Month: April 2021

How to Host an Enchanted Forest Wedding

Step into your own fairytale with a Hidden Creek wedding. Our ethereal venue is off the beaten path and offers a private escape for your wedding. Our venue is located on an acreage surrounded by shady groves and lush foliage in every direction. The event center is also near a babbling hidden creek that overlooks Lake Ray Hubbard in Heath, Texas. When you book the Hidden Creek wedding venue, you can be sure your wedding will be a magical affair.

Wedding Invitations

One of the first wedding planning tasks you’ll need to take care of is selecting wedding invitations, and deciding who to invite. Rest assured, our event center has ample room for up to 300 guests so it’s just a matter of deciding if you want a small private affair or an elaborate wedding with a lot of friends and family.

As far as invitations go, try to keep with the theme of your wedding. If you want an enchanting wedding, full of natural beauty make sure your wedding invitations reflect that. Invitations with watercolor elements, green and jewel tones, and components from nature like pressed flowers can be beautiful personalized options.

Wedding Attire

Your preferred wedding attire will largely depend on your personal style. You can plan a whimsical forest wedding while still incorporating a touch of your own style preferences. Whether you’re a chic fashionista, a rustic southern belle, or a free-spirited bohemian gal your wedding party’s wardrobe should reflect that. 

If you prefer more of a chic and traditional look, try out a stark-white ball gown to stand out against the deep woodsy tones all around you. If you have a young spirit and an eclectic style, spring for something more unusual. You can incorporate a vintage style, elaborate beadwork, and jewel tones into your wedding day look. This also gives your groom a chance to veer away from the classic black tuxedo and experiment with warm neutral tones and patterns. If you are a classic southern belle, then maybe a simple yet elegant lace gown is just what you need. Play around with different styles, cuts, and colors to discover what’s right for you. 

Natural Altar

Our venue has a wonderful walkway and a wooden wedding arch. You can decorate this area to your heart’s content and really lean into the enchanted forest wedding theme with just a bit of creativity. You can decorate the altar by layering chopped tree stumps, regaling the area with fairy lights, draping vibrant cloths along the arch, sprinkling flowers about, and just about a million other things! Use your imagination, and if it’s at all possible, we’ll help you make it happen. 

Wedding Decorations

The natural beauty provided by our location will take care of the bulk of this task. When you’re selecting decorations for an enchanted wedding, let the natural environment guide you. You can either stick with neutral or jewel tones, or go for a vibrant color to stand out against all of the green (especially in the spring!) You can also use different lighting to add to the ambiance of the environment. Candles and sparklers are great selections, as long as you follow our event venue’s safety guidelines. 

Floral arrangements and centerpieces will be an important part of decorating for this kind of wedding as well. Vibrant flowers are beautiful, but some other popular choices are Baby’s Breath, Texas Wildflowers, or an assortment of local foliage. 

There are so many places to find beautiful decorations. Ask us for a list of our preferred vendors when you book to start the planning process!

Hidden Creek Events

We are so excited that you’re considering Hidden Creek as a possible venue for your special day. Schedule a tour with us so we can show you all that we have to offer. While you’re visiting we can tell you all about our amenities, catering options, and the best vendors around. We look forward to meeting you, and helping you make your dreams a reality!

Hidden Creek Nominated for the 2021 Destination Rockwall Award

Hooray! Hidden Creek has been nominated for the 2021 Destination Rockwall award by the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce. It’s such an honor to be considered for this award because we are truly dedicated to providing impeccable service to our clients and utilizing top-notch local vendors at our events. This ensures that not only will clients have a positive experience with us, but they’ll also see what other local businesses and the surrounding area has to offer. Just being nominated confirms that we’re doing something right, and we couldn’t be more proud.

 

This nomination is for businesses that have made a significant economic impact on Rockwall County by demonstrating their ability to bring visitors into our community and being a leader in reputation, marketing, and high-quality service. This nomination will honor a business that has shown outstanding dedication to promoting Rockwall and the surrounding areas as a luxury destination and consistently portraying our unique hometown to patrons. 

 

More About Our Services

Hidden Creek is a beautiful and welcoming family-owned event venue. We feel driven to provide extraordinary service and offer an inviting environment to each and every one of our guests. Our venue is a highly trafficked destination for weddings, corporate events, and more. We also have on-site catering services and an extensive menu, and the fresh ingredients we depend upon are sourced locally whenever possible. 

