6 Ways to Incorporate the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Into Your Wedding

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Have you heard? The Pantone 2018 color of the year is Ultra Violet! Here’s what Pantone says is behind the selection of the vibrant purple hue: “Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.”

Speaking of the cosmos, the 2018 color of the year feels like a natural—albeit more subdued—extension of last year’s explosion of out-of-this-world holographic design details. Not feeling quite adventurous enough to pair up these two trends? Ultra Violet also works beautifully with the 2017 color of the year, Greenery!  

Ultra Violet, lavender, eggplant—no matter the hue that’s used, purple is a distinct color with high impact. From subtle to completely saturated, keep reading for six ways to incorporate the 2018 color of the year into your wedding day!

6 WAYS (BIG AND SMALL) TO INCORPORATE ULTRA VIOLET INTO YOUR WEDDING DAY

1. Amp up your bridal eye makeup with Ultra Violet. Purple and green complement each other well, meaning a hint of Ultra Violet eyeshadow will look extraordinary on a bride with emerald eyes!

photo: Scott Hagar Photography

2. Gift your bridesmaids Pantone-inspired robes. No matter which color or pattern you choose, gifting your bridesmaids with matching robes on the morning of your wedding ensures a cohesive look for your getting-ready photos. Ready to start shopping? Our brides love the selection offered by Plum Pretty Sugar!

photo: Scott Hagar Photography

3. Infuse paper products with purple. Welcome bag tags, cocktail napkins, custom cups, and rehearsal dinner invitations are all perfect for giving a subtle nod to the 2018 color of the year. Feeling bold? Incorporate Ultra Violet into your wedding logo or duogram, and use it front and center on your wedding invitation and program!

photos: Scott Hagar Photography

4. Give floral arrangements a pop of purple. Anemones, hydrangeas, clematis, snapdragons, and orchids are all blooms that naturally come in a purple variety. Consult with your florist to identify flowers that will be a perfect match for your wedding season. If all purple everything is a bit too dramatic for your taste, consider intermixing purple stems with greenery and other flowers in complementary colors. Utilizing colorful vases and table decor to offset otherwise-neutral arrangements is another option!

photos: Scott Hagar Photography| Edmonson Weddings | Sarah Kate, Photographer

5. Use violet lighting to enhance your reception venue. We’ll let you in on a little secret: Violet lighting is universally flattering! In addition to giving your reception an added dose of warmth, depth, and richness, your guests will love the way Ultra Violet uplighting plays up their features—and your photographer’s camera will love it, too.

photos: John Cain Photography

6. Go all out. Table numbers, charger plates, seating cards, linens, bridesmaid gowns…and a firework-filled exit! If you’ve got a preference for purple, why not give it the primary spot on your color palette? Use luxe textiles and metallic accents to play up Ultra Violet’s elegance. This will ensure that your design scheme reads as both elevated and sophisticated (with absolutely zero relation to a certain purple dinosaur who shall not be named).

photos: Edmonson Weddings | Sarah Kate, Photographer | Scott Hagar Photography

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In the Press: Bela + Chase’s Wedding at The Four Seasons Dallas

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It’s a toss-the-confetti and pop-the-champagne kind of day around the DFW Events office—Bela + Chase’s wedding is featured in the Winter 2018 issue of Inside Weddings! 

The couple wed in May of 2017, with both the ceremony and reception taking place at The Four Seasons Resort & Club, Dallas. After exchanging vows beneath a stunning floral archway set up on the lawn, Bela and Chase treated their guests to a special cocktail hour featuring his-and-hers areas—a rosé and champs bar for the bride and a succulent-covered scotch station for the groom. Up next: a breathtaking ballroom reception! Blush draping, mirrored surfaces, crystal accents, and sequin-covered textiles combined to create a luxurious ambiance, which was personalized thanks to the addition of custom neon signage and throw pillows bearing the couple’s duogram.

It was our absolute pleasure to help bring Bela and Chase’s wedding day vision to life, and we are honored by what Bela shared with Inside Weddings: “I had a superstar wedding planner who has been in the industry for 20 years. She called in so many favors, which is something I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish by planning on my own.”

