Posts Tagged ‘Houston Wedding’
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Join us in welcoming Shaun Gray, the wedding planner extraordinaire behind Gray & Associates Events, to the Houston Wedding Blog! Shaun and his team strive to help wedding couples “celebrate well,” sometimes with a grand, traditional wedding in Houston, other times with a beachside-blowout in Galveston… and always with a well-stocked supply of Champagne. We asked Shaun to explain exactly what it means to “celebrate well,” and for his advice to wedding couples who want to do just that!
Photo: Courtesy of Gray & Associates Events
At Gray & Associates Events, we know that you want to host a wedding celebration that your family will cherish and your friends will love, and one that both you and your partner get to enjoy — without having to do excessive work! That’s what we call being able to “celebrate well.”
Here are my five tips to assist you in doing everything you can throughout the planning process to ensure you and your beloved get to celebrate well at your wedding:
1. Do You — Don’t get caught up in what your bridesmaid did at her wedding last year, or pay too much attention to Aunt Linda’s constant reminders that peonies are so beautiful during this time of year. If you don’t want peonies, then it doesn’t matter. If you keep trying to find ways to appease your family and friends, your wedding will look more like a thrown-together version of 50 other people’s weddings, and less like a celebration to honor your new union.
2. Go Big Before You Go Small — Worry about your venue, your wardrobe, your food and your photographer first. If you haven’t selected a venue yet, then stop Pinning “5 Farm Tablescapes Everyone Will Swoon Over,” especially if you aren’t set on having a rustic-style wedding. If you try to force a preconceived theme on a venue that doesn’t lend itself well to your theme, then it’s pointless to book the venue, so keep looking.
Photo: Courtesy of Gray & Associates Events
3. Hire A Planner — Weddings In Houston is a great resource to find our great city’s top event planning experts. Even if you’re not looking to “celebrate well,” any professional planner will assist you with navigating the many tasks, that, without professional help, can get you really stressed out during the months before you say, “I do.”
4. Rest The Night Before — I cannot stress this enough! If you’re a bride, make sure that your makeup and hair team don’t put you in the chair first, and take that time to relax. They’re just going to have to come back and refresh you anyway, so you can afford to have them start on you a little later and knock out some of your bridesmaids first. For guys, make sure not to get tanked the night before your wedding. You’ll wake up groggy (and probably a little sick!) and that isn’t a good look for anyone, especially on the day of your wedding!
5. Stick To Your Budget — We always make sure that we don’t put a bride in a $10,000 gown when she only wanted to spend $6,500, because, knowing all of our luck, she’d get emotionally attached to the higher-priced gown, and then be disappointed when it was too far outside of her budget. The same thing goes for your overall wedding budget. If you’re spending $50,000 on your wedding, don’t let your floral designer work you up a proposal for $25,000. But for Champagne, now, that’s a different story…
Shaun Gray (middle) and two of his associates | Photo: Karie Marie Photography
Shaun and his team really know how to make the magic happen. Interested in getting his tips and expertise throughout your entire wedding planning process? Set up a consultation with Gray & Associates Events today! Be sure to mention you heard his tips first on the Houston Wedding Blog!
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Photo: Courtesy of Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production
Wedding couples sing the praises of Houston wedding band Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production for two reasons: 1. They create custom set lists to represent every wedding couple, and 2. They have perfected a high-energy, non-stop performance that keeps guests of every musical inclination on their feet.
“We can be a full-fledged party band, but we can also throw in some quirky song choices that reflect who the couple is,” says frontman Danny Ray. “We are just so excited to be playing. When we’re playing, we’re grooving and rocking out, and that shows!”
We asked Ray to walk us through his ideal wedding day setlist, crafted with hints of romantic serenades, Motown classics, Texas country and full-blown party ballads. Listen in:
The Opener —Ray likes to kick off the reception with a recognizable hit that starts off slow and builds to become more upbeat. His go-to’s are “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons, and “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. “They are not really slow, but they are not really fast,” he says. “Those are the two that we start off with most often, but every now and then we get a client who wants to hit it hard from the beginning, and in that case we would start out with ‘Kiss’ by Prince.”
First Dance —Ray says that he and his band will learn any first dance song for wedding couples they work with. In general, if couples have a song with personal meaning to them, no matter where it falls in the set list, he is willing to make it happen. “Any first dance, we are open to those,” Ray says. “If there is any special song, maybe for a last dance or if it’s a song that they say they would go crazy for, we want to add it in.”
