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Hooray!! Our new site and blog are up! Please update your bookmarks, your readers, and any other way you use to find us!

What’s new on the site? Well obviously there is a new fresh look that embodies the fresh approach we have to help you plan your wedding, but there are some other great features as well.

We have always had a Vendor Directory to help you find the best wedding professionals in Nashville but now the listings contain new ways for you to connect with those vendors you love. You can find their website, Facebook, Twitter, and blog links right on their listing!

Check out the nifty new Event and Workshops page where you can find out what’s going on at the studio and around town at a glance. You can also import our events into your iCal calendar. Just click the iCal import, save the file, and import the file into your iCal account.

Take a look around then let us know what you think! We love the new site and hope you love it as well!



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It’s time for another vendor spotlight! Meet Silver Strings! They offer many different musician assortments so that you get the perfect sound for your march down the isle. Take a look at the many options they offer:

String Quartet: 2 violins, viola, and cello
String Trio: violin, viola, and cello
String Trio or Quartet w/ trumpet, harp or vocalist, Sandy Merrill
Jazz Trio: piano, bass and drums
Jazz Trio or Duo with vocalist, Sandy Merrill, or keyboard with Sandy Merrill
Blackwire Orchestra: string quartet w/ bass, drums and keyboard playing Classic Rock
Blackwire Quintet: string quartet w/ bass playing Classic Rock
Silver Strings Orchestra: 5 or more instruments playing your favorites

Whether you’ve dreamed of a string quartet or you want to spice it up with a jazz trio Silver Strings has you covered.

Linda sent me this fabulous demo video. Take a listen and see what you think!

Contact: Linda Davis
Phone: 615.293.9730
Email: linda@nashvillesilverstrings.com
Website: Silver Strings

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Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life. The images will last a lifetime so you want everything to be perfect. I found some beautiful hair ideas for you and hope that you enjoy!

Michelle Williams is known for her unique and effortless style and this image is no exception. I love the loose bun and waves. This hairstyle would look great with a large flower piece, a birdcage veil, even a long traditional veil.

This retro style donned by January Jones is timeless and beautiful. This style would be best if your hair holds curl well otherwise it could fall before the ceremony ends. I adore the tuck behind the ear on one side and this look would be great with a birdcage veil or along traditional veil.

This messy up-do would be perfect for an outdoor or even a beach wedding. This style is great for all types of hair. The rope braid across the top adds some texture while the back could be a curled ponytail or even a messy bun. This style doesn’t really need a whole lot of decoration so a birdcage veil or none at all would be best.

This low and loose take on a french twist is simple, easy, and gorgeous! This style would work on any hair type and would be beautiful with some big beautiful earrings and a birdcage veil or a long traditional veil too. I love that there are some pieces that frame the face. Some of us like a little of that!

I hope you all have found some ideas you like. How do you plan to wear you hair on your wedding day. Leave us a comment and let us know!

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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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I realized today that we haven’t posted any photos of our studio lately. We are always getting new vendors so in turn we are always re-arranging . For all you lovely Brides who haven’t made it into our studio, now you will know what to expect when you set up your free planning consultation. Remember our services are always free no matter how many meetings you want to schedule with us. No catch, honestly. You don’t need an appointment but we recommend one if you really want to get some of your planning taken care of. When you have an appointment we can guarantee that you get our full attention. This is how the studio looked as of Friday afternoon!

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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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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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