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Looking for offbeat bridal shower ideas in Dallas? This is such an exciting time, and the venue that you choose can make all of the difference! Here are four of the newest eateries to hit the scene in Dallas. Any of these establishments would be a great place to host your party! If there's one that calls out to you, be sure to call and get all of the specific details about their rules, party packages, and pricing. If you need transportation for your celebration, this Fort Worth Limo Service has a variety of vehicle options to choose from!
4040 Maple Ave
This spot has a unique, charming atmosphere with mid-century details. This space is comfortable and casual while staying on trend. This is why it's a great option to consider for a party venue! There is an upstairs lounge along with main level dining, so there's a lot of space to work with here. With dishes like french onion dumplings, who wouldn't want to celebrate here?
1905 Greenville Ave
Italian is what is being served at this new restaurant in Lower Greenville! There's an outdoor patio and plenty of space inside this establishment. Some of the most popular dishes include the Nutella Crepe, Chicken Murphy, Tortellini Alla Panna, and the refreshing Cucumber Martini. There's a private dining family room that would be perfect for your bridal shower or engagement party!
3699 McKinney Ave
This is a Japanese sushi bar in the Uptown area. They have perfected the art of the sushi hand roll! With ample seating and a huge variety of authentic Japanese dishes, it is sure to be a pleasant party when you bring a group here to celebrate. The fact that they make the rolls right in front of you makes this feel like an interactive dining experience.
3411 McKinney Ave
Velvet Taco is putting a creative twist on this classic dish! You're probably familiar with the location in Henderson, but this one is a lot larger, which makes it a perfect destination for a celebration. You will find authentic options as well as creative choices like the shrimp and grits taco and the buffalo chicken. Don't leave without trying their popular red velvet cake, after all, it is a celebration!
Photos by Meli Kerr Photography
Get the Scoop on the Bridal Party's Look
Today is the first official day of summer and I'm excited to announce some events coming up! Find great deals on women's designer bridesmaid dresses and separates (tops and skirts) at the Love Tanya Sample Sales. Love Tanya is an online boutique based in Dallas, offering affordable, designer bridesmaid dresses and separates. All of the pieces are designed personally by Tanya Watters for girls seeking truly wear again bridesmaid styles. Visit lovetanya.com to shop the sale early collection online.
There will be additional one-of-a-kind samples available and additional markdowns at these events. Come to join us!
July 20-21, 2018, Friday 12am-7pm; Saturday 10am-4pm
Love Tanya Sample Sale
SPACES COWORKING,1919 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
September 13-15, 2018
FIG Finale - Sample Sale
Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave #167, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
TICKETS COMING SOON!
I will continue to update this post as more events are organized so keep checking back! Hope to see you soon! -love, tanya
Yay, I'm certified!
I am so proud to announce that Love Tanya has been nationally certified as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Council - Southwest, a regional certifying partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Women's entrepreneurship has been on the rise in the U.S. for the last two decades and I am proud to be a part of this movement. It was important to me to get certified to let everyone know that I fully support nurturing independence and empowerment in women all over the world.
WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women, show fiscal responsibility and have the capacity to succeed.
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.
What does this mean?
I believe women and girls should have an equal opportunity to learn, grow and connect with others to realize their fullest potential. Our voice matters and by working together, we can build a better world for all. I want Love Tanya to stand for something so over the next few months, you'll be seeing changes that celebrate the individuality of the modern woman. - love, tanya
From the moment you get engaged, it’s all parties, dinners, brunches, soirees, and showing off the ring. So, we’ve put together some outfit ideas and tips to help you plan ahead for these great events leading up to the most important of them all.
The engagement party is all about sharing the news with your loved ones, and though they’re going to be asking to see the ring foremost, as a bride-to-be, you want to start owning the spotlight.
The Ainsley skirt in Gold Sequin
Pair a sparkly midi skirt with a simple, solid color top to add some balance to your overall look. Accessorize it with some neutral colors and don’t forget a manicure to show that ring off!
