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4 Houston Hotspots For Lunch With The Girls

Sup on a lobster bisque. Savor a mimosa. It’s time for a pre-wedding lunch with your fave ladies! These four Houston hotspots will take care of you, and your crew, with fine food and drink, and flawless service.

Photo: Courtesy of Cordua Restaurants


The Cordúa name is synonymous with bold Latin American flavors and warm hospitality—both of which are on delicious display at Américas and Churrascos, father-and-son team Michael and David Cordúa’s esteemed Houston eateries. Click here to read the rest of this post »

Venues We Love: Agave Estates…PLUS A Romantic Dinner for 2 GIVEAWAY

2017-04-24_0002  Venue: Agave Estates | Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

When it comes to weddings, it’s all about the ambiance, darlings — that total experience of sight, sound, fragrance, flavor, setting, landscape and design, all rolled together. And TBH, it’s hard to imagine a wedding location with more built-in ambiance than Agave Estates, Katy’s beautiful hidden gem, nestled into a 30-acre wildlife sanctuary that feels a million miles away from downtown Houston (in reality, it’s only 30).

When you first glimpse the terra cotta walls, wood arbors and curved archways of Agave’s private enclave, you may think you’ve somehow stepped back in time…and into an era of cobblestones and courtyards, the sound of a burbling fountain somewhere in the distance. But nope, no time travel here, honey. You’ve just found yourself face-to-face with a full-service wedding site designed specifically to create a sense of total escape and immersion for your outdoor wedding ceremony and unforgettable reception. In other words: You’ve found a little slice of Paradise.

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Agave Real Wedding Ceremony & Reception  Venue: Agave Estates | Photo: Akil Bennett Photography

For those couples seeking a true Spanish Villa vibe — and room to celebrate with up to 300 of their nearest and dearest — the estate’s Agave Road is a favorite. With towering oak trees, fluttering palms, huge hand-carved wood doors and 10,000 square feet of reception space, Agave Road doesn’t just offer ample space and great service, but some of the most gorgeous photo opps in the entire region.

For weddings on the more intimate side, Agave Real features natural stone and wrought-iron accents, glowing sconces, plus a lovely view of the lagoon-like reflecting pool, and is a superb celebration spot for groups of up to 200.

The newest member of the Agave Estates family is Agave Rio — a delightful patio restaurant serving up fresh seafood, steaks and Latin-influenced fare, along with classic, tropical-leaning cocktails, all in an al fresco environment that welcomes you to linger long, and savor the feeling of a relaxing oasis. It’s also a perfect place for elegant rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bridal showers and day-after brunches. Want to try it out for yourself? Comment on our Agave-themed Facebook and Instagram posts, or email us your first and last name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and wedding venue (either booked or wish listed!) for automatic entry into our Agave Rio Dinner for 2 GIVEAWAY! One lucky bride or groom will WIN; winner will be notified on Tuesday, May 2 and announced on Facebook and Instagram. Shouldn’t it be…YOU?

2017-04-24_0004 Venue:  2017-04-24_0005 Venue:  2017-04-24_0006 Venue: Agave Estates | Photo: Civic Photos

Want to find out more about Agave Estates? Schedule your tour now, and make sure to tell them you found them on the Houston Wedding Blog!

Athena Gun Club Bridal Open House Tues. 9/8

Photos: Athena Gun Club & Social Sell

Athena, the Greek goddess of courage, wisdom, and law and justice, seems an apt namesake for Houston’s most sophisticated and woman-friendly shooting range. But Athena Gun Club is so much more than a place to practice one’s marksmanship skills or learn the finer points of handgun safety. Athena Gun Club, is in fact, one of THE coolest spots in town to gather your gals for an exhilarating, inspiring and totally one-of-a-kind bachelorette bash or bridesmaids’ night-out.

Kick off your pre-wedding celebration with a turn in Athena’s dynamic virtual simulator, sprinting through the faux battleground of your choice (Wild West? Sure! Zombies more your cup of tea? They’ve got those, too!). Progress to Athena’s state-of-the-art live fire range, for a high-tech shooting experience that will keep you all fired up, and keep your BFFs smiling BIG. Then relax and relive your tales of target glory over fresh, handcrafted cocktails and delicious bites.

Did we mention that Athena hosts bachelor bashes, rehearsal dinners and engagement parties, too? Now we did.

Grab your spouse-to-be and/or a couple of gun-loving besties (or interested novices), and check out Houston’s hottest gun club for yourself next Tuesday, Sept. 8th, from 6-8 p.m., when Athena hosts a Bridal Open House, including a private tour, 50% off range fees and awesome simulator demonstrations! RSVP here. See you THERE.


