Firstly, as a native of Nashville, several friends have asked me about what venues I’d recommend. Secondly, some of these wedding venues aren’t “cheap,” per se, but make a good value when you factor in what’s included. Finally, most of these venues can be rented for $2,000 or less.
Most importantly, I hope this post is helpful as you plan your dream day in one of the best cities in the world – my home of Nashville, Tennessee!
Buchanan Log House
2910 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
For instance, this charming chestnut log house was built between 1807-1808 and sits on the National Register of Historic Places. An early settler in Davidson County named James Buchanan, built it and eventually housed his family of 16 children with his wife, Lucinda East.
An outdoor wedding in the backyard of the Log Cabin can accommodate up to 150 people.
You can rent this facility for $800 during the week or $1,000 for weekends. In addition, the venue includes limited tables and chairs in these fees, along with existing lighting.
You can contact Kathy Blums at 615.5219219 or email email@example.com for the most up-to-date event rental rates.
COVID: To comply with the Mayor’s ‘Safer At Home’ order, they are currently closed to all events and rentals.
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Studio 615’s The Event Hall
272 Broadmoor Drive
Nashville, TN 37207
On the East side, Studio 615’s Event Hall is a blank canvas for weddings. Coming in under $4k for a 10 hour weekday rental or $5k for a weekend rental, it includes customizable LED lighting, high-quality sound and easy load in and out. Plus, there’s onsite parking, which is not always a given.
They also have a new outdoor space available that is ideal for weddings: The Grove that can accommodate between 150 to 200 guests seated and 350 standing.
Sundays through Thursdays, 5 hours for $2050, 10 hours for $3600; Fridays and Saturdays, 5 hours for $2600 and 10 hours for $4500.
400 standing room, 250 theater seating, or 200 banquet-style
Contact Johnathan Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, for a tour or more information about Studio 615’s event spaces. Or call (615) 457-1596 or email@example.com.
Covid: Weddings are considered community gatherings and are on hold until phase 3.
Cool Springs House
1490 Volunteer Pkwy, Brentwood, TN
Likewise, the historic Victorian farm house known as the Cool Springs House makes the focal point of the Brentwood’s Crockett Park history preservation area. In addition, it was built by James and Penelope Barfield Carothers in the 1830s and is now owned by the City of Brentwood. Clearly, it makes a beautiful setting for weddings. And although it’s historically preserved, the current facilities allow it to accommodate modern celebrations.
You can rent this venue for $350 (Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm), $500 (Monday-Thursday 5-11pm), $850 weekend days (9am-5pm) or $950 weekend evenings (5-11pm) and include the exclusive use of the house and surrounding grounds and includes a limited number of tables and chairs for use. In addition, you can view the Cool Springs House calendar for availability.
You can contact Event Venue Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-946-0389. Or you can fill out a contact form to inquire about renting the facility.
Covid: At this time, the Cool Springs House is complying with Executive Order No. 38 that Governor Bill Lee issued on May 22, 2020. This order further relaxes some of the previous restrictions but still prohibits gatherings of 50 or more persons and strongly encourages the postponement of weddings and similar celebrations, or attendance at same by only close family members. You can check their online calendar for available booking dates.
2415 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN
In the same vein, this rental sits close to Opryland and has been used in many music videos. It’s a cute option for a DIY or package-based wedding. Another perk is there’s ample parking (which seems to be a rarity in Nashville these days). It’s been in business for 25 years.
Rental for a full day ($1,800) includes chairs and altar set up (6 hours) and is for ceremonies only. You can add additional services for an additional fee.
You can email email@example.com or call (615) 889-6200 to get up-to-date rental info and policies in light of COVID-19.
Hermitage Golf Course
3939 Old Hickory Blvd, Old Hickory, TN
Meanwhile, when I was researching this blog post, the affordability of this beautiful venue surprised me. For the variety of unique indoor and outdoor settings for weddings, this brings a tremendous value.
You can rent a number of rooms, pavilion and/or rose garden for events starting at $1,800 for the Pavilion or Banquet Room; they can be used individually or combined ($4,500 package for all rooms; $3,000 package for Pavilion & Celebration Rose Garden).
Rentals include house PA system, changing rooms for the bridal parties, professional uniformed staff and on-site manager, table linens.
Covid update: They are open for site visits but not yet open to the public.
The Martin Center
960 Heritage Way, Brentwood, TN 37027
Sometimes the venue is what you make of it. Save on the venue, splurge on the decorations or food. The Martin Center is a sensible and affordable choice.
