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.

Elegant Parthenon Wedding

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

Nordic Inspired Winter Wedding Shoot

I was invited to participate in a styled shoot with some of the planners from the Nashville Wedding Planners Group. It can be challenging for 8 planners to come together and agree on a design, but the results where beautiful. We were inspired by the concept of a Nordic or European winter wedding - lots of furs and warm seating and a fireplace. Enjoy the results.

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Planners Involved:

Megan Scurlock of Locklane Events
Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions
Elaine Roberts of Events by Elaine
Ashley Porter of Posh Occasions
Margaret Tolbert of Details by Margaret
Toni Smith-Carroll of Celebrations by Toni
Naomi Goodman of At First Blush and Co
Parthenia Fayne of Epiphany Events 

Vendors:

Photographer Ryan Tolbert Photography
Venue & Catering Hutton Hotel
Florist Kennedy Occasions
Hot Chocolate Bar Bar Magnolia
Suit Street Tuxedo
Bride Attire Willow Bride
Makeup Artist Primp This
Hair Stylist Beautifully by Belen
Rentals White Door Events
Paper Goods Brinkley Studio
DJ Entertain! TN
Cocktail Band Mockingbird Musicians
Dessert Bar – Popcorn Kernels Nashville
Dessert Bar – Cupcakes Locklayer’d Cakes
Dessert Bar – Cheesecake Momma Nik’s Cheesecakes
Dessert Bar – Cookies & Brownies Christie Cookie Co.
Favors – Cookies Sweet Sifter
Favors – Cupcakes Divine Sweets
Door Prize Ekko Candle Company