My Favorite Bridesmaids Gifts


My Favorite Bridesmaids Gifts

I get the question all of the time from my couples, “What should I give my wedding party as a thank you?”

These are the people closest to you, they’ve planned along side you for months now and you want to show your appreciation. My first suggestion is a hand written note. Add on a customized gift, and you’re set! I personally love gifts that the wedding party can use on the wedding day, and then thereafter, such as robes, makeup bags, cute cups, mugs and wine glasses. Or perhaps, a pretty necklace is more your style?

Either way, I’ve picked out some of my favorite gifts from! They graciously sent me my own customized gift so I could ensure that my brides would appreciate the experience of ordering and LOVE the product!

Makeup Bags

LOVE getting makeup bags… can you ever really have too many? I use them to keep organized in my purse, of course for traveling, and even for more organized packing. Add in wedding colors and my initials and I’m sold! I picked this bag for my gift as I liked the simple gold script. Order your own here.


Gift Sets

When something already comes beautifully packaged, I’m all about it. Yes, you could go buy all of the components separately, but why not let someone else do the work? I love the “getting ready” photos of everyone wearing a matching robe, and having a wine glass with your name on it really just makes it easier to find your beverage when there are 10 other mimosas in the room! Click here to shop!


Yoga Mats

One of the coolest ideas a bride has had for the morning of her wedding was hiring a personal yoga instructor to guide her wedding party through a slow, relaxing flow. They were able to start the day feeling refreshed! Get a personalized yoga mat for each of them - talk about unique! Buy them here.


We haven’t forgotten about the guys! Check out their sister (or brother, I should say) company for all of the fun, personalized gifts your groomsmen could want! The caricature faces on mugs are my favorite!


Cindy + Jonathan | Asia Society Museum


Cindy + Jonathan | Asia Society Museum

Modern Wedding at Asia Society Museum

We’ve held on to these gorgeous images for a few months now, as it was featured in the first issue of Brides of Houston Magazine which came out this month! So excited to share the special details of this fabulous wedding at Asia Society Museum!

Cindy wanted to keep with the minimalist vibe of the museum, while bringing in sweet details like their custom cake topper, and a unique floral installation for their ceremony. The colors were muted tones of peach, blue, pink and green, with tons of ivory and white.

Creative Team:

Wedding Planner: Plan Our Day

Venue: Asia Society Museum

Photographer: Leighanne Herr Photography

Florist: Mi Bella Rosa

Linens: House of Hough and Linens and Events

Cake and Dessert: Whisk Bakery

DJ: Essen Entertainment

Wedding at Asia Society Museum | Luxury Wedding Inspiration
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Bridesmaids Robes | Museum District Houston | Weddings
Houston Weddings | Asia Society Museum
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Getting Ready and Detail Photos
First Look Portrait | Asia Society Museum | Modern Weddings Houston
First Look Portrait at Asia Society Museum in Houston
Wedding Flowers by Mi Bella Rosa
Wedding Party Photos | Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses | Modern Wedding at Asia Society Museum
Wedding Ceremony at Asia Society Museum
Wedding Bouquet by Mi Bella Rosa
Unique Altar Statement Piece | Semi Circle Altar Decor
Asia Society Museum Reception | French Blue and Grey Wedding
Agate Slice Name Cards | French Blue Wedding Inspiration
Modern Wedding at Asia Society Museum | Reception
Buttercream cake with custom cake topper
Modern Wedding Cake with Flowers | Whisk Bakery
Asian Style floral centerpieces | Peach and French Blue
Peach and French Blue Wedding at Asia Society Museum
Centerpieces by Mi Bella Rosa | Houston
Wedding at Asia Society Museum by Plan Our Day


New Venue: Southern Lace Estates


New Venue: Southern Lace Estates

New Wedding venue, Southern Lace Estates | Houston Wedding Coordinators

We always love getting to tour new Houston Wedding Venues, and it was such a treat to meet the family behind Southern Lace Estates in Crosby, Texas! A short 30 minute or so drive (from the heights), Southern Lace is gorgeous, sprawling property with a lake in the back, a grand ballroom for 600+, an indoor chapel (or outdoor ceremony space) and the most stunning bridal suite I've ever seen!

