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The Simplifiers: Event Planning + Personal Concierge
512.695.7744
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Vendor Review: Strong Events


Strong Events


Strong Events is an Austin based event decoration company founded by Charles Strong more than 25 years ago.  Since then, they have created installations for more than 200 events across the state of Texas and elsewhere in the U.S and pride themselves on custom creating your ideas. They are the premiere theme decorating service in Texas and have a nationwide client base that relies on their expertise for festive events. Strong Events has worked closely with University of Texas, Marriott, Dell, Seton Hospitals, Four Seasons Hotel, Alamo Drafthouse, Hilton, Freescale, IBM, Austin City Limits and National Instruments.



Strong Events decorates for a variety of events including corporate, trade shows, weddings, theme parties, galas and festivals.  They pride themselves on having a staff of university trained craftsmen, artisans and painters with many of their artists having more than 20 years experience with the company. Their artists pay immense attention to detail and it shows in all of their unique work. Exquisite craftsmanship is their trademark and they consider event decor an art form. They go beyond table centerpieces and signage and create an event décor landscape which immerses guests into the theme world. Strong Events hand crafts almost everything in house in their production studio on the East Side in Austin.


Strong Events reports recent trends for corporate, theme parties and even weddings focuses on everything to do with the Austin Music Scene and “Keeping Austin Weird” and includes  giant guitars and statues of popular Austin icons.  In the past, this Austin theme has yielded some of their most unusual decorations: a  giant 6 foot bat and a Stevie Ray Vaughan statue. Other unusual decorations include a five foot 3-D glass slipper, a life sized stuffed camel, a corn field and fiber optic “fireworks” hung from the ceiling.  The most common theme for corporate parties is western (especially for clients coming from out of state). Additional event trends for weddings and corporate events include lounge furniture, lounge furniture, glossy dinner tables and bars that light up.


Minimum pricing for event décor starts at $2000 for weekend events but may be lower for weekday events or if you have worked with the company on other projects. 

If you are interested in discussing your decoration needs with Strong Events, please contact Whitney Hill, Sales Rep at whitney@strongevents.com. She can arrange a tour of the company's existing event décor stock and meet with you about handcrafting your ideas and turning you event décor dreams into reality.


The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for corporate events, weddings, social events and beyond. For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written by Dee Bryant,  The Simplifiers)
Rosehip Flora

Rosehip Flora is an Austin based full service floral design company that offers unique and truly beautiful floral arrangements. Specializing mostly in weddings and social events, they continue to dazzle their clients with trendy new bloom styles. Erin, the owner of Rosehip Flora,  is always looking for new ways to make your dream flowers and decor a reality.



This fall, bright and wild colors such as cobalt blue and bright orange have become popular in floral arrangements. Brides are also using more clustered and eclectic centerpieces for their weddings.


Located in East Austin, Rosehip Flora is available for events in most of Central Texas. They also offer a blog to give their clients and followers inspiration for floral arrangements, bouquets, centerpieces, and decor. You can also check out Rosehip Flora on Facebook!



The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for corporate events, weddings, social events and beyond. For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written by Ashley Durham,  The Simplifiers)

Mercury Hall
Austin, Texas


Looking for a venue for your wedding?  Fundraiser?  Anniversary party?  Luncheon?  Take a look at Mercury Hall and discover its sweet Texas charm.  This old turn of the century Baptist church, relocated to Austin in 1997 from Mercury, Texas, is nestled among a crown of towering oak trees close to downtown, right off of South 1st Street and Ben White Boulevard.
 


This historic structure, built in 1904, boasts stunning stain glass windows fitted into walls of white wainscoting giving you the opportunity to use the space as a blank canvas, creating your own unique atmosphere, or to use its existing simple and rustic beauty to highlight your event.  At night, little white lights fill the trees creating a romantic, serene setting that is absolutely gorgeous. 

The Main Hall of Mercury Hall is close to 1,400 square feet and can accommodate up to 120 guests.  When the weather permits, the patio and luscious grounds will allow space for up to 200 guests creating a spectacular outdoor setting.
 




Rates start at $400 and go up to $3,900 for exclusive rental of the building.  Mercury Hall is currently offering a 20% discount on available weekend dates through January 2011.  Book now and lock in your rates as prices will increase after the first of the year. 
 




