Real Wedding: Carrie & Mark

Wedding Planner: Marsha Ballard French, Weddings by StarDust  |  Venue: Petroleum Club  |  Photo: Carter Rose, f8 Studio |  Cakes: Panini Bakery  |  Florist: 21 Parc  |  Valet: Black Tie Valet Service  |  Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousine of Texas  |  Draping: Randy Ro  |  Wedding gown: Austin Scarlett via Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon  |  Linens: BBJ Linens  |  Chairs: Ducky Bobs  |  Dancefloor: DFW Dance Floors   |  Minister: Love Notes – Ken Byrd  |  Lighting & Videography: Beyond  |  Ceremony Entertainment: Stradivarius Strings  |  Reception Entertainment: DJ Randall Stout, Emerald City Band  |  Favors: My Chocolate Secrets  |  Caterer: Petroleum Club  |  Hair & Makeup: Anita Brown, Elan Makeup Studio

 

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Real Wedding: Vivian & Mena

We love our clients. We really do. A wedding is such a meaningful event for a family and nothing brings us more joy than getting the honor of planning multiple weddings for a family.  We had a ball planning Marianne and Mark’s wedding in 2014 and were thrilled to get the phone call that her sister, Vivian was engaged last year! Their Coptic Orthodox wedding was full of rich, beautiful traditions and Egyptian flare. The Ritz Carlton reception was a red vision and nothing gets the party going like a belly dancer!

Planned & Designed by Weddings by StarDust  |  Venue: St. Philopateer Coptic Orthodox Church, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas  |  Photographer: Graham Hobart Photography  |  Floral: M&M Special Events  |  Entertainment: Mars Hill Band, Emcee Marcus Rollins

 

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Ethereal Elegance: Brides of North Texas styled shoot

The creative minds of our brilliant team never cease to amaze! The latest inspiration from certified planner, Devan, was featured in this season’s issue of Brides of North Texas magazine which just hit newsstands this week. She envisioned an ethereal and elegant affair filled with airy ivory florals, plenty of lush greenery and opulent gold accents. And of course we had to bring in the sweetest pup with a floral collar to tie it all together!

Design & Styling: Weddings by StarDust  |  Images: Jessica Quadra Photography  |  Venue: Hotel Crescent Court  |  Stationery: StarDust Celebrations  |  Florals: 21 Parc Floral and Events |  Cake: Honeylove Cakery   |  Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals, Coral Lane & Propmaker Luxury Event Rentals  |  Beauty: Randee Strand Artistry  |  Gown: Eve of Milady from StarDust Celebrations |  Bridal accessories: Paris by Debra Moreland from StarDust Celebrations

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Be Our Guest: Tips to Give your Wedding Guests the Royal Treatment

Weddings are one of life’s most wonderful milestones, meant to be celebrated with family and friends. Often, between gown fittings, cake tasting and budget-planning, even the most thoughtful couples can lose sight of their guests. While the wedding is technically about you, the couple, you should take care to be considerate of your guests and let them know you’re so glad they made the effort to be with you on your special day.

The most seemingly obvious yet simple way to be thoughtful of your guests is to, well, think about them! Put yourself in their shoes. There are a few factors that will impact your guests the most – travel, weather, food/beverage and the first impression – and by spending a little time thinking these through it will make your event one to remember.

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Are a lot of your guests coming in from out of town? Have you reserved enough hotel rooms at
an appropriate variety of room rates and did you communicate this information to them? Have you considered drive time between your lodging options and the ceremony and reception sites? Did you provide easy-to-follow, accurate directions to your venues? Often when couples have a large number of guests traveling to attend their wedding, they will have both the ceremony and reception at one venue, simplifying logistics for their friends and family. Taking it a step further, having the event at a hotel will eliminate the problem. And, many hotels will give you a better room rate for your guests if you’re having your event at their hotel.

1108If you do have a lot of out-of-towners, it’s very helpful to provide transportation for them. Buses are a great way to get a lot of people from one place to another – and make sure they get to the ceremony on time. Bussing is also a fun way to foster mingling between your guests who may not know each other or to give relatives a chance catch up.

Also along the lines of travel is parking. If your venue does not have a large free parking lot, you’ll need to plan for valet service. By all means, please build this into your budget! It is frustrating for guests to have no choice but to valet and then have to pay for it themselves. Even if your event site does offer a park-yourself option, providing valet service for your guests is a very generous touch and your guests will appreciate it. Make sure you explain the parking situation on the direction cards you include in your invitations. And as many guests will invariably lose it along the way, make sure to have copies of the directions on hand at the ceremony site and include one in your welcome items (more on that later).

Weather

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consider how weather could affect your event – and your guests. Did you know that May is the rainiest month in the DFW area? January is the coldest month, while July is on average the hottest (though you probably would have guessed it was August). If you’re set on an outdoor event, you must make a back-up plan in case of rain. Tents take time to construct and if earlier in the week it looks like it might rain, play it safe and get the tent! Other thoughtful touches if you anticipate rain could be a stand of umbrellas for your guests to get to their cars relatively dry or baskets of flip-flops so ladies can save their Louboutin heels from mud.

