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Consistency is key when designing the wedding of your dreams. Whether you pick to be preppy, lean more toward modern, or land on being a boho-chic bride, we are here to help you keep it cohesive—especially when it comes to your wedding party.

Over the last few weeks, Nasiba Adilova of The Tot has weighed in and explained how to carry your style through your flower girl and ring bearer looks. Today, we chatted with her about dressing the littlest ones for a modern wedding.

Flower Girl 

“The contrasting sash and flower detailing make the Emma Dress a fun piece for little girls to whirl and twirl in while still exuding a sophisticated and timeless feel,” Adilova says. “While modern weddings do tend to be more monochromatic and muted, I think adding playful elements of color adds dimension and flare. Crafted in soft satin, the Hucklebones bow will be an accessory favorite for years to come.”

Hucklebones Bow, $15 

SeeRose Emma Dress, $150-$180

Ring Bearer

“This lighter look is a bit more casual, but every bit as sophisticated as Appaman’s Carbon Mod Suit,” Adilova says. “Easy to move in and easy to care for, it’s a no-fuss option for any modern wedding.”

Appaman Standard Shirt, $53

Appaman Mist/Grey Mod Suit, $156

Appaman Navy Dots Bow Tie, $25

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Say “I Do” in One of the Most Celebrated Destinations in the World.

Now that you said “Yes!” your dream-come-true destination wedding in Charleston, SC awaits. Think pristine historic homes, romantic rooftop spots overlooking the Holy City, waterside affairs and beautiful ballrooms. It is time to pack your bags and be Lowcountry bound. But first things first, where should you tie the knot in Charleston? Under an avenue of ancient oak trees, by the sand dunes at sunset, at a pastel-hued historic home… where do you want your wedding day fairytale to take place? Take the official Explore Charleston quiz to discover your dream Charleston wedding venue.

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Bachelorette parties have earned a bad rap as raucous, R-rated affairs. But most brides we know opt for itineraries that (while fun and memorable) are considerably tamer than last-fling lore. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite in-town activities for you and your besties that won’t lead to any next-day misgivings.

For the… Barefaced Bride

As much as we love a spa day, retreating to private treatment rooms effectively kills the communal vibe of a bachelorette party. Not at Face Haus. You and your ’maids can get affordable, spa-grade facials in the open and cheery group treatment room that’s outfitted with eight chairs. Want to take the party up a notch? The staff can coordinate catered food, a DJ, or a bartender.

Self-Admitted Basic Bride

If nothing makes you happier than the unsullied promise of a new candle, get thee to Deep Ellum’s The Candle Bar, where you and your friends can make your own Anthropologie-worthy wonders. Once you’ve picked a vessel (there are nearly 50 options), a scent (upward of 40 to choose from), and a refreshment (it’s BYOB), your instructor will guide you through the creation process. Candles must be left to cure, but out-of-town bridesmaids needn’t worry: They’ll ship yours for a nominal fee.

Beauty-Loving Bride

Finding the right lipstick is a lifelong and often fruitless quest. No more, thanks to Myx Blend Bar, where customization is the name of the game. A trained Myxologist will help you and up to 18 friends create the lip shade you’ve long hunted for. (Bonus: Brides “myx” for free!) Choose lipsticks or glosses in a range of finishes, add-ins to give your lips a boost, shimmers, fragrances, and more. Rather have an at-home experience? Myx has a mobile blend bar that can come to you instead.

Fit Bride

Fact: Working out is more fun with friends. If getting in a good sweat is your idea of a good time, Session Pilates will happily host private events for up to 15 people at any of their three Dallas studios. New to Pilates? No problem! The intimate studios have friendly and knowledgeable teachers to guide you and your pals through a 50-minute class that can be tailored based on fitness and experience level.

Foodie Bride

While a cooking class makes for a fun group outing, sometimes you’d rather do more eating and less work. Enter Scardello. The artisan cheese shop hosts regular tasting classes (often paired with wine, natch). Enjoy a fromage free-for-all, learning about and sampling from their selection of more than 150 flavors. If you have at least 14 people in your party, they’ll set up a private class on the subject of your choosing.

Pampered Bride

Verbena Parlor + Social House is not your average nail salon. Part café, part nail bar, this Uptown hang is the perfect place for a girly afternoon of pampering. Come for a mani-pedi—they offer organic, nontoxic services—and stay for a beverage (caffeinated or alcoholic). Rent the in-house event space if you want to bring in food and decor, but Verbena’s straight-from-Pinterest vibe leaves little need for zhuzh-ing.

