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HWB/Facebook Giveaway: ILD Lighting Illuminated Dance Floor Monogram!

A dance floor, when you get down to it (or ON it) is, more or less, just a rectangle of plain ol’ wood. But splash your splendid just-married monogram gobo across it and it suddenly becomes something very special indeed–an elegant reception focal point that shows off your newlywed bond, while pulling the entire room together, beautifully. No wonder celebrities, socialites and style-obsessed brides across the country wouldn’t dream of celebrating their nuptials without one! So,what’s even better than a fabulous dance floor monogram? WINNING ONE.

That’s right, one lucky Houston bride will win a $300 dance-floor monogram gobo package, courtesy ILD Lighting–one of the most acclaimed lighting design firms in the country and a favorite of brides and event pros alike. To enter, simply visit this ILD Lighting blog post featuring a handful of the company’s best real, live wedding dance floor monograms. Pick the photo you like most, and e-mail us with the number of your pick, along with your name, your fiancé’s name, wedding date and wedding reception location. We’ll pick one lucky winner and announce her name next FRIDAY, AUGUST 5th on Facebook. BONUS: Each and every bride who enters will receive a $100 voucher good towards any ILD Lighting event service.

Nothing to lose. So much to WIN. Enter now…and good luck!

Houston Wedding Lighting

HWB/Facebook Giveaway: “Beautiful Bride from Every Angle” BOOK

Beautiful Bride from Every Angle ~ Houston Wedding Blog

We’re thrilled to feature famed bridal expert Barbara Wallace’s input in Weddings in Houston magazine, with an excerpt from her book (with co-author Annie Withers and photographer Lars Wanberg), “Beautiful Bride from Every Angle.” And we’re even more thrilled to have three, count ’em, THREE copies of this utterly gorgeous hard-bound, photo-rich, wisdom-filled volume to give away to our readers! How to choose a dress, how to accentuate your best features with bridal makeup, how to find the perfect hairstyle, how to be a gracious bride, how to thank your friends and family, how to seek serenity in the storm of wedding-planning stress–this book truly does cover bridal beauty in all its internal and external forms. Whether you want a copy for yourself, or as a gift for a beloved bride-to-be, here’s your chance to score one!

HOW TO WIN: First, if you haven’t already, “Like” Weddings in Houston on Facebook…and we’ll immediately love you right on back. Second, drop your comment here letting us know what (or who) makes you feel beautiful (your favorite pair of heels, that perfect red lipstick, getting your hair cut, winning a marathon, trying on your wedding dress, that look in your fiances eyes…). We’ll announce three winning Facebook fans on FB on Friday! Yay!

Beautiful Bride from Every Angle ~ Houston Wedding Blog

House of Blues Giveaway: Last Week To Enter!

Wedding Buzz April 2011 Giveaway

One more week to enter, so many incredible shows to choose from. Don’t miss your chance to snag tickets for two plus dinner for two at the legendary House of Blues, Houston’s hottest venue for live music and sensational Southern-inspired dining (not to mention a VERY cool place to have your engagement party, rehearsal dinner or wedding!

TO ENTER: Visit House of Blues online and select one show from HOB’s concert calendar that you’d skip your best friend’s wedding to attend (OK, you’d NEVER do that…but a show you’d love to see). Then, send us an email with the show date, performer or band’s name and your favorite song. Make sure to include your full name, fiancé’s name and date (exact or approximate) of your wedding.

ENTRY DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011. Winner will be announced in the April 27 Wedding Buzz and on Facebook.
Good luck!

Did The Amazing Ring Race ROCK, Or What?

Art Carved Diamond Engagement Ring

…especially for the adorable couple who won that truly spectacular $15,000 Art Carved diamond ring. As for the rest of us, the Amazing Ring Race was one heck of a good time (despite the winter chill…brrr!). Thanks so much to Thomas Markle Jewelers for making this awesome event happen last Saturday, and for bringing all those sweet, enthusiastic and VERY DETERMINED Houston brides and grooms out to The Woodlands for so much fun. We’re thrilled to have been a part of it.

Check out all the excitement, anticipation and race-day spirit, perfectly captured in this clip!


Venues We Love: The Grove Houston

If you’ve visited Discovery Green (and if you haven’t, spring is a great time to check it out), you’ve probably caught sight of The Grove. The 10,000-square-foot glass, wood and steel restaurant—designed by Larry Speck, former dean of architecture at UT Austin, with interiors by Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group partner Candice Schiller—is a sight to behold. AND it’s the site where this month’s giveaway winner will be enjoying a very, very nice dinner with a very special someone. So make sure to get ON that if you haven’t already, Houston bride.

But did you know that The Grove is also an amazing place to have a foodie-friendly rehearsal dinner, engagement party or full-on wedding (three private rooms, room for 250 guests, outdoor ceremony space—everything you need)?

We love that this stunning space “happens to be among the most eco-friendly places in all of Houston,” as catering director Tatiana Escobar puts it. She points to The Grove’s on-site tomato and herb garden, and the restaurant’s use of “eco-friendly materials made from corn, sugarcane or coconut fiber,” along with its commitment to strict recycling and composting practices. Of course, green is great—but eco-friendly, architecturally captivating AND famed for its fabulous food? That’s even better. Escobar says that just like regular ol’ restaurant diners at The Grove, wedding guests take full advantage of chef Robert Del Grande’s “exquisite American Rustic menu featuring a range of tantalizing appetizers, salads, seafood, rotisserie specialties, steaks and decadent deserts,” and The Grove’s “stylish and precise service.” Yum. For more info call 713.337.7321 or visit The Grove at Weddings in Houston.