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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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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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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 »

Discover: Weddings at Houston Station, a Favorite Nashville Wedding Venue

Thursday, May 15, 2014

If you're an avid reader of our blog, I'm guessing you're familiar with Houston Station, after all - it is one of our favorite Nashville wedding venues. If you’re not familiar with them, here's why I love them for weddings: Even though Houston Station is off the beaten path, its downtown location makes it an easy drive from almost any part of greater Nashville. Plus, once you walk inside, you fall in love with the limitless options.

You definitely have to see the venue for yourself to rule it in or out, but here's my Q+A with Elizabeth of Houston Station, along with some great pictures to give you a peek into the amazing space. 

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Photo: Beautiful Day Photography

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Photo: Beautiful Day Photography

 

Q+A with Houston Station

How many years have you been in business?

Events Nashville launched in 2008 and the Houston Station event venue opened in 2009.

What do you like most about weddings?

The chance to support each family on such a joyous day—seeing the mother of the bride relax and take her shoes off—You made it!

 

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Photo: Beautiful Day Photography

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Photo: Streetlight Republic

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Photo: Q Avenue Photography

 

What is your service philosophy?

Houston Station is a tremendously flexible, historic space—each bride and groom have their own special and unique wedding and reception experience. Historic venue spaces, wide open vendor policies, and our capable Events Nashville professionals support every bride and groom on their big day.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category? Why should a bride hire you?

Events Nashville sponsors wide open vendor policies and freedom of choice. Not only is this liberating for the bride and groom, but huge savings are provided, especially for food and alcohol budget items, compared to most other venues. Besides a warm and authentic historic ambiance, Houston Station has a convenient in-town location, great load-in access for vendors, full service valet parking and ample professional support. And for hourly entertainment, we feature the train!

 

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Photo: Phindy Studios

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Photo: Beautiful Day Photography

 

Here's how to contact Houston Station / Events Nashville:

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gilbreath
Phone Number: (615) 289-7225
Email: elizabeth {at} eventsnashville {dot} net
Learn more via their website: www.eventsnashville.net
Become a Facebook Fan: Houston Station
Follow them on Twitter: @HStationEvents

Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

K&M Designs: Chic, Modern, Custom Invitations & Paper Goods that All Brides Can Afford!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

At a recent bridal show, we had the pleasure of being next to K&M’s display and were blown away with the quality and creativeness of all the available designs.

In business since 2005, K&M Paper Designs is a custom paper goods company here in the Nashville-area that specializes in stationary for all occasions. While its designs can be found at retailers across the country, Nashville brides have the added bonus of being able to meet with K&M Paper Designs in person and see these gorgeous invitations and other stationary items up close. 

When you’re planning your wedding, it’s great to use paper goods to express your unique style.  There are many choices of paper, ribbon, ink and typesets available when you go custom. K&M Paper Designs can help you bring together your paper wardrobe for wedding invitations, save the date cards, bridal shower invites, programs, menu cards, table numbers and more.

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nashville custom wedding invitations, local, chic, modern, affordable, k&m designs

As a budget bride who DIY’d her invitations (with a ton of stress and more error than trial), I was so happy to talk with Cynthia, the owner of K&M Paper Designs, about the ways that working with her can ensure quality printing options for brides looking for chic, modern designs. As with any DIY project, when it comes to invitations you need to ask yourself whether you have: 1) the skill set and patience needed to complete the project; 2) the supplies you’ll need to create a quality product you’d be proud to send to your guests; 3) the time it will take to complete not just one, but potentially more than 100 of the same item. I’ve spent the day before several friends’ weddings helping with last minute programs or menu cards, which often didn’t end up being used because the quality of the printing was not great. Getting an invitation set at a craft store for $40 isn’t a deal if it takes at least twice as much product than a pro would use, hours of your valuable time, and causes you stress and frustration before your big day.

If you're unsure about your paper needs as you plan your wedding, or if you’ve been thinking about DIY-ing your invitations, I strongly encourage you to see what K&M Paper Designs has to offer. With truly custom options available for any price point, working with a professional like Cynthia is a great value, and an absolute time-saver! Check out my interview with K&M Paper Designs below to see how they can best serve you in this area.

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What services do you provide for brides?

