Recently Engaged? 10 Wedding Planning To-Dos!

Did your holiday season surprises include a sparkling new engagement ring on your finger? First, congratulations! We know the path to getting married can be an exciting yet intimidating journey. With so many moving parts, planning the wedding of your dreams can be quite daunting! The good news? Ball Conference Center is here to make life a little easier with 10 wedding planning to-dos for the recently engaged!

1.) Organize a Timeline

First, focus on determining a range of dates that will work for you. You may not be able to set an exact date until other major decisions are made (such as booking your venue). When drafting your timeline, keep in mind that the average engagement lasts 15 months, and watch for seasons that you prefer and keep an eye out for major holidays to avoid.

2.) Find Your Style & Location

Before moving forward with other wedding details, take the time to imagine what style and vibe you want to set for your wedding and where you want it held. Do you picture your wedding on a beach, an outdoor garden, or even a historical mansion? Take time to gather inspiration through magazines, Pinterest, and others’ wedding photos to help give you a better idea of what you might prefer.

3.) Set Your Budget

Discussing how much your families may be contributing will be a big help in working through your budget. It can be an uncomfortable conversation to have, but it’s better to get it out of the way now so that you have a realistic picture about what you can spend for the big day!

4.) Plan Your Guest List

As you begin to plan your guest list, keep in mind how many people your desired ceremony and reception space will accommodate. In addition, especially if your family is contributing a large sum for the wedding, be respectful as possible of your families’ wishes. Remember, the more guests you invite, the higher the catering costs and the larger the venue size. The easiest way to shrink your budget is by capping your guest list.

5.) Register Gifts

Don’t worry about registering too early – with engagement parties, showers and well-wishing relatives, they’ll appreciate your foresight. Even if you’re not big on this tradition, it’s important to register for at least a few items so family and friends don’t have to guess at what you’d like.

6.) Select Your Wedding Party

Now it’s your turn! The earlier you ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen, the sooner you can enlist their help. Remember, they are spending their time and money to celebrate your big day with you, so make sure they know how much you appreciate them.

7.) Consider a Planner

Are you a busy couple with demanding jobs AND elaborate wedding plans? Then you should consider hiring a full-time wedding planner to help you organize the event from start to finish. Another option is to hire a part-time consultant to help lay the groundwork for your wedding – which includes the budget, schedule, and a list of good vendors and site choices. If you’ve got that part handled and just need someone to help on the big day, a “day-of” coordinator will make sure all goes smoothly.

8.) Book Your Venue & Date

The reception venue will set the stage for your wedding, which includes photos, your budget, guest list and catering just to name a few. Ensure that you get the look, price and extras that you want by scheduling tours and booking early. Ball Conference Center has an elegant ballroom with capacity to host 350 family members and friends (The Ballroom at Ball can also be easily scaled down for a smaller, more intimate reception). Ball offers convenient wedding packages that help make wedding planning a breeze! And, Ball also give you the freedom to provide your own liquor – often at a significant savings over hotel ballrooms – and you may select your own caterer, again, controlling costs. Trying to stage an elegant reception on a budget, Ball might just be the perfect solution!

9.) Employ Priority Vendors

If you have a certain photographer, band, DJ or cake-baker in mind for your wedding, don’t wait too long to book – they won’t be available for long! Determine your top wedding and reception vendors and quickly contract the ones whose work you love.

10.) Dress Shopping

A good way to start your dress shopping is by browsing wedding photos online and saving favorites to take with you to your dress shopping appointments. Remember, the season of your wedding may affect the style and fabrics for your dress. Also, it’s good to read up on wedding gown lingo – such as different silhouettes, necklines, trains and hues. Being knowledgeable will make you all the more ready to make your dream-dress decisions!

Follow the steps above and you’ve got a great start on your way to planning your fairytale wedding! And, should you choose Ball Conference Center, our team of professional planners will work with you all along the way – giving you peace of mind as each element of your planning seamlessly comes together, making your big day as stress-free as possible! With Ball, our goal is for you to relax and enjoy time with your friends, family and new partner while our experienced and dedicated staff handle all the details and final touches.

We’d love to show you around and talk to you about all that Ball Conference Center has to offer! For more information, give Michael Nicoski a call at (913) 322-4980. We look forward to giving you a tour  and helping you create the wedding of your dreams!

