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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!



Meet Our Interns: Samantha

Hi! My name is Samantha Russey. I currently attending Indiana University. I am majoring in Business Management through the Kelley School of Business.

I wanted this internship, with Kim King Smith Events, because I really enjoy event planning.  I was very eager to learn the ins and outs of this industry. I hope to gain experience in effectively communicating with vendors and clients, how to prioritize what aspects need to be done and when, and how to handle planning multiple events at one time.  I have high aspirations for this internship, and know that I will come out of this experience more knowledgeable about event planning!

I am really excited to be able to assist clients with their events and help them make lifetime memories.

by Samantha




Escort Card vs Place Card

Escort Card: A small card  with the name of the guest on it, placed on a table,  to tell the guest which table they will be seated at.

Place Card:  A small card with the name of a guest on it, placed on the table, to indicate where he or she is to sit.

Which will you use? Know the difference and use the card that best suits your wedding needs.

Proper labeling:  After you have decided, here are ways to address and label them properly.  For a single guest and their date, Mr. John Jamison and guest. For a married couple, Dr. and Mrs. William Hartman, for a single guest, Ms. Megan Jones.  Note that you do not need an escort card for each guest.  You will need a place card for each guest.  Dietary restriction may be flagged with a logo, monogram or color; usually near the right hand corner.

We love that Brides use these cards to assign guests to specific seats.  The escort card gives the guest a place to sit and usually with others that they know and will love to share the evening with.  It is also a great way to designate and alert wait staff of any guest having a special dietary restriction.

Escort cards don’t have to be to be a “card” and they certainly don’t have to be lined up like soldiers in little straight rows.  We love adding personalization to the cards and even using unexpected elements in place of a place card.  Whether you have a dramatic floral design or a fun decor accent on your table, guests will appreciate a little direction and having a space reserved especially for them.  Which do you prefer?

By Kim

NYC Store Arrives: Henri Bendl in Chicago!

The newest arrival of fashion on Michigan Avenue is now NY based and acclaimed Henri Bendl.  Henri Bendl is a store founded for fashion and fun.  We loved visitng with Joshua Graham one of the store’s stylists.  He explained the signature pieces, the branding, the crystals and the service to us, all while we tried on bangle after bangle, c tiger striped crystal earrings and a few hand bags.  After our purchases were secured, we lwere wowed at seeing it wrapped in the chocolate and white striped packaging and grosgrain ribbons embellished with white polka dots.  Fun, fashion and fresh!  All of our words for Bendl.

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By Kim

Wedding Planner Magazine

“Be the Driving Force for Tented Success” is the title of our feature article published in Wedding Planner Magazine, for the May/June 2012 issue.  We thank the Association of Bridal Consultants for asking us to write this article for their national wedding publication and we thank our many friends who contributed information and pictures. 

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Kimberly “Conley” Denning

Our Bride and Groom, Kimberly and Anthony Denning could not have chosen a better
day to express their love; Their October wedding day was a perfect Autumn  day with just
the lots of sun and bursts of blue skies. ……At last!

They both had a distinct vision of what they
wanted and we provided it!    Anthony and Kimberly chose a “Fall Sunset” theme with beautiful jewel tones of magenta, amber, coral and plums.

The former military couple met at their sons ballgames. Soon, Anthony became a “winner” with Kimberly.  Next,  they became engaged and the wedding planning began! After months of planning each detail, their big day finally arrived. What a wonderful group of people to work with! As family and friends gathered together to witness Kimberly and Anthony exchange their vows at University United Methodist Church we were fortunate enough to meet them all and enjoy their many talents.  Anthony’s brother, Josh Denning, tours the world as a vocalist and gave an amazing rendition of . Julliard trained keyboardist Dr. Virginia Jefferson  and her daughter, NYC entertainment attorney, Ms. Virginia Jefferson offered the ceremony music.

We will NEVER forget Kimberly coming down the aisle to “At Last”.  All eyes were on the bride as she walked through the thousands of rose petals, making her way to the altar.

After the ceremony, guests travelled to the Embassy Suites for the reception.  The  ballroom at the Embassy Suites North was filled with hundreds of different shaped colored vases in the Bride’s palette of  magenta, amber, plum, and gold.  Kimberly ventured all over Indy to collect the unique and colorful vases that  accented the tables. Each of the vases was unique in size and shape- allowing for her vision of a spectacular  sunset look.  We loved the accents of custom eggplant linens, gold chargers and colored votives glowing throughout the evening.

The dance floor was never empty and once Kimberly changed into her lighter, ’dance ready’ dress, she was in step doing the Electric Slide
with her minister.  Dr. Moore’s smooth moves  captured everyone on the dance floor, as they followed him step by step- Electric Sliding.

Kimberly, a former US Army Police Officer and her husband,Anthony a former US Air Force Dental Hygienist share a love for good food , and travel.  Their goal is to explore the globe together. They are looking forward to travelling all around the world in the upcoming years.

Kimberly and Anthony were married- “At Last”


Coordination: Kim King Smith, Kim King Smith Events, llc

Photography: Tony Valainis Photography

Floral: Jim Sims, Kim King Smith Events Floral Division

Venue: Embassy Suites North Hotel

Church: University United Methodist Church

Emcee: Mr. Smooth, Jerry Wade DJ Service

Cake: Parcha Sweets

Makeup:  Make up by Sparkle 

Linens: Party Time Rentals

Wedding Gown:  Bridal Superstore, Dayton, Ohio



Mr. and Mrs. Knapp at the Bridgewater

The Bridgewater Club, Carmel, was the setting of the intimate and beautiful wedding of Adam and Brittny (Galloway) Knapp. We loved the privilege of being able to share this very special day with them. The ceremony was held on the pavilion in the tent while the reception was hosted in the grand ballroom. Candlelight, celebration, dining and dancing all made this a very special moment.

Brittny was gorgeous!

Fall’s Best Beauty: Day Nine Mono-Chromatic Makeup

For the last day of our Fall Beauty Trends, we decided to make it an easy one. Have an area in your life that you need to simplify? Here’s how to do that with your makeup. By using one warm shade that compliments your skin tone, you will perfect an overall glow. Highlighting features with different hues of toffee, chocolate and caramel will pull your entire look together. Check out MAC Cosmetics for a wide range of lipsticks, eye shadows, blushes and foundations to create the perfect mono-chromatic palate for you.

Thank you to MAC Cosmetics for these chic makeup looks, products and images.

Fall’s Best Beauty

The Trendsetting Team here at Kim King Smith Events just had to let you all in on the latest beauty trends for this fall.  Our friends at InStyle magazine just published their August 2011 issue (with the always-fabulous Katie Holmes on the cover) and it is full of fresh looks. These trends will make the fall season bright and beautiful.  The staff here at Kim King Smith Events was ecstatic to get a sneak peak at these new fashion do’s and we will be featuring our favorites right here for the next few posts.  Check back for a new trend every day!

Thanks to our friends at InStyle Magazine for the sneak peak.  Thank you to Ralph Lauren for these gorgeous designs and images.

Shoes That Could Make People Look Up to You

A New Fall Fashion Statement

Our friends at Barney’s New York just sent me a picture of some shoes I had to share with you.  As you all know, I love shoes.  This time, Alexander Wang has really set the bar high with this pair.  I love the rich ebony leather and the platform included for “comfort”.  Wouldn’t these look great with about anything and anywhere?  What are your favorite shoes and why?