Luxurious Dallas Wedding at the Adolphus Hotel
When you see a wedding as pretty as this Dallas wedding, it’s impossible not to get starry eyed. Especially when the wedding is dripping with gorgeous chandeliers and candelabra with tall candles that remind you of Beauty and the Beast! This specific wedding was romantic in every aspect from the intimate ceremony setting to the luxurious reception filled with lush florals, romantic candlelights and fountains of champagne.
Let’s face it – most guys aren’t natural shoppers. They’re not really great at details and have a tendency to procrastinate, a few reasons why groomsmen gift shopping can be a challenge for most grooms. After all, time and sincere effort goes into selecting appropriate, practical, and memorable mementos.
In the attempt to come up with unique, creative ideas to thank their groomsmen, some grooms get often stuck in limbo. A misconception about groomsmen gifts is that it has to be either one of these: funny, unique, or functional. Truth is, groomsmen gifts can be all those three and more.
There is no single formula to scoring great groomsmen finds but the list of “to dos” definitely make the process a lot easier.
Opt for unique gifts
Knowing your groomsmen individually helps in making an informed gift choice. It is best for grooms to make the time to learn about each groomsman’s hobbies or interests. While it is no crime to consider coordinated and/or matching gifts, it is also worth noting that each guy is different. Finding gifts specifically for each individual shows the extra effort put into the gift-selection process. This caricature from Groovy Groomsmen Gifts can be a perfect gift for your superhero-loving buddy.
Go for gifts that have great practical value
Men are not the type to collect trinkets. As a fellow guy, the groom knows that men appreciate items that can be of use to them. Consider getting tokens built for function over gifts that have no more than a comic appeal. Should the groom prefer matching gifts for his groomsmen, it is best to go for something that will generally be useful to the recipient, regardless of his personality.
Give a thoughtfully written thank you note
Groomsmen gifts serve the purpose of being the tangible representation of the groom’s appreciation for his groomsmen. Although the item itself says a lot, it is always best to complement it with a handwritten thank you note. It adds a subtle but significant personal touch to the gift.
Wrap your gifts nicely
Presentation matters when it comes gift-giving as this is the first thing groomsmen notice. Cool packaging adds to the anticipation of opening the unknown. It is also a great way to incorporate quirky, whimsical twists to groomsmen gifts. Look for gifts that come in special casing for the ultimate wow factor. This 3 piece gift in a box set also from Groovy Groomsmen Gifts makes for a great groomsmen gift idea.
Have your gifts ready at least a month before the wedding
We know that weddings can be overwhelming and both the bride and groom’s schedule become packed as days go by. Before anyone realizes, months turn to weeks, and weeks to days. Pulling of a task as important as selecting gifts for groomsmen requires time. A month before the wedding gives the groom ample time to look at options.
When the pair started planning their July 11, 2015, wedding, they let Ashley’s love of sweets and bubbly lead the way. “I wanted to incorporate the glamour and fun that a glass of champagne evokes,” says the bride, so she asked Meredith Commender of Significant Events of Texas help bring her vision to life. Shaun Menary Photography captured every glamorous, glittering detail of this couple’s Texas bash.
Our national parks here in UT are world renowned, so it comes as no surprise that some people pin point us for their destination wedding! Lauren wandered herself to the Moab area after she graduated form vet school and knew that this was the place she would get married someday. Brian was clearly accommodating and the two of them hired Significant Events of Texas and together they nailed one of the best destination weddings we have seen take place in UT!
Lauren and Brian had a beautiful intimate destination wedding among the vast rock formations of Utah in Arches National Park, where a select group of friends and family gathered to witness their nuptials before celebrating beneath the stars, and later, heading to Denver for a reception. The couple’s wedding planner, Meredith Commender of Significant Events of Texas, shared with us the story of this oh-so unique destination wedding.
All you fashion lovers out there, this one’s for you. Katherine O’Brien Photography photographed the wedding day of Matt and Katy, who work for VICE Magazine and 3.1 Phillip Lim respectively, so it’s little surprise that their wedding day would be all kinds of stylish. Throw Bows + Arrows into the mix for floral design? We’re sold, a million times over.
2015 has been the best year yet at Significant Events. We successfully completed 40 events this year once again for our fabulous clients. Here are some of our most memorable moments of the year:
MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL GOWN: ASHLEY’S GOWN (by Jenny Packham)
Ashley’s tulle and crystal couture gown by Jenny Packham was simply breathtaking. The draping of the tulle and the open back detailing made it one of the most beautiful gowns we have ever seen, and Ashley looked radiant in it!
