Ball’s Perfect Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes

Asking your friends to stand beside you on your big day is an exciting experience for both you – the bride – and the lucky few who get asked to be your bridesmaids! Show your best friends just how much they mean to you by asking them to be your bridesmaids in an unforgettable way – with a bridesmaid proposal box. The bridal experts here at Ball have put together some ideas to ensure your best friends will say “Yes!” and be just as thrilled as you are when you pop the question!

Champagne: “Pop the Question” to your friends with a miniature bottle of champagne! Make your own personalized label or save a few by tying a tag around the bottle formally asking your friends to be your bridesmaids. The best part? You can celebrate instantly with a nice champagne toast!

Personalized Champagne/Wine Glass: Now that you’ve popped the question with your champagne bottle, we can’t think of a better way to toast than with personalized glasses. Personalize each glass with each bridesmaids’ name or simply with their first initial. Although this can be a tad bit pricier, your bridesmaids are sure to appreciate the thought put into this everlasting gift.

Framed Photo: What is more personal than a photo of you and each bridesmaid? The perfect touch to your bridesmaid box – incorporating a framed photo of the two of you will reflect the special friendship you have with each individual. Not only will your bridesmaids have their photo for years to come, but each time they look at their photo they will remember the extravagant way you asked them to help you say “I do.”

Nail Polish: A fun way to give your bridesmaids a sneak peak of your wedding colors is with nail polish. Find a polish that matches your main wedding color the best and your bridesmaids can use it to dress up their nails for your big day. Let’s face it – no girl can have enough nail polish!

Bath Bomb: Because who doesn’t love a nice bath bomb? Your bridesmaids are sure to enjoy the relaxation that comes with a bath bomb after helping make sure your wedding planning goes smoothly. Our tip? Tie a tag around each bath bomb with, “You’re the Bomb,” written on it. Such a fun way to personalize a simple gift!

Ring Pop: A sweet treat to incorporate into your bridesmaid boxes is a Ring Pop. The second-best thing to a diamond ring – your bridesmaids are sure to get a kick out of this fun gift! A photo op with your engagement ring and your bridesmaids’ Ring Pops is a unique way to announce the lucky few who will be standing beside you on your big day.

Whether you choose to incorporate all or just a couple of these gifts while popping the question, we are sure your bridesmaids will be honored and appreciative of the work you put into making this an unforgettable experience for everyone involved!

In the Kansas City area and looking for a wedding venue? Be sure to check out all Ball Conference Center has to offer for your big day.

5 Ways to Thank Your Guests

Planning a wedding isn’t always just fun and games! Thankfully, with the love and support of family and friends, most every bride has someone to help achieve her dream wedding. The perfect way to show gratitude is through an unforgettable thank you gift! The team at Ball has crafted together ideas for the perfect way to acknowledge all the support your loved ones have provided throughout your love story.

Thanks for Bean Here: A sweet and tasty way to say, “Thank you” to your guests! All you need is a cute bag and some jelly beans. Tie a personalized tag around each bag full of jelly beans with, “Thanks for Bean Here,” written on it – and voilà! The perfect fix for each guests’ sweet tooth.

Thanks for Popping By: Who doesn’t love popcorn? Especially after a night full of dancing! Renting a popcorn machine is a unique way to get your guests involved in making their own thank you bag. Have personalized popcorn bags sitting next to the popcorn machine and your guests can fill their own bag to their liking.

Don’t be Blinded by Our Love: Personalized sunglasses are an everlasting thank you gift that can be used for years to come. Adding you and your husband’s names, as well as your wedding date to each side of the sunglasses will be the perfect thank you gift for a summer wedding!

Personalized Paddle Fans: Perfect for outdoor weddings! Prior to your ceremony, have a basket full of fans for each guest to grab upon arrival. We suggest putting your names, the date and “Thank You,” on one side and a quote that describes your love story on the other. Your guests are sure to be extra thankful you were considering their comfort during your big day.

