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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer by T Villager Designs

Thursday, May 25, 2017

If you’re like me, you might admire flowers, love having them in your house and wish you could have a beautiful garden in your backyard. But if you’re like me, you may not know the first place to start when ordering flowers - especially if it’s for your wedding! The good news is that we have Jack and Troy of T Villager Designs here today guest posting on the blog about what to ask your wedding floral designer. So whether you want flowers dripping from every corner of your wedding venue or if you’re more of a minimalist, these questions will help guide you in the right direction when meeting with your Nashville wedding florist. I’ll let the experts at T Villager Designs take it from here! 

Photo by Abigail Volkmann Photography



Wedding flowers are an important part of a bride’s wedding day and floral design is a true art form. Flowers are one of the focal points that create the look and mood to support the bride’s vision for her wedding. 

There are several questions to consider when consulting with a floral designer in order for a bride to make the best informed decision. Below is a short list of some questions to think about when meeting with a floral designer. Although not all inclusive, these questions might be helpful.

1. Have you provided flowers at my chosen ceremony and reception location before? If not, are you familiar with the site/sites?


2. Where did you receive your training to work with flowers and how long have you and your designers been working with flowers?


3. How many weddings will you schedule on the same day or same weekend? If there are multiple weddings you do on one day/weekend how will that be structured so I know my wedding will get the attention it needs?


4. What design styles do you primarily work with in your floral designs? 


5. What recommendations can you give me to help me maximize my budget?


6. What flowers are in season for the month I am getting married? Can I get the flowers I want? Will it be more expensive for flowers not in season?


7. How far in advance of my wedding will you create bouquets and arrangements and how are they kept fresh?


8. Is there an extra fee if I need you to stay throughout the ceremony to move arrangements to the reception site?


9. Will you provide me with an itemized list of all the elements we’ve discussed along with pricing for each element and flowers to be used in bouquets, etc.?


10. What are your payment terms?


The list of questions a bride may want to ask her floral designer can go far beyond the questions above and each bride should choose the questions that will help her make her best informed decisions.

There are many wonderful floral designers in our community who are very talented and do great work. Finding the floral designer that best meets your needs, your budget requirements that you work well with is very important. 

Photo by Details Nashville

Thank you so much for sharing your insight with us, Troy and Jack! This is super helpful - knowing the season, experience level and familiarity your florist has with executing your vision is key in the hiring process! And if you are looking for a designer, then T Villager Designs is definitely a great choice. Troy has years of floral design experience and his work is so creative and innovative - your florals will leave your guests in awe! You can check out more of T Villager’s work here on their website and be sure to follow them for the latest on their Instagram page here!

All photos provided by T Villager Designs



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Paperkuts Studio on Money Saving Tips for Wedding Stationery

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wedding invitations are your guests' first impression of your wedding. And this is why having a great stationer to work with is key! Kim with Paperkuts Studio is a great source for all things wedding paper goods. From personalized invitations to place cards to menu cards, Kim can create custom designs specific to your wants and needs for your wedding. She even created all of these gorgeous invitations, place cards + menu cards for our greenery themed table scape on Today in Nashville! But here's where it gets a little tricky with invitations and paper goods - pricing. How much should you be spending on your invitations? Kim breaks it down and gets real with us on the numbers of how much your invitations should cost. Keep reading below to get her take on the cost of your wedding invitations...

How much do you recommend couples spending on wedding stationery? 

Kim: That is the top question from brides as they begin their search for wedding invitations - and it's the hardest to answer! The statistics show that the average wedding costs around $30,000 and your budget should be 2-3% for stationery. That’s $600-$900 and yes, that’s a lot of money, but most often, not enough. Realistically, you should budget 4-8% or more and that’s $1,500-$1,800 based on the average wedding cost.

What are the must have stationery pieces for a wedding? (Save the dates, invites, RSVPs, thank you notes, etc.)

Kim: The must haves for your wedding invitation suite are two items: your invitation and RSVP. But it totally depends on your vision. Most brides will send save the dates about a year in advance, especially if they are planning a destination wedding or expect a lot of out of town guests.  From there, you can add a reception card, accommodations card, directions card, website card, etc.  Along with your invitation and RSVP, the next must have is your thank you cards.  Order early and have them available as you receive gifts.  This will lighten the load!

How can couples save money on their wedding stationery?

Kim: As always, your invitation sets the tone for your wedding. Couples can save money by setting a realistic budget and assessing their needs. Ensuring your guest list is accurate and  confirming that the information on the invitation is correct (location, time, names) is crucial. The worst thing is to re-order paper because of an error like that! Also, understanding that all of those bells and whistles have a price tag associated with them is important. And if you are a DIY’er, totally go for it! 

