Drinks on You

Cocktails Keep the Party Going

Your champagne toast isn’t the only important time for drinks. Many elements at your reception/party will set the tone for the environment. If you intend to serve drinks, have you decided how they will be served? Do you know about your options? Many brides are not familiar with their options so today we decided to write about them.

  1. OPEN BAR (For a certain amount of hours, your guests will be served an unlimited amount of whatever they’d like to drink. Open Bar can be a bit expensive, however, can also be a courteous expression of gratitude to your guests celebrating your special day with you.) There are 2 types of open bars: full (all types alcohol served) and limited (beer & wine served only)
  2. CASH BAR (Your guests are responsible for paying for their own drinks. Some guests may feel awkward about paying for their own cocktails, however, if you are on a tight budget, this may be the perfect option for you.)
  3. TAB BAR  (Your guests are allowed to drink whatever options they are served. At the end of the night, you are responsible for paying for how much was ordered.)

Flower Petals, Cocktail Menus and Candles Down the Bar

Other details that can enhance your bar services – Signature Drinks, Cocktail Menus, Floral Arrangements on Bar, or Walking Cocktails.

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Brandy & Nathan – “Nintendo Couple”

I met Brandy & Nathan back in 2009 and was really excited about working with them. They are a young & fun couple who loves a good game of Super Mario Brothers! And they really wanted to incorporate their love for Nintendo in their wedding. Brandy wanted a small, intimate ceremony at Kirkwood Train Station and a nonchalant lunch at Jefferson Grill immediately following.

The most important detail of their wedding was the cake. Our couple knew exactly what they wanted for their cake and Cakes by Tammy Kay brought their vision to life!

Ceremony performed by Carolyn Burke & Photography provided by Friends & Family of the Couple

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To Rent or Not to Rent

There’s a big event coming up for you and you’ve been reading magazines for ideas. Or maybe searching the internet for the perfect centerpiece. After you’ve found exactly what you’ve been looking for, most likely your next question will be..”What will I do with it after my wedding?” or “Will I be able to use these again after my party?” These are both very sane and valid questions. You may never need to use thirty 15″ cylinder floral vases in your life. You probably will not have the storage space for an 8′ pipe & drape backdrop in your home. So today, we are going to help you understand your options!

There are many outlets to finding the perfect decorations. The initial, easiest option is to purchase. The economical option is to buy used. The creative option is a DIY project. The less stressful option is to rent.

Let’s take a closer look at these four options.

Here are a few PURCHASING pros…You found the perfect store/website and there is 100% guarantee on their product. You’ll know exactly where to go to purchase more. You may find them on sale and save big bucks. Now for the PURCHASING cons…You won’t have anywhere to store the product(s) after your event. You may never use them again. If your event is out of town, you’ll have to transport the item(s) to and from.

You may have attended an event and saw something really caught your eye. After the event, call the hostess of the party! They may be interested in selling it to you since the event is over. BUYING USED items definitely has its pros… You’ve seen the physically item and you know exactly what you are getting. You cut down on costs (especially if you are a good negotiator). BUYING USED also has the same cons as purchasing and a little more….The product is not guaranteed (sold as is). Depending on the condition after so many uses, you may not be able to re-sell.

If you have enough time on your hands and your family refers to you as Martha Stewart, you can make your own decorations. Here are a few DIY (do-it-yourself) pros…Your personality will be seen through your final project. You can save a lot of money. DIY cons…It is very time consuming. The final look may not be what you expected. You still have to find somewhere to store your items or be able to re-sell them. If your event is out of town, you will still have to transport them to and from.

And your last option is to rent the decorations you want. RENT pros…You can have the items delivered to and picked up from your venue. You won’t have to worry about storage or re-selling. The product is guaranteed. And the RENT cons…It may not be the exact look you envisioned but close enough. If the rentals are damaged, you will have to pay.

Whichever you choose, there is no right or wrong and there is no best or better. It’s about what works best for you. If you need help with where to buy used, rent or purchase decoration supplies, feel free to give us a call (314-458-6425), we would be more than glad to assist you!

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I’m Engaged!!!! ..Now What?

Congratulations on the big question!!!! Holiday proposals are the best and extremely exciting!

