Wedding Traditions

All You Need to Know About the Wedding Dress Code

Some people have been dreaming about their wedding since they were little kids. Their dreams are so vivid and detailed that they even know what they want their guests to wear. You need to let your guests know if you want them to dress for a glamorous ball, in long flowy dresses, or dress casually for a country-themed wedding. This information should be included in the invitation. It avoids any confusion and allows your vivid dreams to become reality. Your guests will be thankful too, for they won’t be left wondering what to wear or second-guessing their choices.

Different Types of Wedding Attire

Although formal/black-tie optional is the most common type of wedding dress code, there are dozens to choose from. Hidden Creek has explained some of the popular ones, to help you envision your wedding and your guests. The venue oftentimes sets the tone for the dress code, so keep that in mind when deciding the theme. 

Black Tie

This is one of the most formal types of wedding dress codes. Men wear tuxedos and bow ties. A black vest or cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also recommended. Women wear gowns that are long and cover their ankles. They can also wear elegant pantsuits.

Formal/Black-Tie Optional

This is a little less formal than the first dress code. Men don’t need to wear tuxes; they can get away with a dark suit, a white shirt, and tie. Women wear elegant dresses, but they don’t need to wear dresses that go over their ankles. They can wear dresses that are just below their knees or nice pantsuits.

Semi-Formal/Cocktail

Semi-formal and cocktail dress codes are fairly similar, which is why we have grouped them together. During these wedding dress codes, women can wear dresses up to their knees. Men don’t need to wear a tie, but they still need to dress appropriately. This can include khakis, slacks, and a button-up shirt. The semi-formal dress code gives your guest the flexibility to dress comfortably, but not too casual.

Casual

A casual wedding dress code usually means that the wedding will be held outdoors or on the beach. This means your wedding will be much more laid-back, especially when it comes to what your guests wear. People will most likely be showing up in jeans if you put casual on your invitation. If you don’t want your guests showing up in jeans, then do not list it as casual. When it’s casual dress, ties aren’t required but they are still welcomed. Summer sundresses and wedges are appropriate for the ladies. 

Live Out Your Dream Wedding at Hidden Creek 

So now that you have a better idea of what the different dress codes are, you can help your guests decide what to wear. Make sure to include the wedding dress code on the invitation, to avoid any confusion. This way, you can have the wedding that you envision. If you are in the process of looking for the perfect venue, schedule a tour with Hidden Creek. Our elegant venue is tucked away within the woods, offering privacy and the ability to celebrate all night long.

3 Reasons to Swap Your Wedding Registry for a Honeymoon Fund

Every couple is unique and deserves an unforgettable wedding experience. That’s why we’re going to suggest something a bit non-traditional… let’s talk about honeymoon funds!

Now, we know that most people just set up a registry for their wedding. 

However, in today’s modern world– more and more couples are living together before they get hitched. This means that a lot of times, the bride and groom-to-be already have a lot of the things they want to decorate their forever home with. 

With this in mind, it might be time to upgrade your current concept of great wedding gifts. Below, we will list 3 top reasons why you should swap your wedding registry for a honeymoon fund. 

#1 You Already Own All Necessary Hamilton Beach Appliances

If you already live with your fiancée, then you’ve probably already combined your possessions and don’t really need more traditional registry items. Why ask for another toaster oven if you already have one? 

If it’s a destination honeymoon that you and your fiance are after, then there’s no shame in requesting financial support from your loved ones. They’re already in the giving spirit and want to support you. 

And hopefully– if you relieve guests of their societally-imposed obligation to shop around for a gift, maybe they’ll be more generous in sponsoring your honeymoon.

#2 A Honeymoon Fund Is Super Simple to Set Up

There are a few different ways to set up a honeymoon fund…

Honeymoon Fund Websites

If you’re looking for a fast and convenient option, you can consider registering with a site like Honeyfund or Zola. The only downside to registering with these websites is that they usually charge a fee, meaning that they take a portion of the money you’re gifted

Donation Box

Another option is to simply create a physical donation box and place it on your welcome table at your wedding. For added security, you can add a lock, or assign a trusted guest to keep an eye on the box throughout the duration of your wedding.

