In this blog post, I talk with Elizabeth Ratliff about this Dickson, TN wedding venue- The Ruskin. She is the main photographer as well as social media manager for The Ruskin. You can view her website here, and her Instagram here. All the photos below belong to her!
I am the in house photographer included in The Ruskin’s wedding package (this is completely optional, so if you’d like to hire someone on your own, you are welcome to). I’ve been photographing professionally for almost 10 years, and with The Ruskin since they opened. It’s a place that’s very special to me, as it was a summer camp in another life, where I worked as a lifeguard! It’s a photographer’s playground and ideal for weddings.
The Ruskin was founded in 1896, and throughout its 121 years of existence, it has had a rich heritage and a fascinating history. Now it has been renovated and made into the best wedding venue in the greater Nashville area. The Ruskin is a 160 acre, completely secluded and gated property full of uniquely beautiful features, surrounding the lush landscape along the waters of Yellow Creek.
On one property, we offer many unique, natural and timeless venue options. From the gigantic Ruskin Cave, to the classic Garden, to the rushing Waterfalls, to the fairytale-like Rock House, and the historic College, there are a variety of spots, indoor and outdoor, to accommodate your events.
Our largest venue, Ruskin Cave, can accommodate up to 600 guests seated.
The 2 day package (Fri 12-9pm & Sat 8am-11pm or any other 2 consecutive days) is $7200, and one day rental (Sunday thru Thur) 12pm-11pm is $4700. Both packages include our in-house professional photographer, optionally!
We do add a fee of $500 for holidays. We also offer all-inclusive weekday (M-TH) packages, including caterer, florist, officiant, photographer, day of wedding planner, linens & decor, deejay, bartender, etc. These are $6500.
Yes – Plenty 🙂
Couples may hire their own vendors; however, we have a list of local recommendations we are happy to share.
Alcohol is permitted with a licensed bartender distributing drinks.
We have a few great backup options, such as the dining hall, the Rock House, the College, and of course, the cave!
We have a groom suite and a bridal suite at the end of the Garden.
Many couples often choose to have a catered rehearsal dinner in places on the property that they may not utilize on the wedding day. Secluded and spacious but cozy, our indoor options are great for rehearsal dinners.
We have had couples book almost 2 years in advance, but I would try to book at least a year out.
Sound equipment must be provided by the couple or entertainment.
We will provide tables and chairs for up to 200 people. The venue staff will not be in charge of setting up or breaking down.
We get asked about the alcohol policy, cost, and if they really have to be out at 11 pm. 🙂
Focus on the reason for the day, because that is the most beautiful part of your wedding, no matter where you get married!