Wedding Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners

A Romantic & Intimate Lake Lure Wedding Venue

You’re getting married! Now it’s time to start planning for your big day. The first item on your to-do list is finding the perfect small wedding venue in NC.

The Esmeralda offers a truly serene location for a Chimney Rock wedding. Our romantic boutique hotel, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, serves as an intimate North Carolina mountain wedding venue, dinner reception space, and rehearsal dinner venue.

The Inn is equipped with two large dining areas, a lounge, a restaurant space, a professional-grade kitchen, beautiful front porches, and an outdoor deck, offering a dream wedding venue in the North Carolina mountains. Our restaurant’s photo backdrop is the gorgeous Chimney Rock mountain. Take a virtual tour of our Inn to see all of its offerings. It is hard to imagine a more perfect location for a Lake Lure wedding!

Esmeralda Inn Wedding Party on the Porch


Up to 40 guests

Host your rehearsal dinner or dinner reception at The Esmeralda and enjoy a perfectly intimate backdrop, delicious food, and stunning mountain views. Our dinner package includes:

  • Exclusive access to the patio or second floor event room
  • An exceptional onsite dinner prepared by our chef, customized to your taste 
  • Tables, chairs, & linens
  • Complimentary parking, up to 15 spaces
Esmeralda Inn Wedding Party Bridge


Up to 10 guests

  • 2.5-hour package and includes up to 8 white chairs for ceremony and tables, chairs, and linen for reception
  • 30-minute ceremony site: front lawn wedding gazebo, Esmeralda riverside park, fireside patio or covered porch
  • 2 hours for dinner on the patio or in the main dining room
  • Facility Fee: $500-1000
  • Food and Beverage Minimum $500, See Banquet Menus for Pricing
  • Complimentary Parking – 5 Spaces
Esmeralda Inn Wedding Recessional


Up to 40 guests 

Our small wedding package, for intimate or micro weddings, is perfect for cozy gatherings with those you love. There are plenty of options to choose from to make your special day as unique as you are. The small Lake Lure wedding package includes:  

  • Your choice of ceremony location: the front lawn wedding gazebo, the riverside park, the elegant patio, or the second floor event room 
  • A delicious reception dinner on the patio or second floor event room
  • Chairs, tables, & linens
  • Complimentary parking, up to 15 spaces


Up to 75 guests

Our All-Inclusive NC Mountain Wedding Package includes exclusive access to the Inn and overnight stay for guests. Our friendly and experienced staff will be there to help you every step of the way. The All-Inclusive NC Mountain Wedding Package includes: 

  • A minimum of 14 guest rooms at the Inn (2-night minimum on weekends, 3-night minimum on Holidays)
  • Breakfast for overnight guests each morning
  • Exclusive use of the Inn for your event 
  • Your choice of ceremony location: the front lawn wedding gazebo, the riverside park, the elegant patio, or the stunning downstairs lobby
  • Optional, rehearsal dinner space in the second floor event room or patio 
  • Chairs, tables, & linen
  • A delicious reception dinner
  • Complimentary parking, up to 45 spaces
Scallops at The Esmeralda Restaurant

Exceptional Food For Your Chimney Rock Weddings

Whether you’re planning a small rehearsal dinner or destination Lake Lure wedding, our restaurant staff will be ready to help you throw the ultimate party. Our food offerings can be as simple as mac and cheese or a pig roast to as elegant as a nine-course formal sit down dinner. If you can dream it, we will create it. Drop by for a meal and give us a try. We know you will fall in love.

Note: A bar can be set up for any event: $150 Set-up Fee


Are You Ready to Tour Your Dream Lake Lure Wedding Venue? 

We understand the amount of work that will go into your big weekend and we’re committed to providing the best NC mountain wedding experience. We want your special day to be a complete success and will work with you throughout the planning of your event to ensure it is just the way you imagined it.

Our Inn has more than 100 years of history and success. We are confident that once you visit us, there is no other place where you will feel more comfortable.

Please fill out the form below, and we will be in touch shortly with a detailed breakdown of our package offerings.

Wedding Inquiry Form:

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