PHOTO: Courtesy of Jennifer Callahan Photography, Asheville, NC
I’ve had several contacts asking for a blog post on affordable and alternative wedding venues around Asheville, NC. With that in mind, I sat down with Kiersa Holy, of Events by Kiersa, and talked with her about ideas on this topic. Always gracious and insightful, Kiersa had lot’s of advice which I’m glad to share with you today:
1.A new, historically renovated, green certified theatre, The Altamont, located in the heart of downtown Asheville, is available to rent for weddings with a few added extras (professional lighting and sound) that you won't find at many other venues, which helps bring your cost down.
2. WNC summer camps can be more affordable and they also have dining halls (so you cut the cost of needing a tent).
3. City parks and county parks. For example, UNCA Botanical Gardens is available for ceremonies and receptions at a great rate.
5. Local wine bars are a great option for wedding receptions.
6. Several soon to be brides have asked me for info on renting a private home for an event. Kiersa passed along two websites where you can research a broad range of mountain rental properties: www.homeaway.com or www.vrbo.com
7. Private homes, or your own home, are options for elegant and simple affairs. Start your life where you’ll live–I love this idea! But one thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to turn into a host, working at your own wedding! With that in mind, it’s a good idea to hire a wedding planner for homespun weddings. Keep in mind, private homes aren’t set up for weddings, so a coordinator can help you understand surprising costs if you choose this route.
Finally, I asked Kiersa where she begins when planning a wedding and she said the first thing is to define your budget, number of guests and the ideal venue. Once these three elements are in harmony your have the best foundation to move forward.
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If you found these ideas helpful, check out this related post:How to Plan and Amazing and Creative Wedding in Asheville on a Small Budget