Saying ‘I Do’ In Style 16

With Bruce Pittman Inc. A boutique specializing in the planning and design of weddings and social events

Even as a young child, Bruce Pittman was surrounded by the aura of entertaining. “I think I was destined to work in the hospitality industry, growing up in a family that entertained on a regular basis.  Some of my earliest memories are being shown how to properly set a table and helping to prepare meals in the kitchen,” says Pittman. He adds that this, coupled with his growing passion for entertaining, essentially laid the foundation for opening his own catering company 17 years ago. He adds, “At the time, event planners were not as prevalent as they are today. Catering weddings was the backbone of my business.”

Pittman explains that over the years, his desire to enhance his brand led to transitioning his business into Bruce Pittman Inc., a wedding and event planning “boutique” that allows him to work with clients on a much more personal level.  “I have heightened the planning experience for couples and feel strongly about being the person clients work with from start to finish, rather than assigning them to an alternate planner after contracting with my company,” he explains. Today Pittman plans approximately 30 weddings annually as part of the Bruce Pittman Inc. (BPI) Collection, in addition to numerous fundraising balls and galas.

Planning a Wedding in the “It” City

When meeting a couple for the first time, Pittman says there are three things that need to be accomplished almost immediately. The first is to create a wedding budget tailored to each couple’s specific wants and needs. Next is to identify and contract the venue, since on average venues are being reserved 17 months in advance. Last, identify and contract hotel room blocks. Says Pittman, “With Nashville’s convention business growth, hotel room blocks have become challenging for the most part to obtain, with some hotels booking out a year in advance.

“Nashville has been, and still is, the ‘it’ city. Interesting enough, I plan more destination weddings in Nashville than marriages of couples living here,” says Pittman.  “It’s now common place for venues to contract Friday and Sunday weddings in addition to the traditional Saturday weddings. Couples begin reaching out to me 12 months in advance at minimum, with 18 months in advance becoming the norm.”

Pittman shares that according to 
costofawedding.com, the average wedding in the United States totals $26,444, with couples typically spending between $19,833 and $33,055. But he adds that many couples will spend less than $10,000.  Weddings budgets utilizing the BPI Collection range from $40,000 to $100,000+.

Choose Your ‘A Team’ Wisely

Pittman also stresses the importance of choosing the right vendors to help plan the most important day of your life.  He says, “The success and ease of executing your wedding lies in the hands of the wedding partners you contract, which I like to call your ‘A Team.’ Bringing partners on board who are credible and professional make all the difference.” These partners include the photographer, caterer, transportation services, rentals, florist, band/DJ and bakery.

Once the foundation for a wedding is laid, Pittman says it’s time to enjoy planning the fine details which include:

* Stationary identification. Save the dates, invitations, thank you cards, ceremony programs, menu cards and place cards.

* Clothing identification. Wedding gown, bridesmaids dresses, tuxedos and suits.

* Favor identification. This could be utilizing a traditional favor, or be a more creative option such as a late night snack.

* Song selections. Prelude, ceremony, cocktail reception, traditional dances and post-dinner dance.

* Design selections. In addition to rental and floral needs, an event diagram needs to be created along with linen selection, if needed, and final review and approval of the design plan.

* Hair and make-up identification for the bride and wedding party.

* Registry creation. Selection of home needs for guest gift selection.

When asked if he has worked with any celebrity clients, Pittman’s response is humble. “I have had the pleasure of working with clients in the past with recognizable names, but each couple I work with is considered a ‘top’ client.  I have always practiced not capitalizing on a person or couple’s ‘name’ to heighten my brand.  Weddings are intimate occasions, celebrating the love between two people.”

Cheers to that sentiment and to BPI.

Photo Shoot Participants

Bruce Pittman Inc. – Planning/Design
615.294.1399
bruce@brucepittman.com
BrucePittman.com

Brentwood Jewelry and Gifts – Rings/Jewelry
615.373.5959
BrentwoodJewelry.com

Catering & Events by Suzette – Catering
615.435.3656
cateringandeventsbysuzette@gmail.com
CateringBySuzette.com

Forget Me Not Designs – Floral Design
931.246.7173
forgetmenot.designs@yahoo.com

Grand Avenue Worldwide – Transportation
615.714.5466
GrandAvenueWorldWide.com

High Tone Entertainment – String Trio/Band
615.653.3924
HighToneEntertainment.com

Jessi Thompson – Stationary/Invitation/Menu/Card Design
jessi@jessithompson.com
JessiThompson.com

Karen Hendrix Couture – Wedding Gown
khendrixcouture@gmail.com
KarenHendrixCouture.com

MODELS
Bride: Glynne Blackwell GlynneBlackwell@gmail.com
Groom: Andrew Fannin of The Block Agency
615.259.7812
TheBlockAgency@yahoo.com
TheBlockAgency.com

Nashville Audio Visual – Lighting
615.988.4554
Info@NashvilleAudioVisual.com
NashvilleAudioVisual.com

Nashville Baker – Guest Favor
615.294.1399
Ben@NashvilleBaker.com

Nashville Sweets – Wedding Cake
615.707.2832
info@nashvillesweets.com
NashvilleSweets.com

NASHVILLE AUDIO VISUAL – LIGHTING
615.337.5556
Info@NashvilleAudioVisual.com
NashvilleAudioVisual.com

Parlour 3 Salon – Hair and Make-Up
615.942.9020
Parlour3BeautyBrand@gmail.com
Parlour3.com

Ready Light Media – Photography
615.567.3813
jeff@readylightphotography.com
ReadyLightMedia.com

Southern Events – Rentals
615.595.8508
Info@SouthernEventsOnline.com
SouthernEventsOnline.com

Street’s Tuxedo – Groom Tuxedo
615.750.5324
Info@StreetTuxedo.com

The Blue Monkey – Late Night Snack/Food Truck
BlueMonkeyShavedIce@gmail.com
BlueMonkeyShavedIce.com

The Cordelle – Venue
615.354.8746
chandra@thecordelle.com
TheCordelle.com

The Registry – Gift Registry
615.595.2323
Gifts@TheRegistryFranklin.com
TheRegistryFranklin.com

TN Brew Works – Local Craft Beer for Bar
615.436.0050
Info@TnBrew.com
TnBrew.com