Navigating 2020

Hi y’all, I guess it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything! What a weird year we’re living in.  To say it has come as a shock to the system, is an understatement.  After many months of navigating, over-dissecting things with every vendor under the sun, and lots and lots of wine, we’re feeling a little more at peace with things.

Here is some great advice and words from our guest blog today, MILK Books.  Take a look and let us know how you’re handling things too!

What Every Couple Ought to Know About Planning A Wedding During This Crisis
No one expected the world to come to a standstill. Most of everyone’s lives are on pause, commitments postponed, and scheduled events cancelled; most probably including your wedding. 

And it might be difficult to find a reason to celebrate during a pandemic, but it should not stop you and your partner from finally beginning this journey in life together.

These times are uncertain, and every decision we make can be easily changed tomorrow. Organizing a wedding is already exhausting and quite expensive. It’s even more so if you have to do it on the premise of a Coronavirus-free setting. Treading these unprecedented waters might be intimidating, but that’s why we’re here to help. Here are some of the things you ought to know about when making important wedding decisions during this crisis.

Tedious Consultations

More than ever, couples need to be consistently talking with the people involved in organizing the wedding, most especially the vendors. Regular updates on vital information is necessary to keep the flow of information going in these uncertain times. That is why planning a wedding during this crisis can become a tedious process due to the many unknown factors in the future.

(Virtual) conversations with your vendors frequently also entails that you have to sit down and discuss all your options and fallbacks if in any case something goes wrong. Make it a point that every decision made has a backup plan for when things don’t go as expected. You have to check for the availability of your resources, schedule availability and whether they are still open for business in the future.

For instance, if you suddenly need to postpone your wedding once more, make sure your agreed flora with your florist is in season for the postponed date. Also check in on your photographer or videographer’s availability on the newly set date. Most importantly, secure the availability of your wedding venue both for the ceremony and the reception.

Other than that, do not forget to also consult with your invited family and guests. They are involved in the planning process as much as you are since rescheduling a huge event like your wedding and bringing forth such uncertainty in their timeline will not guarantee their presence in your special day.

Financially Challenging

Regardless of our financial capabilities, no one would want to spend a lot more than their original budget. Organizing a wedding in itself is an extremely costly event with no return of investment. Especially now with COVID-19, a lot of suppliers will charge extra fees to have some sort of security in venturing into this commitment with you while there is still a great unknown.

That is why it is necessary to sit down and discuss your terms and mutual obligations with all of your vendors once more. This part is absolutely central to making sure that you are aware of where your money goes during this wedding planning journey. There are cases of couples who have had to pay for wedding postponement or cancellation fees due to the pandemic which they were not previously informed about. 

However, these fees are completely understandable since it is highly likely that your initial fees were already used up in preparation for your wedding. But that is with the assumption that there isn’t going to be a pandemic which is just not the case at present. So do make sure that you are versed with your contracts, clarify the complicated and gray areas, and clear off any misunderstandings and false assumptions.

High-Risk Commitment

The huge difference between planning a wedding before versus planning amidst a pandemic now, is the very high risk. Nothing is definite at present and having to conduct such a costly event with a high risk of it not happening can cause you to lose money and your months or years of hard work. 

At the same time, multiple postponements of your wedding is impractical and wasteful. There is an acceptable time of prolonging such an event and at such time, you have to put your feet down and decide whether to just cancel, to keep on postponing or to finally give the green light.

If you decide to do the last, there are various ways of organizing a Coronavirus-free wedding. The first factor you need to be reconsidering is your guest list. In some places, any type of gathering is not even allowed while some others are a little bit more lax. That is why it’s important to be updated with your area’s quarantine or lockdown guidelines, too.

With that in mind, couples have been getting more and more creative and resourceful just to finally be able to celebrate their special day. This could also be an opportunity for you to follow the unconventional path and go with the flow of the times. Some couples decided to simply host their wedding ceremony in their backyard, while some opted to broadcast their ceremony via video conferencing so that their family and guests wouldn’t miss out.

