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Reunion Stay: The Nashville Area’s Resort Accommodations for Wedding Guests

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

If you're looking for a great place for your guests to stay during your wedding, look no further than Reunion Stay! Give your guests a resort-like feel with the modern pool and luxurious + modern bedrom decor. With 11 rooms of pure tranquil bliss, your guests will feel relaxed just in time for your wedding and will also have a blast being in the same house with the rest of the fam! Reunion Stay showcased their most resort-like features in their latest blog post and we're here to relive the whole summertime fun experience in Nashville! Take a look at their poolside slice of paradise below!


One of the best things about being able to take some time off is the possibility of pulling the plug on your daily routine, even if only for a little bit. Imagine getting rid of your job commitment or every-day-life, and turn to a place of complete and utter relaxation, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the finer things in life. This is pretty much what we set out to offer here at Reunion Stay. When we came up with this concept, our vision was simple: making sure that everything would be absolutely perfect for people looking to experience the luxury of a private resort, and relax with the ultimate comfort at their disposal. Located in a charming countryside setting, about 20 miles outside of Nashville, Tennessee, our stunning property Reunion Stay features the charm and vision of the timeless Southern land, over 7 acres of stunning space.

Our finely decorated property boasts dream-like looks that fall somewhere in between modern and old-fashioned, as well as much space to cater to your every need and desire. There are 11 rooms, which are perfect to host even large parties, you can bring your extended family and or friends along for a great vacation resort experience. In addition to the many rooms available and the ample and comfortable lodging possibilities, the house itself is full of high quality amenities that will make you feel at home, away from home. The space is tailored to many different situations, and you will can host a wide variety of events. 

Read the rest of Reunion Stay's resort post here on their blog!

Check out more details on how your family can rent Reunion Stay here! And also be sure to follow them on Instagram!


Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Destination Weds & Honeymoon , Guests, Gifts & Favors, Wedding Venues and Locations, 0 comments »

Questions to Ask Your Venue Manager from The Barn at Sycamore Farms {Pt. 1}

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Photo by Meredith Teasley

You're engaged - congrats! One of the first decisions you'll be making is where you're getting married. And like we said last week, there are so many great wedding venue options in Nashville. One of my favorites is The Barn at Sycamore Farms! The luxury indoor/outdoor venue in Arrington, TN is picturesque and beautiful inside and out! I spoke with Marissa from Sycamore Farms about booking your wedding venue - what are the best questions to ask a venue manager? How do you know the right information to know that the venue is exactly what you're looking for? In the words of Marissa, she says, "Ask away! There is no such thing as stupid questions!" To make sure there are no surprises down the line, keep reading to see The Barn at Sycamore Farms' take on the questions you should ask your venue manager below. And stay tuned tomorrow for part 2 of their advice!

The Most Common Questions Couples Ask a Venue Manager:

What is the guest count of the ceremony location(s)?

Where are the ceremony location options?

What is the guest count of reception space(s)?

Where are the reception location options?

How many parking spaces are available?

Where is the nearest hotel for guest accommodations?

Should I get a wedding coordinator?

What does the price include?

Are tables and chairs for the ceremony and reception included?

When can we arrive at the venue?

How late can we stay at the venue?

How early can we get on site, and have to be off property?

Are we required to use your vendors?

Can we bring our own food and/or alcohol?


Questions You Should Ask Your Venue Manager:

What are the responsibilities of the venue and staff?

What are my responsibilities as the client?

What are the responsibilities of the vendors, according to the venue staff?

What information do I need to provide the venue, when?

Other things to note:

Make sure to get a list of items that are included in the price quoted. This lets you know a hard cost and reference of how to budget all other details moving forward, and ensures you know exactly what you are getting. Always try to get things in writing, its easy to answer a question over the phone, but also easy to forget it a year later when the event takes place. Always send emails of specifics, especially financial questions, to reference later.

Make sure you completely understand the following: total cost, what is included in the venue cost, all rules and regulations of the venue (ex: county codes: must be off property no later than midnight)

Thank you so much for sharing such valuable insight with us, Marissa! And while you're venue shopping, be sure to check out The Barn at Sycamore Farms - with a gorgeous custom built-in chandelier, lake & island along with a beautiful bridge and state of the art barn, it's seriously such an incredible choice if you're looking for an upscale wedding venue in the Tennessee countryside. Check out more here on their website and also be sure to follow them on Instagram here!

The second photo on are all by Jenna Henderson Photography.

