my JOURNAL!

Jennifer & Braxton’s Park Crest Wedding

Hello friends! Today I'm so happy to share Jennifer & Braxton's perfect wedding photos from their wedding at Park Crest this summer. Jennifer had a beautiful idea for her wedding and let me tell you, it came together flawlessly. Her precious bridesmaids wore a...

The Ultimate Guide to Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

Hello beautiful friends! Welcome to my blog where we chat a little about me and all about weddings! Recently I've had several brides ask me "Do I need to tip that vendor?", my response is always "Do you feel like they did exceptional work and you want to give them an...

Guest Blog Series | Birmingham Wedding Photographers | Katie & Alec

Hello friends! Today on the guest blog series, meet Katie & Alec Photography! This married couple is so precious and quite entertaining! I've had the pleasure to work with Katie & Alec and they make your wedding day fun and relaxed. Enjoy getting to know them...

Welcome to the KP blog! My name is Kendal and I’m so happy you’re here. It’s been my dream for quite some time to own a wedding planning company and now the time has finally arrived! I am certain that this will be the best journey in life and I’m so excited to finally show you what we’ve been working on for the past few months! Take a look around, love. I can’t wait to meet you!

September 11, 2019

Hello friends! Today I’m so happy to share Jennifer & Braxton’s perfect wedding photos from their wedding at Park Crest this summer. Jennifer had a beautiful idea for her wedding and let me tell you, it came together flawlessly. Her precious bridesmaids wore a variety of gorgeous neutrals which tied together perfectly with her floral […]

Hello friends! Today I'm so happy to share Jennifer & Braxton's perfect wedding photos from their wedding at Park Crest this summer. Jennifer had a beautiful idea for her wedding and let me tell you, it came together flawlessly. Her precious bridesmaids wore a variety of gorgeous neutrals which tied together perfectly with her floral color choices. Jennifer's dress was a beautiful ivory and moscato a-line with gorgeous off the shoulder straps - YES PLEASE! It all went together just like she had hoped for!

When I first met Jennifer and heard about her & Braxton's love story, I knew they were one of those dream couples with a beautiful love for each other. You could see their love for each other throughout the entire wedding day. They were SO happy to finally see each other at the first look and it was so sweet! Oh how I loved this day, this couple and their precious wedding! It was just as beautiful as they are and I was so happy to be apart of their wedding day.

The Dream Team

Planning: Kendal Perry Planning Studio | Venue: Park Crest | Photography: Eric & Jamie Gay - Associate Grace | Florist: Forever Wild Floral | Videography: Megan Pettus | Entertainment: Divine Entertainment | Wedding Gown Shop: Bella's Bridal | Wedding Gown Designer: Essence of Australia | Bridesmaid's fashion: Bella's Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Caroline Overmeyer | 

 

Open Post!

September 6, 2019

Hello beautiful friends! Welcome to my blog where we chat a little about me and all about weddings! Recently I’ve had several brides ask me “Do I need to tip that vendor?”, my response is always “Do you feel like they did exceptional work and you want to give them an extra thank you?” Your […]

Hello beautiful friends! Welcome to my blog where we chat a little about me and all about weddings! Recently I've had several brides ask me "Do I need to tip that vendor?", my response is always "Do you feel like they did exceptional work and you want to give them an extra thank you?" Your wedding day should be all about you and your fiancé, these vendors work to make you as the couple as happy as you can be! If you feel like a few or all of your vendors did exceptional work and just got you - then I suggest a tip or a nice gift. If you have a more reserved budget, a hand written thank you notes goes a LONG way as well! 
Here is a list of my suggested tip amount per vendor. Always remember this is YOUR wedding and you should tip them the amount that you believe they should receive. 
Main Venue Contact: $200-$300
Note: Some venues are not allowed to take an additional tip. 
Photographer: 10% of their fee
Videographer: 10% of their fee
Florist: 10% of their fee
Wedding Planner: 10% of their fee
Band or DJ: $25 per musician or $100 for 1 DJ
Catering Manager: $200
Waitstaff: $25/waiter
Bartenders: $50/bartender
Hair & makeup: 10-15%
Vallet: $1/car
Officiant: A donation to the church
Again, when it comes to tipping, a nice gift or hand written letter is also appreciated from every wedding vendor. We love to know that you are so happy with your overall wedding day. 
Are you looking for someone to help ease the wedding planning process? I would love to help! Contact me today <3 

Open Post!

