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Fast Five! Neill-Cochran Museum

A beautiful wedding all starts with a beautiful wedding venue. The Neill-Cochran House Museum just may be the perfect historical Austin wedding venue for you. This wedding venue features a great location and a lovely setting, but also team members who are truly passionate about what they do.

We recently sat down with Karen Kincaid Brady, Programming Director for the museum. We talked about what makes the Neill-Cochran Musuem special, wedding advice and more.


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Austin Wedding Venue Tour – Hidden Gems

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We’ve scoured the area to find wedding venues in Austin and surrounding areas that are the “hidden gems” of the city. Places that are nestled just inside just behind a long road or a grouping of oak trees that just may be waiting for you!


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Fast Five! Booths by Alex

Photo Booths have gone from wedding trend to wedding reception essential! And Alex Dickerson, owner of Booths by Alex, ensures every couples he works with gets a great experience.

We recently spoke with Alex and leanred more about his Austin photo booth company, his planning advice, and a little about his family.


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Save Big at the Texas Old Town Wedding Garage Sale!

Every Spring hundreds of engaged couples descend upon the loved Hill Country wedding venue, Texas Old Town.

They not only come to see the four stunning Texas Old Town wedding venue sites, they come to attend their epic biannual Wedding Garage Sale.


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6 Quick Tips for Productive Venue Tours

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Finding a wedding venue is one of the first steps you’ll take in your wedding planning. And it can be overwhelming! Austin and the surrounding area has numerous wedding venues to choose from, each with its own special charm and amenities.

Once you’ve narrowed down the list to your favorites, it’s time to start visiting each one to find your ideal fit. The process is time consuming, but crucial.

It helps to know in advance how to make your venue tours productive, helpful and smooth. So we recently sat down with Erika Tucker, Event Sales Director at Vintage Villas. She shared her best tips to make your venue tours effective.

Avoid wasting time and breeze through your venue tour with her expert advice!


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Fast Five: Sugar Shaker Bakery

The sweetest thing about a wedding is the wedding cake!

This week we’re talking with Rada Sam, owners of Sugar Shaker Bakery to hear the story behind their company, their family and what makes their Austin wedding cake company truly unique.


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New York Bridal Fashion Week Recap! Lace, feathers, fringe!

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New York Luxury Bridal Fashion Week is over and the wedding gown world is abuzz without all the newest trends from the designers Spring 2023 collections!

Weddings today are getting big and celebrating large – and that includes the wedding gowns. The runway was full of big ball gowns, feathery touches, loads of sparkle and all over lace.

Here’s the list of our favorite trends from NYLFW 2022!


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Austin Wedding Venue Tour – Ranches & Wineries

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Looking for that true Texas atmosphere at your wedding?  We are taking a venue tour this week of the area’s Ranches & Wineries. We have the run down to get you started on your Austin wedding venue search.


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Easy Easter Themed Wedding Ideas

Thinking about Easter weddings? We are too!

Spring weddings might just be our favorite and that means garden parties, pastel pallets and of course – Easter! Whether you’re getting married the Saturday prior to Easter, or even within a few weeks of the holiday, an Easter wedding theme may just be the perfect way to honor the season.

Read on to hear about our Easter wedding ideas and easy tips to keep in mind when planning an Easter wedding.


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4 Fun and Fresh Themes for Your Bridal Shower

One of the best things about planning your wedding is all the glorious events leading up to it! Engagement parties, showers, bridal luncheons, bachelorette parties – there’s a seemingly endless array of events that can be hosted by you or a loved one in your honor. How great is that?!

A must-include event on your list is your bridal shower. Whether it’s coed or just for the girls, adding a theme makes it all the more fun. We’ve pulled together four unique and fun themes you just may want to plan for!


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Fast Five: EcoClean Wedding Gown Cleaners

Your photos will preserve your wedding memories, but your wedding gown needs the right wedding gown cleaner to stay beautiful and well-preserved. Enter EcoClean! They are the Austin wedding gown cleaner experts, both with new gowns and heritage wedding gowns.

We recently spoke to Michael with EcoClean about their company, unique services and favorite wedding dress trends!


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Austin Wedding Venue Tour: Hill Country Beauties

Nothing beats the beauty and the charm of a Texas Hill Country wedding! And we’ve rounded up some of the best Hill Country wedding venues that show true Texas atmosphere and hospitality. From the contemporary to the elegant, check out our elite list of wedding venues.


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That 70’s Wedding!

Weddings are going boho-chic crazy and couples are flocking to this ultra-cool style!

