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50 Romantic Wedding Venues in the U.S

Whether you're marrying in Michigan or Maui, searching for a fairy-tale castle or a soaring city loft, we've compiled a list of the dreamiest spots in the country to say "I do."

by Rory Evans Updated 01/22/13


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Montelucia Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona

With its jaw-dropping views of Camelback Mountain and its Andalusian-luxe sensibility, this resort is the ultimate desert splurge. Luxuriate with your girls in the Moroccan spa, then tie the knot on the Valencia Lawn (amazing at sunset) or beneath the 18-foot cathedral ceilings in Castillo Lucena; montelucia.com

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P. Allen Smith Garden, Roland, Arkansas

Perched on a hill overlooking a river valley, this red-roofed farmhouse is an elegant tableau of orchards, manicured terraces, and vegetable gardens. Host a springtime ceremony in the Rose Garden—an oasis of stone sculptures and wrought-iron gates—followed by an outdoor luncheon in a field of daffodils!; pallensmith.com

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Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California

When it comes to Hollywood glamour, it doesn't get any better than this fabled pink palace on Sunset Boulevard, where Marilyn Monroe used to soak up the sun and Elizabeth Taylor came (six times!) on honeymoon. The tropical gardens, art deco Crystal Ballroom, and on-site catering—not to mention complimentary wedding-night accommodations—make it the ideal place for an iconic Tinseltown wedding; beverlyhillshotel.com

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Beaulieu Garden, Rutherford, California

A favorite of local wedding planners, this private estate and vineyard in Napa Valley is perfect for a romantic wine-country wedding. Have your ceremony in the Grecian-style sunken garden, beside a lily-filled fountain. Then get ready for a serious foodie feast (by S.F. star caterer Paula LeDuc Fine Catering) beneath a huge sycamore arbor hung with chandeliers and twinkling lights; paulaleduc.com

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James Leary Flood Mansion, San Francisco, California

San Francisco has no shortage of picturesque wedding sites, but this 1915 Renaissance-style mansion is one of the city's crown jewels. The enclosed tile courtyard is ideal for ultra-private ceremonies, while interior details include painted murals, ornate ceilings, and the 140-foot-long Grand Hall, with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge; floodmansion.org

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Marvimon, Los Angeles, California

This historic downtown loft space has become a favorite among SoCal's hip urbanites. Exchange vows in front of a 20-foot wall of succulents in the garden courtyard, then mingle beneath the twinkly lights strung overhead (they come with the venue) before heading inside to dine amid exposed brick and wooden beams; marvimon.com

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St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point, California

If a dressy oceanfront wedding is your dream, this stunning Tuscan-style resort—with its awe-inspiring views and sweeping marble staircasest—is for you. The Grand Lawn is ideal for outdoor vows, while indoor spaces range from the intimate Club 19 to the palatial Pacific Ballroomt—complete with coffered ceilings, bronze chandeliers, and enough room to party with 800 of your nearest and dearest; stregismb.com

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Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, Colorado

A heady mix of rustic charm and serious luxury, this former ghost town in the San Juan Mountains has emerged as one of America's finest small resorts. It's also the perfect place for a cowgirl-chic wedding: Think log cabins, an open-air chapel, and a down-home dance-hall reception; duntonhotsprings..com

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Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Stonington, Connecticut

If you're torn between a rustic, romantic, and vintage venue, Saltwater Farm Vineyard is for you. Surrounded by scenic coves and set on more than 100 acres of lush vines, Saltwater Farm Vineyard provides a swoon-worthy outdoor setting for any nuptial. The Vineyard's centerpiece—a unique contrast to the rest of the property—is a vintage airport hangar dating back to World War II that now functions as an elegant and modern winery; saltwaterfarmvineyard.com

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Winterthur, Wilmington, Delaware

Blending naturalistic gardens and a coveted collection of decorative arts, a Winterthur wedding offers history, art, and nature. Get married amongst carefully curated antiques in the gallery, next to a surreal reflective pond, or in the dead-center of the grounds in the Visitors center (which, can hold up to 300 guests!). Plus, the sprawling early Nineteenth-century estate is located directly between New York City and Washington D.C.—a convenient location for couples with family and friends spread out across the northeast; winterthur.org

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami, Florida

Just minutes away from downtown Miami, this lush old-world estate features a grand Italian-style villa, sweeping coral staircases, and 10 acres of formal gardens (there's even a maze!). Exchange vows on the exquisite Garden Mound, followed by dinner on the East Terrace, overlooking Biscayne Bay; vizcaya.org

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The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia

