The Orchard’s Open House is Tuesday, August 14th

The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat would love for you to join us at our Summer Open House on Tuesday, August 14th! This Event is complimentary and will be held from 5 PM in the evening till 8 PM in the evening.

We invite all newly engaged couples to come and tour The Venue, Cabins & Lodge! We invite already booked clients to come with your family and friends to help plan the big day… EVERYONE is WELCOME!

This is a perfect opportunity to meet some of DFW’s TOP wedding vendors, see the latest trends in decor, gorgeous gowns, enjoy fantastic catering samples and appetizers, sip on a variety of cocktails and taste delicious cakes and other desserts! To add to the excitement there will be all kinds of door prizes and chances to win a discount on The Orchard Venue rental throughout the night!

The Orchard Open House is a one-stop-shop wedding planning dream come true! We can’t wait to see you there, so gather your family and friends and come join us for a night of Wedding Wonder and Inspiration on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018.

12 Easy DIY Wedding Projects

12 Easy DIY Wedding Projects

Looking for a DIY project for your wedding day, but don’t want to invest hours in the task or end up with a mess all over your house? Whether you want to add a personal touch or save a little money, DIY wedding decorations and favors are fun and creative. Gather a few supplies and invite your friends over for a fun wedding planning event with these easy DIY projects.

Table Numbers

Give your tables fun flare with custom table numbers. There are many ways to create table numbers that complement your décor. One easy project idea uses wine corks. Glue or tie three together in a cluster and stick the table number in the top. Or add table numbers to wooden rounds for a rustic look.

Wine Barrel Cocktail Tables

Add a vineyard feel to your wedding reception with easy cocktail tables. Turn a wine barrel on end and place a round tabletop on top for a rustic cocktail table that’s the ideal height.

Aisle Décor

Add a splash of color to an outdoor aisle without spending more money on flowers. Gather sheets of colorful craft paper, a large paper punch in whatever shape you like, and wood craft sticks. Punch shapes out of the paper and glue them together on top of the stick. Then place the sticks in the ground along the aisle: adorable, easy, and festive.

Wooden Signs

Direct wedding guests with simple, wooden signs that make a great addition to an outdoor wedding. Attach wooden arrows to a stake to point guests to the right locations. Or write simple messages on wooden signs and post them around the reception space.

Twine Centerpieces

Create a rustic or natural centerpiece by wrapping a straight-sided vase with twine. Secure it with a couple dots of hot glue, then leave it plain or dress it up with something sparkly, like sequins or metallic spray paint.

Cork Place Card Holders

Collect corks in the months before the wedding or purchase them at a craft store for this easy way to display place cards. Cut a small slit in the top of the cork, then dip the bottom in paint. Insert a place card in the slit to add a fun touch to the table décor.

Customized Stamps

Stamps are a great way to add a personal touch to many wedding moments. Order a custom stamp (or a couple) with your names and wedding date, your monogram, or a short message. Then have fun adding your mark to all sorts of wedding décor. Invitations, programs, favors, and escort cards are a few ideas.

Wrapping Paper Wedding Programs

Gather a few rolls of bold, graphic wrapping paper in a similar color scheme. Attach the paper to the back of ceremony programs for a unique and festive look that’s easy to achieve.

Mason Jars

Versatile mason jars are a great addition to wedding décor. Use them to hold centerpieces or swap out glasses with jars for a more relaxed, rustic feel. Try decorating them with paint or a custom wedding label. Fill small mason jars with candies or another treat for easy DIY wedding favors. Serve dessert in them, like custards, individual pies, or parfaits.

Shipping Tag Favor Cards

Give favors a personal touch with homemade tags. Stop by an office supply store for inexpensive shipping tags, then write or print a message on each one for your guests. Add the table number and your favors do double duty as escort cards.

Wedding Stickers

Design a custom wedding sticker and dress up everything from favors to thank you cards. Print them yourself or order early to get them printed for you.

Rosemary Wreath Place Card Holders

A simple wreath of rosemary makes a great place card holder and looks beautiful on top of a linen napkin. Plus, they smell great. Gather sprigs of rosemary and bend each one into a small circle. Secure the two ends with floral wire, then cover the wire with a small bow of twine. Tuck a small place card across the middle of the wreath.

