Nashville was recently dubbed the newest “it” city by The New York Times, and we have to say, we’re not surprised. The recent surge in popularity has made Music City an exciting place to get hitched, and your guests will love this destination just as much as you do.
Nashville offers sophisticated downtown venues with skyline views, yet bucolic countryside dotted with antebellum homes is just a short drive away. Make the most of your wedding weekend by taking advantage of both.
If you’re a true music lover, especially of country music, then Nashville is the only place to say “I do.” You can even host your wedding at the Country Music Hall of Fame!
If you and yours met at Vandy, it only makes sense to return to the scene of your budding romance. Tons of alums come back to Nashville to tie the knot, making the big day that much more meaningful.
It’s a decision that some young women dream about for years, wondering just what fate has in store for her. Looks, personality, degrees of compatibility...all these elements cycle through her imagination. Will she have to compromise? Is the right fit out there somewhere? Oh, the search for The One. Wait—did you think we were talking about soul mates? Sorry, friend. No. We’re talking about The Dress. Find your sartorial match made in heaven at one of Nashville's fabulous bridal shops, where your fairy godmothers of fashion are waiting to outfit you in the gown you were born to wear. (While you’re there, dress up your whole wedding party to match; you’ll see your entire wedding vision really come to life.) Then gild the whole ensemble with help from your local ring and jewelry specialists, where those eye-catching details, from wedding bands to a “something new” necklace, will secure the look you’ve been searching for. Then sit back and breathe a sigh of relief...whew. The hunt is over.
Unless you are a model or a celebrity (and if so, well then congrats to you), the twenty-four hours surrounding your walk down the aisle might be the most photographed day of your life. With all those cameras flashing, you’ll want to be sure you’re looking mighty fine, so book an appointment or two with local hair and makeup professionals well in advance to work through the finer details of your wedding appearance. They’ll help you achieve that polished, but not too “done” affect so that you look like you...just a really, really stunning version of you. What could be better? Reward yourself for all that hard work of being gorgeous with a trip to one of Nashville's pampering salons, preferably with your best buds in tow, to get that relaxed, glowy vibe that comes from a killer facial and massage. Oh, and remember when we said this was the most photographed you’ll ever be? Same message applies for your hands, so get those digits in front of a nail technician while you’re there. (Trust us, “ragged cuticles” is not a hot look.)
A vibrant community of creatives makes Nashville an idyllic city for a vow exchange. From shabby-chic, pastoral- inspired ceremonies to alfresco affairs imbued with Southern tradition (bury the bourbon bottle, anyone?), the Tennessee sky’s the limit. Nashville celebrants and officiants are here to help capitalize on whatever style of ceremony you envision. And when it comes to the music? Getting married in the home of country jams doesn’t hurt. Pair up with talented Nashville musicians and walk down the aisle to the tune of perfection.
Your wedding reception is like a puzzle with a thousand pieces (five minutes into planning and you’ll know what we mean). Luckily, you don’t have to piece it together alone. This city comes equipped with an A-list cast of vendors, from Nashville wedding planners to local florists to caterers to bands and DJs and everything in between. With these all-stars on your team, every last detail will come together seamlessly: think locally grown floral arrangements, a lavish spread of tireless Southern fare, and a killer DJ offering up honky tonk faves and the best oldies. Your country-chic barn soirée is just in sight...or your charmingly Southern plantation wedding...or…(now you take it from here).
Nashville’s food scene, rich with creative spirit and booming with culinary promise, offers a foolproof cure to those pre-wedding jitters. Choose one of the city’s tastiest establishments for your Music City rehearsal dinner—from unabashed Southern fare to haute cuisine, your wedding eve can adopt any flavor you’d like. Head downtown for a lively, four-star plated dinner at Sambuca (complete with nightly live music and the option to host your private event in their Balinese dining room), or indulge your senses atop Watermark’s rooftop garden patio overlooking the Nashville skyline. You can even skip the brick-and-mortar altogether and call upon one of the city’s talented caterers for an intimate, personalized farm-to-table dinner tucked away in a local farmyard. The options are limitless, so home in on your personal style and cherish the time deliciously spent with your closest friends and family the night before your big day.
