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Cantu’s Special Events FLORIST

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BLANCA CANTU

wned and founded by Blanca Cantu, Cantu’s Special Events is a floral & event design company with more than 36 years of experience in Mexico, 17 of those years serving the RGV, and a mission to create one-of-a-kind, extraordinary events to wow any client. Specializing in custom floral arrangements, exquisite decor, and exceptional designs, Blanca and her staff pride themselves in creating a spectacular experience for each couple that create lasting memories. Cantu’s Special Events is a one-stop resource for businesses and individuals seeking creative, exquisitely designed and expertly executed events. Always wanting to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to event production, Blanca and her team recently attended PB Live, a workshop produced by world-renowned event designer Preston Bailey. PB Live is designed to educate industry professionals in everything needed to plan and design a successful event from start to finish, while also creating a complete transformation together, from ceiling designs to elaborate table settings. Attendees spent three full days under the guidance of Preston Bailey and top industry professionals. Cantu’s Special Events attended this incredible event to enhance their knowledge and learn new techniques from the best in the event design/planning industry! As leaders of wedding and event professionals in the Rio Grande Valley, it is their goal to constantly deliver the best and most elevated production possible, bringing new and fresh ideas to the area. BEST OF

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PHOTOS BY ANAHI WEDDINGS


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Explore Outdoors VENUE INSPIRATION

Casa Los Ebanos

Capilla del Rio

THE PIXEL STUDIO

PHOTO BY ANAHI WEDDINGS

Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas

Casa Rosa Outdoor Event Venue

Quinta Mazatlan

Tierra Santa Golf & Event Center

PHOTO BY ANAHI WEDDINGS

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Natures best for your celebration Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas

Casa Los Ebanos

Capilla del Rio

Quinta Mazatlan

Tierra Santa Golf & Event Center

Casa Rosa Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue


Beer & Wine License

220/60

X

X

X

X

X

-Ruby Red Room

220/60

X

X

X

X

-Skywalk / Courtyard

40/60

X

X

X

125/300

X

X

Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas - Venue

175

X

X

X

-Casa Mariposa Courtyard

175

X

X

X

-Chapel

40

X

X

-Party on the Terrace

30

X

-Intimate Reception

20

X

X

Casa Rosa Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue

200

X

X

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton - Citrus Ballroom

420

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Rio Room

90

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Ruby Room

90

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Valencia Room

90

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Marra Room

80

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

GrazeBox Co

24

X

1,120

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Green Jay Pavillion

200

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Kingfisher Meeting Room

120

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Casa Los Ebanos

Harlingen Convention Center - Great Kiskadee Ballroom

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Valet Parking Allowed

X

X

Entertainment Provided

X

Private Liquor Allowed

X

In-House Liquor

X

Outside Seating

Casa de Palmas - Royal Palm Ballroom

X

Handicap Facilities

X

Private Catering Allowed

Dance Floor

X

In-House Catering

Wedding Ceremony Site Available

50/350

REFERENCE GUIDE

Guest Discount Room Rate

Room Capacity (inside/ outside)

Capilla del Rio

RECEPTION

X

X X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Oriole Meeting Room

120

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Kingfisher Boardroom

50

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Oriole Boardroom

50

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Dove Suite

40

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Hilton Garden Inn Harlingen - Cardinal Ballroom A

100

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Cardinal Ballroom B

80

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Holiday Inn Resort - Sea4Ever Room (on-site)

500

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Hibiscus Room

300

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Bastrop Room

150

X

X

X

X

X

X

Jose's Cafecito Courtyard - First National Ballroom

150

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Courtyard

100

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-State Theater

90

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Pub Room

12

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

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Beer & Wine License

Handicap Facilities

Outside Seating

Entertainment Provided

Valet Parking Allowed

X

X

X

X

-The Patio

20

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-MVP Room

20

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Chef's Table

10

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Mission Event Center - The Grand Orchard

1050

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Ruby Red

352

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Patio at the Orchard

280

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Valencia

250

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-The Orchard

200

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Tangerine

80

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Lemon

50

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Mandarin

50

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Key Lime

50

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Pomelo

50

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Monica's Banquet Hall

350

X

X

X

X

Pearl South Padre - Sand Dunes Ballroom

200

X

X

X

X

X X

Private Liquor Allowed

X

In-House Liquor X

Private Catering Allowed X

In-House Catering X

Guest Discount Room Rate

Wedding Ceremony Site Available X

Dance Floor

Room Capacity (inside/ outside) 160/80

Legends Restaurant Patio Bar

X

X

X

-Ocean Front Patio

160

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Blue Marlin Ballroom

120

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Sailfish Patio

60

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Sailfish Room

40

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

240

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-McAllen Room

70

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

-Cortez Room

50

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

250/150

X

X

-Historic Alonso Building

200

X

X

-Laureles Ranch House Museum

200

X

X

X

X

-Market Square

200

X

X

X

X

-Mary Yturria Center

150

X

X

X

X

100

X

100/300

X

X

X X

300

X

X X

Quinta Mazatlan

X

X X

Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport - Blue Bonnet

The Barn at Tacubaya Ranch

X

X

X

X

X

The Brownsville Historic Association

-Stillman House Museum Tierra Santa Golf & Event Center

X

X X

X

X

X

X

X X

All information is subject to change without notice. Some features may be available on a limited request only. Please check with individual vendors in regards to COVID-19 accommodations.

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RECEPTION REFERENCE GUIDE CAPILLA DEL RIO CONTACT

ABOUT Capilla Del Rio is a 18-acre property overlooking the natural landscapes of the South Texas region. The Hacienda home offers a warm and inviting atmosphere while the outside patios comfortably host events for up to 400 guests. Venture down the cactus-lined staircase to the small, quaint chapel to exchange your vows in the warmly lit space. Here, stunning sunsets and star filled skies become the backdrop for your special occasion.

CASA LOS EBANOS CONTACT

ANAHI WEDDINGS

CONTACT 101 N Main St McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 631-1101 ABOUT A stay at Casa de Palmas Hotel places you in the heart of McAllen, in close proximity to the Downtown McAllen Entertainment District. Originally built in 1918, this historical landmark combines the magic of yesterday with the conveniences of today. Inspired by the white and red tiled rooftop Spanish missions, this three-story structure is a full-service Wyndham property with deluxe newly renovated guest rooms, on-site restaurant and bar, and elegant banquet rooms fit for any memorable event.

CASA MARIPOSA VENUE & VILLAS 27715 State Hwy 100 Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 399-9097 www.casalosebanos.com

ABOUT Facing a lake and surrounded by spacious lawns and gardens, Casa Los Ebanos is a gracious southern colonial-style home, perfect for celebrating that special occasion. The elegant indoor furnishings complement the beautiful scenery outdoors, making this estate an ideal spot for entertaining. Casa Los Ebanos is available for weddings, receptions, parties, quinceañeras, conferences, luncheons and showers.

CASA ROSA OUTDOOR WEDDING & EVENT VENUE

PHOTO BY ANAHI WEDDINGS

MAELIA DAVIS

6506 East Highway 83 Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 648-8680

DANIEL ALVARES PHOTOGRAPHER

CASA DE PALMAS HOTEL

CONTACT 112 W Corral St, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 433-5806 www.casamariposaspi.com ABOUT Casa Mariposa is the perfect backdrop to host your special event. The main venue and the courtyard each can host a celebration of up to 175 guests or you can choose an intimate event on the Terrace or Chapel. Casa Mariposa offers a retreat like experience with beautifull villas and a romantic suite. The venue also offers all inclusive planning and decor that will make your celebration feel like a vacation. Whether you're celebrating a wedding, family gathering, birthday, or company retreat, this venue will make your special event unforgettable.

DOUBLETREE SUITES BY HILTON

CONTACT

CONTACT

10001 N Ware Rd McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 289-6981

1800 S 2nd St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 686-3000 ABOUT Whether you’re planning on hosting an intimate cocktail party or formal candlelit dinner, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton McAllen can provide the ideal setting for the wedding reception you’ve been imagining. Our modern yet warm design creates a perfect backdrop for friends and family to have an unforgettable experience.

GRAZEBOX CO.

HARLINGEN CONVENTION CENTER

CRYSTAL KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY

ABOUT Casa Rosa Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue gives you the dream wedding at home you always envisioned. An outdoor space that seats 200 guests comfortably, with intimate indoor space for photos and wedding day prep, there is something for everyone at Casa Rosa. A multitude of event services offered through the venue makes it easy to plan your special day at the home away from home venue that is Casa Rosa Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue.

CONTACT 704 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 704-0158

ABOUT GrazeBox Co. can accommodate small and intimate celebrations at their shop in Edinburg, Texas making it a perfect place for ceremony elopements. GrazeBox Co. can not only provide innovative hand-curated grazing boxes, but can also comfortably host up to 24 of your most beloved guests. Tables and seating is provided, tablescape trimmings is available, and on-site cold-food catering is optional. The shop is available to host your intimate event from Tuesday through Sunday.

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CONTACT 701 Harlingen Heights Dr Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 320-2373 ABOUT Nestled in the heart of the Valley, the Harlingen Convention Center has a natural flow, organic design elements and fully customizable spaces. Whether you are hosting a conference, corporate meeting, business gathering or a social event, the Harlingen Convention Center welcomes your group to experience the beauty and unique culture of the Rio Grande Valley. The environment in which you host your meeting or event matters just as much as the catered food, the décor or even the number of people who attend.


RECEPTION REFERENCE GUIDE HILTON GARDEN INN HARLINGEN

HOLIDAY INN RESORT

CONTACT

CONTACT

751 Harlingen Heights Drive Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 428-1400

100 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 426-9066 ABOUT Holiday Inn Resort at SPI is a fullservice beachfront resort located on the beautiful island of South Padre. It offers direct oceanfront access with options for open air events in the Sea4Ever room with accommodations for up to 500 guests, or indoor events in the Hibiscus or Bastrop Room. There is optional catering and customizable menu by the Seaside Bar & Grill. Holiday Inn Resort functions as a rehearsal, ceremony, and reception location.

JOSE'S CAFECITO COURTYARD & CATERING

LAURELES RANCH HOUSE MUSEUM

SAMANTHA BARRERA

ABOUT The new Hilton Garden Inn Harlingen is ready to assist your special event and sleeping room accomodations. Our property is the largest hotel in Harlingen connected to the Convention Center. We will have 149 spacious guest rooms and suites, oversized pool and fitness center; The Garden Grille & Bar open for Breakfast and Dinner, two meeting rooms with over 2,240 sq. ft of meeting space, on site guest laundry, walking distance to dining and local shopping.

CONTACT 334 S. Texas Ave. Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 463-0925

CONTACT 1501 East 7th St Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 372-1515

ABOUT Among its First National Ballroom, Courtyard, State Theater and Pub room, Jose’s Cafecito courtyard has room for both small and large events. Catering and rental packages are available with the venue as well as event planning both on and offsite. Here you will find the perfect dance floor under the courtyard pergola and enjoy a bridal suite. Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard offers both indoor and outdoor areas with a waitstaff to provide excellent service at your event.

ABOUT The Laureles Ranch House Museum once belonged to the founder of Brownsville, Charles Stillman. Now in its new home, located in Linear Park, the fully restored home offers a rustic setting for parties and special events. Largely used for the outside porch space and the surrounding grounds, this humble abode setting is a unique venue in itself.

LEGENDS RESTAURANT PATIO BAR

MARKET SQUARE EVENT HALL

INDIE IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

CONTACT 4901 Expressway 83, Ste. 100 McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 627-2216 www.legendsrbp.com ABOUT Situated off of the expressway in McAllen, Texas, Legends Restaurant Bar Patio provides an exceptional atmosphere for your next event. The upscale sports bar offers a sophisticated, yet welcoming ambiance ideal for hosting birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and corporate events. The indoor dining area has a capacity up to 160 guests and the patio can accomodate 70. Legends' intention is to provide every guest with an exceptional attention-to-detail experience and phenomenal food.

MARY YTURRIA CENTER

CONTACT 625 East 12th St. Brownsville, Texas 78520 (956) 372-1515 ABOUT Surround yourself with South Texas culture and history in the historic Market Square Event Hall. Once home to vendors selling their wares, the refurbished building now hosts weddings and special events for up to 200 guests.

MISSION EVENT CENTER CONTACT

ABOUT The Mary Yturria Center offers a venue perfect for any special occasion or event. The Mary Yturria Center located behind the museum can accommodate an intimate or large social gathering. The floor to ceiling windows allow guests an enchanting view of the courtyard area overlooking Brownsville’s Old Southern Pacific Railroad Depot.

CONTACT 200 N Shary Rd Mission, TX 78572 (956) 584-4321 www.missioneventcenter.com ABOUT Mission Event Center provides a 18,000 square-foot ballroom that can be divided into seven different salons equipped with projectors, screens and LED ambiance lighting. The facility also includes a full-service kitchen, bar/lounge areas both indoors and outdoors, a stunning outdoor patio, as well as relaxing gardens and walking trails. It is the perfect venue to host corporate and social events of any size. Let us Capture your Moment!

AMBIANCE FLOWERS & RENTALS

641 East Madison St Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 372-1313


RECEPTION REFERENCE GUIDE CONTACT 2905 N Cesar Chavez Rd San Juan, TX 78516 (956)782-5359 www.monicasbanquethall.com ABOUT We invite you to help us bring your special day to life. Let Monica’s Banquet Hall be the location of your dream event. Whether you are celebrating a wedding, Quinceañera, or even holding a corporate event, Monica’s Banquet Hall can cater to your every need and host up to 350 guests. With competitive priced packages, our professional staff at Monica’s Banquet Hall can make your special event a memorable one.

RADISSON HOTEL MCALLEN AIRPORT CONTACT

ANAHI WEDDINGS

CONTACT 310 Padre Blvd South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-6551 www.pearlsouthpadre.com

ABOUT Dazzle your guests with the breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico in our Blue Marlin Ballroom. Whether you are planning a large or small intimate event, we can accommodate you in our 8,500 sq ft of flexible space across 9 venues. Venues include a 3,460 sq ft ballroom, event space with a view and outdoor meeting space overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. From our Chef’s superb cuisine selections to our extraordinary service, our event services team will ensure you and your guests will have an unforgettable event.

600 Sunset Dr McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 681-3370 facebook.com/McallenQuintaMazatlan

ABOUT This historic 1930's home can accommodate many types of events, but is known for how it showcases the beauty of a wedding. The exquisite Spanish-style hacienda and landscaped gardens are an oasis of nature and history in the heart of McAllen. During business hours, sections of the historic home and grounds can be rented by the hour, which is great for smaller events or intimate wedding ceremonies. After hours, the entire estate is available for use for any special event, up to 350 people.

STILLMAN HOUSE MUSEUM

ABEL RIOJAS PHOTOGRAPHY

QUINTA MAZATLAN

PEARL SOUTH PADRE CLAYTON WEST PHOTOGRAPHY

MONICA’S BANQUET HALL

CONTACT 2721 S 10th St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 682-7234 www.eventsbyradissonmcallen.com

ABOUT The Radisson Hotel McAllen offers extensive flexible meeting and event space for intimate gatherings or groups of up to 300 attendees. We can help you plan every detail from the menu to the décor and entertainment. Our friendly and professional staff will make sure you and your guests feel our "True Radisson Hospitality. You will know why we say "Everything Happens at The Radisson"."

TIERRA SANTA GOLF & EVENT CENTER

CONTACT

CONTACT

1325 East Washington St Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 372-1515

1901 Club de Amistad Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 973-1811 www.tierrasantaweslaco.com

ABOUT The Stillman House Museum is among the oldest surviving historic structures in Brownsville. The Victorian gardens surrounding the house are the perfect setting for small social gatherings and photography shoots. In the heart of downtown Brownsville, the Stillman House provides a special venue for your memorable event.

THE BARN AT TACUBAYA RANCH

ABOUT Tierra Santa is more than just the top golf course in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. It is also the region’s number one venue for banquets, and, especially fairy tale weddings. Imagine an eloquent setting combined with a hospitable, full-service staff over looking a waterfall. That’s what you get from Tierra Santa when you choose us as the location of your next important life event.

THE HISTORIC ALONSO BUILDING CONTACT

697 Farm to Market 430 Encino, TX 78353 (361) 248-8169 www. thebarntr.com

510 East Saint Charles St Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 372-1515

ABOUT The Barn at Tacubaya Ranch is a unique venue with pristine and sublime scenery located 45 mile north of Edinburg and evokes an authentic feeling of rustic elegance and charm. It offers an indoor open floor plan for up to 250 guests, a covered outdoor pavilion for 150 guests, a garden game lawn area and various areas for photo opportunities. The 4,000 square foot barn allows for ample versatility to transform it into the perfect venue for your affair.

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HUMBERTO CABALLERO

CONTACT

ABOUT The Historic Alonso offers an ideal destination and venue for any special occasion or event. Lovingly restored with a lush outdoor patio setting, it provides the perfect backdrop for your cherished memories. Having the best of both worlds, the Historic Alonso lends itself to combined indoor and outdoor gatherings for any memorable occasion.


Questions to Ask When Selecting Your Venue WEDDING PLANNING

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s you begin planning your Wedding, one of the most important decisions you will make is the venue! When visiting locations you are interested in, it is helpful to ask the right questions to ensure you have found the perfect spot for your celebration.

O What is the guest capacity? O What are the available hours? What is the policy and fee for extended hours? O What are the options and arrangements for payment? O What is the cancellation policy and fee? O Who is responsible for providing insurance if it is required by the facility? O Are catering services provided? O If private catering is allowed, do you have a list of preferred and approved caterers? O What facilities are available for use (such as kitchen facilities)? Is there an additional fee? O Are rentals such as tables, chairs, linens, chargers, dinnerware, silverware, glassware, etc., included? Is there an additional fee? O Is the facility staff responsible for cleanup? When must the facility space be cleaned? O What are the alcohol policies? Does the venue have a beer and wine license?

O What is the setup time for vendors and what are the policies? O Is there a dance floor available? What is the policy for any additional dance floor space? O What are the policies for entertainment (i.e. bands, DJs, etc)? O What electrical voltage can your facility handle for a large band or DJ? O Is parking available on site? Is there a fee? If not included, is valet parking allowed? O Are items such as confetti, bubbles, sparklers, etc. allowed to be used in/around the facility? Who is responsible for cleanup? O Will security services be provided? Is private security allowed? Is there a fee? O If you select a hotel as your venue, is there a discount for reserving a block of rooms for out-of-towns guests? O Are there any other restrictions?


Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas VENUE

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urated within South Padre Island’s lush location, Casa Mariposa’s aesthetic provides a colorful glimpse into colonial Mexico with its large fountain feature and tropical gardens. Vibrant and alive, Casa Mariposa’s aesthetic is inspired by the people of Mexico. A true testament of owner Sherrie’s love of the people, she and her late husband met on their worldly travels.

Since its beginnings as host to quinceaneras, family reunions, and weddings, the current Casa Mariposa Venue and Villas offers an open courtyard, a gorgeous veranda, patio, and a bridal suite. The guest house, which includes a master suite with kitchen, living and dining area, is surrounded by three whimsical private bedrooms and bathrooms that can be rented for weekends, summer vacations and events. Casa Mariposa’s open sky veranda SHERRIE GOMEZ certainly has the best seat on the island for the summer night fireworks. The bespoken chapel serves as a perfect backdrop for small and intimate elopements and weddings 7 days a week. At Casa Mariposa you will find more than just an architectural fiesta; you will find all inclusive service add-ons such as complete event planning, in-house ceremony, day-of-coordination, and custom decor packages. As a Casa Mariposa bride, you will get to enjoy your wedding with your guests along with the joyous celebration afterwards Whether you are dreaming of hosting a large event or an intimate one, Casa Mariposa serves as a perfect location to make those dreams a reality. Growing from a beautiful quaint home and guest house, Casa Mariposa now boasts itself as a fine venue and villa rental for a variety of events. Sherrie and her team are dedicated to taking care of their clients with utmost priority. For her clients, seasoned professionals will guide you from beginning to the end with inclusive services where the details will be taken care of, allowing you to relax confidently in your choice of venue.

