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Publisher’s Letter

Summer 2018

I am overjoyed, not to mention, proud, to present to you the inaugural issue of Tennessee Weddings by The Pink Bride®! ​I hope ​each ​and every page of this new issue brings inspiration and provides introduction to the fabulous wedding creatives in this industry.​

Publisher Allison Jacob Editor​​ In C ​ h​ief Donna Jacob Account Relations Director Chelsey Gatlin Creative D ​ irector​ Karen Pilkington Social Media Director Kendall Calkins Contributing​ Writers​ Chelsey Gatlin Kendall Calkins Lanna Turner Julie Hancock Danni Ha Katherine Whitehead Samantha Viau ​Sales Kara Lovett/Director of Sales ​Knoxville Account Executive 865.712.9196 Christine Scott Chattanooga Account ​Executive 423.605.2070 Elizabeth Jones Memphis Account ​Executive 901.208.0339 ​Allison Jacob Nashville Account ​Executive 901.598.8320 Kaitie Gill Tri-Cities Account ​Executive 501.920.7627

​ our special time should be full of happy, stress-free memories. ​ Y This issue is filled with real wedding​features​, ​content-rich ​ articles, and ​so many great ideas y ​ ou can use to plan a day that reflects the two of you. Your love story’s first chapter ends, and another begins, the moment you say “I ​Do ​ ”. Round out your local planning timeline by attending the state’s largest, most-requested, wedding-planning-experience, The Pink Bride® Wedding Shows! Meet and book the finest wedding pros, who offer show-exclusive packages, while you preview irresistible​,​inspirational setups​,​and gather style ideas from the breathtaking fashion shows. Enjoy complimentary treats and amazing​inspiration, and more…all in one day. So much excitement - just for you!​Find the next show nearest you​- listed on page 25. Last but not least, please let any wedding professionals you meet, via this magazine, or a Pink Bride Show®, know that The Pink Bride® sent you. Cheers to a stunning wedding day that’s oh-so-you; and best wishes for a marriage that’s even better than the most romantic fairy tale.

The Pink Pride - We Say Yes To Love! Allison Jacob, Publisher I​ want to hear from you!​


P​ublisher Jacob Marketing Inc. PO Box 31568 Knoxville TN 37930 865.531.3941 ©2​018 Jacob Marketing Inc. - All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content in any manner without written permission is st​r​ickly prohibited. All articles are property of Jacob Marketing Inc. Photographs used in The Pink Bride®​are provided and copyrighted by their respective owners, and may not be reproduced without the owner’s permission. Jacob Marketing, Inc. is not responsible for any errors, misprints, misquotes, or omissions.​ All vendor information for Real Wedding features, was supplied to The Pink Bride®​, by the wedding couple and/or a third party. The Pink Bride®​cannot take responsibility for mis-information that was provided. The Real Wedding features are not paid advertisements, but ​simply ​is provided as a resource ​to The Pink Bride®​readers.

About The Cover See more of this stunning Real Tennessee Wedding by Details Nashville on pages 248 - 251.

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wdding planning 101


Finch Photo

Wynd & Paisley

Danielle Evans Photography


IN THIS ISSUE Articles 20

Smart Spending

29 #NoRegrets 32

To Splurge or Not to Splurge


Engaged & Confused


Perfectly Planned


10 to Zen


Wedding Hair Dos & Don’ts


Written in the Stars


Let Love Bloom


Southern Pride


Confection Perfection



Accessories for the Contemporary Bride


Should the Groom Wear a Suit or a Tuxedo?


Say Yes to the Veil


The Perfect Fit


The Great Debate: DJ vs. Band


From Miss to Mrs


You’re Invited


The Ultimate Ceremony Planning Guide

268 Unplugged? 274

6 Classic Wedding Traditions to Bring Back

10 Romantic Tennessee Getaways


Honeymoon Heroes


12 Date Night Ideas for Your First Year of Marriage


Must Have Travel Items for Your Honeymoon


5 Ways to Incorporate What He Wants on Your Wedding Day


Getaway Gadgets

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all smiles with these bridesmaids!

Features 11

A Note From the Publisher


Wedding Venues A to Z


Your Guide to Tennessee Venues


Father/Daughter Dance Song Quiz


Picture Perfect


Cover Wedding


Honeymoon Destinations


50th Anniversary Celebrations


Pink Pro Wedding Directory

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Details Nashville

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Abigail Volkmann

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Olivia Halcomb � Alex Rich

“We kept our traditions pretty traditional. Two of my favorites were to wait to see one another until I was walking down the aisle and having a private communion.”

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The dreaded budget! One of the top complaints we hear from engaged couples is dealing with their budget. Here are our top 7 tips for navigating the financial seas of wedding planning!


Budgets don’t have to be hard, but they can definitely be intimidating at first. Break it down until it feels manageable, and then take it piece-by-piece.


Have a physical or e-version of a budget sheet and actively mark your expenses and prices. It will help you keep a good number in your head of where you stand while planning, and make sure to not overspend and blow your budget!


Find real prices in your area and include them at the top of your budget, so you’ll know the important things are accounted for right out of the bat.


We all love Pinterest weddings, but some of those ideas are worth thousands of dollars! Be realistic in your price ideas to avoid heartbreak later on.


Know who all is contributing and how much they are planning to add early on if it is going to play a major factor in your budget or booking your vendors.


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If you’re getting to a point where your budget is running a little low, consider cutting out unnecessary expenses or DIY them if you can!

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Sometimes certain costs are hidden until you get the final bill, and then you see that you’ve gone way over budget. Keep these in mind when calculating your initial budget plan and in your meetings with potential vendors: tips, gifts, service charges, overbooking charges, and seasonal fees.

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Mistakes are going to happen in any aspect of your life, including your wedding day, unfortunately. Be on the lookout for these top 10 wedding planning blunders that past couples have fallen into! NOT DOING RESEARCH BEFOREHAND Doing your research is key to wedding planning! Without doing a little homework before the big day, you can run into wedding day nightmares like underestimating costs and blowing your budget or not reading a contract thoroughly and having your caterer head out leaving a huge mess for you. Uh-oh!

BOOKING BEFORE YOU BUDGET I know you’ve probably heard time and time again, “Your budget is so important!” Well, it’s true. Without having a budget set, you run the risk of spending way too much! You may think that there’s no harm in booking a few vendors before the budget is set. However, usually those first few bookings are your venue, photographer, and caterer, and those are also the most investment typically. If you use a large portion of your budget then, what’s left for decor, your dress, or anything else? Trust us, no one wants to be stressed about money on the day of!

NO RAIN PLAN Mother Nature has a plan all her own, and no one can 100% predict it. No matter what season you’re getting married in or what type of venue, it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B in case something goes awry with the weather.

TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE Your wedding day is not only important to you and your soon-to-be hubby, but also members of your family and friends as well. While it is nice to get opinions and ideas from your circle, don’t let it become too demanding. You can’t have everyone’s dream wedding and yours all-inone, so take what ideas you genuinely like and thank the others for their input.

NOT BEING CONSIDERATE While some brides try to please everyone, others tend to forget about the ones who are helping make their dream a reality. Take into consideration your wedding party and guests when making some decisions. For example, don’t ask your bridesmaids to go on an expensive bachelorette party and then to buy a $700 bridesmaids dress and pricey wedding gift.

HANDLING THE DAY OF DUTIES Hiring a wedding planner or a day of coordinator is a good idea, but if it’s not in your budget, please don’t consider doing it yourself. Whether it’s your MOH, mom, or sister, have someone available to be a point of contact for the day of. There will most likely be some sort of question or event that needs addressing, and you don’t want those concerns coming to you when getting ready.

GETTING ATTACHED TO CERTAIN ASPECTS Try to avoid getting too attached to a certain idea, flower, piece of decor, or venue, until the contract is signed or the plans are in process. It may not be available or in season, and then your other choices look a little less than. Latching on to something that’s not guaranteed is a recipe for heartbreak.

TRYING TO CONTROL EVERYTHING (AND EVERYONE!) While a lot of wedding planning is being focused and organized, you also have to go with the flow! Things are bound to happen that aren’t in your plans, and instead of stressing, you have to move forward. Also, remember that your wedding professionals are just that, wedding professionals. They have experience in executing events and do it all the time. Express your concerns or problems, but let the pros handle it.

DIY EVERYTHING We love a good DIY! Who doesn’t? It saves money and can look just as good! However, don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to DIY every aspect of your wedding! It will just lead to more stress and more to-do’s before the big day.

FORGETTING ABOUT WHAT THE DAY MEANS When planning something as important and massive as your wedding day, you can lose sight on what it’s all about. Through all the ups and downs, it boils down to you and your spouse-to-be celebrating your commitment and future together.

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One of the hardest parts of wedding planning is figuring out what is absolutely necessary and what is just nice to have. We totally get it — that’s us every single time we shop at Target, too! We’ve narrowed down our top tips on what to absolutely splurge on and what not to splurge hopefully helping ease the decision process!



I would recommend only splurging on what is at utmost importance to you and your spouse-to-be whether that’s your venue, photographer, or simply great food. Start by making a list of your 3 must-have wedding items, and have your S.O. do the same! Compare the lists, and talk about why it’s important for you to have and how comfortable you are spending more money on it. We all like to save money here and there, so be reasonable on your max limit. Don’t forget to also be open to hearing your partner out on their choices — even if it’s an awful 80’s rock cover band!

When it’s the most important day of your life, everything seems worth it. It’s hard to cut something out of that ideal day that you’ve been imagining in your head for so long. However, the day is about one thing: you and your partner. The extras, while they’re beautiful and fun, often end up costing more than planned and sometimes aren’t even used. Consider saving on things that might only be used for a small segment of your wedding like your programs, customized cocktail napkins for happy hour, or even your guest favors. Cutting out smaller items here and there can help you save in the long run and use that cash for other things that you really care about! Oftentimes your guests won’t even notice they weren’t there!

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Victoria Morgan � Houston Gilmore

“When it came to my dress I knew I wanted something dramatic, fun, and form-fitting.”

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“The inspiration of our day was romantic, rustic, and Southern inspired.”

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Ceremony & Reception · The Providence Cotton Mill, Photographer · JustKenna Photography, Cake · Savory Plum Bistro & Bakery, Catering · Sports Page Catering, Bridal Gown · Jillian’s Bridal Outlet, Gown Designer · Maggie Sottero, Attendants’ Attire · David’s Bridal, Groom & Groomsmen Attire · Men’s Wearhouse, Rehearsal Dinner · The Lincoln Cultural Center, Rentals & Décor · Elegant and Classy Events, Hair · Beauty and the Bleach

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ENGAGED & CONFUSED: WEDDING PLANNING 101 By Chelsey Gatlin You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now comes the fun (and sometimes hard) part: planning your wedding. There are endless possibilities and ideas for any type of wedding you can imagine from a DIY celebration of 50 guests to a blowout bash of 300. With that many options, you might not know where to even start. We’ve listed our top wedding planning go-tos to help start you in the right direction! BE OPEN & COMMUNICATIVE


From the get-go, be open about your feelings, thoughts, and contributions when in discussions with not only your fiancé, but also your family, wedding party, and your wedding professionals. You don’t want to book something or say yes when you’re really unsure and regret it later on.

Each of you has something that you really want present at your wedding. For you, it may be the perfect venue to set the tone, but for him, it may be an amazing assortment of delicious food. Sit down separately, create a list of two or three aspects that are in your dream wedding, and then compare the lists with one another. Talk through each and discuss why it’s important to you. If some things can be combined, you want a great time for guests and he wants a dance party, that works perfectly! If they aren’t alike at all, choose one from each list and mutually decide on a third that is important to both of you.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK Wedding planning is not always easy and is sometimes in a world completely on its own. That’s why doing your research before you start planning can definitely save you later on. Find out realistic costs for wedding items and professionals in your area. Consider the time of year you’re wanting to get married in. Get savvy on wedding industry terms. Before meetings with potential wedding professionals, take a look at their website and social media. Have a good idea of what they offer, and any questions you may want to ask them.

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SET YOUR BUDGET The often most dreaded aspect of wedding planning is the budget. My tip is the earlier the better, and get it over with! Start by having an open and honest discussion with your spouse-to-be about where you both stand on finances and how much you’re comfortable spending. Then talk with any family members who plan on contributing. With the research you’ve already put together, you’ll know what is normal and how much you’re setting aside to budget for.


STAY ON TRACK Keeping up with all of these details is hard work in itself, but is an absolute necessity when it comes to wedding planning! Stay on top of what you already have, what you need, and what you’re spending with a mobile or physical checklist!

FIGURE OUT THE VISION Whether it’s from Pinterest, social media, or within the pages of our Tennessee Weddings magazine, start marking the images that make your heart beat a little faster. After a first sweep, go through and narrow it down to the main recurrent themes and colors. This will help when choosing your wedding professionals and decor!

BOOK YOUR VENUE EARLY ON By booking your venue in the early stages of planning, you can potentially cross off multiple to-do’s from your list! Set the date? Check. Set the tone? Check. And even perhaps, booking multiple wedding professionals if your chosen venue is all-inclusive.

DON’T LET PINTEREST TAKE OVER It’s easy to get overwhelmed by ideas, especially when It comes to Pinterest. However, it can be detrimental to wedding planning! Use it as a tool, but not a complete guide for your day. Find ideas you like and are able to realistically recreate with your wedding professionals within your budget to not get disappointed later on.

BE FLEXIBLE Wedding planning does not go as expected 100% of the time. You have to be flexible about it, or you’ll drive yourself crazy. Things happen, your ideal venue is booked two years out or the weather forecast doesn’t look good, but it all works out in the end because…

THE DAY IS ABOUT LOVE Don’t forget what the day is about! You and your spouse, your love, your families becoming one, and a start of your new family. Simple as that.

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Molly McCarthy � Anthony DePratto

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“Our wedding was on New Year’s Eve, so for our grand exit we walked through a tunnel of sparklers to match the NYE theme.”

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Planned By Katherine Whitehead

What kind of planner do you need for your personality? From the time many of us were little girls, we dreamed of the day we would get married. The perfect dress, the gorgeous venue, the beautiful flowers, the dreamy groom, it was like something straight out of a fairytale. Our imagined wedding day was the one moment we could be and feel like total royalty. Little did we know that tying the knot meant a lot more than just rose petals and a night of dancing. Planning a wedding takes a lot of work and can sometimes last months if not over a year. Making the biggest decision of your life often comes down to last-minute decisions and the risk of becoming a true bridezilla to your friends and family. With the temptation to leave bridal planning up to our mothers and bridesmaids, it can often leave people wishing the wedding could plan itself. It is important not to rely on your guests to plan the wedding, because they are there to attend it and enjoy themselves. In order to ease some of the wedding season stress, we’ve created a list of the different types of wedding planners to help you focus less on the details and more on having the time of your life.

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If you’re the type of bride who is looking for professional guidance and an unbiased opinion from the engagement to the “I Do’s”, full-service or all-inclusive wedding planners are right for you. These planners are best for couples who do not have lot of time to dedicate to wedding preparation and need someone to take most of the load themselves. From recommending venues and budget coordination to assisting with style, direction and flow on the big day, full-service wedding planners are your go-to for all things bridal. Think of them as your ultimate orchestra conductor, the one who prepares and sets the stage from start to finish, even down to the smallest details to make sure that the performance runs smoothly and beautifully.


If you and your future spouse are the type that want to do most of the planning themselves but still want some extra help when it gets closer to the wedding day, consider hiring a month-of planner. These planners are pros at putting the finishing touches on weddings, including final contract negotiations and vendor payments. They are also useful should any unforeseen things happen in the weeks leading up, or if you just want an extra set of eyes and hands during crunch time.


The weekend of the wedding has hit, and while you’ve already covered most of the details, you’d still like some help when it comes to coordinating the events prior to the wedding. This could include dealing with a large number of guests or assisting with any non-wedding activities such as the rehearsal dinner or morning-after brunch, as well as helping people upon arrival at the sites.


Day-of planners are perfect for the couple that wants a stress-free wedding day. Unlike full-time planners, day-of planners are hired only to work on the big day. These coordinators are essentially the backbone of

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your wedding as they make sure everything is kept together and organized in a timely manner. A lot of their work will be focused behind the scenes, usually directing vendor arrival and managing set-up and break-down at the venue.


When planning your wedding, don’t forget to plan the details of the venue. Venue coordinators are usually hired by the venue to deal with everything related to the location, including tables, chairs, linens and kitchen and wait staff. Do not get this confused with a service wedding planner as they are not there to design your wedding or make sure everyone is seated before the vows. Venue coordinators work with caterers to provide a timeline on when food will be prepared and served to guests as well as any other necessary venue related issues and logistics should they arise.

Destination Wedding

Destination wedding planners are the best of both worlds as they work almost as a wedding coordinator and travel agent all in one. These planners are a must-have for couples who plan on getting hitched abroad. You won’t be able to be in your city or country you plan on getting married in as much as you think you will prior to the big day, so it is helpful to have someone to represent you there to help find venues and meet with vendors. As well as planning your wedding, they can also check in with you regarding weather, local events and activities happening around the time of your arrival.

Á la Carte

Just because you have a limited budget doesn’t mean you have to skip out on having a wedding planner. Á la carte planners allow couples to pick and choose which services they prefer to use in preparation for their wedding. With these coordinators, you can easily get specific services you need and not have ones that aren’t a necessity. Many planners make custom wedding packages available, giving you full access to any wedding planning help you need.

THE DOER - THE MONTH OF Doer’s are friendly and action-oriented. They are focused on immediate results and are risk-takers who live fast paced lifestyles. THE PERFORMER- DESTINATION Performers are people oriented and fun-loving. They live for the moment and love new experiences. THE SCIENTIST - FULL-TIME WEDDING PLANNER Scientists are long-range thinkers who are analytical and determined. They have very high standards for themselves and other people. Oftentimes they prefer to have structure and turning ideas into solid plans of action. THE INSPIRER - THE VENUE Inspirers are enthusiastic, idealistic and creative. They are openminded and flexible, with a broad range of interests and abilities. THE VISIONARY - THE DAY OF Visionaries are creative and resourceful. They get excited about new ideas and projects, but may neglect the more routine aspects of life.

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THE EXECUTIVE - THE WEEKEND OF Executives are outspoken and assertive. Excellent ability to understand difficult organizational problems and create solid solutions. They value knowledge and competence, and usually have little patience with inefficiency or disorganization. THE GUARDIAN - A LA CARTE Guardians are practical, traditional and organized. They have a clear vision of the way things should be and often prefer to be in charge themselves.

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Kelli Woodell � Kendall Fletcher

“I think the most memorable moment was during the ceremony. Rain was inevitable, so we rented a clear tent so that we could still be married in the rock canyon, but it didn’t really start raining until the ceremony began. The soft light was filtering into the tent and I was looking into my best friend’s eyes and holding his hands when rain started softly hitting the roof. It was so beautiful and romantic and it felt like a truly divine moment. It was an instant of serenity where I really felt the magic of what was about to happen.” 53 ·




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“Our exit was awesome! We were having such a great time that we never wanted it to end. Kendall and I started walking down the line of all these special people who had spent the whole evening celebrating us, and they were cheering and waving their sparklers like crazy as we passed by and had an epic smooch. The energy of that was unreal. And at the end of the line was the coolest vintage Rolls Royce that my aunt surprised us with to take us home! We felt so crazy loved as we said our goodbyes. It was a great end to our celebration.” 55 ·

Hannah Webb � Christopher Vick

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“We had a traditional full Catholic mass in the church my grandparents renewed their 50th wedding anniversary vows in, and parents got married in! ”

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Ceremony · St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Reception · Oak Hill at Berry College, Photographer · Katherine Birkbeck Photography, Catering, Cake, & Coordinator · Season Events, Flowers · Bussey’s Florist, Bridal Gown · Bridals by Lori, Transportation · Marietta Trolley and Special Day Limos, Videographer · Rick Williams Studio, Rehearsal Dinner · Coosa Valley Country Club, Hair · Washington Dixon Salon

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Terra Strong & Dominic Lyons

“I wanted to feel like a Disney princess. I wanted everything extremely classy, like a fantasy. That’s why we chose the East Ivy Mansion. The garden, the gates, the pool and the tall brick walls around the property. That’s how I always envisioned my wedding; like a dream.”

