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All of your Ice Sculpture Frequently Asked Questions – Answered!

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Ice sculptures are one of those unique wedding details that we can’t help but obsess over when we see them appear in Austin weddings! Not only are they a statement decor piece, but they can also be fully functional to serve up your eats or some incredible memories for your guests. Whether you want an ice sculpture to hold ice cream for a dessert bar, be a fully functional bar for craft cocktails, or even to freeze some florals in for the photo booth backdrop of a lifetime, Full Spectrum Ice Sculptures can bring that dream vision to life! Read on to get all the answers for the most frequently asked questions when it comes to having an ice sculpture at your wedding, straight from the experts at Full Spectrum Ice Sculptures. Cheers!

All of your Ice Sculpture Frequently Asked Questions – Answered!

Photo // SMS Photography

Why should I include an ice sculpture at my wedding?

There are many reasons to include ice in your celebration! It’s a great way to create a memorable experience for you and your guests with interactive displays for cold food items (such as seafood, fruit or ice cream) or for drinks (like luges, bottle/garnish displays or even full bars). Custom engraved cocktail ice also makes for a unique detail with signature drinks!

Can I create my own unique, custom ice sculpture?

Absolutely! We love having parameters to be able to bring designs to life. We have some classic designs, but most of the work is custom made to fit the styles and needs of each event. We usually like to ask for an invitation or save the date as a starting point for the design feel. There are usually some details, text or font that translates well to the ice sculptures that adds continuity to the event design for guests from the first thing they receive through the reception. That can be true for any style!

How long will the sculpture last?

Sculptures are typically presentable for 4-6 hours inside – the ice will still be there, but the shape and details would most likely be washed away. We take great care to properly package and time the delivery of the ice so it is looking its best for that “WOW” first impression when guests arrive. There are a lot of variables for outdoor events that make functional pieces a better fit than detailed displays.

What is the cleanup process for a sculpture?

All of the ice sculptures are displayed in trays that collect the water as it melts, so it is not messy at all! For most sculptures, the onsite staff should be able to toss the ice outside for it to melt away. However, we do offer a breakdown service if requested. It may be required for larger displays that would be unsafe or too much for an on site staff to remove. Breakdowns are priced based on amount of ice and time of day.

How far do you travel?

We typically service between Austin and San Antonio, but are able to travel if need be. We’ve been all over Texas including Dallas, Houston, Fredericksburg, Corpus Christi, Laredo, El Paso – even going as far as St. Louis!

When should an order be placed?

It’s ideal if you are planning from the start to include the ice sculpture – the sooner the better. We ask for a minimum of one month advance notice, especially for larger projects like bars or seafood displays. It makes the whole process smoother if you plan the ice at the same time you are planning how it is being used! If you want a luge and cocktail ice, plan that when you talk with the bar. Want flowers frozen in some ice? Discuss when you meet the florist. Same with the caterer for cold food displays.

Thank you to Full Spectrum Ice Sculptures for answering all of our frequently asked questions when it comes to having ice sculptures at weddings! Visit Full Spectrum’s Brides of Austin vendor profile here, where you can find all of their work and order a custom ice sculpture for your big day!

Day-Of Wedding Accessories for Each Type of Bride

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Whether you’re a bride who loves all things boho, minimalist, eclectic or anything between, these bridal accessories for each and every type of bride are sure to suit your perfect style, no matter what that may be! Stunningly chic pairs of shoes, statement earrings and dainty clutches are just a few of the oh-so chic and trendy accessory pieces featured below. Scroll to find your perfect bridal style and all of the matching wedding accessories to go with it – all available through our LiketoKnow.It!

The Classic Bride

Classic brides have a timeless style that just radiates elegance and class! Nothing says classic style more than pearls, ivory and satin, which is why these accessories for the classic bride couldn’t be more suiting to wear on the day of a classic wedding.

