See the Most Popular Wedding Reception Venues Right Now

Finding the perfect venue is just as important as saying “yes” to the dress.
by The Knot
The most popular wedding reception venues to book
photo by Fondly Forever Photography

With an average cost of $15,163, venues are typically the biggest expense of any wedding. With such a big purchase, you definitely want to find the one that's perfect for you, and today's couples are sparing no effort in finding their ideal venue match. More than ever, couples are seeking unique sites that help them tell their story showcase their personalities. From refurbished barns to coastal vineyards, our most recent Real Weddings Study reveals the most popular reception venues booked in 2017. Check out what's trending below.

Banquet Hall: 17%
Farm/Barn/Ranch: 15%
Historical Building/Home: 14%
Hotel/Resort: 12% 
Country Club: 10%
Conference/Event Center: 9%
Backyard/Private Garden: 8%
Restaurant: 7%
Hotel: 8% 
Resort: 5%
Lake/Lake House/Cabin: 4%
Winery/Vineyard: 4%
Beach/Beach House: 4%
Family/Friend's Home: 4%
Museum/Gallery: 3%
Park: 3%
Religious Institution: 3%
Urban Loft/Rooftop: 3%
Bed and Breakfast: 2%
Public Garden: 2%
Boat/Yacht: 1%
University/College: 1%
Legal Institution (City Hall): 0%

Banquet halls have had the highest decrease in popularity, dropping from 27 percent in 2009 to 17 percent in 2017, but they're still leading the pack. And which venue is on the rise? Rustic locations like farms, barns and ranches—they've increased from 3 percent in 2009 to 15 percent in 2017, and historical buildings are hot on their tail.


Ready to say "I do" to your perfect venue? Head to our All-In-One Wedding Planner to get started. First, define your wedding vision through our fun Style Quiz, then get matched with amazing venues and vendors to bring everything to life.

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