QUESTIONS & DETAILS
+ What is Homewood?
Homewood is a wedding and events venue in a beautifully restored 1920s stone manor in Asheville's post-Victorian historic district of Montford, less than a mile from downtown.
+ Where are the ceremonies held?
Homewood’s Garden Ceremony Site is nestled in the lush adjacent garden amid a quiet neighborhood setting, with surrounding grounds providing space for an outdoor cocktail hour.
Indoor ceremonies are held in front of the Grand Appalachian Stone Fireplace in the classic Great Room featuring original hardwood floors, cherry walls, alabaster sconces, and luminous wrought iron chandeliers casting graceful lighting from the 20-foot ceilings.
+ Is there a place for food & cocktails?
The adjacent cherrywood-wrapped Study provides cozy, fireplace-warmed bar space to host an indoor cocktail hour & doubles as a perfect buffet staging area.
+ What size event can I have?
Receptions & weddings of all sizes and styles are held throughout the space, utilizing the iconic Great Room, Study and Foyers, and flowing outdoors to the surrounding grounds.
+ What is the estimated overall cost of a Homewood wedding?
Our average weddings range from $15,000 - $25,000+. We also host weddings that surpass the $25k mark and are extremely suited to host high-end weddings and events. We work closely with you and your vendors to customize your wedding day to your ideal style and price range. The possibilities are endless!
+ Do you have a required planner?
Yes, we do! Our in-house planner that we require all of our couples to use is Nikki Leonard with Carolina Love Events. We ask that you use Nikki because we trust her to maintain our high level of excellent service, and to maintain the historic grounds. You are welcome to use a different planner in addition to Nikki, but she will be on the premesis to help manage your wedding & the venue no matter what. Also, she's kind of amazing and we can't wait for you to meet her.
+ Can I elope at Homewood?
Yes, but only during certain times. Elopement packages are for couples wishing to simplify their wedding experience. Couples can celebrate their love for each other without the extravagance of large event planning. We strive for the focus to be on the couple and their special moment.
Monday- Saturday 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
Sunday 12 - 2:00 p.m.
*unless otherwise approved by Homewood
+ What does an elopement package include?
Packages Include: Up to 100 total guests, including the marrying couple
2 - 2.5 total hours at Homewood (dependent on guest count)
Wedding Officiant (who will take care of marriage license filing)
Ceremony in Garden, Study or Great Room
1 hour consult time (additional planning time $25/hr)
Simple Mantle Candlelight (if indoors)
Required: Day-Of Coordinator Fee
+ What is the history of Homewood?
In 1904, Dr. Robert Carole came to Asheville from Duke University to build Highland Hospital. In 1927 Homewood was built as Dr. Carole's private home. The English Stone Manor design was influenced heavily by Dr. Carole's time at Duke University. In time, additions were made to the main house, which included a 1,500 square foot piano room, now know as the Ballroom, wrapped with cherry walls, and a stone turret.
Montford was developing as a post-Victorian neighborhood during the 1920s, with architects such as Richard Sharpe Smith, the supervising architect of the Biltmore House, designing homes.
Dr. Carole and his wife, who had toured Europe as a concert pianist, brought the renowned composer Bela Bartok to Asheville. Bartok gave private concerts in the elegant piano room. F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Vanderbilts and others would be entertained by Bartok at Homewood. Later in the 1940's, Mrs. Carole taught piano lessons to Nina Simone at Homewood. Ms. Simone would be driven up from South Carolina by her mother specifically for the occasions.
Dr. Carole referred to his home in Montford as his Beloved Homewood.
+ What About Catering?
You are required to use a caterer from our Approved Caterers List to provide your food and event service. These caterers are carefully selected based on the quality of their food and service, their professionalism, consistency, and experience. These caterers offer a wide range of menu options and pricing to meet various styles and budgets.
+ What catering cost can we anticipate?
We work with a selection of local Asheville caterers to ensure an excellent dining experience for all of your wedding guests. Each of our carefully vetted caterers offer a variety of dining packages and costs. Based on your personal wedding budgeting and finances, you can expect a range of $30 - $50+/person for food and staffing costs.
+ What Other Vendors Am I Required to Use?
You are required to use Asheville Beverage for your bar beverages. Your main bar in the study is included as well as your glassware, ice and recycling. You're also required to use Carolina Love Events as your planner. Learn more about our required vendors HERE. You may use the vendors of your choice otherwise. We provide you with an array of our recommended and vendor partners on this website. We feel confident that these showcased vendors will do an excellent job for you, and work with you to manifest your particular vision for your special day.
+ Who Can Help Me With Blocking Rooms?
Asheville is a popular destination for weddings, vacations and holidays. The busiest, and therefore costliest hotel rates are on Fridays and Saturdays. April through most of November is Asheville's busy season, with peaks from May to June, and again during foliage season --late September through early November.
If you have family and friends coming into town for your event and would like a group of rooms held so your guests can lodge at the same hotel, you will want to block rooms. A hotel will block up to 10 or 15 rooms for you, then add more as the first set of blocked rooms book.
Asheville has an excellent Chamber of Commerce. The Conventions and Visitors Bureau offers a service to assist visitors with blocking rooms. Beth McKinney is on staff there as a liaison between guests and hotels. She will pass along your information and lodging requests, and the hotels will e-mail you a quote. Click here to access the ROOM BLOCKING page, or email Beth McKinney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ When Can I Hold My Wedding Rehearsal?
You may book a rehearsal for your wedding at Homewood two months prior to your wedding date. There is no charge to hold a rehearsal the day prior to your booked Homewood wedding, provided the rehearsal ends before 5:00pm. After 5:00pm, the fee is $60 per hour. Rehearsals will always be scheduled around booked events.
+ May I do a Photo Shoot at Homewood?
You may schedule a photo shoot at Homewood at no cost if you have booked your wedding with us, provided the photo shoot is booked during regular business hours and there are no conflicts. If we are not scheduled to be in the office at your requested date and time, there will be a $60 per hour charge. Photo shoots will always be scheduled around booked events.
If you are not booked at Homewood and would like to use Homewood for a photo shoot, please contact us directly.
+ What is the Capacity at Homewood?
The Great Room is Homewood's main dining area, and measures 1500 square feet. The Great Room comfortably provides space for dinner seating for just over 110 people, with room for dance floor and setup for your DJ or small band. With a heavy hors d’oeuvres menu and cocktail seating, we can accommodate up to about 150 people inside Homewood. For larger events, the lawn provides a lovely setting for a tented reception.
Homewood does require that you use one of our approved vendors for Planning, Catering and Beverage Services.
Carolina Love Events
Wedding & Event Planner
We use an in-house planner for all of our events. If you're interested in learning more about Carolina Love Events, please visit their website.
As of October 15th, 2014 the State of North Carolina now recognizes weddings of couples any gender (We just call them weddings). To Homewood, marriage has always been about the uniting of two loving individuals. A wedding is a moment to mark this life event.
Monroe Moore, the owner of Homewood, is an active advocate for equality. He has worked with Campaign for Southern Equality in North Carolina for the past four years and was showcased recently with his family on a CBS Sunday Morning segment as a loving Gay Family.