Goodbyes are best done with mimosa in hand, which is exactly why you should send your guests off the morning after your wedding with a delicious farewell brunch. Round up your nearest and dearest and make your way to one of this city’s standout brunch spots: T. Swift’s (alleged) favorite pancake spot, The Pancake Pantry, or Hillsboro Village’s ultra popular coffeehouse, Fido (do yourself a favor and get their Bubba Scramble and a local latte). It’s a delicious setting to relive the details of your wedding night and wish your guests safe travels as they head back home. Wherever you end up, the options abound for great Nashville brunch destinations. Check out our recommendations below for local spots with scrumptious spreads that can help you plan brunch for a crowd.
That envelope, standing out like a diamond amidst the bills and junk mail, is the first piece of information your guests will receive regarding your wedding. The invitation is an insight into your affair’s personality, offering clues about such fundamentals as formality, mood, size, and setting. It’s a gift, really, and can be as pretty as any present—if done well. Don’t waste the opportunity to make a first impression with your invites; enlist the design expertise of a local invitation and paper goods boutique to help craft an original, considered, and cohesive paper suite that truly plants the style seeds for your complete wedding vision. Of course, if your budget allows, going the extra mile to have your stationery hand-calligraphed will pack a majorly sophisticated, not to mention personalized, punch. Nashville's talented calligraphers can do just about anything with a pen and ink, so whether your vibe is clean and modern or elegantly casual, consider adding an extra touch of artistry to your wedding stationery. That envelope will shine all the brighter for it.
It’s safe to say that Nashville’s got a lot going for it. As countrified-chic and creatively spirited as it is, you’ll want to share some of the love with your guests as they travel near and far to celebrate in Music City. Enter rockin’ Nashville wedding welcome bags. Out-of-towners can spend the weekend waking up with a Tootsies mug full of joe, humming along to a flash drive filled with country music, and clinking bottles of local brew. Talk about being the host(ess) with the most(ess).
In the land of musical inclination, free-flowing whiskey, and urbanized rural charm, uniquely crafted wedding favors are a dime a dozen (well, maybe not literally...although we seriously hope you can find favors at this price). Our Nashville wedding favor ideas get at the essence of a Music City wedding: picture classically Southern mini-Jack-and-Cokes, iconic posters from Hatch Show Print, and Vandy bottle coolers (complete with a bottle of local craft beer, of course). There’s no better cherry on top to a wedding reception than a memento with a sense of place—your guests will love taking home a little slice of Nashville.
There’s a reason Nashville is a top tourist destination—there’s just so much to do. Gawk at the grandeur of local antebellum homes, see the stars that line the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame, experience the honky tonks on Broadway, check out President Andrew Jackson’s home...you get our drift. Browse through some of the top things to do in Nashville and pass along some favorites to your guests (the perfect job for a wedding website!). After just a few hours of taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Nashville, your guests will be singing to the tune of the Music City.
When you combine the glamor of the country music industry (Nashville is the most musician-heavy city in the U.S., right behind San Francisco) with the regionally emblematic position that Nashville has carved out in the South, you get a culinary hard hitter whose food scene is as sophisticated as it is authentic. A surrounding landscape abundant with quality produce doesn’t hurt, either. Translation, please? Nashville restaurants have Got. You. Covered. Check out one of Acme Feed & Seed’s three deliciously unique levels, or cozy up like a local at The Patterson House for speakeasy-style cocktails and small bites. Dreaming of a classic farm-to-table spread at Rolf and Daughters? Now we’re talking. To get you inspired, dig into Southern Living’s guide to Nashville restaurants, or simple check out the list below for some of our well-researched, tried-and-true spots to indulge the senses and fill your belly.
