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Katherine Heigl at the premiere of her movie, "27 Dresses"
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This column normally tries more for tact than tacky, but today tacky rules. The Houston Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding has organized their second annual ‘Tacky Wedding Pub Crawl’ as a fun, funny fund-raiser. The pub crawl starts this Thursday, March 29th at 5:30 pm at BB’s Café in the Heights. It then makes its way to Christian’s Tailgate, then Onion Creek and finally back to BB’s.

Organizers ask attendees to come dressed in their best, or make that their worst, tacky wedding attire. Maybe your closet doesn’t have 27 dresses, a la Katherine Heigl in the movie of the same name, but chances are you have some kind of embarrassing wedding attire. Mine would be the pretty rose-colored slip dress ruined by a bolero jacket with the gigantically oversized puffy sleeves. So huge were the sleeves the photographer had trouble getting all 5 bridesmaids into one picture. You get the idea. Of course men are welcome in ruffled shirts, powder blue jackets, ill-fitting tuxedo pants and the like.

If you can’t find hideous wedding attire in your closet, borrow from a friend or visit Goodwill or other second hand clothing stores. If you don’t want to dress up for the evening, don’t let that be a deterrent. Wear your regular clothes and see how people react. Hint: If you evoke hysterical laughter, it might be time for a wardrobe upgrade.

Organizers have a fun night in store. Besides specially priced libations, lite bites will be served too. A camera phone tacky scavenger hunt with great prizes is planned. Tickets are $10 in advance through March 28th or $20 at the door. If all this still can’t convince you to attend, you can decline with a donation. Register (or donate) through their FaceBook page:

Wish Upon A Wedding is a national not for profit organization with chapters in 30 cities that helps make wedding dreams come true for couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances. One such Houston couple is Esmeralda and Jose-Luis. The couple was married by a Justice of the Peace and had always planned on having a wedding reception to celebrate their love, but life and Esmeralda’s life-threatening heart condition got in the way. That’s when the Houston chapter stepped in. Local Houston vendors made it a night to remember for Esmeralda and Jose-Luis with generous donations of wedding planning, flowers, lighting, linens, centerpieces, hair and makeup services, wedding attire, cakes and even the venue. Learn more about the Houston chapter and other couples they have helped. You can participate or contribute to the next wedding at the organization’s website,

Regardless of what you wear, tacky or not, show up Thursday night at BB’s Café for a fun evening in support of this great cause.


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