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Don’t Buy That Engagement Ring Until You Read This

Your engagement ring is unlike any other piece of jewelry you’ll ever wear—part treasured adornment, part profound promise, part enduring symbol of love. Which can make buying your engagement ring a pretty daunting prospect. Before you buy, get answers to your hard rock questions here!

Rahaminov Diamond & Rose Gold engagement ring
Photo: Diamond Cellar


First, decide how you’ll decide on your ring. The element of surprise is part of most proposal fantasies. But so is the element of loving your ring. Before you set out on the path to engagement, talk with your future spouse about how involved you want to be in the engagement-ring-selection process. It’s perfectly acceptable, and, in fact, advisable, to participate in choosing the ring you’ll wear forever as a symbol of your enduring commitment. If choosing the exact ring you want is important to you, go with your partner to the jeweler, look at diamonds together, and Click here to read the rest of this post »

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GIVEAWAY: Buy Tix & Win $150 At Armandos

I Do! Wedding Soiree Corinthian Darryl Co
Photo: Civic Photos | Venue: Corinthian-Houston | Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co.

If you’re thinking about attending the Feb. 8 I Do! Wedding Soiree (which, we gotta say, is probably the best decision you can make as a vendor-seeking, fashion-forward, cocktail-loving, inspiration-hungry to-be-wed), but if you haven’t yet bought your tickets, NOW is the time, gurrrl. Not only will you get 30% off the at-door ticket price–before you pull up your calculator app, that’s $25 instead of $35–but you’ll also be automatically entered to win a $150 gift card for Armandos, Houston’s destination for elevated Tex-Mex dining in a gorgeous setting inspired by 1920’s Mexico.

Armandos Restaurant Houston Dining Room
Photo: Courtesy of Armandos

We’re thrilled to partner with Armando and Cinda Palacios’ award-winning restaurant for this very special limited-time “Buy & Win” giveaway. Not only is Armandos a fantastic spot for rehearsal dinners and engagement parties (there’s an audible “wow” when guests enter the space, with its antique mirrors, gleaming wood surfaces and lush red draperies…and another when they dig in to a decadent lobster enchilada or a divine mouthful of savory carne guisada), but the Armandos team also offers impeccable full-service wedding catering off-site, and bright-red taco trucks for low-key celebrations with high-quality Tex-Mex food and service! So, how do you enter to win our $150 Armandos restaurant gift card?? It’s EASY!!

Armandos Houston Wedding Catering
Photo: Courtesy of Armandos

Simply purchase your $25 advance-sale tickets to the one-and-only I Do! Wedding Soiree–Houston’s ONLY luxury wedding-planning event and all-VIP cocktail bash–by 5 p.m. THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 2, and you are automatically entered to WIN. We’ll announce our lucky ticket-buyer LIVE at the Corinthian-Houston on Thurs. Feb. 8, where Armandos will be on hand to congratulate the winner…and will be serving up samples of their mouthwatering Tex-Mex fare along with their signature margaritas. Get in it to win it, loves…and we’ll see YOU at I Do!



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5 Versatile Venues For Any Wedding Style

Bring the outside into your venue. Or the inside out. Transform your ceremony space for post “I do” partying. Rally some food trucks. Set off some fireworks. Serve up a taste of home…or fete your guests with a global feast. If you can dream it, chances are you can do it, at one of these super-versatile wedding venues! Read on for the scoop…

Las Velas Interior Shot
Photo: Tomas Ramos | Venue: Las Velas


Set amidst courtyards full of blooming bougainvillea, hibiscus and lush greenery, Las Velas evokes a stately Tuscan villa, where you can live out your most elaborate wedding fantasy. Here, ornate architecture encloses Click here to read the rest of this post »

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Vendors We Love: Glenwood Weber Design

Glenwood Weber Design Floral Houston Wedding
Photo: Kelli Durham Photography | Flowers & Styling: Glenwood Weber Design | Linens & Furniture: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Tabletop Rentals: Bering’s | Venue: Hughes Manor

Since making a splash on the Houston garden- and floral-design scene in 2010, Glenwood Weber Design has established its reputation as one of the city’s best, creating magnificent gardens, “green walls” and landscapes in Houston’s poshest neighborhoods. So it was a natural transition for owner Glenwood Weber and his talented team to make the leap into weddings, bringing with them Click here to read the rest of this post »

