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10 of Our Favorite Luxury Wedding Venues in the U.S.

Oct 19, 2018
By Wedding Spot

A great wedding day is all about creating happy memories. What better way to make your big day shine than by selecting a wedding venue that’s best in class? Luxury weddings are trending right now -- and for good reason. But it can be difficult to find a venue that can meet these expectations. Luckily, we’ve found a few of the best for you.

Here are some of the best luxury wedding venues in the U.S.:

1. Whitehall
Annapolis, MD

Channeling the extravagance of a gentler time and unforgettable views of the Chesapeake Bay, Whitehall offers couples and guests alike a one-of-a-kind wedding day experience. Despite its convenient location only 20 minutes from downtown Annapolis, this venue feels worlds away. Imagine saying your “I do’s” on one of the estate’s three lush lawns in front of the house’s stately columned facade, creating a one-of-a-kind setting for beginning your life together as spouses. Each and every lawn provides views of the bay in the distance. Dance the night away beneath a large white tent erected on the property’s finely manicured waterfront lawn, offering unparalleled views of the bay and the mansion. The magnificent 18th century Governor’s Mansion offers the ideal Colonial-era backdrop for unforgettable wedding photos and sets the tone for your outdoor affair. The grounds are equally picturesque, adorned in expansive fields, two creeks, and small gardens channels the extravagance of a forgotten age. Perfect for an elegant tented affair, Whitehall offers an atmosphere that is unlike any other.


2. Rainbow Room
New York, NY

At the Rainbow Room, timeless elegance mingles with modern luxury to create an exquisitely cosmopolitan wedding day experience. The historic Rainbow Room is famed for its beauty, and rightly so. Perched 65 stories above Rockefeller Center, this glamorous venue offers unparalleled views of New York City’s finest landmarks. You and your beloved can say “I do” in a beautifully manicured garden overlooking St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a sparkling reflective pool and fountain adding a historic touch to this intimate open air space. Move to the iconic Rainbow Room to dance the night away on a rotating dance floor, sparking chandeliers overhead. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the seemingly endless cityscape rising up around you, creating a magical atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere other than the Big Apple. In addition to offering singular city skyline views, this venue offers spectacular cuisine and finely crafted cocktails served by hospitality professionals that are leading in the industry.  


3. The Grove New Jersey
Cedar Grove, NJ

There’s nothing quite like a luxurious estate wedding, and The Grove New Jersey offers the sumptuous experience that you’ve always imagined. The mansion’s neoclassical architecture is a wonder in itself, immediately casting an enchanting spell over you and your guests. Share your first kiss as spouses in the lush gardens, finely manicured to match the grandiosity of the mansion. Aside from creating a distinctive atmosphere, the historic grounds, sweeping staircases, and palatial architecture offer nearly endless locations to pose for wedding photos. The luxurious banquet hall looks as though it were plucked from the pages of a book with its soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers, palladium windows, and expansive dance floor. Decorate this versatile space to add your own personal touch to make it even more show stopping. Dreams of fairytale endings aside, The Grove is also renowned for their delectable cuisine that bursts with flavor. Enjoy a singular, timeless celebration when you tie the knot at The Grove New Jersey.

4. Chalet View Lodge
Graeagle, CA

Created exclusively with destination weddings in mind, it’s little wonder that Chalet View Lodge is a beloved venue for luxurious weddings. Characterized by its California beauty and flexibility, you can craft the “uniquely you” big day that you’ve always dreamed of! Tucked away in the mountains, the Lodge takes advantage of its stunning location with each and every venue on-site. Walk down a grassy aisle on the verdant golf course surrounded by towering pines or share your first kiss as spouses at the edge of a sparkling fish pond, creating a singular experience that is purely yours. Continue the waterside festivities during cocktail hour at the poolside terrace, effortlessly channeling the luxury of this first class resort as you sip on flutes of champagne. Celebrate your union your way with one of the Lodge’s many reception spaces, including a rustic brewery complete with industrial-style bar and a sprawling covered terrace warmed by a natural stone fireplace. Whether you hope to dance the night away beneath the stars or in one of the Lodge’s elegant indoor spaces, you can easily create the luxury wedding day you’ve always envisioned at Chalet View Lodge!


5. Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Perched atop a beautiful building only a block away from Union Square, the Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue offers New York City luxury at its finest. Defined by captivating views of the Big Apple and 19th century charm, this beautiful penthouse suite offers an eclectic appeal that is sure to enchant couples and guests alike. The expansive space, spanning at a whopping 8,000 square feet, offers a singularly elegant locale for a ceremony or reception. When you first enter the penthouse, you are immediately greeted by views of the sparkling city skyline, which can be easily viewed through giant arched palladian windows throughout the space. Stately columns and a giant wooden bar lend a handsome atmosphere to this loft-like venue, while the exposed ductwork and funky lighting add a modern edge. To top off your wedding day experience, revel in mouthwatering plates creatively crafted by the penthouse’s in-house culinary team. If you have always dreamed of saying “I do” before unforgettable views of the some of the finest views in New York City, look no further than the Manhattan Penthouse on Fifth Avenue!

