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Non-Traditional Ways to Put Your Own Flair on Your Wedding

Sometimes, brides and grooms want to shift away ever-so-slightly from the traditional layout of a wedding. They want to put their own spin on the occasion and make in memorable in their own way. That is perfectly fine by us, we are always up for a new and interesting challenge to make this day as unforgettable as possible!

Over the years, we have encountered many ways to do this. Here are some of our favorites that stood out.

Include the family dog!

Dogs make terrific ring bearers when properly trained, though there is always the risk of them being distracted by all the excitement when their time to shine finally arrives. A cake could even be designed after them!

Create a unique guestbook.

Have your guests sign something other than a book to have as a keepsake. Acrylic letters that can be displayed on your wall later are one way to expand on the tradition.

Carry something other than a traditional bouquet of flowers.

A paper bouquet can be kept and displayed forever or a bohemian style bouquet made out of pampas grass are just some of the fun alternatives as well as wreaths, feathers, or brooch bouquets.

Personalized favors that tell a story about you.

Instead of traditional gifts for your guests, give them something unique that could only come from the newlyweds. Try something that is personal to you that they may enjoy. For instance, if your first date was at the movies, the favor could be a personalized popcorn kit with references to the movie you saw.

The main idea is to make it your own. This is your day and it should feel like it. Don’t be afraid to skip the norms and try something new and different that will make your wedding extra special!

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Top Expected Wedding Trends of 2021

Out with the old and in with the new! The year 2020 brought new wedding planning challenges for everyone, but 2021 conveys a positive and different tone for planning. Spending time with loved ones and cherishing the small moments are more important than ever. Creating an intimate and personalized experience for your guests is this year’s theme. See below for new ideas, new experiences, and new designs to start off a new journey for the lovely couple.

Twinkle Lighting and Tents

Outdoor weddings are more popular than ever since dealing with the pandemic. Moving the party from indoor to outdoor is just another way of developing and mixing ideas. Make a lovely, fun space by including a huge tent. Now, change the overall aesthetic by adding twinkly lights or Edison lights throughout. Twinkly lights exude a romantic, whimsical atmosphere and will make everyone happy.

Photo: Scott Aleman

Virtual Wedding Invites

Digital invitations have grown over the years. These are great for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, showers, but try to be more traditional with your wedding invitations. Your catering staff will want exact numbers to count who is coming and if there is a meal selection. Most digital applications fall short of being able to tract the details needed. As well, if the guest emails are not correct, your intended guest may never receive the invitations. Lastly, beware, many young adults do not read email – they text!

An example of a digital invitation

Covid-19 Wedding Guest Favors

If you are going to have a wedding during a pandemic, might as well have some fun and add some personal touches to it! Covid-19 wedding favors have gained a following and it is a clever way to enforce safety procedures during this tough time. You will see monogrammed masks, personalized hand sanitizers, and custom guest kits.

An example of a custom face mask

Rafael Serrano Photography

Grab N Go Bar

Living in a world of instant gratification and not having to wait in line makes this perfect for your guests. Place grab-n-go stations providing pre-made cocktails and pre-packaged drinks around your venue. This will leave everyone satisfied and keep the party alive! Be sure to make your beverages unique with a custom cocktail napkin or a special ingredient inside to add a level of excitement.

Photos, clockwise: Laning Photography, Courtney Hanson Photography, Amy Karp Photography, Courtney Hanson Photography

Wedding Planning Podcast: Notes for Your Nupts

Our wedding planning podcast- Notes for your Nupts, has been released! Our team has had such a wonderful time working on this project!

What to expect from our podcast?

You can expect to learn a lot about planning your perfect wedding day! We wanted to create a wedding planning podcast couples to learn more about the process. Of course, a  podcast doesn’t replace an actually wedding planning team, but it can help you pick your perfect planner-It’s also a fabulous way to introduce yourself to our team!

Why a wedding planning podcast?

Well, it’s what we do best. Weddings by StarDust has existed as a wedding planning firm for over 20 years, so we have tons of knowledge regarding the industry. Wedding planning is a unique experience as it’s hard to know what to expect until you’re already in the thick of it. We love that we can use a new platform to educate and guide couples going through this unique and fun process.

Who will be on the podcast? 

We will feature our team on the podcast and cannot wait for you to meet everyone! We also have some exciting guests up our sleeves. From fun vendors to real brides. Notes for Your Nupts will dive into many aspects of the wedding planning experience!

