The Best Tips for Planning the Perfect Wedding

It’s no secret that planning a wedding can feel overwhelming at times. Planning the most special day of your life should be a pleasant experience. Here at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center, we’re here to help. Continue reading and learn the best tips for planning the perfect wedding in historic Staunton, Virginia. 

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Our Tips for Planning the Perfect Wedding 

1. Pick Your Outdoor Wedding Venue

If your idea of the ultimate wedding features a stunning landscape on the grounds of a gorgeous inn, look no further than the outdoor venue space at The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center. Our outdoor space is available from April through November and features two breathtaking locations—our manicured front lawn or romantic fountain area. These areas can be customized to accommodate up to 200 of your closest friends and family members. 

2. Select an Indoor Wedding Venue

If you desire to have your wedding day or wedding reception inside a luxurious hotel, that’s an option too! Plus, it’s always a great idea to have an indoor option as Plan B if the weather decides to act up. Our brand-new Conference Center spans over 10,000 square feet and boasts architectural charm and elegance with high ceilings, whitewashed trim, and classic moldings. Within the Conference Center, there is a collection of event spaces to choose from, each varying in size and unique character.  

The Great Hall

3,900 Sq. Feet / 72 x 54

  • Rounds: 208 guests
  • Reception: 300 guests
  • Theater: 468 guests
  • Classroom: 108 guests
  • U-Shape: 30 guests
  • Hollow Square: 40 guests

Gallery 1828

2,100 Sq. Feet / 30 x 70

  • Rounds: 160 guests
  • Reception: 200 guests
  • Theater: 252 guests
  • Classroom: 135 guests
  • U-Shape: 58 guests
  • Hollow Square: 64 guests

The Penthouse

2,400 Sq. Feet / 60 x 40

  • Rounds: 35 guests
  • Reception: 60 guests
  • Theater: 30 guests
  • Classroom: 30 guests
  • U-Shape: 20 guests
  • Hollow Square: 25 guests

30x90 Tent

2,700 Sq. Feet / 30 x 90

  • Rounds: 180 guests
  • Reception: 224 guests
  • Theater: 204 guests
  • Classroom: 96 guests
  • U-Shape: 68 guests
  • Hollow Square: 60 guests

3. Plan Your Wedding Date

Now that you’ve found your dream wedding destination, you’ll need to select a wedding date. Whether you want a white snowy backdrop, warm and sunny landscape, or colorful autumn scene, The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center is happy to accommodate you any time of the year. Pick your date and start sending out invitations to your guest list—it’s happening! 

4. Reserve a Room Block

If Staunton, VA, is a destination wedding for you or your guests, they’ll need somewhere to stay after an eventful day of celebrating your love. Give them enough time to start planning their trip and provide them with the best accommodations in the area. Here at our charming hotel, we’re happy to offer you, your bridal party, and your guests with well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Some of our in-room luxuries and amenities include rainfall showers, plush bath towels, frameless glass showers, complimentary toiletries, and in-room Keurig and refrigerators.  

5. Choose a Wedding Package

Your big day must be a vision of everything you’ve always dreamed of. When The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center is the host of your wedding, you’ll have an array of Wedding Packages at your fingertips. You can pick your ideal dance floor, chairs, tables, dining ware, lighting, and more!  

6. Utilize the Help of a Wedding Planner

The wedding planning process is not a simple one. There are many intricate details, and it can be challenging. Our team offers best-in-class service to ensure your fairytale becomes a reality. Whether you are looking for an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, every wedding at our Shenandoah Valley wedding venue gets the perfect amount of attention to detail every step of the way. 

7. Pick a Catering Package

No wedding is complete without a delectable, top-notch menu. The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center offers on-site catering and is committed to sourcing local. Browse our catering menu and pick your favorites to ensure that your rehearsal dinner, cocktail hour, or reception will go off without a hitch and leave your guests wanting seconds. 

Get Started Planning Your Perfect Wedding 

Now that you’re versed in our top tips for planning the perfect wedding, it’s time to get the ball rolling! Your big day will be here before you know it, so contact The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center and get started. We’re thrilled to be a part of your wedding day. 

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