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Published by The Pink Bride P.O. Box 31568, Knoxville, TN 37930 865.531.3941 President Fred Jacob Fred@ThePinkBride.com

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Vice President Allison Jacob

Congratulations on your engagement! The Nashville Pink Bride magazine is here to help you with all your planning needs. Read the articles, get advice, and find ideas.

Contract Manager Donna Jacob

The entire Nashville Pink Bride magazine is online ( www.ThePinkBride. com ) so you can electronically look through the publication and when you see something of interest you can mouse over the url and connect straight to the site. This electronic feature means you can also share all or part of the magazine conveniently through the internet with family or friends all over the world. And do me a favor, if you make contact with the wedding professional listed throughout, make sure you mention that you saw them in The Nashville Pink Bride.

Marketing Executive Anna Ferguson Marketing Assistant Tammy Hill Administrative Assistant Elizabeth Jones

Planning your wedding is probably something you have thought about many times, and now it’s your turn dreams into reality. Use The Nashville Pink Bride magazine to locate dedicated and talented wedding professionals who truly want to help you realize your dream wedding. Check out our new Wedding Resources guide in the front of the magazine. Get to know our wedding professionals through the Spotlight Pages. As you will quickly learn, there are lots of options. You should consider enlisting the services of a professional wedding planner. At the very least, consider hiring a day-of planner, to help coordinate the many details of the wedding day. With all the expectations for your big day, having someone else to help make sure it runs smoothly will help you enjoy the day stress free. If you have suggestions or ideas for future issues please let me know. My goal is that, through this magazine, your wedding experience will be the best!

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- Wedding Resources What do you still need to plan your wedding? Find local wedding vendors quickly by searching through alphabetized categories of popular wedding elements. Each wedding element is also grouped by color. Use the listing below to help you find a specific wedding vendor.

Accommodations

Consultants

Receptions & Wedding Sites

Alterations

Flower Preservation

Rehearsal Dinner

Beauty & Health

Flowers

Rentals & DĂŠcor

Bridal Registries

Invitations & Calligraphy

Transportation

Bridal Salons

Music & Entertainment

Tuxedo

Cakes

Photo Booths

Videography

Catering

Photography

Notes


Accommodations

Bridal Registries 93

Dillard’s 3

Hutton Hotel redefines Southern luxury with unparalleled service and elegant, contemporary design. From black-tie galas to intimate gatherings, our wedding specialists make every detail a personal mission, creating an event that is uniquely yours and leaving you free to relax and enjoy the happiest day of your life.

Beautiful beginnings begin with Dillard’s bridal registry. The best selection of your favorite brand names. Easy internet accessibility on facebook or at dillards.com. FREE wedding and home planner as your gift when you register. Complete your new home program and save 20% on most regular price items remaining on your registry after the wedding.

Hutton Hotel

6157122307

www.dillards.com

www.huttonhotel.com/weddings

Alterations

Bridal Salons

Seam 69

Bella Bridesmaid Nashville

Seam is Nashville’s premier couturier specializing in impeccable alterations, dress redesign, and one-of-akind custom gowns. With more than 40 years of industry expertise, designer Pattie Talbot meticulously handles each garment, ensuring that it is finished with the utmost quality and care. Clients are treated to a customer service experience like none other and will love watching their creative garment come to life. Seam wants to make you look and feel your very best on your most special day.

Bella Bridesmaid Nashville provides bridesmaids with stylish, wearable and modern dresses at a variety of price points. The quaint and inviting boutique offers a refreshing departure from the usual bridesmaid experience. Book an appointment for personalized attention in finding the perfect chic designer dresses for your bridesmaids.

615.463.3002

615.383.8004

pattietalbot@bellsouth.net

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www.bellabridesmaid.com

Beauty & Health BABE Beauty Bar

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Bridal Warehouse

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BABE Beauty Bar provides professional makeup application and hair services to the women of Nashville. Founded by Kathleen Smith Forbush and Nicole Payne, BABE (Beauty Always, Beauty Everywhere) is a tribute to vintage Hollywood while staying true to the modern woman seeking on-the-go beauty and impeccable service at affordable prices. Whether you’re seeking a fresh look, attending an event, or are in need of some fun, girlfriend bonding time, BABE is your personal vanity.

Celebrating over 20 years of service, we have grown to be one of the nation’s largest and most respected bridal stores. Featuring 1000’s of designer gowns, all from the worlds best Bridal Designers, straight from the New York & Chicago fashion markets. Designers such as Allure, Pronovias, Casablanca, Enzonia, Mori Lee, David Tutera and many more!

615.499.4554

615.855.1005

Dr. David Gilpin

www.babebeautybar.com

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Geny’s Bridal

www.usabridal.com

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Dr. Gilpin is double boarded in Facial Plastic Surgery and Ear, Nose and Throat. He has a gentle touch and a good eye for helping you to naturally look your best. In addition to surgery, Dr. Gilpin offers Botox®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Dysport® and Perlane® injections to help brides and their family look their very best for the most important day of their lives.

Geny’s Bridal is a small boutique salon dedicated to making your gown shopping experience as memorable as your wedding. We offer quality lines at affordable prices. Our experienced staff can embrace your vision for your perfect day and help you select the perfect gown for the occasion.

615.942.7301

615.269.0177

Hot Spot Tanning

drdavidgilpin.com

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www.genysbridal.com

Glitz Bridal Tuxedo & Formal Salon

Hot Spot Tanning is a unique tanning salon with eight locations to conveniently serve you in Middle Tennessee. Our mission is to educate our clients about the benefits of UV light while reaching their ultimate tanning goal, whether it’s cosmetic or a desire for a healthier lifestyle.

Glitz Bridal is your one stop shop for all bridal party attire. We offer bridal gowns, tuxedos, bridemaids, and social occasion. We also have a wide selection of veils and accessories. Glitz Bridal and its employees will only give you the best customer service. Our customers are the most important thing to us.

6159067803

615.646.9964

www.hotspottanning.com

www.glitzbridal.com


Low’s Bridal

South Street

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We look forward to helping you find the perfect gown that not only flatters your shape but reflects your own unique personality. For 29 years they have been recognized as a leader in style, selection, value & personal service throughout the bridal industry.

870.734.3244

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South Street Original Smokehouse, Crab Shack and Authentic Dive Bar has been a Nashville landmark since 1991. It is known not only for famous “Southern Urban Cuisine,” but also for its lively open-air atmosphere. the upstairs “Treehouse” is a perfect space for any special occasion including rehearsal dinners, bachelor parties, and corporate events!!

615.320.5555

www.lowsbridal.com

www.pansouth.net

Consultants

Cakes Signature Cakes

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Phoenix Forrester Events

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Making wedding cakes is more than baking and frosting cakes -- it is art that tells a story. When I design a wedding cake, I take ideas, colors, impressions, style, taste, and even beliefs from my brides and grooms to individualize their wedding celebration in cake. Of course, some grooms love to see their alma mater, a tractor, a hobby such as chess, or even a favorite hat made from cake. I am committed to the freshest, most high-quality ingredients for both my cakes and icings.

Phoenix Forrester Events is a local, full-service event planning company transforming spaces across the globe. Our events are regal and exude the highest level of beauty and innovation. Our staff is knowledgeable, flexible, fun and professional. PFE inspires our clients to live the way they celebrate: with style, grace and sophistication. We sincerely look forward to the opportunity to meet, inspire and create fabulous experiences with you.

615.513.2266

901.270.3638

www.signaturecakesbyvicki.com

www.phoenixforresterevents.com

Flower Preservation Twisted Fig Cake Designs

Flowers Forever Inc.

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Elegant wedding cakes with a modern twist. Located in the heart of Nashville, we take pride in sourcing local ingredients to create one of a kind masterpieces just for you.

662.419.0765

615.974.0450

Twistedfigcakedesigns.com

Catering

www.AmbrosiaCateringTN.com

Ideal Catering

Ideal Catering The ideal caterer for all your events

Branching Out Floral & Vintage Rentals

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Delicious and bountiful, Ambrosia Catering has been creating extraordinary wedding memories for Nashville area brides for over 25 years. All of our bridal menus are customized to fit the flair and fantasies of our brides. From elegant dinners to casual Southern buffets, Ambrosia delivers with the expertise and ease only years of experience can bring.

615.254.3783

www.flowersforeverinc.com

Flowers

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Family owned and operated serving the Nashville area successfully for the past 10 years with the freshest quality products and service. The Ideal Caterer for all your events.

615.977.1470 www.IdealCateringOfNashville.com

Kate Murphy Photography

Ambrosia Catering

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With their state-of-the-art freeze-drying system Flowers Forever Inc. is able to preserve your floral arrangement so you may enjoy it for generations to come. Choose from a wide variety of frames and shadowboxes. Life-long memories start with Flowers Forever Inc. Call: Meghan Lederer at 865-385-0882, Linda Lawless at 615-9740450, or Peggy Lowe at 901-496-1707.

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Your wedding is the perfect opportunity to express your style..whether it is contemporary, traditional, earthy, vintage or somewhere in between. With our inventory of containers, vintage rentals and props, we can help you show your individuality. Allow our designers to translate your vision into a truly personal event.

615.915.0043 www.branchingouteventflorist.com

Enchanted Florist

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Enchanted Florist is YOUR premier wedding and event specialist. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our willingness to listen to YOU, our client and turn YOUR dreams into a reality. We believe that EVERY bride is special and strive to make each and every wedding as unique and memorable as YOU are.

615.859.9002

www.enchantedfloristtn.com


Invitations & Calligraphy Designs in Paper

ShutterBooth Nashville

Designs in Paper create incredibly cool custom paper goods for your wedding - from save the dates to many unique paper goods for the wedding day. You’re planning a special day - your paper goods should be totally you as well!

We offer a unique and elegant photo booth designed to make your wedding celebration one to remember! We are proud to capture and share the touching, fun, and precious moments that you and your guest will never want to forget. Check us out to see all we have to offer!

615.403.7268

615.567.3913

designsinpaper.com

Photography

Music & Entertainment Details Nashville

www.shutterbooth.com/Nashville

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Ace Photography

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The DJs at Details Nashville have the energy and experience to get a crowd on their feet. From the oldies to today’s top hits, we are equipped with archives of music from different eras and genres to fulfill whatever musical vibe you’re looking for. Give us a call today and let us get a feel for what you are looking for.

Our passion for each of our couples drives our vision for unique and creative wedding photography. Although Nashville is our backyard and we have shot extensively at Tennessee’s most interesting locations, we love to adventure anywhere in the world you can imagine your dream wedding. We can’t wait to capture your wedding as art.

615.567.3850

615.851.2774

www.DetailsNashville.com

Dj Emcees

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www.acephotographs.com

Blue Mason Photography

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DJ Emcees specializes in offering you great entertaining DJ’s with experience to move the crowd and energize the party. Our philosophy is to entertain your guests and make your event special because no two events or parties are alike. We will do our research before we perform your event. DjEmcees will consult with you on your announcements and music preferences during the planning phase creating a custom specialized night that everyone will remember. It’s up to you! Whatever music and DJ you desire we can make it happen and give your event that special touch.

We believe that crafting photo sessions completely about you and what you love is important. Our goal is to create images that are as unique as the people we photograph. It is an honor to document such special moments in our clients’ lives and we are delighted to create timeless images for them!

615.585.5471

615.335.6972

www.djemcees.com

Hood World Productions

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Hood World Productions DJ’s will take your wedding party to the next level! With extensive music catalogs and all the latest sound and lighting gear. Our DJ’s can customize a playlist to fit your party perfectly. We can accommodate most budgets and guarantee to make your party memorable! Call 615-549-8330

615.549.8330

Hoodworldproductions.com

www.bluemasonphotos.com

Brown Lab Photography

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Photography says so much more than words can ever convey. We have a deep love of taking photographs, and uncovering the stories behind them. We are two Nashville photographers who feel that we have a lot to say. We firmly believe that our two sets of eyes and complementary styles will provide you with unforgettable photographs.

615.969.2440

www.brownlabphotography.com

Photo Booths Slow Motion Video Booth

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Details Nashville has Tennessee’s first Slow Motion Video Booth. Photobooths are fun but have become played out. If you want to stay ahead of the trend, then you need a Slow Motion Booth at your wedding. With our booths your guests experience non-stop LIVE VIDEO entertainment and give guests an immediate take away with LIVE Social Media Coverage with videos edited on-site. Call us to book yours today!

615.567.3850

www.DetailsNashville.com

Candice Jones Photography

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We take time to focus on each client in order to capture images that not only represents their unique style, but will last a lifetime. At Candice Jones Photography each photographer is highly educated to ensure professional services that you can trust.

615.653.8061

candicejonesphotography.net


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Puccini Photography

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Details Nashville has over a dozen years experience in professional photography. Whether you need an engagement session at a beautiful location or you want to capture the unforgettable moments of your wedding day, we want to work closely alongside you to meet your photography needs!

Meet Maggie and Kristin from Puccini Photography, a mother-daughter photography team with a relaxed fun-loving attitude and a talent for taking beautiful photographs that tell the story of your wedding day.

615.567.3850

615.538.5933

Both artists take different approaches to photography, using different lenses and strategies to create a completely unique mix of images you can’t find anywhere else.

www.DetailsNashville.com

Forever Images

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www.pucciniphoto.com

Stevie Ramos Photography

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We’re a complete working custom Photography Studio situated on a 40 acre farm in Williamson County… Our farm gives us ample photo opportunities for any situation! We can create any type of scene… We LOVE to create stories for each couple to share and love for a lifetime! We absolutely LOVE all of our couples! We enjoy building lasting relationships with our clients, and that’s exactly what we do, we develop lifelong friends!

My wedding photography incorporates a fresh take on the art photojournalism while still embracing the time-honored wedding traditions. Capturing the unique moments of a wedding day is my passion, and I love to be a part of my clients’ experience. I want you to be captured on your wedding day.

615.642.3587

615.988.0305

www.AnnsForeverImages.com

www.stevieramosphoto.com

Receptions & Wedding Sites High Gravity Photography

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Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club Inside Front Cover

615.838.6328

www.highgravityphotography.com

KG Photography

High Gravity Photography is trend-setting, unique, and has an innovative style. My passion for creating amazing photography ensures that my work is always of the highest quality. My diverse collection combines artistic flair with technical skill to create amazing photographs.

Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club provides the ambiance and service to make beautiful memories that will exceed both you and your guests expectations. Our versatile Ballrooms can provide the grand elegance you may be looking for with its crystal chandeliers, built in banquet bar and parquet dance floor. The Glass Room, our Junior Ballroom, opens onto a covered terrace for your indoor/ outdoor entertaining options all while looking over the 18th Green. From the Engagement Party to the Ceremony and Reception, we can do it all. Experience the distinction of being a Bluegrass Bride.

