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Modern Vintage Events Presents New Youtube Channel: Planning & Prosecco

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Do you sometimes feel lost in the wedding planning process? You're not the only one - SO many of us have planned our weddings and run into similar situations you're in. And getting legit answers to all your wedding needs from wedding professionals themselves would be ideal, right? Well, let me introduce you to Becca + Jessie of Modern Vintage Events! The dynamic wedding planning duo has been there and done that time and time again with the countless weddings they've planned from beginning to end. And they have started a Youtube channel, Planning & Prosecco (adorable name, right?!) to share all their tips and secrets with you to hopefully ease your planning process! Today we're bringing you their first 4 videos to answer some of the most common and pressing questions they receive from couples. Check them out below!

Above photos by Courtney Davidson

What does a wedding planner do for you? This one is super important! Which is why it's the very first (and the longest) video on Planning & Prosecco. Setting a budget, and figuring out the most important things to you in your wedding are first on the list!

 

The Great Venue Hunt: This quick video is perfect to watch before you go out searching for a venue. Figure out the best questions to ask your venue manager in this video to really determine the best venue for your wedding! 

 

Event Management vs. Day of Coordination: Wedding planners come in all shapes and sizes - and that means they range in cost from full event management to simple day of coordination. See why hiring a wedding planner from day one to help you through the process is one of the best choices you can make for your wedding day!

 

Planning a Non Pinterest Wedding: Pinterest - it's a blessing and a curse! Yes, get inspiration from Pinterest, but also be realistic about what a real wedding looks like and will cost you. Becca + Jessie give some great tips on how to achieve a Pinterest look while sticking to your budget. 

 

Well what are you waiting for? Subscribe to Modern Vintage Events' Planning and Prosecco series to get the latest scoop on planning your wedding. Also be sure to follow them over on Instagram to learn more about their style!

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

Nashville, TN: Why it’s Such a Hot Spot for Weddings by Fête Nashville

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Photo by Jamie Clayton

It's no secret Nashville is growing and growing! Our city has been on numerous lists as one of the top destination cities in the country and in the world, so tourism is skyrocketing! Which also means that Nashville weddings are on the rise. The amount of destination weddings that happen in our city is tremendous - most wedding professionals would say about 50% of their weddings are from destination couples, but today we've interviewed Sara Fried of Fête Nashville, one of the leading luxury wedding planners in Nashville, TN, and she says about 80% of her weddings are from out of town couples! So why is everyone flocking to Nashville to say "I do"? Sara gives us her take on the matter below!

Photo by Abigail Bobo

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What makes Nashville such a hot city right now?

Sara: Nashville is the hottest city right now for bachelorette & bachelor parties and most importantly, destination weddings! Our downtown has all the attractions of a larger city, yet it is not intimidating. Although Nashville's downtown is known for the amazing music and eye-catching neon lights of the honky tonk bars, the amount of nationally-acclamied restaurants, boutique hotels and cool rooftop bars are growing everyday; and it's all easily walk-able, which makes us different from other cities our size. There's the added bonus of Nashville's urban v country side... whether you are looking to get married in a downtown location with a modern or industrial vibe or an historic plantation or a country barn with killer views of Tennessee rolling hills, Nashville has plenty of venues to choose from. And there's no lack of churches, either. ;)

What attracts couples to host a Nashville wedding?

Sara: Nashville is an attractive city for couples to host their wedding because it is typically less expensive than where our couples live (Chicago, LA, Dallas, NYC) but! please don't be naive to think Nashville is going to be cheap. There are pros and cons of being a hot city ~ and the cons include increased prices and increased competition for hotel room blocks, as Nashville hosts large conventions almost every weekend.

How many destination weddings vs. local weddings have you seen in the past year? Has it increased or decreased in recent years?

Sara: Our destination weddings have increased dramatically in recent years! Almost 80% of our weddings are destination v local. Many of our couples live in other cities, but Nashville is a great place to meet half-way for their families. We also have many couples who met at Vanderbilt and want to come back for their weddings. And, incredibly, we have had a few couples who got engaged in Nashville, so they want to come back and share the city with their friends and family. And, of course, we have a lot of traditional families, where the bride grew up in Nashville and her parents are hosting the wedding in their hometown.

Photo by Erin Lee Allender

What types of design styles are you seeing in Nashville weddings as of late?

Sara: In terms of design styles, our couples who are hosting weddings in Nashville, all want to offer Southern hospitality to their friends and family. They want the weekend to be convenient, fun, unique, memorable, include Southern-inspired cuisine and some downtime for guests to explore the city on their own.

How can couples introduce out of town guests to Nashville?

Sara: We have so much fun getting creative with hospitality bags. In addition to listing our favorite websites, restaurants, shoppings areas and local attractions on our couple's wedding website, we also include that information as well in the hospitality bags, complete with fun local gifts like biscuits and jams from Loveless Café, Moon Pies, mini Jack Daniels & Cokes, Nashville Toffee and lots more!

