Vendor Booking Timeline by WeddingWire!

Congratulations! You are engaged! Take it all in, enjoy all the congratulations from family, enjoy all the fun parties, and monogrammed gifts….ah, it is so nice! But wait…you are suddenly hit with all the questions…”when is the wedding?”, “where is the wedding?” “what kind of food are you having?”, “are you having a band or dj?” “how many bridesmaids will you have?”. Ha! And all of the sudden, the fun and exciting engagement high is now overwhelmed with these pesky questions that you don’t know the answers to, nor where to begin finding answers to these questions!

Well then, WeddingWire has a fancy little cheat sheet to help you out! The Vendor Booking Timeline provides a simple guide on where to start! Although there are a couple of things I would amend  for the Boerne/San Antonio area, the timeline is almost spot on. Wedding Wire suggest finding a venue and wedding planner first– about 12 months prior to when the wedding shall be. I would suggest otherwise if you are looking for a Saturday. Venues in this area book about 15 months in advance for a Saturday, especially in the coveted March-June and October-November. If you are flexible to a Friday or Sunday wedding (often thousands of dollars less than a Saturday) then booking a venue 12 months out aught to do it! Book your wedding venue along side the planner, those are the first two hot ticket items that will get the ball rolling for you! At 10 months out, Wedding Wire  suggest securing your photographer, videographer, florist and caterer! Sounds about right, I would also include the DJ or band inside the 10-12 month range. If you want a specific vendor, booking quickly will ensure you get what you want! Don’t forget, there are hundreds of other brides in this area doing the same thing you are!

At 8 months out, wedding wire suggest guest accommodations, an officiant, your wedding dress and a stationer ! Although I haven’t met a bride who didn’t seek out her dress numero uno. This is all up to you! Sometimes finding the dress first can dictate the venue location and entire theme of the wedding! And finding a dress early makes it all seem so real, you’ll want to save time for alterations, bridal portraits, and any last minute jewelry changes or additions. 7-3 months prior to the wedding you’ll have the odds and ends like finding your honeymoon location, make up artist, hair stylist, favors, the rings, and any rentals you may have in mind. I love the idea of being DONE with wedding planning 2-3 months before the wedding. Save this time for you! Plan to be done and ready to go so you can save the last couple of months for wedding showers, Bachelor and Bachelorette party, packing for your new place together, and relaxation!

WeddingWire has some great tools to help brides like you get this wedding thing figured out! They have a hashtag generator, color generator, and some fun questions/quiz to help you get creative! None of this replaces a real life wedding planner, but in your spare time it might be fun!  The vendor booking timeline is a national suggestion and not tailored to each state/destination. It might be different in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles wedding venues! Here in Texas…we do things our own way!Congratulations on planning your wedding, we would love to be a part of your day! Enjoy the process, and have fun!

Cheers,

Kendall Plantation

 

 

Drop it like it’s HAUTE. *GUEST BLOG*

HELLO ALL!

As you already know…or if you do not know…Kendall Plantation is a BIG , HUGE, GIANT, XL… supporter of hiring a wedding {professional}  planner. A wedding is a big day for you and your families. Why not place it in the hands of professionals who can help guide you through the planning process, streamlining tasks, keeping you on budget and recommending professional vendors without the added stress?!? Haute weddings is the first guest blogger, … and funny enough, Lisa coordinated the FIRST ever wedding at Kendall Plantation 6 years ago. She’s been a shining star ever since, and we are not letting her go.

What is one piece of advise you’d give to brides planning a wedding at Kendall Plantation?
Of course, my first piece of advice is to hire a planner! lol. Weddings at the Kendall Plantation are absolutely gorgeous. It is truly one of my favorite venues to work at. It is a large property and so this means you may have a large guest list. Hiring a planner can ensure there aren’t any gaps in the flow of the event. Planners will be able to guide guests as to where they need to be so they can relax and enjoy all you’ve put together. For example, Haute Wedding coordinators would act as your hostesses greeting guests as they arrive on property, asking them to sign in, taking their gift and guiding them down to the ceremony area. After the ceremony, the coordinators would then direct the wedding party to take formal portraits, while also directing guests to cocktail area, then letting them know when it’s time to take their seats, etc…We do not want your guests wondering…”Where do we go? What do we do? What’s next?” They can simply just enjoy your day.

