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Custom Invitations Your Guests Will Love

Friday, December 11th, 2009


Psst, Houston bride: Haven’t picked out your save the dates, wedding invitations, place cards, programs, or thank you notes yet? We’ve got a secret for you: There’s a new stationery studio in town, and it’s filled with must-have paper treats for discriminating Houston couples.

If you’re looking for fine, one-of-a-kind paper products and invitations for your big day, head straight to Pressing Events in Memorial. This elegant shop caters to Houston brides who understand that save the dates and invitations set the tone for a wedding.


Pressing Events specializes in Letterpress Paperie designed by in-house artists. Alternatively, you may opt for letterpress invitations by southern California’s Wiley Valentine or The Lettered Olive of Charleston, South Carolina. Letterpress isn’t your thing? Don’t worry: Pressing event also offers thermography, embossing, and engraving for all of your custom wedding stationery needs. Did we mention that Pressing Events designs your stationery just the way you like it?

From the moment you enter the small shop, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place. The studio itself screams elegance, and the knowledgeable staff are brimming with creative ideas to help you translate the visions in your head into an invitation, save the date, or program that will make your guests say, “Wow!”

And if you’re still looking for parent gifts, attendant gifts, or a gorgeous guest book, Pressing Events can help you with that, too. The shop has a small but lovely collection of fine gift items, photo albums, and monogrammed guest books that will remind your guests of the most beautiful invitation they’ve ever received—yours!

Shower Favor Idea: The Soap & Paper Factory

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

You may want to pass this post along (subtly) to whoever’s planning your shower, Houston bride. Trust us, she’ll be glad you did.

The Soap & Paper Factory makes natural scented beeswax candles, stationery, soaps, bath powders and more, then wraps their paraben-free, phthalate-free yummies in eco-friendly, recyclable, totally beautiful packaging.

Soap & Paper Solid Perfume

Soap & Paper Solid Perfume

We especially love S&P’s solid perfumes—little travel-size, purse-size pots filled with heavenly fragrance in solid form. Made from pure jojoba and beeswax, in aromas including Jasmine, Gardenia and Orange Blossom, S&P’s solid perfumes make great take-home goodies for girls of all ages. And they’re pretty enough to fit right in on an all-dolled-up tabletop.

Soap & Paper Beeswax Candles

Soap & Paper Beeswax Candles

We’re also fans of S&P’s divine scented beeswax candles, packaged in elegant Italian glass, which can be cleaned and reused for water, wine or your favorite Chardonnay. Yay!

Looking for something special for your bridesmaids’? The Soap & Paper Factory does amazing custom gifts, too.

Bridesmaid Gift Idea: Mar Y Sol Clutch

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Mar Y Sol Heart Clutch

Mar Y Sol Heart Clutch

We love our bridesmaids. We love doing good for the world. We LOVE Mar Y Sol’s simply, sustainably gorgeous little clutches (and so do the likes of Daily Candy, Glamour and Lucky, by the by).

We came across Mar Y Sol while dropping in on brides’ chats about which bridesmaids’ gifts were the biggest hits with their girls. Sure, we heard about all the usual stuff—pashminas, spa mani-pedis, earrings, etc. But these raved-about clutches really stood out, and here’s why: Not only are they beautifully designed and incredibly chic, but they are fair-trade bought and handmade in Kenya and Madagascar by local women artists using a combination of traditional weaving and contemporary techniques. Whenever a bride-to-be (or anyone for that matter) buys a Mar Y Sol bag, that purchase contributes to the artist’s economic independence and generates funding for community projects—what a beautiful way to celebrate the spirit of sisterhood with your ’maids, Houston bride.

We’re especially fond of the fresh, elegant Gigi collection, which includes one design with a butterfly closure, another with a contemporary take on the sunflower and still another accented with a carved wood heart to show your bridesmaids how much you love ’em.

Mar Y Sol Garden Clutch

Mar Y Sol Garden Clutch

If you’re still a stickler for the traditional mani/pedi gift, go ahead and pop a gift certificate for a local spa inside one of these beautiful, eco-friendly bags. We guarantee your ’maid will instantly be among the most fashionable girls in town!

