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Have the Ultimate Dance Party at your Wedding

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Complete your wedding with the ultimate dance party with the help of these expert tips from Hype Rhythm! As more than just a DJ service, Hype Rhythm knows all the ins-and-outs of the wedding entertainment industry to help ensure your big day is the amazing party you have always dreamed of it being. Scroll below to read their expert and easy-to-follow tips when it comes to searching for your wedding DJ. Rock on!

Have the Ultimate Dance Party at your Wedding

Photo // Dawn Elizabeth Studios

What does the DJ experience look like for a wedding?

Not just a DJ, Hype Rhythm is a very unique and modern entertainment experience for couples looking to have an amazing dance party at their wedding. Combining the vast song selection and continuous mixing of an experienced professional DJ with the live music presence, energy and entertainment of a pro drummer, we created our original hybrid concept four years ago. Since then, we have been packing out dance floors like no other band or DJ can.

What services do DJs offer at weddings that a couple might not know?

We offer videography services done by Andrew Anguiano. Furthermore, with our packages, we can include dance-floor lighting and wireless up-lights for our stage area. Most importantly, we have a few big upgrades in 2020. For one, with no extra charge, we now offer an electric drum kit instead of just an acoustic kit, for venues where acoustics are an issue or concern. That combines with our new ability for wireless speaker set-ups – for playing the same audio in separate spaces, without the mess running of cords and tape. Finally, in 2020, we are offering other live instrumentation to add into our line up to add more to the entertainment experience. Right now we are working on incorporating a bass player and a violinist into our act. In the future, we are working on acoustic and electric guitarists, sax players and live singers for cocktail and or dinner hour!

What is the benefit of hiring a DJ vs a band?

In our own experience, the benefits of hiring Hype Rhythm over a band are vast, but here are the main important things to take into consideration. Bands will charge you anywhere from two to six times our cost, and do a fraction of what we offer in our services (such as taking breaks during the dance segment, not including MC services or not covering ceremony music and microphones). Most bands have a very limited song selection and are limited by instrumentation and vocalists, especially for songs made after early 2000’s. Furthermore, bands usually play the entire song, which in most cases is too long for certain songs. Or, similarly, that the song can’t be cut early if the crowd doesn’t like it, which clears the dance floor. Finally, with all the moving parts involved with a large band, there is so much more room for something to fail, double bookings or no-shows. Conversely, we have back up plans for DJs, drummers and all equipment we bring. With no song selection restrictions, we are able to play any type of music (all clean edits), never take breaks and can read the crowd to keep the dance floor packed from start to finish.

What moments of the wedding celebration are most important to include music in?

We see music as being important in creating the vibe for any and every moment of the wedding. We do it all, from pre-ceremony to reception, and everything in between. Our services include a full detailed timeline and music request system that asks all the important questions that go into making sure we have a complete understanding of the direction the couple wants to go.

What tips do you have for couples building their reception playlist or vibe?

I always tell couples that the wedding is a celebration of who they are, so I always ask to get a playlist of all their favorite songs (danceable or not) they would want to hear at their wedding. Equally important is a do-not play list. In addition, I always suggest to include a song request option on the RSVPs. For one, it gets guests invested and excited for the music, and secondly, it allows you to get the songs you want or don’t want to hear at your wedding. Using my experience, I do the work of separating all songs to their appropriate time to play during the wedding and adding in other songs that fit the vibe.

What types/styles of music are best to play at a wedding?

We are “open format,” which means that we can play any artist, genre, decade, etc. and mix them all in a way that makes it fun and inclusive for everyone in attendance. In our opinion, hits of today and the past are always the way to go at a wedding, but we especially love weddings looking to also dance to country, Latin or any other cultural songs. We can do it all and love it all!

Thanks to the Hype Rhythm team for answering all our wedding music questions! To book Hype Rhythm for you reception, connect via their Brides of Austin vendor profile.

