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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 info@miabridalcouture.com.

To Do This Week: Kenneth Pool Trunk Show @ Mia Bridal Couture


Dramatic, glamorous, showstopping. These are the kinds of words you’ll find associated with Kenneth Pool bridal gowns. Kenneth Pool creative director Amsale Aberra says she loves being able to express “the more elaborate side” of her personality with the high-profile line, and it shows. The vintage-crystal embroidery? The sparkling jewel-appliqué details? The oceans of tulle and billows of gleaming duchess satin? These are no wallflower wedding gowns, baby. These wedding dresses command ATTENTION.


Like Bethenny Frankel’s for instance. The star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City recently got hitched in the strapless satin “Romantic” from Kenneth Pool’s fall 2010 collection. And if you think your bridal gown’s gonna need alterations, Frankel was almost eight months pregnant when she slipped into that snug, trumpet-style stunner!

OK, enough about reality-TV stars. Make Kenneth Pool part of your own wedding-day reality this weekend, when Mia Bridal Couture hosts a very special Kenneth Pool trunk show Friday and Saturday, June 25-26. Call  713.622.2022 or e-mail info@miabridalcouture.com now to schedule an appointment to meet with a Kenneth Pool consultant and try on a couple of these knockout gowns yourself (like maybe the “Knockout,” for instance, with hand-beaded tulle, silk organza and a dreamy chapel train). And enjoy 15% off your gown purchase when you buy during this event (and we do mean ENJOY—a 15% discount is nothing to sneeze at for gowns that tend to be somewhere in $4,000 to many-more-thousands-than-that range).

To Do This Week: Watters Brides @ Mia Bridal Couture … Plus Bridesmaids & Bubbly with Watters Bridesmaids!

Watters - Kalahari Watters - Yuma

What’s not to love about Watters bridal gowns? The classic lines, the couture embellishments, the sophisticated simplicity and elegance—no wonder to-be-wed gals across the nation (and in countless chats, tweets, fb posts) take pride in referring to themselves as “Watters brides,” as in “SO happy…I’m a Watters Harmony!” and “Can’t believe I’m actually a Watters Antoinette. TDF!!!!” Etc.

If you’re not a Watters bride yet, this weekend’s Watters Brides trunk show at Brickhouse Bridal may just change that. All day Friday and Saturday, June 25-26, Watters will be on hand showcasing stunning styles from its fall 2010 collection, like the gorgeous Kalahari, featuring a pleated bodice and lush full skirt with princess-perfect pick-ups, and the yummy Yuma with asymmetrical draping and flower details at the shoulder and hip.

Cool trivia: Betcha didn’t know Watters has a style called the Houston What other bridal design house can lay claim to a hometown namesake gown?

Watters - Bridesmaid Watters - Bridesmaid

And because Watters knows there’s nothing like beautifully dressed bridesmaids to enhance a bride’s wedding-day glamour, Brickhouse kicks off its Watters weekend with an exclusive Bridesmaids & Bubbly bash on Friday from 4-7 p.m. Grab your maids and make for The Woodlands, where Brickhouse will welcome you with floral displays, boudoir photography, decadent Araya chocolates and, of course, Champagne. All that and 15% off for bridal parties who buy their Watters dresses at the event? Sugar, that’s our kind of shopping!

Our Favorite Wedding Shoes Under $100

You probably have some kind of bridal gown and accessories budget in mind. And as “Say Yes to the Dress” has shown us time and time again, if you’re like most brides, you’re bound to go over it. After all, this is your once-in-a-lifetime wedding, and you need to dress the part!

Here’s the good news: You don’t have to blow a big chunk of your wedding-wear budget on bridal shoes. We’ve found plenty of gorgeous wedding-day pumps, slingbacks and sophisticated sandals that will look perfectly, well, perfect, peeping out form under your gown. And every single one of the pairs in this post costs $100 or less. Yes, yes, yes!

We’re loving Moda Spana’s satin “Fairy” pump with all-over rhinestone detailing for a contemporary touch of bridal sparkle—a steal on sale at Zappos for $67.50!

Special-occasion fave Nina’s satin ”Granite” sandal, available in Ivory, Gold and Silver, plus several other saucier shades, is such a pretty (and, at $89.95, affordable) choice for spring and summer brides.

Available in Diamond White and Ivory, the elegant ”Shine” from Allure Footwear, features a moderate platform, rhinestone center strap and sexy little ankle strap—and a very seductive $100 price tag.

Any gal with a serious shoe addiction is bound to be well acquainted with Piperlime. And any bride on the hunt for seriously fabulous wedding shoes that won’t break the bank should be, too. Our top picks? The $89 satin-upper, leather-lined, peep-toe Nina “Papina”; the $98 stacked-heel, peep-toe, totally stylish Calvin Klein “Cora”; and the $79 ruffle-detail “Galvey,” another knockout from Nina—one that looks particularly pretty in Ballet Pink, don’t you think?

Houston Trunk Shows: Kitty Chen Couture & Filippa Scott Accessories


In the market for a wedding gown that combines a classic silhouette with just a hint of contemporary edge (one-shoulder bodice, swirling pleats, asymmetrical shirring, etc.)? You’re going to want to check out Kitty Chen Couture at The Princess Bridal, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-6.

We love the drama and glamour of these statement-making gowns. And the trains! What trains! Whether you go chapel or cathedral, pooled like liquid gorgeousness at the altar, beautifully bustled for photos or totally removed for dancing action (many KCC styles have detachable trains), if you’re looking for a gown that’s as lovely from the back as it is from the front, these are dresses to seriously consider.


Also this week, it’s Filippa Scott Accessories at Weddings by Debbie, on Friday and Saturday. Call 281.698.8160 today and schedule your appointment (they’re filling up fast) to meet with a Filippa Scott consultant and preview exclusive pieces from the famed British footwear designer’s newly launched accessories line.