Month: July 2021

3 Wedding Horror Stories to Die For

Are you stressed about your wedding planning? It’s time to step aside from it all and have a good laugh. Hidden Creek has seen all kinds of things go wrong and heard too many ideas that needed some taming. We have outlined some of them here, so you don’t make the same mistakes. Sit tight and learn from these wedding horror storiesmemories you don’t want to make on your wedding day. 

The Real Life Tarzan

This first tale would have become a wedding horror story if we hadn’t talked some senses into the groom. You see, this brave gentleman wanted to make a grand entrance. No carriage riding, favorite playlist rolling, or on a horse kind of entrance. He wanted to swing down the staircase on a rope…just like Tarzan! Luckily, he consulted with us the day before the wedding, and we talked him out of it. His plan was to attach the rope to one of the beams in the ceiling and swing down from the top of the staircase onto the first floor.

Although his intentions were to give his wife a big surprise, he would’ve had a bigger one himself when he realized how long the drop is from the second floor to the first. Not to mention our floor is made of concrete. But that is a horror story we got to avoid. Sometimes, you just need to rope those guys in a little bit; their imagination can get pretty wild at times.

Pregaming Before Saying “I Do”

Unfortunately, this next horror story caused chills at the aisle. By a rule of thumb, a bride takes much longer to get ready for the big ceremony than the groom. Therefore, she should get started at least two to three hours beforehand. However, the groom does not require this much time. 

One of the earliest weddings at Hidden Creek was one that made history. But not in a good way. The bride and groom arrived at the venue at the same time. While the bride got her hair and makeup done, the groom and the groomsmen needed to kill time. So…they had a lot to drink. When it came time for the ceremony, the groom could barely walk down the aisle. We tried to sober him up with coffee, and the ceremony was postponed 30 minutes. He eventually made it to the altar and seemed alright. As the bride was walking down the aisle, his head turned to the side and oh no. He began to throw up. Well, you can imagine that’s not the reaction she was dreaming about.

Therefore, we recommend that the bride and groom don’t arrive at the same time. And if you do, please don’t pregame that hard before saying “I do.” 

Cake First, Food Last

The last wedding horror story has to do with starvation. Well, sort of. The ceremony went great, and it was well into the reception. Eventually, someone questioned where the caterer was. People were hungry, but the food wasn’t in sight. It turns out that no one had called the caterer to confirm the details, and they had the time of the event scheduled incorrectly. The worst part was that the wedding took place on a Sunday. The reception was to be over at 7 pm, but the caterers didn’t show up until 6:30 pm. To tame the hunger, cake was served first. When the food finally showed up, everyone rushed through their dinner and was out of the venue in half an hour.

We highly recommend hiring a wedding coordinator, even if it’s just for that day. They will make sure that all the details are correct and confirm that the vendors are on the same page.

Begin Your Fairy Tale with Hidden Creek

If you are still looking for the perfect venue, you don’t need to look any further. Hidden Creek is comfortably nestled between enchanting woodlands. Our team can assist you in your wedding planning, to take some of the stress away. We work with trusted vendors and wedding coordinators that past couples were truly satisfied with. Give us a call to schedule a tour or to learn more about our wedding services. Let’s make your dreams come true together.

 

Prioritize Getting Alone Time With Your New Spouse on Your Wedding Day

Time flies when you are planning a wedding, and time seems to slip away even faster on your wedding day. From greeting all your guests, to taking pictures, and keeping a tight schedule– the day can get away from you. Don’t let the ruckus keep you from spending time with your partner on this special day. After all, the wedding is about the two of you, and you should enjoy it together. Sneak away from everyone and spend a few stolen moments alone with your new spouse. Savor this beautiful occasion! Here are a few ways to spend private moments with your partner.

The First Look 

Traditionally, the first time your partner sees you is when you are walking down the aisle. However, if you and your partner don’t like to stick to tradition, arrange a first look moment. This is a perfect opportunity to have a private moment with your new spouse. It also serves as reassurance and helps calm the nerves before the ceremony. 

Riding Together from Ceremony to Reception

If the ceremony takes place somewhere different than the reception, use transportation as a way to get quality time with your new spouse. Ride separately from the bridesmaids and groomsmen, so you can share a romantic moment alone. You can use this time to talk about what you are the most excited about, or something entertaining that happened earlier. Even if your ceremony and reception take place in the same location, you will have a photoshoot to attend. This is another excellent opportunity to ride alone with your partner.

Toast One Another Privately

There will be many toasts that night, and most of them will be with your friends and family around. Find a moment in the day when you can slip away with your new spouse and toast each other in private. Confess your love again and maybe sneak in a smaller vow as well!

The First Meal

You’ve probably heard of stories where the newlyweds forgot to set time aside to enjoy their first meal together. Being hosts and entertaining your guests is a lot of work. However, to get the most of your wedding day, spend time eating together. Arrange to have a sweetheart table set up for just the two of you. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can plan to share your meal in your bridal suite before all the guests settle in.

