Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Part 2: Reception Rooms that POP!

I am sure you are in suspense waiting for suggestion two, ha ha ha. Ok, here it is... LIGHTING!

Reception rooms will of course have some type of lighting… some better than others. Provided that your venue does not offer colored or effect lighting, suggestion two may work just perfect for you.

Lighting can add depth and excitement to a reception room. The lighting industry is filled with exciting options that will blow your mind. Depending on your budget you can invest quite a bit with things like table spot lighting, custom gobos, glowing furniture, moon balloons, sparkle drape, chandeliers, enhanced dance floor or stage lighting and so on. All of these options are fabulous and if you have the budget, totally go for it.

We suggest the very minimum to add what is known as Par Cans, which will come with a gel color of your choice. A gel is basically a colored film that goes over the light to illuminate the designated color. The Par Can is usually used to up-light or spot light an area. By adding even just a few to your reception room, it will take your room from whatever to WOW.

No matter what lighting you choose to do, consult an expert. Lighting can get complicated and someone by your side with experience in this area will get the great production results you are after.

Part 1: Reception Rooms that POP!

Feeling a little blah about your reception room? Not loving the hotel ballroom carpet? Want your reception room to impress your guests?
We are going to share with you our top five ideas to make your reception room POP!

The first suggestion is simple. Instead of using the venues basic linens, kick it up a notch by ordering colored or textured linens from your local distributor. What makes this suggestion so exciting is the linens that are offered to the event industry are beautiful and creative.

Imagine walking into a reception room with basic ivory linens, nice but... Now imagine walking into a room that has upgraded at minimum to a polyester solid color like rust, raspberry or chocolate...yes!

The most cost effective upgrade is the polyester linen which is offered in a huge selection of colors. From there you can upgrade to different fabric blends like Lamours, Bichons or Damasks and so on depending on your budget.

Important Linen Notes:
Please, please make sure that your linens go to the floor. It is very important to know what table size you are dealing with. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing the ugly metal legs of the table peaking out, yuck.

It is always best to have a iron or steamer on hand to remove the folding crease. Please consult your linen distributor before applying heat to fabrics.

Keeping all the tables the same when it comes to the linens will assure a much cleaner look.

*Photo courtesy of Rhonda Lewis Photography

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Upcoming Event In Houston

cordially invite the groom and his groomsmen
to a tuxedo and style consultation event

How To Own Your Look

October 16, 2007 6:30-8:30 PM

Located at LUCHO Men's Boutique in Uptown Park
1121-12 Uptown Park Blvd

$10 per person...brides are welcome!

Experienced tailors will take your measurements and
present a variety of suit and tuxedo options.
Enjoy Drinks, Hors D' Oeurves, Cigars and Giveaways!

Please RSVP to houston@twobewed.net

C O L O R Theory

Color theory is back in session and we are talking about RED. I have to say that red has always been a hot wedding color. In fact, a popular color combination that we see in the studio is red with white and black. We would like to take a moment to show you that you can still use red, but make it all your own.

Red is the color of energy and evokes such emotions such as passion and love (very fitting for a wedding).

We have taken five reds: fire engine red, sangria, terra cotta, rust and cerise and grouped them together with today's hottest colors. Enjoy!

Pictures provided by brides.com, marthastewart.com & pinkcakebox.com.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

See you tonight at the Open Studio!!

Come to enjoy...

The Boutique, wedding professionals, and get exciting wedding ideas!

anytime between 6-8PM

2303 Dunlavy Street, Houston

Between Westheimer & West Gray

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

C O L O R Theory

Over the next two months we are going to blog about color. Color in a wedding affects the decor/floral, attire, invitations, culinary, and most importantly the feeling your guests will experience as they attend your event.

The first color we are going to profile is GREEN. Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony.

We have taken five greens: pear, grass, olive, chartreuse and sage, and grouped them together with today's hottest colors. Enjoy!

Pictures provided by Brides.com & Bbjlinen.com.

Monday, August 13, 2007

TBW Houston's Night on the Town

Just wanted to take a break from our normal blogging topics to show all of you planning brides and grooms that your wedding professionals take time to have fun. TBW Houston spent a night on the town at the bowling alley and had a blast; here are the pics to prove it!

Check back to see the TBW Phoenix crew having a blast during their 3rd Annual Summer Getaway.
THANK YOU E. Sullivan Photography for the great images!!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Will you be my bridesmaid?

The age old question: Will you be my bridesmaid? We think you should make this moment an occasion, by asking in a clever way. Here are our top five:

Purchase "The Maidens" t-shirts from The Boutique in Houston, wrap them up, and send them to your favorite gals....they'll get the idea! These tees never go out of style...once a maiden always a maiden!

Everyone loves a frosted sugar cookie once in awhile, so why not order these great custom delights. It will not only be a great treat, but it is a great way to ask the question. Yummy!