With its avenues of ancient oaks, windswept beach, and magical chapel, The Cloister is one of the most coveted wedding sites in the South. The wood-paneled lodge is ideal for intimate weddings. Going big? Book the main ballroom, with its grand moldings and gleaming chandeliers. The in-house event team, florists, and caterers will make sure your big day is perfection; seaisland.com

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Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii

Owner Sylvia Hamilton Kerr has transformed this former sugar mill built in 1857 into a wildly romantic wedding venue with a Secret Garden feel to it. Get dressed with your bridesmaids in the white-on-white Shabby Chic cottage, then say your vows in the vine-draped gardens and rock out under the glass-covered pavilion; haikumill.com

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Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Talk about modern love! Design-savvy couples will swoon for the Renzo Piano-designed wing of this renowned museum. Griffin Court, a huge glass-and-steel atrium, is a stunning ceremony setting. Follow up with a reception at Terzo Piano, the sleek in-house restaurant with all-white decor and modern Italian cuisine; artic.edu/weddings

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Race & Religious, New Orleans, Louisiana

Comprised of two 1830s homes (a Creole cottage and a Greek Revival home), this eclectic space is ideal for artsy couples. Think fountains and courtyards lit by gas lamps—plus brick fireplaces and boho-fantastic antiques; raceandreligious.com

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Barn on Walnut Hill, North Yarmouth, Maine

Have your heart set on a barn? The Barn on Walnut Hill—originally built 1887 and restored in 2009—offers a refined rustic charm. The 1,750 square foot post and beam space is illuminated by wrought-iron chandeliers and dragonfly-etched sconces. With an attached patio, bar built from reclaimed wood, and manicured grounds ready for tents, this Maine backdrop is quintessentially New England; barnonwalnuthill.org

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George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland

A library may not be an obvious party site, but this stunning cathedral of books will change your mind. Weddings take place in the Stack Room amid six stories of rare tomes and gold columns that soar to a skylight 61 feet above; peabodyevents.library.jhu.edu

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Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, Massachusetts

For a quintessential New England wedding, book this classic resort by the sea. Stage your "first look" on the inn's private beach, followed by a ceremony on the South Lawn. The Beach House Grill is perfect for receptions, with its subtle nautical touches, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a menu that offers everything from just-shucked oysters to a classic clambake dinner; chathambarsinn.com

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The Mount, Lenox, Massachusetts

Novelist Edith Wharton designed this Georgian Revival-style house in the Berkshires herself, and the result is magical. Have your ceremony in the formal garden, followed by photos and cocktails on the terrace, then head into the gracious tapestry-hung drawing room for dinner. Ghosts are said to walk the halls late at night, but most couples consider that a perk!; edithwharton.org

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Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Love Victorian grandeur and dream of photo ops with your groom in a horse and carriage? This old school-fabulous 125-year-old hotel—accessible only by boat or plane on Mackinac Island—is the place. Say "I do" in the Tea Garden, which holds up to 450, or on the geranium-filled 660-foot front porch, with the deep blue Straits of Mackinac as a backdrop. P.S.: You and your 'maids will love the on-site Aveda salon; grandhotel.com

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Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mill City Museum's chic broken down facade and industrial legacy (Minneapolis was once known as the flour milling capital of the world) make this venue just about as unique as they come. This national historic landmark is an original blend of old an new—behind the urban ruins, stands a sleek glass exterior, while inside authentic milling machinery from the 19th century act as a reminder of the site's past; millcitymuseum.org

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Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Get married among Warhols at this modern-art shrine, with its striking asymmetrical architecture, array of party spaces, and in-house catering and planning services. (The staff will even arrange a private docent-led tour of your fave gallery for guests during cocktail hour.) Be sure to pose for pictures across the street in the Sculpture Garden; walkerart.org

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Cedar Lake Cellars, Wright City, Missouri

Hand built stone fireplaces, heated floors, and crafted pub tables all make the Big Red Barn at Cedar Lake Cellars feel like home. Adding to the site's quaint allure is a magical waterfall, covered patio, and outdoor upper deck for daytime dancing and nighttime star gazing; cedarlakecellars.org

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The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana

For a romantic wedding in the wilderness, Paws Up resort is the place. For a more formal affair in the Bull Barn, or an intimate gathering of your 30 nearest and dearest under the clear Montana skies, this rustic ranch offers a one-of-a-kind setting for your wedding. Plus, get pampered with your girls in the charming Spa Town—a group of tents pitched for massages with the ranch in plain site—and treat your guests to an array of traditional ranch activities like fly fishing, horseback riding, and lassoing; pawsup.org

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Loch Lyme Lodge, Lyme, New Hampshire

It doesn't get more country than 20 cabins surrounding a wooded lake. Loch Lyme Lodge provides cabins for your guests and activities all weekend long like canoeing or kayaking on the lake, tennis, and hiking. Both summer camp sweethearts and city slickers with a penchant for pitching a tent will love this campsite (which, you can rent entirely); lochlymelodge.com

