Why You NEED A Wedding Planner!

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “Why do I need a wedding planner” I’d be loaded! I honestly still can’t even believe it’s even a question, but since it is, here are the top {most important} reasons why a wedding planner is your saving grace!

  • We like to talk money! Conquering a wedding budget is our love language and minimizing wedding costs is our jam! Here’s a little secret, wedding vendors love working with good wedding planners and will ‘sometimes’ offer their services at a discounted price- just because we’re around!
  • Wedding planners keep your overall wedding vision in check! We understand that there are SO many different creative directions you could go when it comes to the details of the wedding. It can be overwhelming. We’re here to rein you in while keeping your vision and budget in mind!
  • Stressed out? Don’t worry! We’ve got things under control! I can’t even begin to tell you how many brides have come to use before booking, that have said something along the lines of “I didn’t realize this would be so stressful!” or, my personal favorite, “Wedding planning is like taking on a second full time job!!”. This is literally what we’re here for! We are detailed creatives who thrive under pressure and stress. I like to tell my brides that we put out all the fires before anyone even smells the smoke! {and trust me, there will always be a fire}.
  • We can handle ALL coordination for your wedding weekend as opposed to just one part. Planning a welcome reception? We’ll handle all aspects of that event so that everything goes off without a hitch. From rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions and farewell brunches- we’re prepared for it all!

We are there to bring your vision to life while taking the responsibilities and stress off your plate! Your wedding is such an important day. When you look back on your day, you want to remember how relaxed and happy you were…not how stressful the planning was! Bottom line, we have insider knowledge! We’ve educated ourselves to help better our company, our clients, and us so that we can pull off the most perfect wedding day for you and your partner! So what are you waiting for!? Book your planner NOW!

xox Haley

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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}.

Choosing Your Bridesmaids

Choosing bridesmaids

You’re engaged!  Congratulations!  Now let’s get on that wedding party game.

Choosing your bridesmaids can feel overwhelming.  Maybe you have so many girlfriends that you can’t even wrap around your head around who you’ll bridesmaids will be! We’re here to give you a breakdown on how to effectively choose your top girls.  Choosing your bridesmaids is a monumental part for your big day!  After all, these are the girls that will be standing by your side from the beginning up until you’re marrying the love of your life.  They need to be relationship with meaning behind them.  You’re not just choosing someone to fill an empty spot!  So, first step- brainstorming your wishlist of attendants.  Do you have a sister?  Does your fiance have a sister?  It’s common courtesy to include your fiance’s sister, unless she tells you not to!  Now, let’s work down your list of friends.  Who is your oldest friend?  Are y’all still close?  Is she Maid Of Honor status?  If yes- great!  If no- add her on as a bridesmaid!  Any other close family members (cousins, aunts, etc.) Consider bringing them on to stand by you as you say your ‘I Do’s’.  Who was the first person you called when you got engaged?  Was it a newer best friend (co-worker, roommate, etc.) If yes- bridesmaid status!!

 

There really is no limit to how many bridesmaids you can have, but again, keep in mind that this is a huge day for you.  You want the very best and supportive people standing by your side!  Whether it’s two bridesmaids or 10 bridesmaids, make sure that each gal you pick has a meaningful relationship with you!  The girls you don’t choose as bridesmaids can always be readers, house party or ushers!  They all hold important roles as well and would still be considered ‘Wedding Party’ status!

 

Happy Planning!

 

xox Haley

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