How Much Alcohol Should I Buy?

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Photo by: Erin Morrison Photography

There are so many lists that you have to manage before the Big Day! One of the most common questions that we see is how much alcohol should you provide for your wedding. We’ve provided these tips so that you can have a fun and classy wedding!


  • It is a good idea to serve 1 drink per person per hour of the event. In other words, one guests will have up to 5 glasses of wine (1 drink x 5-hour cocktail hour and reception).
  • During the winter months, your might want 60% of wine to be red and 40% to be white because red wine isn’t chilled. During the summer months, your guests might prefer a chilled white wine so be sure to have 60% white wine and 40% red wine.
  • In lieu of a full bar, we suggest you provide a couple of signature drinks. Not only are different liquors more expensive, but you also have to provide all the garnishes such as: orange juice, cherries, club soda, etc. Also keep in mind that the larger variety that you offer,...

Wedding Planner in Knoxville: Absolute Wedding Perfection Vendor Spotlight

For many couples, planning a wedding will be one of the biggest events that you will ever plan. There are so many intricate details that are involved, not to mention coordinating with your vendors to make sure that everything is perfect. That is why we highly recommend hiring a wedding coordinator. A wedding coordinator takes care of taking your vision of your wedding and making them a reality! Angie Froemel, with Absolute Wedding Perfection, is an amazing wedding coordinator based out of Knoxville. Angie is originally from West Virginia, but fell in love with everything that Knoxville has to offer! The Bride Link took a moment to talk with Angie about some of her favorite parts of making your day beautiful! 

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Photo by: Tara Kneiser Photography

How long have you been in business?

I have been in business since 2008, so for over a decade now!

What brought you into the wedding industry?

I started as a local news producer, but knew that one day I eventually wanted to be my own...


Vintage and Modern Inspired Styled Shoot

Growing up in the South, you will find that many have a deep appreciation about history. Though history does have its flaws, most would admit that Southern History has its share of romance, strength, and charm. The Historic Bleak House exudes all of those traits. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, this antebellum Classical Revival was built in 1858 for two newlyweds from prominent families. The Bleak House is the perfect location for this styled shoot by Shutter Sprite Photography! But as much as we love the classics, we equally love to follow trends. With raw crystals, mixed metals, and personalized elements, this styled shoot has something for every taste.

styled shoot
Photo by: Shutter Sprite Photography
historical styled shoot
Photo by: Shutter Sprite Photography

The vision behind this styled shoot was Classic Glamour and History meets Modern, Whimsy, and Trendy, with a dose of DIY.  Shutter Sprite Photography wanted all of the elements to come together in this one styled shoot. The raw crystals...


How to Pick the Perfect Venue

When planning a wedding, there are so many choices that it can be overwhelming! Will you wear a suit or tux? How many bridesmaids should I have? While all of those choices are optional, there is one that is vital to your wedding: your venue! But picking out the perfect location to say “I Do” can be a daunting task! Luckily, we have come up with some tips to help you find your perfect wedding venue.

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Photo by: Shutter Sprite Photography


You don’t want a rustic barn, when you dream of a glam wedding. Likewise, you don’t want a ballroom when you dream of farmhouse chic. If you are dreaming of a modern wedding, then an art gallery or a rooftop wedding might be more your speed. Likewise, if you are thinking open fields with a more natural setting, then you might want to consider an open space, such as a barn, forest, or gardens.

knoxville wedding venues
Photo by: Jamie Weiss Photography


Many venues will have rules about what you can and cannot do for your...


Glamorous Outdoor Winter Session

Wedding inspiration
Photo by: Honey + Bee Photography

Every once in a while we come across a styled shoot that is so breathtaking that we cannot stop looking at the photos. This Glacier Blue inspired styled shoot is one of those times. Located at The Cedars at Carr Farm in Nashville, it has all the current trends in one place. From illusion necklines on wedding gowns and stylish groom’s attire to velvet linens and acrylic chairs, this styled shoot showcases the perfect inspiration for your upcoming wedding.

styled shoot
Photo by: Honey + Bee Photography
styled shoot photo
Photo by: Honey + Bee Photography

The stunning glacier blue cathedral veil was the design inspiration behind the entire shoot. The veil was hand curated by Alice + Mae, a local bridal accessory design. It Takes Two Eventsfelt that the elegant, yet avant-garde, Romona Keveza gown fit the romantic wintery shoot perfectly. We are in love with the textures and layers of this gown tied in with the high, illusion neckline. The planners knew from the...


How to Use Scripture in Your Ceremony

christian scripture
Photo by: Emerald + Ivy

It is so easy to get caught up in the details of planning of your wedding, that it is very easy to forget the marriage portion of your wedding. After all, the day is about you and your partner making a lifetime commitment to love one another. The Bible contains scripture that beautifully conveys your love for your partner, hope, and joy for your future together. In years past, a couple would have a trusted family member or friend recite your favorite scripture or the congregation would recite The Lord’s Prayer. But now, the options are endless! We have included some meaningful ways to incorporate scripture into your ceremony.

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Photo by: Erin Lee Allender

Guest Book

In the past decade, guest books have ceased to become a book that collects dust on a shelf, and instead become a major design element in the home. Guest books can be signing their name on canvas or letter, thumbprints on art, or even writing on globes. Recently, bibles have become a...


