Appropriately deemed the country music capital of the world, Nashville turns up the volume in terms of wedding and event venues. The capital city of Tennessee exudes a certain southern charm. At the same time, Music City somehow blends both country and sophistication throughout its many venues. From the hallowed halls of the Country Music Hall of Fame, President Andrew Jackson’s estate, industrial warehouses, grand mansions, botanical gardens, barns to even hipster gathering spaces, Nashville has several types of wedding and events at play. Strap on your high heels or boots depending on your taste for we have rounded up some of the best of the best in Music City.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Right in the heart of downtown Nashville, just one block from Broadway, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum presents a truly iconic Nashville event space. Deemed the Smithsonian of country music for its work at collecting and preserving the history and traditions of country music, the museum also opens up its doors for weddings and other events. Not only can you have a truly unique Nashville experience on site but the venue can also arrange for world-class entertainment for your event.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum boasts countless event spaces including the Event Hall, home to 10,000 square feet of space and soaring 40-foot glass windows overlooking downtown. You can also host your receptions, silent auctions and dinners in the HCA Lobby or have your sales meetings in the state of the art 800 seat CMA Theater. Other popular event spaces at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum include the Hall of Fame Rotunda with its bronzed circle of country music artists and the Carlton Family Terrace, an outdoor space for receptions, diners and weddings.
Only 4 minutes from downtown, close to Greer Stadium and the south side of Broadway, Houston Station offers up a warehouse style event space in Nashville. Occupying a pair of historic brick and stone and heavy timber factory structures, the original warehouses hail from 1885 and 1900 respectively when they were the home to May Hosiery Mill and American Syrup Company. Since renovated to be a venue for weddings, corporate gatherings and holiday parties, Houston Station boasts all of those 1800s industrial chic touches with 21st-century amenities.
Brick, heavy timber and hardwood floors will accent your event. Houston Station lends the main event room for ceremonies and receptions along with bride and groom suites for getting ready. You also won’t have to worry about only selecting from the venue’s set vendors. Houston Station has an open vendor policy so you can bring in the people you want to make your event special. The historic space can accommodate 300-seated guests for receptions and dancing.
The Bell Tower
Set up in downtown Nashville at 400 4th Avenue South, the Bell Tower presents one of the city’s newest event spaces. Originally a church from 1874, the space has been transformed into a modern open floor plan venue. The church was one of the first built in Nashville by freed slaves after the Civil War. It was later purchased by singer-songwriter Brett James at the end of 2012 and turned into an event and concert venue.
The main venue space features exposed beams, loads of natural light and an upper-level mezzanine. Much of the original beams and downstairs stonework remain from the 1874 church. The event space also includes a full on-site kitchen, bridal lounges, and state of the art light and sound. Along with in-house catering and event planning, the Bell Tower can host seated dinners up to 400 and cocktail style receptions for 700 guests. In addition to the church-like main space, the Bell Tower also has an outdoor patio for event use.
Set on historic Rutledge Hill in the heart of Nashville, the Cordelle personifies grand Victorian elegance. A short walk to hotels, restaurants and music venues, this Nashville venue draws from the romance of the steamboat era. Recently restored, the Cordelle hails from the late 1800s and remains one of the oldest buildings in the area. Its original owners made their fortune producing cure-all oils, thriving during the days when the Cumberland River swarmed with steamboats. Today, the Cordelle proudly hosts weddings, corporate events, art festivals, fashion shows and galas.
You’ll find several event spaces within the Cordelle including the Victorian with its 1,000 square feet of space. The Great Hall sits just adjacent to the Victorian, offering up an airy site with tall windows and loads of natural light. Its open layout makes it possible to host it all from stand up to formal sit down events. The Cordelle also includes a Loft event space. Right next to the Great Hall and the Victorian, the private space functions as a bridal suite or green room with wet bar and dining area. However, one of the main appeals to hosting your event at The Cordelle is its outdoor space. With gardens looking out on rural Tennessee, you can host large tented events throughout the Cordelle’s 4,000 square feet of outdoor space.
Five miles from Nashville International Airport and 20 minutes from the downtown area, the Hermitage is the former home of President Andrew Jackson. An icon since the early 19th-century, luckily for history buffs, you can host your event on one of the largest preserved historic estates in the country. The Hermitage is available for weddings, corporate events and gatherings from 12 to 800 people.