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Casa Los Ebanos VENUE

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CAYTON WEST PHOTOGRAPHY

he property known as Casa Los Ebanos began as the Russell family home in 1937 and was occupied by the present owner’s mother until 2000. In January of 2002, Martha and Taylor Blanton opened the grounds to the public as a private nature preserve and birdwatching venue. In May of that same year (and many bird-watchers later), a young woman dropped in and asked, “Could I have my wedding here?” In the 18 years since that important question, Casa Los Ebanos has proudly hosted hundreds of beautiful weddings.

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Martha and Taylor are still actively involved in the daily operation of Casa Los Ebanos and believe that much of its success is due to the initiative and hard work of Macaria Bujanos, who has been with them since the beginning. In the fall of 2015, another cheerful face came on board, Irene Atkinson Abrego. She too has proved to be incredibly organized and enthusiastic when working with potential brides and grooms as well as existing clients. Please visit the Casa Los Ebanos website, and schedule your appointment to view this gorgeous property and meet its exceptional management team.

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Casa Los Ebanos

956.399.9097

www.casalosebanos.com

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(between Harlingen and Brownsville)


Capilla del Rio VENUE

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ncompassing the landscape and beauty of South Texas, a Spanish hacienda sits atop a hill overlooking a quaint chapel, perfect for a Rio Grande Valley wedding and special event. Situated just south of Rio Grande City, the newly refurbished Capilla Del Rio, formerly known as Hacienda Villa Garcia, is a gorgeous venue for an intimate affair where the breathtaking view of a Texas sunset can be seen. Surrounded by native foliage and cacti, Capilla Del Rio provides the perfect backdrop for every occasion and photo shoot to capture each special moment. Make your way down

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the curved stairs to the cozy and distinguished chapel for your ceremony where an antique bell waits to be rung, and enjoy an evening under the stars as you celebrate. As well as a reception venue, Capilla Del Rio also serves as a weekend getaway for guests who want to escape on the 18-acre ranch property. The stunning home itself has three king master bedrooms with two and a half baths, full kitchen and a spacious sitting room with a full bar, perfect for evening entertainment. Capilla Del Rio is ready to play host to your special day where precious memories can be created and captured.


Quinta Mazatlan

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idden in South McAllen lies historic Quinta Mazatlan, an elegant adobe home surrounded by lush plants, charming birds, and hundreds of palm trees, where countless events from fundraisers to elegant weddings have been hosted.

First built in the 1930’s by Jason Chilton Matthews, Quinta Mazatlan was greatly influenced by the Spanish architecture of Mazatlan, Mexico, and was considered the “Crossroads of the Western Hemisphere”. Over the next 30 years, the Rio Grande Valley’s natural habitats became few; and a hurricane left the home in shambles. Thanks to the dedication of the next owners, Frank and Marilyn Schultz, Quinta Mazatlan was restored, with cantera patios and exotic foliage planted throughout the property. In 1985, the adobe home was recognized by the Texas Historical Commission. The home was then purchased by the City of McAllen, expanding their mission of preserving natural habitats in the area. In 2006, Quinta Mazatlan opened its doors to the public and became the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center. Since 2006, Quinta Mazatlan has hosted special events and become the dream location for couples who are looking for a unique venue to celebrate their nuptials.

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Today, Quinta Mazatlan continues to be a safe haven for native birds and butterflies. The historic landmark’s mission is the conservation of natural habitats and native vegetation, giving citizens the education needed to preserve the Valley’s natural elements. Quinta Mazatlan is a special oasis in urban McAllen and will continue to serve the Rio Grande Valley for any special occasion.

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Tierra Santa Golf & Event Center VENUE

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ierra Santa Golf and Event Center offers an elegant setting in a beautiful landscape of manicured flowing fairways and greens and a view from our main-room and patio on a sparkling waterfall. The feel of the building takes you back to an Old-World gorgeous mansion on a hill. Especially our 18th hole, with its green in front of a lake and waterfall, is perfectly situated for your wedding-ceremony, and only a few steps from the main building. In our fully air-conditioned mainroom, we can comfortably sit from 2 to 120 guests for

a sit-down dinner or buffet, and up to 200 guests for a reception. By offering the possibility of adding tents, we can expand our capacity to a 500 guest seating. Adding a dance-floor and other amenities are all possible and gladly provided. Tierra Santa is currently designing a new event center to be added on our property, which will allow us to offer yet more services and capacity. Come and discover a sight to behold for all your special event needs.

Elegant setting in a beautiful landscape

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Casa Rosa Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue VENUE

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asa Rosa Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue is a hidden gem where romance and understated elegance sets the perfect backdrop for your wedding celebration. The lovely home of owner Grace Bautista and daughter Vanessa Bautista is a unique location that provides an intimate yet open space with a vintage aesthetic that you cannot help but fall in love with at first sight. A tree lined drive is a perfect welcome to the majestic home, where you step through the front doors to be greeted by a grand staircase. An upstairs bridal suite and a groom’s room downstairs make a perfect

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getting ready location for your special day. A grand sitting room with windows overlooking the charming outdoor space where a glimmering pool and a pergola eagerly wait to play host to special moments where memories will be created. While Casa Rosa Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue is a unique and beautiful location perfect for photo shoots and a cozy retreat for getting ready with your bridal party, the venue offers services ranging from rentals, florals, catering and even a dance floor to bring together your celebration. For the couple who wants an intimate and relaxed environment that is equally romantic, they need only pay a visit to the lovely Casa Rosa Outdoor Wedding & Event Venue.


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any couples today are opting for outdoor weddings, which although beautiful come with their own set of challenges. Couples must be mindful of their wedding date and season, be informed of local weather on their preferred event date, and consider subjecting their guests to the elements. One of the best options for couples today is tent rentals, which are now available in a variety of materials and styles to suit each individual couples needs. Even if you are pretty sure you will have beautiful weather on your wedding day it is always recommended that you have a “rain plan” and have a tent vendor on standby.

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O Consider the accessories O Pitch the tent if you don’t need it and it was just part of your rain plan

Determine if you need a tent Look into permits Choose a tent Find a vendor

Types of Tents O Pole Tent - supported by poles and guy-wires, can have one or more peaks O Frame Tent - uses a metal frame for support O Marquee Tent - a cross between the frame and pole tent O Sailcloth Tent - uses wooden supports and translucent fabric O Clear Tent - a tent with a clear vinyl top O Beach or Tropical Style Tent - light translucent fabric draped over a wooden or bamboo frame

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O Carnival Tent - a pole tent dressed in red and white striped fabric O Moroccan and Indian Themed Tent - usually a pole or frame tent adorned with lanterns and fabric O Teepee Tent - Nordic and Native American themed typical to a sailcloth tent O Yurt - Consists of lattice walls and a wood ribbed roof and crown, all covered in fabric


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The place where you say “I Do”

Historical Brownsville Association

Mission Event Center

The Barn at Tacubaya Ranch

Monica’s Banquet Hall

Harlingen Convention Center


Historic Brownsville Museum

641 East Madison Street Brownsville, Texas 78520 | Phone: 956-548-1313

The Historic Brownsville Museum offers a venue perfect for any special occasion or event. The Mary Yturria Center located behind the museum, can accommodate an intimate or large social gathering. The floor to ceiling windows allow guests an enchanting view of the courtyard area overlooking Brownsville’s Old Southern Pacific Railroad Depot.

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Stillman House Museum

1325 East Washington Street Brownsville, Texas 78520 | Phone: 956-372-1515 The Stillman House Museum is among the oldest surviving historic structures in Brownsville, The Victorian gardens surrounding the house are the perfect setting for small social gatherings and photography shoots. In the heart of downtown Brownsville, the Stillman House provides a special venue for your memorable event.

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Historic Laureles Ranch Museum 1501 East 7th Street Brownsville, Texas 78520 | Phone: 956-372-1515

The Laureles Ranch House Museum once belonged to the founder of Brownsville, Charles Stillman. Now in its new location, located in Linear Park, the fully restored home offers a rustic setting for parties and special events. Largely used for the outside porch space and the grounds outside the home, this house setting is a unique venue.

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Market Square Event Hall

625 East 12th St., Brownsville, Texas 78520 | Phone: 956-372-1515

EST. 1850

Originally built in 1850, Market Square opened as an open air market in 1852. For the rest of the 19th century, many Brownsville residents bought their fresh foods from the many stalls found in the Square. Even after being damaged by a hurricane in 1867, Market Square continued to operate as a market on the first floor and city offices on the second. By the 1940s, the stalls had been closed in, and by the 1980s the city bus station opened.

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Mission Event Center

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meetings to events for hundreds of attendees. Whatever the size of the event, the service of the Mission Event Center staff is unparalleled.

ocated in the “place to be,” the state-ofthe-art Mission Event Center offers so much more than just plentiful meeting space.

The center provides an 18,000 square-foot ballroom that can be divided into different salons equipped with projectors, screens and LED ambiance lighting. The facility also includes a full service kitchen, soothing gardens, a spectacular outdoor patio, and walking trails. It is the ideal venue to host business and social events. The Mission Event Center is among the top tier of facilities in terms of meeting space, in one of the most friendly and vibrant cities in South Texas.

The Mission Event Center was designed as a multipurpose facility that welcomes anything from social events and conventions to entertainment and meetings. It is also the perfect backdrop for local weddings. The facility is equipped to handle events of all sizes, from small groups and break-out

Choose one of the Rio Grande Valley’s landmark locations, the newest and most well-planned meeting and entertainment venue. Whether you need exhibit space, or you are hosting a reception, the Mission Event Center has it all to enthrall your audience.

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The Barn at Tacubaya Ranch

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n exciting rustic venue for weddings, receptions, sweet sixteen parties, family reunions, corporate events and other large functions is located in Encino, TX. Surrounded by magnificent starry skies, The Barn at Tacubaya Ranch is an idyllic setting for any special occasion. Set on a 10 acre plot 45 miles north of Edinburg, the structure boasts a generous 4,000 square feet of air conditioned event space. The beautifully renovated building is perfect for your country or rustic themed gathering. The Barn houses a commercial kitchen, indoor public bathrooms, a groom's lounge, private bridal lodge, and a magnificent bistro lit game-lawn area. The outdoor covered pavilion adjacent to the grand ballroom allows indoor/outdoor flexibility. Our a la carte decor menu allows further customization of your event with options such as your choice of three different chandeliers. The Barn at Tacubaya Ranch is a serene country paradise, tucked away from the clamor of city noise. We look forward to sharing our venue with you and hope you consider us for your next event.

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Monica’s Banquet Hall VENUE

their coming-of-age celebrations and couples can tie the knot on their wedding day. Keeping the ambience of traditional dance halls from days past in the Rio Grande Valley, the venue was opened in 2013 and has since been newly remodeled, the perfect canvas for any décor style a reception can have from simple chic to lavish elegance.

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onica Salazar-Perales’ vision for the stunning Monica’s Banquet Hall came from her childhood of seeing her father host bands where Monica’s currently stands, bringing her great joy seeing the people dance and have a good time. This inspired her vision of having a venue hall where young adults can have

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Catering to all styles and tastes, Monica’s sits on a 5-acre tract and offers a variety of packages and in house services for its clients. Along with hosting your special event in the venue, Monica’s Banquet Hall can also provide décor and floral arrangements, catering, custom cakes, DJ and limousine services. The venue and its services are just part of what makes Monica’s unique; it’s also the heart and soul Monica herself put into the venue, giving her clients an honest and special experience that makes them feel like they’re home the moment they step inside the reception hall. Monica’s Banquet Hall waits to serve you, while Monica herself hopes to one day open a second location to host even more celebrations and parties.


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hen you and your spouse begin planning your wedding, one of the first things you will look for is a ceremony and reception venue to host your nuptials. This is where you both should sit and think about what kind of wedding you want to have, for this will determine and narrow down the venue you will be looking at. Here’s what to consider before scheduling site visits:

STYLE

need. That quaint historic home with the

How do you define your wedding style?

lovely gardens may not be the ideal site for

Do you and your spouse want a classic

a wedding of, say, 100 guests. Also keep in

ballroom reception with chandeliers? Do

mind the services and entertainment your

you see a romantic garden setting? Or

wedding will have. A 10-piece live band

a laidback beach ceremony in the sand?

will need more room to perform than a

It’s important to figure out what kind

DJ. Allow your wedding to have the space

of wedding you want to have as this will

required so you and your guests don’t feel

determine what kind of venue you will

cramped.

be selecting. Whether it’s a modern loft, intimate restaurant, historical estate, hotel

DÉCOR INCLUDED

ballroom, or a seaside port, let the venue

If a venue is much more extravagantly

be a reflection of who you are as a married

decorated there’s no need to hire a rental

couple.

company or an additional florist. The venue’s décor might not also match your

INTIMATE OR EXTRAVAGANT?

style or vision. Be sure to visit the venue

Will you be hosting a large party of 150

beforehand so that you can decide if the

guests or more? Or do you want a small

ambience of the space fits you perfectly,

number of close family and friends for a

whether it’s a blank canvas to work with or

more informal gathering? Your guest count

decorated exactly as you like.

will determine the size of venue you will

While these considerations may seem small in comparison to items such as budget or services, it’s the small things that can make or break a decision. Your wedding should reflect you and your spouse from beginning to end, and that should most certainly include the venue.

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Nestled in the Heart of the Rio Grande Valley

701 Harlingen Heights Dr • Harlingen, TX 78552 | 956-320-2373 www.harlingenconventioncenter.com


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HOTELS Luxury and comfort for your special day Hilton Garden Inn Holiday Inn Resort Casa de Palmas Pearl South Padre Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport DoubleTree Suites by Hilton McAllen


HOTEL REFERENCE GUIDE CAPILLA DEL RIO CONTACT 6506 E Hwy 83 Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 648-8680

3 Rooms Available Free Breakfast (UR)

ABOUT Capilla del Rio is home to a gorgeous Spanish style hacienda nestled in 18 acres of lush valley wildlife. A short 35-minute drive from McAllen, the main house boasts three bedrooms, three baths, and a fully equipped kitchen to satisfy all your needs during your stay. While the home is most often utilized for wedding weekends, it is also perfect for any other occasion, including family reunions, anniversary celebrations, or bachelorette/bachelor parties any day of the week. Visit Capilla del Rio for the getaway stay of your dreams.

Airport Shuttle Bridal Suite Suites Available Pool Area Group Discounts

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CASA DE PALMAS HOTEL CONTACT 101 N. Main St., McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 631-1101 ABOUT Having celebrated 100 years in 2018 Casa de Palmas Hotel is a historic landmark located in the heart of McAllen within walking distance of some of the finest eateries the city has to offer. The 165 large newly renovated guest rooms welcome you with modern comforts and surround you with beautiful historic Spanish style architecture. Enjoy our tropical courtyard, outdoor pool and tranquil setting just steps from the Art and Entertainment Districts.

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Rooms Available Free Breakfast (UR) Airport Shuttle Bridal Suite Suites Available Pool Area Group Discounts

CASA MARIPOSA VENUE & VILLAS CONTACT 112 W Corral St, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 433-5806 www.casamariposaspi.com ABOUT For those seeking a vibrant boutique retreat, Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas offers the perfect getaway. The Villas is a 4 bedroom hacienda style home with a welcoming courtyard ideal for entertainment. Our romantic bridal suite opens up to the terrace where you can enjoy the breathtaking sunset on the bay. Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas is considered to be the prime location in South Padre Island with just walking distance to the beach and restaurants. Our friendly staff will be sure to make your experience one to remember.

4 Rooms Available Free Breakfast (UR) Airport Shuttle Bridal Suite Suites Available Pool Area Group Discounts

DOUBLETREE SUITES BY HILTON CONTACT 1800 S. 2nd St. McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 686-3000 ABOUT Conveniently located less than a mile away from McAllen International Airport and La Plaza Mall; DoubleTree Suites by Hilton is the perfect choice for any wedding group/party. Whether you’re planning an event, reserving a room block for your guests or simply booking a honeymoon suite, our experienced Sales and Event Services Team is eager to help make your stay both comfortable and memorable. Upon check-in, you and your guests will be greeted with our warm signature DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies, fresh from the oven!

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262 Rooms Available Free Breakfast (UR) Airport Shuttle Bridal Suite Suites Available Pool Area Group Discounts


HOTEL REFERENCE GUIDE HILTON GARDEN INN HARLINGEN CONTACT 751 Harlingen Heights Dr. Harlingen, TX. 78552 (956)-428-1400 ABOUT Hilton Garden Inn Harlingen Convention Center is home to the latest technology, oversized fitness center and pool, room service, shuttle service, spacious rooms and suites with complimentary in room snacks, and the best hospitality in the city of Harlingen. We look forward to having you join us!

149 Rooms Available Free Breakfast (UR) Airport Shuttle Bridal Suite Suites Available Pool Area Group Discounts

HOLIDAY INN RESORT CONTACT 100 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 426-9066 ABOUT The Holiday Inn Resort at SPI offers 219 newly renovated guest-rooms and suites on 5 acres of open air oceanfront property. The direct beach access is ideal for guests and photography with an on-site resort photographer available. Guests have a choice between three pools, including a heated Palapa pool and swim-up bar. With multiple venue options, and proximity to local attractions, the resort offers a family friendly and adult forward atmosphere to accommodate all needs.

219 Rooms Available Free Breakfast (UR) Airport Shuttle Bridal Suite Suites Available Pool Area Group Discounts

PEARL SOUTH PADRE CONTACT 310 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-6551 www.pearlsouthpadre.com ABOUT Nestled on the island’s Southern tip, the Pearl South Padre is a premier oceanfront resort for families and couples who want to experience tranquil views and soft sand beaches in South Texas. From the largest hotel swimming pool in South Texas to the swim-up bar and oceanfront deck, you are sure to experience an amazing beach vacation at Pearl South Padre.

252 Rooms Available Free Breakfast (UR) Airport Shuttle Bridal Suite Suites Available Pool Area Group Discounts

RADISSON HOTEL MCALLEN AIRPORT CONTACT 2721 S 10th St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 682-7234 www.eventsbyradissonmcallen.com ABOUT The Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport provides you with a hotel stay at the growing epicenter of South McAllen. The Radisson Hotel features 150 rooms, ranging from Business Class King, King Size and Double Queen size rooms. Amenities that are included in your stay are free Wi-Fi, microwaves, and refrigerators in each room, on-site (RBG) Restaurant for in-house guests or visiting guests. The Radisson Hotel is a short walk from the renowned World Birding Center, Quinta Mazatlán, La Plaza Mall, and the McAllen International Airport.

Please check with individual hotels in regards to COVID-19 accommodations.

150 Rooms Available Free Breakfast (UR) Airport Shuttle Bridal Suite Suites Available Pool Area Group Discounts


Holiday Inn Resort BEACH HOTEL & VENUE

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each air, sandy toes, ocean waves… nature has created the most perfect canvas for your wedding day and Holiday Inn Resort - an IHG Hotel - is the perfect artist to create your masterpiece. A full service beach resort located at the southern tip of South Padre Island, Texas and a year-round tropical getaway, Holiday Inn Resort pairs perfectly with celebratory occasions to render an extraordinary event. The beachfront resort offers direct oceanfront access, a most beautiful and serene natural landscape, and an exquisite location perfect for not just your wedding day, but your wedding stay. Holiday Inn Resort features rehearsal and ceremony locations available beachside or on-site, and reception location in the open-air rooftop, Sea4Ever venue. There are endless views and pristine stretches of beach while offering a generous mix of accommodations for your ideal island getaway with accommodations for up to 250 event guests. Brides dream of delicate details to create lifetime memories, so allow Holiday Inn Resort to create the picturesque day you have envisioned for your celebration in a tropical paradise.