You could also take some of the tasks off of your vendors by using this downtime wisely and slowly working your way through the grunt of the work of your wedding planning. You can test out your creativity by crafting your wedding invitations and have your partner contribute as well. If you have an eye for photography, maybe have your take of what you want your wedding photos to look like. 

For starters, you can try a quarantine-themed wedding photoshoot to make sure that it’s safe and at the same time, you get to be creative and resourceful. Afterwards, you can try having it printed with a beautifully crafted photo book as your memory keepsake.

By the end of the day, whatever you decide, the fact that you are getting married amidst this crisis makes your wedding so much more memorable than others because despite the circumstances, you powered through the pandemic, said your vows, and began this journey into the unknown together. 

 

Celebrate: Mackenzie & Feliks

My sweet Mackenzie and Feliks, they are my true Hallmark movie plot line come to life!  They met while studying abroad in Italy (yes, seriously), and both pulled some strings to find themselves in the same city for work so they could live their happily ever after!  We had such a blast putting this amazing day together. From overanalyzing bridesmaid dress colors to lots of floral discussions, we think it came out pretty spectacular!  Wishing them the Hallmark kind of love for their future!

Wedding Planner: Christina Logan Design
Venue: Sycamore Farms
Bridal Hair & MU: R & Co Bridal Beauty
Cake: Ivey Cake
Caterer: Flavor
Ceremony Music: Chuck Callahan
DJ: Entertain!
Draping: Events Plus
Lighting: Southern Sky
Photo Booth: Nashville Photo Booth Company
Photographer: David Weflen
Rentals: Southern Events
Paper: Minted
Venue: Sycamore Farms
Videographer: Lynn Productions

Groomsmen Gifts Got You Stumped? Try One of These Wooden Treasures!

Happy New Year Everyone!

While holiday gifting may be done, it seems like there is an endless need for gifts when planning a wedding!

If you’ve ever been in a wedding party, you know just how much effort goes into getting ready for the big day. And yes, even the men have a lot on their plates when it comes to getting their guy (or gal) down the aisle. A unique and personal gift is one of the best ways to say thank you for all their support, but let’s face it, men can be really hard to shop for. 

A gift made of beautiful wood is both masculine and versatile for any groomsman, and as a traditional anniversary gift, wood holds a special meaning in a marriage. It symbolizes growth and strength, things you certainly get from the loved ones in your bridal party!

Show your bridal party just how much you appreciate them with one of these unique gifts. And with something for every style and budget, you’re sure to find a special gift that suits each and every groomsman.

BBQ Tool Set from Cabela’s

Four-Piece Hardwood Handled BBQ Set, $79.99, go to store.

If your guys love to grill, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful set of wood-handled grilling tools. These four essentials are all he needs to whip up some incredible meals, and there’s even a built-in bottle opener to keep your hard-working chef refreshed. And if your groomsman has a partner at home, I promise you they’ll be thrilled to have an excuse to send their guy out to the grill. 

Drinks and Cigars Gift Box from Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Personalized Drinks & Cigar Gentlemen’s Accessory Gift Set, $53.35, go to store.

This is the ultimate man’s gift. A beautiful, engravable wood box is filled with a whiskey flask, stainless steel cigar holder and cigar cutter. It’s everything he needs for a weekend getaway or a relaxing afternoon. Add in a couple of your favorite cigars or a mix of unique selections and it’s the ultimate indulgence.

Wooden Coasters from Etsy

Set of Four Personalized Coasters with Holder, $19.99, go to store.

Everyone needs a good set of coasters, and this gift can be personalized any way you want. Engrave them with your groomsman’s initials, wedding logo, or favorite saying. Throw in a bottle of booze and I’d say you’ve got the perfect celebratory gift.

Charcuterie Board from Crate and Barrel

Wood Cheese Board with Three Copper Knives, $49.95, go to store.

