Biltmore Estate, the majestic châteauesque style mansion that sits in the beautiful hills of Asheville, NC with world renowned gardens and the most incredible mountain views. It is something out of a fairytale and the most perfect place to propose!
Many people ask themselves, “Can I propose at Biltmore Estate?” The answer is yes! Yes you can propose at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, and goodness it will be amazing! There are SO MANY amazing places at Biltmore Estate to propose- with the grand house in view, with the grand house as your entire backdrop, in the beautiful walled garden surrounded by flowers, in the gorgeous Italian garden among stone Italian statues, on the esplanade or south terrace with the Blue Ridge Mountains in view, in front of the ‘secret’ tunnel, at the base of the waterfall, among the ducks and geese at the lagoon, inside the conservatory with rare and amazing flowers and plants by your side, and so much more!
5 Things to Consider When Proposing at Biltmore Estate
1. Where to propose at Biltmore Estate
As I mentioned above, there are SO MANY amazing options for a location to ask your big question. I encourage you to think about whether you and your partner would prefer to be in a completely private setting for your proposal, or if you don’t mind some other guests being nearby. This will help narrow down the location search. Of course, I am happy to help guide you in finding the perfect proposal spot, with photo samples, descriptions, and more!
2. When to propose at Biltmore Estate
In my experience, the couples that I photograph prefer to propose at Biltmore Estate in the morning. This is for many reasons- The sun rises over the esplanade beautifully lighting the front of the house and the Blue Ridge Mountains for the most amazing long range views, the grounds are quietest just after they open in the morning, and proposing in the morning gives you all day to celebrate in this beautiful locale! I always guide my clients to the best time of day to propose for their needs and the location they choose.
3. Understand the size of Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate is huge. When I say huge, I mean 8,000 acres. It takes 20-30 minutes just to drive from the front entrance gate, park, and walk to the house. From there it takes multiple minutes to walk to any of the gardens or up to the esplanade, and about 10-15 minutes to walk down to the Bass Pond and waterfall. Other locations like the lagoon require a drive to get there. When I plan a proposal with my clients, I share all of the logistical information and help them arrange their proposal with this in mind.
4. Spend the whole day at Biltmore Estate
As I mentioned in the tip above, Biltmore Estate is huge. I recommend planning to stay the entire day to tour the house, wander the gardens, take in the views, experience the pond and waterfall, have a meal, taste wine in the winery, and more. On my first visit to the estate, we stayed all day and barely touched the surface of things to do!
5. Be sure proposing at Biltmore Estate is right for you
Of course Biltmore Estate is a beautiful option for your proposal, but it’s not for everyone. It can be busy at prime times and some couples prefer a much more intimate proposal. If you think a secluded mountain top at sunrise or private deck on a cabin sounds like a better fit for you and your partner, I would love to help you plan that and capture it, too!
For samples of real couples proposing at Biltmore Estate, click over to Biltmore Estate Spring Engagement Photography | Kaitlyn + Jon Proposal and Biltmore Estate Proposal Photography | Adam + Bev.