The wedding venue, season, time of day, and about a million other factors go into your choices for the bridal party attire at your Tennessee wedding. So much so in fact that many brides allow this rather large detail of wedding planning to seriously stress them out months before the big day!

Never fear, though. I chatted recently with Bobbie and Debbie at the corporate offices for one of Nashville’s premier bridal gown shops and tuxedo rental providers, Bridal Warehouse and Tuxedo Avenue. They shed some light on the process of choosing the attire for each member of your bridal party…starting with you, the bride! Read on for the stress-free way to outfit your entourage for the big day.

Wedding dresses and tuxedos at Nashville bridal shop and tuxedo rental Bridal Warehouse and Tuxedo Avenue, featured on The Pink Bride

1. Begin choosing the attire for your bridal party by first choosing your wedding gown.

As I’ve mentioned before in my post on designing the wedding flowers for your big day, your wedding gown should fit your wedding venue, as this is ultimately what sets the tone for the entire wedding. For example, if you envision a cathedral wedding, you might go as elaborate as a ball gown with cathedral-length veil. However, if you want to get married beside a barn, you likely should tone down your gown of choice to a fabulous lace selection, or something similar. The whole idea to have in mind before you start seriously gown shopping is to know what style you’re looking for, and ultimately choose what you feel best in.

“Bridal Warehouse has something for everyone, from very contemporary styles to very traditional, in a variety of sizes,” Debbie describes. “We suggest that brides have an idea of the ‘feel’ or style of dress they want before they seriously start shopping.” How can you do this? Bring in magazine pictures, design notes, pictures of your venue or even a cherished heirloom wedding piece you’d like to use as inspiration for your choice. This will help your bridal gown consultant to pair the perfect styles with your personality, wedding theme and likes.

Mori Lee style 1970 at Nashville bridal shop Bridal Warehouse, featured on The Pink Bride

2. Don’t just stop with your dress – accessorize your bridal look next!

Your wedding dress is just the starting point to your overall bridal fashion, so it’s important to pick and choose wisely when it comes to your accessory choices and undergarments. Don’t forget about your something old, new, borrowed, and blue, too!

Bobbie states that Bridal Warehouse helps brides accessorize their look perfectly with everything they will need, from the veil and jewelry to the slip and bra.

“We make sure everything fits well and matches perfectly,” Debbie adds.

Pink bridesmaid dresses with white bridal gown at Nashville bridal shop and tuxedo rental Bridal Warehouse and Tuxedo Avenue, featured on The Pink Bride

3. Next, choose your bridesmaid gowns with your overall wedding theme or season in mind.

Again, if you’re going for a regal feel, you may want to outfit your maid of honor and bridesmaids in floor-length gowns in a style you simply love. Alternatively, if you’re going for an outdoor ceremony during hot summer months, a shorter bridesmaid dress (or a long dress in a breezy material) may be more fitting for the occasion. The whole point of this part of the process is to choose a look that you love, and be mindful of the big picture – such as how the maids will look side-by-side at your venue and next to you in pictures!

“[Brides] simply choose a bridesmaid dress they like; they don’t necessarily opt for fabrics or styles that match their own wedding gown. Rather, they choose a dress that they love,” explains Debbie. She went on to add that Bridal Warehouse frequently customizes bridesmaid dresses to meet the bride’s exact wishes, starting with a style by a certain designer, then choosing a fabric, and finally selecting a color. The whole process is tailored to meet the bride’s needs and wishes.

Men's tuxedos with women in lace bridal gown and ball gown at Nashville bridal shop and tuxedo rental Bridal Warehouse and Tuxedo Avenue, featured on The Pink Bride

4. Dress the men in the appropriate formal attire, and consider color coordinating their look to match or complement the bridesmaids.

Previously on the bridal blog, I mentioned the difference between a tuxedo and a suit, as well as the considerations that go into choosing between the two. In short, if you want an upscale feel to your wedding, and you want the groom and his men to stand out at the reception, you may want them to wear tuxedos. However, if you’d rather have a more casual feel to your event, especially for an outdoor ceremony at a rustic venue, you may alternately consider dressing them in suits. After you’ve chosen between the two, consider color-coordinating their look with that of the bridesmaids to pull your bridal party together!

Debbie details that Bridal Warehouse and Tuxedo Avenue definitely have an advantage over other bridal stores and formalwear shops because she actually assists on the design panels for major vendors. “I know new colors for each season before other bridal stores because of this,” she details. “We really stay on top of the color situation!”

She went on to detail that color plays a big role in the bride’s choices these days, with pops of color seen most often in the men’s ties, pocket squares, and even socks.

Mothers of the bride and groom attire at Nashville bridal shop and tuxedo rental Bridal Warehouse and Tuxedo Avenue, featured on The Pink Bride

5. Last, but not least, choose your flower girl’s dress, settle your ring bearer’s attire, and help your mother and future mother-in-law find the perfect dress by giving them color and design suggestions, if needed.

Your flower girl’s attire can be in any color you want, whether it’s the traditional white or colored to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. Your ring bearer’s attire should match that of your groomsmen (just in a much smaller size!). As for the mothers, it’s tradition that the mother of the bride chooses her gown first and then calls the mother of the groom with design notes so that she can wear a somewhat similar, complementing dress. Mothers of the bride and groom should generally avoid wearing white, red, or black, unless the bride specifically tells them to wear such colors to the event.

Bobbie went on to state that Bridal Warehouse and Tuxedo Avenue have something for literally every member of your bridal party and special family members. Just tell them what you’re looking for, and they’ll take care of it!

Bride and groom embracing, wearing styles found at Nashville bridal shop and tuxedo rental Bridal Warehouse and Tuxedo Avenue, featured on The Pink Bride

Bridal Warehouse began in central Kentucky over 22 years ago as a small fabric store. During that time, they’ve expanded into three states with a total of four bridal superstores, a boutique for bridal gowns and prom dresses, six tuxedo shops, a wholesale tuxedo sub-lease company, and even a wholesale shoe company.

The Nashville area bridal shop and tuxedo rental location of Bridal Warehouse and Tuxedo Avenue is located at 900 Conference Drive in Goodlettsville, TN, and you can reach them at (615) 855-1005. Bridal Warehouse carries over a thousand different gown designs in-house for you to try on from top designers, and Tuxedo Avenue is a full-service tuxedo shop carrying a large selection of designs for the man in your life. It is located conveniently inside of each Bridal Warehouse location, so you can design the entire look of your bridal party in one place…in one day!


To learn more, give Bridal Warehouse & Tuxedo Avenue a call today, and be sure to visit their website, Twitter, and Facebook page to connect. Tell them The Pink Bride sent you!



Images courtesy of the Bridal Warehouse / Tuxedo Avenue Facebook page.