How to Throw the Ultimate Bachelorette Party in Nashville
(Photo: Emily Foote)
It was 9 p.m. on the corner of Broadway and 5th Avenue in downtown Nashville. Standing next to me was a bride-to-be. I smiled at her and said, “Congratulations.” Then she lifted up her skirt to flash a crowd of cowboys on the corner.
“I’m getting’ married y’all,” she said, her “bride” tiara slipping slightly askew.
There are a lot of women heading to Nashville these days before they get married … y’all. You can’t two-step down the street on a Friday or Saturday night without running into gaggles of rowdy brides and the women corralled into supporting them as they have their last hurrah in the Music City.
This Maid of Honor is a serious trooper. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
It’s big business these days, too.
“The bachelorette scene is intense right now. It’s a combination of Nashville being one of the fastest growing cities and the fact that it is laid-back, casual and affordable,” explained Robert Goldsmith, the owner of Bachelorette Nashville, an 18-month-old company that serves as a concierge service for brides and their handlers heading to Nashville.
“Our business and our inquiries have increased by 500% from the last year,” Goldsmith, who is 26 and still unmarried, told Yahoo Travel. They charge between $49.99 to $415 per person. Demand has surged so much in the past year that they are currently building an app to automate their booking process.
As far as bachelorette destinations go, Nashville does seem to have it all. This month, Travel & Leisure ranked the city number three on its list of best destinations for girlfriend getaways.
Getting married does seem like an excellent excuse to make your girlfriends wear very small hats. (Photo: Emily Foote)