Tuesday, September 24, 2013
We love hearing from Nashville brides.
Here are two emails we received in August that might benefit you too.
Send us your questions. Don't be shy. :)
Email from Ashley W. (Nashville bride to be):
When your name came up when I googled "Nashville winter wedding" I decided it was another definite sign!
We're hoping to get married in Nashville in December 2014 and wondered if you have any ideas for a cute place just the two of us can get married, and somewhere we can party with our two witnesses after. He's a musician, so a cool club venue could work?
We don't care for tradition and are open to A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G.
~ Ashley W.
Response from Ashley's Bride Guide:
How exciting! I'm so glad you reached out to me. Here are a few quick ideas but I will also reach out to our social network to see if they have more.
1) Ceremony - The Bridal Path is a popular place for small weddings. If you want to go a completely zany route, there's the Rhinestone Wedding Chapel. There's also the Musicians Hall of Fame. I don't know if they would host a ceremony but you never know! People do all sorts of things for weddings. They might also have an event after or you might want to tour the musician. Just an option.
2) After party - This is Nashville so there will be tons of places for you to party. One option is The Bluebird Cafe. It is a Nashville landmark. It's also the spot constantly featured on the show "Nashville." Hard Rock Cafe and Sambuca are always rockin'. Yes they are both chains (non-orginal to Nashville) but they have private space upstairs if you wanted to do a small ceremony and then proceed downstairs for live entertainment, depending on the night. There's BB Kings Blues which is a lounge and restaurant.
I can come up with others, but that's a start. Let me know what you think.
~ Ashley of ABG
Email from Jenn (Nashville newlywed)
Hey ABG ladies!!
I wanted to let you know that I've got an ABG badge posted on my blog, Officially Mrs. Dobbins, where I'm posting the details from my 12.1.12 wedding in Fairview, TN at Camp Marymount.
My husband and I attended ABG Camp last March before we got engaged and it was SO helpful in planning our wedding, so I'm happy to share the ABG love on my blog now!
Response from Ashley's Bride Guide:
I'm so glad you let me know about your blog and thanks for adding a badge. Of course I remember you! It's exciting to read about how your wedding came together. I've added a link to your blog from our site.
~ Ashley of ABG
Jenn and Jermaine attended all of our workshops for engaged couples and were such a delight! They have agreed to participate in our 2014 wedding camp so you can meet them there! In the meantime, check out her blog for helpful tips for planning your Nashville wedding.
Oh - and email us your Nashville wedding questions, photos or news!
Photos: Bluebird Cafe (Nashville Music Guide); The Bridal Path (company's Facebook); Rhinestone Wedding Chapel (company's blog, website); Jenn's wedding photo ( Five By Five Photography & Design)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
If the forecast calls for rain, on any part of your wedding day, you’re bound to be a little frazzled. (See our rainy day feature with Myrick Studios here.) When it comes to your wedding dress, Rhonda, owner of Oakwood Cleaners, has gown care advice that will save you stress.
Mentally prepare. Know that your dress will get dirty, rain or shine. Keep perspective. You are marrying the man of your dreams. Not much else matters beyond that.
Physically prepare. Cover your walkway to minimize contact with mud and grass.
muddy wedding dress before cleaning
wedding dress after being cleaned by Oakwood Cleaners
After your wedding, DO NOT DO ANYTHING to your dress.
I know your first instinct will be to wipe off the mud or even worse, grab soap to try to clean the stains. Those are the worse things you can do. Often, when you rub fabric, it can cause stains to go deeper into the fibers.
Instead, go on your honeymoon and enjoy it! When you return, take your dress to Oakwood, Nashville’s gown care expert. You have some time, but don't wait too long. Oakwood recommends that you bring in your dress weeks after your wedding, but not months. The sooner you get your dress to the pros at Oakwood, the better the results.
Be realistic. Oakwood has made brides cry tears of joy with their results, but it is a process and results will vary. They cannot perform miracles, but their before and after results speak for themselves.
Oakwood Cleaners' Locations:
4833 Lebanon Pike in Hermitage, Hermitage, TN, (615) 885-1281
73 White Bridge Road, Paddock Place Shopping Center, Nashville, TN (615) 620-6095
2000 Mallory Lane, Suite 170, Cool Springs Market Shopping Plaza, Franklin, TN, (615) 764-0222
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I hear it all the time, "Weddings are SO expensive."
And indeed they are. But, my advice is simple: Reduce your wedding guest list.
It's the easiest way to cut costs so that you can have the wedding that YOU really want, versus sacraficing what you want in order to have a larger guest list.
