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Press: How to Name Your Signature Wedding Cocktail

Photo by Aaron Delesie There are so many ways to incorporate personal touches into your wedding day. Having a unique drink named just for the two of you allows your personalities to shine through and offers a chance to be fun and playful. But with so many options out there, how do you come up with the perfect signature drink names? Amy suggests asking your bartender what the cocktail's key ingredients are, how it's prepared, and how it's served to spark inspiration. "All of that information could give you some ideas for a fun name." Read the full artile...

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PRESS: How to Plan a Second Wedding: Tips and Etiquette

Photo by Angie Silvy Sometimes life happens. It might be that a spouse passes away, that your circumstances change, or that you simply fall out of love and realize that the best decision for both of you is to be happy with other people. And in that way, second marriages can be really special—because it’s a second chance, a new start for happiness. Amy shares her experience and expertise on how to navigate a second wedding and make it a special day for all in this recent Brides article. “Some traditions might be really important to you, like toasts and a first...

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Press: Micro Wedding Marathon: How Couples Can Say “I Do” With Stunning, Cost-Saving Celebrations

Photo Credit: Kristina Adams A micro wedding marathon includes all the traditional elements of a wedding—from the ceremony to the cake cutting—but is broken into abbreviated time slots so couples are able to share a venue, planning team, and wedding day. Amy is one of the founding memebers of Small Wedding Society and she gives Brides.com her expert advise on how to make a Micro Wedding Marathon perfect for your wedding day celebration! Read all of the tips here.

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Press: Everything You Need to Know About Planning the Menu for Your Micro Wedding

Photo Credit: Julie Mikos A micro wedding is designed to be an intimate affair, and typically that means there are no more than 50 guests on the list. But just because you’re going the micro route, it definitely doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice the details. It might just be the opposite. Amy speaks to her experience on how to make a micro wedding still everything you've dreamt of: “If you want to do a raw bar or a charcuterie board, offer them in individual servings to prevent people from serving themselves from a large platter.” Read the whole article on...

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Press: How to Host a Wedding at Home from Brides

Rachel Havel Photography Our fearless leader, Amy, was just featured on Brides as they offered 17 tips for gracefully adapting your home environment for I dos. There are so many benefits to hosting a wedding in the privacy of your own home—sense of familiarity, undeniable charm and unique sentiment make for a day that’s original and noteworthy. Inviting your loved ones into a space that holds some of your most cherished memories—as a child, an adult, or both!—nothing says love like a wedding fit with a “home sweet home” welcome mat. Since residences are rarely...

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Press: 16 Stunning Budget-Friendly and Affordable Wedding Venue Ideas

Your venue is more than just a place to have your wedding. Choosing the right location plays a major role in the look and feel of your celebration—and can often account for up to half of your total wedding budget. If the thought of writing a large check is making you consider eloping, don’t panic. There are plenty of budget-friendly wedding venues that don’t sacrifice on style and personality. Amy tells Brides: "Choosing a less expensive venue will enable you to spend more of your budget on the things that matter most to you—whether that's food and beverage,...

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Press: Everything You Need to Know About Having a Wine Box Ceremony

Photo Credit: By Leah Amy gives tips on how to include a Wine Box Ceremony in your wedding in this recent article by Brides. The article explains what a wine box ceremony and the history behind it. Amy helps them answer the question: What type of wine should we select? "As a rule of thumb, red wines tend to age better than white wines, but that doesn't mean you can't age a white wine or that all red wines will age well. Some red wines that couples have chosen to save include Cotes du Rhone, Bordeaux, and Cabs. Whites that age well include select Sauternes,...

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Press: Can Guests Be Invited to My Bridal Shower but Not to the Wedding?

Photo Credit: Erin Beach Amy talks bridal shower guest list etiquette in this recent interview with BRIDES. The article says answers the question "Who to invite to the Bridal Shower": The short answer is, you should not invite anyone to your shower who will not be invited to the wedding. Your shower is an intimate gathering of some of the closest women (and men if you choose) in your life, and if anyone makes the cut for your shower, they should also be close enough to you to get a wedding invite. "You're basically telling your guests that you like them enough...

