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Shopping for Tuxedos this Weekend? Street Tuxedo Offers Quick Tips for Shopping for Men’s Attire

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

If your bridal party just happens to be in town for Thanksgiving, it might be a great time to shop for bridesmaid dresses or tuxedos. Street Tuxedo offers a few things to remember when it comes to renting tuxedos:

1) Start shopping three to four months out to get an idea of what fits and what's available. Place your order at least one month prior to your wedding date. Tuxes are picked up one to two days before the wedding and are to be returned the Monday after. 

2) Follow Street Tuxedo on Facebook for exclusive deals on tuxedo rentals that will save the groom and groomsmen money! 

3) Know the basic questions to ask yourself to help make your tuxedo shopping experience efficient and enjoyable.

We hope this helps you make your decision and gives you a better idea of what's in store for you. Tuxedo shopping should be an enjoyable part of weddings and when in doubt, rest assured Street Tuxedo will be on hand to help you out.

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Photo: Aubrey Joy Photography

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ABG Notes: You'll find Street Tuxedo in Green Hills in Nashville (above), Cool Springs, and Murfreesboro (Photo: Kevin Wimpy Photography)

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You’re Invited Plans a Gorgeous Green, Gold & Purple Wedding at The Noah Liff Center

Friday, October 12, 2012

Today's real wedding is a guest blog post by You're Invited Events who worked with the couple to conceptualize and plan this wedding at the Noah Liff Opera Center last fall. We especially love the rich color palette they picked that added a lot of elegance to the already beautiful interior of the opera center. Thank you Jonathon Campbell Photography for sharing the photographs!

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Wedding Feature: Jamie & Billy's Fall Wedding by You're Invited Stationery & Events

When I first met with Jamie to start designing and planning her wedding, I knew we were going to have a fabulous time together. I became instant friends with her and her mom, Sharon. They were a blast to work with on this November 2010 wedding.

Jamie knew from the beginning that she wanted to incorporate deep purples, greens, and golds into her color scheme. She wanted to utilize really rich fall colors, but in unique ways than traditional “harvest” color schemes.

The ceremony and reception were both held at the Noah Liff Opera Center here in Nashville on Thanksgiving weekend.

I absolutely fell in love with Jamie’s dress from The Bride Room in Green Hills. I am a huge fan of ruffles, and I loved this wedding dress.

 

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One of my favorite elements of this wedding was “flipping the room.” When you have your ceremony and reception in the same site, often times it’s necessary to utilize the same space but for different reasons.

For this wedding, we utilized the balcony lobby for the ceremony and kept the airwall between the lobby and the main room closed. As guests sat down to a formal seated dinner, my crew and I flipped all of the ceremony furniture and converted it to an after-dinner lounge. We removed all of the ceremony chairs, moved in a bar, added lounge furniture, changed the colors in the lighting and added new florals to the hightop bar tables. We also added custom pillows to the lounge furniture, courtesy of the bride’s mom who is an interior decorator. I think one of my favorite moments was when we opened the air wall, and the guests got a glimpse of the lounge for the first time!

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One final set of images I want to show highlights the Cake Bar we did with Jay from Maple’s Wedding Cakes. It was the first time it’s been done at a wedding reception, and it was a huge hit! Jamie and Billy picked their signature cake shot which was a pancake shot (butter pecan with maple buttercream). Each “shot” was served in a mini shot glass and came with a miniature spoon.

Other custom shots served included:
Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream,
Peach cobbler with peach buttercream,
Orange dreamsicle with vanilla buttercream,
Yellow butter pound cake with buttercream,
Strawberry cake with buttercream,
Lemon pound cake with buttercream,
Pineapple upside down cake shot with pineapple curd topped with a cherry,
Butter pecan with cream cheese buttercream,
and Red velvet cake with cream cheese buttercream.

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Pictures by Jonathon Campbell Photography

Thank you You're Invited Events for taking us through the wedding day with the happy couple! The Noah Liff Center really is a beautiful canvas of an event space and made for a great venue for this stunning wedding. For more weddings at the Noah Liff Opera Center or for more information on having your special day there, visit their website.

