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. ūüôā

Happy Day Dreaming!

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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

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