North Corner. Photography by Blueberry Creative.
Choosing the venue for your wedding is one of the most important decisions to make during the planning process, as the location will likely play a large part in setting the tone of your entire celebration. To help couples who might be seeking a spot to walk down the aisle, we asked our editors across the country to share their favorite places in their areas where one might say “I do.” Whether you’re planning a hometown wedding or looking for a destination getaway, read on to discover everything from gorgeous country estates with picturesque backdrops to metropolitan venues with expansive city views that are all ready to make your nuptial dreams come true. To explore more wedding venue options in your area, consult The Scout Guide directory.
Photography courtesy of North Corner.
VENUE: North Corner Haven
LOCATION: Lancaster, South Carolina
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: North Corner Haven is a working farm that’s the perfect backdrop for wedding celebrations. With options for larger and micro weddings, the team there can curate an unforgettable experience.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “North Corner Haven is a quintessential gorgeous Southern farm. Beautiful orchards, farmland, and rolling hills are accentuated by an updated barn and event spaces that house events all year from large weddings to corporate retreats,” says Lisa Sherrill, editor of The Scout Guide Charlotte. “Each event is made unique by their fantastic events team and lovely farm-to-table options.”
Photography courtesy of Rooftop on Basin.
VENUE: The Rooftop on Basin
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: The Rooftop on Basin is on top of the historic Basin St. Station, which dates back to 1904 and still retains the same historic architecture. Boasting 360-degree views of the city, this gorgeous space features the perfect ratio of indoor-to-outdoor space.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Those who enjoy New Orleans’s storied history will revel in adding to a part of that story by hosting their wedding at this stunning venue,” says Taylor Morgan, editor of The Scout Guide New Orleans. “The classic architectural details add an instant air of sophistication, while the skyline views are simply breathtaking.”
Photography by Ashlyn Cathey Photo.
VENUE: Meadows at Mossy Creek
LOCATION: Cleveland, Georgia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: This wedding venue is the winner of multiple Modern Luxury Wedding awards and where “modern meets mountains.”
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Meadows at Mossy Creek is not only a gorgeous venue, but owned by the kindest family,” says Bre Bardenwerper, editor of The Scout Guide North Georgia. “Karson and Calah are generous, talented, and beyond creative. They go above and beyond to make every event special, and make North Georgia a better place for local life.”
Photography courtesy of The Colony.
VENUE: The Colony
LOCATION: Palm Beach, Florida
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: The Colony Palm Beach is a dreamy destination for grand events—and intimate ones, too. Thanks to flawless details and service, this pretty (and pink) venue is ideal for special occasions.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Truly an iconic landmark on the island, The Colony is so perfectly Palm Beach and the ultimate pink paradise,” says Stacey Leuliette, editor of The Scout Guide Palm Beach. “It is a perfect little jewel box and the perfect place to spend your big day!”
Photography by Rachel Fugate.
VENUE: RT Lodge
LOCATION: Maryville, Tennessee
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: This woodsy retreat just outside of town showcases beautiful grounds, a Sperry tent, and amazing food.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “RT Lodge is the perfect destination wedding venue that has something different in each season, be it springtime blooms or fall foliage. The Lodge is quaint and chic at the same time,” says Frances King, editor of The Scout Guide Knoxville.
Photography courtesy of The Cordelle.
VENUE: The Cordelle
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: This historic late-1800s Victorian home is one of the last of its kind remaining in downtown Nashville.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The Cordelle is the epitome of historic charm while offering an airy and serene canvas for all of your special events,” says Ann Whitten Reynaud, co-editor of The Scout Guide Nashville and Franklin.
Photography by Eden Ingle.
VENUE: Saint Elle
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: A true oasis where you will feel cared for from the first drink to the last dance. This 8,000 square foot event venue is light, modern, and spacious, offering elevated hospitality every step of the way.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The Saint Elle is one of the most unique event spaces that Nashville has to offer,” says Ann Whitten Reynaud, editor of The Scout Guide Nashville and Franklin. “With its endless layout options, your event can be brought to life by the thoughtful and exceptional team at the Saint Elle.”
Photography courtesy of The Umstead.
VENUE: The Umstead
LOCATION: Cary, North Carolina
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: The secluded hotel retreat has the best to offer, a fabulous and beloved spa, award-winning cuisine at Heron’s, and its all convenient to Umstead State Park. With options for your wedding venue, reception, and housing for your guests, The Umstead handles it all.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The grounds are peaceful and zen, and the hotel structure is a monolith filled with incredible art and beautifully appointed, hushed spaces, making The Umstead truly a relaxing and unassuming authority on what a getaway should be,” says Hopie Avery, editor of The Scout Guide Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. “From the moment you step into The Umstead, the doormen are friendly, efficient, and you know you will be in good hands.”
Photography by Valerie Callan Photography.