From an elegant mansion to a charming cabin, the Hermitage offers several different types of event spaces, all with that historic vibe. The Cabin in the Spring combines a rustic tone with elegance across its three rooms. Each comes with a stone fireplace and brick floored terrace. The Cabin by the Spring gazes out on the wooded glen with the Jackson family’s original stone Spring House. You can also choose to host your event at the Tulip Grove Mansion on site. The Greek Revival style mansion hails from 1836. The Hermitage venue spaces also include the grounds, spanning 1,120 acres with the possibility for tented or open-air events, along with the Hermitage Church, built in 1823 by Andrew Jackson for his wife.
Fixed in Dragon Park in the historic Hillsboro Village neighborhood of Nashville, Ruby provides a boutique event venue in the city. Open for private events from weddings to corporate parties, the space marries the historic with industrial and contemporary design. Originally built in 1941 as a church, Ruby was later rebuilt as an event venue. Its acclaims are proven, winning the Urban Land Institute’s Design Award of Excellence in 2012. You can host events from as few as 2 people to as many as 275 guests.
Thanks to Ruby’s location in a Nashville park, most events center on the outdoors. The Main Room provides park views, soaring industrial wood and steel truss ceilings and hardwood floors. The Front Courtyard elevates your event to appear under a tree canopy. It is versatile for year round events as it is covered for sun and rain and walled in the winter. Ruby also includes the Park Courtyard event space and the Side Deck, running the full length of the main room. A private dressing room with a wall of glass doors is also available for your special event. Ruby differs from many event venues in that it boasts an open vendor policy.
Cedarwood Weddings lends a historic farm estate for weddings and events in Nashville. Centered on the 1835 historic Yarbrough House, the estate sits 8 miles north of downtown Nashville. The site’s event spaces are endless, from a rustic vintage barn to Mooncake Lake to spaces across the farm’s 50 acres of greenery.
For ceremonies, couples can choose from the 6-acre natural meadow or the outdoor cathedral with its antique church pews and reclaimed Victorian Gothic windows. You can also say, “I do,” in the upper pavilion, spanning 3,500 square feet of covered space. In addition, Cedarwood Weddings has a vintage wedding barn for smaller wedding ceremonies. If you want to get married within the historic home, you can in the double parlor. Proud of its two masonry fireplaces and coffered ceiling, the space can host candlelit ceremonies up to 50 guests.
Receptions at Cedarwood Weddings fill up the dining pavilion with its 3,500 square feet of space and the Entertainment pavilion’s 2,700 square feet of event space. Your event will also have a 300 square foot dance floor and use of the historic Yarbrough House.
The Bridge Building
In Nashville’s newly redeveloped riverfront area, the Bridge Building boasts historic roots in the city. Originally built in 1908 for the Nashville Bridge Company, it was the only structure spared when the new NFL stadium construction required demolition on almost all of the East Bank’s industrial facilities. The Bridge Building has been modernized, landing it the recognition of the greenest building in the world.
The building lends several customizable event areas, ideally suited for weddings, private dinners, corporate events, concerts and holiday parties. You can host up to 1,000 guests and seated dinners up to 350 people. Perks include riverfront access, a rooftop patio and impressive views of the Nashville skyline. Catering and event planning are provided by Infinity Events and Catering.
Located in the artistic community of East Nashville, Riverwood Mansion presents a secluded location just minutes from the heart of the city. Functioning as a seat of southern hospitality since in the late 1790s, the mansion has hosted lavish parties throughout its history with famous guests including 7 U.S. presidents. As one of Nashville’s oldest homes, Riverwood Mansion takes on a Greek Revival style, perfect for events seeking an artistic and historic edge.
Riverwood Mansion opens up for a wide range of events, from weddings to rehearsal dinners to holiday parties and corporate gatherings. Your event will embrace all of those historic details from towering magnolias to marble fireplaces and abundant chandeliers. The main event spaces scatter throughout the mansion interiors. There is also a 4,200 square foot draped pavilion along with all season gardens for your event. Riverwood Mansion can host events up to 300 guests.
The George Jones Museum
In the heart of downtown Nashville, just one block from Broadway, the George Jones Museum stands as a dedication to the legendary musician George Jones. When you are seeking that Nashville event space with a classic music edge, you can look no farther than the museum. Not only is it home to loads of history and memorabilia, but the museum also puts on social, business and entertainment gatherings.
