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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!


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


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!


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

Vintage Weddings & Events: Mismatched China + Decor for Your Nashville Wedding

Thursday, April 27, 2017

When celebrating your big day, you want it to be uniquely yours! From your vows to your dress to your tablescapes, everything about your weddings should scream you as a couple. And if you're a vintage lover like me, then adding heirloom china + centerpieces to your table scape is a great choice! Nancy of Vintage Weddings and Events has curated and collected unique pieces of china, glassware, flatware + more that you can rent for your wedding! The Depression Glass, brooches + more are one of a kind pieces and will definitely be a talking piece among your guests at your Nashville wedding. As a Mother of the Groom herself, Nancy knows the ins and outs of planning a wedding, so keep reading to learn more about her vintage china business + how you can rent some for your wedding!


Tell us about Vintage Weddings + Special Events + how long you've been in business!

Nancy: Vintage Weddings & Special Events is a new family owned business which features mismatched china, goblets, depression glassware, flatware, and serving dishes. We also design one-of-a-kind centerpieces such as brooch bouquets in vintage vases and lighted mason jars on tree rounds. Our goal is to provide a unique dining experience for wedding.

How did you get started in weddings?

Nancy: I started collecting vintage china and depression glass for my son's wedding last June. I fell in love with "the thrill of the hunt." I find my treasures at estate sales, flea markets, and antique stores.

What's the philosophy behind Vintage Weddings + Events?

Nancy: We are a family business and we plan to treat each event with TLC.

What are your strengths compared to other rental companies?

Nancy: I believe we are unique because we have incorporated Depression Glass into our Vintage Garden Collection. The glass compliments the colors and patterns of the china. The layering of plates is gorgeous!

What attracts brides to your business (+ describe that bride!)?

Nancy: I think brides that are having a rustic, vintage, or bohemian wedding will love our dinnerware and centerpieces. Our prices are also very reasonable.

Describe some of the services you provide besides place setting + centerpiece rentals.

Nancy: We set up and attend the reception to make sure everything runs smoothly and the reception continues to look attractive while you enjoy your special day. We will clear tables and tidy all stations such as the Coffee Bar or Appetizer Table.

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

Nancy: I love weddings so I decided to turn that enthusiasm into a business!

You can find all of Nancy's gorgeous collection here on the Vintage Weddings and Special Events' website! Thanks, Nancy!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Unique Wedding Ideas, Rentals, Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

Liberty Party Rental Offers Discounted Chairs + Free Shipping in April

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I am so excited to share this news with you today! My friends over at Liberty Party Rental are offering an incredible deal for any April events and weddings. It's seriously one of the best discounted rates I've seen! Six of their beautiful seating prices are slashed AND you can qualify for FREE standard delivery! Remember, this is only from now through the month of April, so NOW is a great time to book your rentals with them for your wedding, bridal shower or event! 


From Tuscan Bentwood Chairs to Axis Furniture, Liberty Party Rental is giving you a chance to save on your big day. Here's a breakdown of the special chair pricing:

Samsonite Chairs (white or black) : $0.75

Folding Chairs (Fruitwood, Black or White): $1.75

Fruitwood Versailles Chair w/pad: $4

Chiavari Chairs w/pad (Natural Wood, Fruitwood, White, Black, White-Wash, Gold, Silver): $6

Tuscan Bentwood Chairs w/pad: $7.50

Axis Furniture: $10 off per piece

Photo by Christy Wilson Photography - Design by Ninth & Everett

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

So whether you are having a casual backyard wedding with Samsonite chairs or a "dress to the nines" soireè with Chiavari chairs and soft seating, NOW is the time to book your rentals! Want to see all of Liberty's chairs in person? Feel free to give them a call to make an appointment at one of their 4 locations around Nashville! 615-822-4392 or you can email them at

Now for the FREE delivery portion... To qualify for Liberty's FREE standard delivery (a $75 value), your order must be $1,000 or more (which is definitely doable for wedding rentals!) and must be within a 25 mile radius of downtown Nashville. And if your order qualifies for 2 delivery trucks, you are able to waive the $75 rate on both trucks! However, if you need an exact time delivery or a late night pickup, those delivery fees will remain and do not qualify under this deal. But I mean, how amazing is it still to save $75 on your Nashville wedding rental delivery?! Yeah, pretty amazing! 

