Outdoor weddings allow you to enjoy nature while celebrating this special day in your life. There are numerous venues available to host your event at which range from botanical gardens to private beaches. In addition to this, a handful also provide helpful amenities, such as catering menus and decor. For those looking to host an outdoor wedding, you’ll find some of the top destinations to hold it at below. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Blue Sky Center
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Blue Sky Center is located within the Cuyama Valley and was founded in 2012 by the Zannon family. The center is designed to celebrate local entrepreneurs and features spaces for small businesses where they can operate. Blue Sky Center has a tiny camping area allowing you to relax in the desert under the stars. Private events can also be held on the grounds and various facilities are available for them, such as the Sheldon Hut Circle and Warehouse Event Room. These rooms can hold up to 150 guests. Commercial photography is also provided for events to help capture special moments.
1000 Perkins Road, New Cuyama, California 93254, Phone: 661-413-3005
2.The Ruins at Kellum Valley
Located in the northern section of Georgia, the Ruins at Kellum Valley were once home to a prominent family before it eventually fell into disrepair. Today, these impressive stone ruins can serve as the location for outdoor weddings giving guests a whimsical journey to the past. Amenities provided include sparkling chandeliers, farm tables, linens, chairs, decor, a gourmet buffet, and bridal suites. You can choose from 10 different locations around the grounds which range from crumbling stone walls to old barns. There is also a small entertainment area that can be used for cocktails and to let guests mingle together.
705 Kellum Valley Road, Cleveland, Georgia 30528, Phone: 706-219-4055
3.Tower Hill Botanic Garden
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Tower Hill Botanic Garden first opened in 1840 as a way to help protect and showcase New England’s native plants. This destination has since grown to include numerous themed gardens that cover over 130 acres and are often filled with outdoor sculptures and gazebos. Weddings can be held in its Limonaia Conservatory or Secret Garden while receptions can be hosted in its Orangerie. A list of five-star caterers is provided who can work to create delicious meals and desserts for your event. Depending on the time of your wedding, the garden can hold up to 50 people during the off-season and 120 people during its on-season.
11 French Drive, Boylston, Massachusetts 01505, Phone: 508-869-6111
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Airlie Gardens spans over 67 acres and is filled with historical structures and fragrant gardens. In addition to this, it contains part of the North Carolina Birding Trail. During the summer, there is also a butterfly house which houses species such as Monarchs and Giant Swallowtails. Weddings can be held on the grounds at various locations, such as under ancient oak trees or in the pergola garden. Up to 300 guests can attend and it has an event coordinator who can help you with finding vendors. Keep in mind that the gardens will remain open to the public during normal hours.
300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403, Phone: 910-798-7700
5.Blame Her Ranch
Situated only a few minutes away from Santa Fe, Blame Her Ranch lies next to the Santa Fe National Forest and features massive pines and pinions covering the grounds providing you with plenty of shade and privacy. This luxury ranch provides a handful of areas for you to hold your wedding at, such as in its lodge and on its great lawn. There is also a barn where you can host a reception. For weddings, Blame Her Ranch has rooms for guests and plenty of other accommodations to make their stay comfortable, such as fireplaces, an outdoor patio kitchen, theater, and game room.
2000 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, Phone: 575-421-0128
6.Bryn Du Mansion
Bryn Du Mansion was built in the mid-1800s and is constructed out of sandstone that was collected from the property. Besides its ornate architecture, the mansion also has numerous gardens, an art center, and contains part of the Licking County Quilt Barn Trail. Weddings can take place anywhere on the grounds, although some of the most popular spots are the formal garden and front patio. Bryn Du Mansion allows you to pick your own wedding coordinator giving you free rein to design your dream wedding although they do have a list of local vendors you can use. This venue can host both small and large events.
