Common Planning Mistakes

Today is the first official day of Summer, but it’s already been a whirlwind of a season!  I just wanted to take a few moments to tell you all about some common mistakes couples make when planning their wedding, so you can hopefully avoid doing the same.  

Planning a wedding is a long and complicated process, but all the hard work you do will pay off on your big day.  Your wedding day is ALL about you and your fiancé, but don’t forget to plan for your guests.  Happy guests will make for a smooth and fun wedding for all.  When thinking about your guests, don’t just think about the food and drink or favors they will enjoy.  Include your guests’ experience in your timeline by trying to minimize the time between events.  

For happy guests, don’t plan more than an hour gap between the ceremony and reception.  For an absolutely seamless timeline, consider doing a first look.  I know most people love the romance of not seeing each other before the ceremony, but here are some great reasons to reconsider.

  1. First looks allow for all the photos to be done ahead of the ceremony and reception.  This means you will have more time to relax and mingle with your guests. 
  2. First looks allow quality, private time with just you and your about-to-be spouse.  Not having anyone around but the photographer makes it a special moment where the two of you can soak up the moment and take each other in.
  3. Seeing your significant other before the ceremony can greatly reduce the nerves you will have before you walk down the aisle.  If being the center of attention isn’t your forte, consider a first look to help take some of the pressure off of the ceremony.

If after reading these reasons you are still completely in love with the romantic gesture of not seeing each other before the ceremony, than do what will make you happy!  Just remember to try to keep gaps minimized between events.

Keeping the time gap small is important, but so is planning for the average type of guest that will be at your wedding.  If you plan to have a cocktail hour with games outdoors in the summer heat,  reconsider this idea if your average guest is elderly. If the majority of your guest list contains elderly people, consider skipping the outdoor games for something more elderly guest friendly like a slide show of photos with fun facts about the two of you.  If your guest list is a good mix of young and old, consider doing both the games and slideshow.  Just be sure to take the overall guest list into consideration for planning.

Another mistake couples make when planning is getting the numbers wrong.  It’s important to make sure you have as accurate of a head count as possible.  If you have already told your vendors the number of guests at your wedding, but that number changes for any reason, tell your vendors.  They may be able to make last-minute adjustments to better accommodate the true head count.

Another number couples accidentally get wrong, is the number of save-the-dates and invitations to order.  This is the one number where head count doesn’t translate into the number needed.  Save some money by only ordering the amount needed for each household and not each person.  If you do make this mistake, the worst result is some extra money spent, leftover invitations, and a good laugh.

Hopefully I will have some more time in the near future to keep up with the blog posts!  In the meantime, I hope this helps some couples avoid making some planning mistakes.

Happy planning and happy Summer!!

-MacKenzie

Pinpoint Event Planning, LLC

Wedding Day Makeup Mishaps?


Achieving the perfect bridal look can be a long process. While the dress and accessories tend to come first in the planning process, as it should,  hair and makeup are an integral part of creating the look brides are trying to achieve.  With the help of Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, brides are putting more work into the hair and make-up aspect then ever before.  Even brides who typically don’t wear makeup or opt for a more natural look usually add a little makeup on their big day.  For the brides who don’t usually wear a lot of makeup, the thought of having makeup done on your wedding day can bring on some fears.  She may fear wearing too much makeup or that the makeup won’t mesh well with her skin.  Both of which can lead her to not feeling like herself on one of the most important days of her life.

However, we all fear the hot summer day where the makeup melts off, or the uncontrollable happy tears that stream down our face and wash it off.  These makeup issues can be solved with the help of an expert makeup artist that knows how to plan for those events and tailor the makeup to the client.  The main wedding day makeup fear I’m talking about happens to deal with the first kiss.  I know on my wedding day that I wanted to complete my look with the perfect shade of lip color, but I was terrified it would come off on my new husband as the officiant said “you may now kiss the bride.”  

Fortunately, I had an expert makeup artist that knew the best products available at the time so my fear didn’t come true.  My new husband was able to walk back up the aisle a married man with no hot pink color on his lips.  Unfortunately though, the best products still came off and I had to worry about eating and drinking, and not brushing my lips across a nice dress shirt.  Before you question that last statement, just remember you will be receiving a LOT of hugs throughout the day and some of them are a little sloppy from people rushing because they don’t want to take up any of your precious time.  Anyway, the worst part was having to take the time to reapply throughout the day.  By the time the reception came around I was too busy having fun that I didn’t stop to take the time to reapply.  While I am absolutely thrilled with my wedding day look, and I’m not upset that the color didn’t last, brides now have a new option to avoid all of this! 