VENUE: Burns Bluff at High Falls
LOCATION: Albertville, Alabama
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: 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 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.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Burns Bluff is a unique getaway destination for the entire wedding party. What a special way to connect with your loved ones on your special weekend in this natural setting,” says Dawn Pumpelly, editor of The Scout Guide Huntsville.
Photography courtesy of Ovenbird.
LOCATION: Birmingham, Alabama
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: OvenBird is a wonderful city venue, with options for both an indoor and outdoor setting. A premier restaurant in Birmingham, you know the food and service will be top-notch.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “OvenBird, owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Hastings, is the perfect location for a destination wedding in Birmingham,” says Rebecca Todd, editor of The Scout Guide Birmingham. “Along with incredible food, OvenBird offers multiple different venues within the restaurant, from the beautiful outdoor courtyard to their warm and inviting dining room, you really can’t go wrong!”
Photography courtesy of Kentucky Castle.
VENUE: The Kentucky Castle
LOCATION: Versailles, Kentucky
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: The Castle is a unique venue with unlimited locations for photography, vows, rehearsal dinner, and more. Plus, the farm-to-table experience you can enjoy from The Kentucky Castle restaurant highlights locally sourced ingredients and unique culinary choices that are sure to make your experience one-of-a-kind.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The Kentucky Castle is locally owned and operated and continues to evolve and offer their guests an all-inclusive experience,” says Jennifer Mueller, editor of The Scout Guide Lexington. “The Castle now has an on-location spa, private cabin, glamping tent, and outdoor pool to give all guests the royal treatment.”
Photography courtesy of Talon.
VENUE: Talon Winery
LOCATION: Lexington, Kentucky
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Talon is a locally owned winery that also serves as an event venue for weddings, concerts, and more. The venue has won the Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice Award in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I love that Talon is a locally owned winery, and it is also women-owned and operated. The wine is delicious, the grounds are stunning, and the staff is exceptional,” says Jennifer Mueller, editor of The Scout Guide Lexington.
Photography courtesy of Oakhill Gardens.
VENUE: Oak Hill Gardens
LOCATION: London, Kentucky
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Oak Hill Gardens offers a stunning outdoor venue with a saltwater infinity pool, waterfalls, tropical plants, and lush floral backdrop. The outdoor pavilion is decorated with antique chandeliers that give off a glorious warm glow in the evening. Oak Hill is nestled on top of a hill overlooking London, Kentucky, with a beautiful view.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Oak Hill Gardens is a family-owned and operated venue that began over 20 years ago as a nursery and pool company,” says Jennifer Mueller, editor of The Scout Guide Lexington. “Fast forward to 2022 and it is a turn-key establishment offering wedding couples a stress-free event with owner and award-winning botanical artist Josh Samples at your service.”
Photography courtesy of Keeneland.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: A gorgeous race track and Thoroughbred racing facility, Keeneland is home of the Breeders Cup, Railbird Music Festival, and other national and international events throughout the year. It offers a beautiful backdrop for weddings during any season with delicious culinary specialties by their executive chef, and many locations inside and out throughout the grounds for photography, ceremony, rehearsal dinner, and more.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Keeneland is an icon venue and a perfect spot for the equestrian-loving bride,” says Jennifer Mueller, editor of The Scout Guide Lexington. “They offer a variety of amazing culinary options and coupled with the service and amenities it is a trifecta.”
Photography courtesy of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
VENUE: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
LOCATION: Birmingham, Alabama
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Thanks to beautiful grounds, a convenient location, and more, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is an excellent backdrop for wedding festivities.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a dream destination wedding venue. It is close to downtown and adjacent to the charming community of Mountain Brook Village. With multiple venues onsite, the options for what you can do are endless! I cannot imagine a more beautiful backdrop in Birmingham than among the gardens at BBG,” says Rebecca Todd, editor of The Scout Guide Birmingham.
Photography by ML Photography.
VENUE: Swallows Eve
LOCATION: Fredericksburg, Texas
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Only three miles from downtown Fredericksburg, Swallows Eve is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Offering multiple ceremony and reception areas on the 35-acre property, all catering is done by Swallows Eve’s well-known on-site culinary program.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Swallows Eve is a perfect elegant barn setting located on enough acreage to give a country feel but close to downtown Fredericksburg, making it easy for guests to check into a hotel if they wish to spend the night,” says Francie Mannix, editor of The Scout Guide Hill Country. “We recommend the Winchester Lodge, which is also owned by Danielle Saunders, the owner of Swallows Eve.”
Photography courtesy of Rough Creek Lodge.