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Press: Everything You Should Rent for Your Wedding (and What You Shouldn’t) from Brides

Photo: Taylor & Porter One realization when you’re planning a wedding: You’re spending a ton of money on one day. It’s natural to want to buy everything. That makes it an investment, right? Not entirely. While it may be tempting to purchase everything (on sale, of course), sometimes it’s actually a better value, less expensive, and a lower chance of a major headache to rent your wedding supplies. The number-one question to ask yourself: Will I really use this item later? To help you figure out when to throw down your credit card and when to sign a contract,...

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Press: How to Throw a Wedding at a Vineyard from Brides

Jessica Burke Photography Rolling fields, saturated colors, and plenty of natural light are just a few of the perks of hosting your wedding at a vineyard. If you and your soon-to-be spouse are thinking of tying the knot in wine country, make sure you consider some of the non-negotiables that are often accompanied by vineyard venues. To guarantee your brilliant and delicious wine-filled day, Brides reached out to wedding experts (like our very own Amy!) experienced in vineyard weddings. From tips like using a staying on theme with small details to planning ahead...

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Press: 8 Fall Dinner Party Ideas for a Pre-Wedding Event from Brides

Jenny Haas Photography "Fall is one of the most celebrated seasons—it's no wonder it's the most popular time for weddings! Just think: cozy weather, comfort cuisine, and rich color schemes—the perfect ingredients for a spectacular fall wedding. When planning your big day around the chillier months of the year, decide early on if you want to embrace an autumnal theme or go more neutral. Whether you prefer color palettes of burgundy, burnt orange, and deep grays, or want to stick to a style that embraces blush, cream, and ivory, we’ve tapped the minds of some of...

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Press: What To Eat And Drink At a Fall Engagement Party from Brides

Brooke Images You’ve put away your giant flamingo pool float, you're slowly making the transition from mojitos to mulled wine, and your bridal party is donning all of their beloved scarves. Fall is finally here. For a bride looking to embrace the autumn season for all of her pre-wedding events (bachelorette party, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, etc.), we got some advice from the experts on how to execute a fall-centric party. Brides gathered top wedding experts around the country (and so, of course, Amy was included!) to put together a unique fall-inspired...

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Press: Minimalist Decor Inspiration from Brides

Sarah Carpenter Photography "More and more brides and grooms have chosen to go in a minimal, less over-the-top direction for their wedding decor than in years past. Minimalism doesn't mean eliminating all decorations completely, but rather, it's a matter of elegant simplicity." Brides gathered top wedding professionals from all over the country (including Amy!) to get tips on how to incorporate a minimalist design into your wedding. They recommended everything from ghost chairs to understated ceremony backdrops to metallic flatware atop a clean table display...

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Press: How to Plan a Countryside Wedding from Brides

Countryside weddings are known for being lovely and idyllic, full of comfort and warmth, but can be tricky to plan. A spotlight for all things natural and ethereal, weddings showcased in the heart of the countryside emphasize a couple’s love for nature and simplicity. With design styles ranging anywhere from romantic to rustic, casual elegance is the cornerstone of a countryside wedding. Brides gathered 15 of the top wedding professionals in the country (including Amy!) to get tips on how to plan a countryside wedding. They recommended everything from showcasing...

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Press: Best Wedding Planners in San Francisco on Brides

We are proud to announce that Amy Nichols Special Events has been named as one of The Best Wedding Planners in San Francisco on Brides. What a great honor! Amy loves planning classic, effortless weddings in San Francisco and beyond. To be recognized for her talent and hard work is simply the icing on the cake. Thank you, Brides! For more information on Amy Nichols Special Events, check out our event planning portfolio and approach.

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Press: Single wedding guests tips feature on Brides

You are not alone wondering how to make your single wedding guests feel comfortable and have fun on your big day. It’s a common conundrum! Luckily, Amy and other wedding industry professionals are dishing out their wise advice on How to Make Your Single Wedding Guests Feel Included on Brides. A little careful thought and pre-planning go a long way to making sure everyone enjoys your wedding, even single guests. Simple things like a well done seating plan, interactive activities, and other ideas work wonders to help your single family and friends feel the love....

