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Looking for the perfect setting to exchange your vows amidst an enchanted garden? Welcome to Alexander Homestead! Our enchanting outdoor wedding venues weave together romance with the charm of the great outdoors. In this blog, we’ll explain why outdoor venues are so popular and why Alexander Homestead is the one for you.

Address: 4717 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215

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The Charm of Outdoor Wedding Venues

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Why Couples Are Choosing the Great Outdoors For Their Wedding

Natural Beauty and Romance

  • Outdoor venues often offer unparalleled beauty with open skies and lush gardens.
  • The innate charm of nature provides a romantic backdrop that indoor settings struggle to match.
  • Couples are drawn to the enchanting atmosphere created by the great outdoors, elevating the romance of their special day.

Spectacular Photo Opportunities

  • Outdoor settings provide stunning backdrops for wedding photographs.
  • Golden sunsets and lush greenery offer endless possibilities for capturing breathtaking images.
  • Natural light and scenic views allow for creativity and result in photographs that perfectly encapsulate the couple’s love story.

Relaxed Ambiance For Guests

  • Outdoor weddings create a naturally laid-back atmosphere for guests to enjoy.
  • Unlike more formal indoor venues, outdoor settings encourage guests to unwind and immerse themselves in the celebration.
  • Mingling in scenic gardens or dancing under the stars fosters meaningful connections and cherished memories among guests.

Personalization and Customization

  • Outdoor weddings provide countless opportunities for couples to personalize their celebration.
  • From exchanging vows under a canopy of trees to dining al fresco amidst fragrant blooms, outdoor venues offer endless possibilities for customization.
  • Incorporating natural elements into decor allows couples to create a wedding day that truly reflects their love story.

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Choosing Your Dream Garden Venue

When planning an outdoor garden wedding, look for a venue with lush greenery, blooming flowers, and well-maintained gardens that provide a picturesque backdrop. Ensure the garden is in full bloom during the season of your wedding, as some gardens are more vibrant in certain months. The scenic beauty couples often look for includes diverse and photogenic spots for capturing beautiful wedding photos, complemented by natural lighting that enhances the overall ambiance. Unique architecture and details like gazebos, pergolas, or statues, can add a special touch to the venue’s charm. Also, consider the venue’s layout to make sure it fits your guest list comfortably while providing ample space for different segments of the event, such as the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. By focusing on these aesthetic aspects, you can select a garden wedding venue that truly reflects the charm of your special day.

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Explore Alexander Homestead: One of the Top Outdoor Venues in NC

Surround yourself with the charm and elegance that only Alexander Homestead can offer. Nestled in the heart of uptown Charlotte, this hidden gem is not just a venue, but a full-service experience that makes wedding planning a piece of cake. Our seasoned planning team prides itself on crafting memorable weddings that reflect each couple’s unique love story. With our enchanting secret garden ambiance and a strong commitment to personalized service, Alexander Homestead stands as a beacon of Southern hospitality and romance, ready to make your wedding dreams a reality.

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Our Event Spaces

At Alexander Homestead, we cater to a range of preferences with our collection of event spaces.

  1. The Carriage House: Our expansive bridal suite/ready room is conveniently located near the historic house and ceremony site. Think of it as your private oasis. Opt for early arrival to unwind and prepare for your special day in this luxurious space. We’re delighted to offer recommendations for talented hair and makeup artists to ensure you look and feel your best.
  2. Nate’s Cabin: Welcome to Nate’s Cabin, the ultimate lounge and ready room at Alexander Homestead. This spacious and stylish cabin is designed to provide a comfortable retreat before your big moment. With cozy seating, light refreshments, games, and ample space, it’s the perfect spot to relax and prepare for your vows surrounded by loved ones.
  3. The Ceremony Area: Nestled amidst towering trees and blooming gardens, our outdoor white gazebo sets the stage for your ceremony. Exchange vows in a picturesque setting surrounded by natural beauty, letting the tranquil atmosphere shape the mood for your special day. With ample seating and a backdrop straight out of a fairy tale, our ceremony area promises to be the start of your happily ever after.
  4. The Secret Garden: Enter our hidden oasis and discover the enchanting secret garden, where lush foliage and blooming trees create a natural cathedral. Following the ceremony, treat your guests to a garden party, where they can mingle and enjoy appetizers and spritzers amidst the beauty of our garden paradise. This area is also a standout spot for breathtaking photography.
  5. Indoor/Outdoor Wedding Barn: Our barn’s beautiful indoor spaces provide a charming backdrop for your reception festivities. From rustic chic to modern elegance, this space can be customized to fit your preferred theme. As dusk falls, our team opens the barn doors, allowing you to experience the seamless transition to an indoor-outdoor celebration. Bask in the romantic glow of twinkling bistro lights, gather around the fire pit, and dance the night away with your loved ones. Your wedding reception at our barn promises to be a truly unforgettable affair.

