by TJ AndersonThis prediction from Dwell magazine, from late last year, just made its way into my Facebook feed: “Step Aside, Subway Tile — Penny Tile Is the New Classic.” Penny tile,
Inspiring Places To Host Nashville Weddings
by TJ Anderson
According to some, Nashville’s become “One Big Bachelorette Party” — “one of the nation’s leading non-Vegas bachelorette party destinations,” according to Buzzfeed; “possibly the hottest destination for bachelorette parties in the country,” according to The New York Times.
Fair enough — we do have plenty of pedal taverns and late brunches to go around.
Something that gets less attention, but deserves more: Nashville also offers top-notch options for hosting weddings, particularly if you’re into historic properties with lots of character.
I’ve been learning a little bit about this recently, for good reason, and although I’m not gonna reveal the location we picked yet, I will happily unfurl my appreciation: If you’re an architecture and interior design lover planning a wedding in (or near) Nashville, you have more than plenty of inspiring locations to choose from.
Here, a few of the properties that I think show that off:
Back in the day, Riverwood Mansion hosted only the fanciest of the fancy — high-society types and U.S. presidents at lavish parties. Almost 230 years after its construction, the East Nashville mansion now welcomes us regular folk, too, with regular events and parties and plenty of weddings. Inside the the Greek Revival-influenced estate, the decor is classic Southern style, with elegant chandeliers and big, warm fireplaces. The grounds make this place extra remarkable — a fall wedding there among the East Nashville trees is about as picturesque as it gets.
Hoping to exchange your rings right in downtown Nashville? The Cordelle is a late-1800s property in Rutledge Hill, and it’s one of just a few original homes around there tracing that far back. In turning it into event space The Cordelle, the owners brought in a mix of old and new: In the Victorian space, you’ll see 150-year-old hand-painted wallpaper and exposed brick, and then in the Great Hall, sleek industrial design. It makes for a pretty perfect setting for brides and/or grooms whose tastes skip between classic and modern.
It’s hard to get more classic than this: a historic church that dates back to 1874 right in downtown Nashville, reimagined as a luxurious events venue with big church windows looking out onto the city.
This is a key option for couples who want modern surroundings and city views. Right on the riverfront downtown, The Bridge Building traces back to 1908 (its early days were as an office space), but it’s been renovated and updated into a bright and modern, industrial-cool event space, with a rooftop patio that offers awe-inspiring Nashville skyline views.
I love old homes, so this, to me, is poetry: Two Rivers Mansion, in Donelson where the Cumberland and Stones rivers meet, is “one of the last of the elaborate antebellum country homes built in the Nashville area and one of the earliest and best preserved of the ornate Italianate houses in Middle Tennessee.” Sing it, historical chroniclers. The main home was built in 1859, and the first home built on the property (a brick, Federal-style house), circa-1802, still stands behind the mansion too. If you want your nuptials to feel like a trip back in time, this is your place: You’ll be surrounded by tall ceilings and classic wallpaper and antique furniture and fixtures and old-South vibes galore. And although the mansion is quite regal, hosting a wedding there can be pretty affordable, especially if you’re willing to do a weekday affair (that’s only $1,000 for a six-hour rental block).
The Fontanel Mansion (just northwest of Nashville in Whites Creek) isn’t actually a historic home — it was built in the 1980s for country singer Barbara Mandrell and her family. But it has classic log-home charm all the same, and a ton of space — 33,000 square feet of rustic-meets-upscale vibes, which, for weddings, means room for up to 400 people. If Nashville’s the destination in your destination wedding, they have an Inn onsite too, with six suites for lodging.
If you don’t have the budget for a Napa/Sonoma destination wedding but really want to get hitched among the vines, a Tennessee “wine country” wedding is thoroughly doable and seriously beautiful: Head to Arrington, Tennessee, and Arrington Vineyards, whose charming Stone House and Vineyard Tent make a wedding setting that’s none too shabby. They bring the wine, too.
Any other mansions or properties in Nashville that you think make world-class wedding venues? Sound off in the comments (or on the TJ Anderson Homes Facebook page).
If you’re less looking for a Nashville space to get married in, more looking for a Nashville space to live in, I can definitely help there. Check out some Nashville homes for sale, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes to get started.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
Latest Blog Posts
by TJ AndersonJet back to late summer of 2013, and Imbibe magazine — “the ultimate guide to drinks culture” — was nodding to Nashville’s cocktail scene as “burgeoning.”As we dive into
by TJ AndersonIn newer homes, sure, it’s important to make sure all your details are on point, including door knobs. But with historic homes, those details tend to hold extra weight — period
by TJ Anderson16 years ago, when I was first starting out as a Nashville Realtor, I worked with a lot of post-grads and young couples, buying their first home in neighborhoods close to