Planning a destination wedding is an exciting journey, especially when the destination is as charming and picturesque as Rowan County, North Carolina. Nestled in the Piedmont region of our state, Rowan County offers a perfect blend of rustic charm, historical elegance, and modern amenities. Here’s your comprehensive checklist to ensure your Rowan County wedding is nothing short of magical.


1. Schedule a Scouting Trip

The best way to get a feel for Rowan County is to visit! We're the kinda’ country, kinda’ cool you’ve been craving. With our close proximity to Charlotte and the Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas, you’ll find both a quiet countryside filled with wineries and pick-your-own farms, and a bustling downtown Salisbury with breweries, historic trolleys, a thriving arts scene and more. We've got plenty of settings for your big day, no matter what type of vibe you're searching for. Use our online booking tool below to reserve a night or two in Rowan County to explore!




2. Plan your Engagement Photos

Where better to take engagement photos than the destination where you'll be getting married! Rowan County has picturesque landscapes, historic buildings, brick murals and plenty of other backdrops for the perfect shots. From the Historic Salisbury Depot to Gold Hill Flower Company we're certain you'll find the perfect place to capture your love in a photo. Check out our Top 5 Engagement Shoot Locations blog post for some ideas!



3. Reserve Your Locations and Venue

Rowan County has barns, farms, vineyards, theatres, outdoor venues and plenty of other original places to host your wedding activities. Explore our Wedding Venues in Rowan County blog post where we highlight every wedding venue in our county!


4. Book Your Hotel Block

Don't forget to make arrangements for your guests! Reserving a hotel block will make their booking process a breeze as they plan travel for your wedding festivities. Visit our hotels and places to stay pages to find more information about guest accommodation options. Then reach out to the property you'd like to reserve a block with.



5. Reserve Your Wedding Night Accommodations

Don't forget you'll need a place to stay too! Once you have your guests settled, explore our lodging options or use our online booking tool to reserve a space to rest after your magical wedding day in Rowan County. 



6. Book the Historic Salisbury Trolley

Looking for additional transportation for your guests? Or a way to get your wedding party from point A to point B? The Historic F&M Trolley system is a way to add an original touch to your Rowan County wedding. We have two historic trolleys that are available for rent through Rowan County Tourism. For more information, take a look at our Add a Historic Trolley to Your Wedding Day blog post, and fill out a request form here.



7. Share Things for Your Guests to Do

Be sure to explore the fun things to do in Rowan County. Whether you've got a wedding website, are leaving goodie bags in the hotel rooms for out of town guests, or are just looking for some extra fun, you'll be glad you did. Check out our Rowan County Wedding Guest Guide where we highlight things to do, restaurants and places to stay all in one place. Be sure to give your guests some options for how they spend their free time! 



Rowan County, N.C., with its rich history, beautiful venues, and warm community, offers an idyllic setting for your destination wedding. By following this checklist, you’ll be well on your way to planning a wedding that is not only beautiful, but also memorable for you and your guests. Enjoy every moment of this special journey!