Inspiration from certain decades makes its way into wedding fashion and decor on a regular, with new influences all the time. We can’t pinpoint exactly where this decor movement started, but it’s certainly here. And that look is pure 70’s!

We’re unpacking this trend and all the details you need to achieve the look.


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3 Spring Bridal Fashion Trends You Can’t Miss!

Planning your wedding fashion details? We have you covered! 

We’re talking Spring wedding accessory trends, from the resurgence of the classics to some eye-popping, head-turning stunners!

 


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Fast Five: Vintage Villas

Looking for the right Austin wedding venue at the right location with the right amenities? Look no further than Vintage Villas Hotel & Events. This beautiful Lake Travis wedding venue is stacked with amenities and includes an incredible view.

We recently sat down with Sales Director, Erika Tucker to talk about what makes their wedding venue unique, planning tips and why she loves her job.


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February Austin Bridal Events Entertain and Educate Couples

The chilly February weather can’t stop recently engaged couples from attending fun and information wedding open house events in Austin! The month was busy with wedding open house events from couples engaged over the holidays. After attending the Bridal Extravaganza in January, couples were ready to see wedding venues up close and personal and visit with a variety of wedding professionals.

Hear all about the recent wedding shows and events and check out our Special Events page to learn more about upcoming bridal events in Austin.


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Green Wedding Decor Inspo!

Feeling green?

We can’t think of a luckier day to get married than St. Patrick’s Day! But whether you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day wedding or not, we can still steal some inspiration from the popular holiday with a little green wedding inspo. 


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2022 Wedding Trends

Weddings in 2022 are all about the big, the bold and the ultra-customized. Couples are taking the idea of their personal love story, including their family history and meet-cute moments, and sharing that story through their event.

And even though most couples are no longer compelled to make major adjustments to their weddings due to the pandemic, trends such as outdoor weddings have stuck.

Read on to hear about the newest trends in weddings and get inspired for your big soiree!


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Trend Spotted! Alternative “Flower Girls”

It’s time to think outside the basket. And in this case, we mean the flower girl basket!

Since the first coordinated dance processional appeared on the wedding trend scene, couples have been looking for fun ways to make their ceremony unforgettable – and bring a smile to guest’s faces.

Our favorite new ceremony trend: Alternative Flower Girls! Read on to hear about this fun new trend.


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A Destination Wedding Weekend Event Right Near Home

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Looking for a memory-making wedding weekend getaway for all? Look no further than Texas’ best small town.

Close enough to home to be convenient, but far enough to feel like a true destination wedding, Fredericksburg offers fun for all generations and has a multitude of charming wedding venues

Read on to learn more about this great Hill Country wedding destination and all the adventures that await you and your guests.


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2022 Wedding Food Trends

Wedding food trends for 2022 are as varied as engaged couples everywhere. From new service styles to blasts from the pasts, the latest in wedding food trends is all about celebrating food, each other and the new way we eat.

Read on to hear about the trends that may be making their way to a plate near you!


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Spring 2022 Bridal Fashion Trends

The weather is warming and the official start of Spring is almost here. And there’s nothing quite as charming as a Spring bride! 

The season evokes thoughts of macaron-inspired color schemes and garden soiree’s. From budding flowers to Easter vibes, there’s much to be inspired about in Spring. But we are most inspired when looking at the runway. Read more to hear all about our favorite in Spring 2022 bridal fashion.


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Spring Bridal Beauty Trends

As Spring works to burst through the last bits of winter chill, we’re feeling ready! Garden ceremonies, brunch receptions, floral gowns and breezy spring palettes – we’re talking all things Spring weddings.

And we’re starting with Spring beauty trends. This season, bridal beauty is all about being naturally you. Read on to hear about fresh takes on makeup, hair and more.


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Fast Five: Diamond Barrel

Diamond Barrel‘s owner Shannon Minor knows what it’s like to be a stressed-out bride. And she’s vowed that her couples will never feel that way! Instead she runs her wedding venue with ease and pride in mind.

Diamond Barrel is Liberty Hill’s newest wedding venue. We recently spoke down with Shannon to learn a little more about the venue, and herself.


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Couples Win Big at January Austin Wedding Events

The holidays were busy with Austin wedding engagements and these couples had scores of Open House events to choose from! January started off with a largest Austin wedding event of the year – and kept going from there.

Read more about January’s big wedding events and check out our Events Page for upcoming events you don’t want to miss!

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Fast Five: The Pet Gal

One of the biggest trends in weddings is cute and furry – including your Fur Babies in your wedding! Whether your beloved pet is central to your wedding ceremony or simply one of the honored guests, more and more couples want their pets a part of their wedding day.

