If you’re currently engaged, then we’re guessing that you’ve put tons of thought (and countless hours on Pinterest) into sorting through the details of your wedding day. While the ceremony and reception are well deserving of your time and attention, the rehearsal dinner also merits a fair share of your daydreams!
We have a soft spot in our hearts for this particular pre-wedding event. Why? Because while the Big Day often seems to pass in a flash, the rehearsal dinner is an opportunity to slow down and really take in the magnitude of the moment. Since the guest list is most frequently composed of family members, the wedding party, and perhaps a small group of close friends, the overall atmosphere of a rehearsal dinner is intimate and relaxed. Glasses are raised, emotions are beautifully expressed, and deep breaths are taken before it’s time to hit the aisle.
Natalie and Nelson’s rehearsal dinner was no exception. Hosted in a tent set up outside of the family’s home, the setting was perfectly personal and beautiful to boot! Featuring colorful floral centerpieces by The Garden Gate and confetti-covered place cards with calligraphy by the bride, each and every detail was as festive as could be. But don’t just take our word for it—let these lovely images from Jason Kindig inspire you to dream a little longer about your own rehearsal dinner!
Congrats, you two! It was a joy being a part of your celebration!
Venue: Private Residence
Caterer: TK Culinary, Terry Kranz
Photographer: Jason Kindig
Musician: Nick DiGennaro
Florist: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva
Cake: Jackie Spratt Cakes
Napkins: BBJ Linen
Valet: Gold Crown
Flooring/Back-up Tent: Sandone Productions
Audio/Visual: Absolute Entertainment
Coordination: Laura Arredondo and Sarah Kane for DFW Events
If you’ve been dreaming about your wedding for your entire life, then 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. Since Laura managed hundreds of events as a coordinator for Ashton Gardens before working as a DFW Events planner, we consider her our in-house venue guru. Read on for her top tips and the five questions that will help determine your perfect event space!
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.”
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!”
“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.”
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.”
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.”