10 Downtown Asheville NC Wedding Venues for Adventurous Hearts | Asheville Wedding Photographer

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If you love music, coffee, beer, mountain views, and have a generally adventurous spirit, then having your wedding in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, should be at the top of your list to consider.

Asheville has a vibrant arts scene, is a foodies paradise, and of course, has outdoor activities year-round to enjoy.  It’s not a big city, but it lives BIG. People who choose Asheville to get married will not be disappointed because there is literally something for everyone to enjoy.

When you choose a wedding venue, you want to choose one that reflects your personality and the activities you like to do together. Still, it’s also important to consider the guests coming from far and near to celebrate with you.

These wedding venues in Asheville are all top-notch but have different vibes and amenities to consider. From indoor/outdoor locations to storied historic districts of Asheville, I think you’ll find one of these places a great match for you and your friends and family. 

Weddings and Events @ Reverie 

This space is a great choice if you have a smaller wedding or a micro wedding and you love the idea of being in an upscale space with outdoor access. Located right in downtown Ashville, this venue is tucked away in an almost secret location, a real hidden gem in the middle of downtown. 

Tucked between some shops, you’ll see a black metal gate, you go up a few steps, and boom, you’re transported into a quiet, elegant courtyard. You can see immediately how great it would be to spend time with closest friends and family and get married in this space. They also have a small dining room that boasts the exposed brick from the original 1930’s construction.

The courtyard is a perfect place to do family photos, portraits, or group shots. Really, no need to go off the property at all, it’s all just gorgeous, and they offer decor and floral services as well. 

They have a fully customizable menu and a killer beer and wine list. Reverie is one of those venues that love a foodie; they source locally often and will help you create a custom menu to your taste. 

Location: 54 North Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Event Spaces: Indoor dining room, outdoor courtyard

Capacity: 50 seated, 75 for standing/cocktail

Parking: Street and paid garage parking

Food and Beverage: Onsite

Perk: Dietary restriction-friendly

Contact: abby@reverieasheville.com

hotel arras lobby

Hotel Arras – Downtown Asheville

When your wedding reception is at a Kimpton property, you know the service and amenities are going to be off-the-chain good. The Hotel Arras is no exception; this upscale boutique hotel in downtown Asheville is a great place to spend a wedding weekend for you and your friends and family.

The vibe is definitely Art Deco, mixed with a clean and modern look. There are various rooms to consider for your intimate event; the main event space overlooks downtown with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.

The building’s clean lines and the surrounding art installations make it a great place for wandering with your wedding party for photos. I could spend a day taking photos in the lobby alone and hidden nooks and crannies within the building that I can see being a great place for wedding portraits!

Location: 7 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Event Spaces: Indoor dining room, small event spaces

Capacity: 90 seated, 150 for standing/cocktail

Parking: Street and paid garage parking

Food and Beverage: Onsite

Perk: Part of the Kimpton/IHG family, you may be able to use your points for room upgrades
Contact:  (828) 255-0303 or check availability here

The Century Room

This turn-of-the-century wedding venue is right downtown, just across from Pack Park. If you’re looking for a space that has an old-world feeling with modern amenities, then you definitely want to check this place out! 

The vibe here, to me, feels almost prohibition-era. Tall vaulted ceilings and exposed wood beams give it a feel like even though it’s been updated, you can imagine the swinging parties that must have happened here! 

I love the exposed brick and the wall of windows along the ballroom, and there’s plenty of room for a party; this venue seats up to 180 for dinner. We can head outside around the block for industrial, architectural-type photos and go to the park to get that outdoor-ambient feel. You really don’t have to go far to get a variety of places to shoot. 

The staff is super responsive and hands-on, and they are always willing to help you with any sort of requests you have for planning, food, or anything else you can think of.  Very flexible with their clients!

Location: 20 South Spruce St #201 Asheville, NC 28807

Event Spaces: Large ballroom, can double as wedding space as well

Capacity: 180 seated, 275 for standing/cocktail

Parking: Street and paid garage parking

Food and Beverage: Onsite

Perk: Reasonable rates, always happy to customize menus
Contact:  (828) 225-6944 or contact here

Capital Club of Asheville

If you’re looking for a more intimate venue with lots of customizations, then this venue is worth a look. It is located downtown, it boasts the most amazing views, and I have to say they are not wrong about that!

