Lately we have had more and more brides and corporations asking for outdoor events. Here in Texas, that has been pretty easy, seeing that it's 80 degrees in February. Even though the weather is spot on during your event, that doesn't mean your event planners didn't have two (some times three) back up plans just incase!
The thing to remember with an outdoor venue is that you can't control it. There is not a thermostat on the wall to turn up or down. There isn't a button to press when rain starts to fall. To have a successful event outside you have to think of all these options ahead of time. Here are three simple tips we have for getting started:
1. Having a rain plan is KEY! Some venues don't have an inside for moving into when things get wet. Don't let yourself be shocked day of.
2. Remember the heat. Sure, you are used to this Texas weather, but a lot of your guests might not be, Don't forget about a way to cool them when planning.
3. Grass isn't wood. If there aren't walking stones or an installed wood floor for your ceremony, those high high heels...more
Is your office getting ready for their yearly party? Or even just needing help planning a board meeting? Creative Consultants is proud to say we were innovators in full service destination planning and corporate management for events of that nature!
From booking your conference room, to making sure itineraries and notepads are in their place, we help make meetings run smoothly from start to finish. Leave the planning to us and give yourself room to focus on your businesses goals.
For those working on a yearly conference. Planning refreshments and making sure banquet halls are set is some times buried under the mounds of work you still have to get done before hand. We organize speakers, rooms, and even coffee bars for the occasion.
Learn more of what we can do to help your company succeed by emailing Jennifer Hentrich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter is hardly over, but our minds are already on Spring. It's an event planners job to see what is ahead. The newest trend we are swooning over is all about being pretty in pink.
The color of the season is pink in every form. Our favorite; rose. The lighter the better, and more romantic.
It is the perfect way to place a mark of elegance on your event. Detailed on plates, scattered in flowers or draped in fun linens, we can't get enough!more
2016 is coming to an end, and we are excited to say it has been one for the books! Taking a look back we are reminded of some great parties, beautiful weddings, and a whole lot of fun times. Also on our mind are some of the most memorable tunes. Here is our list of top songs from 2016 and all time:
1. The Drifters “Save The Last Dance”
2. Bruno Mars “Marry You”
3. Michael Buble “Everything”
4. Whitney Huston “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
5. Eric Clapton “Wonderful Tonight”
6. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”
7. Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World”
8. Adele “Love Song”
9. Ed Sheeran “Kiss Me”
10. Mumford and Sons “ I Will Wait”
11. American Authors “Best Day Of My Life”
12. U2 “Beautiful Day”
13. Etta James “At Last”
14. Marvin Gaye “How Sweet It Is”
15. Oasis “Wonderwall”
As a planner you have to book the right DJ and the right band for the client.more
From Corporate Events to Wedding day bliss, Creative Consultants is always looking for fun ways to make your days fabulous. Signature drinks made their debut on the event scene not too long ago and we are truly enjoying what they bring to the bar scene.
Not only are signature drinks a great way to add a personal touch to your party, but they are a fun and creative way to incorporate the bride and grooms favorite beverage. Use the first drink you and your new husband shared, or create something from your company’s slogan.
Or take it to the next level and serve your guest a dessert martini. Mix it up with Baileys and white chocolate.
Deck the drink with a custom sign and stylish glass for the sweetest final touch!more
Most wedding receptions begin with a cocktail hour. While they are usually composed of various types of champagne, wine, and beer… it’s always a nice touch to add a signature cocktail for everyone to enjoy. These are all about catching the essence of your own personal taste and the theme of your wedding in order to share a tasty drink with your guests.
We did some research and compiled a list of some of our favorites to help you find the best drink to serve at your wedding. However, since weddings happen all throughout the year… we are looking at the perfect cocktails for every season!
- Cucumber Melon Sangria
- Strawberry Rose Sangria
- Rose Lemon Spritzer
- Rosemary Honey Vodka Spritzer
- Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail
- Pumpkin Spice Whiskey Cocktail
- Blackberry Sparkler
- Mulled Wine Cocktail
There are endless amount of...more
When guests come from out of town for a special event or wedding, they sometimes enjoy staying a few extra days. In the midst of everything going on, it can become difficult to help them find fun things to do. We understand that you want to keep your guests happy, but you shouldn’t have to worry about entertaining them. So forget the stress, we’ve compiled a list of some interesting things for them to do so that you don’t have to!
