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Ash Lawn-Highland

Charlottesville , VA
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2050 James Monroe Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902 US (map)

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434-293-8000

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ABOUT US

President and Mrs. Monroe shared over 40 years as husband and wife, many of them at their estate they called Highland. Perhaps one of their happiest days was when their eldest daughter,... Read more
President and Mrs. Monroe shared over 40 years as husband and wife, many of them at their estate they called Highland. Perhaps one of their happiest days was when their eldest daughter, Eliza, was married at their Highland homestead.

In the tradition of these historic marriages, Ash Lawn-Highland warmly invites couples to celebrate their union on the grounds of James and Elizabeth Monroe. A picturesque and historic house with adjacent gardens, Ash Lawn-Highland offers unique locations for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. Each party is provided optimal privacy and flexibility. We encourage you to welcome your guests to Ash Lawn-Highland as James and Elizabeth Monroe welcomed theirs.

With over 25 years’ experience in hosting wedding celebrations, Ash Lawn-Highland offers a charming, historic backdrop for your special day.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 434-293-8000 or info@ashlawnhighland.org Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Farm, Historic, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Rustic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
What event services do you offer?
Outside Vendors OK

REVIEWS

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Shmarry
Wedding:
5/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Ash Lawn-Highland is a dream venue at which to be married. The ash tree lined drive to the house makes for the most beautiful photos along with all of the gardens and mountain views. There are areas for any size ceremony and the reception pavilion is within walking distance. One of the best touches is that while the bridal party is taking photos, guests can chose to tour the Monroe house if they chose. The staff is very polite and easy to work with making Ash Lawn-Highland an ideal location to have a wedding.
Ash Lawn-Highland is a dream venue at which to be married. The ash tree lined drive to the house makes for the most Read more...
Ash Lawn-Highland is a dream venue at which to be married. The ash tree lined drive to the house makes for the most beautiful photos along with all of the gardens and mountain views. There are areas for any size ceremony and the reception pavilion is within walking distance. One of the best touches is that while the bridal party is taking photos, guests can chose to tour the Monroe house if they chose. The staff is very polite and easy to work with making Ash Lawn-Highland an ideal location to have a wedding. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Ash Lawn-Highland is absolutely beautiful and Brittany Harton was a wonderful site coordinator. She was extremely responsive which only made our experience that more wonderful and special to us. Vendors had great accessibility to our reception site on the property and the grounds were absolutely beautiful. It was an unforgettable day overall, and we couldn't be happier to have gotten married at Ash Lawn!!
Ash Lawn-Highland is absolutely beautiful and Brittany Harton was a wonderful site coordinator. She was extremely Read more...
Ash Lawn-Highland is absolutely beautiful and Brittany Harton was a wonderful site coordinator. She was extremely responsive which only made our experience that more wonderful and special to us. Vendors had great accessibility to our reception site on the property and the grounds were absolutely beautiful. It was an unforgettable day overall, and we couldn't be happier to have gotten married at Ash Lawn!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Ash Lawn-Highland was very accommodating to our needs and were flexible regarding the start time of our event. The location is a great value as it is competitively priced and the whole property is available to you for the day. We used one lawn for the ceremony, another for games, and the wonderful pavilion for our reception, which could also serve as a great rain location. It was very reassuring having that safety net as we did have summer storm clouds on our wedding day.
Ash Lawn-Highland was very accommodating to our needs and were flexible regarding the start time of our event. The Read more...
Ash Lawn-Highland was very accommodating to our needs and were flexible regarding the start time of our event. The location is a great value as it is competitively priced and the whole property is available to you for the day. We used one lawn for the ceremony, another for games, and the wonderful pavilion for our reception, which could also serve as a great rain location. It was very reassuring having that safety net as we did have summer storm clouds on our wedding day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland match their venue - pleasant, easy, accommodating. If ALH is your venue choice because of its mix of beauty and vibe, you will not be disappointed by the attentive and professional staff. Book early :)
The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland match their venue - pleasant, easy, accommodating. If ALH is your venue choice because of Read more...
The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland match their venue - pleasant, easy, accommodating. If ALH is your venue choice because of its mix of beauty and vibe, you will not be disappointed by the attentive and professional staff. Book early :) Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We absolutely love James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland. My husband and I visit president's homes as a hobby and literally fell in love with Ash Lawn the first time we visited. A few years later, after my future husband proposed at Monticello.... we booked Ash Lawn as our wedding venue that week! Baylor is simply the best!! He did everything we needed and was in contact with us throughout the process! If you are a history buff looking for the perfect place.... pick Ash Lawn-Highland. No president's home compares!!!!!! Happiest days of our life was at this beautiful location! All of our guests said it was the most amazing wedding they have ever been to.... one guest said, "every nook and cranny is simply gorgeous"
We absolutely love James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland. My husband and I visit president's homes as a hobby and literally Read more...
We absolutely love James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland. My husband and I visit president's homes as a hobby and literally fell in love with Ash Lawn the first time we visited. A few years later, after my future husband proposed at Monticello.... we booked Ash Lawn as our wedding venue that week! Baylor is simply the best!! He did everything we needed and was in contact with us throughout the process! If you are a history buff looking for the perfect place.... pick Ash Lawn-Highland. No president's home compares!!!!!! Happiest days of our life was at this beautiful location! All of our guests said it was the most amazing wedding they have ever been to.... one guest said, "every nook and cranny is simply gorgeous" Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
LOVED LOVED LOVED Ash Lawn. Baylor was extremely responsive and helpful leading up to my wedding. Everything went perfectly and my guests were awed by the grounds. I couldn't recommend it more!
LOVED LOVED LOVED Ash Lawn. Baylor was extremely responsive and helpful leading up to my wedding. Everything went Read more...
LOVED LOVED LOVED Ash Lawn. Baylor was extremely responsive and helpful leading up to my wedding. Everything went perfectly and my guests were awed by the grounds. I couldn't recommend it more! Read less
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Keri
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Baylor Reinhart was our contact person at Ash Lawn - Highland and he was wonderful. He was VERY responsive and did everything he could to make sure our day was what we wanted (including accepting Fed Ex deliveries in the days before the wedding as we were planning our wedding from out-of-town). He also inspired some serious confidence when he told me that he had helped organize 132 weddings that were held at the outdoor venue without rain during the ceremony. It is breathtakingly beautiful venue and there is only one rule: no sparklers. Although this venue is expensive there are three important points about the cost 1) the majority of the fee charged is a tax-deductible donation; 2) because the venue is so beautiful, you only need minimal flowers and other decore - i.e. it is different than decorating a hotel ball room; 3) you can have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in different areas of the venue (the estate is large), so you don't have to incur the additional cost of a donation to a church, or renting an additional room for child care (we had child care in the air-conditioned conference room that has a great patio and yard for the kids to play), and you can avoid hosting the cocktail hour in the hallway outside the hotel ball room.

