Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Triple Nash Bash: My Bachelorette Trip to Nashville

Emma's dress / Hillary's dress / Zelle's dress

Today, I'm excited to share some of the fun we had this past weekend on my bachelorette trip to Nashville, Tennessee! If you follow along on Instagram or Snapchat, you may have seen some of the fun we had - and it wasn't just my bachelorette trip - instead, it was triple the fun! My matron of honor Emma is getting married this June and another best friend of mine, Hillary, is getting married in July. So when it came time to plan a bachelorette trip, we decided to combine it all together. The result? 20 gals headed to Nashville!

We rented a great house that was near the Gulch that was perfect for sleeping 20 (and even more if we had needed it to). When we got there, our bridesmaids decorated the dining room with Bachelorette acessories and gave us our gift bags that were complete with our Bach tank, bride tattoos (temporary of course), Advil and more. I also took the weekend off from my camera (I took it with me but didn't take it out and about with me once), so this post is full of iPhone photos and Snapchats, too.  
The Itinerary

- Flights into Nashville
- Check-In to house
- Saint Anejo
- Broadway Street 
We all had flights at varying times, but a few of us met at Wilmington International Airport on Friday morning and headed to Nashville! My group arrived to our house a little bit after lunch and we ordered pizza from a nearby pizzeria before getting ready for dinner.

Friday's theme was sparkle night - the brides wore white and bridesmaids wore black with some kind of sparkle. I had the hardest time finding a dress but ended up loving the one I found (though it is now sold out). Getting ready Friday night reminded me so much of my college years, when so often a lot of girls would be at our apartment getting ready to go out for the night. 

We headed to dinner at Saint Anejo, a great Mexican restaurant with delicious margaritas (which happen to be my favorite). Everyone's dinner looked amazing, but I would recommend the chicken enchiladas. Probably the best enchiladas I have ever had! We had a great dinner there before heading over to Broadway for the rest of the evening!

- Suzy Wong's
- Honky Tonk
- Party Barge
- Wild Beaver Saloon
- Pirahna's 
On Saturday morning, we all donned our matching tanks and cowboy boots and started the day off at Suzy Wong's House of Yum for brunch. The restaurant offers a drag'n brunch option on the weekends, so we were serenaded by Taylor Swift, Shania, Adele and more over chicken and waffles and mimosas. 

After brunch, we got caught in a little rain storm, but no one could really rain on our parade, so we we headed over to Broadway to make a plan from there. As soon as I got out of the uber, I realized I had left my sunglasses in the car, but one of my friends literally chased it down and saved the day - which I couldn't thank her enough for since they are seriously my favorites and I wear them all the time.

We ended up at Honky Tonk, which was a lot of fun as a band was setting up to play some live music - and they were so great! I almost didn't want to leave, but we headed over to our meeting spot to get on the Party Barge, which entertained us for a couple of hours. We ended up at another bar in that area which had karaoke and more and was a blast! We ended the day with dinner at Pirahna's, where cheeseburgers seemed to be the order of choice (though the cheese sticks were great, too!).

- Party Fowl
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
- Coffee
- The Valentine
- Famous Saloon
- The Stillery
- Acme
Sunday was a fun day as we dressed in our best boho looks complete with flower crowns. I wore this romper and got the most compliments on it - I know I'll be packing it for our honeymoon as it's the perfect combo of cute and comfortable.

We walked from our house to Party Fowl, which I think was my favorite restaurant of the trip. Staying true to its name, hot chicken is the theme at this restaurant, and I ordered the Hot Chicken Biscuit. So good, y'all. So good. 

After a delicious brunch, we headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame. I love country music, so it was fun getting to see some of my favorites showcased there as well as relive some historical and prominent moments in country music. 

Following the museum trip, the group split up a bit. Emma and I along with two of our friends decided we needed a coffee break and found a Dunkin' Donuts right around the corner. It was nice to relax in the shade with an iced coffee for a bit, but we found a golfcart that took us back to Broadway to meet our friends at the Valentine. It was a fun way to see the city a bit and we met a few people along the way.

I really liked The Valentine, as it had a rooftop bar that overlooked the city. Though it's located in the heart of Nashville, the rooftop bar offers more of a LA vibe. It also wasn't super crowded when we were there, which gave us a chance to spread out a little bit. 

Before dinner, some of our group made a pitstop at Famous Saloon, which I had heard from our golfcart driver was a fun place to stop in. It also had a rooftop bar that overlooked the Cumberland River and the weather was warm but mild and perfect for being outside.

After a few minutes, we walked over to The Stillery for dinner. Daniel Bell was playing live music that night, and Hill, Emma and I were pulled to sit in front of the stage while he sang "Mean to Me," which is one of my favorite country songs. As I looked around at my two best friends beside me who are celebrating such a special time this year, thought of Stephen and how lucky I am, and looked at the wonderful group of gals who were with us to celebrate, I felt so overwhelmed with love! I definitely shed a few tears and had to pull myself together in time for my grilled cheese to arrive (which was delicious, by the way). 

Both Famous Saloon and our restaurant for the evening were located on 2nd Avenue, which I personally preferred over Broadway. Don't get me wrong - Broadway is a blast, but 2nd is a little less crowded but still has so much great live music coming from every doorway we passed by.

After dinner, we headed over to ACME, where a band was playing downstairs and a DJ was on the rooftop bar. It was a great way to end a fun weekend in Nashville - and it's safe to say that it's a weekend that is one for the books.

The Packing List:
- White dress
- Denim shorts
- Bachelorette tank
- Romper
- Flower crown
- Cowboy boots
- Sunglasses
- Comfy travel dress

I of course overpacked with too many shoes and clothes, but that was the gist of what I wore. I ended up wearing my cowboy boots two days in a row, since they were fairly comfortable to walk around in and I didn't have to worry about my sandals getting gross. I packed these wedges but didn't end up wearing them, since both Saturday and Sunday we didn't go home before our nighttime activities. I liked that we had set days because though I spent way too much time online shopping beforehand, it allowed for a pretty simple packing list.
We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends who celebrated with us! Thank you to all of the gals who made sure this trip was perfect. Traveling with 20 girls isn't easy - but they sure did make it fun. #TheGalsNashBash was one I'll never forget, that's for sure!
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