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Sweet Mother-Daughter Details to Incorporate into Your Wedding Day

 

Wedding Planner in DFW | Sweet Mother-Daughter Wedding Day Details

Wedding Planner in DFW | Mother-Daughter Wedding Details

 

It’s hard to believe May has already arrived, and the entire spring season is flying by! In just one week, Mother’s Day will already be here… and we couldn’t be more excited! This month, we’re bringing you all kinds of tips focused on mom and her role in the big wedding day.

As a wedding planner in DFW, we get to work with lots of mother-daughter duos as we plan their celebration. A wedding is such an treasured occasion for both of you – and there’s something special about sharing in the excitement together.

Many of our sweet brides want to acknowledge their mother-daughter relationship on the day of the wedding – and we think it’s so beautiful when they do. So today, we’re giving out a few of our favorite mother-daughter details you can incorporate into your own special day!

 

  • Something Borrowed: Ask your mom if she would be willing to contribute “something borrowed” to your wedding-day ensemble. Let her have fun finding the perfect detail to add to your ensemble (perhaps her own wedding pearls, an heirloom handkerchief, or a pair of delicate earrings).
  • Bridal Accessories: Not every bride wants to don her mother’s wedding dress, but there are endearing ways to incorporate her wedding-day style into your own. Consider adding pearl beads from her gown into a delicate hairpiece of your own, or re-purpose lace from her dress into your veil. You’ll always have a piece of her with you on the wedding day!
  • Day-of Notes: Consider writing a note to your mom (and / or dad) for her to read on the big day. After all, it’s an emotional day for her too! This is a perfect opportunity to express your emotions and also give her a keepsake she will treasure for years to come.
  • Finishing Touches: Let your mom be the one to make any finishing touches on your bridal look – buttoning the dress, fastening your necklace, adjusting your veil. And don’t forget to have your photographer capture these sweet moments on camera!
  • Raise a Toast: Thank your mom publicly for everything she has done for your wedding day – and all the years leading up to it. The rehearsal dinner can be an ideal place to make a brief speech about how much your mom means to you; she’ll appreciate it more than you know.
  • Program Note: Consider giving a thoughtful “shout out” to mom in your printed wedding program. Include a sentence or two thanking her (and / or your dad) for their blessing and for celebrating the occasion with you. Keep it a surprise… she’s sure to tear up in the pews!

 

Any of these mother-daughter moments are sure to spark a special memory for both of you. Our best advice? Make your mother-daughter relationship a priority over any planning details. A wedding is one day (albeit a very special one), but your relationship with your mom goes far beyond that. Engagement is a short season, filled with so much excitement and anticipation for the most wonderful day of your life. Share the excitement with your mom, and create opportunities to make memories together… dress shopping, coffee dates, or unexpected gifts. These are the moments with your mom that you’ll treasure for a lifetime (not a trite disagreement over silver or gold chargers!).

Simply make time for you and your mom to enjoy each other’s company and share in the joy of the big day – you’ll cherish the memories for years to come!

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.

Ally + Austin

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

We are so thrilled to unveil Ally and Austin’s wedding gallery today. They might just be the sweetest couple we’ve ever worked with! Ally and Austin were so over-the-top in love… and it showed in every moment of their big day. Amidst all the wedding planning, they never lost sight of the utter joy they’ve found in each other.

We’re in love with their choice of color: lavender and violet, with accents of greenery and sage. Could this be any prettier for a spring wedding? Potted herbs were the perfect finishing touch!

Both the bride and groom were very laid back and down-to-earth, so we incorporated a lot of natural, organic detail into their reception design. The Laurel provided a stunning backdrop for both ceremony and reception, featuring a Hill Country-esque mix of hardwood beams and Austin stone.

For the ceremony, our floral team created an organic floral arch, with lush potted herbs placed around the base of the installation. It set the tone for an intimate ceremony—one so filled with love, we doubt there was a dry eye in the entire venue.

Best of all? Their wedding was filled with the sweetest personal details: Austin lovingly created both of the wedding bands himself—featuring a completely handmade design for his bride. He also crafted the groom’s cufflinks by hand. Ally incorporated pieces of her grandmother’s handmade lace into the ceremony and reception décor, carrying a treasured family heirloom into the next generation.

These details are just the beginning… Ally and Austin included a personalized touch for every facet of their celebration. Their sweet love story was the foundation for a beautiful day, and a lifetime of happiness together.

Anyone who was present at Ally and Austin’s ceremony commented that there was definitely something special about this adorable couple and their wedding-day celebration. And we think that when you see their gallery, you’ll agree: Ally and Austin’s love for each other shines in every moment from their big day!

