2017’s Most Memorable Moments

Our busiest year ever! With 57 events completed, we are so proud of the great year 2017 has been. Here are our Most Memorable Moments!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL GOWN: CHRISTINE’S GOWN (Hailey Paige)
Christine’s feminine and flouncy Hailey Paige gown was stunning from top to bottom with delicate lace detailing and modern back design. It was the perfect gown for our beautiful bride!

MOST MEMORABLE GOWN CHANGE: SHARON’S CEREMONY & RECEPTION GOWNS Sharon’s two looks for her wedding day were both reflective of her Christian faith and Indian culture, and she looked beautiful in both!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: LINDSEY’S BRIDESMAIDS Mix and match bridesmaids’ dresses done right! We loved Lindsey’s bridesmaids’ mixed jewel tones paired with their bohemian bouquets.

MOST MEMORABLE GROOM’S PARTY ATTIRE: NICK & HIS GROOMSMENNothing beats a classic tuxedo on a group of handsome gents. Nick and his groomsmen epitomized this look on Nick & Becca’s big day.

MOST MEMORABLE HAIR & MAKE-UP: AW WEDDING HAIR It’s always a day of beauty when our brides work with Angie Williams of AW Wedding Hair and she provides classic glamour services to our bridal parties such as those this year for Blayne, Dani, Carley, Parker, Rachel, and Katie P.

MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING DESIGN: CHRISTIE & BLAKE’S WEDDING (Union Station, Kate Foley Designs, Beyond, Lawson’s Event Rental, BBJ Linen, Bella Acento, Fauxcades, Significantly Said) Christie and Blake’s wedding was elegant perfection complete with ivory and gold letterpress invitations by Significantly Said; lovely green and white floral arrangements by Kate Foley; ivory, gold, and velvet linens by BBJ, lounge furniture and stage design by Bella Acento & Fauxcades, and lighting to highlight everything by Beyond. Definitely one of our favorite wedding designs of all time!

MOST MEMORABLE ROOM TRANSFORMATION: HEIN’S 40th ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT CAVANAUGH FLIGHT MUSEUM (Astounding Sounds, Shag Carpet) We completely transformed a hangar at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum into a colorful and festive environment for Hein’s Anniversary Party thanks to lighting from Astounding Sounds and decor from Shag Carpet!

MOST MEMORABLE SOUTH ASIAN WEDDING: NINA & ALEX’S WEDDING (Union Station, One Event Decor by Nalini, DJ Riz Entertainment, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Edmonson Photography, MNMFoto Videography, Happy Trails Carriage, Vindu Catering, Sugar Bee Sweets, Our Place Catering, Significantly Said) Nina and Alex had a full day of celebration for 400 guests including a baraat, Hindu ceremony, luncheon, dinner, and reception with loads of beautiful decor, great food, and a blast of a party!

MOST MEMORABLE CORPORATE EVENT: TRITON DME’S 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ARABIAN NIGHTS EXTRAVAGANZA (Prashe, CN Catering, Beyond, Shag Carpet, Lakeview Bakery, LeForce Entertainment, B3 Entertainment, Authentic Belly Dancing Entertainment, Blow Hookah, D&L Protective Services, Dirty Little Freaks Band, Krauzian Images, KM Henna Artistry, Premier Transportation, Significantly Said, Victory Photo & Video) What a party! We celebrated TritonDME’s 5th Anniversary with an over-the-top Arabian Nights themed celebration at the CEO’s home complete with a camel and monkey for photo opportunities, hookah lounge, henna artistry, fortune telling, palm reading, incredible themed decor, and fabulous food and entertainment. It was a party the guests will not soon forget!

MOST MEMORABLE CHARITABLE EVENT: DALLAS HEARING FOUNDATION’S 9th ANNUAL FUNDRAISER So wonderful to be part of this event for the last 9 years! Our gala this year focused on the feelings of joy, hope, empowerment, faith, resolve, determination, and success that DHF provides to its recipients year after year. Bright colors and bright smiles as we raised money for this noteworthy cause punctuated the evening.

MOST MEMORABLE SOCIAL EVENT: DAVID’S RETIREMENT PARTY (Park City Club, Justin Cash Trio, Haute Floral, Frosted Art, BBJ Linen, Significantly Said, John Christopher Photography) Such a special party to be part of, celebrating David’s career and life in style. It was an emotional and beautiful evening for David and his family!

MOST MEMORABLE EVENT DECOR: PRASHE The team at Prashe provided exceptional decor for a wide range of our events this year including Triton DME’s 5th Anniversary Party, Tareen & Shumon’s Wedding, Rita & Eric’s Wedding, and Karla & Julian’s Wedding.

MOST MEMORABLE EVENT FURNITURE: SHAG CARPET We love working with the folks at Shag Carpet for all kinds of event decor, but this year they were standouts with great lounge furniture pieces for Hein’s 40th Anniversary, Stream Realty’s Broker Appreciation Event, and Karla & Julian’s rehearsal dinner.

MOST MEMORABLE D.I.Y.: BROOKE & KYLEN’S WEDDING Our graphic designer bride Brooke did a beautiful job for her wedding design creating letterpressed invitations, table numbers, escort cards, and signage. Additionally, Brooke’s family created their own S’mores station for a fun dessert for guests!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL BOUQUETS: PETALS COUTURE Such beautiful bouquets for our brides Blayne, Brooke, Stephanie, and Jennifer to carry this year courtesy of Petals Couture. We loved all of the pieces designer Emily created this year for us!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDESMAIDS’ BOUQUETS: KATE FOLEY DESIGNS Such pretty bouquets always for our bridesmaids from Kate Foley, including these this year for the bridesmaids of Christie, Shannon, and Katie P.!

