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November 11, 2019

A Wedding Trend Worth Taking a Look At! (Part 1)

“First Look” is a modern buzz-phrase in the wedding industry. If you haven’t heard of it, or you have heard of it, and you are skeptical, take a moment to read more about this surprising wedding trend. What is a First Look? It’s actually fairly simple to explain. Before the wedding ceremony occurs, the groom gets a first look at his bride. This is a private moment between the bride and groom. The rest of the bridal party is not present. The First Look usually occurs somewhere beautiful and peaceful, away from the guests who are probably gathering for the upcoming ceremony. Of course, the wedding photographer is present at the First Look. We’ll talk more about that later. As it turns out, the First Look and wedding photography have a lot to do with each other. Why Would a Couple Have a First Look? Doesn’t this modern wedding trend buck against too many firm traditions? Why would anyone want a First Look? Let’s think about a traditional wedding ceremony. Emotions are high. Nerves are even higher. Everyone is looking at the bride as she sweeps slowly up the aisle, arm-in-arm with her father. The groom, waiting at the front […]
October 28, 2019

Incorporating Family History into Your Wedding

A rural setting like Chandler’s Gardens is perfect for the couple who wants to incorporate family history into their wedding. If you appreciate tradition and the simple things in life, we may be just what you’re looking for in a venue for your casual rustic wedding. Here are some ideas for celebrating your origins together as you start your married life. Your family photos: Displaying family photos can be one of the simplest and most touching ways to evoke your family history. You can use funny and poignant images in your decorations and centerpieces, as well as on your wedding website and print materials. How about a shot of your grandparents getting married or the first photo you took together as a couple? Your wedding gown: Even if you don’t decide to wear your mother’s gown, you can walk down the aisle with a special memento. Maybe she’d be delighted if you took a fragment to reuse as a garter or ribbon in your hair. Your rings: Heirloom engagement and wedding rings are becoming increasingly popular. As long as it belonged to a beloved family member, it could even be a ring that originally had nothing to do with getting […]
October 15, 2019

Making Your Wedding Theme Uniquely Yours

Now that you’ve chosen your wedding theme, how do you put your personal stamp on it? You may be wondering what you can do to make your Winter Wonderland or Harry Potter wedding stand out from all the other events with the same idea. Choosing a unique venue is a good place to start, along with working with attentive and experienced professionals who can help you express your unique personalities and interests. Here are a few suggestions to help you make your special day your own.   Understand your personal connection: Think about what draws you to your theme in the first place. Maybe you picked Harry Potter because you adore fantasy. On the other hand, maybe it has more to do with the associations that it carries for you, like if your parents bought you each book as soon as it came out or you lined up with your best friends to see the movies. Bring your own items: Do you have possessions related to your theme that you want to include in your wedding? After all, what could be more special than your favorite snow globe ornament that you unpacked each Christmas or your Harry Potter volume with […]
September 23, 2019

3 Helpful Tips To Eliminate Wedding Day Stress

Wedding day stress can almost seems inevitable. Making sure your big day goes off without a hitch is understandably a major point of concern for the bride and groom to be. While wedding day stress can be daunting, the following are some ways that you can use a timeline to help things go smoother. Create a Guest Friendly Window of Time Instead of worrying about whether your guests will be prompt to the wedding, create a guest friendly window of time that allows breathing room for those late arrivals. You can achieve this by setting the time of the ceremony half an hour early on the invitations than when it begins. This way everyone is sure to be present on time when the ceremony is to start. Plan for the Unknown While you may have set your wedding date for a day that is supposed to be warm with clear skies, mother nature may have a different idea in store. One surefire way to help eliminate stress is by creating a timeline specifically for the unknown. Adjust your driving time to allow for inclement weather. If your photographer or wedding videographer is going to be shooting at the ceremony location, […]
September 9, 2019