1. Barton Springs Pool
Texas heat can be tough to deal with sometimes, but a trip to Barton Springs Pool is just the right cure. Getting its water from nearby natural springs, this spot stays a cool 68 degrees all year long. Barton Springs is an Austin favorite, attracting many locals and visitors all year long. In the summer time, the pool is open 6 days a week from 5am-10pm, closing on Thursdays for cleaning.
2. Hope Outdoor Gallery
When people visit Austin, there are a few things that should be on their “must-see” list. Hope Outdoor Gallery is...more
Through the years of working in the industry, we have coordinated countless weddings and private events. All of them have been special in their own unique way. From huge over-the-top events to small intimate gatherings… we’ve seen and experienced everything one possibly can in the industry. Out of every event we have been apart of, there are some that have been truly unforgettable for everyone involved. This past New Years Eve wedding was one of them.
The ceremony was held at Central Christian Church in downtown Austin. Everything in the church was done in white, keeping the ceremony site very classic and traditional. Brett Barnes sang a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria and The Lord's Prayer that absolutely captivated everyone in the room. It was one of the most elegant ceremonies we’ve witnessed, and it set a high standard for the rest of the evening.
Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the Four Seasons Austin for the reception. It was an explosion of the senses from the moment they entered. With breathtaking floral in shades of lavender and...more
Marquee Event Group has been in the event business for 30 years. Starting as a small party rental store in 1985, they have since developed into a prominent full-service event rental company that offers a wide range of items to move their client’s events to the next level.
As Marquee is held to such high regard, creative teams in the event industry love having the chance to present their work in their showroom for potential clients to see. With designs and themes changing every three months, the area showcases fantastic displays put together by local event planning, floral, and rental companies. Creative Consultants’ owner Victoria Hentrich actually had the pleasure of designing the first showroom back when the company first began. Set up for brides, she designed the space to attract potential customers and give them a visual of the type of space that could be created for them. The idea of the showroom took off, and it has been something Marquee kept throughout the years.
Now after nearly three decades, the opportunity arose for Victoria Hentrich and David...more
Anyone who has ever ventured out into the Texas Hill Country knows that it is a beautiful place. It’s a great location to hold a summer wedding, and the last couple we worked with did just that at the Prospect House. Located in Dripping Springs, it is a modern event space with a unique architectural design. The large windows allow a ton of natural light to flow throughout the space, casting shadows on the white interiors. Prospect House’s simplistic beauty really catches the attention of guests, especially those with an appreciation for minimalistic design. However, it’s not just the inside that has a striking appearance. In the hill country, all you need for a gorgeous venue is the natural scenery it provides. With breathtaking views in the distance, the simple white frame adorned with flowers served as a perfect backdrop for this past weekend’s ceremony.
After a nice and peaceful ceremony outdoors, everyone gathered into the reception space to celebrate the newlyweds. With the way the Prospect House is designed, less is usually more when it comes to décor. Long,...more
Texas summers are bright and full of sunshine. Despite the warmer weather that it may bring, many couples enjoy taking advantage of the cheerful weather by having their wedding ceremony outside. Our clients from last weekend did just that. Held at Gabriel Springs in Georgetown, the ceremony site was a beautiful spot to exchange vows. A small bridge served as the entrance for the ceremony, having everyone cross over a scenic stream of water and greenery. White chairs and mason jar floral arrangements lined each side of the aisle, adding a personal touch to the space. As guests arrived, they all received a ceremony program that doubled as a fan, and a cold bottle of water to brave the Texas heat. It was a nice and thoughtful addition by the bride and groom that everyone seemed to really appreciate.
The ceremony was short and sweet, and once it ended guests made their way into the indoor reception hall. With red oak floors, open beam trusses, and beautiful string lighting and chandeliers, the space was perfect for the bride and groom’s rustic wedding. Light pink...more
When it comes to finding the perfect venue for an outdoor wedding, the beautiful scenery found at Four Seasons Austin is the perfect setting. Our Austin wedding planners had the pleasure of planning a couple’s special day at this beloved hotel, and it was nothing short of spectacular.
