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Plan Your Dream Wedding with These 15 Online Wedding Planning Tools

January 20, 2017

 

Here are 15 wedding planning tools that should be used to plan every wedding:

 

VenueCenter

VenueCenter is the simplest way to search for, request a quote, and book venues online. With an extensive collection of thousands of venues and powerful filtering tools you’ll be able to find the perfect venue in a matter of minutes.

 

The Knot Wedding Websites

The Knot’s free wedding website tool allows you to choose from 100+ designs and then customize and personalize the site providing guests with important details such as the date, location, gift registry and more.

 

GigMasters

GigMasters was designed specifically to hire live musicians and DJs for your wedding but has since come to include other vendors as well. It allows you to see photos, videos and verified reviews of a variety of vendors in your area.

 

HitchSwitch

HitchSwitch helps you change your name after getting married. (It’s harder than you think and can take months to do it on your own!)

 

Skipper

Skipper is a hotel booking website that specializes in booking large blocks (8 or 9 rooms) for weddings.

 

Brideside

Brideside simplifies picking bridesmaids dresses, allowing you to choose over 350 styles from the world’s leading designers, and providing help along the way including inspiration, sizing and more.

 

WeddingWire Planning Tools

From a powerful budget tool, to a checklist, seating and more, WeddingWire’s free tools promise to help alleviate stress and start planning.

 

Wedding Hashtag Generator

Wedding Hashtag Generator helps you create the perfect hashtag for you wedding. This is especially important when doing crowdsourced photos or other things which incorporate an Instagram feed.

 

AllSeated

AllSeated is a powerful tool created for event planners (but just as easily utilized by couples) for creating and managing seating arrangements and guest lists. AllSeated offers exact floorplans to scale, and uses 3D viewing, timelines and more to make your life simpler.

 

VistaPrint

Few consider using VistaPrint for their save the dates and invitations, but it’s quality, design and pricing is hard to beat – even when going a DIY route! You’ll wow guests and save time by customizing and sending invitations and save the dates with VistaPrint.

 

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is a marketplace originally created for projects like cleaning and small home repairs/improvements. Don’t let it’s original purpose fool you though, if you’re looking for a photographer, DJ, or other vendor you may be able to find them on this platform for cheaper than on wedding specific platforms!

 

NearlyNewlywed

NearlyNewlywed allows you to get your hands on beautiful designer wedding dresses for significantly less by only selling used and sample/showroom gowns. If you do get your dress on here, you’ll save hundreds on the gown of your dreams!

 

Zola

Zola is a wedding registry that enables you to combine different brands, experiences and even ask for cash all on the same page. This makes it easier for both you and your friends and family.

 

The Black Tux

The Black Tux is a Tux and Suit rental service that doesn’t suck. They use high quality fabric, great looking designs, and do it all at a great price.

 

Loverly

Loverly is unique as they offer virtual wedding planning services. You’ll connect with and chat with an online concierge to help inspire, plan and coordinate your wedding!

Houston Venues

4 Pet Friendly Wedding Venues in Houston

January 6, 2017

If a dog is really man’s best friend, is it that crazy to think one could be your best man? Many couples who’s pets occupy a special place in their heart are coming up with unique ways to incorporate pets on their wedding days.

However, many forget to consider the fact that they need a pet friendly wedding venue to be able to incorporate their pets in their big day. These are the top 4 wedding venues in Houston which allow pets:

1. The Rothko Chapel

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The Rothko Chapel – Houston, TX

With it’s understated beauty and serene atmosphere, The Rothko Chapel is an ideal space for weddings in the Houston, Texas area. Considered a sacred place, this chapel is kind enough to allow pets to take part in the wedding day activities (so long as they are well trained).

2. 1940 Air Terminal Museum

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1940 Air Terminal Museum – Houston, TX

For the couple who are both history/aviation buffs and pet lovers, the 1940 Air Terminal Museum is the perfect wedding venue. With exhibit rooms filled with artifacts, photographs, uniforms, vintage aircraft, and airline memorabilia, the terminal turned museum charts the triumph and progression of both private and commercial flight in Texas history.

As an added bonus, the museum also affords a front row vantage point to Hobby Airport’s diverse airport operations. It’s like your wedding will have it’s own private airshow consisting of airline traffic, business aviation, and frequent fixed wing and rotary wing general aviation traffic!

3. Silver Sycamore Bed & Breakfast

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Silver Sycamore Bed & Breakfast – Houston, TX

The Silver Sycamore wedding and reception venue in Pasadena Texas boasts a reception venue, restaurant, tea room, bed and breakfast, bridal cottage, shopping village, coffee house, two gazebos and a lush, five-acre garden.

This is great news for brides and grooms who long for a rustic and peaceful wedding and reception venue where everything is available ‘under one roof’ and the folk really are genuinely hospitable.

