These Luxury Wedding Venues Are the Crème de la Crème

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Collage of luxury wedding venues in the US
Photos, clockwise from top left: Tyler Branch Photography, Clary Pfeiffer Photography, Jordan Maunder Photography,Venues, clockwise from top left: Hummingbird Nest Ranch, Shinola Hotel, Goodstone Inn & Restaurant),Design: Tiana Crispino
Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
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Hannah Nowack
Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
Hannah Nowack
Senior Editor
  • Hannah writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on real wedding coverage.
  • Hannah has a passion for DE&I and plays an integral role in ensuring The Knot content highlights all voices and all love stories.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Hannah was the Social Media Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings.
Updated Jun 25, 2024

Luxury is all about indulgence—great food, impeccable service, and amazing design. For couples who want an opulent wedding celebration, these luxury wedding venues are the perfect foundation for an extravagant event.

Of course, a glamorous, high-end event comes with an investment in an above-average wedding venue cost. So what makes the price tag worth it? The sublime experience you'll have at any one of these lavish spots. After all, it's your wedding, why not splurge on an epic wedding venue?

In addition to checking out some of our favorite upscale wedding venues below, you can also peruse The Knot Vendor Marketplace where you can filter options by price (ranging from affordable to luxury) in your marrying location. What are you waiting for? Let's dig in to find the perfect wedding venue for a luxurious affair.

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Wailea, Hawaii

 Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort luxury wedding venue in Hawaii
Photo: Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort marries the best of both worlds—the resort has been around since 1991 and built a storied reputation for impeccable service. But it also just underwent a massive renovation to ensure guests to the best of the best when they come to this resort wedding venue in Maui. The idyllic tropical property is nestled on 40 acres of lush landscape and has 844 total accommodations including 57 suites and 50 three-bedroom villas. The Hawaiian destination is perfect for multi-day wedding weekends—there are 9 different dining options, 6 flexible outdoor areas and 22 exclusive indoor spaces that the resort can adapt to fit your wedding vision. With flexibility that vast, guests will likely even want to extend their trip beyond the nuptials to rest and relax in paradise.

  • Guest Capacity: While this large luxury wedding venue can accommodate events up to 3,000 guests, some of the most sought-after wedding ceremony spaces are more ideal for guest lists of 130.
  • Notable Features: The resort's spa, Kilolani Spa, is a renowned wellness destination that seamlessly blends "Hawaiian principles and practices with advanced wellness techniques and technologies," explains the property. For wellness-minded couples, what could be better than kicking off the weekend with a dip in a cold plunge followed by a rest in a eucalyptus-scented Hamman spa?
  • What Couples Love: The picturesque setting is a major selling point for couples. "The grounds there are phenomenal and our pictures look like they should be in a magazine," notes one reviewer.

Conrad New York Downtown in New York, New York

Conrad New York Downtown luxury wedding venue in New York, New York
Photo: Conrad New York Downtown

New York City may be the most expensive place to get married in the US, but it's popular for good reason. The Empire City is home to many elegant luxury wedding venues, such as the Conrad New York Downtown which is located just south of Tribeca and overlooks the Hudson River. In terms of specifics, the 463-room hotel has 27,539 square feet of event space, 6,240 of which makes up its largest ballroom (that boasts 19-foot ceilings). However, there are 15 total meeting rooms to fit your specific needs. Of note, the hotel is conveniently located to many public transportation options, including a ferry terminal. Basically, the Conrad New York Downtown is an easy-to-access luxury hotel wedding venue option that is surprisingly spacious in a city not known for having ample space.

  • Guest Capacity: The main ballroom fits up to 420 seated or 550 standing, however, some of the smaller spaces are ideal for guests lists as small as 30.
  • Notable Features: Rooftop cocktails and dogs—these two things are beloved by New Yorkers and easily accessible at this hotel. What could be more idyllic than kicking off your wedding weekend with welcome cocktails at Loopy Doopy, the hotel's rooftop bar? Returning to your room to snuggle your pup might just be the cherry on top since this is a dog-friendly wedding venue.
  • What Couples Love: The spaciousness of the hotel is a highlight. "All the rooms are suite style so they are huge by city standards. The property itself also has an amazing wooden spiral staircase and a rooftop for pictures. Guests raved about how nice the hotel was," notes one reviewer.