The Vienna Skirt in Off-white paired with the Serena top in Blush
Or go for a romantic, daytime chic look in a lace mermaid skirt or a pencil skirt. Show it off with an off-the-shoulder top, and get ready to talk all about the proposal!
The Bachelorette Party
For your bachelorette party, you want to have fun and feel confident and sexy before it’s time to tie the knot. So, allow yourself to stand out and have fun with your look!
The Joelle skirt in Rose Gold Sequin
Pair a chic and fun skirt with a solid top you can tuck inside the skirt, and show a little skin on your shoulders. If you plan to have a nighttime Bachelorette party, pair the skirt with a darker and fitted top; like a long sleeve black crop top. Accent it with some nude stilettos and pearl accessories.
The Sloane Dress in Charcoal Sequin
Or dazzle the night in an all sequin short dress! A shorter length will make it easier for dancing and move around if a night out is in your plans.
The Bridal Shower
For the bridal shower, a smaller and family oriented affair, you may want to portray a more classic and romantic look. Take your millennial pink and flowy pieces out, and create a soft and dainty look. Make your soon-to-be bridal glow and gleam!
The Keaton Midi skirt in English Rose and the Evie top in Black
For this occasion, we pulled out a pink flowy midi skirt paired with a soft chiffon v-neck top. Wear it with a fun stiletto heel and your favorite gold accessories.
The Seraphina dress in Rose Quartz
Not feeling like putting two separate pieces together? Just slip into your prettiest ruffle dress, and take everyone’s breath away!
The rehearsal dinner is the build-up moment for your Big Day. Traditionally, the bride wears all white for this dinner event, as she is, of course, the bride. Yet, it’s also your opportunity to wear separate pieces, short dresses, fitted silhouettes and little hints of color!
The Zenia top in Off-white paired with the Leighton maxi skirt in Ivory
Steal the night in an all-white pre-bridal look with a long white skirt and a lace top. And if you want to take away the seriousness of the look, add colorful shoes and fun accessories that show your own personality.
The Evie top in Off-white paired with the Audriana midi skirt in Off-white
Or leave the dreamy tulle for the big day go for a midi length skirt and a light v-neck chiffon top in white.
The post-wedding brunch is all about finally relaxing! All that hard work and planning leading up to the big day has paid off, now it’s time to sit back, relax and reminisce about everything that went down during the wedding day.
The Serena top in Platinum
Lay back in an off-the-shoulder breezy shirt and a solid flirty, skater skirt. Add a touch of blush to your accessories, shoes or lips.
The Keaton Short Skirt in English Rose paired with the Anisten Reversible top in Off-white
Or throw in a flowy knee skirt with a flowy chiffon top and call it a day! Pair it with some flats or comfortable wedges and you’ll look relaxed but also poised and put together.
Once you’re engaged and planning your wedding, everything tends to go extremely fast, and it could become a bit overwhelming. By planning out your outfits and having all of your pieces together, you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary stress and be on time for all of your affairs.
Credits: Madison Katlin Photography | Bella Belle Shoes | Accessory Concierge | TK Dallas
Your bachelorette party has the potential to be the best party you've ever been to, especially when you're planning it in Dallas. There are so many different options to consider adding to your itinerary. The best part is completely customizing your itinerary to your specific interests...it pretty much guarantees that the night will be memorable for all of the right reasons. Here are four popular Dallas bachelorette party destinations to consider checking out along the way!
5202 W Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX
Sipping on wine and painting with friends is a great idea for the laid back bachelorette group. If you're not artistically gifted, don't worry, as the instructor guides you through each step. If you want to have a private party here, you'll need anywhere from 8 to 12 people and a credit card to make your reservation. You'll get to choose your painting if you decide to go this route.
311 N Market St, Dallas, TX
This is a new spot in the West End Historic District. It has an inviting vintage atmosphere, and they have rooms available for those who want to host a party here. The fresh ingredients shine through in both the food and cocktail choices at this establishment. Plus, the downtown location makes it a perfect stop in your bar hopping!
