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Tips on Supporting a Bride Who had to Postpone their Wedding

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The big day is coming up but sadly no one will be able to attend. This is the reality for a lot of local brides right now. Our team at Brides of Austin understands how upsetting it is to have to postpone a wedding and we want to do something to help. Here’s a how to guide on supporting a bride who had to postpone her wedding due to COVID-19. Pro tip: utilize as many local businesses as you can.

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Photo: Reiley + Rose, Ashley Medrano Photography

Something Personal

First and most importantly, call her and make sure that she feels loved, supported and understood during this challenging time. If you’re looking to do something a little extra, we’ve compiled a few ideas below.

Something Sweet

A yummy pick me up is something that anyone can enjoy. Pick a local bakery that will deliver desserts to her doorstep. We highly recommend The Cupcake Bar in Austin for yummy cuppies or their latest doughnut kits and 2Tarts Bakery in New Braunfels for coffee and treats. Check out Bonjour Brigadeiro Handcrafted Chocolate & Treats for Instagram-worthy take-home sweets.

Something Floral

Sending someone flowers is a love language. Find your favorite local florist and have them put together an arrangement for your favorite fiancée. To go the extra mile – find out what her wedding colors are and have the blossoms mimic what her wedding florals will look like!

 Something Healthy

Focusing on health is a great way to eliminate stress, which is something a bride with a postponed wedding has a lot of right now. Some say that the best way to relax is by getting a massage and a gift certificate to Live Love Relax. If body treatments are more her style, Laurel Corrinne Studio in Austin offers everything from sunless tanning to dermaplaning. This is a great opportunity to purchase two certificates and go with your girlfriend when the quarantine is over! By the way, overall health helps to boost immune systems and promote positivity.

Something Colorful

Flowers aren’t her vibe? What about a piece of art from a local artist! Watercoloratx is known for their jaw dropping creations and a painting from here will last her a lifetime. Need advice on the perfect watercolor piece? Perhaps a painting of her wedding venue is a step in the right direction.

Something Beauty

Make her excited for what’s to come! Get her a gift card to her favorite salon, like Gloss Beauty Boutique or flAir Style Lounge, that will be good for a blowout or facial once the virus slows down! Remember that gift cards help to support local businesses now and they are good for use later!

Something Artsy

Has she picked a new date? Send her a calligraphy note from Owl & Envelope or Ivelisse Designs with the updated wedding date. Both she and her significant other will cherish this forever!

Something She Wants

Log on to her wedding registry and send her a sweet gift!

We’re also sharing tips for postponing your wedding here!

Gardenia | French Chateau Wedding Inspiration

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Step inside your dream French chateau wedding in this fresh and dewey vendor collaboration. Ma Maison served as the perfect backdrop for the soft, romantic editorial with its immaculate event spaces and gorgeous outdoor scenery. The table setting from Premiere Select aired springtime romance with a textured linen, Louis-stye chairs and delicate china. A deckle-edged invitation suite designed by Percolator Letterpress added to the old-world mystique with silk ribbon, wax seals and floral illustrations. Cocktails perfectly presented by Elevate Bartending were the ideal refreshment for this al fresco setting captured by Sophie Epton Photography. The Bloom Bar took care of every floral detail with perfectly composed arrangements of creams, terra cotta hues and blush accents – a sight for sore eyes, indeed! The model bride was poised thanks to her beauty look from Gloss Beauty Boutique: a touchable low bun and youthful, glowing makeup. An intricately embroidered gown from Blush Bridal Lounge stole the show, making all of our French chateau wedding dreams come true! Scroll below for some major inspiration!!

Photos // Sophie Epton Photography

Local Venue Spotlight: Nestled on 23 acres in the beautiful wine country just outside Austin, Texas, Ma Maison is a luxury wedding and event venue that combines the warmth of home with breathtaking European-inspired elegance. Inspired by their French heritage, the 10,000-square foot property and immaculately designed outdoor sites provide an oasis of natural beauty and exemplary customer service in the spectacular Texas Hill Country.

Wild Fable: A Fashion Story of Unique Gowns for Austin Brides

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The fashion editorial of our wildest dreams came to life in this season’s highly anticipated shoot, Wild Fable. Hosted on the scenic, limitless grounds at Lucky Arrow Retreat, every modern-folksy detail came to life. Remi + Gold’s floral design completely stole the show in a never before seen color palette. Electric shades of violet and lavender, touchable texture and over-the-top installs came together in brilliant works of art, including a floral “teepee” and a heart-shaped grid installation. The bride’s hair and makeup were expertly done by flAir Style Lounge who created sleek, modern hairstyles and bold-lipped makeup looks, complementing the incredibly enviable gown collection from our favorite local bridal boutiques. Topped with handmade jewelry from On a Limb Creative, and ever-unique engagement rings via Form to Feeling, the model bride was ready for her wildly “Austin” wedding day. Captured by the combined talents of Caitlin Rose Photography and PhotoHouse Films, this Wild Fable imagery is sure to inspire any bride!

Photos // Caitlin Rose Photography

Video // PhotoHouse Films

Look 1: Chosen by Day One via Unbridaled

Look 2: Carolina Herrera via Julian Gold

Look 3: Rue de Seine via Unbridaled

Look 4: Badgley Mischka via Blush Bridal Lounge

Look 5: Eddy K

Brides of Austin Spring/Summer 2020 Cover Unveiled!