MOST MEMORABLE CENTERPIECES: HAUTE FLORAL So many gorgeous centerpieces this year from designer Kristen Wolchik of Haute Floral. We loved the pieces she produced for the reception designs of Dani & Chris, Tareen & Shumon, Ashley & Kelsey, and Jerri & Tom as well as for David’s Retirement Party and the DHF Gala.

MOST MEMORABLE LARGE SCALE FLORAL: LUSH COUTURE FLORAL Spectacular altars and other large scale pieces were created this year for our weddings courtesy of designer Deitra Butler at Lush Couture Floral. We were wowed by the pieces she designed for the weddings of Laiken & Tanner, Felicia & Kyle, Parker & John, and Sarah & Kevin!

MOST MEMORABLE HEAD TABLE: CARLEY & CHAD’S HEAD TABLE (Branching Out, BBJ Linen, Beyond) Loved Carley and Chad’s beauty of a head table with floral by Branching Out, linens and chargers by BBJ Linen, and lighting by Beyond!

MOST MEMORABLE LIGHTING: LEFORCE ENTERTAINMENT Lighting makes all the difference and our friends at LeForce Entertainment brought so many of our events to light beautifully this year including the weddings of Laiken & Tanner, Erin & Brandon, Jennifer & Andy, Brittini & Skyler, Hannah & Creighton, Karen & Geoff, Brooke & Kylen, Katie P. & Cody, Katie T. & Justin, Tareen & Shumon, Blayne & Travis, Melissa & Greg, Shannon & Armando, and Karla & Julian as well as the Canyon Falls Fallapalooza.

MOST MEMORABLE AV/TECHNICAL PRODUCTIONS: BEYOND The team at Beyond always makes sure our A/V needs for our corporate events are top notch and that was the case for the Service First Mortgage’s Company Rally and Sales Summit and Stream Realty’s Trammel Crow Reveal and Summit.

MOST MEMORABLE CAKES: FROSTED ART Bronwen Weber and her team at Frosted Art blew us away this year with some of our favorite cakes of all time including for the weddings of Mayeesa & Mashrur, Rachel & Travis, Stephanie & Lucas, Jennifer & Andy, Christine & Kevin, and Sarah & Kevin as well as for David’s Retirement Party.

MOST MEMORABLE DESSERTS: AMUSE BAKE SHOP It’s been so exciting to see pastry designer Raelyn Peters grow in leaps and bounds this year with Amuse Bake Shop. We loved all the tasty and fun treats she created for the weddings of Karen & Geoff, Christie & Blake, and Karla & Julian; the branded treats for Stream Realty, QTS, and DHF; and the awesome cookies she made for Meredith’s son’s birthday party!

MOST MEMORABLE LINENS: BBJ LINEN Year after year BBJ continually provides a wonderful service and beautiful linens to compliment our events and they did so again this year for the weddings of Brooke & Kylen, Christie & Blake, Christine & Kevin, Dani & Chris, Felicia & Kyle, Jennifer & Andy, Karen & Geoff, Katie P. & Cody, Katie T. & Justin, Laiken & Tanner, Madeleine & Joe, Rita & Eric, and Sarah & Kevin as well as for David’s Retirement Party.

MOST MEMORABLE RENTALS: DUCKY-BOB’S/M&M/MARQUEE EVENT RENTALS Great rentals provided this year for the DHF Gala, the Service First Mortgage Company Rally, QTS’s Ft. Worth Facility Dedication, and the weddings of Dani & Chris and Carley & Chad.

MOST MEMORABLE INVITATION SUITE: ERIN & BRANDON’S INVITATIONS by Significantly Said Erin and Brandon requested an elegant night-time feel to their invitations and Significantly Said Invitation Designer Abby Leal delivered on all levels, creating their Dallas night-sky invitation suite which looked magical printed on sparkly metallic paper paired with dark blue envelopes with white printing.

MOST MEMORABLE CEREMONY LOCATION: THE DALLAS ARBORETUM Always a favorite year after year, the Dallas Arboretum offers so many beautiful ceremony spots such as the Color Garden for Dani & Chris’s wedding and the Women’s Garden for Tareen & Shumon’s nikkah.

MOST MEMORABLE RECEPTION LOCATION: THE ADOLPHUS HOTEL We have continued to love our experiences with the professional staff and gorgeous setting at The Adolphus Hotel such as the receptions this year for Katie P. & Cody, Katie T. & Justin, Shannon & Armando, and Sarah & Kevin.

MOST MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS: THE TARNOS It’s always great to to see the lovely engagement photos that Britney & Ben Tarno create for our couples such as this year for Brooke & Kylen and Katie P. & Cody!

MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSEPH MARK PHOTOGRAPHY Such beautiful photography this year from Joe & Stephanie Ellis of Joseph Mark Photography. Whether stunning portraits or fun candids, they preserved amazing timeless memories for Blayne & Travis and Carley & Chad.

MOST MEMORABLE NON-WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: JOHN CHRISTOPHER PHOTOGRAPHY No matter the event, our friend and photographer John Livas is always up for the challenge, and he was a wonderful asset to us this year for the Canyon Falls Fallapalooza, the DHF Gala, and David’s Retirement Party.

MOST MEMORABLE VIDEOGRAPHY: SPLENDOR FILMS Always a pleasure to work with Jeff Coombes at Splendor Films and to see the incredible videos he creates for our clients’ weddings such as this year for Karla & Julian and Carley & Chad!

MOST MEMORABLE DJ’s: LEFORCE ENTERTAINMENT Our events are always tons of fun when DJ’s from LeForce Entertainment are running the show. We had great experiences this year with DJ Adam Morgan for Melissa & Greg and Jennifer & Andy; with DJ Cratin Sheffield for Blayne & Travis and Sarah & Kevin; with DJ Greg Anderson for Karen & Geoff, Parker & John, and at the DHF Gala; with DJ Adam Wilmore for Laiken & Tanner; with DJ Dan Reynolds at the Canyon Falls Fallapalooza; with DJ Nate Nelson at the TritonDME 5th Anniversary; and with DJ Ed Petty for Hannah & Creighton.