Pro Tip: Pinterest has a myriad of adorable ways to decorate your box! Get crafty, and make it personal for you and your groom.

#3 Guests Are Actually Gifting You an Unforgettable Experience

As we mentioned earlier, it should be easier for your guests to donate money rather than go out and purchase a gift. 

But if you receive any pushback on this, just gently remind your loved ones that this honeymoon is something you and your future hubby have been dreaming about. It’s not just money that they’re giving– it’s the vacation of a lifetime with your sweetheart.

With this in mind, we have a tip for you while you’re on your honeymoon. 

We recommend taking a photo of you and your special guy somewhere breathtaking. Then, once you return home, you can send out personalized thank you cards with your photo to every guest that financially supported you. 

It’s a simple and sweet way to extend your gratitude to those that sent you off!

Your Dream Wedding at Hidden Creek

Here at Hidden Creek, we’re proud to offer a beautiful venue, and also extend a helping hand. Not only does our stunning setting provide the perfect backdrop for a sparkly and rustic Dallas wedding; Hidden Creek’s staff is committed to supporting you and your groom through the wedding planning process. 

From your first tour to your wedding, we’re here to help you along every step of the way. We want to make sure that your important day is unforgettable. 

If you have any questions or want to learn more about Hidden Creek, please give us a call.You can contact us at (972) 535-6686, or send us an email at info@hiddencreekevents.com.

Determining Your Ceremony Time

There are many details that need to be refined and carefully planned out when preparing a wedding ceremony. A detail that gets overlooked sometimes is the time of the ceremony. This is especially important to consider if you are having a wedding in the winter time. Daylight Saving Time makes the days a lot shorter during this time of the year. The sunset varies depending on the area, but here in Dallas, Texas, it sets around 5:30pm. So, Hidden Creek recommends figuring out when the sunset is before scheduling your ceremony time. 

How to Determine Sunset Time

Determining the sunset time for your area is very simple. All you have to do is check the time the sun sets during the specific time of the year you are getting married. You just have to Google it and it will let you know, so you can plan in advance.

When to Schedule Ceremony

Schedule your ceremony at least two hours before the sunset. A ceremony usually takes 35 minutes or up to an hour. Then, you will also need sunlight for all of the wedding pictures after the ceremony. Imagine a photoshoot in the dark. Not exactly what you might envision for your wedding pictures. 

Now, if you are worried about having a 2pm or 3pm ceremony on a Friday because your guests will still be working, we have another option for you.

First Look Moment

Instead of having your wedding pictures after the ceremony, you can schedule them for before. Your initial thought may be, “well hold on, I don’t want my fiancé seeing me before I walk down the aisle…” but Hidden Creek has a less traditional, but very popular option for you. Have you considered a first look moment? 

A first look moment is when you and the groom get together, just you, him, and the photographer, and your partner sees you for the first time in your wedding dress. It’s a beautiful and intimate moment that you two can share, and the photographer can get cute pictures and capture the moment. Now, since you two have already seen each other, you can take all the wedding pictures before the ceremony. This allows you to have the ceremony later in the day.

Time of the Year

If you are having a summer wedding, the sunset time won’t be much of a problem. Your day will be long enough to do everything in the traditional order. However, if you decide to have a traditional wedding in the fall or winter time, you can still make that happen. 

The guests that want to be there for you on your special day, will take off that day of work to be there for you. Therefore, if you want your ceremony to be on an early afternoon on a Friday, you can still make that happen and take the wedding pictures afterwards. 

Begin Your Fairytale at Hidden Creek

Hidden Creek is a beautiful wedding venue tucked away within luscious greens in Dallas, Texas. We can host both your ceremony and reception at our venue, and we offer wedding planning services too! Let us help your wedding dreams come true by getting in touch with us today!