615.824.6528

www.bluegrasscountryclub.com

My Fabulous Day Studio

Bound’ry Restaurant

My Fabulous Day Studio is Middle Tennessee’s premier wedding company offering Disc Jockey, Videography, and Photography services as well as your formalwear needs. With almost 30 years in the wedding industry, My Fabulous Day Studio offers top quality and remarkable value that will provide you with memories that will last forever.

Bound’ry and South Street Restaurants have been among Nashville’s favorites for years. Both spaces offer several unique private spaces for any event! The two restaurants are as diverse as they are unique. South Street is the laid back New Southern sister to Boundry, which specializes in “Global Cuisine” pulling flavors and influences from around the world. No matter what your taste, you are likely to find it on this lively little block conveniently located between Vanderbilt University and Music Row.

615-852-7423

615.321.3043

www.myfabulousdaystudio.com

Nicole Warren Photography and Design

www.nicolewarren.me

Kristyn Hogan

Your wedding day is filled with special moments. With each camera click a memory in time is preserved. Allow us to capture these moments that you will treasure for a lifetime.

615.722.7174

www.pansouth.net

Cedarwood Weddings 121

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Come to Cedarwood for romantic outdoor weddings at a picturesque 1830’s antebellum farm estate with historic home, vintage barn, rolling meadows, flower gardens and 50 acres of fresh natural spaces. More than just a venue, we are a team of professionals providing all-inclusive services to fulfill every aspect of your wedding day vision. Gorgeous wedding flowers and decor are always included. Let our award-winning and internationally published event designers infuse your personal style into our country oasis to create an ambiance that is chicly southern and uniquely yours.

615.876.9999

www.cedarwoodweddings.com


Receptions & Wedding Sites Cont. Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt 135

Cheekwood 1 Cheekwood has been voted “Best Place for a Wedding Reception” 7 years in a row by the Nashville Scene. Why? With 8 beautiful ceremony gardens and 4 different reception venues we offer something for almost every bride. Our Museum of art and Frist Learning Centers are unique to Middle Tennessee.

615.354.6377

Located in the West End area of Nashville conveniently located off I-65/I-40 on Broadway Avenue. Within a short distance of our newly built hotel is Nashville’s bustling downtown area, the famous Music Row, and both Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities.

615.369.5900

www.cheekwood.org

Drakewood Farm

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Hilton Nashville Downtown

Drakewood Farm is the perfect setting for your country wedding. Tucked away north of Nashville, on beautiful rolling farm land is an 1850’s historic home with three barns, and ample room for a beautiful outdoor rustic wedding. Call 615.415.7909 or 615.851.2774

615.415.7909

615.620.1000

www.drakewoodfarm.com

www.nashvillehilton.com

Historic Rock Castle

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Rock Castle is the only venue in the area featuring romantic sunsets on Old Hickory Lake and beautiful grounds for your ceremony and reception. There is also a pavilion that can seat up to 112 people for your event. We have the magical setting for your Ceremony and Reception or your rehearsal dinner, We make memories that will last a lifetime.

The Embassy Suites Murfreesboro is the ideal location for Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings & Receptions. Located in the heart of Tennessee, we are the choice for anyone planning an event. The hotel’s 283 suites and our elegant conference center offer the flexibility to accommodate special occasions of any size.

615.890.4464 www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com

615.868.3747

Events at East 96

Hutton Hotel

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www.historicrockcastle.com

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Since 1935, five generations of our family have called East 96 home and we find no greater joy than sharing “home” with you. Every event is unique, but our goal is always the same. To create a memorable day full of joy for you & to leave your guests raving about your event & our service. The Barn is great for Engagement, Bridal or Family Portraits or a charming backdrop for your wedding. The 2,300 square foot open-air pavilion easily accommodates 175 people to celebrate the beginning to your “Happily Ever After”.

Hutton Hotel redefines Southern luxury with unparalleled service and elegant, contemporary design. From black-tie galas to intimate gatherings, our wedding specialists make every detail a personal mission, creating an event that is uniquely yours and leaving you free to relax and enjoy the happiest day of your life.

615.412.9901

6157122307

throughthegrapevine.net

Hard Rock Cafe Nashville

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Hard Rock has been rockin’ the globe for 41 years. Now where could there be a better place for a rockin’ wedding? Located in the historic ‘District’ of downtown Nashville at the foot of Riverfront Park, Hard Rock Cafe is the perfect place to host your wedding. Enjoy an array of customize food and drinks in our newly renovated Reverb Room and partake in the best view of Downtown & the Cumberland River from our Ledge.

615.742.9900

www.hardrock.com/nashville

www.huttonhotel.com/weddings

Legacy Farms

Ace Photography

Visions Photography

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Your wedding will be truly unforgettable at our luxurious hotel with newly renovated guest suites and event space. We are the perfect reception location for weddings offering world class service and accommodations.

Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Hotel and Conference Center 16-17

Edwards Photography Studios

www.nashvillevanderbilt.hgi.com

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Legacy Farms is a truly unique destination offering seamless service for your wedding weekend. Surrounded by 22 acres of peaceful respite, our property and facilities are perfect for hosting a private event. Whether intimate or grande, Legacy Farms has you covered -- even if it rains! There is no need for expensive tenting or complicated backup plans. With the variety of locations on the same property you have several options to choose from. Contact us for more information.

615.321.2394

www.LegacyFarmsTN.com


Lilac Farms at Arrington Vineyards

www.lilacfarmsatarrington.com

Maggiano’s Little Italy

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No matter what the occasion, Maggiano’s Little Italy makes it magical. Whether you’re hosting a Wedding reception, baby shower, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Quinceanera, or a social gathering, your personal Banquet Staff will help you plan the perfect event from start to finish. Big,small,elegant or casual, it’s sure to be an event your guest won’t soon forget.

615.514.0280

www.maggianos.com

Mint Springs Farm

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NOAH LIFF PERA CENTER

615.826.9702

www.springhavenmansion.com

The Bridge Building Event Spaces

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The Bridge Building Event Spaces, a historic landmark located on the newly redeveloped Downtown Riverfront, offers the premiere Nashville destination for your ceremony or reception. Optional all-inclusive wedding packages by Infinity Restaurant Group highlight the full event capabilities of the venue.

615.369.6474

www.thebridgebuilding.com

The Harding House Elegantly nestled in the heart of Belle Meade Plantation, The Harding House offers a location for bridal luncheons, showers, and wedding receptions. Guests celebrate surrounded by the southern ambiance of one of Nashville’s oldest homes. Custom menu and event design provided by Infinity Restaurant Group.

615.395.9975

615.369.6474 www.hardinghousebellemeade.com

mintspringsfarm.net

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The Noah Liff Opera Center is Nashville’s newest and most elegant venue. Renowned architect Earl Swensson and Earl Swensson Associates designed a sleek, contemporary venue with four versatile spaces, each offering a variety of options to cater to your needs. The 2-story, 26,000-squarefoot facility is ideal to host your wedding!

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Spring Haven Mansion is a beautiful historic wedding venue, minutes from Nashville, TN. The grounds of the historic plantation are perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions or any event. It is one of the top wedding locations in Nashville, TN and provides full service and custom packages at reasonable prices.

Mint Springs Farm is an all-inclusive venue located just a short drive south of Nashville, Tennessee. We take pride in planning and organizing every detail of your wedding. With our expertise, you can enjoy being a bride minus the stress of planning. We can accommodate weddings during all seasons.

Noah Liff Opera Center

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Kevin Hogan Photography

Lilac Farms is a predominantly outdoor venue, surrounded by Arrington Vineyard grapevines, large trees and lilacs. With 2 recently renovated homes, red rustic barn and beautiful landscaped grounds there are many options to help you create your perfect wedding. We invite you to come experience Tennessee Wine Country with us!

615.878.3262

Spring Haven Mansion

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Contact Sarah Willard, Events Manager SWillard@nashvilleopera.org

615.832.5242

noahliffoperacenter.com

The Hermitage Hotel

131

Making dreams come true since 1910. The Hermitage Hotel takes pride in providing Tennessee’s finest service and culinary expertise to you and your guests. Our exceptionally creative chefs and experienced caterers will work with you to make your wedding an especially personal celebration. We look forward to assisting you with the planning of such a wonderful, special day and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of the beginning of your life together.

615.345.7109

www.thehermitagehotel.com

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Union Station Hotel

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Located downtown, Rocketown offers an urban alternative venue for today’s bride. Rocketown has free parking, in house lighting and sound, and hands-on event staff. Rocketown welcomes any outside vendors, and our dedicated staff can help you achieve your wedding dream! We can host any element of your wedding weekend.

Let your history together begin amid the picturesque arches and elegant accents of this 100-year old restored railway station providing an eclectic blend of Old World character and chic, modern-day luxury.

615.843.4003 www.rocketown/rentals/weddings

615.726.1001 www.unionstationhotelnashville.com


Rehearsal Dinner Amerigo Italian Restaurant

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Draping Designs

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Whether it’s a bridal shower for 10 or a rehearsal dinner for 60, Amerigo offers the very best in private dining to suit your special event! We will work with you to provide personalized service to create customized menus within your budget parameters. To check availability, call Ali Gensert at 615-298-2986.

Draping Designs & Decor is a custom event draping company, and with our many years of experience we will create a beautiful comfortable setting for you and your guest on your wedding day. We can enhance any location such as a tent, ballroom, church or hall and transform your special day.

615.298.2986

615.430.6577

www.amerigo.net

Etch Restaurant

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www.drapingdesigns.com

Grand Central Party Rental, Inc. 125

Etch offers two private dining rooms for bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners and small receptions. Treat your guests to an eclectic menu of global flavors and decadent desserts by Chef Deb Paquette. Conveniently located in the SoBro district, Etch has complimentary valet parking and is within walking distance of several downtown attractions.

Your Day . .Your Style. .Your Dream!

615.522.0685

615.868.3747

www.etchrestaurant.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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When it has to be perfect look no further than Grand Central Party Rental. Full service rental company offering Tents, Tables Chairs, Linens, China, Flatware, Glassware, Lighting, Draping and More! Our ultimate goal is superior customer service along with quality equipment to create an event that will be both enchanting and memorable.

www.grandcentralparty.com

Liberty Party Rental

In search of the ideal setting for your wedding event? Treat your guests to an unforgettable experience by hosting your event in our private dining space. At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, we treat every event with the utmost care and attention. Our team works with every bride, ensuring that each celebration stays true to your tastes and budget.

The Delight is in the Details. You enjoy yourself. We’ll take care of the rest. Not only do we have the tents, tables, glassware and linens you’re looking for, we have the people that spin them into something special your guests will talk about for years to come.

615.320.0163

615.822.4392

www.ruthschris.com

The Hermitage Hotel

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Making dreams come true since 1910. The Hermitage Hotel takes pride in providing Tennessee’s finest service and culinary expertise to you and your guests. Our exceptionally creative chefs and experienced caterers will work with you to make your wedding an especially personal celebration. We look forward to assisting you with the planning of such a wonderful, special day and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of the beginning of your life together.

615.345.7109

www.thehermitagehotel.com

www.LibertyPartyRental.com

Southern Events Party Rental & Vintage Prop Shoppe Back Cover Located in Historic Franklin and serving Greater Middle Tennessee, Southern Events is your full service party rental company. Our customized inventory can be viewed online as well as unique items including furniture and heirloom china from our Vintage Prop Shoppe. We welcome your visit to our showroom... Please call our office to schedule your personal tour and consultation where our committed team of event professionals are here to inspire you and help bring your vision to life. Make your wedding a Southern Event!

615.595.8508

www.southerneventsonline.com

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Classic Party Rentals Nashville is the one-stop shop for everything you need to throw a memorable bash. We have you covered from tent top to tabletop. Our highly trained, professional staff is always on call to make sure your party is set up on time, in superb condition, in any weather. So whether you’re planning a Southern barbeque for six or a reception for hundreds, if it’s a big event to you, it’s a big event to us.

We have everything you need for your wedding! Be sure to contact us for all of your wedding supply and rental needs. We will provide you with great quality and great service in your joyous time.

615.641.1111 www.nashville.classicpartyrentals.com

615.431.0020 www.hendersonvillepartystore.com

Contact us today about our special pricing on chairs and 10% off tent rental.


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Grand Avenue Grand Avenue Limousine & Luxury Transport Services delivers the ultimate chauffeured transportation experience in and around Greater Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, and Middle Tennessee areas. Professional, courteous drivers, impeccable vehicles, guaranteed ontime arrival and personal delivery - we see to every detail to make your travel a pleasure, and treat you like royalty while in our care.

615.714.5466

www.grandavenueworldwide.com

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Street Tuxedo is your exclusive destination for the latest wedding fashions plus way more! Here you’ll find the top tuxedo styles for 2013 going forward, “We’ve Got Your Color” online color selector, Featured Designers and Special Offers. We welcome your Groom to TRY ON any styles that interest him before you make your final choice of suit or tuxedo. Let us take you beyond the typical tuxedo shopping experience with our style profiler and give you advice from our expert stylists to achieve an unforgettable look on your Fabulous Day.

615.771.0948

www.streettuxedo.com

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At Details Nashville, we are equipped with the most upto-date HD video equipment capable of clearly capturing your wedding day. But the best equipment in the world doesn’t mean much unless we can creatively capture the uniqueness of your special day. Lucky for you, we are experienced cinematographers who are ready to do just that!

615.567.3850

www.DetailsNashville.com

Foxrun Films Foxrun Films is Nashville’s newest name in wedding video. We offer simple packages that are visually stunning without stunning your budget. We not only capture the grandeur of your wedding day, but the tiniest beautiful details, too. We work seamlessly with your photographer to ensure the best in photography and video. And most importantly, we work for you. Our coverage lasts all day; you won’t be restricted by hour requirements or time frames!

269.365.3712

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Peerless Films provides cinema quality content going above and beyond to effectively document the most important day of your life through a compelling and captivating story. We will customize a package to fit your needs and your budget.

615.396.7259

peerlessfilms.com


Kristy Ritchie + Matthew Block October 26, 2013

~ Congrat s to our ~

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Photography by Forever Images


Behind theScenes Photographer Forever Images Ceremony & Reception Location Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Catering Embassy Suites Bridal Shop & Bridal Party Bridal Warehouse


tflemingphotography.com

Raise your glass and toast to the future at Embassy Suites.

The Embassy Suites Murfreesboro - Hotel and Conference Center offers the size and amenities to host the most elegant receptions in a location that is convenient. Plan your wedding reception today by calling 615.890.4464 or at www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com


Our Southern style wedding packages are designed to provide both you and your guests with VIP treatment.


