Month: December 2019

Modern Spins on the Bridal Bouquet Toss

It’s your wedding, and everything about it can be customized to suit your tastes, including traditions like the bouquet toss. Originally a good luck tradition from England, the bouquet toss was a way for the bride to distract guests and make her quick getaway before they tore at her dress or veil. (It was considered good luck for guests to touch the bride, and they sometimes clamored for mementos.) The bride threw her bouquet at them instead and made her exit with her clothing still intact.

At Hidden Creek Events in Dallas, our job is to give you an unforgettable wedding experience tailored to you and your betrothed. From first-rate wedding planning to a beautifully scenic backdrop for your photos and videos, we give you everything you need to make your big day truly special. If you’re not crazy about the idea of tossing your bouquet, here are some modern alternatives that are growing in popularity.

Single Ladies’ Dance-Off

Who will win possession of the bouquet and the luck it signifies? Settle this question the way they settled all disagreements in the 1980’s – with a dance-off! Have the bride and groom serve as judges to see which single lady has the best moves on the dance floor. Or have your DJ hype the crowd and declare the woman with the loudest applause to be victorious. Once the winner is named, she can claim the bouquet as her prize!

Use a Breakaway Bouquet

Instead of sacrificing your bridal bouquet, try having a breakaway bouquet made specially for your single guests and bridesmaids. Breakaway arrangements can break into many small bouquets or they can explode into a shower of flowers and petals that everyone can grab. This way, you get to keep and preserve your own bouquet, and your guests can all get their hands on some good luck.

Honor Lasting Love

Who says the single guests should get all the luck? Consider changing things up by calling for a couples’ dance in lieu of a bouquet toss. As the song proceeds, newer couples will be asked to take their seats, leaving the couples who have been married the longest on the dance floor. When only one couple remains, present them with the bouquet to honor the length of their committed partnership. There’s a good chance you could be presenting your bouquet to your grandparents or great-grandparents.

Congratulate New Love

It’s your wedding day, but there are still other couples who are just falling in love or planning to formalize and celebrate their connection by getting married soon. It would be a touching and meaningful gesture to present them with your bouquet as a symbol of your wishes for their happy future together. Pair this with a toast to honor the newly engaged couple, and they will undoubtedly feel loved and accepted.

Spread Seeds of Joy

A greener alternative is to create small gift bags for your guests that contain seeds they can plant and nurture on their own. Then they’ll remember your wedding day every time they look at the beautiful blossoming flowers. Pick seeds that represent something special to you and your partner. Perhaps you have a favorite plant, herb, or succulent that you’d like to share with your guests? Bonus points if you include a note explaining why this plant is so meaningful to you.

Hidden Creek Events: Modern or Traditional, Our Weddings Shine!

The most important thing you can do on your wedding day is make sure the ceremony and reception represent who you are as a couple. Don’t follow a tradition “just because”. Do what brings you joy, and your guests will join right in! Call Hidden Creek Events to start planning your 2020 Dallas wedding now.

How to Throw the Perfect Winter Holiday Wedding

Do you dream of a white Christmas and a white wedding dress to match? The holidays are already a time for coming together to enjoy time with our loved ones, so it’s natural to want to hold your wedding ceremony when everyone’s in town and feeling the love. At Hidden Creek Events in Dallas, we absolutely adore weddings and the winter holidays, so here is some of our best advice (and one very important tip) for making your winter wedding a day to remember!

Engage the Senses

If you want a truly memorable winter wedding, you need to engage all five of the senses. Give your guests beautiful holiday scenery to enjoy, scents and flavors of the season, and music and textures that wrap the event up into one gorgeous holiday package they – and you – will cherish long after the turn of the seasons.

Enchanting Visuals

Nothing says Christmas like twinkle lights, and we have plenty of those adorning the trees around our beautiful wedding ceremony spot. Feel free to bring your own LED lights to add to the background, table toppers, or even your cake and bouquet! And speaking of the bouquet, why not go festive with some poinsettias in lieu of red roses? Add some snowy pine cones and some gold or silver ribbon and you’ll have a seasonal arrangement for guests to feast their eyes on.

Scents of the Holidays

Did you know scents trigger memories more powerfully than most of our other senses? There are plenty of wintery fragrances to choose from, and many ways to incorporate them into your wedding décor. You could sprinkle potpourri down your table runners, put fragrant sachets in your bouquet and those of your bridesmaids, or even spritz your dress with something that smells delightfully like Christmas. Some of the most popular holiday fragrances are sugar cookies and cinnamon spice; evergreen mixed with berries; and the spiced wine medley of orange, cinnamon, cranberry, and clove.

Holiday Music

Who says you need to stick to tradition when it comes to your aisle music or even your reception dance mix? There are so many different covers and arrangements of classic holiday songs that you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes. From classical string quartets to rocking heavy metal, find your favorite versions of the classics on iTunes or Spotify and put them on your winter wedding playlist.

