Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
This year has been... HMMM, what's the word, can I curse on this thing? It has been hard, especially for small businesses and wedding vendors. We thought doing a highlight of the year would be nice to share, as there was things we are grateful for and blessed to have done.
Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
Lauren and Stuart
The horns blew, pots and pans were clanked, fireworks went off at 2020 hit. March 7th 2020 we had our first wedding of the year (right before the pandemic hit), it took place at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia and dripped with elegance and simplicity.
My favorite part of this wedding was the champagne vending machine.
We had a lot of free time on our hands in between the rescheduling and calling. We got published on various online magazines / blogs - Wedding Chicks, One Fab Day and Budget Savvy Bride.
Jaclyn and Joe
A long LONG 6 months later... We then had our very first travel wedding which took place at The Regions Tower in Indianapolis.
Another first for us and favorite part was the immense amount of custom-work we did. We have a new love for creation!
We started creating our very own, Wedding Planning Planner collaborating with Chick Invitations. Stay tuned for this as it might just run into the new year!
Venue turned Backyard Soirees
We had 2 venue turned backyard weddings - which turned out more beautiful than ever imagined. One of them was at the North Shore in Mantoloking, NJ and one was in South Jersey, totally opposite aesthetics. Let's take a look!
We got published in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine for our 2019 tent extravaganza. We're so excited to finally share this wedding on a bigger platform and give it the attention it deserves. Go pick up your copy now or follow us on Instagram to check it out!
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What else...what else, OH! We finally branched out into Events - we have booked a Cinderella inspired Sweet 16 party, a Christmas Baby Shower and a "Booze" surprise birthday party!
Meghan and Ryan
Ahh, our Megan and Ryan finally said their "I do's" after 3 Covid switcheroonies! They had a beautiful ceremony at The Basilica and then traveled to Barley Sheaf Farms were they enjoyed being around loved ones (and a goat or two...)
By far our favorite part of 2020 was getting our new couples and booking out until 2022. We have to give COVID a thanks to sticking couples together for a few months because it led to a lot of engagements. We're so happy meeting new people and starting the design and planning process with these couples!
What did you achieve this year??? Let's start a thread #gratefulfor2020 and tag @kylemichelleweddings and share some of the positive things that happened for your business throughout this crazy year, let's weigh out the bad with the good and support each other during this tough time! You can create a post, a story thread, or a blog - just make sure to tag us and #gratefulfor2020 so we can share your story too!
Did we say 4.25.2020, 11.06.2020? We meant 10.03.2020. Yup, third time is a charm! This couple deserved the best wedding and some - and guess what, they got it! They were supposed to get married at The Logan in April and had to switch to Barley Sheaf Farm for a more intimate reception at a later time (hey, were not complaining as we got to keep them for a few more months). In all seriousness, this set-back did not stop them from having the most beautiful wedding, surrounded by the people who love them the most.
This reaction is priceless. You can feel the love through the screen, AH!
That 'we finally did it' face!!!
This escort board is so different from all of the other ideas we've done - Chick Invitations killed it! This is such a good vibe for a garden party!
Don't you worry - we listened to COVID regulations and tried to make it cute, while safe! If a guest was uncomfortable with people coming near them during the celebration, they would put on a bracelet and people would stay away - genius! Plus, who doesn't want a reason for some cute signage?
Due to the change of venue - there was a change in aesthetic and boy are we happy with how it turned out. I absolutely love this pattern napkin with the fall color palettes and florals. This is such a different and unique design!
This is the ultimate example of making lemonade out of lemons! Everyone go these adorable coozies as a favor! Whiteclaw - sponsor us?
It's hard to pick a favorite part of this wedding but this moment was absolutely priceless. The couple was completely surprised by her father's arrangements and this 15 minute firework show. There face says it all and these pictures are stunning!
