I knew I was in for something different when I met the bride and groom and both of their names were pronounced, Ryan. Ryan the groom and Ryanne the blushing bride, whose wedding theme was bursting with romance and pretty pinks at Kendall Plantation.
When the knot.com requested photos from a Hill Country wedding, Courtney and Andrew's was the first one that popped into my head. These two adventurous souls incorporated the love of the outdoors from the groom, the chic and glamorous style of the bride, and their love of their college alma mater, A&M, and mastered it all beautifully within their wedding.
View their wonderful story and amazing photos from Two Pair Photography here. goo.gl/JHLJRd
Professional Wedding Planners usually know all the vendors within the wedding network. We can steer you in the right direction of who will fit your personality, budget, and be a good fit. However, if you are tackling this venture on your own, here are a few good tips to keep in mind.
First - Check Them Out
* Do your research: Ask friends, family, and other vendors. But also ask why they are recommending them. Did they communicate effectively? Show up on time? Deliver what they promised?
* Snoop around: Check out their web-sites. Is the web-site's photos and information up to date? Articulate? Easy to navigate? Does it show a representation of their personality, style, and professionalism?
* On-line reviews: Do they have a good number of reviews in comparison to others within their field? Are the reviews positive? Do they have reviews dated throughout the course of their business? Past, as well as present?
Second - Make a Phone Call or Schedule a Meeting
* Set up the appointment: When meeting with a prospective vendor, know your guest count, budget, and have a clear vision of what you are wanting for your wedding day.
* Discuss what is most important for you on your wedding day and what are non-negotiables. Do they fully understand your requests, know what to do, but also flexible? Do they offer alternatives for requests they are not able to say yes to?
* Are they able to show you samples of their work?
Third - Pick Someone Who Gets You
* Pick someone who grasps your vision, and who shares your passion for your event.
* Trust your gut. Don't get carried away with lofty promises and shiny presentations.
* Choose someone you feel you can count on, communicates well and who will help you make your vision a reality.
Tip from the LA Times Article:
Consider hiring an accredited wedding planner
Wedding planners are an additional expense, but the expertise they provide can actually save you money that may surpass that cost. A good wedding planner will know the industry inside and out, and therefore be able to get you the best deals. They also know what is typical when it comes to contracts and can help you keep track of all the details of the big day so you can try to relax.
Your wedding day is likely to be perfect, but just in case something happens, a few simple steps prior will protect your financial and emotional investment. From insurance to contracts to credit cards, thinking ahead will help ensure everything is wonderful no matter what.Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"Well I should say my husband and I had different ideas on how we wanted the day to look. Lisa was able to take both of our ideas and create a beautiful and perfect day that I know my mother would be proud of. She knew what vendors would work for us, and handled all of the negotiations and contracts. She has packages for any budget, and helps choose which one is best for you. We chose a full-service package because we were planning the wedding from out of state. Most of our meetings were via e-mail. She was always prompt with her responses, and handled the issue or offered her advice based on what you wanted for your day. The day of the wedding was PERFECT! All of our guests were blown away by how beautiful and organized everything turned out. All we did was show up, and the Haute Weddings team took care of the rest. They had every detailed covered." March 2012
Tiffany and Stewart are such a gorgeous couple, it was difficult to choose only a few pics to share. Caroline + Ben Photography didn't make it any easier.
I met my bride and groom over a year ago, during one of their visits to SA to visit with family and friends over the holiday. It was a dreary, rainy day as we sat in a local Starbucks. My two teenagers were out of school on break and were sitting at a table right next to us, minding their manners, but with looks of boredom evident on their faces. But we sat, drinking coffee, and talking, and me, listening to their ideas, and planning what comes next....And then it just clicks, and you feel like old friends, and I fell in love with them.