A couple celebrates on the streets of Austin, Texas with their friends during the wedding planned by Big Time Creatives, one of the many Austin, Texas wedding planners. Image by Austin, TX wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.

Get to Know These 7 Wedding Planners in Austin, Texas

Wedding planners are a dream come true. They’re highly creative and organized earth angels who take the stress and complexity out of wedding planning. They also have a magical ability to transform abstract ideas into amazing real-life creations. 

If you want a smooth wedding-planning experience and be able to truly enjoy every moment of your big day, I recommend hiring a wedding planner. Luckily, there are some amazing Austin, Texas wedding planners who devote their time to making your wedding dreams come true. 

Keep reading to learn more about the Austin, Texas wedding planners who create an amazing experience on a couple’s special day.

Tell us a little about yourself and your wedding planning business. 

Pearl Events: Pearl Events was started in 2010. We are a full service event planning company based out of Austin.

3 of Cups: 3 Of Cups is a collective of event professionals. The departments at 3 Of Cups offer a range of services including Planning + Coordination, Floral + Design, Venue Location Scouting, Photography + Videography and Sound + DJ Services.

Burlap & Rose: I founded my wedding planning business five years ago, right after planning my own wedding. I absolutely love the creative and logistical process of taking a creative vision and beautiful images on Pinterest and bringing those to life!

A bride and groom embrace at the altar during their wedding planned by Silver Thistle Weddings, one of the many Austin Texas wedding planners Image by Nikk Nguyen, an Austin, Texas wedding photographer.

Silver Thistle Weddings & Events: Silver Thistle Weddings & Events started in 2016. Owner, Kim Bentley, fell in love with planning/coordinating events and quickly gathered momentum in the wedding world due to her interior design background and sense of unique style! Four years later Silver Thistle has designed and planned over 300 events and offers wedding packages to fit a variety of budgets and needs! 

Events By Leslie: My name is Jazmin Leslie and I am the owner and lead planner of Events by Leslie. I started this sweet little business almost two years ago and have loved every minute of it. I always have amazing clients and work with some of the best talent Austin has to offer.

Ashley Nicole Affair: Ashley Nicole Affair is a team of wedding planners that specialize in only full service planning, as well as floral design and have an extensive amount of decor rentals! They take on a limited amount of weddings each year so they can devote quality time to every single one of their clients to guarantee a personal planning experience. They have branched out to Houston, Santa Fe, and Denver as well!

Big Time Creatives Event Management & Design: Jordan and David have over 20 years of combined event experience. Jordan is the queen of logistics and David is the creative designer. Big Time Creatives is a full service wedding management and design company, specializing in unique and thoughtful ceremonies and receptions. They love working with couples who know who they are and don’t want traditional cookie-cutter styling. David and Jordan enjoy collaborating with their clients to bring their vision to life and tell their personal story.

What do you love most about wedding planning? 

Silver Thistle Weddings & Events: The thing we love most about our job is the connection we make with our clients! We take our job seriously and have gained so many amazing friends through this business! 

Events By Leslie: What I love most about my work is the people. I have had such incredible experiences with each and every person I have worked with – whether they are clients or fellow wedding vendors.

Ashley from Ashley Nicole Affair: I never realized how lucky we were to be able to say that we have our dream jobs until I found the words to describe it; we get to be there on the BEST day of everyone’s life. It’s a pleasure to be one of the selected people who gets to be in a room full of only people that they have the highest love for. You can feel the love in the energy!

What’s your favorite part of working within the wedding industry? 

3 of Cups: I strive for connection and meaning in my every interaction, which contributes to my approach to wedding planning. It’s an incredible honor to have the opportunity to meet folks at such a crucial time in their lives. The more I get to know couples, the better I am able to shape and create an experience that supports them in their most vulnerable state on their wedding day. Becoming friends with my clients is the most satisfying reward I can contribute to my life’s work.

Ashley from Ashley Nicole Affair: Every single wedding is the same and completely different. Most of them all have the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, but every single part of aspect of the day is completely different depending on the couple, their vision, design, and company they keep! No day is ever the same, plus we get to work with some of the best vendors in the industry over and over again!

