Planning a wedding is exciting, stressful, joyous and crazy. One of the biggest decisions to be made is where to have the event. Should it be in a rustic setting, under a sky full of stars? Would a beach wedding be better, so everyone can feel the sand under their toes? Perhaps a more urban setting is in order, such as a cathedral, art museum or industrial loft? There are just so many wonderful options!
If anyone needs a little inspiration or an idea on exactly where to tie the knot, then consider this list. We've rounded up 10 of the prettiest wedding venues in the United States.
10 Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards - Malibu, CA
Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards is located in Malibu, California, and it offers up a spectacular setting. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, there is a windy road, a Tuscan villa, and award-winning wine that draw many people here, including for weddings.
This establishment is family-owned and has been operating since 2003, meaning many happy couples have turned to this venue, in order to say their vows while overlooking the canyons, waterfalls and grasslands that are found in this region.
9 The Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, CA
Also in California, people can find The Beverly Hilton, which was opened in by Conrad Hilton, in 1955, and is often associated with red carpet and star-studded events… as well as glamorous weddings. This venue brings the glitz of Hollywood and the luxury of Beverly Hills, making for a truly iconic setting.
Located on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, The Beverly Hilton’s views, spaces and team of professionals makes this a top wedding pick.
8 Chapel Dulcinea - Austin, TX
Another venue option with an incredible view is Chapel Dulcinea in Austin, Texas; it is on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Hill Country. It is also just 20 minutes away from downtown Austin, meaning wedding guests and parties are close to all the action, yet can still enjoy this remote location.
As an outdoor chapel, Chapel Dulcinea provides an intimate place for these momentous occasions, as people can gather inside the structure and around it. Oh, and it is free to use, which an engaged couple always likes to hear!
7 620 Loft & Garden - New York, NY
New York City offers so many amazing places to get married, but one of the neatest is 620 Loft & Garden. This venue has two options, and one is an indoor, lofted space that comes with great views and that can be decorated however a couple wants it to be.
The other space, though, is a historic garden that sits on Fifth Avenue, right below St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Talk about a one-of-a-kind setting! There is also a reflective pool and a tented area here, which makes the garden even more magical.
6 The Atlanta History Center - Atlanta, GA
Many people turn to museums as wedding venues, since they have established backdrops that simply wow guests and that look fabulous in photographs. One such place is The Atlanta History Center, which is a museum in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, Georgia. It has been around since 1926, and there are five different choices for venues on the museum’s 33 acres.
Whether someone is looking for a ballroom, a garden, a farm or that classic museum setting, this spot combines elegance and history.
5 Tin Roof Barn - Salmon, WA
Big old barns can be made over to become gorgeous wedding locales, as well, and one of them is the Tin Roof Barn in Salmon, Washington. The barn itself is super cute, with its iconic tin roof, and the surroundings also make this a nice venue, as there are hills, apple orchards and the Columbia River Gorge.
This barn is more than 100 years old, so it is full of history and has a simple charm to it that makes it great for outdoor weddings plus receptions.
4 Thorncrown Chapel - Eureka Springs, AR
Another choice that is surrounded by natural beauty is Thorncrown Chapel. Located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, this building is always on top-ranking lists, due to its setting and its architecture.
It was built in 1980, and the way the wood and the glass are here is just stunning. While the glass blends in so well with the trees around it, this chapel actually has air conditioning, which many couples like to hear! With the sun spilling in, this is such a peaceful and a special place to have a wedding.
3 State Room: A Longwood Venue - Boston, MA
Couples who want to get married in the city may opt for Boston’s State Room: A Longwood Venue. It sits high on Sixty State Street, with 2,400 square feet of glass that offer up a panoramic view of the city’s skyline.
Whether a wedding here happens during the day or at night, there is a mix of history and luxury in this modern space, which can be broken into separate areas or all opened up for a huge room that works well for a large party.
2 The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - Miami, FL
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens used to be a businessman’s villa and estate, but now it is a museum and venue, which is located in Miami, Florida. There are 50 acres of gardens and woodlands here, along with a collection of interior decorations and antiques that sit in seventy rooms.
The design of The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is inspired by Tuscan Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean Revival styles, making for a unique setting that could work for many couples' weddings.
1 Washington National Cathedral - Washington, D.C.
One of the most notable buildings in the nation, as well as the second-largest church building in the nation, is the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Work started on this structure in 1907, and many, many years went into adding all the carvings, statues, and other Neo-Gothic architectural elements.
A great deal of tourists visit this cathedral every year, and for some, they go for a wedding! From the iconic exterior view and the inspiring city it sits in to the elaborate and impressive inside, this is another top wedding venue option.