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Ceremony & Reception · East Ivy Mansion, Photographer · Details Nashville, Catering · Chef Penelope’s Catering, Flowers · Flower Wild, Bridal Gown · Pebbles Bridal, Gown Designer · Maggie Sottero, Groom & Groomsmen Attire · Men’s Wearhouse, Videographer · Unlimited Perspectives, DJ · DJ Jazzy T, Rehearsal Dinner · Monell’s Dining and Catering, Hair · JDExperience, Makeup · EcleCtic.Beatz

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“The best moment for me was listening to my husband’s vows. He told me he was going to write them on paper and read it and I said “no!” Just speak. But ultimately I obliged and wrote my vows down too. We get to the vows, he goes first and just starts speaking from the soul! Of course I was excited and happy, but I wrote mine down! Welp! The irony.”

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1 | PREPARE YOUR MIND Only you know what could potentially stress you out on your wedding day. Before the day comes, take a self-assessment and make a list of everything that you may worry about or that troubles your mind. After creating your list, prepare for the best way to deal with your stressors! Knowing you are prepared will ease your mind and heart for the big day.



By Lanna Turner

Getting a good night of sleep before your wedding day is key. If you are well rested, your body can handle stressors more easily. If nerves are keeping you awake and restless, try diffusing essential oils like lavender or vetiver, or drink some Chamomile tea. Remember, it isn’t called ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing!

It is no secret that your wedding day can be stressful. It is totally normal to have wedding day jitters! Here are some steps to take to keep your nerves to a minimum.

3 | RISE AND SHINE! Kick your wedding day off with doing something you love. Planning an activity with your bridal party to do first thing in the morning will not only calm your nerves, but will start your day a stress-free way and keep your mind from worrying. You can’t go wrong with morning yoga!

4 | REMEMBER TO BREATHE This may seem obvious, but it is SO important! If things during the day seem to be going too fast, take a minute to breathe. Your wedding day can be overwhelming, and something as simple as taking a minute to breathe can help you soak it all in and enjoy every moment.

5 | STAY CONNECTED During this process, it is important to stay connected with your partner. Let them know what you may be anxious about, and talk through it together. Also - don’t forget to spend time on your relationship! Don’t let the wedding planning take over your romantic life.

6 | LET GO Let go of worrying, fear, judgments, and regrets! These things will only hold you back. Take a moment to let go of anything that is out of your control and enjoy being in the moment for your special day.

7 | RELY ON OTHERS If you are worried about wedding-day stress, trust in professionals! A therapist or religious person can provide an outsider’s perspective.


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Make your final payments, make sure your dress fits properly, break in your wedding shoes, finalize your seating chart, and complete everything else on your to-do list. The sooner you can check off these boxes, the more prepared and relieved you will feel on your wedding day.

9 | KEEP YOUR BODY FUELED When nerves are high, it is normal to have an upset stomach or want to skip out on eating. You will need all the energy you can get for your wedding day and do not want to be hungry! Keep snacks around like an apple, banana, or peanut butter crackers. And remember...water, water, water!

10 | HAVE FUN! Remember why you are celebrating. Enjoy being surrounded by all of your friends and family and the start of your new adventure.

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Dos & Don’ts By Katherine Whitehead

Is there anything more annoying than having a seriously bad hair day? Makeup faux pas can often be fixed with ease, but taming flyaway-prone, frizzy hair is a totally different story. Taking on one of the most important days of your life means you have to have the perfect hair to match, and with our tips, you’ll be falling head over heels for your perfect wedding day do!

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Pro Tip: HAVE A HAIR TRIAL Before your big day, schedule an appointment with your stylist to go over 3 to 4 potential hairstyles for your wedding day. Make sure you bring photos of styles you like and any headpieces or accents you want to add to your look. This should happen at least 4 to 6 weeks before your wedding. SPEAK UP Show your stylist photos of your wedding inspiration, the reception area and photos of your dress so they can get a good idea of what style will complement your bridal aesthetic. You’re the only one that knows what you truly want, so be sure to say something if you don’t feel like something is working or needs to be improved.

Take pictures of each hairstyle from different angles. Your wedding photos will be taken from every angle (even your bad side), so doing this will give not only give you a preview of what it will look like on the big day, but will also make it easier to decide on one later! Details Nashville


LISTEN TO OTHERS One of the last things you want to be is a bridezilla. Even if you are sure of what style you are looking for, try to be open to suggestions from both your stylist and bridal party. Remember to be open-minded. Your stylist has likely done hundreds of weddings and if you give them the freedom to expand on your idea, you may be able to reach a place where you find a style you love. Although you may be set on an elegant chignon, your hair trial is a chance to experiment and try looks you may not have been interested in before. Let those around you suggest styles for you to try and you never know - you may be surprised!

Don’t: MAKE ANY MAJOR HAIR CHANGES One of the worst mistakes a bride can make is making a major hair change in the weeks leading up to the wedding. While it may be tempting to dye your hair red, try highlights, or get those bangs you’ve been wanting, it may not look as great as you thought it would on your big day. There’s nothing worse than walking down the aisle with a haircut you don’t like so that’s why it’s important to let any new style sit for at least 3 to 4 weeks.

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ASSUME THE LANGUAGE OF HAIR Even though you may understand what a “bun” is, the term may have multiple different meanings depending on what stylist you go to. Try to brush up on wedding hair terminology such as a top knot, dutch braid and french twist. This will save you from any added frustration on your big day. HAVE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Results will not always be the same as you may have imagined. Because everyone has different hair length, texture and density, not everyone can look exactly the person in the photo. Get to know your hair and embrace what works best for you instead of an imagined version of how your hair should be.

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You can check choosing your wedding lipstick off of your to-do list; the answer is already written in the stars! Your zodiac sign says a lot about your personality, as does the color of your lipstick. For some ideas on which lipsticks are the best for your big day, keep reading!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

The friendly and talkative Gemini needs a lipstick that stands out just as much as they do! We love this deep and dark color from Maybelline, Possessed Plum, and it’s just right for vibrant Geminis. Such a deep color might overwhelm some people, but nothing is too overwhelming for a Gemini! You’ll look strong and beautiful when you wear this shade, and it’s sure to give you some extra confidence as you walk down the aisle! Image by Maybelline

Aries (March 21-April 19)

A classic red lip is the perfect choice for the fiery Aries! Surprisingly, what is considered a “classic red” is often actually a blue-toned red, which is a great shade for a large number of people. For a gorgeous blue-toned red, consider the cult classic from MAC, Ruby Woo! It’s one of the most popular lipsticks of all time, and it’s easy to see why. The shade is super flattering for any skin tone, and we think it’s a great fit for an Aries! Image by MAC

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Taurus is an earth sign, which is why a super natural nude tone is a great choice for all you bulls out there! The NARS Audacious lipstick in Barbara is the perfect choice; it is a slightly rose-toned nude which keeps your lips from looking washed out in photographs. Some nudes are too close to certain skin tones to actually look good, but the pink in this lipstick solves that problem! Image by Nars

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Cancer (June 21-July 22)

The nurturing and loving Cancer looks like a vision in a light neutral toned pink, like Stila’s Bellissima shade. It’s a great match for their kind and gentle personality and, like a Cancer, doesn’t have to call too much attention to itself to be impressive! It’s just the right shade to accentuate your lips without becoming the center of attention, and is just right for you lovely Cancers! Image by Stila

Leo (July 23-August 22)

It’s hard to imagine a Leo lady in anything but red! Leo’s are as regal as a lion, and red lips are a given when it comes to your wedding day look. This brick red shade, Crazed from NYX, is a great choice and is a little bit of a change from the classic blue-toned red that is so often seen. Brick red gives you a unique take on the classic red lip, making you a bit of a trendsetter. Definitely fitting of a Leo! Image by NYX Cosmetics

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

The gentle and helpful Virgo looks stunning in a peach-toned lipstick! This shade from Nars, Barbarella, is perfect for all skin tones and is a great way to highlight your lips without choosing a dramatic color. Peach tones are usually seen in outdoor summer weddings, but Virgo’s can rock this shade anytime! Image by Nars

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

As you know, Capricorns are nothing if not practical. Their intelligence and planning acumen are impressive, and something like this sheer nude is perfect for their wedding day lipstick. Urban Decay created the perfect nude in Vanished, and we are so here for it! Swipe it on at the beginning of the day and your lips will still be perfect by the end; perfect for the always busy Capricorn!

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Kat Von D’s Lolita is her most popular shade for a reason: it looks amazing on EVERYONE! This is because the shade actually shows up as slightly different on everyone who wears it, matching their undertones perfectly. And not only is it a great shade, this lipstick will stay on the whole day! Libra’s will love the way this unique dusty rose color has both a beautiful shade and is super long lasting, and it’s certainly the ideal lip color for their wedding day!

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Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

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Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Ah, the intense, passionate, and sometimes intimidating Scorpio. Seen as one of the most mysterious signs of the zodiac, can you imagine them in anything but a shade like Kat Von D’s Vampira? Even the name screams Scorpio! This super deep reddish burgundy color is so stunning and makes quite the statement, perfect for every Scorpio! Dark shades can sometimes bleed in unflattering ways, but Vampira stays in place and continues to be impressive throughout your wedding day!

Always innovative and on top of trends, the Aquarius bride should definitely wear something like this plum shade from Smashbox, aptly named Femme Fatale. Plum is one of those colors that people are afraid to try, but they are missing out on an absolutely gorgeous array of lipsticks! Be the brave Aquarius you are and commit to plum on your wedding day! You certainly won’t regret it, and you may inspire future Aquarius’ to follow in your plum footsteps! Image by Smashbox

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Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Not many people can pull off MAC’s neon pink Candy Yum-Yum, but a Sagittarius certainly can! Adventurous, fearless, and confident, Sagittarius women are perfect for such a bright and bold shade. Paired with a fresh and clean makeup look, a neon pink isn’t too overwhelming and instead is just the perfect pop of color. Be brave and go pink at your wedding! Image by MAC

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Compassionate, artistic, the daydreaming Pisces needs a shade that is as long-lasting as it is beautiful. Enter Revlon’s lip stain in the shade Rendezvous! Not quite as red as it appears, this shade is more of a beautiful coral that brings to mind sunny days on the beach. Plus, since it’s a stain, you don’t have to worry about it rubbing off throughout the day! Pisces don’t want to keep running to the bathroom to re-apply their lipstick, which is why a stain is so perfect for you! Image by Revlon

Choosing your wedding day lipstick is a breeze once you decide to let the stars make your decision for you! Your zodiac sign helps dictate your personality, and choosing a shade of lipstick that emphasizes your personality is a surefire way to have all the confidence in the world as you walk down the aisle!

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Spring: PEONY No floral list would be the same without peonies. Taken the wedding world by storm is this lush, beautiful flower that is oh so perfect for springtime! ANEMONE If there is one thing to say about anemones, eyecatching would be the ideal word! Wonderful hues like reds and classic whites are strikingly accented by a dark center! TULIP Tulips can be considered the mascot for springtime with their various colorful petals! The meaning behind these delicate blooms represents happiness and perfect love. How fitting for your wedding! IRIS The iris’s rich purple color is completely regal, and its unique bloom is bound to catch eyes in your bouquet!

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Fall: CHRYSANTHEMUM Chrysanthemums are the perfect fall flower! Their color variety ranges from burnt oranges and golden yellows to bright pinks and lime greens, and they make excellent filler flowers for a large arrangement. DAHLIA For a standout flower in your bouquet, look no further than the Dahlia! Their intricate, beautiful blooming design is breathtaking! RANUNCULUS At first glance, these flowers may look too cute to be real! How adorable! It is ideal for a whimsical wedding theme! KING PROTEA This stunning, unique flower cannot be missed! Carrying a tropical, bohemian vibe, this large bloom looks amazing standing alone or mixed with other flowers as well!

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Winter: AMARYLLIS Sweet and elegant, the amaryllis is ideal for your winter wedding! With colors in reds, pinks, and burgundy the color scheme couldn’t be more on point! ORCHID Orchids are undeniably chic and add a touch of glam to your arrangements! While they come in many colors, a stunning white looks wonderful in winter! ROSE A classic rose is perfect for this time of year! Whether you prefer red, white, pink, or another color, each is just as timeless!

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GARDENIA With blooms white as snow and evergreen colored leaves, the gardenia is a brilliant choice! Best of all, the amazing fragrance will be forever rooted in your brain as a lovely reminder of your wedding day!

Summer: DELPHINIUM These lush florals are a unique addition to your bouquet! In different color varieties, you can go from bold blue to a light pastel. Their four-foot height also makes them great for table arrangements! POPPY Looking at a poppy, there isn’t much that seems happier! Light, colorful, and full of fun, that is exactly why it’s perfect for summer weddings! HYDRANGEA Hydrangeas are a staple in summer wedding floral arrangements, and for good reason! With their full blooms, color options, and elegant look, they are lovely both standing alone or paired with other blooms of the season! ZINNIA When thinking of summer, bright and bold colors automatically come to mind. The zinnia fits that wonderfully! Its motto, the brighter, the better, makes it perfect for your summertime soirees!

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If you are anything like us at The Pink Bride®, you take great pride in your alma mater. Whether you grew up singing Rocky Top, cheered on the Georgia Bulldogs, or shouted “Roll Tide Roll” while sporting that certain shade of crimson, nothing can compare to the deep- rooted sense of love people feel for their university. For many of us attending college, it meant finding a second home, becoming immersed in new people, cultures and experiences and meeting that special someone. With football and wedding season in full swing, here are eight ways to showcase your school pride in your big day.


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What better way to incorporate your alma mater than by getting married there! There are several universities that allow people to host a wedding on campus. If you and your significant other met there, you can start the next chapter of your life as a married couple where it all began!

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USE YOUR SCHOOL COLORS An awesome way to give credit to your school is by using their colors as your own. Try picking out bridesmaid dresses and grooms ties that feature your university colors.


Did you go to the University of Tennessee? How about playing “Down the Field” at your reception? There is nothing cooler than playing your fight song before, during or after the wedding. Whether by an actual band or played on a speaker, it’s sure to get your guests excited for the vows.


One of the sweetest - and deliciousways to give a shout out to your university is by adding elements of your alma mater to your cake. Try a unique cake topper with the team logo or mascot.


With so many couples trying to decide on what to do with table settings, we have come up with some sure- fire ways to have your wedding party cheering. Name your tables at the reception based on buildings

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on campus or other special things associated with your school. You can also try taking pictures around campus holding numbers and then print them out and frame them to use as table numbers at the reception.


If you and your hubby went Greek in college, incorporate your letters into your ceremony, reception or even your dress. Some couples choose to wear their pins on their wedding day attire or use them as part of their table settings or bouquet. Almost every Greek organization has a flower that is special to them. Try using them as your floral arrangements or handing them out to guests to wear. Another way to celebrate your sorority or fraternity is by getting married on Founder’s Day, that way your ceremony will be even more special to you!


When making your wedding toast, be sure to include one to your alma mater. Make sure to decorate your glasses with your school logo and colors!


And finally, hand out some pompoms to your guests in your school colors to be waved as you make your grand exit. Take time to reflect on what your alma mater means to you and your new spouse and wave goodbye as you begin your new life together!


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PERFECTION By Katherine Whitehead

When it comes to desserts, we can definitely be the first to say we have an undeniable sweet tooth. From cakes to cookies to our favorite frozen treats, there is nothing we love more than indulging in our ultimate craving. The hardest part about choosing a special treat for your big day is limiting yourself to only a few options. With so many types of desserts, it can be a difficult task to decide on the one that’s right for your reception.

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Who said cakes were just for birthday parties? If we had it our way, we’d be eating it for breakfast. Because this sweet bread can be made in a limitless number of ways, they are our ultimate go-to for wedding day desserts. The best part is, you don’t have to limit yourself to the traditional vanilla or chocolate. There are different varieties and textures that offer something for every palette. From angel food cake to sponge cake to even flourless cakes, there are many options. If you’re looking for something a little different, try a pound cake, fruit cake, cheesecake, or throw your guests a twist and have cute cupcakes as a special surprise.


Cookies originate from the Netherlands. The name cookie, comes from the Dutch word “koekje” meaning “little cake”. They began as spoonfuls of cake batter cooked to test the oven temperature before ovens had thermometers. Today the small cookie has turned into a dessert industry empire. Whether they be our original favorite chocolate chip, or something more unique like strawberry cheesecake, cookies will always have a special place in our heart.


What better way to give your guests a taste of summer than to have pies at your reception? Pies are a totally nostalgic dessert that has us longing for the days of childhood summers and 4th of July parties, and with the infinite number of ways to create these delicacies, our taste buds are wanting more. The crust can be made from pastry dough or graham crackers while the filling allows unlimited possibilities, including apple, pecan, lime, or even something more sweet like chocolate.


Not only are donuts one of the coolest and trendiest foods of the year, but they’re also a surefire way to have guests of all ages leaving with full stomachs. These fried dough confections are known for being convenient as both a breakfast item and a dessert so they can fit in with any type of wedding.

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With its smooth texture, and deep richness, chocolate is one of those things we can all get behind. Harvested straight from cacao seeds found in the forests of the jungle, chocolate has become one of the most popular foods in the world. Because it comes in so many variations including solid chocolate, toppings like chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles, this divine treat is something that should be at the top of everyone’s list.


If you’re looking for a more unique way to celebrate your wedding day, try incorporating some of your favorite candies. Some of our favorite ideas are to have a candy bar included after the main course of your reception, or to provide candy favors as a simple ‘thank you’ to your guests for attending.

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Nothing is better at beating the heat than cold ice cream. Created out of frozen and churned cream, this dessert has been a fan favorite since day one. Because there are so many ways to make it, you can get creative on what kind you want. If you’re looking for something different try an Italian gelato with a milk base. Frozen custard is another great option as it uses egg yolks to provide a richer and creamier texture. For those guests that need something dairy-free, go for a fresh sorbet made from fruit puree. If you’re wanting a low-calorie ice cream, try frozen yogurt that substitutes cream for yogurt.


Custards and puddings are another great way to provide variety to your dessert options. These delicacies usually have a thick dairy base, the thickness ultimately determining whether it is a custard or pudding. Crème brûlée is a great baked custard to try, while pudding can be flavored with vanilla, chocolate or any other type of ingredient.

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10 Romantic TENNESSEE Getaways By Julie Hancock

There are so many perks to living in the Volunteer State. One of the biggest of these perks is the abundance of beautiful and romantic getaways within a short drive! A weekend getaway is the perfect way to bond and destress when planning a wedding and we highly recommend it! Whether you’re the type of couple who likes remote and unspoiled wilderness, or that prefers the excitement and luxury that comes with big cities, Tennessee has something for everyone.

1. THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK No Tennessee getaway list is complete without the best and most popular place to get away: the Smoky Mountains! It is the most visited national park in the United States, and anyone who has ever been there knows exactly why. It is stunning, filled with unique flora and fauna, and allows visitors to step away from the stresses of life and completely immerse themselves in nature. There are countless cabins, hotels, and campgrounds available for your romantic

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getaway, and if you’re looking for a real adventure, you can even apply for a backcountry camping permit and have a backpacking getaway deep in the mountains!

2. FRANKLIN For a getaway that is oozing with Southern charm and hospitality, consider the town of Franklin! Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Nashville, Franklin is perfect for a weekend getaway filled with good food, good music, and good relaxation! Franklin is the perfect mix of a classic, quiet Southern town and a fun, modern city.

3. MEMPHIS Whether you’re a Memphis native looking for the perfect staycation or someone who needs a weekend filled with BBQ and music, Memphis has so much to offer! Consider booking a hotel overlooking the river and spending your evenings enjoying fine dining and delicious cocktails. During the day, there is an abundance of activities such as museums, restaurants, and historical sights. Check out Beale Street or make the short trip over to Elvis Presley’s beautiful home, Graceland, for an unforgettable trip!

4. BIG SOUTH FORK The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is another wonderful option for a couple who wants an exciting and nature filled weekend. You have so many options for activities, including rafting, hiking, horseback riding, and much more! Rent a cozy cabin or pitch your tent in one of the campgrounds and enjoy spending some time together!

5. CHATTANOOGA Chattanooga is one of the most underrated cities in Tennessee and we think it should be on everyone’s vacation list! It has a small town vibe while still having so many things to do. Spend a day exploring the city, trying new foods, and conversing with the friendly locals. Be sure to check out the Chattanooga Choo Choo and the Tennessee Aquarium! You can also make day trips to Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls, both of which are gorgeous and romantic. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Chattanooga!