We pride ourselves on our customer service, quality and reputation.  We listen to what our brides like and guide them to something beautiful and unique that they will treasure forever, from the invitation to their wedding programs, save the dates to menu cards, and even a simple bar menu to be displayed at the cocktail bar. Tying these paper elements together with your theme or vision for your wedding can show your guests in advance whether your big day will be casual or elegant, and gives them a taste of what to expect.


What are the advantages of going with K&M Paper Designs vs. a DIY approach for paper goods? 

Quality is one of the most important elements when planning an event, whether it be a wedding or any other occasion.  An invitation sets the tone for the event, so you want it to exemplify that special event in every way. All of the elements that are involved in planning an event require money and you want your money to be well spent. 

DIY is nice because it gives you the opportunity to be creative and put together something that is uniquely yours. The pride of doing it yourself can be priceless.  However, DIY is also VERY stressful and labor intensive.  Many people will pick a certain quality of paper that may be beautiful but will not print properly on their home printer, which will either result in a disappointment for the final product and/or also end up costing double of what you anticipated because you need to purchase double the paper or move on to something different.

Time is also of the essence and putting invitations together, let alone wedding programs or menu cards, is VERY time consuming. We provide completed projects that are already assembled, saving you valuable time leading up to your wedding. Brides and event coordinators are so busy with the many things to do in preparing for this big event, and invitations or wedding programs can often end up being done at the last minute and taking much longer than anticipated. We love to meet with brides, hear what they are looking for and be able to create exactly what they would like from style to colors, paper and any other embellishments they have in mind. With truly custom designs, we excel at bringing a bride’s vision to life, and can work with a budget of any size to meet her needs.

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nashville custom wedding invitations, local, chic, modern, affordable, k&m designs


What trends are you seeing for paper goods in 2014? 

This year, I am seeing brides request more casual invitations and electing to incorporate different fonts with monogram and designs all in one invitation.  This is very possible and we have done some lovely wedding invitations just like this. On the more elegant side of things, I am seeing fancy invitations with ribbon and lace detailing, that can be customized to the bride’s preference. For a wedding, it is important to remember that a wedding invitation is a once in a lifetime event, and many brides (and mothers!) would like to have an invitation that is timeless.


To see recent designs in person, contact Cynthia, owner of K&M Paper Designs at (615) 585-1556 or email Cynthia@kandmpaper.com.

Posted by Jenn Dobbins | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, DIY & Budget Wed Finds, Invitations & Paper Goods, 0 comments »

Thinking about DIY’ing Your Wedding Flowers? Geny’s Wholesale Florist Can Help

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

D.I.Y. To some brides this is like a four letter word, but to others this acronym for “Do It Yourself” elicits great joy. If you are one of those brides that gets giddy at this word then be sure to read on about the pros (budget) and cons (time) of designing and assembling your very own wedding flowers. Even if you are not a person that enjoys the DIY process, there are definitely some great reasons to go this route for at least some of the arrangements for your wedding.

We reached out to Joan, of Geny’s Wholesale Florist, to learn about their DIY flower options and how to embark on this process for your wedding…

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For the bride who is interested in DIY’ing her flowers, what kind of service/help can she expect at Geny’s?

We offer brides the opportunity to schedule an appointment with our floral designer to help them figure out exactly what they want and need within the realm of their capabilities.  The fee is $75 for this consultation, but it is refunded against their flower purchase when they pick up their flowers.

Can a bride DIY her reception flowers but still order the bouquets and boutonnieres from Geny’s?

Absolutely.  When a bride meets with our floral designer, she can price out what it would cost for us to complete her personal flowers as well as her additional needs and the costs associated with those needs.

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Joan of Geny's Wholesale Florist surrounded by lovely flowers!

 

What can a bride purchase from Geny’s Wholesale Florist other than flowers to help her DIY?

We offer ALL supplies necessary for completing just about any kind of floral design.  Vases, ribbon, Oasis foam, etc.  We also offer space to work and cooler storage.

When do you suggest a bride should pick up her flowers if she is DIY’ing for her wedding?

Flowers should be picked up on the Thursday before the wedding.  That way, roses can be allowed to open, etc. and the bride can start on her items that will be in water of some sort on Thursday night.

