Unless you're getting married in the temple you regularly attend or your childhood church, a big part of choosing a wedding ceremony venue is superficial: You want to pick a spot that's totally beautiful! After all, while you really want your guests looking at you during your vows, they'll want something pretty to consider as your officiant shares your story — not to mention how it will look in your photos! While there's no shortage of spectacular views across the country, a few wedding ceremony spots stick out as some of the most stunning around. Here are some of our favorites, from crashing waves to towering peaks and everything in between.
The Wedding Deck at The Little Nell (Above)
At over 11,000 feet in elevation, this stunning spot boasts 360-degree views of the Elk Mountain Range and Aspen Mountain, with space for an intimate elopement or 250 guests. Whether a summer sunset or softly falling snow accompany your vows, the backdrop will truly take your breath away.
Photo: Courtesy of The Inn at Newport Ranch
Part of a 2,000 acre cattle operation, Newport Ranch boasts a mile of coastline along the Pacific, and we're not talking sandy beaches. Rolling fields give way to dramatic cliffs, with waves crashing below. Even with all that space, the Inn encourages you to keep things intimate, with space for only 60 guests.
Photo: Courtesy of Wayfarer's Chapel
Tucked into a forest in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, this glass chapel combines the very best of indoor and outdoor venues. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son, the natural sanctuary is airy and spiritual, surrounded by redwood trees and designed to make you feel one with nature. Whether glowing with candlelight or lit by the sun, it's a dramatic place to say "I do."
Photo: Courtesy of Amangiri
Set in the desert just north of the Utah-Arizona border, Amangiri is an oasis amongst the canyons of the American Southwest. Cliffs and plateaus rise in every direction, and the venue's muted color palette blends seamlessly into the surroundings, perfect for a bride looking to really get away from it all.
Photo: Munoz Photography
Get a taste of Florida's Golden Age on the Atlantic coast at The Breakers Palm Beach. The beachfront property flaunts a manicured lawn with sand just steps away, palm trees perfectly in place, and room for up to 800 guests — seriously!
Photo: Courtesy of The Peninsula New York
City views count, too! With one of the best rooftop venues around, a ceremony at the Peninsula New York will show you the Big Apple like you've never seen it before. A stone's throw from Central Park, this Midtown icon is the perfect place to take in the night sky and the towering skyscrapers.