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July 2016 Archive

StudioWed Box : What is it?


More than 5 years ago Nicole and Ian Riley launched StudioWed, a boutique bridal planning studio that couples can visit in order to get advice and vendor recommendations without pressure or any type of sales pitch.  After the success and expansion into Atlanta, Denver, and Nashville markets, Nicole and Ian decided to deliver the easy planning process to your front door, thus the birth of StudioWedBox.

StudioWedBox is a subscription that you can sign up for and receive a monthly box delivered to your front door!  We are not only delivering the best products in the industry, but are personalizing each box with tips and items to help in the planning process. Each month you will receive samples and products that are truly a wedding must!



Inside your StudioWedBox you will see only the best-curated items that have been hand picked by a team of wedding planners.  Each box will be personalized to where you are in the planning process.  So don’t worry! If your wedding is 12 months away you box will contain items that will help you from start to the end.

StudioWedBox makes a great engagement or bridal shower gift …or a gift for yourself!

4 Reasons You Need a Photo Booth At Your Wedding

Your wedding day, is to be the ‘greatest day of your life’, but why not also make it the funnest day you and your guests have ever had? There are so many ‘fun’ and ‘entertaining’ qualities you can include in your BIG day. Of all of the aspects you could include to entertain your guests (cigar bar, s’mores bar, corn hole, dancing, ETC.) at the end of the night, you will want your guests to have something memorable to remember your wedding by. You could spend countless hours thinking of the perfect favor to hand out….or….you could rent a photo booth!


Here’s 4 Reasons Why You Should Have A Photo booth At Your Wedding!

  1. Entertainment – (duh!) :Your guests will love it. Guests will come smiling and having a great time, so much so they come back again and again! It’s so much fun to use cool props and have fun taking photos together. Plus, you get the photos instantly…and you don’t have to shake them and wait for them to develop. ;)
  2. Favors :  Again, you get your photos back instantly, which makes for a fabulous favor! You can customize the film they print on with your monogram, wedding date, and any type of neat animations you can think of.
  3. Make a guest book from it! : This may be the biggest reason of all to book a photo booth for your big day. Though you might not even realize we’re doing this, you will be glad your booth butler took the time to make sure everyone adds a snap to your guest book while leaving a message around the photographs. Make 2 copies of the photos, one for them and one for your guestbook!
  4. Perfect for All Ages! : All of your guests from ages 1-100 will love and appreciate this fun segment at your special day!

Now that we have those Photo Booth wheels turning in your mind, we HIGHLY recommend that you check out our Photo Booth vendor, Cosmo Creations. Not only will they bring the fun to your wedding they are amazing to work with! If you book any photo booth package through them, you will receive 25% off of your whole order if you use code ‘StudioWed16’. We would love for you to take full advantage of this opportunity!


5 Conversations You Need to have with Your Wedding Planner – Fete Nashville

We are so excited to re-share this post from  Martha Stewart Weddings, because one of our very own, event planners, Sara Fried of Fete Nashville, was featured on #3 and #4! Check it out, and let us know what you think! Congratulations, Sara! We are ecstatic for you!


Photography by: Applemoon Photography, Event design by: Antonia Christianson Events

It’s no surprise wedding planning can get stressful. We all strive to have the “perfect” day, which is why many of us enlist the help of a professional to make our dreams come to life. That being said, it can still get overwhelming, and you may not know where to start. With the help of industry experts, we’ve put together the five most important conversations to have with your planner to make your big day everything you’ve imagined!



1. Budget

“It is so, so very critical to have an honest discussion about your budget with your planner. Wherever your budget falls on the spectrum, the decisions your planner makes as far as what to show you and what direction in which to take the design and scope of your vision, will be dictated in part by budget. In my experience, the budget can be an enormous source of stress when expectations are not clearly outlined up front. Once the expectations are clearly and honestly discussed, it does not have to be a source of stress at all. What budgetary expectations are and how they are outlined varies widely from client to client, as it is a very personal thing. We have some clients who don’t have an exact number in mind, and want to see the ‘dream’ scenario for each and every possibility, and then want to have an honest discussion about the ‘value’ versus the ‘cost.’ We have some clients who have a range in mind, and want us to help them navigate the options and ideas that will get them the vision and the dream, and where that might end up within their range, and then we have clients who have a pretty precise number in mind. It is our job to break that down into a comprehensive and accurate budget outline, so we can be mindful of where costs should be coming in throughout the process. To me, budget is one of the areas where a planner’s experience is critical. An experienced planner will know what works, what doesn’t, what is worth spending on, and what is not. A father of the bride and CEO of a multinational corporation once told me, that for him, my greatest virtue was ‘value engineering.’ I took that as an one of the greatest compliments I have ever received—because it is easy to make things beautiful at any cost, but to take a scalpel to the things that don’t really ‘matter’ in the end, and to edit with a critical eye, brings a better result in the end.” —Marina Birch of Birch Design Studio

