This summer, I coordinated a wedding at Allandale Mansion in Kingsport, Tennessee. This beautiful venue is a popular choice for local Kingsport residents. The couple I worked with had family in Kingsport and traveled from overseas to get married at this stunning venue. The lovebirds were married outdoors at the Heron Dome on the Allandale property. The Heron Dome is a beautiful architectural dome with a stunning heron water feature as the focal point. The guests sit in white chairs on either side of the aisle way lined with pavers. This spot on the Allandale property is the perfect blend of classic architecture among Tennessee beauty.
There are several spots to have the ceremony and reception on the Allandale property. A white barn, red barn, gazebo, heron dome, and of course the stunning Allandale mansion are all perfect places to say “I do”. No matter the style of the couple, I believe anyone can find a place they love on the Allandale property. Did I mention the large pond and geese?
Allandale used to be a farm that raised cattle and horses. Since then, a group of individuals who desired to bring a special events venue to Kingsport, created the Friends of Allandale. This group was formed in 1989 and has raised over $550,000 to update and restore Allandale. This group continues to improve the look and overall feel of the Allandale Mansion property.
To see more pictures of Allandale Mansion and to decide whether it’s the venue for you, click here.
If you choose to hold your wedding at the Allandale venue, here are some tips and tricks that I learned from my experience.
- The couple rented items from Action Rental Company. Everything was delivered on time, they have a great variety of items, and they are very familiar with Allandale and its staff. If you are looking for a rental company I would suggest them. To learn more about Action Rentals, click here.
- You may be wondering WHAT to rent for a wedding. At Allandale (and for all summer weddings really), I suggest renting large industrial fans. I would suggest renting at least three fans for the loft of the barn.
- Ladies, consider wearing wedges. There is a lot of grass and uneven ground to walk on throughout the property. Wedges are probably more sensible shoes if you don’t mind to wear them.
- The ladies who work on the weekends at Allandale are volunteers, so they may not be privy to all the information you’ve spent months planning. For example, you probably did most of the planning with the venue during the week and that person you spoke with may not be there on your wedding day. So plan to have someone spend about ten minutes on wedding day explaining what your plans are and what venues you are using. This may seem redundant, but it will save you headache in the end.
- Lastly, and potentially most importantly, hire a planner that you trust (I KNOW ONE) But really, Allandale is a pretty large venue and you will want someone helping with the setup, coordination of the wedding party, and relaying your plans to the ladies who are working that weekend.
I hope this blog was helpful if you are considering a wedding at Allandale. I would love to help you plan your special day!
For pictures of the wedding we worked on at Allandale, check out Michelle Lea Photographie’s blog post.