Wedding

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. It’s also a time that you will lean into traditions and connect with your homeland. We recently had the chance to chat with bride, Fille Ruhara, about her recent wedding at The Bowden. Fille shares her experience, and gives African brides an important piece of advice.  You can plan a traditional African wedding in Dallas; one where your friends and family will feel right at home. We have some tips and tricks to help!

Your upcoming wedding is so much more than just a day. It’s a season of celebration, including bridal showers, wedding party get-togethers, wedding after-parties, and more! It can feel overwhelming to plan all of the events surrounding your special day. Some of the things you can do to make the bridal season more enjoyable are simplifying and outsourcing as much as you can, focusing on things of significant importance, and allowing others to help where they can. 

Here are a few wedding-related events to consider which are sure to spice-up your matrimony while creating cohesive, festive memories, all the way from your engagement to your first anniversary and beyond! 

Planning any truly ethnic wedding with authenticity requires working with professionals who understand the rituals and traditions of the culture they are representing. Planning an Indian wedding is no exception. From multi-day celebrations to attire and food, the details should be well thought out and planned well in advance. 

Two of the best steps you can take toward planning an authentic Indian wedding are to choose your venue and wedding planner carefully. Working with a planner and venue experienced and knowledgeable of the different and particular traditions and customs will give you peace of mind and help the process along for a truly perfect day. 

Whether you are planning a wedding for yourself or a loved one or just will be attending an Indian wedding, here are some ways you can prepare. 

Winter has a specific feel, a cozy, wonderland, quiet beauty that is perfect for a wedding. While a summer wedding is a stunning affair, there are numerous reasons that a winter wedding can be the most elegant time of year. 

At The Bowden, we are in love with winter weddings for so many reasons. Our grand indoor spaces bring the outside-in with our floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light, and shimmering chandeliers.  The Bowden's vast ballroom can hold 627 guests and have an in-house catering manager, day of venue coordinator and a day-of bridal attendant to work along-side you with every detail of your perfect day.

One new wedding trend is a micro wedding. A micro wedding has a smaller guest list (usually under 50 total) with simplified details and a more intimate feel. The advantage of a micro wedding is that it is typically more affordable. 

Although micro weddings have advantages, sometimes you just want to expand. Is it possible to increase your guest list and broaden your wedding details while still keeping things simple and adhering to current regulations? Absolutely! 

Planning the wedding of your dreams can turn into a budgeting nightmare without careful planning. Sticking to a financial plan does not mean you have to give up the lavish wedding you desire, it simply requires some outside-the-box thinking. 

We have come up with some trendy yet simple ways you can save money so that you can indulge in the grand details that wedding dreams are made of. 

In-person attendance at your wedding is the best way for family and friends to celebrate your special day but sometimes attending in-person is not possible. From physical limitations (for instance an elderly grandmother) to location (a favored aunt that lives overseas or close friend who is unable to travel), there are many valid reasons that those closest to you may not be able to physically share your day.