Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Regalo Design, a full-service wedding planning company, launched a video series free of charge to help planning brides like myself. For someone on a budget this video series is a life saver! It is divided into 4 themes. They are: the when and where, the who (vendors), "The Wedding Planner's Secret," and the surprise ending "Project Wed."
By offering stories, Sarah Goude owner of Regalo Design, highlights importance lessons. For example, in deciding the when & where she tells the story of a rainy day and how that should be considered when comparing indoor versus outdoor venues and/or seasons. I learned to evaluate whether a venue offers an all inclusive package or allows outside vendors and the pros and cons of these options. Basically, what does your venue offer?
The next video covered the who, as in what to know about selecting vendors. Sarah's best advice is to choose your "supporting actors" (vendors) based on professional history, referrals, and reviews. As she emphasizes, "choose wisely" when it comes to vendors as they influence greatly how your day goes from photographers arriving on time to DJ's playing the right music. In video three, Regalo Design reveals the secret! She shares the value of creating a written plan! This truly helped me understand how much fun my day can be, if I have the help and organization I need. She urges type A personalities like me to delegate and to write it ALL down!
The most exciting part of the series is the huge gift at the end. Regalo Designs is offering a wedding planning academy called Project Wed! In this academy we, planning brides, can learn how to develop a timeline, budget, guest list, vendors list, decor and ceremony options. This course will also offer exclusive vendor deals!
The Regalo Designs video series has truly been the glowing diamond ring I couldn't take my eyes off of as a newly engaged bride! I feel I have gained clarity and more knowledge by listening to an experienced planner like Sarah Goude. Her excitement and calm presentation have boosted my wedding planning confidence and have supported my desire to hire a planner if not for the entity of the planning, at least for the month or day of! This future bride feels a lot wiser, eager, and prepared to plan her special day!
You can learn more about Project Wed here.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Brooke and Marlon have always loved the yummy cupcakes from The Cupcake Collection, a local Nashville and family owned business. When it came time to decide who would make their wedding cake, they thought “why not ask a place we already enjoy?”
Using Brooke’s dress as inspiration, The Cupcake Collections’ baker and cake decorator sketched out a beautiful design that made it a one-of-a-kind display for all of her guests to enjoy. BONUS: Brooke and Marlon got to keep the original sketch of the cake design and plan on framing it to remember forever!
Check out all the incredible cake details below:
Brooke & Marlon
Wedding Date: Friday, April 18, 2014 (Good Friday)
Wedding Location: Ruby
What was the vision for your wedding?
Simple, Intimate, Elegant
How did you find The Cupcake Collection?
We have always loved their cupcakes! The best! Also they put so much heart into their work. Family owned!
What inspired your cake? My dress
How did you approach the design for your wedding cake?
I met with the bakers and cake decorator and we discussed my wishes. We talked about flavors, design, size, etc.
Did you take pictures to The Cupcake Collection or did you meet with them and answer questions about your dress, etc?
I took a few pictures of cakes I found on websites online. I took photos of my dress and they used the details of my gown to adapt it to the design of my cake so it was definitely one of a kind!
What did you want most from your cake? great design, taste? specific details?
TASTE! I wanted it to be beautiful (simple but elegant) but most importantly, I wanted my guests to have a totally delicious cake!!
What surprised you about the experience of designing your cake?
They freehand a pencil drawing of my cake during the planning phase. We corresponded often to discuss fine details closer to time. After my wedding, I received this drawing-I plan to frame it. Such a fun and cool idea.
What were your cake flavors? Did you have them custom designed or were they standard?
Standard "Wedding Cake" flavor...again, the best "wedding cake" flavor I have tasted. The grooms cake was a custom flavor chocolate salted caramel-so they will definitely work with you to make sure your day is perfect!
What did you like most about your cake? Everything!
Photos: George Street Photography (Emily Hall-main photographer and Katie Austin assistant photographer)
Friday, January 23, 2015
Mary & Kevin, both Nashville transplants, wanted to show their 100+ guests everything people love about Nashville: live music, good southern cooking, dancing and a night to remember.
The reception was held at Houston Station where guests enjoyed a live bluegrass band followed by Nashville’s very own Big Bang musicians. In addition they had one of their favorite local food trucks, Smoke Et Al, cater the event.