That’s what we’re here for, and exactly the sort of thing that makes our hearts sing. Congratulations, Bela and Chase!

wedding photos: Karlisch Studio, Stephen Karlisch

Vendors:

Wedding Planning: Abby Simoneau and Mary-Frances Hurt for DFW Events

Photography: Karlisch Studio Weddings, Stephen Karlisch

Videography: Elle Films

Venue: Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Floral, Lighting, and Decor: Bella Flora of Dallas

Beauty: Alex Guzman

Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier

Bridal Salon: Warren Barron Bridal

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren

Invitations: Southern Fried Paper

Paper Goods: Ellis Hill

Planner’s Perspective: 5 Questions to Help You Select the Perfect Wedding Venue

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If you’ve been dreaming about your wedding for your entire life (or even just for the last year or so), chances are that at least a few of those dreams have included a very specific setting. But whether you’re instinctively drawn to the rustic ambiance of a ranch wedding or have a more traditional ballroom affair in mind, there are a few essential questions every couple should consider before booking a venue for the Big Day. Ask yourself these five questions to ensure that your wedding venue is a perfect fit, then prepare to ink those final contracts with confidence!

Planner's Perspective | Wedding Venues

Question One: “Indoor or outdoor?”

Consider this basic question your starting point when identifying potential wedding and reception venues. Answering it from the get-go will automatically simplify your search!

Outdoor ceremony at The Four Seasons Dallas | more from this wedding here | Karlisch Photography

Indoor ceremony at The Four Seasons Santa Fe | see more here | Cameron & Kelly Studio

Question Two: “How would you describe your style?”

When it’s time to start narrowing down your options, think about your personal style. Are you drawn to modern and contemporary looks with a preference for clean lines? Consider booking a museum for your ceremony or reception—The Modern in Fort Worth, The Nasher, and the Dallas Museum of Art are all beautiful options that don’t necessarily require a lot of extra table décor.

Reception at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | Sarah Kate, Photographer

Reception at the Dallas Museum of Art | F8 Studio

On the other hand, if your tastes are very traditional, a church ceremony and a reception at a hotel ballroom or country club might appeal to you. The Crescent, The Ritz, Arlington Hall, Brook Hollow Country Club, and Dallas Country Club are just a few examples of venues with a very classic feel!

Highland Park Presbyterian Church | more from this wedding here | Sarah Kate, Photographer

Rosewood Mansion | DFW Events | Jess Barfield Photography

Rosewood Mansion | DFW Events | Jess Barfield Photography

Rosewood Mansion, Dallas | Jess Barfield Photography

Question Three: “What are my décor and rental needs?”

If questions one and two have helped you determine that an outdoor wedding in a setting that is not typically used as an event space—this includes a ranch, field, or even your own backyard—is for you, keep in mind that you will most likely need to bring in absolutely everything from the ground up. We’re talking tables, chairs, linens, and back-of-house catering rentals, plus a trucking service, a generator, a dance floor, and a valet company just to name a few. You will also need to secure an air-conditioned tent in case of rain or extreme temperatures on your wedding day. Don’t let that scare you, though. If you’re open to the idea of managing these additional details or have hired an event planner to help manage them for you, this can be an extremely rewarding way to build a completely unique event space!

Tented reception at a private residence | see more wedding details here | Sarah Kate, Photographer

Backyard Wedding | Photography by Jason Kindig

Backyard reception at private residence | Jason Kindig Photography

By contrast, country clubs, ballrooms, and other traditional event venues maintain a supply of house linens, house chairs, tables, and in-house catering rentals, and will also provide your catering services. While this option will probably save you some time, it won’t always save you money—especially if you’re planning to outfit the space with custom décor, which will require sourcing outside vendors.

Reception at the Dallas Country Club | Kiss Me For Eternity, Thisbe Grace & Co.

Question Four: “What are my power and sound needs?”

If you’re planning to have a live band at your ceremony or reception, ensure that your venue has the necessary power and circuits. A back-up generator will be required if your power needs exceed your venue’s capability or if you’re planning an outdoor wedding. And don’t forget to inquire about lighting! Some venues keep their lighting on dimmers, which provides a built-in transition from dinner to the dance floor, whereas other spaces might benefit from an additional lighting package.

Southern Hills | DFW Events | Stephen Karlisch Photography

Custom build-out at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa | Karlisch Photography

Question Five: “How much time do I need for set-up?”

Load-in and strike times are of major importance for your vendors, so make sure to ask your potential venue what time set-up can begin on the day of your wedding. Dedicated event spaces will typically allow set-up to begin early in the day, but locations that primarily function as public spaces—think art galleries and restaurants—might restrict set-up to after the five o’clock hour. If you choose a venue with this kind of time constraint, be prepared to pay an additional fee to cover the cost of the extra laborers it will take to prep your event space in a shortened time frame.

