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Now That You’re Married, Will You Be Changing Your Surname?

Monday, November 1st, 2021

Will you be taking your partner’s last name, sticking with your own, hyphenating? Out of all the options, which one is best for you and your spouse? Move over traditional last name transitions and hello to all the new possibilities that can come with last names once you’re married! With so many new options, it seems impossible to not come to a solution between you and your partner. Whether your last name has sentimental value or you’re wanting to feel more unified as a couple, we’ve broken down all of the different ways you and your partner can decide on surnames once you’re married. Cheers!

 

Now That You're Married, Will You Be Changing Your Surname?

Photo // Molly Murphy Photography

 

Taking your partner’s last name

This is the most traditional option for couples once they get married, and it is usually expected of the couple to go this route once married. There are many reasons why you would choose to go this route, ranging from you like your partner’s surname, yours has always been difficult to pronounce or spell, or you just love the idea of being a cohesive family unit together. Maybe you have always wanted this for yourself once you got married and have been looking forward to following the tradition.

Beyond personal preference, there are other reasons why you may want to take your partner’s last name. Taking their last name makes it less complicated when it comes to having children, traveling together, and dealing with medical issues when they arise. You may also want to choose to move away from your family name if there are any difficult relationships with relatives, making you unhappy with having that family association.

While this is the most traditional option, there are some grooms who opt for taking their bride’s maiden names as their own. Just because it is the traditional route doesn’t mean it needs to be followed if it does not fit you as a couple!

Check out this blog for all the things you’ll need to do to change your name after marriage in Texas!

 

Keeping your surname

While keeping your surname is not the most common thing to do after getting married, it is becoming more and more popular as the idea spreads among couples! It is also the least complicated choice when it comes to name changes after marriage. If you’re both keeping your last names, there’s no stress about updating all of the info in legal, personal or financial documents! Jumping through the hoops seems like too much of a hassle – you just want to be married, why stress about the documents if it’s not needed? However, there may be some instances where you will need to prove if your marriage is legitimate, and you may have to provide a marriage license.

Besides it being the least complicated choice, there are many personal reasons why you may choose to keep your last name. You may simply just like your last name, or your partner’s last name may be difficult to pronounce or spell (just like personal reasons for maybe wanting to change your last name). Your last name may also be a connection to your family background or cultural heritage that you may not want to part ways with. In the same sense, your partner might not have a strong connection to their family background and connection, so why would you want to take their name? Maybe your last name is also how you are referred to by, like a nickname, and you feel like you’ll lose that part of you if you switch your name.

This way also makes the options for same sex couples easier when deciding whose name to take once they are married. How do you decide which name to choose? Simply keeping your own name could make the most sense depending on your preferences as a couple.

 

Alternate options:

Keep your surname professionally

If you have built a name for yourself professionally, such as building a business or brand around your name or going to medical school before getting married, it could be crucial to your career to keep your last name, at least professionally. Keeping your professional identity separate from your married identity may be the way to go. With this option, you change your name legally, but professionally, you continue to use your maiden name. If you would like to follow tradition, you are able to do so, while you’re also able to maintain your professional life.

This option does not affect your professional life in any way and can make it easier for everyone in the professional area. Your recent work will still show up in a simple Google search and still easily be found to the public. In this way, you will not lose any reputation and it will cause less confusion. However, having two last names could get confusing to some, and it may become a hassle to explain.

 

Make your surname your middle name, or vice versa

This option is as easy as it sounds – you simply make your maiden name your middle name and you take your partner’s last name as your own. It’s essentially like you get the best of both worlds, with a modern spin on the classic tradition! It’s an easy way to add your partner’s name to yours while still not giving up part of your identity. Be aware that some last names might not make the prettiest middle names!

 

Hyphenate both names

Hyphenating your names together is a great solution to being able to be connected to your spouse while also staying connected to your identity all in one. With this option, either one or both partners hyphenates their last name with their partner’s. This is an easy solution that pleases both parties and their families & can still help you maintain your professional reputation. One downside that could arise is that hyphenating your names could result in a long, awkward, complicated last name.

