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Each person will have a different vision of what they want their wedding to look like. To us, it’s all about getting married in a whimsical mountain setting surrounding by beautiful views and our favorite people. That’s why we’re sharing some of the best Western North Carolina wedding venues with you. Whether you’re thinking about ultimately moving to the Tar Heel State after you tie the knot, or you’re looking to combine a vacation with a destination wedding, we are here to help you have a wedding you’ll look back on fondly for the rest of your life.

Take in serene mountain views as you say “I do.” Here are some of the best Western North Carolina wedding venues.

  • Sawyer Family Farmstead
  • The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek
  • Lake Toxaway Country Club
  • Earthshine Lodge
  • Rockwood Lodge
  • Cedar Creek Racquet Club
  • Trillium Links and Lake Club
  • The Village Green

Read on to start planning the perfect Western North Carolina wedding. You’ll learn what you need to get married in NC, where you can get married in the Western North Carolina mountains and more.

What is Needed to Get Married in NC?

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  • According to the North Carolina Judicial Branch, a couple may get married in North Carolina if they wish to marry and are not currently married to anyone else. Both people should be at least 18 years old and must understand that they are intending to get married. The couple must obtain a marriage license beforehand and must not be more closely related than first cousins.
  • The requirements for a marriage ceremony is that the couple needs to get a marriage license before the ceremony and the ceremony has to be done by a recognized officiant. The couple also needs to solemnly declare their intention to marry. After the ceremony, there must be at least two witnesses to sign the marriage license.
  • To get a marriage license for a North Carolina wedding, you may acquire a license from the Register of Deeds from any county courthouse. Normally, both parties must do this in person. Additionally, there is a fee and forms that must be filled out. The Register of Deeds may also require a government-issued ID and proof of a divorce, if applicable.
  • Lastly, the marriage license has to be issued before the wedding ceremony. The Tar Heel State does not have a required waiting period. However, a marriage license expires after 60 days if there has not been a wedding, and applicants must apply again if they’ve missed that window.

Can I Get Married on a Mountain?

If you’d like an intimate wedding on a mountain, you’ve come to the right place. Some of the best Western North Carolina wedding venues are the mountains themselves. No frills, just you, your loved ones, and pure nature. It may be more work to get up to the summit to get married, but it is absolutely doable. And if you bring a photographer, you’ll have some truly incredible photos.

There are some things to consider with getting married in the mountains. But we’re here to give you some solutions:

  • Like we said earlier, one of the pros is the impressive engagement shoot backdrops you’ll get to use. There will also be less pressure to find everyone and get them together as you won’t be in a big wedding venue. You also won’t have to worry about shooting photos on anyone else’s schedule, save for the sun setting and rising.
  • One of the cons is that it might be hard to get everyone together and up to the mountain’s summit. But that’s nothing a little technology, iPads and FaceTime can’t fix. You can even livestream your wedding on Zoom if your loved ones aren’t able to attend in person.

Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding Venues

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There is a lot of travel involved with destination weddings and when you throw hiking up a mountain into the mix, it can be understandable that not everyone will be able to make it.

Here are some things to think about when choosing a Blue Ridge Mountain wedding venue:

What type of view are you looking for?

If you picture saying “I do” in front of a glistening lake with mountains towering above you, consider Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway. Landmark offers vacation rentals in each city for easy and convenient access to your wedding location. Our team of professional agents will work with you to help you choose the luxury mountain rental that works best for you and your wedding party. We have Western North Carolina vacation rentals that can accommodate a large group and more. We can’t wait to be part of your special day. There’s nothing as magical as getting married in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

How much hiking are you willing to do?

Not everyone is in the physical condition required to hike a long or short distance. If you choose a location that takes a five-mile hike to get there, for example, you and your wedding party will have to change into your wedding clothes once you reach the summit. Is that something you want to deal with? If not, consider a location with a fantastic view, but that only requires a short walk to get to.

Where Can I Get Married in the North Carolina Mountains?

If the small, rustic wedding isn’t your thing, there are plenty of Western North Carolina wedding venues to choose from near your vacation rental that can accommodate a large group:

  • Sawyer Family Farmstead
  • The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek
  • Lake Toxaway Country Club
  • Earthshine Lodge
  • Rockwood Lodge
  • Cedar Creek Racquet Club
  • Trillium Links and Lake Club
  • The Village Green

A wedding’s venue sets the tone for the entire ceremony, and it may be one of the most important elements of a wedding, save for the ring, of course. A wedding at a country club in the mountains means a view of a lifetime paired with a carefully decorated space and a team who will help make sure guests are happy and the wedding goes off without a hitch.

A Western North Carolina wedding at a farm or a vineyard adds a magical element to your day and gives it a truly rustic feel. Whatever your goals are behind your Western North Carolina wedding venue, we’ll make it our mission to help you find the one that suits you and your special someone. You only get one wedding, and it has to be perfect.

“Highlands is the perfect location for a destination wedding,” said John Woods, chair of the board of directors for the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. “There is nowhere else to find more lush surroundings and beauty for everyone to experience. There are numerous wedding venues surrounding the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau ranging from very simple with gorgeous mountain views to ones where every luxury wish and want can be accommodated.”