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A High Energy Wedding at Houston Station Includes a Flash Mob, Fireworks, Live Music, Exquisite Food

Friday, July 20, 2012

Earlier this year we shared why brides love Houston Station. Today we'll get a closer look at a fantastic wedding reception that took place there. I'm not sure what I adore more about this wedding - the fun-loving bride and groom and their guests or the awesome decor and wedding design and their use of space in the empty room. Houston Station really was transformed into a wedding wonderland!

Enjoy!

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Sara + Kyle
Date ~ September 17, 2011
Ceremony Venue ~ East End United Methodist Church
Reception Venue ~ Houston Station
Guests ~ 150

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Budget
$20,000 - 50,000

My Wedding Team
Planner | Angela Proffitt
Photographer | Matt Andrews
Videographer | Zane Productions
Gown & Accessories | The Bride Room
Men’s Attire | Men's Wearhouse
Bridesmaids Attire | Bella Bridesmaid
Hair | Cashmere Salon - Jenni Chindavahn (Bride's Hair)
Makeup | Cashmere Salon
Stationery | The Dotted Line
Ceremony Musicians | Natalie Harker
Reception Musicians | The Wright Bass Note, cocktail hour jazz band + DJ Tyrus Briggs, reception
Transportation | Premier Transportation
Caterer | Chef's Market
Cake Artist | Dessert Designs, wedding cake + Patty Cakes, groom's cake
Floral Designer | Village of Flowers
Guest Accommodations | Marriott

My Wedding Details

How would you describe your style as a couple?

We both love music, dancing and entertainment! The more over the top the better! Our style is high energy with a focus on having fun!

How did you incorporate that style into your wedding?

We wanted our wedding and reception to be a huge party where everyone was having fun. During each phase of our wedding day we incorporated surprises, music, and fun. We rented a plush limo bus for the wedding party with videos during the pictures before the wedding. We had three different live music performances during the wedding. The reception kicked off with a jazz band playing hip hop music with traditional instruments. The wedding party participated in a flash mob and the guests danced the night away. Kyle has always performed an elaborate fireworks event on the 4th of July so we exited to a fireworks show!

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What was the favorite aspect of your wedding?

Having all of our friends and family from across the country in one place celebrating together! We had a private time - Kyle kept saying throughout the day that we needed to enjoy every minute of our time together. Our favorite private time was going to see the reception space before the guests entered the room. The venue looked amazing and we had time to experience each detail including our cakes, table decor, and dance floor set up. It looked like a clip from a fairy tale.

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Where did you splurge? Where did you save/DIY?

My Grandmother and I have always been shopping partners and for my wedding she gave me the dress. It was a definite splurge, but the rustic glam style perfectly complemented our event. I felt beautiful!

DIY: we saved by printing our programs, creating gift baskets for out of town guests, and buying our own alcohol. Another big savings was getting Angela Proffitt as our wedding planner. She is absolutely amazing and helped us find the best vendors at reasonable prices! You can't put a price on having everything taken care of the day of your wedding. I truly was able to fully enjoy the experience since Angela took care of everything.

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Now that the wedding day is over, is there anything about your planning process you feel you could have done differently?

I would have included a gift for guests as a surprise when valet brought their cars at the end of the night. Also, I would have made sure the bus driver could be extended past 1:00am or ensured we could have two drivers. We ended the night early in downtown Nashville since the bus driver had already completed his maximum allowable shift. Finally, we would have gotten bongo players to drum with the DJ and incorporate another interactive element during the reception.

In one sentence, what words of advice do you have for couples in the midst of their planning?

Do it together! The planning process brought us even closer together and made the event "ours."

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What a romantic, beautiful wedding! 

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Inspiration: Summer + Fall Florals from the Enchanted Florist, from Pastels to Bold Colors

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The unusual warmth has made any semblance of spring come and go and we appear to have gone right into summer, so it may seem like planning for your 2013 spring/summer wedding florals may need to be tweaked a little bit to accommodate what's in season.

Luckily, there are lots of flowers that can be used through the seasons to work with your vision. Here are some of our favorite summer and fall florals from Enchanted Florist that will fit any floral fancy, whether it's pastel and angelic, or bold and colorful.

