Robert Carr Chapel helps brides plan for their big day

Coping with wedding dress anxiety and learning how to properly cut a cake were just two topics discussed at this year’s “For the Day: Dress, Design, and Dessert” event hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Robert Carr Chapel.

The event organized for the TCU community and brides who have booked their weddings at the Robert Carr Chapel was created to assist brides with their wedding planning, Brittney Luby, chapel and events coordinator, said. 

“We want brides to know when they book here that we’re helpful,” Luby said.

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life hosted the first “For the Day” event last year on a much smaller scale, Luby said. There was a greater response this year.

City Kitchen catered the event, distributing samples of wedding food and also demonstrated the different ways to serve wedding cakes.

When picking a wedding dress, the fewer people brides brought with them, the better, Megan Galloway, owner of bridal boutique De Ma Fille, said.

Galloway also told brides to ask for alterations if they wished to customize their dresses and to allow three to six months for dresses to be ready.

“Sheer sleeves, lace sleeves and cap sleeves are all in style,” Galloway said, “You can thank Kate Middleton for that.”

Kate Foley Designs and Kari Crowe Photography were some of the other vendors in attendance.

With healthier lifestyles becoming more popular, Judy McCarely, a representative for City Kitchen, said the company had received more requests for gluten- and sugar-free cakes and meals.

Another trend she spotted was the growing popularity of multilayered, different flavored cakes – a way to please more guests, she said.

Invitations to the event were mailed out to brides who have booked their weddings at Robert Carr Chapel, Luby said. Luby also posted the event on TCU Announce for students to RSVP.
Out of the 100 plus reservations for weddings at Robert Carr Chapel about 60 percent are TCU alumni, Luby said.

Bride-to-be Stefanie Maldonado said she was not a Horned Frog, but her mother was. Her wedding is scheduled at the chapel for November this year.

“I already have part of my wedding planned, but I wish I would’ve started here,” Maldonado said. “It was a perfect place to get more ideas.”