Searching for a memorable wedding venue in the US can be time consuming. You want something iconic but not too cliché, romantic but not cheesy and somewhere easy for your wedding guests to get to. Here are some suggestions for unforgettable or offbeat places to consider for your wedding:
Alaska: Mendenhall Glacier
Soar into married life with a helicopter ride to the top of Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska and say your vows with the epic backdrop of eons-old glacier ice fields. If you do not want to fly, have a wedding beside Nugget Lake with the Mendenhall in the background.
Arizona: The Grand Canyon
If you have a guest list less than eighty-five, the National Park service can host your ceremony from a choice of places on the north and south side of the Grand Canyon. This has to be the picture-perfect location in the United States for your wedding photographs
Arkansas: Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs
If you want an outdoor forest wedding, but are worried about the weather on your day, consider the forty-eight foot tall enclosed chapel made almost exclusively of local, organic materials and glass designed by E. Fay Jones, a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Illinois: Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, Chicago
A one-acre, indoor botanical garden, you’ll be exchanging vows under the fifty-foot-high arched ceiling, surrounded by palm trees and burbling fountains, you’ll also be able to gaze through the glass walls at some of the best views in the city: the lakefront, the Chicago skyline, and the observational wheel at Navy Pier.
Louisiana: The Degas House, New Orleans
This1852 mansion-turned-museum and B&B where Edward Degas stayed in 1852, is filled with antiques and painted in heritage colors. An inclusive wedding location, the beautiful interior courtyard is large enough for two hundred and fifty guests plus a jazz band and gorgeous accommodation for those who want to sleep off the festivities.
Maine: A Windjammer Cruise
The romance of the high seas on an historic, tall-masted schooner. You can marry in Penobscot Bay and then sail you and your guests around this eye-candy coastline followed by a lobster bake on the beach.
Maryland: George Peabody Library, Baltimore
The grand, classically embellished room impresses with six levels of cast iron columns, black and white marble floors, and 300,000 books covering all subjects.
New Mexico: Hot Air Balloon museum, Albuquerque
This venue has award-winning architecture, soaring interiors, and beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley. You can also have your ceremony in an actual hot air balloon.
New York: The Empire State Building, New York City
The Empire State Building only hosts weddings once a year, on Valentine’s Day. One of the world’s most iconic places to be married, the owners hold a Facebook-based contest for the fourteen wedding slots from October to December.
Tennessee: The Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains are part of the United States' most-visited national park where couples come specifically to pledge their love. There's no waiting period for licenses, wedding venues are far more affordable than they are in other parts of the United States, and you don't have to venture far to enjoy a raft of fun honeymoon activities, from Dollywood to bird watching to fishing.
Wisconsin: The Domes at Mitchell Park Conservatory, Milwaukee
Each dome houses unique selections of flora and fauna according to its respective climate or theme. In the Arid Dome, have a wedding that harkens to deserts of Africa and South America, and in the Tropical Dome, make it a lush, orchid-rich one. The theme of a third dome changes rotates and can be about cultures, places, literature etc.
Wyoming: Jackson Hole
Great for a winter or a summer wedding. In winter, wedding guests take sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge and see herds in the thousands. Try dog-sledding or hit the slopes for some of the best powder in the country. In the summer, hike under the whispering pines of Grand Teton National Park, go white-water rafting and canoeing or go mountain biking. Your ceremony will have the backdrop of towering mountains and your reception will be piled with farm-fresh food.