The Wedding Checklist of Princess Diana’s Dreams

 

The royal family has always been a hot topic in the news. As of late, they’ve been quite a mainstay in the news cycle. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle especially have found themselves at the center of the buzz after an emotional interview with Oprah. However, one member of the royal family’s relevance persists without the influence of current events. Diana, the Princess of Wales was a force in pop culture during her reign as princess and remains well-loved years after her death. Princess Diana is a famed member of the British royal family and mother to Prince William and Harry. 

Princess Diana is remembered for being a loving mother, a humanitarian and, above all else a bonafide-style icon. Diana is fondly regarded as one of the most untraditional members of the royal family. She was a true representative of the people and carried out her duties to the public in an affectionate way. Princess Diana dedicated her life to breaking down barriers between royals and commoners with her charity work. Before Diana, the family was more of an omniscient presence for the British public, rather than the more accessible monarchy they posit themselves to be now. She made being glamorous and powerful look attainable for the average person. The princess wanted people to know that at the end of the day, she was just a person.

As the peak of the wedding season rapidly approaches, here’s how to tap into the essence of Diana for a truly sensible, stylish, and memorable wedding.

 

The Wedding Dress

The sight of Princess Diana in her white ball gown of a wedding dress is something straight out of a storybook. With her puffy sleeves (which aren’t quite as in style as they were on that day in 1981), stunning jewels, intricate lace designs, proliferation of bows and colorful engagement rings, Diana’s style is one that carries through in the wedding industry today.

As you begin to plan your own wedding and find that dream dress, take a note out of Princess Diana’s book. Take some bridal fashion risks if they feel right to you. The style of the dress should always be up to the bride and the bride alone. After all, it’s her day to shine in the glow of the prosperous future while her partner waits at the altar. The princess never stifled herself by stepping into someone else’s expectations. Instead, she did what she wanted and kept the public on their toes, surprising them with scintillating accessories, a 25-foot cathedral train, and a dazzling tiara headpiece that remains timeless.

From a more technical standpoint, the princess utilized luxurious fabrics and elaborate embroidery that complimented the quintessential female figure, accentuating the curves of a woman in a modest but exciting way that elevates the pageantry we’re familiar with today in a more elegant and simple way. If you’re not into heels, rest assured that the princess wasn’t either and rocked some designer flats on her fairy tale day.

 

The Culinary Genius

Now, the food at Princess Diana’s wedding might be different from the menu offered at your wedding. She had expert chefs and an endless budget at her disposal. But, there are some inspiring takeaways from the wedding breakfast served in the typical English tradition that may apply to good ‘ole Texas culinary craft.

The wedding breakfast consisted of traditional strawberries and cream, brill in lobster sauce, stuffed chicken with lamb mousse, and a fruitcake with white icing, roses, lilies, and orchids. It’s a lot for breakfast, but the elegance of the food can be achieved at your own wedding. You can incorporate some timeless and accessible signature dishes into your wedding menu. You could serve refreshing strawberries and cream, as well as the savory stuffed chicken at your own wedding. Add some Texas spice and it’s perfect! These dishes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 

 

The Hidden Message

Some parts of your wedding should remain special to you. Not everything is meant to be consumed by wedding guests and picked apart by social media, even if it is well-intentioned and celebratory. Princess Diana understood this, which is why the sole of her flats held the custom “C” and “D” painted inscriptions from shoemaker Clive Shilton. She included this for her own purposes, and this secret detail was just for her. It was a sweet romantic gesture that no one else saw, but was special for the princess. She held this one thing close to her soul while embarking on her new future, stepping into her new role with grace we can only envy.

 

Hidden Creek Event Menu

As you actualize your wedding fantasy, know that it has a home at Hidden Creek, where elegance in a classy venue and picturesque landscape remains. Whether you’re hoping to host an elaborate wedding worthy of a princess or a minimal laidback affair the Hidden Creek venue can meet your needs. Contact us to schedule a consultation and start planning your special day. 

