What a whirlwind 2017 has been so far! New venues, new deals, and new clients to happily onboard. Today, we are more focused on venues than ever and ready to bring you the best of the best this year. Brides Magazine and WeddingWire recently teamed up to provide a list of the 50 best venues in the United States. We found out that 30% of those venues were private properties and estates!
From that list, here are our Top 5:
1. Oheka Castle - Huntington, NY
This is #1 for a reason! Oheka Castle is the second-largest residence in the United States. Originally built by financier and philanthropist Otto Kahn for his family in the 1920's as his summer estate on Long Island. It stands at 109,000 square feet with 127 rooms. Although changed hands many times after Mr. Kahn's passing, a developer purchased this in 1984 and turned it into a hotel, event space, and luxury dining experience.
2. Jardin de Buis - Pottersville, NJ
This private estate is dripping with grandeur. This property was purchased 4 years ago by an architect and landscape designer who transformed 4 barns into an opulent experience by filling it with the best antiques from France, England, Italy, and America. This French-inspired chateau is home to a main house, gardens, orangeries, and greenhouses. Garden tours, photo shoots, and films are no stranger to this property.
3. Bonnet Island Estate - Manahawkin, NJ
We love that Bonnet Island Estate isn't alone. In fact, Weddings of Distinction owns 4 more of these beautiful properties in New Jersey. Whether you want a beach home, yacht club, traditional venue, or estate, Weddings of Distinction has you covered.
4. Blue Hill at Stone Barns - Pocantico Hills, NY
This next venue is actually a restaurant! Blue Hill has two dinning locations in NYC and Westchester as well as the HayLoft which hosts the reception. The property itself is part of an old Rockefeller Estate converted into a farm. Rich with history, beauty, and great food you cannot go wrong with this estate.
5. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek - Dallas, TX
This estate was originally built by a cotton entrepreneur in 1925 inspired by the 16th-century Italian Renaissance. It was later converted into a hotel and restaurant. A redesign in 2010 put its name back on the map. A multi-million dollar restaurant renovation sealed its reputation as a top venue, hotel, and restaurant in Dallas.
We hope you enjoyed our Venyou picks! For more information or venue scouting contact us here.
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