July 14, 2022 - No Comments!

Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Save The Date Invites

You’re newly engaged, planning your dream wedding and you just booked your wedding venue. What’s next? It’s time to spread the word and invite your loved ones! The “appetizer” of your wedding invitation feast is called Save The Date Invite or just, Save the Date. These little cuties are going to provide your guests with some teaser information about your wedding as well as set the tone for the epic day they’re about to have. 

While sending a save the date postcard isn’t rocket science, there are a few important things you need to keep in mind. Ready to learn everything there is to know about Save the Date Invites? Let’s dive in!

This blog post is sponsored by our friends at Basic Invite. Hop over to their website and see all the amazing save the date postcards and wedding invitations they have!

Use your wedding color palette

As wedding planners, we tell my clients that in order to be cohesive throughout our design process, we need to first choose a wedding color palette. This will be referenced when we’re looking at florals, napkins, bridesmaids dresses, and…wedding invitations! We love when couples start off their wedding planning strong by designing their save the date invites with their official color palette. This gives the guest a sneak peek at the theme of the wedding so they can plan their outfits accordingly.

By the way, Basic Invite has over 180 colors to choose from for your save the dates and wedding invitations. You can customize every aspect of their samples which is what makes them so unique!

Don’t have a color palette yet and getting anxious to send out your save the date postcards? Don’t worry, we also encourage couples to use their engagement photos as another option. You can still set the tone of your wedding with fonts, patterns or just a beautiful picture of the two of you!

Save the Date postcard example

Keep it simple

We know you want to tell your guests everything about the wedding but you will have the wedding invitations and wedding website to do that later. For your save the date invites, all you need to add is:

  • Names of the people getting married
  • Wedding date
  • Wedding venue (Pro tip: add the address so people can start thinking about their travel)
  • Optional: “Invitation to Follow” or “Visit our wedding website at www.JandJgettingmarried.com”. Basic Invite provides FREE wedding websites too!

We love this minimalist example from Basic Invite. The save the date postcard is simple but clearly showcases all the important information. This also gives guests a little preview of the theme of the wedding: minimal & modern.

Make it an art piece

Even if you’re going the minimalist route, your save the date can still be an art piece. Your guests will be displaying it on their fridge for months to come so might as well make it look nice, right? This particular save the date postcard is one of our favorites. With the outline of the mountain range and some soft colors, this is something I would be excited to display in my home as a wedding guest!

Remember, the save the date invite is meant to get people excited about the wedding to come while giving them some essential information. You want to give them a little taste without sharing all your wedding plans. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing like receiving a physical invitation to a formal event in the mail rather than digitally or over text.  

Did this inspire you to send out a fun save the date invite for your wedding? We sure hope so! There are hundreds of styles over at Basic Invite for everyone’s unique taste. Hop over to their website to find your perfect save the date for your wedding.

BONUS, Basic Invite will collect your guests' addresses for free! You just send your friends and family a quick link via text or social media and consider it done. They’ll also address the envelopes for you which is a huge time saver. 

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Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

May 25, 2022 - No Comments!

Vibrant Palm Springs Wedding at Casa Cody

Today we are taking a trip to Palm Springs, California for a beautiful intimate wedding! The couple of honor, Claire and Scott hosted their dream day at a historic hotel venue, Casa Cody. The luxury bed and breakfast is truly an oasis in the heart of Palm Springs. Whether you want to enjoy a cocktail by the pool with your guests or explore lush gardens, this is a unique venue to consider. For your wedding day, Casa Cody can accommodate up to 200 guests. Along with the option to stay at the venue, you can work with the onsite catering and bar to make planning that much easier.

Now, let's take a look at Claire and Scott's big day together! Keep reading for all of the details from this vibrant Palm Springs wedding at Casa Cody.

The Color Palette

Shades of green, deep fuschia, hints of peach, and warm neutrals created the stunning color palette for this wedding. We gathered inspiration from the natural blooms in the garden at the venue. These colors are a great option if you love jewel tones but want something softer. Since the wedding was outdoor in Palm Springs, we decided to keep the palette vibrant, playful, and fresh!