How to Make a Seating Chart for Your Wedding

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It’s time to start planning your wedding seating chart. If you’ve seen any wedding planning movies, this comes across like an impossible task, but believe it or not, this can be fun! We’re going to help you break this down into bite-sized steps for how to make a seating chart for your wedding. 

seating chart

Photos // Brittany Jean Photography


Start planning at least a week before the big day.

Don’t wait until the last minute to plan where guests will sit. Keep in mind that part of this task will be done early in the planning process such as designing your reception space and selecting the type of tables and chairs you will be using. 

Create a spreadsheet and organize your guests by their connection to you as a couple.

Maybe you aren’t a spreadsheet kind of person, but this can be a helpful step. In your spreadsheet, try to organize people by relationship. This will be helpful because the recommended way of organizing your seating chart is by grouping people groups together. (Example: college friends, high school friends, work colleagues, etc.) If there is another tactic that would help you visualize and organize your seating chart plan, try that instead. 

Determine if you will be assigning specific seats or assigning a table.

Traditionally, if you have over 75 guests or decide to do a plated dinner, you should have assigned seating. A smaller group or buffet-style catering will do well with assigned tables. 

Try to make people happy, but don’t expect to please everyone.

As you make the seating chart, try to make everyone happy verses create some template. Think about where they would have the most fun. However, in the long run, you have to realize that undoubtedly you can’t please everyone. Find a way to make peace with that. 

When it comes to etiquette, there is no hard-fast rule that you have to abide by.

Focus on what is important to you. If you want people to feel like they’re at a big dinner table, find a way to make that happen. Don’t feel forced into a certain style if it doesn’t work for the type of wedding celebration you are trying to create. 



Below is a simple step-by-step guide on how to make a seating chart for your wedding. If you are working with a wedding planner, they will be an invaluable resource when it comes to planning the layout and seating chart. Even if a planner, you will still need to take the lead on deciding where people go because you know about the relationships. 

1. Get a floor plan from your wedding/reception venue.

First, it’s important to know what space you are working with. Your venue may have a predetermined place that entertainment and food needs to go for your size event, but you also may need to start the planning process from scratch. 

2. Find out who is coming to your wedding.

Now that your RSVPs are in, it’s time to do a headcount for your seating chart. Don’t forget to include vendors as well as guests. What does that mean? Your seating chart should also take your catering, DJ/band and other important reception vendors into consideration. 

3. Select your table sizes and shapes.

Now that you know your floor plan and the number of people coming, it’s time to decide on the sizes and shapes of your tables. This will vary based on the size of the wedding and the venue layout. Round table arrangements, rectangular dining tables, mix-and-match, serpentine and square table layouts are just a few of the most common types. 

Keep your catering in mind when you plan your seating arrangements. 

4. Determine the number of tables that you will need. 

Based on the type of table shape, size and reception design that you prefer, divide the number of guests attending (not including your wedding party) by the number of people you can seat at each table. Be aware of comfortable seating arrangements. Don’t try to squeeze too many people at one table. 

5. Place yourself on the seating chart first.

Part of this process will be to determine if you will be sitting at the head table with your wedding party or at your own sweetheart table. 

6. Next, seat your wedding party, parents and family. (These are you VIPs)

Will you have them all at a traditional head table or try something different? A traditional head table is usually a rectangular table facing the rest of the reception area, but you can get creative with it. And you can also allow the party to sit with friend groups. This is something your wedding planner can help you tackle as well. Remember that these are your VIPs and you want to make sure you’ve thought about where they will be most comfortable as well as accessible to participate in their wedding activities. 

Then, determine where you would like to seat your parents. If your parents are divorced or there are tensions between different sets, there are several possible solutions to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible.

Traditionally, your parents, your partner’s parents, along with grandparents, and siblings along with their partners/spouses are seated at the same table. The officiant is often seated at this table with their partner/spouse as well. 

7. Ask for help from your parents and future in-laws to help you seat their friends and their side of the family.

When it comes to extended relatives on both sides and friends of the family, it’s best to enlist the support of both sets of parents. If you are nervous about bringing them in on the process, keep your requests specific and/or give them some options to choose from. 

