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Guest Blog: Tips to plan a Hill Country Destination Wedding

Planning a destination wedding? Okay maybe not the traditional tropical locale with sand between your toes, but the Texas Hill Country! 

When you don’t live in the same area as your wedding venue, as you may already know, it can make things a bit more challenging. That is something we at Uptown Events & Travel are all too familiar with. 

As the owner of UET, I planned my Mexico wedding from Texas and recognized the struggles every destination bride deals with. The Texas Hill Country is an amazing place for couples planning from afar- there is an abundance of fantastic vendors all ready to help with your big day. 

But that can be part of the problem: too many options leads to what I like to call “decision-blockage”. I help couples every day that are having difficulty with things like: “there are so many great photographers, which one best fits my style and budget?”, “who should I hire for hair & makeup?” or, “should I set up transportation for my out of town guests and what should I expect that to cost?”

At UET, we specialize in working with couples planning from afar and/or have a large portion of their guests traveling in. Not only do we help with the typical wedding vendors (caterer, florist, etc.), we also guide you through the process of setting up accommodations and managing the transportation of your guests. 

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So now that you know a little about Uptown and our expertise, I’d like to share with you our Top 5 Tips to Planning a Hill Country Destination Wedding. 

1. Book your venue and accommodations early! The best ones typically book up over a year in advance, so get started early. 

2. Ask for courtesy room blocks at hotels. It saves you from being monetarily responsible for filling hotel rooms. 

3. Communicate with your guests effectively about transportation. Whether you decide to provide shuttles to/from the hotel to your venue, or you’re leaving transportation to your guests to handle on their own, make sure you thoroughly give directions on what to expect. 

4. Make it a wedding weekend- invite guests to the hotel lobby bar for welcome cocktails the day they arrive, host a brunch the morning after the wedding. Austin has a plethora of great activities for guests, so allow them to experience more of the city by hosting a few mini-events throughout the weekend. 

5. Hire a wedding planner that is experienced with handling destination style weddings. ;) We couldn’t leave that one out!

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I hope this has given you a few good things to think about for your Hill Country Destination Wedding. When you find yourself ready to work with a wedding planner, I’d love to help!

 

Thanks and best wishes,

Jessica Upton

Jessica@UptownEventsTravel.com

361-935-7009

www.UptownEventsTravel.com

 

Photography: Courtesy of Bloom and Bud and Amber Kelley Photography

 

 

Texas Wedding Style: Pastels in Winter

Our 2nd Annual Winter Engagement Event was a roaring success! Julie Paisley Photography captured so many beautiful moments, including the new Laurel Traveler from Bee Lavish Vintage. The overall styling of the shoot demonstrated that it’s possible to have bright and sunny pastels in the crisp texas winter.

Under our tent and lining the tables were beautiful floral arrangements by Wild Bunches Floral.  Our model, Cassandra, donned a gorgeous gown by by Hayley Paige from Blush Bridal Lounge in Austin and jewelry courtesy of Kendra Scott. Our groom, Todd Wallace, was dapper in a polka dot tux from The Black Tux. Metallic pink table clothes from Whim Hospitality paired with the stunning pastel florals and made the perfect setting for a dreamy winter wedding.

No matter the season, you can have a sweet inviting wedding for all of your family and friends. Although it may be cold, bring the warmth with sunny pastels and lively elements to brighten up your wedding day!