6. NORRIS LAKE Located about 30 minutes north of Knoxville, Norris Lake is a wonderful place to spend some time with your

sweetheart! Rent a cabin and enjoy your coffee on the deck overlooking the water, or rent a boat and try your hand at water skiing and fishing! Whatever you chose to do, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy your romantic Norris getaway!

7. NASHVILLE You, of course, have to consider Nashville when trying to choose a Tennessee getaway! The capital city of the state, and the most famous, Nashville is full of nonstop good times. Check out the world- renowned Honky Tonks on Lower Broad, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, and then see the hallowed halls of the Grand Ole Opry and its former home at the Ryman Auditorium. Be sure to check out the unique Greek architecture at the Parthenon (Nashville is the Athens of the South, after all!), and eat your fill of Nashville Hot Chicken!

8. LECONTE LODGE Located high in the Smoky Mountains atop Mt. LeConte sits LeConte Lodge. Accessible only by foot, you and your S.O. are sure to find all the solitude and privacy that you could ever want! You do, however, have to book your spot far in advance as the lodging fills up very quickly. If the two of you do manage to

get a spot at this unique and beautiful lodge, you will certainly have the time of your lives!

9. PICKETT STATE PARK What’s more romantic than stargazing with your one true love? You can do just that at Pickett State Park, which is the first state park in the southeast to be certified as a dark sky viewing location! This means there is no light pollution and you’ll be able to see the night sky in its full majesty. In addition to its stargazing opportunities, Pickett offers tons of hiking and the cutest little cabins for rent. Sounds like a great romantic getaway to me!

10. KNOXVILLE Last but not least is the great city of Knoxville! It may not be world famous like its cousins Memphis and Nashville, but Knoxville is undeniably wonderful! Stay in the historic Old City downtown and spend your days exploring this quirky and fun city. Try some local cuisine in Market Square, try to catch a concert or play at the Bijou Theatre or Tennessee Theatre, and don’t forget to take plenty of selfies with the Sunsphere in World’s Fair Park! After a long day of exploring, expect to relax with a cold beer at one of Knoxville’s many breweries. Now that’s what I call a good vacation!

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VENUES A to Z By Kendall Calkins With so many options to choose from, finding the perfect wedding venue can be tough. Never fear! We are here to give you the ABC’s of wedding venues to help you find your perfect match.

A: ALL-INCLUSIVES All-Inclusive wedding venues are just that: All. inclusive. Often times they can include things like your catering, flowers, decor, linens, and more - all in one price! Exactly what is included can vary by venue so make sure you ask what is included and if there are any upgrades that will cost extra. B: BE PREPARED Do your homework! It is important to research venue choices before scheduling a tour.

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Try to have your basic wedding information narrowed down: how many guests you will have, if you want different venues for your reception and ceremony, how much you would like to spend, etc. C: CONSIDER INSURANCE Wedding insurance may be the last thing on your mind when searching for your dream venue, but it is something to consider. Check with your potential venue to see if you will need to take out any extra insurance policies. Wedding insurance

can be found at most insurance agencies and can cover everything, not just your venue. It is always better to be prepared. D: DESTINATION DREAMS Looking to turn your wedding into a fabulous long weekend filled with family and friends? A destination wedding may be just what you need. If celebrating your love in an exotic place is something you envision for your special day, consider hiring destination planner to help you find your dream venue.

E: ECLECTIC VENUES As weddings are becoming ever more unique, so are the venues they are hosted at! From fairy gardens to urban-chic city rooftops, there is a venue to fit every couple’s style. If you aren’t in love with traditional venues, going with something more eclectic may just be the perfect fit for you. The wow factor of the built-in decor at an art gallery, museum, and zoo just can’t be beat! F: FOODIE FEELINGS If you and your fiance are self-declared foodies with plans of bringing in catering from your favorite gastro pub or several of your favorite food trucks to give your guests a unique dining experience, make sure to ask your venue if this can be done before you book. If you fall in love with a venue that requires you use their inhouse catering, never fear. Some chef’s will prepare recipes you provide so your wedding can still have the decadent dining experience of your dreams. G: GETTING READY When searching for your dream wedding venue, it is important to check out the bridal and groom suite. It may be easy to think of this space as insignificant, but you will be spending the bulk of your wedding day getting ready and hanging out in your suites with your wedding party. Make sure the suite is a place you can see yourself comfortably getting ready for your big day! H: HOLD OFF ON CHOOSING A THEME While it may be tempting to pick out a theme for your big day right away, try to hold off until you have your venue locked down. Fitting a theme to your venue will be much easier than fitting a venue to your theme. It is also important to remember that with the right planner any space can be transformed. Who says your bohemian wedding dreams can’t come to life in eclectic ballroom? I: INSIDER INSIGHTS There are so many venues to choose from! If you don’t know where to start, ask people you know if they have any recommendations. You can also search popular wedding professional sites for a lengthy list of reviews. Getting a wide range of reviews will help you get a better idea of what your wedding day will really be like. J: JUST IN CASE IT RAINS Even if you have crossed your fingers for nothing but clear skies and sunshine, mother nature may not corporate. It is important to talk with your venue coordinator about a contingency plan in the unlikely event that it rains. Something as simple as a tent rental on standby or another indoor location on site can save you lots of stress later on. K: KEEP YOUR GUEST COUNT IN MIND Make sure you have a realistic estimate of your guest count before starting your venue search. Evey venue has occupant limitations and you don’t want to fall in love with something that can’t fit all of your guests. L: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Location can play a key role in finding your dream wedding venue. Consider whether you will be providing your guests with transportation. If you are having your ceremony and reception at separate locations, how far will your guests have to travel? Will you be having a large number of out of town guests? If so, you will want to make sure your venue is in close proximity to hotel accommodations. Transportation can become a large wedding budget item if you are shuttling your guests a significant distance. M: MANAGE EXPECTATIONS It is important to know exactly what you can and cannot afford before you schedule any venue tours. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with a venue you can’t have. Being flexible is key! Try researching what the going rate in your area. This way, you will know exactly what to expect from your potential venues.

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N: NEGOTIATION BEST PRACTICES It is natural to want to feel like you are getting a good deal when booking your wedding venue. There is always room for negotiation, however, be careful not to insult the venue representative. Remember that venues put a lot of time and money into bringing your perfect wedding day to life. If you are looking for some wiggle room at an all-inclusive venue, try suggesting substitutions rather than asking for price cuts to the bottom line. O: OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES If natures natural beauty inspires you, an outdoor venue may be perfect for your wedding. From beaches to gardens, the options are endless when it comes to getting married at an outdoor venue. Dress up an already lovely garden for a formal wedding or let nature take center stage as your decor for a more casual ceremony on the beach. Either way, your day is sure to be breathtaking at an outdoor venue.

Q: QUOTES AND CONTRACTS Read the fine print before you sign on the dotted line! Finding your dream wedding venue is an exciting time, but it is important to know and understand all of the nitty gritty details before you sign your contract. Make yourself aware of the “scope of services” and any additional charges that could be added to your original quote so there are no surprises.

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P: PICKING YOUR DATE The more flexible you are willing to be, the more likely your dream wedding venue will be available. If you are attached to a specific date, be aware that you may have to compromise on the location of your wedding.

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R: RESTRICTIONS It is very important to fully understand any restrictions your venue may have. Some venues have restrictions on the amount of DIY decor you can bring, while others may not serve alcohol. Having a clear understanding of what you can and cannot do at your venue will help ensure smooth sailing through the rest of your wedding planning process. S: STAY TRUE TO YOUR STYLE Your wedding should and will be uniquely you. Remember to look at venues that are both aesthetically pleasing and and make you feel comfortable. The venue you choose, like all aspects of your wedding, should be a reflection of your style. If you consider yourselves to be modern, try looking at some art galleries and museums. On the other hand, if you consider yourselves to be classic and traditional, a ballroom or country club may just be the perfect fit. T: THINK ABOUT FLOW This may seem like a no brainer, but remember to envision your space in sections. There should be spaces for your guests to dance, eat, and mingle. If you cannot envision all of these areas in your space, your reception may feel cramped. Columns and nonremovable decor are also things to take note of. Could any of these hinder your guests’ view, or do they enhance the space by providing a clear division of the space? U: UNDERSTANDING ONSITE COORDINATORS Many venues provide onsite coordinators. It is important to understand that this is not a full-fledged wedding planner. Venue coordinators are available to help you coordinate different aspects of your wedding that will happen on the property. If you are looking for someone to help you with picking out your other wedding professionals and bring your wedding vision to life, you may need to hire a full service wedding planner.

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V: VIEWS It is all about the view! When searching for your wedding venue, think about what you want your guests to see. Are you searching for the perfect grand staircase for your elegant reception entrance? A big picture window to provide the backdrop for your first dance? Or maybe you want to be outside with an unobstructed view of the sunset. Create a list of which views are important to you and your fiance while conducting your wedding venue research.

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W: WALKTHROUGHS ARE A MUST We cannot stress enough the importance of walkthroughs. It is never a good idea to book a venue site unseen. While we love ogling over picturesque images of different venues, it is tough to get a full conception of a space without physically walking through it. If you are planning on getting married in an area you cannot visit, have your wedding planner facetime you from the potential venue as she does a walk through. A virtual tour is better than site unseen. X: XTRAS Donut walls, giant lawn games, alpaca special appearances, and food trucks are all unique extras couples can choose from to personalize their wedding day experience. If you have your heart set on any unconventional extras, make sure your venue allows for them. Y: YES, YOUR VENUE IS IMPORTANT Your venue is one of the most important aspects of your wedding. For the least amount of stress, we recommend booking your venue twelve months prior to your wedding. It may seem like a long time, but venues, especially popular ones, can be booked out over a year in advance. If you are using a house of worship for your ceremony, make sure they are available before booking your reception venue. Z: ZZZ SLEEP ON IT After you have toured all of your potential wedding venues, sleep on it. Don’t feel rushed to make your decision right after your tour. Sit down with your fiance and make a pros and cons list to make sure you are both happy.

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4 POINTS FARM 3672 Old Birds Creek Rd Sevierville, TN 865.280.2124

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 200 Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above

ALLANDALE MANSION 4444 West Stone Drive Kingsport, TN 423.229.9422

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

- 10 acres of beautiful land for your I Do’s with mountain views, rolling hills, and flowing streams. - Brides may DIY, bring in outside vendors, or choose from our preferred professionals. - Tables, indoor chiavari and outdoor white chairs, linens, chairs, and decor are all available for your use - saving you thousands of dollars!

- Intriguing history and Southern elegance create the romantic setting of Kingsport’s Allandale Mansion. - Built in 1953, Allandale houses fine furnishings, antiques, and art. - Weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners, whether its inside or out, Allandale is a treasure of lovely and historical surroundings.

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Parking Options Free

ALLANDALE VINTAGE BARNS 4444 West Stone Drive Kingsport, TN 423.229.9422

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

- The Allandale Vintage Barns are the perfect setting for a casual wedding or rehearsal dinner. - The Dance Barn features a kitchenette, dressing room, and hayloft for dinners and dancing. - The rustic Picnic Pavilion is covered, beautifully landscaped, and perfectly appointed for a pond-side wedding.

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity up to 130-200 ask for more details

ARLINGTON ABBEY COMMUNITY CHURCH 6183 Quintard St Arlington, TN 901.468.8294

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

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Parking Options Free

BALINESE BALLROOM 330 N. Main St. Memphis, TN 901.522.1144

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ARRINGTON VINEYARDS 6211 Patton Rd Arrington, TN 615.395.0102 ext 215

- Overlooking the Arlington Historic Depot Square, the oldest church in Arlington is newly renovated and restored for Weddings and Special Events - Tables & Chairs and White Linen are includedyour choice of vendors are welcome to use our Caterer’s Kitchen - Convenient Location close to I 40 and Hwy 385 - Bride & Groom Dressing Rooms - Event Coordinator and Minister on staff

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 100 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

- “Wine Country” Charm in Middle Tennessee. - Spacious and luxurious wedding suites. - Award wining wines. - Includes rustic farm tables, chairs and bartending staff.

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor Only Capacity up to 200 - 300 Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

- Built in 1876 in the historic Pinch district of downtown Memphis - The beautiful brick walls and elegant natural decor provide a blank canvas suitable for any inspiration and theme! - Multiple environments to cater to your needs. - A sophisticated event space for all events - An extensive list of catering options to suit your tastes and budget. - We offer service staff, security and a doorman

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 200

BARN EVENT CENTER 7264 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy Townsend, TN 865.448.3812

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Varies

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 165-250

BELL BUCKLE 29 Railroad Square Bell Buckle, TN 931.389.0223

Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

BON TON CAFE 150 Monroe Avenue Memphis, TN 901.779.1501

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Capacity 50 to 300

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BLUEGRASS YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB 550 Johnny Cash Parkway Hendersonville, TN 615-824-6528 ext 224

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor Only Capacity 300 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Paid

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 500 Price Per Person Call for pricing David Oakley

BRISTOL TRAIN STATION 101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Bristol, VA 276.644.1573

Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free Handicap Accessible

Location Options Indoor

CALHOUN’S BANQUETS 400 Neyland Drive Knoxville, TN 865.673.3399

Capacity 250 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

- A beautiful and unique cantilever barn nestled in Townsend, TN. - We offer customized wedding experiences for your indoor or outdoor dream wedding. - Our Bridal Suite offers you a relaxing atmosphere to get ready for your big day. - You are waited on by our exceptional staff and served a delicious meal by your own personal chef! - Our award winning gardens keep growing and will provide a beautiful backdrop for your pictures.

- Our rustic venue coupled with upscale decor is designed to create an unforgettable atmosphere for your special occasion. - White sheer fabric, soft fairy lighting, and crystal chandeliers serve as the perfect backdrop for the down home cuisine catered by the Famous Bell Buckle Cafe. - Our inclusive package provides a full service professional staff, all of your dining needs, custom centerpieces and linens.

- Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club provides the ambiance and service to make beautiful memories that will exceed your expectations. - Our stately Grand Ballroom with its crystal chandeliers and large parquet dance floor is tastefully appointed to help create a dream come true fairytale wedding. - For a more intimate wedding, our Glassroom is ideal with a breathtaking view of our picturesque golf course from the newly renovated adjoining covered patio.

- Located in the heart of Downtown Memphis on Monroe Avenue. - Bon Ton Cafe is a hip Memphis venue specializing in receptions, rehearsal dinners, and brunches. - Formerly owned by the beloved Zambelis Family. - Bon Ton, which literally means “Good Tone,” is known for its delicious food, Southern hospitality, and prime location.

- The historic Bristol Train Station is located in the heart of vibrant downtown Bristol. - Built in 1902, the station has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur to serve as the perfect backdrop for your special day. - The unique venue boasts original hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, stunning chandeliers and mahogany Chiavari chairs. - Our timeless facility pairs perfectly with any wedding theme from rustic to classic elegance, so the possibilities are endless at the Bristol Train Station.

- This banquet facility offers panoramic views of the Tennessee River, University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena. - Located just steps from downtown, the casually elegant banquet rooms are perfect for celebrations, rehearsal dinners and lovely wedding receptions. - Offers menu favorites from Calhoun’s, as well as Copper Cellar, Chesapeake’s and Cherokee Grill.

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CAPITOL THEATRE 127 W. Broadway Ave. Maryville, TN 865.980.1966

Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

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CARNEGIE HOTEL 1216 West State of Franklin Road Johnson City, TN 423.979.6400

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CARAHILLS ESTATE 13880 Highway 196 Eads, TN 901.861.2133, 901.331.2226

Capacity Up to 200 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

CASTLETON FARMS 150 Cedar Grove Road Loudon, TN 865.376.9040

- One of a kind ambiance - All-inclusive wedding venue - State-of-the-art DJ services - Elegant full-service catering - Hollywood glamour in small town

Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

- Making dream weddings a reality for over 18 years, Carahills Estate is the perfect wedding and reception site. - Located on 20 picturesque acres, just minutes from Memphis. - Carahills Estate makes planning stress-free with all-inclusive packages and elegant decor. - We also provide an event director to insure your big day is enjoyable for you and all your guests.

- AAA Four Diamond Award winning Carnegie Hotel has an enchanting environment that is unique to this region. - Our elegant furnishings and gathering spaces can accommodate a range from the subtle down-home ceremony to the grandest reception. - We exclusively feature a landscaped terrace and magnificent balcony that are directly accessible from our ballrooms. - Our event planners’ goal is to make your special day perfect and memorable in every way. - Several breathtaking locations across our lush, manicured 110 acres of rolling pastures create the perfect backdrop for each and every one of our couples - Letting you set the scene for your perfect day. But, no matter where on the property you decide to say “I do,“ your every wish will be fulfilled by our devoted staff that make it their mission to go above and beyond, giving you a stress-free weekend that will surpass your every expectation.

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

CHATTANOOGA ZOO 301 North Holtzclaw Avenue Chattanooga, TN 423.697.1322

Capacity Unlimited Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No

- The Chattanooga Zoo offers a whimsical atmosphere to enhance any event. - With indoor and outdoor spaces, anyone’s vision can be created.

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

CIAO BELLA ITALIAN GRILL 565 Erin Dr. Memphis, TN 901.205.2500

Capacity Up to 100 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

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- Ciao Bella Italian Grill is a family-owned restaurant in East Memphis. - Ciao Bella has two adjoining banquet rooms to choose from with a patio and separate entrance for one of the rooms. - Ciao Bella also has visual capabilities for presentations or slideshows in our main banquet room. - Ciao Bella offers limited custom menus for sit down dinners and a variety of buffet options for larger gatherings.

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 300

COUNTRY MANOR ACRES 250 Boat Gunnel Road Townsend, TN 865.448.9652

Price Per Person n/a Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 200

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON JOHNSON CITY 211 Mockingbird Lane Johnson City, TN 423.929.2000

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 175 Ace Photography

DRAKEWOOD FARM 5508 Brick Church Pike Goodlettsville, TN 615.851.2774

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor Only Capacity Up to 100

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 6245 Poplar Ave. Memphis, TN 901.761.6200 /locations/tn/memphis/

Price Per Person $$$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

- 52 acres of Smoky Mountain Scenery, panoramic mountain views, many inspirational sites for engagement and wedding day photo shoots. - Several outside and garden sites for ceremony plus covered, enclosed and heated ceremony and reception sites for year round use. - Full day, two-day and longer events plus elopement and destination wedding packages. - Photography, Videography, Drone photography, Entertainment, Lodging, plus other in-house services. - Located in the heart of Johnson City, it is the ideal all-inclusive venue for your one-of-a-kind memorable event. - Our DoubleTree Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests, while our Willow Ballrom can seat smaller events of 100 or less. - Our fully customizable catering menu has something for everyone. - Our experienced event staff’s top priority is making your unique wedding vision a reality in a stress-free and flawless way.

- Drakewood Farm is a historic country wedding venue located only 15 minutes from downtown Nashville. - Our 1850 Antebellum Mansion sits on 40 acres of beautiful farmland with three barns, multiple ceremony sites, and a 4,000 square ft. reception pavilion. - We offer custom-designed catering, floral, and decor to make your wedding Pinterest perfect. Let our amazing event staff help you plan the event of your dreams.

- This is a beautiful, completely private space for up to 65 guests with dark cherry wood walls - For larger parties, full restaurant available for daytime receptions - One-of-a-kind Thomas Arvid artwork - Exceptional food and wine - Personalized service

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above

GENERAL MORGAN INN 111 North Main Street Greeneville, TN 423.787.1000

Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted No

- The General Morgan Inn has catered to the needs of guests for decades. - Our 51 beautiful guest rooms and suite are located in the heart of Greeneville’s Historic District. - A privately owned and independent hotel.