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luxurious stay fit for royalty, the magnificent site that is Casa de Palmas, Trademark Collection by Wyndham has been an attraction for hospitable service in McAllen, Texas and the Rio Grande Valley for 100 years. Seeing the city grow throughout the 20th century, Casa de Palmas is overflowing with rich history and stands proudly with welcoming arms. After the arrival of a new railroad in 1905, the city of McAllen began to develop as farming and agriculture started to bring business to the South Texas area. When 12,000 soldiers were sent in 1916 to the border to control damage and trouble bandits had

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caused, a rise in business occurred to accommodate the growing population. Thus, in 1918, the Casa De Palmas was built as homage to Spanish missions with a red-roof tile, solid bricks, and arched doorways. Over the next several decades the hotel has seen many patrons, including big names such as Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. However, in 1973, the opulent hotel was devastated by a lightning strike fire; in turn, the hotel was rebuilt in the original style and continued to serve the ever-growing Rio Grande Valley. The full-service hotel features newly renovated guest rooms, on-site restaurant and bar, 24-hour state of the art fitness center, a stunning courtyard pool, and up to 6,500 square feet of event space. Once described as an elegant blend of Texas hospitality and Spanish accent, its endurance throughout McAllen’s history has proven Casa de Palmas, Trademark by Wyndham to be not only a success in our community, but a place where anyone can call “home.”


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956.631.1101 101 North Main Street McAllen, TX, 78501


Pearl South Padre BEACH HOTEL & VENUE

is the Sailfish Patio, a charming second-floor terrace facing the Gulf of Mexico. This space is perfect for small cocktail receptions and intimate ceremonies. Our largest space, the Sand Dunes Ballroom, can accommodate dinner receptions of up to 220 guests, including its own dance area. The foyer has floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light that’s ideal for early-evening cocktails.

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t The Pearl South Padre, we believe the most important day of your life should be a dream come true, so when you book with us a professional specialist will make sure your wedding turns out to be everything you wished for and more. Our experienced team is ready to assist you with the perfect beachside location, and you can choose from two lovely ballrooms and two outdoor patios with gorgeous ocean views. The Blue Marlin is South Padres Island’s only ballroom with a panoramic oceanfront vista and has a dance floor accommodating up to 120 people. Next door

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Finally, the ground-floor Ocean Front patio is as close as you can get to the beach without wetting your feet. It’s lovely for picturesque wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions. This space can accommodate 150 guests and is often paired with the Sand Dunes Ballroom for larger events. “Pearl South Padre Island has been a longtime member of The Valley Wedding Pages family since our 15 Year debut. For all of their amazing work with us, and for their sponsorship and support, thank you to the entire wonderful staff for all you have done.” -The Valley Wedding Pages, LLC


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ocated within less than a mile from the McAllen International Airport and McAllen’s premier shopping at La Plaza Mall. Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport is here to help make the whole weekend go off without a hitch. One amazing perk of having your reception at the Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport is the option of having a room block for your guests and a complimentary room for the bride and groom on their reception night. If you are having a grand event, The Radisson McAllen Airport Hotel is the option to consider because their ballroom and conference rooms are set up to accommodate up to 240 guests. The Ballroom is adjacent to the outdoor patio allowing for additional capacity. The Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport has a modern design that easily accommodates various themes and décors to meet each bride’s style. They also provide a variety of linens, centerpieces, and other décor to help you choose the ambiance of the room and your event. Come see why everyone says, “Everything Happens at the Radisson”.

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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton McAllen HOTEL & VENUE

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ocated At DoubleTree Suites by Hilton McAllen, you can expect personal attention and superior service from our Sales and Event Services Team. Our experienced and professional staff will work with you to coordinate the perfect details for your special day, reserve your room block for out of town guests and much more!

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton McAllen is the perfect venue for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Our flexible meeting spaces can accommodate small, intimate events to larger events of up to 350 guests with a dance floor and ample space for your entertainment. Our culinary team is prepared to offer a vast array of curated menu options; from a traditional plated meal to a creative action station. Have peace of mind knowing our exceptional banquet staff is dedicated to ensuring you and your guests will be catered to.

We offer discounted wedding room blocks for your out of town guests and provide you with a personalized wedding page website link where your guests can make their reservations at their convenience. We also offer complimentary delivery of your welcome bags for each of your guests. Upon check in, each guest is welcomed with a warm signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie. Whether you’re getting ready with your bridesmaids or groomsmen, our spacious suites are perfect for your big day! After the reception, enjoy total relaxation by settling into one of our stylish and comfortable suites. Our Honeymoon Package is a great choice for newlyweds to celebrate the day. Our rooms boast luxurious linens and plush top mattresses. Each of our 262 two - room suites includes two 55 inch LG HD TVs, a wet bar with mini fridge and microwave, a separate living room with sofa sleeper and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. Where the little things mean everything.™

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he biggest dinner party you will ever host will be your wedding reception. Food should be delicious, effortless, and memorable. The traditional three-course plate has become a thing of the past with couples exploring countless options to serve their first meal as a married couple.

Plated Service

Cocktail Style

A structured and formal service, this traditional option will make sure every table gets their food at the same time, and spreading out the time between each course will leave room for wedding activities (the first dance and toasts).

A recent trend amongst modern couples, a cocktail-style service is perfect for those wanting a casual atmosphere, especially for brunch or early afternoon reception. Hors d’oeuvres and small bites are either passed by servers or offered at small stations, while guests mix and mingle and spend more time on the dance floor.

Buffet This self-service option gives guests a variety of food stations to visit, perfect to accommodate those with allergies and dietary restrictions. Requiring less wait staff, this also gives guests the chance to mingle with patrons from other tables.

Family Style A twist on plated meals, large portions of the meal offerings are brought to each table on serving platters for guests to fill their plates. Quick and efficient, this provides the perfect opportunity for friendly conversation and avoids the hassle of standing in line for a buffet.

Food Trucks This ever-popular culinary fashion has become a big hit at weddings, whether it is the main food attraction or the anticipated late night snack. Similar to a buffet, a wedding can have one food truck for a small treat, while having two or three gives guests options for their dinner entrée.

Catering Services

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RESTAURANTS CATERING Cooking with love provides food for the soul

Legends Restaurant Bar Patio Graze Box Co. The Travel Bar Dan's Mobile Bar Señor Frog Bartending Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard & Catering


RESTAURANT & CATERING REFERENCE GUIDE 2ND STREET BISTRO - DOUBLETREE SUITES BY HILTON CONTACT 1800 S. 2nd St. McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 686-3000

110 Room Capacity (INSIDE/OUTSIDE) Restaurant

ABOUT At 2nd St. Bistro located inside DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, we make it easy for you to enjoy a delicious meal without leaving the comfort of the hotel. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty steak or one of our famous brick oven pizzas, we have something for everyone! Our full - service bar features an extensive wine list, locally inspired cocktails, daily happy hour and live entertainment. 2nd St Bistro is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving hotel guests and locals alike.

Outside Seating In-House Liquor Beer & Wine License Entertainment Provided Handicap Facilities Off-Site Catering Services Off-Site Wait Staff Available

BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL - PEARL SOUTH PADRE CONTACT 310 Padre Island Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 524-8416 www.pearlsouthpadre.com ABOUT The Beachside Bar & Grill offers international cuisine in a casual atmosphere with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico. For a quick bite while dining poolside, our Palapa Bar and Grill is open seasonally and offers a casual menu with flare.

200/130 Room Capacity (INSIDE/OUTSIDE) Restaurant Outside Seating In-House Liquor Beer & Wine License Entertainment Provided Handicap Facilities Off-Site Catering Services Off-Site Wait Staff Available

GARDEN GRILLE RESTAURANT & BAR - HILTON GARDEN INN HARLINGEN CONTACT 701 Harlingen Heights Dr. Harlingen, TX. 78552 (956) 428-1400 ABOUT Join us at the Garden Grille and Bar located inside the Hilton Garden Inn Harlingen for breakfast and dinner daily. Relax at the Garden Grille and Bar with friends and enjoy the amazing culinary choices they have to offer. Prefer the privacy of your own guest room? Not a problem, our Hilton Garden Inn hotel also offers nightly room service.

180 Room Capacity (INSIDE/OUTSIDE) Restaurant Outside Seating In-House Liquor Beer & Wine License Entertainment Provided Handicap Facilities Off-Site Catering Services Off-Site Wait Staff Available

LEGENDS RESTAURANT PATIO BAR CONTACT 4901 Expressway 83, Ste. 100, McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 627-2216 www.legendsrbp.com ABOUT Your dining experience at Legends Restaurant Bar Patio is sure to be memorable in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Diners can enjoy a variety of delicious foods with a carefully crafted menu and wine list. Legends Restaurant Bar Patio is family friendly, providing a children’s menu. The upscale sports bar offers daily happy hour from 3 PM to 6 PM featuring special priced beverages and 1/2 off appetizers. Guests can enjoy live music and entertainment on the weekends.

160/80 Room Capacity (INSIDE/OUTSIDE) Restaurant Outside Seating In-House Liquor Beer & Wine License Entertainment Provided Handicap Facilities Off-Site Catering Services Off-Site Wait Staff Available

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RADISSON BAR & GRILL - RADISSON HOTEL MCALLEN AIRPORT CONTACT 2721 S 10th St., McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 682-7234 www.eventsbyradissonmcallen.com

100 Room Capacity (INSIDE/OUTSIDE) Restaurant Outside Seating

ABOUT

In-House Liquor

The RBG Restaurant is located inside the Radisson Hotel in McAllen. The restaurant serves our guests as well as visiting guests seven days a week and on various days throughout the week and weekend you can enjoy various DJ’s and nights of Karaoke entertainment.

Beer & Wine License Entertainment Provided Handicap Facilities Off-Site Catering Services Off-Site Wait Staff Available

SEASIDE BAR & GRILL - HOLIDAY INN RESORT CONTACT 100 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 426-9066

40 Room Capacity (INSIDE/OUTSIDE) Restaurant Outside Seating

ABOUT Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Seaside Bar & Grill at Holiday Inn Resort offers patio and bar seating with direct beachfront access. The grill offers daily food and beverage specials for patrons and resort guests to enjoy. There is a customized menu and catering options available for resort events. Your stay at the Holiday Inn Resort offers room service as well as curbside options for guests.

In-House Liquor Beer & Wine License Entertainment Provided Handicap Facilities Off-Site Catering Services Off-Site Wait Staff Available

THE SPANISH ROOM - CASA DE PALMAS HOTEL CONTACT 101 N Main St McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 631-1101

70/60 Room Capacity (INSIDE/OUTSIDE) Restaurant Outside Seating

ABOUT

In-House Liquor

The Spanish Room, located inside the historic Casa de Palmas Hotel in the heart of McAllen, boasts classic continental fare with a Latin fusion showcasing the indigenous flavors of South Texas. Featuring an original blend of local recipes with a global twist, The Spanish Room Restaurant features an extensive array of eclectic delicacies.

Beer & Wine License Entertainment Provided Handicap Facilities Off-Site Catering Services Off-Site Wait Staff Available

THE WATERFALL GRILLE AT TIERRA SANTA GOLF & EVENT CENTER CONTACT 1901 Club de Amistad, Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 973-1811 www.tierrasantaweslaco.com

200 Room Capacity (INSIDE/OUTSIDE)

ABOUT The Waterfall Grille is one of the best-kept secrets in the Rio Grande Valley, boasting both great food and fantastic service. Our famous burgers are known throughout the area, as well as the Dine for Nine Special. We have a full menu of great specialties, from prime rib dinners to conventional Texas favorites such , as chicken friend chiken-all perfect for an individual meal or a catered event.

Restaurant Outside Seating In-House Liquor Beer & Wine License Entertainment Provided Handicap Facilities Off-Site Catering Services Off-Site Wait Staff Available

Please check with individual vendors in regards to COVID-19 accommodations.


Legends

Restaurant Bar Patio RESTAURANT

Legends is a modern and elegant take on the classic sports bar. You can relax at their beautiful bar with a pint of beer and Buffalo wings or enjoy an intimate date in one of their cozy booths with a glass of wine and pork chop dinner. The combination of elegance and casual comfort lends itself to every occasion. Whether you are hosting a birthday party, wedding anniversary, or corporate event, Legends Restaurant Bar Patio will set the mood for the perfect event. The gorgeous outdoor patio, set with amber lighting, is perfect for a romantic dinner or gathering with friends and family. The patio can accommodate 60 guests, while indoors can serve 160. The Legends family will have you leaving with your bellies full and hearts content. 66  INSPIRING BRIDES FOR 18 YEARS • WWW.VALLEYWEDDINGPAGES.COM

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egends is the newest dining hot spot in McAllen, Texas. Legends Restaurant Bar Patio is family owned and operated. Juan Luis Mussenden, the owner, has been in the hospitality and restaurant business for 2W5 years. He met his beautiful wife Karina Mussenden while working in a restaurant in Puerto Rico and it was love at first sight. Together they have shared a passion for food and they way it brings people together. There is nothing better than sharing a warm meal with the people you love. It has been their lifelong dream to be able to create these moments for others in the kind of place that everyone feels welcomed. Legends is definitely this kind of place and truly a “family” business, with all the love that word implies.


Food Trends Outside the Box TREAT TABLES

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ith the rise of unique wedding food and menu trends, think brunch wedding, it is no surprise that caterers are offering a whole new variety of services and foods to serve at your reception. Because if there is one thing a guest will remember at a wedding, it is the food. Why not satisfy their appetites with some unique and nontraditional treats?

O Coffee is a versatile drink that can be served day or night. A coffee bar with a variety of blends, creamers, mix-ins, etc, can add a touch of elegance to a brunch reception, cocktail hour, or even serve as a night cap! O What goes better with coffee than donuts! Fluffy and sweet, donuts can be made fresh or prepared as both decorative and sweet with the growing popularity of the donut wall. O Donuts are not the only sugary treat couples enjoy. For those who are not wedding cake fans, pie and pastry bars are making appearances at many receptions. Homemade pies, cheesecakes, and empanadas are sure to be a hit for your guests! O On the savory side, while passed hors d’oeuvres are still popular during cocktail hour, why not bring out something artistic such as a meat and cheese station? Varieties of cheeses paired with smoked meats,

crackers and other accoutrements can heighten the experience with the knowledge of a skilled charcutier and a glass of wine. O Following up on the charcuterie idea, grazing boxes and charcuterie boards featuring both traditional and nontraditional charcuterie items are poised to bring your guests together and keep them talking. O Let’s not forget the children! If your wedding will see many children at the reception, have them entertained with a popcorn machine, along with fun toppings, or perhaps a churro bar to fuel their excitement. O Even when the reception is over, the party may continue. For a traditional tornaboda or a late night snack, why not bring out something sweet such as a raspa cart, or savory, such as sizzling street tacos from a food truck. Both make a perfect homage to the RGV community!

Your wedding day will be filled with love, excitement, and dizzying moments that come and go. Keep that energy strong with food and drink that not only you will enjoy but will leave your guests with unforgettable memories.

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GrazeBox Co. CATERING

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e gather around food that provides a sense of comfort and warmth during celebrations. A grazing box, full of food you can eat throughout the day or at once, makes a great statement piece perfect to provide that warmth and conversation we crave. GrazeBox Co. began with Corina Arriaga’s desire to find the perfect gift. In her search, she came across a grazing company which inspired her to bring the same ideas to the Rio Grande Valley.

CORINA ARRIAGA

COVID rearranged many people’s lives, including Corina’s who in the last year had the opportunity of starting her own business after a layoff. With GrazeBox Co., Corina has been in the special events industry for almost a year. She has, however, over 10 years experience in the catering and food industry. Her degree in Baking and Pastry, along with her experience and determination, make GrazeBox Co. poised to lead the new trend in charcuterie at special events as the first grazing company in Edinburg, Texas.

GrazeBox Co. prides itself on providing a unique experience for their clients specializing in weddings, baby showers and drive-by parades. Her shop can even host intimate events! Created with love as its foundation, GrazeBox Co. offers a great product to set your event apart.


The Travel Bar

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he Travel Bar is a complete bartending service for all your beverage needs. We know how stressful yet fun planning an event can be, so let us do the work for you. Whether it is a wedding, bachelor/bachelorette party, quinceañera, or corporate event, we are here to help. We have been serving the Rio Grande Valley for over 15 years and continue to provide excellent service with our professional and fun bartenders, all TABC Certified. The Travel Bar will help you every step of the way, making your selection of beer, wine and liquor that much easier.

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Beverage Planning Guide PLANNING GUIDE EXTRAS

WHO DRINKS WHAT?

50% BEER

30% WINE

CHAMPAGNE

4 OUNCES/GUEST/SERVING

20% COCKTAILS

DRINKS / GUEST / HOUR

HOT TREND

So if you expect to have a reception that lasts 4 hours with 200 guests, figure 800 total drinks.

Dress up cocktail rims with colored sugars or savory items like strawberries or lemons.

MIXED DRINKS

WINES ( 5 oz. liquor servings )

( 1.5 oz. liquor servings ) Bottles

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Señor Frog Bartending BARTENDING SERVICES

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eñor Frog is the bartender to call so you can enjoy your party and let us take care of the rest. Señor Frog has TABC-certified, professional personnel ready to provide high quality service for a large array of events. We have experience working with a broad range of clients in the RGV area including art venues, weddings, private parties, charities & Quinceañeras. Let us shake up the perfect cocktails for your next special occasions.

FATHER & SON RENE & ALDO TAPIA

From a Moscow mule to our famous natural margaritas to a complete shot bar! We are in the celebration business, so let us make your upcoming event special!

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Jose's Cafecito Courtyard & Catering CATERING SERVICES & VENUE

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ince 2004, Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard enjoyed tenure as a restaurant, venue, and caterer. After a long stay in Weslaco, Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard now resides within the historical 1923 First National Bank building in Mercedes, Texas. Janie and Gabriela, a mother and daughter duo, run this family business and pride themselves on offering a venue with a little piece of history for any event. Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard has it all, offering catering, event planning, rentals, and venue. The historical First National Ballroom offers room capacity for up to 150 guests with the beloved courtyard holding 100 people. Keeping small and intimate events in mind, there are also the State Theater and the Pub rooms to host micro events. There is a physical bar available for your bar service as well as food tastings to choose your perfect meal. The elegant ballroom and courtyard, partnered with fabulous rentals and catering make Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard a perfect backdrop to host showers, ceremony and receptions, corporate events, and even serves as a photography shoot location.

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CAKES & SWEETS A sweet treat to remember

Honey’s Cakes

Iris Street Bakery

Sweet Grace Pastry Shop

The Queen’s Kitchen


Honey's Cakes CAKE DESIGNER

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ancy Razo Cortez, an artistic and equally talented gal, is a Pastry Chef & Head Designer of Honey’s Cakes. Selftaught and a Culinary Arts graduate, she takes the time to craft all kinds of sweet delicacies from stunning wedding cakes to unique birthday creations, as well as adorable cupcakes and pastries. With a store front in McAllen, TX for over 13 years and a passion for crafting cakes that taste as good as they look, Nancy is now by appointment only and ready to work with her clients on a personal level to create custom designed confections that are brought to life for those who love cake as much as she does.

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By Appointment Only

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Iris Street Bakery CAKE DESIGNER

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riginally studying for a bachelors of science in biology, Michelle used baking as a stress reliever, a way to take her mind off of the rigors of studying, and escape from the demands of school and studying. A beautiful passion she shared with her mother who would always do the baking for her extended family.