We teamed up with some fantastic vendors to help show off the property so take a look! Are you still in the market for a wedding venue? Be sure to reach out and set a tour (they have some specials going on!)

Creative Team:

Planner + Designer: Plan Our Day

Photographer: Kasey Lynn Photo

Venue: Southern Lace Estates

Linens + Table top: EB Inc. Events

Glassware + Plates: A Finer Event

Hair and Makeup: Kiss and Makeup Houston

Floral: The Bloom Room

Cake: Edible Designs

Dress: Stephen Grace Atelier

Southern Lace Estates Chapel Outside
Aisle Decor with Flowers and geometric lanterns | Southern Lace Estates, designed by Plan Our Day and the Bloom Room
Wedding Altar Floral | Pink and Ivory Flowers | The Bloom Room & Southern Lace Estates Chapel
Chapel at Southern Lace Estates | Designed by Plan Our Day and The Bloom Room
Bagdley Mischka wedding shoes | Stephen Grace Atelier in the Woodlands
Gold Wedding jewelry from Stephen Grace Atelier
Modern, Sexy wedding dress from Stephen Grace Atelier | Southern Lace Estates bridal suite
Sleek and sexy wedding dress from Stephen Grace Atelier | Hair and Makeup by Kiss and makeup Houston
Southern Lace Estates | Mauve and White Wedding | Designed by Plan Our Day Houston
Mauve and White Wedding | Gold beaded charger | Designed by Plan Our Day Houston at Southern Lace Estates
Mauve and White wedding at Southern Lace Estates | Candelabra wedding decor
Gold flatware, gold beaded chargers | Ivory and gold wedding | Houston Weddings at Southern Lace Estates
Pink and ivory Wedding floral | Texas weddings | The Bloom Room
Gold Candelabra with greenery | Designed by Plan Our Day Wedding Planners Houston
Grand Staircase at Southern Lace Estates | Geometric wedding decor
Wedding cake with fondant flowers | Pink and ivory cake in Houston
Ivory and Mauve cake by Edible Designs | Fondant with gold paint
Outdoor ceremony with altar arrangements by The Bloom Room | Southern Lace Estates, designed by Plan Our Day houston


TaCori + Larry | Noah's Event Venue


TaCori + Larry | Noah's Event Venue

Married at Noah’s Event Venue

A big congratulations go to this super sweet and fun couple- Mr. and Mrs. Hayes! They tied the knot under sparkling ivory drapes and romantic candlelight at the Noah's in Sugarland. Followed by a seated dinner, three types of cake for dessert, and tons of dancing, they celebrated with their closest family and friends!

For their wedding design, we kept the color palette to ivory, white, black and gold, incorporating candlelight and geometric shapes. Acrylic accents rounded out the decor. Thank you to our Creative team who made this happen!

Creative team:

Venue: Noah's in Sugar land

Planning and Design: Plan Our Day Events

Photography: Second Shots Photography

Floral: The Bloom Room

Linens and Decor: Noah's and House of Hough

Cake: Cakes by Gina


Brides Shoes and Jewelry Shot|Noah's Event Venue|Houston Wedding Planner
Gown and Shoes Shot|Noah's Event Venue|Houston Wedding Planning
Ivory and Black Formal Wedding | Sugarland Weddings
Welcome Table Ideas|Noah's Event Venue|Hoston wedding Planners
Groom and Groomsmen Photo|Noah's Event Venue|Houston wedding Planner
Black and Ivory Wedding | All white Wedding Bouquet | Noah's Sugarland
Ceremony Decor | Noah's Event Venue | Wedding Planner in Houston
Jumping over the Broomstick | Noah's Event Venue | Wedding Planning Houston
First Kiss Shot| Noah's Wedding Venue| Wedding Planning in Houston
Candle and White Floral Altar Decor| Noah's Event Venue
Bride Photo Shots|Noah's Event Venue|Houston Wedding Planner
Wedding Program|Noah's Event Venue|Wedding Planners in Houston
Groom Photo|Noah's Event Venue|Wedding Planning in Houston
Cake Table|Noah's Event Venue|Wedding Planners in Houston
Reception Decor|Noah's Event Venue|Houston Wedding Planning
Sweetheart Table | Weddings at Noah's Event Venue| Weddings In Houston


