Thursday, July 24, 2014
I visited Geny's Bridal yesterday and happened to see the latest edition of Enchanted Brides magazine! If you havent yet picked up the Summer/Fall 2014 magazine, be sure to do so. You can grab a copy at any vendor included in their magazine. For a list of vendors/locations, visit this link.
If you are planning a Nashville wedding from afar, you can enjoy a virtual edition of the magazine here.
Congrats to the Enchanted Brides team on another stunning edition! We love how remarkably you showcase Nashville weddings and our talented, local professionals.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
As many couples know, planning a wedding can be a very stressful period. It usually involves making a lot of decisions, spending a lot of money and taking a lot of vacation time! If you’re looking forward to a stress-free honeymoon, you may want to consider what Camaryn and Steven did, and wait to take your honeymoon several months after your wedding, rather than immediately after your big day. This option allowed the couple to take more time to make decisions, save up for the options they really wanted (like spending time in two locations!), and take advantage of medical school breaks, so they were really able to enjoy their getaway together.
With big expectations and different locations they wanted to visit, planning the details for this honeymoon travel could have been a logistical headache. Lucky for this couple, they had help from Carlie at 2Travel Anywhere to ensure that their honeymoon went off without a hitch. Carlie travels to all of the Sandals Resorts she works with and was even visiting another resort in Jamaica when this couple were on their dreamy getaway! Read our interview below to see if taking a later honeymoon is a good idea for you.
Camaryn & Steven Avers
Attended Belmont, now live in Fort Worth, Texas
Wedding Date: March 16, 2013
Honeymoon Date: December 16-23, 2013
Planning your honeymoon
Was the honeymoon a surprise, did one of you plan it or did you plan it together?
The week of our wedding was Steven's spring break for medical school, so after we got married he only had a few days off before he had to go back to school. Because of that, we decided to wait and do our honeymoon during his Christmas break - nine months after we got married. To be honest I was a little bummed at first, but it ended up being such a cool way to do it! We had those nine months (without all the wedding planning stress) to dream up and plan our perfect honeymoon together! I remember so many nights where we would order in food and sit on our laptops together looking up places and dreaming about what it would be like!
What was your vision for your honeymoon - relaxation, romance, adventure, sight seeing, other?
Since we never really got a long break after our wedding, we really wanted relaxation and romance for our honeymoon! However, being high school sweethearts, Steven and I still act like kids half the time, so we wanted to add a little fun and adventure in there too. The combination of two days at Disney World first (appeasing my inner Disney Princess) and then heading straight to Jamaica for a week was the perfect mix of playful fun followed by relaxation!
Did you always agree on your honeymoon vision and if not, who wanted what? How did you come to an agreement?
Besides me having to give up the idea of going on a honeymoon straight after our wedding, we agreed on everything because we planned it all together! Looking back now, I genuinely wouldn't have had it any other way, because we used his spring break as the week leading up to our wedding and filled it with fun activities every night with our wedding party and family. In the end we got a wedding that basically lasted a full week and a honeymoon 9 months later at the perfect time!
How did you choose/plan your honeymoon location and activities?
Carlie Finch was a HUGE help to us when it came to planning all the details! My wedding planner, Mary Alice Sublett of A Delightful Day event planning, recommended her and I can't speak highly enough of what a help she was! It was SO nice to know that we could share our vision with someone and that they could make sure it all came true - and for FREE on top of it! Not only that, but Carlie and her husband even stopped by IN JAMAICA to check on us! (They happened to be vacationing in the hotel by us so they didn't fly to the island just to see us…but STILL!) It was so sweet and such a nice touch to know that we were more than just a random client to her.
Did you consider planning your honeymoon without a travel service? Why did you choose to work with Carlie?
We did consider it, but with us flying from Dallas to Orlando and then from there to jamaica and back to dallas, it just seemed smarter to work with someone who could make sure all the details were finalized. Plus with our busy schedules it was nice to have someone set up a timeline for us and remind us when we needed to make decisions by and when our money was due. Working with Carlie allowed us to focus on the fun part of planning a honeymoon and left all the stressful stuff to her - sorry Carlie!
Where did you go?
Disney World for two days and then Jamaica (Sandals Royal Plantation) for a week!
What were some of your activities?