4. Hotel Indigo Houston At The Galleria

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Hotel Indigo Houston At The Galleria – Houston, TX

Thoughtfully situated in the trendy Uptown district, Hotel Indigo Houston At the Galleria features cool colors, elegant decor, and boutique-styling that gives an atmosphere of distinction and inspiration.

With many amenities like free WI-Fi, the venue is sure to impress and make for a smooth and worry free wedding day. It’s the perfect pet friendly wedding venue in Houston for couples looking for a simple, yet unique experience.

 

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How To Turn Any Venue into A Dreamy Wedding Place

August 30, 2016

How Decorations Can Add Wow To Your Reception

Not everybody can afford to celebrate their wedding reception in a 5-star hotel ballroom or a vineyard. So if you have chosen a plain white tent or a blank space such as a loft for your dinner reception, you can still dazzle and mesmerize your guests upon entering the reception venue with just a bit of creativity here and there.

Here are some elements you can use to transform your wedding reception venue:

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Flower Power

Flowers have a way of cheering up an otherwise boring room. Choose colorful mix of blooms that matches your wedding motif and use it in different elements at the reception: your stage backdrop, centerpieces, etc.

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Highlight the Ceiling

Hang lots of lights at the ceiling and be amazed on how these immediately change the ambiance of your reception venue. Anything from chandeliers, lanterns, to bulb strings will do as long as this is well coordinated with the overall theme that you are going for.

 

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Take on a Wedding Theme

Take your reception on a different level by embracing a theme for your wedding. Beach-themed, Coachella, Hollywood, and Rustic Chic are just some of the themes you can use. You can even personalize your wedding by using a theme that speaks a lot about how you and your partner met or something that you both love doing such as a travel-themed reception.

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Photographs

Display several photographs of you and your partner all over the venue to keep your reception interesting. Aside from adding your own personality in the venue, it also serves as a conversation starter for your guests while waiting for the reception to begin. You can display some snapshots of your love story, travel photos with your partner and even some cute pictures from your childhood.

 

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Ceiling Décor

If your venue has a high plain ceiling, you can choose to add few elements to beautify it. You can install drapes or hang Chinese lanterns, chandeliers, paper pom-poms or a combination of any of this at the ceiling.

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Handwritten Messages

Scatter several chalkboards or wood planks with handwritten notes such as important milestones or dates of your love story, love quotes, or a few lines from your vows to keep it interesting and cute.

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Cozy with Candles

Use lots and lots of candles especially for a dinner reception. A candlelit room will immediately cozy up the mood and make the ambiance apt for a romantic evening.

 

 

 

Check out our Pinterest boards for more inspiration! https://www.pinterest.com/Venuecenter/wedding-planning-ideas-advice-and-more/

 

Event Planning, Tips, Weddings

First Major Decisions After You Get Engaged

August 18, 2016

What To Do After You Are Engaged

Just got engaged? Expect the hundreds of well wishers to greet you soon. But after the euphoria of being engaged wears off and once you are able to take off your eyes from the glittering ring on your finger, it is time to face the taxing tasks of planning your wedding.

What are the first few things you should take care of?

Set a wedding budget

Decide on how much will you spend for your wedding. This will determine a lot of aspects in your wedding: how many guests to invite, what vendors you can hire, and what kind of venue to book, among others.  Review your finances, compute expected income until wedding day and check for other sources of fund that can contribute to cover the expenses.

Decide when to say “I do”

Set a timetable. Although it is important to know that nothing is final yet until the wedding venue is set, it is important to set your mind on a few options already. The average engagement period is usually a year, but you might also want to consider major holidays, season preference and family events before setting the date.

Plan your guest list

Determine the number of guests you can afford to invite based on your budget. How big do you want the wedding be? Who are the people you would want to share this precious moment with?

Select your dream wedding venue

Do you want an outdoor or indoor venue? Will it be the same venue for wedding rites and reception? Search the best wedding venue options near you where you see yourself walking down the aisle and saying your ‘I do’s’

Choose your wedding party

Pick those who have been a part of your love story and those very dear to your hearts because they will fill in on the most important roles in your wedding.

Insure engagement rings

Sometimes unfortunate things really happen. Engagement rings cost a fortune so it is always best to be practical and prepared. Contact you current home insurance and apply it as an extension or better yet, find a jewelry insurance that will protect this valued treasure.

Get some help

You might be busy with your career and to add all these wedding works on top of that will surely be tiring that at some point you would need to get some help from a professional. Hire a wedding planner that will suit your needs and someone you can trust to give you peace of mind that the wedding will be absolutely perfect.

Create a wedding vision

Talk to your finance about how you want the wedding to be. There’s no need to go into details yet but at least decide on what you visualize your wedding day would look and feel like. Do you want it intimate or grand? Do you want to get married in the morning or under the stars? Do you like it formal or would you prefer it fun and loud?

Event Planning, Tips, Weddings

How To Find The Perfect Wedding Planner

August 12, 2016

Choose your perfect match – get the best wedding planner for you.