Although the venue is truly amazing, it is a bit more rustic than most - meaning that you need to build a good team of vendors that are familiar with the venue so you don't get bogged down with the logistics. For example, I would definitely consider 20 South as your caterer as they have their own catering kitchen (a much needed asset at Ash Lawn - Highlands that many other caterers must rent and they pass on the cost to you) and they know the size and number of plastic curtains that you may consider renting in case of rain during the reception. 20 South also handles all the rental orders for linens, china, etc., for you at cost (Ash Lawn has tables you can use, but the chairs are a little beat up so you may consider renting them).

The last (and probably most important) aspect of this venue is the freedom they give you to make a memorable event. Our wedding was on a Saturday and we were the only wedding of the weekend. We showed up on Thursday morning and clean-up did not occur until Sunday, Baylor was not only OK with our extended use of the property, but encouraged it by saying "The place is yours, use all of it and do what you will - but no sparklers!"

We would recommend this gorgeous, historic venue without hesitation!
Baylor Reinhart was our contact person at Ash Lawn - Highland and he was wonderful. He was VERY responsive and did Read more...
Baylor Reinhart was our contact person at Ash Lawn - Highland and he was wonderful. He was VERY responsive and did everything he could to make sure our day was what we wanted (including accepting Fed Ex deliveries in the days before the wedding as we were planning our wedding from out-of-town). He also inspired some serious confidence when he told me that he had helped organize 132 weddings that were held at the outdoor venue without rain during the ceremony. It is breathtakingly beautiful venue and there is only one rule: no sparklers. Although this venue is expensive there are three important points about the cost 1) the majority of the fee charged is a tax-deductible donation; 2) because the venue is so beautiful, you only need minimal flowers and other decore - i.e. it is different than decorating a hotel ball room; 3) you can have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in different areas of the venue (the estate is large), so you don't have to incur the additional cost of a donation to a church, or renting an additional room for child care (we had child care in the air-conditioned conference room that has a great patio and yard for the kids to play), and you can avoid hosting the cocktail hour in the hallway outside the hotel ball room.

