Kristin Banta Events ~ Los Angeles / NYC Wedding & Event Planner, Designer, & Coordinator 2014 & 2015 Event Planner of the Year | 2014 LA Wedding Vendor of the Year - LA Wedding / Event Planner, Designer & Coordinator, Kristin Banta brings creativity, style and unsurpassed taste to every event she coordinates. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 06:40:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2015 Event Planner of the Year Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:25:53 +0000 I am both thrilled and honored to announce that I was named Event Planner of the Year for the second year in a row by Event Solutions at the 2015 Spotlight Awards! I cannot even begin to say how grateful I am for all the support I have received from my colleagues and friends. I would like to especially recognize and thank my incredible staff, amazing family, supportive friends, fearless clients and brilliant team of vendors.

I want to extend my congratulations to all of the other finalists and winners at this year’s awards show.
I am beyond humbled to be recognized amongst such an extraordinary amount of talent in the event planning industry, and I am looking forward to another amazing year for all of us! Cheers to 2015!

kristin banta

event planner of the year


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Event Solutions Spotlight Awards Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:56:41 +0000 It is with huge gratitude and excitement that I announce Kristin Banta Events has been nominated by Event Solutions for the 2015 Spotlight Awards in the categories of Designer/Creative Director of the Year and Event Planner of the Year. Last year, we were honored to be awarded 2014 Event Planner of the Year and we are thrilled to be considered for this award again this year. To be nominated amongst such an esteemed group of industry professionals is truly humbling.


Photos by Braedon Photography

The Spotlight Awards are an annual awards presentation dedicated to recognizing the best and brightest professionals in the event industry. The awards are presented in a variety of categories and honor both individuals and companies for their body of work in the previous year. The winners in each category will be announced on March 10th at the Rock The Night Industry Awards Celebration at Caesar Palace in Las Vegas.


Photos by Brian Tropiano Photography

In addition to attending the awards ceremony, I am also excited to announce that I will be speaking at the Event Solutions Conference on Monday, March 9th at 3:30pm on “The Reality of Doing Reality TV.” If you plan on attending the conference, I would love to see you there!


Photos by Brian Tropiano Photography

Thank you so much to my amazing team, brilliant collaborators, wonderful clients, supportive family, loyal friends and supporters, and to Event Solutions for this huge honor!



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Ominous Vintage Carnival Freakshow Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:56:34 +0000 As guests entered through the gates of the private Bel Air estate, they were met by ringmaster-attired attendants as the sounds of ominous circus music played overhead. The boldly lit driveway was draped with circus fabric and embellished with an elephant and vintage circus truck. Guests checked in at carnival ticket booths and were then greeted by a brazen Ringmaster and Goth Circus Queen who directed them through a clown mouth entrance and in to a circus tent which featured funhouse mirrors and an oversized lit “Circus” marquis which directed them in to an illuminated vortex tunnel which was enveloped by fog.kristin banta eventsPhotos by Brian Tropiano Photography

As guests exited, they were greeted by a clown who ushered them in to a courtyard where they were met by Siamese Twins offering Lemon Shakeups. The rising sounds from a calliope filled the foggy air in the courtyard, which was transformed into a multi-dimensional circus side show spectacle complete with fallen Fellini lights, elephant stands and featured a fire eater, contortionist, trapeze artist, and ambient clown.

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Guests were then led by a snake charmer down to the lower pool area where they were greeted by a sad clown offering additional cocktails and poorly crafted balloon animals.Upon entering the lower pool area, guests wandered through a carnival wasteland of expired ride parts, out-of-commission games, and funhouse pieces in disrepair, tangled in Fellini lights. A goth-styled clown wandered the foggy graveyard while quietly playing an accordion as guests meandered through the space, enjoying alcohol-infused snow cones. Greeted by a tattooed man and surly little person, they were then invited on to a dimly lit funicular which transported them to the lower area of the party.
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Once they arrived, guests exited into a photo-booth area where they were met by a strong man who directed guests to a highly thematic Haunted House on the tennis court for those interested in a scare, or the lower level for entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. Upon entering the lower studio space, guests enjoyed music by the client’s band along with upbeat mixes by a highly acclaimed deejay. A custom nacho station set against a wood wall facade featured a lit BAR marquis sign which directed guests to the exterior lounge area.
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A covered patio lined with circus fabric featured a cotton candy cart and ring toss game to win live goldfish. The exterior lawn was embellished with Fellini stringers and circus flags along with a collection of vintage circus banners which hung around the perimeter. A circular wooden Oddities and Curiosities bar was styled with a freakshow collection of unusual finds and served thematic custom cocktails while a nearby hot dog stand cured any late night cravings.24Photo by Brian Tropiano Photography

Lounge vignettes created from circus trunks and elephant stands along with rustic wooden bar tables allowed guests to enjoy tray-passed thematic nibbles and cocktails while watching entertainers such as contortionists, stilt walkers, fire eaters and tarot card readers perform throughout the space.