If your groomsmen love to entertain, they’ll truly appreciate a fun and functional cheese board. Sleek mango wood and copper accents make this a statement piece at any party, and an item they will go back to time and time again.

Beer Cap Map from Beer Cap Maps

Wall-Mountable Map with 50 Beer Cap Slots, $39, go to store.

What’s a man cave without a place to showcase his rare and exotic bottle caps? This wooden beer cap map comes in country, state and city variations so you can customize your gift to your friends’ taste. Each mountable board includes at least 50 slots to display beer caps from around the world! 

Engraved Cufflinks from Etsy

Personalized Wood Cufflinks with Optional Box, $19.99, go to store.

Wooden cufflinks are completely unique and lend themselves to custom engraving. Personalize your gift with the groomsmens’ initials and your wedding date, and make it extra special with a custom wooden box to store them in.

Stainless Steel-Lined Whiskey Glasses from Amazon

Set of Two Snüte Double-wall Stainless Steel Whiskey Glasses, $39.95, go to store.

Talk about something truly unique! Have you ever seen a wood whiskey glass? Me neither, and this beautiful set is the ultimate gift for any whiskey lover. The wood exterior in smooth and fits perfectly in your hand, while the steel-lined interior keeps your beverage at the perfect temperature. Oh and don’t worry about dropping them, they are virtually unbreakable! 

 

Celebrate: Morgan & Tim

If you’re looking to meet one of the kindest souls ever, I’ve got her number.  Morgan is the sweetest person you could ever meet, and Tim is her soulmate.  These two have the best banter and laughs and understanding for one another.  They even met playing kick-ball, I mean does that speak volumes?!  We had such a joyful time creating this celebration, I feel so blessed to have met these two.

 

Wedding Planner: Christina Logan Design
Venue: Ruby
Bridal Hair/MU: Hannah Farmer Creative
Cake: Donut & the Dog
Caterer: Beyond Details
DJ: Dan Buckley
Flowers: Beyond Details
Photographer: John Myers Photography
Rentals: Liberty Party Rentals
Paper: Minted
Videographer: Lynn Productions

Celebrate: Leslie & Mike

Happy New Year everyone!  No better way to start of 2020 than with a fairytale day ❤ Every little girl dreams of having their prince come and sweep them off their feet one day! Well this couple is proof that dreams due come true, and we don’t have to go to Disney for that, it can happen here in good old Nashville! It was hard to not see that Leslie and Mike were made for each other, having their wedding in a beautiful mansion with the perfect combination of elegancy and southern touch   ..and this day could not  have been more magical!

Wedding Coordinator:  Christina Logan
Hair & Makeup: MDH Beauty
Bridal Salon: White Dress Boutique
Cake: Baked on 8th
Caterer: Chef Penelope
Flowers: LMA Design
Lighting: Nashville Audio Studio
Photographer: Sowing Clover
Rentals: Nashville City Tent and Events 
Venue: Easy Ivy Mansion

Celebrate: Elizabeth & Ross

Elizabeth and Ross worked so hard to see their vision come to life! We decided on a floral chandelier to set the tone at Ruby. Elizabeth kept mentioning she was excited about having it but was having a hard time visualizing the final product. On wedding day, she looked up at it with tears in her eyes and said, “It’s more than I could have imagined!”. It’s so fun to work together with people like Lindsey Stickline at Gradient and Hue to make the ideas in someone’s head come true. We wish the best to Elizabeth and Ross and to their new adventure in South Dakota.

 

Planning: Christina Logan Design
Bridal Hair and Make up: Tara Westover
Cake: Clean Plate Club
Caterer: Clean Plate Club
DJ: 3rd Coast Entertainment
Florals: Gradient & Hue
Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting
Photography: Love is a Big Deal
Rentals: Liberty Event Rentals
Venue: Ruby

Celebrate: Christine & Jansen

Christine and Jansen are both local to Nashville and their families are both here, and that is so rare these days!  Because of this, I got to spend a lot of time with the parents of the bride, and it was such a delight to join them on this adventure.  We had the best time making this event absolutely gorgeous and seriously could not have asked for better weather.  It was a perfect day for these two newlyweds and we were so honored to have been a part of their day!

