Having the Covid Conversations for your Wedding

Being a couple and planning a wedding during this difficult time can add a bit more pressure and stress to your already full plate. You as the couple, are now responsible for having important conversations with your guests regarding the expectations of safety. From extra precautions with food and beverage to wearing masks, seating arrangements, dancing and even singing, you have a lot to think about and consider before your event. Luckily, your Lone Star Mansion venue coordinator, wedding planner, catering staff and every other vendor you’ll be working with has been living and breathing the ever-changing regulations that are placed on gatherings by the state of Texas, and can help you make the best decisions and guide you on what conversations are necessary and mandatory with your guests.

Here are a few tips we’ve gathered from wedding professionals:

  1. Keep emotions out of it! Once you’ve made up your mind or learned what’s required, communicate that information with your guests, without your emotions getting the best of you. We all know you’d rather have everyone on the dance floor at once, or be arm in arm with your bridal party, but some things aren’t possible right now, so it’s best to communicate that information in advance. Doing this will help eliminate difficult conversations on the day of the event and encourage safety.
  2. Lean on your vendors. “Our job is to help navigate conversations with guests and vendors, on how to celebrate safely, and doing so tactfully with facts, not personal opinions or emotions,” says Jillian Smith, owner and managing director of One Touch Events in Atlanta.
  3. Be confident in your decisions. Once your decisions are made, stick to them, and make sure that they apply to all of your guests. In doing this, guests will all feel more comfortable and safety will be encouraged.

Most importantly, remember, this day is about the love that you share with your fiance, your wedding will still be a memory that lasts a lifetime.

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Should You Plan a DFW Holiday Wedding?DFW wedding venue

Setting a wedding date can be a challenge. If you’re considering claiming a holiday weekend for your upcoming nuptials, we have a few tips to help guide you along the way.

Sending Save the Dates
Experts recommend sending save the dates at least six months in advance if you are planning a holiday wedding. People rarely make plans for more than six months in advance, so this gives plenty of time to plan ahead. In addition to your save the dates, your invitations should go out a minimum of 2 months in advance.

Your Invite List
Invitation lists are a funny thing right now, while circumstances are changing week to week and month to month. For most couples, we are seeing a smaller turn out than expected, since some guests aren’t comfortable attending a group event. Having your event on a holiday, will also likely affect your turnout. Depending on the holiday you select this can increase turnout (typically on 3 days weekend holidays) or decrease on holidays on others that are popular for family tradition or travel.

Create a Holiday Experience
If you’re having your event on a holiday, embrace it. Depending on the holiday, it can be a small nod, like a patriotic-themed wedding favor for an Independence Day Event, or a full themed event for a holiday like New Year’s Eve. Letting your guests celebrate your day, while also embracing the holiday will not only create an event to remember, but it will feel original and unique to you as a couple.

Confirm Your Favorite Vendors in Advance
Don’t forget, vendors celebrate holidays also. You’ll want to get a headstart compared to what you wedding timeline checklist is telling you, in regards to booking your favorite vendors. So many vendors reserve certain holidays for time and traditions with their family, while others book up quickly on holidays or highly requested dates.

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The Ins and Outs of DFW Summer Wedding Trends for 2020

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While there’s certainly no one way to do a wedding, we’ve enjoyed seeing this season’s new wedding trends come to life. Most offer greater affordability, attention to detail, and are as unique as each wedding couple.

At the Lone Star Mansion, we encourage couples to envision their dream wedding—and how it will make their guests feel. Your aesthetic is unique to you, and we aim to bring your vision to life! But if you’d like to know the Ins and Outs of 2020 summer weddings, we’ve compiled a list of a few top trends to consider.

IN: Non-traditional flowers! We love the combination of fresh flowers with dried, painted and bleached ones. We’re still seeing lots of greenery too, and love how it connects us to nature.

OUT: Flower Walls

IN: Beautiful tablescapes! We love the creativity we’ve seen in linens, embroidery, plates, glassware and centerpieces. Layers of color and texture are a beautiful forward-moving trend.

OUT: Velvet

IN: After parties. Invite guests to linger longer with an after party that keeps the celebration moving long into the night.

OUT:  Fireworks

IN: Unique escort card displays. These installations serve as part of the décor and add to a wedding theme and aesthetic.

OUT: Floral foam.

IN: Welcome bags with special, thoughtful details to make your wedding weekend extra special for friends and family.

OUT: Party Favors

IN: Non-traditional, eclectic bridesmaid looks. Romantic, simple, unfettered and unpretentious—eclectic ensembles ensure everyone is coordinated but unique.

OUT: Matchy-Matchy

Above all, we encourage you to do what sets your heart on fire. We often discourage couples from continually scrolling social media once your planning has begun. Past weddings won’t reflect your upcoming, unique plans—plans we’d love to be a part of. If you’d like to discuss your dream wedding at Lone Star Mansion, we are here for you. Contact us here to learn more.

Our Five Favorite Summer Wedding Hacks

You’re having a summer wedding! It’s a dream-come-true. You’re certain your guests are going to love all of your thoughtful details (and they will!) … unless they’re being eaten alive by mosquitos or frying like bacon in the sun.

Don’t worry, we’re ALL about summer weddings. Simply follow our five fav summer wedding hacks and everyone will be swooning—in a good way.

No Clear Tents

A lot of couples favor clear tents for their clean architectural lines; but in the hot summer sun, they act more like a magnifying glass. If you’re thinking of an outdoor wedding with tents, opt for white tents with ceiling fans to keep guests cool.

Follow the Sun

Late afternoons can be sweltering and make for an uncomfortable experience for your guests. Ensure you know the sun’s placement; and if possible, wait until dusk for your ceremony. You’ll also want to be sure the sun won’t be in your eyes during your ceremony.

Keep Food Light

Choose light, cool food such as oysters or shrimp cocktail on ice, cold cucumber or gazpacho soup shooters, and light canapes to keep guests from feeling weighed down and overheated. Mini tacos, lobster rolls and BBQ sliders are great options too because they’re substantial without being rich.

Apply SPF

There is nothing more painful than a sunburned honeymoon. #enoughsaid

Keep it Comfy

Your wedding day is for your guests to enjoy. Keep them at the center of your wedding selections—especially those that will add comfort during the hot summer months. Ensure they are provided personalized fans or parasols.  Offer personalized bottled waters to seated guests. And include spray sunscreen, bug repellent and hand sanitizer at stations throughout your venue. Make every effort to ensure your guests are smitten—not swatting and sweltering—and your summer wedding will be absolutely everything you dreamed!

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