The 13 Top Luxury Wedding Venues in the U.S.
If you think castles and ballrooms are the kinds of wedding venues that only exist in movies and children's books, then you haven't seen these luxury wedding venues. If you're someone who has dreamed of getting married in a 19th-century mansion or an art deco inspired grand ballroom, then this list should be your go-to source for inspiration. From luxe event spaces overlooking cityscapes to an oceanfront country club, there's something for every glam-seeking couple, and this list is just the tip of the iceberg, visit The Knot Marketplace for all the best luxury wedding venues guaranteed to leave your guests in awe.
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 estate 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.
The Richard Nixon Library Foundation in Yorba Linda, California
This pristine luxury wedding venue is a reflection of timeless elegance and class. Set on nine acres of land, the property has a rich history and offers many event spaces for you to choose from for your dream wedding. The First Lady's Rose Garden is ideal for an outdoor ceremony, or, if you're having a more lavish celebration, the expansive lawn can fit up to 450 guests. Host your cocktail hour around the tranquil pool of in front of the Birthplace cottage. The only full-size reproduction of the The White House East Room is an ideal space for a wedding reception if you want a glamorous ambience. You'll enjoy dinner surrounded by three magnificent sparkling chandeliers, golden Italian silk draperies, imported marble fireplaces, and a wooden terrazzo floor to dance on. Visit the Richard Nixon Library for a taste of luxury today.
Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina
Nothing gets more grand than the Biltmore. The 250-room chateau set amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains was built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 on acres of formal and informal gardens, open meadows and verdant forest. With nearly 10 event spaces on-site to choose from for your big day, the options for your wedding ceremony and reception are endless. The Inn at Biltmore Estate is home to the Vanderbilt Ballroom, which is accented by four grand chandeliers and is perfect for a small wedding accommodating up to 80 guests for dinner or 100 for dancing. The Biltmore House itself offers a variety of spaces for an outdoor wedding ceremony or outdoor wedding reception. The South Terrace offers panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Italian Garden is filled with koi ponds and offers a glorious view of the house, or the Tennis Lawn, where you can exchange "I do's" amongst the gardens. The Biltmore has endless options for couples who want nothing short of a grand celebration.
Gem Mansion in Miami, Florida
Close your eyes to picture a Florida mansion and one that looks just like this breathtaking event space will likely come to mind. From the iron gate and water fountain at the front of the mansion, to the well-manicured lawns and gardens that serve as the ideal event space for an outdoor ceremony and the long rectangular pool around the back that is the perfect setting for a luxe cocktail hour, you can't get much more elegant than a wedding at a mansion in a location with year-round perfect temperatures. Whether you celebrate your nuptials indoors or in a tented reception outside, this magnificent mansion will suit the style of a variety of couples who are all looking to celebrate their love in a grand way. The Gem Mansion also comes with a variety of wedding planning packages to choose from, whether you want an all-inclusive wedding planner, a partial package or a day-of package, Gem has you covered.
The Adolphus in Dallas, Texas
History and luxury come together in a dream wedding venue set in downtown Dallas. Conceptualized by the cofounder of Anheuser-Busch, Adolphus Busch, the city's first luxury hotel was modeled after a Germanic castle. High-profile guests such as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip have walked the halls of this spectacular venue. Choose from a variety of regal ballrooms within the hotel. For a swoon-worthy fairytale wedding reception, the Governor's Ballroom up on the 19th floor features ivory walls, brass and opaque glass globe lights and arched barrel-vaulted ceilings fits up to 400 guests. There's also the Century Ballroom which boasts 20-foot high ceilings, chandeliers and 10-foot windows which accommodates 250 guests and three other event spaces to choose from. The Adolphus has a staff of event planners and culinary masters to make your luxury wedding dreams come to life.
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 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.
Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
If city glamour is what you're after then you'll find it in this jaw-dropping, palace-like hotel which features panoramic views of downtown Chicago. The architecture of the building, which is adjacent to Grant Park, channels the Gilded Age, giving it its regal charm. The first wedding at the hotel took place in 1893, making it a storied location to tie the knot. The Gold Room is the hotel's most sought-after location for a wedding reception. It boasts intricate molding and gold walls, hence the name, making it a regal setting for your nuptials. The nearby Rendezvous Space can be used for a cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception. If that doesn't sound up your alley, there are over 20 other event spaces in the hotel for you to choose from. At the Congress Plaza Hotel you'll have access to wedding planning assistance, menu and cake tastings, and full catering. Plus, your guests can stay right on site.
Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, California
A renowned San Francisco landmark, this hotel is located right in Union Square The timeless and elegant iconic building was built in 1928 and boasts stunningly beautiful architecture fit for royalty--and you will be treated as such on your big day. The Empire Ballroom is an upscale event space for a wedding reception with crystal chandeliers, baroque accents and ornate wall decor. Host your cocktail hour on the 21st floor in Lizzie's Starlight room and enjoy the newly renovated lounge area and take in the gorgeous views of the city, or host your wedding there if you're looking for something more intimate. At Sir Francis Drake Hotel, you'll have access to on-site event planners, menu tasting, tables, chairs, linens and glassware, as well as a dressing areas. Once you book the venue, a staff member is there to help you take care of the rest.
Kiawah Golf Resort in Kiawah, South Carolina
If you want an oceanfront wedding but you don't want to give up your dream of a glamorous wedding, you don't have to. Located on a barrier island off the coast of Charleston, this luxury resort offers a variety of elegant options for your wedding ceremony and reception. Exchange vows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or the Kiawah River at Mingo Point. For golf enthusiasts, there's the opportunity to say your "I do's" on the famous Ocean Course. There is also The Sanctuary Chapel on site for those looking to have a more traditional ceremony. Get your fix of luxury by celebrating after your wedding ceremony in the 6,000-square-foot Grand Oaks Ballroom. The culinary team on site will collaborate with you and your partner to design an exquisite custom menu that will leave your guests' mouths watering. Want to make it a weekend getaway? You can work with experienced staff at Kiawah Golf Resort to make it more than just a one-day celebration, but a multi-day one with delicious meals and fun events.
Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA
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 much luxurious settings as they are unique. A cocktail hour at the Foster Overlook allows guests to 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.
Rand Towel Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota
This brand new 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.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC
The nation's capital is home to some of the most interesting museums, buildings and institutions, so why not get married at one of them? Right down the block from the White House is this extravagant luxury wedding wedding so grand it's a step above the rest! In the heart of the building is the Atrium which features a soaring skylight, grand staircase (perfect for a grand entrance as newlyweds) and bold columns. The open space allows couples to adorn the area with your own lavish touches. You don't have to celebrate in the supersized Atrium, there are multiple other ballrooms at the venue for couples to choose from. The Ronald Regan Building culinary team will work with you and your partner to create a fabulous menu while the event specialists make sure your day goes off without a hitch.
The Ritz-Carlton in Lahaina, Hawaii
As if a destination wedding in Hawaii isn't glamorous enough, choosing the 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 guarantees luxury, especially when it's in Hawaii.