Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rustic Barn Weddings

Whenever a rustic barn wedding comes to mind, one of the first things I think of is burlap or lace. Gold centerpieces with big wooden boxes filled with elegant flowers as the centerpieces fill the reception room with the perfect amount of charm.

Even sunflowers in mason jars are the flawless element that can accentuate the right amount of southern charm. Hanging Edison lights across the ceiling will give the room a romantic touch that will keep the love in the air. 

But before you think about having a barn rustic wedding, there are a few tips you should keep in mind when planning your wedding!

- Check the local sound ordinance rules
- Know the ground rules for of the venue to ensure that you or any of your guests do anything that is not permitted
- Make a plan for bugs (keep baskets of bug spray in the bathrooms for guests to use and set up bug repellent candles around the perimeter of the venue)
- Weatherproof your guests (big industrial fans are a necessity in the hot months and it is never a bad idea to have buckets of umbrellas in case of a rain shower in the summer)

(All photos courtesy of Pinterest)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Food Truck Phenomenon

Did you know that "the food truck has evolved over the years and the modern day version is a true culinary delight serving every kind of food imaginable? The trend that is over 4700 food trucks strong in the USA".

Why is this important you may be asking yourself? Well a new trend has arrived when it comes to food trucks. They are being used for more than just street fairs, festivals, etc. Now you see them at corporate events, networking events and even WEDDINGS?!
Why a wedding is the first question I believe comes to mind right?! Well food trucks are actually has some awesome benefits for anyone looking to watch their budgets or just want something out of the norm:

1st: Food trucks can feed a large number of guests in a short time and allows guests to make their own meal choices. It saves you the task of trying to pick something everyone wants and trying to get people to RSVP their meal ahead of time.

(Below is Craft...Art of the Taco Food Truck)
2nd: Food trucks should be chosen to offer a variety of foods including appetizers, beverages, main meal and dessert. This will cover you from cocktail hour to dessert with no worries of when will this arrive and will they cake make it until cake cutting if you’re having an outdoor wedding.

3rd: You should plan 1 food truck for every 75 guests to avoid waiting in long lines. Most wedding have an average of 150 guess and with normal catering you must buy silverware, the food, and the service of the food. In this case you buy two food trucks and you have your wedding guest covered

4th: Food trucks come in many different styles and can be chosen to complement the decor and atmosphere of the wedding. They will match your theme which will tie in the food truck to your event. Who wouldn't love this!

(Photos credit yours truly)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Will You....Be In My Wedding Party

Many people forget that once you say I do to the engagement its time to get "engaged" a few more times. To whom you maybe asking yourself. Well Your WEDDING PARTY of course!!! A wedding party a vital party of your wedding and your sanity during the planning process if you pick the right people. You want them to be supportive and help you as much as possible so that you enjoy your day without feeling so overwhelmed.

So let me give you some creative ideas to help you pop the question to your bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc!

Plant your message inside a fortune cookie
Dreaming of a beach wedding? A message in a bottle is the perfect way to ask your bridesmaids to join you.

Your bridesmaid will certainly crack a smile when she sees the "will you be my bridesmaid?" note inside this egg. 

Now that we have addressed the ladies! Now for the men out there!

Who wouldn't love a drink with a honorable question to go along with it.

A nice cigar for each groomsmen could be nice and then you can all save them for some awesome shots on your wedding day. 

Humor goes over well with guys! So how about a little bribe you know you scratch my back I scratch yours!

These are only a few ways to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to be in your wedding. Check out or pintrest page for even more ideas. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Final Thoughts/Memories of my summer internship

Looking back on my internship with Knot Your Average Events this summer, it has been a whirlwind of excitement along with hard work and dedication. I have learned so much on what it truly takes for a wedding to run smoothly. There is much preparation and scheduling when it comes to planning. It is important to have a clean cut schedule for the day for all of the vendors to see so that everyone is informed on what should be happening and when. Jennifer always made everything clear as to where everyone should be at certain times throughout the day and what their tasks were. 

Being apart of the KYAE team has been such a huge blessing for me. They truly act as family and are always willing to lend a helping hand when in need. I appreciate every single one of them for welcoming me on to the team and teaching me techniques on how to get things done efficiently. When they realized I was struggling with something, they never hesitated to help in whatever way was needed. Seeing how the staff cares for everyone along with the bride and groom in particular, made me push myself to work as hard as I could to please the couple for their special day. 

