21 Southern Ceremony Venues We Love
Whether you grew up as a Southern belle or just love the region for its varied appeal, a Southern ceremony venue may be right for you. Southern wedding venues are great for locals, for those with family in the area, or for a nearby destination celebration. Between the lovely drawls, the slower pace, and the gorgeous views both inland and on the coast, the South boasts more than just hospitality—though that's always a plus, too. For a place to wed filled with plenty of charm, try one of these Southern ceremony locations. Be they in the mountains, on the beach, or in one of the bustling cities, each of these spots has a special something that makes it worth getting married at.
Ahead, rustic family-owned farms, restored opera houses, and waterfront resorts all begging to play host to your big day. After all, there's something for everyone in America's south, no matter what type of event you're planning. Click through to get inspired, and to hopefully get booking!
Crooked River, Hiltons, Virginia
Crooked River is a rustic, rolling estate with spectacular valley and mountain views. Host your ceremony by the Seventh Shoal or tie the knot in The Grove. The first offers the sound of the water, and the second provides a gorgeous tree-lined backdrop.
Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
Montage Palmetto Bluff sits on a charming property with gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and moss-covered trees. Exchange vows in the May River Chapel, which overlooks the water.
Sassafras Fork Farm, Rougemont, North Carolina
Sassafras Fork Farm is a family-owned property with pastures, produce, and gorgeous flowers. The pretty spot is expectedly rustic—you may even have some animal guests.
Riverside on the Potomac, Leesburg, Virginia
Riverside on the Potomac is a lovingly-restored event venue, and its Waterfall Terrace is a lovely spot to wed. The rustic property also boasts a barn that's ideal for a reception.
Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Key Largo, Florida
Playa Largo is just what you expect of a glamorous, waterfront wedding venue. Marry by the bay, where there's a tree-lined walkway, plus a private beach.
Parkside Resort, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Marigny Opera House, New Orleans, Louisiana
For a historic location with cultural appeal, try the Marigny Opera House. Proceeds from venue fees go to local artists, and the center has both indoor and outdoor spaces.
The Marker Waterfront Resort, Key West, Florida
The Marker is an oceanside venue exuding a kind of casual elegance. Host your ceremony in the gardens, where there's plenty of lush tropical foliage.
Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville, Tennessee
Woodmont Christian Church is small and traditional with a bright, modern interior and a skyscraping steeple.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas
With its dramatic gilded altar, Highland Park Presbyterian Church is a breathtaking setting for a traditional ceremony.
Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina
A national historic landmark with a museum, restaurant, and inn on its grounds, Middleton Place is also home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States.
Orleans Square, Savannah, Georgia
The central fountain and beautifully landscaped grounds at Orleans Square make a picturesque backdrop for saying "I do." For more information, call Chris Foran at the City of Savannah's Leisure Services, 912-351-3837.
French Huguenot Church, Charleston, South Carolina
With its Gothic Revival architecture, the French Huguenot Church looks like a grand European cathedral.
Drayton Hall Plantation House, Charleston, South Carolina
If you're searching for Southern charm, look no further than Drayton Hall. The main house is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States.
Winter Park Racquet Club, Winter Park, Florida
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Maitland, the Winter Park Racquet Club is the perfect spot for relaxed Florida fetes. Choose a lakeside ceremony under moss-draped oaks or an elegant affair within the Spanish-style building.
Brick House Studio and Gardens, Crawford, Georgia
The Brick House Studio and Gardens is an intimate venue with two spaces to choose from: a 19th-century brick house and expansive outdoor gardens.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery, Dahlonega, Georgia
Host your wedding ceremony in a pavilion overlooking the vineyard at Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery, or amid the grape leaves themselves.
Cafe Amelie at the Princess of Monaco Courtyard, New Orleans, Louisiana
Have your ceremony outside in the courtyard (as shown here) or inside Cafe Amelie's cozy carriage house.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Greenwood, Virginia
Emmanuel Episcopal Church boasts a stunning balcony, large organ pipes, and modern white walls.
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.
All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The modern and bright All Saints Episcopal Church is located directly on a mansion-lined canal, and—this being Florida—rocks its palm tree landscaping with style. Hop onto a boat out back to get away to the reception.