Do you think this trend will die down or do you think there will be a constant growth in Nashville weddings?

Sara: There is no question Nashville is experiencing consistent growth in regards to being a destination for weddings. The amount of hotels currently being built is quite impressive and the closest neighborhoods to downtown are expending exponentially as well... there are so many surrounding neighborhoods with great shopping, restaurants and plenty of museums and unique attractions for country music fans, and really, who isn't?

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Sara: Looking forward to seeing y'all! We'll save you a sweet tea and a seat on the patio!

Photo by Kristin Vanzant

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us, Sara! You can check out more of Fête Nashville's beautiful weddings here on their website and also here on Instagram!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Destination Nashville Weddings!, Advice & Planning, Luxury Nashville Wedding Finds, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Wildtree: Easy, Healthy Meals for Newlyweds, Even Easier with New App

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hey couples - if you’re always in a bind come dinner time, then today’s post is especially for you! And whether or not you’re gifted in the area of cooking (I am definitely not!), you’re going to want to listen up! So let’s talk about Wildtree - what is Wildtree exactly? It’s a meal planning service that allows you to create delicious + organic home cooked meals. Wildtree offers an array of organic spices and sauces for you to create a number of meals - think of it as stocking your pantry with all the seasonings you’ll need for many meals to come! When you purchase a Wildtree make ahead workshop kit, you receive product and organizational documents such as the grocery list, prep chart, full recipes, and bag labels which makes it easy and allows you to save time, stress and money. With the kit, you’ll prep 10+ freezer meals for your family… and have I mentioned? Making them is SO EASY. 

Food allergies are running rampant these days and it’s so good to know Wildtree products are all peanut free, non GMO, and all natural. Plus they offer so many products that are dairy free, kosher, organic and allergen friendly. You won’t have to worry about making 2 meals every night - one for you and one for your fiancé. The amount of recipes available with these dietary restrictions is crazy good!

I’m serious when I tell you I can’t cook,.. I swear I follow directions for a recipe to the T and it still isn’t the result I want! But anytime I’ve cooked a Wildtree meal this past year, my husband is so impressed! I never thought I could swing making a mean Mongolian beef or pork tenderloin. But alas I have “mastered” them on my first try using my Wildtree recipe + products! I even hosted a meal prep party at my house this past winter and a bunch of my friends and I stuffed our freezer bags to create our meals - I know my family was set on meals for about a month! But how fun would it be to host a party with your bridesmaids or bridal party? You can contact our local meal prep coach Kathy for more info! 

Plus, Wildtree has a big announcement - they just launched a new app! Now grocery shopping and meal planning is as easy as it could be! You can download it here. Simply create an account, add in any allergens or mealtime likes/dislikes for your family and pin recipes that you love!  Create a weekly, or monthly menu plan in a few clicks of a button!  There are thousands of healthy and easy recipes to fit your needs. I even plugged in all my Wildtree pantry products into my app and it populates with recipes I can cook using those products - what? Yeah, it’s genius. Oh, and when you download the app, don’t forget to use my referral code N6Y9E ! You’ll get get $5 rewards on your first $50 order in the next 30 days. Then share your referral code with friends to get the $5 rewards and 10% rewards on each order. 

So are you ready to take the plunge? Share the app (you can get more points that way!) or visit our local meal prep coach Kathy’s website here to start your Wildtree EASY mealtime journey!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Food/Catering, After Your Wedding, 0 comments »

Creative Venue Layouts For Nashville Weddings from The Barn at Sycamore Farms

Thursday, August 3, 2017

When it comes to the layout for your wedding - there are so many options! From seated, to cocktail style to lounge seating areas, the options are endless! Speaking with your venue manager and wedding planner can really help you determine the best layout for your guests. So today we have Rebecca from The Barn at Sycamore Farms here to tell us the best ways to utilize each area of the barn - inside and out! From your rain plan to your dance floor, she can help you configure the best way to make your wedding flow and have your guests feel comfortable. Take it away, Rebecca!

Sycamore Farms has so many incredible areas + options for your wedding! Can you give us a brief outline of each area that is offered?

Rebecca: The Main Hall - The main hall can accommodate up to 300 guests at a seated banquet or 400 guests at a cocktail reception. The Barn’s main hall is 3,500 sq ft of open space with 45 ft ceilings. The ballroom is lined with the barn’s natural wavy cedarwood, but the stunner is the 8 ft wide crystal chandelier. This custom creation was handmade and assembled onsite. It is truly breathtaking.  

The Lakeside Veranda - The covered lakeside veranda has a tranquil waterfront view and has the ability to be closed with its own heating facilities. The gorgeous views of the 2-acre lake create a beautiful backdrop for any event. This space a beautiful for smaller guest counts for ceremonies and/ or cocktail hour.