MOST MEMORABLE LIVE BAND: DOWNTOWN FEVER No matter what part of town we are in, we know when Downtown Fever is on stage, we are all set for a great party, and that’s just what they brought for the wedding receptions of Stephanie & Lucas, Felicia & Kyle, and Christine & Kevin.

MOST MEMORABLE CATERING: CN CATERING We love working with CN Catering on all types of events, large and small. They provided delicious food and stellar service again this year for the weddings of Brittini & Skyler, Carley & Chad, and Hannah & Creighton; as well as at the Service First Mortgage Company Rally and the TritonDME 5 Year Anniversary.

MOST MEMORABLE OFFICIANTS: LOVE NOTES Love Notes consistently helps our couples craft personal and meaningful ceremonies year after year, such as this year with Ken Byrd for Jennifer & Andy and Sarah & Kevin; Lou Whitworth for Brittini & Skyler and Jerri & Tom; and Dave Tucker for Lindsey & Adam.

MOST MEMORABLE TRANSPORTATION: PREMIER TRANSPORTATION From town cars to vans to limos to buses, Premier had us covered on all transportation fronts this year, and we truly value their service. They provided the perfect vehicles for the weddings of Becca & Nick, Carley & Chad, Jennifer & Andy, Karla & Julian, Katie T. & Justin, Melissa & Greg, and Stephanie & Lucas; as well as for the QTS Facility Dedication and the TritonDME 5 Year Anniversary!

MOST MEMORABLE SURPRISE: JULIAN’S MUSICAL ACTS FOR KARLA 1 surprise? How about 4? Julian & Karla’s wedding was chock full of unique musical performances, 4 of which were a surprise for Karla: The reggae singer who sang one of Karla’s favorite songs for the ceremony recessional, a custom-made choral ensemble who performed a favorite Broadway hit as a tribute to Karla’s father, a trumpeter who performed with the DJ from Mexico City, and a send-off ensemble for the end of the night. There were surprises at every turn!

MOST MEMORABLE HASHTAG: #MadAboutHerMan (Madeleine & Joe’s Wedding) Madeleine Samuelson and Joe Herman were married this winter, and she was just #MadAboutHerMan. So cute!

Thank you to all of our beloved clients and outstanding vendor partners who made 2017 so special. We look forward to creating more memories in 2018!
Love,
Meredith, Elizabeth, Rachel, Kristin, and Sarah

2016 Most Memorable Moments

What a year it has been! With 49 events under our belts this year and a host of new experiences and clients, 2016 has been our best year to date! Here are our favorite memories!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL GOWN: TAWNA’S GOWN (Nha Khanh Atelier; Stanley Korshak)

Tawna’s custom Nha Khanh Atelier gown was a jaw-dropping, stunning creation. Tawna met with Khanh at Stanley Korshak to explain her dream vision for her gown, and sketch after sketch, and piece by piece it was crafted to fit her figure and her hopes! The end result was nothing short of perfection!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDESMAID GOWNS: NIKKI’S BRIDESMAIDS
You can never go wrong with champagne and blush with a touch of sparkle, and Nikki’s bridesmaids wore this look beautifully!

MOST MEMORABLE GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: DERRICK & HIS GROOMSMEN Derrick and his groomsmen were styling in their classic black and white tuxes! We loved seeing these gentlemen at the altar, especially Sarah’s 13 year-old son Tarek!

MOST MEMORABLE HAIR & MAKE-UP: BEAUTY & THE BLUSH Lead Artist and Beauty & the Blush owner Rayven Walker and her team helped our brides Allie, Alex, Jessica, Carolyn, and Alexandra look and feel their most beautiful.

MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING DESIGN: MORGAN & TY’S WEDDING (Arlington Hall, Branching Out, Beyond, Posh Couture Rentals, BBJ Linen, Wildflower Linen, Bella Acento, Propmaker, Frosted Art, Huck & Pippa) Morgan & Ty’s wedding was truly a sight to behold with gorgeous blush, ivory, peach, and coral florals by Branching Out; paired with taupe linens from BBJ and Wildflower; gold chairs, chargers, and flatware from Posh Couture Rentals; lounge furniture by Propmaker and Bella Acento; and everything lit so beautifully with uplighting, twinkle lights, and chandeliers by Beyond. Wish we could do it all over again!

MOST MEMORABLE DESTINATION WEDDING: AMY & THOMAS’S WEDDING IN AUSTIN (Central Christian Church, Four Seasons Hotel, Amanda Pomilla Photography, LeForce Entertainment, Stems of Austin, Monarch Event Rentals, Transportation Consultations, Adore Salon) Amy & Thomas’s Austin wedding was such a great day! We loved working with a combination of Dallas and Austin based vendors and seeing the day come together at the Four Seasons!

MOST MEMORABLE INDIAN/DESI WEDDING: AMBREEN & OBAID’S MEHNDI & SHAADI (Hotel Intercontinental, VEK Photography, Inspired Effects, Ms. Painted Lady, Henna by Uzma, Saffron House, Texas King, FunAsia, Weddings by Farah, Natalie’s Cake, Outspoken Visions, Blue Diamond Limousine) Ambreen & Obaid are of Pakistani descent and had a gorgeous, colorful, and fun multi-day celebration here in Dallas. We loved getting to coordinate the festivities for 700 guests and see all of the incredible details and cultural elements.

