Shenandoah Valley | January 15, 2018
Blue Ridge Bride is publishing its first edition of top 2018 picks for weddings in the Shenandoah Valley! Over 21,000 brides have read these blogs posted on both Blue Ridge Bride and the travel planning site – Go Blue Ridge Travel.
“Will you marry me?” These words set in motion for many brides and grooms the difficult and sometimes unpleasant process of planning a wedding. “How are we going to be able to have the wedding of our dreams and not break the bank?”
First, remember “happiness” is #1 so put the finances on the table. #2 is “get real and stay real.”
The good news is that wedding venues have quadrupled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia over the past several years. Just as there is a vineyard, brewery and now distillery around every bend in the road, the same could be said for wedding venues. With this news, brides and grooms today have many choices from formal ballrooms, rustic barns; beautiful manor homes to breathtaking mountaintops.
The wedding reception can consume the major part of one’s budget so picking a venue wisely should be the number one concern. Reception sites set cost are based on what the venue is providing – tables, chairs, linens, etc. One way to make sure a venue fits into one’s budget is to narrow the guest list – less people – less cost and the wedding of one’s dreams is not sacrificed to feed people one truly is not close to. Probably the biggest change is the day of the week selected. Staying away from Saturday gives the couple more negotiation room and amazing price differences from both the venue and many of the wedding vendors.
Luxury venue options here in the valley have also increased with breath-taking properties that not only have luxurious accommodations including award winning spas but also five star food experiences. Check out luxury lodging on Go Blue Ridge Travel.
Perhaps the biggest trend in the wedding industry is “destination weddings.” Extremely popular in the Caribbean, there are venues now in the Shenandoah Valley that are courting these brides and grooms although few make it a true vacation destination wedding simply because the venue does not have the amenities that are offered on the islands. A bride and groom have to be more creative by building an exciting itinerary for the guests.
Here are the top picks for 2018. All venues are an easy drive from DC!
Since affordable to one bride is not to another, a $ symbol is used to give one an idea of price.
Country Inns, Manor Homes, Bed and Breakfasts, Museums:
Charles Town, WV – Hillbrook Inn and Spa ($$$)
Specializing in elopements and elegant small weddings as well as tented larger events in an European setting, experience tranquility and isolation one hour outside of DC. *GoBRT recommended
Winchester, VA – Museum of the Shenandoah Valley ($$)
Sitting on six acres in the center of Winchester, the Museum gardens are breathtaking for that elegant outdoor ceremony. *GoBRT recommended
Berryville, VA – Historic Rosemont Manor ($$$) Escape from the ordinary at the historical Rosemont Inn, equipped with 60 acres of manicured grounds. This B&B is beautiful year round, and can accommodate overnight lodging for up to 75 guests!
Middleburg, VA – Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn ($$) This Inn offers charm and hospitality to match its historic location, with the Fox Den serving as an option for reception.
Bluemont, VA – Highholdborne ($$$) A breathtaking venue with even more beautiful scenery surrounding it, this estate recently won 2017’s WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award for good reason!
Harpers Ferry, WV – Bavarian Inn ($$)
Capturing the old world European charm overlooking the Potomac River in the charming village of Shepherdstown, West Virginia – a DC tourism getaway.
Martinsburg, WV – Boydville, The Inn at Martinsburg ($)
Just opened in 2015, beautiful lawns and manor home dating back to the 1700’s.
Charlottesville, VA – The Clifton Inn ($$) A gorgeous location for the ultimate wedding!
Winchester, VA – Historic Jordan Springs ($$)
Dating back to the 1500’s, an all-inclusive wedding venue offering exquisite design in Winchester, VA.
Front Royal, VA – Shenandoah Valley Golf Club ($$)
Overlooking the golf greens and the Blue Ridge Mountain ranges with easy access from Interstate 66.
Hotels and Historic Signature Hotels:
Winchester, VA – The George Washington Grand Wyndham Hotel ($$$)
Blending history and elegance, this restored historic property is a must visit for the wedding or the honeymoon within walking distance of Old Town Winchester. *GoBRT recommended
Front Royal, VA – Holiday Inn and Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows ($$)
Just off of Interstate 66 overlooking the Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club.
