The 411 on Wedding Veils - Wedding Planner San Antonio

Veils are the iconic bridal accessory, but with so many options to choose from, how do you know which one’s right for you and right with your wedding dress? Here are some ways to help you decide on which wedding veil is for you!

Find the Right Length
To find the perfect match for your wedding style, start by considering length. Test out a variety of options when you go for your first dress fitting to see what length works best with your gown. Shorter veils, like bandeaus, birdcages and blushers, tend to lend a bit more personality as well as an informal or retro edge to your look, while longer veils (ballet, chapel and cathedral styles) lean more in the way of tradition and formality (but are also the most universally flattering). 

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Select a Complementary Color
When it comes to your wedding, you should aim to match the color of the veil to your wedding gown. And since photos may not accurately portray the correct color, be sure to bring a swatch of fabric from your dress when you go veil shopping. The one exception to this rule? Antique veils. As long as the colors are close enough don’t worry if they’re not a 100 percent match—the appeal of an heirloom style is in its uniqueness, so it won’t matter if it’s slightly off in color.

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Be Balanced
As a general rule, if your wedding dress is heavily embellished, your veil should be clean and simple, with minimal (if any) extras. And vice versa: A simple, streamlined gown allows you to be a bit more adventurous. A glam sequined veil, for instance, would feel out of place next to a romantic gown embroidered with tiny pearls.

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Find the Perfect Fabric
You can’t go wrong with tulle -- it’s the classic choice for veils -- but depending on the look you’re after, there are also a variety of other materials to consider, such as lace, silk and satin. In most cases, tulle is the most budget-friendly option, and it offers a few benefits over pricier fabrics.

How Your Hairstyle Plays a Role in What You Pick
Before you decide on a veil, consider how you plan on wearing your hair on your wedding day—the style you choose may affect your final veil decision. For example, halo veils, bridal caps and mantilla veils work best when hair is worn down or in low updos, while blushers and birdcages are much more versatile and can be worn with most hairstyles. Once you’ve purchased your veil, don’t forget to take it (along with any other hair accessories you plan to wear) to your trial appointments, so you and your stylist can find the perfect ’do (and there won’t be any last-minute surprises!)

Allow for Accessories
It’s not just your hairstyle that can affect the type of veil you choose but hair accessories too. Classic styles, like elbow, cathedral, chapel or fingertip length, look best with a royal topper or a beaded or crystal headband. You can use your accessories to hold your veil in place or keep the two separate and attach the veil to your hairstyle with a clear comb, which won’t be visible.

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Go for Easy On, Easy Off
If you plan to remove your veil after the ceremony but want to leave your headpiece on for the reception, attach your veil with fabric hook and loop closures for easy on and off.

Consider "Something Borrowed"
Want to wear your mom’s veil but afraid it’s dated? Give it a face-lift. Take it to a trusted tailor and see if they can rework the trim, embellishments and/or length so it’s more to your taste. Or, if the veil has seen better days but you love its vintage style, look into having it restored to bring it back to its former glory, or use pieces of it to create something new, yet vintage-inspired.

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The wedding veil, like your wedding dress, will likely only be worn once before its preserved and boxed up. When choosing the length, type, fabric, embellishments, etc. for your veil, keep that in mind. You want to wear something that represents you and your entire look. It is a beautiful addition overall to your wedding style. Work with your bridal salon on choosing the perfect veil for you to wear on your wedding day! 

Portions of this post were sourced from The Knot.

How To Plan a Holiday Wedding - Wedding Planner San Antonio

The holiday season is upon us! That means family gatherings, food feasts and fun. It's that time of year where folks likely have saved their days off from work to use during the holidays to make them all the more enjoyable. It's a time for celebration, and if you have decided to have your wedding during the holidays there's an added opportunity to celebrate something. The key is knowing how to pull off a holiday wedding that's the day of your dreams while being accommodating to your guests. Here are some tips to help you plan the perfect holiday wedding:

1. Plan a Year in Advance: This might sound like a long time to plan, but it's critical! While Most churches and chapels have more openings during the winter time, you'll want to book your reception hall a year ahead of time as they get booked quickly with holiday parties. The same goes for caterers, bands and florists as they will be getting booked for office and holiday parties. If you have a location you're set on and vendors you want to use, prepare yourself to lock them down with at least one year's notice.