If you insist on an outdoor event during the warm months, make sure you have fans, ice-cold 850_dsc0822drinks and other means to keep your guests cool and comfortable. If your event is during the winter months, you should rent a coat rack for the reception. It’s unkind to expect your guests to just keep their coats on the back of their chairs and it will take away from the look you probably spent a lot of money on.

Food and Beverage

0505-jess+daveLet’s be honest, while your guests are looking forward to witnessing your lovely marriage ceremony, it’s the reception that they’re most excited about – the music, the dancing, the food and drinks! What a disappointment to stand at the bar and order a drink only to hear, “that will be $6.00, sir.” What?! Just say no to the cash bar. It is in poor taste to expect your guests to pay for their own drinks. You wouldn’t invite guests to your home for dinner and ask them to pay for their cocktails while they’re there, would you? Of course not! If you cannot afford a full open bar for the duration of your reception, there are plenty of more affordable options. You can offer only beer and wine; you can have a champagne-only bar or save by nixing the champagne and having guests toast with drinks “in hand” at the time of your formal toasts. Or you can forgo alcohol altogether and just serve iced tea, coffee or soft drinks.

There are so many options when it comes to food at receptions now – seated dinner, buffet, stations. While many factors will affect your choice of meal – style of reception, personal preference, the venue itself – you also may want to consider the palate of your guests. You and your fiancé may be avid connoisseurs of exotic foreign delicacies but most likely your guests will appreciate a more recognizable menu. That doesn’t mean your food has to be boring. Mix it up a little, and make sure the caterer will label the food on buffets and stations. Guests want to know what they’re being offered, and they’re more likely to try new things when they know what they are. Also, it’s considerate to steer clear of common allergens, such as peanuts or shellfish, especially if you know you have guests with allergies.0288-jess+dave

The First Impression

This one is short and sweet – plan for a little something for your guests to receive when they arrive at their hotel. It doesn’t have to be much, just a personal note thanking them for traveling to share your big day. You can arrange for them to receive it at the desk upon check-in or pay a small fee to have it left in each guest’s room. You can get more elaborate than a note – baskets, bags or cowboy hats filled with goodies and bottled water, brochures on local attractions and your agenda for the weekend. But just be sure to include that little note that you took the time to personally write to them to let them know you are glad they came.

The Bottom Line

Despite your best efforts, with so many demands on your time surrounding your wedding weekend, it is not easy to get quality time with all of your guests. Even though they may get only a few minutes of your time during the event, your guests will feel welcome and happy to be a part of your celebration if you will take the time during your planning to focus on them and what might serve them well. After all, while your wedding comes and goes in a blur, you will have these friends and family members in your life long after you say “I do.”

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Tiffany and Cynthia at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant & Gardens

Planned & Designed by Weddings by StarDust  |  Videographer: Beyond Films  |  Venue: Marie Gabrielle Restaurant & Gardens |  Photographer: Tony Valadez  |  Florist: 21 Parc Events  |  Apparel: Ysa Makino, Hayley Paige, Fouy Chov, Adrianna Papell, Montage, and Watters from StarDust Celebrations  |  Rentals: Big D Party Rentals, DFW Dance Floors, Randy Ro Entertainment, Bella Accento, Beyond Lighting  |  Stationery: StarDust Celebrations  |  Bakery: Frosted Art  |  Favors: Trailercakes  |  Photobooth: Picturedust  |  Entertainment: Intensity, LeForce Entertainment, Bravo Entertainment

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Real Wedding: Kathleen & Ryan

Kathleen and Ryan’s night at the museum was one for the history books! Their friends and family were in for a treat at the Perot Museum of Natural Science where the evening consisted of eating dinner with the dinosaurs, cake cutting among on the precious gems and dancing under the “Molecule” stars. This perfect April night ended with tacos by the giant frogs for a late night snack and a surprise firework show. This wedding was DINO-mite!

Planned & Designed by Weddings by StarDust  |  Images by John Cain Photography  |  Ceremony venue: St. Rita Catholic Community  |  Reception venue: Perot Museum of Nature and Science  |  Florist: 21 Parc  |  Invitations & Stationery: StarDust Celebrations |  Bridal gown: Birnbaum & Bullock from StarDust Celebrations  |  Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy from StarDust Celebrations  |  Tuxedos: StarDust Celebrations  |  Bakery: Frosted Art  |  Caterer: Beyond the Box  |  Entertainment:  Royal Dukes band, Emcee Marcus Rollins  |  Beauty: Elan Makeup Studio  |  Rentals: La Tavola, AFR Furniture Rentals, DFW Dance Floors  |  Fireworks: Pyrotex

Real Wedding: Katie & John

Katie and Johns periwinkle wedding at the Adolphus Hotel was full of surprises. Katie’s love for all things Disney inspired the StarDust team to surprise her with hidden Mickey Mouse ears throughout her day, they even got the bridesmaids in on the fun and had hidden Mickeys in all the bouquets! Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing with the couple and ended the night with a send-off fit for a Disney princess. The couple was showered in white confetti as they rode off together in a horse drawn carriage!

