Are you feeling the afterglow of that once-in-a-lifetime engagement turn into the trepidation of “how-will-I-ever-plan-this-wedding?” Don’t worry, we’ve created a list of the best wedding venues in Tennessee guaranteed to make your special day memorable.
According to Wedding Report, the average wedding in Tennessee costs $17,710, making it one of the least expensive states to host a wedding!
From rustic barns to expansive farms and lush botanical gardens, there are so many top-notch options to choose from, and for the non-traditional among you, we’ve even provided a few quirky choices that won’t fail to inspire you!
So let’s dive into Tennessee’s best wedding venues…
The Tanglewood House
Nestled among tall trees and set against a historic house that gives serious “cottage core” vibes, The Tanglewood House is the perfect location for couples seeking a rustic, intimate wedding in Clarksville.
Once the temporary home of Andrew Jackson, this house is steeped in history and is just waiting for you to add yours.
This simple yet charming venue is the ideal location to showcase your love (and your dress, of course) without added distractions. The outdoor ceremony area features walnut church pews, stately trees shading the grounds, and an actual log cabin as the backdrop
Couples who want to stay out of the heat can have their ceremony and reception in the house itself, which includes a quaint hearth room and a polished wood floor ballroom for your first dance. It’s the perfect combination of low-key rustic and homey that is so hard to find.
Cost: from $2,095.
Capacity: 150 people outdoors and 100 people indoors.
The Adventure Science Center
You’re not kids anymore, but hear us out. For couples looking to celebrate their love on an intergalactic level, the Adventure Science Center, in Nashville, will have you feeling over the moon!
Imagine saying “I do” beneath a backdrop of 6.5 million stars in the Sudekum Planetarium. This 63-foot tall dome theater offers a state-of-the-art projection system guaranteed to light up your guests’ imaginations and ensure your love shines as brightly as the stars.
After the ceremony, come back down to Earth and enjoy expansive views of the Nashville skyline from the Space Chase exhibit area. Take a walk through the solar system or dance through the galaxy in this unique reception space that will keep your guests entertained.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to wear a spacesuit, but you can if you want to!
Cost: from $1,500.
Capacity: 166 people in the Sudekum Planetarium.
Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
Located in the heart of bustling Nashville, the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale, but only the most luxurious kind, of course.
For couples with a long guest list or seeking to elevate their wedding day with a touch of cool sophistication and urban elegance, this is the place to be.
If you have a lot of guests from out of town, you can comfortably house all of them in the venue’s many rooms and this upscale hotel features several spaces that can be used for the ceremony or reception.
The Capitol Ballroom is the real gem with over 10,000 square feet of space and a classy, yet contemporary vibe.
But wait, there’s more. The rooftop Skye Lounge is an ideal place for a champagne toast during the reception or for exchanging vows with a stunning city backdrop.
For couples craving natural light and a bright, airy feel, the Legislative Terrace hits all the right points and you won’t be disappointed.
Cost: from $6,000.
Capacity: 450 people.
Above the Mist Weddings & Events
Located in the sprawling mountains outside of Gatlinburg, Above the Mist offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas, warm wood accents, cascading rivers, and, of course, misty evenings that make you want to cuddle up in a blanket.
With packages for as little as $99 or $199, this is a great location for couples looking to elope in a beautiful, natural setting. But, have no fear, the venue also offers deluxe packages for your big wedding dreams and packages for an intimate guest list.
The “Vineyard Glory” package includes a reception in a refurbished barn and is perfect for medium-sized parties.
The “Estate Ceremony” package has a capacity of 100 guests and is the venue’s largest on offer.
You’re sure to love the accommodating staff, easy communication, personal touches, and clear wedding package details here.
Cost: from $99.
Capacity: 100 people.
The Woodruff-Fontaine House
Situated in Memphis, this historic house dating back to the 19th century will have you celebrating a love for the ages in a place that has stood the test of time.
While there are many modern venues available in Tennessee, there is something to be said about an old place with history. You will love the house’s red brick exterior and gardens that will have you thinking you’re on the set of Downton Abbey, not in Tennessee.
The picturesque front lawn and porch or the North Garden can be used as ceremony locations, while the Gingerbread House and the Carriage House provide the most romantic reception spaces.
From February to November, the gardens are in bloom and you will love walking down the aisle while roses perfume the air. I mean, can it get any better?
Cost: from $300.
Capacity: 200 people.
So, you want a rustic aesthetic, but you don’t want your guests to feel crowded into a hot barn, right? Well, this is the venue for you.