The Details

Florals were a major part of this wedding design! We even mixed in some desert plants with the fresh blooms for a unique design. From the hair accessories, signage, centerpieces, to the printed fans for the ceremony, the floral elements brought this vision to life. To add some more tropical details, we placed fresh fruit on the tables! It was so fun to get creative with this summer-inspired wedding.

Claire & Scott

Onto the couple's photos! After Claire and Scott got ready for their big day, they shared a first look at the venue. This is something more and more couples are opting to do on their wedding day. A first look is a great opportunity to capture some of your photos as a couple and calm any pre-ceremony nerves.

Then, it was time for the ceremony. The couple said their "I dos" among their closest family and friends in one of the venue's private gardens. Look at that view!

Table Decor

For the reception, we created this stunning outdoor layout under string lights. For the guest tables, we added a delicate neutral runner and placed all of those colorful centerpieces we mentioned before. I love the wooden table numbers and pops of green in the napkins! Claire and Scott's sweetheart table included a similar design with the addition of woven fans to keep cool in the Palm Springs heat.

Party

Time for the party. Guests could enjoy signature cocktails by the pool or among the gardens. There was even a photo booth at the wedding for a fun entertainment option. Of course, the couple and their guests had a blast on the dancefloor.

We can't wait to come back to Palm Springs for more celebrations like this. Planning your Palm Springs wedding or another destination event? We would love to chat with you. Our team has a range of different services to bring your dream day to life. Contact us today to learn more!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

April 4, 2022 - No Comments!

Nashville Wedding Venue Tour: The Venue at Birchwood

I'm back with another Nashville wedding venue tour for you! This modern barn style venue offers 26 acres of space with a classic rustic charm. From the spacious reception location option to a sweet chapel, there are options for everybody. The venue is located just outside of Nashville making this an ideal location for both local and destination weddings. Let's take a look at The Venue at Birchwood Together!

Outdoor Space

One aspect I always look for when touring a venue is the photography space. Even if you plan on mainly celebrating indoors, you will probably want to capture some photos outside together. There is so much space to explore on Birchwood's property. From the spacious landscape, a historic barn, to photos outside of the venue, you won't be lacking options here! Plus, the venue looks beautiful in all seasons. I happened to your the space in the snow, but look at how stunning it was.

If this has you thinking about what else you should look for when touring a venue, we have you covered! Use our downloadable wedding venue walkthrough checklist as you search for your perfect space. This is something our planners use everytime we complete a tour. This ensures you won't miss anything and can often save you both time and money in the long run.

Chapel

For the ceremony, you can say your "I dos" in the chapel space. This location incorporates the natural light from the spacious windows that look incredibly dreamy. The venue offers a selection of onsite arbors and pews making creating your ceremony layout that much easier! Check out The Venue at Birchwood's Instagram for more details and photos of the chapel.

Reception Barn

The reception barn includes everything you need to celebrate. Here are the key aspects of this space:

  • Indoor reception location: The space for you and your guests to dine and dance!
  • Covered porch + cocktail patio: Having a separate space for cocktail hour and for guests to relax can elevate your event.
  • Bride & groom suites: This will make getting ready on the day of your wedding a breeze.
  • Warming kitchen: Your caterer will thank you for this one!
  • Bathrooms: Always essential for any venue.
  • Upstairs loft: This offers extra space to seat guests or incorporate extra entertainment features. Perfect for larger events.

The Details

Now, you may love this space but what about the specifics? Let's take a look at the details you need to know for hosting an event here:

  • Guest Capacity: 240 guests
  • 100 car parking lot available
  • Tables, chairs, mobile bars, arbors, and sound system available. See more rentals from the venue here!
  • Venue rental fee begins at $7,500

If you are interested in touring The Venue at Birchwood or have more questions, email info@thevenueatbirchwood.com or contact us today!

If you loved this venue, read all about more of our favorite Tennessee wedding venues next.

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

March 8, 2022 - No Comments!

