ISES San Antonio - 2015 Floral Trends- San Antonio Wedding Planner

Being a professional wedding planner, I think it is important to have your finger on the pulse of things happening within the event industry to help my business and to also help my clients.  I have found that being a member of the San Antonio Chapter of the International Special Events Society, has helped me do this.  I have been a member for a little over two years, and have reaped so many rewards from my memership.  I am currently on the Board, and serve as a Director of Programs for the chapter and its members.  It has been very fulfilling and as I plan events for my chapter I would like to share them with you.  

Thursday's event at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens presented as an event program and also the platform for a huge announcement.  We invited 4 top floral designers to speak in regards to the current and up and coming floral trends.  

Melissa White of Botanika, explained that simple, easy, elegant arrangements are currently what she is seeing, especially in monochromatic colors.  She actually put together an arrangement before our eyes of deep purple carnations and orchids and it was gorgeous!  

 

Tricia Hamil of Fresh Urban Flowers of San Antonio and Kerrville is seeing a ton of Hill Country weddings with lots of big, loose, "wild" in nature, cascading bouquets, lots of greenery and garlands, and raw silk embellishments.  She believes up and coming designs will make a drastic turn to smaller arrangements with lots of color, whether it be bold colors or the sherbert colors in her floral piece.

 

Bisli of Bisli Events is a floral designer that loves bold colors and international flair.  Being a trend setter, her floral piece was a unique bridal bouquet similar to a crystal clutch with shades of purples draping from each end.  The clutch can then be set upon a crystal pedestal show piece.  Bisli will be representing the United States at the World Flower Council International Summit in June in Columbia!

 

David Garcia of Statue of Design is a true artist in that he loves to work with different materials and mediums within his floral works of art.  Although he can definitely do your traditional and simple impeccably, it's also not strange to see legos, or dinosaurs, or apples in his floral pieces.(if that is your vision)  The current and expanding trend he is experiencing is not so much in the flowers themselves, but in the different vessels the flowers are being showcased in.  Having simple flowers in a unique stylish container or vase can make all the difference. The container can tell the story of the theme or inspiration just as well as the flowers.  

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Another big reveal that we announced, is that ISES San Antonio, along with our presenting sponsor, the San Antonio Weddings, and with the support of other San Antonio event organizations, will be hosting our first city-wide Antonian Awards.  We have realized that San Antonio has too many skilled and talented event professionals to not acknowledge their accomplishments in a formal manner.  So, October 28th, the Antonian Awards, will be held at the Sunset Station!  #AntonianAwards    

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Venue Feature: The McNay Art Museum - Wedding Planner San Antonio

For this month's venue feature, we've chosen to highlight the McNay Art Museum

Venue Feature: The McNay Art Museum

Set in an exquisite Spanish Colonial Revival-style home on twenty three acres of beautifully landscapes gardens, the McNay Art Museum is an oasis in the heart of San Antonio. As the first museum of modern art in Texas, the McNay offers a unique opportunity to entertain in style as well as view an internationally renowned art collection. The intimate Octagon room, the breath-taking Courtyard, and elegant Leeper Auditorium together make a wedding unforgettable. For those interested in modern architecture, the Stieren Center for Exhibitions is sure to please. We invite you to experience some of the most magnificent works of the 20th Century, in one of the most spectacular creations of the 21st. 

The museum has four venue options to choose from based on the size and theme of your wedding and two locations for weddings on the grounds. Click here to learn more about their options and weddings on the grounds. 

Photo Courtesy of  Limelight San Antonio

Photo Courtesy of Limelight San Antonio

Photo Courtesy of  Limelight San Antonio , Florals by  Statue of Design , Rentals from  Luxe Event Decor

Photo Courtesy of Limelight San Antonio, Florals by Statue of Design, Rentals from Luxe Event Decor

"I love working at the McNay!  I get to experience three different environments in one:  the art gallery, the outdoor courtyard, and the elegant ballroom.  I love watching the guests' reactions as they transition from one area to the next," says Haute Weddings Owner & Wedding Planner, Lisa Morales.

Venue Feature: The McNay Art Museum
Photo Credit: Noah Hawthorne Photography

Photo Credit: Noah Hawthorne Photography

The McNay Art Museum offers a unique opportunity to entertain guests in a beautiful and historic setting. Offer your guests the chance to experience an internationally renowned art collection during your reception. Dine and dance in the elegant Leeper Auditorium and enjoy the oasis of the courtyard. See what others had to say about the McNay from their reviews on The Knot! Click here to view.

Passport to Love Open House Recap! - Wedding Planner in San Antonio

Our Passport To Love Open House, produced by Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings, Haute Weddings, and Kendall Plantation was an absolute success! Newly engaged couples were able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the beautiful Kendall Plantation, and enjoy delicious eats, drinks, and treats, as they visited one on one with over 30 local and international vendors. It was a great event full of fun and energy!

