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Kristin + Michael

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

 

 

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The Reception

 

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Vendors:
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

Emily: Bridal Portraits

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…

 

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Photography: Stephanie Brazzle Photography
Hair and Makeup: Kiss Her Face Bridal
Gown: Circle Park Bridal

Bethany + Tyler

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:

 

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The Ceremony

 

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The Reception

 

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Vendors:

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
Gown: Pronovias
Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Stationery: Paper Planet

 

 

Grand Exit Strategy: Getaway Ideas!

Dallas TX Wedding Planner | A Stylish Soiree : Grand Exit Strategy

 

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!

 

Natalie + John at Aristide in Mansfield

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!

 

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Vendors:
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

Morgan + Ryan: Wedding at The Room on Main

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:

 

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Vendors:

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

Q&A: All Your Father of the Bride Questions—Answered!

Wedding Planner | Father of the Bride Q&A

 

Dallas Wedding Planner | Father of the Bride Q&A

We’re wrapping up our week of Father’s Day content with one last post to answer any of your father-of-the-bride questions! By now, you know how much we love the father/daughter aspect of a wedding day. Nothing can compare to that special bond—especially on your wedding day.

Our final topic for the week covers all the questions we (as a wedding planner) frequently get about dads and their role on the big day. Take a look below to find out everything you need to know!

 

Q: What does dad wear to the wedding?
A: This depends on the formality of your wedding, but Dad should take his cue from the groom and groomsmen. If they are wearing tuxedos, he should do the same; if they are in suits, he should wear one as well. He should also (of course!) consult the mother of the bride to coordinate colors and formality. Your father might want to choose a complementary suit color that differentiates him from the groomsmen, without clashing; similarly, he might desire a distinctive tie or bowtie to distinguish him from the bridal party.

Q: How involved does Dad need to be in wedding planning?
A: In generations past, dads were rarely involved in much of the wedding planning. Unfortunately, they were often expected to just provide the checkbook for the occasion. Thankfully, today’s wedding planning is much more inclusive! Grooms and dads are both taking more interest in the celebration, and their participation is quite welcome!

Your dad can be as involved (or as uninvolved) as you both see fit. Common areas for Dad to help out include hotel and transportation arrangements, as well as family accommodations (i.e., Who will pick up Aunt Martha from the airport? Does Uncle Henry have a convenient place to stay?). Many fathers also help stock and manage the bar with tasteful beer, wine, and liquor selections. His level of participation is up to you; you might want to consider a few tasks you can delegate to Dad so he can help out with the big day!

Q: Which side does dad’s boutonniere go on?
A: Boutonnieres always go on the left lapel. Just remember—over his heart (and on the same side as wedding rings!).

Q: Can I do a “First Look” with Dad?
A: Absolutely! And we think they’re just the sweetest thing. The photos of this special moment – when he sees his daughter as a beautiful bride – are simply priceless.

Q: If Dad is walking me down the aisle, who escorts my mom in the processional?
A: Typically a groomsman or son (oftentimes her son is a groomsman!) will escort the mother of the bride down the aisle. Likewise, the mother of the groom is traditionally escorted by her son (or a groomsman), followed by her husband (if living) a few steps behind.

Q: What if my dad is deceased or estranged? Who walks me down the aisle?
A: Of course, we hope to see a beloved father/daughter moment on the big day… but in some families, that is simply not the case—and that is completely ok! Brides may select an important figure in their life to walk them down the aisle… sometimes a brother, uncle, or dear friend. If her father has passed away, she may choose to let Mom walk her down the aisle and give her away in Dad’s honor. Alternatively, there is nothing wrong with a bride choosing to make her grand entrance solo!

Q: When do we do the father-daughter dance?
A: The order of the ceremony is up to you, and may be customized to suit your preferences. Traditionally, the couple is introduced and makes a grand entrance into the reception venue. Then, the newlyweds will enjoy their traditional first dance. Typically the father/daughter dance follows, and then the groom dances with his mom.

