Think outside of the box, at Wiseacre Estate, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Celebrate your wedding WEEKEND at this Mid-Century Modern property, comprising 4,000 square feet inside and 3 acres of private outdoor space, combining elegance with playful charm. Over the past six years, Wiseacre has hosted wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 125 guests, in addition to corporate luncheons, business pow-wows, graduation and birthday parties, photo/video shoots and bachelorette parties. With a creative, expansive and private space as well as indoor and outdoor options, the estate provides limitless possibilities, rain or shine.
Facilities and Capacity
Wiseacre was built and designed for entertaining and can accommodate larger and intimate groups. Inside, the ballroom-size great room comprises 650 feet of space, 20-foot windows, and spectacular views of Lake Whitehurst. There is an adjoining dining room with a 10-foot table, a separate wet bar, a large all-season porch with additional bar, and guest bathroom. Couples are welcome to utilize the sparkling chef’s kitchen, with refrigerator, gas convection stove, and all the essentials. Outdoors at Wiseacre, there is a wholly private two-acre backyard with panoramic lake views on three sides. A large stamped concrete patio offers a built-in dance floor, while there is a separate terrace off the dining room. The estate offers plenty of free parking, with attendant included.
Natural beauty, privacy, and flexibility make this venue a one-of-a-kind setting for your wedding-related event. Wiseacre’s experienced, detail-oriented, and easy-going host will ensure that your big day is memorable with no drama. Alongside free parking, a private driveway and parking attendant, you have access to the following services when booking your event at Wiseacre Estate:
This wedding venue offers two guest bedrooms with queen beds, a jack and jill full bath, as well as additional sleeping arrangements in the Great Room for "grown-up slumber parties." Come HOME for your wedding, at Wiseacre Estate. Please send an inquiry for full terms and details.
5 Reviews for Wiseacre
Recommended by 100% of couples
13 User photos
William W. · Married on 02/22/2020
Look no further, this is the place to have your wedding, no question.
With Wiseacre, you're getting more than just the amazing lake view, the phenomenal architecture, and the eclectic art. You're also getting Chuck Taylor as the man who runs it. Chuck can offer just his hospitality services alone and it'd be worth every penny. But the fact that he comes with Wiseacre makes this venue feel like a steal. I sincerely can't even imagine a more perfect place for my wife and I to have had our wedding.
Nitty Gritty details:
We had the venue from Fri afternoon- Mon morning, hosting our rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception all on site.
Having our rehearsal on site gave such an invaluable peace of mind. We were able to see exactly how our ideas for the wedding day would be implemented and if they'd be effective. We were able to have everything set up at our own pace, and preference, and we were able to break everything down after the wedding day the same way. I can't overstate how vital that was for our own sanity!
Chuck has blueprints of the spaces, allowing for you to be able to meticulously plan and figure out how you would like to set everything up.
The pricing was very reasonable, and incredibly upfront. No hidden fees, no service charges, none of that. Whatever you think you're gonna pay is exactly what you end up paying. That transparency was awesome, and allowed for us to be able to more correctly budget everything else.
Since Chuck is worthy enough as a stand alone service, I'll throw in a little review of him as well.
Chuck is, for lack of a better word, perfect.
He was part Butler/Friend/Host/Chameleon/Therapist.
I imagine what every couple planning their wedding needs.
He's in the background, blending into everything, helping things run smoothly during the big day, he's the man with so many answers and helpful hints/suggestions during the planning process, and also just a great human being to have as a part of the nightmare that is planning a wedding. I can't say enough nice things about him and his beautiful home.
2 thumbs way up.
10/10 would recommend.
Stop looking for your venue, and book this place right now.
I'd almost dare say it's worth planning when you have your wedding based on whenever you're able to book it here.Sent on 02/27/2020
Eliska G. · Married on 08/15/2020
Wiseacres is a dreamy place with a scenery and view that is top notch. Really amazing to be able to have a wedding venue for a weekend. Really nice to be able to enjoy the wedding weekend with family and friends. The inside ballroom is fabulous and the outdoor space is amazing. It is surrounded by water and a magical place!Sent on 08/18/2020
Stacy F. · Married on 07/26/2020
The perfect spot for a wedding
We had our pandemic wedding here and can’t express enough how amazing a venue this is! The view is spectacular (there was even a rainbow), the house is beautiful and eclectic, and Chuck was the absolute best host ever. He was friendly, helpful, and accommodating. You can tell he genuinely enjoys hosting events at his house and my guests were smitten with him! One engaged couple at our wedding expressed an interest in having their wedding at a Wiseacre too and we strongly encouraged them to do so. This is the perfect location and perfect host to give you the best wedding ever!Sent on 08/04/2020
Please contact us with details of your wedding vision, including potential date(s) and number of guests.
Wiseacre will promptly send details regarding our wedding weekend packages, including transparent pricing.
** Prices have been reduced for the duration of 2021.
We look forward to continuing the discussion!
Team of Wiseacre
Owner & Executive Director
Chuck Taylor is the owner and Executive Director of Wiseacre. He moved to the property in 2014, not only living fulltime in the space during an extensive renovation of the MidCentury Modern estate, but launching one of Norfolk, VA's best-reviewed Airbnb home shares. To date, he has ammassed some 380 five-star reviews.
In 2015, Wiseacre began hosting events, including baby showers, bachelorette weekends, family reunions, retirement parties, fashion shoots, music video shoots—and of course, weddings.
This is a second chapter in Chuck's career. He previously covered the entertainment industry for three decades, while working at Billboard magazine in New York City as a senior reporter, editor and columnist for 15 years. With more than 1,000 artists and executive interviews, the Grammy voter has appeared on ABC's “20/20,” “CBS Evening News,” CNN, VH1's “Behind the Music,” and “E! True Hollywood Story”; and has been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, TV Guide, People and Entertainment Weekly.
Now a "semi-retired" writer, Chuck enjoys sharing Wiseacre Estate with wedding couples. Since 2015, the property has hosted more than 150 ceremonies and receptions.
Geoff Garcia joined the Wiseacre team in 2021, as Concierge, assisting in all aspects of execution, strategic planning and social media outreach/marketing.
He brings to Wiseacre's wedding couples three decades of career management experience in hospitality, event planning and culinary arts. Previous stops include Marriott Hotels & Resorts, taverns, music clubs, restaurants and event venues throughout the Central Virginia region.
He lives in Virginia Beach with his beloved rescue pooch, Chloe.