Category: Wedding | Mayhar Design

Welcome Baskets Your Guests Will Love.

September 11th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Design + Decor, Wedding

What in the world do you put in a welcome basket for your wedding guests?  I get this question time and time again from clients, and the answer is actually quite simple.  Here are some tried and true ideas that should be sure to satisfy!

The Basket
First things first.  Before you can stuff the bag, you need to buy the bag!  And, who says it need to be a bag?  Feel free to use a cute wicker or metal basket, a fun paper bag or a canvas tote.  As you are looking through options and deciding on the best fit for your celebration, be sure to take into account a couple of things:  What type of container will your guests prefer and perhaps consider using again?  How are your guests traveling to your wedding, and will they be able to easily transport the container back home?  How big does this item need to be?  And, how much money do I want to spend?

Weekend Paper Goods
One of the wisest things you can include in your guest welcome bags are the weekend paper goods.  Paper goods might include a weekend itinerary or schedule of events, complete with addresses and timelines; a hand drawn map of the area in which events will take place; or a fun list of local hot spots and favorite places to go.  For a more intimate approach, feel free to include a welcome note or love letter to your guests, thanking them for sharing in your weekend with you or even a fun scavenger hunt worksheet.  The sky is the limit on this one.  Get creative, and know that your guests will enjoy some down time, looking through the tidbits of information you have provided for them!

Water
As boring as this seems, we all need water.  And, how wonderful to have it at your fingertips without having to do anything.  You can opt for simple bottles of water with personalized labels or you can get the fizzy kind to jazz it up!  Either way, your guests will thank you.  Here in Texas, we love adding bottles of Topo Chico, as they add a darling local spin into the mix!

Something Fun To Drink
As I mentioned above, we all need to drink.  Your water has been purchased, so why not put a little something fun in as well!  This can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, whichever you prefer.  You know your guests best and what type of beverage they would most enjoy….it can be a bottle of wine, a 6-pack of eclectic craft beer or mini champagne bottles.  You decide.  In order to keep this item fairly budget friendly, try to keep your purchases to around 2 to 4 servings per basket.  You are not trying to provide a full bar in each room…just a fun little treat.

A Little Snack
Where beverages go, snacks often follow behind, and I have never met a welcome basket that wasn’t made better by a handful of thoughtfully selected snacks!  They can range from salty to sweet and healthy to just plain yummy.  Again, you know your guests best!  Pick items that you think they will enjoy!

Some Extra Bonus Tips
Whenever possible, try to source items locally.  If you can find local craft beers or snack items that may be new to your guests, it helps to make your gift unique and custom!

Look for items that may fit in with your wedding weekend style.  For example, you can have custom sugar cookies made to portray special imagery or text!  Or, you can shop for items that compliment your overall color palette or theme!  Any way that you can tie the basket in to your overall wedding aesthetic will make them stand out to your guests.

Consider the addition of a wedding hangover kit.  This can be as simple as a couple of packets of advil and tums.  Simply place them in a small linen sachet and it might just be the hottest item of the bunch.

And finally, make sure that you budget for these gifts ahead of time!  Purchasing and packing welcome gifts will generally occur towards the end of the wedding planning process.  You want to make sure that you determine how important they are in the beginning and allot the appropriate funds.

Have fun with these and good luck!!

xo,

m

 

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James and Allison: Intimate Blush And Berry Wedding

August 31st, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Mayhar Brides, Wedding

I have had the privilege of knowing Allison for just under four years.  Within that time frame, she has loaned her heart, her spirit, her incredibly hard working attitude and energy and her grace to both my life and to the lives of every single Mayhar client and vendor alike.  She has stood beside us at every single wedding, helping to ensure that each bride and family member was cared for and that each detail was perfectly placed.  She is the type of colleague who gets personally thanked in Father of the Bride speeches.  She is a truly amazing friend and person and I was beyond thrilled when she asked us to help plan her own wedding, which took place this past November in San Antonio.

When we sat down to discuss her wishes for the day, she kept going back to an organic yet classical design with thoughtful details and an overarching atmosphere that was inviting and welcoming.  She wanted a space that was rich in texture and soft color and made each and every guest feel incredibly special.  It was such a joy to be a part of this celebration!  I hope that we did her greatest wishes justice!

And, I hope you enjoy these lovely images from Michelle Boyd, as much as we enjoyed creating the details and colors they portray.
xo,
m

Creative Direction, Coordination, & Styling: Mayhar Design
Photographer: Michelle Boyd
Floral Design: Without Wax, Katy
Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Whitney Farnsworth
Venue: Zaza Gardens
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Rentals: Marquee Rentals and Whim Event Rentals
DJ: Mixer Rogers
Catering: SA Fresh
Hair & Make-Up: Makenzi Laine
Cake: Cathy Young
Ribbon: Silk and Willow
Draping: Quest Drape

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How To Find And Hire Your Perfect Team Of Wedding Vendors

August 22nd, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Wedding

There are so many amazing artists and vendors within this industry who can help to make your day special and memorable. As you start your search, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Here are a couple of quick tips and our top recommendations:

Look for professionals.
You want to work with companies that have a good reputation and who present themselves with integrity, respectability and expertise. The experience that you have in your meetings with vendors will most likely be the experience that your guests have at your wedding. Professionalism does not mean a higher price tag. It means taking pride in your work and honoring the commitments that you make to your clients. You want a team behind you that enjoys what they do and does it with reliability and attention to detail.

