Engaged in the Lou: Wedding Planner Interview with Kristin Ashley Events

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Your Ultimate Guide to Wedding Planning in St. Louis featuring Kristin Ashley Events

This week! We talk to the pro wedding planners on all things wedding, details, the planning process and why they love wedding cake so much. 

There are many reasons to hire a wedding planner, one being it can save your relationships with family members, friends and fiance. The stress of taking on all of the planning on top of opinions from your mother, cousin and in-laws can be a recipe for disaster. No matter which way you slice it, weddings are stressful.  Avoid the arguments by bringing in a professional who has BEEN THERE. Wedding planners know how to avoid certain problems before they begin, and act as a buffer when there are conflicts. Your wedding day is also a time to celebrate with family and friends. Allow everyone to enjoy the day by leaving responsibilities often assigned to loved ones to your planner.  This event is the start of a beautiful relationship with you and your spouse, so see that it starts off on the right foot!

There are many options depending on your needs, but the bottom line is, planners make your life EASY, ensuring that you can enjoy every moment of your big day, worry-free. We rounded up some of the top wedding planners in St. Louis (and some of our favorites to work with!), to share some inside secrets with you about the wedding planning process.

Today’s featured planner is Kristin Weis, owner of Kristin Ashley Events. With experience planning weddings all over the world, Kristin brings an incredible range of professionalism, style, and excitement to her weddings. Something BIG always seems to happen at her events, in the best way possible (hello, Nelly!). Her impeccable taste and soulful, fun-loving demeanor makes her not only an amazing planner, but a great friend throughout the entire process. She’s not afraid to tell it to you straight, and enjoy a nice bottle of red while doing it! 

Read on for more about her company, and how she helps brides remain stress-free on their wedding day! 

Company Name: Kristin Ashley Events
Name: Kristin Weis
Position: Owner
How many years in industry: 7
Specialty?: Wedding and Event Planner + Wedding Day Yoga

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I started out working with one of the most well respected wedding consulting companies in Chicago. After nearly two years with the company, I moved to St. Louis and decided to make my dream of owning my own event business come true.  I opened Kristin Ashley Events, LLC. in 2010. In 2015 I decided to combine my passion of yoga and wedding planning, started teaching and offering wedding day yoga, while opening the company’s second location in Austin, TX.

At KAE we take pride in our Midwest roots, Southern style, and a Big City inspiration to help maintain our fresh and fun style.

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Key West wedding featured in Southern Weddings  |  Photo: Clary Pfeiffer Photography

What makes you/your company unique as a planner?

We are a company that has experience with working in multiple cities. Our headquarters remain in St. Louis, and in 2016 we opened a second location, Austin, Texas. For our clients we offer yoga in the morning. I am a certified yoga instructor and offer yoga for the day of weddings. I also do destination weddings and will travel anywhere my suitcase is willing to take me!


Share a favorite client memory?

I have a lot of favorite memories. However, probably one of my favorites was the time my groom surprised the bride with a celebrity performance by Nelly!

What is your favorite wedding trend for 2017?

Green! Green is my favorite color. I love seeing natural/organic looks pulled into a traditional wedding. I love planning weddings in more than one city because I can bring back some hot trends from all markets to share with clients!

Share a juicy tip with those planning their wedding.

It’s ok to use Pinterest for inspiration, just be sure to stay organized and categorize them. Be sure to listen to your wedding planner when to start the planning process. If you start too far out, you might change your mind more than once.

Oh and best of all, keep your fiancé in the loop. He might trust you to make decisions, but it’s good to keep him involved. After all, it is a special day for the two of you.

Any tips for someone looking to pop the question?

Just be sure to do something that fits who you are as a couple. Try not to over think it and do something that wouldn’t fit your personalities. I think the most romantic proposals are those that are meaningful to each other.

Why is St. Louis an amazing place to have a wedding?

St. Louis is such a great city to have a wedding. There are so many wonderful venues/vendors that work as a team. It doesn’t matter if you want to have an urban wedding, city wedding, or even a winery wedding, St. Louis has it all. There are a lot of great experienced wedding planners in St. Louis that can really help bring it all together.



Do you have more questions for the planner? Leave them below!

Engaged? Find more of Kristin and Kristin Ashley Events on her website and Facebook page. Contact the KAE team for more details on starting the planning process!

Kristin Ashley Events, is based out of St. Louis, has another location in Austin, TX and offers destination planning.