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Natalie + John at Aristide in Mansfield

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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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Reception:

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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

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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!

 

Tips for the Perfect Summer Wedding

Dallas Texas Wedding Planner | Summer Wedding Tips: A Stylish Soiree

 

Dallas Texas Wedding Planner | Summer Wedding Tips

 

June is here already and we couldn’t be more excited. Summertime is always a favorite season, especially when it comes to weddings. Summer is an ideal season for colorful floral design,

As a Dallas Texas wedding planner, there are a few things we recommend to beat the heat, keep guests comfortable, and pull off a memorable occasion. Take a look at a few of our top tips to host the perfect summer wedding:

 

  • Send Save the Dates and Invitations early: summer is known for beachy vacations, family trips, and couples’ getaways. If you’re planning a summertime wedding, send Save the Dates and Invitations early enough for guests to mark their vacation calendars around your date. Even if you send an early notice, be aware that some guests may already have long-term travel plans booked on your big day (don’t take it too personally, and be gracious when accepting their regrets).
  • Add some color: summer is the best season for a pop of color in your wedding décor and floral design. Let your event design reflect the appropriate season with bright flowers, elegantly arranged to create a sophisticated summery feel. And remember: flowers are sensitive to the heat—we always do our best to preserve your arrangements for as long as possible (don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of great tricks up our sleeves), but it can be hard for delicate ivory blooms to survive the summertime heat. Adding a bit of color helps keep your flowers looking fresh from start to finish!
  • Offer a summery cocktail: let your guests sip on something sweet! Consider a signature cocktail that reflects the season: chilled rosé or fruity mojitos will be a welcome treat. Keep your bar selections light, fruity, and bubbly for a refreshing cocktail experience.
  • Hydrate! even if you’re indoors all day, it’s so important to stay hydrated—especially as the bride. Keep bottled water handy all day long, and encourage your wedding party to sip water too. You’d hate to have a bridesmaid (or worse, the bride!) faint on the aisle! Make it fun with cute water bottles as gifts for your girls… and don’t forget to use a straw after you’ve applied lipstick.
  • Hydrate Guests: likewise, make sure water is readily available for your guests. Have the bartender pre-pour water glasses, or even offer water bottles at the ceremony entrance (you can customize the labels for a more personalized touch). This is especially important if guests will be outdoors at all… even a long walk from parking lot to church can be a lot for elderly guests in wedding attire.
  • Serve a seasonally appropriate dinner: while not mandatory, a lighter dinner menu selection could be ideal for your summer wedding. Avoid heavy creams and rich side dishes; instead, opt for a lighter meal with plenty of seasonal inspiration. Accent the entree with a crisp summery salad, seasonal vegetables, and delectable dessert.
  • Consider summer-inspired favors: the possibilities are endless when it comes to wedding favors, but summer might inspire some fun ideas. From custom sunglasses to seasonal desserts (blackberry tarts anyone?), there’s no limit to your summer-inspired favors.

 

Our best tip? Hire a Dallas Texas wedding planner! Whether you book with us, or one of our wonderful vendor friends… a qualified planner will be there to catch all the details and smooth over any hiccups. A planner’s expertise is guaranteed to help create a memorable summer celebration; plus, we know how to work with the summertime heat to keep you and your guests as comfortable as possible!

Happy summer wedding planning!

 

5 Ways to De-Stress While Planning Your Wedding

Wedding Planning Dallas | 5 Ways to De-Stress While Planning Your Wedding

Wedding Planning Dallas | 5 Ways to De-Stress While Planning Your Wedding

 

Being engaged is a whirlwind experience… it’s a precious season to share with your sweetheart, and a beautiful time to connect with loved ones. However, between all the wedding planning decisions and parties in your honor, sometimes it feels like the spotlight is always on you. The bride (and/or groom!) has to make countless decisions about the big day: Ivory linens or blush? Which shoes will the bridesmaids wear? Who’s driving Grandma to the ceremony? What time should you do a first look? 

It adds up! Prevent wedding planning overwhelm by taking time for yourself. Start with these top five tips to de-stress while planning your wedding:

5. Get regular manicures: Put this at the top of your to-do list! As a bride-to-be, you’ll have people asking to see your gorgeous ring all the time. All the sudden, your hand is extremely popular! Make sure your nails are ready to show off that sparkly gem. Treat yourself to regular manicures to guarantee an hour of relaxation away from all the planning.

