Weddings - Texas Style

Outdoor Events Depend on Good Weather

It's risky business planning a Texas wedding in November. Sometimes it's hot and other times it's not.
It's risky business planning a Texas wedding in November. Sometimes it's hot and other times it's not. | Source

Love and Marriage

First comes love, then comes marriage, at least for some who hold traditional views. What about the wedding planning? How does a couple go about choosing a venue to hold an event that will likely impact the rest of their lives? The answer: with a good deal of care.

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

— Genesis 2:24

The Flower Girl

The Flower Girl (wearing Cowboy boots) and the Ring Bearer
The Flower Girl (wearing Cowboy boots) and the Ring Bearer | Source

The Ceremony

Decisions and choices begin almost immediately following the moment that starry-eyed man gets down on one knee and proposes marriage to his beloved. Finding a convenient and beautiful location where one's friends can gather and celebrate this perfect day can be a challenge.

The Bridesmaids

Eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Bride
Eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Bride | Source

Where to Sit?

The question that comes up for wedding guests surrounds the issue on where to sit. Traditionally, there was one side for the bride and one for the groom. But where does one sit when they are friends of both?

At this modern wedding, the dilemma was resolved by a simple chalkboard sign that read, "Whether you're here for the groom or bride, select a seat on either side. We're all friends here."

That worked out splendidly as one side of the seating was basked in direct sunlight and the other side offered the comfort of shade. Despite the cool temperatures in the sixties, the atmosphere was pleasant.

Love and Marriage

The second principle of marriage is love, not merely the romantic kind, but the everlasting love that seeks the protection and best interests of someone else.

Here Comes the Bride

Walking down the aisle with her sister, this bride needed an alternative to the traditional walk with Dad.
Walking down the aisle with her sister, this bride needed an alternative to the traditional walk with Dad. | Source

The Walk Down the Aisle

Who will walk the bride down the aisle? Sometimes it may be necessary to find an alternative to the traditional walk down the aisle. In this case, the bride's father was officiating the ceremony. It wasn't practical to have him walk her down the aisle as well, so her sister and best friend did the honors.

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Choosing the Music

Traditional songs may take a backseat to the modern music that is played at today's weddings. Certain favorites will always be welcomed when the audience is mixed between the young and the mature set. The proficient disc jockey will create a combination of just the right balance.

For added confidence, have a backup plan to provide music for this special occasion. Whether it's compact discs or a live band, the music sets the tone and keeps the audience enthusiastic as well as provides for a memorable experience.

In the case of one unfortunate couple, the disc jockey bailed out of his responsibilities two days before the wedding, leaving the couple to scramble for a replacement. He also disappeared with the prepaid funds. Be sure to choose a reputable professional when it comes to music and check their references.

The Happy Couple

The look of relief is clear on the faces of the bride and the groom.
The look of relief is clear on the faces of the bride and the groom. | Source

You May Not Want The Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel

The Vows

The traditional wedding vows we know today have roots in the Anglican Church, under the rule of King Henry VIII. It was then that he approved the vows found in what is known as the Common Book of Prayer, published in 1549.1

I take you to be my wife/husband and my spouse and I pledge to you the faith of my body, that I will be faithful to you and loyal with my body and my goods and that I will keep you in sickness and in health and in whatever condition it will please the Lord to place you, and that I shall not exchange you for better or worse until the end.”

— Traditional Christian Vows

At one wedding, the bride was disappointed when the printed copy of her wedding vows couldn't be found. The minister advised her to speak her vows from her heart. At this time of physical and mental stress, a back-up plan could prove valuable.

Sometimes an Uninvited Guest Shows Up at Weddings

A New Twist

The minister surprised the audience with a twist to the standard question, "If anyone can show just cause why this couple cannot lawfully be joined together in matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace". Instead, he asked the guests if everyone approved of the marriage.

Outdoor wedding in Ancient Times

Peasant wedding dance outdoors, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1526 or 1530 - 1569, on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
Peasant wedding dance outdoors, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1526 or 1530 - 1569, on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. | Source

To love and to cherish, from this day forward."

