30 total reviews
I did not arbitrarily assign 5 stars to each column; those 5's represent the best experience of my life. From the first consultation to picking out cake flavors, flowers, and decor, the process was a breeze for a bride who already had way too much on her hands. If I could go back and relive the process again, it would be with CJ's and it's wonderful staff.
Nicole, your words truly mean the world to us. Thank you!
My husband and I were recently married at CJ's Off the Square in Franklin, TN. Not only is Cj an absolute pleasure to work with, the staff she surrounds herself with is just as amazing as she is. She and her staff have literally thought of everything you could possibly need or want on your wedding day (and days leading) which makes the process of planning a wedding so easy and helpful and really removes a lot of stress. I would absolutely recommend CJ's Off the Square. Cj's venue is so beautiful and she takes so much pride in the services she offers. My new husband and I could not be happier we chose Cj's Off the Square. Thank you Cj and your staff for making our dream wedding a reality!
All our best,
Leigh & Brie Harlem
Wow Brie! You are so kind and generous with your praise. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a special occasion.
As an out-of-state resident attempting to plan a destination wedding, CJ's staff could not be more accommodating with the correspondence, planning, designing, and execution of my wedding day. Of course, planning from a distance always presents more challenges, but Amy was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable in assisting us with this challenge of planning a destination wedding in 6 months! My fiance and I were only able to travel to Tennessee twice for meetings at CJ's, so there were many things we had to step out in faith on. We didn't get to sample our food (we did get to try cake flavors!) or see what our flower arrangements would exactly look like, but we were pretty confident we would be pleased.
When my wedding day actually arrived, I was blown away. Completely exceeded my expectations. The flowers were gorgeous, the food was delicious, the decorations were beautiful! My cake was the only thing that wasn't decorated to my request. Before I could even say anything, Amy already came to apologize and tell me they would be refunding me due to the situation. The cake was still lovely, and tasted amazing--but that's the type of customer service exhibited at CJ's.
The vendors they use are top notch. Our DJ (Rick Ross) played every thing I had asked for. He even made sure to download the specific, not-easy-to-find songs I wanted for my ceremony. All the vendors that I had to to make arrangements with (Caprice the Florist, Rick the DJ) were very prompt and thorough in their communication with me.
Almost 3 months later, my guests are STILL talking about how beautiful our wedding was, how much they loved the food and how wonderful the venue is. If you are undecided about booking here--just do it. You won't regret it.
Thank you so much for your kind words Leah! It was truly a pleasure working with you and Julio and we are so grateful that you trusted us with your big day!
I cannot express how happy I am with all of the services I received from CJ's Off the Square. I started looking for a venue about a year before my wedding and checked out numerous places in the Nashville area. I have always wanted to have a garden wedding with a romantic, chic feel. Finding a venue in Nashville that did not include a barn or a country theme was somewhat difficult. I stumbled upon CJ's in downtown Franklin and was excited to look at a place in the downtown Franklin area that had a large outdoor area. I immediately fell in love! CJ's is so charming and beautiful! The garden area is absolutely breathtaking and I loved that there were plenty of photo opportunities. I especially loved that the reception pavilion is covered in case of rain as most places will make you put a large deposit down on a tent even if you do not end up using it. My absolute favorite part about CJ's is what is included. CJ completely understood my vision & I definitely feel that this place can be made into whatever style you are going for. This venue is truly special and CJ has done a wonderful job at turning a beautiful, old house into an upscale venue. The vendors that CJ uses are absolutely amazing! I could not more highly recommend all of them & I felt completely confident in our wedding being everything we imagined it to be. I had been put-off before by having to use specific vendors but I can honestly say that they did an amazing job and every single person was very professional and efficient. CJ is completely flexible and will work with you to ensure that your vision comes to life. CJ is absolutely amazing and I could not have asked for a more stress-free, pleasant, and beautiful experience. CJ and her team are a true pleasure to work with and it meant the world to me to feel confident in her ability to envision what I wanted my wedding day to be. This venue is everything I had hoped for our wedding and I will cherish the beautiful memories for the rest of my life.
Oh Brittany, you are so sweet! Thanks for sharing this and thank you so much for choosing CJ's Off the Square. On behalf of our entire team, I wish you and Brock lots of love and a very bright and happy life together. -Cj Dickson
We absolutely LOVED our wedding at CJ's!!! CJ was wonderful to work with and went out of her way to help us make our day perfect!! I would recommend her venue to anyone for their special occasion!! It was GORGEOUS!
Thanks so much Kayla! I wish I still had some of your mom's cookies...my office never smelled so good!!! Best wishes to you and Scott, Cj Dickson
Cj's exceeded all expectations. Planning was invaluable and execution on the wedding day was flawless.
CJ's and Amy were the most amazing group of event planners to work with! We could not have been any more pleased with our wedding and they pulled off our vision flawlessly. Our guests had such an amazing day and we had not a worry in the world during the entire planning process. They make it so effortless! My husband and I both work full time and they were so accommodating to us and our needs. I would recommend CJ's to any and everyone!
