Tuesday, March 11, 2014
What a week for wedding planning! There are three separate and very beneficial bridal events happening around town. Here's a helpful roundup. We hope to see you at one or all of them!
Thursday, March 13:
Finally, an event for grooms! Street Tuxedo and 2Travel Anywhere invite Nashville engaged couples to Groom Night. Reserve your space via this link and enjoy a night out for grooms and their brides. Get help with styling your men and planning your honeymoon while enjoying delicious treats and giveaways. Cost: Free.
Saturday, March 15
Join us for the fifth annual Goodwill Wedding Gala. If you're looking for a way to save on your wedding, the Gala is a must-attend. With over 700 bridal gowns, all under $400, you're sure to find your bridal gown, rehearsal dinner dress and/or attire for your bridesmaids. We love the Gala! Not sure of what to expect? See a sample of the gowns and further details via this link. Plan to arrive early. The gala happens once a year and is the best way to snag a designer gown at a fraction of the cost. It is a very popular event. Cost: Price of your purchase.
Sunday, March 16:
We're excited about the very first, Sumner Country wedding venue tour and bridal showcase! We'll be there to check out the venues and vendors in areas that include White House, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville and Portland. If you live in Sumner County, you should definitely attend. If you live in Nashville, attending this event would be beneficial in your search for vendors (who will travel to Nashville) or seeing venues that might possess just the look you seek. Click here for full details on the Sumner County Venue Crawl. Cost: $10 for ABG readers.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Liberty Party Rental has been Nashville’s go-to wedding rental business for more than 30 years. From custom farm tables and modern ghost chairs to a wide variety of tenting and flooring options, Liberty provides countless on-trend rental options for every style and budget.
No business can run successfully for over three decades without providing customer service that goes far beyond expectations. Liberty has a number of professional coordinators and designers with years of experience on hand to guide you through the wedding planning process. With a staff that pays attention to every detail, the bride can rest-assured knowing Liberty is there to handle each aspect of the rental process, from the initial design of the event through the load-out at the end of the night.
We had the chance to chat with Alyssa DiCicco, a designer/planner at Liberty, to learn more about the company’s love of weddings and commitment to building solid relationships with its clients. Read on to discover more...
Company Name: Liberty Party Rental
Main Contact: Alyssa DiCicco
Phone Number: 615-822-4392
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow them on Twitter: @libertypartyren
Become a Facebook fan: https://www.facebook.com/libertypartyrental
Tell me about your service offering.
We offer full-service event rentals for the mid-South including tables, chairs, tents, furniture, linens, glassware, flatware, china and more!
How many years have you been in business?
We've been in business since 1983! Our current owner, Bruce Hurst, began working for Liberty as a delivery driver in high school and continued his work after college. In 2002, Mr. Hurst purchased the company and it became incorporated as Liberty Party Rental.
How did you get started in weddings?
Liberty's history: Mr. Hurst was motivated to purchase the rental company for numerous reasons. He loved the dynamics of the party rental business because it allowed him to be outside working and connecting with customers. Additionally, the wedding and event rental industry in Nashville was just beginning to flourish. Being able to introduce new and innovative products to the Nashville market continues to be a key element to the success to Liberty Party Rental.
My experience in weddings: I started out in the wedding world by working part-time for Ashley's Bride Guide! I helped with social media and advertising campaigns back in 2008-2009! Since then, I've worked in the marketing world and I'm so happy to be back in the wedding industry with Liberty! Planning events and styling weddings is something I've always loved doing on my own. Now I'm really enjoying it as my job!
What do you like most about weddings?
I love seeing the groom's face the first time he sees his bride walking down the aisle. What a special moment! Also, since I work in the rental business, it's fun to see what colors and styles brides bring into their weddings. Each wedding has a unique touch that really speaks to what the couple is like.
What’s your favorite wedding pic/video and why?
I really love the photos that Kristyn Hogan took from Candi and Christopher's wedding! Candi and Christopher used a lot of our decor elements including our Tuscan Brentwood Chairs, Farm Table, Glassware, Flatware and more! The styling is spot on and the rentals they picked out really pair well with the rustic outdoor setting!
