We’ve been exploring the world of wedding venues with our new three-part series, What Can I Get For… After tackling $5,000 venues around the country, we’re peeking at five more locations in a slightly higher price range. We’re just covering site fees, aka the price you pay a venue before food and beverage minimums or table and chair rentals. We checked with a panel of wedding planning experts from Bernadette Smith of 14 Stories, Beth Bernstein of SQN Events, Lynn Easton of Easton Events, MB Wedding Design + Events and Laurie Arons Special Events to bring you a list of what $10,000 can get you in any part of the United States. These venues knocked our socks off, and we hope you’ll love them too.
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA: Known for its classic New England feel, the Boston Public Library is a historic landmark with indoor and outdoor space for ceremonies and receptions, making it a year-round option for weddings. The site fees start at $6,000 and increase based on what parts of the library you use. They can accommodate a whopping 500 guests, so there’s no excuses for not inviting every one of your aunts. (Photo via Sheryl Lanzel)
Cafe Brauer, Chicago, IL: Just minutes from downtown Chicago, Cafe Brauer is located at the edge of Lincoln Park Zoo. This Prairie School-style venue has a skylit roof and stained-glass windows that open out to views of the city skyline. Stunning Tiffany-style chandeliers set the mood for a gorgeous evening. Site fees begin at $8,500 and can accommodate up to 400 guests. Bonus perk: Part of the site fee is tax deductible. (Photo via Avery House)
Adamson House, Malibu, CA: Overlooking the Malibu Lagoon State Beach, this stunning historic house sits on five acres of garden and lawn overlooking the ocean. It’s basically any California girl’s dream come true. You’ll fall in love with this venue for its Spanish-influenced architecture and famous Malibu tile. All weddings are held outdoors with picture-perfect ocean views for both your ceremony and reception. Site rental starts at $7,000 and can accommodate up to 200 guests. (Photo via Chris Schmitt)
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard, Charlottesville, VA: This natural beauty sits just outside of Charlottesville on an expansive piece of land with breathtaking panoramic Blue Mountain range views. If you’re looking for that perfect combination of Southern elegance, modern charm and the great outdoors, this is the venue for you. Site fees starts at $7,500 and can accommodate 120-250 guests. They’ve also got a preferred on-site caterer, a bridal loft, parking attendants, chairs, tables, tableware and linens and staff. (Photo via: Jen Fariello)
Haiku Mill, Maui, HI: Located on the northeastern coast of Maui, Haiku Mill seems to have it all: rich history and the natural, tropical beauty that is Hawaii. As one of the first sugarcane mills in Hawaii, the ruins, vintage stonewalls and elegant chandeliers promise an enchanting evening. Their site fee starts at $7,000 and can hold up to 160 guests. Included in the site fee is the use of the Cane House and all lighting. (Photo via Jana Morgan)
Getting married at one of these venues? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Have another venue favorite around $10,000? Fill us in!