5 total reviews
CrossKeys Vineyards is the perfect place to get married! The mountain views are stunning, the architecture and layout of the building and patios really allow you to create beautiful ceremony and reception areas, and the wines are top notch! Additionally, CrossKeys has a wonderful chef and everyone commented on how good the food was (unlike typical wedding food that is usually just ok). Finally, I can't say enough about their events coordinator Katie. From the start it was apparent she is very good at what she does, and thanks to her my entire wedding day went smoothly. If you are looking for a wedding venue that is both beautiful and provides top quality service for the price, definitely check out CrossKeys!!
My husband and I live in Connecticut, but decided to get married in the mountains of Virginia where his family has spent vacations for the last 30 years. We got engaged at a vineyard, and knew that we wanted to have our reception at a vineyard as well, but weren't sure where to start!
On a family vacation, Jeremy and I physically visited 20 vineyards looking for that special something. We wanted a beautiful setting, good wines, enough space for 150+ people, something close to reasonably priced hotels (every single guest was coming from at least 3 hours away), and near a Catholic Church. CrossKeys was everything we dreamed of and more.
I was nervous about planning a wedding 1,000 miles away, but Katie, Nikoo, Chef Mike, even Paul in the tasting room made it easier than I could ever imagine. Our guests raved about the food (and they are used to NYC dining), the wines, and the location. People have even asked my bridesmaids if the pictures had the background photo shopped in because they couldn't believe how perfect everything looked. We couldn't have been more thrilled with Katie's help coordinating with our outside vendors, keeping me calm and answering all of our questions. They were even willing to hand-pass donuts for us late night on the dance floor.
Chef Mike prepared one of the most delicious meals, that sadly a lot of guests couldn't finish because they gorged themselves on appetizers like scallops wrapped in bacon, and a special fig in phyllo with mascarpone that Mike was willing to make off menu for me. Our gluten free guest and several vegetarians loved their food, and our attentive waitress made sure I always had a glass of Meritage.
CrossKeys is a wonderful place to have your wedding reception, dancing under the lights, having the outdoor fireplaces lit to keep your guests warm if it's a chilly night, and just generally having a night to remember. We couldn't say enough about the experience, and look forward to many wine tastings over future visits!
CrossKeys is a wonderful wedding venue. It is beautifully manicured and well kept. Katie (the wedding planner) was wonderful to work with and catered all to all our needs and special requests. She was ready accessible and always replied to emails quickly and thoroughly. CrossKeys was also one of the few wineries to allow outside beer and alcohol which gave us the best value on guest count and allowed us to stay on budget. The Executive Chef also made individual plates for specialized diets to include a vegan and gluten-free guest without extra charge. I thought this really showed the thoughtfulness of the winery. They also provided a great vendor list to include Kings Studio, Cakes by Cathy Stewart and The Cupcake Company. All these vendors had exceptional service and great bang for your buck! So glad I picked CrossKeys to have my wedding at. All my guests had an amazing time and were impressed by the venue.
Overall, our experience getting married at CrossKeys in September was positive. It goes without saying that venue is one of the most beautiful in the area, if not in the entire state.
So some of the positives: location, in-house chef (we got RAVE reviews from the guests about all of the food), plenty of space, back up plans readily available in case of rain.
The main negative that sticks out is that, when it came to the rehearsal/day of the wedding, there was no apparent coordinating going on and I did not feel like there was anyone I could depend on to ask questions of and help keep the event organized. I was disappointed by the lack of support by CrossKeys staff when it came to the actual day of the wedding.
Other than that, because the pre-planning was so thorough, everything went really well and we got SO lucky to have absolutely perfect weather. All of the guests were thoroughly impressed, and everyone had a BLAST!
CrossKeys is one of my absolute favorite places, and having the opportunity to be married there was a true blessing!
Just a few tips to brides considering getting married here:
1. Arrange for transportation for your guests! We hired a bus company to transport guests from the vineyard back to Harrisonburg, and it worked out excellently! Cabs sometimes give a hard time about going to CrossKeys because of it's location outside the city limits.
2. Be sure you have someone you can depend on to help you at your rehearsal and with the day of the wedding. There is an event coordinator, but honestly, I don't remember seeing her more than once the day of the wedding and she was not present for our rehearsal. My aunt wound up doing everything.
3. They have very limited table linens to choose from- probably better to get that all from outside vendors, unless you are looking for extremely basic linens. I used The Wishing Well--- working with Terrie was a DREAM! She took my reception decor to another level and it was stunning!
4. They have an in-house chef available to cater the event-- USE HIM!!!!!! All of the food at our wedding was absolutely incredible. We chose to do a plated dinner, not a buffet, and the service went smoothly and the food was delicious. The food is not covered in the fee to rent the venue, so be prepared to pay more than the rental fee. He is worth it!!!
CrossKeys Vineyard is a GORGEOUS wedding venue! I got married on 5/19/12 and it was perfect. CrossKeys offers a variety of set-ups and locations that you can rent/use for your event. I was able to have my wedding outside, cocktail hour in the front courtyard, and my reception inside. Chairs, linens, wine, set-up are all part of the package. The Event Coordinator, Nicole, was phenomenal to workw ith. She allowed me to come early and set up my decorations and drop of my dress and supplies in the room available for the bride and the bridesmaids to get ready.
The venue itself is excellent, very open and airy and is not stuffy as some vineyards are apt to be. The location is ideal as it is close to Harrisonburg, Virginia, but is remote enough to feel like you have your own special place situated in the valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.
The wines are good and you must serve their wine. They have a caterer that you have to use. The food was good, but it was a bit challenging getting the details sorted out with the cater and finalizing everything. In the end, food was tasty!
They are a venue that has experience with large and small events. Definitely check them out!
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Unlock the Love at CrossKeys
Your dream wedding awaits you at a gorgeous vineyard set in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. With 360 degree views of mountains, this Tuscan-style villa is the picture perfect setting for the wedding you have always imagined. Our world class on-site catering lessens the load of any busy bride.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liability Insurance, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Vineyard
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