Guest's Guide: What to Wear to Weddings


Guest's Guide: What to Wear to Weddings

Figuring out what to wear to a wedding can be quite the task. But dressing to impress as your family or friends say "I do" doesn't have to be difficult. Check out this guide from The Black Tux for what you can wear to a wedding this summer and fall!

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Always be sure to read the invitation for any attire guidelines!


Destine + Michael | Big Sky Barn


Destine + Michael | Big Sky Barn

Destine + Michael | Big Sky Barn

What can I say about these two except they knew they were going to throw one heck of a party for their guests and they delivered! Destine wanted her day to unfold smoothly, to ensure the reception space was set just as she envisioned, but while still enjoying the "getting ready" hours with her closest friends and family. The entire group, groomsmen, bridesmaids and family were ultra supportive and really made it special for both Destine and Michael. 

They got married on a Sunday in March, and kept the party going late into the night. Starting with passed appetizers and keg beer for cocktail hour, moving into a fun pizza bar for dinner, and ending with dessert station featuring a semi naked cake, and DIY mini cheesecakes.  Thank you for trusting us with your big day!

Creative Team:

Coordination: Plan Our Day

Photography: Alyssa Beach Photography

Venue: Big Sky Barn

DJ: J&A Entertainment

Floral: Poison Ivy Floral

Wedding Welcome Sign | Big Sky Barn | Houston Wedding Planners
Groomsmen Photo Shots|Big Sky Barn Wedding|Houston Wedding Planner
Grooms Attire Shot|Big Sky Barn Wedding|Houston wedding planner
Getting Ready| Bridesmaids Dress Shot| Wedding at Big Sky Barn|Houston Wedding Planners
Bar Set Up| Big Sky Barn Wedding| Houston
Venue Shot at Ceremony|Big Sky Barn Wedding
First Kiss Photo|Wedding at Big Sky Barn|Houston Wedding Planners
Finally Married|Big Sky Barn Wedding|Wedding Planners in Houston
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Rustic Wedding Cake | Semi Naked Cake at Big Sky Barn
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Big Sky Barn Wedding | Greenery with chiffon runner
Big Sky Barn Wedding | Greenery decor
Dancing at Big Sky Barn Wedding|Houston Wedding Planner
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Wedding at Big Sky Barn|Father Daughter Dance|Wedding Planner in Houston
Wedding Favor Ideas|Coozies|Wedding at Big Sky Barn|Wedding Planners in Houston


Houston's Top Historic Wedding Venues


Houston's Top Historic Wedding Venues

Unique Historic Wedding Venues in Houston

  • Olde Dobbin Station

  • Buffalo Soldiers Museum

  • Cotton Gin No. 116

  • Heights Fire Station

  • Hotel Icon

In continuation of our Houston Wedding Venue blog list, let's move on to Historic Venues in the Houston area!

These venues boast such unique interiors, have a history that your guests will enjoy and simply beautiful. Whether you're looking to go industrial, museum like, or just appreciate the story behind the structure, be sure to add these to your tour list for this summer!

Tips when touring wedding venues: 

1. Inquire about pricing and capacity prior to your visit! You don't want to show up and fall in love with the place only to find out that it's out of your budget or can't accommodate your guest list.

2. Consider a rain plan for any outdoor activities for your wedding day- especially your ceremony! Do you like their Plan B for the ceremony or cocktail hour? What will rain do to the parking lot?

3. If there is a caterer included or required, inquire with them as well before touring. Get menu pricing per person or ask for a general quote for your guest count. This could easily make or break the decision to tour!

