Looking to escape crowded ballrooms or stuffy event spaces on your wedding day?
If an outdoor wedding in Memphis is calling to you, these wedding venues will have you feeling inspired.
According to Wedding Report, the average wedding in Memphis costs $20,975.
Yet, how much you invest in your wedding day depends a lot on the kind of wedding venue you choose and what is important to you and your future spouse.
From classic rose gardens to rooftops with views of the Mississippi River to groves of oaks deep in the country, these outdoor wedding venues will not disappoint you.
Read on to discover 11 stunning outdoor wedding venues in Memphis!
Beale Street Landing
This eye-catching boat dock is an architectural wonder and there is literally nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
It features a curved, grass rooftop that gently extends into lawns on either side with incredible views of the Memphis skyline and the Memphis Bridge.
If you are considering an elopement, Beale Street Landing will be the cherry on top of your wedding day.
As part of the Mississippi River Parks, the venue does not have an official “cost”.
However, the event management staff will decide the price based on how much they think your event will impact the park and public access to the park’s facilities.
You will need to be specific about your activities, power needs, waste disposal, and vendors to receive a quote.
Typical Cost: see above
Capacity: up to 10 guests
For the creative couple looking for a marriage ceremony with views of the Mississippi River, Metal Museum is an ideal wedding venue.
Imagine saying “I do” in a grove of ancient oak trees, strung with bistro lights, as the sun sets over Memphis’ most majestic waterway.
As a rain plan, you can erect a canopy over the lawn and not have to worry, come rain or shine.
Striking historic castings give this foundry venue a backdrop like no other.
You can swap out lawn games for demonstrations and studio tours, along with workshops in metalwork that will have your guests talking long after you send out the thank-you notes.
Pro tip: the venue provides a list of approved vendors that follow the studio’s rules. Make sure your vendors are on the list to avoid any issues.
Typical Cost: from $4,000
Capacity: up to 300 seated guests or 800 standing guests
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Located 20 minutes north of Memphis, in Millington, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies in the great outdoors.
Abundant in oaks, cypresses, beech trees, and sweet gums, this state park has twenty miles of hiking trails, boating access, group camping, and pavilions.
However, the Recreation Lodge and the Piersol Group Camp are your best choices because they have both indoor and outdoor event areas.
Both of these locations will allow your guests to spread out, and you can include activities such as lawn games, waterslides, or hula hooping.
Pro tip: keep in mind that you will have to bring in everything you need, so if you are good at DIY, you’ll flourish at this venue.
Typical Cost: from $50-$402 depending on the venue
Capacity: up to 150 guests at the Recreation Lodge or 140 guests at Piersol Group Camp
Memphis Botanic Garden
Whether you are seeking an intimate setting or a grand garden space, Memphis Botanic Garden will make your wedding day dreams come true.
There are several indoor event space rentals that include access to a garden of your choice for the ceremony, including Hardin Hall, Goldsmith Room, and Sara’s Place.
Sara’s Place feels like something out of Alice in Wonderland or at the very least a fairytale tea party scene.
This space can accommodate up to 125 guests, so it’s best for intimate weddings. Guests can spill out into the botanical gardens and enjoy the lush greenery.
Pro tip: the venue also offers garden ceremony packages that do not include a reception space. If you are planning to elope, these packages are perfect!
from $2,000 for rentals Monday to Thursday
Typical Cost: garden ceremony packages start from $2,000
Capacity: up to 600 guests
This Italianate building combines the romance of old European splendor with the warmth of southern hospitality, making it one of the most elegant wedding venues in Memphis.
It is situated on over 7 acres of manicured grounds that serve as a beautiful backdrop for your garden wedding.
The entire venue is refined and feels luxuriously grand without being too ostentatious about it.
Originally constructed in 1850, the Annesdale Mansion and gardens are located in the Annesdale Snowden Historic District.
The garden spaces feature a limestone patio perfect for a dance floor, a shaded area for your ceremony, cobblestone paths, heritage plantings, and a fountain that looks beautiful in pictures.
The rental includes access to the mansion’s expansive bottom floor and 5 upstairs rooms, as well as the gardens and patio.
Typical Cost: from $9,500 for rentals Sunday to Friday and $12,500 for rentals on Saturday
Capacity: up to 250 guests
Lichterman Nature Center
A natural oasis in the heart of bustling Memphis, Lichterman Nature Center will make you feel as if you’ve been spirited away deep into the countryside.
