Planning your Austin wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate your story with loved ones and treat them to an experience they’ll never forget. But where to start? With a little inside scoop from our team, you will find a list of unique wedding services you may not have thought to use that will take your event to the next level. Read on below to get the scoop on what has industry insiders and brides alike raving about these local vendors, and why they top our list for wedding must-haves!
Live Love Relax – Few couples realize the importance of de-stressing before a wedding, but we can’t overstate the importance of relaxing before the big day. If you’re yearning for a pre-wedding massage, look no further than Live Love Relax. Wedding wellness is their first priority, and they want to ensure you go into your special day feeling as refreshed and rejuvenated as possible. Make sure to check out some of their special services, like the VIP Massage Nook where they bring an incredible massage table and cozy atmosphere to you. This service won’t only be great for you, but also for your wedding party. Make sure everyone gets in on the action before walking down the aisle.
FunBox – Have you been searching for a totally unique way to WOW at your wedding? Something that your friends and family will be want to talk about for years to come? Take a peek inside FUNBOX’s bag of tricks. From the creative minds of the Craven + Co. event team, these FUNBOXes are filled with festive ways to entertain partygoers. Their signature SPICEBARs offer guests a unique chance to decorate and, well, spice up their cocktails. Meanwhile, the company’s unique SODABAR and HOTBAR boxes are filled with goodies that let everyone in on the fun (not just your adult beverage-loving guests). These boxes are filled with yummy toppings for building your own classic soda pops or hot cocoas and teas. Yet another awesome signature offering from FUNBOX is their romantic WISH BANNER box, which brides can customize with their wedding colors and, later, guests decorate with words of love and wisdom for a cool alternative to a traditional guestbook.
Photo: T Walker Photography
Luxe Departures – You’re already planning a wedding, so finding time to plan the once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of feels overwhelming — or near impossible. Fortunately, we have the hookup. Hand the honeymoon reigns over to Ashley at Luxe Departures. She strives to provide the best travel agent experience as possible through personalized planning. Her expert direction will save you valuable time and money. “I have traveled luxuriously and on a tight budget, with big groups and with only myself as company,” Ashley says. “I have been to over 50 countries, and I am always eager to embark on another adventure to expand my knowledge of destinations for clients.”
Ashley partners with The Travel Society, a full-service travel agency based in Denver and a proud member of Virtuoso. Through this network, Luxe Departures is able to take care of any of your travel needs — find flights, book accommodations, schedule tours and transfers, and is able to provide clients first-class amenities at the world’s best hotels (she’s a preferred partner of Starwood, Four Seasons, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental and Ritz-Carlton hotels — to name a few). Each of these affiliations recognizes Ashley as a top producer and put her clients at the top of upgrade and VIP lists. Her connections are fabulous, no matter if you’re booking an entire trip or just a short hotel stay through her (think exclusive amenities, upgrades, food/beverage/spa credits, discounted change fees — we could go on and on). You’ll never forget your vacation or your experience working with Ashley.
Margaret Collection – Finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses is never easy, but the Margaret Collection is here to help. Designed for the stylish and chic bride, this collection will help create a beautiful and cohesive look for any bridal party. From jumpsuits to cape dresses to slips, there is a unique and high-fashion look for every bridesmaid’s individual style.
The Murphy Team – Who better to help a new couple find their forever home than a rockstar real estate team? Whether you are looking to sell or buy a commercial or residential property, the experts have you covered. Buying, selling and renting is a breeze with The Murphy Team!
The Pet Gal – If you’re a dog owner you know there’s nothing more important than your pup’s health and happiness. When life gets busy and going on walks gets hard, The Pet Gal is ready to step in and help. With services ranging from pet sitting, dog walking, pet taxi, wedding pet attendant and ranch sitting. A community of pet lovers, The Pet Gal has trusted, caring professionals willing to step in and give your pup some extra love.
Photo: Julie Wilhite Photography
Vannagram – Want a unique and exciting photo booth opportunity for your wedding guests? Meet Anna the Vanna, a 1979 Type-2 Volkswagen bus! Before she was converted into a one-of-a-kind mobile photo booth, this vintage gal has roamed across the deserts of Arizona, hugged the coastline of California and trotted up the mountains of Colorado, and now currently rests her tires in Austin. Vannagram & Co. is a custom-built mobile photo booth cleverly housed inside a mint green vintage VW bus. The bus is complete with the highest quality equipment – the fanciest of cameras, radiant lighting to keep your party guests looking fly and duplicate photo strips to remind them of the wild time they had!
Photo: Lauren Reynolds Photography
Bonjour Brigadeiro – What is brigadeiro? It’s a chocolate truffle-like candy created in Brazil in the 1940s. Present in every party such as birthdays, weddings, corporate events and any other celebration. A party isn’t a party without brigadeiros! It’s a perfect bite-sized decadent treat. Trust us, you won’t want to go without these tasty confections at your wedding.
Photo: R and M Bledsoe Photography