Flowers on a Budget

We all know that flowers are one of the items that make wedding decor stand out! We found a website that has a list of flowers that are in season in Texas, this site made it nice and easy because the flowers are organized by month.

Happy Floral Shopping!

 

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http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/david-tuteras-weddings/seasonal-floral-chart

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Choosing a Wedding Color Palette

With so many stunning weddings on pinterest, instagram and various magazines. It can be so difficult to choose a style that is uniquely YOURS- picking a color palette may seem simple but when brides are busy choosing a dress, catering companies and venues, color palettes can seem slightly irrelevant.
Here at the Hill Country Wedding Blog we have put together a collaboration of wedding color palettes for all different styles and if you’re wanting to zoom in on your specific style we’ve attached a link to a quiz that could help you find your very own wedding style.

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Click Below to find your very own style!

http://www.magnetstreet.com/wedding-style-quiz

*by: Raquel Yarovinsky

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DIY Wedding Floral Crowns

Floral crowns are such a lovely and romantic accessory for bridal shoots, bridesmaids and for the boho bride. With spring approaching who doesn’t want some lovely spring florals in their hair?

I’ve attached a few links to some pretty neat floral crown tutorials.

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http://rusticweddingchic.com/babys-breath-crown-diy-tutorial

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http://www.everythingetsy.com/2014/05/easy-diy-floral-crown-wedding-guest-post-pretty-blog/

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https://steller.co/stories/316259258654000260

*Raquel Yarovinsky

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Going “Green”

It is becoming more and more important for us to remember our impact on the environment when going about our daily business. It should be equally as important on your big day, but it may take a little extra work! For an outdoor wedding, choose a location that will show the natural beauty of its environment. For an indoor wedding, ask around museums and art galleries; they will sometimes donate your deposit to a good cause. When choosing your wedding bands, make sure to ask the jeweler if they use conflict-free gems and recycled metals. Lastly, try to use as many local vendors as possible to support the community! As for the rest, here are a few ideas to get you started…

Stationery

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So much paper is wasted every year and many more trees are cut down to make even more paper! Cut back on your invitations by using only one envelope instead of the traditional outer/inner envelope design. As for the paper itself, there are many ways you can go: recycled paper, bamboo, cotton, linen, or even a plantable (yes, plant it and it will grow) invitations! Check out Twisted Limb Paper, they design 100% recycled and handmade invitations based on a consultation with you. Also, I recommend providing most of your wedding information on a custom website. That way, you won’t need to send as many invitations.

Catering

cateringPhoto Credit: Eco Caters

Ideally, you’ll want to find a catering service that offers organic, pesticide and preservative-free meal options. This may be harder to do if you don’t want to go all vegan, but it can be done (remember, it will most likely cost more to go organic). Discuss with the caterer how they will be cooking and/or serving guests. After all, what’s the point of having an organic, eco-friendly meal if you’re wasting electricity and using paper napkins and utensils? As for the cake, there are many bakeries to choose from who use only local ingredients. Just keep in mind any allergies your guests may have (i.e. nuts, gluten, dairy).

Favors

favorPhoto Credit: Wedding Photography Design

Send your guests home with their very own seedlings! This display could also double as your seating arrangement; just tag each bag with a guest’s name and corresponding table number. Make sure the seeds are all organic, and locally bought if possible. Even if you don’t use pesticides, the seeds could still be affected if they came from a plant that had pesticides used on it. Or, you could give your guests some yummy organic treats as gifts, instead! If you’d prefer not to give favors, then consider donating to a charity and letting your guests know (or even choose).

Photos

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Talk to your photographer/videographer and make sure everything is digital; also find out if they use any extra lighting or equipment that would use electricity. If you are in an outdoor location, I’m sure they can help you take full advantage of the natural environment. If you are indoors, then I love the idea of having a living wall for a backdrop or central decoration. It provides so much color and life, and should make the perfect setup for taking pictures indoors!

-Nikki

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My Life as a Bride Finale

Our Ceremony

It finally happened, I am a married woman.  The wedding was absolutely perfect.  We didn’t have any problems and my husband (yes, it is strange to call him husband instead of fiancé) and I enjoyed our wonderful wedding.  Today, I will reveal the rest of my wedding details.

