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Ask the Experts – Q&A with Austin Wedding Planner Kristin Catter Events

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In today’s Ask the Experts Q&A, we’re chatting with local Austin wedding planner, Kristin Catter from Kristin Catter Events, featuring this gorgeous wedding at The Grove! With all her wedding planning knowledge on the bridal realm and what is currently and soon-to-be trending in the wedding market – Kristin is your gal. Planning a wedding can be hard and super stressful, but no fear because Kristin’s pro advice is sure to help you plan well. Keep scrolling to read her invaluable tips!

Ask the Experts - Q&A with Austin Wedding Planner Kristin Catter Events

Photo // Mikayla Dawn Photography

What wedding trends do you foresee in 2019?

Jewel tones. Deep greens, jade, plums and dark golds. We are going to see more color going into 2019; but the minimalist greenery is here to stay. We are going to see greenery stylized in new ways with installations and sculptural pieces versus the heavy garlands we have seen in 2018. Chrome and rust are the new mixed metals. We are going to see these metals replace gold, silver, brass and copper that we have seen dominate in previous years.  

Why should a couple hire a wedding planner?

Hiring a wedding coordinator is important for so many reasons. Down to the most basic reason – someone needs to organize your day. Hiring a coordinator is putting someone in charge of the chaos. More specifically, a wedding coordinator’s job is to know the best in the business and be able to make sure you get that quality of service within your budget. It’s easy to look at a vendor’s work and appreciate it and want to book – their job is to sell the dream. Our job is to sell the dream that won’t turn planning your wedding into a nightmare. It is supposed to be fun. A coordinator is there to be your advocate, keep you focused, organized and on budget.

What is your number one piece of advice for couples preparing for their big day?

The most important thing we tell all couples on their wedding day is to be present. Remember to take the time to enjoy your wedding day together. It really does go by in the blink of an eye, and at the end of the day you want beautiful lasting memories between your family and friends. Most importantly, you’ll want memories between you and your partner that you’ve chosen to enjoy and remember the rest of your life together. Do not sweat the small things; this is why you have hired professionals.

What is the best way to achieve a cohesive look throughout a wedding?

In order to plan and coordinate a cohesive event, you need to have a clear image and plan of what you envision your day to be. We do not want your wedding to look like a Pinterest board that exploded. Being upfront and honest with what you want, and how you want it represented is the key to a well thought out event.

Share your favorite ways to personalize a wedding.

Personalization is one of the best parts of a wedding, in my opinion. Almost every guest at your event has been to a wedding; however, they haven’t been to YOUR wedding. We focus on helping our clients come up with creative ways to bring their personalities through their event, so that we can tell their story. Whether this is in signature drinks, the food, a late night snack, the music, ceremony verbiage, decor or signage. We want to highlight our couple’s tastes in those details that will cause your guests to say, “…that is so ______.”   We want your guests to walk away from your wedding and talk about all those extras that made them smile, laugh and cry.

What should a couple consider when selecting their venue?

There are so many factors that go into selecting a venue. We encourage all of our clients to consider their tone, budget and rain plan. The hardest thing to remind your client about is the logistical side of a venue. So many times they see a space and start reacting to it emotionally without thinking about all the options. We always walk through a rain plan while on site. If a client doesn’t love their rain plan, they shouldn’t book that venue. A venue sets the entire mood and tone of your event. You wouldn’t want to host a traditional, classic-ballroom wedding in a barn, just like you wouldn’t want to two-step in cowboy boots at a ritzy hotel downtown. Take the time to discuss the theme of your day with your partner, so you start your story on the same page and can end it the same way you wrote it – together. Finally, the budget. This is the biggest hurdle and it ties back in to logistics. Every venue offers different options. Some are a blank slate, some include rentals, some offer longer rental times. It is important to us to discuss those options with every client and how they will effect that bottom line. Every venue has positive and negative features, and it is our job as coordinators to educate our clients so that they can make the best choice based on their aesthetic and budget.


Special thanks to Kristin Catter for sharing her advice with us today! To get in touch with Kristin directly, you can message her via her vendor profile here.