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2. Utilize What is Already There: Meaning let someone else deck the halls for you! Take advantage of places that are already decorated for the holidays. If you're having a Christmas themed wedding and the venue is decorated accordingly, you could save big on flowers and decor. Some weddings have managed to get the job done by just having bouquets for the wedding party and the bride of course! Another area you could think of when selecting a venue is see if they have a fireplace or other cozy features. 

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3. Save The Date: This is not only crucial but courteous to your guests. As soon as you've picked your date get those save the dates out ASAP! In addition plan to send your formal wedding invitations three months before your wedding date instead of the standard two months. This allows more time for your guests to prepare and make arrangements. The holidays are one of the biggest travel times, by air or by car. A holiday wedding may call for alternative arrangements. Politely ask your guests for a day or two cushion to allow for any inclement weather or delayed flights.  

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4. Special Requests: Take advantage of the food, desserts, decor and music that only come around this time of year. Serve festive cocktails and feast on foods like turkey and ham. Heck, go all in and instead of a wedding cake choose a traditional wedding cake: an iced fruit cake! Ask your musicians to play some romantic holiday music to add to your playlist. And if it's a New Year's Eve wedding have some top hats and champagne on hand for the big countdown. 

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Here are some more ideas to get your started: 

Include the Color Silver: Dress up your color theme with festive silver! 

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Champagne Favors: No wedding is complete without a little bubbly, so pop the cork, pour into flutes and enjoy! 

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Photo Credit: theknot.com

Bells Favors: What better way to ring in the new year or ring to a holiday tune but with the perfect little silver bells for your wedding. 

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Bottom line, if you're having a holiday wedding, be prepared in advance, be courteous to your guests' plans, be precise with your theme and decor and be open to using resources the venue already has in place. Planning a wedding is quite a process. Planning a holiday wedding bumps it up a notch so hold onto your hat, gear up and get ready for all that will come your way. Most importantly when you marry, like the holidays, make it merry!


Top 5 Wedding Apps of 2014

Wedding apps are quite popular among smartphone users. If you have been involved in a wedding, you are probably familiar with all the hard work that you have to put forth to get through one without any major problems. There is a whole lot of planning and organization that you will need to do to throw a dream wedding event. There are so many great apps out there to help alleviate some of the pressure and although we don’t use them on a professional level, some of them are really handy to use in the run up to your big day.

Here are our top 5 picks:

5. iWedPlanner: The iWedPlanner is a one stop destination for all things marriage. Features of the app include; the to-do-list, RSVP so that you can keep up to date with who will or won’t be attending, seating and most importantly, the budget calculator. Each section of your big day is covered so you can relax and enjoy the preparations instead of stressing over them. We definitely recommend this app if you are taking a DIY approach to your wedding.

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4. WeddingHappy: Designed for those of you who may be overwhelmed with everything you need to do for your event. It has plenty of tools to keep you on track with your tasks. It offers vendor management and contact integration too.

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3. Wedding Dress Look Book by The Knot: TheKnot.com do a couple of different wedding apps but this is our favourite by far. This is definitely one for the girls – packed full of stunning wedding dresses, you won’t need to look any further for ideas and inspiration. Think of this app as your fairy-dress-godmother. All you need to do is enter vital stats such as the style of wedding you are hosting as well as your best and worst features. The Knot will then generate hundreds of dresses from you to choose from along with the designer and price. It’s every girls dream compressed into an app – you can’t get better than that!

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2. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner: offers you a number of tools to help with your wedding. You get a wedding checklist, budget down, countdown feature, and plenty of ideas for your wedding.

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1. Pinterest: All bride-to-bes should get pinning. Pinterest is an amazing app to source ideas and inspiration not only for your big day but for life in general! From the moment you set a date, start pinning and create a mood board that you can share with your bridesmaids. It’s a free app and as there are already millions of people pinning everyday, you’ll discover that this is the quickest way to search inspiring images quickly. Be careful though, it is very addictive. Before you know it, your wedding, home and garden will resemble a picture perfect pin board.

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Photo Credit: theeaglelodge.com

What do you think of these apps? Have you tried them before? What is your favourite app to use? Let us know! We'd love to get your feedback!

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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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!

Wedding Hair Trends Straight from the Stylists

Wedding Hair Styles & Trends

One of the most important items to consider when brides envision their big day is how they are going to wear their hair. Up? Down? Swept to the side? A lot of selections also have to do with the weather during the time you're getting married and accommodating to the temperatures. You don't want to be wear your hair down at warm Summer wedding where its subject to heat, humidity and sweat! 

