5 featured reviews
Member Since: 6/15/2011
If you are looking for a unique venue in Norfolk, you must go check out the Hermitage museum & gardens. After looking at (not joking) 33 VENUES (!), my now husband and I found the Hermitage and it had everything we wanted.
It was extremely tough to find a venue where we could get married and have the reception at the same location, which the Hermitage allows. All of the staff at the Hermitage are amazing, especially Lil with any and all questions you may have and taking care of all the details. They aren't pushing or tough to talk to either which was great for an out-of-town bride.
All of our guests absolutely loved the venue as well. It was absolutely perfect! We are so happy!
Member Since: 3/18/2012
After searching for a venue with beautiful water views and a vibrant garden we found the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. They had a great spot for the ceremony and the reception was held on the water under a tent. All the guests raved about the gardens and the breathtaking sunset over the water; many locals didn’t even know it was there. The process beforehand was very smooth and they were more than willing to work with us!
Member Since: 12/1/2011
Absolutely beautiful! Loved the site and the general atmosphere
Member Since: 2/16/2010
This place is gorgeous! We had our wedding ceremony and reception here on June 9th 2012. After reading the other reviews I must say there are a few things I would agree with. The Hermitage is a Museum first..therefore you should keep in mind that when you originally book the event you will need a lot of rentals. I had no idea it would cost so much! I had 130 guests and it was about $10.000 for the venue fee and everything we needed to rent in order to hold the event outside. Of course they would push you to rent a tent, the weather is unpredictable and you would rather have the back up plan just for peace of mind. It didn't rain on us but it did end up being slightly hotter than expected and the tent provided shade. Also Lil who is the event coordinator is very nice, she responded to all my emails and my phone calls promptly. However you must keep in mind that she works for the Museum. She is not a wedding coordinator! If you want one of those you will need to hire one. Our wedding was planned in about 8 months which is insane but after everything was said and done and the dust settled we couldn't of had a more perfect wedding! We even got to see the fireworks from Harbour Fest! This location is top notch and although we almost doubled our budget it was totally worth it!
Member Since: 2/26/2009
Absolutely amazing place to be married. We were married under a huge magnolia tree right on the Elizabeth river. No weddings can be held inside the museum but they have a great back up plan. The pretty much force you to reserve a tent, but look at it as wedding insurance. No dogs allowed, so if that is an issue, you might want to consider something else. I cannot say enough nice things about the place, friendly staff, beautifully maintained grounds. Perfect outside wedding if you want to be near water but not on the beach.
A Backdrop Unmatched for Your Special Day
The elegance of the gardens and beauty of the waterfront views at the Hermitage Museum & Gardens create a backdrop unmatched for your outdoor ceremony and reception. Exchange your vows in the rose garden, under the beautiful trees on the Lafayette River, or in front of the historic grotto fountain.
- Price Range: $$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: No
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: Yes
- Tented Area: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: No
- Outside Caterers Allowed: Yes
- Kosher Available: No
- Liquor License: No
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: No
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: Yes
- Capacity: Up to 300
- Style: Mansion/Historic Site, Museum/Gallery, Unusual/Alternative