Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should I book my wedding?

There are weeks that are more popular than others, but clients are encouraged to confirm as early as possible due to date demand at Cheekwood.

What time can I access the grounds on the day of my wedding?

We have designated areas that can be used for a changing area for the bride and her bridesmaids that are on a first come first served basis which can be available as early as 9 AM. Please inquire about these spaces upon booking. On your wedding day, you have access to the grounds for photography beginning at 9 AM and ending when we close to the public at 5 PM, pending the availability of space. This may include all gardens and ground as well as the arbors that are on the side of the Historic Mansion & Museum. Once we close to the public, we ask that you and all guests make your way to your designated rental.

May we bring in our own caterer?

Cheekwood will provide a list of required preferred caterers to meet your budget and personality. Cheekwood is the exclusive licensed provider of alcoholic beverages on site; all beverage service must be provided by Cheekwood

Is a planner required?

Cheekwood requires that you contract with at least a month of planner for all events held at the Historic Mansion & Museum, Frist Learning Center and/or Massey Hall.

Does Cheekwood provide event staffing?

Cheekwood provides an Event Supervisor to act as your Cheekwood contact during the event, as well as bartenders and security personnel. All other staffing (service/wait staff, bussers, and culinary staff) are provided through your contracted caterer.

What if I cancel the date after I have signed a contract and paid?

You may move your event date within one year of your original date without penalty, pending availability. Event deposits are non-refundable.

If I want to have a ceremony at Cheekwood, must I book a reception space as well?

In 2019, all of our rental sites are available a la carte; you may book a Ceremony Only, Reception Only or both. The Wills Perennial Garden and The Reflecting Pool venues require a reception on Saturdays during peak months. For 2020, Cheekwood is unable to host ceremony only.

What time can I start my event?

Cheekwood is open to the public from 9 AM – 5 PM. In order to give our guests the best experience, we allow all private events to start times no earlier than 5:30 PM for a garden ceremony and 6pm in our reception spaces. Unfortunately, Cheekwood cannot accommodate daytime weddings. In 2020, ceremonies may start at 6pm with receptions to follow.

Do you have any required vendors?

All rental items must be booked through Cheekwood. Please Be Seated is our preferred partner for general rentals and Bright Events is our preferred partner for lighting and A/V needs. All valet service requests will be arranged by Cheekwood with PMC, our preferred valet service provider. Billing for all of these services will go through Cheekwood.

What if it rains?

Cheekwood recommends considering tent holds for outdoor events in case of rain. Please contact your Cheekwood representative for all your tenting and flooring needs.

How much does it cost to get married at Cheekwood?

For venue pricing and bar packages, please fill out a Request Form. For quotes on rentals, catering, and lighting needs, you may contact any of our preferred vendors and caterers. A list of these vendors will be provided to you through the request form.

Any other rules I should be aware of?

Cheekwood no longer allows flames of any kind on our property, this may include candles, sparklers, etc. We are also a non-smoking facility.

Can I propose at Cheekwood? Do you offer any proposal packages?

Cheekwood is now offering proposal packages starting at $300, which includes two general admission tickets and a membership to Cheekwood. Proposal sessions are available Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information, please visit our Proposal Packages page.

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