Historic Grounds and Classic Car

Historic Grounds and Classic Car

August 2020

Venue:1850 Settlement
Location:San Antonio, Texas
Colors:Navy Blue, Gold
Attire:Texas Formal
Ring Bearer(s):Chewie (Fur Baby)
Flower Girl(s):Leaha and Mollie (Fur Babies)
Hairstylist:Love, Lipstick and Lashes
Makeup Artist:Love, Lipstick and Lashes
Photographer:Humber Photography
Cake:Cake Crumbs
Other Desserts:Churros from Honchos – The House of Churros
Caterers:Bar-B-Cutie Smokehouse
Bartenders:Cosmo Camper
DJ:Bad Boy Al
Officiant:Johnny Vaughm
Transportation:SA Limo
Mobile Pet Groomer:    Harry Pawter

What made this day unique?

The location is gorgeous. There is a small airfield right behind the venue, so small Cessnas flew overhead throughout the day. The outdoor area is extremely spacious with two historic buildings, which are the original homestead and the settlement stagecoach station. As the Bridal Party had their hair and makeup done, the couple’s three dogs also had their hair done by a mobile groomer since they were the ring bearer and flower girls.  The ceremony was outdoors and in front of a gigantic tree and with a blue sky overhead. Guests were entertained with music and beverages served out of a small antique camper.  The Wedding Party entered the reception hall with WWE-themed music playing as they were announced during the Grand Entrance. The getaway car was a Rolls Royce, which arrived early allowing guests admire the antique care and take pictures.  In addition to the cake, the reception included a dessert bar, which included churros (a favorite for the couple).

How Central Texas Planner helped?

Upon arrival, the coordinator checked in with the bride, assisted with some decorating needs, identified where Bride’s and Groom’s belongings were, as well as obtained the marriage license. When guests began to arrive, the coordinator met them near the parking lot by one of the historic buildings, took their temperatures, asked them to sanitize their hands, and sign the guest book. They were able to tour the small building before exiting to make their way to the ceremony site.

To prevent congestion and keeping 6-foot social distancing in mind, the coordinator released one table at a time after the Wedding Party went through the line first. Once everyone had their food, the coordinator verified that the DJ and Photographer were ready, provided some advice and information to the toasters, ensured they and the newlyweds had drinks for toasts to begin. As the First Dance took place, the coordinator informed the Father of the Bride that he would be next to dance with his daughter, as well as speaking to the Mother of the Bride. The cake cutting followed where the coordinator assisted the bride and groom on where to stand, how to hold the knife and cut. The Dance Floor opened, and the coordinator went to work cleaning the bride and groom suites and tables. She checked on the bride and groom to see if they were good, and then went to work on cleaning the ceremony site. At the appropriate time, the coordinator went back in to make sure the bride and groom were ready for the bouquet and garter toss. The DJ and Photographer were then notified, and the coordinator worked with the bride and the girls on where to stand followed by the guys. Once the last key element was completed, the coordinator went back around to cleanup any trash from the tables, and then started clearing décor from empty tables and appropriately packing them. She then worked with the DJ to gather guests outside for the sendoff, informed the couple on what to expect, and then assisted with lighting the sparkers once the photographer gave the thumbs up. After the sendoff, the coordinator went back into help the family teardown decorations until it was time for her to leave.

NOTE: The bride paid for an 8-hour timeframe that ended before cleanup was completed. Central Texas Planner works with the couple to determine what timeframe works best. If a venue does not require a coordinator, the couple has the flexibility to stick with the original time frame or update the contract to include more time if needed as the agenda is built.