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The Guide to Nashville Bridal Shows & Events: 7 Tips & 7 Upcoming Events for Brides!

Friday, January 2, 2015

I know that many of you will be heading out to your first bridal show this weekend (or some time this month). It’s SOOO exciting. But, before you get lost in pretty weddingland, here are a few tips that I have learned after 7 years of attending bridal shows. As a once engaged gal and now a wedding pro, I've become a guru of sorts.  Cake and food sampling is a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.

 

 

Upcoming Nashville-area bridal shows & events

So, it’s time for my bi-annual, unofficial round-up of the upcoming Nashville bridal shows. I say unofficial because a few of the show producers would disagree with my take on their shows. But, because this is a bride’s guide, I strive to provide a bride’s perspective, which you'll need to navigate the many bridal shows.

Don’t get me wrong, having a lot of bridal shows is great because you get to see great ideas in person and have the opportunity to meet several dozens of vendors without driving all over town. BUT, there are so many that often it’s hard to determine which to attend.

So, I will try my best to give you the scoop on the shows based on the local vendor buzz plus my experience at their last show.  Here you go...

 

1) January 2 & 3 - Brides Against Breast Cancer VIP Event & Gown Sale

Today kicks off the Brides Against Breast Cancer tour!

Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families. Our outreach and educational efforts during our "Nationwide Tour of Gowns" bridal shows around the country help ensure that people impacted by cancer have the resources and information they need in their battle with cancer.

Where: Sheraton Music City
Great for: Purchasing your designer gown at an incredible deal while supporting a great cause

Click here for details

 

2) January 4 - The Pink Bride 

Where: Nashville Music City Center

Great for: Your first bridal show.  Check it out.  Take family and friends.  Let this be your "fun" show.  Soak it the whole bride thing!  Celebrate your engagement.  Beware: this show is a big one; I call it  the Walmart for weddings. It's not as intimate as some of the other shows so you many not get much one-on-one interaction with the vendors but it's great for fun and for getting ideas.

What’s neat: The show's size

 

3) January 15 - DIY Bouquet Class

On your wedding day you want a bouquet that is a reflection of you. Pinterest makes it look easy, but there is a real art to making the perfect bouquet. The good news? Regalo Design has made thousands of them and can show you the basics steps and techniques you need to make your own. In this fun, hands-on class you’ll learn the proper way to care for fresh flowers, best practices for cutting and prepping, and arranging styles. 

Click here for details

 

4) January 18 - Enchanted Brides  Bridal Show

Where: Hutton Hotel

Great for: High-end brides seeking luxe bridal vendors

What’s neat: Red-carpet ambiance.  Boutique-style show that brides love.

Click here for details

 

5) January 25 - Clarksville Brides Wedding and Event Showcase

Where: Wilma Rudolph Event Center

Great for: Clarksville, TN / Hopkinsville brides or Nashville-area brides looking for something different; great for all bride budgets

What’s neat: This show is a great find and offers vendors that serve all budgets and the best assortment of all vendor types I’ve ever found. It also has really “nice” vendors. (There is a “snob” factor at some shows that you won’t find here.)

Expect: Optimal ratio of vendors to brides; no waiting in line to speak with vendors; nice glass of champagne/apple cider upon arrival (classy touch last show - hope this year will be the same:); everything you need to plan your Clarksville / Hopkinsville wedding under one roof.

Click here for details

 

6) February 8 - Here Come The Brides Bridal Show 

The Nashville area's most "fun" bridal show.  Since 2009, Here Come The Brides Bridal Show has been entertaining brides, grooms and their guests with our signature Bridal War Games, our high energy fashion show, over $20,000 in prize giveaways and most importantly, an array of the best, most passionate wedding vendors.

Where: The Factory at Franklin

Great for: Brides looking for vendors they may not see anywhere else, especially vendors catering to low to mid-sized budgets

Click here for details

 

7) February 15 - Perfect Wedding Guide 

Where: Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Great for: Brides seeking good mix of luxe and moderate options

What’s neat: small, boutique-style bridal show at great venue

Cost: $10 at door

Expect: I anticipate the show will be similar to Enchanted Brides show but with vendors who cater to a larger range of budgets - from bargain to luxe.

Click here for details

 

Find event details on our Nashville bridal event calendar.

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Ashley King

Hey - I'm Ashley! I started nashvillebrideguide.com to give Nashville brides, or folks planning a Nashville wedding, a local resource for inspiration and resources. Hope to see you at a bridal show soon! Until then, Find me on

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2 Responses to This Post
Amber Hoard says...

The Clarksville Brides Wedding and Event Showcase is being held at the Wilma Rudolph Events Center located at 1190 Cumberland Drive Clarksville, TN.

Posted on January 6, 2015 @ 8:13am

Ashley King says...

Thanks Amber!!!

Posted on January 11, 2015 @ 8:49pm

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