Here are some photos from the evening, courtesy of Ara Photography!

Hill Country Chic table scape designed by Kendall Plantation.    Blume Haus   provided the floral.


Hill Country Chic table scape designed by Kendall Plantation.  Blume Haus provided the floral.

Winner of the Table Scape Contest -   Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings   Floral provided by  The Elegant Bee .


Winner of the Table Scape Contest - Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings  Floral provided by The Elegant Bee.

Paris in the Spring table scape designed by   Haute Weddings  . Floral provided by   De Vinnies Paradise


Paris in the Spring table scape designed by Haute Weddings. Floral provided by De Vinnies Paradise

Blume Haus   floral. Linen provided by  Aztec Events and Tents .


Blume Haus floral. Linen provided by Aztec Events and Tents.

From the Hill Country from Hawaii, we had representatives from Sandals, Royal Caribbean, Karisma Resorts in Mexico and Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico. 

Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings   were on hand to answer all questions regarding destination weddings and honeymoons.


Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings were on hand to answer all questions regarding destination weddings and honeymoons.

All the caterers had a theme that they incorporated, Spice of Life did Jamaican, Heavenly Gourmet did Italian, Anne Marie's did Asian Fusion and Pappa's Catering did Mexican. 

Anne Marie's Catering   showcased their signature dishes as well as some Asian flaire cooking up some custom fried rice


Anne Marie's Catering showcased their signature dishes as well as some Asian flaire cooking up some custom fried rice

Spice of Life Catering   kicking up the heat with their Jamaican food display.


Spice of Life Catering kicking up the heat with their Jamaican food display.

Heavenly Gourmet, LLC   serving their signature dishes as well as Italian pasta


Heavenly Gourmet, LLC serving their signature dishes as well as Italian pasta

Pappas Catering   served up their signature "create your own" avocado bowl. Yum!


Pappas Catering served up their signature "create your own" avocado bowl. Yum!

2tarts   had multiple tasty treats. And you didn't have to choose just one! 


2tarts had multiple tasty treats. And you didn't have to choose just one! 

Bartenders 4 You served up international signature drinks that went with each theme. 

Bartenders4you   were full of fun drink surprises


Bartenders4you were full of fun drink surprises

Bartenders4you   with their whiskey barrel bar serving up the best drinks in town.


Bartenders4you with their whiskey barrel bar serving up the best drinks in town.

A huge thanks to Ara Photography for taking the photos for the event! 

Ara Photography   had a lovely booth and was also kind enough to take these wonderful photos of the event.


Ara Photography had a lovely booth and was also kind enough to take these wonderful photos of the event.

Here are some of the other wonderful photographers that came out!

Now back to our gallery of photos courtesy of Ara Photography of additional vendors and attendees at this one-of-a-kind open house!

Cakes by  Cakes and More  San Antonio


Cakes by Cakes and More San Antonio

Hautties Candace and Xavier talking it up with   Destiny Bridal in SA .


Hautties Candace and Xavier talking it up with Destiny Bridal in SA.

Girl General . Embroidery. Gifts. Invitations.


Girl General. Embroidery. Gifts. Invitations.

Reel Photo Booth   provided photo booth fun for our couples.


Reel Photo Booth provided photo booth fun for our couples.

CHAIRish The Day   felt right at home providing hair trials in the bridal suite.


CHAIRish The Day felt right at home providing hair trials in the bridal suite.

Vanity Eiland   make up and hair artistry


Vanity Eiland make up and hair artistry

 

A special thanks to Philip Chancellor with 5150 Productions who provided the entertainment for our guests with a classic game show concept. Winners received cash prizes and moved up in rounds to win the FREE Honeymoon courtesy of Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings

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Creative lighting provided by   Illuminating Celebrations .

Creative lighting provided by Illuminating Celebrations.

A full house at the   Kendall Plantation .

A full house at the Kendall Plantation.

We had over 50 brides attend the Passport to Love Open House and it was a tremendous success! We are so excited to build off this momentum and produce another open house just as awesome in the future so stay tuned...

Thanks again to all the wonderful vendors who helped bring our vision together and put on a spectacular event! Until next time...

Passport to Love Open House

Haute Weddings and Perfect Beginnings Destination Weddings invites you to join us at the Kendall Plantation on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. To 8:00 p.m.

Passport to Love Open House

Come see our favorite vendors show their wedding wow! Including delicious food, table decor, cocktails, entertainment and so much more!! 

Passport to Love Open House

Join us at the Texas Hill Country’s Award Winning Premier Wedding Venue
Kendall Plantation.

Passport to Love Open House

Perfect Beginnings is giving away a 3 night all-inclusive honeymoon stay at any one of the beautiful Couples Resorts in Jamaica.

