Prepare To Be Amazed by These Totally Unique Wedding Venues

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Three unique wedding venues across the country
Photos, From Left to Right: Laura Ivanova Photography, Samuel Lippke Studios, Josh and Aleah Photography
Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
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Hannah Nowack
Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
Hannah Nowack
Senior Editor, Weddings
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Updated Jul 13, 2023

"Are there any unique wedding venues near me?" That's the question that nearly every to-be-wed finds themselves asking while they're looking for the perfect wedding venue. Before you pick a wedding venue and sign on the dotted line you need to check out these unique wedding venue ideas that are high-key fire. From tree houses to bank vaults and even helicopter pads, here are the most unique wedding venues near you that can be booked for you to exchange vows. So you can stop wondering how to find unique wedding venues, instead you can simply peruse them below. Prepare to say "I do" to these trendy, cool and rare venues for weddings.

Hotel Peter & Paul in New Orleans, Louisiana

Unique Wedding Ceremony Ceremony with Painted Flowers, Neon Inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet at Hotel Peter & Paul in New Orleans, Louisiana
Photo: Ashley Coleman Photography
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Venue: Hotel Peter & Paul

While Hotel Peter & Paul in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a present-day wedding venue that can hold up to 300 guests, the venue's campus was once a church, schoolhouse, rectory and convent. The historic space, in NOLA's Faubourg Marginy neighborhood, was built around the turn of the 20th century and was refurbished so its former glory shone through. The 71-room hotel is now packed with Old World antiques and rich colors.

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California

Large flower field unique wedding venue in Carlsbad, California
Photo: The Flower Fields

In the immortal words of Tom Petty, "You belong among the wildflowers." Thanks to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, you can even have your wedding in a flower field. The San Diego County venue has three spaces couples can book with a capacity ranging from 50 to 200.

The Meekermark in Magnolia, Texas

Couple in front of outside ceremony space at The Meekermark in Magnolia, Texas
Photo: The Meekermark

The Meekermark in Magnolia, Texas, is a unique open-air wedding ceremony venue (and there's an indoor barn that's perfect for reception). The venue describes itself as modern yet vintage and was designed by wedding photographers to be a place where beautiful wedding photos can be easily captured. Couples can invite up to 200 guests to this unique wedding venue that's located just 30 minutes away from Houston.

Catalina Island Company in Avalon, California

Outdoor unique ceremony space on the water at Catalina Island Company in Avalon, California
Photo: Catalina Island Company

You've heard of unplugged weddings in regards to cell phones but what about car-free weddings? Well, guess what? There are no cars (yup, none) on Catalina Island in California. Couples who want a taste of the simple life can book Catalina Island Company in Avalon, California, for as a wedding venue idea that's totally unique.

Hotel Drover in Ft. Worth, Texas

Front of the unique wedding venue Hotel Drover in Ft. Worth, Texas
Photo: Hotel Drover

Western weddings are all the rage these days and Hotel Drover in Ft. Worth, Texas, is the perfect spot to host rustic, country nuptials. The hotel, which has space for up to 250 guests, is located in Ft. Worth's historic stockyards and guests may even have the chance to see a live cattle drive during your festivities. Couples needn't worry that saddling up for a wedding at Hotel Drover will mean giving up luxury—quite the opposite. The space is part of Marriott's Autograph Collection and each rustic-luxe room is curated with the best amenities that balance the Western vibe with an elevated guest experience.

The Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Denver, Colorado

Barbie themed hotel room at The Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Denver, Colorado
Photo: The Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Calling all my retro pop culture stans. The Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is a funky hotel space, with hyper-themed guest rooms, and is perfect for your wedding reception (with a capacity of 220). The guest room themes range from Barbie to Talladega Nights and even Star Trek. The hotel has 15 different event rooms spread across two floors accounting for nearly 18,000 square feet of event space.

Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana

Unique grand ceremony space at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana
Photo: Arte De Vie
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Venue: Marigny Opera House

The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana, was famously the wedding venue of choice for Beyoncé's sister, Solage Knowles, when she wed Alan Ferguson in 2014. Situated just a few blocks from NOLA's French Quarter, this spot (built in 1853) is a former church turned opera house that now serves as a space couples can use as a unique wedding reception venue for 150-200 guests.