 

Combine your names

Combining your names is an interesting and creative approach that can add a whole new level of unity to your relationship. You can do any possible mash-up of names that makes sense and that you like! This option for last names is probably the most unique and will give you a one-of-a-kind last name to carry on for generations. By doing this, it also keeps one of you from feeling bitter about changing your name and also represents the merging of your families together. With this option, however, you will have to go through legally changing your last name, not just for one person, but for you both.

 

Crate your own new last name

If no other options seems to fit you and your spouse, creating your own last name is a valid option! You can make this whatever you want it to be – it can be based in shared interests, a mix of letters or maybe pull from ancestral influences. This is another creative and individualist way to set your family apart on their own!


ICYMI: If you’re changing your name, get all the details over on our blog, here!

How to Calculate the Right Amount of Catering Based on Guest Count

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

You’ve curated the perfect *chef’s kiss* menu for your wedding night, whether you’re doing a BYO nacho bar or working with one of our favorite local caterers, but now comes the challenging part: deciding just how much of those yummy eats and sweets you need to actually have catered. First knowing your guests, the type of reception you’re having and the type of dinner to be served is pivotal in getting an accurate catering count. As a general rule of thumb, it is always better to err on the side of ordering more food than ordering less, as you do not want to leave guests unsatisfied with the reception! However, no need to worry, as our easy to follow guide below outlines the perfect amount of food to order per guest count. Cheers and happy planning!

 

how many appetizers to order by guest count

Appetizers

In general, calculate your appetizer number to be 6 pieces for every 1 guest in attendance. When planning out your wedding timeline, take into consideration how long it will be before guests eat dinner. If you have a long intermission between the ceremony and the reception, you may want to offer more appetizers. If you are asking people to leave and come back later, offering less appetizers is the way to go. Keep in mind that offering appetizers will typically help keep your buffet cost down, since guests will eat roughly 10% less at dinner when appetizers are served. Also, the smaller the appetizer bite, the higher the number can go.

PRO TIP: Try a different appetizer for every 40 that are needed. If you are needing 120 appetizers, have 3 different options for guests to eat!

how much catering to order by guest count

Entrées

If you are not offering a plated meal where guests RSVP with their entrée choice, calculating for 1.5 servings for every 1 guest will get you a general entrée count. When serving a buffet, keep in mind that one dish may be more popular than the other among your guests (people tend to gravitate to what is most comfortable to them). Remember to take your vegetarian and vegan guests into consideration when planning out your entrée menu, and make sure that number is accounted for, also. Decrease your meat count and increase your veggie count as needed.

PRO TIP: Make sure to include your vendors in your catering count. This ensures they get fed and are able to enjoy your reception, too!

 

how many drinks to order by guest count

Non-alcoholic drinks

Non-alcoholic drinks will average out to around 2 gallons per 1 guest at your reception. In general, you should plan for 1-2 cups of water per guest and 3-4 non-water drinks (tea, lemonade, soda), estimating to be about 5 drinks per person, or 1 drink per hour. Depending on your location, water or non-water drinks may be more favorable to guests. If you are having an outdoor wedding in the heat, having more water at the reception is ideal.

 

how much alcohol to order by guest count

Alcoholic Drinks

Planning to have 1.5 drinks per hour per guest is a general idea for how much alcohol to allocate to your guests. Keep in mind that the reception time also affects how much alcohol to serve. If you’re tying the knot in the morning or early afternoon, guests will be less inclined to drink than at a nighttime celebration. Guests will also be more likely to indulge at a weekend wedding than during the week.

If you are opting to do an open bar instead of set signature drinks, the exact ratio to supply of each type of alcohol will depend upon your guests’ preferences, your budget and the season. A standard guideline when determining the right amount of alcohol to serve is 50% wine, 20% beer, and 30% liquor. Additionally, you’ll want to provide plenty of options for each, meaning at least one type of red and one type of white wine, a few different varieties of beer and a handful of liquors and mixers.

