The Dallas Party Planning Guide
Pulling together the right event mix—whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, or a party for no real reason at all—is all about a certain special sauce. Great food and drinks, spot-on music, maybe a few extra shenanigans and flowers for fun, plus a great photographer to capture it all. Below, our Dallas Rolodex of great vendors.
Mathes & Co. Events4219 W. Lovers Ln., University Park | 214.350.6360
Sarah Mathes is a Dallas favorite because of her turnkey approach to event planning—she handles everything from event design, to marketing and invitations, to coordination, to flowers for everything from dinner parties to huge corporate galas. She’s got a big team backing her up, too, so she’s a great resource when you’re trying to pull off something particularly ambitious.
Meggie Francisco Eventshello@meggiefranciscoevents.com | 972.765.3828
Meggie Francisco didn’t start out as a wedding planner; she had a 10-year corporate career before planning a few friends’ weddings helped convince her she was ready for a change. She specializes in smaller events (150 guests or less), where her hard work, thoroughness, and exhaustive attention to detail are most visible. She’s also great at destination weddings.
The Atlanta outpost of Jackson Durham was so popular that founders Heath Alan Ray and Charles Vance decided to spread the wealth to Dallas and enlisted Todd Events alum Sara Fay Egan to run the show. While they’re a full-fledged event planning company with insane vendor connections (both domestically and abroad), designing lush floral concepts is their sweet spot.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Dallas' foremost event planner wholeheartedly subscribes to that philosophy. Todd's events are lavish and glamorous in the best way, and there's no challenge he won't take on. Looking for a water feature with live performers? On it. 400 square foot ómbre flower wall? Consider it done. They recently joined forces with Suite 206 Luxury Event Rentals, too, who has one of the most comprehensive rental libraries we've ever seen.
The T Room at Forty Five Ten4510 McKinney Ave., Knox / Henderson | 214.559.2332
Sadly, Forty Five Ten's Number 1 café shuttered, so to soften the blow they've expanded the in-shop café, T Room. It's a cozy space with cast iron chandeliers and an outdoor patio—perfect for bridal and baby showers and birthday lunches. The in-house event planner Missy, can handle the details (invites, flowers, favors), all you have to do is show up.