Ladies, I am talking about LipSense, have you heard of it?  It is amazing!  It really is a long lasting, smudge-proof, KISS-PROOF, 18 hour lip color that is beautiful.  I am not trying to sell you on this as I’m not even a distributor, I am just a big fan of the product and I know it can solve a lot of wedding day makeup mishaps.  I can’t get over how I can eat, drink, kiss, wipe my mouth with napkins, apply gloss and the color still stays in place.  If you want to try LipSense you can contact me through this website to get the information of my dealer or find the information on Pinpoint Event Planning’s Facebook page. 

LipSense on your wedding day just makes sense!

Happy Planning!

Choosing Your Wedding Vendors


The average cost of a wedding in the United States is soaring at roughly $32,000.  That’s a frightening number to someone on a budget.  The high costs for couples on a budget means there are a lot of things that will be cut out in order to save money.  One of the common cuts we are seeing is cutting out the professional full-planning wedding plannner.  

Cutting out the wedding planner can be done if it’s the right bride with the correct set of skills.  If you find yourself cutting out the professional help during the planning process, then these are the top things you need to consider when picking your vendors.

Who a couple picks as their wedding vendors can make or break a wedding in more ways than one.  Obviously, picking the vendor that is totally out of your budget range is going to break the bank, but choosing the cheapest vendor my also mean giving up too much in quality.  However, just because a vendor is the cheapest doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be a quality vendor.  There are vendors who are cheaper because they are still building their business, but provide top quality work.  This is why choosing the right vendor can be a tricky thing to do.

Luckily, you do have options on how to go about picking who is right for your wedding.  One option is to pay for a partial planning consultation with a wedding planner.  For a small hourly fee, you can meet with a wedding planner and ask your questions and gain some vendor recommendations from a professional for a fraction of the cost to hire a full-planning wedding planner.  

A second option for gaining some insight on vendors is using your wedding venue’s preferred vendors list.  Most venues have lists of vendors they have worked with in the past that were quality, professional people who worked well in that specific venue.  If you choose to get a list from your venue, just be on the lookout for a “kickback vendors.”  If your venue only lists one company in each category, this may be a biased recommendation.  The exception to this is if the venue has “in-house” vendors.  For instance, if the venue had an option for you to add their DJ to your venue package or you can bring in your own, chances are they won’t be willing to give you a recommendation of another DJ since they offer one in-house.  If a preferred list of vendors only has one option in each category and none of them are in-house, be leery of this recommendation.  Although the recommendation may be a good one, the vendor may not be the right one for your wedding.  It is also possible that those vendors have struck some sort of deal with the venue to gain exclusivity, which may not be in your best interest.

The last option, database research, should be combined with one of the first two options.  What I mean by database research is using a site like The Knot, WeddingWire, The Perfect Wedding Guide, or even plain google.  With these sites you can filter your search results to help refine your options for research.  Look at the vendors profiles, websites and reviews.  If the vendor doesn’t have reviews it doesn’t mean they are a bad option, but that they may be newer to the industry or just to that specific website.  Do your due diligence and gather a few in each category that may be strong contenders.  Once you have your few vendors start making your consultation appointments to meet with them in person.

When you meet with a vendor in person, if something doesn’t feel exactly right, or you don’t 110% LOVE their portfolio, listen to your gut.  Don’t let price be the last deciding factor for your vendors.  Go with your instinct on who will be the right fit for you and your wedding.  

If you are interested in a partial planning consultation for a wedding in the Kansas City area, you can contact me through my website to learn more. 

Happy Planning,

MacKenzie

DIY Wedding Tip

During a recent consultation with a client, I was asked for the number one piece of advice I have. I’ve been asked for a lot of tips and tricks and advice, but this bride’s mom wanted only one answer.  Although no one has ever actually asked for just ONE piece of advice, I didn’t hestitate on knowing which tip to pick.

For the bride that is tackling the planning process on her own, without the help of a professional planner, my best advice is to communicate!  Seems simple, right?  It is.  Communicate to your vendors all your thoughts, questions, and concerns.  There is no such thing as over-communicating.  The more you know about your vendor and their services specifically, the easier it will be for you to plan every last detail.

