Stationary Trends - San Antonio Wedding Planner

Stationary is the first peek at the wedding that your guests will see.  You can create a truly memorable experience by simply choosing a personalized or custom stationary suite.  You can be as formal or as casual as you need to be while still incorporating accents or themes that reflect your personalities.  Here are a few of our favorite stationary trends...

Floral

All That Glitters

Laser Cut

Ask Your Stationer about Chair Decor

Full Wedding Suites can include everything from the Save The Date, to Shower Invitations, Programs, Menus, Napkins, Information Signs as well as the actual Invitations, so definitely think about all the paper products and then some you might be needing. 

 

The 411 on Ordering Wedding Invitations - San Antonio Wedding Planner

The wedding invitation plays an integral role in your wedding planning.  Choosing the details such as type and style are important factors in giving your guests an idea of what they can expect at your wedding. When starting this process, you might have questions as to when to order them, when to mail them out, and when to begin receiving RSVP's, etc.

The objective of the wedding invitation is to notify guests when and where the wedding is taking place.   This is the most obvious benefit, but there is also two other, more subtle advantages to using wedding invitations. 

1. They can wow your guests too. Stylish invitations don't just notify guests of a day to mark in their calendar, they also set the tone for your wedding. Invitations are your first opportunity to give your guests the right impression about what they are likely to expect from your wedding. Make a poor choice and their expectations will be really low, RSVPs may be few and far between, and your big day may be tainted from the get go.

2. Invitations give you the perfect opportunity to organize your guests. Each invitation enables you to modify arrangements with each RSVP. This way you can notify your vendors with an accurate count of wedding guests, create seating charts, and plan accordingly and more accurately. 

An important aspect of wedding invitations is knowing your timeline! Anne Gibson-George of Girl General says, "Give your paper professional 6-8 weeks to complete your invitation order. So don't procrastinate." This means you need to get into a stationary store and select the type of wedding invitation you want even before that. Another item to include on your timeline is RSVP due dates. Typically you should request RSVPs returned from your guests 3-4 weeks from your wedding date.

There are a range of different wedding stationery options to choose from. Available options include:

Laser Cut Stationery: If you’re looking for wedding stationery with a unique design you can create your very own pattern and have it cut out of the card using a laser cutter. There are millions of different designs you can choose from or it could be something that you have created yourself that means something to you. By utilizing this option you can put your personal touch on your wedding and give your guests a unique invitation that they won’t have seen anywhere else. What better way to let guests know that it is YOUR wedding that they are attending.

Photo Credit:  cecinewyork.com

Photo Credit: cecinewyork.com

Craft Style Stationery: This is the sort of stationery which may be printed but has added elements on it. Ribbon is very popular and anything sparkly.

Printed StationeryYou can get all types of printed stationery with a range of different patterns and in a range of different styles, from shabby chic, to vintage, to modern, to traditional. You can also create your very own design and have your invitation exactly how you want it.

Photo Credit:  weddbook.com

Photo Credit: weddbook.com

Letterpress Stationery: This gives a very luxurious feel to the invitations, it is normally a thicker piece of card that has a pattern pressed into it, giving it an engraved feel.

Photo Credit:  onewed.com

Photo Credit: onewed.com

Handmade/DIY StationeryThere are many brides who prefer to create their own wedding stationery. By doing this they can have it exactly how they want. If you’re not too keen on making your own stationery, there are many suppliers who can hand make them for you so you still have the look you desire. There are also companies that will sell you inviations kits, in which they print the design and you put them together.

Photo Credit:  Roma Sposa

Photo Credit: Roma Sposa

Pocket fold Invitations: These are just as they are described, a folded card with a pocket on the inside which will hold all the invitation  information.

Photo Credit: The Knot

Photo Credit:The Knot

Some other important factors to consider says Anne, "The typical invitation invites two people. When you indicate that you would like to invite 200 people to your wedding, you need to request between 100 and 125 invitations. One invitation does not equal one person." She also states that you should ALWAYS include return postage on your RSVP card or envelope. In addition to this you need to factor in the cost of postage for each invite. It's going to vary depending on what type of invitation you selected and its weight. The heavier the paper, or adding a bow or knot to your invite is likely to increase the cost of postage to your invitations so keep the design elements and postage prices in mind when selecting the type of wedding invitation you're going to go with. 

