Every couple planning a wedding has different priorities or elements they focus on when they envision their big day. Some want a flawless design with cohesive elements at every turn. Others fancy a palpable WOW factor with statement-making attire and a look that pops. Or maybe you’re the couple who just wants the day to go smoothly and make each guest feel special. There’s no right or wrong way to go about it, but prioritizing your desires for your big day is important! Keeping your essentials top of mind can help you figure out how to budget wisely and where the bulk of your funds should go. Not sure where your priorities might lie? Read on and discover what means most to you and how to prioritize those precious dollars to bring your dream vision to life.
The Focus: Over the Top Design
If your wedding day vision includes a space where every last detail is designed to the nines and executed flawlessly, the following three visual elements should be your focus. Magnificent florals, a jaw-dropping cake and an invitation suite that set the tone for an incredible, thoughtfully planned day: that’s what’s in store when you invest in these details.
Floral + Design
Floral: Dr Delphinium Designs & Events
Floral experts want you to feel the power of the flowers deep in your soul. Florists take the utmost pride in creating stunning designs that can transform any space. From bouquets to centerpieces, arches, altars, floral walls and everything in between, you won’t regret having floral magic as part of your big day.
Photo: Allen Tsai Photography // Also pictured: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Top Tier Event Rentals, Perch Event Decor, Nüage Designs
Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery
Because dessert shouldn’t be an afterthought, having a custom, one-of-a-kind wedding cake at your reception can be quite the experience! Let your cake be a beautifully designed, tasteful (and tasty) treat for all.
Photo: Jen Morley Burner
Invitations: Illustrated Weddings by Lola Lorena
Your stationery should be as unique as you and your partner. From the moment your guests open their custom-designed invitation suite, complete with hand-drawn artistic elements, until long past their arrival, these paper details will set the tone of your entire wedding.
Photo: Sara Donaldson // Also pictured: Celedon Style, Moss Floral, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Focus: Capturing the Day
Maybe you’re not sure exactly what your day will look like, but you know that however it turns out, you want every last moment to be cherished forever. After all, the day goes by in such a flash. It’s so important to be able to look back and feel the emotions of the day with beautifully captured memories to help. A focus on photography will ensure your memories live on!
Photographer: Stephanie Michelle Photography
In your photographer’s eyes, your wedding day is just the beginning. It’s your marriage that leaves the legacy, so let them capture day one of that legacy in the most timeless and beautiful way possible. You’ll fall in love with the images captured and want to frame them all over your home!
Photo: Stephanie Michelle Photography // Also pictured: The Springs Event Venue, Jose Lopez Beauty Salon
Calligraphy: Lonestar Letter
Don’t just leave precious photo moments up to your photographer… get your guests in on the action too! Investing in cute signage displaying your wedding hashtag will not only add to your wedding decor, but to your memory bank as well with the images your friends and fam capture throughout the celebration.
Photo Booth: LeForce Entertainment
Add infectious energy with tangible mementos to boot – with a photo lounge at your reception! Having super fun backdrops, props and printable photos that your guests can take home, everyone will remember the fun they had celebrating as you said “I do!”
Photo: Cortney Dani Photography // Also pictured: Fort Worth Club, Glitter and Glue Weddings and Events
The Focus: Off Without a Hitch
Perhaps it’s simply enjoying the moment that’s most important to you. Taking it all in, not worrying about a thing and just focusing on the love of your life and the love that surrounds you both. If that sounds like your dream day, we’ve got the team for you!
Wedding Planner: House of Tales Events
With a professional planner to help streamline things, you can ensure your stress stays at a minimum throughout the entire preparation process as well as on your wedding day. Let them take care of the logistics, so you can focus on the fun. You’ll breathe a sigh of relief when you can relax and enjoy your wedding day, leaving the details to the pros!
Photo: Lorena Burns Photography // Also pictured: David Kimmel Designs, Jill’s Organic Garden, Jeffrey Lynn Burns, Pink Champagne Designs
Photographer: Marissa Merritt Photography
Let your photographer serve you and your partner with gorgeous photos to last a lifetime. They will be ready to document your day as it unfolds, offering guidance while staying behind the scenes as an observer of your true story and genuine emotions, but always there to lend a helping hand!
Entertainment: Marquise Pro
Keep the good times rolling with an awesome DJ for your reception. Having experienced emcees, musicians, DJs and lighting pros for your big day, you’ll be the host of one celebration your guests will never forget – and one you’ll enjoy worry-free from start to finish!
Photo: Rocio Ramirez
The Focus: All About the Look
If getting glammed up like never before is what excites you most, you’ll want to invest in a team of vendors at the top of their styling game. From the dress to the jewelry and of course, hair and makeup, you’ll look and feel your very best, basking in bridal beauty as you say “I do” to your sweetheart. Think of this team as your personal glam squad!
Hair & Makeup
Hair + Makeup: Etoilly Artistry
You’ll want to hire some of the very best in the biz that are true pros at creating incredible hair and makeup looks to help you feel like the very best version of yourself. With all eyes on you and your partner, an incredible beauty team can help you feel ultra-confident. You go, smoke show!
Bridal Gown: Bridal Boutique
Wow your guests as you walk down the aisle in a dress that looks like it was made for you! Hire professional bridal stylists that want to help you have FUN picking out the dress of your dreams because you’ll certainly have fun wearing it!
Photo: courtesy of Berta
Fine Jewelry: L’unique Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
Glam up your look with truly unique jewels and designs you won’t see anywhere else! Create a stunning engagement ring, sparkling wedding bands, and fine jewelry to complete your look.
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