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We’ve created this helpful map so you can plan your dream wedding in North Carolina at our Charlotte venue. Explore local attractions and landmarks, try a new restaurant, and plan activities for you and your guests!

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Essential Amenities For a Smooth Experience

  1. Private, Expansive Grounds: Our secluded and gated property can accommodate up to 215 guests. This ensures ample space for your celebration and the utmost privacy and security. Whether you envision an intimate gathering or a grand affair, our grounds provide a serene and secluded backdrop for your special day, allowing you to create unforgettable memories surrounded by loved ones.
  2. Culinary Excellence: Indulge in culinary excellence with our chef-prepared entrees and salads, served plated or buffet-style. Enjoy a complimentary food-tasting experience for the couple, offering a tantalizing preview of the culinary delights to come. From exquisite flavors to impeccable presentations, our culinary team is dedicated to creating a dining experience that delights the senses and exceeds expectations, ensuring that every bite is as memorable as the occasion.
  3. Efficient Meal Service: Our friendly event team guarantees a seamless and efficient meal service, guaranteeing guests a delightful dining experience. From hors d’oeuvres to desserts, our culinary team will ensure that every dish is served with care and attention to detail, allowing you to savor every moment of your wedding reception surrounded by loved ones.
  4. Dedicated Wedding Planner and Coordinator: Count on our dedicated wedding planner and coordinator to manage all your vendors and services, ensuring a seamless planning experience. On your special day, a dedicated wedding coordinator will meticulously orchestrate every detail, allowing you to focus solely on creating unforgettable memories. From initial consultations to day-of coordination, our experienced team is committed to bringing your vision to life and ensuring that every aspect of your wedding is executed flawlessly.
  5. Personalized Layout and Decor: Work closely with us to create a custom ceremony and reception layout that reflects your vision. From ceremony seating arrangements to reception decor, our experienced team will collaborate with you to bring your ideas to life and create a truly unforgettable wedding day.
  6. Organized Planning Process: Relax and enjoy our organized and structured planning process, meticulously designed to guide you effortlessly through every step of bringing your dream wedding to life. Our comprehensive planning tools and resources make the wedding planning process stress-free and enjoyable. This allows you to focus on the excitement of your upcoming nuptials while we handle the logistics with precision and care.
  7. Charming Garden Party Experience: Treat your guests to a charming garden party experience, complete with appetizers and refreshing lemonade, amidst our picturesque gardens during cocktail hour. The tranquil beauty of our outdoor spaces provides the perfect backdrop for mingling and celebration, allowing your guests to relax and enjoy the enchanting ambiance while savoring delicious bites and drinks.
  8. Setup and Cleanup Services: Leave the setup and cleanup to us, alleviating your loved ones of any responsibility. We believe in providing an unparalleled experience without additional charges or complications based on your table and chair requirements. Your peace of mind and flawless celebration are our priorities, allowing you to enjoy every moment of your wedding day without worrying about the logistics.
  9. Bridal Suite and Groom’s Room: Enjoy the exclusivity of our well-appointed bridal suite and groom’s room, providing a comfortable space for preparation, complete with amenities and private restrooms. Our ready rooms are designed to pamper you and your bridal party, offering a luxurious sanctuary where you can relax, unwind, and prepare for your ceremony in style.
  10. Rehearsal and Photo Sessions: Take advantage of a one-hour rehearsal and a two-hour on-site photo session to capture cherished moments before your special day. Our rehearsal and photo sessions provide the perfect opportunity to ensure that every detail is perfect and capture stunning photos in our scenic surroundings, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
  11. Expert Vendor Recommendations: Benefit from our expert vendor recommendations, ensuring a stress-free selection process for your wedding team. However, we do not impose vendor requirements, allowing you to choose the vendors that best fit your style, preferences, and budget. Whether you’re searching for a photographer, florist, or entertainment, our curated list of recommended vendors ensures a seamless planning experience and exceptional results.
  12. Parking and Transportation: Ample free parking with attendants and special access to shuttle buses ensure your guests’ comfortable arrival. Our convenient parking and transportation options make it easy for your guests to celebrate with you, providing peace of mind and ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience.

