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To The Bride on a Budget

To the Bride on a Budget: Top Cost Saving Techniques When Planning Your Wedding

As sales people, and more importantly, Louisville wedding planners at the Ice House – we often hear “how can we cut our budget?” – “is this charge really necessary?” – “the estimated event total is much more than we expected”.

We get it. Budgets are undeniably important, yet often difficult to stick to – and the total overall cost does not come without a great deal of sticker shock. It is our goal to not only exceed your expectations, but to ensure no one goes homeless, broke or hungry throughout the planning process.

Quite often, you will hear your Ice House and/or Crushed Ice Catering team member say – “trust us”. Trust that we know what is best for you and your event. Trust that we know our venue best. Trust that we know some of the best cost saving techniques when it comes to food, beverage and venue costs. Share with us your budget – it eliminates the guess work and allows us to get down to the bottom line. It is your day – and you should have it exactly the way you want. We are here to offer some of our best techniques for cutting costs, without cutting out your vision:

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Every Bride and Groom should set a realistic budget

#1 – Negotiables versus non-negotiables: Just as important as your guest list, begin a list EARLY on in the planning process of what items are must-haves (non-negotiables) and which items are flexible (negotiable). Perhaps it has been your dream to have a live band and that is #1 on your non-negotiable list. But you and your fiance aren’t big on cake. Forgo the cake – and hire the live band! Just remember to offer your guests another dessert option (more often than not, at a lower price).

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Deciding what is important, may be the most important thing you do.

#2 – Expectations versus reality: We live in a Pinterest driven event world. More often than not, clients come to us with inspiration boards from Pinterest from high-end weddings taking place in New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii, etc. It is difficult for us to explain that yes, we can execute that look – but for a substantial cost. Keep it realistic. Pinterest is wonderful tool for inspiration. But understand that while you can shoot for the moon, your budget may not permit.

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Pinterest is a great tool, but proceed with budgetary caution.

#3 – Beer and Wine Darling is Fine: It is perfectly acceptable to offer beer and wine only. By eliminating liquor from your bar package, you are not only saving a few bucks, but you are also saving some of your guests from the dreaded hangover the next day. If your caterer is as cool as Crushed Ice Catering, we can even have one or two secret bottles stashed for Wedding Party only, or your Bourbon Loving Dad.

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Your guests will be satisfied with a limited bar.

#4 – Off-season is in: Check with vendors for special off-season or non-peak discounts. Typically, Friday and Sundays are cheaper than Saturdays, and off-season months will save you some big bucks (as long as an outdoor wedding is not in the picture – remember guest comfort should be your #1 priority).

#5 – The Guest Count Debacle: By far – the easiest way to cut your budget is to trim your guest list. From our experience, this may be the easiest cost-saving technique, but it is BY FAR the toughest on this list. Discuss with your fiancé your “rules” for who is invited and who is not, and stick to your guns – no matter what your future MOL might say (unless she’s fronting the bill, of course). Here are some of our suggestions for who makes the cut:

 

  •                 Have you met this person before?
  •                 Do you allow a plus one if you know they are not in a LTR, engaged or married?
  •                 Have you sat down and had a meal with this person in the last 2 years?
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Who do you want to share in your special day? Spend some time on the guest list!

#6 – Hire Local: In hiring local vendors, you are not only supporting the local economy, but you’re saving a few bucks along the way. There is no charge for travel expenses, accommodations, etc. Also, many caterers offer discounts for vendor meals, so be sure to ask! Inquire about the Ice House’s list of suggested vendors for some of the top local talent!

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Local vendors are the best vendors!

#7 – Shop Smart: Shop for Bridesmaids dresses, wedding weekend outfits, shoes, and all of those other important fashion accessories on discount designer sites such as Hautelook, Zulily, Gilt. You can often find designer items for 50-60% off the full price. If you are okay wearing last season Badgley Mischka’s (who sees your shoes anyways?) then this is a great technique to cut your budget, but maintain your style.

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Online savings are the way to go!

#8 – Forgo Favors: Favors are a great way to say “Thank You”. But let’s be honest – who really needs another koozie to add to their bar collection? Favors are typically cheap, so you aren’t trimming too much fat from your budget – but a couple hundred bucks saved here can go towards something higher up on your non-negotiable list.

