Wed in a Barn? Outdoor Wedding Trend Continues in Carolinas
About 35 percent of weddings in 2012 were held outdoors, according to a wedding trend report by the Bridal Association of America, and that number seems to be climbing.
In Charlotte, many couples choose a rustic setting, either near the city or a little farther afield, toward the Western North Carolina mountains or even rural areas just across the state line in South Carolina.
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Rustic wedding venues around Charlotte
The Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, South Carolina, has a dairy barn and a field trial barn that can be rented for weddings and events with a few hundred guests.
Closer to downtown Charlotte, the Alexander Homestead, a 1903 home restored in its Queen Anne Victorian style, offers a rural feel with urban convenience. The wedding venue includes the home, a dairy barn, and indoor and outdoor gardens.
Renee Caffee of Alexander Homestead Weddings said bookings have continued to grow in 2014, with 105 weddings booked this year, their fourth season of hosting ceremonies and receptions.
Caffee says many engaged couples she talks with want an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception at the same site, which can be hard to find in the city.
“Not many locations offer that, and couples want to know there’s an indoor space in case of bad weather," she says.
Caffee estimates that nearly three-fourths of the brides who come to Alexander Homestead are religious, but they didn't choose a local house of worship for their ceremony. “Many have their ministers come here for the ceremony,” she says.
Wedding costs vary across venues in the Charlotte region, depending on the size and scope of the event. Caffee says at Alexander Homestead, most weddings cost between $13,000 and $18,000, including catering. According to TheKnot.com, the average wedding last year cost $29,858.
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