The Biltmore House was built in the 1890s in Ashville, North Carolina as the private residence of George Vanderbilt. Nowadays, this is a very popular location for wedding celebrations with more than one million guests each year.
This French-Renaissance château offers many wedding celebration options and various prices.
How Much Does a Biltmore Estate Wedding Cost?
If you want to celebrate your wedding at Biltmore Estate, you should plan on spending anywhere between $5,500 and $26,000, depending on the location. According to their official website, this cost will not include the beverage and food minimums.
Biltmore offers many different wedding location options you can choose from and each of these comes at a different cost.
The package for the Champagne Cellar at the Winery is perfect for 30 guests but they won’t be able to dance. You will have to pay around $3,500 for this location, plus another $1,550 for the Butterfly Garden Ceremony. At this location, the beverage and food minimums are $3,300. The average cost for the wedding package for each person is $195.
The Conservatory Sitting Room and Butterfly Garden location is perfect for up to 56 people, but again, without dancing. Be prepared to pay $11,000 for the facility fee for the reception and ceremony, plus another $9,000 for the food and beverage minimums. The average cost for the wedding package would be around $250 per guest.
If you invite around 90 guests to your wedding ceremony, you should choose the Inn on Baltimore package. The facility fee for the receptions and ceremony is $3,000 and the food and beverage minimums at this location are around $11,000. The average cost for each guest would be almost $195.
Plan on spending $3,500 for the facility fee for the reception and ceremony if you choose the Antler Hill Barn, which is ideal for 150 guests. The food and beverage minimums at this location are $9,000 and the wedding package average would be $195 per guest.
Expect to pay $5,500 for the facility fee for the reception and ceremony at the Lioncrest location, which is perfect for up to 200 people. At this location, you will have to pay $13,000 for the food and beverage minimums. The average cost for the wedding package for each guest is $195.
In case you have more than 200 guests, you can choose the Deerpark location that can host up to 225 people. The facility fee for the reception and ceremony is $5,500 and the food and beverage minimums would be $13,000. The cost for each guest is $195.
The estate’s prime outdoor wedding location is Diana’s venue. Expect to pay $16,000 for the facility fee for the reception and ceremony, plus another $19,000 for the food and beverage minimums. The average cost for the wedding package for each guest would be $250.
Also, the Biltmore Gardens are perfect if you would like to celebrate your wedding outdoors. They can accommodate anywhere between 75 and 200 guests, and the facility fee depends on the reception location. For example, the facility fee for the Italian Garden reception and the Tennis Lawn ceremony is $21,000, while the facility fee for the Italian Garden ceremony and the South Terrace reception is $26,000. You will have to pay another $4,000 for a ceremony held on the front lawn for both of these options. Each location requires a food and beverage minimum of $23,000. The average cost for the wedding package for each guest would be $295.
If you choose to celebrate your wedding on Sunday or Friday at Biltmore, you will have to pay anywhere between $1,800 and $3,900, while the costs for Saturdays would be anywhere between $1,800 and $4,900 (plus a beverage minimum), according to the HereComestheGuide.com. The rental fees will include the chairs and tables.
When everything is factored in the average cost of a wedding at Biltmore Estate for 100 guests would be anywhere between $47,000 and $48,000, according to the Wedding Spot.
Biltmore Estate wedding details
Each venue will include many different features such as a free large parking lot for the guests, a bride’s dressing area, kitchen for prep, a dance floor, onsite manager, chairs and tables, venue setup and cleanup, linens, outdoor lighting, silverware, and glassware.
What are the extra costs?
The cost of the wedding package per guest does not include a 22% taxable service charge, the facility fee, vendors like the florist, officiate, entertainment, photographer, and the state sales tax.
You can add some additional services at each package such as fireworks, spa services, custom floral arrangements, private wine tastings, tent rentals, and/or a carriage ride.
You can plan a rehearsal dinner at a different venue location for an extra cost.
Important things to consider
If you want to celebrate your wedding at Biltmore you will have to set up an appointment beforehand and meet with a catering sales manager to talk about all the details.
Each wedding package presented above will have a food and beverage minimum and these must be handled by the venue. Also, the venue must provide the alcohol beverages.
You will be required to pay a deposit that will make up the total amount of the facility fee and the food and beverage minimum. This has to be paid in two payments; the initial one is due when signing the contract and the final one is due 14 days before the wedding date.
How can I save money?
You may be able to save around $1,000 for the room rental if you choose to use the venue’s preferred caterer.