It’s officially engagement season! With the stress of the holidays and a new engagement, our Houston wedding planners are here to offer our advice for future brides.
You’re engaged! Now what?
First things first, no social media until family and close friends have been told. We know how exciting it is to get engaged, but you don’t want your parents or best friends finding out you’re engaged via Facebook when the rest of the world finds out! Once family and anyone especially close to you has been informed, then you can let the world know about your engagement.more
Want to know what a fairytale couple and wedding look like? Allow us to introduce Katherine and Cory. As the day of coordinators for their Houston wedding, we were taken aback by the beauty surrounding the entire day. Katherine was one of the sweetest, most selfless brides our Houston Wedding Planners ever had the pleasure of working with. Both she and Cory made sure that everyone had an enjoyable night, all while bringing a little bit of Alabama to Houston for their out of town guests. As college rivals in Alabama, they came together to prove that it’s possible to have an amicably divided house!more
Ever found the perfect stationery but felt it was missing a little something? Our Houston wedding planners came up with this fun envelope liners DIY to give your stationery that final touch. Adding envelope liners can make a simple letter come to life. This DIY was super easy and even more fun to do. As a bride, gather your bridesmaids together to help save some time and make a party of it!more
Sometimes our Houston wedding planners get a couple that are so original and fun, that you can’t wait to see how their big day will turn out. That’s how it was working with Emily and Jarrod. They were so excited to be getting married and so at ease with everything in life that our wedding planners couldn’t help but be enthusiastic as well!more
Let's take a moment to talk about Houston weather. If you live here, you know how temperamental it can be. This May was no different. Jenny and Mike’s big day was originally set to take place outdoors at the McGovern Centennial Gardens. The wedding venue was beautiful, but the weather- not so much. Out came the dark clouds and a week of nonstop rain.more
Whether you just got engaged or have been planning your upcoming nuptials for a while, we all know that the wedding planning process can get a little overwhelming. You’ve got venues to book, vendors to hire and timelines to stick to.
You might think you don’t need a wedding planner, but we’re here to make your life so much easier! If you’ve already started the wedding planning process, you may want to think about hiring a wedding planner for Day of Coordination. We can’t stress this enough. Having someone as the point of contact on your big day gives you a chance to not have to worry about last minute calls and small details. We make sure everything and everyone is exactly where he or she is supposed to be while you get to chat with your bridesmaids and sip champagne.more
Lauren MacQueen, Lead Planner
Brittany & Sean had a lovely vision for their wedding, and they chose Oak Tree Manor in Spring to carry out their rustic boho-chic nuptials. The ceremony was to be set under the majestic 200-year-old oak tree that welcomes guests to the property. We kept an eye on the weather for a week, and it was certain—it was going to pour on their wedding day. Brittany’s optimism was contagious as she chose the weather report with the smallest chance of rain, or the forecast of rain later in the day when everyone would be safely partying inside the Grand Hall already, when we had to talk about the contingency. The day of the rehearsal was bright and sunny, which actually made it worse, as we knew this wouldn't be the case on their big day. But Brittany and Sean were just so excited to get married, they didn’t care whether it was inside or outside. And that they did.
It was a sunshine-filled morning, leading into an overcast afternoon and the decision had to be made. As Brittany was getting her hair and makeup done, nestled amongst her bridesmaids, I let her know we’d be moving the...more
Antoinette and Ethan were one of the most sweetest, most hospitable couples our Houston wedding planners have ever worked with. It all started when they asked us for event design help with their Houston wedding. Recent grads moving across country, long distance wedding planning can be tough, especially with a new career. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to help this amazing couple. Gratitude can not even begin to describe the demeanor of probably the nicest clients we've had to date. It was an absolute pleasure bringing their dream to life at the Julia Ideson Library this spring. The bride's hashtag says is all. What began as #EthanIsDreamy evolved into #TheRosenbergsAreDreamy ....and I couldn't have said it better myself. We just love these newlyweds!