But what you don’t want on your wedding day is added stress! That’s where The Pet Gal comes in. Wedding Pet Coordinator Clare Sheehan offers exclusive pet wedding services and is the only provider of her kind in Austin. We spoke with Clare about her services, advice on including pets in your wedding ceremony and much more.


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Trend Spotted! Ready Together

This week’s wedding trend is all about bucking tradition!

We’re seeing more and more engaged couples getting ready together on their wedding day. Hear more about this trend and why you’ll want to consider getting ready together with your fiance on your wedding day.


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Fast Five: Texas Pro DJ

When choosing the right wedding DJ you need someone reliable, knowledgeable and fun! Enter  Texas Pro DJ – one of Austin couple’s favorite wedding DJ’s.

We recently spoke with owner Barrington K. Miles about his company, favorite wedding traditions, and what just might get him teary during a wedding.


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Wedding Inspiration from Bridgerton

Netflix finally released the trailer for Bridgerton Season 2 – and we’re here for it! As we eagerly await the new season (mark your calendars for March 25th), what better way to spend our time than re-watching Season One…and gushing over all the events.

No matter how large or small your wedding, there’s something for everyone to take away from the lush Bridgerton events. From flowers to fireworks – we have all your Bridgerton wedding inspiration here!
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What’s Your Classic Cocktail Wedding Style?

Craft cocktails made a splash on the wedding scene in recent years and are still loved by wedding-planning couples everywhere.

If you ask a reputable bartender – all you need for the perfect classic cocktail is just three perfect ingredients! You’ll need more than that to pull off the perfect wedding – but it doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired by these beverage favorites. Read on to find your favorite cocktail and see what wedding style your cocktail choice says about you!


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Fast Five: Charles Johnson House

If you’re looking for a indoor/outdoor wedding event venue in Austin, the Charles Johnson House at the American Legion may just be the wedding venue for you.

In addition to having a beautiful wedding venue and grounds, the location has history, pride and a great cause. Event Manager Suzyn Barrientos recently sat down with us to talk about why she loves this wedding venue and what makes them uniquely special.


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5 Unique Date Ideas in Austin

It’s love month and whether you’re recently engaged or have been planning your wedding for a year now, we say it’s time to take some YOU time. As – you and you together.

Movie nights in and restaurants out are all well and good, but we have some new ways to spend time together in Austin. Read on to see our unique date ideas!


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Fast Five: Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

Recently engaged? First stop – your wedding venue!

Not only do you need to find the Austin wedding venue that has the right look, feel, space and amenities you’re looking for – you want to find a wedding venue that has the right person. And by “right person” we mean a passionate and experienced wedding sales rep that knows their stuff!

Social Sales Manager Kelli Riccio clearly loves her job planning weddings at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions! We recently sat down with Kelli and talked her favorite wedding tradition, planning advice, and why she loves planning weddings so much.


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Trend Spotted! Balloons

When considering your wedding decorations, balloons might not be the first type of decoration that comes to mind. But take one look at the latest trend in wedding balloons and you’ll see why couples are incorporating balloons again and again in their wedding.

Like any wedding trend – don’t be tempted to tackle this style on your own. Work with a wedding consultant or wedding decor company to achieve an elegant and whimsical look.

Read on to learn how to incorporate balloon decor into your wedding!


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Fast Five: One Eleven East

First step in wedding planning, just after selecting your wedding date, is booking your Austin wedding reception venue. From the traditional to the unique, Austin and the Hill Country area have great wedding venues for couples to select from.

One we are particularly in love with is One Eleven East, an eclectic Austin wedding venue located just north of town. We sat down with Kaitlyn Taylor, Venue Director with One Eleven East and talked wedding trends, planning tips and a hopeful pandemic wedding stories from hosting one of their many wedding receptions.


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Fast Five! Haute Spot Wedding Venue

Haute Spot Venue is a premier open-air event and wedding venue in Cedar Park, Texas, conveniently located about 20 minutes north of downtown Austin. With lush trees and ample event space, Haute Spot Venue is quickly becoming a favorite Austin wedding venue among Texas couples!

We recently spoke to Social Media Coordinator, McKenna Garrison on what services they provide, wedding tips and trends and favorite wedding traditions.


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Very Peri Winter Color Palette

Our last installment of Very Peri color inspiration takes a look at winter wedding inspiration – cozy bridal fashion, warming decorations and sumptuous linens. 

