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Get the Buzz on the Best Austin Wedding Trends in 2020

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Looking for the latest trends in the wedding industry? We’ve got them covered! We’ve rounded up some of the best in the business, spotlighting the amazing talent, entrepreneurship and FUN that these Austin vendors are known for. Get your wedding checklist out and get ready to meet some of our favorite people delivering the best trends. The buzz is HERE!

Get the Buzz on the Best Austin Wedding Trends in 2020

MirMir

Celebrities like Justin Beiber and Ellen as well as brands like Ralph Lauren, Dior and Lacoste love MirMir — and we think you will too! MirMir is not your average photo booth — it’s a celebrity-style photo experience. It’s one of our favorite new trends and you can now bring this experience to your big day.

This is no standard selfie station! With MirMir, you get studio quality lighting perfected by a fashion photographer and even a photographer on-site to give direction for guests. And say goodbye to filters and editing because you get instant digital copies via text or email to share on social media — and they come retouched thanks to their custom software, so you just get to focus on the fun! From wedding logos on your images to keepsake albums for the couple, there’s something for every type of bride.

We get so many guests telling us they have framed their MirMir photo because they love it so much,” says Lindsey. Get your guests smiling — and create a moment they can take home with them!

Plush Party Band

Your wedding took months — maybe even years to plan, so when it comes time to party afterwards, you’re ready for an unforgettable celebration! That’s why we love Plush Party Band! This true variety band brings the glamour, a wide variety of musical styles — and all kinds of fun to your big day.

“We have an absolute blast with every performance, and it shows,” says the band. “Weddings are by far our favorite type of event to do. We love to be part of the magic, and we especially love the after-wedding moment we have with each couple as their guests prepare for the send off. The teary-eye hugs never get old!”

From classic jazz and Motown to country and modern R & B, these guys know how to keep the dance floor packed the entire evening.

Photo: Caitlin Rose Photography

A.Curtis Creations

A Curtis Creations

Owned and artfully operated by Avery Curtis Miller, A. Curtis Creations specializes in custom commissions and live paintings. Couple’s choose which scene from their big day they would like painted, and Avery creates her masterpiece while keeping guests entertained and awe-inspired. Impressionism meets real life in each of her paintings, making her work a one-of-a-kind memory that will be cherished forever. Avery also creates art for other wedding pieces like safe the invitations, guest books and more!

Photo: Sophie Epton

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Laurel Corrine

Laurel Corrine Studio is what the buzz is all about. Wedding prep has met its maker. On top of everything else you have to consider while planning your wedding, planning self-care shouldn’t be overcomplicated! Laurel Corrine Studio offers a relaxing space to rejuvenate from your every day stressors and prepare for life’s biggest moments. Her specialty? Curating unique skincare plans for brides-to-be!

There’s really nothing like a custom beauty regimen from Laurel! With treatments ranging from cool sculpting to micro needling to a unique sunless tanning blend, everything you need to get ready for your big day is at the tip of Laurel’s fingertips!

“It’s a private studio where we work together for a holistic approach to the most beautiful, bright bride on that special day!”

Live Love Relax

Big events lead to big stress, so leave it up to Live Love Relax to take all your worries away before the big day! Wedding wellness is something Jillian and Oscar are passionate about, offering a variety of services that are perfect leading up to or after your wedding day! Enjoy a relaxing, 90-minute couple’s massage with your future spouse to eliminate any tension or stress you’ve been exposed to due to planning. Or, maybe a massage therapy session for yourself once the day is over? Out of all the treatment options Live Love Relax offers, our favorite has to be a chair massage brought to YOU! Choose from a three-hour or five-hour package that’s the perfect treat for the whole wedding party day-of. Enjoy!

Photo: Hannah Haston Photography

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The Aero Bar

Sleek, sophistication isn’t just for black tie events anymore. The Aero Bar’s perfectly designed mobile bars are enough to elevate any event. Choose from their matte-black camper trailer model, Emerson, or their traditional bar carts with modern accents, Edison. This no-hassel wedding pro is also equipped with stellar bar tenders to accompany either mobile bar for your event. Custom cocktails? Disposable drink ware including cocktail stirrers and napkins? The Aero Bar’s got it!

The Murphey Team

This team of talented real estate agents is here to help newlyweds find their future home. There’s a lot of ground to cover in Austin, but not to worry with these professionals on your side! After being in the real estate business for 10 years, this real estate group is hard to beat!