MOST MEMORABLE BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: LESLIE’S BRIDESMAIDS 2015 was the year of bridesmaids wearing different styles and often different colors in a cohesive fashion. We loved the different shades of blush and nude that Leslie’s bridesmaids wore, each style and shade complimentary to each bridesmaid.
MOST MEMORABLE GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: TRAVIS & HIS GROOMSMEN While Travis and his groomsmen sure did look sharp in their black suits with royal blue ties, we loved the superhero shirts they had on underneath. Made for some great pics!
MOST MEMORABLE HAIR & MAKE-UP: AW WEDDING HAIR We love Angie with AW Wedding Hair. She is consistently one of our favorite hair & make-up artists year after year and a great office mate as well! This year she helped beautify our brides Angela, Mrudula, Julie, Kimberlee, and their bridal parties!
MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING DESIGN: ASHLEY & CLAY’S WEDDING (The Adolphus Hotel, Stems of Dallas, Beyond, Prashe, La Tavola Linen, Southern Fried Paper, Shaun Menary Photography) Ashley & Clay’s wedding was one of the most beautiful we have ever had the chance to design. Gorgeous candlelight in so many different fashions, beautiful florals, elegant lighting and linens, created the most classic wedding glamour. We loved it!
MOST MEMORABLE DESTINATION WEDDING: LAUREN & BRIAN’S WEDDING IN MOAB AND DENVER (Arches National Park, Plum Sage Floral, Moab Under Canvas, Canyonlands by Night, The Willinghams Photography, Four Seasons Denver, Ecletic Hive, Skyline Productions, Significantly Said) What a once-in-a-lifetime experience it was to create Lauren & Brian’s wedding adventure! The ceremony was held in Arches National Park and was followed by a sunset river cruise on the Colorado River, a delicious dinner on the cliffs, and dessert and drinks around the campfire of our “glamping” hotel! Three days later the reception was held at the Four Seasons Denver and the design reflected the entire experience.
MOST MEMORABLE CORPORATE EVENT: SEALED AIR’S 40th ANNIVERSARY (Marianne’s Rentals, Beyond, Billy Sims BBQ, Blooming Balloons, LeForce Entertainment, Connie Duglin Linen, E.H. Teasley, Darah Soria Photography) In 2015, Sealed Air celebrated 40 years at their plant in Iowa Park, TX and hired Significant Events to bring the anniversary milestone together for 600 guests. The event was a rousing success, and we loved seeing this wonderful company celebrate their employees in style!
MOST MEMORABLE EVENT DECOR: PRASHE Prashe once again provided incredible decor pieces for the weddings this year of Ashley & Clay, Jane & Eddie, and Mrudula & Brian, whose mandap for their Hindu ceremony definitely showcased the beautiful work that Prashe does for Indian weddings!
MOST MEMORABLE D.I.Y.: LAUREN & ZACH’S SIGNAGE Lauren & Zach worked together to create some fun and lovely signage for their wedding that looked as professional as anything they could have purchased! From welcome signage to bar signage to escort cards, these Do-It-Yourself pieces were some of the best we’ve seen!
MOST MEMORABLE BOUQUETS: LUSH COUTURE FLORAL It was no surprise that the bouquets at Alex’s and Brittany’s weddings were voted as 2 of the best bouquets of 2015 by Brides.com. Lush Couture Floral created amazing floral handhelds for those two weddings as well as for Catherine’s and Angela’s. We are always impressed by owner Deitra Butler’s talent!
MOST MEMORABLE CENTERPIECES: BRANCHING OUT Any wedding with Branching Out is sure to be lovely, and this year the weddings of Esther & Paul, Elizabeth & Wil, Mrudula & Brian, and Mollie & James were no exception. Beautiful lush pieces with loads of texture and colors made our tables look so lovely. Thank you, Debby & team!
MOST MEMORABLE HEAD TABLE: JANE & EDDIE’S HEAD TABLE (Haute Floral, BBJ Linen, Posh Couture Rentals) One of the most incredible head tables we have ever seen! Haute Floral did the most amazing job creating the stunning floral above and below. Linens and crystal chair sleeves from BBJ Linen added some sparkle, and the chairs and chargers from Posh Couture Rentals were the perfect finishing touch!
MOST MEMORABLE LIGHTING: ABSOLUTE Lighting makes all the difference, and this was shown the best this year with the beautiful lighting by Absolute at the weddings of Jane & Eddie, Esther & Paul, and Mollie & James. It transformed the room and created interested from the ceiling to the floor.
