Planning Your Dream Outdoor blue ridge Wedding
FIND THE IDEAL VENUE FOR YOUR BLUE RIDGE WEDDING: STYLE, AMBIANCE, AND NATURAL BEAUTY
TIME YOUR WEDDING: CHOOSING THE RIGHT SEASON, WEATHER, AND SUNSET TIMES
Timing is everything. Most weddings in the Blue Ridge take place from April-October and venues book up fast for those months. The Blue Ridge Mountains experience distinct seasons, each offering its own unique charm. Be mindful of the weather patterns and select a date that suits your preferences. Check the sunset times when you are planning your itinerary. Love Ridge’s gathering lawn gets soft evening light around sunset that will make your ceremony even more magical. Construct a timeline to share with your planner.
Spring and summer bring lush greenery and a panoply of blooming wildflowers. If you are considering a wedding in the summer months, Love Ridge tends to be at least ten degrees cooler than nearby Charlottesville wedding venues. Fall is the most popular time to get married and also the busiest in the Blue Ridge with many wanting to experience the breathtaking foliage. Winter is quietest and brings open views that can make your décor really pop. Winter weddings at Love Ridge have the benefit of a reception indoors in our lodge with a roaring fire.
One of the best aspects of staying in one of our cabins, tent sites, or glamping rooms is that you don’t have to travel to get out into nature – step outside, and trails lead throughout our property, showing off the Blue Ridge Mountains wilderness all around. We are proud to have an official Bird and Wildlife Trail on site, one of 65 statewide trails designated by the state of Virginia chosen for their unique wildlife and birding opportunities. Bring your binoculars and look for wood thrushes, several types of warbler species, intensely bright and hard-to-miss scarlet tanagers, and larger birds like hawks and falcons that hunt from high above. You’ll also likely wander across white-tailed deer, a common sight in our wooded backyard.
Embracing Natural Beauty: Let the Mountains Be Your Décor
Let the mountains be your décor and embrace natural beauty. With an outdoor wedding less is more. Opt for native flowers in your bouquet, use wooden accents in your décor, and consider an arch made from locally sourced materials. Minimalistic touches can complement, rather than compete with, the stunning backdrop.
And don’t forget the practical considerations. Ensure the comfort of your guests by providing essentials such as sunscreen, bug spray, and comfortable seating. Consider renting a tent in case of unexpected weather changes and always have a backup plan in case of rain. All of the vendors on Love Ridge’s preferred list have a clear understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities presented by an outdoor mountain wedding.