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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.

Annie + Jonathan

Annie + Jonathan

Wedding Planner in Dallas TX | Annie + Jonathan

We had so much fun planning Annie and Jonathan’s special day! This sweet couple was so easy to work with; their kind personalities and love for each other were evident in every part of the planning process. It was our pleasure to be part of their vision for a classic wedding day, brimming with love from their family.

Annie described her vision as “classic, but not over the top.” From a romantic updo and gorgeous ballgown to beautiful ivory flowers, everything about this celebration was timeless… but we really focused on letting the happy couple enjoy time with friends and family on the big day. Best of all—the smiles on the newlyweds’ faces will certainly never go out of style.

We are so touched by their review! These kind words capture why we love what we do.

We used A Stylish Soiree for the month of wedding planning and floral service and are so glad we did! Samantha and Chloe really helped me put everything together two months leading up to the wedding. They were very patient and accommodating. We had to make a lot of little changes along the way and they were also happy to accommodate. They also provided us very helpful tips on everything. They created a wedding timeline for us that really incorporated everything we wanted and executed it flawlessly! They really lowered my stress level significantly by reaching out and confirming with all of our vendors and wedding party.

The Monday before the wedding pretty much everything had been in place and we enjoyed more time with our family and friends right before the wedding instead of stressing out. Stress is unavoidable before the wedding but these ladies really made it much more tolerable. On the day of the wedding, Samantha did something my husband and I really appreciated. She swept us away for 15 min and presented us with a nicely set up table with our favorite drinks and appetizers to allow us just to focus on each other and enjoy being married! It’s hard to have a quiet moment between the B&G on the wedding day so that was much needed and thoughtful!

We also used their floral service and Kerrie was so amazing at what she does. She stayed within our budget and yet was able to deliver everything we asked for. Our flowers and decorations were beautiful and got complimented on by everyone. We did not want anything over the top but wanted a romantic and elegant wedding. She definitely provided that! We highly recommended A Stylish Soiree to any couples. They’re absolutely worth it!”

 

Without further ado, enjoy a peek at Annie and Jonathan’s wedding day! Congratulations to such a sweet couple!

Annie + Jonathan:

 

Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan
 
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX - A Stylish Soiree - Annie Jonathan

 

Vendors:
Wedding Planner in Dallas TX: A Stylish Soiree
Wedding Florist: A Stylish Soiree
Photographer: David Loi Studios
Videographer: Victory Video
Venue: The Windsor at Hebron Park
Hair and Makeup: B. Made by Bebe
Catering: CN Catering
Entertainment: Adam Wilmore with LeForce Entertainment
Cake: Panini Bakery
Officiant: Chuck Sisneros with Love Notes

Oooh… Stylish! Floral Wristlet Purse

 

Remember our last tutorial video? We gave you the insider look at the process behind a DIY centerpiece guaranteed to impress! Today, we’re following up with another “Tasty” style video, featuring a recipe for a floral wristlet purse. This is the perfect wedding-day accessory for mothers and grandmothers, especially if they want a hassle-free floral embellishment.

Grab you favorite blooms and a hot glue gun… so you can make your own floral clutch accessory!

Ingredients

  • 1 Purse, Clutch, or Wristlet (Charming Charlie has plenty of inexpensive options)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Mesh
  • Ruscus
  • Lilac Foliage
  • White Clematis
  • Lilac
  • Pink Ranunculus

Need help sourcing flowers? Trader Joe’s and Central Market are both great local resources. You can also experiment and explore; try finding a bit of greenery out in your neighborhood, or choose a pretty bloom from your own garden. For this project, just make sure any “ingredients” are sturdy enough to make it through a ceremony and reception!

Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram (@astylishsoireedallas) to show off your creations! We can’t wait to see your unique twist on this easy DIY floral recipe.

 

Special thanks to Maddie Beene with LeForce Entertainment for videography!

