My favorite wedding venues in Asheville NC and the surrounding Western North Carolina Mountains

Nestled in the heart of the majestic mountains, Asheville, NC, wedding venues offer an unmatched setting for couples looking to etch their love stories against the breathtaking backdrop of nature’s finest canvases. This region, known for its captivating landscapes and vibrant culture, hosts a variety of venues that promise not just a location, but a chapter in your unique love story. From the intimate whispers of the forests to the grandeur of the peaks at sunset, each venue is a gateway to an unforgettable day where every moment is captured, not just by camera but in the heart. It’s here, amid the serenity and beauty of Asheville, that I’ve found my passion for photography truly comes alive, allowing me to capture the genuine, raw moments of love and joy. These venues are more than just places; they are experiences that stay with you, transforming your special day into a treasure trove of memories that speak of the beauty, adventure, and romance that started in the heart of Asheville’s mountains.

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The Crest feels like a private resort tucked away in the mountains just four miles from downtown Asheville. The Crest is an excellent choice for people with an extensive guest list; it can accommodate up to 320 guests in The Main Hall and as many as 600 in their Pavillion.

The property is gorgeous and has west-facing mountain views if you want to get married outdoors on their deck with seating for 200. The bar and lounge have vaulted ceilings and a grand stone fireplace with a great rustic ambiance for smaller events or cocktail reception.

The Main Hall has 84 feet of windows overlooking the mountains and is where guests are seated for dinner, and the dancing events can happen. The decor is both upscale but adds in some charm with Edison light chandeliers.

They also have a mezzanine which can be used as an alternate indoor location for ceremonies or an overflow seating area or for a place for kids to play games during the reception. They include this space with the rental fee, which is really nice!

The Crest Pavilion has a beautifully maintained lawn area that can seat up to 365 and a huge outdoor Rock Terrace with fireplaces and seating to enjoy the views. The indoor pavilion is over 7,000 square feet and is entirely glass-encased, with mountain views. The ceiling is impressive at night, as they have fully installed twinkle lights, so it feels like you are under the stars.

They also have a charming gazebo on-site nestled in a natural amphitheater with great views of downtown and Grove Park.  So many different locations on one property make the Crest a great choice!

Venue Guide: Crest Weddings

Located: 22 Celebration Place, Asheville NC 28806

Parking: Yes and Handicapped accessible

Food and Beverage: M7 Event Solutions

Event Spaces: Main Hall, Mezzanine, Media Room, Pavilion, Gazebo

Capacity: 230 seated in the main hall, 365 theatre style, long tables 150-200 guests 

Perk: Responsive staff, Mezzanine available for no extra charge

Immerse yourself in the fairytale-like charm of a Biltmore Wedding, nestled within the spectacular city of Asheville, NC, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Constructed in 1895 by George W. Vanderbilt, the Biltmore Estate is a French Renaissance masterpiece offering nine distinct venues, each radiating elegance and grandeur to make your wedding day truly memorable.

Become the envy of all with a wedding at the Biltmore Estate, home to an array of stunning outdoor locations. From the enchanting Biltmore House & Gardens and the charming Cedric’s Garden to the panoramic vistas offered by the Diana, your guests will be captivated by the breathtaking views. The Conservatory, featuring a magnificent glass roof, offers a bird’s eye view of nature’s beauty.

For those looking to infuse their ceremony with the rustic allure of Southern heritage, the Lioncrest is the perfect option. Built originally as a barn in 1930, it provides an idyllic setting for your Biltmore Wedding. Experience the magic of matrimony in a venue that’s as unique and timeless as your love story

Venue Guide: Biltmore Estate Weddings

Location: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803

Event Spaces: Biltmore House & Gardens, Cedric’s Garden, Lioncrest, The Amherst, Antler Hill Barn

Capacity: 400

Parking: Onsite Parking

Food and Beverage: Professional onsite catering

Perk: Historic museum, indoor, outdoor venues, and scenic views

Picture this: the grandeur of the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop, you’re at The Omni Grove Park Inn, and you’re about to experience the wedding of your dreams! Four unique wedding spots for you to choose from, each offering breathtaking mountain scenery, an enchanting historical setting that’ll make you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale, and top-notch on-site catering!

