To help, we've rounded up jaw-dropping outdoor wedding venues to give you all the inspiration you need. Due to the pandemic, more and more couples embrace the Scandinavian concept of Friluftsliv, which is the practice of getting outside and connecting with nature—and we're here to help make that happen. So whether you're dreaming of getting married beside the glittering ocean or exchanging vows next to snow-capped mountains, we have the perfect ideas. Once you've honed in on your dream location (whether it be a colourful desert venue or a charming flower farm), head over to The Knot to explore outdoor wedding venues in your chosen destination, and don't forget to read up on our guide on how to plan an outdoor wedding.
Table of Contents
- 1 FAQs About Wedding Venue
- 2 What Is The Best Month To Have An Outdoor Wedding?
- 3 What's The Cheapest Month To Get Married?
- 4 What Is The Most Popular Month To Get Married?
- 5 Where Is The Most Romantic Place In The World To Get Married?
- 6 What Temperature Is Too Hot For An Outdoor Wedding?
- 6.1 Saddlerock Ranch In Malibu, California
- 6.2 The Little Nell In Aspen, Colorado
- 6.3 Oheka Castle In Huntington, New York
- 6.4 Haiku Mill In Maui, Hawaii
- 6.5 Finca Es Cabas In Mallorca, Spain
- 6.6 Misty Farm In Ann Arbour, Michigan
- 6.7 Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard In Malibu, California
- 6.8 North Beach In Tybee Island, Georgia
- 6.9 Wave Hill In The Bronx, New York
- 6.10 Sacred Sands In Joshua Tree, California
- 6.11 Lyons Farmette & River Bend In Lyons, Colorado
- 6.12 Hotel Californian In Santa Barbara, California
- 6.13 Emerald Lake Lodge In British Columbia, Canada
- 6.14 Mae's Ridge In Johnson City, Texas
- 6.15 W Loft In Brooklyn, New York
- 6.16 Kualoa Ranch In Oahu, Hawaii
- 6.17 Pinewood Weddings And Events In Cambridge, Minnesota
- 6.18 Under Canvas Moab In Moab, Utah
- 6.19 Colony 29 In Palm Springs, California
- 6.20 Rathvinden Farm In Belgrade, Montana
- 6.21 Carmel Valley Ranch In Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
- 6.22 Long Beach In Long Beach, California
- 6.23 Tin Roof Barn In White Salmon, Washington
- 6.24 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden In Miami, Florida
- 6.25 Blue Vista In Randolph, Kansas
- 6.26 Timber Ridge Lodge In Keystone, Colorado
- 6.27 Stout's Island Lodge In Birchwood, Wisconsin
- 6.28 Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm In Goleta, California
- 6.29 The Neon Museum In Las Vegas, Nevada
- 6.30 New Orleans Pharmacy Museum In New Orleans, Louisiana
- 7 Conclusion
FAQs About Wedding Venue
When holding an outdoor wedding, it's best to schedule it during the spring months of March and April and in the fall months of October and November. These times of the year provide ideal temperatures (65 to 80 F) suitable for an outdoor wedding.
Therefore, the cheapest months for your wedding would be January, March, April and November. During these months, vendors are typically more available and less expensive.
The most popular months to get married are from May to October. More specifically, September takes at 16 per cent, followed by June with 15 per cent, and lastly October at 14 per cent. The most popular wedding seasons are Fall/Autumn and Summer.
Jamaica is consistently voted one of the most popular wedding destinations globally, and the Half Moon Resort offers a range of options for those looking to take the plunge. Ceremonies can take place on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, in a royal pavilion or an intimate garden setting.
The temperature reaches 80 degrees or higher, and if you live in a humid area, it'll feel worse. Even if your ceremony is short, say 20 minutes or less, guests will be in the sun much longer since they'll arrive early to get to the wedding on time.
Saddlerock Ranch In Malibu, California
Outdoor Wedding Venues Saddlerock Ranch
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Just the right mix of charming and grand, Saddlerock Ranch is one of the most picturesque places to exchange vows. Located in Malibu, California, this outdoor venue offers panoramic views of distant mountains and vineyards. In addition, it offers installations practically made for epic Instagrams (think: an oversized door and a giant photo frame). The stunning spot has several different locations you can pick from the Main Lawn, the Oak Grove, the Vineyard and the Hilltop. Each option is stunning. This gorgeous event space is also a celebrity favourite—stars like Lisa Kudrow, Kelsey Grammar and Don Heley have exchanged vows here.
