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Brand New For I Do: 15 Acres in Hockley, TX

Hockley Texas Wedding Venue 15 Acres  Photo: Dream Photo & Video

How’d you like to get married in a brand-spanking-new venue–one that has outdoor ceremony space overlooking a scenic pond, and indoor party space in a chic and contemporary ballroom with glittering chandeliers and massive windows, set on acres of verdant grounds? You can at 15 Acres–one of our fave new wedding venues, located a short hop northwest of Houston, in picturesque Hockley. What else we love about this versatile local-destination-wedding spot? We were just getting to that…

Rustic Elegant Houston Wedding Venue 15 Acres Photo: Courtesy of 15 Acres

1.) New space, experienced owners. Mother-and-daughter team Stephanie and Ari have a combined 25 years of event-planning experience, so while the venue may be brand new, the team running it have established vendor relationships and extensive venue management expertise.

2.) Full flexibility or full service: your choice. Another rare find is the ability to select a full-service package, including everything from flowers to food to photo booths, or total flexibility when it comes to bringing in outside vendors. 15 Acres offers both options, as well as “in-between” services, where they can take care of segments of your wedding, and let you handle the rest.

3.) Pre-wedding prep space for gals and guys alike. Since facility rental at 15 Acres includes a full 12 hours of access, it’s nice to know that both the bride and bridesmaids, and groom and groomsmen, will have use of private, well-appointed, beautifully decorated dressing rooms/lounge space for the duration of their special day, ensuring maximum relaxation…and maximum impact when they make their way down the aisle!

Grooms Room Pool Table 15 Acres Photo: Dream Photo & Video

E Johnston Designs Knows Southern Weddings Like Nobody’s Business

E Johnston Designs Houston Wedding Florist Flowers: E Johnston Designs | Styling: Tammy’s Table

In a town where lavish opulence rules and bling is king (ok, queen), we know that some of y’all are wondering just where a sweet Southern gal is supposed to turn for good old fashioned understated wedding elegance. We feel you, darlings. And it’s with you in mind that we’re singing the praises of E Johnston Designs today on the blog. Keep scrolling for more….

E Johnston Designs Tulips Roses Table Centerpiece Flowers: E Johnston Designs | Photo: C. Baron Photography

If fresh, sweet Southern pretty is what you’re after for your Houston-area wedding, you need to schedule an appointment with Elaine Johnston, and find out what this skilled and super intuitive Spring-based florist can come up with to flesh out your nascent floral fantasy.

E Johnston Designs Babys Breath Bridesmaid Bouquets Flowers: E Johnston Designs

We’re so delighted to have E Johnston Designs as a new member of the Weddings in Houston family, and we can’t wait to show off more of Elaine’s lovely work in the coming months! In the meantime, get your fill of soft, Southern floral-design favorites–from tulips and hyacinth to pastel cut crystal to baby’s breath bunches that look lighter than air–and then get yourself over to E Johnston Designs for your very own wedding floral consultation!

 

 

3 Reasons To Let Any Occasion Tents & Events Transform Your Wedding

Party Rental Houston Texas Wedding

1.) They’ve got TONS of experience. Yup, while Any Occasion Tents & Events is a mere 15+ years young, this top Houston event rental firm is the offspring of Aztec Rental Center, a longtime and very successful family-owned Houston construction rental company. While Aztec Tents & Events may deal in gorgeous tents, sleek furniture and sparkly tabletop items for fancy to-do’s (rather than, say, jackhammers and air compressors), it does so with the expert customer care and professionalism honed by their parent company during a half century (whelp!) in business.

2.) They can turn the great outdoors into an elegant, climate-controlled celebration space. Poof! Just like that, Any Occasion can transform a lawn, field, patio or other al fresco area into the extension of an indoor event space, or into a party space all its own! Whether you need a little protection from the sun for your Houston wedding, or a full-scale structure, complete with doors, windows and hallways, Any Occasion can provide the party tent you need, and the expertise to put it up and take it down when and where you please.

3.) They have extra love for military members and first responders! Are you an active service member or one of the many Houstonians who have lent their efforts to Hurricane Harvey relief or other local emergencies? Let Any Occasion know, and present your military or first-responder ID/badge for a 10% discount on your wedding or event rental order!