Let Love Grow: A trendy way to thank your guests is with a succulent. This can double as not only a thank you gift, but also as toppers for your guest tables. Not only are succulents beautiful and easy to take care of, they are also affordable.  With a personalized message like, “Let Love Grow,” written on a tag tied around each succulent, your guests are sure to appreciate this thoughtful thank you gift.

Picking a thank you gift that stands out to you most is an exciting process! Nothing feels better than giving back to those who took the time to be there for you when it is most important. Be sure to check out all Ball Conference Center has to offer for your special day.

Wedding Spotlight: Chandler and Nate Johnson

Ball Conference Center recently had the pleasure of hosting Nate and Chandler Johnson’s wedding reception! This summer wedding on July 21st was a night to remember as family and friends celebrated the happy newlyweds!

Nate and Chandler met while attending Bob Jones University in South Carolina. They sang in the same church choir together, and the rest is history. Having known each other for four years and being together for two, they were more than ready to tie the knot! “We chose to have our reception at Ball Conference Center because it was conveniently located, had the ability to accommodate all of our guests, and the price was just right,” said Chandler.

The bridal party arrived, each pair being introduced, followed by dinner, toasts, and mingling. The newlyweds even set up a time capsule table – where each guest got to write a note for Chandler and Nate to open on their very first wedding anniversary.

Chandler and Nate really liked that they were able to come to Ball Conference Center the day before to begin setting all the décor up! “It was so nice being able to start setting up on Friday, it really allowed us to make sure everything was exactly the way we wanted,” said Chandler.

If you’re ready to start planning the wedding of your dreams without the hassle of dozens of decisions, look no further! Book your dream wedding at Ball Conference Center today! Planning will be a breeze, and your special day will be filled with wedding bliss.

For more information, call our Director of Event Planning and Operations at (913) 322-4980. We look forward to showing you around and helping you create the wedding of your dreams!

Take a look at the Johnson Wedding photo gallery below!

Fall in Love with these Trending Autumn Wedding Colors!

Set the mood for your fall wedding with a color palette that captures the natural beauty of the season. Fall is just around the corner and although the cooler weather will soon be coming through, with that comes the brilliant and vibrant colors of autumn. The changing of the leaves, warm hues and pumpkins galore all call for a cozy fall celebration. Us wedding experts at Ball are here to help you fall even deeper in love with the trending color combinations of the 2018 season.

If you’re anything like us, you believe fall is the hands down the most beautiful of the four seasons! Embrace the beauty of autumn with Dusty Yellow and Maroon. This chic combination brings in the natural colors that come with fall. Stick with the color scheme and honor Kansas by adding sunflowers to your bouquet! Not only are sunflowers beautiful, but their symbolic meaning includes loyalty and longevity – the perfect energy for a happy marriage.


Looking for a neutral and subtle approach to your big day? Gray and Navy is the perfect color scheme for you! A rich and elegant combination, this “hassle-free” color palette pairs perfectly with a wide variety of décor. Our tip? Pair Navy bridesmaid dresses with Gray tuxedos and add a pop of color with your floral bouquets. This dreamy combination is sure to leave your guests speechless.

Planning a bohemian chic wedding? The accents of Grape and Walnut would suit your aesthetic to a tee. This free-spirited yet timeless color combination is perfect for brides who’s style is one with mother nature. An early fall outdoor wedding pairs beautifully with the Grape and Walnut color scheme. The balance of elegance and clarity with a touch of all the earthy colors nature has to offer makes for an unforgettable wedding day.

Stick to the true roots of autumn with Burnt Orange and Burgundy. This rustic wedding color combination truly captures the essence of fall. Pairing beautifully with white – you will be sure to stand out and shine on your wedding day. Tie in some Chocolate Brown décor and rich Gold bridesmaid dresses and your perfect fall wedding will come to life!

From bridesmaids to bouquets, we know picking the perfect color scheme for your big day is crucial. No matter your preference, these popular pairings are sure to make for a stylish yet elegant wedding. Us experts at Ball always have you covered! Be sure to check out all Ball Conference Center has to offer for your special day.

