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Details by Margaret: Providing Full-Service Wedding Planning in Nashville, TN

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

If there is anyone I know who pays close attention to details, it is Margaret of Details by Margaret! The talent behind her wedding planning company in Nashville, TN is remarkable and she has so much fun while she's planning. Not only will Margaret help you with the ins and outs of your wedding day, but she will coach you to stay on track with your budget. No matter what size or style of wedding you have, Margaret is here to get the job done and by the end, she'll be your new BFF! Check out our interview with Margaret below and be sure to read it all the way through for a special deal at the end of the post... :)



Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business.

Margaret: Details by Margaret is a full service event planning company. From day of planning to full service coordination and flower design, Details by Margaret will make your day stress free and fun. We plan parties because we are passionate about it! We listen to your ideas and dreams for the vision of your wedding. Our team is on site from beginning to end to ensure a smooth and memorable day. We have been in business for 10 years.

How did you get started in weddings?

Margaret: I LOVE weddings and events. It started with a friend and then the word spread that Margaret weddings are the best! I wanted to help couples have the wedding of their dreams without breaking the bank. I coach couples on how to make selections to fit their budget without making the day feel low budget.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Margaret: You wedding shouldn't be stressful or a day that puts you in debt. Planning a wedding should be a fun and memorable adventure. I like to help couples put together a day that they will remember forever and their guests will be talking about for years come.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Margaret: I am not cheap but I am affordable. I help couples stick to a budget of $20,000 or $100,000. Whatever it may be, I can keep you on track. Plus, the details are FUN! We become friends with our clients along the way because we believe in building lasting relationships. We want to make sure the day is representative of the couple and not us. All of our weddings are unique.

What attracts brides to your business (+ describe that bride!)?

Margaret: We are referral based for sure! We have worked with some amazing brides who tell their friends about the great experiences of working with us. We have 5 star reviews everywhere and satisfied clients! Our style is our bride's style. We find that our work is something you would see trending in magazines and on Pinterest. Lately, we have done weddings with a garden or rustic feel but we have also done super glam. Whatever the bride wants, we make happen!

What is the most innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate?

Margaret: It isn't innovative or new.... we just provide the best customer service possible. We make our brides feel like they are our only clients. We are not only building relationships with clients but with some of the best vendors in town. We love putting together the dream to make a day perfect!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your company?

Margaret: Just meet us and you will love us! We are a team of fun, caring and upbeat girls who pay attention to the DETAILS!

And I have to share with you - Details by Margaret + Ryan Tolbet Photography have been married for 10 years, so they're offering brides who book both of them for their wedding a 10% discount! What a fun promo and such a dynamic duo to have on your #weddingteam! I highly recommend working with both of them! 

All photos provided by Details by Margaret



Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Advice & Planning, Florals, Details & Design , Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Wedding Traditions You Can Skip from Honeyfund

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I am thrilled to share this post with you today! If you are a fan of Shark Tank on ABC, then you might remember couple Sara + Josh Margulis scoring a deal a few seasons back with Kevin O'Leary for their honeymoon wedding registry site - Honeyfund. Well today, we have writer for Honeyfund, Wendy Dessler sharing her expertise on wedding traditions! And we can think of one fun wedding gift tradition to break... but we'll let Wendy take it from here! 




If you are planning a wedding in the Nashville, Tennessee area, you are in for some great surprises. Nashville is home to country superstars and the flavor of the area is fantastically unique. Though you can still have a traditional wedding if you want to, you will find that there are traditions that beg to be changed or skipped altogether. This event is one of the most exciting events of your life and it should represent who you are as a couple. Let’s take a look at some traditions that are easily updated.

Photo by Kellie Mueller Photography


The first step to making a wedding your own is choosing the attire. Here are a few tips of traditions to skip:

1) The bride does not have to wear white.

--White, cream, off-white, ivory are all colors traditional brides wear, but you can wear any color you love for your wedding. Grey, ink blue, peach, yellow, and shades of red are beautiful for the non-traditional bride. For a real eye-opener, try dressing the bridesmaids in cream.

2) Veils are not required.

--If you want to wear a long veil, you certainly can. But more brides are opting for hair jewelry, headbands, or hair clips for their wedding.

3) “Here comes the bride!”

--The “Bridal Chorus” has long been considered the only music a bride could march down the aisle to. But, that idea is outdated. Choose the music that makes your heart sing, or a song that reminds you of the two of you as a couple.

--Venue - getting married in a church is a beautiful tradition. But, if you are not religious, or if you just want a special venue, go for it. Nashville and the surrounding areas have beautiful venues that are perfect for a wedding of any size.

Photo by Jen & Chris Creed

The most rewarding tradition you can change...