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Ashlan Boss & Bryant Hare 06.07.14

Brynn & Mitchell Buchanan 05.26.13

Jessica Sloan & Kevin Elam 04.12.14

Candice Jones Photography

Details Nashville

Forever Images

Miranda Gaboury and Drew Rowley 06.14.14

Leah Lampley & Dean Morgan 09.28.13

Jordan Taylor & Jeremy Conn 12.13.14

Ace Photography

Puccini Photography

High Gravity Photography

Ariel Turner & Matthew Warren 10.10.13

Amanda & Scott Hornby 10.26.13

Paige Rogers & Cameron Bailey 05.31.14

Nicole Warren Photography & Design

Details Nashville

Candice Jones Photography

Congratulations To all of these Nashville couples


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Your Wedding Cake Always, always, always do cake tastings!

Know how many guests are planning to attend.

A cake can look beautiful and still taste horrible. Taste each baker’s cake prior to placing a deposit!

Once you have your guest count, your baker can tell you how many tiers your cake should have. If you want to save the top tier, you may need an additional or larger tier.

Look around at different styles and designs, and have an idea of how you want your cake to look before you meet with your baker to nail down a design. Have two or three ideas available to discuss, and see what his or her opinion is on the best style and design for your guest count.

Choose the shape of each tier next or decide upon a design from step two. Your baker may provide multiple options for tier shapes if you would like to build a custom look, or you can begin discussing what you love about the designs you found.

Be aware of food allergies. Do you or your future hubby have a food allergy of some sort? Be sure to tell your baker about any allergies or dietary restrictions you may have before going further.

Choose your cake flavors, fillings, and icing! Keep in mind that your baker may suggest using fondant for certain cake designs or outdoor weddings. This could change how much your cake costs as well as the way your cake tastes, so be aware of this before moving forward. Once that is settled, choose which flavor, filling, and icing combo is just perfect for you!


Cori O’Brien + Matt Camp September 14, 2013

Photography by Puccini Photography

Congrats to our

Cover Contest

Runner-up

Behind theScenes Photographer Puccini Photography Bridal Shop, Bridal Party & Formalwear Bridal Warehouse Rentals and Decor Art Pancake’s


Weddings | Corporate Events | School Dances Parties & Karaoke | Celebrations of any kind DJ Emcees specializes in offering great entertaining DJ’s with experience to move the crowd and energize the party. Our philosophy is to entertain your guests and make your event special because no two events are alike. We will do our research before we perform your event. DjEmcees will consult with you on your announcements and music preferences during the planning phase creating a specialized night that everyone will remember. It’s up to you! Whatever music and DJ you desire we can make it happen and give your event that special touch.

Don’t just hire a company that plays music, hire the DJ!

Featuring Nashville premier dj’s Dj Cale, Dj Hish, Dj Steve and Dj Jeff

615.585.5471

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Rentals & Decor Tennessee’s Leading Wedding Resource

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Southern Events Party Rental & Vintage Prop Shoppe southerneventsonline.com

Q: Tell us about your company. Southern Events is a Party Rental Company based in Franklin, Tennessee. Our specialty is distinct rentals, southern charm and superb results!

Q: Detail what your services bring to a wedding celebration. Beyond the basic tables and chairs (which of course, every event needs in some form or fashion), your rentals can be a key part of bringing your vision to life. Southern Events works hard to meet and set the trends coming down the pipeline in wedding décor and then have these items ready to rent. Our Vintage Prop Shoppe is a perfect example of this. Full of unique items like heirloom china and charming furniture, we had this available to our clients before anyone else. And for those couples not quite sure about their “vision,” our staff can share creativity and help you stay on budget, too.

Q: Do you have a favorite current trend in weddings or a prediction for up-and-coming trends?

www.ThePinkBride.com The Pink Bride is here to help you plan your perfect wedding!

The Evolution of Vintage! While Vintage style is not going anywhere, this hot trend IS evolving. Incorporating new layers of texture and bold colors, Vintage is beginning to shift from a rustic, farm, country to an industrial, hipster, opulence that speaks to so many of our couples today.

Q: What advice or tips do you have for brides as they plan their big day? Setting an appointment to meet with your vendors can really save a lot of time, particularly when working with us on your wedding rentals. This way we can guarantee the items you want to see are in house, and not at another event! Dropping by the showroom to browse does not ensure we can give you our full attention or stop to take you on a tour of the warehouse. Most of all, trust in the professionals you have hired. We are just as committed to making your wedding day fabulous as you are and the more you trust that this is the case, the easier it is for our team to work our magic…letting you relax and enjoy the day!

also find us on facebook.com/ThePinkBrideCo pinterest.com/thepinkbride Twitter: @pinkbrideco Instagram: @thepinkbride G+: google.com/+thepinkbride

Photography by Chesbro Photography, I love you too photography & Ace Photography


Natalie Anne Cole + James Christopher Smith September 14, 2013

Photography by Candice Jones Photography


Behind theScenes Photography Candice Jones Photography Ceremony & Reception Location Mint Springs Farm Wedding Planner Kesha, Mint Springs Farm


Experience everything you’ll need to create your perfect wedding

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For more information or to buy tickets call 865.531.3941 or visit www.ThePinkBride.com

Showcasing only the best wedding professionals!

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Cayce Ryan + Andrew Rhea NOvember 2, 2013

Ceremony & Reception Location The Bridge Building Event Spaces

Behind theScenes Ceremony & Reception Location The Bridge Building Event Spaces Photographer Love Is A Big Deal Wedding Planners Diane Tate & Leah Kutil, The Bridge Building Catering Infinity Restaurant Group Jewelry Platinum Jewelers Calligraphy Bride Bridal Party Bella Bridesmaid Boudoir Photos Celebrate You’re Sexy


fabulous florals

Events at East 96 Outdoor Event Venue Lascassas, tn

615.412.9901 www.facebook.com/EventsatEast96 www.throughthegrapevine.net east96events@gmail.com

Happily Ever After Starts Here...

by appointment only

615.915.0043 www.branchingouteventflorist.com

a very unique atmosphere for any occasion

615.321.3043

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www.pansouth.net

Private events spaces Atmosphere for any occasion including: Elegant Wedding Reception Rehearsal Dinner Casual Wedding Shower

Offsite catering from our renowned Chef

for more information please call Margo or Natalie

Photos by Shannon Fulton Photography and EAC Photography


Five Fun

Bridal Shower Themes These unique shower ideas offer tons of fun, laughter, and gifts for the bride!

1. Alphabet Bridal Shower

4. Pajama Spa Shower

Assign each guest a letter in the bride-to-be’s full (married!) name. Then, have the guests purchase items from her registry, wrap the gift, and decorate it with the letter they were assigned. As gifts arrive, spell out the bride’s name! Let her new monogram be your decorating inspiration. If guests are really creative, they can try to find a gift on her registry that corresponds with their letter. Guest favors could be hanging initial ornaments with the first initial of each guest’s name.

Have guests wear their pajamas, put a bunch of pillows on the floor, and shower the bride-to-be with spa-related items! Then put on a good chick flick and indulge in giving each other manicures, pedicures, and facials well into the evening while you snack on comfort foods. Guest favors could be nail polish in the bride’s wedding colors!

2. Around-the-House Shower

Guests can write their favorite recipes on cards and give to the bride along with gifts of non-perishable foods needed to prepare the recipe in a (reusable!) gift basket. Alternatively, guests can give an appliance used in the dish’s creation. Another favorite way of conducting this shower is to have guests prepare each dish to bring to the shower for everyone to eat! Guest favors could be cute cookie-cutters or mini whisks.

Assign each guest a room in the house to purchase an item for from her registry. Decorations should be in the bride’s favorite color to accent her home. Serve foods she loves! Guest favors could be little key necklaces.

3. Honeymoon Shower Encourage guests to purchase gifts for the bride and groom via their honeymoon registry. Alternatively, give guests the option of purchasing a gift that would celebrate their honeymoon location, like flip-flops, sunglasses, or signature drink mixes. Wrapping paper and decorations could follow the honeymoon destination theme! Guest favors could be a keychain with the destination theme – like a mini Eiffel Tower or sand in a bottle.

5. Stock the Pantry Shower

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Florals Flowers by Branching Out Floral & Event Design Photography by Rob mould photography


www.tuxedoavenue.com

Tuxedo Avenue inside all USA Bridal locations! 900 Conference Dr - Goodlettsville Tn - 615.855.1005

www.usabridal.com


Katie Nsairy + Brent Ford August 24, 2013

Behind theScenes Ceremony Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Reception Belle Meade Plantation Photographer Lotus Blossom Caterer Chef Works Flowers Enchanted Florist Music Acoustic Duo, Kassie and Troy DJ Tim Hiber Cake Dulce Desserts


Sara Tarpley + William Tumlin June 9, 2013

Ceremony & Reception Location Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club

Behind theScenes Ceremony & Reception Location Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club Photographer Jamison Skinner Catering Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club


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Custom Event Draping by

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2605B Grissom Drive. Nashville,Tn 37204

Draping Designs Weddings . tents . Special Events 615.430.6577

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Megan Lawrence + Matthew Nale September 28, 2013

Photography by High Gravity Photography

Congrats to our

Cover Contest

Runner-up

Behind theScenes Photography High Gravity Photography Bridal Shop Glitz Bridal Bridal Party Bridal Warehouse


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Love Photography by Puccini Photography


Morgan Green + Brett Kenny May 25, 2013

Ceremony & Reception Location Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art


Behind theScenes Ceremony & Reception Location Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art

Photographer A. Shore Photography


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Is your wedding around a holiday? Do you have several out-of-town guests?

“honour” with a “u” is traditionally used for church weddings only

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inVite tImelIne send inVitations: 4-8 weeks before wedding

send saVe the dates: 6-8 months before wedding

send wedding announCeMents: Day after wedding

the big day order inVites: 3-8 months before wedding

addressing

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355 Woodberry Street Knoxville, Tennessee 37923

Mr. and Mrs. John Peterson 2000 Happy Hallow Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37923

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If you want to hire a calligrapher to address your envelopes, be sure to reserve in advance, so she can schedule your wedding.

bring a CoMPleted inVitation to the Post offiCe to haVe it weighed many require postage for at least two ounces, which exceeds the cost of a first class stamp also... Have a reply card and its envelope weighed as well to ensure that you don’t go over - or underpay for that postage. Square or over-sized envelopes require extra postage, as well as invitations with multiple pieces.

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Carie Nesbit + Matthew Cumbee September 6, 2013

Ceremony & Reception Location Mint Springs Farm

Behind theScenes Ceremony & Reception Location Mint Springs Farm Photographer Zach and Sarah Wedding Planner Mint Springs Farm Cake Signature Cakes By Vicki Catering Chef Penelope


ClassiC Party rentals 1510 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37210 Phone: 615.641.1111 www.ClassicPartyRentals.com •

Classic Party Rentals


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Sweet Country Photography by Ace Photography At Historic Cedarwood


Nashville, TN 662-419-0765 twistedfigcakedesigns.com

Flowers Forever Inc. Preserve your bridal bouquet for generations to come!

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Oval Frames • Rectangle Frames • Shadowboxes Bridal Gown Preservation • Keepsake Boxes • & More!

www.FlowersForeverinc.com

Meghan Lederer • 865-385-0882 Linda Lawless • 615-974-0450 Peggy Lowe • 901-496-1707


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Celebration Photography by HIgh Gravity Photography


Tuxedo

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Mark Street, Street Tuxedo streettuxedo.com

Q: Tell us about your company. Street Tuxedo is a family owned, faith based business with almost 30 years of operation. We have four locations all in middle Tennessee. We do what we love and love what we do. Customer service is #1 on our list.

Q: Detail what your services bring to a wedding celebration. We pride ourselves on having the latest fashions, i.e. slim fit, suits in greys and navy, and accessories in every color imaginable. We also offer a concierge service which has become extremely popular. We will come to where the gentlemen are getting dressed equipped to do any last minute alterations, steaming, bow tying…we will deliver and pick up the tuxes/suits as well.

Q: Do you have a favorite current trend in weddings or a prediction for up-and-coming trends? My favorite trend right now is the fact that we are finally coming back to “good ole classic tuxedos” but with a slimmer, more tailored look. Our Ike Behar Slim Fit 1 button peak paired with cummerbund, suspenders and selftie bow tie is absolutely the epitome of CLASS!

Q: What advice or tips do you have for brides as they plan their big day? Please take advantage of our free preview when picking out your wedding day attire. We allow the groom to try on as many styles as necessary to find that “perfect look”. The bride would never pick a dress from a catalog nor from a mannequin without trying it on…why should the groom be any different? Also, having groomsmen from out of town poses no problem for Street Tuxedo as we have associates country wide.

Photography by Joe Hendricks Photography, I love you too Photography & Mary Rosenbaum Photography

bluemasonphotos@gmail.com www.bluemasonphotos.com


Venue: Lilac Farms at Arrington Vineyards Photography: Ace Photography Shoot Design: Savoir Faire Florist: Branching Out Floral & Event Design Cake: Signature Cakes Rentals and Decor: Grand Central Party Rentals Dance Floor: Grand Central Party Rentals Bridal Gowns: Bridal Warehouse Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Tuxedos: Street Tuxedo Car: Grand Avenue Videography: Foxrun FIlms Hair & Makeup: Erin Oviatt and Courtney Leigh


Rustic Vineyard Charm

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As you’ve planning your wedding, you’re making lots of choices of the dress, the venue, the flowers, the bridal party, the food and entertainment and so much more. You’ve sent out the save the dates and the invitations offering a sneak peek of your big day... now, it’s time. The Wedding Day is here - have you thought of all the ways to incorporate paper goods into the big day? There’s so many great ways to use paper and really make your big day all about you as a couple — without a lot of expensive with a big WOW factor. Check out a few ideas here...

Whether it be your favorite furry ones or your favorite little ones, ‘Here Comes the Bride’ signs are a great way to add a personal touch. YAY! flags for your guests to wave as you make your way out for the recession make a fabulous photo opportunity.

There’s so many kinds of programs to do - shapes, fortune-tellers, fans and more. Ultimately,there’s so many ways to tell your guests about the ceremony and wedding party in a style and format that’s all you.


The reception is an open canvas for paper goods to show your guests details about you. For example, use concerts, music, movies, books for table numbers and escort cards. Add fun details like bunting, puzzles and unique guest books to leave your guests talking about how amazing your big day was!

Layout, design & article by Designs in Paper


tIPs to maKe your

Hair Sparkle on your WeDDIng Day!

1 hire a Professional.

We know some of your are very good at styling hair but hiring a professional is the way to go; especially for your wedding day.

2 do you Color your hair?

make sure you talk to your stylist at least 6 months prior to your wedding. this will allow you and your stylist to achieve the perfect color on your big day.

3 outdoor wedding?

Be sure to choose a hair style that can take the heat. also be sure to use lots of hair spray (maybe have one of your bridesmaids keep some hair spray with them at all times to fix any hair that might be falling).

