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Is a Micro Wedding Right for You? How to Host a Joyous Celebration on a Smaller Scale

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Whether you’re concerned about the pandemic encroaching on your wedding plans, or an intimate celebration with only your closest loved ones is right up your alley anyway, you may want to consider planning a micro wedding. Technically defined as an intimate wedding celebration with 50 guests or fewer, a micro wedding contains all or most of the aspects of a traditional wedding, just on a smaller, condensed scale. In contrast to a minimony (a super small ceremony with 10 guests or less), a micro wedding still includes the important wedding day events and details – just with a smaller guest list.

With the present state of things and with restrictions on larger gatherings extended indefinitely, micro weddings are becoming a popular option for many couples who simply don’t want to wait to marry their best friend, yet still want a good group of loved ones in attendance. The extra-enticing aspect of micro weddings? Convenience. 

Many venues are now offering all-inclusive micro wedding packages, with everything a couple could need to host a joyous celebration and begin their union with a beautiful day full of love. These packages include everything from florals to cake to an officiant, with minimal planning left to think about so the couple can truly focus on the most important thing: officially starting their lives together!

Photos // Bertha Torres Photography

micro wedding at hotel crescent court

micro wedding at hotel crescent court

micro wedding at hotel crescent court

Hotel Crescent Court in Uptown Dallas, for example, now offers a micro wedding package for modern couples that includes over a dozen aspects like wine service, a champagne reception, a cake, floral arrangements and even a wedding coordinator. As a collaborative effort with other North Texas bridal vendors, Hotel Crescent Court wants brides and grooms to be able to leave the details to their team of experts, enjoy an effortless wedding planning process amidst uncertain times and say I do to their sweetheart with ease. 

With gorgeous options offered in a neutral color palette, couples may sacrifice extensive customization but can reap the benefits of convenience and savings. In fact, Hotel Crescent Court’s micro wedding packages range from only $2750 to $4500 – with so many details included and a beautiful celebration without a bunch of fuss, going the micro wedding route can be a no-brainer!


For more information on hosting a micro wedding with Hotel Crescent Court’s Current Affairs, reach out through their Brides of North Texas vendor profile! See more of this incredible wedding inspiration from the hotel here.

What to Know Before You Hire a Wedding Videographer

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If you’re considering hiring a wedding videographer to document the biggest day of your life, you no doubt have a big decision ahead of you. Just like choosing a photographer can be quite a process, deciding who to have filming your entire day is important too! As another big-ticket item on the wedding budget and one whose presence will matter long after the day is done, choosing a wedding videographer is not a decision to take lightly – but we’re here to help! Read on for a few must-know tips to keep in mind before you hire someone.

couple getting into getaway car + what to know before hiring a weddng videographer

Photo: Hannah Hix, Photographer

1. Hiring a professional matters.

With so much technology available at our fingertips these days, it’s easy to think, “I’ll just have ___ (a friend or family member) take some video.” But wedding videography is so much more than that. A professional videographer has the equipment and the know-how to capture your day in a way that evokes the best emotions, looks beautiful and lasts a lifetime. Like photographers, they’re the experts in angles, lighting and locations and can truly tell a story through film. A simple camcorder video or phone video simply won’t compare. That said, you can expect to spend just as much, if not more, on a quality videographer as you would a top-notch photographer, so be sure that’s factored into your budget before you begin your search. Some photographers also specialize in videography, and vice-versa, so it is possible to get a package deal!

2. Review the basic wedding videography styles.

While of course these styles can vary, modern wedding films typically fall into one of three stylistic categories:

Candid: the documentary version of a professional wedding film. With more emphasis on raw, candid moments happening as they truly unfolded, without cinematic-style panning shots. Candid films do typically include natural audio and sometimes voiceovers and/or instrumental tunes.

Music video: built on cinematic shots spliced together with professional effects and music overlaid, this style usually won’t include much personal audio, like vows or speeches, but will show several different aspects of the day set to beautiful songs.

Cinematic: a combination of both! With both raw, candid shots that capture dialogue and natural noises, alongside visuals captured in an epic way that will make you feel as if you’re watching a movie trailer of your very own day.

 

Standard wedding film lengths:

Trailer or Teaser: 1-2 minutes highlighting the most exciting, memorable portions of your day, with very little dialogue. The perfect length for sharing on social media!

Highlight film: 3-6 minutes covering the biggest parts of the day and often just snippets of audio like vows, letter readings and speeches. The video below falls into this category!

Short film: 8-10 minutes long and allows for more complete coverage of the audio elements listed above.

