Wednesday, August 21, 2013
My second stop on the tour was Houston Station, which was dressed like a girl for prom. Every inch of the space was full of beautiful, wedding goodies, from florals by Bloom to rentals by Southern Events. My taste buds were excited the moment I saw more cake from Dulce Desserts and food by The Clean Plate Club. Ohhh! I couldn't pass up the second cake because it was a different flavor. There were walls of exposed brick and other walls that were completely draped by Visual Elements. The "LOVE" and "Bar" signs, along with all of the other wonderful lighting elements, were created by Bright Event Productions. The vibrant floral designs are the creation of Bloom Nashville.
It would take all day for me to list all of the wow and OMG from the Nashville Venue Crawl. Instead, I'll let the photos tell the story like only they can.
Special thanks to Amy of Amy Nicole Photography, who I met at the crawl and who so kindly photographed and shared her pro photos from the Houston Station stop.
Update: You can enjoy all of the photos from The Nashville Venue Crawl (all 3 venues) via their Facebook page.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
On August the 4th, I attended the Nashville Venue Crawl; an event where engaged couples were able to tour Nashville venues to learn more about the spaces and to get inspiration for their wedding.
I started with The Bridge Building and my plan was to work my way from there to Oz, Houston Station and then Ruby. When I got there, I learned there was no tour of Oz but the rep was available to show photos. I was disappointed because Oz was the only venue I had never seen. But, the photos did give me an idea of the space. Magnificent! There is no venue in Nashville quite like it. I was still a bit let down, but at least I now have an idea of the space.
Debbie and Leah of The Bridge Building were my gracious hosts and they gave me a tour of the venue's four floors. What was clear is there are many spaces and each can be used for just about any aspect of your wedding. The options are unlimited. There are outdoor and indoor spaces, with each area overlooking the Nashville skyline. You really have to see it to believe it.
I couldn't wait for professional photos of The Bridge Building, so my phone video and photos, (which are also posted to Instagram), will have to do!
The Bridge Building
Space for ceremony or cocktail hour or reception
Watch the video to learn more about how the rooftop space can be used for weddings.
View from the ladies restroom
The ladies restroom/lounge
The Bridge Building has a free, large, downtown parking lot. I will gladly take a photo of a free parking lot!
Monday, August 19, 2013
As the owner of a Nashville-based business, I take pride in promoting other locally-owned businesses. We are the backbone of our community. When you support businesses like ours, three times the dollars stay in Nashville versus when you shop at chains.
Aside from keeping more money in our backyard, supporting Nashville-based businesses generally results in better service for you. The owners are more likely to personally train their employees, and to be reachable by you and their staff. All of these things really matter when you are planning the biggest day of your life!
Take Street Tuxedo, a tuxedo store that is locally owned and operated. You can visit just about any of their four locations and bump into a Street-family member. They actively run the business and are dedicated to stellar customer service.
Before you head to the mall for your groom's wedding attire, consider Street Tuxedo. Not only are they our neighbors, their service differences might surprise you.
1) Street Tuxedo carries the same inventory as the large retailers.
Has your groom fallen in love with the look of Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren tuxedos? Street Tuxedo carries those and other top designer lines, just like the national chains.
Street attends the same fashion events as national chains, and has access to the latest tuxedo styles. But, being a smaller company means they can respond to trends faster, because they make all the decisions ...you guessed it, locally. New style? Hot color? They can change their inventory in weeks or months versus years.
Photos: Formal Fashion Week, via Street Tuxedo's Facebook page, where the Street Tuxedo team spent the week looking at the latest in tuxedos and dresses for weddings!
2) Since ownership is local, the owners are involved; staff is well trained.
There's nothing like knowing that the boss is likely to pop up at anytime!
Street's owners are in-store six days a week. Such involvement keeps service strong at Street Tuxedo, where employees have, on average, six years with the company. They are well trained and are likely to be in store, when you place your order and when you pick it up. It's always helpful to have that level of continuity.
There are 4 locations in the Nashville-area. The above is the Green Hills location. Photo: Kevin Wimpy Photography
3) Street Tuxedo's inventory is also local, so they can respond to your needs faster.
They carry the same designers as the big chains, but guess what? Their inventory is kept right here in Nashville. Their warehouse is local, so no shipping is required. This means that you can try on the tuxedos to find out exactly which style you like instead of shopping from a catalog.
It also means they can better respond to emergencies like last minute orders, split pants, change-outs, or wrong fit. With national chains, your tux has to be shipped. If you lose (or gain) weight and your tuxedo is too big...sorry! It's yours for the next 24 hours.
