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4 proposal package at the barn on new river

Looking for charming Banner Elk wedding venues in NC? Well, just an hour away in nearby West Jefferson, lies The Barn on New River. Nestled amidst the mountains of North Carolina, our venue shines as one of the top wedding destinations in the state. In this blog, we’ll introduce you to our venue spaces, explain what makes us unique, and answer some FAQs.

Address: 2162 S Fork Farm Ln, West Jefferson, NC 28694

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Mountain Backdrops For Your Dream Day

Welcome to The Barn on New River, where we pride ourselves on providing an idyllic setting for the most beautiful day of your life. In the heart of North Carolina’s majestic mountains, our barn venue offers a perfect combination of rustic charm and natural beauty, ensuring your wedding day is as enchanting as the love you’re celebrating.

We’ve created this helpful map so you can make the most out of your wedding day (or weekend!) at our North Carolina venue rental. Check out a local brewery or restaurant, soak in the sunsets on the scenic hilltop trails around our property, explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, and do some sightseeing. Your dream destination awaits!

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6 Joy and Anthony’s Wedding

Experience Our Venue Spaces

Our venue spaces at The Barn on New River are a testament to the love stories we’ve helped tell. Each space has been crafted with care, offering couples the perfect canvas to design their dream wedding.

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17 Jillian and Garrett’s Wedding

Our Expansive Estate: Explore our vast 90-acre property offering panoramic vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and direct access to the South Fork of the New River. Featuring versatile spaces including the Main Barn, the Old Hay Barn, lush gardens, a serene pond with a fountain, the Main House with a honeymoon suite, and a cozy lodging Cabin for VIP guests staying overnight.

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the barn on new river main barn

The Main Barn: Step into the elegance of our Main Barn, boasting soaring 30-foot post and beam ceilings, exquisite Swarovski crystal chandeliers, charming string lighting, and stunning acid-stained concrete floors spanning 4900 square feet. It’s our most beloved venue space that never fails to awe couples and guests alike.

couple on the mountain summit

couple on the mountain summit

The Summit: Ascend to the summit at The Barn on New River and immerse yourself in breathtaking panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Accessible via a scenic ride, this picturesque location offers unparalleled photo opportunities to capture the essence of your special day.

lyndsi in the bridal suite

lyndsi in the bridal suite

The Dahlia Suite & The Lounge: Prepare for your wedding day in style with our two distinct areas. The Dahlia Suite offers a spacious and well-lit environment with ample natural light, ideal for relaxation and preparation. Meanwhile, The Lounge provides a cozy atmosphere for watching TV and getting ready with ease. Both suites ensure privacy and comfort as you begin your unforgettable journey down the aisle.

the old hay barn rustic decor

the old hay barn rustic decor

The Old Hay Barn: Unwind and socialize in The Old Hay Barn, a covered outdoor area illuminated by string lights, creating the perfect ambiance for mingling and relaxation. Adjacent to this space is a grassy area for outdoor games, complemented by a cozy seating area with Adirondack chairs and a gas fire pit for moments of intimacy.

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33 the barn on new river wedding venue in north carolina

The Dahlia Garden: Step into a botanical wonderland in The Garden, where vibrant dahlias bloom alongside a stunning array of colorful plants. This enchanting setting offers countless photo opportunities and serves as a serene retreat amidst the excitement of your big day. The Garden also provides a unique & unforgettable alternative ceremony site straight out of a fairytale.

Patio Sparkler Send Off

Patio Sparkler Send Off

The Stone Patio & Ceremony Area: Picture yourself enjoying cocktails on the spacious stone patio, surrounded by picturesque farmland views and illuminated by overhead lights as the sun sets. Adjacent to the patio, the ceremony site features a rustic arbor and a tranquil pond with a beautiful fountain, creating a magical ambiance for intimate moments and elegant gatherings alike.

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Our Inclusions

Discover the ease and flexibility of our wedding packages and pricing, designed to cater to your every need and preference. Whether you’re envisioning an intimate engagement or full-fledged wedding celebrations, we have options tailored just for you.

