Famously known for being the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll” and the BBQ capital of the county, Memphis has a range of beautiful venues for special occasions, celebrations, and gatherings for all tastes and budgets. Whether you are looking to say ‘I do’ in a historic Antebellum mansion surrounded by stunning gardens or in a chic and contemporary boutique setting, or celebrate with a large reception in a Balinese-inspired ballroom, this charming southwestern city has something for everyone. Here are a few of Memphis' top wedding and reception venues.
1.409 South Main
© 409 South Main
Situated on Main Street in the heart of Memphis, 409 South Main has a rich history dating back to 1912, when it was built to house the White Wilson Drew Company, a goods wholesaler. Today, the beautifully preserved building provides an elegant venue for weddings, receptions, and other special functions and events. The space can accommodate up to 230 guests and features a fully equipped kitchen for catering as well as off-street parking to rent. The venue also allows off-site vendors to use the space for various events and functions.
409 S Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-341-3838
© Annesdale Mansion
Blending beautiful European architecture with vintage Southern charm, Annesdale Mansion is an 1850s Italianate villa situated in the Annesdale Snowden Historic District in Midtown Memphis, offering an exquisite venue for weddings, receptions, and other special occasions. Boasting hand-painted ceilings, marble mantles, crystal chandeliers, and gold gilded frames as well as a magnolia covered garden, the mansion sets the scene for an unforgettable event. The building caters for indoor and outdoor ceremonies and grand receptions and offers a variety of packages and services, including catering, florists, event planning and management, and more.
1325 Lamar Avenue, Annesdale Snowden Historic District, Memphis, TN, Phone: 901-490-9460
© Balinese Ballroom
The Balinese Ballroom offers three beautiful ballrooms for all types of functions and events from weddings, receptions, anniversaries, and reunions to corporate functions, workshops, and family gatherings. The downstairs ballroom is a 4,300-square-foot multi-functional room that can accommodate up to 250 guests with full bar facilities and functional seating areas, a dance floor and televisions, while the upstairs ballroom offers 4,500 square feet of space with the same amenities. The High Point Ballroom is equipped with a stage and sunken wooden dance floor, a full-service bar and comfortable seating for up to 200 guests. The Balinese Ballroom also offers a variety of menus to suit every occasion and budget, from simple finger foods to gourmet sit-down meals, along with full service bars.
330 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-522-1144
4.Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
© Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Founded in 1916, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the oldest and largest art museum in Tennessee and can be rented for special occasions such as weddings, receptions, and other celebrations. From intimate gatherings to lavish events, the Brooks offers the perfect setting for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners, with different spaces filled with world-class art that can accommodate up to 400 guests. Spaces range from the elegant Dunavant Rotunda for larger parties to the smaller, more intimate Holly Court for cozy gatherings. Events can be tailor-made to suit every need and budget with a variety of packages and unique services provided by the museum’s events team.
1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, Phone: 901-544-6200
© Cedar Hall
Built in 1846 and located at 3712 Broadway Road, Cedar Hall is one of the oldest properties remaining in Bartlett. This classic triple story Colonial Revival-style home is a beautiful example of immaculately preserved antebellum architecture and provides a romantic location for weddings, receptions, and other special celebrations. Traditionally used as a private residence, the mansion boasts 7,000 square feet of space with a grand staircase, which is ideal for a bridal descent. Surrounded by over 10 acres of manicured English gardens, water features, and fountains, the grounds of Cedar Hall also provide an exquisite backdrop for outdoor ceremonies, receptions, and other events.
3712 Broadway Rd. Bartlett, TN 38135, Phone: 901-377-4099
6.Dixon Gallery and Gardens
© Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Established in 1976, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is an art museum surrounded by 17 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on Park Avenue in Memphis. The fine art museum and public garden offers innovative programs in the arts and horticulture and provides an exceptional venue for wedding receptions or rehearsal dinners. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens feature two facilities that cater for all types of events and functions, namely the Hughes Pavilion, which can accommodate up to 200 guests for a cocktail-style reception, or 100 to 120 seated, and the Winegardner Auditorium, either of which can be transformed to accommodate any event’s needs. The Dixon also offers a small vow exchange ceremony for 15 or fewer people in the venue’s beautifully landscaped gardens.