And one last piece of advice in staying organized for when those RSVPs start to roll in. Keep a clean alphabetized excel spreadsheet with a complete list of all your guests including their full name and full address spelled out. This way you can check them off the list and stay on top of your number of guests planning on attending your special day!

How to find reputable wedding vendors

The wedding planning process can often be stressful.  One stress is the fear of choosing the wrong vendors.  Brides often lose sleep wondering if their vendors will arrive on time, deliver what was promised, and all in all, just do the right thing.  Choosing the wrong vendors could add up to costly consequences and unhappy memories.

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So, where does a bride start, when seeking reliable wedding vendors? Which wedding vendors can be trusted? Which vendors will deliver a great service?

 The number one way to help ensure you receive class act wedding vendors is to hire a Wedding Planner.  Now, I'm not saying this simply because I am a planner.  : )  Even other vendors within the wedding industry will recommend this as well.  The reason being, planners work with a great number of wedding vendors in every category.  They themselves only want to work with reputable vendors, and so they seek them out.  They network, they ask around, they get nosy, they hear the "behind the scenes" chatter about everyone.  They KNOW who's been NAUGHTY, and they KNOW who's been nice!

What are some ways to seek these vendors out yourself? 

The internet should only a starting point.  Do not rely solely on a company's website or Facebook page as to the professionalism of their company.  Some businesses actually pay marketing companies to maintain their social media and websites.  However, DO look at reputable wedding web-sites such as theknot.com and weddingwire.com for actual reviews from real brides.

 -Ask the wedding vendor about their involvement within the San Antonio wedding community. Do they belong to any associations or do they possess the necessary permits and credentials to carry out their services as expected?

 -Ask your wedding venue whom they recommend. Most venues can provide a list for your convenience, and sometimes, for your protection, require you to work with specific vendors.

 -Ask other reputable vendors.  Just like planners, other wedding industry leaders like to work events with other industry leaders.  Once you have found the right caterer, dj, florist, etc...for you, ask them who they like to work with and why.

Most importantly, no matter whom you hire, ALWAYS get a contract or invoice for services promised. Make sure payment terms are specific and that your payments and deposits are noted.

Choosing the right wedding vendor takes time and research.  Do not rush into a contract to get a better deal or show special.  The right vendor will be able to work within your budget and be accommodating to your needs.  Best of Luck!!! Lisa

FAB FRIDAY 500 LIKES GIVE AWAY

Thank you to all who have LIKED us and supported us!  It was a long time coming, but we finally reached 500 LIKES!  woo-hoo!!! As part of our appreciation of all your love, we wanted to give a little back at ya'.  We have partnered up with two awesome vendors, Delice Chocolatier and Patisserie, and Jose Charo Photography.  Here are the deets:

Chocolate - There are 50 gorgeous little favor boxes for 50 of our fans available for pick up at Delice Chocolate and Patisserie.  They are located at 946 N. Loop 1604 West, Suite 145 (by Hoolihans Restaurant).  They are open from 10:00am until 7:00pm.  Get there and get yours while supplies last.  Also, take a moment to breathe in everything chocolate while you are there.  The owner, Ignacio, is wonderfully nice and friendly, and he might even have other samples available.  Feel free to peruse, and browse, and purchase any additional goodies to tide you over through the weekend.  The chocolate dipped meringues are my absolute FAV.

They also have cute wedding favor chocolates boxed and tied for you to give to your guests.