How to Include Dogs in Your Wedding (and keep everyone happy)

It is no secret that our 'Cause We Can Events team loves dogs! In fact, I have three of my own. We understand how important it is to include in your life as much as you can. Many of our adventurous couples as us, "How can we include our dogs in our wedding?" Today, we are sharing exactly how! Keep reading to find out how to bring your pups along for your big day while keeping everyone happy.

Talk to Your Venue

Before you can consider including dogs in your wedding, you need to talk to your wedding venue. If your venue is outdoors and adventurous, it is worth asking! For many of our glamping weddings, we see many pups in attendance. Your venue will be able to tell you their policies regarding dogs so you can be well prepared.

Then, you can invite your guests to bring their dogs once you know exactly what is and isn't allowed. Think about how many of your guests have dogs and how many would want to bring them along for the wedding. You might decide to only bring your pups along or extend the invitation to only a few wedding party members or guests.

Designate a Quiet Space for Your Dogs to Rest

Bring Crates

Make sure to bring crates along to include with this quiet space. Your dogs will be safe and secure so you won't have a worry.

A wedding is tiring for everyone. Make sure your glamping tent or a quiet space is available for your dogs to rest. They can chill while you keep dancing!

Consider Hiring Professional Dog Sitters

You really need someone to check on the dogs during the wedding day. You and your guests will be busy with all of the exciting moments of the day. Hire some professional dog sitters to take care of your pup friends during the wedding. We love using Rover.com for this but a similar vendor might be available locally in your city. Don't worry, you will still see your pups and they will be included in portions of the day! This will just take the extra responsibility off of you.

Check out the team from this wedding on Instagram:
Planning & design @causewecanevents
Photographer @hilaurenhello
Venue @undercanvasofficial
Florist @thistleandlaceflorals 
Beauty @bangsandblush_

Bring Plenty of Water, Food Bowls, & Waste Bags

This is an obvious one! Bring plenty of water and food bowls along with waste bags. Expect to provide these for your guests' dogs if you have extended the invitation to them. It is so helpful to have food and water stations set throughout the venue. Set some waste bags out in a cute basket for your guests to use for their dogs as well. You might create mini tables dedicated to dog supplies! Add some extra leashes and treats to take this a step further.

Bring a Doggy Pool

Since you will be outdoors for at least a portion of your wedding when bringing your dogs along, find ways to keep them cool and comfortable! Bring doggy pools for the pups to play and cool off. They always have so much fun with this and it won't cost you too much out of your budget.

When You Shouldn't Bring Your Pup Along

Now, there are some points when you should consider not bringing your dogs along. I've seen dogs jump on buffet tables, dogs bark all night, and dogs left completely exhausted from all of the loud music and partying. Some dogs absolutely love the atmosphere and some dogs hate it. At the end of the day, the decision is up to you and your partner. You know your pups best!

Your Dog Is The Nervous Type

Does your dog react to every little noise or movement at home? Or are they just a little nervous in general? A wedding might be overwhelming for the anxious pup.

You Want to Party

If you know you want to party and not worry about anything else, it might be a good idea to not bring your dog to your wedding. Even with dog sitters, it is hard not to want to check-in or question where your dog is at any moment. If you feel like this would hinder your ability to have a good time, it is something to factor into your decision.

I hope this blog helps you out when thinking about how to include dogs in your wedding. Now you might be thinking, "I need help finding venues that are pup-friendly." Here's one example at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains to help you have an idea of what to look for in your search.

Of course, this is just one of the many items that require some research and professional knowledge. If you are planning your adventurous wedding, let's chat! We have many different levels of support just for your big day.

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

January 18, 2022 - No Comments!

Vibrant Boho Wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Today we are back at one of my favorite Under Canvas locations - the Smoky Mountains! This day was filled with vibrant colors, some boho flair, and a live band. I know you might be looking for inspiration for your wedding day, so I'm sharing all of the details with you.

Now, I understand being inspired and bringing a vision to life is different.

Well, friend, this is why we created this Wedding Moodboard Template! We’re sharing 2 of our very own Wedding Moodboards with you so you can properly customize, organize and visualize your wedding day.