Ball’s Favorite Summer Blooms

April showers bring May flowers and May flowers make for beautiful summer weddings! With all the beauty that comes with spring and summer blooms, we know it can be difficult to choose the perfect floral combination for your wedding day. Ball is here to help you find the elegant flower palate that suits your unique style while embracing the trends of 2018.

Embrace the summer with beautiful pastel blooms. A good flower to achieve the perfect summer palate is the Peony. These flowers start to grow in late spring and are at their best from May through early July making them a perfect candidate for your summer wedding! Peonies are most commonly seen in light pink but come in all shades. Pairing perfectly with white – Peonies are sure to complete your ideal wedding look.

If you’re looking to make a bold statement with a bigger bloom, Hydrangeas are the perfect choice for you! These blooms come in darker shades including purples, magentas, and blues. Hydrangeas make for a perfect pop of color to add to your summer ceremony. With seven diverse types of Hydrangeas to choose between, the options are endless!

Brighten up your summer wedding with Gerberas! Turning heads with their vibrant range of colors, Gerberas bring the fun of summer to your wedding. Lucky for you, Gerberas tend to be widely available as well as affordable – not to mention they have one of the longest vase lives, making for a perfect tabletop flower.

No matter the palate or blooms you choose, your summer wedding is sure to be just as vibrant and special as you! Follow more of Balls blogs for helpful hints and tricks to make the big day everything you’ve dreamed of!

Caterer Spotlight: Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

When planning a wedding, a whirlwind of decisions must be made – often in a compressed timeframe. One moment the focus is picking the perfect flower arrangement; the next, choosing fantastic wedding gown; and after that,you’re on the hunt for an amazing caterer that will leave your guests delighted with your culinary decision making.

To make things a little easier, at Ball Conference Center, we’ve already vetted and hand-picked a list of multiple Preferred Vendors to help make your decision making easier. Not only will this save you time, but you’ll also have the confidence of knowing that the staff at Ball has already screened dozens of wedding vendor possibilities and included only those that we believe provide the best quality and value on our Preferred Vendor list – to help save you valuable time and money in making choices for your own Big Day!

One of our newest Preferred Vendors is Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. Located within the Hilton Garden Inn, their menu is everything you’d expect from a great steakhouse and much, much more. Their experienced and well-trained staff works extremely hard to make sure the love and dedication they have for food comes through with every bite you take. Every bride has their own wedding dreams, the staff at Johnny’s Catering wants to make sure that your special day is exactly how you always dreamed it would be!

Johnny’s is always willing to customize and plan a special menu to make sure your Big Day is perfect. Johnny’s understands that weddings can be expensive so they’ve developed their flexible pricing program. If you give them a range on what you’d like to spend, they’ll create a custom menu that is both delicious and affordable.

Ready for the best part? If you book Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse for your catering, the Bride and Groom will receive a free room at the Hilton Garden Inn! What’s more, they’ll also provide your wedding party hotel rooms at a discounted price!

If you’re interested in more details or booking a tasting with Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, just contact Darla Minor at (913)-815-2345. and she’ll be happy to answer any of your questions or schedule a tasting.

And, if you’ve not yet selected your wedding reception venue, you can receive more information about weddings at Ball Conference Center by contacting Director of Event Planning & Operations Michael Nicoski at (913)-322-4980. We look forward to making your wedding dreams come true!

Wedding Spotlight: Melanie and Kory Gilmore

Ball Conference Center recently hosted a picture-perfect wedding reception for Melanie and Kory Gilmore on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018! The summer heat was no bother to the beautiful newlywed couple and guests as they gathered at Ball Conference Center to celebrate a fairytale wedding that they will remember for a lifetime!

Kory and Melanie met through their older sisters – who were roommates together at MidAmerica Nazarene University. “We were introduced in the cafeteria, and after I met him, I messaged him on Facebook,” said Melanie. The rest is history and after three years of dating, the lovebirds tied the knot!

When asked about their experience planning their reception at Ball Conference Center, Kory said, “We loved the space that was available – and the price too!” Kory and Melanie were able to set up on Friday to prepare for the big day, which was a huge relief for them. “It made our day today go so much smoother and we were able to really enjoy our special day,” said Melanie.

