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After Parties: What, How, and Yes, Please

Who doesn’t love a party that keeps going? A wedding after party is the perfect solution for a night you’ll never want to end! Guests will love that you want to spend more time with them, and you’ll appreciate having a game plan for late-night revelers. Often it can be as simple as a nightcap in someone’s hotel room with just the wedding party. Of course, you can even make it a wedding-part-two!

Let’s take a look at the after-party trend and the must-know etiquette to make it happen. Then, we’ll give you a snapshot of two fabulous after parties we’ve planned. If your wedding is as spectacular as you’re dreaming up, then your guests will be excited to see what else you have in store for them as the night unfolds.

AFTER PARTIES: A NEW TREND

What happens if your guests don’t want to leave? Your wedding ends before midnight, but it’s too early to go to bed. Your guests are enjoying making memories with you and just having fun and celebrating. One solution is to have an after-party! It keeps the energy going, and it lets your guests continue to mingle.

Usually it’s a smaller group that attends the after-party, and it’s typically hosted by the groom’s family. Keep in mind: the most important elements are the food, drinks, and music! Of course, simple comfort foods are always a great go-to.

The trend first started because guests travel so far to come to weddings and they want to make the most of their time. How often do they really get to see all of their friends? They want the moments to last.

AFTER-PARTY ETIQUETTE

Peaked your interest? First, let’s consider a few logistics to follow in planning and attending your after-party.

Hint #1: Couples typically stay at the after-party for an hour. After that, you’re free to go! The festivities with guests don’t have to last all night. Your friends will definitely understand.

Hint #2: Change up the décor at your after-party. We suggest letting the groom or his family pick the theme, but still fits your personality. Some examples, we created an Alaskan Village because the groom was from Alaska.  We created a Hunting Lodge because the groom loved to hunt and we have even created a Man Cave complete with a whiskey tasting bar had a casino craps table and a cigar bar! How can you make it memorable? Have fun with it with a nod to the groom!

Hint#3: Let your guests know if there’s an attire change. You can go casual for the after-party, but make sure everyone is on the same page. Dressing to match the theme might be fun, too.

Hint #4: Have breakfast/comfort foods ready for the partiers. After parties general last 2 hours or so, your guests will most likely start to get hungry. Having food on hand is sure to improve people’s moods and maybe help sober the guests.

Hint #5: Costs are often paid by the groom’s family.  Your guests are already giving you gifts for the wedding (and possibly, pre-wedding events).  It’s just another thank you for sharing the couple’s day. Light on funds? Use the money for favors to help pay for the cost of this add-on. Costs can range from $500 to $5,000!

AFTER PARTIES DONE RIGHT

Want to get a sense for what an after-party looks like at a real wedding? We’ve helped with after parties for some of our recent weddings (below). We make sure that the party matches the style and personality of the couple. Guests love it when the couple has an after-party that’s just them. Get ready to hear about a couple of our recent smashes in planning an after-party that not only adds a personal touch, but also makes for good, old fun.

Austin & Jonna

Austin, a Major League Baseball star, married his bride, Jonna, at the Four Seasons. After an elegant wedding ceremony and reception, the guests discovered that there was even more planned for the evening. Our team arranged for a “sophisticated mancave” inspired after-party that extended the festivities on into the night.

The party was complete with casino games, whiskey tasting, and a cigar roller. The bride and groom took a photo beneath a sign that announced: “Action Jackson’s Whiskey & Cigar Lounge.” As you’re planning your after-party, you should brainstorm a few ideas that will just scream you and will surprise your guests. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

John & Courtney

After dancing at the reception, John and Courtney met up with their guests at an after-party with an Alaskan theme. As guests entered, a tall sign read: “Welcome to Kaplan, Alaska. Established 2017.” It all came about because the groom was from Alaska! Go for it on personalizing your after-party; guests will love that extra special touch.

Inside, guests found strings of lights, white walls for an icy feel, and mock campfires. There was even a Polar Bear handing out Klondlike Ice Cream bars! For your own after-party, you could match the theme to your hometown, adding in elements that remind you of home.

Thinking about making plans for an after-party? Let us talk through ideas with you! Look through our Weddings by StarDust offerings today. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions section.

