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BRIDES Dallas: 4 Gorgeous Venues for a Totally Glam Wedding

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Jul 222016
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Photo: Courtesy of Walters Wedding Estates

When you think about a traditional Texas-style wedding, a variety of images might instantly come to mind. Some think of ranch-style weddings, some prefer a venue straight out of "The Secret Garden," but some instantly think of a wedding as big as the size of Texas! If you're ready to impress on your wedding day, then read on for our favorite venues to host your glam, over-the-top wedding. There is no doubt that declaring your love at one of these spectacular locales is sure to be the best day of your lives.


Photo: Courtesy of The Castle at Rockwall

The Castle at Rockwall
Impressed will be an understatement when your friends and family drive on to the castle's grounds on your special day. Offering a breathtaking landscape, this venue has the actual shape and structure of a castle, but is located just five minutes from Highway 30. It will be pure magic as you feel like a real life, modern-day princess walking towards your prince on the castle grounds. Your group will have the entire castle for the day, allowing you and your 200 guests to roam throughout the Great Hall, veranda, and gazebo during cocktail hour. This will, of course, include the in-house photo booth, which will keep the memories at the front of minds for years to come. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Photo: Courtesy of The Room on Main

The Room on Main
A 102-year-old building that includes unobstructed views of Fair Park and pieces of downtown, The Room on Main is a 6,000-square-foot space that features light walls and original, dark wood floors, 20-foot ceilings, and 15-foot windows. This is The Room on Main. A bit more urban than some of the spaces on this list, this gorgeous space allows you to completely think outside of the box in customizing plans for your wedding day. The staff at The Room has almost everything covered for you and your guests (up to 320!), including fantastic catering that will leave your friends and family ready to take their moves out onto the dance floor. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Photo: Courtesy of Lone Star Mansion

Lone Star Mansion
When we think of southern glam, there is hardly a venue that fits that vision more closely than the Lone Star Mansion. A true Antebellum Mansion, this venue was built in the 1800s in Mississippi, later being moved piece-by-piece to just outside of Dallas. Set on 20 acres of land, featuring two spiral staircases in the foyer, chandeliers in every room, and original crown molding, the mansion is the perfect setting for a younger couple seeking an old-world glam feel. If you host your ceremony in front of the mansion — where you won't have to bring in a single additional decoration. Your reception will feel right at home in the Crystal Ballroom which fits up to 130 guests, or, enjoy a tented reception on the lawn for as many guests as you'd like. That evening, you'll be able to rest your head in your complimentary suite within the mansion itself. There is hardly a more romantic or old-world glam way to celebrate the start of your happily ever after. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Photo: Courtesy of Walters Wedding Estates

Walters Wedding Estates
Walters Wedding Estates specializes in unique wedding venues to fit each couple's personal taste. There are a variety of venues to choose from, but the Aristide in Mansfield and the Milestone in Denton are standout choices. Each venue offers a unique, impactful setting and large rooms that you can design to completely match the wedding of your dreams. The Walters Wedding Estates team prides themselves on their customer service, with all packages including set up, tear down, tables, chairs, formal linens, and centerpieces. Read real brides' reviews here!

Still on the search for the perfect locale? We've got more gorgeous wedding venues on our Local Vendors page!

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BRIDES Dallas: 5 Beautiful Hotel Wedding Venues in Dallas

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Jul 112016
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Couples dreaming of a classic hotel wedding will fall in love with these five Dallas venues. From lavish ballrooms to poolside scenes, these hotels will provide the dreamiest backdrops for nuptials of all sizes.

Four Seasons Dallas and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
The Four Seasons Dallas will make you and your guests feel like you're on an exotic vacation—without ever leaving Dallas. Ceremonies can be held outdoors in the resort's lush garden setting complete with a water feature, while receptions can unfold in a lavish ballroom. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
From the bridal shower to the wedding to the morning-after brunch, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas can simplify your wedding planning process by hosting all of your wedding festivities in one place. The reception, of course, will especially shine in the hotel's luxe ballroom bathed in natural lighting and silk wall covers. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Photo: Courtesy of Fairmont

Fairmont Dallas
Whether you're having an intimate wedding with just your closets friends and family or a grand affair of 1,000, the Fairmont Dallas has you covered. We're partial to the Venetian room adorned with original Italian artwork and flickering candelabras. It's easy to see why celebrities like Sonny and Cher and Ike and Tina Turner have celebrated in this posh space. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Photo: Courtesy of Hotel ZaZa

Hotel ZaZa
Hotel Zaza's lush poolside event space sets the scene for a romantic celebration. The pool gets covered in Lucite and serves as the dance floor for the evening. The Metropolitan Ballroom is just as beautiful with its sparking circular chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Read real brides' reviews here!


