Top 5 Wedding Venues for WVU Grads

With Fête being a mere 35 miles from campus, we see many WVU students and alum planning their weddings.  If you're a proud blue and gold wearing, first down chanting, Hail, West Virginia singing Mountaineer fan, here are our top venue choices for hosting your big day.

1. WVU Touchdown Terrace

Our first choice is a no-brainer.  For the true football fanatic, Touchdown Terrace at Milan Puskar Stadium is a perfect choice with great views of Mountaineer Field.  Many couples choose the stadium as the perfect backdrop for their engagement photos- what better way to highlight your love for each other and WVU football.

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike

Photocredit: Jessica Fike

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike

Photocredit: Jessica Fike

2. Erickson Alumni Center

WVU's Erickson Alumni Center was built to mimic the architecture of Woodburn Hall, one of the university's most popular buildings.  The Alumni Center is only 400 yards from Mountaineer Field, and has some great views.  Ruby Grand Hall is a banquet space that can accommodate up to 400 guests.  Mountaineer Courtyard is a gorgeous open square featuring a working outdoor fireplace.  This area can be tented and accommodates up to 200 guests.

 Photocredit: JB Gallery

Photocredit: JB Gallery

 Photocredit: JB Gallery

Photocredit: JB Gallery

3. Stonewall Resort

Stonewall Resort is a perfectly blended combination of the gorgeous natural beauty that is West Virginia and the convenience and amenities of a four diamond resort.  Located in Roanoke, WV, Stonewall has picturesque lake and mountain views, and several different venue options.  The Grand Hall is a popular ceremony space, with stunning architecture and large windows.  During warmer months, the Terrace Lawn has a great lake view, and can be tented.  For those wanting a more traditional feel, Stonewall also has a Ballroom option.  There are several smaller rooms and patios for more intimate events, and the Little Sorrell Cruise Boat is great for smaller parties and cocktail receptions.  We're a big fan of the fact that the Resort has everything in one location: great restaurants and lounges, activities such as swimming and golf, and room blocks so guests don't have to worry about travel.

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike

Photocredit: Jessica Fike

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike

Photocredit: Jessica Fike

Is it any wonder then, how my heart with rapture thrills, as I stand once more with loved ones on those West Virginia hills
— Ellen King

4. Cooper's Rock

Many a WVU student has taken a break from their studies to visit nearby Cooper's Rock.  The breathtaking views are perfect for clearing your mind and calming your soul, and are the ideal backdrop for couples looking for an intimate ceremony.  A true Mountaineer has an adventurous spirit, and this venue will certainly convey that.  Make sure your guests understand that the terrain can be a bit rocky, and encourage comfortable shoes.  If everyone in your party is willing to venture out to the overlook, the backdrop for your "I Dos" will be one they never forget.   

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike

Photocredit: Jessica Fike

 Photocredit: Jessica Fike

Photocredit: Jessica Fike

5. Chanteclaire Farm

Although technically in Maryland, Chanteclaire Farm is a popular spot for WVU couples to say "I Do".  Chanteclaire is located a short half hour trip down I-68, but will convince your guests that the hills of West Virginia have merged with a European farm estate.  Unlike any of the other venues on our list, Chanteclaire focuses exclusively on weddings, and they have perfected the art of wedding planning.  Guests will be wowed by the gorgeous views, eclectic decor, and barn reception which manages to be both quaint and chic.  The renovated silo was transformed into a steampunk themed bar, which is always a guest favorite.  Mountaineers will identify with the farm's appreciation of their history- the cabin and farmhouse available for bridal parties are historic buildings that have been lovingly restored.  Owner Leigh Clarke tells us that Country Roads is the most often requested last dance at a Chanteclaire reception.

 Photocredit: Rebecca Kiger

Photocredit: Rebecca Kiger

 Photocredit: The Oberports

Photocredit: The Oberports

Interested in having Farmhouse Fete style your big affair?  Give us a call at 301-750-6790, or email info@farmhousefete.com.