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6 Unique Guest Book Ideas

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One of the first details your guests will see when entering your wedding venue is your guest book! Not only can this be a fun, interactive station for your guests to kick off the wedding fun, but it will be a keepsake you and your spouse will look back on for years to come. Trust us – your wedding day will be a blur, and this will ensure you know exactly who attended your celebration! Just like your dress, cake table, and the rest of your wedding details, your guest book should reflect you as a couple. Whether you’re a classic couple who prefers the traditional book or a DIY fanatic with a project up your sleeve, here are some unique guest book ideas!

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polaroid guest book

Photos // The Crakes

1. Have a traditional guest book

Classic weddings call for classic elements…like a traditional guest book. Traditional guests books are typically blank books with an engraved cover of the couple’s names or monogram. Your customized cover can be designed and customized from most stationary shops. Or you can easily find a book on our Amazon shop here!

2. Receive the “book” over a span of time

Your maid of honor is going to be your right hand girl, and it’s totally okay to ask her for one last thing after the wedding. Set out postcards for your guests to write messages on and have your maid of honor mail these to you throughout your first year of marriage. You’ll be reminded of that special night for an entire year and still get to relish in those memories.

Tip: Gift your maid of honor some stamps to help complete this fun task.

3. Ask for travel recommendations

Not every couple gets to jet off on their honeymoon after their wedding, and this can be an awesome advantage! Instead of setting out a traditional guest book for your guests to sign, set a globe out and ask for travel recommendations. The guests can write special messages on places they recommend traveling to. Your guests might just plan you the perfect honeymoon!

4. Incorporate your hobbies

Your wedding is planned perfectly for you and your guest book should reflect that! Incorporate your hobbies into your book to give it a personal touch. Are you a total music lover? Set up a record player with blank records and have your guests write messages on the records. For an even more special touch, frame the records and hang them around your house to always remember their sweet words.

5. Take a Polaroid selfie

While all your wedding photos are beautiful, depending on the size of your guest list, you may not end up seeing every guest in your wedding gallery. Have your guests take a selfie with a Polaroid camera or Instax Mini and write a caption on the bottom of the picture. This way you can enjoy all the nice messages and have an abundance of wedding pictures from your very favorite people.

6. Use your wine corks

Who says drinking wine isn’t a hobby? If you love collecting wine corks, we have the perfect alternative guest book for you. Have your guests sign a wine cork and place it in a shadow box. This makes such a unique decoration for your kitchen, not to mention, makes a great excuse to crack open a bottle of red. *wink*wink* Happy collecting!


Not into DYI? Shop our favorite guest books available on Amazon here!

Meet our 2021 Looks of Love Contest Winners!

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Meet the 2021 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 2021 Looks of Love Contest winners are Maddie + Kambel! Their gorgeous photos were captured by Annique Marie Photography, and we couldn’t be more smitten! We are thrilled to gift this couple witha wedding weekend suite experience at Fairmont Austin including a two-night stay in a Grand Suite with light-filled prep room, in-room breakfast for two, complementary valet parking, turn down service, welcome amenity, plus 10% off wedding related room blocks and events through 2021 AND a pair of custom 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 page! Kambel led Maddie to her proposal with a collection of notes, then gifted her a scrapbook to keep them all in after he asked for her hand – how sweet! Thank you so very much to all those who entered and voted! Happy Valentine’s Day!

*Winner receives a pair of custom 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.

Looks of Love Contest 2021 – Cast your vote for our Elite 8 Finalists!

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Looks of Love Contest 2021 – Cast your vote for our Elite 8 Finalists!

Our inboxes were flooded with so many adorable submissions for this year’s Looks of Love Contest! It was unbelievably difficult to narrow it down to 8 finalists, and we can’t imagine trying to pick a winner, which is why we’re enlisting the help of our followers! This year, we’re letting YOU decide – pop over to our Insta Story at @bridesaustin to vote on our Elite 8 finalists March Madness style (or Bachelor fantasy league style – whichever you prefer!). We’ve made the bracket – you tell us whose story is your fave! Each day we’ll eliminate half the couples so that on February 13th, the final two finalists go head-to-head. So check in daily to vote for your favorite couples, and read each duo’s adorable story here!

The couple with the most likes will be crowned the Brides of Austin 2020 Looks of Love winners and will be treated toa wedding weekend suite experience at Fairmont Austin including a two-night stay in a Grand Suite with light-filled prep room, in-room breakfast for two, complementary valet parking, turn down service, welcome amenity, plus 10% off wedding related room blocks and events through 2021 AND a pair of custom wedding bands from Nicole Mera*!

Check back on Valentine’s Day to see the 2021 winners, and tell your pals to follow @bridesofaustin to vote!

*Winner receives a pair of custom 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.

CLICK HERE TO TO VOTE ON INSTAGRAM NOW!

