July 25th, 2017
{4 Tips for Easing First-Dance Performance Anxiety}
 

photo: Cottonwood Weddings Photo: Cottonwood Road Photography | Venue: The Gallery

Remember when the newlywed “first dance” was just two crazy kids, swaying around on the dance floor to their fave sentimental tune? Yeah, neither do we. Probably because for at least the last 5 years or so, first dances have become major productions: the perfect song choice, the dramatic entrance, the fancy footwork, the…professional choreography?? If you’re feeling first-dance pressure, you’re in good company. And we’re here to help, with these tips for bringing the fun back to this much-loved wedding tradition.

  1. Include your soon-to-be spouse in the first-dance planning process. After all, he or she is the one you’ll be dancing with! Take a step back and try to remember if there were any songs you both liked while dating. Is there a song that has particular meaning to you? Is there an artist you both love? Is there a musical style you’re both more comfortable dancing to?
  2. To ease the pressure you may be feeling about dancing in the spotlight, consider taking a series of dance lessons together. These can be a great date-night activity, followed by dinner or a post-con cocktail and laugh sesh, looking back on his sweet attempts at salsa, or your dramatic “dip” recovery. Pre-wedding dance classes can also serve as a way to explore what music style fits both of you best.
  3. When selecting a wedding reception first-dance song, don’t forget about the “classics.” There’s a reason why you can never go wrong with a timeless standard for your first spin as spouses. Classic songs from the 40s and 50s are always in style, and any qualified Houston wedding band or wedding DJ will definitely be able to fulfill this request.
  4. Beware of pop music. Charting songs and Spotify hits typically are in for like…five minutes in the grand scheme of things…and then forgotten. You’ll want to pick a first-dance song you and your groom will love in the moment, be delighted to relive in your wedding photos and wedding video over and over again, and dance to, in intimate moments, for years to come.
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July 24th, 2017
{6 Unique Wedding Guestbooks You’ll Display Long After the Big Day}
 

Let’s face it, a regular ol’ guestbook at your wedding will only be useful for one night. After that, it likely will join other keepsakes in a closet somewhere to gather dust until you get a notion to haul it out for a look-see wayyyyy down the road. Instead of a dust-collector, we recommend you re-think your wedding guestbook as a collector-worthy work of personalized art that you’ll be proud to show off in your newlywed nest for years to come!

For travelers and adventure-seekers, a customized globe guestbook lets wedding guests feel like they’re going on this adventure with you!

unique-wedding-guest-book Custom Globe via Etsy shop: NewlyScripted

Family, friends and faith come together in a bible guestbook, where wedding attendees have the opportunity to circle, highlight or decorate around their favorite verse and sign their names, creating an heirloom that can be passed down for generations.

unique-wedding-guestbook Photo: Alisha Crossley Photography

Oh, winter weddings! Full of joy, twinkling lights, and seasonal tidings! What better way to add a personal touch to your Christmas tree than with personalized “guestbook” ornaments, signed by your guests on your wedding day, and enjoyed during the holiday season year after year after year?

 unique-wedding-guestbook Photo: Fidelio Photography

One of our current guestbook faves is the Polaroid photo guestbook! Guests will have loads of fun posing for selfie (with or without props), and you’ll have tons of fun for decades to come flipping through a guestbook full of their pix and sweet wedding messages.

TheSunshineGarden Photo Guestbook via Etsy shop: The Sunshine Garden

Trying to decorate your new “together” home is no easy task, but it’s way more fun when you get to fill it with meaningful personalized artwork like this adorable wedding guestbook, created with oodles of little hearts, each signed by a wedding guest and dropped into a clear frame that’s mantelpiece ready and really, really lovely.

unique-wedding-guestbook Photo:Kasey Lynn Photography

Planning a rustic-elegant wedding? Then this guestbook idea is for you! A personalized wood frame with your names and wedding date makes a great canvas for guests to add their own sign-in “brushstrokes,” creating a perfectly personalized painting you’ll display, with love, now and forever.

