Glamorous, Stately…and Haunted Venues!

by Lotoya Vongrechin on October 17, 2012

Imagine with me the gorgeous drama of a vintage-themed, Halloween-inspired wedding…. A palette of purples, plums, burnt oranges, blacks and pewter is represented in luxurious fabrics such as velvet, silk and satin. Bouquets feature deep black and purple calla lilies. Organ music sets the mood as your guests arrive, and antique chandeliers give a soft glow to the ballroom. Tables are festooned with illuminated pumpkins, dried branches and black feathers. Fabulous, isn’t it?

Now all you need is the perfect place for your reception…and a few ghostly guests! Haunted venues are hugely popular with brides this season. Here are three of our favorites.

The Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park, Colorado: Known as “The Shining hotel,” the Stanley features dark wooden décor and picturesque windows with breathtaking mountaintop views. Take a peek at the fabulous MacGregor Ballroom and the Music Room, where you might hear the ghost of Flora Stanley, wife of the original owner, playing her piano. Her husband, F.O. Stanley, visits the lobby and billiard room, and children have been heard giggling in the hallway on the fourth floor.

Belcourt Castle, located in Newport, Rhode Island: The beautiful French Gothic Ballroom with its 13th-century stained glass, the romantic Italian Banquet Hall and the exquisite architectural details throughout make this a regal setting for any wedding. The castle is also home to a vast collection of art and antiques, and it’s said some of the furniture is haunted! Beware the screaming suit of armor and a statue that has been declared possessed!

The Crescent Hotel, located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas: This hotel has access to the world-famous Thorncrown Chapel and other beautiful locations where couples can say “I do,” as well as several lovely indoor and garden ceremony sites on the hotel’s grounds. Your reception will be well-attended by the spirits since the Crescent is known as “American’s Most Haunted Hotel.” Listen for the eerie nighttime footsteps of a young man who crossed over in 1885 during the hotel’s construction, and keep an eye out for evidence of playful ghosts’ antics in many of the guestrooms.

Have we piqued your curiosity? Give us a call and we’ll help you book one of these spook-tacular venues and plan your unforgettable event!

Photo credits, top to bottom: Stanley Hotel, Belcourt CastleCrescent Hotel

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Shannon October 17, 2012 at 6:21 am

I’d like to add one! Do you know of the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC? I have been so many times for so many different functions–haunted happenings, field trips when I taught NC History, and my favorite–candle light Christmas tours. Look it up! 🙂

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