America's Best Wedding Venues

Stop dreaming about your fantasy wedding and make it happen at one of the best venues in the country

Updated 01/20/17

 Photo by Ashley Sawtelle

With seemingly endless wedding venue options to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down your choices and select a spot that aligns with your budget, location, and style criteria. Lucky for you, we did the research and legwork, scouring the country (and the Internet!) to compile a master list of wedding destinations that are our go-to recs, year after year. From mountain locales with panoramic views and rustic-glam summer camps — so hip for 2017, mark our word — to chic landmarks in your all-time favorite cities, we’ve got a wedding venue for you, your groom, and your style.

If you’re into the grand outdoors, check out The Little Nell’s sundeck, which sits at a 11,000 feet and features panoramic views of the Elk Mountains, or Brush Creek Ranch, where you pose for portraits, exchange vows, and party on 30,000 acres of untouched landscape. Prefer manicured gardens to the rough terrain? You’ll fall head-over-heels for Jardin de Buis, a picture-perfect estate and gardens in northern New Jersey. It’s so hot right now that photographers are literally begging to shoot there—yes, really.

Want a building with rich history? Wow your guests with the unexpected by booking an old library in Boston or a recently restored brewery in Austin, Texas. And foodies, don’t think we forgot about you! You’ll find your heaven on either coast, whether you’re into the stellar wine list at Meadowood Napa Valley in California or farm-fresh fare at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in upstate New York.

Keep reading to find more wedding venue inspiration — believe us, we’ve got it.

The Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut

Courtesy of The Mayflower Grace

Buy out this charming 30-room escape for great sights and even better service. Photo ops are endless in the Shakespeare Garden, where you’ll exchange vows, as well as inside the resort’s all-white spa; The Mayflower Grace

The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton, Maine

Courtesy of The Wedding Barns of Maine

Take a 20-minute drive outside Portland to this meticulously restored 19th-century barn, which is open year-round. There’s also a cozy farmhouse perfect for unwinding with your wedding party pre- and post-nuptials; The Barn at Flanagan Farm

Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts

Sarah Bastille Photography

Charm guests with dinner in book-lined Bates Hall, then head to the Abbey Room for a dance sesh overlooking the courtyard. Bonus: The caterer will ensure you eat too, thanks to goodie bags filled with fresh entrées, mini desserts, and bubbly for two; Boston Public Library

Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts

Melissa Robotti Photography

Tie the knot on the private beach before moving to a sailcloth tent or one of the oceanfront dining rooms for a lobster dinner and dancing. Then you’re just steps from the bars on Main Street if you want to continue the party; Chatham Bars Inn

Bonnet Island Estate in Manahawkin, New Jersey

AH Photography

Want your own private island? You can have that, as well as an open-air chapel and a rustic ballroom (that looks like the inside of a ship!) overlooking Manahawkin Bay; Bonnet Island Estate

Jardin de Buis in Pottersville, New Jersey

Lauren and Tim Fair / Lauren Fair Photography

Give your guests free rein of the estate’s grounds, which feature a barn, two greenhouses, a topiary-lined pool, and an orangery; Jardin de Buis

Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York

Fred Marcus Studio

You may recognize it from T. Swift’s “Blank Space” video, but this mega mansion has even more to offer, like 23 acres of privacy; Oheka Castle

Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, New York

Joseph Lin Photography

If you’re dreaming of a garden oasis in the city, look no further than this 18th-floor terrace. It comes with a customizable Danny Meyer menu and a retractable roof; Gramercy Park Hotel

Rainbow Room in New York, New York

Brett Matthews

Take over the 65th floor of famed Rockefeller Center. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another spot with such epic views—or a rotating dance floor; Rainbow Room

Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York

Jessica Haley

Head to this upscale farm an hour’s drive outside NYC for the freshest fare, impeccable service, and a bucolic backdrop; Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tyler Boye Photography

This top-notch destination is finally hosting weddings. Choose from the sculpture garden, art-deco Perelman Building, or Rodin Museum, where you can wed in front of The Thinker; Philadelphia Museum of Art

Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

Michelle Gardella Photography

Brides rave about the nightly campfire at this nautical landmark, saying it’s the spot for a nightcap by Narragansett Bay; Castle Hill Inn

