As gorgeous as mountaintop or rural farm weddings can be, the logistics of planning this type of event are tricky. With an airport under an hour away and an abundance of accessible venues, Asheville is the ideal location for couples hoping to have a picturesque wedding without any headaches.
One of Asheville’s biggest draws is, no doubt, the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether hiking the trails or admiring the periwinkle horizon of “the Land of the Sky,” you’ll fall in love with the view just like everyone else.
Head to downtown Asheville and you’ll find no shortage of Art Deco architecture, music and performance venues, local galleries, and independent book shops. Get up close in the River Arts district, where visitors can tour working artists’ studios housed in old factories and historical buildings.
From snow-covered mountains to fiery fall foliage to summer’s fields of wildflowers, Asheville offers exquisite natural beauty no matter the season.
It’s a decision that some young women dream about for years, wondering just what fate has in store for her. Looks, personality, degrees of compatibility...all these elements cycle through her imagination. Will she have to compromise? Is the right fit out there somewhere? Oh, the search for The One. Wait—did you think we were talking about soul mates? Sorry, friend. No. We’re talking about The Dress. Find your sartorial match made in heaven at one of Asheville’s fabulous bridal shops, where your fairy godmothers of fashion are waiting to outfit you in the gown you were born to wear. (While you’re there, dress up your whole wedding party to match; you’ll see your entire wedding vision really come to life.) Then gild the whole ensemble with help from your local ring and jewelry specialists, where those eye-catching details, from wedding bands to a “something new” necklace, will secure the look you’ve been searching for. Then sit back and breathe a sigh of relief...whew. The hunt is over.
Unless you are a model or a celebrity (and if so, well then congrats to you), the twenty-four hours surrounding your walk down the aisle might be the most photographed day of your life. With all those cameras flashing, you’ll want to be sure you’re looking mighty fine, so book an appointment or two with local hair and makeup professionals well in advance to work through the finer details of your wedding appearance. They’ll help you achieve that polished, but not too “done” affect so that you look like you...just a really, really stunning version of you. What could be better? Reward yourself for all that hard work of being gorgeous with a trip to one of Asheville’s pampering salons, preferably with your best buds in tow, to get that relaxed, glowy vibe that comes from a killer facial and massage. Oh, and remember when we said this was the most photographed you’ll ever be? Same message applies for your hands, so get those digits in front of a nail technician while you’re there. (Trust us, “ragged cuticles” is not a hot look.)
After seeing the gorgeous mountain vistas that Asheville has to offer, we’re not surprised that most couples opt outside when it comes to their ceremony. Others choose to tie the knot at one of the area’s impressive estates, which also frequently offer outdoor ceremony options. Once you’ve found the perfect wedding venue, get in touch with a local wedding officiant who can help you craft a ceremony that fits you and your partner perfectly. Make sure you check out which Asheville wedding photographers you'd like to capture your day, while you're at it! Since the artist community around these parts is top-notch, we know you’ll be able to find Asheville musicians to set the mood and make it meaningful, too. You're on your way to one stellar ceremony already.
Couples getting married here often choose rustic and country-chic venues that embrace the natural splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains—and any local blooms pulled together by Asheville wedding florists are bound to be beautiful, with all the natural abundance in the area. Get started with your party planning by choosing a stunning spot for yourself, and then enlist the expertise of local tent and decor rental companies to outfit it from top to bottom in your signature style.Stack your reception support squad with sound and lighting professionals who know how to set up for a real shindig. Finally, don’t forget to find a fabulous cinematographer to capture the toasts, dancing, and overall merriment of your reception.
Make your Asheville rehearsal dinner one for the books by selecting a venue that’s just right for your crowd. After all, this meal isn’t just the price you paid to get folks practicing their slow walk for the aisle march: this is an opportunity for you to connect with your nearest and dearest before the craziness of the wedding day takes over. You’ve earned a moment to relax and let others take care of you! Check out an all-inclusive option like The Venue, a blank canvas in an incredible location, or indulge in the farm-to-table American fare from Posana Café. Asheville has plenty of places that offer excellent food and relaxing environment, which will translate to the warm hugs and loving toasts you’ll need the night before your wedding.
Send your friends and family off in style with a fabulous farewell brunch they won’t soon forget. One thing is certain: Asheville is a brunch-loving town, so it’ll be easy to find a spot to suit your crew. Gather together at Wicked Weed for a little hair of the dog and some pub grub. If you’re thinking of going a little fancier, try the Red Stag Grill at the Bohemian Hotel, an upscale lounge with dim lighting that you and yours might be thankful for the day after a great party. Check out our recommendations below for more local spots with scrumptious spreads that can help you plan brunch for a crowd.
That envelope, standing out like a diamond amidst the bills and junk mail, is the first piece of information your guests will receive regarding your wedding. The invitation is an insight into your affair’s personality, offering clues about such fundamentals as formality, mood, size, and setting. It’s a gift, really, and can be as pretty as any present—if done well. Don’t waste the opportunity to make a first impression with your invites; enlist the design expertise of a local invitation and paper goods boutique to help craft an original, considered, and cohesive paper suite that truly plants the style seeds for your complete wedding vision. Of course, if your budget allows, going the extra mile to have your stationery hand-calligraphed will pack a majorly sophisticated, not to mention personalized, punch. Asheville’s talented calligraphers can do just about anything with a pen and ink, so whether your vibe is clean and modern or elegantly casual, consider adding an extra touch of artistry to your wedding stationery. That envelope will shine all the brighter for it.
