Editor’s Wishlist: 5 Spots for your Honeymoon

Riad Yasmine Marrakech
By Jasmine Chen

Caution! This honeymoon wish list is going make you want to get married sooner! What’s the first place you want to escape to with him/her right after a noisy wedding (no offense but that’s truth)? If you haven’t come up with an idea yet, this list will help you find an Arabian featured hotel that could showcase a spring on a Sahara, a British Castle that brings you back to the Golden Era of Renaissance, a Bamboo Cottage beside a rice farm with childhood memory scent, The Cave hotel from where hot balloons are rising to the heavens, as well as the Japanese Inn with your favorite sake and anime play! What are you waiting for? Grab your passports and start to enjoy a whole new world with your better half.

1. One Thousand and One Arabian Nights Le Riad & Yasmine Boutique hotel

Located in Marrakech, Morocco, this Attestation d’Excellence of 2016 winning hotel on TripAdvisor has only 7 rooms, but this is even boosting its popularity. Booking at least 3 months in advanced is recommended. The picture of swimming in the refreshing patio pool is going to make your Instagram friends’ jealous (Price from $90 per night).

Booking Info: http://riad-yasmine.com/en/

If you don’t want to join the long reservation queue for Le Riad & Yasmine, you can definitely find the alternatives on booking.com, just go ahead and check out #Riad Hotel!








2. Love Stories in the British Lumley Castle

Sleeping beauty received her true love kiss in her castle, now it’s your turn! Lumley Castle is a 14th-century quadrangular castle closed to the historical city of Durham, England. Here you can gain a unique experience of Medieval time, as well as the magnificent view of north England nature. This four-star unique hotel also provides wedding venues (Price: from $12).

Booking link: http://www.lumleycastle.com/








3. Island of Bali Bamboo Eco. Cottage

This hidden and quiet spot is actually only minutes from the center of Ubud City, Bali, and Indonesia. The secret location brings you closer to The Green Rice Farm and sunsets about the river. Also, Indonesian massage services are available to help relax (Price: from $67 per night/room).

Booking link: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/744971?s=C-1COj3Y








4. Kelebek Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is rated as “the best place for hot balloon tours in the world”, thanks to its unique landscape of rocky hills and valleys, the travelers gain a wonderful view from the rising balloon. What’s more important is, the must-try local cave hotels. There are usually packages of balloon tours included with accommodations. Remember to bargain hunt for a lower price! (Price: from $85 per night).

Booking link: http://www.kelebekhotel.com/en/hotel









5. Japan Ryokan and Hotel Association

Ryokan in Japanese means the traditional inn. This culture-infused design leads to an extreme simplicity and special elegance that originates from the wooden and bamboo furnishing. Imagine sitting at the Tatami floor, appreciating a cup of boiled matcha tea on the chabudai (low wood table), while your mind is indulgent in the clear raindrop sounds right outside of the shoji (sliding door). No other time else is more peaceful than that moment (Price: from $80).

Booking link: http://www.ryokan.or.jp/english/




Wedding Invitation Websites to use When Planning your Wedding

Wedding Paper Divas
By Shelby Reininger

These are all awesome websites to make use out of when choosing your wedding Invitations. They all provide great tools to really personalize and find the style you’re looking for. Be sure to check these websites out! Most of them offer discounts depending on the packages/quantity ordered.


This company was founded in 2007 by the idea that there was hidden creative talent around the world whose work was not accessible to consumers and that the Internet could help surface. Minted is a design market that independent artists submit their work to. The best content then gets voted on and then the chosen winners are the directly sold to consumers on the website. This website really expresses innovation and individuality. Minted even offers you a free wedding website to match your printed invitations, so RSVP’s couldn’t be more simpler!


Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Paper Divas offers online wedding invitations that are customizable to the smallest detail. Whether it’s a rustic backyard affair or a modern upscale celebration, find an invitation as unique as the wedding of your dreams. They offer couples hundreds of options, including styles in every color, paper needs for any budget and on-trend designs that are guaranteed to make a lasting impact. Be sure to order a free sample kit complete with color swatches, paper samples and unique designs like metallic invites, you can be confident you’re picking the best invitation for your big day.



Bring family and friends together for your big day with wedding invitations from Zazzle! Choose from amazing selection of rustic, elegant, vintage, and modern wedding invitation styles. You can also purchase Save the Date cards, postage, and more. Check out some of their featured designers and find great, creative designs you can use for your invitations. Make your wedding planning easy by letting Zazzle help you get your wedding invitations right. They even provide personalized wedding party gifts!



A go-to for holiday cards, office needs, and photo gifts, Vistaprint should not be overlooked for your stationery printing needs. Always reasonably priced with tons of great offers and promotions, they offer luxurious wedding paper options, custom designs, and both modern and classic templates and color schemes. This site is also a great go-to for those with private designers who have already created their items and graphics and simply need printing. Just upload the design — and order! Quick shipping and awesome customer service (really, call them at any time of day or night) is just what is needed when planning a wedding.



