Our Favorite Things - Wedding Venues

Educating our brides about what to expect during their wedding planning journey is a big part of what we do here at All My Heart Bridal. We don't just want to be a wealth of information when it comes to your fashion choices, but we also want to share in this process with you in other ways. So, welcome to Our Favorite Things! Each post will cover a different wedding professional you will encounter during planning, and we will tell you all about our top choices of people we love to work with. From venues to photographers, and everything in-between we will share with you curvy brides the people who make us laugh, love their craft, and will make your experience much more memorable. Ready? Lets dive in!

Kansas City Wedding Venues

1. 8th & Main | Grandview, MO

8th & Main is a wedding and events space in historic downtown Grandview, Missouri. The urban space that has been restored to grandeur with a nod to its past life as a bank. While renovating the building, we discovered the original bank vault and gave it a prominent place in this intimate room with 10 foot oak paneled doors dating back to 1902. The vault room is ideal for a ceremony or cocktail party of 135 or less. The larger reception room is upscale in style and finishes and has plenty of room for dinner and dancing for 150 guests. The exposed brick walls and solid oak doors give way to a private outdoor patio that accommodates a ceremony for 125. The patio is also a great space for guests to talk and mingle around the dancing flames of the outdoor fireplace.

2. 1890 Event Space | Platte City, MO

1890 offers serene views and distinctive spaces worthy of your vows. The rolling hills and grounds provide an unforgettable backdrop for your wedding. Eighteen Ninety's two unique spaces offer everything needed to host an intimate wedding of 5 guests or a larger celebration for 300 people.

3. Pennway Place Event Space | Kansas City, MO

Pennway Place, located inside Studio Dan Meiners, is unlike any other venue in Kansas City. At 8,000 square feet, Pennway can accommodate gatherings up to 450, but its unique design creates an intimate feel no matter the number of guests. This space was built with modern versatility and classic sophistication. Studio Dan Meiners is the exclusive floral and event design company of Pennway Place and this seamless integration enables us to unite design and decor in perfect harmony. An event at Pennway Place is sure to leave a lasting impression.

4. Buffalo Lodge | Kingsville, MO

Located on 330 acres of beautiful prairie land, Buffalo Lodge is the ultimate destination for rustic weddings. With an array of packages to choose from, an on-site cabin which sleeps your bridal party, a beautiful outdoor ceremony site, and even more impressive reception hall, couples, and their guests, are treated to seclusion and privacy to create lasting memories.

Not only have we had a plethora of couples choose these venues for their big days, but all of the venues listed here are award winning, and fantastic choices. Whether you're looking for something more rustic, or going for that downtown feel, you won't go wrong checking out these spaces. Don't forget to mention the babes at AMH say hello!

Travel 101 | How To Travel With Your Plus Size Wedding Dress

You have crossed your "T's" and dotted your "I's" and are getting ready for your fantastic destination wedding! And then you remember that somehow you have to get your big, beautiful, wedding dress from point A to point B, and now you're freaking out. FEAR NOT CURVY BRIDES! We have all the best tips and tricks when it comes to traveling with your dress making your journey effortless, relaxing, and enjoyable. Here we go:

How To Travel With Your Plus Size Wedding Dress

1. Contact Your Airline

Each airline has their own regulations and rules when it comes to what luggage goes where, and the easiest thing you can do to avoid any surprises on travel day to is contact your airline ahead of time, and see what they recommend when it comes to flying with your dress. For example, American Airlines allows you to bring a soft-sided garment bag in lieu of a carryon. Some airlines will also have a small closet space available for hanging garments, but be mindful other passengers may take priority!

2. Always Carryon Your Dress

Did you know that one out of every four weddings are destination weddings? Did you also know that in 2016 SITA, (International Aeronautical Telecommunications Society) reports that 23.1 millions bags were lost. 23.1 MILLION PEOPLE. Lesson? Do not ever put your wedding dress in a checked bag. Always keep it in a carryon bag, or, garment bag, and in your sight at all times. Check out this video to show you how to properly pack your dress! 

3. Invest In A Garment Bag

Your wedding dress is an investment, and it is important, nay, vital, to protect this investment while it is in your care. Whether you reach your destination by plane, train, automobile, horse & buggy, or futuristic means the more time your dress spends exposed to the elements are simply more chances for it to get stained, wrinkled, or ruined. At All My Heart Bridal we offer both plastic, and linen, garment bags to our brides at time of purchase, and always encourage curvy girls to take us up on the offer. It is the one item you will not regret spending budget money on!

4. Last Resort: Ship It

While we never recommend this method to our brides it is sometimes unavoidable. Shipping can cause anxiety, but follow these simples rules, and you will prepare yourself for anything! Always use a reputable carrier, such as FedEx or UPS. Always make sure you have tracking information so you can stay up-to-date on where your package is at all times. Always insure your package for the full retail price you paid for the gown, and keep a copy of your receipt for your records. Should the package get damaged in transit, or, not make it to the destination, you will need your receipt to show proof of purchase, and how much you paid. And lastly, always pack a backup for just in case scenarios. Did you know the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists sells a box specifically for destination weddings that includes a specialized container with acid-free paper, stain stick, and instructions on how to securely package your gown? Get it girl!

Don't let your travels get you in a frenzy, because guess what curvy girls, this is going to be you in just a short time! Have fun!

Plus Size Bride Beach Wedding

REAL WEDDING | Shelby + Garrett

Shelby has a heart of gold, and just lights up a room wherever she goes. When we saw her name on our appointment list we would get super excited because you know it's going to be a good time, and we had so much fun sharing in this special day. We are so thankful she made the drive to visit us here at AMH, and her photos are such an inspiration. Here is what Shelby had to say about her experience with All My Heart Bridal:

"I had been to 2 other bridal salons before All My Heart in search of my wedding dress. All My Heart was by far the best compared to the others. Sarah was very inviting and welcoming the moment we walked through the door from the yummy treats she had waiting to the beverages she offered. She immediately asked not only about dress preferences, but the wedding and my fiancé which made the fitting all that more personal. Sarah has a great eye for each brides beauty that we may or may not see and she insisted I try on a dress style that I had been avoiding from the start, just to turn around and say, "YES, this is my dress!" She truly helped me to feel like a bride which I had not felt from my past experiences. I am over the moon with my dress and cannot stop looking at my pictures I took from trying it on. Truly cannot wait for my fiancé to see me in it on our big day!"

Congratulations you love birds! Here's to an amazing life as Mr. & Mrs.. Sending you all our love!!

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