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I Do! Bridal Soiree Is Coming To The Houstonian On Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011

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We know that as a planning-mode bride with an overstuffed schedule, you appreciate a little advance notice. Especially about upcoming events with high sell-out potential. That’s why we’re letting you know NOW about the I Do! Bridal Soiree, coming to The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa on Sunday, Jan. 23.

If you only attend one bridal show before your wedding, make it I Do! @ The Houstonian. Seriously. This extraordinary showcase is our biggest, most bountiful wedding event, with nearly 100 of Houston’s absolute most in-demand wedding vendors—we’re talking invitations, cakes, floral, lighting, linens, jewelry, entertainment, the works—on hand to show off goods and share their expertise. With YOU.

I Do! @ The Houstonian also treats attendees to the season’s most spectacular designer runway show (so if you haven’t yet picked your gown, grab a front-row seat, honey). Plus we’re serving fine food and drinks, showing off gorgeous tablescapes and handing out a fabulous door prize or two.

This show WILL SELL OUT (it does every single year), so don’t miss your chance to experience Weddings in Houston’s one-of-a-kind resource for planning your once-in-a-lifetime wedding. Get your tickets now, and rest easy through the holiday season, knowing the year’s most luxurious, sophisticated, spectacular bridal showcase awaits you just around the corner.

Hotel ZaZa Pre-Wedding Getaway Giveaway—Today Only!

Hotel ZaZa One-Night Getaway Giveaway

Houston brides-to-be in need of a break (and what bride-to-be isn’t?), listen up! We’re giving away a luxurious one-night weekend getaway at Hotel ZaZa for the bride who convinces us she needs a breather, big time.

Here are the deets: Buy your tickets TODAY for the Oct. 14th I Do! Bridal Soiree @ Hotel ZaZa (a bargain at only $12 a pop), and post your comment in the designated comment field ON THE TICKET ORDER PAGE letting us know WHY YOU DESERVE A PRE-WEDDING BREAK for your chance to win a one-night weekend escape at the ultra-hip Hotel ZaZa, complete with breakfast for two at ZaZa’s fabulous Monarch restaurant. Yum. And we’re not just talking about the food.

We’ll announce one lucky winner on FRIDAY—and honey, you can’t beat these odds.

But wait, there’s more! The winner, and everyone else with tix to the show, will get to indulge in poolside beats, celebrity wedding style, divine wedding design inspiration, killer bridal swag and free-flowing Z cocktails at Houston’s hippest hotel, at the most amazing bridal showcase—and hottest party—in town.

Good luck—and see you there!

Brides & Baseball: Win Tickets to the May 22 Houston Astros Wedding Showcase with Your Romantic Proposal Story!

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You love Astros baseball. He loves Astros baseball. You love wedding stuff. He loves…Astros baseball. OK, so maybe you’ll be the one doing most of the oohing and aahing over the lavish linen and gorgeous décor and fabulous flowers at the first-ever Houston Astros Weddings Showcase. But he’ll be at your side, nodding and smiling supportively, and after you’ve checked out the 20 or so awesome Houston wedding vendors and daintily sampled the decadent cakes on display, you can gobble down Diablo Dogs and cheer yourself silly at the Astros/Rays game!

It all starts at 1 p.m. on Sat. May 22 in Minute Maid Park’s Union Station Lobby. In addition to top local wedding pros, the Houston Astros along with ballpark catering provider ARAMARK will have a booth showcasing great stuff like baseball-themed engagement and bridal portraits, rehearsal dinners, and ceremonies and receptions at Minute Maid Park.

We checked in with Katy Preisler, assistant sales director for special events for the Houston Astros Baseball Club, and she assured us that brides and grooms won’t want to miss checking out this “perfect venue for an unforgettable evening.” As for having your wedding at Minute Maid Park, Preisler tells us, “Out of town guests enjoy visiting our classic ballpark, brides love the elegant columns and architecture of the space, and grooms can boast that they really are in the Big Leagues after tying the knot.” We love it!

And because we know you’ll love it too, we’re giving away tickets to brides who share their insanely romantic, “I-can’t-believe-he-did-that” PROPOSAL stories. Tickets go to the most romantic proposal tales, so if you’ve got a doozy, lay it on us right here. He knocked it out of the park, right? Now you get a chance to watch the Astros do the same—while enjoying a winning wedding showcase. Score!

Coming Up: April 9-11, 2010

Remember this mouthwatering post from a few weeks back on Houston foodie fave
Campbell’s Catering? Yummy, right? Well, sure, it’s fun to read about fabulous food—but it’s a whole lot more fun to EAT it. Take advantage of Campbell’s open house this Saturday, April 10 from noon to 2 p.m. and sample this in-demand Houston catering company’s hospitality and culinary know-how firsthand. We’ve tasted Courtney Campbell & crew’s divine specialties (Duck wontons? Shrimp cocktail shooters? Gourmet BBQ-filled potato boats? OMG. TDF.) and you will NOT want to miss this opportunity.

Campbell’s Catering
14775 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
Sat. April 10
FREE

For more info call 281.589.5555 or e-mail campbellscatering@sbcglobal.net

Moving on from food to fashion, we recommend the Angel Sanchez trunk show at
Maison de Mode, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April. 9-11. Reps of the design house will be lavishing personalized attention on attending brides as they show off beautifully made gowns from the celebrated Venezuelan bridal designer. Expect plenty of lustrous silk, romantic tulle and delightful touches such as metallic thread, handkerchief hems and impeccable embroidery. Brides who purchase their gowns at this special event get a 15% discount…and the ability to say with pride that they’re getting married in Angel Sanchez. Très chic.

Maison de Mode
2431 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
Fri.-Sun. April 9-11
FREE

For additional details call 713.527.8285 or e-mail maisondemode@hotmail.com.

Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez

Before You Say … “I Do?” Woo-hoo!

Events in Bloom - Photo: D. Jones

If you’re one of the more than 1,000 lucky brides and assorted family and friends who attended the Jan. 24 Before You Say … “I Do!” soiree, you’re probably still reeling from the thrill of the experience. We know we are.

This year’s show featured nearly 80 in-demand Houston wedding experts and purveyors of wedding beauty and bounty (thank goodness for that
Java Pura coffee bar…with so much to see and such divine cuisine and drink from the ever hospitable Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, we needed a caffeine kick or two!)

We want to thank the wonderful Lisa Hopkins, director of catering for The Houstonian, and her amazing staff, without whom the soiree would not have been possible. And this year’s show wasn’t just possible, it was “fabulous,” notes Weddings in Houston publisher Radhika Day. “Gorgeous weather, great turnout and incredible displays” were all on hand, she says. As for those designer tablescapes and cake displays? “They were show stopping! And the cocktail reception was a big hit with the brides.” Shocker, huh? But it was the Houston BoyChoir, which performed on stage just before the spectacular soiree fashion show, that really wowed the crowd. As Day says, “Their angelic faces and beautiful voices stole the show!”

Houston Boychoir - Photo: Nhan

We’ll have more Before You Say … “I Do!” wrap coverage coming up, but take a look at these photos for a little taste of our sweetest soiree yet!

Mia Bridal Couture - Photo: Nhan