MICHELLE HENRY

After sharing the fruits of her labor with her church community it became abundantly clear that this hobby had suddenly become a calling. Her path was suddenly changed from medicine to medicine for the soul. A single Thank You card from a friend and client is what turned the tables for Michelle, in an instant Iris Street Bakery became a reality. Named after the street she grew up on, Iris Street Bakery, is a subtle nod to her family, especially her mother who has always supported her dreams.

Her path was suddenly “changed from medicine to

medicine for the soul...

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When a close friend, one whom asked Michelle to be a bridesmaid, also commissioned her first wedding cake, she rose to the challenge, using a friends’ cooler, and precariously balancing a 60lbs, 4 tier confection all the way to the reception hall, another switch was flipped. In that pinnacle moment she knew that the next step would be culinary school. So she packed her bags and moved to Austin, Texas to study at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Studying the old world style of French cuisine and pastries, Michelle expanded her repertoire from the lively Caribbean flavors she had previously leaned towards. After her formal training she accepted a position at the famed Archer hotel but a seed that had been planted long before lead her home, where she focuses all of her time building her clientele in the RGV and Central Texas. She plans to open a brick and mortar location in the RGV in the near future.

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Design that takes the Cake

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Sweet Grace Pastry Shop PASTRY CHEF

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weet Grace Pastry Shop enhances the perfect impression when it comes to elegant desserts with their innovative dessert tables. They have a full gourmet menu with over 50 artisan desserts to fulfill the bride and groom’s taste of sweetness.

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Sweet Grace Pastry Shop serves top-quality dessert catering throughout the Rio Grande Valley, completing the look by selecting from their unique table decor arrangements that will surely entertain all wedding and event guests. Let Sweet Grace Pastry Shop enhance your event with delectable sweets and surprises!

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Cheesecakes Parfaits Fresh Fruit Tarts Brownies Macaroons Truffles Lemon Bars and many more delicious treats!


The Queen’s Kitchen PASTRY CHEF

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he Queen’s Kitchen specializes in Full Service Dessert Tablescapes, Appetizer Tablescapes, Assortment Gift Trays & Gourmet Pastries. A family-operated business, we use only highquality ingredients and our mission is to consistently exceed customer expectations with regard to freshness, taste, presentation, professionalism and friendly service. The Queen’s Kitchen is sure to add a touch of elegance and regality to your special day with decadent treats worthy of a Queen.

ELAISA ROMERO

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EVENT PLANNERS, FLORALS, RENTALS & DESIGN

Delightful details that make the difference Elevents Event Rentals & Event Design Kelian Fowler Event Planning & Design Euphoria Events RGV 4Stanley Event Planning & Coordination Leticia Guerra- Cantu Event Designer The Perfect Union Officiants Aria’s Treasure Chest Co. The Write Girl Studio San Antonio Printing


Elevents Event Rentals & Event Design RENTALS & EVENT DESIGNER

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ECTOR CASAS

ith over a decade of experience in the event planning industry, Ector Casas Events has widened their horizons with event design to their sister company, Elevents. Started and run by a fantastically creative team led by Ector Casas, Elevents brings event rentals and design to a whole new level in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and beyond. With creativity and attention to detail; superior quality and custom styling, your event will surpass the extraordinary. With the two companies now merged, Ector Casas is truly able to elevate your event to create an unforgettable experience.

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Call today to embark on an exclusive exploration where elaborate elements establish elegant events. Elevents, where event rentals and event design exist.

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Kelian Fowler Event Planning & Design EVENT DESIGNER

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ne of the first graduates of the Wedding Planning Academy, Kelian Fowler of McAllen has truly found her lifelong passion. Kelian, a Texas A&M graduate, has been involved in event planning since high school, starting with organizing homecoming dances and eventually becoming the Social Chair of her sorority at Texas A&M where she utilized her leadership skills to create spectacular events.

KELIAN FOWLER

After graduating and moving back home to McAllen, Kelian found an amazing opportunity to work at the popular gift shop, Barn White, where she helped her first couple create their wedding registry. During her three years at Barn White, her experience and love for designing table settings grew, until doors of opportunity opened for her and she became part of The Valley Wedding Pages family.

With her new Wedding Planning Academy Certification in hand, Kelian now runs her namesake business, Kelian Fowler Wedding Planning & Design in which she is helping couples create their dream wedding through trust and a keen eye for detail. When Kelian is not busy studying, designing or working, she can be found enjoying free time fishing, traveling, sipping on iced lattes, and spending time with her family and friends and six dogs.

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Kelian cannot wait to help you create your memorable event!

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Euphoria Events RGV RENTALS & EVENT DESIGNER

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ovely, modern elegance perfectly depict the style and designs created by the talented minds of event designers Orlando Lazo and Jose Hernandez, owners of Euphoria Events RGV. Orlando and Jose combine their designing talents with their floral services as well as party rentals so that they can give a full style concept for any event. Orlando, having been in the wedding and event industry for about 10 years, found a kinship with Jose on their shared talent and flair for event décor and design, and started Euphoria Events RGV together in 2017. Since then, the event designers have collaborated with countless brides and grooms, taking into account their needs and their vision for their special day, and work their magic to bring these visualizations to life in spectacular and awe-inspiring events. Their harmonious collaboration and effort to listen to, understand their clients, ORLANDO LAZO & JOSE HERNANDEZ and deliver a custom event design is what has made them a success throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Offering simple rentals such as linens and plate chargers to fresh flowers straight from Ecuador and Colombia, Euphoria ensures they can bring any special celebration to life, from weddings and Quinceañeras to graduation parties and corporate events. From the grand spectacles of unique floral centerpieces and creations to the elegant centerpieces, there isn’t an idea that Orlando and Jose can’t handle.

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4Stanley Event Planning & Coordination EVENT PLANNER

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Stanely Event Planning & Coordination provides creative and heartfelt planning and coordination for brides throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Heartfelt and creative are the elements that encompass Kyra Torres’ business where a love for creating oneof-a-kind decor statement pieces evolved into a passion for a whole new reality. Serving as a wedding planner and coordinator allows Kyra the opportunity to create a business catered to her most important role, a mother.

KYRA TORRES

Named after her son, 4Stanley Event Planning & Coordination officially began in the beginning of 2021 after formally serving as 4Stanley Design & Rentals since 2019. Previously bringing creatively custom designed rental pieces for weddings, Kyra now focuses on providing that custom design aspect exclusively to her brides. Kyra Torres fell into the event industry after spending 2018 planning a variety of family celebrations, from baby and bridal showers to an engagement party and a wedding.

Throughout the planning process, Kyra developed so many ideas that she quickly executed into a stunning vision and thus the drive for this new found venture was born. Planning and coordinating provides a medium for Kyra to not only execute brides dreams and ideas, but also find creative solutions for the inevitable hiccups that happen throughout the wedding day. Without any predispositions to wedding planning and coordinating, Kyra brings a fresh approach to her brides. She is fresh and excited to work with her clients and find innovative ideas to make their wedding goals a reality. She thrives on making a connection with the bride because she is then able to see the vision that the bride has for her wedding. Thus, Kyra is able to act as a traffic coordinator on the big day and make everything run smoothly for the couple. Having this connection to the bride and her vision allows Kyra to help coordinate and incorporate heartfelt components into each wedding. 4Stanely Event Planning & Coordination truly helps a bride plan a wedding where the guests feel a true connection to the bride and groom. Every bride is different, and by connecting with you, Kyra can tie in elements special and unique to your wedding throughout the event - making it truly your wedding.

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Design that takes the Cake

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Leticia Guerra-Cantu Event Designer

EVENT DESIGNER

THE PIXEL STUDIO

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eticia Guerra-Cantu has over 30 years in the events industry through a variety of accomplishments in her long career. It all began with her role as fashion designer and owner of Poise N Yvy Custom Couture Studio where she created one of a kind custom designs for a variety of clientele. Venturing in to the field of event planning and design, Leticia Guerra-Cantu is the exclusive event designer and planner for weddings and special events. Years of experience as an event planner, Leticia has previously served as an educator for Lovegevity’s Wedding and Event Planner course through the former University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

Seeking to create a prominent publication to feature the best of the Rio Grande Valley’s special events industry, Leticia began and created The Valley Wedding Pages, LLC. LETICIA GUERRA-CANTU For over 18 years, she served as the publisher of the popular local wedding magazine seeing it grow and transform into a prominent publication of the Rio Grande Valley. As publisher, Leticia saw the magazine celebrate milestones with its 10th anniversary and 15th anniversary. Each anniversary issue featured prominent wedding industry guests, Preston Bailey and later David Tutera. With the magazine, Leticia created the annual “How I Got Engaged” contest to grant one lucky couple their dream wedding. This type of special attention to detail and overall grandeur allowed Leticia to see the magazine transcend from its original beginnings into what it has become now: a leading source for RGV brides to plan their wedding.

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After many years of success with The Valley Wedding Pages magazine, Leticia decided to focus on a new venture while leaving the magazine in the trusting hands of its new publisher. She now is the proprietor of the Enchanted Hacienda, Capilla del Rio located in the soft hills of Starr County in Rio Grande City. With plenty of industry business ventures, Leticia has garnered a wealth of information about the special events industry throughout her career. As the exclusive event designer and planner with Leticia Guerra-Cantu Events, you are not only working with a talented woman, but a wealth of knowledge, innovation, and information for your special event.

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The Perfect Union Officiants OFFICIANT

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t The Perfect Union Officiants we take great pride in creating a custom ceremony for each couple. Your ceremony should celebrate your traditions and rituals that have deep meaning for you. Our two ordained nondenominational officiants, Imelda Jaramillo and Joey Mejia, will work with you personally to customize and create the most important part of your special day. Along with presiding over your ceremony, The Perfect Union Officiants can advise and guide you with your wedding vows, the crucial aspect of your ceremony,

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and translate your heartfelt intentions into an eloquent declaration. By incorporating traditions from any religion or culture, offering services in English, Spanish or bilingual, and maintaining an LGBTQ friendly business, there are simply no limits to how you say “I Do!” No matter your religion, cultural background, or language, there are always ways to incorporate the elements that honor these traditions. We are happy to work with you to find the very best ways of bringing these traditions, whether modified or not, into your ceremony.


Aria’s Treasure Chest Co. INVITATIONS, FAVORS & GIFTS

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or the little details that make a difference, Aria’s Treasure Chest Co. can create the perfect trinket and invitation that will leave a lasting impression. Everything customized for the client’s needs and preferences, owner Vanessa Bautista began the business as a small venture, creating simple mug decals and digital invitations for family and friends, and as more projects began to accumulate, Aria’s Treasure Chest Co. opened for business with inspiration to delve into wedding décor and bridal gifts. Today, Vanessa has created countless items for every milestone celebration from Quinceañeras and birthdays to weddings, with new items being offered such as bridal robes, custom signs and table cards, and even seasonal ornaments for the holidays. Always ready to create something fun and new, there’s something special to find at Aria’s Treasure Chest Co.


Stationery Standouts

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ARIA’S TREASURE CHEST CO.

SAN ANTONIO PRINTING

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ILSE SALINAS PHOTOGRAPHY

WEDDING INSPIRATION

PANDORA WEDDING PLANNING & DESIGN

THE WRITE GIRL STUDIO


The Write Girl Studio INVITATIONS/CALLIGRAPHY

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alligraphers are artists with an extremely unique talent. They can tell a story by creating beautiful letters. It’s no wonder in the age of technology that print is the easiest option for all your wedding details. But if you’re looking to wow your guests and give them something to talk about, look no further than Karen Featherston, a highly talented artisan located right here in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Write Girl: Calligraphy / Lettering / Design offers a wide array of custom, hand-lettered wedding and event decor. Whether your style is whimsical, modern or classic, Karen can accommodate your individuality. With over 20 years of experience, she can weave beautiful letters onto details from the engagement party, to the bridal shower, bachelorette party and onto the most exciting day of your life - the wedding! KAREN FEATHERSTON

Let’s Create! If you LOVE pretty letters, invite The Write Girl to add a touch of calligraphy sparkle to your special occasion. INVITATION DESIGN

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HEALTH & BEAUTY Ready to get fabulous Ericka’s SomaBel Med Spa

Southern Beauty Spa & Salon

Beautiful Brides by Rosemary

Besos Glamour

DaVinci Smiles


Ericka's SomaBel Med Spa HEALTH & BEAUTY

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ERICKA M. HERRERA

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ricka M. Herrera grew up with a vision of a sanctuary where people would come to rejuvenate themselves in mind, body and soul. Ericka began to build on that dream in 2013 when she graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Cosmetology. She pushed forward as a young entrepreneur and new mom working in the field of aesthetics. Understanding that the aesthetic field is ever evolving Ericka’s personal goal is to further her education so she may continue to bring the newest techniques and technology to the Rio Grande Valley. Ericka has made it a point to surround herself with a team who shares the same passion for the beauty industry. Now, Ericka’s Somabel Med Spa houses a wide variety of services, all within the walls of the salon that exudes tranquility and serenity. On the Med Spa side you will find treatments for body contouring, fat loss, and skin tightening; laser treatments for hair removal, age spot removal and face rejuvenation; injectables such as Botox, filler and Kybella used to dissolve double chin fat. Newly engaged couples can take time from their wedding planning to relax and enjoy a couple’s massage and a variety of facials before the big day. Ladies can glam up on the Salon side with a hair service from color care to revamping your look with highlights, balayage, cut and style, or a Brazilian blowout. A fresh manicure and pedicure can serve as the perfect ending to your visit at Ericka’s Somabel Med Spa, where Ericka herself guarantees sophistication while catering all treatments to provide you with an experience you will not forget.


Southern Beauty Spa & Salon HEALTH & BEAUTY

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outhern Beauty Spa & Salon was established in 2016 on a dream to provide the best environment for clients as well as a dedicated staff. Owner Sandra Aguiñaga brings a philosophy of having her staff well-educated and fully trained on all the services they perform. A happy and confident staff means happy and satisfied clients, all bringing together a well-oiled and running business. The friendly and inviting atmosphere heightens the overall pampering experience where all clients are treated like family. An array of beauty services ranging from hair, makeup, manicures and pedicures, facials, massages, and even lipo cavitation will have you leaving the salon feeling like a million dollars.

SANDRA AGUINAGA

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Catering to brides and their bridal parties, the salon will even close out the entire shop for a wedding spa party where hair and nails can get done while enjoy a deliciously catered lunch. Southern Beauty Spa & Salon and owner Sandra anticipate further expansion on its service, hoping to continue to simply give the best quality and welcoming service to all who walk through their doors.


Full service salon and spa with an in house boutique

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207 W. Jackson St. Harlingen, TX

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/SouthernBeautySpaSalon www.southernbeautyspaandsalon.com


Beautiful Brides by Rosemary HEALTH & BEAUTY

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osemary Martinez is a professionally licensed cosmetologist and hair stylist. Extensive training in glamour photography earned her the coveted title of Head Makeup Artist for a successful and well-known photography studio. Now she offers her skills to anyone wishing to look her loveliest.

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Are you planning a personal photograph session, sitting for a bridal portrait, prepping for your wedding day, or looking forward to some other special event? Beautiful Brides by Rosemary is the one-stop shop that can bring out your best features! Cosmetics are applied with gentle air pressure, ensuring smooth, even coverage while protecting your complexion. Your makeup will look fresh for ten hours or longer, even amid tears of joy.

ROSEMARY MARTINEZ

Furthermore, Rosemary is a professional hair stylist skilled in working with all lengths and textures and capable of creating any style you desire, from dramatically glamorous to utterly natural. Brides are encouraged to schedule a trial session in advance of the wedding day to make sure you get just the look you want. For added convenience, Rosemary will come to your location. You’ll want Rosemary’s beauty services for the entire wedding party!

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Besos Glamour HEALTH & BEAUTY

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ike many girls, at the age of fourteen, Yvette Hinojosa garnered an interest in makeup. As a Seattle native, Yvette entered the professional world of employment with a degree in Business Management and Digital Advertising. Always working towards being a leading woman, Yvette realized the power that makeup, specifically her makeup application skills, awakened in women like her. She realized that she could turn a love of cosmetics into a professional career where she could be a business woman, a mother, and provide care for her beloved husband who is a disabled veteran.

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Leaving the corporate world behind, Yvette Hinojosa took her skills and further polished them by becoming a professional makeup chemist and freelance hairstylist. She created Besos Glamour in 2016 with encouragement from her loving husband and close friends that highlighted one of her talented skills in makeup artistry, lips. YVETTE HINOJOSA

Yvette takes yearly classes to refine her technique and is inspired to create her own trends with Besos Glamour. Yvette’s ideal client is the everyday woman - the woman who enjoys their best features accentuated with the right makeup. Besos Glamour offers mobile hair & makeup services, can formulate custom make-up, and provides a makeup concierge service. These skills and techniques have evolved into the Besos Beauty makeup line and are what brings clients back repeatedly.

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DaVinci Smiles HEALTH AND BEAUTY

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aria Lopez-Garcia knows that your smile is one of the most important aspects of your bridal and groom look. Considering how many times your photographer, family, and friends will be asking for you to smile on your wedding day it’s inevitable to not worry about your pearly whites and in having them looking their best for the big day! DaVinci Smiles is here to give everyone in the Rio Grande Valley big, bright smiles that will leave them feeling confident and beautiful. Established in March 2019, Maria first brought her experience in teeth whitening as a possible side venture, but quickly grew into a business that had her seeking out a new location to serve their community. DaVinci Smiles focuses on building a relationship with their clients with their teeth whitening-focused services, with a variety of sessions to meet every person’s needs. Combining a relaxed and positive environment with natural plant and mineral based products, you can expect the best quality service, treatment and care. Maria encourages you to keep up with your dental hygiene, and to pay her a visit so she can brighten your smile for your special day.


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PHOTOGRAPHY

TRANSPORTATION & ENTERTAINMENT

The perfect shot keeps a moment from escaping

Indie Image Photography Ilse Salinas Photography Humberto Caballero Photography Memories in Motion Wedding Films Presidential Transportation Services El Mariachi Continental de Hector Guerra


Indie Image Photography PHOTOGRAPHY

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hose wedding is it? That is the first question photographers Edgar and Samantha Balleza ask their couples. It’s this respect and understanding of such a milestone event that has made their business, Indie Image Photography, become an overnight success. With over 10 years of experience behind the camera, Edgar helped trained his equally talented wife, Samantha, and together they began the journey of capturing heartwarming moments on a couple’s wedding day, forming a connection from the initial consultation to the day of, and beyond.

EDGAR AND SAMANTHA BALLEZA

Each couple in their eyes is special, and they customize to each couple to capture their personality and aesthetic so that 50 years later those couples can look back on their photos and be taken back to that special day as if it just happened. Having worked across Texas and ready to venture further, Indie Image Photography reminds you that when choosing your photographer it’s not the camera, but rather the person and vision behind it.

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Ilse Salinas Photography PHOTOGRAPHY

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lse Salinas is a McAllen-based native whose view from behind the camera lens is joyful, light and bright. Her business, Ilse Salinas Photography, originated in Corpus Christi in 2018 where numerous couples found her particular style and personality to be the perfect fit for capturing their special day. Traveling across Texas from Corpus Christi to Austin, San Antonio and Fort Worth, she utilizes her friendly demeanor to get to know her couples and walk with them through their wedding journey from their engagement to the wedding day, making a connection and forming a great friendship that makes them comfortable in front of the camera.

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With Ilse capturing a special moment, it’s as if the camera disappears and the couple can simply enjoy themselves. The results are images and great moments captured to look back on and cherish for years to come. For Ilse Salinas, it’s the attention to detail and the reflection on how happy one felt in that moment that makes every shot important.