Planning, Design and Production – Kristin Banta Events
Photographer – Brian Tropiano
Custom Bar – Scarlette Bartending
Decor Rentals – LA Circus, Archive Rentals
Performers & Fabrication of Haunted House – Cirque Berzerk
Basic Rentals – Town & Country Event Rentals, Atlas Pool & Decking
Lighting Designer – The Lighter Side
Sound Designer – Record Me In HD
Tunnel Fabrication – AOO Events
DJ – Jeremy Sole
Photobooth – FLIPBOOTH
Videographer – Walter Pawluk



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Gift Wrap Ideas – Using Unexpected Materials Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:33:45 +0000 One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting creative with gift wrapping. I love the idea of working with unique and unexpected materials to personalize an offering. Don’t be afraid to explore less traditional colors or unusual components to wrap your gifts, even incorporating luxe textiles, cigar boxes, and craft paper while embellishing with whimsical elements that you might already have around your home such as leather, zippers, buttons, painted bolts and washers, chains, twine, live leaves and florals. It’s never bad to upcycle. I hope this gives you all a little inspiration as you begin your gift wrapping adventures this holiday!



When working with more traditional holiday colors, find a way to create a fresh spin. I found this zipper during a fabric store run and loved how it played with the modern paper texture. Don’t be afraid to be a little cheeky or whimsical in your holiday wrappings and decor.






I used really inexpensive translucent paper in order to still be able to see the pattern of the deco paper, which adds something more tactile to the presentation. By layering the metallic satin ribbon and small hand-made velvet ribbon bows down the center, additional dimension is created while staying within the color palette.



I’m big on recycling; smooth out wrinkles and kinks with a hair straightener to re-use old ribbon. For this one I used the matte side of the ribbon to create a richer texture, and secured the beads and waved ribbon with tiny dots of hot glue.



As an alternative to wrapping paper, repurpose vessels such as a wooden cigar box. I chose to layer multiple textures including ribbon, leather, and twine for an off-centered belly band, finished with an old wooden button I found to create a masculine look.



Have old dish rags or fabric scraps lying around? Put them to good use this year by using them as gift wrap! Incorporating these materials creates an unexpected and organic quality to your gift wrap. Plus, it’s a fabulous way to up-cycle.



Another alternative to wrapping paper; use old fabric covered boxes such as jewelry boxes or hat boxes. It’s also easy to re-upholster your own using fabric from an old dress, curtains, or sweater – cut and use spray adhesive to secure to the exterior of the box. I added a hand dyed silk ribbon paired with a velvet strap, thrift store broach and an old curtain tassel for a vintage quality.




Try layering textures for a luxe feel, while adding small embellishments for dimension. You’d be surprised at how an inexpensive trinket from a thrift store or even Michael’s can look high end when paired with the right elements.


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Kristin Banta Events Voted LA’s Best All-Around Wedding Vendor Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:43:28 +0000 We are so excited to announce that we have been named Los Angeles’s Best All-Around Wedding Vendor by California Wedding Day! Thank you so much to all of our family, friends, clients and fans who voted for us and continue to support Kristin Banta Events. We’d also like to send a HUGE thank you to the brilliant CWD team – Lara Burnap, Thea Hargrove and Jessica Stafford.








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California Wedding Day, Best of Bride 2014 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:39:48 +0000 CWD_logo




Kristin Banta Events is honored to have been chosen as a finalist for California’s Wedding Day first annual awards program, Best of Bride. To be chosen by our peers as a Los Angeles finalist for ALL AROUND WEDDING VENDOR and EVENT DESIGNER is humbling and indescribable. Thank you! It’s wonderful to be nominated among such an innovative and insanely creative group of talent.




The winners will be announced at a special event this summer on August 20th at The Ebell of Los Angeles and will be published in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of California Wedding Day,
on newsstands September 1, 2014.

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Lauren Olivia Handbag Giveway! Mon, 19 May 2014 20:03:12 +0000 Enter our Instagram contest to win a one-of-a-kind Lauren Olivia & Co. handbag – exclusively designed by Kristin Banta!


Here’s how …

1) Create a centerpiece out of unexpected materials – no flowers allowed 😉
2) Follow @kristinbanta and upload your centerpiece to Instagram
3) Tag @kristinbanta to the picture and hashtag #KristinBantaEvents & #KBEchallenge

The most interesting and authentic submission will each receive this exclusive “Niki” by Kristin Banta handbag valued at $145.00 and will be featured on the Kristin’s blog and social media pages.

The winner will be announced July 1st, 2014 via our blog. Spread the news and get your friends to join in the fun!


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Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts When Planning A Wedding Sun, 27 Apr 2014 03:30:31 +0000 EVERYONE DREAMS of a perfect wedding. Although it almost never, ever happens, there are ways to make things run smoother, look better and come closer to reflecting what you as a couple want to express on the most important day of your lives. Couples are discovering that the possibilities for their ceremony are wide open. Here are ten helpful tips to make those possibilities a reality.

