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How to Set the Table at Your Wedding: A How To By The Wedding Plate

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Photos by Eden Ingle

When you're discussing your wedding table designs, there are a few things you need to know about setting your table! And after working in the wedding rental industry myself, I was surprised by the amount of brides who asked how to properly set a table. Well, luckily Lisa of The Wedding Plate has started a blog series on how to set the tables at your Nashville wedding. She's broken it down into different categories - bread and drinks, flatware and napkins. Plus, she has a great one-sheet on how to make sure you don't miss anything in your table settings. Check out her advice below!

Photos by Jenna Henderson

Bread & Drinks:

In a basic place setting, you won't have a bread plate, but if you want your wedding to be a bit more formal, the bread plate goes to the left corner of your place setting. And what about the water and wine? Water glasses should be placed directly above the dinner knife on the right followed by the wine glasses - cascading down smaller and smaller. Here are some more tips from Lisa on bread & drinks!

Flatware:

This is the area where people are most likely to question themselves! Which side does the fork go on? What about the knife? Well, here is how you do it! The dinner fork goes to the left of the dinner plate followed by the salad fork. Next, the dinner knife goes to the right of the dinner plate followed by the coffee spoon. Easy peasy! Check out more of Lisa's tips on formal vs. informal settings here!

Photo by Eden Ingle

Napkins:

For a formal setting, the napkin should be folded and placed under the soup bowl which is placed on top of the dinner plate. The napkin can also go under the fork or on the plate if you're looking for an informal plate setting - keeping it casual! Read more of Lisa's tips here.

 

And if you're a visual person like me, here's Lisa's handy cheat sheet for how to set a wedding table:

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us, Lisa! You can check out more of The Wedding Plate's tips + beautiful vintage china inventory here on their website. And be sure to give them a follow on Instagram!

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Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Florals, Details & Design , Rentals, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

Nashville Bride Guide + Details By Margaret Host A Flower Crown Workshop

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Drumroll please... I am SO excited to announce our next class - a FLOWER CROWN WORKSHOP! I've partnered with planner and florist Margaret Tolbert from Details by Margaret to bring you one incredible afternoon! Keep reading below to get all of the details!

Photos by Abigail Bridges

What can you expect at the Flower Crown Workshop? You'll be heading over to the beautiful Historic Travellers Rest where Details by Margaret will teach us how to create flower crowns with florals provided by Geny's Wholesale in the Travellers Rest beautiful event space. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided by Two Fat Men Catering and you'll eat on beautiful vintage china from Vintage Weddings & Special Events! You'll take a seat at farm tables and beautiful chairs provided by Liberty Party Rental! Crafted by Heart is using her calligraphy magic to create place cards and signage all around the beautiful property. Once you're finished creating your crown, you'll have the opportunity to get your headshot snapped by Ryan Tolbert Photography (new profile pic - woo-hoo!), tour the gorgeous property and stop in the garden for a drink while listening to some live music. 

Photos by Wynd and Paisley

How do you know if the flower crown workshop is for you? The event is designed for brides to participate, but if you are a wedding professional, you're invited to join in the fun as well! Each guest can purchase 2 tickets max - one for you and one for a guest (bringing your MOH, MOB or BFF is a great idea!). So if you're looking to take home a fun craft, get a brand new headshot and also knock out some wedding planning while you're at it - this event is DEFINITELY for you! Tickets are $30 and include a take-home flower crown kit, your DIY flower crown, your headshot, food & drinks, + a swag bag! A pretty good deal if you ask me! 

Photos by Brasspenny Photography

How can you sign up? CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket - we'll see you on Sunday, July 9th at Travellers Rest!

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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

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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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Geny’s Flowers: Nashville’s Historic Flower Shop Offering Bridal Bouquets + More

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Photo by Kelly Cummings Photography

When you're looking for your wedding flowers for your Nashville, TN wedding, you won't want to miss Geny's Flowers! As Nashville's long-standing floral shop (they've been around for 150 years!), Geny's has seen it all! And when it comes to your modern-day wedding, Joan with Geny's Flowers can help you craft the perfect wedding floral look. Geny's offers everything from DIY wholesale flowers to custom wedding floral designs. From simple bouttenieres to intricate floral arches and installations, Geny's can provide the flowers to fit your unique style and budget! I could go on, but I'll let Joan, owner of Geny's Flowers, tell the story below! 

