Whoa. These 27 Modern Wedding Venues Left Us Speechless

Cool and contemporary is the way to go.
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 08, 2023

Do you know what we're loving right now? Unique, modern wedding venues that serve as a minimal backdrop so your love story can truly shine. These cool and contemporary wedding venues are ideal for couples looking for a spot near them that is modern and trendy. From swoon-worthy penthouses and rooftops to industrial chic breweries and breathtaking museums, modern wedding venues can work for a variety of couples, no matter their personal style or wedding vision. Whether you envision a one-of-a-kind, intimate wedding or a wedding ceremony with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the cityscape, there is something on this list of contemporary wedding venues for every couple.

Take note of the modern wedding venue names we're gathered below. If nothing suits your fancy and you're still thinking "Are there more modern wedding venues near me?" you can head over to The Knot Vendor Marketplace for thousands of other local options near you to choose from.

The Pavilion in Los Angeles, California

The Pavilion wedding venue in Los Angeles
Photo: Scott Clark Photography for The Knot,Event Planning: Erica Estrada Design

Nestled in Century City at Century Park, The Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, is a 13,000-square-foot minimal, modern, industrial wedding venue you need to consider. And if you're a fan of indoor-outdoor weddings you can also make use of the additional 2,000 square feet of outdoor patio space this California wedding venue has. The sleek LA spot can host up to 495 guests. The world is your oyster here. They welcome external catering and the blank space created by The Pavilion's chic architecture means any wedding style or theme can shine. Who's ready to party it up in Century Park?

Chelsea Industrial in New York, New York

Located in, you guessed it, the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City along the border with Hudson Yards is a simple modern wedding location you'll love: Chelsea Industrial. Fun fact: This venue was actually the site of The Knot Gala 2022. The New York wedding venue can fit 1,100 guests in the 22,000-square-foot space. And guess what? There are 18-foot ceilings, something that is especially nice in NYC where space is a hot commodity. And because great venues understand the importance of inclusivity, other highlights include gender-neutral restrooms and ADA accessibility.

Prospect House in Dripping Springs, Texas

An outdoor ceremony space at Prospect House in Dripping Springs, Texas
Photo: BETHANY JEFFERY PHOTOGRAPHY,Venue: Prospect House

If you're looking for modern wedding venues near Austin, Texas, then you need to have Prospect House in Dripping Springs (25 minutes from downtown ATX) on your radar. Most couples choose to exchange vows in front of Prospect House's contemporary outdoor square wedding arch against a backdrop of Texas Hill Country. From there, most celebrations flow into the 3,000-square-foot Main Hall (which can fit 250 people) for a reception surrounded by 15-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and crisp white walls. There are two other spaces: The Biergarten (1,500 square feet) and The Breezeway (2,000 square feet) where additional events, like cocktail hour, can take place.

Building 177 in San Diego, California

An indoor wedding ceremony space at Building 177 in San Diego, California
Photo: SOCAL STANDARD,Venue: Building 177

Finding a wedding venue that can accommodate a large guest list in a big city, like San Diego, California, isn't always easy. Thankfully, the modern wedding venue Building 177 in SoCal is up to the task. 400 guests can attend weddings in this 7,000-square-foot space. And trust us—you're going to fall in love with the vaulted ceilings and exposed beams the minute you set foot in the space. The spot got its name because it originally served as a Naval Library but was transformed into a wedding venue that can accommodate 425 guests for a seating reception (750 for a cocktail reception).

Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah

A wedding location that connects with nature at Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah
Photo: Amangiri,Venue: Amangiri

An ultra-modern luxury wedding venue in the middle of the desert? Yep. Look no further than Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah, which is the notable celebrity wedding venue chosen by musician DJ Tiësto. And even more A-listers like Hailey Bieber, Kylie Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski have jet-set to this desert paradise for vacay. The ultra-luxe hotel opened in 2009 and is situated on 600 acres of picturesque desert. Get ready to invite 70 loved ones to a wedding reception here. What's more, the five-star on-site accommodations include 34 suites and one 4-bedroom home. Let's party like we're Hollywood royalty.

Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, Arkansas

A couple tie the knot in this indoor ceremony space at Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Photo: JOSH AND ALEAH PHOTOGRAPHY,Venue: Anthony Chapel

Tucked in the Northwest corner of Arkansas is a modern venue for weddings: Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens (a 210-acre botanical garden on the campus of the University of Arkansas). This enchanting glass chapel is made of native wood and glass and has a remarkable 57-foot ceiling. One couple who tied the knot at Anthony Chapel (which can seat 160 guests) shares that they decided on this wedding ceremony venue because they "wanted everything to reflect the beauty of nature already surrounding the chapel." There are six other spaces with capacities ranging from 30 to 120 for couples who also want to host their reception on-site at the botanical garden after a ceremony in the chapel.

