Doing a little wedding planning…

So for those of you who know me or follow this blog know how important supporting local is to me. As most wedding vendors are all local, I saw my wedding as an opportunity to find the absolute best (and affordable!) in the city. It became a fun challenge to me and I am happy to report that every vendor I had was absolutely perfect.

The Venue

This was probably the hardest for me. Everything I looked at was WAY out of the budget, and the few I toured the coordinator just did not impress me. I wanted to support a venue that had someone in charge that I was excited to work with. When I walked into The Vox I was taken aback by the beauty of it, and within a minute of meeting their coordinator Brooke I knew that was where we were going to hold our reception. Brooke was friendly, easy to get in touch with, organized and awesome at follow up. Brooke did leave The Vox shortly after my wedding to follow her dream of being a wedding coordinator, but she turned the reigns over to Bailey, who is equally as friendly and awesome. I cannot imagine us having held our reception anywhere else. I also absolutely loved that we could bring in our own food, alcohol and even have our own bartenders. Hello $$$ saved! I HIGHLY recommend The Vox to anyone looking for a beautiful venue.

Photographer

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Shawn’s assistant Taylor.

First of all, there are a TON of amazing photographers in Kansas City. I’ll be honest. I left this one up to my mom. I just knew if I started looking into them I would get swept up into all their websites and waste hours of my days. My mom picked Shawn from Swander Photography for his quality of work, his price and his responsiveness. Also, shortly after booking him he sent us a thank you and a gift card to AMC. As someone who also is building my own business and pride myself in small details, I absolutely appreciated the gesture. Shawn was great! He was there the ENTIRE day, had a second photographer, was friendly, didn’t take too many pictures (a huge deal to me, I didn’t want my entire day to be posing for pictures) and took some pretty awesome pictures! Check him out at Swander Photography!

 

The Caterer

Taste of Amore was recommended by a family friend, and I also saw them on The Knot. They are a small, family owned business who are affordable, delicious and easy to work with. After a taste testing and meeting them, it was an easy decision! Since they have been on The Knot they have gotten extremely busy, so contact them early. Check them out here.

The Dress

While I was not too particular about my dress, and didn’t have any sort of vision in my head, there was one thing I was VERY adament about. I did NOT want to step one foot into David’s Bridal. I wanted to purchase my dress locally at a boutique. Now I will say this is hard to do affordably. I went to Stephanie’s Bridal Boutique in Independence and Wedding Expressions by Geri in Lees Summit. I highly recommend both and while neither had a huge selection of dresses in my low price range, the options were there! I ended up with a dress from Wedding Expressions by Geri and I couldn’t have been happier!

Make-Up Artist

While I am not too particular on make-up I didn’t want to look like a ghost in pictures. I had a rough trial with someone about two weeks 084-13;50;53prior to the wedding and since there is no way I could do my own make-up, I was left scrambling to find someone. Bailey Wright saved the day and she was fantastic. She’s a one women show, she’s friendly, & she did an amazing job. If you need make up for any event, definitely check her out!

The Band

I didn’t have a single real flower, didn’t have a huge cake, found a cheap dress and saved money in many other areas for one reason. I wanted to hire Lost Wax. Hands down the best decision. Hire them, that’s all I have to say!

Dessert Bar

Okay I cheated here. My mom did it all. She volunteered! And she said she would never do it again, and that she has a whole new appreciation for people who do this for a living. But it was awesome, and if you can find someone to do it for you it’s definitely a sneaky way to save some money!

The Flowers

Okay this is one where I went against myself. I did not want to spend money on any flowers. They just were not an important thing to me. My friend found a company that uses sola wood flowers and recycled materials (like book pages) to make bouquets. I tried hard to find someone local who does this, but to no avail. While I LOVED my flowers, the company wasn’t easy to work with so if there is anyone locally who does this, or someone who might do this in the future let me know and I would be happy to help promote you! I spent $200 on flowers, and myself and my bridesmaids get to keep them forever!

 

My wedding was absolutely perfect. If there is anyone out there looking to plan their wedding and you are feeling overwhelmed, please know I understand. I am more than happy to talk to you about my research and our vendors. Now that the wedding is over next on our list is to purchase our first home. Luckily I know a good realtor:)

*All photos courtesy of Swander Photography


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