7 Essential Steps for Newly Engaged Couples Before Planning a Nashville Wedding

Saying “I Do” To A Nashville Wedding

Are you newly engaged and dreaming of saying “I do” in Music City? Congratulations! Before you dive headfirst into planning your Nashville wedding, there are a few crucial steps you should take to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey to your big day. Check out these seven things every newly engaged couple in Nashville should do before starting wedding planning. From setting a budget to exploring venue options, Siena & Co has got you covered!

Celebrate Your Engagement

Take a moment to bask in the joy of your engagement with your partner. Whether it’s a romantic dinner, a weekend getaway, or a cozy night in, cherish this special time together before diving into wedding planning.

Set a Realistic Budget

Before you start browsing venues and interviewing vendors, it’s essential to establish a realistic budget for your wedding. Sit down with your partner and discuss your financial resources and priorities. Consider factors such as venue rental, catering, entertainment, and decor, and allocate funds accordingly. But don’t get stuck on the details just yet! A “ballpark” budget is perfectly fine at the beginning stages. Soon enough, you’ll get to know the market prices and can fine-tune your budget. If you’re stuck, a knowledgeable wedding planner can help you prioritize your budget.

Explore Nashville’s Unique Venues

Nashville offers a diverse range of wedding venues, from historic landmarks to rustic barns and trendy urban spaces. Take some time to explore your options and find a venue that reflects your style and vision for your wedding day. Consider factors such as capacity, location, and amenities when deciding. We are obsessed with the romantic atmosphere at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Cheekwood has won multiple awards for its picturesque garden views. Or, take a moment to imagine the elegance of a wedding at The Union Station. The grand architecture provides the dreamiest background for your fairytale beginning.

Research Local Vendors

Finding the right vendors can make all the difference in bringing your wedding vision to life. Research local photographers, florists, caterers, and other vendors specializing in Nashville weddings. Read reviews, browse portfolios, and ask for recommendations from friends and family to find the perfect team for your special day. At Siena & Co, we have good standing relationships with reputable local vendors, hand-selected for a dream wedding day. Don’t be shy about contacting us for recommendations!

Consider the Season

Nashville experiences four distinct seasons, each offering its own unique charm for weddings. Whether you envision a spring garden wedding or a cozy winter celebration, consider the pros and cons of each season when setting your wedding date and planning outdoor activities. This one decision will impact every other decision you’ll need to make, from flowers to dress style!

Cheekwood Estates & Gardens

Plan for Transportation

Nashville’s bustling streets can be challenging to navigate, especially on weekends and during special events. Consider arranging transportation for you and your guests to ensure everyone arrives safely and on time. Whether you opt for limousines, shuttles, or rideshare services, planning will help alleviate stress on your wedding day.

Stay Organized

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but staying organized is key to staying on track. Consider using wedding planning tools or apps to keep track of important dates, vendor contacts, and budget details. Create a timeline for your wedding planning process and tackle tasks one step at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. And if you’re already feeling overwhelmed? You’re in the right place! Siena & Co will take care of you from beginning to end with personalized planning and helpful blogs along the way.

By following these seven essential steps, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on the exciting journey of planning your Nashville wedding. From setting a budget to finding the perfect venue and vendors, taking the time to prepare will ensure that your special day is everything you’ve dreamed of and more.

Happy planning!

At Siena & Co. Events, we pride ourselves on creating elegant and bespoke weddings that reflect the unique love stories of our clients. Our team is dedicated to providing a seamless and unforgettable experience, ensuring that every moment is as exquisite as you’ve always imagined. Whether you’re dreaming of a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, we’re here to bring your vision to life with thoughtful attention to detail and effortless elegance.

Written by Haddi Trebisovsky

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I'm Joanna Lewis, founder of Siena & Co., a Nashville, TN-based wedding and event planner committed to creating luxurious, simple, and joyful celebrations with a touch of bespoke elegance. With over fifteen years of experience, my passion is to infuse authenticity and beauty into every event, celebrating the meaningful moments.


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