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How do I choose a ring? When are peonies in season? Who should host the rehearsal dinner? What’s the difference between an A-line and a ballgown? Where can I have an outdoor ceremony?

When planning a wedding, these are just a few of the questions you may encounter along the way. Our archive of wedding planning ideas, articles and tips will help you navigate the world of wedding planning. Etiquette advice, wedding trends, planning pointers, exclusive designer profiles and more, are just a few of the topics covered.

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Party Perfect!

TV personality, fashion designer and lifestyle expert Lauren Conrad offers her finest etiquette tips for planning pre-wedding celebrations with grace and style.

A Grand Entrance

Picturing your newlywed-self descending a grand staircase to greet your celebrating guests? Dreaming of a dazzling ballroom decked out in crystal chandeliers and gilded mirrors? Perhaps you’re yearning for floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Houston’s twinkling night skyline? Whatever your wedding fantasy, you’ll find a venue to accommodate the dramatic impact you seek—starting with these five fabulous Houston sites, each one designed to dazzle…and prepared to make your wedding wishes come true.

Love on Film

Rather than a last-minute addition to your budget and vendor lineup, a wedding videographer should top your priority list, along with your photographer and venue. Why? The reason is simple: Nothing tells your wedding story, in all its motion, color, music, unexpected moments and magic, like a film of your once-in-a-lifetime occasion. But don’t take our word for it—listen to top Houston wedding filmmakers, who share their experience and expertise in creating, viewing and loving the one movie in which you and your beloved will always play the starring roles.

Let's Get This Party Started

Here’s the thing about wedding entertainment: It’s not just music. It’s not just announcements and introductions. It’s not just props and lights and special effects. It is, in fact, an intoxicating blend of all of these elements—mixed with a savvy sense of crowd emotion and event flow. A sharp outfit doesn’t hurt, either. The best entertainers bring all these elements to the party, and bring the party energy up when it’s time to dance, and back down, when the moment calls for…mellow. The entertainers featured in this story are some of the very best in the business, and they’ve got the tools, talent, technology and tips to ensure your celebration is one guests won’t ever forget.

Off the Runway & Down the Aisle

As evidenced at this past fall’s New York Bridal Market, the latest designer wedding collections have a little something for everyone. Lace, shimmer, color, trains, sleeves, capes, shrugs, illusion fabric, keyhole backs—this season’s selections truly offer more variety than ever to brides on their quest for the perfect dress. But one trend dominates: versatility.

Mexico Is For Lovers

The Sea of Cortez or the Caribbean Sea? Old-world hacienda charm, or contemporary cool? Custom wedding creation or all-in-one package convenience? Three of Mexico’s in-demand destinations let you choose your wedding experience, and let your guests revel in relaxation, fun…and plenty of sun.

Design of the Times

Your wedding celebration is, quite simply, the biggest party you’ll ever throw. It’s also the most profound ritual you’ll ever engage in. Whether your vision is grand and dazzling, or intimate and cozy—or somewhere in between—the design experts you bring on to create the story of your love will guide you through the process of translating emotion into...environment, starting here.

Bridesmaids for Life

Make sure your bridesmaid knows just how important she is, on this precious day, and always. From how you invite her to be part of your wedding day squad, to how you treat her in the months leading up to your event, to how you thank her for her dedication and friendship on the big day itself, you are beholden to making your bridesmaid’s experience one she’ll always remember for all the right reasons. Follow our heartfelt advice, and you’ll make sure she does!

The Night is Young

Your wedding day is not just a celebration, but a major event, packed with people and activities. It’s also an occasion chock full of ritual and formality, where opportunities for relaxed fun can be rare, amidst all the pomp and circumstance. Which is why the late-night “after-party”—a time when the evening winds down, and the energy kicks up—is the perfect time to relax and let your hair down (perhaps literally), with close friends and family.

5 Tips for a Unique Hotel Wedding

There’s a reason—lots of reasons—hotel weddings are so popular in Houston. For one, there’s the weather factor: Having your wedding at a hotel means you and your guests can move from ceremony to cocktails to reception without braving the often uncooperative elements. The best hotels also boast excellent catering and event coordination, experienced service staff and luxurious accommodations for guests and pre-wedding prep, all of which can ease the stress of planning for busy Houston couples.

8 Reasons to Hire a Hair & Makeup Pro

There’s no spotlight like your wedding spotlight—earn It, own it and love it, with a camera-ready look that looks equally gorgeous in person.

An Invitation to... Awesome!

Your wedding invitation is the first impression of your fabulous occasion. And, as with all first impressions, it’s important to make a great one. Take the time to find, and work with, an invitation designer who understands your vision—and can bring it to life beautifully, with words, images, and an understanding of craft that is honed from years of expert experience.

5 Absolutely Essential Wedding Planning Tips

The first thing you can do to ensure that your wedding planning goes off without a hitch? Hire a professional planner, who will bring years of experience and solid vendor relationships to the process, and can save you money in the long run. The second thing? Take this sound advice from some of the best in the wedding planning business.

Picture This

If you’ve ever looked at a friend’s wedding photo album and found yourself feeling all the feels of that incredible day—even if you weren’t there in person—well, those feels you’re feeling can be chalked up to the talent of the wedding photographer. It is the photographer’s job to not just document the wedding, but to capture its magic and majesty, its uniqueness and grandeur, and, of course, all the small details and fleeting moments that make it such a momentous occasion.

Will You Marry Me?

