As engaged couples and guests arrived, a delightful offering of jazz piano set the tone, thanks to Rich Hill, who plays each Sunday at Californos. Brides-to-be or their surrogates were able to check in with pre-registration or register for the Wedding Fair at the door. Each couple's name was entered to win the door prizes, which included two rooms at the Marriott AC Hotel in Westport.
Guests enjoyed Chef Swift's amazing wedding cake flavors, blue ribbon carrot cake, buttermilk white cake with old fashioned chocolate frosting, and lemon cupcakes with citrus cream cheese frosting. Brides were able to visit with the Chef in person about various looks and menu items, and confirm pricing details. Californos also had both event planners ready to address questions and explain options. Two brides confirmed their weddings at Californos while attending the event, for wedding dates in July 2018 and January 2019.
Besides providing wonderful appetizers and cake to guests, our bar was available for our engaged couples to enjoy with complimentary Californian wines a smooth pinot noir, bold cabernet sauvignon, bright chardonnay and a mysteriously popular moscato, along with a sample of sparkling wine.
Guests chose from a range of available seating, from double-wide farmhouse tables to large round tables, cocktail tables and bistro size tables. Potential clients were able to get a sense of the atmosphere of Californos luxurious yet simple venue by night, from the lighting to the linens, china and glassware.
Before and after sampling the range of heavy appetizers provided by Californos on-site restaurant and catering company, live music was provided in the Californos ballroom by jazz duo, A La Mode Jazz, popular in KC's local live jazz scene.
At 7:15 pm, Aaron from Californos drew names of attendees and each AC Hotel Westport certificate went to a different couple. A certificate for a complimentary room at the Indigo Hotel in downtown Kansas City, valid with a block of 10 or more rooms was also given away. Other items included a complimentary bridal bouquet from Craig Sole Designs and a coupon for $500 off of the price of any two services with Complete Weddings & Events, which offers services ranging from photobooth to videography, DJ and more. Californos gave away a bottle of Badgerhound, a delicious Californian Red Zinfandel to the first name drawn. Thanks again to everyone who attended! Californos and fellow local Kansas City based wedding pros will be back with another installment of the Wedding Fair on March 26, 2018. To any potential attendee, please do register for the Wedding Fair on March 26, 2018 in advance and you can expect to see periodic email reminders up to the date of the event.
Thanks again also to all local vendors who attended 1/8/2018 include: Altar Bridal (gowns, fashion), Ultrapom (rentals), Black Coffee Photo Co. (photography), Blissful Honeymoons (romantic travel), Carson Swisher Photography, Clergy Services (Don Davidson), Complete Weddings & Events (dj, photography, videography, photobooth & more), Craig Sole Designs (florals & decor), Californos Westport (wedding venue, catering, wedding cake, bar services, wedding planning, rehearsal dinner venue & more), A La Mode Jazz, live music, Rich Hill, live music, and representatives from three nearby hotels: AC Hotel Westport (Marriott), Hotel Indigo, 816 Hotel (locally owned property).