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Charlottesville wedding venues are some of the most stunning venues on the East Coast. For example, Charlottesville is home to venues with rolling mountain views, elegant estates, rustic barns, secret gardens, and urban rooftops. No matter your style preference, there is a venue for you here! Subsequently, having photographed 100+ weddings as a Charlottesville wedding photographer in the area, keep reading to learn all about my favorite venues here!
Pippin Hill Vineyards
Pippin Hill is a Charlottesville classic. As a result, couples from all over the world come to have their wedding at Pippin Hill, and it’s no wonder! The venue overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains and has the most incredible sunsets that set directly over the vineyards. Pippin Hill welcomes couples by housing roomy bridal and groom’s suites! The girls have the entire upstairs in a huge bridal suite at the top of the barn. The room fills with natural light from windows and skylights and in addition, the furniture is light and airy to match the mood. Similarly, the guys have a men’s lounge in the cellar that opens into a newly built greenhouse.
The food is divine at Pippin Hill! Charcuterie boards and champagne are the perfect getting-ready snack, but just wait until you’ve had dinner made by their own private chef.
Ready to book Pippin Hill for your wedding? The average couple invests about $50,000-$90,000 in their wedding at Pippin. Check out their website here to set up a tour! In addition, read my blog about Pippin here: Pippin Hill
Veritas is just minutes outside Charlottesville, Va. This venue is in the perfect location for a vineyard wedding! Furthermore, the venue has a Farmhouse on-site that any visiting wedding parties or guests can rent and stay at before or after the wedding! Likewise, the amenities at the Tasting Room are incredible! Brides have a roomy upstairs bridal suite and outside there are limitless areas for portraits!
Have a large wedding guest list? This venue can hold up to 250 guests so feel free to invite all of your friends and family! Their wedding cost starts at around $11,00 to 13,00 depending on the day, and the food here has a $20,000 minimum.
Tucked away just outside of beautiful Charlottesville, Trump Winery will fulfill all of your wedding dreams! Spectacular vineyards, multiple venue options and a stunning chapel area all found onsite. Not to mention two main venues are available for weddings: the Grand Hall and the charmingly rustic, Barn & Pavilion. Additionally, each venue also includes access to the chapel which is perfect for intimate ceremonies. Reach out to Trump Winery to schedule a tour here. In short, read my more detailed blog about this venue here: Trump Winery
Keswick Vineyards is known for the grand white estate and grand landscaping found throughout the venue. The venue offers large bridal and groom’s suites that open up to a luxurious pool in the back. The views here are amazing! In brief, a mixture of vineyard and mountain views make this venue perfect for an outdoor wedding.
Keswick Vineyards also includes a white tent directly beside the estate. It is surrounded by landscaping and florals, and turf with a dance floor is installed, waiting for you to have the reception of your dreams! Reach out to the owners here to set up a tour! Make sure to read more about this Estate on my blog here: Gorgeous Views at Keswick Vineyards Wedding
King Family Vineyard
Located in the heart of Crozet, King Family Vineyards is a rustic yet classic venue. The Carriage house can host up to 200 of your closest friends and family, and the back lawn over looking the stables and mountains make the perfect ceremony back drop!
Founded on family values and a love for wine, in conclusion you wont regret having your wedding at King Family! Take a look around by reaching out to them here. Additionally, make sure to read my blog about this venue here: King Family Vineyards
Early Mountain offers modern facilities with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Event Hall is the perfect place to host your reception with 200 of your guests, and the Lawn & Historic Barns offers amazing views for your ceremony and portraits. The food at Early Mountain is incredible! Their talented Executive Chef Tim Moore cooks locally sourced meals and in addition, flexible bar packages are available. Plan a visit to this venue here, and read more about this stunning location on my blog: Top 6 Reasons To Have An Early Mountain Vineyard Wedding
Thatch Winery has recently been renovated venue with your big day in mind! The full venue rental gives you access to the Tasting room, Tavern Room, and the newly renovated Loft. In addition, you’ll be able to use the back deck and stunning patio for cocktail hour or your ceremony. is Wedding packages at Thatch Winery start at $3,00. You can visit Thatch Winery in person by reaching out to them here.
