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MINUTE: Upcoming events for budget-friendly brides

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If you’re a budget-conscious bride-to-be, a couple of upcoming events might interest you. Both events take place in Nashville, but if you’re a true bargainista, you won’t mind the drive.

The Bridal Bargainista Wedding and Event Consignment Sale is hitting Nashville in full force.

The three-day event kicks off with an Opening Night Benefit at 5 p.m. today featuring a cocktail party with a silent auction benefiting Thistle Farms/Magdalene. Held at the Nashville Expo Center at the Fairgrounds, the Bridal Bargainista Wedding and Event Consignment Sale is scheduled to take place March 15-17.

Today’s event costs $10 per person, but is free from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 16, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

“This is a bridal event unlike anything you've ever seen,” the show boasts. “The ladies at Bridal Bargainista are bringing you a unique shopping experience that gives the ultimate bargain shopper the opportunity to find a great deal for her wedding or event.”

Find new and gently used wedding and special event decor and attire. The types of items that may be available are endless, but they could include wedding attire and accessories and ceremony and reception décor.

The second budget-friendly event is Goodwill’s third annual Wedding Gala, which is set for Saturday, March 17, from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. at the Goodwill’s Rivergate store in Madison. This year, this store will feature about 300 wedding gowns all priced between $59 and $399. Most of them were donated by area bridal boutiques and have never been worn, according to a press release.

“It’s probably the only place in town where you can get a designer wedding gown worth $6,000 for under $400,” the release states. “Last year, more than 500 brides-to-be shopped with us during the three-hour sale, but many showed up hours before the doors opened. In fact, a line started forming outside the store at 10:30 p.m the night before. When the event ended, more than 170 future brides had found their dream dress.”

If future brides have already found their dream dress, but they’re still in the market for accessories, Goodwill will have a huge selection of veils, jewelry and shoes.

And the wedding party can also cash in on the savings, as dresses for the bridesmaids, flower girl and mothers of the bride and groom will all be priced under $30.

Goodwill’s Rivergate Store is located at 2101 Gallatin Pike N., in Madison.

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Initial claims for unemployment insurance in Tennessee continued to improve in February, dropping to a weekly average of 6,037 after seasonal adjustments, according to newly published data by MTSU’s Business and Economic Research Center.

“Initial claims decline when employers lay off fewer workers. The February figure is the lowest in four years, suggesting downward pressure on the unemployment rate for Tennessee,” the report states.

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Comfort Supply, one of Tennessee’s largest wholesale distributors of Ruud HVAC products, announced the move of its Murfreesboro branch to 511-B Middle Tennessee Blvd., which formerly housed Meyer Electric.

“Middle Tennessee Boulevard is a main thoroughfare for HVAC contractors in Murfreesboro,” said Rob Warpool, manager of Comfort Supply’s Murfreesboro store.

The new location will be a Ruud ProStock store, which offers a wider variety of Ruud products than the typical Ruud wholesale location, according to a press release.

The 1,000-square-foot showroom at the new location is more than double the former location and features a large training area.

“Because there was no training area in our old location, our Murfreesboro customers and staff traveled to our Nashville location for training. Having a training room in our new Murfreesboro store makes it much more convenient for our customers and gives them more time to serve their customers, ” said Clay Blevins, Comfort Supply president.
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