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

How to Choose a Nashville Wedding Venue: Advice from Music City Events

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Photos by LMR Photography + Saybre Photography

Choices, choices, choices! If there's something Nashville isn't short on, it's wedding venues! From elegant historical mansions to casual coffee bars, the Nashville wedding venue ocean runs deep. Need some guidance on how to find a Nashville wedding venue? We spoke with Lindsy of Music City Events to help us with this task - it doesn't have to be daunting! And might I add, having a planner step in during the venue search process will save you so much time (and possibly money!). So whether you're looking to have an intimate gathering for 50 or a large party of 400, Lindsy is here to help us navigate the Nashville wedding venue waters! Keep scrolling to read all about finding a Nashville wedding venue...

There are so many venues to choose from! Where do you suggest couples start?

Lindsy: I highly recommend hiring a planner. Not only because I am one myself, but because your planner is your guru. Hiring a knowledgeable planner can eliminate all of that research to find out which venues suit your size, budget and aesthetic.

Guest count has a lot to do with finding a venue - can you dig a little further into this?

Lindsy: Your guest count is most important in your venue search. You may think you want an intimate event with 50 of your closest friends but your partner may have 100 guests on their own personal list. Most weddings average 150-200 guests. In Nashville, I feel as though there are many more options for venues if your guest count is under 150. If you find your guest count to be over 250 (and up to 400) guests, your options are limited. There are so many wonderful, unique venues but find out their max capacity (with and without a dance floor) before you fall in love with one.

Which should come first - choosing a wedding style/aesthetic or choosing a venue?

Lindsy: Many venues can accommodate a variety of styles. Spaces like The Cordelle are beautiful, blank canvases that can host a modern event as effortlessly as a traditional soiree. However, if you book the stunning 100 year old Hermitage Hotel, there's a specific aesthetic that works best in that venue. I recommend booking your venue before you commit to a certain style, aesthetic, or even colors. (I've seen mint green bridesmaids in a mostly-red venue and it just does not work!)

Do you suggest couples look for a venue for the ceremony + reception or switch locations for ceremony + reception?

Lindsy: There are positives and negatives to booking more than one venue. ONE VENUE : It's easiest for your guests and vendors. With everyone in one place, the vendors can communicate with you or your planner easily. Your guests only have to park once and there's very little chance anyone will get lost from the ceremony to reception. On the negative side, sometimes booking one space can require what we call a "flip" - flipping the space from ceremony to reception. Depending on the venue, this flip can put your guests out in the elements (rain, heat, humidity, etc.) or in a cramped hallway for cocktail hour. TWO VENUES : There are so many gorgeous ceremony spaces that I never deter a couple from marrying in one of them, it's just few more logistics to work out. The downside to two venues is two venue rental fees. If you have your heart set on a church ceremony, you're likely need two venues. Most venues and churches that cater to ceremonies require minimal set-up so the fees are much smaller. You'll also have to consider how you're going to get your guests from one venue to the next. Consider hiring a bus or trolley, or use a Lyft/Uber code. If you're a local and most of your guests will be driving themselves, make sure both venues have valet or ample parking. No one wants to pay a hefty parking fee to attend your event.

How much of your wedding budget should go into your venue?

Lindsy: The venue should be about 10-20% of your overall budget. When booking a venue, find out how much you're expected to rent. Some venues provide tables, chairs, bar fronts, china and flatware. Others provide an empty room. Ask your planner or venue representative what comes with the venue and how much the average couple spends on rentals.

At what point in the planning process should couples choose their venue?

Lindsy: The venue dictates almost every other decision you'll make, so do that early. I had a bride who booked planning services with us (Music City Events) in February of 2016 and wanted a January 2017 wedding at the Hermitage Hotel. Her guest list was growing and, sadly, the venue would be too small so we continued our search. She ended up booking War Memorial for August of 2016. She still got her traditional, classic wedding reception but it was a lot different from the winter wedding we were planning to have at the Hermitage Hotel.

How far out from your wedding date should you book a venue?

Lindsy: If you want to get married on a Saturday during Nashville's peak seasons, spring or fall, most venues are booked a year out. If you're willing to try a Friday, Sunday or weekday, your options open up tremendously and 6 to 9 months would work. If you're planning a winter wedding, you'll have many more options as most venues are wide open in January and February. Earlier this year I pulled off a February wedding with less than 3 months of planning. So, it can be done!

Do you have any more advice for finding a venue in Nashville?

Lindsy: As my realtor would say, "Location! Location! Location!" We have so many options in Nashville! There are venues everywhere, including downtown, right on Broadway, up to an hour outside of the city. Again, think about your guests' experience and the look and feel you're going for.


