You just got engaged and are so excited to begin planning your big day! The first step is to choose a wedding venue. This can seem like a daunting task because wedding venues are notorious for being very expensive. There's no need to be afraid. Richmond has some fabulous wedding venues that won't break your budget.
If you are on a tight budget, my advice is to book your wedding during the "off-season." The "off-season" runs from November 1 - April 30. Most wedding venues offer discounted rates during this time period. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting married during these months. The weather in November is usually gorgeous. Fall leaves still cling to the trees and there is a nice, fresh crispness to the air. Getting married the first week in November as opposed to the last week in October can save you some big bucks. Getting married on a Friday night or a Sunday morning is also significantly cheaper than having a Saturday wedding.
Another thing to look for is a flexible wedding venue, and Richmond has a lot of them. By "flexible" I mean a venue that has multiple pricing options for different sized weddings. Many venues have multiple locations on their property where you can get married or host a reception. Different locations at the same venue cost different rates.
Here is a list I have compiled of Richmond wedding venues to match budgets of all sizes. All of the pricing is based off Saturday weddings during the off season. Prices may fluxuate.
Tredegar Iron Works is a wonderful place for a wedding. You can have both your ceremony and reception at this location. Tredegar Iron Works encompasses so much history and truly is a Richmond landmark. It is situated right along the James River and has a unique view of both the river and the city. Click to view a real Richmond wedding at Tredegar Ironworks.
The Manor House at Kings Charter is located in Mechanicsville, Virginia. They offer indoor and outdoor ceremony sites. This is a perfect spot for a traditional wedding.
Maymont is a 100 Acre American Estate located in Richmond, Virginia. It features some outstanding gardens and hosts a wide array of wildlife. It is the perfect spot for a garden wedding. They offer several different ceremony locations including the Italian and Japanese Gardens. Click to view a real Richmond wedding at Maymont.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden was voted one of the best botanical gardens in the United States. They offer a beautiful outdoor garden space for both your wedding and reception.
If you are an art lover with modern taste, this is the venue for you. The VMFA offers packages for weddings of all sizes and has 3 different reception sites. The red Chihuly Reeds in the back of the museum are a fabulous spot for wedding portraits.
The Historic Jasmine Plantation is located between Richmond and Williamsburg. This historic plantation was built during the 18th century and is filled with lots of Southern charm. It has lavish gardens and is the perfect spot for a traditional Southern wedding.
You can't get much more "Richmond" than the Boathouse at Rocketts Landing. It is located along the James River with a stunning view of the Richmond skyline. It is probably the most urban wedding venue that Richmond has to offer. You will be able to have some stunning wedding portraits taken on the water. This is a go to venue for any Richmond bride looking for an untraditional wedding venue.
The Boathouse at Sunday Park is located directly on the Swift Creek Reservoir. You can have your ceremony in their gorgeous waterfront garden. They offer a wide variety of wedding packages for weddings of all sizes. This venue is perfect for any Spring or Summer wedding.
Fairview Farm is a former dairy farm located along the countryside in western Powhatan County. They host outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions of all sizes in their large event barn. If you are planning a rustic wedding with lots of country charm, this is the venue for you.
The Vintager Inn is a bed and breakfast located in New Kent, Virginia. It is a stately historic home nestled amid gardens, a vineyard, and rolling meadows. They offer both indoor and outdoor ceremonies of all sizes. This venue is filled with so much quaint charm that it would make the perfect setting for just about any wedding.
The Mill at Fine Creek is located just outside of Richmond, Virginia. It is situated in a beautiful, private country setting with gorgeous stonework and landscaping. It combines the richness of a historic setting with the elegance of contemporary decor. It is beautiful and filled with character. The Mill at Fine Creek would make a gorgeous backdrop for any outdoor wedding.
Tuckahoe Plantation is located in Richmond, Virginia. It is the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson and is a National Historic Landmark. It is the perfect mesh of historic charm and natural beauty. The property is filled with greenery and lush gardens. If you are looking to have an outdoor wedding with some historic touches, this is the venue for you. Click to view a real Richmond wedding at Tuckahoe Plantation.
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