Natural Beauty Wedding Inspiration from Mrs. Planner

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If you love the romance that nature can add to your wedding day—be prepared to fall in love with this natural beauty wedding inspiration from the talented team at Mrs. Planner! Set at The Grove and captured by Dreamy Elk Photography & Design, this styled shoot is full of wonderful details sure to please. The wooden chairs for the ceremony and the stunning lounge area, both provided by Marquee Event Rentals, complement the venue perfectly. And we’re loving The Bloom Bar‘s floral creations from the soft flourishes of the altar greenery to the eucalyptus accents throughout the space. The most delicious part of this design is undoubtedly the bevy of treats from The Powder Sugar Room. Plus, with the help of Design to Flourish, they can serve a multifunctional purpose of seating chart as well as a wedding favor. The model bride’s ensemble is nothing less than perfection with a flowing, structured-bodice gown from Moonlight and Moss and hair and makeup by FlAir Style Lounge. Eliza Paige Jewelry brought this look together with custom pieces that give a subtle glam statement! We know you’ll enjoy all the lovely details from this styled shoot! Happy scrolling!

Photos // Dreamy Elk Photography & Design, LLC

From the planner, Ashlee Voda of Mrs. Planner: “This design is easy to translate to any bride to give her a foundation of inspiration. When we are able to work with natural elements and a clean color palette, I feel right at home. I love the outdoors, it is why we work mostly in the Hill Country, but with the unpredictable weather patterns we have often here in Texas, I wanted to show how the outdoorsy elements could be brought indoors. I love breaking through boundaries!”

Austin Invitation Designer Spotlight Series – Averi with an Eye

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A common name misspelling and a passion for all things lettering turned into a dream business for Averi Stene of Averi with an Eye – an Austin invitation designer who loves pairing modern designs with gorgeous hand lettering! “Growing up, my name was rarely spelled correctly, so I was always saying ‘It’s Averi with an I!’ (Usually it’s spelled with a Y). So when I started a blog-turned-calligraphy/design-business, I came up with Averi with an Eye: an eye for calligraphy and design! I became interested in the wedding business when my sister got married in 2012 and was opened up to so many fun things I didn’t even know existed, but mostly I was fascinated with the art of invitation design and began teaching myself calligraphy. I had been a freelance designer before and loved transitioning to doing only wedding-related design,” Averi explains. 

Today, Averi with an Eye offers a variety of bold, modern and romantic suites, calligraphy and signage for Austin brides. Scroll through the photos below to see examples of Averi’s work, captured at Trinity Hall by Elizabeth Denny Photography! We’ll be chatting with a few more Austin invitation designers in the coming days, so check back soon!

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Photos // Elizabeth Denny Photography

Describe the design you created for this shoot: “I wanted to create a fun, colorful modern look with a tropical touch and a hand calligraphed address. I love the the geometric modern feel with the pinks and greens that made it easy to tie in a fun tropical envelope liner and giving it a fun pop with gold laser cut accent.”

What inspires your designs in general: “I love using color but still having a simple, unique design with a fun or elegant calligraphy element. I always try to tie in the script fonts or my own calligraphy, digitized, but still love doing the super modern designs that stand out from everything else.”

What sets you apart in your industry?I love to try things out of the box and trying to pick up on a trend before it really blows up throughout the wedding world. I also love to incorporate laser cut accents or pieces that really give an invitation suite or wedding table setting that extra punch. Hand lettering signage or place cards on basically any surface you can dream up is also something I love to figure out how to do. I have done live cactus, acrylic, rocks, leaves and many other fun non-paper items.”

What do you enjoy most about working with couples to create their wedding invitation details? “I love getting to hear someone’s vision and getting to turn that vision into reality; playing with all the different ideas they have brought to me and cohesively making it into one invitation suite. The rewarding experience of giving a couple the final result that they had hoped for is something special, and knowing that you forever had a small part in their important day is a great feeling.”


If you’ll notice, Averi had to include a few baked goods along with her invitations in this styled shoot. Her passion for baking runs almost as strong as her passion for lettering! From her bold font choices to dainty hand-drawn letters, we can’t get enough of these designs! To inquire with Averi with an Eye, visit her Brides of Austin vendor profile!

Little Miss Sunshine Design at Cypress Falls Event Center

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Featuring a vibrant spring color palette and an elegantly eclectic seating arrangement courtesy of Scavenged Vintage Rentals, this Little Miss Sunshine design inspiration shoot at Cypress Falls Event Center is every boho bride’s dream come true! Captured by T Walker Photography, the lakeside scene was nothing short of perfection, down to every last detail. A punchy invitation suite from Fine Day Press incorporated a myriad of bright hues to match the theme of the day, while Sweet Treets Bakery created the most gorgeous two-tiered masterpiece, incorporating intricate piping and cohesive florals to those from Touch of Whimsy.

Our bride was show-stopping in a relaxed ball gown from Blush Bridal Lounge. We’re absolutely over-the-moon for this combination of lace, beading and tulle to create the most stunning boho-chic vibe! Makeup ATX and Benold’s Jewelers completed the look with gorgeous glam and dazzling accessories.

