Elegant wedding venues and special event space in Charlottesville, VA
Inn at Darden Catering
An ideal venue choice for small to large weddings and special events, the Abbott Center Dining Room offers 5,900 sq. ft. of flexible banquet space accommodating up to 400 guests in comfort and traditional style. Your guests will appreciate comfortable accommodations, dining and wedding reception areas all conveniently located on the University of Virginia Grounds and close to downtown Charlottesville.
Plan the romantic wedding of your dreams with the help of our experienced wedding planning professionals with a special focus on customer service. Choose from an assortment of beautifully decorated banquet and reception spaces customized for your special day. The outstanding chefs at Abbott Center will create a delicious menu designed especially for you and your guests.
Whether you are planning a wedding or anniversary celebration, birthday or baby shower, the Abbott Center professional planning staff is at your service with attention to each detail of your special event or occasion.
Trust your next Charlottesville event to the planners and catering team at the Abbott Center, offering outstanding service, value, and the unbeatable location of the Inn at Darden.
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Recommended by 87% of couples
Kristina DiPano · Married on 04/13/2019
A beautiful Charlottesville wedding for two 'Hoos
Following our wedding ceremony at the UVA Chapel, we had our cocktail hour at Darden’s South Lounge and our reception at Darden’s Abbott Center Dining Room. The venue was absolutely fantastic. The spaces were beautiful and had indoor/outdoor components. Darden also handled all of our catering, which made planning a breeze (and the food was delicious!). The staff was extremely friendly and made sure everything was done as we requested. Kim Olzer and her team went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect on our wedding day. We could not have imagined a better reception.Sent on 05/10/2019
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Rachel · Married on 09/17/2016
We used the Darden Inn as a secondary room block for our main hotel, Boars Head Inn. They were super easy to work with and provided a great rate for our guests. Those who stayed their loved their rooms! Darden Inn also does not (at least at the time of our wedding) require a deposit or minimum for room blocks--a huge plus over some other areas. The only downsides are that almost all of the rooms are single queens, not great for friends looking to share, and that if your fall wedding date happens to be on the same date as a home football game you may not be able to use them. But regardless, we highly recommend!Sent on 11/13/2016
Lisa · Married on 04/06/2013
We found the Abbott Center (at the UVA Darden School of Business) after becoming frustrated with the very limited options in Charlottesville. We knew we didn't want a winery wedding, and we also wanted to showcase Charlottesville's unique culture and beauty to our mostly out-of-town guests. Thus, a generic ballroom was out. We're so grateful that we found Darden! It was an amazing experience for us and our guests. Their management focuses mostly on UVA events, and they are only just getting into the wedding market, so some parts of the planning process were a little difficult to navigate. Our event manager was also new to the business, so it was sometimes hard to work with her. But, the wedding weekend made it more than worth it! All of our guests stayed in a 45-room block at the Inn at Darden ($105 per night!!), within walking distance of the Friday night welcome event (at the Darden Pub), the reception (in the ballroom), and the Sunday brunch (also in the ballroom). It was early spring, so the grounds were absolutely GORGEOUS. Walk around the week before to see all of the gardens on the campus - so you can tell your photographer where you want to be photographed. The ball room itself is so classy, and very beautiful. Sandra, the dining room manager, is superb, and her staff provides exceptional service. We cannot say enough about how well everyone treated our guests - from the ladies at the front desk of the Inn, to the cocktail waiters, to the bartenders, etc. It was entirely first-class. We had our cocktail our in the South Lounge, which is gorgeous if you can get it. Our photographer climbed up to the rotunda, to got a shot looking down over us and all of our guests. If you're looking for a Charlottesville venue that's "Charlottesvill-y" without being "too UVA" (I work there, but neither of us are alumni), definitely check out Darden!!Sent on 05/02/2013