(Photo by Barnet Photography)
It's almost as big as your big day and it's coming into town (hint: it's NOT Santa Claus) this summer, July 28 - 29 at Dallas Market Hall: the Dallas Bridal Show. If you're lacking inspiration or having a hard time finding good vendors, be sure to grab your girls (bridesmaids) and make a fun day of it. Word to the wise, don't take your fiance with you, unless he absolutely wants to go. Trust me on this one. You'll have more fun without him on this one.
The show will feature 300 of Dallas' top wedding professionals, a fashion show, the latest trends and upcoming trends, door prizes and giveaways and much more!
(Photo by Amy Karp Photography and bouquet by Kate Foley Designs)
The Texas Wedding Guide is excited to showcase our first of three covers for our 40th edition! Inside we have a plethora of Texas-sized inspiration and ideas of what's trending in groom cakes, haute spots, real wedding stories, and the hottest in bride & groom fashion, to name a few. Check out our Dream Wedding Giveaway winning couple's love story and meet our 2012 Cover Model Contest winner, Ashley Castino. Just as the grandfather in "The Princess Bride" tells his grandson that there's everything from "...fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles..." in the book - we have it all when it comes to Texas weddings.
We will be handing the books out to all the lovely brides at the Dallas Bridal Show at Dallas Market Hall on July 28 and 29. Be sure to stop by booth 611 to pick up your free copy or order it from our website.
For the first time ever, The Texas Wedding Guide is announcing a photo contest for the best engagement shot of a couple. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to win a $3,000 package and your love story on a multi-page spread in our December magazine! Registration starts next Sunday, July 15 and goes through September 15, 2012.
Express yourself! Get creative, clever and cute. Once you submit a photo of your choice, be sure to share it on Facebook and get your friends and family to come vote for you! Click here and carefully read through all the qualifications and details.
Social Shots Photo Booth is one of Dallas/Forth Worth’s hottest trends in exceptional entertainment. The unparalleled staff delivers impeccable service with a personal touch. The white, elegant booth gives a stylish and upscale feel and boasts its charm. Guests are treated to a private and fun environment as they create a one-of-a-kind experience with photos and HD videos for unforgettable story telling. A photo strip of grandma getting a little rowdy and Uncle Will's advice to the bride and groom will be cherished forever!
“Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner."
- Paul Newman
This is a sweet reminder and truth about what a marriage is about. The wedding is only the beginning, as Newman writes in this letter to his wife on their wedding day.
Brides- and grooms- to-be have been coming up with some super fun photo ideas for their “Save the Date” cards! One of the most popular things to do right now is to somehow create dialogue in the photos, like they did in the old “moving pictures” (before film had sound)!
Here are just a few fun ideas couples have been incorporating into their engagement shoots:
1) The Filmstrip: Take a series of photos, each with a different sign depicting a meaningful message or an announcement like the filmstrip pictured below.
If you’ve always dreamt of a beautiful beach wedding, but you live in the Lone Star State and can’t exactly fly to the shores of Italy, cheer up! You have an absolutely breezy destination option in the “Venice of America”: the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, on the warm, sandy beaches of Florida, this landmark destination is only a plane hop away from Texas.
This iconic hotel was built in the 1950’s to appear as an ocean liner. Unique entertainment such as the Mermaid Show, could be viewed from The Wreck Bar. Today, this revitalized hotel will keep you and your guests in awe, not only with its contemporary décor and state-of-the-art technology, but also with the guest rooms’ panoramic views of the scenic Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, the hotel has photographs of its famous celebrity guests, such as Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio, on display in the lobby.
We're excited to announce that on Sunday, June 24, from 6 to 11 p.m., JWI is hosting the Red Lips Ball – its 18th Annual June Social. Held at the W Hotel in downtown Dallas, this wedding association gala will be a time for members, as well as nonmembers, of the wedding industry to come together to network and celebrate!
This fabulous affair will feature a four-course meal, open bar, the Center Stage Band, a Celebrations Events & Entertainment DJ, a luxury live auction with roughly $15,000 worth of items, a green-screen photographer, Magician David Hira and a “red lipstick reader” – think fortune teller – who will “read” your lip prints off a piece of paper. This is also a great opportunity to meet Miss Bliss' guest blogger, Donnie Brown of Donnie Brown Weddings & Events, as he will make an appearance, since he is the DFW chapter president of JWI.