Introducing “The Local BBQ!”

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The Legacy Barn is pleased to announce that is is partnering with The Local BBQ, Kokomo’s first & only Food Truck.  However, that’s not what makes them so awesome.  They are a local Farm to Fork caterer and their food is to DIE FOR!

Proprietors are Matt & Mary Kate Wyatt and this is their passion.  You can tell in every bite.  Let Me say, Colin & I have tasted pulled pork and lots of it!  Everyone locally does a great job at it.  But let me tell you – this pork is the bomb.  They offer several different sandwiches, loaded mac and cheese, cole slaw, potato salad (my favorite), sweet potato casserole and the Legacy roll, a 5 generation cinnamon roll recipe with candied bacon on top.  Getting hungry????

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Chad, taking one for the team….

What I think is really cool about this is that they can serve out of the food truck onsite or do traditional catering.  Something unique which is very popular for weddings these days.

We are thrilled at the Legacy Barn to be able to offer our clients this unique option. Feel free to get in touch with them or check them out when they are “out & about” Kokomo (Thursdays through Sundays and at all major Kokomo Festivals). Check out their website for more information www.TheLocalBBQ.com .  They are also available on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and snapchat all under THE LOCAL BBQ.

SUMMER IS HERE!!!!

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Now Introducing our Weekday Wedding Package!

The Legacy Barn is proud to announce our brand new “Weekday Wedding Package.”

This package is designed for couples who have more flexibility and choose to hold their wedding between Monday and Thursday during the week.

The following is what is included in the package:

  • 3 hours the day before (Monday – Thursday) for decorating and a rehearsal.
  • Arrive as early as 8:00 am on your wedding day.
  • Guests leave by 11:00 pm.
  • The services of Blissfully Simple Events for a “Day Of Directing” wedding planning/coordination package.  Set up and tear down all done for you! See package details HERE

You get all of the amenities, services and accommadations as with the Signature Barn Experience Package. 

The cost for this package is just $3,250!

We are thrilled to be able to offer this package.  Let us know if you are interested and we can schedule a tour!

765-863-1222; legacybarn@gmail.com

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLIN CRAIG!!!!

A very happy birthday to our fearless leader, COLIN CRAIG!!!  Without him and his incredible vision, we would not have this wonderful Legacy Barn to share with others.  Help us wish him a happy birthday to him on Facebook.  Let him know how much we appreciate him.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLIN!!!!

Your loving staff, family, & friends

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Who to Invite to the Rehearsal Dinner

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So, what is the rehearsal dinner?

It is basically, it is the dinner you have right after your rehearsal.  Easy right?

Not necessarily.

Generally, (not all the time), the rehearsal dinner is paid and hosted by the Groom’s parents.  With today’s Brides & Grooms marrying later, often they pay for it.  Ultimately, it isn’t important who pays for it, however, there are some important things to remember so you don’t offend or leave anyone out.

First, this dinner DOES NOT need to be formal!  It can be pizza at someone’s house, lasagna made by mom, or catered by a company that drops off.  Don’t think that t has to be very fancy, at a banquet hall or a swanky restaurant.  It doesn’t.  It literally needs to feed the people who were at the rehearsal dinner.  It is also the last time you get to be with each other before the formality of the next day.  It should be as early as possible so people can get a good night’s sleep and keep the alcohol to a minimum.

Second, who do you invite?  This tends to be the most contested question when discussed among the families.  So here is your answer:

  • Immediate family (Grandparents, parents, siblings and their families)
  • Anyone involved in the ceremony (Bridal Party, ushers, readers, singers, pastor, Flower Girl & Ring Bearer).  The only exception to this is if they are paid vendors such as musicians, videographer, photographer if they are there.  It is still nice to always invite the Pastor & spouse if there is one.
  • Any family or friends who may have traveled a very long distance or you haven’t seen them in years.  It is a nice gesture to invite them as well.  They may not come, but invite them still.  Again, this is optional.

Third, do you need to provide alcohol?  Absolutely not.  Just like at your wedding, you are under no obligation to provide alcohol to your guests.  Besides, you do not want to be drinking too much the night before.

Fourth, it is generally when you present gifts to your Bridal Party.  Since there are fewer people at this dinner, it makes it easier to take this opportunity to thank them graciously for their help and participation.

The rehearsal dinner should not go late into the night.  The next day is very long & stressful and you want to make sure you get a good night’s rest.  There will always be last-minute details to take care of that night and you don’t want to feel rushed.  This dinner is the last chance you have to spend with your closest family & friends before the craziness of your wedding day.  Don’t over-think it and certainly don’t over-do it.  This is when the official wedding festivities start.  Make it fun for everyone!