What you’ll get with each template is:

  • Color palette page and how to use it
  • Specific sections for ceremony, cocktail, florals, tablescape, etc.
  • Pro Tips from us and how to use this template
  • Super easy instructions on how to copy it in your very own Canva account

Ready to wow your vendors (and your partner) with a clear vision of your wedding day? Grab these 2 ready-to-go moodboards for $19! So, when you see details you love from this day, you will be able to capture them on your own design. Now, onto the wedding.

The Outfits

The celebrated couple got ready at a cabin close to the venue. Check out their outfits! They accessorized their boho looks with some unique accessories. From a pampas grass filled bouquet to floral printed boots, this couple had incredible style.

Boho wedding bouquet with pampas grass

Ceremony

After getting ready for the day and capturing some photos, it was time for the ceremony. The setup was extra special because of this custom Sunburst Arch from our sister company, Blue Fish Event Rentals. The couple was inspired by the sun for their wedding so this arch was a must! We opted for a ceremony in front of the woods for this breathtaking backdrop. With the right location, less is definitely more. Our local vendor friends at Lang Florals decorated the arch and the ceremony site was complete!

Bride and groom kissing at glamping wedding ceremony

Cocktail Hour

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks and charcuterie while the newlyweds captured more photos. Along with the food and refreshments, we always recommend adding some additional entertainment for your guests during this portion of the day. Something as simple as lawn games or a polaroid guest book can be so effective!

Charcuterie for cocktail hour appetizer at wedding

Reception Decor

With adventurous weddings, we often find ourselves decorating for a reception underneath a twinkle light tent like this. This rental is not only practical in the case of inclement weather, but it also expands on the available venue space. You can still view your surroundings while staying comfortable. For this Under Canvas Smoky Mountains wedding, the tent overlooked the glamping tents and a lush field!

Now, let's talk about the decor. Vibrant orange tones balanced with neutral colors set the theme for each table. Delicate bud vases and printed place cards (showing off that sunshine theme!) added just the right amount of detail.

The Party!

After enjoying a delicious meal and sharing toasts, it was time for the party to begin. Have I mentioned how cool our couples are? The groom is a member of the live band for this wedding so of course, he planned a drum solo. The group had a blast dancing the night away. What another wonderful wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains!

Bride and groom first dance at Under Canvas Smoky Mountain wedding

Check out these amazing vendors from this day on Instagram:  
Wedding Planner: @causewecanevents
Photographer @holcombandco
Florist @langfloraldesigns
Bar @singlebarrelevents
Beauty Bride's Friends
Cheese board @cheesegal
Catering @sweetpbbq @captainmuchachos
Desserts @dessertdesignsbyleland
Band @blazethecity
Rentals @aopartyrentals
Venue @undercanvasofficial

Planning your adventure wedding? We have multiple options to support your big day! Just fill out this inquiry form and schedule a quick call.

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

January 3, 2022 - No Comments!

Glam Backyard Wedding Under Twinkle Light Tent In Nashville

If this isn't the dreamiest backyard wedding you've ever seen, I don't know what is! I'm about to show you every single detail of this glam backyard wedding, and yes, it was under a twinkle light tent.

Before we go any further, if you're engaged and feeling overwhelmed with your wedding planning reach out to us! We have different levels of support that we're also happy to customize for you so don't be shy. Just fill out this inquiry form and schedule a quick call.

Alright back to this intimate backyard wedding. This was one of the brides' parents backyard in Gallatin, TN which is just about 30 minutes from Nashville. There are definitely pros and cons to having your wedding in a backyard so let's talk about a few of those.

Pros and cons of hosting a backyard wedding

Pros:

  1. No venue fee. The fact that there is no actual venue fee attached to your backyard can sound pretty appealing. Couples can often save thousands of dollars by hosting their wedding in their backyard. Of course, the home owner may want to put some money into landscaping and cleaning up the home before the wedding day.
  2. No restrictions. For the most part, if you have a backyard big enough to host a wedding you most likely live somewhere with a lot of space. You ultimately have total creative freedom when it comes to decor, tenting and even small details like candles.
  3. Unlimited number of guests. If you want to have a big bash, hosting a backyard wedding might be a good option. Since you or someone you know is the owner, you don't really have any limits on capacity.

