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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: The Exclusive Cake Shop

This week, we sat down with the owner of The Exclusive Cake Shop, Rosa Ramos to talk about what makes her wedding bakery unique, wedding cake trends and the how she got started baking cakes.


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Wedding Dress Shopping: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Wedding Dress Shopping Experience

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Picking out your wedding dress is a naturally fun part of your wedding planning experience. But finding the right dress takes time – and that means planning a wedding dress shopping day!

From searching for the perfect dress, to knowing what bridal shops to visit, to easy tips you may not know, you’ll need to know how to plan your wedding dress shopping in advance.

Here’s how to get from dreaming to saying yes to the dress no matter your style or budget.


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Double Knot Pictures: Elevated Images with Texas Heart

Bring an element of professional filmmaking and photojournalism to your wedding with Double Knot Pictures.

The wedding videography and photography team at Double Knot Pictures focuses on a candid and genuine style. They capture behind the scenes wedding media from images to video that expresses your wedding day as it really happens.


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Rebecca Jane Photography: For the Love of Family, Weddings & Photography

Rebecca Jane Photography knows how to capture a love story, because the company came from a love story.

The company’s founders, Rebecca and Alex, were high school sweethearts. After marrying in 2003, they welcomed their first daughter in 2005. That year they also gave birth to Rebecca Jane Photography.


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Buying Your New Home Together

If one early step in a relationship can top wedding planning in overall potential stress, it’s buying a home together. Whether it’s your first home or forever home, you’ll want to cross that threshold with a thriving relationship, not added strain. And we’ve got the advice to help with that.


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Best Wedding Cakes in San Antonio

Selecting your wedding cake flavors and design is a fun part of planning your wedding. But with every wedding baker promising fresh ingredients and the latest designs, who do you choose?

Search out a San Antonio wedding baker that is well-established, has solid reviews, and whose designs connect with your style. Lucky, we’ve done the research for you!

So who has the best wedding cakes in San Antonio? We have our top picks for you!


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Aly Am Paperie Invitations & Gifts

Gretchen started Aly Am Paperie Invitations & Gifts with one primary inspiration: Family.

We recently sat down with Gretchen to talk about being a part of couple’s Happily Ever After, what type of services her store provides, and how her company is truly unique.


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Planning a Destination Wedding

A destination wedding can be a good idea for couples who come from two different cities, or whose loved ones are spread throughout the country. If the majority of guests already have to travel, why not head to a beautiful and memorable location?


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Ilario’s Italian Cuisine & Catering: Affordable and Delicious Wedding Catering

Starting out as a popular Kyle, TX pizza point in 2011, Ilario’s Italian Cuisine & Catering has grown to become a full-service Italian restaurant and catering company. Owner Andrew Venezie embraces his Italian heritage through simple dishes with amazing flavors. 

Serving classic Italian dishes that will please a crowd, Ilario’s Italian Cuisine & Catering works with couples all over the Austin area to create a memorable and easy catering experience.


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Messina Inn Wedding Venue

Cherri Maley with Messina Inn wedding venue loves all things weddings, great food and travel. She is just the sort of enthusiastic person couples want to work with for their weddings!

We recently spoke with Cherri about Messina Inn, her favorite vacation and what truly makes the wedding workweek great.


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Lauren Crumpler Photography

Lauren Crumpler of Lauren Crumpler Photography always had a love of photography from a young age. We spoke with Lauren recently about her photography studio, funny wedding day memories along with trends, advice and more.


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Best Engagement Shoot Locations in Austin

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Searching for the perfect photo shoot location for your engagement pictures? Look no further than our extensive guide. From classic Austin locations to special spots, we’ll help you find the best engagement shoot locations in Austin.


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Green Mesquite BBQ: An Austin Tradition for Your Wedding

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When you’re looking to treat your wedding guests to a true Austin, TX experience look no further than Green Mesquite Catering.

This Austin gem has been serving up premium BBQ since 1988. Read on to hear about their services, catering menu options and how they can be a great addition to your wedding.


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Popular First Dance Song Ideas for Your Wedding

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Choosing your first dance song is one of the best parts of planning your wedding reception. You may already have a go-to song that played on your first date, or has a special meaning to you. Perhaps you’ll want to dance to the same song your parent’s did, or a favorite song of a beloved relative.

