The Fun in Outdoor Weddings

With Spring knocking at the door, and the itch to get outside, I thought I’d write about outdoor weddings. Outdoor weddings are a ton of fun when they are properly planned. A common misconception with outdoor weddings, is that they are automatically cheaper. Not true. Not true at all. While a backyard wedding can definitely save costs, not all outdoor weddings are created equal.

Whether it’s a small backyard wedding or great big garden wedding, not many places can provide the atmosphere and beauty that the great outdoors offers. Have you seen The Wedding Planner? “I’m envisioning an outdoor wedding, botanical gardens with a white silk tent thin enough to see the stars. candle light. Wedgewood. Exotic trees imported from Bali. I’m thinking Gatsby. Not a period wedding…but the spirit of it, the time.” That scene alone will make just about any heart swoon for an outdoor wedding. It’s not just the stars and candle light that make an outdoor wedding amazing, but the glow of natural light at sunset and the breeze in your hair. I think the prettiest wedding I have ever had the pleasure of being at, was an outdoor wedding under a clear-top tent at sunset (picture above). The views of the sunset were incredible, especially after the light rain shower that showed a double rainbow. Anyway, there was truly something SO romantic about the natural light beaming inside the tent at sunset. The lighting coupled with fantastic Big Band dinner music was so captivating I felt like I was in a movie.

Hopefully Spring will arrive soon and we can stop dreaming about these gorgeous outdoor weddings and start planning and attending them! If you are planning on having an outdoor wedding, contact us to rent our upscale, climate-controlled, bathroom trailer with full amenities! We can decorate it to match almost any wedding or event theme. 🙂

Happy Day Dreaming!

The double rainbow I was telling you about 😉

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