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Humberto Caballero Photography PHOTOGRAPHY

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ith over 30 years of experience behind the lens, Humberto Caballero Photography brings a unique style to the weddings he captures. His work with professionals in Mexico as well as Texas, and numerous weddings preserved with his camera, in both photo and cinematography, has made him a namesake amongst families and couples who seek out quality professionalism. Humberto Caballero Photography has seen many lovely and memorable events from across the Rio Grande Valley, bustling cities such as San Antonio, Houston and Fredericksburg, and even down to the picturesque Cancun, Mexico. Always available to his clientele, his clear and top-notch photographs that tell one-of-a-kind stories are what brings families back to him to participate in other milestone events after the wedding.


Memories in Motion Wedding Films VIDEOGRAPHY

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emories in Motion Wedding Films has been professionally serving couples in the Rio Grande Valley for over five years, but Orlando Mendiola has been honing his craft since 2009. After earning a creative scholarship and attending Texas State Technical College, pursuing an Associate’s degree in Digital Imaging Technology curated a passion for videography in Orlando. It started with his sister’s wedding, where he documented his first wedding and found a passion and pursued it. What has led Orlando to focus on documenting weddings, is the ability to build a story. Orlando says there is a story at every wedding, just waiting to be told.

ORLANDO MENDIOLA

In the way a documentary film director tells his story, Orlando documents the wedding day and re-tells it through his vision. From the cinematography to the cinematic music, Orlando leaves no detail unimagined. His favorite part of the wedding day, the ceremony, is where he listens attetively to the couple’s vows. It is this that allows Orlando to create one of a kind wedding films for each of his clients.

While the popularity of photography may never really cease, wedding films are having a resurgence in today’s modern age. The wedding videos of the past are no longer what they used to be. Memories in Motion Wedding Films provide you with a cinematic film that gives you the view from the director’s cut. There is a place for photography and a place for videography in a couple’s wedding. One need not to choose between one or the other. A photographer sees things in still, and a videographer sees the motion. Memories in Motion Wedding Films grants a version of your very own cinematic reel of one of the most important days in your life. Orlando’s clients will most often note on the wonderful flow of their wedding films. They love the music chosen for their film, which provides the overall feel of the video. These skilled traits that Orlando provides his clients, truly make Memories in Motion Wedding Films romantic cinematography of your big day.

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Presidential Transportation Services TRANSPORTATION

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ANETTE | MIGUEL PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

or owner Jesus Flores, the inspiration for his own transportation company arose while he was having fun on party buses during visits to Las Vegas. Realizing that the Rio Grande Valley didn’t have anything comparable, he started Presidential Transportation Services on March 1, 2012, starting with limousines and moving on to include everything from party buses to luxury black cars and suburbans. Servicing customers valley-wide, Jesus and his team of professional drivers pride themselves on high standards, focusing 110% of their efforts on exceptional customer service. These high standards leave clients happy and satisfied so they continue to come back to Presidential, referring business to their family and friends.

JESUS FLORES

In celebration of Presidential Transportation's 10-year anniversary we've added 2021 suburbans, sprinters, and two a new and luxurious bus to the fleet. Providing more availability for our customers for all party & transportation types. It's been an honor serving the Rio Grande Valley. Thank you to all our customers, who have helped reach this milestone.

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El Mariachi Continental de Hector Guerra MUSIC

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HECTOR GUERRA

he Mariachi Continental de Hector Guerra was founded in January 1980 by Hector & Helen Guerra in McAllen, TX after years of musical study at Texas A&M Univ. Kingsville, as well as studies with great masters of mariachi music such as the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán! From its inception, and continuing to this day, Hector has taken the name of Mariachi, its

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traditions, and Mexican culture to the highest levels by being recognized as one of the best and leading pioneers of this music genre in our Rio Grande Valley. Under Hector’s direction for over 40 years, El Mariachi Continental continues to bring this outstanding great musical heritage by participating in events of great importance and relevance to our area communities such as Charro Days® Fiesta, Borderfest® Festival, HEB®’s Annual Feast of Sharing Event plus many numerous concerts alongside the world renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, El Mariachi De America de Jesus Rodriguez and accompanying great artists such as Lucha Villa, Angelica Maria, Alberto Vasquez, Lucero, Pedro Fernandez, Aída Cuevas, Manuel Mijares, Ana Gabriel, Angeles Ochoa plus many others. In 1997 & ‘98 Mariachi Continental was named one of “The Best Mariachi in Texas” by also participating in the International Mariachi Competition held in Houston, TX during the Houston LiveStock Show and Rodeo and to this day remains one of the best in the Rio Grande Valley. They proudly continue to present the best of our Mexican musical culture especially for you!


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WHAT COMES

AFTER?

Planning beyond the wedding

Hector Guerra Jr. - RE/MAX Hacienda

Jessica Diaz REALTOR® - RE/MAX Platinum

E. G. Construction


House Hunters 101

PLANNING GUIDE EXTRAS

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reaming of finally owning your own house together? Before you sign the dotted line, here are a few helpful tips when you are looking into your future home.

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Finances play a big role in purchasing your first home. Begin a savings fund, meet with your bank, check your credit scores, and finalize your budget. The little expenses add up quickly.

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Research the neighborhood. Find out what schools, parks and shopping areas are in the vicinity. When is trash day? Is there construction on the streets? 2.

Have a list of all your housing “musts”. Large windows with plenty of sunlight? Adequate laundry room? Remember the “must-have” list should be number one, with the “wants” list being second.

Consider finding a house agent to help your search. They can coordinate home viewings, narrow down your list, and write up an offer for a house you are interested in. Schedule a home inspection. You want an assessment of the electrical and heating systems, water pressure and plumbing, roofing, and any possible damages that can be caught early. 7. Don’t forget the exterior! Check the foundation and driveway for any cracks. Is the lawn and landscape in good condition? 8. Find out if any homeowners association fees apply, such as landscaping or neighborhood tennis courts, depending on the neighborhood.

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Décor and wallpaper can be changed. Focus on the things that may need extra work or cannot be redone, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and amount of storage space.

Manage your expectations. A house may not have exactly everything you want, but staying realistic and remembering that alterations can be made will help keep the search smooth. 9.

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10. Remember the most important question: What is

the insurance and property tax? Enjoy this time to begin “nesting” and to build your home into your castle!

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We are all you need to plan your special day

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How to Use the Planning Pages

PLANNING GUIDE EXTRAS

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elcome to the Planning Pages section of our 2021 Valley Wedding Pages Planning Guide. Our goal in providing this section to brides is to give a comprehensive guide to prepare for the biggest day of your lives. Inside you will find tips and tricks that will help with all aspects of wedding planning, from a detailed 12-month timeline to ideas on floral centerpieces and cake design. We’ve taken all our 18+ years in the industry to shed light on details that can sometimes be overlooked, like what you need to obtain your marriage license and change your name, items you should remember to include in vendor contracts, even the importance of considering wedding insurance. What is extra special about this section is that we printed it specially to allow note-taking while planning. This turns this section into your personal wedding planner so that no detail is left behind. Wedding planning is a joyous time that should be enjoyed by all involved. Our hope in including these planning pages is to provide all the resources you need to ensure that your big day is as seamless as possible. Happy planning!

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12-MONTH PLANNING TIMELINE

Many brides quickly become overwhelmed by the scores of details they must manage while planning their wedding. We’ve prepared this easy-to-follow checklist so that you can look forward to enjoying the entire process with as little stress as possible. Follow the timeline to stay ahead of the game!

12+ MONTHS BEFORE …  Announce your engagement! After telling your family and friends and updating your Facebook status, consider placing a newspaper announcement, creating a video, or mailing a “save the date” photocard, especially if you’re having a destination wedding. …  Protect your engagement appraised and insured.

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…  Talk with parents and/or sponsors about financial assistance so you can begin determining the size and scope of your wedding. …  Keep notes about everything. Assemble them and stay organized with this guide or your own binder. …  Visit with your fiancé about colors, traditions, themes, designs, menus, music, and location ideas. …  Create a budget and discuss in detail the sharing or division of expenses. (See p.143) …  Choose and set a date and time for the wedding. Keep in mind that Saturday nights are more costly than other weekdays or times. Consider graduation and prom dates as possible conflicts for vendors. The date and time you set for your wedding may have greater influence on cost than other factors.

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…  Decide on the overall tone of your wedding (formal, semi-formal, informal, casual). This factor can have a major effect on your budget, too. …  Select a wedding designer, planner or coordinator (optional, but recommended). (See p.144) …  Start outlining an initial guest list. Each branch of the family should have input, with you and your fiancé giving final approval. Those who assist financially should have some sway. …  Create your wedding’s web page. Visit various wedding-related sites to learn the best way to include your “how we met” story, photos, and periodic updates. You’ll eventually want to upload travel and hotel information, details about parties and the rehearsal dinner, gift selections and other information. …  Start researching vendor options. Visit our website www.valleyweddingpages.com and our social media to view by category. …  Get organized right away! Create a separate email folder (or a special email address) to hold all wedding-related communications and notes about your research.


9-11 MONTHS BEFORE …  Decide on a house of worship or a civil ceremony site. Reserve the place for your date and plenty of time (two or more hours both before and after the ceremony). If your reception will be held at a secondary location, reserve that venue for the appropriate number of hours. (Remember these sites must be available for decorating beforehand and take-down afterward.) …  If a priest, minister or rabbi is marrying you, be sure he/she understands the times you will need his/her attendance and services. If you plan a civil ceremony, choose and reserve an officiant. …  Compile your combined guest list. Include first and last names, mailing addresses, email addresses (when possible), and phone numbers in a spreadsheet format. This will make addressing, mailing, and tracking attendance infinitely simpler. …  Select your bridal party including maid/matron of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, ushers, flower girl and ring bearer based on the scope of your overall event, and secure their agreement to participate. Also consider supporting roles such as ceremony reader, candle lighter, vocalist, guestbook attendant, cake server, and so on. Keep a list with each participant’s full name, address, email, and phone number(s).

…  Figure out the your invitations.

wording

and

style

…  Finalize reservations with your caterer. Menu details can be determined nearer to the wedding date, but be certain to nail down the date and time well in advance. …  If desired, consult a physical trainer who will design and lead your exercise program. …  Begin shopping accessories.

for

your

gown,

veil

and

…  Begin selecting both female and male attendants’ apparel. …  Register with the bridal gift registry at your favorite spots (both online and brick-and-mortar stores). …  Interview, select and reserve a photographer and/ or videographer. Schedule an engagement photo session as well as day-of photos at the wedding and reception venues. …  Interview, select and reserve musicians for the wedding and/or reception. …  Begin planning for change residences.

a

new

home

or

to

…  Based on your developing guest list, interview caterers and decide on a per-head price for the reception. Then begin thinking about the menu.

for

…  Order invitations, thank-you cards, napkins, guest book and other stationery items. (See p.150) …  Decide how your invitation envelopes will be addressed (handwriting, calligraphy, typed labels, etc.). …  Settle on colors and a theme for the ceremony and reception.

…  Visualize your bouquet and floral arrangements. Set up appointments with local florists to discuss options and pricing. (Ceremony flowers can often be transferred to reception tables.) …  If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, research lighting and rental establishments. Reserve enough tables, chairs, linens, and other accessories to accommodate your guests. …  Decide on a honeymoon destination and consult a travel agent. (See related information on p.161) Make flight, cruise, and/or hotel reservations.


6-8 MONTHS BEFORE …  Finalize your guest list. Update the spreadsheet and double-check for accuracy.

…  Order groom’s formal wear. …  Order groomsmen’s and ushers’ formal wear.

…  Send out save-the-date cards to all guests and include your web site. (Do this earlier if it’s a destination wedding.)

…  Order your father’s formal wear, and be sure the groom’s father’s apparel is ordered.

…  If you decide to have your invitations professionally addressed, review samples and hire a calligrapher’s services. (Allow several months ahead of the mailout deadline, which should come 8-10 weeks before the wedding date. Your calligrapher will appreciate the typed data in your spreadsheet.)

…  Select a hairstylist and makeup artist. Schedule trial hair and makeup appointments for several weeks in advance of the wedding date.

…  Professionally prepare and print copies of a map to be included with the invitations.

…  Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests. Add the information to your web page and send email notifications.

…  Start keeping a dated log of gifts received, what, and from whom. Mark the date your handwritten thankyou notes are mailed. …  Order your wedding gown.

…  Reserve limousine if needed.

or

coach

transportation,

…  Decide on a size and style for your wedding cake. Sample and order the cake. …  Confirm reservations, dates and arrangements with various vendors, the officiant, and the venue(s).

…  Order bridesmaids’ dresses.

4-5 MONTHS BEFORE …  Start planning the rehearsal dinner.

…  Consider wedding insurance.

…  If you plan to have a morning-after brunch for outof-town guests, select and reserve a venue. (Do not add this detail to your web page unless ALL out-of-towners are invited. Instead, inform only those whom you wish to be present. Let them know whether to expect a gift meal or to go Dutch treat.)

…  Browse magazine layouts and advertisements for styles of floral arrangements, centerpieces, serving dishes,

…  Finalize all honeymoon reservations, including travel and rooms. Make sure passports are up-to-date.

…  Linens and decorations you prefer.

…  Book your wedding night accommodations, guaranteeing they will hold in case of late arrival.

…  Finalize the your caterer.

wedding

reception

menu

…  Finalize the contract with your florist. …  Finalize your rental list for the reception. …  Stay current with your gift log and Thank-you notes.

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with

…  Consult your fiancé to decide on a design for the groom’s cake. Order it, using photos if necessary.


2-3 MONTHS BEFORE …  Select accessories (shoes, jewelry, hair ornaments, etc.) for your bridesmaids and confirm dress deliveries. …  Write your vows together and schedule an appointment with the officiant to review the plans.

…  Confirm the delivery date for your dress. Schedule the first fitting. …  Purchase undergarments you will wear with the wedding dress. Wear them at all fittings. (You’ll need a bustier or bra, a garter, a slip (and possibly a petticoat or crinoline if your skirt is full),

…  Decide on a marriage contract for the ceremony. …  Purchase or rent any decorations not included in the florist’s contract (aisle runners, petal basket, rings pillow, champagne toast glasses, programs basket, etc.) for both the ceremony and reception.

…  Purchase pumps/shoes you will wear (at all fittings and at wedding), a wrap or shawl, a purse, and jewelry. (Gloves are optional.) …  Schedule fittings for the bridesmaids’ dresses.

required

…  Decide upon ceremony readings. Notify your selected readers and have them practice.

…  Shop for and purchase wedding rings. (Depending upon their value, have them appraised and added to the engagement ring’s insurance policy.)

…  Draw up a song list of ceremony and reception music (including must-play and do-not-play selections). Provide the list to musicians/singers for their preparation and rehearsal.

…  Attend premarital or desired.

…  Buy postage RSVP cards.

counseling,

stamps

for

if

invitations

and

…  Send out wedding invitations, enclosing RSVP cards and map. Enclose rehearsal-dinner invitations to selected guests. …  Stay current with thank-you notes.

your

gift

log

and

…  Decide on favors/gifts for wedding party members. Purchase and wrap the favors.

…  Arrange transportation for yourself, your wedding party, and guests (if needed) for the wedding day. (Destination couples should envision how guests will get around. Post helpful hints on your web page.) …  Have your bridal shower(s). Write thank-you notes by hand and mail as soon as possible afterward. …  Create a draft or program.

of

the

wedding

brochure

…  If a bridesmaids’ luncheon is planned, finalize the details and invite your attendants.

2 MONTHS BEFORE …  Finalize the ceremony brochure and submit it to a printer.

…  Research local marriage license requirements. (This information is provided for you on p. 166.)

…  Decide on your “something old, new, borrowed, and blue.”

…  Confirm out-of-town guests’ reservations. Ask the hotel(s) to set aside more rooms, if needed.

…  If you or your fiancé have children, make plans for supervision during the reception.

…  Stay current with thank-you notes.

your

gift

log

and


1 MONTH BEFORE …  Schedule the second fitting for your gown. (This may not be the final fitting.) …  Using finished copies of the ceremony brochure, review details with your officiant.

…  Order welcome baskets (or assemble them yourself) for out-of-town guests’ hotel rooms. A welcome note, an additional copy of the map, and some small treats are a nice touch. Include bottled water, chocolates, fresh fruit, or other snacks that show your appreciation.

…  Mail rehearsal-dinner invites to selected guests (if these were not included in the wedding invitation).

…  Compile a list of must-have and do-not-take photographs (See p. 151)

…  Work out a day-of-the-wedding schedule to include hour-by-hour details.

…  Schedule yourself for a manicure and pedicure the day before your wedding.

…  Plan any day-before or night-before activities with family, friends, or attendants. Inform everyone involved.

…  Schedule hair and makeup appointments for early on the wedding day, or at least several hours before the ceremony.

…  Purchase any other gifts you plan to give, including the one you’ll give your groom.

…  Stay current with thank-you notes.

your

gift

log

and

1-2 WEEKS BEFORE …  Call guests who have not returned their response cards. Revise your attendance list accordingly. …  Put together your reception seating chart and provide copies to the caterer, venue manager, and wedding planner. …  Provide final head counts to your caterer, cake baker, and reception venue manager. Include any vendors who will expect a meal, as well.

…  Firm up and print copies of your hour-to-hour schedule for the day-of, distributing them to all parents, attendants and vendors. …  Get with your groom and prepare your wedding toast remarks. …  Have your final dress fitting, if needed. …  Practice walking in your wedding shoes.

…  Provide the reception venue manager with a detailed list of requests from other vendors (such as a table for the DJ, set-up space needed by the caterer, early admission for the florist, and so on). …  Confirm all transportation for the wedding day. …  Shop and pack for the honeymoon. (Be sure to check weather predictions.) …  Confirm all final payment amounts, instructions, details, and delivery and location times with every vendor. …  Prepare a list of all vendors, with contact person and phone number. Share copies with your planner, the venue managers, and each vendor. 138  INSPIRING BRIDES FOR 18 YEARS • WWW.VALLEYWEDDINGPAGES.COM

…  Assemble everything you’ll need for the wedding night in an overnight case. …  Leave a copy of your honeymoon itinerary with close friends and family members. …  Assemble final payments for vendors in individually labeled envelopes. Remember to include tips (See p. 139), and write the amount of each tip on the outside of the envelope. Leave the envelopes with a trusted friend or family member to distribute on the wedding day.


1-2 WEEKS BEFORE (CONTINUED) …  Using the must-have and do-not-take notes you prepared using page 151 of this guide, finalize your photograph and videography lists for the wedding and reception, and give copies to the photographer, videographer, and wedding planner. Discuss your requests in detail, in person, to assure understanding. …  Apply for a marriage license (See p.155 for complete instructions.)

together.

…  Touch base with your DJ or bandleader to confirm mutual understanding about the music list. …  Arrange for guests arriving by plane or train to be picked up. …  Get a last haircut and/or color touch-up in time to look natural on your wedding day. …  Stay current with postings to your gift log. Do your best to keep up with thank-you notes for new gifts.

2-3 DAYS BEFORE …  Confirm transportation to the airport or other departure point for your honeymoon.

…  Touch base again with your ceremony and reception venues.

…  Organize your (See p. 157)

kit.

…  Create and deliver any place cards, table cards, or menu cards the caterer may need to display.

…  If you still need to do so, have your dress pressed or steamed.

…  Reconfirm that all floral orders and delivery details are correct and understood by the florist.

…  Be sure all gifts for parents, attendants, and groom are wrapped and ready.

…  Confirm all pickup times and locations with the limousine service.

…  Write special thank-you notes (unrelated to your gift log) to be distributed on the day-of.

…  Confirm with all family and bridal party members who will offer toasts at the reception.

wedding

day

emergency

…  Keep posting incoming gifts to your log.

1 DAY BEFORE …  Deliver welcome packages to out-of-town guests.

…  Enjoy your rehearsal dinner party, but don’t overdo it.

…  Pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure.