Is your interest piqued?  Feel free to visit this historical, charming venue on your own during their  open house, each Saturday from 9-11am now through November (except October 2 and November 27).



For more information about Mercury Hall, please visit their website or call Herb, Events Manager, at 512-236-1226.
 

The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for corporate events, weddings, social events and beyond. For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written by Cari Chronert,  The Simplifiers)

A Review of The Winfield Inn

If you’re looking for a picturesque, Victorian style venue for your wedding, I recommend checking out The Winfield Inn located just minutes from Austin in Kyle, Texas. This site offers a beautiful area for outdoor weddings that includes a romantic gazebo with a backdrop of historic oak trees. The Winfield Inn also has a Garden Ballroom which is able to seat up to 500 guests for your special day.


 
The Garden Ballroom is a covered pavilion with high arches, French Empire Chandeliers, and Swarovski Crystal wall stones. It also has the ability to accommodate to any particular wedding style that you desire.  If looking to have an indoor wedding ceremony, the Garden Ballroom can easily be converted from a ceremony to a reception area. The on-site chef at the Winfield Inn offers seasonal menus, as well as themed menus. These include themes such as Caribbean, Latin American, Texas-style, Italian, and more. The Bake Shop at this venue offers a huge assortment of cakes, desserts, and breads to be served at your event.


 Rental Rates

Single day rates-includes use of Garden Ballroom and Grounds of the Estate
•    Friday- $1,600
•    Saturday-$3,400
•    Sunday-$1,400

Wedding Weekend rates-includes space for rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception, bridal brunch, 3 suites, complimentary breakfast for 6 guests, spa services and a catering discount!
•    Friday, Saturday, & Sunday-$5,000

Both single day and weekend rates include a free parking lot attendant!

Currently, The Winfield Inn is offering free smores and milk as a farewell snack to all of your guests when you book any event 2011!



The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for corporate events, weddings, social events and beyond.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written by Ashley Durham, The Simplifiers)

So, in our last post, we alluded to the fact that The Simplifiers were a part of the event planning team that produced TEDxAustin.  Where as a pyramid was not built by one person, this event was carried by a committee stronger than any WWE wrestling duo I've ever witnessed.  In fact, to date, this might have been one of the BEST committees we've ever been a part of, when planning an event.  Each key player brought their A-game, challenged themselves to higher levels of awesomeness and checked their egos at the door. 

No.  Small.  Feat.

The 2010 TEDxAustin event planning committee included:

Nancy Giordano
Purple Telescope
Licensee + TEDActive Alum + Event Evangelist
@nancygiordano

Jen Spencer
Jen Spencer Coaches
Speakers + Sponsors + Event Coach
@jenspencercoach

Stacy F.S. Weitzner
Bold Muse Creative
Creative + Communications + Voice
@StacyWeitzner

Shannon Mehner
Systems + Team Management + Miracles
@shannonmehner

Kelley Burrus
Olive&Oz Branded Events
Collateral + In-Kind Production + Charm
@kelleyburrus
 
Christopher Justice
Sparksight
Tech + A/V and Event Production + Reach
@MegaJustice

Sunni Brown
Bright Spot Information Design
Tech Lab + Archive + Brainpower
@SunniBrown

Jerry Giordano
Purple Telescope
Creative + Event Support + Humor
@JerryGiordano

...and:

Mary J. Baird-Wilcock
The Simplifiers
Event Experience + Production + Bedrock
@thesimplifiers

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I encourage you to click on each of their names above to learn more about them and their respective companies.  As for Shannon, consider her available and ready for any big project you've got in mind.  I for one, can definitely recommend her for database management, project management and any out of the box creative thinking project you might have.  It's nice to have a data ninja in your back pocket.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make magic.



The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for corporate events, weddings, social events and beyond. For some, the word "committee" spells N-I-G-H-T-M-A-R-E...for TEDxAustin, it was superheroes, super-collaboration, quite a few bagels and a skillet full of talented people to make an event memorable.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written by Mary Baird-Wilcock, member of the TEDxAustin event planning committee and Owner/Senior Event Planner of The Simplifiers)



 

Words cannot begin to describe the experience of being a part of the event planning team that brought forth TEDxAustin on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the KLRU/ACL Studios in Austin, Texas.