 

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

Wedding Planner Dallas TX | Ally + Austin: The Laurel

 

An enormous thanks to our vendor team. We could not have made this day so special for Ally and Austin without your help:

Vendors:
Wedding Planner Dallas TX: A Stylish Soiree
Wedding Florist: A Stylish Soiree
Venue: The Laurel
Photography: The Tarnos
Hair and Makeup: Angie Williams
Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth
Bridal Gown: Bridal Boutique of Lewisville
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
Catering: Gil’s Elegant Catering
DJ: Adam with LeForce Entertainment
Rentals: LeForce Entertainment
Officiant: Patrick Woodruff

Above and Beyond: 32 Crazy Things We’ve Done Behind The Scenes

Dallas Wedding Planner | Behind the Scenes: 25 Things Your Wedding Planner Will Do That You Won't Even Know About

Dallas Wedding Planner | Behind the Scenes with A Stylish Soiree

No matter how much preparation goes into your big day, there will always be a hiccup or two on the day of the wedding. As a Dallas wedding planner, we’re here to make sure you don’t even know about those little setbacks! We pitch in, problem-solve, and smooth things over so that you, as the bride, don’t have to worry about a thing.

Luckily, we’ve got a decade of experience under our belts; we believe detailed planning from the get-go significantly narrows your chances of any hiccups arising. That being said, it’s always good to be aware of “what could happen” and to know that, in the event of a small snafu, your Dallas wedding planner has it covered. Not every planner is willing to jump in and do the dirty work, but here at A Stylish Soiree we’ve got your back no matter what. The items on these list don’t happen at every wedding (thankfully!), but they have happened before!

Here’s a sample of just a few tasks we’ve been known to complete behind the scenes…

  1. Scraping bird poop off a bride’s dress using a Shout wipe, just before the ceremony
  2. Running to the store to get fire-ant poison for the ant mounds that were all over the ceremony venue
  3. Being family therapist—solving arguments among family members without involving the bride
  4. Fixing boutonnieres that break or get crushed (sadly, guys don’t have the best reputation for carefully protecting our flowers!)
  5. Going to the liquor store to re-stock the bar because the bride seriously underestimated how much her guests would drink…
  6. Facilitating drunk guests at the end of the night—and getting them into cabs for a safe ride home
  7. Cutting the groom off, so that he’ll actually make it down the aisle and remember the ceremony!
  8. Adjusting a bride’s dress: constantly monitoring dress length, bustle status, and boob placement (gotta make sure they stay in the dress!)
  9. Sewing, safety pinning, and stain-removing bridesmaids’ dresses
  10. Going to Mens Wearhouse on the day of the wedding to get pocket squares, pants, and shoes for a Father of the Bride who didn’t have them
  11. Going to the store to get plates, utensils, cake cutters, ice, serving spoons, etc.
  12. Going to the store to get bar supplies, beer and wine openers, towels, shakers, etc.—anything that the “freelance bartenders” the couple hired forgot to bring
  13. Buying cake toppers, table numbers, chair signs, etc. because someone forgot to bring them
  14. Re-icing a wedding cake after the frosting started to melt
  15. Re-structuring a cake after it started to lean
  16. Re-decorating a cake that was sent with the wrong decoration
  17. Fixing delivery mishaps—like lounge furniture delivered to the wrong event (yikes!)
  18. Using vendor relationships to fix any problems (we were able to get another vendor to use their box truck to deliver the lounge furniture to the correct wedding… thank you, vendor friends!)
  19. Cleaning bridal/groom suites
  20. Cleaning spilled drinks/glass off of the dance floor (while guests are still dancing!)
  21. Cleaning up vomit in the toilet trailers at a wedding on a private residence
  22. Emptying trash cans, when the caterer won’t
  23. Bussing tables, when the catering staff won’t
  24. Moving tables, chairs, and furniture
  25. Assembling IKEA furniture for lounge area
  26. Clamping linens to tables that are blowing away due to wind
  27. Holding crying babies during the ceremony
  28. Wrangling children in the right direction
  29. Taking left over items at the end of the night
  30. Storing items after the wedding
  31. Dumpster-diving for an heirloom ring that the grandmother tied on the the bride bouquet and didn’t tell anyone! The bouquet was thrown away with all kinds of garbage at the end of the night. Luckily, we did recover the family ring!
  32. Picking up the couple’s dog and bringing him to the wedding (and we’re so glad we did… guests loved him!)

