Some of My Absolute Favorite Wedding Venues in Memphis, TN

wedding portrait at Woodruff Fontaine House Museum in Memphis, TN

Congratulations, you just got engaged! Now you must be looking for the best spot to tie the knot, right? Fortunately for you, Memphis is a stunning place to get engaged, get married, get some rest, get an adventure going… It has so many gorgeous locations – from mansions and chic art museums, to riverfront venues. However, finding the perfect fit can be challenging, because there are so many cool wedding venues in Memphis. Some are intimate, some are perfect for elopements, some are home to some big and bold weddings. But no worries here! To help you, I have curated a list of some of my favorite wedding venues in Memphis, TN.

This Photographer’s Favorite Wedding Venues in Memphis, TN

Midtown Venues

Woodruff Fontaine Museum

Plan an unforgettable elopement at the Woodruff Fontaine Museum! The stunning and historic wedding venue is a 19th-century historical mansion where weddings have been a tradition since 1871. It features antique furnishing, breathtaking grounds, and French victorian charm that makes for perfect photos of your special day. I have photographed here a few times and it has quickly become one of my favorite venues to photograph. The staff is amazing, the house is so, so cool, and the grounds are just beautiful. I have more details and photos of the venue here if you’re looking to book the Woodruff Fontaine House!!

An intimate wedding portrait of a couple in the tower of Woodruff Fontaine Museum, photographed by Wandering Creative Wedding Venues in Memphis, TN
view from the top of the stairs as a couple dances below at the woodruff fontaine house museum Wedding Venues in Memphis, TN

Elmwood Cemetery

Elmwood’s historic grounds are stunning if you are looking for a memorable venue. Its beautiful settings form the perfect backdrop for your special day. The primary event venue boasts of beamed-ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring natural beauty inside. Several outdoor locations are available, including the cottage garden and paved area for elopement weddings. If you’re unsure about eloping in a cemetery, but it sounds like your vibe, check out this intimate wedding at Elmwood Cemetery shot in July!

newlyweds stand under the Elmwood Cemetery Arch at the entrance to the venue.
Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis TN

Brooks Museum of Art

This museum is another one of my favorite wedding venues in Memphis, TN, and one I highly recommend. The Brooks Museum of Art is an excellent site with outdoor galleries and terraces that are such cool spots for a private ceremony. It is a flexible wedding venue with the potential to realize any vision. I adore this extravagant site, because it offers lots of ease and flexibility regarding elopements and intimate weddings! Check out their wedding and event packages, or, if you’re really feeling it, meet me on the steps for a quick ceremony to seal the deal!

Hi-tone Cafe

If you and your partner are big-time fans of rock’n’roll, get hitched at this fantastic music venue! Exchange vows at the place where some of the most incredible bands like Those Darlins and Elvis Costello have ever played. AND…my band Laramie. We played here many a late night years ago. The owner, Skinny, is the absolute kindest and coolest guy, so you want somewhere that not only has music history, but love from locals, this is it. A small wedding venue in Memphis that is perfect for modern and eclectic couples.

Memphis Botanic Garden

Get ready to have your mind blown by your dream wedding or elopement at the Memphis Botanic Garden! MBG is one of the best wedding venues in Memphis, TN, featuring 96 acres of enchanting gardens, woodlands, and stunning indoor spaces. Exchange vows in front of the Japanese Garden of Tranquility famed red bridge, in the rose garden, or in any other spot. Your wedding ceremony will no doubt be perfect-nothing short of magical. I’ve assisted on some enormous weddings here, and I’ve done small elopement sessions. Any way you spin it, MBG is incredibly ideal for a wedding. Head over to Kim and Jeff’s elopement blog for some peeks at the gardens.

A newly eloped couple walks together by the fountain at Memphis Botanic Gardens, photographed by Wandering Creative

Downtown Venues

Metal Museum

First up: The Metal Museum! A scenic venue situated right in the heart of Memphis. Nestled beautifully on the Mississippi River, the venue enables you to celebrate your wedding in a really unique atmosphere. The grounds are beautifully dotted with century-old trees that give an elegant backdrop for the ceremony or reception. But, if lots of nature isn’t what you’re looking for, there is plenty of incredible sculpture art around. There are numerous outdoor sites suitable for both elopements and intimate gatherings.

Central Station Hotel | A Retro/Modern Wedding Venue

The hotel features a perfect blend of historic architecture with contemporary design. The Central Station Hotel provides one-of-a-king of settings that you will most certainly fall in love with after you say “I do”. You will absolutely marvel at the customized chandeliers, high-end engineering, and original train station that has been carefully restored. It’s modern meets retro, and let’s not forget the iconic speaker wall. You’ll definitely want a photo :) If you’re not convinced, head over to Caroline & Neil’s courthouse wedding with a Central Station reception to follow. You’ll have speaker wall envy :)

Central Station Hotel, Memphis TN
one of the best elopement venues in Memphis, the Central Station Hotel

The River Inn | A perfect intimate gathering

If you dream of exchanging vows as you overlook an incredible riverfront, one of my favorite spots is the River Inn. Here, you have access to scenic views of the Mississippi that cannot be found anywhere else in Memphis. You can have an intimate gathering at the Terrace at River Inn, or just elope in Harbortown and have some portraits done in and around the hotel. The choice is yours :)

Bridal portrait at The River Inn, photographed by Elopement Photographer, Wandering Creative
The River Inn, Memphis, TN
A bride and groom share their first dance in an intimate ceremony at Terrace at The River Inn.
Terrace at The River Inn, Memphis, TN

Wedding Venues in Memphis, TN

How do you like this first round of stunning wedding venues in Memphis, TN? I hope this eases some stress! Also, most of these venues offer elopement packages to meet your needs. So whether you are planning to have a courthouse wedding, have a big wedding shindig, or elope in a cool Memphis venue, this city will take care of you :)

And if you’ve gotten this far and are sold on a Memphis wedding venue, but don’t have a photographer yet, have a look at my portfolio and…book me :) Get married in Memphis! For ideas on what to do with the rest of your wedding or elopement weekend, or just a sweet getaway, I’ve got a list of great ideas for you right here :)

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