If you’ve never heard of The Greenbrier Resort, prepare to have your world rocked.
Approximately 30% of all proposals take place between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, otherwise known as “Engagement Season”. Yes, that’s a real thing. If you were one of the lucky ladies to get a shiny new ring in the past few months, congrats! Now the real fun begins…planning a wedding! You’re undoubtedly beginning to explore your options for photographers, florists, and caterers. Before any of that, though, you need to find a VENUE! And it’s important that you know all of your options. There are a plethora of amazing choices both in and around Pittsburgh. But have you ever thought outside the city? Heck, what about outside the state?! After reading this post, you just might want to consider it.
A short four hour drive south, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virigina, sits The Greenbrier. Otherwise known as America’s Resort, this place is where Southern hospitality meets luxury and leisure. Surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, The Greenbrier is a natural oasis for those looking to get away. The beautiful scenery and a world-class spa will make relaxing and recharging easy. Yet with a casino, championship golf course, and over 50 other activities, you’ll never be bored. And when it comes to weddings, The Greenbrier does them like no other.
Whether you’ve always dreamed of exchanging vows at an intimate, mountain-view ceremony or dancing the night away in an opulent hotel ballroom, The Greenbrier caters to a wide range of styles. Regardless of yours, you’ll be in good hands. Their commitment to outstanding service and hospitality means your wedding day is just as important to the staff of The Greenbrier as it is to you. From the infamous white columns and charming décor to the wondrous mountains surrounding the resort, you’ll never run out of incredible backdrops for those bridal portraits. With the accommodations and entertainment, your guests will experience their own mini-vacation thanks to your wedding weekend.
Don’t just take my word on all of this though. Learn just what makes The Greenbrier so special, straight from Maren White, the Wedding Director there.
What makes The Greenbrier an excellent choice for a wedding venue?
The Greenbrier is an extremely unique property that speaks not only to our brides, but also our grooms! The feminine and colorful interiors designed by Dorothy Draper are an exciting juxtaposition to the wild and wonderful West Virginia outdoors. With over 50 activities to keep your guests entertained throughout your wedding weekend and the elegance of our ballrooms, there is no other property as special as The Greenbrier!
What is The Greenbrier’s best feature?
It is hard to say that any one feature stands out at The Greenbrier. With our presence within the West Virginia and White Sulphur Springs community since the 1700s, our team of service members has been deeply rooted in our town’s culture for hundreds of years. At The Greenbrier, we are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen. It is our excellence in service that set our guests’ experiences high above any other property of our caliber.
What is the advantage of hosting a wedding or event at The Greenbrier?
The Greenbrier’s Wedding Team is dedicated to assisting our brides with the entire wedding planning process. From selecting the perfect reception location to fitting your groom’s tuxedo in our Ralph Lauren store, The Greenbrier prides itself on having everything that a bride could dream of for her wedding weekend!
How many guests can be accommodated in the various spaces?
The Greenbrier is an extremely versatile property. With our iconic North Parlor being able to accommodate groups of 40 guests or fewer, we are an ideal location for intimate weddings. If you are planning a grand affair, our Colonial Ballroom can comfortably accommodate over 600 guests with plenty of room for a dance floor and a band that will keep your guests celebrating all night long!
Can a ceremony be held on-site?
The Greenbrier is host to many gorgeous outdoor ceremony spaces, including the North Garden and Presidential Lawn. However, our brand new Chapel has been the preferred venue to exchange vows this past year! Nestled on The Greenbrier’s North Lawn, The Greenbrier Chapel was designed to blend in with the historic structures and natural landscape surrounding it, while also offering romantic touches including custom chandeliers, stained glass windows designed by Carlton Varney, and modern conveniences including private rooms for the wedding party and ADA accessibility.
Minimoons are becoming a popular trend among newlyweds! Why is The Greenbrier an ideal spot for a trip like this?
Since 1778, people have traveled to The Greenbrier to “take the waters” and bathe in the white sulphur springs. Today, The Greenbrier’s world-renowned mineral spa offers a variety of services designed to bring newlyweds the relaxation and comfort they need after a whirlwind wedding! Not only is the spa an inviting reason to minimoon at The Greenbrier, but our food and beverage team is dedicated to making every dinner romantic and delicious!
Who knew such a luxurious destination existed this close to the Burgh?! I for one can’t wait to check it out. And if you’re still wedding venue shopping, you definitely should too.
While I did team up with The Greenbrier to bring you this post, all opinions are my own.