How you know you’ve found THE ONE… (Venue that is)


Service & communication: Has the venue answered your emails/phone calls in a timely manner? Has the venue given you the attention you deserve during the interview/venue selection process? Do they give you the warm and fuzzies? Or do they give you the cold corporate chain feel? (Kendall Plantation isn’t a corporate chain, we are small town, home grown, treat you like family people, venue.)



Plan B: Can the venue hold your guest count with out any issues? Does the venue have a stunning Plan B (inclement weather) option? Can they execute that plan with a team/staff to make it easy, and free? Or are you responsible for moving tables and chairs on your wedding day? (Kendall Plantation does it all for you, we got your back. And we can hold 400 of your guests, but smaller weddings like 80 guests as well without the venue swallowing you).



Event Time: How many hours do you get the venue for? Is it a tricky situation? Can you really party until midnight at your venue, or shut down at 10:30 to be out by midnight? (KP is yours all day. One wedding per day. Only one property too, so no other weddings going on at the same time next door. No random strangers, no hotel guests, just you and your gang. Oh, and let’s party til’ midnight. We don’t shut down until midnight).



Do’s and Don’ts: Does the venue have any restrictions on décor, noise, alcohol or food? Be sure to ask the venue what the restrictions are and ask for a copy of the contract. (We don’t like glitter or confetti, but open to other ideas! Noise is fine, we are surrounded by our own property).



What is included: A/C, Heat, parking, restrooms, cleaning, trashcans, tables, chairs, etc. Is there damage deposit? Do you have to mop, or clean? (Kendall Plantation includes it all. We can crank down the air or turn up the heat. Up to you, and we will be here to make it happen, the entire time. Don’t worry about clean up, that’s on us too).



Dressing Rooms: Does the venue have a bridal suite and a groom’s suite to use all day? Does it have a lot of space? Do the rooms have games, a TV, private bathroom and shower? Does each room have a private balcony/porch easy access to outside? If not, are their hotels close by so you can have these things? (Oh ya we do. GORGEOUS brides suite, and grooms suite (the guys deserve fabulous too). TV’s, showers, games, private balcony’s, private entrances, all the goods. Make yourself at home, stay a while).



Vendors: Does the venue have inhouse catering that you are required to use? Or does the venue have a list to choose from for more freedom? Can you bring in your alcohol? Using in-house vendors only will increase the cost of your wedding by THOUSANDS of dollars. (Nah, we have a list of 10 caterers for you to choose from (quality control). But you are in complete control of your budget, from BBQ to fancy lobster, it’s up to you, totally. We don’t have a liquor license—that means you can bring in your own alcohol as much as you want, any kind. WINNING).



Do This, Not That : Venue Tours 101

Do this. Not that: Venue Tours 101!

We love venue tours! We love showing brides Kendall Plantation and giving all the warm and fuzzies. But there are somethings that you just don’t know, until you know! For those of you who do your homework—here’s another short read for ya!


  • Make an appointment: Tours are by appointment only. Make sure you’ve scheduled one before you show up! Don’t show up on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday afternoon for a tour! Wedding day!


  • Show up on time. #1 !! Especially on Saturdays! Tours are scheduled back to back to back to accommodate as many brides as possible! If you arrive late, yikes, it puts a kink in everything! Allow for about 20 minutes for a tour on a Saturday!


  • If you need a moment, take one! We don’t mind. If you are not comfortable discussing something in front of us, don’t be shy, ask for space J


  • If you tour on a Saturday, consider who you bring with you! Limit your invites to you and your fiancé, mom and dad, and or the immediate most important. Saturday’s are wedding days; So we limit our tour time on Saturdays to accommodate many couples, and most important, we are considerate to the bride of the day! So, to make sure you can see everything and get the most out of your tour, limit the amount of people you bring with you for less distractions! Hey, if you book a tour during the week, bring all the people… we have more time and attention to give to you J


  • We are not sleezy salespeople! No pressure, we won’t ask you to book onsite, we won’t follow you to your car, we won’t email you 500 times. We get it, choosing the right venue is kind of a big deal!  When you are ready, we are ready.


  • Want to see a contract? Cool, we can email you one so you can read it without distraction. We have nothing to hide, we are happy to share a sample contract with you!