1-piece box $2; 2-piece box $3.50; $4-piece box $6

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Photography - Jose Charo is a talented, independent photographer, that has been so generous to give away, not one, BUT FIVE, photo shoots.  You have to be currently engaged, with an upcoming wedding, but you are free to choose either an Engagement, Bridal, or Boudoir shoot.  Be the one of the first 5 to email me at Lisa@myhautewedding.com  **restrictions may apply, based upon availability

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So again, just wanted you to know that this is a big milestone for Haute Weddings and I am on top of the world.  Thank you so much FB peeps!!!  Have a Haute Day! - L

Get Haute Before Tying The Knot - 24 Day Hauttie Challenge

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Day 1

Lisa:  Embarking on this challenge I wonder if I will be up to it.  If I will be able to complete it.  If it is going to work.  If it will make a difference.  I realize that I weigh the heaviest I have ever weighed.  I just don't feel good about myself.  I'm ready for a change.  All the products are a little over-whelming, but the program chart is easy to follow and our Coach, Kara, has made a list of foods that I like that I know I can follow.  They are all foods that I typically eat anyways, just not as often as I should.  Shimeyka and Chris are joining me in this challenge and it has been fun keeping up with another, sharing what we are eating, etc...

Day 2

Lisa:  I got through day one and I wasn't even hungry.  I've signed on to www.myfitnesspal.com to keep track of my calories.  Shimeyka says the fiber drink and the pills are a pain.  I don't think it's that bad.  We all agree that we love Spark!  I haven't even needed coffee or miss it.  One thing I notice is that I don't have that bloated feeling I always had before.

Day 5

Lisa:  Feeling really good and energetic.  Eating about 1200 calories a day, but not feeling hungry at all.  I purchased an additional supplement called Catalyst.  When you lose weight, you often also lose muscle, so this product is to help me keep muscle throughout the challenge.  My Hunbun said he can tell I'm getting thinner.  He hugged me today and he could put his arms further around me.  : )

Day 7

Lisa:  Working a wedding today.  Didn't plan for lunch but Shimeyka brought a protein bar, fruit, and almonds.  Saved my life, because by 2:00 I was definitely starving.  Vendors I worked with who haven't seen me recently commented that I look like I'm losing weight.  My clothes were actually loose and actually a little baggy.  I actually felt skinnier!  For dinner, the couple chose pecan crusted chicken, so I scraped off the breading and just ate the chicken and ate the vegetables.  No wedding cake for me tonight!  (but I didn't even crave it or miss it)  One thing that was a bit of a bother is that all this time, I wasn't really feeling any of the effects of the fiber cleanse.  Well, it finally kicked in!

Day 8

Lisa:  Really tired today from working 15 hours the day prior.  Lots of resting up.  Hunbun set up a stationary bike for me.  Hoping to start exercising this week.

Day 10

Lisa:  Can't believe I have made it through the Cleaning Phase of the Challenge.  I was told it would be gentle and un-eventful and it definitely was.  I feel really good.  I have lost 8 pounds so far and it is really starting to show.  My clothes that used to be fitted, are loose.  Even my shoes are fitting looser.  lol  It was strange how I didn't really feel any different until about day 7 or so and now I feel like the pounds are just melting off.  I'm so looking forward to the next phase!!  Supposedly, the Cleansing Phase is to prepare your body for all the nutrients you will be intaking the next 14 days.  Can't wait...

Day 12

Okay, so I 've started the MAX Phase.  IT IS A LOT OF PILLS.  My allergies have really flared up and so I haven't been feeling good because of that.  Actually went to the doctor late last night after having a ton of coughing fits throughout the day and got a steroid shot and antibiotics.

I think with all the medicine, phlegm, pills, etc....my stomach was upset and I felt nauseous most of the day.  It tapered off in the evening after I had a good meal.  I actually indulged a little taking my daughter out for a birthday dinner because I truly felt that I needed a few extra calories.  Even then, I indulged in a slice of bread.  No sweets!!  I have recently only been eating about 1000-1200 calories a day.

Day 13

Ah, feeling Much, Much better.  I weighted myself this morning and I am down 10 pounds in 12 days.   I can actually look in the mirror and notice a difference.  Just a little bit slimmer, but slimmer none the less.   I'm going to stagger out my medicine and Advocare pills so I don't get nauseous again.  I must say, that even after all of that, the weight loss has motivated me to keep with it.  I don't feel deprived, or hungry, or anything. and feel like I have finally found something that I can stick with.  Wedding day today....but no wedding cake for me.  : )

Later in the evening:  Feeling good.  Wasn't nauseous or anything today.  : )

Day 17

Missed a few days of blogging due to spring break.  The past couple of days I did indulge a little.  However, I'm back home today and back on track.  Although I cheated here and there, I didn't gain.  : )

I went shopping today and stocked up on all kinds of goodies.  Individually packaged hummus for snacking, mixed nuts, lots of veggies and fruits.  string cheese, frozen chicken breasts, and the like.  I stuck to the program and had tons of energy today and am so happy I got back on and in control.

