Monday, December 26, 2011

Unique guest books

Guest books are a great way to look back and remember all the people that attended your wedding. Signatures don't say much about the person signing, so brides and grooms are finding unique ways to remember their guests.

One of my favorites was an early November wedding for Rachel and Adam - They chose a beautiful coffee table book about Kansas City and had their guests write notes in the book.

Nicki & Zac had their guests sign on their birthday. They printed sheets that had the month and then listed the dates and you signed next to your birthday. Over the years they now can wish all of their wedding guests a happy birthday.

Family trees are fun to look at and so are these thumbprint guest book. Nicole & Jeff had a thumbprint guest book.

Social media can also be used as a guest book of sorts. Here is a unique idea for the you and your guests-a twitter guest book. This link will give you ideas on how to have everyone involved in your wedding use social media to help you create a twitter guest book.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Themed Wedding - Circus

It's a circus! Everyone loves a circus. They are very fun and a lively casual theme for your wedding. Nicki & Zac went all out with the circus theme.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Themed Wedding - Steampunk

Steampunk - I had to look this up on the internet... Wikipedia says "Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy."

When I saw the cake, it made me think of the movie Wild Wild West.

Some other items that went along with the steampunk wedding theme.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Themed wedding

These past 2 wedding seasons we have hosted over 50 weddings receptions. Most of them have been typical...table decorations based on a color selection - a flower, a season or to match the Vox - all because the couple (mainly the bride) have a strong feeling about it. A few time we have seen elaborate decorations that still fit that same formula. Then there are the theme weddings. I love all weddings , but I so enjoy the theme weddings and the creativity that is displayed with the detail and the interpretation of a given theme. The themes we have seen:

Movies (of course)
Steam Punk

Over the next few weeks, I will share the details of these themed wedding, starting with movies. We have had a few of these.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Practice Your Bustle!

One of the most important jobs of a maid of honor, brides maid or mother of the bride is to bustle the brides lovely train on her dress. Being a seamstress, I know these are rarely easy in the best situation. When you are under the pressure of trying to get the bride ready so that the guests aren't waiting, bustles are a hassle. At times, I find myself helping get the bustle in place or fixing bustle that has fallen and now needs safety pins. Here are a few tips.
1) Ask your bridal shop to show you and your helpers how to do bustle the train properly and make sure when it is done that the entire dress is off the ground the way it should be. Move around (dance a little) while you are in the shop to see what will fall.
2) Practice the bustle. Have your mom, maid of honor and all your brides maids practice, but don't overdo it. Also it is probably good for you to try to bustle the dress so you know how easy (or difficult) it is.
3) Have safety pins in your bag just in case something happens.
4) If the bridal shop is putting in the bustle, ask them to use a light blue ribbon or different color of whatever they use to get the train bustled. This may not work because the loops are on the outside of the dress, but if loops are hidden, the different color will help when trying to search for them in all of that fabric.
5)Did I say practice already? This is key. A properly bustled train will stay in place, not get stepped on and not drag on the ground.

Good luck! Hopefully, these tips will make the bustle of your train run smoothly.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Anniversary Cake?

The tradition says that brides and groom are supposed to save the top tier of their cake to eat on the first anniversary of their wedding. I am all for traditions. Most people that know me know that I probably care a bit too much about traditions but to me this one is a little silly. Freezers have only been around for a relatively short period of time, so this tradition can't be that long standing - there has to be something I am missing. So I decided to do (very) little research - there had to be another way that these cakes where saved for a year. I found this article on Wedding Cake Creations website. Hudson Valley Weddings has a little different take on the history of saving the cake. These stories made more sense than putting todays American wedding cake in a freezer for a year and trying to eat the freezer burned cake, if you even remembered which family member had the cake.

So none of this really answers the bigger question - do you save the cake now? Is it worth the cost?

Recently, several bakers that have brought cakes to theVox Theatre say they provide a fresh cake on the anniversary date of the wedding so the bride and groom don't have to save the cake for a year. I love this idea!

Monday, November 7, 2011

From Set-up to wedding to reception

The other day I decided I would try to do a series of photographs that would show the progression of an event from an almost empty room until the reception. I didn't get the camera in the exact same place every time, but I came close enough for what I wanted. Here are the photos I took of Kelly & Pete's wedding and reception in October. They had a rehearsal on the evening before the wedding.

The almost empty room

Tables are set and Ruth (my current helper) is setting up chairs for the ceremony

Tables and chairs ready for decorating

Linens on and ready for the rehearsal

Centerpieces are set and DJ has arrived

Guests starting to arrive

Finally, the ceremony

Dinner is served.

The party has just begun.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It wasn't supposed to happen this way.

