afternoon tea Love stories from start to finish
Kitty & James
Brooke & Andrew
Kali and Dustin
Kali & Dustin
Kali and Dustin chose our Tea Wedding package to celebrate their five year wedding anniversary. They originally eloped with a simple courthouse ceremony and were ready to celebrate in style. We loved Kali & Dustin's vision of clean, simple, minimal decor for an elegant, classic look.
Brooke & Andrew
Brooke and Andrew downsized their original destination wedding planned for Colorado due to the pandemic, and changed out the Rocky Mountains for the Blue Ridge Mountains. We loved their clean, modern vibe, and the special details like succulents as cake flowers.
kitty & James
Kitty traveled all the way from England to marry her sweetheart James at the Golden Horseshoe Inn. Their delicate details and dusty blue color scheme were as beautiful as the bride and groom themselves.
kiara & Ian
Kiara and Ian and their gorgeous twin daughters celebrated a beautiful wedding day filled with vibrant reds, on a sunlit September afternoon. We loved every minute with this amazing couple!
Mckenzie & AManda
Our two beautiful brides were simply breathtaking, And the rich purple hues chosen for their reception linens and decor were the perfect palette for an early November wedding day!
valeria & Darren
Our Bride Valeria added some Brazilian flair to this gorgeous intimate summer wedding day! Tones of blush and ivory made for the most romantic wedding look! And their mountain photos were...EPIC!
simple • stunning • stress free
If a big wedding sounds stressful and expensive, you might be considering a more intimate event that still feels special but smaller. We've designed this all inclusive micro wedding package just for you.
The Afternoon Tea Wedding Package is a day perfectly designed for you both and up to a maximum of 24 guests. A wonderful way to celebrate your marriage with a minimum of stress and a maximum of good times and gorgeous memories. Micro Weddings for the win!!!
We'll include professional photography, a personalized wedding ceremony, tea party style reception, refreshments, wedding cake, flowers and much more. Continue scrolling for all the lovely details...
An onsite meeting with your wedding planners Heather and Monique is included in your wedding package. We love this opportunity to get to know each other and talk through the details of your day, making sure it all flows seamlessly. Each couple will be able to pick their linen colors, see a mock table set up and choose decor onsite from our prop inventory. We'll create a detailed wedding timeline and decor notes document for you so you can feel extra organized and we can be sure we won't forget a single detail.
You can view a sample Afternoon Tea Wedding Day Timeline below.
1. Planning assistance & timeline creation
The Afternoon Tea Wedding Package allows couples to invite up to 24 guests to celebrate with them, or you may choose a smaller number of guests that feels right to you! Each person age 2 and over who is attending the event (excluding the wedding couple themselves) is counted as a guest. This includes parents, siblings, children, friends and bridal party members. Babies under the age of 2 are not counted as guests. *should a couple prefer to provide their own officiant (rather than using the provided onsite officiant) that person and their plus one are not included in the guest count and are welcome to stay for the reception.
2. invite up to 24 guests
3. private dressing suite for each partner
A beautifully appointed dressing room is available for each partner on the second floor. Couples may arrive up to 3 hours ahead of their ceremony time to dress and prepare. Brides are welcome to hire a hair and makeup team to meet them at the venue for hair and makeup services, or may choose to do their own hair and makeup. Each dressing suite includes a steamer, private restroom, and amenity cupboard filled with "uh-oh" items like safety pins, sewing kit, hairspray etc. Each suite is tastefully decorated to make sure your "getting ready" photos are gorgeous and to provide a calm oasis as you prepare for the day ahead.
4. personalized ceremony & licensed officiant
Couples may choose to have an indoor or outdoor ceremony. We will take care of all ceremony set up, including white padded wedding chairs, white carpet aisle runner, aisle decor and officiants podium. Our on-site Licensed Virginia Wedding Officiant Monique is delighted to provide a ceremony tailored and customized to each couple's personal style and beliefs. Both secular and religious ceremonies are welcomed. Couples may also choose to provide their own officiant instead. Your wedding planners are able to sign your wedding license to ensure your legal marriage, if you prefer to have a non-legal friend or family member preside over your ceremony.
