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Fast Five! La Bonne Vie

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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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! Odd Brew Photography

Odd Brew Photography services San Antonio couples with expert photography that is beautifully shot, delivered on time, and filled with the passion for great service that comes from their company values.

We recently spoke with David of the husband and wife duo that runs Odd Brew Photography. Read on to hear about their wedding photography services, business inspiration and a whole lot more!


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Fast Five! Robert’s Flower Shop

Not many San Antonio wedding businesses can say they’ve been in business for 75 years – but Robert’s Flower Shop can! This family owned and operated local floral shop icon has been serving San Antonio brides and our community for generations.

We recently sat down and spoke to owner Stephen Verastegui about everything from his favorite wedding trend he incorporates in his floral designs and his favorite family vacation.


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January 2022 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 January  9th at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention 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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Bridal Sales and Holiday Cheer: December San Antonio 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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Fast Five! Southern Girls Cosmetics and Skincare

For weddings and parties of all kinds, what do women need most? A good pair of heels and long-lasting makeup.

Though Charlene Pryor may not be able to make those 4-inch heels comfier, she can definitely ensure your makeup lasts and your skin is glowing. We recently spoke with Charlene about Southern Girls Cosmetics and Skincare and learned about why she loves working with brides, her approach to graceful aging and little about her fur baby!


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Trend Spotted! Grazing Tables

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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Fast Five! 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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November San Antonio Events Highlight!

Just because we’re busy with the holidays does not mean the wedding planning stops for couples! November brought wedding events from sales to open houses, and as always we were there to cover all the details.

Read more about November’s wedding events and check out our Events page to hear about not-to-miss upcoming events in the future.


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Fast Five! 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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Jumpstart Your Wedding Planning @ the January Bridal Extravaganza!

Ready to get wedding planning? Head to the biggest and best bridal show in San Antonio – the Bridal Extravaganza! The show is the perfect place to meet wedding professionals, get inspiration and win big with Cash for Contracts, prizes and more. So join us January 9th from Noon – 5PM at the The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

No tickets yet? Avoid the line and purchase in advance with our online ticket portal.

Keep reading for more information and our best tips!


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Fast Five! 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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Your 2.0 Wedding

Events of all kinds have been rescheduled, reconstructed and reimagined these days. And you may just be a couple who has experienced this first hand. Naturally, weddings have gone through many changes as well. Weddings are smaller in size. With smaller guests, they often span several days.

Having to reinvent what your looks like means couples are thinking more deeply about what a wedding is truly all about. Read on to hear how weddings have evolved, and the meaning couples are finding behind them.


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Tradition Spin: Vows

Wedding vows have gone from set in stone repetitions to purely original to the barely there words. If you feel stumped on your wedding vows, we’re showing you options.

In our last Tradition Spin installment we’re talking all about your Wedding Vows. The history, the essentials and the new twists.


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Fast Five! 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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The Bride’s List of Gratitude

‘Tis the season to be Grateful. Right?

We are all well-aware of the importance of mindfulness and gratitude. But dang it, sometimes it’s just so hard to do. Especially when planning your wedding. Mothers making the day about them. Bridesmaids falling down on the job. And grooms who actually have their own opinions!

Planning a wedding is like having a part-time job. And so every wedding task is now suddenly a chore. Sometimes you lose the fun in planning. Or just need to be reminded of the good things in these pre-wedding days.

If that’s you, we present the Bride’s List of Gratitude for brides like you in need. Or anyone who needs a little extra gratitude.


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Tradition Spin: Giving Away the Bride

We love scrolling through wedding photography to see the smiles and wholesome moments captured in a day. And we especially love seeing an emotional groom when a bride appears with her dad alongside her, ready to walk down the aisle. It’s sweet. And sometimes hilarious.

As fun as those pics can be, that set up isn’t for everyone.

Next in Tradition Spin! series we’re tackling the tradition of “giving away the bride.” Where the tradition came from, what still works today, and what we’re ready to reinvent.


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Trend Spotted! Champagne Towers

Wedding trends for 2021 and 2022 are full of glitz and glamour. It’s all Gastby-inspired, opulent-loving, nothing too “over the top” style that couples are loving.

One detail that is making a comeback among all the glamour is champagne towers! Champagne towers at galas and events went from the new and unseen to the old fashion visual. Now couples are embracing these lovable, sparkling towers.

We’re here to talk about all things champagne towers and how to use them at your wedding.


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Tradition Spin! The Wedding Posse

Traditionally, you’d see an even number of boys and girls paired up by height flowing down the runway together in 100% matching suits and dresses. No more!

Not only have bridesmaids dresses morphed into a choose-your-own-adventure array of colors and styles, the wedding party has evolved as well. Groomsmaids, Bridesmen, Best Lady, Man of Honor – all are honored positions within the wedding party.

