The Best Revamped Wedding Venues in the Country
By: Kathryn O'Shea-Evans
Thanks to renovations, these historic buildings around the United States have been given a new lease on life as weddings sites. Consider them your something old and something new.
The Cedar Room: Charleston, SC
One of the country's most popular wedding locales, Charleston, has so many centuries-old venues steeped in classic charm, from churches to mansions. Now there's a new player in town: an industrial-chic party space inside a renovated 1881 cigar factory with exposed brick walls, pendant lighting, and 10-foot windows overlooking the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Up to 300 seated guests can enjoy menus by Tim Morton, formerly of Chicago's three-Michelin-starred Alinea, before relaxing in a lounge area with a drink—but not a smoke, since The Cedar Room has swapped cigars for celebrations.
The Details: Venue rental from $8,500 (food and beverage minimum may apply), TheCedarRoom.com.
Millwick: Los Angeles, CA
There's no place buzzier in L.A. than Downtown's emerging Arts District, and it now includes this former 1920s mule livery, the latest party spot from the team behind Culver City's popular SmogShoppe event space. At Millwick, couples can exchange vows and host a cocktail hour in a leafy courtyard before moving into the interior reception area, which is illuminated by nine skylights and planted with greenery that transforms the whitewashed brick into an oasis of philodendrons, dracaenas, and fiddle-leaf figs. In other words, go ahead and lower that flower budget.
The Details: Venue rental from $6,000, Millwick.com.
The Presidio: San Francisco, CA
This former military post turned 1,491-acre park is attracting more couples than ever, thanks to the opening of the Presidio Officers' Club. The circa-1776 adobe-walled Mission Revival structure (the oldest building in San Francisco!) has been a barracks for Spanish soldiers and a social center for the US Army. After a ceremony at the Presidio Chapel, hold a reception for up to 300 in the Ortega Ballroom, with its views of the San Francisco Bay and the cypress-and-eucalyptus filled forest, and catering by James Beard Award winner Traci Des Jardin.
The Details: Venue rental from $6,000, Presidio.gov.
The Lodge at Crooked River: Hiltons, VA
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash spent their summers just up the road from the 200-acre Crooked River estate on Virginia's Heritage Music Trail—and it's no surprise given the ballad-worthy scenery. Today, vows are exchanged in one of the three meadows, with receptions held in an 1845 granary-turned-lodge complete with soaring 44-foot ceilings, local fieldstone fireplaces, and a hand-forged wrought-iron archway. A restored 1890s tobacco barn is now a luxe hideaway for prewedding primpings—it even has a copper soaking tub with mountain and river views—and can serve as a honeymoon suite after the party's over, too.
The Details: Venue rental from $6,999, CrookedRiverEvents.com.