Now that you’ve said yes, it’s time to get the wedding bells ringing! But how do you get started? Who do you call? What do you need? First things first…remember the biggest reason for all the planning is to celebrate a new beginning with the man of your dreams. If you don’t lose focus of that…you can’t go wrong! While you keep your focus, here are a few things that you want to start with first:

Create your guest list – your guest list will the first thing to tackle because it will set the tone for your budget, venue, and food. Visit our post on “How to Guest-timate” for details on getting this list narrowed down.

Create your budget – it’s extremely important to have a dollar amount set to begin with. Before surfing the internet or calling vendors, you may not know how much a wedding really costs. (and that’s okay) The average wedding cost is $26,000 but your budget may lower or higher. Figure out what is the most important vision of your wedding (centerpieces, ceremony, flowers…), find out the cost and go from there!

Set your date – come to an agreement with your fiance about when you want to exchange vows. Do you want to avoid a holiday or birthday? Do you want to get married outside? Think of all the different elements that you do and don’t want when selecting your date because this will soon be one of the most important dates of your life….forever!

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Personal Touches on Your Wedding Day

If you have a big family or a large network of friends, you probably have attended your share of weddings. There are always little things (or big things) that catch your attention to make you jot down a note in your memory bank. Those mental notes remain with you until it’s time to plan your big day. Those notes contribute to your wedding planning canvas; gathering ideas, pictures, swatches and other pieces for you to begin puzzling together. At KayDi’s, we encourage you to gather things to help you create your vision of your wedding day. And we also caution you to make sure

Don't allow your big day to be a cookie cut wedding!

you and your fiance’s personality stands out, too! If your personality doesn’t show up in your decorations, color, music, layout, venue, food, or style…your big day is in danger of being a cookie cutter wedding. Your personalities don’t have to be displayed in every aspect of your wedding BUT it definitely has to exist!

If you are a seafood lover, highlight your main dish with shrimp and lobster! (just be sure to have an alternative for those who are allergic) If you love sports, skip the floral welcome arrangement and have a tall standing cut out of you and your husband in a football or baseball uniform! Whatever you do, make sure it’s your vision and not someone else’s!

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Southern Hospitality in the Midwest

So, you’ve sent your save the dates to your out of town wedding guests. Soon, you will mail the formal invitations with the details to your entire guest list of friends and family. Your guests are honored to make your wedding their priority to attend, how will you show them your appreciation? Many couples give their guests a wedding favor, some kind of gadget to help them remember the bride and groom’s special day.

Fun treat boxes from Beyond Wedding Favors

Some couples like to send their loved ones home with a special sweet treat of candies, chocolates, or mints.

You don’t have to wait until your wedding reception to show your guests how much you appreciate them. You can thank them in many ways. If you have reserved a hotel block for your out of state guests, have a welcome basket waiting in their room after they check in. A welcome basket can serve as many functions: a tourist guide to wedding location, a wedding itinerary, and a showcase of your creativity and personality. Take a look at the fun St. Louis Welcome Basket!

Fill your baskets with city favorites! (Her Delight)

Another way to show your loved ones gratitude is ‘quality time’. If you have enough time before the big day, plan a picnic or a BBQ with your out of town visitors and close loved ones. Don’t make the invitation open to your entire guest list because there won’t be much quality time when you have to spread yourself over 200 people. Try to keep it intimate, no more than 20 people. If quality time before the wedding is not an option, the day after the wedding would be a great wind down. Get together and go paintball, play golf, or something to burn some energy and keep your visitors excited about their visit!

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Holiday Series Pt4 – Thanksgiving Tablescapes

In the event industry, the word ‘tablescape’ is very common and well used. For those who don’t know what it means, it’s exactly what it sounds like… Table Landscaping – creatively designed table arrangements/layouts. Tablescaping is not only used in lavish ballrooms and event hall rentals but can be done in your own very home! A nicely arranged dinner table can make your guests feel like they are dining in a fine restaurant in the comfort of their loved one’s home. It can set the atmosphere of a relaxed and loving dinner. Here are a few pictures of some of the most beautiful and unique tablescapes we could find:

A Country Rustic for 8 Guests
Great Way to Recycle Halloween Pumpkins

Small & Simple Setting for 6 Guests

Easy & Elegant Setting

Whichever setting you prefer, have fun and let your style & creativit shine throughout dinner!

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