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20 Modern Day Ballrooms You’ll Actually Want to Get Married In

With all the new hotel openings of the past few years, we’ve been beside ourselves with excitement over the good lookin’ ballrooms that have come with them. Gone are the days of ballrooms filled with putty-colored chairs, crazy patterned carpets and bad lighting. In with the new school of ballrooms that have tons of windows and sunlight, hardwood floors, neutral palettes and beautiful views.

In this edition of ballrooms we think you’ll actually want to get married in, we’re headed to 17 different cities. This scouting mission includes a whole lot of modern spaces with a few traditional, golden era ballrooms thrown in too. Because variety is the spice of life, right?

Reporter: Alyssa Brown | Venue: Rosecliff
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The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building learn more

Wall-to-wall marble floors, limestone columns, soaring vaulted ceilings and intricate ironwork decorate the interiors of the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building in Miami. A former bank headquarters, this stunner of a wedding venue has two ballrooms and some incredible original details that make each space feel completely glamorous.
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Ebell of Long Beach learn more

This Long Beach stunner is fit for a fabulous wedding of up to 300 of your friends and family. At Ebell of Long Beach, you can get married in an old Spanish Revival style tiled courtyard and move into an antique-clad ballroom with cozy lounge vignettes for your reception.
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3 / 20
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620 Loft & Garden learn more

Located just beside the famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, this loft ballroom and rooftop garden space is a dream for any couple looking for a wedding venue that feels classically New York. At 620 Loft & Garden, you can exchange vows and spend cocktail hour outside before making your way into a dining and dancing space that’s bright white, sun-filled and totally elegant.
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4 / 20
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Revel Motor Row learn more

Chicago, look out! This awesome venue just across the street from the Convention Center is rad. With exposed brick walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and architectural details from the building’s 1930s construction, there’s nothing dull about the ballrooms at Revel Motor Row.
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5 / 20
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Rainbow Room learn more

Rainbow Room on the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC has been around since the Art Deco era and has the timeless style to prove it. At this ballroom, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop terrace that wraps around to give your wedding guests the best possible views of the iconic skyline.
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The Cedar Room learn more

Aged brick walls, wood floors, industrial windows and the most perfect chandeliers we’ve ever seen make Charleston’s Cedar Room look ever so glamorous. Just add the perfect couple and as many as 600 guests to make this wedding an unforgettable one.
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7 / 20
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Prospect House learn more

It’s hard to call these modern, minimalist, all-white and windowed spaces ballrooms, yet that’s exactly their function. Head to the Texas Hill Country for a wedding in Dripping Springs and be ready to be wowed by the beautiful setting at Prospect House.
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8 / 20
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The Fonda Theatre learn more

How does a roaring 20s speakeasy theme sound for your wedding? If that’s up your alley, we’ve got the best venue in LA for you. Dramatic velvet curtains, checkerboard floors and Hieronymus Bosch murals decorate the interior spaces of The Fonda Theatre. Outside, there’s a massive open-air rooftop where you can kick off your vows and host the evening’s dinner party.
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9 / 20
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The Regency Center learn more

In a city full of party spaces, The Regency Center stands out with its Scottish Rite temple architecture of the 1900s and sprawling venue spaces. There’s a ballroom if you’re planning something performance-oriented for your wedding, but the social hall with wood floors, towering ceilings and a grandiose feeling is the spot many couples head to for their wedding celebrations. 
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10 / 20
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NOOR learn more

Pasadena’s prettiest spot for an indoor wedding, NOOR has two ballrooms to choose from and one beautiful fabric-draped courtyard. Each ballroom has its own formal foyer and lounge space plus an outdoor area. This vibe is all sorts of glam, in the best way possible.
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11 / 20
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$539 avg. room rate
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The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale learn more

When Camelback Mountain and its desert expanse are the backdrop for your wedding venue, you know it’s gonna be a memorable experience for your people. At The Phoenician, there are ballrooms aplenty, made for just about any size wedding you’re planning, and outdoors you’ll find cactus gardens, lawns filled with orchids, and a little adobe house that once belonged to artist Jessie Benton Evans.
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12 / 20
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The Bell Tower learn more

Nashville’s historic The Bell Tower dates back to 1874 and now doubles as an awesome wedding spot with towering (no pun intended) ceilings, hardwood floors and the biggest windows you ever did see. The open floor plan can host up to 700 of your party comrades.
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13 / 20
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McNamara Alumni Center learn more

For all those architecture buffs out there, there’s a fabulous wedding ballroom venue in Minneapolis that we have a feeling you’ll l-o-v-e. The McNamara Alumni Center has ten different event spaces, each with its own cool combination of windows, steel, wood and design-centric elements.
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14 / 20
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The Bridge Building Event Spaces learn more

This lofty, industrial riverfront wedding spot in Nashville is all windows, patios and river views. Look out your wedding reception windows to the Nashville skyline, or take a wander onto the rooftop patio for family portraits at The Bridge Building.
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15 / 20
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Keeneland learn more

There’s a beautiful boutique racecourse in the rolling hills of the Lexington countryside where you have tons of new school ballroom options for an indoor wedding. Check out the clubhouse if you’re about those racetrack views, opt to celebrate in the Keene Barn, head to the Keeneland Room with a rooftop patio, or set up your big bash in the limestone café.
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16 / 20
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The William Aiken House learn more

A traditional, big southern home in Charleston, The William Aiken House has wrap-around porches, balconies, formal dining rooms and perfectly manicured courtyards. The stately home dates back to 1810, and the indoor ballrooms have a timeless elegance.
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$595 avg. room rate
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Rosewood Baha Mar learn more

A newcomer to the Bahamas scene, Rosewood Baha Mar is one of those gorgeous island getaways that has island chic style down to a T. Book up a couple dozen of the gorgeous guest villas on the beach, have your wedding ceremony overlooking the sea and head into one of the modern Caribbean ballrooms for a classically cool reception.
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The Colony learn more

This super sweet ballroom in North Portland features cement flooring, black and white walls, and tons of windows. It’s a little bit modern mixed with a little bit traditional (basically our favorite wedding style combo), and makes for an epic space to decorate any which way you please. Plus, there’s enough on-site lodging to sleep a small wedding party crew too.
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Lairmont Manor learn more

Woodsy, beautiful Bellingham sets the scene for this traditional 1914 manor. At Lairmont Manor, gardens are aplenty and the ballrooms inside are relics of their time. The Grand Hall’s vaulted ceilings and gorgeous woodwork throughout are further complemented by just the right amount of sunshine pouring in through the giant windows.
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Rosecliff learn more

When romance, tradition and opulence are the kinds of words you’re using to describe your dream wedding, Rosecliff is a venue you absolutely have to check out. Located in Newport, this stately mansion is set on expansive grounds and surrounded by gardens. Inside, you’ll find a cloud-ceilinged ballroom that’s stunning for a wedding of up to 180 guests.
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