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Giving Thanks: We Are So Grateful for You!

 

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, we are reminded that we just have so much to be thankful for around here! It has been a big year for us at A Stylish Soiree, and we wanted to take a moment to say thanks.

 

To our wonderful brides…

We love working with with each and every one of you! Being part of your love story is such an honor, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to bring your wedding vision to life. You are the reason we love what we do! Thank you for entrusting us with your most special day.

 

To our wonderful vendors…

We could not do it without you! We are continually amazed by the creativity, helpfulness, and professionalism you bring to every event. Our team is so lucky to work with vendors who care about our brides as much as we do. We see you hustling to make every event a memorable one; we see your behind-the-scenes work to make every event as seamless as possible. Your dedication and passion inspire us every weekend. Thank you for all that you do!

 

To our team at A Stylish Soiree…

We couldn’t be more grateful for this group of awe-inspiring ladies (and Todd!). From Kerrie’s gracious leadership and floral creativity, to Chloe and Samantha’s planning expertise and passion, to our floral team’s weekend muscle… Everyone on our team goes the extra mile to serve our clients and make A Stylish Soiree the best it can be. Thank you!

 

Sneak Peek: Christine + Andrew

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner: Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

We are thrilled to unveil a few sneak peeks of Christine and Andrew’s big day, thanks to Tracy Autem Photography! This stunning modern wedding at The Nasher Sculpture Center is one for the books. Take a peek now, and check back soon to see the full gallery of Christine and Andrew’s special celebration!

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner - Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner - Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner - Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner - Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner - Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner - Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner - Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner - Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner - Nasher Sculpture Garden Wedding

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding Planner: A Stylish Soiree
Wedding Florist: A Stylish Soiree
Venue: Nasher Sculpture Center Garden
Photography: Tracy Autem Photography
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Videography: Shark Pig Weddings
Entertainment: Absolute Entertainment
Gown: Bridal Boutique of Lewisville
Makeup: Maitee Miles
Hair Styling: Daniel Lewis
Rentals: Lawson’s Event Rentals, Perch Decor (Lounge Furniture)
Linens: BBJ Linens

 

Thoughtful Ways to Express Thankfulness at Your Wedding

 

It’s that time of year! Thanksgiving is here, providing a good reason to reflect on our many blessings. But a holiday certainly isn’t necessary to express our gratitude… Weddings are a year-round opportunity to show a little extra thankfulness for the people you love.

Our couples always amaze us with their kindness and thoughtfulness. We often get the same question from our brides: “What can I do to thank my guests?” Or, “What’s something special I can do to thank my _____ (mom/dad/sister/grandma)?”

Whether you want to thank the entire guest list, or simply spotlight that one special person… we’re here to help! Here are a few of our favorite ways to say “thank you” to the people who mean the most on your special day:

 

FOR ALL GUESTS

 

  • Wedding Welcome Bags: Do you have a lot of out-of-town guests? Provide a thoughtful Welcome Bag for each guest upon arrival at their hotel. Most Welcome Bags include a few snacks, sweet treats, water or soda, and a couple of local goodies. You can also include a printed note thanking guests for traveling to be present on your special day.
  • Program or Menu Note: Feel free to add a short note to your program or menu thanking guests for being part of your special day. Guests will appreciate the personalized touch!
  • DJ Shout Out: Chat with your DJ about a shout out to your friends and family. He can include a big thank you to all the guests before introducing the newlyweds, or at the end of the night before the last song (or maybe even hand you the mic for a word of thanks!)
  • Favors: Favors are the perfect token of gratitude for all your guests. Let guests take home a memento of your celebration, and be sure to attach a personalized little “thank you” tag.
  • Handwritten Thank You Notes: Don’t be tempted to skip the thank you notes after the big day is over. A handwritten thank you note will never go out of style, and it is absolutely necessary. We know it may seem a bit daunting at first, but writing thank you notes won’t be as bad as you think! Order some pizza or pour some champagne and make a date-night out of it. You and your new spouse can tackle it together and be done in no time!