Photo: Courtesy of Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production
Mashups — For really letting it loose, Ray likes to mix in custom mashups of 90s hip hop favorites with rock classics — like Snoop Dog’s “Gin and Juice” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama ” — to keep guests on their toes! He will even rap…ish. “I really like doing mashups because the second you go into another song, you see everyone processing what just happened,” Ray says. “Everyone is with you for that moment.”
Modern Hits — And of course Ray and his team don’t shy away from the hits of the moment. “Right now you can’t go wrong with Bruno Mars,” he says (and we agree). “Bruno Mars, Prince and the mashups are the things that almost always happen.”
Ceremony or Cocktail Classics — In addition to the lively reception music, the band also performs acoustic takes of more romantic songs for the wedding ceremony, dinner and cocktail hour. “What we play during the ceremony is completely directed by the bride and the groom,” Ray says, having performed everything from classical compositions, to Beyonce ballads, to songs from Adam Sandler’s movie, “The Wedding Singer.” For cocktail hours and dinners, Ray often performs crooner classics from Frank Sinatra or Michael Bublé, along with contemporary acoustic songs from the likes of The Lumineers or Of Monsters and Men.
Photo: Steve Lee Photography
Want to hear more from Danny Ray and the Acoustic Production? Schedule a consultation now or head to his show, Thursday April 6, at Fox Hollow! And be sure to tell him his fans at the Houston Wedding Blog say hello!!
Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Photos Courtesy of Texas Renaissance Festival
There are destination wedding settings that transport you to another place. And then there’s the Texas Renaissance Festival, which takes you away to an experience that is part medieval romance fantasy, part lush castle grounds, part fairytale-come-true.
If you think the Texas Renaissance Festival is just for browsing hand-forged crossbows and custom suede moccasins, taking in a joust or two, and feasting on turkey legs and mead…sure, you can do all of these and MUCH more at the nation’s largest Renaissance theme park.
But weddings (not to mention engagements, bachelor and bachelorette weekends, and rehearsal dinner celebrations) at the Texas Renaissance Festival are something else entirely. The festival’s enchanted garden venues offer something for every couple, whether your ultimate wedding fantasy includes authentic medieval costumes and heralding trumpets, or an understated ivory ballgown, a solo violinist and perfect peony bouquet.
With seating for 200, the English Garden features 3,000 annuals, perennials, tropical and curling vines, and 35 majestic urns and statues—a dream setting for romantic vows and nuptial rituals.
For intimate ceremonies, the Water Garden accommodates 30, and fills the air with the sound of burbling fountains and fluttering vegetation.
In the Rose Garden, you’ll encounter the heady fragrance of 600 blooming roses, when you say your vows in front of up to 150 of your beloved friends and family members.
And for a slightly more traditional setting, there’s the lovely King’s Chapel, which features a regal red aisle, climbing vines and charming stone pews.
But weddings aren’t all that’s wonderful at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Register NOW for your chance to win a magical fantasy proposal package from nation’s largest Renaissance theme park!
The Texas Renaissance Festival offers you numerous unique ways to “pop the question” and the events staff will help you plan your day in every detail so that you can relax and enjoy the moment. A Texas Renaissance Festival proposal could be as grand as a romantic moment at the Royal Joust with the King and Queen and crowds of well-wishers looking on, or an intimate moment in one of our beautiful gardens with just the two of you (and maybe a few of the fairy court looking on).
Whatever the particular event, your proposal package will include the following:
- Admission for two the Texas Renaissance Festival
- Bouquet of roses
- Chocolate-covered strawberries
- Sparkling wine and two commemorative Champagne flutes
- Horse-drawn carriage ride after the proposal
To win a fantasy proposal package, email your name and contact information. Entries will be received through May 12, 2017 and the winner contacted after May 31, 2017.
Details and Restrictions:
- Entries must be received no later than May 12, 2017.
- Winner will be notified on or before May 31, 2017
- Proposal must be scheduled to occur during regular days and hours of operation of the 2017 Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF). TRF dates are Saturdays and Sundays, September 30 through November 26, 2017, as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 24, 2017. Festival hours of operation are 9 am to 8 pm.