The wedding venue I picked in the Hill Country was Rancho Mirando.  The reason I chose this venue is that it offered everything that I was looking for.  Rancho Mirando is owned and operated by two wonderful ladies that go out of their way to make sure every step of your wedding is  perfected.  Leslie and Donna are kind an pleasant to work with.  Every meeting with them was easy and they always stayed up to date on any changes or ideas they thought would help me during my wedding planning process.  Let’s be honest, even if you have the most amazing venue imaginable, if you don’t get along with the people in charge, if they are difficult to deal with, or if there are an excessive amount of rules and limitations then there is a good chance you won’t be enjoying your wedding planning as much as you had hoped for.  I had none of those issues because going into it I made sure I picked a venue that made me feel comfortable.  Rancho Mirando was the most beautiful venue that I had visited in the Hill Country.  The drive out to Rancho Mirando is breathtaking and once you arrive on site the view is just as beautiful.  I wanted my guest to be able to see what I experience on a daily basis living in the hill country, the beautiful greenery and hills.  The view from the venue is green as far as the eye can see.  At other venues I had visited the views weren’t as pretty or there were houses that would take away from the view.  Rancho Mirando has three levels to it.  I liked this because my guests could see parts of my wedding without seeing the whole thing altogether and I could play up each area to be different.  I loved every bit of the venue, especially the main house that we stayed in.  Rancho Mirando met my expectations on every level and went above and beyond for Adam and myself.

Rancho Mirando

My wedding planner was Kayleigh Ziegenbein.  Kayleigh is great at what she does and there was no doubt in my mind that she would get things done for my wedding.  She dealt with all of the things a bride doesn’t care to do or worry about and also helped me with all of the fun planning.  I tried to do as much of the planning on my own, but she always stepped up whenever I needed her.  She coined the theme that my choices were heading in to be Marie Antoinette and it was exactly as I envisioned it.  The day of my wedding I was overwhelmed, mostly because I was about to get married, but not once was I concerned that things weren’t getting done while I was getting ready.  I always thought I would have wanted to go around the venue before guest arrive to make sure everything was as I imagined it, but when it came own to the day of I wasn’t worried and walking around the venue was not even on my mind.  Picking someone that you trust to make your vision come to life is very important to have on your wedding day.  She made everything run smoothly on the day of and even though I wanted her to have fun with me at the wedding she still did her job and continued to make sure we were sticking to a timeline and getting things done.

The wedding vendors that I chose were also part of why I wasn’t worried about what was happening outside the main house on my wedding day.  All of the vendors I picked have great reviews and were suggested to me by Kayleigh.

Wes Shephard with New Road Productions is absolutely fantastic.  He is great to work with and his photography skills are awesome.  As soon as Kayleigh suggested Wes I looked him up and I knew I wanted him to be our photographer (I booked him as quickly as possible).  Venue and photography were the two most important parts of the wedding to me.  He is fun to work with and made us feel comfortable.  We used him for our engagement session, our wedding, and I will be using him for my bridal session.  We also used New Road Productions to do our wedding video.  On our wedding day there was a lot going on, but Wes and his guys didn’t make me feel overwhelmed like I needed to be taking certain pictures or doing this or that for pictures.  Instead they worked around us and made me feel like the pictures that were being taken were great.  They were all very nice and I am so happy that Wes and his crew captured our day.

Catering is a big part of any wedding, but it wasn’t a big concern for me until I had my first tasting with Suzanne Court.  She is nice and professional and her food is amazing.  Once Adam and I had our first tasting we knew we didn’t need to look for another caterer and we could no longer lower our standards for food.  Suzanne has a very professional staff.  On the wedding day I had several compliments about the food, but I had the same amount of compliments about the staff and I did not realize that guests would pay attention to that.  It was a win, win for me.

Rentals are an absolute necessity at any wedding, unless you plan on purchasing everything you need for your wedding.  Rancho Mirando has its own rental company and we used them for most of our rentals.  We had to increase our numbers several times and they were able to accommodate us.  We also used Whim rentals and they were able to get us other last minute necessities that we needed.  Whim is always a pleasure to work with.  I have used rentals from them before and I have never had any problems.

