Finding the Perfect Venue

By Posted On March 27 2017

 

Picking a venue can be stressful. We know that you have never planned a wedding before, so we are here to help with a few question you might not have thought to ask before your booked.

 

Accommodations

  1. How long will I have to use the event space? Is there an overtime fee if I stay longer?
  2. Does the rental include the rehearsal time?
  3. Is there adequate bathroom facilities for my number of guest?
  4. Is the venue handicap accessible?
  5. Is there a charge for parking? Do you offer valet?

 

Vendors/ Setup

  1. Do I have to use in house catering?
  2. If I hire my own caterer are they allowed to use the kitchen?
  3. When can my vendors arrive to setup?
  4. Are there any limitations for decorations?
  5. Are table, linens, chairs, plates, sliverwear, and glassware provided? Is that an additional fee?
  6. Does the venue own sound equipment?

 

Money

  1. Is there a discount for booking an off-season date, or Sunday through Friday?
  2. How much is the deposit, when is it due, and is it refundable?
  3. What is the cancellation policy?
  4. What’s the payment plan for the entire bill?

 

We hope that these questions will help you in your search for the perfect venue. Stop by the San Antonio Bridal Extravaganza on June 11 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Center to ask our trusted venues these questions. Goodluck Planning!

 

❤ The Wedding Guide

 

 

Noah’s Event Venue

By Posted On February 27 2017

This past week I went to tour Noah’s Event Venue. All I can say is wow! When you arrive at the venue, you see a modern clean building alongside a nice business looking subdivision. Everything is clean and neat. The soul of the venue is a mixture between modern and tradition. You walk into the venue underneath a wooden pergola, when you enter you see a beautiful ached hallway ahead of you. To the left is the game room, which is traditionally used from the groom’s room. To the right, a stunning reception room.  The venue also features amazing city views, a bride’s suite, and outdoor ceremony or cocktail areas.

There are so many perks to using Noah’s as your venue. But here are just a few that made our list:

Amenities: Use of the whole venue is at your disposal. Tables, linens, chairs, cleanup, and uplighting are included as well! Worried they won’t have any colors you like for your linens, they have 25 different colors to choose from!

Room Flips: Having the ceremony and reception in the mail hall, no problem. No charge and it only takes about an hour to flip the room.

Staff: On person staff, will be sure your event goes off without a hitch.

Draping: You get to choose your draping for your event, it isn’t included in the price, but you have the option!

Open Vendor Policy: They don’t charge you to use the vendor of your choice. Bring on any vendor you would like. The only vendors you can’t choose are bartenders, sorry guys. They do get their alcohol at wholesale prices, so you do end up saving on average 30% We think this makes up for that!

Hotel Shuttles: They have deals with local hotels to shuttle your guest to and from the event.

Parking: No charge.

If you get the chance, you should definitely schedule a tour for this amazing complex. We were absolutely blown away by what they had to offer.

 

<3 The Wedding Guide

Going Green

By Posted On February 23 2017

Green isn’t just the Pantone color of the year, there are many ways to go green for your wedding. With the added convinces of online recycling at a touch of a button, who wouldn’t want to take a little time to help out mother earth?

Food

When it comes to picking out a caterer, you might want to consider a company who would be willing to pick out local fruits and vegetables. Contact your local shelter and food banks to see if they would be interested in taking your food leftovers; in addition, ask guest to bring nonperishable food items and host a drive at your shower and/or reception. Food Banks typically only take nonperishable food items but food rescue programs will pick up both perishable and nonperishable items.

Flowers

Buying locally grown in season flowers will not only look and smell beautiful, but they are probably more cost effective too! Arrange to have a nursing home or shelter take your centerpieces and bouquets. I’m sure they could be used to brighten up someone else’s day.

Cards/Stationary

Try to find a paper that has been recycled. You can even ask for soy-based ink, it’s a greener option!

If you can’ make any of these suggestions work for you, what matters is that you tried. Going green is a ripple effect, you might have just started a huge wave!

 


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How to Have an Unplugged Wedding

By Posted On February 20 2017

Unplug and Connect: “There’s a girl here taking pictures. We asked her to come. So please rest your cameras. Our ceremony needs only one.”

Unplugging for your wedding isn’t just a trend for celebrities like Kim K, this can be done tastefully by all. One benefit to unplugging is giving your guest the opportunity to get to know each other. Instead of being completely engrossed by modern technology, let them mingle with each other; After all, both of your families are now one!

Photographers are particularly trilled with the idea of an unplugged wedding. Many times, guest with good intentions, step in the way of the perfect shot. You are paying the photographer good money to capture the perfect moments, let your cousin Jessica know that you’re going to take a hard pass on her amateur photography skills.

You might be asking yourself, “How can this be done? I can’t steal people’s phones from them.”

  1. Put up signage – When people are signing the guest books, put a sign that reads, “Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. We invite you to be fully present with us during our ceremony. Kindly turn off cell phones and cameras and enjoy this special moment with us.”
  2. Make an announcement – Before the start of the ceremony ask the minister to make an announcement before the guest. It could go something like, “Good afternoon! It is my pleasure to welcome you to the wedding of Name and Name. Please take a moment to silence any cell phones or other noisy electronics. If you would also take a moment to put your cameras away, Name and Name have requested that no photos be taken during the ceremony today — thank you so much for your understanding. The ceremony will begin shortly.”
  3. Programs – Your program is also the perfect place to again remind our forgetful guest that you’ve already hired a photographer, be in the moment with us.
  4. Camera Bouncers (Ushers) – No matter what you do, you will have a few guests who think that because of their relationship with you, the rules don’t apply to them. It might be a good idea to have the ushers on alert for anyone taking flash pictures during the ceremony.
  5. Give them a chance – Wait till the first dance! After the ceremony, has taken place, let them take all the pictures they want at the reception. The intimate moments have taken place, let them unwind and snap some fun photos. Use a hashtag on Instagram to review the party later.

