‘Tis the season to get married, apparently. Thanks to Instagram, all future brides are now getting craycray over having the perfect pre-wed concept. But it is a part of wedding culture nowadays notably, after the concepted pre-wed comes the brouhaha deets on the wedding itself. First things first before anything else: have you booked your wedding venue? If you haven’t, you’re in luck because you really want to consider one of these wedding spots!
1. New York Public Library, Manhattan, New York
A historic landmark with incredible marble interiors and captivating ceilings, the New York Public Library is an impressive venue. Celebrations usually take place in Astor Hall or Celeste Bartos Forum; you can rent one for cocktails and another for dinner and celebrating, which holds up to 450 guests. A professional wedding planner is required and the Library only allows civil wedding ceremonies. To rent this venue the price begins at USD50,000.
2. Odescalchi Castle, Outside of Rome, Italy
Before scientology came between Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes, they were married in this 15th-century castle. Located on the shores of Lake Bracciano, this castle contains The Hall of the Caesars, the Secret Garden, an ancient tower, and gardens from 500 years of history. Easton suggests this venue for the romantic atmosphere it contains—lighting, floral decorations, and music put on by the castle and the best international partners. The castle can hold up to 1,000 guests, therefore price will depend on the guest count. Starting price will be about USD50,000.
3. One & Only Reethi Rah Resort, the Maldives
Sitting pretty on a 109-acre island with a beautiful backdrop, this resort provides a private hideaway for the wedding and reception of a lifetime. The One & Only Reethi Rah has 128 private villas with a private pool for each and offers a wedding package plus extra arrangements including personalized menus, private dining, music, and couple spa with beauty treatments exclusively hired by the resort. Booking this resort for your big day costs about USD7,000 a night.
4. Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
With a breathtaking view of the Amalfi Coast, this 11th-century palace is a romantic location for your nuptials, recommended by Josh Brooks of Fete New York Events. You can choose between a ballroom reception with a four-course dinner and a poolside ceremony with cocktails. The palace features romantic gardens, frescoed ceilings, and a 900-year-old Duomo of Ravello for your vows. An “ultimate takeover” package is offered allowing guests to exclusively use the hotel’s 50 rooms and suites. The cost per night is about $1,850 and the wedding package price could go up to USD430,000.
5. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Even though the resort does not offer hosting the wedding ceremony, it has lavish space for a spectacular reception, according to Lynn Easton of Easton Events. This resort is ranked as the top hotel in India and Asia with its amazing service, food, spa, and suites. The resort’s architecture consists of 450 hand-stone columns, domes in gold leaf, and white marble all over as it stretches out 50 acres looking out to Lake Pichola. The cost is about USD8,000 per night for an unforgettable celebration.