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Press: (Throwback) Herb Wedding Bouquet Featured on Brides

We're going to shake things up a little here, and post in honor of Throwback Thursday with one of our client's gorgeous herb wedding bouquet.  The Amy Nichols Special Events bride's beautiful bouquet was featured in Herb Wedding Bouquet Ideas on Brides.  This is a fabulous roundup of stylish herb wedding bouquets, just perfect for a bride who is seeking something a bit different.  They are fresh, they are unique, and we're big fans.  We're not embarrassed to admit we have a extra love for our bride's natural herb bouquet of fresh lavender, wild greens, and white...

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Press: Vendor Refund Advice Feature on Brides

When your weddings is all said and done, and you are not happy with a vendor's work, is there a possibility for a vendor refund?  Well, it depends on the situation.  Amy shares her expert advice in Didn't Get What You Paid For? Here's How to Negotiate a Refund with a Vendor on Brides.  Specific contracts and clear communication are key from start to finish in wedding planning.  Should you encounter issues like missing wedding centerpieces or poor wedding photos, Amy outlines how to handle refund negotiations with and grace.  While we hope you never have to use...

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Press: How to Keep Your Guests Comfortable at Summer Weddings Feature on Brides

Summer Weddings Photo Credit: Coba Images via Brides Memorial Day unofficially kicked off summer and, naturally, we have summer weddings in our minds.  Summer weddings are delightful, but they often include a hot sun and even hotter guests. How do you keep your guests nice and cool at a summer wedding?  Amy, along with other wedding industry experts, offers her wise advice in Creative (and Delicious) Ways to Keep Your Guests Hydrated on Brides.  It includes unique food, drink and other options ideal for warm months. Consider these great tips your fun how to...

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Press: 8 Ways You’re Annoying Your Bridesmaids Without Knowing It

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography We’ve been featured over on brides.com talking about ways you are annoying your bridesmaids, without even knowing it.. A snippet: “2. You're blowing up their phones with wedding-related messages. Dress news? You text your 'maids. Caterer drama? You send 'em an email. "You may be a slave to your iPhone and your email, but that doesn't mean everyone else wants to read 10 emails a day," says Amy Nichols, owner of Amy Nichols Special events and cofounder of the Poppy Group. Send succinct, necessary messages only.”

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Press: Wedding Hashtag Tips Feature on Brides

Congratulations, you've created a clever, witty hashtag for your wedding!  Now what?  How do you get your guests to use said wedding hashtag?  Amy, along with other wedding industry experts, has the perfect advice for you in Here's How to Get Your Guests to Actually Use Your #Hashtag on Brides.  If you dream of quickly accessing wedding photos from your guests' point of view, this article is for you.  We'd hate for your fun wedding hashtag to go to waste because your wedding guests simply didn't know about it.  Taking you beyond the standard sign, the sage...

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Press: The Don’t of Wedding Toasts Feature on Brides

When it comes to the perfect wedding toast, what you don't say is just as important as what you do say.  If you're wondering what not to say, Amy and other wedding insiders offer their seasoned advice in & Things That Should NEVER Be Said in a Wedding Toast on Brides.  Just follow this quick, easy guide to wedding speech taboo subjects.  Leave them out and you're well on your way to the perfect wedding toast!

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Press: Worst Wedding Planning Advice Feature on Brides

Amy has seemingly seen and heard it all as a distinguished wedding planner.  As such, she was honored and happy to contribute to The Worst Wedding Planning Advice Ever, According to Actual Wedding Planners on Brides.  Brides-to-be, there are some real gems here!  One simple, helpful read could save you from making some big wedding planning mistakes.  Before you listen to anyone on the wedding planning front, take a look at what the experts say is plain old bad advice.  Then share with all your engaged family and friends!

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Press: How To Stay Present At Wedding Feature on Brides

After all the time you spend planning, your wedding passes in the blink of an eye.  That's why it so important that you stay in the moment and truly enjoy the celebration.  Of course, easier said than done. Amy, along with other wedding industry experts, has wise advice for you in 7 Tips to Help You Savor Each Moment on Your Wedding Day on Brides.  These great tips are spot on for assisting you in leaving any stress and worry behind so you can focus on every sweet moment of your wedding.  If you read anything before your big day, this is it!  The advice is so...

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