Q: Does my dad have to give a toast?
A: It is traditional for the father of the bride to give a toast, but there is no obligation if it doesn’t suit his style. He may give a toast at the wedding reception, but it is increasingly popular for all toasts to take place at the rehearsal dinner, in a more intimate setting. Some dads prefer to instead deliver a short welcome message to the reception guests, or may even choose to lead guests in prayer before a meal.

 

Still need help? Don’t sweat it! Our wedding planner team is here to answer all your questions—whether about your father’s role in the big day, or anything else you might be unsure about. Don’t forget to check out our other posts about our beloved dads: Father-Daughter Dance Song Ideas and Special Touches for Dad on Your Wedding Day.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! It is our honor to help bring your daughters’ wedding-day visions to life. Thank you for allowing us to be part of such a memorable milestone for your family. We couldn’t do it without your love and support!

 

Wedding Planner | Father of the Bride Q&A

Andrea Elizabeth Photography

Father-Daughter Dance Songs

DFW Wedding Planner: Father Daughter Dance Songs

Did you catch our last post? We’re covering father/daughter moments this week in honor of Father’s Day (which is quickly approaching! Time to get those gifts and cards if you haven’t already!). As a DFW wedding planner, we’ve seen our fair share of sentimental wedding-day moments… but there’s one that always brings a tear to our eye: the father/daughter dance.

Watching our brides dance with their dads is a sentimental highlight of every wedding. There is something so special about that father/daughter bond—and what a bittersweet moment for dad, as he gives away his little girl. The father/daughter dance is a great opportunity to create memories with your dad, and to add a personalized touch to your reception.

Selecting the right song is no easy feat, but we’re here to help. Check out our list of favorite father/daughter wedding dance songs to spark some inspiration!

Classic

  • Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • Daddy’s Little Girl (Michael Bublé)
  • My Girl (The Temptations)
  • What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
  • Lean on Me (Bill Withers)
  • You Send Me (Sam Cooke)

Modern

  • Daughters (John Mayer)
  • Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
  • Father and Daughter (Paul Simon)
  • Hero (Mariah Carey)
  • I Loved Her First (Heartland)
  • When you Need Me (Bruce Springsteen)

Quirky

  • Sweet Pea (Amos Lee)
  • Constellations (Jack Johnson)
  • You Are My Sunshine (Johnny Cash)
  • Ain’t That Love (Bill Withers)
  • Wildflowers (Tom Petty)
  • Thank You (Led Zeppelin)
  • Count On Me (Bruno Mars)

 

Still not sure which one is right for you? Let Dad pick! Allow him to select a song for the two of you… it will be a sweet opportunity for him to contribute to the big day, and you’ll be so touched by whatever song he chooses. Whether you choose a traditional classic, or opt for something completely unique… select a song that captures your personality and sets the tone for a special moment with your dad.

Stay tuned later this week for one more post about fathers of the brides!

 

Special Touches for Dad on Your Wedding Day

DFW Wedding Planning | Father/Daughter Moments

DFW Wedding Planning | Father-Daughter Moments
Andrea Elizabeth Photography

With Father’s Day just around the corner (yes, mark those calendars!), we’re showcasing one of the most important people present on the wedding day: your dad! How many of us dream of that special moment: the bride’s grand entrance on the aisle, hand-in-hand with her beloved father. There’s nothing quite like a father/daughter relationship… and for Dad, giving away his little girl can be such a bittersweet moment. Luckily, he can rest assured that you’ve found a lifelong happiness with your husband-to-be!