Planned & designed by Weddings by StarDust  |  Photos by Amy Herfurth Photography

Ceremony: Truett Chapel, First Baptist Dallas  |  Reception: Adolphus Hotel  |  Florist: The Garden Gate  |  Bridesmaids attire: WToo from StarDust Celebrations  |  Bakery: Delicious Cakes  |  Rentals: BBJ Linens, DFW Dance Floors  |  Lighting: Beyond  |  Beauty: Tracy Melton Artistry  |  Entertainment: DJ Marcus Rollins  |  Photobooth: PictureDust  |  Stationery: StarDust Celebrations  |  Transportation: Blue Diamond  |  Videography: Robert Oberg Wedding Films

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Oh Baby! 8 Things to Consider when having Children at your Wedding

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Having children in the wedding is a matter of personal preference. There are no right or wrong answers, as well as no hard and fast rules. There are some factors however, that the couple may want to consider.

1. Children under four are unpredictable. If a flower girl or ring bearer is young, he or she may not follow through with walking down the aisle, even if rehearsed perfectly the evening before. So brides– always be prepared to implement a contingency plan.

2. For the ring bearer, regardless of the age, the rings on the pillow should be “pretend”. The real rings are usually given to the honor attendants or to the clergy. Two disasters can occur if the real rings are attached to the ring pillow. First, the knots must be secure in order to avoid becoming untied, this usually means the best man cannot get the knots untied during the ceremony. Second, the rings are not tied securely and they fall off the pillow.

3. Children like to run and play which usually leads to getting tussled or dirty. The stress parents place on children to “act nice’ and “not get dirty” is sometimes not a pretty sight. Weddings are often formal and are considered worship services so keep this in mind when selecting children. If a child usually follows instructions, he or she will probably be great. Conversely, children who usually misbehave do not suddenly become well-mannered after being invited to participate in a wedding ceremony.

4. Guests who bring infants or small children are usually considerate and leave the ceremony if crying begins. However, there are those who believe that sound of a crying child is perfectly acceptable. The couple may share this view but if you do not want to hear children speaking loudly or crying, you may want to alert your greeters or house staff to direct parents to a nursery if necessary. If you know in advance that many of your guests have children, it may be a good idea to hire a sitter for the hour during the ceremony.

5. It’s a good idea to have the parents sit in the first row of the temple or sanctuary, in order that children participating in the ceremony may sit during the wedding service, after the processional. If possible the children can always walk out during the recessional or be escorted out after the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom at the end of the ceremony.

6. Bringing children to the reception is a touchy subject. The bride needs to think of what kind of event she has in mind. Children can change the tone of the reception. Some brides love the inclusiveness of all generations, others believe that receptions, like dance clubs, are no place for children. We have found that if children are on the dance floor hopping around, adults will usually not dance. Someone will have the dreadful task of asking parents to keep the children off the dance floor.

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7. Also during receptions, children are sometimes left to run wild. This can be dangerous not only for the child but also for wait staff and other vendors trying to provide services. So, if children are to be invited, consider engaging a sitter to keep them occupied. They can watch videos, play games or nap, while the parents can have a great night out with good music, great food and no need to worry about the children.

8. Lastly, some brides want lots of children participating in the wedding ceremony. For those weddings, consider having the children enter two-by-two holding hands. I have seen children come down the aisle being pulled in a wagon, still others have marched down in perfect unison while carrying candle lighters or ringing bells. We have even had a mother of a bride who was escorted by her 6 year old grandson. These and other ideas help to create an intergenerational ceremony and children almost always are adorable. Be creative and be FLEXIBLE because children will always be children.

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Real Wedding: Jessica & David

Jessica and David had an intimate wedding at the Joule Hotel on the Rooftop Terrace. Although the clouds were looming, Jessica was not going to let a little rain stand in her way. Just as the ceremony was ending, the rain started falling and umbrellas came out! The bride and groom along with their guests laughed it off and the party continued.  The romantic quartet played on during cocktails and dinner.

They wanted an elegant, unstructured feel with the freedom to mingle with guests and enjoy each other’s company. The seating was arranged in one big U shaped table with a beautiful lush floral runner with lounge furniture all around for a relaxed, family oriented environment.  This love fest ended with a fun send off into the glass elevator with streamers!

Planned & Designed by Weddings by StarDust  |  Photos by Gary Donihoo, f8 Studio

Venue: The Joule Hotel | Bride’s attire: Matthew Christopher from StarDust Celebrations | Bridesmaid’s attire: Mori Lee from StarDust Celebrations | Florist: 21 Parc | Bakery: Cake Carousel |  Beauty: Kristin Colaneri | Entertainment: European Ensemble| Stationery: StarDust Celebrations |  Rentals: BBJ Linens, AFR Furniture Rentals, Shag Carpet Props