4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117, Phone: 901-761-5250
Ideally located on the N. Germantown Pkwy near Macon Road in Memphis, The Esplanade Banquet & Conference Center offers a fantastic venue for all kinds of events, functions, and special celebrations including weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. Boasting a contemporary, modern design with spacious open-plan areas, the facility has the Presidential Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 500 guests. Rental of the facility includes extra services such as the use of tables, chairs and black linens, table overlays, chair sashes, and other décor. The Presidential Ballroom can be divided into three smaller rooms for more intimate occasions, while the Eden Gardens Courtyard offers a beautiful outdoor venue with two large water features and a fire pit for alfresco-style cocktail parties. Additional services include a full-service bar, in-house catering, and tableware.
901 Cordova Station Ave, Memphis, TN 38018, Phone: 901-753-3333
© Heartwood Hall
Exuding the charm and grace of a bygone era, Heartwood Hallhistoric home is located on 25 acres of rolling woodlands east of Memphis. Built in 1840, the stately mansion is surrounded by landscaped gardens with magnificent oak trees and offers an exceptional venue for romantic weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions, bridal luncheons, and more. Heartwood Hall boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor locations, ranging from the main house, with over 7,000 square feet of space, and the Four Seasons Garden for outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions to the picturesque cabin on the lake and the cobblestone courtyard of the climate-controlled barn.
2665 Raleigh La Grange Road, Rossville, TN 38066, Phone: 901-854-2294
9.Hillwood at Davies Manor Plantation
© Hillwood at Davies Manor Plantation
The Hillwood At Davies Manor Plantation is the oldest log home in Shelby County and provides a beautiful and historic venue for weddings, receptions, and other special occasions. Located in Bartlett, the historic property is surrounded by 32 acres of plantation land and various buildings as well as several manicured gardens, including a kitchen and medicinal herb garden. Hillwood can accommodate all types of functions and events throughout the year, ranging from outdoor ceremonies in the vine-covered gazebo or on the lawns of the 1830 log home to intimate indoor gatherings in the wooded cathedral on the front meadow. Hillwood also provides an array of services and vendors, including catering, photography, decoration, floral arrangements, and event planning and management.
9336 E Davies Plantation Rd, Memphis, TN 38133, Phone: 901-386-0715
10.Lichterman Nature Center
© Lichterman Nature Center
Located in the heart of metropolitan Memphis, the Lichterman Nature Center is a beautifully maintained natural environment made up of 65 acres of meadows of native wildflowers, forests, and a lake that is home to a wealth of fauna and flora. In addition to being on the city’s top environmental and educational centers, the nature retreat also offers a unique venue for special celebrations and occasions such as weddings and receptions with both indoor and outdoor options. The William A. Loewenberg Visitor Center features five outdoor pavilions for meetings and gala events, while the Davidson Special Events Pavilion is a 2,160-square-foot outdoor pavilion with a massive stone fireplace, serving kitchen, picnic tables, and restrooms.
5992 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119, Phone: 901-636-2211
© Madison Hotel
Exuding the cool and contemporary Memphis vibe, the Madison Hotel is a stylish urban hotel that features chic décor, modern furnishings, artful details, and a cosmopolitan ambiance. In addition to luxurious accommodations, modern amenities, and first-class service, the hotel also offers a stunning venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, vow renewals, and commitment ceremonies. The Madison's event space features floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the room with natural light and beautiful views, an outdoor patio overlooking Main Street, and the Twilight Sky Terrace on the 17th floor, which boasts breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. The hotel offers catering services from one of Memphis’ most renowned restaurants, eighty3, as well assistance with accommodation, concierge services, and free parking for guests.
79 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-333-1200
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12.Memphis Botanic Garden
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Memphis Botanic Garden is a 96-acre arboretum that features 28 specialty gardens filled with a variety of plants, flowers, and trees. The botanic garden features a range of beautifully manicured garden spaces and several indoor event spaces that cater for groups and parties of up to 600 guests. Whether it’s an intimate wedding ceremony, a special family reunion, or a lavish reception dinner, Memphis Botanic Garden has the perfect space for any type of significant celebration. Areas include Hardin Hall, which can accommodate 350 seated or over 500 standing, the Goldsmith Room for up to 150 seated guests and 200 theater-style, and Sara's Place in the heart of the garden, which caters for up to 125 seated guests. Memphis Botanic Garden also offers additional services such as approved caterers and preferred vendor lists.