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Browse Our Gallery

Scroll through the pages of happiness and inspiration in Alexander Homestead’s wedding album. Browse a collection of moments captured in time, as real couples embarked on their journey to forever at our magical venue. See for yourself how each wedding tells its own story through the lens of photographers who’ve immortalized the joy and splendor of these special days.

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Reviewed by Jess H.

I cannot write a review GLOWING enough to fully capture how phenomenal our wedding day at Alexander Homestead was. I was a spring 2024 bride and was finishing up graduate school at the same time – and I really believe managing both things at once was only possible thanks to the amazing staff and vendors available through Alexander Homestead! Carolann made the entire process SO simple and stress-free. Throughout all of planning, I felt like we just got to make the “fun decisions” without any of the stress, and that’s thanks to the care that Carolann put into planning our day! I never felt worried whether things would go smoothly because of the expertise the AH team and vendors brought to the event. AH shares that they hope to make the wedding couple feel like guests at their own wedding, and that was absolutely the case for us. The gardens were gorgeous, the food was amazing, the service was quick and professional, and all communications throughout the entire process were clear and timely. I recommend getting married here without hesitation! Big, lifelong thank you to Carolann and the AH team for ALL they did to make our wedding day so beautiful!

Reviewed by Brindley P.

We had a Saturday brunch wedding here March 23rd and it was like a freaking fairy tale! My husband and I got engaged in January and decided to be married by March. AH takes care of EVERYTHING and not just mediocre vendors, they use high end, best of the best folks and I could not have had a more perfect and magical day with only 2 months of planning. It was raining during our ceremony and our coordinator Carolann gave the sweetest pep talk to our friends and family who charged to their seats in the rain like a Braveheart battle with cheers and all. The venue provided umbrellas and the rain stopped just in time for the actual ceremony. The grounds are gorgeous, the pictures are pretty but let me tell you, in person it’s stunning. The florist they use should be in magazines, and I’m not kidding when I tell you at ALL of our guest went out of their way to tell us how GOOD the food was (which is so hard in the wedding space you know?!). Carolann had recommended we use their DJ and we opted to hire our own… honestly my only regret, and she did warn me! USE who they recommend, the vendors are all top notch and highly talented. My mom had coordinated the Tiger Mascot showing up (my Dad passed a few years ago but was the mascot at Clemson) to escort me down the aisle and was going to surprise me right before I walked by Carolann suggested doing a “first look” of sorts and I’m so glad she did because I bawled my eyes out. By ceremony time I was back fresh. Carolann is an actual talented goddess at this stuff and the AH staff are incredibly kind and helpful. You’d be silly to go anywhere else!

Reviewed by Kristen G.

We had THE BEST experience with Alexander Homestead for our April wedding. From the first meeting to the day of they made us feel so comfortable and took care of everything. Carolann was our coordinator, she is a rockstar and made sure everything went flawlessly! Our guests were impressed with how amazing all of the staff were throughout the entire night. The venue and grounds were BEAUTIFUL and the entire wedding day was amazing. It was so nice to be able to be fully present and enjoy the entire day while the AH team took care of all the details. We cannot recommend Alexander Homestead enough and would choose them again without question!