Located in northern Williamson County just off I-65, FiftyForward Martin Center is a nonprofit that serves local active adults age 50 and older and depends on rental income its facility brings in, so they welcome wedding parties. Marry knowing you’re helping a worthy cause!
You can rent this facility for $150/hour (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) or $250/hour after regular operating hours.
You can contact Jodi Theobald at 615-376-0102 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for up-to-date rental info and to book your event.
Covid: All centers are closed through May 31, 2020.
5700 Main St., Spring Hill, TN
In the heart of booming Spring Hill, just south of Franklin/Nashville, the historic home place of Confederate soldier and French Huguenot descendant, Nathaniel F. Cheairs IV is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The 160+ year old fully restored 1850s Greek Revival styled mansion home sits on a sprawling 98 acres in Maury County and is rich in Civil War history, complete with original Cheairs family antiques, heirlooms and Civil War artifacts.It’s stately, meticulous and quintessentially Southern.
Rental fees do not include tables, chairs, linens, catering service, etc., but alcohol is permitted.The Antebellum Package includes 12 hour access to the following areas: 1855 historic mansion, brick courtyard, carriage garden, boxwood garden, adjoining fields and rolling hills. Saturday: $3,500; Friday & Sunday: $2,500; Monday – Thursday: $1,500. Intimate weddings for just 50 guests are $1450 – $1750.
You can send an email to email@example.com or call (931) 489-1073 to make an appointment to view Rippavilla.
Covid: This venue is also currently closed.
4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, TN 37076
On the other hand, this historic home and grounds of President Andrew Jackson has five potential wedding venues at a variety of affordable prices. number of rooms, pavilion and rose garden are available for events starting at $5000.
Contact the venue at (615) 847-4001 ext. 4 for quotes and to tour the facility.
Covid: They are open to schedule site visits but not yet open to the public.
Timothy Demonbreun House
746 Benton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204
Next, located one mile south of downtown Nashville in The Woodland-in-Waverly historic district, The Timothy Demonbreun House is a beautiful three-story 1902 historic mansion awarded the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission’s Architectural Preservation Award. Originally built in 1902 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Richard A. Demonbreun purchased it in 1995, renovated it and named it in honor of his ancestor, Jacques Boucher Timothy Demonbreun, recognized as “The Patriarch of Middle Tennessee.”
This venue is perfect for smaller weddings and oozes romance, elegance and luckily, affordability. Rates may are based on the size of your event and date availability. For reference, in the past you could rent this facility for $2,000 for the entire evening on Fridays and $3,000 for the entire evening on Saturdays. These prices include all tables, chairs, linens, glassware, flatware, flower vases, setup and cleanup for your event.
You can inquire at (615) 383-0426 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Two Rivers Mansion
3130 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
So this is one of my favorite Nashville wedding venues to recommend. Not only is the venue beautiful, historic, have plenty of parking and close to the city, but the rental fee is tax deductible! The mansion was built in 1859 by David McGavock and was known for horse breeding, fox hunting, and dairy and orchard operations. Renovated in 2012, this venue has many amenities that make it a smart choice and great value.
Prices start at Saturdays for $2,700 – Sundays $2,000 and Monday – Thursdays $1,000. These include a six-hour use of the mansion and grounds. The house includes 14 acres of property, setup of tables and chairs inside the mansion, use of park benches in outdoor areas, dressing suite for bridal party, free parking and use of a catering kitchen. One of my favorite things about this compared to other Nashville wedding venues is the rental fee is actually a donation to their foundation (The Friends of Two Rivers), meaning it’s 100% tax deductible. I call that a win-win.
You can contact Laura Carrillo at email@example.com or call her at (615) 885-1112 for more info and to take a tour.
Covid: They have started the process of reopening and are following the Mayor’s orders.
Top O’Woodland Weddings
5575 Wilkins Branch Road, Franklin TN 37064
Unfortunately, Top O’Woodland Inn has stopped renting overnight rooms in East Nashville. The owners of Top Of Woodland Weddings now operate a Rustic Wedding Chapel located in Franklin/Leipers Fork in Franklin. It’s private, romantic and perfect for elopements.
Ceremonies only (no receptions or food served) start at $1000 + tax for up to 25 guests.
Other cheap Nashville wedding venues exist, such as Metro parks, but you have to pay to rent tables, chairs, tent, etc.
Recommended spots include The Iris Garden at Ellington Agricultural Center, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park amphitheater and the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. (Hint: do a “pop-up” wedding and you won’t have to shut down or reserve the bridge).