One thing that has been tough is that Hunbun keeps coming to bed at night snacking on items such as red licorice, pretzels, Cheezits, etc...I swear he's doing it just to test my will-power!

Day 28

Sorry I have been MIA.  YES, I completed the 24 day challenge!  I loved it so much I am continuing with the MAX Phase of the challenge and have noticed the most drastic changes just within the last week.  Overall, I have lost 10 pounds and 6 inches.  I even lost weight in my calves!  And in my feet!  I have been wearing cloths and shoes that haven't fit me in years.

Yes, I know I must sound like one big walking infomercial, but I am 45 years old, (whammy), Puerto Rican, (whammy), and have tried a few didn't weight loss products with minimal success if any.  So, I am happy to share my progress.  It works for ME!

Okay, got a head out the door, but I will try and post more often.  : )

Introducing our team of Haute Coordinators!

Haute Weddings couldn’t be possible without a team effort. From the early stages of the planning process until the day of the event, the Haute Weddings team is working diligently to make sure everything falls into place. Shimeyka Olivares

Hauttie Shimeyka Olivares, not only has wedding planning and coordinating experience, but she also has tradeshow and corporate planning expertise. She is our attention to detail coordinator, always making sure that even the little things are just right.

Melissa Rios

Hauttie Melissa Rios always took on the responsibility of party planning for her family. It was then she realized wedding coordinating was an inner passion. She is quick on her toes, and is a swift problem solver.  She is also our official Spanish Interpreter.

Monica Rangel

Hauttie Monica Rangel has been in the design industry for over 20 years. Her focus is working behind the scenes from beginning to end. She strives to keep everyone in balance, from the vendors to the bridal party and their guests.

Chris Rodriguez

Our newest hautties are Christopher Rodriguez and Lori Carter. Both have strong disciplined backgrounds, which are a true asset to our team. Chris works closely with clients and uses his prep school and military background to thoroughly research all things technical. And as the only male coordinator, he is also literally the strength of our team. Lori’s civil engineering background provides organization, innovation, and efficiency for executing a well-planned event.

Lori Carter

The Haute Weddings Team members come from a variety of backgrounds - experiences with fashion, floral, cake, creativity and design.  However, there is one item that they all have in common.  Each one's goal is to give each couple, their family and guests the best, most memorable, day possible.

Simple, or over the Top, Make It HAUTE!

Starlight Fireworks and FX - Who knew pyrotechnics and weddings would go hand in hand?

Haute Weddings has had the pleasure of working with Starlight Fireworks and FX lately, and let’s just say (and you know what I will say) it has been a BLAST! We’ve had indoor artificial snow, water soluable confetti shots, amazing firework productions and departure effects. But, Starlight Fireworks and FX can do so much more to give that WOW factor to your event. To shed some light on this, we asked Tina Warwick (owner and producer of Starlight Fireworks and FX) some questions about her business and this growing trend:

Tell us a little about Starlight Fireworks and FX (aka Starlight Fireworks & Special Effects). Our company specializes in close-proximity fireworks displays/pyrotechnics, both outdoor and indoor. Additionally, we produce departure effects, pyrotechnic ice fountains (for cakes & floral arrangements), pyrotechnic logos, water pyrotechnics, fire-writing, flame effects and sparklers. As the majority owner (Tina Warwick), never in a million years would I have thought I would be doing this type of work. I feel there is so much satisfaction and reward that comes from knowing our company is truly making a difference and providing for happy and even tearful (joy) moments each time we render our services.

