VIRGINIA'S MOST HISTORIC PLANTATION
Host your Wedding & Reception
at Berkeley Plantation on the James River
This beautiful historic site offers breathtaking gardens
and vistas to suit every type of event.
As you drive the tree-lined lane leading to Berkeley, you'll know you're not on the grounds of just any plantation. From the grand expanse of the landscape to the vistas overlooking the river, the setting of this national treasure assures that your time with us will be unique and memorable. By offering a variety of function spaces, we're able to accommodate your group, whether formal or casual, large or small.
Let us help you pick your favorite place for your special day.
These are some of our favorite spots:
Upper & Lower Rose Garden
Magnificent rose-lined lawn overlooking the James River. A path leading from the mansion takes you into this incredible formal garden of two terraces bordered by rose beds. The Upper Rose Garden is a favorite spot for ceremonies with the reception held close by on the lower terrace.
A charming bell roof gazebo with Chinese Chippendale railings. Located just 60 yards from the mansion, this is a lovely place to enjoy the magnificent sunsets beckoning across the winding James River. Shaded by Southern Magnolias, this lawn is very popular for cocktail receptions.
A beautiful area created by river and trees and punctuated by a brick memorial to commemorate the first official Thanksgiving in America. This is a magical setting with gently lapping water and soft river breezes. This is a favorite for river shore photos, ceremonies and cocktails.
Ladies Winter Garden
Formal garden overlooking the James River. Beautiful rose and flower beds.
An intimate garden for small ceremonies or cocktails.
Berkeley’s Eighteenth Century Mansion
Up to 50 guests
Our formal Great Room or expansive hall will make a beautiful location for smaller ceremonies followed by a reception in the Coach House or garden areas.
Grounds Rental Rates
Saturdays, April through October
Grounds Rental for up to 250 guests: $2,500
Event with over 250 and up to 350 guests: $3,000
For larger events over 350 guests: Call for quote
Discounted and hourly rates available for ceremony only, off-season and Sunday – Friday events. Call for Quote
Grounds Rental Includes:
2 days use of Gardens: one-day for set up and rehearsal; one-day for event. Restrooms, parking, bride's Parlor, on-site facility attendant and use of Gardens prior to event for photo session included in rate.
Additional restrooms required for all events with over 100 guests.
Due within 10 days of booking - non-refundable
Balance due two months prior to event.
Payment: Personal checks, money orders, cashier checks and all major credit cards accepted.
A 5% fee will be charged for all credit card payments.
Cleaning/Damage Deposit: Due with final payment two months prior to event: $300 (refundable after event)
Event Rental Time
Includes eight hours up until 8:00 p.m. on event date (includes 2-hour set-up, 1 hour clean-up).
Also includes day prior for equipment (tents, tables, chairs, decorations) delivery /set up and rehearsal from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
For an additional fee you may make arrangements in advance to use the facility after 8:00 p.m. and beyond the normal block of hours.
8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. (within 8 hour time block): $150 per hour
11:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. (within 8 hour time block): $250 per hour
Over 8 hour time block on event date: $175 per hour
Coach House Dining Room (Seats 75 people): $750
Rate with grounds rental: $500
Includes use of Coach House Dining Room for eight hours for luncheon, reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal luncheon, restrooms, parking, Bride’s Parlor and on-site facility attendant.
Mansion Interior: $2,000
Includes two hour use of first floor in Berkeley’s mansion for up to 50 guests
(This includes 1 hour ceremony /photographs and 1 hour set-up/break-down)
No Food or Drink allowed inside mansion
Mansion Interior & Coach House Dining Room: $2,500
Mansion Interior & Grounds Rental: $4,000
A signed lease agreement, which will include your rental times and rehearsal/set up schedule, and deposit must be received within 10 days of booking to reserve the grounds for your event.
A dressing room is available preceding your ceremony.
Renter is responsible for procuring services from necessary vendors (i.e. tent, caterer, tables, chairs, carriage rides, and musicians). While Berkeley Plantation may make suggestions for possible vendors, it is not responsible for the performance of those vendors.
All vehicles, including those of your guests, vendors and deliveries must park at designated parking area, located near the event site. No vehicles are allowed on walking paths or grass/lawn areas.
After delivery, all vehicles must be moved to the parking area.
The renter is responsible for cleaning the area after the event. Decorations and litter must be removed immediately following the event. Failure to do so will result in a forfeiture of the cleaning deposit. Dance floor must be removed within 24 hours of event.
Arrangements for rental equipment delivery and removal must be made in advance.
Musicians must play at a moderate level.
A one day banquet license must be obtained by the renter (or contracted vendor) from the Virginia ABC board if serving alcoholic beverages.
Inclement weather will not result in a refund for any event.
Renter is responsible for an alternative plan in the event of inclement weather.
Birdseed, flower petals and bubbles may be used if you choose. Candles and sparklers may be used with advanced arrangements. Rice, confetti and aerosol confetti are not permitted. Helium balloons are not allowed on the grounds.
Renter agrees to indemnify Berkeley against all claims, expenses and costs, including attorney's fees, resulting from any injury to persons or property caused by renter's invitees or contractors.
We ask that you and your guests treat this national treasure as you would your own.
Take special care as you enjoy your event.
Equipment & Tents
Chesterfield Rentals (804) 748-0145
Party Perfect (804) 359-2400
Big Top Entertainment (757) 875-0505
Commonwealth Event Company (804) 264-6621
Classic Party Rentals (804) 270-9544
Topside Tent and Party Rentals (804) 751-0202
Prop Shop (804) 228-1100
Groovin Gourmet (804) 868-8900
Mosaic (804) 525-2190
A Sharper Palate (804) 553-0495
Whitehouse Catering (804) 644-4411
Berry’s Catering (804) 370-4130
Nanny’s Catering (804) 733-6619
Luxury Restroom Trailer
Edmunds (804) 478-4688
CCS Events, Colleen Cook (804) 330-4445
LK Events& Design 804-221-7257
Kim Moody Design (804) 292-5000
Horse and Carriage
Hundley Carriages (804) 743-9233
Choice Entertainment disc jockeys-bands (804) 788-4603
Gary Gaudlin, disc jockeys (804) 747-4777
Manny Green Entertainment, disc jockeys (804) 379-9404
Sam Hill Entertainment disc jockeys-bands 866-SAM-HILL
Aurora, harpist and tenor (757) 624-3721
Lyrical Images, flute and harp (804) 833-7989
Tim Olbrych, guitarist (757) 229-2618
Wayne Ruotolo, guitarist (804) 378-4040
Sine Nomine String Ensemble 757-897-6821
Seasons of Williamsburg (757) 565-4600
Williamsburg Floral (757) 229-9884
Flowers For You (804) 862-8450
The Gardener’s Gate (804) 452-4424
Flowerama (804) 560-7700
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Edgewood B & B (804) 829-2962
North Bend B & B (804) 829-5176
Open Daily 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (804) 829-6018
Toll Free: 1 (888) 466-6018
Fax: (804) 829-6757
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