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If you’re looking for the perfect place to host your wedding, you’re in luck! We’ve rounded up the best spots in every state in the country. While some are the expected spots—a hotel or a garden, perhaps—others are so unique and special, you may have never even considered them, even if they are right in your own backyard!

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Board walk on the beach in Orange Beach, Alabama

Sugar-white beaches, pristine turquoise waters, the sounds of waves crashing and birds chirping: There’s nothing more ideal than a wedding on Alabama’s beaches. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach provide a breathtaking, inspiring and versatile destination to create a couple’s dream wedding. Bonus: This is also one of the country’s most affordable beach destinations.

For couples who want a romantic restaurant setting with sweeping views of hanging glaciers, it’s hard to go wrong with Seven Glaciers at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood. Set atop the resort’s mountain and only accessed via the Alyeska Tramway, the  restaurant serves local seafood and other innovative dishes alongside one of the best wine selections in Alaska. You’ll definitely impress your guests with the panoramic views of the glaciers in the distance as seen through the beautiful glass windows in the dining room.

Photo courtesy of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona is a world-class retreat offering elegant weddings set against the panoramic slope of Camelback Mountain. At nightfall, the glorious sunset views make outdoor receptions a must on the Upper Lawn, Lower Lawn or Garden Terrace.

Garvan Woodland Gardens, a 210-acre botanical garden located a stone’s throw from Hot Springs National Park, boasts the architecturally stunning Anthony Chapel set in a beautiful woodland arboretum. A true romantic gem of the Natural State.

Wente Vineyards is nestled in the rolling hills of Livermore Valley Wine Country, a region quickly gaining traction as a destination wedding location in the US. With a historic mission-style event center and a stellar reputation for innovative cuisine paired with their award-winning wines, it’s no surprise that the secret is out among Bay Area insiders.

Atop Vail Mountain in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, with majestic 360-degree views of Vail Valley and the Gore Mountains, sits The Wedding Deck.  Accessible only via a 15-minute gondola ride, The Wedding Deck is a serene venue unlike anything  guests will have ever seen. Perfect for nature lovers, culinary enthusiasts, spontaneous adventurers and relaxation seekers, it will make the entire wedding day feel “on top of the world.”

If you’re dreaming of rustic charm on your big day, the White Barn at South Farms in Morris will not disappoint. The Barn is the state’s largest historic farm venue, authentically restored on one of the most iconic farms in the state, making it one of the region’s most unexpected and romantic venues.

Photo courtesy of Hotel du Pont

Hotel du Pont provides  a setting of Gilded Age grace and sophistication. The Gold Ballroom is a French Neoclassic venue featuring gilded rosettes, glittering chandeliers and bas-reliefs of famous women, including Helen of Troy and Cleopatra. It’s a dramatic setting for weddings and special events of up to 500 guests.

Inspired by Sleeping Beauty’s castle, Mondrian South Beach is the ideal location for couples to live out their modern fantasies. Lovers are immediately transported to a fairy tale setting featuring oversized dome chandeliers and a lace-like black spiral staircase that greets you as you say “I do” with the back drop of picture-perfect hues that paint Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the country’s largest indoor aquarium, and home to Oceans Ballroom, which features more than 23,000 flexible square feet of event space. Host your bid day here and your guests will be able to view a variety of rare and exotic sea creatures while also viewing the wedding! From tiny clownfish and Australian weedy sea dragons to giant Japanese spider crabs and awe-inspiring whale sharks, guests will relish the diverse floating worlds within the ten million gallons of fresh and marine water. They can even put a scuba diver into the water with a sign welcoming guests! As an added plus, the wedding menu is created exclusively by master chef Wolfgang Puck and Wolfgang Puck Catering.


The Modern Honolulu, located on Ala Wai Harbor, offers a unique, contemporary wedding location designed for couples who want personalized services that go beyond the traditional and ordinary. Couples can tie the knot with their toes in the sand during a poolside ceremony or overlooking the harbor with a panoramic view of the sunset.

Say “I do” in a stunning natural setting at Shore Lodge, an award-winning lakefront resort in McCall. The venue puts you in the heart of the region’s prized Salmon River Mountains and one of the best hidden ski towns to visit in 2016 (at least according National Geographic).

The Crown at Tribune Tower, Chicago

The Crown at Tribune Tower, Chicago | Photo courtesy of The Crown

The Crown in downtown Chicago is a stunning private rooftop veranda atop the historic, 25-floor Tribune Tower. The space features a private copper-topped bar decorated with vintage printing plates from the Chicago Tribune, an indoor lounge and an outdoor veranda nestled within the flying buttresses on the 25th floor.

Here’s one nobody will expect: Perform your nuptials deep underground on a boat, surrounded by stalagmites, stalactites and prehistoric animal bones in Indiana Caverns near Corydon (just outside Louisville, KY).

