Most Incredible Film Locations Where You Can Also Get Married
You and your fiancé are the stars of your wedding, so why not tie the knot before a Hollywood-worthy backdrop? These venues from around the world have set the scene on the big screen and can do the same on your big day.
Great Expectations (1998)
Where: Ca’ D’ Zan, Sarasota, FL
The Details: This Venetian-style villa was once home to John Ringling (of the Ringling Brothers). By the ’90s, the house and grounds had fallen into a serious state of neglect, so the crumbling mansion seen in Great Expectations is exactly what the place looked like back then. After a full renovation completed in 2002, you can now get married here.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Details: The Art Institute of Chicago appears as itself in the 1986 John Hughes comedy where three teenagers play hooky. Here, a real couple poses for their wedding photos in front of the Georges Seurat painting that the character Cameron ponders in the movie.
Where: Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, MD
The Details: This charming hotel was the setting for the main wedding reception in the 2005 comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Set right on the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, this 19th-century manor house is located in a fairly quiet town so you shouldn’t have to worry about any wedding crashers of your own.
Where: Château de Vaux le Vicomte, Maincy, France
The Details: This 17th-century château appears as the residence of villain Hugo Drax in the 1979 Bond film Moonraker starring Roger Moore. Though supposedly imported “stone by stone” to California from France in the movie, it’s actually located an hour southeast of Paris, making the estate an ideal setting for a destination wedding.
Also Seen In: The Man in the Iron Mask
The Royal Tenenbaums
Where: Alder Manor, Yonkers, NY
The Details: Built in 1912 in the Renaissance Revival style, this historic estate located just north of New York City is now a beautiful wedding venue. Wes Anderson used it for several settings in The Royal Tenenbaums, including Margot’s boarding school, her Paris pied-à-terre, and the bathroom of her apartment.
Also Seen In: A Beautiful Mind, Mona Lisa Smile, and Great Expectations
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Sleepless in Seattle
Where: Empire State Building, New York, NY
The Details: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s characters finally meet each other at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day in this ’90s rom-com. While you can’t hold private wedding ceremonies here, couples that participate in an annual contest can get married here on February 14. If you’d rather not leave it to luck, you can get engaged on the observatory deck any day of the year.
Also Seen In: An Affair to Remember
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Where: Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy
The Details: While the prequel Star Wars trilogy wasn’t well received by critics, nobody can deny the beauty of the lake retreat where Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker secretly get married in the film. Thankfully this gorgeous villa isn’t in a galaxy far, far away. It’s actually set right on Lake Como, one of our favorite destination wedding locales.
Also Seen In: Casino Royale
Where: Oheka Castle, Huntington, NY
The Details: Photographs of this Long Island château appeared as the fictional Xanadu in the opening of the 1941 classic starring Orson Welles. You may also recognize it from the recent Taylor Swift music video for “Blank Space.”
Also Seen In: What Happens in Vegas and The Emperors Club
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Where: Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England
The Details: The grand interiors of Hatfield House appear as Wayne Manor in Tim Burton’s first Batman movie. Weddings are hosted on-site at the Old Palace (located adjacent to the Jacobean mansion), which is also famous for hosting Queen Elizabeth I’s first Council of State.
Also Seen In: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (as the exterior of Croft Manor)
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Where: Rosecliff, Newport, RI
The Details: This Gilded Age masterpiece appears as the exterior and some of the interiors of the mansion where Gatsby hosts his extravagant parties in the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby. Why not host your own jazz-age fête here?
Also Seen In: True Lies, Amistad, and 27 Dresses
Where: Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England
The Details: The house and grounds of Haddon Hall have been featured in no fewer than three versions of Jane Eyre, including the 2011 version starring Mia Wasikowska, the 1996 film with Charlotte Gainsbourg, and the 2006 Masterpiece Theatre mini-series. While it is portrayed as the gloomy Thornfield Hall on-screen, the gardens of this medieval manor house are full of lively colors for a spring or summer celebration.
Also Seen In: Elizabeth, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Princess Bride (as Prince Humperdinck’s castle).
The Sound of Music
Where: Mirabell Palace and Garden, Salzburg, Austria
The Details: You can get married at several of the filming locations of the classic 1965 musical, but we think the setting for the “Do-Re-Mi” scene is the loveliest. Say your I do’s in a civil ceremony in the Baroque palace and then head to the formal gardens where the Von Trapp children sang and danced to take photos.
The Big Lebowski
Where: Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, CA
The Details: The Coen brothers used this 46,000-square-foot estate in Beverly Hills to shoot the interiors of the Lebowski mansion. While you don’t see the exterior of the house in the movie, its formal gardens are a lush setting for an outdoor affair.
Also Seen In: Spiderman, The Social Network, Ghostbusters, and There Will Be Blood (the bowling alley scene)
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Where: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England
The Details: Not only did Chatsworth appear as the exteriors of Mr. Darcy’s fictitious estate in the 2005 film starring Keira Knightley, but it’s also believed that Jane Austen used this grand country home as inspiration for Pemberley. Set on 1,000 acres of gardens, you don’t have to be a fan of the movie or novel to want to get hitched here.
Also Seen In: The Duchess and The Wolfman
Where: Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, CA
The Details: You’ll recognize the interiors of Sherwood Country Club as the glamorous “Sheffield Hunt Club,” where Rose Byrne’s character hosts an engagement party in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids. The club also appears later in the movie as the exterior of the wedding venue where Maya Rudolph says her I do’s.