Situated in Warrenton, Virginia, Airlie is a countryside retreat and farm as well as an idyllic venue fitting for timeless weddings. It is conveniently nestled 50 miles outside of Washington D.C., making it accessible to many throughout the area. Spread out across 300 acres and brimming with history, the location offers romance and everlasting appeal, making it ideal for wedding celebrations.
Facilities and Capacity
The staff at Airlie encourages couples to bring their creativity. The team prides itself on the versatility of the event spaces, which provide a canvas for a variety of wedding ideas. Here, sweethearts can bring their style and find room to showcase it. There are indoor and outdoor event spaces available, all of which are featured against the pastoral landscape of Virginia. Up to 180 guests can be accommodated for a special occasion here. Outside, love birds can express their love and commitment in the Formal Gardens or the Butterfly Garden. Meanwhile, Smokehouse and Lakeside Tent, the Pavilion, Heritage, Market, and Airlie House offer covered or interior spaces for a couple’s nuptial event.
The staff seeks to support sweethearts throughout their event at Airlie. The team offers an all-inclusive package that covers linens, dinnerware, tables, and chairs. Couples also have access to dressing rooms and overnight accommodation. The options are plentiful for how couples can customize their menu, the layout, or the timeline of their celebrations.
The culinary creations served at Airlie are bursting with freshness. The ingredients for the dishes are sourced from the farm on the location or nearby producers. This extends to beverages as well with their garden-to-glass concept. Using ingredients grown in the Organic Garden, such as herbs, the bartenders can craft a specialty drink for your event.
There are multiple rooms and cottages which can be booked for overnight accommodation here. They offer luxury and comfort, with contemporary amenities in a historic setting. The interior design effortlessly bridges the gap between historic charm and modernity, for a relaxing and restful stay.
Airlie House was founded by Harry Connelly Groome in 1899. The original structure was lost to fire and constructed again in 1924. Both the house and the surrounding gardens have for the most part been preserved. In 1961, the estate was transformed into Airlie Center and earned the moniker, “Island of Thought.” Here, activists met to promote positive change for civil and human rights. To this day, the estate serves as a gathering place for numerous activities, while also functioning as a working farm.
81 Reviews for Airlie
Recommended by 92% of couples
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Andrea B. · Married on 08/08/2020
Five stars from Airlie's first couple after reopening from the pandemic shut down
My husband and I were originally going to get married in May at Airlie, but due to COVID, we moved it to August and due to Virginia being open for events up to 250 we were on the hook for the wedding in August, unable to move it again. A couple of months ago when I thought about writing this review, I was planning on having some words to say because we went through a lot of different Airlie coordinators from booking in January of 2019 to moving our wedding in March of 2020 and the communication during that time was not always the greatest. My impression completely changed over the past few months.
No one was prepared to navigating planning a wedding during a global pandemic, so naturally there were some bumps in the road and while we had wanted to move our wedding again, we knew that decision was up to Virginia and it was what it was. All we could do was reduce our guest count and put in as many safety precautions as possible for the day (we were a very pro-mask-as all people should be-wedding). Airlie ended up being incredibly cautious and responsive to our extra precautions we wanted in place. Not only is it already such a beautiful, predominantly outdoors venue, they let us reduce our guest count in June (including getting money back), put sanitizer stations all over the grounds, food guards by the food, created a seating plan to ensure those not of the same household were seated six feet apart, enforced wearing masks indoors and when not 6 feet apart, and closed the grounds so that we were the only guests on site. Lydia, our coordinator, could not have been more empathetic and helpful and we genuinely felt supported by all the Airlie staff we worked with in the weeks leading up to the wedding. They even helped us problem solve when the bulk of our desserts had to be canceled the night before the wedding due to a possible COVID exposure. Airlie's chef ended up adding in a ton more desserts last minute at no extra cost (since we had paid for more people than were actually attending at that point). We had the most beautiful, COVID-compliant wedding and felt incredibly special all weekend. We are also happy to say that all our precautions were successful and not one person contracted COVID from our wedding (everyone monitored for symptoms and a lot of people got tested after just to be safe)! While I would never wish having to plan a wedding in the middle of a pandemic on anyone, I am so happy to say that Airlie helped us create the most healthy and beautiful day we could ask for!
***I've included some photos by our amazing photographer (VNess Photography) that hopefully capture some of the safety precautions and still show off how gorgeous the day was!Sent on 08/28/2020
Whitney R. · Married on 06/26/2020
Best wedding location!
Airlie is absolutely beautiful!! I got married in the formal gardens and I could not have asked for a more prefect setting. All of my guests fell in love with the place! Your guests can stay there on the property. The staff was awesome and the food was delicious. I highly recommend booking your wedding there!!Sent on 09/24/2020
Airlie's reply:Whitney, everyone here at Airlie is so happy that you and Scott had a great experience. You were a pleasure to work with and we wish you every happiness.
Wendy · Married on 10/12/2019
Airlie is a beautiful venue and very easy to work with! They were very flexible regarding how we wanted to do everything for our special day.Sent on 10/25/2019
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Airlie is one of the most beautiful and elegant settings you will find anywhere. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with them over the years for weddings and events of all kinds.
Absolutely gorgeous wedding venue, locally sourced menu and creative chefs!
Airlie is on our list as one of our favorite venues in DC to work with. We’ve worked there for years and love the combination of beautiful locations to have the wedding outside and the gorgeous manor house, which proves to be the perfect backdrop for images. The locations for the wedding are exceptionally beautiful and they have everything from manicured grounds with gardens galore; a huge lake, complete with swans; waterfalls, stone fences and arches all around the property – and then there is the back of the house with the huge stairs and archways three stories high just perfect for photos with the ones you love. We’ve always found the staff to be exceptionally easy to work with, and the food has always been incredible. We also love how Airlie is set up so that you can have a beautiful wedding inside, too, either at the manor house or at inside the glass enclosed pavilion so it is perfect any time of year. I’ve watched over and over as they take great care of our brides, making sure their wedding is unforgettable. Joriana and I are always are super excited to work with any couple who is having an Airlie wedding because they stand out as a cut above.