TIS THE SEASON FOR OPEN HOUSES

Texas Bridal Venues have been told to do four quarterly Open Houses during off season.  


So if Wedding Season is Spring and  Fall then you would think that Open Houses are only twice a year – Winter and Summer (really cold or really hot) but if you only come out when it cold and hot, you can’t see the place in its Prime Season, so I guess that’s why they have it during the beginning of Spring and Beginning of Fall.


We had our First Open House at Binders Gardens Venue in SW Houston on the windyest day of the year.  We clocked in some 35 mile per hour winds and we packed em in that day.  


We had an amazing humbling Open House with 24 Vendors and Houston’s Perfect Wedding Guide Magazine came out to work our registration table.  They took 27 Brides and 69 Guests information. 

The food was amazing, the decor was point on and cake was melting in everyone’s mouth.  We want to personal thank the vendors that attended and helped.  They are listed below.

All photos provided by Classically Unique


OPEN HOUSE VENDORS:

Rhythm Inc. Dance Studio


https://www.facebook.com/rhythmincdancestudio/
Floral Designs by Jamie

Www.fb.me/floraldesignbyjamie

Amanda Haley Hair Co

https://www.facebook.com/amandahaleyhair/

Marcia Weddings and Events

https://www.facebook.com/Marcia-Weddings-and-Events-570082116487028/

Southern Spirits Events

https://www.facebook.com/Southernspiritsevents/

Light House Caterer


https://www.facebook.com/Lighthouse-Catering-1486013228076277/
A Finer Event 

https://www.facebook.com/afinerevent/
LBL Event Rentals

https://www.facebook.com/lbleventrentals/
Candle Light Ambiance of Texas

https://www.facebook.com/texascandledecor/
True Creations Videography

https://www.facebook.com/TrueCreationsVideography/

Cypress Photo Camper

https://www.facebook.com/Cypressphotocamper/

Happiness is Life Photography 

https://www.facebook.com/HappinessIsLifePhotography/

Sugar Dancer Confections

https://www.facebook.com/sugardancerconfections/

Houston Perfect Wedding Guide

https://www.facebook.com/HoustonPerfectWeddingGuide/

Darker Side DJs and Karaoke PhotoBooth

https://www.facebook.com/DarKerSideDJsKaraokePhotobooth/

Nava Photography
 

https://www.facebook.com/navasphotography/

DJ Dave Productions

https://www.facebook.com/DJDaveProductions/

Proforma Printmotion

All things Bridal


https://www.facebook.com/printmotions/

Celebrating Vacations


https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateVacay/

Homewood Suites Hilton Katy


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homewood-Suites-by-Hilton-HoustonKaty-Mills-Mall/497638417096097

Jan Leonard 


https://www.facebook.com/Wedding-Minister-182313795189782/

Bavarian Cakery


https://www.facebook.com/bavariancakery/

Mark Matthews Photography


https://markmatthewsphotography.smugmug.com/

Congratulation to the lucky couple Luis Chavez and Meredith Schiro from Needville TX – they Won the Grand Prize Wedding Venue for their Wedding.


Binders Gardens Venue


BindersGardens.com

ITS MY WEDDING AND I WILL CRY IF I WANT TO; but don’t want to.

Has any bride cried as they walked down the aisle?? May get emotional easily & so scared that They are going to be crying walking down the aisle (from happiness of course) & all their photos will look awful because of their ugly crying face! lol Any advice on how NOT to cry?
Lol this sounds bad.. but they had a plan on focusing on their husband as I walked down but then they saw him tearing up, so they will instantly started to look around at the guests as their dad walks them down the isle with ugly face tears of happiness.


May brides replied….

 I feel like I’m going to be a mess! I read somewhere that if you mouth “watermelon” it’ll keep you from crying. I have no idea if it’s true but it’s just something I read.  

I also heard that if you put your tongue in the top of your mouth you will stop crying.

Listen to the song you’re walking down the aisle to over and over again. This is my second marriage. The first one I was a hot mess. This one I’m still crying during the song. I’ve got 6 months. 

I think you should let it happen as it does…that is what will make it memorable and real. You won’t start crying immediately and if you don’t see your future husband immediately that gives the photographer time to capture some of you walking without crying……..

I’m not married yet but someone did say that if you do cry just go with it because if you try to stop it or hide it that’s when they really get the not so pretty cry face.

This is my fear too! and I’ll be wearing false eyelashes for the first time and I’m afraid I’ll lose one and it’ll fall on my cheek or something in the midst of crying ahaha BUT I have heard if you listen to the song a lot.. like over and over, it helps. My wedding is in March and I should probably start doing it too.

I cry easily too! I suggest waterproof eye makeup.

You will prob smile for a little bit of the walk and then tears will fall .. it’s all a part of the day and will be great memories captured for your special day.