Pictures (incredible ones so far from event photographer: Kirk Tuck) give you a sneak peek inside the magic behind the massive studio doors of Studio 6-A:
Ruby Jane performs at TEDxAustin
(Ruby Jane, 15 year old fiddler performs at TEDxAustin)


(Mark McKinnon, TEDxAustin speaker, shares his life one bead at a time)

Sticky notes give you a hint at the spark of creativity busting at the seams of the attendees who participated in the day (created by Austin Kleon):

And other blog posts give you the insight of how the ripple effect can truly work:

The Simplifiers were brought onto the event planning team early on...back in July 2009...back when Owner, Mary Baird-Wilcock was still of one person and not carrying another one inside.  We were thrilled to be a part of the left brain aspects: logistics planning, budgets, spreadsheets and timelines and equally enjoyed conjuring up a handful of the right brain details: event design/experience, the red guitar on-stage, performer suggestions, the "Who Am I" cards on the tables and a crowd-favorite: the TEDtini....a red top shelf mexican martini with a twist!

So, what's next for TEDxAustin?  I say this is ONLY THE BEGINNING...if you liked what you experienced on Saturday, maybe consider becoming a fan of The Simplifiers here or follow us on Twitter.  Also, stay tuned to the TEDxAustin FB page and website...in the coming weeks, we'll post all of the TED talks from TEDxAustin, so you can share these with the world.

The best piece of advice we took away from TEDxAustin came from speaker, Carrie Contey, Phd.:

"Make the pause a priority in your life."

So friends (new and old) of The Simplifiers: 
...pause....process....and then CONNECT! 

...this will be our credo and promise to you, as event planners in 2010...


The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for corporate events, weddings, social events and beyond. Events are so much more than throwing a linen on a table...it's about connecting people that change the world.  We help create that space for connection. For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written by Mary Baird-Wilcock, member of the TEDxAustin event planning committee and Owner/Senior Event Planner of The Simplifiers)


Want to see a sneak peek into one of our favorite Austin client events this holiday season?



Here's some video clips from our client's theme party called "The White Party", a twist on the standard ho-hum holiday party...


All things white...the venue (Westwood Country Club) was decked out floor to ceiling in lush white duponi silk as the guests dressed in white, danced the night away to music from Blue Finger Disco.  The gourmet menu was crafted with an incredible assortment of white inspired foods, appetizers and desserts.  The open bar served white inspired beverages including White Peppermint Martinis, White Russians and even a mixed drink called "White Christmas!" 

The guests were given the VIP treatment from start to finish...boarding their personal (white) 55-person VIP coach from pre-party to main event and back to their hotel at the end of the night. 


A full crew of paparazzi photographers greeted them at the door...And two other complete different sets of photographers also covered the event, as well.  One of them was Catch the Moment, which provided a green screen photo booth for guests to take fun photos with their friends with a choice of custom made backgrounds.  Absolutely a BLAST!



Click here for more photos of this great Austin private party!

The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for social events, weddings, corporate and beyond.  "Cookie cutter" is not in our vocabulary...each client event is unique, memorable and downright AWESOME both for our client and guests!  Let us work for you in 2010. For more information, visit our Austin event planning website or call 512-695-7744.

(written by Mary Baird-Wilcock, The Simplifiers)

video provided by Mizera Digital Video

vendor review - Blue Note Bakery

We have to let you in on a little secret...we have a bit of a crush on this South Austin bakery! The make the very best, buttercream wedding cakes we've tasted. And if you want it in the shape of a pinball machine or a John Deere tractor, oh yeah, they do that too...


Angi at Blue Note tells us they use local ingredients to create their impressive list of flavors, mousses and icings & fillings. They even make their own fondant in house (honey rum fondant, yes please!!!).
The cakes are as beautiful as they taste! Whether you are looking for cake shaped like a guitar or a turntable or the all important wedding cake these artist can deliver a fantastic creation to you. They also offer "Small Bites" to use as favors, place settings and edible sculptures. Very cute!!!

If you are interested in more information you can set up an appointment by contacting them at 512.797.7367 or you can fill out a simple request for information on their website, http://www.bluenotebakery.com/.


Definitely put them on your list of must-tastes when wedding planning...