DON’T follow tradition just because you feel obligated. There is no reason to have a bridal party unless you want one – you can even forget the garter toss! If you don’t envision yourself in a white dress, wear canary yellow, indigo blue or even jet black. Create something personalized and magical. There are no rules!

Photo by Miki and Sonja Photography

DO think about what you and your fiance love and what defines you as a couple (your favorite cocktail, the best meal you ever had, that one song you can’t help but get down to, that one painting that you are both drawn to at the museum, the magazine tears you’ve saved featuring your dream home) and find ways of incorporating those things into your wedding day.

Photo by Miki and Sonja Photography

DON’T be a bride – or groomzilla. Yes, your wedding day is all about you and your fiance, but do not forget that your family members are (perhaps) funding your wedding day, that your closest friends are spending (in many cases) $1,000 or more on your wedding (from bridesmaids dress/tux rentals, bachelor(ette) parties, showers, gifts, airfare, accommodations, etc.), and that many of your guests are traveling great distances to support the new life that you are creating together.

Photo by Yvette Roman Photography

DO hire a trained full-service wedding planner if your budget allows. The benefit of having one person with strong vendor relationships who is in a position to design and produce your wedding according to your unique vision is worth every penny. You only have one chance to do this, and a trained wedding planner will know how to guide you. They will introduce you to the best vendors for YOU with your specific style and personalities in mind. Even if you are on a budget, steer clear from the “day-of” coordinator (as this might elicit wedding day questions such as, “Beautiful flowers! Are they supposed to be purple?”) as this is often not any different than hiring a random personal assistant for the day but often considerably more expensive. At the very least, consider hiring a coordinator for the month-of to tie up the loose ends and to guide you and your vendors through the day as it will make a world of difference.

DON’T follow trends. Unless something resonates with who you are as individuals and as a couple, the trend has no place in your wedding. Not into mason jars? Why have them! Not into crystal chandeliers, photobooths with ironic moustache props, a sea of mismatched vintage decor or paper lanterns? Don’t use them! It’s all about articulating your unique voice as a couple.

Photo by Della Chen Photography

DO think beyond your “wedding colors.” Your wedding day is too significant a day to be oversimplified into colorswatches. Unless you’re the out-of-the-box client designing something highly conceptual like our “art installation” wedding, I always suggest to our clients to think of hosting their wedding from their vision of their uber-home and letting the design develop from there. Think more in terms of inspired decor, textiles, accents, patterns, and textures. If you love a living room setting, why not seat all of your guests on love seats and ottomans for the ceremony as opposed to white wooden folding chairs? If you are attracted to paisley prints, think about incorporating that pattern somewhere – perhaps as a backdrop for the altar or in some of your tabletop linens or to upholster your bar.

Photo by Miki and Sonja Photography

DON’T ever have a cash bar – do not even think about it. If you’re low on funds, think about a beer and wine only bar and maybe incorporating one or two of your favorite specialty cocktails. Ditch flowers and the band before making your guests pay for anything let alone their own cocktails.

Photo by Evoke Photography

DO bring in new traditions that are meaningful and important to you and your family. Your wedding day is all about you as a couple, so if a unity candle is really important to you, do it! Or if you want to start a new trend where the best man and maid of honor do the first dance and that dance is a renactment of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, why not? It’s your day.

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Photo by Blake Gardner

DON’T let your wedding become an open mic night. It is important to determine who is making speeches in advance and to plan when and where they will be speaking as speeches can deter from a smooth event flow, can obstruct a successful dinner service and can drain the energy out of an event if not properly strategized.

Photo by Yvette Roman Photography

DO remember to stop, take a breath, and look into your new wife/husband’s eye throughout your wedding day, taking it all in as it will go by faster than you think.


Photo by Love Ala Photography

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A Dinner with the Industry’s Most Intriguing People Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:15:44 +0000 I recently had the honor of being invited to a dinner hosted by one of my mentors and favorite people in the industry, Hillary Harris – Executive Director of Warner Brothers Special Events and Event Solutions Hall of Fame Inductee. Little did I realize, Hillary was gathering together the top special events industry professionals as “A Toast to the Most Intriguing People of 2013-2014.”

I was beyond humbled and incredibly touched to be recognized alongside this special and talented group of my peers. In this moment, I realized how lucky I am to be in an industry where I can work amongst others I am inspired by – and that I have built relationships with some of the most talented people in our world. It is always important to recognize that there is enough work to go around and that by collaborating and helping one and other, we can not only build more successful careers, but we can also build a stronger community based on shared insights and collaborative thinking.  I had the most amazing time getting to know new faces and developing friendships and business relationships that are sure to last a lifetime.

Thank you, Hillary, for this amazing opportunity. And cheers to my new friends!

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