Tucked into the foothills of the Smokey Mountains and located on over 4,200 acres of the sprawling estate, Blackberry Farm is the ultimate wedding destination for Southern charm, family time, and firefly nights.
The happy couple can exchange vows on the Main House lawn with unending views of the surrounding mountains or say “I do” at Yallarhammer Pavilion with the gentle sounds of the nearby creek.
The reception spaces are truly something to see and can be easily personalized…
Bramble Hall has the feeling of an old-school dance hall and the warm lighting will welcome guests to relax, kick their shoes off and join the dance floor.
Featuring high ceilings and beams perfect for stringed lights, the Barn provides the quintessential country reception experience but at new heights of luxury.
Guests will love the seasonal meals with a commitment to local ingredients and the outdoor dining options. This is a real dream wedding venue!
Cost: from $150 per person.
Capacity: 200 people.
The Union Station Nashville Yards
You’re about to hop on the marriage train, so why not do it at an actual train station? All jokes aside, the Union Station Nashville Yards is one of the most exquisite and elegant locations in Nashville and a former train terminal.
The grand, Gothic architecture and high windows bringing in natural light will make you feel like a new money millionaire during the Gilded Age.
For an opulent ceremony or reception, opt for the Grand Lobby complete with 65-foot stained-glass windows, gold leaf medallions on the ceiling, and brilliant, crystal chandeliers. The soft white walls make the room seem even more spacious and draw attention to all of the gilding. The whole vibe is luxury to the max, but make it tasteful!
For couples looking for a more low-key space, the Veranda offers a covered outdoor space to exchange your vows come rain or shine.
Cost: from $8,000.
Capacity: 500 people in the Grand Lobby.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
For country music fanatics, having your wedding at the Country Music Hall of Fame is a dream come true!
Located in Nashville’s bustling entertainment district, this venue is so much more than just a museum.
The event hall features over 10,000 square feet of space and breathtaking views of the city lights. This modern-meets-urban-designed room can be transformed into anything you want, making it a great choice for creative couples.
The Carlton Family Terrace is adjacent to the event hall and an unbeatable place to get married with what is arguably the best view in the city. You can even hire live music to play directly on the terrace. Dare I say this is what dreams are made of?
There are also other rooms for smaller ceremonies or receptions.
Cost: from $3,000.
Capacity: 600 people.
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
Imagine getting married in a botanical garden surrounded by blooming roses, winding vines, and the people you love. This dream can become a reality if you book a wedding package at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens!
Located in Nashville, this historical house is stunning; think enchanted fairytale garden meets the country estate of a British lord, but better.
Couples have many options to pick from when choosing their ceremony and reception spots:
For an intimate ceremony with endless views of the surrounding park areas, Wisteria Arbor is a dream space. Guests can enjoy the shade, which is so crucial if you’re getting married during the summer months.
Howe Garden is one of the focal points of the grounds and an amazing location for ceremonies featuring large guest lists.
And for the true history buffs, you can have your reception in the museum and be a part of history.
Cost: from $5,000.
Capacity: 250 people.
Settled on over 330 acres of stunning Chattanooga hills, Howe Farms is a venue dedicated almost exclusively to weddings.
In combination with their sister facility, Howe Farms offers a variety of micro-wedding, elopement, and grand wedding packages as well as quirky add-ons, such as driving to your wedding reception in a vintage car—there truly is something for every couple.
Another point that’s worth noting: each indoor venue is climate controlled so you won’t have to sweat a thing on your big day.
Howe Farms features six curated venues guaranteed to fit your style, including the rustic Apple Barn, the timeless Highlands Chapel, the elegant Pavilion, and the urban-meets-industrial Loft.
For pet lovers, there are animal-friendly venue options that allow you to celebrate your special day with your cat or dog.
Cost: from $2,500.
Capacity: 400 people.
The Tennessee River Place
Only 15 minutes from downtown Chattanooga and overlooking the mighty Tennessee River, this venue combines Spanish-inspired architecture with the relaxed charm of Tennessee farmlands.
From boho to old European magnificence, the Tennessee River Place can be the backdrop to a variety of wedding themes.
While the mansion is over 10,000 square feet, with ample space for a reception and dancing, the patio offers 4,000 square feet and river views for the ceremony.
The venue can also provide a 40’ by 80’ foot tent to ensure your wedding dreams can happen no matter what the weather brings.
The massive lawns are great for taking a stroll and also give the entire venue a spacious feel and watching the sunset over the river is the kind of magical experience every couple dreams of having on their wedding day.
Cost: from $2,200.
Capacity: 600 people.