All weddings are lovely. However, some are so beautiful that they feel magical. Some venues seem to leave their very essence in the photographs of the wedding. When the photographs are viewed even years later, you know you witnessed something extraordinary.
We would like to point some of these unique and special venues. They are right here in the United States and still sometimes overlooked by the bride. For the couple wants something beyond tradition, this is your list.
- Gramercy Park Hotel - New York, New York
This 1925 landmark is gorgeous. The rooftop garden is lush with greenery, with dark wooden bars and crystal glassware. You might even catch the Manhattan Skyline in your photographs as you have a clear and glorious view.
This setting is perfect for the formal wedding, or the more relaxed bridal party. It will easily compliment any ceremony.
- Old Wide Awake Plantation, Charleston, SC
A beautiful Antebellum House, with ivy covered entrance stairs and beautiful brick archways are the perfect wedding venue. Step back to a time when romance was routine and the South was a place of extravagance, charm, and style.
The Old Wide Awake Plantation is more than 200 years old. There is a beautiful stairway leading to the house that is perfect for the chic bride and her wedding party. The Old Awake Plantation sits on a bluff which overlooks the Stono River and in front of the home is a spectacular water fountain. The wooded area around the property comes alive with colors in the fall. Your guests will love the horseback riding on the plantation. If you want to experience what a southern bell felt like on her wedding day, you must book a tour.
- Providence Public Library - Providence, Rhode Island
Do not let the fact that this is a library stop you from looking at this gem. The 1900, 2-story, turn-of-the-century building has a beautiful grand hall that will rival any cathedral. For the chic and elegant wedding, where bridesmaid’s wear champagne dresses, black, or navy and the bride is in full gown attire.
The facility has everything you need from the cocktail party to seated dining area and a full dance floor. It is like walking back to the glamor of the 1920’s.
- DoubleTree, By Hilton Hotel & Suites, Charleston, SC
Arrive at your wedding in a horse-drawn carriage traveling on a cobblestone road in the historic section of Charleston. This ultra-chic hotel offers a grand ballroom and a charming courtyard. No expense has been spared in the building of this venue. From the breathtaking chandeliers to the gorgeous winding staircase, with windows that stretch to from the floor to the ceiling, this site is among the most beautiful in the country. The antique furniture adds to the charm of the location. Your wedding will be unforgettable if you select this venue.
- The Hay-Adams Hotel - Washington DC
Overlooking The White House and the Washington Monument in Washington, DC is the picture-perfect Hay-Adams Hotel. The elegant hotel was built in the Italian Renaissance Style. The architecture features built in arched rafters and classic antique colors to bring out the romance in any couple. The dual staircase, rich woodwork, and crystal chandeliers will make any wedding the ultimate experience.
- Little Nell - Aspen, Colorado
If the majesty of the mountains is more your style, you will have the most breathtaking wedding at the Little Nell. Little Nell sits at the base of Aspen Mountain. The resort overlooks the Rocky Mountains. This is one of the only venues that affords the couple a wedding on an 11,212-foot-high wedding deck after a short gondola ride from the hotel. If you want a winter wedding and the photoramic photographs that come with winter in the mountains, you will be able to take full advantage of the fantastic ski resorts for indoor and outdoor fun.
- Modern Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii
This is a twist on the beach wedding. The boutique of the Waikiki Hotel allows an elegant wedding where the bride actually walks down the aisle over the water. With a full ballroom, presidential suite and beach sunset weddings, this is the most beautiful way to enjoy a beach wedding without the challenges of conducting a ceremony on the sand and around the tides.
This is a single place for a destination wedding. The wedding, reception, and honeymoon can all be accommodated for at this venue. The hotel even offers a honeymoon registry so guests can gift things like a day spa treatment or an outing. This is the way to go if you want the best of both worlds. It is a formal wedding in a beach atmosphere.
With a little effort and some serious research, you will find unique wedding venues that you can only imagine. If you want to get married on the balcony of an old-style southern home, or on the grounds of a world class vineyard, there is a perfect venue waiting for you. Historical mansions, mountainsides, waterfalls, and anything else you can think of can be arranged into your wedding. Remember to hire a good wedding planner to help you find the arrangements you are looking for.