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Newstead Amenities

Newstead offers couples-to-be an exceptional level of personalization.  You may request any of the following amenities to personalize and compliment your  Wedding experience.

Visit Monticello

Visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.  Just 39 miles from Newstead. 

Thomsa Jefferson-author of the Declaration of Independence.America's most famous historic home and listed as one of the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die is just 39 miles from Newstead.  Get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia—who voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.

Monticello is the autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson, designed and redesigned; built and rebuilt for more than forty years.


Visit Monticello-Thomas Jefferson's home in VA.  Just 39 Miles from Newstead during your VA Country Wedding.


Restored to much of their original spender, the gardens at Monticello are a botanic showpiece.  In Jefferson's time they were  a source of food and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world. 

The plantation of 5,000 acres was a center of agriculture and industry and was home to the Jefferson family, workers black and white, enslaved and free.

See the Links Page for other suggested historic sites and wineries near Newstead.


Hot Air Balloon Package $700

Your personal Hot Air Balloon departs from the South Lawn of Newstead, weather permitting, just after sunrise or 2-3 hours before sunset.

This is your chance to see Central Virginia like never before, up, up and away, flying high from a Hot Air Balloon.

 A Hot Air Balloon Ride carries Weekday Wedding couples from Country Weddings at Newstead On The James.


A One-Hour Hot Air Balloon Ride with a Champagne Toast, a Picnic Breakfast, Souvenir CD, Commemorative Flight Certificate and Spectacular Views.  See breathtaking vistas of The James River and magnificent Central Virginia countryside.  There's no other way to go! 

Weather permitting, you’ll take off at the crack of dawn (times vary according to the seasons). Then it’s an hour of pure, carefree ballooning across some of the most gorgeous terrain you will ever see.  All  pilots are FAA-approved with more than 500 flight hours each and given only the highest ratings by industry reviews.


Bird's eye view of The James River and beautiful Central VA countryside.


A  special photo shoot by your chase crew documents your Hot Air Balloon adventure  from start to finish.   When you return to earth, your  memorable flight, captured on CD, goes home with you. 


A cork popping Country Wedding continental picnic breakfast.




Once your glide-ride is done, it’s a gentle descent back down to the ground signified with a cork-pop leading into the picnic continental breakfast. 




Personalize Your Ceremony/Reception with Music

"Here's what a good wedding needs:  one happy couple; two happy families and a bunch of fed and watered guests.  Oh, and really good music."  Carolyn Hax, Washington Post 12/5/99

For a Fairy Tale, Happily Ever After Sound, Choose from among these preferred

Newstead musicians.

Eve Watters with the Celtic Harp for Your Country Wedding at Newstead.

Eve Watters, Celtic Harp with a beautiful medieval-to-modern repertoire. Eve has toured extensively, playing for hundreds of community and private events  around  the US and abroad. She's been selected 14 years running to the Virginia Commission for the arts Touring Program, and is UVA hospital’s first Musician-in-Residence. Eve has played for more than 700 weddings. $300/first hour; subsequent hours: $100/hour


Jan Kessler on Piano & Harpsichord for Your Country Wedding at Newstead. Jan Kessler on Piano & Harpsichord.  Jan is an award winning pianist and has performed at numerous weddings and for past presidents Truman & Kennedy  and vice president Humphrey.  Jan has performed at the Kennedy Center and locally at Belks, Nordstrom's, The Jefferson Hotel and  many others too numerous to mention.  Currently she can be heard at the Tide's Inn Resort.  $350 for a full hour and a half. 804.262.9204

Suzzanne Tarr-strolling violinist for Your Country Wedding at Newstead.

Suzanne Tarr has been playing the violin for more than 40 years, is classically trained and has played for  100's of weddings. In the past 20 years, she has found that her interests/talents are in traditional/folk/historical/celtic music. She has performed with the Richmond Symphony, the Charleston WVA Symphony, and the Huntington WVA Symphony.  $225/first hour

The Belle Arte String Quartet for Your Country Wedding at Newstead. Belle Arte String Quartet was formed in 1984 by members of the Richmond Symphony to answer a growing need for premium Classical music.  Each member makes his/her  living exclusively from playing his instrument, so you can be assured that the quality of performance is excellent. In addition to weddings, the group has performed extensively in the Central Virginia area for special occasions such as a Gubernatorial Inauguration, a Fortune 500 convention, the openings of the Faberge and Italian Painting Exhibits at the Virginia Museum, both the Conference of Nations’ Governors and the opening of the “Titanic” Exhibit at the Virginia Science Museum, the first International Samuel Barber Symposium held at V.C.U., and others too numerous to mention. 
$1,150 for a full hour and a half, which includes 30 minutes of pre ceremony music and ends with music to usher your guests out.  Other amenities are included.  Add-on's available, such as the cocktail (half) hour and rehearsal attendance, please inquire for pricing.  (Also, please note that the months of May, June, and October are priced slightly higher due to higher demand.)

See the Links Page for other suggested musical options at Newstead.


Baby Sitters

Newstead has babysitters available.  Newstead's sitters can be pre-arranged for $50 for three hours, and $25 per hour or portion of an hour thereafter.  There is a 3-hour minimum for our sitters and a maximum of 3 children per sitter.

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Carol Carper, Certified Wedding Planner, is webmaster  

and owner/manager of Newstead On The James LLC

an event destination venue located halfway between 

Richmond and Charlottesville VA.  

Contact Carol at 804.375.3666 or email