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Drink Slingers

These bartenders aren’t regular bartenders, they’re the best, most fun, rowdiest, party-oriented, drink-slinging bartenders you’ve ever seen! They truly are the life of the party and add a special vibe to your event that guests won’t soon forget.


Looking for other great vendors that are part of the buzz? Start here!

Wanderlust-Filled Wedding Portrait Inspiration from Nikk Nguyen Photo

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If you’ve ever felt awkward in front of the camera, this wedding portrait inspiration from Nikk Nguyen Photo is just what you need! Practice your modeling skills and steal a few pose ideas while drooling over this stunning styled shoot that is absolutely filled to the brim with wanderlust and adventurous spirit. Gorgeous loose curls and bold and daring makeup artistry by LUSTREbella bring out all the best features of this bride while an off-the-beaten-path gown from Unbridaled adds even more whimsy and bohemian flair to these photos. Beautiful florals by a waterside setting mean romance galore, and we just don’t know how this wedding portrait inspiration could get any more picturesque! Still unsure if you can duplicate these results in your shoot? Nikk Nguyen Photo knows how to work some serious magic behind the camera, so booking your shoot with him will mean a definite win for you and your partner! Read on to hear about the photographer’s vision for the shoot. Cheers!

Photos // Nikk Nguyen Photo

From the photographer: “This shoot was for the wanderers in us all. Vagabond hearts, adventure seekers and romantics!”


Looking for more inspiration? Check out all the best of Austin’s wedding vendors here or wedding inspiration here. Happy scrolling!

Our Guide on How to Pick your Bridesmaids

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Weddings are filled with joy, happiness, community and positivity… Until it’s time to pick bridesmaids. But that doesn’t have to be the case! If you follow this guide to picking the right ones to support you throughout the process, you will have no regrets. Remember – your wedding is about you and your partner, and it’s the first step to creating a life filled with the right people.

How to pick your bridesmaids

Budget

Oh budget – you’re the uninvited guest who just keeps showing up. I guess we’ll have to work with ya. It’s important to understand your budget because it will guide you to the number of bridesmaids you can afford. Once you’ve allocated the amount that you want to spend on the bridal party, it’s time to think about what all you will be providing them. Will you buy their dresses? Pay for their hair and makeup? What about bridesmaid proposal suites? How many bridal bouquets are you willing to pay for? Lastly, are you going to be covering your bachelorette trip? These can all be taken care of by your bridesmaids if you don’t have room in your own budget, but keep in mind that they have budgets too! In the event that someone is upset about not getting asked to be a part of your bridal party, your budget is an easy go-to excuse!

Wedding Size

Talk to your fiancé about how you both envision the big day. If you want it small, choose your closest friends. If you want it big, you have some more thinking to do. Even if you have a large guest count, that doesn’t mean that you have to have a large bridal party! Invite who you love and who you hope to cherish these special memories with for the rest of your life.

Family

The first stop on your bridesmaid checklist – family. Sisters come first, and if you have an extremely close brother, having him in your party is a modern touch that will be swooned over by all of your guests. Next, your fiancé’s sister. Do you have a close connection with her and spend quality time together often? If so – she would be the perfect addition to your bridesmaid list.

Friends

These people are just as important as your family – best friends. Think about who your life long best friends are. They can be from your childhood or adult life. A best friend is someone who you go to for all of life’s problems, who you match with emotionally and who loves to have fun with you. Pick her for the next bridesmaid on your list.

Now comes your friend group. You might even have multiple girl-squads, but the criteria for choosing the best of them for your big day is similar to the sister-in-law standards. How often do you talk to them or hang out with them? If you find yourself spending a lot of alone time with this person, chatting on a regular basis and vibing well together, consider them invited.

Finally, if there is someone who you aren’t particularly close with but they are easy to get along with and you know that they will bring excitement to all of your wedding events, add them in if you have room! Remember that it all comes down to who you want to see standing by your side on your big day. It’s time to be selfish!

Work Friends

We all have that one work friend who seems like a sister. You talk about gossip and the latest news with them every single day! If you have someone like this in your life, definitely add them in. But keep in mind, this is the group that you should feel least stressed about considering. Even if you don’t have room to invite them as a guest, they will be there every day to help you get through the wedding planning stress! Sometimes it’s better to leave what goes on in the office, at the office.


