By Dawnye Appel
Getting married is one of the biggest days in a relationship and probably the most expensive too. Although the courthouse is probably the quickest, least expensive place to pull off a wedding, there are beautiful locations around town that with the right planning won’t break your budget.
Check out a couple of outdoor spaces you may want to say ‘I do’ this summer.The Belle Hollow
The spot: A beautiful venue offering indoor and outdoor options with a rustic theme. The best bonus is set up and tear down is included in payment, as well as the rental of tables, chairs and a stage. Decor and additional vintage rentals can be added to further customize the experience. They have a bride and groom room available for getting ready and to wait before the ceremony. An on-site coordinator is also available to help make the day smoother.
The place: Miss Lucille’s Market Place, 2231 Madison Street, Clarksville.
The price tag: $400 for a half-day Sunday rental from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., or $450 for three hours Monday through Friday.
The spot: Known for its location on the Cumberland River and the beauty the water adds to the experience, Freedom Point offers indoor and outdoor areas for ceremonies or receptions. There is capacity for 100 seated guests; tables and chairs are included in rental fee to be used inside. Additionally the fee includes use of a warming kitchen and audiovisual equipment. The scenic view of Cumberland River can be used as a setting for the ceremony, or the indoor area is easily transformed into a great ceremony site.
The place: Liberty Park, 1188 Cumberland Drive, Clarksville.
The price tag: Half-day rentals are available Monday through Friday $300/ $300, for morning (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) or $400/ $400 deposit for evenings (2-10 p.m.)
The spot: Providing more coverage and privacy than park pavilions, McGregor Park Museum or McGregor Park Amphitheater are available to rent for ceremonies as well as a reception.
The place: 640 N. Riverside Drive, Clarksville.
The price tag: Museum: $100 deposit, $150 for 4 hours, indoor. Amphitheater: $150 deposit, $250 for 4 hours, open-air covered area near wharf.
The spot: The cheapest option by far is renting a pavilion at your favorite local park and making plans there. These areas are often open and a blank slate for decorations.
The place & price tag: Small pavilions accommodate 25 people and are available at Edith Pettus Park, Dixon Park, Lettie Kendall, Trice Landing Park, Coy Lacy Park, Bel Aire Park, Heritage Park. Small pavilions cost $50 deposit plus $50 for 4 hours.
Medium pavilions accomodade 50 people and are available at Edith Pettus, Dixon Park, Valleybrook, Barbara E. Johnson, Swan Lake, Liberty Park. Medium pavilions cost $75 deposit plus $75 for 4 hours.
Large pavilions accommodate 300 people and are available at Billy Dunlop, McGregor ParkLarge pavilions cost $100 deposit plus $150 for 4 hours.