Cons:

  1. Hidden costs. Wait didn't I just say there were no venue fees? True but the reasons wedding venues charge what they do is because they include things such as: restrooms, cleaning crew, trash, electricity, AC and sometimes even rentals. When you're renting everything yourself, the costs add up quick.
  2. No rain plan. Unless you're renting a tent (which we always recommend you should unless you live in the desert), you may not have a rain backup plan for all your guests. Can you fit them all in the house? Is there room for dinner and dancing? Definitely something to keep in mind!
  3. Grumpy Neighbors and permits. How friendly are your neighbors? Consider talking to them about your idea before you start planning your backyard wedding in case they are completely against it. No one wants the cops to show up at their house on their wedding day! Some counties will also require permits for any type of large event being held. Do your research!

That being said, if a backyard wedding under a twinkle light tent is still calling your name, do it! But first, you may want to grab our Venue Walkthrough Questionnaire to help guide you through the process.

Getting Ready in the Family Home

Most backyards have a house that comes with it too (imagine that!). This makes for a perfect place for you and your partner to get ready the morning of the wedding. Make sure you have separate rooms if you don't want to see each other before the ceremony and that you have windows to let in that natural light for makeup and photos.

Ceremony under a tree

Now the plan was the have an outdoor ceremony under the beautiful big tree, except the rain decided to come. We decided to wait it out a few minutes and still have a ceremony outside minus the dangling chandeliers that would have gotten damaged if they got wet. Don't worry, the chandeliers got used above the reception table, you'll see!

There's also something so fun about a pre-ceremony cocktail. For this wedding we did champagne for guests to grab and sip one while they waited for the brides to walk down the aisle.

The wedding reception details

Buckle up folks because it's about to get dreamy in here! For real, that first photo was a sneak peak of what's about to come. The decor and details under this twinkle light tent was unreal!! Ready? Here we go.

Unique wedding guest book

First up, let's talk about the guest book. How fun is this record and record player guest book?! Absolutely adorable and will be so fun for the brides to hang this in their home.

Cute trailer bar and specialty cocktails

I've said it before and I'll say it again but cocktail hour is one of the best parts of a wedding. This is where guests get to loosen up a bit, enjoy a cocktail and an appetizer and explore the property. Meanwhile, the couple is out taking gorgeous sunset photos or enjoying some time alone after the ceremony.

For this wedding we hired Aero Bar, a cool trailer bar company to come out and serve cocktails. The brides even ordered custom napkins with a monogram of their dog on it. So many fun personal touches!

Dinner under a twinkle light tent

Ok the moment you've all been waiting for! This has got to be the best twinkle light tent of the year right? I mean look at the chandeliers over the tables, the hundreds of strands of twinkle lights over the dance floor and that dreamy candle light.

Jess truly had a vision for what she wanted this tent to look like. Although it was only 25 people, we still managed to make it feel like a party! A live band, a giant dessert spread and Jess and Grace's favorite people were there.

The dance party

After a quick shoe change, the brides danced, sang, drank champagne and ate cake! I don't know if you could really ask for any better than that. Since this was the family's backyard, a sparkler exit was allowed so we took full advantage.

So what did you think? Are you planning to do something similar for your wedding? We're happy to chat with you and share the costs of this wedding as well, schedule a call with us!

Planner @causewecanevents // Photographer @joshuacoreyphoto // Videographer @cardboardfilms // Florist @the_florista_ // Band @emeraldempireband // Catering @flavorcatering // Bar @theaerobar // Hair/Makeup @indigobeautycollective // Desserts/Cake @eastleighdesserts // Rentals @whitedoorevent and @southerneventsonline // Paper goods: Pine and Paper Co // Officiant Jeannie Ingram

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December 28, 2021 - No Comments!

The Top 7 Unique Tennessee Wedding Venues

Freshly engaged and planning your Tennessee wedding? You need to find the best venue for you! Keep reading for the top 7 unique Tennessee wedding venues to choose from that our planners adore.