A laughing wedding party of a wedding planned by Burlap & Rose, one of the Austin Texas wedding planners. Image by Nikk Nguyen Photo, an Austin, TX wedding photographer.

Where do you find the most inspiration for planning a wedding? 

Pearl Events: Artists, other planners from around the world, dress designers, floral companies – the sky’s the limit!

Burlap & Rose: Personally, I find the most inspiration being out in nature! When I’m designing floral proposals especially, I love going to botanical gardens and parks and being inspired by flowers and greenery in the wild!

What wedding planning trends are you loving right now? 

3 of Cups: I appreciate the fact that we can be advocates for social change in the wedding industry. The 3 Of Cups brand highlights the inclusion of LGBTQAI+, mix-race couples, and non-traditional relationships. I LOVE that the media is now giving a voice to couples that have felt under-represented on social platforms. #LOVEWINS

Events By Leslie: My favorite trend is the grazing table! Piles of cheese, charcuterie and fruit for guests to enjoy at their leisure. They bring such vibrancy to every event and give your guests something fun and delicious to indulge in.

What goes into creating a couple’s wedding vision? 

Silver Thistle Weddings & Events: Every couple is different, but the top 3 things that go into creating a couples vision-come-true is:

  1. What are they about – what can be conveyed about them on the wedding day that makes guests say ” this is so them..”
  2. How they connect as a couple – many couples are very different individually. We try to meld these together to create a cohesive vision that makes sense.
  3. What is unique about this couple that makes the day memorable – we like to curate unique events, so what can we design for this couple that really impacts guests and shows the couple that we were listening to their story and conveyed what they wanted on the big day

What can clients expect when working with you? 

Pearl Events: We like to be honest and truthful with our clients. We also like to have fun and make the process an enjoyable one!

Big Time Creatives Event Management & Design: When working with Big Time Creatives, clients can expect their big day to be as flawless and seamless as possible, with a touch of fun and humor for spice.

Ashley from Ashley Nicole Affair: We offer unlimited communication with all of our packages and really strive to make sure that we get to know our couples on a deeper level so that their wedding day is a reflection of their love story.

Is there anything you’d like clients to know before they come to you?

Burlap & Rose: I truly believe that all wedding visions and budgets are valid, but you have to make sure your vision and your budget match. That’s where a planner really is necessary.

Wedding decor at Prospect House arranged by Silver Thistle Weddings, an Austin, one of the many Austin, Texas wedding planners. Image by Austin, TX wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.

Big Time Creatives Event Management & Design: When you begin planning your wedding, start by creating your guest list and understand that the number of people is going to affect your total wedding budget, from florals to catering, rentals, venue, etc.

Ashley from Ashley Nicole Affair: We also offer florals (www.fleuraffair.com) and decor inventory that we rent out to everyone and not just our couples!

How far in advance should a couple book with you? 

Silver Thistle Weddings & Events: A client can book up to a year in advance, but should at least book nine months in advance for full planning. Wedding vendors often book out a year in advance so we want to be able to provide the “A” team for our couples.

Events By Leslie: For full-service planning, clients should book at least one year out to ensure a stress-free planning experience. Wedding management clients should book at least two months out.

What tips and/or advice can you give couples planning their big day? 

Pearl Events: Weddings are very different now than when your parents got married. It’s hard to compare their weddings with yours. Sit down with your planner and talk about your budget and if it’s realistic. People often say they sit down with their parents, but the last time your parents planned a wedding was many years ago. Your planner can give you real thought for reference. 

3 of Cups: Listen to your heart. Communicate with one another. Honor who you are as individuals and a couple in partnership. Remember that your wedding is a joyous celebration of your LOVE!!!! And forget the bull that distracts you from the whole point of why you’re getting married.

Burlap & Rose: Spend your budget on what you truly care about, but also leave some funds for those things you might have to purchase at the end, like umbrellas or a tent if it rains. 

Planning a wedding and looking to take the next steps with a wedding photographer? I’d love to chat and see if we’d be a good fit!

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