You’ve got the perfect partner and a beautiful ring. You may have even found the dress. However, finding your ideal wedding venue can be a challenge. If you’re a history-loving bride, consider one of the unique places below.
1. The Howey Mansion
This historic mansion, located in central Florida, was built in 1925 by the community’s founder, William J. Howey. The house, designed in Mediterranean Revival style, sits far back on a 15-acre lawn and is accessible by a lengthy horseshoe-shaped drive. Guests can explore the 20 rooms filled with massive fireplaces and curving stone stairways. You can also host a celebration surrounded by lush botanical plants outside in The Park.
photo by Flora Bloom Photography
2. Ebell of Long Beach
This Long Beach landmark was one of three Southern California women’s clubs built in 1924. The distinct architecture marks the era of Spanish Revival design, with hand-stenciled ceilings, intricately sculpted portico and a red-tile roof. Say “I do” in the sun-drenched courtyard and pose for a photo-op beneath the crystal orb chandeliers. After, move inside to the ballroom, with soaring 24-foot high ceilings and eye-catching crystal and iron chandeliers.
3. Haiku Mill
This gem is situated on two acres of historic ruins and lush gardens along the coast of Maui. Referred to locally as Pua Le’a — blossoming passion — the Haiku Sugar Mill was built in 1861. It was the first on the island to use a steam engine to grind cane, modernizing the prosperous trade. Today, happy couples can stroll beneath the stone archways on their special day. With cascading waterfalls and vine-covered walls, you and your guests will feel nestled in a fairy tale.
4. The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate, located in Asheville, North Carolina, is a site known for its rich history. Featuring 250 rooms and built in the French Renaissance style, the property makes an ideal spot for a wedding. The Biltmore Estate is best known for its copper ridges, which consist of more than 900 individual pieces and adorn the outside of the home. After the party, guests can stay at the inn initially planned by George Vanderbilt himself.
photo by Alicia Lacey
5. Arvest Bank Theatre
Located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, the Arvest Bank Theatre at Midland is the ideal wedding venue for the history-loving bride. The space is breathtaking, with 500,000 feet of gold leaf, giant Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers and priceless art. The theater opened in 1927 and continues to host shows and concerts to this day.
6. One Jones
One Jones is a historic landmark in San Francisco, California. Built in 1892, the space was initially coined The Hibernia Bank. It was one of the few structures that survived the devastating 1906 earthquake. Designed in the Neoclassical Revival style, you can expect large columns, Corinthian capitals and giant pediments. As you walk through the famed dome entrance on your wedding day, you and your partner will feel like royalty.
Nestled in the Catskills of New York, Spillian was once part of a 160-acre compound. Featuring more than half a dozen mansions, the area was a place where families could camp during the summer. The architecture showcases the transition from Victorian to the 20th-century arts and crafts movement. Say “I do” on the stone stage, built into the side of a mountain. Then, head inside for dinner among the mansion’s hand-painted murals.
8. Lyndhurst Castle
Lyndhurst Castle, built in 1838, mimics a Gothic mansion, with a park-like landscape and luxurious furnishings. The steep turrets and asymmetrical outline were unlike most other homes constructed at the time, leading many to call it “Paulding’s Folly,” after the builder, William Paulding. Today, the property’s unique design attracts many guests, including brides-to-be. Hold your ceremony in the rose garden before heading inside for a taste of historical elegance.
Do you dream of celebrating under antique chandeliers or nestled deep in the forest? Your dream can become a reality. With one of the wedding venues above, your special day will be an event to remember.
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!