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    October 16, 2014

    I'm Ready to Lose My Virginity. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I'M 15 AND READY TO LOSE MY V-CARD Dear Willie D: I'm crushing on a guy who lives near my co ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014
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    July 24, 2014

    Gay Marriage Would Be Big for Texas Economy, Study Finds

    Gay marriage probably won't be legalized in Texas until the Supreme Court makes the state do so. We do have a governor who compared homosexuality to alcoholism, after all. But according to a study by the Williams Institute, if gay marriage were legal here in the Lone Star State, it'd be quite the f ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2014
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    June 9, 2014

    Hair Balls Viral Video Box Set, Early June Edition

    Monday morning is a time for two things -- assessing what you accomplished (or didn't) over the weekend, and commencing time wasting by watching viral videos. Before we get to the latter, I decided to do a little bit of the former. I knew that I watched a LOT of sports this weekend (nothing new), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    I Don't Want My Man Having Female Friends. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! I DON'T WANT MY BOYFRIEND TO HAVE FEMALE FRIENDS Dear Willie D: I have been with my boyfrien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    The Top 5 Alternatives to Wedding Cakes

    Say goodbye to the traditional white wedding cake decorated with flowers, piped frosting and other simple, elegant designs. It seems more and more brides and grooms are opting for other dessert options and forgoing the cake. I recently attended a wedding at which the couple elected to have apple pie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Baker Spotlight: Kit Seay, Amanda Bates Spread (Mother and Daughter) Joy Through Tiny Pies

    Who says a pie has to be large? Why can't a pie be handheld or even bite-size? Mother and daughter duo Kit Seay and Amanda Bates decided to make a business around smaller, personal pies, hence the name, Tiny Pies. But, the idea didn't come from either of them. "My grandson suggested that we make ti ... More >>

  • Film

    October 24, 2013
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    September 20, 2013

    Houston's Eric Turner: The Object of Gawker's Abject Bitchiness

    Two days ago, Eric Turner was just an anonymous (yet incredibly ripped) personal trainer in Houston looking forward to marrying his boyfriend Morne Coetzer in South Africa, where Coetzer grew up. But on Thursday, Gawker got a hold of the couple's gofundme site, where they asked for $7,000 to cover T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Ten Popular, In-Season Wedding Cake & Groom's Cake Flavors

    Ask any bride or groom what their favorite part of wedding planning is and you'll most likely hear them say, cake tasting. How many times in your life do you get to sit down and sample a multitude of flavors until you have found the one? Today's wedding and groom's cakes are not as traditional and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Five Easy Homemade Wedding Favors & Rehearsal Dinner Treats

    One of the best ways to save money when planning a wedding is to do things yourself. Wedding magazines, Pinterest boards and crafting/cooking websites all offer various DIY projects to help you stay within your budget and have the things you really want for your wedding. Here are five easy homemad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Yes, I'm In Love With a Stripper

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! BURNED BY THE RELATIVE I LOANED MONEY Dear Willie D: I loaned my cousin $500 more than six ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    The 10 Most Overplayed Songs at Mexican Weddings, Texas Edition

    Earlier this month, Rocks Off contributor and all-around nice guy Jeff Balke enlightened us with this little list of songs that are standard operating procedure at weddings. But as much as I love "Twist & Shout" and "YMCA," in my very Mexican experience, those songs were not what I was used to heari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    10 Totally Played Out Wedding Songs That Will Still Pack the Dance Floor at Your Reception

    Years ago, a wedding planner told me the basis of a successful wedding is remembering that primarily the ceremony is for the bride, the food is for the groom, the photos are for the family and the music is for the friends. While not 100 percent accurate, it does form the basis of a pretty successful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    The 10 Best Places To Get Married In Houston

    June is the month for weddings, because if there's one situation you want to find yourself in, it's at an outdoor wedding in a Houston summer. With the closing of longtime wedding fave Vargo's, Houston has lost a go-to wedding destination. But there are plenty of other places that would make a good ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    January 11, 2012

    Trite Wedding: 5 Ceremony Song Suggestions That Aren't Your Usual Crap

    Rocks Offs day job is as a clerk in a sheet music store, and this is the time of year when a lot of people start coming in to buy sheet music for their weddings. Frankly, it's one of the most monotonous parts of the job. 99 percent of the people pick the same, unimaginative pieces over and over agai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Jeremiah Clarke: Why You Shouldn't Play "Trumpet Voluntary" at Your Wedding

    Today is the 337th birthday of composer and organist Jeremiah Clarke. You have heard his most famous work dozens of times in your life and never really thought about it. Clarke composed the "Prince of Denmark March," which is usually called "Trumpet Voluntary." Due to a mix up in a famous songbook, ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Top 10 Songs To Leave Out Of Your Wedding Reception

    ​'Tis the summer season for tying the knot. But curse the occasion for creating the ultimate breeding ground for bad music - wedding receptions. It's one thing to unplug the jukebox in an act of defiance or flee a venue playing bad songs (I've done all of the above), but one doesn't exactly h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 5, 2011
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    March 31, 2011
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    July 8, 2010

    What's a Little Marriage Fraud Between Amigos?