Wedding gifts. The mention of the words sends chills down a bride’s spine. People do not know what to buy for a couple who probably have the basics to begin married life. Going to several of the couple’s favorite stores to check the registry sounds simple, unless you have a job, family, and a life that demands much of your time. Then you find yourself the night before the wedding wondering if you should buy the $40 serving spoon, which is the only thing left on the list. Somehow the idea of the couple opening your gift and pulling out a big spoon doesn’t appeal to you. The answer is the Honeymoon Registry. Setting up a Honeymoon Registry is fast and easy and can be done from anywhere. You set up the crowdfunding site to allow guests to contribute to gifts, events, and collections that you really want. They are thrilled with the ease of the sites and the fact that they gave a great gift that did not cost them any fees. Plumfund is one of the most popular honeymoon registries available.

Here are a few things you can set up on your site:

-A night in a special hotel on your honeymoon

-A dinner at the location of your choice

-Activities you would like to experience while on your honeymoon

-Travel expenses

-Wedding expenses

-Photography expenses


Or, you may be just as non-traditional with your Honeyfund account as you are with your wedding. You may want to:

-Collect funds for a family member or friend who is ill

-Contribute to local charities

-Collect funds for the downpayment on a home

-Pay off student loans or other debts

-Remodel or add a nursery to your home

This is your special event. You can have it any way you want it. So break free of traditions and have it your way!

Meet the author, Wendy Dessler

Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.


Thanks for sharing all of these amazing tips with us, Wendy! You can check out Honeyfund's website for more info on how to start your honeymoon registry - it's such a great idea!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Advice & Planning, Honeymoon and Post Wedding, 0 comments »

Organic Luxe Garden Franklin, TN Wedding Styled Shoot at CJ’s Off the Square

Monday, February 27, 2017

Spring is upon us and the flowers are starting to bloom! Which is why this styled shoot at CJ's Off The Square is perfect for spring wedding inspiration! The organic luxe look is literally dripping with florals by The Enchanted Florist - hanging flowers from the chandeliers, raised flower centerpieces and even spray roses tucked underneath the napkins at each place setting! Southern Events' gray farm tables and cross back chairs lent a hand to the organic chic look and the pops of blue and pink created a feminine touch that tied the whole look together. Take a look at the beautiful photos by Phindy Studios below!


Photographer | Phindy Studios

Dress Designer | BHLDN

Event Venue | CJ's Off the Square

Invitation Designer | Designs in Paper

Caterer | McConnell Hospitality Group

Lighting | Nashville Event Lighting

DJ | Premier The Entertainment Company

Equipment Rentals | Southern Events Party Rental Company

Floral Designer | The Enchanted Florist

Cake Designer | Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

When in a garden, there is a natural inclination to highlight the lush greenery, blurring the boundary between indoors and out. For the annual wedding and event style showcase at CJ's Off the Square, we paired thoughtful details, unique furnishings and a relaxed vibe to bring our "Organic Luxe" theme to life.The space was set with cross-back chairs and gray farm tables from Southern Events Party Rental Company. Featuring vintage inspired glassware & china and centerpieces of blush roses, white stock & eggplant colored artichokes, the tables were accented overhead by suspended greenery, hydrangeas & amaranthus by The Enchanted Florist. The room centered around an Edison bulb chandelier from Nashville Event Lighting, adorned in more blooms and greenery transforming our pavilion. Guests noshed on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres including shrimp & grits and green egg & ham deviled eggs provided by the McConnell Hospitality Group as well as a variety of sweet samples from Wolfe Gourmet Cakes. Paper details including menus and food tags were courtesy of Designs in Paper.

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful shoot with us, CJ's Off The Square! You can see more beautiful shots of their venue on their website here and on their Instagram page here. Cheers! 


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

Shelby + Grayson’s Rustic Vintage Wedding at The Grove at Williamson Place

Friday, February 24, 2017

When Lisa of The Wedding Plate told me the whole concept behind her business started when she was collecting plates for her daughter's wedding, it was such a fun and unique story! I was so excited to see the story unfold and view the beautiful photos and table scapes from Shelby + Grayson's wedding! From vintage china to flatware and glassware, Lisa scoured vintage and antique shops to curate a one-of-a-kind vintage collection to offer Nashville area brides. Adding in Shelby's personalized elements like her grandmothers' wedding dresses, DIY signage and more, the rustic chic Nashville, TN fall wedding was one to remember! Read more of their story below...

Shelby Shacklett + Grayson Adkins

The Grove at Williamson Place


Wedding Team:

Venue: The Grove at Williamson Place

Photography: Eden Ingle Photo

Caterer: The Blue Porch

Vintage Tableware: The Wedding Plate

Wedding Planner and Florals: Julie Fletcher

Wedding Dress and Veil: Olia Zavozina

Makeup: Annalise Carey

Hair: Jo Smith

Band: Matt Mackey and The Loveseats

Limousine: Matchless Transportation

Donuts: Fox's Donut Den

On a perfect fall day last October, Shelby Lee Shacklett and Grayson Waldron Adkins were married at an outdoor ceremony at The Grove at Williamson Place in Murfreesboro. The couple wanted a wedding as unique as their love story. Originally from Nashville, Shelby and Grayson met in July 2013 in Hong Kong, while Shelby worked as marketing intern and Grayson vacationed with friends. Shortly after their first date, Grayson moved from Phoenix to San Diego to attend grad school, and Shelby soon followed and started her marketing career there. They became an ‘official’ couple on November 9, 2013, and Grayson proposed to Shelby on that same day in November 2015.