Wedding Planner: Christina Logan Design
Band: Emerald Empire Band
Bridal Hair: J Bangs
Bridal Make up: Beautiful by Joule
Cake: Ivey Cake
Catering: Beyond Details
Draping: Events Plus
Flowers: Cottonwood Florals
Lighting: Bright Event Production
Photography: Jen & Chris Creed
Rentals: Southern Events
Transportation: Signature Transportation
Venue: Belle Meade Plantation

Celebrate: Abby & Phillip

When we first met Abby, it was obvious that we knew we were going to love her.  Not only is she incredibly charismatic and beautiful (I mean, she was Miss Arkansas), but she is funny and has a lightness to her personality that lets you know she is ready to go with the flow and just have fun!  And that’s what we did with the planning. Nothing was stressful in terms of design or decisions; it was all easy, because at the end of the day, she just wanted to have a classically beautiful wedding and marry the love of her life. When she spoke about Phillip, she just lit up and expressed how they were meant to be.

Seeing the two of them together, and his pure emotion and love for Abby at their wedding, was so beautiful.  Their first dance was amazing, and the little surprise karaoke session was to die for! It will be one of the most memorable weddings we’ve ever planned ❤

Wedding Planner: Christina Logan Design
Band: The Downtown Band
Bridal Hair: Studio Nooshin
Bridal Make-up: R&Co Bridal Beauty
Bridal Salon: Inverness Bridal
Gown Designer: Pronovias, The Namibia Dress
Cake: Ivey Cake
Catering: Beyond Details
Ceremony Musician: College Grove Strings
Draping: Events Plus
Flowers: Lauren Marie Atkinson
Lighting: Bright Event Productions
Photography: Christy Wilson Photography
Rentals: Southern Events
Stationery: Darby Cards Collective
Transportation: Anchor Tours & Matchless Transportation
Venue: Sycamore Farms
Videography: Dallas Wilson Films Inc.

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Celebrate: Emma & Garrett

Sweet Emma and Garrett met while camp counselors, and they were performing for the kids in a rendition of High School Musical as Troy and Gabriella – and their fate was sealed!  Here they are, years later, dancing their first dance and madly in love!  These two are truly meant to be, and you can see it in their eyes. They are so young (Emma graduated the same week as the wedding!) and have a long journey ahead of them, but they are totally blessed with God’s grace and will have a beautiful life ahead of them.

Coordinator: Christina Logan Design
Bridal Hair/Make Up: Amber Reed
Bridal Salon: The Bride Room
Bridal Gown: The Avery, W.Too 
Cake & Desserts: Nashville Sweets
Catering: Flavor
Draping: Events Plus
Florals: Stella Rose Floral
Photography: Kelsey Hawkins Photography
Rentals: Southern Events
Venue: Sycamore Farms

Celebrate: Haley & Daniel

Can anyone else see the way that this man looks at his bride?  Because it was so obvious to us from the moment we met them, and he did not disappoint on the wedding day!  We took our time planning this one to find the best time of year where things would fall into place, and that it did.  Haley and Daniel’s wedding was so stunning, and their hearts glowing all day long matched the occasion.

Planner: Christina Logan Design
Band: All in One
Bridal Hair + Make Up: Hunter Paige
Bridal Salon: Dress Theory
Bridal Designer: Sarah Seven
Cake: Triple Crown
Catering: Chef Penelope
Ceremony Musicians: The Corwin Trio
Flowers: Stella Rose Floral
Draping: Southern Sky
Photography: Cannon Weddings
Rentals: Southern Events
Stationery: Minted
Venue: Sycamore Farms
Videography: Cannon Weddings