8. Decide whether you’ll assign specific seats or tables for the rest of your guests.

Remember to use the guide from earlier in this post to determine what is best for your size and style of reception. 

9. Create guest seats or table assignments by organizing them in related groups.

Group your guests by interest, familiarity and how they are connected to you as a couple. 

This isn’t about playing favorites, but a wedding is not always the time to get people out of their comfort zone. You want them to enjoy themselves, so work to seat people together with people that they know and already enjoy. Plus, your wedding could serve as a reunion for people who haven’t seen each other in a while — think college or high school friends.

If you try to force people to sit and create new friendships, they might or you might end up with a bunch of empty seats because they are naturally grouping together with those they are familiar with. 

If your ring bearer and flower girl are young children and you have more children coming to the event, consider having a kids table. If they are the only set of children, seat them by their parents. 

10. Map your seating chart out digitally and/or put pen to paper.

Both of these options can be helpful. If you’re working with a planner, they will likely be able to generate a digital layout for you. If you aren’t working with a full planner, you can also use third-party services such as AllSeated and many more. 

Remember that this will need to be editable, as it will likely change several times before it is finalized and you will need to be able to communicate with the vendor creating your visual seating chart signage for the wedding day. 

11. Check and double-check your seating chart before finalizing it.

Look over your seating chart with your significant other, have your parents look at it, have a trusted member of your wedding party review it, and have your wedding planner review it again (if they haven’t already). This is to make sure that in moving things around two people haven’t been sat next to each other who shouldn’t be — or someone was forgotten altogether. 

Talk to your planner about how to deal with unexpected guests both in seating as well as in signage on the day-of. 

12. Create the plan for your day-of seating guide and signage.

Everything has been reviewed, and now it’s time to start getting the signage ready. You will want a visual seating chart for guests. At the very least there will be place and/or escort cards.



  • If you go with a kids table (an earlier recommendation), consider doing an activity bag with a few small play items such as crayons and an activity book as well as some candy. Be sure it’s age-appropriate. 
  • Forego the single tables. That’s an outmoded tradition. If you want your single friends to mingle, make it a point to introduce them to each other at the reception. Otherwise, set them up on a blind date. Your wedding seating chart isn’t the best place to start matchmaking. 
  • Put younger people close to the dance floor. 
  • Leave additional room for wheelchairs or other assistive devices to maneuver. 
  • It bears repeating — do try to make people happy, but realize that you can’t please everyone. 

You’re practically an expert at how to make a seating chart for your wedding now. And remember, no rules of etiquette should trump comfort and function. Feel free to think outside the box and enjoy this part of the wedding planning process. 

Happy Planning! 

Are you ready to start finding vendors that can help you plan your wedding? Check out our local vendor resources here.

Hidden Wedding Costs You Might Have Overlooked

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Contracts, fees, taxes — oh my! Budgeting for your wedding is one of the most important things in your wedding planning process. Even after making a budget, though, some couples still find themselves surprised with unexpected costs or fees. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen to you with our comprehensive guide to hidden wedding costs you might have overlooked. Keep in mind that budgeting is about knowing what you have to spend and putting the greatest amount of resources into what is most important. 

This guide will help you keep your budget on track by planning for those hidden wedding costs — so the only surprising thing on your wedding day will be how well your great aunt can dance. 

Hidden Wedding Costs You Might Have Overlooked

Photo // Caroline Lima Photography


Whether it’s a wedding dress, tuxedo, groomsmen suits, etc., alterations can be expensive depending on the type of work and you will want to budget accordingly. They can range in cost from $100-$500. For example, are you using a vintage dress or reworking an entire part of the gown? Alterations that require more heavy lifting like fixing beading or moving zippers and such will add to your cost. 


If you don’t use a venue’s in-house chef or an approved cake company, they often require a cutting fee that is typically around $1-$2 per guest. It can go as high as $7 in rare cases. Be sure to talk with your wedding planner, caterer and/or venue manager to nail down those details. 


