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Race Through Houston To Win a $15,000 Diamond Ring

Race Through Houston To Win a $15,000 Diamond Ring

Last year’s Amazing Ring Race was such a massive hit, Thomas Markle Jewelers is doing it again. Will this be your chance to score BIG?

On April 7, Thomas Markle Jewelers presents the Amazing Ring Race 2—a one-day, real-world treasure hunt that will take to-be-weds through the streets of The Woodlands in pursuit of a spectacular ArtCarved diamond engagement ring worth $15,000. Gulp.

Registration is free, but limited. Increase your chances of being selected to take part in this incredibly awesome event—and, by extension, your chances of winning that gorgeous ring—by using the exclusive Weddings in Houston promo code WEDDINGS15, when you register online.

Good luck, brides and grooms—now get out there and RACE!

Race Through Houston To Win a $15,000 Diamond Ring
Ring: Courtesy Thomas Markle Jewelers ~ Photos: Deji Osinulu

Win A $600 Custom Monogram Package from ILD

Win A $600 Custom Monogram Package from ILD
Photos: Courtesy Intelligent Lighting Design

Nothing transforms a wedding reception like a beautiful custom illuminated monogram. Seriously, NOTHING. That glowing, gorgeous script bearing your Mr. and Mrs. initials, splashed against a wall or dance floor? Now you’ve turned your reception space into a personalized environment, not to mention adding the final, perfect touch to your design scheme.

And nobody creates magnificent monograms like Houston’s Intelligent Lighting Design. This month one lucky Houston bride will WIN a $600 custom wedding monogram kit, including design, setup and travel, from multi-award-winning ILD—one of the country’s leading providers of illuminating effects for events and entertainment.

Will it be you?

To enter, simply visit this ILD blog post, pick your favorite photo from the FIVE featured ILD wedding monogram photos, and e-mail us your choice, along with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue. Please enter only once (duplicate entries will be deleted). All entries MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MARCH 23. Winner will be announced in our March 28 Wedding Buzz. Not just that, but ALL giveaway participants will receive a $100 discount voucher to use toward any lighting package with Intelligent Lighting Design and $75 off any DJ package with ILD’s SoundSource Entertainment division. Bonus!!

Houston’s $10,000 Amazing Home Race

Houston’s $10,000 Amazing Home Race

Photos: Courtesy Seven7Digital and SCVNGR

On Saturday, March 24, the streets of Houston will come alive with eager to-be-weds racing to win $10,000 cash. Will you be one of them?

Register now to take part in The Loken Group and The Short Team’s “Amazing Home Race”—a one-day treasure hunt that will send racers ricocheting from one exciting Houston location to another. Clues and challenges will be delivered via text, in real time, to participants’ mobile devices. The ultimate prize? A cool ten grand, baby—the perfect chunk of change to, say, put toward your purchase of a gorgeous Loken Group newlywed nest of your choice?

This awesome, fast-paced, use-your-wits-to-win adventure is brought to you by The Loken Group, The Short Team (both affiliated with Keller Williams) and SCVNGR, and we have no doubt registration will fill FAST. Need a reason to jump on the Amazing Home Race? We can think of about, oh, ten thousand of ’em.

Good luck!

Houston’s $10,000 Amazing Home Race
Photos: Frederick Warren Photography, Courtesy The Loken Group

Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston…Plus Weekend Getaway Giveaway

Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston
Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography ~ Venue: InterContinental Houston Hotel

If you attended January’s I Do! Bridal Soiree, you got a chance to witness, first-hand, the majesty of the InterContinental Houston Hotel’s Legends Ballroom. As the site of our spectacular 2012 runway show, the Legends Ballroom dazzled with its 18-foot ceilings and elaborate chandeliers. With all eyes focused on the runway, many of you may have missed the venue’s many other fabulous features—so let’s just lay them out for you, shall we? First off, there are the ballroom’s regal cherry-mahogany walls, which imbue a sense of grandeur befitting even the most elegantly formal wedding occasion. Then, just beyond the ballroom’s doors, in the glass-walled foyer (a favorite pre-function space), there is that incredible spiral staircase—perfect for your grand entrance as a newly minted Mrs. Add to that a gracious and ultra-efficient staff, and some of the finest culinary talent in the country, and the fact that the Legends Ballroom can accommodate a wedding reception for up to 800 of your nearest and dearest—while a couple of smaller, but no less luxurious, ballrooms can host more intimate groups—and, well, InterContinental Houston catering manager and wedding expert Chantal Lavin says it best: “The location, ballrooms, culinary team and staff make the InterContinental Hotel Houston the choice for sophisticated and savvy brides.”

Want to learn more about available dates, or schedule a visit? E-mail Chantal, or click here.

Oh—and here’s something else the InterContinental Houston has besides beautiful ballrooms: spacious, stylish guest rooms with insanely comfortable beds and city views for miles. The kind of room you’ll luxuriate in with the love o’ your life when you score one of our TWO two-night, weekend getaways, which include a Friday & Saturday night stay, plus a lazy, lavish breakfast in the The Restaurant—the InterContinental’s global-cuisine dining destination.

To Enter: E-mail us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue. Please do NOT enter more than once—duplicate entries will be deleted. Entry must be emailed BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012. Two randomly selected winners will be notified, and announced on Facebook the following week. Good luck!

What Whet Your Wedding Appetite?

You came (in droves), you saw, you asked, you chatted, you tweeted, you gasped, you clapped, and some of you won some really snazzy bridal swag.

But what did you LOVE at last Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the InterContinental Houston Hotel?

We’d love to hear which vendors clicked for you, which table displays dazzled you most, what show features (the runway presentation? the tablescape gallery? the gift bags?) were your favorites, and what was your most valuable find at last weekend’s show.

E-mail your feedback—just a sentence or two is fine, though if you’ve got five paragraphs, we’ll take that, too! Your input is utterly invaluable to us. It’s what helps us make the I Do! Bridal Soiree the best possible bridal showcase it can be. So do it for us. Do it for your sister brides-to-be. Better yet, do it for your chance to win an exclusive, secret prize, which will be awarded to one bride who e-mails her I Do! comments by next Friday, Feb. 3. Winner announced on Facebook on Monday, Feb. 6!!

I Do! Bridal Soiree at the InterContinental Houston Hotel
Photo: Nhan Nguyen Photography