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Crista Tharp, CBSP is an award winning event planner, entrepreneur, author and speaker. As the CEO of Blissfully Simple™ Events, Crista has worked in the event planning industry for more than 15 years and has authored 11 books, designed more than 1,000 events, and spoken at numerous conferences and workshops. She is also the creator of the Blissfully Simple Wedding Planning Business System, a turn-key business system for those who want to be successful wedding planners. Crista has been featured in the New York Times, Associated press, Fox 59 and hundreds of industry blogs and publications. She does all this in addition to being blissfully married and mom to 10 children. Crista is considered an industry expert and is one of the Midwest’s highly sought after event planners. Feel free to use this article, but you must post the bio above in its entirety.

 

Announcing Our Graduation Open House Package!!

Believe it or not, Graduation time is just around the corner!  We would LOVE to celebrate such a momentous occasion with your family, so we have created a very special package for our graduates:

Sunday afternoons only!

$250 for 2 hours, plus each additional hour at $25!

So for a 4 hour event, it would only be $300:

  • All the chairs and tables included
  • Plenty of bathrooms
  • Parking for over 200 people
  • Gorgeous outdoor deck
  • Beautiful picture options
  • You can bring in your own food

You can’t get a beautiful barn on 8.5 acres of gorgeousness with all the amenities above anywhere else!

Call us to reserve your date asap.  They are going fast!

765-863-1222 or legacybarn@gmail.com

You’re Engaged – Now What?

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Congratulations!!  You are marrying the love of your life and now you get to plan the wedding of the century.

Now what?

Wedding planning can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! The Bliss Method™ is a 4-phased system that walks you through the planning, delegation, coordination and direction of your wedding.  The free timelines you see online are out-dated and just do not work anymore.  This method will help you whether you are planning in 2 years or 2 weeks. Let me show you how easy it can be.

Think of your planning as if you were building a house:

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Phase 1: “Pure Bliss” – This is when you should pick out a plot for your house. So with a wedding, you need to do your guest list FIRST.  You need to know how big it will be before you “build” your wedding.  This is also the time you set your budget, talk about who is paying what, date, and overall theme of the wedding.

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Phase 2: “Overwhelming Bliss” – The framing of your house.  This is where you book all of your vendors (caterers, venue, photographer, etc…).  Start looking at wedding gowns (they take 6-8 months generally), confirm the budget and send out save the date cards if applicable.

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Phase 3: “Express Your Bliss” – This is the fun part!  Decorations and making it yours!  Unfortunately, Brides want to start here and that is what causes problems.  This is where you do decorations, themes, favors, invitations – all of the creative bits that people will remember.  But you shouldn’t do this until the other phases are complete. Pinterest becomes your friend in this phase :0)

Phase 4: “Countdown to Bliss” – No one is in bliss anymore at this point.  They want in the “house” already but lots of details need to be taken care of first.  This is where you are getting all the tiny details in place, like who has the marriage license, how is everyone getting to and from the church, who is taking stuff from the church to the reception, how are the Bride & Groom getting to the bridal suite….  Things that can get you stressed and overwhelmed.

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These phases all work together to help you plan your wedding “Blissfully Simple™”.  Sometimes you can get too bogged down in what you read on the internet.  Don’t let that overwhelm you.  Stick to the 4 phases in order and it will not only be easy, but make total sense.

Weddings are meant to be savored. Don’t get caught up in what you see on TV or in movies.  This is the day you marry your soul mate.  Don’t lose sight of that.

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Crista Tharp, CBSP is an award winning event planner, entrepreneur, author and speaker. As the CEO of Blissfully Simple™ Events, Crista has worked in the event planning industry for more than 15 years and has authored 11 books, designed more than 1,000 events, and spoken at numerous conferences and workshops. She is also the creator of the Blissfully Simple Wedding Planning Business System, a turn-key business system for those who want to be successful wedding planners. Crista has been featured in the New York Times, Associated press, Fox 59 and hundreds of industry blogs and publications. She does all this in addition to being blissfully married and mom to 10 children. Crista is considered an industry expert and is one of the Midwest’s highly sought after event planners. Feel free to use this article, but you must post the bio above in its entirety.
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Congratulations!

Merry Christmas and CONGRATULATIONS to those couples who became engaged today!  In addition to enjoying the glow of being newly engaged, please consider the Legacy Barn for your upcoming “I DO’s.”  We would love to add you to the family!  Check out our gallery on this site or our Facebook page for pictures and reviews at http://www.facebook.com/legacybarn.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Blissfully,

Colin & Crista

Happy Holidays from the Legacy Barn!