 

FOR SPECIAL LOVED ONES

 

  • Day-Of Gifts: nothing says “thank you” like a thoughtful gift. Consider wrapping a sweet present for your groom, along with a heartfelt letter. You might also deliver a token of gratitude to your parents—a small gift or a thoughtful note will definitely make an impression.
  • Ceremony Role: A small ceremony role is a wonderful way to honor a loved one. Ask them to be a reader, usher, or member of your house party.
  • Raise a Toast: A toast is a great way to thank someone publicly for their love and support. The bride may wish to give a short toast to her parents (especially if her parents are hosting the wedding), or to someone who has particularly influenced her life (like a grandmother or sister).
  • May I Have This Dance? Special dances aren’t limited to father/daughter and mother/son. You can plan for a moment on the dance floor with someone you love—perhaps a favorite sentimental song with your grandpa, or a funny dance with your brother. Have fun with it!
  • Family Photos: Displaying framed photographs of your parents and/or grandparents is a lovely way to honor your heritage. And trust us, the grandparents love it!
  • Honor Loved Ones Who Could Not Attend: Sometimes special loved ones are unable to attend your big day—elderly grandparents in particular may not be able to travel. If you’re missing someone on the big day, include a note at the ceremony: For those who could not travel to be with us today, but are celebrating in spirit. You can include this note on the program, or in a frame next to a memory rose. Save a program to send to them, and be sure to share photos!

 

Which one sounds like a good fit for your big day? We’d love to hear all about it and help you plan all the details. Get in touch so we can start planning!

Anna + Jed

Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW | A Stylish Soiree

Sometimes you get to work with a couple that is just so excited to get married. They can’t wait to get down the aisle and start their lives together as husband and wife. That was Anna and Jed! As much as we love all the personal details and gorgeous décor, we had one overarching goal for these two sweethearts: a stress-free experience that would allow them to soak up every moment of their much-anticipated wedding day.

The happy couple tied the knot in a stunning lakeside ceremony, surrounded by overjoyed family and friends. Anna and Jed wanted a rustic wedding with a modern pop of color—and we love the final result! The picturesque venue and Texas barbecue menu maintained a rustic feel, while pops of purple and fuchsia floral added a modern twist.

One of our favorite details was the custom coffee bar from Lattes on Location. Guests could request their own custom-flavored coffee beverage, carefully concocted by an on-site barista. It was a personal touch that guests absolutely loved!

As for floral design, we brought plenty of texture in a vibrant color scheme. From bouquets and boutonnieres to the ceremony arch and reception centerpieces, the floral arrangements provided a cohesive pop of color throughout the event décor.

It was a pleasure to plan this special day for Anna and Jed! We have no doubt that they are destined for a lifetime of happiness together.

 

Thanks to Anna for the incredibly kind words!

A Stylish Soiree was the best investment I made for my wedding. Samantha and Chloe were INCREDIBLE! If there was anything that went wrong during my wedding I would not have known! They made sure everything ran smoothly and if I needed anything they were there for assistance. Before the wedding they coordinated all my vendors on when to arrive and what all to bring and made sure everyone in my wedding party and the vendors had a detailed timeline on when to arrive and when everything was taking place. They are extremely responsive to emails, texts, and calls and they truly made my wedding day perfect. Also, Kerrie did our florals and they could not have been more perfect. She made sure to include everything I wanted and used the perfect flowers to make everything beautiful. I have gotten so many compliments on the florals and decor at the wedding! Thank you to A Stylish Soiree for making my wedding perfect and making everything 100% stress free the week of my wedding! (:

 

Wedding Planners DFW | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

 

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

Wedding Planners DFW, Wedding Florist | A Stylish Soiree: Anna + Jed

 

Vendors
Wedding Planners DFW: A Stylish Soiree
Wedding Flowers: A Stylish Soiree
Photography: Rafael Serrano Photography
Venue: Thistle Springs Ranch
Catering: Roscoe’s Smokehouse
Bartending: JC Bartending
Hair and Makeup: Kiss and Makeup 
Gown: Bridal Boutique of Lewisville
Cake: Stir Crazy Baked Goods
Entertainment: Toast Entertainment
Event Staff: Trinity Event Staffing
Coffee Bar: Lattes on Location
Hotel Accommodations: The Liberty
Transportation: Cowtown Charters, Vintage Limos

Shannon + Stephen

Shannon + Stephen

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen’s Dallas Wedding

 

We’re thrilled to unveil photos from Shannon and Stephen’s special wedding day! The Della Monicas tied the knot at The Room on Main in Downtown Dallas. It was our pleasure to be their wedding planner and florist for the big day!

