Month: October 2019

Weatherproof Wedding Tips: A Rain Plan for Your Big Day

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It’s long been a superstition that rain on your wedding day signifies bad luck. Or good luck, depending on which ancient tradition you consult. Regardless, a stormy wedding day calls for some special preparations. Since North Texas weather is especially fickle this time of year, your friends at Hidden Creek Events have come up with a list of things to do to make sure your wedding goes according to plan, rain or shine!

Rainy Wedding Day Tips:rainy weather on wedding day Hidden Creek Events texas

Track the Forecast.

This is one of the most important things you can to do be ready for whatever your big day holds. Keep an eye on the forecast for your venue’s location. Sign up for severe weather alerts, put a weather app on your phone’s home screen, and have a backup plan ready to deploy with little notice; forecasts are most accurate within 10 days of the big event.

Weatherproof Your Makeup and Hair.

Since seasonal storms usually bring wind and rain, you’ll need to take some extra time to protect your hair and makeup. Keep plenty of heavy-duty hairspray on hand for you and your bridesmaids, as well as bobby pins to keep updos secure. Use waterproof cosmetics to keep your makeup from running in photos and during the ceremony.

Wear All-Weather Footwear.

Rain equals mud, which doesn’t go well with high heels. Keep some low-heeled options on hand for your wedding party so you don’t sink into the soft earth with every step. Or choose a venue like Hidden Creek that has outdoor artificial turf that looks like natural grass.

Have Umbrellas on Hand.

A rainy day could actually give you a cute photo-op with your wedding party and guests all holding umbrellas in your wedding colors. You could make inexpensive umbrellas available for all your guests as favors. If you’d rather not preserve memories of the inclement weather, simply send a reminder that guests should bring their own umbrellas to be on the safe side.

Rent a Party Tent.

If your venue has the space, a party tent setup could keep everyone dry during the ceremony and reception. DFW has plenty of tent vendors to choose from. You can rent anything from a 10’x10’ canopy to an 80’ frame tent with window walls. Most vendors provide professional setup and extras like mood lighting, tables and chairs, and linens.

Have a Plan B.

Everyone needs a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. If tents aren’t your thing, find a venue that can quickly bring an outdoor ceremony and reception indoors. Hidden Creek has a lovely outdoor ceremony spot, but we can bring the party into our barn reception area that sits just a few dozen feet away. This provides a convenient rain plan with minimal disruption.

Come and Tour Hidden Creek. From our photogenic grand staircase to our enchanted trees adorned with twinkle lights, Hidden Creek makes a lovely backdrop for your celebration. We have every amenity you need, including a full bridal suite with private bath, a groom’s suite, romantic uplighting, and connections to a full array of pre-approved wedding vendors and caterers to make your wedding truly memorable.

Hidden Creek: Even When It Rains, You Shine!

We love weddings, and we feel honored to be a part of so many happy unions throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond. Your happiness is our top priority. We won’t let a little detail like rainy weather get in the way of a great celebration! Give us a call today to schedule a tour and learn about everything we have to offer that sets us apart from other DFW wedding venues.

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What Should You Do with Your Dress After the Wedding?

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Every wedding dress is special, as beautiful and unique as the bride who wears it. Choosing one is an exciting experience, and wearing it down the aisle, at the reception, and in photographs can make a bride feel like royalty. But what happens after the celebration ends? It used to be a given that the bride would zip a protective bag around her dress and store it away forever, but the new generations are less inclined to hold onto their dresses as keepsakes. Hidden Creek Events has come up with some alternatives to hanging your dress in the back of your closet for all eternity.

What to Do with the Dress

Hand it Down

If you plan to have kids someday, you might want to preserve the dress so that you can hand it down to your daughter for her own wedding. Most dry cleaners offer dress preservation, including vacuum sealing, to keep the gown looking its best through the years. Or perhaps you have a niece or friend who is getting married. You could pass the dress, or at least its embellishments, to them.

Donate It

Not everyone can afford the expense of a brand new wedding dress, but they’re always in demand. Consider donating your dress to less fortunate brides who still deserve to look beautiful on their wedding day. Some wonderful charities include Goodwill, Brides Across America, and Adorned in Grace. The latter two serve military and first responders, and survivors of human trafficking, respectively.

Sell It

Weddings aren’t exactly cheap, and the bridal gown is usually one of the biggest single expenses. You could list yours online to try and recoup some money from your wedding ceremony. Enlist the services of Ebay, Facebook Marketplace, or Poshmark. You can also look for local consignment stores that would be happy to resell your gown.

Auction It

If your dress is especially valuable, consider putting it in a charity auction to raise money for a good cause. DonorSearch has put together a list of the top charity auction sites where you could sell your dress to the highest bidder and rest assured the money will do some real good in the world.

Trash It

We don’t mean you should dump it unceremoniously in a bin. On the contrary, trashing a wedding dress and documenting it with videos or photographs is becoming a popular and irreverent trend. Imagine going skydiving in the dress, wearing it underwater, rolling around on a sandy beach, or going bungee jumping in it. The possibilities are endless.

Create a Keepsake

You could keep a section of your dress and turn it into a sweet remembrance of your special day. Some brides make throw pillows from their dresses. Others create mini versions of their gowns and sew them onto teddy bears. You could frame some of the fabric or bind a wedding book in it, giving you a way to remember your special day that doesn’t involve saving a dress you’ll only wear once.

Wear It Again

Of course, you always have the option to keep your wedding dress for a future date. Some brides love to wear their original gown when they renew their vows. It can be a very special and loving gesture that brings back all the fond memories of the original ceremony.

Hidden Creek Events: Your #1 Dallas-Area Wedding Venue

The fate of your wedding dress rests in your hands. For everything else, let Hidden Creek and wedding coordinator Brett Welch take charge! We’ll be by your side and at your disposal from beginning to end, and we won’t let your wedding day be less than perfect. Call us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our gorgeous venue just east of Dallas!

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What’s Your Wedding Style? 5 Fun Themes for 2019 Weddings

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White roses, satin gowns, and champagne toasts: these things evoke visions of a classic wedding. But what if tradition isn’t exactly your thing? Brides and grooms are finding more ways than ever to personalize their wedding ceremonies at Hidden Creek Events and make that special moment uniquely theirs. When it’s time to walk down the aisle, which colors and decorations do you envision? Which elements would you choose to represent you? It’s time to find your unique wedding style.

Find Your Wedding Style

We’ve hosted hundreds of weddings at our scenic venue near Lake Ray Hubbard, and while they were all beautiful, the most memorable ones were the ones that truly reflected the interests and personality of the happy couple. Do you love the outdoors? Are you really into Star Wars? Are you both country kids at heart? Don’t be afraid to incorporate those themes into your wedding and reception!

Here are some popular wedding theme ideas to inspire you.

cute and quirky

Call it Instagram-Ready, Hipster Vibe, or Millennial Aesthetic; whatever the name, it’s adorably offbeat. Think pastels and succulents rather than black-and-white and roses. French bulldogs instead of doves. Donations to a meaningful charity in lieu of gifts. Add a selfie station with plenty of hats, glasses, and curled mustaches, and you’ve got a perfectly fun wedding that reflects your playful side.

Country Chic

Pull on those cowboy boots, because you’re getting hitched! This theme is always a hit that transcends generations. Rustic décor and handmade invitations set the tone. Your menu could include southern favorites like barbecue or Tex-Mex. Choose some romantic country crooning for your first dance and be prepared for line dancing at the reception!

Nerds in Love

Are you and your partner members of a fandom or two? Add some geeky culture to your celebration! Imagine a bridal bouquet with the handle of a lightsaber; Pokéballs that open to reveal the wedding rings; or a wedding cake in the colors of your favorite Hogwarts house. Choose your fandom, and the possibilities are endless! (Careful with Game of Thrones; Westeros weddings don’t end so well.)

Old Hollywood Glam

This wedding style is based on the glamour of Hollywood’s silver screen era. Glam it up with sleek hair waves, matte red lips, elbow-length satin gloves, and vintage jewelry. Study old photos of Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, and other silver screen sirens for inspiration, and go Gatsby with the cakes and invitations.

Winter Wonderland

To close out 2019 in a spectacular fashion, why not celebrate your winter wedding with a holiday theme? Decorate with Christmas wreaths and swags, walk down the aisle with a bouquet of poinsettias, and brighten the night with thousands of enchanting lights. Imagine miniature Christmas tree centerpieces and a candy buffet!

