We’re here with our list of 100 songs that are guaranteed to have your guests dancing […]

Local Love – Elizabeth + Corban

Our August issue is full of love stories and engagements that will warm your heart. Elizabeth and Corban’s is one of our favorites…so much so that we wanted to share it with you on the blog!  From Elizabeth:  “I first met my husband, Corban at a bonfire in October of 2016. Sparks started to fly […]

Local Love: Ryan + Amy

  In every issue, we feature content submitted by local couples and wedding experts. This wedding was submitted by local event planner, Amy Deters. She planned Amy and Ryan’s beautiful wedding and their day went off without a hitch. Read their love story from the bride’s perspective. From Amy:  “The Beginning: I first met Ryan […]

Throwback Thursday: Halie & Drew’s Engagement

This week’s #TBT couple is Halie and Drew. Halie and Drew’s engagement was featured in our April 2019 issue. They were recently married, but we loved their engagement announcement so much, we just had to feature them in a Throwback Thursday post!  From Drew:  Do You Remember the 21 Night of September?   I asked […]

Throwback Thursday: Matt & Abby’s Engagement

Matt & Abby were featured in our October 2018 issue. They were engaged Summer 2018 and married this July! We hope you enjoy this blast from the past…we can’t wait to share their wedding story with you!  From Abby: Matt proposed to me at Disney World this past summer in front of Cinderella’s castle.  When […]

6 Reasons To Plan a Summer Wedding

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now it’s time to choose the wedding date. Weddings are beautiful in every season, but we’re here to tell you some of the best things about having a summer wedding.  You can take advantage of the gorgeous weather. Are you dreaming of sunset photos? Longing for an outdoor ceremony? Then summer is […]

Pros and Cons of Having Kids At Your Wedding

Creating a guest list is one of the most stressful elements of planning your wedding. You’ll be making a lot of difficult decisions, but deciding whether or not you want to invite children is one of the first you’ll need to make. Little ones can add an element of fun to the celebration, but they […]

15 Things To Do The Week Before Your Wedding

So, it's the week before your wedding. Your dress is ready, logistics are finalized, all that's left to do is say "I do!"...right? Wrong! All the last minute tasks you need to complete can add up and seem like a daunting list. However, we're here to help you get organized and ensure you don't miss [...]

How To Submit To QAB Magazine

Have you been recently married? Engaged? Do you have great marital advice to offer or an area of wedding expertise you’d be willing to share with your community through an article? Our publication would LOVE to feature you in an upcoming issue! Submitting to our magazine is quick and easy, but we’re here to break […]

8 Tips To Planning The Bachelorette Party of Her Dreams

So she’s got the ring…now it’s time for the last fling! Planning a Bachelorette party can be stressful, but think about it this way…the bride enlisted YOU as her most-trusted pal to plan the night of her dreams. We’re here to help you make the process as enjoyable as possible. We’re giving you our 8 […]

QAB’s Wedding Expo is Back!

QAB's Wedding Expo is back for the 5th year in a row! We are so excited to bring area vendors and local couples together again. Each year we try to make our show better. Here's what you can expect this year! {{ vc_btn: title=Register+to+attend%21&align=center& }} SPONSORED BY QUALITY INN AND SUITES! We only have 75 [...]

Should you BOOK your vendors AT our show?

Coming prepared to book on January 12th might be the best decision you've made since saying, "YES!" This is the only time you will see deals like this. Think of it like the "Black Friday Shopping" of weddings... only you don't have to wake up at 2am and climb a mountain of crazy shoppers to [...]

V.I.B. Lounge, Sponsored by Quality Inn and Suites

Entrance to our Wedding Expos is always free, but three years ago, we added a V.I.B. Lounge. This upgraded LIMITED ticket can be purchased when you register. It has been such a success that we have SOLD OUT each time. This is an exclusive, ticketed area of the expo that is well worth the price! [...]

QAB Cash is back!

QAB cash is the best thing to happen to our expo since the V.I.B. Lounge. (More info on that here!) Here’s HOW it works: First: We give you fake money (but it’s pretty) Then: You find vendors accepting it at our show (they will have signs) And Then: You give them our money INSTEAD of [...]

Our show is the BIGGEST in the area!

We are proud to host the BIGGEST SHOW IN THE TRI STATE AREA. And we have a few parameters we use to verify this statement. Let us count the ways... people Last year, over 1,000 people walked through the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy, IL to meet area vendors and to plan their weddings. vendors [...]

Bridal Garage Sale

BRIDAL GARAGE SALE Ever heard of a bridal garage sale? Well ours is back for the 5th year in a row! If you are interested in selling your gently used items, contact us here. There is NO FEE to hold a booth. We simply ask for 10% of your sales at the end of the [...]

Bridal Garage Sale: ADVICE FOR BUYERS

You might have heard that we are having a Bridal Garage Sale. Well… we are… and we are super excited! Here are a few tips from our team to help you make the most of your time at our expo on January 12th! If you haven’t registered to attend… be sure to do so here! […]

Bridal Garage Sale: ADVICE FOR SELLERS

Are you planning to sell wedding items on January 12th? Make sure you register to attend by filling out this form! You can also try our email, OR call, Don’t over-price! We have seen great items get hauled into our space and then hauled back out. When pricing your items, think about the following: How […]

Local Love • Prudence & Shobi

A final semester of college led to their love. Walking around on the same campus for years without even having a casual conversation, Prudence and Shobi began hanging out at the end of their senior year. They bonded immediately over many shared interests and shared friends. The two wed at the Star Theatre in Hannibal […]

Local Love • Deanna & Dan

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Local Love • Stevie & Adam

Stevi and Adam first met at Stevi’s high school graduation party. The two had their first date that summer — and the rest is, well, history. Dating long distance as Stevi pursued her degree, the two would drive four hours each weekend for five years!  A college graduation resulted in a whimsical trip to Chicago […]

20 Questions  • Regan Smith

Regan Smith, a Quincy native, lets us in on life after her big day. Featured in our Local Love section in Issue 11, get more of her story here!