4372 Spring Valley Rd, Farmers Branch, TX
This immersive escape room experience is perfect for bachelorette parties. There are different themes to choose from like the Heist, Pathogen, Epicurean, and Society. There are varying difficulty levels in each option, so you can customize how much of a challenge it is. The staff is very accommodating for parties as well.
2924 Main St, Dallas, TX
A lot of fun can be had here at the Dallas School of Burlesque, especially for a group of adventurous ladies! They offer burlesque parties and pole dance parties that includes two hours of time with a talented instructor, and both are under $500. All skill levels are welcome here, so don't be shy.
Remember, if you plan on drinking, you'll have to organize a method of safe transportation. There's a better option than ordering a new ride share service every time you want to go to a new destination, and that's reserving luxury transportation like a party bus or limousine. These types of vehicles offer more room and features than a standard sedan. Plus, chauffeurs are familiar with bachelorette parties, and they can offer up more suggestions if you're drawing a blank. For more information, check out these Dallas Event Ideas!
The recent photoshoot with Luisa’s Secret has been one of my favorite ones to date! Not only was I able to see my vision come to life, but I was lucky enough to experience the endless, upbeat energy between Luisa and Douglas that inspired the models to take such beautiful photos. There are so many amazing things that came together to make this shoot happen!!
For one, working with Luisa and Douglas was a dream! I had been Instagram stalking them for awhile and decided to reach out to them randomly. I was so excited when they said yes! They are so captivating to watch while they work. They each have their own camera and they move around individually, yet together as if in an unspoken choreographed dance. They are both beautiful people, inside and out, just building their dream career and helping lift up people like me in the process. Oh! And they brought their own glitter!!
The models are actually fellow Alpha Xi Delta sisters from Texas Tech. While in college, I was reluctant to rush a sorority, but I went through the process because I believe in trying everything at least once. Little did I know that I would be making a lifelong relationship with thousands and thousands of AXiDs across the nation! It is so fun having my sorority sisters be a part of this journey and I love hearing them daydream over their “real wedding” one day.
The day before this shoot, I was attending the Swoon Event at Jefferson Tower. My booth was next to Katie Bug Florals who designs absolutely stunning arrangements. She was headed out of town and was going to throw out her flowers from the show. Oh, the tragedy! I asked if I could take them for my photoshoot, and she said yes! I love when things just come together naturally.
Finally, the story behind the venue. When I started planning my first photo shoot a year ago, I had no clue where to go. So I reached out to my high school alumni office to see if I could use their studio space (I went to an artsy school). They referred me to some fellow high school alumnae that are Dallas photographers and have a studio for rent. That’s why you’ll often see me shooting at the Lumen Room.
So many personal connections made this shoot happen and I am overjoyed with the outcome. It’s amazing that I can grow my own business while still supporting the local community. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about my favorite shoot! Be sure to check out all of the vendors that made it possible.
Hey brides! Do you know what it takes to plan a wedding? We're partnering with One Fine Day Wedding & Events in Plano, TX for their semi-annual bootcamp. You won't want to miss this!!
Join us for an informative session where we will discuss the process of planning a wedding, and the allies on your side. Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres while you mingle with our wedding service partners and speak with our team of professionals about your biggest concerns with your event details.
This program is designed for educating you about the wedding industry while building your confidence in creating your wedding dream team while setting realistic expectations regarding timeline, budget, wedding contracts, and responsibilities. We hope to be your planning guide through this upcoming journey!
October 15, 2017, 4-6pm
Allen Heritage Village, 352 St Mary Dr. Allen, TX 75002
FREE if you pre-register by October 11th, 2017
$5 Registration Fee from October 12th – October 14th, 2017
$10 Registration Fee on October 15, 2017
It's an exciting time to be a bridesmaid! The days of looking like a clone and only wearing a dress once are long gone. Dresses with open backs, glamorous fit-and-flare skirts, sexy off the shoulder tops, two-piece ensembles and midi lengths are just a few ways to give your bridal party a fresh take. Scroll down to check out styles your bridal party will actually wear again, long after the hangover is over ;)
Is there anything more amazing than a beautiful dress with a stunning back? Yeah, I didn't think so either! Since most people will be viewing your bridesmaids back while they walk down the aisle, it only makes sense that open backs are a trend that isn't going away anytime soon. I love the Adele, Sloane and Piper dress from my new collection.
