Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Picture this: Endless beaches. Beautiful sun and sand. Clear blue waters. An all-inclusive resort including a full service wedding planner. If these things set your heart a flutter, a destination wedding may be for you! Carlie of 2 Travel Anywhere can help you plan your dream destination wedding. Based in Nashville, Carlie specializes in Sandals / Beaches resorts in the Caribbean. We reached out to Carlie to find out what Nashville brides and grooms can expect while planning a destination wedding with 2 Travel Anywhere.
Check out the spectacular photos below, along with our interview with Carlie.
Couple above married at Sandals Royal Bahamanian. Their destination wedding was planned by Carlie of 2 Travel Anywhere.
What kind of bride is attracted to a destination wedding?
A Sandals/ Beaches destination beach wedding experience offers something for everyone. If you are looking to customize your own destination wedding with everything centered around the most magnificent, exotic setting possible, I highly recommend going with a Sandals/ Beaches option for your destination wedding. Planning your wedding (and honeymoon) at Sandals/ Beaches is a fun and seamless journey, with all details taken care of for you by a full-service wedding salon; a team of professionals responsible for planning and executing your wedding. This team will make your experience a dream come true. If you are looking for a stress-free, relaxing day, then a destination wedding may appeal to you. Destination weddings can also be ideal if this is not your first wedding and you are looking for a carefree, intimate setting, rather than a ballroom filled with 500 of your not-so-closest friends.
What are the advantages of having a destination wedding versus a local wedding?
One of the biggest pros is that this is a stress-free experience. It is simple to plan your destination wedding in very clear steps, including an online wedding designer tool. A Sandals /Beaches wedding planner will call you before you arrive at the resort to discuss any questions and help plan the best wedding for the two of you. Another benefit is that you can begin your honeymoon the moment the wedding is finished. After you say I Do, the honeymoon begins - no early airport calls the morning after!
What are the disadvantages of having a destination wedding? Is there anything a bride might regret about having a destination wedding?
Not everyone can afford to travel to the Caribbean. Anyone traveling to your wedding will need a passport to go to the Caribbean, which is something to consider depending on your wedding guests. Getting married at some destination wedding locations can be disastrous when trying to apply for a marriage certificate - I have heard horror stories of other tropical resorts not helping with the marriage certificate or it being lost in the mail. With Sandals/ Beaches, applying for your marriage documents is a simple process.
What kind of budget do you typically see for the destination weddings that you plan?
We work with all kinds of budgets. Sandals/ Beaches has options for those on a smaller budget and they offer resorts for those with a larger budget.
What are some of your most popular destination wedding locations?
The Caribbean is very popular, especially Jamaica and Antigua. Sandals couples-only resorts are available, as well as family-friendly Beaches locations, depending on your preference. I have been to the Sandals /Beaches resorts and have met with the wedding planners in person, so I know that everything will be perfect on the couple's wedding day.
What kind of timeline do you usually work with in planning a destination wedding?
Believe it or not, some couples will contact me 18 months before their wedding date. Other couples contact me only a few months in advance.
Do you usually help arrange travel/accommodations for all weddings guests, or just the bridal party/family?
I help arrange the travel accommodations for all of the wedding guests and bridal party. I try my best to get everybody to arrive at the resort at the same time. Typically the bride and groom will want to arrive before the wedding party/family to spend a couple of days at the resort, and then the friends and loved ones join them for a few days for the wedding. After they are married, the couple can enjoy their honeymoon at the same resort or I can arrange a new exciting resort for the couple to travel to for the remainder of their stay.
If this sounds like the wedding for you, be sure to contact Carlie to see how she can help you plan your wedding in paradise! She can be reached at (615) 512-7764 or by email at Carlie.Travel@gmail.com. To see more fantastic photos, visit her website at http://www.2travelanywhere.com
Photos: Sandals photographers at Beaches Turks & Caicos and Sandals Antigua Resorts
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I’m going to go ahead and say it since no one else will: Choosing a bridesmaid gift is pretty darn difficult. You want to give your friend something that conveys how much she means to you in a personalized, yet un-cheesy way.
South Hill Designs puts the heart back into bridal gifts. The company personalizes jewelry for all the special ladies in your wedding, from your maid of honor to your mom and even your flower girl!
Kristin Cales, one of Nashville’s South Hill Designs consultants, knows just how important a gift like this is for the lovely ladies in your life. Once a bride herself, Kristin loves helping brides come up with the perfect gift that speaks personally to your maid of honor or your mom.
“I love working with women to help them tell their stories through jewelry,” Kristin said. “This jewelry is the polar opposite of a gift card. I enjoy sitting and chatting with brides about their bridesmaids' favorite things to do together that is meaningful and help them figure out how to give a gift that means something.”
