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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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

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

Engagement Season Tips

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Fall is soaring on by with Halloween already over and Thanksgiving fast approaching, the busy season is here. ¬†Fall brings a myriad of things to the event planner’s world. ¬†First, it brings the official end of the 2016 wedding season. ¬†Second, it brings the start of holiday party planning. ¬†And last, but not least, it brings the start of engagement season!

There is just something romantic about fall that makes it a great season for couples. ¬†Whether it’s the chill in the air that makes you want to snuggle closer, or the array of activities to choose from. ¬†I personally like the colorful leaves, hayrides, and a nicely spiked apple cider to sip on next to the fire. ¬†No matter what fall brings to you, it also brings the official start of engagement season. ¬†If you are expecting your significant other to propose this season, here are a few tips to remember.

  • Don’t stress: ¬†I know far too many brides who have told me their engagement stories and the anxiety they felt before the proposal happened. ¬†Don’t let this anxiety take over your enjoyment of the season that brings people together. ¬†Try to enjoy the moments as they happen and to not worry about whether or not this moment is the moment when you will get engaged. ¬†Trust me, you’ll know the moment when you get engaged when you see the ring so don’t waste your time wondering “is this it?”.

 

  • Don’t plan your own proposal: I know shutting your brain off is nearly impossible at times, but make sure to keep your thoughts in check. ¬†Don’t plan out every possible engagement scenario in your head. ¬†This leads down a dangerous road that could get your expectations too high and lead you to feel disappointed with the real proposal, letting you lose sight of the real reason to be excited (hint: you’re engaged!). ¬†Remember, no matter how the proposal happens it will still be beautiful and a story you will love because it will be¬†your story.

 

  • Be prepared: ¬†If you are¬†absolutely¬†certain that you are going to get proposed to this season, then you need to be prepared. ¬†First, be prepared to wait longer than you think. ¬†Proposing is a scary thing for any party involved, and it might take some time for your significant other to work up the courage. ¬†(I know this seems silly since you’ve probably already told them a thousand times you want to get married, and there is no chance of them getting turned down). ¬†Proposing is a life changing event and even though they know they want to marry you, it can still take time to get ready for the adjustment. ¬†Now that you are prepared to wait, it is okay to also be prepared for it to happen. ¬†If you know having¬†your nails done when the proposal happens is a priority, then make sure to keep your nails on-point! ¬†Plus, it is the holiday season which means endless parties and social gatherings, so it serves two purposes to have your hands “ring ready.”

Getting engaged is an exciting time in your life and something to cherish.  However, the holiday season is also something to cherish because you are never guaranteed the same holiday season next year.  So remember to be present in the moment and to cherish all the special occasions that this season will bring and to not wish all those moments away hoping for a proposal.  Everything happens when it is supposed to, so relax and enjoy the Christmas music that is already playing before Thanksgiving.  It will go by faster than you think.

Sincerely,

MacKenzie