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Incorporating Green Into Your Wedding: NBG’s Today in Nashville Segment

Monday, April 10, 2017

On March 29th, Nashville Bride Guide had the privilege of featuring "Greenery Wedding Trends" on NBC's Today in Nashville! With a fresh new table scape featuring products from some of Nashville's most sought-after wedding professionals, I swept over to the WSMV studios to show Nashville some spring wedding trends. Scroll through to see all of the behind the scenes photos Jenna Henderson captured and be sure to catch the full segment video!

Nashville Bride Guide's Today in Nashville Segment

Ways to Incorporate Greenery Into Your Wedding



Photography | Jenna Henderson Photography

Florals/Greenery | T Villager Designs

Invitation/Menus/Placecards | Paperkuts Studio

Vintage Place Settings | The Wedding Plate

Linens/Table/Chairs | Liberty Party Rental

When incorporating green into your wedding, you'll want to be sure to bring in touches of green. You won't want your table to look like St. Patty's day gone wrong! The key is to start with a neutral base like these ivory majestic linens + hemstitch napkins like these from Liberty Party Rental. Next, bring in some hints of green with mismatched vintage china like this set from The Wedding Plate. It's huge this wedding season and using green vintage goblets are so on trend! Giving your guests a hint of green with your wedding invitations and then incorporating similar designs throughout all your wedding signage + paper products is a greay way to show off the trend. Paperkuts Studio can definitely help you with this! And lastly, ask your florist to use greenery in your centerpiece! This is the most fun way to utilize the pantone color trend this spring and even adding in sprigs of cream florals for some dimension and interest (like this centerpiece from T Villager Designs!) is sure to give your guests a wow-factor! 


WSMV Channel 4


Thanks again to all of the wedding professionals who helped pull this together to make one incredible greenery table scape! I highly recommend these vendors for your Nashville wedding! And thanks again to WSMV for inviting Nashville Bride Guide to come on the show to share some tips!

All photos by Jenna Henderson

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Nashville Bride Guide on Today in Nashville: 5 Things To Do After You Get Engaged

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Two weeks ago, Nashville Bride Guide was honored to talk about weddings on Today in Nashville! Kelly, Carole + I covered 5 Things To Do After You Get Engaged! We based our discussion off of a previous post on Nashville Bride Guide by the pros at Chef's Market: You're Engaged, Now What?. From #ringselfies to wedding venues, we covered most topics you'll want to start thinking about after you get engaged. Scroll down and press play on the video below to see the full interview! 

1) Celebrate Your Engagement

Enjoy the moment! Tell your engagement story! Take a #ringselfie (and make sure you hashtag #brideguidebling)! This is when you should take a deep breath and take it all in. Don't feel like you need to have all the answers friends + family members are going to ask you. Relax and enjoy this time with your fiancè - pour some champagne and celebrate the moment!

2) Think About What Time of the Year You Want to Get Married

The first question people ask you is "what's the date?". Don't feel like you need to have an exact answer, however, think about what time of year you'd like to get married in. Maybe you've always dreamed of that spring wedding with blooming flowers or maybe the fall leaves and crips autumn air are more your style. Once you nail down the season, then you can start focusing on an actual date. 

3) Create Your Vision

What's your wedding style? This is the fun part where you get to look at some awesome wedding magazines, search Pinterest for inspiration, and browse real Nashville weddings on wedding blogs (like Nashville Bride Guide!) This is when you start the brainstorming process - don't feel like you need to make any major decisions at this point. It's more to gather thoughts around the look of your wedding. 

4) Think About Hiring a Wedding Planner or Day Of Coordinator

This is the point where you'll want to hire some help for planning your Nashville wedding. Think about it - you won't want your mom or sisters running around trying to put out any fires that may occur on your wedding day. You want them to sit back and really enjoy your day! Leave the logistics and behind the scenes part of your day to a professional. Plus, wedding planners can help you stick to your budget and shop for the best wedding professionals to fit within your budget. 

5) Look at Venues

Your wedding planner can help you find venues that fit within your budget and also within your style (think back to steps 3 + 4!). Nashville has so many wedding venues to choose from! Do you want to get married downtown? Or maybe you like the countryside and a barn might be the best choice for you! Think about these things and start scheduling venue tours. :)


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Brides - don't forget to use the hashtag #brideguidebling on Instagram for your chance to be featured on our Instagram page! Thanks again to the folks at Today in Nashville!


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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



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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!


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You’re Engaged, Now What? Advice from Nashville Wedding Caterer, Chef’s Market

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Engagement season is here! And welcome to all of you newly engaged couples who may be reading this as we speak (er... type!). The questions from family and friends never seem to cease from the moment the ring gets on your finger, but don't sweat it. Take your time and celebrate every moment and don't feel any pressure to have all the answers. Our friends over at Chef's Market provided some insight for us: 3 tips on how to start your wedding planning process! This step by step guide will help you ease into the planning process. I'll let the professionals at Chef's Market take it from here!

The most wonderful time of the year has just passed, engagement season! According to Weddingwire, 33% of all engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. If you were one of the lucky ones to get engaged in the last few months, you might be asking yourself: What now?

Here are a few tips from our catering experts of what to do now to start the wedding planning process:

1) Celebrate your engagement! 

Don’t rush into any planning for a few weeks and take time to enjoy your fiancé and this special time in your life. If you haven’t already, show off your ring to all your friends and family. Perhaps have an engagement party! Last but not least, pop a bottle of champagne and soak in every minute!

2) Create your vision.

Find out what your style is. Are you wanting an intimate, casual, or more formal wedding? Once you figure out what direction you want to take then use tools like Pinterest, social media platforms like Instagram, wedding websites and magazines to help get visual ideas. Every year the wedding trends change so these tools will help you with knowing what is in and what is not.

3) Hire your vendors.

It is important to hire vendors that fit your vision. Make sure you research their past work to get an idea of what to expect. We recommend considering a wedding planner as they will be able to better direct you in this planning process. However, here at Chef’s Market we are able to help too. Not only can we cater to any bride’s wedding style, but we can also help provide planners and venue contacts who would be great to work with in order to capture your vision.

We couldn't agree more! Thank you so much to the professionals at Chef's Market - they've been doing it for years and years, so they are highly vetted in the industry! Visit their website and contact them for more information on how they can cater your wedding! 

All photos provided by Chef's Market.

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