Although the venue is truly amazing, it is a bit more rustic than most - meaning that you need to build a good team of vendors that are familiar with the venue so you don't get bogged down with the logistics. For example, I would definitely consider 20 South as your caterer as they have their own catering kitchen (a much needed asset at Ash Lawn - Highlands that many other caterers must rent and they pass on the cost to you) and they know the size and number of plastic curtains that you may consider renting in case of rain during the reception. 20 South also handles all the rental orders for linens, china, etc., for you at cost (Ash Lawn has tables you can use, but the chairs are a little beat up so you may consider renting them).

The last (and probably most important) aspect of this venue is the freedom they give you to make a memorable event. Our wedding was on a Saturday and we were the only wedding of the weekend. We showed up on Thursday morning and clean-up did not occur until Sunday, Baylor was not only OK with our extended use of the property, but encouraged it by saying "The place is yours, use all of it and do what you will - but no sparklers!"

We would recommend this gorgeous, historic venue without hesitation! Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
6/13/2015
4.9/5.0
Ash Lawn was the perfect venue for our wedding. Brittany, the event coordinator, was extremely helpful and encouraging as we were planning our wedding, and worked with us when we changed our ceremony and reception locations - several times! The property is beautiful and is a really great deal compared to similar venues in the area. Since Ash Lawn is such a popular wedding spot, our vendors were very familiar with it, which made planning very easy. My only (small) complaint is that some of the amenities that technically come with the site - particularly the folding chairs - are old and outdated-looking, so we ended up renting more than we expected to initially. I would still unequivocally recommend Ash Lawn - and book early, because it seemed to fill up quickly!
Ash Lawn was the perfect venue for our wedding. Brittany, the event coordinator, was extremely helpful and encouraging as Read more...
Ash Lawn was the perfect venue for our wedding. Brittany, the event coordinator, was extremely helpful and encouraging as we were planning our wedding, and worked with us when we changed our ceremony and reception locations - several times! The property is beautiful and is a really great deal compared to similar venues in the area. Since Ash Lawn is such a popular wedding spot, our vendors were very familiar with it, which made planning very easy. My only (small) complaint is that some of the amenities that technically come with the site - particularly the folding chairs - are old and outdated-looking, so we ended up renting more than we expected to initially. I would still unequivocally recommend Ash Lawn - and book early, because it seemed to fill up quickly! Read less
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Ash Lawn-Highland responded with the following comments:

We are delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful experience at Ash Lawn-Highland, Katherine! Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on how we can improve our wedding operations. We agree that our current chairs are outdated, and so to improve this feature for future weddings at Ash Lawn-Highland, we are offering better quality, wooden chairs in our 2016 weddings package.
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/28/2014
4.9/5.0
They were always quick to respond to our emails and questions, we thought the value for having just the ceremony there was very good. The only negative thing we have to say is that there was one employee who promised us things they shouldn't have. However, this person was dealt with and Ash Lawn-Highland was willing to work with us to make sure we still got what we desired & were promised. Our wedding was running late (due to our musician), and a staff member (I think her name was Kate) helped keep me calm, offered water, a chair, ...anything to help make me feel comfortable while I waited. The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland was very professional and we would recommend the venue to others. John's Garden looked perfect for our wedding! Our guests kept complimenting us on how beautiful the location was
They were always quick to respond to our emails and questions, we thought the value for having just the ceremony there was Read more...
They were always quick to respond to our emails and questions, we thought the value for having just the ceremony there was very good. The only negative thing we have to say is that there was one employee who promised us things they shouldn't have. However, this person was dealt with and Ash Lawn-Highland was willing to work with us to make sure we still got what we desired & were promised. Our wedding was running late (due to our musician), and a staff member (I think her name was Kate) helped keep me calm, offered water, a chair, ...anything to help make me feel comfortable while I waited. The staff at Ash Lawn-Highland was very professional and we would recommend the venue to others. John's Garden looked perfect for our wedding! Our guests kept complimenting us on how beautiful the location was Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
We couldn't have had a more positive experience working with Brittany at Ash Lawn-Highland. The site is beautiful and historic and they were a pleasure to work with. We were able to use multiple areas of the site and take full advantage of the venue.
We couldn't have had a more positive experience working with Brittany at Ash Lawn-Highland. The site is beautiful and Read more...
We couldn't have had a more positive experience working with Brittany at Ash Lawn-Highland. The site is beautiful and historic and they were a pleasure to work with. We were able to use multiple areas of the site and take full advantage of the venue. Read less
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