We have the mix on the mixed-gender wedding parties and all the new ways couples are bringing friends and family members into a new vision of the Wedding Posse.


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Wedding Gowns, Open House Events and Cake Tastings: October Event Recap

One way to keep your wedding planning moving forward is to attend wedding events! These range from Open House events to bridal showcases and more.

This past October we visited a few wedding events around town related to all things wedding planning Read on to hear the details and visit our Events Page to keep up to date with San Antonio-area wedding events!


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Tradition Spin: Engagement Rings

Engagement rings have been a symbol of commitment for years. They’re a declaration to the world that you’re taken, that your relationship is moving to the next level.

These days, proposals can be full-scale productions. Manicures done. Cameras rolling. The ultimate social media post completed with accompanying hashtags.

But that’s not every couple. And the typical ladies-only history of engagement rings just doesn’t fit our modern views on marriage.

With that in mind, we have a few new ways couples are showing off their engagements that you just might want to steal.


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Tradition Spin: Guest Books

We recently posted our article Throwing Out Tradition – all about the tired and outdated traditions couples are walking away from. (Hello bouquet toss – we’re looking at you.)

However, instead of throwing some of these traditions completely away, couples can also reinvent them. This takes a tired tradition into a unique and special moment that reflects who you are as a couple.

So we’re tackling the Tradition Spin – all about taking an old tradition and making it new and you! And we’re starting it all off with the reception guest book.


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Fast Five: Picture Me SA

Husband and wife duo Gwen & Jerry Garcia started Picture Me SA in 2016, looking for a way to make some additional fund with a busy schedule of jobs, life, kids and dogs.

They now own a company who specializes in the latest photo booth technology, and creating great experiences for their couples. Hear about their story, what makes them different, and an epic family road trip.


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Trend Spotted! Bright, Bold Colors

Weddings are back and bolder than ever!

As couples are celebrating their unions, the mood is full of joy and spontaneity. Cautious colors are out and bright, bold colors are in. These palettes are picture perfect for couples who want to show off their fun, adventurous side.

If you love wearing the latest trends, or are known for a bold, fuchsia dress in a sea of LBD’s – this just might be the trend for you. Read on to learn how to make this trend work for your wedding.


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Mix It Up! Bar Alternatives for Your Wedding

Weddings and booze typically go hand in hand. Mimosa bars, his and her cocktails, champagne toasts – it’s all a part of the celebration. Typically, but not always.

Whether for lifestyle, religious or health choices, dry weddings are having a moment. Even if you don’t go completely alcohol free, having trendy, stylish options for your non-drinking guests is a part of being a great host.

We have a list of booze-free drinks that can be done up big and fancy or kept low-key and self-served.
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Trend Spotted! Wedding Weekend

Wedding weekends have risen to popularity recently with the need to plan smaller functions, and the desire to get whisked away to a beautiful location. Wedding venues that include multiple event sites, activities and lodging are offering couples an opportunity to plan an entire weekend of celebration.

We have the low down on how to plan an epic 3-day wedding soiree without breaking the bank!


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Fast Five: Elm Pass Woods

We recently spoke with Alexandria Gold-Haws about her and her husbands unique wedding venue in the Texas Hill Country – Elm Pass Woods.

Elm Pass Woods is best known for creating Wedding Festivals for their unique and adventurous couples. This creative take on a wedding reception means plenty of fun, laughs, and memorable moments.

Read more to hear about what makes Elm Pass Woods, and its owners, so special.


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Open House & Wedding Event Recap!

Fall is here and that means Open House time in the wedding planning world!

Wedding events like Open Houses are a fun part of wedding planning. You can visit your favorite wedding venues, and also meet some of their preferred wedding vendors – all while sipping cocktails and noshing on complimentary food.

We have the rundown on the first open house and wedding events that kicked off the season. Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page to learn about more not-to-miss wedding events coming up!


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Eat This! Getting the Most from Your 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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Shipping & Shortages & Price Hikes – Oh My!

No couples need added stress to their wedding planning efforts, especially these days. You may have had to reschedule your wedding, more than once. Or perhaps you planned a more intimate affair, and are now gearing up for a large-scale reception. Now you’re struggling to find a wedding venue with a Saturday open anytime soon.

And then, you get an email from your bridal store telling you your wedding dress will be shipped four weeks later than planned.

Ugh.

Many couples are feeling the post-pandemic (can we call it that yet?) strain on their wedding plans. Despite the news headlines, shortages and shipping delays are taking many couples by surprise.

We have the rundown on how the current economic woes may affect your wedding plans, and what you can do about it.


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Fast Five: Southern Gentlemen

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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Throwing Out Tradition: Wedding Traditions That We’re Ready to Toss

Wedding traditions are a great way to bring substance and meaning to your wedding ceremony and reception.

But for every meaningful and sweet wedding tradition out there, there’s just as many that seem outdated and frankly, tired. We have the run down on wedding traditions that are, thankfully, beginning to fade.


