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Dare to Be Different - Music City Events Shares Ways to Express Your Wedding Personality, Part 2

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Our 3-part, Dare to Be Different Series was created by Music City Events. Sarah, owner and lead planner, has worked with Nashville brides for years and loves couples who are willing to show their personality and create a great guest experience.

If you missed Part 1 of the series, start here. 


caricature at wedding

Photo: Rustic Wedding Chic

4) Interaction

Photobooths. Guest Books. Slideshows. All fun. All kind of expected at this point! Interaction for your guests is something that can elevate your wedding.

- Bring in a caricature artist and let guests take home these fun drawings - what a great favor!

- What about a few card magicians for cocktail hour? So much fun to try and find the right card!

- Give guests a Scavenger Hunt to play during cocktails and the reception. List fun items you have spent countless hours pulling together (swizzle straws, menus, custom lighting, or perhaps the first dance even!) for them to snap and load on Instagram - plus, insta-fun for everyone the next day! Just search for your custom hashtag.

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- How fun would it be to see guests Instagram or tweet about the wedding and showcase the feed in the cocktail area or via an Instagram station

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Photo: Etsy


wedding ideas nashville


- What about fun dance lessons after the first dances? Hire professionals to teach a short dance and then have them dance with guests for the next hour!

- Don't forget to print a fun itinerary for guests to see all evening - if they know that a fun surprise awaits at 10p, they are more likely to stay and enjoy the evening!


5) Go Solo

In this day and age it's hard to imagine not snapping 30 photos in 30 seconds much less in a few hours. But, for a true Dare to Be Different moment, instead of asking guests to take pics, ask your guests to keep their camera and phones tucked away for the ceremony. Lay out the reasons in your programs and have your officiate make an announcement as well. You only do this once, after all, and they are in attendance because they are truly your nearest and dearest. Let them know you want them to fully participate in this momentous occasion - without the assistance of a screen. For at least 30 minutes.

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Photo: Etsy


For more creative ideas from Sarah of Nashville's Music City Events, view Dare to Be Different, Part 1 or return Monday for Part 3.

Posted by A Music City Event | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Inspiration & Trends, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Dare to Be Different - Music City Events Shares Ways to Express Your Wedding Personality, Part 1

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dare to be different. It's a running thought for most of our brides. They don't want what their mothers had. Or their best friend. Or their favorite older cousin who got married recently. Sure Pinterest is fun, but … well, it is starting to look an awful lot alike in Pinterest World. What began as a way to expand brides' minds and show them amazing things that can be done has become just another place to become overwhelmed, be exposed to too much, or honestly to see what you see everywhere else.

Dare. To be. Different.

I get it. It's a once in a lifetime event. It's the biggest celebration you will likely ever have. Weddings are tremendously emotional and full of love. I always encourage my clients to express their individual personalities and their "couple style". Every one knows you can do that with colors, with menu items (hello favorite late night snack!), and of course with your attire. But, what are some other ways you can reclaim your wedding?

1) Celebrations

In some cultures it's traditional to have the ladies of the evening gather for a party and the men gather for a separate one. Dare to Be Different and throw something similar before the rehearsal dinner. Hand massages and mimosas for the ladies, while men get to watch the game, enjoy a cigar and flights of local beer! Be creative with how you celebrate with your guests. There are hardly any rules anymore.

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grooms hanging out nashville ideas

grooms hanging out nashville ideas

Photography: Bombs Over Betty


2) Attire

Attire is the easiest way to express your style and personality. Fashion is an ever moving animal that allows you to really express yourself. It's a normal thing now, but several years ago when brides first began wearing brightly colored shows - oh my! Who says you have to wear white? Prior to Queen Victoria in the mid 1800s, white was not the go-to color. Wear your best color! White does not look good on me. I don't want to wear black either, but will likely go for blue or green! And don't forget to give yourself options. Perhaps a traditional dress and veil for the ceremony and a brightly colored shrug, belt, brooch or skirt for the reception!

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Photography: Wedlock Images

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Photography: Jonathon Campbell

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3) Timing

I have always loved unusual timing for events. Why not have a brunch reception with your guests and a private early morning ceremony? Or, if you're a night owl, what about a midnight ceremony followed by late night snacks or, really, you could do the same brunch menu! Both options allow you spend your entire wedding day with your husband and really flexes that "Dare to Be Different' attitude.

brunch wedding

Photo: StyleMePretty

brunch wedding idea


Our 3-part, Dare to Be Different Series was created by Sarah, owner and lead planner of Music City Events.  With years of experience helping couples plan their wedding, she knows a thing or two about how to make your wedding a true expression of you, the couple.  Her engaged couples are confident, savvy and know who they are.  She partners with her clients to ensure their day is well planned and thoroughly enjoyed!  Return Wednesday for part 2.

