445 Main St,
Highlands, NC 28741
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Average Base Cost: $50,000
Our average base cost for an Old Edwards Inn wedding is calculated by figuring a 150-person guest list for a Saturday evening ceremony and reception using their food and beverage minimum listed below as well as staffing estimates. Entertainment, flowers, additional decorations and rentals, chairs, tents, transportation, and photography are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.
*Prices subject to change
How it breaks down:
Facility Rental Fee: There are 12 venues on-site, the most popular being The Farm which this write-up will focus on. The rental rate is $5,000 + tax for the entire day.
What’s Included: Tables, cocktail tables, white linen, and silver or gold chargers
Food/Beverage: Outside caterers are not permitted. There is a $33,600 food and beverage minimum for all Saturday weddings. Prices for dinner average around $110/pp to start, and the bar packages start around $58/pp.
- Attendants (not required for plated meals): $150 each (recommend 3 for 125 people)
- Bartenders: $150 each (recommend 2 for 125 people)
- Cake-cutting fee: $1.50 per slice
- Chivari chairs: $5/per + $1 per cushion
- 12×24 Stage with Stairs: $680.00
- 15×18 Dance Floor: $450.00
- Lavaliere Microphone: $50.00
Space Type: Inside and Outside
Size: The Farm can accommodate up to 300 for a station dinner reception.
Bridal Suite: Yes
Parking: Yes, it is complimentary
How Will Grandma Get There? There are numerous options for Grandma and other guests to stay on-site, including the main boutique motel, historic inn, guest cottages and guest estates. All of which are located in downtown Highlands, where guests are in walking distance to restaurants, galleries, and other sites. And guests will definitely be in good hands, as it was recently named TripAdvisor’s #5 Top Hotel in the U.S. in 2015. Booking.com has rates from $290+, however for guests looking for less expensive hotel options there are several in the area, including The Highlands Inn and Main Street Inn. For guests traveling in from out of town, they would fly into the Asheville airport. This is the estimated driving time from there and other U.S. cities:
- Asheville, NC 1.5 Hours
- Atlanta, GA 2.5 Hours
- Birmingham, AL 5 Hours
- Charlotte, NC 3 Hours
- Greensboro, NC 4 Hours
- Greenville, SC 2 Hours
- Knoxville, TN 2.5 Hours
- Raleigh, NC 5 Hours
Party On! Events at The Farm can go until 11 p.m.
The Old Edwards Inn was the Highlands’ earliest known boarding house, known as Central House. Guests of the Old Edwards Inn (which is on the National Register of Historic Places) have access to an 18-hole golf course, spa/heated pool, and a fitness center. Their main venue, known as The Farm, spans 33 acres of gardens and includes a ceremony lawn, furnished barn, wood and stone glass pavillion, trout pond with fountain and bridal bridge, and a period farmhouse for the bridal party. Maps of the property is below:
Woman Getting Married Says:
The Farm at Old Edwards looks like it’s straight from a Restoration Hardware catalogue, complete with wrought-iron chandeliers and a stone fireplace. Though large it still has a completely intimate feeling, as if you’re saying ‘I Do’ in your dream home and are having your closest friends and family over for dinner…up to 300 of them! I’d like to see them include the cost of the dance floor and stage, but it’s not astronomical. And when you compare The Farm to a Blackberry Farm wedding in terms of venues, you’re looking at a much lower cost. Overall I think this would make a perfect destination wedding venue if you have a $80,000+ budget. Even if you live in New York City this is a great alternative to other wedding venues upstate. I kind of want to go there right now!