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Asheville’s popularity as a destination wedding location has exploded in recent years, and for good reason, as the city has practically every type of venue a couple could dream of within the city and its surrounding mountains, forests and farmland. No matter what type of atmosphere you’re hoping to create, this list of the best destination wedding venues in Asheville will help your dream wedding come to fruition.
For those with sizeable budgets, a wedding at the dream-like Biltmore Estate will be something you and your guests never forget. If you’re unfamiliar with the Biltmore Estate, it’s the largest private home in America and its original owner and visionary was George Vanderbilt. On its 8,000 acres, bridal parties have the option of nine areas, which include a champagne cellar, garden or conservatory. Your package automatically includes daytime passes for all your guests, meaning that they can enjoy the grounds at their leisure before or after your ceremony. This bonus certainly makes a fun adventure for your traveling guests!
Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC +1 800 411 3812
There are many beautiful rustic barn options for weddings in Asheville, and Yesterday Spaces has everything that comes to mind with the term rustic barn wedding. Backdrops on the property include charming old-school barns, meadows and mountain views with adorable photo ops like a wooden swing, a silo in the background or a stroll along a dirt road.
Yesterday Spaces, 305 Sluder Branch Rd, Leicester, NC +1 828 777 6948
For another rustic option that ups the glam factor, consider the Crest Center. The pros behind Crest’s highly rated team work with each couple to customize the space to accommodate a range of visions from the absolutely lavish to minimalist. No matter what you decide, the song-worthy Blue Ridge Mountains will be part of your celebration as nearly 100 feet of windows overlook these breathtaking mountains.
Crest Center & Pavillion, 22 Celebration Pl, Asheville, NC +1 828 251 1820
As the quirkiest venue on the list, JuneBug appeals to those that want to do things their way. An obvious perk of booking this location are the vintage trailers that sit on the property that you and your wedding party, plus families, can enjoy the festivities under a huge white tent.
JuneBug Retro Resort, 355 Clarks Chapel Rd, Weaverville, NC +1 828 208 1979
Budget-seekers, nature lovers or outdoor adventurers will love this option. The famous Blue Ridge Parkway actually allows roadside weddings for couples, but a permit is required and a few rules must be followed. These include keeping your group to 25 people or less, only getting married in designated areas, a time limit of two hours and a few more concerning environmental/public safety issues. But, the fee is minimal, especially in comparison to the views.
Need to accommodate up to 100 guests? Consider Addison Farms Vineyard. Vineyards are inherently romantic – maybe it’s all that wine? – so a wedding here will certainly provide the special backdrop you’re looking for. Just imagine the photos of you and your crew between the vines, with cows peeking out from behind you, or with the beautiful barn in the background.
For a chic option, the Asheville Art Museum delivers a distinct kind of elegance. Note that only weddings in 2019 and beyond can be booked at this point while the venue undergoes state-of-the-art renovations.
Asheville Art Museum, 175 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC +1 828 253 3227
Want to get married in beautifully manicured gardens that would make a perfect fit for that dream house you’re already thinking about? Asheville’s botanical gardens provide a lovely outdoor venue with a precious gazebo or meadow to choose from for your ceremony. The visitor center can actually be your reception site as well for up to 60 people should you want to keep the celebration going in one place.
If you’re more of a castle-seeking couple, you’ll want to nab dates at Homewood, a striking stone Victorian home with turrets and plenty of dramatic scenery for your photo session. Spouses-to-be can choose between outdoor or indoor options for their ceremonies.
Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC +1 828 232 9900