Most popular Wedding Venues in Asheville and Western North Carolina
(in no particular order) (also see below for full list)
Whether you have 4 guests or 400, the Biltmore Estate has a spot. If you are having a large wedding, we’d suggest looking at the Lioncrest, the Deerpark, the Diana, or in front of the main house. All of those each hold 100+ people. If you are looking for something smaller, try looking at the Conservatory, the Champagne Cellar or the Inn. We’ve shot weddings in each of those with weddings as small as an elopement with just the bride and groom. Our team has extensive experience on the grounds and knows all the best spots around for photos.
I have never seen a wedding here that wasn’t simply spectacular. The town of Highlands is one of the cutest towns on the planet and the “Farm” – think rustic elegant – is amazing. With the new glass pavilion, they have the ability to have weddings from 20 people to 200 people. The surroundings have to seen. The food is incredible and there is plenty of lodging in Highlands and Cashiers for any size wedding. This is a wedding from this past summer with about 150 people. They had the ceremony in the gardens under the tent, photos on the grounds for about 30 minutes and then the reception in the glass pavilion.
The view here would be a hard one to beat. Sawyer Family Farmstead sits on the side of the mountain overlooking Lake Glenville, about 15 north of Cashiers.
This is another venue that is surrounded by mountains. There isn’t a bad view in any direction. They can hold up to a medium sized wedding and have a great spot on the lawn, just outside of the reception space, for an outdoor wedding. If you want a wedding in the country surrounded by mountains you should definitely have a look at Claxton Farm.
If you are looking for a farm atmosphere without being a barn go and look at the Farm in Candler. It’s only a 10 minute drive or so from the edge of Asheville, making it a super convenient place for friends and family to get back to hotel after the wedding. Just off to the side of the building where the reception is held is a working farm with horses and rolling pasture. It also offers a great outdoor location for ceremonies.
This one is a bit far from Asheville, but it is so cool that I have to put it on the list. It’s way over in the mountains near Bryson City. If you are looking for a ‘mountain wedding’ this has to be on your list of places to look at. We’ve been there a couple of times in all of the seasons and it is always spectacular. They have a trail to get to the top of one of the mountains and they’ll take you up there in a 4 Wheeler to get photos.
For small to medium sized weddings looking for a mountain backdrop, an excellent place to look is the 1927 Lake Lure Inn. Not only does this venue offer a fantastic setting, nestled in between mountains and across the street from a lake, it is a hotel large enough to accommodate all your guests, with a bunch of other hotels and motels within walking distance. If you’re looking for an outdoor ceremony, the gazebo in the middle of the lake is an idyllic spot and with the use of the trolley no one has drive.
If you are looking for an outdoor ceremony surrounded by tons and tons of nature, you have to see the arboretum. No matter what time of the year there are spectacular plants around. They have a couple of spots both indoors and out for receptions, as well as enough room to accommodate both smaller weddings and large.
Don’t be fooled. This is not your typical country club. We have photographed tons of weddings at country clubs and this one is different. It’s in the middle of Biltmore Forest and has the same architecture as the surrounding houses and buildings. It has a gorgeous back patio that overlooks the course and the mountains. If it’s nice out it’s large enough to have all your dancing and partying out there after you have dinner in a huge, beautiful hall, just inside from the patio. The whole thing is very elegant!
The Omni Grove Park Inn
There is a reason that when President Obama came to Asheville he stayed at the Grove Park both times. It’s spectacular. The view, the hotel, the service, the rooms… everything is gorgeous. With the new Wedding Coordinator there they have really stepped up the game with weddings. They’ve recently just completely renovated and overhauled the Country Club for weddings and it turned out awesome.
For those of you that want a Downtown Asheville wedding in a super hip, modern space have a look at The Venue. It’s within walking distance to Pack Square as well as the rest of downtown. It’s an upstairs venue with a big balcony that overlooks the city. This wedding had about 100 guests and had the ceremony as well as the reception at The Venue.
This building is not only beautiful, it has a very cool history as well. It’s within minutes of downtown Asheville, making it a super convenient venue for someone that wants to use Asheville as a base. There is a very cool outdoor spot for a ceremony right across the street from the building. Inside is covered in wood paneling, has a giant old, working fireplace and can hold up to around 150 (don’t quote me). Here’s a wedding we did there last winter. The spot where they did their ‘first look’ is where most do their ceremony. To see weddings in the summer scroll up to the Homewood category above in the big list.
This is actually two venues. One can hold up to about 100 – 150 and the other can easily hold 200+. The Center is the original building (older building) with the big deck that overlooks the mountains. Below that is the newer Pavilion with a big patio and small lawn out back. Both have a view that is to die for. This venue works great whether you’re getting married in town and then celebrating at the Crest Center or if you’re going to do both ceremony and reception at the same place. Both places are also big enough that if it were to rain you can simply move the ceremony inside and you don’t have to worry about getting a tent for outside. Here is a wedding with the ceremony at the Basilica and reception at the Pavilion
Chapel at Pretty Place
At the end of a long road that leads through the woods is ‘Pretty Place.’ Calling this spot Pretty Place would be like naming a black lab, ‘Blacky.’ In the middle of the woods, on the top of a mountain, overlooking rolling mountains and hills is this medium-sized “chapel.” It’s not a chapel or church in the traditional sense. There are no walls or doors. It has a roof, tiered seating and a completely unobstructed view of mountains. It’s a bit of a drive, but totally worth it.
Want a chapel to get married in that hangs at the top of a giant cliff? This is your spot! That is exactly what this is. You drive for about 10 minutes up and up and up. At the top of the mountain, hanging on the edge of a cliff and overlooking South Carolina is the Chapel at Glassy. The view is pretty good :)
Here are some of the places we’ve been in the last couple of years. If your wedding venue isn’t listed here, don’t worry! We’ve all shot many, many weddings and all feel very comfortable going into a new place. Each thumbnail will open a full wedding. :)
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Going out of town? We’ve been all over. We have been all over the Midwest, the Southeast, the West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, the Carribean, Ireland, England, Germany and have traveled personally (not for weddings) to Central America and Asia. Nick and Maddy are fluent in English and German and can get by in Spanish, French and Italian. We love traveling and we LOVE traveling for weddings. We call Asheville home, because it’s our favorite place we’ve ever called home, but traveling for weddings is our favorite thing. :)