the wedding roundup | destination wedding venues from across the scout guide network

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YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED! Now it’s time to make the decision that sets the tone for the whole event— where is the wedding to be held? While some brides still choose a more traditional day in their hometown, more and more happy couples are looking a little farther to a special destination for their day.

Get ready to swoon! Scout Guide Editor/Owners across the nation share almost forty picks of top destination wedding venues from their cities. Pack your bags, because these spots are worthy of a destination wedding.


Burns Bluff at High Falls (Albertville, Alabama)

Burns Bluff sits atop a beautiful mountaintop in North Alabama with views of a 200-foot waterfall. At Burns Bluff, the wedding party is given access to the venue for 48 hours and lodging for up to 18 guests in the lodge constructed of reclaimed materials is included. The owner, Karen Tillery, is a frequent contributor to DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders and her talented fingerprints are all over the design of the property. From the Lodge to the open-air pavilion, to the waterfall side arbor, and the “Charn,” a destination wedding at Burns Bluff is the perfect destination for a small getaway for close family to a larger affair of 200.

Dawn Pumpelly, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Huntsville

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Hardy Chambers Farmhouse (Pulaski, Tennessee)

Constructed in the late 1800s, the Hardy Chambers Farmhouse is nestled in the hills and farmland of Tennessee between Nashville and Huntsville, Alabama. It maintains today the romantic charm and ease of life from its beginnings. Recently renovated and lovingly further restored to its roots, Hardy Chambers hosts private events and weddings for up to 100 guests. Hardy Chambers is the perfect spot for an intimate, uncomplicated, and meaningful affair!

Dawn Pumpelly, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Huntsville


Meadows at Mossy Creek (Cleveland, Georgia)
Meadows is not only a stunning venue with a beautiful view, but the owners go above and beyond to make sure your wedding is perfect. With a knowledgeable team and staff, they can’t be beat. They host local and destinations yearly, have won countless awards, and have been published numerous times.

Bre Bardenwerper, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide North Georgia

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Sacred Heart Cultural Center (Augusta, Georgia)

The first bricks were laid for Sacred Heart Church in 1897 and the church opened with the first service on December 2, 1900. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building features towering twin spires, graceful arches, fifteen distinctive styles of brickwork, ninety-four stained glass windows, a barreled vaulted ceiling, and intricately carved Italian marble altars.

Ann Knox, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Augusta

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The Colony Hotel Palm Beach (Palm Beach, Florida)

Right in the heart of Palm Beach, The Colony Hotel is an iconic destination at its finest! Often referred to as the quintessential ‘Pink Paradise’, the Colony offer charm and a fashionable scene. Just steps from Worth Avenue and the beach, The Colony is beloved for its bold-colored barn of Luxe. Brides and Grooms flock to Palm Beach’s pinkest hotel with the most fashionable ballroom. The Colony’s in-house planners are dedicated to the details. From ceremonies to brunches to dinners and showers, The Colony is Palm Beach’s most enchanting destination for weddings

Stacey Leuliette, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Palm Beach & The Scout Guide Nantucket

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The Ringling (Sarasota, Florida)

Lend your gathering an air of timeless elegance in a setting that defines romance and the romantic. Dine and dance into the night surrounded by ancient Greek, Roman, and Baroque statuary on magnificently manicured lawns on Sarasota Bay.

Nikki Logan Curran, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Sarasota, Anna Maria to Boca Grande

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Marie Selby Gardens (Sarasota, Florida)

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has a beautiful waterfront setting for your indoor or outdoor wedding. Located on Sarasota Bay, Selby Gardens provides both historical charm and natural elegance. Lushly landscaped with native foliage including live oaks, banyans, and palms, the Gardens are a sight to behold year-round.

Nikki Logan Curran, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Sarasota, Anna Maria to Boca Grande

Gasparilla Inn & Club (Boca Grande, Florida)

The Gasparilla Inn & Club takes great pride in providing a beautiful location, exceptional food and the finest service for your wedding celebration. The Inn has become known as one of the most memorable destination wedding locations in the country. The professional staff is dedicated to ensuring that your special day is a memorable experience for all who attend.

