Belle Meade Plantation

5025 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
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Average Base Cost: $20,000

Average base cost for a Belle Meade Plantation wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Peak Season ceremony/reception in the Boxwood Garden & Carriage House and an average food/beverage cost of $100/pp. Entertainment, flowers, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and tax is included.*Prices subject to change
 
 

How it Breaks Down:

Facility Rental Fee: The Belle Meade venue rental fees break down as follows:

Winter Season (Dec-Feb):

  • Carriage House (everyday): $3,000

Peak Season (April, May, June, September, October):

Boxwood Garden & Carriage House

  • Mon-Thurs: $3,500
  • Fri or Sun: $6,000
  • Sat: $7,000

Carriage House

  • Mon-Thurs: $3,000
  • Fri or Sun: $5,500
  • Sat: $6,500
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Photo by David Wright

Mid-Season (March, July, August, November)

Boxwood Garden & Carriage House

  • Mon-Thurs $3,500
  • Fri or Sun $5,500
  • Sat $6,500

Carriage House

  • Mon-Thurs $3,000
  • Fri or Sun $5,000
  • Sat $6,000
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Photo by Laura Allen

 

What’s Included: 

Vendors: There are required vendors for lighting, valet parking & heaters.  However, you get to choose your own vendors for everything else.

Food/Beverage: You may use your own licensed caterer (hooray!)

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More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: Up to 250 guests

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Bridal Suite: Yes

Parking: Yes

How Will Grandma Get There? The plantation is approximately 15-20 mins from downtown Nashville, where guests would most likely want to stay (I love The Hermitage Hotel and the Hyatt). Ideally out-of-town guests would be shuttled to the plantation or other transportation would be provided.

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Party On! Events can start anytime after 5 p.m. and go until 11 p.m.

The Report:

Update: A lot of great changes have been made to this venue since I last looked at it, and it is now more weather-friendly and guest-friendly with the addition of a tent and new bathrooms (as noted above). My original review is below.

The Belle Meade plantation is located in Belle Meade, an upscale part of town with huge houses and a lot of history. The plantation is a historic site that is situated on 30-acres of land and used to be a famous stud farm (hence the stables). The drive into the plantation is gorgeous…you cross an old bridge that brings you onto the main property, which is surrounded by patches of sunflowers and boxwood trees. The grounds are expansive, with old slave houses (this is the South, after all) and even a working winery. The Boxwood Garden, where the ceremony would most likely take place, is a shady garden with a stone aisle for the bride to walk down. What’s unique about the garden setup is that guests can be faced towards the bride as she walks down the aisle, with the musicians behind them or to the side. Guests can then walk over to the reception area, either the Carriage House and Stables, or a tented Paddock Area, which is basically a giant lawn. The Carriage House and Stables are covered and have giant wooden doors, and there is a covered walkway in between and around them that can be used for either a food station area or additional seating and bars. In the winter, you can install plastic drop-downs on the covered walkway to insulate the area and keep it warm.

Woman Getting Married Says:

This is definitely one of those classic Southern wedding venues worthy of a destination wedding. While the grounds are beautiful and the Carriage House and Stables are unique, if you want to have a somewhat formal wedding here there is quite a bit that has to be done to spruce it up. From flowing curtains and hanging lanterns, you can see from the photos below what you CAN do to make the space look great. A formal event would also most likely require upgraded chairs and/or tables from what is included in the rental fee (you can see their folding wooden chairs in the second picture, below). With all that said, if you’re looking for a rustic vibe with Southern charm, this venue is a great option as-is. I also love it as a casual rehearsal dinner option for a down-home BBQ!

Our Rating

9 Amenities/What’s Included

8 Convenient for Grandma

7 Layout

9 Location

9 Overall Charm

9 Venue Value

WGM Rating

4 Comments

  • Hi Rachel! Thank you so much for writing in. This entire listing has just been updated to reflect all changes. Thanks so much for letting us know.

  • Hi Lindsay,
    I was reading this page and what is now included is the following (directly from their website)
    Back up tent with floor for outdoor ceremony included -$10,000 value
    Outdoor cocktail lawn games area – $2000 value

    Thanks,
    Rachel

  • Hi Ross! That is great to know…I will update this! Thanks for writing in. 🙂

  • Ross Spann says:

    Hi – I wanted to let you know that this venue now provides very nice tents with its packages in case it does rain. There is no extra charge for the tent.

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