Texoma Bride Guide | Issue 008 | Winter/Spring 2021

The Texoma Bride Guide is a wedding planning magazine and local vendor directory dedicated to bringing couples and the top wedding professionals in the Sherman/Denison/Durant area together.

The Texoma Bride Guide is a wedding planning magazine and local vendor directory dedicated to bringing couples and the top wedding professionals in the Sherman/Denison/Durant area together.


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Finding Your Vendor Dream Team


The Art of Wedding Dress Shopping


The Blushing Bride


The Essential Groom Guide


How to Find Your Dream Venue


Planning the Ceremony


One Table at a Time




What’s for Dinner?


The One Service You Don’t Want to Forget 51

A Beginner’s Guide to Wedding Invitations 52

The Perfect Cake For You


Five Things to Consider When Choosing Flowers 66

Why We Love Engagement Shoots and You Will Too72

Wedding Photography: What to Expect


Three Easy Ways to Entertain Your Guests 82

Creating the Atmosphere


What’s Your Honeymoon Style?


Vendor Directory


Who Pays For What

Budget Breakdown

Average Spending in Texoma

Simple Planning Checklist

Eight Phrases You Need to Know

Vendor Contracts







Preparing for the Unknown

Marriage License

Serving Alcohol

Creating Your Registry

Changing Your Name










Once you have an idea of how much you would like to spend, you should consider which

aspects of the wedding are most important to you. That will allow you to allocate more

money to those while saving on other areas.

In 2019, Texoma weddings cost an average of $17,765. To give you an idea of what things

cost in Texoma, we gathered the average wedding spending in the counties of Grayson,

Cooke, Fannin, Carter, Bryan, Love, Marshall, and Johnston. Keep in mind that not all

couples include each of these in their wedding and these are averages.

Bar Service






Ceremony Music


Day of







Floral Design


Full Service



Hair & Makeup


His/Her Rings






Wedding Day



Reception DJ





Rehearsal Dinner














The wedding industry has a language of its own, and you’re probably not used to hearing and

using these words every day. We’ve gathered some of the most common and important

phrases to get you started on learning the words and terms you’ll need to understand when

planning your wedding.

The ideal choice for couples who may not

want (or be able to afford) a full-service

planner but still want a pro the day of the

wedding to assure everything goes smoothly.

An employee of the wedding reception

venue that acts as a liaison between the bride

and groom and the venue’s operations team.

The role of a venue’s coordinator’s varies, but

typically their focus is solely to deliver their

contracted services and oversee the building

as a whole.


This is your contracted minimum spend at

your venue. In most cases it does not include

venue rental fees, service fees or taxes. Be

sure you’re clear on what counts towards

your minimum. Please please understand that

your food and beverage minimum is NOT an

estimate of your actual spend.

Also known as COI, it’s common practice for

event venues to require vendors working in

the space, especially florists, photographers,

caterers and musicians to submit proof of

general liability insurance in the amount of

at least $1 million and to list the venue as

additionally insured for the wedding date.

That way, if anything goes wrong, neither the

venue nor you are responsible.

Unless provided by your caterer, many

venues and caterers charge an opening fee

per bottle of alcohol, wine or champagne that

you supply. The price per bottle can range

drastically, so ask ahead of time about your

venue’s regulations surrounding alcohol. Then

factor the additional cost into your budget if

you plan to bring your own bottles of vino or

are envisioning an elaborate champagne toast

at the reception.



The abbreviation RSVP is so well known that

its actual meaning is what needs defining. In

French, “repondez s’il vous plait” translates to

“please reply.” To avoid any last-minute guest

list headaches, require our guests to respond

“yes” or “no” at least two to three weeks

before the wedding.

The PP that appears next to the pricing you

see on your contracts indicates the cost per

guest or per person. You’ll want to keep an

eye out for this type of pricing structure on

anything that involves your catering or liquor



Obtained from a state registrar’s office before

your wedding, a marriage license grants you

permission to legally wed. After the signed

license is filed, you’ll receive a marriage

certificate as record of your union.

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Before we get into the fun stuff like dresses, cakes and flowers, we want to take a moment

to talk a little business. Every time you hire someone to do something for your wedding, get

your agreement in writing. Go back and re-read that sentence again. Do not be intimidated by

contracts. They are legal agreements put in place to explicitly state the terms and conditions

of the work to be done, and protect both you and the vendor. Until you sign a contract and put

down a deposit, you have no guarantee that vendors will hold the date of your wedding.




Selecting your wedding vendors is one of the most important aspects

of planning your wed ding! You want to choose vendors whose work

you love, that you trust and that you enjoy work ing with. Of all your

vendors you'll spend the most time with your wedding photographer

but that doesn't mean you shouldn't carefully select your florist, cake

baker and other vendors with the same level of care.

Our number one recommendation is that you communicate very

clearly with your vendors. The best way to start a relationship with

a potential vendor is to meet with them in person or at least have a

phone conversation with them. Get a feel for their personality and

how they interact with you. If you get an uneasy feeling, trust your

instincts and continue searching until you find a vendor that you feel

you can trust and work well with.

Choosing vendors that you love for both their work and their

personalities will definitely make wedding planning a more enjoyable

experi ence!

After thoroughly reading through the

contract the vendor shares with you, do not

be afraid to negotiate. If your requests are

reasonable, and the vendor won’t agree to

them, do not hesitate to look elsewhere. Do

not sign the contract unless you are 100

percent comfortable with it, and with the

vendor. Then make sure both you and the

vendor each have a signed copy for your


Here are some things we recommend be

included in the contract:

• Names of all parties involved in the


• Date of the wedding

• Times of all services - this should include

the time the vendor should arrive, and

when the vendor is expected to return

for pick up if applicable

• Detailed description of services

• The deposit and final payment amounts,

as well as the payment schedule

• Contingency plans and substitutions

• Cancellation and refund policy that

specifies any refund you will receive if

you cancel and what penalty the vendor

will pay if they cancel

Once signed, these contracts are legally

binding documents. If your vendors fail to

meet the terms of the contract, you could

take them to court. But the same is true for

the vendor. If you don’t hold up your end of

the deal, they could take you to court as well.

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Your wedding dress will set the tone for your entire wedding. Our best

advice: say yes to your dress as early in your wedding planning process

as possible. Not only will this relieve bridal stress, it also ensures that

the dress will arrive on time and will have plenty of time for any

needed alterations.

Wedding dresses take time to produce, and most are manufactured

overseas which can mean long shipping times and possible delays as it

goes through customs.

No matter your budget, shape, personal taste, wedding size, or

wedding type, there is a perfect dress out there just waiting for you to

find it.

Be sure to make appointments at any bridal shop you wish to visit. Plan

to visit several since they carry different designers and styles. Above all,

don’t forget to bring along your mom, your fiancé’s mom and your best

gal pals!

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Before you head to your local bridal shop, favorite bridal store chain, or bridal warehouse, take

a moment to consider the theme and location of your wedding as well as your own personal,

everyday style. This will help you narrow your search. For example, a princess wedding dress

with a long train may be beautiful, but not well-suited to a breezy destination wedding on the

beach. Strapless wedding dresses may fit the standard idea of what you think a bridal dress

should be, but the time of year or location of your venue may make wedding dresses with

straps, sleeves, or a jacket more practical.

While considering these factors will certainly help you narrow the field, the most important

factors in trimming down your search are your personal style and which silhouettes make you

feel the most confident. If you hate lace, and curve-hugging dresses make you feel

self-conscious, it is probably safe to assume that all lace-covered, form fitting wedding dresses

can be crossed off the list. You want to look beautiful and bridal on your wedding day, but you

also want to be comfortable and feel like yourself.

If you don’t already know what types of dresses highlight your favorite parts and conceal those

that you aren’t that fond of – an easy place to start is by determining the best fit for your body



What you wear under the dress can make a huge

difference in how the dress fits and looks. Before

heading to the bridal salon to find your dress, put some

thought behind the type of under-things you’re going to

need for your wedding day.


You have a full bust and hips

with a smaller waistline.





You have a full bust in

relation to your small hips.

Ball Gown



Empire Waist


You are proportional through

the bust and hips with an

undefined waistline.

Ball Gown



Empire Waist


You have a small bust in

relation to full hips.

Ball Gown


Empire Waist

There’s so much more to know!

Download our free Wedding Dress

Guide for more wedding dress

shopping tips and tricks.



Your shorter height is

proportional to your smaller

bust, hips, and waistline.



Empire Waist


You have a fuller bust, hips,

and waist.

Ball Gown


Empire Waist


Even if you think you want straps on your gown, you’ll

likely still end up trying on a dress or two without

straps, or with a different neckline. We recommend

wearing or bringing a strapless bra with you. This will

help you see what the dresses look like without your bra

straps in the way. It’s fine to go out and shop for a new

bra after you’ve found the dress, but avoid bringing or

wearing an old one that is falling apart and doesn’t make

the girls look their best. You can put it back on when you

get home. We understand.


A marathon of trying on wedding dresses isn’t the time

to be distracted by panty lines or the peek of hot pink

lace. Don’t go completely granny panty on us, but wear

a simple pair of underwear. Something close to your

skin-tone if you have it. You’ll thank us later.


If you’re considering using shapewear under your dress,

bring that with you to your dress consultations. Not

all dress fabrics work well with shapewear, it’s best to

learn what works and what doesn’t before you make

your decision.


We recommend bringing along a pair of shoes that are

a similar height to what you plan on wearing on the big

day. Most bridal boutiques have shoes you can borrow

when trying on dresses, but we prefer something we

own rather than something that doesn’t fit, isn’t the

correct height, or isn’t your style.

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• Do what you can to reduce stress. We recommend reserving at least one night a week

for some non-wedding fun with your friends or fiance, or quiet time to regroup and

catch up on your favorite shows. Any Bachelor fans out there?

• If you’re thinking of trying a new hair color or style, you’ll want to start talking with your

stylist 5 to 6 months out from the big day. That way you’ll have plenty to time to make

additional changes or grow your hair out before the big day.

• Skin care! Start a good cleansing and moisturizing program as soon as you get that ring

on your finger (if you haven’t already), and consider consulting a medical professional for

any blemishes or lines you want to fix. Looking amazing for your wedding is also a great

reason to make appointments for monthly facials if it fits within your budget.

• Examine your eating habits, but don't crash diet or seriously deprive yourself. The

easiest way to loose those stubborn few pounds is to track your calories and be mindful

of everything that passes through your lips. If you're not planning to use a nutritionist,

stick to specific goals, like incorporating more whole grains and fruits and veggies into

every meal.

• A great way to de-stress and also tone up those arms and legs is by exercising. A walk

around the block each night is an easy way to start, but a few sessions with a trainer may

help to jump-start your routine and give you some tips and tricks. Try practicing yoga;

the postures build strength and are great tension relievers as well. You'll look great, feel

better and be less stressed out.

The week leading up-to the wedding is usually stressful and full of last minute

preparations. Be sure to take time for yourself and keep these tips in mind:

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With so many things to check off your wedding to-do list, who has

got the time to think of beauty and self-care? The answer; you

do! It’s never too early to start taking care of yourself and planning

to look your best on your wedding day is a great motivator.

Here are a few tips for looking your best in time for your big day.

• Avoid overindulging in salty snacks and alcohol in the week leading up to the wedding. We

know its hard to resist the cheese plate and the glasses of wine, but you’ll thank us later.

• Consider a bikini wax and a final eyebrow shaping so you have less things to worry about

on the day-of (and on the honeymoon!).

