15 of America's Most Beautifully Timeworn Wedding Venues
While newer venues can come with better amenities (like more up-to-date technology) and more novelty (fewer years in business means its less likely to be plastered all over Pinterest), there's something to be said about a timeworn location. Lived-in charm is real and vastly appealing, and older architecture is often especially elegant. Exposed brick, gorgeous archways, and antique décor are just a few details brides and grooms love. Older spots have also seen their fair share of weddings. Practice makes perfect, meaning most potential problems have already been encountered and resolved. So, if you're interested in finding a long-standing venue with a little bit of history, our friends at the Venue Report helped us compile a list of our favorites to help make your search a lot easier.
Ahead, a collection of some of the most breathtaking timeworn wedding venues around. Not only are these places all pretty and wedding-worthy, but they don't lack what more modern locations hold. These spaces—which are beloved by many couples—have been restored and renovated as needed. In the mix are spots in various parts of the country, from the West Coast to the East Coast and the North to the South. We've found venues in well-known cities like Nashville, Tennessee, and New Orleans, Louisiana, but also in lesser-known towns, like Troy, New York, and Aurora, Illinois. Whether you're looking for someplace that's industrial-chic or more luxurious and formal, you'll find a timeworn venue that suits your style here. Click through to see every option, and start planning the wedding of your dreams.
The Cedar Room in Charleston, South Carolina
This former cigar factory turned architectural gem was built in 1881, but has since been beautifully restored. It still features elements that make venues with longevity shine, like exposed brick walls, original chandeliers, and a massive courtyard.
Takk House in Troy, New York
Now here's a vintage venue that's a perfect match for weddings, specifically (Takk House is run by a wedding photographer and her partner!). Couples can expect a wrapping staircase, two ballrooms, and all-original architecture.
Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana
Fun fact: Solange Knowles tied the knot at Marigny Opera House, so naturally, you should, too. Once a former church (it was designed by French architect Theodore Giraud and constructed in 1853!), it now features plastered brick, paired towers, and arched openings.
Ebell of Long Beach in Long Beach, California
What space comes with exposed bricked, ornate archways, stenciled cielings, bubbling fountains, and a sky-lit covered courtyard? Ebell of Long Beach! The former women's club was carefully restored in its original Spanish Revival design aesthetic.
Race + Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana
Inspired by city sights and New Orleans' eclectic art and antique scene, this Greek revival townhouse (with a Creole cottage!) screams NOLA.
Company 251 in Aurora, Illinois
Company 251, a historic building that was originally the International Harvester Manufacturing Co., has been transformed into a 21st century luxury event space. Complete with exposed brick walls, wood columns, marble bars, and large windows, there are plenty of modern amenities to enjoy here.
The Lake Erie Building in Lakewood, Ohio
Also known as the Screw Factory, The Lake Erie Building—situated in Templar Industrial Park—is nearly 100 years old and sits on 18 acres of land (perfect for you and your 300 guests!). In addition to an event space, it's home to houses factories, warehouses, offices, a winery, and art studios.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana
If you're planning an outdoor celebration, put the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum's 19th-century courtyard on your radar. Pro tip: The New Orleans-inspired venue caters best to a tropical décor scheme, thanks to its exotic outdoor space.
Mill City Museum in Golden Valley, Minnesota
Mill City Museum is bursting with historical character and it has the awards to prove it. The venue combines relics of the mill's past life with all the modern steel, brick, and wood accents native to an industrial space to create something entirely new (and perfect for your unique big day).
The Florence in Savannah, Georgia
The Ruins at Kellum Valley Farm in Cleveland, Georgia
This North Georgia wedding venue was reborn out of its own ashes. The circa-1900 school and dormitory was destroyed by a fire in 1928, which left only its stone foundations and chimney in its wake. Today, the aptly-named Blue Ridge foothills location embraces the structure's bones.
The Blacksmith Shop at the Yards in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Take one look at this historical rail yard, situated in downtown Albuquerque, and you'll be complete on board. The highlights? Floors inlaid with original tracks and the vaulted wooden and steel ceilings.
Basilica Hudson in Hudson, New York
Originally a 19th century factory space, Basilica Hudson, a raw venue owned and operated by artists, has been repurposed (and dressed up!) for all kinds of celebrations.
Alderbrook Station in Astoria, Oregon
At Alderbrook Station, choose among three historic structures (the Net Lodge, the Boathouse, and the Bunkhouse). The ability to hand-pick the space that best fits your celebration isn't the only selling point. It's location—the venue is situated just over the Columbia river—makes for incredible views.
Events Nashville at Houston Station in Nashville, Tennessee
Houston Station is composed of a series of juxtapositions. The Nashville venue has both glamour and grit, and marries the industrial-chic aesthetic of 1800s America with all of the modern amenities of the 21st century. It also comes with the brick you love, as well as wooden features (exposed beams and hardwood floors!), and great acoustics.