America hosts some of the world’s best destination wedding venues, if you’re looking for an outdoor wedding venue that will make your ceremony an unforgettable event – and who isn’t? Here are ten of the most memorable settings with amazing scenery, luxury accommodations, a spell-binding vibe, and enough things to do so your guests have a great time before and after the nuptials.
Chapel at the Park – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Five separate venues make up Gatlinburg’s Chapel at the Park. Situated on a three-acre estate bordered by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the chapel features indoor, outdoor and waterfall locations to tie the knot. Stick around after the wedding, and honeymoon in a luxury Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabin in the hills – also a fun way to accommodate your wedding guests. Sip champagne in the hot tub, cuddle on the porch, or cozy up to a warm fire. Cabins offer a perfect blend of luxury, seclusion, rustic charm, and gorgeous views of the majestic Smoky Mountains.
Bar SZ Ranch – San Benito, California
Located outside of California’s Pinnacles National Park, the working Bar SZ Ranch boasts one of our nation’s iconic wedding experiences. Guests who arrive early can kill time by horseback riding, skeet shooting and archery. The kids can take a hayride or feed the animals. Surrounded by bales of hay and lit by strung lights, outdoor dining tables and a dance floor provide the ultimate country wedding. The dude ranch even offers overnight camping for your guests, and you and your loved one as well.
Seaside Chapel – Seaside, Florida
Southern Living Magazine recently named Seaside Chapel as one of the South’s Most Beautiful Chapels. Located about halfway between Panama City Beach and Destin, along Florida’s scenic highway 101, Seaside Chapel hosts weddings of almost every faith and denomination. Colorful rental cottages add to the allure of Seaside as a great place to say “I do,” as well as honeymoon. All cottages are a short walk away from the Chapel, the beach and the downtown of this master-planned small town made for strolling and whiling away time.
Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards – Malibu, California
If you are looking for a venue with some of our nation’s most breathtaking views, consider Malibu Rocky Oaks in California. At an elevation of over 2,000 feet, this venue features fantastic 360-degree views of the Santa Monica Mountains. For the reception, the adjacent Tuscan Villa will add charm and elegance to your special day. Enjoy award-winning wine as you celebrate your wedding in the clouds.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
Located across the mountain from Telluride, Colorado, the restored ghost town of Dunton Hot Springs offers a thoroughly unique wedding experience set in wondrous mountain valley scenery. Renting the entire town gives you and your party exclusive use of Dunton’s original saloon and dancehall, fitness center, a luxury bathhouse for the natural hot springs, a yoga studio, two spa treatment cabins and twelve luxury guest cabins. Up to forty-four guests can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and pretty much every typical mountain activity you can think of, before and after the wedding.
Haiku Sugar Mill – Maui, Hawaii
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Haiku Sugar Mill in Maui, Hawaii features powerful rustic charm, lush greenery, and gentle trade winds. Old World European elegance meets tropical splendor at this restored castle in the jungle. The sprawling canopy of a majestic, hundred-year-old Mango tree provides the perfect backdrop for photo-ops or a cocktail hour. For an unforgettable wedding night, stay in the property’s meticulously restored Cane House.
Race and Religious – New Orleans, LA
The romantic Race and Religious in New Orleans is a unique indoor-outdoor space consisting of two historical masonry homes built in the 1830s. Part inn and part event space, this acclaimed property (located at the intersection of Race and Religious Streets) was voted one of the world’s coolest rental homes by Travel + Leisure. The chic urban setting hosts engagement parties, weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. If you have an extensive guest list, this venue accommodates as many as 300 people.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens – Miami, Florida
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a national landmark on Biscayne Bay, in the Coconut Grove section of Miami. The villa and grounds offer a blend of bay-front views, natural beauty and historical European architecture. Say “I Do” while surrounded by Italian Renaissance formal gardens or under a majestic oak tree. Treat your guests to a cocktail party and reception overlooking Biscayne Bay. A former private estate, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens has been referred to as the “Hearst Castle of the East.”
The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, Montana
Incomparable luxury meets unspoiled wilderness at The Resort at Paws Up. This upscale Montana guest ranch features some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Exchange vows surrounded by panoramic views on the Wedding Knoll, or tie the knot underneath exposed rafters and glittering chandeliers in Bull Barn. Stay for your honeymoon and horseback ride in the wilderness, or take a romantic carriage ride around the ranch. Country Living named Paws Up the USA’s Best Honeymoon Destination.
Beaulieu Garden – Rutherford, California
Beaulieu Garden features beautiful formal gardens, reflecting pools, old stone fountains, sycamore arbor, and elegant statues. Your guests will enter the venue through rows of vines and cross a small brook on a storybook white bridge. Ivy-covered walls, colorful hanging lanterns, and glistening chandeliers make Beaulieu Garden one of Napa Valley’s most elegant wedding venues, as well as one of its oldest vineyards.