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A Belle Grove Plantation wedding is the perfect fit for you and your significant other if you are looking for a romantic venue that is full of history. Belle Grove Plantation is located in northern Shenandoah Valley near Middletown, Virginia. Sitting on 283 acres, the venue showcases the valley’s breathtaking views from every angle. Belle Grove Plantation typically holds about 6 weddings a year from the months of late April to mid October. Keep reading about this timeless venue and why you should book with Belle Grove!
Belle Grove Plantation is a National Historic Landmark and a center for Shenandoah Valley history and cultural heritage. The venue was built for tasteful entertaining and family life by Isaac Hite Jr. and his wife Nelly Madison Hite (relative of President James Madison), between the years of 1794 and 1797. For more than 200 years, Belle Grove has been the spot for several celebrations and early 19th century weddings. The plantation is a museum and historical site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Much of the property is is still used for agriculture and still carries on the farming tradition. The 1918 Barn for receptions and ceremony gives you the rustic charm feel.
What’s could be better than celebrating your wedding at this classic 18th century historic site? When you book a Belle Grove Wedding, you get exclusive use of the property of the duration of your rental, including the wedding rehearsal and night before the big day. A place to get ready is available for brides and grooms. Your rental also includes all tables and chairs needed for your reception and ceremony. You and your guests will have the opportunity to tour the historic Manor House that shows the evidence that came to the Valley by early settlers.
Couples can also choose to rent a small guest cottage to spend the night before and/or after the wedding. Formally, the 1918 Bank Barn, now the Beverly B. Shoemaker Welcome Center holds wedding ceremonies and receptions up to 150 people. On the other hand, if you prefer a more intimate ceremony, you would love the Manor House as it holds up to 40 people. The venue has its own preferred list of caterers and vendors to book for your big day.
Belle Grove Plantation offers a wide range of wedding packages and price points to fit your budget. Music is just one of the necessities for your special day. Not only is there enough space for live music, but there is access to electricity for an outdoor ceremony and reception. However, live music at the reception can reduce the number of guests, that the space can accommodate for 120 people. For couples who want to include a bar area at their wedding, there is space for a bar. Additionally, there is room for a cocktail hour on the lawn. Event tents are also available for outdoor weddings.
There are several spots on site to take your beautiful wedding photos. Photo settings include; charming gardens, mountain vistas in every direction, and spectacular sunset views. Aside from the history, architectural gems are what make Belle Grove Plantation weddings so special. Speaking of pictures… send me a message so I can arrange to capture all the moments on your special day!
“We invite you to become a part of this time-honored tradition. What could be more lovely and memorable than celebrating your wedding or hosting your special event at this beautiful 18th century historic site? Imagine you, your family and guests enjoying Belle Grove’s lawns and gardens, sweeping mountain views, and its historic Manor House, an architectural gem of the Shenandoah Valley”
For couples who are interested in booking a Belle Grove Plantation wedding you can reach out to them and find out more details on their website here. After you secure your date, make sure you message me so that I can capture timeless photos for you to pass down for a lifetime to come!
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