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Tea & Tour with Jackson Hicks…plus HUGE GIVEAWAY!

If you needed one more reason to purchase tickets for next Sunday’s exclusive and certain-to-be-EXTRAORDINARY Tea and Tour of The Corinthian with the inimitable Jackson Hicks of legendary Houston catering firm Jackson and Company, well, this it IT:

Brides who call 713.222.2002 to purchase tickets by Thursday, Nov. 3 to attend this not-to-be-missed event, taking place Sunday, Nov. 6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., will be entered to win a fabulous in-home bridal shower for up to 50 guests, with table settings, exceptional cuisine and impeccable service, from internationally renowned Jackson and Company (host will provide beverages). Jackson Hicks will personally design the menu for the winner’s magnificent shower.

The value of this incredible prize is $3,750, and entry is open ONLY to Houston brides who purchase tickets for next Sunday’s Tea & Tour of The Corinthian with Jackson Hicks by Thursday (entry is NOT open to non-brides or guests of brides attending the event, and is non-transferable).

The giveaway winner will be announced at Sunday’s event, and must be present to claim her prize.

And don’t forget, now through Thursday, Nov. 3, brides who mention Weddings in Houston when they call 713.222.2002 to reserve tickets for Sunday’s event will receive one complimentary ticket for each $25 ticket purchased—a perfect opportunity to bring your fiancé, mother or best friend to this once-in-a-lifetime event.

A sumptuous tea, an inspiring tour with a living legend, an opportunity to mingle with the city’s most esteemed wedding experts, a chance to win the bridal shower of a lifetime—oh, and free tickets, too. How can you refuse?

Tea & Tour with Jackson Hicks ~ Houston Wedding Blog
The Corinthian ~ Houston Wedding Blog

Register Right: The Dish from Entertaining Expert Jorge Perez + Waterford Crystal GIVEAWAY!!

The Dish from Entertaining Expert Jorge Perez

Registering for your wedding is one of the most purely enjoyable parts of the planning process. But all that heady, fantasy-fulfilling pleasure can lead to, shall we say, lapses in judgment. That ultra-modern industrial-steel salad bowl might not look so slick when it’s off the store display table…and on yours. And 32 “As Seen on TV” kitchen gadgets…but no elegant china for entertaining? Is that kind of setup really going to serve you well?

To help us—and you—sort through the best practices and potential pitfalls of registering for your wedding, we turned to one of the foremost experts in the business of stylish entertaining and gracious good living (who just happens to be one of our very favorite friends in the wedding world): Waterford Wedgwood national spokesperson and bridal director Jorge Perez.

Read, learn…register right! And make sure to a) “Like” us on Facebook, b) Drop your comment, right here on this post, letting us know  your first name, the date and location of your Houston wedding, and the one GIFT ITEM YOU’RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT REGISTERING FOR (any brand or type), for your chance to win this month’s giveaway. Ten–count ’em, TEN–lucky brides will each score a stunning pair of Waterford Mondavi Chardonnay glasses! ENTRY DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26. Winners will be announced FRIDAY, OCT. 28 on Facebook!!

Houston Wedding Blog: What should a to-be-wed couple do before creating their registry list?

Jorge Perez: Couples should start by agreeing upon their combined style. He may want geometrics and you may want florals. He has a beaten up leather La-Z-Boy from his frat house…and you do not. You need to compromise, and find a style that is not yours and not his, but a combined style.

You also need to take an inventory of what you already have so you can create a list of what you need. If you’re already living together, or you already have a lot of your own stuff, but it’s a little older, a register is a great place to upgrade.

Consider your entertaining style and make sure to register for all the items you’ll need to entertain for years to come.

And definitely discuss which areas of the registry each of you wants to decide about. You might love the kitchen, he might want to command the decisions on barware or bedding. Have a discussion, and let him know: “Honey, you’re so much better at that area.”

HWB: How should a couple decide where to register—and how many different retailers should they register with?

JP: I recommend that you look for retailers that provide registry and completion rewards. Registry rewards mean that you can gain credit or dollars within the store for your registry. Registry completion rewards mean that the store offers gifts for completing your registry. For example, if you register for 12 items and complete 12 items, you get a free platter. Make sure to take advantage of all the great offers out there.

And don’t register at more than three places—more just makes it difficult to manage, and you don’t end up with complete sets. Personally, I love one-stop registering, where one retailer has most of the things you’re looking for.

And try to stick to a national retailer with online services. It’s easier for you to manage, and easier for guests to buy you what you want.

HWB: What are some of the key items every couple should include on their registry list?

JP: There is nothing more luxurious than a beautifully made bed and a fabulous set of towels. Make sure to register for enough sets so that you can change them out often.

If you’re planning to entertain a lot, don’t forget your china serving pieces! A good way to know what you’ll need is to plan a future dinner party in your head. Write down a menu of what you’ll be serving. That will dictate how many and what serving pieces you’ll need. The menu always dictates the table service. Remember, your table is your label, so make sure yours says a lot about you.

HWB: Speaking of entertaining—can you share some of your best tips for registering for china and crystal?

JP: When selecting china, make sure to register for fine bone china. The Vera Wang grosgrain pattern by Waterford Wedgwood, for instance, is wonderful, because it’s the strongest stuff there is in the dinnerware category, and it is sure to become a family heirloom. For crystal, I recommend registering for two patterns, one for everyday, like grilling or hanging out with friends, and another more dressed-up pattern for special occasions like Friday night. For a luxury bar, I insist on Waterford’s Lismore pattern. It’s what I have at home. I think everyone should live a crystal life!

HWB: What should a couple bring with them when they meet with a registry consultant in-store?