Luxurious Textures

The holidays are a time for all things shimmery and sumptuous. Think deep red and green velvets, satiny golds and silvers with a hint of shimmer, crisp snowy whites and warm LED lights. A pop of velvet on the groom’s bowtie and cummerbund would look gorgeous with a matching ribbon for your bouquet. Or you could go soft and rustic with plaid flannel table runners and slipcovers in red and greens. If you’re the glamorous type, wear satin gloves to feel even more luxurious as you walk down the aisle. A satin lining and faux fur trim could add extra holiday flair to your warm wedding cloak. With the right accessories, you’ll be fashionably prepared for whatever the weather holds on your big day.

Festive Flavors

Do you want to serve holiday classics at your reception? Stuffed hens and plenty of potatoes and root veggies could make it feel like one big holiday dinner. Don’t forget dessert! How about a spice cake for the bride or groom with a rich, caramel filling? Playful couples could set up a winter candy buffet for their guests to nibble on. Some warm, spiced cider or wine would round out the menu well, along with  some celebratory holiday cocktails.

One Important Caveat

When you’re scheduling a winter holiday wedding, remember that your wedding likely isn’t the only commitment your guests will have. They might be traveling to multiple locations to visit with their families. Definitely invite all your friends and loved ones, but don’t be insulted if they aren’t able to attend. Holiday travel is notoriously challenging, and they might have a limited amount of time off from work. You should expect some vacancies on your guest list.

Hidden Creek: Your Premier Winter Wedding Venue Near Dallas

Hidden Creek hosts unforgettable weddings all throughout the year, but dates fill up fast! If you’re planning a 2020 winter wedding, come schedule a tour of our venue and meet our wedding coordinator and other friendly staff. We’ll show you our beautiful wooded setting, elegant reception space, bride and groom suites, and much more. Call soon to start planning your happily ever after!

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5 Tips for Unforgettable “First Look” Photos

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″ custom_padding=”3px|||||”][et_pb_row make_equal=”on” padding_top_bottom_link_2=”false” _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”||0px|||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”65px|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.0.6″ text_font=”||||||||” header_2_line_height=”1.8em” module_alignment=”center” custom_margin=”-85px|||||” custom_padding=”||24px|||”]At Hidden Creek Events, we love weddings and everything that comes with them, including the beautiful, candid moments captured in “First Look” photos. If you’re planning to include these special moments in your photo shoot, our gorgeous wooded lot and beautiful interior architecture make the perfect backdrops. We welcome you to call and schedule a tour of our venue for your 2020 wedding. In the meantime, here are some helpful tips for making your First Looks truly memorable.

What are First Look Photos?

First Looks are candid photos taken just before the wedding ceremony – after the couple is dressed up, but before they walk down the aisle. Some are fun and playful, like photos of the bride and groom making nervous faces or hurriedly reviewing their vows. Others are quite touching, such as the misty-eyed couple wiping away each other’s tears or gasping when they see each other in wedding finery for the first time. When taken by a professional photographer, First Looks make a deeply personal addition to the staged photos that will be snapped at the ceremony and reception.

Tip 1 – Embrace the Moment

Be proud and confident. You’re about to become one half of a happily married couple. You’re all dolled up and wearing something gorgeous. Now is not the time to let camera shyness take away from your special moment! In five years, nobody will remember a small blemish on your cheek or a stray lock of hair, but they will look back with fondness on your radiant smile and the love in your eyes they see in your First Look photos.

Tip 2 – Be Yourself

Your wedding day is your chance to show what makes you and your betrothed truly unique as a couple. If you’re quirky and not exactly the beaten-path types, incorporate some of your humor or hobbies into your First Looks. If you have a beloved pet, bring them into the picture! If you’re wearing Converse sneakers instead of heels, show them off! As long as you’re happy with the photos, you shouldn’t worry about impressing anyone else.

Tip 3 – Schedule Enough Time

The last thing you want is to look stressed out in photos that are supposed to capture a joyous moment. Give yourself and your photographer plenty of time to get ready for the shoot. Wake up early so you don’t have to rush to do your hair and makeup. If you get your First Looks taken in the morning, you can still have plenty of time for beauty touch-ups before your ceremony.

Tip 4 – Leave the Wedding Party Out

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to take photos with your bridesmaids later. First Look photos are a special, private time for the couple to revel in each other’s love and capture their happy memories together. Just bring yourself, your beloved, and your photographer so the shoot will be less chaotic and more conducive to getting just the right photos.

Tip 5 – Choose a Quiet Setting

It’s hard to capture your First Look photos in a high-traffic area. Choose a quieter, more intimate setting so you and the photographer can focus on bringing your vision to life. We have plenty of those at Hidden Creek, including a ceremony site flanked by pre-lit trees, a field across the road that hosts some spectacular sunsets, a garden area, and a beautiful grand staircase. We also have tasteful photo props, like artists’ easels and wine barrels, for you to use.

Hidden Creek Events: Come See Our Premier Dallas Wedding Venue!

At Hidden Creek, we take care of all the little details so you can focus on your special day! From catering and music to romantic lighting and even comprehensive wedding planning, we do it all. Go online or call us today to schedule a tour and consultation for your Dallas wedding!
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