Most people don't realize you feature more than just fireworks. What other forms indoor/outdoor effects do you offer? Starlight Fireworks & Special Effects offers artificial falling snow, bubbles, confetti/streamer cannons, water soluble confetti shots, smoke/ fog/haze, and low-flying fog. We also produce black light, snow and foam parties.

Mission Wedding 2012Carmen and Shawn

If a bride is wanting to have a fireworks show for her event, what is a good estimated amount she should figure within her bridal budget? Usually, a good range is $2,500-$4,000, with a minimum amount for pyrotechnics being approximately $1,800. Most professional companies charge an average of a $1,000 a minute for traditional fireworks. Sometimes, depending upon location, our company might have a little wiggle room to work within a budget that can't meet the minimum amount. I would say it doesn't hurt to ask and really encourage that communication. We will work hard to see how we can customize some effects for that special day or event that will fit into your budget.

A fireworks show is more than just igniting a fuse and standing back, can you tell us what is entailed in planning/organizing a fireworks production? The number one priority of our planning is providing for the safety of people and property. This involves doing a site visit to become familiar with the area and assess any possible safety concerns and to find out the best production location at the venue. Lots of administrative work, research and phone calls associated with the permit applications (creation of site maps, sending copies of licenses of pyrotechnicians to the Authorities Having Jurisdiction - "AHJ," ascertaining Certificates of Insurance, producing product and production descriptions, ongoing notification correspondence and communications to the AHJ, inspection meetings, meetings with city councils, commissioner courts, judges or municipal boards). In addition to the administrative tasks, our company has to make sure that we have the right type of devices for the specific location, wiring devices on-site, fabrication of racks for production installation and programming firing systems. Most importantly, being knowledgeable of what types of fire suppression equipment is necessary for the different types of pyrotechnics, governing laws, permit requirements and then becoming familiar with the laws and fire codes of each municipality. The great thing is that we take care of all of that and you, as the client or event planner, don't have to worry about it.

Lastly, what are the latest trends in pyrotechnics? Our most requested effects which seem to be the trend for our company: fireworks display, departure effects and then indoor pyrotechnics, and believe it or not, low-flying fog seems to be an effect regularly requested, with and without pyrotechnics. Also, computer firing technology has become more of a readily available trend in the fireworks/pyrotechnic industry. This computerized element and the innovation of wireless firing systems provides for a higher level of safety and for the synchronization of music for displays, which then becomes even more of an art form. However, this technology still involves more involvement of time, which means more costs to the client and is most often reserved for those productions with a larger budget.

With such a detailed production, you want to make sure the right company is taking the right safety measures. Contact Starlight Fireworks and FX, Tina Warwick, www.starlightfireworks.com, 512.801.5492 today!

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Mobile bar service taken to a whole new level - san antonio weddings - haute cocktails

What turns an ordinary event into a celebration?  Friends, Family, Good Food, Good Drinks and Fun!   I had the privilege of sitting down with Megan Morales of Haute Cocktails, and asking her a few questions about how her mobile bar service adds to this mix.  www.sapartyontherocks.com, 210-412-6381

HW: What is Haute Cocktail’s signature drink? Can you reveal the recipe?

MM: Our signature drink is our “Haute ‘N’ Hard Lemonade.”  It’s a refreshing hand-squeezed citrus drink, and it really hits the spot. It's tangy without being sour and sweet without it being syrupy.  It's perfect and everyone LOVES it!  The drink is homemade lemonade infused with vodka. We infuse the vodka with fresh fruits like watermelon, blueberry, or strawberry and then add it to the homemade lemonade.  It's a simple recipe, but you taste the difference in the freshness.  I made this because I’m not a big fan of margaritas, mainly because Tequila and I don’t always see eye to eye JJ : ), but I still wanted something fun and fruity.

HW: Did you have any prior bartending experience prior to owning Haute Cocktails? 

MM: I tended bar with various companies before I decided that this is what I was passionate about. I have always been creative in the culinary sense, and I’ve always believed that you couldn’t have a great meal without a great drink to go with it.  I love incorporating the unexpected.  So, I'm game to experimenting with South Texas flavors like jalapeños, mangos, and cucumbers, if any clients are up for it.

