Monday, March 26, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Wedding

A few photos from our St. Patrick's Day wedding.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Can a wedding be planned in 6 weeks?


If you have a short timeframe for your wedding and reception - for whatever reason - start with the basic question. What is most important thing you and your fiance want to walk away saying about your wedding day? (I like this question no matter how much time you plan for your wedding.) This question help you sort through what is important and what is nice to have but not necessary in a time crunch. Concentrate on the important and if extra time allows, work on the nice stuff to have.

List of things to evaluate:
Flexibility - If you have a short timeframe be open to many possibilities. Maybe have the ceremony & reception in same location so you are only looking for one venue. Also consider a Friday or Sunday (or even maybe Monday - Thursday). During peak months Saturdays are not easy to find on short notice.
Marriage license - Most marriage licenses can be obtained within a week of your wedding date.
Invitations - For weddings most invitations are sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding day, so think electronic. They won't cost as much and they will help your wedding day be a little green.
Caterer - Some venues already have caterers on staff so that is easy. If your venue doesn't ask for recommendations. Another option is to have a light cake or dessert and punch reception.
Bartender - Again some venues have bartenders on staff and alcohol to serve. If not again ask for recommendation or consider just beer & wine or no alcohol. It would be easier & less expensive.

Cake - You don't usually have to order cakes 6 months in advance so this is an area you don't have to compromise, but always consider other options - cup cakes, pies, cookies or other desserts.
Dress - It is important to have something to wear, but it doesn't need to be a special order. Check out bridal consignment shops or rack sales. They are a great place to find designer gowns without having to wait for your order.
Photography - You may have to give up using the best photographer in town, but ask them for recommendation. They will know where to send you. It may take a few tries, but you will find one you like.

Tuxedo - Again, it is important to have something to wear, but why not wear a suit. Most grooms and groomsmen would prefer a suit to a tuxedo.
Flowers - Beautiful? YES! Easy? Yes, if you are paying somebody else to do them.

DIY projects - Unless you have all the time in the world, I don't recommend many of these. They take a lot of time and they cause much stress.

One great thing about planning with short notice - you may be able to negotiate a discount for some items.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Winter Wedding

Winter doesn't seem to be a busy time for weddings in Kansas - maybe it is the chance of snow and blizzard conditions that cause couples to shy away from getting married in December, January or February. With the red curtains, I would expect to we attract more couples planning a festive holiday theme wedding and reception. We have had a few brave couples and lots of great weather for their ceremonies and receptions.

Micaela & Brady's wedding on New Year's day 2011. The wedding was held at the Rainbow Mennonite Church across the street from the Vox Theatre and then the reception was held at the Vox.

Abby & Matt rang in the New Year of 2012 with their wedding guest.

They had the ceremony at the Unity Temple on the Plaza. With the beautiful 60 degree weather, more guests arrived than were expected. No worries - it was a spectacular night.

The centerpieces were reminiscent of the Ball drop in Times Square

Ashleigh & Brett ceremony & reception at the Vox was schedule to coincide with Brett's finishing graduate school. They scheduled the start time of the wedding early in the day so that many of their guests would not have to drive in the dark and have the concern of bad weather. The other major consideration for them was to have the ceremony and reception in the same location, so travel between the two wouldn't be an issue, but again the weather was fabulous for an early January day in Kansas and so was the wedding and reception.

If your thinking of a winter holiday themed wedding or any winter holiday party - be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, or even Valentines day, the Vox Theatre should be on your list of venues to visit.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Themed Wedding - Avatar

Another theme wedding we have hosted at the Vox Theatre - Avatar. I realize I am probably the only person who didn't see the movie Avatar. Therefore other than blue people, I didn't know what to expect when Amanda and Matt mentioned the Avatar theme to me. The event was much more understated than I expected.

The bride wore a beautiful bright blue dress...

and carried a glowing bouquet of flowers.

The tree of life was the centerpiece for the ceremony

Decorations were very tropical and had elements that glowed.

The set-up for the ceremony above. A picture of the reception is below.