Wedding Cake Styles by Barbara’s Brides

Ah, the amazing beauty of a wedding cake. As an Austin wedding planner, I see all kinds of cakes. I am very blessed to work with so many amazing Austin bakeries that range between light and fluffy to rich and dense. We see stacked cakes, square cakes, lopsided cakes, butter cream, fondant, cakes without frosting, white cakes accented by flowers and colorful cakes with intricate details and so many other combinations. As you can guess, I love wedding cakes.

When my sons were little they thought all to-go food boxes had wedding cake in since I would bring home a piece after each wedding for them to enjoy. They are quite the cake experts after all these years. They know what they like and what they don’t. So that tells you that not all cakes are created equal.

I do believe in ordering enough cake to have a slice for each guest and the love of chocolate has not faded. I am from San Diego and had worked for many years in weddings without ever seeing a groom’s cake. In California, they are all just wedding cakes. Marrying a Texan and having his family ask me where my cake was very perplexing to me. “Our” cake was chocolate so they were expecting a white cake to accompany it. Very funny to me, but now that I live in Texas I can see the confusion.

We are seeing more dessert tables with wedding cakes or instead of cakes. You can add all your local desserts or homemade family favorites.

To save the top layer of your wedding cake or not? I know that a box that size in my freezer would drive me nuts. I suggest ordering an anniversary cake in your favorite flavor on your anniversary, not just your first anniversary. Still sentimental, but not stale.

My intention was to post photos of my favorite cakes, but when I tried to narrow down my selections I realized there are just far too many gorgeous cakes to pick my top 10. Instead I am going to add my Pinterest link to my wedding cake pins so you can see a fraction of the ideas out there 

Happy planning, now go out and eat cake.

Barbara

http://barbarasbrides.com

Texas Women’s Federation Mansion Winter Wedding

January can hold a variety of different types of weather. When a couple decides to get married in the winter in Austin we can have a gorgeous 70 degree day, clear skies with a blustery wind or a cold, nasty, wet day when we truly hope we have an indoor wedding planned for everyone’s comfort. Fortunately, we had a stunning beautiful day for Tiffany and Landon for their January wedding.

We planned everything long distance even as far away as Russia for part of the time due to Tiffany’s job. With minimal trips to Austin we booked all their vendors and had a great ceremony at Central Christian Church followed by a celebration with their family and friends at the wonderful Mansion, also known as Texas Federation Women’s Club. Thanks to www.doberenzphotography.com/ for capturing the day.

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Thank you to all the vendors:

http://bouquetsofaustin.com,                                                                           http://michellespatisserie.com,                                                           http://uniquedesignandevents.com/                                                                                                            http://alfredscatering.com/

Are you planning your wedding long distance or do you live close to Austin? If you are looking for a day of planner, a full service Austin wedding planner or something in between give us a call to see if we can be of service.

Happy planning,

Barbara http://barbarasbrides.com

 

Find Your Austin Wedding Planner and Vendors at the Extravaganza

We are very excited to be participating in the Austin Wedding Guide’s biggest bridal show of the year, The Bridal Extravaganza. You can visit with many florists, photographers, bakeries, DJs and of course, wedding planners.  Come see our beautiful setup at booth 255 near the stage.

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We will have stunning booth thanks to the following vendors:

http://bouquetsofaustin.com

http://marqueerents.com

www.uniquedesignandevents.com

Come by and see us,

Barbara

http://barbarasbrides.com

 

December Driskill Wedding by Barbara’s Brides

Alison has a very busy work schedule, her mom lives in Florida and her fiance is active duty military. She wanted more than day of wedding planning and wanted to still be involved in the planning. The most challenging part of the planning was keeping the band a secret in order to surprise the groom. They were his favorite so we did all that we could to keep it a secret until the great reveal. The groom was stateside in October which made everything better for Alison.  Nothing like having a military fiance on home soil. Tyler Schmitt did a great job with all the photos and is just fun to have at a wedding http://millphotostudio.com . Melanie Tipton with http://lastpetal.com did a wonderful job on the flowers.

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I love December weddings with all the extra decor on site. Festive times had by all.

Barbara

http://barbarasbrides.com Austin wedding planner for busy brides

Happy 2015!

As you ring in the New Year I hope something sparkly comes your way. We love the excitement that comes the first week in January as we begin to hear from our couples that are newly engaged. We’ll be celebrating with friends and family to end 2014 and welcome in 2015 full of hope. Let the countdown begin!

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We look forward to hearing from you, Barbara

http://barbarasbrides.com

 

An Austin Wedding Planner’s Point of View

I am sure there are many excited couples out there that are newly engaged after the holidays with more to follow in the coming weeks. There are so many wonderful parts of planning your wedding day, but I wanted to give a few pointers on what will make your wedding run smoothly as well as making it enjoyable for you and your guests.

