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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

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

The Wedding and Events Tasting: Thomas Caterers

Where do we even begin? Thomas Caterers of Distinction, you completely outdid yourselves. The food, ( there’s no other word) ROCKED. The presentation, AMAZING. The creativity, IS THIS A DREAM?

Kelly, Vince and staff, you knocked it out of the park!!

The Annual Tasting took place this spring at their event space, D’Amore.   We had the privilege of being a guest and had a great time.

From the spiked orange soda served in mini coke bottles, to literally retrieving my hummus trio from a wall, and being served a personal cheeseburger pizza by a slide- it was an amazing start to a wonderful evening.

After countless appetizers and cocktails we got down to business, dinner and dessert. Dinner was great, delicious in fact, but what really had our attention was dessert. Surprised? Didn’t think so, but don’t think you have it figured out just yet! Thomas Catering was full of surprises and the dessert was one of them. We had dessert, served breakfast style. We’re talking cocoa Cheerios partnered with a Godiva liquor infused milk. Bet you didn’t see that coming! Could you imagine serving this to your guests as a late night snack? They would love it. We’re talking L.O.V.E.

We can’t even begin to hit on every single highlight of the night although we could, and you would probably stop ready by page five. There were so many great selections and surprises throughout the entire evening. Seriously, you blew our minds! So we’ll just let the picture take it from here.

Enjoy these beautiful pictures by photographer on site, Erin Hession or Indy Visual.  The beautiful lighting and AV were provided by Evans AV.

Weren’t we lucky???

Thomas Caterers, from every last one of our taste buds, thank you!

XOXO,

Kathleen and Kim

Individual Style: Advice for the Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom and You

 

        

Celine Bag                                                                Lorraine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I I had the privilege to meet with my friend and stylist, Lorraine Winkler, recently.  Loraine has been a stylist and couture manager for Jacobson’s, Saks 5th Avenue and now Nordstrom.  She assists a vast amount of clients that are busy, professional and all with various styles.  Working with individuals for special occasions and events is one of her many fortes.

I asked Lorraine to give us an inside scoop on fashion and timeless style. She is the “go to” lady and may be reached at the Nordstrom in Naples, Florida at 239.325.6100. The beauty about working with Lorraine is that you can live anywhere in the world, shop with her by phone or email, get free shipping and be delighted!

First, we spoke about Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom.  Lorraine feels there are two very important strategies here.

1.  Get a dress you can wear again and do not upstage the bride.  When looking for your dress, it is best to go directly to the store’s personal shopper or stylist.  They always provide a complimentary service and know the store like the back of their hand.  Let them know your price point.  Don’t hedge, tell them!

2.  Determine what your priority is.  Do you want to go all out on the dress, the  shoes, the handbag or all of the above?

Lorraine feels some great designers are Adrianna Pappel, Suzy Wong Chinn, Marchesa, Badgley Mischka, Akris Panto, Reem Acra. Kay Unger and Vera Wang.  The average couture gown will be $2,500 while non couture could be $300.  One point to remember is that you do NOT have to match the colors of the bride’s colors in your dress, unless you want too.  Fashion colors this year lean toward dusty rose (Jessica’s, our lead designer that just got married wedding palette) and sapphire blue (Abbie’s, my son’s fiancée and now new wife, wedding’s palette). An example, Abbie’s colors were cornflower blue, powder blue and silver.  I wore coral.  I chose coral because it is a good shade to go with my coloring and complimented Abbie’s blue.  Abbie’s mom wore a silver grey and looked fabulous. Jessica’s mom wore navy that is a great neutral and looked great with Jessica’s wedding colors.

When you get your dress, go ahead and purchase the shoes and handbag too.  Complete the entire ensemble, instead of procrastinating.  For shoes you have one question: comfort or style????  Remember, you will have to wear them for a three hour minimum.  For couture it is hands dowon Jimmy Choo, Prada or Manola Blahnik.  Lorraine had a recent client that paid $198 for her dress, $700 for her Prada shoes.  Other shoes with a smaller price point would be J Renee, Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, Nine West.  It is totally up to you on where you will go….A nice clutch and nice earrings will complete your FABULOUS look.

I asked about tips for investment clothing too.  I really feel and have learned that buying 10 $9.99 shirts is not the “steal” that buying one good shirt is. My experience has been that I wear one investment piece far more times than a “bargain”.  Lorraine agrees, go for what you feel confident in and look great in.  Most of the time it isn’t going to be on the clearance rack. Look in your closet and look at what you repeatedly wear vs. your bargains……..Need we say more?

Don’t over accessorize.  If you love that statement necklace, don’t wear 10,000 bangles stacked. No fads on shoes either. Remember comfort, especially when you need to wear your shoes all day.  Always possess a  neutral colored shoe.  We think nude is a great investment along with navy and black.

Here are some of Lorraine’s insights: Choose one of spring/summer’s bright colors in a skirt or dress with a nude shoe will lengthen the leg. Print always will make you look heavier, whether it is a swimsuit, dress or pant. A printed top with a solid colored skirt or pant looks better.  Print will look better on a smaller frame too.  Black is always the “go to” color. It is timeless, just don’t overdo it. Your best investment colors are white, navy, black, grey and khaki, she claims.

For handbags, go with one you love! Go with one that will make you feel great and will work with a lot of your wardrobe.  Kid leather is softer and can tear compared to caviar leather (Chanel’s) or canvas (Louis Vuitton’s handbag fabric).  Think also about getting a handbag insert that holds all of your “goods” and can be removed quickly from one handbag to the next; making it easy to use ALL of your handbags, instead of the favorite few repeats. One of our favorites handbag inserts may be purchased at ETC for the Home in Bloomington. I purchased one there and use all of my handbags now….finally!  Lorraine’s favorite bags is the Chanel Grand Shopper.  Yes, this is an investment, but  you could carry it every day for 20 years and never go wrong.  Michael Kors, Valentino, Tory Burch and Coach are other bags Lorraine likes. Inside scoop: Celine is the newest couture bag that Lorraine claims EVERYONE wants. We’ve pictured the Trapeze style.

Remember, you always hear it here first!  We love fashion and we love you!  Make sure to let us know about your favorites too!

xoxo

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

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