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And that’s not all! We will also be giving away a Colin Cowie Collection Destination Wedding Ceremony from Hard Rock Hotels All Inclusive Collection. Valued at $3,000!

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You Don’t Want to Miss Out!
Come see our favorite vendors show their wedding wow!  Including delicious food from around the globe, table decor from the inspirational and whimsical to the casual and elegant, libations from some of San Antonio’s best mixologists, fireworks, music and so much more!!
You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and learn about some amazing destinations and resorts for your destination wedding or honeymoon.

Passport to Love Open House

Vendors Include:

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For more information on this one-of-a-kind wedding event please visit: http://pbdwedding.com

You can also stay up to date with the latest updates and vendor features on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PassportToLoveOpenHouse/ 

Click here to RSVP. We hope to see you there!!!


Wedding Chair Trends - San Antonio Wedding Planner

Whether your wedding day is simple or elaborate, most couples will still want the decor to make a statement, impressing guests with a "wow" factor  One new and fun trend is adding decor to the wedding chairs!  

There are plenty of ways to style chairs — from the typical, formal Chiavari chair to the more relaxed wooden folding chair — that spruce up decor without looking dated.  From rainbow-colored streamers, to nautical ropes and angular bows, take a look at some favorite wedding chairs below to get some new ideas for your seating! 

Gold Sequined Chair Covers

Photo Credit:  theknot.com

Photo Credit: theknot.com

Now this look says glamorous! Drape the back of gold Chiavari chairs with oversize sequins for a look that will wow your guests.

Ombre Chair Cover Effect

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Photo Credit: theknot.com

Have some fun with your seating and vary the color shades with covered seating going from light to dark or dark to light.

Colorful Ribbons 

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Photo Credit: theknot.com

If you're DIYing your wedding reception here's a fun idea. Grab ribbons in your favorite colors and tie them around your ceremony or reception chairs.

Wrap Chairs with a Scarf or Shawl

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Photo Credit: theknot.com

Look at these pretty purple draped chairs! The inspiration here, purple pashminas. You can keep your guests warm with these scarfs or shawls at an outdoor reception and create a look all your own. Tie them nicely around your ceremony or reception chairs. 

Streamers

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Photo Credit: theknot.com

Add some colorful streamers to the back of your chairs for a fun and festive vibe!

Tie Some Knots

Photo Credit:  theknot.com

Photo Credit: theknot.com

Tie figure eight knots around your chairs if you're going for a nautical theme or as a cute way to say, without saying, that you're "tying the knot!" 

So if you're looking to make a statement at your wedding reception, trick out your chairs with some of these cool styles we showed you here. They're sure to leave a lasting impression with your guests and create a cool look to mesh with your decor! 

Congratulations, You're Engaged! Now What's Next?? - San Antonio Wedding Planners

For many brides, the afterglow following an engagement means wedding planning time. But how do you know where to begin? Here's some helpful hints on what to do after you get engaged that will assist in the planning process from the wedding planning professionals at Haute Weddings. 

1.  Open a separate wedding email account.  Almost all wedding related websites will require you to register with their site and this could mean LOTS of emails from vendors.  Actually, TONS of emails.  So as not to backlog your personal email, it is best to have a whole separate email account while searching for services and products.  Once you have booked a vendor, you can then further communicate through your personal email if you so choose or stick with the wedding email account you've set up.

2.  Know your basics.  When reaching out to wedding vendors, they will ask you some pretty simple, but pertinent questions.  When is your wedding date?  How many guests are estimated to attend?  What is your budget?  If you do not know the answers to these questions, most vendors will not be able to help you, and they will not be able to give you an accurate quote for their services.

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3.  Discuss and with your family and designate who all will be participating in the planning process.  Specifically as to who will be helping you make decisions, attend consultations with you, and who will be contributing financially.  Then, put a budget in place.


4.  Hire a wedding planner.  You will reap the best benefit from a wedding planner by hiring them early within the planning stages.  They have valuable information to share and can guide you in the right direction from the very start.  You will feel good making important decisions based on professional feedback and guidance from a planner's experience in hundreds of weddings.  

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5.  At the very least, register for Haute Weddings Bride Guide:  Secrets to Planning Your Big Day!  to get started and learn tips and tricks within the trade along with a wealth of other wedding planning knowledge.  Register at http://www.hauteseminar.eventbrite.com and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hauteweddingsbrideguide

So there are your top 5 tips to get you started on your wedding planning journey! Make it a good one, eliminate as much stress as possible and follow the wise words of Haute Weddings wedding planning professionals. You will be glad you did! To look into hiring Haute Weddings as your wedding planner visit our Contact page on the website or click here and enter your information and one of our coordinators will get back to you as soon as possible to begin discussions.