Houston Wedding? Consult the Wedding Wire Guide
By Devorah Isenberg , Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Planning a wedding can be stressful and confusing. Between the caterer and the band, the dress and the veil, and of course managing all the relatives, friends and the wedding party, it can be enough to make any couple want to elope with nothing but a wedding band. Luckily, the Internet is full of resources designed to make your job as a bride just a little bit easier. Whether you live in Houston or Hawaii, nearly anything from engagement rings to wedding cakes can be purchased online these days. Wedding blogs will give you real-life tips and advice on anything from the best engagement rings and proposals to cute party favors that your guests will love.
Then there are those websites that contain all the real secrets of wedding planning—the in-the-know guide to vendors and services that will help you figure out which Houston wedding vendors are going to be the special ones that help make your big day unforgettable. WeddingWire.com is one those sites. With discussion forums, photo galleries, and tons of user-generated reviews, Wedding Wire can help you get informed about the best and brightest wedding vendors wherever you live. Plus, they offer a personalized wedding planning dashboard that will help you keep everything from invitations to wedding favors under control.
Whether you live in Houston or are just planning to get married there, rest assured that Houston is a central wedding shopping destination. The stores of Houston’s uptown district are legendary, the bridal shops known for friendly Southern-style service, and you just can’t beat the nonstop sunshine! Here are some of the top-voted wedding vendors in several important categories, according to our friends at Wedding Wire.
Three-time Brides Choice Award winners Chamber Music Unlimited take home the prize for best wedding band. With 81 positive reviews and a 4.9 rating, it seems that everyone who tries them, loves them. We all know how important music is in creating that special vibe at a party, so Chamber Music Unlimited actually lets the bride and groom choose their instruments and sound. Since they represent bands and groups in nearly every genre of music, they can handle requests for anything from Bach’s symphonies to the Beatles to Justin Bieber!
Houston is a beautiful, sprawling city, so it should come as no surprise that there are dozens of gorgeous wedding facilities to suit any size and style of wedding. Whether you want an intimate garden ceremony or a lavish disco-themed extravaganza, there is a venue in Houston that will make your dreams come true. One venue that Wedding Wire reviewers consistently loved is the Cleopatra Palace Banquet Facility. Winner of two Bride’s Choice Awards and a featured venue on The Knot, Cleopatra Palace receives rave reviews for its elegant ambience, convenient and top-notch in-house catering company, and friendly customer service. With a main hall that seats 275 guests, indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, and many in-house services like photography and DJ’s, this premier Houston wedding venue is literally a one-stop shop.
People may come to your wedding out of friendship, but they stay for the food! In all seriousness, the modern bride has many choices when it comes to feeding her wedding guests, from the traditional sit-down plated dinner to a fun spin on buffet treats. Only one caterer in Houston, a three-time Bride’s Choice awardee, is equipped to handle any culinary request you can throw at them, and that is Behind the Bash. Fans rave over the friendliness and accessible service provided by the BtB staff, and they are even more excited about the food. Behind the Bash offers everything from one-bite appetizers to trendy cocktails, vegetarian entrees to elaborate dessert tables.
Wedding photography has moved far beyond the traditional posed, cheesy shots of years gone by. Modern wedding photographers move with you as you experience your wedding day, documenting the experience in a way that is at once unobtrusive and memorable. Allure Photography is the Houston-based wedding vendor that received 37 positive reviews and a five-star rating on Wedding Wire, and for good reason. Known for courteous service and an artistic, photojournalistic style, Allure knows that the photos are one of the most treasured relics you will have of that special time in your life, besides for cherished memories and a sparkling engagement ring and wedding band of course.
Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands
Believe it or not, the most highly rated engagement ring destination in Houston is primarily an online store! Whiteflash has been building extraordinary engagement rings and diamond wedding bands in Houston since 1999. They do have a beautiful boutique style showroom in Sugar Land where shoppers are welcome Monday through Friday. They have won consecutive BBB Awards every year since 2005, including the Pinnacle Award as best retail jeweler in the Greater Houston area. Whiteflash is the exclusive home of A CUT ABOVE® Super Ideal Diamonds, considered by experts to be among the finest diamonds in the world. Cut with extreme precision for extraordinary beauty, these diamonds will rock your world! And if you are interested in seeing the best in designer engagement rings, at Whiteflash you can also browse hundreds of styles from all the top brands such as Tacori, Verragio, Simon G, Ritani, Mark Schneider and Benchmark.
Wedding Makeup and Beauty
Every bride wants to look perfect on her wedding day, but most don’t want to be covered in so much makeup that they look unrecognizable! Your Beautiful Face has received three Bride’s Choice Awards for their simple understanding that bridal makeup should enhance, but not cover, your natural beauty. With bridal-party packages and a complimentary night-before spa treatment for the bride, YBF is the kind of bridal beauty vendor that tries to make the stressful wedding experience a little bit more simple and—dare we say it—fun! You can choose between sunless tanning and airbrush makeup, a beachy natural look and a dramatic evening look, skin-clearing facials or anti-aging treatments. Whatever look you choose, YBF will take care of your face!
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