These are just a few ideas for easy DIY wedding projects. Add some fun and creativity to wedding planning by choosing a DIY project that suits your style. Your guests are sure to appreciate the personal touch this gives your wedding day.

Items to Consider for your Wedding Day

Brides have many different ideas and “to-dos” on their mind months leading up to the big day. With dress fittings, flowers, menu items and timelines filling their heads, brides often forget to pack a wedding-day bag, full of all of the essentials they need to get ready to say “I do.” If you’re a bride-to-be, thinking about what you might need, here are some ideas to get you thinking.

1. Stationery: This one is often forgotten, but can be really important. Whether you’re tipping your vendors or writing a token of gratitude to your in-laws, having some blank wedding stationery handy is helpful for sending messages to friends, family and vendors.

2. Checkbook: Many vendors have final payments due the day of your wedding, which you might forget in all of the excitement. Make sure your purse is equipped with your checkbook, so you don’t have to send someone to the bank or run back home.

3. Fiancé Gift: It’s often traditional for brides and grooms to have a gift for one another to open the morning of their wedding. Check with your soon-to-be spouse and see if it’s something he or she plans to do.

4. Fashion tape: Wedding dresses usually entail a lot of fabric and delicate pieces. Fashion tape can help keep everything in place, if needed, providing you with peace of mind.

5. Safety pins: With all of the benefits of fashion tape, safety pinsare a little more heavy-duty.

6. Strapless bra: Undergarments are a must, and it’s important to make sure they fit seamlessly under your gown. A well-fitting strapless bra is a suitable option that will coordinate with a variety of silhouettes.

7. White chalk: Sometimes there are small stains and discolorations that happen to white dresses that a stain stick just can’t handle. To avoid smearing and bleeding, white chalk can do wonders for quick cover ups.

8. Small scissors: Brides and bridesmaids might find fraying zipper fabric or hanger strings to be extremely bothersome once they get dressed. Small scissors can be helpful for cutting out unnecessary threads.

 

9. Small mirror: Whether it’s a quick makeup touch-up or to see the back of your bridal hair, a small mirror is sure to get used as you finish up your look.

10. Tissues: Happy tears will happen, so have tissues handy to soak them up. Consider special bridal tissues to hand out to family and the bridal party.

11. First aid kit: Hopefully nothing will happen to require a first aid kit, but it offers peace of mind to have one available, especially in the case of blisters when a bandage could do wonders.

 12. Makeup remover wipes: If mascara runs, makeup smudges or brides want to redo their look, makeup remover wipes can get the job done. They’re also convenient for the end of the night when the bride is ready to freshen up.

 13. Flip flops: If you’re a bride than plans to wear tall heels, bring some flip flops to have for when you want to hit the dance floor or for when you finish the evening and head off to your honeymoon suite with your new spouse.

 14. Excitement: While it’s not something you can pack into your bridal bag, it’s one of a bride’s most important tools. Despite any stress or nervousness, it’s important to be excited and look forward to your big day.

 
   

 

 

 

The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat has a beautiful announcement!

Spring means new beginnings and new things. We are excited to host many wonderful couples this Spring as they become NEW-lyweds! 

We are also excited to announce some NEW upgrades! 

Lodging:
We have added 4 cabins, each with 2 queen beds, making a total of 15 available cabins for you and your guests! Together our Lodge and Cabins can accommodate up to 54 overnight guests. 

The Venue:

  • Our french doors from The Plaza to The Reception Hall have been replaced with a beautiful, floor to ceiling, wall of glass
  • Our front steps have been expanded to twice their size to create more of a grand entrance and to create more room for your wedding party to gather for photos and for your guests to gather for your exit
  • We have increased the size of the stage in the Reception Hall to accommodate larger live entertainment set ups
  • The Chiavari chair seat cushions have been upgraded to a beautiful, creamy, off white leather. 

All of The Venue upgrades are included in your current rental. CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS BELOW! 

Photos 1 and 3: Brittany Hardin Photography
Photos 2 and 4: Lucille Photo

Happy International Women’s Day!

