Magnolia + Ember has been a Knoxville wedding photographer since 2010. During that extended time, I have worked at countless wedding venues throughout the area. This curated list of my favorite spaces includes booking information and highlights of some weddings I have captured at each location. You will find a mix of indoor and outdoor wedding venues as well as a variety of both urban appeal and nature settings to help you find the ideal space.
THE EMPORIUM CENTER
INDOOR | URBAN
The Emporium Center has a vibe of its own. The space is home to Knoxville’s first true arts center and located in the heart of downtown’s Art District on historic Gay Street and close to the Old City. The art museum showcases local and regional artists year-round through changing exhibitions in the galleries, so the art plays right into the design of your wedding.
The 28,000 sq. ft. of flexible use space has large glass windows providing ample natural light, exposed original wood beams, brick walls, and 18’ ceilings of the 1890s building. There is lots of history in this building. The capacity for the combined upper and lower spaces is 200 guests for seated receptions and up to 480 for standing receptions. The Emporium Center rents on an hourly basis with no minimum or maximum requirements. Rates range from $105-$300 per hour, and include 150 black folding chairs, 20 rectangular banquet tables, portable amp & microphone, projection screen, easels. Discounts are offered for weddings with fewer than 50 guests or for weddings that take place Monday-Thursday.
Contact Suzanne Cada for booking inquires and more info: sc [@] knoxalliance.com
IJAMS NATURE CENTER
OUTDOOR | NATURE
At Ijams Nature Center, you’ll enjoy lush foliage and the subtle sounds of nature. Centrally located just five minutes from downtown, the 315-acre wildlife sanctuary and greenspace is one of Knoxville’s greatest treasures. The beautiful rustic arbors provide a natural framework for the wedding ceremony and may be decorated to suit your particular style.
Wedding ceremonies and receptions are held at the Ijams Home Site, where the legacy of the Ijams family started in 1910, and is the only section of the Ijams grounds specifically designated for weddings. Packages include use of the meadow, covered pavilion, tent pad, terraced gardens and the Miller Building, which has a small gathering/storage area, a changing area, restroom and a kitchen. The max capacity is 250 guests.
Package are priced based on time of use, with optional rehearsal:
4-hour Wedding Package – $1,650
6-hour Wedding Package – $2,250
2-hour Ceremony Only – $550
Additional Hourly Fee – $275
Contact Carolyn Corley for booking inquires and more info: yourevent [@] ijams.org
KNOXVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN
INDOOR + OUTDOOR | NATURE
Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is a 47-acre public garden located in East Knoxville, just two miles from the center of the city. The history of the KBGA spans over 200 years of family, flowers, and friends. It is the story of how a daughter’s dream to preserve the legacy of her family – the Howell family – was brought to life by a gift of love from the community.
Weddings at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum are a magical experience by virtue of its natural beauty. There are a variety of wedding location choices on the grounds: Stone Terraces, Garden Club Room, Martha H. Ashe Garden, and an ivy-covered Stone Greenhouse.
Contact Larissa Orten for booking inquires and more info: larissa [@] knoxgarden.org
THE PRESS ROOM
INDOOR | URBAN
The Press Room offers an all-inclusive experience, aimed to minimize the stress of coordinating outside vendors and maximize the opportunity to create a magical day that you and your guests will remember for years to come! The Press Room can accommodate up to 500 guests. Included in the price of the wedding packages is the entire space, an event coordinator, catering, bar, staff, tables, chairs, linens, flowers, and much more!
City Catering is the exclusive caterer for the spaces and is sure to provide a culinary experience that is creative, customizable, and above all, delicious! The Square Room space is also available for rehearsal dinners and smaller weddings, holding 80 seated guests.
Contact Savannah Schultz for booking inquires and more info: savannah [@] spacesinthecity.com
OUTDOOR | NATURE
The RT Lodge has become recognized nationally as a premier wedding destination. During every season of the year, the Lodge provides spectacular natural settings and a variety of elegant, comfortable interior spaces. They work with you, your family, and your planners to transform it into your personal estate for a truly distinctive wedding weekend, customized with special menus, events and activities. The Lodge is exclusively yours for the weekend of your celebration, from Friday through Sunday. Imagine one location for guest accommodations, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid’s brunch, a special ceremony, and exquisite reception. RT has a max capacity of 300 guests.
Contact for booking inquires and more info: rtlodge [@] rtlodge.com
INDOOR | URBAN
With its urban feel, huge skylights, exposed brick and more than 10,000 square feet of usable space, The Standard is a beautiful and unique wedding venue in Knoxville. Originally built in 1930, the modernized venue features an original wood staircase, copper storefronts, exposed brick walls, arched doorways and much of the original trim detail. The Standard offers a catering kitchen, bridal suite, fully furnished “man cave”, large outdoor patio space, huge skylights, flexible floor plan, and convenient parking. For intimate weddings, alternative ceremony spaces are available. The 412 Loft can accommodate 75 guests for a wedding ceremony and the patio can accommodate up to 60 guests.
Contact for booking inquires and more info: events [@] thestandardknoxville.com
INDOOR + OUTDOOR | NATURE
Castleton Farms is your place to make your dream wedding come to life. The open grounds have the ability to host a wedding of any size and style. There are four ceremony options, including the Woodland Garden, Carriage House Gardens, the Vineyard, and the Bridal Pavilion. You can choose to have your reception at the Carriage House or the Southern Pavilion, both of which are covered to protect you in the case of weather. The capacity can vary as the Woodland Garden [pictured below] can hold up to 75 guests, and the Carriage House Garden holds up to 250. However, Castleton Farms has hosted weddings of 700 guests with their spacious options (y’all, I don’t know even know that many people!).
Wedding packages start at $9,500, and include several things, such as the separate suites for the couple, lunches with mimosa service, tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, glassware, and full scale planning, design, and coordinating services.
Contact Danyelle McGrath for booking inquires and more info: danyelle [@] castletonfarms.com