The Best Wedding Venues in the Midwest

We’d recommend these stunning heartland winners again and again.

Updated 02/23/17
Tim Tab Studios

Want to get married in the heartland? Look no further, because we’ve rounded up a list of the best of the best Midwest wedding venues, from Minneapolis to Cleveland. On it, you’ll find rustic barns (obvi!), along with some of the region’s coolest greenhouses, restored hotels, and standout art museums.

(Above) Adler Planetarium in Chicago
As long as your gang is at least 150 deep, you can wed right on the shore of Lake Michigan. For the most unforgettable backdrop (and swoon worthy photo ops!), host the ceremony on the terrace before moving in to the solarium for sights of the Chicago skyline after dark.

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago
This onetime boys' club, now a hip hotel, is perfect for the couple who wants to explore Millennium Park before partying in a 19th-century ballroom (fits 250). Or if you’re a sports fan, you can opt to do the ceremony under the hoops on Stagg Court and the after-party (with concession-style snacks and billiard tables!) in the Game Room.

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Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago
No additional decor is necessary in Preston Bradley Hall, thanks to its 41-foot glass dome, Tiffany glass chandeliers, and mother-of-pearl mosaics. Bonus: The space can accommodate a party of 320 for a seated meal and up to 700 for a cocktails-and-apps event.

The Langham, Chicago in Chicago
With a 260-person capacity, floor-to-ceiling river views, and a five-star pastry chef, this modern hotel executes the ballroom wedding to perfection. And can we let you in on a little secret? The top-notch (and friendly!) staff is known to surprise the newlyweds with perks like monogrammed robes in the honeymoon suite.

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Chicago Symphony Center in Chicago
Even if you're not into doing an elevated ceremony on Armour Stage (fits 150), you can go the classic bride route in Grainger Ballroom. The circa-1904 space features embellished ceilings, a roomy 250-person capacity—and a gorgeous Michigan Avenue view, of course.

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Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter, Michigan
It’s all about the food at this 42-acre working farm, where brides can choose between the famous Zingerman's Deli and Roadhouse, an upscale barbecue palace, for your catering. The menu standouts? Mac and cheese and pulled pork that’s spent 14 hours smoking!

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Downtown Market Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Set above a farmer's market, this modern greenhouse and rooftop terrace acts as an urban oasis away from the city streets. Host 80 people up top for a seated meal or up to 150 for cocktails.

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Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan
The iconic resort is known for its geranium-dotted 660-foot veranda and a fantastic on-site coordinator who’s willing to put out any last-minute fires, like when a groomsman forgets his pants (true story!). Couples can exchange vows on the iconic front porch or in the tea garden, then party in the pastel-colored ballroom—after riding in on a horse-drawn carriage, of course.

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Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield, Michigan
This one’s on every midwestern wedding planner’s short list. Why? It’s a palm-filled oasis that fits 180 people and has a full-service staff that’s willing to tackle a bride’s entire to-do list, handling everything from custom cocktails to flowers and upgraded rentals.

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Aria in Minneapolis
This onetime theater is much more than the gorgeous brick photo op it’s known for (which BTW is a must!). It features a flexible open floor plan and four VIP lounges (hello, after-party!), meaning you and your gang can take it over and throw one seriously A-list celebration.

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A’bulae in St. Paul, Minnesota
This 6th-floor loft has a roof for the ceremony, floor-to-ceiling windows in the 465-person reception ballroom, and a luxe dressing room for both you and your groom. (In the bridal suite, you and your 'maids will each have your own hair and makeup station too. Fancy!)

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Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri
Take your pick of four wedding chapels at this Ozark Mountains resort! And for the main event, choose between Worman House, a cozy cottage with 360 degree views of Table Rock Lake, or the lake itself, where there’s a yacht ready to host 45.

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Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri
Surround your weekend’s events around the city’s iconic Gateway Arch. You can see it from your getting-ready suite, the rooftop terrace as you say “I do” in front of 150 friends, and the poolside cabanas (a.k.a. the perfect spot for a morning-after brunch). You can’t get more St. Louis than that.

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Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri
Every bride should be the star of the show, so why not make it official on a red-curtained theater stage? After your grand recessional exit, make a show as man and wife in the marbled Grand Lobby, which doubles as the two-story ballroom of your dreams (and fits 340 people!).

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The Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
A Tudor mansion in the woods, this venue (on 50 acres!) gives off major fairy-tale vibes. Brides love everything about the historic club, from its location on a picturesque country road to the garden-ceremony site and a wedding team that goes above and beyond, even finishing that final DIY project for you.

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Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland
A three-story glass atrium adds a contemporary edge to the museum's original 1916 architecture, making it the perfect spot for a traditional-meets-modern affair. The museum’s must-do activities: posing for photos with the oh-so-grand exterior and dancing with your crew (of up to 1,000!) under the stars.

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Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio
Want a lush space for your in-town nuptials? This light-filled greenhouse (fits 170) features tall ceilings and a canopy of palm trees that screams ceremony backdrop. Not to mention, its exterior space sports a super-cool installation by artist James Turrell.

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Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee
Book the Quadracci Pavilion, a Calatrava-designed masterpiece meant to look like a ship's bow, for a setting that looks as cool on the inside as it does on the outside. And as if the iconic room weren't enough eye candy, you can arrange group tours of the first-floor galleries (which feature the likes of Picasso!).

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