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You don’t have to trek to Napa to have vineyard wedding.  La Vida Loca Winery in Indianola is a  family owned winery near Des Moines where, on top of plenty of wine, couples can enjoy an outdoor wedding set at a gazebo in the vineyard.

If you love vintage charm, this is the wedding venue for you. The Wareham Opera House in Manhattan (um, Kansas that is), is an iconic landmark with a gorgeous backdrop. Since it opened in 1884, the venue served as an opera house, theater and movie house, and only became available as a event space last year.

Locust Grove is a beautifully preserved 1792 Mansion and museum situated on 55 rolling acres just six miles upriver from downtown Louisville. The backdrop of the lush, green surroundings and the historic home are the perfect location for an unforgettable wedding ceremony on the porch of the house or on the lawn before it. For the evening affair, tents can be set up for a stunning and unique outdoor dining experience.

Photo courtesy of The Ponchartrain Hotel

The Ponchartrain Hotel in New Orleans has a wonderful 1940s feel to it and the whole hotel beams luxury. It doesn’t hurt that it’s located on historic St. Charles Ave. If you choose this charming Crescent City spot for your wedding destination, you can bet every RSVP will be in the affirmative.

If you’re looking for a Maine wedding that’s a little out-of-the-box…how about tying the knot on a vintage sailing ship off its rugged coast? Imagine saying “I do” aboard a beautiful wooden vessel that once fished off Georges Banks, delivered loads of Christmas trees or carried blocks of granite to New York for new bridges and buildings in the 1800s. These are just a few of the eight windjammers that sail every summer off coastal Maine and are available for weddings and anniversaries. Contact the Maine Windjammer Association for more info.

Get railroaded into marriage by saying your vows at the B&O Railroad Station & Museum in Baltimore—considered the birthplace of American railroading. Choose from several different venues, including a round house, outdoor pavilion and even a rail car.

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Copley Plaza

Fairmont Copley Plaza is where “happily-ever-after” begins in grand style. From the elegant intimacy of the Venetian Room to the palatial splendor of the Grand Ballroom, Boston brides have a wealth of elegant options for their special day. Whether your style is soft and romantic, trend-setting modern or show-stopping elegance, Fairmont Copley Plaza is the premier choice. Fun fact: “Bride Wars” with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway was filmed at Fairmont Copley Plaza in 2009.

Located in the heart of the walkable upscale community of Birmingham, Michigan, and just 20 miles from downtown Detroit, The Townsend Hotel is known for its exceptional service and amenities, including the award-winning upscale contemporary restaurant, Rugby Grille.

Photo courtesy of W Minneapolis

Situated in the heart of the city, W Minneapolis – The Foshay offers a distinctive luxury wedding venue in the center of it all. Couples can take part in a one-of-a-kind reception at this historic 1920s venue, and channel love stories from the most romantic eras of all time.

The Alluvian Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to get married in the Magnolia State. Nestled in quiet, charming, downtown Greenwood, The Alluvian touts all the cosmopolitan class of a high end boutique hotel. Next door, Giardina’s Steakhouse makes for a fantastic rehearsal dinner location, featuring award winning cuisine to appease every palate.

Photo courtesy of Chauteau on the Lake

Chateau on the Lake‘s romantic garden terraces, spectacular sunsets, and lake views are all part of its “Castle in the Ozarks” setting.

Glacier Raft Company is a gorgeous northwestern Montana spot that sits on the edge of Glacier National Park, offering an incredible backdrop for your big day.

Founders One Nine in Omaha’s historic Old Market has ample room for all of your friends and family, plus an unforgettable modern setting that couple’s can customize to their own specific tastes. You even get your own bridal suite to prep for the big moment (or take quiet breathers here and there throughout the night).

Las Vegas is full of unforgettable—for better or for worse—wedding venues. Keep Memory Alive Event Center in Downtown Las Vegas is the former, designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry. An outdoor grass garden and breezeway provides multiple vignettes for a ceremony and cocktail hour while an LED illumination system can light up the center in wedding theme colors. Plus, couples start their lives together by giving back, as all event proceeds benefit the research and treatment of neurological disorders at the Lou Ruvo Cleveland Clinic for Brain Health.

Photo courtesy of Omni Mount Washington Resort

New Hampshire
A dream destination for fairy tale weddings, the Omni Mount Washington Resort is surrounded by the crisp air and colorful landscape of the National White Forest and is located at the base of the magnificent Mount Washington.

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

New Mexico
Tucked into the Sangra de Cristo foothills just minutes from Santa Fe, the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado is a mecca for mind, body, spirit and romance and set among the spectacular desert landscape of northern New Mexico.

New Jersey
The recently restored Park Savoy in northern New Jersey  is a gorgeous mansion nestled in a historical garden setting. This is the perfect setting to re-create the feeling of Gatsby-era extravagance, with oversized chandeliers, fireplaces and, of course, its meticulously manicured gardens featuring fountains, bright flowers and a pergola.