Under canvas smoky mountains Tennessee wedding venue
Photographer Lauren Mihae // Planning + Design 'Cause We Can Events // Venue Under Canvas Smoky Mountains 

Saint Elle: Nashville, TN

Saint Elle is one of the newest venue spaces located in Nashville, Tennessee on this list. It offers a super modern look with an industrial flair. But, fresh greenery and spacious windows soften the space. There's an in-house bar available and getting ready spaces! Check out even more details about Saint Elle on our blog specially dedicated to it.

Saint Elle industrial Nashville, Tennessee wedding venue
Saint Elle industrial Nashville, Tennessee wedding venue bar

14Tenn: Nashville, TN

Want to refresh the rustic look for your wedding? Enter 14Tenn. We call this Nashville venue a Modern Farmhouse that also had a cool warehouse ambiance inside. This venue's high ceilings make a breathtaking statement. If you have a larger guest count, this is the place to be! Here's a blog with more information about the venue.

14Tenn Tennessee wedding venue space in Nashville

Common House: Chattanooga, TN

Common House Chattanooga officially opened in 2021 as a gathering, co-working, and event space. Plus, you can even dine at their delicious onsite restaurant. Fun fact: the building began as a YMCA so there are some impressive industrial features. Take a virtual tour here of what the venue has to offer!

Under Canvas Smoky Mountains: Pigeon Forge, TN

You know we had to include our absolute favorite Under Canvas location on this list! The Smoky Mountain location is a dream. This offers our signature glamping experience surrounded by the lush mountains. You and your guests can enjoy an unforgettable wedding weekend full of activities like hiking and yoga then say "I do"! Check out this dreamy festival-style wedding at Under Canvas Smokies for an example of how your wedding might look. Fun fact: these clients turned into some of my very best Nashville friends!

Under Canvas Tennessee wedding venue ceremony space

Alabaster Collective: Nashville, TN

We didn't forget about those who desire an intimate wedding! If you would love an alternative and artist design, check out Alabaster Collective in Nashville, Tennessee. You can celebrate with your guests here at this unique Nashville venue that doubles as a co-working space by day. Love the pictures you see below? Read our blog for more details about Alabaster Collective.

White Star Station: Maryville, TN

White Star Station is a historic industrial venue located in Downtown Maryville, Tennessee. We are loving the modern and versatile space. The charm and character paired with the chic aesthetic are so unique. Whether you are hosting an intimate celebration or an all-out wedding, they can accommodate a small group or up to 400 guests. In fact, we love this venue so much we can't stop blogging about it. To learn more about this unique space, check out the virtual tour first and then read about this intimate boho elopement for your wedding inspiration.

LGBTQ wedding at White Star Station Tennessee venue
Intimate Tennessee wedding at White Star Station venue
Photographer: Leah Bullard // Venue: White Star Station // Equipment Rentals: Knoxville Neon; Please Be Seated// Cake: All Mixed Up Cakes // Calligrapher: MEB Calligraphy // Attire: White Lace and Promises // Florals: Thistle and Lace Florals // Beauty: Bangs and Blush // Planner: ‘Cause We Can Events // Hoop Arch: Bluefish Event Rentals

Germantown Inn: Nashville, TN

Last but not least, let's talk about the charming Germantown Inn located in Nashville. This is a wonderful venue if you are looking for a place where you and your spouse (maybe even a few guests) can stay! There are multiple onsite locations to choose from for your ceremony and reception. The inn's 1865 property was originally a Federal-style house that has been reimagined into a modern historic boutique hotel. Here's a blog for more details about the venue!

Germantown Inn Nashville, Tennessee wedding venue
Rentals: Please Be Seated // Cakes: Theresa's Sweet Treats // Styling: Cavender & Co.

How to Complete Your Venue Tour

I didn't want to leave you hanging with all of these wonderful Tennesse wedding venue options! You might narrow down a few of these venues to tour in person. Even though I may not be able to be there with you in person, the 'Cause We Can Events team has you covered with our brand new Venue Walkthrough Checklist! This checklist is a tool that we use personally anytime we do a venue walkthrough for a client. 

Buy the wedding venue walkthrough checklist for only $19

What’s included in the Venue Walkthrough Checklist?

