You have the ring, the groom, the maid of honor, and the best man. After months of shopping and fittings, you finally have that gorgeous dress you’ve always wanted. You also have an entire Pinterest board detailing every aspect of your wedding, from the cake to the invitations to the songs.
But have you thought about your location?
Your venue serves as a backdrop for your wedding. With the right location, you can transform your wedding from a fanciful fairyland to a trendy beach oasis.
When you live in a state like Virginia, you have the freedom to choose almost any backdrop for your wedding: beaches, state parks, and colonial homes. When you hire that limo for your big day, tell your chauffeur to drive you to any of these breathtaking venues.
Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
As its name suggests, the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront sits along the beach. It boasts a wide range of spaces so it can accommodate more intimate events as well as weddings with up to 500 guests. Its Peacock Ballroom spans 7,100 sq. ft. and opens right onto the oceanfront. Looking for fine dining? The hotel also stands near the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.
Check out the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront’s wedding packages, as these include personal attendants for the bride and groom and white glove dinner service.
Founders Inn and Spa
From Regent’s Divinity Chapel to Colonial English gardens, Founders Inn and Spa offers gorgeous options for weddings. Their award-winning culinary team handles every last detail to ensure your big day goes as smoothly and beautifully as possible. The wedding packages include Swedish massages at the Flowering Almond Spa for bride and groom, as well as discounts for the bridal party and groomsmen.
If you need a restaurant for your dinner rehearsal, tell your driver to take you to the Swan Terrace Grill at the Inn.
Norfolk Botanical Garden
The Norfolk Botanical Garden has professional coordinators to help you and your guests have an exciting and one-of-a-kind wedding. Choose your location from a variety of indoor and outdoor options:
- The Bicentennial Rose Garden
- The Bristow Butterfly Garden
- The Renaissance Court
- The Garden Cafe
The staff can also discuss other options if you decide on an outdoor location and the weather doesn’t cooperate. The Garden sits close to the Norfolk International Airport and many hotels, making it accessible to guests visiting from out of state.
First Landing State Park
First Landing State Park creates a natural oasis-the ideal setting for an intimate beach or maritime forest wedding. Have your special day on the Chesapeake Bay shoreline or at the Trail Center surrounded by bald Cypress trees, Spanish moss, and marsh. As you step out of your limo and into paradise, breathe in the crisp ocean air as you say “I do.”
The state park also offers plenty of camping, hiking, and even kayaking–perfect opportunities for the bridal party and the groomsmen.
Colonial Williamsburg boasts opportunities and accommodations for every aspect of your wedding. The bridal party can enjoy the Spa with facials, hot stone massages, and yoga. Meanwhile the groomsmen can enjoy golf, bourbon, and cigars at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
As you relax, the chefs design an eye-catching and mouthwatering menu for your entire event, covering the cocktail party to your custom-made wedding cake. The ceremony can then take place at the Virginia Lawn, the Williamsburg Lodge, or the Fountain Garden.
Enjoy Your Wedding
These are but a few choice venues in Virginia, so do some more research into these locations before settling on your location. You never know what surprises you might find when you drive just around the corner.