Classic Weddings at Scarritt Bennett Center

Classic Wedding Packages on the historic Scarritt Bennett Center campus
Historic Wightman Chapel

Built in classic gothic cathedral style in 1928, Wightman Chapel is a historical and architectural treasure. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in Wightman Chapel in April 1957. The Chapel was also featured in “Designed for Worship” (PBS) as one of the finest sacred places in Nashville. Built for acoustics, music soars through its Gothic arches from the organ, vocalists, and instrumental groups.

Seating Capacity: 300   |   Aisle Length: 80 feet

Classic Package Includes

  • One hour of rehearsal time the day prior to the wedding. (see schedule below)
  • Two dressing rooms on day of wedding in our historic Social Rooms
  • Three hours of bridal portrait time prior to the wedding. (Mon.–Wed.)
  • Four-hour reservation on the day of the wedding (see schedule below)

Note: Client provides minister, music, flowers, etc. Christmas decorations will be displayed in Wightman Chapel during the Advent season.

Pricing and Payment Timelines

  • Saturday Evening: $3500 (2020), $3750 (2021)
  • Saturday Afternoon: $3000 (2020), $3250 (2021)
  • Friday, Sunday, or Weekday: $2500 (2020), $2750 (2021)

A payment of 50% is due upon booking. The remaining 50% balance due six months prior to the event. All payments are nonrefundable.

Couple getting married in chapel
Courtesy of Jonathan Wright Photography
Available Time Bloks for Classic Weddings packages
Friday Weddings

Option 1
Ceremony: Noon
Total Time: 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Rehearsal: Thurs. prior, based on availability

Option 2
Ceremony: 7 PM
Total Time: 5-9 PM
Rehearsal: Thurs. prior, based on availability

Saturday Weddings

Option 1
Ceremony: 1 PM
Total Time: 10:30 AM-2:30 PM
Rehearsal: Fri. prior, 2-3 PM

Option 2
Ceremony: 6 PM
Total Time: 3:30 PM-7:30 PM
Rehearsal: Fri. prior, 3:30-4:30 PM

Sunday Weddings

Ceremony: 3 PM*
Total Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM*
Rehearsal: Sat. prior based on availability

*Later ceremony times may be available; please inquire regarding availability.

Please inquire for time block options on other days of the week.

Garden wedding set in the labyrinth overlooking the historic bell tower
Photo courtesy of Sara-Lane & Stevie
international garden and labyrinth

The International Garden is our beautiful round garden containing one of only two permanent outdoor meditation and prayer labyrinths in Nashville. An international peace pole stands in the garden’s west end, with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written in seven languages, while cherry blossoms and dogwood trees burst with color in the spring, ripen to a vibrant summer green, then transform into a rich, multi-colored canopy in the fall. Our historic bell tower creates the perfect, breathtaking backdrop for your garden ceremony, and the space easily converts to an open or tented reception after you say, “I do.”

Classic Garden Wedding Details

We provide, setup, and breakdown up to 80 white garden chairs for your guests, if you wish to use them. Or, you may rent/supply, setup, and breakdown your own. The Classic Garden wedding package includes 3-hour use of the space, with the ceremony scheduled in the middle hour.

A few things to note: you are responsible for providing any tenting, decor, amplification equipment, ceremony musicians, etc. to bring your ceremony to life. We also do not provide any “getting ready” rooms or rehearsal times with the use of this space (please inquire if you would like to add these separately).

We encourage you to use one of our recommended wedding planners from our preferred vendors list to ensure a smooth event in this outdoor venue.

Price: $650     |      Seating Capacity: 80