Monday, December 1, 2014
Sarah, owner and lead planner of Music City Events, is our guest contributor today. This is part 3 of her series, Dare to Be Different. Click here for Part 1, Part 2.
- Family style is one of my current favorite menu for events. Less formal than plated but warmer than buffets, family style brings your tables together, truly sharing their meal.
- While it's good to keep general tastes in mind, don't shy away from a little exploration via pairings. Tapas and tastings is a great way to broaden guests horizons while still providing a great menu. Some ideas:
Mini Sliders with Short Beer
Bite Size Taco with mini Margerita
Sushi with a Sip of Sake
Mrs. J's Baking and Catering
More and more clients are choosing to merge their band and dj into one amazing sensory experience for guests. Starting with a traditional band for cocktails and dinner can create high energy and fun interaction for guests. However, after the cake, why not dim the lights and throw on some fantastic House music or spin Top 40 with a high energy dj who knows exactly how to get guests on the dance floor?
Whatever you choose to do, just be you.
(Blue Tone Music)
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Our 3-part, Dare to Be Different Series was created by Music City Events. Sarah, owner and lead planner, has worked with Nashville brides for years and loves couples who are willing to show their personality and create a great guest experience.
If you missed Part 1 of the series, start here.
Photo: Rustic Wedding Chic
Photobooths. Guest Books. Slideshows. All fun. All kind of expected at this point! Interaction for your guests is something that can elevate your wedding.
- Bring in a caricature artist and let guests take home these fun drawings - what a great favor!
- What about a few card magicians for cocktail hour? So much fun to try and find the right card!
- Give guests a Scavenger Hunt to play during cocktails and the reception. List fun items you have spent countless hours pulling together (swizzle straws, menus, custom lighting, or perhaps the first dance even!) for them to snap and load on Instagram - plus, insta-fun for everyone the next day! Just search for your custom hashtag.
- How fun would it be to see guests Instagram or tweet about the wedding and showcase the feed in the cocktail area or via an Instagram station?
- What about fun dance lessons after the first dances? Hire professionals to teach a short dance and then have them dance with guests for the next hour!
- Don't forget to print a fun itinerary for guests to see all evening - if they know that a fun surprise awaits at 10p, they are more likely to stay and enjoy the evening!
5) Go Solo
In this day and age it's hard to imagine not snapping 30 photos in 30 seconds much less in a few hours. But, for a true Dare to Be Different moment, instead of asking guests to take pics, ask your guests to keep their camera and phones tucked away for the ceremony. Lay out the reasons in your programs and have your officiate make an announcement as well. You only do this once, after all, and they are in attendance because they are truly your nearest and dearest. Let them know you want them to fully participate in this momentous occasion - without the assistance of a screen. For at least 30 minutes.
For more creative ideas from Sarah of Nashville's Music City Events, view Dare to Be Different, Part 1 or return Monday for Part 3.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Dare to be different. It's a running thought for most of our brides. They don't want what their mothers had. Or their best friend. Or their favorite older cousin who got married recently. Sure Pinterest is fun, but … well, it is starting to look an awful lot alike in Pinterest World. What began as a way to expand brides' minds and show them amazing things that can be done has become just another place to become overwhelmed, be exposed to too much, or honestly to see what you see everywhere else.
Dare. To be. Different.
I get it. It's a once in a lifetime event. It's the biggest celebration you will likely ever have. Weddings are tremendously emotional and full of love. I always encourage my clients to express their individual personalities and their "couple style". Every one knows you can do that with colors, with menu items (hello favorite late night snack!), and of course with your attire. But, what are some other ways you can reclaim your wedding?
In some cultures it's traditional to have the ladies of the evening gather for a party and the men gather for a separate one. Dare to Be Different and throw something similar before the rehearsal dinner. Hand massages and mimosas for the ladies, while men get to watch the game, enjoy a cigar and flights of local beer! Be creative with how you celebrate with your guests. There are hardly any rules anymore.
Photography: Bombs Over Betty
Attire is the easiest way to express your style and personality. Fashion is an ever moving animal that allows you to really express yourself. It's a normal thing now, but several years ago when brides first began wearing brightly colored shows - oh my! Who says you have to wear white? Prior to Queen Victoria in the mid 1800s, white was not the go-to color. Wear your best color! White does not look good on me. I don't want to wear black either, but will likely go for blue or green! And don't forget to give yourself options. Perhaps a traditional dress and veil for the ceremony and a brightly colored shrug, belt, brooch or skirt for the reception!
Photography: Wedlock Images
Photography: Jonathon Campbell
I have always loved unusual timing for events. Why not have a brunch reception with your guests and a private early morning ceremony? Or, if you're a night owl, what about a midnight ceremony followed by late night snacks or, really, you could do the same brunch menu! Both options allow you spend your entire wedding day with your husband and really flexes that "Dare to Be Different' attitude.