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Partridge Rock Bed & Breakfast, Center Sandwich, New Hampshire

It doesn't get more New England than this quaint New Hampshire Bed & Breakfast. With an all-you-can eat home-cooked breakfast in the morning, screened-in front porch, 150-acres of wildlife, and of course, the century-old barn where you'll get hitched, it's hard for a wedding at Partridge not to feel intimate; partridgerockbb.com

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The Ashford Estate, Allentown, New Jersey

Channel old world European elegance at this New Jersey country estate. Set in a secluded area of farmland, the ground's antique steel bridge, iron gates, fountains, gazebos, old growth pines and more scream sophistication. Tie the knot in the barn chapel or carriage house, sip swanky cocktails in the conservatory or oak library, and then dance the night away in the grand ballroom (whose high ceilings, classical columns, and carved wood arches are indeed quite grand); theashfordestate.com

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Encantado Resort, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Four Seasons Rancho Encantado resort boasts signature Santa Fe design—stucco walls, earthy tones, and dark brown wood beams. Get pampered at the spa with healing treatments unique to the traditions of the region, and then hitched in the Aspen Ballroom (2,600 square feet with an adjacent 1,300 square-foot terrace). The result? A dreamy desert "I do" with world-renowned amenities—after all, it is a Four Seasons resort.

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The C.V. Rich Mansion, White Plains, New York

Located just 40 minutes outside of Manhattan, this Victorian mansion is a unique find for couples in search of a traditional ballroom. The exterior gardens offer a charming ceremony backdrop. Inside the mansion are several cozy rooms, including a sunroom, which, when filled to brim with wedding guests, provide a cozy atmosphere for fireside cocktails. The main ballroom is as grand as any ballroom could be, with hardwood floors and floor to ceiling windows; caperberryevents.com/events/cvrich

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Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, New York

You'll be blown away by this Victorian castle, with its spires, turrets, and views. Formal gardens, dining rooms, and private stables make this spot ideal for an entire wedding weekend; mohonk.com

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New York Public Library, New York, New York

Carrie Bradshaw chose this famed library for her nuptials, and it's easy to see why: The Fifth Avenue landmark is a true Manhattan icon. Opt for the Celeste Bartos Forum, so you can dine and dance beneath the spectacular glass-dome ceiling; nypl.org

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Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

With its 2,000 Dale Chihuly glass flowers on the lobby ceiling, enormous flora-filled conservatory, and prime location on the strip, the Bellagio is the place for an over-the-top Vegas wedding. Whether you say "I do" on the outdoor Terrazza di Sogno or inside at the resort's private chapel, be sure to have photos taken by the famous dancing fountains; bellagio.com

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Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

It doesn't get grander than the Biltmore—a 250-room chateau built for George Vanderbilt in 1895. Among the array of options? A theatrical ceremony on the front lawn, followed by cocktails on the Library Terrace and a tented reception with sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains; biltmore.com

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Malabar Farm, Lucas, Ohio

Owner Sylvia Hamilton Kerr has transformed this former sugar mill built in Take a tip from Bogie and Bacall and steal away to the rolling green hills of this 900-acre country estate for your nuptials. Exchange vows in the main house, just as they did in 1945—or, for an outdoor ceremony, opt for the garden, with its serene pond views. Afterward, arrange for a wagon ride to the barn for your reception (it's $500 to rent and can fit 250!); malabarfarm.org

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Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon

Timberline Lodge takes après ski wedding style to a whole new level. With Mount Hood as the backdrop, brides and hubbies-to-be can get hitched in a variety of wooded lodges with western craftsmanship. Whether you decide on Ullman Hall for its wrought iron light fixtures and attached patio, or the Raven's nest with a vaulted ceiling and skylight, your big day is sure to be charming, cozy, and picturesque; timberlinelodge.com

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Cairnwood, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Couples rave about this grand Beaux Arts country estate (located 16 miles from Philadelphia): Host an alfresco ceremony and cocktail hour in the historic gardens, followed by an indoor reception in the mansion's huge walnut-paneled dining room; cairnwood.org

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Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island

The Castle Hill Inn is a classic New England dream. Have your ceremony on the Chalet lawn overlooking Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean or on the charming cobblestone terrace. You can even set sail for four hours following the ceremony on the The Schooner Adirondack II around Narragansett Bay; castlehillinn.com

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Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina

Southern belles dreaming of a Gone with the Wind-style wedding amid live oaks draped with Spanish moss need look no further than this legendary 65-acre property on the Ashley River. While you'll have your pick of 11 different wedding sites, we suggest a ceremony on the grass terraces overlooking the Butterfly Lakes (pictured), followed by dinner in the elegant Main Pavilion; middletonplace.org

