The Beginning of Forever...

Sadie and RA reached out to me just a couple of months before their wedding at Camp Koinonia. They were a couple from Brooklyn that wanted a space that would be as fun as they were. He was an actor and she was a dancer and the two of them couldn’t have been more of a perfect pair.

Their wedding festivities began Friday when family and friends traveled near and far to join them in their weekend celebration. Camp Koinonia’s team orchestrated activities, provided comfortable accommodations, and catered the weekend’s meals. 

On Saturday Morning a beautiful transformation took place. The conference center became an elegant reception space. White linens dressed the tables. Napkins draped under each place setting. Candles glistened in the lanterns on the wooden centerpieces surrounded by flowers. Each table told a story about the couple. White tapestry and flowers rested on the walls, while the fireplace glistened with candles, and mason jars filled with flowers.

The outdoor Chapel of the Pines became nature’s perfect setting for a ceremony. Benches were dressed with runners. The aisle danced with hanging mason jars filled with flowers. Guests laughed and cried with the couple as they attested their love for one another.

Every wedding tells a story and KR Occasions fell in love with Sadie and RA’s story.

VENUE SHOUTOUT: I have had the privilege of working with many venue spaces and I have a lot of experience with weekend weddings. The Camp Koinonia staff was amazing. They were pleasant, happy, and willing and able to assist in anyway that they could. I highly recommend considering this space if you are looking for a weekend wedding.

A Touch of Disney

I had known Jake from working at a venue with him and Hannah and I were on the same soccer team in school. When these two got together just over three years ago, they were a match made in heaven. Their laughter and smiles would just light up the room. Their love made you want to fall in love like they had.

On July 23rd these two committed their love to each other in front of family and friends at the Sussex County Conservatory. While the rain delayed the ceremony, with the help of family and friends and a few cotton shirts we were able to dry the rain off the seats

The reception space was dressed with navy blue linens and silver napkins. Each centerpiece was crafted with babies breath, lemons, and a lot of love from a family friend. Every table had a touch of Disney. Occasionally you would find yourself singing along to an old familiar Disney song. 

I have to say, KR Occasions was honored to be apart of this couples magical day. May you two always be each others greatest adventure. 

 

Who to Book When?

 

When to Hire a Wedding Planner (2-12months):

You can hire a wedding planner as much as a year in advance or as little as 2 months in advance. Just know your wedding planner will have the greatest amount of utility to you and can guide you through the planning process. I highly recommend you hire one whether it is for the full process or just the day. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

 

When to Book a Wedding Venue (9 months at least):

This should be done as soon as you pick your date. Most venues are booking up too, two years in advance. From here you can start picking your photographer, videographer, DJ etc.

 

When to Hire a Wedding Caterer (6-9 months at least):

This should be the very next thing you do after booking your venue. Every caterer has a limited number of events they can do on any given date. The sooner you book the more likely you are to get the caterer you really want.

 

When to Book a photographer (9-12 months at least):

Most top tier photographers are booking a year in advance so make sure that when you have your eye on a photographer, you establish connection and lock in your date with them right away.

 

When to Hire a disc jockey (9-12 months at least):

The top talent in this area tends to get booked fast. Some DJ’s are even sold out 6-8 months before their wedding date. So don’t wait to long.

 

When to Book a Wedding Videographer (9-12 months at least):

If a videographer is as important to you as your photographer you should definitely hire them early. However if you decide last minute that a videographer is something you must have you can lock most in 6 months before your wedding date.

 

When to Hire a Ceremony Officiant (6 months):

A really good officiant can make your ceremony magical.

 

When to Book a Wedding Florist (6-9 months at least):

Florists have some flexibility, because they can do multiple weddings in a day. So if you don’t book them a year in advance, it won’t be crucial.

 

When to Hire a Wedding Cake Baker (6 months):

Most bakers do multiple wedding cakes on any given day, so there is more wiggle room. Also it gives you more time to find the perfect baker and lots of time to try free samples!

 

When to Book Wedding Transportation (2 months):

Most of the time a company can accommodate multiple wedding in a day. However if you are getting married in the Peak wedding season: May, June, July, August, Sept, October, I would inquire more then 2 months in advance. 

Purrrfect Wedding

So you can't imagine having your dream wedding without your fur baby. I mean you are suppose to be surrounded by all of your loved ones. And who could love you more then your pet? Well other then the person your about to marry. So how can you make your fur baby apart of your big day? Well, KR Occasions might be able to help you with just that!