2. Family Dynamics

“Your planner needs to know if your parents are divorced and cannot be within 40 feet of one another without causing a scene, or if Uncle Dave will try to storm the stage after a few drinks. Any family dynamics that could present themselves (and present issues) during the wedding festivities need to be discussed with your planner far in advance. Not only does he/she need to be made aware of them, but you should also discuss how you would like possible scenarios to be addressed in advance, so the weekend of your wedding, you are not worried about or thinking about those issues—you can trust your planner to handle them professionally, and according to your wishes.” —Marina Birch of Birch Design Studio

3. Timeline

“As the big day draws closer, we begin having more detailed conversations with our brides about what they can expect on their wedding day. So much thought has gone into the details of choosing the flowers, the cake, the linens, etc., but now it’s time to talk about the expectations for the wedding day to alleviate any potential stress. ‘What exactly will I be doing before photos begin?’ ‘Are you going to be with me while I’m getting ready?’ ‘Will you be accessible?’ ‘When will I get to see the reception?’ ‘When do I eat?’ We are always working on our wedding day production schedule, which is broken down into almost five minute increments; but there are just some details that can’t be finalized until a week out. At this time, we like to sit down with our brides and review the entire schedule, so they feel comfortable with the plans. It is also important to send out a mini timeline to all the bridal party and family so they know where to be, how to dress, how they are being transported, and any important parking information; this way your rehearsal does not turn into a White House press conference filled with a zillion questions. This will also help tremendously with your photo schedule (although you’ll have to wrangle all parties involved for photos, as somehow there’s always a stray uncle or groomsman who gets sidetracked with some game they are watching on their iPhone or at the hotel bar). Always remember you can plan out every single minute of the day, but once it’s here, just enjoy the moment, and let your wedding planner worry about the details!” —Sara Fried of Fete Nashville

4. Day-of Details

“It is important to discuss all the details of what happens on the wedding day; they want to feel confident that everything has been thoughtfully planned. We always provide a bride’s concierge, who stays with the bride through the entire day. She makes sure the bride is ready before hair and makeup begins: that Champagne has been chilled, lunch is being delivered on time, bridesmaids arrive on time, dresses are pressed, and tending to all the girls’ needs. Our bride knows that her concierge is in constant contact with her planners and is just a phone call away, while they are setting up all the details for the ceremony and reception. Other items that are important to discuss are ‘the big reveal’ and that the bride and groom will actually get to eat the food they’ve so carefully chosen for their guests. We always plan a special moment for the bride and groom to see their reception while their guests are busy at cocktail hour. It’s a super fun moment to get on film and probably my most favorite of the day! We also make sure our newlyweds get to sit down, eat some dinner, and take off their shoes before joining their guests at their reception. They share a few minutes alone to enjoy each other and acknowledge they are finally married. This is a Jewish tradition, called the Yichud, literally meaning, ‘becoming one.’ We do this with all our clients, Jewish or not, and they absolutely love it.” —Sara Fried of Fete Nashville

5. Contracts

“This sounds super silly, but it actually gets ignored more than you would think … I always ask every client to share their contracts with us. We keep it in their file for multiple reasons. Of course, to answer any questions they have throughout the planning process, but to also confirm details leading up to the big day, and as proper documentation on the wedding day. This works as protection on their behalf and insures that what the client wants to happen on their wedding day does happen. If a client orders a blue cake, and a pink cake comes, we have the documentation to try to rectify the issue on the spot. So I guess the ‘conversation’ is, share all of your details with your wedding planner, even if you told another vendor your wishes … because there is no way that they can know exactly what you want if they haven’t been told. Don’t feel like you are micromanaging by sharing your requests or by copying us on emails … think of it as more of an insurance for your big day.” –Antonia Christianson of Antonia Christianson Events