Treat the most important ladies in your life to a group pedicure...while relaxed and enjoying each other's company, express to them that only your bridesmaids deserve the utmost treatment! They'll flip out right then and there! If most of your maids are local, invite them for dinner and drinks on you. Take a moment to toast and before toasting, ask them to be your bridesmaids. You can all toast to one big "yes!"Find an old picture of you and your friend...preferably one that could be used for blackmail! Create a greeting card asking your friend to be in your wedding party.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Agave Road : Charming and Rustic Wedding Venue

What do you get when you cross breath-taking landscapes with classic southwestern architecture and maybe a few deer? It could be your wedding reception site. Located in warm and vibrant Katy, Texas, Agave Road is a beautiful and serene event and reception site where you and up to 300 guests can enjoy charming southwest details that will transport you to a simpler decade.

Agave Road offers a variety of amenities such as indoor or outdoor ceremony and reception options, audio and visual availability throughout the venue, a Large outdoor vintage fire place and colorful, tropical landscaping.

The 10,000 square foot facility is surrounded by 30 acres of pecan orchards and oak trees. With these natural surroundings, expect a few furry guests such as deer, antelope, miniature donkeys and rams.

Outside vendors are welcome, with the exception of beverage/bar services. Agave Road can offer their suggestion from their highly preferred caterers to make your planning easier. They also know how important your day is and want to devote all their time and attention to you, so they will only book one event per day. And there are only so many weekends in a year, so it is best to book six to twelve months in advance.

Agave Road

Monday, July 30, 2007

Fun Bridesmaid Gift Idea

We were surfing the net the other day and ran into these cute cosmetic bags. Now this is just not any cosmetic bag; it is a custom photo bag (how cute). There are several different sizes and they range in price. The website is user friendly and purchasing the bags is nice and easy. For your bridesmaids, www.Bagettes.com suggests using pictures from college days, childhood photos or even a cute pic of their man. LOVE IT!!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Unique Reception Ideas for Unique Couples

You and your mate are a little off kilter. You march to the beat of your own drum. So why should your wedding be completely traditional? We say go big or go home! Here's a count down list of our favorite ideas to liven up your reception.

15. Specialty dessert buffet
14. Comedian

13. Cigar roller
12. Unique live music like the
Dueling Pianos from The Big Bang or Bag Piper
11. Seating lounge with plush couches, chairs, tables
10. Signature Drinks

9. Sushi Bar
8. Casino or Amusement Games
7. Espresso/Coffee Bar
6. Professional Ballroom Dancers

5. Photo Booth
4. Caricatures
3. Breakfast served at midnight
2. Photo Studio
1. Fireworks

Thursday, July 19, 2007

TWO BE WED Houston at the Bridal Extravaganza

Thank you to all the brides & grooms who stopped at our booth at the bridal show last weekend, we had a blast!

Monday, July 16, 2007

6 Ways to De-Stress the Planning

We aren't going to sugar coat it. Planning a wedding can be tough at times. There are many details to consider. Check out these six tips to help ease the stress and keep you sane so you don't lose sight of the real meaning of your wedding day-the Two of You!

1. Stay ahead of the game.
Do what you can, when you can so it can be crossed off your list of things to do. Putting it off will only increase stress.

2. Trust your wedding professionals.
You hired them, so you must have had a good reason for your decision. Let them work their magic and take care of you.

3. Make a decision and don't look back.
There are millions of ideas and options when it comes to your wedding. You will go crazy if you look and look and entertain every idea. Trust your first choice-it's usually the best one.

4. Keep your guests' happiness in mind.
Yes, it is your big day, but these people will travel near and far for you. The day should be just as much for them as it is for you.

5. Be creative and unique.
In other words, be you. Add your personality and personal touch wherever possible.

6. Hire a wedding planner.
Like we said, planning isn't easy, and aren't you kind of busy anyway? Have a planner come on board for at least the coordination to ease the stress.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Hot Trend Report: Guest Agendas

Being a guest at a wedding can also be stressful. What time do we eat? What time is the cocktail hour over? What time are we cutting the cake? Wait! There are cocktails? Savvy wedding planner, Aleasha Shelton from A Day to Cherish Weddings, suggests a guest wedding agenda.

Think of it like a program, but the the entire event. How wonderful for the guest at your wedding to know moment by moment what to expect. You can make it as detailed or general as you'd like. For example, you can add times for each event or you can just give the order of events .

Talk to your invitation experts for suggestions on presentation and stationary.
Rhonda Lewis Photography

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Hello Houston

Come hang out with us at the Bridal Extravaganza Show July 14 & 15 at George R. Brown Convention Center. Stop by Booth 439 on your way to the fashion show,which is sure to be amazing, and pick up your planning tote bag (quantity limited), shop for gifts and accessories and learn more about planning your next event with Two Be Wed.

We'll be waiting for you!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Welcome to the Two Be Wed Blog

Welcome to Two Be Wed's awesome new blog! We wanted to stay in touch with all the beautiful brides and handsome grooms on all things related to your Big Day.

Get excited about what is to come. Great ideas, real wedding profiles, and unique wedding services. And that's just the beginning.

We will be updating weekly, and sometimes a couple times a week, so be sure to check back and read the latest tips on how to create a wedding that is as unique as you.