One of the biggest lessons I have learned during my internship is to always prepare for the worst and to have a backup plan. If there is a slight chance of rain for an outdoor wedding, always have a backup plan for the ceremony and reception to be inside. It is also important to make your plans clear with your bride so she can be in agreement. One wedding that stood out to me most in this aspect, was a wedding that was planned for outside. There was a great chance of rain but Jenn and all of the staff kept a close eye on the rain all day. Right before the wedding, the clouds were looking dark and rain was near. We had to make a quick decision to either get the bride and groom to marry early outside or move the ceremony inside. Jenn asked the bride what she preferred, and the bride was certain she wanted to get married outside. So from then, we started the ceremony 15 minutes early and beat the rain! The bride and groom were thrilled that they could make it happen and have just the right amount of time to take pictures outside before the rain started. This is a perfect example of how having a wedding planner can save the day!

Among the many things I will miss, one that I will miss most is working with the fabulous KYAE team and creating magic for couples. Jenn's staff always made working weddings fun and memorable. Whether it was making jokes and laughing with each other during setup or dancing to “Wobble” all together during receptions, we always had a good time. Jenn always gave positive feedback on things to improve on and showed me helpful techniques along the way. I could not have asked for a better event staff to work with. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you Jenn and the rest of the KYAE staff for a memorable internship and wedding season. I appreciate everything you have done for me and everything you have taught!

With love,

Alexadnra Weethee
summer 2016 intern

*photo credit: FireRose Photography

It's hard to say goodbye to my internship

As I write this last blog my heartbreaks. KYAE was like family to me in so many ways. They helped me grow, mentored me through hard times, shared so much laughter, but more importantly they let me be a part of the magic they make for so many couples this summer alone. At times it was an overload with how much I had to learn in order to keep up! But I feel like I truly did my best. It’s hard saying goodbye to the event world this summer! For it always kept me smiling and though I went home tired I loved every second of it!

My KYAE family will remain in my heart and I am sure that we will meet again for some volunteer work! I just want them to know I am always willing to lend a helping hand and go the extra mile for them. I cannot thank them enough for making my dream come true. I felt as though I was a couple that they created magic for but I was just an intern getting the experience of a life time! 

I am going to miss setting up the most I believe. You truly see the staffs’ talent during these moments. Every team member has a strong point that makes them a great asset to the team. Jenn choose her staff well! I couldn't have done all that I did without the help and encouraging words from her staff! Thank you guys so much for continuing to motivate me when I felt like I wasn't doing a very good job. It meant and will always mean the world to me!

I learned so much that it’s hard to put into words. But a couple of major key things that I have learned are the client is to be asked before you make any changes to their day. Always remember to smile it makes you inviting to the clients in case they need you for anything. Always Always have a rain plan! Drink plenty of water and if you think it’s enough drink more! I learned about how to get inquiry for potential clients, how to manage Facebook pages if you have more than one, and blogging. The most important thing I learned is how to accept criticism without feeling like someone is belittling my work. That was a hard lesson for me because I feel bad and think that criticism is a negative reflection of how someone feels about me. However it's just a tool use to improve my drive to work harder and do better in the future!

120 hours went by so quickly. It feels like forever ago when I began my pursuit of this internship back in October! Where has the time gone?! I have seen so many people celebrate beautiful memories and moment in life! I will cherish those moments forever! 

So lets not say goodbye lets say see you later!

With all the love!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Stephanie & Taylor "4th of July" Wedding

On July 3, 2016, Stephanie and Taylor wed on a what seemed would be a rainy day. But  to our pleasant surprise, the rain held out all day and allowed for the sun to stay hidden just long enough for it to be a lovely, cool day.

The wedding was American themed since July 4th was right around the corner, and Taylor, is in the military. All in all, the theme of the wedding hit close to everyone's hearts and was one they will always remember. The flowers were red and white that played right off of the red, white, and blue accents and decorations.

One of the staples of the reception was the signature potato bar and ice cram bar. This allowed for guests to create food to their liking and satisfaction while also creating a fun and lighthearted atmosphere.

To show the groom and groomsmen's sense of humor, they all wore superhero t-shirts underneath their tuxedos to take pictures in after the wedding. This moment stood out, because while a wedding is a serious moment it is also a time where you should have fun and show that you can still be playful and lively with friends in family throughout life.

The joy between the bride and groom was contagious throughout the whole wedding, and the love they share was so vibrant and clear from the reading of their vows in the ceremony to their last dance at the end of the night. In conclusion, this USA/ military themed wedding was a love-inspiring and glorious day for everyone. 

~God bless America, and God bless our military. Thank you for all that you do~

Flowers: AbbaDesign
Caterer/ Cake/China/Linens/ Centerpieces: Rosa Mae’s
DJ: Eastern Carolina DJ
Transportation: The Peoples Limo
Photographer: Shavon Via Photography
Videographer: OneLove Productions
Programs/Invitations: Cornhusker Bridal and Beverage

Hair & Make-up:  Urban Chic Studio
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Knot Your Average Events