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Host the Ultimate Wedding Weekend at Austin’s Historic Driskill Hotel

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Wedding weekends are one of the latest trends in wedding planning we can certainly get behind. If guests are already traveling from far and wide to celebrate your nuptials, why limit the fun to just one day? Wedding weekends allow for you to spend more quality time with friends and loved ones, give out-of-town guests a chance to settle in and truly enjoy themselves and let everybody experience the location as if it were a vacation! For ease of planning and for guests’ convenience, hosting your wedding weekend at one central location makes a world of difference. If you’re considering a wedding weekend in downtown Austin, The Driskill has everything you could want or need on site to host an unforgettable few days with the ones you love most. Scroll below for fabulous ideas for each event of your dream wedding weekend!

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Welcome Reception

The Driskill’s authentic, historic state landmark makes the ideal setting for embracing the location of a Texas wedding. Welcome your guests with a whiskey tasting or local Austin craft brewery beer pairing alongside a scrumptious dinner.

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Rehearsal Dinner

Whether in the unmistakably Texan ambiance of The Driskill Grill, famous for other well-known love stories such as the first date of LBJ and Lady Bird, or the charming, Victorian 1886 Café & Bakery with beautiful etched and stained glass windows, soaring ceilings, bakery windows and quaint café feel, you’ve got gorgeous options with top-notch food to boot.

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Photo: James Moes

the driskill wedding weekend

Photo: James Moes

the driskill wedding weekend

Photo: Captivating Weddings

the driskill wedding weekend

Photo: Matt Montalvo

Bridal Suites & Groom Suites

The Driskill offers numerous different private event spaces to serve as perfect setting for the bridal parties to get ready for the big day. Want to kick things up a notch and embrace your creative side? The Driskill staff has seen groups have themes for their rooms, such as a Victorian Afternoon Tea in the elegant Crystal Room, cigar bars in the Citadel Club, or whiskey tastings in the Chisholm Trail Room connected to the famous prohibition-style bar.

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Wedding Reception

The Driskill‘s grand ballroom spaces offer a stunning space for all your guests to gather after you say “I do.”

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After Party at The Driskill Bar

Don’t feel like the party has to stop just because the wedding night is officially over. Head to The Driskill Bar for a nightcap – wedding parties can also reserve the Chisholm Trail Room, a private event space connected to the bar!

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Mezzanine Suites and Room Blocks

With full Mezzanine weddings, couples receive all guest rooms on this floor for the ultimate wedding evening. This includes both of The Driskill‘s presidential suites, one additional suite and two guest rooms.

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Photo: Matt Montalvo

Day-After Brunch

Who doesn’t need brunch the day after the wedding? The Driskill‘s Victorian Room is the most charming and regal room with natural light streaming through stained glass windows.


 We can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend in Austin! Ready to begin planning your ultimate wedding weekend? Reach out to The Driskill’s friendly staff via their Brides of Austin vendor profile!

Urban Romance Wedding Inspiration at the Fairmont Austin

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If you’re looking for ways to add a little urban romance to your big day, look no further because this wedding inspiration from Kristin Catter Events is all that and then some. Held at the Fairmont Austin, this styled shoot showcases all the venue’s wonderful and industrial features as well as some unique spots to shoot your bridal portraits on the big day. The sweetest decor and rentals from Premiere Events create an eye-catching tablescape of blue hues and lush blooms, and the towering tiered cake from Sweet Treets Bakery takes our breath away. This model stuns in two separate gowns from Blush Bridal Lounge – one featuring a cap sleeve and intricate beading covering the bodice and the other showcasing an off-the-shoulder gown that is both simple and chic in design. Beautymark Agency did an amazing job with accenting all her best features without overpowering her natural beauty, and we love her hair in its prim updo and when let down in loose waves. Mix all these picturesque aspects together and they make for a stunning urban romance styled shoot. Cheers!

Photos // Christina Carroll Photography

 

Meet our 2020 Looks of Love Contest Winners!

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Meet our 2020 Looks of Love Contest Winners!

Our annual Looks of Love Contest has been beyond exciting! One lucky finalist received the most votes, and we’re excited to announce our 2020 Looks of Love Contest winners are Darian + Taylor! Their gorgeous photos were captured by Maddie Pierantoni and we couldn’t be more smitten! We are thrilled to gift this couple with dinner on us at a restaurant of their choice and a pair of wedding bands from Nicole Mera*! If you missed their story, check it out along with all the other finalists by visiting our Looks of Love finalists pageTaylor proposed at Darian’s graduation from Texas State University after she received her diploma! Her whole family was waiting on standby to celebrate – how sweet! Thank you so very much to all those who entered and voted! Happy Valentine’s Day!