Nature-Loving Bride

Get your hands dirty at Deep Ellum’s Jade and Clover, where you can reserve the plant bar to build your own terrarium with at least four of your closest pals. There are a range of planters, succulents, and accessories to select from, then comes the fun part: putting it all together. If you’re lacking a green thumb, instructors can assemble it for you. You’ll leave with your creation and a care kit to ensure it stays looking its best.

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Out of the hundreds of weddings we’ve seen in 2019, these elements stood out as some of our favorites. Borrow these ideas for your own big day.

Raise the Roof

When planning your wedding decor, don’t forget to look up! For Lisa Graham and Josh Dunn’s November 17, 2018, wedding at The Joule, planner and designer Sara Fay Egan of Sara Fay Egan Events says, “We wanted a lush feel that would be dramatic for the rooftop ceremony space and easily transform into the dance floor canopy.” This wisteria-covered ceiling did the trick.

Tie the Knot

No detail is too small to make a big impact. For proof, see Mary Grace Seaton and Nicholas Myers’ January 5, 2019 wedding (top) and Lauren Wicke and Marc Richardson’s October 12, 2018, nuptials. Napkins were folded to look like a bow-tie and rose, respectively, to further drive home the overall vibe of the table decor. Brilliant!

La Vie en Blanc

It’s hard to go wrong with a clean, classic color palette. While all-white florals have been en vogue for some time, we’re loving the fresh twist of white attire—and not just on the brides. Bride Grace Geurin opted for white bridesmaid dresses for her June 16, 2018, wedding to George Bradley, creating a monochromatic scheme. Grooms Shaun Haynes and Derek Smith also went with matching white tuxedo jackets for their October 6, 2018, nuptials. (Attendants in white is actually a historical choice, proving what’s old will one day be new again!)

The New Backdrop

Frame the end of an aisle, your sweetheart table, or a reception photo booth with a modern, floral-accented backdrop. For their October 14, 2018, wedding, Jordan Roberts and Nathan Pinkerton (top) used a simple house-shaped structure, while Veronica Faus and Jason Hackett opted for a triangular shape at their May 5, 2018, celebration.

Neon Moon

Let your love glow with a custom neon sign, like Kelsey Booth and Nick Dell, whose May 19, 2018, nuptials featured a neon number emblazoned with their newly shared last name. (The same design was featured on their custom cocktail glasses.) Don’t want to commit to commissioning a piece of your own? Neon of Dallas now offers rentals, so you can get the look for less! (neonofdallas.com)

A Page (Boy) From Their Book

If this isn’t aww-worthy, we don’t know what is: At their October 20, 2018, wedding, Victoria Ahmadi and Andrew Smith’s adorable ring bearer donned a classic page boy outfit. We love this return to traditional children’s attire at weddings. In head-to-toe white, your young helpers will look positively angelic!

Artistic Edge

The latest trend we’re seeing in tabletops is right out of the Post Impressionist period. Still-life inspired tablescapes featuring intentionally messy runners dotted with fruit, candles, and loose florals make for an unfussy effect that’s worthy of an oil painting. We especially love how Cecily Charles and Kyle Montgomery captured the look at their November 17, 2018, wedding.

Make an Exit

We love the tradition of a bride changing out of her gown before jetting off with her new beau on their honeymoon. Though most modern couples don’t hit the airport terminal for another day or more, we’re happy to see the return of the classic getaway outfit. Bride Callie Hunter’s lace-up pantsuit was the perfect way to put a bow on her May 19, 2018, wedding to Lorne Ramoni. Want to nab her look? Try this lace number from Justin Alexander (available at Bridal Boutique).

Queen for a Day

Thank Will, Kate, Harry, and Meghan for this trend—we’re seeing more formal, seated group portraits starring the bride, groom, and bridal parties. As demonstrated by bride Merideth Coker and her bridesmaids at her June 2, 2018, wedding to Brandon Howarth, it’s a timeless, elegant look that’s right out of the royals’ playbook.

Sneak Peek

Give your guests a hint of what’s to come by echoing your wedding-day aesthetic on your invitations. Whether it’s incorporating the flowers or colors you plan to use, or—as Ashley Powell and Robert Spence did for their October 13, 2018, wedding at the Dallas Arboretum—including an illustration of the venue itself, it’s a beautiful way to make the entire event feel cohesive.

