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Fall Into Love with The Overlook: Open House and Bridal Show Nov. 10

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Texas Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Reception Venue


From its storied past as the lush and rambling Atascocita Country Club, The Overlook has been a gracious gathering place, a picturesque retreat, and the site of unforgettable milestone celebrations. And on Sunday, Nov. 12, The Overlook will demonstrate to Houston-area brides just what it is that makes it the perfect venue for a storybook Houston wedding.

Join The Overlook’s expert catering and events staff as they entice you to “Fall Into Love: An Open House and Bridal Show,” where you’ll meet local vendors, enjoy live music and behold a beautiful bridal fashion show.

You’ll also get to tour The Overlook’s magnificent grounds and event spaces, which include lake-view terraces, manicured lawns, and window-lined rooms featuring twinkling chandeliers and stonework accents.

Admission for this event is FREE; your RSVP is requested, call 281.812.0193. Doors open at 3 p.m.

For directions and additional details click here…and get ready to “Fall Into Love!”


$1,000+ Hotel Derek “Life is Suite” Getaway GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

For a hotel that gets its name from an oil rig, Houston’s Hotel Derek—Derek = derrick…cute, right?—is about as far from gritty as you can get. In fact, the gorgeous Galleria-area boutique property is the very picture of urban sophistication. From its gleaming black granite lobby floors to its ultra-hip terrace and splash pool to its decadent down bedding, Hotel Derek beckons guests to relax and indulge in a true cosmopolitan experience.

And today, we’re beckoning you to ENTER TO WIN a totally indulgent $1,000+ Hotel Derek “Life is Suite” overnight romance package for 2!! One very lucky Houston bride-to-be will score herself and her sweetheart a sweet Hotel Derek getaway that includes Friday- or Saturday-night suite-level accommodations for 2 (including parking), Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries upon arrival, and breakfast in bed. Um…awesome, right?

Entering our giveaway is super easy; HERE’S HOW:


1.)  Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook—if you haven’t yet, that is.

2.)  Email us your name, fiancé’s name, Houston wedding date, reception venue (booked or hoped-for).

3.)  Entry emails MUST be received NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, AUG. 16.

4.)  Winner will be notified by WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20 and announced on Facebook.

Oh, and Hotel Derek isn’t just an amazing place to escape it all in citified style—it’s also an amazing place to have your WEDDING. Just ask style blogger Rebekah Gullo, who tied the knot there last year! So we’re doubly delighted to offer this sweet deal to ALL Houston brides to be: Book your Hotel Derek wedding ($15,000 minimum food & beverage) by Dec.31, 2013, and mention Weddings in Houston, the Houston Wedding Blog or the Weekly Wedding Buzz e-newsletter at booking, and your complimentary wedding-night guest room will be upgraded to the lavish Presidential Suite (based upon availability at time of booking). Congratulations!

Photos: Hotel Derek

Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package GIVEAWAY

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package GIVEAWAY

Here’s the thing about a romantic getaway—you really don’t have to get all that far away for it to be all kinds of romantic. As long as you’ve got a fabulous room, a luxurious bed, a deep tub, and, of course, the man of your dreams dreaming right alongside you.

We can’t think of a better spot than downtown Houston’s very own, very chic, newly remodeled and totally hip Sam Houston Hotel (formerly the Alden Houston) as the perfect local getaway locale. This exceptionally stylish hotel—whose Veranda by *17 canopied rooftop terrace is among Houston’s most in-demand wedding venues—is located walking-distance from hot downtown Houston attractions, including Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green (where you’ll find The Grove restaurant and bar), and just a short, sweet Light Rail hop from some of the world’s most prestigious art and culture museums. Within the walls of this historic Houston bank building turned boutique hotel, you’ll find yummy cocktails at the great Sam Bar (a fave after-work hangout for young downtown business folks), and even yummier modern American eats at “Best in Texas”-ranked *17 restaurant.

Of course, with your Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package—which includes deluxe king bed accommodations, Champagne, room-service breakfast and late check-out—you may opt to not venture out of your room at all.

The choice is yours. The contest is ON. Here’s how to enter:

1.)  Like Weddings in Houston on Facebook—if you haven’t yet, that is.

2.)  Email us your name, fiancé’s name, Houston wedding date, reception venue (actual or hoped-for) and a few sentences describing your perfect romantic Houston weekend—where you’d go, what you’d do, where you’d eat, where you’d smooch. Keep it clean. Ish.

3.)  Entry emails MUST be received NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JULY 8.

4.)  Winner will be notified by WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 and announced on Facebook.

Want to find out more about “The Sam” as it’s known to folks in the know? Check out the hotel’s Weddings in Houston page for wedding pix and deets, and visit the hotel’s own site for history, happenings and hotel photos.

Sam Houston Hotel Romance Package GIVEAWAY

Photos: Sam Houston Hotel

Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

When Chateau Cocomar throws a party to thank its brides, you know that party is going to be something special. And the April bridal luncheon the Houston venue hosted to show its gratitude and love for its 2012 brides was very special indeed. Designed by the exceptionally talented Tamara Menges, in homage to the 1920s decadence of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” the lovely luncheon featured shades of cream, white, ivory, gold, blush and champagne, with de rigeur touches of feathers, pearls and lace. We’re so delighted to feature photographer Holly Hoyt’s dreamy photos of this gorgeous event at the beautiful Chateau Cocomar. Seriously, how beautiful is this event? Let us know what you think! And check out the credits below for a full list of vendors.

Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar
Gorgeous Great Gatsby Bridal Luncheon at Chateau Cocomar

Photos: Holly Hoyt Photography ~ Catering: Café Natalie ~ Desserts: Party Architects ~ Flowers: Tamara Menges Designs ~ Linens: Elegant Beginnings ~ Rentals: Aztec Party Rentals ~ Stationery: Atelier du Papier ~ Venue: Chateau Cocomar

This Week: Houston Bridal Open Houses Galore

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

If ever there was a week to clear your calendar for some serious venue visitin’…this is it! The open houses start today, with waterfront eatery and event space Brady’s Landing, which welcomes brides from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for tours, tastings and more.

Then, on Sunday, it’s a bridal-open-house quadruple-header: From 1 to 4 p.m. The Wynden serves light hors d’oeuvre and cocktails courtesy Masraffs, while treating brides to a showcase of fine vendors including Elegant Custom Invitations, Edible Designs by Jessie and Plants ’n Petals. Also from 1 to 4, Pine Forest Country Club shows off its elegant event space and verdant grounds, while tempting guests’ taste buds with light bites and bubbly.

In the early evening hours, it’s Chateau Cocomar’s turn: Turn up at Houston’s fairytale French venue between 4 and 7 p.m. for the chateau’s annual bridal open house, featuring tours, tastes and much winsome wedding fantasizing…

RSVPs are requested for all open houses; make yours, and find out about all the coming weeks’ wedding events and bridal trunk shows, here.

The Wynden

Photo: The Wynden, MD Turner Photography

Chateau Cocomar

Photo: Chateau Cocomar

The Big To Do: Sundown @ The Grove, Wed. 7-18

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Sundown at The Grove

Photo: Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Live music, cocktails and tasty nibbles in a blissfully air-conditioned, exceptionally cool aerie with downtown views for miles? Oh, we are so THERE. Get in on the happy hour hipness—and while you’re at it check out one of Houston’s hottest wedding, rehearsal-dinner and pre-wed party spots—when The Grove, Discovery Green and Mix 96.5 join forces with Land Rover Houston Central to present Sundown at The Grove, from 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday. This chic weekly wind-down takes place at the upstairs Treehouse restaurant and features guest artists from the worlds of fashion, arts and entertainment. Ambiance is awesome. Admission is free. See you there!

Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston…Plus Weekend Getaway Giveaway

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston
Venues We Love: InterContinental Houston

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!

Juli & Kyle’s Spectacular Sunset Lakeway Resort Wedding

Friday, November 18th, 2011

We get lots of inquiries from brides who dream of doing a destination wedding, but really want to limit travel to within driving distance of Houston. One of the spots we love most for a wedding that’s close to home but feels like a million miles away is Lakeway Resort & Spa on the shores of Lake Travis in Texas Hill Country. Minutes from Austin, and an easy drive from Houston, Lakeway Resort offers wedding coordination, catering for up to 350 guests, and a list of top-notch vendors, so you barely have to lift a finger to plan your perfect wedding. There’s world-class golf, sailing and the heavenly San Saba Spa, too, making it ideal for a weekend-wedding retreat. Plus, Lakeway Resort has got one of the most scenic wedding sites we’ve ever seen—the gorgeous Vistas Glass Ballroom, which instantly turns that incredible lake sunset into a wedding backdrop no amount of decor could ever duplicate. See for yourself, in these beautiful photos of Juli and Kyle’s Lakeway Resort wedding, by top Austin photographer Matt Montalvo! Gorgeous couple, beautiful wedding location and sparklers, too! Who could ask for anything more? Congratulations, Juli and Kyle!

Juli & Kyle’s Spectacular Sunset Lakeway Resort Wedding

Juli & Kyle’s Spectacular Sunset Lakeway Resort Wedding

Juli & Kyle’s Spectacular Sunset Lakeway Resort Wedding

Juli & Kyle’s Spectacular Sunset Lakeway Resort Wedding

Juli & Kyle’s Spectacular Sunset Lakeway Resort Wedding

Photos: Matt Montalvo Photography

Missed Sunday’s Tea with Jackson Hicks? Here’s a Little Sip!

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The Corinthian in downtown’s Historic District is one of the most drop-dead gorgeous venues in Houston. So it’s no surprise last weekend’s tour and tea with venue director Jackson Hicks—Founder and CEO of famed catering firm Jackson and Company, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year—was one of the city’s most spectacular bridal events on record.

Floating candles welcomed brides and their guests as they ascended the venue’s regal stairs, led by Hicks, who held forth on The Corinthian’s history and wedding offerings. As if The Corinthian isn’t already amazing enough, top Houston designers lent their talents to dressing the space. Rob Smith of Events in Bloom brought in creamy white flowers and country-French furniture, while Darryl & Co. did up a divine chuppah in tons of cascading blooms. More fabulous flowers, courtesy Bergner & Johnson, adorned the tea tables, where guests nibbled the most delicious cakes, scones, pastries and tea sandwiches this side of the pond. Fashion, too, was at the fore, with luxury bridal salon Ivory Bridal Atelier showing off stunning gowns, accessorized with jewelry from—where else?—Tiffany & Co.

Get a feel for last weekend’s event—and for what your own Corinthian/Jackson and Company wedding might look and feel like—with these terrific photos from Larry Fagala and Nhan Nguyen!

The Corinthian Bridal Tea and Open House

The Corinthian Bridal Tea and Open House

The Corinthian Bridal Tea and Open House

Photos: Nhan Nguyen Photography (top 5 images), Larry Fagala (bottom 2 images)

Tea & Tour with Jackson Hicks…plus HUGE GIVEAWAY!

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?

Tea & Tour with Jackson Hicks ~ Houston Wedding Blog

The Corinthian ~ Houston Wedding Blog