MOST MEMORABLE CULTURAL FUSION WEDDING: KRISTIN & AVINASH’S WEDDING (The Empire Room, Petals Couture, Fairy Godmother Bridal, Ryan O’Dowd Photography, LeForce Entertainment, Astounding Sounds, Celebration Catering, Barwarchi Catering, DholiTK, Annie’s Culinary Creations, BBJ Linen, Agha Juice, Love Notes) Fusion weddings are some of our favorites to do! We love to see two cultures coming together in the spirit of love and unity, and that is just what happened with Kristin & Avi’s big day! We incorporated both a Hindu ceremony and a Western ceremony, complete with Kristin and Avi dressed in appropriate attire for each celebration. We provided both Indian and Western catering and desserts, music, and decor. It was such a fun wedding that gave everyone a chance to experience the cultures of both the bride and groom!

MOST MEMORABLE CORPORATE EVENT: STREAM REALTY PARTNERS’ SUMMIT (Gaylord Texan, Lightly Photography, LeForce Entertainment, Cory Morrow Band, Shag Carpet, Space Lighting of Texas) We had a great year working with Stream Realty Partners and completed a total of 5 events in 2016 for this company. Our favorite was the multi-day Summit held at the Gaylord Texan. Meetings, panels, dinners, and after parties made this a fun few days celebrating the full scope of work that Stream executes.

MOST MEMORABLE CHARITABLE EVENT: DALLAS HEARING FOUNDATION’S 8TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER We have been so fortunate to work with our beloved client, the Dallas Hearing Foundation, on their annual fundraiser for the past 8 years. They have truly become a family to us! This year’s event theme was “Life: Amplified” and featured music inspiration on the inspiring tables designed by Dallas’s best florists/designers, delicious food, casino games, and of course, moving testimonials of DHF recipients. We raised a record amount of money this year for those in need, and we can’t wait until next year’s event!

MOST MEMORABLE EVENT DECOR: BELLA ACENTO We had a wonderful experience working with Bella Acento for the first time in 2016. Their lovely accent pieces provided some beautiful decor elements for the weddings of Morgan & Ty and Alex & Matt!

MOST MEMORABLE D.I.Y.: ALLIE & ETHAN’S WEDDING Allie & Ethan’s wedding was a vision of rustic elegance enhanced by the numerous Do-It-Yourself projects of Allie, her mom Robin, and Ethan’s mom Holly! We loved all of the pretty wood signage they created as well as fun additional personal touches for the couple to cherish for years to come!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL BOUQUETS: KATE FOLEY DESIGNS Such incredible bridal bouquets this year from one of our fave florists, Kate Foley! These bouquets for Jessica, Christina, and Tawna were so spectacular and had all the guests and social media followers talking!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDESMAID BOUQUETS: PETALS COUTURE We loved working with owner and designer Emily Howe this year on so many great weddings, including those of Allie, Morgan, and Kristin! Our bridesmaids in each wedding had the chance to carry the best accessory: a beautiful bridesmaid bouquet!

MOST MEMORABLE CENTERPIECES: LUSH COUTURE FLORAL
We just love working with Deitra Butler, the talented designer and owner of Lush Couture Floral. She blows our clients away every time with her stunning work which we were privileged to see this year with the weddings of Alex & Matt, Alexandra & Brandon, Carolyn & Darryl, Danielle & Mike, Lindsey & Carlos, Mahsh & Wander, and at the DHF Gala!

MOST MEMORABLE HEAD TABLE: DANG & JIMMY’S HEAD TABLE (Antebellum Designs, Posh Couture Rentals, BBJ Linen) Dang & Jimmy’s head table was designed by Antebellum Designs, Posh Couture Rentals, and BBJ Linen to reflect Dang’s vision of an elegant garden party, and it definitely was a memorable one. So pretty!

MOST MEMORABLE LIGHTING: BEYOND The lighting from Beyond always makes such a difference in the design of our events and is such an important element for all events large or small. We had great lighting design this year from the Beyond team at the weddings of Ashley & Ryan, Christina & Rehan, Alex & Matt, Jessica & Chris, and Morgan & Ty as well at the holiday parties for Poo-Pourri and Stream Realty Partners!

MOST MEMORABLE AV/TECHNICAL PRODUCTION: LEFORCE ENTERTAINMENT Our dear friends at LeForce Entertainment have grown their company in leaps and bounds this year, so we were so proud to have them partner with us on so many of our corporate and charitable events for Technical/AV Production. A special shout out to LeForce Production Manager James Davis for his work on these events for Value of a Veteran, Stream Realty Partners, Crescent Communities, Service First Mortgage, and Metrocare.

MOST MEMORABLE CAKES: FROSTED ART BAKERY Stunning cake creations this year from Frosted Art! We loved the designs Bronwen Weber and her team created for the weddings of Carolyn & Darryl, Cassie & Drew, Danielle & Mike, Jenna & Jeb, Morgan & Bo, Morgan & Ty, and Shereen & Don!

MOST MEMORABLE LINENS: BBJ LINEN
Our favorite linen vendor BBJ Linen did it again this year by delivering awesome linens at great prices to so many of our clients! We were so glad to work with them to dress up the tables for the weddings of Allie & Ethan, Allison & Chris, Ashley & Ryan, Carolyn & Darryl, Christina & Rehan, Dang & Jimmy, Danielle & Mike, Jenna & Jeb, Jessica & Chris, Kristin & Avi, Kristen & Jason, Morgan & Ty, Mahsh & Wander, Sarah & Derrick, Stacy & Derrick, and Tawna & Greg.

MOST MEMORABLE RENTALS: POSH COUTURE RENTALS We had a positive and productive year working with Posh Couture Sales Consultant Kara Farley who helped us add some attractive rentals to the weddings of Dang & Jimmy, Alex & Matt, Hannah & Trevor, and Morgan & Ty!

MOST MEMORABLE INVITATION SUITE: ALEXANDRA & BRANDON’S INVITATIONS (Significantly Said) Alexandra & Brandon’s invitation suite was one of our favorites of all time! Just loved the pairing of the bold yet elegant midnight blue with softer tones and all of the floral prints, especially on the envelope! Thanks to Significantly Said designer Abby Leal for her great work on this suite!

