The Ultimate Mountain Elopement Guide [Update 2021]

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Considering a mountain elopement? Known as an arts & culture mecca, Asheville has endlessly unique options for your weekend away. When planning for your big day, our experts suggest making a list of the important, must haves and plan your day around those experiences.

Remember why eloping was the route you chose as a couple, then plan some fun surprises to make the little details special.

Adventure and exploration are boundless with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. Plan a day surrounding a casual hike to a beautiful destination overlooking watersheds and rolling pastures. Say your I-do’s and picnic within the plains.

Leisure through cider flights for easy gluten free libations, rent a bike or scooter and hit the newly finished French Broad River Greenway. Take in relaxing views on the almost three mile, mostly flat trail that runs along the French Broad River. Or simply take a dip in the French Broad with local rafting and tubing adventures.

Then get glam and get downtown for a rooftop drink with your hunny enjoying local farm to table bites and local craft beer. Start planning your dreamy weekend in the mountains now.

All-Inclusive Mountain Elopement Packages 

Asheville

Asheville Luxury Elopement

couple on mountain elopement popping champaign
34 Wall St Suite 608, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 254-1103

Trust the genius minds behind Asheville Luxury Elopement for quality service and access to the best vendors in Asheville.

Plan your dream mountain elopement with little worry, you’ll receive phone consultations and email and phone correspondence, as well as timeline management of all vendors, so you don’t have to fret about that thing you forgot you forgot! Concierge services to assist with travel accommodations and reservations add to their top notch customer service. 

Choose from luxury packages including the Grand Bohemian Elopement Package that includes couples massage at Poseidon Spa among the intimate mid-European atmosphere, just minutes from the Biltmore House. Or get those true Asheville city vibes with a rooftop ceremony at Haywood Park Hotel, the boutique style hotel located in Asheville’s iconic first department store, Bon Marche.

Whether you’re looking for history, vintage appeal, Blue Ridge Mountain backgrounds or country pasture to exchange your vows, contact Asheville Luxury Elopements to turn your plans into dreams come true. 

Haiku I Do

Mountain elopement ceremony set up with chairs
Photo Courtesy of Haiku I Do
26 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville, NC | (828) 412-3939

For a fun, intimate atmosphere consider Haiku I Do and their Zen Garden tucked away in Biltmore Village. This warm, inviting space includes everything you need for a simple but beautiful ceremony. Their motto, “come dressed! We’ll do the rest!” 

Haiku is built to scale your wedding with several elopement packages, or options for micro-weddings. Choose from their peaceful Zen Garden with koi pond and precious blooms and herbs or get those dreamy Blue Ridge Mountain sunset photography shots with access to Sky Mountain, a private venue 15 minutes from downtown Asheville.

Specific packages include photography services, flowers, music options (string musician or speakers with your playlist choosings), artisan cake, champagne toast and more. 

1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage

Wedding venue exterior
Photo courtesy of Explore Asheville
173 E Chestnut St, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 253-2553

Enjoy simple charms and a romantic locale when you book your mountain elopement or micro-wedding at 1889 WhiteGate Inn. Voted one of the top romantic inns in the United States, their gardens have long held national recognition, awarded Best Water Garden and Best Landscape Garden by national press.

They prominently feature waterfalls, unique foliage and orchids. Adding to the romance, each room of this historic B&B is named after a famous poet, and decorated in vintage decor.

Their elopement package includes a two night stay at their pet friendly B&B, fresh flowers bouquets and bouettiner, two-tier wedding cake made on site, officiant, photographer, and more. Inquire about a la’ carte add ons such as spa services, massages and chocolate covered strawberries. 

North Mountain Elopements 

Marshall 

The Lodge at Bear River Wedding & Events

wedding venue cabin exterior
Photo Courtesy of Visit NC
189 Bear River Lodge Trail, Marshall, NC 28753 | (847) 809-3098

Expect ‘mountain elegance with a dash of Appalachian style’ when you book your ceremony at Lodge at Bear River.  Callie and Dave Wellendorf run the 2000 square foot open floor property forty minutes north of Asheville and just ten minutes from the town of Hot Springs, NC, where you can soak in mineral hot springs  or find outdoor adventures such as rafting, floating or zipline.

Property highlights include an impressive stone fireplace, antique wood floors from an old mill, spiral log staircase and patios overlooking the rushing stream of the Big Laurel. 

Their mountain elopement and micro-wedding packages include access to their lodge and local catering. Wedding consultant required or they can provide. 

South Mountain Elopements 

Waynesville

Inn at Tranquility Farms

gazebo mountain elopement
Photo Courtesy of the Inn at Tranquility Farm
1804 Camp Branch Rd, Waynesville, NC 28786 | (828) 564-1105

Located in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, is the Inn at Tranquility Farms.