537 Jones Road, Granville, Ohio 43023, Phone: 740-587-7053
Camp Navarro rests within a thick redwood forest in the northern portion of California. Spanning over 200 acres wide, the camp is able to host both small and large weddings at a handful of areas around the grounds. Some facilities available include a lodge, amphitheater, and grass plaza. There are also many outdoor locations to host your wedding next to, such as a river and collection of oak trees. Camp Navarro has a few areas where both you and your guests can stay before and after the wedding, like glamping units and teepees. There is an exclusive wedding package available allowing you to have full access of the camp from Friday to Sunday.
901 Masonite Industrial Road, Navarro, California 95463, Phone: 707-633-3020
8.Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden has been in operation for 45 years and features over 27 different gardens filled with a handful of fragrant plants. Visitors can hold their outdoor wedding at one of the numerous natural areas on the grounds, such as in the bonsai garden or rose garden. Wedding receptions can also be held indoors in facilities such as the McGinley Pavilion or Nichols Hall. There are a few wedding packages available, all of which are named after flowers. These packages vary in their features and amenities depending on your preferences, including unique cocktails and catering menus for meals.
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022, Phone: 847-835-5440
9.Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden was created in 1981 and celebrates the art of Japanese gardening. Visitors can walk under weeping willows and trek across bridges as they listen to birds chirping. You can hold your wedding at a handful of places around the garden, such as in front of waterfalls or within thick forests. You could also just host your reception here which includes amenities such as tables, chairs, guest books, and a dance floor. The garden does have a list of preferred vendors you can use which range from catering services to videographers. A photo session can also be reserved.
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90840, Phone: 562-985-4111
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Nestled within the peaceful countryside of Montana and offering views of the nearby mountains, Foster Creek is situated on land that was once a homestead. The venue features a restored 1920s barn that is equipped with heat, ADA-accessible bathrooms, and a kitchen. In addition to this, there are two stone fireplaces inside that can serve as a beautiful spot for reciting vows or taking photos. Other facilities you can use here include a dressing room suite, cabin, and glamping tents. Foster Creek offers a few wedding packages you can choose from which range from basic options to more glamorous ones.
2577 Foster Creek Road, Belgrade, Montana 59714, Phone: 406-589-5750
11.Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is filled with numerous floral attractions, such as a Palm Garden and Community Garden. This outdoor destination is also home to a stunning conservatory and contains a few glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly. Weddings can be held almost anywhere here, although most choose to hold their special day in the Palm House thanks to its beautiful glass ceilings and massive palms. Catering and decorations are provided and there is a list of vendors you can choose from that range from dance instructors to cake bakers. You could also attend its Wedding Showcase during the winter that tells more about this venue and why it’s the prime spot for weddings.
1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203, Phone: 614-715-8000
Situated within the foothills of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado, Gorrono Ranch was once a sheep herder’s farm back in the 1800s before later being converted into a rustic ski lodge. Weddings at the ranch can take place below the mountains or within one of the ranch’s historic barns. There are also two cabins at the ranch that can be used as private dressing rooms. Other amenities provided include a large dining room with a stone fireplace and a personalized catering menu that you can plan out with its chef. If you prefer to have a winter wedding, the ranch also offers romantic sleigh rides through the nearby spruce forest.
565 Mountain Village Boulevard, Telluride, Colorado 81435, Phone: 970-728-6900
Created in 1936, Keeneland is a horse lover’s dream as it celebrates Kentucky’s tradition of horseracing. This racetrack provides southern hospitality for weddings and has a backdrop of bluegrass hills and numerous historic buildings scattered around the grounds. Weddings held at Keeneland can be planned with the help of its wedding planner. Catering is also provided by its executive chef who can create a meal for the event that features locally-grown food. A bar is also available and can be customized based on your preferences. Some locations where you can hold your special day here include the historic Keene Barn and Clubhouse.
4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40510, Phone: 859-254-3412
14.Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve
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Located on the tropical island of Oahu, Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve is a great option for nature enthusiasts. This private nature reserve offers stunning coastal views and is filled with rare flora and fauna. In addition to this, the grounds are culturally important to Hawaii as it was where many of the island’s royalty once lived. Outdoor weddings at this nature reserve can be held at a handful of areas, such as in the Paliku Gardens or on Secret Island. All of the areas vary in their scenery and capacity. A list of vendors is available and a few wedding packages as well.