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 50-500 Candace Fletcher

GRACE MEADOWS FARM 170 John France Road Jonesborough, TN 423.794.0246

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

- Built during the Civil War, renovated with chandeliers, white washed walls and a rock fireplace - Brides make a statement on the staircase of our Antebellum “barn” - A covered pavilion by a picturesque lake wow brides with outdoor options - 7 minutes from Interstate 26, guests arrive to your wedding location with ease - The largest freestanding heated and air conditioned facility in the area - Handicap accessible

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GRACE VALLEY FARM 399 Knight Campground Rd Shelbyville, TN 931.703.0667

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

GRANDVIEW 1400 Patten Road Lookout Mountain, Georgia 706.820.7920

Life with a View Studio

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 150 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

- Nestled in the gorgeous countryside, Grace Valley Farm offers 234 acres of wedding bliss. - Your home away from home, we offer overnight multiple accommodations. - Our secluded honeymoon cabin is available for our couples who don’t want to travel after the big day. - Multiple unique ceremony sites, custom altars, climate controlled reception barn, decor, & more. - Southern hospitality at its best, Grace Valley Farm is warm and inviting.

- Overlooks the Chattanooga Valley - Customized menu planning - Nearby accommodations - Off-site Catering - Professional Wait Staff - Table and Chairs included in venue rental fee - Bride and Groom Dressing Rooms - Licensed for beer and wine service

GRATIDUDE RANCH 7515 Pewitt Road Franklin, TN 615.863.3664

Frozen Exposure Photo

Location Options Outdoor Only Capacity 200 Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

HARD ROCK CAFE NASHVILLE 100 Broadway Nashville, TN 615.742.9900

HERMITAGE GOLF COURSE 3939 Old Hickory Blvd. Old Hickory, TN 615.847.4001 x 4

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Zanone Studio Candice Jones Photography

Capacity 361 max

Tracy Brewington Photography

HALLORAN CENTRE 225 South Main Street Memphis, TN 901.238.7062

- Farm animals. - Pony rides. - Great sunsets. - Beautiful country scenery anytime of the year.

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free, Paid, Valet

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Valet

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 250 Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

- With more than 3,500 square feet, the Reception Hall can be configured and transformed to meet the needs of any group. - An adjacent full-service catering kitchen makes service a snap. - Satellite bars are available by request — or simply open the glass wall to access a permanent bar or additional cocktail space in the lobby.

- Hard Rock Cafe is one of Nashville’s most unique and highly acclaimed full service event planning venue! - We are a team of passionate culinary and event planning professionals who can make your special occasion simply AMAZING! - We are the perfect place to hold your Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding & Reception, Late Night After Party or Post Wedding Brunch!

- Tucked away off of Old Hickory Boulevard in Old Hickory, Tennessee, a hidden treasure of the perfect place to begin your life together awaits. - Imagine an intimate wedding surrounded by the beautiful roses in the Celebration rose garden, with the gentle sound of flowing water from the stone waterfall. - As guests make their way to your reception, the pavilion welcomes them with the open ceiling with tiny white lights and stone fireplace. - Amazing panoramic views of two of Tennessee’s most beautiful golf courses create a casual, yet elegant setting for your special day.

Maria Latham Photography

HIDDEN CREEK FARM WEDDINGS 4993 Hunter Road Ashland City TN 615.476.5438

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 200 Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 350 Creation Studios

HILLWOOD AT DAVIES MANOR 3570 Davieshire Drive Bartlett, TN 901.386.0715

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options On Site & Adjoining Space

Location Options Indoor Only Capacity 450

HILTON KNOXVILLE AIRPORT 2001 Alcoa Highway Alcoa, TN 865.970.4300

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No

- We build it to meet your needs. - You can rent just the space or we can do it all! - The memories of your special day should last a lifetime. - Choose Hidden Creek Farm Weddings and make it a weekend long experience. - Have your rehearsal dinner on Friday evening and enjoy comfortable overnight accommodations with your bridesmaids. Then, on Saturday, it’s all about you and your loving lifetime partner as we make your wedding day and night as special as they should be. - Hillwood at Davies Manor is the ideal site for whatever you dream. - Situated on 35 wooded acres, you can choose an outdoor site from the vine covered gazebo, to the natural “cathedral” in the Oak Grove, or use the Southern Magnolias or the c1830 log home as your backdrop. - Inside, the atmosphere is set by the warm pine paneling and beamed ceiling strung with thousands of tiny lights and highlighted by the 20 foot fieldstone fireplace.

- Hotel weddings are the perfect marriage of glamour and convenience! - Our location makes travel a breeze for your out-of-town guests. - In-house rentals and catering maximize your budget and minimize stress.

HUTTON HOTEL 1808 West End Ave Nashville, TN 615.340.9333

Melanie Grady Photography

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor Only Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Valet

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 600

JACKSON TERMINAL 213 W. Jackson Avenue Knoxville, TN 865.521.1300

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No /venues/the-jackson-terminal/

Parking Options Varies

JUG CREEK DISTILLERY 1049 Oregon Road Lascassas, TN 615.273.5847

Jeff’s Eye Photography

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 300 Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

- Set in Nashville’s lively West End neighborhood, Hutton Hotel is an exquisite destination that possesses the unique charm necessary to deliver an elegant celebration. - Flexible event venues that shift from grand to intimate are ideal for wedding events ranging from rehearsal dinners to bridal brunches, receptions and more. - Ballroom features 14-foot windows offering abundant natural light and 17-foot ceilings - Dedicated on-site Conference Service Manager to assist you with anything during your event - The historic Jackson Terminal in the heart of Knoxville’s Old City offers a unique event venue. - The interior, complete with the original brick walls and exposed wooden rafters, makes it a charming backdrop for your wedding, reception or rehearsal dinner. - With two rooms of varying size, we can accommodate your needs in this rustic yet classy space. - We’ll provide full-service. From gourmet dishes, spirits and liquor, and set-up to clean-up, we’ve got you covered. - A distillery is a trendy and unique location for your memorable event, everyone will want to come! - Located on 54 acres of rolling hills overlooking the Cumberland plateau. - Able to accommodate very small, intimate events in our tasting room, or large events in our event venue. - Wide variety of choices available for your event, including custom cocktail design and special gift packages for the bridal party or guests. - Family friendly and locally owned, able to accommodate many special requests for your event!

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Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 110-200

KITCHEN 919’S THE PHOENIX ROOM 5448 Homberg Drive Knoxville, TN 865.919.9711

Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted No

- Vintage with a modern atmosphere. - Bridesmaid and groomsmen suites available. - Can handle the entire event including food and bar. - Can also Cater to other venues. - Professional and attentive staff.

Parking Options Free

MARATHON MUSIC WORKS 1402 Clinton St Nashville, TN 615.891.1781

Chelsey Somohano Photography

LEGACY K FARM 1525 Bearwallow Road Ashland City, TN 615.636.4331

Small Town Moments

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 300 Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Varies

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Any Size Price Per Person $$ Finch Photo

MARBLEGATE 308 McReynolds Road Friendsville, TN 865.333.0529

Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Varies

Location Options Indoor/Outdoor Capacity 250 and above

MEADHAVEN 3217 Cox Road Louisville, Tennessee 865.567.9388 JoPhoto

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

MEADOWVIEW MARRIOTT 1901 Meadowview Parkway Kingsport, TN 423.578.6600

Capacity Up to 1700 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

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- Legacy K Farm is in the heart of Ashland City, TN just a quick, 30 minute, scenic drive from Nashville. - The location of Legacy K Farm gets you away from the lively city and into the peaceful countryside. - Our authentic, rustic Infinity Barn and outdoor venue spaces are nestled on 90 beautiful, wooded acres and natural farmland, perfect for any size wedding or event. - Chic bridal party suite for relaxing and beautifying and a private groom’s cottage, both with panoramic photo backdrops and located just steps from the wedding site. - Industrial chic warehouse style venue with stage available - Versatile, open floor design accented with exposed brick walls, a lofty steel beam ceiling, polished concrete bars and metal chandeliers - Equally suited for receptions, fundraisers, corporate dinners, video shoots, trade shows, and conferences - Entertain parties of up to 600 in formal banquet seating, 750 in a theater arrangement, and 900 in cocktail functions - Marblegate is a bran new, one-of-a-kind waterfront venue located on a secluded 250 acre peninsula just 25 minutes from downtown Knoxville. - Marblegate’s magnificent waterfront and garden settings are the perfect backdrop for your event. - The newly built Marblegate Hall offers a simply elegant setting any time of year. - If you’ve been looking for an event destination with waterfront, acreage and a feeling of home, you have found it at Marblegate.

- Meadhaven on The Lake is the Elegance of the Past Generations and History Restored to the 21st Century. - Multiple dream wedding sites available on the property: by the lake, in the apple orchard, or in the beautiful estate gardens - Accessible by boat - Gorgeous Bridal Suite - Grooms Quarters with pool table

- Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the scenic MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center is the only full-service hotel in Kingsport, TN. - Each of the 305 guest rooms features stylish decor, plush Marriott bedding and luxury bath products. - Our in-house catering staff works to create custom menus tailored to reflect your unique tastes. - MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort makes weddings in Kingsport an event to remember!

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

MEMPHIS PINK PALACE MUSEUM 3050 Central Ave Memphis, TN 901.636.2394

Price Per Person $$ Erin Brown

Capacity 250 and above

Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 250

METRO 67 67 Madison Ave. Memphis, TN 901.578.2630

- One of the Mid South’s most recognizable and beautiful pieces of architecture - Newly renovated on the inside - Every modern convenience - Safe and centralized location - Unrivaled value

Price Per Person Varies Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Varies

- A combination of majesty and comfort come together to form the inevitable style that Metro 67 displays. - Whether it is the polished look of the Club Room, the immaculate river view on the Rooftop, or the swanky vibe of the Vault, you can connect with your guests in these rare and trendy venues. - Ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners...we have the spaces available to serve all of your specific needs.

Location Options Indoor Only Capacity Up to 100 Sterling Imageworks

MORTON MUSEUM OF COLLIERVILLE HISTORY 196 N. Main Street Collierville, TN 901.457.2650

Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250

NOAH LIFF OPERA CENTER 3622 Redmon Street Nashville TN 615.832.5242

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No

Parking Options Free, Valet

Location Options Indoor Only /nashville/weddings

Capacity from 50-1,500 Joy Marie Photo

OMNI NASHVILLE HOTEL 250 5th Ave S Nashville, TN 615.761.3534

Price Per Person $$$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Valet Only

Location Options Indoor Only

Capacity 2,300 max Price Per Person $$ MDF Photos

ORPHEUM THEATRE 203 South Main Street Memphis, TN 901.525.7800

- Steps away from Collierville’s Town Square - Ceremony, showers, receptions, rehearsals, dinners, and more - Historic and vintage charm - Beautiful stained glass windows and hardwood details

Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free, Paid, Valet

- Sleek, contemporary design makes the Noah Liff Opera Center the ideal elegant setting for any event. - With versatile rooms of varying size and aesthetic and a staff to help plan and execute your event, the Liff Center can make your day exceptionally memorable. - Renowned architect Earl Swensson and Earl Swensson Associates have designed an award-winning space to house and inspire the region’s finest opera company. It is now available to inspire your next special event! - AAA Four Diamond hotel with full-service spa and amenities - Located in the heart of Music City in Downtown Nashville - Beautiful event spaces for all size of weddings (from 50 – 1,500 guests) - Award-winning food and beverage with tailored menus for every couple - Professional wedding planner included in every wedding package

- Several space options available - Crystal chandeliers, gold leaf accents, and ornate ceilings hearken back to the 1920s - Event technology is fully modernized for your 21st-century event - Dressing rooms, rehearsal space, and loading docks backstage provide ample room for staging and preparation

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Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above

RIVERSIDE EVENTS AT RIDGEFIELDS 2320 Pendragon Road Kingsport, TN 423.246.2500 riverside-events-at-ridgefields/

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No

Mike McGuire Photography

Parking Options Free

SMITH EVENT CENTERS 627 Smithview Drive Maryville, TN 865.281.1468

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 300 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

- Classy, Elegant Country Club Setting. - Casual or Formal Events. - Accommodate any size event. - The Grand Ballroom is the perfect space for any themed event or wedding. - Breathtaking views of the river, golf course and mountains. - Affordable elegance and true homecooked food brought to you by Pratt’s Catering.

- Smith Event Centers in Maryville, TN off three venues for all types of wedding related events. - Our most popular is our outdoor Smithview Pavilion - our “oasis n the city.” - We also have two smaller venues called Life Event Center and Hampton Hall. - These are perfect for rehearsal dinners and bridals showers. - All venues are separate facilities but are tied to the Smith campus.

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Kelli Linn Photography

SOUTHERN BELL EVENTS 102 East Broadway Lenoir City, TN 865.406.5866

Capacity 100+ Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Cannon Weddings

SOUTHERN CHARM 656 Minnis Rd. Cleveland, TN 423.715.0037

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

Kelly Ginn Photography

Capacity 100 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Varies

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

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Capacity Up to 250 Mile Marker Images

TELLICO VILLAGE YACHT CLUB 100 Sequoyah Road Knoxville, TN 865.458.4363

- Rustic Elegance - Draping in ceilings - Elegant bridal suite - Heat/Air - Large Catering Kitchen - Patio with fireplace

Parking Options Parking Attendants

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

SPRING CREEK RANCH 376 South Collierville Arlington Road Collierville, TN 901.853.5651

- We welcome you to experience the quaintness of a small town with the spaciousness of a century old venue to create your dream event. - The recent renovations provide the necessary conveniences and spaces to serve today’s wedding couples.

Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

- Spring Creek Ranch provides an experience unlike any other. - Whether it be for a wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal luncheon, our unique atmosphere and architecture, as well as our natural surroundings provide for an unexpected, fresh approach to your event. - Our focus is 100% on the bride, groom, and their guests.

- Tellico Village Yacht Club has acres of green rolling hills looking out over the lake and mountains, a timeless back drop for your special day. - Our exceptional culinary team will work with you one on one to create a meal that satisfies your palate as well as your budget. - Working with Tellico Village Yacht Club, you will find that our staff ensures that your special day will run smoothly and successfully.

Rachel Moore Photography

THE BELL TOWER 400 4th Avenue South Nashville, TN 615.369.6474

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 400 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Valet

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 200

THE BELLE HOLLOW 2231 Madison Street Clarksville, TN 931.919.4900

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No

Matt Andrews Photography

Parking Options Free

THE BRIDGE BUILDING EVENT SPACES 2 Victory Avenue, Suite 100 Nashville, TN 615.369.6474

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

Capacity 150-1000 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

Jessica Lauren Photography

Parking Options Paid

THE CEDARS AT CARR FARM 3795 Turnersville Road Cedar Hill, TN 615.301.1788

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$$ Micah Beard

THE ESTATE AT CHEROKEE DOCK 175 Cherokee Dock Rd. Lebanon, TN 615.609.0099

- The Belle Hollow is a versatile event venue that can easily be transformed into the perfect wedding, and we are eager to make your wedding vision a reality. - Once the Acme boot factory, The Belle Hollow has been transformed into a space featuring exposed brick walls, lofty trusses, and elegant chandeliers, truly highlighting the overflowing, existing character. - The Hollow, our outdoor ceremony space, is also available as an additional rental that makes The Belle Hollow the perfect place to host both your ceremony and reception.

- Located in downtown Nashville on the redeveloped riverfront, The Bridge Building Event Spaces is the premier Nashville destination for any special occasion. - This historic location with floor-to-ceiling windows has many customizable areas, including a riverfront patio and a rooftop patio with an unparalleled view of the city that is sure to take your breath away.

Parking Options Varies

Location Options Indoor Only

THE CADRE BUILDING 149 Monroe Avenue Memphis, TN 901.779.1501

- The historic church, dating back to 1874, has been transformed into a modern, open floor plan event venue. - Exposed beams, natural light, and an upper level mezzanine are sure to make this venue one of the most desired spots in downtown Nashville.

Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

- Located in the heart of Downtown Memphis, The Cadre Building is the opportune venue to accommodate local and out-of-tow guests. - The building’s historic charm and classical style of sophisticated elegance makes The Cadre perfect for events of all types. - With several glamorous and unique areas in the building, our staff members are experienced in coordinating and servicing all types of special events.

- The Cedars at Carr Farm has 8,800 square feet of climate-controlled indoor space nestled on a 50 acre farm that can accommodate 250-300 guests. - The event venue also offers a groom’s quarters with a recreational area, a bridal suite with a private entrance, free parking, a catering prep kitchen, a wraparound deck, outdoor fireplace, and tables and seating for up to 300 guests. - Couples can choose between multiple outdoor ceremony sites or choose to have both their ceremony and reception in our indoor event space. - Built in 1960, The Estate at Cherokee Dock has enjoyed several renovations, additions and upgrades - A 13-acre waterfront estate - Southern colonial home which offers overnight accommodations - Luxury stable - Lush bridal suite - Groom’s quarters apartment - Large tented pavilion - Beautiful gardens .. and more!

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Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 265+

THE EVERLASTING POND 433 Old Statesville Rd. Watertown, TN 615.406.1333

Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

- Waterfall - Overnight Stays & Multi-Use House - Rural Setting

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Laurie Wilson Photography

THE KINCAID HOUSE 710 Eagle Bend Rd. Clinton, TN 865.607.4110

Capacity 80-400 Amy Hutchinson

THE GREAT HALL 1900 S Germantown Road Germantown, TN 901.757.7373

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 250 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Valet

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 175 ST Photography

THE LILY BARN 1116 Carr’s Creek Road Townsend, TN 865.448.8697

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

THE QUARTER 126 2nd Ave N Nashville, TN 615.369.6474

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Jordan and Alaina Photography

THE MAGNOLIA 1120 Eagle Pointe Way Pigeon Forge, TN 865.809.0423

Wright Photographs

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 100 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Varies Parking Options

- The Great Hall & Conference Center is a hidden reception jewel in the heart of Germantown. - Nestled in trees and set below street level, you’ll forget you are in a busy suburban area and be whisked away to worlds of your own making. - When far more than you hoped for is available for far lass then you imagined, there is a word for it! GREAT!!

- A classic, timeless and elegant restored home sitting on a lush, green, professionally landscaped 4+ acre setting. - Adorned by a stone gazebo, walls, walkway and bubbling fountain creating the perfect backdrop for your vows and photos. - For brides looking for an intimate, romantic and fairytale setting, The Kincaid House is your perfect venue.

- Beautiful, rustic outdoor facility for weddings with a covered pavilion from spring to fall. - We have several indoor banquet room options, and provide outstanding catering with great tasting wedding cakes and handmade chocolate favors. - Our one stop approach makes dealing with the components of your wedding much easier and less stressful!

- Breathtaking mountaintop views. - Climate controlled indoor and bistro lit outdoor ceremony and reception locations. - Posh bridal suite. - All inclusive packages available. - Conveniently located 2.5 miles from the Pigeon Forge Parkway

Guest Shuttle

Location Options Indoor Only Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Varies

- Located on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville, The Quarter is the city’s newest event space. - With exposed brick and hardwood floors, the newly renovated space exudes historic charm while offering modern amenities. - Tall, arched windows overlooking the Cumberland River offer a scenic view, and the downtown location offers an urban vibe.

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 600 Reception, 300 Seated

THE SEWANEE INN 1235 University Ave . Sewanee, TN 931.598.3620

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$$ Photo Credit

THE SIGNAL 1810 Chestnut St. Chattanooga, TN 423.498.4700

Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Varies

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 300

THE STABLES AT STRAWBERRY CREEK 733 McCubbins Road Knoxville, TN 979.777.0882

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 700


Price Per Person $$

7690 Creekwood Park Boulevard

Lenoir City, TN 865.986.8340

Outside Catering Permitted Yes

THE VIRGINIAN 22512 Clubhouse Ridge Bristol, VA 276.645.7065

Elizabeth Large Photography

Parking Options Free

Capacity Up to 250 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No

- First-Class Indoor/Outdoor Stables Weddings & Receptions Venue with Covered Rain Backup, Indoor Parlor with Kitchen, Groomsmen Lounge - Creekside Meadow, Vineyard, and Indoor Stables Ceremony Sites - 15 miles from Downtown Knoxville - Horses Grazing in the Pastures and Hiking Trails - Tables & Chairs Included with Every Package - Historic and Modern Log Cabin Overnight Accommodations

- New 19,000 square foot facility - Eco-friendly features - Modern furnishings and materials - Beautiful photographic settings - Conveniently located at I-40 and I-75 just 3 miles directly west of Farragut. - All-inclusive packages available. - Ask about our preferred vendors!

- Choose from one of our five event venues for your special day! - The Virginian Clubhouse overlooks our Award Winning Tom Fazio Golf Course. - Our picturesque Vineyard and newest edition, The Round, are perfect for your outdoor nuptials!