Once upon a time, the maid of honor and the best man were entrusted with majority of the wedding planning and coordinating tasks to help the bride and the groom. But the changing demands of modern weddings have paved way to the need for a superwoman (or man!) to help every bride and groom with all the grueling wedding tasks.

When you find yourself overwhelmed with all the preparation and decision making on hand, it is about time you get a wedding planner. Choose the right wedding planner that will help you lessen the stress and anxiety giving you a peace of mind until your big day comes. Search for reputable wedding planners in wedding sites or ask friends who recently got married for referrals. Make it a point to do further research once you have narrowed down your choices into two or more wedding planners.

Depending on your needs and budget, you may hire a: full service planner, partial coordinator, or a day-of coordinator.

Getting Ready For Your Initial Wedding Planner Interview

Schedule a face-to-face interview to get to know the wedding planner better. Here are some of the details she will ask you (better be ready!) before the interview:

  • Wedding date
  • Wedding budget
  • Number of guests
  • Wedding venue (if you already have one)
  • Wedding vision (no need to worry if you don’t have one yet, a skilled wedding planner will guide you in visualizing your dream wedding!)

What to Ask Your Wedding Planner:

  • Are you available on our wedding date?
  • How long have you been a wedding planner?
  • Why did you choose this as a career?
  • What is the hardest problem you have encountered as a wedding planner? How did you handle this challenge?
  • How many weddings can you handle in a month? Do you handle more than one wedding in a day?
  • Up to what extent is your involvement in the weddings that you manage?
  • Will you be at the wedding personally? How many assistants will you have?
  • Is the wedding rehearsal part of your services?
  • Do you have a contingency plan in case of emergency that you cannot be present on our wedding?
  • How soon do you answer inquiries from clients?
  • How often would you meet us for consultations?
  • Do you have an office, website or social media pages for easier communication?
  • Do you charge a flat rate, a percentage of the wedding cost, or per hour?
  • What are the services included in this fee?
  • What is your payment policy?
  • How about refund policy for cancellation?
  • Have you ever worked at the venue we have chosen?
  • Do you have a network of wedding vendors we can consider? Are we required to get only them?
  • Will you be present in all our meetings with the other vendors?
  • Can you show us a portfolio of your past weddings?
  • Can you provide us a list of references?

After the initial interview, reflect on these questions:

  • Do you feel that you were heard?
  • Did she understand your vision?
  • Can she work around your budget?
  • Did you like her work ethics?
  • Do you think your personality matches?

Remember that you will be partnering with her for the wedding for the next couple of months. If you feel that something doesn’t click then you probably should look for other options. You only get married once so make sure you hire someone who can help you achieve your dream start to your happily ever after.

 

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The 5 Most Jaw-Dropping Wedding Venues in Houston

November 19, 2015

Houston is home to some of the most unique, and beautiful wedding venues in the nation, but many of the venues aren’t what you think!

Pictured above is the number 1 wedding venue in Houston during 2015, Station 3.

From one of the most attended museums in the country to a renovated firehouse these unique wedding venues in Houston are sure to wow your guests, and many feature the added bonus of needing only minimal decorations too!

5. Fifty-Two-Twenty-Six

This indoor-outdoor venue boasts 20-foot ceilings, floor to ceiling glass, and modern architecture to create a highly configurable and extremely beautiful wedding venue. The exterior is colorful and lined with palm trees while the inside features a secret garden, meditation pool, and waterfall swimming pool. This venue can hold up to 150 guests and features several choices of spaces.

4. Julia Ideson Library

With marble columns, a grand staircase, and Spanish architecture this library adds all of the romance from the roaring 20’s and then some! The library was recently restored and renovated adding a brand new garden and expanding the possible number of guests to 450. This library would make the perfect wedding venue for a book lover in Houston.

3. Houston Museum of Natural Science

This expansive museum is large enough to host up to 2,000 wedding guests and requires little to no décor. Your wedding will be the envy of all your friends and family when you exchange your vows in the Burke Baker Planetarium and dance alongside dinosaurs in the Morian Hall of Paleontology. If you don’t have a big guest list, don’t worry either! You can rent out some of its smaller rooms and halls to keep the venue from feeling too cavernous.

2. The Astorian

The Astorian is an Art Deco venue featuring the perfect combination of industrial elements, woods and ambient lighting to create a venue similar to a New York City loft. The venue features removable walls and fixtures which make the 28,000 square feet a bride’s playground. More than 400 guests fit in this very unique wedding venue.

1. Station 3

This is a newly restored venue, and probably the most unique on this list! The firehouse turned wedding venue is the perfect marriage of historical charm and modern touches. It can hold up to 250 guests and features the original red brick, dark pine floors, and fireman’s pool alongside a glass staircase and custom made chandeliers. The station was redesigned for use as weddings featuring a catering kitchen and bridal sweet and treats your wedding guests to a spectacular unobstructed view of downtown Houston.

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