Rehearsal Dinner Hot Spots

DINING

 

When planning your wedding, the rehearsal dinner is typically the first event of your wedding weekend!  You want to set the tone of your wedding and your rehearsal dinner is a sneak peak of what’s to come!

Check out our favorite rehearsal dinner locations around the Austin/Hill Country area!  Let us know where you had your rehearsal dinner and how your experience was in the comments below!

 

Cheers!

Haley  

 

 

The Salt Lick BBQ

the salt lick bbq

{photo credit: Kenny Braun//The Salt Lick BBQ}

Great for out of town weddings!  This BBQ {in my opinion} is some of the best you’ll find in Texas!  If you’re truly trying to welcome your guests to Texas, have your rehearsal dinner at The Salt Lick for family style BBQ.

 

La Condesa

La Condesa

{photo credit: The Local Wanderer//La Condesa 

If you’re getting married in downtown Austin, La Condesa is a fabulous place for a rehearsal dinner!  Serving some authentic Mexican food and fabulous design inspiration- La Condesa may be your rehearsal dinner spot!

 

Parkside

Parkside

{photo credit: Parkside}

Overlooking downtown Austin, Parkside is a lovely place for a nice modern rehearsal dinner.  Enjoy cocktails on their rooftop patio deck during cocktail hour and then head inside for a beautiful {and delicious} dinner.

 

Max’s Wine Dive

Max's Wine Dive

{photo credit: Austin Pixels// Max’s Wine Dive

Any bride getting married at The Four Seasons Austin, I typically send over to Max’s Wine Dive!  If you’re into gourmet home cooking comfort food and damn good wine- Max’s is your place!

 

Verde’s Mexican Parilla

Verdes Mexican Parilla

{photo credit: Verde’s Mexican Parilla}

If you’re getting married in the Hill Country and are queso obsessed- Verde’s is your place!  I’m not kidding when I say they have some of the best queso {and Mexican food in general}, not to mention their bacon wrapped quail {mouth watering}.

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Wedding Planner Q & A!

Why hire a planner-

 

Hi there!

I was recently asked to give some insight on the importance of wedding planners for Aldabella Photography to blog about and to send to their current brides!  Of course, I jumped on it!

I wanted to share the questions and responses with y’all!  Enjoy!

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We are so excited to feature wedding planners and the importance of hiring a planner.  We’ve added questions that we felt are a good starting point, but please don’t hesitate to add a few more that we may have forgotten.  As soon as we have this information back, we’ll be featuring you on our blog!

 

Thank you for taking the time to give our clients and us a little more insight!  

  1.  So many locations have an onsite coordinator, what’s the big difference between an onsite coordinator and what you do as a wedding planner?

PWE:  This is a great question and is something that is constantly brought up.  As a wedding planner, we are with the bride from day one.  We act as the backbone of the whole wedding, where as the onsite coordinators are truly there to make sure the venue is taken care of, the food is coming out on time, to lock up once the event is over and make sure the venue is still standing, etc.!  The planners  are at every vendor meeting, we’re organizing transportation, organizing the guest list, etc.  We put out the fires before guest even smell the smoke!

 

    2.  What are the biggest misconceptions people have about wedding planners?

PWE:  We are worth what we charge.  Our time that we spend on each and every detail that goes towards every wedding is so valuable.

 

3.  With the number of weddings you’ve planned, what are some of the things you’ve handled “behind the scenes” that would’ve otherwise been dealt with by the mother of the bride or bride?

PWE:  Like I said earlier, we put out fires before guest even smell the smoke.  For instance, I had a shuttle bus scheduled to pick up 55 guests at the hotel to take to the ceremony.  When I got a call from the driver 5 minutes before the bus was suppose to arrive saying that they had broken down 20 minutes away in rush hour traffic, I handled it by calling my back up.  The back-up was there 5 minutes late…but he was there to take the happy guests (who had no clue what the dilemma was or that there even was a dilemma) to the ceremony!  If there had not been a planner there, the mother of the bride or the bride would have been dealing with this situation.  They would have been completely stressed out, wouldn’t know who to call, etc.  We are there to make sure every detail is executed seamlessly!

 

4.  When a bride hires you to help plan her wedding, how do you help keep them on budget while being able to add a planner to her wedding day?

PWE: When I first meet with a bride at our initial consultation, one of my first questions is about budget.  Once I know a number that they are absolutely 100% not willing to go over, I source out my vendors accordingly.  

 

5.  As a planner, you’re expected to bringing their day to life, how do you do accomplish this?

PWE:  When I first meet with my couples, I always ask how they want their guest to feel after they leave?  What is the lasting impression that you want your guest to leave with?  Once we have that open communication, I do everything I can to implement those answers into the wedding day.  By bringing the bride’s day to life, we’re bringing ideas and visions that the bride/parents/groom has been dreaming about for a long time.

 

6.  Why is it so important to hire a planner vs having a family member or close friend help plan the wedding or orchestrate the day of?

PWE:  Don’t you want your family members to enjoy the wedding?  If you have a planner, they can.  Your mother is not going to your wedding to work, they’re going to your wedding to watch their daughter marry the love of their life.   Family members and friends of the couple, shouldn’t have to lift a finger at any wedding.  They shouldn’t have to arrange for transportation or schedule all of your vendor meetings.  Weddings are a once in a lifetime experience that should be enjoyed!  

 

7.  Many people want to plan their own wedding and therefore don’t want a wedding planner.  How do you approach this topic?