JP: Meeting with a bridal consult, bring your groom and let him register for the category he loves, like bar or small electronics. His opinion counts too. And definitely bring tear sheets of home decor and style ideas. It’s also important that you bring an open mind, since a consultant can help in figuring out what’s best for you.

HWB: Any registry pitfalls or common mistakes a couple should avoid?

JP: Don’t take too many people to your registry appointment. This way, you’ll avoid too many opinions. Another common mistake is not registering for enough. My magic number is service for 12 in all pieces you’ll use most, such as dinnerware, stemware and flatware.

HWB: The last word on registering right?

JP: This is the only time in your life that everyone around you is buying you gifts, so register for the good stuff! Look at it as your opportunity to collect jewelry for your new home: candlesticks, vases, bowls, frames, decorative accessories, etc.

In general, always register for quality brands with enduring style, and you’ll never go wrong!

HWB: Thank you so much, Jorge…for the awesome advice, and for the stunning Waterford Mondavi Crystal Wineglasses. We can’t WAIT to give them away!

Waterford Crystal Giveaway ~ Houston Wedding Blog


I Do! @ ZaZa Preview: Boot Bling, Photo Jewels, Giveaways & More

Weddings in Houston’s I Do! Bridal Soiree @ Hotel ZaZa is less than 10 days away. Are you one of the lucky brides who will be attending Houston’s most extraordinary bridal show? Make sure to check out these hot items and great giveaways!

Boot-wearing brides will not want to miss gorgeous new “boot jewelry with attitude” from The Pretty Penny & Social Expressions, along with brand-new jewelry for bridesmaids, flower girls and destination brides. Oh–and brides who order their Pretty Penny invitations at the show will get 20-50% (!!) off their order.

Looking for a truly unique MOB, MOG, groom or bridesmaid gift? Top Houston wedding photographer (and Houston Wedding Blog favorite) Steve Lee will showcase fabulous new “photo jewelry” AND offer a special show discount on photography packages.

And if you’re just getting started on the planning path, be sure to visit Lion & Lamb Event Services to check out their custom wedding-coordination packages…and score $250 off a full-service package!

More previews and show news coming soon…so stay tuned!

I Do Bridal Soiree Hotel ZaZa Houston

Photos (clockwise from top): Steve Lee Weddings~Lion & Lamb Event Services~The Pretty Penny & Social Expressions


Vibrant Victoria Wedding by Archetype + Bonus Engagement Shoot Giveaway!

There are so many things we love about this extraordinarily elegant Victoria wedding, we hardly know where to begin. So let’s start bride Meredith herself. The Stephen Yearick gown? Gorgeous. Paired with the chunky necklace and bracelet? Perfection. Plus we love a.) that Meredith’s jewelry is beautifully echoed in the adornment of her Badgley Mischka shoes, b.) that both jewelry pieces look terribly expensive, and c.) that they are actually from Ann Taylor’s very affordable wedding jewelry collection–smart bride! Groom Michael ain’t so bad himself: white tie, orchid boutonniere, pocket square…excellent. OK, moving on to the party, we’re just dazzled by that lovely, lovely reception space, all muted gold and white damask, rising into a beautiful burst of vibrant spring color. Big thanks to the fabulous Terilyn Brown of Houston’s Archetype Studio for sharing radiant images of this exquisite wedding with us, so we could share them with you.

Oh, and there’s one more thing Archetype Studio has in store for one lucky Houston Wedding Blog fan: A professionally styled, two-hour, on-location ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT, including a complimentary 9×12 heirloom print, total value: $545. Oh yeah.

This prize is non-transferable, good for the greater Houston area only and expires 12/31/2011.

To enter, first Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook if you haven’t yet (and we, in turn, will love you xox). Next, e-mail us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and location, and a bit about how/where you got engaged. Engagement descriptions don’t have to be lengthy, but please do let us know any exciting, unusual or insanely romantic details.

Entry deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 14, and we’ll announce our winner on Friday, Sept. 16 on Facebook. You’ve scored the man of your dreams, now snag the engagement sesh of a lifetime. Good luck!!

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Photography: Archetype Studio~Bride’s Dress: Stephen Yearick from Weddings by Debbie~Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka~Bride’s Necklace & Bracelet: Ann Taylor~Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear~Flowers: Fresh Urban Flowers~Bride’s Cake: Simply Charming Cakes~Groom’s Cake: Sonya Lahodny~Decor & Rentals: Touch of Elegance, Aztec Tents & Events~Wedding Consultant & Design: Sweet August Events


August Giveaway: Dinner for 2 @ mmm… Masraff’s!

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Didn’t win our last Masraff’s dinner giveaway, way back in January? Here’s your chance for a re-do! To enter this month’s gourmet giveaway—dinner for two at this internationally renowned Houston fine-dining landmark and favorite spot for elegant rehearsal dinners, engagement celebrations and intimate, food-focused weddings—just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Visit Masraff’s mouthwatering dinner menu online.
  2. Pick one yummy app, one divine entrée and one decadent dessert that pretty much sum up your idea of a perfect Masraff’s meal.
  3. E-mail us your menu picks, along with your name, your fiancé’s name and the location and date (exact or approximate) of your upcoming Houston wedding.

Entries MUST be received by midnight Wednesday, Aug. 24th. We’ll announce our winner on Friday, Aug. 26th on Facebook. Speaking of which, if you aren’t yet a Fan, go ahead, Like us now. We’ll love you right on back. And we’ll keep you posted on events, trunk shows, style discoveries—oh, and exclusive Weddings in Houston giveaways you won’t find anywhere else. C’mon, what’s not to Like?