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If you’re dreaming of tying the knot in a pinch or planning a destination wedding in Charlotte NC, then Alexander Homestead is the venue for you. Our uptown garden venue is not just known for its looks, but also for our dedicated team. Our staff has plenty of expertise in last-minute wedding planning and working with out-of-town couples to make their wedding dreams a reality! In this blog, we’ll explain how our process typically works in these situations, showcase some testimonials from real wedding experiences, and answer some FAQs. Happy planning! :)

Address: 4717 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215

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Short Timeline Sorcery

Picture this: you’ve just said “Yes!” and you suddenly realize you want to say “I do!” in a few weeks time. Don’t panic! Our team of seasoned pros has over 40 years of experience planning magical weddings on short notice. In fact, our co-owner, Tirzah, once orchestrated a breathtaking wedding in just three days! Our full-service inclusions and amenities allow us to plan quickly without making any sacrifices to the beauty of your big day. There’s no last-minute coordination that needs to be done as we have it all onsite! We thrive on turning your whirlwind romance into a seamless, stress-free event.

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Testimonials: Planning in a Pinch

We planned our wedding in less than 4 months, and as stressful as that was, Alexander Homestead did a great job with our tight schedule. The garden is beautiful, even in the fall, and the barn was set up so well. I’m extremely satisfied with the service; everyone was very professional. No one rushed us and it was so nice that they took care of the ceremony flow. I’m so thankful to the Alexander Homestead team for making our wedding so beautiful and! They really went above and beyond.” (Nadezhda M. – Fall 2023 Bride)

The team was able to make our wedding happen within 3 months. When they say “stress-free” it really is. Carolann is an amazing event manager and she had every detail taken care of. There was a 90% chance of rain in the forecast for our big day and she went through our options for the rain plan and we were confident in trusting her that we would have a beautiful ceremony – and it was! We used the partner vendors and it was so incredible to connect with them and move forward with our details. We had a wonderful experience working with Nicole during the site tour and sales portion to make sure that we knew all of our options and picked the best for us.” (Allison L. – Spring 2023 Bride)

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Out-of-Town Enchantment

Planning your special day from afar? No problem at all. We understand the unique challenges and excitement of arranging a wedding remotely. Thanks to modern technology, we make it feel like you’re right here with us in Uptown Charlotte, every step of the way. Through Zoom calls, virtual venue tours, and detailed online planning sessions we ensure that distance doesn’t stand in the way of your perfect day. Many of our couples come from out of town or out of state to experience the magic of getting married in Charlotte (many of whom fell in love with NC & AH when they attended a wedding here!). It’s a destination that holds a special place in the hearts of many—and we’re here to make sure your wedding feels like a hometown celebration, no matter where you’re traveling from.

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Testimonials: Cross-Country Communication

“Danielle was on top of everything and covered everything I missed. She had the perfect balance of a commanding presence and the gentle touch to keep things moving forward. She answered all of my questions, got all of our decor that we brought set up for us and got last second snags taken care of within minutes. Also, a huge thank you to Carolann for helping us plan during the year leading up to the wedding. My husband and I are both in the military and had to do all of our meetings virtually with the venue and all of the vendors. With us in three different time zones, AH vendors were able to make it work, and I couldn’t be more thankful.” (Jennifer N. Summer 2023 Bride)

Planning remotely from Seattle, our brunch wedding was nothing short of perfection. The team’s impeccable communication, responsiveness, and attention to detail made us feel involved and supported throughout the entire process. We were fortunate to work closely with Carolann, our exceptional event planner. Despite the physical distance, she made us feel like her top priority from day one… We were treated with the utmost care and individuality, as if our celebration was the pinnacle of their day. We never felt like just another event on their calendar. They never failed to listen attentively to our ideas and preferences, making us feel truly special and ensuring that our wedding was uniquely tailored to us.” (Reilly L. – Spring 2023 Bride)

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A Stress-Free Experience

Above all, we’re committed to ensuring that your wedding planning journey is as stress-free as possible. We believe that your focus should be on each other, not on the logistics. Whether you’re working with a tight timeline or coordinating from across the country, we take care of all the details so you can relax and savor every moment leading up to your big day.

