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Elope in Nashville

There are so many truly magical places to elope in Nashville. An explosion of growth in the famous city has created a new buzz as the music and foodie scene is among the best in the country. One thing has stayed the same, though—the small-town charm and hospitality of the Music City. We love the endless (and very affordable!) possibilities for your special day. Your Nashville elopement venue may be a historic mansion, gorgeous chapel, the rolling hills of a farm, or the naturally beautiful Tennessee landscape. You dream it, and we can find the best wedding venues in Nashville! Some of our favorites are below!

Don’t forget you are going to need a Tennessee marriage license! We can help you through the legalities. You will need to fill out a marriage license application online ahead of time. Once you arrive, the two of you will appear in front of the Davidson Country Clerk with two pieces of government ID. That’s it!
(Fun Fact: The normal cost of $99.50 is slashed to $39.50 if you present a Certificate of Completion in a Pre-Marital Counselling course. We love that Nashville folks just want you to be happy!)

Eloping in Nashville is not only affordable and beautiful – it’s fun! Nashville, TN small wedding venues offer you every style you could possibly wish for, from the rustic farm theme to the upscale historic mansion and gardens. The city is filled with iconic bars, live music of every genre, and amazing cuisine. You can celebrate in style, all night long if you wish! So start planning your Nashville elopement with Simply Eloped and tie the knot without the stress!

If you are looking for a true country music wedding, it doesn’t get better than a honky-tonk Nashville elopement. But, the Music City scene is a lot more than country. Every genre is live somewhere in the city 365 days of the year. Music festivals are pretty much a constant, and you can immerse yourself in the history of music in the city. Tours of every sort wait for you, and there is a Walk of Fame. If the two of you are music lovers, you will be writing your song when you elope in Nashville!

Nashville

Why is Nashville awesome

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Progressive, charming, and flourishing - this city has an incredibly rich history and culture.

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Marching to the drum of its own beat, Nashville is one special place that’s elopement-friendly and affordable.

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Celebrate eloping by dancing at a speakeasy-style lounge & dining on the finest hot fried chicken in Tennessee.

Places to Elope in Nashville

Drakewood Farm

Head for the rolling hills at Drakewood Farm! The farm is close to downtown Nashville, yet the property feels like you’re out in the country. Drakewood Farms Wedding cost can...

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Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Perfect for an intimate ceremony with 10 guests or less, the Cheekwood wedding cost is highly convenient. Plan a dreamy Cheekwood wedding in a Georgian-style mansion with 55 acres of...

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White Avenue Studio

In or out – you choose your ceremony at White Avenue Studio, a Nashville multipurpose event space featuring high-vaulted ceilings with lots of natural light and white walls. Outside you...

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Iris Garden, Ellington Agricultural Center

A dramatic gazebo and gardens await your Tennessee elopement at the Ellington Agricultural Center. If you are a nature enthusiast, have an unforgettable, intimate Ellington Agricultural Center wedding ceremony at...

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Nashville Elopement Packages

Our Nashville elopement packages include everything you will need to have a meaningful and brilliant experience.

With so many places to elope in Nashville, you’ll have a variety of gorgeous spots to tie the knot. If you’re looking to elope in Nashville, we’ve got you covered! 

Wildflower Experience

How about a dreamy adventure elopement?

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Add-Ons

You can optionally add the following to your package:

Flowers

we’re happy to quote you!

Extra Photography

  • $499

Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Hair & Makeup

  • $399

Engagement Shoot

  • $699

Violin

  • $299

On-Site Helper

  • $499

Relationship Coaching

Referral Service

Add videography to your Nashville elopement

$1349

Our videography package comes with an edited 1 – 2 minute highlight reel (perfect for sharing on socials!), as well as a longform, minimally-edited film of the full ceremony.

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Our first goal was to get married, and the second was to get some amazing pictures to remember it by. We got lucky as we got both checked off

Amber and Zachery
Amber and Zachery

The best options for the best price. Super easy to work with and communicate with

Brittany and Eric
Brittany and Eric

It was a great process and a beautiful ceremony. Everyone had such a great time and they said it was a beautiful ceremony

Danielle and Joe
Danielle and Joe

Great service! Thank you for making it so easy and stress free! Allowed us to focus on the important part- us!