#9 – Chaaaa Chinnnnng, Make payments with credit cards: Why HELLLLLLLLO points! Want your Honeymoon paid for? Make your large wedding related purchases with that little piece of plastic and relish in the points that you earn. Depending on the card and their rewards, you could get your airfare, hotel and dinners paid for on your Honeymoon.

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Rack up those rewards with your credit card’s point system.

#10 – Don’t blow your life savings on one night: Yes, your Wedding is the biggest day of your life thus far. It is a fleeting moment that will be enjoyable for you and anyone that loves you no matter what amount of money you spend to make it one-of-a-kind. Remember what is important throughout the process – and that is the fact that you get to marry the love of your life and start your lives together. You don’t want to start the beginning of forever in financial peril. Your guests may not remember the gold flatware, or letterpress invitations two years from now (unless all of your guests are planners J). What they will remember is the two of you beginning your journey together, and being a witness to a phenomenal thing called love.

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In the end, remember the real reason for the festivities.

Keep in mind, these are merely just our suggestions to the common questions and concerns that we hear daily. It important to set a realistic budget, and even decide how much wiggle room you will allow for overages, if any. Ultimately, remember throughout the process to have fun, love each other – and accept help (and offers of help) from anyone.

Cheers and Happy Planning!

Erica

Brunch Weddings

Mini Pancakes

Are you a brunch lover? That’s a silly thing to ask because everybody loves brunch. Now here’s a real question: Do you think you’d have a brunch wedding? You may be thinking “no” right away, but I bet by the end of this week’s post you’ll be considering it for your Louisville Wedding!

Before I go into specifics, let me give you a general run-down about why brunch weddings are the best.

  • First off, hosting in the early hours of the day means that the heat hasn’t hit just yet. This gives you a few extra hours not having to worry about sweating off your fresh makeup and being able to enjoy being outside a bit longer.
  • You can also host on a Saturday or Sunday and many venues, like The Ice House, offer discounts for booking on a Sunday since it’s less popular. That means less money spent on your part. Plus, we have an awesome rooftop garden that would be perfect for a brunch reception!
  • Speaking of saving money, brunch events also tend to lean more on the casual side. This means the decor can be playful and even your dress, groomsmen suits, and bridesmaids dresses can match the event and keep it a little less formal. Your menu can also be on the lighter side, and there’s no need to pay for an expensive lighting package or a full bar!

Let’s break it down a little more:

 

DRINKS

Like I said, we don’t need a full bar at 10AM, but it’s nice to have a little somethin’ for your guests to sip on. I’m sure you already know what I’m talking about too- Mimosas. Ahhhhh yes, everyone loves a little bubbly in their OJ! But have you thought about a mimosa bar? Grab your favorite varieties of juice, put out some bowls of fresh fruit and let the guests be their own bartender. The combinations are endless and make for a fun and refreshing morning drink.

If mimosas aren’t your thing (Gasp!) then maybe you’d like to try a Bloody Mary bar. Have your bartender serve up spicy or sweet Bloody Marys and have your guests load up a skewer of their favorites! Pickles, bacon, celery, peppers, spices and more, are sure to add a fun twist to a morning cocktail.

Get creative with your drinks!
Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars are Perfect for Brunch

As a former Barista, there’s one beverage that a brunch wedding would not be complete without: Coffee. Not only is it a “thank you” for those guests who struggled to put themselves together this early for you, but it’s an excuse to create the most adorable coffee bar or cart. Serve a cup to your friends and family as they walk in to the ceremony and keep it going throughout the reception. Personalize cardboard cup and/or sleeves to add a fun touch,  and a fancy mocha will keep those under-agers happy even though they can’t have a mimosa.

Coffee bars are a MUST for brunch.
Keep those early risers happy with a special coffee bar.

FOOD

Your Food choices also offer you a chance for you to stray from the ordinary. Find a caterer like Crushed Ice Catering that has an awesome breakfast menu and go to town. Omelets, frittata, muffins, quiche, waffles (yes please!), fresh fruit. I could go on forever with all of the awesome options.

Even though “brunch” and “cake” aren’t usually two words we put together, having a small cake for your dessert can still be a great idea. Ditch the heavy icing and 5-tiers and try something simple and sweet like a naked cake. Many bakers are trying these lately and they are really a beautiful and delicious way to keep with tradition. You can even pair your small cake with donuts or pastries to stick with the morning theme.

Try a waffle cake for something unexpected and delicious!
Feeling like you want to try something new? How about a waffle cake!
A small Naked Cake would be perfect for a brunch reception
“Naked Cakes” are a beautiful and delicious option for brunch.

