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Houston Rodeo GIVEAWAY from Veranda Realty Group

Houston Rodeo GIVEAWAY from Veranda Realty Group

Y’all, we’re so excited about this week’s giveaway, we’re champing at the bit to award it! The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo kicks off on March 3 and we’ve got premium tickets for one lucky couple to attend the final night of Rodeo…featuring a performance by the Zac Brown Band!! TO ENTER: Simply 1.) LIKE us on Facebook, and 2.) Email your name and a photo of you & your fiancé in your best rodeo-ready style. Entry deadline is WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5, and we’ll announce our winner on Facebook the very next day.

We’re so thankful to Veranda Realty Group for providing this awesome giveaway—and so thankful to Veranda Realty’s Waukita Ray-Swales for sharing with us her expert home-buying advice for to-be-weds and newlyweds, in this here MUST-READ Q&A.

Houston Wedding Blog: What types of real estate services do you provide brides and grooms?

Waukita Ray-Swales: I provide consultation for engaged couples and newlyweds to assist them in determining if the time is right to make the financial commitment to home ownership. Because many newlyweds already own their own homes prior to getting married, they make the decision to sell their existing homes and purchase something together.

I also own my own design and staging company called Veranda Design Group, and love assisting my clients in blending their two styles together in one home. This helps both the bride and groom feel as though they have brought their own personalities into the decorating and design of their home without losing their individual identities.

HWB: What is your advice for the young to-be-married or newlywed couple who already owns a home together but is looking to “trade up” after the wedding?

WRS: When couples get engaged and begin the process of planning a wedding, many will already own their own homes, but want to consolidate their equity and move into a larger home that will allow them to grow their family without feeling cramped. Consulting with a reputable realtor who will do an extensive analysis of their current home will equip them with knowledge on what their home is worth based on current market conditions and what they should net after the sale. This information will help them formulate an action plan with regard to what they can afford when they are considering moving up into the next price bracket.

HWB: What are two or three of the hottest neighborhoods/areas for first-home purchases right now?

WRS: I am partial to neighborhoods “Inside the Loop” when I counsel soon-to-be-married or newlywed couples because of their accessibility and proximity to the major freeways, shopping districts, arts districts and downtown sports arenas.

Some of my favorites are:

Houston Heights Area – This neighborhood is a designated Historic District with a small-town feel and an abundance of renovated bungalows, as well as newly constructed townhomes in the outlying neighborhoods that are in close proximity. It has a great hike/bike trail that runs all the way through Memorial Park and Downtown Houston and an abundance of eateries, pubs, coffee houses and shopping establishments. The median sale price is approximately $400,000, which allows newlyweds to purchase in a neighborhood where the higher-priced homes will help their property values remain stable. Heights properties range from under $200k to over $2.5mm.

Washington Corridor/Rice Military/Camp Logan – Rice Military is at the heart of Houston’s Inner Loop, and is also 5-10 minutes away from Downtown, Memorial Park and the Museum District. It is still an area of transition, which keeps the prices affordable for first-time homebuyers. Many renovated bungalows are scattered throughout the area, but in recent years there has been a surge in townhome construction. For newlywed couples with busy lifestyles, this may be the perfect location, because they have minimal yard maintenance, and are in the midst of all the Inner Loop activities. Entry-level homes in this neighborhood start around $300,000, and the close proximity to the popular “Washington Street Corridor” is a huge draw to young professionals.

EaDo District (East of Downtown) – Located just north of Interstate 45 and between the George R. Brown Convention Center and the East End District, East Downtown is a vibrant Houston neighborhood near Houston’s three largest business districts: Downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Ship Channel. Dubbed as the “Art & Soul of Houston,” EaDo is a fast-growing neighborhood nestled within many exciting sections of the city. Homes in this neighborhood begin in the $200,000s consisting mostly of townhomes or zero-lot line single-family homes. The values in this area of town are rising rapidly, so a first-time homebuyer will be able to invest in a property that has tremendous upside and potential.

Christian Louboutin GIVEAWAY: Buy I Do! Tix and WIN $845 No Prive Glittered Pumps

 

Christian Louboutin Giveaway Bride

When we go out, we like to go out with a bang. A dazzling, shimmering, signature-red-soled BANG. This is it, darlings, your last chance to purchase pre-sale I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets and win…and oh my goodness, what a prize our winner shall score. Yes, lovelies, one VERY lucky Houston bride who reserves her $20 pre-sale tickets to this Sunday’s extraordinary, ultra-indulgent, absolutely-everything-you-need-for-your-unforgettable-Houston-wedding I Do! Bridal Soiree, will WIN a pair of coveted $845 Christian Louboutin No Prive Glittered Peep-Toe Pumps.