We know how much you care about your dad, especially on a milestone occasion as monumental as your wedding day. That’s why we’re posting our favorite ways to acknowledge Dad on the big day:

  • Do a First Look… with Dad! You’ve heard all about the ever-popular “First Look” with your fiancé… but what about a First Look with Dad? Our DFW wedding planning team loves this tradition! Make a plan with your photographer to do a “big reveal” of your bridal look to your father. Trust us, the emotion and joy captured in these photos will having you tearing up for years to come!
  • Something Borrowed/Blue: Let Dad contribute to your bridal accessories with something borrowed or something blue. The possibilities are endless!… Perhaps his blue handkerchief, or a swatch of his blue dress shirt sewn into your gown lining. He will be touched by whatever you choose—and you’ll be glad to have a memento of his love as you walk down the aisle.
  • Father/Daughter Dance: A classic father/daughter wedding moment! And, if we must confess, the wedding-day moment that almost always makes us tear up. Better yet? Offer Dad the opportunity to pick your father/daughter dance song. You’re guaranteed to remember his song selection for a lifetime.
  • Write a Thank You Letter: Nothing is quite as heartfelt as a handwritten letter—and what better opportunity than your wedding day to thank Dad in writing. Express your love and gratitude in a handwritten note, prepared to deliver to your father on the wedding day. Don’t forget to ask the photographer to capture his expression when he opens the envelope!
  • Program Note: For a public acknowledgement of Dad’s love and support, consider adding a brief note to the bottom of your ceremony program. “The Bride and Groom wish to thank their parents for their unconditional love, unwavering support, and inspirational examples of marriage. We are honored to tie the knot with you by our side.”
  • Welcome or Blessing: Give Dad the honor of a short public speech like a welcome or opening blessing at the reception. You’ll never forget his words of love and wisdom!
  • Raise a Toast: Consider publicly acknowledging your father with a brief toast to thank him for his support. You may wish to raise your glass in a more intimate setting, like at the rehearsal dinner. You can also let your groom do the honors by toasting his soon-to-be father-in-law!

 

Any gesture, grand or small, will mean so much to your dad if it comes from the heart. Your wedding is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge his love and support. After all, it’s a big day for him too!

Thank you to all the fathers of the bride out there. We are honored that you entrust us with your daughter’s special day, and we couldn’t do it without you. There’s nothing more special than a heartfelt father/daughter moment on her wedding day.

Need more ideas? Feel free to reach out to our DFW wedding planning team! As planners, we love to meet our couples’ families and incorporate their honored loved ones into the wedding day. It is such a special occasion for everyone–and the smiles on their faces are a clear reminder of why we love what we do.

Oooh… Stylish!

Dallas Wedding Florists | A Stylish Soiree

 

We’ve got something special to unveil today that you’re definitely going to love! Our email list already got an exclusive look at this fun surprise, but we’re excited to share it now with the rest of the world. We teamed up with Maddie Beene at LeForce Entertainment to create a little treat for all flower-lovers: a tutorial on how to make your own perfectly styled centerpiece… “Tasty” video style! Watch our Dallas wedding florists put their skills to work, creating a gorgeous floral design that anyone can try.

Just like the popular recipe videos, our tutorial was created to achieve professional results in no time at all. A beginner can definitely take on this project… and produce a beautiful final design! With our video to point you in the right direction, you can design a floral centerpiece that looks lush and professional—in under two minutes! This versatile “recipe” for a stunning arrangement is guaranteed to impress year-round… whether at special occasions, formal celebrations, or backyard get-togethers.

Take a look and enjoy our tutorial!

Oooh… Stylish!

 

 

Give it a try, and show off your floral design skills at your next event… or simply enjoy them at home. This design would make a stunning centerpiece at any celebration, or could easily elevate your coffee table or foyer to a stylish and sophisticated level.

Looking for something a bit more customized? Our team of Dallas wedding florists would love to create a unique floral concept for your luxury wedding or event. Feel free to get in touch with any questions, so we can start dreaming of a personalized floral design for your big day.

We’d love to see your floral creations on Instagram—so don’t forget to tag us! @astylishsoireedallas. We hope you enjoy the video… and we wish you the best of luck with your own designs!