As we button up the Barn and ready for the Holidays, we wanted to thank EVERYONE for an incredible first year of business!  We have loved every minute of getting to know our Brides, Grooms and their families.  We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

We sincerely hope that each one of you feels the peace and joy of the season.  To our clients for 2017 – this coming year will be amazing!  Here’s to a wonderful Holiday season!

Merry Christmas to you all & to all a goodnight!

Colin and Crista

What NOT to do as a Wedding Guest

By Crista Tharp – 10-11-16

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I have been an event/wedding planner for over 15 years.  There has always been the ocassional annoying guest, or vendor with an attitude problem, but unfortunately, I have noticed a huge spike in rude behavior.  Here’s the thing – it’s not from Bridezillas as you might expect or even from over-bearing moms.  It’s from the guests!

Why is this happening?

Well, there are so many more factors going into today’s weddings: technology, Facebook, and let’s not forget that little thing called “entitlement”.  It all goes a long way to creating a breeding ground for rudeness.  BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO!

How can you be a model guest and still enjoy yourself?  Follow these Don’ts and you will have a fighting chance:

DON’T: Be Late – Seriously.  I understand things happen, but being late causes a disruption to the entire event.  Sometimes it is even FAMILY who are the late ones.  This is even worse because the Bride & Groom will feel required to wait.  Think about it.  It will send the whole schedule into a free-fall and you want WARM food right?  Being on time (early) to an event shows that you respect the couple and the evening’s events.

DON’T: Expect to be able to invite a plus one – The Bride and Groom are under no obligation to feed your “friend” (unless you are engaged). If it was just your name on the invitation, it is just you invited.  Period.  Don’t ask to bring someone.  It is rude & puts the couple in an awkward situation.  Plus, if you need someone else there to have a good time than either don’t go or buck it up & put your big boy/girl pants on and go alone.

DON’T: Bring your own alcohol to an event – It’s ridiculous I need to even mention this.  I am not joking when I say boot-legged booze is an issue at almost every wedding.  In most cases it is illegal to do bring it, but that doesn’t stop guests from hiding it their car, purses, or coat jackets.  First, if you need alcohol to have a good time, you have a problem – a serious problem.  Two, the alcohol (or lack of it) was a decision the Bride and Groom made.  Respect it.  Don’t complain about how stupid it is or how much you love your alcohol.  You just look ridiculous.  Just don’t do it.

DON’T: Get drunk – I know, this happens.  But I mean sloppy, can’t walk, start molesting the Bridal Party drunk.  I have seen guests puking on the dance floor, dropping drinks on the dance floor where guests are dancing barefoot, guests who couldn’t use a urinal correctly and my ultimate favorite – refuse to be driven home at the end of the night & cause a scene kind of drunk.  It is inappropriate and rude.  If you can’t drink without getting wasted, don’t drink.

DON’T: Stick your phone or iPad up to take pictures or record during the ceremony – There is a professional photographer that the couple paid lots of money to in order to get the best pictures possible.  At almost every wedding now, that photographer has to navigate & try to take beautiful photos around guests who have stepped into the aisle to get the picture.  So many pictures are ruined this way.  STOP IT! I even saw a family member get up in front of the couple 2 feet away during the ceremony.  Craziness!  Save your pictures for later.  Photographers share pictures on Facebook – get the pictures then.  They are going to be much better than yours anyway.

DON’T: Move tables or your name card to another table – This really does happen.  Guests think they know better and move their table (ostensibly to give themselves more room), however, what they have done is create a complete bottle neck where guests are supposed to go for the buffet line. The couple, planner, or banquet facility really do know better than you in this situation.  I have personally seen guests move their name card to a different table because they didn’t want to sit where they were placed. This is wrong on so many levels it is hard to know where to begin.  If you had to choose beef or chicken, most likely you have just messed up an entire process in which the server knows who gets what.  Plus, it’s incredibly rude.  Just sit where they have set you.

DON’T: Go to the buffet until you are released – No joke.  There are actually people who think they will physically die if they don’t get food before other people.  I have seen guests do this before the FAMILY even gets to the buffet.  You will not wait long.  Talk to the people at your table.  Engage.  If you have to, stare at your phone, but wait until you are released for the love of God.  You will make the ballroom congested and confuse other people.  Be patient.

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Ladies DON’T wear a dress or shoes that a stripper would wear while performing -to be fair, this is more for me, but I know hundreds of others that would appreciate not seeing your thong or butt cheeks during the evening.  And if you can’t walk in the 7″stilettos, then don’t wear them.  You look ridiculous.  I have had to escort women out of a party because the parents would not let them stay.  I have had a guest break her ankle because she literally could not walk in her heels.  We had to call an ambulance. I can’t make this stuff up.  Please have more respect for yourself than to wear a short dress that you have to pull down all night.  You are better than that & it is not appropriate.