But that’s not all! The location boasts 513 guest rooms, including the exclusive Club Floor and Cottage, just for you and your guests. Worried about the rain? Don’t be! Back-up spaces are ready. Need help with floral arrangements and decor? They’ve got you covered with on-site services! And let’s not forget about the stunning mountain vistas, our farm-to-table restaurants, the golf course designed by the one and only Donald Ross, and our award-winning spa! Talk about a dream come true!

Location: 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804

Phone: 1.800.438.5800

Venue Guide: Grove Park Inn weddings

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Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Farm, a Gathering Place, offers a unique and picturesque setting for your dream wedding in Candler, NC. Say “I do” amidst rolling meadows, exchange vows under a romantic gazebo, or celebrate under the twinkle of bistro lights in the 3-season pavilion.

Here’s what makes The Farm stand out:

  • Rustic elegance: Blending rustic charm with modern amenities, The Farm provides a backdrop that’s both timeless and inviting.
  • Versatile spaces: Whether you envision an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration, The Farm’s flexible indoor and outdoor spaces can accommodate up to 300 guests.
  • Farm-to-table cuisine: Savor delicious, seasonal dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients, ensuring a memorable culinary experience for you and your guests.
  • On-site lodging: Make it a destination wedding! The Farm offers charming accommodations for you and your loved ones, creating a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.
  • Professional service: Their experienced team will handle all the details, allowing you to focus on enjoying your special day.

Venue Guide: Weddings at The Farm Events

Located: 215 Justice Ridge Rd, Candler, NC 28715

Parking: Yes and Handicapped accessible

Food and Beverage: On Site Catering and Bar Staff

Capacity: up to 300

Lodging: On-site available

Perk: Lots of parking, responsive staff

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

From the lens of a photographer, Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, North Carolina, presents an unparalleled canvas for capturing the essence of your wedding day. The blend of polished industrial chic with the warm, intimate atmosphere of their event spaces creates a backdrop that is as unique as your love story. Imagine the soft, natural light streaming through the expansive windows of the Event Center, illuminating each tender moment with a golden glow, while the natural wood bar tops and the stage’s state-of-the-art sound and light equipment promise to add a touch of sophistication to your celebration. The Barrel Room, with its barrel accents and dramatic hanging planters, offers a cozy, yet elegant setting perfect for smaller gatherings or stunning rehearsal dinners, allowing every photograph to tell a story filled with depth and emotion. The venue’s crown jewel, a spacious rooftop boasting 360-degree mountain views, provides an awe-inspiring stage for capturing those breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime moments against the backdrop of nature’s grandeur. With Highland Brewing’s commitment to craftsmanship mirrored in every detail of their venues, photographers are afforded the extraordinary opportunity to capture authentic moments and memories that couples will cherish forever, making it a truly remarkable setting for weddings and special occasions.

Nestled in the heart of Asheville, Hi-Wire Brewing’s Event Space emerges as a sanctuary where every snapshot tells a story, a place where the palpable excitement of new beginnings blends seamlessly with the rustic charm and industrial elegance of the venue. Through my lens, the 2,500 square foot banquet room transforms into a stage set for romance and celebration, where the customizable lighting casts an ethereal glow on joyous moments, and the comprehensive audio-visual setup ensures that every speech, every toast, resonates not just through the space, but within the hearts of all present. The private draft bar, with its seven taps, pours not just artisanal brews, but also serves as a gathering point, inviting candid moments ripe for capture. The beauty suite, with its velvet lounge and dressing spaces, provides an intimate backdrop for those quiet, introspective moments before the ceremony. And as the evening unfolds, the versatility of the space, from the dimmable string lighting to the options for decor that truly make it your own, allows me, as a photographer, to craft a narrative so vivid, so rich, that it feels like reliving the day with every viewed photograph. Hosting an event here means not just celebrating a special day but immortalizing it in the warmth and uniqueness that Hi-Wire Brewing’s Event Space offers, making it a dream venue for both couples and a photographer keen on capturing the essence of authentic moments and memories.

Nestled in the heart of the charming Highlands NC, this resort is a slice of European heaven right here on earth! With breathtaking natural vistas and top-notch facilities, it’s your dreamy getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

A rustic and romantic Barn, a gem from the early 1900s. It’s got an antique player piano that adds to its charm and a sky-high ceiling with sturdy beams and twinkling chandeliers! A cozy stone fireplace keeps the place warm, while the attached colonnade-supported arbor lets you soak in the views, rain or shine!