 

Thanks to our wonderful photographers for these great shots: 5050 Photos, Expose the Heart, Jessica Elle Photography, And Sun Gold Photography.

 

Honeymooning Tips

By Posted On December 22 2016

It’s the special day you’ve been dreaming of, your wedding day! You know pretty soon you will be wrapping up the night and saying your good byes, and you’ll be off to start your new life with your special honey.

Make sure your honeymoon is everything you’ve dreamed. From extravagant honeymoons to minimoons, we know these tips will keep your vaca fresh and exciting!

  1. Tell people you’re on your honeymoon – It was just your wedding love is in the air, people are willing and ready to make your honeymoon special. Don’t pull a Monica and Chandler, “We need the stuff” but, a few extra perks might come your way.
  2. Plan a surprise for your spouse – For many couples this will be their first vacation together. Be romantic, plan something that you know they would enjoy.
  3. Put your cell phone down – Savor the moment with your honey. Leave the social media behind! You’ll have a better time, PROMISE! No need to fear, take a disposable camera to get all those special moments. Use those picture frames you got as wedding gifts to display all your shots.
  4. Don’t work – Enjoy your stay, it’s a vacation not a workcation. Leave your work duties for when you go back to the office.
  5. Plan a few activities – You don’t want your whole day to be full without a minute to break, but you want to be sure you get to see all the sites your both interested in.
  6. Be flexible – Just because they planned something you aren’t exactly thrilled about, go into it with an open mind. Just know it makes your partner happy.
  7. Journal – One of my favorite things to do on vacations is to journal. I write about what I did, ate, experienced, smelled, and felt. It’s really a really great keepsake that lets you relive your trip for years to come.
  8. Pack before hand – You don’t want to have to go back home and sort everything out. Its better to have it done early, then designate someone in your bridal party to be responsible for your bags.
  9. Don’t have expectations – Don’t try to compare this trip with any others you have taken in the past. Especially if you have already visited this destination or traveled together before. You’ve never experienced it as a newlywed!

 

<3 Love,

The Wedding Guide

5 Q’s Till You Say ‘I Do’ to the Venue

By Posted On December 16 2016

We know how stressful wedding planning can be for you. You’re probably never planned an event of this magnitude in your life. Don’t stress we’re here to help.

The first thing we need to decide is how many people you want to invite. And yes, expect for only 75% of people to make it. You know your crazy Uncle Eddie is going, he just isn’t one to RSVP, so plan accordingly.

Some important questions to ask your venue are:

  • Do you have a weather contingency plan?
  • What is the rental fee, and what does/doesn’t it include?
  • If the ceremony and reception can be held there?
  • Is there a security deposit?
  • What is your cancellation policy?

 

<3 The Wedding Guide

Use our San Antonio Wedding Guide website as your resource to help plan you special day.

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Would You Like That Shaken or Stirred?

By Posted On November 10 2016

Most of us have attended a wedding in some capacity but they’ve always been pretty traditional in the fact that you order some nice flowers, hire an officiant, invite friends and family, hire a caterer, etc. etc. Nowadays brides all over the world are trying to create the most unique wedding they can… and we don’t blame them! Why wouldn’t you want to have an event that stands out and is memorable to not only you but your guests as well?

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Bartenders4You creates and specializes in designer cocktails made just for you. Whether it’s a themed event, corporate party, rehearsal dinner, or wedding, Bartenders4You can whip up something exceptionally complimentary to you and your event.

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Do you have a signature drink that you’ve come up with through your years of drinking experience and it’s just not something you find on a menu? Bartenders4You will replicate your drink to perfection so that all your guests can enjoy your favorite liquid past time. 😉

Gin & Tonic Pomegranate Popsicles anyone? (This is where you say “yes”.)

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Photography In The Limelight

By Posted On October 10 2016

When looking for a photographer you will always subconsciously strive to find one who you connect with or that “gets you”. Of course, you’ll look at their portfolio and see how creative they are with their shooting technique but you might have to ask yourself if you’re wanting a traditional photo shoot, fun and unique photo shoot, or a little mix of both. Much like you and your partner, there’s a perfect photographer for everyone…you’ll just have to do your research to figure out who that special photographer will be.

Limelight San Antonio can suit any style you may be looking for. With tons of experience, professionalism and talent, you can guarantee you’ll receive amazing pictures from Limelight San Antonio. Photography is such an important factor for any event if you want to remember it in detail or having that album you can reference whenever you need to show off your memories. Limelight San Antonio Photography & Video have definitely created a name for themselves within the San Antonio area. Yes, they also do videography! 😉 A new trending service that is now equally important as your wedding photos. Being able to see the event on video whenever you want? Yes, please! Beautiful pictures are GREAT but a video is such icing on the cake.

 

Check out some of Limelight’s photos below…but, FYI, these are just the tip of the iceberg.