Wedding Traditions and Where They Originated

Why does a bride carry a bouquet down the aisle?  Why are wedding cakes tiered? Why are wedding dresses white? There are so many wedding traditions, but most people don’t know where they originated. Personalizing your wedding to make it fit your style and personality is important. Part of the planning process is deciding which wedding traditions you want to keep, and which ones you would rather skip. Whatever you decide, get to know the history behind some of the most common American wedding traditions.

The Dress

Fashion evolves every year, and this includes bridal gowns. Bridal gowns tend to blend and reflect traditions, customs, and current events. Queen Victoria of England popularized white wedding gowns. She wore the first white wedding dress on her wedding day in 1840. After that, the white wedding dress as we know it today became the standard. Now, 182 years later, people still follow her example.

Matching Bridesmaid Dresses

In ancient Rome, matching outfits meant good luck and were a common wedding tradition. People believed evil spirits would attend the wedding and attempt to curse the bride and groom. Bridesmaids acted as decoys by dressing identically to the bride to confuse malevolent spirits. They thought that the spirits would be unsure which one was the bride, and would leave her alone. They believed the matching dress would allow the couple to wed in peace.

The Bouquet

Flower bouquets originated in ancient Greece and Rome. Women carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs, and spices to ward off evil spirits. Many people also believed that the natural bundles would help prevent wedding guests from contracting the plague. Brides carrying their favorite flower is a tradition that became popular in 1840. This was because Queen Victoria carried a bouquet of snowdrops when she married Prince Albert. Queen Victoria’s love of the flower influenced coming generations of brides. Today, brides generally select a flower arrangement that holds sentimental value, matches their wedding theme, or is simply beautiful.

Ring on Ring Finger

This traditional western placement of the wedding ring can also be attributed to the Romans. They believed that the fourth finger on the left hand was connected directly to the heart by a vein called “the vein of love.”  For years newlyweds have placed their wedding bands on this finger during their nuptial ceremony. However, this signifier of everlasting love and commitment isn’t the status quo around the world. Other cultures have been documented placing the ring on another finger, or even the other hand. This particular tradition is typically honored in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Something Old, Something New

This English tradition revolves around the items a bride should have in her possession at her wedding. The old English rhyme goes, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe.” It was generally believed that these items would bring luck and prosperity to the marriage. “Something old” honors the bride’s ancestry and her past. It also serves as a protective talisman to protect future children and promote fertility. “Something new” offers hope for the newlywed’s future. It’s typically a gift that offers a dose of optimism.  “Something borrowed” is also meant to bring good luck. Traditionally, the bride borrows a small keepsake or jewelry from someone who is happily married. “Something blue” signals love, purity, and fidelity which are some tenants of a healthy and long-lasting marriage. “Sixpence in your shoe” is a token to promote security and stability in your future home with your spouse.

The Wedding Cake

The tradition of a wedding cake dates back to ancient Rome. The guests broke a loaf of bread over the bride’s head to symbolize fertility. The newlyweds would share a few bites while guests would gather up the leftover crumbs for good luck. In medieval England, the bride and groom would try to kiss over a pile of stacked spiced buns, scones, and cookies. This supposedly ensured a prosperous future if they were able to successfully smooch without toppling the whole thing over.  This was a precursor to the tiered wedding cakes of today.

Hidden Creek Events

There are a lot of fun wedding traditions to explore while you plan your wedding. There are also some quirky and crazy options that may just make you giggle. Regardless, of which traditions you choose to uphold or skip our coordinator at Hidden Creek events can help you plan a dazzling and memorable day. We can help you prepare for your wedding, and we offer a romantic wooded getaway to host your storybook wedding. Give us a call or book a visit online to explore our venue further and get more information from our capable and dedicated staff.

Wedding Traditions: The History of Hope Chests

For generations, women have opened up the cedar chests given to them by their mothers and looked through the precious heirlooms. When the time comes the new owner lifts the wooden lid to include their own contribution. The bottom is usually full of quilts, kitchenware, and embroidered goods. The upper shelves may hold delicate objects carefully wrapped in linen. This age-old object is known to be full of treasures accumulated over many generations. The hope chest signals hope for the new marriage and prepares a young woman by gifting her with essential items. A mother typically gifts this to her daughter as she prepares to move in with her new husband. 

