Thursday, October 20, 2016

Themed Weddings

There are several things that you want to accomplished when you think about your wedding day. One
big one is a theme if you decided to do one. However before you can pick a theme there are a few things you must do first. This will help you narrow down your chooses as far as the theme goes.

1st: Pick a venue. A venue determines how you can use the space. What will work with your space. Also you can find out the do's and don't for your venue.

2nd: Reflect on you guys as a couple. Pick out some key points that define the two of you. Things like favorite place, pictures, vacations you two have taken, first dates etc! This all can go into a part of your theme.

3rd: Pinterest can be your best friend or your worst enemy! But most time you guys can be friends it the way you use Pinterest that makes the real difference! Take inspiration from the things you pin that can tie into your theme.

4th: A wedding planner or coordinator is a great addition to have when trying to pick a theme. They can help you bring your vision to life and make your theme truly pop with out over doing it!

Now that the preliminary order of business is done its time to pick a theme for your big day.
Your theme can range from Paris, Princess Bride, Carnival, Up, 4th of July, Red Carpet, etc! But the rules remain the same!

Most people think that using a theme means you have to use everything that represents that theme. But you don't. You use accents of the theme. Take Paris for example. There doesn't have to be Eiffel Towers everywhere to get the themes point across. Use colors that are deep in color and play up the romantic level Paris is suppose to have on people. Also use up lighting is a great addition to your theme.
(bird themed wedding)

Sometimes a little bit of something goes a long way. When it comes to themes this is very true.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

In the “Eye of the Storm”

No couple wants to hear there is rain on their forecast let alone a size 4-5 hurricane making its way up the coast and heading straight for your party.  Bad weather is probably THE number 1 unwanted wedding crasher any planner or vendor wants on event day.  So how do you handle this scary predicament?  Today’s blog will go over a few event day planning tips and of course how to handle it as it becomes a reality…

1)    BUY event/wedding insurance the day after you book your venue.  Not only will this protect you if something major (or minor) goes wrong.  Plus you can’t purchase insurance within so many days of an event, especially if they have called for a state of emergency (like a hurricane/blizzard).  Each insurance has their own rules and guidelines so double check with you insurer to make sure you are covered in time and that you’ve purchased all of the correct policies.  Here’s a list of a few places to research:



2)   If you are getting married in the “rainy” season or during hotter/colder temperatures you may want to consider pre-reserving tents, heaters and/or coolant fans.  Talk to your rental company to ask about all of their rules and guidelines for cut off for full/final payment and/or deposit holds.  If you wait until the forecast is given, so is everyone else and those items may not be available in your area and you may have to pay premium prices to have them brought in from out of town or state.

3)   Work with you vendors and venue to have a solid back up plan.  Our company traditionally has a minimum of 3 “plan of actions” when it comes to weather and serious issues.  We have our:

a.    original dream plan

b.    plan B still tries to keep the integrity of the original plan but with small adjustments

c.    Plan C is the worst case scenero….no couple likes this option but sometimes you have to do what is best for the safety and health of your guests, protections of vendor’s equipment and respect of the venue hosting the event.

d.    Little does our clients know but we usually have a few other ideas and options in mind just in case anything shifts along during the set-up of the day.
(photo courtesy of waterhouse studios)

4)   Last but not least…embrace it.  Don’t stress, cry nor lose sleep over it!  None of us can truly predict what will happen, all we can do is Pray/Hope for the BEST, PLAN for the worst and embrace what is…

a.    Buy rain boots and cute umbrellas to take cute photos

b.    Search for rainbows once the storm passes by

c.    Plan for parking services (valet) to park cars so guests can remain dry

d.    Dance in the rain

e.    Plan a trash the dress session if possible

I could sugar coat it and say “It’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day” or that
a wet knot is a tight knot…(AND THEY ARE!!!) but realistically all we really can do is tell you to prepare and remember you’ve hired an all-star professional team to handle all of the logistics and what ifs. I know this blog may not assist those going through the big storm this weekend but hopefully it will prepare future couples still planning.  No matter what happens on your wedding day… you’ll still be married at the end of the day! 

Many thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and vendors who are in the eye of the of the storm this weekend.  May each one of you have a strong game plan and make beautiful memories no matter what. 

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