Keg Beer vs. Bottle/Can Beer

Hello Gorgeous brides and grooms!

Below is a short break down of keg beer versus cans/bottles. Bartenders4U shows us the difference, and how you can save yourself a headache and a disaster at the bar!

“So let me Break this Down for you! (1) Keg of Bud Light cost $105.21 at Mireles Party Kegs sounds cheap enough right? But wait!  You need to buy 150 cups which will run about 16.99.  Oh and don’t forget the ice you need to keep this 16 gallon tin can cold for the next 6 hours of your reception. More if your bar is outside!  Count on using about 100 pounds of ice for each keg. This is roughly going  to cost you another $50.00 if your lucky!  So now, we are up to $172.20….ouch…

7 Cases of Beer (24 packs) is equal to one keg… ONLY  if you get every single drop of beer out of your keg. But we all know from our college days,  FOAM = BEER, we do not serve foam….we dump it out.  SO you just lost valuable beer 🙁 Sad face!

 7 Cases of  Bud Light at HEB will cost you $132.79. WAIT? WHAT?!  YES!  Bartenders4U will ice it down in clean beautiful bins, no cups needed, AND we will dry off and pack up the leftovers for you in a nice little box. Lucky for you, if you drive a smart car, we can fit bottles or cans in your car… but a KEG, not so much…hope some one has a truck that has stuck around to the end of the reception to take it all the way back to the rental place!

The worst part about a keg…. hot foamy beer, slowing down your lines only to serve hot foamy beer because they have been sitting out side in 98 degree weather for 6 hours because you thought it was going to be more cost effective! Bummer! What happens if the pump you rented from the keg store breaks..(it happens all. the. time.) uh oh. No Bueno, and at that point, no beer = no happy guests. Lastly, the keg store will not buy back any left over beer from a keg. But guess what, they will buy back bottles or cans that are not used! Score! Money back from a wedding?!  I’ll take it! ”

Consider this, speak with the friendly owners at Bartenders4U, Charlie and Jennifer Smith. They will help you make the best decisions for your bar, to keep your costs most effective, and help you get exactly what you need for the big day! By the way, when you head over there for your free consultation, try the margaritas… I especially like the coconut flavor and habenaro lime….YUM! Did you know you can have a signature drink like margaritas and color them based on your wedding theme? It is a great convo starter for your guests, and makes it that much more custom!

Cheers,

Kristin Voss , thanks to Jennifer Smith of Bartenders4U

2016 Traditions, Trends and Tragedies!

Here at Kendall Plantation, we don’t do too much dabbling in the design aspect of a brides wedding. But we do pay attention, and oooh and awwe at each special detail including the invitations!   We have seen mason jar after mason jar, and purple after purple after purple, donut trees, head pieces, and trends galore. But, one thing that remains the same; Tradition. Traditions such as a real wedding cake, and a real cake topper. A father daughter dance, champagne toast, something blue, borrowed, and  something new. I see 2016 as the year of the bride who brings back more traditional wedding elements such as the ones listed above. Traditions are traditions, and  mom’s and grandmothers LOVE tradition! There is nothing more a mom wants to see than her little girl follow in her footsteps on wedding day. I would bet that more brides use more of what their mom and grandmother gave them to incorporate into her wedding. Super cool! We especially love when brides choose a date based on their parents and grandparents anniversary. Ultimate honor!

Here are a few things we think 2016 will show more of in the wedding world!

1. Grandma’s as flower girls- long are the days of begging a 4 year old to walk down the aisle,,,,use grandma’s to be the flower girl. Genius!

2. Neutral Elegance- Organic and clean floral. Elegance, not sensory overload.  I see more brides building their personality into each centerpiece rather than robbing Pinterest blind and making it super perfect. Blush, Gold, sequins, champagnes, colors that are pouring out  elegant, classy, and a little sexy.  I don’t see gold going anywhere this year, but I see it with more pops and bold colors to back it up. I have not seen a color yet that doesn’t match with true gold, or blush gold. Gold is every colors best friend. It just works.