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Barr Mansion, Austin, Texas

This beautifully restored Victorian mansion—complete with gingerbread trimmings—is the perfect setting for a country-chic wedding. The house makes a stunning backdrop for outdoor ceremonies, while the sleek barn-meets-ballroom, with its soaring 40-foot glass wall and views of the blooming gardens, provides a modern counterpoint for dancing; barrmansion.com

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Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

For a luxurious farm-to-table wedding, head straight to this 9,200-acre farm in the foothills of the Smokies. The Main House lawn makes a pastoral ceremony setting, while the barn is perfect for a fall reception for up to 250 guests. The menu is a locavore's dream, featuring just-picked greens, plus house-made charcuterie and cheeses; blackberryfarm.com

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McCune Mansion, Salt Lake City, Utah

If elegant columns, gilded trim, and ceiling frescoes are your thing, look no further than McCune Mansion. The 27 room early 20th century home features glamorous old-world details on the inside and a romantic manicured garden on the outside. The Inn on the Hill, McCune's sister property, is a charming place for family and friends to stay before or after the wedding; mccunemansion.com

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Sundance Resort, Park City, Utah

Whether you're a back-to-basics bride who craves a cozy cabin reception, or want towering pines and rolling meadows as your ceremony scenery, Sundance Resort can accommodate. A Preferred Boutique hotel with a number of timber cabins and outdoor locations to choose from, this luxurious resort is perfect for a destination mountain "I do." Plus, the Park City site will be just as much a treat for your guests—art workshops, spa treatments, skiing, and mountain biking are all on the wedding weekend agenda; sundanceresort.com

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Barnard Inn, Barnard, Vermont

Craving a quintessential Vermont setting? The Barnard Inn's gorgeous New England grounds—complete with a 1796 colonial chateau, maple trees, perennial gardens, rolling hills, and organic dairy farms—should do the trick. Foodies rejoice: the seasonal menu is prepared on site and is both locally produced and organic; barnardinn.com

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Waybury Inn, Middlebury, Vermont

Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountain National Forest in Middlebury Vermont, this 200-year-old Inn is full of country charm. From in-house food with local Vermont flair, to the warm small-town treatment, the Inn is fit for an intimate fairytale winter, spring, summer, or fall. Plus, the inn is famous—it starred as the fictitious Stratford Inn on the popular 80s TV show Newhart; wayburyinn.com

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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard, Charlottesville, Virginia

Good ol' Americana beauty and southern charm make Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard a hit. Get married among intertwined vines, against the Blue Mountain range backdrop. Then sip a cocktail on the Veranda Terrace (with Monticello garden-inspired landscaping in view), and move inside to the Granary—a 3,600 square foot column-free space with a two-story vaulted ceiling and traditional cupola. After you've danced your happy feet away, nosh on locally sourced eats chosen from the region's best farmers; pippinhillfarm.com

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National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C

Couples dreaming of a classic D.C. affair will love this 1908 Renaissance Revival building. The Great Hall (big enough to host ceremonies and receptions) has a white marble staircase that's perfect for your dramatic entrance, plus huge crystal chandeliers and a patterned marble floor that's made for dancing; nmwa.org

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Treehouse Point, Issaquah, Washington

Outdoorsy couples will flip for this compound of storybook tree houses near Seattle. The site-rental fee includes a riverside ceremony and reception location (for 100), plus lodging for 20. Pose for pics on the suspension bridge to the Temple of the Blue Moon tree house; treehousepoint.com

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Enchanted Barn, Hillsdale, Wisconsin

The venerable timber-and-fieldstone walls of this late-19th century dairy barn offer an ideal backdrop for a range of wedding styles—from organic and rustic (think patina silver vases and heaps of wildflowers) to streamlined and modern. The bottom floor of the split-level barn features a slate patio that's perfect for cocktails, while the loft overlooks the pasture—an idyllic view for the reception; enchantedbarn.com

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Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch offers as much down-home western beauty on its 1,500 acres of unspoiled land as it does a luxurious spa and customizable amenities. Whether you want to click your cowboy boots in the The Cowboy Chapel and Dance Hall, or enjoy the sprawling Wyoming scenery below the log-constructed Falcon Peak Overlook—there's something for everyone at this ranch; brushcreekranch.com

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Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Evoking the spirit of the west with its woven cowhide chairs, fireplaces, and Pacific redwood walls, Amangani is a mountain marriage dream. Tie the knot with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and then celebrate inside a number of cozy rooms that hold at most 100 people. Best part? Get married in the winter, and you'll be a short ride away from some of the best skiing in the country;amanresorts.com/amangani

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