Month: November 2021

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Tips for Hiring Your Wedding Officiant

Every single wedding needs to have an officiant. The wedding is not going to happen if you don’t have one. Deciding who your officiant is going to be is a big deal. There are factors you need to discuss with your significant other before choosing one. Hidden Creek has listed a couple of tips to consider.

 

Speak with Your Significant Other

Talk to your partner about religion. Is it important that you have an officiant that matches that religion? If so, that determines the type of officiant that you need to book. If you are not religious or it’s not a big deal for you, then you can look at other realms of people.

Ask your significant other if they want a family member or a friend to do it. This is very special too, especially if religion isn’t super important to you and you aren’t trying to follow traditions. Hiring a family friend or family member is a great idea. Dads, aunts, cousins, best friends, whatever your heart desires is possible. All they have to do is get ordained. This is a simple process as well. They can do it online for a super cheap price. 

Choosing an Officiant You Have a Connection With

If you choose someone who is very special to you, even if it is a priest that knows the two of you, it makes the ceremony that much more memorable. It adds a personal touch to the experience. The officiant can share a special story about you and your fiancé or how you two met. This makes the experience more comforting too. It’s not just straight into prayer, straight into tradition or into marriage. It gives you and your partner a minute to ease into the ceremony and relax.

What Appearance Are You Expecting?

This is a touchy subject, but an important one to address. The appearance of the officiant is crucial for your wedding pictures and theme. This is the person that will be right behind you in all of the ceremony photos. Make sure you address the dress code and hire someone that fits what you want for the image of your wedding pictures. Each officiant has an image that they are planning to appear in, so communicate with them about what you expect them to wear. 

Choose a Prominent Voice

Make sure that your officiant has a good prominent voice too. Hidden Creek does have an outdoor sound system and microphone, but having someone with a prominent voice is going to make people pay attention and be involved in the ceremony. Their voices should command a lot of attention.

Additional Information

Check the date availability and ask for their pricing. You don’t need to hire one until 3 to 4 months before the ceremony, but make sure you don’t wait any longer than that.  A company will have a set price and a church will ask for a donation. An estimate for a donation is about $400 for an officiant. For a bonus tip, when the officiant says to “kiss the bride,” have the officiant step to the side so they aren’t in the picture. 

Hidden Creek

Hidden Creek is a beautiful wedding venue tucked away within luscious greens. Get in touch with us today to schedule your tour! We also offer various wedding planning services to assist you along the way. Tell us about your dream wedding, and we will help make it come true.

How to Get Your Guests Home Safely After a Wonderful Wedding

There are many pieces to figure out when planning a wedding, and a huge part of it is figuring out how to get your guests home safely. Some of your guests might be traveling from out of state and others are coming from all different places in the state. It’s important to ensure that they will be able to celebrate your big day safely and responsibly, without having to worry about how they are getting home or to their hotel. Hidden Creek has listed a couple of transportation options to look into, as well as why figuring out transportation is so important.

 

Liabilities

Drinking and driving is a definite no, especially after a wedding. If you are having an open bar, you may be liable if your guests get in some sort of car accident. If their car gets damaged or they damage someone else’s, or if there are any medical bills, you might get stuck dealing with them. And no newlywed wants to deal with additional expenses. That’s why Hidden Creek requires a licensed and insured TABC certified company to bartend the wedding, so they are responsible for those liabilities, not you.

To avoid any accident from happening in the first place, you should plan out a couple of transportation options for your guests.

Uber-Friendly Venue

When you are choosing a venue, make sure to ask if it is Uber-friendly. This means if Uber drivers are familiar with the area and provide services there often. Have your DJ remind your guests 30 minutes before the reception is over to order an Uber if they need one. This gives your guests enough time to get one.

Leaving Cars Overnight

Hidden Creek encourages people to leave their cars here overnight rather than choosing to drive. However, not all venues are open to this. When looking for the perfect venue, make sure to ask if the venue allows guests to do this. Some venues will have the cars towed, so you need to be clear on the rules before choosing your best option.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service is another great form of transportation for your guests. Look into a shuttle or some sort of transportation system to and from hotels. This is perfect for guests coming from out of town. These shuttles can pick them up from the hotel, bring them to the venue, and then take your guests home safely to the hotel. 

Hidden Creek

All your guests will be able to enjoy the celebration without having to worry about how they will get back home, if they can drink or not, etc. Check out Uber, transportation companies, and local hotels, to get your guests home safely.  Let’s ensure that everyone has lots of fun at your wedding, without worrying about their drive home. If you would like to learn more about Hidden Creek or how we can assist your wedding planning, get in touch with us today!

Over Communicate with Your Wedding Vendors

Communication is key for wedding planning, especially when working with vendors. If you want your wedding to be just as you envision it, it’s highly important to maintain consistent communication with your wedding vendors and be as clear and descriptive as possible. Here are a couple of tips on how you can effectively communicate.

 

One Point of Contact

You don’t want to have your partner, your mother, and your maid of honor contacting the same vendor with different requests. Keep it simple and only have one point of contact per wedding vendor. Therefore, you’ll avoid confusion and keep everyone organized.

