One of the perks of being a wedding planner in Nashville, TN is that I get to experience a wide array of the wonderful venues that Middle Tennessee has to offer. When it comes to wedding venues in the Nashville area there is something for everyone. However, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming for a newly engaged couple. To make this task a little easier I have compiled a list of 6 of my favorite venues in Middle Tennessee; including why I love them, and some basic information to help you know if one will be right for your special day.
Let’s get started! (Please note this list is in no particular order)
1) The Loveless Barn — 8400 HWY 100 Nashville, TN
Capacity: Up to 350. (Although I wouldn’t recommend going over 250 if you want room for a dancefloor)
The Loveless Barn is a versatile barn style venue and is an extension of the historic Loveless Café. To the
left side of the barn there is a beautiful courtyard that makes a great ceremony location, and the right side of the barn has a fenced lawn area that works great for cocktail hour. The barn itself is very open with neutral decor which allows for essentially a blank canvas to design your day. On both sides of the barn there are garage doors which connect to both the courtyard and fenced lawn making transitions between the spaces seamless.
Why I Love It: This venue is all inclusive! With your rental they handle catering, tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, and glassware. You can also add on DJ services, draping, and string lighting. Another bonus is that there is ample parking on site.
2) Vine Street Church — 4101 Harding Pike Nashville, TN
Capacity: 400 for Ceremony / 150 for Reception
Vine Street Church is a beautiful space boasting large windows, exposed brick walls, a center aisle, and a functional pipe organ that makes for a gorgeous backdrop while you say your vows. The church also offers a reception space that can host up to 150 guests and includes tables/chairs with your rental.
Why I Love It: The beauty of this church cannot be overstated; I love its classic style. I also love the simplicity of orchestrating a wedding here. The staff is super easy to work with, they have an open vendor policy, A/V for the ceremony is included with your rental, and parking is ample. Also this church is centrally located near downtown Nashville, so if you chose to have your ceremony at the church and your reception elsewhere travel between the two spaces is simple.
3) Marathon Music Works — 1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN
Marathon Music Works is an industrial warehouse style venue located in the heart of the Marathon Village. This space is typically used as a concert venue, so it offers additional lighting options that are not typically available at wedding venues. With high ceilings, exposed brick, and 2 stationary bars set on each side of the room, this space is a blank canvas just waiting for you to put your personal stamp on it.
Why I Love It: I love the endless possibilities with this space. It is essentially a large box that can easily be transformed to fit your needs by lighting, draping, or whatever your imagination dreams up. Since the space is so large a ceremony and reception could both be hosted with minimal to no flip needed (depending on your guest count of course). They have an open vendor policy, and this venue is very close to downtown which makes shuttling guests from their hotel to the venue a breeze.
4) The Barn on Triple Creek Farms — 6595 Antioch Rd, Smithville, TN
The Barn on Triple Creek Farms has a rustic elegance to it that makes it not “feel” like a traditional barn venue. With high ceilings, gorgeous chandeliers, a large fireplace, and neutral décor this barn is just waiting for your personal stamp. Boasting a covered pavilion overlooking the gorgeous countryside, your ceremony can be outdoors rain or shine. Tables and chairs are also included with your rental and there is an open vendor policy.
Why I Love It: The layout of this venue is highly functional making it easy for guests to transition from one space into the next. Being a little over an hour outside Nashville this space includes a bridal suite, groom’s quarters, built in bar, built in DJ area, an onsite kitchen and plenty of parking. You have all the space you need right at your fingertips.
5) The Monarch — 301 3rd Ave N, Baxter, TN
Capacity: 200 (extra guests can be added for a fee)
The Monarch is a breath of fresh air for those who are looking for a chic industrial warehouse style venue where both the ceremony and reception can be done indoors with no flip needed. This space boasts two levels — the first floor which features white painted brick walls, white beams and gold lighting accents, and the second floor which features red brick against black beams. Two different yet complimenting styles that make for a unique wedding. This venue also offers a bridal suite, groom’s quarters, and courtyard. Tables and chairs are included, and they have an open vendor policy. Why I Love It: I love the uniqueness of this space and the statement it makes. In an area where barn venues abound it is nice to see an option that is completely different for a wonderful price (under $5000).
6) The Barn at Cranford Hollow — 1270 Cranford Hollow Rd, Columbia, TN
The Barn at Cranford Hollow is a beautiful barn style venue nestled on a 50-acre farm. With multiple locations for an outdoor ceremony overlooking the hills and a neutral toned interior this barn is a gorgeous option for an elegant, rustic wedding. Tables and chairs are included with the rental, and the venue offers a groom’s quarters, and bridal suite.
Why I Love It: The views from this venue are breathtaking and provide multiple locations for gorgeous photos. I also love how the groom’s quarters is away from the main barn, but the bridal suite is located right inside (this makes keeping the bride hidden until just the right moment very simple). The layout of the barn is a bit unique as essentially it is two rooms connected by a large hallway. At first glance this may seems strange, but it does allow for an easy separation of your dinner and dancing space.
This is but a mere taste of the venues that Middle Tennessee has to offer, but they are definitely some great options. For more tips on how to make an informed decision regarding your venue check out my other blog post Questions to Consider When Choosing a Venue.