CJ’s Off the Square started as an idea. 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?
These are just some of the questions owner CJ Dickson was asking when she planned her own wedding back in 2004. Frustrated with the outdated planning methods used by many wedding professionals at the time, the idea for a full-service venue started to take shape. Just one year later, 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 and better ways to serve our busy clients who want a beautiful, meaningful celebration without all of the fuss.
More than just a venue, CJ’s Off the Square includes complete planning & design services. We work closely with each client to create thoughtful, meaningful celebrations. We listen to your ideas, help you set priorities and honor your budget.
Our event packages take care of the essentials that any host needs to have a gorgeous garden party. All of the big stuff is done for you, saving you time and money. Don’t see something you need? Just ask your personal event planner and they will put you in touch with one of our creative partners who are ready to help.
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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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. In addition to CJ’s Off the Square, CJ has planned weddings throughout Nashville and has recently created Weddings Reimagined, an interactive, ad-free wedding planning community. 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.
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. Kate now calls Franklin, TN home and when she isn’t producing incredible weddings and events at CJ’s Off the Square, you can probably find her snuggled up with her fur babies and binge watching Game of Thrones.
Locally owned and operated 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, 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 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.