Forever Starts Here
YOUR GUIDE TO PLANNING THE PERFECT MOUNTAIN WEDDING
There is no better place to start your lives together than the majestic mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva. Boasting the best of picturesque mountains, southern hospitality, and local heritage, Jackson County is home to many wedding venues, boutiques, caterers, spas, and accommodations that will help make your special day perfect.
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No matter the time of year, the mountains of Western NC offer many scenic, award-winning wedding venues. Whether you’re looking for a rustic, mountain-chic theme or romantic elegance, Jackson County has you covered. Ready to say “I do” to your ideal venue?
For a wedding in any season of the year, the Best Western River Escape Inn & Suites offers a gorgeous space that displays all that the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains has to offer! Here at the BEST WESTERN PLUS River Escape Inn & Suites, we spend a great amount of time catering to the needs of our special events guests.
Castle Ladyhawke at Bear Lake Reserve
Feel like royalty on your special day at Castle Ladyhawke. This Scottish border castle is set against the pristine backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains just 20 minutes North of Cashiers. This expansive and dramatic venue offers sweeping views and rustic elegance for up to 150 guests.
The Cedar Creek Club has room for 250 guests and offers several options designed to fit your unique style on your wedding day. This recently remodeled facility combines modern amenities and the classic charm of a 1920s summer retreat. Hold your ceremony on the club croquet court overlooking Lake Lupton or underneath a generations-old oak on the lush, grassy lawn.
Natural elegance meets rustic simplicity at the Chimney Pond Farms, which is framed by rolling hills, wild grapevines, and blueberry bushes. With a 2,500-square-foot custom barn boasting a 1,000-square-foot wrap-around deck overlooking Lake Glenville, this location offers several wedding packages for up to 200 guests to fit the needs of your celebration.
With cascading thousand-foot cliffs peering through the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, the detailed craftsmanship of the Jeggings barn reception space, and the custom farm-to-table menu from Executive Chef Adam Hayes, Lonesome Valley has it all. Having received multiple accolades, such as Best Wedding Venue in North America by BizBash, a Brides magazine top venue in 2018, and the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award®, this rustic venue brings together the best of modern amenities and local heritage. And it only hosts a handful of events each year, which means you’ll be in exclusive company.
The Applegate is nestled in a private corner of downtown Dillsboro, NC and offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere for weddings, rehearsal dinners, parties, and lodging. Our large front porch offers the convenience of outdoor dining for up to 80 guests under string lights in any weather. The Hemlock Room can accommodate 50 guests for indoor dining, lounge area, foodservice or cocktail space. The spacious Creekside Lawn is the perfect setting for ceremonies, cocktail hours or outdoor receptions for guest counts exceeding 130.
The Historic Jackson County Courthouse towers over the charming small town of Sylva. Built in 1914, the building combines traditional southern charm with notable 20th-century architecture, and it is known as one of the most photographed buildings in the state. Sound like the perfect venue for a picture-perfect wedding?
Everything you need under one roof to create the wedding experience that you have dreamed for you and your guests. A 1300 sqft pavilion for the reception and or wedding, a huge yard for outside ceremonies or large parties, a lounge and grille for food and cocktails, two suites for the groom bride and family to enjoy. Plus, our vendors list will help you reach out to amazing and talented local folks that can help set the ambiance! Plus, we have all the permits that need to be pulled, so that doesn’t even have to be a concern. All this and so much more with the backdrop of an old house dating back to 1910 in a small town with 4 breweries, several bars and restaurants.
The Orchard is known for delicious food and friendly service. But this charming dining destination in a 100-year-old farmhouse is also an ideal place to host wedding groups from 15 to 80 people. On-property guest lodging is available in the Orchard Guest Cottage, and larger parties can enjoy the spacious Orchard Event Barn.
Address: 905 NC-107, Cashiers, NC 28717
Call Location: (828) 743-7614
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Located in the heart of Cashiers, the Village Green provides an unmatched outdoor wedding experience. From the beautiful Hayes Fairchild Memorial Garden to the mountain rustic pavilion located on the meadow lawn, this venue is perfect for weddings of all sizes, whether you’re hosting fewer than 25 guests or up to 500.
Nestled along the banks of the Tuckasegee River, the Moonlight Spa and Retreat has long been a cozy favorite among travelers. Enjoy warm and welcoming southern hospitality in the beauty of the NC Mountains at this newly added wedding venue. This intimate private chapel along with the stunning backdrop of nature makes this location perfect for small weddings from 40-50 guests. Onsite lodging is also available for up to 10 guests.
Characterized by its spectacular natural beauty, vast skies, and scenic mountain vistas, Trillium Links and Lake Club is the picture-perfect mountain venue for any special event. The expansive mountain views are the perfect complement to an intimate ceremony, making Trillium’s facilities ideal not only for weddings but also for engagement parties, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners.
