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George and Janis of Jan-Bo’s on the Rocks stopped by the studio last week so we took that opportunity to ask them about the different options for bar services. They were wonderful in answering our questions and we hope that you will find the information the provided useful.

Types of Bars for Wedding Receptions

There are basically three different types of bars you should consider when deciding on what you want at your reception.

  1. Open Bar
  2. Full Bar
  3. Cash Bar

Open bar means that you, the host, are responsible for the cost and guests can drink as much as they like of what you have decided to offer. This can be anything from a few select liquors and mixes, beer and wine, or even just the specialty drinks you have chosen to serve.

Full bar means it is a fully stocked bar. Guest order their drink of choice and can have as much as they like. You as the host are responsible for the cost.

Cash bar means that guests pay for their own drinks. This is an absolute etiquette no-no for a wedding. If a full or open bar is not in your budget, consider not having alcohol at all before you consider a cash bar.

How to Save Money on Wedding Reception Bars

If you are looking for ways to save on your bar, think about only serving beer and wine. If you purchase a keg and boxed wine your bartender can put the beer in glasses and the wine in a carafe to serve to your guests.

Wondering if you should have champagne for the toast? Typically the champagne toast is a waste of money. Only half of them will actually drink the champagne and the rest will go to waste. Your guests can toast you with whatever drink they have in their hand. Leave the champagne for you and your groom. You could also put it on the head table if you like.

Our last tip is that you always have an ABC licensed bartender to handle liability issues. You should not have to be worried about those during you wedding reception. You should be enjoying the party!

One more little suggestion… Don’t forget the ice! It is one of the most important parts of a bar but it is also the most forgotten. Remember lots and lots of ice!

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For more information about Jan-Bo’s on the Rocks:

Contact: George or Janis Bobier
Email: janisgeorge@bellsouth.net
Website: Jan-Bo’s On the Rocks


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Monica Hayes is an Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay and today she wants to chat about bridesmaid gifts. Take it away Monica!

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Do you have gifts for your Bridesmaids??

Your sweet bridesmaids.. they buy a dress, fix their hair, do their nails, buy you lingerie and stand by your side during your big day!  More than likely, they’ve been there for you throughout life’s ups and downs.  Why not treat her to something extra special as a thank you for being a great friend and bridesmaid!  As a Mary Kay Consultant and Director, I can customize gifts any girl/woman would love!  Why give another picture frame, key chain or other trinket, when you can say THANKS and really wow her with something unique, special and even personal.  I have wonderful gifts at any price range.  My favorite is our brand new, regular line fragrance: Mary Kay Thinking of You Eau de Parfum. It comes in a gorgeous unique box designed to let you write a special note inside she’ll keep forever!  It also comes with a keepsake charm for her to keep.  This feel-good fruity floriental fragrance is a sure-to-please gift for only $30!  I would love to package it in the colors of your wedding, and all you need to do is personalize a special note for her!    Please contact me for this gift, or any other ideas you’d like to customize!  Don’t forget, I can fit any price range!!  Special offer to Wedding 101 Brides:  Purchase Thinking of You for each of your bridesmaids/mother/mother-n-law/etc (minimum 5) and get one FREE for yourself or as another gift!   Check out my website: www.marykay.com/monica.hayes. Happy shopping!

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Yellow Gray Wedding, Cake, Dress, Bouquet, Ring Pillow, Flower Girl, Birdcage, Wedding 101Yellow Bouquet/Gray Bridesmaid Dress, Bird Cage centerpiece, Cake, Yellow and white bouquet, Invitation, Ring Bearer Pillow, Flower Girl, Bicycle w/ Flowers

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The Acorn, Nashville, Reception Site, Location, Nashville Wedding, Wedding 101The Acorn Restaurant offers exquisite food, wine and service in a Contemporary American Style.  Their private party rooms are perfect for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception.
Please join them in celebrating the end of a HOT summer, the beginning of the holiday season and awesome events on their fabulous patio on the evening of November 3rd!  You are invited to see first-hand the amazing and versatile event spaces The Acorn has to offer for your big day!
So go, bring your Mom or Maid of Honor if you are still looking for that perfect space, and enjoy some great wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres!
The party begins at 6pm, but drop by when you can. There will be a special announcement and a  drawing for a fabulous prize at 7pm. Hope to see you there!!!

The Acorn is the perfect venue for your next event! Come see for yourself!