unique-wedding-guestbook Photo: Photography by Niki

 

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July 21st, 2017
{7 Bridal Beauty Picks for a Fresh, Cool Wedding-Day Look}
 

We know how hard it is to maintain your wedding-day hair and makeup with Houston’s unpredictable weather…which is why we picked out 7 essential bridal beauty products to keep you cool, fresh and flawless! Shop the links below, and smile pretty for the camera, love : )

Glowing-Beauty-Products

1. Honest Beauty ‘Honestly Uplifted’ Volumizing Spray: Honest Beauty 2. Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint in Gold Ashes: Sephora  3. Mink Drama Lashes: Donyale Traveling Makeup Artist 4. Bbrowbar Brow Sculpt: NET-A-PORTER 5. KAX Tanning Souffle: Kax Tanning 6. Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter in Rose Gold: Burberry 7. Yves Saint Laurent ‘Top Secrets’ Instant Moisture Glow: Bloomingdale’s

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July 20th, 2017
{Congrats to Our Partners on Their BIG Awards!}
 

Jerry-and-Alex-Wedding Photo: Serendipity Photography | Coordination & Invitations: A Day To Remember | Linens: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Officiant: Weddings Performed | Confetti Cannons: Bright Star Productions

We know they rock. And some of you, who’ve had the pleasure of working with these super-talented folks on your weddings, know they rock. And now, the event industry’s premier professional organization, NACE (National Association of Catering & Events), has confirmed it.

We’re thrilled to offer up our heartiest congratulations to two amazing wedding stylists and longtime Weddings in Houston partners: Kat Creech Events and A Day To Remember!!

A Day To Remember took home two major honors at this past week’s NACE Experience conference:

  • Best Team Event under $50,00, for the wedding of Jerry and Alex, featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Weddings in Houston, and right HERE.
  • Best Table Presentation under $200, for “Waterfront Romance,” this gorgeous styled shoot featured in our Fall/Winter 2016 issue! 

Waterfront-Romance-Styled-Shoot Photo: D. Jones Photography | Design, Styling, & Stationery: A Day To Remember | Venue: Waters Edge | Flowers, Decor & Rentals: Flora & Eventi | Hair & Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty | Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections | Lighting & Dance Floor: DJU Entertainment

Kat Creech Events, meanwhile, received the following prestigious awards:

Best Wedding of the Year over $100,000 and Best Team Event over $100,000, both for the spectacular wedding of Allie and Kyle, featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Weddings in Houston (see a trend here??).

Allie-and-Kyle-Wedding

 Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Planning & Coordination: Kat Creech Events | Venue: The Corinthian | Linens & Chairs: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Lighting: GTX Productions | Catering: Jackson and Company | Rehearsal Dinner Location: Sambuca Catering

Make sure to check out our full coverage of these awesome events and styled shoot for more gorgeous pix, and a full list of superb Weddings in Houston clients involved in each!

And join us in wishing congrats to the Houston chapter of NACE, which also won big at this year’s conference, with honors for Chapter of the Year (over 100 members), and Program of the Year, for the NACE Houston Chapter’s awesome “Wedding Trends 2016″ industry event!!

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July 20th, 2017
{5 Steps For Choosing The Right Wedding Photographer}
 

Of all the wedding decisions you make, this one’s a biggie, you guys. Your wedding photographer won’t just snap pix of smiles, pretty dresses, “I do’s” and first dances. He or she will tell the narrative of your day, and the love story behind it, with wedding photos you’ll cherish forever. Here’s our advice for finding a photographer that will do all this and, quite possibly, become a good friend in the process!

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Kelli Durham Photography

1. Get A Reference

Once you’ve settled into the bliss of engagement, it’s time to plan. And that planning includes selecting the photographer who will document your wedding, as well as possibly your announcements and Save the Date photos!