 

This list is just the beginning; our job as your Dallas wedding planner runs the gamut of odd jobs and behind-the-scenes tasks. If anything, we believe this list is further evidence that a planner is so worth the investment… let us handle these little hiccups, so you and your family can relax and enjoy the day without ever knowing about any small obstacles that might crop up. You don’t want mom to be dumpster-diving at the end of the night! Let us handle it… Because ultimately, no matter how crazy things get, we love what we do!

At A Stylish Soiree, we believe our vendor team is just that—a team. Luckily for us, we work with amazing vendors who can help us pull off any event, no matter what kind of hiccups arise. On your wedding day, we’re just one part of a much bigger picture. That means nobody is superior on our vendor team; nobody is above pitching in to help… whether that means moving chairs, holding a crying baby, or safety pinning a bridesmaid dress. We’re not afraid to get down and dirty if that’s what it takes to deliver your dream day!

 

Morgan: Bridal Portraits

Can you believe it? This pretty lady is officially a Mrs.! Morgan and Ryan tied the knot this weekend in a beautiful ceremony, and then celebrated afterward at The Room on Main. We can’t wait to showcase more details about their DFW wedding, but in the meantime… we’re so excited that we can finally unveil Morgan’s stunning bridal portraits!

Her mermaid-silhouette gown was exquisite from head to toe. A hint of blush color accentuated the lace embellishment details—perfectly complemented by her mantilla veil. Paired with simple and elegant jewelry, Morgan’s bridal look was definitely one for the books.

Andrea Elizabeth Photography never fails to impress. She perfectly captured both Morgan’s bridal style and her sweet personality. Take a look at this gorgeous bride, and stay tuned for images from her wedding day:

 

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Morgan, you were a lovely bride—inside and out. We were so honored to help plan your DFW wedding, and we can’t wait to share more photos of your special day. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Burton!

 

Jacy + Sam

Wedding Planner DFW: Jacy + Sam’s Wedding Day at The Tribute

We’re starting the week off right with some lovely wedding inspiration! Jacy and Sam tied the knot just a few weeks ago, in a lovely ceremony and a beautiful reception at The Tribute in The Colony. With an ivory and blush color palette, they celebrated in classic style. We especially loved the bride’s lace-trimmed dress (look at the embellishment detail!), and the newlywed couple’s grand exit through shimmery bubbles blown by their smiling guests.

The couple and the venue were absolutely perfect; what could be better than a couple in love on a picturesque golf course? As our talented photographer Tracy Autem puts it: “The course views and the sliver of the lake in the background paired with these two made for a very happy photographer… and Sam is so sweet to Jacy!”

Their love for each other certainly shines through in Tracy’s photos! This happy newlywed couple is destined for a fairytale marriage. It was a pleasure to work with Jacy and Sam (and their sweet families), and are so honored that we could be part of their special wedding day.

 

Wedding Planner DFW | A Stylish Soiree: Jacy + Sam at The Tribute in The Colony

Wedding Planner DFW | A Stylish Soiree: Jacy + Sam at The Tribute in The Colony

Wedding Planner DFW | A Stylish Soiree: Jacy + Sam at The Tribute in The Colony

Wedding Planner DFW | A Stylish Soiree: Jacy + Sam at The Tribute in The Colony

Wedding Planner DFW | A Stylish Soiree: Jacy + Sam at The Tribute in The Colony

Wedding Planner DFW | A Stylish Soiree: Jacy + Sam at The Tribute in The Colony

Wedding Planner DFW | A Stylish Soiree: Jacy + Sam at The Tribute in The Colony

Wedding Planner DFW | A Stylish Soiree: Jacy + Sam at The Tribute in The Colony

 

Congratulations, Jacy and Sam! We’d also like to thank our wonderful team of vendors. We could not be recognized as the top wedding planner DFW has to offer without the help of these talented industry pros:

 

Vendors:

Wedding Planner DFW: A Stylish Soiree
Photographer: Tracy Autem Photography
Videography: Lynn Films
Ceremony Venue: Christ United Methodist Church
Ceremony Music: Stradivarius Quartet
Reception Venue: The Tribute at The Colony
DJ: Ed Petty with LeForce Entertainment
Rentals: LeForce Entertainment
Cake: Meringue Bakery
Flowers: May Flowers and Wedding Gifts
Gown: Lulu’s Bridal Boutique

 

Ready to plan your own special day? Our team would love to help! Since we recently expanded our team, we do still have a few openings available—and we can’t wait to hear all about your ideas. It would be our pleasure to help plan your very own stylish soiree!

Marisa + Eric

Wedding Planner Dallas | Marisa + Eric’s Classic Wedding at The Room on Main

It seems like just yesterday that Marisa and Eric tied the knot, but it’s already been a few weeks since they became Mr. and Mrs! We’re excited to share photos from Marisa and Eric’s big day—a romantic celebration in pretty shades of blush and ivory.

