Don’t get us wrong, we’re all about the under-the-radar, secluded wedding venues. But there’s also something pretty alluring about getting hitched in a spot that has a little (or a lot) of history behind it. From the New York Public Library to Kensington Palace, there are certain iconic locales that simply stand in a class all their own. And whether you're actually looking for a storied venue in which to tie the knot or are just curious about what's out there, read on for our list of the most famous wedding venues of all time. We can dream, right?
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Kensington Palace Want to rub elbows with the royal family on your big day? While we can't guarantee an appearance by William and Kate, this iconic English property is guaranteed to wow guests. The staterooms and garden area are open to the public, making it an over-the-top backdrop for a luxe ceremony and reception. Just ask Nicky Hilton, who celebrated her nuptials to James Rothschild at the elegant venue last year.
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The Beverly Hills Hotel The Beverly Hills Hotel is a legendary celebrity hangout and frequent host of huge Hollywood gatherings, from the Oscars to the Grammys. So, it makes sense that people want to get hitched here. (Honestly, we would choose it just to have pics in front of the famous sign.) Among the celebrities who tied the knot here? Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, and John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn.
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Villa d’Este Often dubbed the best hotel in the world ( whoa), Villa d’Este is a gorgeous Lake Como estate and a slice of Italian heaven. So elegant and ornate (marble bathrooms, silk curtains — the works), it boasts 152 rooms, plus views that will make you want to pinch yourself. Stars such as Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have said “I do” on the property.
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Boone Hall Plantation If you’re looking for authentic Southern Charm, this South Carolina venue has it in spades. Boone Hall is America's oldest working plantation farm; it's been around since 1681, and opened to the public in the late ‘50s. The timeless property offers tours, weddings, events, and has even been in its share of films (you might recognize it from The Notebook). It’s also where Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively tied the knot. So, there's that.
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New York Public Library You might recognize this regal midtown landmark from the SATC movie; it's where Big leaves Carrie at the altar. But it's also the site of many a lavish real wedding, too. With its towering staircase, dramatic dome roof, and awe-inspiring reading room, it’s no wonder the NYPL is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in NYC.
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The Breakers Palm Beach There’s something so idyllic about escaping the bustle of the city and high-tailing it to the land of sun and cocktails. This iconic, Italian-style hotel in Palm Beach, FL, has been a staple in the wedding game for years, and it's no stranger to celeb ceremonies. Last year, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello got hitched there. With its elaborate entrance, lavish ballrooms, and picturesque beachside ceremony sites, this one's got it all. Sign us up.
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American Museum Of Natural History Is there anything more romantic than strolling around a museum after dark? If you and your boo are nature buffs (or you just want your own private night at the museum), New York's American Museum of Natural History has you covered. Just imagine taking your vows under the giant blue whale. It'll cost a pretty penny, but it will be memorable.
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Borromeo Castle This medieval castle on the tiny Italian island of Isola Bella is one for the books. Pierre Casiraghi (grandson of the Princess of Monaco) and his bride, Beatrice Borromeo, got hitched here in an opulent ceremony last summer. If you want to sneak a peek at the over-the-top digs in person, you can sign up for a tour the next time you find yourself on the Italian coast.
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Hotel Ritz The Hotel Ritz in Place Vendôme is among the most recognizable spots in Paris, and was even a former playground for some of the 20th century's most influential figures (Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn). A fire caused the hotel to shutter in early 2016, but it's slated to reopen this summer after undergoing a major restoration. If you're looking for something positively grand and exquisite, it doesn't get more elaborate than this.
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The Drake Hotel Chicago's most famous hotel is a beacon of storied architecture, and an absolutely iconic spot for a celebration in the Windy City. Opened in 1920, the landmark building is located on Magnificent Mile, overlooking Lake Michigan. The banquet hall is filled with chandeliers and ornate, coffered ceilings — and it's dripping with elegance throughout.