Last weekend I had the great pleasure of working on a wedding with Barbara Hearne at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Austin. The photos in this post are from that gorgeous multicultural wedding that featured two ceremonies and a reception on the top floor of the Hyatt. Isn’t the view (above) breath-taking?
Barbara has over 20 years of wedding experience and accumulated wisdom, and I’m happy to say she’s sharing some of it with us here today.
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~ The top 5 mistakes brides make when planning their Austin wedding ~
ONE >> Not hiring a planner before they book their venue. One of the biggest advantages to hiring an experienced planner is we know which Austin venues will work best for your vision, guest count, budget and guests satisfaction. We know the venues so well, we can offer suggestions on seating and setup that you may not have considered. We also know the restrictions they may have or challenges with their location. When planning from out of town it is imperative to be as efficient as possible on your one or two day of site tours.
TWO >> Not having a great rain plan. When we tour venues, I review what the rain plan will be so that the week of the wedding the emotional stress does not take over. We also have a cost estimate of what the rain plan will cost, how the floral will change and all the other logistics.
THREE >> Not looking into the city calendar before they secure their wedding date to see if it is a UT football weekend, Film Festival, ACL, SXSW, Biker Rally or the new big event Formula One. All of those events will greatly affect hotel guest room availability, parking and overall vibe in the city that weekend.
FOUR >> Not working with a wedding planner’s preferred vendor list. I cannot tell you how many couples and their parents have regretted saving money on a “bargain” photographer, DJ, photo booth, limousine company, strings group and countless other vendors only to have the vendor either not show up, arrive very unprofessionally dressed, late, drunk or with inadequate equipment. We do not forget the photographer that drinks throughout the reception, the pop up photo booth that keeps falling over, the no show limo and DJ who doesn’t stay at his table. Saving a little money does not give you the quality of service that my preferred vendors deliver time and time again.
FIVE >> Not hiring a planner at all. We understand you want to plan your wedding and between you and your mom, it should be easy. Keeping in mind all the above mentioned areas, let’s talk about the wedding weekend. Will you have a friend or family member on site checking in all your vendors while you are having your hair and makeup done? Do you trust that they will oversee and fix any problems that may pop up because they have do 25 weddings a year? Do you want the vendors who are lost or late calling you on your cell phone? Are you going to hand out the bouquets and pin all the flowers? If you aren’t at a church with a church coordinator, who will line up and cue the bridal party for the ceremony entrance, fix your train and cue you to enter? All your friends and family should enjoy your wedding not work that day to make sure it is a wonderful day.
- Wedding coordinator: Barbara’s Brides
- Photography: Studio Uma
- Flowers: Bouquets of Austin
- Videography: Crescent Video
- Ceremony and Reception Music: Stafford Jones
- Officiant: Judge Jon Wisser
- Linens: Yara with Unique Designs
- Venue: Hyatt Regency Austin
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Thanks Barbara! You know, there’s a reason that both brides and Austin wedding vendors refer to Barbara’s Brides as one of Austin’s best wedding coordinating companies. Barbara Hearne offers Austin couples over 20 years of wedding experience, and she is the only Austin wedding coordinator to receive “The Best of The Knot” six years in a row. Awards aside, I can say from my own personal experience that she is one of the best wedding planners I’ve worked with.
For more information on Barbara, please visit her website here.