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Houston Wedding Planners and Wedding Stylists at the I Do! Wedding Soiree

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Kat Creech Events-Ama Photography&Cinema Photo: Ama Photography & Cinema  | Design: Kat Creech Events

You’ve likely been dreaming of your wedding day for years! But turning those dreams into reality can be tougher than it looks. Whether you crave a small and intimate affair, or a lavish celebration, complete with Champagne fountain and late-night fireworks, a professional wedding planner will be your greatest asset as you create the wedding celebration of your dreams. You want to enjoy your wedding day and planning process, after all, not be bogged down by contracts and minutia!

Three super-talented wedding consulting and styling firms will be demonstrating their wedding planning expertise and styling know-how at tomorrow evening’s I Do! Wedding Soiree. Meet A Day to Remember, Kat Creech Events and Bourbon & Lace, and find out how these planning pros can find your ideal vendors, and help you stay relaxed AND get the most for your wedding budget, as they help you transform your inspiration board into reality! Take a look at the photos to see some of their impressive work.

A Day To Remember-Serendipity Photography Photo: Serendipity Photography | Design: A Day to Remember

Advance-sale tickets are available now for the I Do! Wedding Soiree, TOMORROW, Feb. 28th from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Corinthian. Be sure to get them before they sell out, and we’ll see YOU at I Do!

Bourbon & Lace Photo: Courtesy of Bourbon & Lace

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

Meet The Cocomar Ladies: Your Master Wedding Planners and New BFFs

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Meet the Cocomar Ladies: Your Master Wedding Planners and New Best Friends

Top Photo: J. Cogliandro Photography; Bottom Left: Jonathan Ivy; Bottom Right: Holly Hoyt Photography

It’s your BIG day. Which means BIG plans. Which should NOT mean BIG stress. Fortunately, the lovely Cocomar Ladies are here to ensure that designing and planning your wedding are as much fun as having your wedding. This talented team of women know the top vendors in the industry and will take care of all of your wedding needs and desires–from venue to florist to entertainment, and everything in between–while closely working with YOU and your spouse-to-be to make sure the wedding you’re both envisioning becomes a seamless, sensational reality…not to mention exquisite, memorable and completely personal–all within your budget!

By the time your wedding planning process is in full swing, The Cocomar Ladies will not only be your go-to gals for all things wedding, but they’ll also be some of your closest confidantes during this deeply special time in your life. Take it from WIH bride Jessica, whose experience with the Cocomar Ladies was nothing short of wonderful: “Each woman I met truly made me feel like I was the only bride in the world. They each showed me genuine kindness, compassion and thoughtfulness. I grew to not only respect each of them, but to sincerely feel a friendship grow throughout our journey. These girls truly made my wedding planning more enjoyable than I could have ever imagined.”

Planning your 2016 or 2017 nuptial celebration? Book a planning package with the Cocomar Ladies before the end of January, and you’ll receive a 10% discount! Don’t let the wedding timelines and to-do lists weigh you down, make it FUN instead. Call NOW for more information.

Feast Your Eyes on Houston’s Haute-est Bridal Show!

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

I Do! Bridal Soiree Houston

Photo: Civic Photos

What a NIGHT. Right?? If you were among the fortunate 300 Houston brides, bridesmaids, grooms and their guests who made the oh-so-savvy decision to snap up I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets while they lasted, last Thursday evening was a night to remember, indeed. On Thursday, Feb. 12, Weddings in Houston magazine presented the truly magnificent I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. For three magical hours, attendees met with A-list Houston vendors [see full exhibitor list here!]; dined on sumptuous Mediterranean, Asian and Texas-inspired specialties courtesy of world-renowned Jackson and Company catering; sipped French Champagne and fine wine; enjoyed live entertainment and decadent treats; chatted with mingling models showing off the season’s most gorgeous couture wedding gowns; and, perhaps most thrillingly, wandered through a wonderland of weddingscapes featuring the artistry of Houston’s finest design experts. Whether you were one of our honored guests, or you plan to attend our Fall I Do! Bridal Soiree, coming Oct. 18 to the Four Seasons Hotel Houston–or BOTH–we welcome you to tour Civic Photos’ images of the I Do! Bridal Soiree at The Corinthian. And please join us in thanking Jackson and Company, The Corinthian, Civic Photos, A&A Video, LBL Event Rentals/Linens by Lisa, EB Inc Events, Southern Hospitality Coffee Company, Jonny Black Productions and Scott Graham Piano, for their fabulous contributions to the I Do! Bridal Soiree.

Buy I Do! Tix and WIN: Hotel Galvez & Spa Luxury Getaway

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Photos: Hotel Galvez

It’s been the crown jewel of Galveston for more than a century, and today, the magnificent Hotel Galvez & Spa sparkles more brightly than ever. Maybe that’s why Texas brides book early to make sure they secure the Galvez for the destination wedding of their dreams, and a chance to say their sacred vows on the hotel’s historic Centennial Green, overlooking the shimmering blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Perfection.

Whatever you envision for your perfect wedding, we have the inspiration, ideas and expertise to make your wedding dreams come true–and we’re gathering them in one place, for one evening only, Thursday, Feb. 12, in downtown Houston. That’s when we unveil The I Do! Bridal Soiree, Houston’s one-of-a-kind luxury bridal experience. Top vendors and experts, stunning floral and design displays, 2015 bridal couture, gourmet food and cocktails from renowned Jackson and Company, live entertainment and $$$ swag bags for each and every bride. It’s not just a bridal show, it’s a spectacular cocktail party, created to indulge you, your friends…and yes, your groom, too (did we mention the exclusive Groom’s Lounge, with fine whiskey, prime steak and more?).

Purchase your all-inclusive I Do! Bridal Soiree tickets THIS WEEKEND and you are automatically entered to win an incredible Hotel Galvez & Spa romance + spa “Spring Fling” getaway, giveaway, including one weekend night luxury accommodations for two at the magnificent “Queen of the Gulf” plus a $200 spa credit you can use however you’d like (bridal-prep facial treatment? couple’s massage? a little bit of both?). Our winner will be announced live at the I Do! Bridal Soiree. Get your tickets now. And get ready for WOW!