6 Reasons to plan a small wedding or elopement

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Many couples are embracing small weddings and elopements. The simplicity of these gatherings is celebrating with friends in a relaxed setting while being less stressful and less expensive.

What is a small, intimate wedding?
An intimate wedding is one where there are 75 or fewer guests. An evening with 50 of your closest friends and family is perfect for celebrating.

What is a modern day elopement?
Unlike the courthouse weddings of a generation ago, many couples are having elopement style weddings. These weddings are typically only a few hours and include a ceremony and dinner with just closest family or friends.

Tips for an intimate wedding:

  • You can get your Pinterest dreams. Having a smaller event means that you can incorporate some of those larger or more expensive design ideas. Instead of needing 20 tables, you only need 6 or 8. It is much easier to create your dream wedding when you aren’t obsessing over details for 125 guests.

  • Your guests get to know each other. When there are only 35 people for dinner, it is much easier for everyone to chat and meet each other. Everyone can be involved whether it is a group reading at the ceremony or group karaoke at the reception.

  • It is easier on your budget. Instead of throwing a large party for 150, an intimate, down to earth gathering can save you money. (Every guest you add to the list costs you more). An afternoon elopement with a casual dinner won’t require dipping into your retirement savings. Or you can create a lavish party for your 35 closest and best.

  • Less Stress. It is so much easier to manage the guest list when it only includes 40 people. Smaller affairs mean fewer details, but still high on style.

  • Skip the Fluff. With weddings, it is so easy to get caught up into needless things and details. When your wedding is smaller, you can skip the fluff that doesn’t add any value to your wedding. Instead you can do things that wouldn’t work at larger affairs.

  • Customize everything. It is much easier to have custom place cards, a personalized menu, or one of a kind decor when you only need it for a small number of guests. Instead of traditional invitation, you can create a handwritten note to each guest inviting them to your day.

Connect with me to talk about your small, intimate wedding.

Bridal Shows & Wedding Events - 2018/2019 - Nashville & Middle TN

Many of you may have received an engagement ring over this holiday season.  Here are the upcoming bridal shows in the Middle TN area for Winter and Spring of 2018.  You should plan on attending at least one Nashville bridal show to get great ideas for designs and trends.  (Be sure to check back often as this list is updated frequently)

 

Oct 28 - Here Comes the Brides - Franklin, TN

December 2 - Modern Love Event - Nashville, TN

January 13 - Pink Bridal Show - Nashville, TN

January 27 - Sumner County Bridal Show - Gallatin, TN

February 23 - The Bridal & Wedding Expo - Nashville, TN

March 3 - Perfect Wedding Guide - Nashville, TN

March 10 - Here Comes the Brides - Franklin, TN

 

Elegant Parthenon Wedding

Giorgio and Andreas destination wedding in Nashville was classic and stunning.   A sunny and beautiful day greeted their guests for an elegant ceremony at Scarritt Bennett.

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The bride's dress was spectacular!

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After the ceremony, guests went to the Parthenon for a fun reception. 

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Vendors

Photography: Hannah Elaine
Ceremony: Scarritt Bennett
Reception: Parthenon
Catering: Ribbons of Chocolate
Flowers: Belles Fleurs
Cake: Dulce Desserts
Videography: Needle and Thread
Ceremony Musicians: Wedding Musicians Company
Band: Emerald Empire
Bartending: VIP Bartending
Rentals: Liberty Party Rentals
Lighting: Bright Events

Beautiful, Understated Spring Wedding

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Kaitlin and Mick's spring wedding was a beautiful affair for all of their guests who gathered in Nashville from around the world.   The day started with the bride, her bridesmaids and mom getting ready in the bridal suite. 

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The ceremony was held at historic Wightman Chapel.  The wreaths and altar continued the wild and loose feel of the florals. 

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Guests then headed to an amazing reception at the Cordelle.  The relaxed, elegant feel of the reception was designed by Kaitlin and her mom who wanted an understated feeling and a relaxed space for their guests.  

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Guests were greeted with a shrimp and oyster bar.  

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The reception tent featured gorgeous chandeliers with greenery and lovely wild flowers with lush blooms. 

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The bride and groom left the reception to a Second Line.

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Vendors: 

Photographer: Justin Wright Photography  
Rentals: 12th Table
Dress Designer: BHLDN
Lighting: Bright Event Productions 
Cake Designer: Dessert Designs 
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Joseph A Banks
Makeup Artist: Katie Russo Beauty 
Caterer: Kristen Winston Catering 
Dress Store: Modern Trousseau Nashville
Equipment Rentals: Music City Tents and Events
Ceremony Location: Scarritt Bennett Center
Band: Scat Springs Band 
Ceremony Musicians: Silver Strings
Calligrapher: The Dotted Line 
Floral Designer: Basil and Bergomot Flower Farm
Event Planner: Events by Elaine 
Reception Venue: The Cordelle