What is your service philosophy?
Here at Liberty, we want to give brides exquisite products, dependability and expertise. Our sales staff is always here to help you with anything you need. We like to handle the details for our brides and make them feel at ease in our time working with them, from planning all the way to breakdown.
What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
We are one of the largest rental companies in the Nashville area! We have over 150 linen colors and patterns to choose from! Plus, we strive to provide new products for our customers; many of which you cannot find anywhere else in the region. Anytime you call during business hours, one of our sales staff will pick up the phone right away to assist you. They have years and years of experience and can answer any questions you have! We strive to have the best customer service around!
What attracts brides to your service/company?
Our products and service really attract brides to work with us. Our products are on trend - the fact that we carry our beautiful farm tables, bentwood and ghost chairs, chevron linens, burlap linens, and more really draws brides to work with us. We also do custom tenting and flooring! Our sales staff pays much attention to detail so every aspect of the wedding is spot on!
What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?
We really help couples envision what their wedding will look like. We work closely with many venues in Nashville and our sales staff is great with knowing how many tables will fit in a space, as well as how many wine glasses you need to order for your cocktail hour. We pride ourselves on our customer service and our relationships with our clients.
Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?
This one is really hard to nail down because we work with so many different clients! Our products range from simple to extravagant, ultra modern to shabby chic. A bride can rent basic white poly linens for a very small and simple wedding all the way up to a large tented wedding for 1,000+ guests! No order is too small or too big!
What is the most “now” / innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate?
We love our custom made farm tables! We have some new custom farm benches to match along with our Tuscan Bentwood chairs! This shabby chic trend is still going strong - you can always pair our burlap and lace table runners and rent our mason jars and whiskey barrels to keep with the trend! And if you're not all about shabby chic, we have some fun sparkly glam products in stock, too! We have a ton of new products coming in this spring, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for some announcements!
Liberty Party Rental also has a wonderful blog, full of inspiration and the latest ideas for Nashville weddings and evets. Check it out at http://blog.libertypartyrental.com.
Photo credits as images appear: Jenny Cruger, Kristyn Hogan (4), Love is a Big Deal, Q Avenue, Be Music, Dove Photography
Friday, March 7, 2014
The merging of two cultures is a beautiful thing that should be celebrated. Bride, Ashley is African-American and grew up in a traditional southern family. Groom, Armin is Serbian-Hungarian who moved to the United States when he was 17. While planning their “I Do’s,” it was important to Ashley and Armin that their War Memorial wedding be a celebration of these distinct cultures. With the help of Regalo Design, they had a stunning fete that did just that.
The bride and groom’s guests enjoyed a classically elegant soirée that included a scrumptious sit-down dinner by Savor the Flavor, lofty floral centerpieces highlighted with pops of purple and dazzling up-lighting that accentuated the beauty of the venue. These elements coupled with unique Hungarian traditions intermixed throughout both the ceremony and reception made for a truly memorable event.
Be sure to read on to learn more about planning a multi-cultural celebration from bride, Ashley, and to view more gorgeous photos from She + Him Photography…
Ashley & Armin
Wedding Date ~ November 2, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ War Memorial Auditorium
Guests ~ 200
Planner | Damon Goude | Regalo Design
Photographer | She + Him Wedding Photography
Videographer | Beyond the Still Image
Gown | Allure Bridal from The White Room (Lebanon, TN)
Bride’s Accessories | Cezanne bracelet and earrings from Dillard’s
Men’s Attire | Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Alfred Angelo
Hair | Tiara Evans of Natural Awakenings Salon
Makeup | LeeAnne Blair
Stationery | Designed by bride and Regalo Design, printed by Vistaprint
Caterer | Savor the Flavor
Cake Artist | The Sweetest Day
Floral Design | Regalo Design
Ceremony Musicians | Sarah Davison (pianist)
Reception Musicians | Brad Ford of Snyder Entertainment (DJ)
Rentals | Southern Events
Lighting | War Memorial Auditorium
Transportation | Matchless Transportation
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Fun! We are laid-back, love to laugh and have a lot of fun – both in a group setting or just the two of us. We agreed that our wedding had to be fun above all else, and reflect us as a couple. Additionally, we merged two cultures – Ashley is African-American and grew up in a traditional Southern family, while Armin is Serbian-Hungarian, moved to the United States at age 17 and spent his “formidable American” years in the Midwest. We often joked that ours would be the best “Blungarian” wedding anyone had ever been to!
