Stress Free Wedding Planning-An In Depth Account From the Bride Who’s Been There

We are so excited to feature The Blended Blonde as our guest blogger this week. Her detailed recount of planning her Ashton Gardens Houston West wedding is skillfully complete and authentic. We appreciate Jeannette taking the time to tell her story and hope that is resonates with any bride feeling the stresses of planning her big day. Cheers! 

To say my wedding day was a dream come true may sound cliché, but when you have a gorgeous venue and attentive staff like Ashton Gardens does, your big day will amount to nothing less! From the beauty of the wood arches in the chapel, to the crisp interior of the ballroom, I could not have picked a more stunning venue for my Houston wedding.

Photography: Kate Elizabeth Photography

To begin our wedding venue searched, we visited 6 venues in a matter of two days! We were living in Denver while we were planning our Houston wedding, so gathering as much information as we could during our quick trips to Houston was essential. Ashton Gardens West was the last venue we visited, because when we researched the venue, we learned it was in the process of being built. That’s right, we didn’t even see our actual wedding venue before we booked it, talk about leaning on your faith! We met with Brittany in their sales trailer where she had a table-setting ready to present to us, computer imagery of what was to come to Ashton Gardens West and professional photos of past events at the other Ashton Gardens locations. I asked Brittany so many questions, I was sure she was probably annoyed with me by the end of our visit, but she answered each question with a smile and great detail! She made sure I had my answers and left nothing unanswered before we left.

Photography: Kate Elizabeth Photography

Something just clicked when we met with Brittany. I could tell she wasn’t just there to pitch us a sale and collect a big check from us. You could hear her excitement for our wedding in her voice as she helped me visualize how my colors would look in the ballroom. She focused on the delicious food Ashton Gardens had to offer once my Husband told her the food was the most important aspect to him. I felt like she wanted me to have the wedding of my dreams, and I am so glad we made that connection.

We went home that day to talk it over and quickly came to the conclusion that Ashton Gardens was THE ONE! What I loved about Ashton Gardens was the payment plan they offered. When you are contributing to your own wedding budget this gesture helps immensely! Our contract was clear and concise as to what we were paying for and when. There was no guessing how much taxes were or whether or not we needed to pay service fees or gratuity. It was so easy to understand and we appreciated that so much as wedding planning can get hectic!

Photography: Kate Elizabeth Photography

There were so many things that just set Ashton Gardens high above the rest.  With the setting being so neutral it was so easy to picture my theme coming to life there. A few of my friends were planning weddings at the same time, and they couldn’t believe all of the inclusions Ashton Gardens came with that their venues didn’t provide! For starters, they include centerpieces you can use. They have beautiful candelabras, vases, votives, candles and mirror bases. Nowhere I looked included that! This helped us save a lot on our floral décor! They have catering on site, so you don’t have to stress about finding food to serve. Their menu had anything you could want to suit everyone’s tastes and even those who have allergies. My favorite menu item was their make-your-own mac & cheese bar! Our guests absolutely loved it and even asked for seconds!  There bar staff was so friendly and creative when making the drinks our guests requested. But my most favorite element that Ashton Gardens includes is a Day-of-Coordinator! Y’all, I would have been so lost without my DOC, Amanda! I swear by the end of our wedding I felt like she was one of my friends! She noted every detail that I wanted, set up my décor, and coordinated all of my vendors, guests and bridal party with absolute grace! She even opened the door for me to walk down the aisle and I she made me laugh right before she did it and I swear it took my nerves away! Amanda was there for every phone call, meeting and email and made sure everything went off without a hitch!

Photography: Kate Elizabeth Photography

Ashton Gardens attention to detail and the way the care about their bride’s is what makes them number one in my book. You can have the most beautiful venue and delicious food and drinks, but it’s so important to have a team like they do that truly makes all the difference.  I never once looked back after we booked Ashton Gardens and would do it again in a heartbeat just to relive the whole experience! When anyone asks me about my experience with my own wedding, I always ask them how much time they have because I could just go on! But to wrap it up, take my word for it! If you are thinking about Ashton Gardens, take a tour, ask your questions and try to envision your special day there. I have a good feeling you won’t be disappointed!