…  Present gifts to your attendants at the rehearsal dinner, especially if the gift is a wedding accessory.

…  Take the aisle runner, unity candle, yarmulkes, or other ceremony accessories to the wedding site so you won’t have to bother with them on the day-of. …  Give your marriage license to the officiant, who will sign it after the wedding and give it back to you for submission to the county clerk.

…  Distribute hour-by-hour schedule to all attendants, and have them promise to live by it. …  Keep posting incoming gifts to your log. …  Get yourself a good night’s sleep!


WHAT'S NEXT? CHECKLIST

THE DAY OF …  Aim for getting your hair and makeup done as early in the day as you can manage. …  Hand off the wedding rings to the best man and/or maid of honor for safekeeping. …  Give your father or best man the officiant’s fee in a labeled envelope, to be handed off after the ceremony. …  If it hasn’t happened already, introduce your maid of honor or wedding planner to the reception manager so they can deal with any questions during the party. …  Have a wonderful time and enjoy your special day!

POST-WEDDING

(APPOINT SOMEONE TO DO THESE FOR YOU.) …  Make note of any stains on your dress, and send it off for proper cleaning and preservation. …  Return tuxedo rentals. …  Carefully wrap and freeze the top layer of your cake. …  If your bouquet will be preserved, send it to a professional service.

OTHER POST-WEDDING (DO THESE YOURSELF.)

…  Keep your gift log updated while writing and sending thank-you notes as timely as possible. …  If you were pleased with their service, send each of your vendors a thank-you note. …  Write online reviews about your venue and vendors so other brides will know what to expect. …  After the honeymoon, call and thank each attendant one more time.

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A THANK YOU GIFFT FOR YOUR VENDORS

Although not required nor expected, a gratuity is a small but thoughtful gesture for your wedding vendors as a way of saying thank you for their services. Listed below are some approximate values to consider when estimating the proper gratuities and tips.

Wedding Planner

»

Up to $500 or a nice gift.

Officiant/Clergy

»

$75-$100 donations are appropriate. Mayors, judges or other public servants generally do not accept gratuities.

Ceremony Site Staff

(Organist, soloist, church staff, etc) $20-$30 per person.

»

Delivery & Setup Personnel

(Decorators, florists, cake, etc) $10 each for delivering items, $20 each for delivering and setting up.

»

Photographer/Videographer

»

$50-$100 per vendor.

Reception Site Manager

»

15%-20% of entire bill for reception.

Reception Wait Staff

»

$20-$40 each, depending upon quality of service.

DJ/Band

»

15%-20% to bandleader or DJ, more if expectations are exceeded.

Bartenders

»

15%-20% of entire bill for bar.

Transportation Driver(s)

»

15%-20% in addition to contracted fee paid to driver.

Parking Attendants

»

$1-$2 per car, if they are not accepting tips from guests.

Keep in mind that some vendors may already include gratuities in their contract so be sure to read the fine print. Some vendors will be tipped at the end of the night, such as the photographer and band/DJ, while others may be tipped the day before (catering and florist delivery staff) or at the end of their service (hair and makeup artists).

NOTES


TOP 10 WEDDING BUDGET TIPS

Once you’ve accepted his proposal, don’t spend a single dollar until you’ve figured out your wedding budget. Have a candid talk with anyone who might be contributing to politely find out how much each is willing to commit. Then add up the numbers for your total available amount, and set some guidelines for spending.

1.

Figure out who’s contributing. Talk with your family

members about who will pay for what. Some brides’ families stick with tradition and pick up most of the tab, but it’s more common nowadays for the bride’s family, the groom’s family, and the couple to all chip in together. However, in some cases a family member will commit to financing a certain part such as the cake, catering, or flowers.

2.

Get organized. Depending on the date you’ve set for

the wedding, you’ll spend the next few months (or even years) allocating and keeping track of funds. Start by organizing your money details in a single place. Keep copies and file these items together: (1) photos and clippings of ideas and inspiration, so you can pull them out when you meet with vendors; (2) all vendors and their contact information; (3) copies of vendors’ proposals/estimates plus notes from your meetings with them; (4) copies of all vendor contracts; and, (5) all receipts for wedding expenses, so you can stay on top of your budget.

3.

Set up a system. Money-management tricks can be

huge helpers. Place all your wedding money in its own separate bank account, so you can easily track deposits and withdrawals without mixing or confusing them with nonwedding-related expenditures. Don’t make the mistake of using your regular bank account and assuming you’ll be able to keep score.

4.

Decide your priorities. Consider all the possible

categories of spending for your dream wedding: bridal gown and formal wear; ceremony site and officiant; invitation printing and addressing; postage; reception venue; transportation; rentals; food; beverages; cake; flowers; decorations; music; entertainment; photographer; videographer; honeymoon, and miscellaneous (Don’t omit that last one. See #8 and #9.) Pick the top three of importance to you, and allocate extra money for those. Then choose the three least important, and allocate a little less for them (or eliminate them altogether). As you check vendor prices for what you have in mind, be prepared to adjust upward or downward depending on what matters more to you and your fiancé.

5.

Be crystal-clear about your budget. Specify your price ranges to vendors from the very start. Being frank about your price point will eliminate surprises when the time comes to sign a contract.

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6.

Be flexible. Saturday nights are always more costly

than other weekdays or times of day, particularly during “high wedding seasons” like June and July. Therefore, understand that the date and time you set for your event will affect your budget more than most other factors.

7.

Utilize double-duty. By all means, take the ceremony

flowers along to the reception site, or arrange to share the cost (and design) of wedding decorations with the couple marrying directly before or after you that day. No one will know unless you tell them. To save on rental costs, borrow beautiful serving pieces and accessories, appointing a trusted friend or relative to be in charge of reception setup and take-down. One of the ways you can personalize (and reduce the cost) of your wedding reception is to use familiar objects, including tablescapes and furniture pieces, from your own home as decorations. Think of what sets you and your groom apart from other couples; then capitalize on that hobby, activity, or personality trait in your décor.

8.

Ask about hidden costs. Inquire up front about any other costs such as taxes, service charges, and overtime fees, and make sure all written vendor estimates include those charges in the contract. Knowing all the possible expenses in advance will guarantee that your budget can cover them, saving possible embarrassment.

9.

Don’t forget the extra costs. Accept the fact that

unforeseen expenditures are sure to arise. Small, easyto-overlook details like marriage license fees, stamps for invitations and RSVP cards, ribbons for party favors, or candles for the dinner table can really add up. To be prepared, “pad” your expense sheet in a couple of different categories so that unexpected costs won’t derail your budget.

10.

Plan to overspend. If you plan for unforeseen expenses beforehand, you won’t ever actually blow your budget. Earmark about five percent of your overall budget for unplanned costs which may be incurred through emergencies or additions. It’s always better to overestimate and underspend than the opposite.


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NOTES


WEDDING BUDGET BUDGET

As you’re discussing your budget and how much you are willing to spend on the big day, be sure to include the following expenses. These are the items that will likely put the largest dent in your wedding day fund. Please note that the following numbers are an estimated average based on Rio Grande Valley vendors. By no means does this represent any individual vendor. Each vendor sets their prices/fees base on their own experience and qualifications. Prices/fees will vary. (Estimate is based on 150 guests)

Venue(s)

Full-Service Catering

Invitations

Average cost

$12,000

Average cost $55 per person

Average cost

Photography / Videography

Wedding Planner

Attire

Music

Average cost $2,200 each

Average cost

Average cost

Average cost

!

$850

$4,000

$2,800

Floral & Decor Average cost

$4,200

$2,200

The honeymoon and wedding bands are separate from wedding expenses but should be considered with your budgeting plans as these can also have a significant cost.

While focused on budgeting for the major wedding expenses (above), many couples forget to save for the not-soobvious costs. Here is a list of some top items you'll want to remember when allocating your wedding finances.

Engagement Party

Proposing to Bridesmaids

Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties

Beauty Treatments & Trials

Hotel Meals

Alterations & Accessories

Transportation

Favors

Meals & Seating for Vendors

Backup Plan for Outdoor Weddings

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WEDDING BUDGET WORKSHEET

Once you and your close supporters have decided upon a total amount to be spent, you’ll need to begin designating portions of your budget toward the various categories. Percentages shown are suggestions based on current trends; your own breakdown may vary considerably. Use these figures as starting points, customizing expenditures based on your personal priorities. (NOTE: Some brides elect to calculate the budget separately from the cost of rings.)

TOTAL BUDGET = CATEGORY

YOUR ESTIMATE

$

ACTUAL COST

Rehearsal Dinner

YOUR ESTIMATE

ACTUAL COST

Flowers & Décor (10%)

Venue Rental

$   

$

Rehearsal dinner table

$   

$

Food

$   

$

Rehearsal dinner honorees’

$   

$

Bartender & Beverages

$   

$

Ceremony & Officiant (5%)

corsages/boutonnières Bride’s bouquet

$   

$

Location rental

$   

$

Groom’s boutonnière

$   

$

Officiant fee or donation

$   

$

Attendants’ bouquets/boutonnières

$   

$

Rings

$   

$

Parents’ corsages

$   

$

Marriage license

$   

$

Altar arrangement

$   

$

Special décor

$   

$

Reception flowers

$   

$

Bouquet preservation

$   

$

$   

$

Lighting

$   

$

Table linens & décor

$   

$

Wedding dress & alterations

$   

$

$    Additional décor rentals

$

Brides’ accessories

$   

$

Ceremony musicians

$   

$

  (unity candle, pillow, etc.) Flowers

Formalwear (10%)

  (shoes, veil, etc.)

Music & Entertainment (10%)

Hair and makeup

$   

$

Reception band or DJ

$   

$

Tuxedo rentals

$   

$

Other special music

$   

$

Photo booth rental

  (groom, dads, attendants, ushers)

$   

$

Invitations & Guest Details (5%)

Reception (50%) Venue rental

$   

$

Save-the-date cards

$   

$

Food

$   

$

Wedding invitations

$   

$

Cake & cutting fee

$   

$

RSVP cards

$   

$

Bartender & beverages

$   

$

Maps $   

$

Furniture rentals

$   

$

Extra stationery $   

$

Late-night snacks

$   

$

  (menu cards, place cards, etc.)

Tax and service fees

$   

$

Ceremony brochure/program

$   

$

Thank-you cards

$   

$

Photo & Video (10%) Engagement photo

$   

$

Postage

$   

$

Portrait photo

$   

$

Calligraphy services

$   

$

Pictures at wedding

$   

$

Favors/Gifts

$   

$

Pictures at reception

$   

$

Welcome bags

$   

$

Videography

$   

$

Transportation

$   

$

Album

$   

$

Parking

$   

$

Additions & Miscellaneous

$   

$


WEDDING PLANNER VS. EVENT DESIGNER WEDDING PLANNING

With an array of professional vendors to assist you in bringing your wedding to life, there’s none more sought after than the Wedding Planner. However, brides have been seeing the term “Wedding Designer” being used, leaving them wondering what is the difference.

Wedding Planner

Event Designer

O Handles the logistics

O Handles the aesthetics

O Deals with vendor negotiations

O Creates design concept

O Creates timelines

O Assists with décor budget

O Determines and balances budget

O Compiles color palette and schematics

O Coordinates your design details with your budget and vendors

O Coordinates with florist, rentals and linens, lighting, etc.

O Keeps track of invitation and stationery schedule

O Utilizes vendors for specialty rentals and visual props

O Becomes the point of contact for the “Day Of” O Coordinates the “Day Of”, including but not limited to the Rehearsal, Rehearsal Dinner, etc.

These are just some of the many duties that are performed by these professionals, but as you can see a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Designer fairly differ from each other. While a Planner may be a Designer, a Designer may not be a Planner. A bride shouldn’t be obligated to hire both, it all depends on their budget and their wedding planning needs. Now many times a vendor may be both a Planner and a Designer, combining the best elements into one full service. Talk with your potential coordinator and see if their services are just what you’re looking for.

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IMPORTANT TELEPHONE AND E-MAIL CHECKLIST Bridal Salon Cake Designer Caterer Ceremony Location Ceremony Musicians Floral and Event Designer Floral Preservationist Formal Wear Gown Preservation Hair Stylist Invitation Designer Jeweler Limo/Transportation Service Makeup and Nail Artist Massage Therapist Photographer Reception Entertainment Reception Location Rehearsal Dinner Location Rental Company Travel Agent Videographer Wedding Coordinator Wedding Officiant

NOTES


WHERE THE CAKE TAKES THE SLICE

Many different factors affect the price of your cake.

SIZE

Cake and confection prices are generally broken down into per serving costs, with a greater number of servings leading to an increase in the price.

SHAPE

Cakes come in a variety of shapes that may impact the cost: hearts, scalloped ovals, squares, hexagons, diamonds, and more!

ICING

Some bakers may charge more for some frostings than others based on their specialty. Choices usually include buttercream, chocolate buttercream, cream cheese, whipped frosting, fondant, flavored fondant, and rolled chocolate.

SPECIALTY DECORATING

FLAVORS

Bows, draping, blown sugar, pulled sugar, gumpaste flowers, and paintings are a beautiful way to add personalized designs to your cake and are typically priced per design.

FILLINGS

Flowers, cake jewelry, figurines and fondant creations can coordinate with your theme and offer the ultimate in personalization.

More traditional flavors like chocolate, white, yellow, and vanilla, cost less than the specialty liquor flavors such as rum, red or blue velvet, or almond cream.

Most fillings are included in the price of the cake, however specialty fillings such as cream cheese or ganache may cost extra, and the price of fresh fruit fillings may fluctuate seasonally.

TOPPERS

DELIVERY & SETUP

This is usually included if within a certain distance. Arranging flowers on the cake may or may not be a part of setup.

RENTALS

Additional rentals such as cake stands, trays , or specialty linens affect the price and typically require a security deposit. Size Shape Flavor Fillings Icing Specialty Decorating Toppers Delivery & Setup Rentals Anniversary Tier

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ANNIVERSARY TIER

This may be included in the price. Sometimes bakers offer a fresh tier on your anniversary instead. Choosing the best wedding cake depends on your own likes and dislikes, the wedding theme, and your budget. Once you’ve got some idea of the type of cake you’d like, you’ll need to work out how much money you have to spend on the cake. Be realistic and compare the prices of various cake vendors. Don’t rush this step – take time to compare and contrast the different styles and specialties provided by each baker. Be sure to give yourself plenty of planning time to get the dream cake you always wanted.


OUR WEDDING CAKE INSPIRATION

Look at tons of cake photos (from magazines and online cake photo galleries) so you know your options.

PHOTO BY ANAHI WEDDINGS

Cut out and add your favorite designs here!

TAKE YOUR TIME SELECTING

Your ideal choice depends on your personal preferences, of course, as well as your wedding theme and your budget. Once you’ve formed an idea of the flavor(s) and shape, determine the size by comparing how many slices you’ll need to serve. (It’s better to overestimate slightly than to run short at the reception.) Be realistic about what you can spend on this one element of your entire wedding budget. Ask newlywed friends or your caterer for recommendations and compare the prices, styles and specialties of various cake vendors. Insist upon taste tests. Don’t rush this step. Give yourself plenty of time to select the baker who can best produce the dream cake you really want.

WAYS TO SAVE

(1) Decide on one flavor for all the layers because varying flavors by layer will increase costs. (2) Order a smaller cake that’s exactly what you want plus several sheet cakes of the same flavor to be cut in the kitchen. (3) Stay away from complex tiers, special molded shapes, and lots of labor-intensive sugar flowers. (4) For the best of both frosting worlds, some bakers can roll out the fondant in a thin layer to create that sheer outer texture and still frost over with buttercream for taste.

NOTES


CENTERPIECE SHAPES

The impact of floral arrangements involves more than just size or scale (or cost). Shape matters, too!

BREAKAWAY  Created by a few arrangements, usually short and containing different flowers, that are grouped together to form one arrangement.

TRUMPET  Flower arrangement that is narrower at the top and wider at the bottom, balancing the shape of the vase containing them, which flares at the top.

PEDESTAL  Refers primarily to the vessel’s shape which is supported by a raised foundation, like a trophy. Flowers tend to cascade over the sides.

CANDELABRA  For more formal occasions, this tall arrangement as four to six candles sticking out from the flowers.

GLOBE  Flowers are arranged in a mounded, circular shape.

TIERED  A tall arrangement (trumpet, pedestal or candelabra) which is surrounded by a ring of flowers at its base.

NON-FLORAL DÉCOR IDEAS CLUSTER OF CANDLES  A mix of pillars and votive candles in different heights can light up the night. TRAY OF CANDLES  Hung from chains, this grouping can transform a space into something resembling a medieval European estate. CANDELABRAS  Regal candleholders that are ideal because their bases are tall and thin. Ornate ones need no additional decoration. FEATHERS  A vase full of giant ostrich or peacock feathers

guarantees glamor.

LAMP SHADES  Set a lampshade atop a tall cylinder vase; a patterned shade is retro and modern at the same time. FRUIT  Fruit is a tablescape brightener. Intersperse them with centerpieces or let them stand alone as the centerpiece themselves. Try pumpkins, apples, squash in the fall, berries mixed with pine-cones for a winter wedding, and citrus arranged in bowls for a summer or modern affair.

LANTERNS  Grouped together or standing alone, lanterns are ideal for rustic indoor settings or outdoor weddings. BRANCHES  Bare branches, or those with fresh leaves, can add height and natural appeal in a cost-effective way. Be careful that they don’t interfere with across-the-table chats, though. CRYSTAL STRANDS  These reflect light beautifully and can inexpensively brighten and sparkle – or get in the way. Make sure they don’t drape low enough to shine into guests’ eyes. WROUGHT-IRON CHANDELIERS  To dress up rustic spaces, try this elegant twist on the traditionally opulent crystal chandelier. BIRD CAGES  Filled with fairy lights, flowers, ceramic birds or butterflies, a variety of sizes and shapes can create a whimsical, airy mood.

CONTRACT MUST-HAVES »  Name and contact info for both you

and the vendor »  Date,

times, and locations of rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception

»  Itemized

Although flowers are a perennial choice, options for using other materials in centerpieces are endless.

Request a written contract. Review it for these critical factors:

»  Arrival

times and amount of time necessary for setup at rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception sites

»  Where and when to deliver corsages,

boutonnières, bouquets and arrangements (home, hotel, venue)

list of all selections (including specific blooms, colors, sizes, shapes, etc.)

»  Name of florist employee who will

»  Approved alternative blooms, in case

be on hand during rehearsal dinner setup

of unavailability or unacceptability (to you)

»  Name of florist employee who will

»  Name of florist employee who will be

on hand during reception setup »  Total cost, itemized »  Delivery and setup fees »  Deposit

amount placing order

due

upon

»  Balance amount and date due »  Cancellation and refund policy

be on hand during wedding setup »  Detailed list of all other items florist

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»  Florist’s signature and your signature


Before spending any money, think of your venue. It it’s already fairly ornate (such as a cathedral), you’ll need minimal décor and flowers. On the other hand, a plainer interior (or exterior) will need more decoration and design additions. Start your brainstorming here!