But if you’re in need of some ideas for popular first dance songs, you’ve come to the right place. Our curated list features everything from country music to classics. So open up your Spotify and start listening! And for more ideas, consult with your wedding DJ.
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Stunning Austin Wedding Venue: The Hills Country Club

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If you’re looking for a classically beautiful wedding venue with lovely outdoor landscaping, put The Hills Country Club on your “must see” wedding venue list.

At The Hills Country Club, you get a convenient location with a temperature-controlled indoor reception space in addition to Hill Country views, outdoor ceremony locations and plenty of Texas charm.


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Eat This! Getting the Most from Your Wedding Food Tasting

What’s one key ingredient in a great wedding reception? Food, glorious food!

No one wants to serve (or eat!) a la Rubber Chicken at their wedding. You want food that has both style and substance. Something that can be unique and fun, but palatable for the masses.

It’s a tall order. And considering that catering will no doubt be one of the big ticket items in your wedding budget, it’s something you want to get right.

So let’s talk catering choices, challenges and how to get the most from your tasting!


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Palisades Designs

Floral backdrops are a fun way to add some color to your wedding photos for you and your guests! Having a quality provider means beautiful backdrops and easy delivery and set up.

Megan Vargas with Palisades Designs exclusively creates floral wall rentals, along with additions such as fairy lights, drapes or balloons. We spoke with her about starting her company, wedding traditions and her favorite San Antonio foods!
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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Lux Limo of Austin

Lux Limo of Austin is an established, reliable Austin limousine service specializing in providing couples with incredible service and a great experience!

We recently spoke with owner Andrea McAdams about what makes her Austin limousine company unique, wedding trends and wedding planning advice. Read on to find out more! 
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Photo Booths Rentals: Affordable Finds to Trendy Options!

Photo Booth rentals remain a popular wedding reception entertainment choice. You may be looking for a unique photo booth idea or an affordable photo booth option.

Either way, you’ll want to do research to know photo booth options are available in the San Antonio and Austin through which photo booth companies.

Thankfully, we’ve done the work for you! Check out all the information you need to know about wedding photo booth rentals near you.


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How To Choose Your Wedding Colors

Wedding Stationary and Flowers in Green, Mauve, Burgundy, Marigold & Pink

Once your wedding date is announced and planning begins in earnest, you’ll frequently get asked one question many times – What are your wedding colors? 

The question may be common, but can elicit stressful feelings. Your overall wedding design hinges on choosing the perfect color scheme. 

But don’t stress. We have your step-by-step guide on how to choose your wedding colors.


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The Austin Wedding Vendors You Didn’t Know You Needed…

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As soon as that ring slides on your finger, you’re thinking about the wedding day. The big ticket items such as a venue, caterer and decor will immediately come to mind. But what about the essential Austin wedding vendors you may NOT have thought of? We have a list summed up for you of important wedding professionals you may have missed…until you need them.


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The Best San Antonio Wedding DJs: Our Picks!

Looking for the best San Antonio wedding DJ? We have you covered.

You want your wedding DJ to be affordable, fun, and reputable. You want someone knowledgeable who knows how to MC to keep your wedding program on track. If you’re looking for the best San Antonio wedding DJ, we have the perfect list for you.


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Fredericksburg: A Texas Wedding Destination

Nothing says Texas like the Hill Country.

And nothing says Texas Hill Country like Fredericksburg!

For brides and couples looking for that perfect Texas Hill Country wedding, Fredericksburg is the ideal location. With a large variety of wedding venues, restaurants, and activities, there is something for everyone. And at every budget!


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Best Engagement Shoot Locations in San Antonio

Searching for the perfect photo shoot location for your engagement pictures? Look no further than our extensive guide. From classic San Antonio locations to elegant gardens, we’ll help you find the best engagement shoot locations in San Antonio!


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Ryan Hamilton Photography

When deciding on the right wedding photographer for you, don’t miss a chance to check out Ryan Hamilton Photography. With years of wedding photography experience and an artistic touch, Ryan Hamilton is in demand!

This week we spoke with Ryan, owner of Ryan Hamilton Photography about his expert advice for couples, wedding trends and his go to foodie dishes!


