Chatting With: Kathy Warden of TableArt & KPW Productions

Chatting With: Kathy Warden of TableArt Events & KPW Productions - Social Stylate

Our client, Kathy Warden of TableArt and KPW Productions, does more than plan weddings, she designs events that awaken all of the senses. Here we chat with Kathy about starting her business, the difference between event planning and event design, and tips for couples in the planning process.

1. When and how did you realize you wanted to start planning and designing events?
After five years in the catering business and running a kitchen, I realized that my passion lied in making the event look beautiful and creating a wonderful guest experience; i.e. coordinating all the details of a wedding. Food is one piece of the puzzle; music, flowers, lighting are also important elements of event design and coordination. I love flowers and creating beautiful spaces and memorable moments.

2. What do you enjoy most about being a planner?
I love getting to know our couples personal style, taste and vision for their wedding and putting together a team of vendors that will be the best to produce an unforgettable experience for their family and friends. I love the coordination between the design and the overall orchestration of a wedding.

3. You have a sister company, KPW Productions. What is the difference between the two?
KPW Productions was launched as a planning company. We focus on planning all the details of your wedding from venue and vendor selection, overall management of the wedding planning process setting forth deadlines for decision making, budget management, as well as scripting the wedding day weekend and management during the weekend. TableArt is the design company that focuses on creativity and innovation to celebrate our clients personal style and taste. TableArt designs beautiful weddings with exquisite flower arrangements and lighting design.

4. What sets TableArt/KPW Productions apart from ​other planning companies?
Many planners hire a decorator to design and execute their client’s weddings and there are many wedding designers/florists that do not provide wedding planning services.

KPW Productions and TableArt work together to orchestrate all the minute details of wedding planning and design: securing vendors, coordinating meetings and deadlines, and creating a master script for the wedding weekend, plus we focus on the design of the event: selecting linens, flowers, ceremony design and bridal party flowers. Many clients actually have a hard time understanding the difference between design and planning. It is similar to the difference between an architect, builder and interior designer. We are all of those things under one roof for weddings.

5. What is one piece of advice you have for couples in the wedding planning process?
From the beginning, define your priorities; this will help you in the decision making process when you start to interview vendors and have to make big decisions that will affect your budget. What is most important to you: venue, band, flowers, photography, fashion or food?

6. What’s the most important factor a couple needs to consider when planning a destination wedding?
I think there are three: guest list, travel logistics and price.

7. How do you recommend a couple personalize a space?​
This largely depends on the couples event budget. The combination of linens and flowers can add personality and style to a blank space.

8. What wedding trends never go out of style?
Simply beautiful, natural, and elegant..classic elegance will never die.

For more on TableArt & KPW Productions, visit them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Flutter Social.

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Client Spotlight: TableArt

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We are thrilled to be working with TableArt! They bring creativity and innovation to the event planning industry and it’s extraordinary to watch them bring ideas to life.

Stunning, memorable, ethereal and charming are only a few of the words you’ll hear describing TableArt, a Philadelphia-based wedding and event planning company that exceeds expectations in an elegant way. TableArt curates every event to suit the individual needs of their clients. Creative Director and Owner Katharine Warden, “considers each client’s event as a highly customized creative experience supported by a full range of services.”

It only takes a single glance at their past work to see the colors come to life and the personalities of the clients shine through. A prime example of this is the wedding planned and designed for a couple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the detailing and coordination can be seen throughout the photos posted. From the subtle and beautiful floral arrangements to the deep and elegant lighting, all the way to the elegant glassware that graced the tables.

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Skill and expertise are clearly in an abundance when it comes to bringing individuals’ visions to life, it is without a doubt done with a tasteful touch. “We work with our clients and their vendors to create an event that celebrates food, flowers, fashion, music, and more.” Don’t miss out as Katharine and her dependable team continue bringing these ideas to life.

 

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Client Spotlight: Motivate the First State

We are so excited to be working with Motivate the First State and the Keeping Up With Jack challenge!

Motivate The First State launched in 2015, with the help of Delaware Governor Jack Markell. The program urges users to lead a healthy lifestyle while also helping Delaware non-profits. Motivate the First State uses the Plus3 platform, an app that tracks activity while also creating a community of likeminded individuals. Users log their physical activities (walking, biking, running, etc.) and their healthy habits (eating, water intake, laughter, etc.) All of these actions cumulate to ‘kudos’ that are converted to monetary donations to charities!

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A year later, in 2016, the movement grew with more participants, sponsors and non-profit partners. Individuals get the choice of which charity they want their activity points to count towards. Currently, you can donate your dollars to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Special Olympics, Urban Promise, YMCA, JCC, The Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, and Young Life.

Now two years later, Jack Markell is keeping the momentum going and logging himself! This summer he left from the Oregon coast and is in route to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware all while underneath the banner Motivate The First State. Jack will be riding his bicycle 3,680 miles across the country with every pedal allocated to Delaware nonprofits. Jack Markell shared his goals, “My goal is twofold; to motivate the citizens of our state to get active and lead healthier lives, and to bring much needed funds and resources to these great Delaware organizations.”

While we all cannot necessarily bike 3,680 miles we can follow Jack along the way and even Join the Action! We all need motivation to get off the couch and get moving to live healthier lifestyles. Start small and work your way up to 3,680 miles. Now stop looking for excuses and start today, join the community!

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Musical Inspiration from Cuba

Vocal Clave de Sol will be at the Ladybug Festival in Wilmington, Delaware on July 20-21st.

Vocal Clave de Sol, a musical education program in Havana, Cuba, founded by Nuria and Yamilé García in May 2009. The program started with 9 members and by 2016 had grown to an impressive 256. The lack of local recreational and artistic options for children combined with the lack of a nearby cultural institution made its creation an important initiative.

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Among its goals is promoting traditional Cuban music and culture, inviting children to learn through their interests and helping to grow their abilities. This is accomplished through the disciplines of practice, deadlines, cooperation, respect, and community, while contributing to the development of their musical intelligence and skills. Through choral singing and guitar (as well as Charango, Tres, Cuatro, standup Bass, and various percussion instruments), children aged 7 to 16 years have developed their gifts, their self-esteem, and changed their lives’ trajectories… by becoming lifelong learners. The value of learning through one’s interests in this program cannot be overstated. Students have gone on to ISA (Universidad de las Artes – the premier Arts University in Cuba), University of Havana, as well as careers in medicine, teaching, and the arts. Children wishing to join the program need only be interested and have an instrument. Sometimes, having an instrument is the only difficulty, so we are looking to raise awareness and to help put instruments in the hands of children who would like to get involved with this special program. Clave de Sol embraces the child, the child’s family, and the whole community. As it does, it engenders respect for the value of Cuban musical heritage and the Cuban dedication to the arts, in addition to other cultures, arts and… education. They have been invited to tour of the Martin Guitar Factory with one of the company’s guitar designers. Additionally, there is talk of developing an exchange program both with Blair Academy and a local private school in Delaware.

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On Sunday, July 23, they will perform at Drom in New York City.  Imagine being a girl or young woman and having the opportunity to travel outside of your country for the first time and welcomed guest artist. Special thanks to Carlos Alejandro for sharing this gift.

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