Venue: Barley Sheaf Farm
Wedding Coordinator: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Photographer: Pat Furey
Florist: A Garden Party
Band: EBE Entertainment
Rentals: Vision Furniture
Lighting: Bobby Morganstein
Hair: Amanda D'Andrea
Makeup: All Dolled Up
Stationery: Chick Invitations
Fireworks: Celebration Fireworks
Good thing you can't see me crying through the computer screen, because this wedding was a for sure special one. Jaclyn and Joe's rooftop wedding was the first wedding after COVID rudely came into our lives and postponed all of plans - and you know what, it couldn't have gone better! Literally! Everyone was so ready to be working again, that it went so smooth and was completely unique and designed for the couple. Let's look through some of these AMAZING photos and I'll try and take you through the day (although you had to be there...)
This is the first time we did a first-look this way and we LOVED it. First the bride wanted a special moment with her father, so the bridal party turned around and closed their eyes until we said to turn around. The bridal party then had a cheerful response and a special moment with Jaclyn. After that, Joe was allowed to turn around and have his moment with his soon-to-be bride. This was such a unique way to do a first-look and it almost mocked a ceremony entrance (which is exactly what she wanted!)
These dresses were from Davids Bridal and they were a stunner! Mismatch for the win!
Obviously we had to a dip kiss with this background... Also, they weren't complaining!
Custom place setting blocks for the head table and Minted menu.
Something about seeing our custom-made signage and stationery is just so thrilling. These are our custom table numbers that we made from wood slabs - they turned out perfectly for this celebration and we're planning to use these babies often!
This is our baby... This green wall has been everywhere and has been through a lot. This custom made escort board and last minute wood sign was PERFECT. Also - those are fake flowers that we embedded into the green wall (apparently we're florists now too!)
Joe deserved SOMETHING special after the reception, so we made him a cigar bar and a matching sign. They used this all night long!
Okay, quick side note about the DJ - Shout out to Willie Matis with 22 Events. He KILLED it and we need him to travel to Philadelphia for all of our weddings.
Well hello again! We are hoping this is our last COVID-related post! We want our couples to be as careful and knowledgable as possible towards wedding insurance and safety precautions.
The last couple of months have been challenging for everyone to say the least. As we have faced COVID-19 in the wedding industry, couples have postponed their special day for a later time. It is really difficult to define the future, and how it’s going to look like. But no matter how different gatherings might be when the time comes, we will make it happen. We all need connection with family and friends.
This unprecedented situation has brought up the topic of having wedding insurance more than ever. Because life happens. Who would’ve thought that there was going to be a global pandemic? Although, the pandemic is not a covered reason at this present time, and many insurance companies are not offering new cancellation policies during the “ongoing crisis”, wedding insurance is still relevant.
There are so many other things that can happen, aside from a pandemic, like severe weather, sudden illness or injury of someone at the wedding party, job loss, withdrawal of military leave, or even venue bankruptcy. What the policy can cover does vary depending on the company, policies, and add-ons you go for. Consumers Advocate has completed a research on wedding insurance that compares several companies and options so it can be a bit easier for you.
Even though there has been a change in celebration dates, it is a good opportunity to keep planning and check insurance options available and determine what do you need and what is your budget. Some people don’t like the talk about insurance and others don’t exactly know if they need it, so one question that can help to determine if you need can be: “Do you have enough money to pay and cover any damage costs that occur before and during your wedding?”. If the answer is no, then you should consider looking into having insurance.
As things can happen “out of the blue” it can be a relief to always have a backup plan and even better when you can save time, stress, and even money if something does actually happen.
Check out their Instagram for more helpful information!
By: Cristina Bailey
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Get a custom bottle of wine or champagne for your bridesmaids with a label that pops the question - after that, drink up and have yourselves a night! I'm loving this customized bottle, I'd say yes!
Customize your labels HERE
Make a customized box with all of their favorites things. You can put a face mask, a bath bomb, their favorite candy or snack, a miniature bottle of their favorite shot (hey tequila!) Make it cute and unique for the individual - this is super special!
Customize your boxes HERE
Go out to a brunch, lunch or dinner date and simply pop the question over some brick oven pizza or some spaghetti. You can customize this by giving them all their own mimosa glass with their name on it, wine glass, shot glass, etc. - make it fun and unique!
Custom glasses HERE
Pack your bags, go on a beach trip or have a day at the pool. Surprise the girls with these fun matching bathing suits. This is perfect for a fun photo-op too! They are killing it!
