Thursday, October 30, 2014
The NotWedding returns to Nashville next week!
This innovative "mock wedding" experience takes place in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Charleston and other cosmopolitan cities and will host its third Nashville show on November 5 at Ruby Nashville.
We're giving away free tickets to two lucky couples. To enter to win, simply add a comment on this blog post explaining how our blog has helped you plan your Nashville wedding. We'll pick our favorite answers and alert winners on Monday, November 3rd.
Not familiar with The NotWedding?
Show producers describe it as, " a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. 'Wedding guests' are brides-to-be who enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action."
Not big on contests? Buy tickets.
Make sure to buy your tickets now, because the show always sells out!
Here are some lovely photos from the Chicago NotWedding, which were captured by Megan Saul Photography.
I can't wait to see what talented, Nashville wedding designers create to inspire Nashville couples. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
There was a time when brides couldn't get enough of strapless gowns. More and more, we’re seeing wedding dresses with sleeves and straps and we couldn’t be happier! If you’re among those who think sleeves and straps are for the more conservative brides, it’s time to change your mind: Sleeves and straps are very in!
We have Kate Middleton, or shall we say, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to thank for this transition after she donned an elegant, long-sleeved gown by English designer, Sarah Burton. Sleeves and straps give brides a revived way of expressing their style, broadening the canvas, so to speak. Whether capped sleeves or jeweled straps, sleeves and straps can communicate your style in whatever way you want it to, from traditional to whimsical to modern.
Get inspired by some of these wedding dress styles that can be found at Geny’s Bridal in Nashville:
Stop by Geny's Bridal to see these gowns and others with sleeves. And dont forget! The Geny's Bridal sample sale starts this Friday, October 31. At their very first two-day Halloween sale, sample wedding dresses will be marked down to $331 and bridesmaids dresses to $31. Unreal! Appointments are required so give them a call to schedule yours. Details are here.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Let’s be honest: Wedding planning can get a little crazy and overwhelming if it’s your first time. What questions should you ask the photographer? What’s included in the caterer’s service package? Is a planner necessary?
If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, you’re not alone. We spoke with Sarah Goude of Regalo Design, a Nashville planning and floral design studio, to help sort out some of the most commonly asked questions a new bride may ask and why it’s important to consider hiring some extra help.
Co-owners Damon and Sarah of Regalo Design
What are the differences between a planner, coordinator and designer?
A planner is someone who is with you every step of the way. For our full service clients, we have four planning meetings and we are also with our clients at their vendor meetings and site visits to make sure the questions they wouldn’t think to ask their vendors are covered and nothing is forgotten. We are also there with them to run the rehearsal and the day of activities from start to finish.
A coordinator is someone who comes in on the day of to implement the brides’ plan. It is very different from a planner as they are not involved with the planning process. Their job is to implement your work.
A designer is someone who takes your vision and makes it a reality. If you need someone to look over your ideas and put the plan together for the décor, they can do that. Or, they can be the people who actually implement your plan on the day of for your décor needs.
When planning, what are the five or six primary services that brides are searching for?
The first need is a venue. That determines a lot of the additional pieces to the vendor selection puzzle. The next vendor is usually a planner. A planner should be able to help you book the perfect vendors based on the budget, your specific needs and their resources. It is important to be able to trust your planner that he or she is suggesting people that they trust and know will take care of you. Your planner should be your biggest advocate.
A photographer is always very important to our clients. There is so much to consider when booking a photographer. We always encourage an engagement session with your photographer so that you can feel out their personality behind the camera. Next is food! Does your venue have a preferred caterer, in-house caterer or can you bring in whomever you would like? This will make a difference in the selection of your caterer.
The next vendor that is highly requested quickly in the planning process is music. What will your ceremony music be like? Will you have a DJ or live musician? DO you want a band for your reception? This is a very fun piece to the planning puzzle because these people, whomever you chose, really set the tone for the night when it comes to your guests having a good time.