Fancy a Cuppa?

Jordan Roberts and Nathan Pinkerton’s October 14, 2018, wedding at the Cliff House included a fun, frothy touch: a coffee bar for guests to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for something to serve in lieu of alcohol or just want to give guests extra motivation to stay on the dance floor all night, we love the custom touch a caffeinated station provides.

Through the Trees

We’re fans of going big on greenery in wedding arrangements, but this takes the cake! Bride Katie Ballard’s December 30, 2017, wedding to Ben Kardell included stunning magnolia tree centerpieces. Inspired by trees surrounding the bride’s family home, florist Ed Blissard came up with the unique idea at the last minute and teamed up with planner Emily Clarke Events to make it happen—even sawing the trees down themselves!

All Things Green

No matter how it’s used, green is our favorite accent color of the year—and it’s not even close. Sarah Brawner and Joseph White opted for deep green seating at their December 8, 2018, wedding, while groom Jason Hackett wore a suit of the same shade to his May 5, 2018, wedding to Veronica Faus. Below, in lieu of a true bridal party, bride Callan Harrison (who wed Jared Vanlandingham on September 15, 2018) asked her closest friends to be part of her “bride tribe,” allowing them to wear green gowns of their choosing.

Make It Yours

Personalized touches make a wedding truly memorable. Pennsylvania native Dr. Lauren Zammerilla had never experienced the State Fair of Texas until then-boyfriend and native Texan Chart Westcott took her for a date. It became an annual tradition for the couple. Cut to their May 26, 2018, wedding, where they treated guests to a State Fair–themed after party, including fair foods, a neon Big Tex, and a spinning carnival wheel (pictured).

Double Duty

You’ve worked hard planning the perfect day—make your decor work just as hard by serving dual purposes! The individual cheese boards at Chandler Havens and Cason Sherrod’s October 27, 2018, wedding also acted as place cards at each place setting. Smart—and delicious.

The Library Look

Flip the switch on traditional tabletop lighting with lamp centerpieces. This bookish choice—seen at left at..

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trunk show is when a bridal designer sends their entire collection to a bridal boutique. Since bridal boutiques usually carry a curated selection, this is the only chance you get to try on all the designer’s gowns. Here are the trunk shows happening in the next week. Be sure to call the boutique to make an appointment.

Liancarlo at The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus

Chana Marelus at Stanley Korshak Bridal

Bi-Annual Sample Sale at Patsy’s, A Bridal Boutique

National Bridal Sales Day at Terry Costa

Visit Bridal Events for more trunk shows happening this season.

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You found your man and you got the ring. Now it’s time for the planning to begin. If your thumbs are already tired from hours of scrolling on Instagram as you search for wedding inspiration, allow us to serve you some fresh content on a silver platter. (It might even be a platter you’d like to register for!)

Check out these posts, which happen to be our favorite Dallas wedding Instagram posts from over the weekend.

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The beautiful Sana on her wedding day!

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"It all comes down to the last person you think of at night. That's where your heart is." – Unknown⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Planning: @julianleaver⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Band: @absolutedfw ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo booth: @showtime.photobooth⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Videography: @baileyhartcreative⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photography: @johncainphotography ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Floral: @jacksondurhamevents⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dance floor: @dfwdancefloors⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Draping: @quest_events ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Transportation: @igport_limos ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cake: @fancycakesbylauren ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rentals: @toptiereventrentals ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rentals: @poshcouturerentals ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Makeup: @myfabfaces ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hair: @soniatrevino⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Catering: @wpcatering

A post shared by Julian Leaver Events (@julianleaver) on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:00pm PDT

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Drinkware comes in all shapes, sizes, and price points. Check out the slideshow above for a few of our favorites that suit any budget, and then scroll down for drink recipes from local mixologists.

White Lady

Created by Joe Shirghio, general manager at Bowen House

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part lemon
  • 1 part Cointreau

To make it unique with added color, add 1/2 part Pama and top with Champagne.
Serve in a punch bowl with a large block of ice.

Soul Clap

Created by Chad Solomon and Christy Pope of Midnight Rambler

  • 1/4 ounce House Maraschino (equal blend of Luxardo Maraschino and Maraska Maraschino)
  • 1/4 ounce China China Amer
  • 2 ounces Russell’s Reserve 10-year bourbon
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Combine ingredients. Stir and strain.

