Weddings & Events

golden 
horseshoe Inn

Frequently Asked

Questions

How many guests do you accommodate?

How many guests do you accommodate?

Up to 70 guests Maximum. This includes members of your wedding party (excluding wedding couple). Babies under age 2 are not counted.

How far in advance can I book my date?

How far in advance can I book my date?

Our wedding and elopement packages can be booked a Maximum of 24 months in advance of your wedding month. There is NO MINIMUM amount of time required to book a wedding - you could book a wedding with only 2 weeks notice and we'll be able to help you!

What time may we arrive on the day of the event?

What time may we arrive on the day of the event?

Anytime 11am. or after. Your wedding planner will help you map out your day and choose a suitable arrival time. Couples needing additional time onsite in the morning may purchase extra hours for $50 per hour / maximum of two hours. Additional Evening hours are not available to purchase.

Can we bring our own minister or officiant?

Can we bring our own minister or officiant?

Yes! You are welcome to use your own officiant. (An on-site officiant is included in your package) We do not offer a price reduction should you choose to bring your own officiant.

Tell me about your in house photography?

Tell me about your in house photography?

In house Photography is included in our Elegance Elopement package. Our Boutique wedding package does not include photography. For our Boutique Wedding Package, couples may add on our full day photography package for $650 or may hire the photographer of their choice. An additional off site Mountain Photo Shoot is available for $150 on top of the package price. You can read about our in house photo package HERE!

Tell me about your in house Cinematography?

Tell me about your in house Cinematography?

Yes, we now offer onsite Cinematography as an Add On to our Photography Package. Heather (Photography) and Stephen (Cinematography) are a husband and wife team, and by working together, can ensure amazing communication, and teamwork for getting the best shots, while not interfering with one another's work. (*Couples are not required to use Heather or Stephen's services, and are most welcome to hire their own Photo/Video team from the outside vendor(s) of their choice)


I have already hired a videographer, can I still add on the in house Photography Package?

I have already hired a videographer, can I still add on the in house Photography Package?

Sorry, no. Amazing communication and coordination are required when both a photographer and videographer are present. Heather and Stephen work best together, and neither currently collaborates with outside vendors. Couples working with an outside Photographer should seek out a complimentary outside videographer and vice versa.




What time should guests arrive?

What time should guests arrive?

We recommend that guests arrive about 30-45 minutes prior to the ceremony. This allows our staff to give more time and attention to the Bridal Party. Once you have secured your date, we will email out a packet to you including printable Direction Cards, which you can include in your invitations if you wish.

Are there restrooms?

Are there restrooms?

There are two restrooms on the first floor. There are two additional restrooms upstairs (one in each suite)

Is there a coat check area?

Is there a coat check area?

Yes, there is space for hanging coats and hats.

Is the facility handicapped accessible?

Is the facility handicapped accessible?

The first floor and wedding deck are handicapped accessible. The second floor suites are not due to the historic nature of the building.

Are candles permitted?

Are candles permitted?

A Unity candle is permitted during your wedding ceremony. Otherwise, candles are not permitted as decoration due to the historic nature of the building. Flameless candles are welcome.

Can we tour the facility?

Can we tour the facility?

We would love to give you a tour, please call to set up an appointment to visit. We are open 7 days a week, however we are not always on site, so please call ahead and make an appointment.

Is parking available?

Is parking available?

Yes. Blacktop/Graded Parking is available for up to 25 vehicles. Field parking is available for additional vehicles.

Are linens included?

Are linens included?

Linens are included in your package. Our table cloths are floor length. Coordinating Chair Sashes, Napkins and Overlays are available in 80+ colors. Ironing and Set up are also included in your package!

Can we decorate the space?

Can we decorate the space?

Yes. We are happy to suggest recommended spots to add your decoration. Prior arrangement and permission is required for any decoration that requires nailing / tacking etc. 

Can we use your decorations?

Can we use your decorations?

Yes! We have a wonderful collection of wedding props you are welcome to borrow. Cake stands, Centerpiece elements, Vases, Tulle, Sandwich boards, Chalk Boards, Votives and Flicker Candles, Placecard Holders, Frames and Signs are only some of the items we have on hand.

Can we drop off decorations, beverages etc. ahead of time?

Can we drop off decorations, beverages etc. ahead of time?

Yes! We think this makes your wedding day much more relaxed. We recommend arranging a suitable date the week before your wedding to drop off any decorations, beverages, apparel, favors etc. Drop off appointments are scheduled to last a maximum of 1 hour. Additional drop off time can be purchased for $50/ hour if you need an extended time onsite to set up / unload your items.

Can we throw birdseed, confetti, blow bubbles etc?

Can we throw birdseed, confetti, blow bubbles etc?

Bubbles and Sparklers are permitted outdoors (they are included in your Boutique wedding package for your send off), no confetti or birdseed please.

Free!

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Driving Directions

The Golden Horseshoe Inn is located at:
9 Golden Horseshoe Rd.
Stanardsville, Virginia 22973
*Tours and visits by appointment only!
Located two miles East of Skyline Drive's Swift Run Gap entrance and 5 miles West of Stanardsville, VA.

If you are travelling West on Route 33:
Follow US-33 W. and pass the town of Stanardsville. 
The road will narrow and you will climb some winding foothills.
We are the next left after the Lydia Log Cabin building with the Red-Orange Tin Roof which you'll see on your left.
Turn LEFT onto VA-625/GOOSE POND RD
take an immediate right into our parking lot.

If you are travelling East on Route 33:
After passing the Swift Run Gap entrance to Skyline Drive, you will begin to descend the mountain. 
You will pass a sign stating “You are now leaving Shenandoah National Park.”
Take the next Right onto Rt. 625/Goose Pond Road. 
Take a Right into our Parking lot on Golden Horseshoe Rd.

We recommend you do not rely only on GPS, it can be unreliable in this area!