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5 Go-To Gifts for MOBs and MOGs

Stuck for great gifts to give your mom and your soon-to-be spouse’s, to show how much you appreciate their wedding help and support? These thoughtful mementos range from classic and timeless, to chic and beautiful, to a little bit…of both!

1. Personalized Compact

Personalized Compact from Oxee via Etsy
Photo: Oxee via Etsy

A practical gift gets a dose of sentimentality when engraved with a personalized message. Click here to read the rest of this post »

Shop for a Cause at MLD Limited This Month

While Houston boasts a bevy of beautiful bridal gowns, mother-of-the-bride ensembles and bridesmaid dresses for every shape, size and style, there is something to be said about designers who tailor their work exclusively to you… and even more to be said about those who who give back to the community!

MLD Limited, one of Houston’s premier custom clothing designers, does just that. For more than 25 years, designer and president Mary Denney has fashioned couture gowns for some attendees of some of the city’s most prominent events, including (you guessed it) weddings! Looking for a regal, elegant bridal gown, or a classic (but not even slightly matronly) MOB/MOG dress? MLD knows exactly how to enhance your figure and show off your style!

“The benefit of custom design is that you get a better, more personal fit,” Denney says. “We do a prototype in a muslin fabric and we fit that to your body. You’re able to select your fabrics, and your design, and even go as far as selecting the lining!”

This month, MLD will taking its impeccable personal service one step further. For every purchase made in March, MLD will donate 15 percent of the purchase price to The American Heart Association, an organization near and dear to Denney’s heart.

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“I am passionate about helping the Heart Association due to the death of my grandfather, dad and my dad’s two brothers. My brother has a heart condition as well as I have high blood pressure, “Denney says. “I have learned over the years that heart disease has an impact on all our lives. So many times we miss the warning signs, especially women.  I am happy to support this worthy cause.”

The philanthropic special applies to all items and designs MLD Limited offers, but only lasts for a few more days! All you have to do is say, “Go Red,” at checkout to help the studio give back. And it won’t hurt to mention that you heard about the event on the Houston Wedding Blog. Happy shopping, lovelies!

Navy, Gold, Green & Pink Wedding

Katie and Patrick met at a mutual friend’s “The Office”-watching party while attending Oklahoma State University. A few study dates later, the pair became friends and remained close for three years through Katie’s graduation. It wasn’t until Patrick asked Katie to ring in the New Year with him in 2011 that the college buds became something more. Katie and Patrick dated long-distance for two years before Patrick proposed in a charming Kansas City bakery on a wintry December day: “It was an unforgettable moment in our lives and a very cherished memory for us both,” says the bride, who couldn’t believe her eyes when Patrick got down on one knee. On their wedding day, Katie walked down the aisle in a gorgeous Lazaro gown from Weddings by Debbie, while 200 family members and friends looked on. Lavish floral arrangements in ivory, light blue, and pale pink—inspired by the paintings of the bride’s late grandmother—and soft candlelight created an ethereal ambiance throughout the reception space. “It was an amazing, fun and romantic evening for all attending,” says Katie. “I could not have hoped for more perfect day!”

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Photos: A Lifetime of Memories Photography ~ Wedding Gown: Weddings by Debbie ~ Mother-of-the-Bride Dress: T. Carolyn Fashions

Blush, Mint & Cream Vintage Wedding by Kreative Angle Photography

Vintage candleabras, lanterns, lace overlays, vintage vases, and a soft color palette of blush, mint, cream and lush greens are what defined Anna and George’s dreamy, vintage wedding. If you think the décor sounds to die for, wait ‘til you hear about the delish menu! The guests indulged in pistachio-crusted Redfish and New York strip au jus with horseradish cream (mmm) from Café Natalie. We hope you enjoy the beautiful photos from Anna and George’s wedding as much as we do. Thanks Kreative Angle Photography and congrats to the newlyweds!

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Photos: Kreative Angle Photography ~ Wedding Dress Designer: Enzoani ~ Wedding Gown Salon & Alterations: Parvani Vida ~ Mother of the Bride Dress: Ralph Lauren ~ Caterer: Cafe Natalie ~ Music, Entertainment & Lighting: DJ Dave Productions

T. Carolyn Fashions’ Terrie Martin on How Chinese New Year Affects MOB & MOG Dress Shopping

T. Carolyn Fashions’ Terrie Martin on How Chinese New Year Affects MOB & MOG Dress Shopping

Photo: T. Carolyn Fashions

Your Thanksgiving dinner is still digesting, Christmas and New Year’s are looming on the horizon…and you have a wedding coming up. If you’re like most mothers-of-the-bride, you’re thinking, “Just let me get through the holidays, then I’ll start looking for my dress.” It sounds reasonable enough—after all, what are mothers always busy doing besides taking care of everyone else?

The problem is that there’s another holiday looming on the horizon that could put your mother-of-the-bride (or mother-of-the-groom) dress in jeopardy. I’m referring to Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year—officially the year of the horse—begins on Jan. 31 this year. I say begins, because unlike our single-day New Year’s celebration, Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days. Add to this the time spent making preparations for the holiday, and it can create  down-time of four to six weeks for Chinese factories, where the majority of special-occasion attire is crafted. This can easily turn a 14-week delivery into a 21-week delivery!

To put this into perspective, if you went shopping today and found a fabulous dress that you loved, and knew that it was the dress you wanted to walk down the aisle in—yes, mothers, you’re walking down the aisle, too—and the store had every size in stock but yours, you would be looking at a delivery date after Easter!

The takeaway is this: While your child’s spring or summer wedding may still seem very far away, know that by shopping now, during early December, you will have your pick of all of the best styles for those seasons. As an added bonus, you’ll really get to relax and enjoy the holidays with your family and friends knowing that your special dress is secured!

–Terrie Martin, T. Carolyn Fashions

For more expert MOB/MOG shopping advice, and to view the season’s most beautiful wedding-day and special-occasion styles, visit T. Carolyn Fashions.

T. Carolyn Fashions’ Terrie Martin on How Chinese New Year Affects MOB & MOG Dress Shopping

Photo: T. Carolyn Fashions