Blue Note Bakery
512.797.7367

The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for weddings, social events, corporate and beyond. Sweet details are our passion for your event...we've got the very best contacts in town for your wedding cake needs. Like a superhero sweet-tooth team. For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Christine Garcia, The Simplifiers)

vendor review - Hyde Park Photography


Great local photographer- Hyde Park Photography

http://www.hydeparkphoto.com/

 

There are many photographers in the Austin area but only one was voted “The Knot’s Best of Photography” two years in a row! Hyde Park Photography is owned and operated by Brad Lemon who believes that those special moments, expected or unexpected, should be captured on film. His website is filled with many pictures from his past projects to inspire and show off his brilliant eye. His website also has a blog which displays his photographs along with explanations and tips.

 

 

 

Brad Lemon and his wife photograph local Austin-area weddings and are also available for destination weddings. Recently, they traveled to photograph a wedding in Kauai, Hawaii...nice!

Hyde Park Photography does not have set packages that the couple can choose from, instead prices are based upon the amount of time you wish to have photographed. Collections start at $1950 and include a high resolution DVD as well as a website that displays your pictures for your friends and family.

 



For more information or to book Hyde Park Photography, contact Brad Lemon by phone at 512-797-8326 or by email at
info@hydeparkphoto.com.

 The Simplifiers Review: Joe Simon Productions, Austin, TX - 512- 330- 9500 ext. 113

A former BMX rider turned wedding cinematographer is offering a great service to brides...
 
Joe Simon Productions, located here in Austin, travels world wide to capture special moments on film and transform them into a story worthy of a major theater premiere. We are lucky enough to have them located right in our backyard! Offered in vintage or HD productions, even the most discerning bride will be swept off her feet by what these guys are able to put together...
 


More videos here:
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Can I just back up really quick and say....WORTH.  EVERY.  PENNY.

As an event planner, I believe the best thing to invest in for your wedding (besides a good planner!), is an excellent photographer and videographer...these are the things you will look back at 20, 30 or 50 years later.  They capture the essence of the moment and leave a lasting keepsake of your big day.  In short, don't skimp here.
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Joe Simon Productions even offers a "Same Day Edit" option where they are able to edit the beginning of the days footage to be shown during your wedding reception!
 
Pricing for their exceptional work varies between $2,499.00 to $5,000 depending upon what package suits your event best. Later this year they plan to launch a new sister video company where, Simon says, "I can put my knowledge of making high-end cinematic wedding videos into more budget-friendly productions." Be sure to check in on how that develops!
 
You can see more great examples of their work by checking out their blog here. If you would like to set up an appointment you can contact them at: 512.373.3427 or info@joesimonproductions.com.

The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for weddings, social events, corporate and beyond.  Capturing your big day on film or HD video is important, we know the right vendors in town you can trust with this task.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Christine Garcia, The Simplifiers)

 
The Simplifiers Review: One World Theatre, Austin, TX - 512- 330- 9500 ext. 113



 
Voted Austin’s best place to get married in May 2009, One World Theatre is a romantic Italian inspired villa located right inside Barton Creek near Westlake. This has not always been the case, however, the One World organization actually started out in 1993 as an education outreach program by Hartt Stearns and Iluminada. The co- founders wanted to “create performances and programs designed to enrich students' experiences of the arts and expand their knowledge of various world cultures”.  Since its start, One World has grown and blossomed to over 300 performances and workshops each school year, reaching over 50,000 students in grades K – 12.

 

In the summer of 1999, One World Theater came into being. Located in the heart of West Austin and just 10 minutes away from downtown Austin, the theater was “green built” and made to resemble a Tuscan villa.
One World Theatre has become a “premiere forum showcasing an eclectic mix of world-renowned performers...and a place where magic happens.”

 Click here for their online photo gallery of venue!

The relatively small venue (capacity of 300) displays a very intimate setting so the audience feels that it is actually part of the performance. Not only does the
One World Theatre hold concerts, it also holds weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions, and special and corporate functions.  One World Theater is equipped to handle all of your event needs!

 

On their website you will find many publications and personal praises for
One World Theatre. Please feel free to contact Valerie Schantz at 512- 330- 9500 ext. 113 or Valerie@oneworldtheatre.com for more information about events and pricing.

