Winter formal provides students with the opportunity to attend a social dance without the pressure that comes with prom. This is because the winter formal is a more relaxed affair that still allows students to get dressed up and have fun.
Being held in the winter months, the attire for formal is generally a little more casual than prom attire. The dress is still formal though, with males wearing a smart suit ar the very least. These days there is also less focus on finding the perfect person to attend formal with. More and more people are choosing to attend formal with a group of friends rather than as part of a couple. This dynamic can encourage a larger attendance and this helps to make formal the fun event that it is. With formal season here it is time to make all of the necessary arrangements for the night. Given the more relaxed atmosphere for formals (compared with prom), the night should be about having fun. Fun with the clothes, hair, make up, shoes, flowers, dinner and transport (and make sure that you don’t forget to purchase the tickets). Here’s a list of service providers from around Nashville who offer something a little bit special that we hope can help to make sure your, or your child’s, winter formal is full of fun.
Dressing for a formal doesn’t have to have the glitz and glam that is typical of prom attire. Dresses can be a little more lively to brighten you up on a dreary winter’s night. So when it comes time to choose your formal attire, be bold and let everyone know that you came to have fun!
For the girls, Nordstrom (at The Mall at Green Hills) are offering a range of beautiful formal dresses designed especially with winter formal in mind. Another great option is Forever 21 (at 504 Opry Mills Drive #352). And for shoes, try Shane Co (www.shaneco.com, or at 3006 Mallory Lane, Franklin). Another great option is the Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse (118 16th S Ave and 357 Opry Mills Drive), offering a vast range of shoe styles and colours. When it comes to accessories, Nashville has so many shops to choose from, like Macy’s (The Mall at Grren Hills), Claire’s (433 Opry Mills Drive) and Tiffany & Co (The Mall at Green Hills).
Some guys may choose to wear a suit although many others may still choose to wear a tuxedo. Regardless of which way you decide to go there are plenty of options available in Nashville to suit your needs. Why not try Jim’s Formal Wear (with a number of locations in Nashville (see www.jimsformalwear.com for details)). Jim’s offers a good selection of suit/tuxedo styles and colours as well as a large range of matching accessories (from shirts to ties, shoes and even socks). Another highly recommended suit hire location is Bittner’s Formal Wear (for more information call 1-800-626-6305 or check them out online at www.bittnersformalwear.com).
When it comes to finding the perfect winter formal flowers, why not eliminate the hassle of trying to choose from the exisitng range. Simply visit Unique Flower Fashions Inc (2814 Bransford Ave) with a picture or description of the dress and they will create a corsage and boutinerre to match. Another great florist in Nashville is Bloom Flowers and Gifts (www.nashvillebloom.com) who offer a large selection of fun designs in prom flowers.
Having your hair and makeup or your manicure and pedicure done for formal can be a truly fun experience and even more so if you go with a group of friends. Group bookings can be made at a number of salons throughout Nashville. The Mokara Spa at the Omni Nashville Hotel offers the full range of beauty treatments in a beautiful setting (see http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/nashville/spa/salon-services for more details). If you want a really special treat when getting ready, you can rent the Parlour 3 Beauty Bus with some of Parlour 3’s calebrity make up artists (for more details see www.parlour3.com).
Of course, you will be wanting photographs of the special occasion. For formals, many parents choose to take their own pictures. However large groups may want to split the cost of a photographer to capture the event. Andrew Kenworthy Photography (andrewkenworthyphotography.com) are highly rated photographers and offer portrait sessions for special occassions. Another highly recommended photographer is Morgan G Photography (www.morgangphoto.com).
For a special dinner try Merchants restaurant (http://www.merchantsrestaurant.com), offering bistro style food downstairs and more refined American options in their upstairs restaurant (including a range of delicious desserts) Merchants has a little something special to offer everyone. If its a fun setting that you are after for dinner, then you could try the Aquarium restaurant (in the Opry Mills Mall) for “an underwater dining experience” specializing in seafood but with a wide selection of foods to suit any taste. And if it’s dinner with live music that you really want to kickstart your evening of fun, then you need to check out Sambuca, rated as Nashville’s best restaurant for a celebration (see www.sambucarestaurant.com to see the menu or make a booking).
The cherry on top will be to have a fun mode of transport to the formal. If you are looking for something to start the party before tou get there, but still want the luxury of a limo, then you need to try a limo party bus. Nashville Executive Transportation (https://nashvilleexecutivelimo.com) offers formal goers with this unique mode of transportation that will really let the party begin from the time the step aboard. This limo bus offers groups of up to 24 a fun party like atmosphere with lighting, state of the art sound system and multiple televisions. And for parents piece of mind, Nashville Executive Transport guarantees to deliver teens safely and on time to their formal. If you are looking for something a little more cozy, Nashville Executive Limos also offers a fleet of executive vehicles for formal-goers to choose from. So for a fun, no worries, transportation option for your formal, visit Nashville Executive Transport online, or call 615-645-1665 to book now. But be sure to get in quick as there is limited availability.
And there you have it – a guide to finding service providers who can help to inject a little bit of fun into you or your child’s winter formal.