5. professional photography
Gorgeous professional wedding photography is INCLUDED in the Afternoon Tea Wedding package. This is an incredible opportunity to receive stunning photos without the stress and expense of finding and hiring an outside photographer. Our photographer (and owner of Golden Horseshoe Weddings) Heather has photographed over 500 weddings and has the experience & expertise to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Each couple is offered a complimentary blog post sneak peek of their wedding photos 72 hours after their wedding day, and receives their full gallery of high resolution downloadable images with print release, within 3 weeks of their wedding. *all photos on this website and on our BLOG are examples of Heather's work.
6. Cake, flowers, Linens and Decor
A gorgeous two tier wedding cake is included with the Afternoon Tea Wedding package. You'll do the special "cake cutting" together and then our staff will cut and serve the cake for your guests. You can read all about our cakes HERE. Fresh seasonal flowers are also included in your package. Included are the Bridal bouquet, Groom's Boutonniere and fresh flowers to garnish your cake. We are happy to customize floral needs for our LGBT+ couples. Extra floral items may be added on for an additional fee as needed. We offer 56 linen colors to choose from for your reception tables and have an amazing PROP INVENTORY where you can borrow extra details to enhance and customize the style and look of your event.
7. afternoon tea style reception
This afternoon wedding package includes the following light refreshments for your guests, and includes all glassware, flatware and dinnerware:
-lemonade, sweet tea, coffee and tea, cream and sweeteners, ice water
-cocktail hour snack plate for each guest including veggies, dip, cheese & crackers
-light refreshment plate for each guest including mini sandwich, mini pastries, scone, fresh seasonal fruit, mozzarella wrapped in Italian meats
-couples may provide their own beer, wine and champagne if they wish
-the option to hire a caterer and serve a full meal is not available with this package, couples who would like to serve a full meal should choose our Boutique Wedding package
$3295 plus tax
- our onsite photographer will capture the big moments from start to finish including "getting ready", ceremony, posed portraits and candid reception shots
-approximately 350 photos will be delivered via secure high resolution online gallery within 3 weeks of wedding day, including print release
-ADD ON cinematography or mountain photos for an additional fee if desired!
- After your ceremony and posed photos are complete, enjoy a tea party style reception with your guests
-Lemonade, Sweet Tea, Coffee and Hot Tea, mini sandwiches, pastries, fresh fruit, veggies, cheeses and a 2 tier wedding cake in flavors of your choice
-Couple may provide beer and wine if they wish (we'll provide wine glasses and openers)
-guests will be seated at tables for 3-5, to help with social distancing
-event staff, wedding planner, all set up and clean up included in package
- The Afternoon Tea Wedding package is available on Saturdays and Sundays
-The Afternoon Tea Wedding can be booked up to two years in advance
-$500 retainer required to reserve your date (deducted from your bill, not in addition to it)
-Remainder of your payment is due 3 weeks prior to your wedding day
-Couple may invite a strict maximum of 24 guests (including guests age 2 and over) or may choose to invite fewer guests as desired
-Exclusive use of building from 11am - 5pm
- Our outdoor wedding deck will be set up for your ceremony by our staff
-Aisle decorations, White Aisle Runner, Rose petals, and flower girl baskets included.
-A licensed wedding officiant will be provided, or provide your own (we can sign the wedding license for you to make you legally married)
-Indoor ceremony space also available if needed due to inclement weather
-couples are welcome to use items in our prop inventory for extra decor at no additional cost
11:00am - 2:00pm Time to dress and prepare
1:30pm Guest arrival
2:00pm Ceremony begins
2:20pm Ceremony concludes
2:30 - 3:15pm Cocktail hour and Posed photos
3:15 - 3:45pm Tea party refreshments served
3:45pm Toasts and Cake Cutting
4:00pm First Dance and Parent Dances
4:15pm Cake is served, mingling and dancing
5:00pm Bubble send off on front porch
5:00 - 5:30pm Time to gather your things
- A beautifully appointed dressing room is available for each partner
-Couples may arrive up to 3 hours ahead of their ceremony time to dress and prepare
-Steamer, private restroom, robes and amenity cupboard available in each dressing suite
-Custom wedding bouquet and boutonniere in colors of your choice included in your package
Tea Party Style Reception:
Indoor or Outdoor Ceremony:
Wedding Day Timeline:
Time to Dress and Prepare
add on cinematography
$595 + Tax
add on a mountain photoshoot
$150 + tax
the afternoon tea wedding is
$3295 + tax
The Afternoon Tea Wedding Package is a day perfectly designed for the two of you & up to a maximum of 24 guests. A wonderful way to celebrate your marriage with a minimum of stress and a maximum of good times and gorgeous memories. Including a personalized ceremony, professional photography and a tea party style reception. Micro Weddings for the win!!!
wedding highlight film
The afternoon tea wedding package
We have the incredible good fortune to be located next to Shenandoah National Park and the famous Skyline Drive. Many of our couples choose to add on an additional 30 minute mountain-top photoshoot at the end of their Afternoon Tea Wedding day. Travel to Skyline Drive with your photographer and end your special day with a few extra EPIC memories.
