Cheekwood Est. Prior to 1930

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN, United States

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Cheekwood is a beautiful 55-acre estate on the western edge of Nashville, Tennessee.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Garden
Historic Building
Views
Courtyard
Creek
Forest
Garden
Historical Monument
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Park
Rolling Hills
Water Feature
Style
Classic
Eco
Elegant
Garden Party
Romantic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Baby Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Group Getaway
Holiday Party
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Elopement
Vow Renewal

Venue Setting

BURR TERRACE GARDEN 
Installed in 1972, this space is reminiscent of a garden in Padua, Italy that is considered to be the oldest surviving botanical garden in the world. The Burr Garden is an enclosed cottage garden on three levels with pastel colored perennials, an armillary bed, and a fountain. The flowering season begins in early spring with blooming perennials and contrasting violas. Summer presents a sea of color with summer phlox, blue star, columbine and purple cone flower. In the fall, asters, dahlias, and anemones are evident. Near the circular fountain there is an arbor with the elegant rose ‘New Dawn’. 

WILLS PERENNIAL GARDEN
Below the formal gardens of the mansion is the Wills Perennial Garden. It is dedicated to both new and traditional perennials and many bearded irises. A steep limestone wall provides both habitat and background for this colorful, full-sun garden. The Wills garden reaches its peak in the summer when the succession of color culminates with asters, salvias, sunflowers, rudbeckias and ornamental grasses. 

JAPANESE GARDEN – Shomu-en
The lantern at the gate is a symbol of enlightenment, and is always open as a sign of welcome. Shomu-en, the pine-mist garden, is in four parts. The roji, or crooked path, slows your progress and invites observation. Another gate is passed through into the dark bamboo forest, intended to turn the mind inward. A third gate takes you into a grassy courtyard with ginkgos, maples and a carved basin where water falls from a bamboo pipe into a rock basin. Ascending the wide steps and entering the pavilion, a great body of water, symbolized by raked gravel, comes into view. It contains granite islands and is surrounded by stunted pines seen on a distant shore. A stream comes down the mountainside and graceful maples complete the peaceful scene. 

HERB GARDEN
This garden, installed in 1983, displays herbal plants that can be grown in Middle Tennessee.  The Herb Garden features two connecting spaces with lovely flagstone flooring and historical column artifacts from the First Tennessee Statehouse. 

REFLECTING POOL
The Reflecting Pool is a hidden expanse of the Boxwood Gardens, and is located on the western slope of the Museum overlooking nearby hills. Guests find themselves transported to another time and place within a garden accented with water features, stonework and a breathtaking view of the museum and surrounding grounds. 

HOWE GARDEN
One of the centerpieces of the institution’s botanical gardens and a beloved fixture in Nashville’s horticultural community, underwent a near-$1 million renovation in 2012. The Howe Garden has garnered national renowned for its horticulture, design and environmental impact. Originally theWildings Garden, a mid-20th century private garden at the East Nashville home of self-trained horticulturalist Mrs. Harry A. (Cora) Howe—was moved to Cheekwood in 1969. This space includes a water feature, thatched cottage, extensive stone work, and the original iron gates from the Wildings Garden. 

THE FRIST LEARNING CENTER and THE FRIST LAWN 
The Learning Center has a warm, rustic yet elegant appeal, combining the original stables and carriage house of the Cheek estate with a two-story, glass building opening onto a lovely brick courtyard. The former stables have been transformed into Cheekwood’s Contemporary Art Galleries, with a terrace overlooking downtown Nashville. In addition, this space offers four rooms to accommodate board meetings to seminars. The Frist Lawn is adjacent to the Frist Learning Center and has a view of the eastern slope of the museum grounds with a stone wall and lush trees. 
Capacity – 250 ceremony – 500 reception – 250 dinner

CHEEKWOOD HISTORIC MANSION & MUSEUM
The Historic Mansion is ideal for both elegant receptions and small, seated dinners. The home is a 1920’s Georgian-style mansion, the former home of Leslie and Mabel Cheek. The collections include 19th and 20th century American paintings and decorative arts, as well as outstanding traveling exhibitions. Rental of the Historic Mansion & Museum includes use of the Swan Lawn. Tenting and flooring is a requirement of the rental of this facility.
Capacity – 100 ceremony – 500 reception – 350 dinner

MASSEY HALL
The most versatile of Cheekwood’s event sites, Massey Hall is ideal for meetings, luncheons, receptions, or seated dinners. Massey Display Hall and its adjoining terraces provide a changing backdrop of art exhibits and greenery.
Capacity – 350 reception – 300 dinner
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

Parking is complimentary. We include up to 250 white Samsonite chairs in any ceremony rental. 
Not included: catering & service staff, bar & bar staff, rentals & tenting, valet, decor. 

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
300
Buffet
300
Standing
450
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Prior to 1930
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Select A Caterer From The List Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Cheekwood is Nashville’s premier wedding destination and the perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, showers, wedding ceremonies, receptions, elopements, and photography sessions. In lieu of a vast ballroom, Cheekwood offers unique indoor and outdoor wedding venues, including our botanical gardens and Historic Mansion & Museum, perfect for a couple’s dream wedding. If you are searching for the perfect wedding venue in Nashville, let us show you how Cheekwood can make your dream wedding a reality. 
Extra Perks:
Up to 250 white folding chairs for ceremony sites (upgrades available for additional fee)
Ceremony Rehearsal

 

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