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
The details including the venue, wedding colors and décor were all very classic and elegant. We incorporated fun by having a laid-back flow to the order of events, great food and drink, and a great dance party at the reception. We also weaved Hungarian traditions into both the ceremony and reception - we threw coins and broke a plate for good luck in the marriage, taught guests some Hungarian vocabulary words via their table assignments and offered shots of Palinka, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. It was fun bringing those experiences to our guests.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Our favorite part was blending our two cultures, friends and families together for a celebration of us – it’s awesome to see pictures of the dance floor with so many different people coming together to have a good time and kill the Electric Slide! We have also gotten a ton of compliments on the food, which we knew would be an important ‘measuring stick’ of the day. We loved it as well and appreciate the fact that we were able to sit down and enjoy the meal with our families.
Your hair is gorgeous! Who styled it?
Thanks! My hairstyle was inspired by Pinterest, of course – but luckily, I found a stylist who was able to transform that inspiration into my own style for the big day. I have not lived or had a stylist in Nashville for quite some time, but I found Natural Awakenings through a Google search, and lucked upon the talents of Tiara Evans – I highly recommend her for other natural-haired brides!
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on the venue, but felt really good about it in the end since we had both the ceremony and reception at War Memorial. We also splurged on the food, but knew it would be totally worth it in the end (it was – people are still complimenting us on it!) Planning the wedding long distance made it difficult to be DIY, but we did incorporate some elements into all of our paper pieces. Our invitations, programs and thank you cards at each place setting all featured a paisley design that my Mom, Damon and I found on Google images. It was used consistently and gave every piece a high-end designer look.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
Even though I’m happily married, I still watch a lot of the wedding shows on TV, and it’s easy to think about small changes that could have been made such as a certain song or not over-throwing my bouquet (went right over all the single ladies’ heads…oops!). However, at the end of the day, there is nothing I would do differently. I went into the planning process with a pretty good idea of what I wanted that would be beautiful, but still reasonable and realistic. I started working with Damon after some of the major details were decided, but he swooped in and helped me (calmly) plan the rest. I made it a point to include my fiancé and his ideas appropriately, while still keeping my vision. Keeping a good balance and remembering the overall objective of the wedding day itself helped make the planning process a breeze.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Stay calm – remember it’s all about the love you share and your lifetime of happiness; no wedding day hiccup should ever be able to ruin that.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Last month, we shared Russ and Carrie's luxurious wedding at the Nashville Zoo. What you probably didn't know is that their wedding was not only spectacular but the proceeds from their event benefited a worthy cause.
The Nashville Zoo is a gorgeous, 200-acre property that boasts several venues, from shabby chic to exotic and whimsical, that would delight any bride’s taste. A wedding at the Nashville Zoo can also offer a couple the satisfaction of knowing that the money they are spending on their wedding day will be put to good use by helping to sustain the lives of thousands of animals. It will also support the future growth of the zoo.
We were able to chat with Amanda Lynch, Event Manager at the Nashville Zoo, to learn more about how couples can truly give back to the local community through their wedding at this spectacular property:
ABG: In what ways can having a wedding at the zoo help give back to the zoo/community?
Amanda of The Nashville Zoo: The Nashville Zoo is privately funded, relying on daily admissions, memberships, programs, donations, sponsorships, and events to keep the Zoo operational and as a premier destination for people near and far. With Nashville as a whole growing exponentially, the Zoo is keeping pace with the city’s growth; listed as the number one paid attraction in Middle Tennessee for the last three years. Being the home of a world-class zoo dedicated to conservation and education, Nashville continues to be a shining example of what a wonderful place it is to live, love and visit.
ABG: What does the rental fee go to support?