It also helps your vendor to have a good line of communication because they are able to understand your vision to help execute what you want specifically.  If your vision doesn’t match up with the service your vendor provides, then you just avoided a major disaster on your wedding day!

So to recap and keep it simple, talk to your vendors about their services, your vision, and every question and concern you have about their service specifically.  It will save you a lot of stress leading up to your big day, as well as help your day to go a smooth as possible by keeping everyone on the same page.

Keep communicating, and happy planning!

MacKenzie

Things To Think About When Picking Your Flower Girl

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Picking a flower girl can be hard, planning for a flower girl can be even harder.  When picking the person you want to be your flower girl, there are some things that you should first consider.  If you are fortunate enough to have many options on who to pick to be your flower girl, it might be best to first decide on who will be best based on age.

Age can be a helpful deciding factor since each age brings its own set of challenges and styles.  If you know several girls in each age category, you can pick what age range will best fit your wedding style.  For instance, an infant being pulled in a wagon is adorable in an outdoor setting.  There are so many things you can do with the wagon to add personal touches or play more into your wedding theme.  Not to mention the portrait photos will turn out great having an additional prop.  If you are thinking of this age range for an indoor wedding, a wagon inside a church may seem out of place so you may need to think about who will carry your flower girl down the aisle.  If mom is already a bridesmaid, then it’s an easy way to get your infant flower girl down the aisle.  The same can be said for a toddler-aged flower girl.

A toddler-aged flower girl may be the most challenging age range to plan for.  No matter how much you will it, plan it, or pray for it,  the flower girl getting down the aisle is going to depend on the toddler and how she feels that day.  NO ONE can predict what a toddler will do as a flower girl once the time actually comes.  If this is your only option for a flower girl, just know that anything can happen.  She may be the most perfect flower girl to ever walk, she might get scared or excited and run down the aisle, or she might have a complete melt-down and not be able to walk at all.  If Mom or another close relative is in the wedding party, you may want to have a Plan B for that person to carry her if needed.

The pre-school to pre-teen age range is your most reliable bet for getting the flower girl down the aisle the way you envision.  For the flower girl that is almost to the pre-teen age, the only challenge this presents is she may want to be included with the big girls.  If you are hoping to have several adults-only moments or party bus, someone will have to break the news to her that she won’t be able to join in.

If you plan on having a flower girl that is older than a pre-teen, you will have the same set of challenges as previously mentioned with the pre-teen.  A teen aged flower girl is also entering into the age where she may be better titled as a Junior Bridesmaid.  Many Junior Bridesmaids have acted as the Flower Girl, but appreciated the older title.

If you don’t know a girl within the previously mentioned age ranges, another option is to have an elderly flower girl.  Several brides have mentioned the idea of having the grandmothers walk in place of the flower girl.  I personally LOVE this idea, assuming the grandmothers can make it down the aisle with no issues.  Plus, if you go on Pinterest and search for the grandma flower girl, it’s pretty cute to see the images of the older ladies having a blast being involved.  Not to mention how cute it is when they wear a flower crown!

If after going through all the possible age ranges, and you still don’t have a Flower Girl in mind, then don’t have one!  You don’t need a flower girl or a ring bearer if you don’t want or have one.  No one will miss them once you walk down the aisle in all your bridal glory.

If you do decide to have a flower girl, here are some quick things to remember:

  1. Make sure to invite her to a bridal shower
  2. Don’t forget to include her by getting her her own wedding party gift
  3. Take photos of just the two of you
  4. Make sure that she is at rehearsal so she knows what to do
  5. If she’s nervous, have someone walk through it with her several times
  6. Have a back-up plan in case of an extreme melt-down
  7. Don’t worry how she gets down the aisle, the memories and photos will be great ones!

If you have any other questions about flower girls, feel free to post a question in the comments or contact me through my website!

Happy Planning,

MacKenzie

KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular-Tips to Know Before You Go


The KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular is coming up on February 4th at the Overland Park Convention Center and Pinpoint Event Planning, LLC will have a booth set-up from 10am-5pm.  Grab your friends and come out to see some awesome wedding professionals all under one roof!  Buy your tickets in advance online by clicking on the link at the bottom of this blog.