La Femme Nikita

Created by Ravinder Singh, bar manager at Beverley’s Bistro and Bar

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Giffard strawberry liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup*
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces prosecco

Add vodka, liqueur, syrup, and lemon juice to a shaker. Add ice. Cap and shake hard for 6-8 seconds.
Add prosecco to the shaker tin. Strain into a champagne flute.
Garnish with a lemon wheel.

*Simple syrup: 3 parts sugar to 2 parts hot water (by weight). Combine and stir until dissolved. Keep refrigerated.

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Don’t let Mother Nature put a damper on your wedding day. Plan ahead with these trusted tips.

To Tent or Not to Tent

If you choose a venue that doesn’t offer an indoor space in the event of rain, then a tent is an option. But keep in mind, it’s not that simple to construct. “Wedding tents don’t pop up like camping tents,” says Jess Wegner, owner of Jess Wegner Events. “You will need to give the tent company fair warning that you will be needing one and hope that they have one available.” They can also get quite expensive, running anywhere from a few thousand dollars to $10,000, depending on the style that you choose, explains Leslie Cole with Marquee Event Rentals. While policies vary with companies, at Marquee Events, you typically need to book a tent no later than a month out (so not exactly last minute). “Normally a month [out] is fine, but it’s based on availability of the tent and equipment needed and how long the city requires to get a tent permit,” says Cole. And then there’s the deposit. At Marquee Events, it’s 50 percent down. If you cancel before 10 days out from your event, you get that deposit back. Later, though, and you’ll eat the cost.

As the Saying Goes

We’re sure you’ve heard this one: Rain on your wedding day is good luck. While no one really knows where this comes from, various theories have to do with the fact that rain washes away all your troubles and woes, thus bringing good luck and abundance. Another theory is that it signifies fertility, as rain nourishes crops and vegetation. Our personal favorite, though, is bride Anya DiGann’s theory, which echoes the Hindu belief that rain leads to a strong marriage. “I finally learned why they say rain on your wedding day is lucky,” she says, “because a wet knot can never be untied!”

Picture Perfect

Rain can put a crimp in your wedding photos, so it’s important to know what questions to ask your photographer before the big day to make sure he or she is prepared. One of the key questions: If you have to move the wedding inside, is that photographer experienced with photographic lighting? “If there is any chance of your wedding being indoors, ask to see [the photographer’s] work indoors—a lot of it,” says Dallas photographer Carter Rose of F8 Studio. “So many photographers claim to specialize in ‘natural light,’ which can spell disaster if you get forced indoors,” says Gary Donihoo, also of F8.

Speaking From Personal Experience

Take it from a bride who’s actually been there: Rain will not ruin your wedding day. Anya DiGann had an outdoor wedding planned at Nasher Sculpture Center, but by 2 p.m., she and her wedding planner knew that they were going to have to shift to plan B. But having that plan—and a coordinator to put it in action—saved the day. “Liz [Ise with Chancey Charm] took over shuffling everything around to bring my vision to life in the indoor space, and she also figured out how to flip the ceremony and reception spaces without disrupting anything in the timeline,” DiGann says. “If you are doing outdoor, commit to hiring a coordinator you trust.”

Take It From an Expert

According to Jess Wegner of Jess Wegner Events, the most important thing is to make sure you love your backup plan as much as your first plan. Also, ask the venues what options they have for inclement weather and how that would change the logistics of the wedding should rain strike. She advises passing on the site if there’s not a feasible way to move the wedding indoors. “If you are considering an outdoor venue, the manager should have a lot of experience on what to do if the weather becomes disagreeable,” Wegner says. “If there is not a backup plan on-site, you might strongly consider another venue.”

Solve Rainy Day Dress Dilemmas Planner

Jess Wegner recommends having these items on hand to keep your dress looking spotless, even on a rainy day.

  • Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover
  • Shout wipes
  • A helping hand to carry your train
  • An extra pair of shoes to wear outside
  • Several large golf umbrellas

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A backdrop can make or break your engagement pics. We scoured the streets of Dallas to find the most photogenic walls in the city.

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trunk show is when a bridal designer sends their entire collection to a bridal boutique. Since bridal boutiques usually carry a curated selection, this is the only chance you get to try on all the designer’s gowns. Here are the trunk shows happening in the next week. Be sure to call the boutique to make an appointment.

Serge Jevaguine at Stanley Korshak Bridal

Visit Bridal Events for more trunk shows happening this season.

The post Trunk Show Tuesday: Serge Jevaguine appeared first on D Weddings.

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