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We’re Down With Downtown: 2 DTHTX Wedding Venues We Love (OK…3)!

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Sure, the bars are hopping. And yeah, there’s a hot, new eatery opening its doors just about every 19 seconds. But one of our favorite things about downtown Houston’s business-to-pleasure evolution is the growing popularity of our thriving urban center as a super-chic location for wedding celebrations.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Ballroom at Bayou Place

One of the coolest kids on the Downtown block is The Ballroom at Bayou Place. Located right in the heart of Downtown’s lively Theater District, The Ballroom has 15,000 square feet (!!) of flexible party space, which can be configured for everything from an intimate engagement-party gathering to an all-out-epic wedding bash for 500 or more of your nearest and dearest. If sleek balconies, sweeping skyline views, swank chandeliers and velvet drapery sound like your idea of the ideal wedding setting, you’ll definitely want to check out this Downtown dazzler, where manager Craig Howard (formerly of Ritz Carlton hotels and Cirque du Soleil—you may have heard of ’em) and his team of pros will help you with everything you need to plan a very pretty city wedding.

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Photo: Courtesy of The Ballroom at Bayou Place

Jumping from a modern ballroom to classic one, let’s take a little stroll across Downtown, and treat you to a glimpse at The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice, located, just like the name says, in the historic Rice Hotel. Built in 1913, The Crystal Ballroom is 5,600 square feet of…gorgeous. Picture 35-foot-high ceilings, hand-painted murals, arched windows, and, of course, the lavish chandeliers you’d expect from a place with “crystal” in its name. Plus, the venue is catered by Sambuca, a name synonymous with renowned American fare—making The Crystal Ballroom a great spot not just for opulent Downtown weddings, but impress-your-guests pre-wedding parties and rehearsal dinners.

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Oh—and don’t forget Lawless Spirits, also located in The Rice. This artisanal-cocktail hotspot, with its industrial-glam ambiance and equally chic terrace offers additional pre- and post-wedding celebration space, along with a taste of Texas history.

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Photo: Courtesy of Lawless Spirits

Find these two Downtown gems, and tons more Houston-area wedding venues, right here, and schedule your tours early, loves…the best spots in town book up fast!

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: The Crystal Ballroom at The Rice

Blush, Black & Gold Wedding at Crystal Ballroom at The Rice by Ama Photography & Cinema

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Houston couple Marina and Frank were partying like it was 1999 (literally) when they first met at a nightclub their senior year of high school. Marina tells us, “Frank was dancing with my friend (who happened to be one of my bridesmaids) to get closer to me. He eventually made his way to me, and we exchanged numbers at the end of the night.” They kept in touch and went on a couple dates, but parted ways when Marina started college and Frank left town for boot camp—but that didn’t stop them from keeping in touch. After she graduated college and Frank came back from the military, they were inseparable.

Marina and Frank planned a trip to visit their friends in New York City…but little did she know this trip had something special in store for her. “Frank mentioned that he had never done any of the typical touristy things in the city, so I planned an entire day out of it. We went through Ellis Island Museum and walked around to take an imprint of Frank’s grandfather’s name—whose name is on The Wall of Honor—but Mark insisted that we should take a look at the skyline first. As we were walking over, his started breathing heavily and got down on one knee,” recounts Marina. She was so surprised that she couldn’t even remember most of what he said, but she does remember him saying, “My grandfather started his new life on Ellis Island, and I want us to start our new life together here.” Awwpass the tissues, please!

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Exactly one year later the pair tied the knot at the Crystal Ballroom at The Rice with their nearest and dearest to witness. “We wanted to go with something elegant, classic and timeless with pops of bold elements,” says Marina.

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One of their favorite moments? When LG Entertainment played the last song, and all of the guests joined the bride and groom on the dance floor!

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Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds!

Wedding-Reception-Exit Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema | Rehearsal Dinner Location: Lawless Kitchen & Spirits | Reception Venue: Crystal Ballroom at The Rice | Catering: Sambuca Catering | Music, Lighting & Entertainment: LG Entertainment

Emerald Green & Gold Wedding at Agave Estates by Ama Photography & Cinema

Monday, April 10th, 2017

It was friends, food and fate that brought Monica and Chris together, forever. “I had just left an awful couples’ dinner where I was the ONLY single person. After I left the dinner, I went to meet mutual friends at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch a UFC fight,” says Monica. “I was not in the mood to mingle, but Chris offered me his seat and somehow found a way to make me smile (as he always does). The rest was history,” she adds.

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It wasn’t long before Chris planned the perfect, intimate proposal for Monica. They went for a couple’s massage, got chocolate truffles form Liebman’s and then took a long walk around Terry Hershey Park. He originally planned to propose to Monica at the park, but in typical Houston fashion, it began to rain. Chris decided to take her back to his house, where they relaxed on the couch with the box of chocolates. “We were talking, but I could tell he was holding something back,” says Monica. “I thought maybe he was turned off by the way I was eating chocolates (lol). He then nervously started to tell me how much I meant to him and popped the question,” recounts Monica.

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Monica walked down the aisle in style wearing a full-sleeved lace gown from Houston Bridal Gallery, and danced the night away at the rustic, Spanish wedding venue, Agave Estates . “Our wedding was a dream come true from the ceremony, to our final exit for the night,” says Monica. “My favorite moment was when we recited our vows to each other, and promised to spend forever together in front of our closest family and friends. Everyone came together to celebrate us and it was a night we’ll never forget,” adds Monica. We couldn’t be happier for these two!

