The shores of a scenic lake make for an unforgettable setting for destination weddings. There’s just something so calming about the water, something romantic about the boat docks, and the golden hour lighting at sunset is dreamy when reflecting on the lake’s surface.
If you’re seeking the perfect lakefront wedding venue for your wedding and you’ll go anywhere in the U.S. to find it, our list below has you covered.
Piney River Ranch, Vail, Colorado
By far one of THE most stunning wedding venues in all of Colorado is Piney River Ranch near Vail. It’s a private, 40-acre venue on the edge of Piney Lake and sweeping views of the Gore Range mountains. If you’re planning a destination wedding to Colorado, this should be at the top of your list.
Estate at Cherokee Dock, Lebanon, Tennessee
With over 13 private lakefront acres and accommodations on-site, the Estate at Cherokee Dock is nothing but exceptional for destination weddings. The views of the lake are absolutely dreamy, and there’s some amazing amenities for couples celebrating their big day here, from the Bridal Suite and game room, to the pool and hot-tub, and even horse stables!
Big Spring in Lexington, Virginia
Located in such an idyllic area of Virginia, Big Spring Farm is a stunning waterfront venue with a 10-acre lake. There’s also a large barn on site, and it’s within minutes of downtown Lexington! Perfect for a small getaway venue for couples planning a destination wedding outside of Charlottesville, Richmond, or Washington D.C.
Inns of Aurora, New York
Described by Country Living as “America’s best-kept secret,” the Inns of Aurora is a historic and romantic wedding venue in upstate New York. With Cayuga Lake in the backdrop of your ceremony and portraits, it’s certainly one of the best lakefront wedding venues in the U.S. hands-down.
Edgewood Tahoe Resort
Lake Tahoe is not only one of the most beautiful lakes in the U.S., but it’s also one of the most popular destinations for couples wanting a lakefront wedding ceremony. And if you love the idea of getting married here, Edgewood Tahoe is great venue to consider. Views of Lake Tahoe can be seen from the North Lawn for your ceremony, as well as the North Room Deck, 17th Green, and more. You might even want to hop on a boat or kayak ride for some romantic lake portraits at the end of the day!
Oasis Lake Travis, Austin, Texas
Texas may be known for its big sky country, but it’s also got some pretty epic water views from The Oasis on Lake Travis. Located near Austin, Texas, this lakefront wedding venue has tons of space for weddings between 50-400 guests. It’s totally unlike anything else you’ll see in the region.
Zion Red Rock, Utah
Looking to combine lakefront with red rocks and desert landscapes? Zion Red Rock is a gorgeous destination for weddings in Utah. It’s also super close to Zion National Park, where you can get some of the most epic wedding portraits for your big day!
Lake Lawn Resort, Wisconsin
For those who love the upper midwest, look no further than Lake Lawn Resort in Wisconsin. It’s a popular destination for couples coming from Chicago, Madison, and Rockford, and has over two miles of lakefront property on Delavan Lake.
Lanier Islands, Georgia
Located in northern Georgia outside of Atlanta, Lanier Islands has over 1500 acres to make your lakefront wedding dreams come true. There are over a dozen options for your ceremony and reception spaces, suited to fit weddings of almost any size.
Barn at Crescent Lake, Tampa
Whether you live in Tampa Bay or you love the idea of this region for a Florida destination wedding, The Barn & Sky Lodge at Crescent Lake has plenty to offer. The brand new barn on site is fully air-conditioned and has more of a luxurious vibe than a rustic one. There’s also The Sky Lodge (the newest venue in Tampa Bay!) with some truly unique architecture and beautiful string lights. And it’s all located on 40 acres of lakefront property!
Convict Lake Resort, CA
There is no shortage of dreamy lakefront and mountain views here! From Convict Lake, you can see Mt. Morrison, Laurel Mountain and the hillsides all around the lake. To use the lakefront for your wedding ceremony, you have to go through the US Forest Service Mammoth Lakes District, and can have your reception at the restaurant at the resort!
Mission Inn Resort, Marina del Rey, Florida
Another fantastic wedding venue option in Florida is outside of Orlando at the beautiful Mission Inn Resort. At their Marina del Rey rental location, you can have the lake and some tall oak trees as your backdrop for the ceremony, and can even take portraits at sunset on the lakefront docks!
Coeur d’Alene Golf and Spa Resort, Idaho
Probably one of the prettiest lakefront areas of all Idaho, Coeur d’Alene is a perfect location for a waterfront wedding. This resort is a luxurious option, complete with spa services, golf courses, and elegant reception spaces.
Planning a Lakefront Wedding? Bring Us with You!
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