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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Vendor Spotlight: Cardinal's Nest

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As wedding coordinators, we get to see a lot of venues. It is always very exciting when we get to go to a new venue and get to meet the owners. One of our favorite new venues is The Cardinal’s Nest, a gorgeous outdoor wedding and event venue nestled at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. We got to catch up with The Cardinal’s Nest owner, Monica Fox Hilton. Enjoy our conversation with Monica as we pick her brain about what it is like to own a wedding venue.


How long have you been in business and in the wedding industry?

The Cardinal’s Nest made its debut in October 2017.


What brought you into the wedding industry?

It has always been my dream to have a beautiful, rustic wedding venue to offer and share with others.


What is a lesson you have learned since being in the wedding industry?

Patience. In my previous business life, fast email response was a mandate. Getting used to those who take their time to respond or do not respond at all has been a lesson in patience.


What is your favorite part about the wedding industry?

 Meeting and working with brides and other vendors.


What is your favorite part about a wedding in general?

Helping create and watching new beginnings.


What makes you and your business different?

I am a very flexible, easy going and fun person and I love to make people happy. Yet I am also extremely organized and multi-tsk oriented. Our outdoor arched chapel is breathtaking!


Tell us about one of your favorite couples, weddings or projects.

Dreaming, designing and overseeing The Cardinal’s Nest come to life.


Are you seeing any trends in what couples are wanting for their wedding day when they meet with you?

Most couples are wanting to incorporate the outdoor beauty as their backdrop instead of elaborate designs and opting for a more relaxed atmosphere.


What do you wish every couple knew before they walked in your doors for a consult?

I wish couples knew their budget when they come for a consult.


What piece of advice do you have for couples planning their wedding?

Ask as many questions as they can about the things that matter the most to them for their day.


Do you have any specials or packages at the moment?

We offer a complimentary wedding night stay for bride and groom in the bridal cabin—with complimentary choice of bottle of champagne or favorite moonshine.

What can couples expect when they meet and book with you?

Attention to what they envision for their day.


We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Monica. The Cardinal’s Nest is an amazing new venue for weddings and they feature a gorgeous backdrop if you so choose to have your big day there!

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