Month: January 2020

Incorporate the Perfect “Something Old” into Your Wedding Style

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What is your personal wedding style? Are you into romance and glamour, low-key casual quirkiness, or do you enjoy being swept away by vintage pieces and love stories from those who have gone before you? If you plan to wear “something old” in keeping with the bridal tradition, there are plenty of ways you can work it in to match your personal style. Here at Hidden Creek Events, we give you and your bridesmaids plenty of space to get ready in our elegant bridal suite with vanity mirrors and lots of natural light. It even has a private shower. Come see it today!

Wear an Honored Heirloom

If family is important to you, try to locate an heirloom from an ancestor, or one that holds sentimental value for your spouse’s family. This could be anything from an old embroidered handkerchief to a military medal you could pin onto your bouquet wrapping. If your dress has a pocket, you could tuck away just about anything that would fit in there: a grandparent’s lucky coin, a pressed flower from your mother’s wedding bouquet, or a small photo of your great-grandparents at their own wedding. Anything will do if it keeps the memory of a loved one with you on your special day.

Choose a Statement Stunner

Maybe you’d like a flashier ornament to wear. Heirloom wedding rings are always a brilliantly beautiful choice. If your family has one that doesn’t quite fit your finger, use it as a pendant or a wedding bouquet charm. Jeweled pins or hair combs would also be ideal statement pieces from times gone by. Diamond earrings or brooches always look great on glamorous brides. You could even add crystals to an heirloom veil to leave your sparkling touch on it before passing it on to younger generations.

Keep It Subtly Sentimental

Perhaps glitz and glamour aren’t your thing. It’s the sentiment that counts, right? Speak with your parents and grandparents to see who among your relatives has a love story worth honoring. Do you have ancestors who fell in love during the war, or who stayed married to each other for their entire adult lives? Find the most romantic love story in your family history (or your spouse’s) and put small portraits of the lovebirds inside a locket to wear around your neck, wrist, or bouquet.

Get Creatively Crafty

Some brides have their mother’s wedding dress handed down to them, and they put their skills to work embellishing or altering it to make it more personalized. If you have a dress in your family that’s not in wearable condition, consider repurposing the material to cover your ringbearer’s pillow, flower girls’ baskets, or groomsmen’s handkerchiefs. If the dress is fancy enough, you could add the original lace and pearls to your own dress, headpiece, or gloves. Or how about a bouquet wrap made from your baby blanket or christening dress? The only limit is your imagination.

Hidden Creek Events in Dallas: The Perfect Place to Say “I Do”

Hidden Creek is the storybook setting you need for your happily-ever-after! From the romantic, wooded ceremony spot with twinkle-lights in the trees to our long list of approved vendors to meet your every need, we go the extra mile to make sure your wedding day is perfect. Call us now to book a visit to our lovely venue and reserve a 2020 date before we run out!

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How to Have an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony in 2020

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It seems like every new couple wants to share their big moment with the world by posting tons of wedding photos online. This is totally understandable; it’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment you want to share with family and friends who couldn’t be present for the “I do’s”. But this year, more couples are insisting on phones-off wedding ceremonies. Is that the right choice for you? At Hidden Creek, we’re happy to give you the wedding ceremony of your dreams, whether the guests’ phones are unplugged or fully charged.

Be Present and Enjoy

If your life is an open book on social media, the thought of an unplugged wedding ceremony might feel unnatural. What about that perfect shot of the couple exchanging vows? Sealing the deal with a kiss? Facing the audience as a married couple for the first time?

There’s actually a great reason not to allow your guests to try and capture those moments with their camera phones: they should be present and enjoy those moments, because they will only happen once. Let the professional photographer commit these memories to film and give your guests the freedom to savor the moment without worrying about sun glare and flattering angles.

Leave Pics to the Professionals

No matter what kind of phones your guests have, they won’t compare to the professional equipment your wedding photographer will use. Professional photographers have the right lenses and settings to capture perfect photos in bright light, low light conditions, or even while the subjects are moving. Their photos will always be superior to anything captured on a camera phone.

Let your guests know that you appreciate their enthusiasm, but you’ve hired a professional so they can sit back and enjoy the ceremony. You can promise to share the photos with them after the wedding is done.

