Why You Should Elope in Nashville – Everything You Need to Know

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Eloping in Nashville Offers You a Sensational Experience

Nashville, AKA Music City, is one of the top destinations for elopement. If you’re looking to elope in Nashville, you likely enjoy rich experiences of culture, country music, modern and western art, and real southern restaurants. And yet somehow, eloping in Nashville is more affordable than most other elopement destinations. Of course, if you’re not from Nashville, you’ll need to factor in flights, transportation, and accommodations.

Planning Your Dream Nashville Elopement

Ready to start planning your Nashville elopement? You’ve come to the right place. At Legacy Farms, we offer all-inclusive elopement packages to suit your needs, but there are many other considerations, especially if you don’t live in Nashville. Keep reading for a comprehensive look at eloping in Nashville, from the weather to marriage license requirements.

Consider the Weather in Nashville for Your Elopement

We think the best time to visit Nashville for your elopement is from April – October because of the gorgeous sunny weather. And when the sun shines, Music City comes alive! There are more activities such as rooftop bars with skyline views, hiking and biking, swimming, and outdoor music events and festivals. 

Here are the temperature averages in Nashville: 

Month / High & Low / Rain

January 47° / 29° 7 days

February 52° / 32° 8 days

March 62° / 40° 9 days

April 71° / 48° 8 days

May 79° / 57° 9 days

June 87° / 65 °7 days

July 90° / 70° 7 days

August 89° / 68° 6 days

September 83° / 62° 6 days

October 72° / 49° 6 days

November 61° / 40° 7 days

December 51° / 32° 8 days

However, you can save some on your overall Nashville elopement budget if you opt for an “off-season” month. Although the weather might be a bit more chilly, a Fall or Winter elopement is merely romantic. 

Places to Elope in Nashville, TN

You’re likely already looking for places to elope in Nashville, TN, and you won’t be short of options! Whether you want an outdoor venue, a barn venue, or just want a simple chapel, you have to decide your budget and what style and mood you are set on.

At Legacy Farms, we offer both indoor and outdoor areas, as well as a gorgeous rustic barn – you won’t be short on options here!

Who Should Elope in Nashville?

We think everyone should elope or get married in Nashville (at Legacy Farms), but hey, we may be a little bit biased. Eloping in Nashville is ideal for couples who want to forgo the stress and expense of a traditional wedding and enjoy Nashville as a destination vacation for the culture, music, and food. 

Some couples are looking for elopement packages because they want a more intimate way to tie the knot, while others are concerned about pandemic-related distancing. Or maybe you just didn’t want your Uncle Hank turning his flash while reciting your vows. Whatever your needs, your elopement 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. They should include everything you want and need for an intimate wedding, whether it’s just you and your spouse, along with a witness or a small handful of loved ones. 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.

The Advantages of Eloping in Nashville at Our Wedding Venue

  • You’ll save money
    • It’s less expensive than a traditional wedding.
  • You’ll control your guest count.
    • We accommodate 2-75 guests for elopements.
  • You’ll have more vendor availability.
    • We have more dates open during the week for you.
  • You can celebrate on a weekday holiday or a special date.
    • Because we offer elopements on Sunday-Friday, you have options besides the traditional Saturday wedding. You can choose to celebrate a holiday such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patricks Day, or an intimate date such as the day you met or your anniversary. 
  • We offer complete privacy and safety.
    • You’ll have the venue to yourself, 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 elopement.
  • We have a team of wedding specialists.
    • We’ll work with you to coordinate your dream 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.
    • NO work on the day of your 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.

What Our Elopement Package Specifically Offers

  • Enjoy your private venue rental for 6 hours.
  • Professional Photographer- you will have a fantastic photoshoot at the many photo ops on the property.
  • Dedicated Wedding Planner  – ensures that all of your vision comes to life.
  • 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 family will work on your wedding day – no work wedding!
  • Waitstaff – our professional team will ensure that your 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 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

How Much Do Elopement Packages Cost?

An elopement package at any Nashville wedding venue can range from $500-$20,000, depending on what’s included. If you’re interested in getting more information about your elopement package at Legacy Farms, contact us to discuss the details and your specific needs. 

How is Eloping Different from a Wedding?

Traditionally, elopement 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. Many people use the terms “elopement,” “tiny wedding,” “intimate wedding,” and “small wedding” interchangeably. To many, it may just mean a less expensive wedding or to forgo a formal wedding and only host a ceremony with no reception. Still, some want to “elope” with a few guests and 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. However, you see eloping; we want to help explain some proper etiquette for eloping in Nashville and worldwide.

Reasons to Elope

Most of our couples who choose to elope in Nashville do so because they want to save money, but there are other reasons you may consider it. Some couples don’t want the hassle of wedding planning (hint: we offer a wedding planner at our venue). Meanwhile, other couples are avoiding family turmoil; maybe your partner’s parents disapprove of you or vice versa, or your divorced parents simply don’t get along. We understand that. It’s a complete headache to deal with family drama. Furthermore, there’s just something old-fashioned and romantic about running off to the County Clerk’s office. 

Reasons Not to Elope

Your loved ones will likely be peeved that you didn’t include them in on your plans. This especially applies to mothers of the bride(s). And if your family is already disapproved, this might worsen tensions, and your new spouse may always have a damaged relationship with your family or vice versa. 

You may also look back years from now and wish you had a full-blown wedding. Some report that after eloping, they think about and wish they had a wedding. You also miss out on the opportunity to reconnect with friends and loved ones who came from far away to your wedding. But these reasons may not apply to you at all, and don’t let us discourage you from eloping in Nashville. Besides, how fun would it be to have a 5th anniversary blow out party? So if you decide to move forward with your elopement, check out some proper etiquette below. 