Austin & Jonna

Venue: Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas | Photographer: Amy Herfurth Photography | Floral, decor & rentals: Bella Flora | Bakery: Fancy Cakes by Lauren | Drapery: Dallas Drape & Lighting | Lighting: Beyond | Bridal Attire: Eve of Milady and Toni Federici from StarDust Celebrations | Bridal Party Attire: Monique Lhuillier from StarDust Celebrations | Beauty: Mo Bowers, Fairy Godmother Bridal | Entertainment: Jordan Kahn BandMarcus Rollins Entertainment

After-Party –
Furniture: Shag Carpet Prop Rentals | Florist: 21 Parc | Cigar Roller: Sabino Sotelo

John & Courtney

Venue: Four Seasons Resort and Club | Photographer: F8-Gary Donihoo | Lighting: Randy Ro Events & Entertainment | Bakery: Frosted Art | Florist: The Garden Gate | Linens: BBJ Linens | DJ/Emcee: Marcus Rollins | Band: In10City

Real Wedding: Step into an Enchanted Forest

Once upon a time, there was a fair maiden in love with a handsome prince. Isn’t that how all good fairytales begin? In December 2017, the team at Weddings by StarDust planned a swoon-worthy fairytale wedding for Alex and Taylor in Dripping Springs, Texas. It was a dream come true with all the sparkly, mysterious magic of an enchanted forest.

From the bouquets in the bridesmaids’ hands to the tall, elaborate arbor outside, the wedding’s theme transported guests as they breathed in the scents and feel of a romantic forest scene. That being said, greenery was a major part of the wedding planning. Even the bride’s dress featured intricate floral designs!

Varying shades of purple and white added touches of color to the greenery as well. And, of course, the ceremony took place under the stars! Trees overhead, creating a patchwork against the Texas sky, provided the ideal canopy. Then, Alex and Taylor shared a sweet kiss as husband and wife beneath the belfry.

At the reception, greenery sprouted from every nook and cranny in the ornate rafters. Pretty purple butterflies acted as escort cards and rested lightly on the place settings. But let’s hear from the busy bees behind the wedding planning!

Q: How did you get the inspiration for the wedding’s theme: an enchanted forest?

When I met the bride (Taylor), the first thing she told me was that she wanted an enchanted forest, but wasn’t sure how to pull that together. I wanted to run with the idea and bring in elements of what you might see in an enchanted forest. I knew greenery would be the highlight of the décor, with lots of candlelight. I also wanted to take the outside indoors, so to speak. Taylor let us really use our imagination on the décor of this wedding! She mentioned butterflies, too, so we had those hanging from a tree with each guest’s name on them. It added a small touch, but made a huge impact.

Candlelight and lighting were focal points for the wedding. Taylor loved the dripping lights in the trees for her ceremony—one of the biggest reasons this location was chosen! Whim did the florals for the wedding, and one of the details they orchestrated was to add hanging flowers around the greenery on the ceiling to mimic the dripping lights outside. To top it all off, the tables were decked out with candles in all different sizes, which made for such a romantic enchanted forest!

Q: Tell us about the unique ring boxes. How did they fit into the overall theme?

Everything down to the ring boxes fit in with the enchanted forest theme! Greenery was an easy addition to the different components of the wedding, so we included it in even the tiniest details. The bride, Taylor, had little glass ring boxes made, and we filled the boxes with moss to tie in the greenery and enchanted feel.

Q: Walk us through the set-up for the reception. What goes into the preparations?

There were lots of moving parts. Set-up actually began the night before with the florist beginning to hang the greenery on the ceiling and pillars. The next morning, all of the vendors arrived to finish setting up. The fabulous floral was added to the arch for the ceremony; lawn games were brought in for cocktail hour; and the lighting was set. Also, the flowers and tree-like centerpieces were brought in; the delicious cake was put on our moss-coated table; and all the small finishing touches were complete to make for a truly enchanted night.

Set-ups for weddings have so many different moving parts, and this one was just the same! We have a team of planners who work on smoothing out the set-up process as well as our dream team of vendors who all help with managing and working on getting everything just right.

