Ah, November… With Thanksgiving around the corner, this time of year is a great opportunity to look around and appreciate those people that you are truly grateful for. We are totally feeling that thankful spirit and want to sing the praises of Kristen Grantham, the grease that keeps the wheels moving at The Vow Exchange!
If you have ever come in for a visit or attended a wedding with us, chances are very high that you have had the good fortune to meet Kristen, our resident go-getter. She is truly a dynamo: kind, full of energy and smiles, and one of the most versatile ladies you will ever encounter. We are endlessly grateful to have her on The Vow Exchange team and so proud to be able to tell you all about her.
Q: First, can you tell us a little about your background?
I was born and raised in the KC metro; Raymore to be exact. A few years back I thought about moving to Denver with my my boyfriend, Josh. We thought it would be more bustling, yet still midwestern. Instead, we tried moving to a new place here in town. We went from our quiet place near Grandview, to a cool loft apartment in the middle of downtown Kansas City. We loved it there and realized that KC was all the bustling city we needed.
I have worked since I was 15. My first job was at Tropical Sno, a sno cone company. I have been working pretty much around the clock ever since. Now, I am kind of a workaholic.
Q: What would you say is your favorite part of your job?
I can’t really choose a favorite, because every part is amazing. I have different favorites on different days. Today I love that I am meeting with couples and reviewing our couples’ photo galleries. I love to see the couples who I worked with on their wedding day, but when I am reviewing the galleries, I also get to peek in on all of the couples who I didn’t work with and see their events. Then I get to share all of those beautiful photos with the world!
Q: So, it sounds like you have lots of jobs here? Tell me more…
Well… I am in charge of maintenance and venue cleaning. I order all of our supplies and prep the spaces for all of our events. I get the songs ready on our iPad for the ceremonies, get the platters delivered for our reception packages and make the flags and other crafty items we have at our weddings that make them extra special.
I also meet with couples and help them find their perfect package and show them our beautiful venues.
Oh, and I do all of our photo gallery review and delivery. And, I am a contributor for Merried. That is my favorite lately. The icing on the cake is that I also get to work at our weddings as a host! From a short and sweet little 30 minute mini ceremony to a longer Bottles & Bites reception where I get to spend the whole evening with the couple and put on a full-fledged party.
Q: Is there a Vow Exchange couple who left a life long impression with you?
There totally, totally is! Curt and Maddie. They were the very first “reception” event that we ever did! That is when I realized that what we did was such a unique celebration for people. That was the first time I had ever cut the cake and managed the first dance. Even though you don’t NEED those things to make a wedding complete, it was great to be part of those old wedding traditions in the modern day. Also, I loved how Curt and Maddie’s little girl was involved in the ceremony as they started a new family together! Her life is forever changed because of Curt and Madeline’s wedding.