Stardust Wedding Planners - Dallas, Plano, and the DFW Metroplex

What will the podcast focus on?

If it wasn’t already made clear- wedding planning! We are so passionate about weddings and celebrations of love, and want to share some of our knowledge with the world. There will be a variety of topics covered. From navigating our “new normal” with COVID-19 to things you didn’t realize you may need for your big day!

You can find Notes for Your Nupts on every major podcast provider! Don’t forget to rate & subscribe to us for new content every other Wednesday!

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And many more!

Ringing in 2020 with the Color of the Year- Classic Blue

The Pantone Color of the Year


Classic Blue

Pantone Color Institute announced this month the 2020 color of the year- Classic Blue! “It’s a color that anticipates what’s going to happen next,” said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, which selects the Color of the Year. “What’s the future going to bring as we move into the evening hours?”

Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue.

So how can we incorporate this beautiful hue into your big day? The options are endless!

Place Settings

For a subtle pop of blue, you can choose napkins and coordinating menus for your reception place settings. This bride chose to keep the blue to a minimum in a sea of silver and white to ensure they really stood out!

Sprinkled Down the Aisle

Another subtle way to include this beautiful hue is by adding blue petals to line the aisle. It’s a simple touch that packs a powerful punch!

Graham Hobart Photography



An obvious choice to include this shade in your wedding day celebration is by selecting for your linens! It can change the look of your reception. This couple chose blue for their linens and floral arrangements. The result was absolutely breathtaking!

Graham Hobart Photography


The Bridal Party

A great way to ensure having it appear throughout your wedding is by selecting bridesmaids dresses in classic blue!

Joseph Mark Photography



Wanting to incorporate this color without the full commitment? Select blue uplighting to change the mood of your reception! As you can see, this wedding was full of lush pink floral, but the blue uplighting on the walls changed the look of the reception space entirely!

Joseph Mark Photography


There are so many ways to incorporate the color of the year into your big day! If you’re looking to personalize your own wedding day, one of our wedding planners would be happy to help you plan your big day! Click here to get in contact with us and schedule your complimentary consultation!

Trends We Love: Seasonal Cocktails

Ahhh, the holidays! The time of year when we can enjoy delectable food and drinks during many wonderful celebrations guilt-free. Well, at least a little bit guilt-free. Lucky for those of you planning your winter wedding, you can incorporate some of the season’s most adored flavors in your wedding day menu and your guests will be oh-so-grateful! Today, we are focusing on cocktails!

Seasonal cocktails are festive and tasty, and they give you an opportunity to do something fun and different for your signature drink at your reception. There are so many delicious flavors of the holiday season, it’s not hard to find something special for your big day. And we discovered that there are so many fabulous options that we’re going to break this into a two-part series. Let’s take a look at some of your numerous options!

Apples and pears are what’s know as pome fruits, but all we really care about is that they’re crisp, juicy and sweet – a perfect jumping-off point for a luscious cocktail while these lovely fruits are in season.

An Amberjack is a beer-based cocktail mixed with apple vodka.
Isn’t the garnish on this Apple Cidercar just so pretty?
Would you believe this Pear of Desire cocktail features a slash of cream soda?!
The Pear Essence Cosmopolitan features two flavors of the season: pear and cranberry!

Which brings us to our next featured flavor – cranberry! This tart little berry can help balance out sweetness that can overtake a cocktail. Here are some tasty-looking beverages.

The cranberry stirrers are super-cute in these Cranberry Cocktails, but for your wedding, you might want to ditch the Santas.
This Cranberry-Mint Martini features vermouth that’s been infused with the tart berries.
Spice things up with this Cranberry-Spice Cocktail.

Keep things festive with a signature drink made up of wine, champagne or sparkling wine. A little more special than just a glass of wine or champagne, a mixed drink starting with one of these is perfect for your wedding reception cocktail hour.

Bubbly Poinsettia calls for either a Rose Brut Champagne or sparkling wine, so it’s flexible.
As if mojitos could get any better, but they did, when someone decided to add a splash of champagne to these Champagne Mojitos!
Mmmmm…Hot Spiced Wine, guaranteed to warm your wedding guests from the inside out!
This Marasca Fizz is light and bubbly and so pretty!
Mulled Manhattan is a lovely seasonal take on the classic cocktail.
Crispy and woodsy – a surprisingly good combination in this unexpected Sparkling Bourbon Cocktail.