September 3, 2019

Hello friends! Today on the guest blog series, meet Katie & Alec Photography! This married couple is so precious and quite entertaining! I’ve had the pleasure to work with Katie & Alec and they make your wedding day fun and relaxed. Enjoy getting to know them <3  How long have you been apart of the […]

Hello friends! Today on the guest blog series, meet Katie & Alec Photography! This married couple is so precious and quite entertaining! I've had the pleasure to work with Katie & Alec and they make your wedding day fun and relaxed. Enjoy getting to know them <3 

How long have you been apart of the wedding industry as a photographer?

We shot our first wedding together back in 2012 through Alec’s personal photography company. We officially launched Katie & Alec together in 2014 after we got married! 

 

Did you always know that you wanted to photograph weddings?

Actually, no. Alec has always loved shooting and started out photographing everything her could. He went to college and studied art & photography. Katie on the other hand thought she wanted to work in the health industry with eating disorder patients. After the first wedding we shot she said she’d never do it again. Then we booked one more and she was hooked from that moment on!

 

On wedding day, what is your favorite thing or part of the day to photograph?

Alec absolutely loves ceremonies & any emotional moments. Give him something heartfelt & candid. Katie on the other hand is all about the bride getting ready. Being one of the first people to see her in her wedding dress always makes her emotional!

Who is your ideal client?

We say we’re for fun, laid-back couples who believe in marriage. Ultimately, we want to champion people through the process so they can focus on the most important thing, their marriage. We love people who value that above everything else and who are excited about photography. 

 

What advice would you give a future bride?

Don’t feel like it has to be stressful. Everyone talks about planning like you have to be frantic and stressed the whole time. That’s not true! This time is really you prepping for your marriage as much as it is you planning for the wedding. Focus on that!

Take time to just be thankful for every step of the process and if it’s not fun, try to see if you can delegate that task to your planner or friends. People want to help make this time special for you. Plus, your vendors are there to help make sure everything goes smoothly too.

Open Post!

August 19, 2019

Hey friends! One of my favorite things Jesse and I got to do together during our engaged was registering for things for our home. Planning our home together was honestly like a dream! It was even better when random days we would receive a gift in the mail and then together find a place to […]

Hey friends! One of my favorite things Jesse and I got to do together during our engaged was registering for things for our home. Planning our home together was honestly like a dream! It was even better when random days we would receive a gift in the mail and then together find a place to put the gift! So here is your ultimate guide to registering for your upcoming wedding! 

When to Register?

I recommend starting your registry as soon as you are engaged! Check back in on your registries from time to time throughout your engagement so that guests who check your registry later in the process still have a nice selection of gifts to choose from. Don't forget to include your registry information and links on your wedding website once that is up and running!

Types of Registries

There are so many options when it comes to registering for gifts. Most of your favorite stores, such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, West Elm, and Crate & Barrel offer registries, but if you're more into experiences, there's registries for those as well! 

Here are some of my favorites to help get you started:

Traditional Gift Registries - Your traditional registries will include your household items which help make your house a cozy home with your new hubby!

Amazon

Anthropologie

Bed, Bath & Beyond

Belk

Crate & Barrel

Macy's

Target

West Elm

Williams-Sonoma

Pottery Barn

Universal Registries 

Blueprint Registry

Newlywish

Simple Registry

Thankful

Zola

Honeymoon & Experiences -  If you're like me, you love experiences and traveling! Sometimes moments and memories can be the best gifts to get. These sites make it easy to plan the honeymoon everyone will wish they could take!

Honey Fund

Traveler's Joy

Do you have any other places that you like to shop at that offer registries? Drop a comment below! I would love to know!

Open Post!

August 14, 2019

Hello friends!! Welcome back to my guest blog series of a few of my favorite wedding photographers in Birmingham! Today please meet Katie & Cindy!! These two are absolutely precious and an amazing duo for your wedding day. I had the pleasure of working with Katie & Cindy on a styled shoot in Birmingham and […]

Hello friends!! Welcome back to my guest blog series of a few of my favorite wedding photographers in Birmingham! Today please meet Katie & Cindy!! These two are absolutely precious and an amazing duo for your wedding day. I had the pleasure of working with Katie & Cindy on a styled shoot in Birmingham and as you can imagine, it was beyond beautiful. Enjoy meeting this adorable mother/daughter duo! 