 

We also believe in sharing the wealth. That’s why we have a great selection of local caterers and wedding vendors on hand that we readily recommend during the event planning process. This helps engaged couples plan the wedding of their dreams, all while supporting small businesses. Sounds like a win-win situation, right?

 

Special Thanks to our Wedding Coordinator

We couldn’t possibly proceed without taking a moment to thank our talented wedding coordinator–Brett Welch. Anyone that has worked with Brett can attest to her warm personality, impeccable organization, and infectious enthusiasm. She is an absolute professional and is the one behind the planning process. This includes recommending caterers, vendors, bars, hotels, and so much more for our guest’s convenience. We could never operate so smoothly without her. In fact, chances are we wouldn’t be up for this award without her influence and attention to customer care. Brett has formed numerous relationships with clients and local vendors that help us excel in the wedding and events industry. 

 

Voting is Open!

We’d also like to congratulate the other incredible businesses nominated for this award. Shenaniganz Sideways BBQ, Standard Service, and Texas Gun Ranch were also nominated for the 2021 Destination Rockwall award. Hidden Valley is honored to be recognized alongside these wonderful companies. A number of other incredible companies were nominated in other categories. We encourage you to check them out, and maybe even vote for them if you’re familiar with their company. Voting is open now, and you’re allowed one vote per email each day until polling closes! We’d appreciate your votes.

How to Livestream Your 2021 Wedding

Lockdown is coming to an end and event venues like Hidden Creek are easing back to full capacity. However, the pandemic introduced a great way to have a more inclusive wedding for people who can’t make it to your wedding destination– wedding broadcasts. Livestreaming will likely be here to stay even after public safety regulations are lifted. This will also continue to be a great option for guests to experience your wedding as Covid-19 vaccinations are being distributed. Not to mention, you can record the wedding ceremony and treasure it forever. 

To ensure all of your guests experience your special day in some way, you can livestream your ceremony. Then people who can’t be physically present at your wedding can still enjoy the ceremony and support you. 

Your broadcast should reflect you and your fiancée, just like the ceremony itself. Fortunately, it has never been easier to create a professional-grade broadcast on a budget.

The following tips will help create a memorable experience that would be the next best thing from actually being there. 

Make Your Livestream Exclusive

Some couples might want to share their stream with all of their social media platforms. Others prefer to be more selective. Ultimately, it’s a personal decision. However, if you want to create an exclusive viewing experience you can make a private Facebook group and stream the ceremony there.

To do this, make a private Facebook group with your wedding title and start inviting people. You can do this a few days or even months before your wedding day.  As an added benefit, your Facebook group can be a hub for wedding day resources like hotel links, wedding-specific posts, gift registry links, and reminders. It also provides a place for guests to connect and interact. Or block this feature altogether, if you’re worried about family drama on your big day.

Once you make the group, create an event. Schedule it to begin at the same time as your wedding. This placeholder will bring the event to the forefront of the group and will also provide a cool countdown effect for Facebook group visitors. 

Make Your Wedding Stream Professional 

There are several streaming options available, so you can broadcast to the social media platform of your choice. Open Broadcaster Software, better known as “OBS” is a great resource for streaming that allows for multiple camera feeds, text and logo overlays, and slideshows.

Another great platform is Switcher Studio. You can run the entire operation through iOS devices with this software. Switcher Studio allows multiple iPhones to stream to an iPad that serves as a control board video switcher. Yes, it’s possible to broadcast a professional feed using only iPhones! 

Whatever software you decide on, assign someone trustworthy to manage the operation. This isn’t something you can ask your somewhat tech-savvy cousin to manage at the last minute. There are a lot of moving pieces. You want to make sure that they are able to put together a test broadcast a couple of days before, and once again during the rehearsal. 

Make it Sound Good

Another crucial element of a good broadcast is a good audio feed. You do not want to rely on the positioning of the video microphone for listeners at home. That being said, if the venue and reception will be intimate and free of unpredictable noises like the ocean, traffic, or crying babies the iPhone or video cameras might be sufficient. 

For venues with a live PA system, a direct monitor line from the board will be ideal. Your designated stream operator should be able to create a stream-specific monitor mix bussed into your streaming device from the PA Board. Make sure to include an ambient microphone in that mix so that the stream audio doesn’t sound dry and lifeless. 

Make it Personal

Broadcasting software like OBS or Switcher Studio lets you watermark your feed with a personalized logo. Your wedding hashtag would be a great “lower third overlay” to give your stream a personal touch and as a bonus would encourage viewers to share screenshots with your wedding hashtag. 

