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Let's Elope!!

Many couples want to by-pass the expense, planning and time involved in a large, traditional wedding. Other couples want a small destination wedding with just a handful of close family or friends. Some couples just want to run off to Nashville while others who live here simply just want to tie the knot!

Whatever your motivation, we would be more than happy to help you plan your elopement here in Music City! All of our couples receive a custom written wedding ceremony that is as unique as their own love story. Your only requirements to get married in the State of Tennessee would be an officiant (and we have you covered there) as well as a Tennessee Marriage License. It is optional if you wish to have a witness, but not required. We have performed weddings statewide, from couple's homes or in a relative's home to wedding venues, tourist attractions (like the Historic RCA Studio B), or even the beautiful and traditional wedding venues throughout Music City and beyond.

We are more than happy to help you find the right place for your wedding ceremony...and with over 100 places to choose from we are sure we can find the perfect place for you and your budget.

"How much notice do we need to give you?" This is a question we often get. We have gone from the phone call to signing the marriage license in less than an hour many times. As long as we are available, you have the license and a location selected you can get married!

If you are looking for an affordable location for an outdoor wedding ceremony in Nashville we have several picture perfect wedding spots that cost little to nothing at all!

John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge (formerly known as the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge) connects downtown Nashville to the residential suburbs of East Nashville. Built from 1907-1909, it was originally known as the Sparkman Street Bridge. It boasts 48 spans including four steel trusses and two reinforced concrete trusses as it spans over the old Tennessee Central Railroad tracks providing outstanding views of the river and spectacular downtown skyline.

Fort Negley

If you like history you’ll love an elopement ceremony at Fort Negley over by the Adventure Science Center. The original fort crumbled over a century ago. The WPA restored it, but then the restoration fell into ruin as well. Its been restored again in recent years and now features a beautiful visitors center in addition to the park. There are tons of gorgeous spots around the park for a ceremony, stone arches, bridges, low rock walls, grassy knolls and clusters of stunning old trees, however the most popular location is pictured above with the stunning city skyline as your backdrop.

Parmer Park

One of our favorite little parks on the West Side of Nashville is Parmer Park. The park is on Leake Avenue just passed the side of Belle Meade Plantation. This little gem features a beautiful stone archway that makes a simply stunning ceremony backdrop. The stone archway is actually from the school that used the on the site back in 1927. The school closed in 1982 and burned in 1985, but was created as a park in 1986. The stone and brick archway was left as a reminder of the school’s history. Parmer Park also has lots of trees and grassy areas that are beautiful in wedding photos. This place is very popular with families on the weekends so if you are looking for a more private ceremony, we only suggest marrying here during the week.

Fannie Mae Dees Park

Fannie Mae Dees Park is most well known for its whimsical local art. The frolicking dragons make for a fun backdrop for your ceremony and the playground atmosphere lend themselves nicely to lighthearted newlywed photos. There is not a lot of parking available and it is a popular location with local families that live in the neighborhood, so we recommend marrying here during the week.

Lock Park Two

How about getting married by the river? This little known Nashville park is mostly loved by history buffs, photographers and those who just like to watch the river roll by. The park is small but is a striking place to hold a wedding ceremony. Not only do you get the quite peace and natural beauty of the Cumberland River there is also a historic house on the grounds and an adorable nautical theme playground!

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

The Bicentennial Mall is located just northwest of the Tennessee State Capitol building. Hope to the very popular Nashville Farm Market, the Bicentennial Mall features a number of design elements which make the perfect backdrop for an intimate ceremony. Our favorites are The Rivers of Tennessee fountains which represent the major rivers and waterways of the state as well as the beautiful 95-bell carillon which represents the 95 counties of the state and its musical legacy. They create quite the dramatic backdrop! For a very (very) affordable fee the 2000 seat terraced amphitheater is also available for special events and boasts an incredible view of the State Capitol building.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon is a full scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. Built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, it now stands as the centerpiece of the beautiful Centennial Park. The large fluted columns create a very dramatic backdrop for your ceremony while at the same time create a modicum of privacy lending an air of intimacy to your wedding day.

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is beautiful oasis right in the heart of downtown Nashville. Located across from Vanderbilt University, was once the site of the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition. Once the exhibits were dismantled, what was left was a beautiful open landscaped park featuring the artificial Lake Watauga, the beautiful sunken gardens, and a bandshell. In addition to all of these wonderful locations, you also have the option to marry in front of a historic steam engine or an F-86L Sabre Jet. If you have more than just a two person elopement, you will have to book your "venue" with Metro Parks. While it’s not totally free it’s very (very) affordable.

Percy Warner Park

We also love all that Percy Warner Park off Belle Meade Boulevard has to offer. The large stone entrance to the park itself is pretty eye-catching and it only gets better from there. Percy Warner is part of the ‘Warner Parks’ which has over 3,000 acres of pristine woodland area. One of the best and most picturesque part of the park is the stone steps that lead up to some of the walking trails. We feel that this is just the most perfect spot for a romantic wedding ceremony.

If you have a favorite Nashville elopement location please let us know!

“Raina van Setter is a certified wedding officiant in the Nashville, Tennessee area. For more information or to book a ceremony email her at weddingsbyraina@gmail.com.”

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