Get Hitched! 10 Uniquely Memphis Places to Get Married

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 21st 2011 27301 0

Memphis has tons of great places to get hitched that are a little funkier than your average reception hall. If you're engaged, ditch the stale party room and get hitched at one of these uniquely Memphis locations:

1. National Ornamental Metal Museum (374 Metal Museum Drive)

National Ornamental Metal Museum

If you want to tie the knot outside, there's nowhere more scenic than atop the bluff at the Metal Museum. There's a gorgeous view of the Mississippi River and both bridges, especially at sunset. There's also plenty to explore on the sculpture-filled museum grounds. It's one of those places that's good for a big fancy to-do or a more casual picnic-style soiree.

2. Lichterman Nature Center (5992 Quince Road)

Lichterman Nature Center's wooded grounds are great for outdoor weddings year-round (the nature center is a certified arboretum). Rent out the big pavilion for dinner and dancing, host a winter reception inside the visitor's center or say your vows next to the huge, lily-pad covered pond.

3. Cadre Building (149 Monroe Ave)

If you want to get hitched downtown and have a huge guest list, book the 13,000 square foot grand ballroom at the Cadre Building. The historic, art-deco building was completed in 1928. The Cadre is a great venue for those of you with tons of out of town guests – it's located within walking distance of most downtown hotels.

4. Elmwood Cemetery (824 South Dudley Street)

Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.

It might sound a little weird to get married at a cemetery, but trust me on this one. Elmwood is beautiful, historic and full of great stories. They've got a small chapel on the grounds that's perfect for intimate weddings. Plus, think about the photos – Elmwood is a photography student favorite for a reason.

5. Stax Museum of American Soul Music (926 East McLemore Avenue)

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, Tenn.

Three reasons to get married at the Stax Museum:

1. They've got a life-size replica of a depression-era Southern church.

2. You can tie the knot next to Isaac Hayes' car. (Just make sure that it doesn't blurt out "Don't touch my ride!" during a pivotal moment.)

3. Some of the best music in the history of ever came out of Stax's studios. Plus, think how awesome would it be to hold your reception on the Soul Train dance floor?

6. Brooks Museum of Art (1934 Poplar Avenue)

Get married in the galleries at the Brooks Museum of Art. Or, in the rotunda. Or on the marble patio on the side of the building. Whatever you do, make sure you feed your guests with food from the Brushmark restaurant.

7. Hi-Tone Cafe (1913 Poplar Avenue)

If you and your fiancee are a little more rock'n'roll, get hitched at Midtown's favorite music venue. Get married on the stage where incredible bands (like Elvis Costello, Harlan T. Bobo, Those Darlins and Lucero) have played. Make sure you've got plenty of pizza for everybody and give your guests plenty of room to dance.

8. Central Station (545 South Main Street)

Memphis' Amtrak station may not be as busy as it once was, but it's still a great place to host an event. Seal the deal in the huge reception hall or in the lobby under the neon train arrival sign. If you're getting married in the summer, pick up flowers from the Memphis Farmer's Market, which happens in the pavilion behind the building every Saturday.

9. Center for Southern Folklore (119 S Main St # 106)

Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis, TN

The Center for Southern Folklore is colorful, charming and very, very Memphis. There's art by local artists on the walls, famous pianos, a shop selling locally-made goods and plenty of space for a big Southern dinner and dance party. If your guests are from out of town, the Center is downtown and right on the Main St. trolley line.

10. Memphis Botanic Gardens (750 Cherry Road)

Memphis botanic gardens, Memphis, TN

Save on flowers by having your wedding in one of the gardens at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Or, get married in My Big Backyard, a kid-friendly wonderland with tons of interactive sculptures and a big house perfect for indoor receptions. After the wedding, have the reception in one of the two big event halls.

This is just a short list – there are a ton of unique places in Memphis to get married. Ask your favorite restaurant if you can rent out a private room for the reception. Ask the owner of that building or outdoor space that you love if you can get married there. Just make sure the food is good, the music is awesome and the bar is open – people will have fun no matter what.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Mrs. Hdawg says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Hdawg tied the knot in 2003 at the Metal Museum. Beautiful, even though it rained!

  2. Another very unique place is the Woodruff Fontaine House Museum in Victorian Village. It’s a gorgeous 1870’s French Victorain House.

  3. MrsLawcomic says:

    The Clark Opera Memphis Center is awesome too. I threw my friend’s wedding there 2 years ago. A Venetian Masked Ball. Super gorgeous!

  4. memphish says:

    just an FYI, Minglewood Hall holds wedding every month and more in the prime wedding time of April>October.