Your wedding is your chance to let your personality shine through as you and your partner take center stage. No matter which theme you choose, Hidden Creek will make your wedding a once-in-a-lifetime event! Our all-inclusive Saturday packages cover every detail you can imagine, and our wedding coordinator makes sure everything goes smoothly.

Hidden Creek: A Magical Setting for Your Perfect Day

Your wedding at Hidden Creek is more than just a date to remember; it’s an experience that you and your partner will cherish forever. Brett Welch and the rest of the team will help you every step of the way, from “Once upon a time” to “Happily ever after”. Call us today to schedule a tour of our beautiful venue and get 30% off our Saturday packages from January to April 2020!

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5 Wedding Planning Apps You Need to Install Now

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Organizing: Wedding Planner By the Knot

The Knot specializes in all things bridal, so it’s no wonder they’ve produced an app that helps you plan every little detail. Its most popular features include a one-stop bridal registry manager that lets you view and manage your registries in one place; and a wedding day timeline that allows you to plan your big day down to the minute. Combined with the services of our talented wedding coordinator, this app will help your wedding day go off without a hitch.

Download Wedding Planner for iOS or Android.

Inspiration: Pinterest

Countless couples use Pinterest to get inspiration, tips, and how-to guides for everything from wedding hairstyles to DIY invitations and decorations. Browse photos to get some great ideas, then pin your favorites to your wedding planning board to save for later. Show them to your wedding vendors to share your vision of how you want everything to look on your special day.

Download Pinterest for iOS or Android.

Honeymoon: Honeyfund

If you’re looking ahead to your honeymoon, Honeyfund is a free cash registry app that helps you plan your big trip and allows your guests to easily donate to your honeymoon fund. You can also create a unique registry with items from around the Web. Your friends and family can then see your wish list in one place. This app has been helping couples fund their honeymoons and get the exact items they want for over 10 years.

Download the Honeyfund app here.

Seating Chart: Table Planner From Snapp Mobile Germany

It can be tricky to get all your guests seated with compatible tablemates. Then there are special considerations: guests with special diets, food allergies, children, etc. Table Planner takes the stress out of arranging your seating chart with its drag-and-drop interface and excellent features. Choose from various table shapes, enter your number of guests per table, and export the finished list into a printable PDF.

Download the Table Planner app for iOS.

Music: Spotify

Spotify makes music management easy. Create a playlist of all the songs you’d like to hear at your wedding, and share that list with your band or DJ. Or you can stream the music yourself from a good audio system. Browse other wedding playlists for inspiration and choose the songs you like most to add to your own. A premium membership gets you access to HD sound and no ads.

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Hidden Creek: A Beautiful Backdrop for Dream Weddings

We’ve helped hundreds of couples make their wedding ceremonies unforgettable, and we look forward to hosting your dream wedding as well! When you choose to have your wedding at our gorgeous venue, you’re getting more than just a place to say “I do”; you’re signing up for the exemplary services of Brett Welch, our talented wedding coordinator. You’re reserving a photogenic venue that will look beautiful in all your wedding photos. And you’re getting access to the very best vendors, all pre-approved by the staff at Hidden Creek. Call us today to schedule a tour and book your date![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.27.3″ background_image=”https://hiddencreekevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Hidden-Creek-Favorites-0017.jpg” parallax=”on” parallax_method=”off” z_index=”9″ custom_margin=”55px|||||” custom_padding=”125px|0px|125px|0px|false|false” global_module=”715″ saved_tabs=”all”][et_pb_row custom_padding_last_edited=”on|phone” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_color=”rgba(0,0,0,0.55)” max_width=”800px” custom_padding=”75px|50px|50px|50px|false|true” custom_padding_tablet=”” custom_padding_phone=”|25px||25px” animation_style=”slide” animation_direction=”bottom” animation_duration=”2000ms” animation_intensity_slide=”4%” border_width_all=”1px” border_color_all=”#ffffff” use_custom_width=”on” custom_width_px=”800px”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.4″ text_font=”Herr Von Muellerhoff||||||||” text_text_color=”#c47f17″ text_font_size=”62px” text_orientation=”center” custom_margin=”||10px” text_font_size_tablet=”” text_font_size_phone=”40px” text_font_size_last_edited=”on|phone” text_text_shadow_style=”preset3″ text_text_shadow_horizontal_length=”0.03em” text_text_shadow_vertical_length=”0.03em” text_text_shadow_blur_strength=”0.05em”]