Texas Flavor Wedding Favors, Y’all!

You don’t have to wear boots to get all “Texas cute” (though we’re crazy for a fine bridal boot, ladies). These Texas-based and Southwest-inspired sweets, sips, treats & take-homes make great wedding favors and hotel guest room amenities, and add the perfect bit of local flavor to your wedding, whether you’re tying the knot here in Houston, or bringing your Texas friends and family to a far-flung destination-wedding locale!

1. Nature Favors Bluebonnet Kit ~ Nature Favors 2. Republic Plata Tequila ~ Republic Tequila 3. Tiny Pies Pie Pops ~ Tiny Pies 4. Blue Bell Creameries Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream ~ Blue Bell 5. TLC Soaps Tiny Texas Red Currant Soap ~ TLC Soaps 6. DGZ Chocolates English Toffees ~ DGZ Chocolates 7. Potter Country Store Texas Pecans Gift Tin ~ Potter Country Store 8. Kate Aspen Just Hitched Bottle Opener ~ Kate Aspen

Fitness Friday with Perfect Size Nutrition: How to Throw a Healthy and Delicious Bridal Shower

We at HWB are SO excited about our partnership with the lovely Marla and Sonny of Houston’s Perfect Size Nutrition for our newest bridal and nutrition and fitness series! Today marks the first installment of bimonthly Fitness Fridays, and darlings, it’s a tasty one. We welcome you to try any of these recipes (listed just below the video clip) any time, for a delicious, nutritious, craving-satisfying snack or meal (we mean it, gals…just try these out on your comfort-food-loving guy if you have any doubts!). And be sure to visit Perfect Size Nutrition’s blog for a complete list of recipes and directions. Take it away, Marla and Sonny!

If you need an example of friends getting together to overindulge and eat diet-busting foods, just look to the typical bridal shower or a bachelorette party. While gobbling high-fat, high-sodium, sugar-filled goodies seems like a good idea at the time, come Monday morning, the food hangover sets in and you wake up feeling hungry, tired and regretting those high-calorie munchies and drinks. So we are here to guide you and your shower hostess in the right direction. The recipes we have developed are meant to taste wonderful without undoing all your hard pre-bridal fitness work. You and your guests will love these healthy and cute alternatives!



Goddess Deviled Eggs


– 12 hard-boiled eggs

– Salt

– Pepper

– Tony Chachere’s salt-free seasoning

– 1/2 tsp garlic powder

– 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

– 1/4 cup Greek yogurt

– Paprika


  1. Place eggs into large pot. Add just enough water to cover eggs. Turn stove on high heat, bring to boil for 1 minute then reduce heat to medium-heat for a low boil for 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat. Cover pot and let them simmer, off heat
  2. Remove eggs from pot and place in a separate bowl. Rinse with cold water. Keep them in cold water until completely cooled
  3. Once cooled, peel eggs
  4. Cut lengthwise. Scoop out yellow and place in bowl, set whites on a tray
  5. Mix yellows with the rest of the ingredients except for paprika
  6. With a spoon, scoop yolk mixture back into each egg white
  7. Sprinkle with paprika

Guacamole with homemade chips

Homemade baked tortilla chips:


–       Corn tortillas

–       Non-stick olive oil spray

–       Seasonings of choice (we like a pinch of Parmesan)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lay out all corn tortillas from the package.
  3. Spray both sides of the corn tortillas with non-stick olive oil spray.
  4. Sprinkle favorite seasonings on top of tortillas (we love a pinch of Parmesan!).
  5. Stack about 8-10 tortillas on top of each other and using a knife, cut tortillas into 8.
  6. Place triangles on cookie sheet in single layer.
  7. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Make sure to check on them frequently to prevent from burning.

Homemade Guacamole Recipe:


–       4 ripe avocados

–       Pinch of salt or to taste

–       Pinch of pepper or to taste

–       ½ medium tomato

–       ¼ medium red onion

–       ½ tsp garlic powder

–       Juice of 1 lime

–       2 tbsp cilantro


  1. Scoop out avocados, add to large mixing bowl.
  2. With a fork or potato masher, mash avocados lightly for chunkier guacamole. For smooth guacamole, mix and mash well.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to bowl and mix well.
  4. Serve with homemade baked tortilla chips.

