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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

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

 

 

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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Glow Stones are Gorgeous!

Want a WOW FACTOR for the entry of your next fabulous event?  Use glow stones.  These little stones are a tremendous way to add impact and wow to any entry or exit.  Set a tone for your event as guests arrive with this magical path.  These pebbles are non-toxic, photo-luminescent and waterproof. Just expose them to a light for 10 minutes, and they will illuminate for up to 12 hours. (No electricity required.) Mix them with pavement or gravel for a stunning surprise.

Wow, wow, wow!

We can’t wait to use them!

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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!

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By Kim

 

 

Mason Jars Fun Decor for Your Wedding or Event

Different uses for Mason Jars at your wedding

Vintage styling is very popular today among clothing and accessories, but it is especially characterized for country inspired weddings. There are many ways you can decorate your venue and reception with unique items, such as Mason Jars, barn wood, old iron works, fencing and containers.  The Mason jar is so popular and has a lot of uses.  Did you know that Mason jars were invented by John Mason to improve the process for preserving and canning food?  Your grandmother’s food, as a child, was probably prepared in a Mason jar.

Today, they are used as decoration, and make for very unique, cute décor for many brides. Whether you use 10 or 100, they add a nice DIY (do it yourself) look that fits perfectly into a vintage/ rustic theme wedding.  Here are some great ways to use them:

By Andrea

 

Vases

Drinking Glasses

Candle holders

Table numbers

Centerpieces for tables

Décor

Hanging Mason jar candle holders

Pew markers

 

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

Thinking About Hiring A Wedding Planner?????

Here’s a little advice that might help you make a wise decision, from expert Leila Khalil.

To those of us in the wedding industry, hiring a planner to help with a wedding seems to be common knowledge. It’s only when discussing the topic with family and friends that I realize people sometimes don’t fully grasp the importance of one.

Haven’t we all heard a story or two where something didn’t go right at a wedding? It happens all the time no matter who is in charge, but the key is how those problems are managed. When a planner is not involved, is there someone designated to solve the issue of the caterer setting up in the wrong area? Who is making sure the gifts and cards are being accounted for? Or how about someone to find the cake knife and server when they disappear just minutes before its time to cut the cake? Most of the time the answer is no. Friends and family are left scrambling to solve these mishaps while also trying to enjoy the wedding as guests.

Almost every couple these days is working within a budget, but everyone seems to think they can save on costs by “doing it themselves.” So they will invest in a great photographer to capture the moments and details, a floral designer is hired to make everything look pretty and money is spent on linens, favors and a dessert bar. However, when it comes to getting a professional wedding coordinator to pull together all those details, often times couples decide to skimp on that. A slew of money is spent in planning, but come wedding day, the execution of everything is pawned off on an aunt, family friend, catering manager, or bridesmaid. Paying to bring someone on board who knows what they are doing puts the day at ease no matter the scale of the wedding. Even if there are beautiful decor elements and photos to capture it all, if the bride and groom and their guests didn’t fully enjoy it, that’s what will be remembered.

Don’t forget “you get what you pay for,” and a wedding planner is no exception. Planners that actually service brides as a business and not as a hobby are indispensable and will typically charge a minimum of $2500 depending on wedding location, size, and tasks at hand. Anything less may indicate inexperience. Do the research; check out some of these blogs who have credible vendor directories and list wedding planners all across the US.

Not convinced? Below are accounts from actual brides who didn’t hire the right professionals! Don’t let this happen to someone you love.

1.  Transportation nightmare: The shuttle may forget to stop at one of the hotels and leave guests behind before the ceremony is about to start… so now what?

2. Stranded at the altar: The couple may forget to designate someone to cue the musicians to know when the wedding party and bride should walk down the aisle. The groom and guests wait while nothing happens, but the same song plays over and over again.

3. Family Feud: Family members, who are helping run the day, may have a different vision than the bride and groom. With no third party mediator offering an unbiased opinion, the disagreements may escalate leaving the couple less than enthused about their wedding day.

4.  Communication Meltdown: The bar tab may exceed the allotted budget, but no one checks in with the bartender so drinks are continuing to be served leaving the newlyweds with an unexpected bill at the end of the night.

5. Budget Blunders: Most couples overspend on their budget and waste a lot of time researching vendors within their price point. Planners are used to working within the confines of a budget, they do it every day. They already know which photographer is going to be in your price range and which caterer will give you the most for your money.

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