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10 Essential Wedding Planning Tips for Busy Brides

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Some people think getting engaged is the hardest part of getting married. Little do they know, popping the question is just the beginning! Once you’ve made the commitment to be married, there are hundreds of little details that must be planned out and coordinated. Like components of a machine, any missing piece can throw a wrench into your plans. At Hidden Creek Events, we want your special day to go as smoothly as possible, which is why we’ve created this list of things to consider when planning your wedding.

1). Choose Your Date Carefully

Spend some time thinking of the perfect date for your wedding. You don’t want it to conflict with a major holiday when guests are likely to be spending time with their families. Nor do you want it to fall on the same weekend as a convention or other event that could cause heavy traffic and leave hotels with no vacancies. Once you find the perfect date, book it as far in advance as possible.

2). Prepare for the Weather

The weather in North Texas is fickle, but the hottest summer months are predictably too hot to make for a comfortable outdoor ceremony. You can try to schedule your wedding in the fall or early spring, but rain could still put a damper on your special day. The best strategy is to book a venue that has indoor and outdoor options, like the wooded ceremonial area and indoor barn reception hall at Hidden Creek.

3). Get a Head Count

Think of all the special people you wish to invite to your wedding, and don’t forget about their +1’s. It’s safe to assume some guests won’t show due to scheduling conflicts, travel costs, or illness. Send out all your invitations anyway and try not to take it personally if someone RSVPs “No”. Once you have a good idea of who’s coming, make sure your chosen venue has the space to handle all your guests. Experts recommend 20 – 30 square feet per guest for maximum comfort.

 

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4). Plan for Children

How will you handle small children at your wedding? Will yours be kid-friendly or adults-only? You could welcome your guests to bring their kids or hire a sitter to watch over them at the hotel or onsite at the wedding venue. Whatever you decide, make sure the policy applies to everyone to avoid hurt feelings.

5). Decide on a Drinking Policy

Whether or not to serve alcohol at your wedding is up to you and your partner. You want your guests to have a good time, but you might not want to risk them overindulging. In that case, you could keep spirits light with sparkling cider and other non-alcoholic options. If your budget allows for a bartender and security (some venues require a security officer to be present whenever alcohol is served), consider having an open bar or a champagne fountain and margarita machine.

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6). Keep an Organized Budget

Organization is key to keeping your finances and schedule on track in the days before your wedding. Use a spreadsheet or an expense-tracking app like iWedPlanner to make sure you’re not spending too much money in one place, only to come up short in other areas.

7). Listen to Word of Mouth

The best vendors are sometimes found through word-of-mouth advertising. If you know someone who recently had a wedding, don’t be afraid to ask them for recommendations. Vendors may also refer you to other vendors they frequently work with. If you have your wedding at Hidden Creek, you can take advantage of our list of thoroughly vetted and pre-approved vendors for everything from flowers to photography and catering.

8). Reserve Room Blocks

If your guest list is growing, you might be able to get a discount when you reserve a block of rooms with a hotel near the wedding venue. There are several area hotels near Hidden Creek who offer group discounts. Feel free to ask us for more details.

9). Know Your Venue

Research the venue thoroughly to find out how spacious it is, which policies are in place, and whether it has handicapped accessibility. Is the reception area on site? Is there a private bridal suite? How photogenic are the surroundings? Knowing all the little details in advance will spare you a lot of stress later.

10). Get Planning Help

Who actually has the time to plan a wedding in the weeks and months leading up to the big day? A wedding planner, that’s who! Hiring a professional can save you time, money, and headaches. Our wedding coordinator, Brett Welch, is an indispensable resource for making sure everything goes as planned before, during, and after your ceremony. Learn more about the services she provides here.

Hidden Creek Events: Our All-Inclusive Plans Cover It All

Call us today to learn more about our all-inclusive wedding and reception packages and save 30% from January to April 2020! We can’t wait to make your wedding dreams come true at our beautiful venue east of Dallas!

 

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