All of Virginia is beautiful, historic and scenic. There are amazing mountaintop vistas, quiet beaches, golden fields, and lush forests that bring fairies to mind. Virginia has highly rated resorts, hotels, and bed and breakfasts, not to mention stunning churches steeped in history. If you want to marry where a president made his vows, you can do that in Virginia.
With the entirety of Virginia to consider, there’s no way there are only six places that come to mind. Consider this a starting point. Inspiration, if you will, into the possibilities and diversity of options Virginia has to offer.
— ALEXANDRIA —
If you love the romance that cobblestones bring to mind, Old Town Alexandria is your place. Consider less obvious venues like the paddle-powered Cherry Blossom river boat, along with other interesting venues like Carlyle House Historic Park, highlighted at ExtraAlex, the Alexandria, Virginia blog.
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— ROANOKE —
The options for saying “I Do” in Roanoke are quite diverse. The grand Hotel Roanoke has been voted the best wedding venue by readers of Virginia Living, The Roanoker, and City Magazine. Their space can accommodate up to 800 guests; no detail is overlooked. Next door is the Taubman Museum of Art, whose three-story glass atrium is simply stunning. Host your wedding or reception here with seating for 128. Railroad aficionados can turn to the O. Winston Link Museum for an intimate affair, while outdoor lovers or those who simply like a piece of nostalgia may find the Roanoke Star to be the perfect backdrop.
— VIRGINIA BEACH —
Some dream of sand between their toes in a low-key oceanfront setting. If that’s your dream, it can become a reality in Virginia Beach. In fact, there are ready-to-book elopement packages right here at your fingertips. There’s more than the sand of the Atlantic in Virginia Beach, however. Check out the Virginia Beach Convention Center for a grand event, or perhaps the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center for a most memorable atmosphere. For a a mix of history and beach, try the Cape Henry Lighthouse.
— RICHMOND —
Where to start?! Richmond has so many options for wedding venues … The Jefferson Hotel is stunning by itself, but add a bride descending that grand staircase and you’ll be left breathless. Thinking of an old industrial feel? Look at The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. The old rusted iron sits in stark contrast to a well-groomed wedding party. If you’re in love with the idea of a ready-made floral display, you can start by checking out Maymont or Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. From a waterfall backdrop at Maymont to the fountain garden at Lewis Ginter, there are a wide range of opportunities.
— CHARLOTTESVILLE —
Did you know that the Charlottesville area is one of the most popular wedding destinations on the East Coast? Once you see some of the venues, you’ll understand why. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in North Garden is the first that pops into my head. That big, beautiful barn is the perfect reception location while the vows are made in the Granary or outside against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge. Then there are “Four Virginia Weddings Martha Stewart LOVED,” which includes Keswick Hall and nearby Nelson County gem, Veritas Vineyard & Winery. Also check out Trump Winery (yes, that Trump) and Boar’s Head.
Rent a national treasure when you book your wedding day beneath “Nature’s Cathedral,” the Natural Bridge. With four ballrooms at the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel to choose from, everything you need for a beautiful, memorable day is ready. Perhaps mountaintop nuptials are your dream. If so, inquire with House Mountain Inn west of downtown Lexington. There are several venues to choose from, including indoor, by a pond, or in a pavilion boasting wondrous views. Also consider the historic churches within downtown Lexington, like Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University and Jackson Memorial Hall at Virginia Military Institute.
© Casey for Virginia’s Travel Blog, 2015. |