You Just Said Yes! 10 things to do after the engagement!

You Just Said Yes! 10 things to do after the engagement!

You just said, “YES!” The ring has been placed on your finger.  You are BURSTING with happiness!  So now what?

Here are 10 things for you to do after the engagement!

1.      BREATHE!

Take in the joy of this moment! 

2.      Pop some champagne!

You just got ENGAGED!  Make your way to a restaurant or bar. Perhaps your new fiancé has come equipped with a bottle of delicious bubbly?  Toast each other and celebrate your moment.

3.      Instagram Time!

It is time to tell the world and show off that gorgeous ring!

4.      Nails, Nails, Nails!

Now is not the time to miss your trip to the nail salon!  Your hands must stay photo ready.

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5.      Insure the Carats

You now have this beautiful and dazzling ring.  It is very important that you insure and protect it should the ring become lost, stolen, or damaged.  Make sure you have your appraisal papers in hand and contact your insurance agent. 

6.      Hire a Full Service Wedding Planner

A full service wedding planner is your greatest asset.  From beginning to end, your planner will be instrumental in crafting your vision.  From finding the perfect venue, styling your dream wedding, hiring vendors that fit your style and budget to coordinating events leading up to the wedding. Your wedding planner will help set things in motion.  

7.      Engagements Photos

It is time to commemorate the momentous occasion.  Let your planner coordinate your shoot with the chosen photographer.  Your planner will collaborate with your photographer to find a setting that defines you as a couple or a location that brings about memories from dating. Decide on colors, attire, and the timing of your pictures and poses.  

8.      Engagement Party

Even though you have shared your engagement all over social media, nothing beats having a formal celebration of your pending nuptials.  Engagement parties are a great way to introduce family and friends to one another prior to the wedding.  Also, this is a great way for the people in your life to celebrate you!  Share your ideas with your wedding planner.  Consider this the “Kick Off” to your wedding!

9.      Set the date

Deciding on your date sooner, rather than later, can greatly increase the chances of your date being available at your preferred venue.  Once your date and venue are set, the fun part of designing your wedding begins!  Together with your planner, you will discuss everything from flowers to food, dresses to music and beyond.  Maybe you’re considering a destination wedding.  Your planner is here to make your dream day a reality! 

10.   Budget!

Now that you’ve chosen your date and hired your planner.  You and your fiancé need to determine a budget.  Budgets are necessary because it allows you to determine how much you have/want to spend and whether your families will contribute.     

Now the real fun begins! 

Can we help you put those worries aside? Our specialty is in a hands-on approach to planning weddings and events; orchestrating a one of a kind curated approach to life’s most unforgettable celebrations. Contact us today. You can learn more about our services HERE!

Let’s start planning!


Kesh Events named one of the Top 30 Event & Wedding Planners in Chicago for 2019 by PartySlate


We are thrilled and so honored to be included in the list of top 30 event and wedding planners in Chicago by PartySlate.

“When it comes to throwing a fun, meaningful, and memorable celebration, the first step is to hire an experienced planner to guide you through venue and vendor selection, to calm your nerves, and to keep you within budget while still fulfilling your vision. We’ve curated a list of the top event planners in Chicago. You can’t go wrong with the experienced planners on this list — they boast strong networks, are professional and personable, and will produce your dream party.”

Get the scoop here!

Coastal Romance ~ Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort Los Cabos

Coastal Romance ~ Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort Los Cabos

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Today, on the blog, we are so excited to share some sneak peeks from a recent collaboration at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. It was such a pleasure to explore the beauty this luxury property has to offer and create some beautiful memories with friends and colleagues! if you are seeking a romantic destination wedding or celebration, this is a great property to celebrate with your friends and family and we are ready to jet set with you and create your dream destination wedding!

To learn more about our destination wedding planning services, please visit our services page here!

Enjoy teasers from Collin Pierson Photography.

Creative Partners: Photography: Collin Pierson Photography | Design & Floral: Kesh Events | Planning & Styling: Michelle Durpetti Events | Travel Concierge: Travel Luxe Official | Stationery: Gourmet Invitations | Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design | Napkins: BBJ Linens | Bridal Gown: Berta Bridal | Bridal Store: Ultimate Bride Chicago | Groom’s Tux: J Hilburn | Resort: Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort Los Cabos

Love these photos of my talented friend (Michelle Durpetti) and I working behind the scenes!

Dreaming of a destination wedding? Start your journey and plan with us!

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Kesh Events named one of the top vendors in the world by WedLuxe

We are over the moon and thrilled t be included in WedLuxe Global Trend Report as one of their top 5 weddings vendors in the world. What an honor!