49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744, Phone: 808-237-7321
15.Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard
Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard was established in 2011 and towers above Los Angeles giving you panoramic views of both the ocean and of the Santa Monica Mountains. Weddings can be held at a handful of places around the vineyard and it’s able to host up to 250 guests. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are available, including changing rooms for wedding guests, and the vineyard allows you to choose your own caterer for the event’s meals. There’s also a helipad for those who would like to take a tour above the surrounding landscape. Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard is a pet-friendly wedding venue.
340 Kanan Dume Road, Malibu, California 90265, Phone: 877-676-7660
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Morris Arboretum is owned by the University of Pennsylvania and is filled with thousands of different plants that are arranged in numerous types of gardens. The arboretum is also a popular spot for birds and you will often see species such as goldfinches, swallows, and kingfishers flying by. You can rent out the entire grounds for your wedding and there is a historic carriage house that can be used as a reception room. Other amenities provided at this outdoor wedding venue include tents, heaters, fans, a prep room, and a golf cart. There is a list of preferred caterers provided although other vendors can be chosen by you.
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118, Phone: 215-247-5777
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17.New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
For those looking for a creative outdoor wedding venue, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum might be a good choice. The museum was where the first licensed pharmacist in the city worked and contains exhibits related to medicine, such as surgery tools, apothecary bottles, and medicinal herbs. Visitors can hold their wedding in the museum’s garden which is bordered by lush tropical plants and illuminated with strung lights. The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum can hold up to 130 guests and up to 70 guests for a seated dinner. The museum allows you to choose your own vendors for this special day.
514 Chartres Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, Phone: 504-565-8027
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Overlooking Lake Bryan, Paradise Cove features white sand beaches that are filled with palms and cypress trees creating a unique tropical atmosphere in the heart of Orlando. Ceremonies held here come with plenty of features, such as tiki lights, cabanas, speedboat rentals, and fire pits. You can also have live food stations at your event, such as one that showcases fresh sushi being made. This venue does provide a list of preferred vendors for you to choose from. Paradise Cove can host both small and large weddings and provides event designers who can help you with planning this important day.
13245 Lake Bryan Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821, Phone: 407-239-6939
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19.Red Rock Country Club
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Red Rock Country Club is situated in Nevada and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding red cliffs. This exquisite country club has been named as one of the top venues in the United States thanks to its incredible desert landscape and numerous amenities, such as a spa and golf course for visitors to enjoy before or after the wedding. There are a variety of event packages guests can choose from that each come with their own perks, such as champagne, valet service, and a self-playing piano. Scrumptious menus are also available and range from mini sweet displays to lounge snacks.
2250 Red Springs Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135, Phone: 702-304-5600
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20.Southern House and Garden
Southern House and Garden is situated in Knoxville, Alabama. A dreamy romantic venue, this option offers six different areas where you can recite vows or hold a reception, including a barn adorned with a vintage chandelier. In addition to this, there are plenty of manicured gardens that serve as the perfect location for photographs. You can choose from a handful of packages available that vary in their type of decor and menus. Southern House and Garden provides the services of an experienced wedding planner to help with making sure the planning process goes smoothly. This venue can hold up to 300 guests.
15308 Shepard Park Road, Knoxville, Alabama 35469, Phone: 205-345-5767
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21.The Florian Gardens
First opened in 2006, The Florian Gardens allows you to have a stunning garden ceremony to celebrate this important day. There are three private gardens you can choose from, all of which are filled with numerous plants and beautiful outdoor structures. The Florian Gardens can also host wedding receptions in its elegant ballroom that can be decorated to fit your preferences. This venue does provide food and flowers for the event although you can choose from its preferred vendors list. Its wedding coordinator can help you with planning for your big day and ensure that everything is to your liking.