3. Gone are the days of a “barn” wedding. Trend reports (and our calendar!) show that brides are looking for more elegant affairs. Thanks to big time celebrities throwing all out glamorous weddings, and new lines of fabulous linens and gowns, brides are steering towards elegance. Let us not forget we are in Texas, and the best part of Texas at that! So we expect to see cowboy boots, antler sheds, and “Texas glam”. Bring on the sequins, neutrals, and elegant venues. 2016 will be sure to glam it up!

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Average Wedding Cost 2014

Good morning brides!

Interesting read for wedding industry professionals. Thought I would share a bit of information for you to take home! Average wedding venue cost is up from last year at $14,000. Hmmmm.. we are about half that on a Saturday! Most expensive place to have a wedding is Manhattan New York at $80,000 – San Antonio/Austin ranks in at #25, with the average cost at $31,000.

 

Category 2014 National Average Spend                   2013 National Average Spend
Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon) $31,213 ↑   $29,858
Venue (reception hall) $14,006 ↑                                $13,385
Photographer $2,556 ↑                                             $2,440
Wedding/Event Planner $1,973 ↑                              $1,875
Reception Band $3,587 ↑                                          $3,469
Reception DJ $1,124 ↑                                             $1,038
Florist/Décor $2,141 ↑                                              $2,069
Videographer $1,794 ↑                                             $1,700
Wedding Dress $1,357 ↑                                          $1,281
Groom’s Attire and Accessories $254 ↑                    $248
Wedding Cake $555 ↑                                              $546
Ceremony Site $1,901 ↑                                           $1,793
Ceremony Musicians $637 ↑                                     $588
Invitations $439 ↓                                                     $443
Transportation and Limousine $767 ↑                       $732
Favors $275 ↓                                                           $281
Rehearsal Dinner $1,206 ↑                                        $1,184
Engagement Ring $5,855 ↑                                      $5,598
Catering (price per person) $68 ↑                              $66
Officiant $266 ↑                                                        $260
Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service.

Friday or Sunday Wedding?

Often we have brides who are so bummed their Saturday is booked. But Fridays are just as popular! I see more and more Thursday weddings as well. With months or years notice to your guests, they will have no problem skipping out on work a few hours early for a Friday wedding. Huge cost saver and more weekend left over! Sundays as well are a hot item. Most everyone is off work, and the party can go on for as long or as short as you prefer!

Here is a Q&A from The Knot.
Q:
The wedding venue we have our heart set on is already booked on Saturday nights for the next two years, so if we want to get married before then (and we do!) we’re faced with either doing it on a Friday night or on a Sunday night. Which option would be preferable to the majority of wedding guests?

A:
First of all, try not to stress too much about what other people prefer. Of course you want your guests to be happy, but you need to rest assured that since you’re inviting them to witness the most monumental event of your life (and be your guest at a killer party) they’ll be honored to be included no matter what day of the week you choose. So if you have strong feelings on the Friday vs. Sunday debate, go with your gut. If, however, you’re pretty neutral on the subject, consider whether or not the majority of your guests will be traveling from out of town. If that’s the case (or if you’re having a destination wedding which requires everybody to travel) then choosing the Sunday will probably be the most convenient for most guests. That way they can spend Friday night or Saturday traveling and still have plenty of time to unwind in your chosen location before the wedding. But if the majority of your guests live close to where the wedding will be held, then a Friday night might be a better call, since they’d likely rather skip out of work a little early on a Friday afternoon to get ready than have to worry about being tired for work on Monday after a late-night Sunday wedding.