4 PraCtiCe Makes PerfeCt.

Be sure to set an appointment with your stylist a few weeks before your wedding. use this time to share hair ideas with your stylist. this will help you see what you will look like on your wedding day and allows the hair stylist a little practice before the big day!

5 want to be sure your hair looks aMaZing on your wedding day?

Be sure to start using a deep conditioner at least three months before your wedding. ask your stylist for tips on which conditioner is best for your hair.

6 keeP it dirty.

many times hair stylists like to work with dirty hair when styling. Dirty hair can often help the hair style last longer.

7 hair ChoiCes.

Having trouble settling on one hair style? try one for your wedding day and another for bridal shots or day after wedding shots.

8 Veil or no Veil?

this seems to be the big question facing the modern bride. this is your wedding day and only opportunity to wear a veil so why not wear one of the ceremony and switch to a beautiful hair piece or hair jewelry for the reception.

9 be sure to bring all your hair aCCessories to your trial run.

this includes your veil and jewelry! you will want to see how this compliments your hair style.

10 Choosing the right hairstyle for you!

you want to look naturally beautiful on your wedding day. If you don't wear you hair up then Do not wear it up on your wedding day! start with your favorite everyday look and let your stylist take charge! Adapted from somethingturquoise.com


Lyndsey Robison + Jared Welch December 1, 2012

Photography by Details Nashville

Congrats to our

Cover Contest

Runner-up

Behind theScenes Photographer Details Nashville Catering Chef’s Market


Ashleigh Stevenson +

Thomas Kendrot June 29, 2013

Gown by SEAM

Behind theScenes Gown SEAM Photographer Tarasierra Photography Ceremony & Recpetion Location Mint Springs Farm Cake Signature Cakes Catering Chef Penelope Florist Mint Springs Farm


Wedding & Reception Location

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Scott Glasgow, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art cheekwood.org

Q: Tell us about your company. Cheekwood, Nashville’s premiere wedding destination, is the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, showers, ceremonies and receptions of all sizes. In lieu of a vast ballroom, Cheekwood offers unique indoor and outdoor spaces including botanical gardens and an historic mansion set for a bride’s wedding fantasy to unfold.

Q: Detail what your services bring to a wedding celebration. Cheekwood offers one stop shopping for brides including hands-on wedding coordination and vendor referrals. In addition, being a not for profit, each dollar spent for your wedding directly impacts the growth and many programs this beautiful property offers to the local community.

Q: Do you have a favorite current trend in weddings or a prediction for up-and-coming trends? Brides are looking more and more for unique experiences to create their wedding story. From intimate garden ceremonies to celebrity style receptions, Cheekwood can make any “outside the box” dream a reality.

Q: Describe one of the most unique details or touching moments you were ever a part of at a wedding. Cheekwood was fortunate to be able to open their doors to displaced brides and their families following the flood of 2010 in Nashville. It was a special time for the Cheekwood family to efficiently and effectively execute plans that had been made for months for their special day.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

Photography by Dove Wedding Photography


Jackie West & Kevin Davis 08.08.14

Brittainy & Adam Bailey 05.25.13

Cori O’Brien & Matt Camp 09.14.13

Candice Jones Photography

Details Nashville

Puccini Photography

Kristy & Matt Block 10.26.13

Hillary Warrington & Keith Minor 10.18.14

Katie Moore & James Farris 05.17.14

Forever Images

Ace Photography

High Gravity Photography

Diana Cheung & Andrew Bodiford 07.19.14

Amanda Hoover & Theo Spanoudis 12.28.13

Kara Atkins & John Mischke 08.24.13

Ace Photography

Blue Mason Photography

High Gravity Photography

Congratulations To all of these Nashville couples


Photographer

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Nicole Warren, Nicole Warren Photography and Design nicolewarren.me

Q: Tell us about your company. Nicole Warren Photography and Design is here to serve you. We are still new to the middle Tennessee area and are excited to bring our expertise to your wedding day! We offer many services including wedding photography, print design and post wedding sessions.

Q: Detail what your services bring to a wedding celebration. Here at the Nicole Warren Photography and Design studio, we focus on working with the couple in the months leading up to the wedding to ensure they do not have to think about their photography team on the day of the wedding itself. We sit down with the bride and groom to discuss what’s the most important part of their wedding, style preferences, family dynamics, order of ceremony and time allocated for family and group photos, and reception expectations, etc. We will work with the bride and groom to ensure not only the magical day is captured, but done so in such a way that is transparent and stress-free for you.

Q: Do you have a favorite current trend in weddings or a prediction for up-and-coming trends? Every bride is trying to save money on that perfect day. A current trend has been to have a Sunday or weekday wedding. Most venues are less expensive and many services are discounted. Not to mention how many more dates that opens up for your wedding day.

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Choose Your Bridesmaids Wisely

This no-drama guide will help you quit stressing over which ladies to choose for your bridal party! “Why did I ever ask her to be a bridesmaid? She’s insane!”

I cannot tell you how often I have heard these words from brides a month or two before their wedding. For whatever reason – be it number of attendants on the groom’s side, stress, or guilty association – some brides twist themselves in knots over which girls to choose for bridesmaids or (gasp!) the Maid of Honor. In a haste to make everyone who thinks she should be part of your bridal party happy, you ask ladies you really do not know well. Before you know it, you have a small army of attendants you rarely see until just before the wedding. Not cool! Every decision you make about your attendants can have a resounding effect on the moods surrounding the festivities both before and during your wedding day. Keep the following quick tips in mind before popping the big question to your girls!

1. Choose a friend or family member who will take being your bridesmaid seriously.

This means she will try to move her schedule around to help with your DIY tasks when she can, will listen to you rant about your wedding woes (but will stop you before you go over the edge!), and will even help plan your bridal shower. Then, she will actually commit to being at the shower. Make sure the lady you ask is tons of fun and would be willing to cut-up to relieve your stress - but she truly must be dependable, too. If someone you have in mind tends to RSVP to your get-togethers or parties and then doesn’t come, and you learn about the other party she went to instead via photos on Facebook, she is likely not bridesmaid material…no matter how fun she can make a party (if she actually arrives).

2. Choose attendants you can see yourself having strong friendships with well into the future.

Harsh as it sounds, asking ladies you do not expect to continue friendships with after you are married ultimately dates your

wedding. Honor your closest friends and family with this role – not the girls in your best friend’s group with whom you rarely spoke.

3. You do not have to have the same number of attendants on both sides.

So what if your groom has five guys, and you only chose four girls? It is really not that big of an issue. Leave your number where it is if it means you might ask someone you will regret choosing later. Keep in mind that having more maids means more bouquets, more bridal party gifts, and more miscellaneous costs, too.

4. Scared that choosing a Maid of Honor will hurt someone else’s feelings?

Do not be. The other ladies should understand that it is not necessarily a game of favorites. (Okay…maybe it is. Just a little.) If feelings do get hurt, let your other maids know that you chose your MOH for her planning and visionary abilities. You probably also chose her for her ability to nip drama in the bud before it starts, which is a must with almost any group of girls in a high-stress situation! The day is about you, and your MOH will be with you more than anyone else throughout the day. In other words, it is okay to have favorites here.

5. Think of the bottom line in the end!

Getting married is one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. Cherish it with the ladies who have made your journey more meaningful because they have been a part of it! When it comes to choosing your attendants, I always say to think before you ask. Sleep on it. Chat with your future hubby about it. In the end, only pick the girls you are closest to. After all, if you are close to someone, you likely already know if she is “insane,” and you can save yourself the unpleasant surprise of finding out later! by Pink Lady Andrea


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American Spirit Photography by Candice Jones Photography


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BRIDAL MYTHS

Debunked!

Is wedding advice coming at you from every angle? Determine what’s fact and what’s fiction by debunking these common wedding myths.

1

IT’S NOT REALLY A WEDDING IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW TRADITION. The first person to buck tradition and wear white was Queen Victoria (that’s right...brides have not always worn white). This is now taken for granted as standard attire as is a wedding cake, first dance, bouquet toss and something blue. A wedding simply requires an officiant, license and witness. The celebration of said wedding should be an expression of the couple’s personalities, and sometimes breaking the rules leads to new traditions that are a better fit than those of past generations.

4

The Bride’s parents pay for wedding and reception; groom’s parents pay for rehearsal dinner. Wouldn’t it be nice if Mom and Dad still footed the bill? Not so with modern weddings. This myth goes out the window, as at least a third of wedding costs are now covered by the couple themselves. Families today are pooling their resources and then, together, determining how funds are spent for all related events.

2

Thank-you notes can be sent by email.

3

THE BRIDE CAN ONLY BE GIVEN AWAY BY HER FATHER.

While email is the preferred way of communication for many a message, it is generally frowned upon when thanking your wedding guests. Hand written thank-you notes are far from outdated, and though tedious to a generation of texters, it must be done. Appreciate this dying art, and take the time to communicate as your grandparents would. Years later, a friend will dig out your hand written note, carefully saved. Not your email.

This myth dates back to the days of old, when daughters were literal property of their fathers, and a wedding was merely a business deal for Dad to expand his fortunes through the sale of his daughter. While the tradition still sticks to this day, I doubt very much that modern brides would describe themselves as part of dad’s estate. Your aisle escort should be a person that played a significant and supportive role in your path to finding true love.

5

WEDDING LUCK (AND MARRIAGE) DEPENDS ON A SIXPENCE, SPIDERS AND SUPERSTITIONS. Here’s the thing about luck... it all depends on the belief that wearing a certain color, carrying a token or changing your behavior will shift future events to their preferred outcome. Luck is mostly used as a way to counter those things completely out of our control and has often been a way of explaining the unexplained. If only making it through the first year of marriage was as easy as saving the top tier of your cake. Make your own luck with careful planning, professional vendors and a positive attitude.


6

Vendors will always give a discount if you ask.

7

If you can’t foot the bar bill, offer a cash bar.

Wedding vendors are not Mexican bazaars where you haggle the best possible deal. While a vendor may run a promotion, expecting to get a discount because you’re a bride is like expecting your doctor to run a special because you’re a patient. This doesn’t make long-term business sense. Instead, plan to attend a local bridal show for show-only specials or giveaways, and be honest about your budget and vision with wedding vendors. Professionals will work with brides to find creative ways to stretch your buck and meet their bottom line.

Cash bars are T-A-C-K-Y... as well as anything else on your wedding day that require your guests to pony up cash. Remember these are the same dearly loved friends and family that bought a special outfit, traveled across the country, paid for a hotel room and bought you a gift for your wedding. During the wedding day, guests’ wallets should stay in back pockets and purses. Tactful Solution: If you are set on offering liquor at your wedding but fear the cost, consider a limited bar with only wine and beer (better yet keg beer, often costing half as much per serving as bottled).

10

8

Brides on a budget save big with DIY Projects.

9

Wedding Day is the Bride’s Day.

With the vastness of today’s World Wide Web, the likelihood of finding a bargain can make DIY more costly than one thinks. This is even more apparent when your inner crafter is not well-matched to make DIY magic (but Martha Stewart made it look so easy!). And remember, time is money, even if it is your time. Be realistic about how much time will need to be dedicated to DIY projects, particularly in the last few weeks leading up to wedding day (when the to-do list is never ending and you’d rather be with your family). If the budget is stretched thin, it might make more sense to skip it all together.

While you and your groom are certainly the guests of honor, a bride with her sights set on making wedding day entirely about her is likely to be labeled a bridezilla. Weddings are as much about the happy couple and their new life together as it is a celebration for all the related family members. Instead, find ways to celebrate your family or close friends and their traditions with your new love and the traditions in store for years to come. This ensures your guests feel part of a truly special event.

Your bridal party must have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. Today’s bride has thrown out all the rules when it comes to bridal parties. With your closest friends and family by your side on wedding day, trying to stay in the box of specific numbers or even genders just doesn’t work. Nowadays, your maid of honor is now your man of honor, pooches are playing ring bearer and dancing to the altar is what makes wedding ceremonies personal, memorable and unique.

To find more articles like this one, go to ThePinkBook.com. Our blog is updated daily with advice, inspiration and real weddings!


Nashville GUIDE WEDDING AND RECEPTION

This section was created to help you choose a reception site for your big day. When you are trying to decide what place is best for your event, keep in mind that every facility has different advantages. You can use the following pages to compare and contrast the benefits of different venues. Once you have narrowed the facilities down make sure you visit them. Take time to sample some of their food and take a tour of the facility. Make sure the place you choose fits all your needs. Many of these facilities can also accommodate your rehearsal dinner or other party needs

Bound’ry

The Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club is located in the lush rolling hills of Sumner County, minutes north of Nashville on Johnny Cash Parkway in Hendersonville. Our versatile Ballrooms can accommodate many styles and sizes of Wedding Celebrations from the Engagement Party to the Ceremony and Reception. The Ballroom, with its crystal chandeliers, built in Bar and parquet Dance Floor is the place to dance the night away to a Live Band or a Rocking DJ. The Glass Room which opens onto a covered terrace is the ideal space for an on site Ceremony, Intimate Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Engagement Party all while overlooking the lush 18th Green. We can do it all, all under one roof. Experience the distinction of being a Bluegrass Bride. *Clubhouse Buy outs and Poolside options are available 550 East Main Street, Hendersonville 615.824.6528 ext. 111 www.bluegrasscountryclub.com

Featuring a menu specializing in Contemporary Global Cuisine with a Southern Twist, Bound’ry offers an extensive beer and wine list and traditional or tapa style dining. We have several unique private and semi private dining areas to accommodate groups as small as 10 to groups as large as 200. We also offer offsite award winning catering.

KG Photography

Bluegrass Yacht & country club

Wedding & Reception Locations

For reservations call 615-321-3043.

911 20th Ave South Nashville, TN 37212 615.321.3043 www.pansouth.net


Cheekwood

Kristyn Hogan

Harmony Designs

Cedarwood Weddings

Come to Cedarwood for romantic outdoor weddings at a picturesque 1830’s antebellum farm estate with historic home, vintage barn, rolling meadows, flower gardens and 50 acres of fresh natural spaces. More than just a venue, we are a team of professionals providing all-inclusive services to fulfill every aspect of your wedding day vision. Gorgeous wedding flowers and decor are always included, plus Cedarwood’s extensive collection of antique props and vintage accessories is yours to use at no additional cost. Let our awardwinning and internationally published event designers infuse your personal style into our country oasis to create an ambiance that is chicly southern and uniquely yours. 3831 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville, TN 37207 615.876.9999 www.cedarwoodweddings.com

Cheekwood has been voted “Best Place for a Wedding Reception” for 7 years in a row by the Nashville Scene. Why? With 8 beautiful ceremony gardens and 4 different reception venues we offer something for almost every bride. Our Museum of Art & Frist Learning Center (the mansion and stables of the Cheek Estate) are unique to middle Tennessee. We offer a complete range of wedding services including; ceremonies, receptions, bridal & engagement portraits, bridal luncheons & showers, rehearsal dinners, and even proposal packages!