FLOWERS & DÉCOR BUDGET WORKSHEET FLORAL STYLE

…  traditional …  old world,ornate …  romantic

FLOWER TYPES

…  …  …  … 

orchids carnations roses daisies

…  shabby chic …  garden …  bold, festive …  …  …  … 

…  minimal/modern …  beachy …  rustic, country

phlox azaleas hydrangea exotics

…  …  …  … 

succulents greenery berries herbs

…  whimsical

…  grasses …  wildflowers …  ferns

FAVORITE FLOWERS

COLORS

…  monochromatic …  all white …  neutrals

…  multicolored …  holiday colors …  modern darks

…  modern citrus …  traditional

…  contrasts

(black, white)

(white, pastels)

FAVORITE COLOR(S)

FLORAL NEEDS …  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  … 

rehearsal dinner centerpiece rehearsal honorees’ flowers bride’s bouquet bouquet for tossing maid/matron of honor bridesmaids flower girl & headpiece petals for tossing ringbearer groom best man groomsmen

…  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  … 

ushers mothers fathers grandparents honored guests hostess/house party arch or huppah ceremony entryway ceremony aisles ceremony altar ceremony reserved seating reception entryway

…  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  …  … 

reception head table reception buffet table reception desserts table reception guest tables bride’s cake and table groom’s cake and table guest book table bar/beverage counters bathroom areas potted plants miscellaneous

DECOR …  …  …  … 

aisle runner aisle decorations ceremony arch/huppah fabric draping

…  …  …  … 

lounge furniture lighting chair covers bar & beverage areas

FLOWER AND DÉCOR BUD GET $

NOTES

…  …  …  … 

dance floor doorways buffet table dessert table

…  …  …  … 

guest book table bride’s cake table groom’s cake table guest tables


WILL YOU BE ATTENDING?

Ordering invitations, escort cards, and other necessary wedding prints requires ample time and patience. From the type of paper to the amount of information included, these important items need to be handled with importance and attention to detail. Here is a comprehensive guide to all things wedding stationery.

SAVE-THE-DATES Save-the-dates are casual, enjoyable announcements of your engagement with your wedding date! It’s a less formal way to let your friends and family know that you are ready to take the next step in life as a married couple and to prepare for the big celebration. These are generally sent out 6-8 months before the wedding, 12 months if you are having a destination wedding. Save-the-dates are sent to everyone you plan to invite.

INVITATIONS The wedding invitation is a statement all on its own. It conveys the style and formality of your wedding as well as provides the necessary information of your celebration, with date, time, location, and reply information. The invitations are sent our approximately 8-10 weeks before the wedding, 12 weeks for a destination wedding. Beautiful and quality stationery is used in the wedding invitation. Typeface, or font, and techniques are used for printing invitations as well. This can include letterpress, embossing, engraving, calligraphy, or digital printing.

THANK YOU CARDS Thank you cards are a thoughtful and personal way to show your sincere gratitude to your friends and family who joined you in your wedding celebration and for their generous gift. Normally blank stationery, they should be simple, elegant, and handwritten.

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Order a quantity of these when you order your savethe-dates; the earlier the better. It is good etiquette to send a thank you note within 2 weeks of receiving a gift before the wedding, while a thank you note should be sent no later than one month after your honeymoon for gifts received the day of the wedding.

TYPES OF WEDDING STATIONERY

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

SAVE-THE-DATE CARDS INVITATIONS/ENVELOPES RESPONSE CARDS/ENVELOPES CEREMONY BROCHURES IN-CASE-OF-RAIN CARDS PERSONALIZED NAPKINS RECEPTION CARDS PEW CARDS SEATING CARDS PLACE CARDS MENU CARDS DANCE CARDS ANNOUNCEMENTS THANK-YOU NOTES NEW-ADDRESS CARDS MAPS

The wedding invitation is a statement all on its own


MUST-HAVE

PHOTOGRAPHS

Check off all the photographs you want taken throughout your wedding weekend. Then make a copy of this form and give it to your photographer in advance.

PRE-CEREMONY PHOTOGRAPHS

POST-CEREMONY PHOTOGRAPHS

… Maid/Matron of honor putting garter on

… … … …

… … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …

bride’s leg Bride alone Bride with her mother Bride with her father Bride with both her parents Bride with her entire family and/or any combination Bride with maid/matron of honor Bride with bridesmaids Bride with flower girl and ring bearer Bride’s mother putting on her own corsage Groom leaving his house Groom putting on his boutonnière Groom with his mother Groom with his father Groom with both his parents Groom with his entire family or any combination Groom with his best man Groom with his ushers (with or without best man) Groom shaking hands with his best man Groom with bride’s father Bride and her father exiting limousine Special family members being seated Groom awaiting bride’s arrival at altar Bride and her father just before processional Bride and her father during processional Altar flowers / decorations

CEREMONY PHOTOGRAPHS … The processional (bride with father, flower girl,

… … … … …

ring bearer, bridesmaids, mothers lighting unity candle, etc.) Readers, vocalists, musicians, officiant Bride and groom saying their vows Bride and groom exchanging rings Groom kissing bride at altar Bride and groom leaving altar during recessional

Newlyweds with both their families Bride and groom with entire wedding party Bride and groom signing marriage certificate Flowers and other decorations

RECEPTION PHOTOGRAPHS … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … …

Outside of reception venue Bride and groom entering reception venue Receiving line Guest tables prior to beginning of reception Buffet Table prior to beginning of reception Dessert Table prior to beginning of reception Bride’s Cake and table prior to beginning of reception Cutting of Bride’s Cake Groom’s Cake and table prior to beginning of reception Cutting of Groom’s Cake DJ or band performing Bride dancing with her father Groom dancing with his mother Bride dancing with groom’s father Groom dancing with bride’s mother Newlyweds’ first dance together Newlyweds feeding each other cake Table decorations prior to beginning of reception Bouquet-tossing ceremony Garter-tossing ceremony Wedding party table prior to beginning of reception and during reception Toasts Family tables (occupied) Candid guest shots Guests on dance floor Bride and groom saying goodbye to their parents Bride and groom looking back, waving goodbye in the getaway car


TOP WEDDING CEREMONY TIPS

Find someone to officiate whom you both love and admire, whether it’s your church pastor or a dear family friend. What’s most important is that you share a mutual respect for the person who leads you through your vows. If he or she can get to know you as a couple (through meetings or premarital counseling), that familiarity will foster a more personalized ceremony.

Let both your families (and faiths) have a part. From the beginning, listen to both sides’ expectations for your wedding day. It’s the bridal couple’s special day, but discussing choices with both families will encourage everyone to feel included.

Plan ahead from the start. Though it’s not the most romantic detail, look into marriage license requirements in your area right away. Check the county clerk’s web site for guidelines, and set an appointment with your fiancé to pick up your license within two weeks of your wedding. You’ll need to bring the license to the ceremony and have the officiant sign it, then mail it back to the county clerk within 30 days. (Refer to p.155 for more legal details.)

Have a printed program. Although it’s not required, a handout program is the ideal place to list your wedding party and close family members. You can also thank them and your guests in the program. Having an outdoor wedding? Guests can use programs as fans.

Give guests a hint about your traditions. If special rituals or activities will be included in your ceremony, explain them to your guests through the printed program. Some guests may not understand what’s going on, so your handout will help them enjoy the experience.

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The ceremony IS your wedding. For some couples, a family priest or church is the basis of the planning process. For others, the ceremony may be built around a beloved location, a favorite piece of music, or your own love story.

Schedule a rehearsal. Your officiant will probably suggest this, but do so yourself just in case. All wedding party members will feel more comfortable during the ceremony if they have had some practice. The officiant should be wellversed in showing everyone where to stand, when to walk, and when to sit. Do invite your officiant and his/her significant other. Treat your officiant and his or her spouse like guests by sending an invitation. Plan to seat them at your parents’ table or with another family member, especially if the person has known your family for a long time. Some officiants decline their invitation, but they will appreciate good manners, anyway.

Honor VIPs. The wedding ceremony offers a lovely time to give special honor or recognition to family members or beloved guests. Both mothers might be invited to light a unity candle; close friends might be asked to give short readings; a favorite relative might be appointed to witness or be given honored seating.

Determine seating beforehand. In Christian ceremonies, the bride’s side is the left and the groom’s is the right, but the opposite is true for Jewish ceremonies. It’s your day, though, so you can either follow this tradition or simply have family fill in from the front with all others seated behind them as they arrive. Give ushers a helping hand. Your ushers need to know where family members and special guests are supposed to sit. Do them (and yourselves) a favor by printing out a list of names to recognize with directions for seating. They can stow it in a pocket and refer to it as a cheat sheet when needed.


WRITING

YOUR VOWS

Modern couples often elect to put a spin on the traditional “I do’s” by writing their own vows, using a favorite song, movie quote, or literary scene as inspiration. Even if you aren’t poets, you can still create your own brand of wedding promises. Do discuss the plan with your officiant, though, and allow time for the officiant to approve your lines in advance of the ceremony. Read on for tips on writing personalized wedding vows.

Talk it out. Make sure you and your fiancé see eyeto-eye. If one of you is more comfortable sticking to tradition, respect that. Adding personal touches to a ceremony can be done in many other ways.

Consider logistics. If you agree to write your own vows, will you do it separately or work together? Will you share with each other or keep secret until the ceremony? (The formal wedding ceremony may not be best time to surprise your beloved.) Remember that similar writing styles will come across more smoothly than strikingly different wording. And be sure your officiant knows what you intend to say; he or she may ask faith-based questions or suggest something that makes your vows even more meaningful.

Create an outline. Just like in English class, establish a framework or pattern. For instance, agree that both of you will begin talking about the other, then about yourselves as a couple, followed by the actual recitation of vows. Find your voice.

What overall tone do you hope to portray? Poetic, humorous, sentimental, touching, reminiscent, affectionate? You decide, but make sure you sound sincere and that what you say to each other has the ring of truth.

Be brief. Don’t get carried away or tell an extended story. Decide on a length and both stick to it. Practicing out loud (not necessarily together) with a timer will help you stay brief and to the point. If you go over three minutes, you need to cut back.

IDEAS FOR PERSONALIZING YOUR MARRIAGE VOWS

»  »  »  »  »  » 

Describe your fiancé’s best assets and why you cherish him as a life partner. Describe your commitment to and love for each other. Discuss your beliefs and feelings about pledging your life to one person. Discuss your future together, acknowledging how you and your fiancé complement each other’s goals. If either of you has children already, mention your mutual commitment to becoming a whole family. Acknowledge your family members and guests, mentioning how their presence is meaningful.


CEREMONY LINE-UP

The processional and altar line-ups for formal Christian and Jewish weddings are illustrated below. Remember we are in the New Millennium and there is no right or wrong way to conduct your processional. A formal wedding may require a more standard type of line-up while a beach ceremony should be relaxed and casual.

CHRISTIAN PROCESSIONAL

JEWISH PROCESSIONAL

CHRISTIAN CEREMONY POSITIONS

JEWISH CEREMONY POSITIONS

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I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU THE WEDDING OFFICIANT

1.

How long have you been officiating?

4.

If you decide on having an interfaith or a civil ceremony for your wedding here are some wonderful questions to ask when choosing the wedding officiant.

Can you give us the ceremony we want?

You will want to know how many weddings this person has performed, especially weddings like yours. Verify that they have been in the business for a while and have a list of references for you to check.

2.

What are your credentials?

Ensure that the officiant is licensed or registered to perform a wedding in your state by contacting the city clerk. You can also ask the officiant which seminary he or she was ordained through, then contact that seminary. Years down the road, you wouldn’t want to discover that your marriage is not legal.

3.

How much do you charge?

Know what, exactly, you will be paying for. Talk about deposits and types of payment, as well as cancellation and refund policies. The wedding Officiant is the person who typically must fill out the wedding certificate and send it in, so it is good to confirm that your Officiant will do this as well.

Find out if the Officiant will marry you if you write your own vows and if he or she can help suggesting readings, music, and so on. Make sure you will be able to incorporate your cultural traditions and that there is a way to include children or parents in the ceremony or will allow Photography or Videography. Basically, ask about all the particulars that apply to your case.

5.

How often will we meet?

Do you want an officiant who will consult with you or simply show up to perform the ceremony? Is he or she available by phone or e-mail if you have questions? Some members of the clergy require couples to have counseling before they will marry them. If that’s the case, make sure you are given a clear schedule that isn’t overwhelming.

6.

Do you charge extra to attend the rehearsal, reception or to travel?

Find out if the officiant is willing to travel to your venue. Also make sure that the officiant has a contingency plan in case he or she cannot make it. Be sure to plan for an extra meal if the officiant agrees to attend the reception.

MAKING IT LEGAL! CHECKLIST

MARRIAGE LICENSE …  Both you and your fiancé must apply in person

…  If either of you has been recently divorced, there

together at the county clerk’s office (addresses below). You’ll both need a valid form of ID (driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, or military ID card) and Social Security number. Please note: All documents must be originals or certified copies of originals; expired documents will not be accepted. Call the office before visiting to verify details.

is also a 30-day waiting period before another marriage can take place.

…  There is a 72-hour waiting period immediately

following the date the license is issued; your wedding ceremony must take place within 27 days after issuance of the marriage license. The license is valid for only 30 days; so, with the 72-hour waiting period, only 27 days remain during which the marriage ceremony can take place.

…  There is an $82.00 cash charge.

Usually, only cash or cashier’s checks are accepted. Call first to inquire if personal checks or credit cards are accepted.

…  Blood

tests not required.

and

medical

examinations

are

…  Either on the wedding date or shortly before, get

your ceremony officiant’s signature on the license. After the ceremony, be sure to mail the signed license back to the same county clerk’s office within 30 days to avoid late fees.


MAKING IT LEGAL! CHECKLIST

NAME CHANGE …  Order extra certified copies of your marriage

…  Change your name on your car registration, your

certificate from the county clerk’s office to save time and frustration later. Many agencies (such as the department of motor vehicles, Social Security Administration, etc.) require an original certified copy before allowing you to change your name on official documents.

mortgage company’s records, and your frequentflier program. Since you may be changing residences as well, notify all your personal and professional contacts of the change(s).

…  Request a new Social Security card reflecting the

name change. (If his name also changes, he’ll need a new one, as well.) Call the Social Security Administration (800-772-1213) or go online (www.ssa.gov) to obtain forms and instructions. …  Make an appointment to visit your local department

of motor vehicles for a new driver’s license. (In Texas, visit https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/ to learn the nearest location.) Ask in advance which documents you’ll need to bring to the local office to verify your name change. …  If you already have a passport, obtain and complete a

Passport Amendment/Validation Application. Send this to a passport agency along with appropriate fees, your current passport, and a certified copy of your marriage certificate verifying your name change. US Postal Service offices offer passport application services. If necessary, do this for both of you. If you need to apply for a passport for the first time, visit https://www.usps.com/passport/ or inquire at any U.S. post office.

…  Contact the post office, your utility companies,

and the county voter registrar to obtain documents necessary for effecting the name change (and address, if necessary) with those agencies. …  Don’t forget other offices or places where your name

change should be updated; think of your library card, video rental card, dry cleaners, health club, veterinarian, church, etc. …  Congratulations!

You’ve got a new name! You might want to carry a certified copy of your marriage license in your wallet or car’s glove compartment for the first year or so, in case you forgot something and need to provide proof of marriage.

LICENSE OFFICES IN THE

RIO GRANDE VALLEY Cameron County Clerk’s Office 835 East Levee St. 3rd Fl. Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 544-0817

Cameron County Clerk’s Branch Office 3302 W. Wilson Road Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 264-7606

Hidalgo County Clerk’s Branch Office 317 N Closner Edinburg, TX 78541 (956) 318-2100

Starr County Clerk’s Office 401 N Britton Ave Room #201 Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 716-4800

…  Send a certified copy of your marriage license to

your insurance agency (life, health, auto, etc.) with a letter requesting that your name be changed on all their records. …  Order replacements for checks, business cards,

credit cards, and other documents displaying your old name …  Notify all employers (and schools, if you are a

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McAllen Substation 419 W. Nolana Ave. Suite B McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 661-1009

Willacy County Clerk’s Office 576 W. Main Street Room #153 Raymondville, TX 78580 (956) 689-2710


WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT

Murphy’s Law states that if anything can go wrong, it will – usually at the worst possible moment! Cheat Mr. Murphy by being prepared with an emergency kit containing everything you could possibly need to fix last-minute glitches. Assemble this emergency kit several days or even weeks in advance of the big day. As time nears, you may think of other items to add to your bag of tricks.

…  Your cell phone

(set on silent, of course) …  Phone list of all wedding

party members …  Phone list of all vendor contacts …  Small brush or comb …  Hairspray …  Bobby pins, barrettes,

ponytail holders …  Small mirror …  Curling iron and hair dryer …  Deodorant, perfume, and

body powder

…  Small sewing kit with matching thread,

extra buttons, and scissors …  Small plastic zipper bags …  Safety pins …  Anti-static cling spray …  White chalk or Ivory soap

(to cover unexpected dress stains) …  Tissues, wet wipes, and cotton swabs …  Sanitary products …  Dental floss …  Toothbrush and toothpaste …  Aspirin or ibuprofen

…  Extra makeup items (for touch-ups)

…  Clear Band-aids

…  Nail file and trimmer

…  Bottled water

…  Extra pairs of pantyhose

…  Extra earring backs

(for you or attendants) …  Nail polish in your color …  Clear nail polish

(to stop stocking runs) …  Krazy Glue

(to mend broken heel or fingernail) …  White masking tape

(quick fix for hemlines)

…  Contact lens supplies …  Personal medications or inhalers …  Mini-pretzels or granola bars …  Breath mints …  Rolaids or Tums


A SUDDEN CHANGE IN PLANS PROTECT YOUR SPECIAL DAY

An unexpected outbreak like COVID-19 has caused a significant burden and uncertainty to both the wedding industry and engaged couples everywhere. Although some social distancing guidelines are still in place, everyone is ready to get their weddings back on track. As couples and vendors face this pandemic, it is crucial to carefully navigate this everevolving scenario and take the right actions towards a dream wedding. The Valley Wedding Pages wants to continue being your wedding resource and has created this list of advice for you to use as you plan a wedding amid Covid-19.

Postponing If you are thinking of postponing your wedding, have a discussion with family and close friends before making the big decision. This decision can profoundly impact their travel plans and calendar, which in turn hurts their pockets. Their feedback will help you formulate a great message when deciding to let every other affected guest know.

Vendor List

brainstorm and come up with possible backup plans that will help you continue the wedding planning.

Guest Capacity Due to large gathering guidelines still in place, many venues may have updated guest capacities. You may want to consider planning for a smaller intimate celebration if this is the case, but don’t forget that you can still plan to have a larger celebration in the future!

Take out your list of vendors and consult with each one of them separately. The majority of vendors, if not all, should already have a series of guidelines and policies that cover events like a health outbreak. You should first reach out to your wedding planner, who will guide you through this process and even get a hold of some vendors. Your venue should be the first vendor to contact as it is the most significant expense. Keep in mind that because of past and current wedding cancellations, your vendors might be booked for the next couple of years. Friday and Sunday wedding dates will definitively become more common as brides are trying to reschedule their weddings, so keep an open mind.

Consider Something Creative

The Unexpected

Honor the Date

Expect the unexpected. Remember that brides and vendors have both been affected by this crisis. You may encounter vendors that are fully booked, vendors who have updated their policies for large gatherings, or even vendors who may have added some fees. By expecting these possible scenarios, you and your partner can

If you do decide on a Friday or Sunday date, know that there are a lot more creative ideas for you to think about. Instead of a traditional wedding, you may opt for a midday Friday luncheon with family and friends, or perhaps a lovely brunch on a Sunday morning. Your wedding planner, venue, and other vendors will be more than happy to guide you through this creative process.

Change the Date Consider a “Change the Date” invitation for your guests. This is a great way to update all your guests while spreading some more excitement of your special day.

Honor your original date! You initially chose that date because it was going to be special. Give your photographer a call and plan an exclusive photoshoot to honor your original wedding date. You can share the pictures and again create more excitement around your future wedding date.

We hope that these pieces of advice help you through the wedding planning process. You, like many other couples, are sharing the same uncertainty and struggles. Remember that you are not alone and that the Valley Wedding Pages is here for you every step of the way.

