Everything from the venue, to the napkins, to the honeymoon came together perfectly. I talked about our theme here, and with only a few minor changes, it call came out just like I envisioned!
My Caterer: Cowboy Chicken
The food tasted great. We ordered wood fire rotisserie chicken, famous twice baked potaters, mac and cheese, zippy black eyed peas, and green beans. The pricing was very reasonable (less than $10pp) and we also paid for setup, serving, and cleanup. Or so I thought. I was later informed that one of my guests actually had to go upstairs (where the ballroom for the reception was) during the ceremony to ask the employees at Cowboy Chicken to keep it down! Luckily, I was so busy saying my vows that I tuned it all out, but multiple guests later commented on the noise. Ridiculous!! If that wasn’t enough, they also did not scrape any plates, clear tables, or assist in serving cake. All services I paid for. I guess if I had to choose between the food being terrible or the service, I’m glad the food tasted good; however I am beyond disappointed because I paid for both. They didn’t require a deposit, and let us come in for a (free) tasting, which was nice. I’m not saying I would never use them again, but I would definitely recommend getting everything in writing ahead of time.
My Bakery: The Cake Guys
My String Quartet: Forte Strings
This was my one non-negotiable for the entire wedding; I had to have a string quartet! I couldn’t be happier with Forte Strings. They were very affordable and professional. They mailed me a contract with payment plan as soon as I contacted them for booking. Very helpful with song selection and made the whole process seamless. They were a pleasure to work with and added exactly what I wanted at my wedding. You can hear samples of their work on their website. I highly recommend getting a videographer to capture the music because that day was such a blur I didn’t get to fully enjoy the music, so I am especially glad I have the video to treasure forever.
My Venue: The Historic YWCA
I can’t say enough good things about the YWCA. From their beautiful, 1920s downtown building, to their incredibly affordable rental fees, and their amazing programs. There were no extra fees for outside catering and they only allow one event per day (no back to back rushing, or waiting). Partly because of this, and their affordable prices and gorgeous grounds, they book extremely fast and far in advance. The best part of this venue is that 100% of the rental fee goes to programs benefiting:
- Free early childhood education to homeless children in Tarrant County
- Housing for young women transitioning out of Foster Care
I bragged on these girls yesterday, and I can’t say enough about them. They are both family to me, and have done numerous shoots for us. Wouldn’t you know that both my fav photogs live outside the great state of Texas? Cassie is in FL and Bailey is in MT, but both make frequent trips to DFW throughout the year, so if you are looking for a photog for a wedding, family, maternity, newborn, boudoir shoot, or anything please contact them!