The Hay-Adams in Washington, D.C

Abby Jiu Photography

Give your guests the ultimate District experience at the Top of the Hay, where they can sip champs and snap #selfies with the White House; The Hay-Adams

Pérez Art Museum Miami in Miami, Florida

Mademoiselle Fiona

If you want something unexpected, this is it. Think hanging gardens, views of Biscayne Bay and the city’s skyline, and a modern open-air portico; Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach, Florida

Chris Joriann Photography

Everyone raves about the Gatsby-esque ballrooms (they are stunning!), but it’s the resort’s attentive staff—from the pastry chef to the knowledgeable valet—that brides can’t stop gushing about; The Breakers Palm Beach

The Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta, Georgia

Photo by Kaitie Bryant

In the heart of Midtown, you’ll find this historic landmark, which features an ivy-lined garden and two gilded ballrooms that are over-the-top in the best way possible; The Biltmore Ballrooms

The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia

Courtesy of Sea Island

Choose between a quaint chapel and oak-filled gardens for the vows, then head over to the lawn for an oceanfront reception; The Cloister at Sea Island

Race & Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana

Courtesy of Race & Religious

After poolside cocktails, let your guests explore this historic home and courtyard. Bonus: You can book it overnight for the after-party; Race & Religious

Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina

Krystal Kast Photography

Even if cows (with cowbells!) aren’t your thing, you’ll fall for the grazing pastures and barn at this onetime dairy farm turned Relais & Chateaux property; Fearrington Village

Southwind Hills in Goldsby, Oklahoma

Gene Pease for Geneoh Photography

With a honeymoon cottage and chandelier-filled barn on 130 acres, this all-inclusive venue has it all, including its own photo booth; Southwind Hills

Cannon Green in Charleston, South Carolina

Amy Arrington Photography

At this downtown restaurant, the staff creates an original menu for every couple. But no matter how you customize, don’t skip the rosé sangria; Cannon Green

RT Lodge in Maryville, Tennessee

Katherine Stinnett Photography

Tell your squad to pack for a full weekend because this Smoky Mountain escape has everything you need for a fancy summer-camp experience; RT Lodge

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas

Photo by Shaun Menary Photography

The service at this historic mansion deserves nothing short of five stars. Brides rave that the staff does its research on you; they even know your cocktail of choice and have it readily available; Rosewood Mansion

The White Sparrow Barn in Quinlan, Texas

Nadia Huerta, June Bug Company

A beautiful white barn with built-in speakers and vintage rentals? Nadine Ramos Huerta, a wedding photographer, created this spot in 2014 (with space for endless photo ops, obvi!); The White Sparrow Barn

Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas

Michelle Gardella Photography

This new boutique hotel is the talk of the town—and for good reason. Brides love the look of the restored 19th-century brewery almost as much as its entertaining chef; Hotel Emma

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in North Garden, Virginia

Jen Fariello Photography

This beauty is a standout in wine country, thanks to its rustic-meets-chic barn, mountain views, and getting-ready suites for the bride and groom; Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

Courtesy of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

This Mag Mile hot spot is perfect for the couple who wants to explore Millennium Park before partying in a 19th-century ballroom; Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois

Justine Montigny

No additional decor is necessary at this Windy City landmark, thanks to a 41-foot glass dome and mother-of-pearl mosaics; Chicago Cultural Center

The Langham, Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Honey Honey Photography

This modern hotel executes the ballroom wedding to perfection and adds perks like personalized robes in the honeymoon suite; The Langham, Chicago

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter, Michigan

Heather Jowett Photography

It’s all about the food on this 42-acre working farm. From the famous mac and cheese to pulled pork that spent 14 hours smoking, the true farm-to-table fare is sure to win over the crowd; Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan

Courtesy of Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

This resort is known for its front porch, which spans the length of nearly two football fields and overlooks Lake Huron; Grand Hotel

Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, Michigan

Jill DeVries Photography

At this palm-filled oasis, the star staff will happily tackle your entire to-do list, handling everything from custom cocktails to upgraded rentals; Planterra Conservatory

Aria in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Janelle Elise Photography

With a flexible open floor plan and four VIP lounges (hello, after-party!), this theater is ready for an A-list celebration; Aria

Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Front Room Photography

Book the Quadracci Pavilion, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, for a setting that looks as cool on the inside as it does out; Milwaukee Art Museum

Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri

Courtesy of Big Cedar Lodge

Take your pick of four wedding chapels, then move on to a cabin with 360 degree views of Table Rock Lake or to the lake itself, where there’s a yacht ready to host 45; Big Cedar Lodge

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri

Courtesy of Four Seasons

Get hitched on the rooftop terrace, which has uninterrupted views of the city’s iconic Gateway Arch. You can’t get more St. Louis than that; Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio

Genevieve Nisly Photography

Pose for portraits with the museum’s oh-so-grand exterior, and then meet your gang inside the glass-enclosed atrium for dinner and dancing under the stars; Cleveland Museum of Art

Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, Arizona

Courtesy of Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

At this historic landmark, you can lounge in what was Marilyn Monroe’s favorite pool, then watch as guests are stunned by the hands-on service and stunning architecture, co-designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California

Sarah Falugo

You’ll feel transported to another world at this Moroccan-meets-Mediterranean sanctuary featuring a strict no-kids policy and a nightly candle lighting that creates an uber-romantic glow; Korakia Pensione

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California

Rodel Valdez of A Touch of Soul Productions

The property’s gilded chapels and ornate ballrooms attract couples after old-world charm in SoCal. Not to mention, this place has been hosting weddings for more than a century; The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Meadowood Napa Valley in St. Helena, California

Jose Villa

Foodies, take note! With a three-star Michelin restaurant and personal relationships with Napa’s greatest vintners, there’s something here to please the most discerning of palates; Meadowood Napa Valley

Four Seasons Resort, the Biltmore Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California

Michael and Anna Costa Photography

After vows in front of the Santa Ynez Mountains, head to the La Pacifica Terrace for sunset cocktails with views of the Pacific—and pods of leaping dolphins; Four Seasons Resort, the Biltmore Santa Barbara

The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

Tindall Farmer Photography

You’ll be on top of the world, literally, as you wed, dine, and take in panoramic sights of Elk Mountains from the Sundeck, which sits at 11,000 feet; The Little Nell

Dunton Hot Springs in Dolores, Colorado

Chowen Photography

Make this restored 1800s ghost town, with 13 cabins, a spa, and hot springs, yours for a weekend of outdoor adventures and epic summit scenery; Dunton Hot Springs

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa, and Casino in Incline Village, Nevada

BluElla Photography

Get the best of the shore and the mountains at this lakeside property, where coordinators excel at even the smallest of details, like surprise mid-ceremony mimosas; Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa, and Casino

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada

George Apostolidis

Find a moment of zen on the Strip at this elegant minimalist property that hosts parties of all sizes, from 25 guests in a luxe top-floor suite to 480 in the Oriental Ballroom; Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Castaway Portland in Portland, Oregon

Courtesy of Castaway Portland

Make this raw space whatever you like—from an industrial-chic fete in the restored warehouse to a romantic affair in the garden; Castaway Portland

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Deer Valley, Utah

Sparkle Photography

Come for the ski-in/ski-out access and stay for the lodge’s ability to host an indoor-outdoor event, which brides call a necessity with Utah’s unpredictable weather; Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

Sodo Park in Seattle, Washington

Solie Designs

You’ll feel at home in this massive industrial space, thanks to its award-winning catering and a design studio that masters lighting; Sodo Park

Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming

Courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch

Shoot clays in the morning or relax in the spa before you say “I do” mountainside. Later, party in a wooden barn or out in the open on the 30,000 acres of untouched terrain; Brush Creek Ranch

George Peabody Library in Baltimore, Maryland

Dani Leigh Photography

The cast-iron columns and gold-leaf embellishments are perfect photo ops; George Peabody Library.

Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina

Reese Allen Photography

Tap your inner southern belle as you say your vows overlooking the Ashley River at this 1786 estate in the heart of town; Lowndes Grove Plantation.

Sunset Key Guest Cottages in Key West, Florida

JHunter Photography

Plan your big day on this private isle, a quick ferry ride from Key West, and have your guests fill the 40 pastel cottages; Sunset Key Guest Cottages.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jason Messer

Say your vows in the medicinal herb garden of this grand colonial building, home to the Mtter Museum of medical history; The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Meridian House in Washington D.C

Genevieve Leiper Photography

Love vintage details? They'll mesh perfectly with the décor at this Louis XVI-style mansion; Meridian House.