My favorite part of Kendall Plantation is…?
Oh my, there’s honestly are so many things I love about Kendall Plantation. I would have to say my most favorite is the natural lighting. I know that may be odd, but I love bright and airy rooms with lots of windows and natural light. I love how the light changes the ambiance throughout the day and you truly have different aspects of the day within your wedding vs. a hotel ballroom in which we have to get really creative and design different ambiances.

What’s one thing you wish more brides knew?
That hiring true professionals is definitely worth every dollar. I understand weddings are big business and you need to stay within a budget, but cutting costs by finding the least expensive vendor is not the best value. Hiring a wedding planner for Full-Service is the best money you will ever spend on your wedding. We hear it over and over again from our couples whom we’ve helped. We are involved in the process from the very beginning recommending professional services, helping you stay within budget, dealing with all the logistics so you don’t have to. You will spend the same amount of money you originally budgeted, but you will get all the assistance needed throughout the entire process.

What is your favorite part of wedding planning?
Oooh, that’s another hard one to answer as there are so many aspects that I love. In regards to logistics, I work best under pressure and love having all my ducks in order and love seeing it all come to fruition for the couple. In regards to sentiments, my favorite part is the wedding ceremony. After 300 weddings, I still cry during every ceremony.

Here are a few of my favorite Haute Brides!

 

Wedding Films: The Story of Your Wedding

Wedding Films : {The story of your wedding}

So, it’s here. Your big day. The wedding. The real deal. Its go time. Game day. The anticipation is over, the nightmares will stop, no more planning, no more nail biting, IT IS TIME TO PARTY. You invested in all the right vendors, devoted countless hours planning and designing the wedding from top to bottom. You are about to exchange vows and promise forever with the man of your dreams. You are the bell of the ball, all dressed in white, flawless make up and hair, the perfect jewelry, a handsome groom, the cutest little flower girl and ring bearer, and grandpa looks so sweet dancing with grandma on the dancefloor. It is the perfect day. Do you have this image in your head? Are you excited? Does it make you a little nervous and teary eyed? It should! I love this part!

 Now…..if you could only rewind this day and do it again and again, and share it with your friends and family that couldn’t make it, or watch it after your first big fight, or show your kids, and one day your grandkids…. If you could only just hear those words you spoke ever so softly to your groom telling him you will always love him, and never forsake him. If you could hear your dad during the toast get choked up telling the story of his little girl, his princess, his everything… growing up to become the most incredible person. If you could just turn back time and be a fly on the wall watching your crazy cousin do the worm on the dance floor; you missed that part because you were visiting with your great aunt who insisted on pulling you aside to take a photo with her! If you could only see your favorite grandpa one more time in a video. Or maybe a couple of days after the wedding everyone is talking about your sister who decided to get crazy on the dance floor and showed off moves no one was expecting, but you missed it because you ran to the bar, or had obligatory photos to take with guests on the porch…it will happen! Your wedding only happens once! But nothing can preserve the memory quite like a video can. It is a live action documentary of one of the most important cherished days of your life. Even if you think you will never forget your day, and you remember it vividly, there are some things you will not be able to experience or see with out a video to tell your story. Most brides describe their wedding as a blur! It goes by super fast, and spending thousands of dollars doesn’t sound worth it, if you aren’t going to be able remember it well!

“The biggest problem I see, is that brides are so hung up in the details

while planning a wedding, that it is almost impossible for them to think

of anything but the details. Video is not about the details as much as

it is about capturing a moment in time with the people closest to you,

and if done right, creating a tribute to why you are together 10-30 years

down the line when it becomes hard to remember why. People are the fabric of our

lives, photos can capture their likeness but video captures their heart and soul.

Like I say, its personal for me.”