Maura and Bill
Maura and Bill

Thank you for helping us have the day of our dreams! Everyone was so nice and made us feel very comfortable!

Rebecka and Bryce
Rebecka and Bryce

Thank you so much for making our day perfect.

Shelly and Jeffery
Shelly and Jeffery

Everything was wonderful, and Megan, was great! She was so quick to reply and answered all of my questions and put me at ease about everything.

Kessly and Jesse
Kessly and Jesse

It was simple, affordable, and offered EXACTLY what we needed.

Audrey and Justin
Audrey and Justin

Thank you for making everything easy and enjoyable.

Jessica and Jefrey
Jessica and Jefrey

Meet our vendors

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What do you think makes eloping in Nashville so special?

Beautiful scenery

Tell us about one of your most magical elopements in Nashville!

We had Cheekwood Botanical Gardens all to ourself while a couple who originally planned a huge wedding decided to elope. We had beautiful weather and so many laughs!

Our Team

Kimberli
Kimberli
Customer Experience Manager
Natalie
Natalie
Videographer
Rebecca
Rebecca
Photographer
Amanda
Amanda
Officiant
Shannon
Shannon
Officiant
Emily
Emily
Hair and Makeup
Christian
Christian
Videographer
Heidi
Heidi
Ceremony Coordinator
Haley Gouine
Haley Gouine
Photographer
Natalie
Natalie
Photographer
Kimberli
Kimberli
Customer Experience Manager
Natalie
Natalie
Videographer
Rebecca
Rebecca
Photographer
Amanda
Amanda
Officiant
Shannon
Shannon
Officiant
Emily
Emily
Hair and Makeup
Christian
Christian
Videographer
Heidi
Heidi
Ceremony Coordinator
Haley Gouine
Haley Gouine
Photographer
Natalie
Natalie
Photographer

How to elope in Nashville

A progressive bastion in the heart of the American south, Nashville is Tennessee’s capital and most populous city. A small wedding or elopement in Nashville is ideal for the couple that loves vibrant nightlife, American history, and excellent food. Nashville elopements aren’t adventure elopements—they’re classy affairs for city lovers that want a stunning wedding on a budget. Known as Music City, Nashville is the home to a stretch of downtown known as Music Row: the Ryman Auditorium (aka the “Mother Church of Country Music”), the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame, and the Grand Ole Opry. Add in the countless live music venues and country music stars that call Nashville home, and you’re sure to be taken by the city’s unique rhythm. And it’s not just music: the Belmont Mansion, historic plantations, and numerous parks mean you’ll never be without something to do.

Where are the best places to elope in Nashville?

From natural backdrops to pastoral scenes to urban glam, there’s a Nashville venue to suit every small wedding and elopement!

Despite being close to downtown Nashville, Drakewood Farm feels like you’re way out in the country. Forty acres of rolling hills surround an 1850s mansion, three barns, and a cedar grove, ideal for couples who want an intimate, wooded ceremony site without having to go far. If you’re interested in hosting a small wedding in Nashville, this venue typically allows for up to 40 people, although with Covid-19 that number is currently 16. The historic Cheekwood Estate & Gardens has 55 acres of lush gardens with multiple locations, all of which allow for up to 10 guests – perfect for a Nashville elopement. The sprawling grounds boast a nice mix of art and nature, while the stately, Georgian-style mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places. Do note, it can be tricky to book this location more than 60 days out. Another multi-purpose event space is White Avenue Studio, located in Nashville proper, just minutes from downtown. This event space is great for either an indoor or outdoor intimate ceremony, with a garden area and an indoor space that boast high-vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light. Think of this venue as a blank canvas to bring your small wedding day dreams to life. This venue allows up to 20 guests usually, but with Covid-19 that number is currently capped at 16. Lastly, there’s Iris Garden: many locals don’t even know about this city garden, which sits on the grounds of the Ellington Agricultural Center. If you want to catch the flowers in full bloom, book your elopement from April through June. Although this venue isn’t currently open due to Covid-19, when it is open up to 20 guests are allowed.