  • 7 pages of MUST-ASK questions for every venue
  • Questions to help you budget properly
  • Pro tips from experienced wedding planners (us!)
  • Questions to help with your timeline
  • And more!

This is a one-stop-shop doc that will get you excited and feeling confident when doing your wedding venue walkthroughs. Ready to get organized? Grab this 7-page Venue Walkthrough Questionnaire for only $19!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

December 13, 2021 - No Comments!

4 Questions You MUST Ask Your Wedding Venue Before Booking

Hey, couples! We know some of you are getting ready to start looking for your wedding venue which is so exciting but can also be hard to navigate. We are here to help you out. Today we are sharing 4 questions you MUST ask your wedding venue before booking. Make sure to read all the way through for a special surprise we created just for you. Let's get started!

1. Does the venue come with any furniture?

This can save you so much money and time. When you know what furniture your venue provides, you will be able to create a more realistic plan for your other rentals. Items like ceremony chairs, tables, and linens might be available if you just ask. When you meet with your rental company, you will be able to outline exactly what you need. Be sure to ask your venue if the furniture is included in your rental package or will cost additional fees. If the furniture is included, maybe you now have room in your budget for another dream aspect of your wedding day!

2. What's the weather backup plan?

This question isn't just for outdoor venues. You need to know the backup plan in case of imperfect weather! Does your venue provide or allow tents? Is an alternative indoor space available? How are the driving conditions leading to the venue when it snows or rains? Remember, unexpected weather can also relate to the temperature. Ask your venue if they allow or provide heaters, fans, and water as well. When you ask all of these "weather" related questions, you will be able to determine a venue that will support you if/when things don't follow the original plan.

3. Where are the power sources? If any.

As adventurous wedding planners, this is one of the first questions we ask. You are going to want to know exactly where the power sources are if any. This covers plug-ins AND generators. This is another question that could yet again save you money if your venue can provide its own power sources. You will be able to book vendors that are equipped for whichever power source situation is available. So, whether you are glamping in the desert or celebrating in a modern industrial space, the party will go on!

4. Who is your point of contact for planning purposes at the venue?

Communication is everything during wedding planning. Make sure you obtain the point of contact for events and weddings at your venue. You will want to be able to reach out to them with any other questions or information later on. Especially if you decide you want to move forward with booking a venue, having the right direct contact will help you grab your spot quickly.

A Complete Venue Walkthrough Checklist

These are just a few of the questions you need to ask as you start touring possible wedding venues. Now you might be thinking, "But what else should I ask?" We have you covered!

We want to make this as easy as possible for you so we are sharing our very own Venue Walkthrough Checklist! This checklist is a tool that we use personally anytime we do a venue walkthrough for a client. 

Buy the wedding venue walkthrough checklist for only $19

What’s included in the Venue Walkthrough Checklist?

  • 7 pages of MUST-ASK questions for every venue
  • Questions to help you budget properly
  • Pro tips from experienced wedding planners (us!)
  • Questions to help with your timeline
  • And more!

This is a one-stop-shop doc that will get you excited and feeling confident when doing your wedding venue walkthroughs. Ready to get organized? Grab this 7-page Venue Walkthrough Questionnaire for only $19!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

November 2, 2021 - No Comments!

Cozy Winter Wedding in Maine at Camp O-At-Ka

If you're new to our blog, welcome! We're adventurous wedding planners based in Nashville and Maine who love travel to remote locations to produce events and weddings. Sometimes we do large festival-style weddings in the Utah desert and other times we do intimate winter weddings in Maine.

Fresh snow and a crackling fireplace are the perfect ingredients for the winter season. We thought we would bring this feeling to life through a wedding day! Once again, you are joining us in Maine for another intimate celebration. I can't wait to share this cozy cottage winter wedding at Camp O-At-Ka with you.

Winter Wedding Stationery

One of my favorites parts of this design is the pop of orange tones. With actual dried orange pieces and seasonal florals, this is a wonderful way to add some color to a winter wedding. The modern stationery looked beautiful in detail photography with these elements.

Tip from a wedding planner: want to elevate your invitations? Add in a map of your venue! Especially for more remote or large locations, your vendors and guests will appreciate this. It also makes for a really cool piece of art in your home after the wedding.