This Tuscan inspired venue is nestled on a 900-acre plantation rich in history. The Palladian ruins of the Jefferson-designed mansion for Governor Barbour are found on site and are the perfect spot for your ceremony. After your ceremony, you can enjoy your reception with your guests in the Tuscan inspired winery and later take portraits in the award winning vineyards! Set up a tour at Barboursville by contacting them here. Read more about this venue here: Everything You Need To Know: A Barboursville Vineyards Wedding
The 11,000-square-foot house atop Montalto, is filled with history and rustic charm! It was restored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 2011. Couples can choose between several indoor spaces for their reception, but my personal favorite feature of this venue is the lawns and the 2,000 sq. ft. Terrace. You can reach out to Montalto to learn more about their amenities here.
The Clifton Inn
The Clifton Inn is a stunning venue surrounded by gardens in every direction. A large, white tent covers the reception space that will hold 250 of your friends and family. Equally as impressive, just outside of the tent is a flower entrance with a pool and patio. It’s the perfect spot for a chic, outdoor cocktail hour!
What makes this venue even more special is the history behind it. Thomas Mann Randolph and his wife built this venue, and it was renovated in the later nineteenth century. You can also set up a tour to see this amazing venue in person by contacting the Clifton Inn here!
Love this venue? Check it out more in depth on my blog: The Clifton
Boar’s Head Resort is located on a 600-acre resort, perfect for romantic and southern celebrations. This venue has a plethora of amenities including lodging, transportation coordination, and catering to name a few making planning your wedding a breeze! The Heritage Waterfront, The Overlook, The Arbor Courtyard, the UVA Foundation Lawn, and two unique ballrooms are all options for your event. Give Boar’s Head a tour by reaching out here.
Ready to book Boars Head? Read more about them in depth on my blog: 5 Reasons You Need To Have A Boars Head Wedding
Wintergreen Resort has a plethora of wedding collections to fit whatever needs you have! Elopement mountain weddings are a popular choice for Charlottesville locals and destination couples. The Micro wedding packing is perfect for couples with 20-50 guests. There are two different dining selections for this collection and similarly, options for the ceremony and reception space. In addition Wintergreen gives couples 15-25% off lodging rates with guests if 10 or more rooms are booked. If you are loving Wintergreen you can reach out to them here to request a proposal. Read more about them here: 4 Reasons You Need to Have a Wintergreen Wedding
Keswick Hall offers elegance, privacy, all just minutes away from downtown Charlottesville. This venue is not only spacious inside, but offers stunning views and amenities outside. Your guests will love staying and getting ready right at your venue, so if you have a lot of guests traveling, this is the spot for you and your 240 guests. You can schedule your visit here.
Read all about this Hotel on my blog here: Keswick Hall Wedding | A Luxurious Blue Ridge Venue
This venue is situated perfectly within the University of Virginia campus nearby to downtown Charlottesville. The venue price starts at just $2,000. The spacious, 5,900 sq. ft. South Lounge at the Inn is one of Charlottesville’s most sought-after venues, and it easily can accommodate 300 guests. Therefore go ahead and invite all of your friends! The inside architecture is filled with historical look that flows perfectly with the rest of the campus lawn. In addition to the looks for the venue, you’ll love your wedding dinner at the Inn at Darden. in addition, they have an in-house culinary team that provides custom catering services and tailored menus. To take a look around at the Inn at Darden, you can contact them here.
WaterPerry Farm is located in Free Union, this venue is best know for its immaculate gardens! However, this venue is for small, intimate weddings including a guest count under 30. This venue offers several packages. Firstly, the base package is cocktail & hors d’oeuvre reception and can be held in the garden, greenhouse or pool house area start at $1,000. Secondly, dinner al fresco can be held in the garden, at the pool or under the pergola (for up to 30 people) starting at $2,500. Reach out to WaterPerry Farm by filling out a form here.
