Great post from Asheville Indie Weddings blog on some affordable and unique wedding venues that you may not have thought of.
Kiersa Holy, of Events by Kiersa, gave lot’s of advice, which Asheville Indie Weddings shares on their blog:
1.A new, historically renovated, green certified theatre, The Altamont, located in the heart of downtown Asheville, is available to rent for weddings with a few added extras (professional lighting and sound) that you won't find at many other venues, which helps bring your cost down.
2. WNC summer camps can be more affordable and they also have dining halls (so you cut the cost of needing a tent).
3. City parks and county parks. For example, UNCA Botanical Gardens is available for ceremonies and receptions at a great rate.
4. Restaurants, on their closed day, often rent their space for a flat fee. Local places to check: Avenue M, Fiores and Limones.
5. Local wine bars are a great option for wedding receptions.
6. Rent a private home for an event. Kiersa passed along two websites where you can research a broad range of mountain rental properties: www.homeaway.com or www.vrbo.com
7. Private homes, or your own home, are options for elegant and simple affairs. Start your life where you’ll live! But one thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want to turn into a host, working at your own wedding! With that in mind, it’s a good idea to hire a wedding planner for homespun weddings. Keep in mind, private homes aren’t set up for weddings, so a coordinator can help you understand surprising costs if you choose this route.
8. Check out local Bed and Breakfast options. Here are a few to begin with: Hawk and Ivy and Bella Luna Inn (connected to Black Eyed Susan Catering).
Kiersa also said that when planning a wedding, the first thing to do is to define your budget, number of guests and the ideal venue. Once these three elements are in harmony your have the best foundation to move forward.