Vendor Spotlight: Kanya Ford with Kay’s Kandi
Meet Kanya, owner of Kay’s Kandi! See why you should host your next party with her and your best girlfriends!
Tell us a little about your company
Kay’s Kandi represents the luxury line of Bedroom Kandi, an intimate adult line of products. I offer consultations on-site for your celebrations. Our products range from all natural bath bar, to men’s shave cream to personal massagers. All bath and body products are made in the US with body safe pH neutral ingredients and massagers of soft, body safe silicone. As a consultant, I come into your desired location and speak about/display my product line. As the host you bring the people, food and maybe drinks and I take care of the rest. It costs you nothing to host a party and you receive 10% of all party sales towards anything you wish!
What’s your favorite wedding story?
I recently had the pleasure to throw my mother a bachelorette party. She found her prince charming at the young, tender age of 61. Reluctantly she began to plan her special day, still not believing that she was worthy of love. She finally allowed the family to join in the planning, so all that was left was her last hurrah as a single woman. That is where her youngest daughter (me), owner and founder of Kay’s Kandi stepped right in. Her night was super special and by far THE most important party that I will ever do! We had ladies there who she had not bonded with in over five years, but that night none of that mattered. The games were interactive, the laughs were endless and the smile on her face will forever be etched into my brain. She didn’t have to lift a finger for this party and because of the sales, she got exactly what she wanted (the seduce me bath & body gift set) completely FREE!! Now she has a better understanding of what it is that Kay’s Kandi is all about. I create experiences!
Why do you like working with weddings?
I have been happily married for 11 years and I want everyone to experience that bliss. Working with engaged couples, newlyweds and even those who have years in feels amazing. Being able to be involved with one of the most important days of someones’ life is special. Being apart of a hosted party that helps calm those premarital jitters with friends and family fills me! Having so many products that are couple oriented allows me to give new couples tools for healthy love lives.
What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a bride and how did you resolve it?
I can honestly say that thus far I have not encountered any difficult situations. I can say that should I be faced with a difficult situation, I would fist learn what the difficulties were. Many times the surface conversation is not what the issue is, so through active listening we would work together towards a resolution.
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
My advice to engaged couples is to ALWAYS have open and transparent communication with each other. What might hurt during a conversation can be a building brick in the foundation that you both are building together. Communication should be kept between you, unless you seek a professional for guidance; no one should ever know the difficulties between you until that have already been resolved (if then). Have fun, love hard and never give up on each other!
How far in advance should couples book your services?
Product ordering can be done anytime and shipping is usually 1-3 business after order placements. Ideally, booking a party should be done at least a month out for Saturdays, however, sometimes dates become available short notice. Parties being booked on week days and Sundays should be booked at least 15 days in advance.
What inspires you the most / where do you find inspiration?
Seeing party guests laughing, learning and bonding is what inspires me to keep doing what I do. Receiving emails and text messages from product users also keeps me inspired. The desire to help others is my biggest drive of inspiration.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
When I am not working, I am practicing or teaching a Zumba class. I also spend all free time I can gather with the husband, kids and dog!
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
You’d be surprised to learn that I work full-time, teach Zumba after work, run Kay’s Kandi and still have time for my five children.