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6 Tips to Save Big on Your Wedding

First comes love, then comes marriage – and with marriage comes quite the financial commitment. If you’re anything like the majority of our brides, you will do anything and everything to save a few bucks on your wedding. Fortunately for you, there’s a way to achieve the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. Take a look at these tips to save on your wedding with the help of the experts at NerdWallet.

The Invitations

Go paperless! Electronic invitations are a wonderful way to cut costs as well as track RSVPs. Not only will you save money, but you also eliminate the risk of an invitation getting lost in the mail. If you would rather send out a traditional wedding invitation as opposed to sending your invitation electronically, try printing your own. There are plenty of downloadable user-friendly templates making it easier than ever to create your own invitations from the comfort of your home while saving money.

The Dress

Who says you must buy your wedding dress at a bridal shop? Department stores are a budget-friendly place to starting your dress shopping. Most every department store has a prom/formal dress section filled with beautiful white dresses. This option can work particularly well for brides having a beach wedding. Why drop a pretty penny on a dress from a bridal shop if you’re going to be standing with your toes in the sand? If this is out of the question for you as a bride, consider borrowing your accessories. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also check “something borrowed” off your list.

The Décor

Consider borrowing centerpieces or other left-over items from one of your recently married friends. If you don’t have any recently married friends, try Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. You are sure to score some great items that you can re-sell and make your money back after your big day. Used not for you? Try looking at craft stores. Hobby Lobby and Michael’s are both reasonably priced and have huge sales often. Creating your own centerpieces will not only save you money, but you will also have the power to ensure your décor will turn out exactly how you envisioned it.

The Catering

When it comes to catering, plated dinners tend to be the most expensive option. Save money by asking each potential caterer about having a buffet or family-style stations. Contact us today for a list of preferred vendors! As for alcohol, start by eliminating children and guests you know will not be interested in drinking alcohol. After you’ve got your headcount, we suggest purchasing your alcohol in bulk at Costco. The best part about buying your alcohol at Costco is their return policy – allowing you to return any unopened bottles for full price!

The Guests

The greater the number of guests, the greater the cost of your wedding. Keep things intimate with a small wedding. Limit the number of plus-ones given out by only inviting couples you socialize with regularly. If a small wedding isn’t something you view as possible for you, trim your guest list by just 10 to 20 people. Although this doesn’t seem like many people, you would be surprised how big of a price difference this can make.

The Venue

When setting your date, save money by contemplating a less popular month, such as January or February. The more demand for a given date, the higher the price you will pay for your venue. Seeing as Saturday is the most expensive day to get married, consider getting married on a Sunday or weeknight. Also, be sure to take advantage of what is included in each venue’s rental fee. Ball Conference Center makes this easy by laying all pricing out from the beginning. To see all Ball has to offer you on your big day, click here!

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.

Wedding Spotlight: Ben & Bethanie Dombrowski

Ball Conference Center hosted a picture-perfect wedding ceremony and reception celebrating Ben & Bethanie Dombrowski’s happily ever after on Saturday, November 11th, 2017! The brisk Fall weather was no bother to wedding guests as the newlyweds warmed hearts with beautiful wedding vows and happy tears.

Ben & Bethanie’s love story originated at Brickyard, where they dated for four years before Ben got down on one knee during Thanksgiving, surrounded by family. The couple have come full circle to tie the knot in November, bringing families together again.

The wedding ceremony was held in one half of the ballroom, beautifully decorated in shades of royal blue and white. Flickering candles glimmered along the aisle, leading up to an arbor draped in tulle and soft string lighting. After saying their “I do’s,” the ballroom was opened up to accommodate the reception space. Through the transition, guests enjoyed the photo booth, grazed the candy and snack tables, and sipped cocktails from the bar.

Entering the reception space, tables were elegantly dressed in royal blue hues, warm candles and vintage lanterns, while rustic accents adorned the couple’s table. Guests were surrounded by many customized pieces, such as trendy chalkboard art, that highlighted elements of the Dombrowski’s relationship. Ben & Bethanie’s love for each other shone bright as they celebrated their vows with family and friends!

Are you dreaming about the perfect wedding 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.

Michael 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 Michael 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 Dombrowski Wedding photo gallery below!