• Splurge on a massage. After all the work you’ve done to put together your dream day, you

deserve it. Booking a facial the week before the wedding wouldn’t be a bad idea either. But

make sure you give your face a day or two to get back to normal.

• Drink lots of water.

• Pack an emergency beauty kit of items you shouldn't leave home without.

• Deep condition your hair.

• Exfoliate your skin (with products you've tried before) to amp up your wedding day glow.

• Have a professional pedicure and manicure.

• On the day of the wedding, be sure to eat a healthy breakfast to help keep you energized

for the long day ahead.

• While you’re getting your hair and make up done (or doing them yourself), don’t forget

to wear a robe or button-down shirt that can be easily removed once you’re ready to put

on your dress. If possible, find one that matches the color of your gown, to help with the

makeup application. You could have your bouquet near by and pick up some of the colors

from the flowers for your eyes, cheeks and lips.

Above all things, sit back and enjoy the day!

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Treat yourself, your fiancé and your bridal party

to one of our bridal packages put together with

overall health and wellness in mind. Enjoy

massages, foot detox sessions, sauna sessions,

gym membership and classes all at a special

price to help you look your best for the big day!

Call our clinic today for

more information and pricing!

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Your goal is to look as beautiful as possible

on your wedding day, so it’s understandable if

your makeup is one of your biggest concerns.

Once you’ve booked your makeup artist, it’s a

good idea to schedule one or two trials. This

will allow you to work out any conflicting

visions, decide on the best products for you,

and decide on a final look.

Before you have your trial, you need to find

some pictures of what you want your makeup

to look like. There are a lot of different terms

for the same thing, so providing an image of

what you want (or don’t want) can be helpful in

avoiding miscommunication. Remember that

your makeup artist may have to make some

changes based on your wedding venue, time of

year, and your skin or face type.

Discuss any skin concerns you may have with

your makeup artist before the trial run. They

may have to make adjustments to the products

they’re using, plus they’ll be more prepared

to deal with any issues that may happen on

the day of. Take care of your skin leading up to

your big day by eating healthy, drinking plenty

of water, getting facials, and seeking

dermatological help if necessary. Makeup can

be used to cover up your skin, but it’s much

better when it’s used to complement it!

your lipstick or mascara. It’ll be much easier

to make adjustments to accommodate the veil

before the day of the wedding.

You should look like yourself on your

wedding day. If you usually wear simple,

natural makeup, it would be a jarring change

to have a dramatic look on your wedding day.

Your wedding makeup shouldn’t be a drastic

change from your everyday makeup, because

you may not like how different it makes you

look (or feel). On that same note, your makeup

shouldn’t be dated. You may think you like

defined eyebrows or extreme highlighter, but

your tastes may change down the road, and

you don’t want to look back on your

wedding pictures with regret.

Obviously, you get what you pay for. Don’t

book a makeup artist just because they’re

cheap, because you’ll want to look back at

your pictures with a smile, not a cringe at how

unprofessional your makeup looks.

Remember that the price of trials may or may

not be included in the price you agreed to pay

for the wedding day. Also, keep your bridal

party in mind. If you’re paying for their makeup

to be done, ask for an estimate based on how

many people you have.

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Ask your makeup artist how you should touch

up your makeup throughout your wedding day.

Write down what brand and shade of products

they use, and purchase these to have on hand

in case of crying, sweating, or kissing. Your

powder and lipstick are the most likely to fade,

so it shouldn’t cost too much to make sure

your look stays on all day.

Wear a white shirt and bring your veil along to

the appointment so that you’ll get an idea of

the final look. It’s important to have your veil

there for another reason: some veils tend to

cling to the face and can smear or take off

Bridal suite at The Wildflower

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When it comes to wedding planning, there are so many different things to plan

and choose. The most important decisions are the ones that directly affect how you

will feel on your big day. Things like your wedding gown, your make up, and your

hair style. You know how having a good hair day can instantly change your mood?

Your wedding hair should be that times ten. While there are steps you can take to

make sure that happens, there are also some wedding hair don’ts that you definitely

want to avoid.

First and foremost, do not, WE REPEAT, do not change your hair style or color right

before you get married. You will hate it. We promise. Stick to what you know and the

look that is classically you.

Be sure you don’t book your trial run with your hair stylist too far in advance. You’ll

want to already have your dress, shoes, and accessories picked out so you can make

sure your hair style matches the entire look. If you are wearing a veil or hairpiece,

don’t forget to bring that to your trial! Before the trial, make sure to look for

inspiration photos and bring them with you. Don’t limit yourself with just one photo.

Instead, bring lots of photos so your stylist gets a better overall picture of who you

are and what your vision is for your wedding day.

On your wedding day, do not have unrealistic expectations. You know what kind

of hair you have and what it can or cannot do. If you know you have thin hair, don’t

expect your stylist to wave her magic hair wand and transform your hair into think,

voluminous curls. (But do consider getting extensions if that’s important to you!)

Another big don’t for you wedding day: don’t forget to plan a “getting-ready” outfit!

You need to wear something with closure in the front so that you don’t mess up your

hair when changing. For example, a robe or a men’s button up shirt.

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It’s also worth noting that while your mom, sister, or bridesmaids probably have the

best of intentions, what they want your hair to look like doesn’t matter. Don’t get

caught up in trying to please everyone. Stick to the hairstyle that you and your stylist

decided on to avoid any regrets afterwards.

When it’s time to plan your wedding hair style, avoid these wedding hair don’ts and

get ready for the best hair day of your life!

Learn more about our

favorite hair stylists and

make-up artists at


Brooke Himes Hair Design

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photo by Mirranda Marrs Photography


Today’s less formal weddings often seem suited (see what we did there?) to a more casual

approach to men’s wear. A black tuxedo with a starched white shirt and cufflinks is always a

classic and perfect for a formal event, but don’t forget how good your man looks in a suit. If

you know where to look, you can get a nice suit on sale for about the same cost as renting a


Tuxedo rental businesses have caught onto this less formal trend and are now offering more

casual options for rent. This rental option may be less stressful than coordinating six men to

go shopping together to ensure they get the same slacks.


This question comes up repeatedly. Sure, it is more expensive to purchase a tuxedo, but you

do end up with a custom fit that may pay for itself over time. To help you decide, think about

how often you will have the opportunity to wear a tuxedo.

If you’re coordinating with the rest of the wedding party, rent. Don’t be worried about the

tuxedos looking cheap or worn out. Reputable locations rent high quality, well-constructed

garments made specifically to withstand a lot of use and dry-cleaning without wearing out.

Don’t forget to rent shoes!

The groom should be the best dressed of all the men in the wedding party. If

the photographer can’t tell the groom from a groomsman, a guest, his father in

law, or a waiter, you’re doing it wrong. Outfit your groomsmen so they

complement the groom without identically matching.


The way tuxedo rentals used to work involved being measured, picking up your

tux the day before the wedding, and hoping everything fits and looks nice. For

most of us, this involved a trip to the Dallas area to visit the store, and then

coordinating who would make the trip after the wedding to return all the

rentals. If something didn’t fit or was missing, resolving the issue could be a

headache and usually involves another drive to Dallas.

Online tuxedo rental companies are part of a growing market of direct-toconsumer,

online retailers that are working to improve the experience of

shopping for or renting formal clothing and accessories. The process of renting

a tux online is still about the same as the in-store experience. About three

months before the wedding, the couple getting married will pick out the style

they want and inform the wedding party where to send their measurements.

The best part- everything happens online and through the mail. To help those

of us who don’t take measurements every day, most of the online sites have a

tutorial system to help renters measure their own lengths and widths.

The online rental companies mail out the tuxedos two weeks before the

wedding to give everyone a chance to make sure everything fits and is in tip-top

shape. Typically, garments from the online companies have a much shorter

rental life, usually less than 20 wears, than the traditional stores. If something

doesn’t fit right, send it back for a different size. The return process is just as

simple- each renter can drop their tuxedo in the mail using the provided prepaid


Another great benefit of using an online tuxedo rental company is that they’ll

help you get in touch with everyone and make sure they’ve done their part. So

that friend who always procrastinates will be reminded that their

measurements are due, and you won’t have to lift a finger!

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There is an adage that is as true for weddings as it is for real estate: Location, Location,

Location. Picking your Texoma area wedding venue is important and should be one of the

first items - if not the first item - on your wedding planning to-do list. After all, isn’t your

wedding just as big of an investment and as important of a life event as purchasing real

estate? We think so.


Honestly, if you’re reading this, the answer is probably now. Both ceremony and reception

venues can book up a year or more in advance, so if you want a venue that you like, can actually

afford, is in the chosen location, is convenient for your guests, has your preferred date available,

and isn’t already booked - securing a venue is your first priority.


Many couples decide their wedding date based on any number of sentimental reasons: a dating

anniversary, when they first met, a romantic holiday, a parent or grandparent’s anniversary.

This is a lovely thought, and one you should stick to if it’s really important to you and your

partner. However, it may restrict your venue selection.

For example, let’s pretend you had your heart set on a September wedding, but you love a

venue that is not available until June of the following year. You will either have to compromise

on your date or find a different venue. It all depends on your priorities.

It is a good idea to discuss and decide your wedding planning priorities with your partner

before officially booking any venue. It is also important to remember that your wedding date

isn’t officially reserved until you sign the venue contract, and, in most cases, not until you pay

the deposit.


If you want to have a religious ceremony in the church where you grew up, but the church

doesn’t have the facilities to support the type of reception you want, you will want to find a

separate reception venue. If getting married in a church isn’t a priority, there are plenty of

options in Texoma with beautiful ceremony sites and plenty of space for you and your guests to

party the night away.

If you do choose two venues, map out the logistics of how you and your guests will travel from

the ceremony to the reception, and plan to provide transportation for the bridal party at a

minimum. Parking is also something to consider as many cars shift from one location to


The Pointe

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6196 N3860 Road Bokchito, Oklahoma 74726 THERANCHVENUE.ORG

Leonard, TX

Contact us to schedule a tour today!

www.weddingsonpointe.com (918) 508-6402



(214) 560-4222

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The ceremony venue is arguably one of the

most important aspects of your wedding, as

this is the place where you and your fiancé will

be married in front of your friends and family.

While you want it to be special and reflective

of your love for each other, there are some

logistical things to consider before booking

the ceremony venue.

Think about how you want your ceremony to

flow. Is having a center aisle for you to walk

down to your fiancé at the beginning of the

ceremony important? Where will your

attendants stand? Will you be kneeling at any

time in your ceremony? Is there space for

musical accompaniment? Make sure the

ceremony space can accommodate your

vision for your ceremony.


You’ll want to ensure that your reception

venue has enough room to accommodate

all your guests comfortably as well as the

activities you’ve planned for your wedding

reception. As you look around, try to envision

the way the space would be used. In addition

to places for guests to eat and mingle,

consider the space and layout needed for the

cake, gifts, dance floor, photo booth, etc.

Learn about the restrictions and rules

associated with the venue. If you absolutely

love the venue, knowing these restrictions will

help you incorporate them into your vision for

your day. For example, if the reception must

end at 9 p.m. sharp because of noise restrictions

but you want to dance the night away,

consider having an after-party elsewhere to

keep the festivities going.

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Our stunning three acre

waterfront venue is

nestled among the pecan

trees giving a perfect

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ceremony or bring the

outdoors in. Along with

eighty-three acres

surround by scenic views,

our tranquil oasis is a

place to make your

wedding day dreams

come true.

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Sherman, Texas 75090


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• Is our date available?