Wild Wedding Traditions, Part 2: The Ceremony

 

Wild Wedding Traditions, Part 2: The Ceremony

 

By now, you’ve had a chance to read our recent blog post about the bizarre origins of today’s common wedding traditions. “Part 1” covered the weird and wild history behind bridal attire—including everything from engagement rings to wedding veils.

Today, we’re covering “Part 2″… The Ceremony! You might be surprised to find out how many of these common wedding traditions are tied to fertility and good luck. Read on to find out why we use the phrase “tie the knot,” or why it’s traditional to save the top layer of a wedding cake. Or perhaps the most entertaining… why we have a “best man!”

1. Tie the Knot: it’s a little funny that we commonly use the phrase “tie the knot.” In some cultures, the bride and groom would literally tie a knot (with ribbon, silk, or rope) around each other’s hands to symbolize their new commitment. Most American weddings do not include any kind of knot-tying at all, but we still like to borrow the phrase.

2. June Weddings: June weddings have always been popular, but not because of the weather. In ancient times, it was ideal to host a wedding during the month of the Roman goddess Juno—goddess of marriage and fertility.

Later, June weddings were preferred as a matter of “hygiene” (if you can even call it that!). Some historians speculate that peasants might have bathed only once or twice a year… so a June bride would still be smelling relatively good after her springtime bath in May.

3. Best Man: these days, your Best Man is tasked with throwing a great bachelor party and delivering a meaningful speech. However, his responsibilities used to be much more serious!

Long ago, bachelors seeking a wife would often plunder neighboring communities to find an eligible young wife and refresh his the isolated lineage of his own community. The “best” man was actually the best man a groom could find to help kidnap his intended bride (or protect his bride-to-be from kidnappers). The “Best Man” was chosen as a skilled swordsman and trustworthy soldier, who would even stand guard outside the newlyweds’ bedchamber to protect the consummation of their marriage.

4. Ring Bearer and Flower Girl: small children in a wedding ceremony were symbolic of the newlyweds’ own future children (hopefully!). The flower girl’s basket of petals symbolized fertility and prosperity. The ring bearer may have originated from an older tradition, where a bride’s ring was delivered on the tip of a sword… but, over time, evolved into an adorably dressed toddler reminding the happy couple of their duty to start a family.

5. Wedding Bells: not every venue still rings wedding bells for the modern bride, but the idea of “wedding bells are ringing” is still a common image today—and hearing the chime of church bells certainly reminds us of a happy bride and groom! However, in olden days, bells were tolled loudly to scare off evil spirits.

6. Wedding Cake: seems like a delicious treat to wrap up a fun party, right? Actually, wedding cakes originated from more serious symbolism… in ancient Rome, wedding guests broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head to encourage fertility and to symbolize her husband’s dominance over her. We’re not sure why crumbs in your hair would promote fertility, but we’re definitely glad this tradition has evolved; we would much rather eat our cake than have it crumbled overhead!

7. Wedding Cake’s Top Layer: some couples might save the top layer of the wedding cake to enjoy on their one-year anniversary. It seems like a sweet way to celebrate one year of married happiness, but the original purpose was slightly different. It was assumed that the bride would be expecting a child soon after the wedding… so it made sense to save that top layer for nine months (give or take), when it could then be re-used as a celebratory treat at a child’s birth or christening.

8. Throwing Rice: guests sprinkled the newlyweds in rice to symbolize (yep, you guessed it!) fertility and prosperity. Though rice was most popular, any grain or oat could be used to symbolize the same goodwill.

9. Over the Threshold: grooms used to carry their new brides over the threshold so her feet wouldn’t brush up against any evil spirits living in the floor. Not surprisingly, most newlywed couples don’t seem too concerned about this anymore!

The threshold was also a contrived opportunity for the bride to demonstrate her purity… an innocent young bride wouldn’t want to appear too enthusiastic to enter the bedchamber. So, she would let the groom carry her across the threshold – as an act of courageous protection from evil spirits, and an act of “encouragement” – ultimately protecting the appearance of her purity.