The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for weddings, social events, corporate and beyond.  With connections with over 50+ venues in Austin, The Simplifiers can help you find the perfect spot for your next special event.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Julianne Philpy, The Simplifiers)



A great DJ for your event is hard to find…


…but luckily we have found DJ Josh Wilkinson with Penguin Entertainment. I recently spoke with him and asked him 10 important questions that people should ask a DJ before hiring them and here are his answers:

 

Q. What should clients look for when hiring a DJ?  

A. There are the obvious things such as references and years of experience and knowledgeability, but the single most important thing is to look for a personality match. The DJ is one of the most visible vendors at your event and will represent you before your family, friends and coworkers, so it's vital that you 'click' with your DJ.  They should demonstrate a deep commitment to understanding exactly what you want for your event and should exemplify the type of personality you'd best like in your event's host.

 

Q. What type of music do you play?  

A. Since most of our events include groups of wide and varying groups, we provide music from all genres and eras, including big band, oldies, classic and current rock, disco, 80s, 90s and contemporary hits, country (including Texas country), Tejano and Latin, as well as some local and independent selections.

 

Q. How do you handle requests from guests at the event?  

A. Taking requests is a great way of learning your audience and we often encourage it.  We do however make sure to gently decline to play anything offensive or that our clients have put on their 'don't play' list or that wouldn't serve the function well.

 

Q. Can you talk a little about how you emcee events. How does it work for weddings vs. non weddings?  

A. How we emcee is first determined by our clients' tastes and preferences.  Some prefer minimal hosting while others like the emcee to take the spotlight a lot.  Most commonly, for both weddings and non-weddings, clients opt for something in-between those two extremes.  As a company, we specialize in very natural hosting; that is, for events that want someone to host and guide and engage the guests but without the more extreme 'comedian' or clownlike aspects.  A lot of people are concerned about making sure their emcee isn't obnoxious or loud and we're very good at keeping our performances stylish.

 

The main difference between weddings and non-weddings is usually in the number of announcements.  Weddings typically have the most announcements as they have more traditions to include.  Non-weddings, like company parties or anniversaries or reunions, generally require fewer announcements.  But again, it all depends on what the goals for each event are.

 

Q. What do you wear when you DJ?  

A. Traditionally we wear a tuxedo.  Other events may call for a suit-and-tie or 'cocktail formal'.

 

Q. How many breaks do you take and is music played during those breaks?  

A. Typically, for 4 or 5 hour performances, we don't take any breaks unless we're working with a band, in which case obviously we play durin g each other's breaks.

 

Q. How much time do you need to set up your equipment?  

A. It takes only about 30-40 minutes for a standard set-up, though we arrive 2-3 hours prior to each event to be sure there's plenty of time for sound check or any unforeseen circumstances.

 

Q. How long have you been a DJ?  

A. Personally, I've been DJing for 25 years, professionally for 16.  The other Penguin DJs have from 1 year to 13 years of experience.

 

Q. How much do you charge for events?  

A. A standard 4 hour event for up to 250 guests runs between $995-$1495, depending on the emcee you select.

 

Q. How can our clients contact you to hire you?  

A. I can be reached through our website at www.PenguinEntertainment.com, by email at Joshua@PenguinEntertainment.com, or by phone at 512/488-3037.

  • Voted Best of The Knot 2007
  • Voted Best of Citysearch 2007 and 2006
  • Voted Editors’ Choice of Citysearch 2006

 

 


I hope this answers some of the questions you have when hiring a DJ!

 

The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering full service event planning for weddings, social events, corporate and beyond...we know the right vendors who keep the beat going and the dancefloor hopping all night long.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Julianne Philpy, The Simplifiers)


Review: Junk Busters USA

At The Simplifiers, our motto is "we help people simplify their lives."  And so naturally, a business like Junk Busters USA is like peanut butter to our jelly, stripes to our zebra or spandex to the 80s....a naturally perfect match for our clients.

While The Simplifiers offer services such as:

...Junk Busters USA takes away the junk!



