From California’s best winery wedding venues to the beaches of Mykonos and the rolling hills of Tuscany, there’s something for every style in this list of wedding venues I love.
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My Favorite Wedding Venues Across America
Boston Public Library (Boston, MA). If you’ve ever been to a Boston Public Library wedding, you know just how gorgeous and stately the place is. My favorite space is outside the McKim Building, where there’s a courtyard with a big fountain and a stone terrace with towering columns and archways.
Beach Plum Farm (Cape May, NJ). I grew up in South Jersey and this spot in Cape May is one of my absolute favorites at the moment! It’s perfect for a garden wedding feel or a rustic farm wedding. There are four cottages on the grounds, each of which come with a stocked fridge full of farm goodies and a cozy fireplace. When you book a wedding here, you’ll book all four cottages, allowing your wedding party (or family) to easily stay on site for the whole weekend. Willow Creek Winery is right next door — an awesome spot for a rehearsal dinner or welcome cocktail party.
Diamond Cross Ranch (Jackson Hole, WY). This bucolic Jackson Hole ranch wedding venue is great for couples who want a destination wedding venue with gorgeous views of the Grand Tetons. As an added bonus, they offer a horse release option where their beautiful horses run through the background of your wedding ceremony — amazing photo op!
Lowndes Grove (Charleston, SC). This Charleston waterfront wedding venue on the Ashley River has big lawns where you can do both your ceremony and reception outside with the historic building as a backdrop. The spiral staircase inside is an incredible photo op too.
Kiawah Resort (Kiawah Island, SC). I’m not usually one to recommend country club wedding venues, but this one is just too good to skip. Kiawah Resort is on Kiawah Island just off Charleston. You basically have 360-degree water views here and it feels like your own private island when you take over with a wedding.
Calistoga Ranch (Napa Valley, CA). There are so many winery wedding venues in Napa that I love, but Calistoga Ranch is a favorite for smaller weddings of like 100 or less guests. The guest cottages are dotted into the landscape, and wedding ceremonies take place on an expanse of lawn surrounded by gardens and forest, followed by a reception in a cozy wine cave.
Beaulieu Vineyard (Napa Valley, CA). Beaulieu is the quintessential Napa wine country wedding venue. It’s perfectly polished and exclusively booked with the award winning team of Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. My favorite spot here is the sycamore arbor, where dinner takes place.
Cedar Lakes Estate (Hudson Valley, NY). Who doesn’t love this place! It’s basically like a giant summer camp property that’s turned into a luxury wedding destination for couples who want to party with their crew all weekend long. It’s only an hour-and-a-half from NYC, but feels like a complete escape with its own lake and various gathering spaces for a full weekend of events.
Hotel Peter & Paul (New Orleans, LA). This property is an old church, convent, rectory and schoolhouse that’s been converted into a luxury boutique hotel. It’s one of my favorite places to stay in New Orleans and the old church would be so much fun to transform into a party spot for a wedding.
Island Farm (San Gregorio, CA). This is one of those amazing California wedding venues where you can get married in the depths of a redwood forest. Paula LeDuc also does the catering here, so it’s an extravagant, luxury experience from start to finish. If memory serves me correctly, I think I’ve even seen a grand piano tucked between the trees for one wedding here.
Wedding Venues Worldwide That I Love
Casa Adela (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). Casa Adela overlooks the valley of San Miguel de Allende and hosts beautiful weddings and events on its grand ranch property. The pool area is awesome for welcome cocktails and I love the courtyard for a romantic dinner on long tables.
Luna Escondida (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). This sprawling ranch property sits 15 minutes from San Miguel and includes gorgeous gardens, sleek guesthouse villas, and various event spaces indoors and out. It’s a gorgeous wedding spot if you’re looking for a place to host many events over the course of a long weekend and want to feel like you have a whole property to yourselves.
Heckfield Place (Hampshire, UK). Oh man. I really love the look of this hotel and wedding venue in Hampshire. Favorite spot for a wedding here has to be in one of the many beautiful gardens. The Assembly Room sits beside the gardens and works perfectly for a reception.
Babington House (Somerset, UK). Somerset’s Babington House is part of SOHO House and easily makes it to the top of every intimate destination wedding list. I’d love to plan a wedding in the old church on the grounds followed by a long two-hour cocktail session in the Orangery and dinner in the library.
Villa Cimbrone (Ravello, Italy). Whenever a couple brings up a destination wedding in Italy, I’m torn between my three favorite venues. Villa Cimbrone is a stunning place for a smaller wedding of like 60-80 guests. The gardens are gorgeous for a wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, while the crypt overlooking the Amalfi Coastline sets a romantic atmosphere for dinner.
Villa Catureglio (Tuscany, Italy). It’s impossible to overstate how much I love this Tuscan wedding venue. It’s one of those gorgeous old stone mansions with tons of nooks and event spaces indoors and out. When we produced a wedding here a few years back, we brought in an open-air clear-span tent for dining and the atmosphere was one of my all-time highlights.
Castiglion del Basco (Tuscany, Italy). Another classic stone villa in the hills of the Tuscan countryside, Castiglion del Basco is a winery, golf course and luxury resort all wrapped up in one stunner of a package. There’s a small church on the property, but the gardens are also amazing for a wedding ceremony.
Cavo Tagoo (Mykonos, Greece). Cavo Tagoo is a luxury hotel in Mykonos that’s the perfect size to take over with your entire wedding party crew for a long weekend of celebrating on the beach. It’s the ideal beach party spot with an awesome pool overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Finca Serena Mallorca (Mallorca, Spain). Finca Serena is surrounded by olive tree groves, vineyards and gardens, with event spaces in each. For a Mallorca destination wedding, I’m thinking wedding ceremony in the olive grove followed by dinner in the glass conservatory.
Oceanview Club (Harbour Island, Bahamas). If you’re into beach vibes, a destination wedding on Harbour Island is always a win in my book. Oceanview Club is vibrant, down-home and luxurious all mixed into one awesome wedding venue. Love this place because it really doesn’t take much to make it look incredible — the setting does the magic for you.