10. Honeymooning: ancient Norse newlyweds went into hiding after the wedding ceremony, in order to protect the young bride from being stolen away (… and also to prevent any acquiescing brides from running away). A family member would bring the newlyweds a cup of honey wine to sustain them for 30 days (one moon). Thus—the honeymoon!

 

It’s always fun to peek into history and uncover the downright bizarre origins of today’s popular wedding traditions. However, it’s safe to say… we’re very glad that today’s weddings focus more on the couple than on their ability to immediately have children! Plus, we’re quite grateful that none of you have been forcibly kidnapped prior to the ceremony!

Luckily, today’s brides have plenty of options: put a modern twist on any of these traditions to make it your own, or feel free to skip any rituals that don’t fit your personality. Your day should be all about you. 

Ready to start planning your big day? Whether or not you choose to save your cake topper, throw rice, or have a flower girl… we’ll make sure every detail of your special occasion reflects your vision. And of course, from bridal veil to wedding bells, we’ll do whatever we can to ward off all those evil spirits 😉

Wild Wedding Traditions, Part 1: Bridal Attire

Wedding Traditions: The Bizarre and Wild History! A Stylish Soiree

 

Your wedding day is all about the balance between tradition and personalization. You honor the past with classic wedding traditions, but put a modern spin on the celebration to make it your own. But where do the original traditions come from? Why do brides wear white at all? Who decided you should have a best man? And why on earth do we carry “something blue?”

Our brides love to learn about the odd origins of these classic rituals! So we’ve put together a series of posts featuring all the weird, wild, wacky origins of our favorite wedding traditions. Today, we’re revealing the bizarre history behind all things related to your bridal attire. Take a look at the crazy history behind these beloved wedding traditions!

Wild Wedding Traditions, Part 1: Bridal Attire

 

1. White Wedding Dress: the white gown is a classic bridal staple, right? Well… it wasn’t always that way! White wedding dresses were not customary until Queen Victoria donned a white gown for her wedding in 1840, marking the beginning of this quintessential tradition. Before that, most brides would simply wear the best dress they owned—in any color.

2. Bridal Veil: although the bridal veil is now considered a beautiful accessory, it once served a very serious purpose. When arranged marriages were common, it was essential that the political union between two families would take place… even though the bride and groom had not yet met each other. As such, the bride wore a veil to obscure her face until vows were made—so the groom couldn’t back out if he didn’t like what he saw! Additionally, the veil was thought to protect the bride from being recognized by evil spirits who might steal her away.

3. Engagement Rings: For a long time, engagement rings simply weren’t needed. In 1215, Pope Innocent III decreed that there should be a waiting period between betrothal and marriage—thus leading to the idea of an “engagement ring.” They were typically simple bands, used only to signify commitment until the wedding. Decorative engagement rings weren’t really popularized until the Victorian Era; in those days, large colorful gems reigned supreme. The bands were often decorated with symbolic motifs, like intertwined hearts and snakes—a popular symbol of eternity.

4. Diamonds: Believe it or not, diamond engagement rings are a direct product of advertising. In the Late Victorian Period, large diamond deposits were discovered in South Africa—making diamonds easily accessible and commonly available. Ultimately, they were marketed by De Beers as the quintessential engagement ring stone. It’s almost hard to believe they became so ubiquitous!

Colorful settings made a comeback in the 1920s–1930s, featuring geometric designs representative of the Art Deco era. Emeralds and rubies were often paired with diamonds, resulting in luxurious combinations befitting of the Gatsby-era. Colored gemstones were again popularized in the 1980s, thanks to Princess Di’s iconic sapphire gem. And of course, Kate Middleton’s hand is now adorned with the same royal jewel, inspiring a renewed interest in sapphire stones.