Day-Of Wedding Accessories for Each Type of Bride

1. Badgley Mischka Cher Pumps | 2. Personalized Faux Leather Pouch | 3. Imitation Pearl & Crystal Circle Barrette | 4. Pave Imitation Pearl Huggie Hoop Earrings  | 5. 14K Gold Arch Short Pearl Earrings | 6. Jewel Clasp Minaudiere | 7.  Porto Bow | 8. Badgley Mischka Carter Beaded Pump | 9. Camila Imitation Pearl & Cubic Zirconia Drop Earrings

 

The Cool Vibes Bride

The bride that radiates cool vibes needs equally as cool accessories that give off that same vibe, and maybe even a little more! From unique textures to fun and funky shapes, these accessories for the cool bride will be all the talk on your wedding day.

cool girl bride style

1. Mr. Big Slide Sandal | 2. Vince Camuto Harlo Nylon Clutch | 3. Large O Barrette | 4. Giovanna Earrings | 5. Surface Necklace | 6. Chill Vegan Leather Frame Clutch | 7. Web 52mm Sunglasses | 8. Viva Mules | 9. Lobby Drop Earrings

The Ballroom Bride

Stately and extravagant are all elements any ballroom bride needs, and these pieces more than deliver on that! Diamonds are an easy and extremely elegant piece to add to any wedding day attire, that’s why any ballroom bride needs these pieces to top-off her perfect wedding day look.

ballroom glam bride style1. Badgley Mischka Haze Point Toe Pumps | 2. Loren Cuff | 3. Paige Headband | 4. GAS Bijoux Bo Sofia Strass Earrings | 5.  Imitation Pearl Clutch | 6. Angela Flip Clip | 7. Kenneth Jay Lane Round CZ Tennis Bracelet | 8. Rosalind Crystal Sandals | 9. Nora Imitation Pearl Drop Earrings

 

The Boho Bride

boho bride style1. Sandria Bootie | 2. The Bride Straw Clutch | 3. Nix Small Shard Shaky Earrings | 4. Nolita Ring Handle Leather Clutch | 5. Azul Profile Hoop Earrings | 6. Beaded Handband | 7. Delicate Tiered Cubic Zirconia Pendant Necklace | 8. Kiele Slide Sandal | 9. Glam Slam Starburst Ear Cuff

Quintessential boho elements are feathers, snakeskin and a wide-brim hat, and any bride having a boho day will want to be rocking all of these accessory pieces! Think leather booties, a chunky gold headband and earrings with hanging fringe!

 

The Minimalist Bride

Sometimes less is more, and if there’s one thing we know about minimalist brides, going minimal can really make a huge statement! All of these accessory pieces add an extra touch of bridal glam, without being too out there – a small addition to the minimalist look.

minimalist bride style1. Ariella Sandal | 2. LAUDE the Label Hair Pin | 3. Shimmer Cultured Pearl Double Chain Bracelet | 4. 14K Gold Arch Earrings | 5. Long Jacket | 6. Electric Picks Bond Hoop Earrings | 7. Geometric Faux Leather Minaudiere | 8. Graciana Pump | 9. Sam Necklace

 

The Edgy Bride

Edgy brides are fearless and ambitious when it comes to wedding style and accessories taste, and we think these pieces embody that edgy feel in the perfect way! Black, gold, glitter and rhinestones set the edgy bridal style apart from the rest, elevating any bridal look to easily be moody and romantic.

edgy bride style1. Elliot Booties | 2. Monogramme Quilted Calfskin Zip Pouch | 3. Electric Earrings | 4. Michaela Curb Chain Collar Necklace | 5. Mesh Rhinestone Disco Earrings | 6. Corsa Chunky Chain Cardholder | 7. Vera Drop Earrings | 8. Studd Bootie | 9. Melting Choker

 

The Eclectic Bride

Eclectic brides are the ones who can pull off anything – literally anything – which is why these eclectic and unique pieces couldn’t suite the eclectic bridal style more! Full of unique shapes and textures, all of these pieces are ones we can’t wait to see our eclectic brides rock walking down the aisle or partying the night away. Try a beaded pearl clutch, a turban head wrap, a chunky gold layered necklace or a patterned clutch –  or combine multiple pieces together for the ultimate eclectic look!