Posted by A Music City Event | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses & Accessories, Grooms, Groomsmen & Tuxedos , Inspiration & Trends, Unique Wedding Ideas, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Joe Proposes at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Lacy Shares Their Story

Monday, November 24, 2014

What’s not to love about an engagement story that includes historical context? When we heard about Lacy and Joe’s engagement at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, we knew we just had to share it. It has all of the elements of a perfect memorable engagement — surprise date, plot twist, after-hours stroll at Cheekwood and a handsome guy down on one knee!

We don’t want to give anything away before you get to read this romantic story for yourself and see this cute engagement session, photographed by Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers.

So what are you waiting for? Dig in!

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Lacy & Joe 
Date of proposal: April 3, 2014 
Wedding date: Sept. 20, 2014 


How did you get engaged?  Tell us about your proposal:  

It was a Thursday night when Joe picked me up for one of his “surprise” dates. Joe is a hopeless romantic, so this kind of a thing was not uncommon, meaning I had no idea what was in store!

He started the evening off with dinner at Sperry’s Restaurant where he convinced me that the next plan for the night was to see a movie. But when we got in the car, it didn’t take long for me to realize that we were not headed to the movie theater. We rolled into Cheekwood after-hours (you’d think I’d have a clue that something was up… I definitely still didn’t) and I suggested that we go walk down to the Howe Gardens so I could show him the Wemyss/Kerrigan gates.  These beautiful iron gates once belonged to my great grandmother, Ellen Wemyss.  Joe was one step ahead of me. When we rounded the corner, I saw that flowers and lights decorated the entryway. Joe got down on one knee and asked me to be his bride. I was completely surprised and happily agreed! 

You are just married!  Congratulations!!  Tell us a little about your wedding.  Who did you hire to help plan your wedding?

My mother and I planned it all together. We are both designers and when we joined forces, so to speak, we were able to do a lot of fun and creative things. We had two close family friends volunteer to help coordinate the day of the ceremony.

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What was your approach to budgeting for your wedding? 

We're used it as a guide but had some flexibility

How many wedding guests did you invite? 200

What was your wedding style?

We had a very rustic and industrial feel to our wedding. We had iron marquee signs and Edison bulbs dangling over the bar. We used burlap as table cloths and lace for table runners. Beer was served in mason jars and cokes were enjoyed from glass bottles.  


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What’s was your most fun purchase/hire?

Our band! The SCAT Springs Band rocked the house that night! Every one was dancing by the end. Also, we chose to eat pie instead of cake. The pies from Papa C’s Pies in Franklin were outstanding!

What did you enjoy most about being engaged?

I couldn’t believe the amount of love and support poured out on us during that time! So many friends offered to host showers and parties in honor of Joe and I. I experienced so many loved ones give of themselves to celebrate us and to help in the process of planing. It has been incredible to see the people in our life offer their gifts and talents to make our special day even more spectacular! We both felt so loved and so honored. Thank you to everyone!


Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Engagements & Proposals, Photography, 0 comments »

Brianna & Brandon’s Vintage Chic Wedding At Nashville Zoo Proves Love & Fun Are A Great Mix

Friday, November 21, 2014

When’s the last time you heard of a bride and groom who used a carousel as one of the focal points at a wedding? It’s likely you haven’t and it’s one of the many reasons why we love Brianna and Brandon’s wedding! The couple wanted to host their wedding at a venue that both reflected their style as a couple, but one that would also be an interesting experience for their guests. They chose the Nashville Zoo for their September wedding. The outcome was superb and lovely, two words reserved for a flawlessly executed wedding. Read more about the couple’s wedding day:

