Our Favorite 5 Chic Texas Rehearsal Dinner Sites

Texas is known for BBQ’s, Ribs and amazing music. But where do you go if you really want to find a place that will wow your rehersal dinner crowd?

Here is a list of our favorite 5 Chic Texas Rehearsal Dinner sites. Along with some details about what makes them a must try for your rehearsal dinner.

1. Try Something Organic

Casa de Luz is the perfect choice if you want to set the tone for an organic style rehearsal dinner. Based in Austin, they specialize in vegan and organic cuisine that tastes just as good as it looks. They have an outdoor garden as well as a private party room that accommodates up to 80 people.

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2. Barbecue Bliss

Think all you can eat ribs, pork, sausage, chicken and more.. cooked on an open pit right in the middle of the restaurant. The Salt Lick, in Driftwood Texas is a must. Your Groom is sure to be pleased! Make sure you dress comfortably!

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3. A Cruise at Sunset

Cruise down the San Antonio river aboard a barge and enjoy the sunset while you have dinner. You have your choice of cuisine – Italian, Mexican, barbecue — one of the Riverwalk’s restaurants will provide a catered meal for you and 20 of your family and friends. photo credit

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4. The Wine Tasting

Gather your guests for a sit-down dinner in a private wine cellar. At the Courtyard at St. James, in Houston, you can host a wine paired dinner for 20-50 surrounded by hundreds of bottled vintages.

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5. 360 View over the Alamo

The Chart House, formerly “The Eyes over Texas” sits atop the 750′ tall Tower of the Americas building in San Antonio. This sky high, revolving restaurant seats up to 250 and boasts a 360 degree view of the Alamo City.

Have you found any hidden gems during your rehearsal dinner search?

 

 

Aisle Be There

Aisle decorations at your wedding create the most impact if they are done well.  Elements of luxury and natural beauty will set your day apart in the mind of your family and guests.

Here are few inspiring photos combined with rules to follow for creating the most stunning aisle decorations.

unique-wedding-ceremony-aisle-purple-ivory-outdoor-weddings__full-carousel Go bold!  Create drama with risers, and draping in your wedding color. Then block the aisle with a graphic reverse scroll using masses of rose petals.  The rule is to draw the eye toward the altar. Made certain you CENTER your altar. This setup would have been perfect had the altar been placed dead center. rose-petal-aisle-runner-for-outdoor-ceremonies-unique-wedding-flower-ideas-4__full-carousel

Color blocking is unexpected, unique and striking. Your guests will be left wondering how your floral designer got those petals to stay in the blocks. They will want to reach out and touch them to see if they are real. The rule here is to give them something totally unique. Make certain it reflects your theme and your personality. elegant-wedding-ceremony-aisle-wood-with-white-yellow-wedding-flowers__full-carouselGive your guests a lot to look at, but don’t overwhelm them.  This aisle begins in a monochromatic hue, and changes as you ascend the aisle.  The color changes into a more golden glow.  Introduce that element early on, like they did here with the candle light.  Then end with a bang by bringing the golden tones to the eye at the altar.

 

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A dramatic aisle can be easy if you invest in one stunning floral, like these Phaeleonopsis Orchids. Combine them with an element sparkle and whimsy for a truly luxurious statement.

Masses of one type of flowers create an opulent, chic focal. Remeber to draw the eye up to the altar by strategically placing floral.

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This rule is universal. Create stunning drama by massing similar types of flowers in containers that mirror your theme.  This setup feels lush and contemporary at the same time. It also masks the chairs a bit in your ceremony photos.

Creating a unique luxury themed ceremony aisle is one of the ways to wow your guests, and entice their visual pallets.  What do you like about these?  Tell us in the comments below.

Happy Planning!

5 Steps to Interviewing a Wedding Planner

The Christmas season is by far the most popular time of the year for engagements.  It’s exciting, and overwhelming all at the same time.

Ask the right questions during the process of hiring a wedding planner.

Ask the right questions during the process of hiring a wedding planner.

Wedding blogs, magazines, friends, free advice all start to roll around in your head and  makes the process of planning your wedding overwhelming when it should be one of the most joy filled times of your life.  Then, add to it picking your date, finding a venue hiring a caterer and deciding on a theme?  How are you supposed to juggle all of that AND keep your job?