Custom Swim Suits HERE
This is probably the most common - but you can get them a piece of jewelry that you want them to wear on your special day, a necklace, earrings or a bracelet that signifies the love you have for them all! This is a forever gift!
Jewelry ideas HERE
A classy card is simple and elegant, but if you're over being classy - add a little humor to it!
Unique cards HERE
A sweet treat can never do you wrong - you can do a customized cookie, bag of candy, cupcakes etc. that helps pop the question and put a smile on their face! YUM!
You can either make these, go to a local bakery or find them HERE
Customize some cute cozies and go out in style! I love a gift that keeps on giving... This is also a great photo opportunity and you can keep it for the bachelorette party. Woot woot!
Get these HERE
All in all, whatever you decide to do to ask your I DO Crew will be special and unique because you are! Get creative, do something fun, make the day out of it! Enjoy all of these special moments :)
Throwback..Monday - is that a thing? Well for this couple it's going to have to! This barn wedding takes us back to September 15th, 2019 and we want to flourish in this new era of Backyard and Barn weddings so we're scooping up all of our old photos. The 3 sisters were all married here and it will stay a private residence from now on so it was special and unique for the couple. I know... I'm sad I can't get married here!
Let's take you through this amazing day with this beautiful couple!
These bridesmaids dresses are gorgeous and super unique. It's fun to give an elegant twist to a rustic barn wedding. With this ballgown the bride is wearing combined with the Great Gatsby feel on these bridesmaids dresses, it gives a lot of class and elegance. Also - I love a good mismatch on bridesmaids dresses, the color, the style, or the length - it gives each one a special feel.
Hello! We were loving how sharp and classic these tuxes were! They paired perfectly with the bridesmaids dresses.
Okay associate wedding planner here - if he doesn't react like this when he first sees me... I don't want it. He was so excited to see her and after that, he couldn't keep her eyes off of her and I don't blame him!
I love that HER bouquet was the wow factor - the reception decor was simple with green and white florals, but she decided to be different and go crazy with her bouquet. I love how it stands out against the rest of her design! We love you A Garden Party!
This barn was rustic with a hint of modern which was perfect for this couple, this way they could get the barn feel with the class and elegance of a venue. This was one of our favorite barns to snaz-up!
And here we are doing the snazzing... Kyle Michelle Weddings actually did all of the garland and the table design - we LOVE to be hands on!
This is a great color palette for a barn wedding - the gold gives it elegance and class while the greenery and sophisticated white flowers pull in the aspects of nature. You can also add a pop of color somewhere - a burgundy if it's in the fall, a blush, or a blue or pink in the spring! You can make it extremely versatile!
We have done so many things with these table numbers - we've put gold inserts with the table number, we've written on a leaf and used that, we've put stickers on them, we've put pictures in them, quotes from the couples favorite love stories. These table number frames have been to so many weddings, different venues, and fit completely different vibes - shout out to them!
Hi guys and gals! We always have questions about writing your vows - when you should write them, where you should write them, how to start, whether to add a joke? Well we're here to give you our KMW Expertise on Writing Your Wedding Vows!
We'll make it short and sweet for ya!
Tip #1. Don't google your vows! Everything you need is right in front of you and inside of your heart. Google knows a lot I have to admit, but it doesn't know how you're feeling about the person beside you.
Tip #2. Do not, I repeat DO NOT wait until the night before or the day of to write your vows! Believe it or not, we get a lot of couples that think getting ready or about to leave to go take their pictures is a good time to start writing their wedding vows.
Tip #3. Cut out the cliches and put something funny or an inside joke that is sure to make them giggle / cry. A good balance is some mushy gushy, some funny parts, a little shout out section to the family and of course, romance.
Tip #4. Depending on your comfort zone, maybe exchanging vows in private, writing each other a letter is a better idea than spilling your guts infant of everyone at the ceremony. Everyone is different, do what feels right and special to you and your partner.
Tip #5. Keep them! Whether typed out or written on an old napkin - you'll want to look back and remember the sweet words you exchanged to each other that day. Also, if you renew your vows later on in life, that would be amazing to re-read to each other (just an idea!)
Okay my job here is done - now go write your vows!