Thank you Sarah! Giving you a worry free, beautiful wedding was our goal and we are so glad you enjoyed your experience! We miss seeing you and Ameer...stop in and say hello when you are in Franklin!
CJ's was the perfect place to have our wedding. Every aspect of the planning process is simplified and streamlined for brides, which takes the stress out of planning and promotes a more enjoyable experience. All of the staff are attentive, polite, and quick to respond to any questions a bride or her family may have. I am very grateful to CJ's and Amy for making our wedding day absolutely perfect!
Hands down I would recommend CJ's Off the Square. The venue was beautiful and the staff was super friendly. It made planning my wedding a blast. They made everything I envisioned for my wedding day come to life. I not only got the wedding of my dreams, I had a blast planning it and got to see it come together as we went along. Thank you for an amazing wedding that was stress free, I truly got to enjoy my wedding because they had everything covered.
I knew from the pictures on CJ's Off The Square's website that my wedding would be amazingly beautiful, but my expectations were greatly surpassed. I married May 12, 2013, and the weather was luckily perfect. The garden was in bloom and the string lights and candles added to the evening's ambience. I actually live 9 hours away, but I wanted a wedding closer to family. I booked my wedding date without even visiting the site first. My fiancé and I made one trip five and half months before the wedding to make a few selections and we were extremely happy with our decision to have our wedding at CJ's. Since I was an out of town bride, I was extremely stressed and it didn't help I was very indecisive and constantly changing my mind. However, everyone at CJ's, especially Lindsey, was very courteous and helpful. The day of the wedding, they set up all the decorations I had brought and did such a lovely job. It turned out way better than I could have ever of done myself. One of my favorite parts of the day was arriving with my bridesmaids and touring the grounds before getting ready. They were all in awe and kept saying how jealous they were. The team at CJ's are truly talented and professional. The DJ and caterer were fantastic. Months after my wedding people are still talking about how much fun they had and how delicious the food and cake were. CJ's Off The Square seriously gave me that fairy tale wedding I have always wanted.
From the beginning, the staff at CJ's Off the Square went above and beyond to make the vision I had for my wedding come to life. The entire experience was completely personalized to accomodate both my ideas for the big day and my budget... a hard combo to find ;) If you are looking to take all of the stress out of wedding planning, this is definitely the venue to choose! They have an amazing selection of decor to choose from and work with the best vendors in the city. I've had countless people tell me our wedding looked like something out of a bridal magazine... and I give all the credit to my friends at CJ's!! :)
I found CJ's off the Square online and fell in love but didn't think in a million years I would be able to hold my wedding there. I visited Nashville, which was where my husband and I met, to visit the venue. Once I was able to see it in person I was determined to make it happen! I saved money and signed the contract! I lived out of state and Lindsey made the planning process fun and easy. I was able to be a part of the planning and add my own personal touches through out the entire event. The day of was the most exciting! Showing up and seeing all of the ideas and thoughts come to life was beautiful! The décor, weather, staff, and wedding was amazing! I loved the charm of the old house and every little detail from the bridal suite to the man cave. They helped me find my vendors for cake, photography, DJ, transportation, and food. The day was flawless and smooth and I couldn't have asked for anything else other than more time!
I'm copying/pasting my review from Wedding Wire:
I could NOT be happier that I had my wedding at CJ's Off the Square! Of course, the venue is absolutely beautiful, but it's really the quality of service that they provide that makes it so outstanding. No detail goes overlooked! Amy Parman helped us through the process every step of the way and was always available to address any questions and concerns. She is friendly, professional, organized, creative, knowledgeable--pretty much everything an event coordinator should be! Our wedding was just what I'd envisioned, thanks in large part to the wonderful people at CJ's!
My husband and I searched all over middle Tennessee to find the right location for our wedding. We had 3 months to plan the wedding, and we wanted it on a budget. The minute we walked into CJ's we knew it was right! The staff was professional and warm, and the venue itself was gorgeous!
Amy took the time to answer every email I had throwing questions at her. Since we didn't have a lot of time, it was amazing to be able to have the venue do our wedding, decorations, cake, amazing DJ, AND food! No hassle, no stress. They made us feel important from day one, and continued to the moment we left our wedding.
They even helped us down to the special details. We had our gender reveal for our baby through the wedding cake. We trusted them with knowing before even we did! I didn't have to worry for a second that the cake would be messed up or come out wrong because they were reliable and on point every single step of the way. They made that special moment even more beautiful!
I truly recommend CJ's to every bride looking for a beautiful, classy, and professionally done wedding. They took care of things I had forgotten without even bothering me. I felt like our day was truly that, OUR day! Amy and our DJ Jason became more than just our wedding crew, they became friends.
