From resorts and hotels to barns and B&B’s, you’ll find the perfect Blue Ridge wedding venue. The Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains offer luxury love, rustic romance, wedding weekends and intimate elopements. Here are just a few great locations, including nearby spots in Wild Wonderful West Virginia.
The Perfect Blue Ridge Wedding Venue
Luxury Love: You don’t need the big city to enjoy luxury. Just east of the Blue Ridge overlooking the Potomac River Valley, is Lansdowne Resort in Virginia’s wine country. The Potomac Terrace overlooks beautifully landscaped grounds for a ceremony. And inside is the Clubhouse Ballroom with high ceilings, balconies and panoramic views.
Heading west, you’ll find the historic George Washington Hotel in downtown Winchester. Built in 1924, the hotel retains its original beauty with marble floors and crafted mouldings. The ornate Grand Ballroom accommodates 180 while the Garden Room holds around 50.
Rustic Romance: Looking for gorgeous countryside views, flexible space and a barn like setting with modern conveniences? Then take a look at West Oaks Farm Market in Winchester. Exchange vows on the patio with a view of the Shenandoah Valley. After the ceremony, enjoy cocktails on the porch then head inside for your reception. The main banquet room features a gabled ceiling with beams, stone fireplace and hardwood flooring.
Another great rustic wedding option is the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville. Two historic barns have been renovated into one unique space. With its original barn roof line, exposed beams and recycled wood interior, the Great Hall can fit up to 150 for a seated reception.
Wedding Weekends: With so much to see and do, why not make it a destination wedding? Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, you’ll find Bryce Resort with its new 4500 square foot Shenandoah Center. More intimate space is available at the classic Copper Kettle. Thinking outdoors? Then you’ll love the view from the mountaintop or the crystal clear water of Lake Laura.
Just down the road from Bryce is family-friendly Massanutten Resort. At the Conference Center you can say your vows and enjoy cocktail hour on the veranda then head inside for the reception. If younger guests are part of the weekend, they’ll love the indoor/outdoor waterpark and family adventure park.
Rounding out the resort tour is Wintergreen on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The view from the resort’s Blue Ridge Overlook offers a stupendous ceremony backdrop while the Blue Ridge Terrace provides a stunning outdoor reception space. Complete your wedding weekend with resort activities and nearby attractions.
Find the Perfect Blue Ridge Wedding Venue and Elope
Small is beautiful in the Blue Ridge. In addition to the cozy pocket garden at the George Washington Hotel, consider these three nearby neighbors in Wild Wonderful West Virginia.
Just across the Potomac River in Shepherdstown, you’ll find the Bavarian Inn. The patio adjacent to the pub holds 40-60 guests while the gazebo and upper deck also provide intimate wedding space. Enjoy an extensive menu of German and American cuisine.
Thinking B&B wedding? Visit the romantic Hillbrook Inn near Harper’s Ferry. Hillbrook provides a Morning Wedding Affair for up to 20 guests. Host your ceremony on the Bullskin Creek Bridge or by the terrace fountain. Thinking winter wedding? You’ll want to check out Hillbrook’s beautiful living room with fireplace.
And if you want to take a step back in time, then look at Capon Springs Resort & Farm in the Panhandle of West Virginia. Only two hours away from Washington DC, Capon Springs is reminiscent of the bygone days of the Poconos and Catskill resorts. Here you’ll find casual courtesy and world class hospitality.
Venue Hunting Tips
While not a complete list, these tips will get you started.
- Determine your wedding style and approximate number of guests along with an idea of what you want to spend on your ceremony and reception.
- Don’t be locked in on a date. Saturdays are a finite commodity. If you have your heart set on a venue, take a look at Fridays and Sundays as well.
- Find out what’s included. Know up front if you need a rental company.
- Ask about catering options. Some venues have on-site catering; others work with off-premise caterers and may have a preferred/required list from which to choose.
- Heading outdoors? Then have a Plan B – Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate.
- Ask your venue manager for a list of preferred wedding professionals – including a great day-of coordinator. You’ll want to work with locals who know the venue’s logistics and have good relationships.