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WEDDING INSURANCE

PROTECT YOUR SPECIAL DAY Life is filled with many joyful moments and milestone occasions. Life can also throw many unexpected things our way, from family emergencies to natural disasters. Just as it’s important to protect your family, your home, and your car from these predicaments, it’s important to consider investing in insurance coverage for your wedding. Wedding insurance companies offer liability or cancellation/postponement policies (please read their coverage in detail.) It is very important to contact he insurance company of your choice to properly address all your questions about coverage and possible scenarios.

Here is a list of some of the most popular scenarios.

Weather: Based on the location and season of the wedding, insurance can potentially cover expenses lost from unexpected extreme weather conditions, from hurricanes and tornadoes to floods and ice storms. Keyword: extreme weather conditions

Location: The venue may suffer from an electrical outage, a building fire, flooding, or even go out of business before the event. It’s important to make sure your ceremony and reception location is already insured beforehand, so be sure to inquire before signing the dotted line.

Vendors: If a vendor cannot make it for the big day due to illness or an accident or simply a no-show, or their products are damaged beyond repair, insurance can cover cancellations or even postponement.

wedding. The right insurance coverage can possibly make up for cancellation or postponement if the bride, groom, immediate family members are suddenly injured or sick. Keyword: Immediate family Unforeseen State of Emergency: Whether it’s local, state, or national, a declared state of emergency can leave your wedding unexpectedly cancelled. Insurance can possibly cover expenses from the deposit to any payments made. Keyword: Unforeseen

Military or Employment: Military personnel can be suddenly shipped out at any notice for deployment, or a bride or groom’s company or business may suddenly relocate them to a new city. Having insurance can help with any big changes to the wedding, including postponement or cancellation.

Personal Injury or Loss: These are the most unexpected and heartbreaking emergencies to occur before a Any emergency scenario or case is different, so it’s important to sit down with an insurance agent to discuss every detail or a wedding insurance policy. Remember, it’s better to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

NOTES


GIFT REGISTRY CHECKLIST

Your family and friends will express their congratulations through bridal showers and wedding gifts, so it makes sense to think about what you’d truly like to receive. Without a registry, your friends will have to guess, and you could receive more things to return than to enjoy. Instead, here’s your chance to specify exactly what you both want for your new life together, in precise choices of color, size and quantity. Visit our website www.valleyweddingpages.com for gift registry platforms.

Cookware, Flatware & Utensils

… Blender

… Stockpot

… Standing mixer

… Saucepans

… Food processor

… Skillet

… Coffee maker

… Casserole dishes

… Toaster

… Roasting pan

… Conventional oven

… Dutch oven

… Microwave

… Baking sheets

… Hand mixer

… Mixing bowls and spoons

… Slow cooker

… Measuring cups and spoons … Cutting boards

Bed & Bath

… Dish towels and pot holders

… Standard pillows

… Flatware sets (number may vary)

… Sheet sets

… Serving utensils

… Comforter

… Cutlery (such as steak knives)

… Duvet

… Spatulas

… Shams

… Napkin or paper towel holder

… Throw pillows and blankets … Mattress pad

Dinnerware & Drink-ware

… Bath and hand towels

… Place settings (number may vary)

… Hand towels

… Chargers 9number may vary)

… Bath mats

… Serving bowls

… Shower curtain set

… Serving trays

… Soap dispenser

… Salad bowl

… Toothbrush holder

… Salt and pepper shaker set

… Tissue box

… Cake stand

… Wastebasket

… Tea or coffee set

… Laundry basket

… Iced beverage glasses … Casual drinking glasses

Miscellaneous

… Red and White wine glasses

… Board and card games

… Tea cups or coffee mugs

… Pet toys and beds

… Corkscrew

… Sports equipment

… Cocktail shaker

… Luggage sets

… Set of bar tools

… Picnic set

… Ice bucket with tongs

… Camera/Video Recorder

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HONEYMOON TRAVEL TIPS

D O YOUR HOMEWORK. Before you go, acquaint yourself with your destination. In some large cities you won’t need a rental car because public transportation is around every corner, and parking is rarely available, anyway. Look into weather predictions about wherever you’re headed, and inquire about a Caribbean resort’s money-back guarantee in case of tropical storms. Find out what you’re actually purchasing at an “all-inclusive” resort or spa. Will you still have to tip? Does your price include water sports or side trips? What about transportation to and from the airport?

THINK IT THROUGH BEFOREHAND. If you’re going to a foreign country, imagine yourself there first. Plan to be diplomatic by learning some phrases in the native language. Remember that you are the foreigner there, so don’t balk at their customs or foods. (“When in Rome… “ and all that.) Check about vaccinations for travel abroad; they often are required. In addition, invest in a newly updated printed guidebook about the area; it will offer some of the best and most realistic information about traveling to and within your destination.

REMEMBER. . .

1.

Credit cards and traveler’s checks are much recommended over wads of cash. You’ll want some paper money for souvenirs and other minor purchases, but your pre-determined honeymoon budget should still hold sway. Have your groom wear a money belt for safety’s sake.

2. 3.

Confirm hotel reservations the week before you leave. If you arrive and find the room unavailable or less than what you booked, consult the manager immediately, and don’t take no for an answer

If you encounter problems with any travel arrangements or accommodations, take issue at once to solve them. Don’t wait until you depart to make a complaint.

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Desserts

Portillo Jewelers

The Queen’s Kitchen

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Music El Mariachi Continental de Hector Guerra

The Secret Garden Floral & Events

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Transportation Classic Auto Rent

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WEDDING RESOURCE DIRECTORY Banquet/Reception

37 Brownsville Historical Association - Historic Alonso Building 510 E Saint Charles St Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 372-1515 tputegnat@brownsville history.org www.brownsvillehistory.org 37 - Laureles Ranch House Museum 1501 E 7th St Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 372-1515 tputegnat@brownsvillehistory.org www.brownsvillehistory.org 37 - Market Square Event Hall 625 E. 12th St Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 372-1515 tputegnat@brownsvillehistory.org www.brownsvillehistory.org 37 - Mary Yturria Center Museum 641 E Madison St Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 372-1515 tputegnat@brownsvillehistory.org www.brownsvillehistory.org 37 - Stillman House Museum 1325 E Washington St Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 548-1313 tputegnat@brownsvillehistory.org www.brownsvillehistory.org 27 Capilla del Rio

By Appointment 6506 E Highway 83 Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 648-8680 capilladelrio6506@gmail.com Facebook: Capilla del Rio

53 Casa de Palmas 101 N Main St McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 631-1101 kmussenden@gfhotels.com www.wyndhamhotels.com 25 Casa Los Ebanos By Appointment 27715 State Hwy 100 Los Fresnos, TX 78566 (956) 399-9097 casalosebanos@aol.com www.casalosebanos.com

BC Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas 114 W Corral St South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 433-3005 casamariposapadre@gmail.com www.casamariposaspi.com

39 Mission Event Center 200 N Shary Rd Mission, TX 78572 (956) 580-8650 fgarcia@missiontexas.us www.missiontexas.us

33 Casa Rosa Outdoor Event Center 10001 N Ware Rd McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 240-8191 Facebook: casarosaweddingvenue

43 Monica’s Banquet Hall 2905 N Cesar Chavez Rd San Juan, TX 78589 (956) 782-5359 mhall47@yahoo.com Facebook: Monica’s Banquet Hall

59 Doubletree Suites by Hilton 1800 S 2nd St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 686-3000 Ext 7117 arodriguez@doubletree-mcallen.com www.mcallensuites-doubletree.com 67 GrazeBox Co 704 S Closner Blvd Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 704-0158 grazeboxco.rgv@gmail.com IG: grazebox_co 45 Harlingen Convention Center 701 Harlingen Heights Dr Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 320-2373 www.harlingenconventioncenter.com 46 Hilton Garden Inn Harlingen 751 Harlingen Heights Dr Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 428-1400 www.hilton.com 51 Holiday Inn Resort 100 Padre Blvd South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 426-9066 gm@holidayinnpadre.com www.beachresortspi.com 72 Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard & Catering 334 S Texas Ave, Suite A Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 463-0925 josescafecitocourtyard@yahoo.com 64 Legends Restaurant Bar Patio 4901 Expressway 83, Suite 100 McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 984-8937 karina@legendsrbp.com www.legendsrpb.com

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55 Pearl South Padre 310 Padre Blvd South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-6551 deanna.pazos@pearlsouthpadre.com www.pearlsouthpadre.com 29 Quinta Mazatlan 600 Sunset Dr McAllen, TX 78505 (956) 681-3370 mackenzie.perez@mcallen.net www.quintamazatlan.com 57 Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport 2721 S 10th St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 628-7234 norma.guevara@radisson.com www.eventsbyradissonmcallen.com 41 The Barn at Tacubaya Ranch 687 FM 430 Encino, TX 78353 (361) 248-8169 sylvia@thebarntr.com www.thebarntr.com 31 Tierra Santa Golf & Event Center 1901 Club de Amistad Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 973-1811 emartinez@zreynalaw.com www.tierrasantaweslaco.com

Bartending Services

70 Dan’s Mobile Bar & Service By Appointment (956) 451-8190 TABC Certified dansmobilebarservice@gmail.com


WEDDING RESOURCE DIRECTORY 71 Señor Frog By Appointment (956) 533-3433 TABC Certified aldotapia@sc2000.com Facebook: SenorFrog Bartending 69 The Travel Bar San Benito, TX (956) 494-6260 jav05@aol.com

Bridal Fashions & Accessories

6 Tiscareno Bridal Couture 7001 N 10th St McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 682-6251 vonleibridal@gmail.com Facebook: Manuel Tiscareno

Bridal Registry & Gifts

Catering & Waitstaff

87 Euphoria Events RGV 2200 W Palma Dr, Suite 1 Palmview, TX 78572 (956) 313-2413 euphoria.eventsrgv@yahoo.com Facebook: Euphoria Events RGV 67 GrazeBox Co 704 S Closner Blvd Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 704-0158 Grazeboxco.rgv@gmail.com IG: grazebox_co 72 Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard & Catering 334 S Texas Ave, Suite A Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 463-0925 josescafecitocourtyard@yahoo.com

Construction

95 Aria’s Treasure Chest Co. By Appointment (956) 400-1489 ariastreasurechest25@gmail.com Facebook: Aria’s Treasure Chest Co

128 EG Construction (956) 867-5729 egconstructionrgv@gmail.com www.egconstructionrgv.com

168 Valley Wedding Pages Gift Registry www.valleyweddingpages.com

165 Wedding Planning Academy www.valleyweddingpages.com

Cakes & Sweets

Education

Event Planners

75 Honey’s Cakes By Appointment (956) 961-5164 hellohoneyscakes@gmail.com www.honeyscakesrgv.com

89 4Stanley Event Planning & Coordination By Appointment (956) 249-3630 4stanleyrentals@gmail.com www.4stanleyevents.com

77 Iris Street Bakery By Appointment (956) 533-4648 irisstreetbakery@gmail.com www.irisstreetbakery.com

23 Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas 114 W Corral St South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 433-3005 casamariposapadre@gmail.com www.casamariposaspi.com

79 Sweet Grace Pastry Shop 107 E Pecan Blvd, Suite C McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 624-0241 sweetgracepastryshop@gmail.com Facebook: Sweet Grace Pastry Shop 80 The Queen’s Kitchen Specializing in Dessert Bars By Appointment (956) 648-9259 aroyalcelebration@hotmail.com www.aroyalcelebration.com

83 Elevents Event Rentals & Event Design 215 Conquest Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 821-7636 elevents.events@gmail.com www.eleventsevents.com 72 Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard & Catering 334 S Texas Ave, Suite A Mercedes, TX 78570 (956) 463-0925 josescafecitocourtyard@yahoo.com

85 Kelian Fowler Wedding Planning & Design (956) 821-8885 By Appointment kfweddingplanning@gmail.com www.kfweddingplanning.com 91 Leticia Guerra Cantu Event Planner By Appointment (956) 648-8680

Florists

5 Cantu’s Special Events 121 E US Hwy 83 McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 843-0042 info@cantuspecialevents.com 1601 N 7th St McAllen, TX 78501

(956) 668-9475 rentals@cantuspecialevents.com www.cantuspecialevents.com

23 Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas

114 West Corral St South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 433-3005 casamariposapadre@gmail.com www.casamariposaspi.com

83 Elevents Event Rentals & Event Design 215 Conquest Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 821-7636 elevents.events@gmail.com www.eleventsevents.com 87 Euphoria Events RGV 2200 W Palma Dr, Suite 1 Palmview, TX 78572 (956) 313-2413 euphoria.eventsrgv@yahoo.com Facebook: Euphoria Events RGV

Health & Beauty

105 Beautiful Brides by Rosemary By Appointment (956) 337-8921 bbbyrosemary@yahoo.com www.bbbyrosemary.com 107 Besos Glamour By Appointment (956) 329-9495 www.besosglamour.com


WEDDING RESOURCE DIRECTORY 109 DaVinci Smiles By Appointment (956) 279-1280 davincismilesrgv@gmail.com Instagram: davincismiles 101 Ericka Somabel Med Spa 4434 S Jackson Rd, Suite C Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 682-6600 somabelmedspa@gmail.com www.erickasomabel.com

Officiants

23 Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas 114 W Corral St South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 433-3005 casamariposapadre@gmail.com www.casamariposaspi.com 93 The Perfect Union Officiants By Appointment (956) 299-3771 www.theperfectunionofficiants.com

103 Southern Beauty Spa Salon Photography 207 W Jackson St 117 Humberto Caballero Photography Harlingen, TX 78550 By Appointment (956) 734-5081 Brownsville, TX 78520 southernbeautyspa@outlook.com (956) 466-2154 www.southernbeautyspaandsalon.com hc.profoto@gmail.com www.humbertocaballero.com

Invitations & Calligraphy

95 Aria’s Treasure Chest Co. By Appointment (956) 400-1489 ariastresurechest25@gmail.com Facebook: Aria's Treasure Chest Co

115 Ilse Salinas Photography By Appointment (956) 867-4240 ilsesalinasphotography@gmail.com www.ilsesalinasphotography.com

98 San Antonio Printing 2913 W Business 83 McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 483-4870 sanantonioprinting@hotmail.com Facebook: San Antonio Printing

113 Indie Image Photography By Appointment (956) 207-9106 indieimage1@yahoo.com Facebook: Indie Image McAllen

97 The Write Girl By Appointment (956) 533-7353 thewritegirlhandwriting@gmail.com www.thewritegirlhandwriting.com

124 Remax Hacienda Hector Guerra, Jr. Broker/Branch Manager 2201 N Sugar Rd Pharr, TX 78577 (956) 782-9222 hguerra@remax.net www.hguerra.remax-texas.com

Jewelry

IFC Portillo Jewelers La Plaza Mall 2000 S 10th St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 971-0087 ricardoportillo@mac.com www.portillojewelers.com

Music

123 El Mariachi Continental

de Hector Guerra

By Appointment (956) 605-6200 hguerra@remax.net Facebook: Mariachi Continental de Hector Guerra

Real Estate

127 REMAX Platinum Jesscia Diaz, Realtor 612 W Nolana, Ste 200 McAllen, TX 78504 (210) 551-8053 jessciadiazzrealtor@gmail.com Instagram: Jessciadiaz.rgvrealtor

Rentals/ Lighting

5 Cantu’s Special Events

121 E US Hwy 83 McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 843-0042 info@cantuspecialevents.com

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1601 N 7th St McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 668-9475 rentals@cantuspecialevents.com www.cantuspecialevents.com 83 Elevents Event Rentals & Event Design 215 Conquest Edinburg, TX 78539 (956) 821-7636 elevents.events@gmail.com www.eleventsevents.com 87 Euphoria Events RGV

2200 W Palma Dr, Suite 1 Palmview, TX 78572 (956) 313-2413 euphoria.eventsrgv@yahoo.com Facebook: Euphoria Events RGV

Restaurants

62 2nd St Bistro

at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton 1800 S 2nd St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 686-3000 Ext 7117 www.mcallensuites-doubletree.com

62 Beachside Bar & Grill

at Pearl South Padre

310 Padre Blvd South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-6551 deanna.pazos@pearlsouthpadre.com www.pearlsouthpadre.com 62 Garden Grill & Bar

at Hilton Garden Inn Harlingen 751 Harlingen Heights Drive Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 428-1400 www.hilton.com

62 Legends Restaurant Bar Patio 4901 Expressway 83, Suite 100 McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 984-8937 karina@legendsrbp.com www.legendsrpb.com 63 Radisson Bar & Grill

at Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport 2721 S 10th St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 628-7234 norma.guevara@radisson.com www.eventsbyradissonmcallen.com


WEDDING RESOURCE DIRECTORY 63 Seaside Bar & Grill

at Holiday Inn Resort 100 Padre Blvd South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 426-9066 gm@holidayinnpadre.com www.beachresortspi.com

63 The Spanish Room

at Casa de Palmas

101 N Main St McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 631-1101 kmussenden@gfhotels.com www.wyndhamhotels.com 63 The Waterfall Grille

at Tierra Santa Golf & Event Center 1901 Club de Amistad Weslaco, TX 78596 (956) 973-1811 emartinez@zreynalaw.com www.tierrasantaweslaco.com

Room Accommodations

27 Capilla del Rio By Appointment 6506 E Highway 83 Rio Grande City, TX 78582 (956) 648-8680 capilladelrio6506@gmail.com Facebook: Capilla del Rio 53 Casa de Palmas 101 N Main St McAllen, TX 78501 (956) 631-1101 kmussenden@gfhotels.com www.wyndhamhotels.com

23 Casa Mariposa Venue & Villas 114 W Corral St South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 433-3005 casamariposapadre@gmail.com www.casamariposaspi.com 59 Doubletree Suites by Hilton 1800 S 2nd St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 686-3000 Ext 7117 arodriguez@doubletree-mcallen.com www.mcallensuites-doubletree.com 46 Hilton Garden Inn Harlingen 751 Harlingen Heights Dr Harlingen, TX 78552 (956) 433-9082 steven.villarreal@hilton.com 51 Holiday Inn Resort 100 Padre Blvd South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 426-9066 gm@holidayinnpadre.com www.beachresortspi.com 55 Pearl South Padre 310 S Padre Blvd South Padre Island, TX 78597 (956) 761-6551 deanna.pazos@pearlsouthpadre.com www.pearlsouthpadre.com 57 Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport 2721 South 10th St McAllen, TX 78503 (956) 628-7234 norma.guevara@radisson.com www.eventsbyradissonmcallen.com

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Transportation

IBC All Valley Limousine Service Valleywide 600 Ash Ave McAllen, TX 78502 (956) 630-5466 dwightyoder@hotmail.com www.allvalleylimo.com 121 Presidential Transportation Services By Appointment 200 W Expressway 83, Suite E San Juan, TX 78589 (956) 329-3002 Jflores2369@yahoo.com

Tuxedos

11 Tiscareno Bridal Couture 7001 N 10th St McAllen, TX 78504 (956) 682-6251 vonleibridal@gmail.com Facebook: Manuel Tiscareno

Videography

117 Humberto Caballero Photography By Appointment Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 466-2154 hc.profoto@gmail.com www.humbertocaballero.com 119 Memories in Motion Wedding Films By Appointment (956) 579-4136 memoriesinmotionrgv@gmail.com www.memoriesinmotionrgv.com


All Valley Limousine Service TRANSPORTATION

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he party bus, the grand limousine, the Town Car…all spectacular modes of transportation that offer you the VIP treatment. Along with these sleek vehicles, it is exceptional customer service that has made All Valley Limousine the top pick for any transportation needs throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Since 1989, All Valley Limousine Service has grown from a small business into a fleet with a wide selection of vehicles to choose from, professional chauffeurs that guarantee your safety and schedule, and 24-hour customer service. This dedication to customers started with Dwight Yoder’s interest in transportation in high school, and took off with his first limousine purchase. Gaining a reputation for catering to his client’s requests, Dwight is happy to offer his fleet of vehicles for any special occasion.

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