Our Favorite Things - Kansas City Wedding Invitations & Paper Goods

Wedding invitations can set the tone, and sometimes it is the first thing your guests see for the big day. Whether you’re creating a classic and traditional look, or going for more of a creative and whimsical feel having proper guidance is key.

These wedding invitation and paper good vendors are artists, and will help you with everything from the type of paper to print on to the wording you need to use. Here are our favorite Kansas City wedding stationery boutiques you NEED to have on your team. Ready? GOOD!

Yellowbrick Graphics

YellowBrick Graphics is a custom stationery boutique specializing in save the dates, wedding invitations, and day of paper. We offer many different printing techniques and assembly options for you to customize your invitations to be uniquely yours!

In 2010 while living in Alabama, Mickenzie was asked to design an invitation for a dear friend, and thus the first brick was laid. From there, she was flooded with inspiration on bold, inspiring design that would get guests talking. Before we knew it, Mickenzie was working YellowBrick Graphics full time and Gary continued as the dutiful husband, packing shipments, running to the printer, and any other errands he could do to help this wild adventure. Now, almost EIGHT years later we are still going! Mickenzie is still the main designer and Gary handles the logistics and we are loving every minute of it.

A boy from Indiana and a girl from Oklahoma, we are a married duo that met right here in the beautiful state of Kansas! Landlocked and together, we spend our days creating beautiful stationery for any event.

Yellowbrick Graphics Website - https://www.yellowbrickgraphics.com/
Instagram - @yellowbrickgraphics
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/yellowbrickgraphics/

BP Creative Group

BP Creative Group is a full-service graphic design studio with a combined thirteen years of experience in the wedding and design industries. With our expertise in corporate graphic design and nonprofit event design, our luxury wedding invitation suites and custom day-of pieces ensure that your ceremony and reception are beautifully and cohesively branded. We are excited to have recently launched The Wedding Brand Experience™, a white-glove wedding design service that allows you to sit back and relax while we dream up and plan out every single design element implemented throughout your big day. BP Creative Group is laser focused on delivering an experience to our clients and their guests through insightful and intentional design from start to finish.

BP Creative Group Website - http://bpcreativegroup.com/
Instagram - @teamblissful
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BlissfulPrints/

East + West Designs

At East + West, we design custom wedding invitations and stationery items for those in love. We believe in the powerful impact of first impressions, that being one-of-a-kind is more valuable than gold, and the best way to serve others is with love. Find out how to tell your story, focus on what matters, and make a lasting impression. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, or some wine, a beer, maybe a cocktail? Girl, pick your poison and let's do this! Send us a message or shoot us an email at hello@eastandwestdesigns.com to get started. We can't wait to hear from you! (:

East + West Designs Website - https://eastandwestdesigns.com/
Instagram - eastandwestdesigns
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eastandwestdesigns/

Our Favorite Things - Wedding Planners

The biggest piece of advice we can give brides is the enjoy the little things on their big day, but how does one achieve this? HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER. Honestly. This isn't some ploy, or scheme. This is the honest truth on how a bride, and her loved ones, can actually be present, and enjoy her wedding day. So it is only natural that we highlight our favorite Kansas City Wedding Planners in this month's Our Favorite Things.

Wedding planners are the best friend you've never had, the ladies who provide the best motherly advice, give the best hugs, and are always in your corner no matter their personal feelings. They know the ins and outs of the wedding industry, have literally helped couples under the most stressful situations, and always come out on top. You would be a fool not to add one of these amazing pros to your wedding lineup. SO CONTACT THEM NOW. Literally. Stop what you're doing, and reach out. You're welcome.

Celebrations Of Love | Weddings & Events by Christine

Living just four miles south of my parents’ home where I grew up with my four sisters, I’m not only familiar with the streets of Kansas City and the surrounding metro area, but they are ones I have driven, walked, and explored for over 25 years. I attended Saint Louis University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from John Cook School of Business, so I also have a soft spot in my heart for everything Saint Louis, especially those Cardinals.

As a wedding planner, I get to combine my passion for helping people with my knack for problem-solving and creative thinking. I like to say that I’m the thread that runs through every part of the wedding, tying together all of the pieces to create one cohesive event. And I believe every bride deserves an assistant—a “fairy godmother”—on her special day.

An advocate for my clients’ wishes through every step of the planning process, I make sure they feel comfortable and confident in all of their decisions. To guarantee that everything runs smoothly, I bring vendors up to speed, keep track of details and timing, and act as an extra set of hands. I never settle for less than my best in any area. The result? My clients and their families can simply relax and celebrate!

