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!
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar
We cannot express how much we adore this couple! Brittany and Caesar’s luxury wedding was brimming with personalized detail every step of the way—and their reception was an absolute show-stopper. From a monogrammed collar and signature perfume to sweet love notes and thoughtful hotel welcome bags… Brittany and Caesar pulled out all the stops. Every aspect of their big day was designed to reflect their unique love story, and to spark memories they’ll treasure for a lifetime.
The happy couple tied the knot at University Park United Methodist Church, in the presence of friends and family (a lot of family! Caesar’s relatives traveled from near and far to witness the big day). Afterward, they celebrated at Union Station in Downtown Dallas—a sophisticated ballroom that set the tone for a splendid wedding reception.
Reception doors opened to a staircase lined with candles, leading guests up to Union Station’s cocktail hour and main ballroom. The scene was absolutely unforgettable! Upon entering the reception space, guests encountered a long head table bursting with colorful floral arrangements that made a stunning statement. Guest tables were also topped with beautiful centerpieces, combining glass décor elements with luxurious floral design. Shades of vibrant pink, blush, and ivory created a gorgeous color palette at every turn. Floating candles throughout the venue added a romantic finishing touch.
From heartfelt toasts to a delectable cake, every detail reflected Brittany and Caesar’s fun personalities. We created a custom escort board featuring a map of all their travels together; each table number listed a fun fact about the couple’s adventures in that particular location. And Caesar’s big family guaranteed a full dance floor all night long! What an incredible celebration—we have no doubt that Brittany and Caesar’s guests will be reminiscing about this one for years to come.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Vallejo! As much as we enjoyed seeing them tie the knot, we have to admit we will miss seeing this couple on a regular basis! It was our pleasure to be their Dallas wedding planning team and to bring their unforgettable wedding day to life.
Special thanks to our incredible team of vendors. This wedding could not have happened without you and your expertise! We are lucky to work with such talented industry professionals.
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 Linens, DFW Dance Floors, La 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.
Wedding Planners Dallas | A Stylish Soiree
Hosted at one of Dallas’s favorite attractions, this Perot Museum wedding was guaranteed to make an impact from the very beginning! Samantha and Adam’s big day incorporated all kinds of personalized touches to reflect their unique choice of venue and a modern aesthetic. The happy couple said “I do” in front of The Perot Museum’s glittering gemstones, and then celebrated their newlywed status in a grand reception on the first floor.
With The Perot Museum as our inspiration, we crafted a one-of-a-kind design for Samantha and Adam. Geodes were a common design element throughout the event—from table numbers and escort cards, to keep sake signage and even a geode cake. Guest tables featured lush green arrangements atop gold dinosaurs!
As for the flowers, we used plenty of lush greenery (Samantha’s favorite!), combined with purple and white blooms. We added a few succulents to tabletop arrangements for added texture. Overall, this floral design added the perfect organic touch to Samantha and Adam’s modern wedding-day style.
Special thanks to all the vendors who collaborated to make this event a success. We have no doubt that guests will still be talking about this one for months to come! Take a look and enjoy!
Wedding Planners Dallas: A Stylish Soiree
Wedding Floral Design: A Stylish Soiree
Venue: The Perot Museum
Photography: George Street Photo
Catering: Beyond the Box
Beauty: Salon Pompeo
Entertainment: In10sity Band
Wedding Florists Dallas | A Stylish Soiree
We’re so excited to unveil our feature in the latest issue of Brides of North Texas Magazine! Our long-standing relationship with this publication has been an opportunity to share amazing inspiration with brides all across DFW. This season, we created a ceremony space bursting with color and elegance.
The White Sparrow Barn set the tone for a gorgeous ceremony display… not to mention stunning bridal photos! We brought the whitewashed walls to life with a colorful outdoor ceremony design. Featuring a flowered ceremony arch and bright arrangements capping each pew, the scene was brimming with floral inspiration. We added lanterns and personalized signage to finish the look—and we have no doubt you’re going to love it.
