A Winter Wedding With A Splash of Purple

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View photos and read more about Lynsey and Taylor's big day as reported in the Houston Wedding Blog by Weddings In Houston Magazine.

"A white winter wedding need not be devoid of color. Quite the contrary. A clean, wintry white background is the perfect foundation for a warming burst of color. Lynsey and Taylor’s December wedding celebration at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center is a spectacular example. Against a backdrop of snow white, including white table linens, chair covers and room draping, Darryl & Co. brought in subtle touches of purple and silver, along with plenty of icy crystal, glass and rhinestone sparkle, creating an effect that was at once coolly chic and warmly inviting. Purple and pink color-wash lighting, snowflake gobos, and, of course, flickering candlelight, completed the picture, providing Lynsey, Taylor and their 225 delighted guests a winter wonderland in which to eat, drink and dance the night away. And boy, did they. Big thanks to Jaylene DeBenedictis of Sacred Image Photography for her beautiful photos of one of the loveliest winter weddings we’ve had the privilege of featuring."

Here Comes The Groom ... on an Elephant!

Here Comes The Groom ... on an Elephant! Blog Entry Image

How do you envision your dream wedding? Will your groom make an entrance as grand as your own, arriving atop a decorated elephant or horse as in many traditional Indian weddings?

That’s what bride Monisha had in mind for her wedding at The Woodlands Resort last December. Known in Indian culture as a baraat, her groom Pritesh arrived at the ceremony in a horse drawn carriage amidst singing, dancing and music from family and friends.

Lasting for days, traditional Indian weddings are lavish, brightly colored events with music, dancing and wonderful food. Typically known to be larger than American weddings, Indian brides and grooms can expect anywhere between 500-1,000 to attend.

There are variations in Indian wedding traditions according to religion, region and the community.

Brides take part in the festive mehndi ceremony where henna is used to decorate the hands and feet on the eve of the marriage ceremony. Joined by the women in her family, this is a fun and happy gathering for the bride.

Hindu wedding ceremonies take place under the mandap canopy. Typically, the bride and groom sit on cushions or chairs in front of the Sacred Fire where the priest recites various mantras.

The wedding reception is a lively and grand affair with non-stop dancing, music and traditional cuisine.

Take a peek into the nuptials of Erum and Mozi who celebrated their special day at The Woodlands Resort!  Additional photos here.

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Something Old, Something New

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What’s new in wedding trends for 2011? Experts say brides are inspired by vintage and retro touches, natural settings (think outdoor or lake-side), and eco-friendly details. And it’s no surprise that Facebook and Twitter will play a role too!

Wedding Styles

Modern, minimalist designs were popular for years but as the well-known wedding planning website The Knot puts it “Prohibition-Era Elegance” is in. From vintage dresses with capped sleeves and hairpieces (no more cathedral-length veils) to scripted invitations with hand-drawn details, understated elegance is the new trend.


The economy drove brides to DIY projects like never before and it is here to stay. Hand-made creations are not only eco-friendly but add a touch of originality. Custom creations and organic elements will continue to be added to both the ceremony and reception. Think locally grown food, handmade favors and recycled paper invitations.

The Setting

Ceremonies are taking place more and more in outdoor settings … in an herb garden, a lakeside terrace, on a deck among the trees or in your own backyard. It’s all about simple, rustic-chic and pretty in 2011.

Social Media

Personalized wedding websites to keep guests informed are a thing of the past. Now, Facebook and Twitter allow friends and family to stay connected to the wedding planning process. Your Aunt Beatrice will never miss an important wedding update!

Want to learn more about 2011 wedding trends? Stop by and meet our resort’s wedding planning experts at the Dream Wedding Bridal Show this Saturday and Sunday.

Date: Sat, Jan 29 - Sun, Jan 30, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Place: The Woodlands Marriott Waterway Hotel & Convention Center
Price: $10.00 On-line / $15.00 At Door


Eddie and Cody Wright

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All our brides and grooms are special and each couple comes with a different story to tell ... How they met. How he proposed. 

Recently, our resort was lucky enough to take part in the wedding day of retired Marine Sgt. Eddie Wright and Cody Fife.

Just after a week of proposing to Cody, the couple was married.  They have an amazing story to tell.  Read all about it in The Conroe Courier.

Real Weddings

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There’s something uplifting about wedding day photos. Whether it’s your grandparent’s old black and whites or photos of a couple you’ve never even met. Everyone is smiling and having a good time. The men look handsome in crisp tuxedos and the women are all dolled up. Of course, the bride always steals the show.

You can see the personality of the bride and groom shine through the smallest details. It’s these simple touches that make their special day one-of-a-kind.

From J.Crew bridesmaids dresses to purple Kate Spade shoes, take a peek at these four beautiful outdoor weddings held at The Woodlands Resort  … Emily + Will, Nichole + Jack, Mary + Robert and Karen + Clint.


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Engaged and Confused?

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Setting a budget, compiling the guest list, and selecting a wedding date and reception venue are the top three tasks that need to be addressed once you get engaged.

First things first - outline your wedding budget. Meet and discuss with everyone who is contributing financially to the celebration. If it’s just you and your soon-to-be spouse footing the bill, talk openly about what you want and what you can afford. You can’t move forward with planning your big day until you know how much you have to spend.

The next step is to compile the guest list or at least set a maximum headcount. Not only will the headcount effect your budget, but it is necessary to have an idea of how many attendees you expect when selecting the reception venue.

Now you are ready to select a wedding date and reception venue. Have at least three dates in mind when contacting reception venues as Saturdays fill up fast.

Once you have these tasks completed, you are ready to move on to the fun stuff … finding a dress fit for a princess!

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