Shannon was such a beautiful bride—inside and out. Her sweet personality was the guiding light behind this wedding-day experience. Her thoughtful gestures made guests feel so welcomed and loved… from personalized champagne glasses to candy favors for the kids, Shannon thought of everything.

This ballroom ceremony and reception captured refined taste and classic elegance. Blush and gold will always be a classic wedding color palette, especially combined with traditional ivory flowers. From bridal bouquet to head table arrangements, these floral designs couldn’t have been more tasteful or elegant.

The happy couple enjoyed heartfelt toasts from their loved ones, exchanged delectable bites of wedding cake, raised a champagne glass, and danced the night away—the first night of a lifetime as husband and wife.

It’s easy to see the love between these two sweethearts. We are so lucky to work with the sweetest couples—and Shannon and Stephen were no exception. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Della Monica!

Take a look at Shanon and Stephen’s classically elegant wedding celebration:

 

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas | Shannon + Stephen's Dallas Wedding - A Stylish Soiree

Special thanks to our team of incredible wedding vendors! We couldn’t have done it without you; thank you for making Shannon and Stephen’s big day so special.

Vendors

Classic Wedding Planner Dallas: A Stylish Soiree
Floral Design: A Stylish Soiree
Venue: The Room on Main
Photography: For the Love of It
Videography: Toast Entertainment
Beauty: Neiman Marcus Salon
Catering: CN Catering
Ceremony Music: Forte Strings Quartet
Entertainment: LeForce Entertainment
Cake: Annie’s Culinary Creations
Transportation: MBEG Limos
Getaway Vehicle: DFW Vintage Cars
Officiant: Nicholas Morelli
Stationery: Funky Olive Design

 

Ready to plan your own special day? Whether you’re looking for a classic wedding planner or a modern twist, our team would be honored to bring your dream wedding to life. We specialize in planning unique celebrations that reflect your vision. Inquire with us to learn more!

Watch Out For These Sneaky Wedding Expenses

Don't Let These Sneaky Wedding Expenses Take You By Surprise!

 

It’s no secret: your wedding day is an investment. Whether your budget is big or small (or somewhere in between), the financial side of planning a wedding can be tricky. The big-ticket items take first priority: venue, catering, planner, photographer, florals, and entertainment. And then you’ll explore additional vendors: gown, hair and makeup, stationery, cake/dessert, and transportation.

There are plenty of helpful budgeting tools out there, but we’ve noticed that they aren’t always comprehensive. In addition to all the vendors listed above, there are some sneaky expenses that can slip into your budget! Plan ahead so these sneaky wedding expenses don’t take you by surprise:

    • Stamps: these add up fast! Standard postage is $.49 per stamp. Depending on your stationery design, you may need need additional postage to deliver large or bulky envelopes. Plus, you’ll need to purchase an additional stamp for each RSVP envelope (it’s proper etiquette for you to include pre-stamped RSVP envelopes within your suite).

      And that’s not all! Don’t forget—you’ll be writing quite a few thank you notes during engagement (and after). Each thank you note will also require a postage stamp—so now we’re up to at least 3 stamps per household. For such a small detail, the stamps can add up: $.49 x 3 = $1.47 per each household. $1.47 x 200 households = $294 added to the cost of your invitation suite (and we didn’t even include Save-the-Dates here).

    • Manicures: it’s likely that you’ll be getting quite a few manicures while you’re engaged. Make sure your nails are ready for their close-up, especially on the big day (and before important photo sessions, like engagements or bridal portraits). Salon visits can add up, but a little pampering for the busy bride-to-be is worth every penny!
    • Undergarments: your dress may require a little extra consideration when it comes to wedding-day undergarments (especially for plunging-neckline, strapless, backless, or sheer gowns). Don’t forget to think about lingerie, shapewear, and/or garters before the big day arrives!
    • Gown Cleaning and Preservation: after you’ve tied the knot, you will likely want to send your gown out for cleaning and preservation. Fees for these services may range from $250–$700.
    • Gift for Your Bride- or Groom-to-be: we love the new tradition of exchanging gifts with your sweetheart on the wedding day. Send an engraved watch or a pair of personalized cufflinks to your soon-to-be husband, along with a note to tell him how excited you are to see him on the aisle.
    • Welcome Bag Delivery Fees: welcome bags are a thoughtful touch for out-of-town guests, but they can add an unexpected cost to your wedding budget. Altogether, each bag may cost anywhere from $5–$10 (or more, if you’re super generous!). But there may also be a delivery fee from the hotel distributing the bags to guests. Be sure to ask each concierge as you arrange room blocks.
    • Gratuities/Tips: if you wish to tip any of your vendors, you may do so online (when you submit regular payments), or via check in sealed envelopes to be distributed at the end of the night. Check your contracts first—although it’s not common, some vendors may include gratuities already.Not sure how much to tip? Take a look at this handy guide for appropriate wedding vendor tipping.
    • Taxes: last but definitely not least… don’t forget that taxes will be added to all of your wedding purchases. Since your wedding day is such a big investment, taxes will definitely add a large sum to your overall budget. Be conscious of taxes as you budget—don’t let them be a shock later in the process!