MOST MEMORABLE CEREMONY LOCATION: THE DALLAS ARBORETUM Once again the Dallas Arboretum ranks as one of our favorite venues, hosting some of our most memorable ceremonies of the year: Tawna & Greg’s, Allison & Chris’s, Kristen & Jason’s, and Dang & Jimmy’s.

MOST MEMORABLE RECEPTION LOCATION: ARLINGTON HALL Classic Arlington Hall always makes for a grand wedding venue with it’s varied event spaces both inside and out. It was the perfect fit for the weddings of Morgan & Ty and Alex & Matt!

MOST MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS: THE TARNOS Britney & Ben Tarno captured some our favorite engagement shots this year, making our couples feel so comfortable and showcasing their relationship. Loved their photos of Allie & Ethan, Meaghan & Tyler, and Stacy & Derrick.

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL PORTRAITS: JOHN CHRISTOPHER PHOTOGRAPHY Photographer John Livas did a great job capturing the beauty of our brides Jenna & Allison this year. We loved seeing these portraits displayed on the wedding day!

MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: HAMPTON MORROW PHOTOGRAPHY Photography duo Stefanie & Ben Morrow gave us some lovely and memorable images this year from the weddings of Ashley & Ryan, Carolyn & Darryl, and Tawna & Greg. We always love to see the images we receive from Hampton Morrow!

MOST MEMORABLE VIDEOGRAPHY: LUMINESCENT STUDIOS Newcomer to owning his own business Brennan Sapp definitely delivered this year for our clients, and we had great experiences working with Luminescent Studios for the weddings of Allison & Chris, Tawna & Greg, and Carolyn & Darryl as well as the State of the Market event for Stream Realty Partners!

MOST MEMORABLE DJ’S: LEFORCE ENTERTAINMENT The best DJ’s around! Every party with them is perfection, and we love the professionalism and fun they bring to all of our weddings! This year we worked with Michael for Alex & Jason; with Cratin for Allie & Ethan, Carolyn & Darryl, and Stacy & Derrick; with Ed for Kristen & Jason and Allison & Chris; with Glenn for Amy & Thomas; with Adam W. for Cassie & Drew; with Nate for Darlene & Eric; with Adam M. for Dallas Hearing Foundation; with Dominic for Hannah & Trevor and Kristin & Avi; with Jake for Morgan & Bo; and with Matt for Tawna & Greg!

MOST MEMORABLE LIVE BAND: IDT BAND We always love the opportunity to work with IDT Band at our events who bring great energy, musical talent, and professionalism to our receptions. They kept the dance floor packed at the weddings of Morgan & Ty and Jenna & Jeb!

MOST MEMORABLE CATERING: CN CATERING From cocktail receptions to buffets to stations to plated meals, CN Catering always has our clients covered both at their venues The Room on Main and The Windsor and at off-site locations. Only rave reviews about the food and service from the weddings of Jenna & Jeb and Tawna & Greg, the Service First Mortgage Company Rally, the Stream Realty Partners Holiday Party, and the Dallas Hearing Foundation Fundraiser!

MOST MEMORABLE OFFICIANTS: LOVE NOTES No matter the culture or the faith, Love Notes’ seasoned professionals always put our clients at ease and deliver meaningful and moving wedding ceremonies. Loved working with Frank for Tawna & Greg and Allison & Chris, with Ken for Mahsh & Wander and Dang & Jimmy, Daniel for Kristen & Jason, and with Buster for Christina & Rehan and Kristin & Avi!

MOST MEMORABLE HASHTAG: #TIMETOPARKTHECARR (Jenna & Jeb’s Wedding)
What time is it when Jenna Carr and Jeb Park decide to get married? It’s #TimeToParkTheCarr (: Of course!

MOST MEMORABLE SURPRISE: KRISTEN & JASON’S HIGH FIVE HANDS For our high-five loving bride and groom Kristen & Jason, who even followed their kiss at the altar with a high five! – there was no better surprise for their send off than huge high five hands! High Five for the Bickerstaffs!

Thank you to all of our fantastic clients and trusted vendors who made 2016 a banner year. We are so lucky to work with you and know you year after year. Cheers to the future and an even better 2017! Happy New Year!
Love,
Meredith, Elizabeth, Rachel, & Kristin

2015 Most Memorable Moments

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)
Shaun Menary Photography 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 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 Guys 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 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 Design 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) Moab 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) Corporate Event Sealed Air-001 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 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 DIY 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 Lush Bouquets 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 Branching Out Centerpieces 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) FullSizeRender[2] copy 2 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 Absolute Lighting 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 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 CAKES: PANINI BAKERY Panini We always receive beautiful and oh-so delicious cakes from our friends at Panini! Our brides chose their cakes the most in 2015!

MOST MEMORABLE LINENS: BBJ LINEN BBJ 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 Celebration Rentals 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)
Invitations 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 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 Reception Venue-Rosine 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 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 DDM 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 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 LIVE BAND: PROFESSOR D Professor D Band Professor D created such a fun party for the weddings of Erin & Zach and Catherine & Chase and kept the dance floor packed all night long!

MOST MEMORABLE CATERING: WOLFGANG PUCK CATERING WPC 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) Ken Byrd 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 Hashtag 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 FullSizeRender copy 7 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!
Love,
Meredith, Rachel, Kristin, Kelli, Elizabeth, Anitha, and Jessica
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2014 Most Memorable Moments

It’s been a wonderful year for Significant Events! We have been privileged to work with 40 amazing clients, and it has led to many memorable moments. Here are our favorites!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL GOWN: JULIET’S GOWN (designed by Lazaro)
Jojo Pangilnian Photography Juliet’s gown was a mass of tulle and lace elegance that fit her to a T. She looked simply stunning in it, and everyone gasped when they saw her. Such a gorgeous gown!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDESMAID’S DRESSES: KATIE’S BRIDESMAIDS (designed by Bill Levkoff) Love Lee Photography Eggplant is such a lovely shade for any skin-tone, and Katie’s bridesmaids wore it well! It paired beautifully with their soft pink and green bouquets.

