Wedding Wednesday | 1.14.15

1.14.15

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Did you or someone you know get engaged this holiday? Well we are a full service event planning company that can help make your big day special and stress free. We do everything from wedding showers, receptions, and weddings. We can even help plan your bachelor/bachelorette parties as well. Ke Event Designs specializes in organization, planning, logistics, event styling, and vendor coordination and contracts. We would love to be a part of your special event, and will always rise to the occasion.

You can find us online here and on Thumbtack

The New Shower | Wedding Wednesday

9.17.14

Bridal showers were once seen as a formal event that required fancy food, toilet paper games, and an awkward gift opening session. These days, brides are choosing more personalized and unique ways to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with their girl friends and wedding party. Here are some ways to throw tradition out and have a creative and relaxed shower.

Invitations/Stationery

You have to get the guests there, so choose stationery and invitations that compliment the colors the bride has chosen for her big day. Be creative and less formal.

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Location, location, location

Choose a location that is unique and special to you and your groom. I love historic spaces and gastropub type restaurants. The kind that serve craft cocktails and have communal seating. Places with character and culinary fare that goes beyond bruschetta and cheese and crackers.

Wright & Company
Wright & Company | Detroit, MI

Centerpieces

Menus

If you are having your shower at a restaurant or public place, use their menu to your advantage. Takes that task off of you. You can usually get a restaurant to create a prix fixe menu for your guests, or a special variety of menu items just for your party. They will usually give you a deal with that type of set up, but don’t be afraid to ask them.

If you are having your shower at a private home, think of doing a family style set up or creative appetizers that people can walk around and get. That way they can get to know others at the party. One thing to do is to have the appetizers placed around the room and not in one spot because it will make your guests get up and mingle.

Decor Items

Your decor can help bring all the elements of your shower together. You can choose a theme that is either personal for you, or if you have a theme for your wedding day use that. It makes everything seem cohesive.

Chose things that aren’t fussy or formal as to keep the vibe relaxed and engaging for your guests.

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rustic party decor
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vintage bridal table

Table Setting

Setting the table is nothing formal either. Unless you are having a high tea, there is no need for formal seating charts…unless you want to do so to mix up the guests. Be reasonable, you will be using the table a lot. So nothing fussy is really going to be functional.

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Signature Cocktail

Choose a special cocktail to represent some of your favorite flavors or a make up of your favorite cocktail. This is all based on preference. You can always have a non-alcoholic option for your child guests or designated drivers.

Display your cocktails in a manner that is easily accessed, classily displayed, and decorative. Try a drink dispenser or decorative glass pitchers.

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drink table decor

Try one of these:

grapefruit + mint mojito

Grapefruit + Mint Mojito

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 ruby-red grapefruit
  • 3/4 cup white rum
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 cup seltzer

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and add mint leaves. Let steep 10 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a small bowl, and discard mint. Let cool.

Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from grapefruit in long, wide strips. Place in a large glass, and add rum. Cover, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a large glass measure, and discard zest.

Cut away remaining pith from grapefruit. Cut between membranes to release segments. For each drink, place 2 to 3 segments in a glass. Top with 3/4 cup ice. Stir 3 tablespoons infused rum, 2 tablespoons mint syrup, and 1/4 cup seltzer in a glass measure, and pour over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.

sour cherry old fashioned

 Sour Cherry Old Fashioned

  • 24 frozen sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup whiskey
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kirsch
  • Thin lemon-zest strips (from 1 lemon)

Place cherries in a heatproof bowl. Stir water and sugar in small saucepan to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil, and pour over cherries. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Drain cherries, reserving syrup. Thread 4 cherries onto each of 6 skewers. Make 3 drinks at a time: Pour 6 tablespoons whiskey, 3 tablespoons kirsch, and 4 1/2 teaspoons reserved syrup in a cocktail shaker 3/4 filled with ice. Shake and pour into chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewer and 2 to 3 strips lemon zest. Repeat for the second batch.

