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Honeymoon Planning

Hello friends! Whew, you've made it! After all of the planning building up to the wedding every precious couple needs an amazing honeymoon!  I have a few helpful hints when planning your honeymoon. While you get wrapped up in the wedding planning details, still take...

How To Plan For Rain

Hi friends!! Today I wanted to chat with you about something we actually don’t ever want to talk about, but really need to, which is how to plan for your wedding day rain plan. Here in Alabama you really never know what’s going to happen. If you chose an all outdoor...

Questions To Ask Your Band Before Booking

  Key information to understand: Their style If they emcee and make announcements + what is their style Number of hours of service + charge for overtime Requirement for breaks Stage requirements Greenroom requirements Meal and alcohol requirements Ability to...

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!

November 29, 2021

Hello friends! Whew, you’ve made it! After all of the planning building up to the wedding every precious couple needs an amazing honeymoon!  I have a few helpful hints when planning your honeymoon. While you get wrapped up in the wedding planning details, still take time to do your research for honeymoon destination spots. First, […]

Hello friends!

Whew, you’ve made it! After all of the planning building up to the wedding every precious couple needs an amazing honeymoon! 

I have a few helpful hints when planning your honeymoon. While you get wrapped up in the wedding planning details, still take time to do your research for honeymoon destination spots. First, find your ideal location. Whether you’re traveling to the mountains to go skiing or relaxing on a tropical island, find the place that will be the best for you and your new hubby. After finding the destination, search for a few options of hotels or resorts. I of course do suggest working with a travel agent if you are traveling out of the country. Travel agents give you the reassurance that everything is taken care of for you before heading out for your honeymoon!

When researching hotels or resorts, look at their options for excursions, dining, and amenities. I suggest to pick a place that offers a few things for you to do! After the wedding, you are just looking for the perfect place to simply relax. When hotels and resorts offer on-sight dining and activities, it makes the honeymoon much more relaxing. 

Another suggestion is DO NOT book your plane to leave earlier than 8:00am the day after your wedding. If possible, wait until Monday to catch your flight. I promise it is so nice to not have to rush to the airport immediately after an exhausting wedding day. 

 

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March 24, 2021

Hi friends!! Today I wanted to chat with you about something we actually don’t ever want to talk about, but really need to, which is how to plan for your wedding day rain plan. Here in Alabama you really never know what’s going to happen. If you chose an all outdoor wedding venue, it’s great […]

Hi friends!! Today I wanted to chat with you about something we actually don’t ever want to talk about, but really need to, which is how to plan for your wedding day rain plan. Here in Alabama you really never know what’s going to happen. If you chose an all outdoor wedding venue, it’s great to have a just-as-perfect rain plan. Although you don’t hope for it to rain, it’s great to plan ahead. 

When choosing a wedding venue, it’s important to make sure there is an alternative option in the case of rain. Review your options, whether it’s an indoor facility or needing to tent the area, try to decide on what option will be best for your venue, guest count and budget. After securing your venue, it’s great to go ahead and book those rain plan options. I know it’s tough to book the vendors or items ONLY if it rains, however I promise it will give you some peace of mind.

My suggestion is to get your rain plan completely planned and booked at least 6 months out from your wedding day. Unfortunately if you wait to the last minute, it is often hard to find an alternative option because tents or other indoor facilities may have been booked before you, especially if there is a high chance of rain in the forecast.

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March 17, 2021

  Key information to understand: Their style If they emcee and make announcements + what is their style Number of hours of service + charge for overtime Requirement for breaks Stage requirements Greenroom requirements Meal and alcohol requirements Ability to provide music / amp / mics for ceremony and cocktail hour Do they provide a […]

 

Key information to understand:

  • Their style
  • If they emcee and make announcements + what is their style
  • Number of hours of service + charge for overtime
  • Requirement for breaks
  • Stage requirements
  • Greenroom requirements
  • Meal and alcohol requirements
  • Ability to provide music / amp / mics for ceremony and cocktail hour
  • Do they provide a lapel mic for the officiant?
  • Do they provide a handheld/wireless mic for toasts?
  • Do they provide a mic stand and mic for readers or soloists?
  • If they have back-up equipment in case any fails
  • If they have lighting options

Additional questions to ask:

  • How do you motivate the crowd if they aren’t dancing?
  • What is your back up plan if band members get sick or have an emergency?
  • Will we meet again before the wedding?
  • Can we visit you at a performance?
  • How involved can we be in selecting the music for our day?
  • When do we need to finalize those selections?
  • Do you take requests from guests?
  • Can we submit a “do not play” list?
  • What will you wear?
  • Do you play recorded music during breaks?
  • Do you set up a sign or banner with your table?
  • Are you able to learn songs, and is there a cost?
  • Are my VIP songs (first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance) in your current repertoire? If not, can you play them recorded?