HW: Tell me, how did Haute Cocktails get started?

MM: In case everybody doesn’t know my mother Lisa, who owns Haute Weddings, started out in the wedding business making the most beautiful wedding cakes. Well I worked for her in the bakery and dreamed of someday being called “The Cake Lady” like my mom. Well it turns out, I can make you the most scrum-dili-umptious cake, but I can’t decorate worth a darn.  With my mom being in the wedding industry, I guess it rubbed off on me and I love the feeling of working with couples and helping to make their day super special. I started tending bar for catering companies, and at my friend’s bar on the weekends.  It really didn’t take too long after that to realize that this is what I wanted to do.

HW: What is Haute Cocktails price ranges? Do you have packages?

MM: We offer customized packages to fit every client’s needs and most importantly, their budget. We bring enough mixes and set ups for the masses to ensure we have everything available for everybody, all night long.  If someone wants 20 sodas, we have it, and it doesn’t change the overall cost because we’ve learned to not try and figure out how much people will or wont drink. We don’t estimate how many “beer drinkers,” or “hard liquor drinkers,” a wedding will have because you never really know.  You might think someone is only a beer drinker but then when a hosted bar is provided and hard liquor is provided, they always drink that first.

HW: What is your best memory/experience with Haute Cocktails?

MM: My favorite memory was the wedding with Maggie & Jose at Kendall Plantation. The brother made a special video of the grandparents giving advice to the newly weds on how to keep their marriage strong and happy. We played it on our video bar for them after the toasts were done, and it was such an emotional, intimate moment. We were very glad to be able to be apart of that.

               

HW: What drinks are most popular with guests?

MM: To pick the drinks that are most popular with guests is a hard one. It really does depend on the crowd, but I would have to go with our signature lemonade. When that is offered as a choice it’s the first one that goes.  Even before the hard liquor!. I think the guests really enjoy it because it’s something new and fresh, not something they can get just anywhere.

                              

HW: Does Haute Cocktails have any words of advice for future brides?

MM: As far as advice goes for picking a bar service?  I would say, to shop around for a good value, not just the lowest price.  Sometimes cutting corners in order to save a few bucks can really turn your big day, into a big mess.  On average you need one bartender for every 100 guests, sometimes two for every 100 if you plan on having a full bar.  Also, choosing the famous “Beer, Wine, and Margarita” package could end up costing you more in the long run. Wine is expensive and you don’t get as many servings per bottle as you would from a hard liquor bottle.  You do however; get the most bang for your buck when you choose a keg over bottled beer.  Our video bar can house two kegs on tap.

HW: You are quite young to own a business, much less a bar service. What challenges have you faced in regards to your age and how do you overcome them? 

MM:  I guess others would see me as young, but I feel like I am just coming of age.   The thing is, I have always been an entrepreneur.   I grew up with two parents who have both always owned businesses.  So I understand the importance of pleasing my clients, and providing great customer service.  I also learned that “quality not quantity” is the most important aspect to running any kind of business. I am such a perfectionist with my setups and drinks, that I will not serve anything that I don’t think is up to par with my standards nor will I hire anyone who doesn’t meet my expectations.  Now as far as being young and owning a bar service, I see it as an advantage.  I’m newly of age so I’m open to trying all different kinds of drinks and places, so I have a younger outlook on bringing my clients the hottest, freshest, most up-to-date styles in the bar world.

HW:  So, with all the mobile bar services out there, what makes Haute Cocktails different?

MM:  I believe my company is different in that I deliver quality products, a broader range of choices, professional service, and an overall great experience for my clients and their guests.  I understand that the bar is not the focal point of the event, but while their at the bar, I want them to enjoy it.  Megan Morales, www.sapartyontherocks.com, 210-412-6381

The Latest Wedding Trends are Right Here in TEXAS!

Texas is rich in culture, color, and flavor.  A few of the current trends that we are seeing nationally, fit right on in with the Texas way of life.  Anything vintage, shabby chic, country elegant, or reminiscent of southern living, will lend itself to any Texas venue.