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Onsite Amenities and Inclusions

  • A secluded wedding venue, nestled within gated and spacious grounds, providing privacy and security for up to 215 guests.
  • Our exclusive bridal suite and groom’s room provide a luxurious space for pre-wedding preparations, equipped with amenities and a private restroom.
  • A dedicated wedding planning team, who will expertly handle all coordination with vendors and services, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish. On the big day, our experienced wedding coordinator will oversee every detail, allowing you to focus on creating cherished memories.
  • Customizable ceremony and reception spaces including indoor and outdoor options
  • Capture precious moments with a one-hour rehearsal and a two-hour on-site photo session, allowing you to create lasting memories before your special day
  • Scenic gardens for an outdoor ceremony or charming cocktail hour, complete with delectable appetizers and refreshing lemonade
  • Gourmet cuisine crafted by our talented catering team includes a delectable array of entrees, appetizers, and more, with options for both plated and buffet-style service. Couples can enjoy a complimentary food-tasting experience to curate their perfect menu for the special day.
  • Setup and cleanup are done by our team as well, eliminating any stress or complications.
  • Benefit from our curated list of recommended vendors or choose your own, knowing that our team is here to support you every step of the way.
  • Enjoy complimentary parking with service personnel, alongside the convenience of courtesy shuttle services for easy travel to and from the event location.
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Planner Spotlight: Meet Carolann


Meet Carolann, your lead planner at Alexander Homestead. More than just a venue coordinator or manager, she’s your dedicated guide, tailoring every detail to your vision and preferences. From creating timelines to providing recommendations and coordinating with vendors, Carolann is there every step of the way, ensuring your journey to “I do” is stress-free and enjoyable. As showcased in the testimonials above, she is known for her gentle approach, attention to detail, and overall expertise when it comes to planning weddings in a pinch or working with out-of-town couples. No task is too small as far as she is concerned and that’s why couples commend her work time and time again.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have a plan in place for working with couples remotely?

Of course! We have a strategic virtual planning process in place to make it easy and enjoyable for out-of-town clients. Planning remotely has become common, and our expert team seamlessly handles every aspect, whether you’re here in town or not. While many couples do schedule fun appointments like cake tastings and final meetings when they’re in town, however, it’s not necessary thanks to our streamlined approach.

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How far in advance should I book your venue?

If you’re looking for a particular date the standard recommendation for booking our venue is 12-18 months before your wedding. However, we are flexible! We’ve worked with couples on weddings that were planned DAYS in advance so don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re working on a shorter timeline. We specialize in full-service planning for couples who are looking for a unique and charming experience. If that’s you we’ll figure it out and make it happen!

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Are there any nearby lodging options for out-of-town couples and guests?

Yes! Charlotte is a bustling city in North Carolina, so there are plenty of options when it comes to hotels and rentals nearby. We’ve created this helpful map so you can make the most of your wedding day (or weekend!) with us. Explore some local lodging options and attractions, try out a new restaurant, and keep the celebration going!

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How can I book your venue?

Venue searching can feel overwhelming, but we believe in starting this relationship with transparency and authenticity. You can download our pricing guide and contact us by clicking on the button below and filling out our website form. Let us know when you’re ready to schedule your in-person or virtual tour and proposal review and we’ll get back to you shortly. This process should be fun and easy, and we’re here to make it just that at Alexander Homestead.

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At Alexander Homestead, we believe that every couple deserves a magical experience for their wedding, and that should extend to the planning process as well. With our team of planning experts you can rest easy and enjoy every step of the way until you say “I Do!” Whether you’re looking to plan something on a short timeline, or you’re located a few states away, we’re ready for anything. So, if you’re ready to embark on this journey with us, get in touch, and let’s start planning the most extraordinary day of your life!

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