  • Ask us what dates are open. Our golden rule…” Fall in love with your venue, not your date” …SOOOOO this means you can ask what dates we have open. We would love to share our calendar with you so you can see what dates are available, going, or gone!


  • Every been HANGRY? Don’t come to the tour hungry, you can’t focus!


  • Read Reviews. Google is helpful from a guest’s (or any random persons) perspective, but The Knot and Wedding wire tell the good, the bad and the ugly from real brides. Also, read the venue responses to reviews. It will tell you a lot about the ethics of a business.


  • Questions: Ask away! But first, get through tour. We bet most of your questions are answered before you have to ask them!


  • Be sure to ask about any hidden fees, or “plus-plus” fees. Heads up, Kendall Plantation has no hidden fees or plus-plus fees. We keep it simple, the way it should be.



The Day of Rehearsal

  (You need to read this)→ Day of wedding rehearsal? (You need to read this)

Are you interested in stress relief? Us too. By the way, there is no rule that says you MUST have a wedding rehearsal.

With just about 1,000 weddings hosted at Kendall Plantation, we know how to eliminate unneeded stress.  Hosting a rehearsal the morning of your wedding is one of the most stress-relieving things you can do. Promise. I am sure most of you have been in a wedding before, whether it be a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, at some point, the bride requested you be in town or available the day before the wedding, or days before the wedding, for a rehearsal. Admit it, you had a little eye roll when you found out you had to be at a rehearsal at 3pm on a Thursday or Friday before a wedding. You had to take off work early, or the entire day, you had an extra hotel night to pay for, and you likely had to purchase a new wardrobe for the rehearsal. Just to follow the person in front of you and stand in a line. Ya, we get it. There are numerous benefits of hosting a day-of rehearsal, but we narrowed it down for you to our 5 favorite reasons to skip the unnecessary stressor.

  1. Doing a day of rehearsal allows you to plan your rehearsal dinner anywhere, anytime. You don’t have to search for a nearby restaurant and worry about timing of the dinner and traffic getting to and from the venue to the restaurant. Gather with your besties and enjoy the stress-free evening at your favorite hangout spot, or favorite restaurant, and relax. You can even do the rehearsal portion at the dinner location. A Rehearsal can be done anywhere- at any time other than the venue. BONUS: If you have a wedding planner/day of planner or coordinator, guess what? They are going handle all the details the day of. They will be there to direct traffic and tell the wedding party exactly what to do and where to stand that day. Why do it twice?

  2. Out of town guests/travelers? Awesome! Save them an extra day and let them get settled in before the celebrations commence! Day of wedding rehearsals give your out-of-towners a little wiggle room in case of travel delays, traffic, and or unexpected flight changes.

  3. 10am-Midnight. That is how long you have the Kendall Plantation. That’s 14 hours folks. Ample time to run a day of rehearsal in the morning, or even afternoon of the wedding depending on your timeline. How many times have you been at a rehearsal the day before the wedding and you are waiting on the last bridesmaid or groomsmen to arrive? Ugh! Without fail, someone is always late and will put you way behind schedule for getting the rehearsal dinner started. When you host the rehearsal on the day of the wedding, it’s real. Real, real. The wedding party will switch into wedding mode and be more focused and ready. And guess what, it will be fresh on their mind too, because the wedding is the same day. You can even sweet talk the wedding party and promise them coffee and tacos the morning of the rehearsal. Once the rehearsal is over, the girls head straight to the brides room and begin their hair and make-up. Boom, everyone already there, and ready to jump right into the wedding day preps. The guys can hang out at the venue, but we mostly see them all jump in a car and head to SA (10 minutes away) and hit Top Golf, or grab a quick lunch, maybe even bowling. Ohhh…you don’t want to see the Groom on the day of the wedding? Good. (We love that tradition!). We typically see the bride stashed in the bridal suite during the rehearsal. The bride already knows what to do! Am I right?! The rehearsal can just be for the bridal party and the groom! Let’s face it, you have had this planned out for some time now, and you already know exactly what to do when it’s go time. Don’t forget about that planner you hired! The planner will follow your wishes/guidelines for the rehearsal, so everything will be just as it should be. Trust the process, trust the professionals, we got this!

