Local Love: Cool Venues in Hampton Roads (Part 1)

Cavalier Lobby

Still looking for that perfect wedding venue in Hampton Roads? We scoped out places from Virginia Beach to Norfolk to Williamsburg and found some unique venues for receptions and ceremonies that can help you make a statement on your wedding day.

This series of posts begins with a closer look at The Chrysler Museum of Art in downtown Norfolk, The Cavalier Hotel near Virginia Beach’s oceanfront, and The Inn and Garden Café on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk)

Huber Court

The Chrysler Museum of Art overlooks the Elizabeth River and with several different spaces for rent, it can provide an elegant atmosphere for your wedding.

Bonus: If you have any special needs, such as a kosher wedding or vegan dinner buffet, this may be the place for you as they are open and willing to work with all types of requests.

Huber Court
220 seated or 400 standing
The Museum’s enclosed central courtyard features a double staircase, marble floor and vaulted glass ceiling. Included in the rental fee is use of tables and chairs, the sound system, podium, and kitchen facilities.

Huber Court

Tiffany Gallery
40 seated or 100 standing
The Museum holds an impressive collection of Tiffany glass in the Tiffany Gallery.

Tiffany Gallery

Memorial Garden
40 seated or 200 standing
The Museum’s Memorial Garden overlooks The Hague Inlet and surrounds a small pool with fountain. Included in the rental is the use of tables and chairs. When Huber Court is rented for a wedding and reception, the fees for the Tiffany Gallery and Memorial Garden are waived.

Memorial Garden

Moses Myers House Gardens
60 seated or 100 standing
These gardens are beside the historic Moses Myers House on Freeman Street and make the perfect setting for an intimate outdoor celebration.

Moses Myers House Gardens

Contact: Mia Byrd at mbyrd@chrysler.org or (757) 333-6233

The Cavalier Hotel (Virginia Beach)

For a truly grand affair, head to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront where The Cavalier Hotel has sat since it’s opening in 1927. The Cavalier Hotel is comprised of the grand Cavalier on the Hill and the contemporary Cavalier Oceanfront. It also has its own restaurants and catering, making that one less vendor you have to worry about.

The Cavalier Hotel

Bonus: If you’re traveling from out of town or your guests are planning on staying for the week, The Cavalier Hotel includes a variety of extra services including laundry and dry cleaning, a gift shop, and concessions.

Grand Ballroom
200 seated or 300 standing
The Grand Ballroom is located in the historic Cavalier on the Hill and houses 13-foot ceilings, a grand chandelier and over 550 square feet of dance floor.

Beach Club
500 seated or standing
The Beach Club, next to the Cavalier Oceanfront, is a perfect option for a large wedding reception and has large dance floors, chandeliers and an outside deck right near the beach.

The Beach Club

110 seated
Located at the Cavalier on the Hill, the Pocahontas is available during the off season for an elegant seated dinner and wedding reception.

Raleigh Lounge and Porches
250 standing
This unique facility located at the Cavalier on the Hill is perfect for late fall and spring receptions with its fireplace, chandeliers and spacious open air porches.

The Raleigh Lounge and Porches

Contact: General Information at (757) 425-8555

The Inn and Garden Café (Eastern Shore)

This charming bed and breakfast has a history that dates back to the late 1800s, but today includes all the modern amenities needed for a relaxing stay or a special wedding celebration. It’s located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in the Town of Onancock.

Inn & Garden Cafe

Garden Café
40 seated
Its onsite restaurant, The Garden Café, seats up to 40 guests and is a mix of local Eastern Shore fare and modern American dishes. It’s also the first “green” restaurant in Onancock. Guests can have an intimate meal in the dining room or in the all-season window-walled gazebo with views of the gardens, which can also seat 40.  The staff at the Inn & Garden Café are happy to discuss wedding options.

The Garden Cafe

Contact: Paul and Sandra Fox at (757) 787-8850

Check back soon for more venues!

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