Besides being total 5 year olds at Disney World, we really just enjoyed the beach and the AMAZING food at our Sandals resort. We initially had plans to explore outside our resort but we loved where we were staying so much that we never really wanted to. We ate a lot, laid in the sun, swam, wrote in the sand, became great friends with the entire staff of Sandals Royal Plantation, and worked out in the gym so we could eat some more (Haha).
What was the best part about your honeymoon?
The best part of our honeymoon was how peaceful and secluded our resort was. With only 75 rooms it felt like we were the only people there sometimes! It was never loud and it felt like a true paradise.
Beyond that, we loved the relationships we made with the resort staff and with other guests staying at the resort. Since the hotel was so small we would see the same people all the time and it made it very easy to be friendly and feel at home. I am now Facebook friends with some of the people from the resort and I will always feel such a connection to that place. They doted on us and made us feel so special. Not to mention the food and accommodations were well above anything we imagined!
Would you recommend this island, city, location? Why?
Yes!! We would go back in a heart beat. It was everything we could have asked for and much more! I loved how everyone spoke english and the laid back, happy-go-lucky vibe of the Jamaican people is perfect for couples like us who want a true relaxing vacation!
Would you recommend this resort? Why?
Yes! The food alone was five star quality. Some of the meals we got would have cost us hundreds of dollars in the states. It was clean, everyone who worked there seemed to love their job and genuinely wanted to serve us! The manager Mark was an amazing man who only wants the upmost quality for the resort and those staying there. I really can't say enough about how much we loved our stay and want to go back tomorrow!
If you'd like help in booking your dream honeymoon, be sure to contact Carlie to see how she can help you to plan your trip to paradise! She can be reached at (615) 512-7764, by email at Carlie.Travel@gmail.com. To see more fantastic photos of the islands Carlie works with, visit her website at 2travelanywhere.com
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Throwing a bridal shower is an exciting event for many bridal party members, mothers, family members and friends. The engagement period can fly by in a whirlwind, and having a few hours to slow down and celebrate the bride and her new life ahead is important.
With many family members and friends living in different areas of the country, it can sometimes be tricky to determine a convenient location for the shower. Even when the guests are all in town, not everyone has a space at home large enough to host this type of event. Luckily, the stunning Noah Liff Opera Center now offers a Sunday afternoon package for bridal showers, planned by the team at Music City Events.
This is a fantastic option for any Nashville bride, and especially for out-of-town guests who are hosting a Nashville bride’s shower. As the logistics are taken care of, an out-of-town mother or maid-of-honor would certainly benefit from the expertise that award-winning Music City Events can provide.
I recently spoke to Sarah Willard from Music City Events about Noah Liff's Sunday afternoon bridal shower package. For more information on this stress-free option, check out my interview below.
- What can you tell us about the new bridal shower option?
Our bridal shower option includes the Swennson Patron's Room and Bovender Grand Entrance which can seat 30 or be a mixer style event for up to 60 guests. It includes tables, chairs, set up and breakdown, cleaning, and a venue manager onsite to assist with load in and load out. It includes three hours of "shower time" along with two hours for set up and an hour for break down. The six hour block is of each client's choosing!
- Does this include planning the bridal shower and/or decor?
This package does not include decor, but Music City Events can help with options you may be interested in. Our team also makes sure that there is a manager onsite who can handle any challenges that may arise. We can also help with planning a timeline for the bridal shower, if needed.
- Is this something that can be added to a wedding package at the Noah Liff Opera Center?
Yes, the bridal shower can be added to Noah Liff Opera Center weddings. There is a $250 discount if this option is added to the wedding package itself.
Email or call Sarah at the Noah Liff Opera Center (615-832-5242) to see how the space can be configured for your specific wedding needs.
Monday, July 21, 2014
If you have wedding guests visiting Music City for the first time, it’s a great idea to include local goodies in gift baskets for your out-of-town guests. This is also a great idea for bridal party gifts, bridal shower or wedding favors, hostess gifts, or parent ‘thank-you’s’. While you can certainly put together your favorite local items on your own, this DIY project can take more time than many people expect - and time is often in short order before your wedding! Why not let Batch Nashville put together a collection of local goodies customized just for you? Their new Batch Weddings line is the easiest, most perfectly curated and packaged way to go.
They handle the details.