Cleaning fees are often added to the total of your venue contract. Keep that in mind when you are planning to select your venue. Be sure to ask if the quoted venue rental cost includes cleaning, damage deposit, and any other additional costs. Your wedding planner or the venue manager will be able to help you with this. 

If you are planning a wedding at a non-traditional venue space, you may be responsible for clean-up and this might look like hiring or arranging for someone to clean up after the event. 


Some couples bring their own wine or champagne to save money or because their venue doesn’t serve their preferred vintage. When you do this, venues charge a corkage fee which can range typically between $10-$40 per bottle. 

(Never heard of corkage fees? Check out our Wedding Terminology Guide to make sure you’re in the know on all wedding planning lingo.)


Depending on when your wedding is, you will likely need one to two meals on the day of your wedding for yourself and your wedding party. Whether that is something you take care of or not, you want to plan ahead. This is a common hidden wedding cost that gets forgotten and sends people scrambling. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. The aim is to eliminate little costs from adding up into a big hit on the budget. 


When budgeting for your wedding paper (think invitations, etc.), you want to be sure and keep the actual wedding day in mind. In addition to the place cards, escort cards, and programs, you need to plan for any signage costs. These may include signs for your signature cocktails or instructions for the sign-in table. Run through this with your wedding planner or planning partner to consider what the day-of signage and paper needs will be. 


Will you be doing any fitness or wellness programs — or perhaps a more aggressive beauty regimen with facials to prep your skin for the big day? If so, these are costs that you will want to prepare for as this can range from hundreds to potentially thousands of dollars. 


Some couples consider having a designated driver/transportation option to help safely transport guests home. This isn’t a must, but if this is something you would like to do, it’s great to plan ahead for your budgetary needs. 


Wedding beauty trials — including hair and/or makeup can cost anywhere from $50-$150. Most are under $100 depending on the type of service or services you are looking for. If you end up wanting to get trials with multiple stylists, this can add up. 


Do you plan on staying at a hotel the night before your wedding? Many people do because of logistics or comfort. It can be a more peaceful way to start the day. This should be added to the budget if it is needed. 


Not everyone will have this cost, but for couples who prefer to have wedding insurance, that needs to be added to your wedding budget. On average this can be around $100 – $500. 


While most venues will come with standard lighting if you want custom uplighting or Gobo lights (think customized wedding initials projected at your reception), that will likely be an additional cost. The hidden wedding cost here might be if you pick a unique venue that needs to be heavily lit — such as an outdoor reception at night or someplace that isn’t a traditional venue. This can range between $200-$2500 depending on your lighting needs. 


All this planning is about getting married, so it’s amazing, but true that some people overlook the marriage license cost. It can range between $10-$115 depending on where you’re getting married. It’s not a huge additional cost, but if enough small items add up that makes a big impact on your overall expense. 

Find out how to get your marriage license in Texas with our comprehensive guide here. 


Your average wedding venue usually comes with a list of preferred vendors. If you choose not to go with venue-approved vendors, there is a fee for picking off the list. So, while you may think you’re saving money to bring in your own flowers or food, depending on the fee, you might just be breaking even — or even spending more. If your choice is motivated by the budget, be sure the fee doesn’t affect that. The fees can be as much as 20 percent. 


Each of your vendors has a contract for their time. If your event runs late or long, etc., they often have an hourly rate that will be added. Be sure you are aware of which vendors have this and what the cost will be total. 


Are you using a park or doing something that needs permission from the local government? If so, you may need to budget for permits and usage fees. 


Non-traditional shapes, heavier paper, more pieces, etc. These are all reasons to keep an eye on your postage budget. This isn’t included in the invitation suite total. And the postage itself can range greatly depending on what all you’re sending and how you’re sending it. Things like return cards (or RSVPs) are also something to consider. Also, it is considered proper etiquette for couples to send a stamp on that card, so it’s not just the mailing cost, but the return mail cost to consider. 


This one doesn’t have to be a hidden cost, but it can be a surprise if you don’t have a plan for the timely return of all rental pieces. If you have rented your own table or chairs, and even the venue can come with late fees if they are not returned or left promptly. 