Backyard Weddings are going to be the newest up and coming trend for the rest of 2020 and even going into 2021 - and that is NOT a bad thing! We have perfected the backyard wedding and are excited to be able to let our creativity flow and make these weddings as special and unique as possible! There are some things you need to know when planning a backyard wedding, in’s and out’s, pros and cons - hey, that’s what we’re here for!
Let me give you some reasons why a backyard wedding is one of the best things to do in this current predicament:
#1. Save money on a venue cost - because of this, you have more room in your budget for other things such as the rentals, caterer, and fun things like a photographer and videographer!
#2. Freedom with dates and rules - there will be no discussion on when the venue is available to have your wedding or curfew, you make the rules!
#3. Let your creativity run wild - you want a white horse to walk you down the aisle, let’s do it!
#4. Allows you to work with any vendors - food trucks and bar trucks are super fun and easy!
#5. Now that CDC guidelines are lifting - this is the perfect way to marry the person you love, with ALL of the people you love with little to no restrictions and less worry!
Don't get us wrong... House weddings can be a lot of hard work, but it will be worth it in the end - these are super fun, cost-friendly, smart for the times and your wedding will for sure be unique! Keep scrolling...
Now onto the trickiest parts of backyard wedding planning and why a wedding planner is no longer a luxury, but a necessity!
#1. Everything from the tent to the juice you mix your drinks with has to be rented and brought in - that in itself is a task!
#2. It’s your backyard or your family's backyard which makes you feel like you need to be the host, but that’s why you have a planner to make sure that you don’t lift a finger and that everyone is able to enjoy the day and not worry about stocking the bathroom with more toilet paper.
#3. Sometimes it rains and your plan changes - we will always have a rain plan to make sure nothing will ruin your wedding, especially a little mother nature!
#4. Backyard weddings can be a logistical nightmare, starting from the flow of the event to the small details like having enough electricity, bathrooms, rentals and people to make it all come together.
#5. As always, transportation is always a tricky thing, but at a house wedding you need to figure out the parking arrangements, load-in times and where the rentals can be dropped off / picked up etc. These aspects are much easier with the help of a pro!
Don’t let any of this scare you away though - with the right help and trustworthy vendors, your wedding will be completely out of this world! We have nearly 10 years of experience with backyard weddings and one of those amazing weddings being the ‘Kyle’ in Kyle Michelle Weddings.
Okay, now that I'm all excited and have the backyard wedding jitters - let's do this!
It was March 12th, 2020 when the CDC issued restrictions on all mass gatherings which meant no more weddings in the foreseeable future. A billion-dollar industry nearly wiped away in a matter of minutes; along with dreams, designs and plans that have been in the making for years. I don’t know about you, but I started planning my wedding when I was 12 years old – designing a wedding dress for my barbie doll and practicing my first dance with a pillowcase on my head. Weddings are _______ (you can fill in the blank!)
As we wait, our minds start to wonder, will weddings ever be the same? Will 150-300 people ever want to be in a room dancing closely again? We say YES! Yes, we will get back to weddings the way they have been for hundreds of years. You know why, because this is what we live for. We live to celebrate all the amazing accomplishments, relationships and milestones in each other’s lives, and we live to do so with the ones closest to us.
Kyle Michelle Weddings wants to help accomplish that. Some people have been planning their wedding for their whole life, that’s why we’ve been working day and night to communicate with venues, switch dates, check with vendors to make sure they can accommodate the changes and most of all, be there whenever our couple needs us. We are working endlessly to make sure that this transition is as smooth as possible.
5 Pro Tips from KMW:
1. Remember that it's not always about having the biggest guest count when it comes to having your dream wedding. A lot of your budget gets allocated towards the amount of guests. The fewer guests, the more you can explore your budget and make the express / micro wedding represent the two of you as a couple. Trust me, it will still be nothing less than perfection.
2. In regards to rescheduling your wedding in general, take a look at the most important parts of your wedding and go from there. Is the wedding venue the most important aspect to you? If so, find a date that they're available and then check with your vendors and vice versa. A lot of our couples are willing to change their venue date, but not willing to budge on their photographer, so that would be the person you check for availability first.
