Van Landingham Estate
With the right hors d'oeuvres and décor, a wed- ding at this circa-1913 estate house can mirror a garden party in Victorian England. The Plaza Midwood mansion sits on five acres of picturesque lawns, complete with a lily pond, cherub statues, a stone terrace, and even a carriage house.
$2,500 (depending on the season) to rent the whole estate, which includes the inn's main floor, additional garden room, greenhouse, and outdoor gardens. However, there's a minimum food purchase of $4,375 from Good Gracious! events. For an hors d'doeuvres- only reception, it can hold up to 1,200 people; for a formal, indoor dinner, the maximum is 150.
What's Been Done?
Taking full advantage of the Olde english theme, one bride went medieval, hiring madrigal singers and a jester for festive, outdoor entertainment.
The Cool Factor
Once they step over the inn's emerald green patio, they'll walk into a California bungalow-style bed and breakfast, replete with Oriental rugs, a grandfather clock, and mahogany furniture. The bride and groom can stay the night of their wedding in one of the suites.
Before & After
With a Plaza Midwood location, consider soul Gastrolounge for a post-reception cocktail, or even Thomas street Tavern for some late-night beer pong on the back patio.
For a regal setting with a knockout view of uptown, check out the Charlotte City Club, on the top floor of the 121 West Trade Building.
Courtesy Van Landingham Estate