at Scarritt Bennett Center
We have several upgrade options designed to enhance your elopement experience. Some of the upgrades are available to all packages, while others are targeted only to specific packages. Each of the contracts for the three elopement packages lists which upgrades are available and the cost of those upgrades. The information on this page is intended to explain the upgrades in more detail, and when appropriate, to feature photos of some of them. Upgrades may be selected when booking an elopement and they may also be added later
Floral Arrangements - $50.00
This upgrade provides a total of three silk floral arrangements that were custom designed for Skinner Chapel at Scarritt Bennett Center. There is one large arrangement on the altar and two smaller arrangements by the side window. The size and colors of the flowers and even the size, shape and color of the urns were all chosen personally by Rev. Rich to coordinate with the color palette of the interior of the chapel. The base flowers are cream with some soft pinks and purples to compliment the colors in the stained glass windows in the chapel. The color, shape and style of the three urns were selected to match the color, style and size of the space. This upgrade must be selected in advance of the wedding day to allow for set up time. This upgrade is available to the Just Married Elopement, Getaway Elopement and Getaway Plus Elopement.
Candelabras with Electric Candles - $50.00
The two candelabras are 61 inches in height and are placed at the sides of the altar. These were selected to match the color, size and style of the chapel. Each candelabra has battery-powered pillar candles, each providing a flickering light that add a touch of warmth and elegance to the chancel space during the ceremony and photos. This upgrade must be selected in advance of the wedding day to allow for set up time. This upgrade is available to the Just Married Elopement, Getaway Elopement and Getaway Plus Elopement.
Recorded Music - $50.00
One processional song and one optional recessional song. Equipment provided and run by Rich Events. Couple may select one processional song and an optional recessional song, both of which must be available from iTunes/Apple Music. Selection must be submitted to Rich Events 24 hours before the ceremony or Rich Events will make default selection. If only one song is selected, it will be used for the processional and there will be no recessional. If the couple submits two songs, they must indicate which is for processional and which is for recessional. If the couple does not submit a selection in time, Rich Events will provide a default selection for the processional song, and there will be no recessional song. This upgrade is available for the Getaway Elopement and Getaway Plus Elopement.
Marriage License Delivery
Rich Events has two upgraded delivery options for Davidson County Clerk licenses and one for the other 94 counties in Tennessee.
In the $25.00 basic hand delivery option, Rev. Rich will personally deliver your completed and signed Tennessee Marriage License paperwork back to the Davidson County Clerk in Nashville after the ceremony. This upgrade is available to all couples in any package booking, but only for licenses obtained at the Davidson County Clerk in Nashville. The clerk will process the paperwork and they will send the certified copy to you by regular mail (U.S. Postal Service) to arrive within 30 days.
In the $100.00 premium hand delivery option, Rev. Rich will personally deliver your completed and signed Tennessee Marriage License paperwork back to the Davidson County Clerk in Nashville after the ceremony and have the paperwork processed at once, then ship three certified copies of the Certificate of Marriage to you by way of FedEx or UPS shipping, with tracking number provided. The certified copies will arrive within 15 days of the ceremony.
In the $40 guaranteed delivery option, Rev. Rich will have your completed and signed Tennessee Marriage License paperwork delivered to any of the other 94 county clerks in Tennessee (but not Davidson) by UPS or FedEx ground shipping with tracking number provided. Each of the other 94 county clerks sets its own policy regarding delivery of the completed documents back to the couple.
Commemorative Vows Certificate - $25.00
Rich Events has created a way for couples to remember their weddings vows. We will provide a lovely printed version of your vows on our high-quality paper that we also use to create our Certificates of Marriage and Renewal of Vows. These certificates are customized for each couple, so this upgrade must be selected at least 24 hours before the ceremony, but ideally 5 days before the ceremony. This upgrade is available to all packages at the chapel.
Decorative Certificate of Marriage or Renewal - $25.00
Rich Events has created a customized decorative certificate of marriage and a similar decorative certificate of renewal. These are non-binding, ceremonial, decorative documents intended to commemorate the ceremony and provide a keepsake to take home and display. Please note that these are not legal documents. They are solely for personal and sentimental purposes. These certificates are customized for each couple, so this upgrade must be selected at least 24 hours before the ceremony, but ideally 5 days in advance. This upgrade is available to all packages at the chapel.
Premarital Counseling Program - $25.00
Rev. Rich has designed an at-home premarital counseling option that will help to prepare couples for marriage. This program also meets current Tennessee requirements to receive a discounted marriage license fee. This upgrade is available to couples booking the Just Married Elopement, Getaway Elopement, Getaway Plus Elopement and the Micro Wedding Ceremony. Rich Events can only guarantee that the County Clerks in Davidson County, TN and Williamson County, TN will accept our certification process. This upgrade requires at least 5 days notice before the wedding day as there are several steps to complete the process. Contact us with questions on this upgrade.
Elopement Ceremony Samples - $25.00 Rev. Rich will provide an extensive selection of elopement ceremony samples that go well beyond the standard elopement script. This is a document of more than 25 pages with 13 different ceremonies to choose from, with selections that are numbered and categorized. Most are either liturgical or evangelical Christian, while some are nonreligious. There are also some selections geared to renewal of vows ceremonies.This upgrade must be requested at least 48 hours prior to the ceremony, but ideally 5 days in advance, to allow time for selection and processing. This upgrade is available to the Getaway Elopement and Getaway Plus Elopement.
Robe & Stole Upgrade - $25.00
Rev. Rich can wear his black ministerial robe and white stole for your wedding ceremony. This requires specific attire to be worn underneath the robe and the robe must be brought out of storage, so this upgrade must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of a wedding. This upgrade is available to all packages at the chapel.
Bubbles for Staged Exit - $25.00
Rich Events will provide individual vials of bubbles for guests to blow for a staged exit photo on the exterior of the chapel. This option requires several guests to participate, so this upgrade can only be made available to the Getaway Plus Elopement, and only if the couple will have a sufficient number of guests present.
Elopements of Nashville has upgrades for floral bouquet/boutonniere rental and ceremony video. Click here to request information on Elopements of Nashville upgrades.
In addition to the beautiful architecture of Skinner Chapel, our facility has many great functional features that enhance your experience. We have ample, free and convenient parking, free WiFi, new central heating and air conditioning, good campus signage, plus Fondren Hall has an accessible entrance for wheelchairs, and both women's and men's restrooms. Skinner Chapel at Scarritt Bennett Center is located on the ground floor of Fondren Hall on the campus of Scarritt Bennett Center. Free parking is available at Scarritt Bennett Center's Parking Lots A & B at 1031 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212. For full details, please read the contract for each package. For vendors and marriage license information, visit the Info page of this site. You may not continue taking photos outside after your venue package time concludes. Click here if you are interested in the history of Scarritt Bennett Center and Skinner Chapel.
Our regular operating hours are Monday - Saturday 8AM to 8PM and Sunday 2PM to 8PM, by appointment only.
Please note that we try to host all Skinner Chapel elopements during daylight hours to insure ideal lighting for photography.
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