  • Ring bearer
  • Hound of honor
  • Use silly photos of your pet for your table numbers
  • Do a shout-out to your pet in your vows
  • Get stamps of your pet
  • A dog can make a great sign holder
  • Who said the cake topper had to be just of the bride and groom

 

How to Pick Your Signature Wedding Cocktail

When it's time for your toast, you want to make sure your signature cocktail is what's in there hands. You want to make sure that cocktail is unique to the two of you. So how you decide what your signature cocktail is? Easy just keep these things in mind:

Use your wedding colors in your cocktail. Whether it be the cocktails actual color, a pop of fruit, or a colored napkin.  

Add a seasonal touch. Pick something that flows with the season like Pumpkin Punch in the Fall, an Irish Bailey in the Winter,  a Springy Sangria for the Spring, or a Hard Lemonade in the Summer. It'll go right in with your overall wedding theme.

Add your personal spin on a classic. You can never go wrong with a classic drink with just one or two ingredients that spice it up.

Create a fun name. It's not your signature cocktail without your signature touch. Pick something that incorporates the drink name, your wedding #hashtag, a spin off on your names, play with wedding words "Ale you Need is Love," or play with destinations that have meaning like the Hoboken Breeze!  

Go with his and her drinks none said it had to be just one signature wedding cocktail.

Tell a story. There's nothing like a signature cocktail that has a story behind it. It could be the first drink you had on your first date or your favorite go to cocktail.

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2017 Bridal Trends

Bridal Fashion Week was just a couple of months ago. So here's what we can expect to see in 2-17. 

  1. Ruffles. Lots and lots of them. From soft swirls to oversized ruffles.
  2. Flower Power with an emphasis on 3D embellishments.
  3.  Metallics. Rich metallics , silver beading and sequins and lets not forget the crystal embellishments.
  4. Minimalism. Straightforward silhouettes with subtle details. 
  5. Grace Kelly. Royal Europe meets Old Hollywood ballgown.
  6. Rising necklines, Old victorian style necklines. 
  7. Sexy sleeves, Lace and shimmery illusion details. 
  8. Tea time. Mid length wedding dresses are back!
  9. Pink. Soft pretty hues of pink.
  10. Cold shoulders, Off the shoulder wedding dresses and even cutout shoulder dresses.
  11. Pants. Pant suites a classic silhouette for every bride.  

Which trends will we see at your wedding? 

Ever Pending Question Is... What Does A Day of Event Planner Actually Do?

For starters we’re more like a month / two month before your celebration kind of event planner. Basically we coordinate the logistics of your day so all of your hard work runs how you envisioned. We start by creating a comprehensive timeline for your vendors. We’ll establish contact and confirmation of your vendors and provide them with all event details, and we’ll become the new point person. Although we will not negotiate contracts, we will however review your contracts and understand who is doing what and when, and of course distribute any final payments. We’ll sit down with the couple, group, or leader and take a tour of the facility and create a comprehensive checklist of what you need so no detail goes un-missed. The day before your big event we will run your rehearsal. On the day of, KR Occasions will be there from the moment the florist arrives till the end where you can spot us packing up all your gifts and goodies. It can sometimes be a 15-hour day for us, and we are there to make sure your day goes as you envisioned and that everything is worry-free and seamless!

 