Expect over 60 acres of land and luxury accommodations with professional vendors and southern hospitality. Indoor or outdoor options including their gorgeous gazebo overlooking the rolling valley and pasture. The Inn is the perfect rustic farm for your mountain elopement with panoramic views of the smokies. 

Their elopement package includes officiant, floral services, photographer, two-tier wedding cake, champagne toast and more. The Inclusive Package consists of all the functional space, rentals, setup and cleanup of banquet items, house décor and furniture for a fabulous party with you as the star.

The Inn does not believe in hidden fees. Once you have committed your special day, they pull out all the stops to help you produce the mountain elopement of your dreams! While you’re there, enjoy local farm to table eats and vintage shops in town, waterfall hikes and some of the best golf courses in North Carolina. 

East

Swannanona 

Hidden River Events 

late afternoon sunset over pasture white elopement tent and mountains
Photo courtesy of Hidden River Events
30 Hidden River Dr, Swannanoa, NC 28778 | (828) 333-3401

On 20 acres of the Swannanoa Valley in East Asheville lies Hidden River Events. Experience ‘farm forever after’ at Hidden River with long range views of Craggy Gardens and ceremony sites against the ponds or the Swannanoa river. 

Their all-inclusive packages include tons of customizable options, five dinner menus to choose from or upgrade to choose your own, beautiful annual and perennial flowers,  golf cart and driver, even a horse drawn carriage.  Food, flowers, dessert, and photography can be eliminated from the package and substituted with outside vendors of the couple’s choice for total convenience and stress free planning.

The property includes seven rental homes for a weekend on site with easy access to Black Mountain, NC for live music and local art. 

At Hidden River they ‘grow food, grow flowers, and grow love’. 

West Mountain Elopements 

Candler 

The Farm, A Gathering Place

farmhouse mountain elopement exterior
Photo courtesy of The Farm
215 Justice Ridge Rd, Candler, NC 28715 | (828) 667-0666

Expect an inviting atmosphere, charming touches and true hospitality when you host your destination wedding or mountain elopement at The Farm, a full service event center, 25 minutes from downtown Asheville. 

This stunning venue is flexible regardless of season, so dream up your winter wonderland with the snowy Blue Ridge as backdrop or a rustic autumn wedding with all of the splendor of fall color in the valleys. Beautiful vaulted ceilings and stone fireplace accent the event center with tri-fold doors to combine indoor and outdoor spaces for a flexible micro-wedding. Decor inventory includes indoor and outdoor furniture.

Artisanal catering from The Farm Kitchen by executive chef Mike Ferrari, who consults with each bride to create a custom farm-to-table menu.  Lodge on site in a rustic cottage or cabin with reclaimed wood and tin-roofs, all lovingly decorated in vintage decor and comfortable furniture. 

Originally a family farm, the warm ambience can be found in simplicities from rocking on the wrap-around porch, kicking back in romantic gazebo and excellent, attentive service.

All You Need To Do Is Show Up!

We specialize in All-Inclusive Elopements and Destination Weddings for those looking to get married in the North Carolina Mountains! We provide everything from top to bottom so all you need to do is show up.

Iconic Asheville

Omni Grove Park

mountain hotel event elopement venue exterior
Photo Courtesy of Omni Hotels
290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804 | (800) 438-5800

Built in 1913, this historic hotel sits atop Sunset Mountain in Asheville, NC, north of downtown. A Historic Hotel of America, it was conceptualized by Edwin Wiley Grove who believed the climate of Asheville, NC held health benefits, hoping to cure his bouts with extreme hiccups at the time and expand his pharmaceutical business. The Arts and crafts style resort has exceptional cuisine, luxury accommodations and shopping on site.

Create elegant memories with a ceremony on Vanderbilt Terrace, or Elaine’s Atrium, both with views of the majestic Blue Ridge rolling behind. Amenities include VIP award-winning wellness services in their whopping 18,000 square foot spa, tennis courts and 18 hole golf course, resort pools and hiking trails. 

Micro-wedding package includes 2-hours of served hors d’oeuvres during the reception which includes a champagne toast, four appetizers of your choice, wedding cake and bar package. 

Biltmore Estate

regal castle estate with gardens
Photo Courtesy of Biltmore Estate
1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803 | 800.411.3812

Dreaming of access to the dreamy 8,000 acre Biltmore Estate? Yes, Biltmore does elopements! Their Elopement Package includes luxurious overnight accommodations for the couple at the Inn on Biltmore and up to 12 chairs for guests with catering and beverage in house.

Add on romantic extras for your mountain elopement or destination wedding weekend with horse back riding through acres of lush landscape or sit back and enjoy an intimate carriage ride through the grounds. Don’t miss their sumptuous spa options. 