Now, if you don't find me in local craft shops searching for the perfect items for my clients’ weddings or at networking events catching up with other area wedding professionals, you might find me running triathlons/5ks or enjoying the preserve that surrounds my little yellow cottage. Staying healthy and positive is my top priority so that my jam-packed schedule doesn’t wear me down—though a cup of coffee (or a few!) often helps me power through. When it’s time to relax, my absolute favorite things to do are cuddle up with a million blankets (especially on a snowy winter night), watch romantic movies, and drink a glass of blush wine or champagne.

Pretty + Planned

Hi…I’m Stephanie!

I’ve been coordinating events in the Kansas City area for over 12 years now. I got my start with my first college internship with ‘A Brides Best Friend’ a wedding consultant company. This experience developed within me the desire to expand my knowledge of event coordination, and the dream of starting my own business. After my internship I worked as a lead wedding coordinator for Unity Village, a large and busy venue in Kansas City, where I sometimes balanced multiple weddings a day. Having experienced planning in both my college internship, and then on a corporate level, I knew in my heart that entrepreneurship was the route I wanted to pursue. So my journey building my own business began!

I completely love being a personal wedding & event planner. I love when my clients tell me how invaluable I am to them, and how I’ve turned their dream plans into reality. It’s a amazing feeling to be the person someone trusts with their plans, and to be able to put everyone at ease so that the day can be enjoyed to the fullest without worry or stress.

I’d love to hear from you and discuss how I can help turn your ideas into reality!

Fun Facts:

Hometown: Kansas City

Family: Married my college sweetheart, Jack, in 2009. We have… 2 dog children: Mackenzie (Puggle) & Murphy (German Shepherd). Our 1st human child came in March of 2015, our daughter, Colette Elise.

Passionate about: Faith, family, creating beautiful weddings and events that leave lasting memories, supporting other small businesses & international travel.

Described style: Romantic and classic with some flair here and there. I love timeless & traditional pieces, with adding in some personality.

Likes: Brunch, pedicures, tacos, lake life, Netflix, pretty chandeliers, 80s/90s music, country music, iced coffee, lemon flavored anything, positive and funny people, Royals & Chiefs games, traveling.

Nerdy for: Paper products, office & organization items, inspirational books & people, learning/exploring other countries.

Magical Moments Weddings & Events

Buffee Ann - Owner/Executive Event Manager

believe in soul mates. I believe in that moment when you just know you met the person in your forever. I believe in a lifelong commitment to love and hold dear one person above all others even when times aren't easy. I am certain in these things because I've been blessed to experience them in my own life. Love is a powerful emotion and it can lead to amazing adventures.

I remember every single ceremony and the unique electricity in the air when a couple sees their beloved walking towards them. Each of those moments are burned into my heart forever and I'm always grateful I was chosen to share in that eternal moment. I am passionate about helping you create a unique event to tell your own perfect love story. Your relationship is unlike any other, so why would your wedding which is an expression of that story, be any different? The memories of your wedding day can be enhanced my choosing the best "wedding village" for you. We would be honored to help in your search.

Wild Hill Flowers & Events

Event Planning Services

Coordination Manager: Elizabeth Lang
Lead Coordinators: Emily, Katelyn & Hannah

Wild Hill Flowers and Events specializes in custom wedding floral design and coordination. We love everything about the planning and design process – resulting in a curated experience just for you! Our goal is to take your vision and make it a reality. Whether the wedding is romantic, elegant or rustic, we’ll work together to deliver the most lovely combination of flowers and seamless coordination for an unforgettable event.

 Our coordination team loves everything about weddings, especially the unique touch each couple adds to their special day! As your wedding coordinator, it is our goal to provide a seamless and stress free day. From the time of your initial consultation, we will help bring your vision to life by teaming up with vendors and wedding specialists. Ranging from Month-Of services to Full Planning, Wild Hill Flowers and Events has a package that fits your wedding planning journey! It is our goal to make sure each and every #WildHillBride has a FUN wedding day!

Whether your event is chic and luxurious or rustic and natural, we will work with you on coordination, organization, and design to create the perfect wedding of your dreams! Lead by Elizabeth Lang, our team of coordinators will make sure your wedding is executed flawlessly so that you can fully enjoy the day.

Interview With A Pro - For The Story Vacations

Interview With A Pro - For The Story Vacations

Once you meet Rachael Rogers-Bohan, owner for For The Story Vacations, you can't help but have a SUPER BIG girl crush on her! Not only is she spunky, sweet, and all around a ball of fun, but her knowledge and expertise in the vacation planning industry is re-shaping how couples, and people in general, are experiencing travel. We are PUMPED to be showcasing For The Story Vacations in this month's Interview With A Pro segment. Never has travel been more affordable, doable, and downright fun. So, without further ado, let me introduce you Rachael, an awesome world-traveler who is sharing only with our #amhfamily the tips and tricks on how to start your next travel story today....

Rachael Rogers Bohan | Owner, For The Story Vacations

What sets you apart from other travel planners?