Amenities

Adequate parking and a convenient drop-off at the door is important in order to preserve the fancy high heels and hairdos of those in attendance.

The location for this wedding was rural, quiet and beautiful. There was a large ballroom that would serve as a contingent if the weather didn't cooperate.

Out in the Country

On the way out to the Event Center
On the way out to the Event Center

Hidden Springs Events

An event center in a rural setting is the option that worked for this couple.
An event center in a rural setting is the option that worked for this couple.

Wedding Venue

A markerHidden Springs Events -
5430 Wildcat Rd, Aubrey, TX 76227, USA
[get directions]

Rustic, elegant event venues

The Neighbors

The neighborhood includes several horse ranches.
The neighborhood includes several horse ranches. | Source

The Weatherman Isn't Always Right

Planning a wedding outdoors is fraught with uncertainty. After all those months of detailed planning, no one wants their special day ruined with a turn of bad weather.

For this November bride, the day could not have been more perfect. Had the ceremony been held one day earlier, they would have been soaking wet in a downpour of the unpredictable Texas weather.

For that reason, always have a Plan B when it comes to an outdoor wedding.

Some Couples Choose to Dance Down the Aisle

To Dance or Not to Dance - That is the Question

There seems to be enough pressure on the bride and groom, with all the planning, coordination and expense that goes into a wedding ceremony, without adding a dance routine to the mix. In the wedding footage of the following video, the couple performs like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

The Reception Faciity

The reception was held in a Texas sized ballroom.
The reception was held in a Texas sized ballroom. | Source

Entertaining the Guests

The wedding reception not only had a DJ and the current music playing, the hosts provided a photo booth where guests could get their pictures taken. A choice of unusual hats and various props gave comic relief after the ceremony.

A barbecue buffet dinner was catered which included lemonade and iced tea. There was an open bar for wine and mixed drinks along with popcorn snacks and sweets for the guests.

The wedding this weekend was a great success and a whole lot of fun. Everything went off without a hitch, that is, except for the young married couple who were there for that exact reason.

The Photographer

The photographer was a good sport offering to snap a photo of us with the bride and groom with our own camera.
The photographer was a good sport offering to snap a photo of us with the bride and groom with our own camera. | Source

Planning for Success

Successful entertaining takes a good deal of planning, significant expense and time. The young couple pictured here sent out invitations six months in advance. They set up a web site for updates and communication, and arranged for donations and gifts to be made directly to their favorite stores. The wedding planner did a great job finding a professional photographer who was both personable and talented.

A good time was had by all.

Notes

  1. Christian Rituals for the Wedding Vows
  2. The Four Principles for Marriage

© 2015 Peg Cole

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Jackie Lynnley 13 months ago from The Beautiful South

Love this and especially the bride and groom dancing! Glad the weather played along.

Sharing.


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billybuc 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

One of these days I'll have to take a trip to Texas. I'm sure it will live up to the advanced billing. :)


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you, Jackie. It was truly beautiful and the perfect day for an outdoor wedding.


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Billybuc, You would love the wide open spaces here in Texas. Lots of room for urban and rural gardens and critters. Thanks for stopping in today.


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mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hi Peg. It looks like a beautiful event. You reported it well, and the pictures are great. I say Elope, elope, elope, but no one listens.


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marcoujor 13 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Peg,

That flower girl is precious.

I love the simplicity and freedom in this wedding ceremony. Appreciate not having sides for seating...

I would never have been so 'obedient' as to have ' submission' in my vows...LOL.

Cool report of this wedding - wishing them a lifetime of love and adventures.

Love and hugs, Maria


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Mike, Naturally. My Dad said the same thing. I didn't listen either. Thanks for the visit and the kind words.


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Maria, You know that many of us balked at the idea of obey being part of the vows. J tried to add command to my vows but I skipped over that part. He likes to tell people that he's in charge, when I allow it. Hahahha.

Love headed your way, Peg


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Carb Diva 13 months ago

What a beautiful day. Memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for sharing.


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Dana Tate 13 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Beautiful pictures. Weddings are such a joyous occasion I wish them all the best. I wish I could have had some of that Texas BBQ, I bet it was finger licking good!


