Here is a curated guide of our top 21 favorite venues in the Omaha area. This was so much fun to put together! Every wedding is our new favorite, there are SO MANY VENUES, and it's seriously so hard to choose. But whether you're dreaming of boho, rustic, modern, glam, classic, or eclectic vibes on your wedding day, We think this list has a perfect venue for you to say "I DO!" (and get beautiful photos in the process). So here we go, in no particular order.
1. Christensen Family YMCA Camp
Ok, I'm sure you didn't see this one coming. I know it's unconventional, but this camp provided the most beautiful backdrop for this eclectic wedding (thanks to Andrea Zahourek at AZ+Co for bringing this to life). If you want your wedding to be unique, this location, with its big trees and lake backdrop, could be the spot. You could literally achieve any look you want. There are indoor and outdoor options.
2. Joslyn Art Museum
There are so many beautiful spots at this museum, and your wedding could be inside or outside! Inside, you'll find one of the prettiest, naturally lit, large rooms in Omaha (it can fit 400 people). Plus the the garden is beautiful, the architecture makes for stunning lines, your guests can view artwork, and it is a killer location if you want to venture around the Old Market on your wedding day. Here's a blog from this insane wedding!
3. Sarpy County Fairgrounds
This venue isn't for everyone, but it is SO PERFECT if you are a country couple and you want rustic vibes. Plus it's dirt cheap, leaving tons of room in the budget for an amazing photographer 😉 and ALL THE FLORALS! We love how these two customized their wedding day and it was SUCH A COOL SPOT for a wedding!
4. Castle Unicorn
If you're dreaming of a fairytale wedding, this place is PERFECT. It is so pretty! It's literally a castle on a hill (or maybe mountain, seriously, it's way up there)! There are so many beautiful spots in nature to shoot, and so many inside too! It can hold about 250 people. You can see more here!
5.Wishing Hills Barn
This place is gorgeous. The hanging lights. The chandelier. All the thought that went into the getting-ready room. Shooting this wedding there was a dream. This is one of the prettiest venue barns in the area! There are indoor and outdoor options for the ceremony and they can hold about 300 people!
6. The Empire Room
7. Bella Terre
This place is like a trip to Tuscany. It's a beautiful venue set on the hills at a vineyard. This isn't your clean, modern venue. It definitely has its own strong style going on, but we love it! So many beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces! Here's a wedding we shot there if you want to see more!
8. Vintage Ballroom
Right in the heart of the Old Market, this place is modern, industrial, and urban. We love the brick walls and wood floors. It's smaller than some of the other venues on this list -- holding about 180. But we kinda like that cozy feel! See more here!
9. Magnolia Hotel
We love this courtyard!! If you're looking for an urban location that is stunning, private-feeling, but outside -- THIS. It's so pretty! We could shoot here every weekend and not be mad about it. If you're getting married here, inquire NOW 😉
10. One Thousand Dodge
11. A View On State
This venue is super popular due to the large capacity it can hold! They can have 3 different weddings on the same date, or one GIANT one! It also has beautiful indoor and outdoor options with a covered outdoor ceremony spot! Stay tuned for their new location -- A View West Shores. More photos!
12. The Palace Event Center
This place is straight up Fixer Upper-ish. It's a white barn inside and out, surrounded by country on all sides. Every space is beautiful from getting ready all the way through the reception. We loved this wedding!
13. Bellevue Berry Farm
There are several different locations for a wedding here, and all are beautiful! Plus you can take photos all over the farm, which is a huge bonus. This wedding was in October and it was seriously stunning.
14. Falconwood Park
Ok, this place has so much potential!! It's inexpensive, leaving you more money in your budget for florals. It has indoor and outdoor options. Glamping tents (not for everyone, but super cool). And long beautiful picnic tables (with the right event coordinator they could look *AMAZING*). Our favorite weddings are the ones where couples completely transform a space and make it their own. This would be an amazing spot to do it!
15. Omaha Marriott Downtown
This place is overall gorgeous. The rooms. The hallways. The stairs. The event room. Inside options only, but right in the Capitol District for convenience, and virtually no guest maximum. Love this place!
16. The Barn At The Ackerhurst Dairy Farm
Nothing screams Nebraska wedding more than a red barn, and the inside of this thing is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. The wood ceiling is to die for and the getting ready rooms are decorated meticulously. You can't take a bad photo in this place.
17. Willow Creek Glass Chapel
This place is a bit of a drive from Omaha, but close enough to count and worth the drive! The windows speak for themselves and there are so many beautiful spots for photos! They have the whole property filled with gardens.
18. Soaring Wings Vineyard
Good views. Covered outdoor patio. Wine. Do we need to say more? Get their info here!
19. Omaha Design Center
20. The Fountains Ballroom
This venue is gorgeous. They have a huge double staircase. Vaulted, and I mean VAULTED, ceilings. And the ceremony spot is my favorite. It backs up to a little waterfall and is next to a lake. So pretty!
21. The Diamond Room
Modern. Urban. Romantic. Right in the heart of Downtown Omaha. We love the diamond room!
Those are our favorites right now, but our list is always changing! You can see a whoooooooole list here. And like we said above, our favorite weddings are when our couples choose something unconventional and make it their own!
If you're almost ready to book a venue, don't forget to coordinate available dates with your photographer so you can make both happen (oh hey!)! And if you don't see the right venue for you, but you're ready to book us, just fill out our contact form and let us know what you're looking for! We'll help you find something perfect! And if you want to ditch the traditional wedding altogether, we're down to elope with you!
Based in good ol' Omaha, Nebraska, we are Jack + Chelsea Archer, a husband and wife wedding photography team. We love to tease each other, explore nature, drink coffee, and raise kind, adorable tiny people (Liam, Nora, and Zoe). We also love being wedding photographers. We are so thrilled to be the Best of Omaha Wedding Photographers 3 years in a row.
We believe in marriage and we love to celebrate the beginning with our couples. We believe that photography shouldn't just be stiff and manufactured. We are all about the candids and capturing the connection between our couples and their family and friends. That means knowing and loving each of our clients so we know exactly how to photograph them. The best photos are when you're just authentically having fun and enjoying each other, doing whatever you do.