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The Founders Inn and Spa

Virginia Beach, VA View map Visit website
Rating 4.4 out of 5
86 reviews
$15k - $18k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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$15k - $18k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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


Cuisine
Full bar service awaits couples at this hotel. The Founders Inn and Spa employees 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


Accommodation
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

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

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

15

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Garden
Hotel
Inn/B&B
Resort
Restaurant
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
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
Centerpieces
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March

86 Reviews

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Recommended by 89% of couples
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    Ivette M. Married on 06/11/2022
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    Great ! Dog friendly wedding venue !

    Nice experience , everything was beautiful what a beautiful wedding venue !

    The Founders Inn and Spa's reply:

    Hello Ivette,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your wedding with us. We are honored to have been chosen as the location for your big day. We wish you all many years of love and happiness! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us in the future.

    Warm Regards,
    The Founders Inn and Spa Team
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    Frank A. Married on 02/11/2022
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    Came to DJ/MC Decided to Stay Over

    Myself and Mosquito Cove team member MC Shelia T visited Founder's Inn for a site survey before a Vow Renewal Event scheduled for the 26th of November 2020. The Founder's Inn staff was so charming, informative, helpful and cheerful that we decided to stay overnight. Dinner was great and the buffet the next day was wonderful. When we returned for the ceremony and celebration, our three-man team decided to stay over again. We loved the friendly and extremely helpful attitude of the entire staff. I loved working and staying at Founder's Inn!

    The Founders Inn and Spa's reply:

    Hello,

    Thank you so much for your kind review! I am happy to hear you enjoyed your time on our property. You all were a pleasure to work with as well and we hope to see you soon in the future!

    Thank you,
    Rachel McEntire
    Catering Sales Manager
  • Olivia
    Olivia Married on 07/24/2021
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    The prefect place for an inclusive wedding

    The Founders Inn took a lot of the stress off our plate by offering the venue space for both ceremony and reception, include catering as well as the cake and off accommodations. It is an absolutely beautiful venue and we couldn’t be happier with our choice!

    The Founders Inn and Spa's reply:

    Hello,

    Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy we had the opportunity to host you all on your big day. Your dress was amazing and the personal touches you brought in were beautiful. If there is anything we can assist you with in the future do not hesitate to contact us. I wish the two of you love and happiness moving forward in your journey.

    Warm Regards,
    Rachel McEntire & The Founders Inn and Spa Team

Awards

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Real Weddings

  • Christine & William
    33 photos · 08/25/2018

Deals

The Founders Inn and Spa 1
Offer

As our amazing educators make their way back to school, we would love to offer them a special discount! For weddings contracted prior to Monday, October 31st we are happy to offer those who work within the education system $500.00 off their cermeony, 25% off hotel rental items and 2 complimentary dressing rooms with any of our wedding packags. Please reach out to us today for more information and be sure to ask about our Educators Wedding Discount.

The Founders Inn and Spa 2
Offer

The Why Wait package includes an one-hour pre-reception and three-hours of dinner and dancing as well as overnight accommodations for the newlyweds! Include your wedding ceremony in our beautiful English Garden with weather back-up in our Sky-Lit Atrium. Package Price: $85 Per Person | Rental Fee: $1000 (Prices Exclude Taxes) Only Valid for New Customers | Wedding Must Take Place by August 31, 2022. Don't Miss this Limited Offer! Contact Us Today! 757.366.5716

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Professional Network & Endorsements

10 Endorsements
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.

Music Makes You Happy Entertainment Music Makes You Happy Entertainment Wedding DJs

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 food...it'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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5641 Indian River Road Virginia Beach, VA, 23464
757-366-5716
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