Reception at The Four Seasons Dallas | more details here | Karlisch Studio

The bottom line? Spend some time thinking about the look and feel of your wedding as a whole, and then choose the venue and vendors that are best equipped to bring that vision to life!

In need of even more inspiration? Stop by our “Venues” board on Pinterest, and don’t miss our  feature “From the Ground Up: How to Create an Event Space for Your Wedding Day” in the Winter 2018 issue of Inside Weddings.

 

Classic Christmas Wedding Inspiration

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‘Tis the season for decking the halls and spreading Christmas cheer, and as event planners, nothing makes our spirits brighter than reflecting on the details of a festively-arrayed wedding day! In anticipation of holidays past, we’ve featured a round-up of our favorite white wedding details and we’ve also shone the spotlight on colorful winter soirees. What we haven’t celebrated yet? A classic Christmas wedding—one that’s rich in velvet textiles, potted poinsettias, gingerbread bars, magnolia garlands, and a traditional palette of red, green, and gold. Until now, that is! From altar to after party, these wedding details are wishlist-worthy for any bride dreaming of a Noel nuptial.

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | see more here and here

photos: Hampton Morrow Photography | more of this wedding here

photos: Edmonson Weddings | more details from this holiday wedding here

photo: John Cain Photography | more of this wedding here

Chandler + Mason: Church Wedding With Stunning All-White Reception at the Belo Mansion

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Chandler and Mason may have exchanged vows over the summer, but with the holidays just around the corner, we have a feeling that the hues used in their classic wedding and reception will instantly transport you to a winter wonderlandBright and crisp during the warmer months and downright dreamy as temperatures begin to drop, an all-white wedding palette is always in season and always creates an impact. From the ivory gowns the bride selected for her attendants to the sleek alabaster dance floor at the reception, tone-on-tone details abounded at Chandler and Mason’s wedding to breathtaking effect. These two are such a beautiful couple in every way and were an absolute joy to work with. We’re thrilled to be sharing their stunning “I do” on the blog today!

photos: John Cain Photography

Vendors:

Church: Church of the Incarnation
Reception: The Belo Mansion and Pavilion
Officiant: Bishop Burton and Ryan Waller
Musicians: Church of Incarnation Organist and Choir
Photographer: John Cain Sargent, John Cain Photography
Videographer: ProEdit Productions, Khoi Pham
Band: The Project, Absolute Entertainment
Florist: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva
Lighting: Absolute Entertainment
Cakes: Frosted Art Bakery
Linens: BBJ Linen
Chiavari Chairs: Posh Couture Rentals
Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors
Band/Bar Fronts: Perch Event Décor
Draping/Band Backdrop: Quest Drape
Hair: Sonia Trevino
Make-up: My Fabulous Faces
Get-away Car: Rolls Royce, Blue Diamond Limos
Bridal Gown: Warren Barron
Coordination: Laura Arredondo for DFW Events

Mackenzie + Dan’s Wedding at the Fort Worth Zoo

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The last time Mackenzie and Dan made an appearance on our blog, they were in the middle of planning their wedding following an epic ESPN engagement. Since then, Dan has traded his Arkansas Razorbacks jersey for a Detroit Lions uniform and Mackenzie has made a change to her last name. Now that they’re newlyweds, we’re thrilled to be sharing all of the details from their beautiful wedding day at the Fort Worth Zoo!

photos: Haley Rynn Ringo Photography

Mackenzie and Dan are such a fun-loving couple, and from their popcorn-container ceremony programs to Dan’s donut wall at the reception, their wedding day was completely reflective of that. And talk about aisle style! Mackenzie’s Hayley Paige gown was a showstopper, and we absolutely loved the monogrammed converse she gifted to her bridal party—perfect for the dance floor!

The Something Pretty Floral team did an incredible job of translating Mackenzie and Dan’s colorful personalities into an array of vibrant design details. Between the flower crowns worn by the ‘maids, the gorgeous ceremony arch, and the arrangements accenting furniture from Perch Decor, we’re hard-pressed to pick a favorite floral detail. Also deserving of fanfare: the creative sports-centric nods to the couple’s love story and alma mater incorporated throughout the evening! Guests were encouraged to don a game-day worthy button bearing the bride or groom’s image at the reception, while “Team Skipper” foam fingers and pom-poms in Razorback colors were distributed for the couple’s farewell.

Mackenzie and Dan, it was such a delight to be a part of bringing your wedding day to life. We’re cheering you on as you begin your happily-ever-after!