Now to the list...

Houston Historic Wedding Venues:

Historic Wedding Venues in Houston | Olde Dobbin Station

Olde Dobbin Station

Located in Montgomery, TX, this quaint venue has an indoor ceremony space, now with central heat and air conditioning, as well as a large reception space with built in bar and enough space for up to 300 guests.

The bridal suite and groom's suite are on the smaller side, so depending on your wedding party count, you may consider doing hair and makeup offsite.


Note: They require you to use their bar services, but there are many packages to choose from! 

Houston Historic Wedding Venues | Buffalo Soldier's Museum

Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Yes, at first glance this space is very industrial, but it's so unique! Add in a lighting package, some draping and you've transformed the space with beautiful windows and natural lighting into the perfect space. Also centrally located in Midtown, it's super convenient to some of the major churches in the area!

Bonus, guests can tour the museum downstairs as they may their way to cocktail hour!


Note: As I mentioned, I would budget for additional lighting and decor to soften the space and make it feel more "wedding like"

Historic Wedding Venues in Houston | The Cotton Gin in Brookshire

Cotton Gin 116 in Brookshire

This place is SUCH a gem. Located just west of Katy in Brookshire, it has a real cotton gin located in the lobby. Guests will appreciate being able to mingle for drinks and dancing around this unique space. You can have an indoor or outdoor ceremony, and this location is also great for rehearsal dinners!


Note: This venue is best for smaller guests counts if you'd like a seated dinner. Max Capacity is between 80-100.

Historic Wedding Venues in Houston | Heights Fire Station

Heights Fire Station

Not to be confused with Station 3, another historic fire station in the area! The Heights Fire Station is quaint and affordable. The bricked exterior is adorable, and the white interior gives you a blank slate for your wedding design! They also partner with two parks in the area which would be great ceremony sites.


Note: You may prefer to rent different chairs to elevate the look of your wedding. Clear cut pricing is on the website too.

Hotel Icon | Houston Historic Wedding Venues

Hotel Icon - Downtown Houston

You may be familiar with the hotel in downtown, but didn't know about their wedding reception spaces. Quaint decor, but recently upgraded rooms create the perfect wedding weekend getaway. They can host your ceremony and reception without sacrificing the look or experience for your guests. They also have unique smaller spaces for rehearsal dinners!


Tip: I LOVE booking weddings at hotels- you get the ultimate expereince by having a full service, 24 hour staff. 


Houston's Top Garden Style Wedding Venues


Houston's Top Garden Style Wedding Venues

Houston's Top Garden Style Wedding Venues:

  • River Oaks Garden Club

  • The Grove

  • The Kitchen at the Dunlavy

  • McGovern Centennial Gardens

Hey #newlyengaged! We hear from couples all of the time about their struggle to find their perfect wedding venue. While this is a service we offer, we wanted to also highlight some of our favorite venues in each category. 

This post, we're focusing on those dreamy garden-style venues. Outdoor ceremony or cocktail options, natural lighting- love, love love!

Also, check out our post about Houston's top Modern Event Venues too!

Houston's Top Wedding Venues | River Oaks Garden Club

River Oaks Garden Club

Ya'll, this little gem is tucked away in the middle of River Oaks! You've probably driven by so many times, and didn't even notice! It boasts gorgeous gardens, a gazebo, indoor areas for food or dinner. Perfect for hosting your reception, or smaller ceremonies + receptions. I encourage stations for food service to really allow people to mingle through the space!


Tip: You will need to bring in all of your own tables and chairs!

Houston's Garden Style Weddings | The Grove Weddings

The Grove- in Discovery Green

Not only just a restaurant, you can choose from the different sized rooms with floor to ceiling windows for your reception! The upstairs patio feels like you're floating in the trees, and it's such a convenient location being directly downtown. Have your guests stay right across the street at either the Marriott Marquis or Hilton of the Americas.


Tip: You can even host rehearsal dinners here!