 

how many desserts to order by guest count

 

Desserts

Offering your guests more desserts than just the cake? If this is what you’re opting for at your reception, a good calculation for additional desserts would be 1.5 cupcakes or 3 cookies for every 1 guest, on top of allocating 1 slice of cake per guest already (see this blog for all the details on ordering the right amount of cake per guest count!). The guests who eat more will likely balance out the people who will not eat any, and how and when all desserts are served determines how much will be eaten. If cake is passed out to tables and individuals, it is more likely to be eaten than giving guests the option to come up and grab a slice themselves. Also, if desserts are served immediately following dinner, guests may be too full to eat dessert at that point!

PRO TIP: Additional desserts can double as favors for your wedding guests. Cupcakes and cookies can easily be taken home with guests in monogrammed boxes or bags with the couples names on them!


Now that we have your mouth watering, it’s time to plan out that menu and calculate ALL the bites! Let one of our top local caterers help you curate that dream menu!

Prim in Pearls | Timeless Wedding Inspiration with Soft, Luxurious Feels

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Naturally beautiful in all of its lustre and elegance, pearls are the star of the show in this soft, timeless wedding inspiration that boasts romance in every scene! The Trinity River Audubon Center was without question the most perfect setting for this dreamy editorial to come to life. As featured in almost every stunning element from this scene, romantic bunches of a variety of white roses, including playa blance and majoloca spray roses, as well as lisianthus, delphinium and yarrow from Must Like Flowers bring an ivory, pearl colored touch to this shoot to contrast oh-so well against the venue’s gorgeous statement wall. Climbing floor pieces make for a killer addition to bridal photos, as well as add that extra detail to any tablescape that we didn’t know we needed until now! Speaking of dreamy tablescapes, we think this set up of a light gray linen with stark white napkins from AM Linen Rental work in perfect harmony with minimalist place setting pieces from COHOST and natural wooden chairs to complete the design flawlessly.

Our model bride is eye-catching in a pearl-studded gown and veil from Bridal Boutique, that when combined scream classy, chic and sophisticated. Continuing with the romantic and natural feel in the glam, AW Wedding & Co. created a soft, luxurious bridal look with intentional elements to make our bride’s stunning features pop, as well as featuring curls as natural as pearls themselves. Opal & Onyx Photography does it again by expertly capturing every detail in this timeless wedding inspiration, including the custom invitation suite from Bethany’s Letter Shop that features playful calligraphy and an envelop liner of the gorgeous venue itself! If you’ve loved seeing every detail of this shoot so far, you’re not going to want to miss this editorial in video, captured by BSR Wedding Films with drone footage by Silver Bear Creative. Scroll to see our Prim In Pearls editorial and to read from vendors themselves about some of their favorite elements. Cheers!

 

From hair and makeup artist, Emily of AW Wedding & Co.: “My description of the look would be a romantic bride. Soft glam to highlight the bride’s radiant beauty with light shimmering eyeshadow to make her shining eyes pop. For the lips, we used a delicate pink so that her bright smile would be the main focal point. The hair was styled into glamorous waves to frame her stunning features and flow in movement with her stunning gown.”

From the florist, Hannah of Must Like Flowers: “Pearls are elegant, romantic and timeless, so I wanted to make sure that all the floral elements reflected this! I also love things that have a lot of movement and texture, which can really bring the floral pieces to life. With the centerpiece, I definitely wanted a big statement! Being able to design a more large scale piece really helped to showcase each bloom both separately and together. I wanted to make sure that the floor pieces felt natural and organic but were still really elegant – like pearls are! I made sure to use a lot of greenery to give the piece a natural flowy feel. It was also important to bring the floral to life by using different heights and texture throughout each piece. The bridal bouquet is always the most important floral element on a wedding day. It is typically photographed the most and it is a part of the bride’s entire look. I wanted to make sure to keep this bouquet timeless but still with the organic and romantic feel of the rest of the floral.”