Nikki Logan Curran, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Sarasota, Anna Maria to Boca Grande

The Umstead (Cary, North Carolina)

The Umstead is a sophisticated retreat on the edge of Raleigh and conveniently located right by Umstead state park in Cary, North Carolina. I think planning a wedding at The Umstead would be so easy because you know it will be the best of the best, in a quietly elegant way, in a beautiful, very typical wooded natural setting! Best of all, planning a wedding at The Umstead would be worry-free and which means you can really enjoy yourself! They have a James Beard-nominated chef on-site at Herons, a pool for fun daytime use, world-class art in the hotel and on the SAS campus, and a great spa to take advantage of!! The best of the best, truly!

Hopie Avery, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill

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RT Lodge (Maryville, Tennessee)

RT Lodge is a luxury boutique inn nestled in the foothills of the Smokies. The Lodge, originally a 26-room house built by Susan Wiley Cooper Walker, offers historic charm with a lush beautiful backdrop. To this day, many of Ms. Walker’s original shrubs, garden paths, and stonework remain, giving the grounds an established and private feel, perfect for intimate weddings. With the ability to welcome up to 200 guests, the RT Lodge accommodates every aspect of a wedding weekend, from a bridesmaids luncheon to the reception- hosted under a custom-built Sperry tent, of course. And, with fabulous custom menus by executive chef Trevor Stockton, RT Lodge offers a delicious culinary program with the best of the season’s bounty.

Frances King, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Knoxville

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North Corner Haven Farm (Lancaster, South Carolina)

North Corner Haven is a full service event destination located on a stunning farm outside of Charlotte, NC. The beautiful landscape with indoor and outdoor options provide the perfect backdrop for any event.

Scottie Akins and Lisa Sherrill, The Scout Guide Charlotte

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Talon Winery (Shelbyville Kentucky), Oak Hill Gardens (London, Kentucky) & The Kentucky Castle (Versailles, Kentucky)

These are all locally owned and operated and provide outstanding locations, amenities, and service!

Jennifer Mueller, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Lexington

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The Venue at Plenty Mercantile Event Space and Rooftop (Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City)

The Venue at Plenty Mercantile is the perfect setting for a rustic or bohemian-themed wedding. In addition to a large indoor space that’s a nearly blank canvas for anything a bride can dream of, their rooftop space is fun and lively with gorgeous views of downtown Oklahoma City.

Kerry Goldstein, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Oklahoma City

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Woodbine Mansion (Round Rock, Texas)

A Texas historical landmark that feels quaint, private, and as if you’ve escaped the busy urban area, but is also only 20 miles from downtown Austin, TX. A quick drive from the city will bring you to their lush outdoor space and beautifully kept, picture-perfect mansion.

Shannon Bland, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Austin

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Rough Creek Lodge (Glen Rose, Texas)

Rough Creek Lodge and Resort is a beautiful venue with fantastic grounds that exudes a casual elegance in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. They have over 10,000 acres of possibilities for planning your perfect day. Whether you say your vows in our charming 1800s style white chapel, or start your wedded bliss beneath a canopy of oak trees in the scenic Grove, they can make some magical memories!

Leigh Brown, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Fort Worth

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The Barn at Swallows Eve (Fredericksburg, Texas)

The Barn at Swallows Eve is a beautiful yet rustic wedding venue located in historic Fredericksburg, Texas! It gives the feeling of seclusion being located on 35 acres but is only minutes away from downtown Fredericksburg. Included with the barn are an open-air chapel, fireside courtyard, back terrace, and a veranda. The Barn was custom built as a wedding venue which means it has a bridal suite and groom’s loft.

Rylie Snell Assistant Editor of The Scout Guide San Antonio and Hill Country

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Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort (Borne, Texas).