You want someone who is reliable and trustworthy, with a positive attitude (even in the most stressful situations), and who truly gets you. Photographer  Adam Nyholt says it’s a good idea to ask for referrals. “This could be a friend who was recently married or your wedding planner,” or a trusted resource such as Weddings in Houston.

Engagement-Shoot Photo: Civic Photos

2. Compare Portfolios

Most professional photographers have their own website and blog, which makes it easy for curious couples to peruse photos, read testimonials, and get a feel for their artistic style.

Aisha Khan of Ama Photography & Cinema recommends asking a prospective photographer for more than one sample wedding to view: “If you ask for one, they might send only their favorite one—it’s important to see what varies from wedding to wedding.”

Adds photographer Kory Fontenot of Addison J Weddings: “Ask to see the full portfolio of a wedding from beginning to end. What you see on a website or in an album is a photographer’s top choices from a wedding. Looking at a full portfolio will give you a better idea of your photographer’s style, creativity and consistency.” After all, “It’s always good to see the good the bad and the ugly before you make such a huge investment.”

Lindsay Elizabeth Strode of Lindsay Elizabeth Photography says that the easiest way to determine your favorite photography style is by “picking images you’re drawn to. If a couple would love to see bright, clean and airy photos of themselves, they should look for a photographer who specializes in shooting natural light.”

Eric Yeh, who co-owns Serendipity Photography with wife Alice Lin, agrees that the lighting question is critical. “Experience with different lighting is really important,” he notes. “Some photographers excel in outdoor lighting, but don’t have much experience with indoor lighting, which can be really tricky to shoot in.”

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Lindsay Elizabeth Photography

3. Spend Some Face Time

When you’re ready to reach out, it can be tempting simply rely on email. This is fine for introductory inquiries, but David Jones of D. Jones Photography encourages couples to “interview or meet with the photographer” in person ASAP. Aside from being confident in their photo-taking abilities, you also want see if “you truly feel comfortable, since there are a lot of emotions on the big day.”

Christine Wright, of C. Wright Photography advises couples “ask them what their favorite part of the wedding is—you can get a feel for their work through what they deem to be most important.”

“Ask your photographer how they would react to family and friends who may want to take pictures on your wedding day,” advises Barett Henry, of Civic Photos. “We are very easygoing, and I don’t mind if people who have known you your entire life want to take photos—as long as they don’t get in the way of our professional shots!”

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Taylor Golden

4. Have a Pregame Session

If time (and budget) allows, consider scheduling an engagement session or a Save the Date session. This is an opportunity to really get to know your photographer, see their work, and for them to get to know you. “I recommend that they get their hair and makeup done professionally, and chose two to three outfits that show off their personality and their relationship,” says photographer Shiva Saadi of Dream Photo & Video. She adds, “Maybe also have a couple of drinks before. Trust me, it helps.”

“The engagement session is a great time to get to know your photographer better, and to get used to their style of shooting, so that the wedding day flows more smoothly, and you are comfortable throughout the day,” adds wedding photographer Taylor Golden. “Something I like to do for my couples is shoot their session in another city, such as where they got engaged, or where they vacation.”

Bride-and-Groom Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

5. Perfect Portraits

Golden reminds couples to ensure your photographer is committed to shooting the wedding day in its entirety, including, perhaps most importantly, those classic family portraits that will become heirlooms. “Remember, your wedding is likely to be an activity-filled day, and you may not be around your family members all that much,” she says.

To ensure excellent portraits, prior to your wedding, “It helps to create a list of the different family groupings you want to document. Your planner can assist by calling out names for each picture and crossing them off your list to ensure you don’t miss anyone.”

Adds Strode: “Years from now when you’re looking back at your wedding photos, you won’t remember the tiny details, but you will be reminded of the beauty and fun of your big day,” two things that the right wedding photographer will capture completely.

Bride-and-Groom-First-Dance Photo: Kelly Hornberger Photography

Writer: Natasha Garber

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