Archive for the ‘Giveaways’ Category
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Photos: Courtesy Intelligent Lighting Design
Nothing transforms a wedding reception like a beautiful custom illuminated monogram. Seriously, NOTHING. That glowing, gorgeous script bearing your Mr. and Mrs. initials, splashed against a wall or dance floor? Now you’ve turned your reception space into a personalized environment, not to mention adding the final, perfect touch to your design scheme.
And nobody creates magnificent monograms like Houston’s Intelligent Lighting Design. This month one lucky Houston bride will WIN a $600 custom wedding monogram kit, including design, setup and travel, from multi-award-winning ILD—one of the country’s leading providers of illuminating effects for events and entertainment.
Will it be you?
To enter, simply visit this ILD blog post, pick your favorite photo from the FIVE featured ILD wedding monogram photos, and e-mail us your choice, along with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue. Please enter only once (duplicate entries will be deleted). All entries MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MARCH 23. Winner will be announced in our March 28 Wedding Buzz. Not just that, but ALL giveaway participants will receive a $100 discount voucher to use toward any lighting package with Intelligent Lighting Design and $75 off any DJ package with ILD’s SoundSource Entertainment division. Bonus!!
Friday, February 24th, 2012
Photos: Courtesy Seven7Digital and SCVNGR
On Saturday, March 24, the streets of Houston will come alive with eager to-be-weds racing to win $10,000 cash. Will you be one of them?
Register now to take part in The Loken Group and The Short Team’s “Amazing Home Race”—a one-day treasure hunt that will send racers ricocheting from one exciting Houston location to another. Clues and challenges will be delivered via text, in real time, to participants’ mobile devices. The ultimate prize? A cool ten grand, baby—the perfect chunk of change to, say, put toward your purchase of a gorgeous Loken Group newlywed nest of your choice?
This awesome, fast-paced, use-your-wits-to-win adventure is brought to you by The Loken Group, The Short Team (both affiliated with Keller Williams) and SCVNGR, and we have no doubt registration will fill FAST. Need a reason to jump on the Amazing Home Race? We can think of about, oh, ten thousand of ’em.
Photos: Frederick Warren Photography, Courtesy The Loken Group
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography
~ Venue: InterContinental Houston Hotel
If you attended January’s I Do! Bridal Soiree, you got a chance to witness, first-hand, the majesty of the InterContinental Houston Hotel’s Legends Ballroom. As the site of our spectacular 2012 runway show, the Legends Ballroom dazzled with its 18-foot ceilings and elaborate chandeliers. With all eyes focused on the runway, many of you may have missed the venue’s many other fabulous features—so let’s just lay them out for you, shall we? First off, there are the ballroom’s regal cherry-mahogany walls, which imbue a sense of grandeur befitting even the most elegantly formal wedding occasion. Then, just beyond the ballroom’s doors, in the glass-walled foyer (a favorite pre-function space), there is that incredible spiral staircase—perfect for your grand entrance as a newly minted Mrs. Add to that a gracious and ultra-efficient staff, and some of the finest culinary talent in the country, and the fact that the Legends Ballroom can accommodate a wedding reception for up to 800 of your nearest and dearest—while a couple of smaller, but no less luxurious, ballrooms can host more intimate groups—and, well, InterContinental Houston catering manager and wedding expert Chantal Lavin says it best: “The location, ballrooms, culinary team and staff make the InterContinental Hotel Houston the choice for sophisticated and savvy brides.”
Want to learn more about available dates, or schedule a visit? E-mail Chantal, or click here.
Oh—and here’s something else the InterContinental Houston has besides beautiful ballrooms: spacious, stylish guest rooms with insanely comfortable beds and city views for miles. The kind of room you’ll luxuriate in with the love o’ your life when you score one of our TWO two-night, weekend getaways, which include a Friday & Saturday night stay, plus a lazy, lavish breakfast in the The Restaurant—the InterContinental’s global-cuisine dining destination.
To Enter: E-mail us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and reception venue. Please do NOT enter more than once—duplicate entries will be deleted. Entry must be emailed BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012. Two randomly selected winners will be notified, and announced on Facebook the following week. Good luck!
Friday, January 20th, 2012
You came (in droves), you saw, you asked, you chatted, you tweeted, you gasped, you clapped, and some of you won some really snazzy bridal swag.
But what did you LOVE at last Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the InterContinental Houston Hotel?
We’d love to hear which vendors clicked for you, which table displays dazzled you most, what show features (the runway presentation? the tablescape gallery? the gift bags?) were your favorites, and what was your most valuable find at last weekend’s show.