 

What is a Hope Chest?

Traditionally, a mother fills a hope chest to give to her daughter on her wedding day. Then, it can be passed down through the generations. It’s usually used to help prepare your daughter for marriage or a new child. The items inside can be sentimental or useful for daily life. However, it can also be used when your child leaves home for the first time, and it can be modernized. 

 

History

The concept of hope chests are centuries old. It was common to fill the chest with a dowry and essential items to help the new bride start her life as a wife. They commonly included linens and heirlooms. 

 

The modern hope chest is derived from the European version that was popularized during the Renaissance. However, documentation shows that hope chests were even used in ancient Egypt. 

 

Hope chests were very popular in the 1950s. They can be simple boxes or incredibly decadent. They are designed to relocate with the bride to her new home. However, due to their large size, it can still be difficult to move around. 

 

Modern Hope Chests

Hope chests are more sentimental now. They contain items with sentimental value and anything that will help the daughter get a good start in life. In the past, they were filled with oil lamps, dishes, linens, and more. The purpose was to make a good wife, so everything was functional.

 

 Now, it’s a way for mothers to pass down heirlooms and other things that their daughter will enjoy. 

 

Filling a Hope Chest

A hope chest can become an impressive heirloom over time. It’s meant to be passed down from generation to generation. Each mother is supposed to add to it, and then give it to her daughter. There is no right or wrong way to fill it, but you should look for things that will be useful to the young woman in your life. 

 

You can include inspirational books, family photos and videos, recipe books, letters, fine china, jewelry and antiques, linen, baby stuff, journals, kitchenware, and more. 

What is it made of?

The hope chest is usually made of Cedar. This type of wood repels insects and fungus, which protects the delicate items stored inside. However, it can also be made of other types of wood or you can use sturdy luggage. 

 

Hidden Creek

The Hidden Creek wedding venue is the perfect place to hold your wedding. We have a beautiful wooded location decorated with twinkling lights for your ceremony. We also offer separate lodgings for the bridal and groom’s parties to get ready. After the ceremony, you and your guests can enjoy a lovely reception. Call Hidden Creek to schedule a consultation, so we can help bring your dream wedding to life. 

 

How to Include Kids in Your Wedding

A lot of women start dreaming about their wedding when they’re still just little girls. Some go as far as planning it and making dream boards and scrapbooks. Their ideas are often pulled straight from a fairy tale, complete with a beautiful white dress and a handsome prince. While the plans for their perfect wedding can get quite elaborate, most young girls don’t think about including children. 

 

When the day comes and your prince charming pops the question sometimes it may not just be two lives that will be changing. Whether you and your fiancée already have kids, or just one of you does it can require some extra planning. 

 

Give Them a Job

One of the best ways to make a child feel important is to include them. The role you give them will probably be based on their age, but consider giving them a title if you can. The child in your life could be a flower girl, ring bearer, bridesmaid, groomsmen, or usher. Even the smallest role could make a child who’s nervous feel at ease. 

 

Coordinate

Even if your child doesn’t have a job you can coordinate colors. The dresses, ties, jewelry, and boutonnieres can all match. This is a cute and subtle way of showing that you’re all together and all one family. 

 

Vows

It’s standard protocol to make wedding vows to your partner. However, you can also make a vow to your child or step-child. Promise that you will always love them and take care of them. This is a great way of helping them understand you’re also committing to them, and not just their parent.  

 

Gifts

A wedding can be stressful for kids, especially if their biological parents separated. You can give them an heirloom or any other token of affection to show that you see them as a part of your family. This is a sweet way to show them that they’re important and won’t be left out. 

 

Decorations

Cake toppers typically sit atop a decadent multi-tiered cake and represent the couple. However, you can also choose to have it represent the family. You can personalize the cake topper to make it look like each individual in the family. You can either place the kids on top with you and your spouse or set them on different tiers. You can give each child their cake topper at the end of the ceremony as a fun keepsake. 