Winter Florals

The florals are where the color palette really begins to shine! This lush greenery with bright orange and pinks still has our planning team swooning. There is something so special about the mix of the white snow and natural stone at the venue with these floral designs! The bridal bouquet tied in winter elements with the addition of some dried branches.

Romantic Couple Photos

For a winter wedding in Maine, there is no need to pick between the forest and the beach! This couple posed between the winter trees and then adventured to a snowy beach. How lovely are there outfits? Velvet is a winter wedding trend we think is here to stay. With the bride's vintage inspired gown, this pair was picture ready.

Intimate Reception Table Decor

What's an easy way to add dimension to your wedding design? Don't remain too structured! We love created complimentary tablescapes that aren't exactly the same. We created two intimate tablescapes for this winter wedding in Maine.

Outdoor Tablescape

For this outdoor set up, we allowed the design to be more organic. Simple layered place settings with personalized name cards and and oversized floral garland ended up being just the right amount of decor. With this dreamy linen paired with the outdoor fireplace and forest landscape, this tablescape was complete!

Cozy Fireplace Tablescape

Do you feel like you are in a cozy cottage? The warming fireplace and stone at the indoor space inspired us! A farmhouse table, romantic candles, and elegant place settings created this design. I can't get enough of these gold stamped menus!

Farmhouse table for winter wedding in Maine with tapered candles and floral garland
Indoor winter wedding table with candles, colorful florals and fireplace
Planning & Coordination Team: 'Cause We Can Events & K. Marie Events
Photographer: Rachel Campbell
Venue: Camp O-AT-KA
Florist: Farmhouse Florals
Cake: Village Baking Co.
HMU: Jesse Shaw | Braids & Balayage
Invitations: Little Ivy Paper Goods
Signage: G&T Lettering
Jewelry: Nell Ballard Designs
Rentals: One Stop Event Rentals
Dress/Tux: Andrea's Bridal

If you loved this winter wedding in Maine, you will loved this woodland elopement next!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding

October 18, 2021 - No Comments!

Boho Halloween Wedding Inspiration in Maine

I am so excited to share this boho Halloween wedding inspiration with you! Our team in Maine put together this creative-styled shoot. Themed weddings can be so fun! We wanted to show you how to incorporate the spooky season into your big day. If you are planning an October wedding, this one is for you!

Boho Halloween wedding in Maine

Table Design

A Halloween-inspired tablescape doesn't have to be dark and moody. This minimal table design used dried florals, white and gold colors, and minimal place settings. I love the mix-matched chairs. What a simple way to add more dimension to this stunning table!

Minimal Halloween wedding table decor with white and gold details
Layered black, white, and gold place setting with raw edge menu

Stationery

These warm tones are perfect for the fall season. With raw edge stationery pieces, handwritten details, and black wax seals, we can already feel the chill in the air. Get your guests excited for your big day by using your invitations as a sneak peek into your design!

Fall Florals

Of course, we incorporated plenty of fall florals! The dried elements made these floral pieces fit seamlessly into the theme. The warm colors added a bit of romance. For our signature boho theme, every floral element was not too put together. Consider organic and asymmetrical shapes for your wedding flowers if you love these looks!

Wedding Attire & Glam

This bold, long sleeve wedding dress made such a statement! The only accessory needed was a lush bouquet. For hair and makeup, loose waves and a smoky eye balanced the look.

Boho bride with fall bouquet for Halloween wedding

Cake & Bar

This one-tier, blood dripping cake somehow manages to remain incredibly elegant. With some simple dried florals and fresh figs, this cake created the ultimate decor piece. What a work of art! Pro tip from a wedding planner: pose with your wedding cake! Don't be afraid to move your cake around and capture some photos with it before guests enjoy a piece.

Finally, we decorated this mobile bar with more florals, haunted books, and vintage glassware. While grabbing a drink, this bar was also a wonderful backdrop for photos.

Halloween wedding cocktails for bride and groom

If you loved this Halloween wedding inspiration, check out these spooky table designs next!

Published by: Gabrielle Pinkerton in Wedding