MOST MEMORABLE GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: CHIP & HIS GROOSMEN (Culwell and Sons) 6-SMU Wedding How dapper do these gents look? Chip decided on classic white tuxes with black bowties for his wedding to the beautiful Alexis. Looking good, guys!

MOST MEMORABLE HAIR & MAKE-UP: FAIRY GODMOTHER BRIDAL/MO BOWERS-BYRES HMU-Mo Mo has been one of my go-to hair and make-up artists for years now. She never disappoints and is fabulous at dealing with even the most difficult of situations. This year, she worked with our brides Saba and Kaylan and made them look even more beautiful with her wonderful attention to detail and creative ideas within her craft. We love you, Mo!

MOST MEMORABLE EVENT DESIGN: SABA & SAYED’S MEHNDI/WEDDING (T&P Station, The Belo Mansion, Beyond, Lush Couture Floral, Prashe, BBJ Linens, TLC Event Rentals, Big D Party Rentals, Significantly Said, Frosted Art) Shaun Menary Photography Oh, this wedding. I will never forget it as long as I live. The clients were a dream to work with and the design came together so perfectly that it brought tears to all of our eyes. I loved the way we incorporated an ombre palette throughout the entire design with gold and cultural accents that reflected the couple. Three different wedding publications have featured this wedding’s design, in fact. So proud!

MOST MEMORABLE EVENT DECOR: PRASHE Decor-Prashe For both the weddings of Lee & Naser and Saba & Sayed, Prashe provided us with the most fantastic event decor to enhance their wedding design. With a large inventory and the ability to custom-build whatever we may need, they are an excellent partner to have!

MOST MEMORABLE D.I.Y. DESIGN: JESSICA & DANIEL’S INVITATION SUITE Amy Karp Photography Being a graphic designer by trade ensures your wedding invitation suite will be stellar, and Jessica definitely pulled this off for her big day. We loved the mixture of teal, black, and gold and all of her font choices. We’ve even had Jessica design some invitations for us since!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL BOUQUETS: BRANCHING OUT Bridal Bouquets-Branching Out For the second year in a row, Branching Out has nailed it designing the most amazing bridal bouquets for our brides. We loved the mixed textures and blended colors of Maria’s, Tess’s, and Kaylan’s bouquets. Great work!

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDESMAIDS’ BOUQUETS: LUSH COUTURE FLORALBridesmaids Bouquets-Lush Couture Whatever the color palette, floral choice, or design, we know we can always count on Lush Couture to design the most incredible bridesmaids’ bouquets. This year the bridal parties of Ashley, Saba, Meredith, Melissa, Kassie, Juliet, Ce’Ce, and Karana were lucky to carry these stunning complements to their gowns.

MOST MEMORABLE LARGE SCALE FLORAL PIECES: BRANCHING OUTLarge Floral-Branching Out From Maria & Brett’s altar pieces which doubled as reception entry pieces, to Tess & Peter’s ceremony arch which doubled as a cake table piece, to Kaylan & Anthony’s entry piece, Branching Out always delivers fantastic large floral pieces that are well-conceived and always within our clients’ budgets. We are so lucky to work with them!

MOST MEMORABLE CENTERPIECES: LUSH COUTURE FLORAL Centerpieces-Lush Couture A huge reason Significant Events is where it is today is because of the work of Lush Couture Floral. Owner Deitra Butler has elevated our wedding design and constantly teaches me more about design and color and has never ceased to impress me. She helped make the weddings of Ashley & Derrick, Saba & Sayed, Meredith & Aaron, Melissa & Nathan, Kassie & Ryan, Juliet & Craig, Ce’Ce & Alex, and Karana & John so spectacular. Such a treasured vendor partner!

MOST MEMORABLE LIGHTING: BEYOND
Lighting-Beyond Beautiful, consistent, and forward-thinking are three words I would use to describe the work of Beyond. Their lighting design enhances our events and made the weddings of Juliet & Craig, Ashley & Derrick, Ce’Ce & Alex, Tess, & Peter, Karana & John, and Saba & Sayed shine in more ways than one!

MOST MEMORABLE CAKES: FROSTED ART Cakes-Frosted Art We have worked with Frosted Art this year more than ever before, and it has been a consistently great experience. Lead Designer Bronwen Weber’s work is elegant, innovative, and tasty! Guests were in awe at the cakes at the weddings of Juliet & Craig, Saba & Sayed, Melissa & Nathan, Jessica & Daniel, Deborah & Jeffrey, and Arwen & Ryan.

MOST MEMORABLE LINENS: BBJ LINENS Linens-BBJ Our most trusted linen vendor, BBJ provides beautiful linens for almost all of our clients. We love their variety, pricing, and excellent customer service. Check out the linens our weddings have used this year!

MOST MEMORABLE INVITATION SUITE: CE’CE & ALEX’S INVITATIONS (Significantly Said) FullSizeRender[1] For the modern, artistic, and edgy wedding design of Ce’Ce and Alex, Significantly Said designer Callie Sercey created the perfect invitation design. Aggressive and interesting fonts paired with clean lines, bold colors, and an ombre swirl pattern that became the signature of every piece looked so incredible and were the perfect complement for this wedding design.

MOST MEMORABLE CEREMONY VENUE: FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH DALLAS Ceremony Location-FUMC We have worked with First United Methodist for many years now and had 3 beautiful wedding there this year: Taylor & Matt’s, Meredith & Aaron’s, and Lori & Michael’s. The staff is helpful and professional, the sanctuary is lovely, and the location is convenient!

