Dec 22, 2017

What Is That, Velvet?

In the last blog post, we looked at a trend of using plaid as a part of your wedding. Today, I thought I would take a look at another fabric that you real don't hear too often being used either - velvet. This material can be used in the same manner as we suggested for the plaid.

Below are some pictures of ways that it can be used. Take a look and see which ones might be interested in trying out.

Dec 20, 2017

What The Plaid?!

Since we are coming to the end of the year (oh my gosh!) now is the time to start looking at what could be trends for the 2018 wedding season. In looking at different articles, there is a surprising one to me. During the winter month plaid is something that is traditionally known for that time of year in clothing. Who would've thought this pattern would move over to the wedding industry?

The fun thing about this trend is that despite it being a plaid pattern, there is still a variety of colors that come in plaid and it doesn't have to be the "traditional" red, blue and white. Not to mention they could be used in a variety of places. Below are a couple of examples of where plaid can live.

Table Settings

Here is one place where you can put plaid fabric and it seem to be "over the top". It could be something as simple as a napkin or a table runner, or you can cover the entire table with a plain tablecloth and then using solid napkins for balance.
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If you just want to add a hint of this pattern, why not send it to your guests? With the variety of shades, along with the plaid, you can pick solid variations and use them throughout the rest of the planning.

Bridal Fashion

If you are that bold couple that likes to make a statement, then this option would be for you. Incorporate your plaid in the wardrobe. From the bow tie to actually bridesmaids dresses. You can go as subtle or as bold as you want. 

However you choose to incorporate this bold fabric choice for your big day, make sure you do it in at way that makes YOU happy and enjoy the moment you see it all come together.

- Danielle

Dec 18, 2017

Yes, You Do Need Us

It seems like there is still this thing where people feel like wedding and event planners are an unnecessary luxury. I can't begin to tell you the stories I have hear and read about how a couple's wedding was unorganized or how the Bride didn't have a good time because she spent most of the time delegating responsibilities or focusing on issues and not enjoying her day. There's also the age long debate on wedding coordinator vs. venue coordinator. You can see our thoughts on that in the below post.

Independent Planner vs Venue Planner

I think we have a pretty good understanding of both sides to this. On the one hand we as planners can understand the issue of budget. Do wedding planners cost? Yes, we do cost and that fee, to some, may seem like it out of control or super expensive. Cost can vary from company to company so absolutely do your research to find out which works best. On the other hand, there is a reason for those fees. We are basically controlling the pace of your day and the memory you are trying to create for yourself and your guests. There is certifications and experience that accompany what the planners are offering and if you had it in your mind to hire the "celebrity planner" then prepare to pay even more.

Our goal is to make sure you are not missing out on the celebrate of you as a couple because the aunt that was supposed to make your food got so caught up in your planning she forgot or the cousin who said would take your pictures doesn't have professional equipment. Check out our infograph below and see just what all we can offer you if you give us the opportunity.

Dec 15, 2017

Let There Be Ultra Violet

Pantone just released their color for 2018. First, I have to say - it's about to be 2018! The days and months have gone by in such a whirlwind trying to keep up is something else. Our poor little blog shows it too. I digress...

Back to the subject at hand, Pantone has chosen 18-3838. To those of us who don't have any idea what that means, that translates to the color Ultra Violet.

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According to Pantone, this color is "A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade..." This is a blue-based purple and is already creating some inspirational buzz. Below is just some of the things we have found.

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it's still very early on since the announcement and we cannot wait to see what others will come up with to display this beautiful and rich purple hue. 

Let us know, now that it's out, will this become a part of your wedding color palette?

- Danielle

Jul 27, 2017

A Boot Camp With Dr. Ivan Hernandez

Over the past few months, we have been working with celebrity physical therapist and author Dr. Ivan Hernandez. Based out of Yonkers, New York Dr. Ivan authored his first book "Courage to Continue" to share the story of how a physically fit man can have a heart attack with 6% body fat at 38 years of age. This book talks about the causes and the ways we overcame fighting for his life. Release in April, the book is now one of the top 10 best selling books on and is also being sold at Barnes and Noble. He has also appeared on a variety of television shows including our local programs Better Kansas City and Kansas City Live. He also has had multi segments on Roland Martin's show NewsOne Now.

In addition to releasing a book, Dr. Ivan also set out on a multi-city boot camp and book tour. We were selected by his manager, Dr. Syleecia Thompson, to plan his stop here in Kansas City. On July 8, we had a wonderful turnout and a great time with Dr. Ivan. We did a boot camp and he also gave a quick workshop on how to life a healthier lifestyle. We were so honored to be chosen for this event and to represent A Special Occasion to the fullest.

Dec 20, 2016

Ending 2016 on a High

So this post is going to be a little bit of bragging. We initially won our first award in 2014 for event planning from our city. To quote from the Kansas City Award Program:

"Each year, the Kansas City Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Kansas City area a great place to live, work and play."

This program has chosen A Special Occasion, LLC as their event planning winner. We received notification of this year's win just yesterday. Well, the exciting thing is now that we have won this award in three consecutive years, we have now been chosen to be a part of the Kansas City Business Hall of Fame! We are now a part of an elite group of people and it feels pretty good.

Just wanted to share the excitement!


Dec 16, 2016

A Bar Without Liquor...Say What?

When deciding to have a bar at your wedding, most people think in the traditional sense of beer, wine, mixed drinks, if you want to offer them, and a possible signature drink (see our post on those HERE). What some couples don't realize is that there are other types of bars that you can have at your reception. Below are some ideas for other bars you can have and they are all pretty sweet.

The Candy Bar

This bar is the most popular one of the bunch. With this one, you can be as creative as you want to be. Maybe you want your candy to reflect your wedding colors, or maybe you want to take people on a trip from the past and have the candy that you grew up on and loved as a child or you can just have one big chocolate fest. Couples will use this bar as part of their cocktail hour or they can have people wait and have it with their cake and during the dance party. The set up for this is super easy and be really cost effective if you look for sale items and order wholesale.

S'mores Bar

This one could be quite fun. You can make this as big or as small as you would like. The main question I'm sure is, how would you roast the marshmallows? So glad you asked and the answer is to get you a pack of Sterno burners and problem solved. Those are the silver containers that you usually see when you go to an event and they have a buffet line. You will want to get the gel ones because they provide a bigger flame.

With these babies, you can have your very own indoor campfire. You can position them and add some decoration to the area where you place them. Then you get your graham crackers and bars of chocolate.

Popcorn Bar

No who doesn't need a little popcorn in your life? This one can be pretty easy to set up just like with the candy bar. The setup would basically be the same and again, could be really cost effective. With a popcorn bar, you can pick so many flavors that you can share with your guests. You can do that famous Garrett's Chicago mix, for find you some that has a little chocolate on it.

The Mini Food Bar

Now this one isn't a part of the sweet variety. It can be safe to say that your wedding reception is going to be filled with fun, dancing and just a great big party for about 4 hours. After all of this, you may want to offer your guests a little to go snack so these may be what you need. Your guests would be surprised to go to the back of the room and see little sliders or little things of tomato soup and grilled cheese as they are walking out the door. You can add a little spin to your event and feed a little after party hunger.

Hopefully, we have given you some ideas as to different ways that you can make your reception fit your personalities. You don't always have to go with traditional things and you can step it up and provide something that people will remember about your special day.