Mark Thomas with Mark Thomas Pro Photo and Video.

Really,… who doesn’t want to be the star in their own movie?! Professional videographers have been trained to get the results you are looking for. They invested in high quality equipment to give you only the best outcome. The point is, I would give anything at all— to have a wedding video, and I would bet most brides who didn’t get video would say the same thing. Choosing the right video is of upmost importance and should not be a “oh we’ll add it if we have anything left over type thing”. For real, you are telling your story. Advances in camera technology have made it possible to capture weddings like never before. What videographers are able to do with digital editing makes a wedding video much more like a professional film.

Take a second and click on the highlighted blue links above…watch a few of these videos from Mark Thomas and tell me you don’t get the warm and fuzzies! Invest in video. Don’t let your story go untold.

Cheers,

Kristin Voss

To: The Bride to be From: The Bride to be

You deserve the gift of a wedding planner. Your family deserves a gift of a wedding planner. And your friends deserve a gift of a wedding planner.

So you think you can do it on your own?! But why in the world would you do that to yourself!  Weddings are an investment. It is a one time, once in a lifetime magical event for two people to celebrate their union. Why would you put months (maybe years) into planning your dream wedding, and then not hire a professional planner to manage the day that you worked so hard to make perfect! I could go on and on  why to hire a planner- I have done it before, and you have probably heard me rant on this a million times! I am serious as serious can be. Hire a professional planner! We have a fabulous list of professional planners on our website. We did our homework on each planner, so we know each one VERY WELL. We know how they work, when they work, and who they work with.  Each one has different packages, and different options for you to pick that will fit in your budget. Give it a shot, give yourself a gift, you did all the dreaming, and choosing colors, and picking bridesmaids, let the professionals make your dream a reality. Seamless, painless, flawless, on point- with a professional wedding planner. Best money you can spend, and in some cases,  you can justify the cost of a wedding planner by the buckets of money you will save with their vendor to vendor deals! They know the answers to most everything, they know all the secrets, they know all the rules, they know the tricks of the trade.

Check these out!

Sweet August Events – Katherine Lopez     

Haute Weddings – Lisa Morales

Diamonds & Dreams – Tina Humphrey

Weddings By Diana Boucher – Diana Boucher

Timeless Beginnings – Audrey Eichelberger

Hill Country Planning- Brenda Seally

All in the Details Events- Melissa Gaines

Wedding & Event Designs by Pamela

I know these ladies very well, and know their character and work ethics. Top notch. Give yourself a gift! It is your wedding!

Cheers,

Kristin Voss

 

Keg Beer vs. Bottle/Can Beer

Hello Gorgeous brides and grooms!

Below is a short break down of keg beer versus cans/bottles. Bartenders4U shows us the difference, and how you can save yourself a headache and a disaster at the bar!

“So let me Break this Down for you! (1) Keg of Bud Light cost $105.21 at Mireles Party Kegs sounds cheap enough right? But wait!  You need to buy 150 cups which will run about 16.99.  Oh and don’t forget the ice you need to keep this 16 gallon tin can cold for the next 6 hours of your reception. More if your bar is outside!  Count on using about 100 pounds of ice for each keg. This is roughly going  to cost you another $50.00 if your lucky!  So now, we are up to $172.20….ouch…

7 Cases of Beer (24 packs) is equal to one keg… ONLY  if you get every single drop of beer out of your keg. But we all know from our college days,  FOAM = BEER, we do not serve foam….we dump it out.  SO you just lost valuable beer 🙁 Sad face!

 7 Cases of  Bud Light at HEB will cost you $132.79. WAIT? WHAT?!  YES!  Bartenders4U will ice it down in clean beautiful bins, no cups needed, AND we will dry off and pack up the leftovers for you in a nice little box. Lucky for you, if you drive a smart car, we can fit bottles or cans in your car… but a KEG, not so much…hope some one has a truck that has stuck around to the end of the reception to take it all the way back to the rental place!