The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

Couple's unique outdoor ceremony at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Rachel Havel Photography,Venue: The Little Nell

Are you so in love that you want to shout it from the mountaintops? You can do just that at The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, The Little Nell is Aspen's only 5-star and 5-diamond hotel. The renowned hotel has 92 guest rooms and can accommodate weddings of up to 500 people. But the real star of the show is the mountaintop ceremony site known as The Wedding Deck (which fits 250 people) where you can exchange vows against a sweeping backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Guests ride a gondola up the mountain to an elevation of 11,212 feet to attend the ceremony while also enjoying the Elk Mountain Range.

Korakia in Palm Springs, California

Rustic reception space at Korakia in Palm Springs, California
Photo: Korakia

Your eyes have deceived you—this venue is actually in California, not Morocco. Korakia is a unique venue for weddings located in Palm Springs, California. This 1.5-acre oasis in the heart of Palm Springs includes a 1920s Moroccan hideaway created by artist Gordon Coutts along with another villa packed with Mediterranean vibes. Even the property's catering menu is infused with Moroccan influences—notable dishes include chicken tagine with herb couscous and spiced lamb kebabs with mint yogurt. The 28-room resort is set against a stunning backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains and can accommodate between 12 to 150 guests, depending of which of the many on-site event spaces you select. This romantic location is especially great for couples looking to host a small wedding.

Treehouse Point in Issaquah, Washington

Unique wedding venue Treehouse Point in Issaquah, Washington
Photo: Treehouse Point

There's no rule that your wedding venue has to be on the ground. In fact, if you want to get really creative then I'm partial to the idea of saying "I do" in a treehouse. Treehouse Point in Issaquah, Washington, is a memorable wedding venue tucked away amid the Pacific Northwest's lush green forests. While many couples choose to elope here, the Washington wedding venue, which is comprised of 10 individual event spaces, can actually accommodate up to 80 guests.

Under Canvas in Moab, Utah

Unique Rustic Desert Reception with String Lights and Dining Tables at Under Canvas in Moab, Utah
Photo: Chad Munro Photography
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Venue: Under Canvas

Dreaming of a wedding under the stars? Under Canvas in Moab, Utah, is a glamping wedding venue that's perfect for boho and rustic couples. Open from March through October, this venue is ideal for couples who want an outdoor wedding and aren't afraid of a little dirt. Couples with guest lists between 50 to 250 attendees can buy out the entire glamping site for a wedding with a two- or three-night camping minimum. Alternatively, if you're planning a small wedding for under 30 guests you can do so without buying out the space, though other visitors may be present around the camp. No matter what you decide, one thing is certain: A wedding here is sure to be unique, epic and totally memorable.

1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida

Large downtown parking garage with neon lights at unique 1111 Lincoln Road wedding venue in Miami, Florida
Photo: 1111 Lincoln Road

A wedding in a parking garage? Yep, you're read that correctly. 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida, is not just an address, it is also an edgy Miami Beach wedding venue that happens to be in a parking garage. If the idea of marrying in a parking garage is too far-out for you, you can just think of this space as an open-air industrial terrace wedding venue. The 7th-floor event space is a blank canvas for couples and offers panoramic ocean, city and bay views. Not only are the views of this venue unparalleled, but so is the capacity. The 25,000-square-foot venue with 34-foot-tall ceilings can fit up to 700 guests standing or 500 seated. With a venue like this, Miami is always a good idea.

620 Loft & Garden in New York, New York

Unique outdoor cathedral wedding venue in downtown New York at 620 Loft & Garden
Photo: 620 Loft & Garden

620 Loft & Garden at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York, offers couples unprecedented views of New York landmarks. Outside on the garden terrace, you can see St. Patrick's Cathedral across Fifth Avenue. Meanwhile, from the windows of the venue's indoor space, you can see the Rockefeller Plaza which houses the Prometheus Fountain and, during the winter, is home to the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree. This sought-after venue (which is wheelchair-accessible) fits 165 people standing or 120 people for a seated reception. Personally, the juxtaposition of historic architecture and modern buildings seen from the terrace is one of my favorite parts about this venue and I wouldn't be mad if someone invited me to a wedding here ASAP.

Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia

Unique outdoor ceremony space with floral decor and tables at Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia
Photo: Hope Flower Farm

What's better than having flower arrangements at your wedding? Hosting your bloom-packed wedding at a working flower farm. Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia, not only grow beautiful flowers but it was also founded by a professional wedding florist, Holly Heider Chapple, and can be rented out for private events. The farm has two barns, each with a capacity for 100 guests, plus a stone cottage built in 1850 that can fit 12 guests for a seated dinner or 25 for a standing-only event.

Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah

Unique outdoor desert canyon wedding venue in Canyon Point, Utah
Photo: Amangiri

What do Hailey Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski all have in common? Apart from all being incredibly famous, they've all also vacationed at the ultra-luxe resort known as Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah. Part of the illustrious 34-hotel portfolio from Aman, Amangiri is nestled amongst 900 acres of desert red rocks just a stone's throw from two notable national parks: Bryce Canyon and Zion in the Colorado Plateau region. Camp Sarika at Amangiri, the latest expansion from the resort, can host weddings of up to 30 guests while the main resort can accommodate up to 100 attendees for a beautiful wedding set against the backdrop of the American Southwest.

The Neon Musuem in Las Vegas, Nevada

Couple in front of unique Neon Museum wedding venue in Las Vegas, Nevada
Photo: Nicole Hernandez Photography,Photo: The Neon Museum

Neon signs are a popular trend at weddings, but what if you got married at a venue covered head-to-toe in them, instead of just commissioning one custom sign? Enter: The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. This unique small wedding venue can fit up to 50 guests and any wedding here is sure to absolutely glow.

The Deacon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Unique wedding venue The Deacon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo: The Deacon

The Deacon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, currently operates as a boutique hotel and non-traditional wedding venue but once was a church. The Gothic Revival-style building was constructed in 1906 and served as the First African Baptist Church for 110 years. Notable figures such as Booker T. Washington, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Thurgood Marshall all visited the space during the time it operated as a church. In 2019 the building was reimagined as a hotel with the goal of continuing to be a pillar in the community as a place for congregation and celebration. This unique Philly wedding venue can fit 175 for a cocktail reception or 100-150 for a seated reception (depending on if the layout includes a dance floor).

The TWA Hotel in Queens, New York

Couple getting married inside the retro TWA Hotel wedding venue in Queens, New York
Photo: Opal and Jaye Photography,Venue: TWA Hotel

Spoiler alert: Time travel is real! Or at least it's as real as possible at The TWA Hotel in Queens, New York, located 12 miles from Midtown Manhattan. The space originated in 1962 at the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport and reopened in 2016 as a retro hotel with 512 guest rooms. After the TWA Flight Center closed in 2001 when JFK's Terminal 5 opened, the space was saved from demolition once it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

While replicas of details like windows and floor tiles immediately transport visitors back to the space's 1960s glory, modern amenities like black-out curtains and sound-proof windows ensure your loved ones will also benefit from modern upgrades during their stay. And since the hotel is connected to the JFK airport it is an especially solid venue pick if you're planning on having a lot of out-of-town guests come to the vow exchange. The TWA Hotel boasts a sweeping 50,000 square feet of event space spread across 45 event spaces and can accommodate a staggering 1,600 people. The hotel even has a Kosher kitchen that can accommodate couples who keep a Kosher diet.

The Noble in St. Louis, Missouri

It's true: You can get married in a bank vault. The Noble in St. Louis, Missouri, is probably one of the most unique venues for weddings on this list. The Art Deco building with vaulted ceilings was built in 1929 as a bank. Even though the space now operates as a wedding venue (the bank closed in 2001), many details, including a vault, remain as a window into the venue's former life. The Noble boasts 7,000 square feet of event space and can fit 220 guests seated or 350 attendees for a standing reception. As a fan of the iconic 2003 film The Italian Job, with Mark Wahlberg, the thought of a wedding in a bank is absolutely thrilling to me.

