By: Cristy Wicks
Every weekend brings droves of woo girls with matching “Bride Tribe” tees into Nashville. Unending mural pics, pedal taverns, and Honky Tonk tours commence as brides-to-be and friends dive headfirst into cliché, touristy bachelorette parties.
But you’re not like every other bride, so why act like it?
Gather your best girls and experience Nashville for its local perks. Splurge on memory-making events that feed your soul and bind your friendships. You’ll love experiencing these new adventures with your ladies before the beginning of your biggest adventure ever—marriage!
Plan your very own non-cliché Nashville Bachelorette party with the ideas below.
Make your favorite candle $25-35/person
Paddywax candles are sold all over the U.S., but did you know they’re made right here in Nashville? Buy a bottle of rosé, and make your way to The Candle Bar to custom pour your very own Paddywax candle. You can even choose your favorite vessel. When you get back home, burn your sea salt & sage, cactus flower & coconut, or salted grapefruit for memories of the best bachelorette weekend ever.
Press your own Hatch Show Print $18+/person
Hatch’s letterpress posters carry a historic Nashville charm. Now located in the Country Music Hall of Fame, this print shop produces its signature-style posters for concerts around the world, including the mother church of country music—The Ryman. Plan a trip to the print shop, where you can print your own poster. Hatch provides designs you can use in the shop, or check into using your very own bachelorette weekend-themed design.
TIP: Busy production schedules sometimes closes the option to bring your own design, so call early to see if you can sweet talk your design onto the presses.
Bend and stretch in a local yoga studio $30+/person
Detox before your big day with sun salutations in Inner Light Yoga or in a barn at The Old School Nashville. If you opt for the barn option, you can share your session with 4-legged furry creatures. Goat yoga might just be the GOAT.
TIP: If you visit The Old School, make a reservation for brunch following your yoga session. Split everything between your group to indulge in items like goat cheese beignets, cast iron cinnamon buns, and broken yolk Navajo tacos.
Plan a private floral design class
Plan a 2-hour session with FLWR Shop to learn the basics of floral design. You can join a pre-scheduled class or book the space for your girls only. Snacks and wine provided.
Try wine at Arrington Vineyard $7-14/person
A favorite for local bridal parties, Arrington Vineyard provides a picturesque landscape, picnic tables and blanket space to bring in your own charcuterie board, and an affordable wine tasting that leaves you loving four Tennessee-made wines. Opt for the “picnic tasting” over the tasting bar options to drink at your own pace.
Get a blowout $40+/person
Book a private blowout party at The Blowout Co. Each girl will be met with a beverage, and you are welcome to bring in extra refreshments to refill your glasses throughout your entire session.
Mix oils at Lemon Laine Bar $65/person
This made-for-you, mix-your-own oil bar creates customized formulas that make your skin happy. Experience different seed, nut, and plant oils as your oil barista blends beauty in an apothecary bottle.
Make magic in a cooking class TBD
Check Eventbrite for cooking classes hosted by local chefs. This spring, Chef Maneet of Chauhan Ale & Masala House is leading groups through cooking and mixology. Following the cooking, you’ll sit down to dinner and beverage pairings, and each participant will walk out the door with a pack of the chef’s homemade recipes.
Paddle the river $29/person
Book a kayaking trip along the Nashville skyline with Cumberland Kayak. Your self-guided paddle made up of single or tandem kayaks will deliver one of the hippest and rarest city experiences possible.
Book a private chef Must request quote
Over 500 restaurants opened over the last five years, meaning Nashville is saturated with talented chefs. Book a private chef to come into your Airbnb and cook a meal just for your group. You’ll feel fancy and free to celebrate however you’d like in the comfort of your own weekend home.
TIP: Try sending requests to chefs from popular restaurants around town or book through Take A Chef.
Honorable mentions for non-cliché bachelorette experiences go to:
Climbing at Climb Nashville
Kickboxing at Hotbox, Title Boxing Club, or iLoveKickboxing
Coffee Classes at Crema
Beginner Dance Classes at Nashville Ballet
Hiking at Radnor
Buying lawn tickets to Ascend Amphitheater or balcony seats at The Ryman
Cristy Wicks splits her time between freelance marketing, eating all the queso at Taqueria del Sol, and facetiming her niece, Austyn. A Texas native and 7 on the enneagram, she loves testing out new restaurants and hosting parties with her husband in their home near 12 South.