I’m scared of this so I’m doing a first look so we can cry alone, together in private.

I was fine the entire day. Then when I did the reveal with my dad i just busted out crying. Then again walking down the aisle and I thought I had quietly said “crap” like crap I’m crying again, but apparently I wasn’t all that quiet and my guests started laughing so it made for some comic relief and I had stopped crying. By the time I got to my now husband I was so happy to see him I couldn’t stop smiling.

I had a panic attack. sounded like I was gasping for air. taking short fast breaths. my anxiety was the worst. my hubby told me I oozed beautiful. I’m lk stop im gunna cry & ruin my makeup. we laughed & he grabbed my hand & it all went away.

Just make sure you use all water proof makeup, and have your maid of honor hold some tissues for you.

I’m a very emotional person and I was so scared this was going to happen. I had big tears in my eyes but I never cried, but I was shaking uncontrollably lol. I literally dragged my dad down the aisle. He kept telling me I needed to slow it down but I do not like being the center of attention lol. I held it together but you could tell I was on the verge of crying.

Yep I did! I tried to remember to smile when I first started but I just couldn’t hold it in. Don’t think we have one pic of my smiling. But at least I am coming back down the isle!

Have your Dad crack a joke with you just before you walk down the aisle so you start laughing and it releases your nerves. My husband did that with our daughter.

Trust me, I thought the same thing. I wasn’t emotional until I got to the altar. I was in so much shock that I didn’t have time to cry. 

I actually ended up saying the F word when I got to the altar because I was so overwhelmed. Not my proudest moment. Luckily only my husband heard me! 

My daughter started tearing up and her Dad realized it and told her something REALLY funny to turn things around. It was totally impromptu but awesome. The photographer caught that special moment and it is one of my favorite pics of the wedding. So have whoever is walking you down the aisle prepared with something to make you laugh šŸ™‚

I didn’t cry but I was exhausted from not being able to sleep at all the night before! I did have my last dance with just me and my husband and that was emotional. it was a moment just for us to celebrate us. we were happy everyone was their to help us celebrate but that was a moment for him and me to truly connect for a dance without having to put on a show but to just enjoy each other. I highly recommend doing something like that.


Sooooo. Weather you cry or laugh; it’s your wedding and you can cry if you want to.  it’s your day!

9 TIPS TO SURVIVE A BRIDAL SHOW

HELP TIPS FOR BRIDES1. Dress cute n comfy – if going with a team; match the wardrobe or colors. Wear your cute club veil so we all know your the Bride. You know you have one. LoL 

2. Eat before and maybe if you know you will turn into Monique bring crackers and water.

3. BYOB – Bring your own Bag – thou you get one, it will break with all the papers. One for keepers and one for no’s.

4. BYC – Bring your checkbook. They will have some amazing deals you can only get there.

5. Do your homework, see who’s going and know their prices in advance to getting those deals. Just because they have a booth doesn’t mean they have a good rep. Anyone can buy a booth.

6. Plan the day. Plan where to park, what time it starts and map out the booths you want to see first and then see the rest.

7. Print out stickers of your name, email, dates of wedding, address and phone. You just saved yourself lots of time and don’t have to fill out any prize raffles.

8. Find and Collect the Open House flyers. These are what all the venues will give you so you can map out your next month of tours.

9. If you already have a venue; know what is not exclusive so you don’t book a vendor that you really can’t use.  
HAVE FUN!
One Bride suggested creating a separate email just for Bridal Emails.

NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW ENGAGEMENTS

Happy 2017 New Year!  With the new year brings new Engagements.


If you’re one of the lucky couples that just got engaged congratulations!  

Your first step is to decide on a date.  Dates can be anniversaries of when you met, they can also be around holidays when family can travel, or they can be seasonal the best time to have a wedding.

Your second step is to decide on who you’re going to invite, so you’ll have an estimate of guests count. 

Once you have a budget, you will have that you’re third step is to find a venue that has your date.  

Most Brides ask Venues for packages and dates from venues in advance of touring.  Once you find a few you like then it’s the time for touring and making your decision.
We hope that when looking you keep our hidden gem in mind at BindersGardens.com.


Things to remember when picking your venue.

1. Think of how you felt walking around.  This is how your guest will feel attending your weddings.

2. Ask 3 questions; Who will be at my wedding to help me on issues? What are your restrictions?  What is the maximum number allowed at the venue?

3. Request to view a sample invoice so you can see hidden costs.

4. Observe wheather the person touring with is truely listening to your questions.

5. Ask if there are options in prices.

6. Ask questions that will determine if they can handle conflicts the day of your wedding with your family.

7. Communicate to see if they are flexible about your priorities like decor or dealing with handicap family.

Once you get that comfort zone establiblish then this will help you decide if the venue is your perfect fit.