VENUE: Rough Creek Lodge
LOCATION: Glen Rose, Texas
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: With over 10,000 acres of possibilities for planning your perfect day, whether you say your vows in the charming 1800s-style white chapel or start your wedded bliss beneath a canopy of oak trees in the scenic Grove, Rough Creek Lodge will help make for a memorable day.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Rough Creek Lodge is the perfect place for a big Texas wedding,” says Leigh Brown, editor of The Scout Guide Fort Worth. “Not only do they have lots of options for your nuptials and reception, but there are also plentiful activities to keep your guests entertained all weekend long.”
Photography by Bourdeau Photo.
VENUE: One Eleven East
LOCATION: Hutto, Texas
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, One Eleven East is an adaptive reuse and modernization of a historic building that was built in 1893. While preserving the original architectural details, the property has been fully restored and thoughtfully designed to host intimate weddings.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “One Eleven East is tucked just outside of Austin on a traditional main street, offering incredible lighting and a modern but historic feel,” says Shannon Bland, editor of The Scout Guide Austin. “You will have the convenience of being just outside of Austin, while also giving it an old town Texas feel.”
Photography courtesy of San Antonio Botanical Garden.
VENUE: San Antonio Botanical Garden
LOCATION: San Antonio, Texas
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: The San Antonio Botanical Garden is a tropical oasis conveniently located just a few miles from Downtown San Antonio that offers multiple indoor and outdoor venues all meant to capture the beauty of nature.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “It’s hard to beat the convenience and beauty of the San Antonio Botanical Garden,” says Francie Mannix, editor of The Scout Guide San Antonio. “The Alamo City is fortunate to have such a beautiful array of plants in its backyard. The vibrant flowers make for a beautiful wedding backdrop.”
Photography courtesy of Glen Gordon.
VENUE: Glen Gordon Manor
LOCATION: Huntly, Virginia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: In addition to a fine dining experience and impeccable lodging, the stunning views of the Blue Ridge mountains make Glen Gordon the ultimate wedding (or elopement) destination. Couples can recite their vows amongst 45 acres of pastures and gardens, and guests can savor a signature reception menu designed by renowned chef Dayn Smith. Luxurious on-site rooms and suites ensure that the hosts and guests enjoy a stress-free and unforgettable event.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Glen Gordon Manor, or ‘The Manor’ as it’s known locally, is the ultimate historic Hunt Country setting for a private and luxurious wedding where you can be sure the mountain views will make the ideal backdrop no matter the season,” says Nelina Loiselle, editor of The Scout Guide Hunt Country. “The food prepared by chef and co-owner Dayn Smith is exquisite and the interiors by co-owner Nancy Moon Smith are equally sumptuous. I love just going there for a meeting and a drink, but a wedding here would be dreamy!”
Photography courtesy of Monte Ventoso.
VENUE: Monte Ventoso
LOCATION: Madison, Virginia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and just a short drive south of Washington, D.C., Monte Ventoso is built as an Italian-style villa, and lives up to its style with a picturesque scene that feels straight out of Tuscany. With exceptional amenities and local attractions, a visit to this villa is a luxurious experience of tranquility sure to be enjoyed by all.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “A short drive from three major airports, visiting Monte Ventoso is like escaping to Tuscany, but right here in Virginia Hunt Country and without the airfare,” says Nelina Loiselle, editor of The Scout Guide Hunt Country. “I love the five-star resort amenities, including gourmet indoor and outdoor kitchens, a stunning outdoor fireplace lounge, and especially the organic garden complete with citrus and olive trees! And the Pergalato di Rose (flowering pergola) is a favorite spot for vows with beautiful roses in late spring and then autumn clematis takes over with fragrant white blooms in late-summer through mid-fall. Ah, la dolce vita!”
Photography courtesy of Veritas.
VENUE: Veritas Vineyards & Winery / The Farmhouse at Veritas
LOCATION: Afton, Virginia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Veritas is a stunning vineyard that offers indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for ceremonies and receptions alike. In addition to the winery, there is an eight-room bed and breakfast located on the property, known as the Farmhouse at Veritas. Built c. 1836, the Farmhouse epitomizes southern charm, complete with modern luxury amenities.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “It doesn’t get any more quintessential Charlottesville than a gorgeous winery wedding, and Veritas is one of the best,” says Christy Ford, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville. “This venue has award-winning wine and food, as well as private luxury accommodations onsite at the Farmhouse.”
Photography by Kate Thompson.
VENUE: Quirk Hotel
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: If a highly “Instagrammable” hotel that has won multiple awards for their design sounds up your alley, Quirk is the place for you. With amenities like an upscale restaurant, rooftop bar, coffee shop, and art gallery, your wedding guests will have everything they could want at their fingertips. The gorgeous rooftop and in-house art gallery also make for beautiful venue options if you prefer a one-stop shop when it comes to hotel block and venue.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The design of Quirk is just outstanding. Between the local art and gorgeous decor, the venue is pretty much ready to go in terms of wedding decor,” says Susie Matheson, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville.
