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As a wedding coordinator all sorts of things spring up and, of course, I happily take care of them. However, I have had 2 weddings this summer where a member of the grooms party has had a MAJOR wardrobe disaster! Both of these disasters could have been avoided by simply trying on the clothing the day before the wedding. Instead, 2 hours before last weekends wedding the grooms frantically tells me that his best mans pants don’t fit and will I please take care of it. I say "of course, I'll be right there" I run and grab my needle and thread and go to the grooms room. WOW.... 8 inches to short. What in the world am I supposed to do with that? I get on the phone and call the tuxedo renal store. I begged pleaded and begged some more. eventually one of the gentlemen that worked there, took pity on me, and said he would leave work and bring us another pair. Now please remember that we are 45 minutes away. By the time I finally convinced them to bring us a properly fitting pair of pants, it was 1 hour to wedding time. Holy cow, this wedding coordinator was sweating!! The sweet man arrived with 5 minutes to spare. Yes, the situation was taken care of and yes the wedding was beautiful and went off wonderfully. Praise The Lord!!!! The moral of this story is, try on your clothes and DO NOT wait until the last minute for ANYTHING!!!!

Top 10 Tips For Handling Weather At A West Texas Wedding

This is part three of our three part series on weather at an outdoor wedding in West Texas.

You know the old saying, “If you don’t like the West Texas weather, just wait a minute, it will change” is really true. This was totally apparent in one of our recent outdoor weddings near Clovis. We had 60 mile per hour winds, then rain and by mid afternoon the sun was shining and the skies were clear. The best thing to do is to be as prepared as possible, and just roll with it. We have included a list of things to help you handle what Mother Nature may throw your way at an outdoor wedding in West Texas.

In this three part series we cover wind, seasons, decor, and so much more. Stay tuned for tips on having a great outdoor wedding in West Texas. This week's tips are about creating a comfortable environment, decor, and the unexpected at your West Texas outdoor wedding.

Create a Comfortable Environment
If you are using a barn or other alternative wedding venue in West Texas, make sure it is heated and cooled. Barns make such a beautiful setting for a wedding or reception, but when you get 100 plus people in any enclosed area, the temperature rises very quickly.

Décor
Most brides that choose an outdoor venue in West Texas, do so because it is already so beautiful. Don’t forget to add some season appropriate decorations to make it unique to you. Of course you want to choose wisely for the specific time of year and weather. Again, keep in mind our West Texas wind and heat. Delicate flowers don’t hold up very well outside for long periods of time. Keep them watered and in the shade if possible.

Just Roll With It
Last but certainly not least, “Just Roll with it” don’t get to worked up, if every little plan doesn’t work out. If rain pops up, get umbrellas and just remember that your pictures will be so fun and the clouds are a great filter. If wind hits with a vengeance hold onto your hair and skirt and laugh it off. At the end of the day, you are marrying this wonderful person and you get to spend the rest of your life together. Don’t sweat the small stuff!! Have fun and love each other for the rest of your life.

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Top 10 Tips For Handling Weather At A West Texas Wedding (Part 2)

This is part two of our three part series on weather at an outdoor wedding in west Texas.

You know the old saying, “If you don’t like the west Texas weather, just wait a minute, it will change” is really true. This was totally apparent in one of our recent outdoor weddings near Amarillo. We had 60 mile per hour winds, then rain, and by mid afternoon the sun was shining and the skies were clear. The best thing to do is to be as prepared as possible, and just roll with it. We have included a list of things to help you handle what Mother Nature may throw your way at an outdoor wedding in west Texas.

In this three part series we cover heat, seasons, decor, and so much more. Stay tuned for tips on having a great outdoor wedding in west Texas. This week's tips are about handing heat, seasons, and temperature changes at your west Texas outdoor wedding.

Heat
At an outdoor wedding in west Texas, heat can be a big problem. On hot, sunny days, make sure you have a shady place for your elderly guests and families with small children to cool off. Heat exhaustion can come on very quickly. Have plenty of cold water for your guests to drink and you may consider providing fans. Many of our brides have doubled their wedding program as fans. One of our specialties at Walnut Tree Weddings is handling these details so the wedding party can enjoy their day.

Seasons
Choose the time of day wisely for the time of year you are getting married. For example, an outdoor summer wedding in Amarillo is much more comfortable in late evening, where as, a winter outdoor wedding may be more comfortable in mid afternoon.

Temperature Changes
Remember that our West Texas evenings can get chilly. If you have a spring, fall or winter outdoor wedding, consider having blankets or jackets available for your guests.

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Next week, we will cover three more topics for a successful outdoor West Texas wedding: comfortable environments, decor and the unexpected. Stay tuned.

If you missed last week's article covering wind, bugs and rain, click here to read those tips.

Top 10 Tips For Handling Weather At A West Texas Wedding

You know the old saying, “If you don’t like the West Texas weather, just wait a minute, it will change” is really true. This was totally apparent in one of our recent outdoor weddings near Lubbock. We had 60 mile per hour winds, then rain and by mid afternoon the sun was shining and the skies were clear. The best thing to do is to be as prepared as possible, and just roll with it. We have included a list of things to help you handle what Mother Nature may throw your way at an outdoor wedding in West Texas.