Wedding Spotlight: Alison & Brandon Reigel

Ball Conference Center recently had the pleasure of hosting Alison and Brandon Reigel’s celebration of marriage! On June 3rd, 2017, the couple said “I do,” then spent the evening dancing and cutting loose at Ball with their friends and family – it was a beautiful evening that was enjoyed by all in attendance!

Alison and Brandon are true high school sweethearts! If that isn’t “sweet” enough, Brandon’s best man, Kyle, shared a story from the newlywed’s high school days – the couple’s relationship originated when Brandon changed his relationship status on Facebook to “in a relationship” with Alison, only with hope that she would just go along with it – and years later, wedding bells are ringing!

Kyle continued, “Brandon is a pretty quiet guy, but his love for Alison speaks much more loudly than his words…it has been a pleasure watching you two grow up and learn from each other, even through the initial awkward phase. Today is the start of your journey together – it’s just another step along the way. You guys are going to continue to grow and learn from each other. I just couldn’t be happier or more excited for both of you, I love you guys!”

The Reigel wedding hosted 350 of the bride and groom’s family and friends – making Ball Conference Center’s 6,000 square foot ballroom the ideal space for the happy couple’s nuptials!

Following dinner, Alison’s younger sister gave a tearful, heartfelt toast that made everyone in the room teary eyed, followed by a nod to long time couples by inviting everyone to the dance floor, and dismissing them by increasing years of marriage together – a truly sweet display.


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 Michael Nicoski at Ball Conference Center 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 Reigel’s Wedding photo gallery below!

Tip Top Tux – A Preferred Ball Partner

Everybody knows that when it comes to the big wedding day, all eyes are on the beautiful, blushing bride. But in the midst of all of this attention, the only thing that the bride is focused on is her husband-Ball Conference Centerto-be! And, when the groom stands at the altar, adoring his stunning bride as she walks down the aisle, he he definitely wants to look his absolute best for her. Ensure that your other-half-to-be is dressed as your one if a kind knight in shining armor by teaming up with Tip Top Tux (and of course, booking the ballroom at Ball Conference Center!) Tip Top Tux will make sure that all of the men in your wedding party are in “tip top” shape!

Tip Top Tux’s dedication to quality and customer service helps make for an enjoyable, memorable and, most importantly, a less stressful wedding planning experience. With everything involved in the wedding process, having one less thing to worry about is almost a dream come true. With Tip Top Tux’s exclusive “proper fit assurance” and their team’s extensive training and years of wedding wardrobe experience, rest assured your groom’s tux will be a perfect fit!

Ball Conference Center, Marissa Cribbs Photography (9)Whether you want to follow, bend or even break traditional wedding dress-code rules, Tip Top will help you optimize your man’s style and make him feel great about his one-of-a-kind look.  Tip Top Tux educates their consultants on today’s “in” colors and makes certain they have the broadest selection of popular colors and designs to enhance the look and feel of your big day. Years of wedding experience enable them to confidently recommend the styles and brands that offer the highest level of quality – and today’s latest fashions.

And while your at it, why not accentuate the total look and feel of you big day (and complete your storybook-scene-of-a-lifetime), with Ball Conference Center’s elegant ballroom – accented and decorated to match the unique style that will make your wedding the one that your friends, family and other special guests will remember for years to come.

Picking out the perfect wedding dress is exhausting, so why not ease some of the wedding day pressure by renting formal wear for the men in your wedding party through Tip Top Tux? And, of course the perfect accessory to your exceptional wedding attire is definitely Ball Conference Center.

For more information about reserving Ball for your big day, contact Michael Nicoski at (913) 322-4980. We can’t wait to show you around – who knows, it might even be love at first site!

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Cutting Edge Innovations at Ball Conference Center!

There are exciting, new changes coming to Ball Conference Center! Over August 15th to September 2nd, Ball Conference Center will not be booking any functions in their ballroom or meeting rooms in order to install these cutting edge improvements. These updates focus on installing leading audiovisual technology. If you haven’t booked an event with Ball Conference Center before, you will want to now!

Ball Conference CenterThese technological advancements can be found throughout Ball Conference Center. For instance, two standalone Kiosk’s with 55” monitors will be placed within the hallways. These Kiosk’s are similar to those seen at Arrowhead Stadium!

