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Happy Memorial Day Nashville!

Monday, May 26, 2014

We are thankful for all of those who served and died for our freedom.  Here's a list of options for celebrating Memorial Day in Nashville.

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A Hand-crafted, 1920s Style Wedding at Marathon Village, Complete with Origami and Cranes!

Friday, May 23, 2014

When a bride and groom hand-fold 1,500 origami paper cranes, you know that their wedding was truly a labor of love.  Meet Lindsay and David; a couple that wanted their wedding to be truly “them.” And you will see in the photos below, captured beautifully by Lane Photography, that it most certainly was!

Each and every creative aspect of Lindsay and David’s wedding and reception at Marathon Village was either hand-crafted by them or someone they love; from the aforementioned white, gray and yellow paper cranes that hung gracefully above the guests, to a custom logo that graced their wedding website, invitations and programs, Lindsay and David’s wedding was certainly lovely with just the right amount of unique flair.

Be sure to scroll through the photos below to see more of the bride and groom’s distinct style…

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Lindsay & David
Wedding Date: July 20, 2013
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Marathon Village
Guests: 100
Budget: $10,000 - $20,000

 

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

 

Wedding Team

Photographer | Lane Photography
Gown | David’s Bridal
Bride’s Accessories
• Birdcage Veil: made by bride and one of her bridesmaids
• Bouquet: made by bride and her mother, out of her mother’s wedding dress (“something old”)
• Necklace: “something borrowed” from her sister
• Shoes – Rocket Dog
Men’s Attire
• Groom: Vera Wang tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse
• Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Attire | David’s Bridal
Hair | Jennifer Young at Vanity
Makeup | Bobbi Brown at Nordstrom
Stationery | Different Designs (differentdesigns10)
Caterer | Sandra Flock with Sandra’s Catering
Cake Artist | Publix
Floral Designer | DIY flowers purchased from Import Flowers
Music |  iPad
Rentals | Music City Tents and Events
Wedding Bands | designed by Christine Bossler (christinebossler) on Etsy

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

 

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

 

Wedding Details

How would you describe your style as a couple? 

Our décor style is classy 1920s and vintage mixed with modern.  We like clean lines and neutral tones, with little pops of color.  We like consistency and applying the same design to many different areas.

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?

Marathon Village is an old warehouse, with exposed brick and beams, which was a great canvas with which we could work.  We made about 1,500 paper origami cranes (white, gray and shades of yellow), and then enlisted the help of our friends and family to hang and place them all around the venue.  Since before we even got engaged, we knew that we wanted custom designed wedding bands and that we wanted them in the shape of a Mobius strip.  To apply that same design to many other areas, we had someone design us a logo so we could add it to our website, the invitations and the programs.  The gown with birdcage veil and the tux were perfect items to show off our 1920s vintage taste.

What was your (or your guests’) favorite aspect of your wedding? 

Our favorite aspect of the wedding was that it was completely ours.  We either made or had someone else custom make most everything.  We believe this is true of the guests’ opinions, too – everyone raved about the cranes and how we made it a point to have the wedding we absolutely wanted (within our budget, of course).  We can totally see why people get wedding planners – weddings are a lot of work!  However, it was such a great feeling to know we pulled together the wedding of our dreams, with the help of friends and family.

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

Where did you splurge?  Where did you save/DIY?

We knew from the very beginning that we did not want to skimp on photography.  Not that Scott and Kristin with Lane Photography were expensive (they are actually very reasonably priced for their talent and what you get with the packages) – we were fortunate to find them.  We definitely saved on making most of the decorations (cranes, flowers [including bouquets and boutonnieres] and other items) and by having our invitations and programs designed by someone on Etsy and then having them printed on our own.


Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently? 

We do wish we had a better idea, at the beginning, of how much a wedding would cost.  It would have helped with developing a budget, and sticking to it, tremendously.  Overall, though, there really wasn’t anything we would change – it was the wedding we wanted, that we were able to create from scratch. 