  4. Guys coming in later? Cool, don’t panic. When the girls arrive at KP to start hair and make-up at 10am, do a quick run through with just the bridesmaids, 15-20 minutes tops. Then, when the guys arrive later in the day, the planner can do a run through with them too. Now both parties have practiced their steps, and know exactly what to do, and it is fresh on their minds! Feeling better about the day of rehearsal yet?

  5. It’s just a quick walkthrough (everyone knows how to walk, correct?). Don’t over-rate the rehearsal. The procession down the aisle and standing at the alter are self-explanatory. Don’t over think it. Don’t let other people make you crazy about these things. Have a dinner if you want, don’t if you don’t. Absolutely not necessary. The planner will help everyone get down the aisle, and the officiant will take it from there and tell you exactly what to do.

Engagement Season…


{Engagement Season: Yup, it’s a thing y’all.}


What in the world is going on!? Here you are, engaged AF, and you have your heart set on a Saturday in October…. but you call the venue of your dreams and they are already booked. Ughhhh. How? What? Why? You don’t know until you know, as they say! Don’t worry girl, we got you! “Engagement season” is a real thing. Here is what you need to know:


Christmas Eve, Eve

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year’s Eve (that’s me!)

New Year’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Sounds cliché, but it’s totally not. Getting engaged during the holidays is the most fun, apparently everyone else thinks so too! What does that mean? This means dates are flying off the shelves and it’s a mad dash to the finish line for the most popular dates (Saturdays!).  Do not panic. Read that again, do not panic!

  • DON’T: Lock yourself into ONE wedding date before you tour venues. This will limit your options greatly.                                                                                                  
  • DO: Choose a range of dates. Don’t fall in love with a date, fall in love with the venue.
  • DON’T: Ignore the proposal trends above. It affects venue availability                     
  • DO: Go ahead, we dare you, book your venue before you get that ring. You’d be surprised how often we see this happen. All. The. Time. Brides put down a deposit to hold a date because they know the proposal is imminent. Weird at first, maybe, but guess what, you got the date you wanted, the venue you wanted, and you are one step ahead of the rest. WINNING.
  • DON’T: Choose a date because of what the weather “might” do. It’s Texas, Texas has no pattern. Texas does what Texas wants.                                                      
  • DO: Choose a date because it works with your schedule, you like that time of the year, and you can’t control the weather. We can’t guarantee the weather will be “perfect” (what does perfect even mean?!) but, we can guarantee it doesn’t matter, because it is what it is, and we make the best of it.  Have you seen our indoor wedding options? Swoon.
  • DON’T: Get stuck on a Saturday! Y’all, seriously, there are 6 other days in the week other than a Saturday.                                                                                           
  • DO: Open your mind. If you have found the one venue that checks all the boxes and it’s a must have, choose a different date other than Saturday if it’s not available. HELLO! Fridays and Sundays often offer a much lower rate. Kendall Plantation is $2000 less on a Friday/Sunday. Yes, we said $2000 dollars. I can find somewhere else to spend 2K, can you?! If you decide on a weekday, girl, we have a deal for you! Weekday pricing is even better.

Somewhere, over the Rainbow!

Ashley + Andy’s Hill Country Dream Wedding | The Kendall Plantation


Ashley & Andy chose The Kendall Plantation, in Boerne Texas to be married at and begin their forever. This Hill Country Venue hosts some of the most refined, elegant, and romantic weddings around! Their big day had finally arrived, and with it came a wild September morning storm, that turned around into the perfects sunny day! Wedding magic is real y’all, and this fun loving couple truly deserved all the rainbows and sunshine they got! When I arrived Blushd was just finishing up Ashley’s hair & makeup, and she looked stunning!


Ashley is the girl that everyone loves, she is SO kind and fun spirited, it was a joy to photograph her wedding and felt like a day among friends!


Can we talk about this FLORAL?! Mandy with Blume Haus truly outdid herself. From the delicate pinks, corals and whites to the grand aisle design, we were in love.


Andy and his guys were equally awesome! College Baseball players supporting one another through every step of the way!


AND. THAT. RING! Andy, you did good!