You can have your wedding outside on the balcony, with amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. After the ceremony, the balcony doubles as a cocktail hour location, and then on into the reception, a place for guests to mingle to get some air.

The sunsets are spectacular, and the opportunity for night portraits is a definite plus. The dramatic scene of the twinkling lights they have across the top of the trellis and the downtown lights make for some cool-looking photos! 

This is a location pack a lot for the punch! You can bring in food service, which is a nice option that not many venues offer, especially in the downtown area. They also have an extensive catering list of their preferred vendors, all of whom are a great choice. 

 

Location: 82 Patton Ave, Suite 800 Asheville, NC 28801

Event Spaces: Balcony and ballroom

Capacity: 100 seated, more for standing/cocktail

Parking: Street and paid garage parking

Food and Beverage: Preferred or bring your own

Perk: The views are off the hook
Contact:  (828) 398-5055

 

Weddings @ The Venue

Right in the center of downtown Asheville is The Venue, a spacious French-inspired vintage venue. It boasts three spaces within the building, depending on the look you want and your guest count. This is is a big space, over 13,000 square feet!

The space needs nothing in terms of decoration and amenities; they really do it up right. They are full service, start to finish, from catering to linens to decor and even furniture added to each space. You can have both your ceremony and reception all within the building, and each space is beautifully appointed.

The Market Level is at street level and accommodates 100 for sit down. The Mezzanine has great views of downtown and can seat 250. The top floor is the Balcony of the Avenue is the view of all views, both downtown and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it seats 120.

As with any downtown location, there are many opportunities for photos in and around the building with that signature industrial Asheville look. Service here is also highly rated; foodies give this place a big thumbs up for creative cuisine!

Location: 21 North Market Street Asheville, NC 28807

Event Spaces: 3 spaces, Market Level, Mezzanine, Balcony on the Avenue

Capacity: 250-120 seated, more for standing/cocktail

Parking: Street and paid garage parking

Food and Beverage: Onsite

Perk: Seasoned support staff, top-notch reviews
Contact:  (828) 252-1101or contact here

Weddings and Events @ Homewood

It’s crazy to me that this place is located just a mile from downtown Asheville; you’ll feel like you were whisked away to Victorian England.  This 1920’s manor is elegant and intimate and is just a gorgeous property, all with a weathered stone exterior.

They have a beautiful garden area that can seat about 100 for your ceremony and the same for the indoor ballroom for dining. If you want an outdoor wedding, add in the tented option, and you’ve got a killer garden party wedding for 200 right on site.

If the weather is an issue, you can also get married indoors in the Great Room, Study, or the Foyers, which is also a good option if you’re having a small wedding or an elopement. Photo opportunities are endless.

Location: 19 Zillicoa St Asheville, NC 28801

Event Spaces: Outdoor, three indoor

Capacity: 110 seated, more for standing/cocktail/outdoor

Parking: Street parking

Food and Beverage: Onsite and preferred

Perk: Free parking, a rarity
Contact:  (828) 232-9900 or contact here

Masonic Temple 

If you’ve got an extensive guest list, the Masonic Temple can be just right for your wedding day. This historic and storied building has options from ballrooms to an actual stage where your wedding day vows can be said right in downtown Asheville.

The building is 4 stories, and you get access to every floor. The theatre can seat up to 400 and has hand-painted sets that look like a magical garden, just amazing! They have several different backdrops to choose from, but this one seems to be the most popular.

Also great is that because it’s located downtown, there’s a ton of places in and out of the building to do photos. The whole building has a lot of interesting history and artifacts within its walls, including hand-painted backdrops in the dining room area. 