FunBox navigated the whimsical vision for the day with ease with their one-of-a-kind polaroid guest book. Last, but certainly not least, Vannagram & Co. provided the most charming vintage mobile photobooth that made such a unique statement filled with an incredible balloon installation from The Balloon Bar! Keep scrolling for a word from the venue, and don’t forget to snag our latest Spring/Summer 2019 issue for even more wedding inspiration. Cheers!

Photos // T Walker Photography

Local Venue Spotlight: Cypress Falls Event Center possesses a unique indoor/outdoor venue space located on the widest portion of Cypress Creek in Wimberley, Texas. With onsite accommodations, you and your guests can enjoy a weekend full of celebrations while gazing upon the views of the Hill Country.

Get Summer Ready with These ATX Health & Wellness Experts

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With warmer temps, lake days and bachelorette parties quickly approaching, there’s no time like the present to get summer ready and prioritize health and wellness! These Austin fitness and beauty experts offer services and classes you’ll definitely want to check out as you think about your summer body and your mental health. Read on to see how you can become a better you in time for those summer days ahead!

ways to get summer ready with atx health & wellness experts

Live, Love, Relax

As a bride-to-be, life can get extra stressful. Don’t carry that stress with you into the summer season. Live Love Relax offers massage services for brides including couples massages, regular massage plans to focus on overall health improvement and even wedding day massages! The experts at Live Love Relax hope for all of their brides to exude serenity, elation, mindful awareness and confidence as they prepare to walk down the aisle, but even if you’re not saying “I do” anytime soon, there’s nothing like a professional massage to recharge and help get you summer ready!

Photo: Sasha Haagensen Photography

ways to get summer ready with atx health & wellness experts

RedBird Pilates

Whether you’re wanting to feel strong and confident for your wedding day or just want to get in great shape to rock that summer swimsuit, RedBird Pilates has your back. Their studio offers a bridal fitness program tailored to help you feel amazing by your wedding day, with a 3-month program built on 35 years of experience and custom assessments to help you see measurable results. If you want to feel long and lean, not big and bulky for your wedding day, pilates offers an incredible empowering workout and RedBird offers the expertise to guide you to your best body yet!

ways to get summer ready with atx health & wellness experts

Organic Bronze

At Organic Bronze, you can tan, tone and detox all in one convenient location. Known for their organic airbrush spray tans, Organic Bronze is here to get you summer ready without any of the harsh, damaging rays from the sun. Their sunless tanning systems give you beautiful color without compromising the health of your skin whatsoever. Their one-stop wellness shop offers tans, an infrared custom sauna cinema where you can catch up on your favorite television shows as you sweat out toxins, bridal party group tans and even a luxury swimwear boutique in store. This is the place to be to feel your best before you head out on the lake or off to your honeymoon!

ways to get summer ready with atx health & wellness experts

Laurel Corrinne Studio

Owner Laurel is a licensed Medical Aesthetician and Master Skin Care Specialist with ten years of experience helping brides feel completely radiant. Her philosophy is simple: when your body and skin are at their healthiest, you feel beautiful! From microneedling and dermaplane treatments to help rejuvenate your face to CoolSculpting for those stubborn, hard-to-target areas, Laurel Corrinne Studio has you covered from head to toe. She even offers body-contouring custom tans that help accentuate your curves and emphasize your tone in all the right places. Go makeup-free and show off your body confidently this summer!

ways to get summer ready with atx health & wellness experts

Sky Candy

Step out of your comfort zone and into this awesome studio environment to try something new and get a unique workout in as summer approaches! Sky Candy is Austin’s own aerial arts studio, offering bachelorette and birthday parties, classes and workshops for you brides-to-be and all your friends. Aerial classes are such a fun way to tone your body and feel an exhilarating rush, and you don’t have to know a thing to try it – Sky Candy will teach you everything you need to know. Get a group of girlfriends together and give their drop-in or private classes a try!

ways to get summer ready with atx health & wellness experts

Hall Plastic Surgery and Med Spa

No matter the cosmetic or wellness services you’re searching for, you can most likely find it at Hall Plastic Surgery and Med Spa. From laser hair removal to injectables, skin care treatments and cosmetic procedures, Dr. Hall is dedicated to helping you feel rejuvenated and confident in your skin. His clinic offers many non-invasive options and his expert staff is focused on treating the whole person, not just the problem areas. Get on the right track for summer with nutritional counseling, professional skin care and the latest in med spa treatments.


See more from these ATX health, fitness and beauty experts and get in touch with any of them with just a few easy clicks through their Brides of Austin vendor profiles. Cheers to being summer ready and feeling like our best selves!