Selecting your wedding venue is a critical choice and one of the first wedding planning “to do’s” on your list! Beware, many wedding venues book up 2 years in advance. Yikes! So many decisions! Below, we’ve compiled a list of 50+ wedding venue ideas.
Your Perfect Wedding
There is a sweet spot where the size of your wedding, your budget and the vision for your ceremony and reception all come together to create your perfect wedding! Balancing your budget, your wedding vision and your wedding size will lead to your perfect wedding venue. This is the exact wedding that is right for you and your fiancé!
Wedding Venue Considerations
Do you want to have the ceremony and reception in the same place? Space requirements will play a key role in your selection of venues. Some choices may be more suitable than others simply because they offer more seating. Your wedding theme plays a role in your preference for a venue and can help narrow down your choices.
Considerations that affect your choice of venues include:
- Number of guests
- Time of year
- Catering availability
- Special needs of the guests
Common Wedding Venue Options
- Church or synagogue halls
- Banquet facilities (restaurants, fraternal lodges, etc.)
- Country Clubs
- Hotel ballrooms or penthouse suites
- Lofts or warehouses where events are held
- Orchards, vineyards or wineries
- The grounds of historic homes, mansions or plantations
- Arboretums or botanical parks
Rustic and Outdoor Wedding Options
- Barns or Farms
- Mountain resorts
- Ski resorts
- National or state parks
- Country inns or B&Bs
- Retreat centers
Water Wedding Options
- Seaside resorts
- Lakeside pavilions or boathouses
- Water falls
- Houseboats, canal barges
- Cruise ships
- Marinas or yacht clubs
- Historic cruise ships/battleships
- Wharves or docks
- Islands or lighthouses
More Wedding Venue Ideas…..
- Observatories, museums, private libraries or galleries
- Condominium party rooms
- Sports arenas, football or baseball fields, skating rinks
- Night clubs
- Airports, airfields, airplane hangars, air and space museums
- Historic taverns, village greens
- Aquariums or zoos
- Homes or buildings of architectural significance
- Train stations or transportation museums/displays
How to Find a Venue in another location or state
Are you thinking about having your wedding in another city, state or country? Some of your best resources for locating local venues are tourism websites and offices, chambers of commerce and even hotels in the local area. Reach out to friends and relatives who live in that area. Look at reviews from other brides. Check out Wedding Wire and The Knot for venues and vendors. Connect with fellow brides in Facebook groups and ask for their recommendations.
Have you picked your wedding venue yet? What is the most unique wedding venue you’ve seen? Leave a comment and share your venue ideas with other brides.