Whim Florals

I used Whim Floral for our wedding flowers.  Kari is absolutely fabulous.  I cannot say enough good things about Kari.  She is so sweet and cares about making your vision come to life.  The flowers for my wedding were exactly as I had pictured and I received several compliments on them.   You could tell she spent time on each arrangement.  She is also very creative and finds ways to incorporate flowers in area you wouldn’t even expect.  She also surprised me by making me a peony bouquet.  She wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to get the peony in and she did! She exceeded all my expectations on the flowers and I will continue to use her for any of my future events.

Simon Lee Bakery

Simon Lee Bakery created our wedding cake and grooms cake for the wedding.  We picked Simon Lee Bakery because the flavors they offered are delicious.  The wedding cake was classic yet simple, but our grooms cake was a 3D horned frog.  We both graduated from Texas Christian University and wanted to incorporate a bit of that in our wedding since that is where we met.

We had all kinds of music at our wedding. During the ceremony, Musical Discovery Chamber Players played lovely wedding music as guests arrived.  During cocktail hour we had mariachis playing for the guests as they mingled.  During the reception we hired Altared Weddings.  Christian was a great DJ and was very nice and friendly.  Altared Weddings also did our lighting and gobo.

There aren’t many things that I was very picky about during my wedding planning, but makeup was definitely one of them.  I went to about five different makeup artists for trials and was not happy with them.  I finally found Makenzi Laine and absolutely loved my makeup.  On the wedding day my girls liked the makeup they were seeing so much that they decided to get their makeup done as well.  My makeup was flawless and that is exactly what I was going for.  I will definitely be using her for future events.  My wedding hair was done by my usual stylist, Bobbie Kleman.  She is not only great at color, but also styling.  I wanted my hair to be down for the ceremony and up for the reception; she was able to create both looks for me.  She is one to go to for your wedding hair needs.

The wedding was a fairytale come true.  It is everything I had imagined it would be and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.  Thank you to my parents, Adam, Kayleigh, our venue and the vendors that made this day flawless.  Adam and I loved our wedding and we are excited to see where this journey as husband and wife takes us.

 

*Betsy Villanueva

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Spring Is All About Daisies

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Daisies have always been a well-known staple of springtime, but now they are also a popular and growing trend! You can incorporate this simple flower into tons of different spring theme weddings and in multiple colors, too. Daisies will go well with natural, rustic, hippie, and classic-themed weddings. Keep in mind how many of each color you order, especially the white daisies. You may want to use different colored flowers for accents to break it up if there is too much white.

daisyaisleCredits: Wedding Chicks, Martha Stewart, SMP

Accent the aisles with daisies galore! You can play around with different colors, and use ties with burlap and ribbons. Hang them from the chairs, plant hangers or make your own decorations like the yellow and white daisy poms pictured above. My favorite idea is to have the flower girl scatter daisies as she walks down the aisle. If you use fresh flowers, they’ll not only look fantastic but there won’t be any cleanup necessary after the ceremony.

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I absolutely love this idea as a backdrop for photos, or even behind where the ceremony takes place! Order daisies in the color you want and string them together using twine, ribbon or fishing wire. This depends on your overall theme: twine for rustic, ribbon for classic, and fishing wire for anything else because it won’t be as visible (especially in photos). Try playing around with the different daisy strands and hang them at alternating heights or in patterns.

daisywreaths

Wreaths not only make great decorations, but they are also ideal for pictures. Find different size and shape wreaths, either plain or with some green foliage, and then just fill it with as many daisies as you want! Some other flowers that go well as accents are baby’s breath, billy balls and lavender. Remember, you can also order Gerbera Daisies in shades of pink, red, yellow, orange and white. Hang the wreaths against wooden fences or in between trees for the perfect photo opportunity (make sure you tell your photographer what props you will have so they can show up with ideas and props of their own, too).

