A wedding rehearsal is scheduled so that everyone in your bridal party knows what the game plan is and how to implement executions! Rehearsals should last no more than 1.5 hours, if someone is running late, there’s no harm in starting without them (fill them in once they arrive). Typically, the officiant will take control of the rehearsal so that everyone knows what to expect and understand their roles. Your wedding coordinator will collaborate with the officiant to make sure all the couple’s desires are fulfilled in his plans. The coordinator will also place your bridal party where they should be, how they should line up, and queue them on their entrance and exit.
To limit distractions, don’t invite your entire family to the rehearsal. Limit your wedding eve guests to only those who will participate in the ceremony (including vendors: photographer, videographer, musicians, etc).
Make sure there is an easy flow and comfortable environment. Don’t turn into a bridezilla if things aren’t going the way you’d like. Include your fiancé with getting everyone focused and on track. If you’ve had a tight rein on your wedding planning, your wedding rehearsal is the day it’s time to completely trust your coordinator. Allow them to do what you hired them for and take control for you. Enjoy yourself, your groom and your loved ones!
A Yogi Bear delight… “Pick-a-nik season!” As summer comes close to an end, why not plan one of the easiest and most relaxing events? Picnics can be planned for your family, job, church and even a group of friends. Picnics are a classic tradition where loved ones can have a great time enjoying each other outdoors. Picnics can serve as many different functions: reunions, church gatherings, competition events, games, relaxation, or a romantic date! Here are a few things that may help your picnic be an unforgettable and simple event!
• Planning a romantic picnic for two? A picnic isn’t a picnic without great food on the menu, make it even better with a bottle of wine and don’t forget the blanket! Bring your old photo album or scrapbook and take a trip down memory lane. Pack a deck of cards and fire up some friendly competition!
• Family picnic for 4? Make a few sandwiches, grab some Rice Krispy treats and a box of Capri Suns. Go to a local park where there’s a fun playground where the kids can play for hours and you and your spouse can enjoy the breeze while watching them. Play a few exciting rounds of charades or Simon Says. (Enjoy the park and don’t let Mother Nature get the best of you…don’t forget the insect repellant and/or sunblock.)
• Helping out your job for a company picnic? Allow your attendees to interact by hiring local entertainment – live music, caricature artists, a photo booth, or a petting zoo (if kids are invited).
Summer’s almost over and it’s almost time to have a clean house again!!! This was my first summer break experience and I’m sooooo looking forward to the kids going back to school! My house is REALLY looking forward to school starting…the clutter, shoes, clothes, dishes, swimsuits…ooohhhh, please hurry!!
Best way to celebrate the kids going back to class???…A BACK TO SCHOOL BASH!! Invite your friends and family over for ice cream and cake to get them rallied up for their new school year! Have each parent bring one school supply item for each kid who you’ve invited (6 packs of pencils, 6 notebooks, etc) and when everyone arrives, divide everything up into book bags so that all the kids can go home with school supplies as gift favors!
Have the older children prepare the younger kids about what to expect. Don’t underestimate the knowledge and experience a 3rd grader can pass on to a kindergartener! Get their listening skills back to par by playing a few rounds of Simon Says! Have each child share the best part of their summer break and what they are looking forward to in the new school year!
Many couples decide to get married at a courthouse and postpone the big ceremony & reception. Some couples sometimes feel embarrassed but there is NO reason to be. It’s not about what others may think up or the image that you want to portray to your loved ones. It’s nothing to do with the wedding; it’s what your relationship is about and the commitment that you have decided to make. Setting the tone of a genuine and passionate marriage means so much more than a lavish wedding! So if it’s because money is too tight or time is a constraint, if you are sincere in your feelings and ready to spend the rest of your life with the same person, go ahead and take that leap. Save the big celebration for your 1st or 5th year anniversary…because the real celebration is a healthy & lasting marriage!
Here are a few different alternatives to a big wedding:
• Go to the courthouse; invite your close family and friends over for dinner afterwards.
• Get married immediately after Sunday Morning Worship! How excited would your church family be to be able to witness such a milestone in your life?
• Have a small ceremony in your backyard, front room, or front porch! You can ask your Pastor, an ordained Minister, or a judge to come and perform the ceremony. (Or Carolyn Burke, St. Louis’s popular Wedding Officiant)
Are you planning a wedding of your dreams but don’t have quite the time to bring your vision to life? Do you have ideas for a birthday party but don’t know how to pull everything together? KayDi’s Event Planning
specializes in helping make ideas and visions come to life. Whether your event will be held in a beautiful garden or a loved one’s backyard, we can help you put everything together taking the stress and frustration off of your shoulders.