Here are the inclusions you can expect at our venue:

  • A sprawling 90-acre farm adorned with picturesque ponds, vibrant gardens, and breathtaking Blue Ridge mountain vistas.
  • Separate ready rooms for the bridal party and groomsmen, ensuring comfort and convenience for all.
  • A modern, wheelchair-accessible Barn equipped with all the amenities you need for a seamless event.
  • Various table options include round, rectangle, and cocktail tables, along with charming rustic decor such as whiskey barrels, cross-back chairs, ceremony chairs, and benches.
  • A fully-equipped caterer’s kitchen to accommodate all your culinary needs.
  • A scenic pond ceremony site illuminated with enchanting lighting for a magical ambiance.
  • Hassle-free setup and teardown of tables and chairs, so you can focus on enjoying your special day.
  • A covered outdoor cocktail area and a stone patio with access to an indoor/outdoor built-in bar, perfect for mingling and toasting with the newlyweds.
  • Convenient onsite parking with the assistance of a dedicated attendant, ensures a stress-free arrival and departure for you and your guests.

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Lodging at Our Space

Located amidst the tranquil Blue Ridge Mountains, our secluded lodging options offer an idyllic setting for commemorating your big day amidst nature’s embrace. Featuring a charming cabin and a luxurious Honeymoon Suite mere steps from our venue, you can relish in the captivating vistas of the South Fork New River and take advantage of your proximity to nearby hiking trails and ski resorts.

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Personalized Wedding Packages

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Engagement Package

Celebrate your engagement with a picturesque photoshoot and a luxurious stay at the Barn on New River. Includes a 2-hour photoshoot, a scenic mountaintop ride, an overnight stay in the Honeymoon suite, champagne, and a Charcuterie box.

All-Inclusive Microwedding Package

Enjoy a comprehensive microwedding package for up to 39 guests, including ceremony and receptionlocation, DJ, officiant, bartending services, BYOB option, full catered dinner, wedding cake, overnight stay in the honeymoon suite, decor, and planning support.

Blue Ridge Package

Full-day event package accommodating up to 185 guests. Includes all incredible inclusions and features a 6-hour event time.

South Fork Package

The popular package includes all of our incredible inclusions, a 2-night stay in the Cabin and 1 night in the Honeymoon Suite, Friday setup access, rehearsal setup, and departure by Sunday noon.

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16 elizabeth and dillan’s gorgeous wedding

Collaborate With Top-Tier Vendors

We take the stress out of wedding event planning by connecting you with top-tier local vendors who share our commitment to creating flawless events. Our handpicked experts range from caterers delighting in locally sourced cuisine to florists skilled in crafting mountain-inspired arrangements. We also collaborate with photographers who are familiar with the breathtaking scenery, alongside musicians who set the tone for an unforgettable celebration. Our comprehensive vendor list ensures that your vendors are not only the best at what they do; but they are also familiar with every inch of our venue, ensuring your wedding day runs like a well-oiled machine.

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Picturesque Spots For Photography

Our venue spaces are sprinkled with a variety of picturesque spots, ideal for capturing every chapter of your love story. Imagine your first photos as a married couple set against the tranquil flow of the New River or the sun setting behind the Blue Ridge Mountains, creating a golden silhouette. The lush greenery of our sprawling acres, along with the quaint wooden structures, and the rolling pastures provide a variety of additional photo opportunities. Each nook at The Barn on New River offers a unique backdrop that will bring out the romance of your special day, ensuring that your wedding photographs are as unique as you and your partner are.

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FAQs: Your Banner Elk Wedding Queries Answered

What is your venue space selection process like?

When it comes to selecting the ideal venue at The Barn on New River, we understand the importance of finding the perfect match for your wedding aspirations. Our venue selection process is personable and thorough, ensuring every couple feels confident in their choice.

We begin with a detailed conversation about your vision, guest count, preferred style, and catering kitchen needs, followed by scheduling a guided tour so you can immerse yourself in the ambiance of our various locations. We also discuss date availability and package options, taking into account peak seasons and personal preferences. Deciding on your wedding venue is a journey of the heart, and we’re here to make that path as smooth and joyful as possible.

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Can I book a wedding venue tour at The Barn on New River?

Absolutely! We warmly welcome you to book a tour and see the magic of our Blue Ridge Mountain wedding venue firsthand. Exploring our space in person is the best way to envision your special day amidst our rustic charm and scenic landscapes. Simply reach out to us by clicking the button below to schedule a visit at your convenience.

