Get Hitched! 10 More Places to Get Married in Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 10th 2014 3165 9

Way back in 2011, there was this post about 10 places to get married in Memphis. It’s time to add to it. Here are numbers 1-10 from the original list (click here for photos and descriptions). Below that, I have another ten Memphis wedding and reception venue ideas that go beyond the boring banquet hall.

Read Part 1 of Uniquely Memphis Places to Get Hitched

1. National Ornamental Metal Museum
2. Lichterman Nature Center
3. Cadre Building
4. Elmwood Cemetery
5. Stax Museum of American Soul Music
6. Brooks Museum of Art
7. Hi-Tone Cafe
8. Central Station
9. Center For Southern Folklore
10. Memphis Botanic Gardens

Part 2: Uniquely Memphis/Mid-South Places To Get Hitched

11. 409 South Main (409 S. Main)

409 South Main

If you want the art gallery feel but have a large guest list, 409 South Main is your go-to place. It’s spacious, and it has two stories, wood floors, and a nice staircase if you feel the need for a grand entrance. It’s in the South Main district, a plus if you like a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Go here to read more on the history of 409 S. Main and to see the photo-ready mural on the side of the building.

12. A Schwab (163 Beale St.)
If you haven’t wandered into the refreshed A. Schwab general store/soda fountain on Beale in a while, you need to. It has all of the same hodgepodge charm, but now it’s much less, well, dusty. The second floor has a big open room with a small stage for events, and I can’t imagine anything cuter than post-wedding pictures at the old-fashioned soda fountain.

13. The Atrium at Overton Square (2102 Madison Ave.)

While there aren’t a ton venues in Midtown, The Atrium is a newish one in Overton Square. It’s an open room on the second floor of the main building (right by the big wind chimes) and has been completely restored with Art Deco-style metal arches and glasswork. There’s natural light if you’re doing a daytime affair, and the dressing rooms are pretty fancy, too. You may also have access to the Tower Courtyard, and parking will be no issue with the garage nearby.

14. Dixon Gallery & Gardens (4339 Park Ave.)

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In my previous life as a writer-of-wedding-stories (crazy, I know) I described the Dixon as the perfect place for a small- to medium-sized garden party weddings and receptions. I stand by this. There’s a little indoor space (see above) and the galleries, of course, but the best part is the variety of options for outdoor areas, i.e., different gardens with all kinds of seasonal blooms. The Dixon is good for spring, summer, or early fall weddings, it’s versatile, and it’s very Memphis.

15. Heartwood Hall (2665 Raleigh LaGrange Rd., Piperton) 

I’ll admit my bias now: Heartwood Hall and its owner, Denise, are two of my favorite places and people, respectively. The antebellum mansion is stunning outside and inside and the grounds are immaculate, but everything still manages to feel hospitably relaxed and charming. Heartwood Hall has history, and Denise spared no expense when authentically restoring the home and property (it was almost condemned). The location is far out of the way of Memphis proper, in Piperton, but you’ll put Pinterest to shame with a wedding in the mansion, rose garden, or the big barn.

16. Madison Hotel (83 Madison Ave.)

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Photo via Twilight Sky Terrace’s Facebook page.

While the Peabody will always be the place for grand Southern affairs, the Madison Hotel is perfect if you need something more contemporary and fresh. You can exchange vows on the roof with perhaps the best views Memphis, have a cocktail hour in their swanky lobby lounge, dance the night away under the stars, take photos in their super cool bank vault, then head upstairs to your honeymoon suite.

17. Maple Grove Farm (4989 Windsong Park Dr., Collierville)

If you’re looking for a straight-up Southern farm for your wedding weekend, Maple Grove Farm in Collierville has all the charming chapels, rustic white fences, lovely lawns, fountains, and mid-pond gazebos a couple could wish for. It’s kind of like a country wedding wonderland. The grounds are so large, it’s really up to you how you’d want to use the space, no matter the size of your guest list.

18. Memphis Zoo (2000 Prentiss Place) 

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Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo, view from on top of the waterfall.

Do you want to get married on a rock in the middle of the sea lion exhibit? What about in a rustic lodge with bears and wolves right outside? In a Chinese garden while pandas chomp on bamboo? Of course you do! In all seriousness, the Memphis Zoo is one of the best in the U.S. and has several locations on the property for ceremonies and receptions, i.e. the Teton Trek, Northworst Passage, China Exhibit, front entrance by the water features…the list goes on. The animals aren’t actually out and about in the evenings, but the facilities are unique and weddings at the Zoo are some of the best and most comfortable I’ve attended, venue-wise.

19. Propcellar (2585 Summer Ave.) 

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Photo via. Propcellar’s Facebook page.

Propcellar in the Broad Avenue District will not only provide you with seriously one-of-a-kind decor, but also a place to have your reception in their warehouse. The industrial space is a bit of a blank slate, which seems perfect for a venue that can set you up with anything from Victorian sofas to antique chandeliers to vintage china place settings. Keep your eye on this one if you’re planning a long engagement – the Propcellar team is planning some upgrades to the space in the next year or so.

20. Woodruff Fontaine House (680 Adams Ave.)

woodruff fontaine

Tie the knot on Memphis’ original Millionaires Row. The Woodruff Fontaine house is a French Victorian mansion built in 1870 in what we now call Victorian Village. It’s been restored in the last few years and the interior is full of absolutely gorgeous stained glass, grand staircases, and antique furnishings, and the front and back lawns are lovely, especially when in full bloom. In keeping with the Victorian vibe, Mollie Fontaine Lounge across the street would make a lovely rehesarsal dinner or engagement party space.

This is just a short list – there are a ton of unique places in Memphis to get married. Other ideas: ask your favorite restaurant if you can rent out a private room for the reception (lots of restaurants are doing this now). 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. You forgot one of the most Memphis locations of all, the Junior League of Memphis's Community Resource Center! Historic, classic elegance in the heart of Memphis!

  2. Gary Jones says:

    I nominate the Memphis Pink Palace

    I attended a beautiful, most perfect outside wedding there!

  3. Shane says:

    The atrium at Visible Music College is also a wonderful space for a wedding and/or reception! 200 Madison

  4. Memphish says:

    And don't forget MinglewoodHall. They do a ton of weddings and receptions every year, sometimes at the same time in different parts of the building. 

  5. Chrissy Garner says:

    I've always thought Minglewood Hall would be a cool place for a wedding.

  6. Diane miller says:

    Graceland wedding chapel

  7. Jennifer Routh says:

    I went to a wedding this past summer at Annesdale Mansion and it was gorgeous! Can't believe its not on this llist!?!? 

  8. G. Warren says:

    Let's not forget the Esplanade Banquet & Conference Center in Cordova. Perfect location for a wedding and reception!

  9. Misty says:

    I had mine at the Balinese Ballroom downtown. It was perfect and beautiful. 

  10. Teresa Boswell says:

    Don't forget Graceland!!!  There is nothing more Memphis than that.  My husband and I had a small ceremony there in 2006. It was beautiful.  

  11. Great list! I'm loving all the new wedding venues popping up like The Atrium and Propcellar. There are a lot of choices for couples these days!

  12. Kim says:

    Check out Waterworks Memphis, next to Palladio.  That's where we got hitched!

  13. Rollin Riggs says:

    Don't miss the historic grandeur of the former NBC bank lobby downtown, now re-christened as The Columns at One Commerce Square: http://www.regmemphis.com/venues/The-Columns-at-One-Commerce-Square/

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