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For table centerpieces, you can try floating one or more daisies (depending on their size) or simply arranging them in a vase. You can purchase tons of those decorative little pebbles at your local dollar store or online fairly cheap. For a more classic theme, you may want to try the sleek look in the bottom left picture with colored accents of ribbon to fit your wedding colors. Again, if you think there is too much white, consider different colored daisies or accenting with lavender or billy balls.

lanterns

Lanterns double as colorful accents during the day and cute lights at night; you can buy them very cheap and in bulk online. If you have extra daisies or just want to add more, try stringing them to the lanterns or on alternating tree branches.

Daisies can be incorporated into any theme you want for your spring wedding! They’re very versatile in use and color, and are in abundance during this time of year. So call your local florist or wedding coordinator and ask about all the ways you can use this beautiful flower.

-Nikki

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Wedding Superstitions

There are so many wedding superstitions out there, but which are the most popular? Do you believe in superstitions? As a bride it can be fun and cute to follow some of these superstitions or incorporate them into your wedding.  I think it’s time we bring some of these superstitions into the light.

1.  The bride should have something new, borrowed, old, and blue.

2.  To bring good luck, save the ribbons from the shower gifts to create a bouquet that should be use during your rehearsal.

3.  If you tear any of the ribbons when you are opening gifts that is the number of kids you will have.

4.  If you see a rainbow on your wedding day it is a good omen.

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5.  The first gift the bride opens should be the first used in her marital home.

6.  The groom should not see the bride until she walks down the aisle.

7.  As newlyweds, groom should carry the bride across the threshold.  If the bride were to stumble entering their home, it is a bad omen.

8.  There should be ten cans tied to the back of the newlyweds car to scare off bad spirits as they drive away.

9.  It is bad luck for the bride to practice walking down the aisle for her rehearsal.  Typically you ask a friend to do it for you.

10.  The bride’s veil is used to hide her from evil spirits.

11.  The girl that catches the bouquet is next to be married.

 

Remember, even if you don’t believe in these things, they can be fun for you and your groom to follow.  Some of these would even make cute wedding pictures.

 

*Betsy Villanueva

 

 

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Spring Weddings

Spring Bouquet

Spring is a popular time for a wedding and one of my favorites for Texas weddings. It’s not too cold, not too hot and usually, most of the wildflowers are in full bloom. Consider this if you’re looking for an outdoor venue, but also be prepared for any unexpected rain showers as the weather can’t be predicted that far in advance.

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You have so many color options to play with when planning a spring wedding! Pastels and brighter shades in almost every color, but I would stay away from using too many shades of green; especially if you are getting married outdoors. There should be plenty of natural green around you in the springtime. When using pastel colors, you can even choose a bolder, darker color for an accent. When using bright colors, stick to one or two bright colors with a light contrast (white, unless you prefer something more non-traditional).

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For your centerpieces: flowers, flowers and more flowers! It’s okay to use a lot of flowers but try to break it up visually with props. You can use vases, rustic wood decorations, umbrellas, baskets, perfume bottles (filled with water) or even bird cages.

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You can match your groomsmen to your bridesmaids by ordering bowties of the same color as the bridesmaid dresses, or pastel pants that complement the bridesmaid colors. Feel free to go fun and crazy with prints and patterns! If you choose the pastel route then try to stick to nude or white shoes, and if you choose the bright colors then wear nude or black shoes. Also, try to find shoes in the same color as the bridesmaid dresses so you can match your girls! For your wedding dress, ruffles and lace designs are very in fashion for the springtime.

food

Floral decorated cakes are almost a must for a spring wedding or you can add a subtle touch with lace detailing. Wine, tea, lemonade, popcorn, fruit pie pops, macaroons, fruit and cheese are all great snacks for a spring wedding. Depending on how early or late in the spring your wedding is, an ice cream cone/sundae bar might be a welcome refreshment for your guests!

Some flowers that are available in spring include: tulips, daisies, peonies, lilacs, anemones, daffodils, orchids, forgetmenots, pansies and sweet peas. Baby’s breath is always available and even if you don’t think you want them in your wedding, I would recommend ordering some anyway, just in case. They’re great for filling spaces in bouquets, table centerpieces and along the aisles.

