We were so excited to visit the venue, East Ivy Mansion for one of our meetings last year. East Ivy is unlike any other wedding venue in Nashville. Once you walk through the gates, you might think you were in a gorgeous Italian city. The best part is the huge pool & guest rooms for your wedding guests. We caught up with their Events Coordinator Jamie, to tell us more about this beautiful venue.
Tell us about your venue.
The East Ivy Mansion is a historic home built in 1876 for Senator Henry Cooper. Boosting over 44,000 sq ft of indoor outdoor space, the property is Nashville’s hidden gem that sits 2 minutes from downtown. Exquisite gardens, koi ponds, Italian brick arches, a Grecian pool and cabana are just a few of the unique features at East Ivy. We can accommodate up to 250 and own tenting in case of inclement weather.
What makes your venue different from other venues?
We bill ourselves as a destination wedding location. East Ivy becomes your personal home, as we only do 1 event a day. You have full access to the entire gated property including the pool and cabana, and 16 people stay overnight in the mansion, as well as the bride and groom in the gorgeous detached honeymoon suite, which opens up to the pool and outdoor shower. It’s a great way to kick off your honeymoon, and to celebrate with friends and family. It is more than just a ceremony and reception, it’s a wedding experience.
What is the history of your venue? (How did it get started, etc.)
East Ivy has always a private residence, but 2 years ago when we took ownership of the property, we started doing special events as well.
What are some of your wedding and reception options?
East Ivy does not do “packages” which is awesome, because it allows the bride to customize her day to her budget and preferences. No wedding at East Ivy is ever the same, as we pride ourselves on giving our brides lots of options of how their day will look. We have multiple locations on site to have both your ceremony and reception, and space does not need to be flipped.
Does your venue require use of your preferred vendors, or are brides free to bring their own?
We have wonderful list preferred vendors that we work with from caterers, rentals, florists, photographers, to entertainment. We do allow outside vendors, but there are a few categories like catering that would require a buyout.
In your opinion, which event (or type of event) has most creatively taken advantage of your venue, and what made that event a success?
I am in the process of planning what I THINK will be the most creative event so far at East Ivy! I have a really fun bride and groom who are getting married in June, and they are going with a Boho/Moroccan themed event. Because the couple is so whimsical, we are going with super bright colors, mixed mediums of furniture, lots of lanterns and additional lighting. The guests will lounge on couches surrounded by fire pits, and enjoy the view of the pool that’s filled with floating flowers and candles. It’s always fun when you get to be out of the box!
Some personal questions about Jamie:
Mac or PC? Mac
Tea or Coffee? Coffee preferably Dunkin Doughnuts
Favorite local Nashville restaurant? Etch, Holland House, Edly’s BBQ
Favorite movie right now? I am more on the TV show band wagon House of Cards, Vikings, Game of Thrones etc