Moody and Magnificent: 20 Gothic Wedding Venues Across the US

Forget the white wedding—it's time to go dark. With an architectural legacy that spans back to the 11th century, the Gothic style and its soaring spires, flying buttresses, and intricate, pointed arches, is iconic both in structure and vibe. For couples searching for a dramatic backdrop that echoes their grand love story, these enchanting, moody venues—from sprawling, turreted castles to hidden garden sanctuaries to picturesque chapels—offer an alluring Gothic romance you won't soon forget.



NORTHEAST



Hammond Castle Museum

Gloucester, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Coastal Bluff

Medieval Vibes

Landscaped Grounds

Fab Features: a loving replica of a medieval castle complete with turrets and a drawbridge • ceremonies in the gardens or on a dramatic rocky bluff along the windswept Gloucester coast • guests can enjoy the scenic grounds as well as the owner's extensive collection of wonderful Medieval and Renaissance artifacts

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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Worcester Art Museum

Worcester, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Dramatic Staircase

Varied Historic Styles

Gallery Access

Fab Features: the 100-year-old Renaissance Court is enhanced by a glass ceiling, arched columns, and a grand staircase • intimate events in the Chapter House, a 12th-century Gothic-style architectural masterpiece • guests can explore the museum galleries and take in the world-class collection of art

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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The Abbey Grill

Fall River, MA

Venue Superpowers:

Two-Story Interior

National Register of Historic Places

Innovative Italian Cuisine

Fab Features: remarkable 1874 church attended by Lizzie Borden and her family • celebrate beneath a soaring cathedral ceiling and arched stained-glass windows • the in-house chef offers an exciting take on traditional Italian favorites, sourced locally whenever possible

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Fonthill Castle

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Venue Superpowers:

Eclectic Castle

Expansive Grounds

Art Gallery

Fab Features: majestic 44-room castle with architectural styles that range from Byzantium to gothic and remarkable artifacts • celebrate among 60 acres of fields, enchanted woods, a beautiful art gallery, a garden patio tent, and a great hall • self-guided tours of the entire castle, art gallery and grounds allow guests to have an intimate experience with one of the region’s most unusual historic sites

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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The Mansions On Fifth

Pittsburgh, PA

Venue Superpowers:

Shadyside Location

All-Inclusive

Overnight Lodging

Fab Features: a one-of-a-kind venue situated in the heart of Pittsburgh's elegant Shadyside neighborhood • plan the special day of your dreams with their wide array of wedding package offerings • enjoy the overnight accommodations with your guests in the mansion’s 22 luxurious guest rooms and suites

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Roseland Cottage

Woodstock, Connecticut

Venue Superpowers:

Historic Charm

Gorgeous Gardens

Intimate Celebrations

Fab Features: dazzling 1846 Victorian Gothic Revival house adorned with distinctive gables • intimate al fresco events in the intricately patterned, boxwood-edged gardens, designed in the traditional 1850s parterre style • your rental fee supports Historic New England's mission to preserve and share New England heritage

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $
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Branford House Mansion

Groton, Connecticut

Venue Superpowers:

Romantic Castle

Waterfront Views

Affordable

Fab Features: waterfront turn-of-the-century castle-like mansion with carved Gothic paneling and Baroque fireplaces • romantic outdoor ceremonies against rolling hills or panoramic views of the Long Island Sound • an extravagant setting for an affordable price

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point

West Point, NY

Venue Superpowers:

Hudson River Views

Medieval Details

All-Inclusive

Fab Features: historic hotel on a hilltop with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Military Academy at West Point • expansive Grand Ballroom outfitted with 20-foot ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers, and gargoyle architectural details • luxurious guest rooms exude Old World charm and grandeur

Catering: In-house
Price: $$
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SOUTHEAST



The Cloisters

Lutherville, Maryland

Venue Superpowers:

Dramatic Historic Details

Exclusive Use

Late Night Celebrations

Fab Features: exquisite fairy-tale manor highlighted by medieval European antiques, artwork, and artifacts • hold your ceremony in the charming cloistered garden or the elegant amphitheater • dance the night away in the home’s exquisite gallery, where you’ll find delicately carved wood, exquisitely detailed stained glass, and a glorious spiral staircase

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Chase Court

Baltimore, MD

Venue Superpowers:

Garden Courtyard

Welcoming Vibe

Castle Vibes

Fab Features: 1879 hidden gem outfitted with dramatic, arched leaded glass windows, iron chandeliers, and dark wood detailing • the dreamy courtyard is paved with bricks and plush with mature shade trees, ivy-covered walls, and bountiful blooms • LGBTQ+ friendly, and welcoming to cosplay, themed weddings, and other imaginative fêtes