Who to Bring with You on a Wedding and Reception Venue Tour

If you can’t believe you’re really getting married, the truth may set in when you start touring wedding and reception venues. That’s when you’ll need to make one of your first big decisions, which is who to bring with you. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Your Future Husband: It’s great if you can tour venues as a couple if possible, even if that means shifting your work schedules a bit. You’ll be able to make the decision together, and it’s just so magical when you’re both there at the moment when you discover the place where you’re going to exchange your vows. Your Parents and Future Parents-In-Law: If you think about your relationships with your parents and parents-in-law, you can usually figure out how you want to include them in your venue selection plans. Maybe you’d appreciate getting their input from the start or maybe you want to invite them after you narrow down your choices or even select the venue so they can see it for themselves. Other Family and Friends: Maybe you have a best friend or a brother you go to for advice when you need to be sure about something. In the […]
August 21, 2019

A Family Reunion to Remember

Your mom is from the East Coast, your Dad from the Southwest, but somehow those two met, fell in love, moved to Texas and started a family. Now, many years later, children and grandchildren dot the map from coast to coast. When you factor in the multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins your family could easily fill a small town. No matter how far apart your family is, or how many members there are, it’s essential to gather together. Whether annually or every few years, a family reunion is a necessity to reconnect as a family unit. For planning your next reunion, the following tips should help you create a fun and memorable event: Location and Date. Securing the right location and date for your reunion is the first step. Be sure to accommodate any particular needs family members may have (handicap access, babies, and young children, etc.) especially when picking a location. Ideally, a weekend should be long enough for your family festivities. Don’t do it all yourself. Nothing will ruin a reunion faster than pre-festivities burnout. Work with your family and spread out the planning responsibilities. Delegating tasks like invitations or meal prep will simplify the workload so no one-person is stuck doing […]
August 8, 2019

Why Chandler’s Gardens is the Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

When planning your perfect wedding, picking the right venue for your reception is very important.  For those that are getting married in the Dallas area, one great option is Chandler’s Gardens, which is located in McKinney, Texas.  Chandler’s Gardens has many different features that can make it a great option for your big day.     Outdoor Space One of the best parts about a wedding at Chandler’s Gardens is the amount of outdoors space that you will have access to.  The entire property is located on a beautiful 250-acre ranch and includes many different private areas that are ideal of entertaining guests or taking memorable pictures.  This includes two separate gardens and a private pond. Accommodations Chandler’s Gardens also has the accommodations necessary to make your wedding fun and eventful.  The property includes a 5,000 square foot bridal suite, which is ideal for planning and relaxing before the big day.  The property has the ability to accommodate weddings of all sizes, which ensures that you will be able to comfortably sit and entertain all of your guests. Pricing For those that are concerned about a budget, Chandler’s Gardens also is a great option.  The venue has a number of […]
July 23, 2019

3 Key Decisions When Planning the Perfect Wedding Reception

Your reception is the celebration after the big event, and it is the time where people can mingle, dance, enjoy good food and celebrate you and your loved one. The key to having the perfect wedding reception is to make sure you are planning ahead. Here are some of the big decisions you will need to consider when planning a reception.   The Crowd Size Some people love the idea of an intimate wedding with just close family and friends, but want to open up the reception to many more outside of that close circle. Knowing the average crowd size your reception will have is key to planning for every aspect of the reception, from the venue that you choose to how much food and drink you will need to provide. Food and Drink Another key decision you will need to make is what food and drink options you will be providing your guests. Traditionally, most couples provide a meal option for their guests that can be planned for during the invitation and RSVP process. However, this isn’t your only option. You can skip the big meal and go for a wide range of h’ordeuvres, a buffet-style dinner or breakfast […]
July 9, 2019

3 Tips to Plan the Perfect Reunion Event

Planning a reunion is no easy task, but if you plan ahead and stay organized, you can pull off any type of reunion event, from family reunions to high school and college reunions. When starting the planning process, it is important to remember that small steps will help you reach the next milestone. Here are three tips you will want to start with when you are planning your next reunion event. Choose the Date Before you can make any other plans, you will first need to choose the date on which the reunion event will be held. This will help all of your planning and organization efforts fall into place, because you will have a clear deadline to meet. Dates can be difficult if you are trying to coordinate with many schedules, and that is why getting started as early as possible is key to starting the planning process. Collect Volunteers to Help The bigger the event, the more people you will need to help put all of your plans in place. If you ask people to volunteer to take on the smaller tasks early on, you can pull off any size event and in many cases you can also […]