What a tough subject this is for me. Nashville has so many incredible venues for your wedding day, there is no way I could do this and keep my bias out of it. Because of my job as an off-premise caterer, I would only want to promote venues we are allowed to cater at, and that would not be fair. So I had my good friend Ashley King from Ashley’s Bride Guide provide this guest post. You will want to visit her site at http://ashleysbrideguide.com/ and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can find those links on the top of her website.
Asking a wedding blogger and Nashville native to name the top 5 wedding venues is like asking a mother to choose her favorite child.
Lucky for us, Nashville has dozens of incredible venues, which makes my job of talking about weddings really easy but makes this best-of list a bit of a challenge. But, here’s my attempt at boiling the ocean.
Front Porch Farms
For outdoor brides who seek a southern-style wedding, Front Porch Farm always delivers. Isolated and perched on a hilltop, the view of Tennessee from this venue is breathtaking. It’s close enough to Nashville to make it a reasonable drive for guests but it feels worlds apart from the busy the metropolitan area. Most brides host their ceremony in the open area under a big oak tree, which I love, and then head to the pavilion for the reception.
Locals and celebrities alike love the venue. And, because it’s a make-it-your own space, it works for budget and platinum weddings.
With an active train station at its door, Houston Station offers brides a rare combination of Nashville’s past and present charm. This restored factory offers exposed brick and post beams as its backdrop. The rest of the space is wide open, allowing brides and grooms to create their dream space with few obstacles.
Beyond being a blank canvas, couples also appreciate Houston Station’s open vendor policy. Unlike many venues, Houston Station allows brides to choose their own vendors versus hiring from a pre-determined list. According to their customers, “savings from the open vendor and alcohol policies often offset entire venue fee.”
The Country Music Hall of Fame is a Nashville landmark that draws tourists and celebrities from all over the world. But did you know that it is also a very popular wedding venue, especially for destination Nashville weddings?
Brides from all over gravitate to this INCREDIBLE space because it offers just about everything you need to welcome guests to Nashville: central location, steep history, exquisite city views, and timeless style.
Added bonus: The Omni Hotel, which opens in October, will offer luxury sleeping rooms just steps from the Country Museum of Fame. Wedding guests will be able to take a connected walkway to and from the hotel and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Nashville Zoo is a fun option for the outdoor-loving bride who wants something off the beaten path or the little girl inside the bride who still loves animals and nature.
The Nashville Zoo offers animal encounters, where couples can get up close and personal in addition to self-guided tours for wedding guests.
With up to 12 different spaces available, the Zoo is a popular option for engagement parties, showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions.
My favorite new venue of the year is The Bridge Building.
I attended the venue’s very, first wedding, which took place before the building was complete. It was breathtaking then and is even more stunning now that all 4 levels are done. The Bridge Building has one of the best views of Nashville. Each level boasts its own spectacular sights of our city, even the restrooms! The space is ultra modern and is ideal for the cosmopolitan bride who wants to showcase Nashville’s city vibe.
There are several event spaces available and the top level will amaze you. It contains a large, outdoor space with a panoramic view of downtown Nashville. It can easily seat 100 for a ceremony or can serve as a reception area. It’s to die for.
Again, Nashville has so many incredible wedding venues. Which ones not on this list would make your Top 5?