Don’t Disrupt the Ceremony

Guests with phone cameras can be quite disruptive to a wedding ceremony. Imagine it: the officiant pronounces the couple man and wife, the groom leans in to kiss the bride, and suddenly a group of people rushes into the aisle, jostling each other for the best position to get the perfect shot. That’s not very romantic, or even very polite.

Keep your guests focused on your big moment by asking them to turn off their phones before the ceremony begins. That will ensure you have a quiet, peaceful union with everyone’s attention on you.

Some Do’s and Don’ts for Unplugging Your Ceremony

Whether you’re a social media afficionado or someone who could take or leave their cell phone, we must accept the fact that phones are a constant part of our modern lives. Here are some ways to get your guests to turn theirs off without much resistance.

  • Let Them Know Ahead of Time. Specify in the wedding invitation that yours will be an unplugged ceremony so guests will know what to expect.
  • Don’t Take Their Phones. It would be rude to confiscate guests’ phones, so prepare them beforehand and trust that they will honor your wishes.
  • Set Parameters. Some guests might assume they can take photos during your ceremony as long as they don’t share them on social media. If you want a phone-free ceremony, specify that.
  • Be Reasonable. Let guests know that they are welcome to photograph and share all the other parts of your wedding, just not the ceremony itself.

Hidden Creek: We Make Your Dallas Wedding Something to Remember

With our acres of wooded land and a picturesque sunset spot just across the street, Hidden Creek is the perfect destination for your romantic wedding. We can help you plan every little detail and make sure it all goes smoothly. If you’re having a 2020 wedding in Dallas, Rockwall, or any nearby area, book a tour of our gorgeous wedding venue right now. Dates are filling up fast, and we’d hate for you to miss out!

 

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The 5 Most Anticipated Wedding Trends of 2020

A new year has begun, and that means new opportunities to plan your dream wedding. While traditional ceremonies are always in style, there has been a push toward weddings that capture the unique personality of the couple. Do you prefer pops of color over black and white? How about charitable donations in lieu of wedding favors? Here at Hidden Creek in Dallas, we will coordinate and host the ceremony you’ve always dreamed of. If you’re getting married this year, here are some trends that are predicted to be a big deal in 2020.

Out: Purchasing Everything New; In: Upcycling

Forget going into debt to buy a new engagement ring. These days, it’s cool to reset the stones from a family heirloom ring into a unique creation all your own. The same goes for wedding dresses. Why spend thousands on a new one when you can buy secondhand and get it altered and embellished? This thrifty trend not only saves you money, it also promotes the sustainable philosophy of “reduce, reuse, recycle”.

Out: Over-the-Top Decorations; In: Statement Décor

In keeping with the money-saving trend, more couples are electing to have one elaborate focal piece of décor rather than springing for tons of decorations. This statement piece could be an elaborate floral arrangement festooned with lights, a gorgeous chandelier, a balloon arch in your chosen colors, or anything else you desire.

Out: Tiaras; In: Combs, Barrettes, and Clips

The princess vibe is taking a backseat to vintage glamour this year. Since we’ve just entered the “roaring 20’s”, many brides are incorporating elements of 1920’s glamour into their wedding day look. This includes jeweled combs, barrettes, and elegant silver clips to keep their hair in place. Veils are still a popular tradition, but look for shorter veils and cap veils to make a comeback.

Out: Jewel Tones; In: Pastels

Jewel tones have always been a popular choice for bridesmaids’ dresses; think sapphire blues, ruby reds, and amethyst purples. In 2020, the trend is lighter and more playful. Mint green has taken the place of its emerald counterpart. Violet has made way for periwinkle and faded denim has replaced navy brighter blues. Instead of Barbie pink, look for interesting shades of cassis and coral. Of course, nothing compliments a pastel palette like tuxes in shades of gray or blue.

Out: Wedding Favors; In: Donations to Charity

Wedding favors were getting pretty elaborate in 2019, which is understandable; you want your guests to go home with a nice memento of your special day. But more couples are choosing to donate the money they would have spent on wedding favors. If you go this route, make it more personal with cards that explain why the charity is so close to your heart or how it has made an impact in your life.

Hidden Creek Events: DFW’s Most Popular Wedding Destination

With our acres of wooded land, gorgeous scenery, and elegant reception area, it’s no wonder so many couples choose to have their weddings at Hidden Creek. We welcome all wedding styles, from traditional to ultra-modern, and you can enlist our help for everything from finding the right DJ or florist to making sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch. Book your visit today before our 2020 dates fill.