3 Creative Approaches To Building Your Wedding Registry

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The common idea around the wedding registry is that it allows guests to help a newly married couple fill their shared home with needed goods and appliances. For many reasons, the “typical” registry gifts often seem less than necessary for people who are preparing to wed. What should you do if you already have plenty of home goods and appliances, and feel little interest in the standard registry? Couples who find themselves in this predicament have found creative solutions to their problem. An alternative approach to the gift registry can help you receive items that have real value for you, and give people plenty of opportunity to support your wedding! (more…)

Should We Ask People To Serve As Ushers For Our Wedding?

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While they have a less visible role than the members of your wedding party, and typically have fewer responsibilities, the ushers at your wedding can play an important role on your special day. As the name suggests, ushers will “usher” your guests to their seats when they arrive. When couples create different sides of the aisle for the bride’s attendees and the groom’s attendees, this can be particularly important. Even if you are more relaxed with where your guests are located, having someone to escort your guests can still be appreciated. While some couples will drop ushers from their event, you may find that they can offer welcome support in advance of your ceremony. (more…)

Providing Hair And Makeup Services For Your Bridal Party

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For many brides, professional hair and makeup services can offer vital support on their wedding day. Even if you are comfortable styling yourself, having an expert on hand to take care of you can help you focus on your ceremony. Any individuals you hire for your own hair and makeup can also take care of your wedding party, and the mothers of the bride and groom. You can offer to cover the expense of this for your bridesmaids, but this is not common. Providing access to a professional can offer some important advantages. If you have a specific look in mind for your bridesmaids, professional styling can ensure that look is executed properly. It can also help you stay on schedule as everyone dresses and styles for the ceremony. (more…)

These Tips Can Help You Write Your Wedding Vows

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Many couples decide on writing and speaking their own wedding vows, rather than going with traditional vows. Choosing this route is appealing to people because it allows them to open up about what they love about their partner, and why they are so happy to stand at the altar. If you are interested in reciting personal vows, but feel uneasy about writing them, remember that the majority of people who do this are not professional writers or speakers. What is important is that you share something personal, and that your words are deeply felt. Keep this in mind, and make sure you take the time to edit and rehearse before your wedding ceremony. (more…)

Scheduling Your Wedding Rehearsal And Rehearsal Dinner

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How important is your wedding rehearsal? During your rehearsal, you have the ability to determine the order of your wedding party members, and give everyone a chance to learn their cues for when they will walk to, and depart, your altar. When you plan your rehearsal, there are several matters you should consider. One is that you should try to make sure everyone is available to attend. Because the rehearsal typically happens the evening before your wedding date, any wedding party members traveling to be at your celebration should be available. You also want to make sure you set up enough time between your rehearsal and rehearsal dinner to make sure everyone is comfortable by the end of your practice runs. If you want to give yourself more time, you can arrange your rehearsal dinner at Texas Old Town, which cuts out any need to travel from one location to the next. (more…)

Finding And Showing Off The Perfect Wedding Cake

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Searching for the right wedding cake can be one of the most fun experiences you have while planning your wedding. After all, this is your chance to sample from many different cake options as you search for something that feels right for you and your guests. You also have the opportunity to envision your tiered cake, one of the most recognizable wedding symbols (and likely the tastiest). Your responsibilities when it comes to your wedding cake go beyond just picking what flavors you want, or how your dessert should look. You will also want to think about how it should be presented, and what you can do with your dessert table. After all, this treat can be important for the look of your reception, just as it can be a delicious part of the event. (more…)

Accommodating Wedding Guests Who Bring Their Children

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Encouraging your wedding guests to bring their kids can help make your event feel like a fun, family-centered affair. Many couples also enjoy having young guests present because it gives their own young family members more people to interact with. With that said, you may want to take the time to consider how making your event all-ages can affect your wedding preparations. It is important to know which families intend to bring their kids, because their presence will affect your total guest count. You will also want this information available as soon as possible so you can plan out your seating charts. If you expect to have a number of youngsters present, it may be beneficial to set up a kids’ table, where they can be entertained while adult guests celebrate. (more…)

Should You Ask Your Guests To Follow A Dress Code?

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Deciding on the look of your wedding ceremony and reception – and bringing that look to life – can take up a considerable amount of time and effort during your engagement period. With that said, the ability to create a space that feels right for you can ensure that your special day truly offers the experience you wanted. Of course, the decorations and your venue spaces are not the only factors that affect the overall look of your wedding. Guests’ attire can affect how formal or relaxed a wedding appears to be. With that in mind, is it appropriate to dictate a dress code to the people you invite? This is certainly something you are allowed to do, but it is not a step every couple takes. If you do want to ask guests to style themselves a certain way, it is important to be as clear as possible about your preference. (more…)

Making Sure Guests Are Warmly Greeted When They Arrive

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It is an understatement to point out that brides tend to be busy on their wedding day. In the hours before your ceremony begins, you will want to focus on preparing yourself, while also trying to make sure everything is arranged properly before guests show up. Because you can safely assume your focus will be elsewhere – and because your appearance is supposed to be saved for the ceremony – you can be understandably anxious about how your guests will be greeted. Because Texas Old Town provides sixteen hours of venue access, and dressing rooms for the bridal party and groom’s party, you can make sure everything is in place before people arrive, and you can even arrange a special welcome for people when they show up! (more…)

Creating The Right Rustic Atmosphere For Your Wedding

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Rustic weddings have become popular because they allow couples to create a quaint and homely atmosphere while still setting up a visually stunning wedding experience. The charm of homespun, often DIY-inspired wedding decorations is hard for guests to resist, and it can also help you establish a clear theme without losing control of your budget. Many people who want a rustic wedding experience find that an outdoor ceremony is ideal for creating the right mood for their event. All of our venue options can provide stunning locations for your outdoor celebration. In addition to providing a beautiful Texas Hill Country backdrop for your event, our Preferred Vendors List can help you find people who are prepared to bring your wedding vision to life! (more…)