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2-Day GIVEAWAY: Buy Tix & Win $50 Brennan’s February Gift Card

Corinthian Houston I Do Wedding Soiree 2017
Venue: Corinthian-Houston | Flowers & Decor: Darryl & Co. | Photo: Civic Photos

Engaged & confused? We’ve got just the giveaway you need: Join us, and a fabulous selection of Houston’s absolute finest wedding experts and creative talents, for the one-and-only I Do! Wedding Soiree, coming to the Corinthian-Houston on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. Let us inspire and indulge you, with fine food, cocktails, dazzling tablescapes, live entertainment, $$$ gift bags and BIG door prizes, all amidst the grandeur of downtown Houston’s legendary neoclassical event space! Buy your tickets by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, and you’ll automatically be entered to WIN a $50 gift card for renowned restaurant Brennan’s of Houston, good through the end of February.

Brennan's Houston Fine Dining Rehearsal Dinner
Venue: Brennan’s of Houston | Photo: Joanna Krueger Photography

This giveaway is the perfect opportunity to snag your spot at Houston’s only luxury wedding event and VIP cocktail party and score $50 toward dinner at the city’s acclaimed home of upscale Southern cuisine, presented with impeccable service a beautiful setting. You’ll have the chance to experience one of Houston’s most coveted destinations for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bridal showers and intimate wedding celebrations–a perfect cozy date night on a chilly February evening!! Simply purchase your I Do! Wedding Soiree tickets by Wednesday’s deadline, and you’re automatically entered. Everyone who has purchased tickets by Wednesday is entered; winners will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 25. Good luck, loves!

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12 Gorgeous Bridal Bouquets In Full Bloom

Both glorious accessory and sentimental symbol, the bouquet you hold on your wedding day should express your style, and your joy, without stealing the spotlight or weighing you down. Scroll down for a bounty of beautiful bouquets, fresh from Houston’s haute-est wedding florists!

E Johnston Designs Bridal Bouquet
Photo: James Barrett | Bouquet: E. Johnston Designs

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Destination Venues Less Than An Hour From Houston

Forget passports, plane fares and complicated travel logistics…these six venues offer a full destination wedding experience, just a short drive away from downtown Houston.

Briscoe Manor Front Exterior
Photo: Agape House Studio | Venue: Briscoe Manor


SAY I DO: Nestled among pecan and oak trees on a serene 50-acre estate whose history dates back to the early 19th century, Richmond’s Briscoe Manor welcomes couples to say their vows in a stately limestone chapel (the photo ops are out of this world!), and invites celebrants to take full advantage of Click here to read the rest of this post »

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Venues We Love: Ashton Gardens

Houston Wedding Venue Ashton Gardens Ballroom
Venue: Ashton Gardens| Photo: Tony Houston Photography

There are few venues that have it all…like, absolutely ALL: magnificent wood-beamed chapel, gorgeous glass-walled ballroom surrounded by lush natural beauty, divine in-house catering and full-service wedding planning. Well, darlings, we’re happy to say, Ashton Gardens is one of those rare venues. Click here to read the rest of this post »

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What’s In Our I Do! Soiree Gift Bag?

I Do! Wedding Soiree at The Astorian - Swag Bag

Photo: Ama by Aisha

The I Do! Wedding Soiree, coming to the Corinthian-Houston on Thursday, Feb. 8, is Houston’s first-class wedding planning event! Part of what makes the Soiree so special is that every engaged couple receives VIP treatment, including a custom-curated gift bag filled with premium swag. So what’s in the bag?  Click here to read the rest of this post »

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5 Fresh And Fun Bridal Manicure Styles

It’s all about the details ladies, and when it comes to your nails, a professional manicure is a must for your big day. Not sure which bridal nail style you should try? Here are five of our favorites, ranging from clean and classic to bold and spotlight-stealing. Once you’ve found a style you like, pull up this here post at your salon, and get them done right, gurl!

1. Classic French

White French Manicure

Photo: SPBJuliaNails

Keep it simple and elegant with a classic French manicure, or add a tiny touch of bling to complement your ring!

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