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort is located on spectacular limestone bluffs in Borne, Texas! It offers both indoor and outdoor wedding venues that can hold up to 400 guests. It is the perfect destination wedding venue because the resort can lodge up to 200 guests and the pool, golf course and spa make for the perfect wedding weekend! The catering team offers a variety of meal options that include some of their locally grown favorites.

Rylie Snell Assistant Editor of The Scout Guide San Antonio and Hill Country

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Pecandarosa Ranch (Claremore, Oklahoma)

Pecandarosa Ranch is located in a gorgeous wooded setting outside of Tulsa, OK. They offer a variety of opportunities for their guests. This gorgeous wedding venue is private and exclusive. In addition, your guests can stay at Pecandarosa Cottage and enjoy the lush acreage surroundings.

Hannah Arnaud Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Tulsa

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Waterperry Farm (Free Union, Virginia)

A peaceful retreat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with luxury accommodations and ten acres of extraordinary gardens, perfect for a bucolic wedding in a private setting.

Susie Matheson & Christy Ford, Editors/Owners The Scout Guide Charlottesville

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Veritas (Charlottesville, Virginia)

It doesn’t get any more quintessential Charlottesville than a gorgeous winery wedding and Veritas is one of the best! This venue has award-winning wine and food, as well as private luxury accommodations onsite at the Farmhouse at Veritas.

Susie Matheson & Christy Ford, Editors/Owners The Scout Guide Charlottesville

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Level10 (Downtown Charlottesville, Virginia)

This brand new downtown rooftop event venue has spectacular city and mountain skyline views. And with indoor and outdoor options, it’s perfect for the couple who wants to be close to all the action!

Susie Matheson & Christy Ford, Editors/Owners The Scout Guide Charlottesville

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The Hampton — A Simply Panache Venue (Hampton, Virginia)

The Hampton is an incredible space that has been reimagined from its historic origins dating back to 1919, now transformed into the breathtaking, modern event venue that it is today! The possibilities are endless! The Hampton, located in Phoebus, Virginia, has hosted everything from social gatherings to weddings to fashion shows, and to our very own TSG launch party for Vol.6! Located above the venue is Simply Panache Place; a boutique hotel that features two bedrooms with queen-size beds, a full kitchen, bathroom, dining room, and living room! It is the perfect retreat to add to your experience with The Hampton Venue!

Sara Harris, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Williamsburg & The Chesapeake Bay

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Terrain Gardens

This venue, on Philadelphia’s Main Line, falls under the umbrella of the brand Anthropologie. Your wedding will be decked to the nine’s with a lavishly authentic backdrop filled with lush decor and ceremony garden, and a rustic yet elegant event space that will make you feel as if you’re in an Anthropologie catalog.

Laurie Wightman, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Main Line & Philadelphia.

Rodin Museum (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

The Rodin Museum & Barnes Foundation—where you can have the best of both worlds with this cultural wedding experience. The two cultural institutions in Philadelphia have created your quintessential city wedding. Have your wedding ceremony in the intimate gardens outside of the Rodin Museum, and then have your guests proceed across the way to the west terrace where your guests will experience a contemporary ceremony at the beautiful Barnes Foundation.

Laurie Wightman, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Main Line & Philadelphia.

Morris Arboretum (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Morris Arboretum – For those nature and horticultural lovers, it doesn’t get any better than the majestic rolling hills at the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. With 92 acres of colorful eclectic gardens, original Victorian architecture, and magical fountains, the beautiful property is the definition of natural enchantment.

Laurie Wightman, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Main Line & Philadelphia.

The White Elephant Nantucket (Nantucket, Massachusets)

An island landmark, the iconic White Elephant has been named among the finest luxury hotels on Nantucket for decades. Steeped in island charm and surrounded by the natural beauty of Nantucket’s timeless surroundings, their waterfront resort was named on Travel + Leisure’s 500 best hotels for 10 consecutive years. The White Elephant is truly a romantic haven for brides. Experience one of the most intimate and beautiful Nantucket wedding destinations for all of your needs.