4. Exercise often, sleep well: Trust us, it’s important. You’ll feel better (and look great on the wedding day) if you take good care of yourself. It might be tempting to skip out on these essentials, but you should prioritize self-care over wedding planning—always. Stick to a routine; it will help keep balance in your daily schedule, and set a dependable rhythm for your week amidst planning craziness.

3. Delegate: Feeling overwhelmed? Delegate what you can (see also #1!). Make a list of the wedding decisions that are truly most important to you. If a planning task doesn’t land on that list, delegate it. Invite your bridesmaids over to stuff invitations, or take your mom up on that offer to assemble favors. If a friend asks how they can help, have a short list of simple tasks in mind so you can delegate.

2. Carve out date nights (no wedding talk allowed!): Don’t let the wedding overshadow your relationship. Engagement is a precious, short season of life—you deserve to enjoy it! Remember that the wedding day is just the start of a lifetime together… it is far more important to build the foundation of a marriage than it is to have the perfect shade of napkin at your reception. Set aside scheduled date nights with your soon-to-be husband (no wedding talk allowed!). Reconnect, fall in love all over again, and have fun.

1. Hire a wedding planner! We can’t stress this one enough. Sure, we may be biased… but objectively, there are so many reasons you’ll be grateful for a planner. An experienced coordinator will help you make decisions that bring your dream wedding day to life. They’ll keep you on track, on time, and on budget. They’ll also connect you with top-notch vendors who will go above and beyond to make your big day a success. If there is anything you do to give yourself peace of mind, hire a wedding planner!

 

We hope these 5 tips make your wedding planning experience a bit smoother. Don’t forget to celebrate the little things (and feel free to pop the champagne over small victories!). Though there are a lot of tasks to accomplish, wedding planning shouldn’t overwhelm your relationships with the people you love. Keep it all in perspective!

Want to hand over all the logistics to us? We’d be happy to help. Our team is known for some of the top wedding planning Dallas has to offer. We specialize in executing personalized, memorable celebrations. We’re here to take the stress away from you during engagement, and to bring you a wedding day perfectly tailored to your dream vision. Contact us if we can be of assistance!

P.S. – We’re sharing a fun little surprise next week, and we thought you’d like to be the first to see it! Sign up for our email list to get the sneak peek before anyone else.

Wedding Flowers for Moms

Wedding Flowers for Moms | Happy Mother's Day from A Stylish Soiree

Wedding Flowers for Moms 

Happy Mother’s Day to all our amazing moms out there! We hope you’ve enjoyed our recent posts about including Mothers of the Bride and Mothers of the Groom in your wedding celebration. Today, we’ve got one more post for you to wrap up the Mother’s Day weekend… wedding flowers for moms!

It is traditional for the bride’s and groom’s parents to process down the aisle before the bridal party enters the ceremony. The seating of the parents typically signals the beginning of the wedding ceremony; guests’ attention is directed toward the aisle, and anticipation heightens for the procession to begin.

Since all eyes will be on the MOB (Mother of the Bride) and the MOG (Mother of the Groom) as they are escorted down the aisle, you may wish to adorn both mothers with wedding flowers. This distinguishes both ladies as respective mothers of the bride and groom, and is a polite gesture of honor toward your parents. Plus – if the moms are a bit nervous – a floral arrangement can give them something to do with their hands, making their journey down the aisle a little less intimidating.

There are quite a few floral options for moms! Any of the following wedding flowers can be personalized to complement your bridal party bouquets, and each of them are acceptable as floral arrangements for MOB and / or  MOG:

  • Wrist Corsage: a traditional option, the wrist corsage is a small gathering of blooms affixed to a bracelet-style cuff to be worn on the wrist. Wrist corsages allow moms to keep their hands free – making them an ideal choice if your MOB and MOG would like to carry a clutch or handkerchief during the ceremony.
  • Dress Corsage: another traditional selection, a dress corsage is a similar grouping of blooms that (instead of the wrist) is pinned to the left-side lapel of a jacket or a dress. Dress corsages have faded from popularity in recent years, but they are a classic arrangement – and may be a favorite for grandmothers, especially if they are wearing a long-sleeved jacket that makes it difficult to wear a wrist corsage.
  • Bouquet: some brides include a full bouquet for their MOB and / or MOG. These arrangements can be identical to the bridesmaid bouquets, or may have some distinguishing floral element (for example, a slightly different complementary color, or a unique sprig of greenery added only to the mothers’ bouquets).
  • Posy: similar to a bouquet, a posy is simply a smaller version of a classic bouquet. This is a popular choice for MOBs and MOGs, as it gives moms something to hold while they walk down the aisle – but is not cumbersome after they’ve been seated. Posies are a lovely way to distinguish moms as parents of the happy couple!
  • Floral Clutch: for a unique twist, ask your florist to embellish a clutch purse for your MOB and / or MOG. A few thoughtfully arranged blooms affixed to her clutch can be great way to spruce up your moms’ wedding-day attire, and serve a practical purpose. Plus, she won’t have to worry about managing both a bouquet and a purse as she makes her debut on the aisle.