Vendors:

Photography: Haley Rynn Ringo

Videography: Long Drive Agency

Floral Design: Something Pretty Floral

Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles & Company

Band: Jordan Kahn Orchestra

Venue: Fort Worth Zoo

Cake: Dallas Affaires

Donuts: Funky Town Donuts

Luxury Event Rentals: Perch Decor

Custom Marquee: Marquee House of Letters

Wedding Planning: Abby Simoneau and Mary-Frances Hurt for DFW Events

The Latest Trends in Luxury Birthday Party Planning

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For 20 years, DFW Events has been known for coordinating luxury weddings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the globe. While our team remains truly passionate about every aspect of the wedding planning process (from vendor selections to the vow exchange), weddings certainly aren’t the only milestone celebrations that we coordinate. Grand openings, corporate galas and fundraisers, dignitary dinners, holiday parties, anniversaries, familiarity trips…we’re serious when we say that the “DFW” in our company name stands for Destinations, Fêtes, and Weddings. So today, we’re highlighting one particular type of event that never fails to make our hearts beat a little faster: the birthday party!

If you thought birthday parties were limited to the 10-and-under crowd, think again. We’re not just talking balloons, candles, and confetti here (although these party staples will never really go out of style). Think more along the lines of private museum tours, celebrity guest appearances, and itineraries that keep the party going all weekend long. This is the birthday party all grown up—a reimagined, sophisticated celebration worthy of your special occasion. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of our most recent fêtes as we explore the latest trends in luxury birthday party planning!

The Trend: Personalized Parties

Personalizing a party begins with selecting a theme that reflects your individual interests, passions, and experiences. We’ve custom-tailored birthdays based on inspirations ranging from classic cars, to a classic television series, to the ambience of a European club, which has resulted in a portfolio of parties that look completely different from one another in the best way possible!

photos: Jason Kindig | see more of this party here

photos: Jason Kindig | more from this Hawaii 5-0 themed 50th here

photos: Jason Kindig | see more of this 50th birthday party at The Joule here

Up next after selecting a theme? Custom branding everything (and we do mean everything). From bar fronts to cocktail napkins, embellishing as many details as possible with a custom personal logo is an excellent way to establish a consistent through-line and create a completely unique atmosphere. Brynn’s House of Blues themed Sweet 16 was a perfect example of birthday branding done right!

photos: Jason Kindig | more from this Sweet 16 here

The Trend: Colorful Celebrations

This just in: 40th, 50th, and 60th birthday parties are no longer synonymous with black-on-black decor and “Over the Hill” signs. Elegant jewel-toned dinners, festive fuchsia soirees, and multi-colored metropolitan bashes are the new indicators of a life well-lived (and sensationally celebrated).

photos: Jason Kindig | see more of this colorful 50th birthday party here

photos: Karlisch Studio | more luxe 40th birthday party ideas here

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | more details from this jewel-toned 60th birthday party here

The Trend: Double the Fun

Why celebrate one milestone birthday when you can raise a toast to two of them? Take a cue from Ike and Eric, best friends who joined forces to host a blow-out 60th birthday celebration at 6500 that featured a putting green, 3D Mapping show, models, international cuisine, and more!

photos: Jason Kindig | more of this joint 60th birthday celebration here

The Trend: Rustic Ranch Getaways

Birthdays have a way of reminding us that life moves quickly, but our clients have discovered a surefire way to slow time down—by hosting a laidback-yet-luxurious birthday celebration on a ranch in Texas! If sipping margaritas, enjoying roasted corn drenched in butter, line-dancing the night away, and ending the evening with a Hill Country sunset alongside friends and family won’t stop and make you smell the wildflowers, then really…what will?

photos: Sarah Kate, Photographer | see more from this 40th birthday party on a ranch in Texas here

photos: Jennifer Crenshaw Photography

The Trend: Element of Surprise

When you think of surprise parties, you might think of guests crowding together in a darkened room until the time comes to jump out and surprise the unsuspecting birthday girl or boy. Today’s version of the surprise party, however, has just as much to do with surprising and delighting guests as it does with catching the host unaware! Teresa’s recent 50th birthday party at The Perot Museum perfectly encompassed both concepts. Teresa’s husband contacted our team in order to surprise his wife with an unexpected celebration, and in turn, we surprised the couple’s guests by transporting them from Houston to Dallas by private jet to enjoy an intimate progressive dinner on a grand scale.

photos: Jason Kindig Photography

Preparing to celebrate a milestone birthday or special occasion of your own? Get connected with our team here to start planning an event that’s 100% unique to you!