Luckily our good friend from CHAIRish the Day has provided some insight into what's HOT this season for wedding hair trends and what you can expect to see. "Popular trends currently with hair are low messy buns and braids of all kinds. Pinterest is a top source for bridal hair ideas and most of our brides have a special board designated just for hair and makeup. Loose and romantic are key descriptive words these days...even whimsical. Brides want their hair pulled up and pinned up out of their face and off their neck in these hot Summer months, but they still want the softness around the face. Nothing slick or "stuck" to their head," says Shaunna Cates with CHAIRish the Day.

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Photo Credit: of CHAIRish the Day

For a black tie affair, only the most regal of updos will do. Courtesy of Elle.com, it was suggested on choosing this look to match an ornate gown. The inspiration; we crafted a flawless braided bun that coiled around to epic proportions thanks to a few extensions.

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Photo Credit: CHAIRish the Day

For the Fall we anticipate the braids to stay in popular demand, but we will more than likely see more of the hair being worn down due to the cooler weather and less humidity. 

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Photo Credit: CHAIRish the Day

Photo Credit: CHAIRish the Day

Photo Credit: CHAIRish the Day

What CHAIRish the Day does is create a beautiful look you've had your sights set on for your wedding day. We want it to reflect your personality and style while giving it a little UMMPH! Your hair style helps pull the whole look together so getting it right is just as important as your having your makeup done flawlessly so it ties it all together. 

For more on hair styles for your big day click here and check out 20 Best Wedding Hair Styles, courtesy of Elle.com. And to book your hair and makeup services with CHAIRish the Day visit their website and check out all the services they have to offer! Click here to contact.

This One's For the Boys! - San Antonio Wedding Planners

When it comes to a wedding, often there is a key essential person whose involvement may be little or may be lots, but we often forget, its not all about the bride…there's a groom taking part in the process too. So we decided to take some content straight from our trusty source, The Knot, and give this blog post up for the grooms and their men!

What we're talking about in this section are the top 5 groomsmen trends. Let's get started...

1. Bye-Bye Bow Tie
Today, being a stylish groomsman has a lot to do with what's worn underneath the jacket. We're seeing tuxedos with long (not bow) ties, and with vests instead of cummerbunds. "More and more grooms are ordering cravat [long] ties, non-pleated shirts, and three-button jackets, which is a more modern option," says Brian Regenstreich, manager of Zeller Tuxedos in New York.

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2. Beyond the Tux

If you're having a casual affair, go ahead and ditch the tuxes. Instead, dress the guys in blazers, and match something in their outfits (a pocket square, a tie, a belt, their socks!) with the overall color scheme. For a great casual look, have your party wear khaki pants they already own, and ask them to all get the same navy blazer. Another way to coordinate? Order extra fabric from the bridesmaid dresses to make matching ties for the groomsmen -- this is a great way to tie the party together.

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3. Don't Forget Gramps

Many grooms are paying respect to their elders by getting them matching tuxedos. "More and more grooms come in with their grandfathers," says Regenstreich. "If the grandfather is not officially in the party, at least he'll feel like he's part of the celebration with the tuxedo he wears." If you don't want him to look identical to the party, have the grandfathers wear the same style tux and shirts, but a slightly different shade of tie than the groomsmen. That way they'll still be noticed as special, but they'll be distinct from the party.

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4. Wearable Gifts

If your groomsmen are white-collared business types, chances are they spend a lot of their workweek in a suit or blazer. Give them a unique, personalized gift that will add to their wedding day style and that they'll also be able to use again and again. Cufflinks with their initials are a great gift, or you can go for styles that suit the personality of the guy who'll wear them. For the banker, get dollar signs or 'buy' and 'sell' links; for the sports fan, a baseball and mitt. The men in your party will appreciate the thought, and they'll also be thankful that they don't have something identical to the other five groomsmen at your wedding.

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5. Vary the Boutonnieres

It's nice to have the wedding party somewhat coordinated, but it's totally acceptable to have the best man's boutonniere be different than the other members of the party. Another idea? Make every single groomsman's boutonniere different, but match them with the bouquet of the bridesmaid he escorts down the aisle. Decide what each pairing will be by using different colors of the same flower, or all different flowers in the same color. If the men in your party object to donning flowers of any sort, or if you want a more masculine look, consider boutonnieres of wheat, herbs, or leaves.

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To view the entire article on The Knot click here and we hope you enjoyed this enlightening post on mens trends! Stay tuned for the next blog post coming soon...

 

 

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.