The Little Nell In Aspen, Colorado
Outdoor Wedding Venues The Little Nell
Does your regular date involve a hike or skiing adventure in the mountains? Then, the Little Nell might be your dream outdoor wedding venue. Situated atop a high peak in Aspen, Colorado, this venue's views of the mountains will serve as a breath-taking backdrop for your wedding ceremony (and pictures, of course). The unique location of this wedding venue makes you feel as if you and your partner are on top of the world (which is perfect for any adrenaline or thrill-seekers out there). Plus, the surrounding trees will help keep guests cool and comfortable while the sun is out.
Oheka Castle In Huntington, New York
Outdoor Wedding Venues Oheka Castle
You don't have to fly to a far-off destination to get married in a castle. Plan your fairytale wedding at Oheka Castle, located in Huntington, New York. With its grand exterior, sprawling courtyard, gorgeous greenery and old-world charm, it's the perfect choice for a glamorous couple looking for their dream outdoor wedding venue. Say "I do" out in the stunning courtyard before heading inside the venue's elegant dining areas. As a bonus, this venue offers lodging for many VIP guests, making planning logistics much simpler. Scout out the property with your wedding photographer so you can find the perfect places to take pictures.
Haiku Mill In Maui, Hawaii
Outdoor Wedding Venues Haiku Mill
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Of course, we'd be remiss, not to mention Hawaii, one of the most beautiful wedding destinations in the United States. While the tropical islands offer endless beach wedding locations, we're huge fans of the Haiku Mill, a converted sugar mill on the island of Maui. (Psst: it's also where Bachelor stars Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham got married.) The lush greenery makes the location feel like a hidden enchanted forest—adding even more magic to your special moment. Make sure you schedule extra time to take pictures of this stunning spot with your photographer. The results will be magical.
Finca Es Cabas In Mallorca, Spain
If you're thinking of planning a destination wedding, consider this outdoor wedding venue for your nuptials. Situated in the rolling countryside of Mallorca, Spain, Finca Es Cabas is downright dreamy. The space has a sprawling lawn, where couples exchange vows in front of family friends. But it also has a chic courtyard, where your friends and family members can enjoy their meals and music. The venue looks exactly like a castle, but it has touches to make it feel more modern. For example, the reception space has pretty greenery and string lights. This pretty outdoor wedding venue looks straight out of a storybook.
Misty Farm In Ann Arbour, Michigan
Outdoor Wedding Venues Misty Farm
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If you're unsure about fully committing to a dedicated outdoor space, consider an indoor-outdoor wedding space (a major 2021 wedding trend, according to our Real Weddings Study). Barns were one of the most popular wedding venues. Misty Farm in Michigan is charming and grand all at the same time. Take in the stunning views and enjoy the rustic aesthetic of the barns scattered throughout the property. Pro tip: Don't miss out on gorgeous golden hour photos. Take a break during cocktail hour to score a few pictures that will get all the likes on Instagram.
Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard In Malibu, California
Outdoor Wedding Venues Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard
Proclaim your love for each other from the top of the world (this jaw-dropping mountaintop vineyard). This iconic ceremony spot offers 360-degree views of the Santa Monica mountains and the surrounding rolling hillsides. The venue also offers a scenic spot for your guests to enjoy dinner and the reception. Plus, you'll have the chance to have some of the vineyard's award-winning wines. Need any more convincing? Photographers in this area consistently list Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyard as one of the top outdoor wedding venues for couples (likely because it's so breath-taking and photogenic). Just look at the pictures!
North Beach In Tybee Island, Georgia
You don't have to go to California or Florida to plan the ultimate beach wedding. Case in point: North Beach, located in Tybee Island, Georgia. The small town is just outside of Savannah, Georgia and is known for its sandy beaches: North Beach and South Beach. While both are lovely, North Beach is situated at the island's tip, which means you'll have a completely unobstructed ocean view for your nuptials. What could be dreamier? If you'd like to have beachy accents in the background of your photos, consider exchanging vows in South Beach, where you'll find a charming pier.