• Are there others looking to rent your

venue on our date?

• What is the facility rental fee, and what is

included in that fee?

• What is the length of the facility rental?

Are there overtime fees if the wedding

reception lasts longer?

• For outdoor weddings, what is the

alternative plan if it rains?

• When can we get into the facility to

begin decorating for the wedding?


• Is there, or can you set-up, a coat room?

• Are candles or open flames allowed?

• Does the site have any noise or music


• Are there any decorating restrictions?

• Will there be another event on the site

during, before or after ours? If so, how

will this impact our event?

• What on-site staff do you provide for the

day of the wedding?

• What type of clean-up is required?


The day has finally arrived. It’s your wedding day! You’ve been planning this event down to

the very last detail for over a year and nothing could go wrong. Except when it does. Best

case scenario, it rains on your big day and you must rent an expensive tent for your outdoor

ceremony and reception at the last minute. Worst case scenario, someone drinks too much at

your reception, drives under the influence, gets in a crash, and ends up suing you.

Wedding insurance exists to protect your investment in your big day from circumstances

beyond your control. We also recommend that you check with each of your vendors to see if

they have their own insurance so you don’t pay for overlapping coverage.

There are two different types of wedding insurance available, which provide different types of

protection for you, your venue, and your wedding. Be sure you understand the differences:

Wedding Liability Insurance: Some venues require couples to purchase this for protection in

the event of injuries, property damage or alcohol-related accidents.

• What is the required deposit and when

is it due?

• When is the balance on the facility fee


• What is the cancellation policy?

• Is there a fee for security personnel?

• Will there be enough parking for my


• Do you offer valet services?

Cancellation/Postponement Insurance: In case of unpredictable illness, inclement weather, no

show vendors, damage to gifts or to the bride’s dress, etc.

Please note that the above statement is for informational purposes only. All statements are

subject to the provisions, exclusions, and conditions of the applicable policy. For an actual

description of all coverages, terms, and conditions, please speak with an insurance agent.


• Are there changing rooms for the bridal


• Are there picturesque locations for

photos, both inside and out?

• Do you have an in-house pianist or

organist that we could use?

• Is there a podium and/or a microphone?

Is there a sound system?

• Will you allow photographs and videos

during the ceremony?


• Is there an in-house caterer or a list of

preferred caterers? If so, are they

exclusive caterers, or can we bring in our


• Are there on-site kitchen facilities? What

do they include?

• Do you allow alcohol to be served? If so,

what are your policies?

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venues at tbgvendors.com/venues

Before signing a contract with your wedding venue, ask if there are any special

permits you need or ordinances to note regarding noise, alcohol or time

restrictions. Also consider special permits you may need for a reception held on

private property. A backyard reception in may require parking permits from the

city beforehand so guests don’t need to worry about their vehicles.

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When making plans for wedding transportation, you will want to consider all the different

places people will be moving between. Will you need to move people from the getting ready

location to the ceremony and then to the reception? Who will you be providing transportation


You will want to make sure your important guests, such as parents, grandparents and the

wedding party, have a way to get around. You don’t necessarily have to rent a limo to for them

to ride in, but make sure there is a plan to get them from one place to another. Hiring

professional transportation is one way to ease the stress of coordinating rides or worrying

about designated drivers. If parking is going to be an issue at your wedding venue, consider

renting a party bus to move guests.

Most planning checklists recommend booking your transportation at least four months in

advance. However, if you’re getting married during prom and graduation season, you will want

to book your transportation even earlier due to demand.

As with all vendors you’re hiring for your wedding, be sure to get all of the details in writing

from your transportation company. You will want to confirm that the company is licensed and

insured. This means the drivers have received the proper training and the vehicles meet all the

legal requirements for operation.


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• What car types, sizes and colors do you

have available?

• What is the passenger capacity?

• Do you charge by the hour, or by


• What does the driver wear?

• What amenities do your vehicles have?

• Are any food and beverages provided in

our rental?

• What does the your insurance policy


• What are your cancellation and refund


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Planning the party is the most fun and takes the most time, but don’t wait

until the last moment to plan the ceremony. When you’re not

stressing over floral arrangements or frosting flavors, take the time to schedule

a time to sort out your ceremony. Here’s everything you need to know.


The first order of business is to decide

whether you want a religious or secular

ceremony. There is no right or wrong answer,

and one is not necessarily easier than the

other. As with all decisions you have to make

when planning your wedding, this is your day

and you should get married in an environment

that suits you both.

If you and your fiancé are considering a

religious ceremony, remember that some

religious services require a specific location,

like a church, temple, or mosque. However,

some religious officiants will be glad to go

to an untraditional location. Consult with

the officiants you are considering before

you make final decisions to avoid any

uncomfortable situations. Also, remember

that you may be required to be a member of

a specific religious institution if you want to

be married on their property.

A civil ceremony is one that is still legal, but

the exact requirements you need to meet

vary from state to state, and even from

county to county. Having a civil ceremony

means that you’re free to be more

Wcreative with the elements you want to

add or remove, or to have a destination

wedding or an elopement. That’s not to say

that you couldn’t make a religious ceremony

work for all of those, but it will be much

simpler to create an untraditional wedding

with a civil ceremony.

When it comes to who will be marrying you,

you’ll need to check out the legal

requirements for your area once again. If

you have any questions, you can always

contact the county clerk’s office in the city

where you will be having the ceremony

to find an officiant that will fit your needs.

Keep in mind that if you want to be married

by a close friend or family member, they’ll

need to be ordained first. After you’ve

found your officiant, follow up about

paperwork, fees, or counselling that may

be required before you can be considered

legally married.


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If you and your fiancé decide to write

personal vows, we recommend setting

some guidelines before you begin

writing. Maybe limit them to 30 seconds

or a minute, or say that you’re both going

to tell a story about your life as a couple.

Begin by collecting inspiration from old

texts or love letters, other weddings,

books, or movies and documenting them

somewhere. About a month before

your wedding, compile your gathered

thoughts into a draft. Remember that

this is just your first attempt, so it’s fine

if it’s a little choppy or rambling. Wait a

couple of days, then come back to edit.

Read it aloud and make sure it sounds

like you, because you’re the one getting


As your wedding day nears, go back and

review your vows periodically. Read and

re-read for clarity, and work in additional

thoughts as they come to you. By taking

the time to write your vows over the

weeks leading up to your wedding and

not waiting until the last minute, you will

not only be confident in your words, but

you will know that you put your best self

into them.

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The basic order of events can be applied to almost any ceremony, but you may want to add

or take away any elements that don’t fit your wedding vision. We recommend including your

officiant in the planning of your ceremony, as they will know more about what is practical.

Prelude: It is customary to have music play as your guests begin to arrive for the ceremony.

Processional: This is a fancy word for special guests and the wedding party entering the

church to take their place. This usually concludes with the entrance of the bride.

Greeting: The wedding officiant will usually say a few words to welcome your guests, remind

them to turn off their cell phones, and thank them for coming.

Address or Homily: This is the time for your officiant to share personal details about you and

your fiancé, or for a sermon if you’re having a church wedding.

Declaration of Intent: This is the only legally required aspect of the ceremony. The officiant

will ask you to take your fiancé as your legally wedded partner, and you will answer with “I

do”, or “I will”, or something to that effect.

Unity Ritual: If you want to include a special ceremony signify your bond, this is a good time

to do so. You could also do this after exchanging rings, if that would suit your vision.

Exchanging of the Vows: This is where you recite your personal vows, or repeat after the

officiant using traditional wording.

Exchanging of the Rings: These vows are different than the above vows, but are usually very

short and done “repeat-after-me” style.



While planning your wedding can

be fun with things like cake tastings,

dance lessons and finding the perfect

entertainment, there are some

strings attached to tying the knot

Understanding the ins and outs getting

your marriage license is just as important

as picking out linens or finding the

perfect dress.

Marriage licenses must be obtained from

the county clerk’s office and presented

to your officiant prior to the beginning

of your wedding ceremony. Following

the ceremony, the officiant fills out the

license, and asks the witnesses, usually

the maid of honor and best man, to sign

it. Some officiants will file the license for

you at the courthouse, or you will have

to do it yourself. Once the license is filed

and processed, you will receive your

marriage certificate.

The cost, requirements, and validity

varies between Oklahoma and Texas, but

you don’t have to be a resident of either

state to get married there. Be sure to

research the state’s marriage license

requirements where you will be getting

married so that you understand the

time-lines and associated costs.

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Closing Remarks and Declaration: The officiant may offer a blessing, a benediction, or piece

of advice before declaring that you’re married and announcing the kiss.

Recessional: The opposite of the processional, this is a fancy word for everybody leaves the

church, and heads to the party!


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Don’t make assumptions that your venue comes with anything. If you’ve booked a raw space,

get ready to rent everything down to the bathrooms. Please don’t forget those or you’ll have

some unhappy guests. If you’re planning an outdoor event, it goes without saying, you will

need to make sure you have a backup plan. Be sure to have a tent or other covering on standby

to ensure the comfort and safety of your guests.

If you’re lucky, your venue comes with chairs and tables, maybe even cloths for those tables.

Those chairs are probably standard folding chairs, and the tablecloths are probably white. Your

caterer may provide standard white plates and unremarkable flatware. All of that is fine, but

why not glam it up a bit?

From a photography point of view, consider the two most photographed spaces of the day: the

altar where you say your vows and the head table at the reception where the married couple

sit and where the toasts are usually given. Instead of spending your money on tiny details like

custom candy or elaborate escort cards, we recommend investing in something that will not

only enhance the feel of your wedding but will really enhance your images as well! Couples are

often afraid to even dream about rentals because they assume it will be outside their budget,

but it’s more affordable than you may think.

You can rent crowd-pleasers such as cotton candy makers and popcorn machines for a late

night snack. If the weather is going to get cooler when the sun sets, propane space heaters are

always a nice thing to have on hand for outdoor spaces.

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Remember all of those amazing photos you have seen of your venue? The

space did not start out the day looking like that. Most likely, the majority

of those items were rented. It takes a keen eye for colors, textures, and

lighting to create the look and feel you see in those photos. We’ve got a

few pointers to help even the most un-stylish have a beautifully styled



Ah, this question again. You did read the

section on Groom’s Attire, didn’t you? The

idea is the same, but on a much larger scale.

One of the main benefits of renting: storage.

Sure, you can buy 15 teal tablecloths, but

what are you going to do with them after the

wedding? You can take the time to sell them

online, but at the end of the day, it may end up

being cheaper (and less hassle) to rent them.

Rental companies have an amazing collection

of goods they’re more than happy to let you

use for your event. Companies that specialize

in event rentals have high quality items that

are in great shape. These items get cleaned

after every event, and are replaced once they

start looking less than their best.

Remember to order a few more than what

you think you will need. It is always better to

have extra chairs than to make a guest stand

because you don’t have enough. Talk to your

vendors, particularly your caterer, about other

types of rentals you may need.


Delivery and set-up before the event, and

pick-up after the event, are just as important

as the rental items themselves. When

selecting your venue, think about the items

you’ll want to rent and where they will go.

This will help you determine how difficult it

will be to get the items delivered and set up at

the venue. It is also important to have an idea

of how long set-up and tear-down will take.

This may impact your venue rental time.

Be sure to find out when rental items need to

be removed from the venue after the

reception and who is responsible for getting

them back to the rental company. Assign

someone in the bridal party to oversee this

task on your wedding day, even if the rental

company is responsible for picking up the


Follow up with your rental company to finalize

your rentals two to three months before your


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If you’re using a DJ, they may bring their

own lights for the dance floor, but there

are other ways to use lights to add color

and ambiance to your wedding. When

done well, lighting can make everything

look better, from your wedding cake to

your guests.

