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31 Beautiful Outdoor Wedding Venues You'll Love

Jun 16, 2020
By Wedding Spot

Opting for an outdoor wedding means you have access to plenty of space, and with the right theme and décor, you can let your creativity — and the creativity of Mother Nature — dominate. With that being the case, we put together a list of some of the most beautiful outdoor wedding venues across North America. Whether you’re looking to narrow down some options for your big day or just searching for some breathtaking inspiration, this list has you covered. The best part? For all that they offer, most of these venues are on the more affordable side of the spectrum!

Explore 31 of North America’s most beautiful outdoor wedding venues:

Beach wedding venues

Of all the beautiful outdoor wedding venues out there, having your big day at the beach is one of the most popular choices. There are few things more magical than saying your “I Dos” with a picturesque coastline as the backdrop, the waves crashing in the distance and a slight breeze in your hair. Beach weddings are the perfect combination of casual and intimate, which can be an appealing draw for your guests and likely won’t be heavy on your pockets. The best part is that you can make it a destination wedding, and it can also double as your honeymoon destination!

1. Key Largo Lighthouse

One of the best features of this magical venue is that it has a capacity of 12-300 guests, and you have the option to host a 4-day, 3-night all-inclusive private celebration. Located in Key West, Florida, this venue offers two locations for your festivities — Coral Beach and Hidden Beach. Leave your guests in awe with the beauty of the white sand beach surrounded by lush greenery and palm trees.


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2. Bahia Resort Hotel

Nestled among 14 picturesque acres, this magical San Diego venue boasts a private beach, sternwheeler boats, and numerous event venues of all sizes to meet your needs, whether you’re hosting a wedding of 25 guests or 500. You have the option to choose from the venue’s two ceremony sites: the dreamy gazebo/tropical pond, which is a secluded area surrounded by lush gardens, or the exclusive private beach, where shoes are optional.

3. Ocean Manor Beach Resort

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this venue is perfect for a peaceful and serene setup. It boasts white sands and the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop, and along with personalized attention and professional service, your guests will be in awe. The venue’s services start at $1,018 for 50 guests, and you can customize your package to suit your needs.

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4. Long Cove Resort & Country Club

This award-winner is a private glamping resort and marina — perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. It can accommodate up to 175 guests, who will be able to enjoy an amazing weekend on the quiet shores of Lake Wylie in North Carolina. It features four stunning venue spaces and also has activities like paddle boarding, hiking, and canoeing.

5. Barcelo Maya Grand Resort

If you’re looking to host your big day at a destination, then dream big with this venue located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mexican Caribbean at the Riviera Maya in the Quintana Roo. This resort is comprised of six different hotels and can accommodate up to 7,000 guests. Exchange your “I Dos” surrounded by pristine turquoise water and endless stretches of soft white sands encapsulated by a dreamy tropical landscape. This exquisite resort is guaranteed to give you memories that will last a lifetime.


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Winery and vineyard wedding venues

If a rustic wedding is your theme, the natural simplicity of rolling fields and the saturated colors of the grapes make wineries and vineyards one of the best options to choose from.

6. Colorado Wine Country Inn

If you’re looking for an authentic vineyard experience, look no further than this charming Victorian-style location. It spans across 21 acres of vines in the foothills of Mt. Lincoln and Mt Garfield. This venue accommodates up to 120 guests and features a beautiful stone walkway leading to a magical white pergola, a refreshing poolside to host your cocktail hour, and a dreamy mountain backdrop. For your reception, you can have dinner and dancing in the elegant ballroom or celebrate under the stars in the covered outdoor pavilion. This beautiful outdoor wedding venue is what dreams are made of.


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7. Sawtooth Winery

This lush and expansive wedding venue is located atop a hill, right in the heart of the Idaho wine country, and offers panoramic views of the majestic Hidden Valley. Sawtooth Winery is nestled between 500 acres of vineyards and provides the perfect romantic outdoor wedding setup. Known for its serene ambiance and highly-educated staff to serve wines to your guests, this venue also prides itself on its sweet-smelling rose and lavender garden and offers the scenic Owyhee Mountains as your backdrop.