Shelby had always dreamed of a fall Southern wedding, and the couple agreed that the wedding would be at home in Middle Tennessee. They quickly set the date and secured their venue. While home for Christmas, Shelby found her wedding dress and veil at Olia Zavozina’s Nashville boutique, selected bridesmaids’ dresses, a wedding planner and florist. Shelby wanted her Southern wedding to be very personal and to include elegance and sparkle.  With that in mind, Lisa began collecting mismatched vintage china, glasses, and flatware from estate sales and antique stores for the wedding. The collection continued to grow, and Lisa and Shelby created The Wedding Plate, a rental boutique featuring mix-n-match china, goblets and flatware for weddings and other memorable events.

The wedding day started with the wedding party getting ready in the house located on The Grove’s property. While makeup artist, Annalise Carey, and hairstylist and maid-of-honor, Jo Smith, attended to Shelby, wedding planner Julie Fletcher kept the whole day running smoothly and also provided the flowers. The ceremony included live music by fiddlers Crystal Plohman, Shelby’s fiddle teacher, and friend Leah Gray, and guitarist Rich Moore. The wedding party included six bridesmaids and groomsmen and the bride’s cousins as flower girl and ring bearers. The bride’s youth minister, Rob Touchstone, officiated the wedding and the couple recited their own vows. 

Following the outdoor ceremony in the grove of trees, guests walked to the loafing barn for hot cider, games, and photos at the photo booth while photographer Eden Ingle captured sunset pictures with the bride and groom. Breakfast was served for dinner in the main barn on tables set with mismatched china, lanterns, burlap table runners and greenery. The wedding cake was cut and served along with donuts from Fox’s Donut Den, and toasts were given by the fathers, best man, and maids-of honor. The band, Matt Mackey and the Loveseats, entertained the crowd, but guests especially enjoyed when the bride picked up her fiddle, joined the band and played a few tunes. The guests were encouraged to take home a pint jar of homemade peach, strawberry or pear jelly, made by Shelby’s grandmother, as their gift.

The night ended with a sparkler send-off as the couple climbed into Waylon Jennings’ 1962 Cadillac limousine and headed off to the Opryland Hotel. The couple honeymooned for two weeks in Dubai and Maldives before returning to their home in San Diego. 

This wedding is such a dream! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us Shelby! It's such a cool story to learn more behind the scenes scoop on how The Wedding Plate began. And now these place settings will live on to grace the tables of lots more weddings in the area - how very special!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Rentals, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

Nashville Bride Guide Launch Party Recap at Acme Feed & Seed

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wow. You guys. The past few days have been a whirlwind yet I've been on cloud 9! I am so incredibly amazed by the love and support you all showed me at the official #NBGLaunch party Tuesday night at The Hatchery at Acme Feed & Seed! We had well over 200 guests in attendance at our wedding blog launch - from wedding professionals to brides to local media outlets and even local bloggers! 

Nashville Bride Guide Launch Party

The Hatchery at Acme Feed & Seed


Launch Team:

Venue | The Hatchery at Acme Feed & Seed

Planner | Lindsy with Music City Events

Photographer | SheHeWe Photography

Signage | White Ink Calligraphy

Photo booth | Frozen Exposure

Balloon Art | Party Animals

DJ | Entertain!

Flowers | Greenfinch Floral Design

Makeup Artist | Katie-Laine Thornton

Chandeliers | Southern Sky Event Lighting

Cocktails + Bartending | RED Spirits & Wine

Catering | Two Fat Men + Chef's Market

Live Watercolor Art | Mezzanine Floral

Cotton Candy | Spinwheels Cotton Candy Cart

Macarons | Baked in Nashville

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Registration | As We Gather Events

With the music loud and the lights low, the pink + coral decor rockin' and the cotton candy drinks flowing, Nashville Bride Guide offered an experience for not just wedding professionals, but brides and the media community as well! 3 talented dessert designers graced party-goers with sweet treats throughout the night while 2 of our fabulous local caterers made 7 awe-inspiring appetizers so no one would be left hungry! The balloon art installations, the live watercolor painter and touch up makeup artist offered creative elements that made the event interactive. 

Though the fun and games of the night were such a treat, my favorite part was seeing such dear friends of mine and meeting so many new ones! So much fun was had and I hope it brought joy to everyone who attended. Nashville Bride Guide would not be here without the love and support of each and every one of you reading this! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the words of encouragement that were shared with me, the kind emails and messages and all of the photo sharing on Instagram. Looking forward to a great year for NBG and the rest of the Nashville wedding community! 

xoxo, Alyssa

All photos by SheHeWe Photography

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Nashville-Style, Bridal Shows & Events, Inspiration & Trends, Wedding Style - Modern, 0 comments »