eclectic bride style1. Hennie Block Heel Mule | 2. We Dream in Colour Quad Drop Earrings | 3. Santi Ivory Pearl Clutch  | 4. Ios & Rho Genuine Pearl Mismatched Earrings | 5. MaryJane Claverol Tennant Turban | 6. Deepa by Deepa Gurnani Arabella Earrings | 7. Santi Pearl Clutch  | 8. Spears Studded Slide Sandal | 9. Aurelie Layered Necklace


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A Timelessly Romantic Austin Engagement from Mint Photography

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An air of stately sophistication is among the many things we love about this adorable Austin engagement session captured by Mint Photography. In timelessly romantic garden scenes, these lovebirds pose for effortless shots depicting the love they are about to make a forever thing! Samantha and William were first introduced through a mutual friend while attending separate colleges in Fort Worth – Samantha, at UNT and William, at TCU. After a night of Tex-Mex and margaritas, followed by a Hawaiian-Luau-themed party at one of William’s now-groomsmen’s house, the rest was history and the pair have been inseparable since! When you read their adorable proposal story (just after the Austin engagement gallery by Mint Photography) you will totally get why their upcoming November wedding to be held at Ma Maison will be European-chic in theme, filled with elegant, soft pastels and travel-inspired elements. In fact, there is one elevated wedding detail Samantha says she is most excited about. “We hired a live wedding painter, which is one of my favorite details because we’ll be able to have a wonderful keepsake, and also have something the guests can interact with,” she says. We can’t imagine a more tasteful way to encapsulate your special day in memory forever! Read on for that sweet how-he-asked story we mentioned above, but make sure you have tissues on hand. Cheers to Samantha and William!

Photo // Mint Photography

From the bride: “We went on vacation to Spain in December of 2019, planning to spend New Year’s Eve in Madrid. We’ve started a little tradition of getting our pictures taken professionally so we have beautiful memories from our travels, (and have an excuse to get all dressed up), so we scheduled pictures for the morning of New Year’s in the Sabatini Gardens. We ended up not being able to get into the gardens because one of the entrances was having extensive work done, and our photographer thought it was closed. Our photographer felt so bad that she spent a long time with us walking around the city instead, and got some amazing pictures we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to. When the time came, the photographer had me face the Royal Palace of Madrid while behind me, William got on one knee.”


Plans to tie the knot soon yourself? Check out some of our favorite Austin wedding vendors here to get the planning started! Cheers!

Fall Sunsets Inspired this Chic European Romance Inspiration Shoot

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Even though this chic European romance wedding inspiration planned and designed by Lauren Field Design was set in North Texas, its gallery of photos from the talented Kristin La Voie Photography may convince you a venue as grand as The Olana is worth the drive! European-inspired and exquisite in every way, the sprawling property’s sculptural architecture and manicured lawn serve as a picture-perfect place for an indoor or outdoor affair. Tones of mauve, shades of plum, ochre and golden ivory create the most inviting autumnal-inspired palette while adding depth to whimsical yet sophisticated floral design. Modern and luxe in style, this bride and groom look so chic clad in haute wedding decor – with bride in a tulle bodysuit wedding gown covered in romantic 3D appliqué design and groom in a plum tux paired with black velvet loafers. Natural and feminine textures are layered alongside one another to create an elevated, European romance inspired wedding design that plays on both historic architectural elements as well as romantic, modern details. Read on for a note from planner Lauren Field Design about the vision behind this styled shoot’s upscale design and styling. Cheers!

