Wedding Shopping in Houston: From Engagement Ring to Wedding Cake
By Devorah Isenberg
, Monday, March 14, 2011
By Devorah Isenberg
, March 14, 2011
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 diamond rings to 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 finest in designer engagement rings to the hottest wedding cake bakers in all of Texas.
Tacori Platinum Engagement ring with A CUT ABOVE Princess
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 best online reviews.
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, gives Whiteflash very marks. With a five star rating the company stands apart for its superior diamonds and friendly customer service. And Whiteflash is the exclusive home of A CUT ABOVE Super Ideal Diamonds which are considered by experts to be among the finest diamonds anywhere. Combining ideal diamonds with countless beautiful ring styles from all the top jewelry designers, Whiteflash delivers brilliant experiences to a growing number of Houston couples as well as countless couples across American and the globe.
So whether you are combing Houston for the perfect engagement ring, the ideal wedding dress, or the wedding cake of your dreams, you have lots of options and you can use reviews and the "power of your peers" to make smart decisions!