The Emerson in Kaufman, Texas

A white indoor ceremony space with floral arrangements at The Emerson in Kaufman, Texas
Photo: Jeff Brummett Visuals
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Venue: The Emerson

We're obsessed with the clean slate that this modern farmhouse wedding venue just outside Dallas provides. The modern rustic space known as The Emerson, which was designed by HGTVs Leanne Ford, is perfect for couples who want an elevated take on a country wedding. Now for the nuts-and-bolts facts: Music here must end at 11 PM on weekends, the property is 16 acres with plenty of parking, and up to 150 guests can fit in the space. If your idea of a perfect wedding includes the words "modern rustic," then this modern farmhouse wedding venue is worth checking out.

Greenhouse Two Rivers in Highlandville, Missouri

An indoor-outdoor ceremony space at Greenhouse Two Rivers in Highlandville, Missouri
Photo: Inner Images Photography
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Venue: Greenhouse Two Rivers

Calling all Midwest couples, this spot is for you. Greenhouse Two Rivers is a minimalist wedding venue located halfway between Springfield and Branson in Highlandville, Missouri. The modern greenhouse space can accommodate 300 guests and is located on 20 acres of land just 20 minutes from Springfield. One couple who said "I do" here recalls why they selected this venue: "With it being a greenhouse, it felt like you were standing outside. The glass allowed for a beautiful, natural view." Can you imagine how wonderful wedding portraits will be in this space thanks to all the natural light? Amazing.

The Wright at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City

Gorgeous indoor reception area in The Wright at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City
Photo: The Wright,Venue: The Wright at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

On the hunt for modern New England wedding venues? Look no further than the recently-reopened The Wright at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. After all, no list of modern wedding venues would be complete without at least one space designed by famed-architect Franky Llyod Wright. The space used to be a restaurant connected to the museum, but it recently transitioned into a private event-only spot that is perfect for small weddings under 65 guests. The best part? When couples rent The Wright for an event they also get access to the museum galleries so their guests can enjoy beautiful works of art.

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Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The perfect glamorous reception space in the Milwaukee Art Museum
Photo: Front Room Studios
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Venue: Milwaukee Art Museum

Listen up, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is coming in hot. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a modern wedding venue that is also a renowned museum housing 25,000 works of art. Receptions must be hosted after 6 PM when the museum is closed to the public. But the great part about the museum being closed is that celebrations (up to 450 people) have access to the entire Quadracci Pavilion, including Windhover Hall, Lubar Auditorium, Baumgartner Terrace, and both galleries. Plus, the Quadracci Pavilion (the iconic Santiago Calatrava–designed building) boasts sweeping views of Lake Michigan. A wedding here will be, quite literally, a work of art.

Ventanas in Atlanta, Georgia

An indoor evening reception space at Ventanas in Atlanta, Georgia
Photo: Milanes Photography
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Venue: Ventanas

Wondering what our favorite luxury modern wedding venues in Georgia look like? Let's take a peek at Ventanas in Atlanta, Georgia. To start, the rooftop of the space has a helipad that couples can use to take pictures with the downtown skyline in the background. As for the indoor space, up to 200 people can fit into the two-level 10,000-square-foot event space. Booking a hotel room block here is easy because Ventanas is actually located atop the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in the heart of the Centennial Park District. If you host a wedding here complete with a menu that includes Georgia peach pie we will be eagerly awaiting our invite.

Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California

Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California
Photo: Kunal Mehta / Shutterstock,Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall

Music-loving couples, this SoCal wedding venue deserves your consideration. Booking a wedding at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is certainly an investment—a wedding for 50 guests starts at over twenty-thousand dollars. However, is it really possible to put a price on a private evening in Frank Gehry's iconic LA building? And if you're willing to shell out a bit more for a chic ultra-luxury wedding here, you can invite up to 150 people per the venue's capacity. Imagine how amazing your first dance song will sound with the epic acoustics in the space.

The Meekermark in Magnolia, Texas

A gorgeous modern outdoor wedding space at The Meekermark
Photo: The Meekermark

Just north of Houston in Magnolia, Texas, is a modern wedding venue known as The Meekermark—a modern barn wedding venue that also has an eclectic open-air chapel. Despite the distinctly contemporary feel of the space, the barn is actually 200 years old. Don't worry, it's been reconstructed for contemporary couples. Speaking of 200—that's also this Texas wedding venue's guest-list capacity. Expose beams, modern finishes and ample natural light add to the beautiful vibes this spot is dishing up.

Skylight in Denver, Colorado

Take a look at this ultra-modern wedding venue at ultra-high altitude in the Mile High City. The sky is, quite literally, the limit at Skylight in Denver, Colorado. Here's the scoop: Skylight is located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District, offers couples 24 hours of access to the venue when it is rented, up to 200 people fit in the space, has 4,200 square feet of space, and is just generally awesome because there is no noise curfew whatsoever inside the venue. These are run-don't-walk level great venue characteristics.

