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.
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.
36 Reviews for James Monroe's Highland
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Cathy T. · Getting married on 11/10/2021
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!Sent on 11/02/2020
Sophia S. · Married on 10/05/2019
Beautiful wedding venue with lovely staff
My husband and I got married at Highland in October. We had our ceremony in the Blue Ridge Yard and our reception in the Pavilion. The venue is beautiful and the views are amazing -- we got so many compliments from our guests. Most importantly, everyone that we talked to from Highland was so easy to work with! Over the course of planning our wedding, we had many, many questions and the folks we worked with were always so quick to respond and very patient in answering all of our questions.Sent on 12/06/2019
Elyssa · Married on 09/28/2019
GORGEOUS (And Affordable)
First- the photographer featured is Restoring Moore (Alex Moore) and she’s on Wedding Wire too!!)
JMH is the most stunning place for an outdoor wedding - stop reading this review and go visit it and I promise you will be blow away! It is wonderfully affordable, especially for Charlottesville, but keep in mind you will need a coordinator as one does not come with the venue. You will also need to rent additional restrooms if you have 200+ people, and make sure that you’re caterer can utilize the facilities as is (so make sure your caterer visits the venue first before you sign them!) Regardless, you can’t beat the views :)Sent on 10/23/2019
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!