Back to the Ballroom
Sure, a tented reception is nice. But there’s no mistaking the glamour of a ballroom affair—and you won’t have to mind the weather reports. Whether bedecked with elaborate florals and decor or turned out in a simpler fashion, a ballroom reception always impresses. Keep in mind: An evening reception can pose specific challenges with a lack of natural light, so when interviewing photographers, ask to look at their previous ballroom work.
Brunch a Brunch
Chicken or fish? Neither! Keep the mimosas flowing and let Dallas’ favorite meal inspire a brunch celebration—as it did for Ashley Meyer and Jordan Garrett. Hosting a brunch also allows you to incorporate a little friendly competition for guests in the way of lawn games.
Create a focal point with a decadent, white cake with tiers (faux or no) piled high to the ceiling. Lavish it with confection flowers or real blooms. Your baker can advise you on various arrangements, like this ornate beauty from Dallas Affaires.
Topiaries are a striking way to infuse a bit of tradition to your decor: Think English ivy, Italianate garden, or even something fresh for spring, such as incorporating fruit into your arrangements, à la the lemon-laden Dr Delphinium tablescape pictured.
Worn by crooners Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby—and by Mark Plunkett when he wed Meredith Falke—the vintage-musing white dinner jacket is a fresh choice for a summer or spring wedding (not to be worn past Labor Day!). In white or ivory, the style looks sharp and will separate him from his pack of groomsmen.