Wave Hill In The Bronx, New York
Outdoor Wedding Venues Wave Hill
A wedding in the city that never sleeps may not call to mind images of lush gardens and sparkling waters. But up in the Bronx, New York, lies Wave Hill, a dreamy outdoor wedding venue that will give you the elegant nuptials you've been dreaming of (plus, it's just a short drive from the city). This public garden allows couples to get married in the evening after it's closed to visitors, which means you and your guests enjoy watching the sunset over the Hudson River while you exchange vows. How romantic is that? As a bonus, your purchase of the wedding venue includes a membership to the gorgeous garden.
Sacred Sands In Joshua Tree, California
Outdoor Wedding Venues Sacred Sands
Whether you love a desert vibe or you're both adventurers, Joshua Tree National Park is the spot for you. We love this venue because it's meticulously set up for the ultimate desert wedding experience. First, look out onto the stunning grounds of the popular national park as you and your partner say, "I do." Then, head into the venue's lovely reception space for dinner and dancing. The pretty string lights at Sacred Sands will light up the area as you celebrate with friends and family. Another pro of hosting your nuptials here? Your guests can enjoy a few hikes before or after the celebration for an adventure-filled experience.
Lyons Farmette & River Bend In Lyons, Colorado
Add even more magic to your wedding day by exchanging vows at Lyons Farmette & River Bend. The venue is situated on the banks of the St. Vrain River and nestled underneath dramatic red stone cliffs. Snow-capped mountains appear in the distance to add an element of wonder to your big day. Complete with lush greenery, colourful rocks and adorable llamas (yes, really!), this venue is stunning and quirky. The venue comes with a sail-cloth tent for your reception and two dressing areas: a charming cottage and a trendy glamping tent (complete with chandeliers). Enjoy the fire pit at the end of the night as the sun goes down.
Hotel Californian In Santa Barbara, California
While many rooftops feel industrial, Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, California, is different. With its whimsical designs and palm trees, it feels playful and relaxed. This outdoor wedding venue is perfect for couples who want to do something different for their weddings. However, the black-and-white print throughout the space will go with any colours and flowers you choose, so there is no need to stress about getting boxed into a certain style. Another pro of this space? It looks out to the ocean for a stunning view.
Emerald Lake Lodge In British Columbia, Canada
Consider a Canadian wedding if you're dreaming of a far-off destination but don't want to go far away. Emerald Lake Lodge in British Columbia is a popular choice because it has a jaw-dropping landscape (snow-capped mountains, reflective water, and tons of trees) and cosy cabins for accomodation. Plus, this outdoor wedding venue offers so many Insta-worthy photo ops. Take a canoe out on the turquoise waters together or explore the park with your partner. Your wedding pictures will look like they're straight out of a fairytale. Couples looking for a luxurious experience can even rent their island and enjoy the entirety of Emerald Lake Lodge to themselves.
Mae's Ridge In Johnson City, Texas
Dreaming of hosting a country wedding? Look no further than Mae's Ridge in Johnson City, Texas. This stunning venue is located in the heart of the famed Texas Hill Country, known for its rolling hills (per the name), fine wine and authentic cuisine. But this venue is also a main attraction of the area due to its sweeping views and charming barn space. Exchange vows in the open field and then dance the night away in the site's rustic barn. (Psst: Don't forget to scroll through our favourite country wedding songs to help bring the special day together.)
Valley of Fire State Park Wedding in Overton, Nevada
For couples who love the earthy colours of the desert, Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, Nevada, is an ideal outdoor wedding venue. Gaze out onto the sweeping landscape before gazing into each other's eyes and saying your vows. Since it's a state park, you'll need to be extra aware of your surroundings. Check out our guide on how to plan a Leave No Trace Elopement so you can enjoy the venue without negatively impacting the environment around you. Pro tip: This outdoor wedding venue is great for couples who want a small wedding, as the space only accommodates up to 95 people.
W Loft In Brooklyn, New York
Outdoor Wedding Venues W Loft Brooklyn
So you want an outdoor wedding, but you want to stay in the city (New York City, to be more specific). Get the best of both worlds by booking a stunning rooftop wedding space for your nuptials. The W Loft in Brooklyn, New York, is a gorgeous location that offers panoramic views of the impressive Manhattan skyline and the East River. Plus, it has a newly renovated space made with clear windows, so you can still enjoy the gorgeous views no matter what the weather is like on your wedding day. As a bonus, your guests can stay in the hotel so they don't have to travel far once the festivities are done.