A wedding is a wonderful experience.  Guests are there to help share in the joy of a new marriage.  These DON’TS are becoming so prevalent that Brides and Grooms are being forced to make signs regarding them or even mention things in the program before the ceremony starts.  This is just sad.  The next time you go to a wedding, try to remember that you are there for the couple.  To celebrate their love with their families.

Don’t be a Douch.

Here’s to Bliss,

Crista

Crista Tharp, CBSP is an award winning event planner, entrepreneur, author and speaker.  As the CEO of Blissfully Simple™ Events, Crista has worked in the event planning industry for more than 15 years and has authored 11 books, designed more than 1,000 events, and spoken at numerous conferences and workshops.  She is also the creator of the Blissfully Simple Wedding Planning Business System, a turn-key business system for those who want to be successful wedding planners.  Crista has been featured in the New York Times, Associated press, Fox 59 and hundreds of industry blogs and publications.  She does all this in addition to being blissfully married and mom to 10 children. Crista is considered an industry expert and is one of the Midwest’s highly sought after event planners.  Feel free to use this article, but you must post the bio above in its entirety.  
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To See Each Other Before the Ceremony or Not

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Ah, Tradition.  Sometimes we don’t know WHY we do it, but we just know we WANT to do it.  To all those wedding purists out there – to see each other before or not… that is the question.

It has been said it is bad luck for the Bride & Groom to see each other before the ceremony.   I guess if you are superstitious this would be a little disconcerting, but I think we can all agree this isn’t really true.  The main reason Brides don’t want to see each other before is because they want that fairy tale moment of walking down the aisle and gazing into their Groom’s eyes, hoping they look good enough to shock or make him cry (in a good way).

The problem with this is… it rarely happens this way.  Most of the time, the Bride is so nervous about walking, holding her bouquet and hitting her mark that she forgets to do her gazing part. Then, when she reaches her Groom, she can’t hug, kiss or talk to him. It goes right into the ceremony without a minute to breathe.

Now, I am a romantic through and through.  I get it.  A Bride wants to be so stunning that she takes her love’s breath away.  We all want that right?  However, I am going to give you a few reasons why you should consider doing a special first look before the ceremony and ditch the traditional way.

  1.  You can have your first look any way you want.  It can be walking down the aisle like the traditional way.  You can have the Groom turned around and the Bride walk up behind him and touch him on the shoulder, or I have seen a Father drive the Bride to the Groom on a tractor.  It’s up to you!  It can just be the two of you and the photographer, or your entire family can watch.  The point is, you can get creative and STILL get that fairy tale moment without the stress of guests watching your every move.
  2. You can touch and kiss.  The first thing you will want to do is kiss and tell each other how wonderful you look.  You can’t do this up at the altar.  You can hug, give each other letters, laugh and talk.  It helps break the tension of nerves and you both go into the ceremony as a confident unit.
  3. The pictures are better.  Depending on where you are getting married, the photographer will most likely get better pictures during a first look.  Especially the more formal your church is, often the photographer can only take pictures from behind.  This is the moment you have dreamed of!  You need to get it from all sides.  You want every emotion captured.  That will happen with a first look.
  4. You save so much time & it is very guest friendly.  If you start pictures 2 – 3 hours prior to your wedding, you can get 99% of your pictures done before the ceremony!  This leaves extra time for you to get sunset pictures, focus on time with your guests, not feel rushed.  Guests are not waiting to eat, getting bored. I cannot tell you how many Brides & Grooms tell me they are so glad they chose to do it this way.

Ultimately, this is YOUR choice.  If you have a wedding coordinator, they will help you regardless.  Brides still choose to wait until the ceremony. Just know that you will be very likely rushing to get all your pictures done before guests start getting antsy and leave.  No, it isn’t fair, but this is how the flow of weddings tend to go now.

Remember, just because we have been doing it a certain way for years, doesn’t mean it is the best choice or option for you.

Here’s to Bliss,

Crista

 

Crista Tharp, CBSP is an award winning event planner, entrepreneur, author and speaker. As the CEO of Blissfully Simple™ Events, Crista has worked in the event planning industry for more than 15 years and has authored 11 books, designed more than 1,000 events, and spoken at numerous conferences and workshops. She is also the creator of the Blissfully Simple Wedding Planning Business System, a turn-key business system for those who want to be successful wedding planners. Crista has been featured in the New York Times, Associated press, Fox 59 and hundreds of industry blogs and publications. She does all this in addition to being blissfully married and mom to 10 children. Crista is considered an industry expert and is one of the Midwest’s highly sought after event planners. Feel free to use this article, but you must post the bio above in its entirety.

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