It’s important to make sure you make your bridesmaids feel special on your wedding day! They have planned showers, a bachelorette party and have been there for moral support. Your bride tribe is constantly ensuring your day goes off without a hitch. You can say “thank you” a million times, but it’s still important to take time to think of thoughtful and personal gifts for your bridesmaids so they feel just as special as they have made you feel through the months of wedding planning.
There are huge details that go into planning a wedding; the venue, your theme or color scheme, the music, the flowers… the list goes on. With so much going into planning such an important life event, the groom tends to leave getting ready until the last minute. It’s true, he has a lot less to think about than a bride does, but it’s his day too, so we’ve come up with a short list to make preparing for the wedding a breeze for him.
Prepping your skin
Just like styling your hair, your skin and facial hair shouldn’t be an afterthought and shouldn’t be much of a change from what you normally do. Regularly washing and moisturizing your face is enough to get healthy skin and keep any spots at bay. However, if you have problem areas, feel free to see a dermatologist at least a month before the wedding, and they can give you professional guidance on how to handle your breakouts.
When it comes to styling your facial hair, stick with your usual style. You will feel most comfortable and confident when you feel most like yourself, and facial hair can be a defining characteristic. If you rock a beard, make sure it’s trimmed and styled neatly. There’s a ton of products on the market to help you achieve a perfectly groomed beard or mustache. If you want to go for a clean shaven look, ensure you’re using a new razor and quality shaving products. This way, you will get a soft face that’s free of nicks and bumps.
Nestled in the mountains, this East Tennessee Wedding Venue is one that you must add to your list when searching for the perfect wedding venue. It has all of the feels... Spectacular View, On Site Housing, Ceremony Location that is Breathtaking, Outdoor Tavern for your Reception, In House Chef for private Dinners, Array of Outdoor Activities for you to enjoy (hint, they have a helicopter, what..) Amazing list of Preferred Vendors that will create the Wedding of your Dreams! So make an appointment today....
A Little About Chateau Selah
Chateau Selah is the premier wedding and event destination in Northeast Tennessee. With breath taking panoramic views to our stunning European style architecture and worldwide amenities, we provide all you need for your event.
- A Luxurious Honeymoon Suite and Two Guest Bedrooms
- Breathtaking 360 Degrees Mountain Views
- Outdoor Urban Tavern for Reception
- Gourmet Chef’s kitchen
- Multiple Indoor & Outdoor Fireplace/Fire-Pit Settings
- Ample and Complimentary Parking
- Customized Packages
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Corporate Events & Retreats
- Murder Mystery Dinners
- Life Plans
Chateau Selah is also available to book for family reunions, romantic getaways or simply just to unwind and relax.
Vintage Elegance. Timeless Serenity. Distinguished Excellence.
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Photos By Elizabeth Large Photography
During our stay at Chateau Selah, we were able to experience the hospitality of some of their great vendors for the evening and it was such a treat. The Bar was hosted by Tennessee Hills Distillery and let me tell you some of the best local libations we have tasted in a long time! So much so I had to leave with their Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Lavender Lemon... I am telling you the Founder Stephen Callahan is onto something! Thank you, for the sampling of these amazing products.
A Little About ~ Tennessee Hills Distillery
Our motto is “Embracing Heritage”, and we apply this idea into everything we do at Tennessee Hills Distillery, located in Tennessee’s oldest town Jonesborough TN It is our belief, when it comes to making spirits, the “old way is the right way” and this achieved by incorporating age-old recipes and distillation methods, handed down for hundreds of years, and carried to America by our Irish forefathers.
We use only the finest, locally grown, yellow dent corn and barley which is then stone ground in an antique mill. To ensure premium quality our spirits are produced in small batches during the Civil War. We have a passion for distilling products authentic and unique to the Tennessee hills and we invite you to help us embrace our heritage by trying a sip of our time honored spirits today.
Just a little Plug... THEY SHIP
Then we were treated to a lovely dinner by Chef Nathan Buckmaster and if you have a private dinner, you need him. The food was well thought out and executed to perfection! I am dreaming about those lamb-lollies and ceviche ...
A Little About ~ Chef Nathan BuckMaster
Nathan hails from Michigan and in the 80's made his way to Tennessee, where he got his start learning from the best Chefs and getting his introduction into Southern Cooking and Creole Cooking. The next step of his career lead him into understanding the fundamentals of French Cuisine and then to finish his education Cum Laude at Johnson and Wales. In 2013 Nathan was offered a managing partnership at Bonefish Grill in Johnson City TN where he now resides... For a sample of his changing menu and excellent culinary skills visit him at Bonefish Grill or Contact him for a Private Chef Dinner! You will not be disappointed...
Thanks so much to everyone that made this evening so special! All the special touches and time you took out of your day to provide such a great evening, Thank you!
So this is just a little highlight of our time spent at Chateau Selah and I can assure you that you will receive 5 start treatment from the time you arrive to your departure. We are so excited about creating some magical events at the Chateau and do hope we see you there!
Call today and book your appointment! It is a decision you will be happy you made...
The last but most important thing to remind you of is all of their activities they offer: Biking, Hiking, 4 wheeler's, Bristol Speedway, Helicopter Outings to name a few and yes, they can provide you with the ultimate end to your big event... Fireworks, where your guest can gather around the fire-pits and site on the knoll of the mountain and watch the amazing light show before them...
Until next time ya'll...
