Four Historic Parks and Facilities for Gorgeous and Affordable Summer Weddings in Northern Virginia

Lisa Goetz

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Host your wedding at unconventional historic sites in Northern Virginia. One venue rents for as little as $800.Annie Gray/Unsplash

Saddened couples postponing their weddings was an all too familiar story caused by business closures and social distancing rules in 2020. As Virginia reopens, it might be time to start planning that dream wedding you always wanted. If you’re on a budget or want to have your wedding at a place more attractive than a reception hall in a hotel off the interstate, you might look into these unique parks in Northern Virginia that offer stunning facilities for surprisingly reasonable prices.

Brambleton Regional Park

Whether you’re doing an urban, country or shabby chic wedding theme, the stunningly beautiful Pavilion at Brambleton Regional Park can accommodate you and your guests. Located in Ashburn, the Pavilion sits right next to the clubhouse from where your guests will enjoy views of the perfectly manicured golf course and surrounding countryside.

The Pavilion offers protection from the elements, allowing you to have a blast with your wedding guests rain or shine. You have two choices at this venue that rents from $1,600. In general, you can host up to 150 guests under the covered part of the Pavillion or up to 200 if you include the patio.

Mount Zion Historic Park and Aldie Mill Historic Park

This intimate venue holds up to 85 people inside the historic church. You can also set up a tent to accommodate a larger crowd. The 19th century church has pew-style seating and an old-fashioned pulpit, so you can hold your marriage ceremony here as well. The church interior and exterior make unique backdrops for memorable photographs.

Situated just two miles outside Aldie in Loudoun County, quaint inns and bed and breakfasts provide convenient accommodations for your guests. Consider having your ceremony at Mount Zion church and the reception at Aldie Mill Historic Park, home to an historic gristmill, one of the oldest in Virginia. The cost of renting the church ranges from $400 and up, depending on whether you want to use the church grounds as well and require tents.

The cost to rent Aldie Mill ranges from $375 to $1450, depending on a range of factors such as which areas of the mill and grounds you would like to use, the type of set up you need and the day of the week you plan to hold your wedding events.

Carlyle House and Park

For a more elegant wedding, consider Carlyle House and Park. This is an historic 18th century stone house with exquisite gardens in Old Town Alexandria. Located just off King Street and a short distance from the Potomac River waterfront, a reception at Carlyle House is perfectly situated especially when you have out-of-town attendees.

Your wedding guests can book accommodations in bustling Old Town and have plenty to do with shopping, restaurants, nightlife and Washington DC tourist attractions nearby.

To hold the loveliest reception, book the park when it's available between April and October. You can also host your reception on the Magnolia Terrace, which is tented, or on the site’s expansive lawn. Carlyle House and Park has a capacity of 65 to 100 guests, which may work well if you want to keep your reception small. Fees start an affordable $800 and up.

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Lisa Goetz writes cryptocurrency news, analysis and opinion. A freelance journalist with 11 years of experience, Goetz's articles have been featured in USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the Houston Chronicle.

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