When people think of Blue Ridge weddings, what comes to mind are the plethora of gorgeous Charlottesville wedding venues. For all of the vineyards, estates, farms, and event spaces, Cville has no shortage of places to host your wedding and reception. Though each venue is just as stunning as the next, the city offers plenty of variety for couples of every style, budget, and background. We’ve done the hard part for you by culling from our archives to bring you the eight most beautiful wedding venues for couples who choose to say “I do” in Charlottesville.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Old Metropolitan Hall is one of the best ways to show your wedding guests the glory of Charlottesville. With a prime location on the Downtown Mall, Old Met shows off our charming Main Street and is the perfect accompaniment to a couple who chooses to host their rehearsal dinner at a vineyard, or vice-versa.
The most striking thing about Old Met—besides its location—is the exquisite, restored interior. With a nod to the building’s roots in the 1940s and ’50s, Old Metropolitan hall boasts modern amenities and ample space for you and your guests. After walking through the front doors, you’ll be greeted by a gorgeous ceiling of original tin tiles and a mirrored wall that reflects the dazzling glass chandeliers. Downstairs you’ll find the bar with black-and-white diamond flooring and plenty of room for a band or DJ (and Uncle Albert’s crazy dance moves). Both floors are extremely versatile, and we’ve seen some incredible events take place here.
The Jefferson Theater
When The Jefferson Theater isn’t packed with music fans vying to see every artist from BØRNS to Ben Folds to Ingrid Michaelson to Neko Case, it’s the perfect venue for the most memorable performance of all: your nuptials. Neighbor to Old Met on the Downtown Mall, the Jefferson Theater is a hip, multi-story event space that can accommodate up to 600 guests. The Jefferson offers more than just gorgeous vintage architecture with its two full service bars, professional staging, and all the dancing space you could need. Not sure where to start? Pick the brain of this venue’s on-site event manager for tips on how to make the most of this awesome space. After all, putting on a good show is what The Jefferson is all about.
Mount Ida Farm
There are so many things that make Mount Ida Farm unique amongst Charlottesville wedding venues—it’s no wonder Zola couples can’t stay away. Mount Ida is a private farm located on 6,000 acres and, with accommodations for up to 65 in their five manor homes, is a fantastic venue if you are hoping to make your wedding a weekend-long celebration. The beautiful event barn is actually a working barn, hosting cattle auctions twice year, though with its steepled ceilings and refinished wood you’d never guess this venue houses livestock. Within the barn are two lovely suites for both sides of the wedding party, meaning you and your partner can prepare for your nuptials in comfort and style.
Ceremonies typically take place at the pergola overlooking Mount Ida Lake and its charming fountain. While certainly beautiful in daylight, we can’t help but mention that we have seen some of the most amazing night shots at the gazebo. Still not sold? Mount Ida Farm has plenty of addition amenities including a 20×20 dance floor, chairs and rentals for up to 300 guests, three onsite luxury shuttle busses, Clydesdales and a wedding carriage, and a hot air balloon (should we have started with that detail?). The folks at Mount Ida have thought of everything for their Charlottesville couples and provide a venue coordinator to make sure your big day runs smoothly.
Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Located amongst the rolling hills of Orange, Virginia, Chestnut Hill Bed & Breakfast is an ideal venue for brides and grooms looking for an intimate outdoor wedding ceremony with up to 150 of their closest friends and family. Ceremonies take place outdoors in front of the water fountain surrounded by six free-standing Greek columns. We agree: this place is utter romance.
We’re huge fans of wedding venues with overnight accommodations, which is why we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the fact that Chestnut Hill has room for up to 12 guests—perfect for your wedding party. These rooms come at an affordable price, especially considering that the base price includes an officiant, tent, dance floor, lighting, tables, and Chiavari chairs, to name just a few things. This venue is also a great fit for the couple hoping to elope in Charlottesville, as Chestnut Hill offers a comprehensive and affordable elopement package starting at just $599. We’ll wait while you make that phone call.
Oh, how we love the Clifton Inn. We’re suckers for stately white houses for one simple reason: these venues make any surrounding lawns and landscape look that much more lush in all seasons, and this certainly rings true at the Clifton Inn.
Add this jaw-dropping greenery to 100 acres of stunning mountain views, stellar catering, 17 suites for guest accommodations, and the carriage house for the newlyweds and it’s no wonder why the Clifton is one of the most popular wedding venues in Charlottesville. Not interested in organizing a lavish affair? No worries. The Clifton offers a tempting elopement package, starting at only $350. As a Relais & Chateuax property, you know you’re in for exquisite service and unsurpassed elegance when you’re at the Clifton Inn.
Meriwether Springs Vineyard
You say Cville, we say vineyards. There’s nothing quite like a vineyard wedding in Charlottesville, and that’s exactly why they’re so popular—especially those at Meriwether Springs Vineyard. A working vineyard, Meriwether offers a plethora of beautiful locations for you to say “I do,” from the courtyard that overlooks the vines to the secluded lake area.
The event center offers a rustic, barn-like aesthetic complete with beautiful, exposed post and beam architecture and huge doors that lead into the courtyard and the vineyard. Every wedding package includes what this venue calls the bridal loft—a comfortable and fully-equipped room where all members of the wedding party can gussy up. We think Meriwether is ideal for the laid-back couple that wants to keep things simple without sacrificing style and romance. Be sure to add this one to your must-see list.
The Market At Grelen
The Market at Grelen is one of the newer Charlottesville wedding venues to hit the scene and is unique in that it is a tree nursery and garden shop. In fact, The Market is one of the largest tree nurseries in Virginia, sitting on 600 acres in Somerset, and with a large selection of rentable potted plants, is ideal for couples looking to deck out their ceremony or reception space in a natural or bohemian style. The property offers a handful of ceremony locations for couples to consider, including the field beside the berry patch, the greenhouse, and the stone patio.
James Monroe’s Highland
The state of Virginia is seeped in history and nowhere more so than the city of Charlottesville. James Monroe’s Highland is a picturesque wedding venue that was once President and Mrs. Monroe’s private estate and the location of their daughter Eliza’s marriage. Tucked into the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge, the lawn, gardens, and patio of Highland make this venue an unforgettable location for Cville weddings.
If you found it as hard as we did to stop at 8 heart-stealing venues, check out the rest of Zola’s Charlottesville wedding venues and the real weddings hosted at each one.
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