Vintage themed weddings take the most simplistic of materials and create the most chic décor and atmosphere. Vintage styling incorporates romantic bride and bridesmaids attire, narrow lapels and skinny ties for the guys, heirlooms and lace, and a dreamy palette of soft colors and textures.  You can play on this theme by making it more personalized to your own styling and adding a touches of opulence, shabby-chicness, or country flair.

Western rustic and ranch themes are as natural to Texas as our bluebonnets. Using distressed materials such as wagon wheels, bales of hay, twine, or leather, these goods are the start to a truly western party. And a ranch theme isn’t just about a hearty barbeque menu and cowboy boots. It’s can also be a Mexican party with Spanish flair. The décor doesn’t just stop with bold floral, linens, Tex-Mex or authentic Mexican food, mariachis and Flamenco dancers can add the right spice to turn a ranch themed wedding into a culturally infused fiesta.

Southern charm weddings are classic, traditional weddings with a southern twist. To no surprise, Texas etiquette and twang are the perfect combination to make this event feel just like home. Delicate florals, crisp linens, designer china, shiny metallic touches and a robust menu are the heart of a southern wedding. The overall look of the event is soft, clean, and yet feels lush. Colorful signature drinks or even punch or lemonade has every thirsty guest longing for more.  And don’t forget the sweet tea!

Wedding guides, websites, Pinterest, and magazines are sources of all kinds of wedding inspiration.  And here in Texas, our events are big and diverse in every way, with tons of inspiration in your own Lone Star state!

haute cocktails - HW's new "sista" company- bar & bev service

We unveiled our new sister company, Haute Cocktails, at the Bridal Extravaganza!!!  We tapped two kegs of St Arnold gourmet root-beer and served over 500 foaming cups.  It was delicious and we received rave reviews.  : ) Lots of bar services out there to choose from, so what's our niche?  One, we have the most awesomest bar out there.  (my opinion)  Modern, sleek, and sophisticated.  It can house two kegs of beer on tap.  Yes, I said, on TAP, people.  It also has a smart TV that can act as a video monitor, in which you can play a looping DVD of photos, a video, a movie, OR, we can even stream live sports and entertainment.

   

Haute Cocktails customizes each bar & bev service specifically to your needs.  So, if you are looking for something simple such as beer, wine and margaritas, no prob.  But, what we really enjoy is pampering you and your guests with a full-service bar for just a little more $$, or even take it to another level with our specialty active mojito or sangria stations.

Check us out and all we have to offer during our sample night!

Tuesday, Feb. 21st

6-8pm

at San Antonio Rentals & Party Planning

9200 Broadway, Suite 131

Must be 21 years of age or older.  ID's will be checked at the door.

RSVP to Megan Morales, hautecocktails@yahoo.com or call 210-412-6381

Last chance to take advantage of our current special***

FREE Champagne toast for up to 150 guests!

My Favorite Haute San Antonio Venues - san antonio wedding planner

One of the most important decisions you will make in the planning process is, where to hold the wedding ceremony and reception.  Choose correctly and you will have a fabulous event, but choose wrong, and you will be stressed and over budget.  Haute Weddings has had the pleasure of working with numerous facilities throughout San Antonio and the surrounding areas, BUT we definitely have our favorites.  Hiring a wedding planner early on in the process to help with this decision, will allow you to know all the in's and out's of the property, find the hidden hosts, and make sure it fits within the budget along with everything else you will want and need.  Here are a few of our favs…(in no particular order) : ) La Orilla Del Rio Ballroom, formerly knows as the International Center

Reasons we like it:

  • Ceiling to floor windows allowing natural light to stream in during the day and the romance of the city lights to shine through at night.
  • Huge wrap-around balcony brings the outdoors in
  • Sleek, cool, modern décor gives a great sexy ambiance
  • Right off the river.  Guests can actually travel b y river

Photo #1 by Caroline + Ben Photography, Lighting by Illuminating Celebrations
Photo #3 by Infinity Video and Photo

Southwest School of Art

Reasons we like it:

