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How to Pick your Bridesmaids – Follow our Flow Chart!

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Weddings are filled with joy, happiness, community and positivity… Until it’s time to pick bridesmaids. But that doesn’t have to be the case! If you follow this guide to picking the right ones to support you throughout the process, you will have no regrets. Remember – your wedding is about you and your partner, and it’s the first step to creating a life filled with the right people.

How to pick your bridesmaids


Oh budget – you’re the uninvited guest who just keeps showing up. I guess we’ll have to work with ya. It’s important to understand your budget because it will guide you to the number of bridesmaids you can afford. Once you’ve allocated the amount that you want to spend on the bridal party, it’s time to think about what all you will be providing them. Will you buy their dresses? Pay for their hair and makeup? What about bridesmaid proposal suites? How many bridal bouquets are you willing to pay for? Lastly, are you going to be covering your bachelorette trip? These can all be taken care of by your bridesmaids if you don’t have room in your own budget, but keep in mind that they have budgets too! In the event that someone is upset about not getting asked to be a part of your bridal party, your budget is an easy go-to excuse!

Wedding Size

Talk to your fiancé about how you both envision the big day. If you want it small, choose your closest friends. If you want it big, you have some more thinking to do. Even if you have a large guest count, that doesn’t mean that you have to have a large bridal party! Invite who you love and who you hope to cherish these special memories with for the rest of your life.


The first stop on your bridesmaid checklist – family. Sisters come first, and if you have an extremely close brother, having him in your party is a modern touch that will be swooned over by all of your guests. Next, your fiancé’s sister. Do you have a close connection with her and spend quality time together often? If so – she would be the perfect addition to your bridesmaid list.


These people are just as important as your family – best friends. Think about who your life long best friends are. They can be from your childhood or adult life. A best friend is someone who you go to for all of life’s problems, who you match with emotionally and who loves to have fun with you. Pick her for the next bridesmaid on your list.

Now comes your friend group. You might even have multiple girl-squads, but the criteria for choosing the best of them for your big day is similar to the sister-in-law standards. How often do you talk to them or hang out with them? If you find yourself spending a lot of alone time with this person, chatting on a regular basis and vibing well together, consider them invited.

Finally, if there is someone who you aren’t particularly close with but they are easy to get along with and you know that they will bring excitement to all of your wedding events, add them in if you have room! Remember that it all comes down to who you want to see standing by your side on your big day. It’s time to be selfish!

Work Friends

We all have that one work friend who seems like a sister. You talk about gossip and the latest news with them every single day! If you have someone like this in your life, definitely add them in. But keep in mind, this is the group that you should feel least stressed about considering. Even if you don’t have room to invite them as a guest, they will be there every day to help you get through the wedding planning stress! Sometimes it’s better to leave what goes on in the office, at the office.

There they are – the tips for picking the best bridal party. We cannot stress enough how important it is to make this your decision and not anyone else’s. Feeling comfortable and at ease with these girls are the keys to enjoying the entire wedding day! Next, check out these posts for the ultimate bridal brunchbridal shower and bachelorette party inspiration.

(featured image: Anna Smith Photo)

6 North Texas Dessert Vendors for Brides Looking for Cake Alternatives

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If you’re searching for dessert options beyond the traditional white cake, then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of six North Texas dessert vendors that have delicious non-cake options with just as much wow factor – from macarons to cheesecake shooters, there’s truly something for everyone! Keep reading for the inside scoop on the best dessert vendors North Texas has to offer!

North Texas dessert vendors

Val’s Cheesecakes

For all brides looking for a unique twist on a classic, Val’s Cheesecakes offers the most creative spins on cheesecake from custom wedding cheesecakes to cheesecake jars (both sweet and savory), cheesecake slices, letter or number cheesecakes, cheesecake cupcakes, cheesecake shooters, cheesecake sundaes and so much more! They are sure to wow your guests with their wide variety of cheesecake options.

dandelion cheesecakes

Dandelion Cheesecakes

Whether it’s your wedding, bach weekend or rehearsal dinner, Dandelion Cheesecakes loves to cater special events and pride themselves on still using “mom’s secret recipe” for their cheesecakes. They make all of their own sauces and toppings from fresh fruit, gourmet chocolates and premium liqueurs, and even offer complimentary tastings for weddings for two guests with up to four flavors.