Exploratorium in San Francisco, California

This super-modern science and art museum is located right along the Embarcadero, the city's eastern shoreline. The many galleries throughout the Exploratorium offer ceremony and reception spaces for a range of guest counts, from 50 to 350. There is the Fisher Bay Observatory and Terrace, complete with floor-to-ceiling windowed walls offer panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. There is the East Gallery featuring exhibits and experiences of different scales and views of the bay. The Bechtal Central Gallery is an expansive and flexible where the physics and perception exhibits take place, making it a perfect location for a wedding reception. The Outdoor Gallery is an open-air event space that overlooks the San Francisco skyline and is ideal for an outdoor wedding. The Exploratorium is a modern event venue with a variety of options for your big day.

Rooftop at Ravel Hotel in Long Island City, New York

The Ravel Hotel is a luxurious modern hotel wedding venue with a stunning and modern rooftop perched atop over 10 floors of elegant rooms and opulent event spaces. Look out onto the timeless Manhattan skyline as you're surrounded by 400 guests standing. Exchange your "I dos" in a picturesque ceremony at sunset followed by a memorable cocktail hour. There is a weather-proof retractable roof over the outdoor space for chillier or rainy days for a contemporary event space. All-inclusive packages include a premium open bar, cocktail station, seated dinner, linens, napkins and a suite for the couple to stay on their wedding night. Enjoy the stunning and modern Rooftop at Ravel Hotel event space for your special day.

Moss Denver in Denver, Colorado

Modern mountain wedding venues are especially fun. If you love the Rockies then take note of this urban and industrial event space that is the epitome of modern and trendy that's located just a short drive from the Foothills. From the exposed rafters and polished cement floors to the exposed brick walls and factory-style large windows, this modern wedding venue was once a 19th-century door factory. Located in Denver's Santa Fe art district, the event space has been revamped and restored into a contemporary, industrial venue where any wedding day vision can come to life. There are multiple areas within the building to host your nuptials. The chandelier room, which is named for the glamorous chandeliers that hang in the event space, boasts a white brick wall that serves as the perfect backdrop to highlight decor elements and seats 200 guests. The Edison Room is a unique space with glass ceilings, 10-foot-tall rotating moss-covered walls and Edison bulb lighting. This space allows for 120 guests to enjoy a seated dinner. Moss Denver is complete with a dressing room for the bride and a designated parking area for up to 45 cars.

Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona

This luxurious resort was designed by an architect known for his sleek, minimalist designs. This modern wedding venue reflects that aesthetic after being restored in the early 2000s. Host your dream wedding in a variety of event spaces throughout the property, including on an open-air rooftop that seats up to 200 guests and features both mountain and city views. For an even bigger celebration is the Soho Ballroom which boasts an attached courtyard, creating an indoor/outdoor vibe for your wedding reception. The minimal decor allows you and your partner to bring your wedding vision to life. There are three wedding packages to choose from, depending on your budget and wedding style, which all include the basics of ceremony seating and a sound system. Enhancements at the Hotel Valley Ho include premium newlywed accommodations and discounted guest rooms.

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida

The aesthetic of the modern industrial wedding venue is right in the title--funky! Tie the knot in the barrel room, accented with hundreds of spirits barrels full of beer. This cool and contemporary event space is flexible, allowing for anywhere from 50 to 350 to watch you and your partner exchange "I do's". When you do a complete full hall and game room buyout you and your loved ones will have the added benefit of a local, hand-crafted touch and feel. The mix of industrial and rustic vibes gives this modern wedding venue personality and spunkiness not found at many event spaces. Plus, you'll have first-hand access to the delicious hops that Funky Buddha Brewery makes right in-house. If you want something modern and funky, this brewery is the perfect venue for your nuptials.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This magnificent arts center is nestled right in downtown Philadelphia and is an exquisite choice for couples looking for a modern wedding venue. There are multiple event spaces within the venue which is home to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philly Pops. The rooftop garden offers stunning views of the city and the stars above. Its acoustically treated glass box structure provides climate control and seats 200 comfortably. Hand-gilded walls and luxurious chandeliers are the staples in the magnificent Academy of Music Ballroom, while the Commonwealth Plaza is at the center of the 150-foot glass vaulted ceiling, one of the Kimmel Center's most identifying architectural details, will make you feel like you're dancing under the stars.

