Monday, November 29, 2010

Boulder Springs Open House

Looking for a venue with a bit of ranch charm? Boulder Springs might just be the location for you. Not only are the grounds just beautiful, but they're also very affordable. 

Check out its open house this Thursday, December 2nd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and meet with coordinators, caterers, photographers, entertainers and more. Enjoy a wine tasting and samples of delicious cuisine provided by the area's best. 

Photos by Fizbin Photography

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Cake Shop welcomes new pastry chefs

San Antonio Weddings and The Wedding Lady would like to welcome The Cake Shop's newest pastry chefs, Michael and Amanda Joyner--a husband-and-wife team whose speciality is perfecting delicious recipes for all of us to enjoy. 

One of the most fun parts of planning a wedding is shopping for the cake. Not only do you get to look at pretty and fun designs, but you can schedule tastings (in my opinion the best part) with several bakeries and have a day full of sampling goodies. 

But before you venture out to do your research, know this. First off, there is a difference on who makes your cake. Are they a baker or pastry chef? What's the difference? Well, this article here explains it best. 

With that said think about it do you want just another cake or do you want it to be absolutely fabulous for the palate and the eye? Well.. if you prefer the latter, then you definitely have to call The Cake Shop. They're stuff is soooooo good.

And not only are they super moist and delicious, they're always looking for ways to make things better. They have a large selection of flavors and designs for you to get inspired. And they also create sugar-free cakes, gluten-free cakes, dairy and egg-free cakes and vegetarian specialties (a huge deal for those who need something tasty and diet-specific). 

Welcome Michael and Amanda, can't wait to see what tasty cupcakes you have coming up for the holidays. Peppermint Mocha perhaps? 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

e-mail for invitations?

Q: It is bad etiquette to e-mail my guests asking if they think they might attend my wedding? 
A: Yes and No. It's complicated. Let's explain. 

Part 1 of 2: 
It's not polite to send e-mails (including facebook messages or event notifications) as: 

- Wedding Invitations: 
You're wedding is special right? It's an important celebration that you want to share with those you love? If you consider it so, those you wish to celebrate with you are worth the few dollars (for invitation and postage) it costs to send a paper invite. Asking them if they think they might attend is just asking for hurt feelings. Don't do it. 

Instead, make lists (several) and filter out anyone you haven't spoken to in the last year, whose last name you can't remember, or are only aware of by association (your mom's 3rd cousin who lives in Mexico). 

- For Thank-You Notes: 
Someone was nice enough to attend (or not) your wedding and get you a gift. While they might have just gone to the bridal kiosk, printed out the list of items you registered for, find a particular item on that list and pay the cashier for it... they still got you a gift. 

Plain and simple. Send them a formal thank you. 

- When addressing touchy issues
For one, it's on the Internet. It's not private. And two, it's extremely hard to communicate emotions. You can't pick up on bodily language. And no, just because you put a smiley face or an "lol" at the end of the sentence doesn't make it OK. 

- When plans aren't set: 
If your maid-of-honor is throwing you a bridal shower and you haven't confirmed dates or times. Don't send out a mass e-mail to everyone you're inviting if you don't know the details. Get with the key people before doing so. 

So when is it OK to use e-mail? Tune in next week for our list.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wedding Dress Wednesdays: Picks of the Week

Available at Bridal Connection
If you're like many girls who envisioned walking down the aisle in poofy, swishy gown like Cinderella, then this is the perfect dress for you. It's organza fabric is light and airy. And it's beaded waist band with flower accent adds just the modern touch for today's bride. 

Available at Debi's Bridal 
I might be a bit biased, but I love Mon Cheri (my dress was Mon Cheri). Just look at the boldness of this gown. I have to admit I also l.o.v.e. red. This is definitely the perfect dress for a more trendy bride, but it still just absolutely gorgeous. 
Available at Julian Gold 
If you like the romantic and simple look, this dress from Melissa Sweet offers the best of both worlds. The lace detail and scalloped neckline add sort of a vintage flair--a timeless look. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Dance Song: What's yours?