For more intimate shindigs, the Orchard House is simply stunning. Its huge retractable glass doors open up to lush English-style gardens, flooding the space with natural light. Need room for a bigger bash? The Pavilion is your spot! It’s connected to The Barn and features an impressive staircase, cathedral ceiling, a dramatic rockwork fireplace, and windows peeping out on gorgeous perennial gardens.

The Farm and The Barn + Pavilion can comfortably seat up to 275 guests. The Orchard and The Orchard House can host up to 200 seated folks and 275 standing

Located: The Farm at Old Edwards – 336 Arnold Rd, Highlands, NC 28741

Parking: Onsite 

Food and Beverage: Onsite

Event Spaces: Multiple outdoor locations, open-air pavilion 

Capacity: up to 275

Perk: Its Highlands NC!

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This space is a perfect Asheville wedding venue if you have a smaller wedding or a micro wedding and you love the idea of being in an upscale space with outdoor access. This wedding venue located right in downtown Asheville is tucked away in an almost secret location, a real hidden gem for an event space 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. Many times wedding couples and planners will host the rehearsal dinners here.

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

This turn-of-the-century wedding venue is right downtown, just across from Pack Park. If you’re looking indoor venues with 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 of past weddings 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, they have a full-service bar 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

Once a historic sawmill, The Parker Mill has been renovated and is now home to one of North Carolina’s most popular romantically-rustic wedding venues. 

With its show-stopping views of the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s the perfect location for a wedding venue surrounded by natural beauty and a touch of history. There is a bridal suite for the wedding party to prepare for the day together and in style. 

Couples can choose from several outdoor locations to hold their ceremony, set on 35 acres in the heart of the western North Carolina Mountains; the portrait opportunities are endless. The Sweetheart Rock offers couples a covered area complete with repurposed church pews for their ceremony or cocktail hour. 

With its high ceiling and warm wood interior, this wedding venue is a refinished 1930s sawmill, flooded with natural light and outstanding views; it’s a fantastic place to host your reception.

Venue Guide: The Parker Mill, Whittier, NC

Located: 612 E. Hampshire Blvd, Whittier, NC 28789

Parking: Onsite

Food and Beverage: Preferred vendor list, off-list vendors welcome

Event Spaces: Sweetheart Rock, The Venue

Capacity: up to 200

Perk: Onsite generators in the event of a power outage

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When it comes to romantic North Carolina wedding venues, there’s no better setting than Nantahala Weddings & Events. They specialize in unforgettable celebrations that capitalize on Nantahala’s natural beauty in the NC mountains and couples unique style, leaving them with memories they will treasure forever. Its another one of my favorite outdoor wedding venues perfect for a destination wedding.

If your heart is set on an outdoor mountain wedding venue with outdoor ceremony views that will make your guests swoon, look no further than Nantahala. Perched at 3,500 feet, the views from our “Chapel in the Sky” are as jaw-dropping as it gets. With nature as your altar, you and your guests will feel like you’ve jumped straight into a fairytale.

With lodging available onsite and many vacation homes close by, you and your guests will wake up to eye-level views of Lake Nantahala and sweeping panoramas of the Smoky Mountains. Thanks to its remote location, there are no city lights to interrupt the creamsicle sunsets over the lake or starry nights viewed from your balcony.

Venue Guide: Nantahala Wedding Photography

Located: 16121 Wayah Road, Topton, NC

Parking: Onsite + Offsitee

Food and Beverage: Preferred vendor list

Capacity: up to 135

Perk: Close to Atlanta, Asheville, and Charlotte

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Overlook Barn with a couple at the altar, guests seated, and a panoramic view of mountains in the background.

Overlook Barn

Overlook Barn isn’t just a venue; it’s a destination where dreams come to life against the stunning backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With options for an indoor reception in the main hall (4,500 sq ft) adorned with string lights and 30-ft ceilings or an outdoor celebration in Mary’s Meadow or the newly added Pavilion, your wedding photos will capture the essence of the Carolinas. Whether it’s a seated dinner for up to 250 guests, a cocktail reception for 300, or an intimate ceremony in the Cliffside Barn, each setting offers unique opportunities to create unforgettable memories.

Venue Guide: Overlook Barn

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A white barn with an arched window and a metal roof is set against a backdrop of trees. Various beverages, including wine, tonic water, and mixers, are displayed on a counter in the foreground.

Chestnut Ridge

Sophisticated, shabby-chic, and picturesque are just a few of the ways to describe Chestnut Ridge. 