Our bride’s beautiful bouquet features pink and purple hues, mixed with greenery for added texture. The pop of contrast against her white dress and the venue’s interior made a stunning impact! We’re loving her gown—a classic silhouette. Instead of continuing the lace dress trend, we selected something a little different… and so sophisticated. The straps crossing the back of the dress and tiny button details add just enough interest to this stylish bridal gown. A classic chignon updo and flawless makeup are the finishing touch to this beautiful bridal look.
A bright boutonniere provided a contrasting pop of color for our dapper groom… and together, they make the perfect dashing couple. With a unique invitation suite and beautifully hand-calligraphed vows, they were ready to tie the knot in style!
Can you imagine saying “I do” at a ceremony like this one? We’d love to help bring it to life! We can’t wait to hear all about your wedding-day vision. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Brides of North Texas, so you can see this amazing feature in print. We hope you enjoy!
Planning: A Stylish Soiree
Wedding Florists Dallas: A Stylish Soiree
Photography: Gray Door Photography
Venue: The White Sparrow
Stationery Design: Cleggraphy Designs
Custom Calligraphy Vows: Sarah Ann Design
Gown: Patsy’s Bridal Boutique
Hair and Makeup: Wendy Zerrudo
Rentals: Top Tier Event Rentals
DFW Wedding Floral Design: A Stylish Soiree
It’s safe to say we are completely in love with this wedding! Kristin and Michael embraced vibrant colors and beautiful blooms in one of our favorite floral designs of the year. These two lovebirds tied the knot at Ft. Worth’s Marty Leonard Chapel, and then danced the night away at a sophisticated reception hosted at The Fort Worth Modern. Their elegant taste set the tone for a wedding night guests will never forget… and we think you’ll love it almost as much as we do!
Sarabeth Events coordinated the celebration perfectly; it’s always a pleasure to collaborate with their team. Special thanks to all the talented vendors, especially The Tarnos—who captured the whole soiree on camera.
We used big summery blooms combined with loose greenery in Kristin’s bridal bouquet. Those bright pink peonies could not have been any prettier! With coordinating bouquets for her bridesmaids, adorable posies and crowns for for her flower girls, and matching boutonnieres for the men, Kristin’s wedding party looked amazing from head to toe.
For the reception, we set the head table with a combination of tall arrangements and mixed vases. It created a luxe look with lots of color and texture from every angle. We added swags to the newlyweds’ chairs, and accented the cake with a few vibrant flowers. Compotes and vases on the guest tables completed the look. Gorgeous!
This wedding is guaranteed to make you smile… the love between this bride and groom is contagious. And if these pretty blooms don’t convince you to add a pop of color to your wedding, we don’t know what will!
DFW Wedding Floral Design: A Stylish Soiree
DFW Wedding Floral Design: A Stylish Soiree
Photography: The Tarnos
Coordination: Sarabeth Events
Ceremony Venue: Marty Leonard Chapel
Reception Venue: The Fort Worth Modern
Beauty: Kiss and Makeup
Gown: Stardust Brides
Dallas Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree
Emily’s Stunning Bridal Portraits
There is just something so classic and lovely about a bridal session. We have no doubt that Emily will look back on these gorgeous portraits and treasure them for years to come! Her choice of gown – a classic princess silhouette – fit like a glove. Delicate beading added the perfect touch of embellishment to the bodice. Minimal accessories let the beautiful bride shine. And we can’t get enough of that smile!
Emily was such a stunning bride; her husband Dean is one lucky guy. And these bridal portraits are just a foreshadowing of their incredible wedding day! We can’t wait to share more. Until then…
DFW Wedding Florists | A Stylish Soiree
We’re excited to unveil Bethany and Tyler’s big day! This couple tied the knot at TCU’s Robert Carr Chapel, followed by a stunning reception at Ashton Depot, an unforgettable Fort Worth wedding venue. We loved bringing Bethany’s floral vision to life with lush greenery at every turn. With a neutral color palette, it was important to add layers of texture to every arrangement. Luckily, their wedding date allowed us to play with plenty of in-season blooms. Full peonies, delicate roses, and lush eucalyptus set the tone for an elegant occasion.
