Weddings can be exhausting affairs, and not just because the happy couple will be running high on charged emotions all day. They need to be planned months ahead. Every detail needs to be nailed down for the celebration to flow smoothly and so they are the culmination of countless hours of hard work and research. Here’s a list of some of the Houston’s finest caters, musicians, entertainers and stylists who are guaranteed to help you celebrate in style.
1. Michael Carducci: Magical powers!
Many wedding receptions suffer from those quiet moments of chatter that need enlivenment, so why not add a charismatic explosion of mystification to help keep the momentum going on into the evening and beyond? Michael Carducci is a magician who can mingle among your guests and leave them to pick their jaws off the floor, or entrance an entire room should your venue have a stage. He’s also so impossibly talented that he has become popular all over the USA and beyond and even wowed Coca Cola and Microsoft, but don’t let that put you off. He’s equally happy working weddings large or small, but do book early before he disappears in a puff of smoke.
2. Buzz & The Blue Cats: Get the whole room jumping
Winner of The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2015, these magnificent musical maestros are committed to kicking out timeless tunes from the classiest parts of the 20th century and will have everyone from the youngest and oldest members of your wedding party up and dancing all night. Buzz’s troop specialises in Big Band, Swing, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Motown and can appear in anything from a five to an epic nine piece formation. You know those weddings where people hang around their tables while waiting to go home? These guys will have them begging for more.
3. Butter & Company: Gastronomic delights
If you’re looking for caterers who are renowned for their personal, friendly and flexible service and food that’s so deeply delicious and wondrously varied that your taste buds will think that they’re the ones getting hitched, you need to contact Graham Gemoets and his team. Butter & Company can work with you on the smallest details, offer expert advice every step of the way, and provide food laid across stunning tables capes that startles eyes as much as it satisfies appetites.
4. JoeyT Photography: Freeze your memories forever
Wedding photography can be so formulaic that pictures stuck forever in an album could contain any happy couple and their friends and family. You’ll certainly enjoy admiring them over the years as your memory fills in the blanks, but if you want images that go further and tell not only the story of your magical day but also the story of your relationship with each other and your guests then you need to involve Joey Thomas. From naturalistic images that document tiny magical moments to grand descriptions of the big event in all its glory, their artwork is elegant and romantic, occasionally mischievous, and always truly beautiful.
5. Moeller’s Bakery: Traditional bakes and wedding cakes
Moeller’s Bakery has been based in Houston since 1930 and seen the city change dramatically over 85 years of its much loved existence. What hasn’t, however, has been the family baker’s dedication to creating the finest cookies, cupcakes, petit fours, orange rolls, almond logs and candies the world has ever known, and then some. They also specialise in making exceedingly scrumptious and highly traditional wedding cakes, so if you want to have a celebration that looks to the future while appreciating the past then you really do need to get in touch.
6. The Senterpiece: Add floral splendour
These designers are the absolute masters of the wedding bouquet, and they’ve got multiple awards to prove it. Also able to bring the glory of nature all around your venue with flowers so fresh and bursting with life that they’ll could well be there to greet you when you return from honeymoon, they’re Houston’s most artful florists and are only too happy to work with you on the finest details to make sure your special day is blooming with a beauty that’s unique to your exact requirements.
7. Ventura’s Bridal Fashions: Dress the bride in heaven
Taska Ventura’s boutique has been a part of Houston’s wedding scene for over 30 years and has never ceased enrapturing brides and bridesmaids alike with its monumentally gorgeous collection of designer dresses and gowns. Featuring the latest fashions, timeless vintage wear, elegantly flowing fabrics, jewelled apparel and traditional elegance that can flatter any figure, it’s worth a visit even if you’re just thinking about thinking about getting married. By the time you leave your mind will be set.
8. Aztec Events & Tents: Make outside inside
While Houston is home to a vast array of potential wedding venues worth your time you could always ignore every last one, take full control, and have your own one constructed. Aztec can provide absolutely everything you need, from smaller peak and marquee tents to epic Double Deckers that dominate a landscape to ‘comfort stations’, climate controls, generators, designer furniture, lanterns, bars and cocktail tables, linens and utensils. If you’ve got the space and really want to plan your wedding and make it unlike any other then these guys can make that dream come true.
9. Cakewalk Films: Every moment lasts
Almost everybody at your wedding will be carrying a video camera. The problem is that these devices will be part of their mobile phones, and so when the celebrations are over you’ll be inundated with short and chaotic clips backed by shoddy sound that mean well, but really don’t do the day true justice. Cakewalk Films are professional cinematographers who can capture your event by using cinematic storytelling techniques worthy of being displayed on a giant TV. Stealthy and unobtrusive, you’ll barely notice their presence as they sculpt your wedding in time and leave you with a movie that will inspire smiles and tears forever.
10. Krystal Nicole Salon: Enhancer of beauty
Quite possibly the finest beautician in the state of Texas, Krystal Nicole specialises in enhancing natural beauty and is happy to travel from her salon to your Houston location to transform a bride-to-be into a goddess. Winner of national awards and a L’Oreal Professional make-up artist, she’s able to create a subtle yet stunning look with hair that truly flatters, will last all day and stand out in photographs and videos.