Real rings, real proposal stories and the real Houston couples behind them.

Sunday is for Celebrating

It may be the traditional day of rest, but when it comes to weddings, Sunday is shaping up to be a fun day, indeed. The main reason? In a word: flexibility. Got your sights set on a fabulous photographer…who, it turns out, is booked up a year in advance? Chances are that he or she is likely to be available on a Sunday. Is the venue you adore just a little bit out of your price range? Approach them again, asking about Sunday pricing—it’s likely to be considerably more affordable.

A Room with a View

Sprawling, spacious, and, after a few seasons of abundant rain, very green, the Houston area has much to offer the wedding couple seeking a special venue, where indoor elegance and outdoor beauty go hand in hand. Whether nature’s bounty is glimpsed through stately windows, from the climate-controlled comfort of a regal ballroom, or enjoyed in its pure al fresco form, the region’s country clubs, estates, mansions and gardens offer many pastoral delights. In this feature, we present some of our favorite spaces for unique, and uniquely private, wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The Art of the Party

Whether it houses priceless paintings, cultural treasures or historical artifacts (or all three), a museum is a destination for education, inspiration, and, for some, personal reflection. It can also be a wonderful place for celebration, particularly the wedding kind. Here, we open the doors to two distinguished museums—one in Houston, one in Galveston—that offer artful and elegant spaces to dine, dance…and say, “I do!”

The Unbiased Lens

Separate the myths from the truths of same-sex wedding photography.

Destination Wailea

Surrounded by 40 acres of lush tropical landscape, and featuring manicured gardens, dazzling pools, a $30-million art collection, and a shopping promenade filled with designer boutiques, The Grand Wailea is a true destination resort—one that you and your wedding guests may never want to leave.

Registry Rules

Building your wedding registry is sort of like building a home with your future spouse—except on someone else’s dime. Which is why it’s so important to create your registry with consideration and mindfulness, making sure to include a well-rounded mix of everyday items, things you’ll use for special occasions, and a few special keepsakes that will be cherished for generations to come. Turn to these insider tips to assemble a registry that meets your needs today, and sees you through a lifetime together as a married couple.

Music to Their Ears

Want to plan a wedding celebration that guests will remember for years to come, but don’t know where to start? Don’t fret! Houston’s top wedding entertainers are here to offer their expert advice on how to set a tone, touch an emotional chord…and raise the roof when the time is right.

Make It Click

You know the phrase, “Time flies when you’re having fun?” Well, take it from recent brides and grooms everywhere: If there’s one day in your life when time flies by way faster than all the rest, it’s your wedding day. One minute, you’re putting the finishing touches on your makeup, and the next thing you know, the DJ is announcing the final song of the evening (of course, you’re having the time of your life in between). Your wedding should be an unforgettable celebration for you, your new spouse, and your guests, which is why, for most newlyweds, the 10 or 12 hours of hugs and toasts, drinking and dancing, laughter and happy tears, are somewhat of a blur. But that doesn’t mean your photos should be. Which is why finding your perfect wedding photographer is so important.

Must-Have Wedding Shot List

Any photographer worth their salt will get the must-have shots you expect from your wedding… the decor, the moment you’re pronounced newlyweds, all the “firsts” (look, kiss, dance), and the posed portraits (including the “everyone do something fun” wedding party shot.)

Lights, Camera...Love!

You take your seat in the hushed movie theater. The lights go down and you feel the pulse of anticipation that comes before the opening credits flash onto the screen. You reach for your sweetheart’s hand, and wait for the magic to begin. 

Delight, Excite, INVITE!

The modern couple’s wedding invitation comes in all shapes, sizes and colors, and is carefully crafted to express their unique personality. As Amanda Bayer of Bella Dia Stationery puts it, “Your invitation is the first sneak-peek of your event, and sets the mood and theme of your entire wedding.” Here’s how to create a wedding invitation that expresses who you are as a couple, while providing essential wedding information to your guests, graciously, and with style.

Farm to Fête

Inspired by her father’s love for food and her love of farm-fresh meats and produce—her go-to meal is warm potato salad with coddled pheasant eggs—Marcey Brownstein developed a flair for hosting parties for friends, which led her to launch her own catering business in 2000. Using impeccably sourced, seasonal ingredients in her reception menus and celebratory cocktails, self-taught chef Brownstein is on everyone’s radar in New York’s super-hot wedding scene. Find out about Brownstein’s most in-demand dishes, “locavore” leanings, and passion for mini mouthfuls with major impact, in this delicious Weddings in Houston interview!

The Unexpected Menu

An outstanding reception is the result of a good working partnership between the happy couple and their selected caterer or venue. The bride and groom communicate their dreams for their ideal reception and the caterer helps refine those ideas into delicious realities. And just as each couple’s dream has a different feel and…flavor, each reception menu can, and should, offer a taste of the wedding couple’s distinct personality and backgrounds. So dig in, as we serve up a feast of fabulously unique food options and ideas, courtesy of a cadre of leading Houston catering experts.

7 Common Wedding Planning Pitfalls…And How to Avoid Them

The road to your wedding day will be paved with plenty of touching and beautiful moments…along with a few “speed bumps.” Avert the most common of these getting-hitched glitches with practical tips from Houston’s most experienced wedding planning professionals.

Mother's Day

She’s always given you great advice. Now you can return the favor, by sharing these expert tips on shopping and dressing for one of the biggest events of Mom’s life: your wedding.