Watch the Prim in Pearls behind the scenes video here!

 


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Pop the Bubbly! Recapping our FW21 Mag Release Brunch at The Laurel

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Pop the bubbly – our Fall/Winter 2021 issue of the Brides of North Texas is here, and we couldn’t be more in love with all the amazing content found inside from North Texas’ best vendors! Stunning issues are only possible with the help of our incredible vendors, and they deserved the best brunch celebration at the gorgeous venue The Laurel to ring in the new issue. We always look forward to celebrations like this as it’s a time to gather together, celebrate all the hard work and just have fun – and this brunch did not disappoint!

Full of all of the best whimsical, delicious and summery things, EZ Party Time‘s grand balloon installation welcomed guests and vendors to the day and set the tone for all the fun vibes that were to come! Luscious blooms in coordinating shades of pink, peach, cream and lavender from Something Pretty Floral adorned the reception space to bring in soft summery feels and add a fresh element to the scene. Light cream linens from AM Linen Rentals made a solid foundation for stylishly curated place settings from COHOST to adorn each table and chic spaces for everyone to enjoy the tasty bites of the day! Boxwood Hospitality and Ashton Marie Cakes teamed up to serve the most scrumptious eats and treats for everyone to snack on throughout the day, while Nightowl Coffee Cart supplied all the caffeine needs with their specialty gourmet coffee drinks. Conversations and laughs were shared while Marquise Pro kept the good vibes going with their perfectly curated tunes and while Capture Co. Photo Booth‘s digital photo booth was online and ready for guests to capture and share the best memories a la photo, boomerang or short video clips (see the gallery here!). As the best party favor, Savor Patisserie‘s macaron boxes made for scrumptious on-the-go favors and a “sweet” memory for guests to have once they left. Scroll to see all the details of our Fall/Winter 2021 magazine release event captured by the amazing Stephanie Brazzle Photography! Cheers to a new magazine and the vendors that made it happen!

Coffee cart photo: Marissa Merritt Photography

 

See the photo booth gallery from Capture Co. Photo Booth here!

 

Color Us Impressed with this (Geometric) Gem of Wedding Inspiration!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

Color us impressed with this (geometric) gem of a wedding inspiration shoot! Give us all things 90s, whimsical and having to do with this jaw-dropping ceremony backdrop from Satin Pavement that steals the show in this perfectly curated bold and memorable scene. Centered on this unique geometrical wedding element, every stunning detail that comes into play only elevates the overall feel and style of this shoot, expertly captured by Kelsey LaNae Photography. Settled within the walls of the HALL Arts Hotel, this artfully crafted venue held the perfect environment to infuse the feel of the Dallas Arts District with the funky, playful elements showcased throughout. Bethany’s Letter Shop proves that you can never go wrong with a big and bold invitation suite that features different geometric shapes and styles, combining to create paperie that is quite literally our dreams brought to life. Bringing a fresh and organic element to this scene, Root + Bloom Floral Design‘s cheery poppies, ranunculus and sweet pea provide a stunning bright contrast against the more soft colored backdrop they’re placed against. Our model bride’s glam of full 90s curls and a bold pop of red on her lids from Etoilly Artistry make a subtle statement, yet still get the theme across in the perfect way while she rocks a flattering, form-fitting gown with delicate floral detailing from Elizabeth Scott Bridal. As if this inspiration could’t include any more geometric elements, Savor Patisserie‘s macaron tower in sweet pastel shades features hand-painted lines that seem to break the traditional boundaries of a normal tower – also making them almost too pretty to eat! Scroll to see ALL the inspiration and to read about a couple of this shoot’s elements from the vendors themselves. Cheers!

From stationery designer, Bethany with Bethany’s Letter Shop: “This one’s for the bride who wants to have a bold and memorable design that leaves her guests expectantly anticipating the big day! As soon as I saw the inspiration for this shoot, I immediately knew I wanted to do something unique with the shape of the wedding invitation. I absolutely love the way the rounded edges of the invitation play well with the rigid lines of the envelope liner. This was such a fun one to design, and I am so proud of the way it turned out!”

