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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

5 Tips for the Newly Engaged

You are engaged!  Where do you begin????  We have five details we want to share.

Photo credit to Nathaniel Edmonds Photography

1.  Select your venue.  Make sure to visit (try to visit at the time you will be having the reception) and ask others that have attended events there their experience too. Consider your guest count, parking, accessibility.  Always make sure to read the contract carefully so that you don’t have any “surprises” later with food, drink and times.

2. Go shopping!!! Your wedding dress will be a highlight and make sure to enjoy every minute of your shopping excursions.  Make sure to take heels that will be similar to the height you will be wearing + your mom+ grandma and maid of honor.  Too many more people and you won’t ever be able to decide on THE DRESS.

Photo Credit to Dixon Digital Photography

3. Subscribe to a wedding magazine or two or three and read a good book.  We love Bride Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings. Make sure to purchase, Wedding Planning for Dummies, 3rd edition. Kim King Smith is the technical editor and has made sure all the DETAILS are outlined for your special day.

4. Select a theme for the wedding; even if you are the only one to know it.  This will keep you focused, it’s  your path to “Happily Ever After”.

Photo Credit to Kim King Smith Events

5. Choose a photographer and select your Save the Dates.  FYI the Save The Date photographer does not have to be the Wedding Photographer.  Make sure to go somewhere you love, bring your pup and have a really good time.  Not sure about the Save the Dates? Ask us.  We will help you create something wonderful and personal to let all of your friends know about the BIG DAY.

Photo Credit to Morgan Matters Photography

Have fun along the way!  It’s a special time, enjoy every moment!

Wedding Wire Recognizes Us As Top 5% In Nation

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU              We can’t thank you all enough!

Wedding Wire, one of the best media resources for Brides and Grooms in the nation,  just contacted us.

 We have received  2014 Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award!!!

This award recognizes us as one of the TOP 5% Wedding Professionals nationwide.

WOW, we are very humbled and very excited.  THANK YOU to all of our clients for allowing us to be a part of your wedding planning.

We loved every minute of it and can’t wait for more in 2014! 

 

Love,

Kim

Just Announced: Color of the Year 2014

 

Pantone has just announced the color of the year for 2014. We have anxiously been awaiting this announcement.  Each year, it is so much fun to see what the color will be.  This year it is a hue of purple and we love it!!! (of course)

Did you know that purple is considered a neutral?  It has warm AND cool tones which make it a very compatible color partner.  The new color is soft, but yet powerful enough to stand alone.  What colors will you pair it with?  Make sure to let us know.

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

  • PANTONE      17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE      17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE      18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE      15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE      14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE      18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE      19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE      13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE      15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE      17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE      14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE      19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE      17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE      15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

Photo and Credits:  http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/photos/pantone-reveals-color-2014-pantone-photo-050100891.html, http://brides.prestonbailey.com/2014/01/01/new-years-orchid-centerpieces

Love,

Kim

 

Tips for a Great Toast

Cheers!!

  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

Cheers,

Kim

Wedding Tips: Make Your Wedding Planning Less Stressful and More Fun

 

 

 

Stress Free Wedding Planning TipsWedding planning can be both exciting and stressful. There are a couple of things to help you through the stresses that come along with planning for your big day; hire a wedding planner (come on, you knew we had to throw that in there!), pour yourself  a large glass of wine, and  follow these simple tips:

  1. Get organized from the very beginning.  Create a binder with tabs that organize your favorite ceremony sites, reception venues, floral ideas, color palette, and inspirations.
  2. Limit your influencers. Keep your wants as well as your grooms as a priority. Everyone will freely give you their opinion but remember, this day is for you and your groom.
  3. Plan! Once you’ve set the date make a To- Do- List for each month; accomplishing a little at a time and not leaving everything for your last few months to plan.
  4. Take time to breathe! No doubt wedding planning can be overwhelming but this time will only happen once so take the time to reflect and enjoy it.

Have questions? Tweet @KKSEvents and Facebook us!

XOXO,

Kathleen

 

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Wedding Planning For Dummies: Kim King Smith named Technical Editor for 3rd Edition

The secret is out and we are thrilled to announce that Kim King Smith, Indiana’s only Accredited Bridal Consultant  has been named the official Professional Technical Editor for the New 3rd Edition of Wedding Planning for Dummies!! This newest edition, with over 20% new material will be available November 27, 2012.  Kim King Smith has distinguished herself, worldwide, as a member of an elite panel of experts for this project, including

Kim King Smith Events announces Wiley Publishers release November 27, 2012

world known celebrity wedding planner and publisher of Lucky Magazine, Marcy Blum.

Wiley Publishing  has made this new edition the best and most sought after for Brides.

Kim King Smith has been working directly with the publishers for months  reviewing the material and adding additional information to make Wedding Planning for Dummies the BEST publication of its kind!   Millions of readers will be reading the wedding planning tips and following the experienced advice in making their wedding planning easy and fun.

If you are planning a wedding or are interested in the wedding planning industry, this book is a MUST.  The publishers have included new material that you will want to know and read about.  The edition will be for brides and budgets with all ranges.  The new edition is available now  at Barnes and Noble   Amazon and many other locations worldwide.

Make sure to get your copy early, since this is such a popular publication and a great read.  Please let Kim know how you like it.  We hope you LOVE it!

Here are some tips to make your wedding easy planning.

 

1.  Don’t over invite.  Keep the numbers manageable for your budget and for your venue.  Remember that each guest will cost you in food and beverage as well as decor, rentals and favors.

2.  Personalize your wedding.  Find and share elements that make the wedding about you as a couple and not everything that is in social media.