E-mail your feedback—just a sentence or two is fine, though if you’ve got five paragraphs, we’ll take that, too! Your input is utterly invaluable to us. It’s what helps us make the I Do! Bridal Soiree the best possible bridal showcase it can be. So do it for us. Do it for your sister brides-to-be. Better yet, do it for your chance to win an exclusive, secret prize, which will be awarded to one bride who e-mails her I Do! comments by next Friday, Feb. 3. Winner announced on Facebook on Monday, Feb. 6!!
Photo: Nhan Nguyen Photography
Friday, January 13th, 2012
All right, Houston brides, we’re in the home stretch. Sunday’s I Do! Bridal Soiree at the InterContinental Houston Hotel is almost upon us. Will you be joining us for what promises to be the most magnificent bridal event ever to alight in Texas—or anywhere else for that matter?
Just in case acres of breathtaking tablescapes, astonishingly gorgeous wedding cakes and a drop-dead-amazing bridal couture runway aren’t enough incentive for you, we’ve got a few more goodies to sweeten the deal.
First up: Don’t forget, today is your last day to be entered to win a brand-spanking-new Kindle Fire, Amazon’s gotta-have-it e-reader, which also happens to run just about every Android wedding app on the market—along with most other Droid apps, too. Woo-hoo! Simply purchase your I Do! tickets between midnight Wednesday (Jan. 11) and 11:59 tonight, and you’re automatically entered to win. We’ll notify our winner via email on Saturday, and have her Kindle Fire waiting for her at the show!
Also: Sunday’s division playoffs Texans game WILL BE BROADCAST at I Do! @ InterContinental. Think you have to choose between football and fabulousness? Oh no, honey. Not at this show!
And last but definitely not least: This year’s door prize baskets are the most dazzling we’ve ever done. Spilling over with wedding swag, discounts and other treats, each one is a bride’s dream come true. But you MUST be present to win, so don’t scoot off before the show closes—we wouldn’t want to give your goodies to another gal now, would we?
Come excited, come inspired, and please, come stylishly attired. We can’t wait to see you at the show!
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Remember way back in September when we ran our awesome Archetype Studio Engagement Session giveaway? Lots of y’all entered, sharing your beautiful, touching, and in a couple of cases pretty darn hilarious, proposal stories with us. While we usually select our giveaway winners totally randomly, in this case, our staff teamed up with Terilyn Brown of Archetype to pick the entry that moved us most. Our winner? Karlin, who, like her fiancé Jeremy, is an active-duty U.S. Marine. The two met, and eventually fell in love, while stationed in Okinawa, Japan, but eventually Jeremy received orders to move back to the states, while Karlin remained in Japan. During his time back in the U.S., Jeremy, head over heels over Karlin, procured the ring he planned to give his girl one day.
That day eventually came, months later, when Karlin and Jeremy were fatefully reunited in Okinawa (and despite a super-typhoon that hit the area and almost derailed the smitten soldier’s proposal plans!). As Karlin recounts it, after a dinner date and frozen yogurt, he surprised her by asking someone to take their picture. “He is shy and will never ask a stranger to take a picture of us, much less carry a camera around—that is my job,” Karlin told us. “As soon as we were getting ready to pose he turns me around and was already down on one knee. I am not really sure what else happened after that.”
What happened is that Karlin said, “Yes.” And entered her story in our contest—and won. And this past month, when she and Jeremy were once again reunited, this time in Houston, the pair posed for Archetype’s camera—and the results, as you can see here, are utterly amazing (they make it hard for us to believe that adorable Jeremy could ever be camera shy!). For us here at the Houston Wedding Blog, it is the perfect convergence of an extraordinarily talented photographer, a beautiful and adoring couple, and a story of determination, devotion and LOVE—of country, and of each other.
When you’re done wiping away that tear or two you KNOW you just shed, scroll down below those gorgeous photos to find out how you can win one of 12 engagement sessions Archetype is giving away, one per (business) day, starting Thursday, December 1!
Photos: Archetype Studio
ARCHETYPE STUDIO’S 12 DAYS OF ENGAGEMENT-SHOOT GIVEAWAYS CONTEST
The Prize(s): In the generous spirit of the Christmas season, and just because they love Houston brides as much as we do, Archetype Studio is giving away ONE engagement photography session—two-hour Houston location shoot, in-person ordering and image-consulting appointment, and one heirloom print any size up to 8×12—EVERY DAY for 12 business days, from December 1 through December 16.
To Enter: E-mail us your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and wedding reception venue. All requested information MUST be in your entry e-mail. You may enter ONCE per entry day during the contest period: Dec. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and entries must be received by 5 p.m. each entry day in order to qualify. One winner will be randomly selected each day. We will notify winners by e-mail, and announce winners on Facebook.
You’ve seen their stunning photo work. Now be a part of it. Enter Archetype’s 12 Days of Engagement Session Giveaways contest, and good luck!!
