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To Do This Week: Ines di Santo @ Ivory Bridal Atelier + More

Ivory Atelier Ines di Santo Trunk Show

Have you been in to Ivory Bridal Atelier yet? If not, here’s a little incentive: This Friday and Saturday, Houston’s newest bridal salon is hosting an Ines di Santo trunk show. Gowns from the Italian-born, Toronto-based designer’s spring 2011 collection will be the highlight, and you can expect the warm, attentive, expert service for which Ivory Bridal Atelier is fast developing a rep among in-the-know Houston brides. Plus, there’s the salon itself, which is so darn lovely, it’s ridiculous. We absolutely adore the big, beautiful dressing suites and sophisticated, intimate furnishings. And, of course, the Champagne.

Appointments for this exclusive two-day show will fill fast, so make yours now

Ivory Atelier Ines di Santo Trunk Show

And while you’re at it, you might want to schedule a consultation at Brickhouse Bridal, which will be showing Simone Carvalli, also on Friday and Saturday, or at Weddings by Debbie which has Eve of Milady/Amalia Carrara, same days.

Each trunk show offers a different discount—check with each salon for details. Happy shopping!

The Best I Do! We’ve Ever Done, Thanks to You

I Do! Bridal Soiree 2011 I Do! Bridal Soiree Tablescapes

Susie’s Cakes & Confections (left); iCatching Events (right)

More than 1,000 attendees. Over 80 vendors. Five full hours of FAB-U-LOUS. We’ll be doing complete show coverage a little further down the road, with photos, video, the whole shebang. But for now, we wanted to take a sec to shine the spotlight on some of your (and our) favorite highlights of this past Sunday’s absolutely spectacular I Do! Bridal Soiree @ The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.

First off, how about those tablescapes? Sparkle, shimmer & bling are the thing for 2011 wedding reception tables, as radiantly evidenced by our vendors’ magnificent wedding table displays, which featured tons of crystals, blow-glass orbs and jewel accents. And how about that high overhead? We’re talking beautiful suspended floral displays and centerpieces (which, incidentally, are great for letting guests talk to each other across the table without sight obstructions). We saw you practically swooning at the masses of roses (the one bloom that never goes out style), and the brilliant palettes of red, pink and oh-so-popular purple.

Kenneth Pool gown I Do! Bridal Soiree 2011

Mia Bridal Couture (left); Kuhl-Linscomb (right)

When you weren’t chatting with vendors, we spotted you sipping refreshing Pimms cocktails and nibbling sinfully delicious (and simply adorable) French macaroons. And how about those awesome sliders and savory-sweet chicken biscuits? So yummy! It’s no wonder The Houstonian’s fabulously talented catering department recommends serving diminutive comfort snacks like these as a late-night treat at your reception.

As for that fashion show…gorgeous, right? We’ll soon have a rundown of the runway’s most coveted looks, but for now, two words: convertible gown. As in, one amazing dress that goes from ceremony-elegant to celebration-sexy. As in, pretty much perfect.

Whether these highlights remind you of Sunday’s splendor…or make you wish you’d attended, we hope they’ll make you smile. Be sure to subscribe to the Houston Wedding Blog and the Weddings in Houston Wedding Buzz for complete I Do! coverage along with advice on how to incorporate the divine design ideas featured at the soiree into your own very, very special day.

To Do This Week: Be On TV!

Mother of the Bride Fashion

Your wedding day will be your moment in the spotlight. But you may be able to score a little TV coverage before that!

The producers of ABC’s hit “Dancing With the Stars” are filming a brand-new, “upscale” reality show at Houston’s own T Carolyn Fashions this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 7-9), and they’re looking for mothers and daughters to participate. For those of you who aren’t familiar with T Carolyn, it is where Houston’s (and many of the entire country’s) most fashionable mothers-of-the-bride (and groom) go to find the perfect dress or ensemble to wear for their daughter’s (or son’s) big day.

To be eligible to participate in the filming, brides MUST accompany their mothers. Dancing, however, is not required. And just so you know, T Carolyn will be open for regular business during filming dates.

For information, call 281.440.4696 or e-mail.

I Do! @ The Houstonian Is Coming Up…Fast!

Weddings in Houston Winter Bride

Less than three weeks to go till the Jan. 23 I Do! Bridal Soiree takes over The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa: Got your tickets yet?

If not, here are FIVE reasons to snag them NOW:

1. I Do! is Houston’s ONLY luxury bridal show. Other bridal events may have vendors, snacks, even swag. But only I Do! features the absolute cream of the crop of Houston wedding talent and expertise, from floral and décor gurus, to purveyors of fine custom EVERYTHING for your wedding, to top celebrity and socialite wedding planners.

2. And speaking of luxury—how about the luxury of TIME? The I Do! Bridal Soiree is five full, fabulous hours of wedding ideas, inspiration and interaction. Which means you get to enjoy gazing at tablescapes, schmoozing with experts and indulging in fine food, drink and, yes, cake, at your leisure. No herding, no hustling, no rush.

3. Gowns, gowns, gowns. If you’re searching for the one, the exact perfect one, for your day of a lifetime, there is no place you’re more likely to find it than on the runway of the always-incredible I Do! fashion show. The most coveted designer bridal gowns, the most deliriously beautiful looks in wedding-day hair, makeup and accessories, all in one place, which just happens to be the place you’re in. How cool is that?

4. I Do! may be a luxury event, but the ticket price? Bargain-o-rama. If you find even one great vendor or product—one fantastic invitation designer, one perfect Lanvin-pink table linen, one extraordinary photographer—for your big day (and chances are you’ll find lots more than that), your $20 investment will have paid off lavishly. All that, and a killer goodie bag, too? Now that’s the kind of deal a girl could really fall in love with.

5. They’re gonna sell out. They always do.

So don’t get left out in the January cold, while your savvy sister brides are sipping and shopping and glowing and getting their socks totally knocked off inside The Houstonian on Sunday, Jan. 23. Get your I Do! tickets now…and we’ll see you there!

To Do This Week: Stephen Webster Trunk Show @ Judith Ann Jewels

Judith Ann Jewels Stephen Webster trunk show

Looking for a stocking stuffer or special gift for your hip, fashion-forward fiance? Or maybe an incredibly cool little something for yourself? Don’t miss the Stephen Webster trunk show at Judith Ann Jewels tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 22. Check out pieces from the famed British jewelry designer’s collections, which feature thorns, daggers, skulls and otherworldly aquatic motifs, in silver and 18K gold, set with precious and semi-precious gems. Rock stars and celebs alike love Webster’s edgy elegance and exquisite craftsmanship. As for you, Houston bride, expect star treatment from the Stephen Webster rep who’ll be on hand to answer questions and help you pick the perfect gift.