1. How long have you been apart of the wedding industry as a photographer?

We have been in the wedding industry for about 3+ years.

2. Did you always know that you wanted to photograph weddings?

We had no idea that we wanted to photograph weddings until my own wedding about 4 years ago.  Cindy was a nanny for children of teachers and her own grandkids and I was still struggling to find my ultimate passion in life. I knew that I loved photography and writing and I had dreamt of becoming a photojournalist for National Geographic, however, after my wedding, I realized how much fun they could be to photograph1   Cindy, my mom, loved photography and photographed us often when my siblings and I were kids.

3. On wedding day, what is your favorite thing or part of the day to photograph?

On the wedding day, my favorite thing to photograph is the sunset portraits of the newly introduced bride and groom.  It’s such a happy and emotional time for the two and I love capturing that.  Cindy loves capturing the bride in all her glory!  She loves the intimate shots of her getting ready and the bridal shots before the ceremony.  There's nothing more beautiful than a bride deep in thought of the what the future holds for her and her new life!

4. Who is your ideal client?

Our ideal client is someone who is just as excited as we are about having those portraits for years to come. We love when our couples exuberate excitement and love for each other because we want them to look at their portraits later and (and be able to re-live that moment forever) remember what an incredible day their wedding was.

5. What advice would you give a future bride?

The advice we would give our future brides is to enjoy every moment.   We know first hand how quickly time passes in these moments and we want our couples to try not to stress about every single detail.  We also enjoy helping with anything we can so we love for our couples to reach out to us for anything they might be questioning.  Whether it be timing of the ceremony or styling choices, we want our couples to know that their wedding is just as important to us as it is to them!

Open Post!

August 11, 2019

Hello friends! Welcome to the What To Wear series on the KP blog. Today I want to chat with you about what you should wear as a guest to a wedding with cocktail attire requested. Cocktail attire means well dressed but less formal than a black tie wedding. You need to know the details so […]

Hello friends! Welcome to the What To Wear series on the KP blog. Today I want to chat with you about what you should wear as a guest to a wedding with cocktail attire requested. Cocktail attire means well dressed but less formal than a black tie wedding. You need to know the details so you can arrive looking sharp and ready to party!

Do's for her - Cocktail dress, tea length dress or if you're more comfortable in pants a dressy jumpsuit is appropriate. Also, look into the venue the wedding is taking place. Is it outside in grass? That might change your mind on which heels you plan to wear! Check to see where you will be spending the evening and dress accordingly. If you choose to wear a pantsuit or jumpsuit, go more to the dressy side instead of casual. It's better to be over dressed and not underdressed!

Don'ts for her - Long formal gowns are a no-no. Remember, you don't want to upstage the bride! Also avoid bright colors or bold patterns.

 

Do's for him - A suit and tie. Darker hues in cooler months and lighter grey during the summer months is appropriate. Your suit should be one solid color with no distractions. Of course if you are a fun tie kind of guy, it's still acceptable to be you and wear what you feel comfortable in! I suggest to try to match the tie in the same color family to compliment your suit (or your date!). 

Don'ts for him - Tuxedos, this is more appropriate for a black tie wedding or formal wedding. Also, avoid bright colors and bold patterns.

And always as a reminder, never wear white unless you are the one getting married! 

If you're looking for a. planner for your upcoming event, I would love to help! Contact me today <3 

Open Post!

hello loves!
Welcome to the KP blog! My name is Kendal and I’m so happy you’re here. It’s been my dream for quite some time to own a wedding planning company and now the time has finally arrived! I am certain that this will be the best journey in life and I’m so excited to finally show you what we’ve been working on for the past few months! Take a look around, love. I can’t wait to meet you!

see the pretty squares

kperryplanning

© 2018-  Kendal Perry

Site & Branding By AL Creative

© 2018-  Kendal Perry

Site & Branding By AL Creative

Kendal perry is a birmingham, alabama

based wedding planner focused on

giving the wedding of you dreams