Overflow audio will also be implemented. This includes eight new speakers with overflow audio from the ballroom into the lobby and even outside!

In addition, video and audio conferencing will be installed in all of the rooms, including the ballroom. The new OPE Video cameras will even capture the presenter from the back of the room!

Six 13” wall-mounted room schedulers are being added as well, which allows guests to identify the proper room and check room availability from the dashboard. These room schedulers will fully integrate with leading calendar systems and give you easy and secure remote management of the conference rooms. This will eliminate the possibility of any room conflicts!Ball Conference Center

Along with this, satellite boxes will be put into each ballroom allowing for the capability to watch independent channels from every room. All systems will be installed, coded and tested to the highest standard to insure functionality and efficiency.

With all of these new implementations, Ball Conference Center is the innovative and smart choice to book for your next party, wedding, meeting or event! For more information, call Michael Nicoski at Ball Conference Center at (913) 322-4980. Come check out all of the updates in the ballroom and meeting rooms for yourself! We can’t wait to show you around!

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Spotlight on Preferred Vendor: Complete Weddings+Events

Still in the early stages of planning your wedding? It can be a little overwhelming with so many different options out there. There are a lot of decisions to be made! Booking and coordinating so many different vendors can be a hassle. Ball Conference Center has the perfect solution! Book your wedding at Ball, and use our preferred vendor, Complete Weddings+Events! Complete Weddings+Events offers a variety of services that make planning your wedding as painless as possible.

Their professional DJs will work with you to create the perfect soundtrack to the best day of your life! Book their signature DJ package and get a professional Emcee, LED dance lighting, a full digital music library, a personal online event manager, and no charge for set up or tear down!

Complete Weddings+Events also offers up lighting – an affordable way to totally change the atmosphere and will be customized to make your day unforgettable.

The signature up lighting package comes with up to 10 lights, the ability to choose your own color, and no extra charge for set up and tear down.Complete Weddings

And who wouldn’t want a complete video of their wedding day? Purchase the Cinematic Video Package and get a 10-12 minute film of the most memorable moments of your day! The video will include your vows and toasts from the reception, can be uploaded online, and delivered on a USB drive. You can also purchase raw footage for an additional cost.

Of course, you have to get a photographer! Let Complete Weddings+Events help you preserve the memories of your once in a lifetime event! They have 4 different packages to choose from, starting with their Signature Photography Package that comes with one photographer, a signature release of digital images, and all images are edited and delivered on a USB drive and posted to an online gallery.

To truly make your wedding one for you and your guests to remember, rent a photo booth! It sends your guests home with a little piece of your special day! The signature Photo Booth Package comes with one photo booth operator, unlimited prints for your guests, scrapbook for your guests to sign, a CD with all digital images, and includes a variety of props for your guests to enjoy!

“Along with our intense focus on quality we firmly believe that having all our services under one roof will make it easy for you to get caught up in the fun of planning your wedding or event without having to shop around to four or five different wedding event service providers,” says owner, Wade Nelson.

Your wedding will be better than you ever imagined when you book our ballroom! Ball Conference Center specializes in responsive customer service and is dedicated to making your event just as flawless as it is memorable. Our venue is reserved entirely for your event. Select from one of our spectacular wedding packages to create the wedding day you desire.

Ball offers flexibility, exceptional customer care and peace of mind as each aspect of your special day comes together seamlessly. And when you use Complete Weddings+Events, your planning will be that much easier and allow you to relax and enjoy your wedding bliss! For more information, call Michael Nicoski at Ball Conference Center at (913) 322-4980. We look forward to showing you around and helping you plan the wedding of your dreams!

Book Your June Wedding Now! Limited Dates Available

Recently engaged and looking for a venue for your spring wedding? Well look no further! Ball Conference Center is a luxurious yet affordable venue for both wedding ceremonies and receptions with banquet seating for up to 300 guests, one of the largest venues in the Kansas City metro area!


June is the perfect time to get married. The weather is beautiful and everything is in bloom and flowering again! That said, it can be difficult to find an opening in June and that’s where Ball can help! Dates are very LIMITED however, we do have a few dates available for your perfect June wedding! Check out our page on weddings to see photos and a list of package deals we offer!

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Don’t waste another minute, June dates will fill up fast so claim yours now!