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

Yonder Wedding Rentals Asheville
Weddings deserve a beautiful and unique location. Choose from a variety of luxury vacation homes with unique locations for a personalized wedding experience. With an abundance of settings including outdoor, lakes, ponds, mountain, rustic and more, Yonder offers a wide selection of gorgeous vacation home venues to choose from in Western NC. The... read more
Meadowlark Motel Weddings
This venue offers an Appalachian inspired, scenic setting surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains. They offer rustic intimate weddings or larger scenic outdoor weddings on their picturesque four acres with exclusive use of the property. Choose from several all-inclusive wedding packages with al la carte options to create a tailored experience.... 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,... read more
June Bug Asheville
Located on a 50 acre property, this unique venue offers a scenic outdoor setting with restored retro campers for a weekend wedding experience. Event is fully customizable to fit style and budget. They offer a trusted vendor list and a variety of packages to choose from. Packages include event tent, tables, chairs, cocktail deck, catering tent,... read more
Farm at Green Heron Pond
Located on 50 acres of secluded forest and farmland, this venue offers a beautiful setting with mountain views and a large pond. Choose from a variety of scenic ceremony sites on the property with added security of a 1500 sq ft pavilion that can seat 100 people. Larger receptions are offered on nearby lawn with a tent. Day, overnight and... read more
Lake Toxaway Outdoor Wedding
This beautiful mountain property offers a variety of impressive indoor and outdoor venues with lakeside options, rolling golf course surrounded by mountain views and more. The country club provides event professionals dedicated to making the big day easy, stress free and fun to plan. The catering menu has a variety of options from light to... read more
SBE Management Group Asheville
Combining 20 + years of experience and community relationships, this private management group offers couples full-service management and event production for their wedding in a boutique or independently owned venue of their choosing. This team of dedicated professionals has a wide array of experience and attention to detail,... read more
Yesterday Spaces 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... read more
Falling Waters Nantahala
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... read more
Olivette Asheville
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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Outdoor Scenic Weddings Near Asheville
Surrounded by a variety of gorgeous natural landscapes, this venue offers an idyllic spot for a simple, intimate wedding in the mountains for up to 100 guests. The field offers wide open space with a scattering of mossy trees, a rushing mountain stream, and a backdrop of mountain laurel. The wedding terrace, stone patios, and open grassy areas... read more
Bend of Ivy Lodge
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
Laughing Waters Retreat Weddings
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... 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 botanically-diverse Pisgah National Forest, the Arboretum is... read more
Rumbling Bald Weddings
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... read more
Chimney Rock Park Weddings
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.
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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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