Kualoa Ranch In Oahu, Hawaii
It's no secret Hawaii has endless beaches for your wedding day. But we love this unique outdoor wedding venue because the view offers more than just the ocean. Take in the majestic peaks, distant islands, and clear water at the romantic Kualoa Ranch. The venue offers several different ceremony spaces, which means you can customise the experience to your liking. Exchange vows in one of the lush, tropical gardens or a more remote landscape set between mountains. Want something more private? Look into the venue's Secret Island ceremony spot. No matter what space you choose at Kualoa Ranch, we guarantee this: Your wedding pictures will be stunning.
Pinewood Weddings And Events In Cambridge, Minnesota
If you're a fan of Scandinavian style, this unique outdoor wedding venue is for you. Pinewood Weddings and Events is situated in Minnesota's Northwoods forest, featuring towering trees and pretty greenery. As if that weren't scenic enough, the wedding venue also includes a Scandinavian-style house, where your guests can enjoy dinner and dancing. If you're an outdoorsy couple or just love the look of a boho wedding, this stunning wedding venue is perfect for you. Ensure you set aside time to score some gorgeous pictures after your ceremony.
Under Canvas Moab In Moab, Utah
Looking for a full-on desert vibe? Exchange vows at Under Canvas Moab in Utah. Use the unique scenery to your advantage by incorporating decor like dried flowers (we also love these because they're eco-friendly and can be saved after the fact) and warm colours (think: mustard yellow, cranberry red or pumpkin orange) for the ultimate outdoor boho wedding aesthetic. Then, turn your nuptials into an exciting adventure by glamping (glamorous camping) in the park. Book a night or two for a group of up to 30 people or buy out the entire camp, which can accommodate up to 250 people.
Colony 29 In Palm Springs, California
This gorgeous venue has the seal of approval from multiple celebs. Both Samira Wiley and Whitney Port got married at Colony 29 in Palm Springs, California. It comes with a stunning rotunda ceremony spot, set up perfectly for you and your boo to say "I do." We're fans of this gorgeous outdoor wedding venue because you can completely customise the space. So whether you're dreaming of a boho, glam or simple wedding, you can use decor to bring your vision to life. The best part, though, is the surrounding scenery. We've added Colony 29 to our list of dream wedding venues between the desert ambience and surrounding mountains.
Rathvinden Farm In Belgrade, Montana
The first thing that catches your eye at Rathvinden Farm is the stunning scenery. But there's more to this charming farm than its panoramic mountain views and pretty, tall grass. It's also a flower farm—perfect for romantic photos and to-be-weds planning a sustainable wedding. Rather than bringing flowers from an outside farm, couples can harvest their flowers directly from the farm. It is a unique way to cut back on waste, but it's also a lovely way to personalise your nuptials. Living out your values as a couple will help your loved ones see who you are together and what's important to you. Plus, it's a memorable and thoughtful touch.
Carmel Valley Ranch In Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
Outdoor Wedding Venues Carmel Valley Ranch
A wedding at Carmel Valley Ranch is what outdoor ceremony dreams are made of. Located in scenic Carmel-By-The-Sea, it offers the very best Mother Nature offers. With its rolling hills, pretty vineyards, and charming neighbourhood, the outdoor space looks like it's straight out of your favourite romance film. So get married in the mountains, in an organic garden or on the venue's scenic lawns. If you choose this stunning venue for your nuptials, we recommend having a wedding weekend. The popular vacation destination is best known for its pretty beaches and sustainable winemaking, so encourage your guests to explore (or plan a couple of pre-wedding events).
Long Beach In Long Beach, California
If you're more of a mellow couple, a beach might be the perfect outdoor wedding venue. There are gorgeous oceanside locations all over the country, but Long Beach in southern California offers gorgeous white sands, sparkling blue water and a prime view of the gorgeous sunset. (Read: perfect for golden hour wedding pictures.) Whether you're hosting an intimate wedding or a big wedding, a beach can accommodate your needs. Plus, it feels like a true getaway for you and your guests.
