Wedding Planning Advice From A Real Bride: Amy West & Gary Becker

Wedding Dress: David Peck | Design, Flowers, Decor & Rentals: The Events Co. | Photo: Chris Bailey Photography
To celebrate a relationship that has been, right from the beginning, “nothing but romantic, fun, spontaneous and loving,” Amy and Gary went big and bold, with fireworks, rock-concert-worthy special effects and a guest list topping out at 500. As you might imagine, pulling off such a spectacular wedding taught the couple several important lessons along the way. Find out how Amy pulled off her rockstar celebration with her very own wedding planning advice!

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4 Trendy Wedding Food Ideas Your Guests Will Love

Photo: Akil Bennett Photography | Appetizer: Sandlewood Manor
The food you serve your guests at your wedding says a great deal about who you are as a couple. What you serve and how you present it also shows how much you care for the people who have gathered to bless your union.

Do you want your guests to experience the comfort and fun of a backyard barbecue, surrounded by the smell of fresh air and grilled meats? Do you want to give guests a taste of the Parisian bistro or Cabo cantina where you enjoyed a blissfully romantic holiday? Do you and your partner spend Saturdays searching Houston for hidden ethnic restaurants serving up authentic international fare? Do you have special dietary needs or preferences that need to be met so that you can enjoy your wedding meal as much as your guests do? With so many ways to incorporate your personal tastes into your reception menu, you’ll want to check out these 4 trending reception food ideas for delicious weddings!

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Intimate Or Opulent: 11 Houston Wedding Venues

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Venue: The Astorian
One big question, two different vibes, so many Houston wedding venues. Should you go big, grand and glamorous, or keep it small, intimate and delicately detailed?

Within these two umbrella categories, there are, of course, countless personal interpretations. One couple’s big “luxury Houston wedding” may involve towering centerpieces, formal attire and live-band entertainment. For another couple, a grand, opulent wedding may entail aerial bartenders, ice-luge martinis and fireworks. On the flip side, one couple’s “intimate wedding” may be a small rustic affair, while another’s may feature a string quartet and garden ceremony, followed by private dining in a fine Houston restaurant. As you decide what kind of wedding atmosphere and experience will best fit your special day (and accommodate your wedding guest count and wedding budget), we invite you to check out these 11 Houston wedding venues and their unique offerings.

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New Houston Venue: The AC Hotel Downtown

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A new Houston venue brings a European modernist aesthetic to bustling, cosmopolitan Downtown, and we are here for it! Marriott’s AC Hotel Houston Downtown is a fantastic addition to the city’s hotel scene, and an excellent choice for couples seeking history and refined sophistication in equal measure for their wedding celebration. And the AC Hotel has something no other venue can offer…

The Zoe Theater, on downtown Houston’s Main St., opened in 1914 and soon became one of the Gulf Coast’s major film-going destinations. Today, the theater has been restored to its former glory, and is now the AC Hotel’s Zoe Ballroom, where Houston wedding couples can gather with up to 200 guests for a fabulous wedding reception, engagement party or lavish rehearsal dinner.

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Whatever festivities you opt to host at this new Houston venue, it is also a superb spot for visiting guests to stay.

Located in the heart of downtown Houston, the AC Hotel is surrounded by a huge variety of restaurants, shaded green spaces, and a lively nightlife scene. Inside the hotel, the atmosphere is serene and chic, with its gleaming wood surfaces, minimalist color palette and beautifully curated modernist furnishings and decor.

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Recently engaged? Got a thing for refined European modernism and attention to detail?

Passionate about Texas history? Looking for an intimate, elegant downtown ballroom setting, plus superb cuisine and exceptional Marriott service? Schedule your tour of the new AC Hotel Houston Downtown and discover what is certain to become one of the city’s hottest spots for amazing celebrations!

4 Creative Ways to Serve Alcohol at Your Wedding

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Liquor and beer and wine, oh my! Adult beverages are a big part of almost all wedding celebrations. With so many wedding drink options, you’ll want to think outside the bottle, and check out these creative ways to serve alcohol that will have your guests saying, “Sip, sip hooray!”

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