Top Outdoor Wedding Venues in Asheville & the Blue Ridge Mountains

Outdoor and Scenic Wedding Venues in Blue Ridge Mountains

Dreaming of an outdoor mountain wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Many couples escape to the mountains for their outdoor wedding because of the variety of locations and experiences they can create. Our scenic wedding venues offer breathtaking views of mountain ranges, rolling landscapes, wooded forests, gardens, rivers and lakes that reflect its surroundings. Photos by Meghan Rolfe

Asheville Outdoor Wedding

In the Spring and Summer the hills come alive with greenery and lush gardens, both nature and man-made, ideal for a bloom-filled mountain wedding. Fall color explodes in October, offering a vibrant backdrop a romantic wedding. 

Whether you want a winery wedding or an outdoor country wedding, our outdoor venues are picturesque with views of mountain ranges, rivers, lakes and more. Scenic wedding venues in the Blue Ridge build into the landscape with pavilions, stone pathways, fireplaces, chandeliers and large farm-style tables that transform your wedding into an unforgettable and romantic experience. 

Worried about the weather? Most outdoor wedding venues in the Asheville area offer indoor and outdoor wedding spaces, giving you flexibility and peace of mind. 

Some venues offer on-site accommodations like cabins, cottages, glamping and camping. This is a bonus if you’re planning a destination wedding where family and guests want to stay on-site and enjoy each other’s company for the weekend.

Amenities can vary widely depending on the type of venue, so be sure to ask what is included with the venue rental and what is considered an add-on. Amenities can include things like bridals suites, spas, bridal brunches, rehearsal dinners and more. Some even offer more adventurous add-ons like swimming, trails, ziplines and white water rafting!  

Top Outdoor Mountain Venues Near Asheville

Brahma Ridge Wedding
DIY venue with modern lodging on-site. Camping and glamping, too. Choose your own caterer, music, decor, etc., and their staff does the work for you. Their unspoiled mountain landscape in Pisgah National Forest, just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, is perfect for three-day wedding weekends. Owners/operators Holly and Rob work every event to... read more
NC Arboretum Weddings
Get married at one of the nation’s most beautiful public gardens. The NC Arboretum’s Green Wedding options include elegantly designed landscapes, sculptures, mountain views and charming indoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions for up to 200 guests. Situated in the... read more
Olivette Wedding
Olivette's Rosebay Park consists of 7 beautiful acres on the banks of the French Broad River. Located 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, the park features an outdoor pavilion with a lovely stone fireplace, a large yard, a fire pit amphitheater and a private island with a wedding circle and labyrinth.
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Weddings Lake Lure
Get married on the beach or indoors with spectacular Lake Lure and mountain views of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Find many amenities, including golf, swimming, spa, boating, hiking, biking and more. Outdoor Venues: Lakeview Terrace with 180-degree lake views for a reception of up to 300 guests. Lakeside Gazebo is the prime ceremony... read more
Yesterday Spaces Weddings Asheville
A sophisticated wedding venue in a rustic setting, 12 miles from downtown Asheville! Natural, comfortable spaces for ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. Indoor Venues: Elegant fully-conditioned, hardwood floor Event Barn with large porches, beautiful bathrooms, professional kitchen and sound system. Oak round... read more
Hidden River Events
Farmland offers panoramic views of the mountains along the Swannanoa River in one of the most scenic valleys in the region. On-site housing for up to 84 guests, with all-inclusive wedding packages. Indoor Venues: 5,000 sq. ft. architectural tent on permanent, concrete foundation with with all lighting, sidewalls, heating and... read more
Bend of Ivy Lodge Wedding
Tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains, this intimate, scenic property provides couples the space for a perfect boutique wedding. Bend of Ivy has a design feel of Asian zen with Italian rolling landscapes, surrounded by mountain views. Rental includes full and exclusive use of 63 acres with streams, gardens, pergolas, arbors, a koi pond, trails,... read more
Falling Waters Weddings, Nantahala Gorge
Located in the Nantahala Gorge near Bryson City, this setting above Fontana Lake has views of the lake, Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a big variety of outdoor adventures during your big weekend, including ziplines and whitewater rafting. Indoor Facilities: Included is the entire resort for two... read more
Laughing Waters Retreat
A jewel in the midst of 200 protected acres near Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, 25 minutes southeast of Asheville. Part of a green, sustainable eco-community. Experience the peaceful and rejuvenating atmosphere of this magical place. Indoor Facilities: The great room accommodates 100, with hearthstone wood stove and huge windows... read more
Chimney Rock Wedding
Whether on top of the Chimney with a 75-mile panoramic view, at the base of a 404-ft. waterfall, surrounded by majestic cliffs, or in a silent grove, Chimney Rock State Park offers a unique mountain setting for your ceremony that is as rustic or elegant as you are.... read more

Also see great downtown hot spots for your wedding reception including rooftop venues, historical venues and hotel venues. 

Tips for Outdoor/Mountain Weddings in Asheville

When considering an outdoor wedding, there are many logistics that need attention that aren’t immediately evident. 

  • Not all outdoor venues are set up to fully handle the electrical needs of a wedding and reception. Lighting, generators, back up ceremony tents, vendor tents, water and perimeter lighting are all factors to consider. 
  • Complying with noise ordinances in rural areas may affect the timing of your wedding. 
  • For your guests, consider the climate: weather, bugs, bathroom needs, large groups. For outdoor weddings, consider a back-up plan in the event of rain.
  • Do tables, chairs, lighting, and wagons or golf carts come with the venue rental or do you pay an added rental fee? 
  • Don’t forget about elderly guests that need assistance with transportation around the property. 
  • Wedding planners are a great asset, as they manage a lot of these little details for you. 
  • When planning your reception menu, keep in mind Asheville is known for it’s fresh farm-to-table, local food.
  • What to wear to an outdoor wedding? From boots to blazers, high heels to sundresses, you can be creative in attire requests depending on your theme.
  • To keep your guests entertained while they're here, see our Top 70 Outdoor Things To Do. 
  • If you're planning a destination wedding, see our Lodging guides for places to stay
  • For ideas for groups outings for your wedding party, see our Top Tours & Experiences in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. 
  • If you want to book a spa day with your bridal party, book well in advance. See our Top 20 Spa, Massage & Wellness.

For many more places to get married, see our Asheville Wedding Venue guide. If considering a small wedding or elopement near a waterfall or overlook, See our Elopement Guide for details.

 

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