May 2016

Group Gift For a Wedding Registry

Q: When a bride-to-be is registered at three places, for instance Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s and Target and several people want to give a group gift, how should I choose which location to purchase the gift from?

A: Great question! I actually have two answers for ya. The idea here, no matter which option you feel works best, is to celebrate in the happiness of the bride-to-be, rather than hand over a group gift or a signed card with a smile and a handshake. That’s no fun!

#1: If there will be an office Wedding Shower, then I would suggest collecting cash from the givers (keep discreet track of who participates) and purchasing several gifts from either one or all three locations (but that would depend on how much time you have on your lunch break). The more gifts at the Shower, the more fun it is for the couple to open. Oohs and aahs are what you’re going for!

#2: If there will not be an office Wedding Shower, then I feel it would be perfectly fine to give a gift card to one of the stores for the entire amount the group gives, and perhaps have a happy hour or lunch in her honor to celebrate her upcoming marriage.

Now #ThatsSensiblyChic!

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Encourage Your Boyfriend to Propose

Encourage Boyfriend to Propose | Sensibly Chic Weddings


Will He Ever Propose?


Q:My boyfriend and I have been together for about 3 years now. We’re in love and we’ve talked about getting married, but it’s been months since that talk and he still hasn’t proposed yet. What can I do to help “encourage” him to take the next step and propose? I feel like I’m jumping out of my skin! I want him to DO SOMETHING!!
~Lindsay from Plano, Texas

A:If only you and I could hold hands and “whooosaaah” (a calming chant used in the movie Bad Boys II). Lindsay, what you’re feeling appears to be some impatience mixed with a pinch of anxiety, and that’s certainly not the ideal recipe to encourage your boyfriend to take your next step. Yes, I said it. It makes sense that the logical next step after having the marriage talk with your boyfriend is a proposal, but I caution you to not rush this process. Just because you are ready to be engaged right now doesn’t necessarily mean your boyfriend is ready.

If you both are on the same page (by eventually wanting to be married to each other) and are in a serious, loving, and committed relationship, I highly recommend that you allow his proposal to happen organically, and keep enjoying your relationship. Keep making memories with your #Boyiance (what I call a man that is more than a boyfriend but not exactly a fiance… yet) and keep supporting each other’s dreams and goals.


Don’t Push. Enjoy Your Relationship!


Ask yourself if it’s marriage you’re so eager to have, or if you’re really really super eager to start planning your wedding. The source of your desire for him to take the next step could expose where your priorities are. I’m not one to judge! Your reason is your reason – and weddings are super fun, which is why I plan them!

When you’re feeling this way remember to breathe, very slowly, and try to avoid taking any actions while your emotions and nerves are high. A frustrated comment to your boyfriend could lead to an argument and no one wins in that situation. And pushing him to move things along or dropping a subtle (or not-so-subtle) ultimatum could backfire. I ask you to give it more time, and when he does pop the question, I’ll be happy dancing with you while we’re planning your wedding!

Keeping calm in the eye of your emotional anguish takes skill… now #ThatsSensiblyChic!

Wedding Venues Near McKinney

Wedding Venues Near McKinney, Texas | Sensibly Chic Weddings

If a Downtown Dallas wedding is not the style you’re after, here are 9 local wedding venues near McKinney, Texas that could be the charming and romantic backdrop for your upcoming ceremony and reception.


Charming & Romantic Wedding Venues Near McKinney, Texas


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Bella Donna Chapel

Wedding Venues Near McKinney, Texas | Sensibly Chic Weddings


Wedding Venues Near McKinney, Texas | Sensibly Chic Weddings

Rick’s Chophouse

Bella Donna Chapel (McKinney)
Gather (Downtown McKinney)
Rick’s Chophouse (Downtown McKinney)
Heritage Springs (Anna)
Noah’s Event Center (Fairview)
Chapel Ana Villa (The Colony)
The Venue at Waterstone (Celina)
Rustic Grace Estate (Van Alstyne)
Piazza On The Green (McKinney – Opening Summer 2016)

Having a hard time deciding which wedding venue to choose? I’m happy to share my experiences with you! Each venue has a signature look and I’d be thrilled to help you choose the best venue for your wedding. Contact me and let me know how I can help!

Do you have a favorite venue near McKinney, Texas? Please share your experience!

How To Combine Your Wedding Theme

combine wedding theme

One wedding theme? It isn’t surprising that couples struggle to select just one – especially in a society of double-majors, auto/manual car transmissions, sleeper sofas, half-do’s, and mango-habanero frozen yogurt!

Gone are the days when you can only express yourself one way. When two lives, backgrounds, and personalities combine into one modern couple, how can each individual’s style be represented throughout their wedding? The article answers that, plus I’ve added a couple of photos from past couples as inspiration!

Combined Wedding Theme Ideas

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Rustic Christmas

combined wedding theme - purple-hued winter wonderland

Purple-Hued Winter Wonderland











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Tips For Legally Changing Your Name

What happens after you say “I Do” to legally change your name? The idea of changing your name, driver’s license, passport, banking accounts, heck, even your email signature, can prove to be a daunting task these days. This article can help you navigate those choppy waters.

As an addendum to #2, I’ve found it quite useful to keep one checking account in your maiden name, and here’s why. Imagine that a year or so after your wedding, a check comes in the mail from an investment that completely slipped your mind. The check just so happens to be made out to your maiden name. Having that one account in your maiden name could make this situation, and depositing that check, a breeze.

Reasons Why He Would Propose To You … Again

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Can you imagine? Proposing to the man or woman of your dreams may very well be the most emotionally-driven decision of your life. If given the chance, would you change your proposal? Here are the stories of 5 guys who said they’d love having a proposal do-over.