Liberty is coming out with some new incredible products in the next few weeks so be sure to keep checking back on their website here and also on their Instagram page here for the latest and greatest ways to design your Nashville wedding!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Deals and Steals, Rentals, 0 comments »

Shelby + Grayson’s Rustic Vintage Wedding at The Grove at Williamson Place

Friday, February 24, 2017

When Lisa of The Wedding Plate told me the whole concept behind her business started when she was collecting plates for her daughter's wedding, it was such a fun and unique story! I was so excited to see the story unfold and view the beautiful photos and table scapes from Shelby + Grayson's wedding! From vintage china to flatware and glassware, Lisa scoured vintage and antique shops to curate a one-of-a-kind vintage collection to offer Nashville area brides. Adding in Shelby's personalized elements like her grandmothers' wedding dresses, DIY signage and more, the rustic chic Nashville, TN fall wedding was one to remember! Read more of their story below...

Shelby Shacklett + Grayson Adkins

The Grove at Williamson Place


Wedding Team:

Venue: The Grove at Williamson Place

Photography: Eden Ingle Photo

Caterer: The Blue Porch

Vintage Tableware: The Wedding Plate

Wedding Planner and Florals: Julie Fletcher

Wedding Dress and Veil: Olia Zavozina

Makeup: Annalise Carey

Hair: Jo Smith

Band: Matt Mackey and The Loveseats

Limousine: Matchless Transportation

Donuts: Fox's Donut Den

On a perfect fall day last October, Shelby Lee Shacklett and Grayson Waldron Adkins were married at an outdoor ceremony at The Grove at Williamson Place in Murfreesboro. The couple wanted a wedding as unique as their love story. Originally from Nashville, Shelby and Grayson met in July 2013 in Hong Kong, while Shelby worked as marketing intern and Grayson vacationed with friends. Shortly after their first date, Grayson moved from Phoenix to San Diego to attend grad school, and Shelby soon followed and started her marketing career there. They became an ‘official’ couple on November 9, 2013, and Grayson proposed to Shelby on that same day in November 2015.

Shelby had always dreamed of a fall Southern wedding, and the couple agreed that the wedding would be at home in Middle Tennessee. They quickly set the date and secured their venue. While home for Christmas, Shelby found her wedding dress and veil at Olia Zavozina’s Nashville boutique, selected bridesmaids’ dresses, a wedding planner and florist. Shelby wanted her Southern wedding to be very personal and to include elegance and sparkle.  With that in mind, Lisa began collecting mismatched vintage china, glasses, and flatware from estate sales and antique stores for the wedding. The collection continued to grow, and Lisa and Shelby created The Wedding Plate, a rental boutique featuring mix-n-match china, goblets and flatware for weddings and other memorable events.

The wedding day started with the wedding party getting ready in the house located on The Grove’s property. While makeup artist, Annalise Carey, and hairstylist and maid-of-honor, Jo Smith, attended to Shelby, wedding planner Julie Fletcher kept the whole day running smoothly and also provided the flowers. The ceremony included live music by fiddlers Crystal Plohman, Shelby’s fiddle teacher, and friend Leah Gray, and guitarist Rich Moore. The wedding party included six bridesmaids and groomsmen and the bride’s cousins as flower girl and ring bearers. The bride’s youth minister, Rob Touchstone, officiated the wedding and the couple recited their own vows. 