1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville 615.354.6377 www.cheekwood.org

Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Hotel and Conference Center

Drakewood Farm is the perfect setting for your country wedding. Tucked away north of Nashville, on beautiful rolling farm land is an 1850’s historic home with three barns, and ample room for a beautiful outdoor rustic wedding. We also have the option of doing an intimate, indoor wedding for a smaller guest list. Viewing by appointment only.

The Embassy Suites Murfreesboro is the ideal location for Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Receptions & Family Brunches. Located in the heart of Tennessee, we are a one-stop shop for you & your guests. The hotel’s 283 suites surround an atrium rising 10 stories, a perfect setting for event pictures. Our elegant conference center offers the flexibility to accommodate special occasions from 25-1800 guests. We take great pride in providing exceptional food & beverage experiences. We offer many services to make every event memorable, such as great wine selections, distinctive menus, unique ice sculptures.

5508 Brick Church Pike Goodlettsville, Tn 37072 615.851.2774 or 615.415.7909 www.drakewoodfarm.com

1200 Conference Center Boulevard, Murfreesboro, TN 615.890.4464 www.murfreesboro.embassysuites.com

Ace Photography

Drakewood Farm

Wedding & Reception Locations


Hard Rock Cafe

Visions Photography

Candice Jones Photography

Events at East 96

Since 1935, five generations of our family have called East 96 home and we find no greater joy than sharing “home” with you. Every event is unique, but our goal is always the same. To create a memorable day full of joy for you & to leave your guests raving about your event & our service.

A venue as unique as the city of Nashville. Whether your style is music city rustic or rockin’ modern chic our venue can transform to mirror your vision. With a scratch based kitchen that allows you to further customize your menu to suit any theme and our in house expert planners we will ensure to help deliver the wedding of your dreams. Contact us for a more information or to schedule a pre-planning visit.

The Barn is great for Engagement, Bridal or Family Portraits or a charming backdrop for your wedding. The 2,300 square foot open-air pavilion easily accommodates 175 people to celebrate the beginning to your “Happily Ever After”.

9901 Lascassas Pike, Lascassas 615.412.9901 throughthegrapevine.net

100 Broadway, Nashville 37201 615.742.9900 www.hardrock.com/nashville

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt

hilton nashville downtown

The Hilton Garden Inn has the perfect Wedding Reception location! Our 9th floor Ballroom & outdoor Terrace offer incredible views of Nashville’s Downtown Skyline. Our 2013 Wedding Reception Packages begin at $36.00++ per person. Our hotel provides all Food & Beverages, except the Wedding Cake. Many Complimentary Inclusions come with our Packages. Please contact us directly to discuss the details and set up a hotel site tour. We would love to host your special day and make sure it is an overwhelming success.. Yours in Hospitality, The Hilton Garden Inn

You’re about to experience one of the most important days of your life. Let the Hilton Nashville Downtown make it truly unforgettable. Located in the heart of the city, we’ve become a classic-favorite Nashville wedding location and reception site perfect for all occasions. Serenade your guests with world-class luxury and service. This landmark Nashville wedding site offers an impressive array of venue options, including: 17,800 square feet of event space, accommodating up to 1,000 guests. Our Grand Ballroom providing 7,450 square feet of elegant space, hosting 800 for receptions and 650 for banquets, Bredensen Room with space for 300 and nine smaller salons for more intimate affairs, and an outdoor terrace for breathtaking outdoor ceremonies and receptions. 121 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville 615.620.1000 www.nashvillehilton.com

1715 Broadway, Nashville 615.523.7920 www.nashvillevanderbilt.hgi.com

Wedding & Reception Locations


Hutton Hotel

Legacy Farms

Hutton Hotel redefines Southern luxury with unparalleled service and elegant, contemporary design. 14’ ballroom windows provide the city’s best skyline view. The award-winning 1808 Grille creates custom menus. Your guests will enjoy the refined comfort of Nashville’s only Four-Star property. The Hutton will create an event that is uniquely yours: From black-tie galas to intimate gatherings, our wedding specialists make every detail a personal mission, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the happiest day of your life.

Legacy Farms is a truly unique destination offering seamless service for your wedding weekend. Our Event Center, Manor House with Bed & Breakfast, covered Pier, and Courtyards are surrounded by 22 acres of peaceful respite. Our property and facilities are perfect for hosting a private event, whether intimate or grande, Legacy Farms has you covered -- even if it rains! There is no need for expensive tenting or complicated backup plans as we can always move the party indoors. With the variety of locations on the same property you have several options to choose from. Contact us for more information.

1808 West End Ave 6157122307 www.huttonhotel.com/weddings

8061 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, TN 615.321.2394 www.LegacyFarmsTN.com

Lilac Farms at Arrington Vineyards

Noah Liff Opera Center

Lilac Farms is a predominantly outdoor venue, surrounded by Arrington Vineyard grapevines, large trees and lilacs. With 2 recently renovated homes, red rustic barn and beautiful landscaped grounds there are many options to help you create your perfect wedding. We are uniquely positioned to offer the charm (and wine!) of the vineyard while maintaining privacy for your special day. We invite you to come experience Tennessee Wine Country with us!

The Noah Liff Opera Center is one of Nashville’s newest, most elegant venues. Renowned architect Earl Swensson and Earl Swensson Associates designed this award-winning space to house and inspire the region’s finest opera company. It is now available to host your special event from 2 to 299! Sleek, contemporary design makes the Noah Liff Opera Center the ideal setting for any event. Tours are available by appointment only, preferably during office hours, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like a personal tour, please contact Sarah Willard, at 615.832.5242 x3568.

6362 Cox Road, Arrington 615.878.3262 www.lilacfarmsatarrington.com

3622 Redmon St. 615.832.5242 www.noahliffoperacenter.com

Wedding & Reception Locations


Rocketown

Photo by Mary Hagy

Historic Rock Castle

Rocketown has two versatile venues whether you are hosting 25 or 500 guests. The open floor plan easily transforms into any wedding dream. Located downtown with free parking, Rocketown offers private entrances, two bridal suites, in house lighting and sound, and hands-on event staffing. Our Events Manager can make recommendations or coordinate any event needs. Rocketown welcomes any outside vendors. With no minimums and no mark-ups, Rocketown is a friendly, hassle-free environment for any personalized informal or formal bridal vision. We can host any element of your wedding weekend from rehearsal dinner, to ceremony, to reception - or all three!

139 Rock Castle Lane 615.868.3747 www.GrandCentralParty.com

601 4th Avenue South Nashville TN 37210 615.843.4003 www.rocketown.com/rentals/weddings

Spring Haven Mansion

The Bridge Building Event Spaces

Spring Haven Mansion is a beautiful wedding venue just minutes from Nashville, TN. The grounds of the historic plantation are perfect for outdoor and garden weddings, receptions, or any event. It is one of the top wedding locations in Nashville, TN and provides full service and custom wedding packages at reasonable prices. Whether you need a private room in the mansion or the entire estate, Spring Haven is a wonderful wedding destination for your ceremony. Let professional planners and vendors do the work while you relax and enjoy personalizing your catering, bridal floral, cake, and dĂŠcor. Your dream awaits you.

The Bridge Building Event Spaces, a historic landmark located on the newly redeveloped Downtown Riverfront, offers the premiere Nashville destination for your special event: private proposals, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and/or receptions. The modern designed building provides multiple level areas, rooftop patio overlooking the downtown skyline, and bridal lounge. Optional all inclusive wedding packages by Infinity Restaurant Group highlight the full event capabilities of the space.

1 Spring Haven Ct. Hendersonville, TN 37075 615.826.9702 www.springhavenmansion.com

2 Victory Ave Suite 100 615.216.7165 www.thebridgebuilding.com

Kevin Hogan Photography

Rock Castle is the only venue in the area featuring romantic sunsets on Old Hickory Lake and beautiful grounds for your ceremony and reception. There is also a pavilion that can seat up to 112 people for your event. We have the magical setting for your Ceremony and Reception or your rehearsal dinner, We make memories that will last a lifetime.

Wedding & Reception Locations


The hermitage hotel

union station hotel

Making dreams come true since 1910. The Hermitage Hotel takes pride in providing Tennessee’s finest service and culinary expertise to you and your guests. Our exceptionally creative chefs and experienced caterers will work with you to make your wedding an especially personal celebration. From the moment you walk into our beautiful marble lobby to the time your head falls onto our soft down feather pillows, you will feel every inch the fairy tale princess on her most special of days. We look forward to assisting you with the planning of such a wonderful, special day and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of the beginning of your life together.

Start your life together at Union Station Hotel, Nashville’s Premier site for dazzling wedding ceremonies and receptions. Profess your love among awe-inspiring towers, soaring arches, exquisite stone fireplaces, and elaborate winding staircases. Allow the staff at our timeless wedding reception site to handle everything - from menu selection, linens, and seating plans to photographers, decorations, and audiovisual needs. Let our master chefs cook up a menu that reflects your personality. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and we take pride in celebrating it with you. So relax and focus on your day...we’ll take care of everything else. 1001 Broadway, Nashville 615.726.1001 www.unionstationhotelnashville.com

231 Sixth Avenue North, Nashville 615.345.7107 www.thehermitagehotel.com

Wedding & Reception Locations


Nashville

room capacity

price range per person

outside catering permitted

outside reception area

overnight guest rooms

facility rental fee

ceremony site available

500

$25 and up

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Bound’ry 615.321.3043

10-200

$25 - $50

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cedarwood Weddings 615.876.9999

50-175

Varies

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

20 to 400

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

60-175

over $75

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

25-1,800

$35 - $50

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Up to 200

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

50-350

Varies

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt 615.523.7920

50 to 250

$36 and up

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hilton Nashville Downtown 615.620.1000

100 - 800

Varies

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Venue Chart

Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club 615.824.6528

Cheekwood 615.354.6377

Drakewood Farm 615.851.2774 or 615.415.7909

Embassy Suites Murfreesboro - Hotel & Conference Center

valet parking

615.890.4464

Events at East 96

615.412.9901

Hard Rock Cafe

615.742.9900


Nashville

room capacity

price range per person

outside catering permitted

outside reception area

overnight guest rooms

facility rental fee

ceremony site available

up to 500

Varies

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

30 to 400

$60 and up

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

10-350

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Noah Liff Opera Center 615.832.5242

2 to 299

Varies

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Historic Rock Castle 615.868.3747

25-500

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Varies

Varies

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

1 to 250

$8-$35

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

The Bridge Building Event Spaces 615.216.7165

Varies

Varies

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

The Hermitage Hotel 615.345.7107

450

Call

No

N/A

Yes

Call

Yes

Yes

25 to 500

Varies

No

Yes

Yes

Varies

Yes

Yes

Venue Chart

Hutton Hotel 615.712.2307

Legacy Farms 615.321.2394

Lilac Farms at Arrington Vineyards 615.878.3262

Rocketown 615.843.4003

Spring Haven Mansion 615.826.9702

Union Station 615.726.1001

valet parking


Nashville GUIDE Rehearsal Dinner

This section was created to help you choose a rehearsal dinner site for your big day. When you are trying to decide what place is best for your event, keep in mind that every facility has different advantages. You can use the following pages to compare and contrast the benefits of different restaurants. Bear in mind, many of these venues can also accommodate your bridesmaids luncheon or Sunday brunch for out-of-town guests. Once you have narrowed down your desired locations, make sure you visit them. Take time to sample some of their food and take a tour. You want to ensure the place you choose fits all your needs.

Amerigo Italian Restaurant

Bound’ry

Amerigo has been a local favorite for over 22 years, offering authentic Italian pastas, hand-made pizzas, fresh seafood and wood-fired steaks. Both of our area locations offer private dining rooms that are perfect for bridal showers, bridesmaid luncheons, rehearsal dinners and small receptions. Whether you prefer a seated meal for eight or a cocktail reception for 60, we will work with you to ensure a flawless event. Customized menus, audio visual equipment and parking are available at no extra charge. To check availability, call Ali Gensert at 615-298-2986. We look forward to hosting your special event!

The Phoenix Room offers a diversity that few other private rooms can equal. From formal seated dinners of up to 125 guests to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for 225, the Phoenix is an ideal Special event facility.The Phoenix Room is state of the art and offers a private bar, an elevated sound loft, it’s own private kitchen with personal chef and staff, offers a stage and dance floor if needed. It is also handicap accessible with it’s own private elevator. Our Special Events Coordinators and professional staff will handle your event with the highest degree of efficiency and care to create the perfect evening. And as with all Bound’ry events, the world-class food and service will amaze and delight your guests! When you demand the very best in dining experiences, look no further than The Phoenix Room and Bound’ry! 911 20th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37212 615.321.3043 www.pansouth.net

NASHVILLE: 1920 West End Ave. Nashville, TN 37209 COOL SPRINGS: 1656 Westgate Cir. Brentwood, TN 37027 615.298.2986 www.amerigo.net

Rehearsal Locations


Hard Rock Cafe

Candice Jones Photography

Etch Restaurant

Etch is the newest culinary venture from Chef Deb Paquette, offering an array of global flavors and decadent desserts. Located in the ground floor of the Encore Tower downtown, Etch has two private dining rooms, a full bar and an open kitchen with bar style seating, allowing guests to interact with the chef and her kitchen. The cuisine at Etch is complemented by our comprehensive wine list, featuring an extensive collection of wines from around the world. Guests can also enjoy our modern take on classic cocktails, along with a variety of eclectic beers and regional drafts.

Enjoy a relaxing evening the night before your big day at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville Reverb Room. A downtown location, with an indoor/outdoor space, featuring a unique view of the night time skyline, is the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners. We offer custom created dishes or inclusive prefixe menus to suit your taste and budget. The Hard Rock staff is fun and interactive ensuring your special guests have an authentic experience that ROCKS!

303 Demonbreun St. Nashville, TN 37201 615.522.0685 www.etchrestaurant.com

100 Broadway, Nashville 37201 615.742.9900 www.hardrock.com/nashville

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Maggiano’s Little Italy is the perfect place to bring family and friends together to celebrate your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding/ reception, or day-after-brunch. Whether it’s an intimate, candlelit ceremony and dinner or lively reception with guests dancing the night away we can deliver the special day you’ve always dreamed of. You’ll enjoy the wedding of a lifetime with great food, warm hospitality and the beautiful setting you deserve.

Offering a prime steakhouse experience to excite the senses, our private dining rooms are perfect location for your gathering.

