How To Choose The Perfect Vendor For You - San Antonio Wedding Consultant

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. 

Choose the right vendors, and your wedding day will be full of smiles.  Photo credit:   Mark Thomas Pro Photo

Choose the right vendors, and your wedding day will be full of smiles.  Photo credit:  Mark Thomas Pro Photo


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

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

Tie Some Knots

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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! 

Sarah & Trey - Kendall Plantation, boerne tx (san antonio wedding planner)

Sarah and Trey were married in the summer and their wedding colors of pinks and greens accented the season and the day perfectly.  From the very start, planning with Sarah was a breeze.  She really had a clear vision of what she wanted, and we just helped her execute it.  She ordered the catering, flowers, cake, linens, wooden table rentals and her bar and beverage service through Haute Weddings, in a customized package tailored to her preferences.

No peeking.....the bride and groom right before leaving for the church...

                   

Trey was as cool as a cucumber before the ceremony.  His love for Sarah out shined all we had put together that day.  Sarah was so nervous!  So, right before the ceremony, I went over to where the guys were and videotaped a sweet sentiment from Trey and my phone.  I then played it for Sarah and it instantly calmed her nerves, and melted her heart.  She was getting married...

Mr. and Mrs.

              

 

The bride chose a neutral pallet of linens in lattes, creams, and mochas, which really made her floral stand out.

A grand entrance down the grand staircase of the Kendall Plantation and right into their first dance

as husband and wife.

Sparklers and smooches end the night...

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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!

tiffany and stewart - southwest school of art (san antonio wedding planner)

"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.

        

         

                                 

         

    

Karla and Adrian - Kendall Plantation (san antonio wedding planner)

One of the perks of my job is that I get to hear the most fabulous love stories.  As a hopeless romantic, I cherish each one.  Each one has me on p ins and needles, smiling ear to ear, thinking how lucky they are to have found each other; however, its a rarity that one will actually bring me to tears.  This is just what happened as Karla and I sat in my office while she spoke of her and Adrian's story.  For over a decade, these two young hearts were "best friends."  They dated others, discussed relationships gone wrong, celebrated each others joys, and most of the time, just hung out.  Then, one day it clicked.  A little over a year ago, they went on a "date," just for fun and their status of "best friends," took on a whole other meaning.  They are my lovies and I am theirs.  Congratulations Lovies!

Mariachi Mariachi...Karla is a member of Almas del Sol, Adrian is with Las Corporales.  Both awesome groups!

  

A friend painted this beautiful picture and Karla had guests add their "thump-print" leaves to complete their sign in.  Pretty signature cocktails for their first toast.

                       

Karla and Adrian chose Haute Weddings' all-inclusive package which included the catering, floral arrangements, rentals, cake and wedding coordinating.

A December wedding, the temperature was in the 50's, a cold and crisp winter night.  Her colors of winter white, with silver and crystals, were the perfect accents to set the tone.  We even had hot cocoa, coffee and cookies on the patio after the outdoor ceremony.

The Kendall Plantation has a gorgeous and spacious bridal suite with a full bathroom that includes this claw-foot bathtub. The girls couldn't wait to jump right in.

                                

Getting  primped and ready for the ceremony.

 

The flower girls wore tu-tu's and held flower wands.  Magical.

  

The officiant was Karla's father and he performed a beautiful ceremony.  Her brother played the guitar and violin for her ceremony music.

This couple can dance!  This is the big dip at the end of their first dance, but they danced and twirled and salsa'd all night long.

   

The mariachi's played magnificently.  Lots of pressure, but they're pros.   That's Karla's brother on the right.  The groom opted for a dessert buffet of assorted cookies, bundt cakes, mini pecan pies, and his special request, Krispy Kreme donuts.

A late night snack of Prime Rib sliders anyone?

  

At the end of the night, the family and guests lit Wish Lanterns and they floated into the sky.

