Planning an outdoor wedding in Nashville? From historic mansions to state parks to opulent botanical gardens, Nashville boasts some of the most beautiful open-air wedding venues in Tennessee.
According to the Wedding Report, the average wedding in the Nashville area costs $24,849. However, this is lower than the national average and you get serious bang for your buck!
This music-loving part of the country features a variety of stunning vistas, including glistening cityscapes, industrial bridges, fairytale meadows, and vast expanses of forest lands.
Read on to fall in love with 11 stunning outdoor wedding venues in Nashville!
Tucked into the peaceful landscape of Hachland Hills, this quaint venue combines Southern charm with delicious meals and the beauty of nature.
Located only 25 minutes from the airport, it is a great choice for a destination wedding and enables out-of-town guests to explore downtown without traveling too far.
The property features a variety of ceremony sites with bubbling creeks, fairytale-like stonework, and tall trees with seasonal foliage. While the venue features a rustic, tobacco barn for indoor weddings, there is also the beautiful Rock Garden and the sweet Meadow.
Your guests will love walking the forest paths or simply taking in the sounds of nature while staying in the overnight accommodations.
Price Range: Packages start at $7,000.
Capacity: Up to 300 guests.
Lakeside Lawn at Long Hunter State Park
If you are looking for an “in-the-forest” feel for your bohemian-style wedding, then the Lakeside Lawn at Long Hunter State Park will make your dreams come true. And, it’s only half an hour from downtown Nashville.
While there are several indoor reception spaces, the Lakeside Lawn is an absolutely beautiful outdoor ceremony site or cocktail hour location. You can exchange vows steps away from the lake’s calm water with your guests seated on wooden pews in the shade.
The area is covered in carpeting grass so you don’t have to worry about sand or mud making it difficult for your guests to walk around.
Price Range: $552 for the Lakeside Lawn Monday to Thursday.
Capacity: Tennessee State Park does not list a capacity for this venue because it is such a large space, but the indoor reception spaces can accommodate up to 50 guests
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Couples seeking an outdoor, fall wedding in the Nashville area, will not be disappointed by Cedars of Lebanon State Park. Although this park venue is slightly further away from downtown Nashville, the hour drive is worth it.
The two standout venues are the Juniper Gazebo and the Cedar Forest Lodge.
For intimate weddings, Juniper Gazebo is a great choice. It is a 100 percent outdoor venue, featuring a rustic cedar rail barn that contrasts beautifully with the fall foliage and surrounding grassy areas.
Note that electricity access is available, but there is no place to prep food.
Cedar Forest Lodge is the perfect venue for an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. The lodge’s gray stone exterior with hardwood detail makes it a beautiful backdrop to exchange your vows. The cozy interior includes vaulted ceilings, a kitchen, and two fireplaces.
Price Range: $925 for the Cedar Forest Lodge Monday to Thursday and $166 for the Jupiter gazebo any day of the week.
Capacity: Up to 75 guests in the Cedar Forest Lodge and up to 40 guests in the Jupiter Gazebo.
The Bridge Building
Located along the riverside in downtown Nashville, The Bridge Building boasts some of the best views in the city. Constructed in 1908, this building has a rich history and originally housed the Nashville Bridge Company.
This modern venue includes several customizable outdoor spaces, including a rooftop with city views and riverfront patios. The striking architecture and industrial setting make for an aesthetic that is upscale urban and ultra cool.
The indoor event hall includes floor-to-ceiling windows that let in enough natural light to make you feel like you are outside.
Price Range: From $3,500 depending on which space you rent.
Capacity: Up to 350 seated guests.
For the most Pinterest-worthy wedding of all time, you have to check out Drakewood Farm!
Nestled in the woods just 15 minutes outside of downtown Nashville, this 40-acre venue offers a historic mansion from 1850, three stunning barns, lush gardens, and a variety of romantic ceremony locations.
Imagine walking down the aisle at twilight with hundreds of flickering candles resting on mossy tree stumps and nestled amongst roses.
Or, you can say “I do” beneath an arch of peonies and vines like a fairytale princess in the woods.
Whether you choose a micro-wedding or grand affair, Drakewood Farm will make your wedding day unforgettable.
Price Range: $4,000 and up.
Capacity: Up to 200 guests.