 

Planning

Let them help you plan the ceremony! Kids are creative and they might have some good suggestions that you would’ve otherwise overlooked. Older kids can be given a bit more responsibility. They might have good input about color schemes, goodie bags, and centerpieces. Not to mention cake tasting! Just about every kid would be willing to volunteer their time for that. They can also help you with some of the more menial tasks that are stressing you out. Most kids love to help, so let them lick the envelopes, fold programs, stuff goodie bags, and distract your mother-in-law. 

 

Don’t Force Them

These are some good ways to include kids in your wedding, whether or not they’re biologically yours. However, it’s important to remember that you’re including them; not forcing them. Some kids have strong feelings about their parents getting married and you should let them decide how much they’re comfortable with helping. 

 

Hidden Creek Event Venue

At Hidden Creek, we take care of the details so you can enjoy your special day! Contact us online or call to schedule a tour and consultation for your upcoming wedding. We look forward to turning your dream into reality.

How to Deal with a Difficult Bridesmaid

Your wedding should be about you and your partner’s love and commitment to one another, but what do you do when one of your bridesmaids is making your special day all about her? It can be hard to deal with a bridesmaid who’s trying to take the spotlight on your special day, but that doesn’t mean you should fire her just yet. Here are a few things you can try before pulling the plug on a difficult bridesmaid.

Clearly Communicate Your Boundaries

Being trusted as the bridesmaid is a big responsibility, and it’s important for your bridesmaids to know what they’re getting into earlier in the planning process. Be sure to tell your bridesmaids what kind of ceremony you want, what you expect every one of them to help with, and what you’re not willing to change. It’s your wedding day after all, so don’t let any of your bridesmaids take away your vision. They should also know about how much they’re expected to spend on things like dresses and flowers for the ceremony and any events you want them to arrive at. Setting clear expectations and boundaries allows you to take control of your wedding planning before a pushy bridesmaid can jump in to change it. 

Keep her at a Healthy Distance

If your bridesmaid is taking over your wedding planning process, try giving her smaller assignments to keep her busy. Instead of taking her to tour venues with you, ask her if she can take on tasks like putting favors together or sending invitations out. This helps you keep her at a distance from your biggest wedding decisions while still letting her feel involved. You can’t take care of everything on your own, so don’t be afraid to hand off smaller tasks when your bridesmaid tries to take control of your wedding plans.

Be Prepared to Have a Talk with her

If nothing else works, just be honest with your bridesmaid. Tell her how much you appreciate her dedication, but that you want to experience the wedding planning process with your fiance. This might be hard for your bridesmaid to hear at first, but she’ll be receptive to what you’re saying if she cares about you. Tell her how she can be more supportive, and listen to anything she might have to say.

If your bridesmaid keeps being pushy after you’ve had a talk with her, it might be time to kindly ‘fire’ her. Not all friends are cut out to be bridesmaids, and you can find another person to fill her shoes. 

Make Your Wedding Magical at Hidden Creek

If you’re planning the fairytale wedding of your dreams, Hidden Creek can bring it to life. Our cozy creekside venue is ideal for any wedding celebration, big or small. Get ready for your special day in separate bride and groom lodges before you have a beautiful, rustic ceremony in the privacy of our vast wooded area and take gorgeous sunset photos in the nearby clearing. Visit our website to learn more about why Hidden Creek is the perfect venue for you!

How to Bake Your Own Wedding Cake

Whether you’re passionate about baking or just trying to conserve money in your budget, there are a lot of great reasons to bake your own wedding cake rather than hiring a professional. But if you’re planning to bake your own cake, there are some things you need to know. Here’s our guide to baking your wedding cake, from buying ingredients to getting it to the venue.