Winchester, VA – Holiday Inn Historic Gateway ($)
Affordable for the smaller wedding under 100.
Winchester, VA – The George Washington Banquet Room by Hilton ($)
Great location for weddings above 100 just off of Interstate 81.
Warrenton, VA – Black Horse Inn ($$) An award-winning Inn complete with horse-drawn carriage!
Harrisonburg, VA – Massanutten Resort ($$)
Not easily available but a beautiful mountain location.
Basye, VA – Bryce Resort ($$)
Dream of taking a ski lift to the top of a mountain for your ceremony! *GoBRT recommended
Middleburg, VA – Salamander Resort & Spa ($$$$$) A beautifully kept building and perfect destination for wedding photos!
White Sulphur Springs, WV – Greenbrier Resort ($$$$) A classically beautiful location complete with charm, etiquette, and great views! Tons of activites for all members. One of our few true wedding destinations able to compete with the Caribbean. *GoBRT recommended
From Barns, Farms to Mountaintops and More:
Harpers Ferry, WV – HF Adventure Center ($)
Voted #1 choice by ‘Create A Wedding’, a rustic setting overlooking the Potomac River with surprising sophistication. *GoBRT recommended
Harrisonburg, VA – On Sunny Slope Farm (from $ to $$$)
The 360 degree view is the mountain ranges of the Valley! A unique property offering anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 wedding packages.
Mt. Jackson, VA – The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns ($)
Truly our most unique country setting in the Valley.
Luray, VA – The Luray Caverns ($) Go down in family history by hosting your wedding and reception in one of America’s natural landmarks!
Harrisonburg, VA – Back Home on the Farm ($)
Capture the aura of a farm as the background for your wedding. *GoBRT recommended
Berryville, VA – Veramar Vineyard ($) Secluded just outside the quaint town of Berryville, Veramar is a peaceful retreat for those searching for a vineyard setting.
Mt. Crawford, VA – CrossKeys Vineyard ($$) With stunning, 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and tuscan-style villa, CrossKeys is a great location for any event or ceremony.
Charlottesville, VA – Mount Ida Farm ($) Highly rated and equipped with a gorgeous gazebo set on a pond.
Out of the Box Venues:
Winchester, VA – Bright Box Theater ($$)
Perfect for a dynamic wedding reception, funky rehearsal dinner, or imaginative after party, located on the Old Town Mall in Winchester.
Winchester, VA – Alamo Drafthouse Cinema ($)
Takes a “movie loving” bride and groom. *GoBRT recommended
Winchester, VA – Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum ($)
Newest and most unique roof top setting. *GoBRT recommended
Winchester, VA – Winchester Brew Works ($) Set in the heart of Old Town Winchester, this unique brewery will allow you to rent out the location for your wedding and/or reception with the added bonus of a convenient location. *GoBRT recommended
($) Best of all, you don’t have to limit yourself to any set destination, location, or venue. ‘Out of the box’ is about more than just unique wedding locations with four walls – imagine getting married on a canoe while drifting down one of the Valley’s many rivers! Or maybe a fun-hearted hike to a mountaintop, with the trees and ridges as your wedding audience. If you and your partner inspire each other creatively, than there’s no reason your wedding day shouldn’t reflect that!
About BlueRidgeBride.com and GoBlueRidgeTravel.com:
Opening their first bridal show in 2004, Blue Ridge Bridal Show, a division of Encore Event Partners showcased wedding venues and professionals who live and work in this region. This clientele continually voice concern that their guests could not easily plan their travel vacation to the area only finding DC as a tourism attraction. In response to this, Encore Event Partners established a focus group to explore this issue.
GoBlueRidgeTravel.com (GoBRT), also a division of Encore Event Partners was launched in December of 2011 to be the only tri-state regional website showcasing the activities, events, and accommodations in the Blue Ridge Mountains and northern Shenandoah Valley. Covering the Tri-State area -Virginia and West Virginia and Maryland, Go Blue Ridge Travel’s goal is to brand this 160+ mile radius as a travel and wedding destination both nationally and internationally for singles and families.
In 2013, Blue Ridge Bride was launched to expand the relationship between BRBS and GoBRT providing a targeted website for the bridal market wanting to both be married and to have romantic escapes and road trips in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia.