Clarksville's location beside the Cumberland and Red rivers offers many exquisite spots to tie the knot. The city's natural beauty plays well with its historic and cultural destinations. Whether you prefer charming outdoor locales or classic American architecture, Clarksville has no shortage of memorable venues.
Beyond the area’s stunning wedding settings, Clarksville offers a wide array of amenities. From wedding planners to photographers and catering services, Clarksville’s professional vendors can take care of every last detail, so you can spend your special day simply enjoying the moment. Its conveniently-located hotels make everything really easy for your guests too.
Here is everything you need to know to plan your wedding in Clarksville.
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Unforgettable Wedding Venues
Finding that special place that reflects your personality is one of the most important parts of planning your wedding. Kristen Paige Photography
Clarksville offers a wide array of venues to spark your imagination. You can find just the right spot for an idyllic outdoor gathering, a more traditional indoor wedding, or an intimate ceremony in a modern space.
Surrounded by 140 acres of rolling farmland, The Ruby Cora is a blend of rustic charm, modern amenities, and thoughtful creature comforts. The historic farm offers both indoor and outdoor options for exchanging vows and the lakeside reception space is thoughtfully designed with room for 150 guests. The sprawling property has plenty of places for beautiful photo ops.
For an intimate spot with plenty of thoughtful touches, River House at Southern Light is an appealing place for a cozy ceremony. Perched above the Red River, the house has a panoramic property and 6,000 square feet of space, spread over three floors. There’s a spacious patio, balconies on every floor, and a cozy ‘man cave’ decked out with pool tables.
In addition to the more rustic, outdoor options, the city has many venues, brimming with character, that showcase slices of the region’s vibrant past. Perched overlooking the Cumberland River, the stately Smith-Trahern Mansion, constructed in the 1850s, is a fusion of transitional Greek Revival and Italianate styles. The antebellum home is on the list of National Historic Places and provides a beautiful setting for nuptials.
The Tanglewood House is a blend of history and elegance. You can have an indoor ceremony in the intimate Hearth Room, replete with elaborate stone and ironwork, or head outside and get hitched nestled among the property’s towering trees. If you are a history lover, the property’s 1790s cabin notably once served as a temporary residence for President Andrew Jackson.
Meanwhile, for connoisseurs of craft spirits, Old Glory Distilling makes for a memorable place to tie the knot. The fully-functioning distillery crafts a range of artisanal spirits, including small-batch bourbon, gin, rum, and smooth shine. The upscale space has stylish touches like exposed woodwork and brick detailing as well as views of the distillery. The elegant mezzanine, full-service bar, and commercial warming kitchen make the location the ideal spot for gathering with family and friends.
An Abundance of Photogenic Locations
Remember the day with fun outdoor photos in scenic Clarksville. Jessica Travis Photography
Clarksville’s beguiling blend of historic sites and idyllic outdoor spaces means there are plenty of spots for spectacular wedding photos. Dunbar Cave State Park provides a spectacular natural backdrop for wedding pictures. It’s hard to find a setting more stunning than an ancient cave sculpted by the Red River more than two million years ago. The 9-mile Clarksville Greenway is another visually appealing spot for outdoor shots and offers creeks, bluffs, flowers, trees, and a bridge as the scene. Both Port Royal State Historic Park and Historic Collinsville, spread over 40 acres of serene countryside, feature a mix of history and scenic settings for pictures.
Whether you need a g0-to spot for hair and make-up, a place to unwind with your bridal party, or just want a little well-deserved pampering, Clarksville’s range of spas and salons has you covered. Gather your bridal party, and plan a memorable day of shopping and styling in downtown Clarksville at Mildred and Mable’s. The beloved local boutique is loaded with fashionable finds, home goods, seasonal decorations, and wedding-themed gifts and goodies.
After perusing the boutique’s treasures, take a break for a little pampering at Isabella Sophia, the onsite spa specializing in hair, nails, and cosmetic styling. For a seamless wedding day, the stylists at Flawless Beauty can also provide in-spa styling services at Isabella Sophia and can arrange wedding day hair and make-up on location.
Eden Day Spa & Salon, a local fixture since 1997, is a full-service day spa that provides a wide range of specialty services and treatments, including hair, nails, massages, facials, body treatments, and cosmetic styling. The spa also offers a variety of specialty packages, including couples massages–the perfect way to unwind after your wedding.
Places to Gather with Family and Friends
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One of the best parts of a wedding is gathering together with family and friends. It’s important that wherever you choose to get hitched has plenty of choices for group fun to suit a variety of interests.
If you are looking for something elegant yet fit for any celebration, from rehearsal dinners to late night get-togethers with your groomsmen, try Edward’s Steakhouse. The exposed brick walls, classic décor, and live piano music on weekends make for an atmospheric place to linger over hand-cut steaks, bourbon-glazed salmon, classic pasta dishes, and decadent desserts.
If a crowd-pleaser suited to multiple generations is your need, The Catfish House is the perfect place. Family-owned for nearly 50 years, the laidback eatery offers Southern-inspired cuisine, including beloved staples like fried catfish, crab cakes, and jumbo shrimp, along with steaks, salads, and pasta dishes.
Ready to unwind with your bridesmaids or groomsmen? Head to Strawberry Alley Ale Works for a beer and a bite. Located in the heart of historic Clarksville, the brewery has 10 craft brews on tap year-round, including classic staples like 1820 Kolsch and the Class A IPA and seasonal ales like Raspberry Berlinerweiss. Besides inventive beers, Strawberry Alley Ale Works also dishes up hearty appetizers, imaginative salads, and burgers. Of note: The brewery can accommodate a range of gatherings from intimate weddings to large-scale celebrations.
Its historic charm, natural beauty, and fun craft beer scene make Clarksville a prime location for your wedding day. Now all that’s left is to say, “I do.”