Tuesday, March 31, 2015
From the moment I discovered Stacey Wines at a recent tasting, I knew the service would be a great resource for engaged couples and wedding planners here in Nashville. Consider this: If you are a bridesmaid and want a bridal shower that's unexpected or a want to kick off your bachelorette party that celebrates your wine-loving bride, Stacey of Stacey Wines is exactly the girl you need. Or, if you are a couple looking to host an intimate engagement party with an experiential element, a beverage tasting with a pro is a great addtion. The options are really limit-less, which is why I fell in love with Stacey's service!
I asked the questions to save you time. My Q&A with Stacey is below...
What is Stacey Wines and/or what services do you offer?
Stacey Wines is a beverage brokerage that manages the marketing, promotions and sales of alcoholic beverages in the Southeast. Our main objective is "Pairing people with exquisite brands of exceptional value".
What types of packages do you offer with your services?
Stacey Wines has an event services division called Salut' Elite Event Services that offers tastings, beverage consultations, accessories, customized labeling, signature beverage design and other personalized services.
When you are planning an event, packages make everything simplier, which is another reason I was drawn to Stacey Events. Stacey makes everything easy with the packages above!
As a beverage broker, I appreciate that Stacey's offering is not limited to wines but all sorts of hidden gem adult beverages.
How many people can you accommodate?
We can service up to 500 people in a single event.
We think your services would be great for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, intimate weddings! Have you done bridal events and if so, can you give us some ideas of what you have done?
We have been involved in some fun Bachelor/bachelorette parties as well as gorgeous weddings! We've customized cognac bottles and produced spirits and cigar smokers for bachelors and created signature drinks and stirrers for glamorous weddings.
What are all of the ways that a bride and a groom use your services?
A bride and groom can use our services to achieve a more customized experience for their special moments. Whether it's fun group tastings, customized wine and spirits for gift favors and keep-sakes, specialty cocktails, or bartending services we've got it covered.
Interested? I knew it! Contact Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.849.6909 and let her know that Ashley's Bride Guide sent you.
Monday, March 30, 2015
A bridal gown can last a lifetime, if you preserve it like Nashville bride Nicole did. As soon as she said goodbye to her guests, her bridesmaid sent her dress to Oakwood Cleaners. It's evident that preserving her gown was important and during our interview with Nicole, we were curious as to why she invested in preservation and about her experience.
Here's what we learned...
Nicole & Robert
Wedding Date: August 30, 2014
Wedding & Reception Venue: Hermitage Hotel
Tell me about your beautiful gown.
My gown is a Maggie Sottero. I went to multiple places in town and out of state and could not find the dress. I knew I wanted something with lots of texture and big but could not find it! A co-worker told me about The White Room and we found the dress on the designer website. The White Room had the dress and I ran out to Lebanon to try it on. It was a tie between this dress and one that was very similar but a different shade of cream. Ultimately this dress was the one, I was able to customize the back from a corset closure to a zipper. It was also so soft and luscious that I felt I could keep it on forever.
A lot of brides take their dress home and hang it in the closet after their wedding. What made you decide to take preserve your gown?
I knew that I immediately wanted it to go to cleaner (I had a bridesmaid pick it up from the venue and it to the cleaner the next day! lol). It was my dream dress and I wanted it to be preserved at some level. I did not want any spots to be left, and not be able to be taken care of because I waited until after my honeymoon to clean it. I felt that if you spend a fair amount on something it should be taken care of. No mater what that amount is. In the end it was only a couple hundred dollars between getting the dress cleaned or preserved. I felt spending that extra money for a lifetime guarantee of preservation was worth it.
Nicole's gown boxed and ready for preservation
Nicole's official preservation box
How did you find Oakwood Cleaners and which services did they provide?
I found Oakwood through a friend that used them for her dress. Oakwood cleaned and then preserved my dress. It took about 4 months but was totally worth it.
What do you plan to do with your gown?
Are you preserving it to become an heirloom? I am keeping my dress safe and tucked away for the future. I would love to have a place to display it. My dream would be a giant shadow box. .... but most likely I will have it in case my future daughters or daughter in laws would like to wear it. Maybe I will use it if we ever re new our vows.... the perfect thing is, it is back to being a brand new dress and my options are limitless :)
What advice do you have for other brides regarding custom gown creation, cleaning, preservation?