There they are – the tips for picking the best bridal party. We cannot stress enough how important it is to make this your decision and not anyone else’s. Feeling comfortable and at ease with these girls are the keys to enjoying the entire wedding day! Next, check out this post for the ultimate bachelorette party inspiration.

All Your Basic Wedding Ceremony Etiquette Questions Answered

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You’ve been to weddings, you’ve watched movies with weddings and viral wedding videos, but if you’re like most brides, your Google search history is still filled with questions about who sits where and walks out when. Enter wedding planning expert — Becky Navarro of Pearl Austin Events to give you expert insights on the basics of wedding ceremony etiquette. As the founder of Pearl Events Austin, she and her team provides customizable event planning services that are uniquely you, uniquely Austin.  Keep scrolling to hear her advice!

All Your Basic Wedding Ceremony Etiquette Questions Answered

Photo // SMS Photography

How long is a typical ceremony?

A typical ceremony is 20-30 minutes, unless you’re doing a catholic mass.

What’s the proper processional order? What about the recessional?

Processional order should be: grandparents of groom, grandparents of bride, parents of groom, parents of bride, officiant and groomsmen (if walking out together in one line), bridesmaids, ring bearer, flower girls, bride and dad/escort.

Recessional order should be: couple, wedding party (bridesmaids are escorted out by groomsmen), flower girl and ring bearer, if they are still standing at the ceremony, first row on the brides side, first row on the groom’s side.  Then, officiant releases the congregation. 

What are the rules for inviting children to weddings?

There is no official rule here. You pick!

Can I walk down the aisle to any song I want or should it be more traditional?

You do you! Unless you’re in a church. If you’re in a church some require certain songs.

Where should immediate family sit?

Immediate family is just that, immediate. Parents and grandparents sit on the first row. After that, I don’t recommend saving rows. Your aunts and cousins and godmother and great aunt… they will all find a place to sit. Tell them to come early. Don’t save too many rows because then no one sits there.

Should we write our own vows?

If you’re up for it, do it! 


Thank you to Becky Navarro of Pearl Events Austin for sharing her expertise with us! Visit her Brides of Austin vendor page to contact Becky directly for more information on getting help planning your dream wedding!

R.A.C. Events Shares the Low-Down on Creating a Cohesive Wedding Design

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“Cohesive design” is one of those buzzword phrases you might hear during different parts of the wedding planning process, but what does it really mean? We met with Reyna, Creative Director of R.A.C. Events and Design, at The Commune to learn more about what it takes to creative a cohesive design and how it happens from the very beginning of the wedding planning process. April Mae Creative‘s images below give you a peek into Reyna’s world – read on below to learn more!

Photos // April Mae Creative

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How would you sum up your wedding planning process?

“Our planning process always starts with the initial consultation once an inquiry is submitted. We like to get to know our client from the very first meeting to get an idea of their wedding vision, and to know them as a couple. Once a proposal is sent and contract signed, we get started on the planning and the client is guided each step of the way. We like to provide as many resources as possible for our clients including checklists and guides. We try to make the planning process as seamless as possible, by making suggestions to ultimately help the client with decisions.”

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What do you love most about being a wedding planner?

“It is so special to us that we get to be a part of one of the most important days in a couple’s lives! Building trust with a couple is crucial to planning, and seeing the work turn out just as they imagined at the end of the day is so rewarding!”

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Where do you find inspiration?

“I like to find inspiration from different design industries such as interior design and fashion design. Incorporating different types of design into weddings can bring new and exciting elements.”

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What should a couple expect when working with you?

“When working with R.A.C. Events and Design, we treat all our clients with honesty and respect. We are determined to make your big day true to you, and it’s a very collaborative process. We build long lasting friendships with our clients, and guide you through the entire wedding planning process. Our couples know they can come to use with any questions, concerns, and feel like they’re taken care of.”

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How do you create a cohesive wedding day design?

“For a cohesive wedding day look, you want to make sure different styles, textures, colors make sense and look good together. Use inspiration from your venue’s design, and you can keep building on your florals, linens, signs and attire to make everything seamlessly flow.”


Reyna is passionate about helping brides create and live their ultimate wedding day and has the experience to show for it! Interested in hiring R.A.C. Events for your big day? Contact Reyna via her Brides of Austin vendor profile!