From the Editor | August 2017

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the August 2017 bridal edition of Tex Appeal Magazine. Take a peek at what’s trending in weddings today as bridal couples continue to create their own idea of their perfect day, while still keeping some of the traditions, Page 34.

Some couples still opt for simple nuptials in a small chapel surrounded by the closest family and friends, while others create fairy tale weddings under a tent festooned with lighting and decorated with greenery flowing from chandeliers, rafters, beams or carefully placed on tabletops, giving a venue the feeling of bring­ing the outdoors inside. However, today’s brides are often busy with their careers and may not have the time to recreate their dream wedding. That’s where Karla McNeill Events can help. Karla McNeill is a certified wedding planner and knows how to bring a bride’s vision into reality. An experienced decorator and careful listener, she pays attention to a bride’s every wish, sometimes gently guiding her in a different direction. When the big day arrives brides are amazed at how McNeill is able to recreate every envisioned detail for their wedding, Page 10.

Traditionally, brides-and-grooms-to-be shop for a venue that will hold the number of guests they are expecting, as well as book a block of rooms at a local hotel for out-of-town family and friends. They want everyone to be close enough to enjoy all the festivities. For couples looking for a close-to-home destination that of­fers a reception hall, guest rooms and restaurants, The Venue at Inn on the Creek in Salado offers rustic elegance in a park-like setting with guest houses that can accommodate out of town guests, Page 26.

It’s customary for a bride to give gifts to her bridesmaids and in the past jewelry has always been the gift of choice-a necklace, charm, bracelet, earrings-a piece they can wear with their dresses. Times have changed and so have the type of gifts given today. Now brides bestow their bridal party with robes to wear while getting ready, boxes of essential items, jewelry bags and sometimes even oversized men’s T-shirts, Page 63.

Finding the right dress just got easier thanks to Tie The Knot in Waco. Frugal brides who may need to trim cost in order to have that special flower, linen or gift for her groom can shop for off-the-rack designer gowns, store samples, discon­tinued styles, once-wed or never-worn gowns. Prices can be 50 percent less than ordering a designer gown that might take weeks to arrive, and brides can take their gowns home the same day, Page. 59.

Getting ready to fit into that special dress might take a little body tweaking and Validus Training in Temple can help. Owned by the husband and wife team of Noel and Priscilla Santana, Validus Training will design a custom workout plan for each bride’s specific goals. Workouts are private or semi-private and not just for the brides. Family members, bridal attendants can all work out together to get ready for their dresses, Page 55.

We hope this issue will give you some ideas about planning your wedding We wish you a lifetime of health and happiness.

Catherine Hosman is editor of Tex Appeal Magazine. Contact her at or 254-774-5234.