What is your best money saving tip for couples searching for wedding stationery?

Kim: The best money saving tip is to stick with your budget. I am the classic, “Bologna budget, Caviar taste!” Invitations are like everything else, you get what you pay for. Let your stationer know what your budget is, the number of invitations that you need and what message you want to convey.  Nothing hurts my heart more than when a bride loves the caviar selection, but it isn’t within her budget. Don’t even look at those types of selections because nothing else will compare and you will never be fully satisfied.  

Any other tips/comments you may have?

Kim: Be open to ‘tweaking’ the invitation you originally found on ebay or Pinterest!  The majority of those invites are custom and custom costs money. Most of all, relax, savor the moments and enjoy!

Thanks so much for sharing all of your insight with us, Kim! Want to see more of Kim's work? Check out the Paperkuts Studio website here and also see more of her work on Instagram here!

All photos by Jenna Henderson

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Posh Occasions’ Guide to the Best Questions to Ask Your Wedding Planner

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

To hire a wedding planner or not to hire a wedding planner... that is the question. But I will tell you that the majority of brides who did not hire a planner (including myself), wish they had! But how do you even go about interviewing a wedding planner? What questions do you ask on that initial meeting to make sure A) you are a great fit for each other and B) you are making the right decision? We've asked Ashley of Posh Occasions to help us out with these questions to get rid of the overwhelm and trade it for some step by step guidance for finding the perfect planner for your specific needs. Take a look at Ashley's advice below and also see some of her gorgeous planning work sprinkled throughout the post! 

Photos by Elle Danielle




What does the initial meeting with a wedding planner look like? What types of things will you talk about?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: The initial meeting with a wedding planner is the most important one. It is where you will get to know each other and see if you are a good fit. You want to look for a planner that is of course organized & professional, but you also want to make sure that you mesh well and he or she will put your needs first. With this first meeting, you will discuss your vision, needs and budget.

What are some great questions to ask your wedding planner during that first meeting?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: This is a meeting to get to know your planner. You will want to know what your needs are and what you are looking for in a wedding planner.

Some good questions to ask are:

- What sorts of services do you offer (day-of coordination, full-service event design or à la carte planning)? Based upon your needs, you will be able to see if the planner is a good fit for you. Know what you want based upon how much work you are willing to do in the planning process and what you want a professional for.

- How many weddings have you planned? This will give you an idea of the experience of the wedding planner. To make sure your day runs smoothly, you want to make sure that your planner has experience with weddings and knows what they are doing.

- Have you planned weddings at my venue? This is a major plus, if they are familiar with your venue and know the staff, the logistics and event will run more smoothly. As an added bonus, they may have some insight on layout options and design ideas from working in the space before.

- Do you have preferred vendors? This will give you a chance to see what other professionals the planner works with. Most likely, they are going to refer only the best and people they know are going to make your wedding day run flawlessly.

- What is the best way to communicate with you? Establishing this up front will set the clear lines of communication. You know what to expect and this will give you a sense of how they work.

- Do you have references? Hearing from other professionals and past couples on their experience with the planner will give you insight on how good the planner was. Make sure to do your research and hire someone that you can trust so you can enjoy the day and relax!

Photo by Rebecca Denton

Photo by Elle Danielle

Photo by Rebecca Denton

You've hired your wedding planner (hooray!) - what are the next steps in the process?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: Once you have hired your wedding planner, you want to outline exactly what they will be doing for you. Did you hire them for Full-Service, Partial Service or Day-of Coordinating? Since there are different levels of event planning, you want to make sure that you are getting what you paid for.

It's getting closer to your wedding day! What should you confirm with your planner a month out?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: A month out, your planner will be checking in with vendors to confirm bookings, finalizing all last minute details, checking final guest count numbers to get them to the vendors and creating a timeline & schedule of events.

Is there any more advice you have for couples meeting with their wedding planner? Any best practices/tips?

Ashley of Posh Occasions: Your wedding planner will be your lifeline on your wedding day. You spend so much time planning your wedding, you want to make sure you are hiring a professional so you can relax and enjoy this very special time in your life. You don't want to have to worry about if something is going wrong, your wedding planner should take care of it without you even knowing. That is their job and you will be so thankful that you have them.

Photo by Rebecca Denton

Photo by Elle Danielle

Wow - this is such great advice, Ashley! Thank you so much for sharing all the inside scoop on wedding planning. These are all really great things to think about before making the move to hire someone. Experience is key! 

You can find out more about Posh Occasions and her wedding packages here on her website and also be sure to check out her Instagram page here!




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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. :)


WSMV Channel 4


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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