Skinny Mini Pizzas


–       Small round flat bread

–       Pizza sauce or tomato sauce

–       Mozzarella cheese

–       Feta cheese

–       Spinach

–       Oregano or Italian seasoning

–       Olive oil

–       Torn arugula


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place flat bread on cookie sheet.
  3. With a spoon, add pizza sauce to each flat bread.
  4. Sprinkle each with ¼ tsp oregano.
  5. Add a few spinach leaves to each pizza.
  6. Sprinkle each pizza with mozzarella.
  7. Add a pinch of feta to each pizza.
  8. Sprinkle tops of pizzas with arugula.
  9. Drizzle a tsp of olive oil on each pizza.
  10. Bake at 450 for 15-25 minutes.

For more nutrition tips, food photos and pre-wedding fitness advice, visit Perfect Size Nutrition on Facebook!

Venues We Love: House of Blues

Houston Rock n Roll Wedding

Just the words “Foundation Room” are filled with hip, VIP mystique and a promise of exclusive, upscale, elegantly wicked fun. So of course the Foundation Room at House of Blues is a perfect spot for special wedding-related soirees. But there’s so much more to love about House of Blues than its Foundation.

For instance, did you know that HOB’s intimate Elwood Room is a great setting for an afternoon shower? “And guys don’t mind the couple’s shower when they can hang in The Jake Bar Lounge,” promises House of Blues special event sales manager Lauren MacQueen. How’d you like to “party like a rock star in our Big Mama Suite?” MacQueen wants to know. You can, you know, at your ultra-exclusive bachelor or bachelorette party, behind closed doors, with an overhead view of the legendary House of Blues stage. For an unforgettable engagement celebration, book the Bronze Peacock room, which features “playfully sophisticated decor and a dedicated stage for a band or DJ,” plus a cool outdoor terrace, perfect for setting up a cigar bar or hookah lounge. Or treat guests to a morning-after-the-wedding “Gospel Brunch”–there’s no more enjoyable penance for the previous evening’s celebratory hijinks. And that aforementioned Foundation Room? Inspired by the Near East and featuring Persian carpets, beautiful chandeliers and an eclectic display of art from HOB’s private collection, it’s a near perfect mixture of sophistication and peacefulness. Naturally, the food, drinks and service are fabulous, too. Rehearsal dinner, anyone?

Of course, for the ultimate rock ’n roll wedding, there’s no venue more fitting than HOB’s legendary Music Hall. “The bride and groom take center stage as guests view the ceremony from The Mezzanine,” then the entire entourage joins the stars of the show downstairs for a lavish reception on the main floor. For details on how you can hook up HOB for your wedding-related celebration, call 832.667.7757 or click.


LolliBride Chocolate Invitations and Favors


We’ve covered
boxed invitations, feather-accented invitations, message-in-a-bottle invitations, sculptural-floral invitations, video invitations…and now, chocolate invitations!

LolliBrides from Naturally Gifted in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., are 8 ½-inch-tall, 2-ounce chocolate lollipops dressed in gorgeously colorful strapless ball gowns complete with tulle overlays and ribbon sashes. These edible lovelies are available in milk or white chocolate and come in a range of juicy gown colors including Gem Peridot, Gem Citrine and Gem Pink (when you order online, you’ll have to send a separate e-mail specifying which colors you want, and how many of each). Personalized labels let you customize your LolliBrides for your occasion, whatever it may be.

We especially love LolliBrides for bridal showers…as invites, place-setting favors, take-home centerpieces, game prizes, dessert—you name it. Truly unique, truly gorgeous, truly WEDDING. Here comes the LolliBride!

Shower Favor Idea: The Soap & Paper Factory

You may want to pass this post along (subtly) to whoever’s planning your shower, Houston bride. Trust us, she’ll be glad you did.

The Soap & Paper Factory makes natural scented beeswax candles, stationery, soaps, bath powders and more, then wraps their paraben-free, phthalate-free yummies in eco-friendly, recyclable, totally beautiful packaging.

Soap & Paper Solid Perfume
Soap & Paper Solid Perfume

We especially love S&P’s solid perfumes—little travel-size, purse-size pots filled with heavenly fragrance in solid form. Made from pure jojoba and beeswax, in aromas including Jasmine, Gardenia and Orange Blossom, S&P’s solid perfumes make great take-home goodies for girls of all ages. And they’re pretty enough to fit right in on an all-dolled-up tabletop.

Soap & Paper Beeswax Candles
Soap & Paper Beeswax Candles

We’re also fans of S&P’s divine scented beeswax candles, packaged in elegant Italian glass, which can be cleaned and reused for water, wine or your favorite Chardonnay. Yay!

Looking for something special for your bridesmaids’? The Soap & Paper Factory does amazing custom gifts, too.