When it comes to weddings, the reception is where the party’s at, but the wedding ceremony is where all the magic happens. As such, you need a stunning space that complements you as a couple when you tie the knot.
As the first event to kick off your new union, your wedding ceremony will set the tone for the rest of the big day. It’s the chance to wow guests with the unexpected, establish your wedding theme or style, and give a hint at what’s to follow at the reception—making finding the perfect wedding ceremony venue all the more important.
But just like most of the elements of planning a wedding, the options are seemingly endless, and there are a ton of beautiful places to say “I do,” from rustic barns in the Catskills and vineyards in California to beaches in Bali and stunning chapels in France. And that’s not to mention backyard weddings and garden nuptials. But the real beauty of your wedding ceremony venue lies in what you do with it—so don't be afraid to get creative! If it’s in an epic spot outdoors with panoramic mountain views or stunning seaside scenery, let nature do most of the work and keep the decor simple. On the other hand, certain outdoor settings like a garden or grove can be even more beautiful when you amplify their enchanting effects with additional flowers and greenery, while an indoor wedding ceremony can serve as a blank slate, offering the option to fill the space with decor and glowing lighting to set the ambiance.
But no matter where you hold your ceremony, don’t forget the aisle and the altar or chuppah. You can get super creative with either to make a statement or forgo both so that your surroundings take center stage. It's all up to you!
From fairytale woodlands and castle courtyards to desert landscapes and traditional churches, read on for beautiful wedding ceremony venue ideas you'll want to say yes to.
Alongside a Picturesque Lake
A Persian rug, an aisle of rose petals, tall grasses, and wooden accents create an indie feel, but the real winner in this setting is the picture that Moke Lake in New Zealand paints behind the ceremony.
Deep in the Forest
This woodland wedding ceremony is all magic and allure. With towering trees and glowing candles, simplicity has never looked so beautiful.
An Artful Mountaintop Event
What’s not to love about this ceremony setting? A stained glass altar and desert-inspired floral arrangements create an eccentric vibe while rolling mountains make for a stunning backdrop.
Under a Rustic Italian Arch
What’s more stunning than the natural beauty of Italy and its architecture? La Badia di Orvieto needs no decoration—just some ceremony chairs and a minimalist runner. It's simplicity at its best.
In an Elegant Museum
With intricate architectural detailing and light-reflecting windows, Flagler Museum certainly serves up a dose of sophistication and glamour.
On a Sunny Greek Isle
How jaw-dropping is this Santorini view at Rocabella Hotel? Olive trees bring a local touch without distracting from the natural backdrop.
Amid Rustic Wood and Greenery
The bucolic charm of Cedarwood Weddings is heightened with greenery accents and benches draped with neutral linens.
Modern Moroccan Vibes
This beautifully breathtaking ceremony on the property of Palais Paysan in Morocco takes on an intimate feel nestled in an olive grove. A statement wreath arch takes on a circular shape to represent the couple’s unity.
You can’t go wrong with the magic of a lakefront wedding. It’s all endless blue and spectacular scenery in this summery backyard of a Lake Tahoe private estate.
High in the Mountains
Sometimes it's all about the backdrop! A rotunda overlooking a majestic mountainous landscape is set aglow by a setting sun during this magical ceremony. Featuring a lush wall of greenery with a crescent moon crafted from yellow flowers, this setting will leave your guests speechless.
Boho Modern Desert
The natural beauty of Arches National Park is unparalleled, lending this ceremony a Coachella-inspired vibe complete with tapestry and pillow seating. A diamond backdrop looks chic while still allowing the background to shine through.
A Modern Indoor Venue
The colorful style of The Fig House in Los Angeles pops with fun! This couple heightened the venue’s modern vibe with industrial lighting, geometric furniture, and a glam gold sequined backdrop.
A Gorgeous Garden Setting
Inspired by the couple’s wanderlust, bohemian chic takes center stage in the gardens of Arlington Hall thanks to an aisle runner of Persian rugs, lantern accents, and climbing floral branches for wildly romantic look.
A Contemporary Archway
With towering floor to ceiling windows and a sleek modern archway, Court in the Square in Seattle lends architectural splendor to any ceremony. Consider dressing up a contemporary space with trailing eucalyptus and tufts of pampas grass.
Surrounded by Greenery
This Jardins de Abril ceremony is simply enchanting, especially with the creative touch of additional florals suspended from the bower of trees.
A Historic Chapel
With sweeping oak trees, wrought iron and stone gates, and a 15th century chapel set against the bucolic countryside, The Clubs at Houston Oaks gives off an Old World romance vibe.
A Rooftop View
If you're hoping for sweeping picturesque views of the city like lower Manhattan, a rooftop ceremony is for you. Floral and greenery details juxtapose with the Glasserie’s industrial lines and colors for this gorgeous setting.
A Seaside Arch
Local flowers and greeneries and natural wood décor, including a Balinese arch, complement the natural surroundings of this chic, tropical ceremony at Khayangan Estate in Bali.
A Gorgeous Ranch Setting
Drama and romance unfold at Holman Ranch with twin antique mirrors that reflect the beautiful outdoors, lush greenery, and a crescent of pampas grass at the altar.
A Cozy, Wood Interior
Moody romance with a hint of edge dominates this ceremony at The Booking House in Pennsylvania. It can’t get much more intimate than cozy wood, cascading greens, and fairy lights.
A Hint of French Elegance
Modern minimalism is brought to Chateau De Lartigolle with simple organics and wreaths for a setup touched by a hint of French elegance.