11. Isabella Invitations: tell the world your news
The sending of a wedding invitation is an incredibly exciting stage of the big day preparations. For the bride and groom, it’s the announcement to family and friends of their intention to seal their love and to those who are the lucky recipients, it’s the opportunity to witness a beautiful day in the lives of two people they are close to. Isabella Invitations offers a premier invitation design and printing service where couples can order luxury stationery to send on to addresses near and afar. The company prides itself on elegance and sophistication in design and couples can choose from either a number of existing catalog options or can discuss personalized invitations at the studio.
12. Destiny Limousine: travel in opulence
Arriving in Hollywood style at the best day of your life is part of what really makes a wedding spectacular and hiring a limousine is the only way to journey through each stage of your fairytale occasion. Turning heads on the way to the ceremony and then on to the reception in a classic car equipped for a queen is the aim of Destiny Limousine with their 1939 Chrysler Imperial. In flawless ivory with sparkling chrome accents, it’s a wonderfully restored vehicle which will take you back to a bygone age of glamor and sophistication.
13. Houston Wedding String Music: if music be the food of love, play on
As the guests arrive and mingle at the wedding ceremony, being able to fill the air with strains of relaxing, live music creates the perfect ambience to await the arrival of the bride. Houston Wedding String Music has been providing professional classical musicians since 1990 to wedding ceremonies across Houston and offers any combination of instrumental arrangement from a duet or trio of violinists to a 24-strong orchestra to play the music chosen by the happy couple. They also offer keyboard players and solo singers who can provide the accompaniment to the bride as she walks down the aisle.
14. Go Candy: chocolate gits for guests
Every wedding needs favors the guests can take away with them as a thank you for being there on the magical day and as a memento of the occasion. Go Candy specializes in gourmet chocolate favors which have won national acclaim for their beautiful taste and presentation. Crafted from 100% Belgian chocolate, Go Candy wedding favors can be bespoke designed for the couple to be truly personalized or the bride and groom can choose from their popular range of chocolate hearts, stars, coins or truffles to hand out to everyone who attends.
15. ACE Flowers: the beautiful scent of floral elegance
Every bride knows that her bouquet is an integral part of her outfit and she will want flowers which have meaning to her and the one she loves. Family-owned ACE Flowers has won awards for the stunning customized wedding floral arrangements the business has designed over the years; from bouquets, boutonnières and corsages to posies for flower girls, they work their magic with seasonal blooms such as daffodils, tulips, roses and even bunches of lavender to create the finishing touch for each member of the wedding party.
16. LG Entertainment: get the party started
The reception meal is finished, the speeches are complete so it’s time for the party to really get underway. As the newly-married couple step onto the floor for their first dance, having a DJ ready will set the mood and music for the rest of the night. LG Entertainment not only offers a toe-tappingly fantastic selection of music to dance the night away, they also provide lighting to turn the venue into a pop-up disco and even a karaoke service for those guests who want to serenade the happy pair. It doesn’t matter the style of music requested, this company has it all; 80s, 90s, Indie, Hip-Hop, Latin and Persian or Klezmer to get everyone joining in the fun.
17. Houston Bagpiper: Scottish heritage on a momentous day
With many in Houston paying homage to their Celtic roots, the appearance of a piper at a wedding is becoming very popular. The Houston Bagpiper sets a rousing tone to any ceremony and attends in full ceremonial tartan highland attire. Whether you want to walk down the aisle to Trumpet Voluntary, the Wedding March or the Bridal March, skilled piper Stanley Fontenot will make it an occasion never to be forgotten. If you require specific pieces of music, Stanley is more than happy to learn and play for you at his nation-wide renowned professional standard.
18. Shutterbooth, Houston: smile for the camera
Hiring a photo booth for a wedding reception gives everyone the chance to take candid, quirky photos of themselves and other guests they are there with. Shutterbooth hire digital booths which offer instant color or black and white strips of photos which everyone will enjoy posing for. As well as the traditional looking booth which will be delivered to the location of choice, the company also provides a range of different backdrops for guests to say ‘cheese’ against, as well as well as boxes of props including zany hats and accessories. Guests can either print and keep snaps for their own memories or leave strips of photos for the bride and groom in a guest book.
19. Alphorn Bakery: to top it all off
Every mouth-watering centerpiece wedding cake needs a cake topper which represents the individual character and personality of the happy bride and groom. At Alphorn Bakery, they offer a bespoke topper service where they can craft a unique topper to reflect the lifestyle of the couple. All they need to do is chat through ideas or see photos or sketches to be able to make a talking point cake topper. Whether it’s a classic looking traditional wedding couple standing on the top layer, or a pair of caricature characters which will bring a smile to the faces of the guests, Alphorn are able to deliver.
20. Brilliant Idea Guest Books: everlasting memories
Wedding guests love to send their congratulations to the happy couple and a guest book on the day is the perfect way for loved ones to leave personal messages of happiness for the future. With Brilliant Idea, you can take the idea to the next level with a range of quirky and fun ways guests can say how they feel. Rather than books, poster boards on a variety of themes have balloon stickers which can be written on and then attached to the board. The more balloon stickers added, the more alive the guest board becomes and it’s a beautiful reminder to then frame as a permanent keepsake. With the names of the couple and the wedding date inscribed onto the board, it forms a unique way to look back on the wedding as well as being a great piece of art.