What’s dreamier than an outdoor wedding set against the backdrop of the beautiful North Carolina mountains? The majestic peaks, tranquil valleys, colorful forests, and towering waterfalls create the perfect backdrop for couples marking one of the most important moments of their lives.
Whether you’re looking for upscale elegance, down-home rustic charm, or something in between, the mountains are filled with stunning scenic locales that promise to deliver an unforgettable experience on your big day. Read on to discover five North Carolina mountain wedding venues where the extras —like singing birds, blue skies, and fresh mountain air — are included at no extra charge.
Mountain Wedding at Chimney Rock(Courtesy Chimney Rock State Park)
The famed Chimney Rock State Park boasts the best of the North Carolina mountains all in one place. A nature lover’s paradise, it’s enough to make any bride swoon. And with multiple locations to choose from within the park, you can make your wedding as rustic or elegant as you like.
Say “I do” on top of Chimney Rock with 75-mile panoramic views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. Opt for the serenity of a waterfall and make your vows against the backdrop of the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls. Or spread out in The Meadows, a peaceful grove with Chimney Rock Mountain rising up in the background.
The nearby pavilion is ideal for hosting your wedding reception immediately following the ceremony. In addition to the unique outdoor wedding venue, Chimney Rock State Park offers a full range of catering options for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and receptions.
431 Main St., Chimney Rock, NC 28720, 828.625.9611 ext.1837
Creekside Nuptials at the Meadowlark Motel(Courtesy The Meadowlark Motel)
There’s a reason the Smoky Mountains have been named “the wedding capital of the South,” and the place where two creeks meet at the Meadowlark Motel in Maggie Valley, NC is a perfect example. Bursting with natural beauty and its own kind of magic, the intimate and dreamlike spot hidden away beneath a canopy of trees is the ideal setting for a charming creekside wedding.
The burbling Jonathan Creek meets a freshwater mountain tributary, providing a naturally melodic soundtrack to accompany the bride’s entrance down the aisle. Catering and event planning are provided by the motel, and the couple can book one of the Southern Appalachian-themed cabins for the honeymoon. The peaceful serenity at the Meadowlark makes this North Carolina mountain wedding venue one to remember.
2878 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley, NC 28751, 828.926.1717
Mountain Vineyard Wedding at The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek
You don’t need Napa Valley or Tuscany for an unforgettable vineyard wedding. The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek rival any world-renowned wedding venue. The epitome of rustic elegance, you’ll find a sophisticated experience that balances the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains with the richly cultivated vineyards for a unique landscaped backdrop that also boasts gardens, ponds, and hiking trails.
Choose from an open-air pavilion, a shaded grassy area under a beautiful tree, a landscape that overlooks the vines, or two large patios with stunning mountain views. The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek offers various packages that include vendors and catering to fit your specific needs, as well as full weekend experiences on the estate.
10 Vineyard Lane Sylva, NC 28779, 828.506.3139
Rustic Wedding Elegance with Vintage Barn Events(Courtesy Vintage Barn Events)
With 22 stunning acres surrounded by lush forest, rolling meadows, and natural creeks, Vintage Barn Events is a one-of-a-kind North Carolina mountain wedding venue. Set in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, couples discover the rustic elegance they imagine when flipping through glossy bridal magazines. It is a picture-perfect wedding dream brought to life.
The barn has two levels that include the main reception area, a multi-use room, separate spaces for the bride and groom, and a dedicated loft for a band or DJ. Ample outdoor space can be used for a cocktail hour, reception, or even the ceremony itself. The venue’s natural beauty and mountain charm are highlighted with down-home decorations like LED candles, lights for trees and paper lanterns, and wooden wheelbarrows for floral arrangements.
780 Beech Tree Road, Whittier, NC 28789, 828.631.5249
Fairytale Mountain Wedding at Castle Ladyhawke(Courtesy Castle Ladyhawke)
Make your fairytale wedding dreams come true with a mountain wedding at Castle Ladyhawke in Tuckasegee, NC. This Scottish castle - and its 60 acres of mountains and trees - provides a memorable wedding venue and the perfect retreat from the hectic world. With a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and sweeping views of the Tuckasegee River Valley, the breathtaking surroundings are like something straight out of a storybook.
Imagine the bride walking down the epic three-level spiral staircase in all her finery - talk about an entrance! The castle’s versatile spaces allow couples to personalize their wedding with their own style, using the great room and grounds for everything from the ceremony to the reception. And magnificent bedroom suites with luxurious spa baths, plus catering by Chef Johannes Kapdohr and his talented team, make this North Carolina mountain wedding venue fit for kings and queens.
1698 Shook Cove Rd, Tuckasegee, NC 28783, 833.522.7853