Photo: Courtesy of Westin Dallas Park Central

Westin Dallas Park Central
The Grand Ballroom at the Westin Dallas Park Central is just that—grand accommodating up to 1,000 guests. Mirrors line the walls of the sumptuous space and icicle chandeliers light it up. Craving something with a view? The Elevate Ballroom is perfect for wowing your guests. Perched on the 20th floor and boasting expansive windows, the ballroom offers stunning views of the city. Read real brides' reviews here!

Not satisfied with your venue search just yet? Find even more wedding locales on our Dallas Venues page!

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BRIDES Dallas: 4 Bridal Boutiques to Find Your Perfect Wedding Dress

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Jun 292016
Dallas Wedding Dress Shops

Photo: Courtesy of Patsy's Bridal Boutique

If words like ball gown, sweetheart, empire, and halter have recently entered your vocabulary, then chances are you're a bride in search of her perfect wedding dress. And if you live in Dallas or close to it, you're in luck — Dallas has plenty of bridal shops to choose from no matter what style you're looking for. Also, be sure to make an appointment for the fastest and best experience wherever you decide to shop.

Patsy's Bridal Boutique (Above)
For over 25 years Patsy's Bridal Boutique has been helping Dallas brides find that one dress they can't live without. Consultants will work with you one-on-one to make your big-day vision come to life. Beyond just finding a new dress, they can also redesign vintage gowns — so if your "Something Old" is Grandma's wedding dress, they can update it enough to be modern (while still preserving the wonderful memories it holds). Read real brides' reviews here!

Terry Costa
Terry Costa, popular for their envy-worthy prom and homecoming dresses, also caters to brides to be, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride. Shop for your bridal gown, reception dress, and rehearsal dress all in one stop. The giant "Terry Costa" letters welcome you into what could be an overwhelming store for some, but soon, an assigned bridal coordinator will guide you effortlessly through the process. All the way in the back are private fitting rooms and a grand central area with plenty of mirrors — so you'll be able to see how the gown looks from every angle. While you're there, pick up any bridal accessories you or your bridesmaids may need — matching earrings, shoes, and necklaces are some of the bonus items the Dallas salon carries, just to name a few. Read real brides' reviews here!

A Curvy Bride
If you're a plus-size bride, the hunt for the right fit in a wedding dress can be even more challenging. Located in historic uptown Dallas, A Curvy Bride, is a one-stop shop for any bride looking for her dream dress. Their philosophy is rooted in making sure every bride has a wonderful experience shopping — no matter what size, height, or unique body shape she may have. Many sample sizes at other bridal shops aren't carried in larger sizes, so it can be difficult to know how a particular style may look. Luckily for you, A Curvy Bride carries sample sizes from 16 and up — and their expert stylists are on-hand to help the entire time. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Stardust Celebrations
Stardust Celebrations carries hundreds of wedding dresses for every type of Dallas bride. The bridal department is by appointment only, so make sure you align your calendar based on when you'll need the dress — and include time for alterations. Your stylist will first evaluate your particular requests and pull dresses they feel match your unique style. Bring your bridesmaids too, as they can help find bridesmaid dresses that will flatter each of your girls. Even better? Once you've selected your color palette, they'll make suggestions for complementary colors so the wedding will be aesthetically pleasing in every sense of the word. Read real brides' reviews here!

Want even more choices? Head to our Dallas Dresses page to find other local wedding gown shops in the area!

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A Ballet Dancer Brought Her On-Stage Creativity to Her Modern Garden Wedding in Dallas

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May 252016
Family-Focused Fall Wedding at the Dallas Arboretum, Bride and Groom with Son

Photo: Sarah Delanie

Designing and planning a wedding comes easily to some brides, especially those who are particularly creative — and Addison, a Dallas-based ballet dancer and choreographer, is no exception! After Jeremy proposed on her birthday in November of 2014, she jumped feet-first into planning their September 27, 2015, wedding for 135 guests. "I'm a creator at heart, and building our vision was so exciting!" she says. "If I ever have to pick another profession, it will definitely be event design."