The venue features 3 miles of hiking paths, graceful bridges, gazebos tucked into the hills, expansive views of the lake, and an abundance of native plants.
Davidson Special Events Pavilion is an open-air private event center that manages to combine urban simplicity with rustic charm.
Featuring vaulted ceilings, exposed metal beams, concrete floors, 18 picnic tables, a serving kitchen, and restrooms, this elegant space has all the modern amenities needed to host an unforgettable event.
Pro tip: this outdoor venue is breathtaking in the fall when the wooded areas turn a vivid spectrum of red, orange, and yellow.
Typical Cost: from $3,050 for rentals of the Visitor Center or $950 for rentals of Davidson Pavilion Monday to Thursday
Capacity: up to 250 in the Visitor Center or 150 people at Davidson Pavilion
The Bridge at ChrisLeigh Farm
Dreaming of taking a break from the city and escaping into nature? The Bridge at ChrisLeigh Farm is only 30 minutes from Memphis but will transport you to a place where life is slow and the sunsets are long.
This family-run wedding venue is all about hospitality and helping people connect with loved ones whilst at the same time experiencing rustic beauty.
The premier outdoor ceremony site features 90-year-old church pews surrounded by ancient oaks with views of the surrounding woods.
Sunsets across the lake are simply incredible and your guests will love the porch swing set right next to the fire pit.
This is a great choice for a destination wedding or a weekend of outdoor celebration.
Typical Cost: from $2,000
Capacity: up to 250 guests
Spring Creek Ranch
Located just outside of Memphis in Collierville, on a gorgeous golf course, Spring Creek Ranch is a good choice for couples who want to get married outside but don’t want to be in a garden.
The ceremony site is surrounded by acres of sprawling woodlands and grassy areas.
It is a place where the sky feels endless and everywhere you glance looks like a postcard.
The meandering paths lined by ranch-style fences and vistas of the lake make great photo spots.
The venue also features a modern barn-style reception space directly next to the ceremony site with a wall of roll-up windows that provide breathtaking views of the trees.
Typical Cost: packages start from $4,000 on Sunday
Capacity: up to 300 guests
The Emerge Building
If you are looking for a rooftop wedding venue in downtown Memphis, The Emerge Building is the perfect event space.
Featuring jaw-dropping views of the Mississippi River and surrounding brick buildings, this historic venue is elevated in design and location.
With over 7,000 square feet of space, beautiful wooden floors, ample natural light, and high ceilings, this venue feels industrial and upscale.
The white walls and natural glow from the windows make the indoor spaces feel light and airy. The rooftop patio soars above the city even though it isn’t the tallest building in the area.
Pro tip: the rental price includes access to the Rooftop and the indoor Tristar Space so you can have a rain plan.
Typical Cost: from $2,000 for rentals Monday to Thursday or $4,500 for 10-hour rentals on Friday or Sunday
Capacity: up to 60 guests on the Rooftop and 200 guests in the indoor space
Find The Emerge Building at The Emerge Building.
Located in Bartlett, this all-inclusive wedding venue is a throwback to a time gone by.
It features a restored Antebellum mansion set amid acres of Magnolia groves, rose gardens, and sprawling lawns. It is the perfect space for a sophisticated garden wedding with an indoor reception.
As part of the Evergrove Estates property collection, you can expect award-winning staff and exceptional wedding planners.
If you have something special in mind that you simply must have at your wedding, the wedding coordinators at Cedar Hall will go out of their way to accommodate you.
Pro-tip: the English Gardens make a beautiful backdrop to exchange your vows.
Typical Cost: from $7,500 for rentals on Friday or Sunday plus a $35 per person catering minimum
Capacity: up to 250 guests
Both Cedar Hall and Heartwood Hall are managed by Evergrove Estates. However, Heartwood Hall is a larger venue and can accommodate more wedding guests.
Built in the 1840s and located in Rossville, just 45 minutes from Memphis, this antebellum estate is the perfect location for your dream wedding.
It features a stately drive up to the mansion, white picket fences, heritage trees, and manicured gardens.
This full-service venue offers a variety of services, including meals by Sweet Magnolia Catering, décor, and wedding coordination.
You can experience the classic Southern wedding without any of the stress of a DIY affair.
Typical Cost: from $7,500 for rentals on Sunday and Friday plus a $35 per person catering minimum
Capacity: up to 350 guests