Category Archives: Weddings

Posted on May 13, 2017

One of the best things about Faulkner’s Ranch is the variety of activities for guests of all ages. And there are opportunities for EVERYONE to participate no matter what your skill level may be.

Every Picnic Package includes what we call Ranch Recreation. These traditional tailgate games are placed around the property for the enjoyment of all of our guests.  Many of the games can be played either as individuals or as teams.  We’ve seen some pretty competitive Corn Hole games and intense Jenga challenges here at the Ranch!

Ranch Rec 1

Enjoy these activities during your visit:

  • Horseshoes
  • Hillbilly Golf (Ladder ball)
  • Washers
  • Giant Jenga
  • Duck Races (Don’t worry – the ducks aren’t real ☺)
  • Connect Four
  • Volleyball
  • Corn Hole (Bean Bag toss)


There are also organized games and DJ Games that your company event coordinator may select for your picnic.  You might find yourself involved in an epic pie eating contest, tug ‘o war or learn a new skill roping a calf. (Again, don’t worry.  The calf won’t get hurt because it’s made of steel!)

Ranch Rec Games 2

Playing at Faulkner’s Ranch is definitely an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary with your friends and co-workers!

To learn about our four super-fun picnic packages and how you can throw an awesome company picnic for your employees, visit our website today!

Faulkner's Ranch Company Picnic Packages

Posted on April 26, 2017

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One of the most common questions we hear at the Ranch is “How much is the bar going to cost?”

The short answer is “It depends.”

There are dozens of drink calculators and guides online that suggest how much to budget for alcohol at a wedding reception. Those estimates can range from 10-20% of the overall wedding budget.  While you wouldn’t dream of asking guests to purchase their meals, hosting a bar is just as important. But the truth is, YOU know YOUR guests best.

Try putting together a simple spreadsheet.  First highlight the number of guests who are old enough to drink.  Then, in different colors, highlight the number of light, average, and heavy drinkers.

The general rule of thumb is that guests will drink 2-3 drinks in the first hour and 1 drink per hour after that on average.  Apply this information to your spreadsheet along with the cost per drink for your venue to determine a cost estimate for the bar. Ask yourselves how much you are willing to spend and consider the following ways to make your budget go further:

  • Specify to the bartender whether you will want shots or doubles served.  Providing drinks that way can add up quick!
  • Provide liquor during a Cocktail Hour only then switch to beer and wine during the reception.
  • Offer a limited batch of a Signature Drink.  This is also another way to put your personal stamp on your special day.

Apply these ideas and you’ll have everyone raising their glasses to the happy couple!

Posted on February 28, 2017




Planning a wedding isn’t necessarily an easy task. That’s why when you have your wedding at Faulkner’s Ranch we do everything we can to make sure that your planning goes as smooth as possible.

In order to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of our Five Favorite Wedding Planning Resources.



The Knot

Why We Love It:  This website literally has tools for everything you need to plan your wedding and keep it organized.  In addition to the thousands of inspiration photos, there is a customizable timeline to keep you on track.  This is definitely a great starting place for any bride-to-be!



KC Weddings

Why We Love It:  This website is another great source for inspiration from flowers to dresses to cakes.  And best of all, everything is local!  This is a must-bookmark-site for anyone having a wedding in the Kansas City area!



Rustic Wedding Chic

Why We Love It:  This blog is the wedding blog of choice for any brides planning a rustic or country wedding.  In addition to beautiful inspiration photos, it features DIY projects, etiquette advice, and helpful articles.  There is also it’s sister site, Rustic Wedding Guide, which helps connect couples to the best rustic wedding vendors.




Why We Love It: If you are looking for ideas and inspiration, Pinterest is the place to go!  Just beware – you might get stuck on there for hours pinning your heart away!  Another great advantage of Pinterest? It helps keep your inspiration ideas in one place.  Just be sure to make a “secret board” if you want to keep them a surprise before your big day.



Faulkner's Ranch Wedding Coordinators

Jennifer, Christine, and Lisa


There is a reason why we do this professionally.  We love putting on top-knotch events.  Our event coordinators can point you to the best of the best based for whatever you are looking for.  We are connected with the Kansas City’s best DJ’s, florists, and entertainers in the business. Just ask and we’ll be able to point you in the right direction of our preferred vendors!


Are you interested in having your wedding at Faulkner’s Ranch?  Just visit our website or give us a call today at (816) 761-5055.

We can’t wait to make your dream day come true!


Posted on February 12, 2017

So you’re engaged! Congrats!

But now what?

At this point in your wedding planning, your to-do list can be a tad bit overwhelming.  However, by doing the three things listed below you’ll be able to get on the right track to having your dream day become a reality.



1.  Determine The Style Of Your Wedding

Yes, there are a ton of details to figure out, but first you need to get an overall picture of what you’d like.

When you envision the look and feel of your wedding, what do you see?

Rustic? Shabby Chic? Country Western? Modern? Elegant? Casual?

Remember, you want your wedding to be reflective of you and your future husband’s personal style.  So take some time to sit down together and write down what different things you would each like to have in your wedding from decor to food to attire.

There are no hard and fast rules about what you can and can’t have in your wedding so be sure to include what you want.

After all, it is a day to celebrate the commitment between the two of you so it should reflect that love!


2.  Set The Numbers

Now that you have your style determined, there are a few key questions that you need to answer right away:

  • What is your budget?
    • This is vital to every decision that will be made in the time to come.  Determine how much you would like/will be able to spend and how much of that amount you want to go to each aspect of your wedding.
  • How many guests are you planning on inviting?
    • Make that guest list ASAP.
    • You’ll need to know this when you book your venue, decide on your menu, order your invites, etc.  Also keep in mind that this number may have to be adjusted according to your answer to the first question.
  • How many members would you like in your wedding party?
    • Figure out how many bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, etc. you will have next to you on the big day.
  • What are three possible dates that you would like to get married on?
    • Look at your calendar and pick at least three possible dates that would work.  By having more than one date available when you contact your venue will ensure that you get a date in the books earlier on.


3.  Start Brainstorming

Brides-To-Be, Pinterest is going to be your best friend!

Start by typing in your theme and seeing what comes up.  Then go from there and have a blast!  Begin saving images that you like and perhaps consider starting a wedding binder if you don’t want to bring your iPad or computer along.  All of these images will come in handy when you meet with vendors, go dress shopping, etc.


So there you have it – the three things that you need to begin doing to start the process of planning your dream wedding!

Trust us, if you get these things done in the beginning it will make the rest of the planning a breeze!

Of course, if you have any questions about having a wedding at Faulkner’s Ranch please give us a call at 816-761-5055 or visit the wedding section of our website.


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