Social Media Buzz

Encourage your guests to use social media apps like Instagram, or the specialty app called the Wedding Party App. This app will allow your guests, at both your shower and wedding, to share their photos with other guests. This will create a great collage of photos and share the memories of others and your guest’s experience sharing in your festivities. Create a unique hashtag to distinguish your event and that way your guests can look back as well under that definer.

Gift Alternatives

For your guests, try an alternative idea and ask guests to bring handmade, small, or specified gifts (i.e. preserves, favorite food items, wine, etc) for things you may want or need.

Guest Favors

Lastly, give your guests something to remember the day by. Give anything useful and small, but something that says ‘thank you for coming and sharing that moment’ with you.  Again, be creative, but practical.

nail polish favor
wine favors

Whatever type of bridal shower you have, enjoy your friends and family, and be in that moment. Have fun!

Wedding Wednesday | Weather Mishaps

5.14.15

Outdoor weddings are always beautiful and exciting. If the elements cooperate, the possibilities are endless to what you can do outdoors for a wedding.

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But if mother nature doesn’t cooperate, there are ways to avoid a wash out…no pun intended.

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Mother nature can ruin or bless your special day. And with the many types of weather disasters that are possible, rain is probably the least of your worries. There are rising storms, such as dust and tornado storms, that are really taking over the weather patterns lately. So when planning your special day, there are some tips you can follow to avoid total disaster.

  1. Secure backup plans – make sure that the location where you are having your outdoor wedding has a backup location choice in case the weather does not cooperate. Check the weather patterns prior to make sure you can make a sound judgement.
  2. Ensure that your guests are comfortable – the heat can be brutal on your guests and make them uncomfortable, sick even. Make sure that there is ample water and cooling stations for guests to retreat to. Maybe your venue has a place for guests to come inside and get cool.
  3. Purchase wedding insurance – Wedding insurance has become more common with all the weather tragedies and random accidents that are becoming more prevalent. Accidents can be prevented, but when they can’t it’s always good to have a backup plan to protect you and your spouse-to-be.

So while you’re planning that outdoor wedding, be sure to take into consideration that the reality of uncontrollable weather patterns.

 

Wedding Day Dust Storm
Wedding Day Dust Storm

But, if you get caught with your umbrella blowing backwards, make the most of it…like these people:

Enjoy your day, have the breeze blowing through your veil, but be smart about it and make sure to protect yourself.

Wedding Wednesday | His Big Day

4.30.14

We had so much fun working with Bonobos on this post that we wanted to share it with you again.

Spring is finally here and with the temperatures changing, wedding attire is going to be lighter and colorful. Guys are usually assumed to not be interested in all the flair and fuss over what to wear, but Bonobos is making sure that all changes.

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Here is some general information about the company:

Bonobos is a clothing brand focused on delivering great fit, high energy, and superb customer experience. Launched in 2007 on the Internet with its signature line of better-fitting men’s pants, Bonobos is now the largest apparel brand ever built on the web in the United States. In 2011 Bonobos extended offline, launching Bonobos Guideshops, e-commerce showrooms that deliver personalized, one-to-one service to those wanting to experience the brand in-person. In 2012, Bonobos expanded its distribution partnering with Nordstrom, bringing Bonobos apparel into select doors nationwide and to Nordstrom.com. Across channels, Bonobos is focused on delivering a well-targeted brand promise: world-class fit, an innovative shopping experience and an energetic brand spirit. Bonobos was named “One of America’s Hottest Brands” by Advertising Age, “Best Men’s Pants” by New York Magazine, one of Inc. Magazine’s “20 Awesome Facebook Pages” and was awarded Crain’s “Best Places to Work in New York City”. 

Bonobos has a variety of menswear and accessories to ensure that the men will be just as fashionable as the ladies. Bold patterns and bright colors are perfect for that spring/summer wedding you were invited to, and they also work for grooms and groomsmen. Sure to brighten any wedding photo.

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For the refined gentleman who insists on a formal touch, the bow tie is the way to go. Even with a formal touch, you can still have some fun with these prints and patterns.

