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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 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: 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Press: Herb Wedding Bouquet Feature on Brides

We are pleased and honored to have one of our amazing wedding planning client's wedding bouquet featured in 25 Wedding Bouquets Full of Fresh and Fragrant Herbs on Brides.  When Brittanie and Mark got married at a private estate in Napa Valley (in the St. Helena area, at a private winery), it was a beautiful, Italian-inspired affair full of olive branches and lavender sprigs.  The white, green and purple flowers were flawlessly gorgeous, including the bridal bouquet (and how about her stunning Monique Lhuillier dress?). We always thought it was just gorgeous,...

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Wedding Planning Obsessed Tips Feature on Brides

Trust us, we understand.  It's easy to get completely absorbed in wedding planning until it's the only think you think, talk and dream about these days.  But let's take a step back with Amy's latest wedding planning advice in 6 Ways to Tell If It Has Taken Over Your Life on Brides.  Amy and other wedding industry experts highlight the top signs you're lost in your wedding planning world.  Also, they offer tips on how to balance wedding planning with real life.  It can be done.  Just take a look at this helpful article and you are well on your...

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Wedding Argument Tips Feature on Brides

Wedding planning isn't all tulle and peonies.  It can be stressful, and the last thing you want is discord between you and your bride or groom.  Here to save the way to walking down the aisle are Amy and other wedding industry experts, as they give their smart advice in 8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Partner During Wedding Planning on Brides.  The top worst wedding planning argument offenders are identified and peaceful alternatives are suggested.  Before you say anything you might regret, please read these helpful hints.  After all, we love happy brides...

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Wedding Questions Tips Feature on Brides

Once that pretty sparkler is on your finger, congratulations on your engagement will soon turn into nosey questions about your wedding.  Thankfully, Amy and other wedding industry experts have the best advice on how to handle the most common questions in 7 Annoying Questions People Will Ask You About Your Wedding on Brides.  Whether you are hoping for a ring or you are recently engaged, this article will be helpful!  After all, the best bride is a gracious bride.  Just one easy, quick read and you are prepared to handle the most trying wedding questions with...

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Weddings + Social Media Tips Feature on Brides

Brides, grooms, and weddings guests often use social media like Instagram and Facebook to share a wedding with the world.  It's all in good fun, but how much is too much?  Amy and other industry experts are here to fill you in on The 6 Top Social Media Faux-Pas to Avoid on Brides.  Nobody wants to be that wedding guest who shared too much on social media and ruined the wedding.  Or, even worse, that bride and groom who caused unnecessary wedding drama via social media.  Do everyone a favor and read this informative article to keep the mix of weddings and social...

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Tackling the Scary Parts of Wedding Planning Feature on Brides

Halloween is a scary time of year with its thrills and frights.  What can be just as frightening?  Wedding planning!  It doesn't have to be, thanks to Amy and other wedding industry experts tackling The Scariest Parts of Wedding Planning on Brides.  The biggest scares of wedding planning (the budget! the guest list!) are identified, along with practical ways to keep them from haunting the entire process.  This great article keeps wedding planning enjoyable and leaves the nightmares for Halloween!  ...

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Bridesmaid Drop Out Dilemma Advice Feature on Brides

Thanks to the musical Grease, most are familiar with beauty school drop outs.  Many may be much less familiar with bridesmaid drop outs in the wedding world.  Don't worry, it doesn't happen often!  And it can be handled with grace by simply taking the sage advice of Amy and other wedding industry professionals in Eek! What to Do When a Bridesmaid Drops Out Last Minute on Brides.  If a bridesmaid no longer wants to participate in the wedding, take a deep breath, stay calm, and read this wise article.  Consider it a how-to guide of handling the unfortunate...

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Budget-Friendly Wedding Decor Tips Feature on Brides

While Pinterest and Instagram are fantastic sources for wedding decor inspiration, brides may fall in love with ideas that cost big bucks.  Can brides have a beautiful wedding without some or all of that pin-worthy decor?  Yes!  Amy, along with another top wedding planner, gives the full scoop in 7 Wedding Decor Upgrades That Aren't Worth It When You're on a Budget on Brides.  These practical tips spell out what decor items to disregard without impacting the beauty of the wedding.  Money saved, style upheld.  Sounds like a budget-friendly wedding...

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