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.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ashley recently hosted a bridal shower and struggled to find the right venue. That experience taught us that maybe she's not alone. Maybe there are other bridesmaids, girlfriends, sisters and moms who are searching all over Nashville for a bridal shower location.
We're here to help!
If you missed yesterday's feature, we shared part 1 of our list of restaurant, bridal shower venues. Start there, then come back for part 2.
Bridal Shower Venues with a City Chic Vibe
8) Aura The Restaurant - website
1811 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Contact: Jason Beverly, (615) 730-8418, email
Aura The Restaurant offers five different dinner entries and three different desserts to choose from for its bridal shower guests; each of these coming in under the $20 per person mark.
Or if you’re interested in throwing a mid afternoon shower, you can make reservations for 20 on a Saturday and enjoy a fantastic brunch. Aura does not have a private room, which means that there are no room fees or minimum food and beverage requirements. Aura requires a credit card number to be held on file and a reservation guarantee as you approach your party date.
This world fusion restaurant is located in the booming area of Midtown and has received rave reviews from the Nashville Scene, the Nashville Post and the Tennessean (to name a few). They also specialize in custom cocktails.
Venue: Aura Restaurant; Photo: company's Facebook page
9) Bound’ry - website
911 20th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212
Contact: Margo Brownson, (615) 321-3043, email
Looking for something fun and trendy? The Bound’ry is a local favorite.
Entrees start at $16 per person and max out at $32 per person. Pizzas are also an option and start at $13 each.
The Bound’ry has three private rooms for you to use:
-The Pizza room (no room rental or minimum food and beverage purchase required)
-The Loft (no room rental or minimum food and beverage purchase required)
-The Millennium Room (there is a $250 room rental, but no minimum food and beverage purchase is required)
Venue: Bound'ry Restaurant; Photo: company's Facebook page
10) Cabana - website
1910 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212
Contact: Falon M. Veit, Director of Events,(615) 414-0850, email
Sitting pretty in Hillsboro Village, Cabana can host a bridal shower of almost any size.
Cabana offers a brunch menu at $35 a person which includes breakfast foods, chilled seafood and assorted desserts.
The lunch buffets range from $29.99 per person to $49.99 per person (depending on whether or not you want a carving station for your event).
The back patio can seat up to 125 and can be rented for $75 during the day on Monday through Wednesday or $125 during the day on Thursday through Sunday. The food and beverage minimum during the daytime hours is $1,500 (with the exception of Sunday, when it is $4,000).
Venue: Cabana Nashville; Photo - company's website
11) Hard Rock Cafe Nashville - website
100 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Contact: Rachal or Courtney, (615) 742-9900
Hard Rock Cafe located on the corner or Second Avenue and Broadway has become a Nashville landmark. With bridal shower lunch options starting at $25 per person Hard Rock Café is worth checking out, especially if you have a rock and role kind of bride.
They offer two private dining areas for bridal showers.
-The Pit area: An inside dining area on the second floor sectioned off from the rest of the restaurant.
-The Ledge: An outside patio dining area which can be covered if requested.
Neither of these areas requires a fee or minimum food and beverage purchase, as long as you schedule the bridal shower during the hours of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (non peak hours for the restaurant).
Veneue: Hard Rock Cafe Nashville; Photo: Scoobie Photographic Images
12) Sambuca - website
601 12th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203
Contact: Dana Patel, (615) 577-2173, email
Sambuca is open for lunch Monday through Friday and open for dinner seven days a week.
They offer lunch packages starting at $25 per person and dinner packages starting at $35 per person.
There are two private dining rooms available for both lunch and dinner:
-The Balinese Dining room, located on the second floor, is a balcony style dining room that overlooks the main dining room and stage. It can hold up to 40 people for a seated dinner. There is a food and beverage minimum of $2,000 on Friday and Saturday nights or $300 for lunch Monday through Friday.
-The Sky Loft is a completely glass enclosed dining room with views of the Nashville skyline. It can hold up to 80 people and includes use of Sambuca’s AV system. There is a food and beverage minimum of $4,000 on Friday and Saturday nights or $500 for lunch Monday through Friday.
There are no room rental fees for either room.