Where you celebrate will greatly impact

the kind of lighting you’ll need. Before

settling on a concept, try to plan a site visit

for the same time of day as your

wedding—you’ll get a better idea of how

much lighting, whether natural or built-in,

exists in the space you’re using.

Uplighting is one of the more popular

wedding lighting options, and for good

reason too. The proper placement of

uplighting can do wonders and transform

even the most basic of spaces into a

dramatic room. Uplighting creates a new

perspective on familiar items.

Architectural features like columns,

windows, and ceilings can be lit for

ambient effect. Materials like unfinished

brick and plaster often look dynamic and

beautiful when uplit. This adds a flash

of drama that is crucial in an otherwise

ordinary space.


While there are many different types of lighting

that can be used, here are the most common

types of lighting used for wedding decor.

Pin spot: A focused beam of light that shines

directly onto an object, like a centerpiece or

wedding cake, as a highlight effect.

Color wash: Basically a blanket of colored light

covering an entire area to create a mood or

change the look of built-in décor.

Gobos: Circular stencils that are put over a light

to project a design or pattern onto a wall, ceiling

or floor. Monograms, dates and wedding motifs

are popular gobo designs.

String lighting: A strand of lights that can create

a magical effect (think Christmas or market

lights). An installation can be labor-intensive, but

the lighting itself is fairly budget-friendly.

Uplights: Small lighting units that are placed on

the floor around the perimeter of your venue.

The lights will illuminate the walls from floor to

ceiling with colored light.

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If your venue comes with a caterer or if you’re using an outside caterer, meet with the person

who will be providing food for your wedding. Talk with them about your wedding plans, sample

some of the dishes they recommend, and get comfortable that this caterer will truly treat your

guests well. Most caterers will offer a few selections for you to try to get an idea of what they

recommend for your event. This tasting is definitely on our list of our favorite things about

planning a wedding.

A buffet dinner is most likely going to be the most economic way to serve all your wedding

guests a good meal without blowing your budget. Interactive food stations set up around the

reception room are a trend with weddings right now. These stations are usually hosted by a

chef or member of the catering staff to help your guests customize their selections. Having

these stations spread out keeps down the line of guests waiting for food. However, one of the

quickest ways your catering bill can add up is for the labor your catering company provides to

the event. Take a close look at how many servers, chefs, or other staff they have allocated to

your event on the invoice, and ask your caterer if there’s any way to cut down those costs. It

can be as simple as opting for stationary instead of tray-passed appetizers.

Find your caterer at tbgvendors.com/catering

Be sure that you and your new spouse take the time to eat during the

reception! You’ve got a night full of dancing and merriment ahead of you so

you’re going to need the food!

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From plated dinners to food trucks set up outside the reception venue, the options for

feeding your wedding guests are growing every day. We recommend tackling this to-do

fairly early in your planning process just because the best caterers tend to book up well in

advance. Don’t assume that your catering costs as are going to be similar to costs at a

restaurant. In most cases, it is more expensive because catering is personalized to your


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• Can you provide examples of suggested

menus and prices?

• Considering our needs and budget, what

suggestions do you have?

• When is the deadline for making menu


• Are you familiar with our wedding site?

• Do you have any kitchen requirements?

• Do you have a minimum? If so, how


• Are tax and gratuities extra?

• Does the cost cover set-up before the

reception and clean-up following?

• How long will the food be available to


• What happens to any leftover food?

• What are your deposit and cancellation


• Do you provide staff to serve, refresh the

buffet, tidy up used dishes, etc.?

• Do you supply and serve beverages? Is

there an extra fee for this service? Are

you licensed to serve alcohol?

• What is the deadline for the final guest


• Do you provide linens, dishes, cutlery, or

other service items? Are there options

for me to select?

• Are you able to handle special requests

such as food allergies, kids menu, etc.?

• Will you cut the cake and supply plates

and forks? Is there an extra fee for this?


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You should plan to feed any

wedding professional who will be

there with you at the reception.

This includes your photographer,

videographer, DJ and band at a


Before you sign contract with

your vendors, make sure you

understand what the vendor is

expecting to be fed. Some vendors

are okay with not being served

the same meal that guests will

receive. Talk to your caterer about

what they offer for vendor meals.

Sometimes it is included in your

catering fee, while other times it

is at a lower price than food for

your guests, depending on what is

offered. When you’re confirming

your final guest count, be sure to

give your caterer the final count

for vendor meals, too.






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If you are planning on serving alcohol at your

wedding, you will want to bring this up with any

venue as you are touring to get an understanding of

their policies. Some venues require couples to hire

their own bartender and an off duty police officer

for security. Others will provide one or the other. If

your caterer can offer bartending services, then try

to work a deal into your catering package. It may be

more economical to supply your own alcohol if your

venue allows it, even if they charge a corkage fee.

If you’ve ever ordered a drink in a restaurant, you

know that mark-ups on alcohol are quite steep, so

you’re better off stocking the bar yourself, if that’s

an option.

The cost of providing alcohol to your guests should

not be overlooked or underestimated. Determining

your booze budget is the first step in deciding which

kind of bar you want to have at your wedding. You

want everyone to have fun but serving alcohol at

your wedding can easily break the bank without

some careful planning in advance.

Purchasing alcohol in bulk from Costco or Sam’s is

an economical choice for couples who want to be

mindful of their alcohol budget. But the costs still

add up. One way to minimize alcohol costs is to

only serve beer and wine, but if your heart is set on

serving liquor, having a signature cocktail or two on

your menu is an economical option.

If an open bar simply doesn’t fit into your budget,

there are a few other options you should consider

before going straight to a cash bar. You could choose

to have an open bar during cocktail hour, then

switch to wine and beer only for dinner and dancing.

If the cost is still too steep, try to host at least part

of the evening, then switch to a cash bar during

dancing. If your guests want a third or fourth drink,

they’ll be more willing to take out some cash if their

first and second drinks were free.

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This is also an appropriate moment to bring up

insurance. Anyone serving alcohol needs to have

liability insurance, including your caterer. If your

wedding guests leave your party after taking

advantage of the open bar and injure themselves, a

third party or damage property, you could be held

responsible. Liability insurance will minimize how

much you’ll have to pay if something goes wrong.

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Marriage means

sharing the rest of your

life with your best friend,

knowing that there is

always someone by your

side, through all the ups

and downs, and that you

will always have someone

who has to laugh at your

bad jokes.

While your party certainly cannot happen without you, there are some other notable people

that are necessary beyond an officiant and guests. If your party location or catering package

does not include servers, you’ll need to hire wait staff and bartenders.

Service staff truly are the heroes of all celebrations. They operate in the background by helping

with set up before the event, clearing tables, restocking the food displays during service, and

cleaning up at the end. If you haven’t made arrangements with your caterer or

planner/coordinator, they can also be tasked with cutting and distributing the cake to your


Certified bar staff should be hired to serve any alcoholic beverages to guests. This includes

specialty drinks, mixed drinks, beer and wine. They will keep the area clean and help manage

guest consumption. When interviewing bartending companies, you will want to verify that the

staff will stay with the alcohol at ALL times until it is released to an individual of the wedding

party at the end of the evening. They should also be TABC Certified, part of the American

Bartending Association and fully insured.

The great thing about event staffing companies is that they can often fulfill all of your event

staffing needs. An expert event staffing company can help you identify your needs based on the

number of guests, venue, and event type. We normally recommend the industry standard of 1

member of staff per 10-12 guests for a plated dinner or 1 member of staff for every 30 guests

for passed items like hors d’oeuvres.

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While most aspects of your wedding don’t follow a strict set of rules, your

invitations do. However, keep in mind that knowing the rules and proper

etiquette will also give you the tools and knowledge to bend them just a little

to suit your needs. The presentation of information on your invitations can

vary widely based on your style, colors and theme but all the basic pieces

still need to be there.



Although subtle, your invitation is the first clue that your guests will get as to

the formality of your wedding. A traditional letter press printed invitation with

simple colors and addressed with calligraphy would be used for a wedding that

is more formal in nature, whereas a square invitation with a playful font and

bright colors would fit a more casual celebration. Regardless of design, many

couples still use formal wording on their invitations. The lifetime commitment

you’re making in front of your family and friends is a significant event, and most

couples approach the ceremony with decorum.

You should also be mindful of the costs associated with mailing non-standard

sized envelopes. Post offices have machines that can only process certain

envelope sizes, generally rectangles that are a minimum of 3.5 by 5 inches to a

maximum of 6.125 by 11 inches. If your envelopes are a non-standard shape,

for example square, you may end up paying a surcharge, usually around 20

cents per envelope, for hand-processing.

Keep in mind that the size of your guest list does not equal the number of

invitations you will be sending out. Don’t make the mistake of ordering double,

or even triple the number of invitations because you didn’t pay attention.

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We know putting on a wedding is expensive,

and sending invitations via email or another

internet platform is basically free.

Most etiquette gurus still recommend paper

wedding invitations. They tend to set the tone,

establish expectations and specifically state

who is invited to the wedding. This can be

hard to do with electronic invitations.

There are also a large number of places you

can purchase pre-designed invitations and

print them at home to help stretch your


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Before purchasing stamps, take an

assembled invitation to the post office and

have it weighed. Inserts can add additional

weight, or unusually shaped envelopes will

require extra postage. Skipping this step could

result in your invitations being returned for

insufficient postage. This would throw your

entire timeline off because the invitations

would arrive late, plus you’d have to purchase

new envelopes, re-address them and

purchase the correct postage to send them

out again. Take our advice, and get your

envelopes weighed.

Once you are sure you know how much it will

cost in postage to mail your invitations, you

can look in to purchasing wedding-themed

stamps. It’s certainly not required, regular

stamps will work, but adds a special touch to

your envelopes!

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The wording on your wedding invitation should reflect the formality, location, and hosts of

your wedding. There are many different approaches-- simple, traditional, and even fun -- that

allow you to express the type of event your guests can expect. Our advice is to come up with

wording that makes sense to you and your partner, and causes minimal conflicts with your



As the opening of your invitation, this is where you specify who is throwing the party.


This is where you let people know what is going on. “The honor of your presence” is only used

if the ceremony is taking place in a house of worship. “The pleasure of your company” is used in

all other venues.

Depending on how you wish to word the invitation, this line and the name line can switch.


This lets your guests know who is getting married. Traditionally, the bride’s name goes first,

and only the first and middle names are printed followed by the groom’s full name on a

different line. But the rules are changing, and it is up to you what you put here. If you’re slightly

embarrassed by your middle name, leave it off.







This is the crucial part of the invitation. This lets your guests know the date, time and

location of your wedding. It is useful to list the address of the venue, but sometimes this is



If your reception is in the same location as your ceremony, your job is easy. Just include

‘Reception to Follow’ on your invitation. This lets your guests know they won’t have to drive

anywhere following the ceremony.

However, if your ceremony and reception are at two different locations, you just need to add a

couple extra words to your invitation, for example ‘Reception immediately following the

ceremony,’ and include the name of the reception venue. We also recommend including an

insert with directions to the venue, as well as providing your guests with maps from the

ceremony to the reception venue at the ceremony.




Although there are many ways to create invitations, some things never change.

