Sunday, December 13, 2009

Best Family Reunion deal around

Recently, I decided to take on the role of putting together my Family Reunion, naturally I thought it would be the perfect fit since I plan events for a living. Well as anyone who has ever planned a reunion or even helped plan one knows that this can be a very daunting task. Not only coordinating the event but dealing with the many colorful personalities your family may have, everyone will have an opinion and want this and that but at the end of the day you still have to put something together that your family will enjoy and deem worth attending. Not to mention the Reunion has to be affordable, especially with the condition of this economy.

I was faced with the same pressure and put even more on myself since it's my family. Determined to ensure this event is the best my family has seen thus far, I immediately went work putting together the ultimate reunion only to find the cost was going to be more than most people in my family would want to pay or could afford especially since over half would be traveling pretty far to attend. My luck changed when I came across another planner Bruce Davis that put me on to a Family Reunion Package. I couldn't refuse the rates and decided to look into it and now it seems my family will have a Reunion to be remembered.

Here's a preview of the package options:

BBQ in the Park $49.99
Children under 5 FREE / 6-12 $9.99
Plus these amenities:
Family Web page & T-Shirts
Printed Announcements/Hospitality Room
Catered BBQ/ Fish Fry in the Park
Kids Movie Night/Teenage "Luau" Pool Party
Welcome Reception w/Light Hors d' oeuvres

Banquet Dinner $69.99 per person
Children under 5 FREE / 6-12 $19.99
Banquet Dinner at the Historic Crenshaw Hall
Red Carpet Limousine Service for Family Elders*
Plus the above amenities excluding BBQ in the park

BBQ & Banquet Dinner $99.99 per person
Children under 5 FREE / 6-12 $29.99
Includes all the above

Family Out on the Town
Transportation provided for $7 per person to & from:
Skating Rink, Mall, Down Town Raleigh Museums or Frankie's Adventure Park
(Transportation only, admission fees may apply)

*No need to collect funds from friends and family.
*Secure On-line payments for each attendee
*Payment Installments Available
*Catering to YOUR family's budget

Discounted room rates also available at Hampton Inn-Raleigh Midtown
1001 Wake Towne Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609
$69-$89 + tax per night
rooms sold separately from event packages

Contact me for more details if interested at you can also fan Kaden Maddox Events on FB and ask questions, and feel free to visit our Home Website at

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sucker for city Skylines

I absolutely love amazing backdrops and it gets no better for me than the beautifully lit night sky of New York City. Just thought I would share this beautiful wedding image. FETE did an amazing job with this wedding, see all the pics in the link in the posting below.

The Finest Event View in New York | Fête – NYC Event Planning, Event Design and Paper

The Finest Event View in New York | Fête – NYC Event Planning, Event Design and Paper

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Who says your flowers have to cost a fortune??

A highlight of any event is the florals, especially the case with weddings and yes something so small can carry a BIG price tag. How to avoid the pitfall of spending way too much on flowers.

1. Get to know your flowers.

Whats in season and what's not? Whats going to carry a huge price tag no matter what month we're in? What comes 2-3 to a stem?

Knowing just a few things about flowers will help you make decisions that could save you lots of $$$.

2. Don't listen to people who tell you, especially florists that they hate working with certain flowers (Carnations, Gerbera daisies, Baby's Breath, etc). They can look amazing in bunches and carried as a single bloom as guess what? They are extremely reasonable!
There are some flowers be it inexpensive or pricey that can just be difficult to work with because of their fragile nature so in some cases florist avoid some flowers because of the potential headache but once again doing a little home work will help you decipher, after all its your money.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Slightly Oldie but Goodie!

