Friday, April 28, 2017

Vendor Spotlight: May Flowers

April showers bring May Flowers and this year it also brought a big move!

We set down with the owner of May Flowers, Christy Staven, to discuss the move, her goals, and who a May Flowers Bride is!

                                               Photo by: Bamber Photography
You can now find May Flowers at 800 N. Market St. in Chattanooga, TN and it couldn't be a more perfect spot to showcase their floral talent! The history of the building is a story all in itself! It was actually built in 1920 and served the community as a local market! Christy said she couldn't be more honored to carry on its story.

Christy told us she is also so excited about her new space because of the amazing, open floor plan. As soon as you open the doors, you are welcomed by tons of shelves full of gorgeous rentals May Flowers has to offer. Once you take a few steps in, you can see Christy's amazing team in the back designing away for your big day! You can also see a large cooler where the flowers are stored and a small desk where they get down to business! It all comes together to create magic!

Photo by: Amanda May Photography

Christy said that her main business goal is to add more weddings each year and to gain larger-scale events. Best news is, since she opened in 2013, she has hit her goal every year!

We wanted to know a bit more about who a May Flowers Bride is. Does she like traditional flowers or trendy, loose bouquets? Or is she somewhere in-between? Christy assured me she is all the above! With classic, traditional training from Mississippi State, but also an ability to follow trends and keep up with the latest, Christy and her team at May Flowers can do it all!

Christy said, "We like to look at nature as inspiration. With classical training, nature, and then following trends, I like to think we are a happy blend of all those things."

On a scale from 1 to 10, a May Flowers Bride would fall towards the 10 side of loving and appreciating flowers! A May Flowers Bride is also someone who is laid-back, fun, and able to trust the professionals.

Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

"I love to see someone who is so inspired by flowers and is able to come up with some ideas but allows us to actually take that and run, putting our own twists and our own suggestions on something specific. Someone that is open to our creative freedom is my ideal client."
                     -Christy Staven

            Photo by: Cinderella Photography

There is so much more that goes into floral design than what meets the eye. Christy said she receives the flowers at the beginning of the week and will prep them and place them in the cooler to keep them fresh. Then, beginning Thursday they will start designing for whatever event the weekend brings! And designing continues all the way up until hours before your event to ensure every last petal is in its place!

Event days are Christy's favorite part because everything they have worked so hard on all comes together to create their vision. You may have 2 staff members or as many as 5 or 6 to create the event space you have envisioned!

         Photo by: Lanie Kay Photography

Are you getting ready to meet with May Flowers for your upcoming event? Here's some things you may want to have picked out ahead of time:
-Inspiration Photos

But, if you're overwhelmed and unsure, not a problem! May Flowers will walk you through every step.

With these April showers coming to an end, we are full of excitement to see those sweet May Flowers at our upcoming events!

                                                Photo by: Bamber Photography

If you think you just may be a May Flowers Bride, you can check out some of their amazing designs on their social media pages:
Facebook: @MayFlowersChattanooga
Instagram: @mayflowerscha
Twitter: @MayFlowersCha
Pinterest: @mayflowerscha

Or you can email Christy directly at or call the office at (423) 486-5320.

Happy Planning!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Top 5 Spring Wedding Trends

Dear Bride-To-Be,

I’m writing you today with a little extra excitement because it’s the first day of SPRING! While everyone loves the gorgeous flowers and warm weather the spring season brings, of coarse here at the Soirées office we are excited because we are in full fledge wedding mode! And we LOVE it! Here are a few things we are looking forward to this spring wedding season!

1.)  Pinks and Yellows and Blues- OH MY!
-While mutes have been the go-to colors in the past for an elegant, romantic wedding, this spring, say hello to color! Using a few pops of bright colors is a great way to wow your guests and give your wedding a little touch of extraordinary!

                Photo by: Our Ampersand Photography 

2.)  Vertical Space- the Perfect Place!
-This spring, look UP! Brides will be taking full advantage of every square inch of their venue! Hanging florals are a gorgeous way to add depth to your wedding design, plus, they are absolutely breathtaking.

                                        Photo by: Andy Baxter Photography

3.)  Enticingly Eclectic
-Can’t choose just one tabletop design? Choose them ALL! This spring, Bride’s will be shying away from the perfectly uniform past and will be moving forward with some organized mayhem! 