    It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship.

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    June 22, 2010

    Top Five Worst Wedding Desserts

    amchuNo, gracias.​My previous post on the Top Five Worst Wedding Hors D'Oeuvres prompted a request (thank you, reader Hadyn) for a similar list on the worst wedding desserts. While standard wedding cake can be boring, it remains a popular choice for good reasons: It usually tastes good, pose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Top Five Worst Wedding Hors D'Oeuvres

    elana's pantry​Ah, June. 'Tis the season for weddings, which means feckless DJs, lugubrious toasts, and gratis (but questionable) food and drink. Although these days most brides and grooms have gone creative with their cocktail hour comestibles (bleu cheese-stuffed figs wrapped in bacon! minia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Bros Before Hos: Tales From The Wedding-Band Front Lines

    Courtesy Allen Hill EntertainmentAllen Hill (left) would rather not play "Take a Letter, Maria" at weddings, but he will.​ Sting once stated in an interview about The Police's trademark song "Every Breath You Take" that he was bewildered by the tune's popularity at weddings. It is, after all, a so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    2010's Hottest Wedding Jams: Aventura, Lady Gaga, Pantera(!?)

    ​ In the immortal words of Vince Vaughan, "Tattoo on the lower back? Might as well be a bullseye" "It's wedding season, kid!" Whether you're taking the plunge yourself, in the bridal or groom's party or just crashing, Rocks Off thinks knowing what you'll be dancing to at the reception is just as i ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    HISD Teacher Needs Only One More Win To Become "Groom Of The Year"

    Ernie Bainbridge, a teacher at HISD's Walnut Bend Elementary, has only one person to beat to become the "Groom of the Year" for Brides magazine.The March Madness-style bracket challenge has him facing off in the finals against a musician from Nashville. Bainbridge would be very happy if you voted fo ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2008

    Hurricane Rachael Ray

    Here she comes to save the day

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    October 29, 2008

    Just A Simple Wedding For 50 At Minute Maid Park

    They survived Hurricane Ike. Now they'll have to survive Rachael Ray. Fifty Houston couples whose wedding plans were disrupted by Ike will now have a very special wedding thanks to Ray, who in our limited knowledge of such things seems to be a Martha Stewart knock-off. By "very special wedding," w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008
  • Film

    September 11, 2008

    Oh, Canada

    Midway through the Toronto film fest, and things are looking bleak

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    Going to the Chapel, Going to Jail

    This past year, two of my very best and oldest friends that I grew up with in Pittsburgh got married, one in Chicago and one in Austin. The Chicago wedding took place in a basement theater of the city’s main public library. Vows were exchanged onstage after bride and bridegroom sang a rousing ren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    I Do, I Do!

    We got this nomination for Best Marrying Judge from our friend Jim Sherman. It's a little early for the Best of Houston awards, but we thought we'd pass it along - just in case any readers are thinking about tying the knot any time soon. - Olivia Flores Alvarez From Jim Sherman: Yesterday mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2007

    Desi Does It

    Ginormous Indian weddings are so last year, but since we're only on Day Two of 2007, we figure we can offer this video of one local couple's notion of intimacy. -- Keith Plocek To learn more about Desi weddings, check out "Gods and Lovers," by Ruth Samuelson.

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    December 21, 2006

    Gods and Lovers

    During their massive, five-day Indian wedding, a local couple was worshipped

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    January 8, 2004

    Touchdown the Aisle

    A new line of wedding dresses helps brides tackle their football-lovin' hubbies-to-be

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Place for a Wedding

    Harmony Wedding Chapel

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    September 4, 2003


    Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company explores the creative process in Things Being at the Worst

  • News

    February 20, 2003

    High-Tech Shia Pet

    A Houston computer whiz uses the Internet to become a Muslim marriage matchmaker

  • News

    November 16, 2000

    Altar Ego

    Azita went looking for a wedding sponsor. All she got was a reprimand.

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
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    September 2, 1999

    Here Come the Brides

    Wedding gowns? Check. Priest? Check. TV crews? Check. Linda and Elli strike a blow for Gay Rights!

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    April 29, 1999

    Left Standing at the Church Door

    Bering Methodist stops all weddings if there can't be gay marriages

  • Culture

    May 18, 1995

    Bridesmaid's Bash

    Gypsy Theatre gets some light fun out of wedding talk

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    March 23, 1995
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    August 25, 1994

    Vince Ryan's Distress

    His campaign manager's gone, his headquarters got smoked, but domestic bliss awaits

  • Film

    March 31, 1994
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