3106 West End Ave Nashville Tn, 37203 615.514.0280 www.maggianos.com

2100 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 615.320.0163 www.ruthschris.com

With rooms to accommodate anything from cocktail parties to sit-down dinners, our dedicated events team strives to serve up the best in quality and service for you and your guests.

Rehearsal Locations


The hermitage hotel

Wedding Professionals, Your Company Listing Could Be Here!

Making dreams come true since 1910. The Hermitage Hotel takes pride in providing Tennessee’s finest service and culinary expertise to you and your guests. Our exceptionally creative chefs and experienced caterers will work with you to make your wedding an especially personal celebration. From the moment you walk into our beautiful marble lobby to the time your head falls onto our soft down feather pillows, you will feel every inch the fairy tale princess on her most special of days. We look forward to assisting you with the planning of such a wonderful, special day and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of the beginning of your life together.

231 Sixth Avenue North, Nashville 615.345.7107 www.thehermitagehotel.com

Contact us today to find out how! Fred@ThePinkBride.com


Nashville

type of Cuisine

private room/ area

valet parking

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Southern Italian

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

55+

Great American Steak House

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Varies

Southern Cuisine

Yes

No

Call

No

No

Yes

facility rental fee

price range per person

8-60

$15 to $30

Italian

Yes

No

No

Bound’ry 615.321.3043

up to 225

$35

American Fusion

Yes

Yes

Etch Restaurant 615.522.0685

8-50

$50+

Contemporary American

Yes

Hard Rock Cafe 615.742.9900

up to 350

$35 to $65

American

15-170

Varies

15-60

up to 450

Rehearsal

Dinner Chart Amerigo Italian Restaurant 615.298.2986

Maggiano’s Little Italy 615.514.0280

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 615.320.0163

The Hermitage Hotel 615.345.7107

outside catering permitted

outside alcohol permitted

outdoor area

room capacity


Laci Upchurch + Zackary Parker May 19, 2013

Photography by Forever Images

Behind theScenes Photography Forever Images Formalwear Tuxedo Avenue at Bridal Warehouse Rentals and Decor Southern Events


Historic Architecture | Southern Charm | World-Class Service

Elegant Nashville Hospitality.

UnionStationHotelNashville.com

Contemporary American Cuisine

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Kristi Cunningham + Dillon Heath September 27, 2013

Ceremony & Reception Location Mint Springs Farm

Behind theScenes Ceremony & Reception Location Mint Springs Farm Photographer Matt Andrews Wedding Planner Mint Springs Farm Cake Signature Cakes by Vicki Catering Chef Penelope Florist Mint Springs Farm Music/Entertainment/DJ Robert Luke Rentals and Decor Mint Springs Farm


BRIDAL AND FORMAL Certified Dealer of Fine Bridal Attire Brinkley, Arkansas www.lowsbridal.com 870.734.3244


Whitney Steinhart +

Scott Newlin October 26, 2013

Ceremony & Reception Location Blue Grass Yacht & Country Club

Behind theScenes Ceremony & Reception Location Blue Grass Yacht & Country Club Photographer Courtney Davidson Photography Rentals and Decor Grand Central Party Rentals Alterations Seam


Dani Carney + Koby DuMont May 11, 2013

Photography by Ace Photography

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Q: Detail what your services bring to a wedding celebration. We don’t offer a “standard” wedding cake. There is no, “point and click” cake. Each and every cake is individually designed for each bride. From rustic, natural buttercream to a highly detailed and textured fondant lace cake with sugar flowers, each pastry confection is a splendid work of art. But that is not the whole story is it? When an engaged couple hire a wedding vendor, they have to trust that vendor will deliver exactly what they have ordered in a timely, proficient matter. In addition to presenting the cake of your dreams, we handle all the details with the upmost of professionalism. That’s our promise.

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Q: Do you have a favorite current trend in weddings or a prediction for up-and-coming trends?

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Tuxedo ( Suit Styles for Each Body Type

by Pink Lady Andrea Make sure your man looks just as stunning as you do on your wedding day! Read on for style tips for each body type.

Height Tall

Body Type

Thin

Average

Bulky

Average

Short

You can wear just about any style, but be aware of the lengths of jacket sleeves and pant legs. The shoulder pads in your jacket will add bulk without looking too boxy.

Ask your tuxedo specialist about the “fitted look,” which will highlight your trim physique, while the shoulder pads in the jacket will add just enough bulk to your look.

Avoid styles that seem to “hang” on your frame, and look for jackets with two or three buttons that begin lower, rather than higher. Your tuxedo specialist will tailor it to your physique so that you look your best.

Again, you can wear any style! Always watch the length on your jacket sleeves and pant legs.

Any style in any color will work for this physique. The most popular currently is the two-button notch lapel tuxedo in black.

Two low-sitting buttons on a jacket and a vest will elongate your frame.

If you are largest around your midsection, move away from cummerbunds, which draw attention to this area. Consider the more popular option instead – a vest! Go for a onebutton jacket, and streamline your look by avoiding thick, layered materials. Choose a long tie rather than bow tie as well.

Again, if you are largest around the middle, avoid the cummerbund. A vest will draw the eye up, rather than to any bulk you may have in the midsection. A one-button jacket works for this body type. Long ties work best for this frame, rather than bow ties.

Do not go for thick fabrics that add to your size. Look for a jacket with one button that sits low. Opt out of the cummerbund and choose a vest instead. This makes you seem taller and slimmer. Opt for a long tie, rather than bow tie.

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Local grooms ask formalwear questions!

Q : “Some jackets have so many buttons. Do I have to button them all?” Evan - Knoxville, TN A : Buttoning only the top button of your jacket is considered appropriate. Q : “What button count works best?” Alex - Oak Ridge, TN A : Generally, jackets with one button work best with bulkier physiques, two buttons look good on average body types, and two or more buttons work for taller people.

Q : “Does it matter who does the alterations on my tuxedo or suit?” Carl - Farragut, TN A : Absolutely. Similar to having a wedding dress altered, not having a professional alter a tuxedo or suit can literally butcher the final product. Choose a reputable shop for your wedding day needs!

Q : “How do I know the difference between a tuxedo and a suit?” Julius - Knoxville, TN A : A tuxedo will have the presence of satin on the lapels, buttons, pockets, and in a stripe down the pant leg. A suit does not have satin components and normally has plastic buttons.


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Wedding DressforStyles each body type Your wedding day is about celebrating the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life, so be sure to wear the dress of your dreams for the occasion! Discover the best style suggestions for your body type here.

by Pink Lady Andrea

Body Type

Gown Suggestion

Straight-Figured

Try a mermaid or trumpet silhouette. Both help you seem curvier and make your bust and hips look more proportioned. If you really enjoy the idea of a ball gown, try that too! It will capitalize on your small waist and create a more pronounced hip.

Plus-Sized

Find a dress with an open neckline – ideally a strapless sweetheart. Do not opt for sleeves or a cover over your arms. Look for a dress with ruching that comes to a point, as this separates the bust and the hip perfectly.

Small Bust

Look for a gown with a sweetheart neckline and ruching at the top. This creates volume where you need it most.

Busty

Play down your bust by avoiding straight necklines. Rather, choose a sweetheart neckline or a scooped neckline. Opt for a modified A-line dress with beads and detailing further down the dress to avoid drawing more attention up top.

Tall

Seek a design with minimal frills that accents your long lines. An Empire dress can do just that. The dress will pull in right at or just below your natural waist.

Short

The fit and flair cut with a sweetheart neckline will be flattering on you. Keep in mind while shopping that a higher waist creates the illusion of a longer torso. Embellishments are great for this body type, but they should be small and clustered mainly at the top of the dress.

Pear Shape

A gown with thick straps or a one-shoulder look will help pull the eye away from your hips. A flowing gown with a natural waist will also help conceal this area.

Apple Shape

Seek out dresses with lots of ruching all over to create shape. A V-neck is slimming and draws the eye up, rather than across, too.

No matter what dress style you choose in the end, all that matters is how you feel in it. Keep an open mind to conflicting opinions, but do not let yourself lose focus in the midst of them. Your opinion matters most! Follow your professional’s suggestions as you try on different styles, and ultimately choose the dress you feel the most beautiful and confident in as you look in the mirror. Regardless of your body type, if you are happy and confident on your wedding day, you will be gorgeous!


Ashley Whalen + Christopher Nalin September 21, 2013

Photography by High Gravity Photography

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10

Steps To The Best Wedding Celebration Ever

by Pink Lady Andrea

If you dream of throwing the wedding of the decade, plan an event that focuses on honoring your guests throughout the evening. Follow the ten great tips below to planning a celebration your guests with thank you for later – and talk about for years to come!

1. Welcome your guests in style.

Besides stepping into a cozy, clean hotel room after a long day driving or flying to your wedding location, give your guests fashionable treats to make them feel more at home – and welcome! Include everything from local snacks and bottled water to area maps and information on local attractions. They’ll love relaxing with these treats before the festivities!

2. Choose an interesting locale.

Get expressive with where you tie the knot. This can be anywhere from your local zoo to even a museum or gallery nearby. Don’t limit your celebration to traditional venues! Guests will love the unique characteristics of your day because of the one-of-a-kind feel of the location.

3. Keep guests comfortable.

If you’re having an outdoor celebration during summer months, install fans to keep guests cool, and consider fan programs as wedding favors. If it’s during the winter, install heaters to keep the space warm and serve warm drinks. Rest rooms should be nearby no matter where your event is, and you should keep a check on the air conditioning and heat if your venue is indoors. The point is to never let your guests become uncomfortable!

4. Involve them in the ceremony.

Kick off the ceremony with a signature beverage as guests arrive, and allow them to sip and chat before the processional begins. This is a surefire way to break the ice and drum up conversations that will last throughout the evening. Not sure what to serve? A cool, refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) during warm months would be great, and good, old-fashioned hot chocolate would be wonderful during the cooler months. You can also ask guests to give you advice for wedded bliss as you start your new life together.


5. The transition from ceremony to reception should be quick.

Let’s face it: if guests have to travel more than 30 minutes between your ceremony and reception site, or if they have to wait that long for your arrival to begin celebrating, they won’t really be in the partying mood by the time the reception starts. Choose venues that are near each other for your ceremony and reception, and cater your timeline to making sure your guests are entertained.

6. Let your guests make a grand entrance.

Treat them to a rock-star arrival by having each guest ushered into the reception hall with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and lively music. This makes them feel like a true part of the celebration and sets a vibrant tone for the rest of the evening!

7. Keep them interested with a full itinerary.

The party should never hit a lull where guests sneakily start checking their watches. Make sure you’ve got plenty lined up for their entertainment by dispersing special dances, speeches, and toasts throughout the evening. Also consider having a photo booth near for guests to enjoy! Constantly change things up, rather than having long stretches of time with the same activity.

8. Food and beverages are the key to a great celebration.

People tend to chat more and feel more comfortable when food and drinks are involved, so make sure you foster that great sense of welcome and hospitality by ensuring that they always have something to snack on and drink throughout the evening. Ask your caterer to provide servers who will mingle with the guests, refreshing plates and drinks regularly.

9. Dance the night away with great entertainment. One of the biggest details of throwing the celebration of a lifetime depends upon your entertainment choice – meaning your band or DJ. This is so much more than just playing music! A professional band or DJ will be able to read the crowd and play music that will either get them up and dancing or relax them. If you want your guests talking about your celebration for years, put some work into finding the perfect entertainment choice!

10. Plan the after-party!

Give your more party-friendly crowd somewhere to take their dancing shoes after the big exit at the reception. Plan an after-party! This can be at a nearby locale, and food, beverages, and entertainment should be in ample supply. Just make sure that you have important numbers handy in case you need to call someone a cab or need to get in touch with someone fast!


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1. Take inspiration from other bridal sessions you have seen, but never attempt to copy them. The whole idea is to express who you are at an important time in your life. Do something that is uniquely you!

2. It is fun to be trendy, but it is safest to shoot for timeless. Consider subtle additions, like vibrant shoes in a color you have always loved or a location you used to play in as a child.

3. Hold your breath – you do not have to wear your dress! If jeans and a t-shirt define you much more than your wedding dress, incorporate them in the bridal session.

4. Incorporate only things you love. If you do not ride a motorcycle, fix cars, or go sailing, why would you have your photos taken on a bike, under a greasy car, or on a boat? Again, each bride is unique. Let your portrait capture that! Never do something merely to make a point or because others may like it. Satisfy yourself above all!

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Details Nashville Your One Stop Shop! { By Adam Loeffler } Most wedding ceremonies last no more than 20 minutes. Everything a girl has dreamed about since she was 12 years old has to come together perfectly in less than half an hour. All the months of tedious preparation, and meeting after meeting with a dozen different vendors, all has to be perfectly in sync. There are no second chances! If you are in the process of planning a wedding you have already begun to sense the pressure associated with this momentous occasion – and it doesn’t have to be this way! Planning a wedding and enjoying your wedding day should not be remembered by how stressful it was. The butterflies and the nervous excitement about your big day shouldn’t revolve around whether or not the details will be in place, but about the wonderful commitment you are about to make to the person you love. Rather than worrying about whether the cake will be what you expected or whether the DJ will keep the atmosphere of your reception lively enough, you should be able to soak up every moment of the most important day of your life. At Details Nashville we are experienced in all things wedding. Whether it be engagement or wedding photography, capturing video of your special day, coordinating all those involved in your wedding, providing DJs that can get people on their feet, playing live music, or designing creative invitations – Details Nashville is your one stop shop for all things wedding. Having to explain the vision for your wedding to a dozen different vendors can be an exhausting, painstaking process. At Details Nashville we can provide you with an experienced event coordinator that can sit with you and get an understanding of everything you hope to get out of your wedding day. We can then walk with you through planning this perfect day by providing you with all the options that fit within your preferences. Once you have decided on everything you want, we will do the work of bringing it all the details together in a way that allows you to take in every wonderful moment!

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Don’t Say This During Wedding Planning!

“Sounds good, whatever you think.”

If it only mattered what your bride thought, than she wouldn’t take the time to ask you for an opinion. Contrary to popular culture, most brides desperately want their groom more involved with the wedding planning. While there will be some aspects that you have less of any opinion than others, it is important to not fall mute for a majority of the major decisions. After all, a wedding is the first step in your new life together, and I’m betting you want to have a say in that.

“How much?!”

Constant criticism of how much is being spent really takes the fun out of planning a wedding for all parties involved, particularly your bride. Instead, map out a budget that you can both agree on for the wedding so you both have a clear understanding of how much money is being spent where. Financial woes are the number-one precursor for divorce; start off on the right foot.

“I’m really whipped... I just want to chill. Can all this planning stuff wait?”

Let me clarify... grooms get a hall-pass on this statement a couple times. By the third, fourth, every time we ask for help and you respond with another excuse to postpone, our patience wears thin. Brides see a mountain of work ahead of them when it comes to all the details of a wedding. From decor to family drama to slimming down for our dream dress, we see our own sacrifice everywhere and need you to pitch in. After all, the wedding is for the both of us.