6. The Culinary Institute of America
Napa, CA

Nothing says “California wine country” quite like amazing food, wine, and scenery. The Culinary Institute of America offers all three of this holy trinity to couples hoping to tie the knot in Napa Valley between their two venues, Copia and Greystone. Imagine saying your “I do’s” in a grand amphitheater reminiscent of Greek structure in their hayday, the lush green grass set against the building of white and glass to create a truly vibrant sight. After sealing the deal with a kiss, host a dramatic reception in the light-filled atrium characterized by jaw dropping glass walls overlooking the verdant property. Soaring cathedral-style ceilings and hand-cut stone walls harken back to the venue’s time as Greystone Cellars winery. Sprawling terraces and thriving culinary gardens offer a tremendously impressive backdrop for an outdoor reception, allowing guests to interact with the food they eat in a truly singular way. The on-site culinary and hospitality experts add the perfect finishing touch to your luxury wedding day experience, bringing the knowledge of executing the picture perfect event to your big day.


7. The Metropolitan
Chicago, IL

Located on the 66th and 67th floors of the iconic Willis Tower, The Metropolitan offers an extravagant wedding day experience with a contemporary flare. The venue, which has recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation, is the embodiment of sleek sophistication. The elegant ballroom is the picture perfect setting for a ceremony and reception thanks to its exposed wooden beams, floor-to-ceiling windows and refined finishes. Even greater than the decor are the truly breathtaking views of the sparkling Windy City skyline and lake in the distance. Each space is entirely customizable, allowing you to build the wedding day you have always imagined with the help of their experienced team of Private Event Directors. Whether you exchange your vows as the sun sets over nearby skyscrapers or dance the night away as the city lights shimmer on the lake’s waters, you are sure to have an incredible experience when you say “I do” at The Metropolitan. 

8. Hale Koa Estates Corp
Hauula, HI

Hale Koa Estates Corp artfully blends the awe-inspiring beauty of botanical natural wonders and the effortless tropical elegance usually reserved for Hawaii’s finest resorts. Offering two homes on an acre of finely maintained tropical gardens, this Oahu wedding venue is known for its versatility and exclusivity. Walk down a grassy aisle to meet your beloved beneath a wooden wedding arch, the lush plant life of the Hawaiian islands creating a singular backdrop for wedding photos as you seal the deal with a kiss. Towering palms shade a white tent erected over your outdoor reception space, bringing the natural loveliness of the island inside without the worry of rain! When the celebration comes to a close, the festivities don’t have to end. Both homes on the property are ideal for accommodating a full wedding weekend or longer with their on-site pool, jacuzzi, tennis court, basketball court, home theatre, and much more. The homes themselves are the essence of Hawaiian elegance, featuring authentic Koa furnishings and comfortable bedrooms. Make your destination wedding into a true luxury experience when you choose to host your big day at Hale Koa Estates!

9. Chateau at Coindre Hall
Huntington, NY

Modelled after the palatial chateaus of the French countryside, Chateau at Coindre Hall provides couples with a fairytale setting for tying the knot. This extravagant property makes an immediate impression with its majestic foyer, greeting guests with an elegant circular stairway that serves as the ideal backdrop for photos. From when you first set foot into the chateau, the 40-room structure offers delight around every corner. Envision exchanging your vows on the expansive front lawn, lush gardens creating a singular atmosphere that everyone is sure to remember. Guests can take a turn around the flourishing gardens in the courtyard with flutes of champagne in hand before making their way into the jaw dropping ballroom. The Grand Ballroom, with its soaring ceilings, oak floors, and sparkling chandeliers, brims with enough luxury to make any bride feel like a princess. Aside from the venue’s one-of-a-kind architecture, the Chateau hosts one wedding per day to ensure that you receive the full attention of the Chateau’s first-class staff.


10. Salavatore’s Wedding Venue
Chicago, IL

Situated on one of Chicago’s famous tree-lined streets along Lincoln Park, Salvatore’s Chicago is known as a classic Windy City wedding venue for a reason. Characterized by its timelessly elegant interiors and first class service, this versatile space can accommodate anything from an intimate soiree to a grand bash. A outdoor terrace was designed like the open air piazzas of Europe, lending an inherent aura of charm to the space. Your guests can mingle in this one-of-a-kind setting encompassed by flourishing greenery, ideal for saying your “I do’s” or hosting an alfresco cocktail hour. The dining room is perfect for a sophisticated reception dinner with its dark wood walls, floor-to-ceiling arched windows overlooking the surrounding city, and sparkling chandeliers. In addition to offering a stately backdrop for beginning your life together as spouses, this iconic venue is also known for its first class service and delicious menu options. A romantic evening reminiscent of Old World charm and elegance awaits when you host your wedding day at Salvatore’s!


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