Historic Southern Venue

The Read House Lounge area

Historic Southern Venue

If you’re looking for an event venue full of historic southern charm, look no further! We have the perfect venue for you! The historic Read House has all the class and charm you could ask for. Not only does it have amazing amenities and beautiful style, but it recently underwent an extensive $25 million renovation. Keep reading to hear all about what the Read House has to offer!

Historically Rich Venue

There’s nothing more classy than a venue full of rich history and southern heritage. And the Read House in Chattanooga has all of that! Founded in 1926, this venue has been open for nearly a century! The Read House has endured war, floods, epidemics, several owners, and potential bankruptcy! To learn more details about the extensive history of the hotel itself, check out their website.

A picture of the outside of the regal historic southern Read House Venue
Photo by Daisy Moffat

Charming Historic Venues

In light of the historic southern charm of the venue, they have several different spaces that are available to use. The premier event space is the luxurious Silver Ballroom. This room is known for its formal elegance and features 3 Waterford Crystal chandeliers and ornate silver moldings. This is the perfect room for anyone looking for a princess or luxury feel.

A bride and groom dancing in the silver ballroom of the historic southern venue, The Read House.
Photo by Sarah LaRae

Next up is the Centennial Room, connected to the Silver Ballroom. This space offers an outdoor balcony area that overlooks part of the city!

There is also the Gold Room! This is great for rehearsal dinners or cocktail hour!

Last is the Green Room. Historically this room used to be hottest brunch location in Chattanooga. In 2004 during renovations the room was transformed into a meeting and reception room that is used for more intimate gatherings of up to 100 people.

The green room inside the Read house set for dinner with elegant chairs and gold details.
Photo from the Read House Website

Southern Hospitality

Not only does the Read House have some amazing spaces to host your wedding, but they also offer food and beverage minimums that differ with the day of the week and time of year! Included in the minimum are tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, chine, glassware, silverware, dance floor, and cake cutting! They have many different table options that can accommodate up to 450 guests. And for your ceremony the max capacity is 500 guests.

The silver ballroom with floral garland centerpieces and beautiful lighting.
Photo by Rich Smith

Old School Charm

With such a rich history, this venue is sure to provide plenty of classy southern charm. The archways and wood details provide the perfect backdrop for silhouette pictures that are full of romance. When booking weddings, their favorite part is when a bride sees the Silver Ballroom for the first time. Often, they hear brides say this space is exactly what they’ve dreamed of their entire lives!

A bride and groom pose for a silhouette picture in the archways with blue lighting at the Read House historic wedding venue.
Photo by Rich Smith

Recent Renovations

The Read House just completed a $25 million dollar renovation that brought the roaring 20’s back to Chattanooga. The hotel even consulted a number of historians and architects to be sure that the renovations stayed true to the roaring 20’s and the original style of the Read House itself.

A Bride and groom shot from the upper level looking down under the chandelier.
Photo by Daisy Moffat

Venue Extras

So, why book with the Read House? As you can see, there are plenty of reasons that we’ve already covered! But if the classy historic charm of the venue isn’t enough, you should know that when you book with the Read House that you get the honeymoon suite included in the package!

Fun Facts

  • The first hotel located at the site of the Read House was originally called “The Crutchfield House” and opened in 1847
  • During the Civil War, “The Crutchfield House” served as a hospital for wounded soldiers
  • In 1927, a guest by the name of Annalisa Netherly was murdered in room 311.  Her husband had discovered her with another man and slit her throat while she was in the bathtub.
  • Several celebrity guests have stayed at the Read House including: Winston Churchill, Al Capone, Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, and Robert Pattinson.
  • The three large chandeliers in the Silver Ballroom are Waterford Crystal.

Booking Info

Before you book, here are a few things to consider! Peak season for the Read House used to be exclusively the fall, but recently they’ve had a lot of inquiries for the Spring wedding season too! It is typical for brides to book 9-12 months ahead of time, so if you’re wanting to book with the Read House, it’s never too soon! The Read House also suggests considering Fridays and Sundays as an option for your wedding. There is a better chance the venue will have availability on those days and you may be able to get a reduced rate!

Bride and groom inside the beautiful 20's style elevator at the Read House.
Photo by Sara LaRae

So, are you ready to book today this elegant historic southern venue? Call the Read House at (423) 266-4121 and ask for Sarah or request a formal tour on their website.

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Vendor Info

Callie & Sean Wedding

Photography: Daisy Moffat Photography
Dress: Monica’s Bridal
Floral: The Clay Pot
Draping & Decor: Luma Designs

Hannah & Jay Wedding

Photography: Rich Smith Photography
Dress: All About The Bride
Floral: May Flowers
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Styled Shoot

Photography: Sara LaRae Photography
Dress: All About the Bride
Floral: Emily Kaye Designs
Groom’s Attire: Giorgios Menswear

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