2017 Haute Couples

Take a moment with us to look back at all of the amazing weddings we had this year! It was a great year for our team and 2018 is looking to be just as great! Cheers to these wonderful couples and thank you for letting us be apart of such a special day!

Fall inspired party favors to Fall in Love with

It is officially fall! Our last blog was "7 Amazing ideas for your Fall Wedding" and we couldn't stop there with the fall ideas. We are so excited to share some season inspired party favors your guests will be sure to fall in love with!

Pinecone Fire Starters

Looking for a favor that is easy and not very expensive? Why not having pinecone fire starters as your favor? This is easy to create and so fun and different for your guests.

 

Let love light the way

A personalized votive or simply a vanilla scented candle, candles are something your guests can use for those chilly nights. Add in some custom matchbooks with cute little sayings like “sparks flew” for an extra touch.

The endless possibilities of mason jars

Who doesn’t love mason jars? You can use them to drink your favorite beverage or for a country inspired vase. Fill personalized Mason jars with some of you and your husband-to-be’s favorite snacks then after enjoying the snack your guests can use the jar at their home as they see fit.

Send a cup of love with tea, coffee or even hot chocolate

Nothing screams fall like cozying up with a nice warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Packaging up some coffee or tea with shortbread cookies is a great party favor for your guests to use while sending you and yours warm thoughts.

Have S'more Love

  Who doesn't love a good roasted marshmallow over a camp fire on top of Hershey's chocolate and in between two graham crackers? A good way to stay on budget and bring your guests back to times as a kid make s'mores during the Fall season. 

7 Amazing Ideas for Your Fall Wedding

This post was provided by The Marquardt Ranch, a stunning wedding venue in Boerne, TX.

 

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. And with this season comes some of the best wedding ideas. Take a look at some of our favorite fall wedding details!

 

Plaid Shirts

Nothing says fall like plaid. If your wedding will be on the cooler side, thank your bridesmaids with plaid flannels. They can slip the flannels on before and after the ceremony for some fun photos, and they’ll thank you for the extra layer of warmth. For a more casual fall wedding, pick out the perfect plaid shirts for the groomsmen to wear.

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Pie

There’s just something about fresh pie on a crisp, autumn day. If you’re a pie lover, pick your favorite pie to serve as your wedding cake. Or have a small cake for you and your groom to cut, and have a variety of pies for your guests to enjoy.

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Bridal Blanket Scarf

A blanket scarf is the perfect detail for bridal shots, and the cozy wrap will keep you from freezing on the best day of your life. Choose a scarf that matches your color scheme, or just choose your favorite scarf!

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Pumpkin Spice

Why not bring everyone’s favorite fall drink to your reception? Set up a drink station with mugs and warm drinks…like pumpkin spice lattes! If you decide to keep it simple and stick with coffee, provide a pumpkin spice creamer for your guests to try.

 

Caramel Apples

The yummy treat that reminds every one of their childhood. Why not wrap them individually and use them as wedding favors? If you already have favors, set up a bar where guests can top their apple with whatever they want.

 

Pumpkins

White pumpkins, mini pumpkins, orange pumpkins, huge pumpkins, and beyond! Use mini pumpkins as adorable placeholders, and use larger pumpkins as centerpieces. If your wedding is near Halloween, you could even use jack-o-lanterns instead.

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Leaves

Include fall-colored leaves in your wedding bouquet or even in your flower crown. Gather leaves and use them to decorate gift tables, drink stations, seating tables, and more.

 

If you love gold, this is for you. Spray paint leaves gold and write your guests’ names on them as place holders. Or arrange gold spray-painted leaves to create a stunning backdrop for your ceremony. Gold leaves are seriously magical.

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Guest Book Keepsakes Worth Noting- San Antonio Wedding Planner

A guest book is a great way to capture the wishes of all your loved ones who were there to celebrate with you on your big day, but who said the book had to be a book? We gathered a few unique ways to personalize your guest book and make your wedding more about your love story.