Align with vendors who fit your vision and personality.
Browse websites and imagery and listen to referrals for those vendors you are considering. Vendors have specific styles and characteristics that make them unique. If you can better understand what each vendor is like and what their company aesthetic is, you can better select a team that is a true fit for you!  In addition, pay attention to personality and style of communication.  Having people on your team who you feel comfortable with and communicate well with will make the road that much easier!

Know ahead of time what your budget is for each area and share this information with vendors at the beginning.
Having a very specific budget number in mind ahead of time will help to make the process much smoother.  It allows each vendor to guide you in the right direction based upon the appropriate services.

And One Final Note, Regarding: Hiring Friends.
We often have clients ask if they should hire friends to help on their wedding day as vendors. Speaking very frankly, this tends to go one of two ways….it can be an amazing experience or it can be a bit of a struggle. The beauty of a friend is that they love you and want to celebrate you and the happiness that your wedding brings. When contemplating bringing a friend onto the team consider the following:

Would your friend prefer to celebrate or work at your wedding? We have seen friends who fall into both categories. If you know in your heart that your friend is offering their service as a helping hand, but might prefer to relax and enjoy that evening, we have found that it takes the pressure off of both parties to encourage them to attend as a guest only. It can be so much more enjoyable and does not put a strain on the service that they would be providing. However, if you know that your friend is serious about the offer of their service and would be able to handle the job with professionalism, it might be a great fit. Each situation is unique. Consider with an honest heart what will work best, and allows the healthiest outcome for the service and for your friend’s time.

At the end of the day, you want a team of vendors who you believe in, trust and see eye to eye with.  You want a team of professionals who will allow you to hand over the reigns, so that you can relax and celebrate with the friends and family that surround you.  It can feel intimidating, but once you have found the right fit for you, trust your gut and jump in.  We are all here to help bring your day to life!

xo,

m

Photo Credit:  Taylor Lord
Floral Credit:  Sprout Floral and Event Design

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Taylor and Leah: Texas Wedding With Southern Charm

August 16th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Mayhar Brides, Wedding

Leah and Taylor are such a beautiful couple, both inside and out, and I was so excited when they asked me to help design their wedding day!  With the amazing Sweet August Events planning and running all of the logistics, I hopped on board to design the overall aesthetic and visual look and feel for the day.

Having already selected the stunning Kendall Plantation just outside Boerne, Texas, as their venue, we set out to create an event that would honor Leah’s wishes for a beautiful and elegant Southern styled wedding, and one that would compliment the striking white walls and black shuttered windows of Kendall Plantation.  I mean, not a bad combo. We quickly decided on elegant place settings, rich grey and soft blush linens and a clean palette with lush ivory and creme accents.

This wedding was such a dream to be a part of.  The team of vendors was incredible and the day was spent setting and styling and designing.  I am in love with the images captured by Kayla Barker and I am again, so thankful to have been a part of this beautiful day and to be able to call this my job!  It was such a joy.

I hope you enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out our full vendor list below!

xo,

m

Design and Styling: Mayhar Design
Photographer: Kayla Barker
Floral Design: Sprout Floral Design
Ceremony Venue: The Central Christian Church
Reception Venue: Brazos Hall
Paper Goods: Whitney Farnsworth
Makeup & Hair: Makenzi Laine
Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events; Marquee Event Group; Premiere Events
Band: Sauce the Band
Videography: Candlelight Films
Catering: Pink Avocado Catering
Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery

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Travers and Afton: Downtown Austin Wedding

August 8th, 2017 | By Melanie McKinley in Mayhar Brides, Wedding

Afton and Travers are two of the kindest and most caring people I have ever met.  I first met with Afton and her family, and then met Travers at another meeting along the road.  It was clear from the beginning that their wedding was going to be something special.  They are the kind of couple that asks about you and how your day is, and not only listens intently for the answer, but remembers the answer when they see you again.  They are the kind of couple that places the others needs in front of their own.  And, they are the kind of couple whose wedding you are so thrilled to be a part of because you get to experience a day filled with the most beautiful and sincere type of love:  A love for each other, a love for their friends and family and the deepest love for their faith.

I will never forget waiting outside of Central Christian Church for Travers’ shuttle to arrive.  He was riding alone, to come see Afton for the first time.  As he stepped off of the shuttle, with the lightest and most joyous look on his face, he simply said, “This is by far, the greatest day I’ve ever had.”

He was right.  It was the greatest day.  And I am so honored to have been a part of it.  It is the reason we do what we do.

Make sure to scroll all of the way down, for the list of amazing vendors who helped breathe it to life.

xo,

m

Design and Styling: Mayhar Design
Photographer: Kayla Barker
Floral Design: Sprout Floral Design
Ceremony Venue: The Central Christian Church
Reception Venue: Brazos Hall
Paper Goods: Whitney Farnsworth
Makeup & Hair: Makenzi Laine
Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events; Marquee Event Group; Premiere Events
Band: Sauce the Band
Videography: Candlelight Films
Catering: Pink Avocado Catering
Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery

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