 

Now you know: keep an eye out for these sneaky wedding expenses, so that unexpected costs won’t derail your budget. Budgeting may not be one of the “fun” parts of the wedding planning experience, but it’s well worth the time and effort to plan ahead! Your bank account will thank you!

Need help budgeting? Inquire about our planning packages. We’d be happy to assist you!

 

 

Brittany + Caesar: Wedding Video

Remember Brittany and Caesar’s big day? Not too long ago, we shared photos from their celebration at Union Station. And now, we’re excited to unveil their full wedding video! 5:46 still has us tearing up.

Special thanks to Marc Roberts Videography for capturing all the beautiful emotions this beautiful couple shared on the day they became husband and wife.

Brittany’s father summed it up perfectly in his heartfelt toast:

“Life together will be an adventure non-stop, with joy and laughter and romance on top. Accept each other for who you are. Make sure that family always has room for two stars. Let faith be your compass to guide you each day, and help each other to be a better person along the way.” Cheers!

We love you, Brittany and Caesar!

 

 

Vendors:
Dallas Wedding Planning: A Stylish Soiree
Dallas Wedding Florist: A Stylish Soiree
Photography: Perez Photography
Videography: Marc Roberts Videography
Ceremony Venue: University Park United Methodist Church
Reception Venue: Union Station
Catering: Wolfgang Puck (Union Station)
Entertainment: The Royal Dukes
Lighting: LeForce Entertainment
Rentals: BBJ LinensDFW Dance FloorsLa Tavola and Top Tier Rentals
Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush
Gown and Bridesmaid Gowns: Neiman Marcus Bridal
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Stationery: Pink Champagne Paper Co.

How to Keep Guests Cozy at your Winter Wedding

Winter Wedding in Dallas TX | A Stylish Soiree

 

Planning a winter wedding? There’s so much to love about a wintertime celebration! The winter season is just around the corner, and we’re already dreaming of fireside hot chocolate and our coziest sweaters and scarves (and, if we’re lucky here in Dallas, maybe even a little sprinkle of snow!).

As much as we love a winter wedding, the cooler temperatures require a little extra planning. When the air outside is chilly, you might need to consider a few ways to keep warm and cozy while you celebrate the big day. We’ve got you covered with our best tips for adding a little warmth to any winter wedding!

 

Follow these easy guidelines to keep guests comfortable and cozy:

 

  • Fireside Warmth: if you’re hosting a winter wedding, consider booking a venue with a fireplace. Ask to have the hearth lit for your special day, so guests can gather around the fire and enjoy warmth and conversation.
  • Blanket Baskets: fill a few baskets with fleece blankets placed throughout the reception area (or in your lounge area, if you have one). Place endearing signage nearby: “to have and to hold, in case you get cold!” Guests can grab a soft a blanket if they get chilly—and these make great favors.
  • Pashmina Favors: consider giving pashmina scarves as your wedding favors. They add such a luxe touch, without breaking the bank (if you order wholesale, they really aren’t too pricey per guest). Plus, you can coordinate the colors with your wedding design!
  • Hot Chocolate Bar: a hot chocolate and apple cider bar is always a hit! Serve warm mugs of hot chocolate, cider, coffee, and tea as guests arrive for a winter ceremony, or during your cocktail hour. It can also be a great “late-night snack” after dessert is served.
  • Hit the Dance Floor: hire a great band or DJ guaranteed to keep guests on their feet. What better way to stay warm than dancing the night away?
  • Stock the Bar: okay, hear us out… have you ever noticed how the cold seems to fade away after a drink or two? The same will be true for your guests! Of course, some loved ones may choose not to drink—but a well-stocked bar for those who do will only help keep everyone warm and toasty.