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Trend Spotted! Neon Signs

Neon signs are becoming oh-so-trendy at wedding receptions and we are so excited about this trend. Neon wedding signs range from the sentimental to the humorous, can be customized and reusable, and add an edgy, festive flair to wedding reception decor. 

We’re showcasing some great neon wedding signs, and how to use them in your wedding.


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Fast Five: Whiskey & Lace Boudoir

Boudoir photography takes a special kind of photographer. Not only to they need to be an expert in their craft, they need to be able to build a trusting, fun environment for their clients.

Amanda is a genuine, fun-loving photographer that is hard not to build an instant connection with. Brides love her product, her service and her infectious smile. We recently spoke to Amanda about the origins of her business and a learned a little more about her as well.


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Bridezilla vs Bridesmaid: Belly Battles, Wearable Wars and Diplomatic Tensions

You want your wedding day to be perfect.

You have the vision, you’ve done the planning, you expect it to be flawless. Just like your bridesmaids.

And yet, after this Reddit post went viral about a bride kicking her bridesmaid out of her wedding over a haircut, we got to thinking. 

Exactly what is too much to ask of a bridesmaid?

Read on to hear some of the crazy requests brides have made of their bridesmaids, and some solid advice on getting what you want, without being a Bridezilla. 


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August San Antonio Event Highlights!

August signals the end of summer, and the end of summer bridal events.

We have your recap all the best open houses in August and the wedding professionals you need to know. Missed an August event but ready to head out in the next couple months? Check out our Events Page for upcoming happenings!


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San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza Recap

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 9th.


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Fall 2021 Wedding Beauty Trends

Wedding trends for 2021 and 2022 are all about drama, drama, drama. Bold colors. Dramatic decor. Big entertainment.

Beauty trends are following right along.

If you’re a bride heading down the aisle this fall, it’s time to finalize your beauty look. The final details on hair and makeup will be the crowning touch of your total wedding style.

We’ve gathered up the coolest beauty trends for weddings this fall for you to incorporate in your ultimate wedding look. Use the trends for your wedding day, or any of the parties and showers leading up to the ultimate event.


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Fall Wedding Fashion Trends

Autumn is upon us and though we may still be waiting for the air to get crisp and breezy, couples planning their 2022 weddings are shopping now for wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses and suits for him or her.

Your wedding is a reflection of who you are as individuals, and as a couple. And the styles you wear at the wedding, and events leading up to the reception, perfectly showcases who you are.

We went through all the current wedding fashion trends for 2021 and picked out the best bets for your fall wedding.


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5 Ways to Create a Texas Twist to Your Wedding

There’s no doubt about it, Texans are proud of their home State. And couples in Texas, or those returning there for their wedding, love to show off what makes the Lone Star State special. 

Most likely your out of town guests are as fascinated by Texas as you are. And incorporating a bit of Texas into your wedding can connect them to local culture and make your wedding uniquely special for your guests.

No matter if you’re hosting your wedding at an elegant downtown ballroom or at a ranch in the Hill Country, there are so many different ways you can add a little, or a lot, of Texas into your wedding.


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Unique Ways to Save at the Bridal Extravaganza

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The Bridal Extravaganza is coming September 19th 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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Trend Spotted! Lawn Games

Lawn games are making a big appearance in weddings these days! From a few games during cocktail hour to a full-scale competition during the wedding reception. Check out our tips on how to incorporate lawn games into your wedding, and read about a few of our favorites.


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Getting the Most from Your Wedding Show Visit

Fall is nearly here and that means wedding show season! If you’ve never been to a wedding show before, or you went to one but felt completely unprepared, we’ve got your inside information on how to get the most from your wedding show visit. So download your wedding planning app, grab those sneakers, and get planning!


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8 Wedding Cake Alternatives

Wedding cakes are beautiful, classic and never go out of style. But if you’re looking for something new and unique for your wedding, consider one of these wedding cake alternatives. From new types of cakes to completely different dessert options, we have nine wedding cake alternatives for you to discover.


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Every Mean Girls Character as a Bridesmaid

Ok to be fair we’re not doing every character in Mean Girls. We’re sticking to the ladies (mostly) and as much as we’d like to imagine Trang Pak (most likely to make out with your Uncle) and Amber D’Alessio (keep her away from hot dogs) as bridesmaids, we’re calling out primary plastics and a few other favorites here.

Read on to see how we imagine the Mean Girls character will behave as chosen bridesmaids.


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5 Bachelorette Party Destinations You MUST Put On Your List!

Kick your bachelorette party up a notch by making it a destination experience!

Certain party destinations spots will first spring to mind. Vegas. Miami. Cancun. But we’ve got a list of bachelorette party destinations you need to add to your list. Read on to see the locations you didn’t think of, and exactly why you need to.


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