The 13 Best Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding Venues
The Blue Ridge Mountains, a segment of the Appalachian Mountains, span several states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. What's more, mountains found in the Blue Ridge include the Black Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Unaka Range. Covering so much terrain can only mean one thing—the Blue Ridge Mountains are home to many scenic wedding venues for bucolic brides and grooms.
The area of the Blue Ridge you get married in can depend on a variety of factors, such as your location, how far you're willing to travel, the season and climate you want to get married in and, of course, the venue itself. You may find yourself overwhelmed by your options, but that's where we come in. Here, we've narrowed down 13 of our favorite Blue Ridge wedding venues to help you plan life's most special event.
Chestnut Ridge in Canton, North Carolina
First up is Western North Carolina's Chestnut Ridge. Chestnut Ridge is located on a 150-acre working farm, "offering breathtaking views, meaningful amenities and the freedom to dream." The event venue has an all-inclusive package option, as well as a package for just the venue and planning. What's the difference? The all-inclusive package allows you to choose from Chestnut Ridge's list of preferred vendors and then the team will coordinate along with you. (Peak season all-inclusive pricing starts at $45,115 for 150 guests.) Chestnut Ridge also has an à la carte menu of extras with everything from on-site fireworks to additional bar and venue hours.
Mountain Mist Farms Venue in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Over in Tennessee, Mountain Mist Farms Venue is another rustic venue and a first-time Best of Weddings winner. (You may have seen it on TikTok.) The family-owned property is packed with desirable vistas, especially at the outdoor ceremony location. There, the Smoky Mountain backdrop will take your—and guests'—breath away as you say "I do." Mountain Mist Farms is also a vineyard and winery. After your picturesque ceremony, you'll hold your celebration in the on-site event barn; the wooded interior is a great blank space in which to dream up your wedding day. The venue also provides an event coordinator.
The Farm in Candler, North Carolina
The Farm in Candler, North Carolina, is more than a farm. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside Asheville, it calls itself "a gathering place," and it's not hard to understand why. The versatile venue boasts a manicured property, an indoor/outdoor event center with a wraparound porch, a gazebo and more. And while it has traditionally charming features, it's anything but cookie cutter—licensed wedding coordinators will transform the farm so that it reflects your taste and personality. Inside the event center, highlights include a stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and trifold doors. Plus, you can hold your rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch on-site; there are also seven cabins and cottages, providing everything you need all in one place.
House Mountain Inn in Lexington, Virginia
Virginia's House Mountain Inn is a private 1,000-acre mountain preserve and a grand lodge on Big House Mountain. The self-described luxurious-but-casual venue offers everything you need: lodging, plus venues for rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Exchange vows at an outdoor ceremony surrounded by natural beauty, like a nearby pond and, of course, the mountains. Your reception can be held in one of two locations—the Pavilion at House Mountain Inn or the Robert E. Lee Ballroom. Your event will be infused with nature in the Pavilion, while in the Ballroom, highlights include a fireplace, white pine log walls, a 30-foot post-and-beam ceiling and a solid cedar bar.
Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville's legendary Biltmore is in the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame because it is outstandingly opulent with a storied past. Construction of the George Vanderbilt brainchild—a 250-room French Renaissance chateau—began in 1889 and was completed in 1895. (The estate opened to the public in 1930.) Throughout the expansive property, there are many wedding venues. These venues include the Inn on Biltmore Estate for 50 to 100 guests, Cedric's Garden for small weddings of 30 to 60, the Antler Hill Barn for 50 to 150, Amherst for 150 to 350, Deerpark for 100 to 175, Lioncrest for 100 to 150, Diana for 125 to 225, the Conservatory for 30 to 60 and the Biltmore House and Garden for 140 to 600.
INOLA Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge, Georgia
INOLA Blue Ridge in the North Georgia Mountains is a village hidden in the forest. Within the village are the following buildings and outdoor spaces that can be utilized for weddings: the Hopewell Chapel, the Wythe House and its Formal Gardens, the Orchard Pavilion, the Wetherburn Tavern and the Cigar Lounge. The historic Hopewell Chapel features colonial architecture and is modeled after Virginia's Merchants Hope Church, one of the oldest Protestant churches in America; it can accommodate a 90-person wedding. INOLA is also home to two cottages—the Vintner Cottage and the Peacock Cottage—where you can spend the night.
