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Fun Wedding Departures: What will your exit be?

Thanks to our fabulous photographers Brooke Photography, Morgan Matters, Jesse Daniels, Tall Trees, The Studio, Megelaine, and Brittany Davis

Throughout your wedding planning you have envisioned making sure to WOW your guests with your invitations, décor, linens, cocktails, dinner and entertainment.  Each element of your wedding or event sets a tone and excites your guests about being part of the experience.

Have you ever thought about the party ending?  What about the departure?  Would you like to make it as memorable as the entry into your ballroom?  Ceremony or reception, your departure will leave a happy memory for you and guests.

Don’t overlook the wedding departure.  It can be fun and fabulous!  What better experience than to leave your guests with another unexpected, happy and exciting moment?  We have offered some images of past weddings that we hope will WOW you and give you the inspiration you may need to create your very own Grand Departure.  Make sure to let us know what you decide.

Happy planning!

Love,

Kim

Bridal Show Advice

The Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show

 

This is one of the BEST TIMES of your life.  You are so excited about being engaged and all the upcoming planning of your wedding.  Chances are your wedding may be THE biggest event you ever plan.  We’re here to help with some advice on attending Bridal Shows.

Bridal Shows are a very helpful tool in planning your wedding.  They familiarize you with many different services and vendors.  You’ll be able to see a wide range of talent and service menus.

Here are some tips that we suggest when attending shows.

1.  Get your discount tickets prior to the show.

2. Arrive early.  It’s always best to be one of the very first there.  The vendors are fresh, there should be several giveaways and there’s lots of time to ask questions.

3.  Eat something healthy prior to arriving.  You’ll be sampling wedding cake, hors d oeuvres and favors all day. Who can resist wedding cake?????

4. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  This excursion could take several hours.  Make sure you feel great and are able to move easily amongst the different areas the venue may provide. Take a bottled water.  You’ll be glad you did.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Vendors are prepared to answer your many questions and help you.  Don’t be afraid to ask if there are any “show specials” or coupons to use too.

6. Take the groom, your mom and/or your maid of honor too.  This is a fun time and it will be valuable to share opinions.

6.  Take a close look at the vendors booths and their preparations.  This is a detailed industry and you’ll want to work with individuals that really know how to make details work and give a great presentation

7. Print out a sheet of return address labels for drawings.  This will eliminate a lot of sign up time. There will be drawings and sign ups.  You’ll be able to breeze through them.

8. Bring a pad to take notes and a big bag for your goodies, you’ll be glad you did.

9. Don’t set a time limit on the day.

10.  Enjoy this experience and have FUN!

If you have any questions or worries, please contact us.  We are always happy to hear from you.

 

Love,

Kim

Hiring A Wedding Officiate

Here are some great tips from one of our best resources www.marthastewartweddings.com

For a Religious Ceremony
Any clergy person who officiates will want the couple’s interests to be deep-seated and to extend beyond the architecture of the church. If the couple practices the same religion and are members of a church or synagogue, then the choice of officiate is probably clear. Someone who is not a member of a church or synagogue can find a clergy person by calling local churches and a religion’s national headquarters for referrals.

What to Ask
During the first meeting with a religious officiate, start by asking questions about his or her approach to the service and what the ceremony will entail — whether there will be a speech or a sermon, and whether the couple can offer input on the subject. Should the couple choose to add some personal touches to the ceremony, such as writing their own vows, they can ask the officiate for suggestions and advice.

Religious Officiate Budget
If either the bride or groom is a member of the congregation, the couple may not need to pay a fee to be married by a clergy person. It is appropriate, however, to give him or her a gift of appreciation and gratitude. For nonmembers, the fee for a religious officiate can range from $100 to $250, especially if there are prenuptial meetings. Payment is expected for all of the officiate’s travel expenses. Sometimes the fee for having the wedding at a house of worship is taken in the form of a donation, which can range from $50 to $1,000. It is customary for the best man to hand over the payment immediately after the ceremony.

For an Interfaith Marriage
Not too long ago, it was nearly impossible to find an ordained officiate to perform an interfaith ceremony. Today, although there are some hurdles, the climate for an interfaith ceremony is much warmer. Many clergy will perform this type of ceremony alone, or with an officiate of another faith. Couples who are met with resistance from within their own religions can turn to a third, more liberal religion, such as the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is supportive of interfaith marriages across any lines, regardless of whether the bride or groom is a member of its church. Some couples choose to celebrate their vows in the tradition of both religions and have two ceremonies, in which case only the date of one and one signature will appear on the official wedding certificate.

For a Civil Ceremony
A nonreligious ceremony can be just as expressive as a religious one. If it has been cleared with the officiate, the couple may write their own vows and incorporate readings, music, and themes into the ceremony. Exactly who qualifies to be a certified officiate varies from state to state, so be sure to check with the local marriage-license bureau for its rules. Some government officials may perform weddings outside government offices, but the rules for this also vary widely, so check with the local government to find out what is permissible.

Civil OfficiateBudget
The cost of having a judge, a county clerk, or another government official perform the ceremony depends on the locality. The fee may vary if the officiate goes to the site, or if the ceremony takes place at a city hall. As for a religious service, it is customary for the best man to hand over payment after the ceremony.

