Some of the most dramatic wedding venues in the USA

Imagine your wedding at one of the most dramatic wedding venues in the USA... Here is a selection of stunning locations.


Belcourt Castle was built for entertaining. The wealthiest Americans, European royalty, movie stars and celebrities past and present have been entertained within the castle. The magnificent treasures and the soft candlelight of evening combine to create beautiful memories.

Enter the gilded gates and stroll down the allée of arborvitae through the beautiful half-timbered courtyard. Sense the tranquility of the old world atmosphere in the Louis XIII-style castle of the Belmonts, Vanderbilts and the Tinney Family.

Open your senses to the music of the castle pipe organ, the piano, sublime chorus, or strings and harp as you walk proudly down the wedding aisle. Hear the band play that romantic song for your first dance as a married couple.

Yours is the wedding reception guests will always remember for its flawless celebration in your very own castle.


Belcourt Castle is a wonderful venue for your ceremony and/or reception. The House Rental Fee includes the use of elegant rooms for the ceremony, cocktails, dinner, and dancing on the day of your wedding. There is no extra charge for a 1-hour rehearsal the day before with the time schedule at the discretion of the castle. Meetings in advance for planning with florists, musicians, caterer, and family members, and the coordination of the ceremony at Belcourt Castle are part of Belcourt's special services with no extra charge.




Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt's 250-room French château in Asheville, North Carolina is a real life wonder, with acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Cornelia Vanderbilt could have chosen any place in the world for her 1924 wedding and she chose Biltmore. After all, Cornelia was accustomed to the best life had to offer and Biltmore provided her with a most magnificent wedding setting. Today, offer your guests the same tradition of gracious hospitality and unmatched beauty with Biltmore as your wedding setting.


Choose from a variety of stunning locations for your event. Our newest venue, Diana at Biltmore, is ideal if you seek the best of everything: the best views, the best location, and the best amenities for your guests. Set on a high hill near an elegant marble statue of Diana is a picturesque outdoor location that reveals sweeping views of America’s largest home framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounded by a shady grove of hemlocks, this private venue offers full guest facilities in addition to spectacular views and an air of exclusivity. Imagine your guests strolling up wooded, gas-lit paved paths to reach a clearing that offers unmatched views of Biltmore House. And while the location offers the best of indoor and outdoor settings, you can be assured weather will not interfere with your reception.

Or how about the Stable Courtyard and Gardens? Choose the terraces and gardens surrounding George Vanderbilt's breathtaking castle. From the moment you arrive in a horse-drawn carriage at the lush, blooming garden until you welcome your guests to an evening of enchantment with America's largest home as the backdrop, you and your guests will know this is an unforgettable event.


Weddings at the Casa Monica Hotel are the ultimate in romance and Old-World charm. Set within an exquisite landscape of lush tropical gardens and flowing fountains, the Casa Monica ensures a magical wedding for the most discerning bride and groom. Pop the question in 95 Cordova restaurant, and spend the perfect honeymoon in our lavish accommodations. Our wedding experts will assist you every step of the way, from breathtaking culinary presentations to your getaway in a horse drawn carriage.

Discover enchanting ballrooms which can be transformed into an Arabian Nights Wedding Fantasy complete with belly dancers and the music of miniature brass finger cymbals rung by guests to entice the newlyweds' kiss. Whether you envision a garden wedding, tented reception or intimate celebration, we have thought of everything. Let your dreams begin at the Casa Monica Hotel!



Your first view of Falkenstein Castle has been described in various publications as jaw dropping, amazing, spectacular, and the castle appears to float as if a mirage above a fairytale landscape.

Falkenstein Castle is located an easy 50 mile drive west of Austin and 85 miles north of San Antonio in the beautiful hill country of the highland lakes area of Texas, renowned for its beautiful lakes, friendly people and the variety of activities to be found within 30 minutes of the Castle.

Falkenstein Castle is perched high on a hilltop surrounded by 113 acres of oaks, elms and other native plants and trees managed as a wildlife sanctuary in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife, while you wind your way up the 3/4 mile private drive you begin to notice the huge gray boulders scattered as if thrown by a giant, and there soaring 90 feet into the Texas sky is the main complex of Falkenstein Castle.