4) They can serve your groomsmen all across the country, no matter where they live.
Say your groomsman lives in California. He'd follow the same process as if you went with a national chain. He'd go to the tuxedo partner in his area. Ask them to take his measurements. Send the measurements to Street Tuxedo. Easy.
5) They carry the same colors as other stores and can match bridesmaid color swatches.
Some bridal gown stores will tell you that if you buy your dress at their store, you have to go to a specific tuxedo store to get matching colored, tuxedo accessories. That's not true. You can rent your tuxedos wherever you'd like. Street Tuxedo usually has the same colors and swatches as any other store.
Photo: Scoobie's Photographic Images
6) They make Nashville grooms and their groomsmen look great!
Above all else, Street Tuxedo takes pride in styling Nashville men and giving them an experience like no other.
Here are photos from a recent wedding, whose groomsmen were styled by Street Tuxedo.
Wedding Photos: Joe Hendricks
I am not alone in loving the helpful service and local inventory that Street Tuxedo affords brides and grooms. Wedding pros all across the city will gladly recommend Street Tuxedo. We know they will take care of you and make your groom feel as special about his tux as you do about your dress.
Schedule an appointment and let me know about your experience.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Our ulitmate list of Nashville bridal shower ideas concludes today with our final ideas. From zany to crafy, these unique and interactive experiences will keep the party and the bride fully entertained.
Bridal Showers with Crafty Activities
25) Paint + Canvas - website
6913 Lenox Village Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
Contact (615) 499-0543, email
If your bride is a modern day Picasso, surprise her with a canvas painting bridal shower.
At Paint + Canvas, located in Lenox Village, private parties are $35 per person, with a minimum of 15 guests and a maximum of 30. You may bring in outside food and beverages to enjoy during the 3 hour party. Reservations are secured with a credit card and there is a $200 non-refundable deposit if an event is cancelled. Cancellations require a 72 hour notice (or a 50% cancellation fee is charged).
Private parties are only available on dates without pre-registered public classes, so book early in order to get your bride’s requested date.
Paint + Canvas; Photo: company's Facebook page
26) Brushfire Pottery Studio - website
Green Hills Court next to Flower Mart; 4004 Hillsboro Pike #150, Nashville, TN 37215
Contact: (615) 385-5334
“Pottery Painting Showers are easy to do plus the bride or Mom-to-Be receives gifts that last a lifetime.” – Brushfire Pottery Studio
This studio can host any number of guests. The cost is a $6 studio fee, per person, plus the price of the pottery piece that is painted (this typically ranges from $6 to $18). The studio can divide the cost of the bride’s piece up so that party members (or the party planners) are able to cover her expense. Pottery is then left at the studio to be glazed, fired and is ready for pick up one week after the event.
Brushfire Pottery Studio welcomes you to bring your own food and refreshments and promises to help with cleanup.
Reserve space for the bride’s shower at Brushfire Pottery Studio by calling (615) 385-5334. No fee is required, just a name, phone number and expected party size.
Brushfire Pottery; Photo: company's Facebook page
27) Let’s Make Wine - website
103 N. Spring Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, Just off the Historic Square
Contact: Cheryl, (615) 427-5084, email
If your bride loves wine and painting, consider a wine glass painting class at Let’s Make Wine, located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Let’s Make Wine supplies the glasses and materials, you bring in the drinks and refreshments.
The studio can accommodate parties as large as 16. The cost is $15 per person and the entire experience typically lasts 2-3 hours, with souvenirs to take home immediately (or give to the bride).
Let's Make Wine; Photo: company's Facebook page
Beautiful Non-Restaurant Spaces for Bridal Showers
28) Wedding 101 - website
230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064
Contact: Amy Hill Dickerson, Co-Owner, (615) 791-9771, email
Wedding 101 refers to itself as a “bride’s place to plan”. Any bride would appreciate having her shower and getting a few planning ideas in at the same time.
Located inside The Factory at Franklin, Wedding 101 can host a weekend bridal shower, with up to 80 guests, during non-business hours (after 5 p.m. on Saturdays and during afternoon hours on Sundays).
Wedding 101 offers two types of special event packages:
- Studio rental only: Exclusive use of the Wedding 101 studio. External food and beverages and set-up and clean-up must be provided by you. The cost for this option is $150 for 2 hours (minimum) and $50 per each additional hour.