750 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117, Phone: 901-636-4100
13.No. 2 Vance
© No. 2 Vance
Located in the downtown entertainment business district in the century-old Ballard and Ballard Obelisk building, No. 2 Vance offers an exceptional venue for a unique event experience. Known as “the room with a view” with breathtaking panoramic vistas over Tom Lee Park and the Mississippi River, No. 2 Vance features an indoor space with exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, and an outdoor deck access via glass sliding doors that can comfortably accommodate 75 guests for a seated gathering and 100 people for a reception-style gathering.
325 Wagner Street, Memphis, TN, 38103, Phone: 901-359-2802
14.The Great Hall & Conference Center
© The Great Hall & Conference Center
The Great Hall & Conference Center offers over 8,600 square feet of flexible meeting space, a modern conference center with state-of-the-art technology, professional event planning teams, and plenty of free parking for guests. The Great Hall can accommodate both large and small events and features high ceilings, huge windows, a fully equipped prep kitchen, an audiovisual center, a dressing room, and access to a Romeo and Juliet balcony for romantic moments. The 8,675-square-foot conference center caters for up to 84 delegates or guests in a tiered theater seating style or a boardroom format and features cushioned and moveable seating, high-end technology, and top of the range sound systems. Things to Do in Memphis
1900 S. Germantown Road, Germantown, Tennessee 38138, Phone: 901-757-7373
© Ridgemont Ballroom
The Ridgemont Ballroom is an elegant 5,000-square-foot facility that caters for weddings, receptions, and special ceremonies for up to 225 guests. Designed to accommodate all party sizes from intimate family affairs to lavish gala receptions, the Ridgemont Ballroom can seat up to 225 guests in the main ballroom and has smaller rooms for up to 40 guests for more intimate affairs such as baby showers, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers. The Ridgemont Ballroom also offers a variety of packages and additional services, including catering, full-service bar, wait staff, professional event planning and management teams, and preferred vendor lists for all types of budgets and tastes.
3774 Raleigh Millington Road, Tennessee 38138, Phone: 901-308-2127
16.The Atrium at Overton Square
© The Atrium at Overton Square
Nestled in the center of Overton Square, The Atrium at Overton Square
is a premium events venue that caters for a variety of special functions. Boasting high ceilings, steel arches, and contemporary décor, the private event center is managed exclusively by the internationally acclaimed culinary team from CFY Catering, promising first-class cuisine and service. All events include a range of amenities, including a selection of tables of varying sizes, Chiavari chairs, an events planning and management team, a security guard, and setup and breakdown of the function before and after the event.
2105 Madison Ave, Memphis TN 38104, Phone: 901-213-4514
17.The Bridge at ChrisLeigh Farm
© The Bridge at ChrisLeigh Farm
Set on a beautiful 92-acre farm near Memphis, the Bridge at ChrisLeigh Farm offers an idyllic countryside setting for romantic weddings, ceremonies, receptions, and other special occasions. Located just minutes from I-40, the farm is close to the city, however, exudes a rustic countryside ambiance and is home to the only covered bridge in Shelby County. Exclusive features of the venue include a massive old Black Jack Oak Tree, original log cabins, ice-packed canoes serving pink lemonade from the tranquil pond, and the famous covered bridge overlooking the water.
10455 Monroe Road, Lakeland Tennessee 38002, Phone: 901-338-7810
© The Cadre
Built in 1928, the historic Cadre Building is a grand ballroom of timeless beauty in the heart of Memphis that boasts intricately crafted, hand-painted, gold-leaf columns, beautiful crystal chandeliers, exquisite drapery, a spacious mezzanine level, and exceptional staff and service. Offering event capabilities for both intimate gatherings and large celebrations, The Cadre provides an outstanding selection of preferred vendors, catering and in-house services, and first-class wait staff, and can arrange all aspects of an event from floral arrangements and transportation to specialty décor and entertainment. The Cadre offers a variety of wedding packages, including ceremony-only, and ceremony and reception packages as well as cocktail hours and wedding photos on the spacious mezzanine.
149 Monroe Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-779-1500
19.Chimes and Occasions
© Chimes and Occasions
Conveniently located in the heart of Midtown, Chimes and Occasions is an event company that caters for all types of functions, events and special celebrations from family gatherings to weddings. Established in 1998, the company provides for both ceremonies and receptions with a quaint French chapel called The Chimes for romantic ceremonies of up to 125 guests. The non-denominational chapel offers an intimate setting for all types of ceremonies and features 15-foot ceilings and elegantly furnished dressing rooms. Furnished with European antiques and accessories, Occasions provides the perfect space for receptions of up to 150 guests and features two levels and a beautifully landscaped courtyard at the back of the property.
