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GIVEAWAY: Buy I Do! @ ZaZa Pre-sale Tix and WIN a Fitbit Bridal Fitness Package

GIVEAWAY: Buy I Do! @ ZaZa Pre-sale Tix and WIN a FitBit Bridal Fitness Package

Photos: Fitbit

The sophisticated, super-chic, swag-filled I Do! Bridal Soiree at Hotel ZaZa is coming up in a little over six weeks—which is the perfect amount of time to get a jump on your bridal fitness and health regimen. And we want to help!! Buy your limited-availability I Do! @ ZaZa pre-sale tickets by midnight Sunday, Aug. 25 and you could win a Fitbit One Wireless Activity Tracker and Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale—a fantastic bridal fitness technology package worth $230!

How much do we love Fitbit? A ton. Because that’s how much weight (and more) Fitbit’s activity-tracking devices have collectively helped brides, grooms and regular folks lose since their much-lauded launch. Clip your Fitbit One to your sports bra, tank, belt or pocket during the day, and track your steps, distance traveled, calories burned and stairs climbed. Wear your Fitbit on your wrist at night to measure your sleep quality and learn how to sleep better and wake healthier. Then use your Aria smart scale to track your weight, body fat and BMI, and sync your stats with a custom online graph, to help you stay motivated and on track toward “I do!”

All brides who buy their tickets to Houston’s hottest bridal event by midnight Sunday are entered to win; winner announced Tuesday, Aug. 27 on Facebook. And remember, the I Do! Bridal Soiree at Hotel ZaZa WILL SELL OUT. It always does. Snag your tickets now while you can—and score a super-cool pre-wedding fitness package too.

Good luck…and get moving!

$1,000+ Hotel Derek “Life is Suite” Getaway GIVEAWAY

For a hotel that gets its name from an oil rig, Houston’s Hotel Derek—Derek = derrick…cute, right?—is about as far from gritty as you can get. In fact, the gorgeous Galleria-area boutique property is the very picture of urban sophistication. From its gleaming black granite lobby floors to its ultra-hip terrace and splash pool to its decadent down bedding, Hotel Derek beckons guests to relax and indulge in a true cosmopolitan experience.

And today, we’re beckoning you to ENTER TO WIN a totally indulgent $1,000+ Hotel Derek “Life is Suite” overnight romance package for 2!! One very lucky Houston bride-to-be will score herself and her sweetheart a sweet Hotel Derek getaway that includes Friday- or Saturday-night suite-level accommodations for 2 (including parking), Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries upon arrival, and breakfast in bed. Um…awesome, right?

Entering our giveaway is super easy; HERE’S HOW:


1.)  Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook—if you haven’t yet, that is.

2.)  Email us your name, fiancé’s name, Houston wedding date, reception venue (booked or hoped-for).

3.)  Entry emails MUST be received NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, AUG. 16.

4.)  Winner will be notified by WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 and announced on Facebook.

Oh, and Hotel Derek isn’t just an amazing place to escape it all in citified style—it’s also an amazing place to have your WEDDING. Just ask style blogger Rebekah Gullo, who tied the knot there last year! So we’re doubly delighted to offer this sweet deal to ALL Houston brides to be: Book your Hotel Derek wedding ($15,000 minimum food & beverage) by Dec.31, 2013, and mention Weddings in Houston, the Houston Wedding Blog or the Weekly Wedding Buzz e-newsletter at booking, and your complimentary wedding-night guest room will be upgraded to the lavish Presidential Suite (based upon availability at time of booking). Congratulations!

Photos: Hotel Derek

Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package GIVEAWAY

Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package GIVEAWAY

Here’s the thing about a romantic getaway—you really don’t have to get all that far away for it to be all kinds of romantic. As long as you’ve got a fabulous room, a luxurious bed, a deep tub, and, of course, the man of your dreams dreaming right alongside you.