And they lived Happily Ever After....

corey and manuel - international center - la orilla del rio ballroom - (san antonio wedding planner)

Corey and Manuel met in the Domincan Republic (Manuel's native land), while Corey was there for a quick stay helping build houses over the summer.  He was one of the project managers and they hit it off and stayed in communication with one another via the internet.  Corey soon found herself visiting the Dominican more often and a budding romance soon flourished.  If this sounds like the beginnings of a cheesy romance novel, it kinda is...they call it, Dominican Passions.  lol.  This is all an inside personal joke that soon became public, as Corey's father, held up the book during the wedding toast, and began telling of Corey and Manuel's love story... Photos courtesy of Caroline + Ben Photography

                

Although the venue has a sleek, sexy feel, Corey still wanted to incorporate some natural romance.  She chose pinks, ivory, and green as her colors.  I think we pulled it off well.  : )

      

The ceremony took place on the outside balcony, room for two large wrought iron trees, wedding party, a guitarist and 100 of their closest friends and family.

The ceremony decor was simple with wooden chiavarri chairs, and two wrought iron trees adorned with flowerettes made from wood shavings.  She bought these by the bucket full and we placed them anywhere we thought needed a special touch.

 

Corey and Manuel love to dance merengue and bochata, and wanted to give their American guests a little dance class before the festivities began.  Cocktails and passed hors de'voures were also a big hit.

Here's the romance novel I spoke of earlier.  He read it word for word and it was exactly as Corey and Manuel had lived it... : )

If you can even fathom the thought, Manuel had never had a brownie before Corey came into his life.  Instead of a dessert table, he opted for brownies in every flavor imaginable.

The bride and groom were actually both sick the evening of their wedding.  All night they downed glass after glass of WATER!  This didn't stop them from having a great time and dancing the night away.

   

We were originally going to have an all outdoor event at a different location and hang these frames from the trees; however, a change in plans didn't stop us from incorporating this fun guest activity.

and I know they'll live, Happily Ever After.....

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

emily & wes - kendall plantation, boerne tx (san antonio wedding planner)

Wes, Emily and I, kinda connected on a bet.  Not a Blackjack 21 bet, but a bet that I could help them get an elegant, Southern Charm themed wedding on a fixed, tight budget.  Hahahaha! Guess who won?  Winna winna chicken dinna!  I lovingly call them my Barbie and Ken couple because they are both so drop dead gorgeous.  But, what is really beautiful about these two, is their tender hearts.  They are both so loving and giving and generous, that they definitely deserved the wedding they wished for.  They opted for a custom Haute Weddings Service package that included the catering, china settings, floral arrangements, linens, design and decor, and cake, and saved a fortune. Photos courtesy of Infinity Video and Photo

alison and Ben - witte museum (san antonio wedding planner)

When I first met Alison, I was instantly intrigued.  She had a natural beauty, athletic build, and Goldilocks hair.  She was quiet and reserved.  Quite the mystery.  Then, she told me she was currently living in Washington DC and working for the FBI.  My mind instantly took me to images of covert affairs and dangerous missions.  Although, Alison has an adventurous spirit, this was not the case.  In her heart, she is a Texas girl, in love, wanting to settle down with the man she loves. Alison and Ben married in September at the Witte Museum.  She loves the color purple and wanted everything purple, so I nick-named her wedding the Purple Passion.  Passion, not only for her desire to have everything purple, but for the passion she and Ben shared for one another, their family, and for their faith.  They wanted an outside ceremony and the day of the rehearsal was sunny, bright, and beautiful.  The actually day of their wedding, not so much.  We were actually anticipating heavy rain and thunderstorms right at the time of her scheduled ceremony.  About an hour and a half prior to starting, she had to make a decision, and with a heavy heart, we persuaded her to move the ceremony inside.

This happens more often than we'd like to admit, and the goal of the Haute Weddings team is to make every decision look like Plan A, and not Plan B.  With the help of Alison's family and friends who were doing all the floral decor, we moved and set up everything inside, and it was absolutely beautiful.  I know she ultimately wanted it outside, but afterwards, she was happy with the intimacy and elegance the inside setting provided.

