It finally happened. The love between you and your partner has been shown to the world thanks to the engagement ring now resting on your finger. Romantic nights together, long walks hand in hand, and even that awkward first kiss has culminated into an event where the two of you will vow to love one another until the end of time.
Now, the fun begins. It’s time for you and your partner to plan the perfect wedding and share your love with your family and friends.
Every bride wants her wedding to be a magical experience, and the flowers, music, and food will all contribute to that. But first, the perfect setting must be found, and for those dreaming of a wedding in Virginia, your options are endless!
Virginia features a beautiful backdrop of mountains, romantic oceanside beaches, and even gorgeous lakes, ideal for setting the mood for a first dance as a married couple.
While the average cost of a wedding in Virginia is $32,000, the venue options and settings in this state can be contoured to fit any wedding budget.
Here’s a look at a few of the magical outdoor wedding venues in Virginia. No matter what your dream wedding consists of, you’ll easily find the perfect backdrop for your upcoming nuptials.
We only offer totally private rentals, so you can feel like your guests are visiting you in your own home. Our pet-friendly property even lets you bring your pups.
Rixey offers the most spectacular views... from the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains on one side, to the bottom of Rixey Lake on the other. Our rooftop and patio spaces make for a magical setting both at sunset and at night, and the Ballroom, complete with climate control and ADA-accessible bathrooms, means that inclement weather won't have a negative effect on your special day.
The Manor itself is the oldest house in Virginia that allows you and your guests to stay and celebrate with very few restrictions (including sparkler exits, and open flames in the custom-built Ballroom). The history of the house lends an air of vintage elegance, but what most of our couples love is the comfy atmosphere provided by big sofas, real fires, and the ability to curl up at the end of the night in the library with your favorite people.
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Facilities and Capacity
With a variety of event spaces available for use, Rixey Manor has an indoor maximum capacity for up to 120 guests. For up to 250 guests, and outdoor ceremonies and celebrations, you’ll want to utilize the venue’s lake view ceremony site and patio celebration area in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The serene water will play as an elegant backdrop as you say “I do” among those you love most. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy complete access to the venue’s 1,800-square-foot rooftop terrace, which sits just above the venue’s ballroom space, and the rest of the Manor with multiple reception rooms so everyone can find a space to make the wedding unique.
The team at Rixey Manor knows just how many details go into making a wedding day possible. When you book with their team, you’ll receive access to wedding coordinators who will meet with you before your big day arrives to give recommendations of vendors, and map out floor plans and details. The venue’s services include:
Access to in-house decor
Rixey Manor provides four bedrooms on-site for your out-of-town friends and family to enjoy, and an independent cottage that can sleep 6. Each room is decorated with charm and class with vintage décor and stunning antique furniture. The spacious rooms make for a calming and open place for each and every person to relax after a weekend full of endless celebration.
The Mariner’s Museum and Park
The grounds of The Mariner’s Museum and Park include a historic museum from the 1930s that is surrounded by a 550-acre park with beautiful grounds and idealistic backdrops. Lake Maury and the James River also provide the perfect setting for wedding photos by the water.
For outdoor weddings, you’ll find up to 15 sites available. Among these sites, The Lions Bridge, The Holly Tree, and The Oak Tree are the most popular.
You also have the option of The Williams Field which offers access to sprawling lawns and is often sought after for large weddings and celebrations.
The Mariner’s Museum and Park offer single event rentals that range between $200 and $500 per event. For a couple who prefer having an all-inclusive event, packages are offered that include tables, chairs, and a venue starting at $1,500.
Price Range: $1,500 and up.
Capacity: 300 guests.
Ford’s Colony Country Club
If you’re looking for a unique place in Williamsburg, Virginia to host your wedding, Ford’s Colony Country Club may be the venue you’ve been searching for.
This idyllic oasis offers spacious meadows where your nuptial can take place during a daytime or evening event.
While single event rentals are available at the club, to truly experience the award-winning southern hospitality offered by the wedding experts, event packages are available to take away the stresses of finding independent vendors for your special event.
Price Range: $15,000 and up (package pricing).
Capacity: 200 guests.