- All inclusive bridal shower: Rental of the Wedding 101 studio as well as invitations (addressed, stamped and mailed), hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beverages and champagne provided by the staff at Wedding 101. They will also take care of set up and clean up. The cost for this option is $250 for up to 20 guests, $475 for up to 40 guests, $675 for up to 60 guests and $850 for up to 80 guests. The studio rental fee (of $150 for 2 hours) is also required with this package.
Full payment is required when booking a bridal shower at Wedding 101. Cancellations must be made 7 days prior to the scheduled event for a 50% refund. No refund will be given if the event is cancelled less than 7 before the event.
Wedding 101; Photo: company's website
29) Noah Liff Opera Center - website
3622 Redmon Street Nashville, TN 37209
Sarah Willard Facilities & Event Manager The Noah Liff Opera Center, (615-832-5242), email
Noah Liff Opera Center offers two distinct, modern spaces to choose from for your bridal shower, comfortably accommodating 10 to 80 guests! Located just off West End, the Noah Liff Opera Center is centrally located to downtown, Brentwood, Green Hills and the Hermitage area! Enjoy your private space with lovely floor to ceiling glass walls with beautiful views. There are no minimum food or beverage requirements; clients have 8 different caterers and over 40 linen colors to choose from!
Noah Liff Opera Center; Photo: company provided
Bridal Shower Excursion
30) Tennessee Central Railway Museum - website
220 Willow Street, Nashville, TN 37210
Contact: (615) 244-9001
Is your bride a fan of the railway? The Tennessee Central Railway offers passenger excursions that include Murder Mystery trips, Train Robbery trips, Super Fall Foliage excursions and even a trip down the fall mile-long yard sale event in Watertown, TN. These excursions can be an all day event – ranging from 6 to 10 hours – so plan appropriately. The cost ranges from $32 to $62 depending on which excursion you select.
Tennessee Central Railway Museum; Photo: company's website
For more bridal shower ideas, be sure to read part 1, part 2 and part 3.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
If a restaurant is not what you have in mind for your bridal shower, fret not. We have compiled a list of ideas that are less foodie and a little more unexpected. You can always combine one of these activities with lunch or dinner at one of the places on our previous list. The options are endless!
Bridal Showers Ideas that Pamper the Party
15) Escape Day Spa & Salon - website
6000 Highway 100, Nashville, TN, (615) 352-3545
What bride doesn’t love to be pampered? And if her bridal party, best friends and family can get pampered with her – even better!
Escape Day Spa & Salon is ready for a party of any size.
You and your guests can choose from massages (starting at $55), facials (starting at $80), pedicures (starting at $60) and more. Just have each party guest decide on which option they’d like and call in to make the reservations. Escape Day Spa & Salon will require a credit card number to hold the reservation but will not use that card for any services unless instructed to do so. A 48 hour cancellation is required to avoid a cancellation fee.
Escape Day Spa; Photo: company's website
16) Opryland Hotel & Relache Spa - website
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214, (615) 458-2152
Who says a bridal shower should only last a few hours? Make a weekend out of it at the legendary Opryland Hotel! Take full advantage of all this resort has to offer – the restaurants, the spa, the pool and of course, the gorgeous scenery. Contact Opryland Hotel to inquire about weekend group packages.
Gaylord; Photos: company's website
Bridal Shower Ideas that Celebrate the Great Outdoors
17) Cheekwood Botanical Gardens - website
1200 Forrest Park Dr , Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 354-6377, email
If your bride is a fan of Nashville’s natural beauty and rolling hills, make sure to take a look at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. At the Garden’s restaurant, The Pineapple Room, you can purchase a box lunch and eat anywhere on the grounds (picnic tables are provided near the water gardens). Box lunches cost anywhere from $6 to $13.
These include sandwiches or wraps and fruit or chips. Water, soda, and fruit tea are also available at an additional cost. The box lunches can also be delivered to any location on the Cheekwood grounds for a 20 percent service charge (plus tax and gratuity). A minimum of 6 lunches must be ordered to qualify for delivery.
If you prefer to be indoors, Cheekwood can host bridal showers in its Pineapple Room Restaurant. The menu features soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and deserts. A 17 percent gratuity is included automatically in the final bill.
Cheekwood will also rent out their Potter Room, located in the Botanic Hall, for an afternoon tea. This tea, which includes various flavors of teas, muffins, biscuits, sandwiches, tartlets, smoked salmon, scones and biscotti runs $35 per person. The rental fee for the Potter Room is $300.
