Planner Tip from Simply Stunning Events

Today’s great Planner Tip comes from Kristin Kaplan with Simply Stunning Events:

“When the wedding day arrives, let go of the reins and enjoy the day no matter what happens. Don’t try to control or stress over the little details. You’ve made a plan for the day, now relax and have fun! You’ve only got one wedding day (hopefully) so make the absolute best of it and remember that as long as you love each other and are married at the end of the day, it was a success!”

Now look over to the right and check her out as our “Planner of the Week”!!

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Vendor Spotlight – The Noah Liff Opera Center

If you don’t know about this next venue, you should! Today we are very happy to shine our “vendor spotlight” on The Noah Liff Opera Center. Noah Liff is a chic and sleek venue close to downtown Nashville that has a variety of spaces and just about everything you need to host your event. The Nashville Wedding Planner’s Group held one of our meetings at Noah Liff last year in the “Patron Room” and got to see first hand, what a unique space it is!

Here’s what Sarah Willard, the Facilities and Event Manager, {and one of our lovely members!} had to say:

Tell us about your venue

The Liff Center is one of Nashville’s newest and most elegant venues. Designed by renowned architect Earl Swensson and Earl Swensson Associates, the sleek, contemporary 26,000-sq-foot venue offers a variety of options for private events to host guests from 20 to 299!

What makes your venue different from other venues?

We are one of only 3-5 truly contemporary venues in Nashville. The Liff Center was built with events in mind, so it is perfectly suited for ceremonies, cocktail parties and receptions! Rentals include a full 12 hours! All packages are completely inclusive. There are no bar fees, service charges or tax. The venue comes with all your tables, 2 choices of chairs, 54 choices in floor length linens, basic lighting and much more!


What is the history of your venue?

The Noah Liff Opera Center was designed and built for the Nashville Opera and opened in May 2009. We host between 40 and 50 private events per year and that continues to increase! The Nashville Opera has their full stage rehearsals here approximately 3 months each year before moving to TPAC for the actual production.

What are some of your wedding and reception options?

We have packages built with brides in mind! You can host a wedding ceremony and reception – plus cocktails! – for 50 – 280 guests.

Does your venue require use of your preferred vendors, or are brides free to bring their own?

We have a list of 15 caterers to choose from, brides are welcome to bring in their own vendors in any other category!

In your opinion which event (or type of event) has most creatively taken advantage of your venue, and what made the event a success?

We have had everything from local theatre productions to bar/bat mitzvahs and grand birthday celebrations to weddings and corporate luncheons to fashion shows! The Liff Center is truly a chameleon for most any event. Each event is different and I love seeing the designs for each one. We have had everything from full draping (ceiling and top to bottom) and have also had minimal decor. The effect is stunning, each time. It’s hard to choose just one event!

Contact The Noah Liff Opera Center here for more info!

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Carolyn Arlene Peck - September 24, 2013 - 7:42 pm

I am Arlene B. Peck and we are planning my daughter Carolyn’s wedding for May 10, 2014 in Nashville for 150 persons. Please send me information about your facility as soon as it is convenient. Actually, I will be in Nashville tomorrow afternoon and would like to come by to see the center. What time would be convenient around 3:00 or after? You may txt or call me at 855.243.9816 or email me at

I look forward to hearing from you.

Arlene B. Peck

A Modern Hutton Hotel Wedding

In need of some glamorous inspiration? Today’s gorgeous wedding comes from Sara Fried with Fete Nashville. Here is what Sara had to say about this downtown Nashville wedding:

“This sophisticated couple of oenophiles and foodies wanted a modern wedding with touches of vintage glamour… and boy did we deliver! Shades of pewter with touches of crystal, candlelight and pops of a deep fall red were the color palate for this fête.”

“Katie and Daniel wanted an ethereal, monochromatic ceremony with a few whimsical touches to compliment the bride’s couture dress. With silver and white chairs facing a gorgeously draped chuppah decorated with hanging crystals and fresh flowers, we lined the aisle with white candles and flower petals.”

“As a transition to the party-all-night-long reception, the mood was set for cocktail hour with lots of red sexy lighting, linens and crystal-draped candelabras.”

“These well-traveled foodies used names of their favorite restaurants as table numbers!”

“Each guest had a personalized menu card designed to look like a royal, vintage place setting with his/her name and entrée they previously selected.”

“Check out the lounge areas we created… complete with draped ‘walls’, custom pillows and hanging photographs of the couple to complete the cozy ‘living room’ feel.”




Venue: Hutton Hotel

Florist: Branches

Photographer: Nam Nguyen

Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting

Stationary: Bella Figura and Fête Nashville

Linens: BBJ Linens

Cake: French Confection

Rentals: Music City Tents & Events

Chuppah, Draping & Lounge areas: Visual Elements

Fête/Detail Photographer: Kristen Steele Photography



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Weekly Wedding Round-Up

As fitting for Valentine’s Week, the blog has been filled with love lately: love for our vendors, love for our planners and love for every couple’s favorite holiday. In case you missed it, here’s a look back at this lovely week:

We were proud to share with you our very first meeting of the year at one of the coolest new venues in town, Ruby. What a great meeting to start off our membership year! Enjoy more of these pretty images from Angela Disrud Photography in the full post here.

