9 Top Venues for Celebrating Your Wedding in the Midwest
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
With just one look at this photo, who wouldn't want to plan a party here? The focal point of the historic Chicago Cultural Center is a majestic domed ceiling tiled with mosaics and lit with wrought-iron chandeliers.
Forest Park Visitor Center, St. Louis
Located in the heart of St. Louis, the Forest Park Visitor Center has distinctive Spanish architecture and a clock tower. Inside, wooden beams crisscross the main hall and huge arched windows let in tons of light.
Sonnenalp Resort, Vail, Colorado
Nature lovers should cozy up with a woodsy celebration at the The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, overlooking Piney Lake. With an expansive deck and an enclosed terrace, you can't go wrong with their event spaces.
If you couldn't tell from the name, Graves601 is an uberhip hotel right downtown in one half of the Twin Cities. Take your pick from a pair of swanky restaurants and a mod ballroom.
Cafe Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
The historic, Prairie-style Cafe Brauer, on the grounds of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, boasts amazing views of the city's famous skyline. The Great Hall's architecture is beautiful enough to serve as the main decor for any reception, and the windowed dome can shine a bounty of light over your event.
Snow Moon Ranch, Maple City, Michigan
The Snow Moon Ranch in Maple City, Michigan, is home to a rustic barn and the type of grounds that make a tent look right at home. The secluded ranch offers views of Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Wandawega Lake Resort in Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Originally opened in 1926, Wandawega Lake Resort, a.k.a. "Camp Wandawega," features 25 acres of lakefront property. While it has had several incarnations, it once served as a retreat (like Kellerman's in "Dirty Dancing") for a nearby Latvian community. It was recently restored after being abandoned for several years, and now takes guests.
Lumen, St. Louis
Lumen is a crazy-cool event space helmed by a trio of bar and restaurant owners (who know what they're doing). With 20-foot-high ceilings and totally customizable LED lighting, it's the ideal reception spot for a forward-thinking couple with style to spare.
St. Anthony Main Event Center, Minneapolis
The Main Event Center occupies three levels of the 115-year-old St. Anthony Main building, and can hold up to 550 guests for a seated reception. The brick venue also offers an outdoor deck that overlooks Main Street, perfect for summertime cocktails.