January is a perfect winter month to plan a wedding, and couples looking to combine natural beauty with quality service find both in Luray and Page County, Virginia. Distinguished by sublime mountain and valley scenery, the quaint town of Luray is known as one of the top wedding spots in America. Flexibility is key these days and experts in Luray can help couples plan their ideal day.
The Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce is a great place to begin your search for wedding venues and creative service providers. Chamber President, Gina Hilliard, says her staff can provide insight into places that match the needs of couples who are looking for outdoor or indoor locations, all with lovely surroundings. The chamber website offers a special wedding planning link to help with planning and includes lists of caterers, florists, transportation providers, vendors, officiants, and wedding and reception sites. In addition, Page and Luray County have countless options for lodging and dining.
Luray’s 1931 Mimslyn Inn, a member of the distinguished Historic Hotels of America, is the town’s grand lady of lodging, with large, elegant spaces and manicured gardens. The hotel complex has added individual cottages, a private pool and an outdoor garden setting for private weddings and family gatherings. The cottages are a pleasing aesthetic addition to the hotel.
A romantic view of the surrounding Blue Ridge and Massanutten mountains affords options that can be tailored to a couple’s individual tastes. Wineries and distilleries, horse ranches, golf courses and gardens are merely a few of the options for weddings in Luray and Page County. The nearby Shenandoah National Park provides a majestic mountaintop view of the valley below. Catering at a rustic lodge in the park allows couples the best of a fabulous view for nuptials combined with the weather-safe convenience of an indoor event.
One of the newest venues in the area is Stoneyman Valley Ranch, located at the Base of Skyline Drive. A working cattle ranch, Stoneyman gives outdoor lovers multiple choices of 360-degree views in open fields surrounded by mountains. Chandeliers add an elegant touch to the rustic barn here and a separate bride’s room has its own bathroom. The barn meets standards for ADA accessibility as well.
Wisteria Farm and Vineyard, located on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, makes wine from grapes grown solely on the property. Wines here include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier, Traminette, Seyval, Vidal, Petit Verdot, Carmine, and Norton, semi-sweet and a dessert wine. The farm winery with its attendant sheep and poultry, provides a lovely, rural setting for weddings.
One of the most unique betrothal spots ever is Luray Caverns where couples may marry underground, surrounded by the other-worldly romantic beauty of stalactites and stalagmites. At any given time, the caverns’ temperature will be in the fifties degrees Fahrenheit. Luray also provides options for catering in a large barn above ground, as well as a variety of activities for wedding guests to enjoy during their stay. The landmark 1937 Luray Singing Tower, a carillon with 47 bells, tolls for lovers throughout the year.
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Tip: Luray-Page County is Virginia’s cabin capital with more than 800 rental cabins.