Photo: Alba Rose Photography

Tart Bakery

Tart Bakery

In addition to traditional cakes, Tart Bakery provides a full array of sweet treats, including shell-molded artisan chocolates, hand-decorated iced shortbread cookies, brownies, petit fours, cupcakes and indulgent individual-sized plated desserts. Their team will help achieve whatever you envision for your special day – whether it’s simple and budget-friendly or a lavish show-stopper, your desserts will be delicious and memorable.

LiLi's Bespoke Sweets

Lili’s Bespoke Sweets

This self-taught baker brings you sweets so pretty you won’t want to eat them! Lili’s Bespoke Sweets‘ hand-painted macarons are both stylish and delicious, coming in any flavor your heart desires. Order them for your bridal party the morning of the big day or as little dessert treats for your guests! Oh, and her cakes? Each one is detailed to perfection. Whether it’s the groom’s cake or the wedding cake, give her your idea and she’ll bring it to life with a unique flair! Whatever you order, your tastebuds will thank you.

Photo: The Big and Bright

North Texas dessert vendors

Batch Bakery

For pies of practically every shape, flavor or size, look no further than Batch Bakery. With farm-fresh ingredients, they bake everything from scratch every day! We just know their pies and thumbprint cookies are sure to add a little sweetness to your day.

savor patisserie

Savor Patisserie

Bring the taste of Europe to you! Sign up for one of Savor Patisserie‘s baking classes as a fun pre-wedding bonding activity to do with your spouse or try a delicious French macaron – their specialty. This Dallas-based bakery makes macaron towers that are fully customizable in both color and flavor to add a luxe element or pop of color to any party, and they are happy to deliver or ship! 

Photo: The Tarnos

Browse more North Texas dessert vendors here, or scroll through the most stylish wedding inspiration in Texas here.

If Your Guest List is 300+, These North Texas Wedding Venues are For You

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If your guest list is 300+, then these North Texas wedding venues are definitely for you! With each of these 12 venues having enough space to host all of the guests you could imagine, it’s no wonder why they are at the top of our list for spacious locations. Whether you’re looking for an elegant, modern, industrial or chic space, each venue is sure to suit any and all of your wedding day dreams. Scroll through to catch a glimpse at each and to learn a little about what they have in store!

Dallas Palms

Dallas Palms – With enough space for 650 of your closest friends and family, Dallas Palms is the perfect place to host the ultimate party! Their spacious ballrooms and lush gardens will serve as the perfect locations for your dream elegant wedding and reception. The neutral colors and flexible floor plan options allow you to customize the space to fit into your wedding theme seamlessly. An added bonus – their full-service wedding team will be there with you in every step of the wedding-planning process. This dreamy wedding venue is an easy choice for any large affair!

Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park – Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park is a modern, lavish and chic hotel venue that is a sure place for any large wedding day! Their grand ballroom, with space for up to 600 guests, is the finest location for any wedding style and theme. Complete with plenty of windows for ample natural light and gorgeous views of the city, there’s not much Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park doesn’t offer. This wedding venue is a simple choice for choosing where to bring your fairytale wedding to life!

The Empire Room – Hip, trendy, groovy, industrial… the list goes on! The Empire Room is a premiere wedding venue located in the Design District of Dallas. With ample outdoor and indoor space for 597 guests, this versatile blank canvas-style venue is perfect for the modern couple who wants a one-of-a-kind wedding day. Featuring concrete floors, exposed pipes and unique accents, the Empire Room offers genuine details you won’t find anywhere else. All of your guests will enjoy an impeccable view of the Dallas skyline all while dancing the night away on the dreamy back patio. Sounds like an amazing wedding night, right?

Photo: Elisabeth Carol

Aristide McKinney wedding venue

Aristide | McKinney – Aristide | McKinney is a beautiful Tuscan-inspired wedding venue that can simply be described as classic elegance at its finest! Choose between one of their two beautiful ballrooms with space for 325 of your closest friends and family to celebrate in. This perfect versatile location is for any bride looking for a simple and elegant venue that also has enough space to have the grand day she’s always dreamed about. Whether your wedding is simple or lavish, Aristide | McKinney is always a spectacular choice!

Aristide | Mansfield – Aristide | Mansfield offers you your own private getaway for a romantic, elegant wedding day! Nestled away on two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and patios, this 18th century stone Tuscan Villa is simply a gorgeous venue for you and 350 of your guests. From the grand ballroom to the intimate lounge, your event will reflect the timeless elegance and pure authenticity of your day. In every detail, Aristide | Mansfield is a breathtaking location for your wedding day dreams!

