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Favorite Nashville Bridal Shower and Bridesmaid Luncheon Venues

Friday, February 5, 2010

This is a post to forward to your maid of honor:)…

When you think about a traditional bridal shower, I’m sure you probably picture a bunch of ladies all sitting around in a circle, chatting & snacking & tittering, while the bride opens her gifts. I know I do. But, who said you have to be traditional? Who said you had to have your bridal shower at your fiance’s mother’s sister’s house? That sounds a little complicated, if you ask me. And, really, who wants to clean up after a bridal shower? There’s food to be dealt with {who’s taking what? what’s being thrown away?} and wrapping paper to be dealt with eventually. Then, you have to wash dishes! {I hate washing dishes. Don’t you?}.  Plus,your bridal events should all be fabulous and easy for everyone to enjoy - from hostess to hosted.

In order to quell your new desire to have your bridal shower elsewhere, I have a few ideas for you. I’m sure one of them will be right up your alley. These venues range from modern to chic to intimate, which is sure to make your mind swirl with so much inspiration that you won’t know what to do with yourself.


Monell’s / Lillie Belle’s

One of my friends had her bridal luncheon here a little over a year ago. If you are a bride that plans on having a soft, vintage wedding, this would be a great venue choice for you and your bridal party. It is an old English style house that has been renovated into a tea room. It definitely has a lot of down South charm too. Whether you are having a small gathering or a large one, this facility is equipped to handle it all.  And, if by chance you are looking for other locations for parts of your wedding festivities, they are able to accommodate that as well! Be sure to take a look this this sweet little treasure.

The Palm


If you are a downtown bride who likes all things fancy and classy, then this is the place for you.  This venue screams elegance and formality. It’s a place everyone is familiar with, even if they have never been there. My favorite part of it all is the cartoon drawings of all the regulars from the past 80 years. What a great conversation starter or game to play with your favorite ladies (and gentlemen).

Mere Bulles

Can’t make up your mind? Why not try a combination of all three? Mere Bulles has just about everything a girl could dream of for her bridal shower. There are many private rooms in which to hold your shower, and each have their own unique flair which is sure to jive with your wedding vibes and ideals. If the photo and room variety don’t convince you, then I’m sure the Southern charm will. The plantation/antebellum mansion feel is enough drive any Southern bride to their establishment. And, if you happen to need a little more visual stimulation for this venue, check out the virtual tour provided by Dynamic Video.

When we asked others in the Nashville bridal community for their favorite bridal shower venues, here were some of the responses:

@TnBellaWeddings to @weddinggirl: …Don’t forget Cabana! It’s loud & hip w/great drinks & delicious food! And for a less noisy party the room in back is great.
@RhondaHendricks to @weddinggirl: Hotel Indigo

@SwizzleEvents to @weddinggirl: For a trendy/contemporary bridal shower, I love Virago’s. Delicious sushi and awesome lounge seating.

@HartzPhotograph to @weddinggirl: What about Arrington Vineyard, low key, beautiful, great wine and you can bring your own food or have it catered in!

@dandyLionevents to @weddinggirl: rumours east! chic, rustic, chill.

Cakes by Shara says: “Gaylord Opryland Hotel,Hermitage Golf has beautiful room you can rent for showers plus on site catering. Mambu has little rooms that might be cool for a shower, Sambuca has a upstairs room as well as The Acorn that are really nice for private parties. The Park Cafe is nice too. Chappy’s, Miro, The Pfunky Griddle, You can also rent out the Big Bad Wolf Smokehouse grill for a shower some of the best smoked meats I have ever had!”

Dynamic Video says: “…CJ’s off the Square for a bigger reherseal.  Have one at Tayst next weekend should be yummy”

Jennifer Edwards Milam of Reveal Events adds: “Loaga (low-sha, not sure how to spell that) in the Cheekwood Mansion, Southhall Eden Farm, Hermitage Hotel Veranda, Belle at Bell Meade, Tent in any park are the first that come to mind:)”

Ashley adds - if you have a small bridal shower, Hutton Hotel has a great private room, seats 15-20.  No fee - just food and drinks for your intimate crowd.

Whatever you choose, I hope you have an enjoyable bridal shower.  Oh - some of these venues would also work for a rehearsal dinner location.

Have fun planning, ladies!


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At the age of five, I proclaimed to my mother that I was going to be married at age 20, and I would be marrying my father. From then on, Barbie always married Ken, and they always lived happily ever after. My sister’s recent nuptials and my engagement have “pushed me over the edge” in a way. I’ve realized that I adore weddings and appreciate all the time and effort that goes in to every single one.

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send Posted on February 5, 2010 | Filed under: Bridal Showers, Luncheons, Parties, Wedding Resources, Wedding Venues and Locations,

4 Responses to This Post
The Thirty-Something Bride says...

While I can’t give props to Aloft (harumpf) - I LOVED mere Bulles as my wedding reception. Amazing service - top of the line!

Posted on February 9, 2010 @ 5:48pm

Ashley King says...

oh no! what happened at aloft?

Posted on February 9, 2010 @ 6:06pm

Bold Bride :) says...

Okay, wish I would’ve read the “Non Props” given to the Aloft before I booked this venue for my engagement party. HORRIBLE customer service from Kristen! Hopefully some bride will look at this and opt not to select this venue. The staff is very inconsistent with their “Social Contracts”, and my wedding planner was very offered by the customer service provided by Kristen.

Posted on August 26, 2010 @ 3:04pm

Anna says...

Yes I completely agree about the Aloft comments. Tried to contact them anyways after reading about their bad service here and yep even over email they arent very customer friendly. I only asked for prices and she with held the information even after I gave her a date and has been VERY short with me and did I mention takes forever to send the one sentence emails.

Posted on January 26, 2013 @ 9:25am

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