Any other special tips for a bride that will be DIY’ing her flowers?

Most importantly is to keep things within the scope of your skill level.  Not all designs are as easy as they look.

 

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What should brides consider before they think about DIY’ing their flowers?

TIME.  You can’t work flowers too far in advance, especially in warmer months, so the bulk of what will need to be done will have to be done on Friday, when you are your most busy before your wedding.  Make sure you have plenty of help.  Transportation of completed items is also a consideration.

How do DIY flowers at Geny’s compare to other options?

At Geny’s you are assured that you will receive quality flowers and most importantly have access to professionals that actually DO flowers and know what they are talking about.  If you have never worked with a particular variety of flower you may not know how it behaves, how long it takes to open, what it is supposed to look like - its personality, so to speak.

Still have questions?  Give Geny's a call at (615) 297-5305 or stop by their Charlotte Avenue location to discuss DIY and full-service floral options for your wedding!

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Posted by Newlywed Heather | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , DIY & Budget Wed Finds, 0 comments »

Popular Food Truck, Smoke Et Al, Serves Up Delicious Southern Fare at Nashville Weddings

Monday, March 31, 2014

--- Warning:  The scrumptious wedding food pictured below may cause hunger. ---

Smoke Et Al has been one of Nashville’s most popular and sought after food trucks for years. Specializing in Memphis-style BBQ, southern specialties, and other creative fare, Smoke Et Al serves up unique and delicious flavors with a focus on beautiful presentation. They also aim to use local, organic ingredients as much as possible – which we love here at ABG!

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As part of the Houston Station Events Community, Smoke Et Al is not only able to provide their truck to serve your guests a late night snack after partying the night away, but they can also cater your entire wedding! From passed appetizers during cocktail hour to a sit-down family style dinner, Smoke Et Al can provide you and your guests a true taste of the south with their delectable BBQ and southern specialties. Hickory smoked ribs and local Yazoo beer mac and cheese anyone??

We caught up with Smoke Et Al chef and owner, Shane Autrey, to learn a little more about his booming food truck and catering business and why couples love this unique concept.

 

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Interview with Smoke Et Al, Nashville food truck & wedding caterer

Company Name: Smoke Et Al       
Main Contact: Shane Autrey
Phone Number: (615) 601-5993
Website: smokeetal.com
Email Address: smokeetal@gmail.com
Become a Facebook fan / follower:  Facebook/smokeetal  Twitter@SmokeEtAl


How many years have you been in business? 
Three

How did you get started in weddings?
I started as a "professional" groomsman for many of my friends and family, taking notes along the way! Then I catered a friend’s wedding at Houston Station. I've been cooking professionally for 21 years so she "trusted" me.

What do you like most about weddings?
I mostly appreciate the honor of being an integral part of such an important moment in people’s lives.

What is your service philosophy?
Attentive hospitality with a good attitude. With every wedding we've been presented with certain challenges, meeting and exceeding those challenges always starts with the right perspective.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
Our strengths include personalization of the experience, unique flavors, presentation and the ability to execute it all on site. We bring our kitchen to the event location allowing us to prepare the food just before serving.

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What attracts brides to Smoke Et Al Catering?
Food trucks are hot right now and brides are exploring alternative options to traditional wedding receptions (which we also do). At one recent wedding, we served cocktail appetizers during happy hour, a family style sit down dinner, and featured the truck outside as a late night snack wagon. The couple wanted their out of town guests to get a Nashville experience and they did!


What would previous couples say is the main reason they selected Smoke Et Al?
I think they would say: flavor, variety and attitude.

Describe the bride/couple that is most attracted to Smoke Et Al Catering?
Fun loving couples/brides with discerning taste, a passion for food, people, and again - a great attitude.

Who are your five favorite Nashville wedding vendors? 
We have had the privilege of meeting so many great vendors in the past three years it's hard to just pick five! The vendors we find ourselves working with the most are Southern Events Rentals, D & D Events, Modern vintage, Helping Hands, Details Nashville, and I could go on. Houston Station and Green Door Gourmet are two venues we find ourselves serving at quite often.

Photos: Joshua Gull Photography

Posted by Newlywed Heather | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Food/Catering, 0 comments »

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