Choose from courtyards, terraces or the beautiful gardens. Each Biltmore wedding venue has its own set of offerings and perks, including a daytime admission pass for guests when having a terrace, lawn and garden wedding. 

Contact Biltmore today to bring your fairy-tale wedding dreams to fruition with their professional and highly vetted wedding team. 

NC Arboretum

asheville arboretum from above
Photo courtesy of NC Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806 | (828) 665-2492

Say ‘I do’ in a living museum, surrounded by regional plants in Bent Creek Experimental Forest while supporting a great non-profit. 

The Elopement Package at NC Arboretum in Asheville includes two-hour rental of Arboretum property, with assorted tables and natural wood folding chairs, a day of coordinator and a one year household Arboretum membership.

In support of their initiatives, the Green Wedding Program requires couples to pledge to “practice environmentally conscious planning, food/beverage service and décor in order to minimize the environmental impact.”

Packages start at $500 for weekday availability and $1000 for the weekend. Add-ons such as games and signage available as well as a preferred vendor list. They’ll even let you bring the family pet to any outdoor facility. 

‘Love Grows Here’ at the Arboretum!

Grand Bohemian Hotel

wedding venue exterior downtown asheville
Photo by Fete Photography
11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 505-2949

Luxury wedding dreams come to Grand Bohemian.  Embrace the art of luxury, with sumptuous accommodations in their Tudor-style building built in 1929. 14k gold wall coverings, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, velvet tufted headboards, and hand-carved Balinese wood accent their accommodations.

Their intimate, rustic atmosphere is perfect for a micro wedding or weekend elopement with the best accommodations in Biltmore Village.

Expect catering provided by Red Stag Grill, and savor mid-European preparations meets Carolina comfort with locally sourced ingredients. Red Stag Lounge provides live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Experience true southern hospitality without leaving the building. Fine art including regional sourced talents through Grand Bohemian Gallery on site or add on curated spa packages from Poseidon’s Spa. Regular wine and cheese receptions are included for annex rooms and room service is available

Highland Brewing Co.

interior wedding venue with table at brewery
Photo courtesy of Highland Brewing Co.
12 Old Charlotte Hwy #200, Asheville, NC 28803 | (828) 299-3370

If you love craft brews, consider celebrating at one of Asheville’s most sought after wedding destinations and regional treasure. The event center at Highland Brewing offers a rustic, industrial and fun atmosphere. Choose from their rooftop beer garden with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains behind or intimate Barrel Room. 

Request a small batch for your weekend or drink one of their 9 standard brews or rotating seasonal beers on draft.  They also offer wine by the glass and non-alcoholic options. With no caterer on sight you have flexibility to curate a plan suited to your budget or party size. 

A highlight of Asheville’s craft beer scene, Highland Brewing has been family run since 1994. Opened by Oscar Wong, Highland is now run by Wong’s daughter Leah Ashburn. Wong recently received the Brewers Association Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to the industry.

According to the Brewers Association:

“This award is presented each year to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm, and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement.”

All You Need To Do Is Show Up!

We specialize in All-Inclusive Elopements and Destination Weddings for those looking to get married in the North Carolina Mountains! We provide everything from top to bottom so all you need to do is show up.

Downtown AVL Rooftop Bar

Capella on 9

mountain elopement venue tables at night
Photo courtesy of AC Hotels
10 Broadway, 9th Floor,Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 258-2522

AC Hotel Downtown Asheville offers a modern hotel wedding venue with rooftop bar, Capella on 9, overlooking all of the vibrancy of downtown Asheville. Say I do- with amazing scenery behind and below you with private and semi-private ceremony options, while enjoying European and Spanish inspired farm to table dishes and local beer, cider and wine. 

This pet friendly hotel is centrally located in downtown Asheville with convenient parking options and close to nearby Asheville attractions such as Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Biltmore Estate. 

Inquire about their 2021 Love is Not Cancelled Daytime Wedding Package for a rooftop ceremony and ledge reception with champagne toast, choice of lunch or brunch buffet and optional add-ons to cater to your budget and dreams.  Expect attentive service locally sourced and crafted with care.

Do It Yourself Mountain Elopement Options

Follow below for a do it yourself options to cater to your dream day and budget. For a semi-private ceremony with you and your honey as the focus, consider an observance along the Blue Ridge Parkway or one of our state parks.

Blue Ridge Parkway

couple holden hands on mountain top
Photo by Darrell Cassell

Mountain elopements & weddings with 25 people or less are allowed along the Blue Ridge Parkway with a permit (application fee of $60 and permit fee $40). 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

misty mountain vistas at sunset
Photo courtesy of Friends of the Smoky Mountains

To shoot at the park, a permit for a ceremony or portrait photography is required ($50) with application completed at least 14 days in advance. 