If you want a behind the scenes look at just how fabulous affairs come to be, then you are going to love following the South's Premier event designer. I've fallen in love with countless ideas and can't wait to be a copy cat! My favorite would have to be Tara Guerards creative exits for couples leaving the reception.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Perfect Ceremonies

Perfect Ceremonies ordained minister Phran Gacher helps couples create a ceremony that is unique as they are. If you are looking to have a memorable ceremony that is a true reflection of your love then check her out at You'll get a chance to see testimonies from lots of happy couples.
Not only is Reverend Phran able to perform ceremonies at your location of choice but she has a charming intimate chapel at her Garner home that she extends to her clients, her packages including her home chapel start at the amazing rate of $150.00
Great service
Outstanding rates
and the Perfect Ceremony
What more can you ask for!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Yacht on the Hudson

Congratulations Rachel and Jamie! Hello Friends! I am still recouperating from my fabulous weekend in NYC. I attended an Engagement/Birthday party on the Hudson River. First of all I must say that this was the BEST party I have ever attended on many different levels, but it doesn't get much better than a Yacht with a view. I am less than satified with the pics I was able to take, but even a picture couldn't capture the magic of this well planned evening. If you ever want to floor your guests try a yatch on the Hudson the view at night alone will take your breath away. The beautiful floral arrangements had an image of the couple lasered on the vase
The "Tiffany Cake" was to celebrate the Groom to be's Birthday. There was hardly any room for this cake after everyone had tray passed desserts.
The Dj made all the difference in the world! He was able to keep everything on schedule and running smoothly. The dance floor was packed until the last second! Your Dj can make or break your party spend a little time searching for the perfect fit to ensure your party is a success.The tables were nicely decorated with accents of purple . Everything was nicely put together, a big hand of applause to the Mother of the soon to be Bride, Donna Tracey!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

How to keep your event HOT when it's Cold!

Winter is right around the corner and with all the cold comes skepticism. Can I really throw a "HOT" event in the winter? Yes, both figuratively and literally! You can plan the event of events and leave all of your guests wowed at the pure realism that "yes, it's really Winter".
There is no limit to the possibilities if only you open your mind. Imagine the rooftop pictured below with a clear enclosed tent and that amazing view!
You will be able to find great deals left and right since it's "off season". You'll be able to bargain to save a dollar where you can and splurge on all those unnecessary but exorbitant desires.
Here's a HOT idea that is sure to captivate you guests. Have an outdoors event. Nothing like the look and feel of being among nature, the openness, the vibrance of the clear blue sky or divinity of the stars at night. I am a HUGE fan of Terraces, Rooftops and Balconies, why not use a clear tent to enclose your space and just go wild with the clean slate of a palette. No need to worry about keeping your guests comfortable with all of the modern options for heating that your tent provider will be able to offer you. Throw in some lighting, maybe wash the space with a subtle glimmer of color or strings of twinkle lights to set the night sky aglow with class and sophistication.
A clear tent can be just what it takes to make your winter event HOT!
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

They Cater! Cool Runnings Jaimaican Cuisine

This ambrosial islandy restaurant is my favorite spot and they cater!
This is nothing new, but my first time blogging about it and I can't believe it took me this long. They catered my own wedding for goodness sakes!
The food is unbelievable and always chef prepared to order. With your catered event you can expect great service, well organized staff and exquisite food. My guests are still raving about the "cocktail patties" we served during cocktail hour along with a few other hors d' oeuvres.
The owners are delightful, genuine people that ensure your every desire is catered to.
AND you can expect to get the same reasonable rate regardless of your event type.
With the word "Wedding" comes $$$ dollar signs to events industry professionals. For instance you can call a place and ask for a quote for plated dinner for your Family Reunion and get one rate, and call the same place and ask for the same plated dinner and get a significantly higher rate. This applies true to most of your other wedding services also. Hence, a lot of professionals who cater specifically to the wedding market tend to be a bit more expensive than those who do not. If you are on a budget check your favorite restaurant and see if they cater, or just call mine. (I intended that last part to humor you but you really could call my favorite place and they will give you the royal treatment and don't forget to tell them who sent you. I don't get any kick backs from them, I just seriously love the place.) Either, way you have better odds at getting a caterer you can afford.