Friday, October 28th, 2011
If you needed one more reason to purchase tickets for next Sunday’s exclusive and certain-to-be-EXTRAORDINARY Tea and Tour of The Corinthian with the inimitable Jackson Hicks of legendary Houston catering firm Jackson and Company, well, this it IT:
Brides who call 713.222.2002 to purchase tickets by Thursday, Nov. 3 to attend this not-to-be-missed event, taking place Sunday, Nov. 6 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., will be entered to win a fabulous in-home bridal shower for up to 50 guests, with table settings, exceptional cuisine and impeccable service, from internationally renowned Jackson and Company (host will provide beverages). Jackson Hicks will personally design the menu for the winner’s magnificent shower.
The value of this incredible prize is $3,750, and entry is open ONLY to Houston brides who purchase tickets for next Sunday’s Tea & Tour of The Corinthian with Jackson Hicks by Thursday (entry is NOT open to non-brides or guests of brides attending the event, and is non-transferable).
The giveaway winner will be announced at Sunday’s event, and must be present to claim her prize.
And don’t forget, now through Thursday, Nov. 3, brides who mention Weddings in Houston when they call 713.222.2002 to reserve tickets for Sunday’s event will receive one complimentary ticket for each $25 ticket purchased—a perfect opportunity to bring your fiancé, mother or best friend to this once-in-a-lifetime event.
A sumptuous tea, an inspiring tour with a living legend, an opportunity to mingle with the city’s most esteemed wedding experts, a chance to win the bridal shower of a lifetime—oh, and free tickets, too. How can you refuse?
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Registering for your wedding is one of the most purely enjoyable parts of the planning process. But all that heady, fantasy-fulfilling pleasure can lead to, shall we say, lapses in judgment. That ultra-modern industrial-steel salad bowl might not look so slick when it’s off the store display table…and on yours. And 32 “As Seen on TV” kitchen gadgets…but no elegant china for entertaining? Is that kind of setup really going to serve you well?
To help us—and you—sort through the best practices and potential pitfalls of registering for your wedding, we turned to one of the foremost experts in the business of stylish entertaining and gracious good living (who just happens to be one of our very favorite friends in the wedding world): Waterford Wedgwood national spokesperson and bridal director Jorge Perez.
Read, learn…register right! And make sure to a) “Like” us on Facebook, b) Drop your comment, right here on this post, letting us know your first name, the date and location of your Houston wedding, and the one GIFT ITEM YOU’RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT REGISTERING FOR (any brand or type), for your chance to win this month’s giveaway. Ten–count ‘em, TEN–lucky brides will each score a stunning pair of Waterford Mondavi Chardonnay glasses! ENTRY DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26. Winners will be announced FRIDAY, OCT. 28 on Facebook!!
Houston Wedding Blog: What should a to-be-wed couple do before creating their registry list?
Jorge Perez: Couples should start by agreeing upon their combined style. He may want geometrics and you may want florals. He has a beaten up leather La-Z-Boy from his frat house…and you do not. You need to compromise, and find a style that is not yours and not his, but a combined style.
You also need to take an inventory of what you already have so you can create a list of what you need. If you’re already living together, or you already have a lot of your own stuff, but it’s a little older, a register is a great place to upgrade.
Consider your entertaining style and make sure to register for all the items you’ll need to entertain for years to come.
And definitely discuss which areas of the registry each of you wants to decide about. You might love the kitchen, he might want to command the decisions on barware or bedding. Have a discussion, and let him know: “Honey, you’re so much better at that area.”
HWB: How should a couple decide where to register—and how many different retailers should they register with?
JP: I recommend that you look for retailers that provide registry and completion rewards. Registry rewards mean that you can gain credit or dollars within the store for your registry. Registry completion rewards mean that the store offers gifts for completing your registry. For example, if you register for 12 items and complete 12 items, you get a free platter. Make sure to take advantage of all the great offers out there.
And don’t register at more than three places—more just makes it difficult to manage, and you don’t end up with complete sets. Personally, I love one-stop registering, where one retailer has most of the things you’re looking for.
And try to stick to a national retailer with online services. It’s easier for you to manage, and easier for guests to buy you what you want.
HWB: What are some of the key items every couple should include on their registry list?
JP: There is nothing more luxurious than a beautifully made bed and a fabulous set of towels. Make sure to register for enough sets so that you can change them out often.
If you’re planning to entertain a lot, don’t forget your china serving pieces! A good way to know what you’ll need is to plan a future dinner party in your head. Write down a menu of what you’ll be serving. That will dictate how many and what serving pieces you’ll need. The menu always dictates the table service. Remember, your table is your label, so make sure yours says a lot about you.
HWB: Speaking of entertaining—can you share some of your best tips for registering for china and crystal?