Baywood Greens in Long Neck, Delaware

Kam Photography

Before your ballroom reception in the clubhouse, ride to the 18th hole for portraits; Baywood Greens.

Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia

Janet Howard Studio

Get ready to see your name in lights at this Atlanta institution, where you can exchange vows in the opulent Egyptian Ballroom; Fox Theatre.

Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine

Courtesy of Meredith Perdue

It doesn't get more romantic than I do's in the woods or gardens of this luxe, laid-back resort; Hidden Pond.

Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina

Perry Vaile Photography

Gorgeous guest suites on the saltwater May River (you can go dolphin watching!) make this the perfect place for an intimate bash; Montage Palmetto Bluff.

Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas

RSVP Studios

With 35-foot ceilings and a rich history, this formal space is beloved by go-big-or-go-home Texas brides; Crystall Ballroom at the Rice Hotel.

Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois

Garbo Productions

Dance the night away in the zoo's landmark atrium, with views of the Chicago skyline behind you; Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Laurel Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana

Courtesy of Laurel Hall

The imposing stone facade and dark antique wood give this 1916 mansion a distinctly Downton Abbey feel; Laurel Hall.

Parker Palm Springs in Palm Springs, California

Nikolas Koenig

Listen up, design lovers: This Jonathan Adler—decorated hotel is full of poppy, retro details—great for photos; Parker Palm Springs.

Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio

Courtesy of Franklin Park Conservatory

Get ready to save big-time on decor! This Victorian-era greenhouse features tropical gardens, iron gazebos, and a Venetian-style fountain; Franklin Park Conservatory.

McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pixelposey Photography

It's impossible not to make a grand entrance into Memorial Hall, an amazing wood-walled geometric space flooded with light; McNamara Alumni Center.

Calistoga Ranch in Calistoga, California

Courtesy of Calistoga Ranch

Its tucked-away location and secluded ceremony spots make this brides' top pick for a Napa getaway; Calistoga Ranch.

Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado

Courtesy of Devil's Thumb Ranch

Throw on a cozy shrug and wed outside in the winter — the mountain vistas redefine "white wedding" — then bust a move in one of the ranch's Civl War-era barns; Devil's Thumb Ranch.

Haiku Mill in Maui, Hawaii

Courtesy of Haiku Mill

Within the ruins of this historic sugar mill, exotic blooms and chandeliers join forces for a jaw-dropping ceremony; Haiku Mill.

Sundance Mountain Resort in Sundance, Utah

Britt Chudleigh

Ski bunnies, mountain climbers, and nature lovers alike flock to this glamorous snow-capped chalet to tie the knot; Sundance Mountain Resort.

Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, Nevada

Kam Photography

Vegas isn't just for bachelorette parties! This hotel mixes the beat of the city with the service of a luxury resort; Mandarin Oriental.

The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, Washington

Ian Grant Photography

The city's only waterfront hotel sits over a pier with views of Elliott Bay and the Space Needle; The Edgewater Hotel.

Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island

Seven Gables Photography

Walk down the aisle on this preppy resort's Ocean Lawn and celebrate in its sunlit ballroom; Belle Mer.

The Mountain Top Inn Resort in Chittenden, Vermont

Hendrickson Photography Weddings

Spend your wedding night in a rental cabin on this secluded hotel's grounds, then hit 300 acres of wooded trails before joining your guests for brunch; Mountain Top Inn Resort.

The Modern Honolulu in Oahu, Hawaii

Courtesy of The Modern Honolulu

At this insanely chic destination hotel, it's all about the optics: Cross an aisle over the rooftop pool to meet your groom; The Modern Honolulu.

Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Can't decide if you want a garden wedding or an artsy bash? Get both at this Italianate villa, which doubles as a contemporary-art museum; Laguna Gloria.

University Club in Chicago, Illinois

JPP Studios

History buffs, take note: stepping into this centuries-old private club, with its collegiate crests and lake views, is like stepping back in time. After a day of getting ready in the club's many rich, impeccably kept rooms (they're filled with many leather-bound books and smell of rich mahogany, if you know what we mean), sip Scotch cocktails with your guests in the historic library before dinner and dancing in the soaring Cathedral Hall; University Club.