State Parks: Mt. Mitchell, Lake James, Gorges, South Mountains

couple holding hands walking down road just married
Photo by Sincerely Sadie Photography

Mountain elopements are a special thing inside a state or national park. A Special Activity Permit is required, but it’s only $35! Call the state park office first for best locations and their procedures.

Getting Married in the Asheville Courthouse

married couple outside in wedding courtyard posed for photo
Photo by Fete Photography

Marriage Licenses are issued during business hours (8 AM-5 PM) at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office at 205 College Street, Asheville. Arrive by 4:30 PM. For more info, call 828-250-4301. Once you obtain a marriage license, marriages can be performed by a civil magistrate on the 2nd floor of the Buncombe County Courthouse (60 Court Plaza, Asheville).

The magistrate is generally available on weekdays at 8:30 AM and 4 PM. However, this is not always the case, so it is advisable to call the magistrate’s office before arriving to ensure that he will be available. The fee is $20, payable in cash only. For more information, call the magistrate’s office at 828-259-3407. You will need two witnesses.

If you would like to get married after business hours or on the weekend, you may be able to do so by a criminal magistrate at the Buncombe County Jail. Please contact the criminal magistrate’s office at 828-250-4690 for more information.

Charcuterie in Asheville

Wild Bite (online)

charcuterie board with fruit and meat
Photo courtesy of Wild Bite | wildbite.avl@gmail.com

Flavor and decadence meet at Wild Bite. Expect beautiful presentations for their board and boxed options. Their unique options feature delicious meats, cheeses and seasonal produce from Western NC; An excellent, tasty, and aesthetic choice for your mountain elopement!

Board + Bread Co. (online)

charcuterie board with fruit and meat
Photo courtesy of Board + Bread Co. | boardandbreadco@gmail.com

Find indulgent treats and delicious combinations with Board & Bread Co., a black and queer owned charcuterie business in Asheville, NC. Featuring beautifully crafted and themed grazing spreads they specialize in gourmet cheese and meat options, fruits and more. Contact for delivery options.

La Bodega by Cúrate

charcuterie board with nuts and meat
Photo courtesy of La Bodega by Cúrate
32 S Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 630-0330

Experience traditional Spanish charcuterie when you order a gourmet grazing experience by La Bodega, run by James Beard Award Winning Chef, Katie Button and her husband famed restaurateur Felix Meana. Plates include cinco jotas cured Ibérico pork, cheeses, nuts, fruit preserves and more.

While you’re in La Bodega, be sure to grab a few bottles of their delicious Spanish wines or a few traditional dishes such as take home paella inspired by their award winning restaurant located nearby.

Mountain Elopement Flower Farms

Carolina Flowers

colorful spring flower bouquet
Photo courtesy of Carolina Flowers  | 62 S. Main St., Marshall

Carolina Flowers is a four acre sustainable operation specializing in organic growing methods and unique varieties of blooms. Their farm is not open to the public but blooms can be purchased through their mercantile at 62 S. Main St. in Marshall, NC. They are available for artful installations, intimate micro-wedding and hand-picked bouquets.

SpringHouse Flower Farm 

Photo courtesy of SpringHouse Flower Farm | info@springhouseflowerfarm.com

A newcomer to the Western NC mountain elopement flower market is Barnardsville located SpringHouse Flower Farm. They offer floral and craft workshops, Flower Cart Fridays and welcome DIY brides to dream up a one of a kind bouquet, boutonniere or memorable centerpiece.  At SpringHouse they believe wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.

WildCat Ridge Farm 

pink flower in a garden
Photo courtesy of WildCat Ridge Farm | 3553 Panther Creek Rd Clyde | (828) 246-7542

WildCat has the largest collection of peonies in the region in neighboring Haywood County. The farm is owned by chef Ricardo Fernandez, who tends to the peonies when he’s not catering private parties or hosting culinary tours in his native Argentina. These are a beautiful choice to bring along to your mountain elopement!

All You Need To Do Is Show Up!

We specialize in All-Inclusive Elopements and Destination Weddings for those looking to get married in the North Carolina Mountains! We provide everything from top to bottom so all you need to do is show up.

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Do I need permits? Reservations? Should we pack snacks for our hike? Don’t stress! Asheville Luxury Elopements has the best concierge service in town. Let them coordinate for you! Make travel details less cumbersome with phone consultations and luxury support. Timeline management of all vendors equals professional carefree day without the traditional wedding planner fees. Treat yourselves to a luxurious mountain elopement with Asheville Luxury Elopement. 

All-Inclusive Elopements & Destination Weddings

All You Need To Do Is Show Up!

We specialize in All-Inclusive Elopements and Destination Weddings for those looking to get married in the North Carolina Mountains! We provide everything from top to bottom so all you need to do is show up.

“Having ALW coordinate our wedding day was the best decision we made for ourselves.”

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