Here’s how it works:
Start with a list of all the women that you need to buy gifts for (bridesmaids, mom, flower girls, etc), and then schedule your free one-on-one consultation with Kristin. You two will meet at a location that's convenient for you - your home, coffee shop, etc - and she will bring samples of the jewelry so you can see the quality. All of the lockets are made from jewelry-grade stainless steel and Swarovski crystals. Kristin will design a few lockets while you’re there so you’ll get a better idea of how to personalize each piece of jewelry.
Together, you’ll customize each piece specifically for your bridesmaids, mom or flower girl. You’ll have the option of customizing jewelry with crystals, pearls and charms. For flower girls, South Hill Designs even has a pink, mini crystal locket!
Or, consider hosting a get-together for your bridal party and let them customize their locket as a gift from you.
You can purchase a customized locket for as low as $39 and it typically takes two weeks to arrive once the order has been placed. For more information, visit southhilldesigns.com.
"I LOVE the new monogram screens and think these make great bridesmaid gifts! They're super trendy and absolutely stunning in a large crystal locket! You can get this look for as low as $39/locket." ~Kristin, South Hill Designs
"If the bride is looking for wedding day jewelry for her bridesmaids, I'd recommend choosing a medium or mini crystal locket and choosing a couple crystals or pearls, and maybe even a heart or infinity charm to put inside. We also have simple and chic Swarovski crystal drop earrings."
"Don't forget the moms! Moms and grandmas love sharing their stories with jewelry! This is the perfect way to show them how much you love them - and then they can wear it and share it with their friends."
"The best part about South Hill Designs is that the screens and charms can be changed out anytime. Once someone has a locket, they can add to it anytime! So it's the gift that keeps on giving. And charms are very affordable at only $5/ea."
Monday, March 24, 2014
Blue Tone Music has been a Nashville wedding and event staple for years. And, when you're looking for music for one of the biggest days in your life, you want a team that you can trust to show up, be professional and get your guests up and having a great time. Blue Tone Music offers that and more. As a talent booking agency, Blue Tone Music works with the best musicians around town. Owner David Nuding sits with each couple to determine what makes the most sense for their wedding, be it a 12-piece band or a guitarist.
Learn more about Blue Tone Music, a great resource for engaged couples, via our interview with David today.
Company Name: Blue Tone Music
Main Contact: David Nuding
Phone Number: (615) 352-6358
Website: agency - bluetonemusicusa.com, band - nashvillebluetones.com
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a Facebook fan: facebook.com/BlueToneMusicUSA
How many years have you been in business?
How did you get started in weddings?
Since the age of 12, I’ve preformed at weddings as a drummer. I was actually able to put myself through Berkley College of Music by playing weddings on weekends. Then, while living in Nashville, after touring with major country artists, I put a band together called the Rock and Soul Review to play one night a week at a well-known restaurant in the Music Row area. Our weekly show became a “music scene” with notable musicians showing up to sit in and play with us. During this time, we had many Vanderbilt students who would come to the restaurant to catch our shows. They would subsequently ask us to play their weddings – which is when I decided to get serious about creating The Nashville Blue Tones. After a short amount of time, The Nashville Blue Tones became popular enough to create a full-time business out of playing weddings and events.
What do you like most about weddings?
Weddings are festive and happy occasions where music is an integral part of the whole day: ceremony, cocktail reception, cake cutting, dinner, ect… I love that we can play a part in each moment of a bride and groom’s special day.
What’s your favorite wedding pic/video and why? (Something that showcases your work.)
I love the photo from the Schermerhorn Symphony center because the whole Nashville Blue Tone band is pictured, but the bride and groom are directly in the center of the photo – as they should be in every aspect of their wedding day. Our goal is to always make sure the bride and groom are the center of attention!
What is your service philosophy?
Listen to the client’s wishes, assess the possibility and then proceed to exceed their expectations.
What are your strengths compared to others in your category? / Why should a bride hire you?
Our strengths lie in the individual talents of everyone in this organization. The musician’s instrumental versatility and vocal abilities really sets us apart.
What attracts brides to your service/company?
Our reputation amongst other industry professionals, vendors and thousands of very happy clients.
What would previous couples say was the main reason they selected your company?
The ease of communication, attention to detail and stylistic diversity in our performers.
Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to your service/company?
We have something for every couple: whether they want a classical guitarist or a 12-piece variety dance band.
Who are your five favorite Nashville wedding vendors?
Five is really unfair because there are SO many wonderful professional wedding vendors in this town that we love to work with! But since you asked…
1. Chef’s Market
2. Hermitage Hotel
3. Schermerhorn Symphony Center
4. Alice Henry Event Planning
5. Mint Springs Farm
To see Blue Tone Music in action, check out the video above and then give them a call at (615) 352-6358 to discuss live music your Nashville wedding.