The Barn on New River in West Jefferson, North Carolina
Sitting on 100 acres, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and bordered by the Southfork of the New River, the Barn on New River is a sylvan escape ready to host your dream wedding. The 4,800-square-foot barn, the main event space, has 30-foot ceilings, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, string lighting, concrete floors, a Sonos sound system, a kitchen, bathrooms with granite countertops and a built-in bar. The getting-ready suite is embellished with antique chairs, a sofa, a 12-foot mirror and a mimosa bar. All events provide exclusive use of the farm, including full photography access. This means you, your spouse and your entire wedding party can take amazing photos surrounded by ponds, hay fields, river frontage and an amazing mountain backdrop.
The Magnolia Weddings and Events in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The Smoky Mountain vistas at Tennessee's Magnolia Weddings and Events are unreal. The family owned and operated venue describes itself as being for the "adventurous couple." It hosts only one wedding per day, and if you're not quite sold on the views alone, the offering is comprehensive. Rentals include 13 hours of facility access, a six-hour shuttle service, event security, Chiavari chairs, garden chairs, round tables, rectangular tables, hightop tables, a getting-ready suite, a portable beverage bar, a prep kitchen with a service entry and bistro lighting. You'll also be provided with vendor recommendations. Magnolia pricing ranges from $4,000 to $10,750, and maximum capacity is 100 guests.
Yesterday Spaces in Asheville, North Carolina
Yesterday Spaces is a family farm, an Asheville wedding venue and an inductee in the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. The 70-acre working farm features a main event barn (equipped with heating and air-conditioning), a 100-year-old dairy barn, an outdoor ceremony site, an event field, pastures, a restored farmhouse and tons of natural beauty. Within the main event barn, there's a loft, where most receptions take place, that can accommodate up to 300 guests. Rustic highlights in this space include reclaimed and natural woods, steel draw bars and decorative lighting. Another "magical" element of Yesterday Spaces is the Wedding Walk, a historic, tree-lined road that connects the main event barn to the ceremony site.
Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia
It's evident that great views aren't hard to find in the Blue Ridge. But if you need more proof, look no further than Virginia's Mountain Lake Lodge. The lodge, which served as the filming location of the iconic 1987 film Dirty Dancing, is located on a 2,600-acre nature preserve encompassed by the Appalachian Mountains. Head here for a destination wedding, and you won't be disappointed. For your big day, Mountain Lake Lodge offers indoor and outdoor venues, preferred room rates for wedding guests, a complimentary champagne toast, the on-site Harvest restaurant for rehearsal dinners and brunches, wedding planner services, wedding packages, custom menus and more. With 13 event rooms and space for 200, there's not much you can't do here.
Willow Falls Weddings and Events in Hendersonville, North Carolina
Willow Falls Wedding and Events is an ethereal wooded wedding venue situated next to a 70-foot waterfall in North Carolina. You and your future spouse will be enchanted by Willow Falls' breathtaking views of the forest, walking trails, gazebos, winding porches, lush gardens and more. The wedding experience here is one-of-a-kind: Your itinerary will include a three-night stay on the property—there are two homes, one for the bride and groom. Arrive on Thursday afternoon to settle in; on Friday, set up and host your rehearsal dinner; on Saturday, your big day takes place; and on Sunday, you have until 4 p.m. to check out. The unique venue is best suited for up to 75 guests in May, June, September and October.
Valhalla Resort Hotel in Helen, Georgia
In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia, you'll find the Valhalla Resort Hotel—a palatial-looking resort tucked away in nature. Valhalla is a gorgeous getaway for all types of weddings, including elopements. Some perks of getting married here include complimentary valet parking, reduced room accommodations, four venue options for receptions with up to 100 guests, access to dedicated banquet and bar staff, and provided chairs, tables and linens. Plus, with dining options, a spa and golf on-site, you can utilize the venue for special events beyond your nuptials, such as your rehearsal dinner (or even your honeymoon!).
Country Club of Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina
Closing out our list is the beloved Country Club of Asheville, a McConnell Golf property. Here, you can have a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony enhanced by the mountains in the distance. There is also a wraparound bar and veranda perfect for cocktail hour. Interior event spaces include the Pisgah Ballroom, the Reynolds Room, the Donald Ross Dining Room, the Dogwood Loft, the Windsor Room and the Emerald Lounge. In addition to the pretty setting, the country club has an executive chef and an event coordinator—by booking here, you won't be skimping out on stellar service.