Wedding Planning and Design: Weddings by StarDust | Photographer: Amy Herfurth | Wedding Gown: Ysa Makino, StarDust Celebrations  |  Videographer: Oak and Cypress | Lighting: Altared Weddings and Events | Bakery: Classic Cakes by Lori | Venue: Camp Lucy | Florist and Linens: Whim | DJ/Emcee: Marcus Rollins

Modern Glam Feature in Brides of North Texas

The newest issue of Brides of North Texas is out! In the Spring/Summer 2018 issue, there’s a feature by one of our very own wedding planners, Devan Moorehead. She designed a styled photo shoot under the topic of “Modern Glam” to be included in the magazine. Keep scrolling for an exclusive interview with the true fairy godmother behind the stunning, artistic photo shoot. Get ready to be hit with Devan’s inspired taste!

What pops in your mind when you think of “modern glam”?

Devan: To me, modern glam brings to mind elegance and clean lines. It’s not your traditional flowers, and the attitude is a little moody.

Describe the bride that best fits a modern glam wedding.

Devan: I think a modern glam bride is someone who is not afraid to step out of the box. She’s willing to do something different and not so traditional. She loves textures and mixing patterns while keeping a clean look. She’s a bride who is fashion forward and looks at her décor as a whole.

What are some common elements in a modern glam wedding?

Devan: Candles are a must! I used the black tapered candles to pull in the moody, but clean look. I think another element is having a pop of color, as I did with the fuchsia. Modern glam is very black and white, so when you throw in pops of color, it adds another layer to it. I loved the upside down roses that hung from the arrangement; they had clean lines, yet made a huge statement.

For the styled photo shoot, tell us how you came across the fuchsia couch from Coral Lane.

Devan: I have ALWAYS wanted to use this fuchsia couch! I have come across it on their website many times, and I figured that now would be a good time. When I talked with the ladies at Coral Lane, they said it had been used once — at one of the owner’s weddings. No one had ever rented it or used it for a styled shoot.

Right then, I told them, “Challenge accepted.”

I wanted to show brides that stepping out of the box is fun! Yes, a fuchsia couch might make some brides nervous, but if you do it right, it can be beautiful. You have one wedding, so make it what you really want. Don’t be afraid to show who you are! The whole shoot was based around this couch, and my inspiration board started from its initial inspiration.

What kind of statement does the stationery make about the overall mood?

Devan: Invitations set the tone for the wedding, whether that’s formal or informal. For me, on this shoot, the inspiration for the invites came from the china that we got from Top Tier. I wanted to use the pattern from the Jackie salad plate (gold lace pattern on a white background). The menu I wanted very clean and simple. It fit nicely right in the middle of the plate, but I still kept a pop of color by adding gold foil.

How can art, such as the outside of Brake and Clutch Warehouse, play a role in wedding design?

Devan: It all goes back to being out of the box. Having art on a wall like this can add such a crazy cool background for your photographs or for another part of your wedding. If the art doesn’t follow your wedding colors, don’t cross it off the list just yet.

There are lots of photos online of brides in unique locations for taking photos. Enough to get you feeling inspired! Unfortunately, they’re often taking their photos in other parts of the world (not as easy to replicate). I think using art in your photos can make that happen for you.

First, do a mental check: Is the art in a place where you can do cocktail hour? Then, go for it! This will provide a discussion topic for your guests, and you can set up cool furniture like I did for your guests to sit and chat with each other. While a parking lot (in my photo shoot) wouldn’t be ideal for cocktails, you can still use it for photos or for a little something extra for guests to enjoy. Who wouldn’t want giant blue elephants at their wedding?!

Let’s say your niece asked you to describe the photo shoot only in adjectives. What would you say?

Devan: Modern, rich, romantic, energetic, fancy, elegant and enchanting.

Design & Styling: Devan Moorehead at Weddings by StarDust | Gown & Stationery: StarDust Celebrations | Couch, Chairs, Ghost Chairs, Coffee Table, and Pillows: Coral Lane | Photographer: Andrea Elizabeth Photography | Tables, Ghost Chairs, China, Glassware, Flatware, and Napkins: Top Tier Event Rentals & Staffing | Floral: 21 Parc Floral and Events | Cakes: The Jenny Layne Bakery | Hair & Makeup: Grand Slam Glam | Venue: Brake & Clutch Warehouse

By Shelby Brooks, Contributing Writer, Weddings by StarDust

5 Ways to Make Your Wedding Pop With Ultra Violet

                          Have you heard? Purples are in! Pantone® announced that Ultra Violet is the 2018 Color of the Year. “The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.” (Pantone.com)

This dramatic, thoughtful purple is meant to spark curiosity about the world and what the future holds. It is reminiscent of the immense, mysterious night sky that deepens in lovely purples as twilight lingers. Ultra Violet can be a part of your special wedding day, too, by reminding you of the future and making moments even sweeter.

