9 Historic Wedding Venues

A bride and groom kissing in front of an historic building.

There’s something so romantic and enchanting about exchanging marriage vows at a venue that’s filled to the rafters with history. It’s almost like you get to play a part in the prolific story that will be imprinted forever in their history books—but also in yours, too. Historic wedding venues offer nostalgia and glimpses of times gone, as well as a special ambience that can’t be replicated anywhere else. If you’re looking to make it official in a historic wedding venue, we rounded up a few special ones for you to consider for your big day.

1. The Ravington (Arkansas)

If your wedding has a rustic and romantic theme, you might want to consider this former mercantile and hardware store in the town of Centerton, Arkansas where it was established in 1909.

2. Dukes London (England)

If you can afford a splashy affair over the pond then consider Dukes, a boutique hotel steeped in British history. Just a quick jaunt to Buckingham Palace, this is the venue for those who adore pomp and circumstance.

3. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland (Missouri)

Looking for the opulent and majestic? Then you must consider this Gatsby-esque theatre where the 1920s is still alive and kicking. Everything about this venue screams glam.

4. Château du Grand-Lucé (France)

Your wedding will feel like a legit fairy tale at this stately and fabulous 18th-century château (which is French for castle) in the Loire Valley. It’s survived wars and it’s hosted artists and poets and royalty. If you want romantic history, you got it here.

5. The Bell Tower (Tennessee)

Looking for a simplistic venue for a modern yet rustic wedding? This former bell tower, which was one of the first churches built in Nashville by freed slaves after the Civil War in 1874, is now a bright, airy and open space waiting for you.

6. Ca’Sagredo Hotel (Italy)

George Clooney got married in Venice—and so can you! The historic Ca’Sagredo Hotel is worthy of Venetian royalty (probably because they stayed there at some point in its history) and also hosts a museum filled with treasures from years past. If you want art and romance, then this is your venue.

7. Alderbrook Station (Oregon)

If your wedding theme is more organic and boho chic, then you’ll want to check out this old warehouse looking out over the river in Astoria, Oregon. The historic beachfront property is perfect for those who dream of a simplistic wedding with Mother Nature serving as the ultimate backdrop. Plus, rustic elements give it that moody feel that you can’t get anywhere else but in the Pacific North West.

8. Boldt Castle (New York)

Looking to say “I do” in a castle like Cinderella? Then look no further than Boldt Castle, which is located on Heart Island, a part of the St. Lawrence River’s 1000 Islands near Alexandria Bay in upstate New York. This historic property was built in 1900 by George Boldt as a tribute to his wife Louise and the love that he felt for her. If that’s not romantic, we don’t know what is. Another cool thing? The island is only accessible by boat, giving it that special VIP feel.

9. President Lincoln’s Cottage (Washington, D.C.)

If your wedding is on the vintage colonial side and you’re an American history buff, then you’ll want to check out President Lincoln’s Cottage. Built in 1842, the site offers options for both outdoor and indoor events. With beautiful surrounding gardens and a simple yet sophisticated feel inside, this venue is perfect for those who are looking for something casual, but chic.

As you can see from this list of beautiful and historic wedding venues, it’s more than possible to have the wedding of your dreams that’s both steeped in history as well as filled with your own personal narrative. No matter where you choose, you’re sure to have a memory that will last a lifetime.

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