On March 8th every year we celebrate International Women’s Day. In the world of weddings there are so many amazing women involved that deserve appreciation, and where better to start than with your bridal party? Your bridesmaids are among the most awesome, kind-hearted, and generous women you know. For all their love and support, not to mention holding your wedding dress during those impromptu trips to the bathroom, those sleepless nights of planning showers, bachelorette parties, and wedding details, your bridesmaids definitely deserve a huge thank you!

Since you probably still have a mile-long to-do list, we did the legwork for you and collected 7 gift ideas that will show your favorite gals just how much you appreciate them.

Seven Best Gift Ideas for Your Bridesmaids

By this time in our wedding cultural history, one thing has been made abundantly clear: no, a bridesmaid will never wear her bridesmaid’s dress again. Ever. It doesn’t matter how beautiful the dress is, how basic, how black, how supposedly versatile the bride believes it to be, it’s not going to happen. So, what can a bride do to thank the lovely ladies who stand by her side on her special day, not to mention all of the special days leading up to that, such as the bridal shower, the bachelorette party, the dress shopping excursion? Give her something she will actually use! So, here are the seven best bridesmaid gifts.

  1. A spa gift certificate is the type of gift that gets opened with a relaxed sigh. Finally, after months of helping with the planning, making sure the dress fits, paying for the dress, participating in all of the pre-wedding events, including the rehearsal dinner, and then dancing the night away at the reception, what bridesmaid wouldn’t want to get those kinks worked out in a full-body massage? A spa gift certificate is undoubtedly a gift that a bridesmaid will be happy to use. Pass the lavender oil.
  2. A restaurant gift card is the type of gift that gets opened with delight, particularly by a foodie bridesmaid.  Finally, she can enjoy a nice, relaxing meal with the bride’s big day behind her and conversation that no longer includes wedding talk. Plus, she no longer has a dress into which she must squeeze! Pass the bread basket.
  3. Wine of the month club for one year or six months or even three months is the type of gift that gets opened with a smile, particularly by a wine-connoisseur bridesmaid.  Finally, she can enjoy a glass of wine without having to toast the happy couple. Pass the grapes.
  4. An iTunes gift card is a music-loving bridesmaid’s dream. Finally, she can download music that would never and could never be replicated by a wedding band. Pass the iPod.
  5. A piece of jewelry is the type of gift that gets opened with a squeal.  As long as it’s something of good quality, it will be greatly appreciated. Many silver pieces from Tiffany’s are actually affordable for the bride, timeless in style, and what bridesmaid wouldn’t love being the one who feels like a princess opening up that iconic blue box? Go ahead, pull the white ribbon.
  6. A monogrammed bag is something both personalized and useful. Whether it’s a makeup bag or a large weekend duffle bag, it is a gift that can be practical as well as stylish. She might not be going on a honeymoon after the wedding but a bridesmaid still might need a vacation after the big day.  Pass the plane or train ticket.
  7. A Subscription Box is a gift that keeps on giving. Sign your gals up for Birchbox, Ipsy, or similar subscription box. Each month they will receive personalized beauty products to try out and a reminder of how thankful you are for their friendship! 

Any bridesmaid will be thrilled to open up any of the above gifts because they’re the type of gifts that allow her to relax, dine, shine or sport something that she would either likely buy herself or not, considering it an indulgence. There is no better gift than that and no better way to say thank you to the ladies who happily wear the dress the bride prescribes.

 

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The Orchard’s Open House is January 16th, 2018

The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat would love for you to join us at our Winter Open House on Tuesday, January 16th! This Event is complimentary and will be held from 5 PM in the evening till 8 PM at night.

We invite all newly engaged couples to come and tour The Venue, Cabins & Lodge! We invite already booked clients to come with your family and friends to help plan the big day… EVERYONE is WELCOME!

This is a perfect opportunity to meet some of DFW’s TOP wedding vendors, see the latest trends in decor, gorgeous gowns, enjoy fantastic catering samples and appetizers, sip on a variety of cocktails and taste delicious cakes and other desserts! To add to the excitement there will be all kinds of door prizes and chances to win a discount on The Orchard Venue rental throughout the night!

