Asheville (and the Blue Ridge Mountains) is the best place to get married – with beautiful mountain and waterfall views, delicious cafes and restaurants downtown, and wineries and breweries throughout the area – there is so much you can do for your elopement. And your elopement should be exactly what you want it to be– so read on to see all the info on how you can elope in Asheville (and in the Blue Ridge Mountains!)
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When you imagine your wedding day – what do you think of? Are you imagining one day of adventuring around the mountains and waterfalls with your love, having a picnic, and then doing a dinner and reception with your family and friends the next day? Are you imagining just the two of you in the mountains? Try to envision your day and what you want to see, smell, feel. Here is a link to an elopement we did in the North Carolina mountains for some inspo!
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Asheville’s mountains have extreme temperature differences from what you may expect in the city. Give altitude and windchill, a nice 60 degree day in downtown Asheville could mean 30 degrees on the mountain peaks! Even in the middle of the summer, you should expect it to be cool on top of a mountain during your elopement. If you would rather not wear a thick jacket during your ceremony, or are really cold-natured, a winter/fall elopement would not be the best for you.
Summer is a great time to elope in the mountains. Not only will it be cooler at the top of the mountains, and you can get in the waterfalls and rivers, you will also be surrounded by beautiful greenery and a late setting sunset. We recommend choosing a weekday so we can try to have the mountains to ourselves.
Fall is an absolutely beautiful time in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The colorful foliage, the crisp mountain air, apple picking, everything is perfect. This is also the busiest time in the mountains, so our recommendation is to definitely try to elope on a weekday to avoid the crazy crowds, and try to plan in September and November as October is the busiest month (and you are not allowed to elope in october if you plan on doing so along the Blue Ridge Mountains)
Wildflowers, the air turning warmer, creeks and waterfalls, it is just such a beautiful time in the mountains. Early spring might be cold and roads still might be closed, so late spring will be your best bet.
It will be very cold. Now, we totally get the want to have those winter/fall vibes with the dead trees and possible snow, it’s a great vibe! Just know that you need to have a backup plan if a winter storm comes through (so it would be best to have a small guest list, or just the two of you, so you can be more flexible.) You may end up having to move your elopement by as much as a week while roads are cleaned and re-opened.
Since it will be incredibly cold, your dress, shoes, suit, or whatever you decide to wear should be winterized and winter themed. Some awesome ways to do this would be a large beautiful fur jacket, and a thick dress that offers warm layers.
Ceremony: Black Balsam Knob
Date: July 30, 2022
Overall, Asheville is one of the best places in our opinion to elope. With beautiful mountain views, waterfalls, fields, and then the city filled with amazing restaurants and literal castles like The Biltmore, there is so much to do and enjoy here. Asheville has a special place in our heart and we just want to share it with you guys 🙂
If you are looking to elope in Asheville, and want some beautiful photos as well as planning help, we offer elopement packages in Asheville and would absolutely love to be apart of your day. (Check out some of our information here: findyara | Information or contact us here: findyara | Contact)