I want future brides to know that if there are a few things they may want to tweak about a dress to make it "the one" ask! Sometimes they can be modified before they are sent to you, other times the seamstress on hand can make the changes for you. Also think about what you see for the future of your dress.... this can help you prepare for what you want to do to your dress. I feel my dress is a classic look and hopefully that is what someone I know in the future will want and they can use it as their own. Whatever you do, do something to it. treat it with care and love, you wore it during such a special time.
Professional wedding photos: George Street
Friday, March 27, 2015
Shelby and Pete may have tied the knot in Oklahoma, but they employed local Nashville wedding planners, Regalo Design, for help with the big day. Not only did Regalo handle all of the logistics, they also designed and executed the stunning floral arrangements. The bride gushed about how their designs accented her absolute favorite flower, the peony. Bouquets and vases filled with hydrangeous and various lavendar flowers lined the fireplace and reception tables. Going all out on floral arrangements allowed the couple to keep other decorations to a minimum, and made their otherwise rustic venue feel warm and romantic.
Documenting their special day was also super important to the couple and Atria Creative did a fantastic job with both videography and photography. Atria really captured how much FUN the bride, groom and guests were all having that evening. Their video will make any viewer shed a tear and will be a special momentum to share with their family for years to come.
Shelby & Pete
Wedding Date: July 12, 2014
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Golf Club of Oklahoma
Guests (#): 150
Budget - $20,000 – 30,000
Planner & Floral Designer | Regalo Design
Photographer and Videographer | Atria Creative
Gown | David Tutera from Lulu’s Bridal Boutique
Men’s Attire | J Ferrar
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Bill Levkoff
Hair | Salon DiVago
Makeup | Salon DiVago/Haley Snodderly
Stationery | Shine Invitations, EverLettery for all custom calligraphy
Caterer | The Golf Club of Oklahoma
Cake Artist | Icing on the Top
Reception Musicians | Banks Entertainment
Rentals | Party Pro Rents and Event
Lighting | Banks Entertainment
How would you describe your style as a couple?
We both have very classic styles. We like most things traditional and love to add a little of our own touch into everything! We also love a little bit of the rustic look.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding (e.g. décor, colors, details or even picking the venue)?
The second we walked into the venue we KNEW it was the place for us. My husband loves to play golf so the fact that there was a veranda overlooking the course was a huge plus. We felt that the deep, wood walls felt very classic. The venue was so beautiful by itself that it didn’t need much décor at all. We didn’t want to take away from the classic feel of the venue. We added some beautiful drapery to create a soft look through out the ceremony. This had to be one of my most favorite parts! We chose to use white, lavender, and blush as our colors. These colors were mostly used in the floral arrangements. My favorite flower of all time is the peony. My bouquet was completely made of white peonies, which was to die for!!! I loved the way the various colors of purple flowers popped against the wood. We incorporated greenery and white hydrangeas along the statement fireplace during the ceremony. We wanted to keep things simple but beautiful. We felt we accomplished this look by going all out on florals and keeping all other décor to a minimum.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
I don’t know about my guests, but my favorite part of the wedding was the reception. We wanted everyone to feel like they were at a HUGE party. We were super close with all our guests and wanted them to feel comfortable and have a blast! Judging from the pictures of people dancing, I think we accomplished what we were hoping for. As for my guests, everyone went on and on about how beautiful the ceremony was. My husband and I chose to use non-traditional vows. We still get compliments to this day about how beautiful our vows were!
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on the venue, food, florals, and photography/videography. These are the things that I felt to be most important. I have always loved flowers so I wanted that to be the main focus of the ceremony/reception.
Who were your favorite vendors and what made them exceptional?