This all-white barn is surrounded by fantastic mountain vistas, old-growth greenery, and inside offers family-style tables washed in white and loads of available light. Professional wedding planners have curated a light, airy space that feels romantic and hip in a classically beautiful setting. 

They even offer Southern Skeet Shooting as a fun, unique bonus for your wedding party! Couples can hold their ceremony outside and yet be safe from the elements with the ceremony pavilion. The awesome uncovered patio has fire pits and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an excellent place for the after-party, the coveted skeet shooting, or even lawn games.

It’s just a beautiful property that you should definitely consider if you’re looking for various things to do with your guests and wedding party to make a fun weekend of your wedding. 

Location: 633 Turnpike Road, Canton, NC

Parking: Onsite

Capacity: Up to 250

Event Spaces: Indoor/outdoor, ceremony pavilion 

Food and Beverage: Preferred vendor list provided 

Perk: Packages offering southern skeet shooting

 Located just outside Asheville in Bent Creek Experimental Forest, The NC Arboretum is an idyllic destination for those seeking something truly unique. With over 65 acres of cultivated gardens and trails through native woodlands, this place has something for everyone! Plus its close proximity to downtown Asheville makes it easy to get there—it only takes about 10 minutes by car from downtown! Whether you prefer lush landscapes or more intimate shots amongst nature’s beauty, The NC Arboretum will provide plenty of amazing photo ops that will surely turn heads at your wedding reception!

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

The Vineyards at Betty Creek

The quintessential blend of rugged and rustic elegance, this open-air pavilion set in a vineyard allows couples to celebrate their union set in natural beauty.

Five unique ceremony sites, The Shade Tree Garden Lawn complete with a wood arbor, The Lodge Patio View, The Honey Cottage Stone Patio, and the Flower Gardens & Orchard View, provide Blue Ridge Mountain views and surrounded guests in a canopy of trees and greenery. 

The Dunkard Barn Lodge is a carefully restored vintage wood masterpiece offering five en suite bedrooms and an expansive patio ideal for getting ready or staying the night. The wedding party will feel like royalty getting ready in the Honeymoon Cottage, which can also host the ceremony on the lawn. 

The Event Pavilion is an open-air wedding venue that is a beautiful canvas of warm wood and fantastic mountain views to create your reception vision. Edison lights, wrought iron chandeliers, and family-style tables make it feel warm, inviting, and ruggedly elegant.  

Located: 10 Vineyard Lane, Sylva, NC 28779

Parking: Onsite 

Food and Beverage: Preferred vendor list

Event Spaces: Multiple outdoor locations, open-air pavilion 

Capacity: up to 250

Perk: The Dunkard Barn Lodge offers luxury suites for onsite accommodations

Claxton Farm

If you’ve dreamed of a wedding with a Llama, look no further than Claxton Farm. Not only can you meet the personable Chocolate Chip the Llama, but Claxton is also home to Hereford cattle, miniature horses, and even a camel or two.

This beautiful farm in Asheville is a working farm and is visually stunning and can host anywhere from intimate weddings of 10 to over 150 guests. It’s also a pet-friendly location if you want your best friend to be in your wedding; all you need is a leash and someone on clean-up duty.

The Special Event Barn has vaulted ceilings, a grand stone fireplace, and an outdoor area for guests to mingle under a covered terrace. The expansive lawn is the perfect place for a ceremony; it’s easy for guests to get to and has gorgeous views of the mountains.

The M7 Event Solutions Staff runs the farm’s events, and they are pros at what they do!  They’ll help you with every detail before, during, and after.

Located: 288 Upper Flat Creek Farm, Weaverville NC

Parking: Yes and Handicapped accessible

Food and Beverage: M7 Event Solutions

Event Spaces: Special Events Barn, Lawn

Capacity: up to 150 seated in Barn

Perk: Lots of parking, responsive staff

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

A mountain wedding venue provides the perfect backdrop for a truly unforgettable celebration. From the natural beauty and privacy to the unique experiences and rustic elegance, these venues offer everything you need for a picture-perfect wedding day.

By considering the factors mentioned above, exploring popular mountain wedding destinations, and following our planning tips, you’ll be well on your way to finding the most breathtaking mountain wedding venue near you. Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey as you exchange your vows surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Michael Freas

I am a documentary wedding photographer with 10 years of experience.
Multiple Top Award Winning Images and published in Rangefinder, Rolling Stone, Variety, Insider and Destination I Do.