Address: 48 Links Dr, Cashiers, NC 28717
Call Location: (828) 743-6161
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A 4-year recipient of WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Award®, the Vineyards at Betty’s Creek also hold a spot in the top 5% of wedding venues nationwide, featuring an abundance of location options for you to choose from. With hundreds of acres of protected forest, miles of hiking trails, and dozens of manicured gardens, orchards, and vineyards, this venue has something for every guest to enjoy. After attending the reception in the 1820’s-inspired barn or dancing the night away in the open-air pavilion overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can relax in the cozy, romantic Honeymoon Cottage at Betty’s Cellar.
For couples who want something a bit more serene and unique, the quaint Vintage Barn checks all the boxes. Sitting on a beautiful 22-acre property surrounded by forests, rolling meadows, and natural creeks, this WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® venue mixes modern amenities with classic rustic charm.
The Zachary Tolbert House is a beloved 150 year-old National Treasure and features a lush lawn and plentiful space for an intimate wedding ceremony, surrounded by the forest.
Trying to decide which of the many Jackson County accommodations will be perfect for your guests? The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority (JCTDA) Sales Team is here to help. They have a comprehensive knowledge of the county’s accommodations and will help you pick the perfect place for your wedding party to stay.
Caleb Sullivan, Sales and Marketing Manager, JCTDA
Wedding Planners +
A Perfect Ceremony By Rev. Jacqui
Benjamin T Warner Events DJ + Musician
Call Location: (828) 421-4121
Party Rental Services +
Professional Party Rentals
Address: 448 US 64 W, Cashiers, NC 28717
Call Location: (828) 743-9676
Email Location: email@example.com
Ray’s Florist and Greenhouse
Catering, Cakes and More Sweets +
No matter the size of your guest list, delicious food is a must for your big day. These local catering providers offer excellent eats for all palates and prices.
Address: 45 Slabtown Rd Unit A3, Cashiers, NC 28717
Call Location: (828) 743-1160
Address: 219 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Call Location: (828) 587-2233
High Country Catering
Address: 290 Hemlock Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725
Call Location: (828) 586-5686
Address: 628 W Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Call Location: (828) 477-4566
Kim’s Taste and See
Salons & Spas +
Hair, Nails, and Makeup
Preparing for that special day can be stressful at times. That’s why getting ready should be as stress free as possible. Our local hair studios, makeup artists, salons, and spas will make sure every member of your wedding party is relaxed and ready for the big day.
Evan’s Hair Graphics LLC
Address: 130 US Hwy 64 E Laurel Terrace, Cashiers, NC 28717
Call Location: (828) 743-6366
LUXE Salon & Permanent Cosmetics
Address: 1262 W Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779
Call Location: (828) 506-4020
Address: 45 Slabtown Rd Unit A9, Cashiers, NC 28717
Call Location: (828) 829-9898
The Boutique Nails & Spa
Address: 130 US Hwy 64 E, Cashiers, NC 28717
Call Location: (828) 547-2120
Full Service Spas
Carole Lilly Massage
Fusion Spa & Wellness
Mandara Spa Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
Address: 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC 28719
Call Location: (828) 497-8550
Transportation Services +
Cashiers Carolina Connection
High Country Travel
Address: 114 Hemlock Street, Dillsboro, NC 28725
Call Location: (828) 506-3463
Wedding Weekend Adventures +
Jackson County offers an adventurous experience no matter the occasion. From a relaxing Paint and Pour event at one of our breweries to something a little more extreme like rafting the Tuckasegee River, Jackson County provides many opportunities for every member of the party to Play On!
Chocolate and Beer Pairing
Both Baxley’s Chocolates in Sylva and Dillsboro Chocolate Factory have worked with Innovation Brewing to create the perfect pairings of chocolate and beer. Their handmade chocolates have been designed specifically to complement some of Innovation’s most delicious beers. Visit either of Innovation’s locations for a taste.
Jackson County is the home of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail®, which maps out 15 prime spots to catch brown, rainbow, and brook trout in the crystal-clear streams of the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you’re looking for wide-open rivers or secluded mountain streams, this trail has you covered.
From guided llama hikes throughout the scenic Panthertown Valley to learning the art of Shinrin-Yoku (aka forest therapy), there are a number of guided hikes and tours to enjoy in Jackson County.
Explore some of the region’s most beautiful trails on horseback. Jackson County offers three premier equestrian centers: Arrowmont Stables, Smokemont Riding Stables, and Whitewater Equestrian Center.
Whether you’re looking for action-packed rafting on the Tuckasegee, a scenic ride down the Chattooga, or a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Oconaluftee, you can’t go wrong with a day on the rapids in Jackson County. You can rent rafts, canoes, kayaks, and tubes from a number of local companies for either a solo trek or a guided trip with a seasoned rafting expert.
In the market for homemade arts and crafts or one-of-a-kind, antique mountain goods? Enjoy an elevated shopping experience in the mountain towns of Jackson County. Explore the wares of local potters who showcase their talents in shops scattered about the county. Search the shelves for the perfect piece to add to your collection, from Japanese-influenced drink mixers and face jugs to raku beads and horsehair pottery.