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FAQ: Essential Questions About Outdoor Wedding Planning in NC

What should we keep in mind when booking an outdoor wedding venue?

When booking an outdoor wedding venue, several important factors should be considered to ensure a seamless and memorable experience, including the layout and size of the reception area.

  1. Weather Contingency Plans: Outdoor wedding schedules often depend on the weather, so inquire about our backup option in case of rain or extreme temperatures.
  2. Venue Capacity: Confirm that the venue can comfortably accommodate your guest list. Consider factors like seating arrangements, dance floor space, and parking availability.
  3. Amenities and Facilities: Check if the venue offers essential amenities such as restrooms, dressing rooms, catering facilities, and adequate lighting. Accessibility for all guests, including those with mobility concerns, is crucial.
  4. Location and Surroundings: Evaluate the location’s scenery and surroundings to ensure they align with your vision and theme. Consider factors like scenic views, natural landscapes, and proximity to accommodation options for guests.
  5. Noise Restrictions and Curfew: Inquire about any noise restrictions or curfews imposed by the venue or local authorities. Ensure that your wedding timeline aligns with these regulations to avoid disruptions.
  6. Vendor Restrictions: Some outdoor venues may have restrictions on preferred vendors or require you to choose from a list of approved vendors. Clarify these policies beforehand to ensure you can work with your preferred wedding professionals.
  7. Permits and Regulations: Check if the venue requires permits for outdoor events and if there are any specific regulations or guidelines to follow. This includes considerations like alcohol permits, fire regulations, and liability insurance.
  8. Accessibility and Parking: Ensure the venue is easily accessible for all guests, including those with disabilities, and that there is sufficient parking available. Consider providing shuttle services for guests if parking is limited.
  9. Lighting and Electricity: Assess the venue’s lighting options, especially if your event will extend into the evening. Ensure there are sufficient power sources for lighting, sound equipment, and other electrical needs.
  10. Flexibility and Support: Choose a venue with a responsive and accommodating staff (like ours!) who can assist with planning, setup, and coordination. Clear communication and support from the venue team can alleviate stress and ensure a smooth wedding day.

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What is the weather like seasonally in North Carolina?


Temperature (F) Range



60°F – 75°F



75°F – 90°F



55°F – 75°F



35°F – 55°F

Low to Moderate

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Does Alexander Homestead have a backup plan in case of inclement weather?

Absolutely! At no additional charge, your AH coordinator will design a custom backup layout and plan with you in advance, ensuring peace of mind and flexibility in your decision-making. With this strategic plan in place, your coordinator will seamlessly incorporate your décor into one of our two temperature-controlled indoor barn spaces, ensuring the most comfortable experience for your guests. However, our priority is for you to get married in our beautiful gardens.

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Are there any specific details I should consider when planning an outdoor wedding?

Planning an outdoor wedding requires careful consideration and attention to detail to ensure a seamless and memorable event. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning:

  1. Consider the Season: Consider the season and weather conditions when planning your outdoor wedding. Spring and fall offer mild temperatures, while summer weddings may require precautions for heat and rain. Winter weddings can be charming but may necessitate indoor options or accommodations for cooler temperatures.
  2. Inform Your Guests: Provide your guests with clear information about the outdoor setting, including appropriate attire and any special considerations they should be aware of, such as sunscreen or insect repellent.
  3. Decor and Lighting: Enhance the natural beauty of your outdoor venue with thoughtful decor and lighting. Consider how lighting will affect the ambiance during the day and into the evening.
  4. Plan for Comfort: Consider guest comfort throughout the day by providing shade, seating options, and amenities like fans or heaters as needed. Offer refreshments to keep guests hydrated and comfortable in varying weather conditions.
  5. Embrace Nature: Embrace the natural beauty of your outdoor surroundings and incorporate elements of nature into your wedding decor and theme. Take advantage of scenic backdrops for your ceremony and photos.
  6. Enjoy the Moment: On your wedding day, relax and enjoy the beauty of your outdoor setting. Trust in your planning efforts and take in the joy of celebrating your special day surrounded by loved ones amidst nature’s splendor.

