Storybook Wedding Destination: The Colonial Williamsburg


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It’s not the dress. It isn’t the flowers. It’s not the number of layers in the cake or the Champagne glasses you toast with. It’s all of it. It’s every little moment leading up to the second you say, “I do.” And every memory, happily ever after. It’s a story you’ll tell for the rest of your lives. And a Colonial Williamsburg wedding can help you tell it beautifully, with breathtaking historical settings, unparalleled ceremonies, amazing celebrations and every detail planned to absolute perfection.

For an incredible ceremony and unforgettable reception, you’ll find grand ballrooms and smaller, more intimate spaces. The largest venue is the Williamsburg Lodge, one of four official Colonial Williamsburg hotels.

Furnishings are inspired by art from the nearby Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Since first envisioned by John D. Rockefeller Jr., this property has grown to comprise eight buildings that are interconnected by sheltered, brick-paved walkways. It offers 45,000 square feet of event space, 28 versatile rooms and four outdoor entertainment areas. Signature rooms at the Lodge include the nearly 7,000-square-foot Colony Room and the 11,000-square-foot Virginia Ballroom, which comfortably hosts lavish affairs for up to 1,400. Accommodations at the Williamsburg Lodge include the all-new Federal-style guesthouses, the renovated Tazewell Hall and beautiful rooms in the main Lodge building.

Celebrate your big day at the Williamsburg Inn’s spectacular, 9,000 square feet of event space, featuring elegant décor in a timeless setting. You can share a Champagne toast at the Williamsburg Woodlands, with a sparkling waterfall view just outside. That is, of course, unless you’re dreaming of an outdoor celebration. Visitors come
from across the country to walk through our legendary gardens, and you could say your vows among them. Lush greens and brilliant flowers make for a most remarkable backdrop for ceremonies and receptions alike. And our full staff of event experts handle every single detail.

Of course, it’s not all about the space. When the wedding party works up an appetite, we offer award-winning cuisine to satisfy even the most discerning palate. Up to 1,000 guests can enjoy a sit down reception dinner. Fare ranges from dry-aged tenderloins and succulent catches of the day to southern-style delights such as fried oyster salads and Brunswick stew. And between festivities, there are pubs and taverns with sandwiches and refreshing drinks for a little extra cheer.

Before you ever take that first step down the aisle, blissfully melt away in a hot stone massage. Or enjoy mimosas and manicures with the bridal party. Our full-service spa offers everything from body treatments to facials that brides-to-be and their wedding guests can’t seem to get enough of. And where is the groom-to-be while the ladies are in the spa? Probably playing 45 holes of championship golf. The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club boasts award-winning fairways designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and son Rees Jones.

And whether you’re a guest of the bride or the groom, you can enjoy over 50 distinctive shops, eight tennis courts, five swimming pools and amazing live entertainment. Not to mention unique activities available at each hotel, such
as lawn croquet and horseshoes. And with a campus-like setting, it’s all conveniently within walking distance.

From the most romantic suites for the bride and groom to elegant rooms for their guests, the four official hotels at Colonial Williamsburg offer an impressive range of budgets. The Williamsburg Inn’s spacious rooms feature plush, English Regency-style furnishings that make for a delightfully unexpected pampering experience like no other. The Williamsburg Lodge surrounds guests in a cozy, Southern family home ambiance with Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum-inspired furnishings. The Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites is another great option, with suites that include a comfortable lounging room. And all stays make perfect honeymoon retreats after the celebration comes to an end.

We’ve been doing storybook weddings for years. Every story is different. And many come back to relive their romantic tale all over again, year after year. So begin your next chapter with a storybook wedding. And you’re sure to have a happily ever after.
Visit to plan yours.

Last Updated: August 4, 2013 at 12:42 am
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