Think About What you Want

First, try to envision the cake you want and research your inspiration. If you want an extravagant tiered cake, learn the baking process and then make a smaller one to practice. Try making flowers out of icing or laying fondant on practice cakes as well to ensure you can make the wedding cake you really want. If you want something outside of the box, there are plenty of resources for less conventional wedding cakes as well. Just make sure you know the look you’re going for, and that you have the practice to execute it well.

Consider Your Baking Needs

Is your oven large enough to fit the bottom tier of your cake? If not, do you have access to an oven larger than your own? What baking and decorating supplies will you need? Can you frost and decorate the cake at home or will you need to do it at the venue? Make sure you’re as prepared as possible while you’re still in the planning phase to make your life easier when it’s time to bake the cake.

Plan Ahead

For a cake as large as the one you’re probably planning to make, you’ll need a plan to transport it. Depending on your cake’s ingredients, it might be too fragile to transport in one piece. You might have to move it in separate layers or decorate the cake after it gets to the venue. If your car doesn’t have enough space for the entire cake, you might need to get help from a friend or family member. Your cake should ideally be dropped off the night before or the morning of your wedding ceremony so you have plenty of time to perfect it and get ready to walk down the aisle.

Know When to Ask for Help

Wedding cakes are large, incredibly detailed, and very difficult to make. Wedding cakes are expensive and time consuming for any professional, and especially for non-bakers. If you need help getting your cake right, or if you don’t think you’ll be able to make your cake the way you want, there’s no shame in hiring a professional to take the task off your hands. 

Make Your Wedding Magical With Hidden Creek

For a dreamy outdoor wedding venue with a private setting and a gorgeous view, look no further than Hidden Creek. Our venue is fit for any ceremony, big or small, with a wooded area perfect for exchanging vows and an open meadow for beautiful wedding day photography. Hidden Creek is open for socially distanced and virtual tours, so schedule your visit on our website today!

How you can Include Your Adult Children in Your Wedding

It’s traditional for children of the bride and groom to be incorporated into the wedding ceremony as flower girl or ring bearer, and involving your child in your wedding is a great way to show how much you care about them. But what if your child is an adult? It may take more creativity, but you have a lot of options when it comes to giving your adult child a role in your special day. Here are a few things your kid can do in your wedding.

Best Man or Maid of Honor

If the groom wants his son by his side, there’s no better way to do that than making him the best man. The best man usually has the responsibility of arranging a bachelor party and giving a speech or reading at the ceremony, and putting your son in the role shows a great deal of love and trust for him. 

The same goes for making your daughter the maid of honor! Maids of honor typically have a hand in the wedding planning process as the bride’s right-hand, and they can also plan a special bachelorette party and give a speech during the ceremony. This is a great role for your adult daughter, and working together to plan the wedding of your dreams can bring the two of you even closer together.

Perform a Ceremony Reading

Although ceremony readings are traditionally given by mothers of the bride and groom, not every mother is going to be up to the task. A great alternative is to give the role to your adult child. Let them pick a reading that means a lot to them and give your child the spotlight during the ceremony.

Ceremony Officiant

Give your child a key role on your special day by letting them marry you off! This is a great way to make your wedding feel more personal and sentimental. Many states are vague about who can officiate a wedding ceremony, and it might be as simple as filling out an online form. However, you might want to check with your city clerk’s office to ensure your child will legally be able to marry you and your spouse. 

Giving Away the Bride

If the bride’s father can’t or doesn’t want to give her away, don’t be afraid to stray away from tradition and give the job to your adult child instead. This role is traditionally filled by a man, but who says your daughter can’t walk you down the aisle?

Give a Reception Toast

Whether funny or sentimental, your child has a lot of material to share with your reception guests. Let your child lead the reception crowd in celebrating your marriage. Just be sure to keep your pool of reception toasters small to enhance the importance of those who have the honor of speaking.

Make Your Wedding Magical at Hidden Creek

Whether you’re throwing a grand ceremony or a cozy, close-knit celebration, give your wedding a fairy-tale feel when you have it at Hidden Creek. Our beautiful outdoor venue gives you the scenery you want and the privacy you need. Call or visit our website to schedule your tour of Hidden Creek today!