2340 Lorch Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701, Phone: 715-832-8836
22.The Horticulture Center
The Horticulture Center is nestled within Philadelphia's Fairmount Park and features a beautiful exhibition hall and greenhouse that can be used for weddings or receptions. Weddings or receptions hosted here will be surrounded by glowing lights, massive palms, and other fragrant plants providing a unique backdrop for the event. You’ll also find plenty of areas for photographs, including at its reflecting pool. The Horticulture Center has a hospitality team that will work with you on planning your event’s fine details, such as flowers and decor for it. The center has its own culinary group that can create a delicious customized menu based on your needs.
100 North Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131, Phone: 267-886-1472
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23.The Resort at Pedregal
The Resort at Pedregal overlooks the Pacific Ocean providing guests with breathtaking coastal views. This elegant venue not only offers luxurious rooms for you to wed in or hold a reception at, but plenty of activities for you and your guests to enjoy before and after the event, such as horseback riding, scuba diving, and parasailing. In addition to indoor areas, guests can hold their wedding on its private beach or outdoor terrace. You can work alongside a professional chef to create a personalized menu for your wedding, most of which will feature Mexican flavors. A wedding specialist is also on hand to help ensure everything is in order.
Amino Del Mar 1, Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23455, Phone: 52-624-163-4300
Tribeca Rooftop is an ideal venue for those looking to have a dazzling and festive wedding. Located inside a former 1920s printing shop, Tribeca Rooftop features a glass atrium and towering windows providing plenty of natural light into the room. You could also hold your wedding outdoors with New York City’s skyline in the background. Tribeca Rooftop also has a cherrywood dance floor, lounge furniture, and a bridal suite. It works alongside a local pastry shop that can bake delicious treats for your event. This venue can hold up to 325 seated guests indoors and 300 guests on its outdoor platform.
2 Desbrosses Street, New York, New York 10013, Phone: 212-625-2600
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25.Twin Oaks House and Gardens
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Nestled within a forest in San Marcos lies Twin Oaks House and Gardens. This historic home is surrounded by lush gardens, fragrant meadows, and cobblestone courtyards. It also has a schoolhouse from the late 1800s that can be used for photographs. Weddings can be held on the grounds or within the Twin Oaks Mansion. The interior of the structure is filled with antiques, fainting couches, chiffon curtains, and other vintage decor. Its Grand Parlor is also reserved for the bridal party to ensure privacy. Various wedding packages are available and a catering menu is provided for you to choose from. This venue can accommodate 200 guests.
236 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos, California 92069, Phone: 760-510-1606
25 Best Outdoor Weddings in the United States
- Blue Sky Center, Photo: Wedding photography/stock.adobe.com
- The Ruins at Kellum Valley, Photo: pyrozenko13/stock.adobe.com
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Photo: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
- Airlie Gardens, Photo: Darwin Brandis/stock.adobe.com
- Blame Her Ranch, Photo: hitdelight/stock.adobe.com
- Bryn Du Mansion, Photo: Renee/stock.adobe.com
- Camp Navarro, Photo: shchus/stock.adobe.com
- Chicago Botanic Garden, Photo: EleSi/stock.adobe.com
- Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Photo: SailingAway/stock.adobe.com
- Foster Creek, Photo: Foster Creek
- Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Photo: beavera/stock.adobe.com
- Gorrono Ranch, Photo: franz12/stock.adobe.com
- Keeneland, Photo: Ivan/stock.adobe.com
- Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve, Photo: ViDi Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard, Photo: alexgukalov/stock.adobe.com
- Morris Arboretum, Photo: Zack Frank/stock.adobe.com
- New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, Photo: ruslan_shramko/stock.adobe.com
- Paradise Cove, Photo: Paradise Cove
- Red Rock Country Club, Photo: Kris Tan/stock.adobe.com
- Southern House and Garden, Photo: Irina84/stock.adobe.com
- The Florian Gardens, Photo: Dennis/stock.adobe.com
- The Horticulture Center, Photo: mirage_studio/stock.adobe.com
- The Resort at Pedregal, Photo: Vadim/stock.adobe.com
- Tribeca Rooftop, Photo: Funtap/stock.adobe.com
- Twin Oaks House and Gardens, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: sonyachny/stock.adobe.com