14 Favorite Wedding Ceremony Locations on the East Coast
Old State House, Hartford, Connecticut
Occupying a triangular sliver of grass right downtown, the Colonial Old State House was constructed in 1789 as the state capitol. The capitol has since moved, but the colonnaded brick building's been preserved as a museum. It offers a unique event space sure to please history buffs.
Four Seasons Restaurant, New York
Take your pick of event spaces at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Our favorite? The tree-filled Pool Room (yes, there's a shallow, white-marble pool in the middle).
St. John's Chapel, Manchester, Vermont
Tiny and well kept, the picture-perfect St. John's Chapel is a lovely setting for a traditional ceremony in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest. For more information, call 802-362-0884.
Lauxmont Farms, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
Fronting a river, the 1,400-acre Lauxmont Farms lets couples choose from gardens (both sunken and Japanese), rolling pastures, a domed rotunda, and a cobblestone courtyard for their sure-to-be-scenic vows.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York
For views -- and photos -- that can't be beat, consider exchanging vows in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Manhattan skyline is a backdrop like no other.
Metropolitan Building, Long Island City, New York
Originally built as an electrical parts factory, the Metropolitan Building was converted to an event venue in 1980. It's a highly customizable space with a wide range of rooms, including a piano bar lounge, a lofty expanse with 14-foot ceilings, and a mirrored salon.
The Foundry, Long Island City, New York
All brick, iron, and glass, the 19th-century Foundry has been spruced up, yet it still retains its cool industrial feel with several rooms plus a courtyard and terrace.
Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, dreamt up in 1916 by noted landscape designer Beatrix Jones Farrand, boasts a stunning terraced layout, gazebo, and ornamental latticework. The more than 3,500 rose bushes will naturally perfume outdoor ceremonies.
Wilton Congregational Church, Wilton, Connecticut
Established in 1726, the Wilton Congregational Church is the epitome of classic New England structures: quaint, historic, and full of small-town charm.
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Cavendish, Vermont
With stone walls and a steeply slanting roof, St. Mary's Catholic Church provides a picturesque option in the Green Mountain State.
New York City Hall, New York
The Office of the City Clerk in New York is no typical "let's run to City Hall and get hitched" spot, especially after undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation recently. The location, which is the length of a city block, features the building's original marble with brightly colored furniture and ornate chandeliers. Bonus: City Hall Park is right out front, and is perfect for an after-ceremony photo session.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Purcellville, Virginia
Tucked away in the countryside, St. Peter's is an Episcopal church in a pleasant city nicknamed "Everybody's Home Town."
Ledig House, Ghent, New York
Rich with literary tradition (it's home to a writers' residency program), Ledig House overlooks sprawling farmlands and the Catskill Mountains. Its lush grounds are ideal for an outdoor ceremony, especially in autumn, when you'll be in view of the spectacular fall foliage.
Peach Bottom Farm, Independence, Virginia
Peach Bottom Farm is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, with a tranquil pond and a rich musical heritage that you've got to work into your ceremony. Walk down the aisle to a lively fiddle tune, perhaps?