RECEPTION

Receptions during the day may not require the same “entertainment” as an evening affair. A band or a DJ could be a great idea as far as music goes, but chances are, grandma isn’t going to want to cut a rug on the dance floor at 11am. This is a great time to socialize and have some yard games out for guests to just enjoy their time with their family and friends. Cornhole, ladder golf, giant Jenga, and even board games will be sure to make everyone feel like a kid again and have fun celebrating with you.

Personalize your Corn Hole Boards!
Add a personal touch to your reception activities.

DECOR

This may be my favorite point of all. Your decor can be simple yet make an impact at the same time. Focus on plants and pops of color instead of lighting and candles. Paper garland or bunting banners look so cute and bring more color and height. Your buffets or stations are bound to be delicious so play up how good they look set up! Chalk signs, menu tags and greenery will make them stand out and look as beautiful as they are yummy.

Love you a Brunch!
Chalk walls and menu tags look awesome on your buffet set up.

Liking the idea but still feeling that a brunch wedding isn’t for you? Take these ideas and pass them along to your family or bridal party and turn them into a shower or day-after party for a smaller crowd. You can’t go wrong with brunch!

 

Cheers,

Madeleine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Favorite DIY Projects

Bottle and flowers as a centerpiece.

Over the Past few years, new websites like Pinterest have provided us with a treasure trove of Do-It-Yourself ideas for home, life, events and more. Taking on DIY projects to use at your wedding is a great idea but it can be a little overwhelming when you see how many ways an old wine bottle or wooden palette can be used in a new creation. Before you stress and become a wine bottle hoarder, let the ladies at the Ice House and Crushed Iced Catering share a few of our favorite projects that we’ve seen online or in our Louisville venue!

 

DIY Party Favors: Party favors aren’t a necessary item for your wedding, but sometimes it’s nice to remind your guests that you truly thank them for sharing in your special day. There are so many cute, inexpensive ways to DIY small party favors that everyone will use and love. We love “living favors”, plants, seeds, etc. Succulents are very popular right now and look so pretty in your home. Why not gather up some small pots/buckets, have a planting day with your bridesmaids and put together some personalized pots for your guests to take home. Find cute paper that matches your colors and just wrap the little plastic pots they already come in- easy enough! Plus, succulents can go a long time without water and will be a perfect hardy option for your favors!

Pack up seeds for your party favor!
Seed from your favorite flowers are a fabulous and small favor for your guests
Wrap your pots in paper to match your theme.
Step by step wrapping for your little pots!

DIY Guest Book: Although the traditional Guest “Book” is a nice and classic way to have people sign and give their well-wishes, couples are experimenting with more fun options that reflect their personality and the theme of their day. Louisville loves their bourbon. If you do too, then maybe having guests sign a painted bourbon barrel head is a fun option for you. Frame your favorite quote or new monogram on heavyweight paper and have your guests sign around  it. Let your guests have a little fun adding leaves to your “tree of life” or go movie themed and have them stamp a balloon! Choose a design that allows you to hang it up or display back in your home instead of storing on a dusty shelf. All you need to make these is just a steady hand and a little creativity!

A "Tree of Life" guest book option
These little wooden shapes can be ordered at most craft stores and put together.
Use guest's thumbprints and names to create your picture
If a storybook romance is up your alley, then try something like this!

DIY Menu Boards: Let your guests know what thy’re loading up their plates with by labeling your menu. This can be one simple board at the front of a buffet line, or place cards by each individual item. The Ice House and Crushed Ice Catering use items as simple as small square mirrors with a paint pen/chalkboard pen. Grab your friend with the best handwriting and toss her a pen! Cute handwriting adds a personal touch and saves you money on printing fees. You can use whatever items you can find that go along with your theme.

Mirrors with chalk pen used for menu board.
Mirrors are a good way to reflect the lighting inside the venue.
Chalkboard bar menu.
Chalkboards are always a good option for listing out drinks or food items.

DIY Centerpieces: Centerpieces are going to be a huge component of your decor. Floral arrangements are most commonly used in the center of a table, but that doesn’t mean that you are limited to using only giant vases full of flowers. Here’s where your wine bottles can come in handy! Find a color of spray paint that will compliment your colors without overpowering, and spray different sizes and shapes of bottles. Place flowers or candle sticks in each. Glitter is also good for bottles or jars. However, before you go buying a bunch of glitter, know that it does not always stay where you place it and that you may be picking glitter out of your hair until the second you walk down that aisle 😉 Be sure to work with the season too! Colorful leaves,  pine cones for fall, or ornaments for winter make for very inexpensive centerpiece additions.

