Not all brides want to get married on the beach or at the altar. Some want to travel back in time and create the ultimate fairytale. If you dream of stone archways and vast estates, a historic venue could be the right choice for you.
A historic site is any structure built before WWII, which began in 1939. However, some of the most famous architectural styles — like Georgian and Greek Revival — date back to the 1700s.
If you’re a bride-to-be looking for the perfect historical escape, check out the six wedding venues below.
1. President Lincoln’s Cottage
Abraham Lincoln lived at his cottage in Washington, D.C. for more than a quarter of his presidency, making critical decisions that impact our country to this day. While there, he developed the Emancipation Proclamation and made up his mind to disrupt the status quo.
The cottage is a Gothic Revival home built in 1842, mimicking medieval architecture. The front lawn is ideal for a summer wedding, where guests can walk the grounds and imagine simpler times. You can also choose the ballroom for an elegant winter affair.
2. Marigny Opera House
The Marigny Opera House in New Orleans was built in 1853, initially coined Holy Trinity Church. By 1997, the building closed its doors, and the stained glass windows were removed. In 2011, the building was bought and renamed Marigny.
This authentic piece of architecture will bring old-world charm to your celebration. Say “I do” on the front lawn, the backdrop a centuries-old rustic-chic facade. Then head inside the cavernous interior for a jaw-dropping reception.
3. Château du Grand-Lucé
In 1750, Baron Pineau de Viennay III decided to replace his family’s medieval castle with a modern palace, now known as Château du Grand-Lucé. The structure, situated in a small french village, was completed by 1764.
Today, you can rent the enchanting venue for your special event. Pledge your commitment in one of the grand ballrooms draped in emerald velvet. Then, head outside for a meal overlooking eighty acres of the Loire Valley, complete with a lake, meadows and white oak forest.
4. The Velaslavasay Panorama
The Panorama is a spectacular visual display where art encircles the spectator in a large, 360° space, making it appear three-dimensional. Popular throughout Europe and the U.S. in the 1800s, the pictures were a way for average folk to adventure to new places and times.
Discover this nearly-lost art form on your wedding day at The Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles. Recite your vows under the vintage neon marquee, then head inside for a visual experience. After, host a reception party in the magical gardens.
5. The Bell Tower
The Bell Tower, built in 1874, was one of the first churches erected by freed slaves in Nashville. After World War II, the structure was one of few left in the neighborhood. In the late 1960s, the church relocated, and today, it plays host to concerts and special events.
Get married in one of the few spaces that maintains the city’s authentic history and character. Say your vows underneath the original exposed beams, flooded with natural light. Afterward, head upstairs to the upper-level mezzanine for an elegant dinner beneath strands of twinkling lights.
6. Neuschwanstein Castle
On your wedding day, you deserve to feel like a queen. So why not get married in a real castle? Go all out with a destination wedding in Germany at Neuschwanstein Castle. The structure, which is famously unfinished, has a complex history dating back to 1869 when the castle was designed.
Surrounded by steep mountains, you’ll feel like royalty as you climb the steps and welcome your wedding party. Celebrate on the lawn and allow your guests to explore the gardens and lakes. Don’t forget to serve a traditional Bavarian meal at the reception party.
A wedding is a momentous occasion. Make the event complete with a historic venue that can transport you back in time. Whether you plan to travel abroad or stick to the states, you’re sure to find a venue that meets your wedding day needs.