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gorgeous view of the appalachian mountains

gorgeous view of the appalachian mountains

What is the best season to plan a wedding in NC?

The ideal time to hold a wedding at The Barn on New River truly depends on what you imagine for your special day. Each season in West Jefferson offers a unique backdrop: spring’s blooming landscapes, summer’s lush greenery, autumn’s fiery foliage, or winter’s snowy whisper. Warm months are perfect for outdoor wedding ceremonies, while cooler seasons allow for a more cozy, romantic ambiance indoors.

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Mackenzie and Matthew

What are some factors to consider when booking a wedding venue?

Booking a wedding venue is one of the most critical wedding decisions you’ll make, and several factors should be considered to ensure you choose the perfect location for your special day. Some key factors to consider include:

  1. Budget: Determine your budget and ensure that the venue you choose falls within your financial constraints, including any additional costs for catering, decorations, and other services.
  2. Capacity: Consider the number of guests you plan to invite and ensure that the venue can comfortably accommodate your desired guest count. It’s essential to choose a venue that is neither too small nor too large for your event.
  3. Location: Choose a location that is convenient for you and your guests, considering factors such as accessibility, parking availability, and proximity to accommodations for out-of-town guests.
  4. Style and Atmosphere: Think about the style and atmosphere you envision for your wedding day. Whether you prefer a rustic barn, an elegant ballroom, or a scenic outdoor setting, select a venue that aligns with your vision and reflects your personality as a couple.
  5. Amenities and Services: Consider the amenities and services offered by the venue, such as catering options, bridal suites, on-site coordinators, and audiovisual equipment. Ensure that the venue can provide everything you need to create your dream wedding.
  6. Flexibility: Look for a venue that offers flexibility in terms of scheduling, decoration options, and vendor choices. Flexibility allows you to customize your wedding according to your preferences and ensures a stress-free planning process.
  7. Weather Contingency Plan: If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, it’s essential to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Ensure that the venue offers indoor options or tents to protect against rain or extreme temperatures.
  8. Reviews and Recommendations: Research the venue thoroughly by reading reviews from past couples and visiting the location in person if possible. Recommendations from friends, family, or wedding professionals can also help you make an informed decision.

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1 elizabeth and dillan’s gorgeous wedding

What are some tips I should keep in mind while planning my wedding?

Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, but with careful organization and attention to detail, you can create the wedding of your dreams, be it a traditional ceremony or a trendy micro wedding. Here are some tips to help you plan your wedding effectively:

  1. Establish a Budget: Determine your budget early on and allocate funds to each aspect of your wedding, such as venue, catering, attire, and decorations. Keeping track of your expenses will help you stay within your budget.
  2. Create a Timeline: Develop a timeline or checklist outlining all the tasks you need to complete leading up to your wedding day. This will help you stay organized and ensure that you don’t forget any essential details.
  3. Choose a Venue: Select a venue that fits your style, budget, and guest count. Consider factors such as location, amenities, and availability when making your decision.
  4. Hire Vendors: Research and book vendors such as caterers, photographers, florists, and musicians early in the planning process to secure your preferred choices. Read reviews, ask for recommendations, and schedule consultations to find vendors that align with your vision and budget.
  5. Select Your Wedding Party: Choose your wedding party, including bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other attendants, and communicate your expectations and responsibilities to them.
  6. Plan Your Ceremony and Reception: Decide on the details of your ceremony and reception, including the order of events, seating arrangements, and menu selections. Work with your venue and vendors to finalize these plans and ensure everything runs smoothly on the day of your wedding.
  7. Coordinate with Guests: Send out save-the-dates and invitations well in advance, and provide guests with all the necessary information, such as accommodation options, transportation details, and RSVP deadlines.
  8. Attend to Legal Matters: Obtain any necessary permits, licenses, or paperwork required for your wedding ceremony, and ensure that you meet all legal requirements in your area.
  9. Consider Logistics: Plan transportation for you and your guests, arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests, and make any necessary arrangements for special needs or dietary restrictions.
  10. Stay Organized and Flexible: Keep all your wedding-related documents, contracts, and receipts in one place, and remain flexible as unexpected changes or challenges arise. Remember to take breaks and enjoy the process of planning your special day!