What is the Most Popular Month to Get Married in North Carolina?

  • Winter isn’t the most popular time to get married as it’s too cold, but spring, summer and fall weddings in the mountains are absolutely beautiful. When asking yourself, “What is the most popular month to get married in North Carolina,” it’s all about timing and preference.
  • Fall weddings are very popular. In fact, according to The Knot, the majority of weddings in 2015 took place between September and November. That’s 43%! The weather isn’t too cold yet, the fresh mountain air just fills you up and soothes your soul, and the colors on the trees are truly captivating. Just thinking about the photos is making us want to start planning a fall wedding!
  • The wedding website also said that 28% of people chose to get married in the summer that year. Twenty-five percent opted to have their nuptials in the spring. Summer means warmer temperatures, and the views are just as nice. Spring means flowers are starting to bloom and the feeling of new beginnings will be in the air. However, the temperature won’t be as warm.
  • Choosing which month to get married in in the Tar Heel State depends on your personal preference and when the Western North Carolina wedding venue you want is available. North Carolina’s climate can also vary by elevation, especially in places like the Highlands-Cashiers plateau. If you have any questions about this and need help choosing the ideal month to tie the knot, our team is happy to help. Many of us have lived here all our lives, or we moved to Western North Carolina to experience the beauty and sense of calm that comes with living or visiting this special place.

What are the Best Western North Carolina Wedding Venues?

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We’ve narrowed it down to eight wedding venues in Western North Carolina that we think you’ll love. They are located in cities where we have vacation rentals or they are a short drive away.

  1. Sawyer Family Farmstead
  2. The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek
  3. Lake Toxaway Country Club
  4. Earthshine Lodge
  5. Rockwood Lodge
  6. Cedar Creek Racquet Club
  7. Trillium Links and Lake Club
  8. The Village Green

Sawyer Family Farmstead

Sawyer Family Farmstead overlooks Lake Glenville and lets you experience the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s the best of both worlds. They have wedding planning packages and a list of recommended vendors available. Wedding packages come with a day of planner and day-of coordination. You may add additional planning services if you wish.

The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek

The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek is in Sylva and it’s about an hour away from Cashiers. They have five ceremony sites available. Get married in a shaded lawn under a majestic old tree or try the stone patio outside the cottage. You’ll also love the herb and flower gardens.

Lake Toxaway Country Club

Lake Toxaway Country Club has a historical charm to it. It’s located on North Carolina’s largest private lake. Gather with friends and family and get lost in the country club’s scenic backdrop. Enjoy world-class amenities and personalized service to help make your wedding day as easy as possible. Landmark has vacation rentals available in Lake Toxaway, so you won’t be far when it’s time to go home for the night!

Earthshine Lodge

Earthshine Lodge is also located in Lake Toxaway. The views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are the perfect backdrop for any event, especially one as unforgettable as a wedding. The lodge features 76 acres of pure mountain property to explore. The wedding package includes use of the lodge and cottage and guests will have access to everything Earthshine has to offer.

Rockwood Lodge

Rockwood Lodge is in Highlands. This family-owned mountain offers guests privacy and beautiful panoramic mountain views. Rockwood Lodge isn’t far from Downtown Highlands, making it a great Western North Carolina wedding venue if you plan on renting a vacation home in the area.

The Cedar Creek Racquet Club

The Cedar Creek Racquet Club is in Cashiers. The club was originally a summer retreat. The home, built in the late 1920s, can accommodate 250 people. They’ll also work with you throughout the process to create a ceremony you’ll treasure forever. You can have your wedding overlooking Lake Lupton or underneath an old oak tree on the lawn. There is also a gazebo. No matter what option you choose, you’ll be surrounded by enchanting mountain scenery.

Trillium Links and Lake Club

Landmark has short-term vacation rentals in the Trillium Links and Lake Club. They offer weddings and the community even has its own chapel. If getting married in a more traditional wedding chapel is what you’re looking for, this one has impressive views. You won’t be disappointed.

The Village Green in Cashiers

The Village Green in Cashiers is another wedding venue option and Landmark is a primary sponsor. In addition to the ceremony, having the reception and rehearsal dinner at the Village Green is also an option. The Village Green Commons boasts a rustic pavilion with amazing mountain views. They can accommodate 500 people or 25 guests, so you don’t have to leave anyone out.

Select Your Landmark Wedding Party Vacation Rental

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Now that you’ve decided the Western North Carolina mountains is where you’re going to have your special day, you’ll need to find a place for you and your wedding party to stay. Landmark Vacation Rentals has vacation rentals throughout the Highlands-Cashiers plateau, and there are some fantastic Western North Carolina wedding venues to choose from. You can stay in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire, Glenville, Burlingame or Lake Toxaway, and be near any of the venues mentioned in this blog.

If you have any questions about getting married in North Carolina, finding the perfect Western North Carolina wedding venue or need help choosing a vacation rental for you and your wedding party, we can help. Contact us today to get started. We can’t wait to share our slice of paradise with you on one of the most important days of your life!