MOST MEMORABLE RECEPTION VENUE: NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER Reception Venue-Nasher The Nasher has always been my favorite venue in Dallas. You step into the gardens with the pretty cafe lights overhead, and you just can’t believe you are in the middle of downtown Dallas. The staff and food are superb, and it was the perfect location this year for the weddings of Taylor & Matt, Leila & Brian, and Katie & Eli.

MOST MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY: SHAUN MENARY PHOTOGRAPHY
Shaun Menary Photography Talented and creative, Shaun Menary brings his ingenuity to each and every client who works with him and Ce’Ce & Alex and Saba & Sayed were no different. Two very different couples who wanted two very different sessions, yet both turned out flawlessly.

MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING PORTRAITS: JOHN CHRISTOPHER PHOTOGRAPHYJohn Christopher Photography John Christopher Photography has been one of our go-to photographers for years now, and lead photographer John Livas’s eye for editorial work always results in beautiful portrait work such as at Tess & Peter’s wedding and the Dallas Hearing Foundation’s annual fundraiser.

MOST MEMORABLE BRIDAL PORTRAITS: SHAUN MENARY PHOTOGRAPHY Shaun Menary Photography Both fierce and chic Ce’Ce and elegant and refined Saba ended up with amazing bridal portraits thanks to the eye and direction of Shaun Menary. His work always impresses!

MOST MEMORABLE CANDID IMAGES: EE PHOTOGRAPHY
EE Photography We have worked with EE Photography for the first time this year, and lead photographer Erin Woolsey quickly became one of our favorites for her sharp eye to grab the most adorable candid moments. We loved looking through the images from Sarah & Brandon and Lori & Michael’s weddings.

MOST MEMORABLE VIDEOGRAPHY: SPINNING LEAF FILMS
Ben Q Photography Spinning Leaf Films is one of the best videographers we have had the privilege to work with the past few years. Owner LeVan Owens is talented, professional, and a great vendor partner. Plus, their ability to execute a fantastic Same Day Edit video is second to none and always a great treat for our guests. We had great experiences with them this year for Melissa & Nathan’s wedding and Karana & John’s wedding.

MOST MEMORABLE DJ’S: LEFORCE ENTERTAINMENTDJ's-LeForce The most trusted name in DJ’s in the DFW Metroplex, we have LeForce Entertainment in some capacity on almost every event that we do. This year we were privileged to work with their DJ’s Glenn, Ed, Wes, Dominic, Matt, James, and David. They always take great care of us, and we love having LeForce as a partner.

MOST MEMORABLE LIVE BAND: INVERSION Band-InVersion InVersion cranked up the party and brought an awesome party to the weddings of Taylor & Matt and Jenny & Alex. They have been fun to work with and a real crowdpleaser!

MOST MEMORABLE CEREMONY MUSIC: FORTE STRINGS FullSizeRender[1] This year was our first time to work with Forte Strings, and they were excellent to work with! Their music was beautiful and their musicians professional at the weddings of Deborah & Jeffrey and Tess & Peter.

MOST MEMORABLE MEAL: ARLINGTON HALL/CULINAIRE (Melissa & Nathan’s Wedding)
FullSizeRender[1] For Melissa & Nathan’s intimate wedding of 40 guests, Arlington Hall allowed us to offer them a 6 course pre-selected menu, and it was truly delicious. Each dish was artfully presented and tastefully executed.

MOST MEMORABLE WEDDING OFFICIANTS: LOVE NOTES
Officiant-Love Notes The best of the best in wedding officiants, Love Notes is truly a valued vendor for our clients. This year two of our favorite officiants, Ken Byrd and Chris Marx, functioned brilliantly as the officiants for Lee & Naser, Veronica & Dennis, Tess & Peter, and Jessica & Daniel.

MOST MEMORABLE DESTINATION VENUE: MERCURY HALL (Austin, TX)Mike Reed Photography We loved working in the charming Austin venue Mercury Hall for Veronica & Dennis’s wedding. With it’s lovely outdoor space, vintage decor, and convenient location, it is a great site that we hope to work in again.

MOST MEMORABLE SURPRISE: DAVID’S PORTRAIT REVEAL FOR ELIZABETH Picture Perfect Dallas Prior to the wedding, David told me he had the “weirdest” surprise for Elizabeth: portraits of the two things she loved most in the world – David and her cat (: I thought it was honestly adorable that he had taken the time to have these portraits made but nothing could have prepared me for seeing Elizabeth burst into happy tears at the sight of what David had made for her. It was so sweet and wonderful to see this loving couple who was so obviously made for each other.

Here’s to more amazing moments in 2015, and thank you to all of our vendors and clients who have shared these moments with us in 2014! We are so lucky to have these experiences with you! Happy New Year!
Love,
Meredith, Kelli, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Kristin

Common Misconceptions About Assigning Guests to Tables at Your Wedding

The date of your wedding is quickly approaching. Your RSVP’s are coming in, and now you are facing the question of whether or not you should assign your guests to tables or let them choose their own seats (“Open Seating”). Your Wedding Coordination staff will be the ones assisting the guests with finding their tables regardless of the set-up you choose, so here are some common misconceptions we hear from our clients, followed by the reality of what actually occurs as guests are finding their seats.

