Wedding Shopping in Houston
By Devorah Isenberg , Monday, March 14, 2011 8:16 AM
If you are planning a wedding in Houston, you have probably already noticed that there are hundreds of options for every aspect of your big day, from hairstyles to dancing shoes. So before you buy an engagement ring or commit to a caterer, use the power of the Internet and the wisdom of crowds to help you weed out the so-so florists and the jewelry stores that offer sub-par service. Websites like Yelp.com and iVouch.com aggregate real-life customer reviews and ratings to help you find the perfect wedding vendors in Houston.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best of the best in every category, from the best Houston engagement ring vendors to the hottest wedding cake bakers in all of Texas.
Florist: Online reviewers could not get enough of Le Jardiniere, an independent florist shop that specializes in unique wedding arrangements. Kathleen, who worked with the florists for her daughter’s wedding, raved that “their flowers were gorgeous” and appreciated that “their cost estimate was far better than the six others I had met with before.” Justin noted the quality and that the “flowers looked very fresh and very very nice.”
Photography: Photographers all over Houston got online raves for their creative shoots, quick turn-around time, and competitive prices, but no one beat master photographer Viet at Opulent Photography. Danda wrote that he “had a great time. He was professional, fast and easy to work with.” Devyn agreed that friendliness was key. “He showed up early, stayed late, and exceeded my expectations.” In another review, Jackie also noted the friendliness of Opulent’s photographers. “By the end of the wedding, I felt like they were our friends too.”
Wedding Dress: In a town crowded with David’s Bridals and malls filled with run-of-the-mill bridal gowns, one bridal salon stands head and sparkly shoulders above the rest. Winnie Couture is a bridal boutique that believes every element of your wedding planning experience should reflect the easy-going vibe that Houston is all about. “They were so helpful. Laura took time to help me,” writes Kelsy, “I recommend anyone to shop for their wedding dress with her.” Other fans praised Winnie’s cozy boutique environment and personalized experience. “I loved the experience and my dress,” raves Kayley, “it was worth every penny.” The most personal elements of wedding shopping, like choosing an engagement ring or wedding dress, can be the most stressful, so companies that take personal care of every client end up winning the most online fans. Houston has so many engagement ring and wedding dress options, so turning to the Internet to choose the best option is the smartest way to go.
Wedding Cake: Although they are also a fully functional cafe and bakery, Decapo’s Pastry Cafe has won rave reviews for their affordable but creative wedding cakes. “My wedding cake was so gorgeous and at a competitive price,” writes Amy. “Literally the best cake I’ve ever eaten and all my guests are STILL talking about it.” Other fans praised the personal service and customizability of Decapo’s, while others noted their old-school commitment to pure, simple flavor. Lauren calls Decapo’s a source of “outstanding cakes with a personal touch.” Marla, who is also a huge fan of Decapo’s cafe menu, sums up the experience like this: Attention brides, consider Decapo’s for your wedding cake. It was amazing.”
Engagement Ring: iVouch.com, a consumer review site that specializes in local and online diamond vendors, ranks Whiteflash.com, a Houston-based engagement ring vendor that primarily sells diamonds and engagement rings through its website. With a five star rating and a 95% recommendation rating, Whiteflash.com stands apart for its superior diamonds and friendly customer service. Rodham wrote a long, heartfelt letter to their new friends at Whiteflash, saying, “Thanks for your on-time quick delivery. My fiancée-to-be loves the ring as do I. The ring looks amazing and it is exactly what I wanted.” Customers from Houston loved the in-person engagement ring shopping experience, while online customers from around the world raved about the quick shipping time and superior online service. “Unlike the other online jewelry retailers, I can always expect excellent quality, value and customer service from Whiteflash,” writes Owen. Many online fans noted the exclusive brand of Hearts and Arrows diamonds sold at Whiteflash, A Cut Above, and praised the sparkly look and the uniformly high appraisal value for these stones. “Buy from Whiteflash and rest assured that you will receive more than what you paid for,” promises Paul. An engagement ring in Houston can mean anything from a mass-produced piece available at the mall or an antique family heirloom, but Whiteflash.com stands apart for its consistency and friendliness.
So whether you are combing Houston for the perfect engagement ring, the ideal wedding dress, or the wedding cake of your dreams, you can use the power of the consumer to make smart decisions!
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