As soon as the beautiful bride was ready for her wedding day, it was time for a heart touching first look with all her favorite girls (and her two brides men!)


Needless to say, they had a hard time holding their tears back!


The incredible four tier cake by Cakes & More Bake Shop was up, every little detail was perfect, and the day ready to shine!


Melissa with All In The Details, one of my favorite wedding planners ever, rushed out to the balcony excitedly letting us know “Its time! We have a 20 minute break in the forecast!” and thank goodness for her, because their wedding was blessed with the most perfect rainbow! No photoshop here folks! Just a little creative exposure.


Even though the forecast called for thunder and rain, it all seemed to move aside for Ashley & Andy’s special day.


The sun seemed to get brighter and brighter, setting beautifully over Ashley and Andy’s portrait time and lending the perfect light for us to hang out with these happy little Beer Burros from Texas Hill Country Events


Their rainbow even came back and dropped down for us to grab a portrait with it! My photographer heart was over the moon! My good friend Mark Thomas doing the videography with Mark Thomas Pro Photo was equally impressed!


I mean could this hill country venue get any more romantic? We thought not, but in a rare September bloom, The Kendall Plantation had wildly gorgeous purple flowers where we normally see their classic red roses, and it was EVERYTHING!


And just like that, it was party time! We spent the evening with one of the best DJ’s around (like ever) Phillip with 5150 Productions, and it was as they say “LIT!”.


All the way to the end, this wedding was PURE MAGIC! Their grand sparkler exit was AWESOME!



And thank you to all of the amazing vendors who ran the show and made this all possible!!


Photographer: Annakyi Gilbert – Snap Chic Photography Venue: Kendall Plantation Coordination: All In The Details Events Floral: Blume Haus Hair & Makeup: Blushd Videography: Mark Thomas Entertainment: 5150 Productions Bar Service: Bartenders4you Cake: Cakes & More Bake Shop Catering: Got It Covered Events Photobooth: Vanity Flair Photo Booth Beer Burros: Texas Hill Country Events

Average Wedding Cost (National) via The Knot

The National Average Cost of a Wedding Is $33,391

We surveyed nearly 13,000 couples married in 2017 for The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study and learned that unique venues and guest experience are taking priority. Here’s how today’s couples are spending their wedding budgets (hint: it’s all in the details!).
by Maggie Seaver The Knot

Ready to talk wedding budgets? The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study has finally arrived to reveal how much it really costs to say “I do” (and why). We polled nearly 13,000 US couples married in 2017 and learned the national average cost of a wedding is now $33,391, excluding the honeymoon.

This is actually the first time we’ve seen a dip in the average cost per wedding compared to the previous year, but that doesn’t mean recent weddings are any less amazing than those of years past—it just means couples are prioritizing different details, namely personalization, guest experience and cultural elements.

In fact, couples are so excited to show their guests a good time that, while both the average spend and guest headcount have decreased, the average cost per guest has reached an all-time high at $268 (up from $194 in 2009). Custom guest entertainment has more than tripled, with up to 40 percent of newlyweds saying they splurged on fun reception amenities (think: sparklers, selfie stations, lawn games, candy bars and musical performances).

So what’s the why behind the lower overall spend? We’re seeing fewer formal and black-tie weddings—which are naturally pricier—as couples choose to tie the knot in nontraditional locations that let their unique story shine, require fewer embellishments and call for a smaller budget. Whether it’s a low-key barn venue or a historic library with tons of character, couples seem to favor sites that reflect their personalities. One couple followed their search for a quirky, industrial venue all the way to a boxing gym—and it looked seriously awesome.

Finally, while today’s couples have no problem tossing some time-honored wedding traditions (like the garter and bouquet toss), it’s still important to them to infuse their heritage, culture and/or religion into their day. Twenty-one percent of couples incorporated a traditional cultural element, including a Chinese tea ceremony, Irish bagpipers, Moroccan belly dancers and traditional Hindu ceremonies.