4.)  Metallics, Pleases!
-Metallics make a great accent and their versatility make them useful in any design scenario! This spring, metallics are here to stay! Just a little tip- don’t go overboard! A little goes a long way! Using metallic linens at the cake and guest book table should be just enough!

                         Photo by: Cinderella Photography

5.)  Sheer Bliss!
-The most important detail in any wedding is the Bride and her wedding look. This spring, brides may be showing their guests a little something extra… some skin! Sheer dress details this spring are HOT! Illusion necklines, beaded backs, and airy fabrics are perfect for this season!

Follow these tips and you’re sure to have your guests in full Spring Fever!

Happy Planning and Happy Spring!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Break Do’s and Don’t: Bachelorette Party Edition

 Dear Bride-To-Be,

Spring break… one of the best weeks of the year! It’s one of those “holidays” we like to write in our planner with a pretty color and follow it up with stickers, highlighter, and arrows pointing all around it! Planning a Bachelorette Party during Spring Break can be a lot of fun, but we’ve come up with a few do’s and don'ts you may want to keep in mind!

Do: Let your Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids
know a few things you expect for your 
Bachelorette Party. If a stripper is a no-go,
 let the girls know! If wine is a must, 
make sure your girls have plenty in stock!

Don’t: Your Bachelorette Party is meant
 to be a close-knit group of friends you 
feel comfortable enough to let loose with. 
Don’t feel like you have to invite every
 girlfriend you ever made in college!

Do: Capture everything on camera!
 This is your “last fling before the ring” 
so you want to remember every single detail!

Don’t: While the beach can be a super
 fun environment for a girls weekend, 
during Spring Break, you may want to
 shy away from spring break hot spots. 
A less crowded beach can make for a 
classy spot to relax with your girlfriends!

Do: Choosing at least one night to get
dressed up for dinner with the girls will
serve as a great night for lots of fancy drinks
and laughter but can also serve as a great 
photo-op! You can later use these photos as
adorable “thank-you’s” to your bridesmaids!


Don’t: A bachelorette party the night 
before your wedding is never a good idea. 
Grabbing a quick drink or snack after your
rehearsal with your bridesmaids can be lots
of fun, just make sure you get a good nights 
rests to avoid tired eyes on your big day!

Your Bachelorette party should be all about YOU!  Don’t be afraid to tell your girlfriends about your dream Bachelorette Party and all YOUR do’s and don’ts! Just make sure you allow them to celebrate you the way they see fit, as well! They may have a few tricks up their sleeves that will knock you off your feet! After all, you chose them as bridesmaids for a reason, so trust them to give you some of the best nights of your life!

Happy Planning!


Monday, February 27, 2017

Big City Dreams

Dear Bride-To-Be,

Here in the South, we love a sweet, romantic wedding, but this week we are looking to New York for some big city inspiration! The Soirées team has come up with some great ideas to include your big city dreams in your small town home! 

1.) It’s all about the view.
-When looking for the perfect venue for a New York inspired wedding, focus on the view! New York is known for their incredible roof top weddings with the skyline vistas that will make your heart flutter. Check out a couple of our favorite venues with views to die for!

                                                           Photo by: Bamber Photography

 “Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you!”
-Taylor Swift

2.) Velvet Linens.  
-We just received a new batch of linen samples and we were swooning when we saw VELVET! Velvet linens are a gorgeous way to add texture and color to any space while giving your reception an upscale New York flair!


“All any girl needs, at any time in history, is simple velvet and basic diamonds.”
-Eva Gabor

3.) Make your gown a showstopper.
-New York, the city where “anything goes”! Use this as the perfect reason to pull out all the stops! Feathers, sequins, and 2-pieces are perfectly acceptable.

                                        Photo by: Cinderella Wedding Photo Company 

“…Yes, you can wear whatever you want… it is your day. You set the rules…”

4.) The perfect pumps.
Along with a head turning dress, every New Yorker loves a good shoe! If you needed an excuse to buy a pair of Louis Vuittan, Jimmy Choo, or Prada pumps, this is it! Everyone knows a pair of shoes can make or break an outfit, so make sure even your shoes turn heads!

                                                                                                  Photo by: Taun Henderson Photography

“A woman with good shoes is never ugly.”
-Coco Chanel

In New York, everything is big and over the top, so don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops! Allow your wedding to show off your big city style. Every crazy, fun, and adventurous, side!

Happy planning!