How much does it cost to elope in Nashville?

Despite being a big city, a Nashville wedding can be very affordable, especially if you elope! Many couples choose to save money by driving to Nashville, staying in Airbnbs, and eating at the city’s famous fast-casual dining establishments. Note that during certain city-wide events, such as the Country Music Festival in June or AmericanaFest in September, prices on hotels tend to rise. Eloping in Nashville does have a slightly higher price point than other Tennessee locations like Gatlinburg, but even if you go all out on your elopement, it’s still going to be much more affordable than a traditional ceremony. Our most popular Nashville venues require rental fees in addition to our elopement packages, so you’ll want to budget accordingly.

Our elopement packages in Nashville start at $450 for a basic ceremony that includes tailored advice, a custom wedding script, and the officiation of the ceremony itself. Elopement packages that include photography and flowers range from $900 to $3,425 for our top-end offering. As with all of our destinations, we’re super flexible and you can always add things on, such as a musician or extra photography time.

When is the best time of year to elope in Nashville?

Nashville gets all four seasons without being too severe, making it a great place for an intimate wedding any time of year! Winter is low season in Nashville, so if you’re looking to avoid crowds, November to March can be a great time to elope. While Nashville winters are relatively mild, temperatures do range from 30 to 50 degrees. In December, beautiful Christmas decorations adorn the Opryland Hotel and Belle Meade Plantation. From April through October, the weather in Nashville averages around 70-90 degrees during the day, with the summer months of July and August being the hottest. July sees the most tourists, while mid-October is the best time for fall colors. Humidity and thunderstorms are always possible, but Nashville is more prone to them in the spring and autumn.

How do you make your Nashville elopement legal?

To make your Nashville marriage legal, you’ll need to obtain a Tennessee marriage license from the Davidson County Clerk’s office. Couples must apply online before visiting the County Clerk’s office. You and your partner will also need to appear in-person at 700 2nd Ave South, Suite 101 (8:00am–4:00pm, Monday through Friday) in order to pick up the license. If you’re a U.S. citizen with a Social Security Number, you’ll need to bring along proof of it (such as your SSN card or a tax document with your SSN listed). Although you’ll also need to present proof of age, a passport or birth certificate does not work for this purpose. The fee is $99.50 to get your license but Tennessee residents can save $60 by completing a marriage preparation course. Marriage licenses are valid for 30 days.

Can you get married the same day in Nashville?

Yes! In Tennessee, couples can get married the same day they obtain their marriage license.

Do you need witnesses to elope in Nashville?

Witnesses are not needed for the marriage to be recognized in Tennessee, although there is room on the marriage license for one witness to sign.

Do you have any dining or lodging recommendations?

Drakewood Farm is a little north of Nashville, so if you’re getting married there, we recommend Hyatt Place or The Russel. There are also some wonderful and unique hotels in Nashville proper! Check out The Timothy Demonbreun House, Kimpton Aertson Hotel, and The 404 Hotel, famous for their “invisible service”.

Besides music, Nashville is also known for its amazing dining. Try Nashville’s famous hot chicken at Hattie B’s, or take in a show with your dinner at Skull’s Rainbow Room, a 1948 speakeasy-style lounge. For large parties, we recommend 5th & Taylor, while The Chef & I on Ninth is our pick for fine dining. We like Milk and Honey any time of day, as well as Sinema or Fenwick’s 300 for a celebratory brunch.

Where can you get a cake or other sweet treat for your elopement?

You can’t go wrong with any of the following Nashville bakeries:
Nashville Sweets
Baked on 8th
The Sweetest Day
Baked in Nashville
The Cupcake Collection

Kiran Herbert

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Kiran Herbert

Kiran Herbert is an elopement officiant and writer who takes pride in making all of her ceremonies magical. Kiran grew up around the world but having spent a year living in national parks, she’s convinced that the U.S. is the most beautiful.

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Updated: January 19th, 2022

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