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Carb Diva, I had not been to a wedding in several years. Things have changed a bit. This one was beautiful. Thanks for checking it out.


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Dana Tate, Weddings are truly joyous times to be celebrated with friends and families. Oh and yes, that BBQ was delicious. The serving line formed quickly once dinner was served.


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MsDora 13 months ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful Texas wedding, and your presentation is just as lovely. I like all the unique features. Your videos and pictures are also great. I know that was an enjoyable occasion.


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello MsDora, Thank you for stopping by to read this and for taking time to see the videos and the photos. It really was enjoyable and the bride and groom seemed genuinely pleased.


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AliciaC 13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This sounds like a beautiful occasion, Peg. I think the traditional Christian wedding vows are beautiful, except for the obey or submission part. Even my parents left this out when they got married so many years ago! Thank you for sharing the lovely photos and descriptions. It's nice to read about such a happy event in November.


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello AliciaC, Traditions have truly changed in the past hundred years or so. It is sort of hard to think about; obey. Sometimes that can be tough. Thanks for stopping in to read and for the insightful comment.


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Sunshine625 13 months ago from Orlando, FL

Beautiful wedding photos! I like how the guests were casually dressed in jeans and boots, that is my type of wedding! I also like how the sister walked the bride down the aisle. Super delightful hub! :)


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks for the happy thoughts, Sunshine! Yes, there were a lot of boots in the crowd; typical Texas attire with the western shirts and jeans, too. I've been to weddings where the bride even wore boots. Nice to see you here.


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

Peg, I SO enjoyed this hub! I love the creativity that you've highlighted here.

When I married my first husband, who was to become my only child's father, we had a very non-traditional wedding and it is ever-imprinted in my mind.

You may know I lived the biker lifestyle for many years. But that's only one facet of my personality. Here's kind of a rundown of our wedding:

I opted not to wear white. I was 34 when I got married, so the virginal aspect was long gone. I wore a beautiful turquoise sling backed dress with white pantyhose, white heels and had a florist make a headband of gardenias from my garden. My husband-to-be wore white pants and a turquoise button-down to coordinate with my outfit. (Picture Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. My husband was the spitting image. Now picture him in a turquoise shirt and white pants!) Love is grand and willing to compromise.

Our wedding was held outside on private property. When the couple who owned the property heard we were getting married, they suggested we do so on the weekend they were having a weekend-long pig roast. How cool was that? Do I hear reception anyone?

The attendees set up an aisle of bikes (Harleys) for me to walk down. It was awesome! Because my parents weren't there (I hadn't told them I was getting married), I opted to have two men walk me down the aisle. One was a biker and one was not. That represented my biker side and non-biker side.

As the wedding was during an already-planned weekend party, there was plenty of music and food. The added attraction was our wedding. I have no regrets about getting married the way we did. It was all us, with no pretensions, and a good time was had all the way around.


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Dear Shauna,

Wow, I did not know that aspect of your life. Amazing. And your description of your wedding day was spectacular right down to the ZZ Top image of your once beloved. Your wedding attire sounds beautiful and the flower child garland must have been grand. How cool about the walk down the aisle and the fortunate timing with the cookout. Those sort of things make the day truly memorable.

I still remember my first with exacting detail as well. What a happy day that was. It's too bad I was so young and full of the wrong sort of expectations.

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience here so we could enjoy the memory with you.

Kind regards, Peg


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Genna East 13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

"At this modern wedding, the dilemma was resolved by a simple chalkboard sign that read, "Whether you're here for the groom or bride, select a seat on either side. We're all friends here." I loved this. I could never understand why friends and family of the groom and bride were divided on either side of the aisle when weddings are about the joining of two people; two hearts and lives that bond together. I also agree with Maria about the simplicity of the wedding which made this beautiful event even more meaningful. Thank you for sharing this with us, Peg -- of my favorite hubs. :-)


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Genna, That sign was a first for me. It always posed a dilemma when I knew both the bride and groom and didn't want to choose sides. I believe they solved the issue. I opted for the shady side. Ha hah ha. I love that this was among your favorites. Thank you.


