One of our favorite parts of planning the one-and-only I Do! Wedding Soiree is curating awesome goodies for our fabulous Soiree gift bags. And the swag we gifted our attendees at this past week’s I Do! Soiree was no exception! Find out what’s in the bag, why we picked it and what we love about each selected brand and product. We really do take great care to choose Soiree gift bag goodies we think you’ll love. And we hope you’ll make these fine beauty, skincare, fragrance, lifestyle and accessory part of your pre-wedding prep routine, and gift-buying decisions for hostess gifts, bridesmaids gifts and favors, before and after your big day! Click here to read the rest of this post »
Listen up, you guys: If you’re not planning to have a wedding photo booth at your bash, we’ve got something that’s gonna change your mind. Oh Snap Selfie Photo Booth has an awesome selection of photo booth and photo sharing options for weddings and pre-wedding celebrations (bachelorette parties, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners…you get the picture ; ), that fit into any environment, from super-swanky to low-key and laid-back. We’re especially into their Boomerang GIF Booths and 3D Selfie Booths, both of which are “open air,” so everyone who wants to can check out your photo booth hijinks while they wait to make their own (slightly embarrassing, totally fun) memories. Wanna kick it up a notch? Click here to read the rest of this post »
Now that you’ve said “yes,” it’s time to let those important to you know. One of the first very first tasks in the wedding planning process will be to settle on a date for your pending nuptials. It can take some time but once the date is set, be sure to send out those save-the-dates. These pre-invites give the time, date and location of your wedding, and inform guests that they will indeed be invited to the celebration. Below is a simple guide to help you with proper etiquette to ensure your guests do, indeed, save the date!
1. Are save-the-dates necessary?
As your first formal announcement of your big day, your save-the-dates can increase guests’ chances of attending. If having everyone you love there to celebrate your wedding is important to you, or if you are planning a destination wedding, then YES, save-the-dates are necessary.
2. When is the proper time to send save-the-dates?
You will need to send out your save-the-dates six to eight months prior to your wedding. This is so you can provide family and friends ample time to make plans to attend, especially if you’re planning a destination wedding.
3. Whom should they be sent to?
Send save-the-dates only to those you will be inviting to the wedding, even if you’ve already verbally communicated the date. Make sure you have your wedding guest list drafted before you send save-the-dates.
4. What information should be included on them?
You will need to include essential information such as the time, date and location of your wedding, as well as your wedding website (if applicable) so guests can stay informed.
5. Email or traditional mail?
With our increasingly tech-savvy world, it’s become acceptable to send save-the-dates through email. Sending your save-the-dates via email will be a cheaper and faster option for notifying your guests. However, keep in mind that emails can get filtered through spam folders or end up going to email addresses that aren’t checked regularly. There’s also a chance that some guests may not have email accounts. Physical save-the-dates are more likely to be pinned or tacked somewhere to serve as a friendly reminder to guests. These little notecards will also give guests a glimpse of the tone and feel of your wedding. We love snail-mail save-the-dates, followed by an email to your guest list with a link to your wedding website. Done and…DONE!
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The I Do! Wedding Soiree, coming to the Corinthian-Houston on Thursday, Feb. 8, is Houston’s first-class wedding planning event! Part of what makes the Soiree so special is that every engaged couple receives VIP treatment, including a custom-curated gift bag filled with premium swag. So what’s in the bag? Click here to read the rest of this post »
If you think cigars are just for smoky poker nights, stuffy private clubs and outside on the back porch where you kick your dude and his bros (admit) when they insist on stogies with their brewskis…think again, darling.
River Oaks Plant House–home of gorgeous garden plants, whimsical topiaries and fabulous wedding floral-design services–has just opened a new in-house lounge that’s going to change the way you think about cigars. First off, there are the cigars themselves, which hail from the lush hillsides of the Dominican Republic, where they are crafted with passion and meticulous care by expert cigar rollers, using the finest tobacco. These are cigars fit for nobility, y’all…hence their name: River Oaks Royal Cigars.
Then there is the lounge itself, where aficionados and novices alike can enjoy an ultra-premium cigar in a lush and relaxed boutique setting, which includes a chic patio that invites visitors to sit, savor and stay awhile. It’s the perfect spot for the groom-to-be to gather with his groomsmen for a bit of R & R during the hectic weeks preceding the big day. Ladies–you’re just as welcome as the dudes, so if you’re looking for something unique to do with your besties after a lazy champagne brunch or gown-shopping excursion, make your way to River Oaks Plant House’s Royal Cigar Lounge, and treat yo selves!
Oh–and make sure to ask the staff about custom cigar packaging to commemorate your wedding day. River Oaks Royal Cigars make fantastic wedding favors, hotel room guest amenities, groom’s lounge treats at your wedding venue, and late-night indulgences at your wedding after-party!