The couple opted for a smaller intimate wedding with their closest friends and family. Taking their seats on the picturesque lawn, guests watched in awe as the bride strolled down the aisle of delicate rose petals to marry the love of her life. The quiet ceremony was an incredibly romantic, and the feel-good mood carried on into the evening.
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed prosecco on the lawn shaded by oak trees. Shades of purple and pink floral were the perfect addition to the space. Mixed with the beautiful outdoor greenery, it really brought the entire area to life. As the DJ played jazz tunes, guests mingled and enjoyed tray passed hors d’oeuvres. This also gave the bride and groom the perfect opportunity to sneak in some wonderful sunset photographs, which is something...more
The Four Seasons became home to another beautiful spring event when a husband threw his wife a 50th birthday party. Over 75 close family and friends gathered in the grand foyer to celebrate the special occasion. Set in a vineyard theme, lush lemons and gorgeous floral decorated the entire room. Throughout the event, guests enjoyed the great sounds of Kevin Love Joy and his band, which set the perfect tone for the party.
To start off the evening, Chef Elmar prepared an exquisite menu that the guests absolutely loved. The 4-course dinner consisted of tuna tartare, lobster risotto, smoked quail breast, and beef tenderloin. Following the theme, dinner was more than just a delicious meal; each course was accompanied with a wine chosen by the chef. After sharing great laughs and stories through dinner, guests indulged once more on the specially made birthday cake.
Our special occasion planners helped create a party that everyone will be sure to remember. As a last thank you to guests for gathering to celebrate their special friend’s 50th, they were sent home with...more
Spring always brings the perfect weather for beautiful Texas outdoor events. Some of our amazing clients experienced this first hand at their rehearsal dinner. Our Austin event planners transformed the outdoor space into a quiet oasis with white flowers and linens adorning the tabletops. Held at the Four Seasons Austin, celebrations began with a cocktail hour for all guests to mingle. DJ Gatsby provided ambient music to set the mood, and the good conversation from cocktail hour continued as guests enjoyed a three-course plated dinner on the South Lawn.
As the day turned into night, lights from the trees lit up the lawn, and the DJ turned the event into the ultimate after party. With good music and a wide variety of desserts by the bite, guests ended the elegant night on a high note.
This rehearsal dinner was definitely one to remember, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing team of vendors our special event planners had the pleasure of working with.
- Four Seasons Hotel
- Westbank Flower Market
- Marquee Rents
We are overjoyed that the rain held back this Saturday for the Service Group Holiday party at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse! We were honored to have been a part of this fabulously-fun day. Guests arrived to Steiner Ranch Steakhouse and were greeted by SNOW! Everyone was invited to go sledding, make snow balls and snow men, and the sheer delight on the children's faces was worth every moment. Some had never seen snow which made for an ultra-exciting holiday season. After entering the steakhouse, guests were greeted by a life-sized Olaf as well as holiday stilt walkers!
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse boasts several different rooms, which were utilized in their own special ways. Santa, his snow princess helper, and trees decorated with gifts greeted guests in the North Pole Room. A magician, Elsa and a piano player joined guests in several different spaces in the restaurant and added a theme of entertainment to each room. Guests were entertained to the nines and also enjoyed several different food stations provided in-house by Steiner Ranch. An Olaf ice sculpture (with a stunning view!)...more
Angelina and Aaron were a dream. We cannot believe their wedding at The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas came and went so quickly! Planning a wedding with this lovely couple was a breath of fresh air. We not only loved their vision, but also loved working with this laid-back and decisive duo so much!