8. Zenith Vineyard

Located in Salem, Oregon, and nestled among scenic hills, Zenith Vineyard is one of the finest places you can come across to host your wedding. This 3-time Wedding Spot award-winner can accommodate up to 500 guests, and its event facility service is designed to cater to your every need. Along with the magnificent Zenith Ballroom and the spectacular surrounding landscape, this venue is bound to make your special day perfect. Pricing starts at $3,508 for 50 guests, and with the expansive services offered, this venue is a real catch.


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9. Ste. Chapelle Winery

Surrounded by lush orchards and grapevines to provide stunning views, this beautiful outdoor wedding venue is sure to take your breath away. In addition to its outdoor offerings, it also offers a magnificent banquet room, which overlooks the vineyards, the orchards of the Sunny Slope, the Snake River, and the Owyhee Mountains.

10. Wooden Wheel Vineyards

Iowa’s Wooden Wheel Vineyards is a beautiful space to host the festivities of your big day. Imagine an outdoor ceremony on the rolling lawn, and a rustic indoor reception where your guests gather on long rows of tables underneath exposed wooden rafters.

11. The Vineyards at Mt. Naomi Farms

Surrounded by picturesque vineyards and Utah’s breathtaking Wellsville Mountains, this beautiful outdoor wedding venue is one of the best options in the country for your big day. It also has an industrial indoor space equipped with high-vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and custom stained-glass windows, which will set the perfect ambiance for your guests and leave them in awe while they dance their way into the night.


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Barn/farm/ranch wedding venues

Barns, farms, and ranches offer a lot of open space. They’re like a blank canvas to plan your theme around. You can plan it to be rustic or take it up a notch and make it luxurious — or anything in between! Here are a few of our favorite locations.

12. The Woodbound Inn

This Wedding Spot award-winner, which is located in New Hampshire on the quiet shores of Lake Contoocook and overlooking Mt. Monadnock, has a little bit of everything to brighten up your big day. You can plan your reception in The Playbarn, set up lawn games by the Edgewood Ballroom, and have a beach area ceremony by the private lakeside area or the Arbor space, which provides a spectacular view of the mountains. With so many options to choose from, this is a great place to host your dream outdoor wedding.


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13. M Lazy P Ranch

This Montana location allows you to experience the Wonders of the West with a stunning venue and glorious ranch overlooking the Beartooth Mountains. You can opt for horse-drawn carriages or a 1956 Oldsmobile for a dramatic entrance or exit, and the picturesque horizon of the rolling landscape and vast skies with romantic sunsets are sure to make your wedding day a fairytale.

14. Gale Woods Farm

Located on the majestic Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Minnesota, this venue is sure to keep your guests engaged with an educational tour across the farm, where visitors of all ages gain an understanding of agriculture, food production, and land stewardship. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, glorious views of the woodlands and an enchanting lake, this venue is sure to take your breath away while you exchange your vows with your partner. This venue will give your friends and family a unique — and incredible — wedding experience.

15. Diamond Cross Ranch

Rated as the No. 1 wedding venue in Wyoming by Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2019, Diamond Cross Ranch is one of the last family-owned ranches in Jackson Hole, boasting more than 100 years of history. Situated in the base of the majestic Grand Tetons and surrounded by enchanting views of the snow-capped peaks in the background and lush green pastures dotted with horses and cattle, this is an ideal venue for an extraordinary wedding experience. It was also featured in Elle Magazine in 2018 and hosted a Kanye West record launch party in the same year. You won’t find many venues like this.


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16. The Chapel at Dragonfly Farms

Located in the Arkansas River Valley, The Chapel at Dragonfly Farms is extremely charming and elegant and has over 130 years of history. Originally built in 1882, this cozy and magical venue is sure to help you have a rustic and intimate affair that’s also fairly easy on the pocket.

