Rather than write out a long, wordy blog, I've created a gallery of photos to scroll through. If you're interested in any of the vendors' contact information (and a super brief synopsis for why we chose to work with them), scroll past the gallery.
Dallas Wedding Vendors
Ceremony & Reception - City Club Dallas
Unlimited menu options, helpful chef (he created everything gluten free for me and my guests!), stunning views of the city, all reasonably priced (for a Dallas wedding). It's a little dark and stuffy, but I wanted those city views to entertain our guests, so I built the branding guidelines sheet to offset the dark wood floors and walls in the space.
Bridal gown and alterations -- Stardust Celebrations
Stardust had a great selection, though I can't say too much past that because I already knew which dress I wanted to wear (thank you, Pinterest). As a bustier bride, I knew I'd need some custom alterations to the back of my dress and Stardust's seamstress worked her magic and was worth every penny!
Bridesmaid's dresses -- Alibaba
I wasn't interested in spending more than $75 on these dresses, especially since most women never wear theirs again. Alibaba worked for my bridesmaids, though the "largest" size I found in the style I wanted was a US size 10.
Groom's and groomsmen's suits -- Menguin
We ordered the guys' suits through Menguin, which was mostly a hiccup-free process. In the end, a good choice if only because (a) I wasn't super picky about their suits and (b) I didn't have to worry about a rascally group of (lovable) guys buying the right size/color.
Hair & Makeup -- Lashes & Lace
Probably the best money we spent (outside of the two open bars) was making sure all the bridesmaids and our mothers had their hair and makeup professionally taken care of. This team is top notch, they came to my apartment, were wonderfully talented and all around great people to work with. Having them take care of this made the day super relaxing.
Florals, Decor & Design - M&M The Special Events Company
Heather Daniel and her team did an amazing job. They were responsible for all decor, including bouquets, boutonnieres, table garland, floral centerpieces, ceremony design, tables and specialty linens. I definitely recommend keeping the vendors to a minimum and sourcing as much as possible from one single source.
Special help with designing/planning from Rachel Lewis Gonzalez.
Cake - Hannah's Gluten Free Bakery
Y'all, this cake is better than good. It doesn't matter if you aren't a gluten-free eater, this cake takes wedding cake to a whole new level. Competitively priced and she throws in the cake stands for a $100 refundable deposit.
Master of Ceremonies - Mike Mahnich
Experienced, professional, organized (super organized). Hiring Mike took a huge weight off of me and Lee on our wedding day. Think of Mike as the guy who hosts your guests on your behalf so you don't have to keep the night moving along. Our friends had a great time and have repeatedly said it was the best wedding they've ever attended, and here's proof.
Paper Products & Signs - Kris Scott & Julianne Fowler
Y'all, I had no idea how many things need to be printed in a wedding. Even with my poster-sized Order of Events (in lieu of individual programs), there were still so many things to design, spell-check, coordinate and print. Julianne is a dear friend from childhood and known for her meticulous attention to detail, so I knew I was in good hands when she took over invitation design from my designer Kris (who helped me with the branding guidelines sheet). Julianne designed place cards, posters, family name cards, bar signs and I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting.
When in doubt, look on Etsy
There were a handful of things we found "randomly" through Etsy, including custom easels for our bar and event signs, a previously unplanned hair comb and more.