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Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package GIVEAWAY

Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package GIVEAWAY

Here’s the thing about a romantic getaway—you really don’t have to get all that far away for it to be all kinds of romantic. As long as you’ve got a fabulous room, a luxurious bed, a deep tub, and, of course, the man of your dreams dreaming right alongside you.

We can’t think of a better spot than downtown Houston’s very own, very chic, newly remodeled and totally hip Sam Houston Hotel (formerly the Alden Houston) as the perfect local getaway locale. This exceptionally stylish hotel—whose Veranda by *17 canopied rooftop terrace is among Houston’s most in-demand wedding venues—is located walking-distance from hot downtown Houston attractions, including Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green (where you’ll find The Grove restaurant and bar), and just a short, sweet Light Rail hop from some of the world’s most prestigious art and culture museums. Within the walls of this historic Houston bank building turned boutique hotel, you’ll find yummy cocktails at the great Sam Bar (a fave after-work hangout for young downtown business folks), and even yummier modern American eats at “Best in Texas”-ranked *17 restaurant.

Of course, with your Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package—which includes deluxe king bed accommodations, Champagne, room-service breakfast and late check-out—you may opt to not venture out of your room at all.

The choice is yours. The contest is ON. Here’s how to enter:

1.)  Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook—if you haven’t yet, that is.

2.)  Email us your name, fiancé’s name, Houston wedding date, reception venue (actual or hoped-for) and a few sentences describing your perfect romantic Houston weekend—where you’d go, what you’d do, where you’d eat, where you’d smooch. Keep it clean. Ish.

3.)  Entry emails MUST be received NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JULY 8.

4.)  Winner will be notified by WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 and announced on Facebook.

Want to find out more about “The Sam” as it’s known to folks in the know? Check out the hotel’s Weddings in Houston page for wedding pix and deets, and visit the hotel’s own site for history, happenings and hotel photos.

Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package GIVEAWAY

Photos: Sam Houston Hotel

Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar

When Chateau Cocomar throws a party to thank its brides, you know that party is going to be something special. And the April bridal luncheon the Houston venue hosted to show its gratitude and love for its 2012 brides was very special indeed. Designed by the exceptionally talented Tamara Menges, in homage to the 1920s decadence of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” the lovely luncheon featured shades of cream, white, ivory, gold, blush and champagne, with de rigeur touches of feathers, pearls and lace. We’re so delighted to feature photographer Holly Hoyt’s dreamy photos of this gorgeous event at the beautiful Chateau Cocomar. Seriously, how beautiful is this event? Let us know what you think! And check out the credits below for a full list of vendors.

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Photos: Holly Hoyt Photography ~ Catering: Café Natalie ~ Desserts: Party Architects ~ Flowers: Tamara Menges Designs ~ Linens: Elegant Beginnings ~ Rentals: Aztec Party Rentals ~ Stationery: Atelier du Papier ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar

This Week: Houston Bridal Open Houses Galore

If ever there was a week to clear your calendar for some serious venue visitin’…this is it! The open houses start today, with waterfront eatery and event space Brady’s Landing, which welcomes brides from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for tours, tastings and more.

Then, on Sunday, it’s a bridal-open-house quadruple-header: From 1 to 4 p.m. The Wynden serves light hors d’oeuvre and cocktails courtesy Masraffs, while treating brides to a showcase of fine vendors including Elegant Custom Invitations, Edible Designs by Jessie and Plants ’n Petals. Also from 1 to 4, Pine Forest Country Club shows off its elegant event space and verdant grounds, while tempting guests’ taste buds with light bites and bubbly.

In the early evening hours, it’s Chateau Cocomar’s turn: Turn up at Houston’s fairytale French venue between 4 and 7 p.m. for the chateau’s annual bridal open house, featuring tours, tastes and much winsome wedding fantasizing…

RSVPs are requested for all open houses; make yours, and find out about all the coming weeks’ wedding events and bridal trunk shows, here.

The Wynden

Photo: The Wynden, MD Turner Photography

Chateau Cocomar

Photo: Chateau Cocomar

The Big To Do: Sundown @ The Grove, Wed. 7-18

Sundown at The Grove

Photo: Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Live music, cocktails and tasty nibbles in a blissfully air-conditioned, exceptionally cool aerie with downtown views for miles? Oh, we are so THERE. Get in on the happy hour hipness—and while you’re at it check out one of Houston’s hottest wedding, rehearsal-dinner and pre-wed party spots—when The Grove, Discovery Green and Mix 96.5 join forces with Land Rover Houston Central to present Sundown at The Grove, from 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday. This chic weekly wind-down takes place at the upstairs Treehouse restaurant and features guest artists from the worlds of fashion, arts and entertainment. Ambiance is awesome. Admission is free. See you there!

Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston…Plus Weekend Getaway Giveaway

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Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography ~ Venue: InterContinental Houston Hotel

If you attended January’s I Do! Bridal Soiree, you got a chance to witness, first-hand, the majesty of the InterContinental Houston Hotel’s Legends Ballroom. As the site of our spectacular 2012 runway show, the Legends Ballroom dazzled with its 18-foot ceilings and elaborate chandeliers. With all eyes focused on the runway, many of you may have missed the venue’s many other fabulous features—so let’s just lay them out for you, shall we? First off, there are the ballroom’s regal cherry-mahogany walls, which imbue a sense of grandeur befitting even the most elegantly formal wedding occasion. Then, just beyond the ballroom’s doors, in the glass-walled foyer (a favorite pre-function space), there is that incredible spiral staircase—perfect for your grand entrance as a newly minted Mrs. Add to that a gracious and ultra-efficient staff, and some of the finest culinary talent in the country, and the fact that the Legends Ballroom can accommodate a wedding reception for up to 800 of your nearest and dearest—while a couple of smaller, but no less luxurious, ballrooms can host more intimate groups—and, well, InterContinental Houston catering manager and wedding expert Chantal Lavin says it best: “The location, ballrooms, culinary team and staff make the InterContinental Hotel Houston the choice for sophisticated and savvy brides.”

Want to learn more about available dates, or schedule a visit? E-mail Chantal, or click here.

Oh—and here’s something else the InterContinental Houston has besides beautiful ballrooms: spacious, stylish guest rooms with insanely comfortable beds and city views for miles. The kind of room you’ll luxuriate in with the love o’ your life when you score one of our TWO two-night, weekend getaways, which include a Friday & Saturday night stay, plus a lazy, lavish breakfast in the The Restaurant—the InterContinental’s global-cuisine dining destination.

To Enter: E-mail us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue. Please do NOT enter more than once—duplicate entries will be deleted. Entry must be emailed BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012. Two randomly selected winners will be notified, and announced on Facebook the following week. Good luck!