 

Last but not least… don’t forget a cozy accessory for yourself! You’ll likely be outdoors for bridal portraits and other photos on the big day. Purchase a stylish winter wrap, jacket, or stole that complements your gown. You’ll be glad to have it if the air gets chilly!

 

Winter Wedding in Dallas TX | A Stylish Soiree

 

Can we help plan your winter wedding? We’d be honored to help!

Please get in touch so we can reserve your date on our planning calendar!

Engagement Season Gift Guide

Engagement Gift Guide | A Stylish Soiree, Dallas Wedding Planner

 

Engagement Gift Guide

It’s no secret… Engagement Season is almost upon us! Each year, the majority of proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. We suspect you’re already starting to see your newsfeed fill up with proposal photos and pretty rings—or maybe you’re the lucky new fiancée yourself!

Along with Engagement Season comes a flurry of celebratory festivities. Perhaps you’ve already been invited to attend an engagement party or two! But what is the etiquette surrounding these occasions? Who hosts? Should you bring a gift? How formal is the party? We’re here to help answer all your engagement party questions, and we’ve even included the perfect gift guide of presents the happy couple will actually want. Read on!

Engagement parties are traditional (especially here in Texas and across the South) within the first month or so of engagement. The party is an opportunity to introduce the bride’s and groom’s families to each other so they can get better acquainted before the big day. Plus, it’s a great excuse to pop that celebratory champagne! Traditionally, the parents of the bride would offer to host the occasion… but these days, it’s not uncommon for close friends or family members to throw the party.

How formal is the event? It depends on the host! They may host a formal dinner, an at-home soiree, or a casual backyard barbecue. Let the invitation be your cue for attire: if the invitation is formal, you should dress accordingly. When in doubt, feel free to ask the host/hostess when you RSVP.

Gifts are actually not required at an engagement party, according to traditional etiquette. However, we have to admit we’d feel a little awkward showing up empty-handed. Most guests do bring something for the happy couple—and we’d hate to be the odd one out. That being said, you don’t have to go overboard on an engagement gift. Something small but thoughtful is a great way to share your excitement!

Selecting an engagement gift can be tricky, especially since the newly engaged couple has probably not had a chance to build a wedding registry yet. Skip the kitchen appliances for now—it’s better to wait and see if those items land on the couple’s registry (they may already have that mixing bowl set at home!). And, if possible, avoid too much of the “Mr. & Mrs.” paraphernalia… while these can be super cute, they rarely serve a practical purpose after the wedding day.

We recommend taking a more practical approach, with gifts the couple will actually love—and will definitely use! Take a peek at our engagement gift guide:

Engagement Gift Guide

For her:

  • The Mrs. Box: everyone is head-over-heels for these on-trend ring boxes… and we can see why! Any bride would love to receive one of these pretty velvet boxes in her signature color, with a monogram on top. It’s the perfect way to store her new sparkly gem, and it will look oh-so-amazing in details photos on the big day.
  • Nail Salon Gift Certificate: we can’t tell you how many times people will ask to see a newly engaged bride’s hand! Everyone will be asking to see her new ring; she’ll definitely want to keep her nails prettily manicured throughout her engagement. A gift certificate to her favorite nail salon is both practical and pampering.

For him:

  • Leather Catchall: the groom will also need a handy spot to store his wedding band, cufflinks, and watch. Gift a personalized leather catchall with a masculine monogram. It will be a much-appreciated storage spot for his accessories (and, though we doubt he cares too much, it would also look great in his getting-ready photos on the wedding day!).
  • Personalized Cigar Tray: is he the type to enjoy a celebratory cigar? Give him a personalized wooden cigar tray in anticipation of the celebrations up ahead. Don’t forget to include a box of his favorite cigars along with it!