Bottle and flowers as a centerpiece.
Painting old bottles and pulling flowers from your other decor is a great way to make a centerpiece.
Winter centerpieces.
Pulling pine cones and other greenery is the perfect chance to reflect the season.

 

So there you have it! DIY can be a great way to add a fun personal touch to your big day and it could end up saving you some money in the long run (and who doesn’t love that). Have you done a DIY project that you feel the world needs to know about? Share it with us and maybe you can be our next feature! As for now, Happy Crafting!

 

Cheers,

Madeleine

Summer Weddings: Why We Love Them!

Picking a date for your wedding is a big decision. You may be trying to land a specific day, one with special significance to you and your partner, but often times it comes down to what the venue has available. Many couples shy away from summer dates thinking either spring or fall has better Louisville weather, availability, etc. However, there are so many upsides to choosing summer for your big day and here’s why we at the Ice House and Crushed Ice Catering love summer weddings!

WEATHER: Yes, you take the risk of it being a bit hot, but chances are that the day will be warm and beautifully sunny. By choosing summer, you’ve just opened the door to a whole other group of venues that offer outdoor spaces. The options to do an outdoor cocktail hour, rooftop ceremony, or even a garden-party type reception are available. Not to mention the photos ops that are presented for an outdoor space. Which brings us to our next point…

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Guests enjoy cocktail hour on a beautiful July evening at the rooftop garden.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Just think about the fun that your photographer could have being outside! Not only is the natural lighting a huge benefit, but day-of photo op locations are now endless. You don’t need to worry about taking off and putting on jackets, rosy cheeks, or goosebumps, but you can take advantage of the natural greenery, flowers and sunshine through the clouds. You’ll really appreciate the photos after it’s all said and done.

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Photos at sunset create the perfect romantic lighting.

COLOR/DRESS: Fall and winter weddings limit themselves to a darker color palette. Although this could lead to a more “romantic” or upscale wedding, your options for bridesmaid dresses are limited. The decision of long versus short dresses may be made for you. Summer offers a huge selection of color options from linens, dresses, suits & ties, and flowers. Plus, flowers are in abundance and your florist will be excited to put together bouquets or centerpieces full of color to stand out and make an impact.

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We love this bright and colorful tablescape by Crushed Ice Catering.

GUESTS: Most people usually save their vacation days for summer and have an easier time traveling during this time. If you’re expecting more guests to be available, generally summer is a better option.

COCKTAILS & FOOD: When it comes to picking out your food and bar menu, you really can’t go wrong in the summer. Foods and ingredients are their freshest and generally make everything tastier.  Caterers like Crushed Ice Catering and our Chef Lawrence Agnew take advantage of the freshest locally grown foods for a top notch meal. To top it all off, pick a signature cocktail that reflects the personality of you and your significant other. Your guests will surely appreciate a refreshing beverage unique to you!

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Adding a signature Cocktail or champagne toast is a great and refreshing way to add a little something to your summer menu.

HONEYMOON: Now lets not forget about the honeymoon! Having a summer wedding gives you a good chance to schedule your honeymoon directly after the event. More destinations are available during the summer months and traveling back and forth is easier. However, since the weather is good locally, you don’t have to travel to a tropical location. You can have your honeymoon is a big city or out in the country based on your preference.

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Bride and Groom leave for their honeymoon in style.

The Ice House could be the perfect summer wedding venue. From the rooftop garden to the terrace directly off of the main hall, we aren’t short on beautiful outdoor spaces. Our exclusive caterer, Crushed Ice Catering, provides the highest quality fresh food, and summer guarantees the best ingredients for you and your guests. On top of the awesome space and food available, during the month of July we offer a 20% discount for the venue pricing which means more flowers and fun for you! See, summer isn’t so bad after all!

 

Cheers!

Madeleine

 

Ice House Presents the Love & Such Bridal Show – 2016

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One of our favorite events of the year has quickly come & gone at the Ice House.  The Love & Such Bridal Show is THE bridal show to attend in Louisville if you are a recently engaged, Bride (or Groom) to be. Crushed Ice Catering, The Ice House, Design in Mind Events and Perfect Wedding Guide collaborated again to produce the 2016 “Bohemian-Chic” Show. This year’s line up of vendors was truly one-of-a-kind. Didn’t have an opportunity to venture downtown to check it out? No worries, we’ll leave plenty of photos and vendor information here!