*Winner receives a pair of wedding bands, total retail value of up to $2,000 for two rings. The balance for any ring or product purchased that exceeds the gifted $2,000 value will be at the responsibility of the winner. Prize has no cash value and is not transferrable. See store for details.

Any Bride Planning a Mansion Wedding Needs to See This!

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Full of romance and ethereal details, this mansion wedding inspiration shoot is a must see for any bride planning a Southern wedding. Held at the Woodbine Mansion, this styled shoot features all things fun, floral and fabulous. An overabundance of blooms everywhere you look from Remi + Gold light up every room and complete every tablescape. Consisting of two delicious tiers and a beautifully decorated floral exterior, The Powder Sugar Room truly outdid themselves with this edible eye candy. The model bride is absolutely radiant in her flowing, strapless ball gown, and we don’t know how this shoot could get any prettier. Our favorite part is the Southern charm that Woodbine Mansion brings to this shoot. Cheers!

Photos // JBJ Pictures

Everything You Need to Know About Tipping Your Wedding Vendors

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Your wedding day is all about celebrating with the people you love the most — not wasting mental energy wondering if you tipped the right wedding vendors the right amount — or worse, running around all day in a scramble to problem-solve last minute tipping issues. Never fear! We’re going to reduce your wedding stress with this list of everything you need to know about tipping your wedding vendors. We cover the who, when and how much of it all. Plus, we share some pro tips to make it all come together beautifully so you can enjoy your day and be confident that you have taken care of your wonderful wedding vendors appropriately.

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Vendor Tipping Etiquette

When it comes to tipping your wedding vendors, not all vendors (and situations) are equal. What that means is that some vendors expect to be tipped, like your makeup artist, and others don’t require it, but would appreciate the gesture, like your musicians, and others still that build that cost into their contract with you. For example, some vendors will need to be tipped and others will give a service charge. Not to confuse the matter, but a service charge by one vendor — your caterer, for example, doesn’t mean you don’t need to tip the delivery person or even the wait staff.

Here is what you need to successfully navigate the tipping process:

1. Have a plan in place.

Go through this complete list of wedding vendors and determine who all you need, or at least may need to tip. If you have a wedding planner, this is a task they can provide invaluable help with, so be sure to check with your planner if you want extra help. Once you determine who is on the list for tipping, you’ll want to have a plan for when and how to get them their tip. For some vendors, it’s upon delivery, at the end of the night, or even after the honeymoon.

Remember to have the cash or checks prepared in advance for vendors being tipped on the day of the wedding.

2. Check your contracts.

Vendors such as reception staff, caterers, and venues who are providing day-of management, among others, often put service charges or gratuity in the contract. Be sure to go through all your contracts to determine where that may already be covered.

3. Put this in the wedding budget.

Depending on how many vendors you have, the tips could add up, so it’s important to include this cost in your budget. Because tipping can also be somewhat spontaneous based on excellent service, try to add a little padding in your budget, if possible, for the option. You don’t want to get to the event day and try to scramble to tip someone. A little budgeting can stop that stress.

4. You don’t need to tip business owners. (But when to make the exception.)

Traditionally, you do not need tip business owners. There are exceptions to this in the case of photographers who are both the owner and the service provider. In those cases, you may want to make the exception.

5. Reward excellent service.

Ultimately, tipping is about rewarding excellent service, not feeling compelled. There is propriety and then there’s undue guilt. The goal is to be thoughtful of the type of service that is being provided, to be aware of how different service providers make their money, and give financial recompense appropriately.

Excellent service is when vendors go above and beyond the agreed-upon terms — this can be before, during or after the wedding, so keep that in mind.

6. Put someone in charge.

This may be multiple people or one person, but someone needs to be in charge of dispersing tips during the wedding day — as well as before or after, as needed. If you have a planner or day-of coordinator, they are the person you will want to designate as tip czar. They can wrangle wedding party members, family, or their assistant to ensure every vendor is appropriately tipped. If you don’t have a planner, think through the day and the process — and enlist your wedding party or family to help with different vendors. The main point — don’t try to do this yourself because you have a lot on your plate that day.

 

A Comprehensive Vendor Tip List

Below is your comprehensive wedding vendor tip list. It’s important to keep in mind that this is based on the common etiquette practice and average amounts given. Each event is unique and your tipping amounts will be unique to you based on the service each vendor provides. This is simply here as a guide to help you successfully navigate the process.

