Palestine Magazine January 2019 - Page 21

HERE COMES THE BRIDE yard – before and after the wedding. If you decide your home is not big enough, consider an outdoor wedding in your yard, or under a rented tent that can also serve as the recep- tion area. Decorations: You can’t go wrong with tea lights to light up your home, back porch, and yard. The twinkling lights add a hint of romance to any evening. Keep decorations to a minimum. Think more accent and less spa- cial makeover. Don’t forget the guest book. Flowers: Flowers are the perfect accents for any event. Unless the bride has a favorite or signature flower, consider wild flowers, daisy, or even Baby’s Breath, instead of roses. Put them in pretty vintage vases on tables and around the house. Food and Beverages: There is no rule you have to serve a meal, unless the event is around meal times. In Texas, barbecue is always an acceptable and affordable way to serves any size crowd. If you host an after- noon event, try thin light snacks and finger foods, topped off with cake and punch and/ or iced tea. If you serve alcohol, stick with beer, a white and red wine, and one specialty mixed drink for the evening or champagne. Either hire a caterer with a small serving The great thing about home staff, or find a group of ladies to serve as your weddings is there are no rules. If you want to “House Party,” to take care of all the food have a live band in the backyard, do it. If you and drinks. That will allow you and your want to hire a DJ, okay. You can also serve as family to relax and celebrate together. your own DJ or, if you don’t want any music, Spending a little more that’s fine too. on a photographer and wedding photos is You can still have your white something I encourage. This is a day you’ll dress and tuxedos, or you can find something want to remember forever. You’ll want every unique. Many opt for cocktail dress and suit special moment captured in pictures you can and tie, or dress shirts and jeans. You can still look back over with fondness. have a Maid/Matron of Honor and a brides- Music: Photographer: Attire: maid or two. Instead of having them purchase dresses they will never wear again, let them choose something in a color of your choice that won’t outshine you as the bride. Hair and Makeup: This is another area that I would say splurge. Either hire a hairdresser, who also does makeup, to come to your house, or make an appointment at the shop the day of the wedding. I’d also suggest making a few prior appointments to discuss the look you want. JANUARY 2019 21