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Personality Test: Wedding and event planner Katherine Shaw

Katherine Shaw began her career as a wedding and event planner on the sidelines of the National Football League. The owner of Trends to Traditions in Cranberry was a professional cheerleader for the St. Louis Rams. The cheerleaders worked on fundraisers, corporate promotions and social functions. Shaw eventually was offered a position as the Director of the Arena Football Cheerleading squad “The St. Louis Stampede,” which was owned by the same company who owned the St. Louis Blues hockey team.

“We started a promotional squad for the NHL team as well and set up appearances, performances, parties and events for both squads, athletes, teams, sponsors, supporters and fans,” she says.

In planning big days for happy couples, she also incorporates the flair for drama that she refined at the Theater and Film School at the University of Kansas and Stirling University of Scotland. Shaw has been planning events since 1992.

“I’d like to think I’m really good at two things in life: event planning and being a mom,” she says. She spends her “down” time with her 11-month-old twins Aniston, a boy, and his sister, Ariella.

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:

Jennifer Lopez, of course! She is one of the major reasons wedding planning was brought into the public eye.

Childhood hero and why:

The Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna — “Power activate.” I thought it would be so cool to have a twin brother and to be able to turn into any animal in the world.

Pick your favorite captain:




D.Jack Sparrow

C: Crunch. I love snacking on cereal.

If the TV is on at 2 a.m., I’m watching:

CNN to keep updated with current events.

Three people I’d love to have dinner with:

My great, great grandmother, my oldest daughter when she’s 80 so I can talk to her about everything in the second half of her life that I will miss, and Jesus.

After a long day, I like to relax with a (pick one):


B.Cold beer


D.Herbal tea

E.Hot chocolate

F.Red Bull

D: It’s calorie-free, warm, and tasty-especially when you add Stevia as a sweetener. I seem to be chilly quite often and it warms my tummy.

My favorite sandwiches, plus fixings:

Leftover Thanksgiving dinner. Rolls with turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce. Mmmm.

One word your mother would use to describe you:


Celebrity crush:

Tom Welling (from the TV show “Smallville”)

The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:

I just looked and just threw it away. Thank you for that.

My required snack in a movie theater is:

Buttered popcorn and Junior Mints together

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A major league outfielder or an astronaut

Exercise I hate most:

Anything boring and too repetitive

Vegetable I won’t eat:

Beets — ick!

I’m deathly afraid of:

Sharks and “things” under the ocean surface that I cannot see while swimming.

If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:

“Amazing Grace.” I actually sound pretty good singing this song.

The first band I saw in concert (when and where):

The Beach Boys at Six Flags over Mid-America in St. Louis in 1980.

TV marathon you could watch all day and why:

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” I love the combo of humor, drama, romance, adventure, goth, and Angel is sooo cute!

The person I’m most often mistaken for:

English actress Jane Seymour or Shania Twain or Debbie Gibson.

Choose one:



A: Dogs (With the exception of one cat I had in college). Dogs can sense your moods and truly be sensitive to your needs.

The worst advice I ever received:

“Play head games with a boy.” NEVER EVER do this.

The first band I saw in concert (when and where):

The Beach Boys at Six Flags over Mid-America in St. Louis in 1980.

I own pair of shoes. My favorites are: the ones I can slip on quickly when I’m in a hurry. As a mom of four kids 4 and under and owner of a busy wedding-planning company, anything that takes less time is great for me!

In high school, I was:

Crowned “Miss Oaxaca” in a Mexican festival

The most famous person I ever became friends with:

Paul Rudd — a fantastic kisser back in the early 1990s! He lived across the street at KU.

My most recent eBay purchase:

A big carnival-size popcorn machine. The smell makes me happy.

The movie that always makes me cry:

“The Notebook” and “Marley and Me”

My most treasured fashion accessory is:

Hats of all shapes and sorts and sizes. Maybe it’s a wedding-planner thing?

What you’ll always find in my glove compartment:

Gum and an eyelash curler

My most embarrassing junk food:

Lik-M-Aid (so grade school, but I love it!)

If I wasn’t a wedding and corporate planner I would be:

A veterinarian so I could help animals

The last book I read:

The “Twilight” series. With their charming distraction, the books literally got me through the nausea of my twin pregnancy.

It’s not pizza without:

La Croix! I love bubbles with my pizza!

Pick one:

A.Original Hot Dog Shop fries

B.Primanti Brothers fries

C.Potato Patch fries

D.Pommes frites

None of the above. I am married to a clinical nutritionist who won’t let me eat any of this, ha-ha.

My favorite Web site:

My own, of course: and

My most memorable fashion mistake:

Wearing Cheerios and baby drool on my business suit

Pick a Bond:

A.Sean Connery

B.Timothy Dalton

C.Pierce Brosnan

D.Daniel Craig

C: Love the sparkling eyes and jet-black hair!

If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:

Kristen Stewart. Ahhh, to be co-starring alongside those gorgeous vampires and werewolves! What a fun role!

My childhood nickname was:

Peanut Q. Snicklefritz (my parents)

My favorite “bad” movie is:

“Grease II.” I love to sing and dance along and act out the role of Sandee.

My best karaoke song:

“Hey Mickey” by Toni Basil. So much fun and I won a karaoke contest with that song once.

My first job:


My worst job:

Window modeling. The most boring job ever.

My favorite cable channel:

The CW Television Network. I love the drama!

The song that always gets me out on the dance floor and why:

“I’m a Scatman”– perfect mix of a great beat and great memories. I close my eyes, lift up my hands, jump around, and just feel that awesome groove. “Ski-Bi dibby dib yo da dub dub”

Life would be better without:

Traffic, crabby people, violence

If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:

U2 and Adam Lambert

I never travel without my:

Nike baseball cap, so I don’t have to fix my hair.

People would be surprised to know that I:

Cheered for the NFL

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