Venue: Sambuca Nashville; Photo: Gregory Byerline Photography
Bridal Shower Venues with an Interactive Atmosphere
13) Pfunky Griddle - website
2800 Bransford Ave, Nashvlle, TN 37204
Contact: Matthew, (615) 354-4294
The Pfunky Griddle is an interactive restaurant where your party guests get to create their own entrees right in the center of their table! Located inside a quaint little house just outside the Berry Hill city limits, the Pfunky Griddle is a fun experience for all ages. The interaction keeps the party laughing and conversing during the entire meal. The Pfunky Griddle hosts special events, like bridal showers, outside of normal business hours (on the weekends, this would be after 3 p.m.); meaning your party has the entire restaurant to itself.
To make reservations, a party of 15 or more is required.
The Pfunky Griddle offers 3 different tiered packages at: $10, $12 and $15
If the $10 or $12 option is chosen, then there is a $75 room rental fee; however, if the $15 option is chosen then there is no room rental fee (as it is covered in the extra cost).
No deposit is required to hold the reservation. Contact Matthew for additional details.
Venue: Pfunky Griddle; Photo: company's website
14) The Chef and I - website
6990 Lenox Village Drive, Suite 14, Nashville, TN 37211
Contact: Erica Rains, (615) 370-8496, email
Does your bride love to cook? If she is ecstatic about new recipies and would love interacting with professional chefs then The Chef and I would be a fantastic bridal shower for her.
Erica, owner of the Chef and I, will work with parties as small as 2 and as large as 64 to find the perfect fit both price-wise and event-wise. Packages range from $30 to $75 and include experiences such as cooking shows, cooking courses or interactive champagne brunches (just to name a few).
The Chef and I can help you decorate the venue. Fill free to bring in your own decorations or use décor that they have on hand. The Chef and I is open and available on Sundays for brunch and Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. for dinner. Bridal showers can take place during regular business hours or outside of business hours if you want a more intimate evening.
Venue: The Chef and I; Photo: company's website
We hope this list helps as you plan and ends any initial panic at planning a bridal shower. Stay tuned for a list of non-restaurant locations! For more bridal shower ideas, be sure to read part 1, part 3 and part 4.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Bridesmaids, maids or matrons of honor, sisters, mothers, best friends or any one that the bride is entrusting with this honor:
Are you trying to plan a bridal shower for the wife-to-be but don’t know where to start? When a private residence is not an option, finding the right shower venue isn't easy. We've been in your shoes, and we most certainly have some ideas for you!
We reached out to Nashville wedding pros, brides, and previous bridesmaids and asked for their recommendations. Based on the community's feedback and our research, we found restaurants with private or semi-private rooms to be the most common route for a Nashville bridal shower.
Below is the ultimate list of scrumptious restaurant locations that are sure to leave your mouth watering, and are ready and able to pamper your bride.
Bridal Shower Venues with Traditional, Southern Cuisine
1) Mere Bulles - website
5201 Maryland Way, Brentwood, TN 37027
Contact: Randy, event coordinator, (615) 467-1945
If your bride appreciates southern charm, consider booking her shower at Mere Bulles.
Mere Bulles offers tiered lunch options, starting at $17.99 per person, that allow guests to pick from multiple entries. With three different rooms to choose from (depending on your party size and the room availability), this former mansion requires no room rental fee. There is a minimal food and beverage fee which ranges from $300 to $500 (depending upon which room you select) during the lunch hours.
Randy, your event contact at Mere Bulles, will cover your tables with an overlay of the bride’s choosing and provide cloth napkins to match. What a nice way to incorporate the wedding colors into the shower!
Mere Bulles; Photo: Alex Bee Photography
2) Harding House at Belle Meade Plantation - website
5025 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205
Contact: Anna R. Hodges, (615) 356-0096, email
Hidden inside the Belle Meade Plantation is a gem of a restaurant named Harding House.
It features southern favorites such as fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese spread and candied pecan spinach chicken for your bridal shower guests to enjoy.
Packages start at $15 per person and max out at $31 per person.
Even though the Harding House does not have a private room, there is a back room that is used for large parties on a regular basis. Harding House also offer extra touches, at an additional cost, that the bride might be interested in such as - custom printed menus, white linens and custom flowers.