We can’t think of a better spot than downtown Houston’s very own, very chic, newly remodeled and totally hip Sam Houston Hotel (formerly the Alden Houston) as the perfect local getaway locale. This exceptionally stylish hotel—whose Veranda by *17 canopied rooftop terrace is among Houston’s most in-demand wedding venues—is located walking-distance from hot downtown Houston attractions, including Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green (where you’ll find The Grove restaurant and bar), and just a short, sweet Light Rail hop from some of the world’s most prestigious art and culture museums. Within the walls of this historic Houston bank building turned boutique hotel, you’ll find yummy cocktails at the great Sam Bar (a fave after-work hangout for young downtown business folks), and even yummier modern American eats at “Best in Texas”-ranked *17 restaurant.

Of course, with your Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package—which includes deluxe king bed accommodations, Champagne, room-service breakfast and late check-out—you may opt to not venture out of your room at all.

The choice is yours. The contest is ON. Here’s how to enter:

1.)  Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook—if you haven’t yet, that is.

2.)  Email us your name, fiancé’s name, Houston wedding date, reception venue (actual or hoped-for) and a few sentences describing your perfect romantic Houston weekend—where you’d go, what you’d do, where you’d eat, where you’d smooch. Keep it clean. Ish.

3.)  Entry emails MUST be received NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JULY 8.

4.)  Winner will be notified by WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 and announced on Facebook.

Want to find out more about “The Sam” as it’s known to folks in the know? Check out the hotel’s Weddings in Houston page for wedding pix and deets, and visit the hotel’s own site for history, happenings and hotel photos.

Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package GIVEAWAY

Photos: Sam Houston Hotel

Free Tix to Lionsgate’s “The Big Wedding” Advance Screening Wed. April 24

A family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full-blown fiasco? Fortunately it’s Lionsgate’s newest hit flick…and not the story of your life!

Because we love ya, and we know how a couple of hours guffawing with your BFF can help blow off some of that wedding-planning stress, we’ve got a special Weddings in Houston code for you to snag tickets to the Wed., April 24, advance screening of Lionsgate’s verrrry funny “The Big Wedding,” starring Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace and Diane Keaton.

Just click here and enter code WIHSBYL to download your tix.

Seats for this special 7 p.m. screening, taking place at CityCentre’s Studio Movie Grill are first-come, first-served, so make sure to show up early. Oh—and if you don’t manage to make it to this exclusive event, you can still have your “Wedding” and laugh at it, too, when “The Big Wedding” hits theaters everywhere April 26.


Photo: Lionsgate

LAST CHANCE TO WIN: Reserve I Do Tix and WIN an April Dinner at Churrascos, Americas or Artista

LAST CHANCE TO WIN: Reserve I Do Tix and WIN an April Dinner at Churrascos, Americas or Artista LAST CHANCE TO WIN: Reserve I Do Tix and WIN an April Dinner at Churrascos, Americas or Artista

Photos: Artista/Cordúa Catering

Celebrate spring with tomorrow evening’s ridiculously lavish I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian and you could end up with a second springtime celebration on your hands (and your palate): a $100 dinner for two at Churrascos, Americas or Artista restaurant.

Here’s the scoop: One bride who scoops up her last-minute pre-sale tickets to tomorrow evening’s super-luxe bridal fantasy Happy Hour at downtown Houston’s stunning Corinthian will WIN a $100 gift certificate for dinner for two at the Cordúa restaurant of her choice any time during the month of April. Options include deliciously traditional Churrascos, sophisticated pan-Latin Americas and ultra-romantic Artista—all overseen by renowned executive chef David Cordúa.

As for tomorrow evening’s post-work fête, well—we can’t reveal the gorgie-gorge details, but we can tell you it will be an evening of incredible food, drink, entertainment, bridal couture and design inspiration you shan’t forget. So don’t forget to get your tix!!

TO ENTER TODAY’S GIVEAWAY: 1.) Purchase pre-sale tickets BY 11:59 p.m. TODAY, WED., APRIL 10, to the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian  2.) If you haven’t yet, *Like* us on Facebook.

That’s it! We’ll notify our randomly selected winner at tomorrow evening’s bash!!