For them:

  • Artifact Uprising Gift Card: trust us, this is a perfect gift for engaged couples! Artifact Uprising is our favorite resource for printing memories—in photo books, frames, calendars, and more. You can’t go wrong with their modern aesthetic and quality products. Give the engaged couple a gift certificate that they can use to frame engagement photos, print a wedding guest book, or create a modern wedding album after the big day.
  • Blue Apron or HelloFresh: the bride- and groom-to-be will no doubt be busier than ever, now that wedding planning has ensued. Give them peace of mind and a week of home-cooked meals with a food delivery service like Blue Apron or HelloFresh! They’ll enjoy the time spent together cooking (hello, cozy at-home date night!), and won’t have to worry about grocery shopping or meal planning that week.
  • Venue Artwork: have they selected a venue yet? If so, consider having custom artwork made, featuring the site of their future “I Do”s. There are countless illustrators out there who can help bring their venue to life in a 5″x7″ or 8″x10” art print. It will be a personal gift that the couple will absolutely love!
  • Personalized Correspondence: the bride and groom will be writing a lot of thank you notes this year… help make this daunting task a little bit more fun with luxury correspondence featuring their new monogram. Pick a simple, classic, and timeless design that could work for wedding thank you notes, but will also serve the couple well for years to come.
  • Travel Accessories: help stock the couple’s honeymoon bags with travel accessories. Select matching luggage tags, toiletry kits, or passport cases. They’ll be grateful for any of these items when they jet off in style as Mr. and Mrs!

 

Which one is right for your favorite engaged couple? We’d love to hear all about it! You can’t go wrong with any of these gift ideas… and really, the most important gift is your support. Any engaged couple feels lucky to be surrounded by encouraging friends and family. Your shared excitement is truly the best gift of all!

 

Are you the lucky bride or groom? We’d love to help plan your special day!

 

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Amy + Bryce

Amy + Bryce

Downtown Dallas Wedding | Amy + Bryce

What a beautiful celebration of an amazing couple! Amy and Bryce tied the knot at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and then celebrated their newlywed status at one of our favorite venues: Union Station in Downtown Dallas. Their mix of classic taste with a pop of bright cobalt blue made for a gorgeous event. But what really captured guests’ hearts was Amy and Bryce’s love story… these two newlyweds could not have been more in love! All day long, they were stealing glances at each other and smiling from ear to ear. It was a joy for us to be their Dallas wedding planner—we were so happy to see them become husband and wife!

Amy was the most stunning bride (and the sweetest, too!). Her light and airy ballgown, romantic updo, and delicate jewelry created a bridal look that made jaws drop. Cobalt blue bridesmaid dresses added a unique color contrast that really made Amy and her gown stand out. A traditional veil was the finishing touch for our truly breathtaking bride.

Bryce and Amy said “I do” at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and then headed to Union Station to celebrate. We set the stage for a memorable event with stunning floral designs, pops of Amy’s signature blue color, L-O-V-E marquee letters, and a timeline filled with celebratory fun.

Our floral designs gave a nod to traditional taste with ivory, cream, and blush blooms complemented by trailing ivy accents. The head tables were decked with lush tall arrangements and romantic candles, while guests tables featured pretty compotes and metallic accents. Luxury florals add so much to an event space—and this show-stopper wedding celebration was no exception.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Cox! It was our pleasure to be your Dallas wedding planner, and we are just so thrilled that you enjoyed the big day. Amy’s sweet review was a reminder of why we do what we do!

I am so thankful I worked with Chloe as my wedding planner! She is the absolute BEST. Not only did she connect me with excellent vendors, but made sure she gave me names of those who were relatable to us and could carryout our style. I was not sure what I wanted with flowers however, after talking with Kerrie she made gorgeous arrangements and bouquets that were better than I envisioned. I have received so many compliments on the flowers from our guests! The wedding day was perfect and there was not a thing that went wrong! Thank you girls for making our day and wedding planning experience easy and enjoyable! We will never forget our wedding experience!

We also have to give a special shout out to Amy’s mom, Joyce. She was so helpful throughout the wedding planning process, and contributed so many thoughtful details to Amy and Bryce’s special day. Joyce, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Without further ado, take a peek at Amy and Bryce’s Downtown Dallas wedding!

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Downtown Dallas Wedding | A Stylish Soiree

 

Special thanks to our wonderful vendors. We are lucky to work with a such talented team!

Vendors:

Dallas Wedding Planner: A Stylish Soiree
Dallas Wedding Florist: A Stylish Soiree
Photography: Tracy Autem Photography
Videography: Turquoise Video Production
Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Downtown Dallas Wedding Reception Venue: Union Station
Catering: Wolfgang Puck
Bridal Gown: Brick House Bridal
Bridesmaid Attire: David’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush
Cake: Panini Bakery
Entertainment: LeForce Entertainment
Rentals: Top Tier Event Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines

 

Ready to plan your own special day? We would love to be your Dallas wedding planner or Dallas wedding florist! Contact us today to get started.