Congratulations on your engagement! After telling all of your closest family and friends, it’s time to dive into the exciting world of wedding planning. Before you finalize the guest list and table decorations, it’s crucial to find the perfect wedding venue that meets all of your wishes. One of the most enchanting wedding venues in Knoxville, TN is Dara’s Garden. From the gorgeous storybook atmosphere, to the elegant gardens, top-notch service, and smiling staff, your special day will go off without a hitch. Still, searching for the perfect wedding venue? You just may find it here.
Centrally located just south of Knoxville, TN lies Dara’s Garden situated on 20 beautiful acres of land. Numerous downtown Knoxville hotels are just 5 miles from the venue. This makes it an ideal location for out-of-town guests to enjoy wedding festivities as well as local attractions, restaurants, and bars while they’re in town. The venue also offers free parking for all guests.
Stone walkways, rolling lawns, lush rose gardens, water fountain, cozy gazebo, gorgeous flowers, the white manor house…the list goes on and on. Every single part of this venue is intimately romantic. It’s the perfect place for exchanging your “I do’s,” and/or dancing the night away with your closest people. Picture-perfect memories are just a snap away.
Stunning Tented Pavilion
The outdoor pavilion features a full-sized dance floor, twinkle lighting, and large chandeliers. If you’ve considered showing a video or slideshow during your reception, there’s even a flat-screen TV and Blu-Ray player available. The tent is ideal for rainy days or shaded protection from the hot summer sun.
Multiple Ceremony or Reception Packages Available
Whether you’re looking for just a ceremony, only a reception, or an entire wedding, they have customizable packages available to fit your needs. They’re also great at working with you on the budget you’re considering.
Private Bridal Suites
Fully-appointed, gorgeous, private bridal suites for both parties are available with changing areas and restrooms to get picture-perfect ready on your big day. Light refreshments are served as well. You will have a blast hanging out with your closest friends and family just before you tie the knot.
Multiple Ceremony Locations
You can pick where you exchange your vows. Whether it’s the rolling lawns, under the romantic gazebo, or walking down the stone walkway, your ceremony can be exactly where you envision it.
Friendly & Caring Staff
From the moment you inquire about the venue down to the last few seconds of your reception, you will be interacting with friendly and heartwarming staff who truly want the best for you on your big day. They will make sure everything goes off fabulously. Clearing plates, setting up the ceremony, coordinating catering, and more will all be taken care of. Having such a helpful and professional staff will help make your wedding day truly unforgettable. Breathe easy knowing you will be in experienced hands.
A variety of packages are available to meet your needs and budget. The staff at Dara’s Garden are always willing to work with you to create your ideal package to fit your individual needs. Here is a quick view of two of their most popular wedding packages.
The Storybook Package ($6420)
- 8 hours of flexible access to the entire grounds at Dara’s Garden
- 25 round guest tables & 300 chairs (ideal for an average wedding of 150 guests for ceremony & reception)*
- Linens, floor-length (white or ivory)
- Spacious parking lot
- Private bridal/groom suites with light refreshments
- Reception in tent pavilion, fully equipped with electrical, lighting, stone walkways, flowers
- Dance floor provided in the tent pavilion
- Bridal table for the newlyweds
- 3 – 6-foot table for guestbook, gifts, favors
- Food and beverage tables
- Lit trees wrapped with thousands of lovely twinkle lights
Fairytale Package ($7295)
- 12 hours of private use of the entire garden grounds on the wedding day
- guaranteed rehearsal the day prior at your desired time
- event set up in place the day prior for your review
- reception in the tent pavilion equipped with electrical, chandelier lighting & bistro lights
- trees near the pavilion wrapped in twinkle lights
- two private suites for the couple & the wedding party to get ready in
- 300 cross-back chairs
- 20-round guest table
- five 6’ foot tables for your wedding details
- use of custom guestbook & guest table located in the fireplace room
- all needed catering and bar tables for your wedding
- standard floor-length linens for all included tables
- set-up and break down all tables, chairs, and linens
- spacious, well-lit parking lot
- a Dara’s Garden representative on-site for your duration at Dara’s Garden
Guest List Numbers
Choosing who you invite to your wedding is an intimate and personal decision. If you don’t want to invite your mom’s-second-cousin’s-brother, you don’t have to! It’s your wedding, invite whoever you wish. Here are the numbers.
Tent Pavilion – 200 guests or less
Formal Backyard – 600+
(For all backyard events, a dance floor and lighting rental from Event Rentals by Rothchild are required.)
Inside the Manor House – 30 guests or less
Catering Service & Alcohol
Prepare your taste buds for delectable food! Dara’s Garden truly has your best interest at heart, which is why they require you to partner with their sister company Rothchild Catering. Dara’s Garden does this so that you’re guaranteed a seamless, incredible service experience on the day of your wedding. Rothchild Catering has been in business for over 36 years and can customize a delicious menu just the way you want it. Incorporating cultural backgrounds, individualized tastes, and special requests will be a breeze.
“The Pour Guys” will be there to facilitate your bar and make sure everything runs smoothly. You can bring your own alcohol in, but it must be poured by them since they are ABC-certified and licensed bartenders. Dara’s Garden requires that all bartending services for your alcohol at the event are provided for by “The Pour Guys.”
Fairytales Do Come True
You can have the storybook wedding that you’ve always dreamed of by having your wedding at Dara’s Garden! Incredible rolling hills, stone-covered paths, elegant rose gardens, and beautiful backdrops make this location one of my favorite spots to shoot in Knoxville, TN. You simply have to see this venue for yourself.
Erin Morrison Photography
My ultimate goal is to capture all of the intimate and real moments on your special day. Every wedding is just as important as the next, and I take pride when couples choose me to document one of the most important days of their life. I work hard to capture all of the candid moments that paint the story of your day, from the adorable toddler dancing in the corner to your husband kissing your cheek after dinner.