A list of free and affordable locations where you can elope or have a very small wedding that are located in and around Winchester and Northern Virginia.
If you are planning on eloping or having a very small wedding with only a few guests, there is no reason to pay a large fee to rent a venue for hours. There are plenty of free and scenic locations in and around the Winchester, Virginia area.
Here are some of my top location suggestions when it comes to getting married (and having your photographs taken) in the Northern Shenandoah Valley for free or at a very affordable cost.
If you are looking for a scenic wooded option with complete privacy, I offer my own property as an outdoor location to my clients as part of the Woodland Package (learn more). Located only 20 minutes north of Winchester in a peaceful country setting, the Woodland Package is easily accessible from a major highway. My home features a rustic farm fence with wedding archway, scenic wooded areas with a mountain view, and a traditional red barn with two friendly horses. I will also add that if you like animals you can visit our pet pigs as well!
As this package takes place at my private residence, only the couple and children can be accommodated. No other guests are allowed to attend. Couples are welcome to bring their pets too as long as they remain on a leash (my property is not fenced in and is frequented by deer and other wild animals).
If I am meeting you at the Winchester / Frederick County Courthouse to perform your marriage, the outside courtyard area is a perfect little spot for a photo session! Not only is it very convienient but also features stone archways, a brick walk-way area, and some cute trees which make for wonderful photo backdrops.
If you are getting your marriage license at the courthouse in Winchester, then Old Town Winchester is only a few blocks over! Full of historic and small town charm, Old Town Winchester (or the walking mall as us locals call it) is full of shops, spots to eat, and plenty of places to take photographs.
If you're looking to stay in the Winchester area, but want something a little more quiet and natural, look no further than Jim Barnett Park. Located roughly 5 minutes from the Winchester courthouse, the park includes a pond, walking paths, and many secluded wooded areas full of beautiful trees and plants perfect for photos and exchanging your vows.
Roughly 15 minutes east of Winchester off of Route 50 is one of the absolute best outdoor places to have your elopement or small wedding. Known as Blandy Experimental Farm and designated as the State Arboretum, the free park is 172 acres full of amazing trees, plants, flowers and a vast amount of scenic areas that are wonderful spots for saying "I do".
If you plan on staying a night or two at the historic George Washington Hotel in downtown Winchester, Virginia...you have the option of having your wedding and photos right there, usually with no additional cost. I have performed several elopement and small weddings at the George Washington when the weather has not cooperated.
The hotel is right in the middle of historic Winchester, VA and only a block or so from the town’s main street known as Loudoun, featuring many restaurants and quaint shops to check out. An added bonus is that it is right by the courthouse as well if you decide to get your marriage license in Winchester!
If you would like more information on this option, contact me and I can put you directly in touch with the hotel's event manager for additional information.
You can text me at 540-686-1220 and I will respond to you right away with my availability for a same day marriage.
Interested in some photographs of you both to cherish your memorable day? Being a professional photographer I also offer that as well. You can see my available photography packages here if interested.