Looking for cheap Nashville wedding venues? As a native of Nashville, several friends have asked me about what places I’d recommend over the years. Some of these wedding venues aren’t “cheap,” per se, but are a good value when you factor in what’s included.
Considering couples in my zip code (37216) spend between $17k-$26k total on their wedding (according to costofwedding.com) and around $10k for a Nashville wedding venue, catering and rentals, these venues are bargains.
Each of these venues can be rented for $2,200 or less.
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!
Location: 2910 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
This charming chestnut log house was built between 1807-1808 and sits on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built by an early settler in Davidson County named James Buchanan, and eventually housed his family of 16 children with his wife, Lucinda East.
Capacity: An outdoor wedding in the backyard of the Log Cabin can accommodate up to 150 people.
Cost: $300 during the week, $600 for weekends – limited tables and chairs are included in these fees, along with existing lighting.
Contact: Kathy Blums at 615.5219219 for the most up-to-date event rental rates.
Location: 1490 Volunteer Pkwy, Brentwood, TN
The historic Victorian farm house known as the Cool Springs House is the focal point of the Brentwood’s Crockett Park history preservation area. It was built by James and Penelope Barfield Carothers in the 1830s and is now owned by the City of Brentwood. It makes a beautiful setting for weddings and although it’s historically preserved, it has current facilities and can accommodate modern celebrations.
Cost: Rental fees are $250 (Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm), $350 (Monday-Thursday 5-11pm) and $700 weekends (9a-11p) and include the exclusive use of the house and surrounding grounds and includes a limited number of tables and chairs for use. View the Cool Springs House calendar for availability.
Contact: 615-946-0389 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about renting the facility.
Location: 2415 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN
This rental is 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.
Cost: Rental for a full day ($1,500) includes chairs and altar set up (6 hours) and is for ceremonies only. Additional services are available for an additional fee.
Contact: email@example.com to get up-to-date rental info and policies. They’ll be glad to hear from you!
Location: 3939 Old Hickory Blvd, Old Hickory, TN
When I was researching this blog post, I was surprised by the affordability of this beautiful venue. It’s a great value and there are a variety of unique indoor and outdoor settings for weddings.
Cost: A number of rooms, pavilion and rose garden are available for events; they can be used individually or combined ($3,100 package for all rooms; $2,200 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.
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Location: 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!
Cost: $150/hour (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) or $250/hour after regular operating hours.
Contact: Joyce Keistler at 615-376-0102 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org for up-to-date rental info and to book your event.
Location: 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.
Cost: Rental fees do not include tables, chairs, linens, catering service, etc., but alcohol is permitted. Indoor rate for 1-30 people wedding or reception is $1000 (31 – 55 people $1500). An outdoor wedding/reception for 1 – 150 people is $1450 (151 – 300 people $1700; 301 – 500 people $1950.00).
Contact: Rebecca at 931.486.9037 or email her at rebbecca.@bellsouth.net to make an appointment to view Rippavilla if you’re interested in renting it for your wedding.
Location: 1220 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206
This vibey East Nashville venue is newly listed on The National Register of Historic Places. It’s the former home of Fire Hall for Engine Co. 18, which served the community for 60 years. After being acquired and renovated by interior designer Karen Goodlow in 2015, the structure has been restored and used as a retail, office and creative use space. It boasts green and white ceramic glazed brick walls, 14-foot ceilings, tall windows, architectural antique decor, a rustic indoor pergola, and a coffee bar area.
Cost: The rental fee for a weekend wedding in the Engine Bay and Bunk Room is just $700 for 8 hours of use. This fee covers the use of the venue; amenities are extra. A $300 fee for an event planner’s services is also required. Capacity is limited to 50 seated guests, or 75 standing.
Contact the venue for quotes and to tour the facility.
Location: 746 Benton Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204
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.”
Cost: This venue is perfect for smaller weddings and oozes romance, elegance and luckily, affordability. 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. Psst … these rates may also be negotiable based on the size of your event and date availability.
Contact: inquire here if you’re interested
Location: 3130 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
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.
Cost: Prices are Saturdays $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.
Contact: Laura Carrillo at email@example.com or call her at (615) 885-1112 for more info and to take a tour.
Location: 5575 Wilkins Branch Road, Franklin TN 37064
Top O’Woodland Inn has stopped renting overnight rooms in East Nashville. The owners of Top O-Woodland Weddings now operate a Rustic Wedding Chapel located in Franklin/Leipers Fork in Franklin. It’s private, romantic and perfect for elopements.
Cost: Ceremonies only (no receptions or food served) are $800 + tax for up to 20 guests.
Cost: $15-$1,000 – There are other cheap Nashville wedding venues available, 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).
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Cara Davis is the author of Cheap Ways to Tie the Knot, Wedding on a Budget and Budget Wedding Boot Camp. She’s a native Nashvillian who lives with her husband and two girls in Inglewood, East Nashville. Her tips have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, Colorado Brides, Chicago Bride Magazine, Destination I Do Magazine, St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine and many more. She planned her wedding for less than $5,000 in 2003 and has been helping others do the same ever since.