“Didn’t I mention that? I must have forgotten.”

It is important that both bride and groom are kept in each other’s loop regarding the wedding, guests’ travel plans and Mom’s sudden one-eighty considering her help with the rehearsal dinner. A wedding can be a logistical nightmare, and “forgetting” to mention vital details can derail a timeline and add a lot of undue stress to your bride. When you have new wedding information, make a point to share this with your fiancé, pronto. I’m betting there’s an app for that...

“This really doesn’t matter to me. I don’t want to help.”

Agreed, tying ribbons around hundreds of wedding programs or filling custom seed packets for favors may not be your cup of tea. But your bride is excited and loves the details that make your day personal and heartfelt, including those that are somewhat time-consuming. And when you love a person you do things that are not important to you because they matter to the person who matters most to you.


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Q: Tell us about your company. For the last 23 years Branching Out has been passionate about flowers, dĂŠcor and the joy that they bring. Focusing primarily on weddings, the last few years have seen us branching out into the corporate and private event world.

Q: Detail what your services bring to a wedding celebration. Flowers on their own are beautiful but having the right containers and props can set them apart from the rest. Our collection of containers, vases, props and candelabrum range from very contemporary crystal pedestals, to the classic southern beauty of vintage silver pitchers and bowls, the old world elegance of gold compotes and candle holders and even the rustic charm of burlap, mason jars and birch bark covered vases. No matter what your look, we have the extensive stock of containers and props to set your wedding apart.

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Q: Do you have a favorite current trend in weddings or a prediction for up-and-coming trends? I am seeing a lot of gold for the coming year. Either mixed with blush colors or with the richer more lush, jewel tones; gold containers are really becoming popular.

Q: What advice or tips do you have for brides as they plan their big day? Be sure that all your vendors are licensed and insured. This is too big of a day to trust it to just anyone.

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Kara Atkins + Jonathan Mischke August 24, 2013

Photography by High Gravity Photography

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Create a wedding email address:

Bring a sheet of peel ‘n stick mailing labels:

This is a must do. Do not use your personal email address. You will receive lots of emails about your wedding and you want them all in one central place. Plus, after the wedding you simply never check your wedding email address again.

Many of the exhibitors will have in- booth registrations. On your label include your wedding date, your name and wedding email address. This will save you time!!

Show specials:

Many of the show exhibitors offer show specials the day of the show for brides ready to book. If you have done your research you may just snag a savings. Keep in mind vendors are not as busy during the fashions shows, so if you have your dress, use this time to talk one-on-one.

What to wear?

Comfortable shoes and layers of clothes in case it is too hot or too cold.

Come to the show ready to book or at least make an appointment: What do you still need for your wedding?

Go online to www.ThePinkBride.com and under the SHOWS tab click on your city. Then scroll down the category listings and review the exhibitors who will be showcasing at the show and link to their sites. Doing your homework prior to the show and having questions to ask exhibitors can help you be efficient and less stressful while at the show.

The Pink Bridal Show is like a wedding mall for the day. This allows you the chance to see lots of exhibitors without having to drive all over town. If you are not sure about signing a contract at the show, at least book an appointment. Why? You are not the only bride getting married and if you have decided on an exhibitor better secure your date before it’s taken by another bride. You do not want to be disappointed.

Can my Groom come?

YES – YES – YES. It is a great time to start making some decisions and clearly you want him to be part.

How long will I be at the show?

Assuming you still have needs, you can plan on 2-3 hours easily. There is so much to see and so many great ideas. Taking notes is a good idea so you can remember the important thoughts from the vendors you connected with at the bridal show.

Come and Enjoy yourself at The Pink Bridal Shows!! www.ThePinkBride.com Tickets are available online or at the door. If you have any specific questions call the Pink Bride office 865.531.3941 The Pink Bridal Shows are a lot of fun and a great opportunity to help you make good choices.


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wedding planning

do’s + don’ts

assume you will save money Not all DIY projects will put your wedding budget in the black. Project costs can quickly add up as mistakes and miscalculations have you purchasing extra supplies and especially if you end up throwing in the towel and hiring a pro at the last minute.  In the end, it can be cheaper and easier to work with a professional from the get-go, saving you the hassle, time and wasted money.

be realistic about your craftiness keep in mind you are responsible for set-up (and clean-up) After spending weeks creating personal favors, programs and menu cards, these items must move from living room to wedding venue. I can’t tell you how many exhausted DIYers come wedding week are stuck setting out and cleaning up these projects on wedding day.  But you don’t have to be.  Give yourself a break, and see if your wedding planner, caterer or venue staff can take over the set-up (and clean up!).  Most will be more than happy to help, leaving you to sit back and enjoy your wedding.

I have a love/hate relationship with Martha Stewart. With ethereal precision, she makes even the most tedious and complicated of crafts appear effortlessly mundane and obvious.  I have learned that I am no Martha... none of us are.  Find DIY success by being realistic about your crafting skills (and available time).  With so many other things to worry about on wedding day, aspiring to be a professional shouldn’t be one of them. 

try something for the first time Procrastinate The second most common mistake (after assuming you’re a crafting goddess) is waiting until the last minute. Case and point, it took me almost 8 months to stop thinking about refinishing my desk and getting to it.  And I am still contemplating changing out the drawer pulls.    Decoupaging hundreds of tiny votives placecards seems easy enough.  Until you are wrist-deep in white goop, pulling all-nighters leading up to wedding day while you second guess the finished look.  Assume all wedding-related crafting will take much longer than expected.  Worse-case scenario, you can still hand things off to the pros if finishing looks unlikely.

I catch myself saying all the time, “Well, that looks easy enough!” Of course I needed 40 grit sandpaper, not 80!  Yeah... so I don’t even know the real difference between 40, 80 or under what circumstances they are most appropriate.  While I have no problem bumbling through trial-and-error projects, likely never to see the light of day, weddings are different.  Under immense stress to figure out how all this wedding planning works, learning a new skill within the same timeline can be overwhelming.  Save yourself the stress and hand off first-time projects to professionals.


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Honeymoon Checklist CARRY ON BAGGAGE:

CLOTHING:

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Names and phone numbers of people to contact in case of an emergency.

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Casual shorts/pants/tops

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Cash, credit cards and traveler’s checks

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Dressy shorts/pants/top/dresses

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Small US currency for tipping

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Jackets/blazers/ties

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Passport/visa and/or driver’s license

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Outdoor jackets/sweaters

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Travelers checks’ serial numbers

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Sweatshirts/sweatsuits

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Complete travel itinerary with addresses,phones #’s and confirmation numbers

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Belts

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Airline tickets

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Socks/hosiery

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Photocopies of all the above items as well credit card contact phone numbers to keep in hotel safe

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Shoes

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Underwear/panties & bras

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Thank you notes

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Walking shoes/sandals/loafers

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Prescription medication

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Athletic shorts/tops & athletic shoes

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Medical cards and physicians phone numbers

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Swim suits, swim suit cover-up

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Phone numbers to the local US embassy

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Sun hat or baseball cap

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Overnight toiletries and one casual outfit

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Accessories/jewelry

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Camera & chargers/batteries

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Pajamas

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Cell phone and charger

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iPod/MP3 player

OTHER ITEMS:

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Maps

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Backpack and/or beach bag and purse

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Antibacterial wipes

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Honeymoon gift for your spouse

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Currency converter chart or pocket calculator

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Extra tote bag for bringing home new items

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Foreign language dictionary

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Chargers/batteries for electronic devices

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Travel guide book

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Shout wipes (instant stain remover towelettes)

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Reading material

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Plastic trash bags for dirty laundry

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Eyeglasses/sunglasses/contact lenses

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Small sewing kit and safety pins

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Gum and/breath mints

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Electrical converter/adapter

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Motion sickness medicine

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Travel alarm clock and iron

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Umbrella

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Video camera and charger

CHECKED BAGGAGE/COSMETIC BAG: ¡

TSA-Approved locks

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Basic toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, razors, etc.)

DOCUMENTS TO LEAVE with a trusted contact:

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Makeup bag

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Perfume

Complete travel itinerary with addresses, phones #’s and confirmation numbers

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Insect repellent and anti-itch cream

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Band aids

Copy of credit cards numbers, travelers check numbers and passport/drivers license

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Aspirin

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Vitamins

Copy of your wills, life insurance-policy numbers, and pertinent financial info

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Sunscreen lotions and aloe vera

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Chap stick

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Antacid

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Antihistamine

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Diarrhea medicine

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Birth control

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Feminine hygiene products

NEED TO DO BEFORE LEAVING: ¡

Get passport and travel documents

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Stop mail collection

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Stop newspaper and other deliveries

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Leave contact information with neighbors

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Coordinate pet care

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Water plants

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Set light timers

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Clean out refrigerator

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Empty garbage containers

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Lock all doors and windows

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Set security alarm


Bridal Party Duties Groom

Best Man

¡

Help select a date and reception hall.

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Help with tux shopping.

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Choose your best man, groomsmen and ushers.

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Organize bachelor party.

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Meet with officiant, master of ceremony.

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Attend rehearsal.

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Help build a guest list as soon as possible.

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Sign marriage license with maid/matron of honor as witness.

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Research band and/or disc jockeys, and know the budget you have.

¡

Shop for wedding rings.

¡ If requested, get payments to the officiant, musicians, church; tip the DJ or help finalize other bills.

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Check requirements for marriage license.

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Get the transportation to the ceremony and reception handled.

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Select tuxes for groomsmen.

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Organize honeymoon and make all travel arrangements.

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Help create wedding website.

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Help with details and finalizing as requested by the bride.

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The groom’s parents typically cover and plan the rehearsal dinner. Decide how this will work and help by planning with parents.

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Buy the bride a memorable wedding gift.

¡ Make sure all business and legal affairs are handled. This includes name changes, medical plans, checking accounts, etc. ¡ Be sure to double check tuxedo orders and fittings. Make sure all groomsmen know when and where final fittings are. ¡

File for your marriage license with your bride-to-be.

¡

If moving get a change of address card to the Post Office.

¡ Pick out the groomsmen gifts. These men will be doing a lot of work for you on wedding day. Make sure you get them something they might enjoy.

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Keep groom on schedule.

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Know directions from the ceremony to the reception hall in advance.

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Drive groom to ceremony.

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Welcome guests and recognize the parents.

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Have a prepared toast.

¡ Dance with bride and bridesmaids. Be available for activities on the dance floor. ¡ Help the groom collect tuxes the next morning and offer to drop them all off.

Groomsmen Ushers ¡

Rent tuxedo and accessories as part of the wedding party.

¡

Assist best man with any parties or plans.

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Assist best man with any errands.

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Participate in all pre-wedding parties.

¡ Pick up your wedding rings and check the engraving to see if everything is spelled correctly.

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Arrive at dressing site according to time chosen by groom.

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Participate in photographs.

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Go over the final details with fiancée.

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Be a part of the processional.

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Pick up the tux, try it on and check yourself out.

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Sit at the head table.

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Make sure best man & ushers get their wedding attire.

¡

Dance with bridesmaids or other guests.

¡

Encourage single men to participate in garter toss.

¡

Help best man with bachelor party.

¡ Reconfirm all honeymoon reservations. If flying, make sure you have airline tickets & passports. ¡

Have your hair cut.

¡ Make sure your attendants are at the rehearsal, and know their duties. ¡ Make sure your ushers are aware of any special seating arrangements. ¡

Attend rehearsal dinner - relax and enjoy yourself!

¡ Bring your wedding license to the official at rehearsal, be sure it is filled out properly so it can be signed and returned to you after your wedding. ¡

Give the best man the bride’s wedding ring.

¡ Prepare the officiant fee or gift in an envelope, and give it to the best man so he can present it after the ceremony. ¡ Decide where you are going to dress and hang your suit, ready for the wedding day. ¡ On the wedding day, make sure your luggage is in the car or hotel where you will stay your first night.

¡ Arrive dressed at ceremony site according to bride’s schedule for the wedding for photographs and getting organized. ¡ Seat guests as they arrive at the ceremony. Check with bride for timing. ¡

Light any candles before the ceremony, if asked.

¡ See that programs/service booklets are prepared before the ceremony. ¡

Make sure all ceremonial items are ready.

¡

Help direct musicians and check that microphones are working.

¡ Distribute wedding programs and maps to the reception as guests arrive. ¡ Two ushers may roll runner down the aisle after both mothers are seated. ¡

At ceremony’s closing, escort guests out of the church.

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Stay in the church until all guests have exited.

¡ Pack all other items safely and securely into a travel bag and ensure that the wedding rings are safe.

¡ If pew ribbons are used, loosen them one row at a time after the ceremony.

¡

¡

Direct guests to the reception site.

¡

Be prepared to participate in pictures.

Help with sending ‘thank you’ notes.


Maid/Matron of Honor ¡

Help select bridal gown and help address invitations.

¡

Plan bridal shower for bride.

¡ Optional: Plan a night out for the girls, based on what the bride would like. ¡ Arrange the bride’s veil and gown before the processional and recessional. ¡

May need to carefully situate train or veil during ceremony.

¡ Hold bride’s bouquet and groom’s ring, if no ring bearer, during the ceremony. ¡

Sign marriage license with best man as witness.

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Keep bride on wedding day itinerary.

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Dance with best man during the bridal party dance.

¡

Help bride change into her going away clothes.

¡

Mail wedding announcements after the wedding.

¡

Plan speech/toast.

Mother of Bride ¡

Main confidant and be there to support your daughter.

¡

Help your daughter select her wedding gown and accessories.

¡ Assist in selecting the ceremony and reception facilities and any other wedding selections she needs help with. ¡

Arrange a get together for you to meet the groom’s parents.

¡ Select your gown and accessories and let the groom’s mother know what you are wearing. ¡

Plan the wedding budget and what you can contribute.

¡

Plan the number of guests and your guest list.

¡

Reserve hotel accommodations for the out-of-town guests

¡

Spread the word about the bridal registries.

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Attend the wedding shower and rehearsal dinner.

¡ Hostess at the wedding and reception - make sure all guest are comfortable. ¡

Participate in receiving line.

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Assist the bride in greeting all her guests.

¡

Help your daughter when ever possible in planning this important day.

Tip chart No bridal budget is complete until nominal tipping charges are factored into the overall wedding costs. Although not required (nor expected), by every wedding vendor, small gratuity gifts for ‘a job well done’ by certain service or delivery personnel are a gracious way of showing your appreciation in making your wedding run more smoothly.

Important: Be sure to inquire if products or services you have already contracted for include a gratuity or service charge built into your price.

Officiant/Clergy

$75 - $100 ‘donations’ are appropriate. Mayors, judges or other public servants may not be able to accept gratuities.