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Photos: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: Agave Estates | Wedding Dress: Houston Bridal Gallery | Invitations: Bella Dia Stationery

2016 NACE Houston Wedding Award Winners

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

We at Weddings in Houston take pride in supporting our partners within the wedding industry, and a huge part of this is our support of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events)! Over the years, we have enjoyed many events and experiences with the Houston chapter of NACE, which we feel is one of the best in the nation. We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but we are so proud of our CEO, publisher and resident “Queen Bee,” Radhika Day, who accepted the prestigious 2016 Spirit of NACE Houston award at this week’s annual NACE Houston awards ceremony.

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Photo: Solaris Studios

We would also like to congratulate our talented Weddings in Houston partners on their awards for 2016 weddings and styled shoots! Find Alex and Jerry’s wedding, and Allie and Kyle’s wedding in our NEW Special Anniversary issue, hitting newsstands on Jan. 1, 2017, and find our gorgeous “Painter’s Palette” styled shoot at link below.

NACE Houston 2016 Table Presentation of the Year:

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Kat Creech, CMP, Kat Creech Events

Gary Archer, Bright Star Productions

Jill Raines, CPCE, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design

Rebekah Cunningham, Dream Bouquet

 

NACE Houston 2016 Wedding of the year, under $50K:

Alex and Jerry, A Celebration of Love

Claudia G. de Velasco, A Day To Remember

Johanna Terry, Johanna Terry Events

Jill Raines, CPCE, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design

 

NACE Houston 2016 Wedding of the Year, Budget over $100,000:

Allie and Kyle’s Wedding at The Corinthian

Kat Creech, CMP, Kat Creech Events

Jill Raines, CPCE, EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design

Boyd Bryan, Jackson and Company

Aisha Khan, Ama Photography & Cinema

The coolest part? These award-winning wedding pros can be part of YOUR Houston wedding plans. Just click the links above, email or call the ones that make your heart go pitter-pat, and get started on planning your dream wedding! Who knows? Your own Houston wedding celebration just may wind up in Weddings in Houston!

Q&A With Award-Winning Wedding Stylist Kat Creech

Monday, December 5th, 2016

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema

“I think that, subconsciously, I knew the event industry was for me when I was young and prepared dinners for my parents,” says Kat Creech, owner of renowned Houston wedding-design and planning firm Kat Creech Events. “While the menu only consisted of hot dogs, peanut-butter sandwiches and hamburgers, with cookies for dessert, the table was set, the napkin was folded with a menu card placed on top, the candles were lit, and the lights were dimmed.” Now all grown up, and the recipient of multiple industry awards—plus countless accolades from the wedding couples whose spectacular celebrations she has styled—Creech is still setting those tables, placing those menu cards and lighting those candles…only now, on a MUCH grander scale.

Houston Wedding Blog: What was the official start of your journey to becoming a wedding stylist?

Kat Creech: I began the hospitality journey in 1989, at the young age of 16, and climbed the career ladder. In college, I received my first management position as the bar manager of a fine-dining establishment. Upon graduating with honors from the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College in 1999, I entered the catering and events industry full time, moving from an operations manager role to a special events role in 2005, and there was no looking back.

I found my place, and I have loved it ever since. I have never lost my thirst for this industry! I have a passion to do great things, to think differently, to execute events differently, leave a legacy, and ensure that lasting memories are made.

HWB: What is the difference between a wedding planner and a wedding stylist?

KC: A wedding stylist and a wedding planner could have similar roles, but there are differences. A wedding stylist handles all the aesthetic items, such as theme, color, story, interests, vision and vibe. A wedding planner is much like a project manager, overseeing the event’s logistics.

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Venue: The Corinthian | Consultant & Planning: Kat Creech Events | Linens & Chairs: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design

At Kat Creech Events, we do both. As wedding stylist, we are about about creating a personal brand for your wedding day. Our firm focuses on the design storyboard…and that something special that you can’t quite put your finger on. We obsess about the little details. We look past the daunting checklists, the digital boards, the wedding color, and really get to know our clients—the foundation of what makes them who they are. We ask deeper question and get deeper answers, and then we bring in our creative partners to come play in the wedding playground.

The wedding planner side of the business provides us with a bird’s-eye view of the event as a whole. In the end, it is an intangible journey that results in an epic reality.

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Design & Styling: Kat Creech Events | Rentals & Linens: EB Inc. Event Rentals & Design | Dinnerware, Stemware & Stationery: Bering’s | Flowers: Dream Bouquet | Lighting & Special Effects: Bright Star Productions

HWB: What’s your best advice to a couple who may be feeling slightly overwhelmed by all of the advice, inspiration and ideas they are encountering?

KC: 1. Hire a designer and planner. They are your true investment to create a day you will never forget. Many have different packages to fit into your needs, wants and budget. Our firm acts as the general contractor for your event and ensures that the perfect creative partners are brought in to accomplish all the various elements that are so important in your event: design, decor, venue, entertainment, food, lighting. Trust in the professionals to help you execute your vision.

2. Create a hierarchy of the items that are most important to you, and build your budget around those items.

3. Don’t always go for the discount. Be conscious of the investment you are making. I always break down the investment into man-hours and billable rates, to provide a better understanding of how a professional is getting paid to do their job for you. As they say, you get what you pay for.

4. Budget. My very best advice is to break the overall budget into a price per person. A true professional can guide you to determine if your budget is in line with your expectations.

5. Be kind. This is the most important day of your life and probably the biggest party you have ever thrown. Don’t let your stressful emotions get the best of you. There is life after your wedding. Be kind to your family, your wedding party, and your vendors. It costs nothing and it will get you a lot.

Like what you hear? Love what you see? Schedule your consultation with Kat Creech Events, and find out how this exceptional event stylist can bring your event vision to life! And don’t forget to mention that you found her on the Houston Wedding Blog!

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Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema | Coordination: Kat Creech Events | Venue: The Astorian | Flowers: Dream Bouquet | Gown: Ivory Bridal Atelier | Lighting: DJU Entertainment