From macaron baker, Kelli with Savor Patisserie: “We had fun playing with color on this tower. The asymmetrical color placements and hand-painted lines throughout the tower was our way to create ‘shapes’ within the boundaries of a macaron tower.”


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Soft as Velvet | Relaxed, Cozy & Intimate Elopement Inspiration

Monday, August 16th, 2021

If a relaxed and intimate elopement is speaking to your wedding day love language, our Soft as Velvet editorial from the creatives behind Celebrate Dallas is for you! Full of tender romance and delicate details, this editorial embodies slow mornings, sweet kisses and neutral tones, allowing any couple to easily make their ideal ceremony uniquely theirs. The Sinclair Hotel boasts a perfect space for every event for your day – a cozy room to wake up in, a modern reception hall to dance the night away and a dreamy rooftop balcony to have the Dallas skyline be the backdrop for your intimate ceremony. Deep mauve and burgundy tones mixed with mustard and light pinks create a cozy, autumnal color palette and fall garden feel in the middle of the city. Hellebore, fritillaria, ranunculus, roses, lisianthus and snapdragons from Kate McLeod Studio bring that garden feel to the rooftop and make for a stunning altar scene with Loot Rental‘s chute rug and eclectic assortment of candlesticks.

If this editorial scene looks familiar to you, it’s because it was just that good, we had to put it on the cover! Featuring our cover image captured by the amazingly talented Sara Boyd Photography, it only took one look for us to fall head-over-heels with this couple, design and image! Our model bride graces this scene wearing the beautiful Monet gown from Grace Loves Lace – an ultra femme and romantic gown that truly took our breath away. Tease to Please Hair and Makeup created a stunning bridal glam look of a low chignon hair style and a soft yet romantic makeup look complete with hints of subtle light pink throughout. Adding a little bit of eye-catching sparkle to the look, fine jewelry from L’unique Diamonds and Fine Jewelry is the perfect diamond on top of it all. If you’ve loved every detail of this editorial, you’re not going to want to miss it in video from the makers at Ocular Pophere! Scroll to read about the inspiration from this shoot from Caitlin with Celebrate Dallas and to see all the stunning details. Cheers!

 

From the planner, Caitlin with Celebrate Dallas: “It is super common (and great if that’s what you choose) for the bride and groom to sleep apart the night before the wedding, but I couldn’t imagine waking up to or starting that day with anyone other than my person. For my inspiration, I imagined the sweet kisses, romantic words and little giggles the solo morning would create. I wanted to incorporate colors that would make a statement but keep the mood relaxed and cozy. Delicate little details and neutral tones created a super dreamy atmosphere, and I could picture a couple soaking up the quiet before the storm. Holding hands, fixing ties, the whole vibe would be slow and as soft as velvet. On trend colors like mustard, rose water and amethyst also flowed into the couple’s ideal ceremony — small, chic, modern and uniquely theirs.”

This Light and Airy Hometown Wedding is Your Feel-Good Story of the Day

Monday, June 14th, 2021

If you’re needing a feel-good story of the day, you must read about Jessica and Vic’s light and airy hometown-centered wedding day! Made possible by the expert wedding planners at MK Event Boutique, all of the festivities of this wedding weekend took place right in the bride’s hometown neighborhood. She woke up in her childhood bedroom, walked down the road to her favorite coffee house to start her morning, got ready in her parent’s house and had their ceremony at her hometown church outside by the pond she helped lay stones at when it was being built. There’s not a more special way to have a few last moments in your hometown with your family before you move on and start a new life with your husband!