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: La Bonne Vie Ranch

Choosing the perfect wedding venue doesn’t have to be a struggle!

We recently spoke with Justine Thompson with La Bonne Vie Ranch on her best planning advice for couples, the story behind the wedding venue and what makes wedding days at La Bonne Vie Ranch special.


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Iconic Austin Wedding Venue: The Bob Bullock State History Museum

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For Austin couples looking for an ideal downtown wedding venue, be sure to put the Bob Bullock State History Museum on your site visit tour list.

This beautiful museum has several event spaces to choose from, with capacity for larger weddings of up to 350 guests.


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: BLOOMS by H-E-B

A beautiful wedding is filled with beautiful flowers. And one of our favorite wedding florists is BLOOMS by H-E-B!

We recently sat down with Margaret Garza, Business Coordinator at H-E-B BLOOMS to talk about their wedding services, planning advice, and what makes BLOOMS special.


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San Antonio Botanical Garden Weddings: Garden Beauty and Outdoor Style

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The San Antonio Botanical Gardens is the ideal wedding venue for your wedding celebration. With multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces, there is an ideal option for every couple.

Take a stroll through the gardens with us and learn more about this incredible San Antonio wedding venue.
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Best Wedding Cakes in Austin! Our Newest Picks

Selecting your wedding cake flavors and design is a fun part of planning your wedding. But with every wedding baker promising fresh ingredients and the latest designs, who do you choose?

Search out an Austin wedding baker that is well-established, has solid reviews, and whose designs connect with your style. Lucky, we’ve done the research for you!

So who has the best wedding cakes in Austin? We have our top picks for you!


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Rimaness

Nothing beats a LIVE band for entertainment at your wedding. A live band can energize the crowd and keep everyone dancing.

For this week’s 5 Questions in 5 Minutes we spoke with Raymond Underwood, musician and owner of the Rimaness band. Read on to hear about their inspiration, love for weddings and what makes their band unique!


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5 Question in 5 Minutes: Sugar Shaker Bakery

When you book Sugar Shaker Bakery for your wedding cake you also end up with the perfect baker for every birthday, anniversary and macaron craving!

Read on to learn more about Sugar Shaker’s favorite wedding trends, planning advice, and what makes them unique.


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Exceptional Service & Affordable Prices: Blanca’s Cake & Catering

A woman and minority-owned business, Blanca’s Cake and Catering has been a go-to wedding pro in San Antonio for more than 25 years.

Perhaps that’s because of their mouth-watering and beautiful wedding cakes that somehow taste straight from the oven fresh for every wedding.

Perhaps it’s because their catering options have a delicious homestyle flavor that guests love, at budget-friendly prices that couples love.

But we think the real secret to success is Blanca herself.


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Missed the Austin Bridal Extravaganza? Check out all the highlights here!

The ultimate jump-start on your wedding planning? The Bridal Extravaganza of course. Couples from all over Austin joined us for a day of fashion, sweet cake samples, savory catering, pumping DJ’s and so much more.

The Bridal Extravaganza is the largest Bridal Show in Austin and helps couples from all over the area in planning their wedding.

Missed the fun? Check out the recap here and plan to join us at the next show, January 8th!
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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Southern Gentlemen Entertainment

Your San Antonio wedding DJ needs to know more than good music. They need to be great event emcees. They need to be adaptable to last-minute changes. And they need to keep your party popping!

Southern Gentlemen Entertainment does all that and more. We sat down with owner Mike Hays to learn more about the inspiration for his company and his best advice on selecting the right DJ for your wedding.


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Groove Line Productions

Selecting the right DJ is crucial to bringing the right life and energy into your wedding reception. And Groove Line Productions is the perfect choice to make this happen.

We recently spoke to them about their experience in the wedding industry, favorite wedding story and DJ Ptch Blaq’s favorite food dish!


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Missed the San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza? Check out all the highlights here!

The ultimate jump-start on your wedding planning? The Bridal Extravaganza of course. Couples from all over San Antonio joined us for a day of fashion, sweet cake samples, savory catering, pumping DJ’s and so much more. The Bridal Extravaganza is the largest Bridal Show in San Antonio.

Missed the fun?

