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To Do This Week: Watters @ Mia Bridal Couture

Watters Trunk Show Mia Bridal Couture

Watters is one of those bridal design houses that just GETS IT, season after season, collection after collection. Romantic, joyful, elegant, inspired–their dresses seem to embody all that it means to be a bride. This Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, get a glimpse of Watters’ fall 2011 gowns fresh off the New York runway, along with favorites from the spring 2011 line, when Houston’s very own Mia Bridal Couture hosts an exclusive two-day trunk show. And check this out: Watters VP Maria Prince herself will be on hand to personally answer questions and help you find your perfect Watters gown! Which, of course, you’ll get at a very pretty 15% discount if you purchase during the show. With this much wow on offer, appointments are, naturally, required. So make yours PDQ!: 713.622.2022.

Photos: Watters

Wedding Dresses $1,000 and Under (But Nobody’d Ever Believe It!)

Bridal Gown Bargains

Nobody loves their luxurious couture bridal gowns more than we do. OK, scratch that. Nobody loves their luxurious couture bridal gowns more than YOU do, Houston brides. Rivini, Amsale, Kenneth Pool, Monique Lhuillier, Badgley-Mischka…we get all tingly just thinking about those acres of sumptuous silk.

But, being sensible, practical Texas gals, we also love saving money when we can. Especially when we’re spending zillions already on things like weekly (OK, daily) spa treatments, custom linens and out-of-season peonies.

If you’re in the same boat, or getting married on one, or simply not into the idea of a voluminous confection of a wedding gown, we think you’ll like these dresses. All silk, all stunning, and all $1,000 or less (some–like the gorgeous BCBG Max Azria strapless, below left–MUCH less).

Bridal Gown Bargains

Photos: (Top, clockwise) Tadashi Shoji, Ann Taylor, J. Crew; (Bottom, clockwise) BCBG Max Azria, Nicole Miller, J. Crew

Loungewear So Pretty, You’ll Want to Wear it Out!

Bamjamz Neiman Marcus

How yummy are these super-soft bamboo jersey tunics from Bamjamz? OK, you’ve GOT to slip into them to experience their fabulousness fully. But just check out that soft pink and dove gray. And those lovely lotus and butterfly designs? Our heart rate slows down just looking at ’em.

We think they’re perfect for kicking back in after a long, hard day of wedding planning. Bamjamz also makes deliciously comfortable leggings and lounge pants. Worn alone, their tunics make great sleep tops and swim cover-ups (honeymoon, anyone?)…and EXCELLENT bridesmaid gifts. Paired with pants, they’re perfect for lazy Sunday mornings at home with your hubby-to-be. They’re eco-friendly, too. And available locally at Neiman Marcus. Love.

Touche Bridal Sleepwear

And speaking of local loungewear, we’ve got a major crush on Touche Houston’s simple cotton PJs. How do they manage to be so fresh and soft, like a gentle spring breeze? But still crisp, and definitely sexy—bridal sleepwear at its sophisticated best. Sweet dreams!

 

To Do This Week: Mia Bridal Couture’s Incredible Designer Sample Sale

Liancarlo

Tiny tubes of moisturizer, itsy bitsy fragrance vials, bite-size bits of anything yummy—we love us some samples. Especially when the sample in question is a designer wedding gown. How about more than 100 designer gowns? From top bridal design houses like Amsale, Rivini, Kenneth Pool, Liancarlo and more?? That’s what you’ll find when Mia Bridal Couture hosts its sensational off-the-rack sample sale this Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Please note that dresses pictured above represent designers that will be featured at the sale, but not the exact gowns that will be featured.

No appointments, early arrival is strongly encouraged, here’s what to expect: Mia has five dressing rooms, so the salon will allow five brides (with an entourage of up to three guests each) into the store at a time. During your time in the store you can choose four dresses to try on. Once you decide on a dress, a very helpful and gracious Mia staffer will have you pay for your dress in full (at a discount of 50-75% off!!) hand you a list of alteration and cleaning specialists, and send you on your soon-to-be-married way.

A few tips when buying your wedding dress off the rack, courtesy of Mia’s Lisa Toenjes:

  • If a dress is too small, you can have your seamstress change it to a lace-up.
  • A dress can be taken in approximately three sizes before you lose the look of the dress.
  • Remember to bring a strapless bra, your favorite heels (or shoes of the same heel height you plan to wear for your wedding), your friends, a camera and lots of excitement!

Good luck, gown shoppers. And remember, patience and manners, girls. It’s just plain good wedding karma!

Houston Trunk Shows: Maggie Sottero @ Brickhouse Bridal

Brickhouse Bridal Maggie Sottero Trunk Show

Four days of delicious Maggie Sottero gowns begins TODAY at Brickhouse Bridal. That’s four full days of trunk show fabulousness, so no excuses if you miss it, Miss bridey-bride! Here’s what we love about Maggie Sottero gowns: The large selection of styles, each one unique and gorgeous–including the wow-worthy shimmer-satin “Darci” (left), with figure-flattering asymmetrical waist and lavishly bustled skirt (plus detachable jeweled halter straps for those of us who welcome a little extra support), and the glamorous “Gail” strapless A-line (right), with fan-pleated neckline and ethereal floral waist embellishment. Plus many, many others, of course.

And here’s what we love about this week’s Maggie Sottero trunk show at Brickhouse Bridal: 10% off the already reasonable price of a Maggie Sottero gown–but only on purchases made during this exclusive four-day show, March. 16-19 !

Call 281.681.3430 to schedule your appointment. And bring a friend!