Once we've done the hands-on work, Junk Busters USA offers junk removal, hauling away all of the unneeded stuff.  This could include a myriad of items including:
  • old furniture, appliances, mattresses
  • household items, clothing, boxes
  • office junk, cabinets, desks, tables, chairs, paper
  • patio furniture, BBQ grills, tires
and even...
  • remodel/construction debris, lumber and drywall
  • old refrigerators, hot tubs, sheds and mobile homes...seriously.
We appreciate their approach to junk removal, where they specifically take careful attention to minimize what goes into the landfill by recycling as much as possible that they remove off-site.  Therefore, lumber and home remodeling items get donated to Habitat for Humanity, while old furniture, clothing and appliances go to Goodwill and Savers

How do they do it, you ask?

They load the items into their trucks in waves, putting recyclable items in first, then debris last, carefully separated for easy unload at the different locations. GENIUS!


as seen on TLC's While You Were Out!

Call them at 512-249-5500 and ask for The Simplifiers special discount, on your next junk removal.
Junk Busters USA



The Simplifiers are Austin's top event planning and personal concierge firm, offering home reorganization, home staging, garage shape-ups, maid service and so much more to help clients remove the clutter and make life simplier.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Mary Baird-Wilcock, The Simplifiers)



Review: Merveille Flowers & Events

Review: Merveille Flowers & Events, for all of your floral and event design needs

http://www.merveilleevents.com/

 Most flower companies have enough to deal with just arranging flowers, but not Merveille Flowers & Events.  In fact, they are a multi-faceted flower company that also handles event design!


Located in the heart of Austin, Texas, Merveille Flowers & Events is owned and operated by Amy, who is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and has a background in floral design with top companies in New York City.  She opened her company in Austin in October 2006 and has been designing here ever since. Currently, Merveille’s clients are wedding-based, but Amy is not opposed to doing private events and branching out to different event sectors.

 The event-design aspect of Merveille is very detail-oriented. Amy works with the event coordinator, client, venue managers and any other personnel to develop a custom design that is perfect for the event. She works to help create the vision with theme, color, and style. She is budget conscientious and can help make any event beautiful while staying within the given budget.

 Amy is a very hands on florist who genuinely cares for all of her clients. Please contact Amy for more information or to book her for your next event!

 

Design@Merveilleevents.com

(512) 419- 8480

The Simplifiers Event Planning offers full service and day-of coordination wedding planning for clients, working with the very best floral vendors in town to complete your event decor vision.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Julianne Philpy, The Simplifiers)




Simplify your life and get rid of that wedding dress hanging in your closet!
 


 
If you are like many brides, your wedding dress is hanging around while you decide what to do with it now that your wedding day is over. We have a great idea for you...

Join "Brides Against Breast Cancer" (http://bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/) and donate your dress; it will be refurbished and sold at one of their many "Nationwide Tour of Gowns" sales.



The donations enable "Making Memories" (http://makingmemories.org/),  sister company to "Brides Against Brest Cancer",  to grant final wishes to women and men suffering from terminal breast cancer. For more information on dress donations and to read stories from those who's dreams have been granted visit http://www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/ .
 
All donations can be sent to:
Gown Donations
Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation
2553 NW Division Street
Gresham, OR 97030 
 
pretty cool idea!

Plus, they're bringing the dress sale to Houston soon...click here for details.

The Simplifiers Event Planning offers full service and day-of coordination wedding planning for clients and can help you before, during and after the wedding.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Christine Garcia, The Simplifiers)


 


Hope you were able to make it by the Mueller Browning Hangar last weekend for the AIA Austin Awards Gala. As the clouds parted and clear skies emerged, we were thankful to produce an incredible evening under the stars at the Mueller Browning hangar.

The live music by Mr Fabulous & Casino Royale was pretty incredible to hear bellowing out over the Mueller Lake Park. The 1940s inspired food was near perfection, provided by Austin Catering. The cigarette girls, the 1940s air stewardess/hostess and even the specially crafted AIA Austin pilot wings were the icing on the cake.



To read more about the event and see photos, visit Michael Barnes' (Austin American-Statesman)' blog:
http://budurl.com/AIAGalareview1


Mary Baird-Wilcock
The Simplifiers Event Planning
512-695-7744
www.thesimplifiers.com
August 2009 brides, never fear...The Simplifiers are here!

Just four more months until your big day and honey, you're doing great.  The venue is booked, the dress is getting altered, but man o man are the invitations, seating charts, decor plan, floral, imprinted bev napkins and your future mother in law giving you a bit of trouble?

Don't worry, we're here to help...