Dance to Slow Music

Tell the DJ to play your favorite slow songs. When they come up, use this time to dance with your partner and chat about the day or just enjoy their presence. These are moments to relax and soak in your surroundings. Feel the love in the air and from your partner. Dance sporadically throughout the night to keep your energy flowing.

Explore the Magic at Hidden Creek

Your dream wedding begins at Hidden Creek. Our enchanting venue is comfortably secluded among the woodlands to provide an intimate celebration. We offer a wide variety of services to ensure that your wedding day is relaxing and special. Schedule a tour with us, so we can show you all that we have to offer. Let’s turn your dream wedding into a reality!

 

How Much Alcohol Should You Buy for Your Wedding?

Great food and drinks are a top priority in wedding planning. The cost of food is easier to figure out than the cost of drinks. With food, you have a set platter and appetizers, and a specific amount is prepared for the event. When it comes to drinks, there are different ways of serving them, such as an open bar. This will impact your wedding alcohol budget and how much planning is needed, among other factors. Trying to figure out how much alcohol to buy can be stressful, but we are here to help. We have listed a couple things you should consider when figuring out the amount of alcohol to serve.

Types of Guests

Take a good look at your guest list. How many people are coming? What kind of people will be showing up? How many of them drink or are underaged? Are they light, moderate, or heavy drinkers? Nobody knows your guests more than you and your partner. Be open about your guests’ drinking habits, so you can get a better understanding of how much they will consume at your wedding. What kind of alcohol do they prefer? If you’ve invited wine or beer enthusiasts, you will have to stock up on that. Maybe most of your friends and family like heavy liquor. Mixed drinks are the answer here. 

Time and Length of Reception

Is your reception a daytime or nighttime event? Is it on a weekday or weekend? How long will it last? These are all important questions to consider because they will greatly influence the amount of alcohol that is consumed. Alcohol is consumed more at night, than during the day. Therefore, if your reception is a daytime event only, you will most likely need less alcohol. Most people work during the week, so they will be less inclined to consume a lot of alcohol if they work the next day. The longer your reception lasts, the more alcohol you will need to supply. As a great guide, assume 2 drinks per person in the first hour. From there, one drink per guest every hour after that should be fine. Although, if your guests are a younger crowd, you might have to supply a little more per person. This is why knowing the types of guests is crucial.

How Many Bartenders?

Have you ever gone to a bar, and had to wait a very long time before getting served? The bartender was drowning in orders, and you seemed to blend in with the crowd? You don’t want your guests to have this same experience at your wedding. We recommend having at least one bartender per 75 guests. But if you want to provide great service, one bartender per 50 guests is perfect.

Other Recommendations

Hidden Creek recommends having two options of wine, red and white, as well as two options of beer. Costco allows you to buy beer and wine in bulk, and return unopened boxes. We also recommend Spec’s. This company will supply all the alcohol, as well as help you calculate how much is needed. Or, you can invest in a bar service that takes care of everything. 

Different Types of Bars

There are a variety of different ways to serve alcohol at your wedding. You can buy all the alcohol and mixers yourself, and then hire someone to serve it at your event. However, we strongly encourage you to hire a bar service that can take care of all the alcohol, mixers, and serving for you. Here are the types of bar services you can choose from, depending on your wedding alcohol budget.

Open Bar

This option is the most expensive, but will be your guests’ favorite. They will be able to order any drink they’d like, and you will pay for the resulting tab. Since the drinks are limitless and free, your guests may drink more.

Cash Bar

This is the opposite of an open bar. Unless your guests don’t really drink, this is probably not the best idea. They will have to pay for any drink they order. Although this will save you money, it might result in some unhappy guests. It’s a controversial route to take, for you are expecting your guests to pay for their own drinks, which can seem rude. We recommend opting out for a limited bar instead.

Limited Bar

You can offer a selection of alcohol, such as wine, beer, and mixed drinks, and set specific times of consumption. This can be at night during the dancing, or during dinner, etc. By limiting the time the bar is open, you will save money on alcohol and will still have happy guests, since the drinks are free. You can also choose which kind of alcohol is served and the amount, such as only wine and beer and select liquors. And don’t forget about the toasts!

The Perfect Setting at Hidden Creek

Accompany great food and drinks with the perfect venue. Hidden Creek is cozily tucked away in enchanting woodlands, away from any disturbances. You and your guests can party away comfortably, without worrying about a thing. Hidden Creek pairs up with excellent bar services, including HD Liquid Catering and DFW Bartending, as well as gives you the opportunity to supply your own alcohol instead. Whatever decision you make, we have the right team and resources to help you turn it into reality. Schedule a tour with us today, and let’s make your dream wedding come true! 

Your Guide to Wedding Vendor Contracts

You have started planning your wedding and are looking into vendors. However, you don’t know what is expected of them or you, and you’re hesitant to reach out. Don’t be. Clear communication is key here. These vendors are going to make your dream wedding come true, but don’t forget that it’s a business relationship. Most wedding vendors will have a contract that you must sign. However, before you do, make sure that you read through everything carefully and agree with what is written down. We have listed a couple of things you should look for in wedding vendor contracts.