Whether you are a conservation biologist or just a casual animal lover, the Nashville Zoo will give you one wild wedding. While a zoo may make you think of your childhood, this venue is anything but childish.
The Botswana Overlook is an incredible place for a sunset ceremony and your wedding guests will get to see the White rhinos from above.
The Jungle Terrace Pavilion is a great choice for your reception because it is covered so you don’t have to worry about rain.
Wedding packages can include animal meet-and-greets with two ambassador animals as well as their keepers. In order to ensure the comfort of the animals, the meet-and-greet will only last 30 minutes and guests must follow the directions of the zoo staff members.
Price Range: $3,600 and up.
Capacity: Up to 60 guests at the Botswana Overlook and up to 250 seated guests at the Jungle Pavilion.
The Old School
For couples whose first priority is the menu, the Old School is a perfect choice.
Juniper Green, the in-house catering service that runs the venue, offers farm-to-table, seasonable dishes and can easily serve large groups of people.
Instead of offering set menus, the culinary team makes a menu for each couple that reflects their specific tastes and desires.
The venue itself is stunning, featuring plenty of options for outdoor and indoor spaces spread out across the entire property.
You can exchange vows in the sunflower-filled gardens and then usher your guests to a cocktail hour at the outdoor patio. The venue also offers a semi-open air pavilion that’s perfect for an indoor-outdoor event.
Price Range: $3,500 and up with no food and drink minimum spend.
Capacity: Up to 150 guests.
Possibly one of the most unique wedding venues in the Nashville area, Graystone Quarry is a breathtaking outdoor venue perfect for weddings in the summer or fall.
Perched on 138 acres of reclaimed rock quarry, this venue is only 30 minutes south of Nashville and is surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape.
The Graystone Pavilion includes a large patio with spectacular views of the surrounding area. It’s the perfect place for a twilight reception and comes with easy access to the main house via huge, sliding doors.
There are also several outdoor ceremony locations, including the manicured lawn in front of the patio.
While the venue may feature cold, stone details, its famous Southern hospitality will keep you warm!
Price Range: $5,000 and up.
Capacity: Up to 300 guests.
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Situated on 55 acres of grounds, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is one of the most sought-after outdoor wedding venues in Nashville.
While the Georgian-style mansion is exquisite, the stunning gardens set this venue apart from all others.
The famed Boxwood Garden is actually 12 distinct botanical gardens and seven of them can accommodate special events.
For intimate ceremonies and receptions, Wisteria Arbor is the best choice. It provides expansive views of the wooden areas and is divided into two levels, separated by a rushing water fountain and a double staircase.
If your guest list is medium-sized, the Reflecting Pool is a great space for a romantic ceremony. This outdoor garden is reminiscent of classic European designs and includes fine stonework and views of the historic house.
Price Range: $3,000 and up.
Capacity: Up to 250 guests depending on the outdoor venue.
The Tanglewood House
Located 45 minutes from downtown Nashville, in Clarksville, The Tanglewood House will transport you to a time gone by. It is one of the most romantic and one-of-a-kind outdoor wedding venues in the area.
You can say “I do” in a wooded area, surrounded by ancient oak trees and lush ferns. An authentic log cabin that was once the home of Andrew Jackson and dates back to the 1790s will serve as your backdrop. Antique, walnut pews from the 1800s serve as the seats for your guests during the ceremony.
Although the reception hall is an indoor space, your guests will be able to explore the surrounding areas and feel immersed in the forest.
Price Range: $2,095 plus $395 for the outdoor event space.
Capacity: Up to 140 guests.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
What if you could have an outdoor wedding with no worries about the weather or heat? At the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, this dream can become a reality.
This luxurious venue features a massive, glass atrium that is so large it houses exquisite gardens, sprawling grassy areas, waterfalls, shops, restaurants, and meandering walking paths.
You will get all of the benefits of an outdoor wedding without any of the drawbacks!
The ceremony rental comes with garden chairs, a sound system, and overnight accommodation for the bride and groom.
If you’d like to continue the wedding celebrations into the evening, the hotel can arrange a sunset cruise with a cocktail hour and dancing on the General Jackson Showboat.
Price Range: $70 per guest.
Capacity: Up to 350 guests for a reception.