Now more than ever, couples are finding creative ways to please their guests while doing something meaningful for themselves, which makes for some incredibly beautiful celebrations. Here’s how much, on average, a wedding costs in each state across the US, plus a full a breakdown of how couples are allotting their budgets:


Vendor Introductions- Blume Haus

A few months ago, my favorite, Mark Thomas, decided a few vendors should get together and interview each other about each other. Brilliant idea. This is the first video of several he has done vendor to vendor. This first session is Amanda- the owner of Blume Haus and Kristin Voss with Kendall Plantation. If you ever wondered about how a vendor got started, their inspirations, and back stories, this is the first video ready for viewing! There will be more of these videos with other vendors we can’t wait for you to see! Thank you to Mark Thomas….always the best. Enjoy a little bit about Blume Haus talking about Blume Haus and other wedding professionals! Cheers!

Watch the video below!

Do you want to build a Time-Line?

Do you want to build a Time-line?…

Wedding timelines can be confusing when you’ve never done one—even if you’ve attended a lot of weddings, you probably haven’t paid much attention to how long each individual aspect lasted, unless it was the most boring wedding drug out for what seemed like days. Any wedding over 6 hours is dreadful for guests. “But really, I know we’re going to want to party until 1am!” you say. Dude—me too. But we’re in the minority. But as someone who’s hosted over 500 hundred weddings I will tell you—I can count the number of weddings where there has been a critical mass of guests still wanting to go after 10:30pm on one hand. Six hours is about the most weddings guests have in them. That said, should you make everyone go home at 10pm? Heck no. Move people to an after party! Pick a nearby bar ahead of time (or the hotel you are staying at), spread the word, and whoever wants to go can go. Do you have to host (as in, pay for) the after-party drinks? Negative. You totally can, and it would be super nice, but after paying for everyone’s drinks for six hours, you’re off the hook (and if you walk into a bar with a wedding dress on, I promise no one will make you pay for your drinks!).

{So, here we go} If you are booked at Kendall Plantation, take out that handy dandy 7-page contract you signed and thumb back to the last page—Conveniently, we have noted the suggested ceremony start time (you had to initial that spot remember?). We don’t just make up a number here- it is based on the sunset location, time of year, and how hot or cold it typically is that time of the year. We know what works best at KP, and we know what is most appropriate for the comfort of you, your guests, and the perfect glow of the sun for photos.


{The early ceremony} (January-March, & Late October-December)

  • 10:00am—Bride and bridesmaids arrive at KP for dolling up
  • Wedding Planner arrives and makes sure everything is perfect for you
  • 4:00pm—Ceremony starts
  • 4:25pm—Ceremony concludes
  • 4:25pm—Cocktail hour on porch begins for guests/family photos
  • 5:25pm—Guests invited inside to take seats, Bride & Groom line up for introductions
  • 5:30pm—Introduction of Bride & Groom; blessing
  • ***Option: First Dance, welcome speech (by dad, or Bride and groom) or just go sit down for dinner
  • 5:45pm—Plated dinner is served (45 minutes) OR Buffet 20 min per 150 people.
  • 6:30pm—Champagne poured for bridal party; stage for toasts
  • 6:45pm—Toasts offered (MOH, BM, FOB or FOG, Bride and Groom)
  • 7:00pm—Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son Dance
  • 7:40pm—Cake cutting/guests keep dancing, or stop everything and watch
  • 9:55pm—Last Dance
  • 10:00pm—Big send off with sparklers!


{The late ceremony }(April-September, warmer months).

  • 10:00am—Bride and bridesmaids arrive at KP for dolling up
  • Wedding Planner arrives and makes sure everything is perfect for you
  • 6:30pm—Ceremony starts
  • 6:55pm—Ceremony concludes
  • 6:55pm—Cocktail hour on porch begins for guests/family photos
  • 7:55pm—Guests invited inside to take seats, Bride & Groom line up for introductions
  • 8:05pm—Introduction of Bride & Groom; blessing
  • ***Option: First Dance, welcome speech (by dad, or Bride and groom) or just go sit down for dinner
  • 8:15pm—Plated dinner is served (45 minutes) OR Buffet 20 min per 150 people.
  • 9:00pm—Champagne poured for bridal party; stage for toasts
  • 9:05pm—Cut the cake
  • 9:15pm—Toasts offered (MOH, BM, FOB or FOG, Bride and Groom)
  • 9:30pm—Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son Dance
  • 11:45pm—Last dance
  • 12:00am—Big send off with sparklers!