Stacey Leuliette, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Palm Beach & The Scout Guide Nantucket

Harborview Nantucket (Nantucket, Massachusets)

Nantucket’s pristine grounds, panoramic harbor views, and convenient in-town location make it the perfect venue for your small gathering or private event. Ideal for parties of 100 guests or fewer their luxury hotel accommodations are well equipped to satisfy your needs.

Stacey Leuliette, Editor/Owner of The Scout Guide Palm Beach & The Scout Guide Nantucket

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Tusculum Farm (Laytonsville, Maryland)

Tusculum Farm is a historic farm located on the outskirts of Washington DC. This 500-acre country estate is an exclusive wedding venue that will provide you with a memorable weekend that you and your guests will forever remember and cherish.

Oriet Milmoe Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Baltimore & Annapolis

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Peterloon Estate (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The historic home Georgian and Queen Anne styles and was built in 1928 to rival the grandest houses of America and Europe. The Peterloon Estate offers a unique combination of indoor and outdoor spaces and can host events from 50 to 300!

McKenna Brooks, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Cincinnati

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A Casa (Saint Louis, Missiouri)

A Casa is a fabulous new venue in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Saint Louis.

Stacey Goltermann, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Saint Louis

The Caramel Room (Downtown Saint Louis, Missouri)

The Caramel Room (Old Bissingers) is downtown with gorgeous views of Saint Louis from their rooftop outdoor space!

Stacey Goltermann, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Saint Louis

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Palladium (Lafayette Square, Saint Louis, Missiouri)

The Palladium has Butler’s Pantry as the caterer & they are amazing for weddings!

Stacey Goltermann, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Saint Louis

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McCabe Ranch (Snowmass, Colorado)

Nestled in the Old Snowmass Valley, McCabe Ranch is a family-owned working cattle ranch with panoramic views in the Roaring Fork Valley. Home to three polo fields, a historic arena once part of the 10th Mountain Division, and a vista that can’t be found anywhere else.

Amy Groom, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Aspen, Colorado

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The Croft Downtown (Downtown Phoenix, Arizona)

The Croft Downtown is unlike any other venue in the Phoenix area, run by owners Mark and Angela Karp who are absolute industry professionals. With over 10,000 square feet of event space, the venue includes two dedicated indoor spaces–cement floors and wood trellised ceilings offer a sophisticated slate to create your unique event–and ample outdoor space. The team works with clients to customize these areas for spectacular wedding receptions. By day, the 10,000 square foot space brims with desert landscaping, clear skies, and beautiful Arizona sunsets. By night, it transforms into a magical and romantic hideaway, perfect for weddings and special events. The Croft Downtown is also unique in that they offer distinctively custom floral and decor design exclusively by in-house Angelic Grove.

Sasha Clements, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Phoenix and Scottsdale

The Lodge at Blue Sky (Wanship, Utah)

The Lodge at Blue Sky is a fantastically beautiful resort set in a remote location, with spectacular views, award-winning cuisine, and several wedding venue options of different sizes and aesthetics. It is the perfect location for couples who want the mountain/rustic chic feel with all of the luxury and amenities of a world-class resort. It’s also perfect for adventure-seekers, with an impressive list of activities available to wedding guests such as clay-shooting, heli-skiing, and snow-shoeing in the winter, and hiking and biking in the summer. The Lodge at Blue Sky has become a sought-after wedding destination and has been featured in countless publications, such as Vogue and Martha Stewart Weddings.

Suzanne Kildy, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Park City

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Still Water Hollow (Nampa, Idaho)
This venue has so many possibilities for a wedding. There’s a historic church and two barns on the property for indoor or outdoor weddings. Plus they have a large pond and waterfalls.

Allie Mann, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Boise

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Ringholz Studios (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)

Ringholz Studios is the perfect wedding rehearsal/dinner space that is artsy and set up for events. Artist Amy Ringholz hosts after hours events there called “Dusk” at which the Artist herself will paint during the event and can even be commissioned to do a piece while guests eat, etc.

Jill King, Owner/Editor of The Scout Guide Jackson Hole