201 South Cooper Street, Memphis, TN, 38104, Phone: 901-722-9687
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20.The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange
© The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange
The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange is a historic space dedicated to sharing the story of cotton and reflecting the Southern charm and unique history of Memphis. Located at the corner of Union Avenue and Front Street, the historic landmark is home to the floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange and can be rented as a unique venue for special occasions. Built in 1922, the Cotton Exchange Trade Floor features 3,200 square feet of space with 30-foot ceilings, magnificent arched windows, and intricate architectural details from the 1920s period. The museum space features a full catering kitchen, two large restrooms, and free off-street parking for guests.
65 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38103, Phone: 901-531-7826
21.The Metal Museum
© The Metal Museum
Dedicated exclusively to the art and craft of fine metalwork, the Metal Museum offers a picturesque venue for celebrations and special events. Located just south of downtown Memphis with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and the Harahan Bridge, the museum is nestled among huge oak trees, creating a beautiful outdoor locale for outdoor ceremonies, and picnic-style receptions. Gazebos and tents can be set up on the lawns for seated receptions, and a range of services such as preferred vendors and catering are offered. The Metal Museum also offers unique activities that can be incorporated into any event, such as tours of the museum, metalwork demonstrations, and more.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, TN 38106, Phone: 901-774-6380
22.The River Inn of Harbor Town
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The River Inn of Harbor Town is an elegant boutique hotel overlooking the Mississippi River that offers a stylish venue for weddings, receptions, and other celebrations. Located just a short drive from the center of Memphis as well as attractions such as the Orpheum Theatre and Memphis Cook Convention Center, the River Inn features modern banquet and event spaces that can accommodate large and small functions, gourmet catering from Paulette's Restaurant, and a rooftop terrace with breathtaking views. Amenities and services offered by the hotel for the bridal party and guests include free parking, luxurious accommodation, and modern amenities including a beautiful bridal suite, access to the hotel’s facilities, and concierge services to take care of every need.
50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-260-3333
23.Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum
© Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum
The Woodruff-Fontaine House beautifully preserved French Victorian mansion that was built in 1870 and stands as a reminder of a bygone era. Located along “Millionaire’s Row” in Memphis, the historic 19th-century mansion is surrounded by ancient magnolia trees and offers an exceptional venue for romantic weddings and receptions. The Front Lawn of the mansion is a stunning outdoor venue for romantic ceremonies of up to 250 guests, while the Carriage House is ideal for receptions of up to 200 people. The Club Room exudes a rustic English countryside ambiance with beamed ceilings, stone and brick walls, and four fireplaces and can accommodate up to 100 people, while the charming 1890s Gingerbread House in the garden is perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 30 guests. The Woodruff-Fontaine House also offers special services such as preferred vendor lists and catering.
680 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38105, Phone: 901-526-1469
23 Best Wedding Venues in Memphis
- 409 South Main, Photo: 409 South Main
- Annesdale Mansion, Photo: Annesdale Mansion
- Balinese Ballroom, Photo: Balinese Ballroom
- Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Photo: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
- Cedar Hall, Photo: Cedar Hall
- Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Photo: Dixon Gallery and Gardens
- Esplanade, Photo: Esplanade
- Heartwood Hall, Photo: Heartwood Hall
- Hillwood at Davies Manor Plantation, Photo: Hillwood at Davies Manor Plantation
- Lichterman Nature Center, Photo: Lichterman Nature Center
- Madison Hotel, Photo: Madison Hotel
- Memphis Botanic Garden, Photo: Courtesy of Alex Li - Fotolia.com
- No. 2 Vance, Photo: No. 2 Vance
- The Great Hall & Conference Center, Photo: The Great Hall & Conference Center
- Ridgemont Ballroom, Photo: Ridgemont Ballroom
- The Atrium at Overton Square, Photo: The Atrium at Overton Square
- The Bridge at ChrisLeigh Farm, Photo: The Bridge at ChrisLeigh Farm
- The Cadre, Photo: The Cadre
- Chimes and Occasions, Photo: Chimes and Occasions
- The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, Photo: The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange
- The Metal Museum, Photo: The Metal Museum
- The River Inn of Harbor Town, Photo: Courtesy of mnimage - Fotolia.com
- Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum, Photo: Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of illustrissima - Fotolia.com