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Adrienne & Co. Bakery and Cafe
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Love is Patient, Love is Kind
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Crushed Ice Catering’s “Make your own Flatbread” Station was a HUGE hit!
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
Ina Marcella Events had a beautiful floral display
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
Adorable Bowties by Handmade by Peake
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
Fleur LLC – One of Louisville’s newest florists
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
Crushed Ice Catering
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
Adrienne’s Doughnuts
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
Beautiful Ceremony Set-up on the Terrace of the Ice House
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
The 2016 Love & Such Bridal Show
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
Gorgeous furniture provided by Events LLC
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
Stunning display by Events LLC
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
Southern Soiree provided the unique china
Adrienne’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutique bridal show, Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailer, Colleen’s Concierge Travel, Complete Music, Crushed Ice Catering, Crushed Ice Events, Danelle Alexis Photography, Design in Mind Events, East Terrace, Erin’s Essential Life Products, event planning, Events LLC, Fleur LLC, Handmade by Peake, Ina Marcella Events, Jacquelyn’s Salon, Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography, Lightwave Entertainment, Louisville Belles, Louisville Brass Quartet, Louisville Bride, Louisville catering, Louisville events, Louisville vendors, Louisville wedding, love&such, Magbooth, Magnolia’s Floral Shop, Mee Photo, Melanie Woodring, Oberer’s, Orange Theory Fitness, Papillion Originals, Perfect Wedding Guide, Photo Lulu, Southern Soiree, stations and bars, The Ice House, Von Pouf Cotton Candy, wedding catering, wedding planning, wedding reception, wedding show
There are no words!

It should be against the law to have this much talent in one venue! Here is the FULL list of vendors:

Papillon Originals

Handmade by Peake

Ina Marcella Events

Lightwave Entertainment

Bullitt Luxury Restroom Trailers

Design in Mind Events

Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography

Fleur LLC

Louisville Belles

Louisville Brass Quartet

Photo LuLu 

Perfect Wedding Guide

Jacquelyn’s Salon and Spa

Danelle Alexis Photography

Adrienne & Co. Bakery & Cafe

Melanie Woodring Makeup Artist

Colleen’s Concierge Travel

Erin’s Essential Life Products

Louisville Bride

Von Pouf Cotton Candy

Complete Music + Video

Oberer’s

Southern Soiree

Magbooth

Orange Theory Fitness

Events LLC

Magnolia’s Floral Shop

Crushed Ice Catering

The Ice House

Bed Bath & Beyond

We are already looking forward to the 2017 show! Stay tuned….

Cheers!

-Erica

Wedding Traditions You Can Skip

By: Natalie Dedas, Sales & Events Coordinator

Sticking with the romantic wedding traditions is not everyone’s cup of tea. After all it is your day, and it’s nice to break the rules every now-and-then. Your not cursed for all eternity if you do not throw your bouquet to a bunch of ravenous single ladies while listening to “Single Ladies.” If skipping the old fashioned wedding traditions make you and your future husband happy, do it! Simplify your wedding by skipping out on some of the old school traditions to focus on the traditions that mean the most to you two.

  • The Big White Dress– As the bride you’re expected to wear the big fluffy white dress with 20 pounds of ruffles. The white wedding dress is the tradition you should skip first! Wear whatever color you want. Depending on your complexion you may want to wear ivory or cream. If you want to be bold and go with color, be bold! Many brides seem to stick with an off-white and do accent colors with their accessories.
  • The Veil– Even though we all want to be Princess Diana, the long traditional veil is not necessary. You may want a specific look to fit the feel of your wedding. Top off the most important dress you’ll ever wear with a fun headpiece. In many religions, the veil is symbolic. If you are not highly religious, you may not want to include the veil in your ensemble.
  • You Can’t See Each Other Prior to the Ceremony–  Although this is the biggest wedding tradition of all wedding traditions, it is not one you have to do. Every couple is different. Many couples want to stick to a strict timeline and get everything done accordingly, others want to get the pictures and formalities out of the way to enjoy precious time with family and friends. You may want to opt for a first look. You will still get to see your groom’s amazing first reaction to how breathtaking you look! Let’s be honest- that’s the best part!
  • Vows– Some have a way with words, other do not. Personally written vows are very touching and quite humorous at times, but if writing is not your strength do not feel the need to come up with your own. Sometimes it’s beneficial to stick with the simple standard wedding vows.
  • Matching Bridal Party– You may feel the need to have matching nails, dress and hair for every member of your bridal party. Although our inner OCD screams yes, more and more brides are mixing it up a bit. Not every dress style will miraculously fit all of your bridesmaids. Allow your bridesmaids to wear different styles of a dress to help fit their body type. You can always have them styled in one matching color, or opt for a fun ombre option. Being mismatched is a style trend that’s here to stay!
  • The Long Ceremony– You do not need to have a unity ceremony, readings, lengthy vows or a long mass. Exchange simple vows, make your ceremony short and sweet, direct and to the point.  Trust me, people will thank you. No one will be upset with you if you don’t have the traditional hour long mass.

