Tips for Planning the Perfect Holiday Party

Holiday Party at Texas Old TownIt’s hard to believe it’s beginning to look a little like Christmas, already, but the holidays will be here before you know it. If you’d like this year’s party to be one for the history books, it’s time to get to planning. A great party, whether it’s for your extended family or your work family, begins with a great location and a well-crafted guest list. Choosing some place scenic can help create a beautiful backdrop for all the lovely memories you’ll make, together, but it also takes the pressure off choosing who has to play host. And obviously any party will only be as good as the company you invite, so get to perfecting that list now, long before Santa enters the picture. (more…)

Building the Wedding of Your Dreams

Wedding Planner Building Dream WeddingIf you’ve been planning your wedding longer than a few hours, you have probably already discovered that it can be a lot more work than many realize. In fact, wedding planning can feel like a full-time job, which is probably why it is. Wedding planners can help take the pressure off brides-to-be, by handling the many details it takes to plan such a large and special event. If trying to plan for your wedding has sucked the joy out of your engagement, you might be surprised how quickly and effectively hiring a wedding planner can help bring back your bridal glee! Plus, you can still have the wedding of your dreams, just with a lot less stress thanks to one very helpful hiree. (more…)

Special Dances: Creating Lasting Memories

Father Daughter DanceYou don’t have to be Dancing with the Stars alumni or have years of Julliard training under your belt in order to dazzle on the dance floor during your wedding day. Including traditional dances, even if you don’t plan on hosting a huge dance party, can be a wonderful opportunity to create lifelong memories with the people you love most. And while some brides and grooms spring for dance lessons prior to the big day, they are not necessary in order to have some fun – and great photo opportunities – while cutting a rug. Even a simple two-step or slow dance can be a powerful and wonderful way to honor the people who have shaped your life. (more…)

Trending Now: Rustic Weddings

Trendy Rustic Wedding DecorAccording to top wedding trends researchers, the days of simple, understated décor versus Gatsby-esque glamour seem to be winding down. Though you could never go wrong with a beautiful glass vase, here, and a little glitz there, 2015 has become a year for embracing décor with lots of rustic touches. That could be because most brides currently planning their weddings seem to have at least one thing in common, decoratively speaking, and that’s a deep desire to make nature a prominent part of their events. (more…)

What’s the Best Day for a Wedding?

Wedding Calendar Choosing a DateTraditionally, Saturday has long been considered the ideal – even the only – day for a wedding. But modern brides know that tradition isn’t as important as making wedding plans that work for them. If you are wondering when the best time to wed is, the great news is that it’s whenever feels best to you, and that can open up a world of possibilities. If your dream venue is booked on your first choice date, or you know your amazing engagement photographer is booked every Saturday for two years, why not shift the day to a Friday or even a Sunday? After all, no one says your dream wedding has to take place on a Saturday! (more…)

Tips for Choosing the Right Officiant for Your Ceremony

Wedding Officiant SelectionThere are a lot of decisions to be made when planning a wedding, but the best part is that the hardest part is over; you have already found your soul mate! If getting to the altar is all about finding the right partner, though, having a great ceremony is all about finding the right officiant. When it comes to saying “I Do” few things will impact your ceremony more than who you choose to officiate, but that doesn’t make the decision easy, just important. (more…)

Offsite Strategic Planning Meetings

Offsite Business MeetingFall means two things in Texas, neither of which is a guarantee of cooler weather. What its arrival does mean is that it is time to enjoy pumpkin-flavored everything, and also, that it’s time for your business to start planning for the next fiscal year! If you think your employees could use a fresh perspective, or you, yourself, need a break from the office, why not host your next strategic planning meeting at a beautiful, inspiring venue? Financial planning may not sound like a party, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an enjoyable and productive experience. A great location can certainly help make sure it is both! (more…)

How to Honor Missing Loved Ones

Grandparents Wedding PictureAre you having a hard time picturing your wedding day knowing a very special guest won’t be present? Whether it’s someone who has passed away, or a loved one that cannot attend due to illness or other circumstances, there are many ways to honor guests that can’t be with you physically. This can help you keep them close at heart, and make sure they are honored on such a special day. (more…)

Do’s and Don’ts of Bridal Beauty: Part Two

Bridal Beauty Part TwoWhen preparing for a wedding, it’s all too easy to forget minor details, like what to pack in your makeup bag. Thankfully, a little careful planning ahead of time can help prevent last-minute snafus, like smudged eyeliner or a shortage of bobby pins. Even if you’re hiring a hairdresser and makeup artist to help get you glowing on your wedding day, it’s still important to create a foolproof game plan for your bridal look. That way you can face your groom fresh-faced and feeling beautiful, not frantic. (more…)

Do’s and Don’ts of Bridal Beauty: Part One

Bridal Beauty Part OneEvery bride wants to look and feel her best on her big day. And while it might be tempting to choose the latest beauty trends to guide your wedding day look, it’s a good idea to stick with a more classic approach, instead. Whether you choose to let your own signature style be your guide, or just opt for simple, fresh-faced makeup, keep in mind the most trusted of all the beauty principles, one that never goes out of style. There’s never a more appropriate time than your wedding day to just KISS – Keep It Simple, Sexy! (more…)