The Orchard Open House is a one-stop-shop wedding planning dream come true! We can’t wait to see you there, so gather your family and friends and come join us for a night of Wedding Wonder and Inspiration on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.

Winter Wedding Inspiration at The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat

Do’s and Don’ts for your Holiday-Time Wedding

‘Tis the season to get married and The Orchard is sharing our favorite do’s and don’ts for your holiday-time wedding!

November – There’s a cornucopia of reasons to wed during the Thanksgiving season!

It is the month of giving thanks and there is nothing to be more grateful for than love and family. Autumn is quickly becoming the new wedding season as well, inspiring brides to choose plums, scarlets, and oranges into their wedding palettes. The gorgeous changing of the leaves is a beautiful symbol for making a big change in our lives and celebrating the blessings all around us. What better time to marry the love of your life?

Do:

  1. Schedule your special day with Black Friday in mind. An early November wedding gives you the chance to reap the harvest of your gift registry discounts! Most registries grant soon-be-be newlyweds a discount on the items they put on their registry, but don’t get as gifts for six months to a year after the wedding. That means, you can go in and snag those dream items at a fraction of the tag price. Do that during Cyber Monday or Black Friday sales, and you and your honey can save a great deal of cash that can be used, say, for the honeymoon? Hello, double savings! A wedding in early November also means guests will be less fatigued by the holidays and more eager for wedding events.
  2. Use seasonal decor! White pumpkins, gold-painted leaves, and burgundy dresses can all make your wedding classy, unique, and memorable. Bring some of the outdoors in to create a warm, fall fling and keep guests in the holiday spirit.
  3. Add the flavors of fall to your wedding feast. Pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and pecan– these warm, homey flavors will add a sweet and earthy touch and leave your guests smiling and skipping through the leaves.

Don’t

  1. Honeymoon after Thanksgiving. You’ll rake in the deals from off-season deals on travel and still be home for the holidays if you honeymoon before this date! Airports get insanely busy and chaotic during the holidays through New Year’s. Avoid the crowds slip into your honeymoon without the food coma from all that turkey!

December– A whimsical winter wonderland is the perfect backdrop for your perfect day!

Do

  1. Give your guests as much notice as possible with save-the-date cards! December is notoriously the busiest month of the year and nearly everyone has plans that fill the calendar rather quickly!
  2. Consider that vendors may charge more during this time because of having to pay staff over-time during the holidays.
  3. Carefully incorporate holiday decor with an elevated class. Use white Christmas lights to add to the romance, candles and blankets will add the warmth and coziness, and ornaments as wedding favors can be personalized and sweet.
  4. Use the natural beauty of winter for wedding photos! Snow and pines make for a stunning backdrop and add great lighting for close-ups!

Don’t

  1. Be surprised if there are many more declines on rsvp’s than there would if it were not a holiday-time wedding. This may work in your favor, in cutting down the guest list and having on the most important people see you on your special day.
  2. Cliche your wedding by using red and green as your colors. There are a host of other gorgeous winter-time colors that would be perfect, but red and green together should be used sparingly as it has been done and overdone.
  3. Don’t play major holiday music at the reception. You want guests to feel like they are celebrating your love for each other, not attending a fancy holiday party.

Featured photo by Feather and Twine Photography 

Looking For Real Orchard Wedding Inspiration?

Here are features of Real Orchard Weddings for your own wedding inspiration that appeared in Brides of North Texas Magazine… 

Madeline & Colin’s Wedding at The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat 

Madeline chose The Orchard as her venue because she fell in love with the feeling and theme. She wanted a ceremony outside, but was nervous about the weather, and loved that they had three different ceremony locations to use if the weather did not cooperate. Madeline thought the venue did a wonderful job of making sure everything ran smoothly the day of the wedding with as little stress as possible on the bride. The altar was set up underneath the pergola next to a giant oak tree. The pergola had been fully draped in white cloth with two big flower arrangements on either side of the gathering.

Wedding at The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat

See More Photos from their wedding day on Brides of North Texas.