We are pleased to be able to offer affordable cinematography services for our couples who wish for a wedding highlight film to capture all the sights, sounds and movement of their day.
Including 6 hours of time onsite and a beautifully edited highlight film with licensed music. Average run time - 10-15 minutes.
Delivered within 4-8 weeks of your wedding day.
Sunday, April 23
Saturday, May 27
Sunday, August 13
We are grateful so many couples have chosen
Golden Horseshoe to host their wedding day.
Cancellations are rare, but should a cancellation happen, we will post the date above as soon as we know it is available.
We regret that we are not able to maintain a waitlist.
Click below to see our 2024 Dates!
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Wedding dates are booked on a first come, first served basis, when a contract and retainer are returned for a date.
When you are ready to book, fill out our READY TO BOOK A DATE FORM and we'll confirm your date is available.
We'll immediately email over a secure link where your retainer can be paid, and a Contract you can each sign electronically.
Once both your contract and retainer have been received by us, your reservation is complete.
We'll email over a receipt and a detailed wedding planning packet so we can get started helping you create an amazing day!
A few things to note:
- A $500 non refundable retainer is required to book your date
- This retainer fee is deducted from your final amount due
- Your final payment is due 3 weeks prior to your wedding date
- Dates are booked on a first come, first served basis
- Due to the number of couples considering a Golden Horseshoe Wedding,
we regret we are not able to "hold" dates
THE BOUTIQUE WEDDING &
THE AFTERNOON TEA WEDDING
Can be booked up to 2 years in advance
there is no minimum requirement for booking a wedding,
we can easily host short notice weddings
"I cannot thank Heather and her team enough. We gave her one inspiration picture and a brief description of what we envisioned and she created the most beautiful, special, personalized wedding day for us. She made the entire process easy and stress free and everything exceeded all of our expectations. In addition to being an amazing wedding planner, she is an incredible photographer! Her pictures are magazine quality and we are so thankful that we will have these memories to cherish for years to come. For any brides who have had to rework their weddings due to COVID or are considering a smaller wedding even in non-COVID times, I would HIGHLY recommend GHI. -Colleen and Derrick
We truly couldn’t have asked for anything better. Having the all inclusive feel takes the stress out of planning a wedding. From the delicious cake to perfectly designed flowers, to in-house photography and cinematography..., as well as a provided officiant that made our ceremony extra special…. we really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. If you’re questioning having a smaller, intimate ceremony…. Look no further!!! The GHI is the place for you". - Kayley and Nick
If I could rate Golden Horseshoe Inn 50 stars it still wouldn't be enough. From the planning to the day of, everything was just so effortless. Every detail, every moment, and every aspect of the entire day was, for lack of a better word, perfect. Weddings can often be stressful but that was not the case for us... we had FUN. Our cheeks hurt by the end of the day from smiling and laughing so much. Our photos are simply breathtaking and we will cherish them for the rest of our lives. I could go on and on about all the amazing things that should make you chose GHI but there is no reason better than the folks that come with it. My husband and I felt completely at home with Heather and Monique and you just can't put a price on that. Not one single regret. - Skye and Sam
"We found GHI and it was like all of our wishes had been granted. Getting married with GHI was the absolute best decision. The team at GHI is truly a dream team. We gave them a vision of what we were thinking and they made it come to life. The decor was beautiful. Our cake was delicious, really pretty too. Between Heather & Monique, the day moved very smoothly and there was never an awkward moment of “what’s next”. All of our family and friends felt very welcome. GHI is very LGBT+ friendly. My wife and I felt very supported and the GHI family was genuinely happy for us. Choosing an all inclusive wedding was the best option for us. We wanted a beautiful wedding without the stress of planning it and that’s exactly what we experienced. - Amanda and McKenzie
Pricing, Available Dates & Package Details are RIGHT HERE on our website.
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Magazine May / June 2021 Issue