Feature film: 12-15 minutes and longer – a feature film allows for the most storytelling – often including voiceovers to tell backstories, audio from parts of the day not covered in other formats and a more complete, inclusive option to re-live your day.

Long-form: this length will include less cinematic-style editing, but should cover the most important parts of the day, your ceremony and reception, just about in their entirety.

Of course, the lengthier the wedding video, the larger the budget required, generally speaking. With this in mind, you can look at various videographers’ work and have an idea of what your film will feel like, or if you’re not able to tell, ask them what type they specialize in. Many videographers will offer a pairing of a trailer-length film along with a longer format so you can have multiple options to share.

Video // Reverent Wedding Films

3. Cover your bases.

Once you’ve found a videographer you feel a connection with, it’s time to ask a few specific questions if you can’t readily find the answers. Look thoroughly through the contract and make sure expectations are clear about turnaround time (the industry standard for wedding videos is about six months, although some wedding films can take up to a year to finish). In what format(s) will they deliver your video, and is it a format that will allow as much longevity as possible? A DVD probably isn’t ideal for the long haul, but you may want another tangible option rather than only having your film available online.

Think about the important what-if questions like what will happen in the event of bad weather, of a reschedule, or if the videographer can’t make it for some reason?  If your wedding requires the videographer to travel, which costs are you responsible for? Does your videographer have insurance and a license to legally fly drones, if they’ll be using that type of equipment? Do they only use legally licensed music and songs in post-processing? Make sure all your bases are covered!

Just as you would give the same heads-up to your photographer, you’ll want to let your videographer know if there’s anyone or anything they should make sure to capture, while at the same time, trusting them to film your day beautifully without much direction from you (remember, it’s their job! They do this all the time.)

4. Get ready to be mic’d up.

If you’ve chosen a wedding videographer who will include voices and audio dialogue as part of your final film, they’ll likely need to use various audio equipment to clearly record things. You may have a small microphone and wire attached to you for part of the day, or be asked to hold a microphone at some points. The videographer may need a block of time on your wedding day to get certain shots that will add to the quality of your film – so just be prepared and trusting of their needs. It will all be worth it in the end!


Not hiring a videographer is a regret we hear ALL the time from brides. They wish they would have allocated more of their budget to having someone record their day in a way that photography alone cannot capture. If you’re on the fence, we highly suggest springing for a professional videographer to join your wedding vendor dream team! Check out these amazing DFW wedding videographers ready to capture your best day!

Looking for tips and recommendations for picking the perfect photographer for the big day, too? We’ve got you covered with this blog. Cheers!

This Couple Dressed to the Nines for their Opera House Engagement Shoot

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There’s so much elegance and class in this opera house engagement shoot captured by The Lockharts! Kristin and Scott’s story began when they first met five years ago at a mutual friend’s gathering. Kristin was home for the holidays but would soon be returning to Louisiana for graduate school. Although Scott withheld the urge to ask for her number that night, he decided he would do so at a New Year’s Eve celebration Kristin was expected to attend with their mutual friends a few days later. When rainy, cold weather kept Kristin home on NYE, Scott made the hard decision to slide into her DMs. It was the perfect of beginning to their non-traditional love story! After two years of a long-distance phase due to Kristin’s graduate work, the pair finally reunited in the North Texas area where Scott eventually popped the question! For their November wedding, the couple is thinking clean and sophisticated with a palette of ivory, black and gold. Kristin will walk down the aisle in a gown from StarDust Celebrations, and we know she will look just as radiant as she does in this glamorous engagement shoot gallery! Their sweet day will be topped off with an open bar which they are thrilled about, and an even sweeter treat – a custom wedding cake from Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery. We can’t wait to see what they come up with based on how much class is in this couple’s oh-so-lovely engagement shoot outside this beautiful opera house. Read on to hear from the soon-to-be bride about how he proposed! Cheers to Kristin and Scott!

Photos // The Lockharts

From the bride: “We were in Atlanta visiting our families for the holiday season. It was a season for firsts – my oldest sister was hosting Christmas for the first time, it was my first time meeting some of Scott’s extended family, and it was our first holiday season where both of our immediate families were together. After a day filled with holiday traditions, gift opening, feasts and drinks, at the request of Scott and my sisters, we ended the night playing a game of Cards Against Humanity. It probably wouldn’t have been my first choice for family-friendly games since we were in the company of my grandmother, but after a few bottles of champagne, we were all just going with the flow. When it became Scott’s turn, his card was “The weather outside is frightful but ___ is so delightful.” After reading a handful of inappropriate cards, he said, “The weather outside is frightful but…getting to marry my best friend and spend the rest of my life with her…is oh-so-delightful.” As he rose to come toward me and get down on his knee, one of our favorite songs (well more specifically mine since I’ve voiced countless times wanting to walk down the aisle to this song) began playing: Sam Smith’s acoustic version of “Latch” by Disclosure. So there, on Christmas Day, in the presence of both of our families, Scott so beautifully (and unconventionally) asked me to marry him.”