In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning? 

Don’t get stressed about every little detail or the possibility that something won’t turn out perfectly, because, at the end of the day, you’ll be married to your best friend.

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

marathon village wedding nashville, vintage, 1920s, diy flowers, yellow

(You can see more from their wedding via this link to the Lane Photography blog.)

Posted by Newlywed Heather | Filed under: DIY & Budget Wed Finds, Photography, Real Nashville Weddings, 0 comments »

Discover Draping Designs: Completely Transform Your Wedding Venue with Drapes

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We met Janet, owner of Draping Designs, at a January bridal show and she's a hoot!  We were so happy she was our booth neighbor.  She offered to help drape our booth, added a little bling and we knew we'd be fast friends.

Her booth was very popular because brides loved her luxurious draping and the more we learned, the more we knew we wanted to share this wonderful find with you!

Draping Designs is a custom event draping company that has been in business for 13 years, and Janet has been involved in the event industry in Nashville for more than 16 years. With an art degree and a background in building props in the event business, Janet realized there was a lot that could be done with draping, and that fabric could drastically transform the look of a room. So she put her design and sewing abilities to use to create Draping Designs.

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wedding draping nashville, draping designs, elliott events, visual elements

Using beautiful, high quality fabrics, Draping Designs can help you create a look to enhance your wedding day or special occasion in any event venue. They can transform any size tent into an outside oasis, and turn any ballroom, hall, or rustic venue for your wedding into a stunning, comfortable setting for you and your guests. I recently spoke to Janet about how Draping Designs can provide beautiful draping and lighting options for Nashville brides. Read below to see how you can use draping to help enhance your space and make the most of your budget.

What kinds of draping do you usually provide? What features do you usually try to hide?
There are so many reasons that draping helps in a room, mainly that it can make the venue more inviting and warm. It can give even the fanciest ballroom a crisper and more comfortable feel,  and it can make a barn feel like a rustic escape. We drape entire rooms, cover ceilings, create backdrops and ceremony surrounds, and can reduce the size of a room to accommodate a smaller gathering. Tent draping is probably one of the most transformative, as unattractive tent poles can be draped with soft fabrics to not only cover the metal pole, but to frame the area for your guests. Soft fabrics can be hung in the ceilings to soften edges, and the design can be simple or complex to cover an ugly ceiling completely. Draping is used to accent featured areas or cover up elements that are not so attractive. We have draped to cover some unusual things such as a broken down hot tub, and when we were done no one knew it was there!

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wedding draping nashville, draping designs, elliott events, visual elements

wedding draping nashville, draping designs, elliott events, visual elements

 

What would the process look like for a typical bride that is working with you?
Most brides and grooms have an ideal wedding image in their heads. I like to present several options, starting with pricing every possible thing a bride may want, and then also pricing an option with less draping that may work better with a set budget. I help them create a plan that will work best in their selected room, and like to work with the draping that will create the most impact for the best price. Obtaining accurate measurements of the areas we are thinking about draping is our first step, as well as the venue set up and removal information. I ask a lot of questions so that I can create diagrams, fabric and measurement figures. I try to think of everything necessary to accomplish what the clients want in order to give them them most accurate estimated price. When a site visit is necessary, we can also do that.

What do brides usually request?
Many brides request ceiling draping, which can vary so much in price depending upon what we are dealing with. There are so many variables to ceiling draping, and many times it enhances the beauty of the venue. It is also cost effective when covering flaws, and many times there are other draping options that we can provide to give you a bigger, better look.

What price range do the majority of your weddings fall into, and what would that include?
Our base price for draping in town is $600, which would be a backdrop behind a head table, or a wall you want to cover or enhance. Out of town would start at $1,000 for similar draping. We do every size of event, but usually a range of $2,000-$5,000 would be an average, depending upon the venue or tent, as well as the wedding location and travel time. We can create a $1,000-$1,700 look for many venues, and also have done large entire rooms and very large tents for $6,000 and up. We also provide white string lights, and uplighting to help enhance the draping effects.