What lineup of seasonal drinks would be complete without mint- or candy cane-inspired beverages? There are a surprising number of options when it comes to these mint-centric drinks, but it seems the mixologists all agree – they should be served in a martini glass!

Super-minty and a pretty shade of red, this Candy Cane Cocktail includes both peppermint schnapps and candy cane-infused vodka.
A richer, creamier version of a Candy Cane Cocktail features peppermint, vanilla and white chocolate.
This pretty little Candy Cane Cocktail is a berry-mint combination, sure to make your guests’ spirits bright!

Trend Alert: The Group Wedding Guest Portrait

Wedding photography is all about capturing the important and unique memories of your special day in a beautiful way. One trend we’re seeing more often is the all-guest wedding portrait. We simply adore this! What a fun and spectacular way to remember your wedding and all of your friends and family members who were there! The panoramic photo can be taken at the church or reception site, outdoors or in and it can be more formal or a little wacky. Just consider your group size when selecting your location and discuss this with your photographer plenty of time before the event so together you can develop a great plan to make this happen. Here are a few sweet examples.

Graham Hobart Photography
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Have some fun with this and nab you and your fiancé a wonderful keepsake from your wedding day!

Good Luck/Bad Luck: Wedding Superstitions and Traditions

On this Friday, the 13th, we thought it would be fun to share some wedding-related superstitions with you.


Of course, we all know the ubiquitous “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” This phrase is believed to have originated in Victorian times. The “something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s past and her family and traditionally is often a garter of an older family member who has been happily married, trusting that her good fortune would be passed on. The “something new” symbolizes the hope and optimism the couple has in their future and often can be the bride’s jewelry or even gown.
“Something borrowed” is on loan from a happily married family member or friend and can be something like jewelry, a veil or a handkerchief to carry. Finally, “something blue” represents love, modesty, and fidelity and hearkens back to ancient Rome. The blue can often be found in the bride’s bouquet, sewn into her dress, a ribbon on her garter, or even her shoes can be her blue, thanks to the huge trend of colored bridal shoes.

There is an often left-out verse in this rhyme – “and a sixpence in her shoe”. The sixpence is an English coin (equivalent to about 6¢), and its placement in the bride’s shoe represents wealth and financial security.

Here are a few more interesting superstitions to ponder:
According to Greek tradition, for good luck, a bride should slip a sugar cube into her glove, which will ensure a sweet union.


English tradition and folklore says that Wednesday is the best day to marry while Monday is for health and Tuesday is for wealth – and that Saturday is the unluckiest day to marry! We think millions of brides would disagree since Saturday is, of course, the most popular day for weddings.

Another English belief is that a spider found in a wedding dress is good luck! Eek!

The tradition of the groom carrying his bride over their threshold is to protect her from evil spirits. Awww!

Hindu tradition claims it is actually good luck for it to rain on your wedding day and representative of children in the couple’s future.

It is said to be best to marry on the half-hour, when the clock hands are moving up rather than at a time when the hands are moving down the clock, symbolizing the marriage going downhill.

There are so many more funny wedding traditions and superstitions that we could just go on, but we’ll leave you with this last one for now: it is said to be bad luck to shop for wedding rings on Friday, the 13th. Not sure if we believe that, but we are wishing you all the best of luck in your wedding planning and marriages!

Timeless Wedding Details You Won’t Regret

Timeless Wedding Details You Won’t Regret

 In the age of Pinterest, there so many options when wedding planning,  it can become overwhelming to choose the perfect gown or the perfect centerpieces. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite timeless elements and a few trendy twists to assure a wedding album that stands the test of time!

Floral & Foliage

Lush Greenery and floral arrangements will never go out of style. Your bouquet will be in almost all your portrait shots, so you will want to keep that in mind when meeting with your florist. Consider a cascading bouquet! They say trends are cyclical, but this is one that’s never really gone away. Carrying a clutch of cascading blooms, like this lush bouquet our bride carried (by 21PARC). On July 29th, 1981 over 750 million people watched Princess Diana marry Prince Charles in a lavish ceremony. While the gown may not be on trend these days, the bouquet could not be anymore timeless.


There’s something so magical about stepping into a wedding reception and getting a glimpse at the cake. While pie stations and cupcake stands are fun, you can never go wrong with a tiered wedding cake.