{And there you have it} 6-hour wedding with all wedding activities concluded and all with 3 hours of solid open dance floor time, wedding celebrations, AND a 5 hour bar (whoa). Now, this may seem long to some, but really, 6 hours is a sweet spot. Nothing is crammed and slammed together, it is a relaxed pace, but still keeping the guests entertained.  You will save hundreds if not thousands of precious dollars on overtime wages from the DJ, Bar, Photographer, Video guy/gal, and security. Most vendor packages start at 5 hours, with tons of logic behind it! A photographer/video crew can only take so many dancing photos…And with longer than 5 hours of bar, you risk drunken stupors, fights, accidents on site or off site, and not to mention a TON of wasted money on alcohol. Remember a couple of paragraphs ago….., if you want to get to that point, have an after party at a bar. Save yourself THOUSANDS of dollars of overtime payments to vendors by having a 5-6 hour event, and having an after party for the hard core group of folks who like to party! Always leave guests wanting more, not wanting to find a secret exit.

Your wedding planner will guide you through this process a lot prettier than I. A timeline is very fluid and built upon your vision. Nothing is set in stone other than the ceremony start time—but be sure to consider the timing of each event, and the length of each event. Some weddings won’t have a toast, or garter toss/bouquet toss—saving a ton of time. Some won’t want cutting the cake to be such a huge ordeal, just cut it, pass it around and keep the party going. Once you sit down and play out your wedding in your head, jot down your ideas, wants and needs. A time-line is totally custom to you and built for you. Add in things like late night snack, fireworks, dollar dance, all sorts of activities that will change things up a bit keeping guests entertained.

It doesn’t matter if you change a bit—say 5pm start time, or 6pm start time, just consider the 6 hour rule of thumb for event time.

So, do you want to build a time-line?


Kristin Voss

The Sky Is Falling–Wedding Insurance

{The Sky is Falling}

♥Wedding Insurance ♥

Okay not really, but for any bride, when things go wrong on wedding day or leading up to wedding day, it may feel like the sky is actually falling.

No matter how diligent you are, or reputable your vendors promise to be, wedding mishaps happen. This could lead to financial loss for you. But wait! Wedding insurance? Whaaattt? Never heard of such a thing? Yes, it exists.

The thought of dealing with Insurance Companies is about as fun as eating a handful of bumble bees.  Below is a dumbed down explanation for those who cringe when they hear the word insurance.

{There are two main types of wedding insurance}

  1. Wedding Liability Insurance:

Wedding liability insurance protects you in the event of injuries or property damage; …the bad stuff no one wants to think about, but it happens. It protects against alcohol-related accidents, and venue damages caused by guests/party. Candle sets fire, vendor went out of business, guests get food poisoning, elderly guest gets knocked over and breaks both hips…a single liability policy will cover your rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception. It is required by most venues these days, and it is very affordable. Bonus, it can be purchased up to the actual day of the wedding.

  1. Wedding Cancellation Insurance:

Cancellation insurance covers Military leave, severe weather keeping guests from attending wedding (hurricane, snow, ice, tornado…), sudden illness, vendor bankruptcy, damage to event location prior to wedding, loss or damage to bridal gown, and even professional counseling following a cancellation or postponement. Reimbursement is available for your financial losses or expenses if you are forced to postpone or cancel your wedding.

Obviously, there are exclusions and things insurance does not cover. Cold feet, or a change of heart are not covered by wedding insurance. ALL your vendors should have insurance, and it should be one of the first questions you ask them, but their insurance is not going to extend to the host of the event (you). A wedding insurance liability policy covers the host (you). There are financial consequences resulting from unexpected situations such as the reasons listed above, if something does go wrong, costs can add up quickly. With wedding insurance, your financial investment and dream wedding can be protected. Even if your homeowners insurance provides coverage for events, filing a claim could increase your rates or result in termination of your policy. Primary coverage pays out first! You can choose the level of coverage based on your total wedding budget, consider how much you will spend on your venue, wedding gown, flowers, photographers, and other items. This is the investment you would stand to lose if you were forced to cancel or reschedule your wedding. Policy’s start around $100.