Monday, January 5, 2015
Pinterest makes it look easy, but there is a real art to making the perfect bouquet. The good news? Regalo Design has made thousands of them and we can show you how to make your own. Join us for this fun-filled two hour class and leave with a beautiful bouquet that you designed!
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On your wedding day you want a bouquet that is a reflection of you. Pinterest makes it look easy, but there is a real art to making the perfect bouquet. The good news? We’ve made thousands of them and we can show you the basics steps and techniques you need to make your own. In this fun, hands-on class you’ll learn the proper way to care for fresh flowers, best practices for cutting and prepping, and arranging styles. Your admission includes:
At the end of the night you’ll have an amazing arrangement that you can take with you and show off to all of your family and friends.
Bring your own wine or drink of choice (no liquor please) and your most creative self. Bring your bridesmaids and they can learn how to make their bouquets for your wedding as well!
Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 7pm – 9pm
The Peacock Ballroom
6900 Lenox Village Dr
To register, follow this link. Nashville, TN 37211 Questions? Contact Regalo Design at 615-238-7937
Friday, January 2, 2015
I know that many of you will be heading out to your first bridal show this weekend (or some time this month). It’s SOOO exciting. But, before you get lost in pretty weddingland, here are a few tips that I have learned after 7 years of attending bridal shows. As a once engaged gal and now a wedding pro, I've become a guru of sorts. Cake and food sampling is a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.
Upcoming Nashville-area bridal shows & events
So, it’s time for my bi-annual, unofficial round-up of the upcoming Nashville bridal shows. I say unofficial because a few of the show producers would disagree with my take on their shows. But, because this is a bride’s guide, I strive to provide a bride’s perspective, which you'll need to navigate the many bridal shows.
Don’t get me wrong, having a lot of bridal shows is great because you get to see great ideas in person and have the opportunity to meet several dozens of vendors without driving all over town. BUT, there are so many that often it’s hard to determine which to attend.
So, I will try my best to give you the scoop on the shows based on the local vendor buzz plus my experience at their last show. Here you go...
1) January 2 & 3 - Brides Against Breast Cancer VIP Event & Gown Sale
Today kicks off the Brides Against Breast Cancer tour!
Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families. Our outreach and educational efforts during our "Nationwide Tour of Gowns" bridal shows around the country help ensure that people impacted by cancer have the resources and information they need in their battle with cancer.
Where: Sheraton Music City
Great for: Purchasing your designer gown at an incredible deal while supporting a great cause
Click here for details
2) January 4 - The Pink Bride
Where: Nashville Music City Center
Great for: Your first bridal show. Check it out. Take family and friends. Let this be your "fun" show. Soak it the whole bride thing! Celebrate your engagement. Beware: this show is a big one; I call it the Walmart for weddings. It's not as intimate as some of the other shows so you many not get much one-on-one interaction with the vendors but it's great for fun and for getting ideas.
What’s neat: The show's size
3) January 15 - DIY Bouquet Class
On your wedding day you want a bouquet that is a reflection of you. Pinterest makes it look easy, but there is a real art to making the perfect bouquet. The good news? Regalo Design has made thousands of them and can show you the basics steps and techniques you need to make your own. In this fun, hands-on class you’ll learn the proper way to care for fresh flowers, best practices for cutting and prepping, and arranging styles.
Click here for details
4) January 18 - Enchanted Brides Bridal Show
Where: Hutton Hotel
Great for: High-end brides seeking luxe bridal vendors
What’s neat: Red-carpet ambiance. Boutique-style show that brides love.
Click here for details
5) January 25 - Clarksville Brides Wedding and Event Showcase
Where: Wilma Rudolph Event Center
Great for: Clarksville, TN / Hopkinsville brides or Nashville-area brides looking for something different; great for all bride budgets
What’s neat: This show is a great find and offers vendors that serve all budgets and the best assortment of all vendor types I’ve ever found. It also has really “nice” vendors. (There is a “snob” factor at some shows that you won’t find here.)
Expect: Optimal ratio of vendors to brides; no waiting in line to speak with vendors; nice glass of champagne/apple cider upon arrival (classy touch last show - hope this year will be the same:); everything you need to plan your Clarksville / Hopkinsville wedding under one roof.
Click here for details
6) February 8 - Here Come The Brides Bridal Show
The Nashville area's most "fun" bridal show. Since 2009, Here Come The Brides Bridal Show has been entertaining brides, grooms and their guests with our signature Bridal War Games, our high energy fashion show, over $20,000 in prize giveaways and most importantly, an array of the best, most passionate wedding vendors.
Where: The Factory at Franklin
Great for: Brides looking for vendors they may not see anywhere else, especially vendors catering to low to mid-sized budgets
Click here for details
7) February 15 - Perfect Wedding Guide
Where: Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Great for: Brides seeking good mix of luxe and moderate options
What’s neat: small, boutique-style bridal show at great venue
Cost: $10 at door
Expect: I anticipate the show will be similar to Enchanted Brides show but with vendors who cater to a larger range of budgets - from bargain to luxe.
