Both parties must appear together at the County Clerk M-F from 9-5 PM and prove that they are 18 or older in order to get approved for a marriage license.
The fee for a marriage license is $99.50.
But if you complete a premarital course within a year of your marriage application, you can save $60.
We recommend taking the premarital preparation course for your relationship’s health – counseling is not just for couples who bicker or are having trouble.
It’s a great way to air out the stress of marrying or eloping in Nashville, along with other concerns or thoughts.
Who should elope in Nashville?
We think everyone should elope in Nashville (at Legacy Farms), but hey, we may be a little bit biased.
Eloping in Nashville is ideal for couples who want a small wedding to forgo the stress and expense of a traditional wedding ceremony and reception and enjoy Nashville as a destination vacation for the culture, music, and food.
Some couples are looking for elopement/wedding packages because they want a more intimate way to tie the knot. Some are concerned with price.
Or maybe you just didn’t want your Uncle Hank (the wannabe professional photographer) turning his flash while reciting your wedding vows. Whatever your needs, your elopement/small wedding is all about you and your partner.
What are elopement packages?
Elopement packages are typically all-inclusive packages offered by wedding venues, hotels, and other venues.
Affordable elopement packages should include everything you want and need for a small wedding, whether it’s just you and your spouse, along with a witness or a small handful of loved ones.
$5,000 is a “sweet spot” small wedding budget that many couples come to us for.
Affordable Elopement packages are like a condensed version of all-inclusive wedding packages so that all you need to do is say, “I do.”
Depending on how involved you want to be, some Nashville wedding venues can offer customized packages to fit your specific style and needs.
A traditional ceremony at a wedding chapel is very affordable, but not the most exciting or original option. But it may suit your needs if you are religious.
Here are some advantages to eloping in Nashville at our wedding venue.
You’ll save on the overall cost/price for your small wedding. Elopement packages are less expensive than a traditional wedding at our venue in Nashville.
If you’re not from Nashville, you can turn your elopement into a destination wedding experience as we mentioned earlier in this blog.
You’ll control your guest count. We accommodate 2 guests, 20 guests, or up to 75 guests for Nashville elopements. Depending on your guest count (2 guests versus 20 guests) will impact your price and package.
You’ll have more vendor availability. We have more dates open during the week for you for your ceremony at our venue.
You can elope on a weekday holiday or a special date. Because we offer elopements on Sunday-Friday, you have options besides the traditional Saturday wedding to elope.
You can choose to celebrate a holiday such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick Day, or an intimate date such as the day you met or your anniversary. No additional fee.
We offer complete privacy and safety. You’ll have the venue to yourself for your small wedding ceremony, offering you complete privacy and safety.
We have rentals & decor for you to choose from. You won’t be spending out of budget on any items for your ceremony and elopement.
We have a team of Nashville weddings/elopements specialists. We’ll work with you to coordinate your dream ceremony and elopement.
We have multiple photo opportunities. Our vast property offers countless gorgeous and unique photo opportunities for you to cherish for the rest of your life.
We take care of the setup & clean up at your elopement/wedding. NO work on the day of your ceremony and elopement!
You’ll have dinner & cake as we offer on-site catering. We’ll offer you a spectacular meal option as well as your wedding cake after your ceremony.
Here’s specifically what our elopement package offers and what is included in the price and package.
Private venue rental for 6 hours.
Professional Photographer– you will have a fantastic photoshoot and come out with amazing pictures, a picture-perfect elopement
Dedicated Elopement Planner – ensures that all of your vision comes to life and that your experience is stress free.
Catered dinner – includes a delectable entrée and disposable dishes.
Décor for guest tables – your choice of our beautiful candle/lighting options.
Personal Flowers – bouquet and boutonniere are included.
Choose your favorite flowers, and our talented florist will make sure you are carrying your dream bouquet.
Setup and Cleanup are included – you nor your wedding guests will work on your wedding day – no work elopement thanks to our helpful staff!
Waitstaff – our professional team will ensure that your wedding guests are treated well, and their needs attended.
Parking attendant – will greet your guests as they arrive and make sure they get to the proper location.
Rentals such as tables, chairs, linens are included – choose from many of our attractive options.
DJ for ceremony and reception – will take care of amplifying your vows during your ceremony and make sure dinner music through the dance party is smooth and fun!
Wedding Cake – our pastry chef will create a beautiful AND delicious cake or dessert for your elopement.
Those are all the concrete details, and we can customize it to your liking to make your perfect backdrop and perfect love story.
A couple of other minor costs to consider for your small wedding/elopements that aren’t in our package:
Tennessee wedding officiant
We can refer you to a wedding officiant, or you can work with whoever you choose.
Your wedding officiant is a personal decision, so we don’t want to include someone for that reason!
Tennessee marriage license
How much does an elopement cost?
Packages at any venue in Nashville can range from $500-$20,000, depending on what’s included. It’s a huge range.
It also depends on the location.
An elopement in Pigeon Forge or the Great Smoky Mountains will cost differently than an elopement in Chattanooga, Nashville, or Memphis.
It all depends on where your perfect location and perfect venue is.
What’s the real difference between a small wedding/elopements in Tennessee than a “regular” Tennessee wedding?
That’s a loaded question. The definition of elopement has changed so much over time!
Traditionally, elopements meant running off and getting married without telling anyone, especially your family.
The technical definition is “to run away secretly to get married, especially without parental consent,” but these days, it’s taken on a bit of a different meaning.
Nowadays, many people use the terms “elopements,” “tiny weddings,” “intimate weddings,” and “small weddings” interchangeably.
To many, it may just mean a smaller price/less expensive wedding or to forgo a formal wedding and only host a ceremony with no reception.
Maybe you just want to be simply eloped! It’s okay to call it that, but it’s technically just a small wedding :)
Some want to elope in Nashville, and just include very few guests and still host a reception.
Others may see it as a more comfortable, less stressful option where you get to do your ceremony exactly how you want without family input or stress.
And even more confusing, some who are already married and looking to do a vow renewal are googling “elopements”.
Nashville elopements are available at many wedding venue sites.
Are you looking to get married at an affordable price? If you’re looking for a unique all-inclusive package and price point, reach out to us and we’ll put together a custom price and package for you.
We host private weddings and events, and most days of the week, so you won’t be limited.
But we’re certainly not the only wedding venue that hosts elopements!
The Belmont Mansion, Butterfly Hollow Bed, or even the rolling hills of the Cumberland Plateau are three other choices at the top of my head that come to mind for your special day.
There are so many places to elope and you will find your perfect ceremony spot.