What are some areas of the wedding planning process that newly-engaged brides sometimes overlook?
It is easy to overlook how much time and effort it takes to actually plan a perfect event. One of the most important things to do is to hire good vendors. It isn’t always smart to hire the vendor who provides a service at the lowest price. It is important to pick vendors who will do the job that they are hired to do. Your photographer should be able to get the family in line for family photos, your caterer should take care of all set up, bussing and breakdown of your food, your DJ should be able to speak on the microphone.
Tell us about the full-service planning Regalo offers. Why is it something brides should consider?
Our full-service planning package includes four planning meetings in our studio to discuss your individual needs in regard to budget analysis, vendor selections and contract negotiation. In addition, we are with you for site visits, food tastings, cake tasting and additional vendor meetings if need be. Your flowers are at wholesale cost since we are your full-service florist and all of your decoration are included, such as draping, lighting, centerpieces, cake stand, candles, arches and anything that is related to the flowers and décor.
Why is having some form of coordination, whether partial or full planning, important for brides to consider adding to their wedding budget?
It is important to at least have a day-of coordinator. You and your family should be able to enjoy the day. Day-of coordination can however be tricky because this person has not been involved with the planning and so there are pieces that can be missed. We encourage a full-service planner and believe it is well worth the money as there are so many pieces to planning a big life event that most would not even think of. It is so important to be able to build a relationship with your planner so that they can make good decisions on your behalf.
All photos of Regalo Design weddings
Special for Nashville couples: Between now and December 1st, Regalo Design's full-service planning, floral and decor package is 15% off. For more details on this limited time savings, click here.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Ninety-nine perecent of wedding planning events are designed for brides, full pf pink bags, pretty things and giggling bridesmaids. And then there's Nashville Groom Night, an evening designed specifically for grooms!
The event will focus on the wedding tasks typically handled by the groom and experts will be available that can help:
Men's attire - Street Tuxedo
Honeymoons - 2 Travel Anywhere
Food & beverage - Yazoo Beer, Frosted Affair, Michael's Catering
Entertainment - Snyder Entertainment
Transportation - Music City Dream Cars
Other experts - Nesting Project, Oak + Ink, The Ballroom, Enchanted Brides, Grand Central Party Rentals, and Lotus Blossom Photography
The event is free. Couples are encouraged to come together; brides will enjoy the event too. Register via this link.
Friday, October 24, 2014
There’s always something so special about a small, intimate ceremony and it’s why we’ve chosen to feature Carolin and Alan’s December wedding on the blog. Surrounded by 30 of their closest family members and friends a few days before Christmas, the pair had a lovely outdoor wedding in the event pavillion at CJ’s Off the Square, with beautiful pops of color, thanks to the gorgeous floral arrangements by Enchanted Florist.
Get inspired by Carolin and Alan’s quaint wedding and learn more details of how everything came together.
Carolin & Alan
Wedding Date: December 21, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue: CJ’s Off the Square & Saffire Restaurant
Budget: Less than $10,000
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Rustic, classic, vintage.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
CJ's was a perfect match!
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Our guests loved the teamwork of CJ and The Enchanted Florist to create the perfect intimate wedding ambience. They also loved Bryan Allen's engagement photography displayed on the looped slideshow on the big TV screen.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on our photography and saved by having an intimate guest list.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
We wish we went with CJ's first! We had another planner but soon switched after visiting CJ's Off the Square.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Taking the time to find the perfect venue will save you cash, time and stress!
Planner - CJ at CJ's Off the Square
Photographer - Bryan Allen
Gown - Karen Hendrix
Birdal Party Attire - Various
Hair & Makeup - Katie Russo
Stationery - invitationconsultants.com
Caterer, Lighting - CJ's Off the Square
Cake Artist - CJ's cake with flower decorations by The Enchanted Florist
Floral Designer - The Enchanted Florist
Rentals - CJ's Off the Square (Big screen TV for slideshow)