Is this going to be your first time to a bridal show?  Here are some quick tips on how to get the most out of a bridal show:

1. Get there early if you are interested in winning door prizes.

2. Print out address labels with all of your contact information including the wedding date and location (if known).  This will save you from having to hand write your information for every vendor or giveaway entry form. 

3. Have a system to walk the aisles so you don’t accidentally miss a row of vendors. Think front to back, left to right.

4. Talk to all the vendors you are interested in and pick up any of their brochures, they may have a bridal show discount on their advertisements that they will honor.

5. If you are just starting your planning process, a show can be overwhelming so don’t let it stress you out.  Just browse the aisles to get ideas and to start getting to know some of the vendors you may be interested in using.  Think of the show as a convenient, efficient, and fun way to do wedding research.   Pick up every packet/brochure in sight and hold onto them to sort through later.

6. If you have had your eye on a particular vendor and they are going to be at the show, book them!  You are more likely to get discounts if you book at the bridal show.

7.  Take some friends and make a day of it.  

If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, have your friends pick-up brochures for you to sort through later and just have fun.  Go taste test all the food from the caterers and cakes from the bakers.  Go to the fashion show and watch the entertainment.  Go take silly pictures in a photo booth, or rest your feet touring an awesome party bus.  Even if all you do is walk through taking brochures, you will have great resources on hand when you are ready to tackle planning.  If you find out that planning your wedding isn’t for you, chances are you have a brochure from a wedding planner that can help get you started. 😉

Remember, KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular February 4th, 10 AM to 5 PM at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Purchase tickets here: 

https://estar.kcstar.com/bridalspectacular/

What to Do When Mother Nature Doesn’t Know It’s Your Wedding Day

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This weekend Kansas City is experiencing winter storm Jupiter and all the ice that comes with it.  While most of the city (and the country) is concerned about Sunday’s NFL Playoff Game at Arrowhead Stadium, I’m willing to bet there are brides who are more concerned about their wedding.  Mother nature doesn’t always cooperate or care what day it is when she decides to unleash whatever fury she has.  So, this made me realize the fear that all brides have; what if there’s bad weather on my wedding day?

In 2015 I married my wonderful, supportive, and handsome husband, Nick.  On our wedding day mother nature decided to throw us a curve-ball name Cara.  Winter storm Cara completely covered the area in ice the night before and day of my wedding.  As some might recall, Kansas City didn’t see another ice storm or snowfall the rest of the winter. . . thanks-a-lot mother nature.  While I’m not thrilled with mother nature’s sense of humor, I didn’t let the ice storm dictate our day.  We braved the cold a few times to go outside to get the shots we wanted, and I’m glad we did.  The ice ended up adding so much beauty to our wedding photos, I can’t imagine what it would look like without it.

So how did we get through it?  We broke up the shots that were taken outdoors with sessions back indoors where the heat was.  This allowed us to get the feeling back in our hands and to prevent our little faces from turning red from the crisp air.  We only stayed out for a few minutes at a time, and that was all that we needed.  It also helped that we had hand warmers to hold onto since they are easily concealed and provided a welcome heat source.  I also had a white sheet to stand on that blended in with the train of my dress to prevent it from getting dirty, and giving me a non-slick surface to stand on.  I highly recommend the white sheet trick for all outdoor photos with the dress train, regardless of the season.

How did our guests hold up through the ice storm?  Luckily, we kept our guests’ experience in mind when we were planning our wedding.  We didn’t want guests traveling long distances between the ceremony, reception, and their hotels.  We blocked hotel rooms near the reception hall, so no drive was too treacherous.  Our ceremony location was perfect since there was a drop-off lane that was covered, allowing elderly guests to have dry ground to walk on the whole way.  Our reception venue was accommodating by creating a drop-off space by blocking the street right in front of the main door.  We also got lucky with the timing of the storm, since it hit late at night the night before, and the morning of our wedding, most of our out-of-town guests had already made it into town.

What happens if it’s snow and not ice?  Snow makes for some of the prettiest wedding pictures around.  Don’t let it get in the way of getting the shots you want.  Take your bed sheet to stand on, get some hand-warmers, and break-up your outdoor photo shoots with indoor sessions.  Be sure to enlist your maid-of-honor to help you carry your dress while walking between shooting locations.  Have one of the groomsmen carry the white bed sheet and spread it out for you to stand on.  Even if your lucky enough to get the gorgeous powder-like snow, still stand on the sheet to prevent your dress from getting wet.  Another great trick is to have a bridal looking coat or shawl on hand.