What kind of draping was provided in the photos shown of the Governors Club?
The Governors Club is a location that I have draped often. It has such pretty views and the frequently requested draping options that we do there involve enhancing the permanent tent on site and their gazebo. One of the most common is tent pole draping, which I am very familiar with at this location. There is a specific unattractive feature on the tent poles, so I always do double tent pole drapes to cover them for a single tent pole price, because it is just more attractive. We frequently provide white string lights for the tent,  and we do ceiling draping in several different styles. For the gazebo, we have two different styles we most commonly drape. One is a little simpler, like in the photo, and there is a way that we drape that is fuller and includes more drapes.

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If you’re a bride looking at venue options in Nashville, you’ve probably seen several spaces that look great…except for the ugly air conditioning unit, or the run down stage at the end of the room. Luckily, there is hope if you would like to cover up unsightly features, or enhance a plain room.

To schedule a personalized appointment with Draping Designs to see how they can enhance your venue, please visit them online at www.drapingdesigns.com, or contact them by phone at (615) 430-6577.

Posted by Jenn Dobbins | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, 0 comments »

Hot. Hot. Hot! Street Tuxedo Offers New Slate Blue Tuxedo For Grooms This Year

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

These days, it’s not just the brides who like variety and say-so in what they wear on their wedding day. So, modern grooms, here’s some news you’ll love: slate blue, a mix of navy and gray, is very in this year in terms of tuxedos and one of our local tuxedo shops is offering these tuxes for rent at an affordable price!

Locally owned, Street Tuxedo, with locations in Cool Springs, Berry Hill, Green Hills and Murfreesboro, has done its research. Based on some of the top trends in men’s fashion, slate blue is very popular this weddings season.

“Navy has held on pretty strong throughout the years, but many think it’s too close to black,” said Dick Thompson, director of operations at Street Tuxedo. “We feel like this will be a nice alternative.”

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The tuxedo, offered through the Allure Mens Collection, is wool and has slim-fit pants and a notched lapel. And here’s the great part: In comparison to some of the pricier tuxedos of its kind, this one is about $40 cheaper, perfect for the budget-conscious.  

“We anticipate that this may be our number one tuxedo this coming year because of the combination of modern fit and price,” Dick said.  It's as versatile as other tuxedo options, can be easily paired with a range of accessories and can be dressed up, or down.

Interested? We thought so. Head on over to StreetTuxedo.com to check out this new Allure tuxedo and other styles. Tell them the crew at Ashley’s Bride Guide sent you!

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slate blue tuxedo, popular wedding suit, nashville groom, casual, formal

Photos: Allure Mens Collection

Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Grooms, Groomsmen & Tuxedos , Inspiration & Trends, 0 comments »

Country Music Hall Of Fame Conservatory: Incredible Wedding Venue with Unparalleled Nashville Views

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

If you're looking for a wedding or reception venue that combines a classic feel with a picturesque view of downtown Nashville, look no further than the Conservatory at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Conservatory is an 11,000-square-foot space that is perfect for any large gathering. It holds 400 guests banquet style and 750 guests reception style. Its open floor plan has hardwood flooring -- which you'd be hard pressed to find in any other venue of this size -- and an indoor waterfall. It also connects to the outdoor Curb Courtyard, which is perfect for a cocktail hour or a spot for guests to take in a breath of fresh air.

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country music hall fame wedding nashville

Photos above: Chris and Adrienne Scott Photographers

But you haven't even heard the best part: The Conservatory features floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass ceiling! Imagine the look on your guests' faces when they find Nashville's skyline is the backdrop to your fabulous event!

When renting the Conservatory, you'll have access to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's amenities as well, from full audio visual services to decor design. And don't forget, guests can tour any of the museum's exhibits while attending your event!

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See the space for yourself by calling Kaylen Harmon at (615) 291-8437 or kharmon@countrymusichalloffame.org.

Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »

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