  5. Courtney says:

    We had our reception at the Brooks this past summer. I honestly can’t say enough good things about the staff, quality of service and the AMAZING food.

  6. handtalker says:

    Good friends had their wedding reception at Stax. Their names wee on the marquee & everything! Best. Reception. Ever.

  7. Lindsey says:

    I would also suggest the Woodruff-Fountaine House in Victorian Village. It is a beautiful location and great for a couple on a budget.

  8. Amanda says:

    I 2nd the Woodruff-Fontaine house as it has a beautiful ground for the ceremony with a moody and rustic reception area in the basement.

  9. William says:

    I’m glad you included the Lord’s Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery. It really is beautiful and perfect for a small wedding. What better place to take the oath “till death do us part”? Go here for more info: http://www.elmwoodcemetery.org/about-us/the-lords-chapel/

  10. Tiffany says:

    Center for Southern Folklore is a GREAT venue. We had our rehearsal dinner there, and everyone loved it, especially the out of town guests.

    Our reception was at Memphis Water Works, which is another amazing Memphis venue.

  11. Lulu says:

    Don’t forget about Autozone Park. For the true baseball fan the wedding can take place on the field. Plus, its a great place to have a reception or a rehearsal dinner. 🙂

  12. Nik says:

    I wish there was a literary place to marry in Memphis – I love all these suggestions.

  13. Karen R says:

    Yep, we got married at the Woodruff-Fontaine house… Couldn’t believe how many people said, “we didn’t know this was here”!!

  14. Kim says:

    Thank you for recommending the Lord’s Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery! If you’d like to see more photos, please visit the cemetery gallery at http://www.elmwoodcemetery.org/photos/.

  15. eliz says:

    Some friends had an awesome reception at Gibson Guitar. They were married at St Patricks and we rode buses to Gibson. We had a great time and half the wedding party partied the night away on Beale.

  16. Why not Dixon? says:

    The Dixon Gallery and Gardens should have a place on this list if the Brooks Museum and Botanical Gardens are on it. The Dixon has the charm and sophistication that makes any wedding special and has the unique gardens and landscape for perfect photos and a great southern party. You skipped over a good one!!

  17. Betty Johnson says:

    You should add Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods. It is a darling chapel in a secluded wooded area next to Graceland. And you get to have your photo taken on the front steps of the Graceland Mansion.

  18. Anna says:

    My husband and I got married in the Memphis Zoo last year and it was amazing. We considered many other places (Brooks, Pink Palace, Botanical Gardens) when looking for a venue but we had to choose the zoo because we love it so much. We are midtowners and animal lovers so it was the perfect choice for us.

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  20. Memphis is a great place to get married.  Ministers in a Minute will be happy to marry you at any of these great locations, or your hotel…a park… any place you choose.  Check out the website at http://www.ministersinaminute.com

  21. Katie says:

    My husband and I got married in the lobby of the Madison Hotel! It was unique and gorgeous!

  22. The Woodruff-Fontaine home now offers their indoor ballroom for intimate ceremonies! Truly a beautiful venue.

  23. Etta says:

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!!
    Finally I have found something that helped me. Many thanks!

  24. Beatriz says:

    Prices!…so many places. I need an eye ball number for those places. Like the Brooks or Woodruff fountaine, botanical graden…any ideas how much?

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      They’re all going to vary a great deal based on what time of year, day if the week, time of day. Just give the places a call and they can answer all your questions! 

  25. Dear Holly,

    Would you please add Maple Grove Farm to your list of wedding venues. It is a hidden treasure. Thank You.

  26. Marlon says:

    Great info. Lucky me I recently found your bloig by chance (stumbleupon).
    I’ve book-marked it for later!

  27. Holly Whitfield says:

    Karlee,

    It’s on my “to do” list 🙂

  28. Shaina says:

    Some of the most beautiful weddings I've seen all year took place at The Annesdale Mansion! So surprised that the Annesdale Mansion is not listed here. Awesome venues above, but you should def check out Annesdale ASAP!! You will be pleasantly surprised!! 

  29. Dechristianallen says:

    that’s a good places

  30. Dechristianallen says:

    I want to go there

  31. Liza says:

    Thanks for sharing. Your post is a useful coniirbutton.

  32. Elvira Morrison says:

    my partner and i are coming to menphis in 2019 for three days and would love to get married there, theres only going to be the two of us there can you help please

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Hi Elvira! Congratulations! I’d do some Googling and emailing with Memphis wedding venues – I’m not sure what you’re looking for exactly – but I do know that plenty of people come in town to marry at Graceland, you might wish to look into that. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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