-Nikki

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Vintage Glam

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Trends fade, and then they come back again! For this reason, vintage will always be in fashion. The best part? You can usually find items to use by asking friends and family. There are many ways to use vintage items and different sub themes those items will go with, like rustic vintage, Hollywood vintage, etc. The great thing about a vintage theme is that not everything needs to be matchy, the little pieces will come together to make a beautiful big picture.

babys breath

Baby’s breath is already a common occurrence at weddings, but it is also a cute vintage detail. You can add baby’s breath to your floral arrangements, table centerpieces, and bridal party bouquets. (picture from Robert Wojtowicz)

guest quilt

Instead of a traditional guest book, gather old scraps of fabric from family and friends or find slightly distressed new material. Use the scraps for your guests to sign and after the wedding you can get it custom quilted, unless you know someone with that talent already.

brides dress

Detailed beading on your wedding dress can give you a classic vintage look, or a hollywood glam vintage look. Details with glitter or colored beading will be more Hollywood vintage and white pearls and simple beading will be more classic. (picture from starryeyedbride.tumblr.com)

brides veil

A white fish net veil is perfect for a vintage wedding veil! It can go with a classic or Hollywood vintage theme and because of recurring fashions and trends, it is becoming more popular these days. It is a beautiful alternative to the traditional long and lacy veil, without taking away from the femininity of it. (picture from bellagala.com)

shoes

Your shoes may or may not be visible, but you know they’re there, and they can still help make your look complete. They don’t need to be a real vintage pair, but it might mean more to you if you are wearing your mother or grandmother’s shoes.

flower girls

The flower girl dress/dresses can be simple but elegant with tulle and pearls. An accessory can be added to the dress to make it go with the sub vintage theme you prefer. Some options are flowers, glitter, lace, ribbon or bows. (picture from The Little Pea Boutique)

ring book

Instead of a ring bearer’s pillow, try using an old bible or book. Ask your family members if there is a book that has been in the family, or find one that appears slightly distressed. The more used (and loved) the book looks, the better!

table numbers

For table numbers, use photos of the bride and groom at that specified age. You can use any number of apps or find a template online to give the photos an aged, vintage appearance.

-Nikki

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A Christmas Wedding

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A Christmas wedding is the perfect theme for any December wedding. It’s festive and has a classic color scheme of red, gold, green and silver. There will never be a shortage of decorations and most materials can be found over a month in advance. To avoid looking more like a Christmas party than a wedding, be careful of using only a red and green color scheme or of using too much of those two colors.

reception tables

Each table could be decorated in red and white linens with a candle and wreath centerpiece. Holly attached to a burlap silverware holder would finish the table nicely. If there are children attending, you may want to use fake holly in case they ingest it. Place the seating arrangement cards in a basket filled with cranberries by the gift table or entrance. If you prefer a more rustic approach, use a wooden box.

cake table setup

Place lights underneath a white tablecloth for the cake and treats table. You don’t need a lot of color on your cake to make it festive, a colored velvet bow is simple and a classic Christmas statement. For the side treat, cupcakes can be decorated to look like ornaments; or cookies if you would prefer those.

ceremony

Incorporate subtle touches of the Christmas theme during the ceremony to help keep your wedding more traditional, or add more color if you prefer non-traditional. The burlap ring bearer’s pillow with holly can be found on Etsy but can also be made with materials from your local craft store. Add holly to satin ribbon and tie it around the guests’ chairs for the ceremony. For the bouquet, use mostly white flowers with red accents and some greenery.

dresses

Choose an accent color out of the Christmas color scheme and use it for your bridesmaid dresses. The dresses can be short or long but long dresses will keep better with the Christmas/winter theme. Choose the same color satin or velvet sash for the flower girl to wear. A wreath of baby’s breath would be cute on top of her head, and baby’s breath could be added to the bridesmaid’s bouquets to match.

mistletoe photo

A Christmas themed wedding just isn’t complete without a picture of the bride and groom kissing under some mistletoe. Have it above the altar, above the reception table, above the doorways, or simply use it for your photos after the ceremony.

-Nikki

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