The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is an outdoor playground for the rich and famous so it's no surprise that the chic mountain town is filled with some of the most luxurious wedding venues in the world. Specifically, The Little Nell is a spot that anyone looking for a high-end wedding venue needs to have on their radar. This 5-star 92-room hotel is located just 12 minutes from the Aspen Airport and has been a staple in the community since 1989. One of the great things about this venue is that it is an amazing option, no matter when your wedding is. Snow-capped winter weddings here are just as beautiful as summer ones illuminated by golden Aspen leaves.

  • Guest Capacity: 20 to 500 people
  • Notable Features: Many couples take advantage of the mountaintop ceremony space at The Little Nell so they can exchange vows atop Aspen Mountain against a stunning backdrop of the Elk Mountain Range.
  • What Couples Love: Couples consistently rave about the amazing views The Little Nell affords. "We picked The Little Nell because of its amazing views," says one reviewer. "We wanted a destination wedding with gorgeous views that was different from any other. The most important things to us was service and location. I would recommend this venue to anyone who wants amazing mountain views and superb service."

Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California

Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards luxury wedding venue in Malibu, California
Photo: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards | Instagram

Can you imagine getting married on a helipad? In Malibu? Surrounded by vineyards? It may sound like a fantasy, but you really can have that exact luxurious setting for your wedding at Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California. The venue is located at a 2,000-foot elevation on 37 acres, 10 of which are planted with grape vines.

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  • Guest Capacity: Up to 180 guests for a seated reception or 400 for a standing reception
  • Notable Features: The helipad, with 360-degree views of the Santa Monica Mountains, will take your breath away.
  • What Couples Love: The views at this venue are a major selling point. "This venue is unreal, it's absolutely gorgeous," notes one reviewer.

The Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, DC

 The Hay-Adams Hotel luxury wedding venue in Washington, DC
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Venue: The Hay-Adams Hotel

Want a luxurious wedding venue that's also packed with rich history? The Hay-Adams Hotel, which was initially constructed in the 1920s is a sought-after location for couples in Washington, DC, thanks to it's impeccable view of The National Mall. The hotel has four distinct event spaces, totalling 6,350 square feet of event space, but each is bedecked in exquisite furnishings, ranging from crystal chandeliers to French-inspired handpainted wallpaper.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200 guests
  • Notable Features: The panoramic views of the White House and the Washington Monument are nothing short of spectacular.
  • What Couples Love: "The venue was beautiful and has the most amazing views in DC," notes one reviewer.

620 Loft and Garden in New York, New York

Chances are good that you've seen a photo of 620 Loft and Garden on social media because weddings at this rooftop venue in Rockefeller Center very frequently go viral. The Fifth Avenue venue is located right across the street from the storied St. Patrick's Cathedral and affords guests amazing views of the church's spires. The venue also has indoor space with windows that look out over Rockefeller Center—a fact that makes this an amazing choice for winter weddings since the twinkle of the famed Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree are bar none.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 120 seated and 165 standing
  • Notable Features: The views at this New York City wedding venue are a major selling point for nearlyweds.
  • What Couples Love: "The rooftop is beautiful and every bit as special as I hoped it would be, I couldn't think of anywhere else that I would rather get married," shares one reviewer.

Villa del Sol d'Oro in Sierra Madre, California

 Villa del Sol d'Oro luxury wedding venue in Sierra Madre, California
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Venue: Villa del Sol d'Oro

Want to feel like you're in Europe without leaving the country? Check out Villa del Sol d'Oro in Sierra Madre, California. The European-inspired villa, built in the 1920s, sits of 13 acres of manicured grounds and it's not hard to see why the estate has become a premier California wedding venue.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 200
  • Notable Features: The bespoke architecture creates a destination wedding feeling beloved by couples and guests alike.
  • What Couples Love: "Our wedding was elegant, beautiful, and enhanced immeasurably by the historic architecture of Villa del Sol d'Oro," recalls one couple.

Conrad Washington, DC in Washington, DC

The opulent Conrad Washington, DC, is "lifting the veil on modern luxury" with its ample event spaces, convenient CityCenterDC location and exquisite service. The 360-room hotel has a variety of different venue spaces to perfectly fit the size of your wedding. As for specifics, it boasts 17-foot windows, a 15-minute drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and a LEED Gold sustainability certification.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 620 guests
  • Notable Features: The new wedding venue opened in 2019 and boasts contemporary, state-of-the-art amenities and chic furnishings.
  • What Couples Love: The top-notch staff is a selling point here. "There are not enough words for our overwhelming gratitude for the entire staff and team," shares one reviewer. "From the moment we walked in the Conrad on our first venue tour, what stood out the most to us above all other venues was the genuine kindness and intentionality of every staff member. From the moment you walk in, everyone treats you with so much joy and kindness."

Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina

Old Edwards Inn and Spa proves that mountain weddings can be both rustic and ultra-luxurious. Nestled in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, the wedding venue is renowned for its spa offerings, catering services and intimate atmosphere. Exposed wood beams, charming fruit trees and an adorable pond are just a few of the highlights couples can expect from the most popular event space at this venue: The Farm at Old Edwards.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 275
  • Notable Features: Top-notch catering is a key reason this venue is so highly sought after.
  • What Couples Love: Couples consistently rave about the service at this venue. "Incredible! We had our wedding at Old Edwards, and truly the whole experience was magical," reads one review. "From our first visit to tour the venue, we fell in love with the location and the beauty of the venue itself. It is by no means a budget venue, but that is because it is a luxurious wedding experience and you get what you pay for. The staff is so helpful, attentive, and communicative and works with you throughout the whole process. The food and service were absolutely incredible. We had several guests with dietary restrictions, and they individually went up to each individual to confirm and make sure they were well taken care of."

Goodstone Inn and Restaurant in Middleburg, Virginia

Goodstone Inn and Restaurant luxury wedding venue in Middleburg, Virginia
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Venue: Goodstone Inn and Restaurant

Goodstone Inn and Restaurant in Middleburg, Virginia, provides a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Although it is located just 50 miles from Washington, DC, the serene rural setting makes guests feel as though they've been transported to another world. The 265-acre property in the Virginia countryside includes six cottages to accommodate a wide range of wedding needs. Additionally, there are 18 guest rooms so wedding VIPs can stay on the picturesque property.

  • Guest Capacity: Capacities ranging from 34 to 300 depending on the event space chosen.
  • Notable Features: The property is renowned for its farm-to-table cuisine and impeccable wine offerings.
  • What Couples Love: "The entire Goodstone team made our wedding weekend absolutely phenomenal," shares one reviewer. "They were all kind, professional, experienced, and flexible to our needs and the needs of our guests. The property has so many incredible views and such fantastic food that we decided to host both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding at Goodstone."

Shinola Hotel in Detroit, Michigan

Shinola Hotel luxury wedding venue in Detroit, Michigan
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Venue: Shinola Hotel

The Shinola Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, is a boutique hotel wedding venue that is bringing luxury and elevated service to The Motor City. From a glass-enclosed rooftop to a ballroom with a stone fireplace, tin ceiling and abstract chandeliers, every corner of this hotel has personality and pizazz.

  • Guest Capacity: Capacities ranging from 20 to 180 depending on the event space chosen.
  • Notable Features: The hotel has an stunning collection of art displayed around the property that brings character and charm to the venue.
  • What Couples Love: Reviews consistently rave about the modern beauty of the hotel and how it serves as a wonderful backdrop for weddings.

Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California

Hummingbird Nest Ranch luxury wedding venue in Santa Susana, California
Photo: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Facebook

Hummingbird Nest Ranch is "your private oasis, tucked away just north of LA." The 126-acre Simi Valley property includes a Spanish Colonial-style 17,000-square-foot villa, groves of olive trees and refreshing fountains. Additionally, there are 14 on-site guest accommodations.

  • Guest Capacity: Capacities ranging from 250 to 999 depending on selected event space.
  • Notable Features: Hummingbird Nest Ranch has many different venue spaces making it a versatile and customizable choice.
  • What Couples Love: The variety of distinct event spaces is a feature that couples love because it means that can host multiple events at the venue with each one feeling unique. "We used all three outdoor spaces at the villa for each part of our wedding. The venue itself is inherently beautiful and our guests were blown away by it. You don't really have to add that much in way of decorations since it's already so gorgeous," notes one review.

Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate in Huntington, New York

There's no better way to kick off this list of glamorous wedding venues than with an opulent 19th-century castle perched on 443 acres of land on the Gold Coast of Long Island. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion wedding venue emulates a French chateau and doubled as the set of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" music video. You'll live luxuriously on your wedding day receiving staff's undivided attention since they only host one wedding a day. Dance the night away in the Grand Ballroom where the very first Oheka bride tied the knot in 1919. The world-class in-house catering for your wedding day is complete with a variety of menus, signature cocktails, a top-tier bar and white glove service. From the grand West Gate entrance lined with trees to the formal gardens, at Oheka Castle you and your partner will feel like you're living your very own fairytale.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 250 seated or 700 standing
  • Notable Features: The manicured gardens are sought after by couples as a picturesque spot to exchange vows.
  • What Couples Love: "Oheka Castle is a dream come true. The venue is absolutely gorgeous and ultra exclusive," shares one reviewer.

Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts

While you may not associate glamour with a public library, this venue is one of the most iconic luxury wedding venues in the city. This historic event space right in Copley Square in downtown Boston offers multiple magnificent areas for a wedding ceremony and reception. The Italianate courtyard provides an elegant setting to exchange your "I do's" or host a cocktail reception. The Guastavino Room and or Bates Hall offer ornate ceilings and a plethora of books as the backdrop for a dreamy reception. The newly renovated Johnson building offers a more modern space for couples seeking a more contemporary, yet glamorous vibe. The Boston Public Library, while it may not be synonymous with luxury is an ideal venue for your glamorous affair.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 1,300 guests (though many of the event spaces are most ideal for 100-200 guests)
  • Notable Features: Many historic buffs seek out the Boston Public Library for its pioneering qualities. Established in 1848, it was the first large free municipal library in the US.
  • What Couples Love: The staff consistently receives rave reviews from couples. "I can't say enough about working with the staff at the Boston Public Library," shares one couple. "They were always prompt in answering my questions, flexible during the planning process and ensured a smooth and perfect wedding day. It could not have gone better."

Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Enjoy pure luxury by tying the knot at this glamorous museum wedding venue. The gilded halls and marble columns evoke a regal aesthetic for your big day. There are over 20 unique event spaces for your wedding at the museum. The most opulent of all the spaces the venue offers is Carnegie Music Hall. Then there is the Hall of Architecture and Hall of Sculpture, which are perfect for large cocktail receptions and are just as luxurious as they are unique. A cocktail hour at the Foster Overlook allows guests to check out the world-famous dinosaurs and allows you and your partner to get some unique wedding photos. The Carnie Museum of Art & Natural History offers a variety of options no matter what kind of glam event you and your partner have in mind.

  • Guest Capacity: Capacities ranging from 40 to 300 depending on selected event space.
  • Notable Features: The uniqueness of this museum wedding venue is a major selling point for couples.
  • What Couples Love: The staff is consistently commended in reviews. "We had our wedding ceremony and reception in the Hall of Sculptures and the Music Hall Foyer, and it was incredible! The space is so unique and we (and our guests) were blown away. The team at the museum is exceptional. They went above and beyond to make our day perfect," says one review.

Rand Tower Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota

This hotel sits in the center of the city, in the iconic Art Deco-inspired Rand Tower, which is the inspiration for the hotel's aesthetic. The opulence and extravagance of the 1920s is on full display throughout the venue. Have your wedding ceremony in the chic space The Backroom and then move to the Rooftop Bar which offers gorgeous city views and is accented with black and gold touches, keeping in theme with the Art Deco aesthetic seen throughout the hotel. The catering is provided by one of the two hotel restaurants, Whiskey and Soda, and Rand Tower Club. The event staff at Rand Tower Hotel is ready to help you have your dream wedding.

  • Guest Capacity: Up to 117
  • Notable Features: The Art Deco furnishings set this venue apart.
  • What Couples Love: Reviews consistently comment on the hotel's amazing views, bespoke furnishings and conveniently accessible location.

The Ritz-Carlton Maui in Lahaina, Hawaii

As if a destination wedding in Hawaii isn't glamorous enough, choosing this luxury wedding venue and resort nestled on 54 acres of land overlooking the Pacific Ocean really takes your already fabulous wedding to the next level. Say your vows on the secluded yet sprawling oceanfront lawn and host your reception in an elegant ballroom, which is decorated with soft wall coverings, crystal chandeliers and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and West Maui Mountains. You can opt to have your reception on the Beach House Lawn which is a manicured lawn that holds up to 500 guests. No matter what you decide, there's no doubt that having your wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua guarantees luxury, especially when it's in Hawaii.

  • Guest Capacity: Capacities ranging from 40 to 1,400 depending on selected event space.
  • Notable Features: The waterfront outdoor event spaces are a highlight.
  • What Couples Love: Reviews highlight that this is an all-around great choice. "The stunning vistas, well-equipped, well-maintained rooms, fabulous food, and excellent service were all very much up to the RC standard," says one reviewer.

Sarah Title contributed to the reporting of this story.

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