Handicap-Accessible Wedding Venues for Couples and Guests of All Abilities

Disabled, neurodivergent and chronically ill couples: This list is for you.
Ariel Taranski
Ariel Taranski
Ariel Taranski
Ariel Taranski
The Knot Contributor
  • Ariel writes on a variety of wedding-related topics for The Knot.
  • She has previously worked for Southern Bride Magazine, Miss Design Berry and other woman-owned wedding brands.
  • She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Memphis.
Updated Dec 19, 2023

There's a lot that goes into wedding planning, especially if you're disabled, chronically ill or neurodivergent. That's why we wanted to round up some handicap-accessible wedding venues for all types of couples. Accessible wedding planning is also great for your guests, and we spoke to accessibility educator and speaker, Erin Perkins at MabelyQ, on how to keep your health and the health of your guests at the forefront during your big day. She says, "The key thing is asking questions when searching for venues. Think about the entry and exit points of the venue—this is something important to consider regarding physical disabilities." Let's take a look at some unique venues across the country that will offer easier access for everyone during your best day ever.

Shadow Creek in Purcellville, Virginia

The Shadow Creek venue is a barn on rustic grounds with wheelchair-accessible venues and parking. Plus, this wedding venue offers two dressing rooms for privacy and a space to decompress during your big day. They have plenty of restroom options and year-round air conditioning, with enough capacity to accommodate up to 300 guests. You can also book their sister properties nearby so you and your guests can stay a few minutes away during your wedding weekend.

Portico at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia, PA

The Portico at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia has wheelchair-accessible spaces and seating for ceremonies for up to 150 guests, as well as gender-inclusive restrooms. This space also allows service animals and provides catering menus that are mindful of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. They provide getting-ready spaces, including turning one of their downstairs parlors into another private area.

Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah

Thanksgiving Point in Utah is an all-inclusive venue that can take all the wedding planning off your plate. They have a variety of areas to choose from to exchange vows and celebrate with your loved ones. This venue has plenty of smooth walkways for wheelchair accessibility or other assistive devices, and its website even has a "social story" section for neurodivergent visitors to get an idea of the grounds ahead of time. Up to 300 guests can enjoy your big day with you at this spot.

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Evanelle Vineyards in Madera, California

Enjoy the European countryside without ever leaving the States. This Californian wedding venue has an old-world Tuscan feel with modern amenities like private dressing areas, year-round air conditioning and plenty of space for up to 450 guests. There are no stairs at the entrance to Evanelle Vineyards and smooth flooring throughout the venue space for easier access. This site can also accommodate a range of diets in their catering.

Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, New Hampshire

The Bedford Village Inn in New Hampshire is a versatile space with various venue options for your big day. You can have a small ceremony for 12 guests or a larger celebration for up to 250 guests. And with on-site accommodations, you and your loved ones can stop by the rooms for some downtime or decompression. This historic property even has gentle illumination, which Erin states is key for many guests. "On your [wedding] website, provide information about what to expect at the event. Will there be loud noises, flashing lights, or crowded spaces? This information can be crucial for guests with sensory sensitivities."

The Commons 1854: Event Venue in Topsfield, Massachusetts

The Commons is located right outside of Boston for easy transportation, and this charming venue has a ton of history without compromising on modern amenities. They offer accessible parking, ramps and a chairlift for wheelchairs and other assistive devices. This venue even has licensed coordinators on-site to help plan your day, and climate control for any weather. You can invite up to 200 guests when you book this space.

Jennings Trace in Montgomery, Texas

Jennings Trace is near Houston, Texas, and its unique architectural design makes it a wonderful, accessible option. It provides a lot of natural lighting, and the entrance has no stairs. Up to 350 guests can fit in this space, and there are private dressing areas for your convenience and comfort. They also offer all-inclusive packages for a more stress-free day.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront in Melbourne, Florida

The Crowne Plaza Oceanfront resort in Florida lets you have a small wedding for 10 or one as large as 250 guests. This resort offers a beachside ceremony and reception, including an accessible ocean deck. Erin Perkins adds, "When setting up RSVP, be sure to include in the question or reach out to those who you know may need accommodations and ask them what they specifically need. Over-communicate rather than under-communicate about the accommodations that will be provided." With a beach ceremony, ensure every guest's needs can be catered to, from accessibility to special diets. This Melbourne resort offers on-site stays and a covered reception space for any weather.

The Foundry at Oswego Pointe in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Enjoy views of the Willamette River when you book The Foundry at Oswego Pointe in Oregon. This accessible wedding venue offers full private use of the property during your big day, and it's compliant with ADA accessibility. With room for up to 200 guests in their variety of spaces, this beautiful venue provides all the amenities you need for your day in a natural environment.

Skylight in Denver, Colorado

The Skylight in the Mile High City has no stairs at its entrance and smooth surfaces for easier access. You can accommodate up to 200 seated guests, and their flexible vendor policy allows you to work with wedding vendors of your choice, which is especially helpful for catering to certain diets or wedding planning. This inclusive venue also has nearby hotels and transportation, and both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Madera Estates in Conroe, Texas

"Accessibility to me means that facilities consider all people and adapt to ensure guests can enjoy a place," says Vanessa, who planned her wedding at Madera Estates. "While planning, I had a hard time telling if venues were accessible, so we made sure to physically visit locations." The venue's paved event spaces are ideal for navigating with wheelchairs. Though, Vanessa shares that there was one step near the ceremony space over which a ramp had to be built for their wedding. Events at Madera Estates can fit up to 330 guests.

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