Contact Lindsey Mongor at  info@theacornrestaurant.com

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Your stationery can be just as important as the wedding venue, your beautiful dress, or even the floral decor. Your stationery is your guests first glimpse into what to expect at your wedding. Your paper goods can introduce a theme, colors, or even just an overall feel of what your wedding will be like. You want your guests to be excited and intrigued about you wedding and your stationery is a great way to do that.


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Prim and Paper


Lets start with Save the Dates

You should send out save the dates when your wedding is either a destination wedding or if your wedding is at a peak travel time like during summer months or near a holiday. They should be sent out anywhere between 12 and 6 months of the wedding. If you are having a destination wedding and the location is particularly pricey to get to you should give your guest ample time to plan for the expense. Use your discretion to judge when you should send your save the dates and know that your guests will be excited to see a peek at what to expect at your wedding.


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Designs in Paper


The Wedding Invitation

Your wedding invitation is where your guest get all the details of the wedding weekend. You will obviously want to include wedding and reception locations, hotels for out of town guests, and maps so they know where to go but what else should you include? How about things to do in the area or landmarks that shouldn’t be missed for out of town guests. Are you inviting all of your guests to the rehearsal dinner? What about an after party? Are you planning a after wedding brunch on Sunday? If so, you could include this information on a card titled Other Events or you could send out separate invitations depending on your wedding style. Wedding invitation should be sent out two to four months in advance. Again, if it is a destination wedding, consider giving your guests ample time to make their travel arrangements. If it is a local wedding two months is just the right amount of time. People can put it on the calendar and they won’t forget about your wedding.


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By Heart and By Hand


Give Thanks

Thank you cards are a must for all weddings. Ladies, please hand write your thank you cards and hand address them as well. Even if you handwriting isn’t perfect. Your guests will know that you took a few moments out of this busy time to say a special thank you for the gift and it really does mean a lot. Order these when you order your wedding invitations so that as you receive gifts you can quickly mail out a thank you note. You should mail them out with in ten days of receiving a gift, including showers. Wedding thank you cards should go out within two weeks of your return of the honeymoon.

Wedding Day Paper

On your wedding day you will need all kinds of beautiful paper. Programs are a given. Place cards, table numbers, menus, food labels if you are doing a buffet style dinner or hors d’œuvres, favor tags, signs to direct traffic… really I could go on and on. These paper items really are part of the details that pull the whole wedding together. These should be ordered one to two months before the wedding. Many companies charge a rush fee so plan and order ahead to keep from incurring additional charges.


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Izzy and the Bean



Typically you send out wedding announcements to those people you want to notify of your wedding but that you weren’t able to invite. Let’s say you are off budget and you decide to edit the guest list to stay on track. You obviously wanted those people to attend but just couldn’t make it work or you decided to have a very small wedding and want to notify extended friends and family of your nuptials. These are examples of when you might want to send out announcements. These are not required but are nice to do if you can. You should order these with your invitations and your stationer can design these to read as an announcement rather than a invitation.

Wow! I know that is a lot of information but hopefully I have answered some of the questions you have about your wedding stationery. If I haven’t please feel free to give us a call or send us an email and we will get your questions answered!

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Samantha and J. J. were married May 29th, 2010 right here at The Factory. Samantha, her bridesmaids, Jr. bridesmaids, and flower girls all needed a place to get ready for the wedding. We were so excited to be able to provide a pretty place that suited her needs. Take a look at some of the beautiful photos from the day!

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Makin-Powell Wedding at The Factory, Wedding 101Makin-Powell Wedding at The Factory, Wedding 101Makin-Powell Wedding at The Factory, Wedding 101Are you getting married at The Factory? Need a beautiful place to get ready? Give us a call to inquire about pricing.

Photos by Paul J Hughes Photography

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Donette is here to share some great insights to what colors we can expect to be hot in the spring!

It’s that time of year again ladies and gents! Pantone has released the Spring 2011 Color Report. Okay I know some of you are wondering, “Who is this Pantone you speak of?” Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color. For more than 45 years, Pantone has been inspiring design professionals with products, services and leading technology for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Wanna know more about Pantone? Click here. Now onto the good stuff!Pantone Spring 2011 Colors, Nashville wedding invitations, Custom wedding invitations, Designs in Paper, Wedding 101I am loving that Honeysuckle with Silver Cloud, Peapod with Beeswax, Russet with Coral Rose, and Silver Peony with Silver Cloud. So if you haven’t picked out your colors for your 2011 wedding then here are a few to inspire you. These are the colors that we will all be seeing in stores this spring! Want some beautiful custom invitations to go with your wedding? Give us a call 615.403.7268! We can’t wait to start designing with these colors!

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