It wasn't supposed to happen this way....I know that is the case with most couples that find out they are expecting before they say I do. For Nicole & Jeff the comment was made to me "we always go big". So what do you do when you have already planned the wedding of your dreams and you find out you are expecting a baby as well. Embrace it. Life happens. I love how Nicole & Jeff made having a baby part of their wedding day. When they had their sonogram, Jeff and Nicole didn't want to know the gender of the baby and decided that they would reveal it to everybody on their wedding day. They selected a person to make a cake and provided them the with a top secret envelop that revealed the baby's gender.

The morning of the wedding, the cake came in boxed up and was promptly stored in the refrigerator to be brought out right before it was time to cut. The inside color would reveal whether the baby is a boy or a girl. Shortly after the ceremony was finished and dinner was served, I went to retrieve the cake from the refrigerator. With the mother and sister of the groom standing next to me, we opened the box and we admired the cute cake. I soon saw that the color was peaking through the frosting. I covered it with my hands and politely asked them to get Nicole & Jeff.

Nicole & Jeff stepped up to cut the cake and all their family and friends gathered around to see...would this be a boy or a girl?

It's a boy Congratulations Nicole & Jeff. This month, they will welcome their new son! Best wishes to all three of you.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wow! Happy to be #2 Best Place for Wedding Reception in Kansas City

This is our second year of doing events at the Vox Theatre. This past weekend, we hosted our 101st event since we had the Grand Opening party in July 2009. We have been very pleased with the success we have had. Our goal has always been to provide a unique and affordable option for weddings and corporate parties. We were not expecting a whole lot in what is our second year, except continued growth. We got that and more...

A few months ago, I posted on our Facebook, a link to vote for us in the Pitch Magazine's Best of Kansas City. To our surprise, we later received an email stating we were in the top 3 for the Best Place for a Wedding Reception AND Best Place to Get Married.


A few weeks pass and my iPhone make it's crazy twitter noise to let me know the Vox had been mentioned in a tweet. One of our brides had posted a similar picture as below.

I have been smiling for days. Being #2 feels great and so does #3. Congratulation to Boulevard Brewery, Berg Event Space, Loose Park and Powell Gardens!

Thank you for all who voted for us.
Thank you to all our couples who had faith in us. I feel like I should list each and everyone individually...maybe another time!
Thank you to all our guest that attended events at the Vox.
Thank you to my Kansas City, Kansas police officers and Wyandotte County Sheriff officers.
Thank you to my kids for putting up with all the wedding talk and my crazy schedule.
Thank you to Andy for picking up the slack.
Thank you to my friends and family for supporting me in this adventure, especially Jackie, Susan & Lora.
And a HUGE THANK YOU to Alistair again for giving me a chance.

Enough of the acceptance speech...back to the events.
I could not have done this without all of your help and support!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weddings, Military & Skype

I grew up moving from place to place because my dad was in the Air Force, so there is a special place in my heart for my brides and grooms in the military. When I met Heidi at the Vox Theatre, she told me that she was already married but they were going to renew their vows. Jesse was in the military and was stationed in Afghanistan. She didn't tell me much, other than it was a quick ceremony and when he returns, they wanted to do something that included their family and friends.

During the wedding, the minister told the story of how Heidi & Jesse originally got married. The wonders of technology...being in the military allows you to get married by unconventional methods - really you can get married by proxy. Today with technology, that really isn't as necessary. Why not use Skype? That is how Heidi and Jesse got married the first time. On New Years Day, they planned a time that Jesse could be by a computer and called the minister giving her about an hours notice. They said their vows via the internet.

Now, Jesse has returned and they renewed their vows in front of family and friends...ready to start their new life together in the same zip code. Congratulations! Best wishes in Georgia.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Here's what people are saying.

"Thank you so much for all your hard work and extra efforts in making the Danner/Klein Wedding such a wonderful day. We had a great experience at your venue." Cathie Klien 10/9/10

"We had the best wedding ever! Nicole at the Vox was just great. Everything was beautiful, this is really a great space! Our guests are still talking about the night." Heather & Alan 10/16/10

"Thank you so much for giving us a home for our wedding ceremony. Coutnless guests went out of their was to comment on how gorgeous the venue was and you were all delightful to work with. Thanks again, and I’m sure I’ll be hearing about your meteoric rise to success in the next few years and have to book years in advance if we ever want to come back. Many thanks!" Shannon & Ben 9/4/10

"Rosedale’s class of 1950 greatly enjoyed seeing how beautiful the old Vox Theatre has become. We appreciate you taking the time to let us see the transformation on the 18th (Sept). Again, thanks for the memories." Georgene

"Vox Theatre was the perfect place for our reception! Nichole (the manager) was so helpful to us also. Our original place we had for our reception had closed less than 2 months before our date. (Vox Theatre hadn't opened prior to us booking our first place or we would have chosen them first.) The day after we found out, we went to Vox Theatre to check out the space. Thankfully they had our date available!!! We booked it the same day! Whether your guest list is small or big, it is great for either. The ceiling is beautiful and the stage was so much fun! We used it for our grand entrance:)" Sarah & Justyn 6/26/10