Monday, October 12, 2009

How to Budget for a Family Reunion

It's that time again to begin planning Family Reunion's for the summer months. We at KME plan Family Reunions and know that it can be an overwhelming task. We are here to help! First develop a realistic budget.
You need to decide what things you want to be included in your Reunion. Are you planning tours? Visits to places of interest? How about Souvenirs, T-shirts, name tags? The list can go on, but you should try and get a clear idea of the type event you want to have and think about all that will be included with that.
Heres a checklist of billed items that you will want to start with:
Bank Account
Phone calls
Printing and mailing
Registration supplies
Picnic or meal expenses
Rentals of tables, chairs and linens
Post Reunion Communication
Now that you have clearly identified expenses you will want to look for ways to share them. You can assess each attendee or divide costs among families, you can even take financial ability into account and charge accordingly. Establish a criteria for the expenses to be taken care of and stick to it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Damar" Photo Shoot

As I have mentioned in my earlier posts being an Event Planner has heightened my appreciation for photography and I often seek the opportunity to pull out my trusty camera whenever I can. I had the opportunity to do photoshoot with the artist "Damar" this weekend and I was able to get some really good shots. Just a little something extra I can add to my portfolio and can't hurt for clients to get a look at some of the potential musicians for their events.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Other Side of Event Planning: "Networking"

An essential part to being successful in event planning is networking and lucky for me I love to meet new people. In the events industry to get to meet and work with people from many different sectors of the events world and every now and again you meet people that truly "touch" you. I'd like to take a minute to share info on my two latest inspirations.
Simplee Complex
I came across a group earlier this year while scouting for new entertainment contacts and I must say that I was blown away by their talent.
"Simplee Complex" is an amazing group of 3 vocally blessed young women and if you are ever in need of an awesome group with and even more amazing band you are in luck, because you have to look no further. They will be performing locally at the Pour House on Blount Street in Raleigh, NC on October 25, 2009. Check them out it will be worth it.
Pop Damar
I've also had the pleasure of working with an amazing artist "Damar" or as some may call him "Pop". He's not only an ingenius producer but a gifted singer that is sure to wow you with his original sound and warm personality. Once again if you are in need of a professional soloist, look no further.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What I've Been Up To!

Well, this past weekend I took a trip to Greensboro with a client to a tasting at "Maria's Gourmet Catering". Maria was quite impressive, as I had no doubt she wouldn't be after reading her impressive bio at on her website. She is one the most talented Chefs I've met and you can instantly sense her passion for what she does. Once we arrived we had to inform Maria that we were doing a 360 from the original menu idea and she was able to walk us through a brand new tapas menu in minutes, walk back to the kitchen to ensure we would be able to taste our new menu items. Needless to say the Mini Crab Cakes, London Broil and Artichoke Dip was delectable!

I have also been working on putting together plans to pull off these to looks for a 2010 Wedding/Ceremony.

Awesome, I know! This super chic warm lounge is sure to wow guests as well as the Icy White Urban design for the ceremony. So far its coming together nicely, but this will be no easy task and I am looking forward to the challenge.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Swank Photo Studio-Smithfield

WOW! Is all I can say about Swank Photography Studio in Smithfield, NC. I visited the studio yesterday along with a client that was having a Boudouir Photo Session. I had an amazing time and met two wonderful industry professionals. I worked with a wonderful skilled makeup artist yesterday from KTouch Artistry, Lekisha was simply amazing, she was fun to work with and fast.
The studio was rented out by Miranda of In The Grain Photography and althought I haven't seen the pictures yet I KNOW they are incredible! The looks, the poses were to die for. Miranda didn't waste any time directing the session, she was so organized and orderly and had an amazing eye for fashion.
I don't even know where to start on the studio. If you are looking for somewhere to take some real Couture pictures then this studio is the place. Each setting was Artfully Designed. The use of color was amazing, the fabrics, the paints and flooring with different textures (furs, knits and a host of others) gave you so much to work with, not to even mention the studios inventory of props and accessories. There were feather pins, super cute jewelery, and heels that you couldn't even imagine. No corner was left untouched, the bathroom had a Chandelier, not just any Chandelier but a awesome crystal chic breathtaking Chandelier.
I can't wait to work in this studio again and was grateful for the opportunity.
I deemed that this studio would also make a wonderful setting for a Bridal Shower, Bachelorette Party. I have some wonderful ideas for those parties, so if you are interested let's get to planning!
Can't wait to post a picture from the session!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

T&J May 2010 Wedding Planning Update I

Well, I have been looking high and low for a nice paisley's pattern to go along with this couples wedding colors and theme. I would have preferred to find a roll of fabric to use but, instead I found a nice spool of ribbon and some very nice cardstock. Check it out:

If they are feeling this look and color scheme we may design the stationary based on this ribbon pattern and incorporate the ribbon through out the decor. What do you think?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Unbelieveable End of Season Specials

We have 2 great specials going on now!
Baby's 1st Birthday: For only $250.00 (special will also include birthday's 2-5)
You will recieved:
Personalized event design
Catering for 20 guests including children and adults
Cake or Cupcakes
We specialize in Elmo parties, but can design any themed party.

