24 Outstanding Venues in the South to Book for Your Wedding Reception
Maybe you love the great outdoors and especially gorgeous landscapes. Or maybe you go crazy for a seaside oasis with warm, inviting waters. Perhaps, instead, you're a fan of cities, and you've got a preference for historic architecture. Whatever the case, it's more than likely that you've considered a wedding in the South. The lower portion of the United States is home to a diverse range of wedding-worthy locations, from the well-known Charleston, South Carolina, to the lesser-known Banner Elk, North Carolina. With farms, beaches, and mountain ranges to explore, plus notable metropolitan hubs, the South is brimming with venue options for nuptial celebrations.
Ahead, we've rounded up our favorite spots for hosting a wedding reception in the South. We've spanned major cities and popular states for venues that we know you'll love. Whether your dream wedding takes place in rural America or somewhere on the coastline, there's a site on this list for you. For couples drawn to the hustle and bustle, consider someplace like Austin, Texas. If you're planning to throw a seaside soirée, the Florida Keys may be the right choice. We've found venues in both locations, plus plenty more to check out. Southern natives can find somewhere close to home, and destination-wedding seekers can find places worth traveling to. Either way, we've vetted each one, so you know you're making a good decision.
Click through for the complete list and get planning your ideal reception. Each of these options has been featured in our magazine or has starred in one of our real weddings.
Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
After tying the knot in the property's riverside chapel, you can host your cocktail hour on Montage Palmetto Bluff's veranda, and then take guests into the ballroom for dinner and dancing.
Overlook Barn, Banner Elk, North Carolina
Overlook Barn is a renovated property on the top of Beech Mountain, and the location offers picture-perfect views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Put a tent in Mary's Meadow for your reception or utilize the barn itself.
The Cedar Room, Charleston, South Carolina
Sassafras Fork Farm, Rougemont, North Carolina
Riverside on the Potomac, Leesburg, Virginia
Parkside Resort, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The Marker Waterfront Resort, Key West, Florida
Marigny Opera House, New Orleans, Louisiana
Crooked River, Hiltons, Virginia
Crooked River has a countryside feel, and its Ohio Grist Mill is ideal for receptions.
Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo, Florida
Host your reception at Playa Largo for a sophisticated oceanside wedding. The ballroom, pictured here, is large and glamorous.
Barr Mansion, Austin, Texas
Exchange vows on Barr Mansion's lush green lawn, host cocktails on the Victorian porch, and move indoors to the reconstructed artisan ballroom for dinner and dancing.
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas
During your cocktail hour and reception, guests can browse the Nasher Sculpture Center's sprawling, artwork-filled gardens.
Useppa Island Club, Useppa, Florida
Laid-back and tropical, the Useppa Island Club is beloved by yachties and favored by couples looking for a wedding rife with the Sunshine State's signature barefoot vibes.
The Virginian, Bristol, Tennessee
Calling all golf aficionados! The formal dining room at The Virginian, an old farm turned golf club, overlooks the property's back nine holes.
Fearrington House Country Inn, Pittsboro, North Carolina
Home to more than 30 Belted Galloways, a breed of Scottish cattle, the Fearrington House Country Inn is as Southern as it gets.
American Fork Ampitheater, Salt Lake City, Utah
String up some lights and celebrate under a ceiling of stars at the American Fork Ampitheater, a simple stone formation in a parklike setting.
Drayton Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina
After surviving the American Revolution and the Civil War, Drayton Hall has been restored to its natural glory.
Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Georgia
Ocean Forest Golf Club offers stunning views of Sea Island, plus a beautiful beachfront where your guests can sprawl out and relax.
Camp Waldemar, Hunt, Texas
Camp Waldemar is a summer camp for girls—and the perfect place to host a laid-back wedding reception with nature as your backdrop.
Brick House Studio and Gardens, Crawford, Georgia
Host an intimate ceremony and reception at the Brick House Studio and Gardens, a 19th century brick house with expansive gardens located in rural northeast Georgia.
Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, Virginia
At the Farmington Country Club, you can be married and celebrate in an intimate octagonal room designed by Thomas Jefferson himself.
Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina
Exchange vows surrounded by history at 18th-century Middleton Place, which boasts the oldest landscaped gardens in the country.
Harper Fowlkes House, Savannah, Georgia
A Greek Revival mansion built in 1842, the Harper Fowlkes House is filled with antiques—and is practically dripping with Southern charm. For more information, visit harperfowlkes.com or call 912-234-2180.
Lauderdale Yacht Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Make the most of that beautiful Florida weather at the Lauderdale Yacht Club, with its open-air ballroom and 360-degree views of the Intracoastal waterway.