To Do This Week: Houston Bridal Open Houses at Hearthstone Country Club and Villa Ballrooms

If privacy and comfort top your Houston wedding venue priority list, you’re going to want to check out Saturday’s open house at
Hearthstone Country Club. Drop in and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvre and a bit of bubbly, plus an opportunity to check out the gorgeous green grounds and pretty, unfussy reception space—and don’t miss out on the exclusive giveaways! Attendees who book their wedding at this bridal open house will receive a free champagne toast as part of their wedding package. We’ll drink to that! To let Hearthstone know you’re coming—appreciated, but not required—e-mail.

Hearthstone Country Club Open House
Saturday, July 31, 2010
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

With three spacious ballrooms that can accommodate intimate gatherings of fewer than 100, great big celebrations of up to 600 and just about everything in between, The Villa Ballrooms are a great bet for the bride and groom who want contemporary elegance, great sight lines and plenty of luxe touches (winding staircases, glittering chandeliers…you get the picture) in their Houston wedding venue. On Saturday afternoon, The Villa holds an open house to showcase its splendid space. We recommend you attend, and RSVP
here or by e-mailing

Villa Ballrooms Open House
Saturday, July 31, 2010
12 – 3 p.m.

We’ll be posting tons more Houston bridal events over the coming months, so check back on a daily basis. Better yet, subscribe to the Houston Wedding Blog, and let US come to YOU.

To Do This Week: Bridal Open Houses at Le Virage and Bay Oaks Country Club…TODAY!

As summer heats up, so does Houston’s bridal open house/trunk show season. So if you’re planning a late-2010 or anytime-2011 wedding, you’re gonna want to whip out your calendar and start keying in must-attends.

This evening, the lovely, newish Le Virage Ballroom & Chapel opens its doors to brides and grooms for a 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. open house. We love this venue’s sophisticated, contemporary feel, and the fact that high-tech LED lighting is included in the rental fee—major bonus.

Le Virage Ballroom & Chapel Open House
Thursday, July 22, 2010
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
12126 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77077

For more information call 832.293.0911 or e-mail

Also this evening from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., the Bermuda-plantation-style Bay Oaks Country Club invites brides, grooms and their trusted advisors to enjoy nibbles and sips while touring gracious, light-filled ceremony and reception space and chatting with Bay Oaks’ helpful and highly skilled event staff.

Bay Oaks Country Club Open House
Thursday, July 22, 2010
5:30 – 8 p.m.
14545 Bay Oaks Boulevard
Houston, TX 77059
For more information call 281.244.3805

We’ll be posting tons more events over the coming months, so check back on a daily basis. Better yet, subscribe to the Houston Wedding Blog, and let US come to YOU.


Guest Blogger Radhika Day, Publisher of Weddings in Houston Magazine, Recaps the Houston Wish Upon a Wedding Launch

All Photos: Monkey Tree Photography

Thursday, June 30, the Houston chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding had its official launch. I am one of the board members of this fabulous organization, and so proud to be involved.

If you’re not familiar with it, Wish Upon a Wedding is the nation’s very first nonprofit charitable organization set up to produce weddings, at destinations across the United States, for couples facing a life-threatening illness. Its unique mission makes Wish Upon a Wedding the world’s first nonprofit wedding-wish-granting organization. It’s also quickly becoming the wedding industry’s charity of choice.

Attended by more than 150 Houston wedding industry professionals and brides, the launch reception, generously underwritten by the Westin Galleria and overseen by catering director Adam Rineer took place in the hotel’s Monarch Ballroom, with its beautiful views of the city. The talented Rob Smith and staff of Events in Bloom decorated the space stunningly with stylish lounge furniture. Guests enjoyed the impressive buffet and desserts prepared by the Westin chefs, along with sinfully delicious miniature wedding-cake truffles from Cakes by Gina. Both,  I personally and everyone on the board of Wish Upon A Wedding are so grateful to the wonderful Houston wedding professionals who donated their time and services to make the evening a success.

Houston chapter president Heather Hamilton-Sims of Simply Jubilee Events shared the vision and objective of Wish Upon a Wedding, and the accompanying video clips left not a dry eye in the room.

By the end of the evening attendees could not wait to volunteer their services and time as wish grantors for this most worthy cause, which provides weddings for couples in need regardless of sexual orientation. Houston brides, here is an opportunity to share your good fortune with someone a lot less fortunate who wants nothing more than to be married….just like you. As President Hamilton-Sims put it, most of us are planning weddings and events one, or maybe two or three years from now, but for these couples facing a life-threatening illness that time line does not exist.

So how can you help?

Watch this short video clip to see just what Wish Upon a Wedding has done and visit Wish Upon a Wedding. To donate your services, please sign on as a Wish Grantor. Blog about it. Talk about it. Become a Facebook fan and follow Wish Upon a Wedding on Twitter. In lieu of favors at your wedding, please consider making a donation to Wish Upon a Wedding and spread the joy. 
But most of all, just GIVE.

WUW:: Rehanna + Christian from bliss productions on Vimeo.

Nominate Houston Wedding Blog @’s Wedding Blog Awards!

If you’re reading this post, you’re familiar with the Houston Wedding Blog. And if you’re familiar with the HWB, then you know that we are one of the best wedding blogs around. And if you know that we’re such a fabulous wedding blog, don’t you want the world to know that you know so that they know too?

Nominate us for’s Wedding Blog Awards and at least a good chunk of the world WILL. Judges include celebrity lifestyle guru Colin Cowie and renowned wedding planner and “eventiste” Marcy Blum (who just happens to be profiled in the July issue of Weddings in Houston, on newsstands now!), so the stakes are pretty high. But we’ve got confidence that our signature Houston blend of tradition, cosmopolitan sophistication, international flair and down-home hospitality is a winner in the making.

To nominate the Houston Wedding Blog, just choose a category (we suggest Best Local Area Blog or Best Magazine or Wedding Website Blog), take 5.2 seconds to fill out the nomination form, hit submit, and help HWB achieve worldwide (web) fame!

Nominations close July 22, so vote now, and please, please, please spread the word (linking to this post via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, etc., is a great way to tell your friends)!

To Do This Week: Mia Bridal Couture Sample Sale

Christos, Kitty Chen, Watters, Kenneth Pool…Houston has been trunk show CENTRAL this past month or so, and we are loving it. Not only do our dear Houston brides get to hobnob with expert reps from some of the most desirable bridal design houses in the world, but those of you who buy your wedding gowns during these limited-time gigs get the benefit of that beloved trunk show treasure, the 15% discount.

What’s that you say? Schedule been so stuffed with to-do’s you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of any recent designer trunk shows? Fear not! This Thursday through Saturday, July 1-3, River Oaks Shopping Center’s deliciously chic Mia Bridal Couture is holding its sensational sample sale. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for fashionista brides on a strict bridal gown budget, and basically any bride who wants to look her designer best without paying premium designer-gown prices.

On Thursday, Mia is open extended hours, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is offering an additional 10% off already deeply discounted prices (for THURSDAY purchases only).

If you can’t make it Thursday, you can still have your pick of designer sample gowns at unheard-of prices on Friday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), so don’t miss out! No appointments necessary, just grab a couple of stylish, discerning pals and GO. Need more info? Call 713.622.2022 or e-mail