My husband and I both have an incredibly unique situation in that we both work for ourselves and in the Travel industry. When we decided to start traveling full time in 2016, we didn't realize how addicted we would become to this lifestyle. For the last two years, we have moved to a new city within the world every single month. I had a list of cities I've always wanted to live in, but I also selected places off of where people were asking me to plan to. A lot of the time, both lists actually concurred. It's so much easier to create an authentic and unique trip for clients having spent a busy month there researching.

How did you know planning people’s vacations was for you?

It all actually started with my wedding days! That's right I said "days"!) My Irish husband and I had two pretty large weddings seven days apart: one in Missouri, where I’m from; the other in Galway, Ireland, where he is from. It took a LOT of planning and hustling. Not only did we have to get people booked into the perfect hotels and Airbnbs for their price range, we also wanted to ensure all our American guests who flew to Ireland got the full experience and vice versa.

The weird thing was, I actually enjoyed doing it. I loved the euphoria on peoples’ faces.  I launched For The Story Vacations 8 months after we returned from our wedding festivities. 

Why hire a travel planner with all the technology at our fingertips in 2018? Why is your service is crucial to those of who might not be great at it, don't have the time, or feel overwhelmed by the task?

I love travel planning and I'm naturally a very detail-oriented person. I worked as a wedding planner in Manhattan for a year, and treat my client's vacations with just as much meticulousness- if not more, since it's my own business. I would argue that my service is even crucial for those who ARE good at travel planning. My clients get to have their perfect holiday- whether they're foodies, history buffs, outdoorsy types, or a family who's a mix of everything- all planned, booked, and laid out for them. 

They don't need to spend a billion hours online researching after a long day's work, or take a stab in the dark on places they've never been, or worry that they're being fleeced. This is particularly the case with honeymooners. I know from experience, if you can avoid any stress whatsoever during the year you plan your wedding, you should grab it with both hands!

A vacation should be fun, exciting, and affordable. Once you hire me and we go through your loves, likes, pet peeves, bucket list, etc, and then I do all the work and put in the countless hours online until your tailor-made trip of a lifetime is complete. All that's left for you to do is show up and have a ball.

And obviously the fact that I've made a lot of connections in so many cities, it stands my clients' pockets in good stead. Unlike the traditional 'travel agent', I charge one affordable, transparent fee, upfront, and don't make commission from any of the things I book. My aim is to make your Euro go as far as possible, whether you're staying at a hostel or a 5-star. Much more often than not, the amount of money I save my clients more than covers my fee.

What is a doable budget for a honeymoon to Europe?

For The Story Vacations | Lavendar Fields

It's actually WAY cheaper than most people think! I have done a ton of Honeymoons this past year with a 5k budget for 2 weeks in Europe. Planning ahead with an expert is the key.  For clients who are more adventurous in accommodation options, I've worked within a 2.5k budget.

How far in advance do you recommend booking flights?

The search can begin 1 year prior to your travel date. I usually start working with clients 6 months-1 year out. The earlier we begin booking, the better the pricing and options I can offer my clients. My goal is to make your money go farther than you thought it could. Travel does not have to be expensive. Lack of planning is what puts a big hole in your wallet.

How far in advance do you recommend booking accommodation and excursions?

I always recommend having accommodation booked at least 6-8 months in advance. The earlier the better. This ensures the best options, in the coolest neighborhoods, at the most affordable rate. 

What is the best form of transport for Europe?

Planes, trains, automobiles, buses- you have every option available to you once you land in Europe. I aim for a balance of convenience and expense when getting clients from point A to point B. The cheapest option, while often the best, is not always the smartest. Travel doesn't need to be nearly as exhausting as many people make it. When necessary, I recommend to spend a little extra to save yourselves time and stress. If you get there three hours quicker, say, it's probably worth shelling out another 30 euro.

What has been your favorite destination over the last 2 years of full time travel in Europe?

Santorini was incredibly magical and a lot more affordable than what people make it out to be. You can experience luxury without dropping a ton of cash. From our sunset catamaran cruise to our wine and food tour around the Island- the entire trip was a dream.

For The Story Vacations | Europe

I also adored our time in Provence and the Cote D'Azur. You have the very best of everything at your fingertips: affordable wine, loads of sunshine, incredible views, the ocean, and beautiful villages along the way.  Whats not to love?

Biggest piece of advice for Brides planning their big day?

Ask for help when you need it. There is only one of you, so don't spread yourself too thin. Your time being engaged should be special and not filled with a TON of stress. I also recommend sharing in a bottle of nice wine while planning anything with your Fiancé- it takes away a bit of stress and adds some fun! 

 

 

Congrats to all the new Brides! I wish you unlimited years of happiness, joy, and amazing adventures!

xx
Rachael

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