3. Be creative.  Yes, you can stay within your budget and have many wow elements.

4. Prioritize the most important details and sacrifice the least important.

5. Enjoy the event and invest in a professional that can coordinate at least the weekend while you and your family enjoy the celebration.

For more tips and information, become a Facebook Fan of Kim King Smith Events and learn valuable information on wedding planning and entertaining.

 

by Kim

Fast Wedding Day Fixes: Keep Calm and Try to Carry On

Need a fast fix for your wedding day?  Here are some great suggestions we think you need to know.

Clear Nail Polish works wonders.

Reattach rhinestones and beads that may have fallen off your dress with clear nail polish. It can also stop stocking runs in their tracks.

Dryer sheets are for more than the dryer.

To keep hosiery from sticking to your dress, rub a damp used dryer sheet over them. Toss one in your luggage, just in case (it’ll freshen your clothes). If you don’t have one, run a wire hanger or a metal spoon over or under your dress.

White chalk isn’t just for your chalkboard.

White chalk will cover the stain on a white garment.

Vodka or Wine anyone?

Give your diamond a real cleaning and shining using vodka (yes, vodka!) and a toothbrush.

Red wine spill?  Quickly pour white wine on the stain to remove it.

Lip balm isn’t just great for your lips.

Zipper stuck? Lip balm or hand soap can loosen it.

Baby powder; the old stand by.

Baby powder is great for treating wedding-dress stains. Sprinkle on to absorb oil from spots, then brush off with a white cloth. It’s also useful for hiding the residue of wine and makeup stains after you’ve used stain-removal wipes.

How about a banana?

Use the inside of a banana peel to erase scuffs from your guy’s leather shoes. Then buff them to a shine with a paper towel

Whatever the situation, please….Keep Calm and Carry On!

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/231173/6-fast-fixes-your-destination-wedding/@center/272506/destination-weddings?xsc=eml_dwd_2012_06_04&om_rid=NsVlhG&om_mid=_BPzKNDB8jL-DKm#/276241  www.bellasugar.com/Wedding-Beauty-Bag-Essentials-8410299

 

By Kim

 

 

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!

 

 

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www.oncewed.com

www.zoeclarkcakes.com

http://cf.stylemepretty.com

www.pinterest.com

http://cupcakesandcashmere.com

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www.brides.com

www.marthastewartweddings.com

www.alvinavalenta.com

http://www.jlmcouture.com

By Melissa

10 Things to Do As Soon As You Get Engaged

Engagement season is about to be in full swing and lucky ladies everywhere will be showing off their shiny
new rock! This new life changing experience is only the start of what your
engagement  has to offer. Here are a few things that are on the “TO DO’                                      
list once he ‘puts a RING on it’!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Get a manicure! Your hand is about to be the main focus of hundreds of
photos and you don’t want to embarrass yourself with un kept nails. Zip into
your favorite salon and start soaking those fingers!

2. Set a Budget! Have a nice, sit down, chat at home, with whomever is
supporting your wedding- it could be you, your fiancé, his parents or yours.

A private family gathering is essential in the early stages so that everyone is
on the same path. The conversation may be awkward, but it needs to be addressed
before anything becomes planned.

3. Insure your ring! If your Love hasn’t done this already, make sure it is done immediately. The jeweler (where it was purchased) should have suggestions about certified insurers. Make sure you get an appraisal slip from your jewelerso the absolute replacement value can be determined.

4. Sign up for Sale Alerts! Your wedding dress is going to be a major purchase, but your accessories don’t need to be. Many
designers have major sales and throughout the year. Check out their sites and sign up.

5. Sign up for Pinterest!  Pinterest is the motherland of inspiration! You will be on this site for hours & gather so
many ideas! Majority of the ideas have step by step directions on how to create
the masterpieces. You will want to save (or pin) all of your favorites, from
your dress, to the cake, to favors, and creative keepsakes.

6. Talk $$$ with your Fiancée! Money is always an uncomfortable topic, but it needs to be done, so put on your big girl pants and
do it! You both will need to know all the logistics of combining bank accounts. Make sure you also discuss with your parents about CDs, trusts, or other important documents that may need to change or not change once you become man
& wife.

 7. Sign up for Trunk Show Alerts! Follow your local bridal
boutique on Facebook or Twitter to get all the latest info about an upcoming
sale or trunk show. This will allow you to see your favorite designer’s newest
creations straight off the runway.

 8. Chose a diet & STICK TO IT! If you plan to lose weight or tone up for your wedding and honeymoon, the worst thing you could do is crash diet at the last minute. If you want to lose more than 5 pounds, give yourself 9-12 months to do it. Pick a proven plan like Weight Watchers or JennyCraig. Ask your Fiancé to invest a few months of a personal trainer for just
you or as a couple.  Make a pact to get into shape together with a personal workout plan. Working out with your Fiancé allows
you to support each other even more and get healthy at the same time! If your Fiancé can’t find time, ask one of your bridesmaids.

 9. Pick a location! Whether it is selecting the city or the venue, the most
important decision needs to be determining the location of the wedding. This
may need to be something that you get everyone’s advice on; his family and
yours, as they will have an opinion.

10. Hire a planner! It doesn’t matter how organized you can be or how
creative you are, a planner will be your right hand person. As it gets closer
and closer to your day, a planner can help you with everything!  From the moment you get engaged, to your
wedding day, they can also assist you with developing a timeline and assist you
with weekend coordination. A planner will have many connections to venues and
vendors for your day. This will allow you to save time and expense plus
allowing everyone to sit back and enjoy the day without missing a precious
minute.

 

By: Molly