The Sycamore Veranda - The sycamore veranda looks out onto the century-old sycamore tree and has a 65-inch TV perfect for a slideshow presentation. It also features stunning vaulted ceilings and an 8-foot wide fan to keep your guests cool and comfortable. This is also a beautiful rain option for the ceremony if the ceremony cannot be done on our ceremony island, or if you are looking for an inside vision with an outside feel. This is our stunning, primarily cocktail hour area.

Ladies Lounge - Features 3 makeup stations, a lounge area, locking closet for personal items, full length mirror, farm table and bathroom.

Gentlemen's Lounge - Features foosball table, shuffle board table, card table, 2-seat bar, lounge area with large screen TV, bathroom, and locking closet for personal items.

Sycamore Room - This is primality used for catering staff to prep plated meals or set up buffet. It is a great place for additional stations or appetizers.

How can brides utilize the island area at Sycamore Farms?

Rebecca: We call this island, ceremony island. It is used mostly in the spring and summer months as a ceremony location. This space can accommodate 400 seats for a ceremony comfortably, but still looks great with a smaller guest count. This island can be used anyway you like. It is surrounded by a 2 acre lake flowing with large fountains. It would be a great for a ceremony, cocktail hour, entertainment space for yard games, or another place for a bar where your guests could mingle.

What are some unique ways to seat your guests in the large open area of the barn?

Rebecca: Whatever your vision, we can make it happen! Setting in our Main Hall is totally up to you and depends on your guest count.

How would you suggest utilizing the patio area of the barn?

Rebecca: This is our stunning, primarily cocktail hour area. This is also a beautiful rain option for the ceremony or if you are looking for an inside vision with an outside feel. A great place for a photo booth or other fun activities.

Are there any popular seating arrangements you've seen this wedding season?

Rebecca: Yes, our venue is glamorous but keeps a rustic feel. Farm tables have been a great décor main feature for a bride and groom or head table. This rustic element under the 9ft chandelier is stunning.

Thank you for sharing all of your advice with us, Rebecca! It's almost as if you gave us a virtual tour of the venue! You can check out more on The Barn at Sycamore Farms here on their website and also be sure to give them a follow on Instagram!

All photos by Jenna Henderson

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , 0 comments »

What to Expect at Your Wedding Catering Tasting with Two Fat Men Catering

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Photo by Rebecca Walker

When booking your wedding caterer, it's something you need to physically be present to do - to taste the food and meet with the team! But what are the steps in booking your wedding tasting? We chatted with Debbie Valentine of Two Fat Men Catering and asked her about all the ins and outs of what happens at your wedding tasting. What information will you need to know prior to booking your tasting? And what can you expect during the tasting? I'll leave the rest to Debbie - she'll fill us in on everything you need to know! Use this as a resource for booking your catering tastings!

It's time to try the food at Two Fat Men! What are your hours to book an appointment?

Debbie: We typically like to do tastings Tuesday - Thursday between 12-6pm as the weekends tend to be busy with events. However, we will always make exceptions!

Hooray - we booked our appointment! How long should we allow for the tasting and what information do you need from us?

Debbie: Tastings usually last an hour and a half to two hours depending on how many folks come with our couple. We like to have a preliminary proposal in place before the tasting.This includes the couples names, date, venue, some preliminary ideas of food and how many guest they are expecting.

Do we need to decide buffet, sit down meal, or passed appetizers before we make our appointment?

Debbie: Not necessary but having a general idea is a good help!

What will be served at the tasting? Is it a full meal or bites of your "best of" menu?

Debbie: Chef Ed tends to go overboard when it comes to tastings! He serves up "small" portions of what the couple would like to try and then adds his own spin on what he thinks will work with the menu! I always tell our couples to come hungry! They will normally get hors d'oeuvres as well as entrees and sides .

Tell us more about the process once we sit down and meet for the tasting.

Debbie: We start by getting drinks and making sure everyone is comfy and ready for a food experience! We bring out the platters with their choices on them, give a quick explanation of what each item is, and we let them eat! We will check back periodically to make sure there are no questions or nothing is needed. Once they have tried all of the food we bring out the big guns and Chef Ed comes to the table to talk food! At this point we have brought out some of our homemade ice cream samples for our couple to try. Chef usually has us running around bringing out more food options that he feels the couple would like and we wrap it up after they feel comfortable with what they have tasted and have a good idea of what they want to serve!

How far out from our wedding do we need to book Two Fat Men?

Debbie: 6 months to a year. We sell out a few times a year so it's best to be safe!

We have food allergies - are you able to accommodate?

Debbie: Absolutely! However, if it is a deadly allergy I remind folks that we are a working kitchen and cross contamination can happen mistakenly.

What else will we need to know for our tasting?

Debbie: You should come hungry! We charge a $25.00 per person fee but we will credit their account if they book with us!

Thank you so much for sharing all about the tasting experience at Two Fat Men, Debbie! I don't know about you, but now I'm hungry! You can check out more informatio on Two Fat Men's catering options here on their website and also be sure to give them a follow on Instagram!

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