3. Digital invitations and a wedding website are a must! This way you can keep your guests updated with every change without breaking the bank. Our express package includes a custom website with RSVP capabilities to make life a bit easier.
4. Be decisive and go with your gut. Sign contracts and lockdown vendors quickly and schedule virtual meetings that work for both parties immediately as opposed to waiting on it (sometimes time isn't in your favor.)
5. Most importantly, hire appropriately. Find a wedding planner who gets you and understands your overall wedding vision. This is key as you will have little time to make decisions and you will need someone who can suggest one or two vendors who completely match your style, budget and personality. Furthermore, trust all your vendors! After months of no weddings, florists will be exploding with creativity, photographers will be shooting their best shots and wedding planners will take full control, let them!
Spring, Summer and even some Fall weddings are being postponed and changed due to uncertainty and risk. But what happens if things start to open up in the Summer or Fall and you can now have gatherings, you can be in hotels, venues and vendors / guests have the choice to wear a face mask or not This is where we come in! Say hello to EXPRESS Weddings. This package is for the bride who just can’t wait until 2021, the couples who want to have a unique backyard wedding with 50 people, the ones who want a really cool elopement with 10 friends and the couple who says, “Hey, let’s get married earlier since venues and vendors will be super cheap!” We will express the wedding planning process in weeks – months to get the couple the best deal, the best experience and ultimately, the best day of their lives. Some of the most wanted vendors will now be available and open for a discount, the venues will be begging for some business, and most importantly, guests will be excited to get out of the house and have a reason to celebrate love and happiness. (And yes, this is our livelihood so we are trying our best to stay positive and hopeful as it is all we can do right now.) We’re offering this opportunity, so people are no longer delaying their lives and celebrating it instead!
We absolutely love planning and designing weddings and events. Planning all the glorious details of your dream come true day is our dream come true profession and we take it extremely seriously, especially during this tough time. Our ability to operate as a seamless team is something we've had a lifetime to perfect and we’re ready to express it!
It was March 7th, 2020 the last wedding weekend in the North East. We happened to have a wedding in Philadelphia, PA that day. There were 140 people, all slightly nervous about a virus we knew very little about. The day before the wedding ten guests traveling from NYC backed out from attending for fear of the unknown. It would be March 12th when the CDC would issue restrictions of mass gatherings. No more weddings for the foreseeable future. A billion dollar industry nearly wiped away in a matter of minutes.
What happens next is a whirlwind of re-planning multiple weddings. Working endlessly to make sure our couples could get a new wedding date for either later in the year or moving all the way to 2021. It was weeks of back and forth with wedding vendors all trying to do what was best for their couples. Doing all of this knowing their once secure livelihood was in jeopardy. You see, the wedding industry is made up of thousands of small businesses just like ours.
How do we survive a complete shut down of our industry? When will this ever end? It made me think of why we got into wedding planning in the first place. After planning our first wedding, we were hooked. We loved the feeling of helping people come together to celebrate a new beginning. Laughing, crying, dancing, eating and drinking all while being surrounded by the people they love most in this world. This is what made our jobs so rewarding.
Now we stand with millions of others, anxiously awaiting the re-opening of our states and ultimately the wedding industry as a whole. As we wait, we wonder, will weddings ever be the same? Will 300 people ever want to be in a room dancing closely on a dance floor again? I say yes, yes we will get back to weddings the way they have been for hundreds of years. You know why, because this is why we live. We live to celebrate all the amazing accomplishments, relationships and milestones in each others lives. This is what makes us who we are. We endlessly talk about the wedding where Grandpa danced with all the bridesmaids or when the Father of the Bride sang the first dance song. These are the moments we cherish. We can't see the laughter on the brides face as her maid of honor tells funny stories if she is wearing a mask. And we can't hug our loved ones if we are watching on a computer screen.
So, while we have no idea what the future holds. We can all agree that COVID-19 is scary, but what's scarier is that we can no longer live. No one knows what the future holds, will I die of COVID-19 or a car accident? Either way, I have to believe that I lived. Let's protect our loved ones who may be compromised in these times, but let's not compromise on living.
We need weddings. And when this is all over, we will again gather, not because we can, but because it's what we need. We will do it as it has always been done, surrounded by the ones we love.