PWE:  I can’t stress this enough, the bride shouldn’t be setting up tables and chairs.  She shouldn’t be queuing the DJ or band on when to play the first dance or when to play the processional music right before she’s about to walk down the aisle.  She should be relaxing, hanging out with her bridesmaids drinking mimosas and getting pampered and ready for her big day!  There are professionals to make sure your wedding goes according to plan.  We strive off of making every event look effortless.  Please hire a planner, even if it’s just day of coordination.  You don’t want to look back on your wedding day and remember it as a stressful experience.  You want to look back on the day and remember it as beautiful, magical, flawless and perfect.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer just a few questions about wedding planners and the common misconceptions.  If you have additional pieces you’d like to add, please feel free to add them!

 

xoxo Haley!

 

http://www.aldabellaphotography.com

http://www.myplatinumevent.com

 

Destination Weddings

Hi Platinum followers!

I hope everyone had a fabulous week!  It is bright and sunny with a high of 72 degrees in Denver, Colorado this Sunday.  With the weather be fantastic in the beginning of March, I’ve got my mind of destination weddings and traveling!

For all those brides out there that have been bit by the travel bug, this blog is for you!  For all those planners and vendors out there that would die to do a destination wedding, this blog is for you as well!  Enjoy. 🙂

 

  1. South Africa

Walker Bay Nature Reserve Walkway South Africa.I want to go see this place one d... #SouthAfrica - http://urbanangelza.com/2015/11/30/walker-bay-nature-reserve-walkway-south-africa-i-want-to-go-see-this-place-one-d-southafrica/?Urban+Angels http://www.urbanangelza.com:

www.urbanangelza.com

Johannesburg, South Africa. (My friend Tenique <3 who I met when I was an Au Pair in the US is from here & I've always promised to be at her wedding)

2.  Anguilla

Shoal Bay East, Anguilla:

www.cntraveler.com

The Viceroy Anguilla:

www.everafterhoneymoonsblog.com

3. Costa Rica

Come Away to This Enchanting Costa Rica Wedding:

www.popsugar.com

www.chloemurdochphotography.com  Brides: An Intimate Destination Wedding in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, Casa Capitan:

www.brides.com

4. Hawaii

Hawaii, the Big Island Luxury Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai:

www.desitnationweddingmag.com

Tips on Eloping in Hawaii on Borrowed & Blue.  Photo Credit: Photography by MARIAH MILAN:

www.borrowedandblue.com

5. Ireland

The Most Amazing Castles in Ireland | Fascinating Places To Travel:

www.fascinating-places.blogspot.com

The ultimate Irish wedding - a wedding on the Cliffs of Moher - Happy St. Patrick's Day #ireland:

www.onefabday.com

6.  Fiji

Bula Bride - Fiji Destination Wedding Blog / Castaway Island Fiji Wedding – Sam & Ann captured by Shannon Stent Images

www.bulabride.com

7 Great Reasons To Have A Winter Wedding:

www.paperandlace.com

7. Greece

#Santorini, #Greece // An Interview with Lightedpixels Photography + A Giveaway:

www.theweddingscoop.com

Amazing Santorini with churches and sea view in Greece:

www.99traveltips.com

8.  New Zealand

I just want to go to New Zealand, take a helicopter ride to the top of a mountain, and have Jim Pollard come along and take photos of me and Shawn. IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK?!?!:

www.junebugweddings.com

Omanawa falls - Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

9.  Turks + Caicos

Donna Karan’s amazing beach was the setting of our ceremony. Our chuppah was actually in the ocean.:

www.vogue.com

Front Street, the oldest street in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos.:

www.flirckr.com

10.  Italy

Rebecca and Elijah' Destination Lake Como, Italy Wedding. Ceremony took place at Villa Del Balbianello. See more photos by The Goodness on www.intimateweddings.com/blog #destinationweddings

www.intimateweddings.com

Romance in the Amalfi Coast: http://www.stylemepretty.com/destination-weddings/2015/04/15/elegant-amalfi-coast-dream-wedding-in-ravello-italy/ | Photography: Alicia Swedenborg - http://www.aliciaswedenborg.com/

www.stylemepretty.com

xox Haley

Spotlight|Office Inspiration

Hello and welcome to Wednesday!

Days like today remind us how great it is to live in such a beautiful place.  We’re so grateful to be in such a awesome industry with such awesome friends!

As many of ya’ll know, Platinum is expanding and opening up our first branch in Denver, Colorado!  We are so excited and have been busy planning every detail to make this big launch one for the books!  One thing that’s been on our mind is office design!  We’re crazy about awesome office interiors and a good work environment.

We’ve put together a Pinterest board revolving around office design inspiration!  Check it out and enjoy!

'Latvian interior and product designer Anna Butele created a very creative office space for her interior design office in Riga, Latvia' I could easily get loads of work done in a room like this. Very smart, clean and sophisticated. The colours are relaxing too... Love it

The TomKat Studio: The Black and White Striped Wall | The Reveal… @valsparpaint  #valsparreserve

inspiration on the walls, lights on the ceiling interior design and home decor

Office space design office designs interior #Working Decor #Working Design| http://workingdecor.blogspot.com

gold home office design

Love the idea of a desk facing outward, even in a small space. Also a big gorgeous monitor. Maybe someday, in a different place! :)

For more inspiration check out our Pinterest board!  Have a fabulous Wednesday!