Why hire us as your event coordinator? We can help you with all your planning needs:
Consultation – Maybe you saw a style or a look at a party and you want to incorporate it with your party but you are not sure how it would work for you. We can piece together different images, colors, and textures to get the perfect vision that you are looking for.
Location, Location, Location – Haven’t the slightest idea where to exchange your vows or where you can have a quiet intimate cocktail party? KayDi’s Events has a large database of beautiful venues. We will help you narrow down your options to two locations and even visit them with you.
Design & Layout – Not sure how tall your centerpieces should be? Or which color flowers will match your room décor? We will help you with deciding on choices for your event decorations. We will even create a custom design for your selected venue.
Personal Style –
Are you afraid that vendors may not like your ideas so they may force their own style on you? You don’t have to worry about us forcing styles or ideas on you that you don’t like. We specialize and turning your favorites, your thoughts and your style into your event!
Discounts – Do you like cutting corners and saving money? KayDi’s Events has a large network of vendors; these relationships have been established to help you save money. We also will negotiate prices and services with vendors outside of our network.
Budget – Not enough time to look for the best prices? We can research pricing for you to make sure you get the best price. We’ll keep your event within your set budget.
We’ve had a few brides call us about weddings that were scheduled for a few months out, we’ve had them even to call a few days out!! But a big debate comes about for those brides who call when their wedding is over a year away. Some vendors have a company policy not to book a client whose date is more than 12 months away. And honestly…if they do book more than 12 months out, be sure that you extremely careful before making any payments or signing contracts. Here are a few reasons why:
- Some businesses are just now starting off so they may need the extra cash right now. But what happens if they go bankrupt or if they change their mind about their industry? Will they be financially stable enough to pay you back? If they are not, you’ve just lost out on a hefty deposit!
- Companies get sold – if you have your eyes set on a gorgeous local venue, put your deposit down and the owner sold their business, where will that put you? Will the new owner remodel? Will they acknowledge your existing contract?
- Quality of service and staff always changes. Maybe you went to a loved one’s wedding and fell in love with the work of their florist. Next year, they may have hired new florists, supplies and inventory, altogether providing a whole new service!
We are not
discouraging you from preparing for 2013 wedding; we just want you to be cautious! These scenarios could happen to anyone and at any time. But more likely to happen when more than enough time is allowed. Prepping for your 2014 wedding? Go right ahead, ignore the idea killers! But don’t jump the gun and start making payments or locking your choices down to only one. Here are a few things you can do to start prepping for a date that’s really far out:
Prepare your guest lists
(check out last week’s blog about how
), select your colors and theme
, set your ideal budget
, start thinking about your bridal party
, get familiar with flowers
, find the style of a wedding dress
(not design, name or model number but type: sleeveless, royal train, cathedral veil
, etc), and lastly, start marriage counseling
(remember the focus of your wedding is marrying the perfect person for you, so it’s important to start with a strong foundation)!
Happy Friday!! We hope you had a great week! Our week went by extremely fast and we are looking forward to the weekend. We decided to do something short and sweet today to help you determine your guest count. Hope you enjoy! ~KristinaA few great tips on counting up your invite list:
- When calculating your guests, don’t leave out your parents’ invitees. Normally, couples don’t include the guests that their parents want to invite and will add to a higher guest count. (But also remember to set boundaries; you may not want your Mom’s hair stylist at your wedding.)
- Make sure you don’t have more guests than your venue has seating.
- Determine whether or not kids will be invited.
- Take into consideration your food budget. The more guests, the more mouths to feed.
- Don’t underestimate your fiancé’s number of guests. He may only tell you he needs 40 invitations for his friends but he’s probably verbally invited 20 co-workers already.
- Make a ‘not invited’ guest list. This will help you with tough decisions in the end if you are crunching guest numbers later.
- Diamonds are a girl’s best friend but lists are a bride’s best friend! Make a list of your guests’ names and addresses. On that same list, keep track of whether or not you sent their invitation and if they have RSVP’d.
- The rule of thumb that KayDi’s Event Planning goes by is to expect 8 out of every 10 guests to attend. Which means the other 2 may have plans already that they cannot cancel, my fall ill, etc. Everyone you invite will not be able to make it.
- Of course you don’t need to count your vendors in your guest count but you will need to add them to your food count. (Some venues have the option of a different dish for your vendors)
- Make sure that you or your fiancé knows everyone on the list. If neither of you recognize a name on the list, remove them. (These tend to be the ones your parents or cousins throw in at the last minute)