Location: 80 Broadway St Asheville, NC 28801

Event Spaces: 4 floors, and a stage area

Capacity: 110-250 seated depending on area/ 400 standing

Parking: Parking spaces on site

Food and Beverage: Preferred

Perk: Free parking, a rarity in downtown
Contact:  (828) 239-0928 or contact here

 

AC Hotel Asheville  

The AC Hotel is located downtown and is part of the Marriot/Bonvoy group, known for its upscale and modern wedding trends. Their rooftop location certainly lives up to their name; it’s such a cool spot to host a wedding with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

For a rooftop area, this one is surprisingly roomy with over 2000 square space of event space. Usually, rooftop venues can only accommodate smaller, more intimate events, but the AC can hold up to 225 between the rooftop and the Ledge Lounge reception area.

The whole place looks like an art gallery meets a rooftop garden, and then, of course, you’ve got those spectacular views at sunset! This whole hotel is beautifully appointed, and there are lots of areas for photography inside and outside in downtown Asheville. 

Their all-inclusive package includes almost everything you can think of, from stylish furniture on the deck to decor. And of course, since this is a Marriot property, you can talk to them about using those points you have racked up if you have them to spare! 

Location: 10 Broadway St Asheville, NC 28801

Event Spaces: Ledge Lounge and Rooftop

Capacity: 225

Parking: Parking spaces on-site, parking rates may apply

Food and Beverage: Onsite

Perk: They have 5 all-inclusive packages to choose from that are generous with the benefits!
Contact:  (828) 258-2522 or contact here

 

Highland Brewing Company

If you love beer and killer views, this might be the perfect wedding venue in downtown Asheville. It’s iron and wood, mezzanines and mountains, and has all the amenities you need to have your wedding and reception here, including a well-appointed bridal suite.

The other advantage of this venue is you need very little decor to make it shine. Because the owners have taken such care with the design, you can get married inside or outside, and it’s still stunning. The outdoor pavilion has sail tents to shade from the sun and is also a great place to hold your cocktail hour.

They have several different options for getting married there, from a Barrel room for smaller events to the Event Center, the main reception area. All book out quickly, so don’t delay if you have your date set.

The vibe here is definitely relaxed and a little boho, not unlike Asheville itself. Photos ops on-site are also endless; from rooftop to the beer garden, you can sink in and enjoy your wedding day and not have to spend time away from the party to get killer photos.

Location: 12 Old Charlotte Hwy Suite 200 Asheville, NC 28803

Event Spaces: Event Center, Rooftop, Barrel Room

Capacity: 80-300 more for standing

Parking: Free on-site parking

Food and Beverage: Onsite

Perk: Tri-level space for guests to mingle and enjoy, 2 bars and an elevator
Contact:  (828) 299-3370 or contact here

 

Celine’s on Broadway

This cool venue is located in downtown Asheville is perfect if you want to have your wedding and reception in one place, and you have a big guest list; they can accommodate up to 200 seated!

It’s just a cool space, boasting hardwood floors, restored brick walls, and the original tin ceilings. Originally called the Historic Broadway Arts Building, they’ve kept to that theme, calling it “On Broadway.” 

Chef Kim and her staff is widely known in Asheville for excellence in cuisine and bar services. They love craft beer but are also up for mixing up a signature cocktail for you. They’ve got lots of amenities in the building, including providing tables, chairs, linens and plates, and glassware.

If you want to stay nearby for photos, we can do some urban exploring around the building, or Martin Luther King Jr Park is close by.

Location: 49 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801

Event Spaces: Indoor dining room

Capacity:200 seated, 275 for standing/cocktails

Parking: Street and paid garage parking

Food and Beverage: Onsite

Perk: Happy to customize menus

Contact:  (828) 254-9902 or contact here

Which one of these venues is perfect for you?

Planning a wedding can be a lot of labor, and it’s great when you can take some of the guesswork out of the equation. 

Interested in knowing more about how I approach photography in these wedding venues? Let’s talk more! I’d love to give you the insider scoop on wedding venues in downtown Asheville. Working with seasoned, onsite planning professionals in settings that are naturally stunning can help ensure that yours is a truly magical and memorable day. North Carolina has some of the prettiest wedding venues in the country!

If you want to know more, feel free to reach out, and we can talk more about your wedding day vision and the kind of venue which will help tell your story the best. You can also email: info@michaelfreas.com