Proper Etiquette for Eloping in Nashville

Eloping has taken on an entirely new meaning in recent years. Before, eloping meant you didn’t have parental approval or don’t have the money for a traditional wedding. Many are electing to elope these days because of COVID-19 and social distancing, saving money for another significant expense such as buying a home together and having a more intimate affair rather than being surrounded by hundreds of guests. 

While you may think that eloping in Nashville comes without the stress of a big weekend wedding, that is not the case. There are some issues and etiquette that you should address. 

Before You Elope in Nashville – The Fun Legal Details

Before you elope in Nashville, make sure you know the legal requirements to elope at your destination. We recommend that you get the legal stuff done before you get hitched. 

Further, you don’t have to be a resident of Tennessee, so if you’re traveling here for a destination wedding or elopement, you can handle the legal details right here in Nashville. So if you decide to obtain your marriage license in Nashville, keep reading.

Before you go to the County Clerk’s office to make it official, you must fill out a marriage license application online. Both parties must appear together at the County Clerks Office M-F from 9-5 PM and prove that they are 18 or older.

The fee for a marriage license is $99.50. But if you complete a premarital preparation 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. 

If you’ve been previously married and are divorced, you will need to show a copy of that paperwork to proceed. 

Let Your Family Know That You’re Eloping in Nashville

If you’re going with the traditional definition of elopement, then you’re likely not telling your family about the ceremony. If this is the case, you should try to let your family know afterward as soon as possible (maybe after the honeymoon?) in person or over the phone. Otherwise, you may damage your relationship, and some feelings may get hurt. The last thing you want is for your family to find out that you’re married through Snapchat or your Instagram story. 

Your parents or family members may want to participate in your Nashville elopement. If you’re open to this option, you should consider asking them to prevent hurting their feelings and make them feel included. Who knows, they may even help you a little with the expenses!

You can still keep your elopement a big secret and include a few close friends and family members. Just ensure that they know that you want to keep it on the down-low and that you’re limiting the guest list to them, no exceptions. 

What to Wear to Your Nashville Elopement

It’s your day, and you can do whatever you want. Because an elopement is so much more informal than a wedding, you can wear whatever you want without worrying about Aunt Karen cringing or making others swoon. You can go with a formal wedding gown, a more dress, comfortable wear, or even a pair of jeans if you like. There aren’t any rules around this except to do what makes you most comfortable and happy. However, we will say that since you will be taking photos of this momentous occasion, wear something that you will beam at 5-50 years from now when looking back at your elopement album.  

How to Announce Your Marriage After You Return from Your Honeymoon

So you did the deal and swept away to your honeymoon; now what? You should let all of your family and friends know that you eloped through an announcement.

We love the look and style of a postcard or styled or letter, but if you’re short on money, an e-card is just fine. After all, an elopement can be as formal or as casual as you want. 

Here is an example of what to write:

Jonathan Fawke and Taylor Hall are delighted to announce their private elopement on October 20, 2020, at Legacy Farms in Nashville, TN.

If sending an e-card, attach a few photos of the two of you eloping and on your honeymoon. Or if you’re sending a letter, print out the pictures for a keepsake. This will make everyone in your life feel included.

You Don’t Have to Skip the Reception.

Just because you decided to elope in Nashville doesn’t mean you have to skip on the wedding reception. A post-honeymoon reception is a great way to include your friends and family in your celebration of love. Not to mention, it’s so much less stressful since you don’t have to worry about doing it right after your elopement ceremony.

Be prepared to share your elopement adventure and honeymoon, and your story with friends and family, and how much fun you had. 

Don’t Expect Many Wedding Gifts – But Welcome Them, Graciously.

Even though you just finished your honeymoon and eloping in Nashville, you can still graciously receive wedding gifts. The same etiquette rules apply as they do toward a wedding. Always send a personalized thank you note as soon as you can.

About the Author, Kellie Bryson

Kellie’s expertise in the wedding industry comes from 25 years of hosting and catering weddings in Nashville. As the owner of one of the top outdoor and all-inclusive Nashville wedding venues and a renowned Nashville catering company, she brings a unique experience to the table as an all-around wedding expert. Legacy Farms is a result of her vast experience and knowledge in weddings and how to avoid common mishaps that many venues overlook. In addition to having an in house caterer, A Catered Affair, Legacy Farms offers elopement options, all-inclusive packages, overnight stays, and an abundance of options for you to make your wedding day truly unprecedented.

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We understand how important a decision your Nashville wedding venue is, so we recommend you research your options before your final decision. There are various wedding venues in Nashville, Tennessee, that could be just what you’re looking for. Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive list of the different wedding venues in Nashville, Tennessee, to consider and help you make the best choice for your wedding day.

From your bridal shower to rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, post-brunch, or even vow renewal, there are many options.

Some important things to consider when choosing Nashville, Tennessee wedding venues are budget, catering, and capacity. While some venues can hold as many as 500 people, others are more suitable for elopements. Legacy Farm can accommodate anywhere from 2-300 guests.

And if you’re not paying attention to inclusion and the venue contract, there can be hidden surprises and fees at many wedding venues in Nashville, Tennessee. The best way to cut these costs is to go with an all-inclusive package, where everything is taken care of. We hope you find the perfect venue that meets your needs!

About Legacy Farms

Your love story at Legacy Farms.

Because we are so much more than a caterer and venue, we are family. We promise to pour our heart and soul into your love story. To help you celebrate your love most elegantly, that is a reflection of your vision. Your wedding day will be nothing short of perfect. And that’s because we will make sure to understand your dream and vision, from the big picture to all the little details.

From the time you reach out to us, through planning and to your wedding day and beyond, we take every little detail into account. We promise to take care of everything and give you the chance to relax and be fully present for every beautiful moment.

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