Kristen & Jordan’s Outdoor Wedding at The Orchard Event Venue & Retreat 

Kristen loves neutrals and metallics, and wanted to bring her style into the setting. She went with a sophisticated chic theme, mixed with earthy tones. The Orchard was a perfect blank canvas for this, with beautiful outdoor spaces for photos and incredible natural light. The wedding was romantic and classic with a trendy geometric twist. For her color palette, Kristen wanted depth and beauty infused with several neutral hues that coordinated together for a complete story. She had mixed neutrals, blush, mixed metallics and a heavy influence on charcoal grey as a grounding theme. She also wanted to be sure natural greenery was added wherever possible. They added a geometric element and presented it in a sophisticated, subtle way through the geometric place cards, escort card table, linens, floral centerpieces, table numbers and cake.

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See More Photos from their wedding day on Brides of North Texas.

Beyond Bed, Bath & Beyond: A Registry for the Modern Couple

The traditional wedding registry is intended to help a newlyweds build a house and home with everything from Kitchen Aids to duvets. However, more today than ever before, couples are tying the knot at an older age and have been living as independent adults for years; joining together in matrimony simply means having two crockpots, two TV’s, two fancy knife sets. If they haven’t been living out on their own, the modern couple has been living together long before they say “I Do.”

Many couples are already well-established with all the pots, pans, and Honeymoon plans they could want. This presents today’s bridegrooms with an interesting new wedding challenge: what to do with their wedding registry? Why register for nicer versions of items you already own, when you could instead, get a gift that will really mean a lot to you? If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional registry, look no further! Below is a list of 3 creative and heartfelt ways for guests to spread the love without needing to include a gift receipt.

  1. Create a Honeyfund

So maybe you have all the gorgeous dishware a girl could want, but your dream Honeymoon has a steep price tag; create a honeyfund! A honeyfund is a Honeymoon registry, wherein guests can help pay for the honeymoon itself in lieu of a traditional wedding gift! Several companies allow you to create a kickstarter that itemizes your honeymoon into small packages that your friends and family can buy for you. Grandpa Earl will get just as much joy, if not more, seeing a picture from your on the romantic dinner for two on the beach that he purchased as he will knowing he purchased the right color sheets.

This gives wedding guests the chance to help you make memories, a truly invaluable gift. Plus, thank-you cards coupled with honeymoon pictures are sure to warm the hearts of your generous guests. Get started with companies like Honeyfund, HoneymoonWishes, Wanderable, and Traveler’s Joy. You can even pair a Honeyfund with a traditional registry through companies like Macy’s Dream Fund.

  1.  Create a Nesting Fund

I know, I know, you skipped to number two hoping it wasn’t another way to ask for money. But the truth is, every registry is asking your guests to get out the checkbook. What guests spend money on is entirely up to you and your fiance. Why not ask for something that will really help get you started in your new life together?

Rather than buying items for your home, have guests contribute to a “Nesting Fund.” Weddings are expensive and let’s face it: most couples cannot afford, or even begin to think about, putting a down payment on their dream home. A Nesting Fund gets at the best of both worlds, by providing the bride and groom a way to start building toward their dream home right from the start and gives guests the chance to enjoy their gift every time they come over to visit! Hatch My House or Feather My Nest and companies like them, help you itemize and bundle parts of the home guests are paying for.

  1. Create Kindness by Giving to Charity

What better way to celebrate love than by loving on those who are less fortunate? That’s what marriage is all about afterall: selflessness, compassion, and love! This option gives couples the chance to put their personal touch on their wedding and demonstrate the kind of power couple they are. Giving to a charity will tug on the heartstrings of your guests and do real-world good.

You two can pick a charity that means the most to you and guests can feel good about helping to make the world a little brighter and a little more loving place to be and be married. Want a blended registry? The Knot allows guests to buy off your registry and a portion of the proceeds will go to a charity of your choice, so long as they buy through The Knot’s website. Or get started with registries specifically designed with compassion in mind, like SoKind, Zankyou, and CrowdRise.

So whether you’re hoping for plushy towels or a dream honeymoon, remember that your guests want to help and celebrate your marriage, so that it can flourish for a lifetime. Friends and family want to take part in your big day and shower you with more than just homegoods, but with love and well wishes. At the end of your big day, no one will think about what is on your wedding wishlist as much as what is in your hearts for each other. So get ready, get set, register!