1.  Don’t over spend. Know your budget and hire a wedding planner. We know what is a
need vs. a want. There are many extras that are not necessary, but other items you really should not skimp on.  I am told often that hiring me was a couple’s best decision. You need someone who knows the ins and outs of planning a wedding. Be sure you connect with them and are confident they can take care of the numerous details ahead.

2.  We can’t assign seating for you since we do not know your family and friend associations with one another. There really is not a right or wrong answer whether or not you should assign seating at all. It is your preference. What I do encourage is that you at least reserve bridal party and family tables since they are usually socializing and don’t think about their seats. If you have a family members with 6-8 people in attendance, be sure you have a table for them so they are not upset when they can’t sit together at one table.

3. Font styles may seem very unimportant, but people need to be able to read your invitations, menus and their seating cards. Choose a large enough size so that it is not too small to read and don’t make it too swirly that they can’t tell a T from and S or F.

4. If you are watching your budget, consider an hors d’oeuvres cocktail style reception. You will not need to provide a meal for every guest, but be sure the invitation states “Cocktail Reception to Follow”. You can also have an afternoon event with lighter alcohol and food. You don’t need a really long event either. Having a 6:00pm ceremony, with cocktail hour and dinner followed by dancing can end at 10:30pm. You don’t have to dance until midnight.

5. Find a venue that fits not only your style, budget and location preference, but also the capacity. Do not rely on a formula of 70% or even 90% attending, be sure your venue can accommodate the number you are inviting.  Austin is a huge draw for your guests to attend your wedding and if you invite them, they just may come even if they don’t attend many family events. You don’t want to be in the situation of not having the space for your final guest count.

6. This is the time for you and your fiance to start your lives together, so please don’t bicker over small things. Come to an agreement on things and compromise on what doesn’t really matter that much to you. If you really love a color scheme or certain touches then stick with those ideas. If your fiance really loves certain music, then do what you can to make that happen. Learn to compromise with one another.

7. Don’t let the stress get to you. A lot of emotions escalate during the planning. Share this with your planner to see if they can find a solution for you or at least help you to not feel isolated. We want your wedding to be wonderful and as stress-free as possible. I see a lot of tensions rise between couples, with their parents and with their bridal party. This too shall pass. Hang in there and enjoy this time.

8. Listen to the experts. We know the venues and what the best flow is for the guests regarding the setup. Isolating a band in a separate room will not work as well as having the guests in the main room with the music.  We have experience with florists, musicians, bakeries, caterers, transportation, officiants, photographers, etc. We cannot recommend someone we have not worked with so while there are less expensive options out there that you may choose, we won’t be the one to recommend them until we know how they perform or deliver in product and services. You are welcome to hire a less expensive option, but we have seen quite a few disappointed couples that hired a florist that skimped on the volume of flowers or the caterers with less than stellar food and service.

9. There is no such thing as a quality day of planner. It is more of a phrase than an actual description. Having a consultant show up only on the wedding day with no prior time with you by phone or e-mail won’t make your day less stressful. Make sure the consultant is at least a month prior planner that gets to know your vision, timeline and communicates with your vendors. They need to know what you are expecting for setup and you are confident they can handle any complications the day of the wedding. We provide a wonderful stress reliever called the Wedding Advisor that gives couples access to us by phone and e-mail from the time they hire us until the end of their wedding so we can make vendor suggestions, notify you of local vendor sales and make sure the timeline flows. http://barbarasbrides.com/services/

10. Be flexible in our wedding date. If you are planning short-term, consider a Friday or Sunday wedding. If you have your heart set on a spring or fall date, try to plan a year out or you may not have many Saturday options.  Holiday weekends are still big wedding weekends, including Thanksgiving Saturday, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend.

I hope you are excited about your wedding and all that the coming months have in store for you. If you haven’t started pinning yet, create a wedding board for your style, stationery, and flowers. You can see many of our different boards http://www.pinterest.com/barbarasbrides/ with countless wedding ideas.

We’ve been working with Austin brides and couples on their weddings for over 20 years and we’d love a chance to assist you whether as a full service planner, day of consultant or something in between. You know what you need and we can bring it all together for you.

Best wishes on your engagement,

Barbara

A Very Merry Christmas

Christmas in Austin is such a wonderful thing with so many different ways to celebrate the season. I love when it is chilly so we can have a fire, but everyone year I hope for snow like South Texas received several years ago. Opening gifts, watching holiday movies and enjoying delicious food while in our cozy clothes is our favorite thing to do.

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Wishing you and yours a blessed day,

Barbara