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drbj 12 months ago from south Florida

What a complete exploration of a modern wedding, Peg. I can't think of any details you omitted. Just one thing. That minister did take a chance when he asked the assemblage if anyone did not approve of the marriage. I have to laugh when I think of the possible repercussions. ;)


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PegCole17 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Drbj, The minister asked the group if they all APPROVED of the wedding, rather than the traditional, "If anyone objects..." That was a real diversion from the old way. Thank you so much for coming by and for taking time to comment.


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ChitrangadaSharan 12 months ago from New Delhi, India

This sounds beautiful and memorable. This may be a coincidence that November is the most preferred month for weddings in India as well. The weather is quite suitable due to the warm and gentle Sun.

Thank you for sharing the lovely photos and descriptions. I love reading about other cultures and I must say that the costumes may be different but the serenity, the spirit and enthusiasm is quite identical wherever a wedding is happening.

Thank you!


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PegCole17 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello ChitrangadaSharan, It is always interesting to learn about other cultures and their wedding traditions. I had no idea that November was a popular wedding month in India. Here, it is usually June. Thank you for taking time to read this and for the lovely comment.


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Frank Atanacio 12 months ago from Shelton

This is why weddings are done like events... they have to be unforgettable.. like this one.. love the whole set-up.. and the tradition.. bless that marriage..:) Texas Style..LOL


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PegCole17 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks, Frank. I hadn't thought of it like an event but it truly is. They orchestrated the entire thing including the reappearance of the bride and groom coming down the stairs after the photo shoot. Nice of you to stop by.


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aviannovice 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

On such as important day as this, it is so critical that everything goes well and as planned. A plan B never hurts in case of weather, though.


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PegCole17 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

One of the key things to learn in life, Deb. It has helped me out many times in the past. Thanks so much for your visit and comment.


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MartieCoetser 12 months ago from South Africa

The wedding day is truly the most precious day of a marriage, and nowadays creativity is the norm, instead of following traditional norms. However, the cost of the reception is way too high, and for some reason many brides want to boast with the most expensive one.

Thanks for sharing a Texas wedding with us, Peg. We do the same down here, and woe those who want to have an outdoor wedding in the rain season without a Plan B.


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PegCole17 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Martie, The wedding is a truly memorable occasion, yet, something that requires so much planning and cost. I agree that many couples spend way too much trying to entertain (and impress) their guests.

Thanks for coming by and for sharing your thoughts and experience.


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FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

I liked the flexibility of using a sister to walk the bride down the aisle. It seemed like a perfect mix of relaxed and formal.


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PegCole17 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

I thought that was innovative when Dad was otherwise occupied, too, Flourish. Thanks for checking this out.


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teaches12345 11 months ago

Texas weddings are similar to Midwest celebrations. I recently attended a wedding where they left out the "if anyone has just cause ..." because he knew several people may have spoken. Great article on this topic.


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PegCole17 11 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Oh my, Teaches12345. That statement is a staple within weddings and it seems that if there is just cause, well, maybe it should be approached before the couple walks down the aisle. Thank you for dropping by and for sharing about Midwest celebrations.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas

That sounds like a fun wedding and so glad the weather cooperated so that they could enjoy it outside.


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PegCole17 6 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks, Peggy. It was really a treat to attend this one in true Texas fashion.


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Au fait 4 months ago from North Texas

With just a little imagination one can put on a huge affair that is very special for the bride and groom as well as the guests without spending what is said to be the average cost of a wedding in 2016 -- over 32,600 according to www.bestdfwvenues.com. I expect the one described here may have cost that or more. Since the divorce rate has dropped quite a bit in recent years, maybe the investment is worth it.

This is a very good guide for someone planning a wedding with lots of things to consider so that nothing will be overlooked.


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PegCole17 4 months ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Au fait, It seems remarkable to me that weddings cost so much, but, like in this case where they provided a dinner, alcohol, DJ entertainment and participant photos, that the cost would be astronomical. I remember buying my first house for that amount! And it required a twenty year mortgage. Oh how times change.

Thank you for dropping in and for the nice comment.

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