Thursday, July 26, 2007

Changes are coming to Texas Marriage License Laws

Changes are coming our way.......but don't worry, you have time to plan. Changes are effective September 2008.

Our 80th Texas Legislature passed a new law doubling marriage license fees in an attempt to curb the divorce rate. On a positive note, if you take a state - approved 8 hour premarital course, your $60 license fee is waived.

This course will cover topics such as conflict management, communications skills and other key components of a successful marriage.

Couples who do not take a course will still be able to get a license, but will have to pay the full $60 plus local fees. Marriage licenses will continue to be issued by each of the county courthouses and be valid throughout the state of Texas.

To read more detail and a list of our State's counties please visit this resource at the Wedding Guide. This is also a nice site to look for local wedding professionals in San Antonio or Austin.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Lovely Wedding

I was surfing the net like I always do and came across an Austin photographer I had never heard of before - and I work there all the time!!! They have nice pictures in case any of your are interested....but the best thing I found was this post on their blog. It is a non-traditional wedding they shot on 7/07/07. What a day, and I too, like the blogger, wonder how many people were married that day. I love the minister's shirt. It is a spin off quote from a movie that I can't recall the name.
They are Serendipity Photography. You can check them out here. Appears to have great quality and the starting commission is amazing. $1000. Check them out soon before that rate goes up.

Wedding Planning 101 - Budgets & Guestlist - the first step

Welcome to wedding planning 101. A new series on the blog geared towards the thousands of brides out there. When working with a client, we typically ask about 100 questions. Here is our first two topics and the questions that go along them (what are your answers):

  1. Do you have a completed guest list yet?

  2. Is there a ball park number?

  3. Have you gotten the families involved in helping create this guest list?

  4. Have you all discussed finances?

  5. Who is going to pay for what?

  6. Is money coming from several different sources (fiance, groom's parents, bride's parents, bride, etc.)

In planning any event, these are the first two hurdles - money and how many people. It is difficult to discuss church, venue or even dresses until this is accomplished. What if you want a garden ceremony at a lovely museum, but your heart is set on a big ball gown style dress and you have 300 people....they just don't work together....Big gown = grand church, garden does not equal 300 people and so on............

Step One: So first task is to make your guest list. Make your list and count your for sures and your maybe and the I have to send it, but I know they won't come (don't be surprised if they do). Until you know how many people you expect, we can't start looking for the perfect place.

Step Two: Now that we know we are inviting every cousin, step cousin's girl friend's mother, we figure out if that is our vision. It is helpful when working with a professional to help create the dream but if anything to keep everyone in reality. Now that we have 300 people, can we afford this. I never recommend creating debt for an event. Save up or scale back. The best way to stretch a budget is to scale back on the people invited. Remember one invitation is roughly two people, but if you invite me and my family, we are 7! (yep, 5 kids, crazy, I know).

Step Three: Assign priorities. A professional wedding planner can take initial information and give you a ball park of what the budget will look like. We approach one of two ways: We create a budget based on your vision, or we create a budget, based on the number of people and average costs. Large robust centerpieces in San Antonio range from $85 - $185, depending on your style. Please email us for a wedding expense sheet (In excel). It lists all expenses and helps identify and track all expenses.

I find that most times 50% or more goes towards the reception. I also find that photography is a really important item and average for our clients in the past two years has been $5000. Not to say you can't have great photos for less, you absolutely can. In the end, you have your memories and your photos. I would say in San Antonio, you can have a very nice wedding for $25000 and you would need $40000 in Dallas or Austin. I am working on a wedding right now where the budget is $10k....all things are possible, so if these numbers are frightening, don't be.

Budgets and guest lists are the hardest part of kick starting your planning. Don't be afraid to ask questions, we are here to help. Get this first part completed and you are well on your way.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

New Favorite Locale for Destination Weddings

I keep posting my favorite destinations for weddings, Paris, Madera Wine Country in Mexico, Anguilla, Turks & Caicos, etc...well my new favorite place:

The Only and Only Palmilla Resort in Mexico

An old client of mine went there a couple of years ago with her good friend Eva Longoria birthday getaway (yep, that same one -seems we can't enough of her these days, that is also why this wasn't on the recommended honeymoon list below - she's already been there). Anyway, I have had my eye on it since then because the pictures of their fun in the sun. Well, all I have to say is the wait was worth it. If you have this place in mind, I will give you a discount along with the hook up of a great photographer who loves to travel. Hint, he is on my favorite wedding blogs list....and a great florist. Look for pictures soon

Click here for the resort.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker - married already!

at least legally....the big church wedding is on the 7th. It is 9:30 pm here in Paris. It is a true celebrity stomping ground this week. Kate Hudson was staying on the same floor as me! She was here for the fashion shows (so I hear).

Eva changed into this strapless white dress for the short ceremony. If I find out who it is made by, I will update.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Pictures from Paris

Well, I have been in Paris since 5 am central time (Noon in the City of Light). Here are some sightseeing pictures. Celebrity pictures coming soon. There are tons of people here!