JP: When selecting china, make sure to register for fine bone china. The Vera Wang grosgrain pattern by Waterford Wedgwood, for instance, is wonderful, because it’s the strongest stuff there is in the dinnerware category, and it is sure to become a family heirloom. For crystal, I recommend registering for two patterns, one for everyday, like grilling or hanging out with friends, and another more dressed-up pattern for special occasions like Friday night. For a luxury bar, I insist on Waterford’s Lismore pattern. It’s what I have at home. I think everyone should live a crystal life!
HWB: What should a couple bring with them when they meet with a registry consultant in-store?
JP: Meeting with a bridal consult, bring your groom and let him register for the category he loves, like bar or small electronics. His opinion counts too. And definitely bring tear sheets of home decor and style ideas. It’s also important that you bring an open mind, since a consultant can help in figuring out what’s best for you.
HWB: Any registry pitfalls or common mistakes a couple should avoid?
JP: Don’t take too many people to your registry appointment. This way, you’ll avoid too many opinions. Another common mistake is not registering for enough. My magic number is service for 12 in all pieces you’ll use most, such as dinnerware, stemware and flatware.
HWB: The last word on registering right?
JP: This is the only time in your life that everyone around you is buying you gifts, so register for the good stuff! Look at it as your opportunity to collect jewelry for your new home: candlesticks, vases, bowls, frames, decorative accessories, etc.
In general, always register for quality brands with enduring style, and you’ll never go wrong!
HWB: Thank you so much, Jorge…for the awesome advice, and for the stunning Waterford Mondavi Crystal Wineglasses. We can’t WAIT to give them away!
Friday, September 30th, 2011
Weddings in Houston’s I Do! Bridal Soiree @ Hotel ZaZa is less than 10 days away. Are you one of the lucky brides who will be attending Houston’s most extraordinary bridal show? Make sure to check out these hot items and great giveaways!
Boot-wearing brides will not want to miss gorgeous new “boot jewelry with attitude” from The Pretty Penny & Social Expressions, along with brand-new jewelry for bridesmaids, flower girls and destination brides. Oh–and brides who order their Pretty Penny invitations at the show will get 20-50% (!!) off their order.
Looking for a truly unique MOB, MOG, groom or bridesmaid gift? Top Houston wedding photographer (and Houston Wedding Blog favorite) Steve Lee will showcase fabulous new “photo jewelry” AND offer a special show discount on photography packages.
And if you’re just getting started on the planning path, be sure to visit Lion & Lamb Event Services to check out their custom wedding-coordination packages…and score $250 off a full-service package!
More previews and show news coming soon…so stay tuned!
Photos (clockwise from top): Steve Lee Weddings~Lion & Lamb Event Services~The Pretty Penny & Social Expressions
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
There are so many things we love about this extraordinarily elegant Victoria wedding, we hardly know where to begin. So let’s start bride Meredith herself. The Stephen Yearick gown? Gorgeous. Paired with the chunky necklace and bracelet? Perfection. Plus we love a.) that Meredith’s jewelry is beautifully echoed in the adornment of her Badgley Mischka shoes, b.) that both jewelry pieces look terribly expensive, and c.) that they are actually from Ann Taylor’s very affordable wedding jewelry collection–smart bride! Groom Michael ain’t so bad himself: white tie, orchid boutonniere, pocket square…excellent. OK, moving on to the party, we’re just dazzled by that lovely, lovely reception space, all muted gold and white damask, rising into a beautiful burst of vibrant spring color. Big thanks to the fabulous Terilyn Brown of Houston’s Archetype Studio for sharing radiant images of this exquisite wedding with us, so we could share them with you.
Oh, and there’s one more thing Archetype Studio has in store for one lucky Houston Wedding Blog fan: A professionally styled, two-hour, on-location ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT, including a complimentary 9×12 heirloom print, total value: $545. Oh yeah.
This prize is non-transferable, good for the greater Houston area only and expires 12/31/2011.
To enter, first Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook if you haven’t yet (and we, in turn, will love you xox). Next, e-mail us with your name, fiancé’s name, wedding date and location, and a bit about how/where you got engaged. Engagement descriptions don’t have to be lengthy, but please do let us know any exciting, unusual or insanely romantic details.
Entry deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 14, and we’ll announce our winner on Friday, Sept. 16 on Facebook. You’ve scored the man of your dreams, now snag the engagement sesh of a lifetime. Good luck!!
Photography: Archetype Studio~Bride’s Dress: Stephen Yearick from Weddings by Debbie~Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka~Bride’s Necklace & Bracelet: Ann Taylor~Groom’s Attire: Al’s Formal Wear~Flowers: Fresh Urban Flowers~Bride’s Cake: Simply Charming Cakes~Groom’s Cake: Sonya Lahodny~Decor & Rentals: Touch of Elegance, Aztec Tents & Events~Wedding Consultant & Design: Sweet August Events