What to Expect
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR BIG DAY
We are so excited you have chosen Elopements of Nashville & Rich Events to be a part of your big day!
Below, you will find important information we have put together not only for you, but for you to share with your guests/family that may be attending.
This information will help you prepare and get the most out of your package on your big day!
ARRIVE ON TIME
Don't enter early
Please, make sure you and any guests know they need to arrive on time. Arriving early and waiting in the parking lot is ideal, that way everyone can come in at the start time. Entering the venue early is not permitted as we have multiple elopements daily and entering early will likely interrupt another couples ceremony.
Have your Marriage license paperwork with you
Make sure you have your marriage license paperwork in hand and ready for Rev. Rich. He will need this in order to legally marry you.
All of our packages include professional photography, personal
photography during the ceremony is not permitted, so as to ensure the couple gets the best possible photos! (No cell phones sticking up in pictures, flashes ruining their photos etc.)
Professional Video can be added to any package, however, those wishing to do a live video or other may do so from one cell phone. We supply a stand and have it placed for you to record from a location that won't intrude on the professional photos.
Just as its' important you and any guests don't enter early, it's equally important you exit when your time has concluded. We are able to offer these amazing elopements in short time frames, for affordable prices because we have multiples a day. Please, be respectful of the timeframe so the next couple has just as amazing of an experience as you did.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN A 30 MINUTE ELOPEMENT?
VENUE with up to 8 guests
Belmont Mansion is a beautiful historic mansion located right in the Music Row area of downtown Nashville. Great location for indoor and outdoor pictures! This package comes with seating for 8.
Rev. Rich is a seminary-trained ordained minister and former pastor, and is possibly the most experienced Nashville wedding minister. He offers both religious and non - religious ceremonies.
Photos During Package Time
All Photos Professionally Edited
Private Online Gallery
Photo Print Release
WHAT DOES A 30 MINUTE ELOPEMENT LOOK LIKE?
Couple + any guests enter the chapel together at the start time, hand their Tennessee Marriage License paperwork to Rev. Rich and rings and bouquet to photographers. Rev. Rich verifies names with the couple while the photographers photograph the rings and bouquet.
Rev. Rich + the groom take their place at the bay window and the bride enters from the back of the room. (Bride may be escorted if she chooses.) The ceremony generally lasts between 5-7 minutes. Photographer captures the ceremony.
Following the ceremony the photographers will capture formal pictures with the couples guests and finish with pictures of just the couple for the remainder of the package time inside and outside the mansion, weather permitting.
WHAT NOT TO EXPECT WITH A 30 MINUTE ELOPEMENT?
FIRST LOOK OR changing clothes
With a super condensed amount of time, first looks or separate entrance times aren’t a part of elopements. Our couples must arrive and depart in the same attire. We have a very specific routine that allows us to give our couples an amazing experience in a short period of time. It is helpful to let any friends and family that will be attending, know this in advance.
EXTRA TIME FOR PHOTOS
When you book your package, it includes access to the venue/grounds for that exact amount of time. Arriving early or staying late to take more photos is not permitted. We also have multiple back to back elopements a day, so it is important our clients arrive on time and leave on time.
This package allows for 8 seated guests. Additional guests are not permitted.
Music takes a good amount of coordination that can eat up a lot of time in a small package.
Bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other bridal party are an element of traditional weddings that elopements don't have. It also takes a considerable amount of time to coordinate.
While the bride is able to walk down the aisle (escorted if she chooses) this package does not allow for any other person/persons processing down the aisle.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO LEGALLY BE MARRIED IN TENNESSEE?
TN MARRIAGE LICENSE
The thought of running off and getting married spontaneously may be romantic, but it can't happen if you don't do the necessary prep work. You'll need a TN Marriage License if your planning to Elope in Nashville! Even if you're not a TN resident, you still need a TN marriage license. You can actually get your license at any county clerk in Tennessee.
Since most of our couples are staying in the Nashville area we have a link to the Davidson County Clerk above.
For out of the country destination elopements, please contact the clerk for details.
DO YOU HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HAIR, MAKEUP, LODGING AND RESTAURANTS?
HAIR + MAKEUP
All of the stylists at Harlow Salon specialize in bridal party hair and makeup.
They even offer a “Princess Package” where you can come in with your bridal party, and they serve brunch, mimosas, coffee, tea, and sodas; all while having a professional photographer capture your entire event on camera. All you have to do is come into the salon and RELAX.
Nashville is a melting pot of amazing food options! With new eateries opening daily its not hard to find a great spot. These are some of the more popular choices among our couples:
Rodizio Grill The Brazilian Steakhouse
Kayne Prime Steakhouse
Most couples choose to stay at a hotel, but we also have a good number of couples that find a nice AirBnB nearby!
The Hermitage Hotel
There are a large number of excellent florists in the Nashville area, and we have worked with many of them over the years. One of our favorites is:
Bloom Flowers (615) 385-2402
All of our floral collections are top of the line, real touch silk and follow todays hottest trends! Did we mention they are also much easier on the budget?
BONUS: For couples eloping at Skinner Chapel or Belmont Mansion you have the option to add on floral arrangements and candelabras that look amazing with many of our collections! View those options below! View some of our options here.
Bouquet + Matching Boutonniere $75
floral decor upgrade
This upgrade provides a total of three silk floral arragements that were custom designed for Belmont Mansion. There is one large arrangement for the bay window and two smaller arrangements at the staircase. The base flowers are cream with some soft pinks to compliment the colors of most weddings.
These chapel floral arrangements pair perfectly with some of our bouquet rental options!
Set of 3 Mansion Floral: $50
The four candelabras are placed at the sides of the bay window. These are antiques that have been at the mansion for a century. Each candelabra has battery-powered taper candles, each providing a flickering light that add a touch of warmth and elegance to the space during the ceremony and photos.
Set of 4 Lit Candelabras: $50
of The Ceremony
You can't photograph wedding vows!
Well, technically you can and we do but you can't actually HEAR your vows in a photograph. Our wireless lav mics on both the groom and the officiant record your vows flawlessly allowing you to relive the moment forever.
Share with those that couldn't make it!
For couples choosing to elope without guests, this is a perfect way to have something your friends and family can watch! It also allows the two of you to have a professional video of your ceremony to look back on for years to come.
VIDEO ADD ON INCLUDES:
Video of Ceremony
2 Wireless Lav Mics
Professional 4K Panasonic Video Cameras
Professional Video Lighting (when needed)
Professionally Edited Ceremony Video
Online Upload for Easy Sharing/Viewing
Video of Ceremony: $250
robe & Stole
Rev. Rich can wear his black ministerial robe and white stole for your wedding ceremony. This requires specific attire to be worn underneath the robe and the robe must be brought out of storage, so this upgrade must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of a wedding. This upgrade is available to all packages at the chapel.
Robe + Stole Upgrade: $25
marriage license delivery
Rev. Rich will personally deliver your completed and signed Tennessee Marriage License paperwork to the Davidson County Clerk the next business day after the ceremony. This upgrade is available to all couples in any package booking, but only for licenses obtained at the Davidson County Clerk in Nashvile. Rev. Rich will not make personal deliveries to any other county clerks.
Personal License Delivery: $25
Rich Events has created a customized decorative certificate of marriage and a similar decorative certificate of renewal. These are non-binding, ceremonial, decorative documents intended to commemorate the ceremony and provide a keepsake to take home and display. Please note that these are not legal documents. They are solely for personal and sentimental purposes.
Decorative Certificate: $25