On Tuesday we shared some finds that would make Cupid proud, from one of our favorite sites, BHLDN. Check out all of our favorites in the full post here.

The “guest list” was the subject of this week’s planner tip from Dawn Schenkel of Premier W.E.D.

“Try to keep guests at the “must haves” level in order to have a more detailed wedding that reflects your style.  The guest list sets the pace for everything from Venue location/size to rentals, linens and the flowers to cover those tables.  Keeping a lower guest count not only keeps your budget more flexible, but allows you to actually speak to everyone and remember who was there on that special night!  One of my couples was married in Africa and then had an intimate reception here in Nashville.  It was casual, but elegant and they enjoyed a lovely evening with family and dearest friends.”

Our vendor spotlight of the week fell on Southern Events Party Rental. To read more about this unique rental company, see the full post here.

Well that’s it for us folks!! Enjoy your weekends and we’ll see you back here next week!



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Vendor Spotlight | Southern Events Party Rental

Happy Thursday everyone! If you’re planning a wedding and looking for a great rental company that carries traditional rentals plus some unexpected and unique items as well then you’re in luck!! Today we are featuring Southern Events Party Rental, the perfect place to rent all of your basics plus some super cool specialty items like farm tables, vintage china, and fancy restroom trailers! We recently asked Laura Wall, of Southern Events Party Rental, a few questions to find out more about this company and what they have to offer:

What types of rentals do you provide?

Southern Events Party Rental offers all of the basic rental items you need like tables, chairs, linens, place settings, dance floors, decor, bars and service/catering equipment. We also offer an extensive inventory of specialty linens and items such as candelabras, lanterns and cake plateaus/cupcake stands. Our Vintage Prop Shoppe features charming and “shabby-chic” style furniture, accent tables, mix-match china, props and accessories. We are most excited about our newest additions – farm tables, rustic wooden benches and whiskey/wine barrels!

Explain your process of working with a bride.

We recommend that a bride visit us after she has secured her venue and date. During an appointment in our showroom, we walk brides through the process of determining a basic floor plan and the items that will be necessary. We ask all of the detailed questions that they may not think to ask to ensure there are no missing pieces. Once we have established the foundation of their order, we move on to making things look pretty! As the client selects items, we dress a table so that they will see the table look come together. We work within their color palette or event style to select the right combination of linen colors. Determining place setting needs like china, flatware and glassware can prove challenging to a client. This is usually the only big event they have planned/will plan, so we assist in calculating quantities and ensuring all elements of the food and beverage menu are covered. We usually top off the meeting with a tour of our design room and vintage items. Brides often find decor pieces that fit their theme and find that items like lanterns or bird cages can create a beautiful centerpiece without breaking the budget!

What sets your company apart from other rental companies?

Southern Events offers brides and clients a higher level of assistance when selecting rental items. We continually hear how we provide more selection, inspiration, styling suggestions and overall satisfaction! While we are not event planners, per se, we step into that role when it comes to your rental experience. Girls often say that selecting their linens and decor with us is “the most fun” part of planning.

We also stay on top of trends in the wedding and events industry to add new items to our inventory. Clients want what they see in magazines and on top wedding blogs! We also specialize in the truly “southern” or “rustic” wedding style… we are in Tennessee after all! We have a Vintage Prop Shoppe full of unique furniture and accessories.

We have recently been invited to join the elite group of Little Black Book vendors selected by the wedding blog, We are honored to meet the criteria upon which we were selected: exceptional client services, a genuine interest in fostering a client relationship, superior design style and the continual honing of your craft, and rave reviews by colleagues and/or clients.

What are some trends you are seeing at ceremonies/receptions?

The top trend we are seeing overall is vintage, vintage, vintage! So many brides add elements of this look by using heirloom mix-match china, vintage handkerchiefs, “found” items as unique display pieces or “shabby-chic” lounge areas.

Farm tables and benches are all the rage! The large farm tables offer a grand, feasting feeling and are gorgeous in any reception setting… even if you aren’t a full-on vintage bride! While they are a natural choice for an outdoor event, we are using them in venues and they look divine. If a bride chooses to use chairs with her farm tables, she’ll often choose bench seating for her ceremony.

The most requested item in the last month or so is the whiskey/wine barrel! We added them to our inventory to serve as an alternative to bistro tables, guest book tables or even cake tables. They’re going like hot cakes!

And Mason Jars are here to stay!

What are your favorite venues to work with?

We love all venues! We work all over Middle Tennessee and we also provide exclusive rental services to many venues such as CJ’s Off the Square, Lillie Belles, The Red House and Travellers Rest. We also enjoy working with Houston Station, The Factory and Belle Meade Plantation to name a few.

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