FIT & FLARE
Fit & Flare skirts are a great way to give your body shape and show off your curves. This glamorous trend has stood the test of time and it's one that I don't see going anywhere anytime soon. Check out the Portia, Vienna, and Joelle from my new collection.
OFF THE SHOULDER
Off the shoulder is so on trend right now. Did you know it was one of the most googled fashion trends in 2016? A sure sign that it is HOT for 2017! The Serena and Zenia tops are two of my favorite styles from my new collection.
At first glance, a two-piece bridesmaid dress may be an unusual choice, however, your bridal party will thank you because most two-piece styles can be worn again, and they will save on alterations since they can choose a different size top and bottom. Choose a mix-and-match lace and tulle number for a romantic vibe, or go for bold with a two-piece that shows a sliver of skin. My faves are the Evie top paired with the Chloe skirt, the Millie top and Leighton skirt, and the Kendall top with the Keaton skirt.
MIDI LENGTH SKIRTS
Midi length dresses and skirts are having a serious moment. This semi-formal length gives off fun, retro vibes but still feels sophisticated. In addition to the Chloe and Keaton midi skirts shown above, I'm totally in love with the Audriana lace midi (shown with the Evie top) and the Leighton tulle midi (paired with the Audrey top).
I hope you've enjoyed my outlook on 2017 Bridesmaid Trends. If you want to view more, check out the sneak peek of my new collection here. - love, tanya
As a designer, I sometimes forget that not everyone is familiar with common bridal fabrics — chiffon, tulle, lace, sequin. So I just want to take a moment and explain the differences and why one would make a better choice for your bridal party.
Incredibly sheer and lightweight, chiffon is a light woven fabric that looks great on everyone. Because it's so sheer, it's often used in layers or as an overlay for a more substantial fabric. Chiffon is by far the most common fabric used in bridesmaid dresses which is why we offer so many beautiful colors in this fabric!
Traditionally reserved for wedding veils and ballet tutus, Tulle is the dream foundation for ruffles, frills, and flounces. Soft, delicate and lightweight, Tulle is sheer with an open weave that looks like netting. Our tulle dresses have an ethereal and airy feeling and are offered in so many gorgeous colors!
The Lace trend is here to stay! It's no wonder why, as it looks romantic, ultra feminine and classic. Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open web-like pattern. Fashion bloggers and fashionistas love mixing lace with just about any fabric which is why our lace styles are probably the most versatile and truly re-wearable! Our lace is available in snow white only.
Sequins add movement, shimmer and a touch of glam to any wedding party. Sequin is made up of hundreds of circular sequins that may be stitched flat to the fabric, so that they do not move, and are less likely to fall off; or they may be stitched at only one point, so that they dangle and move easily, to catch more light. Your bridesmaids will shine bright in sequin styles.
Now that you're an expert in bridesmaid fabrics, it's time to pick a color! End the guesswork - Purchase a swatch in any fabric and color to help you plan your wedding. - love, tanya
Wanna meet IRL? Now's your chance because I'll be taking the collection on the road. Here's a list of the upcoming events. Stop by, say hi, get a discount, and enter to win a special prize!
June 11, 2017, Sunday 9am - 4pm
Arizona Bridal Show
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
BUY TICKETS HERE
July 22-23, 2017, Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Houston Bridal Extravaganza Show
Booth # 419
George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
BUY TICKETS HERE
July 29-30, 2017, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm
Dallas Bridal Show
Booth # 132
Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207
BUY TICKETS HERE
Hope to see you there! - love, tanya