Imagine eloping in a tranquil location with the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop to your special day. The area surrounding the town of Chantilly — considered part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area — provides couples with just such a pristine site to exchange their vows. Long considered the state of lovers, Virginia offers couples the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and elope in a quiet, romantic setting.
Southern Charm Weddings and Honeymoon Lodging
Imagine stepping back in time to the era of southern mansions; the historic white lavish Rosemont Manor sits approximately 40 miles from Chantilly. Built in 1811, the manor has 12 suites and guest rooms. Each room has a private bathroom with either claw foot tubs, soaking tubs or showers. All-inclusive wedding packages are available. As of publication, the Rosemont Manor’s Lady Bird Johnson Wedding Weekend elopement package cost between $3,000 and $4,000. The package lets you use the manor house and the grounds for the wedding. The ceremony is held in the gazebo that sits amid the property’s 60 acres.
Old-Fashioned Barn Weddings
An old-fashioned barn wedding doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and its simplicity makes it a favorite for a small elopement wedding. The Barns at Wolf Trap sits about 30 minutes from downtown Chantilly. Comprised of two historic barns that date to the 18th century, each barn was dismantled in upstate New York and moved to its present location. The English barn holds up to 70 guests. The larger German barn can hold up to 200. The barns have dressing rooms, central heating and air conditioning, kitchens and ample parking. As of publication, barn rental prices ranged from $2,800 to $3,200, with a minimum of six hours.
Outdoor Wedding Options
Situated11 miles from downtown Chantilly, the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is an option for a quaint outdoor ceremony. “The Washingtonian” magazine voted the atrium the top-ranked garden site in the area. The lush, plant-filled atrium is a climate-controlled glass building that makes it acceptable in any season. The ceremony can be held indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. The atrium is often booked a year or more in advance. Prices fluctuate each year. The facility has a minimum of an eight-hour rental per wedding.
Virginia Marriage License Laws
Within Virginia, couples can opt for all-inclusive wedding packages that include everything for a quick and relatively carefree elopement wedding. Despite the allure of running away to get married, you have to follow the legal protocol to obtain a marriage license. A marriage license can be acquired up to 24 hours before the wedding at any County Circuit Court Clerk’s office in Virginia. As of publication, the fee is $30. State residency is not required to obtain a marriage license. You do not even have to be a citizen of the United States.
With so much beauty and romantic options, Chantilly, Virginia and surrounding vicinity remains the choice location for anyone wanting to elope and honeymoon.