Vendor Spotlight-Ruby Nashville
Today our spotlight is on Ruby Nashville. Dan Cook was so kind as to answer a few questions about this fabulous new venue. Tell us about your venue.
Ruby's high quality, custom designed space early on led us to refer to the structure and land as a small gem, and after several years of planning Ruby was born. Ruby is an oasis in the city; we border Dragon Park and anchor historic Hillsboro Village. We’re privately owned and operated - a true Nashville original.
What makes your venue different from other venues?
We have a top 10 list!
Blank Canvas Ruby’s minimalist architecture and white plaster walls are a perfect stage for most any type ofevent or theme /decor - or even no decor at all! In part due to this flexibility, Ruby hosts all types of events, including wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and receptions; corporate seminars and parties; non-profit events; concerts and film productions, photo and video shoots, church services, university events, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, you name it.
Design We’re closet architects. Ruby’s design has been called contemporary, historic, industrial and natural - but not institutional. Our repurposing of the historic structure was done to a sustainable level consistent with its park environs. Much of the construction is custom and all is done to a high standard. We used an abundance of natural materials, and the indoor spaces and filled with natural light.
Park Dragon Park (Fannie Mae Dees Park), a state arboretum, surrounds Ruby.
Outdoors Ruby is as much an outdoor facility as an indoor one. Our courtyards and deck look upon the park and green spaces.
Location A Hillsboro/Vanderbilt - Green Hills corridor location - what more can be said?
Vendors Though we offer an approved vendor list to streamline planning, events may bring in many of their own vendors, including caterers.
BYOB Facility Beverages costs can eclipse all other events costs. BYOB provides low and predictable cost.
Systems Great sound and video systems are a must. Ruby has them - band/DJ connections, built-inspeakers, iPod hookups, two video projectors, and darned good acoustics.
Simple Pricing Ruby pricing is transparent and largely inclusive. We don’t mark up vendor’s prices.
Collaboration Ruby utilizes cloud-based collaboration, not a paper trail, to facilitate event planning and coordination.
What is the history of your venue?
The original structure was built in 1945, and the 2011 remodel preserved the original structure and features while introducing a high quality contemporary, industrial and green design.
What are some of your wedding and reception options?
We offer rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and receptions. Combination ceremony and receptions are quite popular and being an old church with an industrial bent, we're a natural fit for ceremonies. The outdoor areas, which can be tented, are perfect for transitioning from the ceremony to the reception. The park is an ideal area for wedding photographs. Also we have chairs and a podium onsite for ceremonies.
Does your venue require use of your preferred vendors, or are brides free to bring their own?
No, brides can generally use their own vendors, including caterers.
In your opinion, which event (or type of event) has most creatively taken advantage of your venue, and what made that event a success?
Any event that utilizes great lighting stands out at Ruby. Our architecture and plaster walls are highlighted when wall lighting, chandeliers and other lighting is used. Great LED lighting can also change the entire feel of a room when the colors are changed between the ceremony and reception. Our two projectors also add a great lighting and entertainment element that brides use for slideshows, video or still/logo image.
Dan and Brenda Cook
If you're looking for an interesting venue that offers lots of different options and flexibility give Ruby Nashville a call!