Parking Options Varies

Capacity 250 and above RedBanks Media

- Versatile, open floor design accented with a lofty steel beam ceiling, and polished bar tops. - Comfortably accommodates parties from 50 to 1300 with a variety of set-up and room options - Backstage suites and easily accessible loading area for vendors - Equally suited for receptions, fundraisers, corporate events, video shoots, trade shows and conferences - Located just 2 minutes from Downtown in the Southside neighborhood

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

TUNICA RIVERPARK & MUSEUM One RiverPark Drive Tunica Resorts, MS 866.517.4837

- With an elegant setting, stunning views, outstanding cuisine, and impeccable service, The Sewanee Inn is the ideal wedding venue for your big day. - Located on the campus of The University of the South, The Sewanee Inn boutique hotel & event spaces blend contemporary Southern charm and hospitality with an inviting ambience for your romantic event and is easily accessible from Nashville & Chattanooga. - From engagement parties to the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception, we can accommodate a variety of events ranging from intimate gatherings to grand affairs.

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

- Tunica RiverPark combines modern architecture with natural beauty to create an exceptional locale for your perfect day. - Just south of Memphis on the banks of the Mississippi River, our facilities offer a wide array of possibilities for your large or small wedding, including a promenade walk with overlook and terrace garden. - Our location, indoors and out, provides stunning, panoramic views of the majestic Mississippi River.

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Paul Wharton Photography

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY 25th Avenue South Nashville, TN 615.343.0371 meetatvanderbilt/weddings/

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free & Paid Options

VOLUNTEER PRINCESS 956 Volunteer Landing Lane Knoxville, TN 865.541.4556

Terri Clark Photography

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 132 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 and above

WINDRIVER 350 Lighthouse Pointe Dr. Lenoir City, TN 865.988.1864

Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

ZOO KNOXVILLE 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive Knoxville, TN 865.637.5331x1415

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HMW Photography

Capacity Up to 250

Tara Kneiser Photography

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME 700 Hall of Fame Drive Knoxville, TN 865.633.9000

Price Per Person $ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

- Vanderbilt University is a prestigious institution that also hosts special events in Nashville. - It features a beautiful, expansive campus covered with lush lawns and towering trees. - The architecture of this university varies with modern and older buildings with classic European-style architecture. - On this campus there are a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for small or large wedding ceremonies and receptions.

- 96-foot privately chartered luxury yacht complete with captain, crew, and coordinator - Two fully enclosed and climate-controlled decks to ensure a voyage no matter the weaterh - A bridal room to host the bride and her bridesmaids as they prepare for the ceremony - All-inclusive wedding and rehearsal dinner packages created with local vendors - On-site event planning with your style, budget, and vision in mind.

- The lakefront and golf community of WindRiver is the perfect choice for your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception! - Choose the perfect venue from the sophistication of Overlook Manor with its architectural beauty and expansive views, or the elegant and serene Lakeside Inn with stunning views of Tellico Lake. - We offer multiple ceremony and event sites, customizable catering options, beautifully maintained grounds, and an event staff featuring a full-time Event Coordinator and Executive Chef.

- An elegant and unique setting, overlooking downtown Knoxville, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Farm evokes an ambiance perfectly suited for weddings and receptions. - Brides will use our sweeping staircase to make their grand entrance, and our panoramic view will give your special day a gorgeous backdrop.

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 500 Price Per Person $$ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

- Zoo Knoxville offers multiple indoor and outdoor options for ceremonies and receptions. - The zoo becomes your private venue for an unforgettable occasion in a one-of-a-kind setting. - Lush grounds and exotic animals offer unique backdrops for your photos. - Our staff takes care of coordinating your event from setup to cleanup. - Your wedding is part of something bigger, too, supporting Zoo Knoxville’s mission of saving animals from extinction.

· The perfect spot for your perfect day ·

Maddie Moree • 423-620-9399

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Unforgettable Moments Begin at Hutton

1808 West End Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37203 main. 615.340.9333 sales. 615.712.2319


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Amanda Derryberry � Hunter Blair

“One of the most memorable moments was the ceremony itself. Hunter’s father was the officiant and delivered a truly unforgettable service.”

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Ceremony, Reception, & Catering · The Bell Tower, Photographer · Janelle Elise Photography, Coordinator · Infinity Hospitality, Cake · Dulce Desserts, Flowers · Forget Me Not Designs, Invitations · Old City Mailroom, Bridal Gown · Modern Trousseau, Attendants’ Attire· Bella Bridesmaids, Groom & Groomsmen Attire · Men’s Wearhouse, Videographer · White Heart Wedding Films, Musicians · Emerald Empire Band, Rehearsal Dinner · Patron Platinum Club, Rentals & Décor · Infinity Hospitality Group, Hair & Makeup · Hunter Paige by Parlour 3, Accommodations · Union Station Hotel

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PUT YOUR WEDDING CENTER STAGE The new HALLORAN CENTRE for Performing Arts & Education and the historic ORPHEUM THEATRE both provide a wide variety of spaces for groups large and small. With catering facilities and advanced audio-visual support, our expert staff will attend to your every need.

Discover the perfect showplace for any event. Call (901) 525-7800 or visit



Choosing a father-daughter dance song can be difficult. The song should be meaningful, sweet, and of course, fun to dance to! Whether you want a slow and emotional song or a cute, upbeat song to dance to with your dad - we’ve got you covered! Take our quiz to see which song best fits your style! If you still can’t settle on a song, check out our Pink Bride Spotify Playlist with even more options!



I’m alright

Not so much

He’s oh-so serious



He’s the king of jokes Fast! We’ll cut a rug

no way Oh yeah!

Oh-so traditional


We’ll keep it slow & simple

Sweet, but not sappy I’d rather have a classic WANT A CLASSIC OR A NEW TUNE?


Yes! Grab the tissues!

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New tune for sure!

DAUGHTERS John Mayer Special Lyrics: “Fathers, be good to your daughters. Daughters will love like you do.” Why You Need It: Everything about John Mayer is dreamy: his voice, his lyrics, HIM. If you share a dance with your father to Daughters, dreamy is exactly how it will be.

HOW SWEET IT IS James Taylor


Stictly classics

Special Lyrics: “But you brightened up all of my days with a love so sweet in so many ways.” Why You Need It: You can never go wrong with James Taylor. This classic tune is not too slow and not too fast - making it a stellar song to share a dance with your father.

DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT King Harvest Special Lyrics: “Dancin’ in the moonlight, Everybody’s feelin’ warm and bright” Why You Need It: If you and your dad want to start the party, this is the song for you! This is a fun, alternative choice for your father-daughter dance that your guests will love.

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Special Lyrics: “She had one little promise she was gonna keep” Why You Need It: This song is for a rock star bride and her rock star dad. If you want a light-hearted, fun song that you can really groove to, this song is absolutely perfect!



AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME Celine Dion Special Lyrics: “I’m everything I am because you loved me.” Why You Need It: This beautiful, classic song is perfect for any traditional bride. It can also be a testament to your dad’s inspiration, strength, and faith. This impressionable song will create a moment you and your father will never forget.


Special Lyrics: “An enchanted moment and it sees me through” Why You Need It: A father’s love for his daughter can be hard to portray in words, but Elton John does a pretty good job. These touching lyrics, combined with memories of watching Disney movies with your dad, make this song a top pick.

MY LITTLE GIRL Tim McGraw Special Lyrics: “You’ve had me wrapped around your finger since the day you were born.” Why You Need It: This is the perfect country song for a sweet, southern bride. These sentimental lyrics will remind you that no matter what, you will always be your dad’s little girl.

HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU Ellie Goulding Special Lyrics: “How long will I love you? As long as stars are above you”

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Why You Need It: If you are looking for a new, unique, but still breathtakingly beautiful song to share with your father, look no further. Ellie Goulding’s lyrics and voice will create the perfect moment for your dance. There won’t be a dry eye in the room.

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Wedding planning can often take months, if not over a year. From the venue, the food and the guest list to the search for that perfect dress, the buildup that goes into preparing for your wedding day is often as stressful as it is exciting. Because getting hitched is one of the biggest milestones in a couples life, the following weeks may lead them to ask, “what now?” Although many couples imagine the time after the wedding to be full of marital bliss, many newlyweds discover that the sudden shift in their lives can lead to a time of stress and fear of losing the spark they had when they were dating. One of the most important things to keep in mind during this readjustment period is that, as a couple, you have vowed to take on life together, and that means learning how to be together as partners. There is nothing more important than spending quality time together, keeping things fresh and new as you learn and grow as one. Whether you are planning a special occasion or a weekly surprise outing with your significant other, we have compiled 12 swoon-worthy date night ideas for every month of your first year of marriage.


Accomplishing a goal as a couple is one of the best ways to feel closer to your partner. Whether you are taking that spin class at the local gym you’ve been wanting to try or training for a 5K, goal setting is one of the most important and fun ways to turn something that may seem like a chore to something you look forward to during the week.

2. ENROLL IN A NON-CREDIT COLLEGE COURSE Most universities have lists of non-credit college courses offered for anyone who wants to learn a new trade. These classes are available for little to no cost and are usually offered once or twice a week during a school semester. From astronomy to photography or even a cooking class, there’s something for everyone!


We’ve all had the dream of going on a random mini-vacay, now it’s time to turn it into reality. Traveling doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money, and whether you’re flying or taking the car, there are several fun day and weekend trips to take. One of our favorite and most thrilling ideas is to choose a spot on a map with your eyes covered and to go there with your significant other for a fun getaway.


Going fruit picking is always fun, no matter what the season. Although what you get mainly depends on where you live, picking apples, strawberries, blueberries or any other colorful fruit is sure to get you feeling like a kid again, and give you some exercise in the process.


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There are tons of art studios that let you drink wine while getting your hands dirty in paint or clay. Have a fun afternoon trying to paint portraits of each other or spend time throwing clay on a pottery wheel while reenacting that scene from Ghost you’ve always loved. Be sure to bring some bottle openers while you’re at it too!


A great way to feel connected to your spouse and community is to plan a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly marriage volunteer day. There are plenty of places looking for help, including serving at a soup kitchen or giving your time at an animal shelter. Plus, who knows, you may find a furry little friend to take home too!


This idea is hands down one of our favorite and most creative date night ideas. Similar to a TED Talk, “Drink, Talk, Learn” parties are a totally nerdy and fun way to get to know your partner better. The rules of the game are to prepare a 3-minute lecture and slideshow on something you’re passionate about. According to Twitter user @ Miexriir who gained popularity for becoming internet famous after her tweet about her local DTL party went viral, “the point is to deliver presentations on stuff you find interesting and want to share/inform/tell/rant to the rest of us all while drinking and having a good time.”


Although it may sound cheesy, choreographing a dance together is a totally silly and fun way to spend a date night. Whether you’re doing the salsa or freestyling it to some 90s rap, you’re guaranteed to have a fun time showing off your best dance moves.


Even if you’ve lived in the same city since you were a kid, going out and touring your city like a newbie is still a great way to spend time together. Instead of touring the local museum or art gallery, try signing up for something more out of your comfort zone like a local beer tour or an outing to your city’s most haunted sights. Make sure to bring along your camera to capture any spooky ghosts you run into!


Building blanket forts were one of the hallmark moments of childhood, so what better to play into that nostalgia than by making your own with your significant other. Stack a bunch of pillows and blankets under the kitchen table, make some popcorn, throw on a movie and you’re ready for a perfect date night!


With the increasing popularity of food trucks, you can often find them scattered around town. Get in the car, ride your bike or go by foot and go food truck hunting. Whether it be street tacos, slices of pizza or a delicious burger, you’re sure to find something you love.


Cooking for your spouse can always be a romantic experience, but why not take it up a notch? Try making your own “Mystery Box Challenge” from your favorite cooking show. Throw in a few random ingredients from the pantry and surprise your chef with a fun twist on home cooking. You’ll be laughing all night as you try to tackle the challenge with your partner.

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What He Wants On Your Wedding Day By Katherine Whitehead

One of the questions brides often ask wedding planners is how to incorporate what their husband wants in their wedding ceremony and reception. Because bridal advertising and planning is often focused on the more feminine aspects of tying the knot, grooms often get left out of the picture entirely when it comes to incorporating their own needs and wants into the ceremony and reception. After years of weddings being full of flowers, pink and intricate details, more couples are turning to their spouse for inspiration because we must not forget - it’s their day too!

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1. CONSIDER MASCULINE INVITATIONS/PLACE CARDS When planning a wedding, it is important to make sure the groom’s interest is taken into consideration. There are several ways to incorporate masculine touches in your big day, even down to the choice of font style, including sticking to bold typography and darker colors over more feminine calligraphy. Instead of going for those blush pink invitations you’ve been looking at, try surprising your guests by going black or silver with touches of blue. 2. EXPERIMENT WITH COLOR AND TEXTURE Don’t count out your spouse just because they’re a guy! Try asking your groom which colors and textures he likes when planning your venue design, as well as his decor preferences. You may be surprised at what he comes up with! One of the best ways to contrast feminine and masculine qualities is to consider color and texture as different elements. Many couples focus on using only a small color palette to design their wedding day style. Try using texture to add extra depth to the reception, including different fabrics, floral arrangements and table settings. Rich, earthy textures such as leather, pewter and bronze, as well as tree bark and moss also help to provide an extra masculine element.

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3. PERSONALITY TYPE Chances are over the time you’ve been with your partner, you’ve gotten to know not only a lot about yourself but also about him. Men often fall into multiple personality categories, but can often be narrowed down into at least one or two character types. If your groom is a more outdoorsy type of guy, you may want to consider having an outdoor wedding with some special aspects of any recreational activities he enjoys doing. Maybe your guy prefers to spend time in the art studio and would prefer more creative elements in the reception (that could mean incorporating his own artwork, too!) Does your future husband have a fondness for brewing his own beer? Try booking a beer truck or using the bottles as table settings. 4. SPORTS TEAMS Score major points with your hubby by incorporating some team spirit into your wedding day. Whether he spends his free time watching the latest football game, out on the golf course or cheering on his favorite baseball team as they hit a home run, there are tons of fun ways to win over your crowd (and your man) by having a sports-inspired wedding reception. Using the team logo as a background for your nuptial monogram is one of our favorite ways to do this - and they can be placed on almost everything at the reception, including the menu, drinks, signage and as a light projection on the dance floor. Other ideas include naming signature cocktails after favorite sports teams or athletes as well as having a post-vow wedding tailgate complete with sports decor and memorabilia. 5. GROOM’S CAKE The groom’s cake is a long-standing tradition and totally an amazing way to let your man’s personality shine. Starting back in England in the late 19th century, the traditional wedding cake was considered too feminine for the groom at the time and it was thought that the groom should have a cake of his own. Years later the tradition has made its way to North America, and has since become more fun and wild than ever. Grooms cakes often have elements of activities, sports teams and other likes of the groom, including superhero designs and even beer can or football helmet shaped desserts.

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“For our reception venue, it was an easy choice when we discovered the Event Hall at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This location was amazing in that it not only had a beautiful terrace, cocktail hour lobby, and large event hall for dinner, as well as many changing rooms/ additional rooms for bridal party and the family, but it also had a breathtaking view of the Nashville skyline.”

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Contemporary brides believe that less is definitely more. Here’s a list of the top bridal accessory choices that will satisfy any bride who has simple style preferences. Minimal and modern, these accessories will make any bride look effortlessly stunning!

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This accessory is an absolute must-have item for any bride! Why? Because they bring more attention to her beautiful face! A bold diamond stud is both a simple, classic piece, and it functions as a beautiful statement piece as well! Gorgeous and light-reflecting, beautiful diamond studs complement any bride no matter what gown she is wearing. Looking for something more? Drop diamond earrings are a great alternative for brides who can’t seem to get enough bling!

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Simple is best when it comes to choosing a wedding necklace. The décolletage is a very sexy and feminine part of any woman’s body, and a dainty necklace is just enough to enhance that area. A bride’s dress is without a doubt the most important part of her look, and a light necklace complements the gown without distracting attention away from it. The length of this necklace can be short or long just as long as it flatters the neckline of your dress.


A floral hair comb is perfect for any hair length and hairstyle. Pin up one side and let your gorgeous,loose curls flow, or use it as an embellishment to create a polished finish on an updo. Every bride has her own type of style, so it is amazing that floral hair combs pair well with any look. Boho, classic, glam, or vintage, this accessory is versatile enough to suit any specific style a bride wants to achieve.

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The hand is a very delicate part of the body, so when deciding on what to wear around it, think simple. For the wrist, a crystal halo bracelet should do the trick. This type of bracelet will sit perfectly on your wrist and the clusters of crystals provide the appropriate amount of detail. A crystal halo bracelet looks amazing next to a fresh manicure and your brand new wedding ring!

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Veils are a classic bridal accessory, but they can give a traditional feel to a bride’s look. To maintain a modern style, steer clear of veils that have too much detail. A modern veil should be light and airy, so going for a shorter veil is best. A simple and clean elbow length veil is the perfect fit for this. It hits the sweet spot right in between a formal and long cathedral veil and a short birdcage veil.

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a Suit or a Tuxedo? By Julie Hancock

There is often some uncertainty from grooms on their wedding attire. Should you wear a suit or a tuxedo? And what is the difference between them anyway?? Don’t fret, we are here to save the day and help you decide which is better for your wedding! Whether you decide on a casual and cool suit or a classy and sexy tux, we can promise one thing: your S.O. won’t be able to take their eyes off of you! We have the answers you’re looking for to three of the most common menswear questions!


Before making a final decision, you need to really understand the differences between the two! The biggest difference is that a tuxedo has the presence of satin on it, while a suit does not. You will see satin on the lapels, buttons, and pocket lining of the tuxedo jacket, as well as a strip of satin down each pant leg. In contrast, suits have plastic or cloth-covered buttons and no satin parts. Tuxedos may also have additional components like a cummerbund or vest, while a suit may or may not be accompanied by a vest or suspenders. In addition, a bow tie is traditionally worn with a tux and a tie is worn with a suit, although this line has been blurred in modern times!

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Another difference between a suit and a tux are the color options. Generally, a tuxedo will only come in black or navy and possibly have pinstripes. A suit, however, comes in various shades, styles, and fabrics (you can even find denim suits, but we don’t exactly recommend that!). For some weddings, think an outdoor beach wedding, the groom will be more comfortable in a light colored suit made of a thinner fabric, and this can’t exactly be achieved in a tuxedo.


Definitely not! It is very common to see a groom and his groomsmen in suits for weddings. It does, however, depend on the wedding. For more casual weddings, a suit is perfect. If it is a very elegant affair, a tuxedo might be more fitting. A good way to help make your decision is to look at your S.O.’s outfit. If she is wearing an extravagant wedding gown, you would look a little underwhelming in a suit. On the other hand, if this is a casual rustic wedding and she is wearing a sweet lace dress with cowgirl boots, an elegant tuxedo might be silly. The entire theme of the wedding should give you a pretty good idea of which would work best. However, if your wedding is kind of on the line and you still aren’t sure, the best option is to just discuss with your S.O. Do they want the wedding slightly dressed up and made more elegant, or dressed down to stay casual? The two of you will be able to come to the right answer if you just take a minute to discuss what you’re looking for!


Not surprisingly, this varies depending on whom you’re asking and what exactly you’re looking for, although you’re very likely to find competitive rates between local providers. At retail, of course, a tuxedo is more expensive than a suit. When considering rental costs, however, which is definitely a more popular option at this time, you’ll likely find that tuxedo rentals start at a lower price point than suits. As with wedding dresses (and really anything in the wedding industry!), there is a huge range of prices for suits and tuxedos, so the best option is to take some time to check out a few stores and discuss it with the experts. They can lead you in the right direction and find something within any price range! In the end, the most important thing is that you and your partner are happy and that you are comfortable with your choice. Because let’s be real, the only thing that matters at your wedding is that you get married and get to start your happily ever after!

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SAY YES TO THE VEIL By Julie Hancock

Understanding the different lengths and styles of veils is important when trying to choose the perfect veil for your special day!