On the way to say “I Do”

By Marian Jacob
In the olden days, aisle runners were used in practical way, to provide a clean entrance for the bride (avoid outside dirt and mud), others even used it as a superstition to ward off evil spirits. So whether it holds a special meaning for you or not, these aisle runners add a unique touch to the wedding ceremony. Those few moments from when the bride starts walking down the aisle to when she meets her groom are so special and deserve that extra touch.
Aisle runners can be personalized; a monogram of the couple’s initials, a special personal message, a written letter or even the story from when they met to when they say “I Do”. Of course these runners will make everyone say “awwwww”, but these are also a great decor item to feature in the ceremony photos.

Houston Party Planning – Miya Shay Baby Sprinkle


Torrential downpour threatens event


In this episode of the Bridal Extravaganza Show Podcast we’re chatting with Ashley, Stephanie, Kyle, and Bianca who have just finished planning a baby shower for ABC-13’s news reporter, Miya Shay.

When Miya Shay, an ABC-13 news reporter, and State Rep. Gene Wu were expecting their second son, close friends gathered to celebrate “BabyWu2” and so much more. The Memorial area home hosting the event inspired an elegant, all-white shower theme. Even the cake, created by Miya’s friend Laura Louis, was white and topped with a pair of old-fashioned baby booties made of chocolate.

Passed hors d’oeuvres pleased the pallets of over 50 guests, three of whom were also mothers-to-be. The lively crowd was entertained by live piano music throughout the night. In lieu of gifts, donations were collected for Interfaith Ministries.

At peak party time, the skies opened up and a torrential downpour ensued. Luckily, local ABC-13 meteorologist Casey Curry was on-hand, reassuring guests, “It’s going to be okay!” Hostesses were certainly glad they didn’t run out of champagne for this “sprinkle” that turned into a downpour.

Hear from party planners: Kyle, Bianca, Stephanie and Ashely  Episode III of the Bridal Extravaganza Podcast.

Listen to Episode III on SoundCloud now.


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In Loving Memory


By Shelby Reininger

Remember and honor your loved ones who are no longer with you. When you want to share your big day with a loved one who can no longer celebrate it with you be sure to check out these ideas on how to integrate them into your wedding.

1.Candle with a personal message for your loved one

2.Reserve a chair for them at the ceremony with a bouquet of flowers with their photo or a sign on the chair.

3.A Memorial table with pictures, candles, and quotes from those loved ones. (Can be dedicated to one single person or several people).

4.Have charms, like tiny framed photos of your loved ones hanging from your wedding bouquet.

5.Include loved ones names together on the wedding program with a quote.

An Unexpected Signature Drink

Strawberry Wine Smoothie

By Marian Jacob

Stay cool in the summer heat! Wine smoothies are the perfect drink to serve at your summer party or wedding reception. A wine smoothie is blended with a fruity wine, ice and your choice of fruits. Margaritas and Sangrias are so last year! This refreshing smoothie “packs less of a punch” and is more healthy for you. Your guests will love this cool and delicious drink, especially in the Texas heat!

BOTW: Shi Barajas

Shi Barajas

On the day of our four and a half year anniversary my fiancé took me on a spontaneous trip to Austin. Being such a spontaneous trip we had no idea where we were going once we arrived. Then we read about this mountain, Mount. Bonnell, which is said to be a great place to watch the sunset or even gaze at the stars. So being a place that neither of us had ever seen before, we decided that we would see what it was like before coming back that evening. While walking around we came upon a beautiful rock ledge hanging off the side of the mountain overlooking the water below. At that moment we knew we had found the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Later that evening after a day full of site seeing and enjoying nature we headed back to the mountain. As we got closer to the mountain we began to notice the parking lot was nearly full with more cars pouring in by the second. As we made our way to our spot we had picked out earlier that day every rock, bench, and any other place that was available to sit was full. [Read more...]

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Add Puppy Cuteness to Your Wedding

by Yennie Handika


Do you want your pets to be there on your wedding day? Nowadays, people bring along their dogs and bunnies to join their parties, it adds a touch of cuteness for sure. Dogs are perhaps the most wedding-friendly pets, especially the trained ones. Some dogs actually carry out the duties of becoming ring bearers at weddings. Oh, but be careful with this though, don’t let them swallow the wedding rings! It will be horrible. Play it safe by letting your dog pose for those adorable pictures. Start training your dogs now so that when it’s the BIG day, you can bring your dog along to carry out those important duties! Imagine a well-dressed pup in a bow tie or in a cute pink tutu dress like in these pictures. Oh how beautiful your wedding pictures will be!

Photos by Yennie Handika


David’s Bridal & Houston SPCA

David’s Bridal is pleased to be partnering with the Houston SPCA at the Houston Bridal Extravaganza the weekend of July 22-23,2017.  In anticipation of the launch of David’s Bridal’s first ever collection  of attire and accessories for your furry friends, join us for a preview featuring adorable adoptable dogs walking the runway alongside our most coveted bridal gowns.  On Saturday and Sunday, dogs from the local Houston SPCA will join us at the bridal show for photo ops in hopes of finding their forever home.  Snap a photo with one of the adoptable pups and post to social media using #Davidsbridal and we will donate $1 to the Houston SPCA.

Throughout the weekend, the Houston SPCA will be on the ground at the bridal show with their mobile adoption unit.  We’d love to see you there, and, who knows?  You may go home with a new cuddly addition to your bridal party!