Discover a very diverse community in Asheville! It's been a popular resort and relocation area for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) communities for many years. The large gay and lesbian community enjoys welcoming visitors, since most of them were once visitors before they fell in love with the area and relocated. Find many places to go and things to do. With a very vibrant arts community, creativity abounds! Recent wonderful news (late 2014) is the legalization of same-sex marriage. So now our area is even more popular for destination weddings! For an extra festive weekend, come to the Blue Ridge Pride Celebration on the first Saturday in October. Check out our Top 10 Things to Do.
Asheville Gay Friendly Places To Stay, Clubs, Real Estate
Same Sex Weddings
Asheville is a popular destination for a gay and lesbian same-sex weddings (legalized on October 10, 2014) and commitment services. Any of the inns featured above can also help with arrangements for a very small gathering. And see our Weddings Locations & Services page for more resources. Also see details on how to get a local marriage license.
Mountain Magnolia Inn, Suites & Restaurant, Hot Springs
Retreat to this 1868 Victorian Mansion. Soak in the famous hot mineral baths. Enjoy exquisite dining served on the porch with wonderful mountain views or in the private parlor by fireside. They are located in a quaint valley town just 40 minutes north of Asheville. Steps from the Appalachian Trail. Click here to visit their Web site.
Homewood is a beautifully restored 1920's stone manor located in Asheville's post-Victorian historic district of Montford. The elegant castle features original hardwood floors, cherry walls, 20 foot ceilings, grand Appalachian stone fireplaces and alabaster sconces. Monroe will help you arrange the perfect ceremony, inside or outside, big or small. Click here to visit their Web site.
Hidden River Events, Asheville
They provide all that is needed for a largely outdoor celebration, including accommodations for up to 46 people. Clients can select all of their vendors or contract with them for full or partial service. Located in the beautiful Swannanoa Valley, next to Warren Wilson College, they are one of the prettiest venues in the region and offer kind and efficient services designed to meet your needs. Click here to visit their Web site.
Asheville Marriages, Wedding Officiating Same Sex Weddings
Philip Lingle is an open-minded officiant specializing in secular and interfaith wedding ceremonies. What makes his approach unique is the Marriage Enrichment Program, a series of simple steps designed to help you stay focused on the most important goal: enjoying a happy and lasting marriage. He is ready to meet with you to assess your individual needs and tailor an approach that suits you best. Click here to visit their Web site
Rev. Victoria Hutchins, Non-Denominational Minister
Personal and unique wedding ceremonies that reflect your ideas, beliefs and lifestyle. Ceremonies range from religious to non-religious, traditional to contemporary, simple to complex. Want a private ceremony without all the fuss, stress and expense of a traditional wedding? Short and sweet ceremonies are perfect for elopements and couples who prefer a small intimate wedding. Click here to visit their Web site