What happens if it’s just rain?  Get creative on where you take your wedding photos, balconies, decks, gazebos, and covered walkways are all great spots to start.  Don’t be afraid to venture out into the rain for a few shots either.  Wedding photos with umbrellas are completely adorable whether it’s your entire wedding party or just you and your spouse.

When it comes to the weather on your wedding day, don’t let it stress you out.  Let your vendors work for you and help you to create solutions.  Try to remember that the weather is part of your wedding day and it is something that you will remember forever.  I have been through weddings that had tornado warnings happen right as the ceremony was about to start, and the photos of the bride with her bridesmaids taking shelter in the bathroom are some of the best shots that captured what the day was really like.  I’ve also been through weddings where the power went out in the church during the ceremony due to a severe thunderstorm and yet again, it’s something that everyone looks back on with fond memories and a great story.

The two most important things to know about dealing with the weather on your wedding day are:  have a back-up plan just in case, and don’t stress.  Ultimately, the most important thing is that your wedding happens and that you are married to the one you love.  If that all still happens even through some bad weather, then your day was a success and you still have something beautiful to celebrate.

Warmly,

MacKenzie

 

Photo credit: DiMartino Photography

The Difference Between a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator and On-Site Venue Coordinator

You’ve managed to plan your own wedding but need to hand over the reigns on the big day, who do you turn to?  Do you use your venue’s on-site coordinator, your maid-of-honor, or hire a day-of wedding coordinator?  (Hint: it’s not your maid-of-honor).  This is a question that frequently comes up in the planning process, and the following article will answer it.  

Your venue might offer an on-site coordinator which can be helpful, but what they do is different from what a wedding coordinator will do.  Most on-site coordinators are extremely helpful in knowing the best layouts for their venue, assisting vendors with directions and set-up, and set-up of tables and chairs (if set-up is already included with your venue). They are a great resource for questions regarding your venue specifications, guest flow, and immediate area outside of the venue for things like traffic and parking.  They can be there early to open the venue for your vendors to get in, and may even allow you to make requests for their help in specific areas.  While this is extremely helpful, there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes that most on-site coordinators will not do.  

For instance, the on-site coordinator may not be around for your rehearsal, ceremony, or even major parts of your reception.  A lot of on-site coordinators strictly assist with the venue and vendor set-up, but do not oversee the actual events of your ceremony or reception.  The onsite coordinator may even help light all of your candles in the reception hall at the right time just before guests arrive, but they may leave once the last part of the setup job is done.

A day-of wedding coordinator will work in conjunction with your on-site venue coordinator as well as provide more behind the scenes work.  A day-of coordinator will travel with you, even if your ceremony and reception are at different locations.  The day-of coordinator may even start their services the week leading up to the event, by calling and confirming all the vendors and setting final timelines.  The day-of wedding coordinator will help keep your bridal party in check and on schedule.  They que music, lights, doors, guests and wedding party.  The wedding coordinator can help with setup and ensure correct deliveries from vendors, as well as be the main point of contact for guests and vendors.  Wedding coordinators are also used to making last minute executive decisions since they know all aspects of the wedding day plans and what the wedding design and vision is. 

Wedding coordinators usually go above and beyond what is expected, and take care of details most people don’t even notice need taking care of.  For instance, wedding coordinators can even help plan the day after the event by putting the proper people in charge to make returns (attire, decor rental, linen etc.) and take the couple’s gifts to an appropriate location.  Wedding coordinators can distribute any remaining balances to other vendors or help the caterer know what to do with the left over food.  

Day-of coordinators do so much on the day of a wedding, that it is nearly impossible to list everything that they oversee.  Every wedding is unique and requires day-of coordinators to tailor what they do on the fly by utilizing their planning expertise to anticipate and participate in the needs of that particular couple’s day.  Even the most prepared couple will end up needing help coordinating some aspect of the day.  You never know, you might forget to give your DJ the CD that you mixed yourself for your first dance, or be left with no one to open the reception hall double doors for your big entrance.  By hiring a day-of coordinator, the majority of the stress is taken off of you, and your friends and family.  Allowing everyone to focus on the parts of the day that are important to them. 