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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Westminster Hall

Baltimore, Maryland

Venue Superpowers:

Fab Baltimore Location

Historic Pipe Organ

Affordable

Fab Features: spacious, restored 1852 Gothic church (and Edgar Allan Poe's memorial site!) • the interior boasts stained-glass windows, carved oak woodwork, and and an 1882 Johnson pipe organ • snap photos outside, where the stunning red brick facade is draped with lush green ivy

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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All Saints Chapel

Raleigh, North Carolina

Venue Superpowers:

Historic Chapel

Natural Light

Stained Glass

Fab Features: dramatic 1875 chapel with stunning original details throughout, from the façade's pointed arches to the wooden aisles leading to the gothic cross configuration inside • the open plan interior boasts an 18-foot ceiling and clerestory windows that fill the space with natural light • ethereal vows against a gorgeous stained glass window

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $
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New Holland Parlor

Gainesville, GA

Venue Superpowers:

Edgy Elegance

Unique

Customized Celebrations

Fab Features: historic venue with a cool, industrial vibe • the interior impresses with exposed brick walls, 100-year-old tile, and modern design elements • customized wedding packages allow you to decor, staff, and plate settings

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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MIDWEST



The Detroit Masonic Temple

Detroit, MI

Venue Superpowers:

Westminster Abbey-Inspired

Downtown Location

Venues of All Sizes

Fab Features: 1926 architectural gem anchored by a stunning, castle-inspired lobby with custom fixtures, decorative arches, medallions, and more • lovely chapel is a small-scale replica of Westminster Abbey • additional event spaces include the expansive Crystal and Fountain Ballrooms and the intimate, elegant Greek Ionic Room and 1M Lounge

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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The Van Dusen Mansion

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Venue Superpowers:

Ivy-Draped Facade

Formal Gardens & Courtyard

Downtown Location

Fab Features: stately 1890s manor home in the heart of Downtown • the one-of-a-kind facade is made up of pink Sioux quartzite and a fascinating blend of Romanesque and French Renaissance architectural design • the grounds boast formal gardens, a grand courtyard, a two-story Carriage House, an amply-sized traditional ballroom, and wonderful bride and groom suites

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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St. James 1868

Milwaukee, WI

Venue Superpowers:

Modern Euro Vibes

Original Details

Stylish Dressing Suites

Fab Features: the Abbey boasts original Tiffany stained glass windows, 15th-century hand-carved monastery panels, and soaring 50-foot ceilings • the intimate Hyde space is a two-story loft space with filtered natural light and original hardwood floors • outdoor courtyards adjoin each venue

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Minneapolis City Hall & Hennepin County Court House

Minneapolis, MN

Venue Superpowers:

Six-Story Rotunda

Storied History

Dramatic Sculpture

Fab Features: historic Council Chambers featuring vintage chandeliers, an ornate coffered ceiling, and murals of early Minneapolis • say "I do" in the six-story Rotunda, adorned with 37 stained-glass windows and a bird's-eye view from the mezzanine • you’ll have exclusive use of the space, a private changing room, and several catering/menu options

Price: $
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WEST COAST



Berkeley City Club

Berkeley, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Euro Vibes

Historic Glam

Intimate Celebrations

Fab Features: designed in 1929 by famed architect Julia Morgan, this historic hotel is like a miniature Hearst Castle • Moorish Gothic-style building features landscaped inner courtyards and fountains, plus a wealth of graceful arches, domed ceilings, pillars, leaded-glass windows and doors, and art • time-honored guest rooms include classic vintage décor

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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Great American Music Hall

San Francisco, California

Venue Superpowers:

Ceremony Stage

Fabulous Acoustics

Dramatic Design Elements

Fab Features: alluring 1907 Rococo concert hall with a starry past • luxe décor includes marble columns, ornately gilded balconies, and an elaborate frescoed ceiling • unique theatrical touches, like personalized marquees and state-of-the-art lighting and sound

Catering: In-house, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Old St. Hilary's

Tiburon, California

Venue Superpowers:

Cliffside Setting

Natural Redwood Walls

SF Bay Views

Fab Features: remarkable 1888 chapel bursting with unique features, like a high, peaked roof, natural redwood walls, and replica oil-burning chandeliers • snap photos on the grounds of the protected wildflower preserve overlooking Belvedere, Angel Island and the Golden Gate • one of the few California examples of Carpenter’s Gothic style to survive in its original condition and setting

Price: $
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