Friday, March 21, 2014
For Chicago couple Joscelyne and Michael, Nashville holds a special place in their hearts. Not only was it the city where they had spent a memorable New Year’s vacation, but it ended up ultimately being the city where Michael would ask Joscelyne to be his wife. So, it comes as no surprise that Nashville would be the couple’s first and only choice for an intimate destination wedding with their closest family and friends.
Nyk + Cali Photographers were on hand to capture the charming and colorful vintage-style ceremony and reception which both took place in the rolling hills of Tennessee at beautiful Front Porch Farms. The unique and colorful décor set the scene for what was to be a fun, memorable evening and the folk band kept the guests on the dance floor all night. Actually, the bride and groom’s guests had such a great time that by the end of the night they…. Well, I don’t want to ruin it for you. See for yourself in the photos below!
Joscelyne & Michael
Wedding Date ~ October 4, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue ~ Front Porch Farms
Guests ~ 79
Budget ~ $20,000
Planner | That would be us
Day of Director | Kathy Best, owner of Front Porch Farms
Photographer | Nyk & Cali Wedding Photographers
Gown | Bridal Extraordinaire
Men’s Attire | Trunk Club
Hair & Makeup | Katie Russo
Invitations | Paper Doll
Caterer | Chef & I
Floral Designer | Lauren Atkinson
Ceremony & Reception Musicians | Cumberland Collective
Rentals | Southern Events
My Wedding Details
How would you describe your style as a couple?
We love old charm, vintage furniture and character, as well as classic, casual style.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
I honestly felt like every detail was us to a T!
What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding?
Everyone LOVED the venue and how intimate the entire experience was. They raved about the music (which was only a few cover songs, mostly a fun folksy type of sound) and the food! The entire day felt so natural and Kathy truly made her home feel like ours. Our guests had zero worries because we shuttled everyone to the venue and back home.
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We actually didn’t have any DIY. We stuck to our overall budget, but that is only because we did a lot of research on how much each aspect (photographers, caterers, bands, etc.) would cost.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
These are wise words from our photographers - Remember, at the end of the day, this is about your marriage, not the wedding.
When things felt stressful or overwhelming during the planning process, we tried to remember that the only thing that mattered was us. This put everything into perspective. We strived to have a wedding day that felt natural and totally us, something that would give our guests an experience full of memories and NOT feel like just an event.
To see more photos from Joscelyne & Michael's wedding, visit their featured wedding on Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers' blog.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
We recently received the following email from a mom in Chicago who is helping her daughter plan a Nashville wedding.
I was wondering if you could give feedback on Hello Trolley. There is only one review on Wedding Wire. He seems helpful and responsive but is he safe and reliable? Do you have a trolley service you prefer?
As far as trolleys - I’ve always heard good things about FADDS. A planner just mentioned that she loves Hello Trolley.
~ Ashley of Ashley's Bride Guide
If Kathi had this question, we figured there were other brides out there who were wondering the same thing! We don’t play favorites, so we’ll let you decide! We reached out to two Nashville trolley companies to learn more about their services:
F.A.D.D.S. Party Bus
What are your services?
We offer pick up and drop off services with our trolleys. With our trolleys, we shuttle from hotel to wedding, from wedding to pictures, from wedding to reception...you name it, we’ve done it all for weddings. We have three trolleys that can accommodate 20 to 30 passengers each. We also have a VIP shuttle, which is like a limousine. Our VIP shuttle has curved seats, pretty interiors and we’ve jazzed it up with some of our party lights. The VIP shuttle holds 16 passengers.
What makes you different from other companies like you?
The biggest thing is our customer service. A bride can call and tell me, “I need to get people from here to here, but I don’t know how.” We are a huge part of the planning process and can walk her through everything she needs. It’s the coordination and planning, that’s what makes us unique. We’re going to go over the details and make sure we accommodate their needs.
How can brides reach you?
They can check us out on our websites, nashvilleweddingtrolley.com and nashvillepartybus.com. We’re also on Facebook and brides can call us at (615) 754-2221.
Ultimate Trolley from F.A.D.D.S. Party Bus
What are your services?
We are a very small, family-owned company started by my sister, father and myself and we’ve been up and running for about a year and a half. We’ve got one trolley that we rent that seats 32 people. Weddings are the majority of our business — since we’ve opened, we've provided service to about 70 weddings.
What makes you different from other companies like you?
We like to pay attention to the details. Our trolley is decorated for weddings, free of charge, and we try to make the experience very special for our customers through our professionalism.
How can brides reach you?
The best way to reach us is by email at email@example.com. Couples can learn more about our services at http://www.hellotrolley.com.
For more Nashville wedding transportation ideas, check out a previous article that we wrote via this link - Transportation for the Nashville bride.