Guests from all over arrived in Austin, Texas for a wedding they wouldn't forget, and were greeted by Arundel Ensemble and Pic Pic Photo Booth for pre-ceremony photo opportunities. As the evening unfolded, a stunning ceremony at The Driskill was immediately followed by a cocktail hour featuring a detailed seafood-laden ice sculpture by Full Spectrum Ice. Mouthwatering passed appetizers and an open bar greeted guests during cocktail hour as well as the musical stylings of Kevin Lovejoy. A stunning reception immediately followed with food stations mirroring the bride's Greek heritage meets the groom's Texan roots. Tables designed by our team at Creative Consultants paired beautifully with florals by David Kurio Designs and lighting by Ilios created the finishing touches on this...more
We look forward to this event every year! A fun "Austin-casual" evening celebrating a long-time Austin staple, Zachary Scott Theatre. For years, Zach Scott has been the foundation and home for many of Austin's most talented performers and singers and it has been our pleasure to be involved with both of their fundraising galas. This year was no different than the past- a beautiful evening surrounded by good friends, beautiful performances and the excitement of the upcoming season.
Guests were greeted at the Topfer Theatre and enjoyed a cocktail reception, photo opportunities and much needed mingling! After cocktails, guests were invited under the beautifully decorate Sperry Tent with florals by David Kurio designing adorning the festive Marquee linens which complimented the style of the night perfectly. Guests sat to a 3-course dinner provided by 34th Street Catering while performances from Zachary Scott Theatre blew guests away. It was the perfect dining entertainment followed by the always-active live auction which adds a nice air of friendly competition. Ilios Lighting...more
We're still searching for our socks after last weekend's Fonda San Miguel 40th Anniversary party in our fabulous city of Austin, Texas! We are still blown away by the energy in the room all evening long. Fun was had by ALL at this anniversary celebration for one of Austin's legendary (and one of our office favorites!) restaurants. This year's event, the Monster Ball, differed from the 35th anniversary party and we can't even imagine what the next five years will bring.
The evening began with guests pulling up to the iconic front doors, and were immediately greeted by entertainers from Way2MuchEntertainment- a bride and groom in Dia de los Muertos attire (and on stilts!) Next to them, were a team of swaying performers which added an element of eeriness and blew people away! We still can't imagine how they stayed so balanced so high up. After entering the restaurant, guests were greeted with tequila shots, more performers dressed in gold, and immediately entered the main room to find more surprises waiting.
Giant (and small) monsters made in Mexico were brought in for...more
A perfect day for a birthday to remember! We had a fabulous time planning an Oscars-themed birthday blowout for a lovely Austinite, and as the party unfolded, we had the best time seeing this group of girls come to life. A lovely time was had by not only the girls, but also their parents!
The day began with a seamless set-up with our incredible team of talented vendors! Beautiful draping, lounge seating, florals to swoon over, a stunning cake & more were only a few of the beautiful details from this day. David Kurio Designs stunned again with a beautiful combination of florals and decor which created beautiful accents throughout our clients private home. Townsley Designs re-created an Oscar-worthy red carpet along with flawless replicas of the signature statues, a to-die-for lounge & pops of sparkles throughout the whole event! Our beautiful chairs, stunning linens, tables and more were provided by the fabulous Marquee Event Group! A gorgeous seated dinner provided by Eddie Bernal of 34th Street Catering left guests blown away and for sweet endings, a cake by the...more
A lovely evening at the W. Hotel in Austin, Texas. Krystal & Stu were just lovely and their wedding was the perfect reflection of their vision. We are so thankful to work with a talented team of vendors, and they made it happen again with this beautiful wedding ceremony & reception. Cheers to another successful evening!
Krystal & Stu's ceremony was as moving as it was beautiful. Many happy emotions filled the room and you could feel the love between two families becoming one. The stunning ceremony and reception were decorated in florals by the amazing Stems Floral Design and draped with decor by Marquee Event Group. It's hard to say which of the elements we loved the best- they were all so lovely and delicate! Krystal's bouquet and Stu's boutonniere were one for the books. FILO provided the lighting which tied the whole wedding together! Krystal and Stu had many personalized touches and had a lot of their signage and we loved her escort cards! Krystal's creativity shone in her details without a doubt.
Our guests dined on a fabulous dinner by the W. Hotel...more
It was a beautiful day at The Driskill Hotel with summer beginning its full force! We had the best time with Robin & Russell and their wedding was a dream. Working with a talented team of vendors always helps make the day run smoothly and this day was no exception!
