Irrational demands. Flippant remarks. An overbearing aunt with
a penchant for big hair.
Just a few of the annoyances a bride encounters in planning her wedding. Due to the stress of indulging in cake tastings while slimming down for dress fittings, diplomacy is not your strongest suit. But you don’t have to deal with everyone. Let the experts handle some of them.
The Mother of All Details
She’s planned a party for every major — and minor — event in your life. This woman clearly needs a distraction. Send her to the by-appointment-only Visual 826 Design Studio, where she’ll stay busy with wedding invites that are as over the top as she is (214-395-3011; firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Home-from-the-Peace-Corps Brother
He earnestly thinks you should forgo all signs of excess. Please him while maintaining your stylish integrity by registering online at Arango for beautiful tableware made from recycled industrial scrap glass.
Look who’s interested in every freaking detail. Give him a two-hour dose of reality: Hire an hourly coordinator from Something Blue and let him outline his concerns while you spend your time with the company’s full-service coordinator to cover the real — ahem — bigger details (214-577-8505; email@example.com).
The Sourpuss Mother-in-Law
She’s never smiled at you before, so why would your wedding day be any different? Well, miracles do happen, and former fashion photographer Kwong Hui can make even the poutiest person bust out a grin, so there’s hope for your wedding album yet (214-925-3502; firstname.lastname@example.org).
If DJ Andy Austin, a favorite among local celebs and regular peeps alike, can’t get them groovin’, they might just be a lost cause (972-458-7569).
The Bitter Bridesmaids
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride? You’d be grouchy, too. Cake consoles, so take your friends to La Duni to help select from beauteous custom confections (4264 Oak Lawn Avenue, Highland Park; 214-520-6888).
The Matron of Horror
Her bossy-big-sister ways are cramping your gown-shopping style. She’ll meet her match at The Fitting Room by Bea Harper. A master at mimicry, Harper can recreate dresses from a picture, restore a vintage gown’s original glory, or even make a matching veil from scratch (4111 Lomo Alto Drive, Oak Lawn; 214-520-3600).
The Gastronome Cousin
Fear he’ll pooh-pooh your pu-pu platter? Two Sisters Catering offers a wide variety of cuisines, from the fancy (grilled lobster tortilla crisp) to the familiar (deviled eggs) (2633 Gaston Avenue, Downtown; 214-823-3075).
The Hypochondriac Aunt
Allergic to roses? Please. But don’t upset the woman who took you to your first State Fair. Cebolla Fine Flowers can make just-as-gorgeous bouquets using gerberas and feather ferns (4320 Lovers Lane, University Park; 214-369-7673).
And with her watery eyes in check, your aunt is sure to express her joy with real tears as you walk down the aisle.