Houston Station in Nashville, Tennessee

BSG Photography

In true Nashville fashion, this huge restored 19th-century factory with exposed brick includes a café and band-ready stage for cocktail hour. Watch trains go by outside from the dance floor!; Houston Station.

The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina

Mike Larson

Watch the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains from the gardens at this farm resort. The bridal spa package is a must with your 'maids; Old Edwards Inn.

Villa Bellezza in Pepin, Wisconsin

Courtesy of Villa Bellezza

This vineyard's picturesque ceremony spots and top-shelf wine bring Sonoma style to the Midwest; Villa Bellezza.

The Plaza in New York, New York

Christian Oth Studio

Generations of sophisticated New York brides — and guests of Truman Capote's legendary Black and White Ball — have twirled in this hotel's Grand Ballroom, a quintessential classic; The Plaza.

The Wauwinet in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Courtesy of The Wauwinet

Rent it out and this preppy island resort can be home to you and up to 90 guests. After a ceremony on the zen deck overlooking the ocean, end the day with a lobster bake on the water; The Wauwinet.

Blue Dress Barn in Benton Harbor, Michigan

Courtesy of Blue Dress Barn

Have a getting-ready sesh in the bridal suite, filled with original art, then have a ceremony to impress outside between two towering silos and a reception in the historic barn. Perfect; Blue Dress Barn.

Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee

Michael Howard Photography

Southern brides, here's your chance to host the vineyard wedding of your dreams, all without crossing the Mason-Dixon line. Get married in the 1853 mansion's flowering gardens, then string market lights from the beamed ceilings for a seated meal of local food sourced from the massive plantation's farm, and wines from Belle Meade's on-site vineyard (the only one in Nashville!); Belle Meade Plantation.

Caramoor Center for Music and Art in Katonah, New York

Courtesy of Caramoor Center for Music and Art

Music lovers can get married in the intimate sunken garden of this Spanish-style estate, home to year-round classical, opera, and jazz concerts, atop a stone-and-moss flight of stairs; Caramoor Center for Music and Art.

Front & Palmer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Readyluck Photography

Have the chicest green wedding in town at this singular loft space with 35-foot ceilings. It's partially powered by solar panels, and it offers a sustainable menu by local foodie caterers; Front & Palmer.

Mohai in Seattle, Washington

Kaysha Weiner

The just-opened Museum of History and Industry takes the phrase "industrial loft wedding" to a whole new level. Set in Seattle's Naval Reserve Building, the museum's Grand Atrium soars to four stories and can accommodate up to 750 guests. Make your grand entrance down a spiral staircase, surrounded by historical and military artifacts, and dine on long tables underneath a Boeing B-1 mail carrier suspended from the ceiling; Mohai.

The Grand Arcade in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Inku

Go Boardwalk Empire big in this 1920s-era music hall that holds up to 900 (!) on the Jersey Shore. For extra drama, exchange vows in the adjoining Gatsby-esque Paramount Theatre; The Grand Arcade.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Courtesy of Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Walk down the aisle above all of Philadelphia in the brand-new rooftop garden, under a breathtaking glass dome with 360-degree city views, and make your grand entrance into the sweeping Perelman Theater's grand stage for an ultra-opulent seated reception; Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Kunde Family Estate in Kenwood, California

Sherman Chu

Picture a gorgeous Sonoma vineyard. Now throw in the half-standing ruins of a 19th-century winery. After gasp-worthy vows, clink flutes over dinner in the volcanic-rock wine cave; Kunde Family Estate.

Leftbank Annex in Portland, Oregon

Mark Longstreet

Exchange vows in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows at this huge former World War II airplane machine shop, a hipster bride's mecca loft space. (Fighter jet sold separately); Leftbank Annex.

Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C

Courtesy of Long View Gallery

The art in this sleek gallery is so stunning, you can skimp on your décor budget. Set up long tables in the main hall and guests can peruse the paintings over dinner; Long View Gallery.

Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri

MNC Photography

We can't decide which we love more for weddings, the ornate theater or the marble grand lobby. Either way, the in-house event staff will nail your celebration; Peabody Opera House.