Bridal Shower/Baby Shower: For only $300.00
You will receive:
Customized Event Design
Custom invitations to coordinate with the theme
Catering for upto 30 guests
Decor to include Fresh Florals
Shower Coordinator to assist with games or activities if desired

You couldn't these 2 events for less yourself! We know exactly what vendors to use to be able to offer such low prices. You can expect a professionally designed and coordinated event that your guests are sure to LOVE!

Venue space not included in rate special rate, however we will help you locate a venue to host your event that fits your budget free of charge if neccessary.
Check out some pics of some of our favorite party inspirations!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Just For You- T&J May 2010

Well, I was inspired by my latest clients colors and thought I would put a little something together that would highlight what I was thinking. An inspiration board of sorts, just with captions. The colors: Purple, Pink, and Green. Ok, so 3 colors I know, but this is so doable, with one main color and 2 accent colors. I planned an amazing reception featuring 3 colors. I went with Turquoise, Hot Pink and Lime Green to create a Caribbean theme. Here is a few pics from the wedding.
Anyhow, back to the subject at hand. So for this upcoming wedding my client is so laid back and fun to work with, the couples main concern is just having a nice affair that the guests will enjoy. Simple, Elegant yet fun. So were are working on finding some inspiration to bring everything together. When I first heard of the color scheme I thought "paisley's, that's it paisley's" I searched high and low for a pattern that would feature paiselys in the colors and I found this:
Just for inspiration, I copied a pattern that mac is using for its new laptop design.

Next I searched for ways to incorporate the paisleys theme and found this wonderful table setting:

I love the way they made the chairbacks out of the cloth, and the color usage here is lovely. An elegant way to work with bright colors. The centerpiece is right along the lines of what the couple is seeking, a simple cylinder with a single stem or something along those lines.
I also found this really cool cylinder centerpiece, a nice touch to bring an element of green is to add apples. The flowers on top are a bit more than this couples liking but yet still really pretty

I will add more of my ideas, inspiration and notes on this wedding as it progresses.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Escort Card Ideas

What is an Escort card?
An escort card is a card that the guests get typically during cocktails and it directs them to their tables. Alot of times Escort cards are confused with Place cards, a place card directs guests to their specific seats. Place cards can be alot more work because you have to figure out who is sitting next to whom. At the very least you should opt for Escort cards to offer guests some sort of direction, it usually helps things flow smoothly.

Here are some pictures of my favorite escort card displays taken from

Monday, August 10, 2009

Venues and Ideas just for you! K&D May 2011

Well I might as well share this with the rest of you too. I searched high and low to find the perfect venue and ideas to create the perfect mood for a couple seeking a wedding that is Sophisticated and Classy yet Modern and Edgy. A combo that will fit both the future Brides personality and taste as well as the Grooms. To give me an example of their style they told me to check out "The House of Blues" in Myrtle Beach and The "Liberty Hotel" in Boston. I checked out both which gave me grand ideas as to what I could put together for them. Oh and they both love Castles, but the interior can't be dreary and dull and places with lofts/ interior balconies and Grand Staircases. Check out the photos that I am using for inspiration as well as real venues that they may be interested in.

Picture of map is in reference to the a "escort card" setting idea. This couple loves to travel and I thought it would be cool idea to have a nice looking framed map hanging with photos of them places they have been and markers on places they want to go. The markers will be little flags with names on them placed on the map at different locations, the tables at the reception will be named with places such as cities. So guests will be able to search for their name on the map and sit at the table that matches. Done correctly this could be such a memorable part of the event.
The Bride to be Birthstone and engagement ring is actually Peridot which happens to be a favorite color of the couple so I thought it would be cool to go with that, and a very affordable way to tie it all together would be to go with something sleek and modern like wheatgrass centerpieces in a very edgy rectangular holder.