17. Hawthorn Hills Ranch

This stunning venue is a recipient of several awards, including The Knot’s Best of Weddings in 2018 and 2019 and WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards in 2017 and 2018. It features multiple outdoor settings, and the expansive venue is filled with ponds and a waterfall. Imagine exchanging your vows with purple and orange hues of sunset in the background; this venue is ever ready to make your wedding day unforgettable. Multiple services are offered, including catering, cake, and entertainment, and the price starts at as low as $2,948 for 50 guests.


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Mountain wedding venues

Not much can beat the gorgeous views, fresh air, and breathtaking scenic landscapes and lush greenery of the mountains. Romantic backdrops, rustic décor, and loads of activities are a few of the elements to make your mountain wedding shine. We understand that hosting a wedding on a mountaintop or near the mountains can be tricky and may get costly, but we‘re here to help!

18. Bridger Bowl

Available from June through September, this Montana ski area features an expansive chalet, which can accommodate up to 200 guests and is located mid-mountain in an enchanting alpine setting with panoramic views. There’s also a second location with a dining area that can seat up to 150 people, as well as a smaller, cozy room accentuated with a stone fireplace and a full bar. This venue is ideal for a romantic summer wedding affair.

19. Mammoth Mountain - Forest Chapel at Tamarack Lodge

If you’re looking for an intimate wedding affair with your friends and family, this venue is the perfect choice. At a maximum capacity of 80 people, The Forest Chapel prides itself as being the Mammoth Lakes’ only outdoor lakeshore wedding altar with treetops enclosing the area for a completely private event. Located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, this venue will have your guests’ jaws dropping as they’re led to the reception area by a footbridge and are then seated on wooden benches to witness the ceremony.


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20. Sage Lodge

This gorgeous venue, nestled in Montana’s Paradise Valley, was featured on Wedding Spot’s Best of 2020 list, and with good reason. From rustic to elegant themes, the possibilities here are endless. There are several outdoor and indoor spaces — the indoor spaces have high cathedral ceilings and offer stunning views of the mountains, while the outdoor spaces showcase Emigrant Peak in all its beauty.

21. The Cliffs at Glassy

The 2-time Wedding Spot award-winner defines weddings above the clouds. With rustic wood and stone features, this breathtaking venue is perched on the edge of South Carolina’s Glassy Mountain. The chapel can accommodate up to 200 guests and is surrounded by the incredible views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.


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22. Top of the Village Condominiums

This Colorado venue has a glorious tented deck that can accommodate summer weddings of up to 125 people, as well as an indoor space with vaulted ceilings and enormous windows showering in natural light. The two spaces work in perfect harmony to create a cozy ambiance for your guests and family to celebrate your big day amidst the natural beauty of Snowmass Village.

23. San Sophia

Another Wedding Spot award-winner, the San Sophia is a perfect venue for couples that dream of a mountaintop wedding. This majestic venue is accessed by a gondola and overlooks the beautiful Town of Telluride, surrounded by enchanting mountain peaks, spruce trees and crisp mountain air. The venue can accommodate up to 250 people on its grass amphitheater and offers a wooden deck for the wedding party. Away from the chaos, this venue is ideal for having a romantic fairytale wedding where you get to exchange vows amongst your friends and family in complete seclusion.


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Garden/park/backyard wedding venues

While garden, park, or backyard weddings naturally have a slightly more relaxed feel, they can still be just as glamorous and extravagant as an indoor wedding.

24. Windmill House

This award-winning Arizona venue is located on a private lake with lush lawns and gardens as its surroundings. The stunning one-of-a-kind venue setup includes a bridge over the lake leading you to a private ceremony island, a Tuscan-inspired main building, tranquil fountains, backdrops of the stunning San Francisco peaks, and a 1900s windmill. Exchange your vows beneath a charming white arch followed by cocktail sessions for your guests at the main patio adorned by large fire pits.

25. Carmen’s Country Inn and Gardens

This award-winning Pennsylvania venue offers a gorgeous and secluded setting to tie the knot. With a capacity of 300 guests and featuring a lush canopy and towering trees, this venue is ideal for a mix and match of casual and elegant wedding ceremonies. The venue also features wildflowers and stone fountains across 14 acres of private woodland.