Photos top left to bottom, top right to bottom: Lizbeth Greer, Ann Mark Photo, Gaby Deimeke, Main Squeeze Photography, Feather & Twine, Teresa Woodhull, Annique Marie PhotographyCaitlin Rose Photography

Comfy-Cozy + Romantic-Chic Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we can already smell all the chocolate and roses that are to come! There’s a couple of things we’re obsessed with here at The Brides of Austin – anything and everything pink, love (we love love!) and a good outfit, making Valentine’s Day a holiday that seems like it was just made for us. Whether Valentine’s Day this year is a first date, your first year engaged or your first year married, they’re all extremely special in their own way, so why not have a comfy-cozy or romantic-chic outfit to go with the occasion? We have the perfect outfit inspiration for any plans you may have this Valentine’s Day, from a romantic night out to a cozy night in (or both!), plus all the cute accessories to go with each, all available through our LiketoKnow.it!

valentine's day outfit

1. Leopard Print Gathered Bust Minidress | 2. Charlie Holiday Bradley Dress | 3. Floral Print Ruched Blouson Long Sleeve Dress | 4. Jimena Midi Dress in Sapphire | 5. Ghost Abby Dress in Red | 6. Gala Ready Blush Pink Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle Midi Dress

Feeling fancy for a romantic night out?

After almost a year of being quarantined in the house, you deserve a sweet and romantic night out on the town with your love! Floral, cheetah and velvet have been all the latest trending pieces, and there’s no better time than now to break them all out. Nothing says a romantic dinner date more than a moody, romantic red or maroon maxi dress, paired with chic statement earrings (scroll below to see) to complete the outfit. For drinks out at the bar, cheetah and floral minidresses will make you look extremely festive and definitely the life of the party!

 

valentine's day pajamas

1. Roller Rabbit Hearts Sleep Set | 2. Style Supply Washed Blush Oversized T-Shirt Dress | 3. Honeydew Star Seeker Printed Pajama Set in Star Dust Lips | 4. And Chill Set in Dusty Rose | 5. Contessa Lounge Set  | 6. C.O.M.F.Y. Pullover in Wine

Lounge looks for a cozy night in

Just because you’re not leaving the house doesn’t mean you don’t need a cute outfit to lounge around in, and these outfits bring in all the festive feels to your Valentine’s Day at home! There’s honestly no other outfits we’d want to wear while making a home cooked meal with our love, followed by a night cuddling and watching movies in the comfiest pillow fort. Don’t mind us as we’re casually adding all of these outfits into our online shopping cart, definitely doubling up for Valentine’s Day and comfy work from home attire!

 

valentine's day accessories

1. You’re A Firework Earrings in Black | 2. Sacred Heart Earrings | 3. Cashmere Cloud Socks in Hot Pink | 4. Heart Loop Earrings | 5. Farylrobin Marty Sherpa Slipper in Pink | 6. Love Drop 2.0 Earrings | 7. Gold Heart Necklace

And… the finishing touch, whether you’re in or out!

You can’t forget about accessories! While diamonds are a girl’s best friend, have you ever had a pair of slippers that you wanted to wear everywhere? Fuzzy blush slippers are of course the perfect accessory for staying at home, but also double as comfy accessories to change into to give your feet a break on your night out. Remember those statement earrings we mentioned? Red heart-drop earrings, minimalist gold hoops, and heart shaped sparkling earrings all add the perfect finishing touch to your Valentine’s Day outfit, whether on the town or for glamming up for a night at home!


Find more shoppable content here, or jump straight to our LiketoKnow.it!

Find Rustic Grandeur and More in this Austin Micro Wedding Inspiration

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Luxury and rustic living go hand-in-hand at the grandiose Two Wishes Ranch Events, where this styled shoot shows off micro wedding inspiration that spares no exquisite detail. Just because your event is small doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be stylish, and Lauren Field Design proves that even Texas can have a sleek, modern side without sacrificing an ounce of southern hospitality. Blooms in hues of blue, green, ochre and golden ivory make arrangements by The Bloom Bar pop against a natural textured landscape and as far as tablescapes go, these are divine. Chinoiserie linens from Premiere Events perfectly complement the fine china, and other elegant furnishings from Loot Rentals bring all the timeless grandeur to these wedding scenes. This model looks absolutely stunning in the most romantic off-the-shoulder gown from Unbridaled featuring a lace design that reminisces on our favorite Texas flowers. Sipping on the cutest courtyard cocktails from Contigo Catering is even sweeter set in front of a vintage airstream backdrop for all the good vibes. Find all the micro wedding inspiration you could want from Lauren Field Design in this rustic grandeur styled shoot – and read on for a note from the talented planner about the vision behind this curated affair. Cheers!

Photo // Jessica Frey Photography

From the planner, Lauren Field Design: “A micro-wedding that captures the rustic grandeur of Two Wishes Ranch, inspired by the wild rolling meadows and the classic nature of the nearby polo fields. Tones of blue, shades of green, ochre and golden ivory are surrounded by authentic Texas materials. Natural textures are layered alongside a fresh take on classic patterns to create a romantic ambiance full of laid back luxe. The Bloom Bar suspended a lattice of lemon leaf greenery from the soaring barn ceilings and we designed one long grandiose table with silky draping at either end to draw the eye upward and celebrate the unique space. We selected matching toile napkins and linens with textured dinnerware and pops of yellow tonal flowers. We included leather accents throughout the design from everything to escort cards to the stationery suite envelope as a nod to traditional Texas and equestrian elements. The beauty of the venue is its unique location and history with horses, so we knew we had to incorporate portraits with them. Cocktails in the courtyard with a cute airstream, a ceremony with the big sky of Texas had rain clouds rolling in, and a reception in the stunning barn at one long table. The bride wore a floral embellished Marchesa Bridal gown with a plunging neckline and sculptural white leather flower earrings from Hushed Commotion. Her bridesmaid was in a dusty blue Jenny Yoo dress that had an amazing slit. The gentleman wore tan suits with brown leather accents.”


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