The renovated four-story building features a warehouse style event space that blends the old with the new. With exposed brick walls, your wedding, corporate event or music event will have that industrial meets modern note. In addition, the George Jones Museum also boasts a rooftop bar for events. It proudly stretches as the longest bar in Nashville with compelling views of the downtown skyline, the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium.
The Ryman Auditorium
It doesn’t get much more iconic Nashville than the Ryman Auditorium. Set at 116 Fifth Avenue North in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Mother Church of Country Music served as the former home to the Grand Ole Opry, seeing acts like Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline grace its stage. Linked to the rise and origins of the modern-day genre of country music, the Ryman still hosts world class performers. For country music fans, you can also live out the dream of getting married at the Ryman or hosting an event on its stage.
Accommodating events from as few as 20 people to 2,300 guests, the Ryman offers several event spaces for weddings and corporate gatherings. You can exchange vows right on stage. You can also host a seated dinner up to 120 guests and receptions up to 180 on the iconic stage. The historic Fifth Avenue Vestibule is also a popular event space, hosting receptions up to 75 people. Complete with time line exhibits and close proximity to the auditorium, the space makes for a great party area before a concert. Other event spaces include the Auditorium itself, able to accommodate up to 2,300 and the Upper Lobby for theater style seating up to 80 guests and seated events up to 100. Your event will enjoy all the details of a National Historic Landmark such as original solid oak pews dating back to 1892 and brightly colored stained glass windows.
If its hipster and eclectic you want, it's just that you’ll get at Pinewood Social on Peabody Street in Nashville, Set up as a space created on the idea of being a social gathering place, Pinewood Social identifies as a setting where you can gather for your morning coffee, grab cocktails and dinner with friends or even go bowling. While designed as a place to meet on a daily basis, Pinewood Social also is available for private events.
Events at Pinewood Social are on the smaller side with the ability to host anywhere from 9 to 40 guests. The venue offers a number of spaces to rent for any social or corporate gathering. Some of those event spaces include a bocce ball court, pool and outdoor dining area, bowling alley comprised of six reclaimed wood lanes and even a karaoke room. Pinewood Social is perfect for those laid back small gatherings thanks to its whimsical nature.
Green Door Gourmet
Less than 10 miles from downtown, Green Door Gourmet identifies as an organic farm, country store and event venue in West Nashville. Set on the banks of the Cumberland River, Green Door Gourmet sprawls across 350 acres. Available for weddings, reunions and corporate dinners, the organic farm lends several venue spaces to host your gathering.
The main wedding site is the Cedar Arbor. Built by hand from native red cedar, the ceremony space idyllically positions against a backdrop of a 20-acre field. In addition to the Cedar Arbor, Green Door Gourmet also offers its Grand Barn venue space. Measuring 6,000 square feet, the “countrypolitan” venue is flexible in that it can host both rustic style events and more sophisticated affairs. Its open design can seat up to 150 guests.
Oz Arts Nashville
Settled into West Nashville, Oz Arts Nashville provides an inspiring destination for world class, innovative, contemporary art. The contemporary space was laid out to host both artistic programs and events. Located in the former headquarters of Cao Cigars, Oz Arts Nashville offers a variety of event spaces for your gathering.
Home to five unique event spaces, many host their event in the Ultra Lounge Patio. Complete with retractable glass doors and a romantic fire pit area, the patio also accents your event with majestic views. In addition to the Ultra Lounge Patio, the Zen Garden venue space provides a peaceful setting for your event, complimented by exotic foliage. For larger events, you can set up your celebrations in the Grand Salon. Spanning 9,000 square feet of space, the Grand Salon provides a blank canvas for you to design your event as you please. The space can host events up to 850 people. Oz Arts Nashville is also home to one of the world’s largest walk-in cigar humidors.
Belle Meade Plantation
In middle Tennessee, just 7 miles from downtown Nashville, the Belle Meade Plantation offers up a historic and rural feeling for your wedding or event. Located on land that has stood witness to centuries of human history, the plantation sprawls across 30 acres. Its historic farm setting proves ideal for simple and elegant weddings.