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The Bonobos Guideshops offer Groomservice  to brides and grooms with making a choice for their wedding day attire. No matter what your needs are, they have a wardrobe solution for any wedding party.

Redrums

Just going as a guest? Well Bonobos has the perfect suit for you too. Classic suits like the seersucker and cotton suits are good for the warm weather and light enough so you can enjoy the wedding festivities.

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Grey Seersucker
Cotton Suit
Cotton Suit

Need something formal? There are a variety of tuxedos to choose from as well. There truly is something for every wardrobe need.

Capstone Tuxedo
Capstone Tuxedo
Double Breasted Suit
Double Breasted Suit

Seersucker is widely known for it’s light-weight fabric perfect for outdoor weddings while still having a classic look. Well seersucker can be versatile as well.

Navy Seersucker
Navy Seersucker

If you are stumped as to what to get your groomsmen for a gift, try a suit! The inner lining of the Navy Flagship jacket can be customized.

Navy Flagship custom liner

Be bold, be different, and stay true to your style when choosing a wedding wardrobe. Bonobos can help you choose the perfect wardrobe for your special day.

Foundation Suit

Wedding Wednesday | His Big Day

4.23.14

Spring is finally here and with the temperatures changing, wedding attire is going to be lighter and colorful. Guys are usually assumed to not be interested in all the flair and fuss over what to wear, but Bonobos is making sure that all changes.

navy_seersucker_3

 

Here is some general information about the company:

Bonobos is a clothing brand focused on delivering great fit, high energy, and superb customer experience. Launched in 2007 on the Internet with its signature line of better-fitting men’s pants, Bonobos is now the largest apparel brand ever built on the web in the United States. In 2011 Bonobos extended offline, launching Bonobos Guideshops, e-commerce showrooms that deliver personalized, one-to-one service to those wanting to experience the brand in-person. In 2012, Bonobos expanded its distribution partnering with Nordstrom, bringing Bonobos apparel into select doors nationwide and to Nordstrom.com. Across channels, Bonobos is focused on delivering a well-targeted brand promise: world-class fit, an innovative shopping experience and an energetic brand spirit. Bonobos was named “One of America’s Hottest Brands” by Advertising Age, “Best Men’s Pants” by New York Magazine, one of Inc. Magazine’s “20 Awesome Facebook Pages” and was awarded Crain’s “Best Places to Work in New York City”. 

Bonobos has a variety of menswear and accessories to ensure that the men will be just as fashionable as the ladies. Bold patterns and bright colors are perfect for that spring/summer wedding you were invited to, and they also work for grooms and groomsmen. Sure to brighten any wedding photo.

Ties&pktsq_4

For the refined gentleman who insists on a formal touch, the bow tie is the way to go. Even with a formal touch, you can still have some fun with these prints and patterns.

Ties&pktsq_3

The Bonobos Guideshops offer Groomservice  to brides and grooms with making a choice for their wedding day attire. No matter what your needs are, they have a wardrobe solution for any wedding party.

Redrums

Just going as a guest? Well Bonobos has the perfect suit for you too. Classic suits like the seersucker and cotton suits are good for the warm weather and light enough so you can enjoy the wedding festivities.

ssgrey_tall_03_2
Grey Seersucker
Cotton Suit
Cotton Suit

Need something formal? There are a variety of tuxedos to choose from as well. There truly is something for every wardrobe need.

Capstone Tuxedo
Capstone Tuxedo
Double Breasted Suit
Double Breasted Suit

Seersucker is widely known for it’s light-weight fabric perfect for outdoor weddings while still having a classic look. Well seersucker can be versatile as well.

Navy Seersucker
Navy Seersucker

If you are stumped as to what to get your groomsmen for a gift, try a suit! The inner lining of the Navy Flagship jacket can be customized.

Navy Flagship custom liner

Be bold, be different, and stay true to your style when choosing a wedding wardrobe. Bonobos can help you choose the perfect wardrobe for your special day.

Foundation Suit