As you drive through the 3-story gatehouse you find yourself surrounded by 11-foot tall white limestone walls guarded at the corners by turrets and towers, you can imagine you are in a Fairytale Castle in Europe and it is yours for the day.


From the Golden Angel floating ethereally in the lily pond to the lush, intimate butterfly garden planted with over 150 varieties of flowers and herbs located at the rear of the castle, the 4 acres inside the walls are yours and your guests to enjoy.

As you enter the gothic chapel through the matched set of 13 foot tall arched doors the first thing you notice is the soaring 35 foot ceiling and the hand carved French Gothic altar. The chapel provides pew seating for 195, with additional seating for more guests if needed. The Knights Hall is included in the rental and our guests always take some time to view the authentic medieval suits of armor and the antique weapons from the 15th - 18th century.

The Castle is the private home of Terry and Kim Young, who on a European trip discovered a set of initial plans and drawings for the next castle to be built by King Ludwig of Bavaria; he died before he could build his next dream castle, so they carried on his dream and theirs. 


Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation, and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built it in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili'uokalani, walked its celebrated halls.

Today, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular living restorations in all of Polynesia and immerse yourself in Hawaii's royal heritage. E komo mai! Welcome!


The history-rich 'Iolani Palace complex has several distinct spaces available to rent. With an expansive grounds suitable for up to 8,000 people, the facilities at 'Iolani Palace can accommodate large corporate events, intimate wedding receptions, lectures, or small business luncheons. The Palace is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Honolulu, a ten-minute drive from the Hawaii Convention Center and fifteen minutes from Waikiki hotels. We look forward to helping you host a successful and memorable event! 


A Castle to call your own...with just one wedding a day, Oheka Castle is the perfect setting to host your wedding. Exclusive and unforgettable, from the historic estate and formal gardens to the elegant rooms, meticulous intuitive service, and award winning cuisine, Oheka is one of the finest wedding venues in the world, just an hour from Manhattan.

Upon entering the gates of Oheka Castle you and your guests will feel as though you have been transported back in time to an era well known in American history as the Golden Age. Inspired by French Chateaus, the estate offers European ambiance, service and sophistication.


The Castle's 32 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites situated on the upper floors of the estate give your friends and family the opportunity to sleep like Royalty on the night of your event. Imagine awakening the next morning as husband and wife in America's Grandest Castle, whisking down the limestone staircase to greet your guests in the Formal Dining Room set aside exclusively for you.


Pythian Castle in Springfield, Missouri was originally built by the Knights of Pythias as an orphanage and senior citizens home for its members and their families in 1913. In 1942, the US military acquired the property by Order of Immediate Possession for use as offices and service club for recovering injured veterans from WWII. It became part of O'Reilly General Hospital. The military maintained ownership of the property until 1993 when it was sold as surplus.

The castle is now open for historic tours and workshops, and a variety of events are held here. The ballroom, buffet and theater are available for rent for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate parties, proms, reunions, concerts, dances, birthdays, anniversaries and photo shoots.


Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark; we're also a museum owned by Miami-Dade County and accredited by the American Association of Museums. We invite you to visit this serene and stunningly beautiful retreat in the heart of Miami. Built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens features a Main House, ten acres of formal gardens, and a rockland hammock (native forest). Vizcaya Museum and Gardens offers facility rentals to help maintain this historic property.

Daytime Garden Ceremonies

To welcome those who wish to have a more modest marriage, commitment, or other ceremony at Vizcaya, we offer daytime garden ceremonies which may take place in the gardens during the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no access to the Main House for the bride, groom, bridal party or guests. Photographers are permitted to accompany the group. Chairs may not be placed on the property for the garden ceremony. We regret that we cannot allow wedding canopies, or runners for the daytime garden ceremony. Only hand-held chupahs may be used. Food and beverages are not permitted during garden ceremonies. If you wish to have music at your event, we invite you to arrange for one hand-held instrument. Daytime garden ceremony clients are welcome to have a simple reception at the Vizcaya Café; and Shop, drawing from our regular menu.


Evening Facility Rentals

Whether it's a corporate event, a wedding or commitment ceremony, or another special occasion, Miami's historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens provides an impressive location. Vizcaya is available for rent during the evening hours and guests have the exclusive use of the inner courtyard, outside terraces, and gardens. Private events cannot be held during the day as Vizcaya operates as a public museum throughout the year.

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