Click here for details
Find event details on our Nashville bridal event calendar.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
2014 has been a wonderful year for Nashville weddings. Throughout the year, we selected 52 wonderful weddings to share. Determining the best 10 was a challenge that we dared not take. We couldn't possibly choose our favorites among our favorites. So, we turned to our website traffic and Pinterest to determine what our readers liked, shared, repinned the most in 2014.
Each wedding offers its own love story and was beautifully executed. This is a list you are sure to love!
OUR FAVORITE STYLE SHOOT of 2014
Love at Drakewood
BEST NASHVILLE WEDDINGS of 2014
10) Real Nashville Wedding: Quirky, Vegan Couple Wed on a Budget in Colorful, Non-Religious Ceremony
9) Natalie & Bryce: A Romantic & Intimate Destination Wedding in Nashville
8) Carolyn & Jeffrey Treat Guests to Scenic, Downtown Nashville & Rooftop Wed at The Bridge Building
7) Deborah & David’s Wedding at Mint Springs Farm, a New & Breathtaking, Nashville Wedding Venue
6) Couple Fall in Love with Venue at First Sight; Enjoy Effortless, Romantic Wedding at Cedarwood
5) Ashley & Armin’s Unforgettable Multi-Cultural Soiree, Planned by Regalo Design
4) Nashville Couple Blends Traditional & Contemporary Elements In Hindu Wedding at Lilac Farms
3) Russ & Carrie Wed at Scarritt Bennett, Head to Nashville Zoo for Their Posh & Playful Reception
2) Must-See: Nashville Couple Treat Guests to Breathtaking, Hollywood-style Wedding on New Year’s Eve
1) Amanda & David Share Their Traditional, Outdoor Wedding at Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Garden
If you are getting married in Nashville, you are one lucky girl. Our city offers variety in every category - venues, wedding pros, design, styles and even gowns - that may cities don't. Rustic. Check. Modern. Check. Southern. Check. Boho. Even that! Everything you want, can be found in Nashville weddings as demonstrated by our best of list. We can't wait to see what 2015 brings.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Ninety percent of the Nashville brides that I have interviewed who didn't hire planners (hired one late in planning or hired one for limited services) said they regretted that decision. They gave me three reasons for not hiring a planner and I'm sure you've entertained these same thoughts...
3 Reasons Why Brides Don't Hire a Wedding Planner:
1) Money - a planner was just not in the budget. The brides felt that the amount they would have to pay was better spent on other aspects.
2) They just didn't think a planner was worth the investment - some girls felt that what a planner could do, her friends or family members could also do for free.
3) How hard could a wedding be? It's a party isn't it? After all the planning was squared away with every detail confirmed, brides felt they had it all under control and there just wasn't anything left to worry about. What could possibly go wrong?
In hindsight, they realized that a planner's help would have helped them significantly, and that a wedding isn't "just a party."
I'd like to encourage you to take their advice and hire a reputable Nashville wedding planner ASAP! You deserve to enjoy your entire engagement. You deserve to not "work" on your wedding day and to allow your family not to work on your day so everyone can savor every minute, dance, morsel.
3 Reasons Why a Bride Should Hire a Full-Service Wedding Planner:
1) They offer professional help finding quality resources + making sound decisions.
Planning can get really overwhelming with contracts and negotiation, not to mention arrangements you have to make for your guests and yourself. It can start to be too much. Wedding planners and professionals exist so you don't have to give yourself a headache trying to figure it all out on your own.
2) They have years of experience orchestrating wedding days
You have enough to worry about that day, why add on the stress of having to worry where all your vendors are at any given moment?
3) They create plans and back-up plans to handle unexpected challenges (from family discord to floods)!
Things can go wrong. This isn't to say they WILL go wrong but that if there's a bit of a mix up, do you really want to know and do you really want to be the person on the phone that day trying to deal with it? On that note, do you want your mom or aunt or best friend to be that person? Not ideally. This is where your planner comes in. Sharon Campbell brings home the point:
No matter what your budget, I suggest it is a wise investment to have someone who is experienced and is not a family member or friend be the go-to person that can handle some of the mishaps and also help keep your day on track. As a photographer, we have a schedule, but we are there to capture your day and while we help in any way we can, we would not be able to answer questions or make decisions that could in any way alter your day. Do not expect your other vendors (not even the venue manager) to coordinate the day for you.
Make sure you have people that are excited about your wedding, trust them to do the job you hired them to do and then relax on the day your start your family!"
This is key - that you, your groom, your parents, siblings, and friends have fun. You invested in all these professionals, make it worth your while.
If you missed yesterday's advice post for recently engaged couples, click here.