These stunning 4-inch heels with their signature Louboutin silhouette and sexy red soles are perfect for your wedding day or any time you want to make a sparkling style statement. Louboutins + luxury wedding inspiration = LOVE. Don’t miss your chance to get in on this awesome giveaway. Every bride who purchases her pre-sale I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets by NOON this Saturday, Jan. 25, is eligible to win. Our winner will be announced at the I Do! Bridal Soiree runway presentation at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston this Sunday. Will it be YOU?

Good luck, lovelies…and we can’t wait to meet YOU at I Do!!!

 

1 Day Only Buy I Do Tickets and WIN Smith & Wollensky Dinner for 2

I-Do-Bridal-Soiree-Smith-Wollensky-Giveaway

Photos: Smith & Wollensky

The I Do! Bridal Soiree is just around the corner, and we just made buying presale tickets to Houston’s hottest bridal event a little bit more…mouthwatering. Today ONLY, reserve your exceptionally affordable $20 tickets for the Jan. 26 I Do! Bridal Soiree, and you could WIN a $100 dinner for two at fine Houston steakhouse Smith & Wollensky. Your ticket to the I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston on Sunday, Jan. 26 will get you four full hours of pure luxury wedding inspiration, one-on-one consultations with Houston’s finest wedding vendors and experts, divine food and fine wine, and our signature bridal-couture runway presentation–it ALSO might get you dinner for 2 at Highland Village’s haven of prime aged steaks and succulent seafood, where chilled lobster cocktail, filet mignon with lump crabmeat and asparagus, and Bailey’s-brushed chocolate layer cake are just par for the course(s).

To AUTOMATICALLY ENTER, simply 1.) “Like” us on Facebook, 2.) Purchase your I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets by 9 pm CST TODAY, Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Our winner will be announced this week on Facebook, and darling, we’d sure like it to be YOU. Good luck…and we’ll see you–and indulge you, and inspire you, and make your wedding dreams come true–at I Do!

HOT New Year’s GIVEAWAY: Snag Houston Bridal Soiree Tix & Win a Royal Sonesta Romance Package for 2!

Houston Bridal Show 2014 Giveaway

Photo: Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

What better way to kick off the New Year than with a big, fat, fabulous GETAWAY GIVEAWAY? If you’re getting married in Houston in 2014 or 2015, you’re likely already familiar with–and planning to attend–the incomparable I Do! Bridal Soiree at the Royal Sonesta Houston on Sunday, Jan. 26. After all, I Do! is Houston’s ONLY luxury bridal show and the only place to find everything you need for your big day, all in one VIP bridal event experience featuring fine food, fine wine and cocktails, entertainment, and the most incredible bridal couture runway show the city has ever seen.

If you haven’t yet snagged your certain-to-sell-out tickets to the I Do! Bridal Soiree @ the Royal Sonesta, now is the perfect time. That’s because one lucky bride who purchases her I Do! tickets between now and Sunday will WIN a fantastic Royal Sonesta Houston luxury romance package including:

  • One weekend night Club-Level accommodations
  • Complimentary evening appetizers and cocktails AND all-day beverages and snacks
  • Enhanced luxury bath amenities

To enter, simply 1) Purchase your I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets by 8:59 pm CST Sunday, Jan. 5 AND 2) *Like* us on Facebook…if you haven’t yet, that is. One randomly selected winner will be notified next week, and announced on Facebook immediately after. Will it be you??

Good luck, darlings…and we’ll see YOU at I Do!

The San Luis Resort BOOK YOUR WEDDING AND WIN Giveaway!

The San Luis Resort Getaway GIVEAWAY

Imagine this: 32 acres of picture-perfect beach views, award-winning cuisine, and luxury service at its best… what more could you want for your big day? Located on Galveston Island along Seawall Boulevard, the lush San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center has everything you could dream of and more for your beachside wedding. Guests have the choice of indulging in 10 different restaurants, a luxury spa, a tropical heated pool with swim-up bar, and thirst-quenching martinis (as if the drop-dead GORG views weren’t enough). The San Luis Resort is your one-stop shop for event space, divine food and drinks, decor, favors, overnight accommodations, floral and linen rental, and more! With over 200,000 square feet of space, the resort is easily transformed into your fantasy beachfront ceremony and/or reception site.

AND HERE’S THE BEST NEWS OF ALL, BEACH BRIDES: When you book and have your wedding before March 31, 2014, you will receive a complimentary 30 minutes of passed hors d’oeuvre OR a complimentary wedding rental of the San Luis Resort beachfront gazebo AND you’ll be entered to win a weekend stay, spa services for two, dinner at Grotto, and a poolside lounge bed! Check out their website here or call 409.744.1500 for more information on how to plan your perfect waterfront wedding!

The San Luis Resort Getaway GIVEAWAY

Photos: The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center