For example, you should not include your gift registry information on your save

the dates or invitations. Your family and wedding party can fill in any inquisitive

guests, and you can also put in on your personal wedding website if you have


Speaking of wedding websites, it is perfectly acceptable to put the link on your

save the dates, just not your invitations.



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It may seem strange, but you’ll need two envelopes for your invitations. The outer envelope is

for mailing purposes, and the inner envelope holds your invitation ensemble. The outer

envelope is formally addressed only to those who are invited to attend the wedding, but the

inner envelope is a bit less formal and includes just the first names of invited guests.

Just like for every other part of your wedding, there are some recommendations when dealing

with the outer envelope:

• Address each envelope by hand, and pay special attention to spelling, addresses and


• Your guests’ names should be written out in full, using their titles such as “Mr.” and “Ms.”

• Spell out all the words in the address

• Spell out all house numbers that are less than 20

• The return address should go on the back flap of the envelope, and can be handwritten,

embossed or stamped


As the RSVP’s start pouring in, you will want to have a system developed to keep track of them!

Make sure to note how many guests confirm their attendance because your vendors will want

an accurate headcount a few days before the wedding. If serving a plated meal, include food

options on your RSVP cards so that guests can make their selection. Tracking the number of

guests is especially important if you’re paying for cake or food per person.

Before you mail your invitations, count and number your guest list and assign each RSVP card

a number accordingly. If a guest forgets to fill out the line for their name before returning it to

you, the number on the card will help you know who has RSVP’d and who hasn’t! Be careful not

to make the numbering too obvious.

If you want to make things easier for your guests, consider pre-addressing and stamping your

RSVP cards!

If you’re still missing a few response cards at the deadline, go ahead and place some calls. It’s

easy to get annoyed and frustrated at the lack of response, but don’t let that show. Politely ask

if they’ll be attending, reminding them that the vendors need to know the number of guests

by a certain date. Remember that it never fails that you will end up with an unexpected guest

or two, so we recommend adding a few additional people to your head count if you can’t get in

touch with everyone.

• RSVPs and gifts will most likely be sent to the return address on the invitation envelope

• Self-address the return envelope for the RSPV, don’t rely on your guests to do this for you.

Always include a postage stamp with the reply card.


Modern brides are turning to online RSVP systems to capture the

responses of their guests. Be mindful of the guests you are inviting and their

level of comfort with technology and offer other ways for them to respond.

Ideally, you should send your wedding invitations eight weeks before your wedding. This gives

your guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements. Request that

RSVP’s be returned by two to three weeks before the wedding. This allows you to know how

many guests to expect before crunch time!




Feeling overwhelmed and out of place in

the wedding space? In addition to

comprehensive wedding planning guides

and this magazine, we also provide

wedding planning coaching services. We

can help guide you through the process

and give you tips and tricks to succeed on

your big day.

If you’re having a destination wedding, give your guests more time to make arrangements by

mailing invitations three months before the wedding.


If you’re sending out save the dates, mail them six to eight months before the wedding so that

calendars can be marked and there will be no surprises when the actual invitations arrive. Just

make sure that everyone who receives a save the date also receives an invitation.

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Cake is the traditional wedding dessert, with everyone waiting with baited breath to see

if the groom is going to smash the cake all over his new wife’s face, but there is no rule

anywhere that says you must serve cake. Many couples who want to serve a wedding cake

alternative, yet still want the traditional cake cutting, will order a small cutting cake for

the reception.

Not really a cake person? Serve pie. Love ice cream? Set up a make-your-own sundae bar.

Remember, this is your special day, everything about it should reflect you and your fiancé.


As you browse Pinterest and wedding sites looking at cake designs, start to gather inspiration.

Take a close look at the cake designs that resonate the most with you. Are you in love with the

idea of a rustic buttercream cake decorated with fresh flowers, or does an ornate cake covered

in fondant make you sigh?

To help you decide which bakeries to visit, look at their websites and social media to see what

aligns the most with what you are looking for. When you meet with the bakers, bring along

pictures of the designs you like, and even pictures of those you don’t.

We recommend booking your cake designer about six months before your wedding. If you are

feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list, you can wait until up to three months before. The best

bakers will fill up months in advanced, especially during the busy wedding season.

Designers aren’t mind readers and this will help them get a clear understanding of the look

you’re going for. Don’t expect them to copy the design outright. Allow them artistic license to

incorporate your personalities and their creativity into the final product.


Bite Me Bakery

Wedding cakes are typically priced per

person and serving sizes are typically 1” x 2”

in size. Work with your baker to determine

what you’ll need, but these numbers will give

you an idea of what to expect based on the

number of people on your guest list.


6”: 18 servings

8”: 32 servings

10”: 40 servings

12”: 72 servings


6”: 10 servings

8”: 28 servings

10”: 42 servings

12”: 56 servings

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Not at all! If you don’t want to serve cake at

your wedding, follow your heart and don’t.

Whether it’s to keep costs down, because you

don’t have a sweet tooth, would rather serve

up doughnuts instead or really any other

reason, it’s your celebration. There’s no

reason to designate a chunk of your budget

toward something you don’t see as a crucial

part of your wedding day.

The great thing is, skipping the wedding

cake doesn’t mean your party has to be a

dessert-free zone. The sky is the limit when

it comes to desserts for your wedding. Serve

yourself dessert and popcorn bars are quite

popular, or bringing in a local confectioner to

make custom treats on the spot is a great idea

and always a crowd pleaser.

Don’t think you have to miss out on the

traditional cake-cutting photo opp just

because you aren’t serving wedding cake.

Slice into a pie or share bites of your favorite

cupcake. If that’s not your style, swap it out

for a celebratory toast, linked arms and all.

Find something that reflects you and your



Arguably, one of the most fun parts of

planning a wedding is the cake tasting

appointment. (Appointments if you’re lucky!)

When you meet with prospective bakers, you

will get to taste lots of flavors and filling

combinations. The most important thing

about your cake is that it tastes good. There’s

no possible way you’ll please everyone at

your wedding, so focus on cake flavors that

make your mouth water, and don’t let others’

preferences drive you insane.

If you can’t decide (or agree!) on just one

flavor, there is nothing wrong with mixing it

up and having different flavor layers in your

cake. This may even surprise and delight your

reception guests who will want to try a bite

of everything! You don’t want to pair things

that are too wildly different, but talk with the

baker about your preferences.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with

Texoma’s best bakers at



• How much experience do you have

making wedding cakes, and will you be

the one creating our cake?

• Can we schedule a tasting?

• Do you lend, rent, or sell cake knives,

cake plates, flatware, etc.?

• What is your policy on returning any

rentals or extras? What if something gets


• Are we required to provide the cake


• Will you deliver and set-up? Is there an

extra charge for this?

• What is the cost per serving?

• How far ahead do we need to order our


• What is your deposit policy?

• When is the balance due?

• Can you make a groom's cake?

• Will you provide a written contract for

us to sign outlining the costs and details

of the cake?

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As you browse the cakes online, take note of some of the different styles that

you like. Bakers can do amazing things when it comes to decorating cakes-- a

simple and elegant white frosted cake with white details or an elaborately

carved cake covered in fondant with jewel embellishments made from sugar and

gumpaste flowers that look real. Your imagination, and budget, are the limits!

Simple cake designs are the least expensive. The more complicated the cake

design, the higher the price tag. Fondant icing is more expensive than

buttercream, and if you want elaborate molded shapes, vibrant colors, or

handmade sugar-flower detailing, you’ll pay for the cake designer’s labor. Also

consider the weather and time of year. If you’re having an outdoor reception,

stay away from whipped cream, meringue and buttercream becasue they melt

easily. Ask your baker about summer icing options. Here are some of the more

popular types of frostings and how they are used:


Cake cutting is one of the highlights of the

wedding reception. It usually is the first act

performed as a married couple, and the

beginning of your new life together. Along

with the symbolism, the cutting of the

cake traditionally serves as a segue from

dining to dancing. Older guests will usually

wait until after the toasts and cake cutting

before saying their goodbyes.

When it comes time to cut the cake, the

bride stands closest to the cake with the

groom behind her. With both of your

hands on the cake knife, cut a small wedge

out of the bottom tier of the cake and

place it onto a plate. Remember to cut the

bottom tier because the top tier is too

unstable for a good first cut and you may

topple the cake! Speaking of the top tier,

it’s a long-standing tradition for the bride

and groom to save the top tier of their

wedding cake for their first anniversary.

Let your baker and caterer know of your

plans in advance so it doesn’t get served.

Juniper Cake Company


Buttercream frosting can be made in a

variety of flavors and is usually piped

onto cakes using different sized and

shaped tips. A layer of buttercream is

applied as the base, and then

decorations are added on top. It does

not do well in the heat, and works best

on cakes that are a simple shape.

Sug-Ah Sweets & Confectioneries


Fondant is a very smooth, matte icing

that givescakes a flawless, porcelain

finish. It is also used for ribbons and

swags, and can be cut into different

shapes to be used as appliqués or

textured using a variety of

different tools. It is usually more

expensive than buttercream and not

as tasty.

Most couples opt to slice the groom’s cake

immediately after cutting the wedding

cake, and serving slices alongside pieces of

the wedding cake so guests have a choice

of flavors. If both cakes are large enough,

you could offer a plate with slices of each

cake, or place one flavor on each plate and

let your guests choose what they’d prefer.

A detail that is often overlooked is what

happens to the cake after you and your

new spouse cut it. Make sure you know

who is going to be responsible for cutting

and serving the wedding cake after it is

cut. It could be your catering staff or

wedding coordinator and it’s usually

complimentary, but not always.

Don’t forget to make sure there are

additional plates and silverware for

serving your guests!

Cake:The Frosted Shoppe

Photography: Gingersnap Stuidos

Venue: Rustic Grace Estate

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Texoma’s best bakers at tbgvendors.com/cakes

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Did you know that the groom’s cake is mostly

a Southern tradition? That’s right…go to a

wedding up north and you may not see a

groom’s cake. That can be a bummer, because

often the groom’s cake is chocolate!

Here’s a fun bit of useless trivia: In the

mid-1800’s, cake was sent home with guests

as their wedding favor. Female guests would

put their piece of cake under their pillow and

dream of their future hubby. That’s the reason

this is called a groom’s cake.

In our modern times, the groom’s cake is

usually a gift from the bride to the groom and

designed to represent the groom’s career,

personality or interests.

As with all aspects of your wedding, this

tradition is completely optional, so don’t feel

pressured to order one. However, we love it

when the bride surprises the groom with his

own special cake.

Custom Cakes

Iced Sugar Cookies

Cake Pops

And More



When it comes to ways to save money on

your wedding cake, there are two options

that come up most often. The first is to have

the cake of your dreams made with fake

layers. Essentially, your cake will be made of

foam and only a tiny part will be real cake for

the cutting ceremony. Since the cost of your

cake is determined more by the decorations

on the outside than the cake on the inside,

this really isn’t going to save you much in

the long run. You’re still paying for the labor

required to decorate the cake.

The easiest way to save on the cost of your

wedding cake is to order a small, elaborately

decorated cake and several sheet cakes. You

will display and cut the small beautiful cake,

but after the cutting ceremony, the cake will

be removed to the kitchen and the cut sheet

cakes will be passed among your guests.

Once the cake is cut, it all looks the same so

no one will be the wiser.




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Choosing your wedding flowers may seem simple at first

but, much like wedding planning in general, things can get

stressful and out of hand fast. Just like the rest of wedding

planning in general, remember to keep your priorities in

order. If you keep the following five things in mind when

planning your flowers, the rest should fall more easily into



Flowers can get expensive quickly, so make sure to establish a

budget with your florist right off the bat. Your budget will be the

biggest influence not just on how many arrangements you will

have, but also the types of flowers you can afford to put in them.

Keep in mind that certain flowers are only available during

certain seasons, and can be quite pricey at any other time.

Additionally, there are some flowers that just are expensive by

nature - such as flowers that must be imported.

You should also consider the number of arrangements you’ll

need. Remember to consider who will be receiving and/or

carrying flowers, as well as floral arrangements for both the

ceremony and the reception. These can be numerous and

include things like altar flowers, aisle arrangements, sweetheart

or head table decorations, and centerpieces. Get a guest count

to your florist so you can work out a good number together.

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The location of your wedding can

impact your wedding flowers in many

ways, including things like cost, style,

and the size and number of

arrangements. Some ceremony

venues, such as churches, have specific

restrictions and parameters you must

follow. Other venues, like gardens, are

highly floral or decorative on their own

and don’t need many additions.

Likewise - reception venues can be

overly stark and require a lot of

flowers, while others may be

ornamental or themed and only

require accents. If you have your ceremony

and reception in the same space,

that can require an entirely different

strategy altogether.


The style of your wedding has a

great deal of influence on your floral

arrangements because you want

your ceremony and reception to look

cohesive. For a sophisticated affair,

consider elegant rose bouquets and

dramatic centerpieces. If it’s a rustic,

outdoor venue, your floral

arrangements can be more

free-flowing and less structured.

Additionally, make sure that the

vessels and embellishments you’re

using match the feel of your

wedding. Huge rhinestones and

peacock feathers don’t usually go with

rustic or bohemian blossoms - unless,

of course, you’re going for a more

unique or artistic wedding style.


If you want your wedding flower

arrangements to match your colors

exactly, consider bringing paint or

fabric swatches for your florist to

see. Describe other key decor items

like your table linens and china so

that the florist can understand the

style you’re going for. Keep in mind

that pastel and brightly-colored

flowers will be more available in the

spring and summer, while deeper,

jewel-toned blossoms will be

available in the fall and winter. If

you want to have a light, colorful

wedding with lots of bright

flowers, having it in the spring would

increase the accessibility of your

desired flowers while keeping costs



In order to create the best aesthetic

possible, you’ll want to match your

wedding flowers to the season. In

addition to keeping costs down,

you can avoid any (unintentionally)

strange combinations that might

raise some eyebrows. While you

shouldn’t sacrifice your dream

wedding, some flowers just make

more sense than others. For

instance, you probably don’t want to

have pinecones and poinsettias at a

summer garden wedding, and you

might not want bright wildflowers at

an elegant winter wedding.

Additionally, seasonal availability is

an important consideration. Some

flowers are seasonal, but some are

available year-round, Greenery is

also always available, and it looks

great with or without flowers.

Nothing smells as sweet as fresh flowers. Find our favorite Texoma area florists at





Vine &


Floral & Decor

Gainesville, TX

225 S. Travis St.

Sherman, TX


(903) 893-8171


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(469) 200-5254


116 Rose Lane, Suite 103

Frisco, Texas 75036


Flowers are a classic, beautiful form of decoration - and, let’s face it - you will put in a lot

of time and effort into making sure your wedding flowers are perfect for you and your

partner’s big day. Whether you’re a sentimental bride who wants to keep the memory alive,

or a practical bride who wants to get the most bang for your buck out of your bridal floral

investment, you should think about preserving your wedding flowers.

Don’t wait until the week before the wedding - or worse, while you’re at the reception - to

make up your mind on whether or not you want to preserve your wedding bouquet and/or

other wedding flowers. Decide now so that you can budget money and time to the process

so that it’s done properly. If you are going to preserve your flowers but still want to do a

bouquet toss, then you will need to plan on having a separate toss bouquet.

There are many, many ways to display your wedding flowers, and what kinds of displays you

like will often determine the type of preservation you can perform. Do you want to frame

your flowers and hang them on a wall, or do you want them to act as a sort of centerpiece

or type of table decoration? If you’re having trouble deciding on a type of display for your

wedding flowers, think instead about where you have space to display them.

photo by Miranda Marrs Photography

When browsing the jewelry stores in

search for your wedding band, keep

your lifestyle in mind. Do you or your

fiancé have jobs that require you to get

your hands dirty, or do you enjoy weight

lifting in your free time? Maybe your

jewelry tastes are simple and you don’t

want to wear your engagement ring

everyday. You don’t have to get your

wedding and engagement bands soldered

together, there is nothing wrong

with wearing your engagement ring for

special occasions (or when you want

to feel fancy!). The metal you choose

for your wedding ring can be picked

for fashion reasons or can be based on

lifestyle and desired durability. Spend a

little time getting to know your metals,

but feel free to mix and match metals,

settings and


Gold in any of its variations, such as

yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold, is

the most popular choice of metal for

wedding rings, and has a very classic

look to it. However, it is a softer metal

and will bend or scratch more easily

than some of the other metals.

Platinum bands are the most expensive

of the commonly used metals. The

hardness of the metal makes them

durable, and they are naturally

hypo-allergenic which makes them

a great choice for people with skin


Alternative metals such as titanium

look trendy and are at a nice price point.

Tungsten is also a popular option for

men’s rings since its hardness makes it

resistant to scratching. That same level

of hardness also means that it won’t

bend, but it will break or crack if enough

force is applied to it, kind of like a

diamond. However, most jewelers aren’t

able to work with alternative metals

like titanium, so your ring cannot be

repaired or resized as easily. Keep that

in mind when making your selections.

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You’re engaged! This is a time filled with anticipation, joy and love. With

everything that is going on in your lives, capturing and celebrating this special

moment in your lives often gets overlooked. Some couples may feel it’s a waste of

time or isn’t necessary, but there are many valuable reasons why you should have

engagement photos taken. Despite the naysayers, we’re pro-engagement shoot.

We’re champions of preserving this chapter of your life forever. These photos

aren’t for today, but for the rest of your lives and beyond. Imagine being able

to open up an album many years down the road, and have those memories and

feelings come rushing back. And to be able to say to generations to come, “This is

us at the beginning of our love.”

Beyond capturing the memories of engagement, your engagement shoot is an

opportunity for you to get to know your wedding photographer before your big

day. Most of us don’t take professional photos on a regular basis. Your

engagement session can be a time for you to build a relationship with the

photographer and learn more about what to expect when it comes to

photography on your big day.

During the session, your photographer will have an opportunity to learn more

about you -- how you and your fiancé met, your proposal story, more about you as

individuals. You and your fiancé will get to learn more about your photographer

and their style. You’ll also get an idea of poses you’ll be doing on your wedding

day, and most importantly, how to be comfortable in front of the camera. Plus,

you’ll get some amazing photos of you and your fiancé! You can use these photos

for Save-the-Dates if you’re sending them, or for your engagement

announcement in a local newspaper. You can even have them printed and hang

them on the wall in your house.

And this doesn’t just apply to engagement shoots. Bridal portraits and even

boudoir shoots serve a similar purpose. They capture a moment in time that will

be gone before you know it. Except we don’t recommend using your boudoir

photos for your Save-the-Dates.

Some photographers include an engagement shoot as part of their wedding

packages. If your photographer doesn’t, consider the long term benefits of ask

about adding an engagement shoot to the package you’re considering.

Kaley Nicole Photography

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Arielle Humphries Photography

Kate + Co Photography

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A fi rst look photo session can be an amazing part of your wedding day! The goal is

to capture the raw emotion of the couple seeing each other for the fi rst time,

away from family and friends. If you're not sure about this break from tradition,

let us explain why it would be a romantic addition to your wedding day celebra tion

that not only adds to the experience but reduces stress as well!

Your photographer will

show up a few hours

before your ceremony to

capture shots of you and

your bridesmaids getting

ready, and to get detail

shots of all the elements

that go into your day. It is

worth making time for the

photographer to take these

pictures because these

detail shots are an

important part of your



If the reception is at the

same location as the

ceremony, your

photographer will be able

to get detail shots of the

reception space once your

guests start arriving and the

bridal party hides before the

ceremony. If the reception

is at a different venue, most

photographers recommend

having a cocktail hour

outside of the reception

area so the photographer

can take photos of the

untouched reception space

before guests start arriving.

After the detail shots, it’s

time for the bride to get

dressed. Everyone

assisting will want to be

fully dressed at this point so

the bride can be the center

of attention. Once the dress

is zipped, buttoned, or

laced, the rest of the details,

such as jewelry, veil, and

shoes, will be photographed

as you put them on. If time

allows, you can squeeze in a

few bridal portraits.


When it’s time for the

ceremony to start, your

photographer will be there

to capture all the details,

with the most important

being the first kiss as a

married couple! Following

the ceremony is a great

chance to take family

portraits. It is best to

save the majority of these

until after the ceremony

because all family members

will be present at that time.

Most couples are doing

first look shoots these days,

and we love them. It is such

a lovely, private moment

when the couple get to

see each other before the

ceremony, and we love

seeing the reaction shots

of the grooms when they

first see their brides! If you

can afford it, this is a great

opportunity for two

photographers - one

trained on each of you.


Based on the wedding

package selected, the

photographer will offer

you a set number of hours.

When planning your

reception’s timeline,

consider how much of the

photographer’s time will be

left to capture the highlights

of the reception. In addition

to the cake-cutting and

first dance, some couples

plan a faux exit with just the

bridal party and a few select

guests to capture that

moment before the

photographer’s time is up.

Some of the biggest reservations around

the first look are about capturing the

reaction. We often hear, “I want my

partner to cry when they see me walking

down the aisle” or “Having a first look

might lessen their reaction at the


Most couples don’t realize that when

you come down the aisle and see your

partner for the first time, there isn’t

really a moment for each of you to talk,

touch, or embrace. You have to wait

until after the ceremony is over, and the

reaction just isn’t the same.

Now, imagine the scene: a private placemaybe

outdoors or in a nice room- no

people, no on-lookers, no distractions,

just the two of you (and your

photographer). You approach your

partner from behind, gently tap them

on the shoulder and watch their face as

they turn around and finally get a first

look at you. Not only do you get to get

a good look at each other, but you can

embrace, cry, laugh, kiss, whatever

photos by Michaels Photography

comes to you in the moment and really

enjoy your private time together.

A practical consideration of adding a first

look shoot is that you’ll receive 30-40%

more portraits of the two of you and

those are the im ages you will decorate

your first home with. It also allows you

to extend your wedding celebration.

Normally the wedding day would start

when you come down the aisle, then the

ceremony would end, you would rush

through portraits so you’re not late for

the introductions and then it’s recep tion

time. With a first look. your wedding day

is extended by several hours!

The walk down the aisle, and the first

time you see your partner is still an

amazingly powerful moment, and

something you’ll remember forever, but

if you’ve had a first look, and you’ll both

be much more relaxed. Instead, the

pressure will be off and you’ll both be

able to enjoy the ceremony. The nerves

will be gone and when nerves are gone,

true emotions are free to be expressed!

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There’s so much more to know!

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Boudoir photography is becoming more

and more popular, with photo shoots and

boudoir albums making excellent

wedding day gifts for your future

husband. “Boudoir” is the French word

for a lady’s private dressing room or

bedroom and in photography terms,

boudoir photography is a style in which

women pose for photographs partially

clothed or in lingerie. The photos are

tasteful and nudity is typically implied

rather than explicit. That means you’re

not wearing much of anything, but you’re

also not showing off anything either.