Guests were greeted by dreamy décor with a rustic touch – candy bar and cupcakes included! The ballroom at Ball Conference Center was filled with elegant pink lighting, greenery, and beautiful candles. It was a wonderful celebration of Kory and Melanie’s love and commitment to each other.


Are you dreaming about the perfect wedding and reception venue without the hassle of dozens of decisions? Then look no further – book your dream wedding at Ball Conference Center today! Planning will be a breeze, and your special day will be filled with wedding bliss – not unintended hurdles or compromises.

Our Director of Event Planning and Operations at Ball Conference Center would love to show you around and talk to you about all that Ball has to offer! For more information, give us a call at (913) 322-4980. We look forward to showing you around and helping you create the wedding of your dreams!

Take a look at the Gilmore Wedding Reception photos below!

Planning a destination wedding? Celebrate at Ball when you get home!

Weddings can be stressful with all the planning and decision making. It’s easy to lose sight of what’s important – the fact that you get to marry your best friend! Here at Ball, we realize that more and more people are deciding on destination weddings to take some of the stress away and enjoy what really matters. Although a private, intimate ceremony may be exactly what you’re dreaming of, we know that celebrating with friends and family when you return is also important.

Ball Conference Center is the perfect place for newlywed couples to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter. We partner with local vendors such as Kansas City Catering, The Sweet Nook, Complete Music and Diamond Girls – organizing your reception is a breeze! We want to be able to make this a night you will always remember with the people you will never forget because in the end were celebrating your new marriage!

Make Ball the place you celebrate this amazing adventure you are embarking on. We have different packages to fit any newlyweds budget. When it comes to Ball, we’re here to make your dream celebration come to life!

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Michael Nicoski at Ball Conference Center at (913) 322-4980. He looks forward to showing you our beautiful facility and helping you dream up the perfect reception!

Spotlight on Preferred Vendor: Minsky’s

Have an important meeting or event coming up? What better way to impress your guests than with Kansas City’s Best Pizza – Minsky’s! Once a month, our sister company – KVC – holds employee meetings here at Ball Conference Center. Minsky’s Pizza was an instant crowd pleaser with all our attendees this past month! Our Director of Events and Operations – Michael – said, “Minsky’s is convenient with great prices. Consistently delicious pizza!”

Minsky’s slogan, “Gourmet, and going to stay that way” has proven to be true time and time again. From the moment you bite into one of their award-winning gourmet pizzas, you’ll understand why Minsky’s has been repeatedly voted “Kansas City’s Best Pizza!” Their savory pizzas begin with hand-rolled dough and your choice of sauce, piled high with juicy meats, fresh-cut vegetables, aromatic herbs and topped with 100% Wisconsin mozzarella!

Is your mouth watering yet? Minsky’s also offers a wide selection of hot sandwiches, handmade calzones, creamy pastas, garden fresh salads, appetizers and desserts. Gluten or dairy free? Minsky’s also offers a gluten-free pizza option as well as Daiya Deliciously Dairy Free cheese. There’s something everyone is sure to love at Minsky’s!

Click here to cater your event with Minsky’s today!

For more information on Ball Conference Center’s facility meeting rooms, call Michael Nicoski at (913) 322-4980. We look forward to hearing from you!

Event Booked at The Ritz Charles and Need a New Space?

With the recent closing of The Ritz Charles in Overland Park, we know some of you may be frantically trying to find a new event space for your special occasion. Here at Ball Conference Center, we are happy to try to accommodate anyone who has been affected by this sudden closing. Book with us and provide proof of your previous event booking at The Ritz Charles to receive:

  • Dance floor included
  • Cocktail tables included
  • Day before set-up (based on availability)

If you’ve not had a chance to tour Ball Conference Center, we’d love to show you around and talk to you about all that Ball has to offer! For more information, give Michael a call at (913) 322-4980. We look forward to showing you around and helping you plan the perfect event!

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