If you’re recently engaged this new year, your head may already be spinning with to-dos. In our experience, one of the best ways to manage not only your stress, but also your budget, is to hire a wedding planner. From booking and coordinating logistics, to communicating with vendors and knowing how to score the best value for the market, an experienced Austin wedding planner is indispensable. We wanted to share a few of our favorites.
Named after a Tarot card symbolizing the gathering of loved ones, “3 of Cups” is headed by Jessica Ryan and Coley Jackson, a dynamic duo focused on wedding planning and artistic direction respectively, including design and floral services. As a boutique company, 3 of Cups works with clients to realize their unique vision, ranging from the more traditional to such eclectic stylings as a “celestial punk-rock” themed wedding. The company offers levels of support, and the option to add à la carte services such as day-of staffing, audiovisual, and lighting design.
Specializing in “modern and romantic weddings,” Blue Sparrow offers both full and partial planning services, as well as wedding day management. Based in Austin, the boutique planning company’s approach is to assemble a “dream team of vendors,” drawing from their deep well of local relationships. Founder, Vanna, and creative director, Paige, treat their work a bit like a courtship, setting up a “first date” to get to know potential clients, quickly following up with a personalized proposal, and progressing the partnership in stride with the happy couple.
High Beam offers a diverse suite of event planning services, including experiential and corporate events, and SXSW-specific planning. For weddings, the company offers three tiers of services: “month-of coordinating” (logistics), “partner planning” (vendors), or “full-service.” The company’s large team of planners brings diverse experience from across the event planning and management industry, so it’s easy to find a planning partner well-suited to your needs and vision.
As the name suggests, Modern Whimsy founder, Mandy, takes a “whimsical” approach to wedding planning, style and design, creating events that are uniquely personalized, and bring fun, surprise and delight to your guests. Both “mid-level” and full wedding planning are available, whether you need help finalizing details or planning the wedding from scratch. A special offering from Modern Whimsy is wedding day yoga, with classes that can be tailored for brides, grooms, and/or the whole wedding party. Mandy is also a veteran, former Army Sergeant, and watercolor artist.
Operating out of Round Rock, owner Abbie Cole Hillis offers event management, full or partial wedding planning services, and additional services by request, including event budgeting, vendor relations, printing, and more. (Check out this helpful wedding budget spreadsheet, available for free on Abbie’s blog!) Abbie is especially knowledgeable about cost-saving tips for the Austin market, and committed to working with budget-conscious brides and grooms to create a plan that aligns with their vision for the big day.
V&L’s Heather, an Austin native, has 15 years of event and wedding planning experience, and a passion for the city she calls home. Heather offers coordination, planning, and design packages tailored to each couple’s needs and budget. Her aesthetic tends toward neutral, earth tones and florals, but she is dedicated to crafting custom designs that suit each bride and groom, and loves weaving in personal touches to make their big day even more special.
Founders and native Texans, Courtney Young and Sarah Miller, alongside event manager Nicole Lopez, assist clients at every stage of event planning and coordination, as well as design services. Caplan Miller’s wedding stylings have ranged from more traditional weddings to “wild and unrestrained” events, including a vibrant and whimsical circus-themed wedding.
Clink coordinates events of all kinds, and across the spectrum of styles, from “modern sophistication,” to “rustic chic,” and multicultural events, with particular experience in Indian and Southeast Asian-style weddings. Founded in 2002, Clink’s two principals and their team of event and program managers have extensive experience supporting weddings and other kinds of events in the Austin area.
Beyond its Austin office, Eclipse has operations in San Antonio and Orange County, and offers planning services for destination weddings as well. The award-winning team of experienced planners, headed by co-owners Kristi DePew & Lauren Chumbley, includes three Certified Meeting/Wedding and Event Planners (CMEP, CWEP), and offers three levels of support (“The Final Countdown,” “The Mix,” and “The Works”), as well as à la carte services. Wedding Wire has awarded its “Couples’ Choice” distinction to Eclipse each year since 2016.
Wild Sky owner Kate Goddard and her team provide planning services for weddings, non-profit and corporate events in Austin, Seattle, and Northern California, as well as for destination weddings. With over a decade of event planning experience, Kate looks all around for inspiration, and is dedicated to understanding her clients’ input and executing their vision. Wild Sky’s work has been featured in Style Me Pretty, The Knot, and Martha Stewart Weddings, among other publications.
Article Written by Sommer Brugal.