Give your stream an additional touch with a personalized playlist to fill out the dead space before and after the ceremony. 

Technical Checklist

The tech stuff can be tricky to understand. If you want some help hiring a professional, the event coordinator at Hidden Creek Events can help point you in the right direction. However, if you want to DIY it here’s a brief checklist of items you will need:

Software Options

  •  Open Broadcaster Software (FREE)
  • Switcher Studio
  • XSplit

Man-Power

  • Dedicated Feed Operator 

Switcher Studio Gear

For PC/MAC Systems

Hidden Creek Events

Gear aside, the most important part of a great stream is having a great venue setting. No amount of software or gear can fake a beautiful venue. At Hidden Creek that isn’t an issue. Our event center is located in a charming wooded area, where you can hold a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, before finishing up your magical night dancing in our indoor barn-style ballroom. Our wedding coordinator will create an itinerary, finalize vendors, help with decorations, and every other minute detail. Contact Hidden Creek today, to start planning the first day of your happily ever after.

 

What to Look for When Choosing a Wedding Planner

The process of planning your wedding can be overwhelming. Contacting vendors, negotiating rates, hiring entertainment, and even the small details like your guest seating chart can become a huge source of stress that leads to burnout

It’s important to have someone on your side who is trustworthy, professional, and can set things in motion for your big day. Here are a few things to look for when you are ready to hire a wedding planner. 

First Impressions Matter

Your wedding planner should make a good first impression. Throughout the wedding planning process, they will need to liaise with many different vendors, employees, and staff. They’ll need to be strong and personable to make things happen. They should also have mediation skills so they can work with a variety of different personalities and diffuse any conflicts that may arise. 

Starting things off on the right foot with you is a good first indicator that they’re up to the task of planning your special day.

Portfolio That Aligns With Your Vision

No wedding is exactly the same. Clients have different tastes and visions for what their wedding day should be like. Just because a wedding planner has done gorgeous work in the past, doesn’t mean they’re the right selection for you. If you want a rustic wedding, then someone who specializes in minimalist beach weddings might not be able to meet your expectations. Do your research and ensure that they are capable and that you have matching visions. 

The ideal wedding planner will have a variety of styles represented in their portfolio. Of course, the planner might specialize in a specific style and if it’s the kind you’re looking for, then their book of previous work will confirm that. 

Good Under Pressure

Your wedding day may feel like a blur. All the different components of your big day will have their own set of complex moving pieces. That’s why it’s important to plan as much as you can beforehand. A good wedding planner should be able to respond to your queries within seconds and will be available 24/7 to handle any issues in the time leading up to the event. More importantly, they should have enough industry knowledge to anticipate logistic complications that may occur. Top-tier wedding planners are always ready to improvise, direct, communicate, and handle these stressful contingencies for you. 

A good planner will absorb a large part of the wedding day stress. It’s hard enough for you to deal with the familial issues that arise when you bring multiple families together under one roof (or sky, if outdoors). Let your planner handle the small stuff like confirming service with vendors and ensuring you get the correct flower arrangements. 

If you hire the right wedding planner, they will essentially become the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of your wedding that answers to only two shareholders: you and your fiance. 

Bonus Tip: Your Planner Should Have Good Chemistry With Your Wedding Party

The best man and a maid of honor can help a lot during the wedding planning process. Typically, they’re the bride and grooms closest friends and know them inside and out. They’ll know exactly what you’re looking for on your big day. Just let them know weeks ahead of time what their role is in the wedding planning process, and make sure you can depend on them. Introduce them to your wedding planner beforehand, and they can help manage your expectations. There will likely be a lot of communication between your bridal party and your planner. So you’ll want to hire someone they’ll enjoy working with. 

References

It’s not always easy to read a person during the initial meeting or interview. So do your due diligence and talk to previous clients to get an honest testimonial before you make it official. Ask about their attention to detail, honesty, and work ethic. 

Don’t hesitate to interview multiple candidates. The right client-planner relationship will dictate how well your wedding is put together, for better or worse. 

Hidden Creek Wedding & Events Coordinator

When you’re ready to start planning your wedding day, reach out to our facility coordinator who will help you book the beautiful Hidden Creek venue. Our charming venue is nestled in a wooded area, where you can hold a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. Then, you can finish up your magical night dancing in our indoor barn-style ballroom. With Hidden Creek, you can let go of some of the wedding planning stress. Our wedding coordinator will create an itinerary, finalize vendors, help with decorations, and quickly manage any problems that arise. Contact Hidden Creek today, to start planning the first day of your happily ever after!