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Brianna & Brandon 
Wedding Date | 09/13/2014
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Nashville Zoo
Budget | $40-50K
Guests | 140

zoo nashville wedding gorgeous design

zoo nashville wedding gorgeous design

zoo nashville wedding gorgeous design

zoo nashville wedding gorgeous design


Wedding Team

Planner, Floral Designer & Lighting | Sarah Goude, Regalo Design
Frozen Exposure Photography {+} Cinematography | Frozen Exposure
Gown | Stephen Yearick, The White Room Lebanon
Bride’s Headpiece | The White Room
Brides Jewelry | Dillard’s
Men’s Attire | Suits, Street Tuxedo
Ties & Pocket Square | Tie Bar
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Online boutique
Bridesmaids’ Jewelry | J.Crew
Hair-| Blowout & Co
Makeup | Angie Lima
Paper Goods | Betsy White, Etsy shops
Caterer | Taste of the Wild
Cake Artist | Sweetest Day
Ceremony Harpist | Deanna Lovelace
Reception DJ |  Brian Snyder Entertainment
Rentals | Southern Events
Transportation | Black Diamond Limousine

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zoo nashville wedding gorgeous design

zoo nashville wedding gorgeous design


Wedding Details


How would you describe your style as a couple?

We’re a pretty a laid-back couple who love to laugh and have fun.  We love all things vintage and shabby chic and definitely wanted our wedding to be a reflection of that.

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding (e.g. décor, colors, details or even picking the venue)?

Brandon and I chose the Nashville Zoo because we wanted something different and interesting for our guests, but still fit our personalities.  Very few people even realize that the Nashville Zoo is an option as a wedding venue.  We were able to have the best of both worlds at the zoo. We had the vintage aspect, with our ceremony under a tree in front of the historic Croft house, then a fun and unique cocktail hour around the carousel, where our guests had the opportunity to mix and mingle as well as take a ride, and ended with dinner and dancing at the Jungle Terrace.

I wanted our wedding to feel romantic and dreamy, so we chose light pink and mint with neutrals mixed in.  We chose cross-back chairs, and barn wood tables to give the reception a rustic feel, with beautiful floral arrangements and burlap and lace table runners to incorporate the romantic side.  I love Champagne, so instead of wine, we had a “Bubbly Bar” with “Mint to Be” Champagne Mojitos as our signature drink.  Brandon has a major sweet tooth, so we offered our guests a late night snack of warm chocolate chunk cookies (his favorite) to indulge in. We also love cornhole!  As a wedding gift my brother gave us custom-made “McGowan” cornhole boards that our guests got to enjoy.   Sarah and her team at Regalo Design did an outstanding job making our vision a reality and making sure our day was a reflection of us.  I could not have been happier with the way everything turned out. It was truly stunning!

zoo nashville wedding gorgeous design

zoo nashville wedding gorgeous design

zoo nashville wedding gorgeous design

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What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding? I think our guests really enjoyed the carousel!  Everyone had a great time riding it from my young cousins, to my grandmother!  It was definitely a hit!  As for Brandon and I, we enjoyed everything about the day, but most importantly, getting to celebrate the beginning of our life together with all of our amazing family and friends.

Where did you splurge?
My biggest splurge was probably my gown. I loved the top of one Stephen Yearick gown, and the bottom of another, so we combined them and added a bow and pockets :)

Where did you save/DIY?
I ordered our invitations online, and lined the envelopes myself, with Rifle Paper Company wrapping paper.  I also ordered a DIY printable from Etsy for both our programs, and menus and had them printed at Office Max.  They all turned out beautifully, and were pretty inexpensive. 

Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?

There is honestly nothing that we would change.  We had an amazing time planning our special day with minimal stress (mostly in part to having an amazing planner and design team).  Our day was truly magical, and I don’t know about Brandon, but I wish I could relive it all over again :)

What words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?

Take a step back and enjoy the process and the day itself.  Remember to have fun, and don’t worry about the little things!  People told me for years how fast it would go by, and boy, were they right!

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nashville zoo wedding planner regalo design

nashville zoo wedding planner regalo design

nashville zoo wedding planner regalo design

Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

Busy Nashville Brides: Let Chef’s Market Cater Thanksgiving, Holidays

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's no surprise that Chef's Market is one of our favorite wedding caterers and one the best in Nashville.  (They recently won the Tennessean's Best Nashville Caterer award so we'renot making this up.) They are incredible!  

If the holiday cooking has somehow landed on your to-do list, or if you are looking for your "item to take" to the family feast, you'll appreciate this:  Chef's Market has holidays covered with their takeaway menu.  

Keep to your planning and let Chef's Market handle not only your wedding day catering but your holiday meals too. Here's the link to their Thanksgiving menu.

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Herb Crusted Turkey - Yum!

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Food/Catering, 0 comments »

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