High and Dry –Record breaking floods

In 30 years living in Boerne, I have never seen the amount of rain we had on Saturday afternoon/evening. It started out slow, and then out of no where, torrential down pours. The ceremony was scheduled for 5:30 so we didn’t make “plan B” official until about 4:00pm. And at that point, we knew there was no end in site to the rain. All the guests arrived, ceremony concluded, bar was open, appetizers were being passed, and photos were taken.  Around 8:30pm, we were notified  that 2 out of the 3 ways to get to Kendall Plantation were shut down due to flooding. Boerne was completely under water, Ralph Fair Road was  flooded at the bridge, and highway 46 to 281 was the next closure. At that point we made the bride and groom aware of the situation, and proceeded to tell them if we do not move everything up, all 200 guests and staff would be spending the night at Kendall Plantation. Never in 4 years (of weddings at KP) have I seen this dramatic of a rain event. However, thinking back, each Memorial Day Weekend we have hosted at KP, has been very soggy and very rainy! Last year we had 4 weddings that weekend, each wedding was held outside due to perfect stopping times of the rain, but never any major flooding. My heartbroken bride and groom pushed everything up, and the majority of guests stood with her during all the formalities. Due to the respect and diligence of each vendor involved– it all happened and was successful.  Thanks to Sweet August Events for sticking it out, knowing they had hours of a drive home ahead of them. Limelight Photography and video stayed until the very end to capture each moment they could. Bartenders4U kept the bar  flowing until the last guests left and DJ Ray helped them keep the mood with lighting and music. We are so thankful to have even had a wedding. Several other venues in Boerne were not able to have an event, and cancelled weddings with only moments notice due to major low water crossings in their area. Our bride and groom made it official and still had time to relax and take it all in. If “unfloodable” was a real word, I would make it my motto. Lesson learned, it takes about 18 inches of rain in a two week period to shut down major roads leading to Kendall Plantation. Other than that, the view from the top is pretty nice. Cheers!

Kristin

Kendall Plantation

{Dear Bride}:

Please hire a wedding planner.

Love, {Your Venue}

Let’s face it, weddings are an investment. It is a one time, once in a lifetime magical event for two people to celebrate their union. It is also important to note that no wedding is perfect, or will be perfect. It just doesn’t exist. But, one way to get really close is to hire a professional wedding planner. As a venue manager, I have been in meetings with brides where a catering manager tells a client they don’t need a wedding planner. WOW. Those are the people who have no idea what a professional wedding planner offers to a client. The bottom line: venue coordinators are there because they are hired by the venue to maintain and manage the venue only. They work for the venue and not you. Their main goal is to ensure the facility runs smoothly. So, if you arrived to your venue and all your flower arrangements are wrong and the guests can’t figure out where they are supposed to sit, don’t look at the venue coordinator to help you out because they wont have a clue on what you wanted, they do not coordinate! The feedback from vendors I have worked with say more times than not, there is a huge difference between weddings with a planner vs. ones with out. Not only are the finishing touches and design usually better but also the flow of the event and communication between the parties.

Recently, Philip Chancellor with 5150 Productions (the most amazing DJ in the San Antonio area) told me there were 160 registered DJ’s in San Antonio. Really? How is a bride supposed to choose one?! A wedding planner has already developed relationships with vendors they are confident in recommending because they are talented, reliable and essentially the best in the business. Although venues have vendor recommendations, a wedding planner has a vast list of professional vendors that they work with and know, they know which ones show up on time,

communicate effectively, and are passionate about their services. They are able to look over contracts, negotiate prices, and be the go-between. These are things a venue manager would not necessarily be involved in.  The process of vendor research is extremely time consuming but a wedding planner is there to help you decide and bring you the resources that best fit your needs. Many times couples are so worn out with making decisions on their own that by the time the wedding is here, the process is no longer fun. A wedding planner does not make your decisions, but provides you with the tools needed to make the right decisions. They are your planning partners!

A few more reasons to hire a planner… You need a mediator. A planner is a good third-party mediator in tricky family situations. It is impossible to please everyone; however, at least a planner can give an unbiased opinion to help navigate problems.

Most often I hear “ I have family and friends who have volunteered to help me day-of” ….while this is a nice gesture, unless your family member is a professional wedding planner, it wont be fine. They are your guests and should not be working on your wedding day. They will be preoccupied with socializing, drinking a little too much champagne, and admiring how beautiful you look, taking hundreds of photos and not focused on the important details that make the event run smoothly.

In reality a planner can save you money and time. Not only by putting together a realistic budget, but also in the end, planners have relationships with vendors since they work on many weddings not just one, so they can use insider deals to save you on costs. There are many wedding horror stories I can share with you, but none of them start with a professional wedding planner. At the end of the day, I strongly encourage my brides to take advantage of what a professional wedding planner is worth. Let them make your dream a reality, let them be organized, build a timeline, troubleshoot, manage vendors, guests and all the details. Let them save you money, they are a resource of knowledge, a sounding board for decisions, a mediator, a therapist and a stress reducer. Give your family a break, a gift to yourself and a gift to your family. You deserve it!

Kristin Voss

{Kendall Plantation}

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