(Closed) Western NC/Lake Lure NC Venue Help

posted 6 years ago in North Carolina – Western North Carolina
Post # 3
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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 # 5
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 8
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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
30 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

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):

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Best of luck!

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