We met with Batch at a recent bridal show and can attest to the delicious chocolate treats and yummy scented soaps they have to offer. With a wide variety of local goodies, there are lots of options to choose from. Edible creations like Olive & Sinclair Chocolate, the Bang Candy Company, Willa’s Shortbread Cookies or Reverb Coffee will be sure to appeal to any guest’s sweet tooth. If you’d like to include items your guests can take home to enjoy, check out options like Little Seed Farm Goatsmilk Soap, Southern Firefly candles, personalized flour sack hand towels by Batch, or TruBee Wax Lip Balm. All wedding batches are completely customizable and can be designed to fit any budget.
Welcome gifts • Bridal party gifts • Favors and hostess gifts • Parting gifts • Thank you gifts
If you don’t want to start from scratch in dreaming up your combination, they can provide a curated Batch that has been specially put together by their local experts. All Batches include customized details like packaging, colors, personalized inserts and a monogram stamp. With free delivery to local hotels and venues in Nashville, Batch can take care of the details and your guests can enjoy your thoughtfulness.
To learn more about the options Batch Weddings can provide for your event, please visit batchweddings.com. You can contact Batch Weddings directly at (615) 512-7246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: the Batch Weddings website
Friday, July 18, 2014
Tera and Josh wanted their wedding to be unique, just like them. Hailing from Michigan and Georgia, with most of their families still living in these parts of the country, Tera and Josh decided to have a destination wedding where they could all meet in the middle. The Mill at Lebanon proved to be the perfect location for the celebration.
While they creatively DIY’d many aspects of their wedding, including hand-painted wine and liquor bottle centerpieces, they made the wise choice of hiring several talented local vendors, including Lane Photography, who always does a brilliant job capturing the true essence of a couple on their wedding day.
Purple lanterns, festive koozies, custom cake pops and celebratory glow sticks were just some of the creative ways the bride and groom made this distinctive wedding their own. Keep reading to discover additional details about how Tera and Josh made their day memorable and to learn Tera’s cautionary advice about deciding to plan a destination wedding.
Tera & Josh
Wedding Date: Friday September 13th, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Mill at Lebanon - Loft
Guests: Approximately 100
Planner | Myself, but I had a day of planner – Misty Saunders from Finishing Touch
Photographer | Scott and Kristin of Lane Photography
Gown | Allure Bridal from Bella Rose Bridal in Michigan
Bride’s Accessories | Pearls and a flower head piece from Bella Rose that my sister-in-law helped to make
Men’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | Allure Bridal
Hair & Makeup| Jennifer – One10 Makeup
Stationery| – Myself from Michael’s
Caterer | Two Fat Men Catering
Cake Artist | Nicole at Nashville Cake Pops
Floral Designer | Enchanted Florist
Ceremony Musicians | I picked my own music choices
Reception Musicians | Kevin – ChoiceDj’s
Rentals | Party Providers
Lighting | Lanterns from Kevin - ChoiceDj’s
Transportation | FADD’s Trolleys
Guest Accommodations | Holiday Inn and Comfort Suites
Photo Booth | Babies and Brides Photography
Pastor | My uncle Bobby, Robert McCrary
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Unique, different but traditional and we love to drink and have a good time. We do not like to do or be what people expect of us.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
• We picked all of our own music based on our favorite songs and found instrumental versions of them.
• We had cake pops instead of cake.
• We gave out koozies to promote drinking. (Hahaha)
• Our first dance was – “I will follow you into the dark” by Death Cab for Cutie.
• We used hand painted wine bottles as our centerpieces
• Getting married in Tennessee versus Michigan or Georgia where we and our family live.
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Everybody loved the venue, the cake pops (I think my grandma pocketed like 20 of them) and we received a lot of compliments on the music selection. Everyone also loved the photo booth.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
Our biggest splurge was on the photography, the dress and the venue. But these were the most important to me.
DIY – I made the save the dates, invites, reply cards, menus, and the welcome basket’s stationery. I also made the wine bottle / Jack Daniel's bottle centerpieces to save on rental costs. The lanterns down the aisle with ribbon were made by a girlfriend of mine.
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
I think next time I would hire a planner to handle everything. Our wedding was out of state so the stress was already high but then managing all the vendors and all the family members from six different states was difficult. Then making the travel arrangements to get everything that we made ourselves for the wedding to Tennessee and then all of the gifts back to Michigan was very stressful. I don’t know if I would do an out of state wedding again unless it were a much smaller event. It was a lot of stress to manage.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
At the end of the day, it is your wedding, not your parents’ or your friends’ wedding, so do it the way you want to remember it and do not be afraid to break tradition.