Fort Worth & Dallas Weddings FAQ On Planning

There are two ways to go about this. One way is to do research in the area as to what a wedding could cost using the ideas you have in mind for your wedding. The other way would be to get an idea of what you family is able to spend on your wedding and who else might be contributing to the expense such as yourself, your fiancé and his family. The wedding is broken into several different categories- your wedding vendors (ceremony and reception site, photographer/videographer, wedding attire, florist, cakes, caterer, calligrapher, jewelry, bridal accessories, bridesmaids dresses, bridal consultant, wedding invitations and paper items, tuxedo rental, limousines/ transportation, lighting, hair/makeup artists, guest’s accommodations) menu selection, alcohol and guest numbers. Taking each of the categories, you then gather information as to what each might cost, keeping in mind the reception will be around 50% of the total budget, with the florist and photographer being the next larger items in the expense. It’s important to decide which of the areas of the wedding are most important to you. The average wedding for the Dallas/Fort Worth area wedding receptions only-for food/beverages runs from $65.00-$150.00 per person for food and beverage. This of course, depends on the menu selection and choice of beverages. This does not include the service fee and tax.
Once you have an idea of what you might spend in each wedding category, research the resources available in the town through local bridal magazines, and bridal web sites for the area. Try to visit annual bridal shows and networking with other brides and vendors as to who they would recommend. I suggest that my brides contact and visit at least three vendors in the wedding categories, to learn about their taste, get an idea of their prices and also make sure they can fulfill your expectations. I advice each of my brides that it is important to choose each vendor carefully, as you want to know they are listening to your wishes, will be flexible and follow through with the plans. You must feel confident with them and know they will provide exactly what you want for your wedding day.
This is your day and you do not want to worry about sensitive family situations. You and your fiance` need to decide from the beginning what your wishes are for your special day and share with the family members your feelings. Request that they put their feelings aside for your day, to make it all come together. The wedding week is not the time to tell someone they are not in invited to sit in the family pew. Family dynamics can be tricky when trying to place each relative in a special seat at the rehearsal dinner, wedding day luncheons, ceremony and reception seating. So carefully make your decisions early and stick with them- communicate so there are no surprises with hurt feeling for years after for your wonderful day.
There are several variables to consider when selecting the right date for you, your fiancé and family. If work or school dictates your schedule, first find a few dates that would be work for you and your fiancé. Then extend those dates to your parents, siblings, then to the immediate wedding party. Contact each location of choice to check on availability for the ceremony and reception sites for dates. If so, you check out what local activities are taking place in the town those weekends- allowing you to have hotels and bed/breakfast accommodations for your guest, transportation available and local dining sites. Once all the information is gathered, then you will be able to move forward with choosing the best date that works for you and the most important people involved.
Looking at your wedding budget, check to see if what you have allotted for reception music allows you the choice between DJ and band. If that area does not dictate your choice, then you would want to look at your wedding guests list and see what type of music would create the best atmosphere for your reception. Keep in mind a Disc Jockey will be able to play most of your choices, since they rely on C.D.s, where you would select a band for the type of music they can play- hoping it has a wide range of choice for all ages of your guest. The band will provide to you a list of songs they play and many times offer to learn one or two songs not on the list for your special dances. Keeping in mind they will need the selections a couple of months in advance in order to practice.

• Keep the wedding guest list under 100

• Time: Morning or early afternoon wedding – does not need a lot of alcohol, food or dance band

• Location – consider having the ceremony and reception at the same site – therefore paying one site fee – also few hours for the event

• Keep wedding party small – cutting down on cost of attendant bouquets and gift to each member in the wedding party

• Wedding attire – give yourself a limit you can spend and shop at stores that allow you to stay within that amount

• Limit wedding party – for each additional attendant you will need flowers and thank you gift

• Select wedding vendors carefully – information during the initial vendor meetings can be overwhelming – take the information home & review. Try to make decisions without pressure – according to your wishes and budget, not your emotions.

• Set up your own wedding checking account – setting aside a certain amount to place in it each month. Using only that amount for the wedding allows you to actually see what you are spending, and a great way to stay on top of your expense and deposits to each vendor.

No, as there are many ways to place the attendants at the altar when having more attendants for either the bride or groom’s side. They can be placed in pairs at the altar, adding one more to a group. Many times a groomsman will usher out during the recessional a bridesmaid on each arm or vise versa. It is more important to extend the invitation to those you want to surround you on your wedding day.
No, many times we use the groomsmen to assist with seating of the guests. It is a courtesy to have the best man remain with the groom during the guests seating. If you do have ushers, I suggest one usher per thirty five to fifty guests.
Your wedding coordinator will be able to assist you with a list of churches in your area that allow non-member weddings. Many times on the church website they will have the guidelines for wedding-providing you with the information for non-member weddings. Most churches will allow you to meet with their pastor and offer one for your ceremony. Many allow you to invite the pastor or youth minister from your home church to officiate by providing his/her information and church affiliation.


Kay is a member of the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and the Professional Wedding Guild of Fort Worth.


Fort Worth & Dallas Wedding Planning

Based in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, Kay is a professional wedding planner. From traditional elegant to country and western, Kay offers the expertise to help you plan for your big day. Kay delights herself in the details and the result is a thoroughly planned event that provides you with a day you can enjoy. Kay is a member of the the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and the Professional Wedding Guild of Fort Worth. As a member of the Dallas & Fort Worth wedding organizations, Kay has hundreds of contacts and service providers that allow her to provide trustworthy sources for her brides.