15 of the Most Unique Wedding Venues in the U.S.
Your dress? Pfft, a jumpsuit. Your flower girl? Your grandma, duh. And your wedding venue? Time to get creative. We hit up our girl Cortnie Fausner at The Venue Report for 15 fantastically unique locales that have the industry buzzing.
Grand Banks (New York, NY)
Because a cocktail hour raw bar is best enjoyed at sea. This antique wooden sailboat has enough old-world charm to transport you to a small coastal town in Maine. The kicker? It’s actually docked in the heart of downtown Manhattan.
The Blacksmith Shop at The Yards (Albuquerque, NM)
With its vaulted steel ceilings, yellow-and-blue stained glass windows and floors inlaid with old train tracks, this historic railroad workshop reads equal parts majestic cathedral and über-cool industrial warehouse.
The New Children’s Museum (San Diego, CA)
Why not swap a carpeted aisle for a poured concrete staircase and an altar for a dramatic backdrop of contemporary art? This clean, modern museum is the perfect venue for the thoroughly modern bride.
Alderbrook Station (Astoria, Oregon)
Perched on stilts above a protected lagoon on the Columbia River, this former fishing shed boasts whitewashed wood interiors, low-beamed ceilings, nets and buoys as decor and, best of all, serene natural views. The result? Rustic chic on steroids.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum (New Orleans, LA)
Leave it to NOLA to transform the apothecary of America's first licensed pharmacist into a charming wedding venue. Inside, hand-blown apothecary bottles filled with crude drugs, medicinal herbs and voodoo potions line the walls, but the lush courtyard out back is the real draw.
Cheekwood (Nashville, Tennessee)
For a slice of Europe right in the heart of Tennessee, consider this sprawling, 55-acre botanical garden, which was modeled after the oldest known surviving botanical garden in Padua, Italy. Stone-lined terraces, sculptural fountains, fanciful flowerbeds and a whole lotta wow factor abound.
The Yellowstone Collective Retreat (Big Sky, MT)
Calling all extra-chill brides: Trade in hotel suites for tents and wedding cake for s’mores at this luxury glampground nestled in the Montana maintains. Even better than the rustic charm and breathtaking views is the world-class culinary team on-site, which will whip you up an acclaimed farm-to-table wedding feast.
Jacobsen Salt Company (Portland, OR)
We’re swooning over the sky-high ceiling height and white brick walls of this airy, Pinterest-perfect venue. But the coolest part? It’s actually a still functioning warehouse that harvests some of the finest salt in the country.
Civic Theatre (New Orleans, LA)
Formerly home to vaudeville, burlesque and disco shows, this storied New Orleans theater now boasts a beautiful, wedding-optimized renovation job, as well as hydraulic floors that transform from tiered, theater-style seating to a banquet in just minutes. You fancy.
Georgia State Railroad Museum (Savannah, GA)
Because who doesn’t want to get married amidst antique train cars? Located in Tricentennial Park, this beautiful national landmark offers a stunning, rustic setting and historic charm up the wazoo. (Bonus points for kid friendliness.)
The Ruins At Kellum Valley Farm (Cleveland, GA)
While marrying among the (OK fine, spooky) historic ruins of a schoolhouse dormitory perhaps isn’t for everyone, there’s no denying the storybook-romance quality of the setting. And there’s definitely no denying the bonkers beautiful North Georgia Mountain views that surround it.
Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards (Los Angeles, CA)
Guys, this is not your average vineyard. Sure it has acres of gorgeous vines and a grandiose on-site estate, but it’s also perched 2,000 soaring feet above sea level (don’t get too close to the edge, for real) and the altar is, in fact, a helipad.
Amangiri (Canyon Point, UT)
A desert wedding demands a certain level of comfort and luxury, and this upscale modernist resort has that and more. Nestled in the stunning canyons of rural Utah, this spa-like oasis might literally be the chicest destination wedding ever.
Marigny Opera House (New Orleans, LA)
With its candy colors, onion domes and whimsically weathered patina, this famed venue (designed by French architect Theodore Giraud) is, quite literally, a church of a different color. And hey, if it’s cool enough for Solange, it’s certainly cool enough for us.
Brooklyn Grange (Brooklyn, NY)
Farm meets garden meets urban rooftop with sweeping city views: The Brooklyn Grange is, granted, a bit confusing…but also totally stinkin’ magical. Don’t you agree?