What You Think Will Happen: “If I assign my guests to tables, they will view my wedding as too formal and rigid and not have as much fun.”
What Actually Happens: Your guests will appreciate the thought you put into assigning them to tables with other guests with whom they will likely enjoy spending dinnertime. It does cause some social anxiety for guests to enter the ballroom and have to find their own seats without a table assignment. They don’t want to sit in the wrong place, and they don’t want to end up at a table with people far removed from their age group. How do we know this? Because we when we have Open Seating, as guests enter the ballroom and we tell them that it’s Open Seating, we hear about 75% of them groan and sigh in frustration.
Solution: Take the time to assign your guests to tables. You don’t have to pick their seats, but a table assignment reduces the time it takes for guests to enter the room and relieves social anxiety. Worried about the cost of creating escort cards and table numbers? Just do one card per couple/family in order to save cost. Also, you most likely already have a spreadsheet of your guests that you created to send invitations. You can buy an inexpensive set of escort cards from any office supply store and do a quick Mail Merge to import those names into the provided template. Just be sure and print their names in a font that is sized and designed for quick and easy reading. That gorgeous, small script font you used for your invitations is not easy to read when 200 people are trying to find their escort cards all at once.

What You Think Will Happen: “I don’t want to assign guests to tables because then they will feel like they have to sit there all night and have to hang around with the same people all night long.”
What Actually Happens: Whether you assign guests to tables or not, they are going to find a table immediately when they enter the ballroom and sit down in a chair in preparation for announcements, first dance, dinner, etc. They will sit at this table until dinner is over and dancing begins. Then they will be up and moving for the rest of the evening. Even if you allowed Open Seating, most guests will return to the table where they had dinner when they want to sit down.
Solution: Understand that your guests getting up and interacting with each other has more to do with the environment you and your Wedding Coordinator have created in the room with the timeline, room layout and, most importantly, the quality of the DJ or band who is providing the entertainment.

What You Think Will Happen: “We need to have an extra table or two for guests who show up who didn’t RSVP. And it’s going to be a big problem when those guests show up and don’t see their names on an escort card.”
What Actually Happens: You will have guests arrive who did not RSVP; however, you will also have guests who don’t come to the wedding who told you they were coming and for whom you have reserved seats.
Solution: If you follow up with every guest you invited to get an RSVP (yes, this takes time and is frustrating), then you can give your venue/florist/caterer a hard number of guests, knowing that 10% of those guests won’t show up and that 10% who didn’t RSVP will end up coming. With most cultures, it ends up being a wash, and there are always extra seats. If you know your culture tends to have a large number of guests who don’t RSVP and still come to the wedding, then planning for overage with tables, food, centerpieces, etc is a good idea. Also, hiring a Wedding Coordinator will give you a person to stand next to those escort cards and let the non-RSVPers know that everything is okay when they can’t find their escort cards and to just find available seats once everyone is seated.

What You Think Will Happen: “I have assigned everyone to tables. Our parents’ tables are most important, so we have assigned them to Tables 1 and 2.”
What Actually Happens: The table where the bride and groom are sitting is typically in the front and center of the room, often with the rest of the tables surrounding it in a U-formation. Tables 1 & 2 are usually at the far side of the room in a corner and couldn’t be farther from the center. The parents and the bride & groom get upset on the wedding day when they realize this mistake.
Solution: It’s a very simple solution but one that is often accidentally overlooked. Make sure and number the tables on your floorplan BEFORE you make your escort cards. Then you will see that your parents really belong at the tables nearest to the center, which might be Tables 11 & 12, as an example.

What You Think Will Happen: “I want to have Open Seating with just a few Reserved tables for family. I want to put “Reserved for Bride’s Family” or “Reserved for Groom’s Family” signs on these tables.”
What Actually Happens: You have an aunt/uncle, stepparent, etc who thinks he/she is supposed to sit at this table, but you did not intend for this. This person has to be asked to move away from the table. This is an awkward thing to request (We know, because we are usually the ones who have to make the request and see the expressions on the family members’ faces when we ask them to get up) and can cause family resentment for years to come.
Solution: Put the “Reserved for Bride’s/Groom’s Family” signs on the tables, but also put place cards at each seat for the family members you intend to sit there. This way the family members can see who was intended to sit there and there is less of an awkward situation created.

What You Think Will Happen: “If I have enough seats for everyone, when I do Open Seating, everyone will have a seat and no one will get upset.”
What Actually Happens: The majority of your guests will find a seat, but there will be that large group of family or friends who lingered too long in the cocktail hour area enjoying each other’s company. They enter a ballroom where most of your guests have picked their tables, assuming they will get to sit with their group of 6 with whom they spent time with during cocktail hour, only to find that there are only seats of 1 or 2 left at various tables around the room. They get upset and ask the venue staff or your Wedding Coordinator if they can attempt to move chairs from other tables and squish them into a table all together. Sometimes they even do this after you tell them not to.
Solution: Assigning guests to tables alleviates this problem.

What You Think Will Happen: “We will sit at a Sweetheart Table, guests and family will have Open Seating, and my Wedding Party will also choose their own seats. They are young and personable; they can mix well with anyone!”
What Actually Happens: The guests find seats. Your family finds seats. You have your Sweetheart Table for the two of you. However, your Wedding Party enters the ballroom last – right before the bride and groom. At this point, everyone is seated, and if members of your Wedding Party don’t have a date with the forethought to save a seat for them, they have to spread out and find available seats at tables, which usually have only 1 or 2 seats available. This is awkward and uncomfortable for your Wedding Party. Then, if you are dismissing to a buffet and are allowing the Wedding Party to eat first, now they have the even more uncomfortable situation of being the only one at their table with a plate of food, or their entire table has to be immediately dismissed to the buffet. This results in virtually the entire room being dismissed all at once and causes long lines at buffets.
Solution: If you are doing Open Seating, be sure to have Reserved tables for both your families and your Wedding Party. Be sure the Wedding Party knows whether or not their dates are to sit at this table. You can always make place cards for these tables as well.

At Significant Events, we know that smooth logistics and crowd control are absolutely essential to helping your event run smoothly and successfully. We take pride in placing ourselves in areas where your guests will have questions and answering the questions before they ever ask them. One of the best investments you will make in your wedding is having a strong Full Service or Day Of Coordinator to significantly reduce the stress of a potentially high stress situation.

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