Jackie O is the epitome of timeless style and grace. Naturally, she had a very elegant wedding cake with a touch of floral for her 1954 nuptials. Our bride, Bailey, wanted a traditional tiered cake, but made this wedding staple modern by changing up the shapes of the tiers and adding a monogram topper!

The Reception Gown

Changing from a classic timeless gown to a trendy fun exit attire is the perfect way to keep your look balanced! With so many stunning gowns to choose from, it’s harder to pick only one! Your ceremony photos will remain timeless, while your reception gown will exude the fashionista you are, and make it easier to get down on the dance floor! This trend has only started becoming popular in the last decade, but we have a feeling it won’t be going anywhere. Our bride Abigail is a perfect example of this genius trend!


Sparkly Send-Off

Originally, the rice-tossing tradition was a way to wish the newlyweds fertility and prosperity. (Don’t worry: That myth about rice being dangerous for birds is totally false.) After over 50 years, Elvis and Priscilla’s traditional rice send-off still stands. To make this tradition a little trendier, modern couples are opting for petals, bubbles, confetti, sparklers ( Like our couple, Meredith and Josiah)  and more, but the sentiment is the same.



Getaway Car

The getaway is the exclamation point on the end of a happy wedding day! We love seeing old classic cars used! This classic capture from Elizabeth Taylor’s 1950 wedding to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr. is positively timeless! Our couple, LaVeatice and Demonta, found the perfect getaway car to leave their glamourous wedding in!


As you can see, there are so many ways to have a timeless and fun wedding! Keep these tips in mind when planning, and you’re sure to love looking back on your wedding day for many many years to come!

Trend Alert: Dad First Look

We think this is too darn sweet and a perfect wedding day special touch for a Daddy’s Girl.

He was there when you took your first steps and said your first words. He saw you off to kindergarten and your first date, sent you off to prom and watched proudly as you walked the stage after earning your diploma. Why not do a “first look” with your deal ol’ Dad for one last sweet father-daughter memory before you leave and cleave?!

Staged much like a bride-groom first look, this special encounter often happens in the rooms where the bride gets ready at the ceremony site (usually cleared of most other people for the beautiful and intimate moment) or sometimes in a picturesque spot on the ceremony site grounds. Just make sure to have a hanky ready – for you and your Daddy!

Here are a few more absolutely precious examples:

image credits: Jason MizeRay AnthonyDixie Pixel and Julie A. Whitlock via Southern WeddingsCory Ryan via Bridal Guide and Bend the Light viaGreen Wedding Shoes

Trends We Love: The Pre-Ceremony Beverage Station or Cocktail Hour

The Pre-Ceremony Beverage Station or Cocktail Hour

A wedding is a time of celebration and fun – and an opportunity to flex your hospitality muscles! All good hosts know it’s best to welcome guests into your home by offering them something to drink right away. We love extending this sentiment to weddings with the pre-ceremony beverage.






Think of this trend as the cocktail hour before the wedding. But, the beverages do not necessarily have to be alcoholic! The pre-ceremony cocktail hour is a fun way to have your guests mingle and get to know one another before the official festivities start.

This idea really works best when your ceremony is at a venue that’s not a church, temple or other place of worship because of time and space constraints or the facility’s policies. The pre-ceremony drink station is especially appreciated if your ceremony is outside. In the fall, a warm beverage station (think coffee, cider and hot cocoa – spiked or not) is a fantastic way to welcome your guests and help them ward off a chill while waiting for your walk down the aisle.












And, now that we’re enjoying warmer weather, something cool and refreshing would be the go-to for a pre-wedding drink!

It can be something simple, such as flavored or sparkling water to lemonade and tea (ooooohhh, Arnold Palmers!) to mimosas or maybe even a signature cocktail just for your special day. Just make sure if you decided to serve cocktails to keep the time relatively short and consider having the drinks passed so guests don’t consume too much alcohol before your ceremony.










Consult with your caterer or ceremony venue contact to explore what your options are for a pre-ceremony beverage offering. Or brainstorm with your wedding planner on other fun and creative ways you can make your day special. Oh, you don’t have one of those? Our talented Weddings by StarDust planning team would love to chat with you about how they can help you have the beautiful, imaginative wedding you’ve dreamed of! Schedule your initial consultation with one of our expert wedding planners here now!