Prospect House in Dripping Springs, Texas

Unique outdoor ceremony set-up at the Prospect House in Dripping Springs, Texas
Photo: Mint Photography
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Venue: Prospect House

Located just 25 minutes from downtown Austin lays a contemporary wedding venue perched atop the rolling hills of Texas Hill Country. Prospect House in Dripping Springs, Texas, is a wedding venue with a total of 6,500 square feet of event space surrounded by 20 acres of open fields. The focal point of the venue (which can fit up to 200 guests) is an iconic square metal structure that many couples use to frame their wedding ceremony. The venue's striking concrete-centric architecture is a nice contrast to the bucolic surroundings making it a great spot for modern and boho couples alike.

Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

Wedding Ceremony in Redwood Tree Grove at Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley, California
Photo: Carlie Statsky,Venue: Santa Lucia Preserve

The Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, is a 20,000-acre development (with only 10% of the land allocated for development and the rest remaining as preserved nature space) located in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Range. The Preserve is a gated community that features homesites, a gold course and other amenities in addition to serving as a sought-after wedding destination. Couples who get married here have the distinct privilege of exchanging vows under stories of redwood trees that have lived in the region for over 800 years before decamping to a 100-year-old barn for the reception.

The Club at Houston Oaks in Hockley, Texas

Wedding Ceremony in Front of French Chapel at The Club at Houston Oaks in Texas
Photo: Josh & Dana Fernandez
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Venue: The Club at Houston Oaks

Did you know you can have a French wedding without leaving the US? The Club at Houston Oaks is part of a renowned sporting club that sits on 1,000 acres of countryside northwest of Houston. Although this venue is located in Texas, the star of the show is a 15th-century French chapel that was meticulously relocated from Europe and restored to its former glory for to-be-weds to enjoy. And, as the name suggests, this unique wedding venue is also speckled with storied oak trees that are all a few hundred years old. The Club at Houston Oaks can accommodate groups as small as 50 or as large as 300 for a romantic European-inspired wedding without the hassle of a destination event.

Race & Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana

Vintage Ceremony Site with Modern Ghost Chairs at Race & Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana
Photo: Matthew Moore Photography,Venue: Race & Religious

Race & Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana, refers to itself as "a historic venue for modern love in the heart of New Orleans, LA." And that's exactly what this district brick venue, which is made up of three buildings joined by a quaint courtyard, is. The venue, named for its location on the corner of Race Street and Religious Street in NOLA's Lower Garden District, was built in 1836 with bricks made from clay sourced from the banks of the Mississippi River and opened as a wedding venue in 2010. Bonus: This unique wedding venue is pet-friendly so your furry VIPs don't have to stay home. In addition to pets, couples who book Race & Religious can include 275 guests for a cocktail-style reception or 90 for a seated dinner reception. Additionally, it's worth noting that 2,500 square feet of the venue's 6,500 square feet of event space is outdoors.

Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard Farm in Brooklyn, New York

Unique Rooftop Wedding at Brooklyn Grange Farm in New York
Photo: Max McQueen Photo
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Venue: Brooklyn Grange Farm

Founded in 2010, Brooklyn Grange is a leading rooftop farming initiative operating the world's largest rooftop soil farms. One of those farms is Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard Farm in Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard Farm is one of three rooftop farms operated by the company with a commitment to sustainability. Brooklyn Grange Navy Yard Farm is a unique 2,000-square-foot rooftop garden event venue located in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Brooklyn. The sky-high space boasts sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline that can be enjoyed by up to 100 guests at a wedding hosted here.

The Unique Space in Los Angeles, California

Cocktail Hour with games and tables at the Unique Space in Los Angeles, California
Photo: Mary Costa Photography
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Venue: The Unique Space

When looking for the most unique wedding venues you simply can't overlook The Unique Space in Los Angeles, California. After all, uniqueness is in the name! The Unique Space is an industrial loft wedding venue in DTLA that boasts 3,500 square feet of indoor event space and can hold 150 guests for a seated dinner. Additionally, the non-traditional wedding venue's 6,000-square-foot parking lot (250-person seated capacity) can be converted into an open-air lounge for couples who want even more space and an indoor-outdoor flowing event. Since the space is such a blank space you really can create an event as unique and non-traditional as you wish.

Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Couple's unique ceremony at the industrial Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Photo: Laura Ivanova Photography
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Venue: Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an eclectic wedding venue that was built among the ruins of the old Washburn A Flour Mill which is a National Historic Landmark. The striking 2001 renovation that took place to create Mill City Museum elegantly combines relics of the mill's 120-year-old history with striking modern steel details that bring a contemporary edge. Weathered masonry walls frame the venue's 1,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard where many couples choose to host the wedding ceremony (with space for 1,000 guests). If you like the idea of blending the old with the new for your wedding then this is the place for you.

Clock Tower Events in Denver, Colorado

A unique clock tower wedding venue at Clock Tower Events in Denver, Colorado
Photo: Callie Riesling Photography
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Venue: Clock Tower Events

What time is it? Well, this clock tower wedding venue is here to tell you it's time for a dream wedding in Colorado. Located on the top five floors of the Clock Tower in downtown Denver is a stylish wedding venue known as Clock Tower Events. This charming timekeeping wedding venue can hold up to 50 guests for a ceremony and 75 for a reception. So if you're thinking it's time for a wedding with sweeping views of downtown Denver then this space, which includes two stunning balconies, is a must-visit.

Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Couple's unique woodland ceremony at Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Photo: Josh and Aleah Photography
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Venue: Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Picture this: Exchanging vows at a chapel made from wood and glass in the middle of a cozy forest. It may sound like a fairytale, but it's in fact real life at Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas. This Northwest Arkansas wedding venue with 57-foot vaulted ceilings is situated in a 210-acre botanical garden owned by the University of Arkansas along the shore of Lake Hamilton and can seat 160 guests. And for couples who want to host their wedding reception on-site as well, there are six additional event venues with capacities ranging from 30 to 120. TL;DR: Book this venue and you'll live happily ever after like every Disney fairytale.

Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, DC

Couple pictured on the balcony of the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, DC
Photo: Lisa Boggs Photography
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Venue: Hay-Adams Hotel

The Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, DC, is one of the Capital's most iconic destinations, thanks in large part to the sweeping views of The National Mall that it provides. Originally built in the 1920s, this 5-star property includes 145 guest rooms and 6,350 square feet of event space that can host up to 200 wedding guests. When it was built, The Hay-Adams Hotel was a residential hotel property and boasted John Hay and Henry Adams as distinguished residents for whom the property is named. The property, which at one point hosted the likes of Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, underwent a renovation in 2001 to enhance the already-wonderful space. With meaningful history, impeccable views and top-notch service, what's not to love about The Hay-Adams Hotel?

Malibu Rocky Oaks in Malibu, California

Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate unique Mountaintop Ceremony
Photo: Samuel Lippke Studios
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Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks

Oenophiles, listen up: This California wedding venue is for you. Malibu Rocky Oaks in Malibu, California, is an elite winery, but even more impressively it is a wedding venue. The space, which was founded in 2003 and has hosted weddings since 2011, features an epic helipad-turned-terrace with sweeping 360-degree views of the Santa Monica Mountains. Not only do couples get to enjoy mountain views but they also can bask in breezes from the Pacific Ocean and sip on delicious wines. The venue, which sits on 37 acres (10 of which are planted vineyards) can fit 180 guests for a seated reception or 400 for a standing reception.

Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Grand outdoor wedding venue space at Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Photo: Wayfarers Chapel

At first glance, you might assume this venue set in J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle Earth. But this isn't a Lord of the Rings location graced by elves, it's a California wedding venue. Known as "The Glass Church," Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, is a stunning glass, wood and stone chapel overlooking the Abalone Cove shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. This venue, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by renowned architect Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, in the late 1940s and is located less than an hour from DTLA. The picturesque chapel is situated on 3.5 acres of land and can fit up to 100 people for a wedding ceremony.

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