Nothing brings back a memory, for me at least, like a certain smell--except sound (songs in particular). Like The Cure's "If You Leave" makes me want to go home, plop on the couch with some popcorn and watch The Breakfast Club. Watching Brat Pack movies always puts me in a good mood. 

Which brings me the First Dance topic. Have you found your song yet? What is it? How did you go about selecting it? Picking just the right one can certainly be a challenge. But sometimes it'll just come to you. You knew right when you heard it that it was going to be "your" song. 

But, for several, the task to pick a tune that is just perfect can leave you a bit overwhelmed. Our song, Lifehouse's "You and Me" is special because that was the first concert we went to as a couple and we like their style (and almost all their songs). 

Now, when I hear any Lifehouse song I think back, not only to the wedding, but to the entire time I was planning it. It makes even rough days not so bad. 

So my advice to you for selecting a song is pick a something that already holds a bit of significance, fits the genre of music you like and is something that you can listen to a few times over and it not drive you nuts. :) 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bella Bridesmaid opens new shop in Austin

Congrats to our favorite bridesmaids shop, Bella Bridesmaid, for opening another store in the Austin area. 

500 N. Lamar Street St. 165 
Austin, Texas 78703

Here are some of my favorite dresses from a shoot we did for our current edition of the magazine. Thanks Ross from Studio Benton

LulaKate: Christy 

LulaKate: Alex 

Love by Enzoani's A31

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Need a venue? Want great service?

So what do we do here at San Antonio Weddings? Well we all have different jobs, but my job in particular (writing/editing) allows me to network with some of the city's best wedding gurus. So yesterday I met with Ms. Kat Parrish at the Weston Centre for an interview for our company's December newsletter. 

Ms. Parrish is an absolute sweetheart. She's very energetic, open-minded and accommodating. But more so she's truly passionate about what she does for a living--a great combination when seeking out someone to plan one of the most important events of your life eh? 

Anyway, they have new offices. And the way leading up to her gorgeous 27th-floor-office-with-a-view she has this. 

Be sure to give them a call and stop in for a tour. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bachelor/ette Party Idea

Confused about what to do your last few weekends as a single guy or gal? We have the answer for you. Check out this article on San Antonio Weddings for the ultimate party idea from Shark Limousines. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Favorite Photos Friday: Picks of the Week

Welcome cool weather and the first Friday of November. As usual, picking just a few photos from our local photographers each week is an extremely difficult task. So how do I do it? When selecting the four I want to feature each week, I look for something that evokes an emotion. Do any of this week's picks make you feel something? 

Amy DeYoung 

Why do I like this picture? 
Well, a lot of reasons. I love how it looks so spontaneous. The blurry leaves in front of the lens and the texture of the tree in the background really stand out to me. The lady's dress is super cute and very flirty. The books on the chair make you curious to know more about the subjects' personalities.  And I just love the location of this shoot. The vineyards are beautiful. Makes me think of a romantic summer's day. 

Chanda's Photography 

Why do I like this picture? 
The lighting is great. And while I'm not typically a fan of centered poses, this one works well. It's slightly off-centered and the range of colors and light reflecting off the subjects really stands out. 

Kurtis Kronk Photography 

Why do I like this picture? 
No, it's not because it reminds me of the movie Pearl Harbor (OK, maybe a little). But the serious answer would be because a good photographer (hi Kurtis) knows exactly how to capture the personality of their subject. The lighting is great, the colors pop... beautiful. 

Urth Studio 

Why do I like this picture? 
Simply put, I couldn't stop laughing. Imagine it. I'm at work...working.. and I'm giggling to myself (for at least five minutes) while listing to Christmas music. Thank goodness no one else was really paying attention. Kristin (from Urth Studio) is real good at getting people to open up too. Those are some great expressions eh?

Happy weekend San Antonio!