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February 20, 2021

Hey friends! Today on the blog is beautiful Lydia & Conner’s wedding at the Barn At Shady Lane. Oh how I love these two!! Lydia was one precious “Covid Bride”, she stayed calm but cautious during her wedding planning journey and I’m so happy that everything went off without a hitch.  Lydia and Conner were […]

Hey friends! Today on the blog is beautiful Lydia & Conner’s wedding at the Barn At Shady Lane. Oh how I love these two!! Lydia was one precious “Covid Bride”, she stayed calm but cautious during her wedding planning journey and I’m so happy that everything went off without a hitch. 

Lydia and Conner were surrounded by their sweet friends and family all day. Their love for each other was priceless and being a part of their wedding day was so fulfilling. After a few curveballs thrown at Lydia & Conner during their engagement, it was one perfect day!

The Dream Team

wedding planner: Kendal Perry Planning photographer: Allison Naylor Photography | venue: The Barn at Shady Lane | florals: Vera Flora | cake: Magic Muffins | caterer: The Happy Catering Company | officiant: Another Happy Couple | wedding dress: Lea-Ann Belter Sofia via Ivory & Birch Bridal | band: The Groove Factor | photo booth: Pic Your Party Photo Booth | videography: Westerly Way Photography 

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February 16, 2021

Hello again & welcome to the KP Blog! Today I want to chat with you about the pros & cons of a first look on wedding day. I know every couple is different and sees their wedding day going a certain way. I love the uniqueness of each couple and how their personalities share on […]

Hello again & welcome to the KP Blog! Today I want to chat with you about the pros & cons of a first look on wedding day. I know every couple is different and sees their wedding day going a certain way. I love the uniqueness of each couple and how their personalities share on wedding days. 

So, first things first, what is a first look? It’s simply the moment the bride & groom see each other for the first time on wedding before the ceremony. It’s a very intimate and emotional moment, as it’s just the two of them (plus photographers of course!) where they get to take a few minutes and take it all in that they are about to become husband and wife. 

*PROS*

By seeing your soon-to-be hubby/wifey before the ceremony simply calms your nerves. Your wedding day is full of emotions and it’s so sweet to simply see your person and some of those nerves will disappear. 

Next up, it helps with the timing of the wedding day. By seeing your fiance before the ceremony, you get to take beautiful photos together and with your wedding party and family all before the ceremony. That means you get to go to the party sooner! 

Always remember, a first look will never spoil the ceremony. The moment a bride walks down the aisle is a moment like no other. Seeing your fiance as the doors open for you will still give you chills and the sweetest emotions. 

**CONS**

You break “tradition” by having a first look. Some couples are very traditional and want to keep things the old fashioned way, which is so sweet. By seeing your fiance before the ceremony, it takes away that sense of tradition. 

It’s a little risky. By having a wedding planner with you on wedding day, it surely helps not accidentally running into your fiance on your way to the bathroom. If you are all getting ready at the same location and not seeing eachother, it can be a little risky as you will have to have someone on watch to make sure you and your fiance don’t leave your room at the same time and accidentally see eachother.

You might not get all the photos you want. After the ceremony, you will have couple photos, family photos and wedding party photos. Those are ALOT of photos to fit into approximately an hour before you head over to the reception. Often those photos are rushed, which always makes me so sad because the bride & groom don’t get exactly what they wanted. 

My personal preference – I love a sweet First Look. If I can, I will always try to explain to the couple why a first look is so important. Of course it helps the day run smoother, but I promise you will look back at those photos to see your reaction over and over again. It’s such a private and emotional moment to share with just you two. It’s a moment like no other!

 

 

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February 7, 2021

Oh my goodness I am so excited to share this gorgeous day with you all! Lydia & Chase got married in December at Hamilton Place at Pursell Farms! Sweet Lydia was an original Covid bride, as she changed her destination wedding in May, to an all inclusive wedding in December. I absolutely loved Lydia’s style […]

Oh my goodness I am so excited to share this gorgeous day with you all! Lydia & Chase got married in December at Hamilton Place at Pursell Farms! Sweet Lydia was an original Covid bride, as she changed her destination wedding in May, to an all inclusive wedding in December. I absolutely loved Lydia’s style and we had a wonderful time creating her design. 

Lydia’s plan B was seriously just as beautiful as our original plan. Thankfully the rain held off during the day so we could get a few dreamy photos of Lydia & Chase before the ceremony. Their guests enjoyed their intimate ceremony and definitely had a party after! The dance floor was PACKED. It was a perfect way to end 2020. 

The Dream Team

Planning: Kendal Perry Planning – Amanda Maddox | Venue & Catering: Pursell Farms | Photographer: Perry Vaile | Florals: Allie J Creative | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited | Lounge Furniture: Prophouse |  Linens: BBJ | Entertainment: Music Garden – Trotline | Videography: Resolute Films | Cake: Barbs Cakes |

 

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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!

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