WV Weddings highlights West Virginia’s top 5 wedding destinations.
Written by Nikki Bowman
Have you always wanted to have a destination wedding? A relatively new trend, destination weddings are big business—$2.49 billion was spent on destination weddings last year alone. For the past 10 years, beach weddings—Bahamas, Jamaica, and the Caribbean lead the pack—were the number one destination of choice. And for a land-locked state, that didn’t bode well for West Virginia. But now, more and more brides are turning to the mountains for their special day—and West Virginia has much to offer. Here are my favorite places:
1. Snowshoe Ski Resort
This four-season resort, with packages starting at $45 to $99, offers unparalleled mountain top vistas no matter the time of year. Whether you are planning a large or small wedding, Snowshoe offers the perfect accommodations to fit all budgets and recreational and entertainment options to keep your attendees busy. Enjoy golf, skeet shooting, fishing, Green Zebra tours, snowmobile rides, and, of course, skiing. (Pictured above. Photo by Foto 1 Pro Photo.)
2. The Greenbrier
West Virginia’s crown jewel, the historic elegance of The Greenbrier makes it a bride’s dream location. Opulent staterooms, gorgeous outdoor settings, and incredible catering make this location an all-encompassing destination. Make sure your book a spa day for your attendants while the groomsmen enjoy playing a round of golf. (Photo by Jeff Greenough.)
3. New River Gorge.
Want an outdoor wedding that offers breathtaking scenery, fabulous food, and fun entertainment options? Check out New River Gorge and venues like Adventures on the Gorge. Take advantage of the ziplining, mountain climbing, and rafting before your wedding—and it will be a wedding that everyone will remember. (Photo by Brightwell Photography.)
4. Stonewall Resort.
Situated on a beautiful lake and golf course, Stonewall is a stunning wedding venue that offers your guests the options to play golf, fish, enjoy spa amenities, pool, outdoor campfires, and boat rides. The lodge-like décor provides a beautiful backdrop for indoor weddings and the veranda overlooking the lake is a favorite spot for outdoor ceremonies. (Photo by Ampd Photography.)
This charming historic inn, located on Davis & Elkins campus in Elkins, is perfect for weddings less than 100 people. Your wedding party can stay at the mansion, which has an unparalleled view of downtown Elkins. Catering is available on-site. Surrounded by the scenic undulating peaks and valleys of the Monongahela Forest, book a train ride on the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad for your guests, or for a Branson-style evening check out a performance by the American Mountain Theater or the new Gandy Dancer Theatre. (Photo by Nikki Bowman.)