Monday, September 10, 2012

Last Summer Wedding for 2012

Absolutely loved coordinating this wedding; happiness just emanated from everyone present.  The bride and groom looked so in love, and made such a beautiful couple.  This was the first wedding I coordinated where I only took pictures on my iPhone, so that was a new experience.  Judge for yourself on how you think they turned out!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

August Vendor of the Month

This month's vendor, isn't so much a vendor, but a reward for you!  Last month was officially FIVE years in business!  As a celebratory offering, if you book anytime this month for your future event you will automatically receive 5% off your total bill!  That could be a savings of up to $115!

Also, don't forget that if someone refers you to me, who has used Allen Event Designs before, I will write them a check for 5% of your total bill as well, straight out of my pocket!  This deal does not have a deadline, but for 5% off your bill, make sure you book before August is over!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ken and Barbie

In case you were wondering, Ken and Barbie have officially tied the knot!  The photos of the ceremony are too die for, seriously, better than some wedding photographers I've come across! I believe that after 50 years of being together it was time, and now they are approaching their one-year anniversary.

Friday, July 6, 2012

July Vendor of the Month

Something that all brides, grooms, and most people in general find important is their health and body image.  So July's vendor of the month is highlighting personal fitness and the trainers at Healthridge Fitness Center.  I had a chance yesterday to sit down with the head of the personal trainer's program at Healthridge, Andre Day, and talk to him about his recommendations for brides, grooms, and well...anyone.

Some of the tips he gave me are that prior to the wedding if you are wanting to either lose weight or tone, to start at least 12 weeks (three months) prior to the wedding date.  That is the amount of time it takes to really see the results that you are looking for.

Another tip is to plan your workouts similarly to this:
Monday - 60 min. core/resistance training + 20-30min. cardio
Tuesday - 60 min. cardio
Wednesday - 60 min. core/resistance training + 20-30min. cardio
Thursday - Break
Friday - 60 min. core resistance training + 20-30min. cardio
Saturday - Break
Sunday - Break

The final tip I have to share with you from him, is a simple math equation.  If you want to lose 1 pound a week without doing any exercise whatsoever, all you have to do is cut out 500 calories from your regular diet each day.  Here's why...1 pound of fat = 3500 calories.  For three days in a row keep track of all of the calories you consume in a day.  Don't try to cut out food on these days, eat normally so you see how many calories you regularly consume.  I started tracking yesterday, and saw that I took in 2400 yesterday.  Today I am at 1320calories before dinner.  I will track tomorrow as well.  Once I see what my average calories per day is, I will work at taking out 500 calories a day (for me that probably means giving up Dr. Pepper).  If you give up 500 calories every day for 7 days in a row that is equal to 3500...which is exactly equal to 1 pound of fat!  Big Tip Moment: Combine this method with exercise and you will really start shedding the pounds for your wedding day!

Heathridge Fitness Center
contact: Andre Day
phone: 913-284-6622
Appx. cost: (If you aren't a gym member at Healthridge, add $5 to each total)

1 Hour Personal Training Session (1-on-1)
1 session - $75
3 sessions - $209
6 sessions - $389
12 sessions - $739

1 Hour Tandem Training (2-on-1) **good for a bride and groom to do together
1 session - $99
3 sessions - $289
6 sessions - $559
12 sessions - $1099

Starter Pak for 1st Time Purchasers
(3) 1 hour sessions - $149

1 Hour Small Group Training (3-10 people with 1 trainer)
1 session - $35
3 sessions - $99
6 sessions - $179
12 sessions - $319

Contact Andre, and tell him Allen Event Designs referred you!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Small Family Affair

I got to be a part of a beautiful event this weekend.  This couple was a joy to work with, and even with some clouds in the morning...the rain stayed at bay.  I loved being able to get more involved than I normally do, by creating and assembling the decorations for the wedding and reception.  It was pure joy for me.

These are the LED candles I put together for the outdoor hightops

These are the monogram wreaths for the front French doors

The quality isn't great, but the tulle, lights, and kissing balls I had assembled in the two months leading up to the big day

The bride used this stair case for her walk down the aisle

Love how the front walk way turned out!

The cake table

There were heavy hors d'oeuvres and a dessert table in addition to the wedding cake

The sitting room turned into where the bride and groom took vows

The bride and her brother before walking down the aisle

The front French doors

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June Vendor of the Month

Food can be one of the biggest decisions a bride and groom has to make in the planning process: which caterer to go with, what the fare should be, and making sure it tastes amazing.  Simplify your planning process, and check out Catering to Foodies.

Kallie Harris is the owner of Catering to Foodies, and she herself comes from a "foodie family."  She learned that "the promise of good food is the best way to get people together."  Her innovative and fresh approach marries good food with style.  Working as a Product Designer for six years she brings an artful approach to planning your event.  Catering to Foodies will customize a menu and presentation, to meet your tastes, style, and budget.

Contact information:
Phone: 913-636-8941

Sample Work:

Baby Shower

Birthday Spread


Chicken Skewers

Chocolate Bark

Dessert Wedding

Hors d'oeuvres Table

Individual Triffles

Owner Kallie Harris

Mini Apple Pie

Mini Fresh Strawberry Pie

Mini Lemon Pie

Spinach Artichoke Wontons

Tea Party Delights

Tea Party Table

Truffle Lollies

Turkey and Cranberry Pinwheels

Veggie Display