Following the outdoor ceremony in the grove of trees, guests walked to the loafing barn for hot cider, games, and photos at the photo booth while photographer Eden Ingle captured sunset pictures with the bride and groom. Breakfast was served for dinner in the main barn on tables set with mismatched china, lanterns, burlap table runners and greenery. The wedding cake was cut and served along with donuts from Fox’s Donut Den, and toasts were given by the fathers, best man, and maids-of honor. The band, Matt Mackey and the Loveseats, entertained the crowd, but guests especially enjoyed when the bride picked up her fiddle, joined the band and played a few tunes. The guests were encouraged to take home a pint jar of homemade peach, strawberry or pear jelly, made by Shelby’s grandmother, as their gift.

The night ended with a sparkler send-off as the couple climbed into Waylon Jennings’ 1962 Cadillac limousine and headed off to the Opryland Hotel. The couple honeymooned for two weeks in Dubai and Maldives before returning to their home in San Diego. 

This wedding is such a dream! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us Shelby! It's such a cool story to learn more behind the scenes scoop on how The Wedding Plate began. And now these place settings will live on to grace the tables of lots more weddings in the area - how very special!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Rentals, Wedding Style - Rustic, Farm , Wedding Style - Vintage, 0 comments »

Nashville Bride Guide’s Best Table Scapes of 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 has flown by, but in the midst of it, we were left with some incredible wedding and styled shoot table scapes by some talented designers, planners and rental companies! From simplistic southern style to glammed up gorgeousness, we've rounded up our favorite table scapes from this year! Take a look at which wonderous weddings and inspirational shoots made the list!


Photo by Justin Wright Photography

1) Kaitlin's neutral artisan table scape 

Kaitlin + Mick's wedding was a mix of cultures from New Orleans to Australia, they opted for a neutral color palate. A sea of round tables (by 12th Table + Music City Tents & Events) beneath their outdoor reception space alongside chic lounge seating areas was definitely a layout to remember! Planner Events by Elaine helped make each and every detail stand out!

See more of Kaitlin's New Orleans style wedding at The Cordelle here




Photo by Abigail Volkmann Photography

2) Abigail Volkmann's jewel toned styled shoot table scape

What do you get when you pair Two Monkeys Vintage place settings and vintage furniture with styling by The Interior Maven? Voila - you've got a beautiful small table setting for 6! And that royal blue vintage sofa is just magnificent! We love mixing lounge furniture with guest tables!

See more of Abigail Volkmann's fall jewel toned styled shoot here




Photo by Ian Riley Photography

3) Kelsey's romantic, industrial table scape

Mixing masculine and feminine is not always an easy task, but the folks at Randi Events, Music City Tents & Events, La Tavola and LMA Designs teamed up to make it happen! Fruitwood farm tables and folding chairs paired with bright floral arrangements and clear plates created an eclectic atmosphere! 

See more of Kelsey's industrial meets romance wedding at aVenue here




Photo by Shannon Bankston Photography

4) Paige Brown Designs' glitzy lakeside styled shoot table scape

As we like to say, Paige Brown never ceases to amaze us with her creativity! This time around, she paired items from her own inventory along with Liberty Party Rental's items to create the look. Blush sequined linen with turquoise and gold accents were used to create a fantasy lakeside wedding like no other!

See all of Paige Brown Designs' lakeside "I Do" styled shoot here




Photo by Jenna Henderson

5) Sycamore Farms' ethereal open house table scape

Our friends at Sycamore Farms hosted an incredible open house to show off the beautiful property - and they dressed it to the 9s! The designers behind the event, Firefly Events, planned each detail to a T. The white farm tables and sofas from Southern Events gave the faux farm wedding an elevated look!

See more of Sycamore Farms' open house table scapes here.



2016 has been such a fun year filled with creativity and ingenuity in the wedding world in Nashville. Nashville Bride Guide is so proud to share all of these amazing designs and the vendors behind them! If you're a bride who was recently engaged - congrats! You can find our full vendor list here to help you plan! 


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Rentals, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »