Where you wed can set the vibe for the whole celebration.
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Before you taste wedding cake flavors, book your DJ, or even go wedding-dress shopping, you need to figure out where you're getting married. A wedding venue sets the scene for the entire celebration—so before you set a date see what these common types of venues say about you.
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If you dream of getting married in the backyard of your childhood home or the summer house you just bought together as a couple, you're a soft-hearted sentimentalist. You can't beat having the comforts of your own home on your big day, and you get to share a place that's meaningful to you with your guests.
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A former industrial hub may seem like a bold choice for some brides—but not you. Fit for the hipster bride and groom, a warehouse's vaulted ceilings, exposed brick, and all that natural light present a warm, blank canvas to make your very own.
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What could be more beautiful than getting married surrounded by flowers? You're a romantic at heart—and you'll probably have your grandmother do a reading from your favorite Jane Austen novel at your ceremony.
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An Art Museum
You don't shy away from wearing vibrant colors and are always the life of the party. An art museum is an uncommon choice for a wedding, but it'll be hard to forget—just like you!
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A Historic Estate
Ever feel like you were born in the wrong era? Marrying at a historic property will transport your guests back in time and be the perfect canvas to show off your vintage-stylings.
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A Rustic Barn
Are you a little bit country, yet a little bit chic? You're probably going to get married in a barn then. What better place to wear your fancy wedding dress with your favorite cowboy boots?
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A Country Club
The landscaped grounds, the stately entranceway, the classic furniture—everything about getting married at a country club (demurely) shouts polished, preppy, and all-American bride.
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A Favorite Restaurant
You picked a restaurant because the only thing you cared about at your wedding was having the best. food. ever. You're an obsessive foodie—and your guests (and their stomachs) will love you for it.
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You dream of a ceremony where the only soundtrack is the waves in the background and you can feel the sand between your bare toes as you say "I do." You've always been a free spirit and that won't change on your wedding day.
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A Hotel Ballroom
Getting married in a grand ballroom doesn't mean you fancy yourself a princess. In fact, you're probably getting married here because you're a no-nonsense type that cares about your guests above all. Hotels can be a one-stop shop as far as wedding venues go: You're not bound by too many rules on the length of your event or the noise level, and having your guests stay on-site can simplify the experience, especially if you plan to hold the rehearsal dinner or next-day brunch there as well.