Shay Brown ~ Owner and Lead Designer
Wedding Invitation Trends 2018
If you like most couples, you want your wedding to be unique, personal, and a memorable experience for your guests. The first glimpse of your wedding if your wedding invitations. You want to be sure to the tone, theme, and overall feel of your wedding from the moment your guests open their mailbox. Below are my choices for the top five wedding invitation trends 2018! I was also asked for my predictions in the International Wedding Trend Report. It is a fabulous resource for your upcoming wedding. The stationery trends are on pages 48 – 51 if you want to flip ahead like I did. It is free to download!
Watercolor wedding invitations take so many different styles. It can be a landscape of your childhood home, a sketch of your wedding venue, or light flowers. This invitation has the flowers from the bride’s bouquet and is worked into the invitation with the envelope liner and a pretty vellum belly band.
From the International Wedding Trend Report
Wedding Theme Trends
With all of my upcoming clients, they are trending away from a set theme per se. Where in years past, I’d see lots of “rustic barn with an elegant feel” or specific themes like “1920’s Great Gatsby”, couples are trending towards a feeling or overall look to the wedding. We’ll be seeing lots of Elegant and Opulant.
Laser Cut Acrylic Invitations
Laser invitations have been popular for a few years and I don’t see any stop to that. (You can see my top acrylic invitations here) The acrylic is taking a new shape and look this year. This invitation is layered with hi-shine metallic gold and then laser cut. The flowers in the design are directly from the bride’s wedding dress.
Hand Drawn Wedding Invitations
Unique and personal invitations go to another level with a hand-drawn invitation. Dawn and Kevin are self-proclaimed “geeks”. Inspired by a poster in their home, I suggested a drawing of the two of them looking up at the sky. When Dawn asked if their FIVE cats could be around them. My answer was, of course! Guests from their wedding raved and raved about the uniqueness of their invitations.
Velvet Wedding Invitation Trends
I started working with velvet a few years ago. (You can see those invitations here, here, and here). Now you see it all over the red carpet, in table linens, and ribbons. Adriann wanted the texture of the velvet with a flower pattern to match her wedding dress. Made as a panel style, there is a velvet pocket on the back for the inserts!
From the International Wedding Trend Report:
Colour Predictions for 2018 Stationery
Jewel tones, but in more muted tones. I’m seeing lots of lavender, dusty rose, slate blue, sage green. And of course, they are all still being paired with gold. I think that after years and years of only ivory and blush being the color accent to gold, we’re finally going to see some color coming back.
Laser Cut Invitations
Laser cut wedding invitations have been popular for years now. The designs are more intricate and more unique with each year. Jennifer and George’s wedding was at their family Greek Orthodox church. Their laser cut belly band is a design inspired by the curtains at the Fillmore Theatre with an Orthodox cross in the center.
Images credit: Rebecca Marie Photography
We here at Shay Brown Events are beyond lucky to work with some of the industries best stationary artist and designers in the nation. We are always amazed by Tifany Wunschl’s work and our clients have been wowed by her talent and professionalism. We hope you will reach out to her for your invitations. We know, We Will!
owner, lead designer, insatiable foodie at Gourmet Invitations
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Winter is often considered an off season for weddings. From unpredictable snowfall to setting a date during the holiday season, the qualities of winter that can make for a great wedding are often overlooked. Just because it might be cold outside, doesn’t mean your wedding can’t be warm and romantic. I believe you can make your winter wedding warm, cozy and inviting for guests using these three simple tips.
Winter Color Schemes
Incorporating the right color into your wedding is a great way to make your guests feel warm and welcome. The colors of your wedding can be used in the small details of floral arrangements, or even in more grand and obvious ways, like the wedding party attire. Navy and Marsala, for example, is a great color combination for a winter wedding. Marsala is warm and elegant, and using this color as the foundation of your bridesmaid dresses will make your bridesmaids stand out against snowy scenery in wedding photos. Let these marsala-toned dresses from Weddington Way inspire you! If you’re looking for a stylish tuxedo rental for your groomsmen, I recommend the color navy. Navy is just as timeless and classic as a black tuxedo and compliments Marsala effortlessly. The Black Tux is a top pick among groomsmen for finding quality tux rentals online in a variety of colors.
Equip your guests with mugs and surprise them with fun and delicious cocktails to warm them up. Mulled wine, irish coffees and hot toddy’s are crowd favorites when it comes to keeping your wedding fun and guests engaged. I recommend a hot chocolate bar for guests to make their own beverages as they mingle together. Be creative with candy and nut toppings and offer different liquors for guests to give their drinks a sweet and spiked twist.
Choosing the right venue is crucial for a winter wedding. The way your decor is displayed and flows together really depends on the venue that you choose. You can choose to keep the theme of your wedding rustic and charming by holding your wedding in a ski lodge tucked within the mountains. Or if you would like to keep things more elegant and sophisticated, hold your wedding at a polished and dignified stone castle. Cozy fireplaces and beautifully arranged wedding candle decor will set an ambiance to the venue’s atmosphere. Provide small seating areas for guests to gather for intimate conversation or choose a venue with large windows to admire the snow-covered scenery outside.
Winter can be one of the most beautiful seasons to get married in. Choosing the right colors, reception options, and venue are a few of the ways you can make your wedding warm and inviting. Use the season’s beautiful and unique traits to make your special day one of a kind. What would you do to bring a feeling of warmth to your winter wedding?
Check Back for more trends and insight next month… xoxo The SBE Team