Thank you so much for sharing such vaulable insight with us today, Lindsy! You can find more information on Music City Events' planning here on their website. Also be sure to give them a follow here on Instagram!

All photos provided by Music City Events

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, Wedding Venues and Locations, 0 comments »

The Grand Re-Opening of the Sheraton Grand in Downtown Nashville

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Oh what a night! Last month I had the privilege of attending the Grand Re-Opening of the Sheraton Downtown - now the Sheraton Grand Downtown Nashville! The Sheraton has been a staple in Nashville's skyline for many many years and now it's taking the Grand title. But what does that mean? There are only five Sheraton Grand Hotels in the United States and Nashville is proud to be the home of the 5th! With an extensive $35 million renovation, The Sheraton Grand now boasts the Skye Event Suite - an "in the round" event space with 360 degree views of the Nashville skyline at 28 stories high! Plus, the hotel's emmaculate modern, clean and geometric lobby, ballroom and bar area are all sights to see! It's pretty much had a makeover from head to toe! Keep reading to find out more about my time at the grand opening...

The night started off with a media reception in the Skye suite where the presentation of the Sheraton Grand plaque was presented to officials at the hotel! My guest Lindsy of Music City Events and I were oohing and ahhing over all the gorgeous modern details - from the black and gold cushioned barstools to the extravagant linens and table scapes the hotel event professionals designed for the big night. The views of the city were breathtaking and we even had to stop to take a boomerang of the amazing live jellyfish display!

If that wasn't enough, we all made our way down to the main ballroom where the party was like nothing else I've ever seen! Beautiful couches and lounge seating was everywhere to be seen with a dance floor, with custom designed draping and lighting. Someone with food and drinks were everywhere ou turned and the service staff made it so every guest felt individually cared for. A DJ spun some great tunes and in between sets, aerial artists, dancers and even a magician performed to create an upscale Vegas-like atmosphere for the crowd. I was blown away by the thought and hard work that was put into this event - it was definitely not one of your run of the mill networking events! The Sheraton staff definitely knows how to throw a party! 

And for the final bit of entertainment for the night? Earth Wind & Fire performed some of their greatest hits for the crowd! What an incredible show! I don't know what I was expecting coming into this event, but I was blown away by the hospitality, design and entertainment of the night. The Sheraton Grand is an awesome choice to host your wedding with so many photo ops and design elements that your guests will enjoy! Want to learn more about The Sheraton Grand? Check out their website here

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Annalise + Brandon’s Destination Wedding in Nashville at Houston Station

Friday, May 26, 2017

What do you get when a musician + a vocalist cross paths in Nashville? Well, for Annalise + Brandon, it was true love! Since the couple met here in Music City, they decided to have a destination wedding in Nashville at Houston Station! The couple's decor centered around their musical background and also showcased the industrial historic train station feel that Houston Station offers to so many couples. I'm loving their classy touches mixed with casual characteristics - like the bride's glamorous accessories mixed with her Converse shoes! It's definitely the Nashville way. :) Take a look at more of Tracy Shoopman's photos and hear how the night went straight from Tracy herself!

Annalise + Brandon Thomas

Houston Station


100 Guests

Wedding Team:

Photographer | Tracy Shoopman Photography

Makeup Artist | Lisa Johnson Bridal

Hair Stylist | Brides by Mary

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Venue | Events Nashville at Houston Station

Transportation | Matchless Transportation

Event Planner | Social Ambitions Events and Weddings

Draping | Visual Elements

Cake Designer | Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

From the photographer, Tracy Shoopman: Annalise is originally from Colorado but she and Brandon met in Nashville... and so Nashville is where they decided to have their destination wedding. Annalise and Brandon's wedding took place at the Historic Houston Train Station. We loved the venue with the exposed brick and peeling paint.. it added so much character. The bride and groom also sing and play wonderfully together as you can see in some of the images. Overall, the beautiful couple and the beautiful venue made for a beautiful wedding.

More from the photographer, Tracy Shoopman: Their  wedding theme was country-chic and inspired by "I Hear the Train a'Comin'". Mis-matched china, beautiful clear glass goblets, a chandelier, off whites and some blush (pale warm peachy pink) were also used to create the look and feel of the wedding.

Thank you so much for sharing Annalise + Brandon's wedding with us, Tracy! You can check out more of Tracy Shoopman's photography work here on her website. Also be sure to check out more on Houston Station here!

Posted by Alyssa | Filed under: Real Nashville Weddings, Wedding Venues and Locations, Wedding Style - Classic, 0 comments »