Boudoir photographers are masters

of creating elegant, sensual and classy

images of you in your lingerie. As with

your wedding photographer, finding

a boudoir photographer that you are

completely at ease with is important, or

the session won’t be worth it. When you

start speaking with potential candidates,

think about how relaxed and at ease you

are with them.


Planning a boudoir shoot can be a fun way

to indulge and take some time out from

wedding planning. Just like a bridal portrait

session, it is worth investing in the details

like hair, makeup, nails and even a spray tan.

It’s also important to choose outfits that

make you feel confident and sexy. If you bring

in outfits too far outside your comfort zone,

you may struggle with being comfortable and

it will show in your face and body language

in the resulting photos. To prepare for the

session, you can do a bit of searching on the

internet for poses you might like to try, but a

good boudoir photographer will have some

suggestions of their own.

photos by Hannah Hix, Photographer

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Lituation Photo Booths



As more couples move away from favors and takeaways, they’re focused on creating a

memorable experience for their guests with entertainment taking the main stage. Literally.

Instead of hiring one form of entertainment, like a DJ or a band, couples are hiring several

different performers to provide a variety throughout the reception. From experiential theater

performers (think fire breathers or trapeze artists) and roaming sketch artist or live painters,

to tarot card readers, astrologist, and magicians, couples are pulling out all the stops to create

an interactive, unforgettable night that reflects who they are.


Many couples can’t imagine planning a

wedding without all the little ones in their

lives there. Here are a few ways to make sure

the little kids at your wedding have just as

much fun as the big kids:

• Ask the DJ to play a few kid friendly

songs that everyone can enjoy

• Provide kid friendly snacks

• Kids table with crayons and wedding

themed activity booklet

• Create a kid friendly centerpiece using

things that can be played with such as


• Kids only tent with books and games

• Consider hiring someone to help watch

the kids so their parents can enjoy the


• Kid friendly wedding favors such as

bubbles, glow sticks, or chalk


Photo booths are becoming popular at

weddings because of their simplicity and

appeal to all age groups. They’re also a great

alternative to a traditional guest book. You

can rent a photo booth or make it yourself,

but just make sure that it reflects your style!

Most photo booth rentals come with props,

custom designed photo strips, and an

attendant. If you’re doing it yourself,

incorporate your wedding colors and themes

into the booth to bring it all together! Use a

chalkboard to write out the instructions in

different fonts for a fun carnival wedding,

or set up a wall and decorate it with delicate

flowers and chairs for a garden wedding.

In order to ensure that people take

advantage of the photo booth, lead by

example. Hop in there with your new spouse

and take some pictures! Your guests will

love interacting with you and will make some

memories of their own.


One way to wow your guests is with fireworks

-- and it doesn’t have to be at the end of the

reception. Fireworks choreographed with

your first kiss as a married couple, or with


pronouncement as husband and wife, are a

great way to celebrate your marriage.

A simple sparkler send-off, or a full show at

the end of the evening, will be something that

your guests will always remember, and it’s a

great finale to your wedding.

Be sure to check with your venue and local

by-laws to make sure fireworks are something

you can do! Hiring a professional can make

it easier to obtain the proper permits and

insurance that are required.

View the best Texoma area musicians

at tbgvendors.com/music

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There are quite a few options when it comes to the music you’ll be playing at your wedding. When

touring venues, it’s a good idea to talk with the venue manager about what type of music typically

works best for the space. Things like electricity for a DJ or space for a band or musicians will be

important when it comes time for the event. Choose one or more music options based on what

will fit your budget, wedding style, and desired wedding vibe.

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Strings: This is a popular option for

ceremonies, and can also be used for

music at the cocktail hour or dinner.

Soloists: A soloist at your wedding

ceremony will make it feel intimate and

memorable. Hire a singer, or ask a

talented friend or family member to sing

a song that’s special to you.

DJ: If your reception venue has limited

space, you should use a DJ. They don’t

use up as much space as a band and

usually cost less, making them a good

way to save money while still providing a

great wedding experience.

Band: Bands provide a unique

experience, and the energy of a live

performance is hard to beat. If you’re

willing to spend a little more money and

have the extra space, a band is the way

to go.

Playlist: If a band or DJ is outside of your

budget, and you want to truly personalize

your wedding, make your own playlist.

You can rent a sound system and ask a

friend to supervise. Just make sure the

music appeals to everyone!


Ceremony music has a reputation for

being boring and slow, but that doesn’t

have to be true for your wedding!

Choose musicians that will express the

feeling of your wedding through their

sound and music selections.

Most wedding ceremony musicians are

strings and soloists, typically performing

traditional music. If you and your fiancé

want something unique and that will

show your personality as a couple,

consider asking your ceremony

performers to do an acoustic cover of a

song you like.

Wedding guests will begin arriving about

30 minutes before the ceremony starts,

but the wait will seem a lot longer if they

have to wait around in silence. Schedule

your ceremony musicians to start playing

no later than 20 minutes before the

ceremony is set begin.

Keep in mind that some churches have

restrictions on secular music, so if your

ceremony is being held in a church, ask

your officiant about the types of songs

that can be acceptable.

View the best Texoma area musicians

at tbgvendors.com/music

Musicians: Four Strings

There are several parts of the ceremony

that traditionally have their own music:

• The prelude is the music played while

people are gathering a half hour or so

before the ceremony.

• The ceremony begins with the

seating of special guests and

grandparents, followed by the

seating of the mothers.

• The processional starts when the

pastor and the groom and

groomsmen proceed to the front

and the bridesmaids make their way

down the aisle.

• Then it is the bride’s turn to make a

grand entrance.

• There may be special moments

during your ceremony such as the

lighting of the unity candle or a solo

after a prayer.

• It’s time for the recessional and your

grand exit!

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The reception is usually two parts: eating

and dancing. Background music is

typically played during dinner so your

guests can visit and enjoy their meal.

The background music will continue

during the toasts and cake cutting, if

these are part of your timeline. You may

also have special songs played during the

traditional dances you have planned.

As the evening progresses, the music

will transition from background to main

event. Your DJ or band will play popular

songs, both fast and slow, to encourage

your guests to get up and dance.

If you are working with a DJ, you will be

able to wait until about a month before

your wedding day to make your music

selections. This will ensure that the DJ

has enough time to make sure the songs

are downloaded. However, working with

a live band will require a bit more planning.

If the songs you’re wanting played

at your wedding aren’t already part of

their regular rotation, the band will have

to learn and rehearse them so they will

be perfect for your big day.

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Most couples seem to have a special song,

one that has significance in their lives. That

song is what should be played for your first

dance as husband and wife. That or another

song that is special and unique to you as a

couple, not just a random song from a list

you found on the internet.

If you don’t want to dance by yourselves for

the entire length of the song, work out a cue

with your DJ so they know when to invite

other guests to join you on the dance floor,

or to move on to the next activity of the



“Thinking Out Loud” - Ed Sheeran

“I Can’t Wait (Be My Wife)” - Runner Runner

“You Are The Best Thing” - Ray LaMontagne

“A Thousand Years” - Christina Perry

Remember that the parent dances are the

one part of the reception that is not about

the bride and groom. While some couples

might not want to include parent dances in

their big day, we encourage you to let your

parents decide as it is their moment.


“I Loved Her First” - Heartland

“My Girl” - Temptations

“My Little Girl” - Tim McGraw

“Cinderella” - Steven Curtis Chapman


“A Mother’s Song” - T Carter Music

“What A Wonderful World” - Louis


“I Hope You Dance” - Lee Ann Womack

“Simple Man” - Lynrd Skynyrd or Shinedown

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Don’t feel like you have to leave for your honeymoon

trip immediately following the wedding. Many couples

choose to spend the day after their wedding with their

friends and family who have travelled to witness their

marriage. A simple brunch at the hotel where most

guests are staying or at a local restaurant is a great way

to visit with wedding guests you may not have been

able to spend time with at the reception. Some couples

even choose to wait a couple of months before leaving

on their honeymoon.

When you sit down to plan, be sure to have an idea

of when you’d like to travel, how long you’d like to

stay and an idea of the types of things you’d like to do

on your trip. If you don’t have a specific destination

in mind, contacting a travel agent and sharing your

wishlist is a great way to get started. Travel agents

tend to have extensive knowledge and experience with

honeymoon travel. They work directly with resorts and

cruise companies which usually means you will get a

better deal and maybe even a few perks added in. Your

travel agent will monitor your reservations as your trip

approaches and alert you of any changes. This will save

you time and money, and give you peace of mind as

you travel because you know if something goes wrong,

the answer is a quick phone call or email away.




No matter what you and your fiancé like to do, the

honeymoon of your dreams will be the perfect way to

celebrate your new life together.

Are you and your fiancé the type of people who

love spend your vacation relaxing on the beach and

soaking up the sun? Or do you love exploring new

locations and cultures? Regardless of your vacation

style, there is a honeymoon destination just for you!

We have many amazing places worth exploring here

in the United States, so you don’t have to travel far

to find what you’re looking for. However,

honeymoons are a great opportunity to explore the

wider world around us.

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(972) 880-4141



We know it’s a bummer, but if you and your

new spouse are jet-setting on your

honeymoon right after the wedding, you’re

going to want to use your maiden name

when making your travel reservations.

It takes time to process and issue the

marriage certificate which is required for

changing your name on official documents.

Then you have to wait to receive your

updated identification such as a drivers

license or passport in your new married

name. Traveling under your maiden name

will cut down on the stress of receiving

these documents on time.

Once you get back from your amazing trip

you can apply for a name change on your

passport. You will have to mail in your old

passport, but it will be returned to you

along with your brand new passport with

your new last name. As long as you file

the name change form for your passport

(called a 5504 form) within 12 months of

your wedding, you will not have to pay an

additional fee for the change.

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Registry shopping must be one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. Who doesn’t love

new towels and sheets? However, if you were looking forward to going up and down the aisles

with one of those scanner guns, you might be disappointed. Most retailers have moved away

from this process, and most wedding registries are created online.

The days of the traditional registry with its formal dinnerware, crystal stemware, and silver

that requires polishing, are behind us. Today’s bride and groom are registering for items that

fit their lifestyle. That’s not to say you shouldn’t register for porcelain and crystal if that’s your

entertaining style, but don’t feel like it’s a requirement.

Before you and your fiancé rush into creating your registries, either online or in person, take

inventory of the pieces you have, and what you wish you had. Be sure to note down anything

that is starting to look worn, or maybe doesn’t work anymore. Those are great items to add to

your registry. Don’t hesitate to do a bit of research on some of the larger ticket items, either.

Guests appreciate plenty of options, so be sure to register for a wide range of items across

many different price points. To the right is a list of traditional and modern items often found on





Where you register can be just as important as what you register for. Keep in mind that some

of your guests prefer to go to a physical store and browse your registry items in person, while

other guests will want the ease of ordering online. With that said, almost anything can be

added to a registry these days. Retailers like Best Buy and Domino’s Pizza have even jumped

on the wedding registry bandwagon. Yes, you can create a pizza wedding registry.

Stores like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kohl’s are popular locations for registries, and are

easily accessible within the Texoma area. For those wanting to create an online registry,

Amazon, Zola, and Blueprint Registry are popular.

Some retailers offer a completion discount which allows you to purchase unfulfilled items on

your registry at a discounted rate for a short period of time after your wedding.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to pick just one place to register; two or three gift registries

are completely acceptable and even expected. Remember that your guests like to have options

on where to shop and what to get you.