From florals to decor and other rentals, your vendors may require a setup and delivery fee. This will depend on the type of contract you have with them. Couples without a wedding planner need to be especially careful of this type of fee. Oftentimes people take this for granted as being part of the general contract. 


Whether or not your venue comes with sound equipment may affect the cost of your DJ or band. Many traditional wedding venues come well equipped, but it’s important not to assume this and discuss your needs/preferences with your planner, DJ/band, and the venue manager. 


This can range from picking wines, selecting signature cocktails, deciding on your cake, and/or menu items. Ask your caterer, baker, and/or venue manager about tasting fees as you plan your wedding. In some cases, tastings can be free, but it’s best not to assume anything. 


Taxes can vary by state and they are often overlooked when it comes to the overall total. Tips and other gratuities for everything from catering to valet and entertainment — it all adds up. While it may not be fully a hidden wedding cost, it’s important to review all the tips that may be part of your wedding cost. 

We have a helpful resource on all the wedding tipping etiquette for you right here. 


Just because you rented it doesn’t mean the transportation is covered. Especially if you do not have a full wedding planner helping with all these details, you will want to check and double-check what the full rental costs will be — including transportation as well as pickup. This cost can range from $100-$350. 


It’s not uncommon for unexpected guests to be added at the last minute (think great aunt who decided to travel after all), so be sure to work with your wedding planner to add into the budget an amount for emergencies. This may come in the form of extra chair rentals, extra meals, extra cake, etc. In many cases, this is planned for with each vendor, but don’t assume it is. 


When budgeting for your wedding cost, don’t overlook all the potential rental needs. For example, if your reception venue doesn’t provide wedding decor such as linens, flatware, tables, chairs, and more in your contract, you will need to plan for that cost. In addition to that cost, take into consideration the rental delivery cost as well which can run anywhere from $50-$500 depending on the size of your wedding and rental items. 


Don’t forget to add any vendors working during the wedding to your headcount for catering. There are often vendor meal options to choose from that are less expensive. 


Shoes, jewelry, undergarments for specific dress silhouettes, and more. The wedding dress or suit isn’t the only cost for wedding attire. Think through every piece you will need/want on that day and build that into your wedding budget. You may find that you don’t have to plan for a lot, but we’re here to make sure nothing surprises you. 


Delivering your welcome bags to the hotel is not the end of the story. They still have to deliver the bags to the individual rooms. This will be an added cost, on average, of $5-$7 per bag. 


If you want to be extra prepared when it comes to your wedding budget, include your pre-wedding outfits and expenses that may go above your standard needs. For example, if you’ll be needing several special occasion outfits for showers, your bachelorette trip, or rehearsal dinner — this is a great way to not be surprised by extra cost at the last minute. So many people consider the event the only cost — and not what it will take to get your ready for that event. 

Also, take into consideration your honeymoon wardrobe, if that does above and beyond your standard living costs you may want to add that to your budget. 


Your personal budget for this will vary, but this is often something that gets overlooked when it comes to budgeting. Consider what you want to do as gifts for your wedding party throughout the entire celebration process and be sure to add that into your budget. This includes if you do any proposal gifts when you ask them to be part of your wedding party. 

Don’t forget about gifts for parents, important family members, and even each other! 


There are costs to budget for after the wedding too! From thank you’s, photo prints, bouquet and/or gown preservation, and more. When it comes to thank you’s, be mindful of the postage cost as well. 



  • Get a wedding planner

We always recommend some type of wedding planner. If you don’t think a full planner is for you, even a month-of planner or coordinator is highly recommended because there are so many moving pieces and they are experts at getting everything together. It reduces wedding stress and can help your budget in the long run. 

  • Budget for your backup plan

Whether it’s a rain plan or something similar, be sure you’ve taken contingencies into account when it comes to budgeting. 

  • Get everything in writing

Don’t assume you have the totals based on what a vendor said in a meeting. Get every total in writing, officially documented, and finalized. 

