Vendor Spotlight: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Here in the South we love our barbecue and Nashville is no exception. Many couples take their love of barbecue and carry it in to their wedding festivities. Barbecue engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, etc…. can be a ton of fun and are always a crowd pleaser. Last year we had the delicious opportunity to have Dickey’s Barbecue Pit cater one of our meetings. The barbecue and sides were soooo yummy (we especially love their jalapeno beans) and would make the perfect meal for any event. Oh and definitely go see them at their restaurant in Brentwood…they have free ice cream every day!

We also had the pleasure of meeting Dickey’s owner, John Clark and his lovely daughter. We got to ask them a few  questions about Dickey’s and here’s what they had to say:

How did you get into catering?

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owners, John and Susie Clark, were looking for a way to get to Nashville to be closer to their daughter and also realize a dream of being their own boss. Dickey’s was a perfect fit! Catering is a huge part of the business and they are excited to be a new, high quality, affordable option for Nashville brides!

What are some different options for catering that you offer brides?

We offer a delivery buffet where we come and get everything set up to self serve. We also offer a full service buffet where we can have staff on site to cut meat fresh from the block and serve, as well as clean up after guests.

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What are some new things you are working on for 2015?

We are working on more options for passed appetizers.

What are you seeing that is popular in catering in 2015?

We are finding that people are really looking for high quality at a great price. And with the continued trend of the outdoor or semi-outdoor “rustic” themes, we fit in perfectly.

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Tell me why brides should choose Dickey’s Barbecue Pit for the catering needs?

Brides should choose Dickey’s Barbecue Pit if they are looking for great tasting food that pleases the masses that won’t break the bank. At about $10-$13 per plate, this is a great option for the laid back, country feel so many brides are seeking.

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Some personal questions:

Mac or PC? Mac all the way!

Tea or Coffee? Tea, but only if it’s SWEET!!

Favorite Local Nashville Restaurant? That’s tough, too many to choose from! Can I pick a dessert place? LOVE Ivey Cake!

Favorite Song Right Now?  ”Home to Me” by Keith Waker

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Vendor Spotlight: Karis Floral Design

Happy Wedding Wednesday!! It’s been a crazy week with weather in Nashville, so I am glad we are able to share these gorgeous florals from Karis Floral Design, to help brighten up our week. We spoke with the owner Sunny to share with us, some info about her business.

How did you get into floral and event design?

I was born into floral design! My grandmother and mother were florist! They both owned shops so I spent many weekends hanging out with my family at the flower shop. I often think of how my mom cut certain flowers while I’m working. After running a foster care and adoption agency for many years, flowers came back into my life. I started interning on nights and weekends, then worked closely with one of my best girlfriends in Austin and finally Karis Floral Design started! Now my heart is full of flowers and adoptions!!!!

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Explain your process of working with a bride.

I LOVE to meet in person. I feel like I get a better sense of who the bride is and what her style is, in face to face interaction. After meeting and having a full understanding of her vision I put together a custom quote. The quote gives the full picture of color, flower type and accents. I utilize everything possible to make her dreams come to life; drawings, style boards, unique build outs, trips to the local vintage store and anything else you can think of. I love working with brides that are interested in creating something new and individual!

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What is your favorite flower?

I have big love for all flowers! My absolute favorite is lilac. The color, the way it falls and the multiple blooms make my heart sing!! I always love a beautiful peonies, dahlia and ranunculus.

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What makes you different from other florist?

There are so many talented florist in Nashville. My only hope is to make dreams comes true for every couple I work with. I believe in being knowledgeable, honest and sincere! I hope that the couples I work with know a little about my heart and love for all things beautiful!

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What’s one thing you love to hear in consultation with a bride?

I trust you, let’s do something different!!

Personal questions about Sunny:

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Planner Event at Events on 3rd

This past September the planner’s group was lucky to get to spend an evening at Events on Third, a super cool venue in downtown right in the middle of Nashville’s historic Printer’s Alley. We had a great time exploring the unique spaces of this amazing building. It’s exposed brick walls, beautiful red winding staircase, gorgeous mezzanine and proximity to Nashville’s night life make it the perfect space for any event, large or small.

During our evening, we listened to the rockin’ musical stylings of the Music City Rhythm Revue, enjoyed several yummy hors d’oeuvres from U-Kno Catering and then a few planners busted a move to amazing DJ, Eli of The Hampton Agency, who also brought along a super fun photo booth for us to play with. Jazzy Nash Shoetique, a fabulous shoe boutique on wheels surprised us and showed off their inventory of trendy shoes and accessories and we also heard from Little Black Dress, a designer dress rental company, perfect for your rehearsal dinner and the other countless showers and events you attend during your engagement.

As always, we had a lovely night hanging with some of Nashville’s amazing event industry professionals. Check out these beautiful images from Lauren Athalia Photography, who was there to catch it all!

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January Welcome Brunch

The Nashville Wedding Planners Group welcomes another fabulous group of Nashville Wedding Planners. To celebrate the new year & new set of planners, we had a Welcome Brunch at Puffy Muffin in CoolSprings. The family  that owns Puffy Muffin are amazing & created a really wonderful experience for our planners.

Darcy Ferris Photography came & captured some shots of the day.

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Vendor Spotlight- Vintage Florals

We are so excited to finally feature one of our favorite florist Vintage Florals. We have worked with owner Melissa on lots of events & really love the things she creates for us. Melissa recently joined with one of our planners Jessica Sloane to do a Holiday Floral Arrangement Class, look out for them to do more classes in the future.

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How did you get into floral and event design? I am an accidental florist! After graduating from Belmont University in 2000 with a BA in music, I got married, and started working for a local flower wholesaler. There began my love for flowers. In 2004, when we had our first child, I began working out of our home and Vintage Florals was born. I’ve been working with brides and creating floral designs for weddings and events now for over 10 years and I am still learning and loving it!

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Explain your process of working with a bride. One of the best, and my most favorite, aspects of my job is meeting with clients. My goal in a meeting is for the client to walk away with an excited sense of being cared for and understood in their vision of their wedding day. I will walk a bride through every floral detail, so that her vision for her event can come alive. I will then create a custom quote, detailing every item with individual pricing so that a client can “select all” or piece together what she needs according to her budget.

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What is your favorite flower? It really depends on the season, but I love a fluffy peony or blush garden rose. Sweet, bendy ranunculus and scabiosa are some of my favorite accent flowers to work with as well.

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What makes you different from other florist? There are so many talented florists in this town, so I only know what is true to me! I really try to get to the heart of what a bride wants for her wedding. I am careful to be in tune to a client as she responds to floral images that I show in the initial meeting. If her eyes light up, I know we’re onto something! Floral design is a big part of the wedding decor. It is one of the elements that truly represents the personality of the couple and helps to set the tone for the event. I’m passionate about making that happen!

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What’s one thing you love to hear in consultation with a bride? ”I trust you, just do your thing!”!!!

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Some personal questions about Melissa:

Mac or PC? Mac

Tea or Coffee? Coffee

Favorite flower? I do love a fluffy peony and garden roses.

Favorite season for flowers? Spring

For more info about Vintage Florals, contact Melissa at melissa.broadwell@gmail.com

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