Archive for April, 2010
Widespread fall and winter rains have made for an excellent wildflower season in Texas. Every Texan has seen the iconic kid-in-the-bluebonnet photos, but Christina Carrol Photography is starting a new trend with bride-in-the-bluebonnet photos!
Check out these great photos of the bride in a field of red poppies!Photography
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The Wedding Guide congratulates Lecia Harkins of Beauty On The Go! who won the People’s Choice Best Overall Makeup Artist for Fashion Week 2009. Beauty on the Go! specializes in airbrush makeup creating lovely looks for special occasions and every day.award, Beauty
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Are you a bride who has everything already and doesn’t need traditional wedding gifts like china and towels? Then a honeymoon registry might be for you!
A honeymoon registry allows your friends and family to finance all or part of your honeymoon. Local travel agencies offer a honeymoon registry and currently has couples planning their exotic honeymoons in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Aruba and more!Advice, honeymoon
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Weddings produce a lot of waste, but one local event company is doing their part to care for the environment by partnering with a local recycling company to minimize their clients’ impact on the planet. CLINK offers clients the opportunity to have a recycling company pick up their fresh cut floral at the end of the night and recycle it by taking it to local retirement communities,hospitals and hospices. In addition to brightening someone’s day, this donation is also a tax write off.
Beauty on the Go! knows that today’s bride is a busy lady and now you can get help planning your wedding from the palm of your hand. Wedding planning on your iPhone could not be easier! No more big binders and files, you can keep everything you need at your fingertips. Here are the top iPhone apps that help plan your wedding:
Contacts (included with your iPhone) stay organized with all your vendors. Names, addresses, websites and notes are all just a few taps away. Create groups to take it to the next level. How about linking your favorite vendors contact info with their blogs and websites?
Fast Contacts (.99 free for a limited time) flip through your contacts by photo, event reminders, anniversaries and birthday alarms. Can’t remember a name? You can search by the notes field or even by city.
Banking Apps from Bank of America, Chase, Citibank Paypal to help you keep track of your finances.
iTunes (included with your iPhone) – download songs, and create playlists of your favorite wedding songs. This provides some great music for getting ready or so you can share ideas with your DJ.
Maps (included with your iPhone) – When you are visiting a venue, use the drop a pin feature to note the location then add it to your contacts. You can get directions from your hotel to the venue and send them to friends. Even check traffic patterns so you don’t get stuck. You can create a group of your top wedding venues with links to their location on a map.
Bump (free) Bump makes swapping contact info ad photos as simple as bumping the two phones together. The contact info is saved directly into contacts creating a virtual business card.
Big Day lite (free) Count down to the big day. Upgrade to the full version for up to 20 multiple dates and events.
AustinBeautyOnTheGo.com (added to home screen from webpage) Hair, Airbrush Makeup and Massage plus full service Salon.
SAweddings.com or Austinweddings.com (added to home screen from webpage ) Plan your wedding on the go and easily search local wedding professionals to plan the wedding of your dreams. This app will find vendors in your area based on geo-location or selected area for your search.
WeatherBug (free) Planning an outside wedding? Stay up to date with video forecasts, radar maps, current humidity and more.
Wedding Anniversaries (free) – this little app tells you what the perfect gift is for your 1, 5, 10 and 20+ year anniversary.
WeddingDash (free) A fun little wedding game – the lite version allows you to play the first 5 levels for free. Assist couples in selecting all the details – cakes, flowers, and so on. But beware for pitfalls! Can you keep the bride and groom happy and run a successful wedding planning business?!
Amazon Mobile (free) Amazon.com is the most comprehensive on-line shopping site on the internet. You can create a wish list and share it with your friends. It’s just like a bridal registry. Family and friends can even order gifts right from your wish list and send them to you with a gift card.
iBridal Gown (3.99) Designed by a bridal salon owner, this app will help you in your search for the perfect wedding gown. As you visit bridal salons you enter info about the different dresses you love. Your favorite dresses are stored in an easy to use list, where you can view details, pictures and even directions back to the store with your perfect dress.
Bible (free) The YouVersion.com app allows you to easily search for, bookmark and access any passage in the Bible in many translations.
Article submitted by Lecia Harkins from Beauty on the Go!Tags: Advice, technology, wedding planning
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Austin’s Be My Cupcake specializes in baking quality cupcakes and cakes for weddings and any event. Cupcakes are making big news at weddings and special events these days; they’re not just for birthday parties anymore! They can take your personal design, favorite photo or piece of inspiration and create an exquisite cupcake and customized stand that perfectly reflects you.
Check out this amazing cupcake display for a fun, bird-watching couple!
Their wedding cupcake presentations are elegant, exciting and will be talked about for years to come. Cupcakes are more versatile than traditional cake, and are being used not only to be served to your guests during cake time, but as beautiful centerpieces and favors for your guests to enjoy.Cake, Event Ideas, Reception, wedding ideas
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If you are selling your home, follow these helpful hints from a local realtor to ensure you get a top-dollar offer on your home.
It’s nearly impossible to keep your home in a “show-ready” state day in and day out. In many cases you may find that your home will be shown to a prospective buyer with very little advance notice.
Even if you’re keeping things as clutter-free as possible, a little preparation for the actual showing is probably in order. Here are some short-term ways to get your home looking and feeling its best.
Step 1: Cleaning Frenzy
- Scrub tile in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Thoroughly clean hardwood floors.
- Vacuum carpets. If time permits, rent a steam cleaner to shampoo carpets, particularly in high traffic areas.
- Dust all wood furniture, TV screens and computer monitors.
- Clear counters of all clutter. If time permits, move unnecessary appliances and decorating touches into storage areas.
- Clear the kitchen sink and counters of all dirty dishes.
- Pick up all dirty laundry. Avoid over-filling any open air hampers – laundry is better kept out of sight inside your washer or dryer.
- Remove stains from bathtubs, toilets and sinks.
Step 2: Critical Eye Test
- After doing the first round of cleaning, take a walk through the house with the perspective of a buyer. Look for clutter, excess furniture or highly personal touches that might turn off prospective buyers.
- Try taking pictures of main rooms with a digital camera for an “instant review”.
Step 3: Curb Appeal Checkup
- Sweep the entryway, porch and walkways.
- Mow and water the lawn.
- Store any toys or garden equipment.
- Clean up pet droppings.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Add potted plants to the porch or deck.
Step 4: Closing Touches
- Turn on all lights.
- Open drapes and blinds.
- Open windows to let in fresh air.
- Burn scented candles or open jars of lightly scented potpourri. If you don’t have either on hand, you can always bake cookies (the oldest trick in the book) or simmer a few drops of vanilla extract on the stove.
- Turn off all TV’s, stereos and computers.
- If possible, relocate pets to a friend or neighbor’s home during the showing.
- Clean the litter box thoroughly to rid your home of smells. If pets can be temporarily relocated, remove the litter box entirely.
- Hang fresh towels in every bathroom.
- Put fresh liquid soap or bar soap in each bathroom.
- Remove rugs to showcase hardwood floors.
- Put out fresh flowers and fill candy dishes.
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The Wedding Guide hosted a Spring Fling for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas and Family Service Association last weekend at Granberry Hills! Thank you to all of the volunteers who put on this event including the Wedding Guide staff, Limelight San Antonio, Platinum DJ Entertainment, Airwave Dave! and Costco. We had a great time, and the pictures prove it!
Photos by Limelight San AntonioTags: children
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