The Best Fall Wedding Venues in the U.S. for Autumn Scenery
It's no secret fall weddings are popular. In many places across the country—and especially the Northeast—autumn brings with it ideal temperatures, desirable color palettes, picturesque fall foliage blended with natural greenery, the beginning of the holidays. The list goes on, but the fact is this: The fall season is a fabulous time of year to host your picture-perfect wedding day.
The process of wedding planning begins with finding your dream autumn wedding venue, likely one with a stunning landscape, fall colors galore, beautiful vistas and outstanding photo ops. Whether your wedding ideas range from seasonal and rustic to romantic and eclectic, across the U.S. there are many scenic autumnal event spaces in which to host your big day. Here, we narrowed down 13 of our absolute favorites to help you plan your perfect fall wedding.
The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado
The Wedding Deck at the Little Nell in Aspen is what dream outdoor ceremony venues are made of. It sits atop Aspen Mountain, at an elevation 11,212 feet. This means you'll have unparalleled sweeping views of Colorado's Elk Mountain Range, and during the fall season, these views couldn't be more breathtaking. Included in your Wedding Deck ceremony are an integrated sound system, dressing rooms for each wedding party and a wedding arch. Post-ceremony, head inside the Little Nell—the only five-star and five-diamond ski-in/ski-out hotel in Aspen—for a wedding reception at the Sundeck or Aspen Mountain Club.
The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, Massachusetts
The Starting Gate at GreatHorse is an idyllic New England wedding venue, with a sunset deck and a wedding garden that provide amazing vistas of the region—especially in autumn. The 3,000-square-foot sunset deck is a wonderful cocktail hour space boasting a 100-mile panoramic view of the Connecticut River Valley. The wedding garden, on the other hand, is an equally-as-delightful outdoor space, with a gazebo, a garden (of course) and a waterfall, for your wedding ceremony. With such incredible sites and sights, the Starting Gate at GreatHorse is the perfect vantage point from which to throw your perfect fall wedding.
Bear Mountain Inn + Barn in Waterford, Maine
If you love the outdoors and the fall season, Bear Mountain Inn + Barn in Maine may be the rustic wedding venue for you. The modern lakefront farmhouse is situated on 25 acres and can host you for a barn wedding of up to 150 guests or a tented outdoor wedding for up to 250 guests. Your fall wedding at Bear Mountain can take place through early November, and with the ability to host your ceremony lakeside, on the dock, on the lawn, or inside by a fieldstone fireplace, the seasonal vibes will be stellar. You can also host elopements and intimate weddings at Bear Mountain.
320 Guest Ranch in Gallatin Gateway, Montana
The mountain vistas at Montana's 320 Guest Ranch are jaw-dropping year-round, and especially when the colors change in the fall. Between Big Sky and Yellowstone National Park, the rustic venue offers lodging, dining, horseback riding and other outdoor activities. Most importantly, it's an amazing ranch location for saying "I do," with several event sites, an on-site wedding planner, an in-house kitchen to help you dream up your menu and luxury log cabins for yourself and guests. You can also host your rehearsal dinner at 320 Guest Ranch, so if you already have your venue locked down elsewhere, you can still enjoy the fall foliage during your wedding weekend.
The Barn at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont
Search "Fall in Vermont" on Google Images, and you'll understand why we thought it essential to include the New England state in our fall roundup. The Barn at West Mountain Inn is an ideal location to take in fall's changing colors while celebrating your love story. The venue itself is comprised of a 100-year-old historic barn, gardens, expansive grounds, trails and wondrous views. On your big day, you can dine on more casual fare (wood-fired pizzas) or sit down for an elegant five-course dinner. The 2,400-square-foot reception barn is decked out in all-things wood, including a cathedral ceiling and wooden beams. There are also on-site rooms, suites, townhouses and cottages, so you, your new spouse and your guests can make a weekend out of it.
Laughing Waters Retreat Center in Gerton, North Carolina
Laughing Waters Retreat Center is a woodsy oasis in Gerton, North Carolina. You'll have access to the entire 200-plus-acre venue on your wedding day, which means for your ceremony you can get lost in nature at one of many locations: next to the Hickory Nut Creek, in an apple orchard, in the gardens, near an old farmhouse or a restored gristmill, or next to the pond. Greenery abounds, so you'll have tons of opportunities to take in the foliage as it transforms into fall colors. The Great Room is a great reception location, accommodating up to 75 guests, and it has large windows and a deck—keeping nature close at all times. Bonus: There's an on-site Honeymoon Cottage overlooking two waterfalls.
Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan
Picture this: getting married in a glass house located in the middle of a pine forest. Dreamy, right? That's what you'll get at Michigan's Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club, a banquet venue with unreal views of the forest, lake and golf course. Fit for up to 320 guests, you can invite all your loved ones to this enchanting venue for a one-of-a-kind autumn wedding experience. Host an outdoor wedding under the soaring trees, relax on the wraparound veranda and then celebrate the occasion inside (without feeling like you're inside). Your special day package includes a five-hour premium bar, an hour of butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, a plated dinner, linens and napkins, setup and breakdown, and so much more.
Camelback Resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania
If you've never been to Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, it's worth a trip—especially in the fall. Camelback Resort is a Pocono hotel venue with so much to offer you on your big day, starting with incredible views. You'll host your wedding ceremony at a high-altitude outdoor space overlooking the mountains. If you choose to stay up high for your reception, it'll take place in the nearby Summit House, inclusive of a full bar, a large balcony and the capacity to hold 100 guests. Alternatively, you can host your reception in the lodge's 7,800-square-foot ballroom. No matter which you choose, you'll be taken care of: The venue provides tables, chairs, linens, flatware, glassware, barware and an event coordinator. Additional services include decor, catering, bar services and parking.
Darby House in Galloway, Ohio
Ohio's Darby House is a gated estate with 1,200 acres of event space. Accordingly, it has everything you need to host a scenic fall wedding. You can host your outdoor wedding ceremony on the waterside terrace overlooking a creek. (The ceremony space includes a rain backup plan and setup/breakdown of folding chairs for up to 250 guests.) Your cocktail hour will take place in the Racing Room, followed by a reception in the dining room, but you can still enjoy the outdoors all night long thanks to outdoor bistro lighting, a fire pit, patio seating and space for lawn games.
Harrington Farm in Princeton, Massachusetts
Harrington Farm in Massachusetts is in the Best of Weddings Hall of Fame, and rightfully so. The full-service wedding venue sits on 60 acres of rolling hills on Wachusett Mountain, and it is full of New England charm. The spaces include a mortise and tenon oak barn that features a 10-foot-wide fieldstone fireplace; a fireplace patio great for taking in the colors of autumn; the Sperry Tent for outdoor events; the Farmhouse bed and breakfast, a pre-wedding hangout for the bridal party; the ceremony patio amid gardens and a pond; and the meadow, where you'll take next-level fall wedding photos during sunset.
Indigo Falls Events in Dallas, Georgia
Georgia's Indigo Falls Events is another Best of Weddings Hall of Fame venue, this one specializing in outdoor weddings. An hour northwest from Atlanta, the event venue is situated on a mountain, boasting views of three lakes and cascading waterfalls, walking paths, a rustic chapel and a reception hall. You can host your fall wedding inside or outside; your indoor ceremony will take place in the chapel, or, if you opt to wed outside, your outdoor ceremony site will include antique church pews and lake views. The reception hall is another rustic wedding venue seating up to 220 guests, featuring so much wood and a large stone fireplace, and including round tables and brown Chiavari chairs.
Friends Lake Inn in Chestertown, New York
From September to November, the colors of fall enhance the already wonderful atmosphere at New York's Friends Lake Inn. The venue, located within the Adirondack Park, can host everything from elopements and intimate weddings to full-blown events for 100-plus guests. Regardless of your style, your wedding package will include at least one night's lodging for yourself and your partner. Packages also include your officiant, a bouquet and a boutonniere, a two-course dinner package and a wedding cake. Popular on-site venues include the gardens, the Breeze Dining Room, the Birch Bistro, the Adirondack Dining Room and the Main Dining Room. There's something for all couples—and lovers of fall—at Friends Lake Inn.
The Hidden Meadow and Barn in Pepin, Wisconsin
The Hidden Meadow and Barn describes itself as a country venue "where rustic meets romance." The Wisconsin delight is naturally captivating, showing off with desirable fall foliage during the autumn season. The ceremony meadow is situated in the rolling hills of the Back Valley, and no detail was overlooked. You'll enter the meadow through 11-foot arched doors and, aside from the natural beauty, you'll take in six 12-foot stained glass windows and a crystal chandelier hanging from a barn wood arch. Other sites at the Hidden Meadow and Barn include an outdoor social area, with cocktail tables and yard games, and an open-sided barn.