While diamonds are certainly still the most popular selection, we are starting to see a trend toward more unique engagement rings. Brides today are looking for rings that represent their personality—whether that means a modern halo, a conflict-free design, or a colored gemstone.

5. Diamond Prices: All that being said, the price of a diamond is largely sentimental; compared to other gems, diamonds are not particularly rare or special. They are expensive only because we, as a society, have placed so much value on their sentimental meaning.

6. Ring Placement: the wedding rings are worn on the left hand “ring finger” because Egyptians and Greeks believed this finger was connected straight to the heart. (Aww!)

7. “Something Old, Something New…” no doubt you’ve heard this traditional wedding-day rhyme. These practices were all designed to bring fortune to the newlyweds. “Something Old” reminded a bride of her past, while “Something New” heralded hope for a happy future in her new family. “Something Borrowed” would traditionally come from a successfully married woman—a good omen for the new bride’s own marriage. “Something Blue” had rich symbolic meaning: loyalty, faithfulness, purity, and good fortune. “And a sixpence in your shoe” symbolized hope for a prosperous life together.

8. Bridal Garter: this tradition originates from the Dark Ages—and it’s definitely an odd one! In those times, guests would follow the bride and groom upstairs to “help” them disrobe for the wedding night. It was considered good luck for a guest to snag a piece of the bride’s attire… often tearing the poor bride’s dress (not to mention her privacy) to shreds.

As an alternative, the “Garter Toss” evolved as a way to pacify guests with just one small item of clothing, and to distract guests (who would fight over the lucky garter) from the bride and groom as they escaped from the celebration. It’s safe to say we’re glad that this tradition has evolved over the years!

9. Bridal Bouquet: carrying a gorgeous bouquet down the aisle seems like an obvious choice—what a beautiful addition to your bridal ensemble! However, the origin behind the bridal bouquet is actually somewhat unsavory… In older days, hygiene wasn’t what it is now. A common person might only bathe once or twice a year (yikes). A bridal bouquet (made of garlic, rosemary, dill, and other herbs) served twofold: cover the bride’s own body odor, and ward off evil spirits with its strong fragrance. You can credit Queen Victoria with the idea to replace the herbs with gorgeous (better-smelling) blooms.

10. Bridesmaids and Bridesmaid Dresses: today, it’s considered a faux pas to wear white to a wedding if you are not the bride. However, back in Victorian times, bridesmaids would also wear white. Why? To confuse evil spirits, of course! (Ha!) Originally, bridesmaids were selected as decoys, intended to prevent evil spirits or ex-lovers from identifying the real bride and stealing her away.

 

Thankfully, the original needs behind these wedding traditions have all faded away (we are certainly glad that our brides get to shower more than twice a year)… But the tradition behind each ritual is a fascinating peek into the history of wedding customs! Luckily, today’s brides have plenty of options: put a modern twist on any of these traditions to make it your own, or feel free to skip any rituals that don’t fit your personality. Your day should be all about you.

Stay tuned for more Wild Wedding Traditions next week! We’ll cover odd facts behind the wedding ceremony itself. Find out where we got the phrase “tying the knot,” why we throw things as a couple makes their grand exit, and the peculiar history behind honeymooning!

Amy: Bridal Portraits

We have the loveliest brides! Amy and Bryce tied the knot last week and celebrated at Union Station in Downtown Dallas. Now that they’re officially Mr. and Mrs, we’re excited share Amy’s beautiful bridal portraits.

Amy’s wedding gown was perfectly suited to her personal style. The embellished bodice is a nod to classic taste, while the structurally layered tulle skirt gives a modern touch. With a romantic sideswept hairstyle and a pop of pink lip color, her bridal look was absolute perfection. And let’s not forget about that stunning halo ring!

This bridal bouquet is just a small peek of all the pretty floral designs we crafted for Amy’s big day. You’re going to love her choice of pink and ivory blooms, combined with a bit of trailing green ivy. Stay tuned to see images from their incredible celebration!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Cox. We are so happy for you and this next season of your life together!