26. Dunaway Gardens

The grandeur Dunaway Gardens span across 25 acres of space and have exclusive grounds for your perfect celebration. Adorned with beautiful rock and floral gardens, there are various spaces to explore, like the hidden Hanging Gardens, historic Arrowhead Pools, historic cottages, and even gardens treasured by Walt Disney. Dunaway Gardens, located in Georgia, is a place of wonder for all ages.


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27. The Gardens at Heather Farm

This venue combines the rustic beauty of nature and the flexibility of a modern event center — no wonder it’s a 2-time Wedding Spot award winner. It features an expansive patio and pavilion adorned with a granite-topped outdoor bar and informal bench seating, making it perfect for your guests to mingle during cocktail hour. The perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies is the gazebo, which features climbing vines and a unique slate-tile roof — no additional decor needed!


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28. Copper Leaf Gardens & Event Center

If you’re looking for a hassle-free, all-inclusive wedding venue, this is a great choice. Copper Leaf Gardens & Event Center features lush gardens, a rushing waterfall, a fully lit gazebo, and can accommodate up to 250 guests. The venue houses an award-winning catering company and has partnerships with other vendors to give couples customized packages.

Golf course wedding venues

You don’t have to be a golfer to celebrate your big day on the links! There are thousands of golf courses across the country, and they all provide something different when it comes to weddings. Here are a few of our favorite options.

29. The King Kamehameha Golf Club

This award-winning venue is nestled amongst the beautiful sculpted slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Kahalawai and accommodates up to 350 guests. Host your wedding ceremony on the perfectly manicured green of Kahalawai Terrace or opt for a more intimate setup at the Hoapili Gardens, featuring gentle running waters and beautiful tropical foliage.

30. Canyon Springs Golf Club

Whether you’re planning a 20-person micro wedding or a large gathering, the famed waterfalls at San Antonio’s Canyon Springs Golf Club will provide a gorgeous setting for your big day. Canyon Springs offers two waterfalls — one with an intimate secluded feel and one with a grand open setting. It also features two event buildings with vaulted ceilings, French doors, and stone walls, as well as expansive patio and lawn spaces.


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31. Sedona Golf Resort

This golf resort houses one of the finest golf courses in the world, covering over 6,000 square yards of lush greenery. Located in the heart of one of the most scenic regions of Arizona, this award-winning venue has sweeping panoramic views of the towering red stones, flowing streams, and flawless rolling lawns, and can accommodate up to 170 guests. There’s also an indoor space, which is a gorgeous ballroom with exposed wooden beams, modern chandeliers, designer lighting, and elegant carpeting.

Discover answers to frequently asked questions about outdoor wedding venues:

When should I start searching for an outdoor wedding venue?

We recommend you start at least a year to nine months before your wedding date, which means that the research and planning should begin a couple months before that. Wedding venues of your choice may have strict booking dates given the availability, and it’s always advisable to get hold of the space as soon as possible.

What time should an outdoor wedding start?

Depending on what season you have planned, always look for the time when the sun sets and plan accordingly. If you’re planning to host your big day during the summer, the ideal time would be any time later 3 p.m. — usually closer to 4 or 5 p.m. — to avoid the hottest part of the day and to line the rest of the festivities up with the sunset.

What do I do if it rains during my outdoor wedding?

The thought of rain on your wedding day may sound like your worst nightmare, and it’s certainly not ideal, but we have survival tips for you! It’s always advisable to speak to your venue in advance for a plan B for such instances. It could be an indoor room, a covered outdoor area, or a last-minute tent setup. Also, we advise that if there’s any sort of rain in the forecast, arrange for extra blankets, towels and umbrellas for your guests to keep them dry.

I’m having an outdoor wedding. Do I need to provide a place for my guests to stay?

If your venue doesn’t have spaces to offer for your guests to stay overnight, opt for room blocks at a nearby resort or hotel. If you choose to go this route, don’t forget to provide transportation options for your guests, too, whether that be buses, limos, or ride-sharing services.

We hope this list of beautiful outdoor wedding venues helps you pick the location of your dreams!

Up next, check out the 36 types of wedding venues you should know — both indoor and outdoor!

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