Virginia Wedding Venues:
"Virginia is for lovers" has been the popular state motto for decades, and Virginia wedding venues offer many scenic and romantic settings for ceremonies and receptions. One of the 13 original American colonies and the 10th state to join the USA, many Virginia wedding venues reflect the long history of the area, and there are more modern Virginia wedding venues as well.
The varying landscape of the "Old Dominion State" provides a wide range of Virginia wedding venues from which to choose - mountains, beaches, cities, small towns, waterways ... you name it, Virginia wedding venues have got it!
Virginia Wedding Venues - Climate:
Virginia has a very diverse climate, depending on what part of the state you're in, and this should be kept in mind when looking at Virginia wedding venues. If the time of year is right, there are many lovely outdoor Virginia wedding venues to consider. The state has 5000 miles of shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, and other parts of Virginia feature covered bridges, beautiful state parks and inland waterways.
The expansive Blue Ridge Mountains is a stunning location for Virginia wedding venues. Couples can have a mountaintop ceremony and stay at one of a number of resorts, ranging from rustic to regal, where they and their guests can enjoy hiking trails, horseback riding, a variety of other activities and amenities, and the dramatic beauty of the natural surroundings.
There are more than 100 wineries spread out across Virginia - Thomas Jefferson, one of America's founding fathers, tried to grow wine grapes at his Monticello estate. (He wasn't able to cultivate a successful wine grape, but there is now a working vineyard on the grounds of Monticello.) Many wineries in the state are situated in picturesque regions in Central and Northern Virginia and can be rented as Virginia wedding venues. Some wineries have both outdoor and indoor event facilities, so it might be possible to select one of these Virginia wedding venues for a celebration at any time of the year.
History buffs might want to consider Virginia wedding venues that recall the Colonial, Revolutionary or Civil War eras. Colonial Williamsburg offers a number of Virginia wedding venues, all spotlighting the site's charming ambiance, historical significance and beautiful natural setting. Another unique Virginia wedding venue is the Main Street Station in Richmond, the state capital. First constructed in 1901, the landmark railroad terminal was renovated and reopened in 2003. (The Main Street Station provides regular Amtrak service, so having a wedding there would make it easy for guests coming from out of town!)
Historic mansions and plantations abound in the state, and many are available for couples interested in Virginia wedding venues. Some of these structures date back to the Revolutionary and Civil War eras (Virginia fought on the side of the Confederacy during the Civil War) and can accommodate wedding parties both small and large. The Blandfield Plantation in Essex County is one example - the 18th century mansion, a Virginia Historic landmark, sits on a 3500-acre estate with a coastal setting that overlooks the Rappahannock River.