 

Dallas Wedding Planner | A Stylish Soiree
 
Dallas Wedding Planner | A Stylish Soiree
 
Dallas Wedding Planner | A Stylish Soiree
 
Dallas Wedding Planner | A Stylish Soiree
 
Dallas Wedding Planner | A Stylish Soiree
 
Dallas Wedding Planner | A Stylish Soiree
 
Dallas Wedding Planner | A Stylish Soiree

 

 

Thank youTracy Autem Photography for these beautiful images. We can’t wait to share photos from the big day!

Photography: Tracy Autem Photography
Venue: Union Station
Bouquet: A Stylish Soiree
Gown: Brick House Bridal

Dean + Emily

DFW Wedding Planners | Emily + Dean

 

What a gorgeous celebration! You’re going to love this gallery of Emily and Dean’s special day—a summertime wedding with dusty blush hues and a stunning newlywed couple. Captured by the talented Stephanie Brazzle, it’s a dreamy occasion with all kinds of beautiful detail.

Emily and her bridesmaids savored the pre-wedding festivities in excited anticipation. They celebrated with champagne toasts and monogrammed shirts while Emily got ready for her grand entrance on the aisle. From a signature perfume to elegantly embellished shoes, every detail was carefully planned to create the perfect atmosphere prior to the ceremony. Emily even took time to read a sweet note from her soon-to-be husband (which, we have to admit, left everyone a bit teary-eyed!).

Once hair and makeup was complete, this stunning wedding party stepped outside to take photos with the gorgeous bride. These bridesmaid dresses were right on trend, in a dusty mauve color with subtle sequin embellishments. And the guys were looking quite dapper as well, with perfectly coordinating bow ties.

Emily and Dean tied the knot at Piazza on the Green, where they exchanged vows in front of beloved friends and family. They could hardly contain their excitement after saying “I do!” The newlyweds and their guests then celebrated with a classic ballroom reception, featuring fluffy hydrangeas and pink roses arranged by Flourish Floral Design. The happy couple enjoyed first dances, toasts, cake-cutting, and a packed dance floor until it was time to bid their guests adieu. Their getaway car was the cherry on top of an unforgettable evening!

It was a pleasure to be Emily and Dean’s DFW Wedding Planners. What a sweet couple, and and a beautiful day to reflect their love for each other.

Congratulations, Emily and Dean! We are so happy that you are now “Mr. and Mrs!” 

 

Emily and Dean’s Wedding Day

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DFW Wedding Planners - A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean - 00003

DFW Wedding Planners - A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

 

The Reception:

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree - Emily and Dean

 

A big thanks to all our wonderful vendors, who made Emily and Dean’s special day possible. Your time and talent is deeply appreciated!

Vendors:
DFW Wedding Planners: A Stylish Soiree
Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography
Venue: Piazza on the Green
Floral Design: Flourish Floral Design
Gown and Bridesmaid Attire: Circle Park Bridal
Beauty: Kiss Her Face Bridal
Cake: Moonlight Cakes
Videography: Tennison Visuals
Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings
Entertainment: Uptown Sound
Rentals: Seat by Design
Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines 
Stationery: Pink Champagne Paper
Envelope Calligraphy: Sarah Ann Design

What You Really Need to Know Before Hiring a Venue’s On-Site Wedding Planner

Wedding Planner vs Venue Coordinator: What you really need to know before hiring a venue's "On-Site Wedding Planner"

 

Selecting a venue is often the first step toward planning your dream wedding… with so many gorgeous venues in the Dallas area, it can be tough to select the perfect one! We are lucky to partner with fantastic venues that set the tone for unforgettable occasions—and we love to see which location steals our bride’s heart.

Today we want to address a venue-related question that we often hear from our brides:

What’s the difference between a venue’s On-Site Wedding Planner and your own hired Wedding Planner? 

