These beautiful summer days, and nights, is giving us wedding fever. For day-dreaming girlfriends and Pinterest-frenzied fiancées, we have seven uniquely distinct Staunton wedding venues for your consideration (and pinning!).
ELEGANT :: STELLE ROSE AT STAUNTON STATION
Located in the historic Staunton train station, Stelle Rose is a beautiful all-weather venue that is historically elegant but also provides all the modern amenities you could wish for on your special day. Stelle Rose offers an open, flexible 6,000 square-foot floor plan with both indoor and covered outdoor spaces as well as a luxurious, private bridal suite, a full kitchen, multiple photo locations, and seating for 160 guests. You’ll be able to have the wedding of your dreams by choosing to use your own wedding professionals or from the venue’s network of highly recommended local resources.
HISTORIC :: WOODROW WILSON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY
If you’ve never seen the historic gardens at Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace, you’re missing a ready-made, gorgeous, historic ceremony setting. The gardens are one of 13 maintained by the Garden Club of Virginia. The Upper Garden features a lovely lawn, brick path, and two gazebos and serves as a great backdrop for your nuptials. The Lower Terrace, separated by a bow-knot garden, is the perfect spot for cocktails or a seated dinner. Each space can accommodate between 75 and 100 guests.
ROMANTIC :: GAIE LEA
Multiple ceremony and reception options make Gaie Lea (Old English for “Happy Meadows”) quite the contender when it comes to all-in-one wedding venues. Two hundred acres ensures privacy at any of the sites, which include a pavilion overlooking a pond, a hilltop pool for cocktail hour or reception, a formal English boxwood garden, a stone patio and fire pit near the pond for cigars and bourbon or a s’mores snack, the estate home itself, and whatever else your imagination leads you to on the expansive property.
Treat your wedding party or immediate family to an overnight at the estate. Fifteen guests can be accommodated in the six large guest rooms.
COLLEGIATE :: MARY BALDWIN UNIVERSITY
Whether you’re an alumnae or simply appreciate the beauty of a meticulously manicured college lawn, you’re in luck. The views from Mary Baldwin may be some of the best Staunton has to offer. Say “I do,” on the lawn of this historic campus overlooking downtown Staunton and then head indoors for a reception either on campus or at another distinctive Staunton wedding venue. The sweeping staircases across campus make for great photo ops along with the cream-colored buildings that make up this beautiful campus.
DRAMATIC :: THE BLACKBURN INN
The Blackburn Inn, built in the 1820s, is rich in history, beauty, and romance. If you’re envisioning something dramatic yet classic, designed by an architect who rubbed elbows with Thomas Jefferson, this is the venue for you. Choose from an array of locations on the 80 landscaped acres, which feature willow trees, red brick, white columns, and too many spectacular photo spots to count. The boutique hotel offers 49 rooms and suites, so there’s plenty of space for guests to stay on site. There are even pet-friendly accommodations if you have a fur baby in the wedding party. Currently, the Inn has intimate indoor seating for 35 guests, while tented and untented outdoor weddings (between April and November) can accommodate up to 200. A new space is set to open later this summer. The Wellness and Conference Center will contain 10,000 square feet of event space including a 6,000-square-foot ballroom. The new space will include a guest-facing kitchen, bar, and full-service spa. The Inn provides several different wedding packages depending on your needs. Need help coordinating everything? An on-site venue manager can help with attention to detail on the big day.
CLASSIC :: Hotel 24 South
For those seeking an all-inclusive approach to their wedding day, Hotel 24 South, formerly the Stonewall Jackson Hotel, may be the perfect Staunton fit. This historic hotel has recently been refreshed with new (almost) everything. Your facility rental includes tables, linens, place settings, dance floor, candle centerpiece … the works. Toss in a few rooms for your bridal party and out of town guests (yours is free, by the way!), plus the hotel catering and that doesn’t leave you with a great deal to worry about. Classically beautiful and worry free!
UNFORGETTABLE :: FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Indoors or out, with a barn or under the sun … you have many choices at the Frontier Culture Museum, and your guests (up to 400) are in for a real treat, should you spring for a group rate admission for them to explore the grounds.
The Lee S. Cochran Pavilion is open air for warm months and tented for cooler months. A catering kitchen makes prep and delivery super easy while museum staff takes care of setting up and taking down the tables and chairs. The Lawn is a great place for the ceremony itself.
The Octagonal Barn is two levels (you may access both or one) and boasts a small amphitheater for your use as well. This space also includes a catering kitchen.
The Lecture Hall is a sleek, converted dairy barn with soaring ceilings and dinner seating for up to 100. Or, clear it out and dance the night away! Caterer’s staging area with sink is available.
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