What if event planning didn’t have to be stressful? What if it was fun? What if the venue took care of everything so you could avoid the hassle of driving all over town meeting vendors, getting estimates, keeping it all organized and crossing your fingers that it would all come together?
What if you could actually know what your wedding would cost BEFORE you booked a single vendor?
These are just some of the questions founder CJ Dickson was asking when she planned her own wedding in 2004. Frustrated with the outdated planning methods used by many wedding professionals at the time, the idea for a full-service venue that served hard-working professional couples started to take shape.
Within a year, CJ’s Off the Square opened its doors as the very first all-inclusive wedding and event venue in Nashville. It continues to develop new ways to serve busy clients who want a beautiful, meaningful celebration without all of the fuss. Watch this behind the scenes video below to see how CJ and her team work with couples like you to plan weddings and events in this intimate and romantic garden setting.
More than just a venue, CJ’s Off the Square offers event planning & design services provided by our team of award-winning wedding planners. We work closely with each client to create thoughtful, meaningful celebrations they will remember for a lifetime.
Our all-inclusive packages take care of the essentials that any host needs to have a gorgeous outdoor wedding or event. All of the big stuff is done for you to save you time and money. Ask about our curate style menu with hundreds of options to customize your celebration.
We’ve been planning weddings and events for over 15 years. Our experience, combined with our incredible network of creative partners, has allowed us to create style and menu options that have been custom tailored for this venue. Pricing for each service is upfront and locked in when you book. This makes budgeting a breeze!
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Originally from Southern California, CJ Dickson has called Tennessee home since 1999. After an exciting career in the music business, she opened the event venue CJ’s Off the Square in 2005. 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 sweet schnoodle, Willoughby.
Jill Ayn is a Tennessee native who returned to her home state after years of traveling and working in New York, Georgia, and Ohio. Her hospitality and events background includes fine dining, operations management, and marketing. Her passion for people, events, and her Tennessee roots brought her to CJ’s Off the Square, where she oversees venue operations and enjoys life with her husband and French bulldog, Louis Armstrong.
Growing up in Kentucky, Sidney always dreamed of making Nashville her home. Little did she know, a summer job at a Country Club would lead her to a career as a wedding and event planner. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, she followed her heart to Nashville when she landed a job as an Event Assistant at CJ’s Off the Square. After a year of hard work and learning the ropes, she was promoted to her current role of Wedding and Event Planner. Sidney loves working with her clients to create beautiful, joy-filled celebrations. And in her spare time, you can catch her with friends at a concert or cheering on the Predators from the stands (or her living room!).
A Tennessee native, Alli first fell in love with the world of weddings while working at a bridal salon. This led to her earning a degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Over the past 5 years, she has continued to develop her passion as a wedding and event planner first in Knoxville and now in Nashville. In addition to the ever-evolving styles of event design, Alli enjoys the relationships she builds with her clients and seeing the designs come to life. When she’s not busy planning weddings at CJ’s Off the Square, you can find her with family cheering on her alma mater. Go Vols!
Locally owned by Franklin resident CJ Dickson, CJ’s Off the Square attracts clients from around the world. Our work has been published by InStyle Magazine, People Magazine, Style Me Pretty, SouthernWeddings.com, 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 25 Garden Wedding Venues in the United States.” While we are certainly proud of our accomplishments, nothing brings us more joy than knowing we have served our clients well when we see the smiles on their faces at the end of the night.