Photo: Kate Pease Photography

Glass Cactus – With stunning panoramic views of Lake Grapevine, world-class amenities, and exceptional service, the Glass Cactus at Gaylord Texan offers a destination wedding in the heart of DFW! With ample space for 1,500 guests, this one-of-a-kind venue gives off the perfect combination of intimacy and elegance for your wedding day. Have your ceremony or reception on their huge outdoor patio or indoors in their grand ballroom. Either way, you’ll be able to enjoy one of their live bands, exquisite in-house cuisine and have the most spectacular views while doing so. You’re sure to have the most unforgettable grand wedding here!

Gleneagles Country Club – Gleneagles Country Club offers the elegance and tradition of a country club combined with Southern charm! With beautiful private ceremony and reception areas for up to 400 guests, eye-catching views of the picturesque golf course, and unmatched wedding planners and coordinators, your big day is sure to be just as perfect as you’ve always imagined. Make your dream wedding a reality at this oh-so chic and spacious wedding venue!

Hidden Pines | Highland Village – Hidden Pines | Highland Village is a rustic and elegant chapel wedding venue with space for up to 325 guests! The dramatic Austin stone fireplace in the ceremony space will be commanding all eyes to the front during your ceremony. Dress it up with your wedding florals or let its natural beauty shine – either way we give it all the heart eyes. This Hill Country-inspired venue embodies Southern charm with the perfect amount of modern elegance!

If Your Guest List is 300+, These North Texas Wedding Venues are For You

PalmWood Event & Conference Center – From intimate to extravagant, PalmWood Event & Conference Center is here for you! Located in Fort Worth and with space to celebrate with 300 guests, PalmWood Event & Conference Center is the perfect urban retreat for your big day. Say “I do” on their lovely twelfth-floor outdoor terrace while being surrounded by jaw-dropping views of the city. This definitely is the venue for the big-city bride!

Photo: Amy Karp Photography

Sixty Five Hundred – Stylish and industrial, this renovated warehouse in the heart of Dallas is the perfect location for the industrial-loving bride, with room for 550 friends and family to celebrate in. Whether you’re wanting a grand, modern, minimal or any style in between wedding, Sixty Five Hundred can be the venue for it. Needless to say we’re obsessed, and we know you will be, too!

Photo: Allen Tsai Photography

Cooper Hotel wedding venue

Cooper Hotel Conference Center & Spa  The beautiful, peaceful and lush 30-acre grounds of the Cooper Hotel Conference Center & Spa are making us want to have an outdoor soirée ASAP! With their outdoor gardens having ample room for 400 guests, this is the dreamiest location for any outdoor garden party. While providing accommodations all wedding-weekend long and a full-service coordinator to assist the whole wedding-planning journey, every detail is sure to be taken care of. An added bonus – treat yourself and your spouse or guests to the ultimate spa day!

Photo: Stephanie Brazzle

D’Vine Grace Vineyard – D’Vine Grace Vineyard is a Tuscan-style vineyard estate, located just on the outskirts of McKinney! Located just close enough to the city while still being a private oasis, D’Vine is the perfect getaway for any romantic and elegant wedding. With space for 600 guests, you’ll be able to choose from one of four (yes, you heard that right!) locations to have your dream ceremony and reception. Being fully customizable, all of their spaces let you transform them into how you have always imagined your wedding space to be. Here your wedding will have a subtle touch of Italian elegance that is truly D’Vine!

Looking for venues that are a little more intimate? See our complete wedding venue list.

I’m Engaged! Now What? | How to Start the Wedding Planning Process

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You’ve got the ring – now it’s time to plan the thing! Overwhelmed and not sure where to even begin the wedding planning process? No worries. We’ve got your back!

First, on behalf of the Brides of North Texas team, we want to give you our sincerest congrats! We LOVE nothing more than genuine love stories. You’re about to kick off forever with your person – how exciting is that?! So, no matter the plans you start making, the lists you start creating and the signatures you start signing (trust us, there will be plenty of those), remember to soak the sweetness of this time up as often as you can.

The wedding planning process is no doubt, a large undertaking. But it doesn’t have to be daunting. We’re here to help every step of the way. Let’s begin!

I'm Engaged! Now What? | How to Start the Wedding Planning Process

Photo // Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Choose Your Style and Set a Budget

First things first: before you make any other decisions, the dreaded budget conversation has to be had. You’ll soon be signing contracts and paying deposits with Every. Single. Vendor. So you can’t begin without a budget in mind! Deciding on a budget with your fiancé and your family, if they’re helping to pay, can help you make the other big decision you’ll want to begin with: your size and style. Do you want to jet off for a destination wedding with a few dozen guests? Have a small, intimate elopement? A small affair, or a giant celebration with a few hundred of your closest friends?

