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These prices are available for the months of April through October. These prices are available for the months of November through March.
$5,200 starting price
$5,200 starting price
$2,700 starting price
$2,700 starting price


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James Monroe's Highland is a wedding venue located in Charlottesville, Virginia that services couples throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The onsite team has been part of the wedding industry for over 25 years, and offers their picturesque, rural setting for soon-to-be-weds. With its flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, breathtaking views, and rustic aesthetic, couples are welcome to transform these grounds into their nuptial dream.

Facilities and Capacity

James Monroe's Highland features seven different event spaces to host celebrations of various sizes, from romantic elopements to receptions with up to 200 guests. You will have access to the extensive manicured grounds to host your special day, with the lush forestry and rolling hills as your natural backdrop. Flourishing gardens are present throughout the grounds, along with a mature white oak and grove of deciduous trees that make for romantic photo sessions. Receptions can take place under the large wooden pavilion, with exposed ceiling beams that can be easily decorated with bistro lights or elegant drapery. A climate-controlled, indoor event room is also present on the grounds, to host celebrations during any season. Large windows surround the space to bring in plenty of natural light, along with large ceiling lights to add a bright, welcoming aesthetic. Guests are free to step outside on the large porch and patio, and enjoy a relaxing cocktail hour under the sun. Ample parking is also available onsite, with wheelchair accessibility to ensure that everyone makes it to your celebration safely.

Services Offered

Couples are free to use any vendors they prefer, from caterers to florists, that will help them achieve their dream theme. Tables and chairs will be provided and can be arranged into any formation you prefer. From your rehearsal dinner to the last dance at your reception, the onsite team will work to ensure that you have an evening to remember.

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Historic Building

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Julie M. Married on 04/29/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful, historic venue with excellent Events staff

Couldn't be happier with our choice of James Monroe's Highland!! If you aren't excited about the idea of having just another generic, impersonal Virginia winery wedding and are looking for a location with a long history, character, and beautiful scenery, you absolutely need to look into this venue. Highland is a special place. The Highland Events manager (Jason) was super helpful, professional, patient with all my questions, and so very personable -our favorite "vendor" of all. The price was surprisingly reasonable compared to other central Virginia outdoor venues, and a large chunk of it is a tax-deductible donation that goes toward funding Highland's education and preservation projects - it felt amazingly good to invest some of our wedding money in this way.
Having an outdoor wedding can be nerve-wracking due to the unpredictability of weather, but we got lucky for our late April wedding. They have a backup indoor space in case of very bad weather, but honestly, it would've been a huge disappointment had we had to move indoors. The historic grounds were green and gorgeous, with brick walkways and interesting spaces at every turn. The long driveway up with framing trees is an iconic location for bride-and-groom photos. The secluded ceremony area (the Blue Ridge yard) surrounded by boxwoods and a white fence was an intimate setting for our wedding of 70 (it would've fit dozens more and they have a larger space if needed), with lovely, peaceful scenery as the backdrop. A charming garden area was the cocktail hour space (where guests have the option of taking a brief walk through the indoor exhibit spaces which are literally right there), and then a covered hilltop outdoor pavilion was the reception area. Although it sounds confusing, all these places are just a few steps away from each other (less than a 2-minute walk). Things ran smoothly, there were zero glitches on the wedding day thanks to the friendly Highland staff, and we and our guests loved the setting. It was magical.
Lauren D. Married on 09/17/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful location, wonderful team

James Monroe's Highland was the perfect venue. The team (Jason and Shai) are wonderful - warm, kind, helpful, and experienced. They put us at ease from Day 1, connecting us with great vendors that made the rest of the planning process seamless. We wanted a mountain setting with beautiful views, and Highland delivered. It is a special place that is grounded in history, which was meaningful to us. I highly recommend James Monroe's Highland!
Cathy T. Married on 11/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Fall Wedding at Highland

We held our daughter’s October wedding at Highland. It was the perfect venue for a fall wedding! The venue offers multiple options to hold the outdoor wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Each of options are beautiful and provide space for small to large events. Our guests loved the views. The event staff was exceptional in the care they took in responding to questions prior to the event, preparing the venue for the wedding and ensuring the day of the event went as planned. Highly recommend!
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Love this venue. One of the great things about it is that, at least at the weddings I have officiated at there, the guest house--from the James Monroe era, is open to guests. What a great thing! Guests can learn about James Monroe, as they also connect with wedding guests. The staff is friendly and at the ready to take care of your every need. Can't wait for my next wedding there!

Amanda C. Blake Photography Amanda C. Blake Photography Wedding Photographers

Highland is truly a beautiful place. There's so many gorgeous locations for photographs - I am always finding a new spot every time I photograph a wedding there! I cannot wait to work there again.

Eve Watters Eve Watters Wedding Musicians

Beautiful setting, well-equipped with attentive service- and you can be part of history!


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