As your out-of-town guests start arriving in Asheville, show how much you appreciate their effort to be there for your big day: surprise them with a wedding welcome bag. These treats pull double duty as a place for you to share helpful information, like your wedding itinerary, as well as local flavors that are oh-so Asheville. Wet your guests’ whistles with some great beer from Highland Brewing Company, or help them power up after a long trip with a Do More Bar. Top it off with a sweet thank you card made by local artist Ann Vasilik to make sure your guests feel fully welcomed. If you’re looking for more ideas on what to include, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Asheville wedding welcome bag ideas to get your wheels turning.
In such an interesting and eclectic city, it’s easy to find an amazing, Asheville-inspired wedding favor to share with your guests. Since love is so sweet, send your guests home with some flavorful Sourwood honey from Wild Mountain Apiaries. If your guests are local beer mavens, send them home with a sweet Love Asheville bottle opener to enable them for the remainder of their visit. Consider picking up a favor from one of Asheville’s many local artisans, such as in blue, which makes custom leather goods like these neat luggage tags perfect for your jet-setting friends and family. There are so many options we love that we couldn’t choose just a few: check out our favorite wedding favor ideas below for a full picture.View Local Wedding Favor Ideas
Asheville is incredibly multifaceted when it comes to activities. From outdoor adventures to fine dining and shopping, there is something for every guest. Be sure to send your guests this guide so that they can make the most of their trip.
Artisanal, farm-to-table style restaurants rule in Asheville. Skip the national chains and eat like the locals with help from this guide to the top 60 restaurants in Asheville. (Don’t forget to share it with your guests, too!) Bon appétit, y’all!
Psst! We’ve got a trade secret to let you in on, Asheville pals. You’ve got friends and family members coming out of your ears, right? Well, they’re all going to need a place to stay while in town for your nuptials. Cut them a break and holler at a few hotels—preferably in and around your reception venue—to reserve some blocks of rooms for easy reservations. It’s nice to offer more than one option, perhaps at different price points. It will be a huge weight off your guests' minds, knowing that you’ve already vetted some local sleepover spots; not only do they trust your recommendation, but your extra bit of work saves them time and maybe even some money. In Asheville, there are a number of fabulous options for where to stay, both within the city and in the surrounding mountains. The Cedar Crest Inn is a sweet B&B close to the River Arts District; staying at the Haywood Park Hotel, in the center of town, puts guests within walking distance of everything downtown Asheville has to offer. Have a look through our suggestions for a sweet spot to stay in Asheville below.
When you’re ready to capture some of that newly engaged bliss on camera, turn to an Asheville wedding photographer for some sage advice on the best places to pose around the city. Head to one of the spectacular estates in the area, like the Biltmore, for photo ops on their stunning grounds. If you’re looking for something a little more urban, the River Arts District features lots of charming streetscapes and artsy backdrops that would make for some seriously cool shots. In terms of natural settings, there’s no better way to capture the essence of Asheville than to head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike your favorite trail together. We consulted with some of the local experts ourselves to come up with our favorite engagement shoot locations—check it out.
After swimming in the sea of vendors, venues, and RSVPs, it’s time for a little fun in the sun before you finally get married. Thankfully, Asheville has tons of places to kick back and get your bachelorette on, no matter your idea of fun. If you’re ready to relax, check out the Omni Grove Park Inn’s world-renowned spa for a serious treat. Asheville also has tons of hiking options for all skill levels, so it’s easy to get into nature and explore the surrounding splendor. Get your evening going with wine and tapas from Zambra or head to Elaine’s dueling piano bar for a night of laughs. Whatever your speed, Asheville has got you covered; consult our list of bachelorette party ideas for some serious inspiration.
Get ready, grooms: bachelor parties in Asheville are full of adventure, the outdoors, and more than a few craft beers. Start your day off right with an awesome hike up to Craggy Pinnacle. Grab a bite at Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro for an inventive take on classic Southern fare, then round out your night with live music at The Orange Peel, which is conveniently located next to Wicked Weed Brewing if you’re looking for a late-night snack and great beer after the show. For assured success, follow our Asheville bachelor party ideas to plan a killer weekend.
Where would we be without the immensely talented pool of Asheville wedding vendors? Their passion for planning, commitment to their couples, and incredible ingenuity is what makes the local wedding scene as remarkable as it is, and it's the unique team behind every wedding working together that makes each event an affair to remember. Their combined experience and expertise is second to none, and we want you to benefit from it while assembling your dream team of vendors. Check out our Spotlight Series for in-depth Q&As with the best of the best in the industry, and make sure to read the articles they've contributed to Borrowed & Blue for the most reliable wedding tips and tricks, straight from the source.
Great news, friends: Asheville is an amazing area in which to get married and we couldn’t be more excited for you. Now it’s time to put on your planning hat and talk logistics. This area offers a mixture of stunning mountainous vistas and urban convenience, and we have a feeling you two aren’t the only ones who have noticed. As a destination city all year round, it might take a little bit of maneuvering to make sure your future mother-in-law isn’t stuck in leaf peeper traffic on the Blue Ridge Parkway when she should be at your ceremony. When you choose your wedding date, keep in mind what major annual events may be disruptive to your party’s day-of plans. We went ahead and figured out the big dates for you, so consult this list of Asheville occasions and, as much as you can, avoid them when selecting your wedding day.
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