She and Jeremy have celebrated their son, Hudson's, first two birthdays at the Dallas Arboretum, and they knew it was just the place for a wedding. "We were inspired by the easy elegance of the gorgeous, natural space," says Addison. She wove in lush florals and mid-century modern details, creating a '60s Palm Springs vibe. With mixed metallic and rich fall hues layered against geometric details and the garden's sculptures and fountains, we'd have to say they nailed it! Take a look at this sweet, family-focused celebration, photographed by Sarah Delanie.

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Photo: Sarah Delanie

Addison was totally giddy when she slipped on this Monique Lhuillier ball gown, with a beaded bodice and a structured tulle skirt. "I went shopping with my hair and makeup done, which helped me see how the dress would look on our wedding day," she says. She added a matching beaded cathedral-length veil, which paired perfectly with the elegance of her stunning yellow diamond engagement ring.

Jeremy wore a Ralph Lauren tuxedo, which he topped off with a wine-colored ranunculus boutonniere.

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Photo: Sarah Delanie

"I'm so happy we decided to do a first look," says Addison. "I was so nervous and excited, my lips were quivering as we kissed!" It was the perfect opportunity for the ballerina to show off her dance floor-ready skirt, and for Jeremy to flaunt his blue loafers and pocket square.

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Photo: Sarah Delanie

The bride's voluminous bouquet combined roses and ranunculus in ivory, blush, deep pink, and wine hues, with cascading ivy and ribbons.

Family-Focused Fall Wedding at the Dallas Arboretum, Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Photo: Sarah Delanie

"We had the ceremony in the Women's Sculpture Garden, surrounded by ponds, fountains, and gorgeous sculptures. We loved the natural beauty, so we didn't bring in any décor," says the bride.

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Photo: Sarah Delanie

The groom walked down the aisle with the couple's son, followed by the bride and her father. Although they had a traditional ceremony, they capped off the proceedings by sharing vows that included their son. "Holding Hudson together during the last part of our vows, and seeing tears in Jeremy's eyes as he said his vows to me, is one of my favorite memories," says the bride. "It was beautiful to see our community come together to support our little family."

Family-Focused Fall Wedding at the Dallas Arboretum, Outdoor Wedding Reception with long Tables

Photo: Sarah Delanie

For the reception, the pair hosted a modern garden party, lit by candles and café lights. "We wanted the tables to be rich and full, but didn't want anything higher than eye level," Addison explains of the low garland design.

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Photo: Sarah Delanie

Smoke-gray chargers, black napkins, and sleek wine glasses lent a crisp and classic feel to the reception. The floral garlands combined roses and ranunculus with natural greenery.

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Photo: Sarah Delanie

The bride and groom's chairs were decked out with swags of roses, while cocktail tables were topped with gold geometric vessels full of blooms. Guests sipped either an Old Fashioned or a gin cocktail made with St. Germain and cucumber. For dinner, everyone dined on steak, shrimp, and Cajun pasta.

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Photo: Sarah Delanie

The square-edged cake had a bottom tier covered in ombré black-to-white frosting with an organic texture, topped with gold geometric details and a cluster of fresh blooms. The flavor was perfect for a fall wedding: Pumpkin spice cake with vanilla cream and blackberry jam. There was also a dessert table topped with brownie bites and macarons.

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Photo: Sarah Delanie

"Jeremy and I danced to 'Our Love is Here to Stay,' by Natalie Cole," says Addison. And of course she took time to dance with Hudson, too!

The Blood Moon in the sky cast a magical glow over the evening. Says the bride, "Keep the joy in what you are planning. Cherish the love you have for each other and the journey to the altar — and stay under budget! It will keep stress at bay."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden || Wedding Coordinator: Rachel Burrow of Sarabeth Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: LaDonna Stein || Maid of Honor's Dress: BCBG || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren || Best Man's Attire: Menguin || Floral Design: Everly Alaine Florals || Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas || Paper Goods: Stamps Jubilee || Ceremony Music: Barbara Biggers || Reception Music: Leon Ziligson || Catering: Kent Rathbun Concepts || Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Dallas || Videographer: Henry Weddings || Photographer: Sarah Delanie

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See How One Wedding Planner Used Her Industry Knowledge to Pull Off Her Own Elegant Nuptials

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May 202016

About a year after graduating college together in December of 2013, Emily White and Erik Gromacki moved to Dallas, Texas. The couple loved exploring their new city together, and that's exactly what Emily thought they were doing when Erik planned a picnic at the Dallas Arboretum's Poetry Garden.