  • Read the fine print

Once you get everything in print, even if you have a full wedding planner helping you with everything, read the fine print for yourself. Everyone is human and it’s always better to have multiple eyes on something. 

Now you’re prepared for pretty much anything — including any hidden wedding costs.

Happy Planning! 

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Austin Outdoor Wedding Venues Too Good to Be True

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There’s nothing like starting your happily ever after surrounded by soaring ancient oaks, twinkling fairy lights or next to a one-of-a-kind view. Outdoor weddings give you the opportunity to find that picture-perfect backdrop you and your guests will never forget! Whether you want a rustic, backyard celebration or an elegant garden party, these Austin outdoor wedding venues have everything you could need and more!


Hoffman Haus – This Hill Country location in Fredericksburg, Texas, was founded by Germans during the 1840s. The venue is now a homey bed and breakfast and rustic wedding venue infused with history. While its tobacco barn is a charming indoor space, all of the towering trees and hanging twinkle lights make for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and/or reception. It’s a beautiful southern escape that you and your guests won’t want to leave!

Photo // Benjamin Garrett Photography


Milestone Boerne – The Milestone Boerne embodies all the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country. The venue sits in an upper valley just 30 minutes from San Antonio encompassed by breathtaking scenery and the opportunity of spotting some wildlife. A stone aisle leads to a rustic pavilion to cover you and your wedding party as well as a built-in altar you can put your own twist on! Its indoor reception space is just as lovely with charming hardwood oak floors and wooden beams. It’ll be the serene hideaway that grants all you outdoor wedding wishes!

Pecan Springs Ranch – Just a short drive west of downtown Austin, Pecan Springs Ranch offers a beautifully landscaped Hill Country venue with natural springs, infinite pecan trees and lovely shaded areas to have your wedding ceremony and reception. With unique buildings around the property and the famous miniature donkey residents, this stylish venue offers a memorable place to host your big day!

Photo //  Sarah Goss Photography & Al Gawlik Photography

Austin Outdoor Wedding Venues Too Good to Be True

Thurmans Mansion – The Thurmans Mansion is a historic, rustic, limestone beauty strung with fairy lights year-round. Sitting deep in the Texas Hill Country, this grand two-story mansion has upper and lower patios with stunning views of sunsets and the Salt Lick Vineyards. Oh, and if you’re a BBQ fan, Salt Lick has a world-famous barbecue you can’t resist. It’ll be the most elegant backyard-style, outdoor wedding every Texan will appreciate.

Photo // CCPhotoFactory


The Grove – The Grove is one of Austin’s award-winning outdoor wedding venues. This venue has 10,000 square feet of event space in the middle of historic downtown Round Rock. Whether you’re on the terrace surrounded by century-old oaks or down by the banks of Brushy Creek, you’ll have a beautiful backdrop for your wedding! You’ll feel nothing but peace and serenity in this natural oasis.


Kendall Point – This outdoor venue feels like you’ve been dropped in a fairytale. The interior of this exquisite Antebellum-inspired plantation home is immaculate with a grand staircase, neutral tones and elegant detailing. However, the exterior is just as mesmerizing. Descend the back steps, walk down an aisle of luscious green grass, and say “I do!” next to the water under its Antebellum altar. This venue is truly picturesque in every direction.


Lone Star Oaks – Lone Star Oaks truly thought of every detail on how to make your outdoor wedding magical. Follow the wooden path straight out of the bridal suite to a pair of antique, multicolored stained glass doors. As those doors open, you’ll make your grand entrance, continue down your wooden aisle, and say your vows under a canopy of 300-year-old oak trees. Other outdoor amenities include space for a cocktail hour, games and a covered pavilion all lit by party lights strung across the property and wrapped around the trees. Like we said, magical!


The Hills of Lakeway

Hills of Lakeway – Looking for more of a country club vibe? The Hills of Lakeway is your spot. Get married on the clean-cut green lawn wedding site or overlooking the Flintrock Falls golf course and rushing waterfalls. Choose between two ballrooms: the elegant Hills Waterfall Ballroom or the rustic Ballroom at Flintrock Falls. Top your night off by enjoying the dazzling sunset and outdoor fireplace. Whether your wedding is intimate or grand, the Hills of Lakeway can accommodate the wedding of your dreams!