Check out this DIY brides impeccable wedding here:
Mary & Kevin
Wedding Date: March 1, 2014
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Incarnation
Reception Venue: Houston Station (cocktail hour at Notable Blends)
Budget: $20,000 – 30,000
Planner | Leah Bloch (day of coordinator)
Photographer | Renee Brock
Gown | Vera Wang
Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Alfred Sung
Hair & Makeup | Rachel Cothron
Stationery | DIY by bride
Caterer | Smoke Et Al
Cake Artist | The Painted Cupcake
Floral Designer | DIY by Elizabeth Lyons and bride
Ceremony Musicians | Jackson Schoos
Reception Musicians | Big Bang musicians (reception); Blue Tone Music bluegrass music (cocktail hour)
Rentals | Southern Events
Lighting | Nashville Event Lighting
Transportation | Alpha Limousine; Gray Line Shuttle
Photo Booth | Generation Domination
My Wedding Details
How would you describe your style as a couple?
We are both Nashville transplants, and wanted to incorporate all of the elements of Nashville that we love. As a couple, we are laid-back and casual, and we wanted our wedding to reflect that by being fun and music-centric.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding (e.g. décor, colors, details or even picking the venue)?
Kevin is a musician, and our home has several guitars readily accessible leading to spontaneous sing-a-longs – we wanted this same vibe on our wedding day. When we found Houston Station, with the Notable Blends room, it immediately reminded us of our style. Our details were mostly DIY and aimed to reflect our favorite aspects of Nashville living.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Everyone raved about the Bluegrass Band during cocktail hour and the Big Bang musicians who got everyone out on the dance floor! All of our guests also loved our family-style dinner created by Smoke et al – in fact, everyone was so full from dinner that not everyone was able to fully indulge in the food truck late-night snack! Our favorite moment from the reception was Kevin serenading Mary with “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. Now, we love having our photo booth guest book to look back at and see everyone’s crazy pictures next to their warm wishes!
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We semi-splurged on the entertainment, as well as our table settings, which were definitely worth it! We DIYed all of our décor, including the centerpieces and bouquets, which were hand-made paper flowers.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
We feel we did a good job of keeping everything in perspective and having fun! It may have been a bit easier if we had realized earlier in the process that our marriage is about us, but our wedding day was actually more about our community. Also, while we did not hire a planner (and that worked out well for us), our day-of-coordinator was essential to allowing us to relax and really soak in the day!
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Elope, if you can get away with it. Otherwise, have a ton of fun planning and try to strike a good balance between ensuring your guests’ happiness and your sanity!
Thursday, January 22, 2015
If you’ve been reading Ashley's Bride Guide (ABG) for any length of time, you know that Street Tuxedo is one of our favorite local vendors, providing quality menswear rentals to Nashville grooms for nearly 30 years. They offer incredible service, a wide huge variety of current tuxedos in stock, and are able to provide local rentals even if your wedding party doesn’t all live in Nashville. With 4 locations in the Nashville area, the team at the family-owned Street Tuxedo is ready to provide your wedding party with all they need to look incredible on your big day.
Recently, Street Tuxedo joined with The Spoiled Lady, a full service Bridal and formal wear boutique, to open a co-location in Cool Springs and to serve both Nashville brides and grooms at one spot. To learn more about this co-location, check out my interview with Rachael Street below.
How did this shared location with The Spoiled Lady come to be?
Street Tuxedo has been located in Cool Springs for over 10 years now. The Spoiled Lady (TSL) approached us about co-locating in mid 2014. We loved the idea! Dee and the ladies of TSL are awesome, and amazing at what they do. We thought partnering with TSL would be the perfect way to bring another added convenience to our customers. This co-location can be found at 216 Seaboard Lane in Franklin.
Where are your other 3 locations in Nashville?
Our other 3 locations are in Murfreesboro, Green Hills and Berry Hill. They do not have dresses…but are still awesome!!
What are you able to offer to your customers at this co-location?
TSL carries bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses as well as prom and pageant gowns. All of that paired with the latest in men’s formal wear, we feel, is a win/win for our customers.
How can you differently meet the needs of a couple at this location compared to the stand alone stores?