Be Descriptive

When you speak with your vendors, it is essential to use clear and effective language. The more specific you are, the better. If you have pictures to show as well, such as the type of table decorations you are thinking of, show them. That will allow your wedding vendors to have a clearer picture of what you are envisioning. We recommend putting requests or concerns in writing so that you have documentation.

Stay Organized

If you are using your work email or personal email to contact your wedding vendors, it might get messy quickly. You may risk missing some of your vendors’ emails within your other ones, which can result in miscommunication. Hidden Creek recommends using a separate email for all of your vendors to avoid any confusion. 

Be Transparent 

When planning a wedding, the worst thing you can do is be vague. Be very clear about your budget and how much you are willing to spend. This will avoid a whole lot of headaches down the road. Be clear about your expectations for the ceremony, the reception, the catering, etc. When your wedding vendors know what your expectations are, they can let you know what they can and cannot meet. Don’t make them guess what you’re thinking. They may interpret wrongly and get your vision wrong. We can’t emphasize enough: over communicate everything!!

Every wedding is different and vendors don’t just know things. They will make assumptions based on what the vast majority of people have requested in the past. That doesn’t mean it will be what you are specifically looking for.

Let Them Know If There Is a Problem

We are all human and make mistakes. Give the vendors an opportunity to fix the problem before moving on to the next one. 

Trust the Experts

Wedding vendors are experts in their field and you hired them because you love their work or they were recommended. Let them do their magic and take some of that stress off of your shoulders! Communicate with a positive attitude and a desire to learn more, instead of accusing them when you are unsure of something. This will create a great customer-client relationship and a successful experience.

Hidden Creek: Where the Magic Begins

Hidden Creek is a beautiful venue tucked within lavish greens. Schedule your tour today and let’s get your dream wedding rolling! We also offer wedding planning advice, as well as a great list of wedding vendors. Get in touch with us today, and let’s plan out your perfect wedding!

Wedding Flower Shortage Explained and Hidden Creek’s #1 Trick for Getting Affordable Flower Arrangements

Carefully selected wedding flowers can signify the things you love about your partner and the traits you hope your marriage will have. Red roses for love and passion. Alstroemeria for devotion and support. Violets for faith and affection. Hydrangeas represent togetherness and unity. Sweet Peas for friendship and blissful pleasure. The Lily of the Valley signifies happiness and youthfulness. There are multitudes of flowers in this world with endless meanings– or at least there were before the flower shortage. 

 

In theory, you could choose the perfect blend for a beautiful floral arrangement that says exactly what you feel. But what do you do when the flowers start disappearing? Well, the best thing you can do to ensure you get your dream bouquet is to schedule a florist a year before your wedding. This increases the likelihood that they’ll have time to find the best vendors and prices. 

 

Unfortunately, the flower market is struggling right now, making prices skyrocket. There are a lot of contributing factors that led to the flower shortage, which we’ll explain more about in this guide. The good news is that if you read to the end, you’ll be able to find Hidden Creek’s preferred wedding vendor list. Every florist on there has been vetted and will strive to find the perfect flowers even amid mass flower shortages. 

 

 

Climate Change

Earth is getting hotter every year. Not to mention we’re already seeing the consequences of generations worth of global emissions and pollution. One side effect you might not have been expected? A flower shortage. 

 

Entire countries are being ravaged by fire, hurricanes, tsunamis, and floods. While things are obviously worse for the inhabitants of those regions, it’s also affecting the flower trade as many wholesalers and florists buy flowers from those countries. 

 

As for domestic flowers, California produces about 75% of American flowers, earning itself the name “the cut flower capital”. Unfortunately, flowers in Cali are getting more expensive as entire farms are destroyed by the wildfires and demand continues to increase as couples who postponed their weddings because of COVID-19 and newly engaged couples try to buy flowers at the same time. 

 

COVID-19

Yeah, yeah, yeah– we’re all tired of talking about Coronavirus. But aside from ruining our plans and causing major public health concerns, it also led to mass layoffs. Unfortunately, many people were fired or laid off meaning they had to seek out other ways of making an income. Once COVID restrictions were lifted, a lot of the flower farmers never returned, meaning there’s no one to grow, harvest, or ship the flowers to the wholesalers that keep florists stocked. On a grander scale, entire flower farms went out of business during quarantine because no one was buying flowers and they were hemorrhaging money. 

 

Demand Skyrocketed

Many couples were planning to get married in 2020, but their plans were nixed after the pandemic started. The CDC reports that the pandemic likely started in the United States in January 2020, and by February, nearly everything had shut down. Things didn’t really go as planned so now all of the couples who postponed their weddings are now trying to book in the same season as newly engaged couples. This means there’s 2x the demand and only half of the resources. 

 

Costs Have Risen

As if things weren’t hectic enough already, overall costs have risen. Fuel costs are high so it makes transporting flowers more expensive. There have also been well-documented staff shortages in the service industry so businesses are having to pay more to keep operations running. 

 

Dallas Event Venue and Wedding Vendor Recommendations

Hidden Creek is a top Dallas wedding venue with a view and a staff of experienced wedding planners. We know there’s a lot of obstacles to jump over when finding the perfect flowers to carry down the aisle and adorn your wedding venue, but Hidden Creek is here to help. You can check out our list of top Dallas wedding vendors here or call today to discuss it in person.