New York
The General Theological Seminary in West Chelsea is a stunning and unexpected location in the middle of New York City. It dates back to the early 1800s and provides an intimate and unexpected setting for Big Apple weddings. Both same- and opposite-sex couples have the option of holding their ceremonies in the Seminary’s historic chapel or outdoors in the Close, under century-old trees. Formal dinner and dancing are then hosted in the seminary’s dramatic Refectory, now part of The High Line Hotel.

North Carolina
Airlie Gardens, with its stunning southern coastal garden setting in Wilmington, North Carolina, is a  combination of formal gardens, sculptures, wildlife and views of Bradley Creek.

North Dakota
Do you dream of exchanging vows in the middle of one of the most striking terrains in the country? Look no further than western North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park. While there is no denying the park’s beautiful mix of plateaus, jagged peaks and valleys, rolling prairie and stunning clay buttes, we dare say it’s pretty romantic. In fact, when reflecting on his time spent in western North Dakota our 26th president said, “It was here that the romance of my life began.”

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Give new meaning to the term “ball and chain” when you tie the knot in Mansfield Reformatory, the prison from The Shawshank Redemption (and lots of other major movies). Also in Mansfield, get hitched at the foot of the grand double bridal staircase at Malabar Farm—the very same place where famed lovebirds Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall said their vows. A hay ride and barn dance add to the day.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens, an urban oasis in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. From black-tie formals to enchanting garden soirees, ceremonies and receptions at Myriad Gardens make for an unforgettable wedding destination no matter the season.

Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland offers gorgeous pathways and serene waterways. Added bonus: The surroundings are so beautiful you won’t need to invest in any other decorations!

Combining a sleek modern style with the romantic charm of the past, ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks in Bethlehem (about 1.5 hours outside Philadelphia) is the perfect place to bring family and friends together as you celebrate new beginnings. The ten-acre campus is all set against the remarkable backdrop of the iconic Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces.

Rhode Island
Looking to go lavish? Tie the know where the original “Great Gatsby” was filmed. Located in Newport, Rosecliff Mansion is one of many Gilded Age mansions filled with history and glamor.

South Carolina
Imagine saying “I do” on an isolated island, surrounded by the sounds of nature and majestic wildlife, nestled among moss-draped oaks without the sound of a single car in the distance. Just off the coast of South Carolina, Haig Point near Hilton Head is the “island with no bridge,” so it’s only accessible by ferry, making it a truly peaceful, secluded oasis.

South Dakota
Receptions or ceremonies at Great Bear Ski Valley in Sioux Falls can be held inside the Chalet or outside on the massive wooden deck with a backdrop of lush, rolling hills.

Couples can plan their wedding with Tennessee State Parks to have their ceremony complemented by some of nature’s best backdrops. From waterfalls to mountain views, say “I do” in the midst of some of Tennessee’s scenic beauty. For example, couples can marry at Chestnut Ridge Overlook, an outdoor venue within Roan Mountain State Park in East Tennessee that offers gorgeous views of the Highlands.

Pearl Stable at the Pearl in San Antonio is an elegant yet historic site  to host a wedding. As the former home for the Pearl Brewery’s draft horses in the late 19th century, the Stable has been renovated in a way that preserves the charm and integrity of the original structure.

Host your wedding in the same world renowned location as the 2002 Winter Olympic games. A Park City wedding will be nothing short of fit for an Olympian as guests arrive at Lookout Cabin. In summer, guests will take a chairlift, while guests in the winter take a snow-cat drawn sleigh. Say your “I do’s” in front of ever reaching evergreens, and enjoy a ceremony at the remote mountain cabin underneath sparkling string lights.

Photo courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort

A uniquely beautiful spot is Stowe Mountain Resort, with wide snow-capped mountain vistas serving as an Instagram-ready  backdrop.

Historic Mankin Mansion in Richmond is an award winning estate that has been restored to its original grandeur. Couples marry below the mansion’s 100-year-old Sycamore tree or in the newly restored vintage European gallery; the party then moves to the Pavilion tent.

Photo courtesy of The Edgewater

The Edgewater is the only over-water hotel in Seattle, granting guests an urban setting that doesn’t hold back on glistening views of the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay.

West Virginia
History fans will love the 1778 Levi Shinn two-story log houses in Shinnston, West Virginia. And this spot is surprisingly great for quick weddings, too: Marriage licenses can be obtained the day of the wedding if a courthouse is open!

Built in 1922, Anodyne Coffee – Walker’s Point in Milwaukee is a java roaster and hip, charming event space that’s known to host some pretty epic weddings. Fun fact: During prohibition, the building was used for “water bottling.”

Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming is a phenomenal place to get married. The main deck overlooks the sunset colored canyon with views of the entire ranch, leading to a unique, fun, and surprisingly luxurious ceremony.

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Aly Walansky
Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer.

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