Harding House at Belle Meade Plantation; Photo: company's Facebook page
3) Monell's - website
Historic Germantown Location (min 40 for reservation)
1235 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208
Monell’s at the Manor (min 50 for reservation)
1400 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217
Contact: Suzanne Henkle for special event reservations, (615) 365-1414, Suzanne.email@example.com
Monell's is a Nashville favorite, so if your bride is a lover of music city she will be sure to enjoy a lunch party with her best friends here. This family style restaurant offers country cooked meals that are passed from person to person around the table. At Monells, you have two dining options:
-Space for a party of 20 or more can be reserved for lunch at Monells’ Manor on Murfreesboro Pike. This special reservation allows guests to choose from a luncheon menu that with prices set at $24.95 per person.
-A party of less than 20 can enjoy lunch at Monells’ historic Germantown location for $14.99 per person; however, no reservations can be made (it is first-come, first-served), but the restaurant staff will do their best to seat your party at grouped tables. There is no private room option available at Monells’ historic Germantown location.
Monell's; Photo: company's Facebook page
Bridal Shower Venues at Charming Cafes
4) The Cottage Cafe - website
160 Belle Forest Circle, Nashville, TN 37221
Contact: Lorie Burcham, (615) 673-2223, café@crumbdelacrumb.com
The Cottage Café offers tea time hours perfect for a bridal shower.
From 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. (reservations required) you can partake in either the light tea (at $19 per person) which includes tea, scones and muffins, mini gourmet pastries and desserts, assorted tea sandwiches and fresh fruits or the full tea (at $24 per person) which includes tea, scones and muffins, mini gourmet pastries and desserts, assorted tea sandwiches, Quiche or a soup and salad combo and fresh fruits.
The Cottage Cafe; Photo - Style Blueprint
5) The Garden Brunch Cafe - website
924 Jefferson Street, Nashville, TN 37208
Contact: Karl and Jennifer Carpenter, owners, (615) 891-1217
The Garden Brunch Cafe is one of Ashley’s favorite brunch spots!
The owners host bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and even a small wedding reception. If your bride is interested in dinner at The Garden Brunch Cafe, the cost runs about $25 per person. Bridal Showers and other special events are held “after hours” so your party will have the entire restaurant to itself. There is no room rental fee. The restaurant can hold up to 50 people in its main room.
Make sure to contact Karl or Jennifer at least 2 weeks in advance of your event. Half of the estimated cost is due when the contract is signed, the other half is due at the time of the event.
Garden Brunch Cafe; Photo - Cindy McCain's Rich Life blog
Bridal Shower Venues with a City Chic Vibe
6) 1808 Grille at The Hutton Hotel - website
1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Contact: Whitney Eccher,(615) 340-0012, email
Located on West End inside the Hutton Hotel, 1808 Grille is a nice choice for an upscale bridal shower.
The brunch (on Saturdays) or lunch (Monday through Friday) options average around $25 to $30 a person, before tax and gratuity. 1808 Grille’s Bourdeaux Room can accommodate up to 20 guests.
There is a required $250 minimum spend on food and beverage that accompanies this room, but as long as this minimum is met there is no room fee.
1808 Grille; Photos - company's website
7) Sunset Grill - website
2001 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212
Contact: Elizabeth Con, Event Coordinator, (615) 516-1915
Sunset Grill offers customizable menu options for breakfast (starting at $14.99 a person plus tax and gratuity), lunch (starting at $14.99 a person plus tax and gratuity) and dinner (starting at $34.99 per person plus tax and gratuity).
Vegetarian entrees are also offered.
Sunset Grill has various private rooms that can be sectioned off to accommodate parties from 20 to 125. There are seprate one time rental fees for each of these rooms and minimum food and beverage spends (separate fees apply to separate days and meals, so make sure to call Elizabeth for more information).
A 30% deposit of the estimated total cost is required to reserve any room.
Sunset Grill; Photos - company's Facebook page
For more bridal shower ideas, be sure to read part 2, part 3 and part 4.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Photo booths have become a popular fixture at wedding receptions over the last few years. Not only do they provide a fun activity for guests, the photo strips can be used for favors or your guestbook. We sat down with Amy from Photo Booth Nashville to get some information on the best ways to compare photo booths when booking your wedding or event.
All photos courtesy of Justin Wright Photography
ABG: What features should couples look at when comparing different photo booth companies?