The worst part about a keg…. hot foamy beer, slowing down your lines only to serve hot foamy beer because they have been sitting out side in 98 degree weather for 6 hours because you thought it was going to be more cost effective! Bummer! What happens if the pump you rented from the keg store breaks..(it happens all. the. time.) uh oh. No Bueno, and at that point, no beer = no happy guests. Lastly, the keg store will not buy back any left over beer from a keg. But guess what, they will buy back bottles or cans that are not used! Score! Money back from a wedding?!  I’ll take it! ”

Consider this, speak with the friendly owners at Bartenders4U, Charlie and Jennifer Smith. They will help you make the best decisions for your bar, to keep your costs most effective, and help you get exactly what you need for the big day! By the way, when you head over there for your free consultation, try the margaritas… I especially like the coconut flavor and habenaro lime….YUM! Did you know you can have a signature drink like margaritas and color them based on your wedding theme? It is a great convo starter for your guests, and makes it that much more custom!

Cheers,

Kristin Voss , thanks to Jennifer Smith of Bartenders4U

2016 Traditions, Trends and Tragedies!

Here at Kendall Plantation, we don’t do too much dabbling in the design aspect of a brides wedding. But we do pay attention, and oooh and awwe at each special detail including the invitations!   We have seen mason jar after mason jar, and purple after purple after purple, donut trees, head pieces, and trends galore. But, one thing that remains the same; Tradition. Traditions such as a real wedding cake, and a real cake topper. A father daughter dance, champagne toast, something blue, borrowed, and  something new. I see 2016 as the year of the bride who brings back more traditional wedding elements such as the ones listed above. Traditions are traditions, and  mom’s and grandmothers LOVE tradition! There is nothing more a mom wants to see than her little girl follow in her footsteps on wedding day. I would bet that more brides use more of what their mom and grandmother gave them to incorporate into her wedding. Super cool! We especially love when brides choose a date based on their parents and grandparents anniversary. Ultimate honor!

Here are a few things we think 2016 will show more of in the wedding world!

1. Grandma’s as flower girls- long are the days of begging a 4 year old to walk down the aisle,,,,use grandma’s to be the flower girl. Genius!

2. Neutral Elegance- Organic and clean floral. Elegance, not sensory overload.  I see more brides building their personality into each centerpiece rather than robbing Pinterest blind and making it super perfect. Blush, Gold, sequins, champagnes, colors that are pouring out  elegant, classy, and a little sexy.  I don’t see gold going anywhere this year, but I see it with more pops and bold colors to back it up. I have not seen a color yet that doesn’t match with true gold, or blush gold. Gold is every colors best friend. It just works.

3. Gone are the days of a “barn” wedding. Trend reports (and our calendar!) show that brides are looking for more elegant affairs. Thanks to big time celebrities throwing all out glamorous weddings, and new lines of fabulous linens and gowns, brides are steering towards elegance. Let us not forget we are in Texas, and the best part of Texas at that! So we expect to see cowboy boots, antler sheds, and “Texas glam”. Bring on the sequins, neutrals, and elegant venues. 2016 will be sure to glam it up!

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Average Wedding Cost 2014

Good morning brides!

Interesting read for wedding industry professionals. Thought I would share a bit of information for you to take home! Average wedding venue cost is up from last year at $14,000. Hmmmm.. we are about half that on a Saturday! Most expensive place to have a wedding is Manhattan New York at $80,000 – San Antonio/Austin ranks in at #25, with the average cost at $31,000.

 

Category 2014 National Average Spend                   2013 National Average Spend
Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon) $31,213 ↑   $29,858
Venue (reception hall) $14,006 ↑                                $13,385
Photographer $2,556 ↑                                             $2,440
Wedding/Event Planner $1,973 ↑                              $1,875
Reception Band $3,587 ↑                                          $3,469
Reception DJ $1,124 ↑                                             $1,038
Florist/Décor $2,141 ↑                                              $2,069
Videographer $1,794 ↑                                             $1,700
Wedding Dress $1,357 ↑                                          $1,281
Groom’s Attire and Accessories $254 ↑                    $248
Wedding Cake $555 ↑                                              $546
Ceremony Site $1,901 ↑                                           $1,793
Ceremony Musicians $637 ↑                                     $588
Invitations $439 ↓                                                     $443
Transportation and Limousine $767 ↑                       $732
Favors $275 ↓                                                           $281
Rehearsal Dinner $1,206 ↑                                        $1,184
Engagement Ring $5,855 ↑                                      $5,598
Catering (price per person) $68 ↑                              $66
Officiant $266 ↑                                                        $260
Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service.

