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The Founders Inn and Spa is a hotel with a ballroom for couples’ weddings in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area. This classic venue, with elegant and vintage touches, features an outdoor garden area as well as a magnificent ballroom. Features includes the stunning brick building of the hotel itself, a massive pond with a fountain in the center, and the gardens at night — illuminated by twinkling lights. This venue is located almost halfway between Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia, just off of Interstate 64.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can host up to 1,000 guests for their wedding at this stunning venue. Outdoor ceremonies can be set up in the garden with the dynamic fountain and pond in the background. For couples who want a more traditional appearance, the ceremony can be arranged with the brick facade of the mansion in the background. The brick patio of the gardens make for sure footing during the wedding ceremony, and for guests in their folded white chairs. Couples in the garden will find themselves surrounded by flowering plants and carefully sculpted topiaries. Inside, the colonial elegance of the venue makes an excellent setting for cocktail hours and receptions. Couples will find opulent carpeting, white columns, and rooms with ceilings two stories high. During colder months, or when facing inclement weather, couples can use the interior of the hotel for their wedding ceremony as well as their reception. In addition to ceremonies and receptions, couples can host other wedding-related events at this venue year-round. This includes bridal showers, elopements, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners.

Services Offered
Couples will find everything they need for their wedding at The Founders Inn and Spa. The versatile staff at the venue takes care of everything from event planning to in-house bar and catering services to setup and cleanup. Couples can relax in their bridal suite as the wedding comes together before their eyes. Couples can also choose to stay the weekend at this hotel with the overnight accommodations provided. For the same reason, it is a convenient location for out-of-town guests. All guests will find onsite and valet parking, as well as shuttle service to this venue. Other services offered by this venue include:

  • Cake
  • Event rentals
  • Lighting/sound
  • Pet friendly
  • Wireless Internet

Full bar service awaits couples at this hotel. The Founders Inn and Spa employs professional and well-mannered bartenders for a couple’s wedding. These bartenders can serve any type of alcohol at an open, limited, or cash bar. Catering can be served in the following styles for a couple’s cocktail hour and reception:

  • Buffet
  • Dessert
  • Family style
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Outside cake
  • Plated
  • Servers
  • Stations
  • Tastings

The colonial style of this hotel can be felt in every one of the 240 guest rooms in the building. These rooms feature stylish amenities such as comfortable beds, wireless Internet, and flat-screen televisions. Couples and guests who choose to upgrade to suites will find rooms with fireplaces, parlors, and more. The guestrooms and suites at this hotel are spread across three locations on the property: The Main Building, the James River Lodge, and the York River Lodge.

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Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Event Planning
Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Wedding Cake

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Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar

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Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall

What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail Reception
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Tent Accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Chocolate Fountain

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

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Alicia H. Married on 12/03/2022
4.6 out of 5 rating

Great food, great atmosphere, perfect for a Christmas wedding :)

The founders inn was the perfect choice for our winter wedding venue! The Christmas decorations on the grounds were beautiful and complimented the decor that we brought. The gardens were a stunning setting for our bridal party pictures and we got some beautiful pictures in front of the Giant Christmas tree! We had our reception in the swan terrace, and the food was to die for. Our waitress informed us that usually the bride doesn’t eat at the reception, but that was not the case for me. The staff was friendly and very helpful the night of our wedding!

There were only a couple things that could improve! Staff didn’t bring the bridal cart we ordered out while we were taking pictures, but this didn’t end up being an issue, as we finished with pictures before the cocktail hour was over. Lastly, the package we paid for had us set up with a honeymoon suite the night of the wedding, but the room was just a regular room. This was a little disappointing, but not a huge deal!

Overall, the founders inn gave me my dream wedding and I would recommend to anyone looking to have a Christmas wedding!
Krystle A. Married on 07/22/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Too good & true!

From the moment we arrived for a tour, to the moment we walked down the aisle, we were treated with such respect and the highest level of professionalism.

The staff made our small ceremony an experience we will NEVER forget. Around every corner was a helping hand and smiling face ready to support where necessary.

Our family and friends have yet to stop commenting on the amazing cuisine and great customer service in the Swan Terrace, and of course, the beautiful garden venue.
Ivette M. Married on 06/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great ! Dog friendly wedding venue !

Nice experience , everything was beautiful what a beautiful wedding venue !
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Professional Network & Endorsements

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Rev. Cory Newell and Associates Rev. Cory Newell and Associates Wedding Officiants

The Founders Inn and Spa has a brilliant team and so many beautiful opportunities to capture the most scenic weddings ever! All of the events I've participated in here has been very well organized. I also love that if there is rain, the beautiful interior creates an alternative that is desirable! It's a one of a kind space.

Reverend Ken Lane Reverend Ken Lane Wedding Officiants

The Founders Inn is one of the most beautiful venues in Hampton Roads. It's staff is always very professional and accommodating and the courtyard is setup extremely well so that even the most amateur photographers can take beautiful pictures.

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There are very few venues that offer everything that The Founders Inn and Spa offers. The venue is beautiful, inside and out, the staff is amazing and very focused on the needs of their clients and the layout is perfect for a wedding. If you are looking at hotels for your wedding and you want somewhere your guests can stay and actually enjoy themselves throughout the weekend, this is the place. Want to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony and an awesome reception in a well decorated, climate controlled ballroom, this is the place. Finally, the's amazing. We always enjoy doing events there but when we get to eat there, holy cow, it's awesome! Book a tour today, you will fall in love!

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