The money conversation can be intimidating, but it truly is the best place to start because it sets the stage for everything else. Always remember: a wedding, at the end of the day, is nothing compared to a lasting marriage. There’s absolutely no reason to cause anyone any financial hardship. No matter your budget, you’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful celebration with the ones you love most, and that’s all that counts!

Don’t be afraid to reach out to a wedding planner to help from the very beginning. Seasoned wedding planning pros will work WITHIN your budget to help you find the right venue, vendors and other details. They’ll be able to share with you what things cost, realistically, based on different variables and can help steer you in the right direction as you navigate this season and bring your vision to life.

Think About a Rough Guest List

A guest list, already? You read that right. It’s a good idea to go ahead and start considering your guest list at the beginning of the wedding planning process because your overall budget and your venue both rely significantly on how many people you’ll have in attendance. No need to have the complete list set in stone right away, but think about rough numbers of attendees who will definitely be there, as well as a “contingency” count for those who may or may not show up.

Don’t forget about +1’s, and don’t neglect talking to your close family about the guest list. It’s better to get their input from the start than to have disagreements later on about who should be invited or not invited.

Go Ahead and Book Your Venue

Aside from a wedding planner, if you’ll be using one, your venue is the first booking you’ll want to make! The venue is important for several reasons – namely, because the location of your wedding determines so many other facets of the day. Think about these factors as you explore potential venues:

  • Date – Which dates do they have availability? Venues often offer discounts for Friday or Sunday weddings.
  • Style and Amenities – Does the venue fit your vibe and come with amenities included? Or will you need to set aside more of your budget for decor and rentals
  • Capacity – How many guests can fit comfortably
  • Cost – While the venue is typically one of the more expensive bookings you’ll make, there’s no magic number or percentage of your budget a venue should hit. Just make sure that you’ll have enough budget remaining for all other must-have vendors after you’ve booked the venue, and don’t forget to consider tables, chairs and necessary decor!

It’s a Date

Remember as you go into appointments with potential venues – they may not have your dream date available. However, that doesn’t mean you still can’t have your dream day! Go in with an open mind and flexibility, but with your personal calendar in hand. Consider future commitments like holidays, busy seasons at work, potential weather concerns, and any obligations your immediate families and closest friends may already have. Once you’ve settled on a date with your venue, embrace it and get excited! This is the day you’ll remember for the rest of your lives.

Pop Some Bubbly and Take a Breather

There’s no stress quite like the stress of the wedding planning process. At some points, it’s just inevitable. Take things day by day, try to let the small issues roll off your back, and don’t forget to savor this time with your fiancé, your families and your best friends! Not every day has to involve wedding plans. Go on date nights and agree to not discuss wedding plans. Take a weekend here and there, just to yourselves. Before you know it, the plans will be finalized and it will be time to say I Do!

We’re here to help along the way with vendor recommendations and inspiration galore. We’re so happy for you! Cheers!

Bohemian Meets Southwest in this Minimalist Wedding Inspiration

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The best of both worlds come together when bohemian meets Southwest style in this stunning minimalist wedding inspiration! Beautifully captured by Megan Kay Photography, this captivating styled shoot showcases the most gorgeous details and strong pops of color on a whitewashed backdrop. With planning and shoot styling as well as florals all coordinated by Blissful Weddings & Events, this boho yet minimalist wedding scene is one characterized by its shades of orange blooms and grasses as well as moody black and maroon floral accents to carry out this editorial’s tone. Simple and chic invitations and stationery by Lyons Paperie match the minimalism of the venue perfectly, and we can’t stop staring at this bride’s incredible wedding ring – courtesy of The True Gem. Tablescapes that feel wild and free were key for this event, and we love the smoky gray chalices paired with black and gold flatware from POSH Couture Rentals. Our favorite part of this shoot where bohemian meets Southwest style is the bride’s beautifully lacey gown with the long train of our dreams from a&bé bridal shop. Read on to hear from the photographer about the planner’s vision for this stunning minimalist wedding inspiration! Cheers!

Photos // Megan Kay Photography

From the photographer: “Brittany with Blissful Weddings & Events dreamed up the idea for a beautiful, bohemian-inspired shoot at the Emerson. With a minimalistic white interior, details and color really pop. It was a fun shoot with unique pieces and a beautiful red-headed bride.”