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Downtown Houston Rooftop Wedding: Le Meridien

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A celebration on top of the world (or pretty darn close to it), with dazzling views of Houston’s city skyline? If that sounds like your idea of wedding heaven, then Le Meridien may be just the venue you’re looking for.

Sure, this modern downtown Houston hotel has all the whistles and bells for an awesome Houston city wedding, including a sophisticated ballroom, swank restaurant (perfect for rehearsal dinners), and decked-out Bridal Glam Suite for pre-wedding prep. But it’s Le Meridien’s Z on 23 Rooftop Lounge, with its stunning 360-degree views of downtown Houston, that really sets this property apart from other wedding sites in town. Hang with your friends during your wedding week, greet visiting guests for pre-event cocktails, or reserve the entire Z on 23 space just for you two and your crew, for a downtown Houston rooftop wedding that’s way, way above anything you ever expected. Call now to schedule your tour, and make sure ask about their booking special to receive a complimentary passed hors d’oeuvre and sparkling toast, when you book your 2019 wedding by December 31, 2018!

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15 Classic First Dance Songs + First Dance Tips

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Your first dance as a newlywed couple in front of your loved ones is a classic tradition. It can be a mesmerizing moment, but for some couples, the first dance can also be daunting. That’s completely understandable, as you’ll be in the spotlight, with all your loved ones looking on. But with these tips and song suggestions, you’ll be able to shake those first dance jitters and enjoy a deeply romantic moment with your spouse.

Practice Is Your Friend

When it comes to this tradition, rehearsing is a must. Even if it’s just a couple of practice sessions, rehearsing will prepare you for when it’s time to dance, and all eyes are on you and your partner. Make sure to practice in the actual shoes you will be wearing, to get comfortable and avoid missteps. Also, if you’re wearing a dress that could make dancing difficult, practice a couple of times while wearing it, to learn how to avoid snags or stumbles.

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Photo: Khanh Nguyen Photography

Keep It Simple

It’s fine to have a choreographed number, as long as you keep in mind not just your dancing abilities, but those of your partner. Your first dance shouldn’t be frustrating or terrifying for either one of you, and should be a fun way for you to connect as newlyweds. Avoid overly complicated steps and stick with something you’ll both be able to do with ease.

Let Loose

In a perfect world, your first dance will be seamless and maybe even YouTube-worthy. However, this is the real world and mistakes are a real possibility. When a mistake happens, embrace it and maybe incorporate it into your routine. A stumble can be turned into a romantic dip, while forgotten steps can become a fun freestyle. What matters is that you remain focused on each other and that you be present in the moment. Doing this will guarantee a first dance you’ll cherish.

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Photo: Adam Nyholt, Photographer

The Song

Lastly, choose a song that is meaningful to both of you. From meaningful lyrics to a shared love for an artist, the song you dance to should reflect your personalities and be enjoyable. With that mind, don’t feel relegated only to soft, slow songs. Below are both new favorites and enduring classics we love for creating first-dance memories to last a lifetime.

  1. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  2. Your Song – Elton John
  3. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  4. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  5. At Last – Etta James
  6. All Of Me – John Legend
  7. Everything – Michael Bublé
  8. Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
  9. Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
  10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Lauryn Hill
  11. Someone Like You – Van Morrison
  12. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
  13. Speechless – Dan + Shay
  14. Love On Top – Beyoncé
  15. Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
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Modern Downtown Wedding Hotel: Hilton Americas-Houston

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The Hilton Americas-Houston: South Asian Weddings And More In Houston’s BIG, Beautiful Downtown Hotel

Need LOTS of space for your great, big Houston wedding? With space to comfortably accommodate up to 2,000 of your nearest and dearest, the Hilton Americas-Houston is an ideal wedding pick. A longtime favorite for South Asian weddings, Middle Eastern weddings, and any wedding that requires ample room and international catering expertise, this excellent downtown hotel also has plenty of smaller spaces for more intimate gatherings. Plus, the location, just steps from downtown Houston’s best shopping and dining destinations, as well as expansive urban park Discovery Green, can’t be beat. Schedule your tour today to see more of this modern downtown wedding hotel, and start planning your big, BIG day!

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Boho Chic Wedding From Plants N’ Petals

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Photo: JF Studioz

Vewiser, who met Tiesha while the two were attending Lamar University, used a trip to Disney World to set the backdrop for his creative proposal. On New Year’s Day, after a visit to the Florida theme park, Vewiser presented his beloved with a photo album filled with pics from their trip…with one very special addition on the last page: a photo of an engagement ring. “He immediately got down on one knee and expressed his love for me, and how our love has grown over the years,” notes the bride. The pair sealed the deal in front of 240 friends and family with a gorgeous boho chic wedding designed and decorated by Plants N’ Petals. The Houston floral firm brought Tiesha’s vision of vivid hues and flower crowns to life. “I wanted to use bright colors for the flower arrangements and not the typical ‘wedding colors,'” the bride says. “We both agreed bright colors matched our relationship and vivid personalities so we wanted to incorporate that in our wedding.” In addition to the fabulous decor, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed delicious offerings from Houston’s Café Natalie Catering which included chicken parmesan, salmon, roasted vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. After a night of dancing and fun, the festivities ended off with an incredible fireworks display. “Our wedding was everything we wanted and more, truly a blessing from God and a dream come true!”

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“Boho Chic Wedding By Plants N’ Petals” Photography: JF Studioz; Spotlight Vendors – Rehearsal Dinner: Pine Forest Country Club | Catering: Café Natalie Catering | Cake: Wedding Cakes By Tammy Allen | Flowers & Decor: Plants N’ Petals | Gown & MOB Attire: Parvani Vida Bridal & Formal

Contributors: The Vine, Canvas Makeup Artistry, Jared Jewelers, DJS Entertainment, Celestial Displays, Chocolate Fountain Express, Sam’s Limousine and Transportation

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Bering’s $$$ Gift Basket Giveaway!

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Photo: Kelli Durham Photography | Tableware: Bering’s | Flowers: Glenwood Weber Design
Fall is here…FINALLY!! And we can think of no better way to celebrate than with a celebration of Bering’s, Houston’s iconic retailer of everything awesome for home, garden and gifts!

With such a huge inventory of amazing products, including cookware, fine china, home entertaining goods, camping gear, countertop appliances, grills, garden accessories, luxury bed and bath items, stationery, home decor and, yes, hardware, it’s no wonder Bering’s is a longtime favorite among to-be-weds in search of the perfect Houston wedding gift registry. There’s something for absolutely everyone, and every couple, at price points for every wedding guest. All right here in Houston, at two convenient locations, and online, natch.

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We DID say celebration…and there’s no better way to celebrate Bering’s than with a big, ol’ $$$ Bering’s giveaway!

This Wednesday, Oct. 17, for one day only, we’ll be showcasing Bering’s in a 24-hour Instagram contest you won’t want to miss. Head over to our Insta anytime on Wednesday to tag, follow, and if you’re super lucky, WIN “The Good Gourmet” Food Prep Basket, filled with premium-brand home-cooking products, valued at over $425!! Good luck, loves. And happy registry shopping at Bering’s!!

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