Read the Entire Contract

You may be used to signing your contracts without really reading through everything. But in order to ensure that your wedding is how you envision it, we recommend reading the entire contract. Every word and line matters, so don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. Make sure that everything you discussed with them is written down. There are so many details in wedding planning, that you can sometimes forget a couple things. If they have included them in the contract, perfect. If not, you can always ask for a revision.

Get Everything in Writing

Although good wedding vendors make you feel like you are the only event in their plans, they most likely have other events they are preparing for at the same time. If you discussed a plan with them and a couple things were adjusted or added, don’t trust their word without it being in writing. We are humans, we forget things. Before you sign any contract, make sure that the extra things you negotiated are written in there.

Dates and Time

This is the most important part of the vendor contract. You don’t want your vendors showing up a day late or during an important time of your wedding, that only becomes a distraction. Check when products and services will be delivered and make sure they are correct. Also, pay attention to set-up times. You want to coordinate with all your vendors, to make sure that they don’t interrupt something.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

This past year has shown us that some things are way out of our control. Although you may have a dream wedding date in mind, there’s no way to guarantee it. However, you can prepare for unexpected circumstances. Check how long in advance you can cancel your wedding without having to pay the full amount of the expected services. There will most likely be a deposit when you sign the contract, and you might not get that back if you cancel. However, you might avoid paying in full though, if you cancel months in advance. 

A vendor might have to cancel on you. Read the contract carefully and discuss what penalties the vendor will have if they do.

Price, Additional Fees, and Time of Payment

The total cost of the services and products should be listed on the vendor contract, as well as the time of payment. There should be a breakdown of the costs and the wedding vendor’s fee. Some wedding contracts have a price-escalation clause, which covers any unforeseen expenses. Try to put a cap on the amount it can increase, such as no more than 20% of the original price, or you can try to get the clause deleted. There may be taxes and service fees as well. Look over this carefully before signing.

Hidden Creek: A Vendor You Can Trust

Let the magic begin at Hidden Creek. Our beautiful venue is nestled between the woodlands, surrounded by luscious greens. Our trusted team will help you prepare for your wedding, as well as offer on-site support during your event. We have a long list of trusted vendors that have been highly recommended by past couples. Schedule a tour with us today, and let us help you plan the perfect wedding.

Don’t Let Wedding Planning Take Over Your Special Day

Even if you’ve just dedicated one day to wedding planning so far, you are aware that there is a lot to organize and book. Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially if you and your partner are trying to figure it out alone. Save yourself the stress by having a wedding planner by your side, or a venue like Hidden Creek that will help you every step of the way.

The Perfect Venue

When it comes to deciding on the venue of your dreams, there is a lot to consider. Are you looking for a secluded space where you won’t disturb any neighbors or receive complaints? Do you want a rich indoor and outdoor space? Does a rustic and comfortable atmosphere appeal to you? You also want to consider what kind of services the venues provide. The more services they offer, the easier the wedding planning will become. At Hidden Creek, we hit all of those checkpoints. Let’s take a look at how we can accommodate your plans for the special day.

Trusted Vendors

There are all sorts of vendors that you can book for your wedding day. You want vendors that you can trust. Luckily, we have a list of vendors that past couples have been very satisfied with. For example, you might need some event rentals and staffing. Although we can supply most of the rentals, you might have a special table or chairs in mind. Well, we know the right guys for that job. Music is a big part of any good wedding celebration. That’s why we have a variety of different DJs to choose from. We can also recommend photographers and videographers who can capture your magical day perfectly. If you are craving a specific dessert, we know some of the best bakeries in town. These are just a few of the connections we have, and you can rest assured that they do an excellent job.

Memorable Catering

Hidden Creek offers on-site catering services with an extensive menu. Food and drinks bring people together and create unforgettable memories and conversations. This meal will be the first one you share as a married couple, making it even more special. We have a variety of options to fit every taste and budget. Our caterers will take care of everything, before and during your special day. There’s nothing to worry about here.

Hotels and Transportation

Some of your guests will travel hundreds of miles to celebrate your wedding day. You might be worried about their sleeping arrangements and transportation. Let us take care of it! There are a couple of hotels that are only 10 minutes away from our venue. We team up with some of these hotels to offer room block discounts for your guests. We are also a frequent destination for many rideshare shuttling services, so getting your guests safely to their hotels is a simple task. We also offer overnight parking, so your guests don’t have to drive if they had a little too much to drink. Hidden Creek will help you accommodate overnight guests.

Hidden Creek Events

Don’t let wedding planning take over your special day. Hidden Creek has many resources and connections that will take the stress off of our shoulders. We can even provide you event planning vendors, so you can ensure that everything is checked off your list. Our on-site coordinators offer a month of event coordination and day-of coordination as well. Get in touch with us today, and let’s begin your wedding journey. You can trust us with your plans and dreams.