Emily had no idea that her best friend Maddie was at the Poetry Garden, ready to capture the moment that would change her life forever. Soon after their engagement, the couple started planning their May 24, 2015, wedding, and invited 100 guests to watch them become husband and wife at the Aristide Event Center in Mansfield, Texas. They wanted their day to be intimate and personal, but since nearly everyone was traveling for the big day, it was important to Emily and Erik that the party still felt like a destination wedding. Read on to see how their vision came together, as photographed by Ben Q. Photography.

The couple chose the Aristide Event Center as their venue because of its rustic and romantic feel. "I saw it in a magazine and just knew I had to get married there," the bride says. "It reminded me of a photo out of a storybook." Although the bride originally hails from Ohio, she now calls Dallas home — but even with her close proximity to the locale, Emily admits she struggled with not being entirely familiar with the area. Luckily, her professional prowess (she works as a wedding and event producer at Bella Flora!) and industry friends made pulling of the wedding a breeze.

Emily admits she found it sometimes difficult to juggle her own wedding prep with her work schedule, but she still managed to design and plan the big day herself, while Erik was left in charge of the travel plans to St. Lucia for their honeymoon.

Emily was a bride who knew exactly what she wanted. After choosing a handful of wedding dresses to try on, the bride found "the one" in the second gown, an ivory lace trumpet by Paloma Blanca. On her big day, she paired her wedding dress with rose gold earrings and embellished booties, perfect for hitting the dance floor.

She held a hand tied bouquet of peonies, lily of the valley, white roses, and various other white flowers, complete with a pearl embellishment detail on the handle.

Erik wore a timeless black Calvin Klein tuxedo paired with a Citizen watch, chosen specifically for his wedding day.

The groomsmen matched Erik in classic black tuxedos and black suspenders, but the groom stood out as the only man wearing a bow tie.

Emily's bridesmaids wore floor-length Bill Levkoff gowns in a powder blue tone that inspired the blue in the couple's white, gold, blue, and blush color palette. They held white and ivory bouquets that were finished with a champagne colored satin ribbon, matching the groomsmen's boutonnieres.

While a string quartet played Pachabel's Canon in D, Emily's father, Lawrence, walked her down the aisle toward her soon-to-be husband. Along with traditional vows, the couple chose "Blessing of Hands," a classic wedding poem, to be read during the ceremony. "It was very meaningful to Erik and I and really communicated who we are as a couple," the bride says.

Being pronounced husband and wife was Emily's favorite memory from her big day — and then some. "It was the happiest moment of my life!"

At the reception, the couple offered guests a choice of three signature cocktails called "His," "Hers," and "Ours". "His" drink was an Old Fashioned topped with a Maraschino cherry, "Hers" contained champagne, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice, and sugared rum, while "Ours" was a play on a mojito, made with white rum, mint, lime juice, soda, and simple syrup.

In a touching toast, the father of the bride officially welcomed Erik to the family and offered words of advice for the newlyweds. Once it was time for dinner, guests found their seats at round tables topped with ivory linens, candles, and tall white and blush floral centerpieces.

Following a three course meal, attendants were served slices of the couple's four-tiered lemon-lavender wedding cake, which was decorated with ruffled buttercream frosting.

The bride and groom had known what song they would dance to as husband and wife for several years before their big day: Mick McAuley and Winfred Horan's rendition of "To Make You Feel My Love." Emily and her father also shared a special dance to "I Loved Her First" by Heartland, and Erik and his mother danced to "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban.

For couples who are planning a wedding of their own, Emily suggests that they communicate their top four priorities for the wedding day before they start planning. "The whole process is about give and take," she says.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Aristide Event Center || Wedding Planner & Florist: Bella Flora of Dallas || Bride's Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca || Veil: Erica Koesler || Hair & Makeup: Anita Brown of Elan Makeup Studio || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff || Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein || Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Diamond Doctor || Music: European Ensemble Strings; It's Your Night Entertainment || Catering: Oliver's Fine Foods || Cake: Frosted Art Bakery & Studio || Rentals: Bella Acento; La Tavola Fine Linens || Photographer: Ben Q. Photography

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