Saying “I do” is a milestone in your own life chapter, symbolizing a new personal historic era for you and your partner. So why not add a little more to the moment and tie the knot at a venue steeped in history? It can offer a beauty and charm that’s hard to find elsewhere, serving as a fitting backdrop for your own historic moment while you get to be in a larger part of history. We promise you’ll fall in love with these eight places.
St. Augustine, Florida
It can’t get much more historic than the nation’s oldest city. Get the most of this former Spanish colony by hosting your nuptials at a historic St. Augustine landmark such as the Lightner Museum, Fountain of Youth, or Castillo de San Marcos. Within walking distance is The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, built from a set of nine homes dating back to 1790, where you can purchase a group buyout of 30 individually appointed guest rooms and suites. It screams old-world romance, with romantic verandas, a lush courtyard garden, and authentic antique artwork and sculptures that await your every turn. It promises to be your weekend-wedding compound.
San Jose, Costa Rica
If you’re considering a destination wedding, look no further: A 16th-century hacienda set on a 30-acre plantation in Costa Rica is calling your name. Besides serving as a place for you and your guests to stay, Costa Rica Marriott San Jose features a beautiful historic chapel boasting an antique altar, iron fixtures created by Costa Rican artisans, exposed wooden beams, and traditional tiled flooring. It’s rich in both colonial splendor and stunning views. What more enticement do you need to walk down the aisle here?
Key West, Florida
This Florida Key goes way back to the 1500s, and its historic magic is still palpable in its buildings today. Take Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria resort on the National Register for Historic Places, for example. It's been alluring guests since 1920 with its private beach (Key West’s largest), Spanish-style architecture, and illustrious ballroom, the latter of which was conceived by railroad magnate Harry Flagler, who designed it to replicate the arches of his pioneering Over Sea Railway. Join the likes of Rita Hayworth, Harry Truman, Sinclair Lewis, and Ernest Hemingway, who have all graced the hotel grounds. Tie the knot on the hotel’s idyllic beach or at the nearby Ernest Hemingway House, followed by a lavish reception in the ballroom.
Fort Worth, Texas
Country brides, dust off your cowboy boots. We’ve found your dream venue! Situated in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Cowtown Coliseum, originally built in 1908 for the Fort Worth Stock Show and home to the world’s first indoor rodeo, can be rented out for weddings. Preserving the feel of a historic site while featuring modern amenities, the Coliseum is a rustic dream for those looking to have a wedding with an old-West edge.
Where else is there for equine enthusiasts to get hitched than in the “horse capital of the world?” Say “I do” at the Keeneland Race Course, established in 1936 and the number-one thoroughbred racetrack in North America. It boasts a number of one-of-a-kind venue options that will really make your wedding special, from a horse barn made out of stone to a historic estate to a clubhouse lawn with a first-row panoramic view of the world-famous track.
Seneca Lakes, New York
You don’t have to go to Europe to get married at a castle. Hold your ceremony on the evergreen lawn of Belhurst Castle, a stone mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and designed in a Romanesque Revival style. You can’t beat its stunning backdrop, deep-blue water views, and romantic vibe. It also offers three options for guests to stay: the chambers in the castle, historic White Springs manor, and the luxurious Vinifera Inn.
Seneca Lakes, New York (Continued)
If that’s not your vibe, try Geneva on the Lake, which was built in 1914 as a private home, converted to a monastery, and converted again to a luxury hotel. Choose between an indoor wedding, with an ambiance of Italian Renaissance architecture, classical sculpture, Ionic columns, and wood-coffered ceilings, and an outdoor ceremony on the property’s 10 acres, from the Tall Pines, overlooking Seneca Lake and gardens, to the Furnished Terrace with its colonnade pavilion.
Bookworms, we’ve got you covered. Just blocks from historic D.C. landmarks, the Jefferson, a five-star boutique hotel with 99 rooms, has a space just for you. Its historic Book Room, modeled with Thomas Jefferson’s love of books in mind, feels like a grand and gracious estate, filled with volumes of books that Jefferson would have read in varying subjects. It's warm and welcoming, unconventional, unique, and beautiful—a fantasy space for any book lover to get married. Make sure you bookmark this one as a contender!
Aurora, New York
Upstate New York is rich in history. Get a taste of it at the Inns of Aurora, a collection of four lakeside inns dating back to the 1800s that served as the former stomping grounds for Henry Wells, founder of Wells Fargo, and E.B. Morgan, an original investor of the New York Times.. With many of its architectural elements, such as a historic temple, still intact, the property makes for an exquisite wedding backdrop. Even better, it’s versatile; its various outdoor and indoor spaces can accommodate intimate weddings of 10 or extravagant affairs for more than 200. Brides and grooms can also rent out all four inns in their entireties so guests can stay together.