Love notes for the years to come

We could not think of a better way to reminisce about your I do’s on your anniversary than to be able to open a bottle with little notes of love and advice from your loved ones who attended your wedding. Each wine bottle will represent an anniversary year. Ask your guests to write a note for you and your husband to read at each anniversary!

Stepping-stones

Ask your guests to write a little note on a stone for your garden or a flat rock that will later be used for a stone path in your backyard. This is a beautiful way to decorate your new home while remembering those that were there on your big day. Just make sure the stone is not too hard to carry and the right size to fit all of your guest’s signatures and wishes.

Tis the season

Are your nuptials around the holidays or are you in love with Christmas as much as you are with your fiancé? Regardless your reason to be in the season, asking your guests to sign Christmas ornaments are a great way to be surrounded by love from your wedding during the holiday season! You can then use the ornaments to place on your first tree as husband and wife or in a vase with small twinkle lights for a table centerpiece. You can also explore using clear fillable ornaments for you to later put dried flowers from your wedding. What a beautiful way to celebrate the season and your love!

Q&A

A fun way to entertain your guests during the ceremony is to have a few questions on each table for them to answer on a card that you can later place in a scrapbook.  The cards can ask for advice, their favorite memories of the bride or groom, or their hopes for your future as mister and misses! Get creative or silly with your questions, this is about creating a keepsake of your big day and those you love!

Photo booth fun

Chalk, chalk board and photo booth is all you need to capture photos of your guests and their wishes and advice all in one shot. Ask guests to write a note then take a photo that prints right away. Guests can then place their photo in the scrapbook so you can have a face to the love note they wrote for you!

 

 

Even Wedding Cars Can Take Some Decor - San Antonio Wedding Planner

Typically the best man with help from the maid of honor, groomsmen and bridesmaids excuse themselves at some point during the reception to decorate the bride and groom's get-a-way car before the night has ended. This tradition started years ago and has evolved into some pretty spectacular designs these days. What was often decorated using cheap materials like streamers, shaving cream and tin cans has been replaced by real flower arrangements and large tulle ribbon. 

Decorating the couples wedding chariot is a symbolic and special way to surprise them and have them riding off in style and showing any passers by that that  passengers in the car are a couple that has just tied the knot!  

Here are some pretty amazing wedding car decorations we found to give you some inspiration and idea of how wedding parties are pimping out bride's and groom's rides.  

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This BMW is sporting some white flowers intertwined together with a silver swirl design holding the flowers in place on top of the car.

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This sleek black car has a sizable tulle ribbon tied to the hood of the car holding a beautiful heart shaped floral arrangement full of white roses.

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This sporty white BMW has red rose petals and a rose filled floral arrangement atop the hood of the car making for a nice color contrast and making the decor really pop! 

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This black Mercedes has some beautiful colored centerpieces running down along the windshield and hood of the vehicle. Love the color contrast! 

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Now here's a cool concept. Intermixing flowers held on with twine and interspersed with white straw balls making for a cool look.

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This Audi has some pretty pink ribbon tied to the top and the hood of the car with pink roses sprinkled around and a lovely white floral arrangement. Again, love the color contrast! 

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How creative is this? Pink and peach roses designed into kissing swans and placed on the rear windshield.

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This bride and groom got a picture taken with their decked out ride. Again more ribbon used to decorate their get-a-way vehicle. 

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Now check out this car! Pink floral arrangements adorning the hood of the vehicle gathered together with pink ribbon and two gold hearts dangling across the car's grill. You won't miss this car cruising down the street to its destination. Awesome effort by the decorators!

So there you have it! Some pretty outstanding wedding car decorations for a bride and groom. A special momento they'll surely love and appreciate and the surprise element is also one of the most fun parts. So if you're up to pimp out a couple's ride do it in style...that's your moment to make a statement!  

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!