- TRF staff will coordinate with winner to determine the date, time, location, and package elements. Final package details are determined solely at the discretion and approval of the staff of the Texas Renaissance Festival. The total value of all package elements provided by the Texas Renaissance Festival is not to exceed $800.00
- The Texas Renaissance Festival is an outdoor event that operates rain or shine. Proposal packages will not be rescheduled due to weather or other elements outside the control of the Texas Renaissance Festival.
Questions? Contact the Texas Renaissance Festival here, and start planning your fairytale experience NOW!
Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Photo: Sylvie Gil
We all have those free-spirited friends, reserved beauties or fiery fashionistas in our bridal party that we just can’t imagine saying “I do” without. One of our favorite ways that brides balance each of their bridesmaids’ different styles (and opinions) with their cohesive wedding look is through the mix-and-match bridesmaid dress trend. But experts and brides agree that pulling it off is a lot more challenging than it seems.
“Mix-and-match is really a look that takes a lot of effort to make it look effortless,” says Stephanie Wilkinson, co-owner of beloved Houston bridesmaids dress boutique, Bella Bridesmaids. We talked with Wilkinson, co-owner Natalie Taylor, and their team, about how to make the mix-and-match look more manageable. Here’s what they had to say:
Give Them Something to Work With — Though the team at Bella Bridesmaids are experts in selecting the best fit and style for each of your gals, Lindsay Provost, manager of Bella Bridesmaids’ Houston location, urges brides to have at least one solid idea of how she wants her girls to look before embarking on this mix-and-match journey. “It’s really helpful if they have at least a color or fabric nailed down and set in stone,” she says. “That’s what we can start with, and work from there.”
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Photo: Minerva House
Think Texture — When planning a mix-and-match look, don’t limit yourself to just differing colors or style. Bella Bridesmaids co-owner Natalie Taylor advises brides not to be afraid of bringing in different textures! “Texture is what really makes a mix-and-match look successful,” she says. “When there is lace, and maybe some metallic or tulle, it looks purposeful and intentional.”
Keep it Short… or Long — Color, texture and designs can differ from bridesmaid to bridesmaid, but Taylor warns that mixing floor-length dresses with cocktail dresses is a big no-no. “A high-low dress and a floor-length dress would probably be okay, but we would stay away from a short and a long,” she says.
Stick with a Designer — Bridesmaid dress designers typically use similar color tones and textures across their styles, which helps brides keep things cohesive. “A lot of the time we will stick with one designer,” Provost says. “Bridesmaids can still get that mix-and-match look with different necklines in the same shades of color.” One designer that Provost highly recommends for achieving a flawless mix-and-match look is the simple and refined Amsale.
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Photo: Jessica Gold Photography
Trust the Process — Patience is key when selecting your mix-and-match bridesmaids pieces. The team at Bella Bridesmaids will guide you as you carefully select your options, but it does take time. “I start with one thing first, either a fabric or a color,” Provost says. “I will pull one color and then move on to what our next shade would be. It’s a step-by-step process.”
Ready to start mixing up some mauve-toned pinks or gray-blue hues? Grab your gals and schedule an appointment with Bella Bridesmaids today. Hurry — their appointments book up fast! And make sure to let them know you found them on the Houston Wedding Blog. Happy shopping, loves!
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
A classically elegant Southern fête at a gracious Houston home makes for a perfect spring reception.
flowers & decor: todd events | ring: zadok jewelers
champagne & navy metallic gowns: sorella vita | ermenegildo zegna suit, carrot & gibbs bow tie: m penner | la petite robe di chiara: neiman marcus | flowers & decor: todd events
jewelry: zadok jewelers | flowers & decor: todd events
romonoa keveza gown: neiman marcus
bouquet & hand painted parasol: todd events
ines di santo “bloom” gown: neiman marcus | jewelry: zadok jewelers | ermenegildo zegna suit, carrot & gibbs bow tie: m penner | dove release: white wing dove connection
tablescape: todd events
decor: todd events | cake: susie’s cakes & confections
oscar de la renta gown: joan pillow bridal salon | suit & loafers: festari | bouquet & hand painted parasol: todd events | jewelry: nazar’s fine jewelers
THE TALENTED TEAM: photography: sylvie gil | wardrobe stylist: summar salah | set concept, styling, decor & flowers: todd events | cake: susie’s cakes & confections | hair: ceron for ceron salon | makeup: vci artist victoria callaway