About CJs Off the Square


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.

Watch our behind the scenes video below to see how our team creates stunning garden weddings and events:


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Collaborative Event  Design

More than just a venue, CJ’s Off the Square includes complete planning & design services for all of our clients.  We work closely with each couple to create incredibly thoughtful, meaningful celebrations. We listen to your ideas, help you set priorities and honor your budget.

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Our event packages take care of the essentials that any host needs to have a gorgeous garden party.  You will save time and money when choosing products and services to enhance your event from our curated list of creative partners versus searching for vendors on your own.

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We have been planning weddings and events for over 13 years. Our experience combined with our incredible network of creative partners has allowed us to create a range of style and menu options that have been custom tailored for this venue. Pricing for each service is provided for you when you tour the venue and is locked in when you confirm your reservation. You will know exactly what you can expect to spend BEFORE you book with us.

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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 all of the details for your event from your phone, home or work
  • Event Day Timeline
  • Illustrated Event Proposal with Custom Floor Plans




CJ Dickson, OwnerCJ Dickson

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.



Janae was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado. Ten years in the service industry and a heart for hospitality led her to the world of weddings where she discovered her real passion for creating truly memorable events. She worked for three years as a wedding coordinator at the Colorado venue The Manor House before she and her husband relocated to Nashville in 2017. She loves helping her clients create a unique and unforgettable wedding day at CJ’s Off the Square.



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.


Kate Creech

KATE Creech

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
Experience Matters
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


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