Our 3-part, Dare to Be Different Series was created by Sarah, owner and lead planner of Music City Events. With years of experience helping couples plan their wedding, she knows a thing or two about how to make your wedding a true expression of you, the couple. Her engaged couples are confident, savvy and know who they are. She partners with her clients to ensure their day is well planned and thoroughly enjoyed! Return Wednesday for Part 2.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Your wedding gown could very well be the most expensive garment you've ever purchased. Mine sure was. You definitely want to take care of it, before and after your big day. While some gown care tips might be common sense, many may surprise you.
According to the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, there are 6 tips for caring for your wedding gown:
1) Always . . . hang your wedding gown by loops inside your wedding gown that are connected to the sturdy side seams, never by the fragile shoulder seams that can stretch or sag under the weight of your gown
2) Always . . . avoid storing your wedding gown in a plastic bag (even a clean sheet is better than a plastic bag) or in a vacuum-sealed, plastic-wrapped container because plastic bags emit fumes that can yellow your bridal gown and shrink-wrapped containers trap moisture that can mildew your wedding gown
3) Always . . . ask what precautions the Specialist takes to protect delicate trims and decorations on your wedding gown and how the cleaner guards against latent stains on your wedding gown
4) Always . . . choose a Specialist who will process your bridal gown in the Specialist's own facility, never one who sends your bridal gown away to be cleaned
5) Always . . . ask to inspect your wedding gown personally before it is put into the container, which should be a completely acid-free, archival-quality wedding chest lined with fabric or acid-free tissue
6) Always . . . avoid storing your bridal gown in the attic or basement where there are extreme changes in temperature or humidity
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Let’s be honest: Wedding planning can get a little crazy and overwhelming if it’s your first time. What questions should you ask the photographer? What’s included in the caterer’s service package? Is a planner necessary?
If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, you’re not alone. We spoke with Sarah Goude of Regalo Design, a Nashville planning and floral design studio, to help sort out some of the most commonly asked questions a new bride may ask and why it’s important to consider hiring some extra help.
Co-owners Damon and Sarah of Regalo Design
What are the differences between a planner, coordinator and designer?
A planner is someone who is with you every step of the way. For our full service clients, we have four planning meetings and we are also with our clients at their vendor meetings and site visits to make sure the questions they wouldn’t think to ask their vendors are covered and nothing is forgotten. We are also there with them to run the rehearsal and the day of activities from start to finish.
A coordinator is someone who comes in on the day of to implement the brides’ plan. It is very different from a planner as they are not involved with the planning process. Their job is to implement your work.
A designer is someone who takes your vision and makes it a reality. If you need someone to look over your ideas and put the plan together for the décor, they can do that. Or, they can be the people who actually implement your plan on the day of for your décor needs.
When planning, what are the five or six primary services that brides are searching for?
The first need is a venue. That determines a lot of the additional pieces to the vendor selection puzzle. The next vendor is usually a planner. A planner should be able to help you book the perfect vendors based on the budget, your specific needs and their resources. It is important to be able to trust your planner that he or she is suggesting people that they trust and know will take care of you. Your planner should be your biggest advocate.
A photographer is always very important to our clients. There is so much to consider when booking a photographer. We always encourage an engagement session with your photographer so that you can feel out their personality behind the camera. Next is food! Does your venue have a preferred caterer, in-house caterer or can you bring in whomever you would like? This will make a difference in the selection of your caterer.
The next vendor that is highly requested quickly in the planning process is music. What will your ceremony music be like? Will you have a DJ or live musician? DO you want a band for your reception? This is a very fun piece to the planning puzzle because these people, whomever you chose, really set the tone for the night when it comes to your guests having a good time.
What are some areas of the wedding planning process that newly-engaged brides sometimes overlook?
It is easy to overlook how much time and effort it takes to actually plan a perfect event. One of the most important things to do is to hire good vendors. It isn’t always smart to hire the vendor who provides a service at the lowest price. It is important to pick vendors who will do the job that they are hired to do. Your photographer should be able to get the family in line for family photos, your caterer should take care of all set up, bussing and breakdown of your food, your DJ should be able to speak on the microphone.
Tell us about the full-service planning Regalo offers. Why is it something brides should consider?
Our full-service planning package includes four planning meetings in our studio to discuss your individual needs in regard to budget analysis, vendor selections and contract negotiation. In addition, we are with you for site visits, food tastings, cake tasting and additional vendor meetings if need be. Your flowers are at wholesale cost since we are your full-service florist and all of your decoration are included, such as draping, lighting, centerpieces, cake stand, candles, arches and anything that is related to the flowers and décor.
Why is having some form of coordination, whether partial or full planning, important for brides to consider adding to their wedding budget?
It is important to at least have a day-of coordinator. You and your family should be able to enjoy the day. Day-of coordination can however be tricky because this person has not been involved with the planning and so there are pieces that can be missed. We encourage a full-service planner and believe it is well worth the money as there are so many pieces to planning a big life event that most would not even think of. It is so important to be able to build a relationship with your planner so that they can make good decisions on your behalf.
All photos of Regalo Design weddings
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