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For engaged couples in Austin, the WeddingWire Sip & Plan event at Caffé Medici at The Austonian was the place to be on Thursday, January 29th! Wedding planner Johnell Huebner of Clearly Classy Events was at this lively event to answer attendees’ tough wedding planning questions.

“It was wonderful to chat about all things wedding planning—from save the dates to DJs, tricks to save money and where to spend,” says Beth Zerdecki, the WeddingWire Austin Community Lead. “It was one extremely informative evening!”

Check out the top five tips our wedding expert Johnell shared at this unique event:

  1. ”Don’t be afraid to ask!  This is your wedding and it should represent you as a couple. Personalize it!”
  2. “[Wedding planning] starts with the venue!  Once you have that secured, all the details and planning may begin.”
  3. “Please, please, please get a day-of coordinator, at a minimum!  Don’t make your mother, aunt or photographer run around for you!”
  4. “How to get through planning your own wedding: plan for a weekend, take some time off, plan for another weekend, then take some time off. Divide your year of planning into the beginning, middle and end.  Focus on your goals for each stage and let it go in between.”
  5. “Most importantly, keep it simple and do your own thing!”

To learn more about planning your wedding in Austin, check out the Austin Wedding Guide »

We Asked, You Answered: Top Wedding Trends

Posted by Kim on Jan 30, 2015

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What types of venues are the most popular? What about flowers, desserts, and color schemes? We asked couples who married in 2014 to share the details of their wedding with us, and we’re excited to share the results with you. Find out couples prefer ballrooms or barns, cupcakes or cookies, blue or pink, and more in our WinterBook – and visit our photo galleries to find even more great wedding inspiration!

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The music you choose for your wedding really sets the tone for the day. An expert DJ or band can assist you in creating a playlist that suits your style, but it really depends on your personal musical taste, and that of your spouse and guests. In our new WinterBook, we compiled a list of tips for creating your playlist, and also asked several music pros to provide some unique playlist ideas.

How to Rock a Wedding Expo

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 22, 2015

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For recently engaged couples who are ready to start planning, attending a wedding expo can be a great first step. You’ll be introduced to a wide range of wedding pros in your area and return home with lots of great goodies in tow! When it comes to getting the most out of a wedding expo, a little prep can go a long way. Check out these 13 insider tips and you’ll be good to go!

Top Wedding Etiquette Questions – Answered!

Posted by Kim on Jan 19, 2015

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If you’re like most engaged couples, you’ve probably experienced some etiquette issues during your wedding planning process. There are lots of people involved with putting together a wedding (of course, yourselves, but also family, wedding party members, guests, etc.) and a lot of emotions, too, which can be a recipe for drama. Fortunately, WeddingWire is here to help! In the “Dear WeddingWire” feature in our new WinterBook, we asked wedding planners and experts from around the country to answer some of the most-asked wedding etiquette questions. And if we didn’t answer one of your questions, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter, and we’ll do our best to assist you.

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