MOST MEMORABLE AUDIO-VISUAL/TECHNICAL PRODUCTION: BEYOND In 2015, Significant Events did more corporate and non-profit events than ever before, and Beyond was on-hand to provide A/V and Technical Production from all of them, ranging in size from 250-800 guests. Their services helped our clients convey their message to attendees each time.
MOST MEMORABLE LINENS: BBJ LINEN Year after year BBJ Linen provides the most wonderful linens to dress our tables, and 2015 was no different. We loved the linens they provided for Angela & Brent, Lauren & Zach, Mrudula & Brian, Catherine & Chase, Julie & Ben, Amanda & Simon, Jane & Eddie, Kimberlee & Andrew, and Katie & Troy!
MOST MEMORABLE RENTALS: CELEBRATION EVENT RENTAL From tents to staging to chairs to linens to wedding decor, Celebration can and did do it all for us this year. Their staff is always so helpful and professional, and their product is top notch!
MOST MEMORABLE INVITATION SUITE: LAUREN & BRIAN’S INVITATIONS (Significantly Said)
We had the best time designing Lauren & Brian’s entire invitation suite. Significantly Said designer Jessica Oviedo created these vintage postcard style Save the Dates complete with photography by The Willinghams. Two sets of invitations were necessary for our two celebrations in Moab and Denver, all using a mix of textures and colors as well as custom rubber stamping. The rubber stamping was also used on and in the guests’ Welcome Boxes. The suite truly reflected the wedding itself!
MOST MEMORABLE CEREMONY LOCATION: PERKINS CHAPEL Perkins Chapel on the SMU campus is one of our very favorite ceremony locations, and it was as well for the weddings of Alex & Austin, Brittany & Ricky, and Mollie & James. The classic architecture, neutral palette, and intimate size make it a perfect setting for any wedding ceremony!
MOST MEMORABLE RECEPTION VENUE: ROSINE HALL AT THE DALLAS ARBORETUM We have coordinated many weddings in Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum, but this year were some of our favorites. The room is a great size and price and surrounded by one of the best terraces in Dallas. It transforms beautifully with decor and lighting and was an excellent reception spot for Lauren & Zach, Brittany & Ricky, and Jane & Eddie.
MOST MEMORABLE PHOTOGRAPHY: THE TARNOS Moving portraits and fun candids are the signature of Britney & Ben Tarno who we worked with this year for the weddings of Brittany & Ricky, Angela & Brent, and Mollie & James. Such a fun team to work with, and the resulting photos are always so nice!
MOST MEMORABLE VIDEOGRAPHY: DREAM DRIVEN MEDIA We had a great time working with our office mates Dream Driven Media so many times this year! We so appreciate the moving memories they created for Angela & Brent, Julie & Ben, and Amanda & Simon.
MOST MEMORABLE DJ’S: LEFORCE ENTERTAINMENT LeForce Entertainment always brings the fun and professionalism to our weddings with their talented MC’s. This year we worked with Domnic for Megan & Travis’s wedding, with Cratin for Brittany & Ricky’s wedding, with Ed for Angela & Brent’s wedding and Lauren & Zach’s wedding, and Glenn for Katie & Troy’s wedding and Sarah & Shaun’s wedding.
MOST MEMORABLE CATERING: WOLFGANG PUCK CATERING The most delicious and creative meals of the year were created by Wolfgang Puck Catering for the weddings of Mrudula & Brian, Catherine & Chase, and Sarah & Shaun. Great taste and beautiful presentation!
MOST MEMORABLE CEREMONY OFFICIANT: KEN BYRD (Love Notes) Always professional, charming, and caring, Love Notes’ officiant Ken Byrd makes our ceremonies run flawlessly and makes our clients feel so comfortable. We love Ken!
MOST MEMORABLE EVENT HASHTAG: #LUEKINGGOOD Brittany & Ricky Lueking created our favorite hashtag of the year for their wedding with a play on their newly shared last name! Check out all of the photos on Instagram under #luekinggood!
MOST MEMORABLE SURPRISE: THE PENGUIN DANCE AT AMANDA & SIMON’S WEDDING Guests received a fun surprise when a life-sized penguin joined the crowd, and led the guests in the Penguin Dance! It was a first for us to see as well! We even convinced the penguin to stick around for the Cupid Shuffle and the Wobble afterwards (;
Thank you to our clients and vendor partners who made this year so wonderful! We are excited for what is ahead in 2016! Happy New Year!
Meredith, Rachel, Kristin, Kelli, Elizabeth, Anitha, and Jessica