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Besides your venue spaces, what makes Alexander Homestead stand out amongst other outdoor wedding venues?

  1. Our All-Inclusive Package: An all-inclusive wedding package typically covers a wide range of services and amenities, ensuring that most, if not all, of your wedding needs are taken care of in one convenient bundle. This can include venue rental, catering, decor, floral arrangements, photography, entertainment, and more.
  2. Professional Wedding Planners: One of the key benefits of an all-inclusive wedding package is the inclusion of a professional wedding planner. This dedicated expert will work closely with you from the initial planning stages to the execution of your wedding day, helping you navigate important decisions, stay on budget, and bring your vision to life.
  3. Experienced Wedding Coordinators: In addition to a wedding planner, many all-inclusive packages also include the services of an experienced wedding coordinator. This individual will be responsible for overseeing the logistical details of your wedding day, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and according to plan. From coordinating vendor arrivals and setup to managing the timeline of events, having a dedicated coordinator can provide peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your celebration.
  4. Onsite Catering Services: Another significant advantage of an all-inclusive wedding package is the availability of onsite catering services. This means that our venue includes a professional culinary team who will handle the preparation and service of your wedding meal. From menu planning and tastings to the presentation of delectable dishes on the day of your wedding, onsite catering ensures a seamless dining experience for you and your guests.
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Can I personalize my wedding?

Of course! All-inclusive doesn’t have to mean cookie-cutter. Personalizing your wedding is about infusing it with unique touches that reflect your personality and love story. Here are some ways to personalize your special day:

  1. Bespoke Menu Experiences: Tailoring your menu to reflect your favorite foods, cultural heritage, or shared culinary experiences adds a personal touch to your wedding celebration. Work closely with your caterer to craft a menu that showcases your preferences and delights your guests’ taste buds. Consider incorporating family recipes, seasonal ingredients, or themed food stations to create memorable dining experiences that resonate with you and your partner.
  2. Personal Signage and Decor: Incorporating personalized signage and decor elements throughout your wedding venue adds charm and personality to your celebration. From welcome signs and directional signage to table numbers and custom signage highlighting meaningful quotes or milestones in your relationship, these details create a cohesive and personalized atmosphere. Get creative with personalized decor items such as monogrammed napkins, custom wedding favors, or photo displays featuring snapshots from your journey together.
  3. Spectacular Linens and Floral Designs: Elevate the aesthetic of your wedding with stunning linens and floral designs that reflect your style and vision. Opt for luxurious table linens, chair covers, and napkins in your chosen color palette or fabric texture to create a cohesive and elegant look. Work with a talented florist to design breathtaking floral arrangements with your favorite blooms, meaningful symbolism, or unique elements such as feathers, succulents, or berries. Whether you prefer lush centerpieces, cascading bouquets, or whimsical floral installations, your designs are sure to infuse beauty and personality into every aspect of your wedding decor.
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What is the maximum capacity for weddings at Alexander Homestead?

We can comfortably host up to 215 guests for your garden ceremony and party, including complimentary parking and seated meals inside the barn reception space.

How far in advance should I reserve my wedding date at your natural venue?

To secure your ideal wedding date at Alexander Homestead, it’s best to book at least 12 to 18 months in advance, especially for peak season dates which fill up quickly.

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An outdoor wedding at Alexander Homestead promises a magical and unforgettable experience, surrounded by natural beauty and charm. Each of our venue spaces offer a unique backdrop for your special day, from the lush secret garden to the elegant ceremony area. With dedicated wedding planners and coordinators to guide you every step of the way, personalized menu options, and exquisite floral and decor arrangements, we’re committed to ensuring that your destination wedding reflects your unique love story and exceeds your expectations. Now is the perfect time to start planning your dream outdoor wedding at Alexander Homestead. Reach out to us today to schedule a tour of our stunning venues, discuss your vision with our team, and begin the journey toward creating the wedding of your dreams. Let’s work together to turn your wedding day dreams into cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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