Light and airy neutrals with bunches of natural lush greenery and perfect pops of metallic gold fill their reception space at Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. Jessica was literally glowing in her simple yet classic bridal gown from the Bridal Boutique – the perfect gown to wear for a warn, sunny October wedding day! With the couple’s love for dance, Royal Dukes Band was able to play a huge part in one of the couple’s favorite memories. For the last song of the night, they played “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks, and while being unprompted, all of Jessica and Vic’s guests formed a giant circle around them and started swaying and singing while they slow danced in the middle – truly the perfect end to a perfect day! Scroll to see all of the details of this light and airy wedding day and to read about the bride’s favorite vendor. Cheers to the Meyers!

Photo // Kylie Crump Photography

From the bride about her dream wedding maker: “Annie Edgar at MK Event Boutique! Annie is truly incredible, I really don’t know how she does it. In the year of COVID with some tough decisions to make or not-so-great news to deliver, she was up front and honest with us, but did everything in her power to help us make the wedding happen as close to originally planned as possible. I loved her energy, kindness, and humor. She truly made the process so much more fun!”


Planning a wedding of your own? Check out even more real wedding inspiration here. Cheers!

Old World Industrial Vibes Radiate off of this Authentic, Personalized Affair

Friday, June 11th, 2021

Old world and industrial vibes radiate off of this authentic affair! Christine and Garrett wanted their romantic autumn wedding to truly be personalized to them – fun, classic and full of lots of good laughs – and we don’t think their big day could have been a better representation of them as a couple. Planned and executed to absolute perfection by Celebrate Dallas, this wedding even included details that they had never seen at any other wedding – including everyone in their wedding party walking down the aisle with their significant other! Out of all the authentic, personalized details that fill this day, our favorite has to be their “I will always love you my friend” neon sign – they always say how amazing it is to have a lifelong best friend in one another! DJ Jason Esquire played a big part in creating one of this couple’s favorite memories by playing “Only You” by Parson James, the song that they heard the day they found their rings, for their first dance. After dancing the night away, the newlyweds retreated to their luxury room The Adolphus Hotel to prepare for the honeymoonin’! Scroll to see all the romantic and old world vibes that radiate from this industrial affair. Cheers to the Myers!

Photos // Payge Stevens Photography

From the bride: “Celebrate Dallas knew how much stress I had already endured that year with my dad, as he had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, and she went above and beyond to make me feel calm. She made the day perfect and a lot of brides say the day is perfect but it TRULY was.”


Planning a wedding of your own? Check out even more real wedding inspiration here. Cheers!

The First Steps to Take After Your Wedding Day

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

The most perfect day of your life has come and gone, now what should you do to start off your married life? There are a few essential steps you’ll need to take once you’re back from honeymoonin’ with your new spouse to help the transition go as smoothly possible. From legally changing your name to returning items off of your registry to submitting your perfect day to our Brides of North Texas, we’ve got all the deets on the steps to take after your wedding day!

The First Steps to Take After Your Wedding Day

Photo // Rachel Elaine Photography

1. Send out thank you cards

Completing your thank you cards may seem like a daunting task, but we can assure you it’s not as bad as it may seem! Writing thank you cards can be fun if you incorporate fun stationary, a pretty pen with colorful ink or even add your own personal touch with playful stickers. Once you get these letters written and give yourself a check off the big to-do, we can guarantee you are going to feel less stressed, accomplished and most importantly, happy! The sooner you can sit down and crank out thank you cards after your wedding, the better. We recommend no later than three months after your wedding day as a deadline for getting them all sent out! Make sure to be as detailed or sentimental as possible, as this will show your guests how much you appreciated their gift and for attending your celebration. If you’re needing some stationery to get you going, you can find our top pics in our Amazon shop under Paperie!

Read our full guide on thank you cards here!

 

2. Preserve your dress and bouquet

The dress and bouquet are some of the most cherished items from your wedding day, so why part with them if you don’t necessarily need to? There are several ways to preserve your wedding dress and bouquet that will keep them looking brand new and also help preserve your memories of your special day!