Cheekwood, Photo: company's website
18) Arrington Vineyards - website
6221 Patton Rd, Arrington, TN 37014
Contact: Ryan Turek, (615) 395-0102, email
Is your bride an aspiring sommelier? Or maybe she just loves wine and scenic views. If so, Arrington Vineyards is the perfect location for her bridal shower.
Arrington has two packages that are ideal for a bridal shower:
- Cellar Patio Events: This option includes renting Arrington’s cellar patio for a private dinner for your party for four hours. The cost is $350 and a three case (36 bottles) minimum purchase. Arrington does not cater events, so outside food and soft drinks can be brought into the vineyard for your event.
- AV Wine Outings: With this option you work with Arrington to schedule pickup for the entire bridal shower party at one convenient location. Arrington will then transport every one to the vineyard for wine tasting. After tasting is complete, members of the party are free to enjoy the grounds. You may bring in outside food for the shower, if you wish to picnic at Arrington after the tasting. At the agreed upon time (scheduled in advance) Arrington will return party guests to the original location.
- They also offer balloon rides that accomodate up to 4. Obviously, this isn't an option for everyone but it's neat right?
To book any of these options and for additional details, contact Ryan Turek. Events can be booked up to 6 months in advance.
Arrington Vineyards; Photo: company's website
19) Radnor Lake - website
1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville, TN 37220
Contact: Steve Ward, Park Manager, (615) 373-3467, email
If your bride is a fan of the great outdoors and you happen to be planning her bridal shower during the spring, summer, or fall, then check out Radnor Lake. From evening canoe rides to morning hikes, Radnor Lake is a tranquil location where the entire party can feel one with nature.
No reservations are required. Food is not allowed in the park.
Radnor Lake; Photo: company's website
Bridal Shower Venues/Ideas with a Music, Film or Art Vibe
20) Karaoke by Cosmo Creations - website
1200 Villa Place #402, Nashville, TN 37212
Contact: Brent Cantrell, Owner, (615) 739-5477, email
Does your bride have the voice of an angel? Let her show it off with a night of karaoke.
Hire Cosmo Creations to host a Karaoke party at any location of your bride’s choice (your house, a banquet hall or a friend’s farm, for example). Contact Brent Cantrell for pricing inquiries and additional details and while you have him on the phone, ask about their Photo booth packages as well (after all, what bride doesn’t want photographic evidence of a great night with her besties?).
Cosmo Creations; Photo: company's website
21) Wildhorse Saloon - website
120 2nd Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37201
Contact: Laura Wheeler, Sales and Catering Manager, 615-902-8248, email
If your bride is a little bit country (or a whole lotta country) then Wildhorse Saloon may be the place for her. Packed full of entertainment, dancing, drinks and food the Wildhorse Saloon keeps the party going. You can rent a private room, for the afternoon, at this downtown establishment for $150. Catering options start at $4 each for hors d’oeuvres, $14 per person for reception packages (which include different types of hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and entries) and can get as high as $42 per person for buffet options.
Wildhorse Saloon; Photo: company's website
22) Stardust Drive-In Theater - website
310 Purple Tiger Drive, Watertown, Tennessee 37184
Contact: (615) 237-0077
Would your bride be interested in watching movies under the stars with her best gals? If so, take her to the drive-in theater!
The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays. The first feature starts at 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $7.50 per person (age 12 and above). Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted at both box office and concession stand.
Stardust Theater; Photo: company's Facebook page
23) Midnight Movie at Belcourt Theater - website
2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville, TN 37212
Contact: (615) 846-3150
Give your bride her oldies fix at the legendary Belcourt Theater. The Belcourt features 1980s classics and indie films.
Midnight moves are shown on both Friday and Saturdays starting at 11:59 p.m. Adult tickets are $9.25
Maybe the entire party can attend the film all dressed up in their favorite neon shirts, leggings and unruly hair. Extra points from the bride if you pick her up in a DeLorean!
24) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater - website
8204 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221
Contact: Vanessa Wynn, (615) 662-2244
Enjoy a dinner show at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater.
Group rates are available at $45 per person. This includes the show, dinner buffet, beverages, dessert, tax and a 9 percent gratuity. Each table seats 6 and the venue will seat large parties at tables close to one another. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Dinner is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm, the show starts at 8 p.m.
Call Vanessa to schedule your party. A $100 non refundable deposit is due to hold the reservation. The contract is prepaid and the payment date is determined by your requested date.
For more bridal shower ideas, be sure to read part 1, part 3 and part 4.