Hire a planner!  It is their full time job, and they know exactly who to trust and what to ask.  When interviewing someone for the job, there are 5 key things you should look for.

1.  How do they communicate with clients?
Make sure you know how you will be keeping in contact with each other.  Does email or phone work better?  How does she feel about meeting in person? Is there a limit to how many in person meetings you can ask for? It is a good idea to find out how often you should communicate with your planner. Would weekly be better for you, or would you like for your planner to take the reigns and keep you posted when necessary.

2.  How many clients does the planner have in the year and month of your wedding?
This answer will give you an idea of how much your planner will be available to you during the planning process. Planning a wedding is time-consuming and requires great attention to detail. If your planner has too many weddings booked around the same time as yours, the success of your event—not to mention your trust in her ability to juggle it all—could suffer. High-end planners should book no more than 1-2 weddings per month, whereas day-of coordinators can get away with 3-4 weddings per month.

3. Does the planner work alone, or do they have a support staff?
There is a lot more coordination involved in planning an event with 300 guests than compared to one that has only 75 guests.  does the planner have any assistants?  Who will be present on your wedding day?  make sure you feel confident that your planner will have enough support to handle all the details.  You want to feel confident that she has it handled.

4. EMERGENCY??!!  Yes, they do happen.
Regardless of how much planning work you do, things go wrong sometimes.   Ask your planner about a Plan B. What does she plan if she can’t make it to your wedding?  A great planner will have a back up plan for every scenario that comes up, including her own illness or emergency.

5. Is there any additional fees you need to know about?
This question is one that isn’t often talked about until after all the vendors are hired, but you should ask it up front to avoid unexpected costs.  A caterer’s estimate, for example will include charges for food, labor, taxes and gratuity, bu you may still need to tip the servers at the end of the night.  Ask you planner to explain any potential hidden costs that may come up with each vendor or service so you are able to plan your budget accordingly.

When all of your questions are answered sufficiently, be sure to take the time to ask the potential planner if they have any questions for you!  Most likely they will have been asking you a lot during the interview.  You are both trying to get to know each other and see how well you will work together.  After all , you will be spending the next 9-12 months together planning the best day of your life!

Don’t forget to interview 2-4 planners before deciding.  Be confident in who you choose.

Do you have more questions?  Contact our team today and get them answered.

Pantone Color of the Year 2013 Dusk Blue

Working through this years fashion colors of the year has given us a chance to brainstorm ideas for each color combination.  This week, we take a look at Dusk Blue 16-4120.

Pantone Color of the Year 2013 Dusk Blue 16-4120

Pantone Color of the Year 2013 Dusk Blue 16-4120

Blue has been on the list of most popular colors for weddings for well over 15 years, and continues to be one of the most chosen colors moving into the next decade.  This soft lighter shade is a nice retreat from last years rich Olympian Blue.

Dusk Blue Pantone Wedding Color collage

Dusk Blue Pantone Wedding Color collage

How about coordinating your rehearsal attire to give your guests a glimpse of what your wedding will be like?

Soft Dusk Blue outfit for the rehearsal dinner

Soft Dusk Blue outfit for the rehearsal dinner

For more color of the year inspiration visit our color categories here.

Grayed Jade, The other Pantone Color of the Year 2013

After reading blogs and posts about the newest Pantone celebrity, “Emerald 17-5641, we found ourselves drawn to it’s little step sister.  She is softer and more understated than her older sibling, yet still creates her very own sense of style and charm without being to bright and overbearing.  Grayed Jade Pantone #14-011 is a star on her own, and stands to accent all of the color stars for the spring 2013 season.

The monochromatic tendencies that are common among the weddings recently create the perfect way to incoroporate her beauty.  Here are a few inspiration ideas that we love!

Grayed Jade Pantone Color of the Year Inspiration Board 1

Grayed Jade Pantone Color of the Year Inspiration Board 1

The whimsy of last years vintage inspired weddings lends itself to a more sophisticated design style in 2013. Illustrated below is the Grayed Jade featured in a vintage wedding.

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Grayed jade Wedding Inspiration Board 2

Worn during the rehearsal , a classic Bride would introduce her color pallet in style.

Grayed Jade Rehersal Dinner Outfit

Grayed Jade Rehersal Dinner Outfit

Here is the full 2013 Pantone Spring Colors.

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Which is your favorite?