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Stunning ballroom wedding venues for your storybook wedding

Many brides have waltzed the night away in a historic hotel thanks to an array of stunning ballroom wedding venues. In fact, one of these venues inspired a wedding scene right out of a classic American novel, making the perfect setting for your storybook wedding.


Dripping in chandeliers and steeped in history, many legendary ballroom weddings have been hosted at one of these historic hotels:

Inspiring “The Great Gatsby” in Louisville

During the Roaring Twenties, Long Island millionaires and French Riviera aristocrats provided F. Scott Fitzgerald inspiration for one of his novels, “The Great Gatsby.” The extravagant parties and Southern glamour of the rich and famous, particularly at The Seelbach Hilton Louisville in Kentucky, drew his attention.

When Fitzgerald was stationed at an Army base near Louisville in 1918, he made frequent R&R visits to the Rathskeller at the hotel. In “The Great Gatsby,” readers are told that Jay Gatsby's Louisville love, Daisy, is married in the grand ballroom of the Muhlbach Hotel. It’s an obvious stand-in for the beautiful Seelbach ballroom.

Chicago ballroom wedding venues

Popularity has its requirements. When your storybook wedding requires dancing space for more than a thousand guests, Hilton Chicago, which overlooks Lake Michigan, is ingeniously equipped to handle everything. The clever design of the column-free Grand Ballroom is considered an architectural feat.

Couples use the glittering Versailles-inspired Grand Ballroom with its French-made chandeliers of Czechoslovakian crystal as the backdrop for wedding themes that the Chicago venue executes beautifully. For a seamless wedding, Hilton Chicago offers on-staff wedding planners and event coordinators. In fact, since the hotel’s 1927 opening, Hilton Chicago has hosted all 15 U.S. presidents.

Washington, DC, ballroom wedding venues

Shortly after Washington Hilton opened in the mid-1960s, its massive International Ballroom welcomed guests by the thousands, hosting concerts for 4,000 attendees. Jim Morrison, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix were among the legends who performed on the Washington Hilton 48-foot hydraulic stage.

The largest hotel ballroom space in Washington, DC, the International Ballroom is completely free of pillars, meaning everyone can see the bride and groom during their wedding. So if you’re planning an extravagant dinner for a few thousand friends, plus ballroom dancing to big band sound, look no further than Washington Hilton.

Honey, we shrunk the ballroom wedding

When intimate suits your style (a few hundred guests, rather than a few thousand) consider one of these lovely ballroom wedding venues at the The Tudor Arms Hotel - A DoubleTree By Hilton. In Cleveland’s east side, this hotel features two beautiful ballrooms, Crystal and Tudor, with each seating more than 300 in banquet style at round tables dressed for 10 guests. Originally built in Gothic Revival style as a gentleman’s club, the emphasis in 1929 was on exclusivity.

Today, ballroom weddings still reflect the best vintage features. Graced with wood parquet floors and high-vaulted ceilings, these ballrooms are trimmed in gilt and adorned with tasteful chandeliers of retro design. Outside the walls of these ornate ballrooms, the hotel once welcomed famous entertainers during the mid-1900s. Guests would dress to the nines to enjoy fabulous jazz music, and today’s couples say they can still feel the mid-century vibe during their ballroom wedding celebration.