Beautiful gardens Build intimate and romantic havens for memorable wedding ceremonies and receptions. Botanical gardens filled with blooming flowers, fragrant herbs and spices, leafy trees, and grassy lawns boast breathtaking spaces for intimate ceremonies or grand receptions and often need little decor because of their natural beauty. From exquisitely manicured gardens and grounds of castles and plantations to rugged desert gardens and themed arboretums, here are some of the country’s best spots for one-of-a-kind garden weddings. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
Race and Religious
Race & Religious is a quintessential New Orleans venue that is one of the most famous locations for weddings, receptions, dinners, and special events. Nestled along the riverfront in the Lower Garden District, the property features a three-story rowhouse, a two-story Creole cottage, and a two-story “Slave Quarter,” along with a fountain-flanked pool, glamorous brick courtyards, and lush tropical gardens with palm trees lit by gas lamps. Hailed as one most romantic wedding venues in the state, Race & Religious boasts springy spaces for events of up to 275 guests, along with state-of-the-art venue accommodations, luxurious amenities, and a timeless antebellum Louisiana feel.
With 150 acres of hilly lawns, sweeping views, formal gardens, and superb mansions as your muse, Glenmere Mansion can charm up many unique wedding experiences. The former industrial titan's estate-turned-posh-boutique-hotel has hosted tented weddings for 400 on the Meadow. It's also been used as a private country estate for a more hushed-over wedding weekend. No matter the celebration size, the common divisor here is luxe—the self-proclaimed "classic 19-suite playpen" has been lovingly remodeled for today's most discerning clientele with a full-service spa, Turkish baths, and a helicopter landing pad for guests.
New York Botanical Gardens
New York City brides have long loved the so-close-but-so-far feeling of the New York Botanical Gardens. Its storied grounds and palatial Palm Court greenhouse offer a worlds-away feeling, but with a city-centric level of service. Now that esteemed restaurateur Stephen Starr has acquired catering, that feeling has been high even more.
Starr serves guests in various reception locations, including the grand-scale Garden Terrace—a classical ballroom with hand-painted murals and oversized arched windows overlooking the arboretum—for seated dinner parties of up to 350 people. More intimate weddings of up to 100 guests are seated in the newly-renovated Stone Mill, the city's first LEEDS certified event space, with reclaimed wood details at the bank of the Bronx River. Ceremonies can take place at various locations around the garden, with site fees varying by location.
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
Butterfly Falls is a private retreat located just 75 miles from New York City. It is good for couples who prefer the warmth of a rustic-chic destination wedding. While couples can get married outside in the open, the barn on buttermilk is so versatile that it can be embodied in the country's grandeur.
Buttermilk has 18 guest rooms, including four carriage houses, which can easefully accommodate up to 50 guests, as well as a state-of-the-art spa and a closed pool appropriate for pampering the bridal party.
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Nestled in the folds of the Blue Ridge foothills, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is a unique wine estate set along Virginia's Monticello Wine Trail that not only produces distinguished boutique wines but also offers a superb venue for weddings and special events. The all-season, flexible, full-service venue features indoor and outdoor spaces for all types of parties, including the Granary for seated dinners and dancing, and the Veranda for romantic alfresco cocktail gatherings.