Weddings in Houston Magazine Wins Prestigious Design Award

We always knew the print version of Weddings in Houston magazine was a thing of exceptional beauty. And now Graphic Design USA, the country’s leading publication for design professionals, has acknowledged it, too. GDUSA just honored Weddings in Houston with a prestigious American Graphic Design Award in the “Cover Series” category. Congratulations WIH!

The award recognizes the fabulous January 2010 cover, shot at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE and featuring a super-chic model in a glorious Oscar de la Renta ballgown with a custom-made floral handbag from Darryl & Co, and the equally divine July 2010 cover, featuring an ethereal bride in a one-shoulder Augusta Jones gown, set in a “midsummer night’s dream”-like forest.

So KUDOS, Weddings in Houston design team. We can’t wait to feast our eyes on the upcoming winter issue!

To Do This Week: The Bell Tower on 34th Open House (Today!), The Villa Rinata Open House (Tomorrow!)

There’s still time to RSVP for two totally fabulous Open Houses at two top Houston wedding venues. So do it. Now.

Photo by Evoke Photography and Video

This evening from 5-9 p.m., The Bell Tower on 34th welcomes to-be-weds and friends to sip, snack and mingle with vendors in an atmosphere of Old World elegance and grandeur. Which includes a 30-foot-high water wall. Wow!

The Bell Tower on 34th Bridal Open House

Wednesday, September 15

5 to 9 p.m.

901 West 34th St.

Houston, TX 77018

For more information and to RSVP call 713.868.2355 or e-mail

Tomorrow the Mediterranean-style Villa Rinata (Lordy, do we love those carved-stone arches and bubbling fountains—TOO romantic) invites brides and grooms to an oh-so-intriguing Masquerade Ball Open House. Be there for the magnificent décor, great music and unveiling of the venue’s brand-new Jewel Collection menus.

The Villa Rinata Bridal Open House

Thursday, September 16

5 to 8:30 p.m.

2840 Chimney Rock

Houston, TX 77056

For more information and to RSVP call 713.334.7765 or e-mail

To Do This Week: Butler’s Courtyard, Demers Banquet Hall, Christos Trunk Show, Belle Mariée Bridal

Got space on your calendar today through Sunday? Not anymore, you don’t. We’ve got the scoop on four, count ’em, four, fabulous bridal events coming up—and these are in addition to this evening’s A Day to Remember 10th Anniversary Party @ Villa Rinata!

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Also this evening, Butler’s Courtyard in League City opens its doors to marrieds-to-be. Head over to this beautifully restored historic former bank building for wine, cheese and a chat with on-site wedding experts.

Butler’s Courtyard Open House
Thursday, September 9
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
122 Michigan Ave.
League City, TX 77573
For more information call 281.557.5551 or e-mail

On Friday and Saturday, Mia Bridal Couture welcomes Christos for a two-day trunk show. Make your appointment to meet with a consultant from Amsale Aberra’s coveted line of timeless, romantic gowns.

Christos Trunk Show @ Mia Bridal Couture
Friday, September 10 – Saturday, September 11
1958 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
All brides will enjoy a special 15% discount on all Christos gowns purchased during the event. For more information call 713.622.2022 or e-mail

Appointments are required for brides who want to receive a consultation—and get 15% off purchases of the season’s newest gowns—at this Saturday’s Belle Mariée Bridal Fall Open House. Wine, cheese and dessert are included, too!

Belle Mariée Bridal Fall Open House
Saturday, September 11
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2509 River Oaks Blvd.
Houston, TX 77019
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 713.523.0068 or e-mail

Searching for a beautiful “blank slate” in which to create your perfect wedding environment? Demers Banquet Hall, with its sleek lines and gleaming expanses, welcomes your vision—and offers the décor, linen and catering services to make it a reality. Make sure to RSVP for this Sunday’s “Four Seasons” bridal showcase and see for yourself.

Demers Banquet Hall Four Seasons Bridal Showcase
Sunday, September 12
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
8225 Cantrell St.
Houston, TX 77074
For more information call 713.772.0726 or RSVP

Band of Horses Plays Fan Couple’s Wedding—Who’d Play Yours?

Ever dream of having your favorite band play your wedding? One Norwegian couple’s fan fantasy came true. Groom Njal proposed to bride Elin at a Band of Horses show in Oslo earlier this year. So when the couple heard that the South Carolina-based indie band was going to be heading back to Norway for a music festival in Tromso, their home town, right around the time of their September wedding, naturally they sent fan mail to tell the band their romantic tale. And rather unnaturally, the band showed up at the wedding ceremony to surprise the couple with a beautiful rendition of their soulful “Marry Song.” OMG. Check out the vid. You can see the bride wipe a tear from her eye as she takes it all in!

Maybe your taste runs more toward country crooners or perhaps you’re gaga for Gaga. Maybe you imagine your fave singer soloing as you sashay down the aisle—or maybe you envision your beloved band taking to the stage to rock the reception.

Drop a comment here and let us know your wedding music fantasy, Houston bride. Who knows? It just may come true. Ask Elin and Njal. And congrats, you two!

To Do This Week: David Tutera by Faviana @ Maison de Mode

You’ve read his books, seen his awesome talent on display at events for J. Lo, Elton John and Tommy Hilfiger. You’ve fawned over him on Oprah and Tyra, and nodded empathetically at his sage advice on “My Fair Wedding.” And now you can slip into WOW gowns from his brand new bridal couture line, David Tutera by Faviana, when it makes its Houston debut at Maison de Mode this Friday through Sunday.

Bearing the tag line “Inspired by the red carpet, worn on the white carpet,” Tutera’s high-drama gowns are named for classic and current stars like Gwyneth, Audrey, Cameron and Marilyn. A few styles, like the fabulous, figure-hugging, floral-accented Eva, convert into shorter dresses for post-ceremony partying. So convenient!

Make sure to make your appointment now. This show is gonna be hotter than Houston in July. See you there!

Maison de Mode – David Tutera by Faviana

Friday, September 3 – Sunday, September 5, 2010

2431 Rice Blvd

Houston, TX 77005

For more information call 713.527.8285 or RSVP