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New at I Do! 2013: South Asian Fashion and Design

Are you South Asian bride planning a 2013 or 2014 wedding? Then you will NOT want to miss this Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta. While every I Do! Bridal Soiree features a selection of highly sought vendors who do amazing things for South Asian weddings, this year we’re unveiling new discoveries for brides planning all elements of their multi-day nuptial celebrations.

We’re delighted to welcome South-Asian bridal designer Sameera Faridi, of Poshak Fashion & Style, and Sameera Faridi Design Studio, to Sunday’s show. Known for her sumptuous bridal creations, featuring luxurious fabrics, rich palettes and exquisite detail, Faridi gives Houston’s most discerning South Asian brides a fantastic alternative to traveling overseas to purchase custom bridal attire.

Make sure to visit Faridi (who, besides being an extraordinary designer, is SUCH a doll), then be sure to check out vendors including Flora & Eventi, The Perfect Touch Linens, Plants ’N Petals and Darryl & Co., plus other top-tier Houston design, rental and floral firms offering specialized services for South Asian wedding celebrations. There is something extraordinary for every Houston bride at the I Do! Bridal Soiree, Pre-sale tickets available for $20 online through noon tomorrow; $25 at the door. We can’t wait to meet you!

Sameera Faridi

Photos: NICO Photography

Patel RW

Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Flowers: Plants ‘n Petals

Patel RW

Photos: Joey T Photography ~ Flowers: P & P Events

I Do! Bridal Soiree at Royal Sonesta TV Spot: VIDEO

Have you seen our I Do! Bridal Soiree spot running on your favorite TV station? If not, here’s your chance! BIG thanks to A&A Video Productions for its awesome camera and production work. BTW, they do AMAZING wedding videography, too. Make sure to check them out at Sunday’s show. Pre-sale tickets available for $20 through noon Saturday; $25 at the door. And…ACTION!


Midnight Deadline: Show Us Your Engagement Ring & Enter To Win at I Do!

Sure, this Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Houston is all about the tablescapes, the design inspiration, the incredible runway show, the rare chance to meet one-on-one with Houston’s finest wedding talents and talk about your dreams for your big day. But let’s not kid ourselves, lovelies—it’s also about the SWAG! We’re talking gorgeous gift bags for each and every bride, vendor giveaways and overflowing door-prize baskets worth big $.

Oh—and this very special giveaway opportunity: Email us a photo of your beloved engagement ring by midnight tonight, Thursday, Jan.24, along with a short anecdote about how your groom-to-be proposed, and your first and last name. Your submission will be posted in an album on the Weddings in Houston Facebook page, and you will be entered to win an exclusive secret door prize at Sunday’s show!!

Note: You do not do not need to have an active Facebook account to enter or win this drawing; however, your submission will still be included in the album, which you will be able to view online. Also note: You MUST be present to win…so if you enter, be sure to stick around on Sunday until winners are announced!

We look forward to seeing your special ring and hearing about how he asked…and we can’t wait to see you Sunday at I Do!

2012 ZaZa show ring submissions

I Do! Bridal Soiree Debuts & Discounts SNEAK PEEK

One thing is certain about the I Do! Bridal Soiree—when those Royal Sonesta Houston doors open on Sunday, Jan. 27, and we pull back the veil on our legendary bridal showcase, you are going to be WOWED. We guarantee it. And the way we guarantee it is by 1.) working our tails off to design, plan and execute the most extraordinary bridal showcase in the country, and 2.) keeping all the juicy details tightly under wraps.

That said, we figure you’d enjoy an itty bitty glimpse at some of the debuts, discoveries and delicious deals you can expect from the fabulous vendors who’ll be featured at I Do! @ Royal Sonesta. So here ya go!

Make sure to visit pro planners Kolby and Angie, who’ll be showing off superb wedding-coordination services from Event Solutions, along with their newest offering: WOW wedding stationery. You could score $1,000 off a full-service or partial Event Solutions planning package, and get 10 percent off your stationery order!

Craving sparkle for your special day? Drop by A Memorable Event and be dazzled by the latest in LED trees and brilliant crystal candelabra, along with yummy “confetti” linens and, even yummier, $500 off your wedding rental package.

And don’t miss your chance to check out Elegant Beginnings, debuting their amazing new line of fabrics, chargers, chairs and chair decor. Book your Elegant Beginnings package by April, and enjoy 10 percent off your order.

Preserve your wedding memories in style with an Elite Wedding Album—featuring unique leathers such as ostrich and tooled leather—debuting from Memories by Maryanne Photography. Book your photo package at the show, and score two 4X6 flush-mount companion albums, perfect for parents or grandparents.

If moving pictures are your passion, you’ll definitely want to check out hot Houston videography studio Elect Film Productions—and enter for your chance to win a $1,000 discount on your wedding-film package.

And just in case you don’t feel quite ready for your close-up, Murillo Plastic Surgery will be displaying its array of cosmetic procedures and treatments—and offering Botox treatments, live, on-site, for $8 per unit! Prefer your procedures a little more private? You can score $200 off your in-facility Botox treatment or snag a free Murillo cosmetic consultation.

These are just a handful of the goodies that will be on hand at I Do! @ Royal Sonesta on Sunday, Jan. 27. Make sure to GET YOUR $20 PRE-SALE TICKETS WHILE THEY ARE STILL AVAILABLE.

Because you can’t win if you’re not in!

Photos, Kudos and Highlights from Our Best ZaZa Bridal Show Yet!

OK, so we were going to kick off this post by gushing a bit about how truly fantastic our Oct. 7 I Do! Bridal Soiree at Hotel ZaZa was. But instead, we’ll let Houston bride Vanessa, who attended this year’s ZaZa show, tell you in her own words, which she emailed to us post-show:

“The event was amazing! There were great vendors, the presentation throughout was beautiful, and the staff at Hotel ZaZa was courteous. I loved the event because it was so much more personal than other events. I had the time to talk to vendors and I left knowing which ones I loved. Having food, Champagne, and wine was definitely a plus. It let my group relax and have fun. You nearly forget you’re at an event not a party! I have a few friends that are recently engaged and have already told them to sign up for the I Do! Bridal Soiree in January!”

Wow. Thank you so much, Vanessa, for attending I Do!, and for sharing your experience with us and our awesome Houston brides!

Huge thanks, too, to Hotel ZaZa senior catering manager Kristina Opp and her outstanding staff; to entertainers extraordinaire Jonny Black of Jonny Black Productions, and pianist Scott Graham; to A&A Video Productions for filming our fantastic show (clip coming soon!); and to D. Jones Photography for GORGEOUS photos of I Do! @ ZaZa, featured here. We’ve got way more I Do! @ ZaZa on Facebook, so do check them out…and if you see something you like, drop your comment and let us know. And just a reminder—if you contact any of the vendors you met at the show, or whose work you’ve admired through our show photos, PLEASE let them know you found them through Weddings in Houston and the I Do! Bridal Soiree!

Tickets for the Jan. 27 I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston are ON SALE NOW. Get yours before they sell out! We can’t wait to meet you there!!

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Photos: D. Jones Photography