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11 elizabeth and dillan’s gorgeous wedding

What are some nearby attractions I can explore while I’m in the area?

  1. The Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains: Embark on a scenic drive through the Appalachian Mountains, treating yourself to awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscape.
  2. New River State Park: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this park, offering hiking and biking trails, as well as opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking along the New River.
  3. Mount Jefferson State Natural Area: Discover a serene escape with hiking trails, picnic areas, and captivating vistas of the majestic mountains.
  4. Ashe County Cheese Factory: Delight in a visit to this local cheese factory, where you can witness the cheese-making process and savor a variety of artisanal cheeses.
  5. Ashe County Arts Council: Explore the vibrant arts scene promoted by this non-profit organization, featuring a gallery showcasing the diverse works of local artists.
  6. Florence Thomas Art School: Engage in art workshops and admire exhibits by talented local artists at this dynamic school and gallery.
  7. Ashe County History Museum: Journey through time at this museum, which showcases the rich history and cultural heritage of the area, including exhibits on local industries and agriculture.
  8. Elk Knob State Park: Revel in the natural splendor of this park, offering hiking trails, scenic picnic areas, and panoramic views of the mountains and valleys.
  9. Todd Mercantile: Step into history at this charming historic general store and restaurant, offering a unique shopping and dining experience in a quaint Appalachian setting.
  10. Old Barn Winery: Indulge in delicious wines and enjoy live music at this locally owned winery, offering a taste of Appalachian life amidst picturesque surroundings.
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5 the barn on new river wedding venue in north carolina

Are there any other Banner Elk wedding venues?

Yes, some other wedding event venues in and around Banner Elk include White Crow Wedding Venue, The Mill at Rock Creek, The Double J Farm, and Overlook Barn.

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20 the barn on new river wedding venue in north carolina

What are some other towns near Banner Elk, North Carolina?

  • Boone
  • Charlotte
  • Cornerstone
  • Raleigh
  • Asheville NC
  • Lenoir
  • Linville Waterfalls
  • Valle Crucis Park
  • Durham
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Are there any hiking trails or outdoor activities nearby?

Behind our on-site cabin, guests can explore a picturesque 1-mile walking trail. At the mountain’s peak, they’ll find a cozy picnic table and swing, perfect for taking in the serene surroundings. This trail is conveniently listed on the Trails App, and once your booking is confirmed, we’ll happily provide all the details you need. It’s an excellent activity, particularly for weekend weddings, allowing guests to immerse themselves in nature’s tranquility. Here are some hiking trails and parks nearby:

  • Mount Jefferson State Natural Area boasts various trails, including a challenging 1.1-mile hike to the summit, rewarding hikers with breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Elk Knob State Park features several trails, including a 3.7-mile trek to Elk Knob’s summit, offering majestic vistas of Ashe County.
  • Grayson Highlands State Park, though located in Virginia, is a short drive away and offers remarkable trails renowned for stunning views, high-elevation meadows, and encounters with wild ponies.
  • New River State Park presents a range of trails along the scenic New River, with historical attractions like a mill and a visitor center enriching the experience.
  • The Mountains-to-Sea Trail traverses North Carolina, including a segment passing through Ashe County. This trail showcases diverse landscapes, from dense forests to sweeping farmlands, promising memorable hiking experiences.
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Visit Our Charming Spaces in Person

We warmly invite you to visit us in person and experience the allure of The Barn on New River for yourself. Imagine wandering through the acres of our charming event venue, each space with its own character and story. Feel the warmth of the post-and-beam barn as you gaze up at the crystal chandeliers, and step onto the lush lawns that offer a natural canvas for your mountain wedding. We believe seeing is truly believing, and a personal tour will give you a glimpse of the magic that awaits you on your wedding day. Let us show you around and envisage together how we can transform these spaces into a captivating setting for your wedding event.

Booking Your Wedding Venue

Securing your spot at The Barn on New River is as exciting as it is easy. When you’re ready to book your mountain wedding venue, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. From selecting the perfect date to finalizing the details of your package, we ensure the booking process is straightforward and stress-free. Due to high demand and the unique charm of our venue, we recommend reaching out early to ensure your desired date is available. Let’s embark on this incredible journey together—contact us by clicking the button below to seal the date for your unforgettable wedding experience.

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