Pharsalia is a stunning venue for an outdoor wedding. As a result, if-you are craving a luscious and tented wedding, this is the venue for you! Only one wedding a weekend is hosted here so the attention is all on you and your new spouse! Pharsalia has very flexible packages, and they include an indoor bar area, a gorgeous cocktail courtyard and pristine gardens where your guests can mingle and take in the majestic mountain views. Due to being a flower farm, there is always something in bloom! Rentals start at 5 hours, and pricing is based on guest count. A 200-guest wedding starts at $10,000 with week-day discounts. Pharsalia offers tours by appointment daily, so reach out to them here. Read all about this venue in depth at my blog here: Pharsalia Events | The Perfect Historical Estate
The Market at Grelen is located on a 1000-acre tree nursery. Not to mention, amenities include a bridal suite in the main house, a greenhouse for indoor ceremonies, a patio for cocktail hour, and a large tent for receptions. In conclusion, you won’t regret hosting your wedding here with the incredible mountain views behind the tent, and the in-walking distance vineyards. Contact the Market at Grelen here to save your date and read all about them on my blog: Market at Grelen Wedding | The Perfect Garden Venue
This venue was build in 1912 is fully crafted out of Georgian marble, and Italian marble on the inside. The 23,000 sq. ft. venue is saturated in history. James Dooley built this venue for his wife, Sally, and her image is forever instated at the venue in a stained glass at the top of the palace. As a result, this venue is the perfect back drop for an outdoor ceremony and the back has a stately patio and garden to host cocktail hour. Additionally, the indoor space has plenty of room for a reception for your guests. Find more info about Swannanoa Palace here.
Eastwood Farm and Winery is the perfect outdoor venue! This venue is located in Charlottesville, only a few minutes from the Downtown Mall! My favorite part of this winery is the fact that it stretches up into the mountains with a breathtaking overlook point! Couples will love getting married here due to the views and hosting their reception under the most romantic tent! You can schedule a tour with them here.
Castle Hill Cider
Castle Hill Cider is the definition of class. Above all, this venue is known best for the stately white 11,000 sq. foot heated and air-conditioned pole barn. Located on 600 acres of rolling Virginia countryside and orchards, the venue is perfect for an outdoor ceremony. The Linen Grove is filled with European Linden trees, and the front of the venue is well kept and gorgeous for portraits.
Castle Hill has space for up to 250 guests, so invite all of your closest friends for the best Southern quintessential wedding! Give them a visit by setting up a tour here. Have you fallen in love with this venue? Read more here: Castle Hill Cider
Nominated by Charlottesville Weekly for best wedding venue, Mount Ida has so much to offer couples! This venue has several venues for couples to choose from: The Event Barn, Waters Edge, The Lodge, or the Tasting Room & Tap House! To that end, if you are ready for an elegant wedding reach out to Mount Ida here! Love Mount Ida? For that reason head more about each venue location on my blog here: Your Ultimate Wedding Guide: Mount Ida Farm
The 129-acre woodland venue is located just 30 minutes from historic Charlottesville. Montfair’s Event Lodge has Ac and heating throughout the year allowing your 120 guests to mingle comfortably no matter the weather at any rate! As well as a wood-burning fireplace, the wrap-around deck is the perfect place for your guests to take in the lake views. Furthermore, the venue also includes several ceremony locations to choose from, including mountain, fields, or lake views.Take a look around Montfair by reaching out to them here. In addition, you can learn more about this stunning venue here: How to get the most out of your Montfair Resort Farm Wedding
The Common House Charlottesville
Firstly, is the Charlottesville Common House is located just minutes from the downtown mall. That is to say, this venue is perfect for smaller weddings wanting an urban style. There are multiple rooms that you can hold your wedding in depending on guest list size. In addition, Common House offers in-house catering, Sommelier-curated wines, modern furniture, full bar services, audio/visual equipment, and professional waitstaff. You can reach out to them here
Old Metropolitan Hall
Located in the bricks of the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, this indoor venue is perfect for those looking for a historic and charming venue close to the city. All things considered, the Old Met offers several options for your venue. Firstly, the ballroom is available for an elegant reception. Secondly, the downstairs cellar has a classic style like no other with black and white tiling adorning the floors. Certainly, your guests will love the outdoor patio that connects to the mall for cocktail hour. You can send the Old Metropolitan Hall a message here.
The Wool Factory is an amazing venue for couples looking for history and a modern urban design all in one. For instance, this venue is a restoration of the 19th century textile mill with sweeping creek views below. Above all, one of the best features of this venue is how many guests it can hold! The Wool Factory can hold up to 570 guests and has parking for over 300! In addition to this incredible space, there is also a microbrewery and in house catering! Reach out to The Wool Factory to save your date here!
As a result, I hope this list helped narrow down your search for a Charlottesville wedding venue! To clarify, make sure to read the more detailed posts attached to each venue for more information and send me a note to make sure I can be there for your wedding day! If you loved reading about these amazing venues, check out some of my favorites found in this blog more in depth!