We feel so lucky and blessed that we found the amazing staff at CJ's. If I could get married again, I would do it exactly the same. Amazing place, and truly beautiful people to work with. THANK YOU Amy and CJ!!!
If you are looking for a very knowledgeable, well organized and helpful staff then CJ'S OFF THE SQUARE is the place. My husband and I were married there April 20th 2013. Beginning with the charming house and ending with the wedding day, Amy made our experience such a joy, she meet with us and went through everything and answered all of our questions, then keep in contact with us either by phone or email. CJ's has many vendors they work with to make your experience easier, from photographers to ministers, and the florist they work with is amazing! All of this came together to make my wedding day a FAIRYTALE WEDDING DAY! I could not have ask for anything better, I'm so glad we choose CJ'S OFF THE SQUARE.
I absolutely loved my experience at CJ's Off the Square. From the very beginning, I felt like I was in good hands and never worried about any of the details. On my wedding day, the beautiful garden and pavilion was complete with every detail we had planned with CJ's, and it literally took my breath away. CJ Dickson, Amy Parman and their kind staff were the epitome of professionalism and grace. For any bride who is considering CJ's Off the Square: Please don't hesitate! I know that they will create the best day of your life for you, just as they did for me- Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
CJ's did an amazing job making my dream wedding a reality. The staff is amazing and works well with you to make the process easy and suitable to your needs. I planned the wedding while living over 6 hours away from the venue and it was easy to shoot someone an email about all of my questions and requests. Cj's worked to give me exactly what I wanted and even let me go outside of the available catering options so that I could have a hot dog bar!
I cannot brag enough about the staff at CJ's! Everything was planned and organized months in advance, and went so smoothly on our big day it was unreal! We couldn't have asked for more!
I knew CJ's off the Square was perfect the minute I visited! I wanted a vintage garden wedding and it was such a beautiful location. I loved that you could purchase a package and use their amazing vendors, but still had the flexability to use your own too. I ended up using almost all of their recommended vendors because they were the best in the area.
Amy and CJ work great as a team and went above and beyond for us. Our meetings with them were always a lot of fun but productive. They really listened to what we wanted and understood what I had envisioned. They sent us countless documents and pictures to make sure they got it right. On our wedding day it was so nice to not have to worry about anything. They made sure everything was on time, in the right place, and even more beautiful than I had imagined.
You can tell after meeting them and their staff that they really take pride in their venue and the weddings and events they have there. They don't try to nickle and dime you like some other venues. Every wedding there is unique and they encourage their clients to come up with new ideas and ways to use the space and make it their own.
My husband and I were looking for a smaller venue that had beautiful outdoor space in the Nashville area when we began our hunt for wedding venues. I found CJ's through an online search, and we knew very soon after we met with Amy that CJ's was going to be the place for us. The house was beautiful and quaint, and the gardens and pavilion offered the perfect size and scenery. We ended up having 60 guests at our wedding and reception, and the space allows for up to 135, but 60 seemed to fit just right. The packages they offered made it very easy for us to plan from afar, as we live in Chicago.
All three ladies we worked with (Amy, Ashely, and CJ) were quite friendly and accommodating. They gave great recommendations for other vendors such as our officiant, florist, DJ, and my hair and makeup stylist. Being from out of state, this was invaluable.
The two areas that I give them a 4 in are service and value. Like I said, the ladies were very accommodating and responded to all of my emails with questions promptly and thoroughly. However, I didn't feel as much of a personal connection with all of them as I would have hoped to feel by the end of our time working with them. We booked the venue over a year in advance and chatted through email somewhat regularly, especially as the wedding date drew closer. However, I felt very distant from them. This was likely due to the literal physical distance between Chicago and Nashville, but it was there nonetheless. Another small disappointment was during the rehearsal. My family and I felt very rushed and more like it was a run-of-the-mill kind of event rather than a personalized rehearsal.
The 4 in value is because of the cost. My husband and I were sharing the responsibility of the costs with both sets of parents, so that helped us. CJ's does offer different levels of packages as well as a la carte services, and we chose one of the smaller packages and added a few extra services. I suggest to future clients to discuss with the planners exactly which services you'd need and determine up front whether it is smarter financially to choose a small package and add a la carte or one of the larger, more inclusive, and consequently more expensive packages to make sure you're getting the best value CJ's offers.
All of our guests complimented the venue all evening, and my husband and I were very pleased with everything overall, which is why the quality is a 5. There's just no denying the beauty of the venue and the simplicity of having an all-inclusive venue to work with from nearly 500 miles away.
One last thing: CJ's sent us on our way to our hotel that evening with a few slices of cake and some bottled water, which was a very nice surprise!
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Romantic Garden Weddings
Experience personalized service and inviting Southern charm at CJ’s Off the Square. Our historic house and garden is the perfect setting for your next celebration and our all-inclusive event packages make planning any occasion easy and fun.
Historic Downtown Franklin, TN
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 150
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Botanic Garden/Park, Mansion/Historic Site
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011
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