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Brittany + Caesar

Brittany + Caesar

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.

 

 

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

 

 

The Reception
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station
Dallas Wedding Planning: Brittany + Caesar's Wedding at Union Station

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.

Vendors:
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.

Samantha + Adam

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!

 

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Vendors:
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: In10city Band
Cake: Delicious Cakes (Addison)

Featured Ceremony: Brides of North Texas Magazine

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!

 

 

 

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vendors:
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

featured:
Brides of North Texas: Fall/Winter 2017 Issue

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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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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