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Things to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Congrats! You’re engaged and get to marry the love of your life. Thus begins the endless to-do’s and wedding planning conundrums. One of the very first things every new bride-to-be must decide is her wedding colors! This is an exciting step, but can be a very hard decision also. But don’t worry! The Orchard has got you covered.

The Wedding Feels

To pick your wedding colors you have to decide what feel you want your wedding to have: bold, soft, glamorous, or whimsical. The atmosphere you hope to create will be most concretely be impacted by your wedding color choice. It will undoubtedly give your wedding that personal touch that helps to communicate the ‘feel’ of you want for your big day. Choose from the pastels for the sweet, soft look, or pick a red and black combo for a classic formal affair. Your wedding colors also reflect how you want to portray who you are as a couple to the world. Are you light-hearted and playful or sexy and serious? Canary yellow is bright, happy, and hopeful. Plum purple will leave you feeling mysterious and regal. No matter what atmosphere you hope to create, The Orchard is the perfect canvas in any of our versatile venue options.

Finding Inspiration

Inspiration for your color palette is all around you, if you know where to look! Why not go for your favorite colors if they pair well together! Or gain inspiration from something special you shared, such a vacation you both loved or colors of your alma maters. Begin building a wedding or pinterest board with pictures to give you inspiration! Maybe you are wearing your grandmother’s deep blue necklace or your engagement ring pops with color itself. Whatever your wedding colors, they must be compatible with the more sentimental parts of the wedding.

Things to Consider

Your wardrobe isn’t the only place your wedding colors have to be compatible and apt. The most first and most important thing you book is your wedding venue and this can drastically impact what colors you choose.

  1. Know what looks good on your bridal party and in pictures. Does your new sister-in-love have a flushed face? Maybe don’t put her in bright cherry red. Does green bring out the color in your eyes? Opt for a forest green that will turn all eyes on you. Want your dress to really stand out? Choose the darker of your wedding colors for your bridal party to wear so that your gown is the highlight in every photo.
  2. What season are you getting married in? Are the fall leaves going to add a touch of warmth to your wedding palette? Does the Springtime get you excited about light pinks or soft blues? Is it close to New Years and you want to bring in some glitter, pop, and fizz? Your ideal color in your favorite flower maybe out of season on your wedding day too. You may have to pick and choose what you will compromise on. If you want beautiful sunflowers to bring that yellow country theme home, but they’re out of season you may want to pick a different color to match your theme. Want deep velveting roses but their out of season? Decide on a colored flower that will be fresh and beautiful on your special day.
  3. Choose colors that compliment the venue space because quite simply, you can dress up the space, but you cannot change it. If you’re getting married in the woods in winter, the entire wedding party will melt into the snowy backdrop if you ask them to wear a light blush or cream. If your venue has dated, orange carpet you may want to consider not choosing hot pink as a color, even if it’s your favorite, because you’re wedding will end up looking like a 60’s themed tie-dye t-shirt instead of a beautiful celebration of love.

Thus, we cannot emphasize the importance of choosing a versatile and accommodating venue space that can suit any style. At The Orchard, our gorgeous reception hall with vaulted ceilings can bring any vision you have for your wedding to life with precision and elegance. So you chose a wine burgundy color with gold accents and greenery for your colors for a rustic warm feel or maybe a soft grey-lavender combination for a garden wedding. Our Pergola serves as your perfect backdrop. You want a modern, edgy feel or a classic white wedding, our sweeping views and grounds will serve as the ideal location to make you and the wedding party “pop.” Which brings us to…

Contrast Contrast Contrast

Think about how those colors will be represented in your wedding. If every color you pick in your palette are Springtime pastels, you may need some contrast to add dimension and intrigue in your venue and in your space. If every color you chose is darker– deep blue, deep gray, deep purple, you may need to lighten it up with some lighter hues. I suggest having three main colors. Your three main colors should be light, medium, and contrast colors respectively and one should be an “accent” color (light blush, glitter gold (accent), and navy blue for example). The idea is to create depth within the aesthetics of your wedding day to ensure no perfect detail is lost in a sea of block colors.

Whatever colors you choose, your wedding is sure to be a beautiful and happy day!

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