KR Planner Collective Gala - Chez Event Space

Photos by  Nicee Martin

Photos by Nicee Martin

KR Planner Collective Gala

It was such a pleasure hosting Kathy Romero in Chicago during her 2 day workshop. The event was held at Chez Event Space. The 2 day workshop was finalized with a gala designed by Kesh Events alongside some amazing creative partners I admire and respect. What a night! Please enjoy these photos by Nicee Martin.

Special thanks to these amazing talents.

Chez Event Space

Jewell Events Catering

Urban Icing

SY Photography 

Mirar Media

Parchment By Dami

Beatmix Chicago 

Art Of Imagination

Calligraphy by CT

Tailored Elements

Workshop Sponsors

On The Go Jo Coffee

Simply Sweetness Food Design

Wedding planner and event designer Akeshi Akinseye speaking at the NACE Detroit conference

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Wedding planner and event designer Akeshi Akinseye speaking at the NACE Detroit conference.

September 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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The Henry Hotel
300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126


In today's competitive event climate you need to set yourself apart from your competition with the experience that you provide to your clients. We'll discuss:

1) What is customer service?
2) The key components to your clients' experience - Knowledge, Value Proposition and Core Value, Atmosphere, Expectations, Communication, and Problem solving
3) Key Skills you need to provide stellar customer service


6:00 - Registration, Networking, and Wine Pull
7:00 - Announcements, Board Nominations, and Dinner
8:00 - Presentation by Akeshi Akinseye
8:45 - Book Giveaway

Get to know Akeshi Akinseye - Owner & Lead Planner of Kesh Events

Meet Akeshi Akinseye - Owner and Founder of Kesh Events and President of Kesh Luxury Group. Akeshi is the creative force behind the Kesh Luxury Group brands (Kesh Events, Kesh Designs Home and The Kesh Experience). She and her team are known for creating unique and exquisite weddings and events in Chicago and beautiful locations around the world.

10 things to know about Akeshi

Photo:  Sy P hotography

Photo: Sy Photography

1. She is Nigerian

Born of Nigerian parents, Akeshi spent her childhood in Nigeria. She moved to Chicago after high school. Akeshi honors the individual styles of her clients and she continually strives to make every experience one to remember.

2. She is not just a planner

Akeshi is not just a planner. She is a planner and designer. In addition to planning flawless executed events, she is known for designing stylish and lavish florals arrangements and stunning ballroom transformations. Her clients love that they get not only a planner but a designer as well. 

 3. Inspiration

She finds her inspiration everywhere. Her inspiration comes from nature, travel, exploring different cultures, fashion and all things beautiful. 

4. Background

Akeshi was introduced to the world of hospitality and design at a very young age. Raised by parents who are entrepreneurs, she learned the business of hospitality, design, food and more. Her parents still own several businesses including hotels, catering, fabric design and event venues.

5. She is an Author

Akeshi is the author of the Best-Selling book, "The Art Of Floral And Event Design".  The stunning coffee table book features over 250 pages of weddings, stylized shoots and special events designed by Akeshi. Chapters offers inspiration in different color palettes and styles showcasing creative ways to use flowers. Akeshi shared a glimpse of her world so you can explore the various colors, textures and moods that are orchestrated to create the splendor and magnificence captured in The Art of Floral and Event Design.

6. She is an Educator

Her dedication to supporting and sharing her knowledge to the industry initiated the idea for her floral and design workshop program, The Kesh Experience, a series of design masterclasses that offer mentorship and education to industry professionals at all levels. Akeshi also coaches planners and designer on a one on one basis.

7. Home Decor

Akeshi expands beyond designing luxurious weddings and events around the world into the  home-decor to offer her own brand of housewares and tabletop accessories - Kesh Designs Home. The Kesh Designs Home brand is designed to be synonymous with the same style, luxury and sophistication that the Kesh Events brand is know for. Items in this line which includes napkins, table runners, placemats, charger plates, table-top fabrics, and accessories. Influenced by Akeshi’s own effortless and glam style, the collection ranges from modern, couture, feminine to traditional. There is something for everyone.

8. Radio, TV and Publications

Akeshi has been featured on ABC Chicago providing party planning tips, published expert advice on Inside Weddings Magazine, and radio segments. Her work and events can be seen in some of the top wedding publications like Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Inside Weddings, Modern Luxury Brides Magazine, Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, Partyslate, The Knot, Wedding Lovely, Tribune, Red Eye, Wedding Guide, The Knot and other wedding publications. 

9. Destination Celebrations

Akeshi and team plans and designs weddings  and event in Chicago and destinations around the world. Some of her destination wedding locations include venues in the Middle East, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and locations around the United State.

10. Leisure

When Akeshi is not creating fabulous events, you will find her writing, spending time with her family, at home watching romantic movies, traveling around the world soaking up other cultures, catching up with friends or relaxing at the spa! 

Have an upcoming event, we would love to work with you. Visit our services page and get in touch! We look forward to connecting with you.