A little research goes a long way when it comes to finding great local spots to crash over your wedding weekend—and your guests will surely thank you for doing the legwork for them. Luckily, top-rate accommodations abound in Nashville: try The Hermitage Hotel on for size, the ever-elegant Omni Nashville, or the eco-friendly Hutton. With all of the great hotels (chain and boutique alike), bed and breakfasts, and other accommodations afoot, the search for Nashville wedding accommodations will be easier than you think. Take a look at Southern Living’s list of the top Nashville Hotels as a starting point—just be sure to keep in mind the location of your wedding in addition to offering options at a range of price points. Have a look through our suggestions for a sweet spot to stay in Nashville below.
We’re talking Nashville, people. That means an urban, sophisticated downtown area with killer skyline views, a pastoral countrysides speckled with historic estates and bursting with rural charm, and the sweeping, poetic grandeur of Vanderbilt—all within a stone’s throw. Two words? Picture perfect. A few more words will help you realize that all this and more makes Nashville the ultimate spot to make “best engagement session of the season” happen—no matter your style. Get funky and have a shoot on Broadway. With honky tonk bars in the background and the rhythm of the music infecting your feet, your photos will be filled with joyous excitement and plenty of energy to go around. Looking for something with a little artistic flair? Pose with the mosaic dragon sculpture in Fannie May Dees Park. Or for something a bit more timeworn and grand in appearance, head to the Parthenon at Centennial Park. Nashville is certainly not short on picturesque locations. Take a few pointers from Nashville wedding photographers about how to score the ultimate engagement shoot locale...and then ready your smile for some lights, camera, action.
If you’ve ever walked the streets of Nashville, you know that it’s impossible to go more than an hour without being passed by a Pedal Tavern of laughing, chatting young ladies. It’s a city made for adventure, from its dying-to-be-explored restaurant scene to its signature honky tonks to its overall youthful, energetic vibe—add up everything Nashville has to offer and you’ve got one badass bachelorette weekend destination on your hands. To really get attention from the locals, dress up in matching attire so no one gets lost at the honky tonk, and be sure to wear your party-sized veil so that everyone congratulates you on your nuptials (and so you can score some free beers, obvi). Or go a different route: create your own culinary tour from our restaurant recommendations and eat your way through this delicious city. Book an appointment at Woodhouse Day Spa and spend time unwinding with your girls to top it all off. Finding yourself overwhelmed with all of the options for a Nashville bachelorette party? We get it. There might not be an end to the activities in this city, but we’re here to help narrow it down: check out our guide to planning the best Nashville bachelorette weekend that ever was.
Whether you and your buds prefer sipping fine whiskeys on front porches, channeling your inner cowboy and humming along to some Johnny Cash at a honky tonk, or marking par on an immaculate green, Nashville has every kind of party scene covered (hey, it’s called NashVegas for a reason). Schedule a Whiskey Trail Tour for a laid-back afternoon with your closest pals or spend an evening at Coyote Ugly, where spaghetti can be a side to your choice of brew. Really not a planner by a nature? No worries—BachNashville will map out the whole thing so you don’t have to. If you are brave enough to face the planning process yourself, check out our helpful guide for how to plan the ultimate bachelor weekend. Nashville, here we come.
Where would we be without the immensely talented pool of Nashville wedding vendors? Their passion for planning, commitment to their couples, and incredible ingenuity is what makes the local wedding scene as remarkable as it is, and it's the unique team behind every wedding working together that makes each event an affair to remember. Their combined experience and expertise is second to none, and we want you to benefit from it while assembling your dream team of vendors. Check out our Spotlight Series for in-depth Q&As with the best of the best in the industry, and make sure to read the articles they've contributed to Borrowed & Blue for the most reliable wedding tips and tricks, straight from the source.
As a bustling city with attractions and events that bring visitors from far and wide, Nashville sees its fair share of car jams, foot traffic, festivals, and general city mayhem. Be sure to pay attention to Nashville’s major events when setting your wedding date; avoiding big weekends like Vanderbilt’s graduation, the CMA Awards, and the CMA Music Festival will save you a major headache when it comes to logistics like traffic and vendor availability.
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