Planning a wedding of your own? Find all the real wedding inspiration you could need here. Happy scrolling!

Wedding Planning 101: How Do I Set Up My Wedding Registry?

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Have questions about how to set up your wedding registry? We’ve got you covered. This simple guide will give you everything you need to know about registering and proper etiquette as well as giving you ideas for an amazing registry experience!

Wedding 101: How Do I Set Up My Wedding Registry?

THE HISTORY BEHIND YOUR WEDDING REGISTRY

Wedding gifts have been around as long as weddings themselves, but wedding registries have a unique origin that’s not as old as you may think. It’s reported that in the 1920s Marshall Fields (now Macy’s) created the first wedding registry as we know it with other stores quickly following the marketing idea. In the 1930s the depression hit and the number of marriages dropped, but in the ’40s with the world at war, marriages began to skyrocket, especially for young folks. According to experts, from the late ’40s to the mid-70’s the average couple getting married was in their early twenties. This meant that they needed a whole list of basic household supplies to start their home together, including dishes, appliances, etc.

Flash forward to today when many couples getting married are a little older than that and have been living independently. While some couples still register for those much-needed household items or upgrades, they are now adding some non-traditional elements. These include charitable giving, honeymoon funds and even new house payment contributions for those getting a new home. One of the biggest changes is from items to experiences like trips, tours, concerts and more.

From the ever-popular Kitchenaid mixer to that electric bike you’ve had your eye on, your wedding registry can be as unique as you need it to be.

 

HOW TO SET UP YOUR WEDDING REGISTRY

It’s never too early to start your wedding registry unless you’re not engaged yet. In fact, many etiquette experts recommend having at least part of it set up within two weeks of your engagement so that family and friends can select from the registry for early events such as engagement parties and the like.

Now, let’s talk about how to set up your wedding registry.

  • Talk with your partner about expectations.

Talk with your partner about how they see the process going. They may have a strong opinion or preference as well as expectations of what they think you will be registering for.

  • Assess your needs — and wants. (Make a list.)

Are you a young couple who’s never had your own place before? Are you digital nomads that work from home? Are you wanting to get funding for your honeymoon more than traditional gifts? In addition to the big questions, then you’ll want to take stock of what you need. Go into as much or as little detail as you want here. For example, if you’re looking for new towel sets, do you think three will be enough per person? Would you want both face and hand towels to match?

In addition to what you think you need, keep in mind how much you think you need of any one item.

Areas to Consider When Making Your Wedding Registry List —

  • Kitchen and Dining
  • Bedding
  • Bath
  • Home Decor
  • Home Appliances
  • Storage and Organization
  • Home Improvement
  • Patio and Gardening
  • Sports and Outdoor Equipment
  • Luggage and Travel
  • Smart Home and Electronics
  • Charitable Organizations
  • Honeymoon

Quick Tips for Registering —

  • Register for more gifts than you have wedding guests. A total of  2-3 gifts per guest as a good rule of thumb.
  • Make sure your items come in a wide range of pricing. Don’t be afraid to register for expensive items, just be sure you include a variety.

Look at other couples’ registries to see if there is anything you aren’t thinking of and consider asking friends and family that have already been married.

  • Select two to three places to register.

You’ll want to do more than one store in order to have a wide price selection for all budgets as well as to cover all the items that you may need.

One recommendation we have is to choose both a big-box store as well as a local shop with a personalized wedding registry process. (Here’s a list of local shop vendors in your area.)

Popular wedding registry stores such as Pottery Barn, Target and Bed Bath and Beyond have a one-registry solution that makes multiple stores available within a single registry to manage. For instance, Pottery Barn registries also include Williams-Sonoma and West Elm.

Three Things to Keep In Mind When Selection Your Registry Locations —

  • Do they have a good return policy?
  • What is their completion program? (Many stores give between 10-20% discounts to complete wedding registry purchases after your wedding.)
  • Do they have other perks such as honeymoon or experience funds?

Some of our favorite perks are Target’s group gifting feature, Pottery Barn’s personalized registry experience with help from a staff designer and Bloomingdale’s rewards on their clothing when couples register for home items.