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Photos by Kristyn Hogan

Fortunately flowers like roses, hydrangeas, mums, and daisies can be easily bought practically year-round (pictured below). They come in a huge array of colors and can be combined for different types of looks. Use certain colors as striking contrasts or go with soft whites and pastels. Enchanted Florist works with their brides to build the perfect centerpiece or bouquet.

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For this wedding, the bride and groom's signature color was robin's egg blue which came from the blue hydrangeas. (Photos by The Collection)

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Left photo by Phindy Studios

Enchanted Florist: "Contrasting colorful flowers with unusual accents like dried wheat, crystal details, or feathers can dramatically change the end result so don’t feel limited by particular seasons. Many of the bouquets featured below use common flowers like roses and gerbera daisies that are reasonable priced and available all year round. Opting for a strong color palette quickly takes basic to bold and just might be the wow factor your wedding needs."

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Photos by Brooke Boling

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Tulips photo by Joe Hendricks Photography

Enchanted Florist: "Purple has long been associated with royalty and what better day, than your wedding day to be treated like royalty? While this color is trendy among our 2012 brides, we have long been in love with the endless shades of purple blooms. Opt for a deep plums or eggplant purple if sexy drama is part of your wedding day vision. Brides wanting sweet and romantic should consider soft shades like lavender, perfect for a springtime garden wedding."

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You may recognize some of these flowers like the lush, full pink mums that bloom well into the fall and can be used in the summer as well! (Photo by Andrea Hallgren Photography)

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Mardi Gras Inspiration Meets Nashville Nuptials at the Cannery Ballroom

Friday, June 1, 2012

Catholic weddings always have a soft spot in my heart because that's how I was raised and it meant a lot to me and my family that we also were married in the church. Cathedral of the Incarnation on West End is a venue that doesn't needs little (if at all) to beautify, which meant today's happy couple were able to channel all decor into their fabulous, Mardi Gras themed wedding at the Cannery Ballroom. Planned, designed, and executed by Regalo Design, Michelle and Jake treated themselves and their guests to a fun, vibrantly decorated reception in the spirit of the festival.

Today, Regalo, their planner, shares details of their wedding with us.

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Michelle + Jake
Wedding Date ~ October 22nd
Ceremony Venue ~ Cathedral of the Incarnation
Reception Venue ~ The Cannery
Guests ~ 200

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Tell us about the couple:
Michelle and Jake were a fun spirited and life of the party types that were excited about the details of the event.

Describe their theme:
Mardi Gras Meets Nashville

Details used to enhance the theme:
Colors: Navy, Purple, Teal and Pink
Décor items: Fabric draping, uplighting, vintage votives and what would a party be without glow stick necklaces?
Flowers: Royal blue roses, purple hydrangea, white dahlias, lavender roses and royal blue delphinium

Describe any highlights/special moments of the wedding day:
Although it’s rare, the best moment of the day was that they saw each other for the first time as she walked down the aisle. They also enjoyed a long trolley ride through the city after their ceremony provided by Music City Transportation and also had karaoke at their reception.

Tell us about the couple’s vision, special requests, unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome:
Create a true party atmosphere where people would forget that they were at a wedding but instead at a fun event. This was created with the light sticks, karaoke and other festivities at the reception. Special requests: Royal blue is not an easy color when it comes to flowers but this bride really wanted them instead of your regular whites and creams. We accomplished this with royal blue roses and delphinium. Unique challenges: There was an extensive time break between the ceremony and reception

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Vendors Hired for the Day

Wedding Planner, Florist & Event Decorator | Regalo Design
Ceremony Location | Cathedral of the Incarnation
Reception Location | Cannery Ballroom
DJ & Karaoke | Cosmo Creations
Motion Sensor Lighting & Gobo | FADDS Entertainment
Caterer | Copper Kettle
Cake Artist | Crumb de la Crumb
Photographer | Kristyn Hogan
Transportation | Music City Bus
Make Up | Shelley Nicole

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Another beautiful wedding, planned and put together by the fun-loving couple and Regalo Design. Thank you Kristyn Hogan for capturing the details and moments!

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