 

Wedding Planner / Coordinator or Designer

Protocol: Optional. If they go above and beyond, you can give a tip or a small gift of appreciation.

Tip: 10-20% of fee.

When: Given at the end of the event or after your honeymoon.

 

Alterations

Protocol: Optional, but encouraged for a job well done or service above and beyond.

Tip: $15-$30

When: Given after services rendered.

 

Wedding Photographer and Videographer

Protocol: Optional. If the photographer owns their own business, you aren’t required to tip business owners, but if they are part of a larger organization, it is encouraged that you tip them. And while a tip for owners is not expected, it is nice, especially since these vendors will be working on your photos/video long after the day is over.

Tip: $50-$200 depending on the extent of the job.

When: Given at the end of the event.

 

Delivery / Setup

Protocol: Expected

Tip: Anywhere from $5 to $10 per person.

When: Given upon delivery or in the case of set up or tear down, at the end of the event.

 

Wedding Hairstylist and Make-up Artists

Protocol: Expected

Tip: Similar to a salon experience, 15-20% of the total.

When: Given after services rendered.

 

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

Protocol: Optional

Tip: Anywhere from $15-$20 per musician.

When: At the end of the ceremony.

 

Wedding Officiant

Protocol: Optional, but a gift of some amount is always nice here. This will vary depending on whether or not you are married by a minister, if you did premarital counseling with them, or if they are a friend.

Tip: A $100-$500 donation to the church or religious institution and $50-$100 given to the minister directly. If you are married by a friend or general officiant, the $50-$100 is still acceptable.

When: This is done before the ceremony, but if there aren’t explicit requirements, this can also be done after the ceremony.

 

Wedding Venue Coordinator / Catering Manager

Protocol: Expected, but review your contract as a service charge or gratuity may already be built-in.

Tip: 15-20% of the food or drink fee or $200-$500.

When: Based on your contract, this is often required in the final bill that is due before the wedding. This is also acceptable after the reception if the contract doesn’t require pre-payment.

 

Wedding Wait Staff

Protocol: Expected, though tipping expectations should be included in your contract.

Tip: Anywhere from $10-$20 per person is average.

When: Given at the end of the event or after services rendered.

 

Bartender / Barista

Protocol: Expected, but make sure you know if they will be accepting tips from guests because that can take the place of any tip you give them. This also may be included in your catering tip if you are getting both services from the same provider or your venue.

Tip: 10-15% of the pre-tax bar bill.

When: Given at the end of the event or after services rendered.

 

Attendants (Coatroom / Valet)

Protocol: Expected

Tip: Anywhere from $1-$2 per guest for attendants or the same per car for valet.

When: Given at the end of the event.

 

Entertainment (Band or DJ)

Protocol: Optional, but encouraged.

Tip: $25-$35 per musician or $50-$150 for DJs.

When: Given at the end of the event.

 

Transportation

Protocol: Expected

Tip: 15-20% of the total bill.

When: Given after services rendered, usually after the final ride, so couples would generally need to be prepared to give this tip directly.

 

Tipping Details to Keep in Mind

One exception to this list is business owners. If you were very pleased with the service and would like to tip a business owner (especially those who also render the service as well as own the business) general tips for owners are around $100 or a small gift. If they have an assistant, $50-$75 is average.

Keep in mind that many vendors want to leave after the services have been rendered, so you won’t be able to settle up at the end of the evening with everyone. This is where having a plan in place of who to tip and when will come in handy.

 

Additional Ways to “Tip”

Other vendors such as your calligrapher, florist, baker, invitation designer, rental company and so on might not be vendors you traditionally tip, however, every vendor appreciates kind words — especially positive reviews online.

Leave a positive review online.

It’s a good rule of thumb to be sure and leave a positive review on Google, on their social media pages or their website. This is a great way to help other couples know what a wonderful job they did for you! And since many wedding vendors are small business owners or entrepreneurs, this is invaluable.

Write them a personal thank-you note.

Your wedding vendors put a lot of thought and care into making your dream day come to life. Whether or not they are traditionally tipped, consider writing a personalized thank-you note to them for all their time and help.

Give them a gift.

Again, for the vendors that aren’t traditionally tipped, such as a wedding planner, a gift is a wonderful alternative to say thank you and let them know you appreciate all their hard work.


Now that you know all the tipping etiquette, you’re ready to find your perfect wedding vendors. We’re here to simplify your search with another comprehensive list — a list of the best local wedding vendors — available to you right here.