Photo by Julie Paisley Photography

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Tell us about Geny's Flowers!

Joan: Geny's is Nashville's oldest purveyor of fresh cut flowers. We can take all the perfect things you have found for your wedding or event and show you how flowers will work to pull together the perfect look. Our skilled & highly experienced designers will guide you through floral selections that will complement your location, personal style and budget. We offer DIY consultations for the brave do-it-yourself bride or floral enthusiast.

Geny's Flowers has a rich history here in Nashville! Tell us about how the business has grown + lasted throughout the years!

Joan: John Geny, co-owner of Geny's Flowers and Bridal is a fourth generation Geny in the flower industry. His great grandfather John Geny and his brother Leon were master gardeners from the Alsace region of France. They began their career here in 1868 installing and caring for the gardens at Belmont Mansion for the then builder and owner, Adelicia Acklen. We have evolved with the industry over the last 150 years from green houses and train cars and five retail shops and are proud to be one of the two oldest, along with Levy's, family owned and operated businesses in Tennessee.

Photos by Abigail Lauren Photography

What's the philosophy behind Geny's Flowers?

Joan: Our focus has always been on quality product and quality customer service. We care greatly about flowers and take great pride in our rich history in this business. So, we want you to be successful with your floral adventures, whether they be a small baby shower for a friend or a foray into owning your own small floral business. We want to be here with you every step of the way.

What are your strengths compared to other florists?

Joan: Knowledge and commitment to excellence. Since we work on both the sides of the flower business, retail and wholesale, we understand what quality products and service means to the finished look as a whole.

What type of bride books Geny's Flowers for their wedding?

Joan: Because we strive to offer services for every type of bride, I'm not sure if there is one specific kind. However, they tend to have more of a traditional style and an interest in quality more than quantity.

Photos by Rebecca Denton Photography

Tell us about some floral trends for 2017 that you're excited about!

Joan: Lots of textured greens! Texture in general is one of my favorite things and allows me to use many different, beautiful flowers and greens in our arrangements.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your company?

Joan: We are Nashville proud and we are here for you. We have been for 150 years and we hope to be for another 150 years.

First 2 photos by Ellie Odom Photography

Last photo by Julie Paisley Photography

Thank you so much for sharing all about Geny's Flowers and the rich history of the company, Joan! You can find more about Geny's Flowers on their website here or be sure to catch them over on Instagram here! Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Geny's series tomorrow - we'll dive into their beautiful wedding dresses! 

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Meet Rachael Ann’s Event Design: Nashville Wedding Planner + Florist

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When it comes to florals for your wedding, you want to hire someone with experience and design expertise. And if you're looking for a florist who is up on all of the latest and greatest trends, then look no further than Rachael Ann's Event Design (yes, she specializes in greenery)! And if you saw the elopement styled shoot she designed at Houston Station, then you know her floral designs are on point (it's seriously one of my favorites this year!). From designing small centerpieces and bouquets for your Nashville wedding all the way up to full-service wedding planning for Nashville brides that includes floral design, Rachael can do it all! No matter if your wedding budget is big or small, Rachael can work with you and deliver exactlly what you envisioned! Keep reading to learn more about her business...

Tell us about Rachael Ann's Event Design + how long you've been in business!

Rachael: We have been in business for three years now. We absolutely love doing floral design and making the bride's vision come to life. We can work with a variety of styles and budgets and always love working with new ideas.

How did you get started in weddings?

Rachael: I started by interning in college with an amazing wedding planner and florist. They helped grow my passion and I will forever be grateful.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Rachael: Our clients are our number one priority. We strive to make them the happiest they have ever been on that day. We want to create memories and joy that last them a lifetime.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Rachael: We are so versatile and can create so many different styles for all things floral.

What attracts brides to Rachael Ann's Event Design (+ describe that bride!)?

Rachael: How personable we are and how we can work with a variety of budgets. We don't have a minimum because all brides are different and have different visions.

Tell us - what's trending now in weddings? 

Rachael: Greenery is one of our specialties to work with and it's a major trend right now. Everything from greenery in bouquets, accent pieces, centerpieces, garlands, etc. We absolutely love working with it and the look that it gives a room.

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us, Rachael! You can find more of Rachael Ann's Event Design on her website here. And be sure to check out her Instagram page here for more inspiration! She is one talented lady! :)

All photos provided by Rachael Ann's Event Design.

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Helpful Vendor Interviews!, Florals, Details & Design , Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »