Next in our “Real Brides: Wedding Planning In Houston” series, we catch up with real Houston bride and blogger Esmeralda of Dessert for Brunch! Today, Esmeralda shares her bridesmaids proposal box ideas.
If, like many brides-to-be, you’re asking yourself, “Who are the best florists near me?” we’ve got your answers! Whether you’re dreaming of big, lavish wedding reception centerpieces, a fabulous floral arch for your ceremony, or a pretty hand-tied bridal bouquet, your Houston wedding florist can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your Houston wedding venue and your entire wedding celebration. If you’re looking for expert floral designs, check out these amazing designs from top Houston wedding florists. Then click through to your faves, and…let the planning begin!
NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) is THE national organization for event professionals. And this week, the Houston chapter of NACE handed out its prestigious annual awards for achievement in event design and production at a gala presentation at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown. We’re thrilled to announce that the list of winners includes a LOT of Weddings in Houston partners, whose talents are responsible for the gorgeous weddings we feature daily here on the blog and in the pages of Weddings in Houston magazine. We’d like to take a moment to congratulate our NACE Houston 2018 winners on their awesome honors. Thank YOU, NACE members, for bringing so much joy and beauty to Houston weddings!!
- Floral Design of the Year
- Wedding of the Year $50,000 – $100,000
- Event Production of the Year < $50,000
- Event Production of the Year > $100,000
- Entertainment Production of the Year
- Wedding of the Year < $50,000 (with House of Hough)
- Event Design & Decor of the Year < $50,000 (with Johanna Terry Events, Bradley David Entertainment, GTX Productions, En Vogue Events)
- Catered Event of the Year (with Melange Catering, J&D Entertainment, Houston Museum of Natural Science)
- Wedding of the Year > $100,000 (with Johanna Terry Events, Carlton Woods)
- Wedding of the Year > $100,000 (with Events By Sarah)
Gina Gutierrez, Cakes by Gina
- Networker of the Year Award
Andy Hopper, Blooms Design Studio
- Industry Ally Award
Kerri Childress, Sandlewood Manor
- Above & Beyond Award
We are so proud of these top Houston wedding vendors and their awesome accomplishments! Visit their websites for information about what they do and how they can serve you, and find these fabulous Houston wedding vendors and more in the Weddings in Houston wedding vendor directory!
Your first dance as a newlywed couple in front of your loved ones is a classic tradition. It can be a mesmerizing moment, but for some couples, the first dance can also be daunting. That’s completely understandable, as you’ll be in the spotlight, with all your loved ones looking on. But with these tips and song suggestions, you’ll be able to shake those first dance jitters and enjoy a deeply romantic moment with your spouse.
Practice Is Your Friend
When it comes to this tradition, rehearsing is a must. Even if it’s just a couple of practice sessions, rehearsing will prepare you for when it’s time to dance, and all eyes are on you and your partner. Make sure to practice in the actual shoes you will be wearing, to get comfortable and avoid missteps. Also, if you’re wearing a dress that could make dancing difficult, practice a couple of times while wearing it, to learn how to avoid snags or stumbles.
Keep It Simple
It’s fine to have a choreographed number, as long as you keep in mind not just your dancing abilities, but those of your partner. Your first dance shouldn’t be frustrating or terrifying for either one of you, and should be a fun way for you to connect as newlyweds. Avoid overly complicated steps and stick with something you’ll both be able to do with ease.
In a perfect world, your first dance will be seamless and maybe even YouTube-worthy. However, this is the real world and mistakes are a real possibility. When a mistake happens, embrace it and maybe incorporate it into your routine. A stumble can be turned into a romantic dip, while forgotten steps can become a fun freestyle. What matters is that you remain focused on each other and that you be present in the moment. Doing this will guarantee a first dance you’ll cherish.
Lastly, choose a song that is meaningful to both of you. From meaningful lyrics to a shared love for an artist, the song you dance to should reflect your personalities and be enjoyable. With that mind, don’t feel relegated only to soft, slow songs. Below are both new favorites and enduring classics we love for creating first-dance memories to last a lifetime.
- Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
- Your Song – Elton John
- A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
- Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
- At Last – Etta James
- All Of Me – John Legend
- Everything – Michael Bublé
- Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
- Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
- Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Lauryn Hill
- Someone Like You – Van Morrison
- How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
- Speechless – Dan + Shay
- Love On Top – Beyoncé
- Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
Your invitations are your guests’ first glimpse of what they can expect for your pending nuptials. So when choosing your wedding invitations, you’ll want to make sure to convey your wedding theme and express your personal style as a couple. Scroll through these 7 individual invitation styles, then find a local stationer who can design a wedding suite that tells your story, here.
Keep things classic and timeless with a clean-cut wedding invitation suite. Decorative edges add a subtle modern update.