Monday, January 17, 2011

Less Than 3 Months Till we Tie the Knot!

I thought it was time to let you know a few more

details about our wedding!


Let me fill ya in on a little background info……

-We’ve been engaged for 5 years together for 10.
-This is not the 1st time we’ve planned our wedding.
-I’ve had my wedding dress for 5 years!
-I’m still in love with my dress 5 years later!
-We’ve looked into getting married in Vegas, Thailand, China, Mexico, then back to Vegas.
-I couldn’t even tell you the amount of times our wedding date has been changed due to outside circumstances.
-I’m not your typical bride. I’m excited but want the day to be as simple and easy as possible.  
-We would rather have money to travel or put into our home than throw a lavish wedding.


That’s why we’ve decided on Vegas baby!


Our wedding is less than 3 months away and the excitement is starting to creep in a bit. I’m trying to keep it at a lull though. I tend to get a little overzealous, stressed, OCD, when things such as planning an event or hosting a party come my way.

I always take on too much!

I don’t want our wedding to be like that……I want it simple, carefree, and low stress.

When the littler planner in me starts turning his wheels I quickly shut him out. I refuse to let myself get carried away with the all the hoopla of our wedding day.

I want my focus to be on Kent and my love for him…..NOT the color of my flowers! In the long run that stuff doesn’t really matter (to me at least).


Where We’re Getting Married:
Mandalay Bay Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas




I of course picked this location for the décor. It reminds me of old Hollywood meets modern style.


Love how it doesn’t have the Vegas cheese factor going on.

I thought it was pretty enough on it’s own and didn’t need a lot of fluff which was just what we were looking for.

For more pictures of the chapel click HERE


What I’m Wearing:
I really wish I could share a picture of my dress; it’s stunning! But Kent reads the blog from time to time and I want to keep it a surprise. This is probably the only wedding tradition that I want us to stick to. I will tell ya that it has an old Hollywood feel, it’s  timeless not trendy, elegant with a bit of glamour, AND it’s not WHITE!

I’ll post tons of pictures when we get back!


What He’s Wearing:
Kent is wearing a black suit. We still need to get him a snazzy shirt and  tie!


Our Invitations:IMG_1242-edit 1.9We just got out invitations in the mail. If you follow me on facebook you’ve heard all about them! I was pleasantly surprised with the quality! Knowing that the invites would be trashed after people looked at them I really didn’t want to spend a ton.

It took me all of 10 minuets to deiced which invitations I wanted,.  That’s HUGE for me! Again when it comes to stuff like this I obsess over it!

Not this time!

They’re simple, elegant, and I love them! 


The Reception:
Huh…….what reception? That’s right; we’re not having a reception! How dare us!  We’re treating our guest to a nice dinner after the wedding but no dancing, wedding cake, or DJ. Not that I don’t think that stuff is fun but again we just want to keep things simple! After dinner I’m sure we’ll have a fun night enjoying the evening with our friends and family! 

I’m still trying to figure out where we’re going to eat after the wedding. I’m the planning stages with The Wynn Buffet (which is an awesome buffet) but they typically only take reservations for parties of 50 or less so we’re trying to work something out. If we don’t go with The Wynn I haven't really thought of plan a B so if you have any suggestions let me know!

I’m still trying to decide if we should do an at home reception when we get back. If we do we’re having it in one of the Pappadeaux private dining rooms.

Pappadeaux’s is where we met and one of our favorite restaurants!     


It’s so nice that our wedding is less than 3 months away and I’m not stressed one bit! I think a Vegas wedding is the perfect fit for us! 


Kent and I have a corky story of how we came to be (at least I think it’s a little out of the norm). I’ve started telling our story in the form of vlogs and will be sharing it with ya as we’re leading up to our BIG day!


  1. Kendra, I think I love you. ;) Seriously, I think you are very very wise to not blow a ton of cash (or pile on debt) for a wedding. I think a lot of brides have lost sight of the vision for a what a wedding truly is...two families and two lives coming together. For many women (my younger sister included) it's almost like a contest to outdo each other. My sis spent a forkload on the *perfect* wedding, and got pregnant 3 months after they got married. I wonder if she's wishing they'd saved more instead of spending on entertaining. T and I got married at 22 and 21. I wanted a big wedding, but my mom put her foot down...I'm glad she did. ;)

    Whatever you do, it will be beautiful. Don't stress, and enjoy yourself. :)

  2. Oh Kendra, I love your wedding plans! When I got married I had a non-traditional wedding too. Ours wasn't a destination wedding but we did it on the cheap without a lot of frills. We got married in the morning and had a dessert and pastry reception in the fellowship hall of the church where we got married. No DJ, no dancing, the ceremony started at 10 AM and we left the reception by 12:30 PM. I carried silk flowers (that still look beautiful five years later!), my dress didn't have a train, my husband didn't wear a tux, and we didn't even have any attendants. Our dads signed the marriage license after the ceremony. Some people thought we were pretty out there, but it's all about what YOU want and think is important! Yay for you for not doing what everyone else does just because it's what you're "supposed" to do!


  3. Pappadeaux is the BEST!!! It gets my vote :)

  4. I am excited for you!! I cannot wait to see pictures afterwards. And from the looks of everything, it's going to be a lovely and intimate ceremony. Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Oooooh it looks like you are going to have such an awesome day!!!!!! I myself am not one for big weddings. My husband and I eloped and spent our money on an amazing vacation to the Bahamas. It was so worth it.

  6. HOW FUN!!! It will be here before you know it ;-)

    Much love,
    Future Mama

  7. My hubby and I got married in Las Vegas 3 years ago tomorrow! :) I loved every single second of our trip! It was just the two of us and we got married at the Shalimar Wedding Chapel, it was elegant and romantic. Our limo picked us up from our hotel, took us to the chapel and then took us to the Paris Hotel for our beautiful wedding dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant. We could see the entire Bellagio Water Show and strip from our table. Every detail was perfect and it was so romantic to just have the two of us there. We got to visit each hotel while we were in LV and I LOVED Mandalay Bay! We will definitely be staying there if we make it back. Best wishes!

  8. p.s. We had a huge reception at my parent's house when we returned home. It was beautiful outside so we rented huge white tents and enjoyed wedding cake and toasts with everyone. I loved that we were able to go away to LV to get married and still have a reception to include our nearest and dearest when we got home. Good luck! :)

  9. This day is all about you 2 and Id say you are doing it exactly like you want.. thats what makes it perfect. Cant wait to see the pics after. oh and the invites and the ceremony site are lovely!

  10. That venue looks great! Especially for a Vegas wedding! The next 3 months is gonna go by so fast so enjoy it and dont stress out too much!

  11. I love Vegas & I love Pappadeaux's!!!

  12. I think it's cool that you're determined to have the wedding YOU want, and not do things just because "it's what you do".

    Personally I don't think I could have my wedding WITHOUT a white dress/reception/cake, but if it works for you, go for it! I think if you did your wedding the way other people thought you should, you could end up regretting it.

    Btw, I love the chapel! I think it's cute, and definitely not tacky!

  13. I just found your blog, and I love it :) My husband and I got married in Vegas as well, and it was the BEST decision for us too.. We didn't do a cheesy, trashy Vegas wedding either.. It was simple, elegant, and very "US".. I can't wait to hear the details :)

  14. Your wedding is going to be beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. Also, a great idea not to spend so much - I wish I had been that wise!

  15. My boyfriend and I decided whenever we get married we will do it in Vegas, its just a fun place :) Cant wait to see pictures!


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