Their ceremony took place at Royal Lane Baptist Church, in the presence of the sweetest family and friends. We loved to see the joy on all their guests’ faces as these two sweethearts officially became husband and wife. This happy union was definitely worth celebrating!

Guests headed over to The Room on Main (one of our most popular venues!), where ample natural light and a sweeping Downtown Dallas view set the scene for an elegant occasion. We crafted tall floral centerpieces in the bride’s classic color palette: soft ivory blooms, accented with blush roses. A great playlist and fun photo booth kept guests entertained all night long.

One of our favorite details? The couple’s table numbers! Marisa and Eric printed photos from their past and used the corresponding year as the table number. Guests loved seeing the childhood photos, and pictures of Eric and Marisa’s relationship over the years.

Take a peek at a few images from Eric and Marisa’s big day! We were honored to be a part of their celebration, and we have no doubt that they will share many happy years together.

We are grateful to all our vendors for collaborating on this event; we could not pull off a successful celebration without their talents. A special thank you to Beau Vaughn Photography for capturing these moments:

 

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Floral Design: A Stylish Soiree
Photography: Beau Vaughn Photography
Ceremony Venue: Royal Lane Baptist Church
Reception Venue: The Room on Main
Catering: CN Catering
Hair and Makeup: The Styling Stewardess
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets
DJ: Le Force
Rentals: Le Force
Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousines

Ally + Austin Engagements

It’s wedding weekend! We are so thrilled to celebrate Ally and Austin tomorrow as they tie the knot. This adorable couple is too sweet for words, and we cannot wait for them to become Mr. and Mrs. Greenfield! Special thanks to The Tarnos for documenting their precious love story… this might just be the cutest gallery we’ve ever seen.

 

 

Ally and Austin, we are so honored to be a part of your big day! Thank you for collaborating with us to make your vision a reality. Tomorrow is going to be so beautiful!

Wedding Traditions You Can Ignore

Dallas Wedding Planner | Wedding Traditions It's Okay to Ignore

 

Dallas Wedding Planner | Wedding Traditions It’s Okay to Ignore

Nobody loves a traditional wedding like we do… time-honored traditions and classic taste will never go out of style! Traditions are an important part your wedding-day experience; they help facilitate memorable moments you’ll treasure for a lifetime. However, not all traditions are essential.

 

While wedding-day traditions can be meaningful, they’re not mandatory; after all, this is your special day! Every detail should reflect your personality—whether that includes tradition or not. Take a peek at our list of wedding traditions that, over time, have become totally optional:

  • Not seeing each other before the wedding: we’re all in favor of the first look! Over the past few years, the first look has become the new tradition—and it’s easy to see why. First looks make your wedding-day schedule run much more smoothly, and give you and your sweetheart a private moment to savor the excitement of the big day. Learn more about benefits of a first look in our post with Tracy Autem Photography.
  • Cake smash: we love the newlywed cake-cutting and champagne toast… but we have to confess, cake in the face is a tradition we can definitely do without. Preserve your dress and your makeup by opting out of the cake-bite exchange; the champagne toast will do just fine!
  • Cake at all! that being said, many couples are now forgoing cake in favor of another sweet treat. If wedding cake isn’t your style, serve up delectable donuts, mouthwatering pastries, or even a custom dessert bar. Better yet? Serve them both! Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
  • Garter toss: this tradition has declined in popularity over the years. Most brides still do a bouquet toss (although that is also optional!), but many couples are declining the garter toss. Trust us, your guests won’t miss this activity if you decide to do without it.
  • White dresses: believe it or not, softly colored dresses are making a debut in the wedding industry. Subtle shades of color like champagne and blush are adding a new layer of elegance to bridal gowns. If you’re bold enough to embrace a new hue, feel free to skip the white gown!

 

As a Dallas wedding planner, we believe every celebration should be exactly what the bride and groom envision… and for some couples, that means skipping tradition! Any of the rituals on this list have become optional—meaning it’s up to you to decide whether or not they complement your special day.

Whether you’re a traditional bride embracing a completely classic ceremony, or a modern couple looking to mix things up… our Dallas wedding planner team is happy to help! We can’t wait to hear all about your vision for the big day—with or without these traditions.

 

Spring Color Palettes We Guarantee You’ll Love

Dallas Wedding Florist + Planner | A Stylish Soiree

Spring is in the air, and we certainly aren’t complaining! Though it’s a short season here in Texas, spring heralds the loveliest blooms, beautiful weddings, and the prettiest color palettes. This spring season, we’re embracing color with open arms! While ivory and blush will always be classic, a splash of color will transform your wedding day into a truly unforgettable event design.