When you’re picking where you want to register, don’t overlook anything. If you’re needing furniture to set up your new home, look at furniture stores and don’t be afraid of registering for basics like storage and organization items.

Not sure where to look? Here are some of the most popular places to register.

Popular Places to Register Include —

  • Amazon
  • Target
  • Pottery Barn
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Dillards
  • Macy’s
  • Crate & Barrel
  • The Container Store
  • Ikea
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Wayfair
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Walmart
  • Honeyfund
  • Lowes or Home Depot
  • Sur La Table

These are some of the most popular places to register, but there’s no limit to where you can register for your wedding.

  • Schedule a one-on-one appointment.

You could go it alone and get your wedding registry done online, but you’ll miss out on a lot of good things. For places like Amazon or Wayfair, online is a convenient option, but when you have the option, utilize all the expert help and get all the extra perks. From staff designers that can help blend your two styles in home decor to a complementary glass of wine while you shop, there’s no reason not to register in person when you can.

To schedule your appointment, visit the store’s site and begin the wedding registry process. For local stores that may not have an online process, call ahead and book your appointment.

  • Review your registry.

Once your registry is live, go back and look it over. Be sure you didn’t accidentally scan 20 avocado slicers or only have hand towels listed and so on. Also, make sure your wedding registry was made public.

  • Let people know about the wedding registry.

Let family and close friends know where you’ve registered, so they can answer people when they ask. Add it to your wedding website, if you have one. Etiquette experts recommend not having a link to your registry and not the store names on the homepage of your website. Most people today will do a Google search of your name to find your wedding registry.

 

WEDDING REGISTRY ETIQUETTE

  • Never list your registry on your wedding invitations. 

While many former etiquette “faux pas” are no longer taboo, it is still considered inappropriate to list your registry on your wedding invitations. It is considered okay for friends hosting events for your wedding to share where you’re registered.

  • Have your registry finished at least three to six months before the wedding. 

It’s polite to give guests at least this much time in order to be able to purchase a gift at their convenience. But the earlier you register, the better.

  • Your thank you’s should go out as quickly as possible and no later than 3 months after the event itself. 

There’s no need to pause politeness for a specific timeline. You can send thank you’s as soon as you receive gifts, but it’s highly recommended that you send them no later than three months after your wedding.

  • Give people plenty of choices.

Give your guests plenty of choices at different price points and be sure there are more items you’ve registered for than guests. Not only does this allow people to buy multiple items, but it also allows you to enjoy the discount to complete your registry after the wedding.

 

PRO TIPS FOR YOUR WEDDING REGISTRY

  • Make sure you have the best address listed for items to ship to — and consider using shipping pauses if needed.
  • Don’t overlook storage and organization items.
  • Avoid registering for seasonal items.
  • Register for more gifts than you have guests.
  • Think further down the road and register for items you need in the future.
  • Don’t forget about adding home decor.
  • Have items in a range of prices.
  • Think about your entertaining habits and needs.
  • Select pieces that could become heirlooms.
  • Try to select items that have multiple purposes.

Remember that a registry is simply a convenience for your guests and they aren’t required to purchase something from it. This is just one part of a very special time in your life.

You’ve got all you need to have an amazing registry and a great experience registering. Happy Registering!


For more wedding planning help, check out our helpful resource — “How to Start the Planning Process.”

 

9 Romantic European-Inspired North Texas Wedding Venues

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Nothing says romance more than a European-inspired wedding! With intimate ceremony and reception spaces, these nine European-inspired North Texas wedding venues are sure to bring all the amore and intimacy you’re looking for in your wedding day. Complete with breathtaking landscape, stunning architectural elements, and unique European-inspired decor and accents, you’re sure to find something about each of these venues to fall in love with. Scroll to read a little about each and to find the perfect venue for you. Happy planning!

Artistide | Colleyville – Light, bright, and beautiful! Aristide | Colleyville is a Tuscan-inspired villa, complemented with lovely ivy accents and and the most awe-inspiring architecture. Filled with bright white walls and light natural stone, any wedding is guaranteed to pop against their neutral colored backgrounds. Have your ceremony in their light and airy chapel, complete with wooden pews, vaulted ceilings and a touch of elegance with their crystal chandeliers. If you’re wanting an outdoor garden party, their Tuscan courtyard has everything you need – adorned with twinkling lights and lush landscape, this area will tie the whole evening together perfectly. With space for up to 275 guests, Aristide | Colleyville is the most beautiful location for any Tuscan-inspired affair!

