A lot of details go into planning a wedding and reception. From flowers to items like tables and chairs, there's a lot to consider.
Fortunately, there are professionals in Texarkana who know exactly what is needed to make the big day perfect for the bride and groom and their families and friends.
Almost any item needed for a wedding or reception can be found at Dot's Rentals & Sales, located at 814 N. Robison Road in Texarkana, Texas.
Dot's is locally owned and operated and has served the Four States area for 28 years.
Trends come and go in weddings, but some items are classic and always in style, said DeMita Torrans, manager at Dot's Rentals.
"Some things never go out of style. It surprises me how many brides want a June wedding outdoors," she said.
The colonnade arch, a white molded plastic arch with four columns, is one of the most popular arches available and a classic style.
Rustic weddings either outdoors or in a barn-like setting are also very popular.
"In the South, in Texas, rustic is always sort of popular because we have more barn-like venues, but there are also in general a lot more rustic weddings now," Torrans said.
A cypress arch offered by Dot's Rentals will be on display Saturday, Jan. 19 at the 2019 Bridal Fair. The event takes place at the Texarkana Convention Center, Texas, at 4610 Cowhorn Creek Loop.
Whiskey barrels are also available to rent at Dot's and can add rustic flair to an outdoor wedding.
Dot's also rents items such as popcorn machines, cotton candy and frozen drink machines, bubble and fog machines, mirror balls and carpet runners.
They also offer buffets, plates, silverware and any type of glass you would need, along with glass containers for flowers.
Small tables and chairs for children can be coordinated with larger tables and chairs, Torrans said.
"We have the largest inventory of tables and chairs in this area and can match the kids' tables and chairs," she said.
Throne chairs are popular and very ornate, Torrans said. They can be found in different sizes.
Torrans said it depends on the wedding, but most couples start renting the items they need about six months to a year before the wedding date. It's especially crucial to start early if the wedding will be during a busy wedding season.
May through summer remains the busiest time for weddings but fall weddings are increasing along with those around the holidays.
"A lot of people are getting married around the holidays. All their family is in, so they go ahead and get married," Torrans said.
Many brides and grooms choose items at Dot's that will coordinate with the colors they have chosen for their wedding.
"They start with the color of their dresses, and go from there," she said. "Most of our brides choose basic white linens. You can't go wrong with that and you can add splashes of color," she said.
Dot's Rentals can be reached at 903-792-7011.
One star of any wedding is always the flowers.
Leenetta Tyler, owner of Ruth's Flowers at 3501 Texas Blvd., has everything for the wedding party and family, including bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.
"The going color right now hands down is blush white mixed with really dark red or burgundy. And eucalyptus is huge in the greenery," she said.
Roses remain one of the most popular flowers for any wedding.
"Roses always have clout," she said. "Everybody knows the rose, even if they know nothing else about flowers." Burgundy carnations are also popular.
Tyler works weddings year round and loves working to find the perfect flowers for any bride's taste and budget.
"I can find a color flower that they want that will fit their budget. I don't try to make everything cookie cutter. I let every wedding stand on its own," she said
The color of the bridesmaids' dresses is often a starting point in planning the color harmonies for wedding flowers, and a florist can offer several suggestions on how the color may be best utilized throughout, Tyler said.
Corsages are usually worn by the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom and can be made in many different styles.
When it comes to flowers for the boutonnieres, many couples take cues from the bridal bouquet by incorporating a few of the same flowers and similar colors.
Ruth's Flowers will deliver all over Texarkana and also Wake Village, Nash, Redwater, New Boston, Maud, Fouke and Genoa. There is a delivery fee for some of the outlying areas.
Ruth's Flowers' phone number is 903-793-6711.
When it comes to food for the big event, many brides and grooms in the area turn to local chef Jeff Loving at Chef on the Run.
Loving does personalized catering and will travel anywhere in the Four States area to provide gourmet foods for weddings and other events.
"I can do it all," Loving said. "A wedding for 300 or an event with 60 people."
His recommended menu offers numerous items, including hummus and veggie trays, caprese kabob and Greek salad trays, smoked almond roulade with sour cream, capers and shallots on crudite.
Chef on the Run is located at 21 White Oak in Wake Village. Call (903) 276-8081 for more information.