A historic wedding venue in Charlottesville, Virginia, James Monroe's Highland services couples throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia. A part of the wedding industry for the last 25 years, the venue specializes in picturesque backdrops. James Monroe's Highland is ideal for couples searching for optimal privacy and flexibility on their special day.
Facilities and Capacity
James Monroe's Highland’s expansive size accommodates 250 guests. Couples may choose from two event spaces to host their ceremony and/or reception.
The following services are provided for James Monroe's Highland couples:
Couples may also expect the following services when working with James Monroe's Highland:
Nestled against the southwest mountains in Virginia, James Monroe's Highland was the home of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. It began as a 3,500-acre plantation adjacent to Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson.
Recommended by 95% of couples
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Harriett · Married on 10/14/2017
Could not have imagined a more beautiful place for our wedding. Emilia & Addie were very helpful & accommodating throughout the entire process. They worked very well with our other vendors, making the whole planning process so easy & fun. We also liked that a portion of the fee is a tax-deductible donation to the historic preservation of the property. Great value & alternative compared to many of the vineyard locations.Sent on 11/22/2017
Jacqueline · Married on 05/04/2019
Stunning location, rain or shine!
James Monroe's Highland is a beautiful space! They have numerous outdoor locations for the ceremony and cocktail hour. The pavilion was perfect for our reception, even though it rained a bit (thankfully later that night so the ceremony still took place outside), there are flaps you can rent that work perfectly. Addie (who has left) and Frankie (who took over a few months before the wedding) were a joy to work with. They were very responsive to questions about what was and wasn't allowed. Putting up our own bistro lights in the pavilion was very helpful and cost saving. The 'bridal suite' is ok, but I ended up deciding to get ready elsewhere. The indoor rain plan - a two story event barn - would have worked for us if we needed it to. We happened to have done our tour while it was raining, so seeing the rain plan before booking was great. The only complaint we really received from guests is that the bathrooms are far away, but Highland is looking to add some up near the pavilion in the future. the venue was a dream for my wedding. It doesn't hurt that a good chunk of the fee is tax deductible too. (Photo credit to Amanda Maglione)Sent on 06/10/2019
Caroline · Married on 11/17/2018
Fantastic place to get married!
Highland was a wonderful choice for us. First of all, the price was manageable for our large wedding. We knew we'd have up to 200 guests and they were a beautiful location with indoor and outdoor spaces for use that could accommodate our number. Addie was our main point of contact for booking and she was so nice, responsive and low-maintenance! Holly was our on-site contact and was incredibly helpful. They worked with us on some quirky aspects - like having skee-ball and foosball at our cocktail hour - and were flexible in giving us access to store various items overnight since they didn't have an event booked the night before our wedding. They were also helpful in making it accessible for my handicapped grandfather. Some of the recent/upcoming improvements (potable water on-site, a concrete slab for the catering vendors behind the pavilion) are just going to make it more and more attractive as a venue. And did I mention that it's STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS? We had our ceremony outside on Nov 17 and the leaves and light looked beautiful on a 54-degree day. We had the ceremony in the peacock yard, cocktail hour in the event barn, and the reception at the pavilion. There's basically no spot on the property that doesn't make for great photos.Sent on 11/30/2018
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!
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.
Beautiful setting, well-equipped with attentive service- and you can be part of history!