Our photographer/videographer were absolutely AMAZING!! Blake went above and beyond for us with the photos. I had no doubt they would be amazing but when I got them, I cried. He made us feel so comfortable and we constantly try to find excuses of why we “need” to shoot with him again. Our videographer, Mark, did an absolutely phenomenal job. Video was something that I was super ecstatic about! I just dream of the day I can share the video with my daughter, which is why I wanted it to be fantastic. No doubt I cried when I watched that for the first time! And let’s be honest, I still cry when I watch it. I wouldn’t change one single thing about how they shot our wedding day.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
NOTHING! Granted, I interned for a wedding planning company before my wedding, I wouldn’t change a thing. I was super calm through out the whole process. I made sure to keep on top of things and I was VERY organized through out the whole process.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Think about the big picture because at the end of the day you are meeting the love of your life at the end of a beautiful aisle, where you will vow to love them no matter what happens.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
No matter how many times Nashville couples mention they regret not hiring a videographer in our real wedding features, there are still couples who decide not to hire a videographer. If budget is not your concern, stop thinking about it and book the best videographer you can. If budget is your concern, we recommend cutting costs somewhere else, starting with your guest list. (Trust us - that's the easiest way.) Every couple deserves a video. You may not think so now but after your wedding, you will regret not being able to re-live the biggest day of your life!
If you are still on the fence, we understand! Spend some time watching wedding videos or reading reviews, like the ones below, from a Nashville bride and mother whose video was captured by Matt & crew at Audio Video Art.
Katie - Nashville Bride
"If you are looking for a wedding videographer you should definitely pick Audio Video Art!! Matt was always super nice and personable when we talked! I'm not exactly sure the name of the other man that was there on the day of my wedding, but both he and Matt were super nice!! They did a PERFECT job on filming and editing my wedding video! They used my music I had during my pre-ceremony has back drop music when appropriate! It was awesome! I had such a great time watching the video because I felt like I was at my wedding again! I think that having a videographer is so important to have on your wedding day! Having a video is even better than having the pictures!! Audio video art does such a wonderful job of filming the right way and editing to make it look wonderful! I got the Picasso package and it was wonderful! I loved having no time limit! Definitely book audio video art for your wedding! You won't regret it!!"
Debora - Nashville Mother of the Bride (Katie's mother)
These videographers are very professional. They use background music that fits in perfectly with the scenes of the wedding. Let them use their own touches. They know how to make one of the most beautiful, exquisite, videos that you will ever see!!!!!!!!
Watching my daughter's video makes US ALL FEEL that we are experiencing her wedding day all over again---It helps us ALL to remember how beautiful Katie looked, and how handsome her husband Jon was....AND THE LOVE WE ALL SHARED THAT DAY....And how sweet her grandparents were. My dad (her grandfather) walked her down the aisle, and it was a dream come true for her!!!
My daughter and her husband were absolutely thrilled and delighted with this very special video of their very special day!!!! And so were the rest of our family. We are SO VERY THANKFUL that we chose Audio Video Art to capture their special day for all time!!! We will always treasure it, and Katie & Jon's perfect wedding day!!! :-)
Matt is the owner of Audio Video Art. His team has produced hundreds of wedding videos for couples all over Nashville and surrounding regions. If you have questions about wedding videography, he's the guy to contact. He can be reached at 615-783-1536.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Just because you have a budget or moderate budget, there are ways to splurge. One of the best ways to do so is to add statement pieces. The right statement pieces will easlly earn you those “Wow! I love that!” comments from your wedding guests and help you achieve the design you desire.
Liberty Party Rental offers great splurge items that give you the wow factor you’re looking for but won’t leave you wondering how you will feed your guests. Here are a few of our favorites:
Brides can pair this rustic bench with an 8-foot rectangle table for the reception or use them for ceremony seating. Each bench seats four.
Lighting can do a lot for the space so these candelabras add a classic touch to any backdrop.
Doll up your drink station with these beverage servers, perfect for both ice tea and cocktails. These servers come in mason jar, ribbed, glass and acrylic styles.
Fruitwood folding chairs and Tuscan Bentwood chairs
Instead of opting for whatever chairs the venue has, consider an upgrade to the Fruitwood folding chairs. And if you’ve got a bit more in your budget for seating, the Tuscan Bentwood chairs are also a nice touch.
Photo: Q Avenue Photo
Any country-lovin’ brides out there? Well, you’ll love these whiskey barrels that are great accent pieces and that can be used as cocktail tables.
Faux wood chargers
Give your tables a vintage, rustic pop with these chargers.
All photos: KG Photography (except where noted)
As you design your Nashville wedding, keep these luxury for less rental ideas in mind or contact the folks at Liberty Party Rental (615.822.4392) to learn about the latest in wedding rentals. They have several locations to serve Nashville brides and grooms.