It’s easy for a bride and groom to get a little flustered when trying to decide between the many options that exist for a wedding venue in Tennessee. Once a bride has nailed down the number of guests she’ll have and her overall wedding theme, the venue usually comes shortly after…or even before!

Knowing that your choice of wedding venues in Tennessee is anything but limited but is quite important to the overall look and feel of your day, the pressure can get overwhelming. However, one type of venue brides and grooms statewide fall head-over-heels for is the luxurious bed and breakfast – or B&B, for short! This is why I chatted recently with Deneise Lane of one of Tennessee’s premier luxury bed and breakfast venues, Whitestone Country Inn. This venue is certainly no stranger to hosting weddings of any size, and she helped me shed the light on the appeal of B&B wedding venues statewide. Read on for five options a B&B offers for your Tennessee wedding that other venues may not!

Bride and groom carriage ride in front of Whitestone Country Inn

1. Nearly all B&Bs are set in beautiful locations that inspire relaxation.

Tour a few of these venues, and you’ll start to see a pattern: all bed and breakfasts nestle themselves within tranquil surroundings for the ultimate experience for guests.

“The surroundings at Whitestone are a huge draw for brides and grooms,” Deneise agrees. Everything from the unique backdrops to the breathtaking scenery makes pictures beyond memorable. This is especially true when we’re talking about hundreds of acres of such scenery all around the venue. Brides and grooms get access to this property when hosting their wedding at Whitestone Country Inn! In fact, Whitestone boasts 600 acres of such scenery and is a AAA, 4-Diamond bed and breakfast, so you know your guests will be treated like royalty while there.

Wedding guests in front of Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Whitestone Country Inn, photographed by Seaton Shoots Photography

Courtyard wedding at gazebo at Whitestone Inn, photographed by Seaton Shoots Photography

2. Naturally, you’ll find plenty of guest amenities on site.

B&Bs often offer so much more than just a bed and breakfast to guests. Some offer luxurious guest rooms and upgrades as well as award-winning food, too.

As Deneise details, such amenities are part of what makes Whitestone Country Inn the perfect option for a wedding weekend, reunion, and even get-together with old friends from college. This gives you the quaint, homelike feel that helps you relax, all within the utmost luxury and an upscale environment. As the Whitestone website details, the venue truly offers “refined country living.”

Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Whitestone Inn

3. Your guests won’t get bored at a B&B thanks to all the activities and opportunities available that make it seem like a true vacation!

Another trait of local B&Bs is that while secluded, they are either near to local activities, or they have plenty to do right there on site which keeps guests entertained well into the evenings.

Deneise describes that Whitestone has so much for guests to enjoy right in their own backyard, from a recreation room and croquet to paddle boats and canoes, among other activities. Whitestone even has a spa on the property for pampering sessions. The best part? Deneise details that you don’t have to plan a thing – these activities are available with the property!

Chapel of the Good Shepherd wedding ceremony at Whitestone Inn

Courtyard wedding ceremony at Whitestone Inn, photographed by New Creation Photography

4. A B&B will likely have multiple prime locations for a ceremony and reception your guests won’t soon forget.

Because of the rich, lush areas that B&Bs are normally located in, you’ll often find many opportunities to customize your wedding with various lovely locations across the property.

Not surprisingly for Whitestone, the venue has many popular spots for brides and grooms to say “I do” and celebrate their new lives together. Deneise details that the farm house and courtyard gazebos are popular for their lovely views, and all outdoor weddings are secured by a solid rain plan that your on-site wedding coordinator from Whitestone helps you plan and implement. She went on to describe how the Chapel of the Good Shepherd and the Lion & Lamb Banquet Facility on site were the two most popular places on the property for brides and grooms to use.

Bride's dress hanging at Lion & Lamb Banquet Facility at Whitestone Inn, photographed by Watson Studios

5. You will often find that a B&B will have amazing in-house options and available upgrades right there on the property.

This can include anything from full catering services to on-site wedding coordinators and even options like horse-drawn carriages.

In fact, all of these options are available at Whitestone Country Inn. Deneise explains that each wedding rental comes with a trained, experienced wedding coordinator for your day. This coordinator assists you with all planning elements surrounding the wedding and even can book your wedding vendors for you. The relationships forged between Whitestone and the area’s finest wedding professionals ensures not only a job well done on wedding day, but also the ability to serve each bride’s budget needs. Brides can, of course, bring in their own vendors outside of catering.

Bride and groom walking towards the Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Whitestone Country Inn has been a premier site for guests, travelers, and locals for over 16 years. Over those 16 years, the venue has played host to over 1,000 weddings…so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands! Your Whitestone wedding coordinator will arrange all services for you for your big day and will even direct your rehearsal and wedding all the way through your exit at the reception. Each package is customized to meet your needs and generally provides the bride and groom with tables, chairs, basic linen, and all your food service needs. Whitestone can also offer the services of a minister, musicians, and valet parkers. In other words, they can take care of your every need!

To contact Whitestone Country Inn about hosting your upcoming Tennessee wedding, give them a call today at (865)376-0113, and be sure to connect with them via their website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ pages. Tell them The Pink Bride sent you!




Images courtesy of Whitestone Country Inn’s Facebook page.
Second and third images by Seaton Shoots Photography.
Sixth image by New Creations Photography, as marked.
Seventh image by Watson Studios, as marked.