Category: #ThatsSensiblyChic

18 Jul 2017

How to Survive a Bridal Show

Now that your “we’re engaged” Instagram post loves have slowed down, now is the time to start thinking about the questions in your comment feed…

When is your wedding date?
Where are you getting married?
Can I bring my cousin’s best friend’s babysitter?


Inspiration vs. Action


Blogs and magazines can help inspire your wedding colors and overall decor, but when it’s time to take action and start booking vendors, there are two paths to take.

First is to clear your calendar for a chunk of days, email dozens of vendors for their availability and book individual appointments with the vendors you found online and drive all over town to meet with them. Or, you can attend a Bridal Show and interact with hundreds of vendors in one location for only a couple of hours. Seems like a no-brainer huh?

Now, Bridal Shows are known for being incredibly informative and a bit overwhelming. Thousands of couples attend shows like these annually in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.


Bridal Show Survival | Sensibly Chic Weddings
Mommy & Me at the Dallas Bridal Show in January 2017

After being a customer and a vendor in Bridal Shows for the past 5 years, I’ve collected a few survival tips to help you get the most out of it and keep your sanity.


Bridal Show Survival Tips


1. Dress comfy and cute! Show your personality! Vendors are people too and if you’re rocking a cute pair of Kendra Scott earrings or a graphic tee of your fave band, you’ll strike up conversations that don’t start with “so… what’s your wedding budget?”

2. Bring your fiance + 1! A Bridal Show is the place to meet vendors and make decisions. Having your fiance’s vote keeps you from digging through a pile of flyers and business cards later. Your + 1 can be another decision maker, like a parent. Since many vendors offer discounts for booking the day of or the week of the show, you’ll get the best price by being ready to make a decision on the spot.

3. Print your contact and wedding info on address labels! Some shows offer this service for a small fee, but if you like to plan ahead, go for it! Be sure to include the following: your full name, your fiance’s full name, wedding date, phone number, email address, and mailing address.

4. Take photos of the offer flyers you like most! If you adore the decor of that vendor’s booth, take a photo of that too (if the vendor doesn’t mind)! Your goodie bag does serve as your shopping cart, and when you’re ready to leave, a large collection of vendor info will be in tow. Taking photos makes it easier to sort through the vendors you connect with or want to learn more about.

5. Take notes! Rank your top 3 choices per category based on what’s important to you, such as their energy level, pricing, design ability, and wow factor (just to name a few). A pen and paper works dandy, but if your cell phone battery can handle it, a note taking app does wonders too. Choosing your top 3 while you’re at the show saves time later in case your #1 choice isn’t available.

6. Eat something! Prepare yourself and your entourage to be walking and talking for at least 2 hours straight. Being hangry the whole time won’t make for a positive experience.

7. Know your schedule! Be prepared to book appointments on the spot with your top 3 vendors in each category you’re looking for. If you’re not ready to make a decision at the show, booking an appointment could allow you to keep the discount if you decide you want to move forward after doing more research.

Now that you’re armed and ready, if you’re near Dallas, I invite you to experience one for yourself! Come visit us at the Dallas Bridal Show on Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th from 10am to 5pm at Dallas Market Hall. When you get your tickets online, use Promo Code SENSCHICWED to save $1 off admission.

06 Apr 2017

Is Pinterest Breaking Your Wedding Budget?

Browsing Pinterest for wedding inspiration is like browsing romantic comedy movies for boyfriend inspiration. The fantasy of what could be versus the reality of what actually is today can be shocking (or for some, shockingly disappointing)!

There’s nothing wrong with loving Pinterest, just remember to balance your expectations before adding Pins to your secret wedding board. Say this with me “Pins may show inspiration that exceeds the limits of my budget.” See, that was easy, right? Hopefully this helps to ease the shock when you see your proposal for wedding flowers that match your pretty Pin.

Similar to romantic movies, Pinterest is meant to inspire and excite. Actually expecting a Hollywood hunk-worthy hero to sweep us off our feet could leave us bitter, disappointed and miserable in life and love. Likewise, expecting to get the exact Pinterest-worthy look for our wedding that fits within our budget could break hearts in the long-run.


What the Pros Know


Allow me to demystify Pinterest wedding flowers so you can know what the pros know. (Shhh… keep this between us!)

