One of the biggest trends we are seeing with weddings are smaller intimate weddings. Whether it’s due to having an intimate budget or the shifting of the focus of your day…more and more couples are hosting weddings with 50 or less guests. The best part of having less guests is the unique venue spaces that come available.
What is your focus of your wedding? Some want incredible memories to walk away with but due to a limited budget that doesn’t allow you to add all the bells and whistles on a prime Fall Saturday at 5:00pm so you might have to shift things to a brunch time or even a weekday wedding to save money. Some couples want a five-course meal surrounded by their loved ones but that can add up quickly when inviting 200 of your closest family and friends. Others want to best of the best of everything…and who can’t say you can’t have that? It just means you must be creative.
Have you ever thought of hosting your wedding at a Bed & Breakfast? Using a B&B means you can create a weekend getaway because some of your guests can stay onsite throughout the event. Some of the venues we’ve recently toured and others we have coordinated events offer some amazing spaces.
There’s a B&B to host weddings located right around from our office and it already has a tent onsite, a small garden and a small dining room in the main house. The Burke Manor Inn & Pavilion is located in Gibsonville. They have multi rooms to offer out of town guests or even if you want to stay onsite while getting ready. They have a cute cabin for the whole wedding party to get ready the day of the wedding. They also offer amazing onsite catering and bar services.
Very few know about Baynes Family Farm. I know that sounds like a barn style wedding venue but there isn’t a barn onsite. Instead it’s a cabin that sleeps between 14-16 people. This venue is located in Alamance County. This venue is great if you are wanting a tented event but don’t have a backyard to put one up, or you don’t really want 150 family members and friends in your house. They have a beautiful field to host a ceremony and a flat area for tent to be set up. There is a pond on the property if you are looking for a water feature for photos.
We had the honor of meeting the entire family during our tour and they are some of the most welcoming people I’ve ever encountered. They truly make their home feel like you’re a part of the family. See the Baynes’ family farm have been in the family for a few generations and now they only use it to host family for family gatherings and treat it as a an air B&B the other times. I definitely found a few rooms I could call home for the weekend. We can’t wait to host our first wedding here.
A few weeks ago we were invited to tour Pandora’s Manor Bed & Breakfast downtown High Point. We never knew this beautiful hidden gem existed. Each room was designed by a different professional designer…not sure which room I fell in love with more but the custom doors with leather might have caught my eye. There is not a bad place to take a photo in this house. I can see some incredible bridal portraits being made here.
The front lawn is a great place for a small intimate wedding and cocktail party. They currently have plans to build a pavilion in the back area over the next two years until then they will allow you to rent the property for the weekend and pop up a tent. They have hosted several rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and brunches throughout the house already and can’t wait to see what the upcoming year has to offer. Even if you already have your venue selected in High Point this would make a great option for your honeymoon plans or weekend getaway.
We couldn’t leave out Double Oaks B&B downtown Greensboro. James invited us to come and tour and WOW is all I can say. The moment I pulled up out front I could see a beautiful wedding on their front steps. The front porch could offer a great spot for cocktails.
Inside the house currently has 5 rooms but they are building a third floor that will host two more amazing suites. There are a few cute rooms right off of the foyer to use as holding places for family prior to a wedding starting or would make great spaces for a brunch, shower or networking event (like we are hosting soon).
The backyard is its second best feature next to that front porch. There is a back deck to host a lounge area with a stage in the far corner for live musicians or a dj. The driveway offers a flat space perfect for a dinner area and even enough space to pop up a tent in the case of liquid sunshine. The cool part of this venue is its onsite bar. So many great beverage options to offer your guests even after the party ends. This venue offers so many unique experiences.