Read what Antoinette and Ethan have to say about their Houston wedding planning experience with Pomp & Circumstance Events!more
Have you ever wished that there were a bell you could ring and a glass of bubbly would magically appear served by a pristine white gloved arm? Well, so did we!
There was no better chance to make a dream come true than the “Avant Garden” fete we were lucky to plan in honor of The Knot’s new website re-launch at Station 3. We enlisted the help of the creative team Johanna Terry Events to piece together our collection of parts to the “ring a bell and the Champagne magically comes out of a gorgeous fresh greenery wall” happen. And the impeccable service of Melange Events gracefully delivered the Champagne precisely as the bell was rung. Of course, the perfectly penned modern calligraphy instructions were of utmost importance, thanks to Kristara. A dream + a dream team = one of the most talked about event presentations of the year. Makes me want to do this for...more
The best stories have a happy ending. For Jenny and Mike, we're going to start with the beginning of their happily ever after. At the end of the night, we saw the happiest newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Michael DeCleene off to their suite at the JW Marriott in downtown Houston, Tx. It was an event of a lifetime for us all - bride, groom, guests, wedding planners and event professionals alike. There's a story here, a really great story, that left us all feeling a bit like a rockstars. Congratulations, Jenny and Mike! We wish you a lifetime of happiness in the years to come! The last 36 hours were crazy amazing, but the adventures have just begun! #TeamDeCleene #PompCircumstancemore
Today is my husband Jamie and my 7th Wedding Anniversary, and I thought I’d kick off our fun new Real Weddings blog series by sharing my own wedding. Everyone is always so curious about the wedding of a wedding planner, and for good reason! You want to know what the pro would do (and not do!) Well, this pro took her wedding to Vegas!more
LAUREN MACQUEEN, lead planner
We often joke that Events are much like a Circus, but it’s a very rare occasion that our Event actually IS a Circus...
Such was the case when we planned the VIP Blue Carpet Houston Premier for Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna.” The spectacular show invites audience members to a mysterious island ruled by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. With Houston’s media and social elite previewing the first night of the performance, we set out to create an atmosphere of wonderment and delight from the moment they came onto the grounds.
Enter our team of extraordinary professionals: DJU Productions, URBNPhoto, and a menagerie of players, with ringleader Dan O’Brien of J&D Entertainment. Together, we brought smiles to every face we encountered!more
Wedding proposals are a life changing moment. Since wedding proposals only happen once, you want this moment to be memorable and absolutely perfect. Ladies and Gentleman, Valentines Day is right around the corner! Did you know that a 10% of proposals happen on February 14th. This percentage makes Valentines day the most romantic day of the year.
For those who are thinking about getting down on one knee, here is a proposal that could make this year’s February 14th extra special.
Mr. Groom contacted Ryan Salinas with URBNphoto with a Proposal scheme to knock his unsuspecting Hopeful Bride's heels off. Groom wanted to “happen upon” a photo booth on their way to a special dinner later that week, but what Hopeful Bride would see was NOT the photo they just took…...more
Being a creative is a wonderful thing! You have a wealth of ideas, you are influential, and motivated, and now you are engaged! You are now beginning the steps needs to take to plan your big day. Wow, sometimes planning and staying organized may not be your best quality as a creative! But, that is okay! Being a creative means you are flexible and can adapt to many situations. With these basic guidelines, planning your picture perfect wedding will not seem as stressful as one may think.more
Weddings can be expensive. Between your dress, the venue, and catering, you might find yourself reaching the end of your budget. However, there is no need to go into meltdown mode. Trimming the fat is totally doable. Most Houston wedding planners agree that doing your own wedding favors is a great place to start when looking to keep costs down. To help get those creative juices flowing, Pomp & Circumstance has put together a list of the best and easiest DIY favors.
