20 Nonprofit Wedding Venues Where Your Big Day Can Benefit Others

It's great when your wedding can do some good long after your Big Day. If you choose to host your celebration at one of these beautiful nonprofit venues, your rental fees will also benefit and empower others in a variety of ways, from supporting underprivileged and at-risk kids to saving animals to building up your own community. So say "I do" to a good cause and let your special day leave a lasting impression on more than just your wedding guests.



CALIFORNIA



Preservation Park

Oakland, CA

Fab Features: eye-catching recreation of a Victorian neighborhood in the heart of Oakland • ceremonies in the graceful bandstand surrounded by vintage architecture, colorfully painted homes, and lush landscaping • receptions follow in the adjacent Fountain Courtyard with a stunning two-tiered fountain at its center

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

The Greenhouse at Plantenders Nursery OC

Silverado, CA

Fab Features: exchange vows beneath ancient pepper & olive trees • the versatile greenhouse can accommodate everything from rustic receptions to luxurious galas • a portion of proceeds go towards Becoming a Cupcake, a nonprofit that provides jobs and support to women rescued from trafficking and forced marriage

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

The San Francisco Mint

San Francisco, California

Fab Features: a stunning 1874 Greek-revival building • stunning photo ops among the grand façade, classic columns, sweeping staircase entry, and the expansive courtyard • their Project Wreckless Program offers an immersive program centered around restoring vehicles that focuses on at risk youths

Catering: In-house, BYO
Price: $$ • $$$

California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco, CA

Fab Features: world-renowned, eco-friendly natural history museum • variety of event spaces include an aquarium, a planetarium or a rainforest, and a living roof • treat your guests to a jaw-dropping setting and best-in-class service while supporting their mission to explore, explain, and sustain life a tangible reality

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$ • $$$

The Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids

Tustin, CA

Fab Features: a contemporary museum showcasing an incredible collection of rare and exotic automobiles • customizable wedding packages can accommodate everything from personal and quiet to big and lavish receptions • a portion of the net proceeds from booked events and museum visitors goes to local at-risk children’s charities like Olive Crest, Orange County Rescue Mission, Covenant House California, KidWorks, and more!

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Heritage Museum of Orange County

Santa Ana, California

Fab Features: a lovingly restored 1898 Victorian • the grounds boast 10 acres of historic gardens, jasmine-covered walkways, an orange grove, and turn-of-the-century buildings • proceeds from weddings and receptions go to support the museum's nonprofit programs, which provide "hands-on" historical enrichment for visitors


Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


COLORADO



Butterfly Pavilion

Westminister, Colorado

Fab Features: ceremonies in the lush rainforest with 1,600 exotic butterflies • several reception locations include the Pavilion, an elegant ballroom, an outdoor amphitheater near a creek, gazebos, gardens, and patios • all profits generated from events go directly back into the Pavilion’s education, conservation, and outreach programs

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $

Evergreen Lake House

Evergreen, CO

Fab Features: ceremonies on a wide deck that extends over Evergreen Lake • the Great Room has a warm, elegant, log cabin feel, with a lodgepole pine ceiling and walls, a stacked-stone fireplace, and an outdoor patio • they partner with a variety of organizations like the Active4All Evergreen Foundation which focuses on the improvement of parks and recreational opportunities for all members of the Evergreen mountain community

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$

Richards-Hart Estate

Denver, Colorado

Fab Features: a lovely Victorian mansion with elegant furnishings, rich wood trim, and colorful wallpapers • 3 acres of beautiful acres of wooded grounds and vibrant gardens • the organization's purpose is to enhance the Wheat Ridge community through culture, education, recreation, and beautification

Catering: BYO
Price: $

YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center

Estes Park, Colorado

Fab Features: ceremonies with stunning 360-degree views of nature’s glory • variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces from the Overlook Chapel to the Mountain Lodge Pine Room • this faith-based organization is committed to fostering a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all through programs that help youth development and social responsibilities

Catering: In-house
Price: $


GEORGIA



Piedmont Park Conservancy

Atlanta, GA

Fab Features: the gorgeous al fresco ceremony lawn overlooks Clara Meer Lake and the city skyline • historic stables-turned-reception hall with exposed rafters, oak paneling, and Mission-style lantern chandeliers • rentals help maintain the upkeep of the park and support their education programs that are available for all ages

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Georgia Aquarium

Atlanta, GA

Fab Features: the expansive Oceans Ballroom boasts a striking undulating ceiling and dramatic uplighting • host cocktail hour under thousands of swimming fish, or alongside the graceful belugas • proceeds go towards inspiring awareness and the preservation of our oceans and aquatic animals worldwide

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Rhodes Hall

Atlanta, GA

Fab Features: 1904 castle-esque private home and landmark • the interior is appointed with a grand mahogany staircase, painted windows, and an ornate fireplace • al fresco celebrations on the front porch or spacious lawn

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$


Tryon Palace Historic Site and Gardens

New Bern, NC

Fab Features: this impressive "palace" is located right at the edge of the Trent River in historic New Bern • al fresco celebrations in the gorgeous formal gardens • the Tryon Palace Foundation enables people to connect to heritage through our inspiring sites, hands-on experiences, and intriguing history

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$

The North Carolina Arboretum

Asheville, North Carolina

Fab Features: 65 acres of meticulously cultivated gardens, bountiful flowerbeds, stone paths, and towering trees • the Heritage Garden is designed with a lovely wooden gazebo and stone fireplace, and the Baker Exhibit Center is an airy, light-filled hall with an open-beam ceiling • the Green Wedding Program provides green initiative guidelines to help couples design their event to minimize its impact and preserve the natural beauty of this North Carolina gem

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$


OREGON



Hoyt Arboretum

Portland, Oregon

Fab Features: intimate ceremonies on the Redwood Deck beneath towering redwoods • receptions in the open-air A-frame with wooden beams, a stone floor, and picnic tables • proceeds go towards the conservation of rare species of trees from around the globe, giving children the opportunity to learn about trees and biodiversity, and preserving Portland’s living museum of trees for future generations

Catering: BYO
Price: $

Deepwood Museum & Gardens

Salem, Oregon

Fab Features: Queen Anne-style Victorian house in the heart of Salem's historic district • surrounding 5-acre park filled with nature trails and accented by a greenhouse and original carriage house • the rentals program allows them to keep the history, culture, and ongoing programs alive for the community

Catering: BYO
Price: $


WASHINGTON



Lime Kiln Point State Park Lighthouse

Friday Harbor, Washington

Fab Features: preserved 40-acre park • exchange vows in a historic lighthouse with panoramic ocean views then explore the grounds and catch sightings of passing orca whales • operated by Friends of Lime Kiln Society, revenues generated from this program contribute to the maintenance and support of the lighthouse and the park

Price: $

Lakewold Gardens

Lakewood, Washington

Fab Features: Georgian-style mansion set on the shores of Gravelly Lake • the lush 10-acre grounds boast a wisteria-covered terrace, brick paths, ponds, and a beautiful gazebo for outdoor ceremonies • rentals allow for the property to be maintained and available to the public for future generations

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $


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