We are ecstatic that you are going to be a part of our big day. There is truly nothing more that we could want. In planning, we have been asked by multiple vendors, "What is your vision for your wedding?"
No, they were not joking; and yes, we did laugh out loud the first time before we realized they were serious. When we first attempted to answer that question and explain our "vision," here is what we said:
1. Spend time with you, our family and friends.
2. Throw a party to celebrate the crazy adventure called marriage that we're stepping into because of God's great love, the privilege of being in community with you, and the countless moments/challenges/victories/tears/joys that have led us here.
3. Be married by the end of it.
That's it! It's one day; a monumental day for sure, but not the stuff of sugarplum fairies. The flowers die, the food spoils, and the pictures fade, but the mystery and miracle of marriage are new each day.
We are grateful for you in part because you ask us questions like, "What is your vision for your marriage?" and we are grateful for each other because even when we do not yet have the full answer to that question, we love seeking the answer together.
Ok now that we're all crying onto our keyboards together, here are some details about joining us for our wedding:
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN OVERALLS AND BLACK TIE
You might ask yourself, "What do I wear to a wedding on a farm?" We are happy to tell you that overalls and wellies are not required. In fact, on a scale of 1 to dressed-to-the9s, we're shooting for a 7 or 8. Think festive, not fussy. In other words: ladies, no need to wear a floor-length gown. and gents, no need to rent a tux. But we do love a dressed-up occasion.
We've created this Pinterest board in case you'd like to see some ideas of a happy medium.
Keep in mind that while the ceremony and dancing will take place in a pavilion with a concrete floor, cocktail hour and dinner will be held on grass (under a tent). Anyone wearing heels may want to consider a pair of relief shoes for this part of the evening.
BUT WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS?
While we love your children and hope to have some of our own someday, our wedding is a 21-and-over event. We want to ensure that this is not a barrier to your attendance at our wedding, so we are happy to connect you with local, trustworthy sitters and childcare providers. We know some great sitters and nannies with training in early childhood, elementary, and special education from Vanderbilt and Belmont. If you're planning on being in town for longer than just Saturday, there is plenty of kid-friendly fun to be had in Nashville. Some of our favorite spots include the Adventure Science Center, the Nashville Zoo, and Centennial Park.
WHERE TO STAY
If you are coming from out of town and would like to book a hotel room, we have reserved rooms for your convenience at:
Homewood Suites by Hilton in Brentwood (nearer to the venue; make your reservation by September 16th).
Home2 Suites by Hilton in Nashville (nearer to downtown; make your reservation by September 3rd by calling 615-254-2170).
Holiday Inn Vanderbilt (nearer to downtown/midtown; make your reservation with group code GRW by September 14th).
We know the names of these hotels are super similar (we didn't name them), so make sure you're booking the location you want. Don't forget to mention you are visiting for the Grager-Reimers wedding for the appropriate accommodation and pricing.
We also recommend staying in an AirBNB. Nashville is a town full of great hosts with beautiful homes and this website provides options for those looking for alternate accommodations. If you need any advice on Nashville neighborhoods or any further recommendations, please don't hesitate to ask us!
RENTING A CAR
If you're looking to rent a car while in town, we recommend Alamo or National Car Rental, though most major rental companies have a hub at the Nashville Airport so if another is more familiar, you're in luck.
We also find that rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are a very popular and economic option in Nashville. You can use the Uber or Lyft fare estimator to help you decide if a rideshare would be a better option for your needs. These services are great for sightseeing in Nashville or visiting downtown where the parking is limited.
ZipCar may also prove a good option for people looking for the flexibility of a rideshare or taxi but who want more than a one-way car hire. To be able to use a ZipCar or other car share service while in town, be sure to secure your membership card in advance.
***We're making a list for you of all of our favorite eats and events in town. Stay tuned ('cause it's Music City, get it?)***
WHERE WE'RE GETTING MARRIED
Please join us at Bloomsbury Farm for the ceremony and reception. The ceremony will be promptly at 5 PM on Saturday, October 15th, and will be followed by a cocktail hour, dinner, and lots of dancing.
Our venue is a working farm nestled between Nashville and Smyrna. We fell in love with it a while back and are very excited for you to join us in this incredible space.
Keep in mind that while the ceremony and dancing will take place in the pavilion with a concrete floor, cocktail hour and dinner will be held in a wooded area. Stilettos may be awesome, but they typically don't play nice with grass. Ladies may want to consider a pair of relief shoes for the later part of the evening.
The weather in October in Nashville is splendid. We anticipate clear skies with a slight breeze. We're crossing our fingers that October 2016 holds true to Nashville's usual pattern for that month with a high of 72 degrees and a low of 50 degrees. You may want a sweater for later in the evening, or you can always curl up near the outdoor fireplace.
GETTING TO BLOOMSBURY
from anywhere: map
from the Brentwood hotel: map
from the downtown hotel: map
If have dietary restrictions and are able to let us know between now and then, we would love to accommodate you. We will be able to provide vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options upon request, so please do let us know!
STILL GOT QUESTIONS?
If you have any needs that we didn't cover or questions about specific restaurants and concert venues, or are wondering where you can stalk Nashville celebrities, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . If your question is more urgent or is a day-of issue with the wedding, please contact the Maid of Honor.