• March 30, 2011

{ Desserts, Designer Dresses & Discounts }

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Photo: Belle Mariée Bridal

Like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, these are a few of our favorite things. If they’re yours, you won’t want to miss Belle Mariée Bridal's scrumptious Spring Open House, this Friday and Saturday, April 1–2. Treat yourself to sinfully yummy sweets whilst you browse Belle Mariée’s racks, swooning over gowns from exclusive bridal designers including Badgley Mischka, Anne Barge and Ines Di Santo. And don’t miss your chance to check out Belle Mariée’s newest additions, Anne Bowen (think: modern, luminous, sophisticated) and Elizabeth Fillmore (think: glamorous, regal, feminine). Store owner Erika Ferretti knows her stuff, and she’ll be on hand to share her bridal wisdom with you. Buy your dress during the open house, and you’ll get a 10% discount, too.

{ APRIL GIVEAWAY: Tickets for 2 + Dinner for 2 @ House of Blues }

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Photo: House of Blues

Sure, it’s fun to try out a few fancy up-do’s in advance of your wedding. But a bride-to-be’s gotta let her hair down a little, too. Well, have we got just the opportunity for you! This month we’re giving away tickets for two plus dinner for two at House of Blues, Houston’s hottest venue for live music and sensational Southern-inspired dining (not to mention a VERY cool place to have your engagement party, bachelor/bachelorette bash or wedding…scroll down for more on that). If you haven’t entered yet, now’s the time. Here’s how:

TO ENTER: Visit House of Blues online and select one show from HOB’s concert calendar that you’d skip your best friend’s wedding to attend (OK, you’d NEVER do that…but a show you’d love to see). Then, send us an email with the show date, performer or band’s name and your favorite song. Make sure to include your full name, fiancé’s name, and date (exact or approximate) of your wedding.

ENTRY DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011. Winner will be announced in the April 27 Wedding Buzz and on Facebook. Good luck!

{ Real Houston Weddings }

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Photo: Adam Nyholt

LaShambra Randle to Daniel Ewing

LaShambra Randle planned much of her wedding to pro basketball player Daniel Ewing from afar. Very far afar. But with the help of coordinator Jo Ann Schwartz-Woodward, the celebration—from the bride’s Kenneth Pool gown, to the Hotel ZaZa reception, to the stunning Who Made the Cake bride and groom cakes—was perfection.

{ What’s in a Cake? }

Weddings in HoustonCake: Susie's Cakes & Confections
Photo: Nhan Nguyen Photography

Yes, a wedding cake is a sweet finish to a celebratory meal. But it’s so much more than a mere sweet treat. A wedding cake can be an architectural wonder, a fondant-draped homage to your wedding gown, a reflection of your passion for color, a cultural icon, a flight of fancy, a buttercream dream. That’s a lot of pressure for a dessert. But it shouldn’t be for you. This week’s feature story taps into the wisdom of top cake creators for their advice on how to choose, design, serve and enjoy a cake worthy of the world’s most important wedding: yours.

{ Spotlight on Style }

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Photo: Martha Stewart Weddings
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Cocktails by Color

The flowers, the table linens, the cake, the lighting—all of your wedding elements are coordinated to form a perfect palette. So how about a color-coordinated signature cocktail? Crimson, coral, aqua, saffron, violet, lavender, silver. Whatever shades comprise your dream color scheme, carry through one of your prevalent wedding hues in a specialty drink named especially for your big day. Here are some of our favorite colorful cocktail picks. Just sub the drink’s name with an original one of your own, to signify your special occasion, and serve. Cheers!

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{ Featured Vendor - House of Blues }

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Photo: D. Jones Photography
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Photo: Love Lee Photography

Lauren MacQueen, special event sales manager

We all know and love House of Blues for its great lineup of big-name acts, its sultry, bayou-chic vibe and awesome acoustics. But did you know that Houston’s hottest music club is also one of the city’s most desirable venues for private parties? Like those celebrating your engagement and wedding? The Houston Wedding Blog sings HOB’s praises. Listen in!

Week of
march 30 to april 6

Join us
{ Coming Up }

Open Houses
and Trunk Shows

Café Natalie and Heights Villa - Bridal Open House
Saturday, April 2
12PM to 3PM

Le Virage - Wedding Showcase
Sunday, April 3
1PM to 5PM

Beyond Engagements Event Firm - "The Invitation Only" Open House
Sunday, April 3
2PM to 5PM

Click Here for more information on upcoming events.

{ Current Issue }

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The new issue of Weddings in Houston is OUT! Have you grabbed your copy?

If not, you’re missing out on 384 pages of designer gowns, delicious tablescapes, divine Real Weddings and drop dead-gorgeous floral, finery and favor ideas.

Pop into your local newsstand (select bridal salons and vendor shops have ’em on hand, too), pick up your mag today, or order your copy here, and let the Houston wedding planning commence!

{ Gowns
Around Town }

Belle Mariée Bridal - Spring Open House
Friday, April 1 -
Saturday, April 2
2509 River Oaks Blvd.
Houston, TX 77019
For more information call 713.523.0068

Ivory Bridal Atelier - Alvina Valenta Spring 2011 Trunk Show
Friday, April 1 -
Saturday, April 2
Friday 10AM to 6PM, Saturday 10AM to 6PM
2800 Kirby Drive, Suite 218
Houston, TX 77098
For more information call 713.550.1622

Mia Bridal Couture - Couture Off-The-Rack Sample Sale
Sunday, April 3
12PM to 4PM
1958 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
For more information call 713.622.2022

The Princess Bridal - Blue by Enzoani Trunk Show
Friday, April 8–
Sunday, April 10
By appointment
303 Main St.
Spring, TX 77373
For more information call 281.651.9393

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