On average, Dallas couples spend around $2,500 on wedding flowers and a bridal bouquet usually starts around $150. That luscious, jaw-dropping bridal bouquet Pin you’re swooning over could come with a $300 price tag!

Here’s a video that helps to explain the actual price of the flowers in photos you’re drawn to.

Price of Wedding Flowers
Bootah Jardin Florists

Are you really willing to double your budget to match a pretty photo?

So, how do you balance your Pinterest fantasy with your budget reality? Allow me to introduce you to our newest creation – BYOB: Build Your Own Bouquet! Can you imagine saving up to 35% off the price for wedding flowers just by opting to DIY? BYOB is ideal for couples with a do-it-yourself spirit who desire stunning budget-friendly blooms for their Wedding Day.

BYOB: Build Your Own Bouquet | Sensibly Chic Weddings


Not a Fan of DIY?


If you’re planning to meet with a wedding florist soon, here are 4 quick tips to have a flawless floral consultation:

  1. Be honest, upfront and realistic about your budget
  2. Treat Pinterest as a translator – it helps you non-verbally communicate your style (then…)
  3. Treat Pinterest as an ex-lover – you both had great times but you’ve moved on
  4. Remain open-mined and trust your floral designer

Happy planning!

26 Feb 2017

Introducing Floral Design

Floral design isn’t just an art. I believe it’s a natural form of soul therapy, and here’s why.

Have you ever received a bouquet of flowers (perhaps for your birthday or for no reason at all) and it just made you feel incredibly special? For a moment you’re taken aback, a huge smile crosses your lips and a rush of happiness surges through you.

It’s the emotion flowers bring to our lives that draws me to their power and beauty. Somehow, when I look at a symphony of daisies, hydrangea, ranunculus, lilies, roses, baby’s breath and eucalyptus, the world around me becomes silent and I fall into my happy place.

Flowers are powerful that way and I’ve made it my mission to learn them, understand them, and share that power with everyone I meet, which is why I’m venturing into floral design for weddings, special occasions, and just because!


Introducing Floral Design


I went to the flower market last Friday, walked into their cooler, and gazed around until I found a flower that spoke to me. This flower would be my leading lady and I found other blooms and greens that would work well together. I got them all home, prepped them and let them drink overnight. The next day I laid a grouping of stems out and started to work some floral design magic (well, that’s what I like to call it LOL).

The result? I invite you to see for yourself…

Floral Design | Artistry Floral Design | Artistry

After making 1 bridal bouquet, 5 different bridesmaids bouquets, and a topiary centerpiece (the buds are still closed so that pic will come later on Instagram) I really wished I had a wedding to deliver these to. I would have loved to see the smile on the face of the bride and her bridesmaids.

Are you getting married in 2017 or beyond? Looking for a floral designer to bring the emotion of your wedding day to life? Give me a shout! I’d love to create something unique for you to cherish.

In the meantime, follow me on Instagram to discover where inspiration takes me – you may very well be inspired yourself!

27 Jan 2017

Dallas Bridal Show 2017

Getting married soon? Come mingle with Nicole Elizabeth and her fabulously sweet Mom, Ramona, at the Dallas Bridal Show this weekend!

We’re giving away super cute goodies (while they last) so come early to snag yours!


Dallas Bridal Show Weekend 1/28-1/29!


(In case you missed the show, here’s a highlights video of our smile-filled weekend!)


Visit our booth and enter for your chance to win a free, custom-painted backdrop for your wedding (valued at $295)! We’re debuting “Mauvelous” this weekend as the backdrop of our booth (romantic shades of blush pink, taupe, plum and rose gold).

We love planning and decorating weddings and we’d love to get to know you and hear your ideas! Come and share what you’ve planned so far and let us know how we can help!

(Psst… for my awesome blog subscribers: when you visit our booth, mention the secret word “cupcake” to let us know you’re already part of our #SensiblyChicTRIBE of happy couples!)

If you get tickets online, be sure to use code SENSCHICWED at checkout to get $1 off admission!

Saturday, January 28th from 10am to 5pm
Sunday, January 29th from 10am to 5pm

Dallas Market Hall
2200 N Stemmons Fwy Dallas, TX 75207

Because you’re fabulously engaged, that’s why!

We’ll see you there!


Let’s Connect!


Follow us on Instagram to get a behind-the-scenes look-see at our booth – and the giddy moments in-between!