Amanda of The Nashville Zoo: The rental fee goes to maintain the Zoo’s daily operating costs including the animal’s diets, health and fitness needs, and exhibit maintenance; the overall operational costs of Zoo grounds, and staffing necessary for programs and educational outreach. With over 2500 exotic animals to feed, three-quarter of a million visitors each year to entertain and educate, and the utility requirements (the Zoo spends almost $1200 daily on its water bill) necessary to create great memories and cutting edge natural habitats, the bride can be assured that Nashville Zoo uses every penny from private events to help sustain and grow our beautiful park.
ABG: Are there other ways a bride can give back to the zoo via her wedding?
Amanda of The Nashville Zoo: There are several ways a bridal couple can give back to Nashville Zoo. First, our couples like to know that a portion of all the catering fees from Taste of the Wild Catering goes back to Nashville Zoo. Secondly, they can choose to add Zoo programs such as an Animal Ambassador Program during their reception, do a VIP photo shoot package with our giraffe who likes to do his own version of “photo bombing”, use a matted elephant painting as the “guest book”, or do an engagement party or rehearsal dinner at the Zoo. We’ve also had some couples give a donation to Nashville Zoo in lieu of wedding favors. And lastly, simply raising awareness by telling our history, story, and aspirations helps to keep the Zoo’s mission “to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation, and leadership,” moving forward. As you can see, there are many unique and exciting ways to give back to Nashville Zoo, and we are thankful for every contribution!
How amazing would it be to have a wedding surrounded by exotic animals and beautiful scenery all the while supporting a worthy cause that is near and dear to the Nashville community? Contact Amanda at the Nashville Zoo by calling (615) 445-7825 to learn more.
Photos: Paul Rowland Photography; Elizabeth Jean Photography; Krista Lee Photography
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Finding the perfect venue for your wedding can be taxing, from traveling from one venue to the next to weighing all your options before making your final decision. At some point in the process, you’ll likely wonder if you’ve seen everything or overlooked any viable options.
That’s why the Sumner County Venue Crawl is so great! This new event affords busy brides ultimate convenience.
Duing this one-day event March 16, brides will have a chance to see more than a dozen venues and even more vendors all in one day.
This is perfect for the bride who is looking to see all this state has to offer, in addition to the traditional downtown Nashville spots. We spoke to Bo Jennings, Director of Sales for Chef’s Market Catering and a Sumner County venue manager.
Tell me about the Sumner County Venue Crawl. What can attendees expect?
It’s like a bridal show, but instead of a static location, we give brides the perks of going to see all the venues in Sumner County all at one event. It also gives venues a chance to show all they have to offer, which is sometimes difficult at a typical bridal show.
Each venue will have vendors present, and the venues and vendors will be running specials specifically for that day. Any bride that visits each venue will get a chance to take advantage of deals on catering, photography and more.
How will attendees travel from vendor to vendor?
Everyone will start at the Hyatt Place in Hendersonville (330 E. Main St.) to register. There, attendees will receive a map. People will be traveling on their own to venues because some might only want to visit rustic venues, indoor locations, etc. Besides, unlike other venue crawls, we want attendees to be able to spend as much time as they would like at each venue.
We will be doing a passport program where attendees will be able to mark all the locations they’ve visited. They will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize — something substantial toward their wedding day.
Which vendors will be present at the event?
Right now, we have 18 venues on board. With that, each venue is responsible for having its own vendors there. The vendors will represent a wide variety: from photographers to videographers to entertainment.
Why is an event like this important?
This event exposes people to all that’s up here. Sumner County has some of the greatest venues and scenery. A lot of brides initally want to be downtown, but this event is letting them know that there are other great options as well. And for those who have already picked their venue, it’s a fun way to find their vendors.
What time is the event and how much are tickets?
The event will be held on March 16 from noon-4 p.m.
Cost for the event is $20 per ticket or $30 for two tickets, cash only. Update: We've just been given a special rate for ABG readers!! Just mention ABG at registration table and pay only $10 cash to enter the event.
For more information about the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/SumnerCountyVenueCrawl.