The Biltmore Estate

Weddings at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

The Biltmore Estate stands as a testament to timeless elegance and refined beauty. This iconic 8000 acre estate, built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 19th century, offers couples a truly unparalleled setting for their wedding day.

History of the Biltmore Estate and the Vanderbilt Family

Commissioned by George Vanderbilt in 1889, the Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned home in the United States. Designed by renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt, the estate boasts over 250 rooms and covers an astonishing 8,000 acres of meticulously manicured gardens, rolling hills, and lush forests.

The Vanderbilt family spared no expense in creating their lavish estate, importing European antiques, artwork, and furnishings to adorn the grand interiors of the Biltmore House. Today, the estate stands as a testament to the Gilded Age, offering visitors a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of America’s wealthiest families.

Wedding Venues and Pricing

For couples seeking a wedding venue that exudes charm and sophistication, the Biltmore Estate offers a variety of breathtaking locations to choose from. From intimate ceremonies for as little as 20 people to lavish receptions for 600, there’s a setting to suit every style and preference. A few of my favorite locations for ceremonies are the front lawn of home, the statue of Diana, Lioncrest, and the Walled Garden.

  • The Biltmore House: Exchange vows amidst the timeless elegance of the Biltmore House, with options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. Pricing for weddings at the Biltmore House typically starts at $20,000 and can vary depending on the specific requirements and guest count.
  • The Walled Garden: For couples dreaming of an outdoor ceremony surrounded by natural beauty, the gardens at the Biltmore Estate offer a picturesque backdrop. Prices for garden weddings start at $10,000 and vary based on the chosen location and amenities.
  • The Lioncrest: Located on the estate grounds, the Lioncrest offers couples a charming venue for both ceremonies and receptions. Prices for weddings at the Lioncrest start at $15,000 and include exclusive use of the estate for the duration of the event.

To see all options for weddings on the property check the Biltmore Estate Venues.

Add-On Options and Amenities

In addition to its stunning locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions, the Biltmore Estate offers couples a variety of add-on options and amenities to enhance their wedding experience. From horse-drawn carriage rides to fireworks displays, the estate’s dedicated wedding planners can help bring your vision to life.

  • Wine Tastings: Treat your guests to a private wine tasting at the Biltmore Estate’s award-winning winery, where they can sample a selection of handcrafted wines produced on-site.
  • Culinary Experiences: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience with customized menus created by the estate’s talented culinary team, featuring locally-sourced ingredients and exquisite flavors.
  • Spa Services: Relax and unwind before your big day with a range of luxurious spa services available at the Biltmore Estate’s onsite spa, including massages, facials, and beauty treatments.

Accommodations and Places to Stay

For couples and their guests, the Biltmore Estate offers a range of accommodations to suit every taste and budget. From luxurious suites in the historic Inn on Biltmore Estate to charming cottages nestled in the mountains, there’s a place to stay for every style of traveler.

  • The Inn: Located just steps away from the Biltmore House, the Inn offers luxurious accommodations with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Guests can enjoy amenities such as fine dining, a full-service spa, and access to exclusive estate activities.
  • Village Hotel: Perfect for couples seeking a more relaxed atmosphere, the Village Hotel offers comfortable accommodations with convenient access to shopping, dining, and outdoor activities.
  • Cottage Rentals: For a truly private and secluded experience, consider renting one of the charming cottages located throughout the estate. These fully-equipped cottages offer the perfect retreat for couples and their guests to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In conclusion, a wedding at the Biltmore Estate is more than just a celebration – it’s an unforgettable experience steeped in history, elegance, and romance. From the majestic beauty of the estate’s gardens to the luxurious accommodations and world-class amenities, the Biltmore Estate offers couples a truly magical setting to begin their journey together.

Venue Details

Max Capacity: 600
Address: 1 Lodge Street Asheville, NC 28803
Phone: (800)211-9804

Weddings & Engagement Sessions at the Biltmore Estate

  • An allée of trees at the Biltmore Estate.