The Dunlavy Weddings | Garden Style Wedding Venues in Houston

The Dunlavy

Nestled right into Buffalo Bayou is the venue "in the trees!" The Dunlavy is both ultra luxe, boasts a fantastic menu, has top notch service and is stunning! Everything about this venue tells your guests that they're in for a fun night! Note that the guest count is limited to 100, and it's a little more comfortable to host your ceremony offsite, but they have the patio as your ceremony option!


Tip: Be sure to hire professionals for floral and decor as you have very limited time for set up!

Houston Garden Style Wedding Venues| McGovern Centennial Gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens

Looking for a garden style venue in the heart of the Museum District? McGovern Centennial Gardens is for you! You can rent the Celebration Garden for your ceremony and move inside to their reception space for dancing. Or, flip the Garden for your dinner and dancing. This is also a great place to take your bridal or engagement portraits! Just be sure to ask your photographer to get permission.


Tip: They have a required Caterer list, so be sure to factor their pricing into your overall budget!


Launch Party for Root and Restore | The Space HTX


Launch Party for Root and Restore | The Space HTX

This spring, we were honored to be a part of the Launch event for Root and Restore, a groundbreaking workshop and retreat that centers around personal growth and support for the solo entrepreneur (especially women!).

When working with the Owner of Root and Restore, Catrina Ballard, she wanted her guests to feel welcomed, hear a few testimonials and set the tone for what to expect at their first retreat (which is around the corner!)

Creative Team: 

Photography by Smith House Photography

Planning by Samantha, with Plan Our Day

Catering by Purple Orchid Catering

Floral by Tamara Menges

Entertainment and Lighting by LG Event Pro

Venue, The Space HTX

Launch Party for Root and Restore Houston
Root and Restore Launch Party - Houston Event Planner
Root and Restore Launch Party at the Space HTX
Root and Restore Launch Party - Houston Event Planners | The Space HTX
Event at the Space HTX
Root and Restore Launch Party Smith House Photo
Launch party for Root and Restore | Houston Event Planners
Launch Party by Houston Event Planner, Samantha with Plan Our Day
Houston Female Business Owners at the Root and Restore Launch Party
Charcuterie Display | Houston Event Planner
Catering by Purple Orchid Catering | Caprese Skewers
Small Business Owner | Houston Entreprenuers
Owner of Plan Our Day, Samantha Gieseke
Owner of Root and Restore, Catrina Ballard
Houston Wedding and Event Planners, Plan Our Day | Photo by Smith House Photo


Erica + Cameron |  Hotel Zaza, Museum District


Erica + Cameron | Hotel Zaza, Museum District

Wedding at Hotel Zaza, Museum District

What a beautiful evening this was! But it wasn’t without some struggle along the way. After Hurricane Harvey hit, this sweet couple was left without a wedding venue just two months before the big day! Together, we scrambled to see who had availability that still matched the aesthetic and vibe the couple was going for.

Thankfully, Hotel ZaZa was open and stepped in perfectly. Check out their classic, glam wedding below!

Creative Team:

Ceremony: Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

Reception: Hotel Zaza Museum District

Coordination: Plan Our Day

Photography: Sasha Boheme

Floral: Art in Bloom

Cakes: Cakes by Concita

Chairs: Elegant Chairs and More

Linens: Hotel Zaza and The Perfect Touch

Entertainment and Lighting: J&A Entertainment

Exit Transportation: Monarch British Limousines

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Blush and white Bridal bouquet, all roses
Getting Ready at Hotel ZaZa, Bridal Suite
Classic Wedding Invitation Formal Wedding at Hotel ZaZa
Museum District Bride and groom portraits
Beige, neutral bridesmaids dresses
Groomsmen photos in the museum district
Wedding at Hotel Zaza Grand Ballroom
Classic wedding cake, all white, Hotel Zaza wedding
Wedding at Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District
Blush and white floral centerpiece, grand ballroom at hotel zaza
Classic wedding cake with a flower topper, Hotel Zaza