Danielle & Kyle Showcase Nashville with Wedding Reception at Historical War Memorial (Part 2)
Friday, April 11, 2014
Danielle and Kyle's goal was to treat guests to a memorable Nashville wedding. With the help of their wedding planner, Sarah of Music City Events, they did just that. Starting with a rehearsal dinner at Hard Rock Cafe and ending with a wedding reception at War Memorial, their wedding was all about their love for one another, their love for the city of Nashville and showcasing both to friends and family.
Danielle & Kyle
Wedding Date: July 27, 2013
Ceremony Venue: Scarritt-Bennett Wightman Chapel
Reception Venue: War Memorial Auditorium
Budget: $30,000 – 40,000
Planner | Sarah Willard with Music City Events
Photographer | Amelia J. Moore Photography
Videographer | Yeah Yeah Creative
Gown | The Bride Room
Bride’s Accessories | Carrington’s Couture Alterations
Men’s Attire | Jos. A. Bank
Bridesmaids’ Attire | The Bride Room
Hair & Makeup | Harlow Salon
Stationery | Vistaprint and DIY
Caterer | Two Fat Men
Bartenders | Hamilton Bar Service
Cake Artist | Homestyle Bakery
Floral Designer | Fresh by CarryAnn
Ceremony Musicians | Denise Locke Heard-pianist
Reception Musicians | The Malemen Show Band
Rentals | Music City Tents and Events
Lighting | War Memorial Auditorium
Transportation | Matchless (shuttle from hotel), Hello Trolley! (trolley from ceremony to reception), Lifestyle Limousines (Rolls Royce – reception to hotel at the end of the night)
My Wedding Details
How would you describe your style as a couple?
Kyle and I are very fun loving and social people. We love spending time with friends and family. We are big sports lovers (Preds, UK basketball and Clemson football!) so we chose a July date so it wouldn’t interfere with any of our sporting events. Crazy, I know. We wanted our wedding to portray who we are and what we love.
How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?
When our wedding planner asked us to give her some words to describe how we envisioned our wedding, one of the first words Kyle said was “memorable.” We wanted to provide an unforgettable night for all of our friends and family.
We looked at many different “music venues” for our reception site. We wanted a place that had some history along with sticking to our Nashville theme. On our tour of War Memorial Auditorium (WMA), we were told that it was actually the home of the Grand Ole Opry before the Ryman. Once we heard that, we knew immediately that it was the place for our reception. In the dressing rooms where Kyle and I would be eating dinner was a photo of Roy Acuff playing on stage at WMA when it was the Grand Ole Opry. We loved the history WMA had to offer and that photo is now hanging in our house!
Our colors were grey, orange and purple. The orange and purple came from my love of Clemson football. I’m a Clemson graduate and wanted small splashes of that included in our wedding. Jessica at Fresh by CarryAnn did an amazing job of incorporating the orange and purple into our bouquets and centerpieces. Our décor was very simple. One of the reasons we chose our venues was because we knew we didn’t have to spend a lot of money on décor. All of our venues were naturally beautiful.
What was your favorite aspect of your wedding?
Our favorite aspect of the wedding was the reception as a whole. Our band did a fabulous job at keeping everyone on the dance floor all night long. It still makes me smile (and tear up a little) remembering how happy I was to look around and see all the people we loved most in the world having such a good time. The band even kept guests there long after they would have normally left (ahem…our Pastor)! The food, drinks and entertainment all played such a huge role in how much we enjoyed our wedding reception. We had a sparkler exit as we left War Memorial and that was one of our favorite memories (…and one of our favorite photos!).
Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?
We splurged on our band and our photographer/videographer. Most of our friends and family were traveling from out of town so it was important for us to have them on the dance floor all night long. And we succeeded! The photographer and videographer were important to us because we knew that, even as hard as we tried, there would simply be things that we wouldn’t notice or couldn’t take in. We wanted our memories to last forever and our photos and video do that for us.
We saved on the invitations and programs. I found a grey damask fabric that I loved at Hobby Lobby, so my grandmother used it to sew all of our table runners. I also made white hydrangea wreaths for the front doors of the chapel. It wasn’t worth it to pay almost $150 per wreath for live flowers because they would die! Now I can use these wreaths on my own front door and they have a great memory to go with them!
Here's our wedding video. We love it and love to share it...plus it was one of our splurges. :)
Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?
One of the most talked about things by our guests was how they loved the Cocktail hour in the War Memorial courtyard before the reception. Our signature cocktail of champagne watermelon sorbet and appetizers were served. During the cocktail hour, Kyle and I had a private dinner in the Roy Acuff dressing room. We thought that by doing this, we would end up having more time to visit with our guests after we were introduced. I don’t know that we could have necessarily changed what we did and still had time to eat dinner, but we do wish we had been able to spend that time with our guests and enjoy the cocktail hour too. We really felt we missed out on something that we had planned and it turned out to be a very nice touch to our wedding day.
In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?
Wedding planning is stressful, but be sure to stop, breathe, and take it all in every once in a while because before you know it the wedding day is here and gone. (Second sentence, sorry!) Really try your best to catch the details of all of your hard work on your wedding day because it will be one of your favorite days, but it goes by so, so fast.
Bride Danielle with wedding planner, Sarah of Music City Events, on the trolley