Maggie Seaver at The Knot posted an article titled “21 Gorgeous Ways to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year in Your Wedding.” We’d like to share our top five favorite ways to incorporate Ultra Violet as you plan your wedding.

#5: EYE-CATCHING ARRANGEMENTS

Greenery is a top trend from last year that is going strong into 2018 for a natural element to floral arrangements and decor. Make violet a part of your arrangements to enhance the natural setting. We incorporated this look into Taylor and Alex’s magical wedding at Camp Lucy last year.

#4: UNDERSTATED MENSWEAR

Consider adding a touch of violet in your outfit selections for the gentlemen in your bridal party. Andrea’s groom, Glenn, rocked this look and gave it his own sophisticated charm with a matching pocket square at their Crescent Court Hotel wedding.

F8 Studio

#3: FLORAL FANTASY

Ultra Violet is such a vibrant hue and luckily it’s plentiful in the floral world. Work with your florist to mix and match complementary shades of this lush color with a wide variety of flower types to create texture and drama to your floral game.

Sarah Kate Photography

#2: VIVACIOUS BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES

Purple can even be a great color for bridesmaids dresses since it’s complementary to every skin tone. Select fun, flirty knee-length dresses for a day-time wedding in warm summer months or violet as a punchy alternative to black if you’d like long and elegant gowns for an evening affair. Bridesmaids dresses such as the ones pictured below and many more can be found at StarDust, Molly’s and our online store!

#1: GET LOUD WITH YOUR LINENS

Table linens are such a fun, simple way to add a dramatic pop of color to your tablescapes. Don’t be shy; feel free to play with fabrics, patterns and textures to create a luxurious atmosphere as your guests enjoy their wedding meal. This styled shoot is from our preferred vendor partner, BBJ Linens.

Happy National Wedding Planning Day!

Our Team at Weddings by StarDust (from left to right): Laura Hendricks, Marsha Ballard French, Devan Moorehead, Courtney Dawson

Wedding planning season is upon us! According to The Knot 2015 Real Weddings survey, nearly 38 percent of couples get engaged between November and February, known as “proposal season.” On March 1, wedding planning season begins (if not already in full flurry).

Noticing this trend, The Knot declared March 1 as National Wedding Planning Day. At Weddings by StarDust, we offer wedding planning that meets every bride’s needs including bringing your destination dream wedding to life. Find out more details about our wedding planning offerings today.

Would you like to meet our lovely Weddings by StarDust ladies? Check out the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zke2EJHO34

Mackenzie and Anthony Wedding at The Laurel

Wedding Planner: Marsha Ballard French,Weddings by StarDust | Venue: The Laurel | Bakery: Frosted Art | Caterer: Food Glorious Food | Photo Booth: BoKeh Booth Company | Florist: 21 Parc | Linen: BBJ Linens | Lighting and Draping: Randy Ro Entertainment | Makeup and Hair: Elan Makeup Studio | DJ: Marcus Rollins | Photographer: Joseph Mark Photography | Transportation: Blue Diamond Limousine | Videography: Oak and Cypress

Staircase Sidney and Tanner - Wedding Planned by Weddings by Stardust, Dallas, FT Worth

Real Wedding: Sidney and Tanner

Wedding Planning: Weddings by StarDust

 Wedding Gown: Wedding Gown by Matthew Christopher at StarDust Celebrations | Venue: Chapel at Ana Villa | Bakery: Serenity Desserts | Florals: Branching Out Events| Photography: Perez Photography | Ceremony Music: Gyros String Quartet | Reception Music: Time Machine | Rentals: Big D Rentals | Videography: Hakimsons Films

Real Wedding: Laura & Adrian

Wedding Planner: Devan Moorehead, Weddings by Stardust | Wedding Gown: Watters from StarDust Celebrations | Veil: Toni Federici from StarDust Celebrations | Venue: The Joule Hotel | Cake: Frosted Art Bakery | Favors: Savor Patisserie | Florals: 21 Parc | Draping: Randy Ro Entertainment | Linen: BBJ Linen | Music: LeForce Entertainment | Officiant: Ken Byrd, Love Notes Weddings | Photography: Joseph Mark Photography

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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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