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VEIL LENGTHS FINGERTIP LENGTH VEIL As the name suggests, this popular veil reaches fingertip length. It’s a flattering style that works well for any type of ceremony! ELBOW LENGTH VEIL Again, as the name suggests, this veil goes down to around elbow length. The elbow length veil doesn’t cover as much, making it ideal for pairing with gowns that have intricate detailing on the back. BALLET VEIL A ballet veil falls somewhere between mid-thigh and calf length. They are a great choice for outdoor weddings, allowing the look of a long veil without it dragging in the dirt! CHAPEL VEIL A chapel veil is one of the longest veils available. Ideal for formal weddings, these veils are long enough to touch the ground and are very romantic! CATHEDRAL VEIL A cathedral veil is the ultimate statement veil! They are often 8 feet long, meaning they are even longer than the train of most wedding gowns. These are generally reserved for the most elegant and formal weddings.

VEIL STYLES MANTILLA VEIL A Mantilla veil, also known as a Spanish lace veil, is one that features lace all around the edge of the veil. It’s the ultimate romantic veil! BIRDCAGE VEIL The birdcage veil is ideal for vintage style weddings. These veils are about mid-nose length, often drape down over one or both eyes, and are made of a wider mesh so they can be easily seen through. DOUBLE TIERED VEIL The double tiered veil is probably what comes to mind when you think of a traditional wedding veil. These veils have two panels, with the shorter one often being draped over the brides face as she walks down the aisle.

JULIET CAP The Juliet Cap style is starting to make a resurgence, and we absolutely love it! A Juliet Cap can come in various lengths, but the top of the veil has an extra piece of fabric to make a sort of cap over the crown of your head and is often embellished with lace and beading.

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POUF VEILS A pouf veil is just that: poofy! The tulle is gathered to make a voluminous hairpiece to bring some 60’s-esque flair to your wedding look.

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7 WEDDING DRESS STYLES EVERY BRIDE SHOULD KNOW By Kendall Calkins Weddings are no longer one-style fits all. The same can be said for your wedding dress! At The Pink Bride, we know that every bride has her own unique style. Whether it’s modern and simplistic or full-glam and high-fashion, there is a perfect wedding dress for every style bride! Not sure where you fit in? Never fear! We have narrowed down a list of styles to help you find your perfect wedding dress!

THE MODERN BRIDE As a Modern Bride, you are drawn to simple minimalistic elegance. Your love for all things contemporary will leave you with a dress that is nothing short of BOLD! The clean lines of a sheath dress or the modern appeal of the bridal jumpsuit are sure to be top contenders for your dream dress pick. THE VINTAGE BRIDE Antique lace and vintage jewelry will be a prominent part of your wedding day look! Your love for the romantic feminine style will draw you to delicate lace gowns or the short length dresses of the Gatsby era. THE CLASSIC BRIDE Your love for tradition is the mark of a Classic Bride. Your dreams of the perfect fairytale wedding will draw you to the princess-inspired ball gown. The Classic Bride may incorporate tulle or satin with just the right amount of embellishment.

Pro Tip: Even if you are dead set on a particular style, try different ones on! Chances are you might be surprised.

Pro Tip: Not sure where to begin? Trust your consultant! With years of experience, they are there to guide you in the right direction.

THE GLAM BRIDE You were made to walk the red carpet! The Glam Bride could never have too much sparkle. Your love for statement pieces, metallics, and bling will draw you to beaded gowns. The mermaid silhouette is sure to accent your drop-dead-gorgeous figure!

THE BOHEMIAN BRIDE Free-spirited and carefree, the Bohemian Bride is drawn to looks that reflect her personality. Empire waistlines and flowy chiffon are sure to catch your eye as you search for your dream dress! Flower crowns with the slightest hint of sparkle are sure to make an appearance on your special day! THE RUSTIC CHIC BRIDE The Rustic Chic Bride exudes southern charm! Simple lace gowns and airy fabrics will stand out as you search for a dress. Cowboy boots and wildflowers will be the perfect accessories to your natural beauty style! THE UNCONVENTIONAL BRIDE You are proud of your uniqueness and want it to shine through in every aspect of your wedding. Dresses with funky textures will draw you in. The unconventional bride won’t shy away from color. Your “something blue” may just be your wedding gown!

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Pro Tip: Stay true to you! Feeling Beautiful, comfortable, and confident in your dress is what really matters.

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Grace Young � Bobby Baskette

“While planning the wedding, people always laughed when they heard what my theme was. I wanted a ‘rock-n-roll, gypsy, fairy’s dreamland!’”

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PICTURE PERFECT By Katherine Whitehead


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You’ve spent months planning your dream wedding, putting extensive thought into every detail of the ceremony and reception. From searching for the perfect dress, choosing the venue, and picking the caterer, you’re on your way to cross the marital finish line and ready to enjoy your big day. When it comes to the years to come after tying the knot, all that will be left are the beautiful moments captured by your photographer. Whether it be that romantic first kiss as husband and wife, or the swoon-worthy grand exit with your friends and family by your side, wedding photography can either make or break your big day. There are a number of things you can do as the bride to guarantee you get incredible photos, leaving you stress-free and ready to begin the next big chapter in your life. We talked to four real wedding photographers to see what tips they give to couples on their wedding days.

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●DON’T RELY ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR INSPIRATION “Pinterest is so prevalent, you cannot recreate it on your wedding day. You don’t have time, and a lot of couples don’t understand that. Pinterest is a great way to get stylistic ideas but not moments. I think the advance of Pinterest and other social media where people are putting up weddings that aren’t real has made everything look too posed and similar. I want to create moments that come naturally to you.” DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE WEATHER “Don’t look at the weather, it’s going to be what it’s going to be. Don’t worry about it because you can’t change it. Some of the most beautiful shots come from the unexpected.” HAVE A TIMELINE “Have a clear timeline that you can follow because your wedding day is going to go by in a blur. You don’t realize how fast things are going to go by so you want to make sure you make the most of your day and get all of the shots you want. A lot of couples look back on their photos I take and have no memory of when it was taken.”

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JANAE RICHTER Photography by Janae Nashville, TN

●DON’T FEEL PRESSURED “Don’t feel pressured to do a first look, do what’s comfortable for you guys. You want to feel relaxed about your day. Make sure to plan ahead with your photographer so the day of you aren’t scrambling and asking them to get pictures.” ●TAKE TIME AFTER THE CEREMONY FOR PICTURES “I love taking pictures right after the ceremony. I always take a good 20 minutes because they’re in this sweet mood because they’ve just become husband and wife. I love capturing those moments.”

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BILL WALDORF Waldorf Photographic Art Knoxville, TN

DON’T GIVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER A SHOT LIST “I recommend not giving your photographer a shot list. Don’t try to give them ideas you have found on Pinterest or The Knot, etc. Let them capture the authenticity as opposed to forcibly created cliché images.” PRETEND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER ISN’T THERE “Try just ignoring that your photographer is even there because that allows your shots to happen naturally. By letting them be unobtrusive, it grants them the freedom to document those genuine moments.” TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER “If you hire a seasoned professional, they will know exactly what to do and allow you to enjoy your day. Don’t try to squeeze too much into the available time with them either. Don’t try to create a timeline that could end up feeling too rushed, because the last thing that you want is to be stressed on your wedding day.”

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DANIELE MOSLEY Daniele Elyse Photography Tri-Cities, TN

CLEAR ANY DISTRACTIONS “When they are getting ready I always suggest a clean workspace before I arrive, especially for the girls more so than the guys. Have everyone put all their stuff in one corner of the room so that all of their bags and makeup and clutter can go to a designated spot. This way the space is neat and clean for pictures.” KEEP THE MOMENT SACRED “As a photographer, it breaks my heart to see bright screens and cameras covering faces, while guests are leaning into the aisle trying to capture their own pictures during the ceremony. This is why I also stress for a ‘double first kiss’. The couple kisses once, pulls away and goes back for a second kiss. By the second one, ‘Uncle Bob’ has put his camera down and the couple is left with a nice image of their kiss as husband and wife” MEET WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER BEFOREHAND “Make sure that you like and are comfortable with your vendors, especially your photographer! They will be the one person that is by your side a majority of the day so sometimes it is best to schedule that engagement session, even if your fiance doesn’t want to. I promise it will be fun and it is one of the best ways for everyone to get to know one another before the big day. When I am hired to capture someone’s forever, I want to feel like family. So much so, that everyone is relaxed and their personality is able to shine through.”

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The Great Debate: DJ VS. BAND By Katherine Whitehead

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Let’s face it, music can either make or break the wedding reception. Because your choice of song can often define your big day and set the stage for the party, you want to be prepared. While it may seem like a small detail in an otherwise large event, music is one of the biggest factors in determining the vibe at your venue. Whether you’re hiring a DJ or planning for live entertainment, a few things should be considered before making the big decision.


Your music choice is an important aspect of your big day as it sets the tone for your wedding. Make it memorable! When picking a musical genre, it is important to decide, with your partner, what kind of tunes best reflect your own personalities, along with the theme and location of your wedding. If you are getting married in a house of worship, you may want to consider romantic strings. Weddings in a banquet hall or museum may be a good spot for more unique options such as pop hits or old-school funk. Once you have decided on a genre, try asking yourself if you picture the scene with a live performance or played from a track. Unless you’re willing to hire one specific band or wedding singer, a DJ is often the way to go for pop and rap combinations, while big band or orchestra music is better done live.


The general rule of thumb is that DJs often cost less than a live band. Think about it this way - DJ prices usually vary depending on the day of the week, plus normally only require 1 or 2 people with little equipment and setup time. Bands can come with more people and equipment. Plus, since they are in such high demand, the price will often be much higher.


Deciding on a DJ or live band can often come down to how much space you have at the venue. If you have a small reception hall or a large bridal party with limited space, there may not be room for a live band, whereas a DJ can often fit into a corner. Check with the reception site to see if there are any restrictions on the number of extra people and equipment you can have as well as any requirements regarding the electrical power supply or noise limitations.


Keep in mind the demographics of your guests at the reception. If you plan on having much older guests at the wedding, you may not want to have a band they may be unfamiliar with or music that could be viewed inappropriate (the same goes for a wedding that will have children attending or other young people).


It doesn’t hurt to get a preview of what you may be getting on the wedding day. You should try to see the DJ or band perform before you commit to booking them so you will know if they will work for your theme and if you ultimately like the way they come across on stage. This could include the way they dress, how they talk to the crowd, and their performance style. If you can’t make it to see them live, watch videos online or listen to them on a music streaming platform.

Ask for Referrals

Ask the DJ or band for the names of other couples who booked them for their wedding. Try talking to the couple about their experience and things they would have changed about their performance. There is nothing worse than booking someone only to learn a horror story later on that could have saved you from any unforeseen events at your own reception.

Communicate before the big day

One of the worst mistakes you can make is not have an open line of communication with your performers before the wedding day. You don’t want to be meeting or talking to them for the first time at the reception. Set up a time to discuss your expectations for them beforehand. Let them know what your music selection plan is and if there are any genres, artists or songs they should stay away from during their time there.

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In today’s age, disc jockeys have become artists and designers, often mixing their own eclectic styles with lights, voiceover, and audience interaction. Unlike live bands, DJs offer a variety of music to choose from and can be a good choice for the couple who is looking to please their entire audience. Pros: A DJ with a good stage presence can often make for a fun reception atmosphere. Because they have a whole toolbox of music to choose from, you won’t be restricted to one genre or musician. DJs often cost less money and take up not nearly as much space as a live band. Cons: Although DJs are known for their amazing emcee skills, there is always the possibility you could end up with a less-than-stellar personality. For example, he or she could make the wrong song choices or could end up cracking annoying jokes all night.

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If you’ve ever attended a concert, you know how fun the environment it creates can be. A live band can get the crowd excited and match the music to the feel of the room, while keeping the energy of the reception upbeat and positive. Pros: Live music is almost always a definite crowd pleaser. You and your guests will get the full experience through energetic vocals and inperson visuals. Cons: Although bands are a fun way to bring excitement to your reception, unless they are a wedding-specific band, they often only play one genre of music. This could lead to less variety in music choice and can leave your guests wanting for something different. Bands often cost more and can be either too loud or too quiet during the performance.

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By Samantha Viau Changing your name from Miss to Mrs. is a very exciting to-do! Be prepared though, changing your last name is a multi-step process. We have listed all of our simplest tips to make the name change as smooth as possible!

1. Get Your Marriage License The first step to changing your name is receiving the certified version of your marriage license. These are issued from your local courthouse, so they are able to answer any questions you may have!

3. Update Your Driver’s License Cruise down to the local Department of Motor Vehicles office to update your last name on your driver’s license. Don’t forget to bring your certified marriage license and updated Social Security card.

2. Apply For A New Social Security Card Head to the Social Security Administration’s website to apply for a new card. Be sure to submit your proof of legal name change and proof of identity. Be patient, it usually takes about 10 days to receive your new card in the mail!

4. Change Your Bank Accounts & Credit Card Information If you and your hubs have a joint bank account or plan to open one, take a trip to your branch of choice. Be sure to bring your certified marriage certificate and updated driver’s license. Don’t forget to order new checks and cards with your name change, too!

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5. Get A New Passport If you plan to head out on a dreamy exotic honeymoon, don’t forget to get a new passport! Head to your local clerk’s office with your birth certificate, updated driver’s license, marriage license, and Social Security card. Be prepared to spend a little bit of money for this step! Don’t forget to call and inform your utility companies, insurance providers, and doctor’s offices of your new last name. Also, contact your airline frequent flyer program to ensure that your miles get transferred over! And finally, update your handle and bio to show off your new last name on all of your social media accounts!

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By Kendall Calkins Your wedding invitations set the expectations of the style, theme, and formality of your special day. With so much to think about when picking your perfect paper, we have narrowed down a list of 5 steps to achieve your invitations! 1. CHOOSE YOUR STYLE

Your invitation style should reflect the style of your wedding. Think about the dress code you want. Are you going for a formal, black tie event? You can go bold and modern or keep it classic and simple. On the flip side, you can bring out whimsical elements of your garden wedding in your invitation with watercolor and elaborate graphic design. As long as there are no misspellings, your choice in design will never be wrong!


Paper options include vellum, rice, cardstock, and metallic. Look for samples of all different types. Don’t forget to consider different shapes when choosing your design. While the A-4 rectangle on cardstock is a traditional look, you can spice up your invitations by changing the paper design. Add a sweet extra touch with scalloped edges or go big by throwing away the rectangle shape altogether. For a completely modern twist, try circular invites printed on acrylic. Keep in mind that anything straying from traditional invitation size and weight can cost you extra in postage.


There are a lot of different cards you can include with your invitation. If you are wanting to keep things minimal, we recommend at least including your invitation and response card. If you are having a significant amount of out of town guests, or you are having a destination wedding, you may want to include direction, accommodation, and weekend itinerary cards. As you pick out the cards you wish to enclose, make sure to stay consistent with the theme and tone of your invitation.


Your invitation wording should follow the same feel as your invitation design. Whether you have chosen to stick with the traditional look, or branch out to something more whimsical, there are certain elements that every invitation should include. Your invitation should include: Who’s hosting A request to attend the wedding Names of the bride and groom Date and time Location Reception information (if the reception is at another location) With the rules of traditional wedding etiquette becoming more modernized, there is no one way to do things anymore. Use our wording etiquette as a guideline that can be adjusted to fit your wedding style.


As you already know, or soon will learn, the key to a successful stress-free wedding is a foolproof timeline and your invitations are no exception. Place your order three to six months prior to the wedding. Make sure you carefully proof the text used. Any errors, including typos found afterward, will be your responsibility, not the printer’s. Mail your invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. For a destination wedding, your invitations should be mailed 12 weeks prior to your wedding. Make sure you weigh the complete invitation to ensure correct postage, most invitations require extra postage.

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The Ultimate Ceremony PLANNING GUIDE By Katherine Whitehead

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Congratulations! If you’re reading this you’ve probably just gotten engaged and are looking to plan your wedding, so let us be one of the first to say we are so incredibly happy for you and your spouse and we can’t wait to begin this journey with you as you prepare for your big day. If you’re like many other brides, you are probably a mixture of excited and slightly confused on exactly what to do next and what steps come on the path to the altar. Wedding prep is oftentimes one of the most fun and stressful times in someone’s life, and as a small group of hard-working females and wives, we know how hard it is to fit daily life in with planning for your future one. With the love and romance of your dream wedding comes the hundreds of details to consider when planning your swoon-worthy celebration. Figuring out how to incorporate significant moments from your relationship together and values you hold along with figuring out simple things like the vows and processional are often as complicated as they are important. Whether you’re starting from square one or following traditional elements of your faith, your big day can be as big or small as you imagine it. That’s why, in order to make these next few weeks, months, or year leading up to your special day run smoother, we’ve put together your all-in-one go-to place for everything ceremony related.

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Processional: The processional marks the beginning of the formal entrance of the family and bridal party.


Although traditions vary according to culture, ethnic group, religion and country, wedding ceremonies are the special part of the wedding day when both husband and wife become united in marriage. Ceremonies are slightly different for everyone as each couple has his/ her own traditions and personal expectations, but are relatively similar when it comes to basic structure. We’ve listed the elements in a Christian ceremony to give you and your spouse a feel for how the day will go, while you can add, change and customize any elements of your own.

Entrance order includes FAMILY: Traditionally, the mother of the bride enters first and is often escorted by a special man in her life, including her father, brother, son or other family member or friend before taking her seat to the left of the aisle in the first row. After this, the groom’s mother will enter the ceremony and sit to the right of the aisle in the first row. She can be escorted by her husband or another male acquaintance.


MEN: The groom, best man, and groomsmen often walk down the aisle together. If this is not the case, the groom will lead the group to the altar, followed by the best man and then the groomsmen.

happens 15 to 30 minutes before the wedding ceremony begins and includes the entrance of guests. Music is normally played to encourage everyone to gather at the altar and find their seats.

WOMEN: Bridesmaids will walk one by one down the aisle during their processional. The maid of honor will be last so she can stand next to the bride once she arrives. CHILDREN: Any flower girls, ring bearers, or

Prelude: The wedding prelude often

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any other children will make their way down the aisle just before the bride. BRIDE: The bride is traditionally accompanied by her father as she walks down the aisle. The father will walk on the bride’s right side and will lift the veil at the end of the aisle. Some brides choose to make their procession their own and walk with both parents, just their mother, a sibling, or on their own, even switching partners halfway down the aisle to include multiple members of the family.

Welcome/Introduction: The welcome

serves as an introduction to the purpose of the gathering and brings attention to the beginning of the ceremony. The officiant will often thank guests for attending.

Declaration of Intention: The Declaration of Intention is the time when the officiant questions the bride and groom at the altar, otherwise known as the “I Do’s”. The words spoken during this time declare the couple’s intention to marry.

anyone who is speaking of the parameters such as being respectful or to exclude certain things from their speech.


Because they set the stage for marriage, your vows are the chance to tell the world why you love your partner and the values you hope to bring to your marriage. The vows are the moment when the husband and wife exchange verbal promises to each other regarding the intention of their marriage. These words are often personal and are either prepared before the ceremony and read on paper or are memorized. Before this moment in the ceremony, and hopefully before the wedding day itself, make sure you and your spouse are on the same page regarding their personal speaking preferences. Some people may or may not be comfortable with sharing personal vows to a public audience, so it is important to decide which direction you want your vows to go.

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Vow Tips: Personal - If you’re planning on writing your own personal vows, take time to get inspired and get creative. Give yourself enough time to plan what you want to say on your computer or on a pad of paper. Take inspiration from interactions between the two of you, their own personal belongings that make a characterization of their personality, or watch movies, read books or listen to music that will get your brain turning. As you write, make multiple drafts and edits as necessary before the big day. Traditional - Some couples prefer to use traditional vows that have been used throughout generations of their family.

Before the wedding day, be sure to check in with the officiant on what vows you will be reciting and they can let you know if there are any rules or regulations if you plan on using religious vows. Don’t forget to ask your officiant for a copy of the vows and review them with your partner, making any edits to customize them to your liking.

Exchange of Rings and Blessing: The

ring exchange allows the couple to be reminded of their vows when wearing them as a symbol of their love.

Pronouncement of Marriage: After the exchange of rings, the officiant will bless and recognize the marriage, pronouncing them husband and wife. This normally leads to a kiss shared between the couple.

Communion: Some couples choose to have their first action as husband and wife be taking communion to represent their religion. This includes breaking bread between the two of them and may include their bridal party and congregation.

