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Bridal Suite now open


Farragut area brides-to-be now have a less stressful option for wedding planning.

The Bridal Suite opened in the heart of Farragut — off West Point Drive — in October, and offers a unique method of wedding planning that simplifies the process, owner Sonya Scott said.

“This is kind of like a mini, year-round bridal show,” Scott said.

At The Bridal Suite, Scott does the work of shuffling through all the possible vendors used for weddings and narrows each category down to the three best. So if a bride is looking for a florist, Scott provides the names of who she believes are the three top floral vendors.

“I basically have done the vendor shopping for the bride through my contacts in the wedding industry and my experience with who does the best job before the wedding, on the wedding day and after the wedding,” Scott said.

Brides who come to Scott receive a complimentary initial planning session.

“When the bride comes in here, she doesn’t pay anything because the vendors pay to be a part of it,” Scott said.

During that initial planning meeting, Scott and the bride discuss what the bride is looking for, what kind of wedding she wants and the budget she has.

Scott then provides her a list of vendors.


“If they need me to sit along beside them and help them out, I will. If they just want me to show them what I’ve got and leave them alone ... they can do it that way,” Scott said.

Scott said there is no “catch” to the free initial planning meeting, but said that if a bride wants more help after that point, there is a fee.

“It’s sort of a big city trend: New York, L.A., more recently Atlanta and now they’re going in Asheville and Nashville, and I thought maybe Knoxville was ready,” Scott said of the concept behind The Bridal Suite.

“It just makes good sense,” she added.

Scott provides the “three best” vendors in a variety of categories: photographers, videographers, caterers, tuxedo rentals, linen rentals, rentals in general, cake bakers, venues, stationary, music, wedding planners and florists.

“Most brides want a wedding planner and feel like they need help, but feel like they can’t afford one,” Scott said.

“And I felt that when most people want planning is on the wedding day and in the beginning stages — they just spin around and they don’t know where to start and they get frustrated.

“So I knew about this trend and thought it would help make what people want affordable to them,” she added.

However, Scott said her emphasis is on “the top vendors” and a luxurious experience for the bride. That luxurious emphasis requires brides with a “realistic budget” for professional vendors.

Scott’s office even showcases some of the talents of the vendors she recommends — wedding cakes, centerpieces and tables complete with place settings and linens decorate the space.

“Most brides have to drive all over town ... trying to visit a lot of vendors,” Scott said.

“So this is just a good way to come and ... we want them to relax and feel comfortable. Our motto is ‘This is the way you thought wedding planning would be,’” she added.

Hours at The Bridal Suite, 11235 West Point Drive, Suite 300, are by appointment. For more information, visit www.thebridalsuite.com or call 865-622-9197.

 

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