Photo Credit: D. Jones Photographymore
Photo Credit: D. Jones Photography
Your wedding day marks the start of a new life. From the first dress fitting to the first dance, you have poured your heart and soul in to the celebration; the grand exit with your spouse should be no exception. This is your chance to go out with a bang and it should definitely be fabulous. With so many options out there, it can be hard to narrow down the perfect way to finish your big day. To make your planning easier, here are some great exit ideas from Pomp & Circumstance.
Give your guests things to throw. Exiting your wedding under a cloud of beautiful flurries is classic. You can give your guests a pouch of confetti as a favor that can also double as a prop for your exit. You can even tie it into the theme of your wedding. If you are getting married in the winter, pouches of glitter confetti will tie in nicely with the feel of the evening. Or for a beach wedding, give each guest a beach ball and have them throw it in the air when you leave. You can do the...more
Grey or is it gray? Either way you spell it, we are absolutely obsessing over this classic and romantic color for all seasons. Here is some gorgeous, eye candy for your own wedding planning inspiration.
The combination of grey with a pastel hue, such as pink, soft blues and yellow creates the perfect balance; a touch of polished, and a dash of feminine.more
So you’re engaged! Hooray! Time to celebrate! But wait. What do you do next? Keep reading for the 6 things you need to do right after you get the ring, in order of importance.
1. Pick up the phone! Be sure to make those extra important phone calls to family and close friends BEFORE posting all over social media. Everyone wants to celebrate with you, personally, not read it on Facebook.more
It’s mid December and 2014 is going to be here before you know it! When it comes to ringing in the new year, parties vary from bold and lavish to intimate gatherings at home. Regardless of what your plans are, we have gathered some fun NYE party ideas to spice up your night!more
The highly anticipated release of Pantone’s 2014 Color of The Year has debuted….Radiant Orchid! This stunning hue of violet will be making its way into all things fashion, events, weddings, home decor, and more. Below are some of our favorite trinkets that inspire us to bring this gorgeous shade of Radiant Orchid purple to life.more
Although your wedding day is all about you and your fiancé, its important not to forget everyone who has helped you along the way with planning and making your day perfect . Whether its your bridesmaid or the ring bearer, we have a list of some great wedding thank you gifts for your bridal party that will surely be just as memorable as the wedding day!
For the Ever Loving Bridesmaids:more
Entertaining during the holidays is a fact of life. Whether is a small gathering of friends and family or a large fête for the whole neighborhood, you will have your work cut out for you. To make it a less stressful for you, we’ve curated a few easy-to-duplicate ideas for winter wonderland holiday entertaining.
Snow globes are one of the most symbolic holiday items right behind santa and mistletoe, so what a better centerpiece than a DIY snow globe that can double as a favor for each one of your guests?!more
The box-to-you-door trend has taken on a whole new life the past few years and for good reason. In this day and age of limitless options we don’t have the time, energy or money to try the newest shampoo, health snack, kitchen utensil, dog toy, and the list goes on.
That being said we have rounded up some of our favorite monthly subscription”boxes” that can be sent right to your front door. In keeping with the Holiday times that are upon us, almost all of them can also be sent as gifts so you really will be giving the gift that keeps on giving!
PopSugars “Must Have” monthly favorites are so popular the often sell out within a few days of going on sale (signing up for a membership will prevent you from missing out!) The variety of items in each box (Wine opener? Tea? Accessories? Snacks? Books? O the possibilities!) make the surprise of opening that much better!more
Check out the November 2013 issue of Houston House & Home – Lindsay Canright has written a very informative piece on entertaining ideas, and making holiday parties sparkle with a few tips and tricks from Pomp & Circumstance. My fave excerpt…”Christina Landrum, a native Houstonian and the mastermind behind Pomp & Circumstance Event Design says, ‘the more glitter the better!'” Um, anything suggesting glitter and refers to me as a “mastermind” gets 5 stars in my book!more