Why You Should Hire KR Occasions for Your Wedding

  1. You deserve everything to be perfect on your big day.
    It takes a lot of time and hard work to pull a wedding together perfectly. KR Occasions knows the right people to talk to, how to get the best prices, what should (and shouldn’t) be in a contract, and how to ensure that every single detail is prepared for your big day!
  2. We will keep you within your budget.
    Money is one of the hardest aspects of planning your wedding. Who’s paying, how much, when is your bill due and how do you ensure you don’t spend too much in one category? We saved some of our Brides and Grooms hundreds of dollars just on linens alone! Think of KR Occasions as your financial adviser or your personal accountant who specializes in weddings. We know how much things should cost, roughly what percentage of your budget will be spent in each area and when payments will need to be made in order to secure services or products.
  3. Your wedding planning experience should be enjoyable, not stressful.
    Whether your engagement is long or short, you should enjoy every moment of that special time with your fiancé. Most importantly, you do not want to turn into a neurotic Bridezilla/Groomzilla who can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t work and is constantly stressing about how much work there is to be done. Since it’s our job, KR Occasions has the time and the skills to deal with everything on your behalf. All you have to worry about is taking care of yourself and enjoying your engagement period.
  4. You don’t want to spend hours finding vendors and trying to figure out who is trustworthy.
    It’s daunting to know how many vendors are out there (and how many people it takes to make a wedding a success). Knowing who to trust and who is right for you is one of the hardest tasks of planning a wedding. KR Occasions works with some of the best vendors in Sullivan County. We have an array of trusted vendors that caterer to a range of budgets. We’ll match you with just the right vendors at your right price. 
  5. You don’t want to worry about forgetting to plan or pay for something.
    Wedding checklists can be pages long, so it’s no surprise if you’re worried about forgetting something. Luckily our planner knows what needs to be done and when! They will keep track of all your deadlines and remind you when things need to be done and decided on. Making sure nothing will ever be missed for your big day.
  6. If you both work and you don’t want wedding planning to take over your life…
    Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, even more if you do everything yourself. Having a wedding planner is like having a personal assistant whose sole responsibility is doing all the running around for your wedding and making sure the entire process is enjoyable, fun, and stress free.
  7. Venue coordinators are fabulous but they don’t take care about any of the other details.
    You’ve already found your venue and you get on really well with the venue coordinator (the person who takes care of all the logistics of the venue and often is provided as part of your wedding package). They are great and have everything under control. They even gave you a recommended list of vendors that they work with. But keep in mind, that’s generally as far as their services extend. KR Occasions goes beyond these tasks and can help you manage your budget, mediate disputes with your family, tell you what flowers are in season on your wedding date, take you to meet other vendors that’ll fit within your budget, research prices, and anything else you wish.
  8. We can make your vision a reality.
    No matter whether you know exactly what you want, have a vague idea, or no idea at all, our wedding planner can help you define the look, style, mood and emotions you want to create. Our planner is focused not only on keeping you within your budget, but making sure we do whatever we have to, to make sure everything goes according to your unique plan.
  9. We can help you if you’re struggling to meet the demands of your friends and family.
    Does your family have a different idea of how your wedding should look? Many couples have to deal with a plethora of conflicting opinions from their friends and family about how the wedding should unfold, and it can be hard to please everyone. Not to mention stressful. Our wedding planner can deal with your family’s expectations, show you the available options and can be relied upon to give you expert advice so you make an informed decision. Let’s face it it’s much easier to tell your soon to be mother-in-law “the wedding planner thinks it is best for us to…”
  10. If you are planning a wedding somewhere other than where you live…
    Planning a destination wedding has its pros, but it’s hard to organize vendors that you’ve never met or imagine a space you’ve never seen in person. KR Occasions has experience in organizing abroad weddings. We have a trick or two up our sleeves for getting the job done the way you want.
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Weddings Don't Have To Be Expensive...

So many times we hear about couples spending home or car down payments on their wedding. However not all couples have to do it this way. There are plenty of ways you can save on your wedding starting off with:

  1. Long engagements have there advantage as long as you book your vendors in advance, before their price increases.
  2. Getting married on a Friday or a Sunday or even during the "off season" can save you a few thousand dollars.
  3. Design your own invites and have them printed at Staples or print them yourselves.
  4. Design a seating chart poster instead of individual escort cards!
  5. Skip the menu cards.
  6. You don't have to hire a florist, if you are crafty enough you can be your florist.
  7. Create your own photo booth. Just order some props and use an instant camera!
  8. Compare the cost of buying your linens to renting them (sometimes it's cheaper to buy).
  9. There are disposable plates that look just as elegant as a real plates that could save you a few hundred dollars in rental costs.
  10. You can still have an elegant dinner, but having it "buffet" style or "station style" can save you quite a few $ per guest.
  11. Food trucks are super unique, while still giving you plenty of variety, and it can also save you a lot per guest.
  12. No one has to know you faked your wedding cake. Your Baker can make the top layer real for you to cut into and you could have a sheet cake in the back to later be served to your guests.
  13. Who says you even have to have a wedding cake. Cupcake Cakes are just as delicious!
  14. Shutting your bar down an hour before the reception ends can save a few $ per person.
  15. Hire KR Occasions we've worked with budgets of all sizes and know how to negotiate those contacts for you!

 

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Andrew & Jamie Get Hitched

Andrew and Jamie were by far the funiest couple I have had the pleasure of working with. Andrew reached out to me just a few short months before their big day. He and Jamie resided in Brooklyn, New York and were looking for a local wedding planner in the Barryville area. Little did they know that I lived only five minutes away from their wedding space. Andrew and Jamie got married at Camp Tel Yehudah. Their wedding was based around a "campy" theme, because both of them were camp leaders at this very camp for many years. Wedding production began on Thursday, as guests would begin arriving on Friday night for the wedding weekend festivities. Sunday, September 4th was the big day.  KR Occasions dressed the tables with linens, pieced the centerpieces together with hand picked flowers and herbs, created custom table numbers, place cards, and coordinated with the wonderful Camp Logistics team to make sure everything was just right. Friends and family from all over the world traveled to celebrate Andrew and Jamie, and I am so glad they choose me to help prepare and celebrate with them!