So, which one suits your style? Any of these arrangements can be a beautiful way to honor your MOB and MOG in the wedding ceremony. And don’t forget, these can be offered to grandmothers as well! Talk with your MOB and MOG to see which flowers they might prefer, then let your florist create a unique piece for each mom. We would be honored to help!

To all the mothers out there… Happy Mother’s Day, and thank you for all that you do. We are lucky to work closely with MOBs and MOGs, and it is a joy to see their love and support throughout the entire planning process. We hope you all enjoy a lovely day celebrating your moms and mothers-in-law!

And to our vendor friends: Happy Mother’s Day to all the working mamas out there. In wedding industry, we know many of you work long and late hours to serve your clients wholeheartedly – and yet, in all the chaos, you still make time for your little ones. We admire all the moms out there who are doing their best to love their families and their businesses! Balancing both is no easy feat, and we are honored to work alongside so many mamas who do it well. Happy Mother’s Day; you deserve to celebrate!

Mother of the Groom Duties

Wedding Planning | Traditional Mother of the Groom Duties | A Stylish Soiree

Wedding Planning | Traditional Mother of the Groom Duties

As Mother’s Day draws nearer, we’re thinking of all the special women we get to work with on a daily basis. While we often collaborate closely with the bride and her mom, there’s another key player to consider: the Mother of the Groom (MOG)! While she may not take on quite as a big a role as the MOB, she’s a very important consideration in the wedding planning process – and a very important part of the bride’s new family!

How can you include the Mother of the Groom in your wedding planning? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at our list of the traditional duties of the MOG:

  • Help introduce family members who have not yet met
  • Assist with collecting guest addresses for the groom’s family
  • Consult the bride and her mother about the preferred MOG attire for the wedding day
  • Consult the bride about groom’s attire and assist in finding it if needed
  • Call any guests on the groom’s side of the family who have not yet RSVP-ed
  • Offer to run any errands that might assist the bride. Examples include:
    • Pick up the dress
    • Pick up invitations from the printer
    • Handle registry exchanges
  • Plan and host the rehearsal dinner
  • Pin the boutonniere on the groom—while not mandatory, this can be a sweet photo opportunity! Sometimes it’s easier for the planner to take lead here; we have plenty of experience pinning boutonnieres and can help make sure it’s affixed properly. Ask your MOG about this, and offer her the opportunity to pin the boutonniere if she’d like.
  • Dance with the groom on the wedding day. Consider letting her pick the song! It’s a relatively small decision that means a lot to the MOG and her son.

That being said, weddings are becoming more and more personalized… you certainly aren’t required to adhere to traditional duties if they don’t suit your style. Let this list be a conversation starter for you and the MOG; find out what her expectations are, and create a game plan that works for both of you.

In addition, you might consider inviting her to these milestone moments (while not traditionally required, these are nice gestures of inclusion if you choose to incorporate them):

  • Dress Fitting
  • Bridal Showers
  • Cake Tasting
  • MOG Dress Shopping (if she wants help finding the perfect dress, offer to accompany her and assist her in finding a flattering gown that suits her own style)

You may also wish to ask her about any personal details she would like to incorporate into the ceremony. Ask if she’d like to contribute “something borrowed” to your bridal ensemble, or inquire about family photos to display at the reception. Your interest in including her will go a long way in solidifying a good impression with your future mother-in-law!

As we’ve mentioned before, our best advice of all is to prioritize relationship over any planning details! You and the MOG are about to become family for a lifetime. Let your relationship be the primary focus throughout engagement: What can you do to include her in the process? How can you get to know each other better? Focus on the relationship over any minute details… it’s a big help to start your marriage off on the right foot, and you’ll have more fun along the way!

Happy Mother’s Day from the Team at A Stylish Soiree! As a wedding planner in DFW, we are lucky to work with such amazing moms and daughters. From new moms to empty nesters and everyone in between, we wish you the happiest day celebrating with the ones you love.