Post # 1
We have been looking at locations and cannot make a decision on any them. We have things we like and things we don’t like, so I am hoping maybe someone on this board can help.
We looked at Lake Lure Inn and it seems fitting for our out-of-state guests plus is afforable. I just cannot comprehend using the dining room and having dancing outside. Has anyone done this or do you plan on doing it? I can’t even figure out how to properly announce the wedding party with the DJ in one room and the guests in another. I was striving to have the cocktail hour and reception in two different locations, which the lobby/dining room/terrace/pool accomplishes…just with the above concerns. I’m just not sure about this set up for the dancing and dining. I may have to let go my hopes for reception and cocktails in separate locations.
I really liked Homewood in Asheville, NC. However, we were sort of turned off by the fees associated with the venue (florist, cake, etc. unless using a coordinator on their menu). Maybe it was the initial scare of things…anyone have any experience to share on it?
I like the mountains and lakes available in this area and hate not to utilize the great beauty available. We did discuss Charleston, SC as well as possible other locations in the Upstate, SC area.
Can anyone help?! We need to settle on the perfect venue for our fairytale wedding sooner than later because this is a destination wedding for most guests. Thank you so much Bees!
Post # 3
@MarieandIkeWedding: We didn’t look at Homewood because they weren’t pet friendly and our dogs were part of the ceremony. We tried to look at Lake Lure Inn, but couldn’t schedule a time because we weren’t in town for very long. So I’m zero help with either of those 2 venues.
If you want to know about other venues, we looked at Claxton Farm, Highland Lake Inn, The Farm, Rumbling Bald and Castle Ladyhawke. Each had advantages/disadvantages.
We both loved Claxton Farm in Weaverville NC. This is where we were married-Micah was awesome to deal with-it did cost more than we were planning on spending, but the setting was ideal for us and the people at M7 do take care of a ton of details. Claxton is an event barn, with a field that you can be married in (they will also set up an indoor ceremony). The dinner was held inside the barn, then you have the option of having dancing inside or outside-we went with dancing outside. Claxton Farm also has a ‘sister’ venue-the Crest Center that we also saw (but it wasn’t as pet friendly-our dogs would have had to stay outside on the deck). But the Crest Center has amazing mountain views.
Highland Lake Inn has a lovely lake that you can be married in front of and would provide a place for your guests to stay. It actually was the most affordable of the places we looked at, but we fell in love with Claxton Farm. They have a giant building for the reception, I’m honestly not sure anymore if dinner and dancing were in separate rooms or if you could have it all in one place. It might depend on how many guests you are expecting.
Rumbling Bald also has water and mountains. We were kind of put off that they have a ‘self guided’ tour-which meant there was no one there willing to talk to us until we put a deposit down. It did have a neat outdoor covered deck and a gazebo.
The Farm was also an event barn, and has a great gazebo-but didn’t have the views that Claxton has. But the staff there was very nice and seemed very helpful.
Castle Ladyhawk was a beautiful private home. It didn’t work for us, because of its location and because we have a 3-legged dog (the home had lots of stairs to go up and down which our dog would have had trouble with).
And that’s probably more info than you wanted!
Post # 4
No, not at all! I need as much information as I can get.
We looked at Castle Ladyhawke, too. We liked it, but the location just may not work and EVERYONE would have a destination wedding. They also didn’t have a room big enough for our potential guest list, so we faced the possibility of our guests split between 2 rooms for dinner. If we had only about 60 guests coming, it would probably be okay. We just checked out Rumbling Bald resort this past weekend and I absolutely LOVED the restuarant as a potential venue site (a perk for off season weddings) and we did consider the chapel for the ceremony. Our biggest concern was the privately owned lodging and no one we spoke to could help with many wedding details. I guess I can try to get some details from them.
We have not gone to Claxton Farms or the Crest Center, but I have read so many great things about it. I guess I should schedule a visit to them, huh? From your information, it looks like you planned a destination wedding and it went smoothly (always a good sign!). Did you use a wedding planner or did they seem to provide enough service to you to avoid the need?
I have not looked at Highland Inn, so will do some research on them, too.
My aunt advised me that I would fall in love with a location when I saw it – I may just be missing that experience still.
Post # 5
@MarieandIkeWedding: No problem! 🙂 We did not use a wedding planner. Micah and Lindsey at Claxton were all the help we needed with a destination wedding. They have a preferred vendor list which helped up out a lot. Some people object to having to use M7 for the catering, but I can tell you first hand the food was awesome and really for me it meant one less thing I had to worry about finding. If you want any vendor recommendations, let me know!
Good luck with the search! Your Aunt is right, you’ll know the place when you see it! Based on your comment about Rumbling Bald, you may well like Highland Lake, their restaurant does the food service for events and it was tasty! 🙂
I know other ladies on these boards have looked into The Old Edwards Inn & Spa, The Biltmore (I’m pretty sure that one will be pricey), Lake Eden, Lake Toxaway, The Grove Park Inn (also pricey) and The Fields at Blackberry Cove as other options-although I can’t speak to any of these personally.
Post # 6
My sister is getting married at The Farm. I haven’t seen it yet but they seemed to love it. We are going up to see it with them in a couple weeks. My husband & I considered Claxton Farms but decided to have it closer to home near Rock Hill. I’ve also heard great things about The Fields at Blackberry Cove.
For the Charleston area we loved both Boone Hall Plantation and Magnolia Plantation but again decided to have it closer to Charlotte.
Post # 7
mousegirl: I LOVED Old Edwards Inn based on the website. Sadly, it is just as expensive as the Biltmore (maybe even slightly more). SIGH. And thank you for offering your recommendations for vendors. I contacted Highland Lake Inn and am waiting for their reply.
heatherburks: I will check out those places in Charleston for sure! I always thought I’d have a beach ceremony…maybe I should consider that as an option, too.
I will look at The Fields at Blackberry Cove, too. Thank you ladies!
Post # 8
@MarieandIkeWedding: Sorry to hear about the Old Edwards Inn. 🙁 I had no idea on price. Fingers crossed that one of the other venues works for you! Charleston is a neat city for a wedding. I went to a friends wedding in Charleston a long time ago and had fun.
Post # 9
I replied to a similar post not too long ago and here is what I wrote:
We’re getting married at the NC Arboretum, which was different from the rustic style we initially wanted. They have multiple sites and we selected a rustic arbor/bridge with a stone fireplace (outdoor wedding). I believe they are one of the cheapest around (venue and ceremony for $2450). Plus, the views throughout the arboretum for wedding photos are very beautiful. I am very much in love with this place, I think about it constantly. We are having an outdoor BBQ reception underneath some trees and maybe a fire going. There is stone hardscape throughout and mother nature is all up in your business!
Claxton Farm was my second choice, can’t beat the views.
Here are some photos taken the first week in October (these photos do not truly represent how beautiful this place is):
Best of luck!