Last Minute Weddings

We still have some Friday nights and Saturday afternoons available this year, so we are opening up those dates for our Queen Mary package.  Click the link to view our very affordable, yet very inclusive, package.  If you’re thinking about booking a wedding to take place between now and December 31st, 2014, email us for availability.

The garden is in full bloom right now, so call or email to schedule an appointment to tour today!

Fall Weddings

I love fall. I mean I really love it. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and the holidays are approaching. With that being said, there is nothing I love more than a fall wedding. And here’s a few reasons why:

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Hope your fall is filled with pumpkin-spice and everything nice,

Brooke

Standing Tall

I have to share a story about something that happened at Heather’s Glen a few weekends ago.
During a sweet afternoon ceremony, not one, but TWO groomsmen fainted. I have never seen anyone pass out during a ceremony, and there were two of them at this one! Both were fine, nothing needed mending besides their bruised egos. After witnessing their fall, pure curiosity lead me to researching how often a member of the bridal party passes out during the wedding. What I found was a little surprising—because it happens all the time. Don’t believe me? Google “faints during wedding ceremony” and you will find a ton of videos on this topic. What I found interesting though, is that it’s rarely women who faint during weddings. Almost every video I have seen involves a best man or groomsmen.

Due to what happened at the ceremony I was working, I decided to find some helpful hints for men (and women) to help them keep their footing on their friend’s special day:
1. Don’t lock your knees! If you were in any music programs during school (band, choir, etc) this is something they drill into your heads. Remember to bend your knees and shift your weight frequently when you know you’ll be standing for a while.
2. Eat! Always eat something before any kind of a event. Even if it’s just a piece of toast or some fruit and juice. Always eat even when you’re nervous. I’m not sure when people stopped eating breakfast, but that’s a terrible habit. Why would you want to skip out of breakfast food? It’s the best.
3. Stay hydrated. Did you know that dehydration is the number one reason that people pass out or faint? Well, it is! Make sure to drink plenty of water (and go to the bathroom) before any event.
4. Relax. It’s not your wedding, there’s nothing for you to be nervous about! Yes, I know it’s a little nerve-wrecking to have to stand up in front of all of these people, but I promise no one is really looking at you. They’re all looking at the bride and groom.

Keep in mind, brides and grooms do faint as well. That being said, everyone should make a “if I faint plan” before the ceremony, just in case!

I hope these tips help you all keep your footing on that big day,

Brooke

Open House Thursday Night

It’s that time of year, folks: pumpkin spice everything and Heather’s Glen Open House!  We hope to see you THIS Thursday evening, between 6-9pm.

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Vera Wang Trunk Show – Houston

Are you dreaming of being a Vera Wang bride?  Casa de Novial Bridal Couture invites you to view the Spring collection, by appointment only.  Click here for more info.

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Wild Ways to Pop the Question

When it comes to popping the question, some men are a little more creative than others. I saw a post where a man had proposed on a ride at Disney World (I’ll post the picture below) and that prompted me to look at all the clever ways to propose to someone. Here are just a few of my favorites:

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These guys walked around with the signs in a backpack all day and hid them underneath jackets. After holding the signs up for the picture, they put all of the signs back in the backpack. Lindsay (the girl in the front) had no idea until they got off of the ride and she saw the picture in the photo booth. And, she said yes! But that’s no surprise with a proposal like that.

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Before their hunting trip, her fiance went out and carved the proposal into this tree. While on the trip, he made sure to take her along this path and she was completely surprised! What a fun surprise.

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He served his fiance her morning coffee with this written at the bottom of the mug! I love this idea, but what if she didn’t finish the coffee? Cute, but a little risky!

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With fall coming up, I bet this trend is about to be seen a lot more.

I really love clever proposal ideas, especially the one from Disney.
What’s the best proposal you’ve seen? Let me know in a comment below!

Nail Polish Giveaway

We’re doing TWO different giveaways with Chanel Nail Polish from the latest fall line.

Entering yourself in the giveaway is easy! Just go here and share the following post:

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There’s one, and the other will be on our instagram (@heathersglen) where you will need to repost the following picture and tag us when you do. nail contest 2Good Luck,

Brooke

 

Tea Ceremonies

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Happily Ever After

When you’re in love it’s hard not to picture your relationship like it came straight out of a fairy tale. There’s a prince and princess, and the two of you will live happily ever after. If you’re anything like me, these sweet fairy tales make you think of one thing: Disney. I’m considered to be a pretty hardcore Disney fan, so I have looked at tons of ways to incorporate the magic of Disney into a wedding. All of my favorite touches have been subtle things that only a few fellow Disney lovers would understand. Below I’ve posted some of my absolute favorites.

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This picture was taken at my best friend’s wedding. She incorporated the animated film Up! into her wedding by having this as her guest book. Guests were instructed to sign next to a balloon and it turned out very cute.

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In this instance, the couple had these signs up guiding guests to the reception hall. This is such a sweet and simple way to bring a touch of Disney magic to your special day.

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This is probably my all time favorite Disney wedding reference. A Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast) guestbook is so clever and cute. This is one that I would really like to use in my own wedding someday.

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Such a sweet idea! Write one another’s name on the bottom of your shoe like Andy did on the bottom of his toys in Toy Story.

Those are my favorite subtle ways to add a touch of Disney to your fairy tale day. I love this topic so much I decided to add a few of my favorite Disney adds that aren’t subtle at all:

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As you can see, this is far from subtle, but it’s so cute for a ballroom style reception.

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Whether you want to keep the Disney theme down to only a few magical touches, or you want to go all out with a complete Disney wedding, you’ve got my support! It’s okay to bring some of the great Disney romances into your own. Make your day magical!

Wishing you love, laughter, and happily ever after,
Brooke

What’s Your Favor?

A few weeks ago I was working a very beautiful wedding and while everything was so tastefully done, one thing particularly stuck in my head- the favors! For their wedding favors the bride and groom gave away little personalized jars of salsa paired with a small bag of tortilla  chips. Being from Southeast Texas, I am obsessed with chips and salsa. This was the perfect favor for their wedding because they had chosen fajitas for their dinner option. I was really impressed with these little favors and I am still kicking myself for not taking a picture of them when I had the chance.

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The picture above is not of salsa, it’s of jam, but it’s the most similar thing that I can find to the salsa jars and I wanted to give an idea of what this couple had given out. I’m so shocked that there aren’t more posts about personalized salsa out there! On my hunt salsa favors, I found a few other ones that I loved, so here they are:

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This bottle opener is technically listed as a grooms gift, and it would be on the pricier end if you were buying for all of your wedding guests, but it is something that almost everyone would use!

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This favor is perfect for the cuteness factor. Who doesn’t love s’mores?! This favor is so easy to do and I’m sure it’s a crowd pleaser.

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This is probably my favorite favor because of its functionality. I attended a wedding in 2011, and three years later I’m still using the cups they gave out as favors! Your guests can use them for such a long time and always be reminded of your wedding.
Favors may not seem like a very big part of the wedding, and they certainly don’t have to be, but when they’re done right they can make your night unforgettable.

So what is the best wedding favor you have ever seen?
Which of these favors was your favorite?
Leave a comment below!

Xoxo, Brooke