Professional photos by www.ravenredphoto.com as noted on image.

katie and andrew - la orilla del rio ballroom (san antonio wedding planner)

I must say, this wedding was one of the most funnest weddings I have ever coordinated.  A lot is due to the laid back, no worries, creative and fun energies of the couple, their friends, and their families.  Katie has such a free spirit and her guests benefited from her generosity.  Awesome food served family style, cupcakes in red velvet, lemon and vanilla, a candy station, chocolate liquor milkshakes, great music and lots of shenanigans.   By the end of the night they were planking, and dancing and skipping imaginary rope to techno music.  Take a peek at some of her design and decor.

jami and michael - swanderosa (san antonio wedding planner)

About two months ago, I received a call from a production company that they were doing a feature docu-series on the Swanderosa event facility.  They needed to add a few more events to their time-line and wanted to know if I had any couples in mind or if any of my current clients would be interested in changing their date.  This scenario would normally sound pretty crazy to a wedding planner.  I don't get phone calls from brides stating they are getting married in two months, but Lord and behold, I DID have a couple in mind! My friend, Patty Lujan, with Infinity Catering, had just mentioned to me that her cousin was looking for a venue, la-la-la-la, etc..etc...and so it came about that Jami and Michael were getting married at the Swanderosa and we had two months to plan it.  This was quite a challenge because I'm used to working solely with the couple and their vendors, in planning their big day.  In this situation, I had to collaborate with the facility (who did most of the design and decor), the caterer (who had a vested interest in the project), and the production company (who had their own agenda and time-line).  Ugh!

When it was all said and done, the day was beautiful, the event was beautiful and Jami and Michael couldn't have been happier.  So, it was a win-win for all!

These were just a few quick photos I could capture.  Professional photos to come by www.mymintphotography.com

Destination wedding - san antonio tx

 

It has been a whirl-wind holiday season!  I originally had planned on spending the Christmas and New Year holiday in my pj's, sitting by the fire, drinking hot chocolate, playing Scrabble with my kids....NOT!  lol (although, we did get in a game of Monopoly)

I have several out of state brides who came into town to spend time with their families AND do some marathon bridal planning.  It has been so much fun attending all the facilities, floral appointments, dj consults and cake tastings with them.

Chesney is from Wisconsin and her fiance is in Ohio.  They are getting married and holding the ceremony & reception at her family's ranch in Castroville.  So, we are ordering a huge tent, dance floor, tables & chairs, lighting, catering, the whole shi-bang.  Hanging lanterns from the trees, crisp white linens, it's going to be beautiful.

Tasha is from San Francisco and her fiance is living in Albuquerque.  She may possibly only make it back to TX one other time before the wedding, so we are securing all her vendors before she leaves back to San Fran.  Her wedding will be the classic colors of red, black and white but with just a small accent of deep purple.  A modern take on a glamorous southern plantation house is her theme.  Love it!

Clara and Anthony are living in New York.  She is having a small intimate wedding and her theme revolves around historic Mexican culture.  She definitely wants to make sure her NY guests experience the history San Antonio has to offer.  We visited a ton of venues in two days !  The McNay, Southwest School of Arts & Crafts, Spanish Governor's Palace, Museo Alameda, San Antonio Museum of Art, La Villita and more...I'll let you know which one she chooses.

Tiffany lives in Maryland and Stewart is from New Jersey.  She wants glamorous chic and he wants conservative traditional.  They think they are on different sides of the coin, but I know how to make them both happy.

I would love to be hired to work a destination wedding in Tahiti or the Bahamas, but to be honest, I don't know much about those places.  I'm so happy I have lived in San Antonio for many years and have experienced so much that the city has to offer.  It is a great help to me and an even greater benefit to my clients.  Whether they live in SA or choose San Antonio for THEIR destination wedding.  : )