Ready to prep for your party? Get more info on Any Occasion Tents & Events here, and make sure to tell ’em you found them on the Houston Wedding Blog!

4 Tips for Easing First-Dance Performance Anxiety

photo: Cottonwood Weddings Photo: Cottonwood Road Photography | Venue: The Gallery

Remember when the newlywed “first dance” was just two crazy kids, swaying around on the dance floor to their fave sentimental tune? Yeah, neither do we. Probably because for at least the last 5 years or so, first dances have become major productions: the perfect song choice, the dramatic entrance, the fancy footwork, the…professional choreography?? If you’re feeling first-dance pressure, you’re in good company. And we’re here to help, with these tips for bringing the fun back to this much-loved wedding tradition.

  1. Include your soon-to-be spouse in the first-dance planning process. After all, he or she is the one you’ll be dancing with! Take a step back and try to remember if there were any songs you both liked while dating. Is there a song that has particular meaning to you? Is there an artist you both love? Is there a musical style you’re both more comfortable dancing to?
  2. To ease the pressure you may be feeling about dancing in the spotlight, consider taking a series of dance lessons together. These can be a great date-night activity, followed by dinner or a post-con cocktail and laugh sesh, looking back on his sweet attempts at salsa, or your dramatic “dip” recovery. Pre-wedding dance classes can also serve as a way to explore what music style fits both of you best.
  3. When selecting a wedding reception first-dance song, don’t forget about the “classics.” There’s a reason why you can never go wrong with a timeless standard for your first spin as spouses. Classic songs from the 40s and 50s are always in style, and any qualified Houston wedding band or wedding DJ will definitely be able to fulfill this request.
  4. Beware of pop music. Charting songs and Spotify hits typically are in for like…five minutes in the grand scheme of things…and then forgotten. You’ll want to pick a first-dance song you and your groom will love in the moment, be delighted to relive in your wedding photos and wedding video over and over again, and dance to, in intimate moments, for years to come.

6 Unique Wedding Guestbooks You’ll Display Long After the Big Day

Let’s face it, a regular ol’ guestbook at your wedding will only be useful for one night. After that, it likely will join other keepsakes in a closet somewhere to gather dust until you get a notion to haul it out for a look-see wayyyyy down the road. Instead of a dust-collector, we recommend you re-think your wedding guestbook as a collector-worthy work of personalized art that you’ll be proud to show off in your newlywed nest for years to come!

For travelers and adventure-seekers, a customized globe guestbook lets wedding guests feel like they’re going on this adventure with you!

unique-wedding-guest-book Custom Globe via Etsy shop: NewlyScripted

Family, friends and faith come together in a bible guestbook, where wedding attendees have the opportunity to circle, highlight or decorate around their favorite verse and sign their names, creating an heirloom that can be passed down for generations.

unique-wedding-guestbook Photo: Alisha Crossley Photography

Oh, winter weddings! Full of joy, twinkling lights, and seasonal tidings! What better way to add a personal touch to your Christmas tree than with personalized “guestbook” ornaments, signed by your guests on your wedding day, and enjoyed during the holiday season year after year after year?

 unique-wedding-guestbook Photo: Fidelio Photography

One of our current guestbook faves is the Polaroid photo guestbook! Guests will have loads of fun posing for selfie (with or without props), and you’ll have tons of fun for decades to come flipping through a guestbook full of their pix and sweet wedding messages.

TheSunshineGarden Photo Guestbook via Etsy shop: The Sunshine Garden

Trying to decorate your new “together” home is no easy task, but it’s way more fun when you get to fill it with meaningful personalized artwork like this adorable wedding guestbook, created with oodles of little hearts, each signed by a wedding guest and dropped into a clear frame that’s mantelpiece ready and really, really lovely.

unique-wedding-guestbook Photo:Kasey Lynn Photography

Planning a rustic-elegant wedding? Then this guestbook idea is for you! A personalized wood frame with your names and wedding date makes a great canvas for guests to add their own sign-in “brushstrokes,” creating a perfectly personalized painting you’ll display, with love, now and forever.

unique-wedding-guestbook Photo: Photography by Niki