In this three part series we cover wind, seasons, decor, and so much more. Stay tuned for tips on having a great outdoor wedding in West Texas. This week's tips are about handling wind, bugs, and rain at your West Texas outdoor wedding.

Wind
The first thing I think about with West Texas is our glorious wind, Yuck! Choose an outdoor wedding venue in West Texas with a wind block. We all know how strong our West Texas winds can be, so something as simple as a tree strip or building to block the wind can be a real wedding saver. Consider purchasing tablecloth weights as well. Wow, are these ever worth the money. They simply clip to the bottom of the tablecloth. They are available in many shapes and colors and can blend seamlessly if desired. At Walnut Tree Weddings, we handle the wind concerns for you.

Bugs
My next concern for West Texas outdoor weddings would have to be bugs. Have mosquito spray on hand for your guests to use. Dryer sheets work well also, and they don’t leave a greasy, smelly residue. Dryer sheets can be rubbed on the skin, and then carried in a pocket. Use fresh Rosemary on your catering tables to repel flies and bugs. They are not only pretty but also fragrant, and work in well with most décor.

Rain
Have a back up plan for outside wedding venues. Storms can come up very quickly in West Texas. Plan, Plan, Plan. Oh yes, did I mention, Plan? Don’t wait until the week or even day of the wedding to think about bad weather options. Plan out months in advance what you will do in the event of bad weather and share your contingency plan with your guests and vendors. A prepared bride is a stress free bride. Consider hiring a bus or van to drive guests to and from your wedding venue if the weather turns bad. Pulling your guests out of rain filled ditches is not a great wedding pleaser.

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Next week we will cover three more topics for a successful outdoor West Texas wedding: heat, seasons and temperature changes. Stay tuned.

Those Beautiful Doors

We get a lot of comments about our beautiful Doors. They are 9 foot tall and very impressive. They came off an old historic train depot in Lubbock TX. We were thrilled when we were given them! Just like everything else at Walnut Tree, The history behind the doors was very important to us. We could have easily purchased or built new doors, But repurposing and giving something a second life is important to us.

Not only are the doors beautiful, they have such a purpose. The Bride and her Father, or who ever is giving her away, stand behind the doors for about 5 minutes as all the family members and wedding party are escorted in. This allows them to have special time together privately, Lets face it, most of the wedding process is between mothers and daughters and sometimes the daddy’s get a little left out. We try really hard to make this day filled with special little moments for all the family members.

Now the big moment has arrived. The music begins to play, the guests stand, and the doors dramatically open. The Groom gasps as he sees his bride walking to him. It gets me every time. My very favorite part of every wedding is this moment. when the groom first sees her walking to him. Whether they have a first look or not, this is a dramatic, wonderful moment.

As the bride is walked down the aisle and presented to her groom, the symbolism of “the giving away” is so precious. It is very difficult for a little girls daddy to “give her away” and it takes a lot of trust. I love that the officiant askes “who gives this woman?” and waits for a response. Then this little girl is taken by the hand and given over to the man who will now be her leader, partner, helpmate, and life companion. WOW, very powerful.

So, you may just see doors when you look at these pictures of 2 old doors from Lubbock Texas, but I see the beginning of new life, hope, excitement, and joy.

Melissa Harris
Walnut Tree Weddings


Stangers Leave As Friends

Brides and Grooms come in as strangers and leave as our friends at Walnut Tree Wedding Venue

As I look back over the past few years and all that we have experienced, I feel so BLESSED!! The wonderful people that we have met have now become friends. We have had the honor to be the wedding location for couples from...

  • Lubbock
  • Amarillo
  • Abilene
  • Plainview
  • Hale Center
  • Floydada
  • Borger
  • Canyon
  • Midland
  • Portales
  • Clovis

I'm sure I missed several towns, but these are the ones that come to mind. Basically we have the opportunity to meet and work with couples from all over West Texas and New Mexico to plan their wedding event. I had no idea when we started this wonderful venture that we would have people coming from all over to have weddings with us. I feel so honored. These couples come in from all over and we would probably never have had the opportunity to meet them if it were not for Walnut Tree.

I think weddings are a time to celebrate. A time for family and friends to come together and support these precious couples. It is crazy but by the time the wedding day rolls around, I feel like I know these couples (well especially the Bride) so well that they really are more like friends. My husband laughs at me, because I am always telling him stories about this sweet bride or that bride. Telling him how I just cant wait for this wedding. "This one is REALLY going to be fun". Facebook has been such a great way to keep up with couples after the weddings. watching them buy their first home, or announce pregnancies or new jobs. I ran into a couple in Sam's the other day and talked for an hour. Of course anyone that knows me is not going to be surprised by that.

Relationships are the basis for our wedding venue business! We started this on prayer and faith and will always keep our focus on that.
Can you tell that I LOVE MY JOB!!!!