These Beaumont beauties were ready to go on their big day! They all come from such a loving family and you could see this reflected in the intimate details of their ceremony and reception. The Driskill hotel set the scene for their big day and provided a customized menu and beautiful wedding cake that guests raved about! Marquee Event Group provided the couple with beautiful linens and rentals and Ilios Lighting helped bring a pop of color in to tie the room together! Gorgeous florals by Verbena Floral Design created the exact vision Robin was looking for. They also created a beautiful bouquet in remembrance of the bride's sister which she presented her mother with at the ceremony. It was a truly touching moment that will not be forgotten. Brenda Ladd Photography captured every memory of this lovely wedding...more
Elizabeth & Brian were a dream to work with and their Four Seasons wedding this past weekend was a smashing success! We are so glad to have been part of their big day and had a blast with our vendors creating the magic.
The wedding began with a beautiful ceremony on the lawn and there was not a dry eye in the room as Elizabeth walked down the aisle! Music from Barton Strings set the tone for a very moving ceremony and you could see the love that Elizabeth & Brian share. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a beautiful reception inside of the hotel with a jaw dropping menu, cake & dessert provided by the amazing Four Seasons catering department. The event was beautifully decorated by the fabulous Westbank Flower Market, Marquee Event Group & Ilios Lighting! My Event is the Bomb photo booth provided fun for all guests who raved about their photos and who can resist the incredible entertainment that Matt Wilson Band always delivers.
This lovely affair was photographed by Ashley Garmon and we hope you enjoy the photos below! Videography was provided by...more
What a night! What an event! Red Hot & Soul blew it out of the water again this year and has quickly become Austin's hottest gala. We are so honored to have been a part of it again and had the best time making the magic happen with all our vendors!
Fun fun fun was had by all the guests and most importantly, they came out to show their support for the ever-amazing Zach Scott Topfer Theatre! The night was spectacular and filled with Austin's most sophisticated ladies, as well as some amazing food, beautiful decor & great entertainment!
The beautiful tent provided by Marquee filled the Bobbi Pavilion with energy all evening- from happy guests, to beautiful jewels, to talented singers- there was never a dull moment! As guests were welcome into the tent, they were greeted by true elegance! David Kurio's stunning florals killed it again, plus, those peacocks were the talk of the tent! Townsley Design provided their always stunning event decor which created the perfect guest experience, and linens by BBJ Linen added elegant touches on a beautifully designed event!...more
It was a beautiful day in Austin, Texas and what a bat mitzvah it was! Our client's vision came to life and provided us with lots of fabulous branding ideas. From monogrammed napkins to customized signage using banners & lighting, this bat mitzvah was one for the books! There were even a few surprise visitors at the event who kept everyone entertained.
Guests enjoyed a beautiful dinner provided by the talented chefs at Hotel Ella and an assortment of miniature desserts provided by the Cake Plate. We worked closely with David Kurio Designs, Townsley Designs, Marquee Event Group, Ilios Lighting & more to bring our client's vision to life. The Pink Tulip provided us with beautiful printed materials which help round off the branding for the evening! Entertainment was on point as always with Matt Wilson and the Matt Wilson band who kept everyone on their toes all evening as well as DJ Ronnie G. We even got to spend the day with some very cute llamas from Groove Lab. Fun was had by all and a big thank you again to all our vendors who help bring our vision to...more
Flowers are truly special. They not only bring beauty and color into one’s life, but they can create and bring joy in their purest form. I grew up in a home where flowers were placed in beautiful vases each week, highlighting each room. My mother also taught me that even with the most simple bouquet, flowers are the perfect way to say “Thank you” and “I love you”.more
As spring and summer are quickly approaching, outdoor events are in full bloom! I personally love the idea of an outdoor wedding reception or cocktail hour (if you’re not in scorching hot Texas temperatures!) and there are so many ways to create one that adds a little touch of fun and playfulness to it.more
Mason Jars. Who doesn’t love these adorable little things that can literally be used for EVERYTHING. Whether you’re planning an outdoor garden party or a barn chic event, mason jars add a lot to the decor. From flowers, to candles, to drinks, these jars can be decorated and hung to fit any party need!more