Taking or sending your dress to a preservationist is the easiest way to preserve your dress, but is also a pretty pricy option. For a DIY route to preserve your dress yourself, first, take it to get professionally cleaned within six weeks of your wedding, and immediately if it is silk. Do your research on the best local cleaners – we recommend asking local bridal boutiques who they would recommend. Once it’s back from the cleaners, handle your dress with extreme care, as to not get any new stains on it! From here, you can either seal, box or bag your dress. Sealing your dress involves vacuum sealing it in a bag. While this might seem like the best option, sealing your dress could cause permanent creases, yellowing, molding and mildewing of your gown that you’re trying to avoid! Boxing your gown involves simply folding your gown, wrapping it in white acid-free tissue paper, and then placing your gown in an acid-free box. With this option, it is advised to re-fold your gown once every two to three years to prevent permanent creasing! Finally, if you decide to bag your dress, make sure it is hanging on a padded hanger by the loops inside the dress that are closest to the strongest seam. Bag it in a cotton or acid-free plastic bag, NOT regular plastic. This is a good option for the short-term, as hanging your dress for a long period of time is not ideal.

Once your wedding is over, you’ll need to act fast to preserve your flowers while they’re still as fresh as can be! Pressing your flowers is a trendy option we always love to see our brides do with their bouquets. For the best results, make sure you do research on your flowers before starting, as you’ll need to know how each flower will react to getting pressed! Once they’re pressed, the options are limitless for all you can do. Adding them to a photo album or surrounding a photo in a clear class frame are two unique and sentimental options! Another option to preserve your flowers is by drying them and placing them in a clear box to always have to look at. By drying out your flowers, they’ll retain their original shape, color and perfume.

Read our guide on preserving your bridal gown and bouquet here.

 

3. Legally change your name

Luckily, for Texas brides, the state will accept a valid marriage certificate as proof for a name change. Once that piece of paper is signed on your wedding day, it’s time to use your new name – congratulations! Now, what comes next?

Are you simply going for a last name change, or do you want a hyphenation or middle name change? This decision determines the necessary steps needing to be taken after your wedding day. We always suggest to brides to make multiple copies of your marriage license to give to any vendors, like insurance companies and any others that may require it. If you’re moving, this is also the perfect time to update your address everywhere, too.

Top 20 places you should update your new name:

  1. Your social security card (click here to get more information!)
  2. Driver’s license
  3. Bank accounts
  4. IRS (click here to get more information!)
  5. Voter registration (click here to get your voter registration application)
  6. Passport (click here for detailed information)
  7. Post office (click here to get more information!)
  8. Credit cards
  9. Insurance companies
  10. Doctors’ offices
  11. Car title and/or mortgage/landlord
  12. School/university
  13. Professional or educational associations, clubs and organizations
  14. Attorney’s offices
  15. Airlines
  16. Electric and utility companies
  17. Phone, cable and internet companies
  18. Financial institutions
  19. Online shopping sites
  20. Social media accounts

Read our comprehensive guide to changing your name here.

 

4. Send friends & family your updated address

While your close friends and immediate family may know about you getting married, there’s a lot of people that won’t — and it’s important to get the word out there! Making a cute “it’s official” post and celebrating your new marriage is one of the sweetest ways to make the news known – it’ll get people’s attention and give you an excuse to post more wedding photos, which is always a bonus! Sharing your updated contact information through your phone is just the nudge people will need to change your name and update your address in their phone (here’s a quick tutorial on how to do just that). If you’re an old-school bride who loved getting snail mail, you could opt to send out an official announcement – it’s just like a wedding announcement, but for your new address and name!

5. Return duplicate registry items

As thankful as you are for all the registry items you received throughout your wedding journey, it’s easy to say that you only need one shiny new air fryer in your life, not two or three. Was there one registry item you really wanted but weren’t gifted? Here’s your opportunity to get that gift for you and your new spouse!