Photo // April Mae Creative



Milestone New Braunfels – This venue is where you’ll find that modern farmhouse style! This site features a strikingly rustic pavilion and altar seen at their Boerne location. New Braunfels, however, is a more intimate setting with beautiful trees accompanying the ceremony space. If you peek through those trees, you’ll gain access to spectacular views as it sits close to Canyon Lake. While the space might feel intimate, the venue accommodates up to 320 guests! The stone and pine wood accents carry into the reception halls where you can dance the night away with all your favorite people!

Want to make sure your wedding is up-to-date with all of the latest trends? Find out exactly what Austin’s 2020 wedding trends are here!

Get your Awkward Wedding Questions Answered

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Now that you’re engaged, you probably have a million questions buzzing around your head! There are the fun, creative questions that have you daydreaming during your job, but there are also those sticky questions that you dread having to deal with. As the bride, it is best to be prepared with potential responses to those awkward wedding questions that come your way! We’ve supplied you with one of the best resources to help you tackle any questions that could catch you off guard – Austin planner extraordinaire, Andria Volpicelli from Andria Leigh Events. Keep scrolling for A+ answers to those uncomfortable questions.

Get your Awkward Wedding Questions Answered

Photo // Kayla Snell

What do I do if I’m having trouble hearing back from my vendors?

Make sure expectations are clear from the initial conversations with your vendors, and that you share your preferred method of communication – whether it be email, scheduled phone calls, etc. That being said, it is important to understand that your vendors will respond at different times throughout the workweek, and that’s completely normal! Since most wedding vendors work on the weekends, you may not receive an immediate response after hitting send on your Saturday night email. If it continues to be a problem, and you are going weeks without a response, I would address the issue directly with that vendor and establish a better communication system moving forward.

How do I politely request children not to attend? Is that okay?

This is absolutely okay! There are many reasons couples choose to have an adults-only wedding, but it’s important to have it clearly stated in your invitations. You can politely request no children by indicating “Adults Only” or something more playful like “Leave The Littles At Home.” On your envelope addressing, make sure to clearly write out the guest names who are invited, rather than addressing a family’s last name (i.e. “Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Spear” vs “The Spears”).

How do I handle that awkward “Can I bring a date?” question?

This can be a tough one, but it’s important to stick with your gut feeling in making sure you have the wedding vibe and guest size YOU want! I recommend politely responding with, “We would love for you to bring a guest, but unfortunately we’re at capacity with our venue’s seating right now.” If you’re having a smaller wedding, you can respond with “We’re having a very intimate wedding with just our closest friends and family. We hope that you can be present for our special day!”

Tips for selecting friends to be in the bridal party?

First, it’s important to determine the size bridal party you’re envisioning whether it be your one sibling standing by your side or ten of your closest friends. Next, I would reflect on the special people in your life who have been with you and supported you through your childhood, school years, and/or into adulthood. Friendships may come and go, and now that you’re engaged, your bridal party may look a lot different than it would have been three years ago. And that’s okay! Recognize the healthy, uplifting and loving friendships that are most current in your life, and who you want to stand by your side on arguably the most important day of your life.

What should the bridal party expect to pay for?

At a minimum, the bridal party should expect to pay for their share in the bachelorette party (airfare, accommodations, food/drinks, activities) and the bridesmaid outfit and accessories they will be required to wear on the wedding day. Other expenses that may be required by the bride include hair and makeup, manicure/pedicure, and a spray tan. It’s no secret that being a bridesmaid can be a financial burden and a lot of work. Let your bridesmaids know that you are not expecting a gift from them at your engagement party/wedding and that their participation and presence on your wedding day is a gift enough!


Thank you so much to Andria for sharing this all-too-helpful information with us! To connect with Andrie Leigh Events about your upcoming nuptials, reach out via her Brides of Austin vendor profile. Happy planning!