Wedding Spotlight: Estifanos & Bitsehet Bekele

Ball Conference Center recently had the pleasure of hosting Estifanos & Bitsehet Bekele’s wedding reception! A fall wedding on September 23rd, 2017, followed by a night of great food, drinks, and of course dancing, made the evening a night to remember for everyone who attended!

Guests were greeted by dreamy décor draped in flowy white and pink tulle. A gold sofa straight out of a fairytale was positioned for guests to pose on for pictures. The ballroom was a truly grand space with friends and family of the happy couple excitedly awaiting Estifanos & Bitsehet. Filling the room were tables decorated in endless bouquets of flower centerpieces with photos of the newlyweds scattered across its surface. A live band played music as guests entered the dream worthy wedding reception.

After much anticipation, the bride and groom arrived! The entire ballroom was alive with music, clapping and signing as they made their way to the dance floor. It was a beautiful celebration of Estifanos & Bitsehet’s love and commitment to each other.

Are you dreaming about the perfect wedding 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.

Michael 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 Michael 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 Bekele Wedding photo gallery below!

Wedding Spotlight: Katy & Neil Talbott

Katy and Neil Talbott said their “I do’s” with a beautiful summer wedding on July 15, 2017 at Ball Conference Center! A celebration complete with plenty of dancing, heartwarming family toasts, and tons of glowing candles that made the night a true dream enjoyed by all.

The couple went on their first date to an Eric Church concert, and knew that it would be happily ever after from then on out! Katy and Neil came full circle on their big day while swaying to an Eric Church song for their first dance. A sweet and romantic nod to their relationship’s beginnings!

Katy’s sister, Andrea, gave a moving toast filled with childhood stories that closed with glasses held high proclaiming, “Here’s to love, laughter and happily ever after!” Dan and Mike Talbott, Neil’s brothers, followed with hilarious stories about the moment they knew that Katy and Neil were a match made in heaven. It was a truly touching display of two families coming together as one.

Katy and Neil’s wedding reception was decorated beautifully with shades of lilac and white – accented with touches of gold and silver. The entire ballroom was softly lit by flickering candles and warmed with the smiles and laughter of close friends and family. It was a beautiful display that is sure to last in the memories of Katy and Neil Talbott for many, happy years to come.

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If you’re ready to start planning the wedding of your dreams, Ball Conference Center would love to help! When you book your wedding at Ball, you’ll find that wedding planning is a breeze. Whether you’re looking for a more traditional wedding, or something more personal and unique to your style, Ball Conference Center has the space that can be designed to be the wedding you’ve always wanted.

For more information and to schedule a tour, contact Michael Nicoski at Ball Conference Center at (913) 322-4980. Michael looks forward to showing you our beautiful facility and helping you bring the wedding of your dreams to life!

Enjoy a look at the Talbott reception Photo Gallery below!

Wedding Spotlight: Kelly & Clay Wardlaw

Kelly and Clay Wardlaw tied the knot with a beautiful summer wedding on June 17, 2017 at Ball Conference Center! A celebration complete with a dance floor, delicious food, and selfie sticks made sure that the night would be enjoyed by all.

The couple met while both attending Pitt State 17 years ago. They were friends for a while and eventually ended up dating from 2005-2009. “We went our separate ways for a while but got back together a year and a half ago and couldn’t be happier,” said Kelly.

When asked about their experience planning their reception at Ball Conference Center, “We really loved that we could come in the day before and set up all of our own decorations,” said Kelly. “Michael was so easy to work with and the location is close to hotels – perfect for both of our families coming in from out of town.”

The newlyweds played “The Shoe Game” followed by some heartfelt speeches from the bride and groom’s closest family and friends including the Maid of Honor, Best Man, and a tearful toast from the Mother of the Bride. Kelly and Clay shared their first dance as a married couple to “Reunited” by Top and Jinky, and a sweet video of how the couple met played for all guests to enjoy.

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If you’re ready to start planning the wedding of your dreams, Ball Conference Center would love to help! When you book your wedding at Ball, you’ll find that wedding planning is a breeze. Whether you’re looking for a more traditional wedding, or something more personal and unique to your style, Ball Conference Center has the space that can be designed to be the wedding you’ve always wanted.

For more information and to schedule a tour, contact Michael Nicoski at Ball Conference Center at (913) 322-4980. Michael looks forward to showing you our beautiful facility and helping you bring the wedding of your dreams to life!

Enjoy a look at the Wardlaw reception Photo Gallery below!