Dinner, salad and dessert


Pasta and soup bowls

Bread and butter plates

Teacups and saucers

Fruit bowls

Teapot, creamer and sugar


Gravy boat

Serving bowls

Covered casserole dish



Dinner plates

Soup and cereal bowls

Bread and butter plates

Salt and pepper set

Covered butter dish


Canister set


Water goblets

Wine glasses (red/white)

Champagne flutes

Iced beverage glasses

Martini glasses

Brandy snifters

Decanters and pitchers






Ice bucket and tongs

Wine cooler or wine rack

Cocktail shaker and pitcher

Bar utensils


Knives, forks and salad forks

Soup spoons and teaspoons

Serving spoons and forks

Butter serving knife

Cake and pie server

Gravy ladle

Serving set


Cutlery and stake knives

Cutting boards


Mixing bowls and spoons

Dish towels and hot pads

Paring, chef and bread knife

Carving knife


Spatulas and whisks

Pizza cutter

Spoon rest


Rolling pin

Cheese grater


Sauce pans, sauté and frying


Stock pot/Dutch oven

Steamer/Double boiler

Wok/Stir Fry pan




Cookie sheets

Muffin pans

Cake and pie pans

Baking pans

Bread pans


Hand mixer

Waffle iron

Bread maker

Rice cooker/vegetable


Toaster/Toaster Oven

Food Processor


Electric indoor grill

Coffee and tea makers

Can opener

Slow cooker


Dish towels


Kitchen mats and rugs


Table cloth/table runner

Place mats

Napkins and rings



Bluetooth Speaker

Radio/Clock radio

Home stereo components

DVD/Blu-Ray player



Picture frames




Flat and fitted sheets

Pillow cases and shams

Comforters and bed skirts


Mattress pads


Bath sheets and towels

Hand towels and wash cloths

Bath mat and rug

Shower curtain and rings

Bath accessories




Vacuum (upright and


Rug cleaner

Iron and ironing board

Portable steamer

Broom, dust pan and mop


Upright suitcases

Garment bags

Duffel bags/Tote bags

Accessory bag

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Following the wedding, you will need to take your signed marriage license to the county clerk’s

office to obtain your marriage certificate. The marriage certificate is a piece of paper that

proves that you are legally married. It does not mean your last name has legally changed. When

you are getting your license before the wedding, be sure to find out the timeline for filing it

after the wedding.

You will be required to present a copy of your marriage certificate to complete the process

of changing your name at government agencies as well as non-government institutions. We

recommend ordering three certified copies of your marriage certificate because you may have

to surrender a copy as you go about changing your name at different places.

The first place to change your name is at the Social Security Office. Then you may begin to use

your new name. We recommend going to the Department of Motor Vehicles next. Don’t forget

to change your name at these places as well:




Medical Care Provider(s)


Mortgage Lender or Landlord

Professional License

County Tax Assessor

Credit Card Companies

State Tax Commission

Employer (fill out new W-2)

Dept. of Revenue

Retirement Documents

U.S. Passport

Postal Service

Investment Companies

Utility Company

Voter Registration

Legal Documents


A newspaper engagement announcement

is one of the first opportunities for a couple

to announce their engagement to the public

using their local and city press. With different

requirements for each newspaper and issues

of etiquette to consider, writing newspaper

engagement announcements can be tricky,

especially if you’re writing your own.


requirements and whether or not they accept

photos. Some newspapers have a form for you

to fill out, which they then use to compile your

wedding details into their own newspaper

format. Others will allow you to write the


Typically written in the past tense (since

the engagement has already occurred), the

announcement is from the point-of-view of

the party hosting the wedding, traditionally

the parents of the bride-to-be.

The first step is to contact the news source in

which you plan on placing the announcement

to find out their guidelines and any associated

costs. Be sure to ask about length

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Hilton Garden Inn


Texoma Event Center (pg. 34)

5015 South US 75

Denison, Texas 75020

(903) 463-3331



A-1 Wedding & Party Rentals

(pg. 42)

3031 S. Woodlawn Blvd.

Denison, Texas 75020

(903) 463-7709


LC Customs

(903) 249-3673



Bubbles & Brews (pg. 48)

(214) 957-8561


Service Gem Events (pg. 51)

(903) 744-4729


TheTipsyTraveler Bartending

(903) 815-1677




Brooke Himes Hair Design

(pg. 23)

(469) 450-0865


Leanna’s Family Cuts Salon

2012 North Loy Lake Road

Sherman, Texas 75090

(903) 813-1532


Nourished MedSpa and Wellness

Center (pg.20)

1405 North Travis Street

Sherman, Texas 75092

(903) 357-5108


Texoma Wellness Center (pg. 20)

580 US Hwy 377 North

Whitesboro, TX 76273

(903) 564-9815



Bon Appetit Y’All (pg. 47)

2120 N FM 1417

Sherman, Texas 75092

(903) 868-2100


The Frosted Shoppe (pg. 64)

1226 South Austin Avenue

Denison, Texas 75021

(903) 328-9928


Pop Around The Corner (pg. 61)

501 W. Main St

Denison, TX 75020

(903) 820-8123


Sug-Ah Sweets & Confectioneries

(903) 819-3663



Bon Appetit Y’All (pg. 47)

2120 N FM 1417

Sherman, Texas 75092

(903) 868-2100


Chef Robert (pg. 45)

210 West Houston Street

Sherman, Texas 75090

(903) 821-8115


Bite Me Bakery (pg. 64)

(903) 821-7016

bitemebakery_tx@yahoo.com Fulbelli’s (pg. 46)

Juniper Cake Company

(903) 814-1042


Pam’s Pops

(916) 628-4366


Bubbles & Brews (pg. 48)

(214) 957-8561


115 South Travis Street

Sherman, Texas 75090

(903) 892-8409


Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse

at WinStar (pg. 47)

21444 World Way Drive

Thackerville, Oklahoma 73459

(580) 276-1484


Smokey B’s Bar-B-Que

(903) 744-6759



Cadence Studios (pg. 86)

(903) 891-4104


Masters of Ceremony

Entertainment & Lighting

(214) 412-2720


Platinum Events Company

(pg. 83)

(903) 647-9739



A-1 Wedding & Party Rentals

(pg. 42)

(903) 463-7709


Bon Appetit Y’All (pg. 47)

2120 N FM 1417

Sherman, Texas 75092

(903) 868-2100


Hannah’s Florist (pg. 68)

225 South Travis Street

Sherman, Texas 75090

(903) 893-8171


Full Bloom (pg. 70)

116 Rose Lane, Suite 103

Frisco, Texas 75036

(469) 200-5254


Vine & Branches (Back cover,

pg. 69)

401 N Grand Ave

Gainesville, Texas 76240

(940) 612-1829




Charlie Brown’s Travel (pg. 89)

(972) 880-4141



A-1 Wedding & Party Rentals

(pg. 42)

(903) 463-7709


Brush and Letter Studio

(817) 798-8737


Ellie and Ace Calligraphy

(903) 815-6247



Cadence Studios (pg. 86)

(903) 891-4104


Four Strings

(903) 364-5185


Platinum Events Company

(pg. 83)

(903) 647-9739



A Time To Remember

(903) 806-2177


Bon Appetit Y’All (pg. 47)

2120 N FM 1417

Sherman, Texas 75092

(903) 868-2100


The Day of Your Event

(972) 984-8591


Kiss and Tell Weddings

(405) 309-9311


Southern Celebrations

(469) 525-5984


View more information about all of our vendors on our online vendor directory:


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A-1 Wedding & Party Rentals

(pg. 42)

3031 S. Woodlawn Blvd.

Denison, Texas 75020

(903) 463-7709


Hilo Sisters Macramé (pg. 42)



Texoma Parties (pg.42)

(903) 965-3180 or

(580) 931-9083



Bon Appetit Y’All (pg. 47)

2120 N FM 1417

Sherman, Texas 75092

(903) 868-2100


Chef Robert (pg. 45)

210 West Houston Street

Sherman, Texas 75090

(903) 821-8115


Fulbelli’s (pg. 46)

115 South Travis Street

Sherman, Texas 75090

(903) 892-8409


Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse

at WinStar (pg. 47)

21444 World Way Drive

Thackerville, Oklahoma 73459




Cadence Studios (pg. 86)

(903) 891-4104


Lituation Photo Booths

(214) 620-0732


Platinum Events Company

(pg. 83)

(903) 647-9739


SMP Party Booths

(903) 738-2730



Arielle Humphries Photography

(pg. 79)

(214) 994-3359


Baleigh Creed Photography

(COVER, pg. 80)

(903) 815-4444


Cromer & Co. (pg. 78)

(580) 916-2465


Gingersnap Studios (pg. 78)

(903) 271-4936

(903) 815-5558


Hannah Hix, Photographer

(pg. 80)

(580) 380-3403


Kaley Nicole Photography (pg. 79)

(940) 736-0070


Kate & Co Photography (pg. 79)

(417) 335-1105


Michael’s Photography (pg. 80)

(903) 463-1228


Miranda Marrs Photography

(940) 284-8080



Service Gem Events (pg. 51)

(903) 744-4729



Cadence Studios (pg. 86)

(903) 891-4104


Cromer & Co. (pg. 78)

(580) 916-2465


Gingersnap Studios (pg. 78)

(903) 271-4936

(903) 815-5558



Bell Tower Event Center (pg. 33)

218 North 3rd Avenue

Durant, Oklahoma 74701

(580) 931-9474


Bethel Rock

5262 FM 896

Leonard, Texas 75452

(469) 500-1505


Chapel Creek Ranch

3794 West Ganzer Road

Denton, Texas 76207

(940) 634-6043


The Garden (pg. 31)

810 N Frisco Rd

Sherman, Texas 75090

(903) 513-9605


Gray Acres Venue (pg. 34)

297 Cemetery Road

Pottsboro, Texas 75076

(903) 647-8923


The Hills of Luella (pg. 30)

3183 Luella Road

Sherman, Texas 75090


Hilton Garden Inn


Texoma Event Center (pg. 34)

5015 South US 75

Denison, Texas 75020

(903) 463-3331


Magnolia Grace Ranch (pg. 29)

636 Country Road 4945

Leonard, Texas 75452

(214) 560-4222


Mustang Creek Event Center

(pg. 27)

27923 US 82

Sherman, Texas 75092

(903) 814-0864


Old Quail Run Farm (pg. 33)

233 Old Quail Run Road

Sherman, Texas 75092

(903) 868-2100


The Pointe (pg. 28)

72 Golda Drive

McAlester, Oklahoma 74501

(918) 508-6402


The Ranch (pg. 28)

6196 N3860 Road

Bokchito, Oklahoma 74726

(580) 295-3154


Ranch 82 (pg. 34)

12265 E US Hwy 82

Whitesboro, Texas 76273

(469) 396-5070


Rustic Grace Estate

13299 FM 121

Van Alstyne, Texas 75495

(972) 737-3259


Texoma Destinations (pg. 34)

21 Tacle Box Drive

Pottsboro, Texas 75076

(903) 361-8500


The Wildflower (pg. 29)

2611 East Dairy Lane

Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460

(580) 371-1582


Whispering Waters Ranch

(pg. 30)

1020 County Road 4930

Leonard, Texas

(903) 505-9349




Arbonne Independent Consultant

Stefane Carpenter

(903) 818-0332


Mary Kay

Rennie Brigman

(903) 368-2688


Polish Me Pretty

Mishael Metheny

(713) 855-4701


Tori Belle Cosmetics

Rane Baker

(303) 503-3335



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