DoubleTree by Hilton McLean Tysons
For a more intimate ceremony, DoubleTree by Hilton McLean Tysons is an ideal location.
While this gorgeous venue offers inside ballrooms to host events, the outdoor garden wedding venues are an incredible backdrop for memorable vows and wedding photos of your perfect day.
There are multiple packages on offer and ways to contour them to fit your individual needs. Events at this beautiful location begin at $500 and make their way up according to what is needed.
Price Range: $500 and up.
Capacity: 125 guests.
The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard
The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard offers the couple-to-be a unique and memorable experience. Lovers can stroll the vineyard, sample wine, and enjoy magical moments with one another.
As part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vineyard features flowing countryside where you can host your ceremony, a gazebo ideal for evening vows, or a stable that is a rustic backdrop for your pledge to one another.
As a family-run vineyard, The Stable at Bluemont Vineyard offers all-inclusive packages that include event rentals and a wedding coordinator to make the day run smoothly.
Price Range: $5,350 and up.
Capacity: 250 guests.
Potter’s Craft Cider
Another non-traditional setting for your wedding is Potter’s Craft Cider.
This one-time church is now a cider brewery but the chapel on the property is still an ideal location to say your “I dos.”
But, if you’d prefer to host your nuptials completely under the cover of the beautiful sky above you’ll have several options:
Multiple terraces on-site can make for an intimate gathering, and The patio and Bocce Court allow couples to share their first dance with the rustic chapel as the backdrop.
Bonus: Your wedding party will have use of the grounds and can also enjoy the brewery during your time there!
Price Range: $2,500 and up.
Capacity: 200 guests.
Sundara is considered a premier destination for couples in Virginia. With lush gardens, a mountain backdrop, and a historic estate at your fingertips, hosting your wedding on these beautiful grounds can make your dreams come true.
When booking this venue, wedding parties will have access to the entire grounds so couples, families, and guests can use this beautiful space while waiting to share the ultimate magical moment with their loved ones.
Sundara offers packages that include a bridal suite and a groom’s room.
Price Range: $4,500 and up.
Capacity: 300 guests.
Hollin Hall Weddings and Events
While Hollin Hall is best known for its historical buildings and beauty, it is also a great destination for brides and grooms in Virginia.
Yes, there is a church and other buildings that can make a wedding magical, but the box garden is a dream come true for those hoping for outdoor nuptials. This setting can be used for large ceremonies, smaller gatherings, and for hosting the perfect wedding photos to remember the day.
Price Range: $800 and up.
Capacity: 300 guests.
Sylvanside Farm Weddings and Events
Sylvanside Farm Weddings and Events offers couples 25-acres of the glorious outdoors!
With ponds, lush pastures, and even a gorgeous orchard, a wedding party can enjoy the beauty of their surroundings while celebrating the happy couple.
When it comes time for the reception, however, if preferred, there are two restored barns on the property where festivities can be moved indoors.
Pricing for Sylvanside Farm Weddings and Events begins at $3,500 and can run upward of $22,000 per event. This price can encompass everything from small weddings, elopements, and even full weekend celebrations.
Price Range: $3,500 and up.
Capacity: 225 guests.
For a customizable wedding with a beautiful, yet rustic backdrop, River Chase is the destination for you.
This outdoor venue features nine sprawling acres of land for couples to choose the perfect site for their vows. A barn is even available if the weather isn’t cooperating.
Notably, this venue allows you to bring coordinators and vendors of your choice.
Price Range: $5,500.
Capacity: 150 guests.
Wolftrap Farm offers a natural altar at the top of a hill that will make your wedding one of the most memorable events of your lifetime.
This magical setting makes for beautiful wedding photos while the two reception locations are in keeping with the outdoor theme, offering rustic backdrops and places for dancing.
This gorgeous Virginia wedding venue can also house 60 overnight guests for couples who want to make a weekend of their special day.
Pricing for this venue depends on the time of year you book. Starting at $4000 for the event and the use of one cottage, your wedding party can pay more for the use of three cottages to make preparing for the big day easier.
Price Range: $4000 and up.
Capacity: 200 guests.