San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California

Gia Canali

Since the 1930's, this California dream destination has been the locus of fairy-tale romance for American royalty: Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were married at the picturesque winery, and JFK and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned here. The 500 acres of vineyard and gardens are just as beautiful today for an intimate ceremony and reception; San Ysidro Ranch.

Maysara in McMinnville, Oregon

Courtesy of Maysara

Get hitched on the terrace over the 540 acres of Oregon wine country or, on rainy days, in the lodge's main room. Tip: Keep the 74-food doors open for vineyard views; Maysara.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona

Courtesy of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

The resort's lush gardens will make you forget you're in the Arizona desert. Gawk at the mountain views while you sample fare from celebrity chef Beau MacMillian; Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.

Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor, Maine

Andree Kehn Wedding Photography

At this old-timey Mt. Desert Island inn, you can dine and dance by spectacular Northeast Harbor, then make your getaway via romantic sea kayak; Asticou Inn.

The Barn at Walnut Hill in North Yarmouth, Maine

Emilie Inc. Photography

Dreaming of a woodsy barn affair, but don't want to sacrifice one bit of style? Look no further than this 1887 restored barn and farmhouse, located on 40 acres of pristinely tended land north of Portland, Maine. After an outdoor ceremony, use the reclaimed chicken coop for cocktail hour before getting down in the post-and-beam barn, ornamented with wrought-iron chandeliers and sconces for the most refined rustic affair on the East Coast; The Barn at Walnut Hill.

The Biltmore Hotel in Miami, Florida

Captured by Jen

With its Spanish-colonial architecture, cathedral-style halls, and white-glove service, this swank Coral Gables spot is a no-brainer for luxury-loving Miami brides; The Biltmore Hotel.

The Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Catherine McKinley Photography

The Tudor mansion is a photographer's dream. Have him or her snap you and your groom smooching in the wrought-iron gazebo; The Club at Hillbrook.

The Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont

Courtesy of Equinox Resort

This pristine mountain hideaway is gorgeous all year, but a winter bash in the Colonnade Ballroom, surrounded by snow, is magical; The Equinox Resort.

The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Artisan Events, Inc.

It's a science geek's paradise: Offbeat couples can get married in the museum's main hall, Stanley Field, under the watchful eyes of Sue the dinosaur and two stuffed elephants; The Field Museum.

The Sancurtary at Kiawah Island in Charleston, South Carolina

Courtesy of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Save the 10-mile private beach for a romantic bike ride and get hitched on this huge golf resort's waterfront lawn for a seaside ceremony without all that sand; The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island.

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas

Allison Davis

Mingle with modern architectural sculptures as you dine on a Wolfgang Puck — catered menu in this intimate outdoor space, part of the Dallas art district; The Nasher Sculpture Center.

Malibu Rocky Oaks in Malibu, California

Todd Pellowe

This winery takes "ceremony in the round" to new heights. Drink in the 360-degree views (and the vineyard's own wines) from a breathtaking helipad high in the cliffs of Malibu. Move to the pool for dinner overlooking the Pacific or to a large clearing for a tented bash; Malibu Rocky Oaks.

The Seattle Aquarium in Seattle, Washington

Matt Pool Photography

Say "I do" over Elliott Bay, then get your groove on by a massive tank as tropical fish look on. The best part? All proceeds go to marine-life research and conservation; The Seattle Aquarium.

The Swan House Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia

Courtesy of The Swan House Gardens

Put a dance floor on the manicured grounds of this plantation-inspired estate and drop it like it's hot in front of the mansion's dramatically lit stone pillars; The Swan House Gardens.

The William Aiken House in Charleston, South Carolina

Courtesy of The William Aiken House

The yellow facade of this 1810 manse is eye-popping, but wait until you go inside: Each room is painted a different bright color. Get married in the coral-hued upstairs ballroom — gorgeous-photo alert!; The William Aiken House.

Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C

Andrew Mellon Auditorium

Don't let it's incredible 62-foot columns and grand vaulted ceilings throw you off: this historic, 1930's federal building may look like it's reserved for the Obama family, but it's totally rentable year-round (and seats up to 500 guests). Use one of the Green Rooms for cocktails, then move to the ballroom for the grandest seated dinner ever — and don't forget photos on its famous balcony, overlooking all of D.C.; Andrew Mellon Auditorium.

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