Outdoor Wedding Inspiration Collaborative Styled Shoot

As wedding planners, we love to showcase current trends in styled shoots with amazing vendors. So when Custom Love Gifts, Events, and Prints suggested a collaboration for a Tuscan inspired styled shoot, we immediately jumped at the opportunity! Featuring many local vendors in Knoxville, Tennessee, this collaboration features a striking ceremony site, a stunning reception, and a enchanting open field that left us breathless!

romantic wedding venue
Photo by: Leah Moyers Photography
Outdoor wedding venue
Photo by: Leah Moyers Photography

The Cardinal’s Nest is a stunning wedding venue that is tucked away in the mountains of East Tennessee. Less than a half hour away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, The Cardinal’s nest features a stunning outdoor chapel and an open field where couples can truly allow their vision to come alive!

knoxville wedding venues
Photo by: Leah Moyers Photography
knoxville wedding venue
Photo by: Leah Moyers Photography

Custom Love Gift, Events, and Prints’s inspiration behind this styled shoot was a Tuscan feel...


Mismatched Bridesmaid Dress Ideas for Fall Weddings

Mismatched Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

I have always been a fan of mismatched bridesmaid dresses, so I loved putting together my favorite mismatched bridesmaid dress looks for fall weddings! From long, purple bridesmaid dresses, to short, navy dresses, I showcase a few of my favorite color combinations below that will take us into the fall season. If you see a look you love, follow the links under each photo to see where to buy it online. I have to say, Jenny Yoo’s Convertible Dress was my favorite dress to use to recreate these looks. Dessy Twist Wrap Dress is also one of my favorite ways to create mismatched looks for your bridesmaids. Enjoy, and let me know which look is your favorite!

1. Ruffled Chiffon Dress (navy) 2. Jenny Yoo Strapless Chiffon Dress (Evening Blue) | 3. Pleated Chiffon Gown (Ceil Blue) | 4. Jenny Yoo Convertible Strapless Gown (Evening Blue) | 5. Ruffled Chiffon Dress (Ceil Blue) | 6. Amsale Draped Tulle Gown (Navy) Photo by Virgil Bunao via The Bride Link
1. Monique Lhuillier Strapless Gown (Champaign) | 2. JS Collections Floral Chiffon Gown | 3 .Monique Lhuilier Crinkled Halter Gown (Coffee Bean) Photo by Carretto Studio
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: 1. Donna Morgan One-Shoulder Gown (Grey Ridge) | 2. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Crimson) | 3. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Cameo Pink) | 4. Amsale Pleated Lace Sweetheart Gown | 5. Textured Lace Mermaid Gown | 6. JS Collections Floral Chiffon Gown Photo by Eric Kelley via Elizabeth Anne Designs
1. So Happy Together Dress | 2. Walking by the Water Dress | 3. Reception Perfection Dress Photo by Ampersand Wedding Photography via Love Wed Bliss
1. Eliza J Embellished Fit and Flare Gown (Navy) | 2. Amsale Draped Tulle Gown (Navy) 3. Jenny Yoo Ruffled One-Shoulder Dress | 4. Jenny Yoo Tea Dress (Navy) | 5.Draped Chiffon Gown | 6. Eliza J Halter Dress (Navy) Photo by Brushfire Photography via The Bride Link
1. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Sterling Grey) | 2. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Cashmere) | 3. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Mink Grey) Photo by Love Is a Big Deal via Yes Bride
1. Donna Morgan One-Shoulder Gown (Amethyst) | 2. Lela Rose Bridesmaid Dress | 3 – Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Lilac) | 4. Donna Morgan Twist-Waist Gown (Victorian Jade) Photo by Elisa Bricker via The Bride Link
1. Pause for Celebration Dress | 2. Elegant at Evenfall Dress | 3. Show ‘Em Who’s Emboss Dress Photo by Watson Studios via The Bride Link

Fall Romance

Lavender and blush with hints of burgundy create such a romantic array of mismatched colors that are both feminine and perfect for fall!

Royal Rainbow

I love this collection of royal purple and jade bridesmaid dresses! A pop of...


DIY Faux Wedding Cake

Faux Wedding Cake Tutorial

Today's DIY project by JoPhoto is perfect for bride's and designers planning weddings and styled shoots! Some brides may not like wedding cake, but still want a cake at their reception for photos. Or maybe they are opting for cupcakes but still want a wedding cake that will match their color palette. If this describes you, then today's DIY faux cake tutorial is perfect!

I learned this technique when I was designing a photo shoot with Kathleen of JoPhoto. We didn't have time to partner with a cake designer, but we still wanted to have a simple, elegant cake design to inspire brides. Enjoy this unique tutorial, and let us know in the comments how you might use this project for your own wedding or photo shoot!

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*This is a general resource project for brides and when you use our links to purchase materials, we may receive a small comission that helps us continue to produce awesome resources for brides just like...

75 of the Best Country Songs For Your Wedding

A great country song will never go out of style! It’s no surprise that southern couples are always looking for the best country songs for their wedding, and whether it’s a brand new country hit or a timeless classic country song, there are so many great choices out there.

Here are some of our favorite country music picks for a Tennessee wedding, perfect for all of the different parts of your big day. Enjoy!

Best Country Songs for your wedding

Photo:  East Tennessee Wedding Photographer, Jamie Weiss Photography 


I Do - Paul Brandt

From This Moment On - Shania Twain

I Swear - John Michael Montgomery

Love Your Love The Most - Eric Church

My Best Friend - Tim McGraw

I Do - Jessie James Decker

Breathe - Faith Hill


Cocktail Hour 

Honey Bee - Blake Shelton

She Said Yes - Chad Brock

What Kinda Love - Dallas Smith

Unbeatable - Deric Ruttan

What A Beautiful Day - Chris Cagle

If My Heart Had Wings - Faith Hill

Wrapped Up In You - Garth Brooks

Simple Life - Carolyn Dawn Johnson



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