In truth, South Texas winter weddings aren’t always enveloped in chilly, cold weather. You’re just as likely to have sunshine and modest temperatures as you will cold winds and ice. But that doesn’t mean Texas brides don’t love the Winter Wonderland look. 

Read on to see how we created a beautiful Very Peri winter wedding color palette and get inspired for your trendy winter wedding.


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Fall Very Peri Wedding Color Palette

Looking at Very Peri wedding palettes we now look to the fall for wedding inspiration! 

We’ve paired the Color of the Year with fall favorites such as mocha, bright green, deep rose and light pink. This mix of deeper and paler colors are an exciting twist to fall wedding design and decor. Read about how to pull this palette off for your fall wedding.


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6 Ways to Make Your Wedding Day More Relaxing!

With all the work that goes into planning the perfect wedding day, you want to make sure you and your fiance are actually able to enjoy it! We have six tips from Memory Lane Ranch and Lodge on how to reduce your stress the day of your wedding that are virtually guaranteed to turn down the Stress Meter.


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Summer Very Peri Color Palette

We’re celebrating the new Pantone Color of the Year, Very Peri, with all things color palettes! We love Very Peri and showed off our Very Peri Spring Color Palette and now we’re focused on summertime weddings. 

Summer weddings are bright, cheerful and festive. Read on to see the Very Peri Summer Color Palette we are falling head over bridal gown for!


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Spring Very Peri Wedding Color Board

Very Peri has been announced as the Pantone Color of the Year and we’re abuzz with all the ways couples can incorporate this dreamy color into their wedding decor. We talked about the importance of the Color of the Year to designers and wedding planners. Now to the fun stuff!

We’re creating gorgeous color palettes for your Very Peri wedding ready for every season. And we’re starting with the most popular wedding season of the year – Spring!


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Fast Five: Coldwell Banker

When choosing the right wedding professional for you, trust is a major factor. And this is no more true than selecting the right realtor to work with!

Whether you are buying your first home or selling two homes to combine households, Patrice and Elena with Coldwell Banker Realty will be there for you. We recently sat down and spoke with them more about how they make the process smooth for their clients, why they love their job and their unique, but important, wedding planning advice.


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BIG Wedding Entertainment

With too much time on wedding message boards chatting about cancellations, reschedules and intimate wedding ceremonies, couples planning their 2022 and 2023 weddings are ready to go big. Wedding trends all point to a mega-glam movement with plenty of pomp and a lot of circumstance.

Going big for your wedding could mean wedding gowns with obscenely long trains, dramatic colors or over-the-top decor. But if we had our way, it would definitely include embracing wedding entertainment acts that are sure to be memorable and exciting.


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Fast Five! Lux Limo

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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January 2022 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 January 8th & 9th at the Palmer Event Center from NOON – 5PM, and your ever-faithful 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.


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December Austin Bridal Event Highlights!

‘Tis the season to celebrate all things wedding planning!

December’s events included incredible sales, beautiful wedding venues, and plenty of holiday cheer. Read more about all the wedding happenings in the month of December and be sure to check our Events page to find out about upcoming wedding sales and open house events.

 


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Pantone Color of the Year 2022

The Pantone Color of the Year 2022 has been announced – and we’re so excited to relate this moody and elegant color to all things weddings!

The color is not quite periwinkle and not quite lilac but some magical cross between the two. It gives off major wedding vibes and works well with a host of other colors from all seasons.

So let’s dig into Very Peri and how it can be a great color for your wedding.


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Trend Spotted! Grazing Boards

Since charcuterie and wine became the go-to dinner in recent years for anyone wanting to nosh in a satisfying but bougie way, grazing boards have become hot, hot, hot.

Couple eager to capture this trend are looking for ways to incorporate grazing boards at their weddings, no matter the style or season. Read on to learn how to incorporate grazing boards into your wedding.


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Winter Wedding Beauty Trends

We may not typically have a winter wonderland in Texas (and after last year, do we really want one?!), but that doesn’t mean couples don’t love to plan winter weddings in Texas. Whether they are creating their own wonderland with light tones and piles of white, or embracing the deeper tones of the season, winter weddings in Texas remain popular.

To achieve the ultimate Snow Queen look for all our winter brides, we’ve pulled together the top 2022 Winter Wedding Beauty Trends to think about as you plan your own winter wedding.


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Winter Wedding Fashion Trends

It’s time to start planning your 2022 and 2023 Winter Wedding and you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered up the biggest trends for upcoming winter wedding fashion that you’ll want to incorporate in your wedding.

Read more about the hottest colors, materials and wedding gown styles that are making it big for winter weddings.


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