Before the wedding craziness sets in sit down a discuss which wedding traditions are important and which wedding traditions might need a new twist.

Howard- Keathley Louisville Wedding

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

The Howard- Keathley Louisville Wedding was hosted on our gorgeous Rooftop Garden, with a reception held in the Main Hall Package.

The Main Hall lit up with a natural glow from the market lights strung from the ceiling provided by Events LLC.

After their lovely ceremony overlooking downtown Louisville, their guests moved out to the East terrace for cocktails and passed appetizers. For cocktail hour- The Ice House provided the chalk board and art for her bar menu which sat directly next to the outside bar. Chalk art is such a great additive to any wedding decor.

The DIY bride made her own place cards and stands using wine corks. We love the multi-use of wine cork and wine bottle we have seen this wedding season! She also ordered personalized cuzies and thank you cards for each plate setting. These all-in-one details are a great way to show guest appreciation at your reception.

Vendors

Caterer: Crushed Ice Catering

Florist: Susan’s Florist

Cake: Bonita Logsdon

Band: Jordan English Band

Marketing Lighting: Events LLC

Chalk Board & Art: The Ice House

 

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Willis- Konczal Rooftop Wedding

We topped off our Labor Day weekend with the Willis- Konczal Rooftop Wedding!

Labor Day weekend is ideal for a wedding! The Rooftop Garden on the third level of The Ice House, which overlooks downtown Louisville and Slugger Field, served as the ceremony site for Allie & Josh. The bride and groom were glowing! Both shared their personally written vows, which touched everyone in the crowd who came to celebrate this wonderful couple.

Their photo wall was a huge hit with their crowd, many of which went to college at Ohio University with the bride & groom. The photo wall served as the perfect place to take a fun photo with friends and family outside on our East Terrace where cocktails were hosted following the ceremony.

We loved her handmade horseshoe favors which also served as her place cards. Cupcakes served as a great substitute for her wedding cake which were provided by Gigi’s Cupcakes.

What a beautiful day!

Vendors

Florist: Kristen Kidwell

Officiant: Kara Lee

Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes

DJ- Night Owl DJ’s

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Ogden- Lammi Ceremony and Reception

The Ogden- Lammi Ceremony and Reception was a beautiful wedding to kick off Labor Day weekend at The Ice House!

With a lower guest count, the Main Hall Package accommodated both ceremony and reception. Their ceremony took place on our second level Mezzanine balcony, which allowed guests to move easily into the reception downstairs in the Main Hall.

After their ceremony on the second level Mezzanine balcony, guests moved outside to the East Terrace for cocktails and passed appetizers. The passed appetizers included some of our company’s favorite selections-  Bacon Wrapped Peppadew Peppers and Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Balls.

Their wedding dinner was provided by our exclusive in-house caterer Crushed Ice Catering, which consisted of fully customized stations & bars. This menu offered a lot of variety to guests, who enjoyed a little Latin flair with the Latin station and a touch of Louisville favorites with The Bluegrass Station.

Their wedding cake, provided by Plehn’s Bakery, had a simplistic beauty with the most perfectly arranged floral cascade to match the bride’s decor.

With additional amenities added such as our in-house up lighting package and specialty monogrammed GOBO customized by The Ice House, the venue lit up with bright accents to enhance the feel of the evening.

Congrats to the happy couple!

 

Louisville vendors

Catering: Crushed Ice Catering

Cake: Plehn’s Bakery

DJ Services & Entertainment: Party Zone Productions

Officiant: Bill Arnold

Florist: J-town Kroger

Photographer: Studio E Photography

Decor: Madison Armstrong

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