Take a look at a few of our favorite combinations this season, and see which one could be right for your own special day:

Pastel Palette: what’s not to love about a romantic pastel palette? Let lavender take center stage, accented by soft pinks or blues. Pastels set a romantic tone for the big day, and capture the essence of springtime. And with this inspiration, mismatched bridesmaids dresses couldn’t be prettier!

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Pops of Pink: don’t be afraid to dive into a bright pink palette. Bold pops of pink floral design never fail to make an impact. This is also a great choice for in-season flowers: you’ll be able to combine a variety of naturally vibrant blooms in each arrangement. From bridal bouquets to floral arches, every aspect of your celebration could use a dose of this cheerful color combination. Just let your Dallas wedding florist work their magic.

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Vibrant Hues: even a combination a vibrant hues can be utterly elegant if composed carefully. We love to see couples who embrace a colorful palette and aren’t afraid to play with unique floral design. Try a pop of violet purple, cheerful peach, or bright red… or let us combine a few bright hues in one beautiful design. It takes a trained eye to combine a variety of vibrant hues, but we our team is definitely up to the challenge!

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*Tip: Colorful palettes work especially well in open-concept venues! Vibrant arrangements provide a much-needed touch of contrast to a light and airy room. 

 

These pretty palettes are just the beginning! Get inspired here, and then let us plan a custom event for you—carefully crafted to bring an elegant color palette to life.

When it comes to event design, a bit of color goes a long way to make your celebration memorable. Don’t be afraid to explore color combinations for your spring wedding… whether you choose romantic pastels or vibrant hues, your special day will be elegant and unforgettable!

Need ideas? We’re here to help! We’ve been a Dallas wedding florist and planning company for over a decade. Our team focuses on executing a seamless, unique celebration of your special day—completely tailored to your vision. We’d love to assist you with color palettes, vibrant floral designs, and detail-oriented planning; stop by our contact page to start the process!

 

 

Is it okay to host a kids-free wedding?

DFW Wedding Planner | Kids-Free Etiquette

DFW Wedding Planner | Kids-Free Etiquette

 

As a DFW wedding planner, we often run into a common question: “Is it okay to host a kids-free wedding?” The short answer is yes! Kids-free weddings are more common than ever. It’s your special day; the guest list should include whoever you want in attendance. However, there are a few etiquette guidelines to follow if you want to avoid stepping on any toes. Keep reading to get the inside scoop on how to be courteous (yet firm) about a no-kids wedding.

First, define your own boundaries. Have a conversation with your fiancé (and parents, if they’re involved) to decide where you want to draw the line. The easiest boundary is a hard and fast rule: absolutely no kids will be invited. However, you might use age as your rubric (whether it’s age ten, twelve, or sixteen… you decide!).

Whatever you choose, stick to the rule. No exceptions. Sticky etiquette situations are likely to occur once you make an exception—because even just one or two exceptions can lead you down a slippery slope. “If we invite Aunt Nancy’s kids, we really should include Uncle Kevin’s family too… and if they’re invited, we really can’t leave Susan’s kids out.” Create a rule that works for you… then stick to it!

Next, make it clear to guests that your wedding guest list does not include kids. It is not polite to indicate “adults only” on printed invitations. Instead, rely on formal etiquette to make your invitations clear. Address inner envelopes to specify guests within a family. Or, include a note on your RSVP card to avoid any confusion: “We have reserved 2 seats in your party’s honor. The favor of a reply is requested by July 18, 2017.”

Your wedding website is an acceptable place to make a statement: “We are so excited to celebrate with you! Because we have large extended families, we’ve decided to limit our guest list to adults-only. Thank you for understanding. We can’t wait to see you on the big day! Be courteous, but firm. The venue location and wedding timeline will also help set the appropriate tone; an evening ceremony on a downtown Dallas rooftop may not be ideal for children in the first place.

Finally, make it easy for guests who are parents. Keep in mind—you are essentially asking them to pay for a babysitter while they attend a party in your honor. Help them accommodate your kids-free wishes by sending invitations early, so they have ample time to make babysitting arrangements. And, of course, be courteous if you encounter any confusion. If a guest shows up at your wedding with a couple of little ones in tow, greet them with a warm welcome—don’t let it ruin your special day!

 

Any other etiquette questions? We’re here to help! In the last decade as a DFW wedding planner, we’ve heard it all. We’d be happy to assist you with any tricky formalities.