You know those weddings where everything is perfect? From location, to ambiance, you can’t help but marvel over how much they nailed it.
Now, it’s your turn! You get to choose the aspects of your big day – one of the most important being: location.
From the rhythmic sounds of waves in Malibu, to the arched ceilings of the Saint Sophia Cathedral. Choosing your perfect location, when there are so many contenders, can be quite a challenge.
Need some inspiration? We’ve picked 9 of the most beautiful wedding reception locations throughout the United States.
Vista West Ranch, TX
Located in Texas Hill Country, Vista West Ranch brings all the country charm – weathered wood and galvanized metal. All the characteristics that look oh, so good, when paired with big bouquets of fresh cut wildflowers, lace, and candles flickering inside Mason Jars.
Say “I do” under the lofty leafy branches of the majestic oak trees, then head inside the barn to feast and dance under high ceilings and glittering fairy lights.
Or, host the wedding inside and the reception outside.
This venue is the perfect place for country, rustic, and cottagecore aesthetics.
Basilica Rentals, NY
The options are endless at Basilica Rentals, located in Hudson Valley, NY.
The venue itself is massive, over 7,000 square feet. You can choose to get married and have the reception inside. It’s an impressive somewhat industrial space, complete with high ceilings, whitewashed brick walls, and plenty of natural light streaming through huge pane glass windows.
Or if you’d rather, get married on the vast grounds outside. Set your altar near the Hudson river, framed by the graceful draping branches of a weeping willow.
Above the Mist, TN
With unobstructed views of the Smoky Mountains, Above the Mist located in Gatlinburg, TN provides all sorts of picturesque wedding packages for both ceremony and reception.
Imagine saying your vows amidst the vast sweeping views of greenery, then head inside for the reception.
Or, take a hike. Have the ceremony at a chosen outdoor destination (10-mile round trip limit) and return to the venue for the reception.
Green House Two Rivers, MO
Located in Highlandville, Missouri, Green House Two Rivers is your answer to getting married outdoors without having to be outdoors.
The space itself is constructed with glass and a metal frame. It’s 7,000 square feet encased in glass located on a property of over 20 acres, which includes a pond and picturesque views. It is a statement in and of itself – but will still nicely compliment whichever aesthetic you choose. From a minimal look, where you just let the natural elements shine, to a country or rustic vibe.
The venue accommodates over 300 people comfortably, and is located in a somewhat secluded area where your guests can dance the night away.
Treehouse Point, WA
If your dream of a fairytale wedding includes actual fairies, TreeHouse Point near Seattle, Washington is where you’re most likely to find them.
It’s hard not to sense the magic of their presence. The trees, ferns, and river are the perfect enchanting spot to say “I do,” tucked far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
This rustic and charming place is the foundation for you to add your cottagecore touch. It’s intimate setting can accommodate 20 overnight guests, and those who tie the knot here are bound to have the most magical wedding.
Twenty Mile House, CA
If you pictured getting married up in the mountains, having a dreamy service and reception tucked in the pines, Twenty Mile House not too far from Lake Tahoe in California delivers that and more.
The building itself is absolutely charming, and has historical relevance too. Originally built as a stagecoach stop and trading post the grand building speaks to times long gone, yet still has all the conveniences of modern day. It sits on over 200 acres, close to all sorts of pristine and dramatic nature. For those who love the great outdoors, and a touch of elegance, Twenty Mile House has both.
Bodega Bay Secret Gardens, CA
Bodega Bay Secret Gardens is just that: a secret garden. Complete with flowers, towering redwood trees, and a babbling brook. Located on the Northern California coast, north of San Francisco, hosting a wedding and reception here brings the ethereal into the festivities.
The Ice House, AZ
Located just outside of Phoenix, Arizona, The Ice House is a cool space, and not just because it was an ice house. What’s left is a dramatic mixture of bare bones industrial. Which looks absolutely stately when mixed with soft romantic details. Sun streams through the area that once had a roof, as couples say their vows in front of friends and family gathered within the whitewashed high walls.
From romantic to rock n’ roll, this space is the perfect backdrop to comfortably feature it all.
Dunton Hot Springs, CO
Across the mountain from Telluride, Colorado, sits Dunton Hot Springs. An old 1800s ghost town set high in an alpine meadow. The current owners bought it in 1994, and have renovated it to add modern touches, without stepping on history’s toes. This is the place for those who love both the wild west and nature.
Have your first kiss as a married couple in the open-air cathedral, and then retire to the original dancehall and saloon to enjoy the reception festivities. Those who have a penchant to tear up the dance floor will benefit from a recovering soak in the hot spring.
Even if you don’t choose one of these locations, we hope you’re inspired.
Each setting has a specific mood; its own special feel. Make note of the elements and features of the one that moves you the most, this makes it easier to find something similar. And remember, it’s going to be special no matter where it’s held.