Just in case you were thinking of using your maid-of-honor (MOH), here are some reasons why hiring the pro is a better idea.  Your MOH might be the best planner you know, but there will be things that she can’t do because she will be standing next to you.  She won’t be able to que the bridal processional or the flower girl.  She won’t be able to tell the church operator that the lights need to come on at an exact moment of your ceremony.  She won’t be able to open the door for your grand entrance since she will (more than likely) already have been announced.  And she won’t want any added responsibilities for the reception since she is focused on giving her best MOH toast.  Most of all, she won’t want the additional responsibilities because she won’t want to let you down, and she wants to be in the moment with you to help celebrate your big day.

If you’re in the Kansas City area and need day-of wedding coordination, contact Pinpoint Event Planning, LLC.  If you are located outside of the Kansas City area, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Thumbtack are good places to search for a day-of coordinator.

Happy Planning!

MacKenzie

Pinpoint Event Planning

Winter Place Cards


Winter may be outside of the high-demand wedding season, but it does not lack decorating options.  In my opinion, winter is one of the easiest seasons to decorate weddings and events for.  From Christmas, to winter-wonderland, to Frozen, to New Year’s glam, the options of easy themes are endless with winter.  

Along with endless theme options, are endless decor options thanks to all the additional holiday decorations that appear.  If you are thinking of having a winter wedding or holiday gathering, and need some place card inspiration, these ornaments are perfect for the DIY host!  The designer decided to keep the ornament simple by writing the name directly on it, but made it unique by placing it in a small bowl to act as a bird’s nest.  This look easily complements the bird cages that were used as part of the centerpiece decor.

From a budget standpoint, the ornaments are a great option versus printed cards, to help keep printing costs low.  Printing costs for events are one of the costs that often get overlooked or underestimated.  Ornaments can be purchased in almost every size and color, and are easily purchased in bulk and on sale.  You can expect the best sales to be right after the holidays.  Of course thanks to your local craft store, the paint can come in almost every color too, making your look match your theme with ease!  

However, if budget is your main reason for picking these ornament place cards, you may want to skip the bird’s nest bowl, as that will easily cost more than your traditional name card.  Bowl or not, the ornaments are still adorable and double as a gift for your guest to take home to add to their Christmas tree.

Happy hosting!

MacKenzie

Pinpoint Event Planning

A Weekend at The Elms

A short drive from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, lies a sleepy, little town called Excelsior Springs. I recently traveled to Excelsior Springs for a weekend stay at The Elms Hotel and Spa.  The entire town has a 1920s, prohibition-era vibe, but it is accentuated in the hotel.

The Elms plays on the era in which it was built, with big band music playing in the background, lounges to be found in all corners of the hotel, and elegance in every detail.  Just walking on the hotel grounds can make you feel like you have stepped back in time.  

The only part of the hotel that does not feel like it’s from the 1920s, is their renowned spa.  With  The Grotto having options of a hot tub, steam shower, steam sauna, dry sauna, cold-plunge shower, and self-serve exfoliation bar, you’ll relish the modern amenities.  If paying for relaxation isn’t for you, The Elms offers gorgeous outdoor amenities, including a pool, hot tub, and several fire pits.  The included indoor amenities are equally as stunning, with the European lap pool, hot tub, cold tub, lounge space, and fitness facilities.  

With so much elegance and class, The Elms is an easy choice for romantic affairs.  While I was there, there were two weddings, and several couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries.  One couple, who was celebrating their anniversary, was married at The Elms ten years ago!  

With my love of weddings, you know I had to sneak a peak of their main reception hall, after set-up.  The bride chose her colors well to play on the room’s gold chandeliers and walls.  I also thought she did a great job with having alternating centerpieces to give the room even more dimension.  The tall gold floral arrangements were tall enough for guests to easily converse.  The short floral arrangements were tastefully done, and the tables with floating candles helped keep the party mood romantic once the lights went out.

The hotel also boasts a large outdoor gazebo for outdoor ceremonies, a small reception hall, several meeting spaces, and private lounges.  Both reception halls have easy access to the outdoor patio and pool deck for guests to enjoy.  The Elms offers ceremony and reception options, but will not offer a ceremony-only option.  Catering is offered on-site with their restaurant The 88.  

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a relaxing getaway, or a wedding venue that is close to the Kansas City area, The Elms is an excellent choice.

Thanks for reading,

MacKenzie

Pinpoint Event Planning, LLC