The Simplifiers are offering a special $50 off for August 2009 brides who book their wedding package (either full service planning or day-of coordination) with us before April 30th, 2009. 



Read the Austin Wedding Blog for more details on how to redeem this special offer!

Weddings are a full time job...let us help you simplify!

Review:  The Red House B&B, Austin TX

Having out of town guests come to your event can be quite wonderful. It is always nice to see friends and family from afar. However, it can also be stressful to help them find housing that is appealing yet affordable. There are alternatives to the old standard hotels and motels along the highway. Bed and Breakfasts are always a good choice as are local rental homes.
 

 

Today, I want to tell you about The Red House, a very “Austintacious” rental cottage located in the lovely Travis Heights district of South Austin, just 3 blocks off the famous South Congress entertainment district.
 



The Red House is a lovely, remodeled, fully modernized, 1926 bungalow style home featuring two full bedrooms and a loft and can sleep up to five. There is plenty of room for everyone in this quaint cottage. Each of the comfy bedrooms has a queen bed complete with lush organic cotton linens. For those of us who can’t decide what to pack, the master bedroom offers a full walk in closet. In addition to the bedrooms the house offers a loft furnished with a futon which is suitable to accommodate one adult or a child over 12.  For those who like to cook, the house features a complete kitchen with all of the modern amenities including a dish washer and coffee grinder. The dinning area seats up to 4 people truly setting it apart from the hum-drum hotel environment. There is also one full bath and a half bath.

 



Aside from the many amenities that it has to offer, including wi-fi internet access and DVD player, the house is located within walking distance to the trendy South Congress shopping area. With its many funky shops, tasty restaurants, and of course music venues; SoCo is a true Austin experience for out of town visitors. Also, Zilker Park with it’s many hike and bike trails and Barton Springs, is just a short car ride away.

 

The Red House can be rented nightly, weekly, or monthly. Rates very depending on the season, but are always reasonable. For more information on the Red House, visit http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p235120 or call Dani or Joel at: 512-586-2725.
 

The Simplifiers Event Planning offers full service and day-of coordination wedding planning for clients and can help you find the perfect accommodations for your out of town guests.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Leah Neas, The Simplifiers)

Go Go Green Wedding with The Simplifiers!

GO GO GREEN WEDDING!

 

Everyone is green or claims to be! But what does it really mean to be green? How can we be sure?

Start by asking yourself these questions:

How is what I am doing impacting the Environment?

Am I contributing to the suffering of animals?

 

Understanding why you want to be green is important because it gives you reasons so one may develop and understanding of its importance. All the passion one feels for protecting the environment should be channeled in an intelligent way. Yes?! Research and journal your personal reasons to fully understand the reasons to go green they do differ from person to person.

 

Check out Soolip to learn about the latest trends on how the celebrities are going green.

 

Check out this video to get inspired! These cultures are doing really amazing things to be one with nature. 

 

Here are just a few ways to have a green wedding:

  • Compost floral and food left overs
  • Second hand
  • Rent Furniture and recycle textiles and decor
  • Recycle bins available throughout event
  • Carpool
  • Second hand/ Vintage dresses

 

And of course contact The Simplifiers for the most professional advice on having a Green Wedding.

 

The Simplifiers Event Planning offers full service and day-of coordination wedding planning for clients and can help you "green" your wedding and lower your event's carbon footprint impact on the environment.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Naomi Rieger, The Simplifiers)



Imagine if you got all of Austin's top event planners together to plan the ultimate event of the year...and better yet, it all benefited an incredible non-profit like The Wright House Wellness Center, which gives care and compassion to Central Texans living with or at risk of chronic illnesses by providing resources for support, education and empowerment.

How great would that be?

Well, it's a reality!  Happening this Thursday, March 5th, 2009 from 6-10pm at the UT Alumni Center, CulinART will showcase the best of the best in the Austin event planning industry with gourmet hor d’oeuvres and mini courses, open bar with signature vodka cocktails/beer & wine, complimentary valet, futuristic decor -- including tabletop centerpiece showcase and competition, live and silent auction with incredible packages! 

This is a truly unique event that fuses a focus on art and local artists as well as local chefs, in which we'll have two celebrity chefs (Bud Royer of Royer's Cafe and Hoover Alexander of Hoover's) battle it out on stage during dinner, in an "Iron Chef" style cooking competition. 