Check out the details and photos below and join us for the next show on January 15th 2023!


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Austin Bridal Extravaganza: Know Before You Go!

The biggest bridal show in South Texas is officially nearly here – The Bridal Extravaganza!

The show kicks off Sunday, September 18th from 12PM – 5PM at the Palmer Event Center.

The Texas Wedding Guide is here to give you all the inside tips on how to prepare for your visit to the show and meet all the wedding show exhibitors. So download your wedding planning app, grab those sneakers, and get planning!

Don’t have your ticket yet? Join in on the fun and get your ticket today – use the code BLOG to snag your free ticket!


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Bridal Connection at Stone Oak

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One of the first steps you take in planning your wedding is choosing your bridal gown. It’s a fun and important part of planning your wedding.

This week we sat down with Angelita Sorensen, boutique manager at the Bridal Connection at Stone Oak. to talk about what makes their bridal shop unique, favorite client stories and why she loves working at the Bridal Connection.
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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Texas Old Town

If you’re looking for a great Texas Hill Country venue in an incredible setting, look no further than Texas Old Town.

We recently spoke with General Manager, Kara Nash to talk wedding trends, what makes Texas Old Town unique, and favorite travel spots!

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Weddings by H-E-B: You Won’t Believe What a Grocery Store Can Do for Your Wedding!

You know H-E-B is known for always knocking it out of the park with quality, service and high standards. But you may not know – they bring that same quality and affordability to weddings all over Texas!

Read on to find out all the many ways H-E-B can assist you with your wedding needs.


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San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza – Know Before You Go!

The biggest bridal show in South Texas is officially nearly here – The Bridal Extravaganza!

The show kicks off Sunday, September 11th from 12PM – 5PM at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

The Texas Wedding Guide is here to give you all the inside tips on how to prepare for your visit to the show and meet all the wedding show exhibitors. So download your wedding planning app, grab those sneakers, and get planning!

Don’t have your ticket yet? Join in on the fun and get your ticket today – use the code BLOG to snag your free ticket!


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Pavilions at Rockport Beach

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Destination weddings start with the ideal location – and your perfect beach wedding is at the Pavilions at Rockport Beach!

This week we sit down with Kerry Goodall from Pavilions at Rockport Beach to talk about how long they’ve been in business, what makes their location unique, and her favorite part of the job. Read on for more info!
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The Perfect Texas Hill Country Venue: Messina Inn

If you’re looking for a Texas Hill Country wedding venue that can host you and your guests for the ideal wedding weekend, Messina Inn just may be your perfect wedding venue.


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Odd Brew Photography

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Choosing the right wedding photographer is an important step in planning your wedding. This week we sat down with David Alvarez, owner of Odd Brew Photography to talk about why he started his wedding photography company, what inspires his work and his favorite part of the job!


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes: Hyde Park Strings

Nothing sets the stage better for your wedding ceremony and reception than a beautiful string ensemble.

We recently spoke with Carrie Miller, owner and cellist of Hyde Park Strings. We talked about why she started her business, what she loves about doing weddings and her favorite hilarious wedding story!


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Unique Ways to Save at the Austin Bridal Extravaganza!

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The Bridal Extravaganza is coming September 18th at the Palmer Events Center!

There’s no other area wedding show that has more ways to save money on your wedding than the Bridal Extravaganza. We’ve listed all of our money-saving specials and tips on how to maximize your savings. Learn all the ways to save here – including how to get FREE TICKETS


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Unique Ways to Save at the San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza

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The Bridal Extravaganza is coming September 11th at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

There’s no other area wedding show that has more ways to save money on your wedding than the Bridal Extravaganza. We’ve listed all of our money-saving specials and tips on how to maximize your savings. Learn all the ways to save here!


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5 Question in 5 Minutes: Texas Pix Photo Booth

A photo booth is a must-have to add some fun to your wedding cocktail hour or reception. And there are so many options to choose from!

We recently spoke to the owner of Texas Pix Photo Booth, Erica Banda, about what photo booth services they provide,


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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Premiere Events

From massive tents to incredible lounge furniture, Premiere Events does it all when it comes to rental items for your wedding.

We recently spoke with Delores Crum, the owner of Premiere Events about why she started her company, why it’s special and her favorite client story. 


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