We’re here to break it down for you! Many venues do have an on-site Venue Coordinator—who has a highly valuable role on the day of the wedding! A Venue Coordinator is typically responsible for all the details associated with the venue space itself (i.e., tables, chairs, linens, serving staff, kitchen staff, etc.). They have plenty of their own responsibilities on the day of the wedding, and we are lucky to work with fantastic venue coordinators who are excellent at what they do!

However, things get sticky when a venue tries to promote their on-site Venue Coordinator as a “Wedding Planner.” As you can see, Venue Coordinators already have plenty of important responsibilities on the wedding day… asking them to double as a “Wedding Planner” is likely to overextend their capabilities (after all, they are just one person!). As convenient as it may seem to hire the venue’s on-site “Wedding Planner,” we have to caution brides to think carefully before signing the dotted line on this one.

 

While On-Site Wedding Planners have the best intentions, they will not able to offer a full planning experience. It’s important to keep in mind: the on-site planner has been hired by the venue. Their primary responsibility is always to the venue—not to the bride.

Because of this, brides should be aware of some common concerns:

  • Your on-site planner will focus on the reception, not the whole wedding weekend. The planning process will focus on items that concern the reception venue (catering details, bar service, and seating layout)—not on offering you a complete planning experience. We believe every aspect of your special celebration should be planned with care from start to finish… including the ceremony, guest hotels, transportation, etc.—all important elements that do not concern the reception venue.
  • Your on-site planner will focus on the venue’s needs over the brides. On the day of the wedding, an on-site planner must give priority to the venue and its staff. If an issue arises in the kitchen or with the serving staff, your on-site planner will be managing those problems—not focusing on your needs. Their attention will always be split between you and the venue.
  • Your on-site planner cannot leave the premises. Trust us, you don’t want your planner to be tied down to the reception site! We’ve run plenty of last-minute errands for our brides (to obtain forgotten cake cutters, chauffeur inebriated groomsmen, or even pick up the bride’s dog!)… you don’t want a planner who cannot leave the property to handle the unexpected.
  • Your on-site planner’s timeline will be based on the venue, not the bride. We create a full timeline in conjunction with other key vendors, like your photographer and entertainment. Every detail of the wedding weekend is carefully scheduled to give you the best experience possible. The on-site planner will build your timeline based on food preparation, food serving, and convenience for the venue.
  • Your on-site planner is juggling a lot of brides at the same time. Most wedding venues are booked almost every weekend of the year—and sometimes even booked multiple times on the same weekend. We think the bride is more likely to receive individualized attention and prompt responses with a dedicated Wedding Planner (we only schedule a limited number of weddings, so that every bride will receive proper attention!).
  • Your on-site planner might not be a good fit for you. When you book with a venue that supplies their own wedding planner, you’re missing out on the opportunity to collaborate with a planner who really connects with you and understands your vision. As a bride, you will spend months corresponding with your wedding planner… it’s important to book someone you enjoy communicating with!

 

As much as we appreciate Venue Coordinators and all that they do, we don’t believe that selling a Venue Coordinator as a “Wedding Planner” is in the bride’s best interest. If your desired venue requires you to hire an on-site wedding planner, you might want to think carefully before you book. While it seems like an added bonus, there are some definite cons to working with an on-site wedding planner instead of a dedicated Wedding Planner you’ve hired yourself. At best, the on-site planner has divided interests: serving the venue, and then serving the bride.

We hope this helps our sweet brides answer a common question! The bottom line? Venue Coordinators are so valuable for doing what they already do… combining their job with that of a wedding planner is simply too much—their commitments will always be split between the venue and the bride, at best.

Whether you choose to work with us, or one of our talented Wedding Planner colleagues, we believe hiring a dedicated Wedding Planner is the wiser investment. You deserve a Wedding Planner who is dedicated to your client experience, and who will always advocate on your behalf!