At this location the bride and groom or prom goers get to see the actual dress paired with the tuxedo/suit. It is extremely helpful when picking the gentlemen’s accessories, for example vest/suspenders and tie combos.
What are your hours at this location?
The winter hours are 10-6 M/F, 10-5 T/W/T and 10-4 on Sat. TSL has select Sunday hours throughout their busy seasons, starting after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Appointments are appreciated for both TSL and ST but not mandatory.
Is there anything else that you'd like to share with our readers about this special location?
Customers that buy their dress at TSL are given a discount when they rent or purchase from Street Tuxedo…be sure to ask about that!
Photographer: Visions by Valeisha
Rentals: Southern Events
Planner: Jenni Rodgers
Invites: Spoiled Lady
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Can your girlfriends say they tied the knot at a historic mansion in Tennessee? You'll be sure to be the first when you fall in love with this elegant venue!
The Governors Club Pleasant Hill Mansion has been capturing bridal memories since 1999 by hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions. You have the option of reserving any of three available rooms or can have the entire mansion all to yourself! There is also a patio and a beautiful balcony that's perfect for pictures. You can overlook a picturesque golf course during your ceremony then head over to the beautiful balcony for pictures
The Governors Club only books one event per day (get ready for VIP treatment) and there's even an on-site coordinator to help you relax about those last minute tasks. The staff can provide you with all of your wedding day needs including on-site catering (as outside catering and alcohol are not options), tables, chairs, and china to match the sophistication of the venue.
Whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony and reception, The Governors Club Pleasant Hill Mansion is a dynamic, classic space that will tend to the bride like a queen.
The Governors Club wedding, photographed by Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers
Name: Cathy Bueck
Address: 9681 Concord Road
City, State, Zip: Brentwood, TN 37027
Website address: thegovernorsclub.com
Can you tell us more about The Governors Club?
If you have always dreamed your wedding would be the pinnacle of elegance and sophistication, The Pleasant Hill Mansion at The Governors Club is the perfect choice.
Imagine a stunning 19th century mansion impeccably appointed to make your special day unforgettable. It all begins with a single vision ‘Yours’
When was the venue established? 1999
What's your venue's motto/philosophy? “All brides have to do is show-up in there gorgeous dress and bouquet”.
What options does your venue offer?
~ Ceremony? Yes, we have a lovely ceremony site overlooking the scenic golf course.
~ Reception? Yes, we have indoor and outdoor options.
~ Showers? Yes, we are able to rent the space out by rooms.
~ Parties? Yes, we are able to rent the space out by rooms.
The Governors Club wedding planned by Regalo Design
What type of room(s) is available?
Rental Rates (Tuesday – Sunday)
One Room: $200
Two Rooms: $300
Three Rooms: $500
Tennessee Porch: $400
Attached Patio: $400
*If more than three rooms are needed rental of entire mansion is required. Rates do not include food and beverage.
How many people can you accommodate? 250pl
How many events do you take per day? Only one event booked per day.
Is outside catering allowed? We do not allow outside catering, we have a full catering staff on property.
Do you require couples to use a set list of caterers?
We do not, but we do have a preferred vendor list of those who have been great to work with in the past.
Is outside alcohol allowed? No we do not.
Is an on-site event coordinator available? We have a on-site event coordinator.
What is your pricing model? There is a per person catering fee and room rental fees are determined by how many rooms are rented.
What attracts couples to your venue for their wedding? What are your key selling points?
We are a Historic 19th Century Mansion unlike anything in Middle Tennessee. We offer the use of in-house tables, chairs and china. We have onsite catering and staff to make your day as stress free as it can be.
What makes your venue so unique from a service perspective?
Our experienced, accommodating and professional staff looks forward to assisting you in all aspects of the planning and coordination of your event. Our goal is to turn your vision into a flawless reality, from start to finish. It would be a pleasure for us to help in making your special event the most memorable and stress free it can be at The Governors Club.
Ashley adds: Every interaction that I've had with the folks at The Governors Club has been above and beyond pleasant. They are kind and very responsive. I can only imagine how well they take care of engaged couples who are planning the biggest day of their lives...and paying them! They will exceed your expectations.