Please contact us for more information on how we may help you.

By Kim

Anthropologie’s New Bridal Salon: BHLDN

BLHDN

Kim and I had the opportunity to visit Anthropolgie’s new bridal store, BLHDN in Chicago this week. BLHDN pronounced Beholden, means “to keep” in dutch. The store itself was stunning and set a very classy, yet unique image.  It is only the second location in the entire nation.

Kim King Smith and I really enjoyed seeing all of the stylish, very detailed gowns they had. There were gowns ranging from $600- $6000 in all different styles, including bridal and reception seperates which were gorgeous as well.  For those Anthropolgie fans out there, you will fall in love with all they have to offer. Not only do they have unique bridal gowns but also hair accessories, jewelry, shoes, gifts,and bowties.  You’ll even want to pack a few of their things for may want for your honeymoon, including lingerie.  If you’re in the Windy City any time soon, make sure to put BLHDN on your list of places to visit! You wont regret it! It’s on our list!

By Andrea

 

http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/blog/bhldn-has-been-officially-unveiled

http://chicago.racked.com/archives/2012/02/13/bhldn-opens-tomorrow-this-is-what-it-looks-like.php

Lace is the Look

 

The runway report is in and lace is the new look! Its intricate beauty has captivated queens and starlets since Queen Victoria, and today it
is making a classy comeback with modern cuts and details. If you are looking for something very romantic and soft, lace is a beautiful material for a timeless wedding. It is ultrafeminine, classic, and romantic. Interested in adding a one of a kind detail to your dress? Lace capelets have the look of old Hollywood glam and can be wornover a lace gown. This little added coverage over a strapless gown is a greatvintage or two-in-one look, especially if you are on a budget! Lace is atimeless material, and some go so far as to makelace the theme of their decor. Check out some of these lace accents!

 

 

Credits to

www.oncewed.com

www.zoeclarkcakes.com

http://cf.stylemepretty.com

www.pinterest.com

http://cupcakesandcashmere.com

www.stylemepretty.com

www.brides.com

www.marthastewartweddings.com

www.alvinavalenta.com

http://www.jlmcouture.com

By Melissa

IU Auditorium Wedding

Bloomington is definitely at the top of the list for weddings.  Of course we are prejudice to Indiana University with its beautiful trees, historic limestone, sprawling campus and romantic coveys.  We were thrilled to be able to assist our  couple, Amy and Dan with their Bloomington Wedding.   Amy and Dan are a Chicago couple with Indiana roots and wanted to return to one of their mutual loves, Indiana University, for the biggest day of their lives.

The ceremony took place at the First Presbyterian Church, a historic limestoned building tucked behind Kirkwood Avenue.  The golden hues and beautiful stained glass were the perfect parallel for Amy’s florals and bridesmaid’s gowns.

Indiana University Auditorium was the location for the reception and celebration!  We loved that guests were able to mingle amidst the Auditorium’s rocky gardens for the cocktail hour and then gather in the Auditorium for dinner and dancing to the Flying Toasters Band.

Our floral division, Kim King Smith Events Floral Design, created all of the florals for the tables. We designed the room with the Bride’s chosen shades of buttercup.  The crisp white linens with  shimmering platinum accents were a perfect partner.

Romance, celebration and joy; all in the heart of Bloomington!

Thank you to:

Coordination:  Kim King Smith, Kim King Smith Events www.kimkingsmithevents.com

Floral:  Jim Sims, Kim King Smith Events Floral Division www.kimkingsmithevents.com

Photography: James Root, Condon+Root  www.condonandroot.com

Church:  First Presbyterian Church www.tpcbloomington.org

Venue:  Indiana University Auditorium www.iuauditorium.com

Linens:  BBJ Linens www.bbjlinen.com

Catering:  Thomas Catering www.thomascaterer.com

Band:  The Flying Toasters Band www.theflyingtoasters.com

Stationery:  Lemonseed and Co www.lemonseedandco.com

Acoustic Guitar: Albert Nolting  www.facebook.com/pages/AlbertNolting/135998549773890

We Have Been Published In Style Me Pretty

We are thrilled to receive word that we have been published in Style Me Pretty www.stylemepretty.com .  Our Chicago Style Wedding was something we loved and wanted to share with others.  Our couple had Chicago ties that we incorporated in the wedding to bring Chicago to Indy. Go to the link and see our wonderful pictures! http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/04/01/chicago-inspired-indianapolis-wedding-from-kim-king-smith-events/

Special thanks to our wonderful bride and groom and their precious families!  What a joy to work with them and get to share in such a special day.  It was an honor and a pleasure!

Special thanks to all of our fabulous professional wedding team.  We couldn’t do it without a great team.  Thanks to   Ashlee Addison Photography www.ashleeaddisonphotography.com, Evans Audiovisual www.evansav.com, Encore Desserts  www.encoredessertsandmore.com, JP Parker Flower Company www.jpparkerco.com, Miller Transportation  www.millertransportation.com, Thomas Caterers www.thomascaterers.com, The Scottish Rite Cathedral www.aasr-indy.org, The Fudge Pot, Chicago,  Party Time Sound www.partytimesound.com Salon 01 www.salon01.com The Sheraton City Centre www.sheraton.com

Kim