9 Romantic European-Inspired North Texas Wedding Venues

Aristide | Mansfield – Isn’t Aristide | Mansfield one of the most gorgeous venues you’ve ever seen? Their natural stone Tuscan Villa is the ideal location for a couple wanting a moody and romantic celebration. Nestled on two acres of lush landscape, their outdoor patio and cocktail areas are intimate spaces for the perfect reception, and their grand staircase is spectacular when it comes to an elegant outdoor ceremony location. Their grand ballroom is quintessential Tuscan, having elegant chandeliers and wooden beams that complement any wedding theme or style. With so many unique details, this Tuscan-inspired villa is sure to be at the top of your list for European-styled venues!

Dallas Palms – Dallas Palms is an exquisite European-styled villa just outside of the big city! With three spacious ballrooms, each complete with their own private garden space, Dallas Palms is guaranteed to be the ultimate location for the couple that is looking for a party, both indoors and out. The palm trees lining the property give off the most subtle and unique destination wedding vibe that will give you your own private oasis. Complete with their full-service wedding planners, this dreamy wedding venue is an easy choice for any wedding!

Hotel Crescent Court – Luxury is all we can say about Hotel Crescent Court – a grand European hotel venue in Dallas! Have your ceremony 17 stories high with the breathtaking Dallas skyline as your ceremony backdrop (how stunning?!) in their Crescent Club. For the most beautiful outdoor ceremony, their private courtyard garden offers an intimate location full of luscious trees, twinkling lights and stone accents. Hotel Crescent Court is the perfect versatile location for any bride looking for an elegant and European-styled venue!

Photo// Allen Tsai Photography

The Olana – The Olana is a French-inspired wedding venue in North Dallas that is unlike any other! As one of the most stunning architectural venues in Texas and with grandeur beyond compare, this venue is without-a-doubt the perfect location for the couple that is wanting a grand and European-style feel for their wedding day. Located on 40 acres of open land, both the back and front terraces serve as lush outdoor ceremony locations. Inside, light and airy ballrooms and ceremony locations full of natural light and French accents bring uniqueness and warmth to any wedding day. Being picture perfect at every angle, we’re convinced there’s nothing The Olana doesn’t offer!

Photo // Bethany Erin Photography

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek – Ballroom weddings, garden weddings, mansion weddings… which type of weddings can’t the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek host? This beautiful renovated historic mansion in Dallas is making all of our European-inspired wedding dreams come true! Rustic terra cotta walls make for the perfect backdrop and bring in an extra pop of color that most venues don’t offer. Subtle Italian-inspired accents like their motifs add European-style details that add elegant details to any wedding day. Your wedding will be unforgettable at this one-of-a-kind venue!

Umbra La Buena Vida Vineyards – Nothing has a destination wedding vibe more than a Tuscan-inspired vineyard wedding! Umbra La Buena Vida Vineyards is an oh-so romantic and classy vineyard wedding venue, perfect for the couple wanting a destination wedding vibe. Both their al fresco and indoor ceremony spaces boast remarkable views of their on-site vineyard – it’s easy to say there’s no other view like it around! This upscale yet natural and romantic venue has so many elegant accents: dark wood beams, chandeliers and sconces, and stained concrete floors create the most moody and warm environment for your wedding day. It’s easy to say we’re in love with this venue, and we know you will be, too!

Verona Villa – Verona Villa is a Tuscan-inspired dream! Beautiful Italian stone and wrought iron accents complement the luscious three-acres and gardens this stunning venue is nestled on. Their outdoor terrace overlooks their breathtaking landscape and lets you and your guests celebrate the night underneath the stars – you’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight to Italy! Inside, their two ceremony and reception spaces have enough room to throw the ultimate party for you and 250 guests. It’s no wonder this venue is an easy choice for a European-inspired wedding!

Photo// Alyssa Grace Photography

Wildwood Inn – With on site accommodations and being picture-perfect at every angle, the Wildwoood Inn is the ultimate European-inspired hotel wedding venue! This intimate boutique-style hotel has abundant natural light and plenty of windows, ensuring your wedding is bright, light and airy. Settled on four acres of wooded gardens and property, the Wildwood Inn offers everything you could need for a cozy and romantic wedding day. Special details like their full glass French doors and windows and a large hand-carved fireplace make this venue more charming and unique than you could imagine. We guarantee you’ll never want to leave this romantic European-inspired venue!

Photo// Marissa Meritt Photography


Interested in something a little more modern? See our full list of North Texas wedding venues here.