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Tips for a Great Toast


  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves…..Whether you are planning to give a toast or receive one.  Here is some great advice to guide you.

 1. Keep it brief.  Think of a toast as a miniature, one- to two- minute speech.  Because it is short and sweet, memorize your toast.  “Two big mistakes are that people read their toast and don’t make eye contact,” says Dr. Mardy Grothe, author of Viva la Repartee.  Nervous about blanking out? Use a note  card with bullet points, suggests Karen Bussen, author of the Simple Stunning Wedding series.


2. Look to others.  Turn to the honoree’s favorite author or singer for inspiration.  “If they  like Mark Twain, find a quote that speaks to the occasion,” Grothe says.


3. Rehearse.  Deliver your toast to a friend or into a tape recorder, especially if it’s an emotional toast.  “Heartfelt tears are wonderful, but not if folks can’t understand what you are saying,” Bussen says.


4. Be appropriate.  Stay sober- an alcohol-fueled toast can be longwinded and inappropriate.  Another no-no:  toasts that      become roasts, Grothe declares.  Humor is key, but consider the audience and avoid controversial remarks or sore subjects.


5. Ask everyone to raise a glass.  Make sure you are holding a drink too.


Information from USA Weekend Magazine, author Kelly Di Nardo



French Lick Resort Springs Wedding: Abbie + Derrick

Wedding team warming up for wedding!

Abbie's wedding bouquet

Abbie + Derrick on the French Lick Springs Resort after their "first look".


Kim King Smith with her son, Derrick and her husband, Mark.

Jessica, my lead designer, after being my wedding planner for the day!

Where do I begin?  The wedding planner’s son gets married 🙂  After coordinating many weddings, it was my turn to be the Mother of the Groom.  I enjoyed every minute and can’t thank my staff enough for helping me.

Abbie and Derrick’s wedding was a wonderful destination wedding at the beautiful French Lick Resorts, French Lick, Indiana. Both Abbie and Derrick are from Southern Indiana and wanted to be married there too.  French Lick was a perfect fit; offering a great weekend getaway, beautiful gardens and lots of activity. It was the perfect spring weekend and the Southern Indiana skies were sunny and bright blue; the same color as Abbie’s bridesmaid dresses.  The resort had lots of activity to offer the guests before and after the wedding.  The ceremony was planned in the gardens, a sudden rain shower caused a change of location plans. No problem for us!  A quick change of plans and the ceremony was held indoors overlooking the gardens.

It was so much fun hosting The Whipstitch Sallie’s Band.  This quartet of ladies played folksy, Americana bluegrass music during the ceremony and entertained at the cocktail hour. After the cocktail hour, guests were invited into the Windsor Ballroom for southern Indiana cuisine and lots of dancing.  The ballroom was detailed with custom linens in midnight, pewter and cornflower blue. Lots of silver accents and hydrangea adorned the tables.

We loved having the band, American Pie + “Mr. Emcee and Super DJ” Scott Evans there.  What a great entertainment combo for a non stop evening of fun and celebration. Thanks to Morgan Matters Photography, Dixon Digital Photography and Love’s Reel for capturing all the special moments and festivities.  It was an unforgettable weekend with a lot of special moments.





Is He Going to Propose?: Engagement Proposal Clues


Did you think that your boyfriend
would propose on Valentine’s Day?

Even though it’s come and gone, ladies, there is still hope!

Here are 6 signs that your man is about to pop the

1. He is extra helpful. Before proposing, he will start showing
interest in domestic things such as doing the dishes or going to Bed Bath and
Beyond to give his opinion on the newest home décor.

2. He seems boastful. Every man wants to be able to provide for their wife. Right before
the proposal he will not only brag about his capabilities, to ensure a” yes”
out of you, but also reassure himself of his decision.

3. He acts like you have just started dating. He is pulling out all the stops to “wow” you
right before the big question. Leaving you cute little notes, sending flowers
to work and surprising you with little gifts are just a few hints of

4. He becomes interested in your choice of gold or platinum. He knows your friends
will ask how he proposed, so he is finding out everything you’ve been thinking
to make it special. Every girl wants that absolutely amazing story about the
day they got engaged and how it occurred. He is concerned about the details.

5. Most of the time he is laid back but not recently. He becomes fidgety, even acting
rather nervous. He even exchanges secret conversations with your mother or best

6. Beware of a “romantic” walk, dinner at a certain restaurant or you being very punctual at
specific site.

By Kim and Andrea

Photo by Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

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Tie Up Your Search for Guys Gifts

I have to thank my friend Hans Gehrke from Chicago for his idea for this post.  He told me about this great site and product.  I just HAD to share.  These collegiate ties from Vineyard Vines  are just the right gift for the new student, the devoted alum or the sports fan.. Look no further!  These ties will make a huge statement as your favorite guy steps out.  What a win for you, the shopper, and for the lucky guy on your gift list!

Consider the college themed wedding too.  Wouldn’t it be great for the groomsmen to wear these and/or give them as a groomsmen’s gift?  The possibilities endless.

by Kim

Patiotic Garters Are Red Hot!

My assistant Kathleen, just discovered these great garters for a patriotic themed wedding.  They are created by Julianne Smith and have been seen on WE TV, The Today Show, Martha Stewart, Southern Weddings and more!

These could create a lot of fun and action for your Fourth of July or Patriotic themed wedding.  They are ready for delivery and begin at $42 each.  Go to for more info.  If the Fourth isn’t your theme, there are lots of others to select from.

Happy Fourth, Kim

Tie It All Up!

While bow ties weren’t high on the market for several years, they can now be seen on fashion runways, celebrities and young trend setters. Whether you’re going for a casual or more formal look, there are several designers that offer unique chic bow ties at affordable prices. Fabrics can vary from silk, velvet, wool or thick cotton; all of which are fitting for any occasion. For fun summer patterns, visit Randy Hanauer’s collection at  There you can find an endless source of charming elegant fabrics to create your perfect bow tie.  If you’re going for a basic or solid bow tie, take a look at David Donahue’s traditional black silk bow tie at

R. Hanauer’s woven bow tie will make any groomsmen look sophisticated and sharp.

R. Hanauer’s combo bow tie incorporates various patterns like stripes, dots or solid colors to create a fun fresh look.

David Donahue’s traditional black silk bow tie can be found at any Nordstrom store.

By Laura