  • Right off the river as well, but on the outskirts of the hustle and bustle of downtown
  • The perfect spot if you want something close to downtown, but still want that romantic, garden, old-world feel.
  • Free parking
  • Lots of character and charm with hardwood floors and beams, historic chandeliers, stained glass and tapestries inside, and beautiful, lush garden courtyards outside

         

Photos by Jules Bianchi

The Pearl Stable

  • Formerly the Pearl Brewery and located in the hip new area, now knows as The Pearl.
  • Lots of architectural detail.  A hint to the décor which made it a brewery, but updated with a beautifully crafted iron chandelier, lots of wood accents and rich carpets.
  • Lots of space but decorated in a way that feels intimate, lots of character, lots of charm
  • Free Parking

   

Photos by Limelight San Antonio, lighting by Illuminating Celebrations

Witte Museum

Reasons why we like it:

  • It’s kind of like the movie, A Night at the Museum, where you kind of feel like you’re not supposed to be there, but you’re so glad you are.
  • Beyond the exhibits are multiple ballrooms and numerous romantic outdoor ceremony sites
  • Large space in which to design a personalized floor-plan
  • Lots of flexibility
  • Lots of windows allowing for natural light
  • The staff is amazing to work with – shout out to Autumn!!!
  • Free Parking

   

Photo #1 and #2 by Photographically Ever After, lighting by Illuminating Celebrations

Photo #3 by Raven Red, lighting by Illuminating Celebrations

Kendall Plantation

Reasons why we like it:

  • Just outside SA, so you feel like you’re miles away in the quiet country, but you’re really just down the road and around the corner.
  • Extremely unique venue with all the character and charms of the long forgotten Southern colonial mansions.
  • Shutters, wrap around porches, wooden floors, elegant chandeliers, (not just one, but four), and a large grand staircase, is only a hint of the grandeur and elegance this property contains.
  •  Views of the hill-country and beautiful Texas sunsets
  • Gazebo for outdoor ceremonies in front of an emerald blue pond
  • Lots of parking !!! : )

   

Photo #1 by elan Imaging

Photo #2 & #3 by Infinity Video and Photo

So, call me to schedule a tour at any of these fabulous venues!  210-215-5820

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The latest edition of the San Antonio Wedding''s Magazine is out!  Woo-hoo!  Check out this article in which I discuss how to stretch your wedding $$.   Click here to see article!  then go to Page 256.  Article written by Denise Marcos

Credit to my lovely bride and groom, Mary and Adam (Happy Anniversary!)  and

Photography credit to www.mcgowanimages.com

The Kendall Plantation Grand Opening ! (san antonio wedding planner)

Please join us as we celebrate the opening of the area's newest event facility. Inspired by the historic and elegant plantation houses of Louisiana, The Kendall Plantation is the only one of its kind in the Hill Country and surrounding area. The owners spared no expense in decor and design of the Plantation with its 13 foot wrap around porches and monumental French doors leading into the ballroom with a graceful grand staircase, wood floors, detailed moldings, and Antebellum-style architecture.

Wednesday, November 2nd

5:30-8:30pm

20 Guthrie Road, Boerne

Joining the celebration will be a variety of the wedding industry's finest vendors.  Enjoy a relaxing setting where you can speak one on one with a wedding professional as they help make your dream wedding a reality. Come taste, touch, and feel the many products and services these vendors have to offer at the elegant Kendall Plantation.

Event Coordinated by Haute Weddings.  Hope to see you there!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more info, contact Lisa Morales @ 210.215.5820 or Lisa@myhautewedding.com

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Signature Wedding Cocktails

June 22, 2011

There’s nothing better than arriving at a wedding reception and being greeted with a refreshing cocktail. But finding the perfect signature cocktail for your wedding sounds easier than it is. How do you make it original and personal at the same time? We’ve got a solution: Martha Stewart’s new iPad Cocktails App. Use it for weddings, bridal showers, engagement parties, even a Friday night!

The App features a roulette-style recipe finder, letting you pick your cocktail by taste and liquor preferences. There are even “how-to” videos and detailed instructions.

Not serving alcohol at your event? The app has Mocktails, too.

Now for the hard part, which one will you make?

(Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Cocktails App for iPad. Copyright © 2011)