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The Big To-Do: Get Unzipped at Chateau Polonez, Friday, Aug. 17

Who says bridal shows have to be…demure? Not Chateau Polonez, that’s for sure! This Friday’s “Unzipped” cocktail party and fashion show invites brides and their besties (grooms, too, if they promise to behave), to sip, nibble and enjoy, as hip wedding wear shares the stage with hot cocktail frocks, lingerie and swimwear. Plenty of vendors on hand, too. Oh, and did we mention the pole dancing demo? Yes, it’s that kind of party. Admission is 21 and older. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Go!

The Big To-Do: Get Unzipped at Chateau Polonez, Friday, Aug. 17 The Big To-Do: Get Unzipped at Chateau Polonez, Friday, Aug. 17

Photos: Chateau Polonez

The Big To-Do: Winnie Couture Grand Re-Opening Sale Through Aug. 12

Gleaming new flooring, gorgeous new window displays, fabulously flattering new lighting, a prettied-up powder room and the addition of a third fitting room—the Winnie Couture Houston flagship salon has a fresh new look. What hasn’t changed at Winnie Couture is the doting attention brides have come to expect from this haven of heavenly gowns by Hong-Kong-born, Houston-educated and now Beverly-Hills-based designer Winnie Chlomin. Of course, there are the gowns themselves…form-fitting, feminine and lavished with Chlomin’s signature Swarovski sparkle. Now through Saturday, Aug. 12, Winnie Couture is celebrating its makeover with a splendid re-opening sale, complete with a 20% discount on all gowns. Call today for your appointment!

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Photos: Winnie Couture

Mia Bridal Couture Watters Trunk Show + Bonus Stella & Dot GIVEAWAY!

Mia Bridal Couture Watters Trunk Show + Bonus Stella & Dot GIVEAWAY!

This here post has a twofold job: To let you know about Mia Bridal Couture’s WOW Watters spring 2013 trunk show today through Saturday AND to remind you that today is your last chance to enter to win Mia’s Stella & Dot necklace giveaway!

The show: Gorgeous, whisper-soft, diaphanous new styles from Watters’ breathlessly romantic spring 2013 collection (plus a few chic minis for you two-frock brides), which you’ll get a chance to discuss with Watters VP Maria Prince, live and in person. Appointments are a must, so make yours right about NOW!

The giveaway: Two lucky ladies each will receive a stunning Stella & Dot necklace, and two runners-up will score sparkling stud earrings, just for posting a picture of their favorite Watters gown on Mia’s Facebook page, along with a comment about why you’re madly in the love with that particular Watters gown, by end of day TODAY. For eligibility details and fine print, click here.

And GOOD LUCK, lovelies!


Mia Bridal Couture Watters Trunk Show + Bonus Stella & Dot GIVEAWAY!


Photos: Mia Bridal Couture ~ Watters, Spring 2013 Collection, Trumpet Gown ~ Stella & Dot Jewelry (items listed left to right): Hematite Studs, La Folie Necklace, Gitane Tassel Necklace, Vintage Studs

The Big To-Do: Houston Home-Buying Workshop w/Bonus Tiffany Giveaway!

If a new newlywed nest tops your post-wedding priority list, realtor Michelle Ray has some expert buying tips you do not want to miss. She’s also got a $500 Tiffany gift card for one lucky Houston bride! Avail yourself of Ray’s excellent new-home-buyer guidance—and possibly get your hands on some superb bling—when Michelle Ray Properties hosts a free home-buying workshop tomorrow evening, Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m., at the firm’s Galleria-adjacent offices. Make a date night of it…and get just a little closer to making your Houston home ownership dream come true!

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Photos Courtesy of Michelle Ray Properties

The Big To Do: Sundown @ The Grove, Wed. 7-18

Sundown at The Grove

Photo: Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Live music, cocktails and tasty nibbles in a blissfully air-conditioned, exceptionally cool aerie with downtown views for miles? Oh, we are so THERE. Get in on the happy hour hipness—and while you’re at it check out one of Houston’s hottest wedding, rehearsal-dinner and pre-wed party spots—when The Grove, Discovery Green and Mix 96.5 join forces with Land Rover Houston Central to present Sundown at The Grove, from 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday. This chic weekly wind-down takes place at the upstairs Treehouse restaurant and features guest artists from the worlds of fashion, arts and entertainment. Ambiance is awesome. Admission is free. See you there!