Photography by Aaron Watson Photography.
VENUE: Keswick Hall
LOCATION: Keswick, Virginia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: The recently renovated Keswick Hall is a luxury resort just outside of Charlottesville. No expense was spared on the updates of the property, making it a breathtaking setting for any event, especially a wedding. Between the grand ballroom and the sprawling lawns, couples will have no shortages of choices for event locations.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “If you are having a summer soirée, we suggest making time to lounge by their gorgeous pool or even better, host a pool party before or after your wedding,” says Christy Ford, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville.
Photography by Emily Jean Rosser Photography.
VENUE: The Club at Glenmore
LOCATION: Keswick, Virginia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Golf course and Blue Ridge Mountain views abound at this private country club setting. Whether you prefer a celebration in the newly renovated ballroom or a more casual outdoor fete in their state-of-the-art pavilion, there are options for everyone’s tastes.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The updates made to Glenmore recently have truly put it on the map as far as premier wedding venues,” says Christy Ford, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville.
Photography by Jen Fariello.
VENUE: Level 10
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: A brand new downtown rooftop event venue with spectacular city and mountain skyline views, with indoor and outdoor options, Level 10 is perfect for the couple who wants to be close to all the action.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Located directly off the walking mall, this venue could not be more convenient to all that downtown Charlottesville has to offer,” says Susie Matheson, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville. “I love the city vibes of this chic, brand new building.”
Photography by Urban Row Photography.
VENUE: Tusculum Farm
LOCATION: Laytonsville, Maryland
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Tusculum Farm is a premier bed and breakfast and events venue with a long and storied history closely intertwined with the country’s founding, conveniently located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Surrounded by over 500 acres of gardens, art, nature, farm life, and luxury overnight accommodations, the farm offers a range of customizable options to ensure each wedding is unforgettable and truly unique.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Every season holds a special significance at Tusculum Farm,” says Oriet Milmoe, editor of The Scout Guide Baltimore & Annapolis. “I especially love visiting in the spring when the gardens are in full bloom.”
Photography courtesy of a casa.
LOCATION: Saint Louis, Missouri
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Situated in the heart of south Saint Louis, just south of Tower Grove Park, the a.casa space offers an intimate atmosphere with the familiarity and comfort of home mixed with the elevated romance of Parisian cafes.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “a.casa is such a unique and quaint venue in Saint Louis,” says Stacey Goltermann, editor of The Scout Guide Saint Louis, adding, “We held our last Color Cover Party here!”
Photography by Chameleon Imagery.
VENUE: The Caramel Room–Butler’s Pantry
LOCATION: Saint Louis, Missouri
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Operated by Butler’s Pantry — a full-service catering company, this event space is eye-catching with natural light, hardwood floors, an outdoor terrace featuring river and skyline views, glowing chandeliers, and is situated within the former Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory in downtown St. Louis.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “We have been so taken with The Caramel Room that we’ve hosted two TSG launch parties here,” says Stacey Goltermann, editor of The Scout Guide Saint Louis. “The venue was perfect, the food amazing, and the service outstanding.”
Photography by Catherine Rhodes Photography.
VENUE: Palladium Saint Louis–Butler’s Pantry
LOCATION: Saint Louis, Missouri
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: Operated by Butler’s Pantry—a full-service catering company—Palladium Saint Louis is a piece of history brought back to life as a glamorous and hip 6,500-square-foot venue able to accommodate up to 700 guests. A floating mezzanine overlooks the event space and the city skyline, with two-story windows offering a stunning cityscape view for the ultimate urban experience.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “We love Butler’s Pantry, and they have hosted and catered many of our launch parties,” says Stacey Goltermann, editor of The Scout Guide Saint Louis. “They have been a part of TSG Saint Louis since the beginning and have always supported us in a grand manner.”
Tent by Sandone Productions. Photography by Ryan Ray for Sarah Fay Egan Events.
VENUE: McCabe Ranch
LOCATION: Old Snowmass, Colorado
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: McCabe Ranch is a working cattle ranch that provides a romantic, rustic-yet-elegant western ambiance and vast mountain vistas, all within a 20-minute drive from Aspen.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “With huge 360-degree views of the Old Snowmass valley, you’ll feel rooted from the moment you step foot on the 900-acre ranch,” says Amy Groom, co-editor of The Scout Guide Aspen.
Photography courtesy of Teton Pines Country Club.
VENUE: Teton Pines Country Club
LOCATION: Wilson, Wyoming
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL: The stellar view of the Tetons and the lovely Arnold Palmer Golf course make this an ideal spot to say your “I do’s.”
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Teton Pines is the classiest place to marry in the valley. Sophisticated and surrounded by the Tetons, it is the perfect wedding venue,” says Jill King, editor of The Scout Guide Jackson Hole.