When returning items from places you registered with, make sure you are familiar with the return policy. Will the store accept your item without a receipt? Do they have a time-oriented return window? While Walmart and Target, along with Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond, will all accept returns without a receipt, there are restrictions that apply at each. Researching every store is key before walking in and being turned away because you don’t have the proper means needed to make a return. Become very familiar with each store’s return policy, then confidently return your items with as little hassle as possible!

*Tips for buying gifts for future couples: stick to the registry, and always give a gift with the receipt attached! The more you can do to help the couple return your gift if needed, the better.*

 

6. Review your vendors

Did you have the dream team of vendors helping you with your wedding? Was there a vendor you wished you would have looked a little closer into? Let the world know! Most wedding vendors have websites where you can leave reviews about the services they provided for your big day. If not, hyping up your vendors on social media by liking and commenting on their posts is like a review in itself! Reviewing your vendor is one of the best ways you can thank them or critique them, and by doing so, you’ll also be helping out all of the future couples that could potentially use them. If you used a Brides of North Texas vendor, you can easily find their website and socials on their vendor profiles!

7. Order a wedding photo album & prints

There’s no better way to remember your wedding day than by printing out all of the beautiful photos! It’s no secret that good quality photos of your day was a big investment, and printing them out could actually give you the biggest bang for your buck. Printing your photos and placing them in an album tells your wedding day story in a unique way that you can personally lay out, from getting ready to the grand exit and everything between. There’s just something so emotional and intimate about flipping through hard copies of photos instead of scrolling through an online gallery. Also, the internet isn’t forever! In the event your computer crashes or websites get deleted, having print phots and albums is the best backup. Plus, albums make the sweetest family heirloom for generations to come!

8. Submit your wedding to us!

We’re on the search for the prettiest weddings in North Texas to grace the pages of our magazines, and we would love your special day to be one of them. After all the months of planning and preparing for your big day, you definitely deserve to show it off – bragging rights are definitely encouraged here! Head to our Vows that Wow link on our site to submit your wedding to us today!


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This Soft Dusty Blue Wedding has Undeniable English Garden Flair

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

This soft dusty blue wedding has undeniable English garden flair in every element! After years worth of planning her dream day, Lexi could not have been more ready to marry her high school sweetheart, Garrett, in a dusty blue and champagne wedding that truly represented her personality throughout. As a lover of all the details and a collector of ginger jars, Lexi wanted to incorporate her personal pieces throughout her day, as well as gold accents and white lines from Posh Couture Rentals that truly brought their reception space to life. Over-the-top, beautiful bunches of soft ivory and blush blooms with lush, overflowing greenery from R. Love Floral adorn everything in this scene, bringing in even more of that elegant garden feel. Lexi couldn’t have been more stunning, as her elegant bridal gown from the Bridal Boutique with a sweetheart neckline and off-the-shoulder sleeves was the perfect choice to wear for a sunny summer wedding. Her eight bridesmaids looked as beautiful as ever in light blush dressed from Bella Bridesmaids that perfectly matched the soft pop of pink throughout. Ending the night on a sweet note, Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery created a gorgeous five-tier edible masterpiece, featuring the couple’s custom monogram and a few bunches of their gorgeous florals. Making up the bride’s ride-or-die vendor list, Sami Kathryn Photography and R. Love Floral were there every step of the way through changed plans and cancellations due to covid – it’s safe to say Lexi’s gives them a huge chunk of credit for making her dream day a reality! Scroll to see all the stunning dusty blue details that make up this English Garden wedding, all captured by Sami Kathryn Photography and on film by Reverent Wedding Films. Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Greer!

Photo // Sami Kathyrn Photography

From the bride: “My favorite moment of the day was seeing Garrett during our first look. It has been such a long journey to get where we are today, and it was so special to have that moment, just the two of us, to reflect on the adventures we have been through. I think oftentimes, brides, including myself, get too wrapped up in the wedding details, that we often forget the reason we are actually there – to marry our person! It was such an intimate moment and I will truly never forget all of those butterflies I felt in that moment!”


Planning a wedding of your own? Check out even more real wedding inspiration here. Cheers!