Most events occur in the Carriage House and Stables. The indoor reception space can host up to 250 guests. Its wraparound porch provides that Southern feel for your wedding or event. For intimate outdoor ceremonies, the Belle Meade Plantation offers up the Boxwood Garden event space. The gardens can accommodate events up to 300 guests. In case of bad weather, the plantation answers concerns with a tent complete with lighting and a dance floor. Other perks of hosting your event at Belle Meade Plantation include the use of an on-site prep kitchen and the chance to take scenic photographs in front of the historic 1853 mansion, cabins, creek and barn.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
Under 9 miles southwest of downtown Nashville, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art presents not just one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate but also an idyllic wedding and event venue. The 55-acre botanical garden and art museum sits on the historic Cheek estate, originally built in 1929. The estate was converted into a museum of art and botanical garden by 1960. Today not only can visit to appreciate the gardens and art within, but you can also host your rehearsal dinners, showers, ceremonies, receptions, meetings and corporate events on its grounds.
Offering both indoor and outdoor spaces, Cheekwood boasts several different venue settings. You can choose to marry in the Willis Perennial Garden, perched right below the formal gardens of the mansion. The garden appreciates a backdrop of Tennessee’s rolling hills. In addition to the Willis Perennial Garden, you can also use the Reflecting Pool venue space, accented with water features and stonework. One of the on-site interior venue spaces is the Museum of Art. Able to host elegant receptions and small-seated dinners, your event benefits from all the charm of the 1930s Georgian-style mansion.
CJ’s Off The Square
Just minutes south of Nashville in the heart of historic downtown Franklin, CJ’s Off The Square lends another Nashville event space that exudes southern charm and hospitality. The historic house and garden hosts romantic garden weddings, rehearsal dinners and parties. Weddings are accompanied with the help of a dedicated planner from the on-site design team. Overall, CJ’s Off the Square can host events up to 135 guests.
With a combination of both indoor and outdoor event spaces, you can host your event in the House, Pavilion or Garden. Built in 1911, the House has landed on the National Register of Historic Places. In conjunction with the gardens, you can use rooms in the historic home to get ready for your big day. The Pavilion lends more of a blank canvas for events. With the property’s gardens acting as a backdrop, the space is usually dressed in chandeliers, paper lanterns and string lights depending on your wishes. The Garden area provides a hidden oasis in town, suited for ceremonies and cocktail parties.
The Timothy Demonbreun House
Despite Nashville being a major city in the U.S., you can still find little corners that seem more suited for small towns. The Timothy Demonbreun House is one of those spaces, just one mile south of downtown Nashville. The premier bed and breakfast was originally completed in 1902 for the Robinson family. The grand 22-room mansion is considered one of Nashville’s most beautifully restored historic homes. Not only can you stay the night at the Timothy Demonbreun House but you can also host your private special events at the historic home.
The Timothy Demonbreun House can accommodate weddings, corporate retreats, holiday parties and other special gatherings. Events are generally on the small side as the space can only hold up to 85 guests. Weddings can occur inside or outside for a covered front porch affair. The property also boasts a wedding chapel for more intimate weddings.
Right in Nashville, just off of Highway 100, Loveless Events puts on live music events, corporate gatherings and weddings. Originally the iconic Loveless Café, the space was later expanded with a barn addition. Today, Loveless Events encompasses on-site events and catering throughout two main event spaces.
Weddings and corporate events generally take place in the Barn. Chic, rustic and versatile, the space lends all of those classic details from the wooden bar to the church pews to the elegant circle drive. There is also a private loft area available for rent in the Barn. For smaller meetings, weddings and parties, you can select the Harpeth Room. Known as the former Loveless Café Motel Dining Room, the room can host up to 75 guests.
Marathon Music Works
In the creative community of Marathon Village, Marathon Music Works settles just 5 minutes from downtown. The industrial-chic warehouse style venue hails from the early 1900s. It has since been restored to function as a black space venue for your custom event. Marathon Music Works invites you to go big or small for your event, hosting it all from intimate gatherings to grand scale events up to 1,500 people. You can have cocktail functions up to 900 guests, theater arrangements up to 750 and formal banquet seating events up to 600 guests.
Marathon Music Works appreciates an open floor design, accented with exposed brick walls, lofty steel beam ceilings, polish concrete bars and metal chandeliers. The William Collier’s Room at Marathon Music Works is one of the main event spaces. Its industrial feel comes across through its rollup windows and polished concrete floor. Once part of the Marathon Motor Works Factory, the space measures 1,300 square feet and can host a maximum of 100 guests.
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