Ceremony Site Staff

(soloist, organist, church staff, etc.) $20 to $30 per person, depending on amount of service

Delivery/Setup Personnel

(decorators, floral, cake, etc.) $10 each if just dropping items off, $20 each if dropping off and setting up to great extent.

Transportation Driver(s)

15% - 20% on top of contracted fee paid to driver.

Reception Wait Staff

$20 to $40 each, depending upon quality of service.

Bartenders

15% - 20% of entire bill for the bar.

Reception Site Manager

15% to 20% of entire bill for the reception.

Bridesmaids ¡

Purchase dress and accessories as part of the wedding party.

¡

Assist maid/matron of honor in planning bridal shower.

¡

Assist bride with errands and addressing invitations.

¡

Participate in all pre-wedding parties.

¡

Arrive at dressing site according to time chosen by bride.

¡

Participate in photographs.

¡ Walk behind ushers in order of height during the processional, either in pairs or in single file. ¡

Sit at the head table.

¡

Dance with ushers, groomsmen and other important guests.

¡ Encourage single women to participate in the bouquet-tossing ceremony.

Dj / Band:

15% to 20% of the bill should be given to the bandleader or D.J, more if they exceeded expectations.

Parking Attendants:

$1 - $2 per car if they are not taking tips from guests.


Wedding Day Survival Kit

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Make-up Kit

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Stapler

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Make-up Remover

¡

Lint Remover

¡

Make-up Brushes

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Static Guard

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Perfume

¡

Iron

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Toothbrush/toothpaste

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Band-Aid’s

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Dental Floss

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Antibiotic Ointment

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Lip Balm

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Tums

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Breath Mints/Gum

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Smelling Salts

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Toothpicks

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Aspirin/Tylenol

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Mirror

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Benadryl

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Tissues

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Something to eat (cheese/crackers/granola bar)

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Tweezers

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Bottled Water

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Cotton Balls/Q-tips

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Contact Lenses & Solution

Pack of matches, disposable lighter

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Eye Drops

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Pen and Pad of Paper

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Hand Lotion

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Bridal Gown

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Nail Polish - to match yours

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Weddings Shoes and comfy shoes

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Nail Polish - clear to stop hosiery runs

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2 - Garters (1 to keep and 1 to toss)

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Change of clothing for after reception

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Nail Polish Remover

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Groom’s Ring

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Nail Glue

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Extra socks for the

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Small scissors

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Groom/Groomsmen

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Nail File

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Cash/Credit Cards

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Hair Spray & Gel

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Driver’s License

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Brush

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Cell Phone (and charger)

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Comb

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Raincoat

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Hairdryer

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Umbrella

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Straightener

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Wedding Vendors - Phone

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Curling Iron

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Numbers

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Hair Pins

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Bridal Party - Phone Numbers

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Clear Deodorant

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Instant Shoe Shine Buff for the Bride

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Tampons/Panty Liners

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Tuxedo or suit

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Razor

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Cufflinks

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Shaving Cream

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Handkerchief

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Stockings/Pantyhose

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Shoes and socks

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Bath Robe

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Comb or/and brush

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Chalk (to cover small stains!)

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Hair gel/other products

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Stain Remover Spray

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Breath mints

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Shout Wipes(for stains)

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Toothpaste/brush

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Sunscreen

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Razor, shaving cream

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Insect Repellent

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Deodorant

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Glue

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Aftershave

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Sewing Needle

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Money, credit card

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Thread (black, white & color to match bridesmaid dresses)

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Drivers license

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Safety Pins

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Any medications

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Masking Tape

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Present for the bride/for the Groom


WEDDING DAY TIMETABLE

Rehearsal

Ceremony

____________ Rehearsal

____________ Music Begins

____________ Rehearsal Dinner

____________ Ceremony Begins

Wedding Day

Arrival at Reception Location

____________ Hairdresser

____________ Caterer

____________ Manicurist

____________ Rental Items

____________ Facial/Make-up

____________ Baker ____________ Musicians

Time of Arrival at Bride’s Home

____________ Florist

____________ Attendants

____________ Photographer

____________ Photographer

____________ Videographer: Guests

____________ Videographer

____________ Bride & Groom

____________ Limousines ____________ Florist

Timing of

____________ Departing Time

____________ Cocktails ____________ Hors d’oeurvres

Arrival at Church

____________ Blessing

____________ Ushers

____________ Toast

____________ Groomsmen

____________ Dinner

____________ Best Man

____________ Dessert

____________ Groom

____________ Start of Music

____________ Groom’s Parents

____________ First Dance

____________ Bride’s Mother

____________ Parent Dances

____________ Bridesmaids

____________ Special Dances

____________ Maid of Honor

____________ Cutting of Cake

____________ Bride’s Father

____________ Bouquet Toss

____________ Bride

____________ Garter Toss

____________ Guest Book Attendant

____________ Departure of Bride & Groom

____________ Florist

____________ Function Ending

____________ Rental Items

____________ Overtime Available Until

____________ Photographer ____________ Videographer ____________ Musicians ____________ Officiant: Other


Wedding Planning timeline 12 months before the wedding ¡

Choose wedding date

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Confirm date is available with ceremony site

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3-6 months prior to the wedding ¡

Take a completed wedding invitation to post office to be weighed for proper postage.

Work on Budget with both families

¡

Finalize honeymoon plans & arrange time off from work.

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Set budget and number of guests

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Make final decision & buy wedding rings.

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Discuss who will pay for what

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Shop for wedding guests favors.

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Choose type of wedding

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Finalize selected tuxedo styles for groom, groomsmen, father & ring bearer.

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Confirm officiant

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Discuss music selections for both ceremony & reception

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Buy wedding rings

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Instruct mothers to select their formalwear gowns.

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Consider wedding planner

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Reserve a block of rooms for out-of-town guests.

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Start checking reception sites

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Apply for passport (Required for any travel outside of the U.S.)

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Start guest list

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After you have your reception location chosen begin your search for your photographer, florist, DJ, videographer, etc.

1-3 months prior to the wedding

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Choose your wedding gown and get it ordered

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What about your bridal party? What will they wear?

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If you will have a band start looking now

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Ceremony music

9-12 months before the wedding

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Mail invitations to guests.

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Set appointment with hair stylist to practice different styles with veil.

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Discuss ceremony plans, include readings & vows, with officiant & complete premarital consultations.

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Book rehearsal at ceremony site & invite photographer & videographer to review setup locations.

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Shop for rehearsal dinner site at a local restaurant or have catered event at home.

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Inquire about marriage license requirements with county courthouse.

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Review details & arrangements with all companies involved, discuss last minute emergency options.

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Order correct length aisle runner from florist or equipment rental company.

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Order wedding accessories, guest book, pen, unity candle, ring bearer’s pillow, programs, garter, etc.

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Have wedding gown & bridesmaid dresses pressed and/or steamed.

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Select groom’s & bridal party gifts.

¡

Order wedding favors.

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Order wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses

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Hire ceremony musicians & reception entertainment companies.

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Interview, taste test & compare licensed wedding cake companies.

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Decide on additional decorating ideas, ice sculptures, special lighting, linens, etc.

¡

Begin process of selecting wedding rings.

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Begin process of choosing invitations and order when ready

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Investigate wedding gift registries at department stores, boutiques, specialty stores, travel agents, etc.

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Interview & decide on a rehearsal site.

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Send ‘save the date’ cards to guest list.

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Create a wedding-specific e-mail address for wedding related correspondence.

2 weeks prior to the wedding

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Create a wedding website for sharing details and information with your guests.

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Contact guests that failed to respond to invitations.

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Choose wedding cake company

Give final “head count” to reception facility or caterer (Remember to include your wedding vendors).

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Continue working on guest list.

¡

Reconfirm rehearsal time & dates & be sure to share with bridal party.

¡

Ask a family member or friend to be the guest book attendant at ceremony site.

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Discuss with photographer & videographer a list of special people or events to be captured.

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Make an appointment at a spa for a massage, facial, manicure & pedicure.

¡

Begin packing for honeymoon (If leaving the country, you need a passport or original birth certificate.)

¡

Reconfirm with travel agent about honeymoon plans.

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If applicable, begin name & address change on all official documents.

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Make arrangements to pick up or have your gown delivered.

¡

Confirm tuxedo rental order & set fitting appointment for the men.

¡

Catch up on writing thank you cards for wedding gifts received thus far.

¡

Choose final makeup & hair style for wedding day & set appointment with salon for your wedding day.

¡

Have bachelor & bachelorette parties prior to rehearsal & definitely not the night before the wedding.

6-9 months prior to the wedding ¡

Choose wedding day transportation for bridal party & out-of-town guests.

¡

Finalize wedding gift registries.

¡

Choose accessories to wedding gown including veil, shoes, jewelry, lingerie, etc.

¡

Begin process of formalwear attire for groom, groomsmen & fathers.

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Investigate honeymoon options with travel agent.


One week prior to the wedding

After the wedding

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Relax... you’re almost there!

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Open gifts while keeping a gift record.

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Make sure you have your marriage license.

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Have gown cleaned & preserved.

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Write check(s) for officiant’s fee, ceremony musicians or soloists.

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Write thank you notes.

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Confirm balance due with each company involved & transfer funds into account to cover final payments.

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Check with photographer & videographer.

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Have bridal bouquet & other wedding mementos preserved.

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Finish packing for honeymoon.

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Order travelers checks from travel agent or bank.

Freeze top layer of wedding cake to be eaten at your first anniversary celebration.

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Finalize seating plan & place cards for reception.

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Make sure all vendor bills have been paid in full.

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Meet with entertainer(s) & review proper pronunciation of names & finalize reception sequence.

Apply for a name change, beginning with Social Security card and driver’s license, and then bank accounts, credit cards, employee records, etc.

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Prepare wedding day itinerary with times & locations for the wedding party, family members, & wedding vendors.

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Confirm transportation & review wedding day schedule with times & location with driver.

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Hold rehearsal of wedding ceremony & attend rehearsal dinner.

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Have bridal party gifts ready to be given away at rehearsal dinner.

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Send wedding announcement & photograph to local newspapers.

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Go home early after the rehearsal dinner & get a good night sleep... you’re going to need it!

Additional things ¡

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Your Wedding Day ¡

Sleep in & relax... all your months of planning are about to pay off.

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Enjoy a good breakfast & take the time to reflect upon your new adven ture that is about to begin.

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Have someone take a completed invitation to the post office & have it stamped with your wedding date as a keepsake.

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Go to the salon for your makeover & hair styling at least three to four hours before the ceremony.

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Be sure everyone is dressed about two hours before the ceremony & ready for photographs to be taken.

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Have groomsmen at church at least one hour prior to the ceremony to start seating guests as they arrive.

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Begin your music thirty minutes before the ceremony.

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Send a love note to your fiance before the wedding begins.

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The groom’s parents are second to the last people to be seated before the ceremony.

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The bride’s mother is the last to be seated, just a few moments before the ceremony begins.

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Have two ushers or groomsman roll out the aisle runner.

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Take your position with whomever is giving you away.

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“Here comes the bride.....”

Don’t forget ¡

SOMETHING OLD: _______________________________________________

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SOMETHING NEW: ______________________________________________

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SOMETHING BORROWED: ________________________________________

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SOMETHING BLUE: ______________________________________________


must-have photos Wedding Photography Shots BEFORE THE CEREMONY

Posed Wedding Photography BEFORE THE RECEPTION

___ Wedding dress lying over a chair

___ Bride alone (full length)

___ Zipping up or buttoning the wedding dress

___ Bride with Maid of Honor

___ Mother of the bride fastening the bride’s necklace

___ Bride with bridesmaids

___ The bride’s garter

___ Groom with bridesmaids

___ The bride’s veil

___ Bride with parents

___ A close up of the bride’s shoes peeking out from under the dress

___ Bride & Groom together

___ Bride looking into a mirror

___ Bride & Groom with parents

___ Bride looking out window

___ Bride & Groom with families

___ Bride and bridesmaids putting on makeup

___ Bride & Groom with entire wedding party

___ Bride pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

___ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ringbearer

___ Bride hugging parents

___ Groom with parents

___ Bride touching up

___ Groom with best man

___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

___ Groom with groomsmen

___ Groom tying tie

___ Bride with groomsmen

___ Groom looking into mirror ___ Bride looking out window

DURING THE RECEPTION

___ Groom pinning corsage/boutonniere on mother/father

___ Outside of reception site

___ Groom hugging parents

___ Bride & Groom arriving

___ Bride and parents leaving for ceremony

___ Bride & Groom greeting guests

Wedding Photography Shots AT THE CEREMONY

___ Table centerpieces ___ Table setting

___ Outside of ceremony site

___ Bride & Groom’s table (head table)

___ Guests walking into ceremony site

___ Musicians or DJ

___ Bride and father entering ceremony site

___ Guest book

___ Parents being seated

___ Place card table

___ Grandparents being seated

___ Closeup of bride and groom’s place card

___ Maid of honor walking down the aisle

___ Wedding cake

___ Bridesmaids walking down the aisle

___ Groom’s cake

___ Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle

___ Gift table

___ Groom waiting for bride

___ Decorations (specify which _________________________)

___ Ceremony musicians

___ A shot of bride & groom with guests at each table

___ Officiant

___ Bride with college alums

___ Altar or canopy during ceremony

___ Groom with college alums

___ Close up of bride, just before she makes her entrance

___ The buffet or, if having table service, a dinner serving

___ Bride and father walking down aisle

___ Bride & Groom’s first dance

___ Groom seeing bride for first time

___ Bride & Father dancing

___ The back of bride and father walking down the aisle

___ Groom & Mother dancing

___ Bride’s father and Bride hugging at end of aisle

___ Guests dancing

___ Shot of the audience from the bride and groom’s point of view

___ Bride & Groom cutting the cake

___ The unity ceremony

___ Bride & Groom feeding each other cake

___ Close up of bride and groom saying the vows

___ Toasts (specify who is giving them: ____________________)

___ Wide shot of bride and groom saying the vows

___ Bride & Groom drinking champagne

___ Exchanging the rings

___ Signing the marriage license

___ Close up of hands

___ Bride throwing bouquet

___ The kiss

___ Groom retrieving garter

___ Bride & Groom walking up the aisle

___ Groom tossing garter

___ Receiving line

___ Garter/Bouquet dance

___ Bride & Groom outside on steps

___ The getaway car

___ Guests throwing confetti/rose petals/birdseed

___ Bride & Groom leaving party

___ Bride & Groom hugging guests, laughing, getting congratulations

___ Bride & Groom driving away

___ Bride & Groom getting in car ___ Bride & Groom in back seat

Guests the photographer shouldn’t miss: (provide your photographer with a seating chart so that they can easily identify them)


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