Tin Roof Barn In White Salmon, Washington
Planning a wedding in the Pacific Northwest? First, you'll want to know about the Tin Roof Barn in White Salmon, Washington. It captures the rustic charm of the area perfectly. The venue offers views of surrounding mountains and tall trees. Once you exchange your vows outside on the lawn, you and your guests can head into the pretty barn. The indoor space is made with giant sliding doors, so you can still enjoy the scenic views from the comfort of the barn. Plus, you automatically have a Plan B if there's any of that famous PNW rain.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden In Miami, Florida
You may initially think of white sandy beaches when you think of Miami, Florida. And while there are plenty of waterfront spots to get married in Florida's capital, we're fans of this unique outdoor wedding venue. Nestled in one of the hottest travel destinations is Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, filled with lush greenery and plants. Make the botanical gardens a playful paradise with bright colours or stay neutral to create a chic, boho feel. Whatever you decide, we know it will be stunning.
Blue Vista In Randolph, Kansas
Blue Vista in Randolph, Kansas, might be your spot if you're hoping to plan a lakefront wedding. Overlooking the gorgeous Tuttle Creek Lake, this wedding venue offers wide-open spaces, lush landscaping and scenic views. It's also an indoor-outdoor wedding venue, as the site has a lodge and grand pavilion. Adventurous couples will be pleased to know the site also offers glamping as a lodging choice. As the seasons change, the surrounding foliage changes colours, which can cater to different couples' aesthetic preferences. Those who want a boho or eclectic wedding will love how the plants look in the fall, while those with a more classic style will especially enjoy the space in the spring and summer.
Timber Ridge Lodge In Keystone, Colorado
Celebrate your love in a place as epic as your love story by booking a wedding at Timber Ridge Lodge in Keystone, Colorado. The venue has snow-capped Rocky mountains in the background to create a setting as epic as your love story. Plus, being up so high will excite your guests, making the whole day more memorable for everyone. Once you've exchanged vows outside, head into the cosy lodge for even more festivities. Your guests will appreciate the comfort of the indoors after spending time outside at the top of the mountains.
Stout's Island Lodge In Birchwood, Wisconsin
If you'd describe your dream wedding as casual, natural and rustic, Stout's Island Lodge in Birchwood, Wisconsin, is for you. Located on Red Cedar Lake, this outdoor wedding venue offers sweeping views and the tranquillity of being surrounded by nature. Couples can rent out the entire island for an extra-private experience or allow other guests to be on the island while they wed. It's the perfect backdrop for couples who want a simple lakeside wedding. While some couples take the plunge and jump into the lake, others simply enjoy the island's activities, such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and lawn games.
Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm In Goleta, California
While this may not be a true outdoor wedding venue, we love that it feels like it is. Whether you want to protect yourself from the elements (think: wind or rain), you're dreaming of a garden wedding, or just want to gather your loved ones in a special space, this oceanside greenhouse is the perfect place to do it. Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm is full of windows, clearly seeing the stunning scenery. The ceiling is covered in string lights, so your guests will feel like they're celebrating underneath a starry sky. Of course, the fact that it's an orchid farm is the cherry on top: Your guests will be able to enjoy the gorgeous flowers scattered throughout the site.
The Neon Museum In Las Vegas, Nevada
Your outdoor wedding doesn't have to be filled with nature. A cool rooftop or urban setting is just as stunning too. If you'd describe your style as quirky, edgy or playful, consider this eccentric outdoor wedding venue. The Neon Museum in Las Vegas is aptly named as it has countless Instagram-worthy neon backdrops. Take your portraits in front of these fun murals, and then exchange vows on the rooftop in front of the building's epic sign. We love this venue because it feels retro and fresh all simultaneously. The setting is so unique that your guests will never forget it.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum In New Orleans, Louisiana
Looking for a setting that doesn't feel basic or overdone? This outdoor wedding is an absolute hidden gem. Nestled on the side of the historic New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is a charming courtyard perfect for any intimate celebration. This gorgeous wedding venue has exposed brick, vintage street lights, palmettos and growing vines. They create a fairytale-like aesthetic, making your nuptials feel magical. Exchange vows in the 19th-century courtyard and then head out onto the streets for a traditional second line. It'll give you and your guests a true New Orleans experience that'll be unforgettable. Cheers to that!
One of the biggest decisions you'll have to make is where to have your wedding when it comes to wedding planning. We've got you covered if you're looking for an outdoor wedding venue! From majestic mountain ranges to awe-inspiring coastal landscapes, these are some of the best outdoor wedding venues we've ever seen. Keep reading for photos and information on each location!