Photo // Kristin La Voie Photography

From the planner, Lauren Field Design: “An intimate elopement editorial set amongst the European grandeur of The Olana, inspired by the fading shades of sunset in the fall. Tones of mauve, shades of plum, ochre and golden ivory are surrounded by manicured greenery and sculptural stone. Natural textures are layered alongside feminine accents to create a romantic ambiance full of chic luxe. Olive Grove Design created floral pieces for the ceremony with textured foliage reminiscent of the range of colors seen during the changing of the seasons. The bouquet was a lovely organic shape with blush, rust, and aubergine blooms. The beauty of the venue is its unique European architecture with sprawling landscape, so we knew we wanted to incorporate portraits on the cascading stone stairs and the fountain. The bride wore a stunning embellished tulle gown by Millia London with a chic black belt and sculptural floral earring and mother of pearl headpiece by Hushed Commotion. The groom donned a plum tux with black velvet loafers.”


Still on the hunt for more gorgeous inspo? Check out all our styled shoots and curated wedding inspiration here.

What to Consider When Booking Your Austin Wedding Venue

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Are you ready to secure your spot at a captivating Austin wedding venue? There is no such thing as booking a venue too early. This part of wedding planning is one of the most exciting for a happy couple to participate in, and we are here to help! Read on as we give you a set of steps you can follow to make this process simple and enjoyable.

What to Consider When Booking Your Austin Wedding Venue

Photo // Honey Gem Creative

Set your Budget

The first thing to do, before getting your hearts set on any venue, is to establish a budget. This step can narrow down your search pool to practical choices as well as saving you from heart ache. Without a budget put in place, you can fall in love with a venue that is not within your financial plans. Save yourself from heart break and set a realistic budget from the start!

Pick the Whereabouts

Pick the location where you both picture yourself getting married. Is this love affair taking place at an exotic, faraway setting or a local, romantic site? While making this decision, take into consideration the different planning and arrangements processes that each require. Discover which process you are more comfortable with as a couple, once that is done the dream venue begins to become clearer.

Estimate a Head Count

Before selecting a venue, you need to lock in on a number of guests that you are expecting to host. This piece of information can give you an idea of how large of a site you will need to be looking for. You want to avoid any venue that is not big enough for your number, as well as any that are too large. This approximation of guests will hone in on the venues that will comfortably fit your family and friends, without a tight squeeze or empty feel.

Choose a Time of Year

Do you picture walking down the aisle in the golden autumn or the radiant summer? The time of year has multiple effect on your wedding’s theme. This can range from color scheme, type of flowers, wedding dress style, and an indoor or outdoor ceremony. With all of these factors, picking when you want your special day helps a couple find a venue with availability during the proper time of year.

Tour Venues in Person

This part is extremely important. Once you have your sights set on a venue, meet the staff and tour the place in person. By going to tour the venue in person, you are able to make multiple observations about the setting that can help you make your decision. This allows you to experience the energy and atmosphere of the venue, something that cannot be observed through merely a gallery of pictures. Most importantly, you need to be comfortable with not only the appeal and representation of the site, but also the staff. Pay attention to their friendliness, you don’t want a team that is pressuring you into booking their venue. Instead, you want people that simply want to assist you on creating your dream wedding. These are the people that are going to be with you on your special day, you need to like them and their communication process.

Consider a Guest’s Point of View

Part of your due diligence is to think about your guests’ convenience. Walking in their shoes while making your final decisions will give you a new perspective on the venue. Pay attention to the number of bathrooms provided, if it is handicap accessible, and if the directions to the venue are easy to follow. This perspective is something that all of your guests will encounter on the day of the event, so it is a great thing to examine.

Ask Ask Ask!

Our final piece of advice for you is to not be afraid to ask questions. Once you have fallen in love with a venue it is important to know what you are committing to, so ask away! We have provided you with some popular and essential questions to ask the venue so you can make sure that they can accomplish exactly what you are envisioning.

    1. How long is the space available for the day we have selected?
    2. Are there any décor or noise restrictions that we must comply to?
    3. Do you have a backup plan for unexpected weather?
    4. Do we have to use your approved vendors, or can we use any vendors we wish?
    5. Do different days of the week vary in rates?
    6. Are there any additional fees I am unaware of?
    7. Who will be my main point of contact?

Now that you know what to look for when selecting a venue, it’s time to book your pick! See our list of Austin wedding venues to start your search!