Venues We Love: The Phoenix Special Events Facility and B&B

Planning a wedding can be a stressful experience. Your wedding weekend shouldn’t be one. We love that The Phoenix Special Events Facility lets you buy out the entire site, including rustic-elegant event space, plus three charming bed-and-breakfast guest rooms, for an entire four days, at a very pretty price.

That means that you get from Thursday to Sunday to put the final touches on, fully enjoy, and even recover a little bit from your special day. And if you want to have all your wedding-weekend events in one place, you can do that, too. And what a place it is: 75 acres of picturesque countryside in Weimar, a mere 80 miles from Houston. You can enjoy a private pre-wedding celebration with your nearest and dearest, and the next day exchange your vows beneath a canopy of leafy oak boughs beside a sparkling lake, then dine and dance the night away, even treat your guests to a spectacular fireworks show, before retreating with your new hubby to the comfort of your private guest room. Without ever getting in a car.

The Phoenix is very accommodating to vendors, too—bring all your own, or use theirs. Owner and event coordinator Bruce Koehn is on hand to help you plan everything from start to finish, or simply help ensure that all runs smoothly on your big day. If you’re looking for comfort, relaxation and oodles of Southern hospitality for your Houston-area wedding, you really oughtta check out The Phoenix. Call Bruce at 979.733.0304 to schedule your visit—and tell him you found The Phoenix on the Houston Wedding Blog!

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: Bridal Open House at The Club at Falcon Point…TODAY!

Who needs happy hour when there’s a fabulous bridal open house at The Club at Falcon Point, today from 5-8 p.m.? Get your drinkie & nibbles, and get a chance to check out a great potential venue for your 2011 wedding, all in one shot! You’ll be delighted at the manicured lawns, all-inclusive services and elegant reception space at this Katy favorite, and your visiting-from-out-of-town, golf-loving guests will get a major kick out of the much-admired Bruce Devlin and Robert von Hagge course. Bonus!

The Club at Falcon Point Bridal Open House

Thursday, August 26, 2010

5 to 8 p.m.

24503 Falcon Point Dr.

Katy, TX 77494

For more information call 281.392.7888

To Do This Week: Simone Carvalli @ Brickhouse Bridal, WestLake Club Open House, Northwest Forest Open House

Nothing to do this weekend? Yeah, right. When you’re a bride planning her wedding, there’s ALWAYS something to do. And this weekend, there are three more exclusive bridal events to add to your calendar, so mark the dates, grab a bridesmaid or two, and get out there. PS: RSVPs are always appreciated. But then, you knew that. You’re a bride-to-be, after all!

This Friday and Saturday, check out high-glamour, high-fashion, figure-hugging gowns from Simone Carvalli at Brickhouse Bridal, and get 15% off when you nab your Carvalli creation during this event!

Simone Carvalli Trunk Show

Brickhouse Bridal

Friday, August 20 – Saturday, August 21, 2010

200 Valleywood Drive

Suite A300

The Woodlands, Tx 77380

For more information and to RSVP call 281.681.3430

Looking for the perfect indoor-outdoor wedding venue? Lakefront lawns and opulent ballroom space for up to 350 of your nearest and dearest await you at the conveniently located WestLake Club. Come see it (and taste it!) for yourself this Saturday.

WestLake Club Bridal Open House

Saturday, August 21, 2010

11AM to 1PM

570 Westlake Park Blvd.

Houston, TX 77079

For more information or to RSVP call 281.556.5100 or e-mail

It may be located on 80 spectacular rural acres in Cypress, but Northwest Forest has all the modern amenities to make your wedding the event of a lifetime. Check out its unique ceremony and reception spaces—we especially love the Old West-style Settlement House with its big ol’ Texas-size ballroom and delightful wraparound porch—this Sunday afternoon.

Northwest Forest Bridal Open House

Sunday, August 22, 2010

2PM to 4PM

12715 Telge Road

Cypress, TX 77429

For more information or to RSVP call 281.256.4249 or e-mail

To Do This Week: Open Houses at Enchanted Cypress Ballroom and La Toretta Lake Resort

Enchanted Cypress

Sure, it’s got that dazzling fountain and those 18-foot-tall, filigree doors. Yeah, it’s got custom-made crystal chandeliers, a 26-by-26-foot dance floor, and room to seat 600 or so of your nearest and dearest. But what we really love about the Enchanted Cypress Ballroom are those 15 awesome “picture walls” that surround the entire ballroom and can be programmed to screen big, beautiful photos of you and your hubby for all to see! Come check it out for yourself on Saturday, when Enchanted Cypress opens its really big doors to discerning brides…like you.

Enchanted Cypress
Enchanted Cypress Ballroom

Bridal Open House
Saturday, August 7, 2010
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
12603 Louetta Rd.
Cypress, TX 77429
For more information call 281.826.0505 or e-mail

We blogged about our love for picturesque La Toretta Lake Resort a couple of weeks ago. Well, don’t take our word for it. Head to Montgomery on Sunday for a few hours of waterfront relaxation, a bit of gourmet refreshment and a chance to view the gorgeous indoor/outdoor ceremony and reception space at this Lake Conroe gem.

La Torretta Lake Resort Bridal Open House
Sunday, August 8, 2010
1 to 4 p.m.
600 La Torretta Blvd.
Montgomery, TX 77356
For more information call 936.448.3061 or e-mail

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