Photo Booth Nashville: This is a great question. Most photo booth companies will offer unlimited prints and customized graphics. Make sure to ask to see sample photos to compare. If a company offers digital copies of the photos from your event, ask about the file size of the digital copies provided. At Photo Booth Nashville, our files are between 210-300kb each, and we not only provide the composite photo, but each individual shot with a native image of 11" X 17" so if our clients want to re-print photos and enlarge them, they'll be crystal clear.
Other things to ask about are the construction of the photo booth (is it a homemade "pipe and drape" booth?), print process (we use dye sublimation printers, the same ones at professional processors), sitting time, and printing time. Unlimited prints don't do you much good when it takes three minutes for each sitting.
ABG: What is the difference between the photo booths you offer and ones that other companies may offer in the area?
Photo Booth Nashville: We're the only Middle Tennessee provider of the patented Model 12 digital photo booth. The booths that we have are in over 40 markets worldwide, and there are constant updates and upgrades to our equipment. The Model 12 booths are made with sturdy, steel construction and they're modeled after vintage photo booths so they really feel like photo booths. There are many choices in Middle Tennessee now, and most of them are homemade and most companies only have one booth so in the event of a malfunction, you may be in trouble. We've always got an extra photo booth on our truck, so we're prepared for any unlikely problem that may occur.
ABG: What options do couples have to choose from with your photo booths?
Photo Booth Nashville: In addition to customized graphics, a disc with all the digital photos from the event, formal drapery, and a great variety of props, we pride ourselves on having the most professional and courteous attendants in Nashville. Unless a client specifically requests it, we always provide an attendant for the duration of the rental. We're proud of the reputation we've built and the number of high-end event and wedding planners that use us exclusively. Potential clients can take a look at a few testimonials on our website.
ABG: What things do a bride and groom need to think about when considering a photo booth? Venue size? Load-in and load-out of the photo booth?
Photo Booth Nashville: The most important thing a bride and groom should think about when considering a photo booth at their wedding is the same thing they should think about when choosing other vendors. There aren't many other days in a person's life as important as their wedding day, so it's not a time to sacrifice quality to get a "bargain." You can find a photographer to shoot your wedding for a few hundred dollars, and you can have your meal catered by a fast food restaurant, but you may not be satisfied with the results. With all the "photo booth" companies out there, it's imperative to do your homework. With regard to venue size and load-in and load-out, there's really nothing to worry about. During the booking process we go over every detail of load-in with our clients, and if there's any question we send a technician to the location to make sure there won't be any problems.
If you're looking to add that special touch to your wedding reception or special event, contact Amy at Photo Booth Nashville for all of your photo booth needs.
(Occasionally, we like to re-share timeless, helpful advice. We initially shared this info on August 2011.)
Friday, August 9, 2013
You spend weeks fantasizing about your perfect wedding day...
Your dress is gorgeous, and your hair and makeup are stunning. Your groom is as handsome as he’s ever been and your best friends are lined up by your side. The venue is picture perfect and the sun is shining down on it all.
Finally, your wedding day arrives and everything holds true, except for the sunshine. The clouds start to form, you hear thunder in the distance and before you can see the actual precipitation there are raindrops forming in your eyes.
Jamie & Thadd
Wedding Date ~ June 7, 2012
Ceremony & Reception Location ~ Legacy Farms
If this scenario should befall your wedding day, and Myrick Cowart, owner and photographer of Myrick Studios, is there to capture your most precious images, then fret not. This Nashville photographer has a surprise in store for you.
On a not so sunny day at Legacy Farms, he noticed a concerned look forming on the face of the bride, Jamie. After finding out it was the weather that had her down, Myrick (not only a talented photographer, but also a skilled musician) grabbed his trusty guitar and proceeded to serenade her to the sweet song, “My Girl”.
The wedding party joined in, singing the words, “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day”, and before she knew it her worries were lifted away with every single note. After that, no amount of rain was able to put a damper on her sunny demeanor.
If you’re in search of a wedding photographer who’s not only concerned about capturing the perfect images, but also brightening the bride’s day, then make sure to take a look at Myrick Studios. There are also many more photos from Jamie and Thadd's beautiful but rainy wedding at on the Myrick Studios Facebook page.