This event is produced by the Austin chapter of a professional organization called ISES (International Special Events Society) of which The Simplifiers are an active member of. 

Not only have we served on a couple of committees to help plan this event, we're also designing a futuristic centerpiece for one of the VIP dining tables that we think will knock peoples' socks off when they see it!

There are only a handful of tickets remaining for this event...to purchase yours, click here to visit the CulinART website for details.

Hope to see you out there!



CulinART: A Fantasy of the Healing Arts
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
UT Alumni Center - 2110 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin

6-10pm
Silent, Live and Fine Art Auctions
Complimentary Valet Parking
Live Entertainment with a "futuristic twist!"

Click here to buy tickets!


This week we want to tell you about Verbena Floral Design, located at 9 Jefferson Square on 38th Street. Verbena Floral Design has been busy designing centerpieces and bouquets for Austin events, dinner parties, and brides for seven years. They specialize in weddings, events, and unique gifts.

Your personality is of utmost importance to the designers at Verbena. The staff and designers at Verbena are passionate about flowers and quality. They work hard to create arrangements that express who you are. You can choose to pick up your one of a kind creation at their location at Jefferson Square, or they also deliver anywhere within the city limits.

 


If you are in the area of Jefferson Square, stop by the shop and peruse their extraordinary gift selection. Verbena boasts rare new and vintage gifts that are sure to please the person who “has it all”. They have a wide variety of gifts ranging from jewelry to garden and home decor.

For more information visit their website at: http://www.verbena.com.

 

To set up an appointment with one of their designers, call: 512-420-0720

or e-mail: email@verbena.com.

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The Simplifiers Event Planning
 offers full service and day-of coordination wedding planning for clients and can help you find the right florist to design your bouquet, centerpieces and boutonnieres.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

(written in part by Leah Neas, The Simplifiers)

Looking for a venue that won't break the bank?



Adora Hall is an Austin-based event venue, specializing in weddings and other special occasions such as corporate events, concerts, fundraisers and birthday parties. It is located in north Austin close to the intersection of Mopac & Parmer Lane.



This hall is a large open space that accommodates up to 295 people, depending on the type of event; and is even on the cheaper side from what I have seen/heard for venue rental pricing in the Austin area! Adora allows any catering and/or beverage service to be brought in from outside (this is a nice extra; many venues require their catering to be purchased in order to rent their venue).

As for décor, besides the hanging chandeliers, you could say Adora Hall is essentially a “blank pallet.” The space offers you the chance to be either be plain, simple and original or the complete opposite and be creative while jumping outside the box (if you want!) because it’s open floor plan allows for the opportunity of an event to be designed or laid out in many different ways.


Rental Rates: (paid in full 30+ days before the event date)

Sunday–Thursday 8 hours: $1500 12 hours: $1800

Friday – Saturday 8 hours: $2200 12 hours: $2500

Additional Hours Before/After Midnight: $100/hr $300/hr

Damage/Maintenance Deposit: $500 (paid at time of rental agreement)

The rental rate includes the use of: (rentals can get expensive, even if you choose to use/rent other equipment (tables, chairs), it’s nice that the venue rental includes these…just in case they are needed!)

  • 15-60" round tables

  • 150 chairs

  • 13 rectangular tables

  • Bar area with a refrigerator

  • Changing rooms

  • Lighted parking lot

Adora Hall
12200 North Mopac Expy
Austin, TX 78758

www.adorahall.com

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For more information on cost effective venue options in Austin, call The Simplifiers at 512-695-7744, your full service event planners, specializing in wedding planning and day-of coordination.

(written in part by Lindsay Struble, The Simplifiers)

Best wedding toast...ever!


We must admit, we love quirky things like this...they make our toes tingle and whip out the jazz hands on cue.

Do you have a bridal party who's talented in the arts of musical theatre?  If so, check out this unique musical-style (surprise!) wedding toast video:

http://amcvideo.com/weddings_blog/?p=30

Totally, absolutely, 100% love it!

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The Simplifiers Event Planning offers full service and day-of coordination wedding planning for clients who like to keep it eclectic, fun, and quirky.  For more information, visit www.thesimplifiers.com or call 512-695-7744.

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