If you're looking for a unique and interesting place to hold your wedding ceremony, there is no better place than the Hampton Roads area. With gorgeous views of the James, Elizabeth and Nansemond Rivers where they meet the Chesapeake Bay, you don't need to look far to find elegant and impressive places for your wedding and reception. Steeped in history that dates back to the Colonial era, these are the top wedding venues to host your special day that few will forget.
The Historic Post Office
Possibly one of the most unusual event spaces in Virginia, the award-winning Historic Post Office on Hampton's stunning waterfront is ideal for memorable celebrations. Gone are the days of dropping off and picking up mail at this building. Though built in 1914, the two-story historic venue has been renovated to showcase its history and chic, modern flare. Hardwood floors and soaring ceilings make this space perfect for weddings and vow renewals.
If planning your wedding solo is proving to be a challenge, let the event planning staff at the Historic Post Office take some of the weight off your shoulders. The team offers wedding planning services and can connect you with reputable vendors for services they don't offer, such as food.
This site is ideal for events of up to 250 guests. Plan your event on a weekday early in the year and save as much as $2,500 on the cost of renting the venue.
The Commanding General's Residence and Garden at Fort Monroe if you and your significant other are history buffs. This meticulously maintained residence was built in 1907 as the home for Commanding Generals at Fort Monroe.
The residence, decommissioned in 2011, is a stunning example of classical revival architecture with formal garden, white gazebo and expansive front porch with breathtaking Chesapeake Bay views. This space works well for small groups of 60-150 people. Since the venue is a house, you can rent additional rooms for your guests to relax before and after the ceremony.
The Mariners' Museum and Park
A truly stunning venue, the Mariners' Museum and Park in Newport News provides various venues to suit your tastes. Choose from a lakeside overlook, an elegant courtyard, a private banquet room, and a gorgeous hill on the riverfront for your ceremony and reception. Depending on the site you choose, you can host 50-300 guests comfortably.
A sales team offers free tours of the 550-acre property and can help you choose the right spot for your nuptials. Note that the Museum may require you to use one of its approved caterers for food. You would be permitted to provide a cake from a vendor of your choice, according to the Museum's website.
This unique wedding and catering facility offers full-service packages and gorgeous views of the Cheasapeake Bay. The Lesner Hall features a large-scale ballroom with hardwood maple floors, chandelier and other romantic and memorable touches. The dining room accommodates 300 for cocktail, 250 for sit-down dinners and 150 for self-service buffets.
The Sun Deck is Lester Inn's main attraction, from where you can sip drinks and chat with guests while watching the sun sparkle and dance on the water. Host your wedding at Lester Inn if you want a more hands-off experience. Experienced event planners handle everything from food and drinks and help you get set up to cut your cake in style.
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