Studio 615 in Nashville, Tennessee

Formerly a warehouse and storage space, this wedding venue underwent major renovations in 2015 and it is now a modern, state-of-the-art audiovisual facility that doubles as an event space for occasions of any kind. In the Pine Grove, you can have your dream outdoor ceremony. Stand on a raised illuminated platform surrounded by string lights as friends and family gather around you while you exchange "I do's." Inside, the open-plan layout and 15-foot ceilings give couples full creative control of the space. There are two getting-ready rooms on site for couples to get ready separately as well as spaces for caterers and other vendors to set up for your big day. While beverage services are provided by Inglewood Lounge, Studio 615 allows couples to create their own vendor team from the wedding planner and photographer to the caterer and entertainment.

Cactus Moon Lodge in Austin, Texas

This Texas lodge is no ordinary wedding venue. Only hosting 10 events a year, when you book the event space you get exclusive access to the entire property for two full days. Set on a hilltop overlooking 26 acres of hill country settings, this wedding venue is anything but ordinary. The space is best utilized for intimate gatherings, with a recommended count of 90 guests or less to really give you individualized attention and a personalized celebration. There is one main lodge and individual casitas connected by breezeways. There are many elements throughout the lodge that make it a perfect venue to tie the knot. The wrap-around deck is an ideal outdoor space for cocktail hour, a fire pit courtyard is a great location for an after-party or post-rehearsal dinner gathering, and a horizon pool for a pre- or post-wedding dip with your wedding party. This Cactus Moon Lodge is a great wedding location for modern couples looking for an intimate gathering versus an over-the-top celebration.

The Arbor Room in Charleston, South Carolina

This former 1950s plywood warehouse has been renovated and restored to host modern wedding celebrations, while showing off some of its original features. Just beyond the wedding venue's glass double doors is a light and airy event space complete with overhead lighting, large windows and a neutral color scheme, making it the perfect space for couples to build upon with their wedding vision. Overhead lighting and panels of glass doors create a bright and light environment with a contemporary feel. This modern wedding venue can fit up to 250 people for a seated reception and includes a prep kitchen, car park and private bathrooms. The event team at the Arbor Room is ready to help you plan your big day down to the timeline, and are ready to tailor your celebration to be uniquely you.

Bold Monk Brewing Company in Atlanta, Georgia

This industrial-chic aesthetic is the epitome of trendy and modern, boasting spacious and lofty rooms, wooden accents, black and white paintwork and timber accents. The mismatch of competing aesthetics, industrial and rustic, creates a unique and contemporary space that is sure to entice modern couples. There are multiple event spaces to choose from, including The Salon, an atrium-like, gallery space featuring a 360-degree bar, beer garden bench-style seating and custom alabaster tables. The Abbey is the loft space with lounge seating, a bookstore and family-style tables. The Mondrian-influenced glasswork provides a bird's eye view into the brewery below. The Cask Room is ideal for family-style dining and has four, 15 barrel oak foeders on display. The last event space at the Bold Monk Brewing Company is the beer cellar is a low-lit dining room with comfortable booth seating, perfect for a more intimate gathering or an after-party.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, Connecticut

This 15,000-square-foot glass-enclosed event space offers sweeping views of the cedar forest the modern wedding venue is set against. The picturesque Pequot Cafe, which seats 300, is perched above the Gathering Space offering views of the Connecticut tree tops. Outside is the Garden Terrace, a 65,000-square-foot manicured terrace that accommodates up to 800 guests. The Overlook and skylit Atrium allow guests to enjoy the birds-eye view of the 16th-century Pequot Village. The professional staff helps you and your partner plan the day of your dreams beginning on day one. They'll help you customize the event menu, floor plan and decor. At Mashantucket Pequot Museum, you can transform the event space into the wedding venue of your dreams.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts

Offering a unique backdrop of contemporary art, this sculpture park and museum overlooks Flint Pond and offers multiple event spaces throughout the venue to give you a modern wedding day you'll remember for years to come. The Dewey Family Gallery features artwork from the museum's permanent collection which flows into the Sculpture Terrace where you can enjoy cocktails and appetizers. The Family Gallery accommodates 140 people for dinner and dancing or 170 people with no dance floor. Located on the 6th floor is the Rappaport Roof Terrace, and is another great spot for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres where you can enjoy expansive views of Flint's Pond. The 30-acre Sculpture Park is the big draw for many couples. The large-scale, modern sculptures are often changing, making each and every event held at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum a unique one.

Capital Turnaround in Washington, DC

This stylish industrial venue the Navy Yard Barn Car was once the last stop on the city's Red Line and has now been repurposed into a contemporary event space. There are a number of spaces within this chic wedding venue for a variety of couples. The Main Hall is the primary event space and features exposed bricks, industrial high ceilings, a versatile open-floor plan and metallic piping. With seven additional lounge areas, guests can relax and mingle amongst each other, and the guests of honor can use them as getting-ready suites. The car barn garage has been converted into an auditorium, which is the perfect place for a band or DJ to set up. The staff at the Capital Turnaround offers full-service, partial, or month-of planning to meet the needs of every wedding style.

Sarah Title contributed to the reporting of this story.

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