Mar Y Sol Sunflower Clutch

Mar Y Sol Sunflower Clutch

Favor Fave: Best in Boxes

Monday, August 17th, 2009

You probably wouldn’t dream of sewing your own bridal gown or baking your own wedding cake, Houston bride (and we don’t recommend that you do!). But wedding favors are one area where a little DIY goes a long way toward creating a personal touch AND saving you money.

One of the sweetest, simplest and most enduring favor options is a beautiful box, filled with goodies and assembled with love. Whether you pack it with luscious truffles, jelly beans or other candies that coordinate with your wedding palette, breath-freshening mints, bath beads or flower seeds, a pretty, personalized favor box will show your guests that you appreciate their love, and won’t break the bank.

Worried about having time to fold, fill and fancify all those little favor boxes in the days just before your wedding? Ask your maid of honor, sibling or a dear friend if she’ll take on the task. Let her know you will consider it her wedding gift to you and your betrothed—and a most sincerely appreciated one, at that. Whomever you assign to assemble your wedding favors, make sure that person knows exactly where and when to drop them off at your reception site, especially if your venue’s staff or decor crew will need to incorporate them into dining-table place settings.

Here are a few of our favorite favor box ideas to get you inspired!
We can’t decide which paper boxes from The White Aisle we like best—they’re all so lovely. Pictured here are Cherry Blossom and Vintage Dandelion designs from their contemporary collection. The White Aisle also offers boxes in silk paper from Nepal, Jaipur paisley paper handmade in India and Thai-made, baroque-style mulberry paper, among others. Purchase them already assembled and filled with truffle pairs or candy, or assemble them yourself with whatever your heart desires!

Photo Courtesy of The White Aisle

Photo Courtesy of The White Aisle

For a great selection of cool, contemporary, super-stylish favor boxes (not to mention tins, jars and even miniature suitcases!) nobody beats Beau-coup. Our top picks? For spring and summer weddings, we love these darling polka-dot boxes

Photo Courtesy of Beau-Coup

Photo Courtesy of Beau-Coup

…while autumn weddings will be well served by these seasonal leaf designs:

Photo Courtesy of Beau-Coup

Photo Courtesy of Beau-Coup

For sheer variety, our vote goes to Bliss Wedding Market. Gable boxes, popcorn boxes, tote boxes—they’re all here and all reasonably priced. Check out the fancy oval favor boxes in jet-black paper with white trim and black grosgrain ribbon—a perfect choice for your formal wedding reception:

Photo Courtesy of Bliss Wedding Market

Photo Courtesy of Bliss Wedding Market

Bridal Party Gift Idea: Vivabox

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

They throw unforgettable bachelor and bachelorette parties. They wear what we pick out for them without comment or complaint (and pay for it, too!). They stand by our side on the most important day of our life. They are our bridesmaids and groomsmen, and they deserve our love and appreciation—and a little something nice for their trouble.

We at the Houston Wedding Blog come across a lot of good bridal party gift ideas in our line of business (and will always share the best of them with you!), but when we encountered Vivabox at a recent gift show in Los Angeles, we were truly impressed. These themed gift boxes give recipients a “taste” of the good stuff, then allow them to choose the items they want most, making them a great gift choice for groups of people with different passions and preferences, who all share one thing in common: our eternal gratitude.

Here’s how Vivabox works:
Vivabox themes include Wine, BBQ, Spa, Coffee and Fragrance, among others. Say your groom-to-be selects the Wine Vivabox for his best man. That lucky lad will receive a sleek, well-designed box containing a copy of Wine Spectator magazine’s must-have guide, Essentials of Wine, and a menu of wines from which he can select six choices that will be delivered to his door. Your groom’s right-hand man also gets a subscription for 12 issues of Wine Spectator magazine. How cool is that?
Want to lavish your bridesmaids with luxury fragrance, but don’t know which scent each girl prefers? The Fragrance Vivabox contains 10 designer-fragrance samples–five for her, five men’s scents she can try out on her guy (ladies’ choices include Dior J’adore, Lolita Lempick Fleur de Corail and Juicy Couture) and a gift certificate she can redeem at Sephora for one full-size bottle of the perfume of her choice.

You get the idea.

What we love about these versatile boxes is that they allow you to show that you know your bridesmaid or groomsman, but they also give the gift recipient the freedom to choose what he or she wants for himself or herself (without the impersonal quality of a gift certificate). What could be a more thoughtful token of your appreciation, Houston bride?