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Couture Gowns at a Gorgeous Price: Mia Couture Sample Sale One Day Only!

When you find THE ONE, you just know it. And now that you’ve found him, we’ve got your chance to score THE DRESS. This Sunday from noon-4 p.m., Mia Bridal Couture welcomes brides to its four-hours-only Couture Off-The-Rack Sample Sale. Head to Mia and feast your eyes on over 100 exquisite gowns, including off-the-runway, heirloom-worthy dresses from newer collections by Amsale, Rivini, Kenneth Pool, Liancarlo and more. From dreamy and diaphanous to structured and sparkling, these gowns are major stunners. And at 50-75% off retail, you may find yourself, well, stunned. No appointments necessary, just show up early, be patient and show those good manners your mama taught you. And you just may get a chance to snag the gown of your dreams for a steal!

Mia Couture Sample Sale ~ Houston Wedding Blog

Inspiration Board: Retro Hollywood Glamour

It’s no mystery why style-minded brides turn again and again to Hollywood of the 40s, 50s and early 60s for wedding inspiration. Heyday Hollywood will forever be a time and place simply brimming with high-drama glamour and mystique. Hear the words “Old Hollywood” and your mind fills with iconic visions: va-voom mermaid gowns and Veronica Lake waves, twinkling chandeliers and tinkling grand piano keys, potted palms and tuxedo-clad waiters tipping Champagne into diminutive glasses, diamonds, diamonds and more diamonds. There’s no need to go into theme territory with your vintage Hollywood wedding design (unless, of course, that’s your kinda thing). Feel free to take cues from golden-era Hollywood rather than scouring thrift and prop shops for the actual thing. Instant glamour. Timeless allure. See credits below pix for details!

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Photos: (Box 1 clockwise) “Fanal” gown, La Sposa~Slingback, Christian Louboutin~Earrings, Libby Sweets~(Box 2 clockwise) Vintage Fred Leighton choker, Portero Luxury~Sunglasses, Vince Camuto~Sofa, Hancock & Moore~(Box 3 clockwise) Birdcage veil, Lady K Bridal~Bracelet, Luxe Deluxe~Vintage Bentley, Classic Limo~Chandelier, Garden Lights Plus~(Box 4 clockwise) Lingerie, Electric Wedding~Vintage Champagne glasses, Gilded Age Affaires~Bouquet, Aileen Tran

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!