Everything You Need to Know About Hosting a Wedding in Asheville, NC

Asheville North Carolina is more than just a stunningly beautiful city—it’s one of the top destination cities for tying the knot! With all that Western North Carolina has to offer in terms of architecture, art & music, outdoor activities and culinary experiences – it’s no wonder couples around the world are saying “I do” here. If you’re planning an Asheville wedding or elopement, we’ve got your back with everything from legal details and choosing venues to creating unforgettable memories for yourself – plus your guests too! Let us help make this momentous occasion even better: start planning today!

wedding couple throwing hands up in the air in celebration after just being married at twickenham house

What are going to be my legal hurdles and logistics?

It’s time to make it official! Couples from out of state, take note – North Carolina marriage laws are no mystery. Ive put together all the necessary resources for you to check off your legal boxes and get hitched without a hitch.

First up: Find an ordained officiant who can perform your ceremony with ease; then grab that marriage license – don’t forget those NC-specific requirements while you’re at it! Get ready to put pen on paper or finger on keyboard when signing knotty agreements – here is exactly what will have you celebration-ready in no time flat!

wedding taking place at the nc arboretum in asheville nc

Asheville North Carolina Wedding Venues

Planning the perfect day takes imagination, and Asheville has no shortage of options for you! The wedding venue is very important, and it needs to fit your story. Maybe its one of the stunning venues ready to host your special wedding ceremony or reception with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background- or there may be one out there that will check all your boxes of a sophisticated wedding venue, but has the feel of a picturesque venue atop rolling hills of a farm. But how can you make sure it’s ‘the one’?

Consider budget, number of guests attending and ease of access with transportation when deciding on a venue. And don’t forget about the look and feel; what season is best? When planning an outdoor event in the mountains of Asheville – aim for while light still lingers outside so everyone gets their fill of views. Every Instagram story will be happy that way!

For more ideas about timing make sure to check out my post on timelines. I also have a couples of guides of all the different and perfect Asheville North Carolina wedding venues. There are wedding venues in Asheville North Carolina that have mountain views and the natural beauty, are historic hotels that fit your wedding day story. Next, there are the breweries and downtown Asheville wedding venue locations like the Capital Club, Crest Center, Century Room at Pack Square Park or the Grove Park Inn that keep you all in one central area, with the focus being on indoor and outdoor facilities. Many indoor venues become hybrids offering the best of both worlds as a unique venue.

couple kissing on top of a mountain top summit during a golden sunset

Average Cost of an Asheville Wedding

The cost of a wedding depends on many factors including, but not limited to, your guest count, venue location, travel costs, and more. Each wedding is unique to the couple and so is the budget! You should always start with a reasonable budget, and most importantly prioritize what matters the most to you. The perfect Asheville wedding venue is a good place to start as number one. Whats number two after you have found the perfect location?

Of course I am going to say wedding photography. Do not overextend your finances on flowers and then skimp on photography. You only get one shot. If you only knew how many couples contact me for portrait sessions because they hated their wedding photos.

Don’t let budget worries bring down your wedding dreams! Chat with one of these Asheville wedding planners that I recommend, to create the perfect plan for creating an unforgettable day at the perfect venue without breaking the bank. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and unsure how best to allocate your finances, hire a full service planner – they’ll help steer you through financials so it’s plain sailing all round. That way you focus on being present the day of and getting to know your photographer, not balancing budgets

wedding couple walking under umbrellas on the driveway to the chateau at the ridge asheville wedding venue

Asheville North Carolina Elopements

Ready to say ‘I Do’ in the most romantic way possible? Then eloping in Asheville North Carolina is your answer! Nestled amongst its beautiful, natural surroundings and filled with all that you need for a perfect ceremony, including an officiant, florist and photographer – it’s no wonder couples choose this magical spot as their special getaway. It helps couples save on the venue rental, so they can splurge on the wedding photography.

But don’t forget; there are still marriage laws at play here too so be sure to have those two important witnesses around when saying “yes”. And if a low-key celebration isn’t quite enough after tying the knot then why not rent out a house or treat friends & family (and yourselves!) to dinner downtown afterwards?! The possibilities are endless but before taking the plunge make sure you check out THIS blog post on everything related to planning an Asheville Elopement!


Asheville Wedding Guest Experience

Couples, make your wedding weekend unforgettable for everyone involved! Give friends and family a taste of Asheville to take home with fun souvenirs as favors. Plan exciting activities around town so they can explore all the city has to offer and don’t forget about creating a website devoted solely to showcasing the event. Finally, let them know far in advance by sending out charming save-the-dates & reserve room blocks at nearby hotels – you’ll be sure that every guest is taken care of during their stay here in beautiful Asheville!

I am working currently on an outdoors guide for enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds Asheville NC. Once that is done I will update this post, but for now follow my personal Instagram where I am constantly posting outdoor hikes and views of the surrounding mountains of Asheville.

Stress-Free Wedding Photography

Create your dream wedding without the stress! To ensure a smooth experience, work with experienced vendors and set up timelines to stay on track. Stick to an achievable budget so that you can make the most of every moment – without worrying about cash flow worries!

Take the first leap in turning your dream of a NC wedding into reality – secure an unforgettable venue and date! Then, reach out to me right away. I’m passionate about helping you create incredible memories that will last forever; let’s work together for YOUR Big Day and make sure every special moment is captured beautifully!

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