At the ceremony, we used altar arrangements and simple pew bows to complement the chapel’s simple aesthetic. At the reception, we pulled out all the stops! Guests entered the venue for cocktail hour through a garden courtyard accented with lanterns and votives. Bethany and Tyler’s head table was the grand focal point, featuring a lush overhead installment brimming with greenery and fresh flowers, plus hanging garden lanterns. We also placed elegant arrangements on guest tables, complete with a sprig of eucalyptus at each guest’s place setting.
Overall, this ivory floral design was the picture-perfect representation of Bethany’s wedding-day vision… and if this doesn’t convince you to get married during peony season, we don’t know what will! Special thanks to Sarabeth Events for coordinating the event, and also to Tracy Autem Photography, who provided these incredible photos. We loved collaborating with this outstanding vendor team, and we were honored to be part of Bethany and Tyler’s special day.
From bouquet and boutonniere to pew décor and head table magic, every element of this floral concept exudes bridal elegance. Take a look:
DFW Wedding Florists: A Stylish Soiree
Photography: Tracy Autem Photography
Videography: Thompson Pictures
Venue: Ashton Depot, Ft. Worth
Catering: Ashton Depot, Ft. Worth
Planning: Sarabeth Events
Entertainment: Downtown Fever
Cake: Creme de la Creme
Beauty: Kiss and Makeup DFW
Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Stationery: Paper Planet
Dallas TX Wedding Planner | Grand Exit Strategy
You’ve walked down the aisle, exchanged wedding rings, and promised “I do.” You’ve cut the cake, raised a celebratory champagne flute, and the last dance is about to play. It’s the end of the night, and you’re ready to make your grand exit as the newlywed Mr. and Mrs! How can you finish the night on an unforgettable note? Plan a memorable grand exit!
Why plan a grand exit? First, it’s definitely a show-stopper. This is the last impression of your special day… so make it a memorable one! A grand exit is the perfect way to end your celebration on a high note. In addition, the grand exit signals the end of your reception; it’s a practical way to finish off the evening and help usher guests home after a fun night of celebrating.
As a Dallas TX wedding planner, we love to see how couples embrace the grand exit. From fancy getaway cars to shimmering sparklers, every sendoff is unique. Whether your style is classic, glamorous, or modern, there’s a grand exit to suit your wedding-day style.
Today we’re sharing our favorite ideas for a stylish sendoff. Take a look and see which one is right for you!
- Sparklers: an ever-popular choice, sparklers are an elegant and glamorous way to make your exit. As your Dallas TX wedding planner, we’ll help distribute sparklers to guests and light each one in preparation for the bride and groom. The illumination sets a romantic aisle for the final exit, and the photos always look incredible!
- Ribbons: let guests wave ribbon streamers over the bride and groom as they make their exit. Ribbons make a whimsical statement, and they can be coordinated to match your color palette. Plus, they make for a hassle-free cleanup.
- Petals: an elegant choice for any bride, flower petals never fail to make an impression! Fill small cups or cones with loose petals and let guests toss them over the happy couple.
- Bubbles: what could be more playful than a pathway of shimmering bubbles? Guests love this option, and it’s easy to see why… this grand exit creates quite a magical getaway.
- Band: looking for a New-Orleans wedding vibe? See if your wedding band can provide an accompaniment behind your bride and groom on their way toward the getaway car; nothing says celebration like a trumpet sendoff!
- Vintage Getaway Car: splurge on a distinctive getaway vehicle to complete the whole scene. Our preferred rental companies have plenty of memorable options so you can drive off in style.
A few extra things to consider…
Don’t throw rice! Although it might be tradition, there’s a reason it has been nearly phased out: it hurts! The small grains of rice can actually be quite painful when thrown at the newlywed couple. Plus, it’s a nightmare to comb out of your hair!
Also, be aware that some venues have restrictions that will influence your choice of grand exit. Always be sure to ask about fire safety, and be respectful of venues that don’t allow colored confetti that can be tough to clean up. It’s always a good idea to double-check your getaway ideas with your wedding planner and with your venue!
Lastly… don’t forget a romantic kiss! A sweep-you-off-your-feet, showstopping kiss is key to the perfect grand exit. After all, you’re finally married!
DFW Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree
We’re excited to reveal Natalie and John’s big day, a beautiful spring wedding we’ll never forget. Though inclement weather threatened to change our plans, we still managed to get away with the outdoor ceremony Natalie and John dreamed of. Our forecast and radar predicted thunderstorms and hail all day long (luckily, as experienced DFW Wedding Planners, we definitely had a backup plan!)… but the weather miraculously held off just long enough for this couple to tie the knot!
Believe it or not, we actually went through the same scenario on Addie and Michael’s big day at The Dallas Arboretum. Scary forecasts threatened to thwart their outdoor ceremony, but the clouds cleared for half an hour so the happy couple could say “I do.” The weird part? Their wedding was also on April 29! The exact same date as Natalie and John’s inclement weather wedding day. Clearly both of these couples had luck on their side… they both managed to walk down the aisle without a drop of rain (at least until guests were safely indoors for the reception!).
We brought the bride’s pretty pink color palette to life with lush springtime blooms, including a ceremony arch statement piece. It set the stage for Natalie and John’s outdoor vows, creating a beautiful focal point at the top of the venue’s stairs. We love the couple’s added detail: a “cord of three strands” woven together during the ceremony.
Natalie and John put a lot of thought into the personalized touches for their wedding day… from heartfelt notes exchanged between the bride and groom, to custom koozies and fun groom’s socks. Every detail was a nod to the couple’s unique love story. Guests are sure to remember this one for years to come!
Take a look at these images from the big day (captured by David Cheney Photography) to catch a glimpse of Natalie and John’s love story. And don’t forget to scroll all the way down to see their wedding video from Lynn Films! Cheers to the happy couple!
DFW Wedding Planners: A Stylish Soiree
DFW Wedding Florist: A Stylish Soiree
Venue: Aristide at Mansfield
Photography: David Cheney Photography
Videography: Lynn Films
Stationery: Tim and Sheila Cox
Hair: Leah Fincher
Makeup: Dallas Hair and Make Up
Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses: Patsy’s Bridal
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Entertainment: LeForce Entertainment (DJ: Nate)
Love Seat Vendor: Rent My Dust
Catering: Milestone Catering
Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings
Officiant: Todd from Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis, Texas
Getaway Car: Premiere Transportation
Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites | Hyatt Regency
Dallas Wedding Planners | A Stylish Soiree
We are so pleased to unveil Morgan and Ryan’s wedding gallery, featuring a beautiful ceremony at Royal Lane Baptist Church and a celebration at The Room on Main that guests will never forget!
Morgan and Ryan’s joy is unmistakable in every photo; their laughter, affection, and infectious smiles captured the essence of an authentic happiness that is sure to last a lifetime. And how stunning is Morgan as a bride?! She pulled off a fitted blush-toned mermaid dress with incredible grace and style. (Don’t forget to take a peek at her bridal portraits if you haven’t had a chance!).
Our team of Dallas wedding planners enjoyed every moment of working with this special couple. Our floral team was also hard at work, crafting elegant arrangements perfectly suited to a springtime wedding. Touches of purple and lavender brought this wedding to life, tied together with hints of silver. Classic floral design helped maintain an elegant feel at the ceremony and reception… a perfect fit for this sophisticated couple!
Once the party got started, Emerald City Band knocked it out of the park. Guests were dancing long into the night, and no one could resist joining the fun out on the dance floor (well, maybe just to take a break and enjoy these fabulous cakes…). It was no easy feat to bring the celebration to an end, but our grand exit out of The Room on Main certainly made for a memorable sendoff. Take a look for yourself!
Special thanks to all our vendors; we could not be Dallas wedding planners without your incredible help. Thank you in particular to Andrea Elizabeth Photography for capturing all these joyful memories on camera:
Dallas Wedding Planners: A Stylish Soiree
Wedding Florist: A Stylish Soiree
Photography: Andrea Elizabeth Photography
Beauty: Natalia Issa
Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren
Catering: CN Catering
Ceremony Venue: Royal Lane Baptist Church
Ceremony Music: Serenata Strings
Reception Venue: The Room on Main
Reception Entertainment: Emerald City Band
Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines
Travel and Accommodations: Hotel ZaZa and Hotel Indigo