CJ’s Off the Square is a boutique, all-inclusive wedding and event venue located in the heart of historic downtown Franklin, TN. We can comfortably accommodate up to 135 guests in our historic house and garden for weddings and receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, corporate events, showers and more from April – mid November. We currently do not accept reservations December – March.
CJ’s Off the Square is locally owned and operated by Franklin resident CJ Dickson. CJ leads an award winning team whose work has been featured in publications around the world including InStyle Magazine, People Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Southern Weddings, and more. Our stellar client reviews have given us “Hall of Fame” status on TheKnot.com and prompted WeddingWire.com to name us as one of the top 20 garden wedding venues in the United States.
THE Planning EXPERIENCE
Collaborative Planning & Design
More than just a venue, CJ’s Off the Square includes complete planning & design services for all of our clients. Collaboration between our staff, our clients and our creative partners allows us to create incredibly thoughtful and meaningful experiences for our clients and their guests.
Our all-inclusive event packages take care of the essentials that any host needs to have a gorgeous garden party. We’ve done all of the leg work for you so you can confidently choose products and services to enhance your event from our curated list of creative partners.
Because we work with you from the start to understand your priorities, creative vision and budget, we will also help prevent costly mistakes in hiring vendors or purchasing products that are a bad fit or simply unnecessary (and yes, there is a lot of stuff out there that you really don’t need to make your event amazing).
Tools & Resources
Every event at CJ’s Off the Square begins with the help of your very own dedicated planner from our design team. We listen to your ideas, help you set priorities and honor your budget. We will help you every step of the way with inspiration, insight and advice to create a beautiful celebration that perfectly reflects who you are.
Our clients also enjoy:
In House Design Studio
Personalized Planning Schedule
Online Planning Portal: Access and share the all of the details from your event from your phone, home or work
Event Day Timeline
Illustrated Event Proposal with Custom Floor Plans
MEET the TEAM
Owner, Creative Director
Originally from Southern California, CJ Dickson has called Tennessee home since 1999. After an exciting career in the music business, she created the event venue CJ’s Off the Square in 2004. She has since fallen in love with weddings and is passionate about giving her clients an amazing planning experience and a beautiful, stress free wedding day. CJ lives in Franklin, TN with her husband Andrew and two fur babies, Willoughby and Tara.
Holly Grathoff has been a part of the event and wedding industry for over 15 years. After attending the University of Kansas, Holly took her experience to Los Angeles and pursued a love affair with music, weddings and food before moving to Tennessee. Holly resides in Nashville and enjoys being a mom, actively serving in the community, and the sounds of the local music scene.
Jennifer was born and raised in Memphis, TN. After college, she moved to San Francisco where she planned trade shows and continuing education courses for a large healthcare corporation. During her time in San Francisco, she met and married her husband, Nolan, who grew up just a few blocks from Jennifer’s childhood home. They moved to Franklin in 2008 where they have settled to raise their three children. Jennifer has always had a passion for weddings and is realizing her professional dreams by helping her clients start their lives together with the perfect wedding at CJ’s Off the Square.
Originally from South Carolina, Kate went to Art School in Chicago. Her love affair with weddings and special events began when she joined the team at BHLDN (the bridal division of Anthropolgie) at their flagship store in downtown Chicago. While with BHLDN, one of her greatest passions was realized: The ability to take a bride’s wedding style, no matter how broad or concentrated, and turn it into a reality. After six wonderful years in Chicago, she and her husband relocated to Nashville where they now reside with their three fur babies. Kate’s mission to exceed each client’s expectations continues as she manages event design and production for CJ’s Off the Square.
Quality Over Quantity
Creative Collaboration Is Our Jam
Honest, Transparent Advice is Everything
Great Events Don’t Just Happen
They are thoughtfully planned and seamlessly orchestrated by a dedicated team of experts who LOVE what they do.
Champagne Is Always Appropriate