Friday or Sunday Wedding?

Often we have brides who are so bummed their Saturday is booked. But Fridays are just as popular! I see more and more Thursday weddings as well. With months or years notice to your guests, they will have no problem skipping out on work a few hours early for a Friday wedding. Huge cost saver and more weekend left over! Sundays as well are a hot item. Most everyone is off work, and the party can go on for as long or as short as you prefer!

Here is a Q&A from The Knot.
Q:
The wedding venue we have our heart set on is already booked on Saturday nights for the next two years, so if we want to get married before then (and we do!) we’re faced with either doing it on a Friday night or on a Sunday night. Which option would be preferable to the majority of wedding guests?

A:
First of all, try not to stress too much about what other people prefer. Of course you want your guests to be happy, but you need to rest assured that since you’re inviting them to witness the most monumental event of your life (and be your guest at a killer party) they’ll be honored to be included no matter what day of the week you choose. So if you have strong feelings on the Friday vs. Sunday debate, go with your gut. If, however, you’re pretty neutral on the subject, consider whether or not the majority of your guests will be traveling from out of town. If that’s the case (or if you’re having a destination wedding which requires everybody to travel) then choosing the Sunday will probably be the most convenient for most guests. That way they can spend Friday night or Saturday traveling and still have plenty of time to unwind in your chosen location before the wedding. But if the majority of your guests live close to where the wedding will be held, then a Friday night might be a better call, since they’d likely rather skip out of work a little early on a Friday afternoon to get ready than have to worry about being tired for work on Monday after a late-night Sunday wedding.

High and Dry –Record breaking floods

In 30 years living in Boerne, I have never seen the amount of rain we had on Saturday afternoon/evening. It started out slow, and then out of no where, torrential down pours. The ceremony was scheduled for 5:30 so we didn’t make “plan B” official until about 4:00pm. And at that point, we knew there was no end in site to the rain. All the guests arrived, ceremony concluded, bar was open, appetizers were being passed, and photos were taken.  Around 8:30pm, we were notified  that 2 out of the 3 ways to get to Kendall Plantation were shut down due to flooding. Boerne was completely under water, Ralph Fair Road was  flooded at the bridge, and highway 46 to 281 was the next closure. At that point we made the bride and groom aware of the situation, and proceeded to tell them if we do not move everything up, all 200 guests and staff would be spending the night at Kendall Plantation. Never in 4 years (of weddings at KP) have I seen this dramatic of a rain event. However, thinking back, each Memorial Day Weekend we have hosted at KP, has been very soggy and very rainy! Last year we had 4 weddings that weekend, each wedding was held outside due to perfect stopping times of the rain, but never any major flooding. My heartbroken bride and groom pushed everything up, and the majority of guests stood with her during all the formalities. Due to the respect and diligence of each vendor involved– it all happened and was successful.  Thanks to Sweet August Events for sticking it out, knowing they had hours of a drive home ahead of them. Limelight Photography and video stayed until the very end to capture each moment they could. Bartenders4U kept the bar  flowing until the last guests left and DJ Ray helped them keep the mood with lighting and music. We are so thankful to have even had a wedding. Several other venues in Boerne were not able to have an event, and cancelled weddings with only moments notice due to major low water crossings in their area. Our bride and groom made it official and still had time to relax and take it all in. If “unfloodable” was a real word, I would make it my motto. Lesson learned, it takes about 18 inches of rain in a two week period to shut down major roads leading to Kendall Plantation. Other than that, the view from the top is pretty nice. Cheers!

Kristin

Kendall Plantation