One of the more common wedding regrets that I hear centers around wedding guests. Brides typically regret all of the agonizing over wedding guests they feel obligated to invite - colleagues, mom's friends, etc. If you envision your wedding as costing $50 or $100 or even $150 per guests, it makes it a bit easier to reduce that list. Do you want to spend $150 for your dentist to come to your wedding? Probably not.
Reduce that guest list and have the wedding of your dreams. The fewer people, the more splurges on what you and your fiance truly value - perhaps a better honeymoon. Wherever you spend the savings, just make sure it's what you want versus accommodating people you may never see again or worse, people you've never met!
Need help reducing that list? I found this funny but very helpful tool that I love, which I've included below.
Source: Invitations by Dawn
Monday, September 9, 2013
I'm sure you've seen "perfect wedding" photos on many blogs and assumed they were taken on a wedding day. Most of time, when couples look super relaxed, they are either 1) not a real couple but models for a styled wedding photo shoot or 2) not taken on a wedding day but after the couple's wedding day.
How is one to tell? You aren't! That's the point. But, because my goal is to educate you on how all of this works, I want to make sure you know the difference and have realistic expectations.
Let's take the post-wedding photo shoot. JHenderson Studios recently shared Adam and Beth Ann's post-wedding photo session via her blog. The photos are picture-perfect. The location is tranquil, and the day is sunny and gorgeous. They even took a dip in the lake! Are their wedding photos just as breathtaking? Yes. They are. But, a post-wedding session allows the couple and the photographer to control more variables and produce optimal photos.
Don't get me wrong, Jenna of jHenderson Studios always takes great photos BUT she isn't always blessed with perfect weather and ample time to shoot. In many situations, post-wedding photos save the day. Post-wedding photos are becoming more popular with brides and grooms.
According to Jenna, here are 5 reasons more couples are adding post-wedding sessions:
1) Less Stress
The biggest reason brides take post-wedding photos is that the session allows brides to relax and not worry about the dress. By now, the dress is dirty. Instead of worrying about whether the dress will get dirty or damaged during a pre-wedding session, brides can relax and have fun.
The bride and the groom are calmer in generally after the wedding so the session is more fun. The big day is behind them. They don't have hundreds of family and friends starring at them. There is no rush to move along the days or to be married. All of the wedding day stress is over and it's just the two of you along with the photographer.
2) Better Weather, Lighting
You can't predict the weather a year in advance when you set your wedding date but you have a better idea of weather the week of your post-wedding photos. If you have a winter wedding, maybe you plan for a spring post-wedding session, where everything is in bloom. If it rains on your wedding day, you can make sure your post-wedding day is sunny.
You have more control over weather and even time of day, which affects lighting, with post-wedding sessions.
3) More Time
Ahh, the wedding day timeline. You promise your photographer 30 minutes of photo time but someone's late and sometimes things go wrong. Your photographer does the best she can but there is little time left for those Pinterest-shots you wanted.
On a post-wedding session there is more control. You have a set start time that you control and surprises are unlikely.
Yes you love your wedding venue or you would not have chosen it but maybe it wasn't ideal or maybe you want some variety and want to add a completely different look for your post-wedding. A post-wedding session will allow you to change your location because you have more time to drive around and get those great shots.
Want to change your veil, hairstyle, makeup or even shoes? A post wedding session offers an opportunity to make changes to your look or location, changes that add variety to your photos.
5) Better Photographer
It happens. You hired a photographer who simply didn't deliver. Or, you hired a photographer that you could afford but really wanted a different one. Now is your chance to upgrade and hire the photographer of your choice, one that is more in your budget for post-wedding session versus a full wedding day.
You can find more details and photos from Adam and Mary Beth's post-wedding photo session via the JHenderson Studios blog. To discuss your wedding or post-wedding photos, contact Jenna of jHenderson Studios at (931) 703-3016, via website or email.
Friday, September 6, 2013
There are several bridal shows in the Nashville area. More than likely, you can not attend them all. Who has the time! There are two bridal shows this month that I plan to attend that I think you also would enjoy. If you see me out and about, please introduce yourself, and let's chat about your wedding!
Enchanted Brides: This Sunday, September 8, 2013: Cheekwood
Perfect Wedding Guide: Sunday, September 22, 2013: Sheraton Hotel
Here are 7 simple tips to help you prepare for bridal shows:
Set your overall budget before you start wedding shopping.
Wear comfy shoes and bring a bottle of water to drink. Maybe something salty - you will need it after your third piece of yummy cake.
Print 50 info labels that contain your first/last name, email, phone, mailing address - this will save you lots of time when you enter contests and/or give vendors your information.
Take a notepad and a pen to write down your favorites.
Take a camera to capture the ideas you like.
Plan ahead by bringing a shopping list of the vendors that you need and your estimated budget for the category.
Go with one friend to keep you focused on your objectives - which vendors you need at which budget