Post # 1
We are looking to get hitched next November in the North Caroina Mountains, however most of the places I have contacted so far are closed for the season around Mid-October. We are looking for a Rustic place that can be elegant and romantic at the same time. Really want the mountain atmosphere, really need some ideas or suggestions? Or even a reasonable wedding planner, since we are not in the area. THANK YOU!!!!!! 🙂
Post # 3
I’m sure you could find some nice places near Asheville. Depending on your budget Grove Park Inn or Biltmore would be lovely.
Post # 4
We’re getting married at Lake Eden; they’re open until Nov. 14th or the end of Nov. It’s 25 min. northeast of Asheville. They have a really rustic and beautiful barn for weddings under 150 people. It has amaaaaazing mountain views and feels very secluded.
Post # 5
Hey! I’m from Asheville and am having my wedding there, so I have done EXHAUSTIVE research.
I chose to get married at Claxton Farm, which I would highly recommend. Sweeping views of the mountains, and an amazing staff! My other two favorite venues that I visited and loved: Rumbling Bald Inn @ Lake Lure, and Yesteday Spaces. Yesterday Spaces is a rustic barn/farm setting, and Rumbling Bald is a lakeside resort with views of the moutains and tha lake. All of them have websites, just give it a quick google. You couldn’t go wrong with either of those 3! Good luck on your search! WNC is the most beautiful place in the world, in my humble and extremely biased opinion, so great choice! 😉
Post # 6
As a side note, I went to high school literally right down the road from Lake Eden (small world, LaurenKK!) and it’s also gorgeous.
Post # 7
Pretty Place (Symmes Chapel) is right on the N. Carolina/S. Carolina line. It’s an open air chapel in the mountains and it’s gorgeous. The downside is that it’s a ceremony only location. It’s part of YMCA Camp Greenville. Here’s a picture:
Post # 8
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 the cheapest around (venue and ceremony for $2450). Plus, the views throughout the arboretum for wedding photos are very beautiful. However, if you are planning a November wedding, I think most of the flowers will be pulled for the season. If you are interested in checking that place out, ask for Lisa Brittain.
Claxton Farm was my second choice and definitely more rustic, can’t beat the views. Best of luck!
Here are some photos taken the first week in October:
Post # 9
@Miss B to Mrs. Z: OMG that’s where my fiance proposed!! Well not at that exact spot, but in the NC Arboretum! I absolutely love it there. 🙂
Post # 10
@Valdrine: Thank you! I have contacted Claxton and I think they are beautiful as well! Right now we are between, Old Edwards Inn, Highlands, Claxton, and Banner Elk Winery. We won’t be able to see the venues until March and it’s killing me not to be able to really dig in 🙂
Post # 11
@stephray: My husband and I chose Claxton Farm as our venue and don’t regret a single thing about it. The staff there is great (especially Micah) and the food was awesome! I had a hard time waiting to see venues as well when I was wedding planning.
We also looked at Castle Ladyhawk, The Highland Lake Inn, Rumbling Bald and The Farm (in Candler). I tried to schedule the Lake Lure Inn, but wasn’t able to set up a time with them that corresponded to our visit.
If you are interested I can recommend some of the other vendors we used for our wedding day as well.
@Valdrine: Yay!! Another Claxton Farm bride! 🙂
Edit: There is a ‘sister’ venue to Claxton Farm, The Crest Center that also has spectacular views!
Post # 12
We recently checked out the Dorothy Walls Conference Center in Black Mountain. It’s really pretty and extremely affordable . They have a chapel on site and 2 areas to have the reception. You can either pick the large indoor convention area, or set up a tent near the lake. The chef also works with you to create custom menus that fit within your price range.
Post # 13
I’m from NW NC and have known people to get married at the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis (near Boone). I think it’s more suited to smaller weddings, but it’s definitely got the rustic vibe you’re looking for.