“The Vox Theatre was a great atmosphere!!...We got many compliments on the venue…I would rate it a 5 STAR experience…”
Tim & Rachel 6/12/10

“The Vox Theatre is one of the most unexpectedly dramatic spaces in town…The perfect sized space it has white-washed walls, pressed tin ceilings, “burlesque-cool” retro red velvet curtain and bright white stage lights . . .it oozes: “Special Event.” I loved the versatility of the space, too. Alistair and his staff were true professionals who knew exactly where things were and how to help problem solve the day of the event…He made sure, personally, my event did not skip a beat.” Jenny Vergara

“The Vox Theatre is one of the best kept secrets in the urban core of Kansas City. As I searched for a unique and unknown location for our monthly Urban Core Group event, I was thrilled when I walked through the entrance of this historic silent movie theatre…Alistair worked closely with our volunteers to ensure a successful and fun evening. Over 150 Urban Core Group members were present and delighted to discover this forgotten corner of town...” Marion Wheeler – Kansas City Urban Core Group

"We had the best night ever thanks to Nicole and everyone at the Vox. You helped make our day amazing." Micaela & Brady Cummings 1/1/11

"As the bride who found out Arts Incubator was closed at 5:00 pm the night before our could say I was freaking out just a bit!!! Our reception at the Vox was absolutely perfect. We continue to get comments such as 
"Wedding of the Century"....that says it all!! Thank you a million times over to Annie at Events by Annie, Nicole and Alistair at the Vox, and the entire staff at Cupini's. What a perfect night....made me wish I would have booked the Vox originally.....but everything happens for a reason! Thanks again, you all are the absolute best!!!" Katie & Mike 6/4/11

"Thank you to Nicole for everything! The Vox is a great place to have a wedding reception and all of our guests loved it there!!" Lauren & Chris 6/3/11

"Vox Theatre...I cannot thank you enough for your flexibility and hospitality you shown Katie and Mike on Saturday. It was disheartening to hear about their original venue being closed 24 hours from the event. However, you were instrumental in keeping Katie vision alive. Thanks again!" Events by Annie - wedding planner for 6/4/11

"AND OF COURSE a huge thank you to Vox Theatre for housing the show last night, and specifically NICHOLE at the Vox. amazing amazing amazing." Layne Haley Photography 5/26/11

"Thank you Vox for making our day better than I could have ever imagined." Jennifer & Jason 8/20/11

"thanks again for everything the Vox did to make our wedding reception an unforgettable night! the guests were happy, we were happy, and our dogs were happy. nicole is very friendly, always has an answer, and is very accommodating! everything went perfectly and i could not have imagined our night going any other way. so glad we went with the Vox!" Marcie & Charlie 6/5/11

'If you haven’t visited the VOX yet, you need to! Our guests raved (and our still raving) about our wedding being one of the most beautiful weddings they’ve ever attended - and I think much of that is due to the unique and magical space the VOX offers. Thanks, Nichole & Alistair for everything you do and for helping us have the best wedding we could ever imagine." Laura & Brian 3/19/11

"The VOX was perfect for my November wedding reception! I fell in love with the red velvet curtain and the hardwood dance floor when I first visited the location. Nichole did a fabulous job of coordinating with our vendors so everything went smoothly the day of the wedding. It was a plus that we could bring in our own caterer, DJ and bartenders. She offerred great suggestions for the event and made sure everything was perfectly in place when we arrived. The VOX is a beautiful venue that you can tailor to your individual tastes". Marie & Eric 11/20/10

"My daughters wedding was this past week end June4th. The Vox went out of their way to make it a most incredibile event.Nowhere in town could anyone find anyone like Nicole. The building is so cool, with the high ceilings,a fan to die for, and a lovely deck and yard to the side..incredible! I more than highly recomend this venue.We had 250 guests who fell in love with The Vox, and so did I. This venue is a true jewel..check it out, you will not be sorry." Ruth Holmes - Mother of Bride 6/4/11

"Thank you for making Kerry and Andrew's wedding such a wonderful time.  Everyone loved the VOX." Diane Winter - mother of bride - 9/5/10

Monday, August 1, 2011

Non-Cake Wedding Cake?

You don't like cake or you don't want a traditional wedding cake, but you want to provide your wedding guests with something sweet after dinner. Here are a few ideas from a few of the wedding receptions we have had at the Vox Theatre

Friends of Christina & Jonathan made these beautiful cakes for their June wedding.

MaryBeth & Blake's guest were treated to a variety of delicious sweets, including cookies, fudge, brownies, cake pops, cheese cake and a traditional wedding cake.

Kelly & Nick were treated to a groom's cake made of tempting donuts from the Doughnut Factory.

Anne & Dominic's guests were treated to two types of yummy homemade pies - peach & blackberry.

Monday, July 25, 2011

What type of musician are you using for your ceremony?

We don't see it often, but we like it when it does - having a musician for you wedding. Here is a sample of a few different ones we have listened to at the Vox Theatre