6 Amazing Wedding Venues for Foodie Couples
For some couples, incredible food their main priority when it comes to planning their wedding. At these standout gastronomically inclined venues—all of which offer fully customizable menus—your guests are guaranteed to walk away not only full, but wowed.
Where: Walland, Tennessee
A master gardener, baker, cheese maker, beekeeper, forager, butcher, jam maker, chocolatier—it's not every day you come across a luxury resort that employs artisans in all these disciplines (on top of a chef and sommelier). But the 77-room Blackberry Farm—set on 9,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains that include a farm, brewery, and wellness center—is no ordinary resort. Visits here can include cooking demos, gardening, feeding the animals, and (come winter) truffle hunting. Weddings start at $270,000 for a complete buyout, and include accommodations and meals for up to 154 guests—not to mention hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. (Couples can offer rates to their guests for accommodations, which can be credited toward the total.) As for those meals: expect dishes like seared Atlantic grouper with pickled ramp hollandaise, caramelized cauliflower, forest mushrooms, and spinach.
Pricing: From $270,000 to $380,000.
Where: St. Helena, California
Napa Valley is a stunning setting for tying the knot, especially this 85-room resort, surrounded by vineyards and known for its three Michelin-star restaurant. Estate Chef Alejandro Ayala runs the show for special events—and he knows the property inside and out, having worked his way up over 25-plus years since starting as a dishwasher. Ceremonies can take place in a variety of scenic spots, including a wooded lawn on the golf course and the high-ceilinged Vintners Room. The hardest choice you'll have to make is what to serve; main course options include everything from rack of lamb with ricotta gnocchi and crispy baby artichoke to ahi tuna with beluga lentil puree.
Pricing: Venue rental from $1,500 to $12,000; catering from $150 to 650 per person; room rate from $575 per night.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Where: Pocantico Hills, NY
This picturesque 80-acre farm is just 30 miles from downtown New York City, but feels worlds away. Here, chef Dan Barber has made a name for himself as a champion of sustainability and environmental responsibility—making the venue perfect for serious foodie couples. During the height of growing season, 80 percent of the customized wedding menus are made with ingredients from the property as well as other nearby farms. You can either rent the HayLoft (for 175 guests or fewer) or buy out the restaurant for an additional $25,000 (up to 260 guests).
Pricing: Venue rental from $10,500 (plus $3,500 ceremony fee); catering from $295 to $345 per person).
The Nomad Hotel
Where: New York City
This Beaux-Arts building turned stylish hotel plays host to small weddings on its 12th-floor rooftop (up to 80 guests for a seated meal and 200 standing). Perhaps the biggest highlight of the property is its restaurant, run by chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara—the same team behind acclaimed Eleven Madison Park. Whether you opt for a cocktail reception with passed canapés and stations or a three-course meal, you'll understand just what makes their food so special. Think carrot tartar with sunflower seeds and mustard, chickpea beignets with lemon, and lobster with fava beans, lemon verbena, and garganelli pasta. You can even add on favors, including Nomad granola jars ($12 per guest) or signed copies of Humm and Guidara's I Love New York cookbook ($50 each). Note: The hotel does not do guest blocks.
Pricing: Rooftop venue food and drink minimums from $15,000 (daytime) and $25,000 (evening); three-course dinner from $130 per person.
Belle Mont Farm
Where: St. Kitts
Part of the planned community of Kittitian Hill, this luxury Caribbean resort is as farm-to-table as it gets: signs around the property's 400-acre organic farm even read "Pick me," encouraging guests to help themselves to the bounty of fresh produce. Weddings for up to 40 people can take place in a variety of venues on property (more than 40, and up to 240, require a tent set-up), but our favorite is The Farm, a 30-foot-long table set right among the crops. At least 90 percent of the menus are sourced from, well, right there, as well as surrounding ocean waters.
Pricing: Venue rental from $3,500, catering from $170 per person, room rates from $695 per night.
Inn at Little Washington
Where: Washington, Virginia
Chef Patrick O'Connell presides over the renowned restaurant at this elegant 24-room inn, set amid Virginia wine country in a small town that was founded in 1769. (George Washington actually surveyed it.) He creates customized menus for intimate weddings—typically just 20-person, sit-down dinners; expect dishes like fricassee of Maine lobster with green grapes, curried walnuts and house-made gnocchi. But that's not all: O'Connell will soon be able to not only cook for your wedding, but also officiate it—he's currently going through the process of becoming ordained.
Pricing: From $325 per person.
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