Closing Blessing: The officiant will offer one final blessing for the newly married couple, and will offer positive hopes and wishes for their future together. Recession: Once the bride and groom have been presented to the guests, the couple will leave the altar, beginning the celebration. Traditionally, the wedding party exits in the opposite order upon completion of the ceremony.

Example: Officiant (To The Bride and Groom Individually) : ________,will you take this woman, whose hands you hold, choosing her alone to be your wedded wife? Will you live in the state of true matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor her at all times, and be faithful to her?

Prayer: The officiant often offers a prayer at this time and discusses what role religion has played in the lives of the couple. include a personal anecdote about the couple in their own words. The bride and groom may also want to take time to talk about their love story to the guests, including scriptures that are important to the couple, poems or book excerpts. Some couples choose to read from letters, songs or quotes they enjoy. If the couple chooses to let others speak, they may want to talk with them beforehand to make sure the selected person or volunteer is comfortable with public speaking. Make sure to remind

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In the age of digital media, people are bombarded by technology. With the release of the smartphone over a decade ago, more and more people are taking to their mobile devices to share some of the most intimate moments of their lives, including their wedding day. From snapping, posting and sharing to streaming the ceremony live on social media, tying the knot has taken on another digital dimension through the popularity of Facebook and apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. When it comes to making the decision to take your own vows online, we have compiled a list of the pros and cons of having a technology-free wedding day.

Pros of Unplugging LIVE IN THE MOMENT One of the best parts about having an unplugged wedding is that, without technology, your wedding day will be distraction free. Because guests won’t be constantly checking their phones, they will be more present in the moment and won’t be posting photos that you don’t want to be shared on social media. LEAVE PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE PROFESSIONALS While we all know that anyone can be a self-proclaimed wedding photographer on their smartphones and cameras, having an unplugged wedding allows the real photographers to get the shots that really matter without the fear of others getting in the way. NOBODY IS LEFT OUT We all know the feeling of FOMO: the feeling that you may be missing out on something that could have been really fun. When your guests are asked to refrain from posting photos of your wedding online, you won’t have to worry that those who you did not invite or were unable to attend the wedding will be feeling left out.

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Pros of Plugging In MORE OPPORTUNITIES If you’re an avid social media user, you may be bummed out that you’re missing several opportunities for some amazing shots. Some of the best photos are taken from our besties while they’re cheering us on from the pews. With the use of technology, you will have a chance to see all of those fun pictures and videos taken by your friends and family. CUSTOMIZE YOUR WEDDING DAY Having the use of social media allows you to completely customize your big day online. Try using a custom hashtag for your wedding guests to use in their posts, that way everyone can see the photos taken at your venue. Snapchat also allows users to buy a custom geofilter so your guests can make their experience at your ceremony and reception interactive. SHARING THE DAY WITH OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS It’s more than likely that not everyone will be able to attend your wedding. With social media you will be able to share those moments that your out of town guests were unable to see, giving them to play a small part in your big day.

SHOULD YOU HAVE AN UNPLUGGED WEDDING? THE SOCIAL VISIONARY - NO Are you an avid social media user and self proclaimed influencer? Social visionaries are known for being creative, outspoken, and get very excited about new ideas and projects. As a visionary, you are resourceful and intellectually quick with an eye for detail and the “sharing economy”. THE SOCIAL NURTURER - NO The social nurturer is warm-hearted, popular, and are avid social media users. They have a well developed sense of space and function and usually put the needs of others above their own. THE SOCIAL DOER - NO Social doers are friendly, adaptable and action-oriented. As doers, they are risk-takers who live fast-paced lifestyles and are interested in living in the here and now. They often partake in extreme sports and other activities that get their adrenaline pumping. THE SOCIAL ATHLETE - YES Social athletes are serious and quiet. They are usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments and are well-organized and hard working.

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By Julie Hancock

Details Nashville

As you might know, wedding trends are constantly changing! There are some traditions that have generally stuck around, like white wedding dresses (although even that is being challenged now!), and there are other traditions that have been forgotten entirely. Here are 6 of our favorite classic wedding traditions that we think should be brought back to modern weddings!

1. NOT SEEING EACH OTHER BEFOREHAND This tradition is often seen in movies and TV, but if you ask any of your married friends there is a good chance that they saw each other before the ceremony. Why has this tradition become old news? Mostly for efficiency; instead of having your guests sit and wait for the newlyweds to take their pictures during a long cocktail hour, many couples opt to take most or all of their pictures before the ceremony and having a short or nonexistent cocktail hour before the reception. While we understand that this is sometimes the only option, there is something to be said about your first time seeing each other on your wedding day be the moment you step out into the aisle! 2. HAVING A GROOM’S CAKE This was commonplace as recent as the early 2000’s, but as wedding cakes become more grand and expensive, groom’s cakes are becoming increasingly less common. However, we love the idea of a groom’s cake! Not only does it allow for more unique flavors and fun designs (think the red velvet armadillo cake in Steel Magnolias!), but having a groom’s cake means more cake! And let’s be real, more cake is never a bad thing. 3. LITERALLY TYING THE KNOT! This is a popular phrase used by brides and wedding professionals alike, but where does it come from?? In Celtic tradition, the bride and groom had their hands literally tied together, but if that seems impractical for your wedding, tying a knot on its own is just as meaningful! Plus, the knot that you and your partner tie can be turned into sweet memorabilia for display in your home!

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4. PLANTING A TREE Planting a tree outside your home to celebrate a marriage was commonplace in some European countries, and we think it should become a thing in the US too! Not only are you doing a good deed (yay for planting trees!), you have a living, growing memory of your wedding that you can look at every day! Pine trees were often chosen since they represent luck and fertility, but we love the idea of customizing it based on your preferences. Since we are in the south, maybe a gorgeous Magnolia tree would be the perfect choice! 5. A MONTH-LONG HONEYMOON Ok, this might just be wishful thinking, but we think the most important wedding tradition to bring back is the month-long honeymoon! Something along these lines was common in many cultures. In some, the newlyweds took the month to settle into their new lives and homes, and in others, like in 19th century upper-class England, the couple took long tours of the country or holidays to locations like France and Italy. This can be modernized with half of your honeymoon being an awesome vacation and the other half being more of a staycation where you and your new spouse just enjoy spending time at home together! 6. A MONEY DANCE Originating in Poland in the 1900’s, a money dance is a super fun way to get some pocket change for your honeymoon and is quite entertaining for your guests! In a money dance, guests pay money (usually just a dollar!) for a chance to dance with one of the newlyweds. Generally, the maid of honor or best man holds the money, and alcohol is often involved. Overall, it’s a super fun tradition that we’d love to see it become popular in the US again!

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When it comes to planning your wedding, the honeymoon can sometimes get overlooked. Because the time around your wedding is often spent dealing with ceremony details, finding a venue and booking a caterer, your special post-wedding vacay often means trying to navigate the high-stakes world of rising airfare rates and booking the last AirBnb available. After all of the months spent planning your big day, there’s nothing you’d rather do than sit back, relax, and set sail on your ultimate getaway, so why not let someone else handle the planning? In order to ease the stress of traveling with your new spouse, here are three reasons you should use a travel agent for your honeymoon.

1. TIME SAVING With all of the time spent putting the finishing touches on your ceremony and reception, it is far more likely that you will have less time than you think to spend planning a vacation on top of that. A travel agent can do all of the hard work for you while giving you more time to think about your vows. Set up a time to meet with a travel agent and discuss your ideas for the ultimate honeymoon. Come up with a plan of a few destinations you would be interested in, along with a date range and budget. This will allow your agent to make the most of their time and yours.

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2. TRAVEL UPGRADES A travel agent can not only save you tons of money in the long run by finding the best deals, but they can also use their connections to hook you up with instant vacay upgrades, often including first-class seats on the flight and an oceanview room. If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own private tour guide, wine tasting session or spa experience, travel agents are your ultimate go-to for complete customization. Unlike the average person trying to book a vacation, travel agents have access to tons of resources that allow their clients to live like royalty and get a ton of extra perks in the process, like resorts and activities you may have never known about.

3. BACK-UP Ever arrive at your vacation destination and realize that it truly isn’t how you imagined? With your travel agent, you’ll have a constant backup to talk to should you run into any unforeseen circumstances. Think of it like having your own fairy godmother right at the touch of your phone. Instead of spending your trip waiting for it to be over, just give them a call and they can make your wishes come true. If your room isn’t cutting it for you or your tour guide ends up bailing, travel agents are there to provide support and make other arrangements.

Dear Future Mr.& Mrs., At the Omni Nashville Hotel, we believe every couple should enjoy their wedding experience. From the initial planning details to pulling off the big day, you deserve to be spoiled throughout the entire process. We understand planning such an important event can be overwhelming and offer award-winning food and beverage, beautiful event spaces, and a professional wedding planner to help create luxurious weddings without the worry. Call our Wedding Specialist today to customize the experience that’s perfect for you.

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honeymoon By Katherine Whitehead

Let’s all admit it - we’ve all day dreamed of how amazing our honeymoon will be someday. The sun, the sand, that crystal blue water and quality time with our hubbies is enough to get every bride excited. From long sunny days with margaritas, polar bear kisses in the snow, or couples massages in the spa, your post-wedding vacay is meant for rest, relaxation and a chance to check out from the real world. Because planning for your big day is an adventure on its own, many brides end up saving the honeymoon prep for last. When deciding what to bring on your honeymoon, it’s easy to become over prepared. We’re often tempted to bring way more than what is necessary and often end up with heavy suitcases full of things we don’t need. Whether you’re soaking up the sun’s rays on a tropical island in paradise or hitting the cold slopes of Aspen, we’ve compiled a list of the ultimate honeymoon must-haves for every destination.

HONEYMOON BASICS · Carry-on · Passport, IDs · Reading material for the flights and during downtime · Laptop, camera, chargers · Toiletries · Pajamas · Lingerie to surprise him on the first night · The perfume that you wore on your wedding day (This will bring back memories for him!) · A special outfit to wear to dinner · Workout Gear · Sunglasses · Guide Book · Language Dictionary · Comfortable clothes to fly home in

WARM WEATHER HONEYMOON · Sunhat · Bathing suits for the beach and pool · Sunscreen · Small cooler for keeping a few bottles of water, beer, champagne, etc., for when you head out to the beach if your accommodations don’t provide something for you to use. · Speaker to take to the beach · Comfortable shoes (sandals or Chaco’s for walking)

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COLD WEATHER HONEYMOON · Winter hat · Heavy coat (Patagonia makes great ones) · Thick sweaters · Jeans · Socks - Our favorite are J. Crew’s Camp Socks · Boots for hiking - L.L. Bean Boots are a classic

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10 APPS TO DOWNLOAD FOR THE HONEYMOON By Katherine Whitehead Whether you need to look up a quick translation on your post-wedding vacay or are simply looking for the best places to eat, there are tons of apps out there to not only take your honeymoon to the next level, but keep your trip running as smoothly as possible. Here are ten apps to download today to make sure your honeymoon is stress-free, allowing you to focus on having the ultimate getaway.

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Unless you’re a master in your host country’s language, chances are using those translation books will be less than thrilling to lug around your vacation. That’s why we’ve been fans of Google Translate since day one, because, unlike paper copies, this app can translate up to 80 languages. Plus, the tech gurus at Google have made it even more convenient by offering a speech to text tool, as well as the ability Try the Google to listen to the translations camera tool to translate spoken aloud. text in real time. COST: FREE

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Looking to find that perfect restaurant, bar or activity in your area? Download Yelp to get the latest in top-rated spots to eat as well as things to see and do on your vacation. The app is your ultimate hub of rating and reviews, even containing detailed contact information and maps to help you plan your visit. COST: FREE


If you’ve ever dreamed of sending your own personalized postcard, TouchNote is the way to go. Turn your vacation photos into virtual or paper cards and photo gifts like canvas or framed images and send them to your friends and family back home. Their cards come with free worldwide postage so you can send messages to people wherever they are. COST: FREE


We’re all about learning how to travel smarter, and that includes saving money too. With Skyscanner, the all-in-one travel app, you can book flights, hotels and car rentals, all in one place. Through the app, you can instantly search, compare and book cheap flights around the world with an easy color-coded calendar and chart view. The best part is there are no added booking fees and you can earn frequent flyer miles just by using the app. COST: FREE


Finding Wifi is one of those tasks that we all love to hate. Wi-Fi Finder uses the GPS on your phone to find the nearest free and paid spots in your city. The database is always updating and has more than 650,000 hotspots in 144 countries, plus, it can even be used offline. COST: FREE


Create beautiful videos straight from your mobile device with Quik, a video editor that allows users to work with their GoPro, phone or other camera footage. Add up to 200 photos and video clips from your Photo Library and choose from 26 video styles to easily customize your video. Choose from more than 80 free songs or use music from your iTunes library to make your video stand out. Videos can be saved to your camera roll in HD 1080p, 720p and 60fps and shared on several social media platforms as well as text or email. COST: FREE


Ribbet is the holy grail of photo editing. With a wide variety of tools and a simple editor available on mobile and desktop, this app has everything from basic edits to professional touch-ups. Ribbet is a complete photo editing software available for all users, from beginners to professional photographers. COST: FREE BASIC PLAN, MONTHLY PREMIUM PLAN OF $4.95


Uber is one of those apps that we can’t live without, and we can say it has made our days run a lot smoother. With this ridesharing app, you no longer have to wait for a bus or spend forever trying to hail a taxi. Simply request a ride and you’re done! Uber is available in more than 500 cities worldwide and allows you to choose from multiple rides, from an affordable uberX to a high-end vehicle with UberBLACK. COST: FREE, RIDE COST DEPENDS ON LENGTH OF TRIP


We all know the fear of getting to the airport only to realize you left your passport at home. With Mobile Passport, there is no need to worry! Available at one cruise port and 24 airports and officially authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the app allows U.S. and Canadian passport holders to bypass the line with their iPhone or iPad. The app replaces the traditional passport and paper declaration form required for travelers entering the U.S. by airline or ship. COST: FREE


With XE Currency, your days of trying to convert currency the old fashioned way are gone. This currency converter app provides live exchange rates and charts as well as a currency calculator. XE Currency monitors up to 10 currencies at once and refreshes each minute even without an internet connection. The app also offers iPad, iMessage and Apple Watch apps to keep your currency rates connected on all devices. COST: FREE

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CHECK OUT THESE 5 RECENT HONEYMOONS. Want to have your Honeymoon featured in the next issue? Submit yours for consideration to:


Hagan & Zach

ST. LUCIA THE SPOT “This has been our dream vacation for a very long time! We loved all of the views and adventures that St. Lucia offered,” Hagan, says of their honeymoon location choice. Hagan and Zach spent their dream-worthy honeymoon at the Ladera Resort in St. Lucia and described the setting as being unlike any other. The resort sits on a volcano ridgeline 1,000 ft above the Caribbean Sea with scenic views of the Pitons mountains.Their room included a heated private plunge pool and a deck with a swing & lounge chairs that overlook the mountains and the sea. HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHTS Their favorite parts of their honeymoon included climbing the Gros Piton (the second highest peak in St. Lucia), snorkeling, taking a private boat cruise, and touring the local town called Soufrière. The town had a community-wide fish fry every Friday night, and on Saturday mornings they had a local market. Hagan explained that “the locals were very friendly and showed them around the town!” MEMORABLE MEALS The couple ate lots of local dishes on their honeymoon such as fruit-based meals and juices. Their dinners at the Ladera Resort were romantic with the view of the Pitons and ocean. On their private boat cruise, their captain prepared a fresh meal for them on the boat at sunset! ADVICE “Don’t be so worried about planning all of the activities and dinners before your trip. It is nice to have the flexibility to change things once you are there! You never know what you may like to do until you get there.” - Hagan

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Must-have travel item: Bug Spray


Amy & Jon

THAILAND THE SPOT Amy and Jon spent two weeks exploring Thailand for their exotic honeymoon! They chose this spot for the travel opportunities and the amazing beaches the area had to offer. Amy and Jon stayed at The Riva Surya Bankok along the beautiful Choa Phraya River. This modern boutique hotel in Bangkok features a riverside swimming pool and elegant dining options. Amy explained, “Before I met my husband, travel was my main passion...and still is! Now I get to share that passion with someone else and make memories with my husband and forever travel partner!” HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHTS During Amy and Jon’s time in Thailand, they experienced so many different things! Some of their highlights included the elephant farm, exploring temples, the Meo Hill Tribe trek, and paddle boarding at Koh Samui Beach. “Experiencing elephants in their natural habitat so intimately was a one of a kind experience my husband and I will remember forever. If our kids ever think we are not cool, we have the pictures of riding on elephants in the jungle to prove it!” Amy and Jon spent the last stretch of their honeymoon relaxing in a private cabanastyle room near the Koh Samui beaches. MEMORABLE MEALS During their time in Thailand, Amy and Jon enjoyed Mango Sticky Rice, Ramen, Dragon Fruit, Mangosteen, and various street foods. One of the best parts of traveling outside of the country is getting a taste of new foods! ADVICE If you are traveling out of the country, use a travel agent! This will alleviate a lot of stress when planning your honeymoon. Trust your professionals!

AT A GLANCE: Hometown: Chattanooga Time of Year: July Length of Trip: 2 Weeks Resort: Riva Surya Bankok Budget: $$$ Transportation: Airline Must-have travel item: Crossbody Bag


Mckenzie & Tyler

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO THE SPOT Choosing a honeymoon spot can vary based on what a couple is looking for in their vacation. While some couples want to rest and restore, others want to be adventurous and have an action-packed vacay. Mckenzie and Tyler were looking for the best of both worlds! “Tyler and I wanted the option to either be alone & relax or the ability to go out and explore. Cabo was the perfect balance of that for us,” Mckenzie says. HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHTS Mckenzie and Tyler went surfing with locals, stand up paddle boarding, and went deep sea fishing during their stay in Cabo. “I believe the highlight of the trip was having alone time with Tyler away from all other distractions,” says Mckenzie. Taking time to spend quality time with your new spouse can be the best part of any honeymoon! MEMORABLE MEALS “We had an all-inclusive package while staying at the Grand Solmar. There is everything from upscale Mexican, to Italian, to an incredible Sushi bar. One of our favorite lunch spots is a beach hut that serves ceviche out of coconuts. We loved going to all the local spots & getting a feel for the culture.” - Mckenzie ADVICE Don’t leave for your honeymoon right away! “We gave ourselves one day to regroup after the wedding before heading to Cabo. This allowed us to spend the day with our family and out-of-town guests that we do not get to see as often,” says Mckenzie. She goes on to explain, “I love how weddings bring everyone together. It is one of the only times in your life you will have every person you love under one roof.” Give yourself an extra day to spend with your loved ones after your busy wedding day!

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Must-have travel item: GoPro


Linda & Simon

DISNEY WORLD ORLANDO, FL THE SPOT Simon proposed to Linda in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After such a romantic proposal, they decided to spend their honeymoon in the magical place where it all started! They spent 5 days at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort that features a guitarshaped pool!

MEMORABLE MEALS Simon and Linda’s all-time favorite Disney World snack is Dole Whip, a soft serve pineapple-flavored frozen dessert! Some of the restaurants they dined at during their trip include Planet Hollywood Observatory, The Lunching Pad, Electric Umbrella, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes.

ADVICE “My advice would be to choose a destination that will have the most meaning and one where you can form everlasting memories. Your honeymoon should be a destination that both of you want, agree on, plan and prepare for together, and see as your first place going to as husband and wife!” - Linda

HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHTS Standing in the center of Cinderella’s Castle where Simon first proposed, seeing Disney’s new nighttime shows called “Once Upon a Time” and Happily Ever After”, and finally getting to call each other husband and wife, were some of Simon and Linda’s favorite honeymoon moments. As any true Disney fan will understand, Simon and Linda couldn’t choose just one Disney park attraction as their all-time favorite! Their top picks include: Pandora -The World of Avatar, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Enchanted Tales of Belle, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, The Festival of Fantasy Parade, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and Disney Springs.

AT A GLANCE: Hometown: Nashville Time of Year: July Length of Trip: 5 days Resort: Disney’s All-Star Music Resort Budget: $$ Transportation: Airline Must-have travel item: Mickey Mouse Ears


Rachel & Jacob

JAMAICA THE SPOT Rachel and Jacob spent their honeymoon at the Sandals Ochi resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. After meeting with The Sand Lady, attending a Sandals Spotlight Event, and hearing amazing recommendations from friends, Rachel and Jacob knew that the Sandals Ochi resort was the perfect fit for them! This all-inclusive resort has a beach club, 11 bars, over one hundred pools, and breathtaking tropical gardens that expand over 110 acres and include views of the mountains and sea.

HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHTS Rachel and Jacob raved about the amazing service and accommodations provided by the staff at Sandals Ochi. The highlights of their trip included a couples massage, sailing, trying new and exotic foods, and hiking to Dunn’s River Falls. MEMORABLE MEALS Sandals Ochi features 16 restaurants all on site. They offer a wide variety of cuisine including Caribbean, Mediterranean, Asian, Italian, Jamaican, and more! At the resort, you can dine directly on the beach, over the water, atop the hillside, or on a seaside romantic! “The food was delicious!” said Rachel of her dining experiences.

ADVICE Rachel explains that your honeymoon is a time to splurge because you get what you pay for! Enjoy this time together as a newly married couple. Soak it all in!

AT A GLANCE: Hometown: Chattanooga Time of Year: October Length of Trip: 7 days Resort: Sandals Ochi Budget: $$$ Transportation: Airline & Sandals Shuttle

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Must-have travel item: Extra-Large Suitcases



WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE 3 RECENT 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS. Have one you want to share for the next issue? Submit yours for consideration to:

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WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? Our Memory of the Day: We didn’t know if we were going to get married because of Joe being on call for rioting in Chicago. We were originally going to get married on April 6, 1968. He was on-call and he had to be ready to leave within 15 minutes, so we moved it up 3 days. We always had April 6th as the day we got married and always celebrated April 6th. While planning for the 50th anniversary party, we looked for the marriage license and saw April 3rd. We laughed, and laughed, celebrating the “wrong” date all those years. DID YOU GO ON A HONEYMOON? We did not go on a Honeymoon because of the travel restrictions, due to the Chicago riots. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR SECRET TO BEING MARRIED ALL THESE YEARS? Joe: Staying out of each other’s way. Louise: You have to stick to it and hang in there. ADVICE TO NEW COUPLES GETTING MARRIED TODAY? Louise: Always be able to talk and communicate and be honest and open with each other. When it gets heated, walk away and not say the wrong thing. “Better or worse, sickness and in health“, those vows really mean something to us. Joe: Do not talk down to your partner, but talk with and always listen to her opinions.

HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR 50TH? Our children created a wonderful anniversary celebration. We renewed our vows, surrounded by friends and family. HOW MANY CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, ETC? Together they have 5 children, 5 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

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50th Anniversary

WHERE DID YOU GET MARRIED? First Baptist Church, Sweetwater, TN WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? It was a beautiful day on Good Friday WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR RECEPTION? The reception was very simple with receiving friends and cutting our cake. It was not a grand event like you see today where the bride and groom remain at the party instead of rushing away DID YOU GO ON A HONEYMOON, IF SO, WHERE? We were still in school at UT so we went to Gatlinburg for the weekend. We went to St. Petersburg, FL in the summer. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR SECRET TO BEING MARRIED ALL THIS TIME? Faith, common goals, positive attitudes, and hard work ADVICE TO NEW COUPLES TODAY? Make every event a celebration HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR LAST ANNIVERSARY? We went on a trip to New Orleans and then a trip to the beach with all of our children and grandchildren. We are trying to take a trip each month this year. Ann also has a beautiful new diamond eternity band. HOW MANY CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN? We have three children and eight grandchildren ANY OTHER COMMENTS TO SHARE? Think about what you can do for your mate more than you think about what they can do for you.

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50th Anniversary

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WHERE DID YOU GET MARRIED? Cicero Bible Church in Cicero , Illinois. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? The way the church supported us because we were new at the church and they came out in large numbers, 300 to support our wedding. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR RECEPTION? It was very nice and paid for by the church. Many people attended and it was a wonderful experience for us. DID YOU GO ON A HONEYMOON, IF SO, WHERE? Yes, to Niagara Falls, Canada. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR SECRET TO BEING MARRIED ALL THIS TIME? Being willing to put my spouse first before myself. ADVICE TO NEW COUPLES TODAY? Successful marriage is brought about by not being selfish, but by focusing on your partner and their needs. HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR LAST ANNIVERSARY? 50th Wedding anniversary party at Club LeConte in Knoxville, TN with all of our friends and relatives. HOW MANY CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN? 2 children and 2 grandchildren. ANY OTHER COMMENTS TO SHARE? We recommend marriage and going through life with the right partner.

Current photos by Waldorf Photographic Art

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ACCOMMODATIONS Hutton Hotel 615.712.2302 Nashville TN


AFTER I DO First Things First 423.267.5383 Chattanooga TN



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WEDDING VENDORS from across Tennessee

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Bach Weekend 615.669.0608 Nashville TN Good Fortune Soap and Spa 423.473.6727 Chattanooga TN




BEAUTY & HEALTH Bangs and Blush 865.456.0006 Knoxville TN Charlemont 423.765.3003 Tri-Cities TN CoolSpot Cryotheraphy 615.457.2530 Nashville TN Dr. David Gilpin 615.942.7301 Nashville TN Good Fortune Soap and Spa 423.473.6727 Chattanooga TN Hello Beautiful 423.534.1905 Tri-Cities TN

Orange Blossom Artistry 71 865-406.1224 Knoxville TN Shed Fitness 66 615.424.8973 Nashville TN Studio Novo 71 615.679.9962 Nashville TN The Sweat House 71 615.490.6565 Nashville TN TYLT Cycle 64 901.598.8320 Nashville TN







Sleep Number 259 901.381.0126 - Memphis TN 865.297.5030 - Knoxville TN 423.899.8050 - Chattanooga TN 615.354.5995 - Nashville TN 205.981.3006 - Birmingham AL 423.262.0214 - Johnson City TN

BEVERAGE & BARTENDING Frederick Wildman & Sons, LTD 212-355-0700 New York, NY


Providence Wine and Spirits 100 615.288.2407 Nashville TN Red Spirits & Wine, LLC 615.646.1400 Nashville TN


BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY Elissa Wood Photography 423.794.7684 Tri-Cities TN


Photography by Janae 615.513.9994 Nashville TN



CAKE Cakery Bakery 865.247.4439 Knoxville TN Pops Original Donuts 865.200.5468 Knoxville TN

Dillard’s 615.297.0971 Nashville TN


Glass Bazaar Gifts 865.584.9072 Knoxville TN The Bridal Registry 615.832.2387 Nashville TN




TN Acura Dealers 615.377.0500 Brentwood TN

BRIDAL SHOPS Annie’s Room 225 423.247.6321 Tri-Cities TN Ballew Bridal 5 901.854.6400 Memphis TN Couture by Tess Bridal 207 844.933.4696 Memphis TN Glitz Nashville 205 615.646.9964 Nashville TN Gloria’s Bridal & Formal 199 901.767.1500 Memphis TN Low’s Bridal & Formal 1 870.734.3244 Brinkley AR Monica’s Bridal 194 423.752.0072 Chattanooga TN The Gilded Gown 225 865.329.4905 Knoxville TN




CATERING All Occasion Catering 256 865.521.1300 Knoxville TN Archer’s BBQ 82 865.394.9580 Knoxville TN Bacon and Caviar 218 615.944.3462 Nashville TN Beast + Barrel 119 423.805.4599 Chattanooga TN Buddy’s Custom Catering 183 865.588.0051 Knoxville TN Calhoun’s Banquets & Copper Cellar Catering 130 865.673.3399 Knoxville, TN Chago’s Cantina 28 615.386.0106 Nashville TN Corky’s 255 615.373.1020 Nashville TN Dead End BBQ 297 865.212.5655 KnoxvilleTN

Donelson’s Catering 134 901.757.4300 Memphis TN Downtown Dish Catering 191 901.544.9103 Memphis TN Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken 122 865.200.5468 Knoxville TN Impressions Catering 120 423.614.4051 Chattanooga TN Infinity Events & Catering 50 615.369.6474 Nashville TN Main Street Catering 290 423.753.2460 Tri-Cities TN Menu Venue Events 50 423.329.0191 Tri-Cities TN Pratt’s Catering 285 423.246.2500 Tri-Cities TN Rosa’s Catering 267 865.690.5757 Knoxville TN

DESTINATION WEDDINGS Reynolds Treasures 843.460.3565 Charleston SC The Sand Lady from Royal Travel 865.977.1402 Maryville TN



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FLORAL PRESERVATION Flowers Forever LLC 901.496.1707 Byhalia MS


FLOWERS Always in Bloom 91 865.558.5769 Knoxville TN Branching Out 42 615.915.0043 Nashville TN Downtown Flowers 89 423.246.4177 Tri-Cities TN Echelon Florist 87 865.690.7427 Knoxville TN Enchanted Florist 93 615.647.7712 Nashville TN HH Elegant Events 272 615.636.1587 Nashville TN LB Floral 87 865.313.3404 Knoxville TN Lisa Foster Floral Design 96 865.951.0660 Knoxville TN Melissa Timm Designs 99 865.399.4916 Knoxville TN Piano’s Flowers 87 901.345.7670 Memphis TN Samuel Franklin’s Floral & Home 89 865.457.1133 Knoxville TN

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Southern Knot Weddings & Floral Design 423.483.5539


Tri-Cities TN T Villager Designs 615.390.5902 Nashville TN


Create10Me Design Co. 253 901.860.3447 Memphis TN FleetWood 2 865.584.4554 Knoxville TN Style Boutique 253 423.288.1616 Tri-Cities TN


MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT Choice DJs 233 615.243.8570 Nashville TN DJ Express 231 423.764.9000 Tri-Cities TN Harpstrings 233 423.239.7152 Tri-Cities TN Sequoyah Entertainment 235 865.335.5722 Knoxville TN Song of the Harp 423.737.5916 Tri-Cities TN

Sound Revue 865.388.2286 Knoxville TN





Lamon Jewelers 865.690.9568 Knoxville TN

Sound Force 800.529.9278 Chattanooga TN


AngelaDawn Portraits 134 865.617.2366 Knoxville TN Ashley Spangler Photography 82 865.680.4195 Sevierville TN Brown Lab Photography 218 615.969.2440 Nashville TN Candice Jones Photography 169 615.653.8061 Nashville TN Clayton Zane Photography 243 423.366.2101 Tri-Cities TN Daniele Elyse Photography 177 423.742.2563 Tri-Cities TN Danielle Evans Photography 197 865.357.5800 Knoxville TN Details Nashville 139 615.567.3850 Nashville TN Elizabeth Looney Photography 97 901.569.0808 Memphis TN Jamie Carl Photography 50 865.385.7677 Knoxville TN JustKenna Photography 110 571.337.2832 Tri-Cities VA

Kadee’s Approach Photography 162 865.809.9757 Tri-Cities TN Katherine Birkbeck 100 865.293.6367 Knoxville TN Katrina Serene Photography 156 423.620.9399 Tri-Cities TN Kelsey Prater Photography 271 865.806.8526 Knoxville TN Kim Smith Photography 253 901.212.8326 Memphis TN Lyndsi Metz Photography 27 901.672.7520 Memphis TN Magnolia & Ember 213 865.282.3017 Knoxville TN Mile Marker Images 172 865.446.0487 Knoxville TN Photography by Janae 75 615.513.9994 Nashville TN Rae of Light Photography 172 423.361.2148 Tri-Cities TN Roxy & Jon Photography 256 865.805.8702 Knoxville TN Saul Cervantes Wedding Photography 119 615.294.8475 Nashville TN Shanell Bledsoe Photography 284 865.544.8870 Knoxville TN

Tara Kneiser 104 865.238.5864 Knoxville TN Texture Photo 177 706.590.3000 Knoxville TN Waldorf Photographic Art 3 865.567.5755 Knoxville TN Wynd & Paisley 192 615.310.8526 Nashville TN Zach Harrison Photography 156 615.517.4057 Nashville TN

REHEARSAL DINNERS Bon Ton Cafe 143, 190 901.525.0883 Memphis TN Ciao Bella 144, 296 901.205.2500 Memphis TN General Morgan Inn 145, 155 423.787.1000 Greeneville TN MeadowView Marriott Resort 148, 184 423.578.6619 Tri Cities TN The Edwin Hotel 423.713.5900 Chattanooga TN


RENTALS/ DECOR All Occasions Party Rentals 865.588.1131 Knoxville TN Anderson Party Rental 865.984.7368 Knoxville TN


Campbell Tent & Party Rentals 290 865.683.3456 Knoxville TN Celebrate Rentals 122 423.282.4142 Tri-Cities TN Elegant Chair Solutions 901.347.2473 Memphis TN HH Elegant Events 272 615.636.1587 Nashville TN Hicks Convention Services 56 901.272.1171 Memphis TN Luma Designs 186 855.488.LUMA Chattanooga TN White Table 267 423.877.2700, 865.851.7175 Chattanooga and Knoxville TN

TUXEDOS American Tuxedo 199 901.761.2848, 901.753.8897 Memphis TN Giorgio Men’s Warehouse 423.756.5080 Chattanooga TN Regal Tuxedo 175 865.531.9998 Knoxville TN Street Tuxedo 199 615.771.0948 Nashville TN 7


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Bearden Banquet Hall 865-588-0051

East Tennessee Portables 214 865.522.9958 Knoxville TN The Expansion Group Unlimited, LLC 901.471.2120 Memphis TN The Sparkling Pearl 865.659.8036 Knoxville TN



VENUES 4 Points Farm 142 865.280.2124 Sevierville TN Adalea 182 615.685.3303 Nashville TN Allandale Mansion 132, 142 423.229.9422 Tri-Cities TN Allandale Vintage Barn 142, 280 423.229.9422 Tri-Cities TN Arlington Abbey 133, 142 615.395.0102 Nashville TN Arrington Vineyard 142, 243 615.395.0102 Nashville TN Balinese Ballroom 131, 142 901.522.1144 Memphis TN Barn Event Center 143, 229 865.448.3812

Townsend TN

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Knoxville TN Bell Buckle Banquet Hall 143, 267 931.389.0223 Memphis TN Blackthorn Club 196 423.913.3164 Tri-Cities TN Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club 143, 245 615.824.6528 Nashville TN Bristol Train Station 143, 173 276.644.1573 Tri-Cities VA Cadre Building 151, 190 901.544.9103 Memphis TN Calhoun’s Banquets & Copper Cellar Catering 130, 143 865.673.3399 Knoxville TN 865.673.3399 Knoxville TN 865.685.0850 Oak Ridge, TN 865.436.6004 Gatlinburg, TN Capitol Theatre 865.980.1966 Knoxville TN TN Carahills Estate 901.861.2133 Memphis TN Cardwell Manor 865.622.0807 Sevierville TN

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Carnegie Hotel 144, 238 423.979.6417 Tri-Cities TN Castleton Farms 111, 144 865.235.2500 Knoxville TN Chattanooga Zoo 144 423.697.1322 Chattanooga TN Chesapeake’s Seafood & Raw Bar 130 865.851.9088 Knoxville, TN Cooper’s Cove 134 865.448.3960 Townsend TN Country Manor Acres 138, 145 865.448.9652 Townsend TN Double Tree by Hilton 66, 145 423.929.2000 Tri-Cities TN TN Drakewood Farm 33, 145 615.851.2774 Nashville TN Esplanade Memphis 110 901.753.3333 Memphis TN Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 145 901.761.6200 Memphis TN General Morgan Inn 145, 155 423.787.1000 Greeneville TN Grace Meadows Farm 145, 256 423.794.0246 Tri-Cities TN Grace Valley Farm 146, 172 931.703.0667 Shelbyville TN

Grandview (See Rock City) 82, 146 706.820.7920 Chattanooga TN Gratidude Ranch 146 615.863.3664

Nashville TN Halloran Centre 901.525.7800 Memphis TN


Hard Rock Cafe Nashville 146, 177 615.742.9900 Nashville, TN Hermitage Golf Course 78, 146 615.847.4001 ext. 4 Nashville TN Hidden Creek Farm 147 615.476.5438

Nashville TN Hillwood at Davies Manor 147, 156 901.386.0715 Memphis TN Hilton Knoxville Airport 147 865.970.4300 Knoxville TN Hutton Hotel 147, 157 615.712.2302 Nashville TN Jackson Terminal 24, 147 865.521.1300 Knoxville TN Jug Creek Distillery 147 615.273.5847 Nashville TN Kitchen 919 148, 192 865.337.5775 Knoxville TN

Knoxville Convention Center 865.522.5669 Knoxville TN


Knoxville Museum of Art 96 865.934.2048 Knoxville TN Legacy K Farm 148, 258 615.636.4331 Nashville TN Marathon Music Works 148, 283 615.891.1781 Nashville TN Marblegate 148, 275 865.333.0529 Knoxville TN Margaritaville Island Hotel 131 865.774.2300 Pigeon Forge TN Meadhaven 148, 319 865.567.9388 Knoxville TN MeadowView Marriott Resort 148, 184 423.578.6619 Tri-Cities TN Metro 67 149, 295 901.578.2630 Memphis TN Morton Museum 149, 290 901.457.2650 Memphis TN Noah Liff Opera Center 149 615.281.5710 Nashville TN Omni Nashville Hotel 149, 277 615.782.5300 Nashville TN

Orpheum Theatre 149, 163 901.525.7800 Memphis TN Painted Acres Farm 423.383.3655 Tri-Cities TN Pink Palace 149 901.636.2394 Memphis TN Riverside 51, 150 423.246.2500 Tri-Cities TN Smith Event Centers 150, 262 865.551.6214 Knoxville TN Southern Bell Events 40, 150 703.798.1904 Knoxville TN Southern Charm Venue 150, 179 423.715.8112 Chattanooga TN Tellico Village Yacht Club 8, 150 865.458.4363 Knoxville TN The Bell Tower 50, 151 615.369.6474 Nashville TN The Belle Hollow 151, 244 931.919.4900 Clarksville TN The Bridge Building 50, 151 615.369.6474 Nashville TN The Cedars at Carr Farm 119, 151 615.330.3115 Nashville TN

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The Chattanoogan 423.756.3400 Chattanooga TN The Edwin Hotel 423.713.5900 Chattanooga TN The Estate at Cherokee Dock 615.609.0099 Nashville TN


The Sewanee Inn 931.598.3627 Chattanooga TN


Zoo Knoxville 865.637.5331 Knoxville TN


The Signal 21, 153 615.891.1781 Chattanooga TN The Stables at Strawberry Creek 153 865.599.4264 Knoxville TN The Venue at Lenoir City 153, 255 865.816.0334 Knoxville TN The Virginian Golf Club 121, 153 276.645.7050 Tri-Cities VA The White Rose at Hidden Meadows Farm 129 423.748.5235 Knoxville TN Tunica RiverPark 153, 296 866.517.4837 Robinsonville MS Vanderbilt University 154, 218 615.343.0371


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The Everlasting Pond 152 615.444.2008 Nashville TN The Great Hall 152, 247 901.757.7373 Memphis TN The Harding House 50 615.369.6474 Nashville TN The Kincaid House 152 865.607.4110 Knoxville TN The Lily Barn 152, 270 865.448.9895 Townsend TN The Magnolia 152 865.809.0423 Pigeon Forge TN The Quarter 50, 152 615.369.6474 Nashville TN The Reserve at Bluebird Hill 202 865.567.6334 Knoxville TN The Retreat at Spring Creek Ranch 150, 289 901.853.5651

Memphis TN

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Nashville TN


WEDDING PLANNER All About Weddings 40 865.777.9627 Knoxville TN Castleton Events: Design & Planning 47 865.235.2500 Knoxville TN Infinity Events 49 901.412.7451 Memphis TN Margaret Claire’s Wedding & Events 40 865.599.4264 Knoxville TN Salt Style & Events 191 901.299.5945 Memphis TN


Volunteer Princess 154, 186 865.541.4556 Knoxville TN Whitestone Inn LLC 10 865.376.0113 Knoxville TN WindRiver 154, 273 865.988.1864 Knoxville TN Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 865.633.9000 Knoxville TN

Details Nashville 615.567.3850 Nashville TN


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The Pink Bride® Wedding Shows 865.531.3941 Chattanooga TN Knoxville TN Memphis TN Nashville TN Tri-Cities TN Birmingham AL






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