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Brides of Austin Spring/Summer 2020 Cover

Brides of Austin’s new issue comin’ in hot! And with that we’re unveiling the all-new Spring/Summer 2020 cover, captured by Caitlin Rose Photography! Isn’t it to-die-for?! Our team collectively gasped the moment we saw this dreamy image while culling the gallery for our Spring/Summer 2020 fashion editorial – Wild Fable. Every single detail from this electric shoot is a style-lovers dream, from the model bride’s Rue de Seine Little Rock lace gown from Unbridaled to the explosive floral installation Remi + Gold arranged inside a modern yurt at Lucky Arrow Retreat. Our cover model’s oh-so-chic look was finished with a sleek, low bun complemented with cluster lashes atop soft pink eyeshadow and a matte mauve neutral lip by flAir Style Lounge, a three-stone engagement featuring an oval-cut blue sapphire from Form to Feeling and GeoCircle threader hoops and Zig Zag Cuff bracelet from On a Limb Creative.

Congrats to Caitlin for snagging her first Brides of Austin cover! Stay tuned to see the full editorial featuring even more amazing bridal gowns from Julian Gold and Blush Bridal Lounge, along with the incredible behind the scenes video from PhotoHouse Films – we promise you won’t want to miss it!

You may not be able to make it to the newsstand for the next few weeks, but we’re still mailing magazines ordered online! Pre-order the new Spring/Summer 2020 issue to have it on your doorstep long before the quarantine is over, PLUS in honor of the new release, we’re offering free shipping on orders of two or more mags. Cheers!

#COVID19: Postponing Your Wedding? You’ll Want to Read These Tips

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Amidst this unprecedented pandemic situation, you may be one of the brides faced with the heavy decision of postponing your wedding. First, we are so sorry you’re going through this. We completely understand the effort and passion that goes into planning this incredibly special day, and in turn, the disappointment and emotions of having to change plans in a major way. While the health and safety of you and your guests is of utmost importance, getting to have the wedding you’ve been eagerly looking forward to is important, too! While you may have to let go of your dream date, you can still have your dream day. Follow the tips below to ensure your wedding plans can get back on track when the time is right. Stay safe, brides!

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Photo // Melissa Glynn Photography

Steps to Take When Postponing Your Wedding

1. Decide whether to postpone, adjust or if your date is far enough out, to go ahead with your original plans. As of this post’s publication, events taking place July 2020 and beyond are most likely safe, but Coronavirus statistics and guidelines continue to change, so always pay attention to local rules and guidelines for gatherings (your city, county and state government websites should have the latest information), and of course, stay up to date with the latest info from the CDC. Your guest count and guests’ travel plans should factor in most. If a large number of your guests will require long trips or travel by air to get to your wedding, postponing to a fall/winter 2020 or spring 2021 date is probably best. The later your new date, the less risk you run of having to postpone twice. No, thank you! If you’re open to simply adjusting your original plans, consider eloping or having an intimate, private or family-only ceremony (you’ll still need an ordained minister and license for it to be legal) and postponing only the reception to a later date.

2. Family first. Before you talk to any vendors, clear a few potential new dates or a range of dates with the people closest to you – your spouse-to-be and your immediate families. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to find a new date that works for every single person in your extended family and bridal party, much less your entire guest list, but don’t panic. Your loved ones understand how important this is to you and will do their best to accommodate a new date. Consider streaming your ceremony and/or reception so those who can’t make the new date can “attend” in their own way!

3. Prioritize vendor communication. You’ll need to get in touch with ALL of your vendors as soon as possible, but in these circumstances, the order in which you reach out matters. We recommend speaking first with your planner – as the liaison between you and other vendors, their input is invaluable and they may be able to take care of the bulk of the communications involved in postponing your wedding. If you aren’t using a planner, we suggest reaching out to vendors in this order:

– Venue
– Officiant
– Photographer + Videographer
– Florist, Caterer, Rentals (they have large, expensive, time-sensitive orders to place)
– All other vendors

With so many moving pieces, it may be extremely difficult to find a new date that works for every vendor you’ve booked. Decide which couple of vendors are your absolute must-haves, and make sure your new date works for them first. You may have to go another direction with certain vendors, and that’s okay! Review all contracts to see the protocol for changing dates, canceling if need be, and which payments are non-refundable. Remember, this is a stressful time for vendors too, but kindness in your communication with them can go a long way.

4. Notify guests. Update your wedding website with your new date and any updated travel recommendations for guests. Give your guests plenty of time to adjust their travel plans, change flights, etc., but at the same time, don’t communicate anything to guests out of panic before you’ve nailed down a Plan B (steps 1-3). Let your guests know of the new plans by posting on social media – many vendors have created beautiful templates for Instagram to help with this announcement – or sending a new save the date. If you’re not keen on extra postage costs, email announcements are totally okay in this situation!

5. Make sure your marriage license will still be valid if you’ve already gotten one, or adjust your plans for picking up that important piece of paper. Don’t worry: we’ve got a comprehensive guide to getting your marriage license, too!

6. Adjust your honeymoon travel plans. Definitely be aware of CDC and government guidelines before making any major travel adjustments!

6. Breathe. Think big picture. Remember, no matter what happens, it’s still your day and before you know it, this will be behind us and you’ll be married to your person.

Brides of Austin Is Here to Help

We know postponing your wedding can feel extremely overwhelming, but hold on to these two words: focus + flexibility. Focus on what’s most important to you, and be flexible with the rest! We hope to make the process a little easier for you as you go about making adjustments to your wedding plans. Need to hire a different vendor? Our directories are full of reputable, talented local vendors who will be eager to help serve you on your new date. Need inspiration as you finesse your original vision? We’ve got you covered there with amazing local weddings and styled shoots. Our social media channels are full of helpful information as well, and we hope to be a resource for you during this time.

Cheers to you! We wish you all the best!